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Where do the Blues go from here? Who wrote our eulogy? Who will win tonight's Game 7's (THREE of them)? Why are pots calling kettles black? Why is Donald Sterling such an asshole? And why aren't we cheering the bravery of a weatherman in Tupelo? All that and more!

The Wayne Train had himself a game.
The Wayne Train had himself a game.
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Hello again.

BLUES NEWS:

  • Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown, to most of you) recaps a shitty end to the Blues season in an unusual serious tone. (S/T to CapsFan75) [Grantland]
  • Ken Hitchcock met the press yesterday, and Lou was there to cover it. [In The Slot / Lou Korac]
  • Also speaking with the press yesterday . . . actually, speaking AHEAD of hitch . . . was Doug Armstrong. He answered some things but left other questions open, as Hildy notes. [SLGT]
  • A look at Blues contracts heading into 2014-15, from rminton618. [SLGT]
  • A couple FanPosts from "stlfan" . . . first, he recaps how well (or poorly) his 2013-14 numbers projections where . . . [SLGT FanPosts]
  • . . . then he looks ahead to 2014-15. [SLGT FanPosts]
  • The Puck Daddy Eulogy for the St. Louis Blues went up yesterday. I could tell which jokes were written by the Committed Indian guys . . . they quite obviously wrote the good jokes. [Puck Daddy]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Wayne Simmonds tricks the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Rangers, forcing a Game 7 at MSG this evening. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Some Rangers fan must've called a Flyers fan a cocksucker, because there was a pretty good melee in the Wells Fargo Arena stands. [Puck Daddy]
  • Three Game 7's tonight. Starting with Flyers/Rangers, continuing with Wild(s)-Avalanche(s) and concluding (presumably) with Kings-Sharks at the Tank. [NHL.com 04/30/14]
  • Speaking of Kings-Sharks . . . Dustin Brown called Joe Thornton a "dirty player" after Game 6. Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot. Glad you could get acquainted. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Speaking of Brown . . . unfortunate timing, I'd say. He's up for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which is amazingly not given to "The League's Biggest Shithead" and is an actual award for leadership. One of either Jonathan Toews or Ryan Getzlaf should win this going away. [Puck Daddy]
  • For those who want Thomas Vanek in a Blues sweater next year . . . well, the Wild(s) will have a lot to say about that. And for very good reasons. [Twin Cities Pioneer Press]
  • Also eulogized yesterday . . . the Stars, by former Ducks blogger Earl Sleek. [Puck Daddy]
  • Remember how I said the Panthers might bring Peter Horachek back? Yeah, that's not happening, and the team made that official yesterday. [Panthers]
  • Jaromir Jagr says he has a deal in place to stay with the Devils next year, though that's yet to be confirmed by the team. [Puck Daddy]
  • Alan May went off on recently fired Capitals coach Adam Oates. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Radio voice of the Calgary Flames, Peter Maher, who has been with the team since they moved to Calgary from Atlanta, called it a career. [Calgary Sun]

OTHER SHIT:

  • The National Basketball Association banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life, and also fined him $2.5MM, for racist comments made in a private recorded conversation (which was actually part of a large pattern of racist assholish behavior on his own behalf). Here's SBN's StoryStream on this mess. [SB Nation]
  • Want a giant igloo? Well, one's for sale in Alaska. [Y! / AP]
  • Of all people . . . Yankees fans were booing second baseman Robinson Cano and calling him a sellout last night as he made his first appearance in the Bronx since signing with my "second baseball team", the Mariners, in the offseason. Yankees fans. Booing a player. And calling him a sellout. YANKEES FANS. BOOING A PLAYER. AND CALLING. THAT PLAYER. A FUCKING. SELLOUT. [SB Nation / Lookit]

VIDEO:

Let's go to Tupelo, Mississippi . . . they had a horrible tornado down there the other day, and this weatherman did an UNBELIEVABLE job covering it:

Ballsy. Ballsy, ballsy, ballsy. And incredibly well done.

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