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Beyond Checkerdome. Spezza wants StL? Power Rankings. Silly Sundogs. $10K for a Kings fan. Dan Boyle. Drew Remenda. More Americans playing hockey. World Cup. Kershaw's no-no. Winning streaks. Dipshit principal. Michael Sam. And cinnamon toast. Enjoy your weekend.

It almost appears as if Arjen Robben is gonna give this Socceroo a wrestling takeover here. HUP HOLLAND HUP!
It almost appears as if Arjen Robben is gonna give this Socceroo a wrestling takeover here. HUP HOLLAND HUP!
Dean Mouhtaropoulos

So, today I'm looking forward to possibly spending much of a weekend (while I'm not at work, anyway) catching up with my brother in earnest for the first time in nearly two years.

Fun times.

BLUES NEWS:

  • Episode 45 of Beyond Checkerdome went on the air yesterday. Tim and I spoke with our very own Prospects Department, Brian Weidler, about the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and other odds and ends regarding Blues prospects. [SLGT]
  • Jason Spezza is on the trade block. My least favorite Blues-centric media person says he prefers St. Louis. I'd rather someone I find tons more credible tell me this first. [SLGT FanShots]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Ryan Lambert has words about compliance buyouts, trade candidates, defensemen, bargains and the Avalanche(s) in this week's Power Rankings. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Arizona Sundogs are certifiably insane. [SB Nation / Lookit]
  • A Kings fan turned his confidence in his team when they were down 3-0 to the Sharks . . . into $10,000 this past week. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Islanders are shopping Dan Boyle because apparently Boyle doesn't want to be on Long Island (or in Brooklyn, I guess). Eeek. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • The Sharks, as linked to yesterday, decided not to renew Drew Remenda as TV color guy next season. He spoke with Greg Wyshynski and Jeff Marek about it yesterday. An excellent interview. [Puck Daddy]
  • More Americans are playing hockey, and participation numbers in 2013-14 again broke the previous record set last year. [The United States of Hockey]

THE 2014 FIFA LAUGH-AT-SPAIN CONTEST WORLD CUP:

  • HUP HOLLAND HUP! The Dutch escape a difficult affair with a more-than-ready Australian squad 3-2 and advance to the knockout round. [SI / AP]
  • The shocker of the day . . . Chile defeated Spain 2-0, and in doing so assured the Spaniards would not advance to the knockout round, marking the first time a defending World Cup champion was knocked out before the third contest. Insane. [CNN]
  • Before THAT match, a group of Chilean supporters rushed through a wall outside the stadium that leads to . . . you guessed it . . . the press center. [Deadspin / Screamer]
  • And finally . . . Croatia easily defeated Cameroon 4-0. Cameroon played the second half with 10 men due to a late-first red card. [Sky Sports]

OTHER SHIT:

  • Clayton Kershaw came a throwing error away from a perfect game. Alas, he settled for a damn dominating no-hitter, striking out 15, walking none and only throwing 107 pitches. That's . . . mighty Goddamn good. [Deadspin]
  • Sorry, folks. God doesn't give a shit about the Royals and their 10-game win streak. [SB Nation / Lookit]
  • "Ummmm, congrats to all of you graduating today from (INSERT NAME HERE) High School . . . ummmm, whoops. " [Y! / Odd News]
  • In all, there were 22 FCC complaints about Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on live television at the NFL Draft (20 legitimate). Here they are. (WON'T YOU THINK OF THE KIIIIIIIIIIDS) [Deadspin]

VIDEO:

How to make cinnamon toast . . . yes, I think Hank has the right idea here:

Yes, yes indeed.

And my work here is done for the week. J-Mill will have your weekend, if his raging boner from Monday's Team USA win has died down enough by tomorrow. Got links? Got videos? Got stupid random shit? Get it to the man himself: