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Insider Trading. New coach in Pittsburgh. Bolland. Callahan. Nikitin. World Cup. Baseball. More World Cup. Inglourious Cupherds. And I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN. I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN.

 I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN . . .  I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN . . .
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN . . . I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN . . .
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully you folks have figured out why I misspelled "Outlaws". I won't explain.

BLUES NEWS:

  • No Blues news today, but Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie did a bit of Insider Trading with James Duthie in Philly, and they start off with Jason Spezza, who . . . uhh, yeah, may be coming here. (S/T to CrossCheckRaise . . . I wanted this as a video, but it just didn't work. Damnit.) [TSN]

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston will apparently be the next coach of the Penguins. Which is considerably less than Dan Bylsma and probably a lot less than Willie Desjardins and about a handful of other coaches the team was looking for. Whoops. [SB Nation]
  • Dave Bolland is a point of contention between a couple hockey writers in Canada. One pretty well established, the other one seemingly a dick but usually proven right. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Lightning(s) have saddled themselves with Ryan Callahan for the next six years. [Raw Charge]
  • Meanwhile, old friend Nikita Nikitin got $9MM over the next 2 years to play in Edmonton. Seems a bit excessive, but then again, the Oilers have . . . like, no defensemen, apart from Darnell Nurse and the shards of what they already have (past Andrew Ference). [The Copper & Blue]

2014 FIFA STILL LAUGHING AT ITALY WORLD CUP:

  • Argentina won their group with a 3-2 win over Nigeria. The Desert Foxes had already pretty much advanced, but were aided with the other group proceedings, which we'll get to next. [CBS Sports Eye on the World Cup]
  • Little Bosnia had to be pleased yesterday afternoon as Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated Iran 3-1 and officially knocked them out of the knockout stage. [BBC Sport]
  • Honduras sucks, and showed as much as Switzerland pretty much destroyed them 3-0. The Swiss advance to play Argentina. [SB Nation]
  • Meanwhile, Ecuador played down a man for most of the second half against France, but worked a 0-0 draw when they could've used a win to get them over the Swiss. France wins their group and plays their former colony, Nigeria, next. [SI / AP]
  • A bit of an important match today for the United States, and this chart shows every possibility for the US based on score and differential. [SB Nation / Lookit]

OTHER SHIT:

  • It's all about baseball . . . first, baseball many folks don't care about, which is the kind you find in college . . . Vanderbilt won their first ever College World Series with a 3-2 win over Virginia . . . the Alma Mater of our former weekend links boss, Hartigan. [SB Nation]
  • Then, some hippie dude won a no-hitter or some shit. Like. Dude. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Can't wait for the "baseball bourgeoisie" to come after me over that one.
  • Anyway . . . finally, Carlos Pena literally hit a home run ball into a buffet line. [Deadspin]

VIDEOS:

Are you a soccer fan? Then you'll like these two.

First, what should Jürgen Klinsmann tell Team USA today? Well, perhaps this. (S/T to J-Mill . . . BTW, is "Ocean MacAdams" the code name to your alter-ego, good sir?):

Except for that whole thing where Klinsmann is, well, German. But hey, fuck it, he's rolling.

Secondly . . . a reminder that one moment does not define us. If the prior video didn't get you jacked up for today's match, this one will. (S/T to Ashley, AKA AmericaAmericaAmerica):

I WANNA TEAR DOWN WALLS AND SHIT.

And with that, I'm done for the week. Presuming he's not passed from a heart attack from this morning/afternoon's results, J-Mill will have your weekend links. Be kind to him as you are to me: