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It's a bit upsetting that most of the Rugby World Cup was shown on PPV over here in the States. Frankly, we're ready for rugby over here. It's a tough sport, but football is becoming more like rugby over here (see the "not hockey" link section). And remember when ESPN showed the 2006 FIFA World Cup? That bought a ton of fans over here. Let's try Rugby in.... 2019? Crud. Let's get some SuperRugby or Tri-Nations Rugby Championship here.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Nashville Predators Hope to Spark Positive Change with New Playground - Nashville Predators - Features
This is the 5th one of these built around the area. And all of them are great ideas and great additions to the area.

Predators mailbag: Will Forsberg suffer sophomore slump? | Tennessean
Vingan has faith in Forsberg.

Rio Grande De-Fence Briefing: Weber on verge of offensive milestone for defensemen | Nashville Post
That's a good list to be on. And chances are he'll be at the top of that list before too long.

NHL/Hockey News & Notes

I never want to see Steven Stamkos wearing red.

Jamie Benn casually toe drags, scores an easy goal - SBNation.com
Ho-hum.

Ranking the combined special teams for all 30 teams | ProHockeyTalk
Nashville ranks in at #6. The Leafs are on pace to be historically bad.

Stars take over top spot in NHL Power Rankings - Article - TSN
The Preds take #5. That's just fine with us.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault takes shot at Mets' Yoenis Cespedes - CBSSports.com
Since when does a hockey coach whine about a player being too tough and not smart enough?

Mark Stone of Ottawa Senators suspended two games for illegal check to the head - Department of Player Safety News
You know a guy who doesn't get suspended like that? Filip Forsberg.

Puck Personality: Not So Mean Tweets 3 Video - NHL VideoCenter
Well done, Hank. And Seguin is weird.

Carey Price of Montreal Canadiens out at least 1 week with lower-body injury | ESPN
It wasn't Chris Kreider? Are we sure?

Back To Basics | BlueJackets Xtra
Check out the lines. Remember when the NHL was terrified of the Saad - Johansen - Foligno line? Heh.

Monday Funday Caption Thread: Coach's Corner Edition - Mile High Hockey
Very few jobs will make men's hair turn grey faster than being the President of the United States of America. Apparently, being the head coach of the Avs will do that too.

New Lou Lamoriello: Re-energized with ‘Yankees of the NHL’ | New York Post
The Yankees current title drought is six years. The Leafs are in year 48.

House Calls: Tavares remains sick, will miss more time with mysterious malady - Lighthouse Hockey
Including insight of Dan Sarceni's trip to Applebee's.

Coyotes' Martin Hanzal back; Antoine Vermette has tests | AZCentral
Excellent news for the official team of fun.

Coyotes in discussions with at least three separate groups for new Valley arena - Arizona Sports
The official team of fun deserves a nice building with fans.

Gordo: Kroenke's hockey team stinks | STLToday
OH MAN... When your area NFL owner turns heel on the city, the city start taking a look around his/her other ventures. Gordo is bringing the bullet points.

Kevin Shattenkirk Out Against Kings, May Miss Game Versus Blackhawks - St. Louis Game Time
Vladimir Tarasenko is likely on his way back, but Shattenkirk is likely coming back to an arena near you this weekend at the soonest.

Not Hockey

Jim Harbaugh considers steak to be a vitamin and a steroid, and he eats it every day - SBNation.com
He also considers water to be a steroid.

Vote for Nashville's Restaurant of the Year - Eater Nashville
It's a travesty that the "old country music playing BBQ joint with lots of draft beer" category went without representation again.

How Pete Carroll's rugby-style tackle is changing college football - CBSSports.com
A new form of tackling -- the rugby-style Hawk Tackle -- is all the rage at Ohio State and could spread across the country. Oklahoma, Nebraska and others are hoping to learn more about it.