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With the NHL season getting underway today, Id like to take a moment and pay tribute to a unique group of Canadians. A group that is pretty much completely ignored in the vast, cultural mosaic that makes up Canada. Im talking about members of a minority group so marginalized, whose expression is so trampled upon that they are never reflected in this countrys music, poetry or literature. No one every pays them tribute or acknowledges their suffering, which lasts annually from September right up until June. Im speaking, of course, of those Canadians who hate hockey. We know its not easy to hear over and over again that the nation you live in is defined by the sport you cant stand. And, of course, trying to avoid hockey in Canada is a little like trying to avoid mosquitos in the forest. Except for you, hockey is more annoying. Well, Canadians who hate hockey, there are just so many things in this country you just have never experienced, nor care to experience. Youve never driven your kid to a rink at 7am. Youve never played shinny on a frozen pond on a winter day. Youve never read a Roy MacGregor book and you dont follow Bob McKenzie on Twitter. What about Saturday nights? Well, for you those have always meant college football doubleheaders, somewhere you can safely hide from the gospel of Don Cherry. We understand it drives you nuts that youve got to sit through a full series of Nashville-Columbus highlights before they get to the NBA games on the nightly sportscasts. And those features on small town rinks in Canadas hinterland dont warm your heart. They make you want to puke. Kind of like you feel when you hear Stompin Tom Connors recording of The Hockey Song. Yes, for you Canadians who hate hockey, we know you often feel lonely and isolated throughout the year. And we know there are days when you wish you were in South America... or somewhere like that. You dont get fired up for free agent frenzy on July 1st. The trade deadline for you is just another mundane Wednesday in February. And then theres the one you cant stand more than any other. Yes, Im talking about Hockey Day in Canada... or as you call to it, Black Saturday. Yes for you Canadians who hate hockey, we know how much it bugs you when youre visiting another country... and people want to know you what you think of PK Subban. And we sympathize every five years when its time for yet another tribute to that damn Team Canada 1972. But get ready, hockey hating Canadian, for its about to begin. The great onslaught that blankets this country from coast to coast is about to happen. As you are well aware, theres no point trying to hide. Ramik Wilson Rams Jersey . John Albert Elway, 24, was booked into jail early Saturday morning after an incident near a college campus in downtown Denver, according to jail records. Brandin Cooks Jersey . They have watched it from afar. And now they have seen it for themselves. http://www.ramsrookiestore.com/Rams-Sam-Shields-Jersey/. - A pitch clock will be used this season during minor league games at Triple-A and Double-A, but it has been ruled out for the major leagues this year. Ndamukong Suh Rams Jersey . PAUL, Minn. Brandin Cooks Rams Jersey . The Canadian Football Leagues all-time passing leader said he has not made a final decision, but he will discuss his future with Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall on the weekend.LOS ANGELES -- After four innings of watching Yasiel Puig, manager Don Mattingly had seen enough. The Cuban rookie was pulled from the game, and he then met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday. Mattingly wasnt willing to specify exactly why he pulled Puig for Skip Schumaker, saying only, "I felt I was going to get a better effort out of Skip." Puig didnt slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning and got upset after striking out in the third, slamming his bat. He is hitting .346. "I wasnt prepared well for each pitch. It was a good decision," Puig said through a translator about being removed. "He mentioned Skip could come in and do a better job." Schumaker went 1 for 1 with a walk. "I wanted to finish the game, but I agreed with the explanation," Puig said. "The meeting went well. We talked about what every player needs to do to prepare for every pitch." The Dodgers are off Thursday, and Mattingly said Puig would be in the lineup Friday when the San Diego Padres come to town. The manager wouldnt say whether any discipline was involved Wednesday. "What he did today wasnt acceptable," Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco said about Puig. "Hes young, hes going to have to learn. Its not going to be a distraction. Hes going to help this team way more than what he did." Last week, Puig was held out of the starting lineup for a game in Miami, but Mattingly reiterated that the 22-year-old outfielder was simply given a day off that had already been planned. Puigs removal overshadowed a second straight dominating performance by Nolasco, who pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. Nolasco (11-9) struck out a season high-tying 11, walked one and permitted only one runner to reach third base. Acquired in a trade with Florida in early July, the right-hander won his sixth straight start in August. "I know whats at stake pitching here and the chase were in now," Nolasco said. "My breaking stuff was pretty good. I just try to keep attacking the zone and put a lot of pressure on them." Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit solo homers for the first-place Dodgers, who earned their 21st victory in August to tie the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month. They avoided a second straight series loss by taking two of three from the last-place Cubs. The Dodgers 19th shutout of the season leads the majors, and is their most ssince 1989, when they also had 19.dddddddddddd "It was a battle from the first pitch," said Brian Bogusevic, who was 0 for 3 against Nolasco. "He never got into a pattern with certain pitches and certain counts or situations. You could never really look for anything in particular. Hes pitching as well as anybody for them right now." Edwin Jackson (7-14) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and six hits against his old team. He struck out five and walked two. "Thats a tough lineup, and the pitching staff is doing well, too," Jackson said. "You have to limit the amount of mistakes you make when youre playing against them." The Cubs have lost nine of 12, and went 2-4 on their West Coast trip. Manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the bottom of the first for arguing a checked swing by Puig with first base umpire Lance Barksdale. "It wasnt a good call," Sveum said. "Obviously, you dont want to get thrown out on something like that in the first inning. We said our piece, and then he just kept his head in our dugout for 30 seconds, waiting for somebody to say something else. Unfortunately, I did. I just dont think thats right." Playing their only midweek home day game this season, the Dodgers scored their first two runs on the homers by Ramirez with two outs in the first and Ethier in the fourth. The 88-degree heat and searing sun had fans crowding under the overhangs in the outfield pavilions and upper deck. The Dodgers extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth. After a pair of leadoff singles, Nolasco bunted and Jackson threw the ball past third base. One run scored on the error and Skip Schumaker, who replaced Puig in right field, hit an RBI single. Kenley Jansen struck out three in a hitless ninth for the Dodgers. NOTES: Mattingly said slugger Matt Kemp would play a rehab game at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, possibly as the DH. Kemp has been on the DL since July 24 with a sprained left ankle. ... The Dodgers franchise record for wins in a calendar month is 25, set by Brooklyn in July 1947. ... Chicago fell to 9-17 in Jacksons 26 starts. ... After giving up just 11 homers in his previous 144 innings, Jackson allowed two in his first four innings against the Dodgers. ... The Cubs concluded their schedule against NL West teams with their final road game outside their division. They will travel exclusively within the NL Central in September for the first time since 1997. ... The Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Friday having lost 16 of their last 19 games at home. Cheap Red Sox Jerseys Cheap Orioles Jerseys Cheap Mets Jerseys Cheap Phillies Jerseys Cheap Nationals Jerseys Cheap Cubs Jerseys Cheap Reds Jerseys Cheap Brewers Jerseys Cheap Pirates Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys Cheap Rockies Jerseys Cheap Dodgers Jerseys Cheap Padres Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys ' ' '

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