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Happy Friday. If you're at the office, may you read this and soon leave to watch college basketball. 

GET WELL SOON ANDY MCDONALD
If you missed the first story
on insideSTL, McDonald injured his shoulder after he was checked into the boards. Check the video below:


No penalty was called on the hit. As a result, Ken Hitchcock voiced his displeasure:

I didn’t like the hit,” Hitchcock said. “I thought the hit was certainly a penalty, whether it’s a suspension or not, who knows? But that’s what’s wrong with our game? The player was in a vulnerable position. He knocked his stick to knock him off balance and then pushed him hard into the boards. It’s a real tough play in hockey.”

The good news is that McDonald's hitory of concussions has nothing to do with his shoulder injury, giver or take a bump in fan anxiety levels. Outside of the injury, the other bad news is the Blues lost their
second straight. The Blues play the Tampa Bay Lightning and their 50 goal man, Steven Stamkos, on St. Paddy's Day.

THE RAMS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS IN 2013
These are the words of of
Foxsports.com's Adam Schein ...

Is it too early to pick the St. Louis Rams to make the playoffs in 2013? We are only 48 hours into the offseason period, and we have a winner. Coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and the Rams should take a bow. What they have done in reshaping their ballclub has been nothing short of remarkable in a few days.

Rams GM Les Snead said the following on the SiriusXM Blitz radio show. Here's a snippet from Snead: 

“We looked at who we could pick (with the three picks in the top 39), and we are going to get guys who will contribute this year," Snead said. "And I’m excited for the future. After cutting some veterans, we are the youngest team in the league. We are going to have these young players play together early in their careers. I’m very excited for the second half of this year and into next year.”

So yeah, there is reason for optimism. I remember being optimistic about the Rams last off-season too. Then the season started and it became a blurry nightmare.

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HONOR THE CALENDAR - 3/16
I want everyone right now to step away from their computer and do the Tebow in honor of March 16. When you come back, you will be cordially invited to a celebration of Austin 3:16.


3/16 is also Blake Griffin's birthday. Let's go to the highlight reel again.


A Blake Griffin dunk is about as effective and powerful as the Stone Cold Stunner.

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