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Blackhawks Convention!

Ladies and gentlemen, get your fanboy engines roaring! Today is the day! Today is the day that kicks off the three day love fest for those Stanley Cup-hoisting Chicago Blackhawks! Yes, once a year we can all get together and freak out because we might actually run into a Chicago Blackhawk! We might actually get to hug one of them! We might actually get to see the greatest trophy in all of sports!

Good lord, just look at it and know that you are truly beautiful!

Good lord, just look at it and know that you are truly beautiful!

As if the hope of seeing the Stanley Cup were not enough, actual Blackhawks will be there answering questions and signing autographs! Who will be there? Jonathan Toews will be there and so will Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Brandon Saad, and Andrew Shaw!

You can admit your heart is singing "Wind Beneath My Wings." We won't tell!

You can admit your heart is singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.” We won’t tell!

Who else is going to be there?

I mustache you a question

I mustache you a question

Coach Quenneville will be there! If you see him walking around, be sure to congratulate him on his finalized contract extension! If there’s one thing Chicago will always need more of, it is Joel Quenneville!

Who else is going to be there? WE ARE! Yes, we will be there making sure you have a Hawks shirt if you forgot yours at home in all of the excitement! We’ve got hats and knick knacks! We are ready to party for the Blackhawks with you! So come stop by the Clark Street Sports booth and say hello! We’ll have plenty of shirts and high-fives!

It’s almost here! Today’s the day! Who’s excited?!?

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Blackhawks Convention!

Handsome Hawks!

Handsome Hawks!

We are less than twenty-four hours away from the Sixth Annual Blackhawks Convention! Are you ready for panels with Corey Crawford, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith? Are you ready to see the Stanley Cup in all its glory? Do you have good threads? Are you styling enough to encounter the Stanley Cup?

Get a serious wardrobe!

Get a serious wardrobe!

Visit our website (http://tinyurl.com/k9aztfb) to find this tee and more for all your ensembles this weekend. We will also be at the convention bopping around with merchandise so holler at us if you see us! Sports is good!

 

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Sports Is Good, Y’All!

Hello, sports fans! Welcome to your daily dose of sports news and commentary from Clarks Street Sports!

Baseball

Air Soriano

Air Soriano

Despite the alarming lack of enthusiasm coming from the world of baseball, there sure is a lot of news coming out of the North Side. First, and most pressing, is that the City Council will decide on the final approval for the renovations scheduled for Wrigley Field. If this passes, and it looks like it will, a planned five year reconstruction of Wrigley will begin this fall. Only the two outfield signs, the jumbotron scoreboard in left field and the see-through sign in right field, are approved so as not to obstruct the view from the rooftops as there is another decade left on the rooftop contract. Rahm Emanuel’s proposed pedestrian footbridge over Clark Street has been “deferred indefinitely” and any other renovations will be discussed within the Wrigleyville community between residents, the Cubs owners, and the rooftop businesses, Emanuel hopes. This is indeed a sad day for those pushing to keep the historic landmark preserved.

On the heels of Matt Garza’s trade comes word that Alfonso Soriano will also be traded. Soriano is currently in discussion with Theo Epstein about his trade destinations and waiving his no-trade rights. Soriano has name-dropped the New York Yankees as his desired destination, but Epstein says there is nothing solid coming from New York as of yet. Soriano said, “[The Yankees] always make the playoffs no matter what team they have, no matter what pitching they got. They find a way.” Clearly Soriano wants to be on a team that will showcase him and Epstein is itching to restructure the entire team, disregarding fan favoritism of players and the class of players that were brought on in the 2006-2007 spending spree.

Junior Lake is killing it, y'all

Junior Lake is killing it, y’all

Junior Lake represents the new class of Cubs being molded to focus on becoming a team worthy of playing in an expensive renovated ballpark that is irritating half of the city of Chicago. He went 3-for-5 with a homerun against the Diamondbacks. Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks found the Cubs reacting with flared tempers and childish outbursts that resulted in a 4-10 loss. Sveum was ejected in the third inning after being vocal about believing that the umpire was baiting a conflict with Cody Ransom after he flung his bat after being struckout. This was Sveum’s fourth ejection this season. Ransom also threw his helmet after lining out with bases loaded. Anthony Rizzo tossed his bat after a painful strikeout as well. As the Cubs rebuild the stadium, it is clear that they are incredibly busy rebuilding the team and the team dynamic.

Basketball

Goodbye, Malcolm

The Bulls are hoping that waiving Malcolm Thomas will give their roster the flexibility necessary to acquire Marcus Camby. Though the Rockets are the likely frontrunner in the Camby acquisition, the Bulls are hoping that this 6’11” center will add another rebounding presence on the court with skills comparable to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.

Hockey

We are the champions, my friend!

We are the champions, my friend!

This weekend is the great Chicago Blackhawks convention where Blackhawks fans can meet and mingle with Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, and Bryan Bickell. Niklas Hjmarsson is getting married this weekend and Brent Seabrook is at home in Canada awaiting the arrival of his child, so though they will be missed, we wish them both heart-felt congratulations!

Football

Roar

Roar

Bears training camp begins tomorrow and we are so excited for football season we will be announcing a Bears contest next week on our Facebook page. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/clarkstreetsports, like our page, and keep your eyes peeled for our big contest to kick off football season!

Get styling

Get styling

In the meantime, check out our Blackhawks championship shirts (http://tinyurl.com/ltf7n5c) and get yourself prepared for the Blackhawks convention. Sports is good, Chicago, so let’s party with the Blackhawks!

 

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Blackhawks and Cubbies and Bears, OH MY!

Even through the dog days of summer, the sports keep going and, as Sonny and Cher once said, the beat goes on. Even though we are in the off seasons of most sports, there is still a lot of news coming down the pipes about our favorite sports teams.

Hockey

Going for the Gold!

Going for the Gold!

The post-2013 season has the Blackhawks focusing on adjusting to a new roster and being recruited to represent their home countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada has recruited Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Corey Crawford. Team USA has brought Nick Leddy, Brandon Saad, and sharp-shooter Patrick Kane to their team. In 2010 it came down to Kane vs. Toews for the gold and America went home with the silver medal. With this many Blackhawks skating to Russia in 2014, Chicago hockey fans will find a lot to scream at their television about as it will be difficult to root against either team with so many revered players pitted against each other for Olympic Gold. Congratulations to all of the Blackhawks chosen for the 2014 Winter Olympic games!

THE REMATCH

THE REMATCH

Basketball

Comeback Kid

Boozer is not amused

The Bulls, and all of Chicago, are preparing for the much-awaited comeback of superstar Derrick Rose. His manager and brother, Reggie Rose, has been talking with the press about Rose’s recovery and says that Rose is ready to go. Reggie Rose says that he has “no concerns about [Derrick Rose] physically” and that taking a year off may have hurt the Bulls, but it was necessary for the longevity of his career. He believes “Derrick should probably be able to play fifteen to eighteen years,” so taking a year off was a means of making sure he was physically prepared to play basketball for the next two decades.

"Dude, this comeback had better not be a joke."

“Dude, this comeback had better not be a joke.”

The return of Rose is great news for Bulls fans, but sending Nate Robinson to the Denver Nuggets is definitely terrible news for Bulls fans as the heart of the 2013 playoffs is now someone we face instead of someone helping us block Lebron’s shots.

We're gonna miss you, buddy.

We’re gonna miss you, buddy.

So, with the return of Derrick Rose, the departure of Nate Robinson, and the shaky status of Luol Deng’s contract extension, what does the 2014 Chicago Bulls roster look like? The point guards look sharp with Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, and Marquis Teague hitting the court. Rose’s return, if successful, will be a major boost for the Bulls, obviously. The skill and talent of Rose will be a great punch on the court; what will really stand out is that the heart and spirit of the team–both for the team and for the fans–is returning to the United Center. After a year and a half of anticipation, wondering down to the last game against the Miami Heat in the 2013 playoffs if Rose would make a miraculous return, the bright comet of the Chicago Bulls will blaze down the court again and set the competition ablaze. Our shooting guards and shooting forwards are looking sharp. Jimmy Butler is in need of some polish, but there is plenty of time to make sure that he is in the best condition to hit the court. Mike Dunleavy will serve as a secret weapon for the Bulls as the opposition will be on guard against the dynamite talent of Derrick Rose which will keep their eye distracted from the three-point power of Dunleavy. Power forwards Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Malcom Thomas, and Erik Murphy are focused but in need of strengthening. Carlos Boozer is the 2014 Bulls’ Scottie Pippen, reliable with strong offense, but his defense needs a lot of work. Taj Gibson, on the other hand, brings a great defensive game. If the two could learn from each other, we would have two stunning power forwards on the court. Boozer’s on court relationship with Noah creates spectacular offense as well; they are a threat just like Pippen and Jordan when they hit the court together. Centers Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammad round out the roster. Joakim Noah is the Bulls offense and does well adapting to the style of his teammates while remaining determined and focused. Mohammad does his job well with decent defense and use of fouls, but he is not good in long play. If Noah’s annual injuries flare up again, Mohammad will have big shoes to fill on the court as he is simply not on Noah’s level yet. The Bulls roster looks good, and they’ve proven that they can play without Rose. This year should provide us with amazing basketball as the return of Rose will only boost the ability of the already spectacular Chicago Bulls.

Basketball Biology 101: This is a heart.

Basketball Biology 101: This is a heart.

Baseball

Later, 'gator

Later, gator

After many rumors and a lot of talks, the Cubs have traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. In return the Cubs are getting third baseman Mike Ott and two right-handed pitchers, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm. The trade agreement also allows for the Cubs to acquire up to two more pitchers, possibly Neil Ramirez. This is proof that the Cubs are serious about rebuilding. It stands to reason that the Cubs are looking to build a good team that is could possibly begin winning because with all of the talk about revamping Wrigley Field, they should have a team good enough to draw fans into the expensive stadium. This also shows the Cubs are shifting away from keeping fan favorites and abandoning player loyalty and looking to rebuild a functioning baseball team that stands a chance to make the playoffs in the coming years.

Football

BREAKING: If you keep eating that towel, you will not be hungry for lunch!

BREAKING: If you keep eating that towel, you will not be hungry for lunch!

The Bears begin training camp on Thursday! Preseason football will be hitting our television screens in a matter of weeks. Hopefully the Bears will be taking this time to strengthen their offensive line and forcing Jay Cutler to step up his game in order to get the Bears into the playoffs this season. Chicago is hungry for another major sports victory, and the Bears have the talent and the drive to make it happen.

Bear Down!

Bear Down!

Olympians, returned superstars, new players, and new goals; the world of Chicago sports is spinning into very interesting areas. As these sports get revved up and ready to go, remember that one very important event happening this year is the retirement of Mike Ditka’s number in January. Get ready for this monumental year of football and festivities with our Mike Ditka Chicago Bear tee shirt (http://tinyurl.com/oht723e). Grab great sports threads from Clark Street Sports so you can be ready for all of the exciting things happening in Chicago sports!

 

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Party Hard and Welcome the New Class

We partied in the streets a week ago. We rested up to party in the streets at the Blackhawks rally on Friday. The Fourth of July parties will be starting at the end of this week. Yes, sports fans, it’s time to channel our inner Kaner this summer.

Party Like You Mean It!

Party Like You Mean It!

 

The Blackhawks rally got the City of Chicago amped for a summer of boozing, partying, and keeping an eye out for wherever Patrick Kane takes the Stanley Cup to party. The Blackhawks were ready to rock out on Friday; if you missed it, you missed the party-inspiring words of Corey Crawford:

“Fucking right, Chicago! Woo! Biggest bunch of beauties in the league, fucking worked their nuts off for this trophy!”

Macho Man Corey Savage has a bone to pick with you, HULK HOGAN!

Macho Man Corey Savage has a bone to pick with you, HULK HOGAN!

 

As the Blackhawks take their throne as the biggest sports team in the news, some stories about this great, amazing, Stanley Cup-hoisting team have fallen into the shadow of the high of victory. As we can all name the great players that helped Chicago reclaim Lord Stanley’s Cup, this past weekend brought two trades that have saddened many Blackhawks fans. The need to keep Bryan Bickell on the roster, the foresight necessary to manage money in order to renew Kane and Toews in the upcoming years, and the reality of keeping the pay cap free in order to recruit new talent and preserve current stars are the stars that aligned that determined the destiny of Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik, two incredible players that will now be headed away from Chicago to Canada.

Perhaps the looming trade is why The Rat was not having the best time at the rally.

Perhaps the looming trade is why The Rat was not having the best time at the rally.

The need to keep Bickell, a player who has been consistent and reliable all season, especially through the postseason, resigned to the Blackhawks with a four year contract extension at $16 million dollars (a pretty big jump from the $600,000 he earned this season). These trades will also make sure that superstars like Kane, Toews, and Sharp will be able to have a contract renewal when it’s time for them to head up to be traded.

Keeping Bickell is, clearly, an important priority. The other goal is to acquire talent that will live up to the legacy of the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks, the team that not only won the Stanley Cup but also had a record-breaking regular season. The draft allowed for the Blackhawks to add several new faces to the roster for next season. The Hawks snagged Carl Dahlstrom of Sweden, a reliable defensemen who possesses excellent shielding and board battle skills. However, Dahlstrom’s puck-handling is in need of polish, but this gain shows the Blackhawks are looking to strengthen their defensive line, something that gave them great trouble in the playoffs. They also grabbed Ryan Hartman, a player with the same style of Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell. He joins the Blackhawks after playing for the Plymouth Whalers with a 2013 season that racked up 37 assists and 60 points. This track record puts him on the road to being like Marian Hossa. The Blackhawks also picked up Anthony Lewis who scored 43 points in 53 games with the U18 squad. This left wing might be the smartest acquisition for the Blackhawks in the entire draft. Hopefully the new class will live up to the standard set by the 2013 roster of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Pictured: Big skates to fill

Pictured: Big skates to fill

 

Hockey doesn’t start up again until October, so we have a long time to party hard for the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks and even longer to unexpectedly meet the Stanley Cup somewhere in Chicago. From now until the Blackhawks hit the ice again, let’s party hard and represent our favorite players. Whether you are looking to celebrate classic players like Bobby Hull, former players like Dave Bolland, or current heroes like Andrew Shaw, Clark Street Sports has a vast selection of player jerseys and tee shirts to choose from so you can look fresh all summer continuing the celebration wave that is engulfing the Windy City. Visit http://www.clarkstreetsports.com to get your fine apparel for this nationwide hockey bonanza because sports is good!

 

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BLACKHAWKS!

In case you live under a rock, on the moon, or generally don’t have an understanding of the outside world and the events within it, something very extraordinary happened. Yes, something we’ve all been waiting for. Something so intense and magical that the world will be forever changed.

George Lucas got MARRIED!

FINALLY! THE DARKNESS IS OVER!

FINALLY! THE DARKNESS IS OVER!

This is the biggest news of the week.

OHHHH, that and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in the final two minutes of Game Six of the Stanley Cup playoffs and are now THE REIGNING STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS AND WIN FOREVER ON INFINITE EARTHS! SPORTS IS GOOD! SPORTS IS GOOD! SPORTS IS GOOD!

SPORTS IS SO DAMN GOOD!

SPORTS IS SO DAMN GOOD!

Coming out of pummeling the Bruins on Saturday, the Blackhawks traveled to Boston for Game Six. At first the game was steady and intense, but the intensity heightened when Andrew Shaw took a puck to the face in the first period.

Blackhawk down!

Blackhawk down!

The classy, upstanding citizens known as Bruins fans booed the disoriented and injured Shaw as he was helped off the ice. We feared that Shaw would be out for the game, but he returned. He returned and landed in the penalty box immediately because Boston roiled him up, now they had to deal with the Shaw we saw shout “I’ll f—ing kill you!” at the Wild, the Shaw who checked one of the Red Wings in the kidneys with his stick, and the Shaw we had not seen since the beginning of the playoffs.

Best behavior does not equate giving a shit

Best behavior does not equal giving a shit

Stitched up and skates laced, Shaw joined the rest of the Blackhawks in the second period where Captain Toews tied up the score. The third period had Chicago white-knucked and sweating. Boston took the lead and it seemed that Game Seven was inevitable with two minutes left in the game. Then, within 17.7 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER, Bryan Bickell tied up the score and, with a minute left, Dave “The Rat” Bolland scored the shot that won the Chicago Blackhawks Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Keep in mind, in 17.7 seconds the Blackhawks scored as many points against the Bruins as the Penguins did in their entire playoff series.

Every Blackhawk fan feels like this today (even through the hangover)

Every Blackhawk fan feels like this today (even through the hangover)

We won the Stanley Cup. We won the Stanley Cup with Patrick Sharp returning from a season of injuries to score more goals in the playoffs than he did during the regular season. We won the Stanley Cup with Patrick Kane shooting his way to being the highest-scoring player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We won with Corey Crawford overcoming the criticism and doubt of fans and being the most important asset to the Blackhawks in the playoffs. We won with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell learning to reel in their rabid nature and focus that energy on being top-notch, reliable hockey players. We won Toews knowing his power with assists and allowing other players to shine. We won with Seabrook scoring crucial final goals in overtime. We won with Saad scoring his first ever playoff goal in the crucial first game against the Bruins. We won with the entire team taking down feared goalies like Jonathan Quick and Tuukka Rask. We won the Stanley Cup with Hossa, Frolik, Oduya, Stalberg, and Keith. We won the Stanley Cup with Dave Bolland recovering from a shaky playoff season to come back and score the game-winning goal that earned the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup.

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We won because the Blackhawks are a team.

We won because the Blackhawks are a damn good team.

We won because no player is more important than any other player.

Because it’s the Cup.

In an era of sports where each team has a shimmering superstar glowing from the dull crown of the roster, the Chicago Blackhawks have no Lebron James, Derrick Rose, Derek Jeter, or Tom Brady. The metaphorical crown of the Blackhawks is blinding with equally-valuable jewels. They don’t rely on one member of the team exclusively; they rely on each other and play off of each other’s talents. For every Captain Toews jersey on Clark Street after Game Six ended, there were just as many Sharp, Bolland, Bollig, and Stalberg jerseys. Each player is important, and in the City of Big Shoulders, these shoulders stand strong because of the surrounding shoulders they have to rely on.

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

Blackhawks Win!

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup because they are a solid powerhouse of talent. Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks, thank you for a fantastic ride.

Peep the new whiz!

Peep the new shiz!

Now that it’s all over and the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, all that’s left to do is party. Luckily, Clark Street Sports has a variety of Stanley Cup Championship shirts and hats to choose from for all of your Stanley Cup partying needs. We also have shirts so you can represent your favorite players like Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, and many more. Visit one of our many locations in the Chicago area or visit our website, http://www.clarkstreetsports.com, and nab a piece of hockey history before they’re all gone.

Until October, Blackhawks!

Sports Is Good!

Sports Is Good!

 

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Party Alert: HIGH

Okay, Blackhawks fans, the party alert system is in the red! Tonight may bring a crushing defeat that leaves us drinking on our couches, cussing at our bartenders, and perhaps catching a tear or two in our beers. However, tonight may also bring the wave of victory upon Chicago, Illinois that will sweep up its residents and the streets of the Windy City will flood with Blackhawks fans and champagne foam and the only sound to be heard will be the chorus of The Fratelli’s “Chelsea Dagger.”

Make this happen! We are ready to party!

Make this happen! We are ready to party!

 

Game Five showed the Blackhawks have what it takes to take down Tuukka Rask’s defensive wall while keeping Boston’s offense on the edge. The game ended with Corey Crawford blocking twenty-nine shots and Patrick Kane one goal away from a hat trick. Dave Bolland’s empty-netter in the third period felt just as great as the Red Wings empty netter hurt in Game Four. It was also exactly what Bolland needed after the shut-out game left him personally defeated. Crawford’s ability to rapidly fix the weak spot in his defense (read: his Buckner glove) was crucial to their success.

 

How ya like me now?

How ya like me now?

Tonight’s game does bring about an interesting challenge for both teams. The Blackhawks may be forced to play without Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews, and the Bruins may be forced to play without their star Patrice Bergeron. Both were injured in Game Five, but Coach Q says Toews is good to play in tonight’s game. This is a dicey move since his returning too soon from suffering from a concussion last year prevented him from being the player he was previous to the injury. The game could come down to playing at-risk players and forcing the team to learn to play with that handicap or play without a teammate they have relied on all season. Whatever happens, tonight is going to be interesting and exciting.

Please, please, please, please let tonight look like this. Please, please, please.

Please, please, please, please let tonight look like this. Please, please, please.

 

Of course, tonight’s victory is not guaranteed. No one wants to jinx it by saying tonight is in the bag. Tonight will be the night that all die-hard sports fans, in Chicago and in Boston, will be on the edge of their seats performing all of their game time superstitions to convince the cosmos to find in favor of their beloved team. The ratty lucky jerseys, the specific game time beer, and the best hockey-watching establishments will all be pulled out tonight because we’re in the final stretch. This is it. Tonight could be the end of a hockey season that was both short and exhilarating. From the Blackhawks record-shattering regular season to the playoffs that have been a roller coaster ride of emotions that has left every Blackhawks fan with an irregular heartbeat, eye twitch, and an irregular sleeping pattern. Chill that champagne, but don’t be too eager to uncork it. The Blackhawks are at the top of their game, let’s hope that they remain that way and skate away from Boston with the Stanley Cup because Chicago is ready to party with that fun trophy.

Pictured: FUN TROPHY

Pictured: FUN TROPHY

 

In other sports news, it is rumored that Luol “Deng Bang” Deng will be traded to the Cavaliers. Still no word on where Nate Robinson will end up, so keep your fingers crossed that next year’s Bulls roster has Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson running the show.

Way up top, buddy.

Way up top, buddy.

 

If the Blackhawks lose tonight, we’ve got another game ahead of us to get the Cup. If they win tonight, we’ve got a lot of parades to attend and a lot of booze to drink. How fly are your Blackhawks threads? Keep your lucky jersey, but be sure to update your Stanley Cup attire with us. Whether you visit one of our stores or check out our selection at http://www.clarkstreetsports.com, we have all of the Kane jerseys, Shaw shirts, Bickell swag, and Oduya gear to keep you looking Sharp!

We'll keep you lookin' SHARP!

Pictured: SHARP DRESSED MAN
Pictured: FUN TROPHY

 

And above all else, remember this: There is only one team with a bear for a mascot that is worth rooting for, and that team is in Chicago!

And those Bears will be back in August and ready to take down the Patriots.

And those Bears will be back in August and ready to take down the Patriots.

 

SPORTS IS GOOD!

 

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