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World of Coke

TonymontanaATLANTA -- Spent part of my day walking around downtown Atlanta, taking in the sights as I am wont to do sometimes.

They have a nice aquarium here, and the Olympic park is always nice to visit on a beautiful day like today.

Someone told me I needed to visit the 'World of Coke' while I'm in town, and I declined. I'm not into that scene man. Plus, shouldn't that be in Miami? I mean we kind of made coke famous. I would like to go in and see if they have a Miami Vice or Scarface exhibit. But I don't know if it's worth it. I hear the Herald is about to start random drug testing, so I shouldn't be seen around the stuff.

On that note, on to the news:

-- It appears a couple of the youngsters are going to sit out tonight against the host Thrashers. I'm hearing Kreps and Globke will join me in the press box, with Anthony Stewart getting the last look. JM wouldn't confirm any of this of course, but with Zednik and Dvorak coming back, someone has to sit. And JM says don't read anything into who plays and who doesn't tonight. Says everyone has had an entire preseason to show what they can do.

-- The Thrashers are going young, with four rookies making the team. That's bad news for our buddy Joel Kwiatkowski, who was sent to the AHL Chicago Wolves (not the Blackhawks smart guy...)

-- Oh, that kind of Coke. Never mind...

-- Read yesterday that Sheriff Nick is plotting a comeback and wants his old gig back. Luther Campbell is smiling somewhere.

-- More Florida connections here on the road: The FAMU Rattlers are in town to play Texas State in the Atlanta Classic tomorrow at the Dome. If I would have known that, I would have stayed an extra day. Love the Marching 100...they are worth the price of admission. Halftime will be more exciting than the game.

-- Clemson is also in town, the Tigers battling the homestanding Yellow Jackets. Buzz, buzz...

Bert -- News around the league: Chris Pronger named captain of the Ducks. Apparently he just edged out Todd Bertuzzi in the voting. ... NHL Center Ice is going to be available on NHL.com this season. They tried this late last year and it was OK. Hope they worked out the kinks. I'll be subscribing for sure. ...

The NHL has suspended Philadelphia's Steve Downie for 20 games for his nasty, leave-the-ice hit of Ottawa's Dean McAmmond during a preseason game Monday.

Says Colin Campbell:   "Over the last several months, the League has met with players, coaches, general managers and owners on the subject of hits to the head. While all of the stakeholders in our League agree that hitting is an important part of the essence of the NHL game, all were also unanimous in the belief that where a player deliberately targets an opponent's head, the conduct should be subject to review and the possible assessment of supplemental discipline.''