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This weekend sports in Ottawa will feel different. Ferguson Jenkins Jersey . Both when the CFL’s Redblacks host the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night - just a few short minutes from where an armed gunman rained chaos on the city Wednesday - and then again when the NHL’s Senators host the New Jersey Devils in suburban Kanata. It’s not the games themselves that are going to feel different. It will be the aura around them, the feel in the stands as they begin to fill up, the singing of “O Canada”, which will be sung with a little more belief, conviction and pride. There are of course the first sporting events since the attacks this week, when the National War Memorial became a crime scene and the Parliament Buildings the subject of terrorist-minded attack. As Jeff Hunt the president of the Ottawa Redblacks said earlier this week, hosting a game Friday night gives his organization, the honour, the power and the responsibility to help lead the healing process. An assault on such symbolic places, in a city that often feels more like a large village, cuts deep. Virtually everyone in Ottawa would know somebody who was in the parliament buildings, or nearby when the chaos erupted. Virtually everyone will be in some way affected. There aren’t a lot of ways to find comfort by sharing that pain, or ways to begin the healing process alongside others similarly affected, which is why sports will play an important role in the return to normalcy for people in Ottawa. Not because it can allow people to take their minds off of what’s occurred, but because it gives them a chance to band together in a unified voice, to express their determination to remain united in the face of threat. It’s also a way to remind ourselves that the world is still mostly a safe place; that it’s okay to be among crowds without feeling threatened by the thought about who might be lurking among us with the worst of intentions. Ask anyone who attending the first week of NFL games after 9/11 about what that felt like. Or anyone who attended a sporting event in Boston after that city was hit by a terrorist threat at the Marathon. Some people wondered if the city would ever feel the same, if going to sporting events would feel like it used to, a place to laugh and cheer and lose yourself in the magnificent distraction of it all. What the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup final and the Red Sox road to the World Series title proved was that people were in fact not afraid to gather in public, that standing as one behind your team as a community had a cathartic quality to it. That’s what the people in Ottawa will experience Friday and Saturday night - strengthened by the opportunity to share with each other their determination to remain strong. Watch the Alouettes vs. Redblacks live tonight on TSN1, TSN4 and TSN5 starting at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt. Alex Claudio Jersey . That Ginette Reno can sing. Joey Gallo Jersey . Austin does not believe the game-time temperature is going to be an advantage for either side heading into the Grey Cup. "We dont think about (the cold)," said Austin. "Im not even sure how you would determine an advantage.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – Its not for a lack of interest or due to a lack of effort - the Blue Jays are trying - but so far there is no trade to be made to enhance the club. "I dont know that were close," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesnt work for us right now. I dont know if I can quantify how far off or things like that that they might be but I would say we continue to have dialogue. So if you want to, look at that as encouraging." While young pitching prospects Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman continue to be in high demand – Anthopoulos isnt opposed to moving either if the deal is right – its the Jays big bats that are attracting the most attention. "The one thing we have on this team is power," said Anthopoulos. "Theres not a lot of power out there on the market or the free agent prices dont work for some of the clubs so weve been approached by clubs asking for some of our position players that have power." Anthopoulos then moved quickly to deny a Toronto Sun report that Colby Rasmus had been offered to two teams in the search for starting pitching. "With respect to rumours and some of our position players, I would say just to kind of bury some of those. With all our players well be open-minded if people want to approach us but I can say as we sit here today I feel pretty confident that most, if not all, our position player core will be with the club to start the year," he said. The Blue Jays havent ruled out signing Rasmus to a long-term extension. The 26-year-old is coming off his best season since his breakout campaign in 2010 with the Cardinals. Limited by injury to 118 games, Rasmus authored a slash line of .276/.338/.501, and lifted his OPS to .840 from .689 the previous season. Anthopoulos is leaving the door open to a long-term extension with Rasmus, who will be a free agent for the first time after this season. In fact, only Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays starrting outfielders is signed beyond 2014. Adrian Beltre Jersey. Citing Edwin Encarnacion as a player given a long-term commitment in the middle of a breakout campaign, Anthopoulos said hes willing to wait on Rasmus in order to "gather more information," even if the centerfielder continues to perform at a high level and a deal becomes more costly. "We feel time is on our side in the sense of we dont feel the need to necessarily have to do it so early," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "Weve got more resources from a payroll standpoint." Jose Bautistas and Edwin Encarnacions team-friendly contracts – Bautista has two years left at $28 million with a club option for 2016 at $14 million while Encarnacion is signed for two more years at $19 million with a club option for 2016 at $10 million – make Rasmus a logical choice to be moved out of the group of power bats. Given this years offseason market for outfielders – Jacoby Ellsbury signed for $153 million over seven years with the Yankees and Shin-Soo Choo is expected to receive a similar figure in free agency – Anthopoulos has a difficult decision to make on Rasmus value. WEBER HEADS TO KOREA The Blue Jays will enter Thursday mornings Rule 5 draft with 39 players on their 40-man roster. Right-hander Thad Weber has been sold to NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization. MOTTOLA NEARING DEAL WITH RAYS Former Blue Jays hitting coach Chad Mottola and the Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing the paperwork on his contract to become the clubs new minor league hitting coordinator. Mottola served in the same capacity for the Blue Jays in 2009 before spending three seasons as the hitting coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Mottola and Dwayne Murphy, who retired, are the two members of last seasons coaching staff that wont be returning to Toronto. Kevin Seitzer, who was the hitting coach in Kansas City when manager John Gibbons served as Royals bench coach, was hired last month to replace Mottola. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Hockey Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys China Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ChinaWholesale College Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Near Me Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys Authentic Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic MLB Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Throwback Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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