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Game on (finally)

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SAT 10/18

The long, hot, pointless chunk of the year that happens between hockey seasons is finally over, and new hope is plentiful: The Blues are back on the ice, and life is meaningful once again. The players are hungry, healthy and once again (unfortunately), they have something to prove. But just as you shouldn't dwell on last season's abrupt ending, so too you shouldn't dream too far ahead; stop thinking about potential postseason matchups and enjoy the now.

Tonight's home opener is against the Washington Capitals, led by Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra, which means the 'Notes vaunted defense will be working hard to earn their money. Tickets for the tilt range from $15-$90, the puck drops at 7 p.m., and it all takes place at the Savvis Center (314-241-1888), which is the big building at 1401 Clark Avenue that'll be rocking come sundown. -- Paul Friswold

Four Sports?
Maybe NBA-be, baby!

THUR 10/16

Atlanta is a dogshit pro hoops town. You'd think with its hardy, affluent black population, it wouldn't be, but it is.

Tonight, the Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic play an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. at the Savvis Center (1401 Clark Avenue, 314-241-1888; $8-$75).

If you think these factoids are unrelated, think again. Remember, they were our Hawks before they were Atlanta's Hawks. And, sure, legendary Jazz pick-and-rollers Karl Malone and John Stockton have moved on, and the odds of the Magic's do-everything alien swingman, Tracy McGrady, logging more than five minutes of half-speed court time are minuscule -- but this is about the big picture, folks.

If St. Louisans can pack the Savvis Center, what do you think will go through David Stern's head the next time he sees a half-empty Philips Arena? "Damn, I'm 'a move them Hawks back to St. Louis," that's what. Do it for the Hawks. -- Mike Seely

But They're Friendly Ghosts

Feeling guilty about the tombstone tipping, the late-night trespassing and the picnic-basket swiping? This Halloween, why not let demented park rangers do their own terrorizing at the St. Louis County Parks Historical Stories of Suspense and Terror event?

Enjoy terror by campfire-light at either Jefferson Barracks (533 Grant Road, October 17, 7 p.m.; $7) or the General Daniel Bissell House (10225 Bellefontaine Road, October 18, 7 p.m.; $7) as you hear ghostly tales from county employees.

Gather your courage and summon Ken Smith, event coordinator, at 314-544-5714 or visit his electronic grave site at -- Tom R. Arterburn

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