Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's Wednesday!










Here we are....another week half-done. Let's go....

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The NCAA men's basketball get-together was decided in classic fashion Monday night, with Duke holding off a determined Butler by two points, 71-69 in front of over 70,000 in Indianapolis. Circumstances prevented me from seeing the game, but I hear it was a good one.

UConn beat Stanford 53-47 last night foir the Women's Title and became the sixth college women's team to go unbeaten. (They were also the fifth) From what I've read, I'm glad I missed this one.

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The Tampa Bay Rays played their season opener last night, in front of a sell-out crowd at Tropicana Field, tipping the Baltimore Orioles 4-3, thanks to Carl Crawford's ninth-inning, base hit to right. Evan Longoria blasted a 473-foot home run to left in the sixth, B.J. Upton made a great catch at the wall in dead center in the first and Rafael Soriano picked up the win in relief.

One down, 161 to go.

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Apparently, the Lightning season can't get over fast enough.

Last Wednesday, goals from Steven Stamkos and Steve Downie, plus Mike Smith's 27 saves, led Tampa Bay to a 2-0 win in their final-ever visit to the Igloo in Pittsburgh. That win, as solid as it was, did not spur the team on to bigger and better things.

The Lightning came home Friday and allowed 4 first-period goals, in a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Smith and Antero Niittymaki split duties in goal, stoping just 17 of 22 shots.

Last night, Carolina came to town and scored four times in the first, on their way to an 8-5 win. Brandon Bochenski scored twice for Tampa Bay, Stamkos, Teddy Purcell and Andrej Meszaros one each. Goaltending again didn't help (or get much help) as Niittymaki and Smith stopped 33 of 40 shots.

The Lightning is now 31-36-12 for 74 points, tied with the stinkin' Panthers, just 2 points ahead of Toronto for last in the East. They have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Tampa Bay has just threee games left on their schedule. 7:30pm games Thursday against Ottawa and Saturday against Florida wrap up the home schedule, with a 5:00pm Sunday game in Sunrise against them stinkin' Panthers to close out what won't be as memorable a 2010-2011 season as the off-season will be.

Thursday and Sunday games can be seen on Sun Sports, with Saturday's game on WTOG, CW44. Check your listings for radio outlets.

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The Western Hockey League playoffs are into the second round.

In the West, the Portland Winterhawks have the Vancouver Giants right where they want them, losing the first two games at home. (Portland is 0-5 at home in this season's big play time, while the Giants have yet to lose in 6 starts this post season, as they host game 3 against the Hawks tonight.) Also in the West, Tri-City leads Kelowna 2-1. In the East, Calgary is up 2-1 over Medicine Hat and Brandon, the 2010 Memorial Cup hosts, is up 2-0 on Saskatoon.

In the Ontario League's Western playdowns, Windsor (the defending Memorial Cup champions) leads Plymouth 3-0 and London leads Kitchener 2-1. In the East, Ottawa and Mississaugua are tied 2-2 and Barrie lead Brampton 3-0.

In the QMJHL, Saint John is up 3-0 on Gatineau, Drummondville leads Rimouski 2-1, Victoriaville leads Quebec 3-0 and Moncton is up 3-0 on Rouyn-Noranda.

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The 2010 USHL post-season starts tonight. In the West, Tri-City meets Omaha and Fargo takes on Sioux Falls. In the East, Indiana tangles with Cedar Rapids and Waterloo battles Green Bay. All series in round one are best-of-five. Indiana is the defnding Clark Cup champions, while Green Bay has won the Anderson Cup (Best regular season record) two years straight.

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The Canadian Football league could be headed towards a lock-out of it's players this June. Details are available on Rod Pedersen's blog.

http://rodpedersen.blogspot.com/2010/04/lockout-talk-gets-serious.html

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Jimmy enjoys watching Seasame Street. He especially loves Elmo. Jimmy had an Elmo easter basket, he has a battery-operated Elmo that does the Hokey Pokey (And turns himself around!) and everything red he sees on tv, he shouts ELMO!

Mommy is at another job interview(Fingers are dutifully crossed), I'm getting ready for this weekend's Relay for Life and our four-legged boys, Snoopy and Smoke are having fun, as always. Smoke, the little Hairy Houdini, has slipped out the door twice in the past week. Fortunately, Mami has been able to catch him. The first time, she found him next door and Smoke, the poor little guy, was quite scared. And Snowball the Red-Nosed Escort, is back on the road after getting a new fuel pump. We love our kids, no matter how many legs or wheels they have!

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That's it for now. See ya soon!

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