Friday, June 4, 2010

It's Friday!

Batten down the hatches, this could be a wet Friday. Here's what's happening....


Hockey Playoff Roundup ----


Stanley Cup Finals

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

Chicago at Philadelphia 8:00pm EDT on Versus (Chicago leads series 2-1)

Next game --

Philadelphia at Chicago 8:00pm EDT on NBC (Game five)


Calder Cup Finals

Last night --

Texas 2, Hershey 1 (Texas leads series 1-0)

Tonight --

No games

Next game --

Texas at Hershey Saturday, June 5th 7:00pm EDT(Game Two)


Hawks need more from their big line.

Flyers PK units have shut down Hawks in finals.

2010 Final courting history for close games.


Today is Hug Your Cat Day.

Today is also National Doughnut Day.


Fallout continues over the Jim Joyce "incident." Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has (so far anyway) stated that he does not plan to (at this time anyway) overturn Joyce's safe call at first and award Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. The door is apparently still open for Selig to overturn the call, but the more time that passes, the less likely Selig is to do anything. Many are saying that overturning the call would take the heat off Joyce. I'm not so sure that I would agree. Overturn the call or not, some people are still going to view Jim Joyce as the guy who "screwed up" a perfect game. And, I'm not so sure things will be any easier on Joyce for quite awhile.

It's an unfortunate incident, for sure. But, if Detroit's own official scorer refuses to overturn the call, what good would it do for Selig to do so? I'm not sure it would make things easier (or not) for Jim Joyce. Many people appreciate and respect the human aspect of the game. If it is subsequently shown that implementing some kind of replay system would be beneficial to the game, then so be it. I'm just not convinced that overturning this call, by invoking the Commissioner Office's "In the best interests of the game" clause is the way to go here.


A Chicago man landed in a bit of touble after hitting his boss's cousin in the head with a barbecue grill scraper. Will that get him fired?


Jimmy and I got up early today and went to Friday morning Big Boy Nums. It sure was fun to see all our friends again, and everyone was especially glad to see what a big boy Jimmy has become.

It still amazes me how my wife Kim and I were "chosen" to be Jimmy's parents, especially at our ages. We love our little guy so much!


The Rays were off last night, after winning two-of-three in Toronto. They start a three-game set tonight at Texas, 8:05pm EDT. Saturday's game, to be show on FOX, starts at 4:10pm EDT. Sunday's finale gets underway at 3:05pm. All three games can be heard on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. All three games can been seen on MLB.TV, with the games tonight and Sunday available on Sun Sports.

In other Rays news, shortstop Jason Bartlett was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, and catcher Kelly Shoppach will return to the team from Triple-A Durham, where he was on a rehab assignment to recover after having right knee surgery earlier this season.


Today in Elvis History:

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced that people preferred the "younger Elvis" stamp design in a nationwide vote.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed "Sinking In" at the halftime show of the NBA Finals game between the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs.


The Tampa Bay Rays are 36-18 and lead the A.L. East by 2 games over the Yankees, 5 1/2 over Boston and Toronto and 21 over Baltimore(The Orioles have lost 8 straight).

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 2 1/2 games, the White Sox by 7 1/2, Kansas City by 9 1/2 and Cleveland by 11.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas and Oakland are once again tied for first, the Angels are 1 1/2 back and Seattle trails by 6.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 games. Florida 4 1/2 games back, the Mets 5 and Washington trails by 6 1/2.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati and St. Louis are tied for first, the Cubs are 6 1/2 back, Pittsburgh is 8 1/2 behind, Milwaukee trails by 9 and Houston is 11 behind.

San Diego is still on top of the N.L. West, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers. San Francisco is 3 1/2 games behind, Colorado is 4 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 12 1/2 games out of first.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey will host its 2010 Annual Congress from Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 13, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The four-day event provides USA Hockey's various councils, committees and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the organization's business and celebrate the year's accomplishments. In addition, two dinners will be staged to honor those who have contributed to the great success of USA Hockey.

USA Hockey 2010 Annual Congress
"A Night of Tribute"
Award Dinner Honorees

Adult Ironman of the Year,
presented by Labatt Blue
Steve Peterson (Woodbury, Minn.)

Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year,
presented by Qwest Communications
Jenny Potter (Anoka, Minn.)

Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year
Matt White (Whittier, Calif.)

Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year,
presented by Bauer Hockey
Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.)

College Player of the Year,
presented by Bauer Hockey
Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.)

Disabled Athlete of the Year
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.)

President's Awards Dinner Honorees

Excellence in Safety Award,
presented by Shock Doctor
Mark R. Lovell, Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Chet Stewart Award
Lyman Dimond (Indian Land, S.C.)

Bob Johnson Award,
presented by Nike
Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich.)

Walter Yaciuk Award,
presented by Easton
Ron Baum (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Adult Member of the Year,
presented by Labatt Blue
Ray Ferry (Lancaster, Pa.)

Distinguished Achievement Award
Brian Burke (Edina, Minn.)

Wm. Thayer Tutt Award
Wally Kormylo (Kenosha, Wis.)

In other news from USA Hockey, Keith Allain (Worcester, Mass.), one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the United States, was today named the head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. The appointment marks Allain's third stint as head coach of a U.S. National Junior Team, having taken on the role in 2001 and 2002.

"It is a great honor to be chosen to coach this team," said Allain. "Every time you get to represent your country, it's a terrific experience. The chance to do so in front of our home fans will make this occasion even more special."

The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2010 - Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S. will be aiming for its second consecutive title, having won the gold medal last year at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.

Allain currently serves as head coach of the Yale University men's ice hockey team, a position he has held since April 2006. Joining Allain on the coaching staff will be assistant coaches Mark Osiecki, Phil Housley and Joe Exter.

NOTES: A full schedule and ticket information on the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship can be found at ... USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp will take place July 30 - Aug. 7 in Lake Placid, N.Y. ... Players for the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in December.


Defense keys Stars game one win at Hershey.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Stanley Cup Finals Hockey Game Four: Chicago at Philadelphia 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 4:10pm EDT

Calder Cup Finals Hockey Game Two: Texas Stars at Hershey Bears 7:00pm EDT

Arena Football League: Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway 7:30pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series: Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 3:05pm EDT

Stanley Cup Finals Hockey Game Five: Philadelphia at Chicago 8:00pm EDT


Target announced that it will begin selling Amazon's Kindle beginning Sunday. (I think I read about it on my iPad.)


The Calder Cup Finals, the championship of the American Hockey League, begins tonight in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Here's a preview from Hershey.

And here's a preview from Texas.

Games 3-5 to be televised in Central Pennsylvania.

Calder Cup Finals series preview from

Here's the schedule for the finals:

Tonight, 7:00pm EDT at Hershey

Saturday, 7:00pm EDT at Hershey

Monday, June 7th 8:30pm EDT at Texas

Wednesday, June 9th 8:30pm EDT at Texas

Friday, June 11th at 8:30pm EDT at Texas (If necessary)

Monday, June 14th 7:00pm EDT at Hershey (If necessary)

Wednesday, June 16th 7:00pm EDT at Hershey (If necessary)


Be careful when you party in a town like Tampa, often called the lap dance capital of the world.

A night out on the town in Tampa ends up with a New York Yankees minor league pitching coach missing his World Series Championship ring, along with his Yankees-issued cell phone and $120, reports Tampa Bay's

Patrick Daneker was out at the Blue Martini Bar in Tampa during the Memorial Day weekend with another coach, Carlos Chantrez, where they met up with two young women wearing "short mini skirts," according to the incident report. According to, documents show that a clerk claims the two females and Daneker arrived, then Daneker was seen getting money from an ATM on the property. Fifteen minutes later, the women left.

He sets the value of his World Championship Ring at $10,000.

Daneker admits to "extremely intoxicated," according to the report. He also claims they "messed around." And he doesn't remember much else.


That's it for today. Have a great Friday. See you tomorrow.

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