Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's Saturday!











This is Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is Chocolate Pudding Day

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The NHL draft started last night in Los Angeles. Edmonton took Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires with the number one pick. See Rounds two through seven today at 1:00pm EDT on the NHL Network.

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Today and tomorrow is the American Radio Relay League Field Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1819 - Abner Doubleday was born.

1910 - For the second consecutive year, Hazel Hotchkiss won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships.

1916 - The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians appeared in a game with numbers on their sleeves. The event marked the first time that players were identified by numbers that corresponded to the scoreboard.

1938 - Lonney Frey (Cincinnati Reds) had eight hits in a doubleheader split with the Philadelphia Phillies.

1944 - The New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played against each other in a six inning contest in a war bonds fund-raiser. Over 50,000 people watched the game. The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 1 and the Giants 0.

1962 - Earl Wilson (Boston Red Sox) pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels. Wilson also hit a home run.

1970 - Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) hit two grand slams against the Washington Senators in a 12-2 win.

1976 - Shortstop Toby Harrah (Texas Rangers) played an entire doubleheader without handling a batted ball from the Chicago White Sox.

1979 - Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1985 - Wilbur Snapp was ejected after playing "Three Blind Mice" during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O'Connor.

1986 - Jockey Sandy Hawley won his 5,000 career race.

1990 - Jennifer Capriati, at age 14, became the youngest winner of a match in Wimbledon history.

1998 - Jamaica won soccer's World Cup. It was the first time a Caribbean team had won the World Cup since 1938.

1999 - Sammy Sosa (Chicago White Sox) hit his 300th career home run.

1999 - Cal Ripken (Baltimore Orioles) got his 995th extra base hit.

2000 - Alex Cabrera (Arizona Diamondbacks) hit a two-run home run in his first major league at-bat.

2001 - Ray Bourque (Colorado Avalanche) announced his retirement just 17 days after winning his first Stanley Cup. Bourque retired after 22 years and held the NHL record for highest-scoring defenseman and playing in 19 consecutive All-Star games.


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Jimmy watches TV








What's a little TV without some snackies?








Jimmy practices for his Hall-of-Fame hockey career








Smoke hangs out in Jimmy's clothes hamper








Snoopy stays on the couch, out of range of the "little pink monster"







Jimmy pushes his floor tiles underneath his door








Then puts them back again






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The Tampa Bay Rays were beat by the Arizona Diamondbacks last night 1-0. Former Ray Edwin Jackson(19-26 in three seasons with the Rays from 2006 to 2008) pitched a no-hitter, the second against Tampa Bay this season and the third is the last season-and-a-half. Jackson walked 8, struck out six and hit one batter. He threw 79 strikes out of his 149 pitches and moved to 5-6 on the year. The Rays' Jeff Niemann allowed 1 run on 6 sits with 8 strike outs but still lost, falling to 6-2. Adam Larouche gave all the Jackson would need, with a solo homer in the second.

Tampa Bay, now 43-30, is tied for second in the A.L. East with Boston, 3 games behind the Yankees. The Rays host Arizona this afternoon beginning at 4:10pm EDT.

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Today is National Canoe Day.

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The last cuts are the deepest.

Roughriders host fourth annual "Draft a Rider."

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Today is Forgiveness Day.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 3 games over Tampa Bay and Boston. Toronto is 7 1/2 back and Baltimore is 25 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 1/2 game, the White Sox by 1 1/2, Kansas City is 9 1/2 back and Cleveland is 13 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 4 1/2 games, Oakland is 10 back and Seattle trails by 14.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1/2 game, Philadelphia by 2 1/2, while Florida is 7 1/2 back and Washington is 10 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 7 1/2 back, the Cubs are 8 1/2 behind, Houston trails by 12, and Pittsburgh is 15 1/s games behind.

San Diego leads San Francisco by 2 1/2 games in the N.L. West, the Dodgers and Colorado trail by 4 and Arizona is last, 14 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is Beautician's Day. (Rinse, set and a high buff on my toenails please.)

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Here's a list of players who skated in the USHL during the 2009-2010 season, taken in Friday night's first round of the NHL Entry Draft:

Pick #11 by Dallas Stars -- Jack Campbell of the USNTDP. Campbell, from Port Huron, Michigan, is a 6'3" 155lb goaltender for the USNTDP's U-18 team. In 11 games, Campbell was 6-3-1, with a 2.21 goals against average, a .917 saves percentage and 1 shutout. Campbell also backstopped the USA Hockey National Team to the World Junior Championship in 2010.

Pick #14 by St. Louis Blues -- Jaden Schwartz of the Tri-City Storm. Schwartz, a 5'10" 175lb center from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, who turns 18 years old today, led the USHL in scoring this past season, with 33 goals and 50 assists for 83 points, with 18 penalty minutes. Schwartz had 16 goals and 22 assists on the power play for the Storm this past season, 4 goals and 4 assists on the penalty kill and 4 game-winning goals. He had 3 assists in 3 playoff games. Schwartz is expected to attend Colorado College this fall.

Pick #15 by Los Angeles -- Derek Forbort of the USNTDP. Forbort, from Duluth, Minnesota, is a 6'4" 195lb defenseman, who had 4 goals, 10 assists for 14 points with 26 penalty minutes in 26 games. Forbort is slated to play for North Dakota this season.

Pick #22 by Montreal -- Jarred Tinordi of the USNTDP. Tinordi, the Captain of the USHL U-18 team last season, is a 6'4" 207lb defenseman from Millersville, Maryland. In 26 games, Tinordi had 4 goals, 5 assists and 68 penalty minutes. Tinordi is slated to attend Notre Dame in the fall.

Rounds 2 through 7 of the draft take place today, starting at 1:00pm EDT. Coverage of Saturday's portion of the entry draft can be seen in the U.S. on the NHL Network and in Canada on TSN.

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There's a Full Moon tonight. Go do some howlin'!

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From http://www.tampabaystorm.com

The Tampa Bay Storm (8-3, 2-1) extended its season-high win streak to six games in the team’s return home on Friday night, defeating the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (3-9, 3-3) by a score of 78-39 in front of an announced crowd of 15,808 in the second and final meeting of the season between the two American Conference clubs.

The victory proved to be record setting, as the Storm not only set a season-high point total, but also broke its best previous mark of 77 points scored at home. The win also placed the Storm atop the South Division, a half game ahead of in-state rival Jacksonville who plays at Milwaukee Saturday night.

The Storm put the game away primarily in the second half, coming up with two turnovers and scoring five touchdowns, while holding the Battle Wings to just two scores.

Tampa Bay utilized a balanced approach, making big plays on both offense and defense throughout the night. Quarterback Brett Dietz led the scoring attack, completing 22 of 30 passes for 342 yards and eight touchdowns. Aside from the overall team effort, his primary receivers on the night, Hank Edwards and Tyrone Timmons, each cashed in record-setting performances as well. Edwards, who finished the night with a team-leading 10 receptions for 209 yards and three scores, became the first Storm player in franchise history to break the 200-yard receiving mark in a single game, while Timmons capped the contest with a single-game career-high five touchdowns.

Tampa Bay was countered by Bossier-Shreveport’s Jimmy Welker, who went 14 for 33 with 239 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver PJ Berry also turned in four catches and a pair of scores for the Battle Wings. Jason Schule added two additional touchdowns on the night as well.

Despite Tampa Bay falling down by a touchdown twice in the first quarter, Dietz rallied the offense both times to counter Bossier-Shreveport score for score. Following a 26-yard touchdown from Welker to Berry that made the score 6-0, the Storm passer found Edwards in the back of the endzone to bring his team to a one-point lead after a successful extra point by Kicker Garret Rivas. Dietz then struck again to counter a second Battle Wings score, hooking up with DeAndrew Rubin to take a 14-13 lead into the second frame.

The Storm took a commanding lead in the second quarter, increasing the tempo of the game’s opening stanza, while receiving significant contributions on both sides of the ball. Schule scored to open the quarter, but Tampa Bay took over from there, scoring on five separate occasions. Dietz found Tyrone Timmons twice, once to go up 21-20, and once more from 17 yards out to give Tampa Bay a 10-point advantage. Tampa Bay’s defense was equally as impressive, as Jermaine Smith forced a fumble that resulted in a safety and two additional points for the Storm on the scoreboard. Following a rushing touchdown by Terrence Royal from the goal line to counter Bossier-Shreveport’s second score of the stanza, defensive back Brandon Hefflin intercepted a Welker pass, which allowed Dietz to find Hank Edwards and cap the half’s scoring with a 44-27 Storm lead going into the intermission.

Both the third and fourth quarters proved to be all Tampa Bay, as the Storm scored five times, while holding Bossier-Shreveport to just 12 points. In the third quarter Smith forced another fumble that Michael Hawthorne recovered in the endzone to push the Storm ahead 51-21. Daryon Brutley corralled his second interception of the season two plays late and Timmons recorded his third and fourth touchdowns of the night.

Timmons and Edwards each found the paint in the fourth stanza, but much like recent games, Tampa Bay’s defense and special teams stole the show to seal the win. Hefflin recorded his second interception of the night, while Kelvin Kinney registered a blocked kick for the third consecutive game in earning the team’s sixth straight victory.

Game Notes

* Storm WR Hank Edwards became the first WR in franchise history to reach 200 yards receiving in a single game. He finished the evning with 10 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

* Storm DE Kelvin Kinney blocked a PAT with just under a minute remaining in the game. Kinney has blocked a kick in three consecutive games.

* Storm QB Brett Dietz surpassed Peter Tom Willis on the franchise’s all-time passing attempts list with his first passing attempt of the game. Willis was ranked fourth in franchise history with 1,255 passing attempts.

* Storm WR Tyrone Timmons reached the 100-career reception mark in the first quarter on a two-yard reception from Dietz. He finished the evening with 9 catches for 106 yards and five touchdowns.

* Storm rookie WR Jacob Willis recorded his first career reception with just under 13:00 left in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with three receptions for 30 yards.

* Storm rookie QB Drew Weatherford threw his first passing touchdown of his career to Hank Edwards in the fourth quarter.

* BattleWing FB Jason Schule, in his first game back after a fight with testicular cancer, rushed four times for 30 yards and two touchdowns.

* WRs Hank Edwards and Tyrone Timmons each surpassed 1,000 yards receiving on the year.

* WR DeAndrew Rubin was injured in the first half and did not return to the game.

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Today in Elvis History:

1909 - Colonel Tom Parker was born.

1957 - Elvis Presley spent his first night at Graceland.

1968 - A birthday party was thrown for Col. Tom Parker on the set of the 1968 TV Special "Elvis."

1977 - Elvis Presley's final concert took place at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis.

1979 - Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Elvis Presley, died.

2007 -
The 21-song Elvis Presley collection "That's Alright" was released

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series: New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' doin'.

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-cola at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Arena Football: Chicago Rush at Tampa Bay Storm 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Dayton International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

Indy Cars: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York 3:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow!

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