Thursday, June 3, 2010

It's Thursday!










Happy Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Hockey Playoff Roundup ----

NHL:

Stanley Cup Finals

Last night --

Philadelphia 4, Chicago 3, OT (Chicago leads series 2-1)

Tonight --

No games

Next game --

Chicago at Philadelphia Friday, 8:00pm EDT on Versus (Game Four)

AHL

Calder Cup Finals

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

Texas at Hershey 7:00pm EDT (Game One)

Next game --

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

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Giroux's overtime goal lifts Flyers to game three win.

Blackhawks expect more from Flyers in game four.

Record-setting night for McCreary.

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Here's Ron McLean and Don Cherry on Coaches Corner, the first intermission feature on Hockey Night in Canada's broadcast of last night's Stanley Cup Finals game. I think this just might be Cherry's best suit of all time. Atta boy Grapes!

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A prosthetic leg washed up along the shore in Jacksonville(Florida) Beach last Thursday. It was an unusual prosthetic leg. It was a left leg and had a Willie Nelson sticker on it, reports News4Jax.com. Authorities had posted an ad on Craigslist in hopes of reuniting the leg with its owner. Finally, yesterday the owner claimed it, reports First Coast News in Jacksonville. No word on how the owner lost his leg.

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CFL teams have opened rookie camps this week, with main camps to start in the next few days. Go to http://rodpedersen.blogspot.com/ for all the latest news.

Here's Roddy's 2010 training camp primer and his article on What you need to know for 2010 from cfl.ca.

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Today is National Egg Day.

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Jimmy feels a bit out of sorts.







Smoke cleans up the Sloppy Joe stuff Jimmy dropped on the floor and says wearing some of it is a small price to pay.







Snoopy prefers to stay out of the line of fire until the "Terrible Twos" are over.



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For the second straight night, a big ninth inning was the difference for the Tampa Bay Rays, who grabbed another come-from-behind win over the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-3 in front of 13,517 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night.

The Jays scored single runs in the first two innings. Jose Bautista singled in Fred Lewis in the first and Lyle Overbay scored on a second-inning sacrifice fly by John Buck. Tampa Bay got on the board with a run in the fifth, as Reid Brignac scored on a two-out single by Carl Crawford.

The game stayed 2-1 in Toronto's favor until the ninth. The Rays tied the game as Seam Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice bunt by Dioner Navarro. They grabbed the lead as John Jaso scored on a Brignac double, and a grand-slam homer by Crawford that brought home Navarro, Brignac and B.J. Upton. The Blue Jays could only get one back in their half of the ninth, as Alex Gonzalez scored on an Overbay double, making the final score 7-3.

David Price pitched eight string innings for Tampa Bay, striking out 3 and allowing just 2 runs on 9 hits, in improving to 8-2. Shaun Marcum, who cruised through eight strong innings, took the loss after allowing 5 runs, 4 of them in the ninth on 10 hits with 2 strikeouts. He slips to 5-2.

The Rays, 36-18, lead the A.L. East by 2 1/2 games over the Yankees. Tampa Bay has tonight off, before opening a three-game set at Texas tomorrow night. Tomorrow's game starts at 8:05pm EDT on Sun Sports and MLB.TV. Saturday's game starts at 4:10pm EDT on FOX and MLB.TV with Sunday's game scheduled for a 3:05pm EDT start on Sun Sports and MLB.TV. All three games can be heard on 620 WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. Tampa Bay returns home to open a six-game home stand on Tuesday, with three games against Atlanta. The Marlins come to town for three games starting next Friday.

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Here's a great story by my friend Dwight Jaynes(http://www.dwightjaynes.com) concerning last night's missed call by umpire Jim Joyce, that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game against Cleveland.

Jim Joyce has been one of the best in the game for a lot of years. The abuse he is sure to take(and has already taken) is the type of stuff that drove me out of umpiring this season after 37 years. When players, coaches/managers and fans are allowed to verbally abuse umpires over a missed call, and, at times not only threaten physical abuse, but actually carry those threats out, is it any wonder why officials associations across the country in all sports are often grievously short of officials? And those same associations damage themselves when they fail to support their officials when they are the targets of abuse, simply because they are more interested in protecting the contracts they have with local teams/leagues to cover games, rather than do what's right, which is to protect and support their members.

Such abuse of officials is ruining sports all across the United States and Canada. It's a shame. A horrible, inexcusable and entirely preventable shame.

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Today in Elvis History:

1949 - Elvis Presley received a school report card on which he was given an "A" in English and a "C" in Music.

1959 - Elvis Presley developed an abscessed tonsil. He spent a week in Frankfurt Military Hospital.

1961 - Elvis Presley's single "Surrender" hit #1 in the U.K.

1961 - The Elvis Presley album "His Hand in Mine" hit #3 in the U.K.

1972 - The reissue of the album "Elvis For Everyone" hit #48 in the U.K.

1982 - Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, TN, opened as a tourist attraction.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are 36-18 and lead the A.L. East by 2 1/2 games over the Yankees, 5 over Boston, 5 1/2 over Toronto and 20 1/2 over Baltimore.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 3 1/2 games, the White Sox by 8 1/2, Kansas City by 9 1/2 and Cleveland by 11.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 1 game, the Angels are 2 1/2 back and Seattle trails by 7.

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

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati and St. Louis are tied for first, the Cubs are 6 1/2 back, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee are both 8 1/2 back and Houston is 12 behind.

San Diego is still on top of the N.L. West, 1 game ahead of the Dodgers. San Francisco is 3 1/2 games behind, Colorado is 4 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 11 1/2 games out of first.

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Former President George W. Bush joined Facebook Wednesday with his own page. Back when he was prez Facebook invited him to set up a fan page but he turned them down. I tried looking at it yesterday, but was redirected back to my own page each time I tried. Guess Dubya doesn't really want to be my friend after all.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Friday --

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

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(If necessary): Philadelphia at Chicago 8:00pm EDT

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A Washington state man accused of robbing a jewelry store was caught by bystanders when he ran out of breath. The robber should have known it could happen since he only has one lung.

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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 theahl.com.

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)

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James Bond's original Aston Martin from the films Goldfinger and Thunderball is for sale. A guy in Pennsylvania has owned it since 1969. (Don't you want it just for the forward-facing machine guns? Sure would come in handy during a traffic jam!)

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That's it for today. Enjoy your Thursday. See you tomorrow.

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