Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

Happy Monday to you, Happy Monday to you! Happy Monday, Happy Monday, Happy Monday to you! Here's what's happening....


Hockey Playoff Roundup ----


Stanley Cup Finals

Last night --

Chicago 7, Philadelphia 4 (Chicago leads series 3-2)

Tonight --

No games

Next game --

Chicago at Philadelphia Wednesday, June 9th 8:00pm EDT on NBC (Game six)


Calder Cup Finals

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

Hershey at Texas 8:30pm EDT(Texas leads series 2-0)

Next game --

Hershey at Texas Wednesday, June 9th 8:30pm EDT(Game Four)


Game Four recaps:

From the Chicago Tribune.

From the Chicago Sun Times.

From the Philadelphia Daily News.

From NBC Philadelphia.


Here's what Don Cherry was wearing last night on Hockey Night In Canada. Is he getting more conservative as the finals go on? How disapointing.

And, aren't you just a bit curious to know what he does during the off season?


Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.


The Tampa Bay Rays avoided their first losing road trip of the season yesterday, with a solid 9-5 win over the Texas Rangers, in front of 26,932 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Designated Hitter John Jaso, hitting in the leadoff spot for the second straight day, went 3-for-5, scored twice, hit a two-run homer in the third inning and drove in five runs. B.J. Upton, hitting ninth, went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and an rbi, while Carlos Pena added a solo home run for Tampa Bay. The Rays, after allowing a run in the second, scored twice in the third, once in the fourth, fifth and sixth, three times in the eight and once more in the ninth, to end their road trip at 3-3. Catcher Matt Treanor went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored, and a second-inning home run for Texas.

Matt Garza fanned 4 and allowed 4 earned runs over 5 1/3 innings, but got the win for Tampa Bay, to lift his record to 6-4. Rich Harden took the loss for the Rangers, allowing 4 earned runs with 6 strike outs in 5 innings. His record slips to 3-2.

The Rays are now 37-20 and 2 games ahead of the Yankees in the A.L. East, return home to open a six-game home stand on Tuesday, with the first of three games against Toronto, whom they won 2 of 3 against at the Rogers Centre last week. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm EDT Tuesday on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. They then host the Florida Marlins for three games, starting Friday.


It may soon be illegal for bicyclists in California to pedal while talking on their cell phone. The state Senate on Thursday voted 21-16 to fine bicyclists for gripping hand-held cell phones while riding.


Game three of the Calder Cup Finals is tonight at Cedar Park, Texas, with the Texas Stars up two games to none, after winning twice in Hershey. Here's a preview from the Austin Statesman and from the Lebanon Daily news.


An old bulldog in New Zealand was choking on rice. The owner called emergency services and was talked through the process of giving the dog the Heimlich maneuver. After several attempts the dog coughed up the rice and began breathing.


Jimmy watches the "Really Big Play Time."


Today in Elvis History:

1982 - Graceland opened for tours.

1997 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Always On My Mind - Ultimate Love Songs" hit #5 in the U.K.


The Tampa Bay Rays are 37-20 and lead the A.L. East by 2 games over the Yankees, 4 1/2 over Boston and Toronto and 21 over Baltimore(The Orioles broke their 10 game skid yesterday).

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 the Angels by 1/2 game, Oakland is 1 back and Seattle trails by 8.

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

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati and St. Louis are tied for first, the Cubs trail by 7 1/2, Pittsburgh is 9 1/2 behind, Milwaukee trails by 10 and Houston is 11 behind.

San Diego's lead in the N.L. West has shrunk to 1/2 game over the Dodgers. San Francisco is 2 1/2 games behind, Colorado is 4 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 11 1/2 games out of first.


Regulars at John Wooden's favorite diner miss their good friend.


The truth about the Al and Tipper Gore separation is finally coming out. (The last straw was when Tipper couldn't stand it anymore that Al was claiming he'd invented Facebook.)


Coming up:

Tonight --

Calder Cup Finals Hockey Game Three: Hershey Bears at Texas Stars 8:30pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

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

Calder Cup Finals Hockey Game Four: Hershey Bears at Texas Stars 8:30pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Stanley Cup Finals Hockey Game Seven(If necessary): Philadelphia at Chicago 8:00pm EDT

Calder Cup Finals Hockey Game Five(If necessary): Hershey Bears at Texas Stars 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Heluva Good! Sour CCream Dips 400 at Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, Michigan 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT


Charlie Sheen could be off to jail today. He's expected back in court and sources say he'll start his sentence right after. (There could be more than Two and a Half Men waiting to "greet" him at the lockup.)



Omaha's White named USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year

From USHL Images

USA Hockey announced today that Omaha Lancers forward Matt White has been recognized as the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year. It is the eighth consecutive season and 14th time overall that a USHL player has earned the award.

White recently completed his third USHL season in which he was named USHL Player of the Year and earned All-USHL First Team honors after finishing second in League scoring with 82 points (35g, 47a) in 57 games. The 20-year-old was one of three players to lead the USHL with 35 goals (Anders Lee of the Green Bay Gamblers and Tyler Barnes of the Waterloo Black Hawks also totaled 35 goals). White was also one shy of tying the USHL single-season record by netting eight shorthanded goals.

"As we said when Matt won our Player of the Year award, there's not a finer player on the ice, or a better person off it, anywhere in this or any sport," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "To receive the Dave Tyler Award is an extraordinary honor – but this is an extraordinary young man. All of us at the USHL congratulate him, and thank him for representing all of us so well."

Early in the 2009-10 season, White established a USHL season high by registering a point in 17 consecutive games. He collected 40 points (15g, 25a) during that span, including a career high five-point game (2g, 3a) in the 7-4 win over Waterloo on November 6th, 2009. White also led the USHL with a plus-41 rating, the highest mark in the League since the 2003-04 season (Bill Thomas, Tri-City Storm, plus-43). The Lancers forward was selected to compete in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game in January and collected one assist in the contest.

In 155 career games over three USHL seasons, White amassed 145 points (57g, 88a). He also produced a point-per-game average in the playoffs with 24 points (7g, 17a) in 24 career postseason contests. The native of Whittier, California was a member of the 2007-08 Lancers team that captured both the Anderson Cup and Clark Cup titles. White will continue his hockey career in Omaha as he is committed to play collegiately for the Mavericks at the University of Nebraska-Omaha beginning this fall.

The Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the outstanding American-born player in junior hockey who played for a team based in the United States. The award is determined by a panel of junior hockey coaches and administrators. White will receive the award on Thursday, June 10th in Colorado Springs, Colorado during "A Night of Tribute" at the 2010 USA Hockey Annual Congress.

Previous USHL recipients of the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award:

2009 – Andrew Miller, Chicago Steel

2008 – Jack Connolly, Sioux Falls Stampede

2007 – Jeff Petry, Des Moines Buccaneers

2006 – Trevor Lewis, Des Moines Buccaneers

2005 – Jeff Lerg, Omaha Lancers

2004 – Joe Pavelski, Waterloo Black Hawks

2003 – Ryan Potulny, Lincoln Stars

2001 – Chris Fournier, Lincoln Stars

2000 – Aaron Smith, Green Bay Gamblers

1999 – Peter Fregoe, Des Moines Buccaneers

1998 – Nate DiCasmirro, North Iowa Huskies

1997 – Karl Goehring, Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks

1994 – Jason Blake, Waterloo Black Hawks

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated it's eighth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2009-10. With over 230 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 13 NHL Entry Draft picks on League rosters this season, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at


That's it for today. Be safe, be legal and have fun!

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