Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's Thursday!











It's Thursday. No better way to start your day than with the Johnny Blog. So, here's what's happening....

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Today is August 26th, the 238th day of 2010. There are 127 days left in the year.

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Bettman says NHL aiming for better things in 2010-2011.

Bettman: No new Kovalchuk contract submitted yet.

NHL unveils 2010-11 national broadcast schedule.

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Today is National Dog Day.







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Has a Tri-City Storm jersey ever looked so good?

Oshie developing into big-time playmaker for St. Louis Blues.

Craig Sarner returns to Sioux Falls as Director of Player Personnel.

Blue liner Hartwick bound for Quad Cities.

Gamblers introduce new Head Coach/G.M. Eric Rud.

Saints forward Riley Barber helps USA win Five Nations Tournament.

Volunteers put icing on the rink.

Force release tentative roster, hire assistant coach.

Gopher freshman spotlight: Nate Condon.

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Today is Women's Equality Day.

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Tampa Bay Junior Hockey Season Kick-Off

Ellenton, Florida - The Tampa Bay Junior hockey clubs, formerly the Jacksonville IceDogs, officially began preparations for the 2010-2011 season last night at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Center. Players from both Junior teams participated in off-ice work outs, followed by a parents' informational meeting, hosted by Head Coach Brett Strot and General Manager Kevin Wolter.



This is the entrance to the Ellenton Ice and Sports Center.









Head Coach Brett Strot leads players in stretching exercises.









Players also participated in stick handling drill.









This is the ice sheet the teams will play their home games on.









Head Coach Brett Strot (Blue shirt, just left of center) addresses players, staff and parents in the team's locker room. The man in the yellow shirt to the left of the picture is Brian Bradley, the Tampa Bay Lightning's Director of Fan Development, who will also be the Lightning's liason with the Tampa Bay Juniors.



The opening home weekend will be September 11-12th, with the full schedule to be released this week. Prior to the home opener, the Tampa-Minor team will be playing in a four-game Southeast Showcase at the Skatium in Ft. Myers on Labor Day weekend. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door, kids 12 & under Free.

For information on the Tampa Bay Junior program and the Hockey International development model, please visit HI's new website, which is under development, at http://www.tampajr.com/ ….content will continue to be added weekly.

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The World's Fair in New York was the catalyst for the first ever Major League Baseball telecast on this date in 1939, a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.

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2011 U.S. Women's National University Team Roster Announced

Squad to Compete in 2011 Winter World University Games,
Jan. 27 - Feb. 6 in Erzurum, Turkey


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 22-player U.S. Women's National University Team roster, as well as six alternates, for the upcoming 2011 Winter World University Games that will take place Jan. 27-Feb. 6 in Erzurum, Turkey. This marks the first time that the U.S. will be sending a women's team to the biannual event.

The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

"It's pretty exciting to be a part of the first U.S. women's team at this event," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the U.S. Women's National University Team. "I think our expectations after the tryout are pretty high. We have a diverse group of players who create synergy as a team."

Seven seniors highlight the U.S. roster, including defensemen Shea Crawford (Selbyville, Del./Lindenwood University) and Lindsay Reihl (Cheshire, Conn./Penn State University); forwards Tiffany Juha (Cape Coral, Fla./California University of Pennsylvania), Emily Nelson (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan), Terra Payne (Gaylord, Mich./Michigan State University) and Ashley Rumsey (West Olive, Mich./Grand Valley State University); and goaltender Heather Rossi (Kunkletown, Pa./Penn State University).

A full roster can be found here.

NOTES: Eleven different states are represented on the U.S. roster, with seven players coming from Michigan. Other states represented include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia ... Lindenwood University leads all schools with five representatives, while Michigan State University and Penn State University each have four players on the U.S. roster and Grand Valley State University and Robert Morris University Illinois have three ... All members of the U.S. Women's National University Team were selected following the USA Hockey Winter World University Games Evaluation Camp Aug. 6-8 in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... Mo Stroemel (State College, Pa.), who is beginning his fourth season as head coach of the Penn State University Lady Icers, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National University Team ... Vince O'Mara (St. Louis, Mo.), head coach of the Lindenwood University women's ice hockey team, and Cory Whitaker (Caldedonia, Mich.), head coach of the Grand Valley State University women's ice hockey team, will serve as assistant coaches for Team USA ... For more information on the 2011 Winter World University Games, click here.

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The Nevada State Fair runs today through August 29th in Reno. (Linky link)

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Lightning resign Downie, add Jones to blue line corps.

Lecavalier surgery successful.

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The Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul runs today through September 6th. (Linkity linkables)

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The 5-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2 points behind first-place Calgary in the CFL West, get back into to game action this coming Saturday, August 28th at Edmonton against the 1-6 Eskimos, with kickoff set for 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog. A huge crowd is expected, with over 45,000 tickets already sold for Saturday's game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Check out Riderville.com for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."

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The trapped miners in Chile have been told to stay thin. The escape tunnel will be just 26 inches in diameter. By comparison, the average American male's waistline is 39.7 inches.

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Today in Sports History:

1947 - Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major league baseball.

1961 - The International Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto opened. The project had been approved on September 11, 1943.

1998 - In east Bohemia, Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek was fined $30 for speeding when he ran his Ferrari off the road and hit a tree.

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ANAHEIM -- Talk about navigating troubled waters. The last thing any team wants to do while in the midst of a pennant race is to travel west.

The Rays did so, and despite losing, 12-3, to the Angels on Wednesday afternoon, they boarded the team charter back to the Tampa Bay area having completed the road trip to Oakland and Anaheim with a 4-3 mark.

Read the rest here.

The Rays are 78-49, and are tied with the Yankees for first in the A.L. East. Boston trails by 5 1/2 games in both the division and Wild Card races. The Rays have today off, then begin a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow night at 7:10pm EDT, on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. Tampa Bay is home for six games, with three against Boston and three against Toronto. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: Carlos Pena, who spent time on the disabled list recently, DH'd yesterday as a precautionary measure to rest his sore foot....David Price(15-5, 2.97) will start tomorrow night's game one of the Rays' three-game series with Boston. He'll be opposed by Boston's Jon Lester(13-8, 3.26).

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Remember the British lady who texted her way into the Guinness Book of World Records? Brian Sweet of Texas has posted a video of himself apparently breaking the record - typing the same message in 21.8 seconds. Check out the video.

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The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East, Boston is 5 1/2 back(The Red Sox trail by 5 1/2 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 11 1/2 back and Baltimore is 33 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 3 1/2 games, they're 9 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 18 back and Cleveland 21 1/2 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 8 1/2 and the Angels by 10 games, with Seattle trailing by 22 1/2 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 1/2 games(The Phillies are tied for the Wild Card lead), Florida trails by 9 (They're 6 1/2 back in the Wild Card race), the Mets are 9 1/2 behind(7 back in the Wild Card race) and Washington is 20 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 3 1/2 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 1 game behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 13 1/2 behind, Houston is 15 1/2 back, the Cubs are 19 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 30 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 6 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants are tied with Philadelphia in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado is third, 10 1/2 games out(They're 4 games back in the Wild Card race), the Dodgers in fourth, 12 games out(They're 5 1/2 back in the Wild Card race), with Arizona behind by 28.

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Here's Jimmy, checking out the type of equipment he'll have to wear in his future Hall-of-Fame career with either the Detroit Red Wings or Tampa Bay Lightning.










Jimmy and Daddy watch the hockey boys.










Jimmy's discovering how much fun coloring can be.










Want pizza! Want pizza!

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San Francisco -- It could have been remembered as one of the most impressive games in franchise history.

Instead, San Francisco's 12-11 extra-innings loss will go down as one of the rare times players in a Major League clubhouse will openly take the positives out of a loss.

After the Giants posted the largest comeback in team history -- fighting back from a nine-run deficit in the fifth inning to take an 11-10 lead in the eighth -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the 12th inning to cap a record-setting three-game series at AT&T Park.

Read more here.

Notes: San Francisco's offense racked up 38 runs on 53 hits in their three-game series with the Reds....The Giants are off today, and hit the road Tim Lincecum(11-8, 3.72) goes against Arizona's Barry Enright(4-2, 2.73). San Francisco plays 3 games each with Arizona and Colorado to wrap up their 9-game home stand.

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Broderick Thompson, a senior at Indiana University-Bloomington, is organizing what he hopes will be the world's largest dodgeball event this weekend on campus. He needs more than 1,200 people to break the record and says, so far, over 1,750 have signed up. He's turning it into a charity event, too.

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Today in Elvis History:

1961- Elvis Presley's album "Something For Everybody" hit #1 in the U.S.

1969- Elvis Presley's single "Suspicious Minds" was released.

1969- In Las Vegas, Elvis Presley began laughing during a performance of "Are You Lonesome Tonight." The performance was recorded and was released on several RCA releases.

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It's a family affair for Stamps' Raymond.

Eskies need to get mad against Riders.

Visit the league's official website: CFL.ca.

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Today in Beatles History

1963 - The The Beatles played at the Odeon Cinema. The supporting acts were Tommy Quickly, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black (who were making their first major appearance on stage.)

1997 - Yoko Ono's "It's Alright (I See Rainbows)" was released.

1997 - Yoko Ono's "Season of Glass [Remaster]" was released.

1997 - Yoko Ono's "Starpeace" was released.

2003 - John Lennon's album "Imagine" was released on a gold disc.

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James Cameron's added nine new minutes of footage to the re-release of Avatar, but will we see a re-re-release in a few months? We say maybe, since Cameron says a total of 45 minutes of film was cut from the original release. (Altogether now: YAAAAAAAAWN!)

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DAY 15 - Double days are in the books; Catchings catches eyes Wednesday.

Jacquizz Rodgers on Doak Walker Award list.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

The Beavers begin the 2010 season against TCU on Saturday, September 4th at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is 7:45pm EDT, with TV from ESPN, online video stream at ESPN3.com and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.

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Bill Cowher says Ben Roethlisberger is finally showing signs of maturing. (What does that mean, that he's now only sexually harassing women his own age?)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' doin'

Friday --

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

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 7:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joiliet, Illinois 7:00pm EDT

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

NFL Preseason Football: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec 2:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamonbacks at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8:00pm EDT

Monday --

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

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

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

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 9:15pm EDT

Thursday --

NFL Preseason Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

CFL Football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 7:30pm EDT

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That's it for now. See you tomorrow.

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