Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's Wednesday!

It's Wednesday. Wake up, fry the hash browns, scramble the eggs, brew the coffee and catch up on the latest with the Johnny Blog. So, here's what's happening....


Today is August 25th, the 237th day of 2010. There are 128 days left in the year.


Keeping games fun for kids a concern.

Summit panel analyzes Europe to CHL pipeline.


Today is Kiss and Make Up Day.


St. Cloud assistant Rud lands job in Green Bay.

Mike and Mike a boon for UNO's Blais.

Jacks holding tryouts for anthem singers.

No off-season for Force's Johnson.


Today is National Second-hand wardrobe day.


Tampa Bay Junior Hockey Season Kick-Off

Ellenton, Florida - The Tampa Bay Junior hockey clubs, formerly the Jacksonville IceDogs, will be starting their first season at the Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex as practice begins this week. Hockey International(HI), the parent group of the Tampa Bay Junior teams, will have two teams competing as USAH Tier-III Jr-B squads. The Tampa-Major team will be in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MetJHL) with the Tampa-Minor team playing in the Southeast Junior Hockey League (SEJHL).

Regardless of the league, the HI objective is to continue to build on it's successful model which allows players to develop the skills to have the opportunity to compete at upper-levels AND remain in Florida.

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.

Over the last few years, the former Ice Dogs teams have had great team success, having participated in the USAH Tier-III Junior National Championships the past 2 seasons - as a junior team playing in the MetJHL and, the USAH U14 Nationals Championships – prior to becoming a junior team. HI stresses developement of individual player skills as a way to foster team success. The HI teams in Jacksonville have helped advance several players over the past two seasons. Those players include:

(From 2009-10)

Jared Lenner G NAHL Owatonna Express

D.J. Thomas F NAHL Coulee Region Chill

Kevin Mansolill F NAHL Coulee Region Chill

David Ripple D NAHL Coulee Region Chill

Cam Hampson D EJHL New Jersey Hitmen

Taylor Vincent F AJHL Northern Cyclones

Justin Jiminez F AJHL Philadelphia Jr. Flyers

(From 2008-2009)

Brian Ferlin F USHL Indiana Ice/NCAA D-I Cornell University

Sam Calahan G AJHL Boston Bulldogs

Eric Drapluk D EJHL Philadelphia Revolution

Darin Eguchi F WSHL Tulsa Rampage

Greg Gozzo F Avon (Massechusetts) Old Farms 2010 New England DIV- Prep Champs

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 ….content will continue to be added weekly.


It's National Banana Split Day.


Tampa's Prechae Rodriguez: Slowly working his way in.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, 5-2 in the West, 2 points behind first-place Calgary, 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.

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


The NFL has fined wide receiver Chad Ochocinco for tweeting before and during a game. The league said Ochocinco's messages appeared during a prohibited time at the Bengals-Eagles game Friday night. He'll pay $25,000. (You look in the dictionary for the definition of the word idiot and you see his picture.)


Today in Sports History:

1946 - Ben Hogan won the PGA in Portland, OR. It was his first major golf title.

1985 - Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher to win 20 major league baseball games in a season.


ANAHEIM -- Wade Davis rejoined the rotation without so much as a hiccup Tuesday night and the Rays moved to 30 games over .500 in a 10-3 rout of the Angels at Angel Stadium with 43,577 watching.

The Rays hitters got busy early and, fueled by a 13-hit attack, continued to score throughout the evening to take their fourth consecutive win.

The Rays (78-48) kept pace with the Yankees atop the American League East while moving to 4-2 on the West Coast road trip.

Read the rest here.

The Rays are 78-48, and are tied with the Yankees for first in the A.L. East. Boston trails by 6 games in the Wild Card race. The Rays finish their three-game series against the Angels today at 3:35pm EDT, on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After today's game with the Angels, Tampa Bay returns home on Friday to begin a six game home stand, with three games against Boston and three against Toronto. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: Joe Maddon was ejected in the top of the fifth inning yesterday for arguing a call at second base. The ejection was his 4th this season and 15th as Rays manager, tying the franchise record held by Larry Rothschild....Rocco Baldelli is making a strong case to become the Rays' designated hitter. Baldelli had his third consecutive two-hit, two-RBI night Monday for Triple-A Durham, making him 9-for-27 (.333) with two home runs and seven RBIs with the Bulls....Dale Thayer was sent to Triple-AS Durham after last nights game, to open up a roster spot for Jeff Niemann(10-3, 3.12), who goes to the hill tonight for the Rays. He'll be opposed by the Angels' Dan Haren(1-4, 4.39).


A study into the dating habits of 3,000 women has found they prefer geeky, practical guys over athletic, well-groomed men. (Boy, did my wife ever hit the jackpot!)


The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East, Boston is 6 back(The Red Sox trail by 6 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 12 1/2 back and Baltimore is 34 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 19 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 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia(Because of the number of players used plus ejections in last night's 4-2, 16-inninbg loss to Houston, pitcher Roy Oswalt was forced to play left field) by 2 1/2 games(The Phillies are tied for the Wild Card lead), the Mets are 9 1/2 behind, Florida trails by 10 games and Washington is 20 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 2 1/2 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 1 game behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 12 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 5 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 5 games back in the Wild Card race), the Dodgers in fourth, 12 games out, with Arizona behind by 27.


Here's Jimmy one year ago today, going for a car ride.

Jimmy enjoys playtime at the library.

There's Snoopy and Smoke, enjoying a sunny day in the backyard.


San Francisco -- When the weather is warm, weird things happen at AT&T Park.

On Tuesday, with the first-pitch temperature at 83 degrees and the crowd's patented sweatshirts nowhere to be seen, the Giants made AT&T Park's cavernous outfield look like a bandbox ballpark.

Four Giants hit home runs -- with the Reds adding three of their own -- as San Francisco put on a rare power display and outslugged Cincinnati, 16-5, to secure a tie with Philadelphia at the top of the National League Wild Card race.

Read more here.

Notes: Yesterday's 16 runs scored are the most this season, topping the 15 scored at Milwaukee on July 7th....Buster Posey hit his 10th homer and knocked in 3 runs yesterday. 7 of his last 17 hits have gone for extra bases....Freddy Sanchez Freddy is hitting .485 (16-for-33) in his last nine games....Madison Bumgarner(5-4, 3.20) opposes Cincinnati's Homer Bailey(3-2, 4.52), in game 3 of this 9-game home stand for the Giants. They'll play 3 games each against the Reds, Arizona and Colorado.


A 56-year-old Kansas chimpanzee has given birth. She'd been taken off of birth control for health reasons and zoo officials didn't think she could still conceive.


Today in Elvis History:

1958- In Texas, Elvis Presley reported back to Fort Hood.


Serious soul searching in Bomberland.

Dickenson finding success calling plays.

Visit the league's official website:


Today in Beatles History

1964 - The Beatles single "A Hard Day's Night" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1965 - The Beatles' movie "Help!" opened in the U.S.


An Old Spice TV ad has won an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. The ad, like so many Old Spice ads this summer, stars former NFL wide receiver Isaiah Mustafa. Here's the commercial.


Day 14: Big Plays highlight team's second scrimmage.

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 and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.


Tiger Woods' former mistress Rachel Uchitel says she would give up everything to be back with Tiger. (She doesn't want to marry him but after he remarries she wants to be his mistress again.)


Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angels Angels 3:35pm EDT

Baseball: Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

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


That's all for today. See you tomorrow

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