Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 30th, the 272nd day of 2010. There are 93 days left in the year.


Gionta named Canadiens Captain.

NHLPA and NHL partner with National Cancer Organizations as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month in October.


Today is National Mud Pack Day.


USHL drops puck this weekend.
Y'towns' Bradley commits to RPI.

Muskies name captains for upcoming season.

Schmaltz commits to Sioux.

The USHL Life: Inside the room.

Ex-Rider Slater named captain at WMU.

Collins aims for spot on Amerks' roster.

Old man Boehm loves being back in Cedar Rapids.

Ice head to Muskegon to open season.

Heimerman has big shoes to fill in Muskegon.

Force roster trimmed to 23.

Gamblers remain optimistic heading into season.

Appelton native C.J. Eick comes home to join Gamblers.

First year Gamblers coach has veteran players.


In 1452, the first section of the Gutenberg Bible was published. The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed from movable type. The book was completed by 1456.


First place in sight for Riders.

Durant and Fantux honored as Players of the Month

No worries about the offense.

13th man still causing problems for Riders.

Saskatchewan, now 8-4 on the year after Saturday's 32-25 win at Hamilton, are now just 2 points behind first place Calgary in the CFL West. Next action for the Green-and-White is the first of a back-to-back set with Toronto on Saturday, October 2nd against the Argonauts. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm EDT. The second game will be in Regina on Saturday, October 9th at 4:00pm EDT.

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Today is Safety Pin Day.


Here's the Week 4 NFL Schedule(All times Eastern):

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. New York Jets Buffalo Bills

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos Tennessee Titans

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

Sunday October 3 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns

Sunday October 3 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday October 3 4:05 p.m. Houston Texans Oakland Raiders

Sunday October 3 4:15 p.m. Arizona Cardinals San Diego Chargers

Sunday October 3 4:15 p.m. Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday October 3 8:20 p.m. Chicago Bears New York Giants

Monday October 4 8:30 p.m. New England Patriots Miami Dolphins


Christopher Nolan has confirmed he'll be directing the third Batman film. (Sock! Bam! Pow!)


The Oregon State Beavers take their 1-2 record into Pac-10 action this coming Saturday at Reser Stadium against former coach Dennie Erickson's Arizona State Sun Devils. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm EDT on the Beaver Sports Network. Listen link is to the right on this blog. Fox Sports Northwest has TV coverage.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.


Today is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of “The Flintstones,” the first animated sitcom for adults.


Showdown: West Offensive All-Stars.

Injury sidelines Als' top receiver.

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Rioting broke out on this date in 1962, when James Meredith became the first black to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi.


Jimmy enoys watching T.V.


ST. PETERSBURG -- A raucous capacity crowd of 36,973 filled Tropicana Field on Wednesday night on a night when the Rays gave away 20,000 free tickets.

"Interesting concept," manager Joe Maddon about the giveaway. "It definitely filled the place up. The fans were great, very appreciative."

Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, the goodwill gesture did not translate to a win, as Kevin Millwood managed to turn back the clock against Rays hitters to lead a 2-0 Orioles win.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Matt Garza (15-9, 3.92) goes for the Rays tonight against the Royals' Zack Greinke (9-14, 4.23) in the first of a four-game set that wraps up the 2010 regular season....Left fielder Carl Crawford has 106 runs, which broke his previous club record of 104 set in 2004. He is one home run shy of his career high of 18 set in '06 and has a career-high 88 RBIs. His previous high was 81 in '05. Crawford has 30 RBIs in 45 games since moving into the No. 3 spot in the lineup on Aug. 9. He also leads the Majors with 13 triples, his most since notching 16 three-base hits in '06. Crawford's career high in triples is 19 in '04. ... Longoria needs one more double (he has 46) to tie Aubrey Huff's club record of 47 set in '03. He is the only Rays player with a pair of 40-double seasons (he had 44 last year). He also has a career-high 15 stolen bases in 20 attempts.


The Worst Television Ad in America is the loudmouth Staples shopper. That's the verdict of more than 100,000 voters on The Consumerist website. Staples got 30 percent of the vote. Here's the worst ad. See if you agree.


In the American League East, Tampa Bay(Clinched playoff spot) leads the Yankees(Clinched playoff spot) by 1/2 games, Boston(Eliminated) is 7 behind, Toronto(Eliminated) is 12 behind and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 31 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota(Clinched division) is 8 ahead of the White Sox(Eliminated), Detroit(Eliminated) is behind by 13, while Cleveland(Eliminated) sits 25 1/2 in arrears and Kansas City(Eliminated) is 28 behind.

In the American League West, Texas(Clinched Division) leads Los Angeles(Eliminated) by 10 games and Oakland(Eliminated) by 11 games, with Seattle(Eliminated) trailing by 27.

In the National League East, Philadelphia(Clinched Division) leads Atlanta(Leading the Wild Card race) by  5 games, Florida(Eliminated) and the Mets(Eliminated) are both 17 1/2 back and Washington(Eliminated) is 27 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati(Clinched division) leads St. Louis(Eliminated) by 6 games, Houston(Eliminated) and Milwaukee(Eliminated) are 13 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 16 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 32 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 2 games ahead of San Diego (The Padres trail the Wild Card race with Atlanta by 1 1/2 games), Colorado(Eliminated) is 7 behind(Eliminated), the Dodgers(Eliminated) are 12 1/2 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 26.


Today is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.


SAN FRANCISCO -- The showdown is assured.

The Giants' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego's 3-0 triumph over Chicago on Wednesday guaranteed that National League West-leading San Francisco must defeat the second-place Padres at least once during this weekend's three-game series to clinch the division title.

Having surged two games ahead of the Padres after trailing them by six on Aug. 28, the Giants wouldn't have it any other way.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.06) pitches for the Giants today against Barry Enright (6-6, 3.73) of Arizona....The weekend 3 game series with San Diego will decide the N.L. West. The Giants have to defeat the Padres once to clinch the pennant, which would be their first since 2003....San Francisco leads the season series against Arizona 12-5.


Authorities in Orange County, California, are searching for a burglar found nude under a bed by a homeowner. The suspect repeatedly apologized and put on his pants after he was discovered early Saturday. The man told the homeowner he was on drugs and ran from the house shirtless and wearing khaki pants.


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley's EP "Just For You" hit #16 in the U.S.

1958 - Elvis Presley's album "Loving You" hit #1 in the U.S.

1963 - Recording began on the soundtrack for the Elvis Presley movie "Kissin' Cousins." Only the instrumental tracks were laid because Elvis had a cold and could not sing.

1967 - Tennesee Governor Buford Elington declared "Elvis Presley Day."


A B-17 carrying Admiral Nimitz found Guadacanal using a National Geographic map on this date in 1942.


Today in Beatles History:

1974 - John Lennon appeared on WNEW-FM in New York as a guest DJ.

1984 - Prince's single "Let's Go Crazy" hit No. 1. He then held the No. 1 single, album and film simultaneously. Only the Beatles had accomplished the feat previously.


The first amateur swim meet in the U.S. was held on this date in 1867 at the N.Y. Atletic Club.


Today in Sports History:

1916 - The Atlanta Braves stopped the New York Giant's 26-game winning streak. It was the longest winning streak in major league history.

1927 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.

1934 - Dizzy Dean won his 30th game of the season in a 9-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

1971 - The Washington Senators played their last game in Washington before moving to Arlington, TX. They were forced to forfeit the game to the New York Yankees when fans stormed the field in an effort to take souvenirs.

1972 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) recorded his 3,000th career hit. It was his last as he was killed in Venezuela during the off season.

1973 - Hank Aaron finished the season one short of Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. He broke the record in the first month of the 1974 season.

1973 - The New York Yankees completed their 50th season at the Stadium.

1984 - Mike Witt (California Angels) became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball. He defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0.

1984 - The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record when they registered three safeties in a 33-12 victory over the New York Giants.

1992 - George Brett (Kansas City Royals) reached his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels. He was the 18th player to reach the mark.

1995 - Albert Belle (Cleveland Indians) became the first player in history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season.

1999 - The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park (3Com Park). The Dodgers won 9-4 with 61,389 fans on hand.

2002 - Chris McAlister (Baltimore Ravens) returned a missed field goal 108 yards to set an NFL record.


On this day in 1867, the Midway Islands were formally declared a U.S. possession.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 3:00pm

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

College Football: Arizona State Sun Devils at Oregon State Beavers 6:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Florida Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Junior Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors SEJHL vs Tampa Lightning AAA U16s 8:30am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)


That's it for today. See you again tomorrow.       

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