Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's Wednesday!












It's Wednesday. Another thrilling day of little sleep, while installing a new hard drive (and the associated hassles of doing so) in the Johnny Blog Boy laptop. So, finally, here's what's happening....

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Today is September 22nd, the 264th day of 2010. There are 101 days left in the year.

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Patrick Kane recalls phone call from President.

Kraft Hockeyville a legacy of long time resident.

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Today is Elephant Appreciation Day.

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Lumberjack radio show to debut Monday the 27th.

Fall Classic gives players spotlight.

Tourney big deal for Saints.

Patience pays off as Massa becomes one of USHL's top goalies.

Fargo Force must learn to win like Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

Umass duo comes to school via Omaha.

Omaha should target Fall Classic.

Ice open up single game sales, announce Conseco dates.

Blashill's approach keeps Broncos on edge.

Solway earns his "C" at Bowling Green.

Former Rider Abdelkader remembers his roots.

Cullen expects large role with RPI.

Trade bolsters Saints' defense.

Game stories:

Black Hawks turn tables on Buccaneers.

Black Hawks fall to Muskies.

Fall Classic scores for September 22nd:

Des Moines 3, Sioux Falls 2

Dubuque 4, Omaha 3

Cedar Rapids 7, Lincoln 0

Fargo 3, Chicago 0

Sioux City 6, Tri-City 2

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Today is American Business Women's Day.

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2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team
to Hold Camp Beginning Thursday

Team USA's First Camp of the Season to Take Place in Buffalo, N.Y.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team will conduct its first training camp of the season starting Thursday (Sept. 23) at the Amherst Ice Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The camp, which runs until Saturday (Sept. 25), marks the first time the team will practice together following the announcement of the squad in August.

"The goal of this weekend's camp is to work on conditioning and build chemistry," said Gregg Marinari, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team. "We're looking forward to getting out on the ice and having some fun."

The camp is the first of three such camps to be held in Buffalo prior to an exhibition series against Canada, Dec. 3-4, at the Bud Bakewell Rink in Riverside Park. Additional exhibition series slated for early next year will be announced at a later date.

For a complete 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.

NOTES: The 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team includes seven returning members from last year's squad, including goaltender Danny Hefley (Wexford, Pa.); defensemen Tyler Anderson (Jenison, Mich.), John Mollica (The Plains, Ohio) and Mason Newbold (Lockport, N.Y.); and forwards Raymond Beck (Sicklerville, N.J.), Connor Fee (Spotswood, N.J.) and Ryan Pelletier (Columbia, Conn.) ... Head Coach Gregg Marinari served as the assistant coach of the 2009-10 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team ... Assistant Coach Kip St. Germaine is a three-time U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team member (1998, 2002, 2006) and most recently skated with the 2009-10 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.


2010-11 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men's and Women's College Hockey Polls Set to Begin

Men's and Women's Division I Preseason Polls to Be Released Sept. 27 and 28

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced its 2010-11 schedule for the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's and Women's College Hockey Polls that will be released throughout the upcoming season. The men's preseason poll will be published Monday (Sept. 27) followed by the women's preseason poll on Tuesday (Sept. 28).

With some exceptions, the men's poll will be released each Monday throughout the college hockey season, while the women's poll will be available each Tuesday. Polls will appear online at usahockey.com and usatoday.com, as well as in USA Today.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Polls are conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. They include input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I men's ice hockey conferences and the four NCAA Division I women's ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

The men's poll is entering its 16th year after the first poll was distributed at the start of the 1995-96 season, while the women's poll enters its 14th year, after beginning in 1997-98.

NOTES: The men's poll will take a one-week hiatus following the Sept. 27 preseason poll, before returning Oct. 11. The poll will then be released every Monday through the end of the college hockey season, with the exception of Dec. 27 and April 4 ... The women's poll will be distributed each Tuesday from Sept. 28-March 22, with the exception of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.

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Today is the Autumn Equinox.

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Dallas -- In the days during Training Camp leading up to the 2010 preseason opener, Lightning Head Coach Guy Boucher repeatedly stated that he wanted to see a relentless effort from his team.

Tampa Bay granted the coach’s wish, outshining the Stars by exploding for four goals in a 4-2 win that earned Boucher his first NHL victory, albeit in preseason.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Dear Diary Day.

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Fantuz named CFL Offensive Player of the Week.

Miller stands tall in line of fire.

The Riders improved to 7-4 in the CFL West, 4 points behind the now 9-2 Calgary Stampers with this past Friday's 43-37 OT win. The Riders will next play on September 25th, a Saturday against the Hamilton Tigercats, Kickoff on 620 CKRM is set for 6:30pm EDT.

Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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Today is Hobbit Day.

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Here's the Week 3 NFL Schedule:

Sunday, September 26th --

1:00 p.m Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1:00 p.m. New York Giants at Tennessee Titans

1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers

1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs

1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans

4:05 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 p.m. Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams

4:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

4:15 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals

4:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks

8:20 p.m. New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Monday, September 27th --

8:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

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It seems every week there's a vehicle recall. Now the maker of the Bentley is recalling 596 cars because hood ornaments may injure pedestrians in a crash by failing to retract. If you're driving a 2007, 2008 or 2009 Bentley - and who isn't -- talk to your dealer.

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The Beavers play at Boise State on Saturday, September 25th. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm EDT.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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Today is National White Chocolate Day.

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Eastern distractions non-issue for Argos..

Pile: Touching down in Atlantic Canada.

Eskimos invade P.E.I.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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NEW YORK -- James Shields wanted to give the Rays a much-needed lift on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for the Rays and the 28-year-old right-hander, the Yankees scored all of the runs they needed in the first inning en route to an 8-3 win at Yankee Stadium with 46,609 watching.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Wade Davis (12-9, 4.13) is on the mound for the Rays tonight in the third of a four-game set at New York against the Yankees' A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.08).

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Season premieres on TV tonight: Criminal Minds; Modern Family; Law & Order: SVU; The Middle.

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In the American League East, the Yankees lead Tampa Bay(who lead the Wild Card) by 2 1/2 games, Boston is 9 behind(6 1/2 behind in Wild Card), Toronto(Eliminated) is 15 1/2 behind and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 31 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota(Clinched division) is 12 ahead of the White Sox, Detroit(Eliminated) is behind by 15 1/2, while Kansas City(Eliminated) sits 29 in arrears and Cleveland is 30 behind.

In the American League West, Texas leads Oakland by 7 1/2, the Angels are 8 1/2 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 26.

In the National League East, Philadelphia leads Atlanta(Braves lead the Wild Card race) by 5 games, Florida(Eliminated) is15 out, the Mets(Eliminated) are 16 1/2 back and Washington(Eliminated) is 27 1/2 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 8 games, Houston is 12 1/2 back, Milwaukee(Eliminated) is 16 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 17 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 33 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1/2 game ahead of San Francisco(The Padres are 1 game behind in the Wild Card), Colorado is 2 1/2 behind(3 out in the Wild Card), the Dodgers are 12 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 25.

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CHICAGO -- There's no truth to the rumor that the Giants manufactured DVDs of their 1-0 victory Tuesday night over the Chicago Cubs and express-mailed them to baseball writers assigned to participate in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

But that might have been a good idea.

Performing under playoff-race pressure, Buster Posey showcased the skills that have made him a leading Rookie of the Year candidate. He homered in the eighth inning, threw out a would-be basestealer and guided Matt Cain and three relievers through a two-hit performance in San Francisco's 15th shutout of the season.

Read the rest here.

Jonathan Sanchez (11-8, 3.19) goes to the mound in tonight's 8:05pm EDT start for the Giants against the Cubs' Randy Wells (7-13, 4.46).

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Elvis Presley left for Bremerhaven for a tour of duty in Germany. The ship was the U.S.S. Randall.

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Presenting Snoopy and Smoke, the World Wrestling Puppies.








Mommy, move Snoopy please so I can jump on the bed, okay?






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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

1980 - John Lennon signed with Geffen Records.

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Today is the International Day of Radiant Peace.

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Today in Sports History:

1927 - In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight.

1934 - The NHL approved a new rule that allowed the awarding of penalty shots.

1968 - Cesar Tovar became the second major league baseball player to play all nine positions in one game.

1969 - Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run.

2006 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) tied Hank Aaron's National League home run record when he hit is 733rd.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg, MB 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Edmonton Oilers 9:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:05pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning atCalgary Flames 9:00pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Saturday:

Nascar Nationwide Series: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:30pm EDT

College Football: Oregon State Beavers at Boise State Broncos 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 11:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

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

Thursday --

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 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 --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Blades TBA

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)

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That's all for now. See you tomorrow. 

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