Friday, October 8, 2010

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening.... 


Today is October 8th, the 280th day of 2010. There are 85 days left in the year.


Oiloers blank Flames to start season.

Flyers spoil Pens debut in new home.

Stastny's OT goal lifts Avs past Hawks.

Leafs edge Habs inopener.

Sutter's pair keys Canes in opener.


Today is Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day.


57 USHL alumni on NHL opening day rosters.

Mayfield and O'Connor named players of the week.

Pietrus assigned to Stingrays.

Connolly's amazing journey.


Forbes magazine says Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity and her high approval ratings make her the "world's most powerful" woman. (Not in my house it doesn't.)


Tickets for 2010 Under-17 Four Nations Cup available for purchase beginning today

Tournament Set for Nov. 9-13 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena, in Woodridge, Ill.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey yesterday announced that tickets for the 2010 Under-17 Four Nations Cup will be available for purchase beginning today, either online at, or by phone, at 630-521-1111.

The 2010 Under-17 Four Nations Cup will take place Nov. 9-13, at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena, in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, Ill. The tournament will feature the top under-17 players from Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States. For more information on the event, click here.

Fans can purchase a tournament pass for $35 or a day pass for $10. All tickets are general admission. A complete schedule for the Under-17 Four Nations Cup can be found below.

NOTES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team captured first place last year at the 2009 Under-17 Four Nations Cup, held in Trnava, Slovakia ... Seven Bridges Ice Arena recently hosted the first International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Under-18 Championship on U.S. soil, from March 27-April 3, 2010 ... The Under-17 Four Nations Cup was last held in the United States in 2007, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

2010 Under-17 Four Nations Cup Schedule

Nov. 9-13 • Seven Bridges Ice Arena - NHL Rink* • Woodridge, Ill.

Date Event Time (CST)

Tues., Nov. 9 Russia vs. Switzerland 3:30 p.m.

USA vs. Slovakia 7:00 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 10 Slovakia vs. Russia 3:30 p.m.

USA vs. Switzerland 7:00 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 12 Switzerland vs. Slovakia 3:30 p.m.

USA vs. Russia 7:00 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 13 Third-Place Game 3:30 p.m.

Championship Game 7:00 p.m.

*All games will be played on Seven Bridges Ice Arena's NHL Rink.


A new study shows that skinny men make less than their fatter coworkers, but only up to a point. Once dudes inch into obesity the trend reverses itself with salaries becoming lower.


Riders add defensive end to practice roster.

Saskatchewan, now 10-4 on the year and 2 points behind first place Calgary in the West, hosts the Argonauts in Regina on Saturday, October 9th at 4:00pm EDT.

Visit the teams' official website at


Egg producers in Turkey will attempt today (Friday) to set the world record for the world's largest omelet. Ten chefs and 50 cooks will make an omelet out of 60,000 eggs.


Here's the Week 5 NFL Schedule (All times Eastern):

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. New York Giants at Houston Texans

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday October 10 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills

Sunday October 10 4:05 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday October 10 4:15 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday October 10 4:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Sunday October 10 8:20 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

Monday October 11 8:30 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets


Hulk Hogan has undergone another back surgery. (And early next month he's scheduled to have his mustache realigned.)


The 2-2 Oregon State Beavers take their 1-0 Conference record on the road this coming Saturday to face the Arizona Wildcats, in a game to be televised on Versus. Start time is 7:00pm EDT.

Ask a Beaver: Alex Linnenkohl.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.


October is the Month of Free Thought. (What? All other months charge $5.95 for the first minute and $3.95 for each minute after that?)


Argos hope Lemon has the juice this weekend.

Lang's look ahead: Setting up Week 15.

Visit the league's official website at


This is National Animal Safety and Protection Month.


Here's Jimmy waiting for the start of yesterday's Rays' playoff game. Too bad this was the happiest moment of the day.


This is National Bake and Decorate Month.


ST. PETERSBURG -- Talk about being backed into a corner.
For a second consecutive day, Rays fans had more to lament than cheer for as the Rangers took a 6-0 win over the Rays in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field with 35,535 watching.

Read the rest here.

Notes: The series continues in Arlington on Saturday at 5:07pm EDT. Matt Garza (15-10, 3.91) starts for the Rays, Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72)  for Texas.

This is Clergy Appreciation Month.


Texas Rangers  2-0 vs
Tampa Bay Rays 0-2

New York Yankees 2-0 vs
Minnesota 0-2

Atlanta Braves 0-1 vs
San Francisco Giants 1-0

Cincinnati Reds 0-1 vs
Philadelphia Phillies 1-0

Thursday's scores:

Texas Rangers 6, Tampa Bay Rays 0
New York Yankees 5,Minnesota Twins 2
San Francisco Giants 1, Atlanta Braves 0

Friday's games:

Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies 6:00pm EDT
Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants 9:30pm EDT

Saturday's games:

Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 5:07pm EDT
Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees 8:37pm EDT


This is National Book Month. (Linky Link)


SAN FRANCISCO -- Whether the vanquished figures were Braves hitters or Giants greats, they fell like dominoes to Tim Lincecum's touch Thursday night.

The reality of the postseason proved to be far better than any fantasy the Giants or their fans might have harbored. Lincecum ended San Francisco's seven-year absence from meaningful October baseball in stirring fashion, setting a franchise postseason record with 14 strikeouts and firing a two-hitter as the Giants outlasted the Atlanta Braves, 1-0, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Read the rest here.

Notes:  Giants starter Matt Cain (13-11, 3.14 ERA) will take the mound in Game 2 of the NLDS against Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. PT, live on TBS. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.33  ERA) gets the start for the Braves.


Today is Alvin C. York Day.


Today in Elvis History:

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.

1960 - Elvis Presley went into the recording studio to re-record the song "Flaming Star".

1961 - Elvis Presley's single "Little Sister" hit #5 in the U.S.

1977 - The album "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" was confirmed gold by the RIAA.

2003 - The ablum "Elvis 2nd To None" was released.


October is National Popcorn Popping Month.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles appeared on "Shindig!" The show was taped in London and included the songs "I'm a Loser," "Kansas City," and "Boys."

1967 - The Beatles refuse an offer to play Shea Stadium for $1 million.

2002 - In Paris, Stella McCartney showed her summer fashions at a show.

2002 - It was announced that archivists at the University of Dundee had found about 500 previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles.


The American Library Association was founded on this day in 1876. (Linky Link)


Today in Sports History:

1918 - The Georgia Tech football team defeated Cumberland College 222-0. Georgia Tech carried the ball 978 yards and never threw a pass.

1956 - Al Carmichael (Green Bay Packers) returned a kickoff 106 yards to set an NFL record.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 73rd home run of the season and set a new major league record.


George Westinghouse, engineer, inventor and first employer to give his employees paid vacations, was born on this date in 1846.


Coming up:
Tonight ---

Baseball: Game Two, NLDS - Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies 6:07pm EDT

Baseball: Game Two, NLDS - Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants 9:37pm EDT

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eelks 3:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California 4:00pm EDT

Baseball: Game Three, ALDS - Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 5:07pm EDT

CFL Football: Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:00pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors vs Walpole Express at New Hampshire Showcase 9:15pm EDT

Baseball: Game Three, ALDS - Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees 9:37pm EDT

College Football: Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Wildcats TBA

Sunday --

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Florida Eels at Tampa Bay Juniors 6:35pm EDT

NHL Hockey: Atlanta Thrashers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EDT (Regular Season Opener)

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors vs Cranston Reds at New Hampshire Showcase 8:55pm EDT

Baseball: Game Three, NLDS - Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds TBA

Baseball: Game Three, NLDS - San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves TBA

Baseball: Game Four, ALDS - Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees TBA (If necessary)

Baseball: Game Four, ALDS - Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers TBA (If necessary)


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

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