Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

It's Monday. Here's what's happening....


Today is October 25th, the 297th day of 2010. There are 68 days left in the year.


Rozsival leads Rangers past Devils.

Predators hold off Lightning.

Flames blank Sharks.

Stamkos off to hot start for Lightning.

Off-ice commitment has Recchi strong at age 42.


Mel Gibson's cameo in The Hangover sequel has been axed. The movie's cast angrily objected to him being added to the film.


Sunday's game:

Indiana 3, Omaha 0

Stars snap skid, beat Cedar Rapids.

Stamps beat Force in OT.

Lumberjacks to host GhoulWill Night.

Muskies rout Tri-City on Pink in the Rink Night.

Jacks grab first home ice victory.

Gaudreau sparks Saints.

Stampede beats Force in OT.

3rd period goal pushes Gamblers to win.


A law firm in Connecticut (Manchester) has opened a drive-through office in a building that once housed a former Kenny Rogers Roasters. Clients can use the drive-through to drop off and pick up documents.


U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Formally Inducted

Berglund, D. Hatcher, K. Hatcher, Nagobads and Roenick Enshrined

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2010 -- Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick -- was formally enshrined here this past Friday
 at an induction ceremony and dinner held at HSBC Arena, home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. Nearly 400 people were on hand for the night's sold-out celebration.

"We have a sensational class joining the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame tonight," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "I'd particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres for hosting this great celebration."

"I want to thank the selection committee that nominated and selected me for the Hall of Fame. I cherish this evening," said Berglund. "I also want to give a special thanks to USA Hockey and to all of the directors and members of the executive committee who are here tonight."

"It is a great night for myself, for my family and for everyone here," said Derian Hatcher. "I'd like to thank the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and all of USA Hockey for making tonight possible. I'm truly honored. This is quite an achievement and I'm very humbled."

"This is truly an honor for me and my family to all be here on such a special night," said Kevin Hatcher. "I'd like to thank the selection committee and the other inductees. To be associated with them, it's truly an honor. USA Hockey has been such a tremendous experience for me."

"I just don't have enough colorful words to express my happiness and the honor I feel," said Nagobads. "I would like to give thanks to the USA Hockey administration, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame committee that gave me the opportunity to join this very highly distinguished group, and to my family who has been so supportive of me."

"It's real special to be here and I'm extremely humbled," said Roenick. "To go into this prestigious Hall of Fame, with the people that have come before me, is really special. I would like to thank USA Hockey, not only for this award, but for what it has done for me. There's no way myself, Derian, Kevin, Tony [Amonte] would be here if it weren't for USA Hockey and the development it's put into place."

NOTES: With the Class of 2010, there are now 148 enshrined members in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... Steve Levy, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor and hockey broadcaster, served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies ... The night's festivities also included a special tribute to the silver medal-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team ... Tonight marks the first time the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been staged in Buffalo, and the first time the event has taken place at the arena of an NHL team ... The ceremony will be aired on the NHL Network at a later date ... The 2010 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner was sponsored by Rich Products Corporation, a pioneer in the frozen food industry and leading supplier in the foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, which houses its headquarters in Buffalo ... Since USA Hockey assumed responsibility for the event in 2007, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been held in Grand Forks, N.D. (2007), Denver (2008) and Boston (2009) ... Dr. V. George Nagobads was part of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that was enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 ... Only once previously have brothers been inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the same year. It happened in 2002 when Scott and Mark Fusco were enshrined ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, including coverage from tonight's ceremony, visit the Hall's official web site at … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, visit or call 800-443-7825.

U.S. National Under-18 Team Bested by Mercyhurst College, 3-1

Boyd Scores for Team USA

ERIE, Pa. - Travis Boyd (Hopkins, Minn.) notched a goal but it wasn't enough as the U.S. National Under-18 Team was bested by Mercyhurst College, 3-1, here last night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

The Lakers found the scoresheet first in the opening stanza and added another tally to take an early 2-0 lead.

Boyd put Team USA on the board and cut the deficit to just one goal when he scored at 6:38 in the second period. Barrett Kaib (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) collected an assist on the play.

The U.S. continued their comeback bid, outshooting the Lakers in the second period. But none of the shots found the back of the net. Mercyhurst College added another goal and eventually claimed the victory over Team USA, 3-1.

John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stopped 28 shots for Team USA in the loss, while Ryan Zapolski made 31 saves for Mercyhurst College in the win.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team next travels to Bensenville, Ill. for an Oct. 30 match-up against the Chicago Steel. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m. ET at The Edge Ice Arena.


Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 1 - 0 - 1
MER 2 - 1 - 0 - 3

2010 U.S. Junior Select Team Roster Announced

Team USA to Compete at World Junior A Challenge Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, B.C.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 22-player roster for the 2010 U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the World Junior A Challenge Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, B.C. Team USA is the two-time defending champion (2008, 2009) at the tournament.

All of the players on the U.S. roster currently compete in the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league.

Highlighting the U.S. squad are three players who were members of the 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that competed at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic, including forwards Seth Ambroz (New Prague, Minn./Omaha Lancers) and Cason Hohmann (Plymouth, Mich./Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) and defenseman Brian Cooper (Anchorage, Alaska/Fargo Force).

In addition, six Team USA members were selected in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, including Max Gaede (Woodbury, Minn./Sioux City Musketeers), who was chosen in the third round (88th overall) by the San Jose Sharks; Jimmy Mullin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Fargo Force), who was a fourth-round (118th overall) choice of the Tampa Bay Lightning; fifth-round selections Caleb Herbert (Bloomington, Minn./Sioux City Musketeers/Washington Capitals, 142nd overall) and Michael Parks (O'Fallon, Mo./Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Philadelphia Flyers, 149th overall); and sixth-round selections Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn./Fargo Force/Boston Bruins, 165th overall) and Nick Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn./Indiana Ice/Chicago Blackhawks, 180th overall).

Sharing the goaltending duties for Team USA will be Gothberg and Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H./Indiana Ice).

The U.S. Junior Select Team will first face off against Canada West in an exhibition game on Sat., Nov. 6, at 10:30 p.m. EST, before beginning tournament play against Canada East on Mon., Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. EST.

For Team USA's full roster, click here.

NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 10 states, with seven players hailing from Minnesota, four from Wisconsin, three from Missouri and two from Michigan. Nine USHL teams are represented, with the Fargo Force boasting five players and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Sioux City Musketeers each boasting four ... P.K. O'Handley, head coach and general manager of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, will serve as head coach of the 2010 U.S. Junior Select Team, after having guided Team USA in its first World Junior A Challenge appearance in 2007. Luke Strand, head coach and general mangager of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, and Justin Lyle, associate head coach of the USHL's Indiana Ice, will serve as assistant coaches ... O'Handley, Strand and Lyle are all USA Hockey Level 4 certified coaches ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its fifth year and Team USA will be competing in the tournament for the fourth consecutive time ... The U.S. has won the championship the past two years (2008, 2009) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 ... The 2010 World Junior A Challenge will include teams from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States and two teams from Canada (East and West) ... For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, click here.

Team USA 2010 World Junior A Challenge Schedule
Nov. 8-14 • Penticton, B.C. • South Okanagan Events Centre

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST)

Sat., Nov. 6 Canada West (Exhibition) 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 8 Canada East 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 10 Sweden 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 11 Quarterfinal Game 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Quarterfinal Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 12 Fifth-Place Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13 Semifinal Game 2 p.m./5 p.m.
Semifinal Game 6 p.m./9 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 14 Third-Place Game TBD
First-Place Game TBD


A U.S. cabinet session was televised for the first time on this date in 1954. It was a special meeting of Eisenhower's administration cabinet.


The Oregon State Beavers look to rebound from their one-point loss at Washington, when they host the Cal Bears for Homecoming on Saturday, October 30th, with kickoff set for 3:30pm EDT. Check out the broadcast via the listen link on the right side of this blog.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

Here's the 2011 Beaver Pac-10 baseball schedule.


In a survey of smartphone users 82% said that they regularly or sometimes used their phone while on the toilet. Those who answered "regularly" spent an average of 6 minutes on the toilet versus 2.5 minutes for those who answered "never".


An exercise in frustration.

The Riders try to snap out of their slump Sunday on the road against the BC Lions. The game, which starts at 5:00pm EDT, can be heard vis the listen link on the right side of this blog.


A new study confirms that women routinely give more money to charity than men. (Unless, of course, Charity is the name of an exotic dancer.)


CFL Replay: Week #17.

Visit the league's official website,


In Florida, Monsignor John Scully died Friday doing what he loved: celebrating mass at St. Stephen Catholic Church. The 86-year-old collapsed while consecrating the bread and wine.


Jimmy enjoys a romp in the yard with Flipper and Willy.


John McAllister has claimed a world record in Joust after a marathon session. McAllister began his assault on the classic arcade game Thursday and eclipsed the 25-year-old record of 107,216,700 points.


Here's the Week 7 NFL Schedule(All times Eastern):

Pittsburgh Steelers 23 at Miami Dolphins 22

Cleveland Browns 30 at New Orleans Saints 17

At Kansas City Chiefs 42, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

At Tennessee Titans 37, Philadelphia Eagles 19

At Baltimore Ravens 37, Buffalo Bills 34

Washington Redskins 17 at Chicago Bears 14

At Atlanta Falcons 39, Cincinnati Bengals 32

At Carolina Panthers 23, San Francisco 49ers 20

At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18, St. Louis Rams 17

At Seattle Seahawks 22, Arizona Cardinals 10

New England Patriots 23 at San Diego Chargers 20

Oakland Raiders 59 at Denver Broncos 14

At Green Bay Packers 28, Minnesota Vikings 24

Monday October 25 8:30 p.m. New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Here's the Week 8 NFL Schedule(All times Eastern):

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills Kansas at City Chiefs

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at New York Jets

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday October 31 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday October 31 4:05 p.m. Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers

Sunday October 31 4:15 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday October 31 4:15 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots

Sunday October 31 4:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders

Sunday October 31 8:20 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints

Monday November 1 8:30 p.m. Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts


In Ocala, Florida, a woman called police to say clothing items worth slightly more than $1,000 were placed in a tub filled with bleach. The clothing -- 26 pairs of jeans and pants and 20 tops -- was ruined.


2010 World Series

Game 1, Wednesday, October 27th
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm EDT

Game 2, Thursday, October 28th
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm EDT

Game 3, Saturday, October 30th
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 6:30pm EDT

Game 4, Sunday, October 31st
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 8:00pm EDT

Game 5, Monday, November 1st (If necessary)
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 7:30pm EDT

Game 6, Wednesday, November 3rd (If necessary)
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm

Game 7, Thursday, November 4th (If necessary)
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm EDT


According to reports, Brett Favre has admitted to leaving voicemails to a female Jets employee but denies sending lewd text messages. (Basically, he admits to being a jerk but denies being a pervert.)


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have earned themselves a golden opportunity, one which will guarantee them immortality in franchise history if they fully capitalize on it.

This is a team that at once cherishes its past yet is haunted by it. For most of the 1960s, the club's roster featured five future Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry. Yet the Giants won only one pennant during the decade (1962) and finished second five years in a row (1965-69).

Read the rest here.


Today is the start of International Magic Week.


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Elvis Presley began his only visit to Scotland.

1977 - The album "Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Vol. 2" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Known Only to Him: Elvis Gospel 1957-1971" was released.

1990 - The Elvis Presley album "How Great Thou Art" was released on CD.

1994 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Amazing Grace - His Greatest Sacred Performances" was released.


Today is the first day of International Message Therapy Week.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles did their first-ever interview. It was for the radio station at Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospital.

1963 - In Karlstad, the Beatles began their first tour of Sweden.

1964 - The Beatles won five Ivor Novello Awards from the British music industry.

1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that their first child should be born the next January. Yoko miscarried.

1973 - John Lennon sued the U.S. government claiming that his fight against deportation was prejudiced by U.S. officials.

1974 - John Lennon completed his self-produced sessions for his "Rock 'n' Roll."

1990 - John Lennon's album "Rock N Roll" was released on CD.

2005 - George Harrison's remastered live album "The Concert for Bangladesh" was released.


Today is Punk for a Day Day.


Today in Sports History:

1947 - The Army football team was defeated by Columbia 21-20. The team had gone unbeaten in 32 games that spanned four seasons. They had earned two national titles in the same time frame.

1964 - Cotton Davis (Oakland Raiders) threw for 427 yards in a 40-7 victory over the Denver Broncos.

1964 - Jim Marshall (Minnesota Vikings) picked up a San Francisco fumble and ran the wrong way 66 yards into his own team's end zone for a safety.

1978 - Gaylord Perry became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues when he won the award in the National League.

1981 - David Woodley (Miami Dolphins) passed for 408 yards in a 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

1981 - Brian Sipe (Cleveland Browns) threw for 444 yards in a 42-28 victory over 42-28.

1986 - The Boston Red Sox lost Game 6 of the World Series to the New York Mets. The winning run was scored in the 10th inning when a ground ball went through the Boston first baseman Bill Buckner's legs.

1987 - The Minnesota Twins defeated St. Louis in the first World Series to include indoor games. It was the first championship for the Twins.

1998 - Jason Elam (Denver Broncos) kicked a 63-yard field goal. The kick tied Tom Dempsey's 28-year-old NFL record.

1998 - Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers) set an NFL record when he caught a pass in his 184th consecutive game. Also during the game, Rice became the first player to surpass 17,000 career receiving yards.

1998 - Cris Carter (Minnesota Vikings) broke the team record when he caught a pass in his 106th straight game. He also tied Bill Brown's Minnesota record of 76 career touchdowns in the 34-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

2000 - NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the Minnesota Timberwolves would forfeit their next five first-round draft picks and would be fined $3.5 million due to violations of the NBA's salary cap.

2003 - Bobby Bowden (Florida State) became the winningest coach in major college football history with his 339th victory.

2005 - The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 7-5 in the first World Series game to be held in Texas. The game also was the longest in World Series history at 5 hours and 41 minutes. The game actually ended on October 26th.


Today is World Pasta Day.



MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Dead heat.
Well, almost.

Denny Hamlin won Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville and trimmed fifth-place finisher Jimmie Johnson's lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to six points with four races left in the season.

The closest Chase ever through six races is on a collision course toward next Sunday's AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the most dangerous and unpredictable race in the Chase.

"We're back, baby," Hamlin exulted in the radio as he approached the finish line. "Awesome job."

Hamlin showed his appreciation where it was well-deserved. Crew chief Mike Ford and his over-the-wall crew gained three spots for their driver during their final pit stop, before a restart on Lap 394. Hamlin was third off pit road and fourth overall (because Ken Schrader stayed out) when he took the green flag.

"I love you, Mike. Great job of adjusting the car," Hamlin radioed when the race was over. "Best it's been all day. Awesome job. Pit crew, you did it right there. You got me out. Thank you, guys."

Kevin Harvick, third in the standings, stayed within striking distance with a third-place run at the .526-mile short track, as the top three drivers continued to separate themselves from the rest of the Chase field. Harvick gained 15 points on Johnson and is 62 behind the four-time defending champion.

Hamlin could have a yard sale on grandfather clocks, after winning the distinctive Martinsville trophy for the fourth time and third in a row. The victory was Hamlin's series-best seventh of the season and the 15th of his career.

"Who said it was over?" Hamlin said of the Chase. "I told you it wasn't over."

Mark Martin rallied from a lap down to finish second, followed by Harvick, Kyle Busch and Johnson. Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Brad Keselowski completed the top 10.

Harvick, who has had issues on pit road during the Chase, swapped pit crews with teammate Clint Bowyer earlier this week. Bowyer's crew performed flawlessly, and after the race, Harvick offered to kiss his teammate as an expression of gratitude.

"Coming into this race, no one gave us a chance to even run anywhere toward the front," said Harvick, who posted his first top-five finish in 19 starts at Martinsville. "So it's nice to come here, get the finishes we feel like we deserve. We've run well over the last few years -- just hadn't got the finishes to show for it.

"Great day for us. Everybody did a great job on pit road and in the pits, doing everything they had to do to keep the car up front."

Earnhardt briefly gave Junior Nation something to cheer about. Before Earnhardt restarted third on Lap 247, crew chief Chad Knaus radioed to Johnson, "If you hear a great scream and roar [inside] the car, you'll know that Dale took the lead in the race."

Knaus didn't have to be a prophet to predict that. When Earnhardt passed Jeff Gordon for the top spot on Lap 285, the crowd stood en masse and cheered lustily. Earnhardt held the lead for 90 laps, 19 more than he had led previously this year, but his handling tightened up in the late going, dropping him to seventh at the finish.

During pre-race inspection, NASCAR required Johnson's crew to replace the drive shaft cover on the No. 48 Chevrolet, a minor issue in the sanctioning body's view, though the specific reason for the change wasn't stated. If there is a penalty forthcoming, it will be announced during the coming week.

Johnson was unaware of the change.

"I have no idea what you're talking about -- no clue," he said after the race. "Not my job, man."


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: World Series, Game 1 -- Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm EDT

Thursday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Hampton Roads Junior Whalers at Tampa Bay Juniors 4:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey-- Hampton Roads Junior Whalers at Tampa Bay Juniors 7:15pm EDT

Baseball: World Series, Game 2 -- Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Hampton Roads Junior Whalers at Tampa Bay Juniors 4:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey-- Hampton Roads Junior Whalers at Tampa Bay Juniors 7:15pm EDT

Saturday --

College Football -- California Golden Bears at Oregon State Beavers 3:30pm EDT

Baseball: World Series, Game 3 -- San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 6:30pm EDT

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Tampa Alumni at Ellenton 7:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Phoenix Coyotes 9:00pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals 4:15pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 5:00pm EDT

Baseball: World Series, Game 4 -- San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 8:00pm EDT


That's all for today. Have a great Monday, see you tomorrow.

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