Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Tuesday

It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 23rd, the 327th day of 2010. There are 38 days left in the year.


Maple Leafs beat Stars.

Devils send Caps to third straight loss.

Biron shines again in Rangers' win over Flames.

Flyers rally to beat Habs.

Blue Jackets shut out Predators.

Senators edge Kings.

Lightning beat Bruins, win 4th straight.

Pittsburgh slips past Panthers.


Henry Burden patented the horseshoe manufacturing machine on this date in 1835.


2011 IIHF World Junior Championship Pre-Tournament Schedule Released

U.S. National Junior Team, Five Other Nations to Compete in Pre-Tournament Games in Rochester and Jamestown, N.Y.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. National Junior Team, along with five other nations, will compete in pre-tournament games in Rochester and Jamestown, N.Y., this December prior to the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. A total of five games will be played from Dec. 21-23 involving the U.S., Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Russia and Slovakia.

On Dec. 21, Team USA will face off against the Czech Republic at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y. The following day, The Sports Centre at MCC will play host to a pre-tournament match-up between the Czech Republic and Germany. Both games will start at 7 p.m. (EST). Single-game tickets ($10) and two-game passes ($15) will be available at the door or by calling (585) 424-4625 beginning Dec. 1.

The U.S. will also face off in a pre-tournament game against Norway on Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Savings Bank Arena in Jamestown, N.Y. Additional pre-tournament games in Jamestown include Norway taking on Slovakia on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Slovakia facing Russia on Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. For ticket package information, click here or call (716) 484-2624.

In addition, Team USA will travel to Troy, N.Y., on Dec. 19 to face the Rensselaer men's ice hockey team. Opening faceoff at Houston Field House is slated for 4 p.m. Ticket information can be found at RPIAthletics.com or by calling (518) 276-6262.

The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. A full tournament schedule and ticket information can be found at BuffaloWorldJuniors.com.

NOTES: Approximately 28 players will be invited to Team USA's pre-tournament training camp, to begin Dec. 16 in Albany, N.Y. The final 22-player U.S. roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship will be unveiled prior to Team USA's pre-tournament game against Norway on Dec. 23 ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at Yale University, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Allain will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boys' ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School; and Joe Exter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... From July 30 - Aug. 7, a total of 44 of the top U.S. under-20 players took part in USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. For the full roster and camp coverage, click here.

IIHF World Junior Championship Pre-Tournament Game Schedule
Dec. 19-23 - Jamestown, Rochester & Troy, N.Y.

Date Match-up Time** City Arena (Tickets Link)
Dec. 19 USA vs. RPI 4:00 p.m. Troy, N.Y. Houston Field House
Dec. 21 USA vs. CZE 7:00 p.m. Rochester, N.Y. The Sports Centre at MCC
SVK vs. NOR 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. Savings Bank Arena
Dec. 22 CZE vs. GER 7:00 p.m. Rochester, N.Y. The Sports Centre at MCC
Dec. 23 SVK vs. RUS 4:00 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. Savings Bank Arena
USA vs. NOR 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. Savings Bank Arena

*all game dates, times subject to change
**all times EST

University of Minnesota Duluth Unanimous No. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Minnesota Duluth is the unanimous No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll following two overtime victories over then-No. 15 University of Wisconsin last weekend. The Bulldogs collected 509 points and all 34 first-place votes to claim the top spot for the second week in a row.

Boston University remains in the No. 2 spot with 438 points after splitting a weekend series with No. 6 University of New Hampshire, while Yale University (421) advances two places to No. 3 having defeated Cornell University and Colgate University. The University of Nebraska Omaha remains at No. 4 with 389 points after posting a 1-1-0 record against No. 10 University of North Dakota, and Miami University (373) rounds out the top five following two wins over Bowling Green State University.

This weekend features three top-15 match-ups, with No. 11 University of Notre Dame visiting No. 10 University of North Dakota for a weekend series, and No. 8 University of Michigan facing off against No. 15 University of Minnesota.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while Hockey East and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association each boast four ranked programs and ECAC Hockey has two ... A total of 19 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I 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.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men's College Hockey Poll - #8
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 University of Minnesota Duluth, 509 (34) 1 11-1-2 8
2 Boston University, 438 2 7-1-4 8
3 Yale University, 421 5 7-1-0 8
4 University of Nebraska Omaha, 389 4 9-2-1 6
5 Miami University, 373 6 8-3-3 8
6 University of New Hampshire, 299 8 6-2-3 8
7 Boston College, 272 9 8-4-0 8
8 University of Michigan, 265 10 8-3-3 8
9 University of Maine, 263 3 6-3-3 8
10 University of North Dakota, 252 7 8-5-1 8
11 University of Notre Dame, 201 11 9-3-1 5
12 Union College, 133 12 7-2-3 5
13 University of Denver, 130 14 8-4-2 8
14 University of Alaska, 55 13 7-5-2 7
15 University of Minnesota, 37 NR 7-4-1 3

Others receiving votes: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 19; University of Wisconsin, 15; Merrimack College, 8; Quinnipiac University, 1.


That porn actress who was in the hotel room with Charlie Sheen is suing him. (You know things are bad when you're being sued for ruining the reputation of a porn star.)


Saints add scoring depth.

Lumberjacks focus on fans.

Massachusetts defenseman Darren Rowe.


On this date in 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands.


Jimmy scoots a tractor across the floor.


This is Dr. Who Day.


The Beavers hope to become bowl eligible this Saturday when they head to The Farm to play Stanford. Kickoff on the Beaver Sports Network is 7:30pm EST. Listen link is 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.


Today is Fibonacci Day. (Linky Link)


Western Champs Again.

The Riders play Montreal in the Grey Cup championship game this coming Sunday in Edmonton. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm EST. Listen link for the game is on the right side of this blog.

Visit the teams' official website, Riderville.com.


Here's a sign winter comes early to our northern states: Today is Wisconsin's Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day.


Cauz's MMQB: Division Finals edition.

Riders and Als to play for 98th Grey Cup.

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


This is Tie One On Day.


Here's the Week 11 NFL Schedule:

Chicago Bears 16 at  Miami Dolphins 0

At  Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Oakland Raiders 3

At  Dallas Cowboys 35 Detroit Lions 19

At  Jacksonville Jaguars 24 Cleveland Browns 20

Washington Redskins 19 at Tennessee Titans 16

At New York Jets 30 Houston Texans 27

Baltimore Ravens 37 at  Carolina Panthers 13

Green Bay Packers 31 at  Minnesota Vikings 3

At Kansas City Chiefs 31 Arizona Cardinals 13

Buffalo Bills 49 at Cincinnati Bengals 31

At  New Orleans Saints 34 Seattle Seahawks 19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 at San Francisco 49ers 0

Atlanta Falcons 34 at St. Louis Rams 17

At New England Patriots 31 Indianapolis Colts 28

Philadelphia Eagles 27 at New York Giants 17

At San Diego Chargers 35 Denver Broncos 21

Here's the Week 12 NFL Schedule:

Thursday November 25 12:30 p.m. New England Patriots at Detroit Lions

Thursday November 25 4:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

Thursday November 25 8:20 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns

Sunday November 28 4:05 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday November 28 4:05 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders

Sunday November 28 4:15 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos

Sunday November 28 8:20 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts

Monday November 29 8:30 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals


Do you DVR Thanksgiving? Some do. They "time shift" their holidays to accommodate everyone's busy schedules. That means that rather than having Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November, maybe the family will gather on the following Saturday, or the weekend before. It's becoming more popular.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Louis Balint, an umemployed sheet-metal worker, punched Elvis Presley at Toledo's Commodore Perry Hotel. Balint claimed that his wife's love of Presley led to his divorce. Balint was later jailed when he could not pay the fine ($19.60) for the assault.

1957 - Elvis Presley's song "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," the b-side of "Trying To Get To You," hit #15 in the U.K.

1960 - Polls were taken at advance screenings of the Elvis Presley movie "Flaming Star". As a result of the polls the songs "Britches" and "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" were cut from the final cut of the movie. Polls were also taken on November 25.

1960 - The Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" was released nationwide in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley's 22nd film, "Spinout," opened in the U.S.

1971 - Elvis Presley's single "I'm Leavin'" hit #23 in the U.K.

1974 - The album "Having Fun With Elvis On Stage" hit #130 in the U.S.

1976 - Police arrested Jerry Lee Lewis outside the gates of Graceland after he showed up for the second time that night and made a scene by shouting, waving a pistol and demanding to see Elvis Presley.


The secret to better sex could be in a classic Thanksgiving dessert. In a study of men, 40 aromas were tested to determine which arouses men the most. The smell of pumpkin pie topped even ladies' fragrances.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - The Beatles shot promotional clips for "I Feel Fine," "Ticket to Ride," "Help!," "Day Tripper," and "We Can Work It Out" at London's Twickenham Studios.


The season finale of Dancing with the Stars airs tonight. Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey or Bristol Palin will take home the mirror ball trophy.


Today in Sports History:

1968 - The Milwaukee Bucks made their first NBA trade. They traded Bob Love and Bob Weiss to the Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson.

1971 - The Washington Senators announced that they would now use the name Texas Rangers after their move to Arlington, TX.

1984 - Boston College defeated Miami, 47-45, on quarterback Doug Flutie's last-second 64-yard pass.

1988 - The New York Yankees signed free agent Steve Sax to a 3-year contract.

1988 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th National Hockey League goal.

1991 - The Sacramento Kings ended the NBA's longest road losing streak at 43 games.

1998 - Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment from Carmen Electra. The two had been married on November 14, 1998.

2001 - A crowd of 87,555 people watched the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A&M Aggies 21-7. The crowd was the largest to see a football game in Texas.


A rock historian has named the world's oldest rock and roll song. "That's All Right Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup is the song, according to Southeastern Louisiana University rock historian Joseph Burns.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 5:00pm EST

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Cardinal 7:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens 4:15pm EST

CFL Football -- Grey Cup Championship Game: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton 6:30pm EST


That's all for today, see you tomorrow.

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