Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you. Here's what's happening....


Today is December 21st, the 355th day of 2010. There are 10 days left in the year.


Thrashers beat Leafs, move into first.

Panthers rout Flyers.

Malkin shines in Pens win over Coyotes.

Hiller makes 45 saves in Ducks' win over Bruins.

Stamkos scores 100th as Lightning win fourth straight.

Kesler's pair leads Canucks past Blues.

Wild hands Flames another loss.


Today is Crossword Puzzle Day.


Weissenhofer selects Air Force.

Future Hawks team up for key juniors goal.

Saints' Girgensons helps Latvia to win.

Absurd goalie Monday: John Blue.

Five for Frustration: RoughRiders drop Black Hawks.

Stampede fall to Sioux City.

Musketeers add Velischek to roster.


Today's Birthdays: Legendary college football coach Joe Paterno (Penn State) is 84; TV Hall of Famer Phil Donahue is 75; actress Jane Fonda is 73; actor Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane, Unbreakable) is 62; actor/comedian Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age, Everybody Loves Raymond) is 53; actor Kiefer Sutherland (24, The Sentinel) is 44.


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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Yale University is the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll for the second week in a row. The Bulldogs, who boast an 11-1-0 record, collected 510 points and all 34 first-place votes to claim the top spot.

With the top four teams idle last weekend, the University of New Hampshire remains at No. 2 with 458 points, while the University of Minnesota Duluth (418) sits at No. 3. Boston College (410) claims the No. 4 spot, while the University of North Dakota (403) rounds out the top five after defeating the U.S. National Under-18 Team.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll will take a one-week hiatus and will return on Jan. 3.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while Hockey East boasts four ranked programs, and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and ECAC Hockey each have three ... A total of 23 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 - #12
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 Yale University, 510 (34) 1 11-1-0 12
2 University of New Hampshire, 458 2 10-2-4 12
3 University of Minnesota Duluth, 418 3 12-3-3 12
4 Boston College, 410 4 11-5-0 12
5 University of North Dakota, 403 5 13-5-2 12
6 Miami University, 308 6 10-5-3 12
7 University of Denver, 282 7 12-5-3 12
8 University of Maine, 247 9 8-4-4 12
9 University of Nebraska Omaha, 243 8 12-5-1 10
10 University of Michigan, 195 11 10-5-4 12
11 Boston University, 162 12 8-4-5 12
12 University of Notre Dame, 156 13 11-6-2 9
13 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 124 14 9-4-3 4
14 Union College, 59 10 10-5-3 9
15 University of Wisconsin, 43 15 10-7-3 7

Others receiving votes: University of Alaska, 22; Colorado College, 15; Merrimack College, 6; University of Minnesota, 6; Western Michigan University, 6; Ferris State University, 3; Robert Morris University, 3; Dartmouth College, 1.

Slovakia-Norway Pre-World Junior Championship Game in Jamestown Postponed by One Day

Game to be Played Wednesday at 7 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Slovakia-Norway pre-World Junior Championship game scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 21) at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in Jamestown, N.Y., has been postponed by one day due to unforeseen delays in the arrival of Norway's hockey equipment.

The game will now be played at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday (Dec. 22) at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Those holding tickets for the game on Tuesday may simply present the same tickets for admission to Wednesday's contest.

Tickets still remain for Wednesday's game and also for the Russia-Slovakia and USA-Norway contests on Thursday (Dec. 23) in Jamestown. For more information, fans may visit jamestownarena.com or call 716.484.2624.

NOTE: The 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, featuring the best players in the world under the age of 20, runs Dec. 26-Jan. 5 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. To purchase tickets for any of the 31 tournament games, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com. Team USA is the defending champion, after a thrilling 6-5 overtime victory over host Canada in the gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Sask., a year ago.


The Academy Awards announced Monday that a total of 248 films are eligible to win the 2010 Best Picture Oscar. The number has decreased over the past two years: In 2009, 274 were eligible, while 281 made the cut in 2008. Like last year, 10 films will be nominated for Best Picture.


Lions starter Lulay rewarded with new contract.

Former Commissioner Smith appointed to senate.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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


An anonymous thief sent an envelope of cash to a family-owned supply store in Pennsylvania to pay for a hammer stolen decades ago. A handwritten note said the hammer was stolen 25 to 30 years ago.


Can I crawl up in your chair Daddy?


Merriam-Webster has named 'austerity' its word of the year, based on the number of searches it received at the M-W website. Austerity was the most looked-up term throughout the year but particularly when Europe's debt crisis gained attention in the spring.

Here's the Week 15 NFL Schedule:

At San Diego Chargers 34, San Francisco Giants 7

Kansas City Chiefs 27 at St. Louis Rams 13

At Carolina Panthers 19 Arizona Cardinals 12

Philadelphia Eagles 38 at New York Giants 31

Detroit Lions 23 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

At Cincinnati Bengals 19 Cleveland Browns 17

Buffalo Bills 17 at Miami Dolphins 14

At Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington Redskins 30

At Indianapolis Colts 34 Jacksonville Jaguars 24

At Baltimore Ravens 30 New Orleans Saints 24

At Tennessee Titans 31 Houston Texans 17

Atlanta Falcons 34 at Seattle Seahawks 18

New York Jets 22 at Pittsburgh Steelers 17

At Oakland Raiders 39 Denver Broncos 23

At New England Patriots 31 Green Bay Packers 27

Chicago Bears 40 at Minnesota Vikings 14


Steve Landesberg died of cancer early Monday morning. He had been battling the disease for a while. He played Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on Barney Miller.


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - The production chief of Paramount Studios petitioned the U.S. Army to defer Elvis Presley's induction by two months so he could finish filming "King Creole." The draft board agreed after Elvis made the request himself.

1960 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council.

1960 - Elvis Presley's movie "Flaming Star" premiered in Los Angeles.

1970 - Elvis Presley went to the White House to volunteer his services to President Nixon on fighting the nation's drug problems. He gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and Elvis was given a Narcotics Bureau badge.

2006 - "Writing for the King" was released. The set included two CDs and a book that included more than 140 interviews with songwriters.


British authorities arrested a dozen men planning terrorist attacks. (They were caught plotting to make a sequel to the new Yogi Bear movie.)


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles performed their first Christmas show at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford, England.

1966 - The Beatles recorded the clarinets used on "When I'm Sixty-Four."

2000 - Glasses that belonged to a statue of John Lennon were stolen in Havana, Cuba. The theft was not made public until December 30, 2000.


Today is Forefathers Day.


Today in Sports History:

1941 - Ray McLean (Chicago Bears) performed the last drop kick for an extra point in the NFL.

1951 - Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball.

1959 - Tom Landry accepted the position of head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Landry led the team to 22 consecutive winning seasons in his 29 years as coach.

1969 - Vince Lombardi coached his last game. His Washington Redskins lost to the Dallas Cowboys 20-10. The Redskins ended that season at 7-5-2, which was the first winning season for the team in 14 years.

1975 - John Riggins became the first New York Jets player to gain 1,000 yards.

1975 - George Blanda, in his final regular-season game, became the first professional football player to reach 2,000 points. His total was 2,002 points over a 26-year career.

1975 - The Buffalo Sabres scored eight goals in the third period against the Washington Capitals. The Sabres won the game 14-2.

1980 - Harold Carmichael ended his NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions.

1981 - Cincinnati defeated Bradley 75-73 in seven overtimes. The game was the longest collegiate basketball game in the history of NCAA Division I competition.

1983 - The NBA's Indiana Pacers ended a 28 game losing streak.

1993 - Shaquille O'Neal's "I Know I Got Skillz" single was certified Gold by the RIAA.


On this date in 1620, Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower reached what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks 4:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers 7:00pm EST


That's it for today. Enjoy your Tuesday, see you tomorrow.

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