Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening.


Today is February 23rd, the 54th day of 2011. There are 311 days left in the year.





Maple Leafs top Islanders.

Coyotes beat Flyers for eighth straight win.

Rangers beat 'Canes in shootout.

Blue Jackets blank Predators.

Sharks hold off Red Wings.

Avalanche snap slide by beating Blues.

Wild beat Oilers.

Devils make one count in win over Dallas.

Bruins douse Flames.

Canadiens hold off Canucks.


Today's birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda (Wild Hogs, Ulee's Gold, Easy Rider) is 71; voice actor/writer Tom Bodett (Motel 6 commercials) is 56; actress Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) is 46; Dell computers founder Michael Dell is 46; actress Niecy Nash (Reno 911) is 41; actress Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Devil Wears Prada) is 28. 


Black Hawks lose a pair of heartbreakers.

USHL announces mid-season all stars.

Storm home stand off to slow start with second straight loss.

Youngstown Phantoms week #21.

Muskies play in sellout on special USHL weekend.

Junior players learn to grow up fast in USHL.

Lumberjacks' new website to launch today.


It's National Banana Bread Day.


University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll following a weekend sweep of Minnesota State University. The Badgers, who boast a 30-2-2 record, accumulated 190 points and all 19 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the eighth week in a row.

Cornell University sits at No. 2 with 171 points after earning a victory against Harvard University and posting a loss against then-No. 10 Dartmouth University, while the idle Mercyhurst College (139) advances two places to No. 3. Boston University (128) claims the No. 4 spot following a weekend split with the University of Maine, while the University of Minnesota (118) rounds out the top five after posting a 1-1-0 record against No. 8 University of North Dakota.

NOTES: Nominees for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, were announced on Feb. 21. The top-10 finalists will be announced on March 3, while the top-three finalists will be announced on March 10. Visit for the list of nominated players ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences in this week's poll with four ranked programs, while Hockey East boasts three, ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams and College Hockey America has one ... A total of 11 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’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 four 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
Women's College Hockey Poll - #20
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19) 1 30-2-2 20
2 Cornell University, 171 2 26-2-1 20
3 Mercyhurst College, 139 5 26-5-0 20
4 Boston University, 128 4 25-5-4 20
5 University of Minnesota, 118 3 23-8-2 19
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 107 6 20-7-3 20
7 Boston College, 75 7 21-6-6 20
8 University of North Dakota, 57 8 18-11-3 20
9 Dartmouth College, 32 10 19-9-0 4
10 Providence College, 26 9 21-11-1 10

Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 2.


Moammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, claims that despite demonstrations sweeping his country, he'll never give up power. (Yep, that's the same thing Conan said.)


Ticats secure LB Jamall Johnson with new deal.

Archibald heads to BC.

Eskimos release Maas.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Time to put the chair away Jimmy.


Sure, you know our Milky Way galaxy is a big place. But some new data (collected by the Kepler mission) sheds some light on how big. Does a minimum of 50 billion plants strike you as gigantic?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley collapsed after a concert. The doctor noted the cause as exhaustion.

1971 - Elvis Presley ended a month-long, 57-show season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "On Stage - February 1970" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley were legally separated. Priscilla informed Elvis about her involvement with karate champion Mike Stone.


The Guinness Book of World Records has officially given the award for most expensive Internet address domain name after a sale of $13 million late last year.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - A tape of the The Beatles' first of three record-breaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was aired. They performed All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The show was taped on February 9.

1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance.

2010 - Abbey Road Studios in north London was given protected status by the British government.


Alyssa Lynn Leming came into the world a lot quicker than her parents expected. The couple from Lecompton, Kansas, made it to the hospital but they weren't fast enough. Alyssa was born in an elevator.


Today in Sports History:

1874 - Walter Winfield patented a game called "sphairistike." More widely known as lawn tennis.

1894 - Ottawa refused to travel to Toronto to play in the first Stanley Cup game. The Cup was awarded to the Montreal AAA.

1956 - Jackie Robinson signed a contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL operations did fall within coverage of antitrust laws.

1968 - Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia 76ers, became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA.

1983 - Herschel Walker signed a $5 million 3-year contract with the USFL's New Jersey Generals.

1987 - Nate McMillan (Seattle Supersonics) set an NBA record when he had 25 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers.

1991 - North Carolina became the first NCAA team to win 1,500 games.

1997 - Patrick Ewing (New York) entered the top twenty list of all-time scorers in NBA history.

1999 - Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. The Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch 'Em All Foundation in lieu of a salary to Brooks.

2000 - Robby Knieval made a successful motorcycle jump of 200 feet over an oncoming train.


A list of the Most Livable Cities in the World is out and Vancouver is No. 1. The Most Livable City in the U.S. is Pittsburgh.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm

Saturday --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.        

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