Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Today is April 30th, the 120th day of 2011. There are 245 days left in the year.


Lightning stun Caps in Game 1.

Sharks win opener by beating Wings in OT.


Today is Bob Wills Day. (Linky Link)


USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – First Round

Eastern Conference

Indiana Ice (#3) vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (#6)

Indiana wins series 2-0.

Team USA (#4) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)

Muskegon wins series 2-0.

Western Conference

Sioux Falls Stampede (#3) vs. Sioux City Musketeers (#6)

Sioux Falls wins series 2-1.

Fargo Force (#4) vs. Lincoln Stars (#5)

Fargo wins series 2-0.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Second Round

Eastern Conference

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (#1) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)
Cedar Rapids wins series 3-1.

Green Bay Gamblers (#2) vs. Indiana Ice (#3)
Green Bay wins series 3-0.

Western Conference

Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Fargo Force (#4)
Dubuque wins series 3-0.

Omaha Lancers (#2) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Sioux Falls wins series 3-0.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (#1) vs. Green Bay Gamblers (#2)
Game 1: Friday, April 29th – Green Bay 3 @ Cedar Rapids 2
Game 2: Saturday, April 30th, 7:05 PM – Green Bay @ Cedar Rapids
Game 3: Friday, May 6th, 7:05 PM – Cedar Rapids @ Green Bay
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th, 3:05 PM – Cedar Rapids @ Green Bay**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 10th, 7:05 PM – Green Bay @ Cedar Rapids **
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Final
Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Game 1: Friday, April 29th– Sioux Falls 2 @ Dubuque 5
Game 2: Saturday, April 30th, 7:00 PM – Sioux Falls @ Dubuque
Game 3: Friday, May 6th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Sioux Falls
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th, 6:05 PM – Dubuque @ Sioux Falls**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM – Sioux Falls @ Dubuque **
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)


Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on this date in 0030.


The Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) is pleased to announce the completion of an historic affiliation agreement with the Southern Atlantic Hockey League (formerly SEJHL), to allow the SAHL and its respective teams to participate as an affiliate of the EJHL as the “EJHL South” for the upcoming season, 2011-2012.

The EJHL South encompasses a working partnership with the seven teams (listed below) that encompass the existing junior hockey footprint of the Southeastern United States, from Virginia to Florida and the fourteen teams that comprise the EJHL in the north.

The purpose of this affiliation is to extend to the rapidly growing southern hockey marketplace, the EJHL advanced player development and academic based junior hockey model that has been so successful in the advancement of student-athletes over the past twenty years.

“This is a great day for the sport of junior hockey and for players involved in this affiliation. We believe in the promise and potential of the southern hockey footprint, and we have total confidence that with the implemention of our player development model and with the EJHL branding and product extended to this region, that junior hockey players from the south can reach their ultimate goals and dreams”, commented EJHL Commissioner Bob Mainhardt.

Since its inception, the EJHL has directly placed more than 1,000 players in the NCAA. Considered the top academic advancement league in Tier III Junior hockey, the EJHL’s focus on college advancement and academic achievement is unmatched. The affilation is designed to substantially raise the standard of play in the south, provide improved league infrastructure, player development, college promotion, and increased visibility through an expanded league schedule that includes both regional competition and showcase competition at EJHL events.

SAHL Vice President David Falkenstein stated, “For our famlies and players here in the south, this is a historic day. Though there are many junior hockey leagues and products, but there is no confusion of the enormous value that the EJHL offers to all its players in terms of complete player development. We are humbled by the opportunity to participate as an affiliate of the EJHL and this is the culmination of a dream for most of us. Finally, players from our region can play closer to home and have similar player development and collegiate advancement opportunites afforded the vast number of successful players that have been associated with the EJHL.”

Details of the respective and intergrated league schedules are still being finalized, but will include crossover games in showcase events in the EJHL as well as a full EJHL South schedule. The EJHL South will commence operations immediately and will operate under the control and adminstrative guidelines of the EJHL.

The agreement is subject to final USAH approval but has been approved by the respective USAH commitees.

2011-2012 EJHL-SOUTH Organizations:
Atlanta Knights Junior Hockey Club
East Coast Eagles Junior Hockey
Florida Eels Juniors
Hampton Roads Junior Whalers
Palm Beach Junior Hawks
Space Coast Junior Hurricances
Tampa Bay Juniors


This is Bugs Bunny Day.


Argo QBs hit field for Mini-Camp.

TSN and TSN2 to broadcast CFL pre-season.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,

Jimmy finds another egg.


Today is Eeyore's Birthday Day. 


ST PETERSBURG -- David Price wasn't David Price Friday night, which added up to an outing the stylish Rays left-hander would like to forget.
By the time the 3 hour and 23 minute contest had run its course, Angels hitters had accrued 17 hits in an 8-5 win over the Rays with 21,791 watching at Tropicana Field.
Read the rest here.
Today is National Go Birding Day.

WASHINGTON -- Unlike most cliches, the one Bruce Bochy used Friday to describe the Giants' ongoing woes didn't sound tired. Given the Giants' confounding offensive struggles and fading status as World Series champions, the manager's words instead were packed with urgency.
"Hitting is contagious, and so is not hitting," Bochy said after the Giants' 3-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. "Right now we have a serious virus in the lineup."
Read the rest here.
Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley began recording the soundtrack to his forthcoming film "Jailhouse Rock." Elvis met song writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the first time during the session.

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "Stuck On You" hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first single to be released in stereo.

1966 - Elvis Presley's single "Frankie And Johnny" hit #25 in the U.S.

Today is National Honesty Day. 


Today in Beatles History:

1964The Beatles received a $140,000 royalty check for the use of their name on Beatles Chewing Gum.

1969 - The Beatles recorded the lead guitar solo for the single "Let It Be." On January 4, 1970 George Harrison recorded the solo for the album version.

1969 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney put down their vocals for "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)."

1987 - The Beatles' "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were released on compact disc.

1988 - Paul McCartney announced that the Soviet record company Melodiya would release an album of his songs entitled "Chob B CCCP."

2002 - Two tape recordings of John Lennon improvising songs and telling stories to his stepdaughter sold for $195,000 at an auction by Christie's.


This is Hairstylists Appreciation Day.


Today in Sports History:

1922 - Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox) threw a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers.

1939 - Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees. He had played in 2,130 consecutive games.

1940 - Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.

1961 - Willie Mays (San Francisco) hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves.

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) became the first National League player to play in 1,000 straight games.

1971 - The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Baltimore Bullets in the fourth straight game of a championship series. They were only the second team in major league history to take another team out in four straight games.

1989 - Bill Shoemaker won his 1,000th stakes race.

1993 - Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Porsche. Porsche had run out onto the court after her match and stabbed Seles in the upper back.

1996 - The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles played the longest nine-inning game in major league baseball history. The game took four hours and 21 minutes.

1997 - Riddick Bowe announced his retirement from boxing to pursue a career with the HBO cable network. His career record was 40-1 with 32 knockouts.

1997 - The Atlanta Braves set a major league record when the got their 19th win in the month of April.

2002 - Alex Rodriguez became the second youngest major league player to reach 250 home runs. He was 26 years and 277 days old.


Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train "Cannonball Express" on this date in 1900


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Indy Car -- Itiapava Sao Paolo Indy 300 at Sao Paolo, Brazil 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels 1:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EDT


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

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