Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is May 19th, the 139th day of 2011. There are 226 days left in the year.


Canucks wallop Sharks in Game 2.

For first time in weeks, Lightning must regroup.

SBJ honors NHL as Sports League of Year.


Todays Birthdays: Screenwriter Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle) is 70; actor Peter Mayhew (played the Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies) is 67; Rock Hall of Famer Pete Townshend (The Who) is 66; Rock Hall of Famer (ZZ Top) Dusty Hill is 62; former football player and football dad Archie Manning is 62.


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 – Green Bay 1 @ Cedar Rapids 2
Game 3: Friday, May 6th – Cedar Rapids 1 @ Green Bay 4
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th – Cedar Rapids 1 @ Green Bay 3
Green Bay wins series 3-1.

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 – Sioux Falls 1 @ Dubuque 2
Game 3: Friday, May 6th – Dubuque 2 @ Sioux Falls 3
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th – Dubuque 3 @ Sioux Falls 2
Dubuque wins series 3-1.

USHL Clark Cup Final
Green Bay Gamblers vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Game 1: Friday, May 13th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque 0 @ Green Bay 3
Game 2: Saturday, May 14th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque 2 @ Green Bay 1
Game 3: Friday, May 20th, 7:00 PM – Green Bay @ Dubuque
Game 4: Saturday, May 21st, 7:00 PM – Green Bay @ Dubuque**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Green Bay**
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)


Today is Boys Club Day.


Making strides: Argos aim to grow in 2011.

Esks add Miller and Malone to roster.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,

Of course I'm cute. What'd you expect?


Today is May Ray Day.


TORONTO -- In a game in which the opposition put up as many errors as it did runs -- a whopping five from the Blue Jays -- it ended up being a Rays defensive play that preserved the victory.
With two men on and Aaron Hill at the plate, Rays right fielder Matt Joyce shaded in toward right-center field, expecting Hill to send the ball in that direction. As if on cue, Hill sliced the second pitch he saw down the right-field line, forcing Joyce to make a terrific running catch far to his left, preventing the Jays from scoring two runs and tying the game at six.
It was the play that ensured a 6-5 Rays win over the Blue Jays in an error-filled contest at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night. Both Toronto runners would have scored easily, had Hill's fly ball dropped, and the Rays' early six-run lead would have been erased by a Blue Jays offense that chipped away at the Rays all night.
Read the rest here.
The maker of Angry Birds says the game has been downloaded over 200 million times across all platforms. There are three separate Angry Birds games: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio. 

LOS ANGELES -- Cody Ross should have held his bald head high Wednesday after belting the three-run homer that snapped a ninth-inning tie and gave the Giants an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But Ross' head fell in sad empathy as somebody mentioned the plight of his teammate, third baseman Mark DeRosa, who strained his oft-injured left wrist and appears bound for another stint on the disabled list.
It was that kind of night for the Giants, who overcame the disappointment of squandering a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning before watching closer Brian Wilson (left ankle) and center fielder Aaron Rowand (back) join DeRosa on the injured list in the ninth. Unlike DeRosa, Wilson and Rowand appeared to be only mildly hurt. But their misfortune contributed to the Giants' sober mood.
Read the rest here.
Today in Elvis History:

1965 - Elvis Presley completed the studio sessions for the soundtrack to "Frankie and Johnny."

1990 - The show "General Elvis" aired for the last time on ABC.

I really like the newly crowned Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They seem like pretty level-headed royalty who probably care more about the average Joe than most rich people. Which is why I hope like heck the estimated cost of their honeymoon is either a joke or just bad math. Reportedly the royal couple spent $720,000 on their honeymoon.


Today in Beatles History:

1967The Beatles entered into a business partnership with Beatles and Co. The company was later renamed Apple Music Limited and eventually named Apple Corps Limited.

1969 - The Beatles single "Get Back" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1973 - The retrospective album "The Beatles 1962-1967" hit #3 in the U.S.

1979 - Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd were married. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the party and performed an impromptu set.

1980 - In southwest London, Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach were in a car accident. They were not seriously hurt.

1981 - John Lennon was posthumously awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the 26th annual Ivor Novello Awards.

1998 - Sean Lennon's debut album "Into The Sun" was released.


It now appears that Arnold Schwarzenegger only came forward about his affair because the woman threatened to publicly reveal things. (I've seen her picture. I don't want her to reveal anything.)


Today in Sports History:

1910 - Cy Young (Cleveland Indians) got his 500th win.

1912 - American League president Ban Johnson told the Detroit Tigers that if they continued to protest Ty Cobb suspension they would be banned from baseball.

1918 - The Washington Senators played their first Sunday game. They beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings.

1935 - The National Football League (NFL) adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

1942 - Paul Waner (Atlanta Braves) became the third National League player to get 3,000 hits.

1962 - Stan Musial set the National League hit record when he got his 3,431st hit.

1974 - The Philadelphia Flyers became the first post-'67 expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. The Flyers won the cup the following season as well.

1984 - The Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. They defeated the New York Islanders in five games.

1988 - The Boston Red Sox retired Bobby Doerr's #1.

1991 - Willy T. Ribbs became the first black driver to make the Indianapolis 500.

1994 - Jennifer Capriati checked into a drug rehab center.

2002 - Roger Clemens (New York Yankees) got his 287th win. He tied for 22nd place on the all-time victory list.


In the Houston area burglars left a 76-year-old man tied up in duct tape and wrapped in a rug for two days while they calmly ransacked his house. The man eventually dragged himself out onto the street to find help. Two suspects have been arrested.


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- John Deere Dealers 250 Presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, be sure to tell your friends about this blog. See you tomorrow.           

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