Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. At least, that's what my calendar says. Here's what's happening....


Today is July 28th, the 209th day of 2011. There are 156 days left in the year.


Report: Emery to go to training camp with Blackhawks.

Summer with Stanley: Paille's 24 hours.


Todays Birthdays: Cartoonist Jim Davis (Garfield) is 66; actress Sally Struthers (All in the Family) is 63; pitching great Vida Blue is 62; Venezuelan president Hugo Ch├ívez is 57; sportswriter and author John Feinstein (A Good Walk Spoiled, A Season on the Brink) is 55; actress Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls) is 39.


Rolston Named Head Coach for Rochester Americans

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ron Rolston, who has spent the last seven years as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, has resigned to accept a position as head coach of the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

"Ron has had a tremendous influence on the continued rise of American players through seven successful years at the NTDP,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey. "He's going to a wonderful organization in Buffalo and we know Ron will be an outstanding coach at the professional level. We wish him and his family nothing but the very best."

The longest-tenured and most decorated coach in the history of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Ron Rolston guided U.S. squads to championships in three international tournaments in 2010-11, including a gold-medal performance at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's U18 Championship. Rolston, who had previously led the U.S. Men's National Under-18 team to a gold medal in the 2005 and 2009 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship and a silver medal at the 2007 event, helped Team USA collect its third straight world title in 2010-11.

In addition, Rolston's U.S. National Under-18 Team posted a 12-9-1-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record in United States Hockey League play in 2010-11, helping the NTDP reach the USHL postseason for the first time.

"Ron has done a tremendous job," said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations at the NTDP. "Not only is he an excellent coach, but he's a great person too. To say we'll miss him is an understatement."

A nationwide search for Rolston’s replacement is underway.


The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics on this date in 1865.


Pedersen: Riders finally right the ship.

Remond Willis getting comfortable.

Riders mourn Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Richard Harris.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to corral a second straight win Saturday, when they host the Calgary Stampeders at Mosaic Stadium. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call all the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network beginning at 9:30pm EDT.

Visit the team's official website at


Happy birthday to the city of Miami, Florida -- incorporated 115 years ago today. Population in 1896: 260.


By the Numbers: Week #5.

Stamps unfazed by Esks' success.

Bell to start for Argos against Eskimos.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Today is National Hamburger Day. (I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes. Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer. Well good God Almighty which way do I steer for my: Cheeseburger in paradise....)


Now I'm watching baseball on da TV!


The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States on this day in 1866.


OAKLAND --  Even the Rays' one-two punch is misfiring now.
A night after David Price took his lumps against Oakland, James Shields took his worst beating of the year Wednesday in a 13-4 romp by the A's with 18,640 watching.
"It's not any fun," Rays manager Joe Maddon said when asked about seeing his top two starters come up empty.
Read the rest here.


Russia is debating how to do away with the International Space Station as it nears the end of its life cycle. The answer? Fly the ISS into the ocean, rather than leave the station floating in space. In a statement a Russian space agency spokesperson said, "After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS. It cannot be left in orbit, it's too complex, too heavy an object, it can leave behind lots of rubbish."


PHILADELPHIA -- The lengthening row of zeros attesting to the Philadelphia Phillies' futility Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park recalled a different day, another ballpark and the same pitcher.
Matt Cain drew directly from his success against the Phillies in last October's National League Championship Series to deliver a similar performance as the Giants secured a 2-1 victory.
Read the rest here.

An 80-year-old Missouri woman who was enjoying a donut at her kitchen table was hit in the face by a stray arrow apparently shot by a neighbor honing his archery skills. The woman calmly pulled the arrow out of her jaw and put it on her table before calling up the police. Her face was swollen and bruised but otherwise she was unharmed.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "I Want You, I Need You" hit #3 in the U.S.


Website TheDailyMeal has come up with a list of the 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants. In this case, celebrities don't include ones whose fame and expertise relies on their abilities in the kitchen. At the top of the list is Market Restaurant and Bar in Del Mar, California, owned by Tony Hawk.


Today in Beatles History:

1974 - The Strawberry Fields Forever Fan Club ended its first Beatle Convention in Boston, MA.

1987 - The Beatles sued Nike and Capitol Records over the use of their song "Revolution" in shoe commercials.


Johann Sebastian Bach died after an unsuccessful eye operation on this date in 1750.


Today in Sports History:

1991 - Dennis Martinez, of the Montreal Expos, pitched the 13th perfect game in major league baseball history.

1994 - Kenny Rogers, of the Texas Rangers, pitched the 14th perfect game in major league baseball history.

2002 - Lance Armstrong won his fourth straight Tour de France.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Red 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Red 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 30th Annual Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT


That's all for now. Be sure to tell all your friends about us, okay? Enjoy your day, see you tomorrow.

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