Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's Thursday

Howdy everybody, welcome to Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 22nd, the 265th day of 2011. There are 100 days left in the year.


Lightning drop second straight to St. Louis.

Mike Modano retires as greatest American NHLer.


Todays Birthdays: Tommy Lasorda is 84 ... Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is 53 ... Rocker Joan Jett is 53 ... Talk show host/actress Bonnie Hunt is 50 ... Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 50 ... Actor Scott Baio is 50 ... Actor Tom Felton is 24.


USA Hockey Launches Third in Series
of Revolutionary Online Coaching Education Modules

12 & Under Coaching Module Now Available

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey launched yesterday its third in a series of revolutionary online, age-specific coaching education modules that will further enhance the organization's already highly regarded Coaching Education Program. After releasing the module specific to 8 & Under kids on Sept. 6, and the 10 & Under module on Sept. 13, the 12 & Under module is now available as well.

The modules address on-ice skill development and team concepts, as well as off-ice training and overall athlete wellness. USA Hockey-registered coaches must pass the age-specific module pertaining to the age level of children they are coaching (8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under and 16/18 & Under).

All modules are hosted by U.S. Olympian Ed Olczyk and include content from longtime NHL coaches Barry Smith and Mike Sullivan; American Development Model Regional Managers Roger Grillo and Bob Mancini; medical professionals Dr. Dan Freigang and Dr. Chris Winter; and women's hockey experts such as current and former U.S. Women's National Team head coaches Mark Johnson, Ben Smith and Katey Stone.

The remaining modules will be released Tuesday (Sept. 27). A full schedule is below. For more information, visit

USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Modules
Age-Specific Release Dates

Module Date Available
8 & Under September 6
10 & Under September 13
12 & Under September 20
14 & Under September 27
16/18 & Under September 27


American Business Women's Day is today.


Riders gain from discipline, ball control.

Riders' Andy Fantuz doubtful for showdown with Riders.

Visit the team's official website at


What was everyone complaining about on Facebook Wednesday? Facebook. You couldn't go an hour without someone whining about the new design. My (your) friend Alan cut through the complaints and posted this bit of common sense: "I'm sorry, but isn't it like America that we (using the term loosely) are complaining about something that we get for free? Just think what people would say if they were paying, let's say, 1 penny a day to use Facebook."


Home-team Ticats looking for results in Moncton.

Trestman calls on Alouettes to clean up act.

Inside access into Winnipeg's new stadium.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Today is World Car Free Day. (Linky Link)


James Rodgers to return Saturday against UCLA.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

Visit the school's official athletics website by clicking here.


Today is Dear Diary Day.


The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week two results:

Week 2
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 18th
At Detroit 48, Kansas City 3
At Buffalo 38, Oakland 35
Tampa Bay 24 at Minnesota 20
At New Orleans 30, Chicago 13
Baltimore at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Cleveland 27 at Indianapolis 19
At NY Jets 32, Jacksonville 3
At Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 0
At Washington 22, Arizona 21
Green Bay 30 at Carolina 23
Dallas 27 at San Francisco 24
San Diego at New England 4:15 PM
Houston 23 at Miami 13
At Denver 24, Cincinnati 22
At Atlanta 35, Philadelphia 31

Monday, September 19th
At NY Giants 28, St. Louis 16

Week 3
All times Eastern

Sunday, September 25th
Houston at New Orleans 1:00 PM
NY Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Carolina 1:00 PM
New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Miami at Cleveland 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Denver at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Baltimore at St. Louis 4:05 PM
NY Jets at Oakland 4:05 PM
Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 PM
Arizona at Seattle 4:15 PM
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 4:15 PM
Green Bay at Chicago 4:15 PM
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

Monday, September 26th
Washington at Dallas 8:30 PM


REM announced that it's breaking up. (The trouble began when Michael Stipe ran away with the guitarist from Journey.)


Woooooooo Hoooooooo Ray Guys!


Today is Elephant Appreciation Day.


NEW YORK, Ny. -- Robinson Cano doubled home two in the eighth to lead a 4-2 Yankees win over the Rays in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

By losing, the Rays (85-69) fell to 2 1/2 games behind the American League Wild Card-leading Red Sox, with each team scheduled to play Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the win allowed the Yankees to clinch their 16th postseason appearance in the last 17 seasons.

Read the rest here.

NEW YORK, Ny. -- Tampa Bay has been resilient all season. After the results of Wednesday's action, that resiliency is going to be tested in the coming days.

The Rays dropped a doubleheader to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium by identical 4-2 scores. But Wednesday could actually have been worse as the Red Sox could not escape their spiral and they dropped a 6-4 decision to the Orioles -- Boston has now lost 12 out of 15. So rather than trailing by 3 1/2 games, the Rays now trail by 2 1/2 games (tied with the Angels) in the Wild Card race with seven games remaining in the season.

Read the rest here.


Hobbit Day is today.


LOS ANGELES, Ca. -- Various Giants continued auditioning for 2012 while prolonging the business of 2011.

Justin Christian and Brett Pill, seeking bit parts or more for next season, contributed heavily to Wednesday night's robust offensive effort that lifted the Giants to an 8-5 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers and sustained their faint postseason hopes.

San Francisco is all but through in the National League West race. Arizona's victory over Pittsburgh trimmed the D-backs' magic number for clinching the division title to two. The D-backs are idle Thursday but can seal a tie for the West crown if the Giants lose the series finale to the Dodgers. Even if the Giants win, all Arizona needs is one victory during its three-game weekend series against San Francisco at Chase Field to capture the West.

Read the rest here.


David Silverman will soon open the nation's largest museum dedicated to speeding silver balls and fast-motion flippers. The National Pinball Museum will open in November in a 12,000 square foot space in Baltimore's tourist district and will include exhibits on the history of pinball and will be stocked with up to 900 pinball machines. (It won't be a real museum unless it includes Gottlieb's Jet Spin!)


Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Elvis Presley left for Bremerhaven for a tour of duty in Germany. The ship was the U.S.S. Randall.


An elderly female motorist crashed into an Amherst, New York, business, injuring the store owner and a customer. Seventy-three year old Camille Kazmierczak told police she accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake of her Honda and drove through the front window of Kenwin Liquors. She was arrested on drunken driving charges.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

1980 - John Lennon signed with Geffen Records.


MORE NEW TV TONIGHT -- The series premiere of Charlies Angels; the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy; the season premiere of The Office.


Today in Sports History:

1927 - In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight.

1934 - The NHL approved a new rule that allowed the awarding of penalty shots.

1968 - Cesar Tovar became the second major league baseball player to play all nine positions in one game.

1969 - Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run.

2006 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) tied Hank Aaron's National League home run record when he hit is 733rd.


Coming up:


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

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

Friday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Valley Junior Warriors 11:50am EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Maksymum 9:20pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Mass Maple Leafs 9:10am EDT

Pac-12 College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs UCLA Bruins 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Pre-season Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs New York Apple Core 10:00pm EDT

Sunday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs Boston Bandits 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Bruins Shootout vs South Shore Kings 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 4:15pm EDT


That's all for another day. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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