Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's Wednesday

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


Today is October 19th, the 292nd day of 2011. There are 73 days left in the year.


Penguins' Letang suspended for two games.

NHL 101: Teams handle influx of 18-year-old players.

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Special Johnny Blog "Way-to-go's" to my wife. She's been working a temp job the past several months, but just got the official word yesterday that she'll be a permanent employee starting at the end of this month. Way to go sweetie!


Here's a couple (or so) pictures of Monday's game, shot by me from the nose bleed sections(Where else?).

St. Pete Times Forum

Nice tribute to race car driver Dan Wheldon before the game.

Lightning scored an instant after this picture was taken.

The new digital pipe organ made it's debut. It sounds great!

Roli the Goalie makes a save.

Two guys having a discussion.

Scramble for the puck.


Game over. Stinkin' Panthers win. Boo, hiss.


World Series between St. Louis and Texas starts tonight. (8:05pm EDT on Fox) Who you rootin' for?


Boston College Retains No. 1 Ranking
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 
Men's College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #3
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1Boston College, 463 (15)
2University of Michigan, 446 (12)
3University of Denver, 411 (2)
4Colorado College, 396 (3)
5University of Notre Dame, 334
6University of North Dakota, 320
7Miami University, 275
8Boston University, 273 (1)
9Yale University, 266 (1)
10University of Minnesota, 243
11Union College, 184
12Western Michigan University, 149
13Merrimack College, 98
14Colgate University, 61
15University of Minnesota Duluth, 45
Others receiving votes: Ferris State University, 24; Providence College, 19; Northern Michigan University, 16; University of Maine, 15; Cornell University, 12; Michigan Technological University, 10; University of Alaska Anchorage, 6; Dartmouth College, 5; University of Alaska, 3; University of Nebraska Omaha, 2; Air Force Academy, 1; Lake Superior State University, 1; Quinnipiac University, 1; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.
NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Central Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams and the Hockey East Association and ECAC Hockey have three ranked programs. ... A total of 29 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 17th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’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 five 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.

University of Wisconsin Retains No. 1 Ranking in USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen's College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #4
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 187 (17)
2University of Minnesota, 164 (1)
3Cornell University, 162 (1)
4Boston University, 131
5University of Minnesota Duluth, 101
6Boston College, 96
7University of North Dakota, 75
8Northeastern University, 50
9Mercyhurst College, 40
10Dartmouth University, 16
Others receiving votes: Ohio State University, 14; Bemidji State University, 3; St. Lawrence University, 3; Harvard University, 2; Clarkson University, 1.
NOTES: The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the fourth-straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 15 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen’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.

Gruden Named Assistant Coach at National Team Development Program

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - John Gruden, who played college hockey at Ferris State University and went on to a 10-year professional playing career, has been named assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., it was announced today. Gruden will help guide the U.S. National Under-18 Team in the 2011-12 season.

“We're extremely pleased to have John join our staff,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations at the NTDP. "He brings great passion and knowledge and is someone that will have a positive influence on our players."

Gruden was a four-year standout at Ferris State (1990-94) where he played in 155 games and amassed 104 points (40-64). He earned NCAA West First-Team All-American honors and was also named a Central Collegiate Hockey Association First Team All-Star in 1994. Gruden went on to compete professionally for 10 seasons, with stops in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, International Hockey League and in Europe. Gruden also represented the U.S. internationally at the 2003 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, Finland.

Gruden most recently served as head coach and director of player personnel for the Oakland (Mich.) Junior Grizzlies AAA hockey team. The Virginia, Minn. native was also head coach at Stoney Creek (Mich.) High School (2007-10) and Brother Rice Prep School (2005-07) in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

"I am excited about the opportunity that working within USA Hockey brings," said Gruden. "I'm joining a great staff and look forward to developing these top young athletes at the NTDP."

Gruden replaces Matt Greason, who left to become head coach with Trinity College after two seasons at the NTDP.

USA Hockey Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season in 2011-12

Great People, Moments to Be Highlighted Throughout the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2011-12 campaign marks the 75th anniversary season for USA Hockey and the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States will celebrate its diamond anniversary in multiple ways during the course of the year.

The celebration will culminate with a special gala June 8, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"There's a lot to be proud of as we reflect on USA Hockey's first 75 years," said Dave Ogrean executive director of USA Hockey. "Our organization was literally started out of a shoebox in New York City in 1937 and, thanks to the thousands and thousands of volunteers across the country, we're now nearly 600,000 strong. We look forward to celebrating in different ways throughout the season and sharing the stories of some of those volunteers who have helped our sport flourish." will be the online home of the celebration, providing links to feature stories, exclusive video interviews and photos from the past to the present. In addition, USA Hockey's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages will house exclusive content and allow fans to share their memories of hockey in the United States.

USA Hockey Magazine will publish feature stories, polls and timelines that outline the history of the sport, the organization and the magazine itself over the years.

Available at Barnes & Noble nationwide as well as other select retailers, Star Spangled Hockey takes readers on a journey through the first 75 years of USA Hockey through the eyes of legendary hockey writer Kevin Allen. Published by Triumph Books, Star Spangled Hockey is available online as well at

The 2011-12 season features other significant milestones, including the 15th anniversary campaign on the ice for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., the NTDP is a full-time program that develops student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and in their future hockey careers. Comprised of two squads - the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams - the program competes in the United States Hockey League, as well as against collegiate and international opponents.

Additionally, the fifth anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, will be celebrated Feb. 17-19, 2012. Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels and to expose hockey to new audiences.

Along with competing in world championships at the under-18, junior and men's levels, USA Hockey will play host to the world's top female players during the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship April 7-14 in Burlington, Vt.

As always, the USA Hockey National Championships will be held nationwide in March and April, while the wildly popular Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships will take place Feb. 10-12, 2012, in Eagle River, Wis., and the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival is slated for April 13-15, 2012, in Dallas. Additionally, USA Hockey will officially welcome the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 at a formal ceremony on Dec. 12 in Chicago.


It's cloudy and windy here today. Looks like rain is on the way. (At least the awful Florida humidity is gone.) How's the weather where you are today?


Roughriders coach Ken Miller sticking with Darian Durant.

Rider Beat: Ken Miller dealing with lost season.

Roughriders determined to finish strong.

Visit the team's official website at


Tampa Bay Juniors hockey gets back to action this weekend against the Space Coast Hurricanes. Check the Coming Up section for game times Saturday and Sunday.


CFL clears Eskimos’ GM Tillman of tampering charge.

Stamps' Tate prepared for first CFL start at QB.

CFL Pink: Huntley looks forward to honouring family.

Charles hopes to hit the ground running with Esks.

Visit the leagues' official website,


British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia on this date in 1781. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.


Men's basketball to host second annual Nike N7 game on November 12th.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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


On this date in 1914, government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, D.C.


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

Week 6

Sunday, October 16th

San Francisco 25 at Detroit 19
At Green Bay 24, St. Louis 3
At Atlanta 31, Carolina 17
At Cincinnati 27, Indianapolis 17
At NY Giants 27, Buffalo 24
At Pittsburgh 17, Jacksonville 13
Philadelphia 20 at Washington 13
At Baltimore 29, Houston 14
At Oakland 24, Cleveland 17
At New England 20, Dallas 16
At Tampa Bay 26, New Orleans 20
At Chicago 39, Minnesota 10

Monday, October 17th (All times Eastern)
At NY Jets 24, Miami 6

·Bye: Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle.

Week 7

Sunday, October 23rd

(All times Eastern)
San Diego at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Chicago vs Tampa Bay at Londan, England 1:00 PM
Washington at Carolina 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Detroit 1:00 PM
Seattle at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Denver at Miami 1:00 PM
Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Kansas City at Oakland 4:05 PM
Pittsburgh at Arizona 4:05 PM
Green Bay at Minnesota 4:15 PM
St. Louis at Dallas 4:15 PM
Indianapolis at New Orleans 8:20 PM

Monday, October 24th
Baltimore at Jacksonville 8:30 PM

·Bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco


"Big Town" made its debut on CBS on this date in 1937.


Jimmy watches his favorite show, Word World.


Sometimes I wish we had Jimmy earlier, but then I remember how much fun a 3 year old is, no matter how old Daddy and Mommy are. So, all is good. He definitely keeps us young!


American League ALDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay 9, Texas 0
Texas 8, Tampa Bay 6
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3 (Texas wins series 3-1)

New York 9, Detroit 3
Detroit 5 New York 3
Detroit 5, New York 4
New York 10 at Detroit 1
Detroit 3 at New York 2 (Detroit wins series 3-2)

National League NLDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 5 at Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia 3 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 1 at Philadelphia 0 (St. Louis wins series 3-2)

Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1
Milwaukee 8, Arizona 4
At Arizona 8, Milwaukee 4
Arizona 10, Milwaukee 6
At Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2 (Milwaukee wins series 3-2)

American League Championship Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

At Texas 3, Detroit 2
Detroit at Texas PPD, Rain
At Texas 7, Detroit 3
At Detroit 5, Texas 2
Texas 7 at Detroit 3
At Detroit 7, Texas 5
At Texas 15, Detroit 5 (Texas wins 4-2)

National League Championship Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

At Milwaukee 9, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 12 at Milwaukee 3
At St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee 4 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 1
St. Louis 12 at Milwaukee 6 (St. Louis wins 4-2)

World Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

Next: Wednesday, October 19th Texas at St. Louis 8:05pm
Thursday, October 20th Texas at St. Louis 8:05pm
Saturday, October 22nd St. Louis at Texas 8:05pm
Sunday, October 23rd St. Louis at Texas 8:05pm
Monday, October 24th St. Louis at Texas 8:05pm****
Wednesday, October 26th Texas at St. Louis 8:05pm****
Thursday, October 27th Texas at St. Louis 8:05pm****

****if necessary


The news program "Weekend" debuted on NBC on this date in 1974.


Today in Elvis History:

1968 - Elvis Presley's single "A Little Less Conversation" hit #69 in the U.S.


I found a quarter on the sidewalk the other day. Now THAT'S change I can believe in!


Today in Beatles History:

1961 - The Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers play together as one group, the Beatmakers, at Litherland Town Hall.

1965 - The Beatles film "Help!" opened in Sweden.

1998 - George Martin, "The Fifth Beatle," retired from the music business.

2004 - Yoko Ono's album "Everyman Everywoman" was released.

2010 - George Harrison's "Collaborations" was released.


Whether you remember Breast Cancer this month, Colon Cancer in March, or some other form of the disease at any time of year, is not as important as remembering that all cancer is something we need to be aware of. And fighting cancer to drive it away is always a good thing to do. I beat colon cancer six years ago and I am thankful for that, no more so than when I remember how, if it had won, how I would have missed out on.


Today in Sports History:

1933 - Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.

1998 - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight.


In London on this date in 2003, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5.


Coming up:


Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

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

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 5:15pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Washington State Cougars at Seattle 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 9:30am EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears at London, England 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Good Sam Club 500 at Talledega Superspeedway 2:00pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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