Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations




Back after a rare one day hiatus, it's the Johnny Blog! Here's what's happening....

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Today is October 24th, the 297th day of 2011. There are 68 days left in the year.

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Quick's dominance earns him NHL's 'First Star.'

Vokoun leads goalie brigade starring in new places.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Hockey was fun, but it took up so much time that I wasn't able to do the blog yesterday. Let's see if I can catch up on everything today, okay?

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Tampa, FL. -- It is way too early to say the Lightning has a goaltending controversy, so let's just say it has a decision to make: whether to start Mathieu Garon for a third straight game Tuesday against the Sabres.

It's a toughie. Garon, signed to be Dwayne Roloson's backup, is staking a claim. On Saturday night it was with 21 saves in a 3-0 victory at the St. Pete Times Forum over previously high-flying Buffalo.

Read the rest here.

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The Tesla Coils at the St. Pete Times Forum were used for the first time Saturday during player introductions. The coils, which will be used to celebrate Lightning goals, shoot a bolt of "lightning" about 20 feet. Making sure they were in compliance with city regs is why they hadn't been used before.

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2011 U.S. Junior Select Team Roster and Coaching Staff Announced

Team USA to Compete at World Junior A Challenge Nov. 7-13 in Langley, B.C.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 22-player roster for the 2011 U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the World Junior A Challenge from Nov. 7-13 in Langley, B.C. Team USA is the three-time defending champion (2008, 2009, 2010) at the tournament.

Twenty of the players on the U.S. roster currently compete in the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league.

Highlighting the U.S. squad are five players who were selected in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry draft, including Mario Lucia (Chanhassen, Minn./Penticton Vees), who was chosen in the second round (60th overall) by the Minnesota Wild; Andy Welinski (Duluth, Minn./Green Bay Gamblers), who was a third-round (83rd overall) choice of the Anaheim Ducks; fifth-round selections Tony Cameranesi (Maple Grove, Minn./Waterloo Black Hawks/Toronto Maple Leafs, 130th overall) and Sean Kuraly (Dublin, Ohio/Indiana Ice/San Jose Sharks, 133rd overall); and seventh-round selection Alex Broadhurst (New Lenox, Ill./Green Bay Gamblers/Chicago Blackhawks, 199th overall).

Two players on the U.S. Junior Select Team roster helped Team USA capture its third consecutive World Junior A Challenge title last year, including Brian Cooper (Anchorage, Alaska/Fargo Force) and Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis./Sioux City Musketeers).

Sharing the goaltending duties for Team USA will be Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill./Green Bay Gamblers) and Matt Morris (Ridgewood, N.J./Dubuque Fighting Saints).

The U.S. Junior Select Team will begin tournament play against Sweden on Nov. 7 at 10:30 p.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

For Team USA's full roster, click here.

SIMON, FUKUSHIMA, LITTLER NAMED U.S. JUNIOR SELECT TEAM COACHING STAFF

Regg Simon, head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Des Moines Buccaneers, has been named the head coach of the 2011 U.S. Junior Select Team. Simon will serve as head coach of Team USA for the first time, after having served as an assistant coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team in 2007.

Shane Fukushima, associate head coach of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, and Bliss Littler, head coach and general manager of the USHL's Omaha Lancers, will join Simon on the coaching staff as assistant coaches.

ABOUT SIMON:

A longtime head coach and general manager in the USHL, Simon will lead the U.S. Junior Select Team for the first time after having served as an assistant coach at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge in Trail, B.C. Simon has coached the Des Moines Buccaneers for seven seasons, leading the team to the 2005 Clark Cup championship in his first full season at the helm and earning the league's General Manager of the Year award for his efforts.

Simon began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the USHL's Tri-City Storm during the 2002-03 campaign before joining the Des Moines coaching staff as an assistant the following year. Midway through the 2004-05 campaign he became head coach and general manager of the Buccaneers, a position he held for the next four seasons. Simon returned to his alma mater, the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he was an assistant coach for two seasons (2008-10) before returning to Des Moines last year as head coach and general manager.

Prior to his coaching career, Simon played two years (1994-96) for Des Moines and went on to play four seasons (1996-2001) at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

ABOUT FUKUSHIMA:

Fukushima, associate coach of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, is currently in his sixth season with the team. He was named the Eastern Division All-Star coach in 2006-07, and he helped the club to two Eastern Division Regular-Season Championships in his first two seasons. Under his watch, the team has also made the playoffs for five-straight seasons.

Fukushima began his coaching career at Owatonna (Minn.) High School, where he played high school hockey. He made the jump to the collegiate level in 2004 as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin Superior and helped the team to a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association title in 2006.

As a player, Fukushima competed for the USHL's North Iowa Huskies (1995-98) and continued his playing career at the University of Wisconsin River Falls from 1998-2001.

ABOUT LITTLER:

Littler is in his fourth season as head coach and general manager of the Omaha Lancers. In three seasons in Omaha, Littler recorded 108 regular season victories, the most in the league's Western Conference in that time frame.

Internationally, Littler served as the assistant coach of the 2008 U.S. Junior Select Team that won the World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alta. Littler has also coached at the U.S. Junior Select Team in the Viking Cup in 2000 and 2002.

Prior to arriving in Omaha, Littler spent two seasons (2001-03) at the helm of the USHL's Topeka Scarecrows and four years (2003-08) as head coach of USHL's Tri-City Storm. In his first season with the Storm, Littler led the team to the regular-season championship and was named the USHL General Manager of the Year. Littler started his coaching career with the American West Hockey League's Billings Bulls from 1993-2000, leading the club to four national tournaments.

NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders ... The 22 players represent eight states, with eight players hailing from Minnesota, five from Illinois and two from New York, Ohio and Wisconsin ... Ten USHL teams are represented, with the Green Bay Gamblers and the Waterloo Black Hawks boasting four players and the Des Moines Buccaneers featuring three players ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its sixth year and Team USA will be competing in the tournament for the fifth consecutive time ... The U.S. has won the championship the past three years (2008, 2009, 2010) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 ... The 2011 World Junior A Challenge will include teams from the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and the United States and two teams from Canada (East and West).

Team USA 2010 World Junior A Challenge Schedule
Nov. 7-13 • Langley, B.C. • Langley Events Centre

Date Opponent
Time (Local/EST)

Mon., Nov. 7 Sweden 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 9 Canada West 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 10 Quarterfinal Game 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Quarterfinal Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 11 Semifinal Game 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Semifinal Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Fifth-Place Game 12 p.m./3 p.m.
Third-Place Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 First-Place Game 5 p.m./8 p.m.

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Today's Birthdays: Musician Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones) is 75 ... Actor F. Murray Abraham (Best Actor Oscar for Amadeus) is 72 ... Actor Kevin Kline (The Conspirator, Dave) is 64 ... Actor B.D. Wong (Law & Order: SVU, Oz) is 51 ... Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is 39 ... NASCAR driver Brian Vickers is 28.

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Still winless in the west.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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Today is Share a Pop-Tart Day.

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Steinberg: Monday Morning QB for Week #17.

2011 CFL Replay: A look back on Week #17.

Ticats defeat Lions, end BC win streak at eight.

Not this time: Bombers come back to defeat Als.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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The authorized biography Steve Jobs is on sale today.

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Seattle, WA. -- Sean Mannion threw for four touchdowns, Malcolm Agnew rushed for 104 yards and a score and Markus Wheaton grabbed 99 yards through the air as the Beavers defeated Washington State, 44-21, Saturday night at CenturyLink Field.

The Beavers were prolific offensive, finishing with 551 yards of total offense, the most since posting 567 at Washington State in 2009. Mannion provided a majority of the offense, completing 26-of-34 passes for 376 yards - his sixth consecutive game with more than 200 yard through the air.

He completed touchdown passes of 31 yards to Jordan Jenkins and 12 yards to Brandin Cooks in the first half as the Beavers jumped out to a 24-14 advantage at the break.

Agnew, who rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time this season, also scored on a 3-yard rush during the half, his fourth carry this season to reach the end zone, leading the Beavers.

Read the rest here.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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

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Despite the prediction of that doomsday preacher the world didn't end Friday. (Which means you have to return those Netflix DVDs.)

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

Week 7

Sunday, October 23rd

At NY Jets 27, San Diego 21
Chicago 24 vs Tampa Bay 18 at Londan, England
At Carolina 33, Washington 20
Atlanta 23 at Detroit 16
At Cleveland 6, Seattle 3
Denver 18 at Miami 15
Houston 41 at Tennessee 7
Kansas City 28 at Oakland 0
Pittsburgh 32 at Arizona 20
Green Bay 33 at Minnesota 27
At Dallas 34, St. Louis 7
At New Orleans 62, Indianapolis 7

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

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

Week 8

Sunday, October 30th

All times Eastern
Arizona at Baltimore 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Carolina 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 PM
Miami at NY Giants 1:00 PM
New Orleans at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Detroit at Denver 4:05 PM
Washington vs Buffalo at Toronto 4:05 PM
Cincinnati at Seattle 4:15 PM
Cleveland at San Francisco 4:15 PM
New England at Pittsburgh 4:15 PM
Dallas at Philadelphia 8:20 PM

Monday, October 31st

San Diego at Kansas City 8:30 PM

·Bye: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, NY Jets, Tampa Bay

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For Ron Carter, temptation to enjoy a frosty adult beverage is never far away. He's stocked a room in his home with his collection of 1,600 beer glasses. The 51-year-old Briton has spent the past 33 years scouring garage sales, thrift stores and breweries to amass his collection from around the world. But, despite being known as "the beer man", Ron has not touched a drop in 20 years.

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Jimmy watches Dora the Explorer.

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Paranormal Activity 3 scored a $54 million opening weekend. PA3's opening is the biggest ever for a film launched in October -- horror or not -- topping the record set last year by Jackass 3D.

... Opening Friday: In Time; Puss In Boots; The Rum Diary.

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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)

At St. Louis 3, Texas 2
Texas 2 at St. Louis 1
St. Louis 16 at Texas 7
At Texas 4, St. Louis 0 (Series tield 2-2)
Next: 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

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The writers behind Captain America: The First Avenger have confirmed the film's sequel will be set in the present day. The sequel will be released after next year's superhero team-up film The Avengers, which sees Captain America adjusting to life in modern times.

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Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Arkansas State University inducted Elvis Presley into the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity as an honorary member.

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Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born on this date in 1788. She wrote the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles left Great Britain for their first tour outside of their homeland.

1965 - The Beatles recorded "I'm Looking Through You."

1967 - "A Hard Day's Night" was premiered on NBC-TV.

1980 - Paul McCartney was awarded a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records for his status as the world's best-selling songwriter.

1980 - John Lennon's single "(Just Like) Starting Over" was released.

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Belva Lockwood was born on this date in 1830. She was the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. Presidency

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Today in Sports History:

1857 - The Sheffield Football Club of England was formed.

1943 - The Green Bay Packers intercepted nine passes in a 27-6 victory over the Detroit Lions.

1948 - The Chicago Cardinals scored 35 points in the third quarter on the way to a 49-27 victory over the Boston Yanks.

1965 - Fran Tarkenton (Minnesota Vikings) threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-41 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

1970 - In Athens, Christo Papanikolaou (Greece) pole vaulted 18' 1/4". He was the first pole vaulter to clear the 18-foot mark.

1971 - Texas Stadium officially opened in Irving, TX.

1976 - Chuck Foreman (Minnesota Vikings) rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

1996 - The Atlanta Braves played their last game at Fulton County Stadium. They lost to the New York Yankees 1-0 in Game 5 of the World Series. The next season the Braves began playing at Olympic Stadium.

1997 - In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual encounter.

1998 - Ricky Williams (Baylor Bears) became the leading scorer in NCAA Division I history. At the end of the game he had a total of 428 points.

2003 - The Chicago Blackhawks fired general manager Mike Smith.

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The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln on this date in 1861.

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TALLADEGA, AL. -- It was a swan song for a lame duck.

Clint Bowyer surged past Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton through the tri-oval on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway to win Sunday's Good Sam Club 500.

Bowyer, who will leave RCR for Michael Waltrip Racing next season, beat Burton to the start/finish line by .018 seconds to record his first victory of the season and the fifth of his career. The win was the 100th in the Sprint Cup Series for team owner Richard Childress.

On a two-lap run to the finish that followed the ninth caution of the race, Bowyer, the defending winner of the race, pushed Burton to a lead of more than 20 car lengths over the pack that was chasing them. That gave Bowyer the luxury of a slingshot move past Burton in the tri-oval. Bowyer nosed ahead 1,200 feet from the finish line and held on barely.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1901, daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EDT

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Hamilton Tigercats 3:00pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 5:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Utah Utes 7:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:45pm EDT

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 10:45am EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway 1:30pm EDT

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