Friday, November 4, 2011

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 4th, the 308th day of 2011. There are 57 days left in the year.


Talent level, history suggests Wings turn it around.

NHL Network features three games this weekend.

Visit the official league website,


Today's Birthdays: Actress Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) is 81; Actress Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H) is 74; Former First Lady Laura Bush is 65; Actress/comedian Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D List) is 51; Actor Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid, Ugly Betty) is 50; TV host Jeff Probst (Survivor) is 49; Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs is 42; Actor Matthew McConaughey is 42; Reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel is 41.


Tampa, FL. -- Here's a preview of tonight's game between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. Read all about it here.


November is National Georgia Pecan Month.


Dehner Named to 2011 U.S. Men's National Select Team

Defenseman to Replace Injured Eaves

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis./UMass Lowell) has been named to the 2011 U.S. Men's National Select Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The defenseman will replace Ben Eaves (Minneapolis, Minn./Boston College), who will not participate with the U.S. Men's National Select Team due to injury.

Dehner is currently in his second season with Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, SM-lliga. In his first season with the club, the defenseman tallied 25 points (4-21) and posted a plus-17 rating in 60 games. Prior to playing overseas, Dehner played eight games for the Norfolk Admirals (2009-10) of the American Hockey League after playing four seasons (2006-10) at UMass Lowell. Dehner also played two seasons (2004-06) for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.

The U.S. Men's National Select Team will compete at the Deutschland Cup from Nov. 11-13, in Munich, Germany. Team USA opens up the tournament against Slovakia in its first game on Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

For Team USA's full roster, click here.

NOTES: The U.S. roster includes 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders ... Thirteen members of Team USA have National Hockey League experience, while 20 played U.S. college hockey ... The Deutschland Cup has been held every year since 1987 and will feature teams from Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has participated in the Deutschland Cup on six occasions (2002-05, 2007, 2009). The U.S. won the tournament in 2003 and 2004, garnered second-place finishes in 2007 and 2009 and finished third in 2005 ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, will serve as general manager of the team. Don Waddell, long-time head coach and general manager in the National Hockey League and International Hockey League, will serve as head coach with Chris Chelios, advisor to hockey operations of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, and Bill Guerin, player development coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, serving as assistant coaches ... The following support staff will assist the 2011 U.S. Men's Select Team: Bob Webster, team leader; Scott Aldrich, equipment manager; Stan Wong, athletic trainer; Peewee Willmann, massage therapist; and Mike Shindle, team doctor ... The U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, comprised of Brian Burke, David Poile, Don Waddell, Ray Shero, Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, and Dale Tallon, was formed in February 2007 and assists USA Hockey in the selection of staff and players for all U.S. Men's National Teams.

Team USA 2011 Deutschland Cup Schedule
November 11-13 • Munich, Germany

Date Opponent
Time (Local/EST)

Fri., Nov. 11 Slovakia 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Switzerland 6:15 p.m./12:15 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Germany 5:15 p.m./11:15 a.m.

Mark Bahr Named Video Coordinator for U.S. National Junior Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that Mark Bahr will serve as video coordinator for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Calgary, Alta.

Bahr is currently in his 17th season as the director of hockey operations for the University of Minnesota's men's ice hockey team. In that role, he handles all video responsibilities associated with the Golden Gophers, as well as travel and ticketing issues. The former Gophers hockey player graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in sports management.

NOTES: Dean Blais, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, will serve as head coach of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Scott Sandelin, head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Tom Ward, head ice hockey coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary's School's boys' prep team; and Joe Exter, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the third consecutive year ... Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his third straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... The USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp took place from Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y. For a full recap of the event, click here ... Players for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in December ... For recaps of recent performances by U.S. squads at the IIHF World Junior Championship, click here.

Team USA 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship Schedule
Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 • Edmonton and Calgary, Alta.

Date Opponent Location*
Time (MST)

Mon., Dec. 26 Denmark Edmonton 6 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Finland Edmonton 1:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic Edmonton 1:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 Canada Edmonton 6 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinals Calgary TBD
Tues., Jan. 3 Semifinals Calgary TBD
Thurs., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game Calgary 1:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game Calgary 6 p.m.
*All games in Edmonton will be played at Rexall Place. All games in Calgary will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome.


November is National Novel Writing Month. (Linky Link)


The Saskatchewan Roughriders close out the 2011 CFL season tonight in Edmonton against the Eskimos. Kickoff is set for 9:00pm EDT with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. The game can be seen live in Canada on TSN and in the States on It can be seen on a delayed basis on the NFL Network starting at 3:00am EDT.

The view from Regina: Season ends differently for Brandon West and Hugh Charles.

The view from Edmonton: Eskimos aim to ‘take care of business.

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Today is Use Your Common Sense Day. (Which you've already observed by coming here!)


Durie's double leads Argos past Tiger-Cats.

Als in unfamiliar territory heading into final week.

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Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Before you go to bed Saturday night move your clocks back one hour.


Grad assistants play major role on coaching staff.

Wrestling ranked 18th by NWCA to start season.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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


The World Punkin' Chunkin' Championship begins today in Long Neck, Delaware. Generations of fathers and sons battle it out using ever-improving machines to blast pumpkins through the air.


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

Week 8

Sunday, October 30th

At Baltimore 30, Arizona 27
Minnesota 24 at Carolina 21
At Houston 24, Jacksonville 14
At NY Giants 24, Miami 20
At St. Louis 31, New Orleans 21
At Tennessee 27, Indianapolis 10
Detroit 45 at Denver 10
Buffalo 23, Washington 0 at Toronto
Cincinnati 34 at Seattle 12
At San Francisco 20, Cleveland 10
At Pittsburgh 25, New England 17
At Philadelphia 34, Dallas 7

Monday, October 31st

At Kansas City 23, San Diego 20 (OT)

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

Week 9

Sunday, November 6th

All times Eastern

Miami at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM
NY Jets at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Seattle at Dallas 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Houston 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Washington 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at Tennessee 4:05 PM
Denver at Oakland 4:05 PM
NY Giants at New England 4:15 PM
St. Louis at Arizona 4:15 PM
Green Bay at San Diego 4:15 PM
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM

Monday, November 7th

Chicago at Philadelphia 8:30 PM

·Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville


A 520 day-long Mars crew simulation hatch is being opened today (Friday). (Those are some living quarters that will be in need of some Febreezing.)


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Today in Elvis History:

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "Big Boss Man" hit #38 in the U.S.

2003 - The Elvis Presley album "Christmas Peace" was released. The album contained 40 songs.


A Manhattan man is suing a 87-year old photographer for failing to record the last 15 minutes of his 2003 wedding. He wants the photographer to cover the cost of flying all the guests back to recreate the wedding, including the first dance and the bouquet toss. If he's successful, the only one missing will be his wife -- who flew back to Latvia years ago. (What's the over/under on how fast this will get thrown out of court?)


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles received a royal seal of approval from H.R.H. the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. The band had played at the Royal Variety Performance at London's Prince of Wales Theatre.


OPENING TODAY - In theaters: Tower Heist (PG-13) and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (R)


Today in Sports History:

1923 - George Halas (Chicago Bears) picked up an Oorang Indians fumble and ran it 98 yards for a touchdown.

1960 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) set an NBA record when he missed all 10 of his free throws.

1973 - The Chicago Bears set an NFL record when they held the Green Bay Packers to -12 yards passing.

1954 - The Philadelphia A's moved to Kansas City.

1972 - The L.A. Kings scored 3 goals within 45 seconds against the New York Islanders.

1976 - Major league baseball held its first free-agent draft. 24 players were available from 13 teams.

1994 - United Center in Chicago, IL, opened.

1994 - The San Antonio Spurs' season opener was delayed for 50 minutes when a fireworks display triggered the sprinkler system in the Alamodome.

2001 - Randall Cunningham (Baltimore Ravens) achieved 30,000 career passing yards.

2001 - The Arizona Diamondbacks won their first World Series. They beat the New York Yankees 3-2 in game 7.

2001 - Former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton was arrested in Louisiana after police found 213 pounds of marijuana in a van he was driving.

2003 - Mark Messier (New York Rangers) scored two goals and moved into second place in career points. The goals were points 1850 and 1851 of his career.


Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois on this date in 1842.


Coming up:


NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 9:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season.)


Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway 12:55pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Stanford Cardinal 3:30pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT


Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 5:00pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs Boston Bandits 10:10am EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs New England Huskies 5:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs TBD TBA

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:30pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs Valley Jr. Warriors 5:30pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at California Golden Bears 6:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs TBD TBA

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 10:30am EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Houston Texans 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm

EJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase TBA TBD


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

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