Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's Wednesday

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


Today is December 7th, the 341st day of 2011. There are 24 days left in the year.


Roenick: Nugent-Hopkins clicking, Ovechkin missing.

Rivalries, balanced schedule among high points.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist, Same Time Next Year) is 79; Singer/actor Tom Waits is 62; Actress Priscilla Barnes (Terri on Three's Company) is 56; NBA legend Larry Bird is 55; Actress Jennifer Carpenter (Debra Morgan on Dexter) is 32.


Uniondale, N.Y. -- John Tavares' goal drought is over. The Tampa Bay Lightning's victory drought isn't.

Tavares ended a month-long scoring slump and triggered a three-goal outburst late in the first period as the New York Islanders beat the Lightning 5-1 on Tuesday night to extend their unbeaten streak in regulation to five games.

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On this date in 1431 in Paris, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France.


Tickets Available for U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

The 39th U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Hosted in Chicago for the First Time

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A limited number of tickets are available for the 39th annual United States Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner Monday (Dec. 12) at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago. No tickets will be sold the night of the event.

Those to be inducted into the Hall as the Class of 2011 include Chris Chelios, Mike "Doc" Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk.

The event, which will be staged in Chicago for the first time ever, is set for 7 p.m. CST, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting Sara Luther at (719) 538-1162. Alternately, a ticket order form may be found online at

NOTES: The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame elected its first class in 1973. To date, there are 148 enshrined members in the Hall. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit the Hall's official web site at ... U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are chosen on the basis of extraordinary contribution to the sport of hockey in the United States ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation, visit or call 800-443-7825.

USA Hockey Announces Multiple Promotions and New Hire

Boxer, Halligan Promoted; Gross Hired at NTDP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the promotion of Marc Boxer and Marissa Halligan and also announced the hiring of Lisa Gross to its National Team Development Program staff.

Boxer has been promoted to director of junior hockey. He has been with USA Hockey for more than a decade and since 2007 has served as manager of youth and junior hockey. He will now focus his efforts fully on supporting all aspects of USA Hockey's junior hockey program.

Halligan joined USA Hockey's staff in 2008 as the coordinator of women's hockey and has been promoted to manager of women's hockey. She serves as the staff liaison to the girls and women’s section of USA Hockey to help manage and develop the game at district and national levels.

In addition, Lisa Gross has been named administrative assistant for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Gross, who replaces Pam Beneke, comes to the NTDP with a background in travel planning, business management and customer service.

University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1 Selection
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #11
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2University of Minnesota, 166
3Cornell University, 152
4Boston College, 125
5University of North Dakota, 108
6Mercyhurst College, 104
7Bemidji State University, 49
8University of Minnesota Duluth, 48
9Northeastern University, 44
10Boston University, 34
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 14; Ohio State University, 6; Dartmouth College, 3; Clarkson University, 2.
NOTES: The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the 11th straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey and College Hockey America have one team ranked ... A total of 14 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.


Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Trestman has holes to fill on coaching staff.

Pedersen: Plenty of options for Riders coach.

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Having already tested the model in a handful of its shops in the Pacific Northwest, five to seven Starbucks coffee shops in the Chicago area will be expanding their menus to sell wine and beer by the end of 2012.


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

Week 13

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 1st

At Seattle 31, Philadelphia 14

Sunday, December 4th

Carolina 38 at Tampa Bay 19
At Pittsburgh 35, Cincinnati 7
At Houston 17, Atlanta 10
NY Jets 34 Washington 19
At New England 31, Indianapolis 24
At Miami 34, Oakland 14
Denver 35 at Minnesota 32
Tennessee 23 at Buffalo 17
Kansas City 10 at Chicago 3
Baltimore 24 at Cleveland 10
At Arizona 19, Dallas 13 (OT)
Green Bay 38 at NY Giants 35
At San Francisco 26, St. Louis 0
At New Orleans 31, Detroit 17

Monday, December 5th

San Diego 38 at Jacksonville 14

Week 14
All times Eastern

Thursday, Dec 8

Cleveland at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM

Sunday, December 11

Kansas City at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
New England at Washington 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Baltimore 1:00 PM
Philadelphia at Miami 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Houston at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Chicago at Denver 4:05 PM
San Francisco at Arizona 4:05 PM
Buffalo at San Diego 4:15 PM
Oakland at Green Bay 4:15 PM
NY Giants at Dallas 8:20 PM

Monday, December 12

St. Louis at Seattle 8:30 PM


On this date in 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution becoming the first of the United States.


Watchin' a little TV while eatin' a little snackie.


Though it came out in late October, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson has already reached the top of Amazon's best-seller list, and is now the best-selling book of 2011.


Today in Elvis History:

1976 - Vernon Presley was taken to the hospital after an Elvis concert. He left the hospital two days later after what appeared to be a heart attack.

1976 - Elvis Presley wrote a note, that was later found in his room, that explained his desperate mental state.


Alec Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight out of Los Angeles on Tuesday. Apparently, the plane had to return to the gate, which was infuriating for the rest of the passengers. Baldwin tweeted after the incident that he'd been playing the game Words with Friends on his phone while the plane was still on the ground.

... A TMZ report says the captain made the call to have Baldwin removed after he slammed a lavatory door.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles appeared on the British TV show "Jukebox Jury."


Robert Downey Jr. has spilled the beans: He and wife Susan are having a baby boy.


Today in Sports History:

1925 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds. He went on to play "Tarzan" in several movies.

1939 - Lou Gehrig was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. He was the first player to have the rule waived that required a player to be retired one year before he could be elected.

1963 - CBS introduced the first-ever "Instant Replay" during the Army-Navy football game.

1978 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) got his first career hat trick.

1986 - Huey Lewis and the News sang the U.S. national anthem a capella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets NFL football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1988 - The Texas Rangers signed free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract.


Today is National Cotton Candy Day.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

College Football -- Army vs. Navy at Washington, D.C. 2:30pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 10:00am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm EST


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

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