Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 24th, the 24th day of 2012. There are 342 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Stars sign Goligoski to four-year extension.

Rangers are back atop Power Rankings.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Ernest Borgnine (Airwolf, McHale's Navy) is 95; Singer Neil Diamond is 71; Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton (Gold at 1984 Olympics) is 44; Actor Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scream movies, Scooby Doo movies) is 42; Actor Ed Helms (The Hangover films, The Office) is 38.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are on home ice tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Read the preview right here.

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There was no blog yesterday, because I was out having a colonoscopy done. One polyp was found, results are due in a week. If you have a family history or are age 50 or older and haven't had one before, schedule one soon. It saved my life, it can save yours too.

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University of Minnesota Duluth Remains No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #16
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12
Record
Weeks in Top 15
1University of Minnesota Duluth, 507 (31)
1
17-4-3
16
2Boston University, 479 (3)
3
15-6-1
13
3University of Minnesota, 420
2
17-9-1
15
4University of Notre Dame, 375
6
14-9-3
16
5Merrimack College, 333
7
13-5-5
15
6Cornell University, 320
9
11-4-4
6
7Ohio State University, 292
5
14-7-4
10
8Boston College, 261
4
14-10-1
16
9University of Michigan, 239
10
15-9-4
12
10Colorado College, 199
11
14-9-1
16
11UMass Lowell, 183
13
14-6-0
4
12Ferris State University, 154
14
15-8-3
11
13Union College, 104
12
13-6-6
14
14Western Michigan University, 103
8
12-9-5
16
15University of Denver, 51
15
13-8-3
15
Others receiving votesMiami University, 30; Michigan State University, 12; University of Maine, 10; Northern Michigan University, 6; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1; University of North Dakota, 1.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota Duluth is atop the poll for the seventh straight week ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association have four ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two ranked programs ... A total of 21 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.


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This is Clean Out Your Inbox Week.

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Stamps release franchise rushing leader Reynolds.

O'Shea still 'learning' 18 years later.

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

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The Columbia Phonograph Company was formed in Washington, DC on this date in 1889.

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The 2011 NFL playoffs are underway. Here's the Conference Finals Week schedule:

Conference Playoffs

January 22nd

At New England 23, Baltimore 20
New York Giants 20 at San Francisco 17 (OT)

Super Bowl XLVI

February 5th

New England Patriots vs New York Giants 6:30pm

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Want to save $200 this year? Researchers say backing way off on using your clothes dryer can do just that. Visit your favorite retail store or Amazon and ask for a clothes drying rack. The money you save could cover your cable TV bill for a few months.

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Time for another water break.

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A new survey of bar managers in the U.S. found the Margarita remains the most popular mixed drink nationwide. The Martini and Rum and Coke take second and third.

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley recorded "Teddy Bear" and "One Night."

2006 - The Elvis Presley box set "Elvis #1 Singles" was released in the U.S. The set included all of Elvis' 21 #1 U.S. hits on 20 singles with original B sides. Each single included the original 45 rpm single artwork.

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The Internet is wondering what OnWander is. Get your username before it's gone. (For what, we don't know.)

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - Brian Epstein signed with the Beatles as their manager and began to direct their image away from leather jackets. He led them toward a smarter stage presentation, with matching suits and bows to the audience.

1970 - It was announced that John Lennon and Yoko Ono had shaven their heads to commemorate the start of Year One for Peace.

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An Italian woman was rushed to the hospital after collapsing with laughter while watching a funny show on TV. The woman fell off her chair when she started laughing at a joke. She lost consciousness and was treated for shock. Docs gave her some sedatives and are still wondering what was so funny.

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Today in Sports History:

1930 - Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson in one minute, ten seconds of the opening round.

1947 - NFL owners voted to allow a sudden-death overtime in playoff games. The rule wasn't used until 1958.

1955 - The rules committee of major league baseball announced a plan to strictly enforce the rule that required a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.

1962 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also the first black player in major league history.

1964 - CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years.

1981 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) tied Rocket Richard's record of 50 goals in first 50 games of the season.

1982 - The San Francisco 49ers won their first Super Bowl. Joe Montana won the first of his three MVP awards.

1987 - Walter Payton and Joe Montana were guests on "Saturday Night Live."

1990 - Clarence "Big House" Gaines collected the 800th victory of his college coaching career when Winston-Salem State University beat Livinstone, 79-70.

1995 - The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

2006 - Mario Lemieux retired from playing in the NHL for the last time. He had previously retired and came back from cancer, a heart problem, agonizing back pain, a rare bone infection, a self-imposed one-season layoff and, five years earlier, from the boredom of retirement.

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Underworld: Awakening topped domestic box office charts and brought in an estimated $38.8 million around the world. In second place, World War Two story Red Tails opened with $19.1 million domestically.

... Opening Friday: The Grey, Man on a Ledge and One for the Money.

ON DVD TODAY - Real Steel (Jackman, Lilly); 50/50 (Gordon-Levitt, Rogen); Paranormal Activity 3; The Whistleblower (Weisz)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

Sunday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:15am EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 1:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- All Star Game at Kanata, Ontario 4:00pm EST

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

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