Friday, February 3, 2012

It's Friday













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

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Today is February 3rd, the 34th day of 2012. There are 332 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Snow discusses Isles' future on NHL Hour.

Gordie Howe raising funds to support dementia research.

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

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Today's Birthdays: NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is 72; Actress Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents movies, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow) is 69; Actress Morgan Fairchild is 62; Actor Nathan Lane is 56; Actress Maura Tierney (ER, Newsradio) is 47; Actress Isla Fisher (The Lookout, Wedding Crashers) is 36.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning certainly played well enough to earn two points on Thursday night.

But getting just one instead wasn’t a bad alternative either.

Victor Hedman had a goal and Mathieu Garon made 22 saves for the Lightning, which fell 2-1 in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets in front of a home crowd of 16,923 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum..

Read the rest here.

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This is Four Chaplains Memorial Day, The Day The Music Died, Bubble Gum Day (Linky Link), Give Kids A Smile Day (Linky Link) and Wear Red Day.

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Riders add Dan Farthing.

Jim Hopson cautious in response to Saskatoon CFL speculation.

VANSTONE: Two CFL teams in Saskatchewan won't work.

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

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Think your employees are just updating their Facebook status and getting back to work? Think again. The average visit time on Facebook is 20 minutes. If you've got a few Facebookers around the office, and they're checking the News Feed or posting a status update a couple of times a day, that some seriously lost productivity.

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The 2011 NFL playoffs are underway. Here's the Super Bowl schedule:

Super Bowl XLVI

All times Eastern

February 5th

New England Patriots vs New York Giants 6:30pm

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The focus this week has been on the presidential race, the Super Bowl and Super Bowl ads. But here's a good one that will air on the Canadian broadcast of the big game. Filmmakers told two recreational hockey teams in Port Credit, Ontario, that they were filming a hockey documentary -- but it was actually Budweiser Canada, who surprised the amateurs by filling their empty stadium with cheering fans, cheerleaders and sportscasters, giving the feel of a pro game. Check out the awesome video.

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Look Daddy, that's Pig on the T.V.

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Here's something you don't see the first lady do every day: Drop to the floor and give you 25. Michelle Obama was promoting her physical fitness initiative on the Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday when the TV host challenged her to a competition. Obama won.

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - "The New York Times" ran a story entitled "Presley Records a Craze in Soviet Union." The article was about bootleg records being made in the Soviet Union since Elvis records were not legally available.

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Can't Help Falling In Love" hit #2 in the U.S.

1973 - Elvis Presley's single "Separate Ways" hit #20 in the U.S.

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Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform at the Grammy Awards. He'll be joined by Adele, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, Jason Aldean, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - Paul McCartney attended a performance of Stevie Wonder at the Scotch of St. James' Club in London. McCartney met the 15-year-old Wonder backstage.

1968 - At Abbey Road, the Beatles recorded "Lady Madonna" in three takes.

1969 - John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison hired Allen Klein as the Beatles' business manager. McCartney disagreed with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group.

2004 - "The Beatles - The First U.S. Visit" was released on DVD. The DVD included 81 minutes of black and white footage and a 51-minute "Making of Feature."

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IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Big Miracle; Chronicle; The Woman In Black.

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Today in Sports History:

1876 - Albert Spalding and his brother started a sporting goods store. They manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football.

1912 - In the U.S., professional football set some new rules. The field was shortened to 100 yards, touchdowns were to be worth six points instead of five, four downs would be allowed instead of three and the kickoff was moved from midfield to the 40 yard line.

1944 - Syd Howe (Detroit Red Wings) scored six goals in a 12-6 win over the New York Rangers.

1951 - Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time.

1972 - The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan.

1979 - The Minnesota Twins traded Rod Carew to California for four players.

1984 - At Madison Square Garden in New York City Carl Lewis beat his own world record in the long jump by 9-1/4 inches.

1990 - Darryl Strawberry (New York Mets) voluntarily entered an Alcohol rehab center.

1998 - Dino Ciccarelli (Florida Panthers) became the 9th NHL player to score 600 career goals.

2001 - The XFL debuted. The Las Vegas Outlaws beat the New York/New Jersey Hitman 19-0 and the Orlando Rage beat the Chicago Enforcers 33-29.

2002 - The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17 over the Los Angeles Rams. It was the first Super Bowl win for the Patriots. The game ended with a last second field goal. Britney Spears performed the national anthem.

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On this date in 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:00pm EST

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

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:00pm EST

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

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 10:30am EST

EJHL South -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 1:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 9:30am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm 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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