Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's Wednesday

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


Today is February 22nd, the 53rd day of 2012. There are 313 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)


Downie, Quincey dealt in three-team deal.

Bolts' Yzerman looks toward the future.

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Today's Birthdays: NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 62; Actor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) is 53; TV personality Clinton Kelly (What Not To Wear) is 43; Actress Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens, 50 First Dates) is 37.


Tampa, FL. -- Not even the NHL’s hottest team could slow down the surging Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steven Stamkos scored twice and had three points, and Mathieu Garon turned back 28 shots to lift the Lightning to a 3-2 win over the red-hot Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, snapping Anaheim’s season-high nine-game point streak.

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Pasadena, Texas, police are looking for a guy who fraudulently cashed a stolen check. In a security camera video the man is seen wearing a T-shirt that says, "Have you seen my zombie?"


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

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #20
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 189 (18)
2University of Minnesota, 165 (1)
3Cornell University, 158
4Boston College, 121
5Mercyhurst College, 93
6University of North Dakota, 92
7Northeastern University, 82
8Harvard University, 60
9Boston University, 35
10University of Minnesota Duluth, 22
Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence University, 15; Clarkson University, 10; Bemidji State University, 3.
NOTES: The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the sixth straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two ranked programs. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 13 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’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.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Begins Sled Series Against Canada Tomorrow

Three-Game Series Held in Amherst, N.Y.; Fans Can Watch Live on FASTHockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team opens a three-game series against Canada tomorrow in Williamsville, N.Y. The series will be the final games for the U.S. before the International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship from March 25-April 2 in Hamar, Norway.

"We're excited to have our team back together," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "These three games will give us a great tune-up before heading to Norway for the World Championship."

Team USA will take on Canada's National Sled Hockey Team tomorrow (Feb. 23) at 6 p.m. EST, Friday (Feb. 24) at 8 p.m. and Saturday (Feb. 25) at 7 p.m. at the Northtown Center at Amherst. A full schedule is below. All three games will air live on

NOTE: For a complete 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.

Team USA 2012 Sled Series Schedule
Northtown Center at Amherst | Williamsville, N.Y.

Date Opponent Time (EST) Broadcast Schedule
Thur., Feb. 21 Canada 6 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 Canada 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 Canada 7 p.m.


It's Inconvenience Yourself Day. Enrich your own life as you focus on ways to show respect to others, the environment and the world you live in. Today is also Ash Wednesday, Lent, World Thinking Day (Linky Link), National Margarita Day, Woolworth's Day and George Washington's Birthday.


Dunk: Fantuz ready to lead Ticats back to Cup.

Alouettes go Hunt-ing, sign DT.

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A lunch menu from the Titanic's final day afloat is expected to sell for about $150,000 when it goes up for auction in England next month. The menu came from a first-class table: The wife of San Francisco banker Washington Dodge tucked it into her purse at lunch, and she ended up being one of the survivors who made it onto a lifeboat later.


In case I haven't mentioned it before, Word World is Jimmy's favorite show.


Mardis Gras was yesterday (Tuesday). [Somebody threw some beads at me at the office, but that was just to wake me up from a nap under my desk.]


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with "Heartbreak Hotel."

1992 - The Elvis Presley album "From The Heart - His Greatest Love Songs" hit #4 in the U.K.


Hey guys, forget the champagne or wine, if you're looking for a romantic evening with your lady, fix her a glass of organic licorice tea, and leave out some Good and Plenty licorice candy to snack on. It turns out the scent of licorice drives women crazy. In fact, a study discovered that women who were around the smell of licorice were far more likely to be "in the mood" compared to women who were around the scent of men's cologne.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.

1965 - Filming for the Beatles' second movie, "HELP!" began in the Bahamas.

1992 - Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time" hit #3 in the U.K. The b-side was Jackson's cover of the Beatles' "Come Together."

2003 - Paul McCartney performed a concert as a birthday gift for Wendy Whitworth. Ralph Whitworth offered to pay McCartney $1 million to play a show in San Diego for about 150 guests. McCartney agreed and said he would donate the money to the charity Adopt-A-Minefield.


Police in San Diego said a would-be robber was foiled when a clerk refused to hand over any cash. The Monday night robbery attempt likely failed because the man was brandishing a light bulb.


Today in Sports History:

1860 - Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) attempted 34 free throws in a game against St. Louis.

1969 - Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.

1980 - The U.S. beat the U.S.S.R. 4-3 in Olympic hockey en route to a gold medal.

1985 - George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs) scored his 25,000th career point.

1992 - Don Nelson (Golden State) won his 700th game as a coach.

1993 - Glenn Anderson (Toronto Maple Leafs) became the 36th NHL player to score 1,000 points.

1995 - The NFL and CBS Radio agreed to a new four-year contract for an annual 53-game package of games.


On this date in 1855, the U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project. On this date in 1859, U.S. President Buchanan approved the Act of February 22, 1859, which incorporated the Washington National Monument Society "for the purpose of completing the erection now in progress of a great National Monument to the memory of Washington at the seat of the Federal Government." On this date in 1885, the Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'


NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 1:00pm EST

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 1:00pm EST


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

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