Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations















It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is February 20th, the 51st day of 2012. There are 315 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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If the playoffs started today.

Habs honor Gary Carter in pregame tribute.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 85; Actress Sandy Duncan is 66; Celebrity ex-wife Ivana Trump is 63; Former NBA star Charles Barkley is 49; Model Cindy Crawford is 46; Singer Rihanna is 24.

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Tampa, FL. -- While the Tampa Bay Lightning’s injury situation has certainly improved as of late, the team received news that defenseman Mattias Ohlund, who has missed each of the Lightning’s 58 games this season, will have major surgery performed on his left knee that has had him sidelined since early October.

Read the rest here.

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The following special days are celebrated today: Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day, President's Day and World Day for Social Justice.

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2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominees Announced
Thirty Players In Consideration for 15th Annual Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thirty players are among the list of nominees for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations. An award for The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

Held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be awarded at a brunch ceremony on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.

The list of 30 nominated players includes 21 forwards, five defensemen and four goaltenders hailing from 15 different schools in all four NCAA Division I women's ice hockey leagues.

The 34 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey head coaches will select the top-10 finalists from among the group of 30 nominees, with the announcement taking place on March 1. A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists (announced March 8), as well as the award recipient, which will be announced live at the brunch ceremony in Duluth on March 17.

Tickets to the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony may be purchased by calling 719-538-1169 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at PattyKaz.com). Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.

A list of the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominees is below.

NOTES: All 34 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey head coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Each player had to be nominated by at least two coaches in order for her to make the official nomination list ... Among the 30 nominees are nine seniors, 12 juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with 12 nominees, while ECAC Hockey has eight, Hockey East has six and College Hockey America has five. Cornell University and the University of Minnesota lead all schools with four nominees each, while Mercyhurst College and the University of Wisconsin each have three; Boston College, Harvard University, North Dakota, Northeastern and Robert Morris each have two; and Bemidji State University, Boston University, Clarkson University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Ohio State University and St. Lawrence University each have one ... Twelve of the nominated players were also nominated in 2011, including top-10 finalists Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Cornell Univ.), Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Cornell Univ.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Id./Univ. of Wisconsin) and Noora R├Ąty (Espoo, Finland/Univ. of Minnesota), who was also a top-3 finalist in 2010. Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man./Mercyhurst College) and Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switzerland/Northeastern University) were top-10 finalists in 2010 ... The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman for Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28, following a long struggle with a rare blood disease ... Julie Chu, winner of the award in 2007 as a senior with Harvard University and three-time Olympian, will be the keynote speaker for the award brunch and Laura Kennedy, a sports anchor and reporter for WDIO (ABC) in Duluth, Minn., will serve as the master of ceremonies ... For more information and to sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit PattyKaz.com ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported in part by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominees

Name Pos Yr School Hometown
Christine Bestland F So. Mercyhurst College Brunkild, Man.
Blake Bolden D Jr. Boston College Stow, Ohio
Megan Bozek D Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Bailey Bram F Sr. Mercyhurst College Ste. Anne, Man.
Alex Carpenter F Fr. Boston College Reading, Mass.
Kendall Coyne F Fr. Northeastern Univ. Palos Heights, Ill.
Brianna Decker F Jr. Univ. of Wisconsin Dousman, Wis.
Jillian Dempsey F Jr. Harvard Univ. Winthrop, Mass.
Laura Fortino D Jr. Cornell Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Thea Imbrogno F So. Robert Morris Univ. Etobicoke, Ont.
Haley Irwin F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Duluth Thunder Bay, Ont.
Brianne Jenner F So. Cornell Univ. Oakville, Ont.
Rebecca Johnston F Sr. Cornell Univ. Sudbury, Ont.
Amanda Kessel F So. Univ. of Minnesota Madison, Wis.
Hilary Knight F Sr. Univ. of Wisconsin Sun Valley, Id.
Jocelyne Lamoureux F Jr. Univ. of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls F/D Jr. Univ. of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D.
Josephine Pucci D Jr. Harvard Univ. Pearl River, N.Y.
Jamie Lee Rattray F So. Clarkson Univ. Kanata, Ont.
Noora Raty G Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Espoo, Finland
Alex Rigsby G So. Univ. of Wisconsin Delafield, Wis.
Lauriane Rougeau D Jr. Cornell Univ. Beaconsfield, Que.
Kelly Sabatine F Jr. St. Lawrence Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Florence Schelling G Sr. Northeastern Univ. Oberengstringen, Switz.
Jen Schoullis F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Erie, Pa.
Natalie Spooner F Sr. Ohio State Univ. Scarborough, Ont.
Kelley Steadman F Jr. Mercyhurst College Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Zuzana Tomcikova G Sr. Bemidji State Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia
Rebecca Vint F Fr. Robert Morris Univ. Caledon, Ont.
Jenn Wakefield F Sr. Boston Univ. Pickering, Ont.

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In its second weekend in theaters, Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, climbed past last weekend's No. 1, The Vow, and topped the box office chart.

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Steinberg: MMQB Free Agency Edition.

CFL mourns the loss of Cal Murphy.

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

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Today is the start of National Future Farmers of America Week and Read Me Week.

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Jimmy holds puzzle pieces.

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The company behind Angry Birds announced Friday that its next installment will be Angry Birds Space. The game will launch on March 22. To date there have been over a half-billion Angry Birds downloads.

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Today in Elvis History

1955 - Elvis Presley began another Jamboree Attractions tour. This show was billed as a "WSM Grand Ole Opry."

1964 - Vernon Presley wrote to Joe Esposito reprimanding him for sloppy bookkeeping and warning him of the consequences.

1967 - Elvis Presley bought a red chestnut gelding and a palomino mare.

1969 - Elvis Presley bought a microfilm reader from Eastman Kodak. He subsequently had more than 4,000 personal items microfilmed.

1973 - Variety reported that Elvis Presley had been offered $500,000 for six London concerts at the Earl's Court Stadium. The Colonel turned down the offer.

1977 - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Elvis Presley invited Terry Alden, Ginger's sister, on stage to play a short selection of classical music on the piano.

2005 - Broadway previews began for the musical "All Shook Up."

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In Connecticut a man served an eviction notice to his mother on her 98th birthday. [Couldn't he wait just a little bit longer? After all, she's 98. She's facing a more significant eviction notice.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - The X-rated film "Candy" premiered. It was Ringo Starr's first non-musical role in a film.

1970 - John Lennon's "Instant Karma" was released in the U.S.

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An adrenalin-junkie photographer/stuntman has filmed the moment he took a plunge on the world's largest rope swing... and instantly scored a YouTube hit. Devin Graham and pals set up the giant swing with 150-feet of rope in a Utah canyon by looping the rope around an overhang. After testing the rope swing with a bag of rocks, they then proceeded to make the record-breaking 130-foot free-fall. See the video.

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Today in Sports History:

1887 - The first minor league baseball association was organized in Pittsburgh.

1929 - The Boston Red Sox announced that they would begin playing games on Sunday.

1930 - Clint Benedict (Montreal Maroons) became the first goalie to wear a mask in the NHL. Benedict wore the mask temporarily during an injury.

1943 - Phil Wrigley and Branch Rickey chartered the All-American Girls Softball League.

1952 - Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.

1958 - Racing jockey Eddie Arcaro got win number 4,000, as he rode the winner at Santa Anita race track in Southern California.

1971 - Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins) became the quickest NHL player to reach 50 goals in a season.

1974 - Gordie Howe came out of retirement to play for the Houston Aeros with his two sons.

1993 - The New York Islanders retired Billy Smith's #31.

1993 - The Florida Marlins opened their first spring training camp.

1997 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) signed a contract worth $22.9 million over 2 years.

2000 - Garth Brooks began training with the New York Mets.

2002 - ESPN and the Liberty Bowl signed a contract that extended through 2008.

2004 - Defenseman Sergei Zubov (Dallas Stars) posted his 600th point.

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A man was arrested after allegedly walking around an Exton, Pennsylvania, Walmart naked, then stealing a pair of socks. Police said Taylor would not comply with officers and they had to use a stun gun on him before taking him into custody. I hope they let him keep the socks. Hopefully they gave him a third sock for, you know.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday--

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

Sunday --

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