Saturday, March 10, 2012

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It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is March 10th, the 70th day of 2012. There are 296 days left in the year.

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Capitals' Mike Green suspended for three games.

Canadiens' Cole fined $2,500.

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

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Today is: Genealogy Day, International Day of Awesomeness, International Fanny Pack Day, Land Line Telephone Day, Mario Day, Salvation Army Day, U.S. Paper Money Day and Women's and Girl's HIV/Aids Awareness Day.

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Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the preview right here.

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The building of the great Jewish temple in Jerusalem was completed on this date in 0515 B.C.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors are putting the wraps on the 2011-2012 hockey season, with the Empire South team having already completed their season and the EJHL South competing in the playoffs next weekend.

The Tampa Bay Juniors were 4th seed at the Empire South post-season tourney behind the Florida Jr. Blades, Atlanta, Hampton Roads, with East Coast being the 5th seed. The Juniors opened against Hampton Roads on Friday, February 24th, having lost twice to them during the regular season. After beating Hampton Roads 6-4, the Juniors were just 1 period away from going to the USAH National tournament. For the 1st 2 periods the game against the Whalers was a clinic of puck control, offensive opportunities and defensive play, with the Juniors building a 6-0 lead. Hampton Roads cut into the lead in the third, but the deficit was too much for them to overcome, with Tampa Bay skating to the 6-4 lead. Daniel Fritz scored twice, with Wade Simon, Nick Reed, Ben Winter and Dustin Disbro all scoring once each. Kyle Gertz made 28 saves for the Juniors, who were 1 for 3 on the power play and 2 of 3 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, February 25th, the Juniors met the always tough Atlanta Knights, a team they had split the season series with. Despite being shorthanded going into the playoffs with 3 players on the shelf with season-ending injuries, the Juniors skated to a scoreless tie through 40 minutes. The Knights opened up the offense in the third, scoring twice in 33 seconds and skating to a 5-2 win. Ryan Odgers and Ben Winter scored for Tampa Bay, with Kyle Gertz making 41 saves. The Juniors were 1 for 2 on the power play and 1 of 1 on the penalty kill.

Later that day, the Juniors' season ended with a thud, losing to the Florida Junior Blades 12-0. After trailing just 1-0 after one, the Blades scored 7 in the second and 4 more in the third. Aaron Wise and Kyle Gertz combined for 50 saves. Tampa Bay was 0 for 4 on the power play and 1 of 2 on the penalty kill. Counting playoffs, the Juniors ended the season with a record of 20-21-0-2.

The EJHL South playoffs are coming up. Tampa ended up 4th in the overall standings but are seeding 3rd in the playoffs due to the fact the playoff seeding is based only on games within the southern division. The Juniors are seeded third after edging Palm Beach by just percentage points. Tournament seeding is as follows:

1) Hampton Rds Jr Whalers - behind Atlanta in total points, but had the best winning percentage in games within the South.)
2 )Atlanta Jr Knights
3) Tampa Bay Juniors
4) Palm Beach Hawks
5) Space Coast Hurricanes
6) East Coast Eagles

The playoff structure is a double-elimination format, with games being played at the New England Sports Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts March 14th through the 17th. This tournament is being played in conjunction with the prestigious Beantown Classic Spring Junior Prospects invitational tournament. It is one of the most heavily scouted events in the east coast during the year and the Juniors are very excited about the opportunity to be playing in the same building during this event.

Tampa Bay opens up agains the East Coast Eagles on Wednesday afternoon, 3:30PM. The games will be broadcast live via FASTHockey.com.

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Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere when he left Hispaniola for Spain on this date in 1496.

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Esks consider ‘various ways’ to approach draft.

McCullough retires, Ortiz signs and Ruffin released.

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

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John Stone patented the pile driver on this date in 1792.

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Mommy helps Jimmy with a puzzle.

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On this date in 1804, the formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the U.S. took place in St. Louis.

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Today in Elvis History

1959 - RCA Records released Elvis Presley's single "I Need Your Love Tonight"/"A Fool Such as I."

1973 - The Elvis Presley album "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" hit #11 in the U.K.

2004 - The Vermont Teddy Bear Company announced it would be releasing a limited edition Elvis Bear 2. The bears were to be offered (March 29-April 24, 2004) at more than 750 Kroger stores free of charge with a minimum purchase.

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On this date in 1849, Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift vessels over shoals by means of inflated cylinders.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - The Beatles "Eight Days A Week" hit #1 in the U.S.

1975 - John Lennon released his cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" in the U.S.

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On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - Joe Malone (Quebec Bulldogs) scored 6 goals in a game against the Ottawa Senators.

1941 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the 1941 season.

1993 - Sherry Davis became the first woman to be the PA voice of a major league team. She was the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants.

2002 - ESPN aired "A Season on the Brink." It was the first original motion picture by ESPN. The movie was about Bobby Knight.

2004 - Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver Canucks) held a press conference to apologize for hitting Steve Moore (Colorado Avalanche) in the side of the head from behind and driving his head into the ice in a game on March 8. Moore landed face-first with Bertuzzi on top of him. Moore suffered a broken neck, a concussion and deep cuts on his face. On March 11, the NHL suspended Bertuzzi for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs and announced that his eligibility would be assessed the following season and would take into account Moore's health and the progression of his recovery.

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W2XBS-TV in New York City aired the first televised opera on this date in 1940, as it presented scenes from "I Pagliacci".

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2:30pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 7:30pm EDT

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Ford Eco Boost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 400 at Bristol Motor Speedway 12:30pm EDT

Monday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EDT

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Club Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway 5:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at Streets of St. Petersburg - 12:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway -- 2:30pm EDT

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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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