Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is March 21st, the 81st day of 2012. There are 285 days left in the year.

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If the playoffs started today.

Blackhawks happy to see Toews back on skates.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter movies, Batman Begins) is 54; Actor Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Producers) is 50; Former TV host Rosie O'Donnell is 50.

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Tampa, FL -- Following a 7-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, the Bolts returned to the ice on Tuesday to hold practice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Despite Monday’s defeat serving as the sixth loss in the team’s last seven games, Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said the recent results have not affected the team’s attitude in coming to the rink every day.

“Guys are upbeat and they continue to come in every day ready to work hard,” Boucher said. “They’re focusing on the details and they’re very much focusing on getting better.”

Read the rest here.

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Today is the start of Week of Solidarity with People's Struggling Against Racism & Discrimination, plus YoYo and Skill Toys Week. It's also Brain Injury Awareness Day, Kick Butts Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Memory Day, National Common Courtesy Day, Spring Fairy Fun Day and World Down Syndrome Day. Plus it's National Crunchy Taco Day.

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University of Minnesota Finishes Season 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 - #24
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2
34-5-2
24
2University of Wisconsin, 171
1
33-5-2
24
3Cornell University, 152
3
30-5-0
24
4Boston College, 133
4
24-10-3
24
5Boston University, 110
5
23-14-1
18
6University of North Dakota, 93
7
22-12-3
24
7St. Lawrence University, 76
8
24-10-4
4
8Mercyhurst College, 57
6
23-8-3
24
9Northeastern University, 33
10
22-7-4
22
10University of Minnesota Duluth, 16
9
21-14-1
23
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 13; Providence College, 1.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota finishes the year atop the poll after capturing the NCAA Division I national championship on Sunday (March 18). The win marked the Gophers third national championship and first since 2005 ... Six teams remained on the poll throughout the entire season ... The University of Wisconsin's Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) was named the recipient of the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations. In its 15th year, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is given out annually by the USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Decker, a junior forward, received the award during a sold-out award ceremony and brunch held at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn., on March 17. VisitPattyKaz.com for more information ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams in the final poll of the season, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 12 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.

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Five members of the Southern Mississippi pep band have been kicked out of the band and had their scholarships revoked after they embarrassed the university during the NCAA Tournament by yelling, "Where's your green card?," at an opposing player who was born in Puerto Rico. [Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States he doesn't need a green card. But I can think of five people who apparently don't have a GED.]

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LaPolice staying put, extends with Bombers.

Riders add two more QBs, release Bergquist.

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

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The good news for the 30 people who lost their jobs at Oprah's TV network: she is paying some serious severance. Everyone got at least several weeks of pay and some people are getting paid for the duration of their contracts. And Oprah even brought a recruiter to the building to help people find new jobs.

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Let's go kick that ball.

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Thomas Jefferson reported to U.S. President George Washington as the new secretary of state on this date in 1790.

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Today in Elvis History

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Kissin' Cousins" hit #12 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "Kentucky Rain" hit #16 in the U.S. The song was written by Eddie Rabbit.

1970 - Elvis Presley's "Don't Cry Daddy" hit #8 in the U.K.

1981 - An updated version of Elvis Presley's album "Guitar Man" hit #43 in the U.K.

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You've heard of setting your phone on vibrate, but how about your arm? A new patent filed by Nokia describes a piece of fabric that can be attached to your skin, that will also alert you in case you have a call. The patent also suggests producing the same effect with ferromagnetic ink in the form of a tattoo. Ink would be demagnetized before it was placed on your body, and then magnetized again once your "Mom" tattoo was complete.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles single "She Loves You" hit #1 in the U.S.

1964 - The Beatles single "I Saw Her Standing There" hit #14 in the U.S.

1970 - The Beatles single "Let It Be" hit #2 in the U.K.

1984 - Part of Central Park in New York was renamed Strawberry Fields in honor of John Lennon.

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Authorities in Michigan said a man being sought for 10 indecent exposure incidents was seen wearing nothing but sheer pantyhose on his lower body. The man has been seen wearing nothing over his genitals but the sheer pantyhose 10 times in the Detroit area, most recently last week at a salon/day spa. Workers at the salon said the man asked about getting a Brazilian wax.

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Today in Sports History:

1946 - The Los Angeles Rams signed Kenny Washington. Washington was the first black player to join a National Football League team since 1933.

1946 - The first Mexican League baseball game was played.

1953 - The Boston Celtics beat Syracuse Nationals (111-105) in four overtimes to eliminate them from the Eastern Division Semifinals. A total of seven players (both teams combined) fouled out of the game.

1968 - The new American League franchise in Kansas City, MO, took the nickname Royals.

1973 - Frank Mohovlich (Montreal Canadiens) became the 5th NHL player to score 500 career goals.

1994 - Wayne Gretzky tied Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals.

1994 - Michael Jordan was cut from the White Sox roster and was sent to their minor league club.

2004 - In Philadelphia, Veterans Stadium was demolished.

2004 - The NHL suspended Calgary Flames coach-general manager Darryl Sutter and forward Krzysztof Oliwa. Sutter was suspended for two games for player selection and team conduct in the final 2.5 seconds of the game. Oliwa was suspended for his conduct after being given a penalty for physical abuse of officials. The Flames lost to the Nashville Predators 3-1.

2004 - Mark Messier (New York Rangers) was ejected after he spearing Martin Strbak (Pittsburgh Penguins). Messier was later suspended for two games by the NHL.

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NBC-TV presented the first "Colgate Comedy Hour" on this date in 1955.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway 12:30pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park 2:00pm 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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