Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations












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

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Today is March 19th, the 79th day of 2012. There are 287 days left in the year.

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Hitch, goalie tandem key reasons for Blues' clinch.

Baker: Shootout savvy goalies will star down stretch.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Damages) is 65; Movie producer Harvey Weinstein (Inglourious Basterds, The Reader) is 60; Actor Bruce Willis (Sin City, Die Hard movies, The Sixth Sense) is 57.

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Tampa, FL -- The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to rebound from Saturday's 3-1 loss to St. Louis, when they host the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

Read the preview right here.

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Today is the start of Act Happy Week, American Chocolate Week and Wellderly Week. Today is also National Chocolate Caramel Day, Operation Iraqi Freedom Day and Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day.

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Brianna Decker Wins 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Wisconsin Junior Named Top Player in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey

DULUTH, Minn. – Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), a junior forward from the University of Wisconsin, was today named the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner. In its 15th year, the award is presented annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

Decker received the award during a sold-out brunch ceremony at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn. She was chosen from a group of three finalists that also included junior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D./University of North Dakota) and senior goaltender Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switz./Northeastern University).

"Brianna has meant a lot to our team this season," said Mark Johnson, head coach at the University of Wisconsin. "She was so consistent and gave us a chance to win every night. I'm very happy for her and her family."

Amidst a standout season, Decker has been near the top of the NCAA leaderboard in all offensive categories and helped lead the Badgers to the NCAA national championship game where they'll face the University of Minnesota tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

Through Friday's (March 16) national semifinals, she is ranked first nationally in goals (37), tied for third in assists (45) and is one of only three players in Division I women's ice hockey to average more than two points per game (2.11). In addition, Decker has five game-winning goals and 36 multi-point games.

Decker, who has helped the UW to a 32-4-2 record and the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll in 22-of-23 weeks, also played a significant role in helping the Badgers to their second straight WCHA regular-season championship.

In the University of Wisconsin record books, Decker currently ranks fourth in career game-winning goals (20) and is tied for third in career shorthanded goals (5).

In Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, Decker tallied 54 points (20-34) in 28 conference games en route to being named the WCHA Player of the Year. Her 1.93 points per game and five game-winning goals both ranked second during league play. Decker's efforts also helped her earn All-WCHA First Team honors for the second straight year.

Off the ice, Decker volunteered at the annual Hunger Fight Drive, along with the Bucky's Kid Clinic and "Skate with the Badgers."

NOTES: Brianna Decker is the fourth Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient from the University of Wisconsin. Meghan Duggan won the award last year, while Jessie Vetter captured the award in 2009 and Sara Bauer was named the recipient in 2006 … Decker is the fifth WCHA player to receive the award ... The 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award brunch, presented by Easton Foundations, was held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, which will conclude tomorrow (March 18) with the national championship game between Wisconsin and Minnesota at 3 p.m. CDT at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. The game will be broadcast live on NCAA.com ... Julie Chu, winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2007 and three-time Olympian, was the keynote speaker for the award brunch and Laura Kennedy, a sports anchor and reporter for WDIO (ABC) in Duluth, Minn., served as the master of ceremonies ... The award ceremony was streamed live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com and an archive of the broadcast can be found there ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient is chosen by a 13-member selection committee comprised of NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches, representatives of the print and broadcast media, and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States ... For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, visit PattyKaz.com ... USA Hockey and the NCAA will team up once again to put on a free girls' skills clinic in conjunction with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. The event will take place today at the Mars Lakeview Arena from 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT. A Try Hockey for Free clinic will follow from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at 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.

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It's been awhile since the guys behind Angry Birds have fired something new our way, but the wait is nearly over because on Thursday (March 22) a new game will be released: Angry Birds Space.

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Als express interest in Baggs, still early in talks.

Woldu excited for Regina homecoming.

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

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The Massachusetts colony was founded by Englishmen on this date in 1628.

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Jimmy likes to run.

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Sorry I missed you on the weekend, but I've managed to come down with what can best be described as a 'Five-Star Cold.' I'll try to carry on as best I can, while trying to get better.

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Today in Elvis History

1954 - Elvis Presley ended his employment at Precision Tool.

1957 - Elvis Presley bought the mansion he called Graceland for $102,500.

1962 - Elvis Presley recorded "She's Not You."

1980 - The autopsy of Elvis Presley was subpoenaed in the "Dr. Nick" drug case. "Dr. Nick" was Dr. George Nichopoulous who was Presley's personal physician.

1998 - "Elvis The Concert 1998 Tour" opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show featured several of Elvis' touring musicians in front of a large video screen of Elvis in concert.

2001 - James Burton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He had been lead guitarist for Elvis Presley from 1969-1977.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed three songs from her upcoming album "To Whom It May Concern" at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers' annual convention.

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My wife's really trying to learn about basketball. [Before March Madness she thought double dribbling was something parents of twin babies had to deal with.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - Britain's Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented the Beatles with an award for Show Business Personalities Of The Year For 1963 at the 12th annual Variety Club of Great Britain luncheon.

1996 - The second part of the Beatles "Anthology" was released.

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A new study seems to think people that have wandering minds actually have sharper brains. The research found that those who appear to be constantly distracted have more "working memory" giving them the ability to do two things at the same time. So the next time your boss wakes you up from a good daydream during a meeting, tell him you're sharpening your "working memory."

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Today in Sports History:

1938 - The Toronto Maple Leafs scored 8 goals in 5 minutes.

1942 - The Thoroughbred Racing Association was formed in Chicago.

1948 - Lee Savold knocked out Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds of the first round of their prize fight at Madison Square Gardens.

1954 - Viewers saw the first televised prizefight shown in color when Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1956 - The Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 133-75 in Game 2 of the Western Divisional Finals. It was the largest margin of victory in NBA playoff history.

1967 - The Chicago Bulls won their 33rd game of the season. It was the most games won by an NBA expansion team.

1981 - The Buffalo Sabres set a record when they scored 9 goals in the second period in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres won the game 14-4.

1990 - The first world ice hockey tournament for women was held in Ottawa.

1991 - Brett Hull, of the St. Louis Blues, became the third National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 80 goals in a season.

1991 - NFL owners voted to take the 1993 Super Bowl away from the city of Phoenix because Arizona didn't recognize Martin Luther King Day.

1995 - Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after nearly two years of retirement. He scored 19 points in the loss to the Indiana Pacers. The game, televised on NBC, was the most watched regular season game in NBA history with an estimated 35 million viewers.

2010 - Paul Kariya (St. Louis Blues) scored his 400th career goal.

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In Newton, Massachusetts, a man was arrested after he was seen putting down a brown bag and picking it back up again. Police arrested William Childs, but not because he put down and picked up a brown bag. Nope, they arrested him after they discovered he had three warrants for his arrest.

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Bristol, TN. - Elliott Sadler wasn't sure about the decisive call in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway -- until crew chief Luke Lambert gave him a history lesson.

Lambert's astute call to keep Sadler on the race track under the final caution gave Elliott Sadler the boost he needed to win his second Nationwide Series race of the season, two weeks after he broke a 14-year drought in the series at Phoenix.

The Nationwide points leader drove away from Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski after a restart on Lap 273 of 300 and beat Kahne to the finish line by 1.159 seconds. The victory was Sadler's second at Bristol, the seventh of his career, and it came at the .533-mile track that gave him the first of his three Sprint Cup victories in 2001.

Read the rest here.









Bristol, TN. - NASCAR racing has a new Ice Man.

As he completed the final lap of his victory in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brad Keseloswki needled Paul Wolfe, his crew chief.

"Paul, are you nervous?" Keselowski radioed to Wolfe, his voice exuding of confidence. As he crossed the finish line six car-lengths in front of runner-up Matt Kenseth, Keselowski allowed himself an excited whoop.

The driver of the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge scored his second consecutive win at the .533-mile short track and the fifth of his Sprint Cup career.

Martin Truex Jr. came home third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers, as Michael Waltrip Racing drivers claimed positions three through five. Vickers scored the top-five in his first Cup action since his contract with Red Bull Racing ended last year.

Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, Juan Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard completed the top 10.

Read the rest here.

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21 Jump Street collared an estimated $35 million in its Friday-Sunday debut. The big-screen take on the 1980s Johnny Depp cop series finished No. 1 at the weekend box office.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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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