Friday, June 15, 2012

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Today is June 15th, the 167th day of 2012. There are 199 days left in the year.


Kings and fans celebrate franchise's first Stanley Cup.

Flames hire Gelinas as assistant coach.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Jim Belushi is 58; Actress Julie Hagerty (Elaine Dickinson in Airplane) is 57; Actress Courteney Cox (Cougar Town) is 48; Actor Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) is 39.


USA Hockey's Board of Directors Endorses SafeSport Program

Organization Aggressive in Moving Forward Multiple Initiatives to Improve Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed moving forward the USA Hockey SafeSport Program as its Annual Congress last week in Colorado Springs.

The comprehensive program is focused on creating an environment that will deter abusers and assist those in the hockey community in recognizing, reducing and responding to allegations or suspected abuse.

“We’ve long been a leader in providing a safe environment for all involved in the game,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “As an example, we first began screening adults involved with children in the 1990s . The USA Hockey SafeSport program packages our long-standing policies with some updates and includes the excellent video training our partners at the USOC have produced.”

Highlighting USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program are more defined standards for the required background screening of coaches and other volunteers having access to youth participants and guidelines for USA Hockey programs in reporting and responding to abuse and/or suspected abuse.


USA Hockey’s Board of Directors also voted to:

1. Change the legislation cycle so that the playing rules can be modified once every four years, instead of every two years. Playing rules changes will be considered in 2013 and then every four years.

2. Set the standard of the playing surface for games and scrimmages at the 8U age level as either cross-ice or half-ice, or on a surface that is equal to or less than the dimensions of cross-ice or half-ice, beginning with the 2013-14 playing season, with a provision that allows affiliates an opportunity to apply for an exception for a limited number of full ice games or scrimmages.

USA Hockey’s coaching education program also reported that revisions to the online coaching education modules and classroom curriculum will be in place for the beginning of the 2012-13 season to address many of the concerns of those in the field. In addition, a new coaching app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices is expected to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season and will be available to USA Hockey registered coaches for free.

“We continue to be diligent in providing the best possible materials and delivery mechanisms to our coaches,” said Mike MacMillan, USA Hockey’s coach-in-chief. “Coaches are the lifeblood of our sport and it’s exciting to see the continued progress we’re making. A lot of people deserve credit for the terrific things that are happening.”

USA Hockey’s officiating education program is expected to have a national online system in place for the start of the 2012-13 season that will provide a mechanism to report and track the most serious infractions in games.

“There are some one million USA Hockey-sanctioned games each year and to be able to have a nationwide database and reporting system of egregious fouls is a significant step forward,” said Dave LaBuda, USA Hockey’s referee-in-chief.


• USA Hockey’s final registration report for the 2011-12 season showed an overall increase of 2.01%, including a record 107,387 participants at the 8-and-under age level. “In a tough economy, our sport continues to grow,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Our Board continues to push the envelope with its appetite for more education and training programs to help hockey and through our membership registration fee, support from others like the NHL and USOC, we’ve been able to deliver programming as good as any amateur sports organization in the world.”

• USA Hockey has launched an online Parents' Community at to specifically assist parents of four-to-eight year-old players in the sport. “We’ve started by focusing on the parents of our youngest players and will expand this over time to be more far-reaching,” said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of membership development for USA Hockey.

• While in place since 2009, language was adopted that recognizes the American Development Model as USA Hockey’s model hockey program. The ADM provides specific guidelines for all age groups and levels.


Three USA Hockey officers were unanimously re-elected to new three-year terms, including President Ron DeGregorio; Vice President/Adult Council Chair John Beadle; and Vice President/Youth Council Chair Dave Klasnick.

In addition, Donna Kaufman was elected to a three-year term to serve as director representative to the executive committee, while Shelley Looney was elected as the athlete representative to the executive committee.

Further, Phil Verchota and Sarah Fraser were elected to three-year terms as director at-large and Joan Mariconda was elected to a one-year term as director at-large, filling the seat left by John Vanbiesbrouck, who is now a vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the organization’s Junior Council.

Six athlete directors were also elected to three-year terms, with Ted Drury, Jamie Hagerman, and A.J. Mleczko being re-elected and Julie Chu, Bill Guerin and Dan LaCouture earning a spot on the Board for the first time. Hagerman was re-elected as USA Hockey’s representative to the United States Olympic Committee’s Athletes Advisory Council.


USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio bestowed President’s Award on six individuals, including Dave Klasnick, Mike MacMillan, Jim Smith, Kevin McLaughlin, Mark Tabrum and Bob Weldon.

The Board unanimously honored Dick Coombs, Jerry Edwards, and Jack McCatherin with director emeritus status.


On this date in 1752, Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.


Bombers open pre-season with win over Als.

Second half surge lifts Argos over Tiger-Cats.

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Paramount and Hasbro have announced a special The Godfather Collector's Edition version of Monopoly, in celebration of the classic's 40th anniversary.


It's Just An Exhibition Game.

Evaluating backup QBs work in progress for Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Visit the team's official website,


Illinois authorities arrested two women who were exposing themselves on a golf course. [They claim that they got lost on their way to a NASCAR race.]


I like da Bwue Jays.


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....the Johnny Blog, my radio stuff, taking Jimmy to the doctor and picking up Mommy at work. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- With two outs, the bases loaded and a full count, Ben Zobrist had the chance to cap off a big ninth-inning comeback by the Rays, but it wasn't meant to be.

A called third strike ended with the Mets winning, 9-6, and completing the sweep at Tropicana Field on Friday.

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Fake chicken is flying out the door at Whole Foods markets. Beyond Meat has been called "amazing" by some consumers. One Los Angeles vegan says, "I've eaten a lot of fake meats, and you can always taste the science." This new one is different. "It's clean; there's no weird, processed taste." Ethan Brown, founder the company that makes the pseudo-chicken, says his technology can also fabricate beef, pork, or fish.


San Francisco, CA.--
The quick turnaround between Matt Cain's perfect game in the Giants' Wednesday night win and Thursday's 6-3 loss had more than a day's difference.

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Two big rigs crashed on Interstate 95 in Florida early Thursday, causing a traffic nightmare and a slippery mess. A speeding truck hauling meat rear-ended a semi tractor trailer carrying a ton of onions, closing the roadway.


Today in Elvis History

1961 - In Memphis, TN, the Elvis Presley film "Wild in the Country" premiered.

1964 - Elvis Presley completed the vocal tracks for the soundtrack to "Girl Happy." He would not go into a recording studio again for eight months.

1965 - The EP "Tickle Me" shipped. The soundtrack contained five previously unreleased songs.

1974 - Elvis Presley began a 18-date tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX.



Some awesome books dad might like for Father's Day!

  • Build Implements of Spitball Warfare

  • Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

  • Cubicle Warfare: 101 Office Traps and Pranks

  • Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

  • Whoosh Boom Splat: The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters

  • Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

  • Gonzo Gizmos: Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek

  • 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius

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    Today in Beatles History:

    1966 - The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today" was released by Capitol Records.

    1974 - Paul McCartney and Wings announced the addition of Geoff Britton, who replaced Denny Seiwell.

    1993 - FOX-TV aired "Paul McCartney Live in the New World." It was McCartney's first live concert to be televised.


    Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state on this date in 1836.


    Today in Sports History:

    1909 - Benjamin Shibe was given the patent for the cork baseball center.

    1925 - The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Cleveland Indians 17-15. The Athletics had been down 11 runs heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

    1938 - Johnny Vander Meer (Cincinnati Reds) pitched his second straight no-hitter.

    1949 - Eddie Waitkus (Philadelphia) was seriously injured when a female fan entered his hotel room and shot him.

    1952 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Giants 14-12 after being down 11-0 in the fifth inning.

    1963 - Juan Marichal (San Francisco) threw a no-hitter. It was the first Giants no-hitter since Carl Hubbell in 1929.

    1977 - The New York Mets dealt Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds.

    1980 - Jack Nicklaus won his fourth U.S. Open title.

    1993 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 100th career home run making him the sixth youngest to reach 100.

    1995 - During the O.J. Simpson murder trial, O.J. was asked to put on a pair of gloves. The gloves were said to have been worn by the killer on the night of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. The gloves appeared not to fit.

    2005 - The New York Yankees announced plans for a new $800 million stadium. The plans called for the building to be next to Yankee Stadium and be ready by the 2009 season.


    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America on this date in 1916.


    Coming up:

    Tonight --

    MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

    MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

    Saturday --

    IZOD Indy Car Series -- Milwaukee IndyFest at West Allis, WI. 1:00pm EDT

    Nascar Nationwide Series -- Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

    MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

    MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

    Sunday --

    Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 12:00pm EDT

    MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 1:40pm EDT

    MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT


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

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