Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is October 18th, the 292nd day of 2012. There are 74 days left in the year.


NHL, NHLPA to meet again Thursday.

Cedar Rapids' McLaughlin scores spectacular goal.

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Today's Birthdays: Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island) is 74; Pam Dawber (Mork and Mindy) is 62; Erin Moran (Happy Days) is 52; musician Wynton Marsalis is 51; Zac Efron is 25.


National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. National Under-18 Team Drops First USHL Game, Back on Collegiate Trail; U.S. National Under-17 Team Travels to Iowa for Two USHL Contests

U18 TEAM RETURNS TO COLLEGE ACTION: The U.S. National Under-18 Team heads back on the collegiate trail after a one game stop in the United States Hockey League. Team USA first takes on Cornell University on Friday, Oct. 19, at James Lynah Arena in Ithaca, N.Y. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT. The last time these two squads met, the Big Red skated away with a 6-0 victory over the U.S. on Oct. 23, 2010. The following night (Oct. 20), Team USA visits the Campus Center Ice Arena in Oswego, N.Y., home of Oswego State University. Game time is set for 7 p.m. It marks the first meeting of the teams since 2008 when the U.S. scored an overtime victory, 4-3, over the Lakers.

U17 TEAM TRAVELS TO IOWA FOR TWO: The U.S. National Under-17 Team will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, Oct. 19, for the first of two road games this weekend. The matchup against the Buccaneers starts at 8:05 p.m. at Buccaneer Arena. After a day off on Saturday (Oct. 20), Team USA makes its way to Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa, for a 4:05 p.m. EDT showdown on Sunday, Oct. 21, with the Black Hawks.

U18s TRIPPED UP BY NORTH DAKOTA: The U.S. National Under-18 Team battled hard with the University of North Dakota, but ultimately fell, 6-4, on Oct. 12, at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. North Dakota jumped out to a three-goal lead after one period of play. NTDP alumni Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn./2009-10) and Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif./2009-11) each scored once in the frame. Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.) put the U.S. on the board early in the second frame before North Dakota responded with two more goals, both with the man advantage. Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) notched his own power play goal before time expired to pull the U.S. closer, down 5-2. Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) each notched goals in the third, but an insurance goal scored by Grimaldi put the game away for UND.

U18s CLIPPED BY BEMIDJI STATE: The U.S. National Under-18 Team took a two-goal lead against Bemidji State University into the second period, but couldn't hold on and fell to the Beavers, 4-3, on Oct. 13, at the Sanford Center. Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Tyler Kelleher gave Team USA the two-goal advantage heading into the first intermission before Bemidji State erupted for three shorthanded goals in the second to take the lead, 3-2. Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) tied the game late in the second to set up a deciding final period. With less than one minute remaining, the Beavers scored the eventual game-winning tally, despite Team USA's best efforts to tie the game after pulling its netminder.

U18s DROPPED BY MUSKEGON ON TUESDAY: The U.S. National Under-18 Team dropped its first regular season USHL game last night (Oct. 16), 4-2, to the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Tyler Kelleher had two goals in the loss for Team USA. The Lumberjacks seized the lead midway through the first before Kelleher struck back on the power play in the second period. Three straight goals by Muskegon followed as the Lumberjacks took control of the game, up 4-1, after 40 minutes of play. Kelleher fired a shot into the net with 20 seconds remaining in the final frame to cut the Muskegon lead in half, but it would be as close as Team USA would come, eventually dropping the game 4-2.

U17s HANDED BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team took one point out of four in the weekend series versus the Chicago Steel last weekend (Oct. 12-13). Two goals by Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.) gave Team USA a 2-0 advantage on Oct. 12, before the Steel took the lead behind three straight tallies. Dakota Joshua (Dearborn, Mich.) tied the game to force an overtime, where the U.S. eventually fell, 4-3. Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) made 33 saves in the overtime loss. The following night (Oct. 13), Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.) and Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored two goals each, but the U17s were toppled by the Steel, 9-5.

UNDER-18 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Forward Tyler Kelleher is on a three-game scoring streak. He now has four goals in his past three contests, which include games against collegiate and USHL opponents ... The U18s have eight power play goals in 47 chances (17.0 percent) ... Team USA is killing off penalties at an 81.0 percent clip ... The U18s have outshot their opponents, 266-206, so far this season in six contests, and trail its opponents by just one goal overall, 29-28.

UNDER-17 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: The U17s welcome netminder Eric Schierhorn (Anchorage, Alaska) to its roster this weekend for USHL tilts in Iowa. He comes to the National Team Development Program from the Russell Stover Midget Major program in Missouri. Schierhorn was most recently on the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that captured first place at the Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic in August and also participated in the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp in the summer ... Forward Joe Wegwerth has three goals in his past two games dating back to Oct. 12 ... Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) has recorded three assists in his past two games. The forward is also a plus-2 dating back to Oct. 12 ... Blueliner Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.) has assists in back-to-back games and is tied for fifth in points (0-3) by a defensemen in the USHL ... Forward Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) remains tied for fifth in scoring (4) within the USHL this season ... The U17s have four power play goals in 28 chances (14.3 percent) ... Team USA is killing off penalties at an 88.5 percent clip ... The U17s have been outshot 242-277 so far this season in eight contests and trail in goals scored, 37-34 in favor of the opposition.

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. ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a revolutionary new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Currently in its 16th season of play in 2012-13, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

USA HOCKEY AND THE INTELLIGYM: The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams utilize The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit

THE USHL AND FASTHOCKEY: Catch all of Team USA's USHL action on, the premier online destination for ice hockey fanatics from around the world. Visitors can choose from an incredible array of games from national governing bodies, conferences, leagues, teams, tournaments, and other events.


A new report says violent crime in the U.S. rose 18 percent in 2011. [And that was just on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.]


Corvallis, OR — In Oregon State’s continued search for a consistent ground game, a few names usually surface.

There’s talk about starting running back Storm Woods (80.8 rushing yards per game), and backup Malcolm Agnew (30.4), and the offensive line has gotten a shoutout or two. But five games into the season, an unlikely contributor has also emerged for the Beavers: Fullback Tyler Anderson.

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No. 8 AP & BCS/No. 11 USA Today Oregon State (5-0, 3-0 in Pac-12) returns home this Saturday to host the Utah Utes (2-4, 0-3). The game will kickoff at 7:36 p.m. PDT and air on 1190 KEX and the Beaver Sports Network. ESPN2 has TV coverage(check your local listings) and the game can be seen online at

Visit the Oregon State Athletics department official web site.


A study by San Diego State University researchers has disproven the popular phrase "five second rule" ... determining bacteria can attach itself to food in less than five seconds.


Knee surgery knocks Als' London out for season.

Belli anxious to get going for Double Blue.

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A Ukrainian man tried to make an early exit during a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City: Just as the plane touched down, he attempted to wrestle his way through the emergency-exit rear doors. He had them partway open before passengers knocked him down. The man told authorities he believed the wing was on fire.


Riders add two to practice roster.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in action this coming Saturday against the Montreal Alouettes. Game time at Mosaic Stadium in Regina is set for 3:30pm EDT. Hear the game on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. Listen link is one the left side of this blog. Watch the game in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online at

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She managed to keep it a secret for a few weeks, but now the cat's finally out of the bag. Megan Fox gave birth to a baby boy on September 27, her first child with husband Brian Austin Green. They called their new little bundle of joy Noah Shannon.


Tampa, FL. —On Wednesday, the Buccaneers informed the league that they have started the 21-day evaluation period that will likely lead to DE Da'Quan Bowers' return to the active roster.

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Your house is a hungry smartphone monster. It turns out 51% of accidents that ruin a cell phone happen inside the home. The top five danger zones for your phone 1. Kitchen 2. Living Room 3. Bathroom 4. Driveway 5. Bedroom


Flipper is my favorite dolphin!


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Washing dishes and taking care of my family. How 'bout you?


ALDS: New York 3, Baltimore 1. New York wins series 3-2.

NLDS: St. Louis 9, Washington 7. St. Louis wins series 3-2. 

American League Championship Series
Game Matchup                         Day Date Time (ET)TV
Gm 1 Detroit  4 @ New York 2 (12 innings) 
Gm 2 Detroit 3 @ New York 0
Gm 3 New York 1 @ Detroit 2 Detroit leads 3-0
Gm 4 New York @ Detroit Thu Oct. 18 4:00 PM TBS
Gm 5* New York @ Detroit Fri Oct. 19 4:00 PM TBS
Gm 6* Detroit @ New York Sat Oct. 20 8:00 PM TBS
Gm 7* Detroit @ New York Sun Oct. 21 8:00 PM TBS
* - If necessary
All games on ESPN Radio

National League Championship Series 
Game Matchup                                 Day Date Time (ET)TV
Gm 1 St. Louis 6 @ San Francisco 4
Gm 2 St. Louis  1 @ San Francisco 7
Gm 3 San Francisco 1 @ St. Louis 2 St. Louis leads series 2-1
Gm 4 San Francisco @ St. Louis Thu Oct. 18 8:00 PM FOX
Gm 5 San Francisco @ St. Louis Fri Oct. 19 8:00 PM FOX
Gm 6* St. Louis @ San Francisco Sun Oct. 21 4:30 PM FOX
Gm 7* St. Louis @ San Francisco Mon Oct. 22 8:00 PM FOX
* - If necessary

2012 World Series
Game Matchup        Day Date Time(ET)TV
Gm 1 ALC @ NLC Wed Oct. 24 TBD FOX
Gm 2 ALC @ NLC Thu Oct. 25 TBD FOX
Gm 3 NLC @ ALC Sat Oct. 27 TBD FOX
Gm 4 NLC @ ALC Sun Oct. 28 TBD      FOX
Gm 5* NLC @ ALC Mon Oct. 29 TBD FOX
Gm 6* ALC @ NLC Wed Oct. 31 TBD   FOX
Gm 7* ALC @ NLC Thu Nov. 1 TBD  FOX
* - If necessary


The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon on this date in 1767. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.


St Louis, MO. -- Those weren't the division-winning, postseason-qualifying, pitcher-terrifying Giants who toiled Wednesday at Busch Stadium.

Rather, the Giants who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series more closely resembled the struggling squads of the past, recent and distant.

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Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable on this date in 1842.


Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
The Elvis Presley single "King Creole" hit #2 in the U.S.

1967 - Near Sedona, AZ, filming began on the Elvis Presley film "Stay Away, Joe."


The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened on this date in 1892.


Today in Beatles History:

1957 - Paul McCartney made his debut appearance with the Quarrymen in Norris Green, Liverpool.

1967 - "How I Won the War," starring John Lennon, premiered in London.

1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana when Ringo Starr's apartment was raided by police.


The first broadcast of "Perry Mason" was presented on CBS Radio on this date in 1943. The show went to TV in 1957.


Today in Sports History:

1873 -  The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.

1924 - Red Grange (Illinois) scored four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes of a game against Michigan. He scored a fifth touchdown, intercepted a pass and threw a touchdown-pass in the second half.

1950 - Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.

1956 - NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.

1967 - The American League granted permission for the A's to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.

1968 - Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a "black power" salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.

1968 - At the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Bob Beamon set a record of 29'2½" in the long jump. The record remained unbroken until August 30, 1991, when Mike Powell jumped 29'4½".

1977 - Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth's record for hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.

1997 - Hanson sang the national anthem at the opening game of the World Series.


The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter's show on this date in 1958.


Coming up --

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:00pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway 3:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Montreal Alouettes 3:30pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Utah Utes 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 4:30pm EDT (if necessary)


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

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