Thursday, October 25, 2012

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


Today is October 25th, the 299th day of 2012. There are 67 days left in the year.


Islanders officially headed to Brooklyn in 2015.

Davidson hired as Jackets' president of hockey ops.

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Today's Birthdays: Marion Ross of Happy Days is 84; Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart, and others, on The Simpsons) is 55; Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan) is 42; singer Katy Perry is 28.


National Team Development Program Weekly Update
U.S. National Under-18 Team Clips Indiana, Next Stop in Minnesota for Two;
U.S. National Under-17 Team Returns from Road for Two at Home
U18 TEAM TO STOP IN MINNESOTA FOR TWO: The U.S. National Under-18 Team will take on No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Mariucci Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT. Team USA last faced the Golden Gophers on Jan. 7, 2011. The following night (Oct. 27), the U.S. will head to St. Paul, Minn., to take on St. Thomas University. Puck drop is slated for 8:30 p.m., at the St. Thomas Ice Arena. This will be the first meeting between the two squads. Team USA is 1-4-1 (W-L-T) when facing collegiate opponents this season.

U17 TEAM RETURNS FROM ROAD FOR TWO AT HOME: The U.S. National Under-17 Team will enjoy a two-game homestand this weekend when two United States Hockey League foes visit the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube. Team USA will first take on the Waterloo Black Hawks on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday, Oct. 28, tilt against Green Bay. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., versus the Gamblers.

U18s UPENDED BY CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Shane Eiserman(West Newbury, Mass.) each scored for the Under-18 Team but Team USA was upended, 6-2, on Oct. 19, at James Lynah Arena. The Big Red scored three straight goals in the first period before Butcher put the U.S. on the board with a power play tally. Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) and Frankie Vatrano(East Longmeadow, Mass.) collected assists on the goal. Eiserman's goal, a shorthanded marker to open the second frame, cut Cornell's lead to 3-2. Kevin Labanc (Staten Island, N.Y.) registered the lone assist. Cornell responded with another three-goal outburst to hand the U.S. a 6-2 loss.

U18s BLANK OSWEGO STATE: Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) made 31 saves as the U.S. National Under-18 Team blanked Oswego State University on Oct. 20, at the Campus Center Ice Arena. It was Demko's second shutout of the season. A first period tally by Kevin Labanc was all the U.S. needed to earn the victory; Will Butcher assisted on the goal. Shane Eiserman added an insurance goal in the third frame off of passes from Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) and Gage Ausmus (East Grand Forks, Minn.).

U18s CLIP INDIANA IN THIRD PERIOD: Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) had two goals and one assist as the U.S. National Under-18 Team clipped the Indiana Ice, 6-4, on Oct. 23, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Team USA took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission on goals by Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Shane Eiserman. The U.S. increased its lead at 2:17 of the second stanza when Kevin Labanc deposited the puck into the net. Allen notched his first goal of the game at 7:04 to give the U.S. a 4-0 advantage. Indiana mounted its comeback attempt midway through the second period, scoring two goals before time expired in the frame. The Ice tallied back-to-back goals to open the third period and tied the contest, 4-4. With just 1:36 left on the clock, Allen netted the eventual game-winning score.Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) and Clint Lewis (Burnsville, Minn.) assisted on the marker. Tyler Motte added a late goal to seal the victory, 6-4.

U17s SUFFER SETBACK ON ROAD IN USHL: The U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Des Moines Buccaneers, 10-1, on Oct. 19. Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) scored the lone goal for Team USA; Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.) collected the assist. Des Moines opened scoring at 2:14 of the first frame and doubled its lead at 5:41 before Fiegl notched the first goal for Team USA. Two second period goals by the Buccaneers, and six more in the third, put the game out of reach for the U.S. Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Mo.) and Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) scored for Team USA in its next contest, Oct. 21, against the Waterloo Black Hawks but the U.S. dropped a 6-2 decision at Young Arena.

UNDER-18 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Shane Eiserman has goals in back-to-back college tilts (Oct. 19-20) and in three straight games overall, including USHL action. The forward is tied for the team lead in points with nine (6-3) in 12 games ... Forward Tyler Kelleher is also tied for the team lead in points. Kelleher has a team-best seven goals to go along with two assists ... Kevin Labanc recorded the game-winning tally on Oct. 20, against Oswego State University. Coupled with one goal and one assist against the Indiana Ice on Oct. 23, the forward is now on a three-game point streak (2-2) dating back to Oct. 19, when he recorded an assist against Cornell University ... The U18s have nine power play goals in 56 chances (16.1 percent) ... Team USA is killing off penalties at an 83.3 percent clip ... The U18s have outshot their opponents, 381-279, so far this season in 12 contests, and trail its opponents by one goal overall, 39-38.

UNDER-17 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Forward Jack Eichel leads all U.S. National Under-17 Team skaters in points on the season. In 10 games, he has five goals to go along with six assists, both team highs ... Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) is second on the squad with eight points (8-8) in 10 games ... Forwards Jared Fiegl and Joe Wegwerth both had three-game point streaks snapped on Oct. 21. Fiegl notched one goal and added three assists dating back to Oct. 12, before the streak ended. Wegwerth tallied three goals and collected one assist over that span ... Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) is currently tenth in the United States Hockey League in saves. The netminder has turned aside 131 shots in five games so far this season ... The U17s have five power play goals in 35 chances (14.3 percent) ... Team USA is killing off penalties at an 83.3 percent clip ... The U17s have been outshot 362-295 so far this season in 10 contests and trail in goals scored, 53-37 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.

Four Receive $25,000 RBC Play Hockey Grants
Grant monies to be used to support the grassroots growth of ice hockey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey partner RBC has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to four hockey organizations in the United States through its Play Hockey program. The goal of the initiative is to help grow the sport of ice hockey at the grassroots level.

Each of the U.S. groups listed below will receive $25,000. Included is a brief profile of each, including how the group intends to utilize the grant monies.

Defending the Blue Line (Hastings, Minn.)
  • Supplies financial assistance the children of military families across the nation to ensure that they are afforded the opportunity to participate in the game of hockey
  • In addition to financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with playing the sport, Defending the Blue Line provides access to free equipment, hockey camps, and special events for military families
  • Will use grant money to offset the cost of annual youth hockey association league fees (up to $500 per family) for military families with strained finances directly related to conditions of their service to the U.S.
Ice Hockey in Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
  • Offers programming that enables children from the Harlem community to take advantage of educational and athletic opportunities and improve the social and academic well being of children through participation in ice hockey
  • In 2011-12, the three-decade old program in a non-traditional hockey community provided 193 youth and children the opportunity to get on the ice through Ice Hockey in Harlem programs when the game would otherwise not have been accessible for these youths.
  • Will use grant money to fund the growing demand for its services by increasing the amount of opportunities to play the game (more ice time, more equipment, more participants)
Omaha Hockey Club (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Aims to conduct youth hockey programs servicing both boys and girls from beginning to advanced players with house and travel opportunities that provide a fun and exciting experience for skaters and their families in an environment that promotes competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, and growth
  • Strives to have a positive lasting impact upon the development of the participants as hockey players, individuals, and members of the community
  • Will use grant money to continue growing the sport and retaining participants through Learn to Skate and Try Hockey for Free programs, increasing opportunities for females to play in all-girls programs, and equipment funding
USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program  (Towson, Md.)
  • Organizes and administers ice hockey programs that provides a recreational and therapeutic experience to individuals who incurred physical disabilities during service to the United States Armed Forces
  • Seeks to provide an environment that integrates people with and without disabilities in order to promote awareness of lifestyle challenges; assists individuals with disabilities in developing self-confidence; embraces adjustments to a new lifestyle; provides rehabilitation; and encourages self-reliance in order to create a successful individual both within and outside the hockey rink
  • Will use grant money to establish a new disabled hockey program in the Boston area that will provide free training, conditioning, competition, and a physical activity outlet for service members and veterans with combat stress, post traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury
NOTES:  In conjunction with sponsorship partners USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the RBC Play Hockey Grants program is the first of its kind to support hockey across the continent. RBC Play Hockey offered 20 grants, in the amount of $25,000, awarded across North America.  In addition, grant recipients also receive one year of financial advice from RBC.  … Grants are awarded to community hockey organizations, sports associations and hockey-minded individuals with great ideas that support and grow the popularity of the game … For more information on RBC Play Hockey grants, click here.


No. 7 AP & BCS/No. 9 USA Today Oregon State (6-0, 4-0 in Pac-12) travels to Seattle this weekend to face the Washington Huskies (3-4, 1-3). The game will kickoff at 10:22 p.m. EDT from CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks/Sounders. The game airs on 1190 KEX and the Beaver Sports Network, with the listen link on the right side of this page. The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks.

Read the rest here.

Visit the Oregon State Athletics department official web site.


A Pennsylvania man was convicted of crawling around on movie theater floors and stealing from women's purses. [He was arrested after people reported seeing a suspicious character with Skittles stuck to his clothes.]


Milanovich, Argos looking forward to Mosaic challenge.

Cauz: Where did all the nicknames go?

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Donald Trump is offering to donate $5 million to charity -- just so long as President Barack Obama digs up and releases his passport and college records in the next week. Trump made the offer in a video uploaded to YouTube. He started off by taking credit for getting president Obama to release his "long form" birth certificate, blah, blah, blah.


J.T. O’Sullivan more than a student of the game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to get back on the winning side of the ledger this coming Saturday, as they host the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Kickoff is set for 4:00pm EDT on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. Listen link is on the left side of this blog. You can see the game in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online at

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Authorities in New Mexico said a man being released from jail allegedly swiped $80 on his way out of the facility. Frank Rodriguez-Tapia was released from jail Friday and a security camera recorded him taking the cash that belonged to another inmate who was being booked into the jail.


Tampa, FL. —By now, most of you have probably seen the great hustle play by New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, who ran down Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson on a 95-yard pass play, tackling him just before the goal line. While that moment was obviously the turning point in the Week 7 matchup, I want to discuss the coaching decisions that led to the four subsequent goal-to-go plays.

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Tom Cruise has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines, claiming the magazines defamed him by reporting he had abandoned 6-year-old daughter Suri. In the lawsuit, Tom takes issue with the July 30th cover of Life & Style, which reads, "SURI IN TEARS, ABANDONED BY HER DAD" -- as well as the October 1 cover of In Touch, which shows a picture of Suri above the headline, "ABANDONED BY DADDY."




Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff. How 'bout you?


ALDS:  New York wins series 3-2.

NLDS: 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
Gm 4 New York  1@ Detroit 8 Detroit wins series 4-0
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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
Gm 4 San Francisco 3 @ St. Louis 8
Gm 5 San Francisco 5 @ St. Louis 0
Gm 6 St. Louis  1@ San Francisco 6
Gm 7 St. Louis 0 @ San Francisco 9  San Francisco wins series 4-3

2012 World Series
Game Matchup                               Day Date Time(ET)TV
Gm 1 Detroit 3 @ San Francisco 8 San Francisco leads series 1-0
Gm 2 Detroit @ San Francisco Thu Oct. 25 8:00pm FOX
Gm 3 San Francisco @ Detroit Sat Oct. 27 8:00pm FOX
Gm 4 San Francisco @ Detroit Sun Oct. 28 8:00pm      FOX
Gm 5* San Francisco @ Detroit Mon Oct. 29 8:00pm FOX
Gm 6* Detroit @ San Francisco Wed Oct. 31 8:00pm   FOX
Gm 7* Detroit @ San Francisco Thu Nov. 1 8:00pm  FOX
* - If necessary


NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 86 million: Number of calories the average person eats in their life.


San Francisco, CA. -- Pablo Sandoval possesses Babe Ruth's build, Reggie Jackson's flair and Albert Pujols' formidable presence at the plate.

Wednesday, Sandoval shared a characteristic with all three men: their swing.

Sandoval joined Ruth, Jackson and Pujols in baseball lore by clobbering three home runs, matching a postseason record while launching the Giants to an 8-3 triumph over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series.

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Elizabeth Taylor, who died last year at age 79, has taken the Number 1 spot on Forbes' annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities away from Michael Jackson, who topped the list the previous two years. According to Forbes, Taylor earned $210 million last year. The majority of that came from an auction of the actress' possessions at Christie's.


Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
Elvis Presley began his only visit to Scotland.

1977 - The album "Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Vol. 2" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Known Only to Him: Elvis Gospel 1957-1971" was released.

1990 - The Elvis Presley album "How Great Thou Art" was released on CD.

1994 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Amazing Grace - His Greatest Sacred Performances" was released. 


The first U.S. trademark was given on this date in 1870. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
The Beatles did their first-ever interview. It was for the radio station at Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospital.

1963 - In Karlstad, the Beatles began their first tour of Sweden.

1964 - The Beatles won five Ivor Novello Awards frm the British music industry.

1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that their first child should be born the next January. Yoko miscarried.

1973 - John Lennon sued the U.S. government claiming that his fight against deportation was prejudiced by U.S. officials.

1974 - John Lennon completed his self-produced sessions for his "Rock 'n' Roll."

1990 - John Lennon's album "Rock N Roll" was released on CD.

2005 - George Harrison's remastered live album "The Concert for Bangladesh" was released.


Richard Byrd, the first person to see the North Pole, was bornon this date in 1888.


Today in Sports History:

1947 - 
The Army football team was defeated by Columbia 21-20. The team had gone unbeaten in 32 games that spanned four seasons. They had earned two national titles in the same time frame.

1964 - Cotton Davis (Oakland Raiders) threw for 427 yards in a 40-7 victory over the Denver Broncos.

1964 - Jim Marshall (Minnesota Vikings) picked up a San Francisco fumble and ran the wrong way 66 yards into his own team's end zone for a safety.

1978 - Gaylord Perry became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues when he won the award in the National League.

1981 - David Woodley (Miami Dolphins) passed for 408 yards in a 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

1981 - Brian Sipe (Cleveland Browns) threw for 444 yards in a 42-28 victory over Baltimore.

1986 - The Boston Red Sox lost Game 6 of the World Series to the New York Mets. The winning run was scored in the 10th inning when a ground ball went through Boston first baseman Bill Buckner's legs.

1987 - The Minnesota Twins defeated St. Louis in the first World Series to include indoor games. It was the first championship for the Twins.

1998 - Jason Elam (Denver Broncos) kicked a 63-yard field goal. The kick tied Tom Dempsey's 28-year-old NFL record.

1998 - Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers) set an NFL record when he caught a pass in his 184th consecutive game. Also during the game, Rice became the first player to surpass 17,000 career receiving yards.

1998 - Cris Carter (Minnesota Vikings) broke the team record when he caught a pass in his 106th straight game. He also tied Bill Brown's Minnesota record of 76 career touchdowns in the 34-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

2000 - NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the Minnesota Timberwolves would forfeit their next five first-round draft picks and would be fined $3.5 million due to violations of the NBA's salary cap.

2003 - Bobby Bowden (Florida State) became the winningest coach in major college football history with his 339th victory.

2005 - The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 7-5 in the first World Series game to be held in Texas. The game also was the longest in World Series history at 5 hours and 41 minutes. The game actually ended on October 26th.


The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company on this date in 1955.


Coming up --

Tonight --

MLB -- World Series Game 2 San Francisco Giants vs Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings 8:20pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Toronto Argonauts 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- World Series Game 3 San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 9:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Washington Huskies 10:15pm EDT


Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- World Series Game 4 San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT


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

1 comment:

erock said...

I'm pumped to watch the Beaver's run all over Washington! I have DISH and the Pac-12 Network and love all the action I get versus having to check ESPN constantly last year for scores and updates! Pac-12 is a fantastic channel, and a DISH coworker told me it also covered volleyball, baseball, basketball, swimming and more! With so many teams in the hunt each year, it's hard to get OSU info on regular channels; DISH and Pac-12 give me the best coverage I could ask for!

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