Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Today is December 8th, the 343nd day of 2012. There are 23 days left in the year.


NHL fans: This is what we get for falling for it.

Lockout theater: CBA talks between NHL and NHLPA fall apart in dramatic fashion.

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Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA on this date in 1765. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts.


WENATCHEE, Wash. - Three third period goals and spotless goaltending were the difference Friday night, as the Wenatchee Wild collected standings points in their seventh-straight game, moving into sole possession of first place in the NAHL West, with a 3-0 win over the Jamestown Ironmen, in front of 2,277 at the Town Toyota Center.

After a scoreless first period, the two teams came out firing in the second, but neither could dent the twine, as both goaltenders were solid, keeping the game scoreless through 40 minutes.

Max McHugh (Edgewood, Washington), fed by Noah Nelson(Oconomowoc, Wisconsin) would score his 6th goal of the season on a wrister from the top slot-side of the right circle, finishing off a 3-on-2 break and giving Wenatchee the 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the third period. Tyler Bruneteau (Omaha, Nebraska) would then wrist one home from the top of the right circle that somehow squeaked through the five-hole of Jamestown goaltender Tim Shaughnessy 6:10 later, at 10:55. Josh Hartley(Coquitlam, British Columbia) drew the lone assist on Bruneteau's first goal of the season, giving the Wild a 2-0 lead. David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) would score in tight on a feed from Blake Roubos (Niagara Falls, Ontario) from behind the net at 15:45, increasing the lead to 3-0. For Powlowski, it was his 3rd goal of the season.

Robert Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 17 saves for Wenatchee, recording his second consecutive shutout, as well as his league-best 5thof the season. Shaughnessy would make 36 stops for the Ironmen. Both teams were 0-2 on the power play. Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler was pleased with the play of his team throughout the game. "I thought it was a very good effort on our part. I liked our patience, we had some real high quality in the first and second to score but we didn't. Kept our composure, I think we wore them down in the third."

Next weekend the Wild will be on the road for two games at the Fresno Monsters. Game times next Friday and Saturday, December 14
th and 15th, are 7:35pm each night. After that, the Wild is off for the league's Christmas break, resuming action on December 28th, 29th and 31st
 on home ice against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Game time for the first two games is 7:05pm, with the third game slated for a 6:05pm start. Season tickets and individual game tickets are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


U.S. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South on this date in 1863.


Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State University football center Isaac Seumalo has been named to the, powered by Fox Sports Next, Freshman All-America Team.

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On this date in 1952 on the show "I Love Lucy," a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.


2012 Grey Cup 100 Train Tour recap.

Eskimos release Boyd; extend Hill and Ramsay.

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Los Angeles became the third largest city in the United States on this date in 1953.


Tampa, FL. —The starting left tackle on the Buccaneers' 2002 championship team is now a television analyst in New York and the founder of the Oben Flag Football League in New Jersey.

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Workers of the International Typographical Union began striking and closed nine New York City newspapers on this date in 1962. The strike lasted 114 days and ended April 1, 1963.


May I have a treat please?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Go Army! Beat Navy!


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
The album "Elvis" hit #1 in the U.S.

1960 - Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.

1973 - The Elvis Presley single "Raised on Rock" hit #36 in the U.K.

1976 - Elvis Presley announced that "plans are under way now for a visit to London."


On this date in 1984 in Roanoke, Virginia, a jury found Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt innocent of libeling Reverend Jerry Falwell with a parody advertisement. However Falwell was awarded $200,000 for emotional distress.


Today in Beatles History:

1980 - 
In New York City, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed an album for Chapman.

1984 - Ringo Starr was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

2000 - A statue of John Lennon sitting on a park bench was presented in Havana, Cuba. The statue was part of a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Lennon's assassination in New York City.

2001 - In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a street was renamed "John Lennon Street" in honor of the late Beatle.


U.S. President Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement on this date in 1993.


Today in Sports History:

1863 - 
Tom King of England defeated American John Heenan and became the first world heavyweight champion.

1987 - Ron Hextall (Philadelphia Flyers) became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot and score a goal. His empty net goal made him only the second goalie to get credit for a goal in the NHL.

1994 - In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

2000 - Mario Lemieux announced to the Pittsburgh Penguins that he planned to return to the National Hockey League (NHL) as a player at age 35. He would be the first modern owner-player in U.S. pro sports.

2003 - The Orlando Magic ended their 19-game losing streak by beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98.

2004 - In Michigan, five Indiana Pacers and seven fans were charged for various crimes related to a fight that broke out during a Pacers-Pistons game on November 19.


The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public on this date in 1998. The file contained over 1,300 pages.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

College Football -- Army vs. Navy 3:00pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 4:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 10:00am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles 1:00pm EST


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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