Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening.


Today is February 27th, the 57th day of 2013. There are 308 days left in the year.


Report: NHL proposes realignment, new playoff format.

No physical activity or timetable yet for Malkin.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati) is 73; Rock guitarist/pianist Neal Schon (Journey) is 59; Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is 33; Kate Mara (American Horror Story, Netflix's House of Cards) is 30.


Tampa, FL. -- Not even a rare loss at home was enough to knock the Tampa Bay Lightning out of first place in the Southeast Division.

Steven Stamkos had the only goal of the night for the Lightning, which received 19 saves from Mathieu Garon, although in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Snooki sold her custom Cadillac Escalade on eBay for $77,000. [It's a hybrid -- it runs on a combination of gasoline and tanning oil.]


University of Minnesota Continues Run at No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2012-13 Women's College Hockey Poll - #20
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2012-13 Record
Weeks in Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2Cornell University, 163
3Boston College, 159
4Boston University, 118
5Clarkson University, 104
6Harvard University, 82
7University of Wisconsin, 77821-9-215
8University of North Dakota, 64
9Mercyhurst University, 50
10Northeastern University, 35
Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 2; Quinnipiac University, 1.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are the defending NCAA national champions and earned their 21st straight week as the unanimous No. 1 ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association boast three ranked teams apiece, while College Hockey America has one ranked program ... A total of 12 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

An Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, has unveiled blueprints for Titanic II, a modern replica of the doomed ocean liner. The ship will mostly recreate the design and decor of the famous original, with some modifications to keep it in line with current safety rules and shipbuilding practices, and the addition of some modern comforts such as air conditioning.


FA13: Ricky Foley inks deal with Roughriders.

FA13: Stampeders sign non-import LB Yannick Carter.

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A New Castle, Indiana, man's hunger for a cheeseburger landed him in jail. Gregory Jackson Sr. was so hungry this past Friday night, he called 911 to get it. Not just once, but nine times in about 90 minutes.

... This guy wasn't even at a burger restaurant, but the story reminded me of the woman who called 911 because Burger King wouldn't make her a Western Bacon Cheeseburger.


Tampa, FL. — The Bucs will continue their longstanding relationships with one of their prestigious Pewter Partners, resulting in new incentives and giveaways for Tampa Bay fans.

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Good news: A literary scholar has found more than 50 unpublished poems by Rudyard Kipling. [Even better news: I'm out of school so I don't have to worry about memorizing them.]


It's Jimmy the Beaver QB of the future!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the Sportscenter Top Ten, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1962 - Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" was shipped with "Anything That's Part of You" as the B-side.

1963 - Elvis Presley had two dental crowns applied.

1970 - Elvis Presley began three days of performances at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. More than 200,000 people saw the shows.

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) hit #12 in the U.S.

1990 - Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis." 


Ben Stiller is set to revisit his role as magician Tony Wonder in an upcoming episode of Arrested Development, which will resume on Netfix this May.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - "Beatles For Sale" hit number one on the U.K. Record Retailer chart.


"People" magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner)on this date in 1974.


Today in Sports History:

1908 - Major league baseball adopted a sacrifice fly rule for the first time. It was repealed, reinstated and then changed several times before being permanently accepted in 1954.

1912 - The New York Yankees announced that they would be wearing pinstripes on their uniforms.

1963 - Mickey Mantle signed a contact worth $100,000 with the New York Yankees.

1973 - Dick Allen (Chicago White Sox) signed a contract worth $250,000 a year for three years.

1977 - Stan Mikita (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 500th goal.

1987 - The NCAA cancelled SMU's (Southern Methodist University) entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules on athletic corruption.

1996 - The Chicago Bulls reached 50 victories in 56 games to set an NBA record.

2001 - The New Jersey Devils began a streak of 10 consecutive road wins to tie the NHL record.

2002 - The Houston Astros announced that they had struck a deal with Enron to buy back the naming rights of their ballpark for $2.1 million. The ballpark would be called "Astros Field" until a new sponsor came along.

2003 - Emmitt Smith became a free agent for the first time when the Dallas Cowboys released him.


Don Cornelius received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this date in 1997.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 1:00pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 200 Fueled By Amerigas at Phoenix International Raceway 4:30pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST


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

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