Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Friday











It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is March 15th, the 74th day of 2013. There are 291 days left in the year.

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Realignment plan approved by Board of Governors.

Crosby celebrates year since return as best player.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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Today's Birthdays: Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Numb3rs) is 78; Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 58; Bret Michaels of Poison is 50; Eva Longoria (Desparate Housewives) is 38; will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas is 38.

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Tampa, FL. -- Anders Lindback certainly played well enough to earn a win Thursday night.

But after three periods, that was all that was missing, as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell 2-0 to the New York Islanders in front of a 14th consecutive sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the rest here.

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Florida authorities arrested a man who stole another man's wallet he found at a doctor's office and bought $1,024 in merchandise with two stolen credit cards. Police say the 71-year-old purchased items at Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's, Dillard's, and Walmart.

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Soldotna, Alaska - The Wenatchee Wild’s road struggles extended into Thursday when the team fell 3-0 to the Kenai Brown Bears. It was the Wild’s fifth straight loss on the road.

Read the rest here.

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IN THEATERS TODAY - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) and The Call (R).

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USA Hockey Unveils Details About U.S. Women's National Team Program
Preparations for 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, less than a year out, the U.S. Women’s National Team program is earnestly preparing in its quest for gold after medaling in each of the first three Olympic Winter Games that have included women’s ice hockey.
USA Hockey will utilize The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Mass., as well as the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., to assist in preparations for the Games. The three locations provide the program with elite facilities for both on- and off-ice player development and instruction.
“We’re fortunate to have world-class facilities to help prepare our team for Sochi,” said Reagan Carey, director of women’s ice hockey for USA Hockey. “Our goal is to bring home the gold medal to the U.S. and we’ll work hard in all aspects of our program to put our athletes in the best position to accomplish that goal.”
Next on the schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team program is a camp in Lake Placid from March 25-31 to select the U.S. Women’s National Team that will represent the country in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont. A total of 28 athletes will participate in the camp, with the final 23-player roster announced on March 30.
Beginning June 16, a camp to select the U.S. Women's National Team that will train together and play in various competitions in the build-up to Sochi will be staged in Lake Placid. Approximately 40 athletes will participate in on- and off-ice testing as well as three intrasquad scrimmages with the final roster revealed on June 24.
USA Hockey expects to announce the first formal game that will be part of its "Bring on the World Tour" to assist in preparing the U.S. Women's National Team for the Olympic Winter Games tomorrow, with other locations unveiled in the coming weeks.
The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which will include 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders, will be announced in late December 2013.
NOTES: Katey Stone, head women’s ice hockey coach at Harvard University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team and will also serve as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team … The assistant coaches for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team are likely to be announced later this spring … The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will run from Feb. 6-23. Women’s ice hockey competition is slated to begin on Feb. 8 with the gold-medal game contested on Feb. 20.

Patty Kazmaier Master of Ceremonies and Keynote Speaker Announced
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jim Rich will serve as master of ceremonies and Laura Halldorson as the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony & Brunch slated for Sat., March 23, at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey by the USA Hockey Fondation.
Rich has spent the last decade at KMSP/FOX9-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul where he serves as sports director. He has a long association with USA Hockey, serving as the television play-by-play announcer for numerous international tournaments, including Team USA's first gold medal at the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Linkoping & Norrkoping, Sweden, and the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Along with his duties at KMSP/Fox 9, Rich is the television play-by-play voice for the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team. He began his career in his hometown of Duluth, Minn., where he served as sports director at KBJR-TV and was the television play-by-play voice for the University of Minnesota Duluth men's ice hockey team.
Halldorson is among the most successful coaches in NCAA women's ice hockey history with 337 wins and a .691 winning percentage in 17 seasons as a head coach. She spent her final 10 campaigns (1997-2007) at the University of Minnesota, where she won three national championships (2000, 2004, 2005) and reached five consecutive Frozen Fours (2002-06). From 1989-96, Halldorson was the head coach of the Colby College women's ice hockey team. She also served two seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton University. A three-time American Hockey Coaches Association Women's Coach of the Year (1998, 2002, 2004), Halldorson was the recipient of the AHCA's prestigious Women's Ice Hockey Founders Award in 2011. She was an all-conference performer and co-captain of the Princeton women's ice hockey team from 1981-85 and played alongside Patty Kazmaier for three seasons.
NOTES: Tickets for the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch can be purchased by clickinghere ... The three finalists for the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award are senior defenseman Megan Bozek(Buffalo Grove, Ill.), junior forward Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) and senior goaltender Noora R├Ąty (Espoo, Finland), all of the University of Minnesota. It is the first time ever that the Top-3 Finalists all represent the same university ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony & Brunch is held each year in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.
Brennan Promoted to Director of Sled & Inline National Teams
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that Dan Brennan has been promoted to director of sled and inline national teams. Brennan will retain his position of manager of the organization's coaching education program.
Brennan has worked at USA Hockey for the past 17 years in a variety of coaching and player development programs. He is in his seventh season as the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Team, a stretch that has included gold medals for Team USA at both the 2009 and 2012 International Paralympic Committee World Championships. He was also the director of player personnel for the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal in Vancouver, B.C. Additionally, Brennan has worked with the U.S. National Inline Team for the past 14 seasons, serving as an assistant coach (1999-2000), head coach (2001-05) and general manager (2006-present). He contributed to International Ice Hockey Federation Inline World Championship gold-medal teams in 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2010.

As manager of coaching education, Brennan oversees local, regional and national seminars and clinics to improve coaching across the country. He also assists with the USA Hockey's 30 diversity programs.
2013 USA Hockey Disabled Festival Begins March 21 in West Chester, Pa.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The ninth annual USA Hockey Disabled Festival will be held March 21-24 at Iceline Quad Rinks in West Chester, Pa. The event encompasses all four disciplines of disabled hockey: deaf/hard of hearing, special hockey, sled hockey and standing/amputee hockey. For more information, including rosters and schedules, click here.

USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, is providing live streaming coverage of the 2013 USA Hockey Disabled Festival. Games are being offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com. Users can then buy game credits - a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

Notes: The USA Hockey Disabled Festival includes the 2013 USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championships.


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According to Star, Brad Pitt has been "caught wearing Spanx!" The tabloid exclaims, "He's been to London and lives in France, and now Brad Pitt wears ladies' underpants!" A "source" tells the tabloid that Pitt has been "sporting a girdle to control his pudgy midsection." A source close to the actor calls the story "absurd".

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Combine Rewind: Westerman exceeds expectations.

Calgary's Gaydosh is farm tough and eager to learn.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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McDonald's is introducing an egg McMuffin without a yolk. [I'm not surprised. It was the next logical step for their scientists after they conquered the challenge of Chicken McNuggets without the chicken.]

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Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are refusing to surrender their 2013 first-round draft pick (13th overall) to acquire New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

The Bucs, however, might be willing to trade their first-rounder in 2014, the report said.

Read the rest here.

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Smartphone users -- especially kids, teens, and twenty-somethings -- have taken a liking to SnapChap. The app provides "real time picture chatting" that's supposedly super-private, since the sender of the photos and messages chooses and expiration time, say 10 minutes. Once the time elapses the chat session and photo vanish forever. Sounds private, right? Not so. The guys at the tech website Mashable remind us the recipient can take a screenshot or can simply use another smartphone or camera to capture a screenshot of the image.

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I'm having fun Daddy!.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as ESPN's Not Top Ten Plays, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley performed two shows in Memphis, TN. They were his last stage performances until he was released from the U.S. Army.

1965 - Elvis Presley began filming "Harum Scarum."

1975 - Elvis Presley's album "Promised Land" hit #47 in the U.S.

2004 - In Australia, an interview with Lisa Marie Presley was broadcast in which she said that she had seen things she "couldn't do anything about" during her marriage to Michael Jackson. She clarified her remarks two days later and included that she had never seen Jackson engage in inappropriate behavior with kids.

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Facebook is working on incorporating the hashtag, a symbol long-associated with Twitter.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles single "Please Please Me" was #1 for the fourth week in the U.K.

1964 - Taped footage from the Beatles performance at the Washington Coliseum was broadcast in U.S. movie theaters.

2002 - Yoko Ono unveiled a statue of John Lennon at the newly named Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

2004 - George Harrison became the third ex-beatle to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After Harrison was inducted, Tom Petty, ELO's Jeff Lynne and Harrison's son performed the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care" and the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

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The Internet prank known as "gallon smashing" has gone viral. In videos seen online, gallon smashers -- typically male teens -- grab two one-gallon jugs of milk and throw them on the floor as they fall to the floor. Of course, destruction of property is a crime, so think before you gallon smash.

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Today in Sports History:

1869 - The Cincinnati Red Stockings played their first game. They were the first professional baseball team.

1912 - Pitcher Cy Young retired from baseball.

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain finished the NBA season with 4,029 points in 80 games.

1962 - Canadian figure skater Donald Jackson became the first man to land a triple lutz jump.

1969 - Bob Beamon set an indoor record for the long jump with 27 feet, 2 3/4 inches. On October 17th at the Olympic Games in Mexico he jumped 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

1991 - Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union became the first pole vaulter to clear 20'.

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The cops have nabbed a suspected foot-feeler in Japan. One of the man's victim's said the man approached her in a store, asked about her shoes, and then started massaging her feet. Police had received several foot-massaging complaints in the past month.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Panthers 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

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

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