Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's Thursday

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


Today is March 7th, the 66th day of 2013. There are 299 days left in the year.


Tom Connors, sang 'Hockey Song,' dead at 77.

Pronger discusses eyesight, playing future.

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Today's Birthdays: TV weather personality Willard Scott is 79; Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm In The Middle) is 57; Rachel Weisz (Oz the Great and Powerful, The Brothers Bloom, The Mummy) is 43; Jenna Fischer (The Office, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Solitary Man) is 39.


Tampa, FL. -- Last 10: Winnipeg 5-5-0; Tampa Bay 4-6-0

Season series: This is the second of four meetings between these Southeast Division clubs. Tampa Bay won the first game 8-3 at home Feb. 1.

Big story: The Lightning try to extend their dominance against the Winnipeg franchise. Their combined record against the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets is 15-2-1, including 9-0-1 at home.

Read the rest here.


A poll shows that Catholics want a young pope. [Which I guess in Catholic pope years would be someone between the ages of 72 and 94.]


Shock Doctor Renews Partnership With USA Hockey Through 2014-15 Season
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Shock Doctor, the leader in mouthguard technology, has extended its partnership as the official mouthguard sponsor of USA Hockey through the 2014-15 season it was announced today.

Based in Minnetonka, Minn., Shock Doctor is the global brand leader in the development and distribution of mouthguards and an innovator in sports protection.
"Shock Doctor has been a terrific partner," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, "and we're extremely pleased to continue our relationship with them."
"Shock Doctor is excited to be the official mouthguard sponsor of USA Hockey," said Jay Turkbas, senior vice president of product development and marketing at Shock Doctor. "We're committed to providing athletes with mouthguards that give the highest level of protection, performance and fit and we look forward to supporting USA Hockey in providing training and education to players, coaches and officials."
The partnership includes Shock Doctor's continuation as the presenting sponsor of the Excellence in Safety Award, presented at USA Hockey's Annual Congress every June. In addition, the company will help educate coaches, parents and players on the importance of mouthguards as part of USA Hockey's Player Development Camps. Shock Doctor will also provide safety education materials for

USA Hockey Inc., founded on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, even Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey serves as the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States and has important partnerships with the National Hockey League, United States Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. For more information, visit
The number one mouthguard company in the world, Shock Doctor is the undisputed market leader in premier mouthguard technology and is known as the creator of fearless, performance-driven sports protection equipment and apparel available in 9,000 retail locations in over 50 countries worldwide.

Shock Doctor's sports protection products range from mouthguards, core protective equipment and apparel to Performance Sports Therapy, designed to protect athletes across a wide range of sports including football, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, MMA, fitness and more. Their athlete-centric approach and commitment to developing game-changing technology, which has earned them nineteen patents to date, has continuously revolutionized the industry and raised the standard for technical and functional performance. Trusted by youth, amateur, and pro athletes alike, Shock Doctor products combine cutting-edge design and premium materials with the latest technology to achieve the ultimate in protection and performance.


A new study by (U.K.'s Durham University) questions the long-held belief that alcohol consumption makes a person drop their standards as to whom they'd drop their drawers for. The study's author says that alcohol doesn't make people look more attractive, it just increases their level of lust.


Circle these dates: Seven games you won't want to miss.

Eskimos fined for tampering by CFL.

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A new study says results from many studies take almost two years to be released. Which means this study on studies is two years old -- right?


Tampa, FL. — Vincent Jackson, the Buccaneers' Pro Bowl wide receiver, recently returned from a star-studded USO tour that brought support to U.S. troops stationed overseas in six countries and one ship at sea.

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Jeanette Ellis discovered a box of discarded VHS porn tapes near her South Carolina home, so the 52-year-old did what most people would do: She left them at the curb for the next garbage pickup. Well, actually, that is not what Ellis did. She actually went door-to-door in her neighborhood seeking to sell the tapes to neighbors. One of them called the cops.


See what I did Daddy?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as staying up late to watch hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley arrived back in Memphis, TN, after serving two years in the U.S. Army.

1968 - Elvis Presley recorded "A Little Less Conversation" for the first time.


Nearly 4 in 10 women have either decreased or totally stopped (doing what)? Answer: Using social networks during the past month. Translation: Logging out of Facebook! Major reason: "Just lost interest."


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Big Three, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas and several local bands played at a one-night stand called "Mersey Beat Showcase."


CBS radio debuted "Marie The Little French Princess" on this date in 1933. It was the first daytime radio serial.


Today in Sports History:

1921 - Cy Denneny (Ottawa Senators) scored six goals against the Hamilton Tigers.

1939 - The Boston Bruins won the Prince Wales Trophy when they clinched the NHL regular season championship. This marked the first time the Prince of Wales Trophy was awarded for this reason.

1951 - Ezzard Charles won a 15-round decision over Jersey Joe Walcott. It was Charles' eighth heavyweight title defense.

1954 - The NBA raised the baskets from 10 feet to 12 feet for an exhibition game between the Minneapolis Lakers and Milwaukee Hawks.

1954 - The Soviet Union defeated Canada in the first international ice hockey competition.

1955 - Baseball commissioner Ford Frick said that he was in favor of legalizing the spitball.

1970 - Austin Carr (Notre Dame) scored 61 points against Ohio University. The feat was an NCAA tournament record.

1974 - New Orleans became the 18th NBA franchise. The team was bought by nine people for $6.15 million.

1982 - The NCAA college basketball tournament selections were televised for the first time.

1983 - Phil Marhe won the Alpine World Cup championship for the third straight year.

1983 - ESPN televised the first live professional football game on cable. The game was between the USFL's Birmingham Stallions and the Michigan Panthers.

1987 - Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight titlist when he beat James Smith in a decision during a 12-round fight in Las Vegas, NV.

1989 - Tom Jordan rolled an 899 in a three-game series. It was the best three-game series to be recognized by the ABC in league play.

1995 - Dominique Wilkins (Boston Celtics) became the ninth NBA player to achieve 25,000 career points.

1996 - Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) became the second player to reach 10,000 assists.

1997 - Wilson Kipketer of Kenya set the world indoor 800-meter record at 1 minute, 43.96 seconds at the World Indoor Championships in Paris.

1998 - Wayne Gretzky (New York Rangers) scored his 1,000th NHL goal. He had scored 878 regular season goals and 122 goals in the playoffs.


The board game Monopoly was invented on this date in 1933.


Coming Up:
Tonight --
NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:30pm EST
Friday --
Nothin' Doin'
Saturday --
Nascar Nationwide Series -- Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:00pm EST
NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST
Sunday --
Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:00pm, EST


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

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