Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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


Today is March 13th, the 72nd day of 2013. There are 293 days left in the year.


What will the Flames do with Iginla?

Watch Raymond's spin-o-rama in shootout.

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Today's Birthdays: William H. Macy (Fargo, Shameless) is 63; Dana Delaney (Body of Proof) is 57; bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is 53; Danny Masterson (That '70s Show) is 37.


Sunrise, FL. -- Leave it to the National Hockey League's leading goal scorer to get the Tampa Bay Lightning back on the winning track.

Steven Stamkos' power-play goal at 5:30 of the final period snapped a 2-2 tie and held up as the game-winner, as the Lightning defeated the in-state rival Florida Panthers 3-2 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Tuesday night.

The goal was Stamkos' 20th of the season, marking the fifth consecutive season the Lightning forward has reached that plateau.

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Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard on this date in 1639.


University of Minnesota Holds 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 - #22
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2012-13 Record
Weeks in Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2Cornell University, 162
3Boston University, 147
4Boston College, 139
5Harvard University, 108
6University of North Dakota, 85
7Clarkson University, 83
8Mercyhurst University, 62
9University of Wisconsin, 32823-10-217
10Northeastern University, 28
Others receiving votes: None.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are the defending NCAA national champions and earned their 23nd straight week as the unanimous No. 1 ... The NCAA Tournament begins Saturday, March 16 ... 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 10 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.

2013 NTDP Evaluation Camp Roster Announced
Fifty-Two Top 1997-Born Players Invited to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Fifty-two of the top American players born in 1997 have been invited to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The camp, which will help select the 2013-14 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 22-26, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.
"Our entire staff works tirelessly all year long to prepare for this important first step in building a team," said Peter Ward, director of player personnel for the NTDP. "We look forward to evaluating these talented young men both on and off the ice."
The players will be divided into three teams - Red, White and Blue - and will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice training as well as four 30-minute practice sessions and two full games. Each team will consist of nine forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
NTDP alumni Cole Bassett (Oakdale, Minn./1998-2000) and David Tanabe (White Bear Lake, Minn./1997-98) will serve as a coaches at the camp. In addition, NTDP intern assistant coaches Josh Brown and Trent Palm (Edina, Minn./2004-06), also a former NTDP defenseman, will serve behind the bench.
For a complete roster of the invitees, click here.
NOTES: The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 23 different states. Michigan leads the way with eight natives on the roster, while New York is second with six.
2013 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp Game Schedule
March 23-25, 2013 • Ann Arbor Ice Cube
 • Ann Arbor, Mich.
DateGameTime (EDT)
Sat., March 23Red vs. White*10:45 a.m.
Red vs. Blue*12:00 p.m.
White vs. Blue*1:15 p.m.
Blue vs. White7:00 p.m.
Sun., March 24White vs. Red10:15 a.m.
Red vs. Blue5:45 p.m.
Mon., March 25Blue vs. White*4:30 p.m.
White vs. Red*5:45 p.m.
Red vs. Blue*7:00 p.m.
*30-Minute Session


The U.S. lost more than $433 million because of the Daylight Saving Time switch. [But think of all the workplace napping that's being accomplished.]


Marc Calixte announces retirement after decade in CFL.

Combine Rewind: Turner's record-breaking 40-yard dash.

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If you're the average adult, odds are your butt's still dragging this week -- thanks to the weekend time adjustment. A study from a few years ago says the average adult won't feel 'normal' again until Thursday. And many adults won't fully adjust until sometime this weekend.


Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know they need a better pass defense, and they know you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Accordingly, they sent a private plane to get San Francisco 49ers free agent Dashon Goldson.

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On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie announced that he was retiring from business and that he would spend the rest of his days giving away his fortune. His net worth was estimated at $300 million.


What boy doesn't like big trucks?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as NFL free agency, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1933 - Song writer Mike Stoller was born in Long Island, NY.

1956 - The "Elvis Presley" album was released.

1969 - The Elvis Presley movie "Charro" opened in the U.S.


Vampires are out, zombies are in... but why? According to a Clemson University professor, it's a reflection of the economy. She has tracked the zombie craze and it seems to go hand-in-hand with a down economy. Professor Sarah Lauro says, "We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered."


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles filmed the "Can't Buy Me Love" sequence for the film "A Hard Day's Night."

1965 - The Beatles single "Eight Days A Week" hit #1 in the U.S.

1986 - "The Beatles Live - Ready Steady Go" video was certified platinum by the RIAA.


A rep for Jennifer Aniston has shut down reports the actress is planning a secret wedding in Hawaii with fiance Justin Theroux. That is all.


Today in Sports History:

1878 - The first collegiate golf match was played between Oxford and Cambridge.

1894 - J.L. Johnstone invented the Horse Racing's starting gate.

1954 - Bobby Thomson (Milwaukee Braves) broke his ankle sliding into a base during a spring training game. The Braves replaced him with a rookie named Hank Aaron.

1955 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard (Montreal Canadiens) was ejected from a game for fighting. Three days later, NHL commissioner Clarence Campbell suspended Richard for the rest of the season. Campbell's decision resulted in seven hours of looting and destruction of property.

1960 - The NFL's Chicago Cardinals transferred to St. Louis.

1983 - Randy Smith's NBA consecutive game streak ended at 906 games.

1992 - Chick Hearn, broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers, called his 2,500th consecutive Laker game. The streak began in November of 1965.

1993 - Oksana Bayul became the youngest world champion when she won the world figure skating championship at age 15.

1999 - A.C. Green (Dallas Mavericks) played in his 1,000th consecutive game.

1999 - Phil Housley (Calgary Flames) became the American all-time points leader in the NHL when he reached 1,066. He passed Joe Mullen who had 1,063.

2002 - Former NHL player Jim Brown began a six-month jail sentence for vandalizing his wife's car. Brown had refused to undergo court-ordered counseling and community service.

2007 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) scored his 500th career goal.


Losing that extra hour for Daylight Saving Time has been painful. If you need help getting up, try the FreakyAlarm app. With this app, simply pressing "snooze" doesn't cut it: the alarm will literally not stop ringing until you solve a series of games and scan predetermined objects around your house. Get it for your iOS device at


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

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


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

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