Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's Wednesday

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


Today is March 20th, the 79th day of 2013. There are 286 days left in the year.


Over the Boards: Trading not focus of GM meeting.

Could Senators be looking for top-six forward?

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Today's Birthdays: William Hurt (The Village, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist) is 63; guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 62; Holly Hunter (Broadcast News, Saving Grace) is 55; Kathy Ireland is 50.


Tampa, FL. -- The Lightning lineup took another hit Tuesday with the indefinite loss of left wing Ryan Malone.

Defenseman Victor Hedman, meanwhile, is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Both were injured in Monday's victory against Philadelphia on hits by the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo.

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Many parts of the country will disagree, but winter's over. Spring began this morning at 7:02 ET.


University of Minnesota Stays No. 1 in Penultimate
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2012-13 Women's College Hockey Poll - #23
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2012-13 Record
Weeks in Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2Boston University, 168
3Boston College, 149
4Cornell University, 121
5Mercyhurst University, 118
6University of North Dakota, 90
7Harvard University, 82
8Clarkson University, 71
9Northeastern University, 32
10University of Wisconsin, 21923-10-218
Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence University, 3.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are the defending NCAA national champions and earned their 24th straight week as the unanimous No. 1 ... The NCAA Women's Frozen Four begins Friday, March 22 ... 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 11 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’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.


The Statue of Liberty, which took a beating from Superstorm Sandy, will reopen to the public by Independence Day. The statue itself wasn't damaged but its surrounding island was.


Getzlaf hoping his stock will rise in 2013.

Bowman feeling right at home in Montreal.

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The new Pope officially began his papacy this week. [The first thing he did was ban really big soft drinks.]


Tampa, FL. — Low attendance has been an issue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in recent years, but co-chairman Joel Glazer said there are no plans to relocate the team.

“That's not even an issue,’’ Glazer told The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona on Tuesday. “We have worked as hard as anybody to get tickets sold. It's tough circumstances in Florida. The economy's not great and it's a changing world. We have to adapt to that changing world. I think we saw progress last year and fans are enthusiastic about the upcoming season.’’

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McDonald's China is now serving Sausage Double Beef Burgers. It's two beef patties and two plump sausages drizzled with mustard.


I'm the (little) man!.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as getting you son ready for school pictures, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley began his first post-Army recording. In Nashville, he recorded "A Mess of Blues."

1964 - The principal photography for the Elvis Presley movie "Roustabout" began.

1965 - Elvis Presley's single "Do The Clam" hit #19 in the U.K.


Used to be if someone said they didn't have a TV you just had to look at them funny. No cable? No satellite TV? No rabbit ears picking up free over-the-air HD? Weirdo. But today "zero TVers" are becoming more commonplace. In 2007 the number of U.S. households with no TV was just over 2 million. Today it's five million.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 -  The Beatles appeared on ITV's live "Ready Steady Go!" show.

1965 - The Beatles single "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" hit #39 in the U.S.

1967 - The Beatles single "Penny Lane" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar.

1972 - Ringo Starr released "Back Off, Boogaloo."

1995 - "Baby It's You," by the Beatles, was released.

2003 - It was announced that Paul McCartney would be playing his first concert in Russia on May 24, 2003. The show was planned as an open-air gig in Moscow's Red Square.


If your husband doesn't help with household chores much, get a few more. Husbands, that is. In a small village in northern India five brothers are married to a 21-year-old woman. Rajo Verma says, "I get a lot more attention and love than most wives. I sleep with them in turn."


Today in Sports History:

1897  The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players per team was held. The contest was Yale versus Pennsylvania. Yale won by a score of 32-10.

1911 - The National Squash Tennis Association was formed in New York City.

1914 - The first international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, CT.

1918 - The Toronto Arenas beat the Vancouver Millionaires to become the first NHL team to compete in the Stanley Cup Finals.

1948 - The University of Michigan beat Dartmouth to win the first NCAA men's hockey championship.

1968 - Wilt Chamberlain became the first center in NBA history to lead the league with assists. He ended the season with 702 for an average of 8.6.

1971 - For the first time in NHL history two brothers faced each other in goal. Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens) beat Dave Dryden (Buffalo Sabres) 5-2.

1981 - NFL owners adopted a disaster plan for re-stocking a team should a club be involved in a fatal accident.

1989 - It was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation.

1990 - The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33.

1992 - Kenny Bernstein became the first drag racer to break the 300mph barrier. He averaged 301.7mph in a qualifying run at the National Hot Rod Association's Gatornationals.

2004 - Wade Belak (Toronto Maple Leafs) slashed Ossi Vaananen (Colorado Avalanche) in the face. Belak was later suspended by the NHL for 8 games for attempt to injure.

2005 - LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) became the youngest, at age 20 years and 80 days, NBA player to score 50 points in a game (56). The Cavaliers lost the game to the Toronto Raptors 105-98. The 56-point performance by James was a franchise record.

2005 - Major league baseball players and owners agreed to remove fines a possible discipline for positive testing of steroids. This left suspensions as the only punishment.


Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly split for a second time. Perry and Mayer began dating last summer, briefly broke up, but had reconciled by September.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fresno Monsters 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 2:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fresno Monsters 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 12:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway 3:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:00pm EDT


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

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