Saturday, June 22, 2013

It's Saturday











It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is June 22nd, the 173rd day of 2013. There are 192 days left in the year.

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Blackhawks' chances depend on these five players.

Bruins look to Seidenberg for in-your-face style.

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

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J.I. Howe patented the pin machine on this date in 1832.

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USA Hockey Names Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association, Kettler Capitals, Montgomery Youth Hockey Association and San Jose Jr. Sharks
as Model Association Programs
All USA Hockey Associations Have Opportunity To Earn Designation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Optimist Hockey Association, the Kettler Capitals, the Montgomery (Md.) Youth Hockey Association and San Jose Jr. Sharks have been named USA Hockey Model Association programs.

With the designation, the four organizations have committed to follow the American Development Model in full at the 8-and-under, 10-and-under and 12-and-under age groups. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their hockey and overall athletic development.

"We are excited to welcome this next group of model associations," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "They're committed to ensuring the best possible competition and training environment for kids involved in their programs."

All USA Hockey associations have the opportunity to be recognized as a model association by meeting appropriate criteria. More information can be found here.

As a benefit of their model program designation, KOHA, MYHA, the Kettler Capitals and the San Jose Jr. Sharks will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout their programs, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, all four will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coaches training and parent education that will commence in early September.

"Our mission is to continue to grow the game of hockey in the Bay Area and provide all the tools necessary for our customers to enjoy the game for years to come," said Jon Gustafson, general manager of Sharks Ice. "We are honored to be a driver and a partner with USA Hockey and the ADM program, which emphasizes long-term skill development and creating a love for the game. California is now considered a thriving hockey market and we are very excited about the future growth on the West Coast."

"Since being implemented into our 8U program, the ADM has been a huge success," said Brian Tulik, director of hockey operations for KOHA. "The players' level of skill, passion and love of the game has increased, and seeing the young, smiling faces participating in this great game of ours is priceless. Although there are still a few people that think it can't work, the sports science and research that has gone into the ADM and LTAD (Long-Term Athletic Development) prove otherwise. We look forward to our kids' improved development and overall enjoyment of the game as we continue to implement the ADM throughout all divisions within our program."
"For the past few seasons, we have used the ADM at the Mite level and have seen a tremendous increase in the overall skill development of all players," said Rob Keegan, director of coaching at MYHA. "We look forward to working with USA Hockey and continuing to provide our players with the best possible age-appropriate training which will enable our players to reach their full potential."

"Kettler Capitals Iceplex, home of the Washington Capitals, is excited to be recognized as a USA Hockey Model Association," said Dan Jablonic, hockey director for Kettler Capitals Iceplex. "Implementing this world leading model set out by USA Hockey and the NHL gives our players and coaches the opportunity to improve their skills, have fun and enjoy the sport for a lifetime. We welcome the challenge and look forward to working with USA Hockey to set the example as the best player development program in our region."

NOTES: The ADM, with full support from the NHL, was launched in January of 2009 to provide associations nationwide – for the first time ever - a blueprint for optimal athlete development. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training and uses long-term athlete development principles as its foundation. It is for players of all ages and ability levels, including the most competitive ... The associations announced today join the Arvada (Colo.) Hockey Association, Colorado Springs Hockey Association, New Jersey Bandits and Orchard Lake (Mich.) United in being recognized as USA Hockey Model Association programs.

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Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union on this date in 1868.

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Reilly, Esks close out pre-season with win over Lions.

NBC Sports Network to showcase CFL in 2013.

Visit the CFL's official website, cfl.ca.

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The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice on this date in 1870.

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Regina, SK - The most anticipated piece of Saskatchewan Roughriders' new offence will have to wait at least one more week to arrive.

Read the rest here.

Saskatchewan opens their regular season on Saturday, June 29th at the Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network and TSN, is set for 3:30pm EDT.

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Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy on this date in 1874.

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Tampa, FL. — A full week of community involvement continues for the Buccaneers' Rookie Club, including a bowling outing and a trip to an Ybor City arcade with several groups of area youth.

Read the rest here.


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V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time on this date in 1942.

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New York, NY. -- Joe Maddon has talked often this season about the swarming nature of his offense. On Friday night, the Rays' offense was anything but, as the manager surmised: "We attempted to swarm and the Raid was out. They just swatted us back and we couldn't get it going."

In the end, the Yankees took advantage in scoring situations, and the Rays did not, leading to a 6-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s book, "Tropic of Cancer", could not be banned.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Maybe the pundits who clamor for Tim Lincecum to switch to the bullpen have a point. For example, the Giants probably would have fared better against the Miami Marlins if Lincecum could have cloned himself and served as his own reliever.

That's a fanciful way of saying that San Francisco's bullpen has struggled lately. Giants relievers have absorbed the decision in four of the team's last five defeats, including Friday night's 6-3 setback.

Read the rest here.


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On this date in 1970, U.S. President Richard Nixon signed 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.

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Jimmy plays with his grabber toy.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Rays baseball, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1964 - Principal photography began on the Elvis Presley movie "Girl Happy" at MGM Studios. Visitors to the set included George Hamilton and his then girlfriend Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson.

2004 - The "Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD" and "Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii - Deluxe Edition DVD" sets were released in North America.

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Skylab astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific on this date in 1973 after a record 28 days in space.

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Today in Beatles History:

1981 - Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon.

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James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto on this date in 1978. The moon is named Charon.

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Today in Sports History:

1939 - The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.

1939 - Joe Louis defeated Max Schmeling in 124 seconds.

1979 - Former WHA teams the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets joined the NHL. The NHL had expanded to 21 teams.

1979 - Troy Archer (New York Giants) died in a traffic accident.

1990 - Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

1991 - Eric Lindros was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

2002 - Darryl Kile (St. Louis Cardinals) was found dead in his hotel room.

2003 - Michelle Wie won her first USGA title at the age of 13. She was the youngest person to win any adult USGA event.

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The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ on this date in 1998. 

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Johnsonville Sausage 200 presented by Menards at Road America 5:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 2:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Feed The Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

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

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