Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's Thursday











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

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Today is September 26th, the 269th day of 2013. There are 96 days left in the year.

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Penguins' Vokoun out of the hospital.

Versteeg set to make preseason debut Thursday.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies) is 81; Olivia Newton-John is 65; Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie) is 51; Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) is 45.

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Dan Bylsma to Drop Ceremonial First Puck at
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
Bill Guerin to Present Gillette Player of the Game Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dan Bylsma will drop the ceremonial first puck at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Thursday (Sept. 26) at CONSOL Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. The head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team is in his sixth season as head coach of the Penguins.

Bill Guerin, who will be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, will present the Gillette Player of the Game Award in a postgame ceremony. Guerin is the Pittsburgh Penguins player development coach.
In five seasons behind the Pittsburgh Penguins bench, Bylsma has led the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009, received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Most Outstanding Coach in 2010-11 and delivered the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13. His regular-season record of 201-93-25 marks the best regular-season winning percentage in team history (.669) and the second-best win total among Pittsburgh coaches. Bylsma became the fastest coach to post 200 victories when he reached the plateau in just 316 games on April 23, 2013.

Bill Guerin played the final 95 games of his 18-year NHL career for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Acquired late in the 2008-09 season, he helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup that spring. Upon his retirement in 2010, he had earned 429 goals and 427 assists over his 1,263-game career. He wore the Team USA jersey at seven major international events throughout his career, including three Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and two IIHF World Junior Championships (1989, 1990). He collected an Olympic silver medal in 2002 and helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup.

Opening faceoff for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is set for 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and ticket information is available by visiting AllAmericanProspectsGame.com.
The teams are being coached by Penguins alumni Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen. For complete Team Johnson and Team Mullen rosters, click here.
Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG.
Notes: Dylan Pavelek has been added to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game roster. Austin Poganski and Greg Betzold will not play due to injury ... USA Hockey will provide a free live stream of the game. Powered by FASTHockey, the link is available here ... Both practices prior to the game Thursday will be open to the public. Team Johnson will skate from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. while Team Mullen takes to the ice from 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. ... Team Mullen will wear blue uniforms and Team Johnson will wear white uniforms. The CCM-designed jerseys for the event can be viewed here ... Danton Cole, head coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 Team, will serve as Johnson's assistant coach, while John Gruden, assistant coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 Team will serve as an assistant to Mullen ... Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... Twelve states are represented on the roster. Minnesota leads the way with eight, while New York is second with six and Michigan has five. California and Illinois have four apiece. Other states include Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. ... Additional staff for the event include General Manager Jim Johannson, Athletic Trainer Andrew Baker, Equipment Manager Brock Bradley and Director of Hockey Operations Tom Minton.

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On this date in 1908, in "The Saturday Evening Post" an ad for the Edison Phonograph appeared.

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DeMarco looking for more complete effort vs. Bombers.

Cauz: An in-depth look at Reilly's Week 13 outing.

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

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A British safari park is asking visitors to stop wearing animal prints. It confuses the animals. [For five hours a woman was stalked by a zebra trying to get her cell phone number.]

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Regina, SK. - It was an up and down weekend for Rider Pride.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the 8-4 Riders is a game on Sunday, September 29th at the 4-8 Montreal Alouettes. Kickoff on 620CKRM, 620ckrm.com, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 1:00pm EDT.


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"The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on CBS-TV on this date in 1964.

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Tampa, FL. — Josh Freeman is seeking a trade, a source close to the situation told FOXSports.com on Wednesday, just hours after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was demoted to the backup role behind rookie Mike Glennon.

Read the rest here.


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"Gilligan's Island" premiered on CBS-TV on this date in 1964. The show aired for the last time on September 4, 1967.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State (3-1, 1-0) returns home this week to play the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0, 0-0) Saturday at Reser Stadium at 12:04 p.m. The game is being televised nationally by the Pac-12 Networks.

Read the rest here.

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A new study reveals 15% of adults in the U.S. don't use the Internet or email -- at all. Some don't use the Internet because they find it confusing or too hard, but 3.3 million simply have no interest.

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New York, NY. -- Evan Longoria has always possessed a flair for the dramatic, so it seemed fitting that he saved his 30th home run of the season for when the Rays needed it most.

Read the rest here.


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"The Brady Bunch" series premiered on ABC-TV on this date in 1969.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Barry Zito ended his Giants career in upbeat fashion. A few years ago, that might not have seemed possible. For that matter, it appeared unlikely a few days ago.

Read the rest here.


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The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA on this date in 1981.

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Jimmy likes to go for tacos.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the morning come without rain, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
The town of Tupelo, MS, declared "Elvis Presley Day."

1992 - The soundtrack album "Honeymoon In Vegas" hit #18 in the U.S. The film featured cover versions of Elvis songs by Billy Joel, Ricky Van Shelton, Amy Grant, Dwight Yoakam, Trisha Yearwood, Jeff Beck and Jed Leiber, John Mellancamp and Bono.

2000 - The Elvis Presley album "White Christmas" was released on CD. 

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Shamu was born at Sea World in Orlando, FL on this date in 1985. Shamu was the first killer whale to survive being born in captivity. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
"Abbey Road" was released by the Beatles. It was their 13th album in the U.K. It was also their last album together as a group.

1974 - "Walls and Bridges" was released by John Lennon. He would not release any more new material for almost 6 years.

2006 - The John Lennon album "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" was released.

2006 - Paul McCartney's "Ecce Cor Meum" (translates as "Behold My Heart") was released.

2006 - The remastered CD version of the 1973 George Harrison album "Living in a Material World" was released with a DVD. The CD contained 2 bonus tracks not included on the origianl album. The DVD contained 4 videos.

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If your wife is cheating on you, it's with someone she works with, according to a new survey. A slimy website that specializes in fixing people up who are already in relationships found that 36% of cheating women did so with someone they met at work.

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Today in Sports History:

1919 -The St. Louis Browns defeated the New York Yankees 6-2 in a game that lasted 55 minutes. The game was the second game of a doubleheader.

1962 - Maury Wills (LA Dodgers) became the first player to steal 100 bases. He ended the season with 104.

1981 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) became the first player to pitch five no-hitters with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1983 - The Australia II won the America's Cup. It was the first time in 132 years that a U.S. yacht lost the cup.

1994 - The double murder trial for O.J. Simpson began with jury selection in Los Angeles.

1995 - The prosecution began its closing argument in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

1998 - Mark McGwire hit home runs 67 and 68 for the season.

1998 - Dennis Eckersly (Boston Red Sox) appeared in his 1,071st game.

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TV TONIGHT: TWO LEGENDS - Two TV and film legends come to TV tonight -- and go head-to-head. The Michael J. Fox Show premieres on NBC (9p ET) and The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams is on CBS (9p ET).

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Bismarck Bobcats 8:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Colorado Buffaloes 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-Hour Energy 200 Benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer at Dover International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs FGCU Eagles 5:15pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 8:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Bismarck Bobcats 8:15pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes 1:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Arizona Cardinals 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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

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