Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's Wednesday











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

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Today is September 25th, the 268th day of 2013. There are 97 days left in the year.

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Rinne solid again as Predators edge Lightning.

Over the Boards: Gray area exists with hybrid icing.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Newswoman Barbara Walters is 84; Michael Douglas is 69; Mark Hamill (NCIS) is 62; Will Smith is 45; Catherine Zeta-Jones is 44.

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Free Live Stream of Thursday's CCM/USA Hockey
All-American Prospects Game Available on USAHockey.com
Tori Holt and Pat Micheletti to call the game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey will provide a free live stream of the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Thursday (Sept. 26) at CONSOL Energy Center, home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. The game, which is set for a 7 p.m. ET faceoff, will feature 40 top American prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The free live broadcast, which is powered by FASTHockey.com, begins at 6:45 p.m. ET on Thursday and can be found by clicking hereTori Holt (play-by-play) and Pat Micheletti (analyst) will call the game and live integrated statistics will be part of the broadcast.

To purchase tickets for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, or for more information, visitAllAmericanProspectsGame.com.

Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins alumni Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen will be the head coaches for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Danton Cole and John Gruden of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program will serve as assistant coaches ... The roster for each team is available here ... To see the CCM-designed jerseys used exclusively for this game, click here ... The officials selected for the event can be foundhere ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG ... Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... Thirteen states are represented on the roster. Minnesota leads the way with nine, while New York is second with six. California, Illinois and Michigan have four apiece. Other states include Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Will Feature 26 Players Projected to Go in First Three Rounds of 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Game Slated for Thursday at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center;
Free Live Stream Available at USAHockey.com
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A total of 26 players who will skate in Thursday's (Sept. 26) CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game are projected to be chosen in the first three rounds of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, according to NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list released today. Seven are likely first-round picks, including forwards Blake Clarke (Wildwood, Mo.), Chase De Leo (La Mirada, Calif.), Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.), Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.), plus goaltenders Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) and Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio).

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will assemble 40 top American-born prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The second annual event will be played in Pittsburgh, Pa., at CONSOL Energy Center, home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, with faceoff set for 7 p.m. ET.

For complete information about the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, or to purchase tickets, visitAllAmericanProspectsGame.com.
Notes: Pittsburgh Penguins alumni Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen will be the head coaches for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Danton Cole and John Gruden of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program will serve as assistant coaches ... The roster for each team is available here ... To see the CCM-designed jerseys used exclusively for this game, click here ... The officials selected for the event can be foundhere ... USA Hockey will provide a free live stream of the game. Powered by FASTHockey, the link is available here ... Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG ... Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... Thirteen states are represented on the roster. Minnesota leads the way with nine, while New York is second with six. California, Illinois and Michigan have four apiece. Other states include Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin ... Nathan BillitierRyan Donato and Ryan Wagner have been added to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game roster. They will fill the spots ofConnor ChathamJohnathan MacLeod and Dominic Turgeon, who are unable to participate due to injury.

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The crew of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus' ships, mistakenly thought that they had spotted land on this date in 1492.

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Collaros strutting his stuff under centre for Double Blue.

A pair of Argos headline players of the week.

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

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To help out during the holidays Walmart will hire 55,000 season employees. [Does it really take 55,000 people to tell me the toy I want is out of stock?]

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Regina, SK. - Many Saskatchewan Roughriders past and present have made Regina their year-round home. However, for one member of the football team, he calls a small town near the capital city home and he makes no apologies for it.

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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A survey of drivers has revealed the best foods to eat while driving. Insure.com said its online survey of drivers found the motorists' most preferred foods while behind the wheel were candy bars, french fries, potato chips and chicken nuggets.

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Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman for rookie Mike Glennon, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Read the rest here.


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Christopher Columbus left Spain with 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere on this date in 1493.

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Corvallis, OR. -- From a Sunday night conversation with Mike Riley as Oregon State prepares for its noon Saturday game against Colorado at Reser Stadium …

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So you stood in line and got the new iPhone 5S or 5C. Be sure to get a solid protective case for it. Americans have spent over $6 billion on iPhone repairs since Apple first launched the phone in 2007.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays continued to roll on Tuesday night in the Bronx with a 7-0 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Read the rest here.


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The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama on this date in 1513. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was truly just the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Matt Cain should be used to it by now, but it doesn't make defeat any easier. Keeping with a trend that's followed him throughout the years, Cain did his part to give the Giants a win on Tuesday night, but the offense didn't hold up its end of the bargain.

Read the rest here.


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The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution on this date in 1789. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.

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Time to get a drink.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the rain come pouring down for a second straight day, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1954 - 
Elvis Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

1954 - Elvis Presley's "Good Rockin' Tonight" was released. The b-side was "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" from Disney's "Cinderella." 

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Tom Mix was heard on NBC Radio for the first time on this date in 1933. His show ran until June of 1950. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, turned down an offer of 3 1/2 million pound offer to sell his management contract.

1965 - The half hour Saturday morning cartoon "The Beatles" premiered on ABC-TV. The show ran until September 7, 1969.

1967 - The Beatles recorded "Fool On The Hill" in London at Abbey Road Studios.

1969 - John Lennon recorded "Cold Turkey." The backing band included Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman.

1970 - Ringo Starr released "Beaucoups of Blues."

1976 - The Wings play a benefit show to raise money for the restoration of water-damaged art treasures in St. Marks Square in Venice.

2006 - The George Harrison album "Living in the Material World" was released.

2006 - Sean Lennon's CD "Friendly Fire" was released.

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On this date in 1973, the three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.

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Today in Sports History:

1882 -The first major league double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams.

1965 - Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.

1965 - Satchel Paige (Kansas City Athletics), at the age of 59, pitched three shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox.

1978 - Melissa Ludtke, a writer for "Sports Illustrated", filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.

1993 - Charles Barkley and Nirvana were guests on "Saturday Night Live."

1997 - NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.

2001 - Michael Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA as a player for the Washington Wizards. Jordan became the president of basketball operations for the team on January 19, 2000.

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An 1894-S Barber Head dime was bought for $83,000 at a coin auction in California on this date in 1986. It is one of a dozen that exist.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

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

Thursday --

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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