Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's Wednesday











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

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Today is October 30th, the 303rd day of 2013. There are 62 days left in the year.

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Athletes gear up with Sochi Olympics 100 days away.


Seven up, seven down as Sochi Olympic candidates.


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

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Today's Birthdays: Henry Winkler (Here Comes the Boom, Happy Days) is 68; Gavin Rossdale of Bush (married to Gwen Stefani) is 46; Matthew Morrison (Glee) is 35.

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Newark, NJ. -- After seeming to continuously find a way despite the circumstances, the Tampa Bay Lightning stumbled Tuesday night and dropped a 2-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Read the rest here.

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John Adams, the second President of the United States, was born in Braintree, MA on this date in 1735. His son became the sixth President of the U.S.

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University of Minnesota Maintains No. 1 Ranking in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2013-14 Women's College Hockey Poll - #5
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14 Record
(W-L-T)
Weeks in Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
1
6-0-0
6
2University of Wisconsin, 154
2
6-2-0
6
3Cornell University, 148
4
4-0-0
6
4University of North Dakota, 125
6
6-1-1
6
5Clarkson University, 111
5
6-2-1
6
6Boston College, 100
3
5-2-0
6
7Harvard University, 80
7
2-0-0
6
8Mercyhurst University, 4995-3-16
9University of Minnesota Duluth, 25
RV
4-3-1
3
10Quinnipiac University, 24
8
6-1-1
3
Others receiving votes: Ohio State University, 23; Boston University, 8; University of New Hampshire, 3; Syracuse University, 3; Robert Morris University, 2.
Notes: The University of Minnesota received all 19 first-place votes in this week's rankings ... Minnesota has been the No. 1-ranked team in each of the last 32 polls dating back to March 20, 2012 ... ECAC Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association lead the way with four ranked programs each, while College Hockey America and the Hockey East Association are both represented with one school in the poll ... A total of 15 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 17th 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.


Try Hockey For Free Day to Take Place Saturday at Nearly 500 Locations
Nationwide Event is Part of Third Annual Come Play Hockey Month
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Try Hockey For Free Day is set to take place Saturday (Nov. 2) as part of the third annual Come Play Hockey Month. Nearly 500 rinks spread across 48 states will welcome boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey free of charge.
More than 10,000 kids took to the ice for the first time as part of USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day last November. A total of 454 rinks, representing 47 states, held events.
"Youth hockey has seen tremendous growth in recent years by introducing new kids to the game," said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director of development for USA Hockey. "Thanks to the support of the NHL and the outstanding work of local volunteers, thousands of families will enjoy their first youth hockey experience during Try Hockey For Free events on Saturday."
Equipment will be provided for children attending Try Hockey For Free Day and no experience is required to participate. USA Hockey certified coaches will be instructing at each location. For those interested in registering for the event, full details and local participating ice rinks can be found at TryHockeyForFree.com.
Notes: Try Hockey For Free Day is part of Come Play Hockey Month, which provides children the opportunity to play hockey. USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports are the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day ... Join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #TryHockey4Free.

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Movember's coming. During November each year, the Movember campaign is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces. With their Mo's, the men raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

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Bowman: 'I feel like there’s a lot more to come.'

Status Unknown: Bombers unsure if Hall will play vs. 'Cats.

Visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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Maintaining close ties with your good friends on Facebook increases your self esteem -- but also your waistline. According to a study, keeping watch of your good friends' activities on social media correlates to a higher body-mass index and higher levels of credit card debt. These close connections increase your self-esteem, thereby allowing you to let your guard down and temporarily lose self control.

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Regina, SK. -The Saskatchewan Roughriders are seriously teetering on a cliff right now.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the 11-6 Riders is a home game on Saturday, November 2nd against the 3-14 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620CKRM, 620ckrm.com, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 5:00pm EDT.

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Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS radio on this date in 1938. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.

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Tampa, FL. — Whenever the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decide to fire head coach Greg Schiano, we won't look back at his team's winless start or the backlash among local fans as the deciding factor.

Read the rest here.


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On this date in 1944, Martha Graham's ballet "Appalachian Spring" premiered at the Library of Congress.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State junior football players Sean Mannion, Brandin Cooks and Steven Nelson have all been named to national college football awards semifinalists lists.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing on this date in 1945.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays' sure-handed infielders came away from Tuesday night's Gold Glove Awards show empty-handed.

Read the rest here.


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Kanye West revealed that he and Kim Kardashian will exchange vows next summer. [By then their little kid will be old enough to say "pre-nup".]

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Ride, Jimmy, ride.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the World Series, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
Elvis Presley began his first lengthy gospel music session. Much of the work appeared on the 1961 album "His Hand In Mine."

1960 - Elvis Presley recorded "Crying In The Chapel."

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Want tickets to Game 6 of the World Series? For $800 you can stand for the whole game. Some tickets on StubHub are going for over $11,000.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
Work finished on "With the Beatles." The album was the second by the Beatles.

1973 - John Lennon released the album "Mind Games."  

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A downtown Helena, Montana, building was closed down Monday after officials found lead levels up to 40 times higher than federal standards. The building they shut down: the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Today in Sports History:

1919 - The professional baseball association ruled that spitballs and shineballs were illegal.

1974 - In Kinshasa, Zaire, Muhammad Ali regained his heavyweight-boxing title by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round.

1988 - The New York Jets beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time.

1992 - Magic Johnson played his last game in the NBA before retiring for the second and last time.

1997 - Violet Palmer became the first woman to officiate an NBA game. The game was between the Dallas Mavericks and the Vancouver Grizzlies.

2001 - In New York City, U.S. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

2001 - Michael Jordan returned to the NBA with the Washington Wizards after a 3 1/2 year retirement. The Wizards lost 93-91 to the New York Knicks.

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Smartphone cases can be expensive, so what's a person to do if they want to swap their case out every month? Now there's Reset My Case, an iPhone case subscription service that brings a new look to your phone case each month instead of an entirely new case. Reset My Case does this with custom-designed printed inserts which fit into a durable, high-quality transparent case. The subscription, which gets you a new insert every month, is $5 a month.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans 9:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 5:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:30pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:30pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 4:05pm EST

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

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