Friday, January 17, 2014

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It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is January 17th, the 17th day of 2014. There are 348 days left in the year.


WATCH: Dodger Stadium rink gets first spray.

Stamkos joins Lightning for full morning skate.

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Today's Birthdays: Betty White is 92; James Earl Jones is 83; Jim Carrey is 52; First Lady Michelle Obama is 50; Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) is 34.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper predicted Thursday's matchup may be a battle to the finish and that is exactly how it ended in a 2-1 shootout loss for the Bolts.

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The Westminister Kennel Club is looking to be more inclusive this year, allowing mixed breeds to compete. [And rumor has it that next year they're actually going to include openly gay dogs.]


Fairbanks, AK. – The Wenatchee Wild opened up a three-game set against arch-rival Fairbanks Thursday night and rode a pair of second period power play goals to a 4-2 win over the Ice Dogs at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Fairbanks opened the scoring with Hans Gorowsky lighting the lamp. Duggie Lagrone and Willie Brooks assisted at 4:10, giving the Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead. Wenatchee tied the game, by banking one in off a defenseman. Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) got credit for the goal, with Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) drawing the lone assist at 12:36, tying the game 1-1.

Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) came out firing in the second period, scoring a pair of power play goals in the early going. The first, coming at 54 seconds, was scored on a rebound and was assisted by Alex Bontje (Nobleton, Ontario) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada). The second, a sharp angle shot from near the right wing circle, was assisted by Mitch Demario (Franklin, Wisconsin) and came at 1:57, giving the Wild a 3-1 lead. Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) scored off a turnover, snapping a wrist shot from the top of the right wing circle. The unassisted goal, at 9:55, stretched the Wenatchee lead to 4-1.

Fairbanks cut into the deficit just shy of the four minute mark of the third period, as Johnny Mueller scored from Nick Hinz at 3:34, slicing the Wild lead to 4-2. The Ice Dogs would pull the goalie late but Wenatchee stayed strong in their end, finishing out the 4-2 win.

Fairbanks outshot the Wild 34-18 on the night. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) made 32 saves, while Patrick Munson and Kevin Aldridge combined to make 14 saves for the Ice Dogs. Wenatchee was 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 18-16-3; Fairbanks is 27-12-0.

The Wild continues their road trip in Fairbanks with two more games tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, before returning home to face Bismarck on Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company on this date in 1913. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.


Star Wars Night Set for Saturday When
U.S. National Under-18 Team Hosts Waterloo
Team USA to Wear Specially Designed Jerseys for Charity
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Tickets are going fast and one of the largest crowds of the season is expected when USA Hockey's National Team Development Program hosts Star Wars Night on Saturday (Jan. 18) at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The game will mark the conclusion of a two-game homestand, the first for Team USA since Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2013.
Among the festivities planned for Star Wars Night are appearances by characters from the beloved film franchise and extended universe and ceremonial puck drop. The Under-18 Team will also take to the ice wearing specially designed jerseys. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
Fourteen current Under-18 Team players were recently tabbed in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, including Team USA's top-ranked skater Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.). In addition to the 14 players listed, Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) is projected to be a top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The entire set of jerseys from Saturday's game will be made available through auction.
The jerseys will be auctioned off online here. Bidding will commence on Monday, Jan. 28, and end on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m. EST. Proceeds will benefit C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Tickets to the game are available at the NTDP offices located within the Ann Arbor Ice Cube at 2121 Oak Valley Drive or by calling (734) 327-9251. The game is also available via live stream at
ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 17th season of play in 2013-14, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.


"Stepmother" debuted on CBS radio on this date in 1938.


Riders, Taj Smith come to terms on contract extension.

Stamps continue off season to-do list, ink DB Wall.

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Plenty of parents wind up having their babies fairly close together in age -- but one mom in the U.K. is getting way more than she bargained for after conceiving triplets four weeks after giving birth to her first child. Because Sarah and Benn Ward had a tough time getting pregnant with their son, Freddie, they decided to go ahead and start trying for another baby shortly after his birth, thinking it would take some time again. They did the deed a mere four weeks after Sarah delivered and she turned up preggo. With three babies.


Tampa, FL. — The Bucs have hired former Colorado Head Coach Jon Embree to tutor their tight ends, a position he has coached to great success in the NFL...Dave Borgonzi has been named defensive quality control coach.

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"Tips For Jesus", the anonymous diner famous for leaving huge tips in the name of Jesus, has stuck again, this time in a San Francisco. The tipper struck at a high-end Japanese restaurant, this time leaving a $3,000 tip on a $147 bill. This isn't the first time the big tipper has struck a restaurant. The "Tips For Jesus" Instagram profile has been live since early September. Those running the profile made their first post on September 8, 2013, which was an image of a Jesus figure with thumbs up. The caption read, "Here we go...," and from there the anonymous tipper has made his or her way around the country, leaving outrageously generous tips for their servers. | site link


Jimmy as the Little Drummer Boy.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as having for a colonoscopy, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1970 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Suspicious Minds" hit #2 in the U.K. It was his first U.K. single to have a picture sleeve.

1972 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, TN, was renamed Elvis Presley Blvd.


A thief in Chicago managed to break halfway into a bar before he was stopped by his own stupidity: Instead of pushing, as the door's sign instructed, he spent several minutes pulling, eventually giving up and fleeing the scene.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
 The Beatles album "Yellow Submarine" was released in the U.K.


After landing a Best Picture nomination Thursday, Warner Bros. will be sending Gravity back to IMAX 3D screens at the end of the month on January 31st.


Today in Sports History:

1916 - The Professional Golfers Association was formed in New York City.

1963 - Wilt Chamberlain (San Francisco Warriors) scored 67 points against Los Angeles.

1971 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl V in Miami, FL.

1972 - Roger Staubach and Bob Griese appeared on the cover of TIME magazine.

1989 - Al Arbour won his 600th game as a coach in the NHL.

1995 - The Los Angeles Rams announced that they would be moving to St. Louis.

1996 - Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings) became the 22nd player in NHL history to score 500 goals.

1999 - The Atlanta Falcons beat the Minnesota Vikings to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in team history.

2002 - The city of Los Angeles had "Muhammad Ali Day."


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13): The Nut Job (PG); Ride Along (PG-13); Devil's Due (R)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 2:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 1:45pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 5:00pm EST


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

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