Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Tuesday











It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 28th, the 28th day of 2014. There are 337 days left in the year.

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Lightning's Stamkos skips practice, plays it safe.

Outdoor games packed with memorable moments.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is 46; Joey Fatone of 'N Sync is 37; Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 34; Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) is 33; Ariel Winter (Modern Family) is 16.

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Tampa, FL. --Despite playing each other four times this season, this will be just the first meeting between the new Atlantic Division rivals.

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NEW ON DVD - Released January 28

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Last Vegas
Rush
Bad Grandpa
The Fifth Estate
Downton Abbey Season 4 Blu-ray (U.K. Edition)

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University of Minnesota Stays at No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
19th Annual Men's College Hockey Poll - #15

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14
Record
Weeks in
Top 15
1University of Minnesota, 508 (32)
1
18-2-4
16
2Boston College, 475 (2)
2
18-4-3
16
3Quinnipiac University, 433
4
18-4-5
16
4Union College, 390
3
16-5-3
10
5St. Cloud State University, 364
5
13-5-4
16
6Ferris State University, 346
6
18-6-3
10
7Providence College, 303
7
15-6-5
16
8UMass Lowell, 296
8
16-7-2
15
9University of Wisconsin, 216
9
14-7-1
15
10Northeastern University, 190
11
15-8-3
3
11Cornell University, 171
12
10-4-5
10
12University of Michigan, 135
14
12-6-2
16
13Yale University, 125
10
10-5-4
16
14University of Notre Dame, 75
15
15-9-1
16
15Clarkson University, 26
13
15-9-2
11
Others receiving votes: Colgate University, 17; University of Denver, 13; University of North Dakota, 12; University of Minnesota Duluth, 9; Bentley University, 1; University of Vermont, 1; Western Michigan University, 1.
Notes: To view past polls, click here ... The University of Minnesota is the No. 1-ranked team for the 13th week in a row ... The Golden Gophers, who started the year at No. 5, have a 18-2-4 record ... ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association lead all conferences with five ranked teams each, while the Big Ten Conference has three teams in the rankings and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have one ... A total of 22 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 19th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men'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 six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.


Special Edition, Game-Worn Star Wars Jerseys
Now Available in Charity Auction
Auction of Team USA Jerseys Will Benefit Local Children's Hospital
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Specially-designed jerseys made for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, as part of Star Wars Night on Jan. 18, are now available for purchase through auction. Team USA wore these jerseys featuring Darth Vader when the U.S. played the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Bids are being accepted here beginning tonight at 6 p.m. EST. All proceeds will benefit C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Fourteen current Under-18 Team players were recently tabbed in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of players eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry 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 Entry Draft.
Although bidding will end Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m., the auction will follow the "five-minute rule". If a bid is placed on a jersey within the last five minutes of availability, that specific jersey's auction will extend by five minutes.
The auction will be staged in cooperation with the MeiGray Group, the exclusive game-worn source of USA Hockey since 2010. MeiGray is the world's leading authenticator of, and source for, game-worn hockey jerseys. The Branchburg, N.J., company is authenticating partners with the National Hockey League, nine of the 30 NHL member clubs, and the ECHL. MeiGray has authenticated and sold nearly 100,000 game-worn hockey jerseys since it was founded in 1997. MeiGray has also partnered with the National Basketball Association since 2006.
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.


U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
Training in Colorado Springs This Week
Head Coach Jeff Sauer and Team USA Skating at World Arena
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team continues its preparation for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games with three practices this week at World Arena in Colorado Springs. Team USA skates 1:30-2:30 p.m. MT on Tuesday (Jan. 28), Wednesday (Jan. 29) and Friday (Jan. 31). Media availability follows each practice for players and Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and former head coach of the Colorado College and University of Wisconsin men's ice hockey teams.

The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games are set for March 7-16 in Sochi, Russia. Team USA is the defending gold medalist from the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. The U.S. won the bronze medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and captured its first gold medal at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Team USA returns eight players from the golden 2010 squad. The list includes goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.), who was voted top goaltender of the 2010 Paralympic Games after not allowing a single goal in five games, and defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), who was named the best defenseman in VancouverAdditional Paralympic veterans include defensemen Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa); and forwards Taylor Lipsett (Plano, Texas),Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.). Cash, Chace, Lipsett and Yohe also received bronze medals at the 2006 Paralympic Games.
NOTES: For complete information on the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, including a team roster, schedule, news and more, click here ... Team USA's captain is Andy Yohe, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace and Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) ... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.), who turned 15-years old in May and is making his debut on a U.S. National Team. Declan Farmer turned 16 years old in November ... The oldest player on the squad is Andy Yohe at 35-years old ... Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military. Jen Lee(San Francisco, Calif.) is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Josh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment managerJoel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).
2014 Paralympic Winter Games ScheduleMarch 7-16 - Sochi, Russia - Shayba Arena

DateTeam USA vs.Time (ET)/ResultLive Streaming
Sat., March 8Italy7:30 a.m.TeamUSA.org
Sun., March 9Korea8:30 a.m.TeamUSA.org
Tues., March 11Russia8:30 a.m.TeamUSA.org
Thurs., March 13Semifinals5 a.m./noonTeamUSA.org
Sat., March 15Medal Round5 a.m./noonTeamUSA.org

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Someone stole a vial of blood belonging to the late Pope John Paul II. [Okay, now Beiber has simply gone too far.]

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Suber signing: Bombers keep DB off the market.

Defensive stud: Stamps extend DB Keon Raymond.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Reports Monday said the National Security Agency could take user's mobile data from apps such as Angry Birds. When asked if our secret Angry Birds information was being spied on the NSA White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he's "not in a position" to discuss reports that the agency has the ability to take information from so-called "leaky" mobile apps such as Angry Birds. The White House press corps had a good laugh over that one.

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Tampa, FL. — Monday Notes: Dennis Hickey was named the Dolphins' new general manager on Sunday, ending an 18-year run with the Bucs during which he provided steady leadership in the personnel department...Also, McCoy, Revis shine in Sunday's Pro Bowl.

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Have you ever wondered exactly how much time you have spent on Facebook over the years? A calculator from Time may be able to answer that. Time said the application searches timestamps on users' posts to find the earliest ones, and then works from there. See how much time you've spent on Facebook at bit.ly/facebookcalc.

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Oh boy! Gumby and Pokey!!!!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as well, I'm not gonna say, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1956 -
Elvis Presley appeared on the Dorsey brothers' "Stage Show." It was Elvis' first network television appearance. 

1963 - Production began on the Elvis Presley film "Fun In Acapulco."

1970 - "From Elvis In Memphis" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley's single "Dirty Laundry" was played on AOL's First Listen.

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TV TONIGHT: STATE OF THE UNION 2014 - Airs at 9 PM ET on many networks.

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Today in Beatles History:

1992 - 
 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" was released on compact disc. The album was originally released on May 30, 1973.

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People come up with all kinds of reasons to abandon their pets. Whether it's a new baby, a move, allergies, unaffordable vet bills, people abandon their animals in massive numbers to shelters or the streets every year. But this excuse takes the cake. A woman in Nigeria has disowned her cat -- because she thinks he's gay.

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Today in Sports History:

1904 - The University of Chicago awarded blankets with the letter C to all seniors that played football during the 1903 season. This event marked the beginning of the sports letter tradition. 

1922 - The National Football League franchise in Decatur, IL, transferred to Chicago. The team took the name Chicago Bears.

1948 - Max Bentley (Chicago Blackhawks) scored 4 goals and his brother Doug assisted on all of them. Doug also had a goal in the game.

1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games.

1958 - Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers) was seriously injured in an auto accident in New York. He would never return to play again.

1990 - Aaron Neville sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXIV. Joe Montana got his third MVP award. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos 55-10.

1996 - Diana Ross performed as the featured halftime performer at Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, AZ. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. It was the fifth Super Bowl for the Cowboys.

2003 - The WNBA announced that Connecticut had been awarded a franchise for the 2003 season. The team, the Connecticut Sun, was the first WNBA team to be owned by a non-NBA owner (the Mohegan Sun).

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CBS-TV debuted "Barnaby Jones" on this date in 1973.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:00pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 1:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:20pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:15pm EST

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

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