Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's Wednesday

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


Today is January 8th, the 8th day of 2014. There are 357 days left in the year.


Not enough room on Canada roster for all deserving.

Watch: KISS pumped for Stadium Series LA.

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Today's Birthdays: Radio and TV journalist Charles Osgood is 81; Physicist Stephen Hawking is 72; David Bowie is 67; Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Homicide, Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 49.


Winnipeg, MB. -- Regardless if it was an Olympic nod or snub, the Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to use Tuesday's Olympic roster announcements as motivation in a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.

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In Kentucky a man who had just escaped from prison turned himself back in to escape the frigid weather. [That's why no professional criminal would ever dream of escaping without first consulting Al Roker and the 5-day forecast.]


U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team to Play Canada in Three-Game Series This Week in North Carolina
Series will be final competition prior to 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will take on Canada in a three-game series Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 9-11) at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C. The games will serve as Team USA's final international competition prior to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in March.
"We're excited to be returning to Extreme Ice Center and North Carolina for this series against Canada," said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "Not only is this an opportunity for the fans to see the best sled hockey players in the world, but also a chance to watch some fantastic competition as we prepare for the Paralympics."
The series is the second major sled competition of the season. The U.S. previously competed in the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Ontario, in December. Team USA has won four of the last six major international events, including the 2009 International Paralympic Committee World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic; the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia; the 2012 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Hamar, Norway; and the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta.
Seven players that were members of the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team highlight the roster, including goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.); defensemen Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) andAndy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa); and forwards Taylor Lipsett (Plano, Texas), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.). For the complete U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.
FASTHockey will provide live streaming coverage of all three games during the series. Those interested in watching are encouraged to sign up for a free FASTHockey account in advance
Additionally, live stats and complete coverage of the series can be found here.
U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Series vs. Canada
Jan. 9-11 - Indian Trail, N.C. - Extreme Ice Center
DateTime (ET)How to Follow
Thurs., Jan. 912:00
Live Stats
Fri., Jan. 104:00
Live Stats
Sat., Jan. 112:10
Live Stats
Notes: For live updates, follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter and join the conversation on social media by using #SledSeries ... 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 (Tampa, Fla.) 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 manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).


Want to be healthier? Move to a place that has a large park nearby. A new study (published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology) found that by moving closer to green space, mental health immediately improves and sustains over long periods of time.


Making it Official: Stamps sign QB Adrian McPherson.

O'Shea adds Tracey to staff, Howell staying put.

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The world's first burrito kiosk, the Burrito Box, is up and running in a couple of locations in Los Angeles -- and we can only hope this invention spreads across North America fast. There are five different burritos you can order from the kiosk at a cost of $3. Once you make your choice, you pay by credit card, sit through a quick video ad while your burrito heats up, and then pick up your order from the slot.


Tampa, FL. — In two weeks, the NFL's radically altered Pro Bowl week will kick off with a player draft to determine the two sides, and Tampa Bay's all-star DT Gerald McCoy is already looking forward to the experience.

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As advertisers spend hundreds of millions of dollars for a few seconds of commercial time during this year's Super Bowl, a new study reveals the vast majority of those ads are not actually effective. The study (by Communicus) followed individual consumers' purchase behaviors over a period of time both before and after viewing ads during the 2013 Super Bowl and revealed that most ads -- even if they generated a significant amount of media and internet buzz -- did not actually change those consumers' buying habits.


Jimmy sings in the Angel Choir.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as waiting for a call to set an appointment, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1935 - 
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother Jessie Garon was stillborn.

1946 - Elvis Presley received his first guitar from his parents.

1955 - Elvis Presley's third single "Milkcow Blues Boogie" was released.

1956 - Elvis Presley performed at The Louisiana Hayride. He also performed the previous day.

1957 - The Memphis Draft Board announced that Elvis Presley had been classified as A1 and that he would probably be drafted within the next six to eight months.

1959 - Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand, called Elvis in Germany to tell him that he had been voted most popular singer of the year and that his record "King Creole" was the most popular record of the year.

1965 - Hal Wallis agreed to change Elvis Presley's 1958 contract into a five-picture deal. The movies Elvis made under the contract were "Blue Hawaii", "Girls! Girls! Girls!", "Fun In Acapulco", "Roustabout" and "Paradise Hawaiian Style".

1981 - "Elvis Presley Day" was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North & South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

1993 - The U.S. Postal Service released a stamp of Elvis. The picture used was one of Elvis in the 1950's.

2004 - RCA Records and BMG Strategic Marketing Group with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Elvis Presley had become the best selling solo artist in U.S. history.

2005 - In the U.K., a campaign began to release Elvis Presley's 18 #1 songs over 17 consecutive weeks. The campaing ended on April 25th.

2006 - The RIAA presented awards upgrading the sales certification status of "ELVIS 30 #1 HITS" and "It's Christmas Time" and for the first sales certifications for the DVD "Elvis by the Presleys". "ELVIS 30 #1 HITS" was upgraded from 3x Platinum to 4x Platinum. The album "It's Christmas Time" was upgraded from Platinum to 2x Platinum. The DVD "Elvis by the Presleys" was certified at 2x Platinum.


On this date in 1929, William S. Paley appeared on CBS Radio for the first time to announce that CBS had become the largest regular chain of broadcasting chains in radio history.


Today in Beatles History:

1973 - 
 Yoko Ono released "Approximately Infinite Universe" as a two record set.


Marie Wilson came to TV as "My Friend Irma" on this date in 1952.


Today in Sports History:

1901 - In Chicago, IL, the first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held.

1955 - After 130 home basketball wins, Georgia Tech defeated Kentucky 59-58. It was the first Kentucky loss at home since January 2, 1943.

1957 - Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from major league baseball in an article that appeared in "LOOK" magazine.

1960 - The NCAA met in New York and voted against reviving the unlimited substitution rule for college football.

1977 - The cover of TV Guide was "Super Bowl."

1984 - ABC purchased the remaining 85% of ESPN.

1993 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) became the 18th player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points.

1994 - Dino Ciccarelli (Detroit Red Wings) became the 19th player in NHL history to score 500 career goals.


Robert Goulet made his national TV debut on this date in 1961 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 1:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'


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

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