Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's Tuesday












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

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Today is February 25th, the 56th day of 2014. There are 309 days left in the year.

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Fourteen players to watch down the stretch.

Panthers forced to move on without Barkov, Kopecky.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Tea Leoni (The Family Man, Fun with Dick and Jane) is 48; Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) is 43; Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) is 39; Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is 38.

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Tampa, FL. --Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos told reporters Monday that he is targeting a March 6 game against the Buffalo Sabres for his return to the lineup.

Read the rest here.

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NEW ON DVD - Released February 25

Gravity Thor: The Dark World
Nebraska
Waltons: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2
Law & Order: The Fourteenth Year
The Middle: Season Four
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Season 1

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Boston College Takes 33 of 34 First-Place Votes in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
19th Annual Men's College Hockey Poll - #20

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14
Record
Weeks in
Top 15
1Boston College, 509 (33)
1
25-4-4
20
2University of Minnesota, 477 (1)
2
21-4-5
20
3Union College, 435
3
22-6-4
14
4Ferris State University, 405
5
23-7-3
14
5St. Cloud State University, 364
4
18-7-5
20
6University of Wisconsin, 325
8
19-9-2
19
7Quinnipiac University, 287
6
21-8-5
20
8UMass Lowell, 280
7
20-8-4
19
9Northeastern University, 232
9
18-10-4
7
10University of North Dakota, 230
11
18-9-3
10
11Cornell University, 163
13
14-7-5
14
12Providence College, 103
12
17-9-6
20
13University of Michigan, 94
10
15-10-3
20
14Yale University, 51
14
14-8-5
20
15Colgate University, 46
RV
16-11-5
1
Others receiving votes: University of Notre Dame, 42; University of Vermont, 27; University of Maine, 4; Minnesota State University, 4
Notes: To view past polls, click here ... Boston College is the top-ranked team in the nation for the third week in a row ... The Eagles, who started the year at No. 4, have a 25-4-4 record and are currently on a 19-game unbeaten streak ... ECAC Hockey leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association boasts four ranked programs, the Big Ten Conference has three teams in the rankings, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference has two ranked teams and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is represented with one team in the poll ... A total of 19 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.


Seventh Annual Hockey Weekend Across America Begins Friday
Themes Include: Wear Your Favorite Jersey (Friday), Try Hockey (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey will lead the nation in the seventh annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, this Friday-Sunday (Feb. 28-March 2).

Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America features a special theme.

"Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day" on Friday (Feb. 28) is the day for fans to show off their hockey pride by wearing their prized hockey jerseys. USA Hockey's Facebookand Twitter pages will accept photos from families, friends, and colleagues in search of the most passionate hockey fans.

Saturday (March 1) is Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL. More than 400 rinks nationwide will host 'Try Hockey for Free' clinics, allowing thousands of children to experience hockey for the first time. To find a participating rink near you and register, visitTryHockeyforFree.com.

To cap off the weekend, "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday (March 2) encourages hockey programs nationwide to develop ways to honor their local hockey heroes. USA Hockey invites all to post pictures and stories on its websiteFacebook and Twitter pages. The day also includes NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage.

Fans 13 years of age and older can register for the Hockey Weekend Across America "Great Day for Hockey" Sweepstakes at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com. Three grand prize packages will be awarded, each including hockey skates, a hockey stick, a helmet/facemask combo and hockey gloves, courtesy of CCM. Second and third prizes will also be awarded with the drawing taking place.

Associations, teams and communities celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America are encouraged to submit their event plans to USA Hockey at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

At each of 14 NHL games in American cities during Hockey Weekend Across America, two young officials will have a chance to meet the NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action.
For full information surrounding the weekend, visit HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com. Visitors can seek out activities around their community or across the country, participate in exciting giveaways and download promotional materials.

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Program and Total Hockey are sponsors of Try Hockey for Free Day.

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A leopard in India has been spotted roaming a theater, an apartment complex and even a hospital. [Authorities are warning people that this is serious, not another Jimmy Kimmel stunt.]

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Back to the sidelines: Als name Higgins head coach.

All in an off-season's work: Argos offence still a threat.

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

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Got milk? The simple question that spawned countless parodies and milk mustaches is being sidelined. Now it's time for consumers to "Milk Life." The marketing arm for milk processors is shelving the popular tagline in favor of a new ad campaign that casts milk as a key ingredient to an active lifestyle.

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Tampa, FL. — The start of NFL free agency is two weeks away, and it could be a busy first offseason for new Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, who are tasked with turning around a franchise that hasn't won a playoff game since the Super Bowl in 2003.

Read the rest here.

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A sanitation worker in Medina, Ohio, spotted an envelope in some garbage he picked up. After his route was over he decided to open the envelope to make sure it wasn't something vitally important, and then set out to return it. Inside was a birthday card with $50. The worker who found the letter went with his supervisor to the woman's home to hand over the card and explain what happened.

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Hi everybody!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching NBA hilites on Sportscenter, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
It was announced that Elvis would receive $250,000 and 50% of the net profits for his third movie for MGM.

1961 - In Memphis, TN, Elvis Presley made his first concert appearance since 1958. During the show he was presented with a plaque by RCA to mark record sales of 76 million worldwide.

1967 - Elvis Presley's "Indescribably Blue" hit #33 in the U.S. 

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Jimmy Kimmel is going to be a new dad. This will be the first child for Kimmel and his wife Molly. Kimmel has two kids in their 20s from a previous marriage.

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Today in Beatles History:

1943 - 
 
This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." His birth certificate indicates February 25.

1992 - Yoko Ono's box set "Onobox" was released.

2003 - The album "Songs from the Material World - A Tribute to George Harrison" was released.


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On this date in 1919, the state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.

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Today in Sports History:

1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.

1941 - The Boston Bruins set an NHL record after going 23 games unbeaten. Their record during the stretch was 15-0-8.

1951 - The first Pan American Games opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that baseball was the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws.

1964 - Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became heavyweight-boxing champion in an upset victory over Sonny Liston.

1978 - O.J. Simpson was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

1981 - The Boston Bruins and the Minnesota North Stars set a record for most penalties in a game. There were 84 penalties that totaled 392 minutes.

1989 - Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, fired head coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

1995 - Major league baseball announced that regular season games would be played in Hawaii for the first time.

2002 - Jayson Williams, the former NBA star, surrendered to New Jersey police. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Costas Christofi. Christofi was killed by a shotgun that was recklessly handled by Williams. Williams was released on $250,000 bail.

2005 - It was announced that the Walt Disney Co. had agreed to sell the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to billionaire Henry Samueli and his wife Susan. Samueli's company was the operator of Arrowhead Pond, the Mighty Ducks' home arena.

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"Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC on this date in 1950.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 3:00pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Presented By Cotton, The Fabric Of Our Lives at Phoenix International Raceway 3:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- The Profit On CNBC 500, Presented By Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 6:05pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 8:00pm EST

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

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