Friday, March 14, 2014

It's Friday

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


Today is March 14th, the 73rd day of 2014. There are 292 days left in the year.


Hurricanes' Pitkanen hopes to resume career.

Must see: Stamkos nets first goal since return.

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Today's Birthdays: Michael Caine is 81; Billy Crystal is 66; Chris Klein (American Pie movies) is 35.


Tampa, FL. -- The good news for the Tampa Bay Lightning was that they beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night. The better news is that Steven Stamkos scored the winning goal.

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IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Need for Speed (PG-13); The Single Moms Club (PG-13); Veronica Mars (PG-13, limited release + video on demand)


U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Beats Canada, 3-0,
in Paralympic Winter Games Semifinal
Team USA to Face Russia in Gold Medal Game Saturday at Noon ET
SOCHI, Russia – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored twice and had an assist, Josh Pauls(Green Brook, N.J.) collected a goal and an assist, and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 11 saves to help the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team knock off Canada, 3-0, in the semifinals of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena.

Team USA will play Russia in the gold-medal game of the Paralympics Saturday (March 15) at noon ET. will stream the game live. NBC will air the game in its entirety beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

"I have a lot of confidence in my forwards and my team," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "The fact that if they play the way they can, and if they move the way they can, it's very difficult to stay with us, and I thought we showed that tonight."

A pair of goals by Farmer in the final six minutes of the opening frame helped the United States build a 2-0 advantage. Farmer's first marker came off a quick rush by Team USA. Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) chipped a puck up the wall in the defensive zone to Pauls, who floated the puck to Farmer streaking through center. Farmer moved his way into the Canadian end, cut across the slot and fired a shot through Team Canada goaltender Corbin Watson's arm and body at 9:12. Then, at 14:04, Farmer picked up the puck along the left wall, turned and wired a quick shot through traffic, off the crossbar and in to double the American lead.

The U.S. killed a pair of early Canadian power plays in the second period before Pauls buried a shot at 4:55 to put Team USA up by three. Farmer won a race to a loose puck in the offensive corner, gathered it and swooped around the net. Once he got to the other side of the cage, he made a perfect pass to Pauls in the slot, and Pauls unleashed a left-handed, one-timer that slid under Watson's arm.

Cash held the Canadians off the board by stopping several quality scoring chances. Ten of his 11 saves came in the first 30 minutes of action, as the U.S. defense held Canada to a single shot in the final stanza.

The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team (3-0-0-1, W-OTW-OTL-L) will be playing for its second straight Paralympic gold medal on Saturday vs. Russia. No team has won back-to-back gold medals in Paralympic sled hockey.
Notes: For today's box score and photos, click here ... Declan Farmer tallied his second and third goals of the Paralympics to tie Adam Page for the team lead during the tournament ... Farmer and Nikko Landeros are tied for the team points lead (5). Farmer has three goals and two assists, while Landeros has five assists ... Goaltender Steve Cash posted his second shutout of the 2014 Paralympics and his seventh career shutout in the Paralympics ... Team USA's captain is Andy Yohe, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace and Josh Sweeney... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal, 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 is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus and Josh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 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 ... Jeff Sauer(Madison, Wis.) is the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, while Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is serving as assistant coach for the U.S. Paralympic 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.).
2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Game Schedule for U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
March 8-15 - Shayba Arena - Sochi, Russia
Time (ET)/Result
Broadcast (Time)Live Stream
Sat. March 8ItalyW, 5-1
Sun., March 9South KoreaW, 3-0
Tues., March 11RussiaL, 1-2
Thurs., March 13Canada (Semifinals)W, 3-0
Sat., March 15Russia
(Gold-Medal Game)
NoonNBC (1 p.m. ET)


Today (Friday) is National Pi Day. Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.


Choosing Chamblin: Riders extend head coach.

Robinson staying in Double Blue through 2015.

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A toddler was found with heroin at a New Jersey daycare center. (I don't know what's more frightening -- that a toddler was found with heroin, or that there are daycare centers in New Jersey.)


Tampa, FL. — New Buccaneers QB Josh McCown spent the fall of 2011 on the sideline as a high school assistant coach, and the perspective he gained helped him take full advantage of his next NFL opportunity.

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Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars on this date in 1914. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.


Come on Alex. Let's play this game.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much as a sunny Friday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
Elvis Presley was interviewed on Jimmy Dean's "Town & Country Jubliee" television show. Elvis did not perform.

1972 - Elvis Presley received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Grammy Awards.

2004 - In Las Vegas, NV, the Elvis-A-Rama museum was burglarized. In less than five minutes thieves were able to steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry and kitsch.


A new study of more than 1 billion Facebook status updates suggests that if you're smiling, it's because your friends were smiling first. And if you're unhappy, it's likely to be because one of your friends is unhappy. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found that good moods can spread like wildfire over the Internet.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
It was reported by "Billboard" that releases by the Beatles represented 60% of the current singles market.

1964 - The Beatles single "Please Please Me" hit #3 in the U.S.

1964 - The Beatles single "My Bonnie" hit #26 in the U.S.

1972 - The Beatles received the NARAS' Trustees Award at the 14th annual Grammy Awards.

2000 - The compilation album "At Home With The Groovebox" was released. The Sean Lennon song "Winged Elephants" was included.   


In Flint, Michigan, a vehicle was reported stolen at a hospital. A security guard got a description of the vehicle to police. The vehicle was spotted just down the street at a gas station where a man was apparently putting gas into the vehicle. The suspect got enough gas to lead police on chase, which lasted just 5 miles.


Today in Sports History:

1960 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored a record 53 points.

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) played every minute of a game for the 47th consecutive time. The streak ended during the Warriors' next game.

1967 - The AFL and the NFL held the first common draft. The two leagues merged in 1970. The first player chosen was Bubba Smith, a defensive lineman from Michigan State.

1972 - The Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association announced that the team's franchise would be moved to Kansas City, Missouri at the end of the season.

1992 - Stacey Augmon (Atlanta Hawks) scored the 6,000,000th point in NBA history.

2005 - Major League Baseball gave a congressional committee about 400 pages of documents related to drug testing. It was also reported that Bud Selig would be willing to testify in hearings planned for March 17.


Because an Entourage movie wouldn't be complete without a bunch of celebrity cameos, outgoing CNN host Piers Morgan will take part in the film adaptation of the HBO series. Morgan tweeted photos from his visit to the Entourage film set on Thursday.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Drive to stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT


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

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