Thursday, April 10, 2014

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 10th, the 100th day of 2014. There are 265 days left in the year.

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Canucks name Linden president of hockey operations.

Union joins perennial powers in Frozen Four field.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Steven Seagal (Hard To Kill, On Deadly Ground) is 63; Singer-producer Babyface is 56; Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) is 55; Barkhad Abdi (ship hijacker and pirate leader Abduwali Muse in Captain Phillips) is 29; Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) is 26.

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Tampa, FL. -- Goaltender Ben Bishop will miss the three remaining games of the regular season for the Tampa Bay Lightning and his status for the playoffs has yet to be determined.

Read the rest here.

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There's been an increase in stay-at-home moms. [Sure, they have to take care of the kids, but they also get to finish everybody's macaroni and cheese every day of the week.]

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The NAHL's Midwest Division semifinal series, led by the Wild 2 games to 1, will shift to Wenatchee for games 4 and 5 (If necessary) tomorrow and Saturday, April 11th and 12th with game time set for 7:05pm PDT both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home playoff games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).

WILD 2.0 UPGRADE

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The first hotel opened in Hawaii on this date in 1825.

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Osiecki Named Head Coach of 2015 U.S. National Junior Team
Granato, Patrick and Ayers Selected as Assistant Coaches; Nightingale Named Video Coach; Waddell to Contribute as International Consultant
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mark Osiecki (Burnsville, Minn.) will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced today. A three-time assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team, Osiecki helped Team USA capture gold medals in 2010 and 2013, plus a bronze medal in 2011.
"Mark has been a great asset to our National Junior Teams in recent years and we're excited that he will be our head coach," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. "In addition to his international coaching success, he has a wealth of experience coaching young players at the junior, college and professional levels. I'd also like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs for making Mark available to us."

"I'm thrilled to accept the role of head coach for the U.S. National Junior Team," said Osiecki. "Each time I've been on the Team USA staff it's been an extremely rewarding experience. I will incorporate a lot of what I learned from Phil Housley, Keith Allain and Dean Blais at previous tournaments, as well as what I gained from Mike Eaves at Wisconsin. We have great emerging young talent across the country and I can't wait to start working with them in Lake Placid this August."

The 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. The U.S. is seeking its fourth medal in six years, having won gold in 2010 and 2013, and the bronze medal in 2011. Team USA will play its preliminary-round games in Montreal. Quarterfinals will be split between Montreal and Toronto. The semifinals, medal games and relegation games will be played in Toronto.
U.S. National Junior Team
Coaches & Results
IIHF World Junior Championship
YearHead CoachRecord (Place)
2014Don Lucia3-0-0-2* (5th)
2013Phil Housley5-0-0-2* (1st)
2012Dean Blais4-0-3-0* (7th)
2011Keith Allain4-1-0-1* (3rd)
2010Dean Blais5-1-1-0* (1st)
2009Ron Rolston3-1-0-2* (5th)
2008John Hynes4-0-0-2* (4th)
2007Ron Rolston3-1-2-1* (3rd)
2006Walt Kyle3-3-1 (4th)
2005Scott Sandelin3-4-0 (4th)
2004Mike Eaves6-0-0 (1st)
2003Lou Vairo4-3-0 (4th)
2002Keith Allain4-1-2 (5th)
2001Keith Allain5-2-0 (5th)
2000Jeff Jackson2-3-2 (4th)
1999Jeff Jackson3-3-0 (8th)
1998Jeff Jackson4-3-0 (5th)
1997Jeff Jackson4-1-1 (2nd)
1996Jack Parker3-3-0 (5th)
1995Jeff Jackson3-4-0 (5th)
1994Dean Blais1-5-1 (6th)
1993Walt Kyle4-3-0 (4th)
1992Walt Kyle5-2-0 (3rd)
1991Kevin Constantine4-2-1 (4th)
1990Steve Cedorchuk1-6-0 (7th)
1989Steve Cedorchuk3-3-1 (5th)
1988Terry Christensen1-6-0 (6th)
1987Dave Peterson4-3-0 (4th)
1986Dave Peterson4-3-0 (3rd)
1985Doug Woog2-5-0 (6th)
1984John Perpich2-5-0 (6th)
1983Bill Hasler3-4-0 (5th)
1982Lou Vairo2-5-0 (6th)
1981Lou Vairo2-3-0 (6th)
1980Lou Vairo1-3-1 (7th)
1979Lou Vairo2-3-0 (6th)
1978Len Lilyholm4-2-0 (5th)
1977Marshall Johnston1-5-1 (7th)

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Osiecki has served on a variety of coaching staffs for U.S. National Teams. In 2000, he was head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that placed second at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He led the U.S. Junior Select Team to a first-place finish at the 1999 Freedom Challenge. He was an assistant coach for the 1999 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished second at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Osiecki also served as video coordinator for the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship.
Currently, Osiecki is finishing his first season as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
From 2010-13, Osiecki was head coach of the Ohio State University men’s ice hockey team. He served as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team from 2004-10, helping the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA national title and the 2010 NCAA national championship game.
From 1997-2004, Osiecki was the general manager and head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers. The Gamblers won four straight division titles (1999-2002) and won the Clark Cup in 2000. Osiecki was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 1999.
The former University of Wisconsin defenseman (1987-90) served as an alternate captain for the 1990 NCAA national championship team. He played two seasons in the National Hockey League (1991-93) with the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota North Stars. He also competed for the U.S. at the 1992 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Granato, Patrick and Ayers Selected as Assistants; Nightingale Named Video Coach; Waddell to Contribute as International Consultant

Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.) will serve as an assistant coach on his first U.S. National Junior Team. Granato is currently in his third season as a head coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He directed the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2013-14. Last season, he led the U.S. National Under-18 Team to the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. Granato also has coaching experience at the NHL, AHL, ECHL and USHL levels. Granato won an NCAA national title as a player at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a teammate of Osiecki from 1987-90.

Kevin Patrick
 (Schenectady, N.Y.) will work as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team for the first time. He is completing his second season as assistant coach for the University of Vermont men's ice hockey team. Patrick also has served as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin (2005-10), where he helped the Badgers win the 2006 NCAA national title; Bowling Green State University (2002-05); and Union College (1998-2002). He was a head coach for the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks from 2010-12. Patrick played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame (1988-92).

Mike Ayers
 (Hingham, Mass.) will serve as an assistant coach on his first U.S. National Junior Team. He was Team USA's goaltending coach for the 2012 and 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championships. Team USA won gold in 2012 and silver in 2013. From 2011-13, Ayers was the goalie coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. At the college level, Ayers was the goalie coach for St. Cloud State University's men's ice hockey team from 2009-11. He also was the goalie coach for the AHL's Iowa Chops from 2008-09. Ayers was a standout goalie at the University of New Hampshire and received the 2003 USA Hockey College Player of the Year award.

Adam Nightingale (Cheboygan, Mich.) will serve as video coordinator for the U.S. National Junior Team for the first time. He has spent the last four seasons as director of operations and video coordinator for Michigan State University's men's ice hockey team. Nightingale played two seasons at Lake Superior State University (2000-02) before transferring and playing his last two seasons for Michigan State (2003-05), where he was a two-time alternate captain.

NOTES
: For video comments from Mark Osiecki, click here ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the sixth consecutive year ... Don Waddell, international consultant for USA Hockey, will assist Johannson in evaluating and selecting players for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team ... Team USA will compete in a group with Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. For more information about the tournament, click here ... Approximately 45 players will attend the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 2-9. Invitees to the camp and a complete schedule will be announced later this spring.


U.S. Players Highlight NCAA Men's Frozen Four Rosters
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NCAA Men's Frozen Four will once again feature an abundantly American presence, including 82 of the 104 players on the rosters of Boston College, Union College, the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota with developmental roots in the United States.
The NCAA Men's Frozen Four begins Thursday (April 10) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, with Boston College taking on Union and Minnesota facing North Dakota.
Among the Frozen Four participants, 12 are alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Fifteen players have skated for a U.S. National Team -- including the U.S. National Junior Team and the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team -- and have combined to win 15 medals in International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.
Fifty-seven American players spent time in the United States Hockey League, USA Hockey's only Tier I junior league, which includes the two teams from USA Hockey's NTDP. There are five players with connections to the Tier II North American Hockey League. Eight players have a background in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one has played in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.
A total of 18 states and the District of Columbia will be represented by players in the Frozen Four, including, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Thirty-one American players competing in the Frozen Four have been drafted by National Hockey League teams.
Players with American Developmental Roots in the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four
USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Alumni (12)
NameSchoolYear(s)
Bill ArnoldBoston College2009-10
Gage AusmusNorth Dakota2011-13
Travis BoydMinnesota2009-11
Thatcher DemkoBoston College2012-13
Hudson FaschingMinnesota2011-13
Rocco GrimaldiNorth Dakota2009-11
Nick MattsonNorth Dakota2007-09
Steven SantiniBoston College2011-13
Scott SavageBoston College2011-13
Brendan SilkBoston College2010-12
Brady SkjeiMinnesota2010-12
Keaton ThompsonNorth Dakota2011-13
U.S. National Junior Team Alumni (11)
NameSchoolYear
Bill ArnoldBoston College2012
Thatcher DemkoBoston College2014
Hudson FaschingMinnesota2014
Johnny GaudreauBoston College2013-gold
Shayne GostisbehereUnion2013-gold
Rocco GrimaldiNorth Dakota2013-gold
Ian McCoshenBoston College2014
Kyle RauMinnesota2012
Mike ReillyMinnesota2013-gold
Steven SantiniBoston College2014
Brady SkjeiMinnesota2014
U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Alumni (10)
NameSchoolYear(s)
Bill ArnoldBoston College2010-gold
Gage AusmusNorth Dakota2013-silver
Travis BoydMinnesota2011-gold
Thatcher DemkoBoston College2013-silver
Hudson FaschingMinnesota2013-silver
Rocco GrimaldiNorth Dakota2011-gold
2010-gold
Nick MattsonNorth Dakota2009-gold
Steven SantiniBoston College2013-silver
Brady SkjeiMinnesota2012-gold
Keaton ThompsonNorth Dakota2013-silver
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Alumni (10)
NameSchoolYear
Gage AusmusNorth Dakota2012
Taylor CammarataMinnesota2012
Thatcher DemkoBoston College2013
Hudson FaschingMinnesota2012
Ryan FitzgeraldBoston College2012
Luke JohnsonNorth Dakota2012
Ian McCoshenBoston College2012
Steven SantiniBoston College2012
Scott SavageBoston College2012
Keaton ThompsonNorth Dakota2012
U.S. Junior Select Team Alumni (15)
NameSchoolYear(s)
Seth AmbrozMinnesota2010-1st Place
Taylor CammarataMinnesota2012-1st Place
Austin CangelosiBoston College2012-1st Place
2011-3rd Place
Ryan FitzgeraldBoston College2012-1st Place
Zane GothbergNorth Dakota2011-3rd Place
2010-1st Place
Luke JohnsonNorth Dakota2012-1st Place
Justin KloosMinnesota2012-1st Place
Nick MattsonNorth Dakota2010-1st Place
2009-1st Place 
Ian McCoshenBoston College2011-3rd Place
A.J. MichaelsonMinnesota2011-3rd Place
Michael ParksNorth Dakota2010-1st Place
2009-1st Place
Mike ReillyMinnesota2011-3rd Place
Jordan SchmaltzNorth Dakota2011-3rd Place
2010-1st Place
Colten St. ClairNorth Dakota2010-1st Place
2009-1st Place
Sam WarningMinnesota2010-1st Place
U.S. Under-18 Select Team Alumni (18)
NameSchoolYear
Seth AmbrozMinnesota2010-2nd Place
Thatcher DemkoBoston College2012
Theo DiPauliUnion2010-2nd Place
Teddy DohertyBoston College2011
Johnny GaudreauBoston College2010-2nd Place
Zane GothbergNorth Dakota2009
Gabe GuertlerMinnesota2012
Kevin HayesBoston College2009
Christian IsacksonMinnesota2009
Luke JohnsonNorth Dakota2011
Vinni LettieriMinnesota2012
Ben MarshallMinnesota2009
Michael ParksNorth Dakota2009
Kyle RauMinnesota2009
Tom SerratoreMinnesota2006
Brendan SilkBoston College2011
Colten St. ClairNorth Dakota2009
Sam WarningMinnesota2009
U.S. Under-17 Select Team Alumni (13)
NameSchoolYear
Bill ArnoldBoston College2008-2nd Place
Michael BrodzinskiMinnesota2011-1st Place
Thatcher DemkoBoston College2011-1st Place
Teddy DohertyBoston College2010-1st Place
Ryan FitzgeraldBoston College2010-1st Place
Gabe GuertlerMinnesota2011-1st Place
Christian IsacksonMinnesota2008-2nd Place
Vinni LettieriMinnesota2011-1st Place
Ben MarshallMinnesota2008-2nd Place
A.J. MichaelsonMinnesota2010-1st Place
Michael ParksNorth Dakota2008-2nd Place
Jordan SchmaltzNorth Dakota2009
Tom SerratoreMinnesota2005-1st Place
United States Hockey League Alumni (48)
NameSchoolUSHL Team(s)
Seth AmbrozMinnesotaOmaha
Jake BischoffMinnesotaOmaha
Michael BrodzinskiMinnesotaMuskegon
Drake CaggiulaNorth DakotaDes Moines
Taylor CammarataMinnesotaWaterloo
Austin CangelosiBoston CollegeYoungstown
Bryn ChyzykNorth DakotaFargo
Sam CoattaUnionSioux Falls
Nate CondonMinnesotaFargo
Thatcher DemkoBoston CollegeOmaha
Theo DiPauliUnionChicago
Teddy DohertyBoston CollegeDubuque
Johnny GaudreauBoston CollegeDubuque
Matthew GaudreauBoston CollegeOmaha
Adam GilmourBoston CollegeMuskegon
Sebastiel GingrasUnionMuskegon
Zane GothbergNorth DakotaFargo
Gabe GuertlerMinnesotaFargo
Justin HollMinnesotaOmaha
Christian IsacksonMinnesotaSioux Falls
Luke JohnsonNorth DakotaLincoln
Justin KloosMinnesotaWaterloo
Matt KrugUnionIndiana
Paul LaDueNorth DakotaLincoln
Vinni LettieriMinnesotaLincoln
Eli LichtenwaldUnionOmaha
Ben MarshallMinnesotaOmaha
Michael MathesonBoston CollegeDubuque
Nick MattsonNorth DakotaIndiana
Ian McCoshenBoston CollegeWaterloo
A.J. MichaelsonMinnesotaWaterloo
Andrew PanzarellaNorth DakotaWaterloo, Des Moines, Tri-City
Michael ParksNorth DakotaCedar Rapids
Kyle RauMinnesotaSioux Falls
Connor ReillyMinnesotaSioux Falls
Ryan ReillyMinnesotaSioux Falls
Alex SakellaropoulosUnionChicago
Jordan SchmaltzNorth DakotaGreen Bay, Sioux City
Tom SerratoreMinnesotaSioux City, Youngstown
Michael ShibrowskiMinnesotaDes Moines
Michael SitBoston CollegeChicago
Quinn SmithBoston CollegeYoungstown
Colten St. ClairNorth DakotaFargo
Jeff TaylorUnionDubuque
Keaton ThompsonNorth DakotaFargo
Mike VecchioneUnionTri-City
Sam WarningMinnesotaCedar Rapids
Adam WilcoxMinnesotaGreen Bay, Tri-City
North American Hockey League Alumni (5)
NameSchoolNAHL Team(s)
Ryan CoyneMinnesotaAberdeen, Chicago, Texas
Connor GaarderNorth DakotaCoulee Region
Paul LaDueNorth DakotaAlexandria
Jake ParenteauMinnesotaAlaska
Michael ShibrowskiMinnesotaOwatonna
Eastern Junior Hockey League Alumni (8)
NameSchoolEJHL Team
Brad BaroneBoston CollegeSouth Shore
Brian BillettBoston CollegeNew Hampshire
Chris CalnanBoston CollegeSouth Shore
Nick CruiceUnionSouth Shore
Ryan FitzgeraldBoston CollegeValley
Max NovakUnionJersey
Steven SantiniBoston CollegeNew York
Colin StevensUnionBoston
Minnesota Junior Hockey League Alumni (1)
NameSchoolMJHL Team
Jake ParenteauMinnesotaEdina
NHL Entry Draft Selections (31)
NameSchoolNHL Team
Seth AmbrozMinnesotaCBJ (2011, 5th Rd., 128 ovr.)
Bill ArnoldBoston CollegeCGY (2010, 4th Rd., 108 ovr.)
Jake BischoffMinnesotaNYI (2012, 7th Rd., 185 ovr.)
Travis BoydMinnesotaWSH (2011, 6th Rd., 177 ovr.)
Michael BrodzinskiMinnesotaSJ (2013, 5th Rd., 141 ovr.)
Chris CalnanBoston CollegeCHI (2012, 3rd Rd., 79 ovr.)
Taylor CammarataMinnesotaNYI (2013, 3rd Rd., 76 ovr.)
Nate CondonMinnesotaCOL (2008, 7th Rd., 200 ovr.)
Hudson FaschingMinnesotaLA (2013, 4th Rd., 118 ovr.)
Ryan FitzgeraldBoston CollegeBOS (2013, 4th Rd., 120 ovr.)
Johnny GaudreauBoston CollegeCGY (2011, 4th Rd., 104 ovr.)
Adam GilmourBoston CollegeMIN (2012, 4th Rd., 98 ovr.)
Shayne GostisbehereUnionPHI (2012, 3rd Rd., 78 ovr.)
Zane GothbergNorth DakotaBOS (2010, 6th Rd., 165 ovr.)
Rocco GrimaldiNorth DakotaFLA (2011, 2nd Rd., 33 ovr.)
Kevin HayesBoston CollegeCHI (2010, 1st Rd., 24 ovr.)
Justin HollMinnesotaCHI (2010, 2nd Rd., 54 ovr.)
Christian IsacksonMinnesotaBUF (2010, 7th Rd., 203 ovr.)
Luke JohnsonNorth DakotaCHI (2013, 5th Rd., 134 ovr.)
Paul LaDueNorth DakotaLA (2012, 6th Rd., 191 ovr.)
Ben MarshallMinnesotaDET (2010, 7th Rd., 201 ovr.)
Nick MattsonNorth DakotaCHI (2010, 6th Rd., 180 ovr.)
Ian McCoshenBoston CollegeFLA (2013, 2nd Rd., 31 ovr.)
Michael ParksNorth DakotaPHI (2010, 5th Rd., 149 ovr.)
Kyle RauMinnesotaFLA (2011, 3rd Rd., 91 ovr.)
Mike ReillyMinnesotaCBJ (2011, 4th Rd., 98 ovr.)
Steven SantiniBoston CollegeNJ (2013, 2nd Rd., 42 ovr.)
Jordan SchmaltzNorth DakotaSTL (2012, 1st Rd., 25 ovr.)
Brady SkjeiMinnesotaNYR (2012, 1st Rd., 28 ovr.)
Keaton ThompsonNorth DakotaANA (2013, 3rd Rd., 87 ovr.)
Adam WilcoxMinnesotaTB (2011, 6th Rd., 178 ovr.)
Notes: Taylor Cammarata (Minnesota) received USA Hockey's Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year award in 2013 ... Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) and Jeff Taylor (Union) helped Dubuque win the 2011 USHL Clark Cup Playoff Championship. Jordan Schmaltz (North Dakota) helped Green Bay win the 2012 Clark Cup Playoff Championship ... Don Lucia, head coach at Minnesota, has served in a variety of coaching roles for USA Hockey, including head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and the 1996 U.S. Select-16 Team. He also worked as an assistant coach on the 1995 U.S. Men's Select Team ... Grant Potulny, assistant coach at Minnesota, worked in that same role for the gold medal-winning 2013 U.S. National Junior Team ... Greg Brown, associate head coach at Boston College, was an assistant coach with the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and skated for the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Teams ... Mike Ayers, assistant coach at Boston College, was a coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program from 2011-13. Ayers was honored as the USA Hockey College Player of the Year in 2003 ... Marty McInnis, assistant coach at Boston College, skated for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team ... Dave Hakstol, head coach of North Dakota, served as head coach of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers from 1996-2000.

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The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on this date in 1912.

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Extended Ride: Saskatchewan keeps Taman in the fold.

Montreal to host 50th Vanier Cup.

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

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Why do keep going back and back and back to Facebook all day? Behavioral researchers (at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria) says it's because we think we'll enjoy it. They asked test participants to guess whether spending 20 minutes on Facebook would make them feel better or worse. Contrary to the findings of an earlier experiment, in which using Facebook put people in a worse mood, participants expected that using Facebook would make them feel better.

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Tampa, FL. — The 2014 preseason schedule, released Wednesday, has Tampa Bay on the road against the Jaguars in Week One, followed by home games against the Dolphins and Redskins and a rare trip to Buffalo.

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How far would your child go to get out of going to school? One third grader in Florida allegedly stole his mother's car to avoid going to school for the day. Authorities have charged the 9-year-old with aggravated assault and grand theft auto after he threw a brick at his mother and grandmother and stole his mother's car keys. He managed to drive the car for 45 minutes before police were able to pull him over.

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Kansas City, MO. -- Wednesday afternoon's knockout punch wasn't what it appeared to be, according to Jake Odorizzi.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald published "The Great Gatsby" for the first time on this date in 1925.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Had he operated at peak efficiency Wednesday night, Tim Lincecum might have struggled to retire Paul Goldschmidt.

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Get that vacation time on the books, vacuum out the couch cushions and lay in a stock of 11 or so days' worth of snacks: FXX says it's planning a marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons - and it's airing them consecutively this summer. The sibling of the FX network says the marathon will start on August 21 and continue on into Labor Day, which is Monday, September 1.

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Jimmy gets some more beads.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as doing laundry, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1916 - 
Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Elvis Presley, was born.

1963 - Elvis Presley's movie "It Happened at the World's Fair" opened in the U.S. The movie had premiered in Los Angeles on April 3.

1982 - A live version of Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" hit #25 in the U.K. The song was recorded on July 31st, 1969. Elvis started laughing during the song.

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On this date in 1930, 
the first synthetic rubber was produced.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
Stuart Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage. He is sometimes referred to as the "fifth Beatle".

1970 - Paul McCartney wrote "Paul leaves Beatles" in his diary. The diary was stolen in 1980 by two women visiting McCartney's house while it was being restructured. They returned the diary on May 13, 2003.

1999 - George Michael, Sinead O'Connor, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and Paul McCartney all performed at the "Here There and Everywhere - A Concert for Linda", a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London's Royal Albert Hall. 
  
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Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers on this date in 1941.


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Today in Sports History:

1916 - The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament. 

1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced that he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. Robinson was the first African-American player of the modern era.

1961 - Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium. The Senators lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3

2000 - Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.  

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On this date in 1953, Warner Bros. released "House of Wax." It was the first 3-D movie to be released by a major Hollywood studio.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway 8:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Minnesota Wilderness 10:05pm EDT 

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Bojangle's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway 6:30pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Minnesota Wilderness 10:05pm EDT (If necessary)

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 3:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at Long Beach, California 4:40pm EDT

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

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