Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's Wednesday












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

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Today is April 2nd, the 92nd day of 2014. There are 275 days left in the year.

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Snider Foundation grows game in Philadelphia.

Red Wings' Datsyuk could return Wednesday.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Chris Meloni (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, True Blood) is 53; Clark Gregg (New Adventures of Old Christine, Phil Coulson in the Marvel comics universe) is 52; Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Ingorlious Basterds, Prometheus) is 37.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning can finally exhale a sigh of relief after clinching a playoff berth for the first time since the 2010-11 season with a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the rest here.

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A Long Island, New York kid got accepted at all eight Ivy League schools. [He's hosting his own tournament to see who makes it to his final Four.]

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2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Continue Wednesday
Full slate of tournaments get underway throughout the United States; Disabled Hockey Festival dates and location announced
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships continue Wednesday (April 2) with six separate tournaments beginning in Green Bay, Wis. (Youth Tier I), Hackensack, N.J. (Tier II 14U), Reston, Va. (Tier II 16U), Wayne, N.J. (Tier II 18U), Marlborough, Mass. (Tier I Girls; Women's A, B, C) and Amherst, N.Y. (Tier II Girls).
Additionally, the dates and location for the 10th annual USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival were recently unveiled. The event will be held April 11-13, 2014, in Marlborough, Mass., at the New England Sports Center.
In all, some 40 national champions will be crowned at the youth, girls, high school, junior, disabled, adult and women's levels in nine cities across the United States between now and early May.
USA Hockey, in conjunction with FASTHockey, will be streaming all the action. Games are available on a pay-per-view basis by visitingUSAHockey.FASTHockey.com and creating a free account. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD following the tournament by visitingUSAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
New this year is the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app provides unprecedented access to scores, live stats, schedules, photos and opportunities to interact with others via social media.
In addition to streaming and mobile coverage, USA Hockey will also provide live scoring, stats, standings and photos from each of the games on USAHockey.com. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter at both @USAHockeyand @USAHNationals.
For more information, contact Jayson Hron (jaysonh@usahockey.org / 719.538.1159)
2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Schedule
DateClassificationCity
March 26-30High SchoolOmaha, Neb.
April 2-6Youth Tier I (all divisions)Green Bay, Wis.
April 2-6Youth Tier II 14UHackensack, N.J.
April 2-6Youth Tier II 16UReston, Va.
April 2-6Youth Tier II 18UWayne, N.J.
April 2-6Tier I Girls, Women's A, B, CMarlborough, Mass.
April 2-6Tier II GirlsAmherst, N.Y.
April 3-7Junior Tier IIISimsbury, Conn.
April 3-6*Adult Men 30+, 40+, 65+Tampa, Fla.
April 10-13*Adult Men 50+, 60+, 70+Tampa/Ellenton, Fla.
April 11-13USA Hockey Disabled Festival (Special, Sled, Standing Amputee, Deaf)Marlborough, Mass.
April 24-27*Women's 30+, 40+, 50+Tampa/Ellenton, Fla.
May 2014Junior Tier I (USHL)TBD
May 2014Junior Tier II (NAHL)TBD
*Not streamed by FASTHockey


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Pudding-flavored Kit Kats are now available -- in Japan. One restaurant is so in love with these things they've created a limited edition Pudding-Flavored Kit Kat Pizza.

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The Great Debate: Best trick plays of all-time.

Wylie re-joins Bombers coaching staff.

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

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"The Big Story" debuted on NBC radio on this date in 1947. It was on the air for eight years.

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Tampa, FL. — Continuing to build depth on the offseason roster, the Buccaneers on Tuesday added a pair of big blockers in former Jets FB/TE Josh Baker and former Dolphins FB Jorvorskie Lane.

Read the rest here.

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What constitutes oversharing in the social media world? Probably this: The After Sex Selfie. That is all.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Joe Maddon managed a smile after the Rays' 4-2 loss-- their first of the season -- at the hands of the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Read the rest here.

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"The Edge of Night" and "As the World Turns" debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1956.

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Phoenix, AZ. -- Upon further review, the Giants' first regular-season encounter with baseball's replay system was hardly the only source of their 5-4 loss Tuesday night to the D-backs.

Read the rest here.

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Researchers (University College in London) say that eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables is healthier than five, which is the current recommendation. No kidding?!

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Jimmy pets a puppy.


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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

1957 - 
Elvis Presley performed his first concert outside of the U.S. at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.

1960 - Elvis Presley was named the Best-Selling Male Artist at the first annual National Association of Recording Merchandisers Awards in Las Vegas.

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Moody Blue" hit #6 in the U.K.

1996 - A revival of the 1970's musical "Elvis" opened in London. Timothy Whitnall played the 1960's Elvis and P.J. Proby played Elvis in the later years.

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In an effort to get as many Californians signed up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline, Covered California accidentally listed a phone sex line on its website.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
The Beatles finished recording the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." 

1971 - Ringo Starr released his debut single, "It Don't Come Easy."

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a news conference in New York to discuss their appeal of the Immigration Department's decision to deport John.   



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Self-proclaimed "ping pong propagandist" Susan Sarandon has decided to sell her pool table on Craigslist. She'll even sign the $3,000 table, if the buyer is so inclined.


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Today in Sports History:

1984 - John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship. 

1984 - In Baltimore, President Reagan threw out the first ball in the season opener between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox.

1985 - The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season.

1986 - Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season. He broke Bobby Orr's NHL record for most goals by a defenseman. Orr had scored 46 goals in 1974-75.

1995 - The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.

2003 - Alex Rodriguez (Texas Rangers) became the youngest player to hit 300 homeruns. He beat Jimmie Foxx's record by 79 days.

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The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA on this date in 1958.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangerss 7:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Minnesota Wilderness 8:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangerss 7:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Minnesota Wilderness 8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangerss 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Minnesota Wilderness 6:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT

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

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