Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Tuesday

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


Today is May 13th, the 133rd day of 2014. There are 232 days left in the year.


Wild look to feed off home crowd again in Game 6.

Blackhawks experts in closing out series.

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


Today's Birthdays: Harvey Keitel (U-571, Taxi Driver) is 75; Hall of Fame singer/musician Stevie Wonder is 64; TV personality Stephen Colbert is 50; Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish, solo country artist) is 48; Lena Dunham (Girls) is 28.


Tampa, FL. -- There were several unforgettable moments in the 2013-14 season from Stamkos skating out with the C to Radko Gudas making saves....

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Jamestown, Virginia, was settled as a colony of England on this date in 1607.


U.S. Men's National Team Loses to Russia, 6-1,
at 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship
Abdelkader Scores; Team USA Faces Latvia Thursday
MINSK, Belarus – Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich./Michigan State University/Detroit Red Wings) scored and Team USA held a 40-23 advantage in shots on goal, but the U.S. Men's National Team fell to Russia, 6-1, in its third preliminary-round game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship here today.

“Tonight wasn’t our night,” said Peter Laviolette, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team. “We will regroup and come back and be ready to play the next game. We have a young team and I do see progress. Sometimes you take a small step backwards to take four more forward. We’ll look at tonight and get better from it.”

The Russians jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a pair of first-period goals and a tally 20 seconds into the middle stanza before Abdelkader scored 37 second later to cut the advantage to 3-1. Jeff Petry (Ann Arbor, Mich./Michigan State University/Edmonton Oilers) picked up the puck just inside the offensive blue line and sent a shot towards the net. Abdelkader, who was parked just outside the crease, redirect the puck past Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevski.
Team Russia picked up three more goals in the second frame to build a 6-1 lead entering the second intermission despite the U.S. holding a 26-17 edge in shots on goal.
Neither team scored in the final stanza.
Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./University of Vermont/Dallas Stars) started for the U.S. and stopped 11 shots. David Leggio (Williamsville, N.Y./Clarkson University) entered the game at 11:07 of the second period and made seven saves.
The U.S. Men's National Team (2-0-0-1, W-OTW-OTL-L) is back in action Thursday (May 15) vs. Latvia at 9:45 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

NOTES: Tonight's box score, highlights, photos and more comments from Head Coach Peter Laviolette are available here ... Justin Abdelkader was named Team USA's best player ... The U.S. dropped to 4-1-0-6-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) all-time against Russia in the IIHF Men's World Championship ... Team USA's captain is Justin Abdelkader. The alternate captains are Craig Smith, Colin McDonald and Tim Stapleton ... Peter Laviolette is serving as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2004-bronze, 2005). The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato ... For Team USA's roster, click here ... Twenty of the 25 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 25 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams are competing at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, divided into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is televising and streaming all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk ArenaW, 3-2
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk ArenaL, 1-6
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.Live
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal GameMinsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live

The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust on this date in 1821.


5 things you need to know heading into the Draft.

Draft Stories: Getzlaf remembers the relief.

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


On this date in 1873, Ludwig M. Wolf patented the sewing machine lamp holder.


Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay's rookie class expanded over the weekend after the conclusion of the 2014 draft, as 11 undrafted players chose to sign with the Bucs, including Wyoming QB Brett Smith.

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NEW ON DVD - Released May 13

That Awkward Moment
I Frankenstein
Barney Miller: Season 5
Bob's Burger's Season 3
Longmire: Season 2
The New Normal: The Complete Series
Orange Is the New Black: Season 1


Seattle, WA. -- Just what The King needed, an eight-run cushion.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 3 billion: Amount in ad sales Fox has made from American Idol over its 13-year history.


San Francisco, CA. -- After struggling in each of his first two outings, Tim Lincecum was good, but not great in his next five starts.

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Jay Z and his sister-in-law got into a physical confrontation. [They'd better be careful. They're gonna make the Kardashians look civilized.]


Throw me the ball!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as having a morning pep talk with your son, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
In Jacksonville, FL, the first riot at an Elvis performance occurred. 

1957 - The principal photograpy began on the Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock." 

1967 - Elvis Presley's second religious album, "How Great Thou Art," hit #18 in the U.S. and #11 in the U.K. 

1972 - Elvis Presley's third gospel album, "He Touched Me," hit #79 in the U.S. 

1973 - In Lake Tahoe, NV, Elvis Presley held a Mother's Day Concert in memory of Gladys Presley. The show's proceeds went to the Barton Memorial Hospital. 

2005 - CBS aired the TV special Elvis by the Presleys.


A new study says about 80% of us carry less than $50 cash, and 40% carry less than $20 cash on a daily basis. Nearly 1 in 10 of us don't carry cash at all


Today in Beatles History:

1970 -  The film "Let It Be" premiered in New York.  

Facebook users who receive messages from friends along the lines of, "OMG YOUR PHOTOS ARE BEING USED ON THIS SITE," beware: It's a scam. Clicking the links directs users to fake blogs, which, in turn, lead to fake Facebook login pages. Anybody filling in their details and hitting enter will of course have their user name and password sent to the attacker.


Today in Sports History:

1911 - Fred Merkle (New York Giants) recorded six RBIs in an inning. 

1953 - Willie Mays (New York Giants) and Darryl Spencer (New York Giants) each hit two homeruns and a triple in the same game. 

1955 - Mickey Mantle hit three consecutive home runs. 

1958 - Stan Musial became the 8th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits. 

1972 - The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings. The game was actually started on May 12. 

1982 - The Chicago Cubs won their 8,000th game. 

1983 - Reggie Jackson became the first major league player to strike out 2,000 times. 

1985 - Carlton Fisk became the 5th catcher in major league history to steal 100 bases. 

1989 - Wayne Gretzky was a guest on "Saturday Night Live." 

1991 - At Yankee Stadium fans sang Madonna's song "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco. 

1994 - The Cleveland Indians began an 18 game win streak. 

1996 - O.J. Simpson appeared on British TV to discuss his not guilty verdict.


Bloomington, Illinois, police rushed to the scene after a report of shots fired. The "gunfire" was part of some rap music coming from a neighboring apartment.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10:05pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Nascar Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 9:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 9:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Get To Know Newton 250 Presented By Sherwin William at Iowa Speedways 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Florida Marlins 4:05pm EDT


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

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