Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

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Today is September 30th, the 272nd day of 2014. There are 93 days left in the year.

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Babcock believes he'll be back with Red Wings.

Stuart, McLeod sign extensions with Avalanche.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) is 60. Fran Drescher is 57. Monica Bellucci (The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded) is 50. Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep) is 44. Rapper T-Pain is 30.

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Tampa, FL. -- As Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper walked down the hallway toward the locker room following Friday’s 6-3 preseason victory against Dallas, he all but did a double take to make sure he was not accidentally in the World’s Most Famous Arena.

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Chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. was born on this date in 1861.

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3RD ANNUAL CCM/USA HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME IS BEST YET
Record Crowd, International Television Audience Among Highlights
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A record crowd, international television audience, and the most talented field to date highlighted the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game played last Thursday (Sept.  25) at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
“Based on the feedback we’ve received, I think it’s fair to say this year’s event was the best to date,” saidDave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Many thanks to all those involved in helping us make this the premier event that it is, particularly CCM, the Buffalo Sabres and city of Buffalo, as well as NHL Network.”
A total of 42 of the top Americans eligible for the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft were split into two teams and coached by American hockey icons Mike Grier and Eddie Olczyk.
In the end, Team Grier came away with a 6-3 victory over Team Olczyk, led by two goals from Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y./U.S. National Under-18 Team); a goal and assist from Player of the Game recipient Jack Eichel (N. Chelmsford, Mass./Boston University); and 22 saves in the opening 29-plus minutes of the game from Luke Opilka (Effingham, Ill./U.S. National Under-18 Team). An event record 7,310 fans watched live at First Niagara Center, while fans across North America had a chance to watch live on NHL Network.
“It was fun to see all the talent on the ice,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “Our talent pool continues to get deeper every year and that’s a tribute to many, including the thousands of volunteer youth coaches all across the country.”
The 4th annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be played at First Niagara Center on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
NOTES: The game included a moment of silence prior to the opening faceoff in remembrance of 1980 U.S. Olympian Bob Suter, who passed away at age 57 on Sept. 9, 2014 ... Drew Stafford of the Buffalo Sabres presented the Player of the Game Award to Jack Eichel ... Head coaches Mike Grier and Eddie Olczyk conducted the ceremonial opening faceoff between New York natives Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) and Joe Ceccione (Youngstown, N.Y.) … Some 200 NHL scouts/personnel attended the game.


University of Minnesota Claims No. 1 in Preseason USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll
Defending NCAA National Champion, Union College, Ranks No. 8
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Men's College Hockey Poll - Preseason

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolFinal 2013-14 Rank2013-14 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1.University of Minnesota, 505 (32)228-7-61
2.University of North Dakota, 449 (1)525-14-31
3.Providence College, 431922-11-61
4.Boston College, 375328-8-41
5.Colgate University, 3151320-14-51
6.St. Cloud State University, 272822-11-51
7.University of Michigan, 252n/a18-13-41
8.Union College, 237 (1)132-6-41
9.Miami University, 236n/a15-20-31
T-10.Ferris State University, 175629-11-31
T-10.University of Notre Dame, 1751123-15-21
12.University of Wisconsin, 159724-11-21
13.Minnesota State University, 1361226-14-11
14.Cornell University, 99n/a17-10-51
15.University of Denver, 541520-16-61
Others Receiving Votes: Northeastern University, 51; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 42; Boston University, 34; University of Minnesota Duluth, 16; Yale University, 14; University of New Hampshire, 12; Quinnipiac University, 10; Michigan Technological University,9; Mercyhurst University, 6; Michigan State University, 6; Ohio State University, 4; Robert Morris University, 4.
Notes: Defending NCAA national champion, Union College, ranks eighth, tallying 237 votes, which includes one first-place ballot ... The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has four teams in the rankings, while the Big Ten Conference, the Hockey East Association and the ECAC each have three listed in the top 15. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has two ranked teams.
About the Poll:The 20th 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.

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In Appleton, WI, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating on this date in 1882.

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Regina, SK. -- Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Taj Smith will be sidelined for at least the remainder of the regular season, after the team announced Monday it has placed him on the six-game injured list.

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"Death Valley Days" was heard for the first time on the NBC Blue radio network on this date in 1930.

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#KegSize Plays of the Week - wk.14.

Cliff Notes: Five things we learned from Week 14.


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

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"The Adventures of Dick Tracey" debuted on Mutual Radio Network on this date in 1935.

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Pittsburgh, PA. --
After getting a big win in Pittsburgh, the Bucs believe they have stared down adversity and gotten their season back on track...Despite a disappointing start, the team is just a game out of the division lead.



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NEW ON DVD - Released September 30

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Chef
Are You Here
24: Live Another Day
The Mentalist: Season 6
NYPD Blue: Season 7

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Corvallis, OR. -- The Oregon State women’s basketball team’s matchup with Tennessee on Dec. 28 will be televised on the SEC Network, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

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A Phoenix man, who worked for UPS, was arrested after he traded a stolen diamond worth $160,000 for $20 worth of marijuana. [Dude, at least get an iPhone 6.]

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Cleveland, OH. -- Rays manager Joe Maddon will be entering the final year of his contract in 2015 after signing a three-year extension worth $6 million on Feb. 15, 2012.

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"Captain Midnight" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Radio Network on this date in 1939.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Anything can happen, the pundits say, in a one-game matchup. This makes Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco a prime candidate to make a difference in Wednesday's Wild Card Game at Pittsburgh, because he can do almost anything (watch on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT).

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What would you do if you were eating your grub at Chipotle when you looked over and saw a mother changing her toddler's diaper on the table next to you? A Midwestern mom changed her child's diaper on a Chipotle table in front of a restaurant full of people. Her and her husband's reasoning? The restaurant didn't have a changing table in the bathroom.

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

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's EP "Just For You" hit #16 in the U.S. 

1958 - EMI deleted all Elvis Presley and all other RCA products from its HMV catalog. 

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "Judy" hit #78 in the U.S. 

1978 - The album "Sings For Children And Grown Ups Too" hit #130 in the U.S.

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A family preparing to turn in their rental car after a week in Cocoa Beach, Florida, discovered a loaded handgun on the floor of the vehicle amongst their 2-year-old's toys. According to the little girl's daughter, the handgun his daughter was holding had a round in the chamber and the safety was off. Dad took the gun from his daughter and called the rental agency and briefly spoke with the manager who promised to call him back, but never did. Enterprise has since issued a statement saying, "...The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are thoroughly investigating this situation..."

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
John Lennon recorded "Cold Turkey." The backing band included Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman. 

1977 - Ringo Starr released the album "Ringo The Fourth." 

1988 - John Lennon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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ON TV: SERIES PREMIERE: SELFIE - This new comedy, billed as a retelling of My Fair Lady, follows social media addict Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan, Guardians of the Galaxy), who realizes that she doesn't have any real friends. So she enlists her company's marketing guru Henry (John Cho, Star Trek) to rebrand herself. (8p ET, ABC)

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Today in Sports History:

1927 - 
George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record. 

1934 - Dizzy Dean won his 30th game of the season in a 9-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. 

1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. 

1971 - The Washington Senators played their last game in Washington before moving to Arlington, TX. They were forced to forfeit the game to the New York Yankees when fans stormed the field in an effort to take souvenirs. 

1972 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) recorded his 3,000th career hit. It was his last as he was killed in Venezuela during the off season. 

1973 - Hank Aaron finished the season one short of Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. He broke the record in the first month of the 1974 season. 

1973 - The New York Yankees completed their 50th season at the Stadium. 

1984 - Mike Witt (California Angels) became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball. He defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0. 

1984 - The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record when they registered three safeties in a 33-12 victory over the New York Giants. 

1992 - George Brett (Kansas City Royals) reached his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels. He was the 18th player to reach the mark. 

1995 - Albert Belle (Cleveland Indians) became the first player in history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season. 

1999 - The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park (3Com Park). The Dodgers won 9-4 with 61,389 fans on hand. 

2002 - Chris McAlister (Baltimore Ravens) returned a missed field goal 108 yards to set an NFL record.  

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Jeff Goldblum will know be known as Terry Quattro. At least when he's selling expensive lightbulbs for GE. Goldblum is the star of a 2-minute web commercial for GE's Link wireless-enabled LED lightbulb. Terry Quattro is described as an "over-the-top" celebrity who owes all of his success to really great lighting. | Video

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 8:30pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates (NL Wild Card) 8:07pm EDT

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite at Raleigh Showcase Time TBA

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders 10:00pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite at Raleigh Showcase Time TBA

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Colorado Buffaloes 4:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite at Raleigh Showcase Time TBA

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EDT

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

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