Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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


Today is September 3rd, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.


Jets agree to terms with first-round pick Ehlers.

USHL Atlantic Challenge to feature top '15 prospects.

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The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day on this date in 1833.


Tampa, FL. -- The former Lightning GM recently returned to the organization where he built a Stanley Cup winning team, albeit in a brand new role. We sat down recently and talked to him about the state of amateur hockey in Florida, a dark time in Lightning history and a certain former head coach.

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On this date in 1838, Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.


Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Joe Bonnett Joins USA Hockey as ADM Regional Manager
Former Colorado College assistant coach will help lead nationwide age-appropriate skill development efforts
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today the addition of Joe Bonnett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to its staff of American Development Model regional managers. He will provide nationwide support for USA Hockey's age-appropriate skill development efforts, bringing with him more than 20 years of hockey coaching experience, including 18 seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
"Joe has a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and passion for player development, and he'll be a major asset to our staff and to youth hockey associations throughout the country," saidKevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey.
A Canton, Michigan, native, Bonnett most recently served 14 seasons (2000-2014) as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at Colorado College. While at CC, Bonnett helped guide the Tigers to three Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships, seven NCAA tournament appearances and one trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. He also helped produce 16 NCAA All-America selections and two Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipients.
"Player development has always been a passion for me, going back to my first experiences as a coach, and I'm excited for the opportunity to have a positive impact on American hockey as a whole with USA Hockey," said Bonnett. "I'm not only a firm believer in age-appropriate skill-development from a philosophical standpoint, I've seen the benefits of it as kids make their way into the higher levels of hockey."
Prior to his time at CC, Bonnett spent four seasons with the hockey staff at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he served as an assistant coach after a one-season stint in hockey operations. While at Miami, he worked primarily with the team's defensemen and goaltenders, while also leading the RedHawks' video analysis and recruiting efforts.
Before entering the college coaching ranks, Bonnett was a peewee and midget hockey coach in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At the same time, he served as a middle school teacher and girls volleyball coach in Galesburg, Michigan. He also spent one season as a junior hockey associate head coach in the North American Hockey League, helping guide the Kalamazoo K-Wings to a national tournament appearance.
As a player, Bonnett was a four-year letterwinner at Western Michigan University, where he played forward and served as an alternate captain in his senior season. He graduated from Western Michigan with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, majoring in earth science. He later earned a master's degree in sport studies from Miami University.
No stranger to USA Hockey, Bonnett has volunteered often to serve American players. Most recently, in 2013, he was part of the coaching staff for USA Hockey's Select 14 regional camps. In prior years, he served in similar capacities with the Select 15, Select 16 and Select 17 camps.
In 2003, Bonnett was an assistant coach with USA Hockey's Under-17 Select Team which finished in first place at the Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia.


Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour on this date in 1935. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.


Regina, SK. -- Another week, another win.

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Next up for the 7-2 Riders is a week 11 away game at the 6-4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, September 7th. Kickoff for the Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN.


"Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1951.



Pinty's Power Rankings: Ticats make a move.

Ground game leads the way for Riders.

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"The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time on this date in 1954 after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.


Tampa, FL. -- 2014 Predictions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended on this date in 1966 after 14 years.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- When R.A. Dickey's pitches started going to the Tropicana Field backstop, Matt Joyce knew it was a bad sign.

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On this date in 1967, the TV game show "What's My Line?" broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS.


Denver, CO. -- The Giants have regained their conviction that they should win each game, which was evident Tuesday night as they dissolved a six-run deficit to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 12-7.

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Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution on this date in 1967.


Jimmy talks to his teacher.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as all-day quarterback talk on Sportscenter, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1966 - 
Elvis Presley's album "Paradise Hawaiian Style" hit #7 in the U.K. 

1969 - The Elvis Presley film "The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It)" premiered in the U.S. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Way Down" hit #1 in the U.K. 

1977 - The album "The Elvis Presley Sun Collection" hit #16 in the U.K. 


In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side on this date in 1967.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The BBC aired "Pop Go The Beatles." 


The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars on this date in 1976. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.


Today in Sports History:

1895 - 
The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. 

1947 - The New York Yankees got 18 hits in an 11-2 win over Boston. All 18 hits were singles. 

1957 - Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves) recorded his 41st career shutout. 

1966 - Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) signed his first NHL contract. The two-year deal paid $70,000 plus a signing bonus, gave Orr the top salary in hockey. 

1970 - Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57. 

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) ended his National League record of 1,117 consecutive games played. 

1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was ended in a 7-7 tie after 19 innings the previous day. The Mariners won the game 8-7. 

1984 - Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season. 

1986 - The Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 in the 18th inning. The game ended after 14 innings were played. The two teams had used a record 53 players the day before. 

1990 - Bobby Thigpen set a major league record when he got his 47th save. 

1999 - Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for. 

2000 - Kenny Lofton tied a major league record when he scored in his 18th straight game. 

2001 - Bud Smith became the 16th major league rookie to throw a no-hitter. It was his 11th career start.


David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join with ABC on this date in 1981.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

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

Thursday --

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

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 7:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 1:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers 4:25pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT


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

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