Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Today is December 4th, the 337th day of 2014. There are 28 days left in the year.


Brodeur to make first start for Blues vs. Predators.

Canadiens owner saddened by Beliveau's passing.

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Today's birthdays: Jeff Bridges (True Grit, The Big Lebowski) is 65. Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, Oscar for My Cousin Vinny) is 50. Fred Armisen (Portlandia) is 48. Jay Z is 45.


Tampa, FL. -- Tyler Johnson said he was looking to pass all the way.

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To find out if you’ve been naughty or nice this year a social media agency created a web app that analyzes your swearing on Twitter. Social Santa checks your tweets and the number of times you’ve said various bad words to identify if you’ve been bad or good.


2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Named
For IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Event Takes Place Jan. 5-12 at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, New York
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 22-player roster for its U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, which will compete at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship, set for Jan. 5-12 at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, New York.
The roster features nine players who helped the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team earn a silver medal at the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. They are Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.),Kaitlin Burt (Lynn, Mass.), Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.), Rebecca Gilmore(Wayland, Mass.), Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, Mass.), Patricia Marshall (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Melissa Samoskevich(Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Sophie Skarzynski (Wilmette, Ill.). Eighteen players on the roster also participated in the 2014 Under-18 Series vs. Canada in August.
The complete roster (seven defensemen, 13 forwards and two goaltenders) and staff listing is available here. The 22 players represent 10 different states. Minnesota leads the pack with seven representatives, followed by Massachusetts with four, Illinois with three and Wisconsin with two. California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri and North Dakota all have one.
For complete coverage of Team USA, including schedule and news, click here.
All games will be streamed live and are available at For a complete tournament schedule, click here and for more information on the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship, including all ticket information, click here.
NOTES: Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team ... Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.), associate head coach of the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Team for the 2014-15 season on May 20, 2014 ... Joining him as assistant coaches are Katie Lachapelle (Winthrop, Mass.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, Brent Hill (Troy, N.Y.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Merrimack College and Lucy Schoedel (Ithaca, N.Y.), assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Buffalo State. Team USA has played in the gold medal game in seven of the previous IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships, capturing the event’s top prize three times (2008, 2009, 2011). The 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team will begin practicing in Buffalo beginning on Dec. 30.


On this date in 1965, the U.S. launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Comdr. James A. Lovell on board.


One more year: Hufnagel to return for 2015 season.

Cauz: Why I'm looking forward to 2015.

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COMING UP - Human Rights Day: December 10. Winter Solstice: December 21. Christmas: December 25. New Years Eve: December 31. New Years Day: January 1.


Tampa, FL. --
 Missed opportunities in the red zone are one reason the Buccaneers haven't racked up more wins despite performing far better in several key categories since the bye week.

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A Canadian woman has been charged with failing to notify the police of a death after keeping her deceased husband in the home for six months while family and friends prayed for a resurrection. [Six months? I couldn’t even get my wife to wait at the dentist’s office while I had my wisdom teeth pulled.]


Corvallis, OR. -- Junior guard Gary Payton II had his second consecutive double-double and established career-highs for the second game in a row to lead Oregon State to a 74-50 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night.

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Great news for hardcore multi-taskers: Amazon and Procter & Gamble are teaming up to deliver highly relevant ads to consumers while they sit on the toilet. They won’t just show advertisements to this captive audience, though: the placards will also have barcodes that people with Amazon’s smartphone app can scan as virtual coupons for Procter & Gamble products. Save money while you poop!


Jimmy talks to his teacher.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as waiting for NASA to launch the Orion, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash held a recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis. The sessions were later named the "Million Dollar Quartet" and released nearly 25 years later. 

1966 - The Elvis Presley song "Tell Me Why" hit #15 in the U.K. 

1966 - The album "Elvis For Everyone" hit #8 in the U.K.


Amazon accidentally sent a huge haul of free goodies to Robert Quinn, a 22-year old student in Kent, England. A week ago he started receiving everything from a Samsung 3D TV and a Galaxy tablet to a leaf blower and a baby buggy. In total he has received 46 items worth $4,700 — and Amazon says he can keep it all.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
The Beatles Fan Club in Britain announced it has 65,000 members. 

1970 - The George Harrison single "My Sweet Lord" was certified gold by the RIAA for sales over 1 million copies. 

2001 - The soundtrack to "Vanilla Sky" was released. Paul McCartney recorded the title track.


TV TONIGHT: PETER PAN LIVE! - Allison Williams, Christopher Walken and Minnie Driver star in this musical that will be performed live tonight (8p ET, NBC).


Today in Sports History:

1943 - 
Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players. 

1964 - Major league baseball established a free-agent draft that would take effect in 1965. 

1977 - The NFL's 5,000th game was played. 

1977 - Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys) rushed for 206 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. He became only the third rookie to rush for more than 200 yards in a game. 

1987 - Kareem Abdul Jabaar's was held to only 7 points in a game establishing an NBA record of 787 straight games with double digit points. 

1997 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo. 

1997 - John Elway (Denver Broncos) surpassed 3,000 yards for the season. It was his 12th consecutive season to pass for more than 3,000 yards. 

1997 - Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions) set an NFL record when he rushed for over 100 yards in 12 consecutive games. 

2001 - O.J. Simpson was involved in an incident with another motorist in Miami, FL. Simpson was accused of scratching the other motorists face while pulling off the man's glasses.


Creed is coming. The Rocky spinoff will start shooting in January, and the hunt is already on for extras in the Philadelphia area. Michael B. Jordan leads the new movie as the grandson of Apollo Creed, the boxer played by Carl Weathers in earlier Rocky movies. Determined to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, the young Creed convinces Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to train him in the ring.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:00am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions 1:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 8:05pm EST


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

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