Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's Wednesday

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


Today is December 10th, the 343rd day of 2014. There are 22 days left in the year.


Canadiens legend Beliveau honored at Bell Centre.

Bettman talks World Cup, future of outdoor games.

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Today's Birthdays: Kenneth Branagh is 54. TV chef Bobby Flay is 50. Drummer Meg White of The White Stripes is 40.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos reached a milestone Tuesday versus the Washington Capitals, scoring the 250th goal of his National Hockey League career.

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On this date in 1817, Mississippi was admitted to the Union as the 20th American state.


2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Begins Second Training Camp of Season Tomorrow
Team Will Train Wed.-Sat. (Dec. 10-13) at Lindenwood University Ice Arena
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will conduct a training camp from Wednesday-Saturday (Dec. 10-13) at Lindenwood University Ice Arena in Wentzville, Missouri.
Team USA will participate in six practices, all open to the public, commencing Wednesday. See below for the full practice schedule:
U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Practice Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 107:00-8:10 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1110:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 1210:00-11:30 a.m.
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1310:00-11:30 a.m.
3:30-5:00 p.m.
The first competition of the season for the U.S. will come at the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta, from Jan. 31-Feb. 8. Team USA will also host Canada in a three-game series in Charlotte, North Carolina, from March 24-29 and host the IPC Sled Hockey World Championship April 20-May 2 in Buffalo, New York.
NotesDan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of the sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) is in his fourth year as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Under his direction, Team USA won gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and the 2012 International Paralympic Committee World Sled Hockey Championship ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... For more information about the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, click here ... The U.S. has four top-three finishes in the previous four World Sled Hockey Challenges (2013, second place; 2012, first place; 2011, second place; 2011, third place). The World Sled Challenge is not held in Paralympic years (2014; 2010) and the inaugural tournament was held in 2007 ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the last four IPC Sled Hockey World Championships, including gold medal finishes in 2009 and 2012.

Boston College Still Unanimous No. 1 in
USA Today/USAH Magazine College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Women's College Hockey Poll - Regular Season #12

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1.Boston College, 190 (19)116-0-112
2.University of Minnesota, 171216-1-212
3.University of Wisconsin, 152317-2-112
4.Boston University, 119511-3-212
5.Quinnipiac University, 107413-1-311
6.Mercyhurst University, 74716-2-212
7.Harvard University, 63106-2-212
8.University of Minnesota Duluth, 57812-5-37
9.Clarkson University, 46612-6-112
10.Bemidji State University, 37910-5-14
Others Receiving Votes: Cornell University, 8.
Notes: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all women's conferences with four ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey has three and the Hockey East Association has two. College Hockey America has one ... A total of 11 schools received votes in this week's poll ... This season's previous polls can be found here.
About the Poll: The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women'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 four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.


On this date in 1851, American librarian Melvil Dewey was born. He created the "Dewey Decimal Classification" system.


2015 Free Agent Tracker.

Hall won't return as D-coordinator, Riders announce.

Please visit the league's official website,


Time Magazine announces its Person of the Year today (on NBC’s Today).


Tampa, FL. -- NThe 32 player nominees for the first NFL Sportsmanship Award have been finalized, the NFL announced today. Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which will recognize annually NFL players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

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Congress released its investigation into CIA torture. [They waterboarded suspects, kept them awake all night, and forced them to listen nonstop to the worst Christmas songs ever recorded.]


Corvallis, OR. --As one of the most successful teams in Oregon State volleyball history prepares for a Sweet 16 match-up against Pac-12 foe Stanford, freshman Mary-Kate Marshall and head coach Taras Liskevych continue to add post-season awards. The AVCA announced the Regional awards Tuesday, with Liskevych being named Regional Coach of the Year for the Pacific North Region and Marshall being named All-Region as well as Regional Freshman of the Year.

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Federal workers are increasingly dismayed by what they see as weak leadership across government. A new survey released Tuesday finds employees’ job satisfaction at its lowest point since Congress required the first workplace appraisal 11 years ago. Despite continued positive feedback at some agencies and improving morale at others, just 56.9 percent of employees are happy with their jobs and would recommend their agencies as places to work.


Jimmy does a word search.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Jon Lester signing with the Cubs, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - 
Elvis Presley's soundtrack album "G.I. Blues" hit #1 in the U.S. 

1966 - Elvis Presley's album "California Holiday" hit #17 in the U.K.


An Alabama woman was caught shoplifting eggs from a Dollar General store. Police were called when Officer William Stacy arrived he followed the alleged shoplifter to her car — where her children were waiting. The woman said she was only stealing to feed her kids. A video caught by a fellow shopper shows the exchange between the two, which ended in a hug shared by officer Stacy and the woman in the parking lot. The officer bought her eggs for her in exchange for her promise not to shoplift again. Dollar General said it would not prosecute.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
The Beatles film "Help!" opened in Finland. 

1968 - John Lennon made his first solo TV appearance. 

1976 - "Wings over America," by Paul McCartney's was released. 

2010 - Rolling Stone released it's December 23, 2010 issue. It contained the entire interview with John Lennon given three days before his murder in 1980. It was the first time the entire interview had been published. 

2010 - On The Jimmy Fallon Show Paul McCartney and Fallon sang "Scrambled Eggs" (The Original "Yesterday") with never-before-heard lyrics. 

2010 - It was reported that the Beatles' "Penny Lane" had been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


An Ohio woman denied shoplifting while stuffing items in her shirt. She wasn’t happy being caught so she bit a store employee after being confronted.


Today in Sports History:

1919 - 
The National League voted to ban spitballs by all new pitchers. The Rules Committee officially worked out the ban the following February. 

1939 - The National Football League's attendance exceeded 1 million in a season for the first time. 

1962 - Frank Gifford (New York Giants) was on the cover of "Sports Illustrated." 

1972 - The American League voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule in a three-year experiment. In December of 1975 the American League voted to permanently adopt the designated-hitter rule. 

1972 - The longest non-scoring pass in NFL history was made when Jim Hart (St. Louis Cardinals) threw a pass from his own one yard-line to Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad). Moore was tackled on the Rams' one-yard line. The pass was officially 98 yards. 

1992 - The NHL awarded franchises to Miami and Anaheim for the 1994-95 season. 

1994 - Art Monk (New York Jets) set an NFL record of 178 straight games with a reception.

2001 - ESPN announced that it would be expanding into Europe with its first network, which would feature great sports moments from the past. The launch was planned for early 2002 in France. 

2007 - Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, VA, to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed.


On this date in 1958, the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. when 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami on a National Airlines Boeing 707.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 7:05pm EST


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

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