Thursday, March 19, 2015

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is March 19th, the 78th day of 2015. There are 287 days left in the year.


GMs propose new faceoff rule to increase offense.

NHL, union reps discuss change to overtime format.

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Today's Birthdays: Glenn Close is 68. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 63. Bruce Willis is 60. Abby Brammell (Jobs, The Unit) is 36.


Tampa, FL. -- As the Lightning exited the playoffs last season, the elimination goal came courtesy of a Montreal power play with 43 seconds left in regulation.

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Ryanair is coming to the U.S. where it says it will offer $15 flights to London. [Extra charges apply if you prefer to fly INSIDE the airplane.]


Schedule Announced for U.S. Women's National Team
Pre-Tournament Camp in East Meadow, New York, March 20-25
Camp Takes Place in Advance of IIHF Women's World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the practice schedule for the U.S. Women's National Team pre-tournament camp at Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow, New York, March 20-25. The camp will serve as preparation for the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, taking place March 28 to April 4, at Malmo Isstadion in Malmo, Sweden.
The 23-player roster, featuring 13 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, can be found here.
Ten players are participating in the 2015 Frozen Four this weekend and will join the camp in progress as determined by the results of their games. They are Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.), Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.), Haley Skarupa(Rockville, Md.) and Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.) from Boston College, Hannah Brandt(Vadnais Heights, Minn.), Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) from the University of Minnesota, Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) from Harvard University and Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) from the University of Wisconsin.
Members of the media who are looking to attend the camp or arrange interviews should contact Rob Koch (
NOTES: The U.S. earned the gold medal in the most recent IIHF Women's World Championship in 2013 and has played Canada in the gold medal game in all 15 of the previous events, capturing the event’s top prize a total of five times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013), including four of the last five tournaments and five of the last seven. Team USA is 58-2-6-8-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 75 career games and has outscored their opponents 505-117. 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 Team. Ken Klee (Littleton, Colo.) will serve as the head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team at the IIHF Women's World Championship. He will be assisted by Robb Stauber (Long Lake, Minn.), Bob Deraney (Providence, R.I.) and Brett Strot (Bradenton, Fla.).

Minnesota Holds No. 1 Spot in
USA Today/USAH Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Women's College Hockey Poll - Postseason #24

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1.University of Minnesota, 189 (18)132-3-424
2.Boston College, 172 (1)234-2-224
3.University of Wisconsin, 143429-6-424
4.Harvard University, 142326-5-324
5.Boston University, 110525-9-324
6.Quinnipiac University, 94726-9-323
7.Clarkson University, 81624-11-323
8.University of North Dakota, 47922-12-313
9.Cornell University, 46819-11-314
10.Bemidji State University, 161521-17-17
Others Receiving Votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 5.
Notes: ECAC Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has two ... A total of 11 schools received votes in this week's poll ... This season's previous polls can be found here ... This season's poll will conclude Monday, March 24, following the Women's Frozen Four in Minneapolis.
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.


Real estate developer and TV star Donald Trump on Wednesday said he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2016. He said in a statement: “I am the only one who can make America truly great again!”


Jeffrey Orridge appointed CFL Commissioner.

Durie: 'I Just Want To Get Back Out There.'

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After decades of debate it seems we may finally have a definitive winner in the “over vs. under” toilet paper draping debate. Writer Owen Williams pointed out on Twitter that Seth Wheeler’s original patent for his perforated toilet paper invention in 1891 shows the paper in an “over” position, indicating that that is how it’s meant to be used.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers ownership at a glance.

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A man on trial for attempting to loot an ATM in Beijing by smashing it with a club told the court he was desperate for cash so that he could cure his back pain. Police apprehended him at the scene. His back pain continues.


Corvallis, OR. -- Track & field history will be made again at Oregon State this Saturday when the Beavers host Utah in their first home dual since an April 9, 1988, matchup with Washington.

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TV TONIGHT: NCAA TOURNAMENT - Coverage of the second round continues this afternoon and tonight. Here’s a link to all the times, teams, and networks carrying each game. (12:15p ET TruTV, CBS, TBS and TNT)


Let's swing Daddy.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as hitting your head on the side of the car, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1954 - 
Elvis Presley ended his employment at Precision Tool. 

1957 - Elvis Presley bought the mansion he called Graceland for $102,500. 

1962 - Elvis Presley recorded "She's Not You." 

1980 - The autopsy of Elvis Presley was subpoenaed in the "Dr. Nick" drug case. "Dr. Nick" was Dr. George Nichopoulous who was Presley's personal physician. 

1998 - "Elvis The Concert 1998 Tour" opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show featured several of Elvis' touring musicians in front of a large video screen of Elvis in concert. 

2001 - James Burton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He had been lead guitarist for Elvis Presley from 1969-1977. 

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed three songs from her upcoming album "To Whom It May Concern" at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers' annual convention. 


Paramount Pictures has announced an encore presentation of the Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma. Paramount has Selma back in theaters starting March 20.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles single "Can't Buy Me Love"/"You Can't Do That" was released. 

1964 - Britain's Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented the Beatles with an award for Show Business Personalities Of The Year For 1963 at the 12th annual Variety Club of Great Britain luncheon. 

1996 - The second part of the Beatles "Anthology" was released.


A Brazilian judge who was caught driving a court-seized Porsche now admits to also embezzling $265,000 of drug money. [“Oh yeah, and I haven’t paid for my cable in years.”]


Today in Sports History:

1938 - 
The Toronto Maple Leafs scored 8 goals in 5 minutes. 

1942 - The Thoroughbred Racing Association was formed in Chicago. 

1948 - Lee Savold knocked out Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds of the first round of their prize fight at Madison Square Garden. 

1954 - Viewers saw the first televised prizefight shown in color when Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

1956 - The Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 133-75 in Game 2 of the Western Divisional Finals. It was the largest margin of victory in NBA playoff history. 

1967 - The Chicago Bulls won their 33rd game of the season. It was the most games won by an NBA expansion team. 

1981 - The Buffalo Sabres set a record when they scored 9 goals in the second period in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres won the game 14-4. 

1990 - The first world ice hockey tournament for women was held in Ottawa. 

1991 - Brett Hull, of the St. Louis Blues, became the third National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 80 goals in a season. 

1991 - NFL owners voted to take the 1993 Super Bowl away from the city of Phoenix because Arizona didn't recognize Martin Luther King Day. 

1995 - Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after nearly two years of retirement. He scored 19 points in the loss to the Indiana Pacers. The game, televised on NBC, was the most watched regular season game in NBA history with an estimated 35 million viewers. 

2010 - Paul Kariya (St. Louis Blues) scored his 400th career goal.


In England, Kai Thomas collapsed last June after a massive brain hemorrhage. Doctors performed a six-hour operations to release pressure on his brain. To aid his healing, he was then put in a medically-induced coma. After waking up, Kai initially could not talk or walk. But once he regained the power of speech and movement, his mother noticed an immediate change in his personality. He had developed strange compulsions: cheese started missing from the fridge, and he was swearing a lot. Kai’s mom says it’s not uncommon to find him working his way through a whole block of cheese.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Lone Star Brahmas 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Axalta Faster Tougher Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway 4:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Lone Star Brahmas 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascap Sprint Cup Series -- 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:30pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 5:00pm EDT


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

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