Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bryce Harper hits himself in the face with a bat

Baseball Player Hits Self in Face With Bat

First it was a pitcher intentionally hitting him and now Bryce Harper is doing it to himself. After grounding out to second in the seventh inning, Harper whacked a wall down the tunnel from the Nationals dugout with his bat. The bat then bounced off the wall and hit Harper in the face, opening up a big gash and drawing lots of blood. He needed 10 stitches above his left eye.

Are we seeing a return of the Dead Puck era

Washington Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) and New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) crash into Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, obscured center, during the second overtime period of Game 3 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series at the Verizon Center in Washington, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. | AP Photo/Susan Walsh

I don't know about you but the current playoffs are a total dud for me. Just plain boring. The first round had some exciting hockey but the teams that produced the most entertaining hockey were pretty much eliminated. It looks like the Dead Puck era.

The Dead Puck era refers to the hockey played prior to the lockout. There were two models in the league at the time. The European style of hockey played by the Detroit Red Wings or the tight checking style of the New Jersey Devils. You needed a lot of good talent to adopt the Wings style which means most teams opted for the Devils system. That involved employing the neutral zone trap backed by good goaltending. You sat back waiting for the opponent to make a mistake which allowed you to score the first goal then you sat on the lead. Forwards were held up at the blue line and obstruction was ignored.

I remember Pat Quinn who liked to employ wide open style of hockey finally gave up in frustration and began stocking the Leafs with big wingers. Scoring fell off to the point that the last year before the lockout no one scored 100 points and only one player was able to break the 40 goal mark (Ilya Kovlachuk at 41). The season following the lockout there were eight 100-point scorers and five 50-goal scorers.

Hockey like other sports is constantly evolving as defenses adjust to prevent offenses from scoring. In most sports championships are won largely by teams with top defenses. So this season we were down to one 100-point scorer, same as last season and two 50-goal scorers, one better than last season.

Since you can't hold up players in neutral zone, defenses have adjusted by collapsing in front of the net. With 5 defenders clogging the area in front of the goalie, few pucks ever make it there. Not only that but defenders are dropping down to the ice to block shots. It really doesn't matter that the goalie doesn't get a clear view of the shot because they aren't making it to the net. Teams are playing an entire game as if there were killing a penalty.

Even scoring teams like Washington are transitioning to the new system with considerable success. Washington is averaging 2.15 goals per game in the playoffs with Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom and Green in the lineup. No surprise that New Jersey has returned to playoff success. This style of play was more or less invented by Jacques Lemaire when he coached the Devils. Only the bottleneck has moved from just outside the blue line to inside.

Randy Carlyle is a defense first disciple so don't be surprised if the Leafs adopted a similar system next season. That means less ice time for Phil Kessel and more ice time for Dave Steckel.

If this trend continues then the game will have to be tweaked again to help the forwards. Shrink down the goalie equipment again. A blocker is supposed to protect your thumb. So why does it have to be so big. Same thing for the goalie pads. You can't eliminate shot blocking but how about making it illegal to drop down to the ice to block shots? You have to stay on your skates which will also cut down on injuries. Maybe even look at limiting the number of players that can occupy the area directly in front of the goalie.

Otherwise the 50-goal scorer will once again disappear. That would be a shame. I got to see goals scored not shots blocked.

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1977-78

Jim Gregory had done a good job in building a winning team on a limited budget. He brought great people throughout the organization. After three years of elimination in the quarterfinals, Gregory decided to make some changes to compete with the elite in the league - Montreal, Boston and the Islanders. Errol Thompson and two 1st round draft picks were traded to Detroit for Dan Maloney (and you thought the Kessel trade was bad). Inge Hammarstrom was traded to St. Louis for Jerry Butler. Dave Hutchinson was picked up from Los Angeles. The most significant trade was moving defense propect Randy Carlyle (and a future Norris trophy winner) for veteran Dave Burrows (#2 on my list of worst Leafs trades). These deals sacrificed the future to provide the Leafs with more toughness and a veteran presence on defense. During the 1977-78 season, a journeyman defenseman named Ron Wilson would split time between the Leafs and the Newmarket Saints. Wilson would eventually be named the 18th Head Coach from the time the Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup.

In addition, Red Kelly was removed as coach and replaced by Roger Neilson who was one of the most innovative coaches the NHL has seen. Under Neilson’s coaching, the Leafs combined a mix of strong defensive systems with their own brand of physical intimidation. Neilson had a strong core to work with as Darryl Sittler continued to develop as a player and leader. He finished 3rd in scoring with 117 points, a team record. The team finished 4th in their Conference and 6th overall with 92 points.

The Leafs had their greatest success since 1967 under Neilson. They swept Los Angeles in the preliminary round of the playoffs and finally beat the Islanders in the quarterfinals in Game 7 on Lanny McDonald’s overtime goal. But this gritty team, a mixture of skill players and grinders, were no match for the Montreal Canadiens of that era and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Guy Lafleur led Habs.

Video of the week

Jamie Lynne Grumet, whose left breast achieved stardom this week by appearing on the cover of Time while inside her nearly four-year-old son's mouth, went on the Today Show with her son to discuss the controversial cover. No she didn't whip it out for Aram while on the show.

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Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City on November 22, 1984.Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx. She celebrates a "little of both" Christmas and Hanukkah, and has described herself as Jewish.

This is why they tell you not to wear any green when taping in front of a green screen

Fort Lee, New Jersey cracks down on walking while texting

Forget dangerous driving, pedestrians are the new threat to street safety — phone calls, texting, music and wandering into traffic. Now, one New Jersey town is cracking down on the practice.

Fort Lee’s police chief has seen his share of careless pedestrians texting or talking on the phone in his own town. He said he has counted 23 pedestrian accidents since January, ranging from minor bumps and bruises to three fatalities.

After trying pamphlets and brochures, he’s ordering his officers to ticket careless pedestrians on the spot.

“They’re not alert and they’re not watching what they’re doing,” Police Chief Thomas Ripoli told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis. “As of now, they are to give summonses to pedestrians who do not adhere to crosswalks and the lights.”

Unlike careless driving, there’s no specific charge for being a careless pedestrian, but Chief Ripoli said his officers are watching, adding they’ll know it when they see it.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sign of the day

Who can best resolve the Maple Leafs' goalie problem

So I asked readers who the Leafs should go after during the off season and this is what came back.

Roberto Luongo 54%
Tim Thomas 18%
Jaroslav Halak 13%
Tomas Vokoun 9%
Jonathan Bernier 4%

I just don't know about Luongo. Maybe the public is too much influenced by media hype. You know what I mean, the media talks nonstop about the massive snow storm coming on Monday and when Monday rolls around half the city has booked off work and we get 1 cm.

I just don't think Luongo is the best goalie on the list and he is not necessarily a good fit for the Leafs. Luongo has 10 years left on his contract although 3 are essentially throw ears. Still 7 years is a long commitment. The Flyers have 8 more of Ilya Bryzgalov and the Islanders have 10 more years of Rick DiPietro. Even if he plays well for 7 more years, is that what the Leafs need? They have invested heavily in young goaltending and although some will become a bust others may blossom in solid NHL goalies. James Reimer was doing just fine until his collision with Brian Gionta. Ben Scrivens leads all AHL goalies in the playoffs with a 1.50 goals against. I really think the Leafs should be looking more short term.

Not only that but Luongo has proven to have a thin skin. I'm not sure Toronto is he best place for him to land. I'm guessing anyway he heads down to Tampa Bay since his wife and her family are from Florida.

The best goalie on my list is Tim Thomas. He is won two Vezinas, a Conn Smythe and lets not forget his Stanley Cup. He appears to have worn out his welcome in Boston and besides Tuukka Rask appears to be ready to take over as the number one goalie just as Cory Schneider is ready in Vancouver. Thomas has one year left on his contract so he would be available in a trade. Although it might be nuts to trade a star goalie to a divisional rival, the Bruins don't seem to be shy at trading with the Leafs. A short term commitment seems to work best for the Leafs.

Vokoun falls in the same category but is not quite as good as Thomas. He is a free agent though so you will not need to give up any assets. Halak also has the experience and is younger. I think he work out just fine too. Bernier is younger and less experienced. Yet I expect the Kings to ask a lot for him. He may be a little more advanced than Reimer but may not be the best fit either.

Of course Burke may come up with another goalie out of the blue. I just hope or expect that it will not be an inexperienced European. Jonas Gustavsson exposed the risks in such a signing.

TSA orders 18 month old off plane

'Threat': Airline staff at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Flordia claimed 18-month-old Riyanna was on a Transport Security Agency no fly list and was escorted off the plane, her parents said

An 18 month-old toddler was ordered off a plane Tuesday at Ft. Lauderdale airport, after TSA representatives told airline employees they wanted to "speak" to her.

Riyanna's father was flabbergasted. "It's absurd," he said. "It made no sense. Why would an 18-month-old child be on a no-fly list?" Riyanna's parents, who asked not to be identified, said they think they know the answer to that question. They believe they were profiled because they are both of Middle Eastern descent.

They were detained for 30 minutes; no apology was forthcoming for the humiliating theatrics. The airline, JetBlue, says that the TSA asked for the baby's removal and that both it and the agency were investigating. The TSA said, however, that the event was an "airline issue" and that it was not investigating it at all.


School chaperones spray students at prom with Lysol for inappropriate dancing

Two chaperones are being charged with harassment, over alleged discipline at a local prom. But the women tell us it never happened.

Katie Spurlin is a senior at Manitou Springs High School. She says at first, it seemed like no big deal when prom chaperons started demonstrating dance moves.

"They were like, 'This is inappropriate,' and they would show what was inappropriate. Then they would say this is what we would rather see," Spurlin said.

She says that when the teens didn’t listen, those same parents started calling the girls "whores" and "sluts."

Spurlin said, "It just felt really wrong, especially coming from a parent figure. It’s the same parent that taught me to count when I was in kindergarten is calling me trash now. It was difficult.”

According to the Manitou Springs police report about the incident, one mother allegedly told a security guard at the prom, that the dance moves were filthy and “similar to what you would see on MTV.”

The report goes on to say that she told the security guard the students were dancing, “like they are having sex with their clothes on.”

Then, the police report says those moms took a can of Lysol disinfectant, and sprayed it on some of the kids who the chaperones believed were dancing inappropriately.

Some kids say the spray got in their eyes and mouths and that they had to leave the prom.

According to the police report the two moms later admitted the spraying to a school administrator. The parents, Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey are denying that now.


Time puts a boy with a mouthful of boob on its cover

Meet Aram Grumet. He is one month shy of four years old and he breast feeds. As part of a feature story on parenting Time had Aram stand on a chair and suck his mother's boob while gazing into the camera. The resulting photo will soon be on every newsstand in America.

When I saw this cover, I initially assumed Time was so desparate they had decided to move into fetish porn. I can't wait to see the looks on the faces of the women in my doctor's waiting room when they pick of a copy of this issue.

But Aram's photo is not photoshopped. He is a real boy, and his 26-year-old mother Jamie Lynne Grumet really breastfeeds him and his five-year-old brother. Jamie herself breastfed until age six.

I just wanted know how Aram will feel 1o years from now when copies of him sucking on mom's boob show up.

Flashback Friday - Elton John

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Natalie Hershlag better known as Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Shelley (née Stevens) and Avner Hershlag, an Israeli citizen. Portman's maternal ancestors were Jewish immigrants to the United States, from Austria and Russia. Her paternal ancestors were Jews who moved to Israel from Poland and Romania.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

School baseball team forfeits game rather than face team with a girl in title game

All second baseman Paige Sultzbach wanted to do was play in her school's state championship baseball game tonight.

But because she is a girl, that won't happen.

Sultzbach is a freshman at Mesa Preparatory Academy, which had been scheduled to play Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in tonight's Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship at Phoenix College.

But Our Lady of Sorrows, a fundamentalist Catholic school in Phoenix that lost twice to Mesa Prep during the regular season, chose to forfeit the championship game rather than play a team fielding a female player.

During Mesa Prep's two previous games with Our Lady of Sorrows, Paige didn't play out of respect for the opposing team's beliefs, but that wasn't going to be an option this time, Pamela said.

"We respected their school rule ... but she took it hard," Pamela said. "She didn't like it and neither did her teammates. They went out and played the best they could because they wanted to prove a point."

Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X, a group of conservative, traditionalist priests who disagree with the reforms of the Vatican II Council in the 1960s and broke with the Catholic Church in the 1980s.

Video makes art from voyeurism

Man stabbed friend during argument over who has the most sex

Calvin Bernard Hill, 54, and an unidentified 41-year-old man were riding in a vehicle driven by a friend after a party Sunday in Greenwood, South Carolina, when they got into an argument over "who can have the most sex," according to an arrest report obtained by the website The Smoking Gun.

The argument led to a "tussling match," in which the victim was allegedly stabbed by Mr Hill, the report said.

The woman who was driving the vehicle told police that Mr Hill disposed of a knife and said, "I can't go down for this."

A police officer found the victim bleeding. When questioned, Mr Hill told police, "that man stabbed his self [sic]," according to The Smoking Gun.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Sign of the day


Ron MacLean makes a ridiculous comparison between hockey players and 9/11 first responders

At times I find Ron MacLean to be more annoying than Don Cherry. Too much drama. Too many lame puns. And quick to play Don Cherry's straight man. Well tonight he out did himself. MacLean began CBC's coverage of Game 6 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers by comparing them to 9/11 first responders. It just trivializes an epic tragedy. He should know better.

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1976-77

The 1976-77 season went very much like the previous season. Leafs finished in third place in the Adams Division with a record of 33 wins, 32 losses and 15 ties for 81 points. Once again they place 5th in the Prince of Wales Conference and 7th overall.

Prior to the season the first Canada Cup was held in September 1976. The star-studded Canadian team won the tournament with Darryl Sittler scoring the winning goal in overtime against Czechoslovakia. Sittler continued his play as one of the top forwards in the NHL along with winger Lanny McDonald. The two players finished in a tie for 8th in league scoring. The 1976-77 season also saw the debut of Mike Palmateer and Randy Carlyle as Leaf rookies. In particular Palmateer stabilized the Leafs' goaltending situation.

On February 2, 1977, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Ian Turnbull would be the first player in NHL history to score five goals on five shots.

In the playoffs, once again the Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the preliminary round 2-1 before falling to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the Quarter-finals. The pair of Sittler and McDonald were dominant in the playoffs, In 9 games Sittler scored 5 goals, 16 assists and 21 points while McDonald scored 10 goals, 7 assists and 17 points.

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She was born Alison Brie Schermerhorn in Hollywood, California. Her mother, Joanne Brenner, who is Jewish works at the non-profit child care agency Para Los Niños, and her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.

13-year-old girl invents hiccup-curing lollipops

A 13-year-old girl has not only supposedly cured the hiccups, but she has become a CEO in the process. Mallory Kievman is CEO and founder of Hiccupops, a company that might just have cured one of the world's oldest and most annoying conditions. Kievman is preparing to launch her product, the Hiccupop, a hiccup-stopping lollipop of her own invention, with a patent pending, financial backers, and a team of business consultants.

Kievman says that she got the idea after trying to tame a stubborn bout of hiccups two years ago by using any home remedy she came upon: Drinking saltwater, sipping water out of an upside-down cup, eating spoonfuls of sugar, slurping pickle juice. She had developed the product in her family’s Manchester, Conn., kitchen, amalgamating her three favorite cures — lollipops, apple cider vinegar and sugar — into a single confection.

"I'm still "tweaking the taste," she says. But the combination of ingredients "triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc... It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup."

Speculation as to whether Hiccupops is a profitable company has provoked some people to come out and advocate for the 13-year-old CEO. "It's very rare, when you're evaluating businesses, that you can envision a company or product being around 100 years from now," Danny Briere, a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Startup Connecticut, which nurtures new companies, including Hiccupops, and is a regional affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, said. "Hiccupops is one of those things. It solves a very simple, basic need," he added.


800-pound bride to wear the world's biggest wedding gown

Susanne Eman Bride

Susan Eman is currently on a quest to become the fattest woman ever, beating the 1200 pound mark once held by Rosalie Bradford, who died in 2006. Eman is 800 pounds and her average caloric intake is 30,000 calories a day.

Luckily, Eman found love recently with Parker Clack, a 35-year-old chef she met on the Internet.

Making the dress will be a monumental task for seamstress Judy Goff, who estimates Eman's gown will be much larger than any bridal gown she's made -- or seen.

"Okay, we have about 15 feet here and we need 45 feet, so about three times this amount to complete her dress." For the record, Eman's gown will have to fit around her 107-and-a-half inch waistline -- that's nine feet around.


Hump day hottie

Irina Shayk

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Are the Phoenix Coyotes close to being sold? Maybe not.

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That was some dog and pony show on Monday by the NHL on the Coyote franchise. According to the NHL an ownership group led by Greg Jamison have a preliminary deal to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Jamison delivered an “update” rather than a sale Monday night. I'm not buying it. After 3 years I really don't see any real progress on the Coyote situation. In fact this all seems too much of deja vu. Here are my reasons:
  • Jamison's partners aren't being named. And it seems the group doesn't have the money to purchase the franchise with an asking price of about $170 million. We've been through this one with the Ice Edge group.
  • It seems Jamison is looking to be guaranteed $306 million in management fees for Arena over the next 21 years. A similar arrangement had been worked out with Matthew Hulsizer and that fell through.
  • The Goldwater Institute is still lingering in the weeds ready to jump on any deal that involved public funding of a purchase. The NHL, city of Glendale and Jamison are also not producing public documents on their deal so they can avoid records falling into Goldwater's hands.
  • Over the last two NHL seasons, the city of Glendale with only 250,000 people committed $50-million to the NHL to subsidize the Coyotes' losses, which run to more than $30-million per year. But budget problems resulted in Glendale coming up $5-million short of its obligation this year, which is now due. City council has been discussing the possibility of asking the NHL for some of the $20-million back that is an escrow account controlled by the league and negotiate a payment plan.
  • The city of Glendale has a $35-million budget shortfall -- homeowners are already going to be hit with a 30 per cent property tax hike in August that will likely come with a layoff of city employees.
It's that recurring nightmare. The NHL is asking a price that is well above the value of a franchise that loses $25 million annually. No one is willing to put up their own money to buy the team which leaves Glendale to provide the funding. Meanwhile the Goldwater Institute threatens legal action if public funding is involved which chases away potential owners.

NHL is working hard to piss off fans of eliminated teams

The above email was sent out to Blues fans moments after St. Louis was swept by the LA Kings.
I guess the NHL's goal is zero American fans.

Indian man wants a divorce because wife forced him to wear condoms

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Mr. Bapat filed for divorce after his wife, Prerna, had refused to give him children, thus insisting that he use condoms when the couple had sex.

Mrs. Bapat cited the couple’s unstable financial situation as her reason for not wanting to get pregnant.

Pradeep and Prerna entered an arranged marriage in February 2007. By June of that same year, Mrs. Bapat had already moved out.

Mr. Bapat’s lawyer told the court that his client wanted a woman who was educated, who had a good job, but also who would do all the housework.

Justice Majmudar, one of the High Court judges overseeing the case, responded, “A woman is not a slave.”

In court, Mr. Bapat listed a host of other complaints about his marriage, including a lack of cooking and cleaning skills on Mrs. Bapat’s part.

In the end, the Bombay High Court refused his request, ruling that none of these complaints were grounds for a divorce.

In response to Mr. Bapat’s complaints about his wife, the judges said, “You have put [common marital troubles] in the plea. If we construe these as cruelty, then no marriage will be safe.”

Fellow Justice Anoop Mohta stated that couples in arranged marriages should get to know each other better before tying the knot. The two judges presiding over the case also commented that it is “the duty of parents to consider various aspects before the actual marriage takes place.”


Suspect caught with his pants down

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A wardrobe malfunction allowed officers to catch a suspected thief with his pants down in suburban Montreal early Sunday, police say.

Police in Laval responded to a 911 call around 1 a.m. and spotted a man in his twenties in an industrial park.

Police said the suspect bolted and officers gave chase.

The man tried to climb a fence to make his escape but his pants became caught in the enclosure, police said.

Officers arrived on the scene to find the man hanging upside down, police said.

Officers had to remove his pants to free him, but he didn't stay free for long.

He was immediately taken into custody and faces charges of breaking and entering.


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Monday, May 07, 2012

The Euros know how to throw some nasty hits to the head too

At the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in a game between France and Kazakhstan, French forward Sacha Treille, laid a vicious shoulder shot to Roman Starchenko’s head knocking him out cold.

George Lindsay: 1935 - 2012

George Lindsay was best known as Goober on the Andy Griffith Show. Yes I'm dating myself. Originally the series had Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors), a somewhat dim-witted mechanic at Wally's Filling Station. When Gomer left the series in his own spinoff series, his cousin Goober took over the job. George Lindsay had originally read for the part of Gomer, which went to neighbors.

Mom takes nude photos of daughter to send to 30 year old boyfriend

A Duchesne County woman is facing felony charges after investigators say she took nude photos of her teenage daughter knowing the girl intended to send them to an Oregon man.

Prosecutors charged the 35-year-old woman this week in 8th District Court with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

The woman's 13-year-old daughter told Duchesne County sheriff's detectives that her 30-year-old boyfriend from Oregon provided her with a cellphone and requested that she send him naked pictures of herself.

The girl said her mother took three photos of her after the girl couldn't figure out how to do it herself, according to charging documents. The nude photos were then sent to the Oregon man, the charges state.

Here's another parent of the year candidate. Though honestly eventually the daughter would have figured it out and done it without mom's help. The cops should be paying a visit with the boyfriend in Oregon though.


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Sunday, May 06, 2012

45 years of Maple Leafs frustration: 1975-76

The 1975–76 Toronto Maple Leafs season saw the Maple Leafs finish in third place in the Adams Division with a record of 34 wins, 31 losses, and 15 ties for 83 points. That was good for 5th overall in the Prince of Wales Conference and 7th overall in the league. The Leafs were finally developing into one of the better teams in the NHL although not yet a match for the league elite of Montreal, Philadelphia and Boston.

The team was lead by newly appointed captain Darryl Sittler who was developing into one of the league's young stars. Sittler finished 9th in scoring with his first 100 point season, the first Leaf to reach the 100 point level. Other Leaf stars were Lanny McDonald, Tiger Williams, Errol Thompson (with a career high 43 goals), George Ferguson, Ian Turnbull and Borje Salming.

On February 7, 1976, Sittler set the NHL record for most points scored in one game when he recorded ten points (six goals, four assists) against the Boston Bruins. At 49:27 of the third period, Darryl Sittler scored a goal and earned the 9th point of the game. Sittler broke the NHL record for most points in a game and would go on to earn another point to set a new record with 10 points in a game. It's almost 35 years later and the record still stands.

Meanwhile behind the scene team owner Harold Ballard continued to rock the boat for his GM. During the previous season, Ballard publicly blasted Dave Keon, saying that the team wasn't getting good leadership from its captain and vowing never again to agree to a no-trade clause in a contract, as he had with Keon. When Keon's contract expired at the end of the season, Ballard made it clear that there was no place for him on the Leafs. The 35-year-old Keon was told he could make his own deal with another NHL team, but any club signing him would have been required to provide compensation to the Leafs. Ballard set the compensation price so high that other teams shied away from signing him, even though the Leafs had no intention of keeping him. In effect, Ballard had blocked Keon from going to another NHL team. In August 1975, with the Leafs still controlling his NHL rights, Keon jumped to the World Hockey Association, signing a deal with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

In the playoffs, the Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins two games to one in the Preliminary Round before losing the Quarter-Finals in seven games to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Leafs did give the Flyers a rough go losing in seven games in 1976. During the 1976 Quarterfinals against the Flyers, Red Kelly utilized his ‘Pyramid Power’ theory as a psychological ploy. Kelly had his players believe that pyramids were a source of energy and strength. The Leaf coach then placed small pyramids under the bench and in the dressing room. All this was to no avail as the hated Flyers won the bitter quarterfinal series in 7 games.

Dumb robbers run away from a chihuahua

As soon as thieves walked through the door their whole plan completely fell apart. The big dumb guy holding the gun saw the barking little dog coming at him and he turned to run away. He probably would have run all the way home if he hadn't been repeatedly pushed back in the store by his partner.

Sign of the day

Girl Scout Troop Leader caught with fingers in the cookie jar

Apparently she didn't get the "integrity" memo in the Girl Scouts handbook.

A South El Monte, Calif., Girl Scout troop leader was caught with her hand in the cookie jar last month when authorities discovered she allegedly stole $6,000 from her own girls, CBS reported.

Cops announced this week that Ana Juarez, 30, was arrested on April 17 for allegedly using the troop's debit card to treat herself to a shopping spree.

"It was just shocking to see that we became her own personal piggy bank: gas, nails, Nordstroms, Victoria's Secret," troop co-leader Verna de los Reyes told the station.

About $2,000 was missing from the troop's debit account, along with $4,000 in cash that was raised during the Girl Scout cookie sale, de los Reyes said.

But the cash reportedly didn't even make it to Juarez's own bank account before she spent it, the Pasadena Star-News reported. A troop mom told CBS that the girls had sold more than 500 boxes of cookies for a Girl Scout competition and the chance at a limousine ride, but now there's not enough money for the venture.

Bikini Sunday

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Starting revelation by fomer Junior Seau teammate Gary Plummer

Junior Seau: 1969-2012

Gary Plummer played professionally for 15 seasons, starting with the Oakland Invaders of the USFL from 1983-85. He played with the Chargers from 1986-93 and the 49ers from 1994-97. Plummer estimated he endured 1,000 concussions over his career, which he acknowledges is a startling number.

Said Plummer:
"In the 1990s, I did a concussion seminar. They said a Grade 3 concussion meant you were knocked out, and a Grade 1 meant you were seeing stars after a hit, which made me burst out in laughter. As a middle linebacker in the NFL, if you don't have five of these (Grade 1 effects) each game, you were inactive the next game.

"Junior played for 20 years. That's five concussions a game, easily. How many in his career then? That's over 1,500 concussions. I know that's startling, but I know it's true. I had over 1,000 in my 15 years. I felt the effects of it. I felt depression going on throughout my divorce. Junior went through it with his divorce."