Thursday, March 22, 2012

On the Ice…

A themed montage of history today...
As always, "You can't make this sh*t up", although I admit, the comet is kinda pushing it!

On this day in 1894 – The first Stanley Cup Final is played.
The Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley, arrived in Canada
from England 1888 and witnessed his first hockey game the following
year.  Becoming enamored with the game he decided to offer a trophy
to the best hockey team and so the Stanley Cup was born.

DYK:  There is only one Stanley Cup and each year the names of
winning players, coaches, management, and club staff are engraved
on it and it stays with the winning team until the next Stanley Cup. 
Each player on the winning team gets to have it in his posses-
sion for 24 hours.  The original cup was 7.28 inches in height,
with the addition of all the names the cup’s height now stands at over 32 inches.

On this day in 1923, the first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.Hewitt was a Canadian broadcaster who called the games for Hockey Night in Canada. 
He is credited with coining the phrase "he shoots, he scores!"

On this day in 1989, Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when
the skate of another player accidentally slits his throat
In a game between the St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres, two players battling for the puck
crashed into the goal that Malarchuk was tending and the skate of the Blues player caught
Malarchuk on the neck severing his carotid artery.

He was able to get off the ice and the team's trainer, Jim Pizzutelli, and a former Army medic
was able to  pinched off the bleeding until doctors arrived saving Malarchuk’s life. The injury
took over 300 stitches to close but Malarchuk returned to practice four days later.

On this day in 1997,  The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth.Visible to the naked eye for 18 months, Hale-Bopp was one of the most viewed comets of the
20th Century.  Also it’s appearance in the internet age enabled the world to see daily images of
the comet as well as sites devoted to track it’s path.  Why are we talking about comets? 
Because they are made up of ice, dust and frozen gasses.

                          For information on UFO’s, cult followers, altered photos, the legend of
                                Planet X and the end of the world in 2012, see the link below:

On this day in 1997, 14 year old Tara Lipinski, becomes the youngest ever women's
World Figure Skating Champion.
The following year she would win the Ladies' Singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating at
the Winter Olympics, becoming the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the
Olympic Winter Games.

DYK:  Lipinski had a disappointing fifth-place finish at the 1996 World Junior Championships, however, that year the International Skating Union voted to raise the minimum age for participating at the World Championships to 15 but would grandfather in skaters who had already competed at the World Championships before the new age requirement was introduced.  So, unless they change the rules again, Lipinski will always be the youngest ever Women’s Champion.

     The Historical Inebriant:  The Icebreaker

  • 2 oz tequila
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz grenadine
Start with a cup of crushed ice in a blender. Add in all the ingredients. Blend at low speed for
15 seconds. Strain into a highball or white wine glass.

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