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Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
« on: March 21, 2017, 11:14:43 AM »
Well, it's almost time for "Playball!".  Whilst our Blue Jays and other Major League teams are engaging in a series of Spring trainig exhibition games, there is something else to interest baseball fans -- the World Baseball Classic.

Taking place in the U.S. this year, and with Ernie Whitt's Team Canada long eliminated, it'll be coming diwn between undefeated Puerto Rico (7-0) and the winner of the Japan/USA tilt.

Puerto Rico  beat the Netherlands 4-3 in extra innings to vault them into the championship game. 

Marcus Stroman and Team USA had previously defeated Jose Bautista and the Dominucan Republic in their Semi-Final matchup.

The U.S. vs Japan game is set for tonight.


Games for Round 21.   Deadline is 7PM Saturday.  All times Eastern.

Good luck everyone!  :)

Saturday March 18

Chicago @ Toronto               - 7PM
NYRangers @Minnesota        - 7PM
Montreal @ Ottawa               - 7PM
Washington @ Tampa Bay     - 7PM
Vancouver @ Edmonton        - 10PM
Anaheim @ San Jose              -10:30PM

Here are the games for this round.  Deadline is Saturday 7PM.  All times Eastern.  Good luck!  :)

Saturday Mar. 11

Toronto @ Carolina                      - 7PM
Florida @ Tampa Bay                  - 7PM
Calgary @ Winnipeg                     - 7PM
Columbus @ Buffalo                    - 7PM
Pittsburgh @ Vancouver             - 10PM
Washington @ Los Angeles        - 10:30PM

Here are the games as I've split three each for Saturday & Sunday's dates.  Deadline is Saturday 7PM ET.  Good luck all!   :)

Saturday Feb. 25th

Montreal @ Toronto              - 7PM
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh      - 8PM
San Jose @ Vancouver          - 10PM

Sunday Feb. 26th

Boston @ Dallas                    - 12:30PM
Columbus @ NYRangers        - 5PM
St. Louis @ Chicago              - 7:30PM

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy Valentine's Day! 2017
« on: February 14, 2017, 02:51:30 AM »

To everyone at TMLfans...

Non-Hockey Chatter / Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:41:18 PM »
Goodbye Laura Petrie & Mary Richards.

The above characters played by Moore -- as Laura Petrie in the '60's sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show",  and,  as Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" of the '70's -- were iconic roles that showcased a woman being decisive, strong, funny, and sexy all at the same time.

Dick Van Dyke was the star of his show, but it may as well have been Moore that made the show, particularly in an era where a woman was still seen being second fiddle to a man.

It wasn't until her role as the fiercely independent and unmarried Mary Richards, that Moore portrayed a modern, professional woman.  Richards was the non-quintessential tv news producer, single and successful.  "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was In some ways 'groundbreaking' even for a '70's sitcom.

Rest In Peace, Mary.  And thanks for giving us fans plenty of laughter.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / KC Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dead
« on: January 24, 2017, 05:05:23 AM »
World Series winner and Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was found dead at the scene of a car crash.  Toxicology tests so far have proved negative though testing is still ongoing.

Ventura was in his native Dominican Republic, a country with one of the highest death rates per capita from car accidents in the world.


Non-Hockey Chatter / George Michael 1963-2016.
« on: December 27, 2016, 03:26:15 AM »
George Michael, the pop icon that left many a generation dancing in their seats, passed away yesterday at 53.  The official cause of death was heart failure (cardiac arrest).

Who can forget those '80's pop music performers, namely Andrew Ridgeley along with Michael, who formed the group  Wham! With such hits as "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "Club Tropicana", and a host of other songs.  Wham! Was in fact, the first music group to play in a communist country, that being China, back in those days.

George Michael struck out on some solo singles/albums with the best-selling "Careless Whispers" in the later years, and eventually changed his repertoire which included the 'controversial' hit/video "I Want Your Sex", which at the time, seemed a bit jarring with references to sex, from his album "Faith". 

Michael had several run-ins with the law and had an addiction to heroin.  He battled health problems as well as personal ones.  He was a champion of gay and same-sex rights as he came out of the closet to reveal his sexuality.

A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, musician.  Rest In Peace, George, and thank you for entertaining an entire generation or two that grew up on your music.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Christmas 2016
« on: December 23, 2016, 06:19:00 AM »
In the spirit of this festive each and every one of you here at TMLfans...

...and may the blessings of the season bring you good health & happiness throughout the New Year.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Florence Henderson 1934-2016
« on: November 26, 2016, 12:31:22 AM »
Many a fan's beloved tv Mom, Florence Henderson, otherwise forever known as Carol Brady in the hit family comedy of the '70's era, "The Brady Bunch", sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 82.

To those of us who grew up watching plenty of '70's television, complete with bell-bottoms and strange hairstyles, The Brady Bunch tv series, with it's wholesome family theme, (though try running a large family of six kids plus three adults in one household, and, oh yeah, Tiger the dog), well, it sure ain't goin' to be easy.

Not for Carol Brady.  She was the quintessential Mom everyone loves, solving problems in her unique, calming ways. Ah, the good life!

"Unlike real life, the Bradys’ problems were always solved in 30 minutes,” Ms. Henderson said in 1990. “I think that show had a little magic charm about it."

"I think we represented a family who really cared about each other,” she said. “I think everyone dreams of that, whether they have it or not.”

The Brady Bunch tv series lasted all of six years, but it was not the end of the Bradys, for there were movies and made-for-tv specials thereafter, with the core characters and the original cast members for some.

Florence Henderson was also a singer and she starred in many a Broadway production.  She was also the first female host of "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson.

A wonderful career, a genuinely likeable person, and a character that would never be forgotten by her many fans and followers.

"It's the story of a lovely lady" indeed.

R.I.P. and thanks for the memories.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Remembrance Day November 11, 2016
« on: November 11, 2016, 12:21:42 AM »

Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2016 World Series: Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:23:09 AM »
After 71, yes baseball fans, 71 years, the Chicago Cubs, the 'cursed' team,  are finally playing in a World Series!  The Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS 4 games to 2 to earn the berth.

A big party for Cubs fans...

The Cubs now meet the winner of the ALCS Cleveland Indians, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays  in their series 4 games to 1.

Game 1 starts Tuesday in Cleveland..

Here are the games.

Deadlines 7PM Saturday.  All times Eastern.

Saturday Oct. 22

Toronto @ Chicago                    - 7PM
NYRangers @ Washington          -7PM
Montreal @ Boston                    -7PM
San Jose @ Detroit                    -7PM
Vancouver @ Los Angeles          -10PM
St. Louis @ Calgary                   -10PM

14 Events / 2016-2017 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: October 18, 2016, 11:27:29 PM »
Leaderboard tallies for Round 1:

hockeyfan1             20
BarMutt                  18
seahawk                 16
Tigger                     13

Okaaayy everyone!

Polish your crystal balls, rearrange your tea leaves,  sharpen your extra sensory perception......


The annual TMLFANS Pick'em Challenge returns for another exciting season!

Most games will be posted mostly for Saturday  games throughout the season, and some for Sunday  ((this is at the discretion of the poster).
So, here we go.......good luck to all!!  :)

Deadline is Saturday @7PM.  All times Eastern.

Saturday Oct.15/2016.

Boston @ Toronto                    7PM
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh             7PM
Detroit @ Florida                      7PM
NYIslanders @ Washington      7PM
Nashville @ Chicago                 8:30PM     
Calgary @ Vancouver               10PM       

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