EA SPORTS HAS SIMULATED THE NHL SEASON…
In its annual NHL season simulation released Wednesday, EA Sports predicts the defending-champion Los Angeles Kings will defeat the Boston Bruins in six games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final for their second straight championship and third in the past four seasons, giving the NHL its first bona fide dynasty in more than a decade. The Conn Smythe Trophy will go to Kings forward Anze Kopitar, who is also predicted to win the Selke Trophy for his regular-season play in the simulation.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price wins the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender..The Oilers, Jets and Flames are predicted to miss the playoffs with Calgary having the worst record in the league..
( I predict the L-A Kings will win their 2nd straight Stanley Cup and 3rd in 4 yrs by knocking off the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games.)
OTHER BALLSY SPORTS SHORTS….
After losing their first four games of the season, the Oakland Raiders fired their head coach. And now, their interim coach seems to have some spunk. His name is Tony Sparano . . . and his first order of business was to dig a hole in the ground and dramatically bury a football, to symbolize how they were putting those losses behind them.
(It’s unclear whether or not they kept it buried in the ground, but with the Raiders luck, they left it there . . . they win a game or two . . . . then someone comes around and digs it up . . . and they lose the rest of their games.)
(Or . . . instead of BURYING the memory of the first four games, the planted football starts to grow, and blossoms into a tree that yields many more four-game losing streaks, which spring up perennially.)
(Or . . . while the Raiders are practicing, quarterback Derek Carr steps on the loose earth where the football is buried, twists his ankle, and suffers a career-ending foot injury.)
The Utah Jazz signed a 5-year-old boy with leukemia to a one-day scrimmage contract.. (Full Story)
Charles Schulz, the guy who created “Peanuts”, is in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He wasn’t in the NHL . . . he was just a huge hockey fan who did a lot of “Peanuts” strips about hockey, so they inducted him.
THE CYBER SPOTLIGHT
Did the YouTube Series “Video Game High School” Predict the Future?
A guy named FREDDIE WONG runs a YouTube channel called RocketJump, where he posts short films. But unlike most YouTubers, he actually knows what he’s doing, because he graduated from USC film school.
One of his most popular series is called “Video Game High School”. It’s set in a near future where video games have become the biggest competitive sport in the world. So there are schools where kids ONLY learn how to get better at gaming.
Which might SOUND ridiculous . . . except when you consider that Robert Morris University in Chicago recently became the first school in the U.S. to offer SCHOLARSHIPS for competitive gaming.
Anyway, Freddie’s net worth was estimated at $6 MILLION earlier this year. And RocketJump currently has over 7 million YouTube subscribers.
(Check out the trailer for season three of “Video Game High School” here.)
One Guy, Singing a Duet as Freddie Mercury and Luciano Pavarotti
A singer named Marc Martel posted a video where he sings opera in the style of Luciano Pavarotti AND Freddie Mercury from QUEEN. And it’s actually really good.
First, he sings like Pavarotti and has a beard. Then the camera spins around him, and the other side of his face only has a Freddie Mercury mustache . . . he even kind of LOOKS like him. And BOTH impressions are spot on.
(Search for “Duet with Freddie Mercury and Pavarotti.” He sings as Mercury for the first time at :47. If you’re an opera buff, the song is “Nessun Dorma” from the Puccini opera “Turandot.” But even if you’re not, you’ll recognize it.)
A Paralyzed Woman Did a Year-and-a-Half of Physical Therapy, So She Could Walk Down the Aisle with Her Dad
27-year-old Gina Giaffoglione of McClelland, Iowa was in a car crash six years ago, and ended up paralyzed from the waist down. (Her last name is Jeff-uh-LONE-ee.)
But after her boyfriend proposed to her in 2012, she decided she wanted to WALK down the aisle with her dad, Gary. Of course, that doesn’t mean she expected to RECOVER from her injury.
But after a year-and-a-half of physical therapy to build up her core muscles, she was able to do it with braces on her legs, a crutch in one hand, and her dad holding onto her other arm . . . all while she was in a wedding dress with a full train.
Only her close friends and family knew she was planning it, so most of her wedding guests had no idea until it HAPPENED. You can check out a news report on YouTube, with footage from the wedding.
According to Gina, she did it for her dad, because she’s his only daughter. And she wanted him to be able to WALK her down the aisle, not push her in a wheelchair.
And by the way, after she made it down the aisle, she also STOOD the entire time she and her husband John exchanged vows.
(Search for “Paralyzed Bride Surprises Wedding Guests.” It shows them walking down the aisle at 2:45.)
MONEY CAN BUY HAPPINESS…..
Yesterday there was a story about how donating to charity makes you feel good for a week, and donating TIME makes you feel good for 24 days. But if you’re lazy, cold hard cash still works.
And despite what you always hear about how “money can’t buy happiness”, here are three more ways it actually CAN, according to science.
1. Spending money to DO things, like going on a vacation. Researchers at Cornell found that buying STUFF only makes you happy in the short term. But paying for EXPERIENCES can make you happier in the LONG TERM.
2. Spending money to give yourself more FREE TIME. For example, a study at Stanford found that paying for a housekeeper DID make people happier. But only if they could afford it. If it would make you stress out about money, it won’t work.
3. Spending money to pick up a check. And it doesn’t even matter how much the check is. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that even buying your friend a DRINK can put you in a better mood.
And in general, spending money on others makes you happier than spending money on yourself.
It’s Official: Listening to Us is the Safest Thing You Can Do While Driving
According to a new study from the University of Utah, using Siri or other voice-command programs while driving can actually be REALLY dangerous.
Basically, the voice-command systems that are supposed to make using technology in your car LESS distracting can backfire. It’s because they tend to misinterpret what you say.
Then while you’re trying to get them to do what you WANT, you get MORE distracted than you would if you were just doing things WITHOUT voice-command.
And the more interaction a hands-free device requires, the more distracted you get. The LEAST distracting thing you can do? Listen to US . . .
The researchers graded different activities in your car on a distraction scale of one to five. And according to them, listening to the RADIO is a category one . . . no distraction. But it increases if you listen to emails over your phone, or if you try to dictate a text.
Then it increases to a three or four if you try to TALK to a computer generated voice. And the most distracting one to interact with overall is . . . Siri.
TIDBITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD….
A 19-year-old guy in Oregon dropped his pants to expose his junk to a woman on Monday. And when a cop approached him, he tried to run away . . . but forgot to pull up his pants . . . TRIPPED . . . and face-planted. Then he got up . . . tripped AGAIN . . . and was arrested for indecent exposure.
Trying to unload real estate in Detroit is still so impossible that someone posted a listing on the website Zillow.com . . . offering to trade their three-bedroom HOUSE for an iPhone 6.
An Italian company has come out with spreadable BEER, which you’re apparently supposed to put on crackers. You can buy a bottle on the website Firebox.com for $17. (Full Story)
A new survey says that men spend half as much time doing chores as women. And that’s how it should be. I mean, if women don’t handle most of the chores, who’s gonna play video poker and update the fantasy football rosters?
A Florida couple was busted having public sex in a retirement village. Residents knew something was wrong when they heard moaning, but it wasn’t followed by a toilet flush.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY…..
Before you pray: BELIEVE
Before you speak: LISTEN
Before you spend: EARN
Before you write: THINK
Before you quit: TRY
Before you die: LIVE