Wharnsby: University goalie crashes NHLPA charity game

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

The locked-out NHL players didn’t say anything intstructive about their labour impasse at a charity game Wednesday night in Toronto, which left Ryerson University goalie Louie George the most compelling story of the night.

Three things were clear from the RBC Charity Challenge that was fronted by NHLPA members P.K. Subban and Steven Stamkos at the new Maple Leaf Gardens on Wednesday.

First, after the game the players’ responses to questions about the 95-day-old NHL lockout and the ongoing vote to authorize the NHLPA executive board to file the disclaimer of interest – if the players chose that route – were well scripted.

There were no Evander Kane-like brush fires to put out (see his Twitter photo from earlier this week) and there were no more verbal darts tossed in the direction of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The players obviously didn’t want to take away from the charity game’s cause, raising money for grass roots hockey.

Secondly, Eric Lindros must be a lousy coach. His Team Subban was badly beaten. Only a late-game comeback made the 13-10 affair appear closer than it was before a sellout of 2,600 at $30 a seat.

“I don’t know if it was all his fault,” Team Subban goalie Martin Biron said, jokingly. “Maybe [assistant coach] Rob Zamuner was to blame, too. I do know we needed a timeout there when we got down early.”

The third development was the guy who had the most fun was Louie George. Who is Louie George? He is a 25-year-old, fifth-year goalie with Ryerson University.

Earlier this week, he switched on his computer to find an email from Ryerson head coach Graham Wise. The message read that the NHLPA needed a fourth goalie for its charity game, was he interested?

“It didn’t take me long to answer that one,” George said. He spelled Biron in the second period, played well and enjoyed the experience.

“It was so much fun,” George continued. “This is something that I’ll never forget.”

George found P.K. Subban, Brad Boyes, David Clarkson, Joffrey Lupul, Chris Campoli and the others on Team Subban extremely welcoming.

“I sat beside Tom Kostopoulos in the dressing room and he could not have been nicer,” George said. “He asked a lot of questions and wanted to know how my season was going.”

Was there much chatter in the dressing room about the lockout among the NHLPA members?

“They talked about it a little, but not much,” George said. “Mostly they were catching up with each other, finding out what they have been up. How much they have been working out or skating. That sort of stuff.”

Predictably, George said he supports the players in their dispute with the owners. Back home in Waterloo, Ont., George has skated with some pros in the summertime.

The Ryerson hockey team is on a break right now. In fact, during some informal morning skates George has played out in recent sessions with his teammates. But he returned to his natural position the past couple of days once he found out of his evening with the pros.

“I think so,” George replied, when asked if this was an experience he can build off when his league resumes in the New Year.

“These guys are so fast. They’re threats from much farther out than I’m used to. I had to be ready.”

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Jeri Ryan Carla Bonner

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

Catherine Bell Stephanie Powers

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

Jacinta Stapleton Portia De Rossi

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Miley Cyrus — Grabs a Handful of ‘Big Booty Ho’ for Her Birthday

Posted on Dec 19, 2012

Miley’s B’day Gift
Grabs a Handful of
‘Big Booty Ho’

EXCLUSIVE

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Miley Cyrus
had a butt-naked birthday celebration — latching on to a stripper’s bare ass, and TMZ has the first pic of the awesome encounter … inspired by none other than 2 Chainz!

Miley rang in her 20th last month with a house party in Hollywood … and sources inside the bash tell us Miley’s friends ordered a few strippers — one of whom dropped a booty-shaking lap dance on the birthday girl.

We’re told Miley couldn’t resist (we understand) … jumped up, hugged the dancer and grabbed her ample butt, which was busy swallowing a pink g-string.
 
Miley issued a warning tweet before her birthday … “if I don’t get atleast one big booty hoe my friends are officially not my friends anymore” — a clear nod to “Birthday Song” by 2 Chainz.

Even with Miley’s hands-on approach … her stripper-palooza was totally G-rated compared to her bf Liam Hemsworth‘s last birthday cake.

Christine Anu Rachael Leigh Cook

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Shakira & Usher Featured In New Promo for “The Voice”

Posted on Dec 19, 2012

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:10 PM GMT

If you’re one of the eager fans waiting to check out Usher and Shakira in their new roles as “The Voice” judges, the wait is over…well sort of.

On Tuesday (December 18), a brand new promo was released featuring the newbie pair along with returning mentors Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

In the hilarious clip, the group is having a hard time deciding on what tunes to listen to on the radio until they come to a surprising agreement.

Check out the video below and be sure to tune into the premiere of season four when it airs March 25th on NBC.

Ann-Maree Biggar Josie Maran

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Ashton Kutcher & Justin Bieber — Cops Make Arrest in SWATTING Pranks

Posted on Dec 19, 2012

Ashton Kutcher & Justin Bieber
Cops Make Arrest in SWATTING Pranks

Breaking News

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The LAPD has made an arrest in the SWATTING incidents involving Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber — and the suspect is a minor. 

TMZ broke the stories … someone called cops and reported gun violence at both homes during separate incidents earlier this year.

Officials say during the Kutcher incident, the caller had advised cops that “there were individuals inside the location with guns and explosives, and that several people had been shot.”

But when police arrived to the scene, they learned that it was all a hoax.

Now, cops say … “On December 10, 2012, Hollywood Detectives arrested a juvenile from the Southern California region for the Ashton Kutcher swatting incident, as well as a similar swatting incident that took place at the home of Justin Bieber. Other swatting incidents involving this individual have been identified.”

Story developing …

Jacinta Stapleton Portia De Rossi

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Alessandra Ambrosio Tans Her Beautiful Bod in St. Barts

Posted on Dec 18, 2012

Posted Monday December 17, 2012 11:03 PM GMT

Taking a break from her modeling duties, Alessandra Ambrosio hung out by the pool on Monday (December 17) in St. Barts.

Beautiful in a rainbow colored bikini, the 31-year-old sipped a coctail and read People magazine as she caught some rays.

Later, Alessandra cooled off with a dip in the ocean and enjoyed the beach.

As previously reported, Ms. Ambrosio is on the island for her final photo shoot of the year.

Enjoy the pictures of Alessandra Ambrosio relaxing on the beach during a photo shoot break in St. Barts (December 17).

Suzanne Snyder Alek Wek

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