Ice Hockey In San Antonio

Created Thursday, 28 May 2009 19:22

Ice Hockey In San Antonio

By Reed Terry of reedstickets.net

Ice hockey was once played only at the places, which were having natural ice cover. With the availability of artificial indoor ice skating rinks, its popularity increased as it could be played through out the year. The game actually started in Canada and is now counted among one of the top games in America. This has lead to the formation of professional hockey leagues and teams across the nation. National Hockey League (NHL) is the only major professional hockey league, followed by AHL which is the most respected minor professional hockey league. Even though the game at international level is governed by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), but these two leagues rule the nation. Ice hockey is also one of the team events in Olympics since 1920 for men, though for women it got added in 1998 only.

NHL consists of 30 teams from North America, 24 from US, and 6 from Canada. Every season, NHL conducts the league championship and awards one of the oldest and the most famous trophies in professional sports i.e. Stanley Cup. Almost all the NHL teams have affiliation with AHL teams. So you can call AHL the stepping stone to the NHL.

If you are a fan of Ice hockey and if you stay in San Antonio, Texas, you must have heard about San Antonio Rampage. San Antonio Rampage is a professional ice hockey club based in San Antonio and is associated with the American Hockey League (AHL). Their home arena is AT&T Centre. San Antonio Rampage was created in 2002 as Stampede, when it was bought by Florida Panthers and Spurs. The present owners of this club are Phoenix Coyotes and Spurs Sports & Entertainment, and it is coached by Greg Ireland. San Antonio Rampage has been playing in AHL since its inception and has reached the playoffs for Calder Cup twice.

San Antonio Rampage has consistently given players to the AHL’s All Star Classics, though it has not won the Calder Cup so far. The first player ever to play in an all star game was Fillip Novak who played for Planet USA in January 2003. This was followed by defensemen Jay Boumeester in 2005, defensemen Keith Yandle in 2007, Joey Tenute in 2008, and Brett MacLean in 2009. Apart from this, some players have also won player of the week awards starting from Jeff Toms in February 2003, Pavel Brendl in January 2006, Alex Leavitt in March 2007, and Josh Tordjman in December 2008.

You can get all the details of the players and their achievements on the official website of San Antonio Rampage. You can also buy tickets, check the schedule of the matches, check the standings, and see the team on www.sarampage.com . You can also participate in game discussions through the blogs available on this website. If you are looking for some team merchandize, you can buy the same through the online team store. In short, to know anything about Ice hockey in San Antonio you can log on to the official website of San Antonio Rampage.

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Recession Hits Closer to Home in Texas

Created Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:39

RECESSION HITS CLOSER TO HOME

 

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center RECON April 28, 2009) – The national recession is beginning to have a deeper impact on the Texas economy, which lost 113,600 jobs or 1.1 percent of its labor force from March 2008 to March 2009. Over the same period, the U.S. economy lost more than 4.8 million jobs or 3.6 percent of its labor force.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.6 percent in March 2008 to 6.7 percent in March 2009. The U.S. rate rose from 5.1 percent to 8.5 percent during the same period.

Only three Texas industries — education and health services, natural resources and mining, and leisure and hospitality — plus the government sector had more jobs in March 2009 than in March 2008. Eight industries in the state’s economy lost jobs over the same period.

Eight Texas metro areas experienced positive employment growth rates from March 2008 to March 2009, two had a zero growth rate, and 13 metro areas experienced net job losses. Petroplexes Odessa and Midland ranked first and second in job creation followed by Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood, Tyler, Laredo and Austin–Round Rock.

Texas’ actual unemployment rate in March 2009 was 6.7 percent. Midland had the lowest unemployment rate followed by Amarillo, Lubbock, College Station–Bryan and Abilene.

The Real Estate Center’s complete economic review is available online.

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June Recipe Honey Mustard Tilapia with Pecan Crust

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 17:00

June Recipe Honey Mustard Tilapia with Pecan Crust


Serves 4

  • 4 filets tilapia
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare a baking sheet by lightly greasing it, then set aside.

In a small bowl combine the honey, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place the chopped pecans on a plate. Dip or spread the honey mustard mixture on one side of each tilapia filet, then gently press into the pecans so that they stick and create a uniform coating. Arrange the fish filets pecan side up.

Bake uncovered for about 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and the pecans are lightly toasted.

Note: The chopped pecans should be about the size of a peppercorn or slightly larger. The size is important so that the pieces can adhere to the fish without falling off.

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Birthdays to Remember in June

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:57

Birthdays to Remember in June


Frank Whittle, who was born on June 1, 1907, is known as the father of jet propulsion. His first prototype was created in 1937, but it wasn’t until 1941 that the first plane with a jet engine flew on a 17-minute-long test flight.

David Rose, the composer of such famous melodies as The Stripper and Holiday for Strings, was born on June 15, 1910. He also wrote music for the TV series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.

Ed Yost, who would have been 90 on June 30, created the modern-day hot-air balloon. His breakthrough was creating balloons that carried their own fuel, either hydrogen or helium, so that they could be heated up midair, instead of by a fire on the ground prior to takeoff.

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Ask the Agent Question

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:54

Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question


In this market, what can I do to give my house the best chance of attracting a buyer?

Without a doubt, the most important consideration is to price the house right especially if you want a quick sale. When the market was red-hot, homes sold fast so it is easy to forget that historically homes are on the market an average of six months before selling. Be realistic and work with your agent to price right.

In addition, Make sure your home looks its best by updating paint, making small repairs and taking the time to properly stage your home for online and in-person viewing. Don’t neglect the outside of your house its curb appeal makes a lasting impression on buyers.

Remember that window-shopping is a popular past-time, even when it comes to real estate. One of the benefits of working with an agent is the ability to preserve your valuable time and only entertain serious offers from qualified potential buyers.

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3 Ways to Save on Your Phone Bill

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:49

3 Ways to Save on Your Phone Bill


Still spending too much on monthly telephone bills?

Start saving today by slashing the cost of long distance and extra features with these super-inexpensive telephone providers:

Vonage: Charging only $25 per month for unlimited long distance – including Puerto Rico – Vonage is a leader in VOIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, phone service. The base rate includes all the extras you have come to know and love at no additional cost. In many areas you can even pick your own phone number. Visit www.vonage.com.

Skype: Make free video calls and regular telephone calls by downloading Skype. Free voicemail, group chats and a variety of other fun features make Skype a popular choice for VOIP. Visit www.skype.com.

Ooma: A relative newcomer, ooma is a bit different than other providers, since there are no recurring monthly service charges. Basically, you purchase the phone system for roughly $200, then receive unlimited calling and a full package of features for free.  Visit www.ooma.com.

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Tips for First-Time Buyers

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:44

Chance of a Lifetime: Tips for First-Time Buyers


While the burst real estate bubble might be bad news for the economy, it could be good news for first-time homebuyers. In fact, now might just be the best buying opportunity of a lifetime. Follow these steps to determine where to begin:

Establish a Realistic Budget. Owning a home involves more costs than meet the eye. In addition to mortgage, taxes and insurance, wise homebuyers set aside a little savings toward maintenance and unexpected emergencies. Remember, you will eventually need to repair or replace many items in the home.

Buy What You Need. While real estate is often considered an excellent investment, it’s important to only purchase as much home as you actually need. Bigger isn’t always better; sometimes it’s simply more expensive. Higher taxes, bigger insurance bills and more maintenance can eat away at even the best budgets. So buy what you need, unless it’s wise for you to…

Plan for Growth. First-time buyers can also be too modest when it comes to purchasing their first homes. If you intend to begin a family, you may quickly outgrow the home. Plan for growth to ensure you will be as happy in the home tomorrow as you are today.

Understand Appreciation. Although you don’t want to base the purchase of your home solely upon appreciation, it’s important to understand how the future value of your home is likely to impact your ability to move up later in life. When the time comes to sell, rent or exchange the current property, a home with long-term appreciation provides greater buying options in the future. Search for neighborhoods expected to rise in value over time.

Work with a Reputable Agent. A great real estate agent or broker is often worth his or her weight in gold, which is why you will typically find that investors would never think of going it alone. Unfortunately, many first-time buyers are under the mistaken impression they can save money by helping the seller eliminate or reduce the commission. Research shows this is rarely the case. Most agents help negotiate a lower sales price and ensure that funding, necessary paperwork and other important legal considerations are all taken care of.

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Did You Know

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:36

Did You Know?


Can you fill in the missing words in these well-known phrases and sayings? (Answers below)

Mankind ______ an evil man but heaven does not.

The palest ink is better than the best ______.

______ rides a fast horse.

He who begins too much ______ little.

Keep your ______ to the grindstone.

When ill luck falls asleep, let none ______ her.

The girl who can’t ______ says the band can’t play.

(Answers: fears, memory, Trouble, accomplishes, nose, wake, dance)

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June Worth Quoting

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:33

June Worth Quoting


Here’s a sampling of what some famous people said about the sun:

“I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.”
Rita Rudner

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
Pablo Picasso

“There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.”
Ambrose Bierce

“If your head is wax, don’t walk in the sun.”
Benjamin Franklin

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
John F. Kennedy

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Home Curb Appeal

Created Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:23

Easy Touch-Ups to Give Your Home Curb Appeal


Spruce up your yard in time for summer entertainment with these quick and affordable fixes for the most common curbside complaints.

Pressure Wash and Spray. Start at the roof, then work your way down, to remove stains and dirt from walkways, driveways and even fences. Whiten and brighten the concrete, crevices and other corners of your home and yard to lighten the entire area.

Clear the Clutter. Trim and remove low branches and excess clutter to create the look and feel of clear, open space. Consider purchasing plastic partitions or other low-maintenance storage units to hide away trash cans and other unsightly items that add to the perception of clutter and detract from the beauty of your home.

Touch Up the Paint. Shutters, doors and awnings are all prone to excessive wear and tear over the winter months; make a point of touching up the paint. It’s an easy and affordable way to revitalize the look of your home.

Add a Touch of Color. Bring in fresh mulch; then follow up with strategically placed flowers, potted plants and other enhancements throughout the yard. This will add interest while helping hide those tough trouble spots.

Create a Focal Point. The most successful landscapes incorporate a central element that serves as the focal point for the entire area. Use the same strategy in your own yard. Begin with something affordable and small like a garden bench or pond to add elegance and appeal.

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