An Ice Hockey League with Really Cool Team Names

The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Newfoundland Growlers

The Indy Fuel

The Florida Everblades

Orlando Solar Bears

Jacksonville Icemen

Savannah Ghost Pirates

Greenville Swamp Rabbits

“Great Satan” defeats Iran at World Cup

The Great Satan is a demonizing epithet for the United States of America in Iranian foreign policy statements. Occasionally, these words have also been used toward the government of the United Kingdom.

The term was used by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in his speech on November 5, 1979 to describe the United States, which he accused of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption throughout the world. The speech occurred one day after the onset of the Iran hostage crisis.

Ayatollah Khomeini also occasionally used the term “Iblis” (the primary devil in Islam) to refer to the United States and other Western countries.

But the ‘Great Satan” prevailed today.

The United States men’s soccer team will be in Qatar for a little longer after defeating Iran in their final group-stage match of the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday.

 The United States scored the opening goal when Christian Pulisic slotted the ball home in the 38th minute. But in doing so he suffered an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game.

With the win, the United States finished second in Group B, which pits them against the Netherlands (winners of Group A) in the knockout round of the tournament. That game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. EST.

Supporters cheer prior to the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

World Cup Moments

A Japan fan at the World Cup

The Qatar organizers banned beer from the world cup games.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Scottish fans ready for England vs USA.

World Cup 2022: Japan’s fans clean up stadium after win over Germany.

Dutch Football fan wearing national dress prevented from entering stadium in Qatar.

This is how Japanese team left the locker room after beating Germany in FIFA World Cup match.

World Cups.


  • It is a hybrid game that combines pool and soccer together, by replacing pool balls with soccer balls and the pool cue with a pair of shoes.
  • Originated from France
  • Played on a giant blow-up version of the pool table that is 3.6 by 6.6 meters!
  • Has 2 variations – the game of 8 and the game of 9.
  • The soccer balls used are 2 types of size 3 balls: weighted white ball and non-weighted colored balls.
Set Up

As in pool games, 15 numbered balls are arranged using a triangle. The 1 ball is placed at the top of the triangle, and the 8 ball is placed in the middle of the third row, leaving all rest randomly placed around the 8 ball.

How it’s played

The player that pockets the first ball get to choose which target ball group, solid or striped. The first player to pocket all the balls of his/her group, then the #8 ball, wins the game. During the game, a player continues playing as long as each strike pockets his/her own balls and doesn’t commit any faults.

The wacky sport is the brainchild of a couple of French entrepreneurs – Aurélien and Samuel – who are well known for their weird ideas.

Dinosaurs hit the racetrack for Washington’s T-Rex Race

Aug. 22 (UPI) — More than 150 people donned dinosaur costumes at a Washington racetrack and ran a 1/16-mile race to find the fastest T-Rex in the pack.

Emerald Downs in Auburn hosted its first T-Rex Race since 2019, when photos and videos of the event made a viral splash online.

Sunday’s race featured more than 150 participants, a new record for the event, which was sponsored by TriGuard Pest Control.

Auburn resident Logan Kludsikofsky took first place in the adult race, while Sebastian Davis, 13, of Silverdale, Wash., won the kids race.

Rock Island Football Pitch

The Henningsvær Idrettslag Stadion in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, located on two small islands off Lofoten, in Norway, can hardly be called a stadium; it has got no stands—just a couple of meters of asphalt poured around the field—and is used only for amateur football. But its location is majestic.

The stadium is located on a rocky islet surrounded by stunning views consisting of dramatic mountains and jagged peaks, open sea and sheltered bays. The football pitch was laid by leveling the solid bedrock of the southernmost part of the Hellandsøya island, resulting in a very rough landscape, decorated by overwhelming number of racks for drying cod. Around the perimeter of the field is a strip of asphalt that serves both as the crowd stand and as car parking. The stadium’s tiny capacity seems sufficient since the village of Henningsvær has only about 500 inhabitants.


The stadium itself has an artificial turf that is mostly used by members of the amateur club Henningsvær IL to train local kids. It has floodlights for evening games.


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Fish drying racks surrounding the stadium.