Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is March 2nd, the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year.

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NHL trade deadline deals.

Lightning acquire defenseman Coburn from Flyers.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today's Birthdays: Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev is 84. Jon Bon Jovi is 53. Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens, James Bond films) is 47. Chris Martin of Coldplay is 38. Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, the next Jurassic Park movie) is 34.

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Sunrise, FL. -- Jaromir Jagr drew rave reviews for his Florida Panthers debut Saturday despite being held off the scoresheet. His contributions in his second game with his new team were more tangible.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1807, The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country."

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The USPHL's Empire South playoffs went in favor of the Florida Junior Blades, as they swept the Tampa Bay Juniors in two straight games. On Friday, February 27th, a five goal second period propelled the Blades on their way to an 8-0 win. Josh Koepplinger led the attack with a pair of goals and Connor Fewster made 32 saves. Tampa Bay's Sam Coleman and Zac Gazzanna combined for 35 stops. The Juniors were 0-for-6 on the power play and 2-of-3 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, February 28th, it was a much closer game, with each team scoring twice in the first two period, before a two-goal third sent the Blades on to a series clinching 6-4 win. Mason Ledbetter, Jonathan Grodzki, Josh Basso and Benoit Chin scored for Tampa Bay, Koepplinger has 2 goals and 2 assists for the Blades. Coleman had 49 saves for the Juniors, Fewster 45 for Florida. Tampa Bay was 3-for-8 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

In the Elite South playoffs, the Tampa Bay Juniors split a pair of games over the weekend with the Atlanta Junior Knights. 

In game one on Saturday, February 28th, the Juniors were down 5-2 after two and 6-4 with 4 minutes left, but goals 20 seconds apart by Connor Smith and Richard Foy tied the game and forced overtime. In the second half of the extra session, Romain Wild found a chink in the armor of Atlanta goaltender Samuel Kany, firing home a shot from the right circle with 2:04 remaining, giving Tampa Bay the 7-6 win. Foy and Wild each finished with a goal and an assist as did Connor Smith. Brandon Goudreau, Nick Mattone, Drake Stimpson and Brock Thompson added singles, while Christopher Astrom chipped in with 4 assists. Jacob Bayer scored 4 goals for the Knights. Michael Krch had 40 saves for the Juniors, Kany made 36 saves for Atlanta. Tampa Bay went 1-for-7 on the power play with a short handed goal against. On the penalty kill, the Juniors were a sparkling 9-of-10, with a short handed goal.

On Sunday, March 1st, Brandon Goudreau scored a sceond period goal, but Atlanta scored three times, on goals by Patrick MacDonald, Chris Caldwell and Bayer, taking a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes. And despite a third period goal by Astrom, Tampa Bay could get no closer, dropping a 3-2 decision. Krch had 36 saves for the Juniors, Kany 33 for the Knights. Tampa Bay was 0-for-1 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.

The series-deciding third game will be played today, Monday, March 2nd in Ellenton. Game time is set for 2:30pm EST, with the action to be streamed live on Fasthockey.com. The winner moves on to the next round in Boston in two weeks, while the loser will see their season come to an end.

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On this date in 1861, the U.S. Congress created the Territory of Nevada.


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New Stamps recognize familiar faces in Calgary.

O'Day has become a mainstay in Saskatchewan.

Please visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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ALMOST TIME TO MOVE THE CLOCKS - Daylight Saving Time begins March 8th.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Almost everyone agrees that they'll choose a quarterback.

Read the rest here.

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New research reveals that a dog’s short term memory lasts for less than two minutes. [“Could someone please tell me why I’m digging this hole?”]

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Corvallis, OR. -- An inspired Oregon State wrestling team built an insurmountable lead heading into the championship round and cruised to its fourth consecutive Pacific-12 Conference wrestling crown on Sunday at Gill Coliseum.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1933, the motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York.

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More Ninja practice.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the deciding game of a hockey playoff series, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's "Too Much" hit #2 in the U.S. 

1960 - Elvis Presley left Germany after serving two years in the U.S. Army. 

1988 - Elvis Presley's song "Hound Dog" was inducted into the NARAS Hall of Fame at the 30th annual Grammy Awards. 

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YouTube user Joseph Colangelo has taken winter sledding to a new level by creating a luge track for his kids in his own back yard. With packed snow and a thick layer of ice, the track sends everyone flying down a small hill and around a couple of simple embankments. | VIDEO

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
"Twist and Shout" by the Beatles was released in the U.S. 

1964 - George Harrison and Pattie Boyd met each other for the first time. 

1964 - The Beatles began their first film, "A Hard Day's Night." 

1967 - The Beatles won two awards at the ninth annual Grammy Awards. 

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at a jazz festival in Cambridge, England. At the show they recorded "Let's Go On Flying," "Snow Is Falling All the Time," "Don't Worry Kyoko," "Song for John," and "Cambridge 1969." It was the first time a Beatle performed solo. 

1973 - A judge granted Yoko One permanent residency in the U.S. The same judge also ruled that John Lennon would have to leave the country in the next 60 days or be deported. 

1975 - Linda McCartney was arrested for personal possession of marijuana. Paul was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident but was not charged. 

2003 - "The Beatles - Now and Then, Photographs by Harry Benson" exhibit ended at the Albany Institute of History & Art. The exhibit featured approximately 80 of Benson's classic images of the Beatles.

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A North Dakota man was found running naked on a highway at around 3AM. Police say the man had allegedly been driving a Chevrolet pickup truck reported stolen.

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Today in Sports History:

1904 - 
The "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" were adopted. 

1918 - Joe Malone (Toronto Arenas) became the first scoring leader in the NHL. He had scored 44 goals in 22 games in the first NHL season. His record stood until 1944-45 when 50 goals were scored by Maurice "The Rocket" Richard. 

1922 - The Toronto St. Patricks and the Vancouver Millionaires played the final professional hockey game that featured seven players on each side. 

1927 - Babe Ruth signed a 3-year contract with the New York Yankees worth $70,000 a year. 

1929 - George Hainsworth (Montreal Canadiens) recorded his 20th shutout of the season. He ended the season with a total of 22. 

1929 - The Chicago Blackhawks were shut out for the eighth consecutive game. 

1940 - The first televised intercollegiate track meet was seen on TV in New York City on W2XBS. The game presented live from Madison Square Garden. New York University won the meet. 

1962 - Wilt 'The Stilt' Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks. The final score was 169-147. Chamberlain broke several NBA records in the game. 

1966 - Bobby Hull (Chicago Blackhawks) became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in two seasons. 

1969 - Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins) became the first player in the NHL to score 100 points in a season. Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe also crossed the 100 mark during the same season. 

1984 - John Long (Detroit) began a free throw streak of 51 NBA games. 

1992 - Ryne Sandberg signed a 5-year contract with the Chicago Cubs worth $30.5 million. 

2000 - Team New Zealand (Kiwis) retained yachting's America's Cup. It was the first time that a non-American syndicate had successfully defended the Cup. 

2004 - The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tied the New York Islanders 3-3. 

2004 - The Indianapolis Colts signed Peyton Manning to a seven-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus. It was the largest package to date in the NFL

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Fifty Shades of Grey has dominated the box office since its release, but has now dropped out of first place. Will Smith’s Focus debuted on the big screen and jumped up to the top spot over the weekend with a decent start of $19.1 million.

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HAMPTON, Ga.— If you had to pick one driver to knock Joey Logano off his pedestal at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you couldn't make a better choice than Kevin Harvick.

Read the rest here.

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Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the cast of The Crowded Room, a real life drama about Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. Sounds like a compelling enough story, and making the story more rich is the fact that Milligan had 24 different personalities for DiCaprio to portray.

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HAMPTON, Ga.— Coors Light Pole-sitter Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick dominated the early and middle stages of Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway—before Jimmie Johnson decided to crash the party.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1949, the B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Junior Knights 2:30pm EST 

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EST

Friday -- 

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

It's Saturday












It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is February 28th, the 59th day of 2015. There are 306 days left in the year.

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Around the League notebook for Fri., Feb. 27th.

Jagr expected to debut with Panthers against Sabres.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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On this date in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.

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Tampa, FL. -- Ben Bishop made 28 saves, and Steven Stamkos scored twice to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Friday.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1849, regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.

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8th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America,
Presented by CCM, Proves Memorable
More than 10,000 Boys and Girls Try Hockey for First Time,
35th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice Celebrated Across the Country
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The eighth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, concluded last Sunday (Feb. 22) and was a success by all accounts. The nationwide event, which took place Feb. 20-22, was a three-day celebration of hockey that included hundreds of thousands of fans wearing their favorite hockey jerseys, more than 10,000 boys and girls trying hockey for the first time all across the nation, millions of viewers watching NBC’s Hockey Day in America broadcast, and the celebration of local hockey heroes in communities throughout the country.
"This year's Hockey Weekend Across America was perhaps the most memorable yet," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It was wonderful to see the 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice as part of the celebration and we’re particularly thrilled with the record number of new kids and families that had a chance to experience our game for the very first time."
Each of the three days associated with Hockey Weekend Across America had a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day on Friday (Feb. 20), sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com; Try Hockey Day on Saturday (Feb. 21), sponsored by the NHL; and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day on Sunday (Feb. 22).On Friday, fans were encouraged to tweet at USA Hockey using #HockeyJerseyDay to share photos of themselves, their friends and colleagues wearing their favorite hockey jerseys. Fans also submitted pictures on USA Hockey's Facebook and Instagram accounts. To see a collection of images from the day, click here.
On Saturday, 10,200 children from across the nation were introduced to hockey for the first time at more than 300 Try Hockey for Free events, presented by Kraft, in 47 states. Saturday's turnout eclipsed the previous February Try Hockey for Free Day participation record, set in 2013, by more than 4,000. Through the hashtag #TryHockey, fans submitted pictures on social media, some of which can be found here.
On Sunday, local teams and associations honored their hockey heroes in various ways and fans shared stories of their local hockey heroes on FacebookInstagramTwitter, andHockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com by using the hashtag #HockeyHeroes.
Twitter played a big part in the Hockey Weekend Across America celebration, including more than 48 million impressions that reached nearly 40 million accounts. USA Hockey’s national Twitter account alone produced 3.8 million impressions, with over 1.5 million of those impressions occurring on the 35th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice. In addition, HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com saw total unique visitors increase 125 percent compared to 2014, while web traffic increased by 100 percent with 60 percent of all visitors coming from mobile devices.
RELIVE THE MIRACLE
Sunday (Feb. 22) marked the 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice, when the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. In front of 5,000 spectators on Saturday night (Feb. 21), all living members of the gold-medal winning team relived the event by reuniting in Lake Placid for the first time since their historic win. The reunion also paid tribute to teammate Bob Suter, who passed away at the age of 57 on Sept. 9, 2014.
NBC's HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA
The fifth edition of NBC’s “Hockey Day in America” commemorated the Miracle on Ice anniversary on Sunday by relocating its studio coverage to Lake Placid, New York. The day included live broadcasts of three NHL games (two on NBC, one on NBCSN) and content in and around the games showcasing hockey at all levels.
NHL YOUTH OFFICIALS PROGRAM SETS RECORD
As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, a record number of aspiring youth officials had the chance to meet and learn from current NHL officials in conjunction with NHL games in American markets over the course of the three days. 
CCM "TACKS ARE BACK" SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS
Hockey Weekend Across America also included the CCM "Tacks Are Back" Sweepstakes. The grand-prize winners – Scott Latti (Guilford, Conn.), Erik Koper (Newton, Mass.), and Linda Weissler (Los Angeles, Calif.) – each received a hockey stick, helmet/facemask combo, hockey bag and skates. First-place winners Andy Knauf (Albany, Wis.), Ryan Platner (Syracuse, N.Y.), and Stephen Saunders (Collinsville, Va.), collected CCM Tacks hockey sticks. Finally, 30 second-place winners were issued USA Hockey hats. The list includes Jake Ashkinos (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Barb Boser (Owatonna, Minn.), Scott Bredin (Kenosha, Wis.), Danny Briggs (Mechanicsville, Va.), Daniel Brooks (Georgetown, Ind.), Stephanie Crane (Clio, Mich.), Carolyn Daley (Coral Springs, Fla.), Natalie Douglass (Parma Heights, Ohio), Julie Ewing (Salt Lake City, Utah), Al Green (San Antonio, Texas), Garrett Heller (Dallas, Texas), Matthew Kasisky (Leesport, Pa.), Greg Korczak (Las Vegas, Nev.), Rita Malone (Hawthorne, Calif.), Kelly Manning (Burlington, Iowa), Kelli McKay (Atwater, Ohio), Carol Moore (College Station, Texas), Daniel Pallin (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Mark Petree (Warren, Mich.), Tracy Price (Mountain House, Calif.), Devon Raap (Muskegon, Mich.), Frances Scannapicro (Holmdel, N.J.), Mary Ann Seiler (Surprise, Ariz.), Cortney Sneller (Orange, Calif.), Chris Van Valkenburg (Yukon, Okla.), Larry Viernum (South Chicago Heights, Ill.), Chris Vilage (Morristown, N.J.), Judi Walters (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Stephen Watts (Lake Worth, Fla.), and Brandon Wiszowaty (Commack, N.Y.).
NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences … Select members of the gold-medal winning 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team were honored at NHL games in Chicago and Minnesota. The squad earned the gold medal in early January at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Buffalo, New York ... Over 75,000 fans attended USHL games from Feb. 19-22, the best four-day span in the history of the league … USA Hockey’s two national Try Hockey for Free Days this season, which included Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey as official sponsors, included 25,005 participants.

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On this date in 1854, the Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.

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The USPHL's Empire South playoffs moved into round two  last night, as the Florida Junior Blades rolled to an 8-0 win over the Tampa Bay Juniors. No stats are available for the game, as the online score sheet hadn't been posted as of 9:00am Saturday. Game two will be tonight beginning at 7:45pm EST and if game three is needed, it will be Sunday at 5:30pm EST. Both games will be webcast on Fasthockey.com.

The second round of the USPHL's Elite South playoffs get underway this afternoon, as the Tampa Bay Juniors host the Atlanta Junior Knights, with puck drop set in Ellenton for 3:00pm EST. Game two will be Sunday at 12:00pm EST and if there's a game three, it will be Monday at 2:00pm. All games can be seen on Fasthockey.com.

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On this date in 1861, the U.S. territory of Colorado was organized.


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The Great Debate: Who has the best RB combo?

Pedersen: Little down time in Riders' off-season.

Please visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1881, Thomas Edison hired Samuel Insull as his private secretary

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Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1885, AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) was incorporated. The company was capitalized on only $100,000 and provided long distance service for American Bell.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State and Grambling State wrap up their three-game series by playing two on Saturday.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1911, Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.

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Go Woofs!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as celebrating your Mom's birthday, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1970 - 
Elvis Presley's album "Portrait in Music" hit #36 in the U.K. 

2004 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. 

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Inspirational", "Elvis Country" and "Elvis Rock" were released. 

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On this date in 1953, in a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed "From Me To You." 

1972 - Wings released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in the U.S.

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On this date in 1954, in San Francisco "Birth of a Planet" was aired. It was the first American phase-contrast cinemicrography film to be presented on television.

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Today in Sports History:

1931 - 
The Canadian Rugby Union adopted the forward pass. 

1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York. 

1948 - Bud Gartiser set a world record when he cleared the 50-yard low hurdles in 6.8 seconds. 

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA record with his 35th consecutive field goal. 

1987 - Chick Hearn broadcasted his 2,000th consecutive Los Angeles Lakers game. 

1988 - Pat Verbeek became the first New Jersey Devil to score 4 goals in a game. 

1998 - Mark Messier (Vancouver Canucks) became the fourth NHL player to score 1,600 points. 

1999 - Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day. 

2002 - It was announced that John Madden would be replacing Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football." Madden signed a four-year $20 million deal with ABC Sports.

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On this date in 1983, "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Juniors Knights Time 3:00pm EST (Game 1)

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 7:45pm EST (Game 2)

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Juniors Knights Time 12:00pm EST (Game 2)

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 5:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 5:30pm EST (Game 3 - If necessary)

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 6:05pm EST

Monday --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Junior Knights 2:00pm EST (If necessary)

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EST

Friday -- 

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

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