Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











Good morning and Happy Monday. Here's what's happening....


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video

We had some pretty nasty weather move through Central Florida last night. The video shows part of my drive to work. 'Twas not fun at all.

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From http://www.tampabaystorm.com/

The Milwaukee Iron (3-0, 1-0) remained undefeated by winning its third consecutive game on Sunday as they played host in a 72-61 win over the Tampa Bay Storm (1-2, 0-0) at the Bradley Center in front of 4,049 fans.

After taking a three-point cushion into the intermission, Tampa Bay committed three costly turnovers in the second half that allowed Milwaukee to gain momentum and convert the miscues into a pair of late touchdowns, ultimately preventing Storm head coach Tim Marcum from earning his 200th career milestone victory.

Tampa Bay, however, did receive an admirable performance from wideout Cleannord Saintil, who before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, led all receivers with 128 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Saintil’s touchdown total on the evening left him just one shy of tying the franchise single-game record of seven held by former Tampa Bay receiver George LaFrance.

Saintil’s counterpart, the AFL’s all-time touchdown receptions leader in Damian Harrell, had three scores on the night for the Iron, including his 1,000th career receptions on his first touchdown of the evening. Milwaukee’s Anthony Jones also found the endzone three times, once more than Tampa Bay’s Tyrone Timmons, who with 118 receiving yards, eclipsed the century mark for the third straight week.

Both Milwaukee and Tampa Bay traded a pair of scores to open the game, with each team converting on their initial offensive possessions. Milwaukee quarterback Chris Greisen, who threw for 270 yards and seven scores, opened the contest by hooking up with Harrell from 15 yards out, but Brett Dietz countered with a touchdown pass of his own to Hank Edwards which tied the game at seven. Greisen then found Jones in the endzone to take a brief one-score lead before Saintil punched in a run from the one yard line to end the period.

Saintil found the endzone twice more in the second quarter, first to match an additional touchdown by Harrell, and again to conclude the period, which capped the game’s back and forth scoring trend and helped the Storm take a three-point lead into the half. Timmons’ touchdown reception up and over an Iron defender brought the Storm back from a seven-point deficit after Milwaukee’s Tyre Young carried a Greisen handoff in for a score. The Storm’s defense came up big to match the offense’s production, breaking up three consecutive Milwaukee pass plays to force a Robert Fortstrom field goal that gave the Iron a 31-28 advantage before Saintil recorded his third score of the contest to put the Storm up at the half. Forstrom missed a second field goal attempt wide left prior to the end of the second quarter.

After a strong first half, Tampa Bay’s offense began to falter following the intermission. Amidst tossing a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter, Dietz committed the game’s first turnover by throwing an interception that led to the second of Milwaukee’s three touchdown passes in the period. Down 52-48 heading into the game’s final quarter, Saintil redeemed himself of a prior fumble which led to a Milwaukee touchdown earlier in the stanza by taking a handoff from Dietz and carrying it into the endzone to bring the contest to within five. Greisen rushed in a touchdown and threw for another to ice the game and to keep the Iron unbeaten on the year, despite allowing a second touchdown pass from Dietz to Timmons late in the quarter. Dietz ended the night one off his opening-day passing total of eight touchdowns as heconnected on 21 of 34 attempts for 316 yards.

NOTES:
•WR Lawrence Samuels split a finger on his left hand wide open during warm-ups and was held out of the game, Reggie Lewis made his first start at Jack LB…Other players injured were WR Cleannord Saintil (Knee), DL Tim McGill (Ankle), WR Hank Edwards (Wrist), Emmanuel Akah (Groin).
•Iron WR Damien Harrell’s first TD reception of the game was the 1,000 of his career…He is the ninth player in player all-time to eclipse that mark…He trails Samuels, the AFL’s all-time reception leader by 20 receptions and currently has 1,006…Harrell also has the second longest streak of consecutive games with a catch (135), trailing Samuels as well.
•Tyrone Timmons has his eighth consecutive multi-touchdown game and third consecutive game with 100+ yards receiving.
•Despite holding Chris Greisen under 300 yards passing and 70 percent on completions for the first time this season, Greisen was able to lead the Iron to a 3-0 start.

SCORE 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
TAM 14 20 14 13 61
MIL 14 17 21 20 72
PASSING
TAM– Brett Dietz 34-21-316-7-2
MIL – Chris Greisen 41-26-270-7-0
RECEIVING
TAM– Cleannord Saintil 9-128-4 MIL – Damien Harrell 9-78-3
RUSHING
TAM– Cleannord Saintil 5-1-2
MIL – Tyre Young 10-46-2
All-Purpose Yards
TAM– Cleannord Saintil 212 yards
MIL – Nate Force 120 yards

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Tampa Bay Rays won again yesterday, blanking Toronto 6-0 in front of just 23,250. The Rays scored 2 in the 5th and 4 in the 8th. David Price got the win, fanning 9 and allowing just 4 hits in his complete game effort, improving his record to 3-1. John Jaso went 2-for-3 and drove in 2. Tampa Bay is off tonight, then host Oakland for two begiining Tuesday and Kansas City for 4 games beginning on Thursday.

Tampa Bay is now a major league best 14-5 and lead the Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the A.L. East. Minnesota leads Detroit by 3 in the Central, while Oakland leads the Angels by 2 in the West.

In the National League, Philadelphia leads the East by 1 1/2 games over Florida, New York and Washington. St. Louis leads Chicago by 2 1/2 in the Central and San Diego leads San Francisco by 1 game in the West.

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Hockey Playoff Roundup ----

NHL:

Eastern Conference

Last night --

No games

Western Conference

Phoenix 5, Detroit 2 (Series tied 3-3)

Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 2 (Vancouver wins series 4-2)

Tonight --

Western Conference

Chicago at Nashville 9:00pm EDT (Chicago leads 3-2)

Eastern Conference

Washington at Montreal 7:00pm EDT (Washington leads 3-2)

Buffalo at Boston 7:00pm EDT (Boston leads series 3-2)

WHL:

Western Conference

Last Night --

Tri-City 5, Vancouver 2 (Tri-City wins series 4-2)

(Note: Calgary beat Brandon 4-1 in Eastern Conference Finals)

OHL:

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

Western Conference

Windsor 4, Kitchener 1 (Windsor wins series 4-3)

Note: Barrie beat Mississauga St Michaels Majors 4-1 in Eastern Conference Finals)

QMJHL:

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

(Note: Moncton beat Drummondville 4-1 in the other semifinal)

USHL:

Last night --

No games

Tonight --

No Games

(Note: Green Bay beat Indiana 3-1 in East Final, Fargo beat Omaha in West Final, 3-2)

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From http://www.nascar.com/

In a race that set Cup Series records for the number of leaders (29) and lead changes (88) -- and fanned the flames of the increasingly combustible rivalry between teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon -- Kevin Harvick broke a 115-race winless streak in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

In the third and final attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, Harvick pushed 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray for all but the final quarter-mile of the final lap before surging past McMurray to the inside and beating the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevy to the line by .011 seconds.

Just in the nick of time, Brad Keselowski was approved to drive in Sunday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Perhaps pole-sitter Kevin Harvick wishes he hadn't made the field, given that Keselowski was the major obstacle to Harvick becoming the first driver to win a Nationwide and a Sprint Cup race on the same day. With carbon monoxide levels barely acceptable under NASCAR's guidelines -- the result of breathing fumes after damaging the crush panels of his Cup car in the earlier race -- Keselowski surged to the front with a huge push from runner-up Joey Logano and won the Nationwide seriesrace under caution because of a fiery wreck behind him in Turn 4 on the final lap.

The Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond next Saturday, May 1st. Green flag drops at7:30 p.m. EDT on Fox. The Nationwide series race runs at Richmond on Friday, April 30th, 7:00pm EDT on ESPN 2.

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The Izod Indy Car series was off this weekend. Next race is the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 from Kansas City on Saturday, May 1st. The race airs at 1:30pm EDT on ABC. Check your local listings for radio outlet in your area, or catch streaming audio at http://indycarnation.indycar.com/liveradio/. Race day coverage is also available on Sirius/XM Radio on Channels 211 & 145.

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That's it for today. Have a great day!

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