Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Wednesday!

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Johnny blog. Here's what's happening....


Today is Meteor Day.


Canadians, Predators exchange three players.

Nieuwendyk closes door on Modano's return to Stars.


The Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames in England is today. The annual international rowing event has been taking place since 1839.


Today in Sports History:

1962 - Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets.

1970 - The Cincinnati Reds moved to their new home at Riverfront Stadium.

1978 - Willie McCovey hit his 500th career home run.

1984 - The longest professional football game took place in the United States Football League (USFL). The Los Angeles Express beat the Michigan Panthers 27-21 after 93 minutes and 33 seconds.

1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.


The Johnny Carson Show debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1955.


Since holding a six-game lead over the Yankees in the A.L. East, the Tampa Bay Rays have struggled to find a consistant level of success. The Rays, who had the best record in the majors for the first 63 days of the season, have hit hard times, going 12-20 since, including a 10-14 record in the month of June. The free-fall in the A.L. East continued last night as Tampa Bay dropped the opener of their six-game road trip, 8-5 to the Boston Red Sox, before 38,013 at Fenway Park.

Boston broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with a three-run homer by David Ortiz. In the sixth, Jason Varitek singled home J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre scored on a Daniel Nava single, to put the Red Sox on top 5-0.

The Rays showed some life with a run in the sixth, when Evan Longoria singled to bring in John Jaso. Boston got the run back in their half of the seventh, as Kevin Youkilis scored on Varitek's sac fly. The lead grew to 8-1 one batter later on a two-run homer by Bill Hall. Tampa Bay tried to come back, scoring twice in each of their last two at bats. Willy Aybar belted a two-run homer in the eighth, then in the ninth, a Ben Zobrist single, which left fielder Darnell McDonald just missed flagging down, scored Jaso and Carl Crawford. However, that was it for the scoring, and the Red Sox won 8-5.

John Lackey got the win for Boston, allowing just 1 run on 8 hits with 3 k's and 2 walks over 7 innings, improvong to 9-3. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 18th save of the season. James Shields took the loss for the Rays, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, with 6 strike outs in 5 innings. He's now 6-8.

Tampa Bay is now 44-32 and are third in the A.L. East, 2 games behind Boston and 3 games behind the Yankees. The Rays, losers of 8 of their past 11 and 20 of their last 32, play the second of their six-game road swing tonight at Boston, beginning at 7:10pm EDT. Coverage of the road swing, which moves on to Minnesota for four games starting tomorrow, is on 620AM WDAE, the Rays Radio Network and Sun Sports. After this road trip, the Rays come home for seven games, with three against Boston and four against Cleveland starting next Monday.


This is Leap Second Time Adjustment Day. If the "big clock" needs adjusting, today is the day that is usually done.


Tomorrow's Canada Day rematch of the 2009 Grey Cup is "just a game."

Cory Huclack added to practice roster.

CFL, CFLPA announce new 4-year agreement.


Police in Texas say a man on a crutch with a bandage on his head and a cast on his left arm held up a pharmacy. What did he want? Narcotic painkillers, of course.


The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 1 game over Boston and 3 over Tampa Bay. Toronto is 8 back and Baltimore is 24 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota is back in first by 1/2 game over Detroit, the White Sox are 1 1/2 games behind, Kansas City is 9 1/2 back and Cleveland is 12 1/2 games off the pace.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 3 1/2 games, Oakland is 9 back and Seattle trails by 14.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1/2 game, Philadelphia by 2 1/2, while Florida is 7 1/2 back and Washington is 11 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 8 back, the Cubs are 9 behind, Houston trails by 13 1/2, and Pittsburgh is 17 games behind.

San Diego leads the Dodgers by 3 games in the N.L. West, Colorado trails by 4, San Francisco is 4 1/2 behind and Arizona is still last, 15 1/2 games out of first.


The FBI arrested several people on charges of spying for the Russians. (I thought Sarah Palin was supposed to be keeping an eye on them for us.)


Former USHL Coach/GM named assistant GM at AHL Syracuse.

Somebody (Obviously uninformed and with his head stuck firmly in the sand) in Fort Wayne doesn't like us.


Where's Elmo?

There he is!

Jimmy checks out before tomorrow's Canada Day clash with Montreal.


Happy birthday to the Chevy Corvette, which first rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan, today in 1953.


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - The album "Elvis Is Back" hit #1 in the U.K.

1960 - The ablum "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2" hit #4 in the U.K.

1962 - The Elvis Presley EP "Follow That Dream" hit #34 in the U.K.

1968 - Taping ended for Elvis Presley's first television special, "Elvis," at NBC studios in Burbank, CA.

2006 - U.S. President George W. Bush took Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on a private tour of Graceland. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley were the tour guides.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-cola at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Arena Football: Chicago Rush at Tampa Bay Storm 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Dayton International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

Indy Cars: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York 3:30pm EDT


That's it for today. See you tomorrow!

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