Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











It's another Meissner Manic Monday. Here's what's happening....

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A tornado touched down yesterday in Billings, Montana. The Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra (pictured) could be a total loss.










Read all about it here. (Article at the linked address also links to several other articles about yesterday's tornado.)

I got my start in hockey broadcasting in this building in 1993 and lived in Billings for three years. My heart and prayers go out to the citizens of Billings and Billings Heights, along with best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Today is Go Skate Day.

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Kiss the Stanley Cup. It's surprisingly clean.

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Today in Sports History:

1932 - Heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling lost a title fight by decision to Jack Sharkey. Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, exclaimed "We was robbed!"

1939 - Lou Gehrig quit baseball due to illness.

1942 - Ben Hogan recorded the lowest score (to that time) in a major golf tournament. Hogan shot a 271 for 72 holes in Chicago, IL.

1954 - Australian John Landy ran the mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds. He was the second person to achieve the feat.

1963 - In St. Louis, Bob Hayes set a record when he ran the 100-yard dash in 0.09.1.

1970 - Tony Jacklin became the second British golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open golf tournament.

1997 - The Women's National Basketball Association made its debut. The New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57.

1999 - Pantera rode a float in the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Dallas. Pantera is responsible for the Stars' theme song.


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The Tampa Bay Rays could muster just one run on six hits Sunday, losing to the Florida Marlins 4-1, and losing their share of first place in the A.L. East in the process.

The Marlins took the lead in the second, as Mike Ross scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Mike Stanton. Tampa Bay tied the game on a Carl Crawford lead off homer in the fourth. However, that's about all the offense the Rays could produce. Florida regained the lead in the fifth, as Gaby Sanchez tripled home Chris Coghlan. They would add two more runs in the sixth on a Wes Helms home run that also plated Cody Ross. The Marlins cruised home from there to the 4-1 win.

Josh Johnson fanned nine and allowed just the one run and six hits in eight innings of work to improve to 8-2. He's now gome eight straight starts without allowing more than one run. Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to record his 15th save of the season. David Price allowed four runs, three earned on six hits with nine strikeouts over six innings, but still took the loss, falling to 10-3. Only 15,374 watched the game in Miami's "Whatever-they're-calling-it-this-week" Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 42-27 and are in second place in the A.L. East, 1 game behind the Yankees and tied with Boston. The Rays now come home for six games, with three against San Diego and three against Arizona, starting tomorrow.

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Summer started today at 7:28AM in the Northern Hemisphere. (But around here, it really started in May.)

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Searching for positives.

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Hold down the noise Daddy. I'm trying to read.









Snoopy and Smoke stand guard in the living room.








Mommy puts Jimmy's Chicago Bear on him before walking into the churchie.








Daddy and Jimmy walk into da churchie.







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Today is Baby Boomers Recognition Day.

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From http://www.indycar.com
NEWTON, Iowa – Through 15 lead changes and 239 laps at the buzz-saw named Iowa Speedway, it appeared just about anyone on the lead lap could pop to the forefront and prevail in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer.

Helio Castroneves, who had inherited the lead on Lap 200 when the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car of IZOD IndyCar Series points leader and two-time race winner Dario Franchitti slowed – the victim of a gearbox issue? Si.

E.J. Viso, who surprised quite a few by steadily moving from his 19th starting position in the No. 8 PDVSA-Jet Aviation-KV Racing Technology car to be running third? Indeed.

How about Tony Kanaan, whose No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car started a disappointing 15th after topping the combined practice speed chart, but had moved behind his countryman Castroneves? That would have been a safe bet and the one that paid.

Kanaan, who led a total of 119 laps at Iowa the past two years but didn’t finish either time, made the event-record 16th lead change among seven drivers stick. He overtook Castroneves on Lap 140 and went on to post his first victory since June 28, 2008, at Richmond International Raceway (another bullring). He was the seventh driver to win in the eight races.

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Today is National Daylight Appreciation. (Obviously not the inspiration for Neil Diamond's song Thank the Lord for the Night Time.)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East. Tampa Bay are Boston are tied for second, 1 game behind. Toronto is 5 1/2 and Baltimore is 24 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 1 1/2 games, the White Sox by 5 1/2, Kansas City is 11 1/2 back and Cleveland is 13 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 8 back and Seattle trails by 13.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 2 1/2 games, Philadelphia by 5 1/2, while Florida is 8 1/2 back and Washington is 11 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1 1/2 games, the Cubs are 7 games behind, Milwaukee is 9 back, Houston trails by 12 1/2, and Pittsburgh is 13 behind.

San Diego leads San Francisco by 1 1/2 games in the N.L. West, The Dodgers are 2 games behind, Colorado is 4 back and Arizona brings up the rear, 13 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is U.S. Virgin Islands Organic Art Day. Today is also:

Midsummer Day (Paging William Shakespeare)

Anne and Samantha Day (Read all about it here.)

Ride your motorcycle to work day.

World Handshake Day (Not to be confused with National Handshake Day.)

Winter begins in the Southern Hemisphere. (Think they might want to trade with us in Florida?)

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College Coach impressed with talent in Lumberjacks camp.

Sorkin, Thrush, Neiley share more than draft hopes.

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Today in Elvis History:

1960 - King Bumiphol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand visited the set of the Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues."

2004 - An exclusive One Night Only screening of a specially created 100-minute edition of the digitally re-mastered "Elvis: '68 Comeback Special" took place at 42 Regal Theaters across the U.S.

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It's absolutely impossible to not love being a Daddy with Jimmy as my son!




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SONOMA, Calif. -- There are no guarantees in racing until the checkered flag falls, but everyone who was in the middle of Marcos Ambrose's flipped-switch gaffe under caution Sunday in the closing laps of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway were sure he was going to win.

Everyone, that is, except actual race winner Jimmie Johnson. Johnson took advantage of Ambrose mis-timing an attempt to save fuel by switching his No. 47 Toyota's engine off and on while the field circled the 1.99-mile road course under the seventh and final caution with fewer than seven laps remaining.

Read the rest here.

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June is National Celibacy Awareness Month. (I'm aware of it, but it's not an idea I find myself embracing anytime soon. Well, at least, not by choice!)

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' doin'.

Tuesday --

Baseball: San Diego Padres at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: San Diego Padres at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: San Diego Padres at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings 8:00pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' doin'.

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

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

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That's it for now. Have a great Monday!

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