Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Here's Papa Joe (He's the guy on the right) and Mama Jan Diaz (a/k/a Jimmy's Grampa and Gramma) celebrating Papa Joe's official "semi-retirement" as Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clearwater, Florida yesterday. We'll still see him on Sundays conducting services, but now he'll have more time for golf during the week. Way to go Papa!

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This is Fish are Friends not Food! Week

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Blackhawks keep building through draft.

NHL teams draft record 22 high school players.

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President Johnson approved the Monday Holiday Law on this day in 1968. (Yee Haw! Three-day weekend everybody!).

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Today in Sports History:

1997 - Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ear after three rounds of their WBA heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, NV.

1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.

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The Raggedy Ann doll was invented on this day in 1917.

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The Tampa Bay Rays slide continues, with some dissention thrown into the mix yesterday, in a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, in front of 25,442 at Tropicana Field.

Arizona broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning. Rusty Ryal tripled to center, then Gerardo Parra homered to center to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead. After the inning, Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton got into a heated exchange in the dugout, after Longoria confronted Upton about not hustling after the ball hit by Ryal. Longoria walked away from the confronttation, while Upton had to be held back by teammates. Both Longoria and Upton commented after the game that the situation had been "hashed out" and that everything was fine.

The Rays got a run back in the sixth, when Carlos Pena brought home Sean Rodrigues with a double. However, Tampa Bay, which got just two hits on the day, after getting five Saturday and none on Friday, was unable to get the equalizer, losing 2-1.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win for Arizona, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, with 3 strike outs and 5 walks. He's now 4-6. Aaron Heilman got his second save of the season. The Rays' lack of hitting wasted a solid pitching performance by Wade Davis, who allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 in 7 1/3 innings of work. Davis, who lost his fifth straight decision and is 0-5 in the month of June, is now 5-9.

Tampa Bay is now 44-31 and are third in the A.L. East, 1 game behind Boston and 3 games behind the Yankees. The Rays, losers of 7 of their past 10 and 19 of their last 31, are now just 20-19 at home. Tampa Bay is off tonight, and head out for a six-game road swing starting tomorrow, with three games at Boston and four at Minnesota. Coverage of the road swing 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.

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This is National Prevention of Eye Injuries Awareness Week.

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Sask Air Show: Riders receivers among best.

Just call him Captain Durant.

Riders open season in Grey Cup rematch.

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Today is Please Take My Children To Work Day.

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 2 games over Boston and 3 over Tampa Bay. Toronto is 7 1/2 back and Baltimore is 24 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads Detroit by 1/2 game and the White Sox by 1 1/2 games, Kansas City is 9 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 4 1/2 games, Oakland is 10 back and Seattle trails by 15.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1/2 game, Philadelphia by 2 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 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 7 1/2 back, the Cubs are 8 1/2 behind, Houston trails by 13, and Pittsburgh is 16 1/2 games behind.

San Diego leads San Francisco by 4 1/2 games in the N.L. West, the Dodgers by 5 and Colorado by 6. Arizona is last, 15 1/2 games out of first.

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Today is Paul Bunyan Day

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Four USHL players taken in first round

Zucker beating odds to reach NHL

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Having nummys at da Churchie.









Jimmy gets some off-season training in.






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LOUDON, N.H. -- In what was billed as a race full of potential payback after last week's shootout at Sonoma, revenge had to wait until the final three laps of Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

That's when Jimmie Johnson gave Kurt Busch's No. 2 Dodge a race-winning retaliatory nudge as the drivers raced into Turn 3 on Lap 299.

Busch had shocked Johnson on Lap 294 of 301 at the 1.058-mile track when he shoved Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet up the track in Turn 3, moments after the final restart of the race. Busch's lead was short-lived, however, as Johnson bumped him on Lap 299 and completed the winning pass in Turn 1 on Lap 300.

Tony Stewart ran second, .753 seconds behind Johnson, after his No. 14 Chevy slid into Busch's Dodge in Turn 1 while overtaking him for the runner-up spot. Busch finished third, ahead of Jeff Gordon and Cup points leader Kevin Harvick.

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Today in Elvis History:

1973 - The album "Elvis - That's The Way It Is" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2004 - SIRIUS, a satellite radio provider, announced the launch of Elvis Radio. The radio channel debuted on July 2.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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 all for now. See you tomorrow!

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