Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's Thursday!

It's the first-ever July 1st, 2010 edition of the Johnny blog. Here's what's happening....


It's July: Fireworks Safety Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Doghouse Repairs Month and National Grilling Month, among others.


Hawks deal Versteeg to Leafs.

Rob Brind'Amour retires.


If you're looking to camp out with some free WiFi while sucking down a latte, today's your lucky day. Today (Thursday) is the official kick-off of free WiFi at the blazillion Starbucks locations around the United States. The free WiFi is also coming to Canada.


Today in Sports History:

1905 - Frank Owen (Chicago White Sox) pitched two complete games in one day.

1910 - White Sox Park opened. The park's name was later changed to Commiskey Park.

1917 - Fred Toney (Cincinnati Reds) pitched two complete games in one day.

1920 - Suzanne Lenglen became the first player to win three titles at Wimbledon in one year. She won the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

1932 - Helen Moody won her fifth women's singles title in six years at Wimbledon.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 44 games.

1951 - Bob Feller set a major league baseball record when he pitched his third no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians.

1982 - Cal Ripken began playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.

1985 - Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers got the 1,800th hit of his career.

1995 - The NBA locked out its players. It was the first work stoppage in the league's history.

1996 - The Milwaukee Brewers ended a 19-game home run hitting streak.

1996 - Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox) got his 1,000th hit.

1997 - Randy Myers (Baltimore Orioles) got his 300th career save.

1998 - The NBA locked out its players for the second time in its history.


Today is Canada Day. (Happy 143rd Birthday Canada!)


The Tampa Bay Rays, struggling mightily to find some offensive consistancy recently, remembered to unpack their bats last night, scoring six runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 9-4 win over the Red Sox before 38,055 at Fenway Park in Boston.

The Rays broke out on top with three runs in the fourth inning. Matt Joyce and John Jaso scored on a double to center by Kelly Shoppach, a belt that probably should have been caught. Moments later, Shoppach scored on a single by Ben Zobrist. Boston made it a 3-1 game in the sixth, as David Ortiz doubled home Eric Patterson. Tampa Bay nursed that two-run advantage into the eighth, when the offense exploded. Evan Longoria scored on a Carlos Pena double; Pena and Joyce scored on a single by Sean Rodriguez, then Jason Bartlett blasted a three-run homer over the Green Monster, scoring Jaso and Rodrigues ahead of him, giving the Rays a 9-1 lead. The Red Sox made some noise with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, as another double by Ortiz scored Marco Scutaro and Patterson. Ortiz then scored on an Adrian Beltre sac fly, but that was as close as Boston would get and the Rays scampered out of town with the 9-4 win.

Matt Garza improved to 6-2 lifetime at Fenway Park, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts in 7+ innings. He's now 9-5 this season. Daisake Matsuzaka allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks in 6 innings and took the loss, he's now 5-3. The took 3:35 to complete.

Tampa Bay is now 45-32 and are third in the A.L. East, 1 game behind Boston and 2 games behind the Yankees. The Rays, continue their six-game road swing tonight with the first of four games at Minnesota. First pitch at Target Field is at 8:10pm 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.


There are plenty of cool tech features in today's cars, but one of them -- parking assist -- ranks low on most drivers' list of must-haves. Parking assist systems help drivers park backwards or parallel park using a built-in computer and small sensors. A new survey shows just 12% of car owners would be likely to pay for parking assist.


Rider roster set for tonight's home opener against Montreal.

Moving forward and not looking back.

Tonight's season opener, a rematch of the 2009 Grey Cup won by Montreal, kicksoff at 7:00pm EDT. The Touchdown Club starts game day coverage at 4:30pm EDT and Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call the action beginning at 6:00pm EDT on


A Louisiana man was arrested after deputies said he stole a duck from a public park with a plan to eat it. After someone saw the man take the duck from the park a deputy found the man at his home with a duck inside a bucket in his van. The duck got to go back to the park.


The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 1 game over Boston and 2 over Tampa Bay. Toronto is 8 back and Baltimore is 23 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota is first by 1 1/2 games over Detroit, the White Sox are 2 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 4 1/2 games, Oakland is 10 back and Seattle trails by 14.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 1 1/2 games, Philadelphia by 3 1/2, while Florida is 8 1/2 back and Washington is 12 behind.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis leads leads Cincinnati by 1/2 game, Milwaukee is 8 1/2 back, the Cubs are 9 1/2 behind, Houston trails by 13, and Pittsburgh is 16 1/2 games behind.

San Diego leads the Dodgers by 3 games in the N.L. West, Colorado trails by 5, San Francisco is 5 1/2 behind and Arizona is still last, 15 1/2 games out of first.


Via USA Today: Show of hands, please: Who's racing to Kohl's today (Thursday) to pick up something from the new Britney Spears collection for Candies?


Sioux City's Carpenter commits to Bowling Green.

Draft recap.


Here's what Jimmy looked like one year ago today.

Even way back then Jimmy had lots of fun!


Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan seems to be holding up. (She's doing well answering questions but, let me tell you, she's really dreading the swimsuit portion of the confirmation process.)


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis appeared on "The Steve Allen Show." He was told not to dance and Allen had him sing "Hound Dog" to a real basset hound wearing tails.

1961 - The Elvis Presley single "I Feel So Bad's" hit #26 in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley began a week of rehearsals for the film "Double Trouble."

1969 - Sam Phillips sold his label Sun Records. He was the first person to record Elvis Presley.

1972 - Elvis Presley's "An American Trilogy" hit #8 in the U.K.

2003 - The boxed set "Elvis - Close Up" was released. The set included 89 previously unreleased track.

2004 - The July 4th issue of TV Guide hit newsstands. Four commemorative covers were released on the same day. Each cover included a mini-CD that featured a never-before-released live version of "That's All Right." Each CD was also enhanced with CD-rom content, including Elvis trivia, downloadable Elvis screensavers, and an actual audio recording of an interview TV Guide conducted with Elvis in 1956.

2004 - The Elvis Presley album "Polk Salad Annie, Las Vegas - 1970" was released.

2005 - Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) announced that it had signed with eFashion Solutions, LLC, to manage the global web-retailing for licensed and trademarked Elvis products.


Today is Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day and it's also International Joke Day. (In honor of International Joke Day, the United States offers up comedians David Letterman and Jay Leno. Canada offers up the Toronto Argonauts.)


KARLSTAD, Sweden -- Kyle Kraemer (St. Louis, Mo.) notched four goals and Pat Lee (Shaumberg, Ill.) collected three assists as the U.S. InLine National Team earned a 10-5 win over Germany in its final preliminary-round game of the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship. With a 3-0-0-0 overall record, Team USA earned the top seed in Group B and advanced to the tournament's quarterfinal round.

"I am really happy with the overall game we are playing," said U.S. head coach Rob Chornomud. "I think our guys are starting to have the confidence that we deserve to be here. We just have to ultimately go out and do the job for four quarters."

Team USA opened the scoring on a goal from Shawn Gawrys (St. Louis, Mo.) at the 10:10 mark of the first period. The U.S. rallied with five goals in the second period to head to halftime up, 6-0. Pat Maroon (St. Louis, Mo.) scored twice, while Rafael Rodriguez (Oceanside, Calif.) and Kraemer each scored a goal within 28 seconds of each other. U.S. goaltender Tommy Tartaglione (Harbor City, Calif.) recorded an assist on Kraemer's first goal of the game.

After the U.S. went up 7-0 in the third period on Gawry's second goal of the night, Germany cut the deficit to 7-2 with a pair of power-play goals. The U.S. responded, however, as Kraemer gave the U.S. an 8-3 lead heading into the fourth period.

The U.S. and Germany traded two goals each in the last stanza, Kraemer's final two goals sealing the win for Team USA. Tartaglione made 24 saves in the victory, while Germany goaltenders Jochen Vollmer and Thomas Ower combined to stop 16 shots in the loss.

The U.S. will next compete on Friday, July 2 at 12 p.m. EDT in the quarterfinal round. The U.S.'s opponent will be determined following tomorrow's (July 1) qualification round.

NOTES: Team USA went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Germany was 2-for-4 with the man advantage ... The U.S. has yet to surrender a first or second period goal, as it took a 4-0 lead against both Canada and the Czech Republic in the first two games of the preliminary round ... Eleven U.S. players recorded points in the contest ... For the full U.S. roster, click here ... Results and statistics from the tournament can be found here ... Rob Chornomud is serving as head coach for the 2010 U.S. InLine National Team for the second consecutive year, while former U.S. InLine National Team member Josh Milewski is serving as the assistant coach … In the 13-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned gold medals in 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2006; silver medals in 1998, 2001 and 2009; and bronze medals at the 2000, 2003 and 2005 tournaments. There was no tournament played in 1999.


Scoring By Period

USA 1 5 2 2 -- 10
GER 0 0 3 2 -- 5

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Gawrys (Maroon), 10:10. Penalties: USA, Gawrys (hooking), 4:32.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Maroon (Yoder), 1:51; 3, USA, Maroon (Beilsten), 2:25; 4, USA, Sigmund (Miner), 5:54; 5, USA, Rodriguez (unassisted), 9:16; 6, USA, Kraemer (Tartaglione), 9:44. Penalties: USA, Beilsten (slashing), 7:09; GER, Holscher (slashing), 11:57.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Gawrys (Maroon), 2:02; 1, GER, Reimer (Greilinger), 8:09 (pp); 2, GER, Buzas (Tolzer, Menge), 9:08 (pp); 8, USA, Kraemer (Lee), 9:28; 3, GER, Buzas (Duck), 11:49. Penalties: GER, Menge (hooking), 3:58; USA, Sigmund (hooking), 7:39; USA, Beilsten (hooking), 8:43.

Fourth Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Kraemer (Lee, Campbell), 4:49; 4, GER, Seifert (unassisted), 7:48; 5, GER, Buzas (Reimer), 8:19; 10, USA, Kraemer (Lee), 10:11. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 4 Total
USA 3 8 6 9 26
GER 7 3 13 6 29

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 4 Total
USA, Tartaglione, 48:00 7-7 3-3 13-10 6-4 29-24
GER, Vollmer, 24:00 3-2 8-3 -- -- 11-5
GER, Ower, 24:00 -- -- 6-4 9-7 15-11

Power Play: USA 0-2; GER 2-4
Penalties: USA 4-6; GER 2-3

Team USA 2010 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Schedule
June 28-July 4 • Karlstad, Sweden

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)
Mon., June 28 Canada W, 7-2
Tues., June 29 Czech Republic W, 4-0
Wed., June 30 Germany W, 10-5
Fri., July 2 Quarterfinal Round 6 p.m./12 p.m.
Sat., July 3 Semifinal Round TBD
Sun., July 4 Medal Round TBD


Today is Build a Scarecrow Day. (That's for everywhere, not just Topeka.)


Coming up:

Tonight --

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 all for today. See you tomorrow!

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