Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











It's another Monday, I hope you're more awake than I am. Here's what's happening....

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Today is Daiquiri Day.

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Duncan Keith's day with Stanley.

A look at the top remaining free agents.

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Today is National Raspberry Cake Day.

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Winning ugly.

The Riders take their 3-0 record on the road next Saturday to face the 2-1 Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff is set for 9:30pm EDT. Listen links for the game are on the right side of this blog.

Check out Riderville.com for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."

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Today is National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day. (Yeah guys, good luck with that one.)

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Today in Sports History:

1902 - New York Giants lose their first game under new manager John McGraw.

1904 - Cleveland Naps' Neal Ball makes 1st unassisted triple play.

1909 - The first unassisted triple play in major league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston.

1910 - Cy Young registers his 500th career victory.

1914 - After starting the season 4-18, the Boston Braves, who were 15 games behind the league-leading Giants on July 4th and were still last on July 18th, begin their drive from last to 1st place in National League, winning 60 of their last 73 games to finish 10 1/2 games ahead of New York. They would go on to beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4 straight games in the World Series.

1915 - The Washington Senators steal a record 8 bases vs Cleveland in the 1st inning.

1927 - Ty Cobb gets his 4,000th career hit.

1933 - Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell homers off his brother, pitcher Wes Farrell of Cleveland. Wes would also hit a home run in the game.

1936 - Indians' Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief.

1957 - Don Bowden becomes 1st American to break the 4 minute mile, with a time of 3:58.7.

1960 - Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.

1973 - Willie Mays named to the National League all-star team for the 24th time, tying Stan Musial for most all-star appearances.

1974 - Cleveland's Dick Bosman no-hits the Oakland A's, winning game 4-0.

1987 - Don Mattingly sets American League record with extra base hits in 10 consecutive games.

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Today is National Hug Your Kids Day. (I can do this one!)










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When David Price gets a three-run lead, things usually look pretty good, but that wasn't the case yesterday for the Tampa Bay Rays, as a Yankee four-run fifth inning propelled New York to a 9-5 win, before 46,969 at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays started strong, with 3 runs in the first, as Carlos Pena brought home B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria with his 20th home run of the season, Pena's fourth-straight season with at least 20 homers. In the bottom of the first, New York got two back, thanks to a two-out triple by Robinson Cano, that scored Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. The Yankees tied the game in the third when Teixeira singled home Derek Jeter.

The score remained 3-3, until the fifth inning, when New York roughed up Price for four runs. Brett Gardner scored on a Jeter single up the middle, then with two outs, Jeter scored on an Alex Rodriguez single, who then scored, along with Cano, on Jorge Posada's double, that ended his 0-for-12 mark against Price.

Swisher singled home Curtis Granderson in the sixth, boosting the Yankees' lead to 8-4. Tampa Bay got one back in the seventh on a Gabe Kapler home run, but Rodriguez's 598th career home run restored the five-run lead, at 9-4. The Rays tried to rally with two outs in the ninth, as pinch-hitter Matt Joyce stroked a double that brought home Pena, but that's as close as Tampa Bay would get, as New York grabbed a 9-5 win.

Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees, but allowed 3 runs on 6 hits with 3 strike outs and 3 walks, before leaving the game with one out in the third with a grade 1 strain of his left groin. The second of five relief pitchers, Chan Ho Park got the win. Park struck out 2 in an inning-and-a-third, boosting his record to 2-1. David Price went just five innings, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits with 3 strike outs and 4 walks, dropping to 12-5 on the year.

The Rays now have a record of 55-36 and trail the Yankees by 3 games in the A.L. East, while also leading the A.L. Wild Card chase. They're 10-4 in July, and have won 9 of their last 12. Tampa Bay begins a three-game set at Baltimore tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm EDT. After the three games in Baltimore, the Rays will also play three at Cleveland starting Friday, before returning home on Monday, July 26th for their longest home stand of the season, 11 games, with the first of a four-game set against Detroit, to be followed by three against the Yankees and four against Minnesota. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. Tonight's game at the Orioles can be seen on Sun Sports.

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Today is Flitch Day. (Huh? Well, to explain, beginning in 15th century England, the monks offered a "flitch" of bacon as prize for any married couple who could prove to a jury of bachelors and maidens that they had lived together in harmony and fidelity for the past year. Very few took home the bacon.)

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The Yankees lead the A.L. East by 3 games over Tampa Bay and 6 1/2 over Boston. Toronto is 11 1/2 back and Baltimore is 29 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Chicago leads Detroit and Minnesota by 1 1/2 games, Kansas City is 11 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 7 back and Seattle trails by 17.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads the Mets by 5 games, Philadelphia is 5 1/2 behind, while Florida is 9 1/2 back and Washington trails by 14.

In the N.L. Central, St. Louis is back in first by 1/2 game over Cincinnati, Chicago and Milwaukee trail by 9, Houston is 14 behind, and Pittsburgh(heading towards their 18th consecutive losing season) is 18 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 4 games over Colorado, by 4 1/2 over San Francisco, 5 1/2 over the Dodgers and 20 1/2 over Arizona.

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In a U.S. study on the foreign accents that turn men and women on, the Italian accent ranked highest. Men ranked the French accent as their second biggest turn-on while women selected the Spanish accent.

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Lowe Added to 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team Roster

Team USA to Compete at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 9-14

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Keegan Lowe (Edmonton, Alta.) was today added to the roster for the 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament from Aug. 9-14, in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

Lowe joins the 21 players who were selected to the team following USA Hockey's Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp, held July 7-13, at the Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y. He finished the camp tied for first in scoring among defensemen with three goals in five games.

For the updated 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team roster, click here.

NOTES: The 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will feature eight countries separated into two groups. Group A (Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, United States) will play its preliminary-round games in Breclav, Czech Republic, while Group B (Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland) will play its preliminary-round games in Piestany, Slovakia ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament nine times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first place finish in 2003. The U.S. finished second in the tournament six times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006) and finished third twice (1991, 1995) ... The 22 players on the 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team represent 13 states, with three players coming from Ohio. Six of the players were members of the 2009 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that competed at the 2009 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Fussen, Germany, including goaltender Jay Williams (McLean, Va.), forwards Cason Hohmann (Plymouth, Mich.), Alex Racino (Merrill, Wis.) and Lukas Sutter (Whitefish, Mont.) and defensemen Brian Cooper (Anchorage, Alaska) and Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio). Five members of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team competed in the United States Hockey League in 2009-10, including forwards Seth Ambroz (New Prague, Minn./Omaha Lancers), Theo Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill./Chicago Steel) and Hohmann (Cedar Rapids Roughriders), as well as defensemen Cooper (Fargo Force) and Murphy (U.S. National Under-17 Team). The USHL is the only Tier I junior hockey league in the United States ... The 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team will be coached by Tim Army, head men's ice hockey coach at Providence College. Army has twice served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team (1994, 1996), and was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey ... Jay Varady, associate head coach with the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips, and Chadd Cassidy, assistant coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, will serve as the assistant coaches ... Army, Varady and Cassidy are all Level 4 USA Hockey certified coaches ... The annual USA Hockey Boys' Select 17 Player Development Camp provides top young players with concentrated on- and off-ice training and instruction, as well as the opportunity to compete at a national level against other players from their age group.

2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament • Team USA Schedule
August 9-14 • Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Time (Local/EDT)
Location
Sat., Aug. 7* Slovakia 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.) Piestany, Slovakia
Mon., Aug. 9 Czech Republic 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Breclav, Czech Republic
Tues., Aug. 10 Russia 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Breclav, Czech Republic
Wed., Aug. 11 Finland 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Breclav, Czech Republic
Fri., Aug. 13 TBD TBD TBD
Sat., Aug. 14 TBD TBD TBD
*Exhibition


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Researchers say that women tend to shop, while men buy. Men are goal-oriented and to the point, while women meander and soak up multiple facets of the overall experience.

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From http://www.indycar.com

TORONTO – Justin Wilson had it all in his corner with 20 laps left in the Honda Indy Toronto: Firestone alternate tires on the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car, plenty of ethanol in the tank and a 3.1-second lead over Team Penske’s Will Power.

Then, one of the worst things to beset a race leader – a full-course caution on Lap 65 for contact on the tight street circuit – opened the door for Power to challenge Wilson on the restart. That he did in Turn 1 of Lap 72, overtaking the pole sitter of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to mark the sixth lead change.

“Will got by me and I thought, ‘OK, I’m fine with that.’ I thought we could pass him back,’ Wilson said in sizing up the situation with 13 laps remaining on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place course. “I was sideways all the way through the last corner. I just couldn’t get my tires warmed up. I ended up sideways through Turn 11, which gave the rundown into Turn 1. Will nearly overshot Turn 1 so I thought I’d have a chance to get back. I had the pace.”

Unfortunately for Wilson, who led the most laps, there was more slipping and sliding on the course marked by patches of concrete mixed with the asphalt. The No. 22 car spun entering Turn 8, ending Wilson’s pursuit to become the eighth different winner in 10 races.

“We had the pace,” Wilson said. “I got sideways through Turn 7, got on the brakes, locked the rears and just couldn’t get them unlocked in time for the corner. I felt like I had a left rear puncture, but the guys came on the radio after and said the car was OK.”

Power still had to get through another restart on Lap 76 (two-lap delay for contact between the cars driven by Alex Tagliani and Tomas Scheckter) in the race of attrition (six cars knocked out by contact, including Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon). That he did, holding off Dario Franchitti’s green No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car by 1.2757 seconds to increase his IZOD IndyCar Series championship points lead to 42 over the reigning series champion.

It was the 150th open-wheel racing victory for Penske Racing.

“We worked really hard and this is the end result,” said Power, who started on the front row for the seventh time and won for the fourth this season (two sets of back-to-back races). “I knew just from the marbles and the pick-up that the restart was going to be really slippery. I saw (Wilson) make a mistake coming off the straight so I got a run on him and pulled it off. I would say it was a calculated but risky move to pass him on the outside because I wasn't sure I'd make it out the other side.

"It was close, but sometimes you have to do that in racing if you want to win, and that's what happened. It was a key to winning the race.”

Wilson recovered from the spin, gaining five positions in as many laps, to finish seventh. Seven different teams were represented in the top 10.

“It was a great race for the fans. They saw a lot of action,” said Tony Kanaan, who finished a road/street course season-best fourth in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Nestle Pure car. “Fans come out here to see cars make passes and I think we had plenty of those today. For sure, it was one of the hardest races I’ve run this year. We were basically qualifying from lap one until Lap 85. I would have liked to have had a little faster car, but I had a pretty decent race. I tried to battle a lot of people and had to because it was very competitive out there.”

Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won at Long Beach, was third in the No. 37 IZOD car for his sixth top 10 of the season. Graham Rahal – making his season debut with Newman/Haas Racing in the No. 02 Quick Trim entry, was fifth. Danica Patrick finished sixth – the same as last year.

“It’s a great confidence-booster not only for me, but the whole No. 7 GoDaddy.com team," Patrick said. "It’s the best finish we’ve had on a street course this season. We were really happy with the way the car was performing throughout the whole race. This is a good way to end a great weekend since we head to another road course next week in Edmonton. Overall, we were strong as a team with the four of us in the top 10.”

Marco Andretti was eighth in the No. 26 Team Venom Energy car. Simona de Silvestro advanced 12 positions to finish a season-high ninth in the No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing car, and Dan Wheldon was 10th. He recovered from contact on the green flag lap in which the nose assembly of the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car was damaged.

Paul Tracy of Toronto, driving the No. 15 Make-A-Wish car for KV Racing Technology, led early based on fuel strategy. But after having to duck in for fuel and tires on Lap 34 and also spinning in Turn 3 late in the race, Tracy fell a lap down. He jumped in to 13th.

“At the end, we could have probably been a top seven or eight, but we struggled the first little bit,” said Tracy, who also will compete in the Honda Indy Edmonton on July 25. “But then the car just seemed to come alive. My pace at the end of the race was the same as the leader, so I was pretty happy about that.

“I just wish we could have qualified better. But we learned some things today and we’ll get better for Edmonton. This was a great week back home with all of the appearances for Make-A-Wish and Honda Canada. I was hoping for a better finish though.”


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Happy Birthday to Snoopy Boo Meissner. He's 9 years old today. He's a big boy, but a little dog and we love him very much. Happy Birthday Boopers!

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A powerful earthquake hit part of Alaska this weekend. (It was so strong it temporarily knocked Levi Johnston off of Sarah Palin's hot seat.)

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Jimmy trashed the bathroom yesterday.









Here he is, after the destruction. We tell ourselves we'll laugh about this one day.








When questioned about the incident, Sergeant Schultz said: "I know nothing. Nothing!"







Jimmy has an eating problem. He gets it all over his face.








Smoke stays out of range of the "Little Pink Monster."






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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley's first single was released. The songs were "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

1969 - The Elvis Presley album "From Elvis In Memphis" hit #13 in the U.S.

1969 - The Elvis Presley album "Flaming Star" hit #2 in the U.K.

1995 - Elvis Presley's former doctor Dr. George Nichopoulous, lost his medical license for being "too liberal" when prescribing addictive drugs.


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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 12:35pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

Arena Football: Alabama Vipers at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Indianapolis, Indiana 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 1:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays 12:10pm EDT

Baseball: Florida Marlins at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Arena Football: Orlando Predators at Tampa Bay Storm 7:30pm EDT (Final game of regular season.)

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Iowa 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 8:00pm EDT

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That's all folks. See you tomorrow!

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