Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is August 16th, the 228th day of 2010. There are 137 days left in the year.

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Stanley visits Margaritaville.

Forsberg not optomistic on return.

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Monday's always an up-and-down day, which is probably why it's also Roller Coaster Day.

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Cisse might have what it takes to go all the way.

Ralston ice arena plans taking shape.

Williams helps U.S. finish secon in Hlinka Tourney.

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North Korea's tweeting. It recently started posting videos to YouTube also. Most of tweets point to the country's anti-America, anti-South Korea website.

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The Riders enter their bye week 5-2 in the West. Their next action is August 28th at Edmonton, with kickoff at 7:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

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

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Even though Blue Moon has been identified as the brand of beer flight attendant Steven Slater snagged before escaping on that slide, they want nothing to do with the incident. A spokesman for the company said, "Our company is not in the business of trivializing public safety for publicity or potential financial gain."

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - The only fatality to occur in a major league baseball game happened. Ray Chapman (Cleveland Indians) was hit in the head with a fastball from Carl Mays of the New York Yankees.
1948 - Babe Ruth died at the age of 53.

1954 - Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the first issue came off of the presses.

1981 - Cal Ripken Jr. got his first major league hit.

1996 - In Monterrey, Mexico, the New York Mets played the San Diego Padres. The Padres won the game 15-10. It was the first-ever regular season major league game to be played outside the United States and Canada.

2002 - The major league baseball players union announced that they would begin a strike on August 30th.

2002 - Curt Shilling (Arizona Diamondbacks) won his 20th game of the year.

2003 - The Canadian Football League announced that it had taken control of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats franchise until new ownership agreements were in place.

2003 - Jimmy Smith (Jacksonville Jaguars) was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

2003 - Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons) suffered a fractured right fibula in a 13-10 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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In that "other" football league last night:

San Francisco beat Indianapolis 37-17(49ers score 34 unanswered points after Manning leaves), Cincinnati(J.T. O'Sullivan 7-of-18 passing for 118 yards) topped Denver(Tim Tebow 8-of-13 for 105 yards) 33-24.

Tonight: The Giants at the Jets(No, the Giants are not grumbling about opening the preseason on the road.)

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A South Korean baseball player broke a world record on Saturday by hitting a home run in his ninth straight game. (Linky Linky)

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ST PETERSBURG -- Jeremy Hellickson became the first player in the past 90 years to throw at least six innings and allow three or fewer hits in each of his first three major league appearances yesterday, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, before 29,654 at Tropicana Field.

Carl Crawford's two-out bomb to right center opened the scoring and gave the Rays a 1-0 lead after one. Baltimore tied it in the second when Luke Scott scored on Felix Pie's sacrifice fly, but Tampa Bay was able to regain the lead in the third, when Crawford singled home John Jaso, and Matt Joyce doubled home Ben Zobrist, for a 3-1 Rays lead. With two outs in the seventh, Jake Fox homered with two outs for the Orioles, but the Tampa Bay bullpen shot down Baltimore from there, giving the Rays the series win with Sunday's 3-2 victory.

Hellickson struggled a bit in the early going, but was able to work through it, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, with 5 strike outs and 1 walk in his 6 innings of work, improving to 3-0. Dan Wheeler(7) and Joaquin Benoit(19) recorded holds, and Rafael Soriano worked a perfect ninth for his 33rd save of the season. The Orioles' starter Jake Arrieta went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, with 3 strike outs and 4 walks. The loss drops him to 4-4.

The Rays are 71-46, and are second in the A.L. East, 1 game behind the Yankees, while leading the White Sox by 3 games and Boston by 5 in the Wild Card race. Tampa Bay welcomes the Texas Rangers to town for three games, starting with tonight's 7:10pm EDT game. Tuesday's game is alo set for a 7:10pm EDT start, with Wednesday's get-away day game slated for a 1:10pm EDT first pitch. You can follow the Rays on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. Tampa Bay hits the road Thursday, traveling to Oakland for 4 games and and Los Angeles for 3. All games through Friday, September 3rd, can be seen on Sun Sports.

Notes: David Price(15-5, 2.84) goes to the hill today for the Rays. He'll be opposed by the Rangers' Cliff Lee(2-2, 2.97 with Texas)....Tampa Bay's series win denied the Orioles a fouth-straight series win, which would have been the first time they had accomplished that feat since August 2004....First baseman Carlos Pena went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Charlotte's 8-7 win over Fort Meyers Sunday. Pena had two singles and lined out on his sharpest-hit ball in his last at bat. He could be back in Tampa Bay's lineup tonight. For the Crabs, it was their seventh straight win. Port Charlotte, the Rays' long-A farm club in the Florida State League, won the Southern Division first-half title, and at 43-26, are in first again, leading Bradenton and Palm Beach by 4 1/2 games in the FSL's South Division second-half standings....Grant Balfour is feeling better after an injury July 29th put him on the D.L. He's not expected back until early September....Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis are expected to throw bullpen sessions tonight. A positive outcome could indicate wether or not one or both could return to the rotation during the Rays' upcoming West Coast swing.

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Today is Joe Miller's Joke Day. (Joe Miller was an English comic actor during the early 18th century. And on his birthday, it is customary to tell a joke in his honor. So think of a good one and get the gang laughing in memory of ol’ Joe!)

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The Yankees lead Tampa Bay by 1 game in the A.L. East, Boston is 6 back(The Rays lead the White Sox by 3 games and Boston by 5 games in the Wild Card chase), Toronto is 10 back and Baltimore is 31 1/2 games behind.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 3 games, they're 10 1/2 games ahead of Detroit, with Cleveland and Kansas City both 19 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads the Angels by 8 1/2, Oakland trails by 10 and Seattle is 22 games behind.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 games, the Mets are 10 behind, Florida trails by 10 1/2 games, Washington is 17 1/2 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is once again in first, 1 game up on St. Louis. Milwaukee is 12 1/2 behind, Houston is 15 back, the Cubs are 17 behind and Pittsburgh is 27 1/2 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 3 1/2 games over San Francisco(The Giants Philadelphia by .001 in the N.L. Wild Card chase). Colorado sits in third, 8 1/2 games out, with the Dodgers trailing by 10 games and Arizona by 23 1/2.

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Jimmy models his new jammies.










Lining up shoes? Well, everyone should have a hobby.










Thees makes mee tiurd!










I'll just stay here, out of the way of the little pink monster!

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The old mechanics were back, as was the kick in his step and the nastiness of his changeup.

Four batters, three strikeouts; the first inning was vintage Tim Lincecum.

Then came the second, and Lincecum was battered by a flurry of soft liners and bloop hits off the bats of the Padres.

San Diego scored four second-inning runs and knocked Lincecum out of the game after 3 2/3 innings as the Padres beat the Giants, 8-2, Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park to take the three-game series.

Read the rest here.

Notes: The Giants are 67-52, and are 3 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the N.L. West(The Padres are 9-2 against the Giants this season). San Francisco currently trails Philadelphia by .001 in the N.L. Wild Card race The Giants begin a three-game series at Philadelphia tomorrow night....San Francisco plays three at St. Louis starting Friday, then returns home for a nine-game home stand(Three games each with Cincinnati, Arizona and Colorado) next Monday).

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Gladys Presley's funeral was held in Memphis. 500 policemen were used to keep the giant crowd at bay.

1960 - Principle photography (production) began on the Elvis Presley film "Flaming Star."

1977 - At Graceland, Elvis was discovered dead by his girlfriend Ginger Alden. His death was contributed to congestive heart failure.

1984 - RCA Victor Records released the Elvis Presley single "Baby, Let's Play House."

1987 - Cinemax-TV premiered "Elvis '56."

1994 - Light Year Entertainment released a three-video boxed set entitled "Elvis - The Concert Collection."

1997 - Elvis Presley, via video, starred in "Elvis in Concert '97." Over thirty of his former bandmantes made appearances.

2002 - In Memphis, TN, Lisa Marie Presley introduced a recording of a song she recorded for her father at "Elivs In Concert." The event was the last day of a 25th anniversary concert.

Go here for some little known facts about Elvis.

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Stamps pound punchless Eskies Sunday.

Bombers add trio of kickers to practice roster.

Visit the league's official website: CFL.ca.

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Today in Beatles History

1962 - Pete Best was fired from the Beatles. Johnny Hutchinson (Big Three) filled in as drummer that evening at the Riverpark Ballroom, Chester, Cheshire.

1986 - Paul McCartney's "Press" hit #25 in the U.K.

2002 - It was announced that Paul McCartney had canceled his appearance for the Kennedy Center honors and that he would be named on the list of performers for 2003.

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ArenaBowl XXIII will be held on Spokane Tribe Field at the Spokane Arena on Friday, August 20th, kicking off at 8:00pn EDT. Tickets for the Championship game are on sale through TicketsWest and can be purchased by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

Go to arenafootball.com to download the nifty-tv player to watch the game.

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Today is Yukon Discovery Day in Canada.

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Here's a look at the 2010 Beavers' football team from New York Times' columnist Paul Myerberg.

Early prediction has Oregon State upsetting TCU in season opener.

Fanhouse 2010 ranks Oregon State #19.

The Beavers open the 2010 season against TCU on Saturday, September 4th at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is 7:45pm EDT, with TV from ESPN and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.

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Babe Ruth died on this date in 1948. He was 53.

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From http://www.nascar.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- When you have a comfortable points lead, you can afford to gamble.

That's what Kevin Harvick did -- successfully -- in Sunday's Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Staying out on old tires under the final caution of the race, Harvick tracked down Denny Hamlin on Lap 190 of 200 and pulled away to beat Hamlin to the finish line by 1.731 seconds. Harvick extended his series lead to 293 points over Jeff Gordon and became the first driver to clinch a spot in the Chase.

After NASCAR threw a yellow for debris on Lap 167, Harvick restarted second behind Tony Stewart on Lap 173. Hamlin, who restarted third, took the top spot from Stewart on Lap 178, with Harvick following. Running the top of the 2-mile track, Harvick passed Hamlin through Turns 3 and 4 after Hamlin's Toyota began to lose grip on the bottom.

The victory was Harvick's first at Michigan, his third of the season and the 14th of his career. Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth claimed positions three through five. Stewart, Juan Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

Mark Martin finished 28th and lost the 12th position in the standings to Clint Bowyer, who came home 13th. Martin trails Bowyer by 35 points with three races left before the Chase field is set.

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On this date in 1954, Jack Paar replaced Walter Cronkite as host of "The Morning Show" on CBS-TV.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 1:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:07pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee 7:00pm EDT

Arena Football Arena XXIII Championship Game: Tampa Bay Storm at Spokane Shock 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 8:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:07pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Tennessee 7:30pm EDT

NFL Football: Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 9:07pm EDT

Sunday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 2:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 4:07pm EDT

Indy Car: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California 5:00pm EDT

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow

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