Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is August 30th, the 242nd day of 2010. There are 123 days left in the year.

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Canucks look for deeper postseason run.

2010 official Free Agent list.

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Today is Frankenstein Day. (That's Fronk-en-steen!)

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Jacks' Jordan has story to tell.

Build it and they will skate in Dubuque.

Chasing a hockey dream.

Black Hawks show early fire on the ice.

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Today is Toasted Marshmallow Week. (Set 'em on fire, then blow 'em out. That's to way to toast a marshmallow!)

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Dave Mishkin's August Mailbag - Part III.

Lightning acquire pair of prospects from Toronto.

Need Lightning tickets? Get 'em here.

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Today is National Holistic Pet Day.

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A Commonwealth Clunker.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to rebound from Week 9's 17-14 loss at Edmonton, as they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Sunday at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. The Riders, who have lost 3 of their past 5, trail Calgary by 4 points in the CFL West, as they put their 5-3 record up against the 2-6 Bombers, who dropped a 39-17 decision at Montreal on August 19th. Kickoff next Sunday is set for 4:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog. The Riders will travel to Winnipeg for a 1:00pm EDT kickoff on Sunday, September 12th.
Check out Riderville.com for the latest on "Canada's (And Clearwater, Florida's) Team."

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William Penn left England to sail to the New World on this date in 1682.

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A glimpse of the future.

Students venture into sports arena.

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The Late Show with David Letterman debuted on CBS on this date in 1993.

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Today in Sports History:

1905 - Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.

1918 - The New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0. The game only took 57 minutes to play.

1937 - Joe Louis won a 15-round decision over Tommy Farr in his first defense of his heavyweight title.

1966 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) hit home runs from both sides of the plate against St. Louis.

1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

1987 - Canada's Ben Johnson set the world record in the 100 meter race at 9.83. Johnson later lost the record due to steroid use.

2001 - Ashley Martin became the first woman to play in a Division I football game, kicking three extra points for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in their 72-10 victory over Cumberland University.

2002 - The major league baseball players union and the team owners came to an agreement that avoided a player's strike set to begin on this day.

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Space Shuttle Discovery launched for the first time on this date in 1984.

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St. Petersburg - Dan Johnson knocked in the winning run for the second consecutive night Sunday, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-3 comeback win over the Boston Red Sox, before 23,328 at Tropicana Field.

The Rays scored first last night, as Carlos Pena's 25th homer of 2010 found the right-center seats with two outs in the fourth for a 1-0 Tampa Bay lead.

Not surprisingly, the Red Sox scored twice in the fifth for a 2-1 lead. With one out, Mike Lowell scored on a single by Yamaico Navarro, then Marco Scutaro singled off Evan Longoria's glove to plate Darnell McDonald to put Boston on top. They would stretch the lead to 3-1 in the sixth, thanks to a two-out single by Daniel Nava that brought home Adrian Beltre. However, the Rays would scored three in the bottom of the sixth to take control. With one out and Ben Zobrist aboard, Carl Crawford dropped his 15th homer of the season into the right-center seats, tying the game 3-3. Dan Johnson rose to the occasion for the second straight night with a single up the middle to score Longoria, putting Tampa Bay in the lead at 4-3.

The Rays would score once more for good measure. With two outs in the seventh, Longoria lined a single up the middle, scoring John Jaso, and Tampa Bay would hold on from there for the 5-3 win. James Shields was the winner for Tampa Bay, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, with 8 strike outs and 1 walk spread over 6 1/3 innings. He's now 13-11. Randy Choate(14) and Joaquin Benoit(23) posted holds, and Rafael Soriano picked up his A.L. best 39th save of the season. Red Sox starter John Lackey allowed 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out 7, walking 3 and giving up 2 homers. The loss drops his record to 12-8.

The Rays are now 80-50, and still tied with the Yankees for first in the A.L. East. Boston trails by 6 1/2 games in both the division and Wild Card races. The Toronto Blue Jays visit the Trop for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After the three games with Toronto, Tampa Bay hits the road for nine games beginning Friday in Baltimore. The Rays will then play three in Boston and three more in Toronto, before returning home on Monday, September 13th, for a big three-game set with the Yankees to jump start a six-game home stand, that includes three games with the Angels. After that short stay at home, Tampa Bay plays four at New York 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. All games for the remainder of the season can be seen on Sun Sports with the exception of the September 18th game at Anaheim, which will be available online at MLB.tv. Two Wednesday games with the Yankees, September 15th and September 22nd, will air on ESPN.

Notes: Grant Balfour pitched for Class A Charlotte on Saturday and allowed two hits, three walks, three runs (two earned) and struck out two in two-thirds of an inning in his first rehab stint. Balfour was the starting pitcher for the Stone Crabs against Bradenton at McKechnie Field. He is coming back from an intercostal strain, said he pitched poorly, but felt fine afterward....Carl Crawford's sixth-inning homer Sunday was the 100th of his Major League career. Combined with his 403 stolen bases and 100 triples, Crawford became just the eighth player in Major League history to reach 100 home runs, 100 triples and 400 stolen bases.....Recently acquired outfielder Brad Hawpe batted three times as the DH for Charlotte on Saturday and went 0-for-2 with a walk, but Rays manager Joe Maddon reported that Hawpe hit the ball well. Hawpe took batting practice at Tropicana Field prior to Sunday night's game and he's getting acclimated to his new surroundings. He'll play for Charlotte on Monday and will likely join the Rays this Wednesday when the rosters expand....Wade Davis(10-9, 4.41) will start for Tampa Bay tonight against Toronto. He'll be opposed by the Jays' Brett Cecil(11-6, 3.80)....The AL East rivals will meet one more time in the regular season, September 10th through 12th, at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

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The Washington-Moscow Hot Line opened on this date in 1983, providing emergency communication in the event of a crisis.

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The Yankees and Tampa Bay are tied for first in the A.L. East, Boston is 6 1/2 back in both the division and Wild Card races, Toronto is 12 back and Baltimore is 32 1/2 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 4 1/2 games, they're 10 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 19 1/2 back and Cleveland 21 1/2 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 7 1/2 and the Angels by 10 1/2 games, with Seattle trailing by 22 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 2 games(The Phillies lead the Wild Card race by 1 1/2 games), Florida trails by 9 1/2 (They're 7 1/2 back in the Wild Card race), the Mets are 10 behind(8 back in the Wild Card race) and Washington is 19 1/2 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati is 5 games up on St. Louis(The Cards are 3 games behind in the Wild Card race). Milwaukee is 13 behind, Houston is 16 back, the Cubs are 20 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh is 32 games off the pace.

San Diego leads the N.L. West by 5 games over San Francisco(The Giants trail the N.L. Wild Card chase by 1 1/2 games). Colorado is 8 behind(They're 4 1/2 back in the Wild Card), the Dodgers are fourth, 10 games out(They trail by 6 1/2 games in the Wild Card race), and Arizona is 25 games behind.

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It might be backwards, but N still stands for "Nice Toddler!"

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Just what the heck is going on in Tampa Bay? Friday's 3-1 loss to Boston drew a respectable 29,461, Saturday's thrilling 10 inning 3-2 win over the Sox drew a sell-out crowd of 36,973, but last night's nationally televised(ESPN) game drew an absolutely pathetic 23,348.

What's the deal? Are people that fed up with the stadium? The lousy customer relations? Do they only turn out on special promotional nights? For the big teams? Or, is this just not a major league baseball town after all?

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President Eisenhower signed the Atomic Energy Bill on this date in 1954, allowing private ownership of nuclear reactors for the production of electricity.

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San Francisco - Matt Cain provided necessary competence as the game began. Brian Wilson added a dynamic conclusion.

In between was a mess. But the Giants didn't care. They outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, 9-7, to end a three-game losing streak and avoid being swept.

Read the rest here.

 Notes: Jonathan Sanchez(9-8, 3.67) goes to the hill tonight against Colorado, which starts Jorge De La Rosa(5-4, 4.54) in tonight's 10:15pm EDT game....Colorado is in San Francisco for three-games, after which the Giants hit the road for 10 games, beginning Friday, September 3rd. The Giants will play 3 at Los Angeles, 3 at Arizona and 4 at San Diego....When rosters expand on Wednesday, the Giants could be receiving an influx of healthy regulars. Left-handed reliever Dan Runzler and shortstop Edgar Renteria are the biggest expected additions.

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Today in Elvis History:

1966- Principal filming was finished for the Elvis Presley movie "Double Trouble."

1969- The Elvis Presley album "From Elvis In Memphis" hit #1 in the U.K.

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CFL Replay: A look back at week #9.

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

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Today in Beatles History

1968 - The Beatles' "Hey Jude" was released.

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played their "One To One" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1984 - Beatles fans paid $271,180 for memorabilia at an auction in London, England.

2005 - The Paul McCartney single "Fine Line" was released on a CD-single. The release also contained the non-LP tracks "Comfort in Love" and "Growing Up Falling Down".

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The Revenue Act is passed by Congress on this date in 1935, raising inheritance and gift taxes.

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Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

And here's the 2010 football roster.

The Beavers begin the 2010 season against TCU this coming Saturday, September 4th at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is 7:45pm EDT, with TV from ESPN, online video stream at ESPN3.com and radio from the Beaver Sports Network.

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During the Civil War on this date in 1861, General Fremont frees the slaves of Missouri against the orders of President Lincoln.

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In that other football league Thursday, St. Louis beat New England 36-35 and Green Bay beat the living daylights out of Indianapolis 59-24. Last night, Atlanta beat Miami 16-6, Washington edged the Jets 16-11, Philadelphia topped Kansas City 20-17 and New Orleans beat San Diego 36-21.

On Saturday, Detroit outscored Cleveland 35-27, Buffalo toppled Cincinnati 35-20, Jacksonville beat Tampa Bay 19-13, Baltimore slid past the Giants 24-10, Houston throttled Dallas 23-7, Minnesota beat Seattle 24-13, Carolina knocked off Tennessee 15-7, Arizona edged Chicago 14-9 and San Francisco squeezed past Oakland 28-24.

Denver doubled-up Pittsburgh 34-17 Sunday night.

The final week of preseason action is this coming Thursday. Buffalo is at Detroit, Cincinnati visits Indianapolis, New England is at the Giants, Atlanta visits Jacksonville, Carolina is at Pittsburgh, the Jets play at Philadelphia, Baltimore will be in St. Louis, Chicago is at Cleveland, Denver is on the road at Minnesota, Green Bay is at Kansas City, Miami is at Dallas, New Orleans travels to Tennessee, Tampa Bay goes to Houston, San Diego heads North to San Francisco, Seattle is at Oakland and Washington travels to Arizona.

The 2010 regular season starts on Thursday, September 9th.

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Astronaut John Leonard "Jack" Swigert, Jr. was born on this date in 1935. During the flight of Apollo 13 he proclaimed, "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here." Commander Jim Lovell repeated the sentiment a few seconds later.

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From http://www.nascar.com

MONTREAL -- At long last, road-course ace Boris Said is a winner in the Nationwide Series.

Said won Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when -- with the two strongest cars out of contention -- the always unpredictable event ended with Said beating Max Papis in a drag race to the finish.

After leader Robby Gordon ran out of gas on a green-white-checkered-flag finish that sent the race three laps past its scheduled distance, Said lost the lead to Papis at the entrance to the final two corners. But Papis’ momentum sent him wide in Turn 14 and Said drew alongside at the top of the final straightaway.

Papis lost a fraction of a second when he hit the rev limiter in second gear but still had enough to race side by side with Said all the way to the finish line.

Said’s .012-second margin of victory was the closest ever on a road course in the Nationwide Series, the fifth closest overall in series history and the closest since 1998 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The victory was more than just a first for Said, 47. It was the first Nationwide win for car owner Robby Benton and the first for the new pairing of Said and crew chief Scott Zipadelli.

“I don’t think we had the fastest car today,” Said admitted, “but we definitely had the smartest race strategy with Scott Zipadelli as the crew chief -- the first time I ever worked with him. We had great communication, he called a great race, and it was really about managing the race track, managing your brakes.

“I’m shocked … overwhelmed. I thought I was going to cry, but I didn’t. My wife would have made fun of me. But I was pretty happy.”

Local hero Jacques Villeneuve finished third, followed by Brad Keselowski, who extended his series lead to 365 points over hard-luck 20th-place finisher Carl Edwards. Paul Menard ran fifth, with Joey Logano, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Parker Kligerman, Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne completing the top 10.

The race that gave pole-sitter Marcos Ambrose another heartbreak (he retired with an electrical problem after leading 25 laps) turned on a bad break -- literally -- for defending winner Edwards, who led a race-high 29 laps before breaking the track bar on his No. 60 Ford as a caution flew with eight laps left in regulation.

Edwards held a lead of almost three seconds over Gordon when Michael Annett slid into the Turn 4 wall to cause the fifth caution of the race, ending a green-flag run of 42 laps.

Two more late cautions forced overtime and prolonged the race enough to empty Gordon’s fuel tank. Gordon led the field to the green flag for a restart on Lap 76 but coasted to a stop before completing the circuit. He finished 14th.

But it was the drag race to the finish between Said and Papis that had more than 70,000 fans on their feet.

“I was ahead, I was behind, I was ahead,” said Papis, who was driving Kevin Harvick’s No. 33 Chevrolet. “At the end of the day, this was an amazing race. I had a blast. It came down to a green-white-checker, and the thing I’m the most proud of … this is maybe the first time I’ve had the chance to really sit in a car that legitimately can win, and it came down to the last corner.

“For me, I’m really proud. I know it’s a second-place finish, but it’s equal to one of my best wins.”

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Lakeland Flying Tigers 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Lakeland Flying Tigers 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants 9:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Lakeland Flying Tigers 7:00pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans 8:00pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

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

Saturday --

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs Atlanta 1 9:00am EDT

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs Florida Eels 6:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

College Football: Oregon State Beavers at TCU Horned Frogs 7:45pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series: Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky 8:00pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs Atlanta 2 11:00am EDT

Baseball: Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

Junior Hockey: SEJHL Showcase at Fort Myers Skatium, Tampa Bay Minor Juniors vs TBA 3:00pm or 5:00pm EDT

CFL Football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia 7:30pm EDT

Monday --

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

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

Tuesday --

Baseball: Florida State League North Division Playoffs, Game One Dunedin Blue Jays at TBA Time TBA

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

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

Wednesday --

Baseball: Florida State League North Division Playoffs, Game Two TBA at Dunedin Blue Jays Time TBA

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

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

Thursday --

Baseball: Florida State League North Division Playoffs, Game Three TBA at Dunedin Blue Jays Time TBA (If necessary)

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series: Richmond 250 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Minor Juniors 5:15pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia 7:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Major Juniors 5:15pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Minor Juniors 9:30am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Palm Beach Hawks at Tampa Bay Major Juniors 12:15pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

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That's all for today. See you tomorrow.

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