Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's Tuesday!












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today at our house, we celebrate Meggie May Day, the 13th anniversary of her birth day. Because of a chance meeting with my now good friend Terry Ley, I came to the great fortune of bringing Meggie May, the Miniature Schnauzer, into my life.

Meggie was the only puppy her Momma ever had and she became mine in early November, 1997. When born, she was so small, she didn't have her ears and tail altered, as most schnauzers did. It gave her the wonderfully unique look she enjoyed showing off.

Because of Meggie, I joined an MSN chat group for people owned by schnauzers. (You don't own schnauzers, they own you!) On that group, I met Kim Barrows, whom I soon fell in love with and became engaged to in late December 2004. Kim came to Spokane, Washington (where I was living at the time) to visit and to meet her new schnauzer daughter. Not surprisingly, Meggie and Kim bonded instantly.


Meggie was also the little, yet lovingly protective little sister for my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Freckles Bell T. Corolla. When he came to live with me in 1998, Freckles was pretty listless, just shuffling from room to room. Soon though, with Meggie's love and encouragement, Freckles came out of his shell, enjoying a new lease on life by becoming a happy, loving dog boy, full of love and joyously living life to the fullest.


Sadly, shortly before moving to Florida to marry Kim (By now known as The New Momma) in 2005, Meggie became very ill and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 7th, 2005 after a brief illness. It was a devastating loss, but even now, not a day goes by that I don't think of her and what she meant to me. Without my Meggie May, I wouldn't have met Kim, her and I wouldn't have gotten married and I wouldn't have Jimmy, Snoopy and Smoke in my life. Meggie was truly sent to me for an exact purpose and I am forever grateful.

Run happy and free, my little sweet sweetie. See you again one day. I love you!

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 And now, on with the Johnny blog....

Today is September 28th, the 270th day of 2010. There are 95 days left in the year.

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Rookie Rush: Which players are in line for this season's Calder Trophy?

Miller shoots for Vanity Fair.

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Today is Drink Beer Day.

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Avalanche rookie Olver has famous roots.

Erik Gryba muscles his way into Ottawa.

Visit the league's website at ushl.com.

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President Obama said Monday that he'd like to see the school year extended by one month. (Sure. Tell ya what. Let's ask the kids how they feel about it.)

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Tampa Bay Lightning to host Ice Fest 2010 tonight. Read all about it here.

Clark bringing more than experience.

Mishkin's Moments: Anatomy of a road trip.

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Seven years ago, Horace Burgess received divine inspiration. The Crossville, Tennessee, man said that God told him, "If you build me a tree house, I'll see that you never run out of material." And so Horace started building. Now, 15 years later, he's still going. The tree house is now 97 feet tall, supported by a living 80-foot tall white oak.

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Saskatchewan, now 8-4 on the year after Saturday's 32-25 win at Hamilton, are now just 2 points behind first place Calgary in the CFL West. Next action for the Green-and-White is at Toronto on Saturday, October 2nd against the Argonauts. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm EDT.
Visit the teams' official website at riderville.com.

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The Doobie Brothers' first album in 10 years comes out today. (There's a huge movement underway to make the Doobie Brothers legal in every state.)

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Here's the Week 3 NFL Schedule:

Sunday, September 26th --

Pittsburgh Steelers 38 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13

At Tennessee Titans 29, New York Giants 10

At Minnesota Vikings 24, Detroit Lions 10

Atlanta Falcons 27 at New Orleans Saints 24 (overtime)

Cincinnati Bengals 20 at Carolina Panthers 7

At New England Patriots 38, Buffalo Bills 30

At Baltimore Ravens 24, Cleveland Browns 17

At Kansas City Chiefs 31, San Francisco 49ers 10

Dallas Cowboys 27 at Houston Texans 13

Philadelphia Eagles 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 3

At St. Louis Rams 30, Washington Redskins 16

Indianapolis Colts 27 at Denver Broncos 13

At Arizona Cardinals 24, Oakland Raiders 23

At Seattle Seahawks 27, San Diego Chargers 20

New York Jets 31 at Miami Dolphins 23

Monday, September 27th --

At Chicago Bears 20, Green Bay Packers 17

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Get your groove ready: This is Fish Tank Floorshow Night.

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Following a 37-24 loss at #3 Boise State this past Saturday, the Oregon State Beavers are back in action this coming Saturday at Reser Stadium against former coach Dennie Erickson's Arizona State Sun Devils. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm EDT on the Beaver Sports Network. Listen link is to the right on this blog. Fox Sports Northwest has TV coverage.

ASU game nears sell-out.

Baseball recruiting class ranked 12th nationally.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

Here's the 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule.

Here's the 2010-11 Women's Basketball schedule.

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This is World Maritime Day.

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Irving: Another 'Oh So Close' heart breaker.

Pile: An unforgettable week in Atlantic Canada.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day.

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It's the return of Spaghetti Jimmy!









The Boys are happy when Spaghetti Jimmy makes an appearance, because they get to clean up!




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ST. PETERSBURG --  Brian Matusz had another good outing vs. an AL East rival and the Orioles gave the Yankees some help by winning tonight vs. the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

Matusz gave up just three hits over seven innings as the Orioles beat the Rays 4-0 at Tropicana Field. He lowered his ERA to 3.70 vs. AL East opponents, his lowest mark vs. any division.

Read the rest here.

Notes: David Price (18-6, 2.84) pitches for Tampa Bay tonight, opposed by Baltimore's Brad Bergesen (8-10, 4.90) in a 7:05pm matchup....Despite last night's loss, the Rays stayed in front in the race for the AL's best record and potential home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. Tampa Bay is four wins shy of tying its franchise high in victories, set during its pennant season in 2008, and with 274 wins in the last three seasons, the Rays have become just the fourth franchise in Major League history to average at least 90 wins in a three-year span immediately after averaging at least 90 losses in a three-year span. The 1988-93 Atlanta Braves, 1975-80 Milwaukee Brewers and 1996-2001 Oakland Athletics have also done it....Tampa Bay won only 20 of its first 39 home games, but the Rays have won 28 of their last 40. They can win 50 home games on the season with wins over the next two days....Remarkably, the Rays and Orioles have split their 220 meetings since Tampa Bay started play in 1998....The Orioles lost their first eight games on Mondays this season, but have won their last six on the first weekday.


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Today is National Good Neighbor Day.

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In the American League East, Tampa Bay leads the Yankees(who lead the Wild Card) by 1/2 games, Boston is 7  behind(5 1/2 behind in Wild Card, elimination number at 1), Toronto(Eliminated) is 12 behind and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 31 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota(Clinched division) is 9 ahead of the White Sox(Eliminated), Detroit(Eliminated) is behind by 12, while Cleveland(Eliminated) sits 26 1/2 in arrears and Kansas City(Eliminated) is 28 behind.

In the American League West, Texas(Clinched Division) leads Oakland(Eliminated) by 10, the Angels(Eliminated) are 11 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 27.

In the National League East, Philadelphia(Clinched Division) leads Atlanta(Leading in the Wild Card race) by 6 games, Florida(Eliminated) is 16 1/2 out, the Mets(Eliminated) are 17 back and Washington(Eliminated) is 27 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis(Elimination number is 1 in both division and Wild Card) by 6 1/2 games, Houston(Eliminated) is 13 back, Milwaukee(Eliminated) is 13 1/2 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 16 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 32 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1 game ahead of San Diego (The Padres trail the Wild Card race with Atlanta by 1/2 game), Colorado(Elimination number is at 2) is 5 behind(4 1/2 out in the Wild Card, with an elimination number of 2), the Dodgers(Eliminated) are 12 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 23 1/2.

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Today is Cabrillo Day, celebrating the Anniversary of the Discovery of California on this date in 1542.

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San Francisco -- The Giants, who had last night off, start Jonathan Sanchez (11-9, 3.16) in the first of a three game series with Arizona, who throws Rodrigo Lopez(7-14, 5.04).

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The World Dairy Expo begins today in Madison, Wisconsin. (Linky Link)

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Today in Elvis History:

1993 - The Elvis Presley compilation boxed CD-set "From Nashville To Memphis - The Essential '60s Masters 1" was released.

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Remember the picture I took at Sunday's Rays game of DJ Kitty, the cheer-leading cat, which was a part of yesterday's blog posting? Well, not surprisingly, he's on You Tube. It's awesome stuff, check it out here.

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Today in Beatles History:

1976 - A&M Records sued George Harrison for failing to deliver his LP "33 1/3" on time.

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"The Boys From Boise" was shown on WABD in New York as the first full-length comedy written for television. It aired on this date in 1944.

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Today in Sports History:

1892 - The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.

1941 - Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) hit .400 for the season. He was the last major league player of the century to achieve this statistic.

1955 - The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1968 - The Atlanta Chiefs won the first North American Soccer League Championship.

1978 - Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record in Utah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.

1991 - Michael Jordan was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

1995 - Randy Myers (Chicago Cubs) was charged by a 27-year-old man while standing in the outfield. Myers saw him coming, dropped his glove and knocked the man down with his forearm.

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On this day in 1967, a French television network begins to broadcast the first (and only) season of the American sitcom “My Mother, The Car,” the first TV show to star a talking automobile.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants 3:45pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 3:00pm

Nascar Nationwide Series: Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

College Football: Arizona State Sun Devils at Oregon State Beavers 6:30pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Florida Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

NHL Preseason Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Junior Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors SEJHL vs Tampa Lightning AAA U16s 8:30am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Baseball: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you again tomorrow.       

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