Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday and it's Labor Day. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 6th, the 249th day of 2010. There are 116 days left in the year.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors Minor team opened it's 2010-2011 SEJHL season this past weekend, at the SEJHL Showcase at The Skatium in Fort Myers, Florida.

In the first game, Atlanta blanked Tampa Bay 7-0. TB went 0-4 on the power play. In game two, Atlanta won 7-2. Ben Winter and Wes Moon scored goals for Tampa Bay, Brendan McGowan, Dominic Calandra and Michael Pignataro drews assists. On Sunday, Tampa Bay beat the Florida Eels 8-1. Pignataro had a hat-trick, Zach White and David Cross scored twice each and Ben Winter had 3 assists.

Both the Major and Minor teams are in action this coming weekend at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Center against the Palm Beach Hawks. Game times for the Minors(SEJHL) team are 5:15pm EDT on Saturday and 9:30am EDT on Sunday. The Major(MJHL) team plays at 8:00pm EDT on Saturday and 12:15pm EDT on Sunday. Palm Beach's MJHL team swept it's season-opening games this past weekend, beating the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers 6-2 and 7-2.

To watch this weekend's Tampa Juniors Major games, go to FastHockey.com to find out how.

Follow the SEJHL at sejhl.net and the MJHL at atlantichockey.org.

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Today is Fight Procrastination Day. (I think I'll celebrate this one tomorrow.)

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Hockey's best players by the number they wore.

Belfast Giants add to roster for Bruins exhibition.

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Today is the start of National Payroll Week.

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Bertsch leads Saints onto ice.

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Today is Labor Day. Labour Day in Canada. (No, it's not named in honor of all the prgnany women of our town. Labor Day. Get it?)

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Riders ground out a 27-23 win over Winnipeg in yesterday's Labour Day Classic in Regina, and now travel to Winnipeg for next Sunday's Banjo Bowl. Kickoff next Sunday is set for 1:00pm EDT on 620CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen links are to the right on this blog.

Here's a CFL spotlight look at Riders linebacker Barrin Simpson.

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

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Today is Read a Book Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1905 - Frank Smith (Chicago White Sox) pitched a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. The game set a record for the most lopsided margin of victory for a no-hitter in AL history (15-0).

1924 - Urban Shocker (St. Louis Brown) pitched two complete games against the Chicago White Sox. He won both games 6-2.

1943 - The youngest player to appear in an American League baseball game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics. Scheib was 16 years, eight months and five days old.

1972 - Rick DeMont lost the gold medal he received in a 400-meter swimming event because a banned drug was found in his system during routine drug testing.

1972 - The Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly hostage crisis that took the lives of 11 Israelis and five Arab abductors.

1975 - Martina Navratilova requested political asylum while in New York for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

1976 - Steve Yeager (Los Angeles) was seriously injured when part of a broken bat struck him in the throat. He was waiting in the on-deck circle when the incident occurred.

1981 - Fernando Valenzuela (Los Angeles Dodgers) tied a National League record of seven shutouts by a rookie pitcher.

1989 - The Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field, Three Rivers Stadium, because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for their upcoming concert.

1995 - Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis performed the National Anthem in Baltimore's Camden Yards before Cal Ripken Jr. set baseball's all-time consecutive games played record.

1995 - Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at the O.J. Simpson trial.

1995 - Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game setting a new record. Lou Gehrig previously held the record.

1996 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. He was only the third person to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

2000 - Scott Sheldon (Texas Rangers) became the third player in major league baseball history to play all nine positions in one game.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco) became the fifth player in major league baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season.

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The 68th annual Columbia River Cross Channel Swim is today in Hood River, Oregon. See http://www.hoodriver.org/ for the what's what. (Boy, I wish I were there....to watch. What, you think I could swim that far?)

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Baltimore - Rays manager Joe Maddon likes to point out the positives. He sat on the desk in his office following Sunday's game with the Orioles, smiling and listing the good things that caught his attention.

The Rays banged out four homers, including one from Rocco Baldelli on his first at-bat this season. They also got two triples and battled back from a three-run deficit to take the lead. But the bullpen couldn't hold it, and Tampa Bay wasted a chance to pull closer to the Yankees as Baltimore hung on for an 8-7 victory before 28,268 at Camden Yards.

Read the rest here.

The Rays are 83-53, and trail the Yankees by 2 1/2 games in the A.L. East. They begin a three-game set in Boston tonight, with first pitch set for 7:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE and the Rays Radio Network. After Wednesday's game, Tampa Bay will then play three 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, the Rays play four at New York on the 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. Three Wednesday games, with Boston September 8th and with the Yankees September 15th and September 22nd, will air on ESPN.

Notes: Jeff Niemann(10-5, 3.97) will start for Tampa Bay tonight against Boston. The Red Sox will counter with Jon Lester(15-8, 3.27)....The Rays' 10-game errorless streak came to an end yesterday, when Wade Davis committed what proved to be a costly throwing error in the first inning of the loss to Baltimore. It was the first error committed by Tampa Bay since August 23rd....Of their 15 meetings this season, 10 games between the Red Sox and Rays have been settled by two runs or fewer. In those games, the Rays are 8-2. Tampa Bay owns a season edge of 10-5 over Boston.

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The 33rd Great Bathtub Race takes place today in Nome, Alaska.

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The Yankees lead Tampa Bay by 2 1/2 games in the A.L. East, Boston is 10 back in the division race and trail in the Wild Card race by 7 1/2, Toronto is 15 1/2 back and Baltimore(Eliminated from post-season contention) is 35 games out of first.

In the A.L. Central, Minnesota leads the White Sox by 3 1/2 games(Sox are 7 behind in the Wild Card), they're 12 games ahead of Detroit, with Kansas City 22 1/2 back and Cleveland 25 games behind.

Out in the (not-so)wild A.L. West, Texas leads Oakland by 8 and the Angels by 9 1/2 games, with Seattle trailing by 21 1/2 games.

In the N.L. East, Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 1 game(The Phillies lead the Wild Card race by 2 games), Florida trails by 9, the Mets are 12 behind and Washington is 20 out.

In the N.L. Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 7 games,(The Cards are 5 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race), Houston is 15 back and Milwaukee is 16 out, the Cubs are 20 1/2 behind and Pittsburgh(Eliminated from post season competition) is 34 games off the pace.

San Diego(The Padres have lost 10 straight, tying the 1932 Pirates for longest losing streak by a first place team) leads the N.L. West by 1 game over San Francisco(The Giants trail the N.L. Wild Card chase by 2 games), Colorado is 4 1/2 behind(They're 5 1/2 back in the Wild Card), the Dodgers are 8 games out, and Arizona is 21 games behind.

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The Little Drummer Boy.




Let's take this break in the action....




...to see just how cute our Jimmy is!






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Los Angeles - The Giants found a new pitcher for the stretch drive on Sunday night.
He answered to the name of Jonathan Sanchez and even wore the left-hander's uniform. But the Sanchez who excelled at Dodger Stadium differed vastly from the one who has remained consistently inconsistent almost all season.

This Sanchez actually pitched capably for the second start in a row, allowing three hits in seven shutout innings. And the Giants wholeheartedly embraced his performance, which furthered their bid for a postseason berth as they outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0.


Read the rest here.

Notes: Madison Bumgarner(5-4, 3.76) starts today's 4:10pm EDT game against the Arizona Diamonbacks, who start Ian Kennedy(9-9, 4.20). It's the start of a 3 game series in Phoenix, long time home of San Francisco's former Triple-A affiliate, the Phoenix Giants. San Francisco starts a big 4-game series in San Diego on Thursday, the returns home for 3 games with the Dodgers and 3 with Milwaukee starting next Tuesday....The likeliest candidates for promotion from Triple-A Fresno, which ends its season today, are utility men Emmanuel Burris, Ryan Rohlinger and Eugenio Velez. All have spent considerable time with the Giants, and each provides versatility by being able to play multiple positions....Saturday marked the first time since August 6th, 1982, that the Giants homered four times after the sixth inning. On that night at Candlestick Park, the Giants trailed Houston and Nolan Ryan, 6-1, before Chili Davis and Jack Clark homered in the seventh. Two innings later, Clark and Reggie Smith homered back-to-back off Dave Smith to tie the score before San Francisco added another run against ex-Giants pitcher Randy Moffitt to win, 7-6.

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - Elvis Presley performed in the high school gym in Bono, Arkansas. The floor gave away during the show due to the large crowd. Nobody was injured in the incident.

1957 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Don't."

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Lions reach agreement with draft pick Gore.

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

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Today in Beatles History

1968 - Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

1972 - John and Yoko appeared on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

1974 - Splinters album "The Place I Love" was released on the Dark Horse label. It was the first release for the George Harrison label.

1982 - Paul McCartney released "Tug Of War."

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National Stearman Fly-In Days start today in Galesburg, Illinois and runs through next Sunday. (Linkety Linkers)

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Dam shame: Beavers impressive in loss to TCU.

The Beavers have this week off, after Saturday's 30-21 loss at TCU. Oregon State plays their home opener on Saturday, September 18th, against the Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff at Reser Stadium in Corvallis is set for 5:30pm EDT. You can listen to the game on the Beaver Sports Network. Fox SAports Northwest has the T.V.

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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

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The 53rd annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is today in St. Ignace, Michigan. See http://www.blogger.com/www.mackinacbridge.org for all da hoo hah.

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From http://www.nascar.com

Hampton, GA. – In a statement race for each of the top three finishers, Tony Stewart made perhaps the loudest noise with a convincing win in Sunday night's Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart broke a winless streak of 31 races when he beat Carl Edwards to the finish line by 1.316 seconds. It was the two-time Cup champion's third victory at the 1.54-mile track and the 38th of his career, and it came on a night where eight drivers joined Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon with locked-in positions for the Chase.

Jimmie Johnson came home third with a much-needed, problem-free run. Jeff Burton ran fourth, thanks to a late four-tire call, and Kyle Busch finished fifth. Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Juan Montoya and Marcos Ambrose completed the top 10.

Stewart, Edwards, Burton, Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and the Busch brothers clinched spots in the 10-race Chase that begins after next Saturday's race at Richmond.

"I've never been so happy to win a race in my life," Stewart said. "It's been a while. I forgot what it's like, it's been so long. I don't know how many races it's been, but it seems like an eternity since we won a race.

"Especially with the Chase ... we needed those 10 [bonus] points [for a victory], and we need this momentum."

Edwards led Stewart out of the pits after the seventh caution of the race on Lap 295 of 325. Stewart surged to the lead after a restart on Lap 301, but a quick caution for debris on Lap 302 -- after contact between Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch -- set up a restart on Lap 308.

Though Stewart led the rest of the way, Edwards drew inspiration from the second-place run, the continuation of an upswing during which he has finished in the top seven in seven of the past eight races.

"If we keep running like this, we'll win this championship," Edwards told his No. 99 Ford team after the race. "Keep your heads up. Keep digging like you're doing. You guys are doing a great job. This is all we got to do. We've scored more points than anybody the last two months."

Johnson likewise was encouraged by the performance of his No. 48 Chevrolet team, which posted an average finish of 23.3 during the previous seven races.

"To get a good race here, to be in that moment and to feel the pressure, is something we needed," Johnson said. "That pressure is fun to have and it was a familiar excitement inside of me, and I was excited to be out there racing with everybody and being a part of it. Hopefully, we can go to Richmond and get in that moment again to be as prepared as we can for the Chase."

Clint Bowyer, 12th in the standings, held serve by finishing ahead of his three closest pursuers for the final Chase spot -- Newman, Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin. Bowyer now leads 13th-place Newman by 117 points.

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin led seven times early for 74 laps, but his engine blew on Lap 143 and he finished 43rd.

"I was just pacing myself out there, having fun and racing with Tony and those guys," Hamlin said. "We've really got a strong race team, and if we can just keep it together, we can really win this championship legitimately. We've just got to keep it together, and we'll be all right."

Despite the last-place finish, Hamlin clinched a position in the Chase.

Greg Biffle fell short in his attempt to lock into the Chase when contact from Newman's Chevy sent Biffle's Ford sideways into the Turn 3 wall. Biffle slid across the track and took out Elliott Sadler. Though Biffle returned to the track after extensive repairs, he finished 36th, 80 laps down.

Biffle is 11th in points, 161 ahead of Newman, and can lock up a spot in the Chase with a finish better than 43rd at Richmond.

Harvick, the series points leader, had one of the fastest cars in the field, but Harvick's Chevy was crippled on Lap 255 when his left-front tire exploded and shredded the fender. He finished 33rd.

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Waikiki Roughwater Swim is today at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. See http://www.blogger.com/www.WaikikiRoughWaterSwim.com for all the info.

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The Florida State League, a Long Season, Advanced A league, starts it's playoffs tomorrow night. In the North Division, the first-half champs, the Dunedin Blue Jays(Toronto Blue Jays affiliate), meet the second-half champs, the Tampa Yankees(New York Yankees affiliate) in a best-of-three series. In the South Division, first-half champs, the Charlotte Stone Crabs(Tampa Bay Rays affiliate), play the second-half champs, the Bradenton Mauarders(Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate) in a best-of-three series. Schedule is below in the Coming Up section. The league's best-of-five championship series starts this coming Friday, September 10th and if the series goes the full five games, will end next Monday, September 13th.

Check the Florida State League website for more information.

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Happy Birthday today to Jeff Foxworthy, one of the funniest guys of all time. He's 52 today. ("If you think the last four words to the Star Spangled Banner are Gentlemen, start you engines, you might be a Redneck.")

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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 Tampa Yankees 7:00pm EDT

Baseball: Florida State League South Division Playoffs, Game One Charlotte Stone Crabs at Bradenton Mauraders 7:00pm EDT

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 Tampa Yankees at Dunedin Blue Jays 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Florida State League South Division Playoffs, Game Two Bradenton Mauraders at Charlotte Stone Crabs 7:05pm EDT

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 Tampa Yankees at Dunedin Blue Jays 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: Florida State League South Division Playoffs, Game Three Bradenton Mauraders at Charlotte Stone Crabs 7:05pm EDT (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 8:00pm 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. Go Riders!

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