Sunday, September 19, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is September 20th, the 262nd day of 2010. There are 102 days left in the year.


Sharks' popularity taking off in Northern California.

Change for Lou: No more "C."


Today is the start of National Love Your Files Week.


Muskegon's Casey Thrush.

Lancers celebrate 25th season in Omaha.

Game recaps:

USHL preseason scoreboard.

Muskies blank Hawks.

Bucs edge Stamps.

2,552 watch Saints open Mystique Ice Center with loss to Riders.

Ice melts Jacks.

Phantoms split with USNTDP.

Musketeers rally to shoot down Hawks.


Today is National Punch Day.


The Riders improved to 7-4 in the CFL West, 4 points behind the now 9-2 Calgary Stampers with this past Friday's 43-37 OT win. The Riders will next play on September 25th, a Saturday against the Hamilton Tigercats, Kickoff on 620 CKRM is set for 6:30pm EDT.

Visit the teams' official website at


Today is National Women Road Warrior Day.


Here's the Week 2 NFL Schedule:

Sunday, September 19th (All times Eastern)--

Pittsburgh Steelers 19 at Tennessee Titans 11

Philadelphia Eagles 35 at Detroit Lions 32

At Cincinnati Bengals 15, Baltimore Ravens 10

At Atlanta Falcons 41, Arizona Cardinals 7

Miami Dolphins  14 at Minnesota Vikings 10

Kansas City Chiefs 16 at Cleveland Browns 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 at Carolina Panthers 7

At Green Bay Packers 34, Buffalo Bills 7

Chicago Bears 27 at Dallas Cowboys 20

At Denver Broncos 31, Seattle Seahawks 14

At Oakland Raiders 16, St. Louis Rams 14

At San Diego Chargers 38, Jacksonville Jaguars 13

Houston Texans 30 at Washington Redskins 27 (OT)

At New York Jets 28, New England Patriots 14

At Indianapolis Colts 38, New York Giants 14

Monday, September 20th (All times Eastern)--

8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers


Today is the start of National Pollution Prevention Week.


The Beavers play at Boise State on Saturday, September 25th. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm EDT.
Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

And here's the 2010 football roster.


The Night Stalker


Als find diamond in the rough, overwhelm Edmonton.

Owens spectacular as Boatmen defuse Bombers.

Visit the league's official website at



ST. PETERSBURG -- On the bright side ...

The Yankees lost on Sunday, which took some of the sting out of the Rays' 6-3 loss to the Angels at Tropicana Field with 25,794 watching.

On the other hand, Sunday was a day to think of what could have been. If the Rays could have taken care of business in the first, Scott Kazmir might not have been around for five innings.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Matt Garza (14-8, 3.88) is on the mound for the Rays tonight in the first of a four-game set at New York against the Yankees' Scott Kazmir(8-14, 5.99 ).....The Rays have announced a program which allows fans to register for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2010 American League Division Series in an online presale. Fans interested in registering should go to and register for the Postseason Ticket Opportunity. The on-sale date is to be determined. "In anticipation of potential postseason games, we are excited to provide our fans an opportunity to register for the chance to be a part of these online presales," said Rays senior vice president Mark Fernandez. "While registering, we recommend that fans 'opt in' for future notifications, as that is the most efficient way for the team to communicate with fans regarding future ticket opportunities and all postseason updates." There is no charge to register. Additional rules and information are available at 2010 Postseason ticket packages may be guaranteed by placing deposits on 2011 season ticket plans.


On this date in 1973,


In the American League East, the Yankees lead Tampa Bay(who lead the Wild Card) by 1/2 game, Boston is 7 behind(6 1/2 behind in Wild Card), Toronto(Eliminated) is 15 behind and Baltimore(Eliminated) is 31 back.

In the American League Central, Minnesota is 10 ahead of the White Sox, Detroit(Eliminated) is behind by 14, while Cleveland(Eliminated) trails by 27 and Kansas City(Eliminated) sits 27 1/2 in arrears.

In the American League West, Texas leads Oakland by 9, the Angels are 10 1/2 behind and Seattle(Eliminated) trails by 26 1/2.

In the National League East, Philadelphia leads Atlanta(Braves lead the Wild Card race) by 3 games, the Mets(Eliminated) and Florida(Eliminated) are both 15 out and Washington(Eliminated) is 26 1/2 behind.

In the National League Central, Cincinnati leads St. Louis by 6 games, Houston is 11 1/2 back, Milwaukee(Eliminated) is 14 behind, the Cubs(Eliminated) trail by 15 1/2 and Pittsburgh(Eliminated) is 32 1/2 out.

In the National League West, San Francisco is 1/2 game ahead of San Francisco(The Padres are 2 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card), Colorado is 1 1/2 behind(3 1/2 out in the Wild Card), the Dodgers are 11 behind and Arizona(Eliminated) trails by 25.




SAN FRANCISCO -- It was only a first-inning at-bat, but there was no doubt the outcome of Sunday's game rested on the shoulders of Jose Guillen.

The bases were loaded. The Giants were 1-for-their-last-12 with runners in scoring position, with that lone hit coming just two batters earlier. They had scored only one run in their past two games.

Simply put, the Giants needed something -- a bobbled ball, a seeing-eye single, anything -- to give them a spark.

Guillen delivered, rocketing a grand slam into the left-field stands and setting the tone in Sunday's 9-2 beatdown of the Brewers at AT&T Park.

Read the rest here.

Notes: Matt Cain(12-10, 3.08) goes to the mound in tonight's 8:05pm EDT start for the Giants against the Cubs, who have yet to name a starter....The Giants' starting pitching has been so effective this season that they are 58-18 when they score the game's first run....The Cubs' Tyler Colvin endured a scary moment Sunday when he was struck by a fragment from a broken bat while trying to score from third. Colvin was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays and stitches, but was in stable condition. He'll spend the night in the hospital, and he's out for the year with what is being called symptoms of a collapsed lung.



Today in Elvis History:

1949 - Elvis Presley and his family were accepted into the Memphis Housing Authority property called Lauderdale Courts. On November 17, 1952, they were evicted because they made too much money.

1980 - The eight-album boxed set "Elvis Aron Presley" hit #27 in the U.S.


Here I am at Saturday's hockey game.

Here I am, test driving my new BBQ grill.

Want hamburger! Want Hamburger!


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - After a charity show that finished their U.S. tour, the Beatles appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1966 - George Harrison went to India for his first visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1969 - Associated TV bought control of the Beatles' music publishing company, Northern Songs, for a million pounds.

1972 - Police found cannabis growing on the farm of Paul and Linda McCartney.


The panic of 1873, which occured on this date, forced the closure of the New York Stock Exchange. It re-opened 10 days later.


Today in Sports History:

1876 - Candy Cummings (Hartford) pitched two complete games in one day. He won 14-4 and 8-4.

1902 - Jim Callaghan pitched the first no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history.

1927 - Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He beat his own record of 59 that he set in 1921.

1955 - Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) set a major league record with his fifth grand slam of the year.

1968 - Denny McClain (Detroit Tigers) became the first player to achieve 31 wins in 37 years.

1973 - Willie Mays announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

1973 - In an exhibition tennis match, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. The event is viewed as a milestone in women's sports.

1981 - Marcus Allen (USC) rushed for 274 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 21-0 victory over Indiana.

1982 - The NFL Players Association announced that a strike would begin at the completion of the Packers-Giants game on Monday night.

1984 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) recorded his 100th hit of the season. It was the 22nd consecutive season he had recorded at least 100 hits in a season.

1985 - Tommy Kramer (Minnesota Vikings) threw for 436 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings lost to the Chicago Bears 33-24.

1986 - - Tony Gwynn (San Diego Padres) stole five bases in one game against Houston.

1987 - Walter Payton scored his 107th touchdown to break the NFL record held by Jim Brown.

1993 - John Carney (San Diego Chargers) kicked six field goals to extend his consecutive field goal streak to 29 straight games. The Chargers beat the Houston Oilers 18-17.

1998 - Cal Ripken, Jr., (Baltimore Orioles) ended his record streak of playing in 2,632 consecutive games. He had played in every game since May 30, 1982.

2002 - Tom Gamboa, coach of the Kansas City Royals, was attacked by a man and his son while he was standing near first base. The two fans were arrested and charged with battery.


MOTEGI, Japan – Japanese fans’ exuberance and motorsports knowledge is cited by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers as one of the reasons they enjoy the annual Indy Japan 300 race weekend.

Both were apparent when spectators began to congregate at the fencing facing the pit lane stage 10 laps before Helio Castroneves crossed the finish line. The race winner didn’t disappoint the swelling grandstand section after climbing from the No. 3 Team Penske car, waving his arms to elicit a louder cheer before scaling the safety barrier.

Moments later, out of breath but not lacking high spirits, Castroneves rattled off almost as many thank yous to individuals who contributed to his second consecutive victory and second at Twin Ring Motegi from the pole as gifts he received.

"Team Penske is about execution and they gave me a fantastic car," said Castroneves, who gained a position on teammate Ryan Briscoe on a Lap 118 pit stop under yellow to take the lead for good. "Every time I wanted to go for it, the car was responding."

Castroneves led 153 of the 200 laps to pass Sam Hornish Jr. as the IZOD IndyCar Series career leader and posted his 23rd Indy car racing victory (tying Tommy Milton for 15th on the all-time list).

"It's always a tough race here," he continued. "I trusted my car and trusted my team, which did a great job in the pits."

In Castroneves' wake, Dario Franchitti beat Will Power to the finish line by 0.4997 of a second to claim second place and close the championship points gap to 12 heading into the season finale Oct. 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Briscoe, who started second, finished fourth and Danica Patrick advanced seven positions to fifth in the No. 7 GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport. Teammates Tony Kanaan (seventh) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (ninth) were joined in the top 10 by Newman/Haas Racing's Graham Rahal, who moved up eight positions to eighth, and Dan Wheldon of Panther Racing.


The Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tennessee, ends on this date in 1863.



LOUDON, N.H. -- Clint Bowyer's No. 33 Chevrolet spun in a cloud of smoke as Bowyer celebrated victory in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In the same frame, Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevy coasted slowly across the finish line, out of fuel and out of the running for a race win that had seemed a distinct possibility barely more than a lap earlier.

Bowyer, the last driver to qualify for the Chase, and Stewart both gambled on fuel after pitting for the final time on Lap 208 of 300 at the 1.058-mile race track.

Bowyer won, beating resilient Denny Hamlin to the finish line by .477 seconds and surging into second place in the Chase standings after the first of 10 races. Hamlin leads Bowyer by 35 points as the Cup Series heads to Dover.

Stewart lost, running out of fuel off Turn 4 while leading with the white flag clearly in his sights.

"Just ran out," was Stewart's immediate, terse reaction to his fuel crisis, but it spoke volumes. The two-time Cup champion left Loudon in 11th place, 124 points behind Hamlin.

Bowyer was still in fuel-saving mode with Hamlin running him down on the final lap, but he mashed the pedal out of Turn 4.

"Wide open, stay in it -- come on!" spotter Mike Dillon radioed to Bowyer as he rounded the final corner, almost as if he were driving a thoroughbred down the stretch.

Jamie McMurray finished third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth. Kevin Harvick, who led the standings after the first 26 races, ran fifth despite fighting handling problems throughout the race and is third in the standings, 45 points out of the lead. Jeff Gordon, David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top 10.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants 4:05pm EDT

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Thursday --

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT


Nascar Nationwide Series: Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6:30pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10pm EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 7:30pm EDT

College Football: Oregon State Beavers at Boise State Broncos 8:00pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 8:00am EDT

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Knights 11:00pm EDT

NFL Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series: AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Deleware 3:00pm EDT

Baseball: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:40pm EDT

Baseball: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Monday --

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

Tuesday --

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 --

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

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

Saturday --

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

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

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

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

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Junior Blades TBA

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)


That's all for today. See you Tuesday. 

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