Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is November 1st, the 304th day of 2010. There are 61 days left in the year.


A look at some key numbers from October.

Surprising scorers.


November is Aviation History Month.


Bucs take OT win at Y'town.

Zombo, Sioux Falls gets past Force.

Trick-or-treating at Covelli draws 1,500.

Green Bay blanks Y'town.

Lumberjacks drop shootout to Des Moines.

Hawks rout Jacks.

Tri-City makes single goal last versus Sioux City.

Warning OT goal sends Riders past Saints.

Ice defeat Team USA.


A source says NASA is working on a plan to send astronauts into space to colonize Mars and other planets -- and never return. The project is known as the Hundred Year Starship.


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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

Here's the 2011 Beaver Pac-10 baseball schedule.


A man who was raking leaves Friday morning at his Asheboro, North Carolina, home discovered a grenade. Police said they responded to the area and evacuated two houses. They aren't sure how the grenade ended up in the man's yard.


Not enough consistancy from Darian Durant at the quarterback position, the return of an ineffective kick return game, a crucial replay that went against them, and questionable play at the end all contributed to the Saskatchewan Roughriders losing their fourth consecutive game, 23-17 to the BC Lions on Sunday.

The Riders took a 3-0 lead with 2:44 to go in the first when Warren Kean, who earlier missed a 46 yard field goal attempt, hit one from 15 yards out on Saskatchewan's second possession of the game.

The Lions would put three scores on the board in the closing stages of the first half. Paul McCallum hit a 27 yard field goal with 4:56 left, then three plays later, Yonus Davis ran a punt back 88 yards for a major score. McCallum converted with 2:57 to go, then another Davis punt return set up McCallum for a 34 yard field goal with 49 seconds left, giving BC a 13-3 halftime lead.

The Riders closed to 3 down on their first possession of the second half, as Cary Kock took a hitch screen from Durant 25 yards for a touchdown. Kean's convert 4:01 into the half cut the Leos lead to 13-10.

The difference stayed at 3 until just past the midway point of the fourth quarter. Steven Black caught a 4 yard scoring pass from Travis Lulay, and McCallum converted with 6:45 still to play, then McCallum added a 39 yard field goal with 3:21 left in regulation, giving BC a 23-10 lead. Saskatchewan still had life though, thanks to a 25 yard Durant to Chris Getzlaf touchdown pass. With the Kean convert, the Riders trailed by just 6 at 23-17, with 1:41 to go. Saskatchewan would then attempt a short kick in an attempt to retain possession. In a wild scramble, a Saskatchewan player touched the ball as it was going out of bounds, which would have been good enough to give them possession, but the officials ruled the ball had hit the sideline first. Replay upheld the decision and the Lions got the ball. The Riders would get the ball back after a 2-and-out defensive stop, but Ryan Grice-Mullen, who fumbled one kick return and returned 10 kicks for just 123 yards, including 5 punts for just 24 yards, ran the ball back only 2 yards, giving Saskatchewan the ball at their own 9, with 59 seconds to go. Short passes and a scramble out of trouble for a first down and no long balls netted just 17 yards and the Riders turned the ball over on downs, losing the game 23-17.

For BC, Travis Lulay was 21-of-29 passing for 204 yards and a touchdown to Steven Black, Yonus Davis had a punt return touchdown and Paul McCallum kicked 3 field goals and 2 converts. For Saskatchewan, Darian Durant was 24-of-43 passing for 325 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Cary Koch and Chris Getzlaf caught touchdown passes and Warren Kean, in his Riders debut, kicked a field goal and 2 converts. The Riders, who did move the ball a bit better than they have recently, outgained the Leos 374 yards to 247.

BC improves to 7-10 and is now tied with Edmonton for the last remaining playoff spot in the CFL. To move into the final playoff spot, the Lions must win their final game of the season next week in Hamilton, plus hope Saskatchewan can defeat the Eskimos in Regina If the teams tie, Edmonton has the tie breaker. Both games are set for next Saturday. The BC-Hamilton game kicks off at 2:00pm EDT and the Saskatchewan-Edmonton game will get underway at 7:00pm EDT.


Saw 3D was the weekend's No. 1 movie with $24.2 million in ticket sales.


CFL Replay: Week #18.

Visit the league's official website,


November is International Drum Month. (Jimmy will like this one!)


Jimmy could have gone out for Trick-or-Treat dressed as Daddy....

....But he went out as a Red Crayon instead.


Nifty link: tells you if it's raining in a given city at this very moment. How the site does it is pretty clever.


Here's the Week 8 NFL Schedule(All times Eastern):

At Detroit Lions 35, Washington Redskins 27

At Kansas City Chiefs 13, Buffalo Bills 10

At St. Louis Rams 20, Carolina Panthers 10

At San Francisco 49ers 24, Denver Broncosw 16

Green Bay Packers 9 at New York Jets 0

Miami Dolphins 22 at Cincinnati Bengals 14

Jacksonville Jaguars 35 at Dallas Cowboys 17

At San Diego Chargers 33, Tennessee Titans 25

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 at Arizona Cardinals 35

At New England Patriots 28, Minnesota Vikings 18

At Oakland Raiders 33, Seattle Seahawks 3

At New Orleans Saints 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Monday November 1 8:30 p.m. Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts


An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington.


2010 World Series

Game 1, Wednesday, October 27th
Texas Rangers 7 at San Francisco Giants 11

Game 2, Thursday, October 28th
Texas Rangers 0 at San Francisco Giants 9

Game 3, Saturday, October 30th
San Francisco Giants 2 at Texas Rangers 4

Game 4, Sunday, October 31st
San Francisco Giants 4 at Texas Rangers 0

Game 5, Monday, November 1st (If necessary)
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 7:30pm EDT

Game 6, Wednesday, November 3rd (If necessary)
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm

Game 7, Thursday, November 4th (If necessary)
Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 7:30pm EDT


November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month.


ARLINGTON -- A remarkably poised 21-year-old pitcher has brought the San Francisco Giants to the brink of an accomplishment that eluded some of the club's greatest players.

Madison Bumgarner's cool performance Sunday night paced the Giants to a 4-0 triumph over the Texas Rangers in Game 4 of the World Series and left San Francisco one victory shy of securing a championship that has remained so elusive for one of baseball's most storied, yet star-crossed, franchises.

Read the rest here.


November is Family Stories Month.


Today in Elvis History:

1955 - Sam Phillips sold his contract with Elvis Presley to RCA records for $35,000.

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "Suspicious Minds" hit the Hot 100. The single would be Elvis's last U.S. #1

1971 - The documentary "Elvis On Tour" opened in the U.S. The film covered Elvis Presley shows from April 5th-April 19th.


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Beatles began their first headlining tour of England at Cheltenham's Odeon Theatre. The supporting acts were Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, the Brook Brothers, and the Vernons Girls.

1968 - George Harrison released the soundtrack "Wonderwall." He was the first Beatle to release a solo album.

1969 - The Beatles album "Abbey Road" hit #1.

2005 - "The Beatles - The Biography" by Bob Spitz went on sale. The original project consisted of 2,792 pages. When released it was edited down to 856 pages.

2005 - The DVD "The Dick Cavett Show - John & Yoko Collection" was released.


Today is the start of National Fig Week.


Today in Sports History:

1913 - Notre Dame defeated Army 35-13. It was the first time the forward pass was used as a main offensive weapon in football.

1950 - Charles Cooper became the first black man to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1959 - Jacques Plante, of the Montreal Canadiens, became the first goalie in the NHL to wear a mask.

1964 - Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) became the first NFL player to exceed 10,000 yards rushing.

2001 - Dan Neil (Denver Broncos) was fined $15,000 for an illegal block that broke the leg of Bryan Cox (New England Patriots).


Today is the start of World Communication Week.



TALLADEGA, Ala. -- It's not often that a victory burnout comes before the victory is determined. But Clint Bowyer decided he wasn't going to waste a good opportunity to smoke the tires.

"Hell, yeah!" Bowyer said. "Claim that baby before someone else does."

After racing at more than 190 mph for much of the afternoon, Bowyer was parked on pit road when word came down from NASCAR officials that he was finally and officially declared the winner of Sunday's Amp Energy Juice 500.

It took several minutes to check the videotape frame-by-frame to determine when the caution light was displayed after A.J. Allmendinger flipped and triggered a multi-car accident just seconds after the leaders had crossed under the white flag.

Bowyer and Kevin Harvick were side-by-side for the lead, and both believed they had a rightful claim to the crown as the cars slowed back to the start/finish stripe. The two teammates then pulled down onto the apron in Turn 1, with Harvick sitting and watching Bowyer's burnout.

"You know, it was so close because we didn't know where the caution had come out," Harvick said. "I was pretty confident that I beat him to the start/finish line. But you just never know where the caution flew.

"Heck, I honestly didn't even know the caution was out until halfway through Turns 1 and 2. They probably told me on the radio. But at that point you're so in tune with what's going on, trying to focus on when you got a guy behind you pushing you. You got to hold the wheel straight."

The two drove close enough to each other to exchange handshakes, all the time awaiting a ruling from the sanctioning body. Bowyer eventually drove down pit road, getting congratulations from several crewmembers before the verdict was finally announced.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Baseball: World Series, Game 5 -- San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers 7:57pm EDT

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks 10:00pm EDT

Baseball: World Series, Game 6 -- Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 10:57pm EDT (If necessary)

Thursday --

Baseball: World Series, Game 7 -- Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants 10:57pm EDT (If necessary)

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas 12:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at UCLA Bruins 7:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders 7:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at East Coast Eagles 8:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at East Coast Eagles 10:30am EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas 3:00pm EST


That's all for today, see you tomorrow.

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