Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is November 22nd, the 326th day of 2010. There are 39 days left in the year.


Byfuglien extends Isles losing streak to 13.

Lidstrom's goal caps' Wings rally.

Reeling Ducks fall to Oilers.

Pyatt leads Coyotes past Canucks.


Today is National Cranberry Relish Day.


Sunday's boxscore:

Team USA 5, Indiana 2

Bucs fall again at Green Bay.

Storm deal Walsh to Dubuque.

Penalties send Storm to third straight loss.

Phantoms lose at home again by shootout.

Defense propels Saints.

Three empty-net goals highlight easy win for Fargo.

Team USA stops Lancer rally.

Ralston moves ahead with Omaha-area Arena.

Lumberjacks can't catch a break, lose shootout to Cedar Rapids.

Stampede explode for 7-4 win.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 made $125.1 million at the North American box office over opening weekend and another $205 million overseas.


Jimmy likes to "go fast" between the living room and the kitchen.


St. Louis overtook Camden, New Jersey, in 2009 as the nation's most dangerous city. A study found St. Louis had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4.


The Beavers hope to become bowl eligible this Saturday when they head to The Farm to play Stanford. Kickoff on the Beaver Sports Network is 7:30pm EST. Listen link is on the right side of this blog.

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.


Apple's Steve Job and News Corp's Rupert Murdoch are preparing to unveil a new digital "newspaper" called the Daily at the end of this month. It'll be the world's first "newspaper" designed for tablet-style computers like the iPad.


Western Champs Again.

The Riders play Montreal in the Grey Cup championship game this coming Sunday in Edmonton. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm EST. Listen link for the game is on the right side of this blog.

Visit the teams' official website,


Here's a sign winter comes early to our northern states: Today is Wisconsin's Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day.


Defending champs rout Argos, return to Cup.

Visit the league's official website,


Brockton, Massachusetts, has smashed the 700-person record of greatest number of people at one time in one place wearing a Santa Claus hat. In Brockton more than 800 people were counted wearing their Santa hats.


Here's the Week 11 NFL Schedule:

Chicago Bears 16 at  Miami Dolphins 0

At  Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Oakland Raiders 3

At  Dallas Cowboys 35 Detroit Lions 19

At  Jacksonville Jaguars 24 Cleveland Browns 20

Washington Redskins 19 at Tennessee Titans 16

At New York Jets 30 Houston Texans 27

Baltimore Ravens 37 at  Carolina Panthers 13

Green Bay Packers 31 at  Minnesota Vikings 3

At Kansas City Chiefs 31 Arizona Cardinals 13

Buffalo Bills 49 at Cincinnati Bengals 31

At  New Orleans Saints 34 Seattle Seahawks 19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 at San Francisco 49ers 0

Atlanta Falcons 34 at St. Louis Rams 17

At New England Patriots 31 Indianapolis Colts 28

Philadelphia Eagles 27 at New York Giants 17

Monday November 22 8:30 p.m. Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers


Just as Dancing with the Stars begins to wrap up, ABC gives us Skating with the Stars. It's premieres tonight.


Today in Elvis History:

1955 - Elvis Presley's contract with Bob Neal expired.

1961 - The Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii" opened in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley was released from work on the movie "Easy Come, Easy Go." Principal photography had finished on November 7.

1967 - The Elvis Presley film "Clambake" opened in the U.S.

1967 - Elvis Presley completed location shooting for the film "Stay Away, Joe."


The King of Saudi Arabia is coming to the United States this week for medical treatment. (That sounds about right -- only a king could afford the American healthcare system.)


Today in Beatles History:

1968 - The Beatles released their double album called "The Beatles" (a.k.a. "The White Album").

2005 - Paul McCartney's CD single "Jenny Wren" was released. It contained the songs "Jenny Wren" and "I Want You To Fly". A second single was released on November 29 that contained two more songs.

2005 - The John Lennon and Yoko Ono album "Sometime in New York City [Original Recording Remastered] was released.


English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard") was killed on this date in 1718 during a battle off the coast of North Carolina. British soldiers cornered him aboard his ship and killed him. He was shot and stabbed more than 25 times.


Today in Sports History:

1910 - Arthur F. Knight patented a steel shaft to replace wood shafts in golf clubs.

1917 - The National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.

1950 - The lowest scoring game in the NBA was played. The Fort Wayne Pistons (later the Detroit Pistons) defeated the Minneapolis Lakers (later the Los Angeles Lakers) 19-18.

1986 - Mike Tyson became the youngest to wear the world heavyweight-boxing crown. He was only 20 years and 4 months old.

2003 - In Edmonton, Alberta, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in the first NHL game to be played outside. 57,167 spectators more than double the previous NHL record.

2006 - Tiger Woods won his seventh straight PGA Grand Slam.


U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas on this date in 1963. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U. S. President. 



HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- NASCAR has a rock star -- and perhaps after a fifth consecutive championship for unsinkable Jimmie Johnson, the sport will realize it.
Johnson ran second to Carl Edwards in Sunday's season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to secure the first come-from-behind title in his skein of five championships.
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Edwards' victory was perfection. He led 190 of 267 laps in winning his second consecutive Cup Series race and the 18th of his career.
"Why didn't you set the cars up like this before, Bob?" Edwards joked with crew chief Bob Osborne after the race. "That was the best performance down the straightaway I've had in a long time."
The race for the championship was anything but perfection. And it wasn't the high drama fans had anticipated from the closest Chase since the introduction of NASCAR's playoff format in 2004.
An early spin on the part of Denny Hamlin, the Chase leader by 15 points entering the final race, ultimately proved decisive. A pit-road speeding penalty knocked Kevin Harvick (third in points) to the rear of the field just when he appeared ready to contend for the victory. Hamlin finished 14th; Harvick rallied to finish third.
Sloppy work in the pits on the part of Johnson's substitute crew -- borrowed from Jeff Gordon's No. 24 team in the middle of the eighth Chase race (at Texas) and bound to Johnson thereafter -- repeatedly cost the champion track position.
To call the final race a comedy of errors on the part of the title contenders may be harsh, but championship team owner Rick Hendrick did precisely that.
"It was like, 'Who's going to screw up the most?' " Hendrick said after claiming his 10th Cup title (five with Johnson, four with Gordon and one with Terry Labonte).
In the afterglow of a fifth consecutive title, however, the flaws in the process didn't matter.
"Jimmie, you are a rock star, my friend," Chad Knaus radioed after Johnson crossed the finished line 1.608 seconds behind Edwards. "You have proven it time and time again. And you damn did it [Sunday], my friend."
Johnson finished 39 points ahead of Hamlin and 41 ahead of Harvick.
Before the race was 25 laps old, Hamlin made a tough job much more difficult. His No. 11 Toyota, which had started the race 37th but had gained 18 positions in the first 23 laps, touched the No. 16 Ford of Greg Biffle as the cars sped through Turn 2 on Lap 24. Hamlin spun through the infield grass, damaging the front splitter and knocking the toe angle of the tires out of position.
Though his crew worked feverishly to repair the damage, the incident affected the handling just enough to keep Hamlin from making an aggressive run to the front. His troubles were compounded when he was trapped a lap down during a cycle of pit stops and had to take a wave-around to the tail end of the lead lap. At that point Hamlin was fighting Harvick for second in the final standings, not battling Johnson for the championship.
"I felt like, as soon as we dropped the green, I thought we could win the race," Hamlin said. "Our car was really fast at the beginning -- I mean, just unbelievably fast at the beginning -- and I knew we had a car that could contend for a win, and obviously when we got in that incident on the back straightaway, it tore up the front and knocked the toe out, and obviously the car did not drive as well for the rest of the day.
"We just tried to patch it and work on it the best we could, but it just wasn't the car that it was at the beginning. It's just part of racing."
Johnson restarted second on Lap 251 after Harvick dumped Kyle Busch, Hamlin's teammate, into the inside frontstretch wall to cause the 10th and final caution on Lap 244. Johnson couldn't catch Edwards over the final 17 laps, but he pulled away from Harvick to secure the title.
"I'm just beside myself," Johnson said in Victory Lane. "Four was amazing. Now I have to figure out what the hell to say about winning five of these things, because everybody is going to want to know what it means. I don't know. It is pretty damn awesome -- I can tell you that."


U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, Texas on this date in 1963. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.


Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 5:00pm EST

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Cardinal 7:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens 4:15pm EST

CFL Football -- Grey Cup Championship Game: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton 6:30pm EST


That's all for today, see you tomorrow.

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