Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

It's Monday once more. Here's what's happening today....


Today is February 28th, the 59th day of 2011. There are 306 days left in the year.





Lecavalier's tally downs Rangers.

Jackets come up short again in Nashville.

Thrashers rally, beat Leafs in OT.

Devils rebound with win over Panthers.

Hawks edge Coyotes in shootout.

One's enough for Flames to beat Blues.

Bruins continue dominance of Oilers.

Ducks edge Avalanche.


Today's birthdays: Actor Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati) is 69; actress Mercedes Ruehl (Big, Frasier) is 63; actor John Turturro (Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski) is 54; actress Ali Larter (Heroes, Varsity Blues, Final Destination) is 35; actress Sarah Bolger (Princess/Lady Mary Tudor on The Tudors) is 20.


Saints win battle of expansion teams.

Jacobson commits to Brown University.

Big crowd buoys Jacks in win over Chicago.

Fargo turns it on in third period against Stars.

Shots sparse for Muskies in yet another loss to Fargo.

Big victory on the big stage.

Riders on win streak after win over Waterloo.

Fargo downs Sioux City.

Youngstown Phantoms take third straight from Team USA.

Storm shutout at home by Musketeers.

Gamblers beat Omaha in overtime.


Today begins Ignore Sarah Palin Week.


The Tampa Bay Juniors' season is over. After giving themselves life with a convincing game two win, a mini-game overtime goal ended their season as the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers won 1-0, to advance to the league tournament next weekend in Atlanta.

Four goals from Paul Lochner, plus singles from Anthony Feldman, DJ Thomas and Dustin Disbro, plus 32 saves from Evan Weiss, propelled the Juniors to a 7-3 win, squaring the best-of-three series at a game apiece. Hampton Roads' Chris Radague, Kellan Lessard and Matt Culcasi scored first period goals, to forge a 3-3 tie after one. Tampa Bay would add Feldman's goal in the second, plus three more in the third, to force a deciding ten minute 'mini-game.' After the two teams battled through a scoreless ten minutes, they would saddle up for another ten minutes, this time being sudden death. The end would come at 7:55, when Rick Loveless scored in tight to win the game 1-0 for the Whalers. Hampton Roads outshot Tampa Bay 35-33 in the regular game, and 16-8 in the 'mini-game.' Evan Weiss stopped a total of 37 shots on the night for the Juniors, while the Whalers' Dylan Snyder and Justin Lindgren combined for 31 saves. Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play.

The Tampa Bay Juniors, including playoffs, finish the season with a record of 18-20-0-2.


Director M. Night Shymalan's The Last Airbender won a Razzie over the weekend for the year's worst movie. It also won for worst screenplay, and Shmayalan picked up the nod for worst director. (It's amazing how far his fortune has dropped since his stunning debut with The Sixth Sense. The only thing dead he sees these days is his career.)


2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Play Ball!


Charlie Sheen will speak to ABC's 20/20 Tuesday. He'll also have interviews this week on ABC's Good Morning American and NBC Today.


Today in Elvis History:

1970 - Elvis Presley's album "Portrait in Music" hit #36 in the U.K.

2004 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Inspirational", "Elvis Country" and "Elvis Rock" were released.


A woman who thought she won a quarter of a million dollars is suing a TV station for being "severely damaged" after she learned it broadcast incorrect lottery numbers. Rakel Daniele seeks damages after relying on the "false and incorrect results" New York City station WABC-TV allegedly aired in June 2009.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed "From Me To You."


A Rome, Georgia, man was arrested Saturday after police said he was drunk and swearing at a woman. And the 82-year-old Joe Smith Hall is also in trouble after he tried to hit an officer with a pool stick while resisting arrest at his residence.


Today in Sports History:

1931 - The Canadian Rugby Union adopted the forward pass.

1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Garden in New York.

1948 - Bud Gartiser set a world record when he cleared the 50-yard low hurdles in 6.8 seconds.

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain set and NBA record with his 35th consecutive field goal.

1987 - Chick Hearn broadcasted his 2,000th consecutive Los Angeles Lakers game.

1988 - Pat Verbeek became the first New Jersey Devil to score 4 goals in a game.

1998 - Mark Messier (Vancouver Canucks) became the fourth NHL player to score 1,600 points.

1999 - Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day.

2002 - It was announced that John Madden would be replacing Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football." Madden signed a four-year $20 million deal with ABC Sports.


Gnomeo & Juliet made $14.2 million, enough to move it to the No. 1 spot. Nic Cage's latest debuted in 9th place.


 Kyle Busch held off a frenetic challenge from Carl Edwards in the closing laps of Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway and collected his 44th Nationwide Series victory, four behind career series leader Mark Martin.
Having won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at the 1-mile track, Busch will try for a weekend sweep Sunday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup event.

Read the rest here.


Four new films open Friday, including The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon.


AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Gordon didn't just drive to end hunger Sunday -- he drove to end a famine.
With a convincing victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 1.137 seconds, Gordon ended a 66-race winless streak dating to April 2009 at Texas.
Read the rest here.
Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.        

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