Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's Saturday











Welcome to Saturday's edition of the Johnny Blog. Apparently, the blog entries for Wednesday and Thursday have returned, so if you missed anything, you can go back and check it out. Anyway, all is now good. So, here's what's happening....

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Today is May 14th, the 134th day of 2011. There are 231 days left in the year.

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Bolts, B's ready-Canucks await Sharks.

Good times again for Lecavalier-St. Louis duo.

Recchi's play belies his age.

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Today is International Migratory Bird Day.

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USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – First Round

Eastern Conference

Indiana Ice (#3) vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (#6)

Indiana wins series 2-0.

Team USA (#4) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)

Muskegon wins series 2-0.

Western Conference

Sioux Falls Stampede (#3) vs. Sioux City Musketeers (#6)

Sioux Falls wins series 2-1.

Fargo Force (#4) vs. Lincoln Stars (#5)

Fargo wins series 2-0.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Second Round

Eastern Conference

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (#1) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)
Cedar Rapids wins series 3-1.

Green Bay Gamblers (#2) vs. Indiana Ice (#3)
Green Bay wins series 3-0.

Western Conference

Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Fargo Force (#4)
Dubuque wins series 3-0.

Omaha Lancers (#2) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Sioux Falls wins series 3-0.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (#1) vs. Green Bay Gamblers (#2)
Game 1: Friday, April 29th – Green Bay 3 @ Cedar Rapids 2
Game 2: Saturday, April 30th – Green Bay 1 @ Cedar Rapids 2
Game 3: Friday, May 6th – Cedar Rapids 1 @ Green Bay 4
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th – Cedar Rapids 1 @ Green Bay 3
Green Bay wins series 3-1.

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Final
Dubuque Fighting Saints (#1) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (#3)
Game 1: Friday, April 29th– Sioux Falls 2 @ Dubuque 5
Game 2: Saturday, April 30th – Sioux Falls 1 @ Dubuque 2
Game 3: Friday, May 6th – Dubuque 2 @ Sioux Falls 3
Game 4: Sunday, May 8th – Dubuque 3 @ Sioux Falls 2
Dubuque wins series 3-1.

USHL Clark Cup Final
Green Bay Gamblers vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
Game 1: Friday, May 13th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque 0 @ Green Bay 3
Game 2: Saturday, May 14th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Green Bay
Game 3: Friday, May 20th, 7:00 PM – Green Bay @ Dubuque
Game 4: Saturday, May 21st, 7:00 PM – Green Bay @ Dubuque**
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24th, 7:05 PM – Dubuque @ Green Bay**
** if necessary
(all times reflect local start time)

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Today is Letter Carrier's Food Drive Day. (Linky Link)


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Moffat: Als have mastered the art of the draft.

Whitaker pegged as Als' starting tailback.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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Let's read this book Mommy.

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Today is National Chicken Dance Day. (Linky Link)

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ST PETERSBURG --  There was much debate over when Jeremy Hellickson actually cracked a smile.
One teammate said it was as the Rays' rookie walked into the dugout following his first career complete-game shutout on Friday night. Another said he thought he saw a glimpse immediately after the last out came in the 3-0 win over Baltimore.
Manager Joe Maddon thought he saw his stoic starter slip during a postgame TV interview.
Read the rest here.
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This is The Stars and Stripes Forever Day. (Linky Link)
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CHICAGO -The bullpen endured a meltdown. Madison Bumgarner remained winless. Those were the major issues for the Giants in their 11-4 loss Friday to the Chicago Cubs.
But the relievers' struggles could be categorized as an aberration, and Bumgarner didn't pitch all that badly. The Giants' offense remains their soft underbelly, the rust that doesn't sleep, the team's true area of concern.
Read the rest here.
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Today in Elvis History:

1966 - The Elvis Presley soundtrack album "Frankie and Johnny" hit #11 in the U.K.

1983 - The Elvis Presley single "Baby I Don't Care" hit #61 in the U.K.

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This is Underground America Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1968Paul McCartney and John Lennon were guests on NBC's "Tonight Show" (with guest host Joe Garagiola).

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It's National Windmill Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1874 - McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.

1904 - In St. Louis, the Olympic games were held. It was the first time for the games to be played in the U.S.

1906 - The flagpole at the White Sox ballpark broke during the pennant-raising.

1913 - Walter Johnson (Washington Senators) ended his scoreless streak of 56 innings.

1918 - Stan Coveleski (Cleveland Indians) set a club record when he pitched 19 innings.

1918 - Sunday baseball games were made legal in Washington, DC.

1920 - Walter Johnson (Washington Senators) won his 300th game against Detroit.

1967 - Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees) hit his 500th career home run.

1972 - Willie Mays hit a home run in his first game as a New York Met.

1983 - Rosa Mota set a female world record when she ran the 20k in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 55.5 seconds.

1986 - Reggie Jackson hit his 537th home run. He passed Mickey Mantle to move into 6th place on the all-time list.

1989 - Kirby Pucket hit his 6th consecutive double.

1995 - Eddie Murray hit his 463rd career home run to tie for 18th on the all-time list.

1997 - The Baseball Executive Council suspended New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

2002 - It was announced that Ken Hitchcock had signed a four-year contract to be head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Tonight is Stay Up All Night Night. (Apparently, we're not supposed to go to sleep.)

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Coming Up: 

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover - 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, be sure to tell your friends about this blog. See you tomorrow.           

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