Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations

It's another Monday morning. So, here's what's happening....


Today is May 16th, the 136th day of 2011. There are 229 days left in the year.


Canucks take Game One.

Moore playing an enormous role for the Bolts.

Seven of the greatest playoff series of all time.


Todays Birthdays: Actor Pierce Brosnan (Mrs. Doubtfire, Thomas Crown Affair) is 58; actress Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment, An Officer and a Gentleman) is 56; singer Janet Jackson is 45; actor David Boreanaz (Bones, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is 42; singer and actress Danielle Spencer (married to Russell Crowe) is 41; actress Tori Spelling is 38; actress Megan Fox (Transformers) is 25.


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 2 @ Green Bay 1
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)


Thor hammered away at the box office again for the second week. It's estimated that Thor sold $34.5 million worth of tickets in North American Friday-Sunday.


Birth of North American Football: 137 years.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,

Let's play hockey!


Today is Biographer's Day.


ST PETERSBURG --  Fresh off a 7-2 road trip, the Rays seemed poised to carry that momentum into Tropicana Field.
But for most of the season, Tampa Bay's road success hasn't translated into an equally impressive resume at home. On Sunday, it was no different.
The Rays (23-17) fell to the Orioles, 9-3, on Sunday to drop to 10-12 at Tropicana Field this year and lose the rubber game of their three-game series. With the loss, the Rays have still won 14 of their previous 19 games, dating back to April 23.
Read the rest here.
Ashrita Furman's latest Guinness World Record was verified on Friday. The Queens, New York, man officially holds the record for the most lemons caught blindfolded in one minute by a team of two. He currently holds 121 records.

CHICAGO -The Giants received an unscheduled break Sunday when the finale of their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs was rained out.
This conceivably could help the Giants as they approach the more critical portion of their three-city trip. They'll face a pair of National League West opponents for two games apiece: Colorado, currently their most pressing division rival, and Los Angeles, historically their most spirited rival.
As Tim Lincecum said, "What's wrong with an extra day?"
Read the rest here.
Today in Elvis History:

1959 - Elvis Presley's single "A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight" hit #1 in the U.K.

1980 - In Memphis, Dr. George Nichopoulous was indicted on 14 counts of over-prescription of drugs. The doctor had prescribed to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine others.

1981 - The double soundtrack album "This Is Elvis" hit #115 in the U.S.

Turns out Lady Gaga and Madonna are distant cousins. (Which would explain why their potato salad recipes taste so similar.)


Today in Beatles History:

1964The Beatles single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" re-entered the U.K. chart at #48.

1975 - Wings released "Listen to What the Man Said" in the U.K.

1980 - Paul McCartney released the album "McCartney II."


Still holding out for the rumored iPhone 5 before dumping your current phone? A rumor says the next iPhone will be called '4S'. The new features of the next iPhone are still an unknown, though sources claim it will have more power and a larger screen.


Today in Sports History:

1869 - The Cincinnati Reds played their first baseball game.

1914 - The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas.

1925 - WHAS made the first network broadcast of the Kentucky Derby.

1932 - The New York Yankees got their fourth consecutive shutout. The feat tied the record with Cleveland and Boston.

1933 - Cecil Travis became the first player to get five hits in his first game.

1939 - The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians met at Shibe Park in Philadelphia for the first baseball game to be played under the lights in the American League.

1965 - Jim Palmer (Baltimore Orioles) made his pitching debut.

1972 - Greg Luzinski hit a home run in which the ball hit the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium.

1979 - The National League approved the sale of the Astros from Ford Motors to John J. McMullen for $19 million.

1981 - Craig Reynolds (Houston Astros) hit 3 triples against the Chicago Cubs.

1985 - Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA.

1994 - Jennifer Capriati was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana.

1996 - Sammy Sosa became the first Chicago Cub player to hit two home runs in one inning.

1997 - Gary Gaetti (St. Louis Cardinals) recorded his 2,000th hit.

2003 - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1. The win advanced the Mighty Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.


Oops! Yesterday was NOT National Sea Monkey Day. Today is. (Sorry gang. Oh, here's a Linky Link.)


DOVER, Del. -- Matt Kenseth came late to the party and took home the prize -- thanks to a spur-of-the-moment decision on pit road.
A two-tire call late in Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway put Kenseth on the front row for a restart on Lap 367 of 400, and that was all Kenseth needed to secure his second Sprint Cup Series victory of the season and the 20th of his career.
Read the rest here..


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 6:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:20pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 6:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 8:00pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 1:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- John Deere Dealers 250 Presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT


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