Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is July 27th, the 208th day of 2011. There are 157 days left in the year.


Six players remain for arbitration hearings.

Offseason assessment: Northeast Division.


Todays Birthdays: Actor Jerry Van Dyke (Coach) is 80; gold medal-winning figure skater Peggy Fleming is 63; comedian Bill Engvall is 54; actor Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) is 43; comedian/actress Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, Away We Go, Bridesmaids) is 39.


Eddie Johnson steps up.

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In New York a taxi collided with a horse-drawn carriage. (At first it looked like the cab driver's fault until police detected alcohol on the horse's breath.)


Cauz: Health is paramount for quarterbacks.

Pierce headlines Players of the Week.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


The parents of Lucy Magnum, who were just feet away from her at a North Carolina beach last week when a shark bit the 6-year-old's leg, said Tuesday that she told them: "I forgive him." She is expected to be running and playing again in six to eight weeks.


Bye-bye Jimmy. Bye-bye Mommy. See you soon!


Two parents have been apprehended by Chinese authorities after it was discovered they sold their three children to fund their online gaming habit. Li Lin and Li Juan sold their baby daughter for roughly $500, their first son for around $4,600, and their second son for the same price.


OAKLAND -- Going west looked like the fitting tonic to get Tampa Bay's postseason chances back on track. Instead, the trip has been more like the Rays' Waterloo.
After losing to Oakland, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Coliseum, Tampa Bay moved to 1-4 on the current 10-game road trip through Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle.
The Rays have now lost 10 of their last 14 games while moving to 53-49 on the season.
Read the rest here.


Benjamin Rush began his service as the first Surgeon General of the Continental Army on this date in 1775.


PHILADELPHIA -- This rematch was anything but a replay.
Last year's National League Championship Series featured drama and tension, with the Giants edging the Philadelphia Phillies three times by one run to secure the pennant in a six-game struggle. By contrast, Tuesday's outcome was essentially settled after the first inning, when the Phillies scored four runs and hit the first of their four homers to overwhelm San Francisco, 7-2.
Read the rest here.

The Department of Foreign Affairs was established by the U.S. Congress on this date in 1789. The agency was later known as the Department of State.


Today in Elvis History:

1962 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley film "It Happened At The World's Fair."

1989 - Rhonda Boler auctioned a Diamond Medallion Cross that had been given to her by Elvis Presley during his 1974 comeback concert in Monroe, LA. The event was carried on televisions "A Current Affair."


Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. (Linky Link)


Today in Beatles History:

1976 - John Lennon finally had his request for permanent residency in the United States approved.

1992 - The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" hit #6 in the U.K.


Today is Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day.


Today in Sports History:

1918 - Brooklyn rookie Henry Heitman made his major league debut and his last major league appearance in the same day. He pitched four straight hits to the St. Louis Cardinals, left the game and never played again in the majors.

1921 - Baseball fan Reuben Berman sued the New York Giants, claiming he suffered mental and bodily distress after refusing to return a foul ball May 16th at the Polo Grounds. Berman was eventually rewarded $100.

1937 - The United States captured the Davis Cup by beating Britain, four matches to one.

1946 - Rudy York (Boston Red Sox) hit two grand slams and drove in 10 runs to lead the Red Sox over the St. Louis Browns, 13-6.

1984 - Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb’s record for most singles in a career when he got his 3,503rd base hit.

1986 - Greg LeMond of the U.S. became the first non-European to capture the Tour de France cycling race.

1992 - Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice. He was 27 years old.

1992 - China's Fu Mingxia, only two weeks away from her 14th birthday, became the second youngest gold medalist in Olympic history when she won the women's 10-meter platform diving event.

1996 - At the Atlanta Olympics a pipe bomb exploded at the public Centennial Olympic Park. One person was killed and more than 100 were injured.

1996 - Canadian Donovan Bailey ran the Men's 100 Meter Dash with a time of 9.84. The previous record was 9.85 held by Leroy Burrell of the United States.

2001 - Deion Sanders announced his retirement from the NFL.

2003 - Lance Armstrong won his 5th consecutive Tour de France.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Red 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Red 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 30th Annual Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders 9:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT


That's all for now. Be sure to tell all your friends about us, okay? Enjoy your day, see you tomorrow.

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