Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Wednesday





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

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Today is August 17th, the 229th day of 2011. There are 136 days left in the year.

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This is what's happening outside my front door this morning:



Pass the sun tan lotion, will ya please?

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Robert De Niro is 68 ... Billionaire businessman Larry Ellison (Oracle) is 67 ... Singer Belinda Carlisle (Go-Go's) is 53 ... Actor Sean Penn is 51 ... Actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg is 42 ... Tennis player Jim Courier is 41.

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Return of RDO Camp allows league to experiment.

League to test curved glass at player benches.

NHLN-US to broadcast 'That's Hockey' at RDO camp.

Jets' assistant GM formed bond with Rypien.

Rypien remembered for gutsy battles on and off ice.

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Today's Birthdays: Frank Gifford is 81 ... Actor Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters, Die Hard) is 59 ... TV host Kathie Lee Gifford is 58 ... Director James Cameron is 57 ... Actress Angela Bassett is 53 ... Madonna is 53 ... Actor Timothy Hutton is 51 ... Actor Steve Carell is 49.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts put their matching 1-6 records up against each other at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario tomorrow night. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network beginning at 7:30pm EDT. The game can also be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network (I hope. I mean, they say they are carrying the game, but they ditched broadcasts they previously said they were going to carry two or three times this season already) and online at ESPN3.com.

The view from Regina: Riders' Shomari Williams and Brandon West have Twitter covered.

Riders have sense of urgency at practice.

Pedersen: Time for a new Marshall Plan.

The view from Toronto: Quarterback Lemon's rise give hapless Argonauts hope.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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This is National Medical Dosimetrist's Day. (Linky Link)

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East Division holds balance of power.

Bye Week: Early pains pay dividends for Ticats.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Jeff Bridges has released his first country music album. (But let's keep it quiet. Let's not give Gwyneth Paltrow any ideas.)

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This playground sure is fun Daddy!

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This is Meaning of "Is" Day.

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BOSTON -- James Shields finished what he started for the ninth time this season and still came away empty-handed Tuesday afternoon.
Shields pitched his ninth complete game while minting his 20th quality start of the season, but he took his 10th loss as the Red Sox defeated the Rays, 3-1, at Fenway Park in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Tampa Bay's loss pushed it 10 games behind first-place Boston in the American League East, and the two squads will play the second game at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Read the rest here.

BOSTON -- Jeff Niemann picked a good time to bring out his best.
On a day when James Shields' ninth complete game of the season wasn't good enough to beat the Red Sox in the first part of a day-night doubleheader, two days before rookie starter Alex Cobb will undergo surgery to repair a blockage in his rib and three days after Jeremy Hellickson had his worst start since early June, Niemann did what he's been doing for the past two months.
The 28-year-old followed Shields' complete game with one of his own on Tuesday night, allowing just two runs and striking out 10, and the Rays earned a crucial split with their division foes, picking up a 6-2 win.
It is the first time a team tossed a pair of complete-game efforts since the Brewers did it in 1993.
Read the rest here.

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Watching TV is killing you. A new study found an association between people who watch loads of TV and living shorter. By tracking death rates and lifestyle survey responses, the study found that for people over 25, for every hour of TV watched, their lifespan shortened by 22 minutes.

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ATLANTA -- To categorize the Giants' 2-1, 11-inning loss Tuesday to the Atlanta Braves as another example of superlative pitching being undermined by lame hitting would be missing the point.

San Francisco's 13th defeat in 18 games was anything but shameful. Corny as it might sound, more fitting descriptions for their performance include determined, stubborn or proud -- right up until the moment that Martin Prado's two-out single off Javier Lopez in the 11th delivered Brooks Conrad with the winning run.
Read the rest here.

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Today is National Thrift Shop Day.

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Today in Elvis History:

1969 - Elvis Presley's TV special was re-broadcasted on NBC-TV. The song "Blue Christmas" was edited out and replaced with "Tiger Man."

1977 - Elvis was scheduled to perform a concert, however, he had died the day before.

1977 - U.S. President Carter issued the statement, "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable."

1991 - The Elvis Presley single "Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live)" hit #68 in the U.K.

2006 - The Jerry Schilling book "Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley" was released.

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Forget the popcorn. At the new Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, movie-goers can enjoy appetizers like deviled eggs with bacon bits, chicken wings dusted with sesame, or croquettes stuffed with Serrano ham. All are created by a highly-rated chef, and brought to you table-side by a server who will also bring you a Gruyère-topped burger.

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Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Beatles began their first engagement away from England when they arrived in Hamburg West Germany. It was the first time the group played under the name the Beatles.

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The capital city of the U.S. moved to Philadelphia from New York City on this date in 1790.

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Today in Sports History:

1894 - John Wadsworth of Louisville set a major league record when he gave up 28 base hits in a single game.

1973 - Lee Trevino got the first hole in one of his career at the U.S.I. Golf Classic, in Sutton, MA.

1986 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was struck out for his last at bat by San Diego Padres relief pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage.

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The "Too Much Time On Their Hands" Department -- A new list ranking the worst celebrity restaurant tippers puts Tiger Woods at the top. He once said he never carries cash, so that could be part of the reason he's No. 1. Madonna and Barbra Streisand came in second and third.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 7:30pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  8:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villenueve 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  2:05pm EDT

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tell your friends about us. See you tomorrow.

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