Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations











It's Monday, the first day of the work week. And this being August 1st, it's also (As I like to call it) August Fools' Day. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 1st, the 213th day of 2011. There are 152 days left in the year.

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A glimpse of what new Islanders' arena could look like.

Status of Selanne, health of Hiller keys for Ducks.

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Today's Birthdays: Musician Robert Cray is 58. Actor John Carroll Lynch is 48 (Norm, the unassuming husband of Margie Gunderson, in Fargo). Director Sam Mendes is 46 (Oscar for American Beauty, directing the 2012 James Bond movie). Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 38 (Vanessa Huxtable on The Cosby Show).

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Saturday's game, which was supposed to be carried live in the U.S. by the NFL Network, was instead ran on a tape-delayed basis at 3:00am Monday. I have inquiries in on whether or not the NFL Network will be carrying anymore CFL games in 2011 either live or tape-delayed. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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

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Russia may lose 30% of its permafrost by 2050. (Thank goodness for "Permafrost For Men".)

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Steinberg: Monday Morning Quarterback for Week #5.

Eskimos release RB Arklee Whitlock.

Kornegay a fresh face for sleeping Lions.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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The FBI says it believes it has America's most elusive fugitive finally in its sights 40 years after famed hijacker DB Cooper disappeared when he jumped out of a plane over Washington state. The FBI says it has a new suspect in the case who they are hoping to link to a tie Cooper left on the plane and cigarette butts in an ashtray using DNA testing and fingerprints.

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Excuse me Daddy. I have to go save the world now!

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A Florida woman is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  The 22-year-old was arrested on Thursday for allegedly chasing and cutting her former boyfriend with a machete, after she hit him with a wooden stick and bit his arm.

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SEATTLE -- The Rays got lights-out pitching on a day when the bats were swinging with ease en route to an 8-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

By taking the rubber match, Tampa Bay (56-50) claimed the series -- the team's first since July 1-3 against St. Louis -- to remain 10 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the American League East and eight games behind Wild Card-leading New York.

Read the rest here.

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The latest Harry Potter film has become the first in the series to make $1 billion. Avatar is still the box office champ. In theaters alone it made $2.8 billion worldwide.

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CINCINNATI -- Looking as if he had just emerged from a microwave, which wasn't far from reality on a steamy afternoon at Great American Ball Park, Giants manager Bruce Bochy began his postgame remarks with a boxing metaphor.

"We have to get up when we get punched," he said.

Bochy was referring to the Giants' final two games here, including Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. But his remark could have described the challenge that awaits the reigning World Series champions -- one they've regularly met this season.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Girlfriend's Day.

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Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, "Young World."

1960 - Elvis Presley began pre-production work on the movie "Flaming Star." It was his sixth movie.

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "The Wonder of You" hit #1 in the U.K.

1972 - Elvis Presley's single "Burning Love" was released.

1977 - The book "Elvis - What Happened?" went on sale. The book was written based on the experiences of three of Elvis' ex-bodyguards, Red West, Sonny West and Dave Hebler

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Live", "Elvis Movies" and "Elvis R&B" were released.

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Today is Respect for Parents Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles recorded a show for the BBC called "Pop Go The Beatles."

1971 - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar's Conert for Bangladesh took place at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston all performed.

1980 - George Harrison formed a production company called "Hand Made Films Productions."

1992 - George Harrison's "Live In Japan" hit #126 in the U.S.

2006 - Madison Square Garden celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh by installing a permanent plaque it its "Walk of Fame".

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Today is Spiderman Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1945 - Mell Ott hit his 500th career home run.

1972 - Joe Namath signed a two year contract worth $500,000 with the New York Jets.

1976 - The Seattle Seahawks played their first (preseason) game. The Seahawks lost 27-20 to San Francisco.

1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds ended his streak of hitting in 44 consecutive games.

1986 - John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal were married.

1986 - Bert Blyleven became only the 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in his career.

1993 - Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

2005 - It was announced that Raphael Palmeiro would be suspended for 10 days after testing positive for steroid use. Palmeiro stood by his statements to the U.S. Congress on March 17, 2005, that he had never taken steroids.

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Today is U.S. Air Force Day. (Linky Link)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- When he named Paul Menard as driver of his fourth team prior to this season, Richard Childress knew some would question the decision. After all, he was adding to his championship-contending organization a young driver who had never won on NASCAR's premier circuit -- in fact, he had recorded all of two career top-five finishes to that point -- and was better known for being backed by his father's home-improvement chain, a sponsorship that made the move with him to RCR.

"I caught a lot of flack back early last year when we decided to go with four teams," Childress said. "I've been watching Paul ever since he won the Nationwide race [at Milwaukee in 2006]. He doesn't tear equipment up. He's consistent. He's really good -- got a cool head on him in all situations. I knew if the right situation came along, we'd win."

And that situation came along Sunday in one of the biggest races of the NASCAR season, when Menard stretched his final fuel run to a stunning victory in the Brickyard 400. For any driver, it would have been a special moment. For someone like Menard, who's father, John, has long been active in the Indianapolis 500, who roamed the Brickyard as a kid and watched the inaugural NASCAR race here from a suite in Turn 1, it was a dream realized.

Read the rest here.

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August is American Adventures Month.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:15pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 10:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 4:05pm 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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