Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations




It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 12th, the 255th day of 2011. There are 110 days left in the year.

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Only player to survive Russian plane crash dies. (Video)

Ovi returns to rookie days, visits prospect practice.

Osgood transitioning into new role with Red Wings.

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Todays Birthdays: Actress Linda Gray is 71 ... Actor Joe Pantoliano is 60 ... Retired NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd is 55 ... Actor Paul Walker is 38 ... American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is 33 ... Former NBA star Yao Ming is 31 ... Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson is 30 ... Actress/singer/songwriter Emmy Rossum is 25.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors began their 2011-2012 season with a pair of wins Saturday.

David Cross scored twice and Andrew Evans, Dustin Disbro and Chad Page scored once each as the Juniors beat the Florida Eels 5-3 in Empire League South action. Aaron Wise made 15 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 0-4 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

In EJ South action, Paul Lochner and Chase Anderson scored twice each, while Michael Pelletier, Tommy Whiteley, Jason Horikawa and Jeremiah Holmes scored singles, as the Juniors bested the Florida Eels 7-2. Chris Dylewski made 20 saves for the Juniors, who were 1-for-6 on the power play and a perfect 9-of-9 on the penalty kill.

In yesterday's Empire South action, Nicholas Reed, Ben Winter and Brendad Nicholson scored goals, but they weren't enough, as the Florida Junior Blades skated to a convincing 13-3 win. Kyle Gertz made 54 saves for Tampa Bay. The Juniors were 0-for-2 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill.

The Empire South Juniors are off next weekend, while the EJ South Juniors host the USF Bulls club team on Saturday, September 17th at 7:00pm. The following weekend, September 23rd through 25, both teams will play in the Junior Bruins showcase in Massachusetts.

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On this date in 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed down what is now known as the Hudson River.

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Riders smack Swaggerville again, win Banjo Bowl by 22

Winnipeg, MB -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders improved to 3-7 with an impressive 45-23 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the annual Banjo Bowl football game at Canad Inns stadium in Winnipeg Manitoba, in front of a sell-out crowd of 30,518.

The Bombers would scored on their first two possessions, getting an 18 yard field goal from Justin Palardy with 9:26 remaining, then a 15 yard scoring run from Fred Reid. The Palardy convert with 1:50 to play in the opening quarter made the lead 10-0 in Winnipeg's favor.

The Roughriders bounced back in the second quarter, Darian Durant hit Chris Getzlaf with a 33 yard scoring strike 2:10 into the second, Chris Milo hit a 12 yard field goal with 6:28 still to play in the second, then Getzlaf caught a 13 yard pass from Durant for another touchdown, this one with 5:12 left in the half. Milo converted after both majors, putting Saskatchewan on top 17-10. A 46 yard field goal from Palardy with 2:29 until two quarter time brought the Bombers to within four at 17-13, then, instead of running out the clock, the Riders would respond with another scoring drive late. After James Patrick returned an interception to the Saskatchewan 47, two Durant runs and two catches by Dallas Baker left the Riders with a 3rd and 1 at the Winnipeg 43, with just 22 seconds left in the half. Saskatchewan lined up for a 51 yard field goal attempt, but the holder Weston Dressler would deal a shovel pass to Wes Cates, who ran the ball to the 27. On the next play, Dressler would catch a 27 yard pass from Durant with 4 seconds to play. Milo converted and the Rider lead would grow to 24-13 heading into halftime.

Palardy kicked a 45 yard field goal for the Blue Bombers with 2:02 gone in the third, which cut the Rider lead to 24-16. The next score would not come until less than a minute remained in the third. Neil Hughes caught a 5 yard pass in the front left corner of the end zone for a major. After Milo converted with :02 left, the Saskatchewan lead was 15, at 31-16.

In the fourth, a Jarrell Freeman interception and a pitch back to Tate George during the return set up the Riders at the Winnipeg 18. Four plays later, Cates went around the right side for 2 yards for the touchdown, his 40th with Saskatchewan and 50th in his CFL career. Milo kicked the convert with 5:58 to go and the Roughriders lead was 22, at 38-16. Chris McKenzie ran a pick 43 yards for a major, followed by a Milo convert with 4:19 still to play and the Saskatchewan lead was 45-16. The Bombers added a late score on an Alex Brink to Terrence Edwards 8 yard touchdown pass. Palardy kicked the convert with :55 to play, the Riders ran one more series, punted and the game was over, with Saskatchewan earning an impressive 45-23 win over Winnipeg.

"I'm so proud of the men in this room" said Head Coach Ken Miller. This was a big win in a hostile place, it showed a lot of courage by our team."

For the Roughriders, Darian Durant was 14-for-27 passing for 230 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception and 2 sacks. Since Ken Miller came back as head coach two games back, Durant has gone 27-for-48 passing for 463 yards, 7 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Weston Dressler tossed 1 shovel pass, completing it for 16 yards and a first down. Dressler also was the leading receiver, catching 4 balls for 97 yards and a touchdown. Chris Getzlaf caught 2 balls for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns(His last 4 catches have all resulted in touchdowns) and Neil Hughes caught a 5 yard touchdown pass. Wes Cates ran the ball 12 times for 50 yards and a major and Chris Milo had a big day, kicking 1 field goal and 5 converts, punting 8 times for a 44.13 yard average and kicking off 8 times for a 59 yard average. Defensively, James Patrick had 9 tackles and an interception, Craig Butler had 6 tackles and 2 interceptions, Jerrell Freeman had 6 tackles and a interception and ran back an interception for a touchdown, to go along with 4 tackles and a stop for a loss. For the Blue Bombers, Buck Pierce was 21-for-33 passing for 287 yards and 5 interceptions while being sacked 3 times and Alex Brink, who came in late, went 8-for-11 passing for 59 yards and 1 touchdown. Terrence Edwards caught 6 balls for 123 yards and a touchdown, Cory Watson caught 6 balls for 111 yards, Fred Reid ran 11 times for 46 yards and a touchdown, Justin Palardy kicked 3 field goals and 2 converts and Jovan Johnson had an interception.

Saskatchewan had 17 first downs, 5 rushing, 10 passing and 2 by penalty. They had 79 yards rushing, 246 yards passing and 310 yards total offense. The Riders were penalized 9 times for 64 yards, allowed 3 sacks turned the ball over once on an interception and possessed the ball for 31:16. Winnipeg had 24 first downs, 5 rushing, 17 passing and 2 via penalty. The Bombers picked up 93 yards rushing and 346 passing for 412 total yards. They were penalized 12 times for 89 yards, allowed 3 sacks, turned the ball over 5 times on interceptions and once on a fumble and held the ball for 28:46.

Saskatchewan, which won their second straight, improve to 3-7, and trail BC by 2 points in the CFL West. Winnipeg falls to 7-3, 2 points ahead of Montreal in the CFL East. The Riders host Toronto next Saturday, September 17th, with kickoff set for 4:00pm EDT. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network and online at ESPN3. Winnipeg plays at Montreal next Sunday, September 18th at 1:00pm EDT.

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

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Today is the start of Line Dance Week.

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Exclusive: A Day in the Life of a CFL Official. (Video)

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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This is National Boss/Employee Exchange Day.

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Eckerson Scores A Pair in Beavers' 4-3 Triumph Over Sacramento State.

The Beavers Lose Heartbreaker in Overtime Against Portland 2-1.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

Visit the school's official athletics website by clicking here.

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Video Games Day is today.

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Tampa, Fl. -- In 2010, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rebounded from a home loss to the Detroit Lions with two straight victories but, in the end, ran out of time to salvage their playoff hopes. Planning to take the next step into the postseason in 2011, the Buccaneers began with another home loss to the Lions, but this year they have plenty of time to recover.

On Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, the visiting Lions defeated the Buccaneers, 27-20, in the 2011 regular-season opener for both teams. Much like last season, Tampa Bay simply ran out of time just as it was hitting its stride, especially on offense.

Read the rest here.

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The first practical typewriter was sold to customers on this date in 1873.

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The 2011 NFL season has begun. Here's the week one schedule:

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 8
At Green Bay 42, New Orleans 37

Sunday, September 11
At Chicago 30, Atlanta 12
Cincinnati 27 at Cleveland 17
Buffalo 41 at Kansas City 7
Philadelphia 31 at St. Louis 13
At Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14
At Baltimore 35, Pittsburgh 7
At Houston 34, Indianapolis 7
Detroit 27 at Tampa Bay 20
At Washington 28, NY Giants 14
At Arizona 28, Carolina 21
At San Diego 24, Minnesota 17
At San Francisco 33, Seattle 17
At NY Jets 27, Dallas 24

Monday, September 12
New England at Miami, 7 pm
Oakland at Denver, 10:15 pm

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A 22-year-old Detroit woman has invented a coat that turns into a sleep bag at night. Veronika Scott says her coat is designed for the homeless and it can help someone keep warm in weather down to 17 degrees.

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I'm not a toddler, I'm Jimmy!

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A man in Nebraska converted a school bus into a high-speed drag racer after installing a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet engine into the vehicle. (Yeah, that's just what kids want. A vehicle that gets them from bus stop to school in 7 seconds.)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. -- Game on!

Desperately needing to sweep the Red Sox to have any chance at reaching the postseason, the Rays did exactly what the doctor ordered, coming away with a 9-1 win Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field to complete the weekend broom treatment.

The Rays (81-64) entered the weekend 6 1/2 games behind the American League Wild-Card leading Red Sox (85-61), and after three days of work, Tampa Bay narrowed the margin to a far more manageable 3 1/2-game deficit with 17 games remaining on its slate.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1922, The Episcopal Church removed the word "Obey" from the bride's section of wedding vows.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. -- After Brandon Crawford's flyout to left field ended a five-run sixth inning in which the Giants batted around, the sold-out crowd at AT&T Park responded with a standing ovation.

There haven't been many occasions this season to cheer for an offensive outburst by the Giants, but Sunday presented a rare opportunity as San Francisco snapped a three-game losing streak during which it totaled only two runs with an 8-1 win over the Dodgers.

"It's obviously good," said Aubrey Huff, who finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. "It seems to be starting a little late."

Read the rest here.

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As if global warming hasn't already done enough for us, guess what we're gearing up for now? One of the worst, and longest, allergy seasons yet. Thanks to a particularly wet summer, ragweed pollen levels are surging and standing water left over from summer flooding and Hurricane Irene has increased the amount of mold, a common year-round allergen, in the air.

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Today in Elvis History:

1948 - Elvis Presley, age 13, moved with his parents to Memphis, TN.

1960 - Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse attended a special showing of "G.I. Blues" for theater owners. Prowse was his co-star in the movie.

1962 - Production began on the Elvis Presley film "Easy Come, Easy Go."

1977 - The Elvis Presley single "Way Down" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1980 - An in-depth report on the death of Elvis Presley aired on ABC-TV’s "20/20". It raised so many unanswered questions that the official case concerning Elvis’ death was reopened.

2000 - The Elvis Presley boxed set "Peace in the Valley - The Complete Gospel Recordings" was released.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley performed on "The Ellen Degeneres Show."

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A packed commuter train sped hundreds of miles across India in the wrong direction before passengers finally realized it was pulling into an unfamiliar station. Passengers ended up about 600 miles west of their intended stop.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - The Beatles received a gold record for "Yellow Submarine."

2005 - Paul McCartney released the album "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard."

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On this date in 1928, Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut in the play "The Czarina." Four years later she made her film debut in "A Bill of Divorcement."

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Today in Sports History:

1979 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs.

1984 - Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls.

1984 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets set a rookie strikeout record with his 251st strikeout of the season.

2002 - A judge announced that a jury would have to decide who would get the ball that Barry Bonds hit for his record 73rd home run. The ownership of the ball, with an estimated value of $1 million, was being disputed between two men that had been in the bleachers.

2006 - Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders) signed a 15-year contract worth $67.5 million.

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The new release Contagion won the weekend box office, bumping three-time champ The Help down to second place. Contagion grossed $23.1 million at North American theaters while Warrior debuted in third with $5.6 million in ticket sales.

... Four new films open Friday, including Ryan Gosling's Drive and The Lion King in 3D.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 4:10pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs USF Bulls 7:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi (Road Course) 11:30pm EDT

Sunday --

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

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway 2:00pm EDT

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That's all for another day. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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