Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations




Welcome to another Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is October 17th, the 290th day of 2011. There are 75 days left in the year.

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Tavares paying big dividends for Islanders.

Doughty leaves with injury, will miss 7-10 days.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today begins Food & Drugs Interaction and Awareness Week.

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Sunrise, FL. -- Lightning coach Guy Boucher shook up his lineup Saturday night against the Panthers, with wings Teddy Purcell and Ryan Shannon healthy scratches.

Boucher had benched Purcell for the third period of Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Islanders, disappointed he wasn't involved enough in battles.

"Last game I just didn't move my feet and obviously got away from … what coach wants us to do," Purcell said. "I have no one to blame but myself."

Read the rest here.

The Lightning open their 2011-2012 home schedule tonight against the Florida Panthers, 7:30pm at the St. Pete Times Forum. TV on Sun Sports, radio on 620 WDAE and the Lightning Radio Network.

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The B.C. Lions broke open a field goal-fest with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 29-18 in Sunday CFL action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina., snuffing out the Riders' playoff hope in the process.

The teams traded field goals in the first quarter. Paul McCallum hit from 51 out to put B.C. on top 3-0, 4:50 into the contest. The Riders would respond with a Chris Milo 38 yarder with 4:49 left, tying the game 3-3 after one.

The field goal battle continued in the second. Milo's 49 yarder, his longest of the season, put Saskatchewan up 6-3, 17 seconds into the second. McCallum tied it for the Lions with 4:10 gone in the second on a 23 yarder, making it a 6-6 game. Milo would then kick a pair of field goals, one from 21 yards (on the Riders' 54th consecutive drive without a major) with 2:35 left, then from 46 on the final play, giving Saskatchewan a 12-9 halftime lead.

The Riders would open second half action with, you guessed it, a field goal. Milo drilled it through from 30 yards out with 2:48 gone in the third, putting Saskatchewan on top 15-9. 6:53 later, McCallum would respond by kicking a 31 yarder for B.C., bringing them back to within 3, at 15-12 down.

The Roughriders would start a drive in Leos' territory late in the third, then turn it into Milo's sixth field goal of the game, a 32 yarder just 1:23 into the final frame, extending the Saskatchewan lead back to 6, at 18-12. B.C. would take their first lead of the game on the next possession, as Arland Bruce, who hadn't caught a ball all day, broke coverage and a tackle to take it home from 72 yards on a pass down the right side line from Travis Lulay. McCallum converted with 12:08 left in regulation time and the Lions were up 19-18. They would cap a 102 yard drive on their next possession, as Andrew Harris tiptoed up the left sideline 42 yards with a Lulay pass for another major score. McCallum converted with 4:24 left, for a 26-18 B.C. advantage. Sean Whyte would add a 28 yard field goal with 2:05 left and the Lions would cruise to their eighth straight win, 29-18.

For B.C., Travis Lulay was 16-for-28 for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns, while being sacked twice. Andrew Harris caught a 43 yard touchdown pass and Arland Bruce caught a 72 yard pass for a major. Paul McCallum kicked 5 field goals, 2 converts and punted 4 times for a 35.5 yard average for the Lions. Saskatchewan's Darian Durant was 25-for-36 passing for 248 yards, while being sacked 3 times. Weston Dressler caught 6 balls for 82 yards, Wes Cates ran it 14 times for 88 yards and Chris Milo shined, kicking 6 field goals and sending 4 punts an average of 33.75 yards.

B.C. had 18 first downs, 82 yards rushing, 287 passing and 365 net. The Riders had 23 first downs, 108 yards rushing, 248 passing and 332 net. Neither team turned the ball over in the game.

After starting thje season 0-5, the Lions improve to 9-6 on the season while Saskatchewan, which was officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss, fell to 4-11, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Up next for B.C. is a Saturday, October 22nd road game with the Hamilton Tigercats, beginning at 7:00pm EDT. The Riders, still in search of their first West win this season, travel to Calgary this coming Friday, October 21st for a matchup with the Stampeders. Kickoff is set for 9:30pm EDT on the Rider Radio Network, with live TV on TSN and ESPN3.com.

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

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Today is the International Day for the Eradication of World Poverty.

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Als defeat Ticats in East Division showdown.

Allen, Stegall highlight 2012 Hall of Fame Class.

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

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Today is Mulligan Day. (After yesterday, I'll be glad to take one.)

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Men's basketball opens practice.

Visit the official football website by clicking here.

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

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American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NYon this date in 1777. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

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The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week five results:

Week 6

Sunday, October 16th

San Francisco 25 at Detroit 19
At Green Bay 24, St. Louis 3
At Atlanta 31, Carolina 17
At Cincinnati 27, Indianapolis 17
At NY Giants 27, Buffalo 24
At Pittsburgh 17, Jacksonville 13
Philadelphia 20 at Washington 13
At Baltimore 29, Houston 14
At Oakland 24, Cleveland 17
At New England 20, Dallas 16
At Tampa Bay 26, New Orleans 20
At Chicago 39, Minnesota 10

Monday, October 17th (All times Eastern)
Miami at NY Jets 8:30 PM

·Bye: Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle.

Week 7

Sunday, October 23rd

(All times Eastern)
San Diego at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Chicago vs Tampa Bay at Londan, England 1:00 PM
Washington at Carolina 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Detroit 1:00 PM
Seattle at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Denver at Miami 1:00 PM
Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Kansas City at Oakland 4:05 PM
Pittsburgh at Arizona 4:05 PM
Green Bay at Minnesota 4:15 PM
St. Louis at Dallas 4:15 PM
Indianapolis at New Orleans 8:20 PM

Monday, October 24th
Baltimore at Jacksonville 8:30 PM

·Bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco

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Founder of the Kraft Food Company, Charles Kraft was born on this date in 1880.

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Tampa, FL. -- As Bucs defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake found out, celebrating isn't always a happy thing.

Lake instructed Tampa Bay's secondary to be physical with Saints receivers Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. But when safety Tanard Jackson produced the first of three interceptions, Lake's jump didn't result in joy.

Instead, he landed awkwardly and tore his left patellar tendon.

That wasn't the biggest turnover — or worst injury to a coach — in the Bucs' 26-20 win, which left them tied atop the NFC South with New Orleans at 4-2.

Read the rest here.

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So, what are your plans for tonight? We're going to the Tampa Bay Lightning's home opener against those Stinkin' Panthers. This will be my first-ever big league opening day game. I can't wait to hear the new pipe organ!

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Jimmy's first ride in his new Big Red car.

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The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands on this date in 1888.

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American League ALDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay 9, Texas 0
Texas 8, Tampa Bay 6
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3 (Texas wins series 3-1)

New York 9, Detroit 3
Detroit 5 New York 3
Detroit 5, New York 4
New York 10 at Detroit 1
Detroit 3 at New York 2 (Detroit wins series 3-2)

National League NLDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 5 at Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia 3 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 1 at Philadelphia 0 (St. Louis wins series 3-2)

Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1
Milwaukee 8, Arizona 4
At Arizona 8, Milwaukee 4
Arizona 10, Milwaukee 6
At Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2 (Milwaukee wins series 3-2)

American League Championship Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

At Texas 3, Detroit 2
Detroit at Texas PPD, Rain
At Texas 7, Detroit 3
At Detroit 5, Texas 2
Texas 7 at Detroit 3
At Detroit 7, Texas 5
At Texas 15, Detroit 5 (Texas wins 4-2)

National League Championship Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

At Milwaukee 9, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 12 at Milwaukee 3
At St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee 4 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 1
St. Louis 12 at Milwaukee 6 (St. Louis wins 4-2)

World Series (Best of Seven -- All times Eastern)

Next: Wednesday, October 19th Texas at St. Louis TBD
Thursday, October 20th Texas at St. Louis TBD
Saturday, October 22nd St. Louis at Texas TBD
Sunday, October 23rd St. Louis at Texas TBD
Monday, October 24th St. Louis at Texas TBD****
Wednesday, October 26th Texas at St. Louis TBD****
Thursday, October 27th Texas at St. Louis TBD****

****if necessary

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The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed on this date in 1917.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - The Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock" premiered at Loew's State Theater in Memphis. Elvis had worked at the theater in 1952.

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"News-Week" appeared for the first time at newsstands on this date in 1933. The name was later changed to "Newsweek."

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles first appeared on Great Britain's Grenada TV Network.

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In New York City on this date in 2000, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum opened to the public. The 42nd Street location joined Tussaud's other exhibitions already in London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Las Vegas.

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Today in Sports History:

1860 - Willie Park won the first professional golf tournament to be held in Scotland.

1962 - The New York Yankees won their 20th World Series when they beat the San Francisco Giants.

1943 - The Detroit Lions set a rushing record when they achieved a negative fifty-three yards against the Chicago Cardinals.

1968 - Bob Beamon long jumped 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches at the Olympic Games in Mexico.

1978 - The New York Islanders began a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8).

1992 - Jari Kurri (Los Angeles Kings) scored his 500th goal in a game 8-6 win over the Boston Bruins. Kuri was the 18th player to reach the mark.

2000 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) achieved his 448th victory as a goalie in the NHL. Roy passed Terry Sawchuck to become the record holder for career victories.

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In Taipei, Taiwan on this date in 2003, construction crews finished the 1,676-foot-tall-building called Taipei 101. The building was planned to open for business in 2004.

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Las Vegas, NV. -- A run for $5 million via a promotion, which was to augment the celebration of the inaugural IZOD INDYCAR World Championships Presented by Honda, turned somber when INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard announced that Dan Wheldon was pronounced dead at University Hospital from injuries suffered in a 15-car crash on Lap 11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and the spectators were informed, drivers voted to perform a five-lap salute to their friend and on-track competitor as series and track officials and crew members from all teams lined pit lane -- many weeping and comforting each other.

Three weeks earlier, Wheldon completed the test/validation program for the new Dallara Automobili chassis that features enhanced safety features. Wheldon, of Emberton, England, was 33. He is survived by his wife, Susie, two young sons, his parents, Clive and Susie, and three siblings.

Read the rest here.

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Coming up:

Tonight:

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'.

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

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

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 5:15pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Washington State Cougars at Seattle 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 9:30am EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears at London, England 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Good Sam Club 500 at Talledega Superspeedway 2:00pm EDT

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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