Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is October 31st, the 304th day of 2011. There are 61 days left in the year.


Jagr providing great chemistry with Giroux, Hartnell.

Ramsay ready for 'emotional' matchup with Winnipeg.

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Today's Birthdays: TV journalist Dan Rather is 80; Actor David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H) is 69; TV personality Jane Pauley is 61; Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong) is 50; Actor/comedian Rob Schneider (SNL, lots of goofy movies) is 48; Rapper Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, is 44.


Tampa, FL. -- You just can't allow an opponent to hit your star players; it's as simple as that, Lightning left wing Ryan Malone said.

That is why during Tampa Bay's victory over the Sabres on Tuesday, Malone squared off with Robyn Regehr, who had crushed captain Vinny Lecavalier with a bruising, but clean, check.

You can't let an opponent threaten a teammate, Steve Downie said. That is why in the same game, the right wing traded blows with Patrick Kaleta.

To call either player an enforcer is a stretch — "I don't think either of us is taking that title," Downie said — but on a team without a true heavyweight, Downie and Malone are as close as it gets.

Read the rest here.


It's the start of another new week. Lots of writing to do today, plus hanging out with Jimmy, of course. What's your plans for today?


Roughriders’ Weston Dressler shines despite disappointing season.

Finishing at home with a high.

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It's Beggar's Night. Also: Books for Treats Day, Halloween or All Hallows Eve, National Caramel Apple Day, National Knock-Knock Jokes Day and National Magic Day.


Stamps' bid for West alive thanks to win over Als.

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Juliette Low, the founder off the Girl Scouts, was born on this date in 1860.


Volleyball upends Utah with balanced attack.

Men's golf to tee it up in final tourney of season.

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Nevada became the 36th state to join the U.S. on this date in 1864.


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

Week 8

Sunday, October 30th

At Baltimore 30, Arizona 27
Minnesota 24 at Carolina 21
At Houston 24, Jacksonville 14
At NY Giants 24, Miami 20
At St. Louis 31, New Orleans 21
At Tennessee 27, Indianapolis 10
Detroit 45 at Denver 10
Buffalo 23, Washington 0 at Toronto
Cincinnati 34 at Seattle 12
At San Francisco 20, Cleveland 10
At Pittsburgh 25, New England 17
At Philadelphia 34, Dallas 7

Monday, October 31st

San Diego at Kansas City 8:30 PM

·Bye: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, NY Jets, Tampa Bay

Week 9

Sunday, November 6th

All times Eastern

Miami at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM
NY Jets at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Seattle at Dallas 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Houston 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Washington 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at Tennessee 4:05 PM
Denver at Oakland 4:05 PM
NY Giants at New England 4:15 PM
St. Louis at Arizona 4:15 PM
Green Bay at San Diego 4:15 PM
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM

Monday, November 7th

Chicago at Philadelphia 8:30 PM

·Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville


The planet's population reaches 7 billion today, according to the United Nations Population Fund. However, the U.S. Census Bureau, which also tracks the global population, says the 7 billionth person will be born next year.


Jimmy and Daddy watch the Lightning Guys.


A 16-foot python was discovered in the Florida Everglades. It had recently eaten an adult deer. (And the Ford F-150 it was strapped to.)


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Elvis Presley ended his first lengthy gospel music session. He had began the session the day before. Much of the work appeared on the 1961 album "His Hand In Mine."

1962 - The Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" had its world premiere in Honolulu, HI. It opened across the United States on November 21.


Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix on this date in 1926. His appendix had been damaged twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly. During a lecture Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" and "The Beatles' Story" were certified gold by the RIAA.

1983 - Paul McCartney released the album "Pipes of Peace."

1988 - Paul McCartney released the album "Back in the USSR."


Time Magazine did some deep investigating and found that the McDonald's McRib Sandwich has 70 ingredients, many of which most of us can't pronounce.


Today in Sports History:

1968 - The Milwaukee Bucks won their first game. They beat Detroit 138-118.

1995 - The NHL's New Jersey Devils announced that they would stay in New Jersey.

1999 - Bryan White sang the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the game between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. Following the game, White gave his second annual Howl-O-Ween concert at the north end of the coliseum.

2001 - In Miami Beach, FL, Jose Canseco was involved in a nightclub brawl. Canseco later violated his probation and was sentenced to two years of house arrest and three years probation.


On Sunday, a drunk man in Russia lost control of his car and damaged 17 cars, including four police vehicles. When police pulled the man out of his vehicle, they not only found him very drunk but also very naked.


Martinsville, VA -- Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson on a restart with three laps left in Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and held off Johnson's desperate bid for the win on the final lap.

The victory was Stewart's third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and vaulted him into second place in the standings, eight points behind leader Carl Edwards. Stewart won for the 42nd time in his career.

"He'd better be worried," Stewart said of Edwards after the race. "That's all I can say. He's not going to have an easy three weeks."

There are three races left in the Cup season -- at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. Stewart has four Cup wins at those tracks, Edwards six.

Miraculously, after twice being lapped on the race track, Edwards salvaged a decent run and retained his lead in the Chase standings with a ninth-place finish, as his two closest pursuers entering the race, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski, both experienced late trouble and finished 31st and 17th, respectively.

Read the rest here.


"Puss in Boots" led the domestic box office, grossing $34 million -- about $6 million less than was expected. "Paranormal Activity 3" dropped to second while the Justin Timberlake future-drama debuted in third.

... Opening Friday are Tower Heist and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.


Coming up:


Nothin' Doin'


NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT


Nothin' Doin'


Nothin' Doin'


NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 9:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season.)


Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway 12:55pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Stanford Cardinal 3:30pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT


Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 5:00pm EST


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

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