Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

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


Today is December 19th, the 353rd day of 2011. There are 12 days left in the year.


Habs fire Martin, name Cunneyworth interim coach.

Reports: Darryl Sutter to become Kings' new coach.

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Today is the day for South-South Cooperation.


Columbus, OH. -- Steven Stamkos continued his scoring surge Saturday night, proving again why he’s so valuable to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the absence of star-winger Martin St. Louis.

For the second consecutive game, Stamkos scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Read all about it here.


Henry II became King of England on this date in 1154.

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Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac" on this date in 1732.


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

Week 15

Thursday, December 15th

At Atlanta 41, Jacksonville 14

Saturday, December 17th

Dallas 31 at Tampa Bay 15

Sunday, December 18th

Carolina 28 at Houston 13
Washington 23 at NY Giants 10
Miami 30 at Buffalo 23
Seattle 38 at Chicago 14
New Orleans 42 at Minnesota 20
Cincinnati 20 at St. Louis 13
At Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 13
At Kansas City 19, Kansas City 14
Detroit 28 at Oakland 17
New England 41 at Denver 23M
At Philadelphia 45. NY Jets 19
At Arizona 20, Cleveland 17
At San Diego 34, Baltimore 14

Monday, December 19th

Pittsburgh at San Francisco 8:30 PM

Week 16

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 22nd

Houston at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

Saturday, December 24th

Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Miami at New England 1:00 PM
Arizona at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Denver at Buffalo 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
NY Giants at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Washington 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 PM
San Diego at Detroit 4:05 PM
Philadelphia at Dallas 4:15 PM
San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM

Sunday, December 25th

Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM

Monday, December 26th

Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 PM

Week 17 (Final week of regular season)

All times Eastern

Sunday, January 1st

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


Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay on this date in 1776.


Jimmy with his Mommy. My two favorite humans!


Hawaii's independence was recognized by the U.S. on this date in 1842


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - At Graceland, Elvis Presley was notified informally of his draft into the U.S. Army. He picked up his draft notice in person the next day.

1962 - Priscilla Beaulieu saw Graceland for the first time.


Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in England on this date in 1843.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The album "Beatles For Sale" hit #1 in the U.K.


The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City on this date in 1903. It opened as the largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924. It was also the first major suspension bridge to use steel towers to support the main cable.


Today in Sports History:

1887 - Jake Kilrain and Jim Smith fought in a bare knuckles fight which lasted 106 rounds and 2 hours and 30 minutes. The fight was ruled a draw and was halted due to darkness.

1917 - The first regular season games of the new National Hockey League (NHL) were played. Five teams made up the league Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers. Quebec did not actually begin operations until two years later. Dave Ritchie (Montreal Wanderers) scored the first goal in NHL history.

1959 - Penn State’s Nittany Lions beat Alabama, 7-0, in the first Liberty Bowl football game.

1964 - ABC used an overhead camera for the first time. The event was the Liberty Bowl.

1979 - ESPN televised its first NHL game. The teams were the Washington Capitals and the Hartford Whalers.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky, 23, of the Edmonton Oilers, became only the 18th player in the National Hockey League (NHL) to score more than 1,000 points. He did it in his 424th career game. The previous record was held by Guy Lafleur who did it in 720 games.

1984 - Scotty Bowman became the NHL's all time winningest coach with his 691st victory.

1985 - Jan Stenerud announced his retirement from the NFL. The football kicker held the record for the most career field goals with 373.

1985 - ABC Sports announced that it was severing ties with Howard Cosell and released ‘The Mouth’ from all TV commitments. Cosell continued on ABC Radio for another five years.

1986 - Michael Sergio was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined $500. Sergio, a Mets fan, had parachuted into Shea Stadium during Game 6 of the World Series.

1988 - The NCAA placed the Oklahoma Sooners football program on probation for violations.

1989 - Larry Bird (Boston Celtics) began a NBA free throw streak of 71 games.

1990 - Bo Jackson (Los Angeles Raiders) became the first athlete to be chosen for All Star Games in two sports.

1991 - Pitcher Steve Howe (New York Yankees) was arrested for cocaine possession.

1999 - Orlando Brown (Cleveland Browns) was ejected from a game for pushing referee Jeff Triplette to the ground. Triplette had accidentally hit Brown in the eye with a weighted penalty flag.

2003 - The baseball that was deflected by a fan in the stands during a Chicago Cubs game was sold for $106,600 at auction. The foul ball appeared to be headed for the glove of left fielder Moises Alou in Game 6 of the National League Championship series. The Florida Marlins ended up winning the game 8-3. The Cubs then lost Game 7.


Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe" on this date in 1918.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks 10:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 9:00pm EST

Saturday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'


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

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