Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is December 12th, the 346th day of 2011. There are 19 days left in the year.


Burke, Colangelo and Winter safe at MLSE.

Pronger out with concussion-like symptoms.

Visit the official league website,


Today's Birthdays: Former Price is Right host Bob Barker is 88; former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is 87; Rock Hall of Famer Dickey Betts (The Allman Bros. Band) is 68; Actor Tom Wilkinson (Golden Globe and Emmy for John Adams) is 64; Actor Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is 62; Actress Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, House of Sand and Fog, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is 41; Actress Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory, Blossom) is 36.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are home tonight, hosting the New Jersey Devils.

Read all about it right here.


Today is Poinsettia Day.

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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Celebration Online Hubs

Chelios, Emrick, Snider, Suter and Tkachuk to Be Inducted Monday in Chicago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- With the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 set to be inducted on Monday (Dec. 12) in Chicago, and will serve as the official online source for complete coverage.

The 2011 U.S. Hockey Fall of Fame Class includes Chris Chelios, Mike "Doc" Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk. The 39th annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will take place on Monday in Chicago at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.

Beginning Sunday night (Dec. 11), check and for articles, photos and videos with the inductees, their friends and families, and hockey dignitaries.

USA Hockey will be conducting interviews with the 2011 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class throughout the celebration, along with airing behind-the-scenes looks at the legends as they join the list of immortals who have left an indelible mark on the game of hockey in the United States. Fans can submit questions for the inductees on Twitter using the hashtag #USHHOF.

NOTES: Longtime hockey broadcaster and ESPN anchor Steve Levy will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Induction Ceremony and Dinner ... The 2011 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner marks the first time the event will be staged in Chicago. Since USA Hockey assumed responsibility for the event in 2007, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been held in Grand Forks, N.D. (2007), Denver (2008), Boston (2009) and Buffalo (2010) ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame elected its first class in 1973. To date, there are 148 enshrined members in the Hall. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit the Hall's official web site at … U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are chosen on the basis of extraordinary contribution to the sport of hockey in the United States ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation, visit or call 800-443-7825.


New Year's Eve won the box office weekend with a dismal $13.7 million gross. Overall, it was worst weekend at the domestic box office in three years.

... That will change this weekend when Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens.


Stein: Who are the CFL's best in social media?

Riders interview Stamps coach Dave Dickenson for head-coaching post.

Visit the leagues' official website,


On this date in 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


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

Week 14

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 8th

At Pittsburgh 14, Cleveland 3

Sunday, December 11th

At NY Jets 37, Kansas City 10
At Jacksonville 41, Tampa Bay 14
New England 34 at Washington 27
Atlanta 31 at Carolina 23
At Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 10
Philadelphia 26 at Miami 10
At Detroit 34, Minnesota 28
New Orleans 22 at Tennessee 17
Houston 20 at Cincinnati 19
At Denver 13, Chicago 10 (OT)
At Arizona 21, San Francisco 19
At San Diego 37, Buffalo 10
At Green Bay 46, Oakland 16
NY Giants 37 at Dallas 34

Monday, December 12th

St. Louis at Seattle 8:30 PM

Week 15

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 15th

Jacksonville at Atlanta 8:20 PM

Saturday, December 17th

Dallas at Tampa Bay 8:20 PM

Sunday, December 18th

Carolina at Houston 1:00 PM
Washington at NY Giants 1:00 PM
Miami at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Seattle at Chicago 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Green Bay at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Detroit at Oakland 4:05 PM
New England at Denver 4:15 PM
NY Jets at Philadelphia 4:15 PM
Cleveland at Arizona 4:15 PM
Baltimore at San Diego 8:20 PM

Monday, December 19th

Pittsburgh at San Francisco 8:30 PM


A once-unwanted cat with 26 toes has come to the rescue of an animal shelter in need of a new home. The orange-and-white tabby named Daniel is helping the non-profit Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center raise money to relocate to a new building. Normal cats have 18 toes, but Daniel has two extra on each foot due to a genetic mutation called polydactylism. Officials at the center found out their rent at a Milwaukee-area mall was being doubled on January 1 so the shelter is buying a new building and is seeking small donations of $26 -- or $1 per toe.


Jacksonville, FL.-- A second-quarter collapse, in which the Bucs gave up 28 points in less than 8 minutes, led to Tampa Bay's seventh consecutive loss Sunday, falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-14.

The Bucs had seven turnovers on the day — three interceptions and four fumbles, including two that resulted in Jacksonville touchdowns — as they fell to 4-9 on the season. Tampa Bay has 17 turnovers in their last three games.

Read the rest here.


I always like to eat at places that give me paper and crayons.


A town in south Wales has beaten its own record for the number of elves gathered in one place -- with over 900 of Santa's helpers coming together. Bridgend, a population of around 40,000, even beat out New York City, which tried to set the record but came up short. To qualify as an elf, people had to turn up wearing their own red or green costumes.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director of "Loving You", flew to Memphis to meet Elvis Presley.

1957 - Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX in Portland, Oregon, was fired for playing Elvis Presley's rendition of "White Christmas." He had violated the radio station's ban against the song.

1969 - The Elvis Presley album "From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis" was confirmed gold by the RIAA.

1970 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Almost In Love" hit #65 in the U.S.

2003 - The Elvis Presley movies "Roustabout", "King Creole", "Blue Hawaii" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" were released on DVD.


A police dog apprehended a car thief on the run in Whittier, California, on Saturday night. The man had stolen an SUV and was being chased by police cars when he decided to abandon the vehicle he was driving. When he emerged from the car, he wasn't wearing clothes. He was quickly captured by the police dog. And there's video.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" topped the UK chart with 750,000 advance orders.


Lindsay Lohan's purse went missing Saturday night at a party in Hawaii. For awhile the purse, her passport, important probation documents and a lot of cash were missing. But on Sunday she got it all back -- all but $10,000 in cash.


Today in Sports History:

1899 - George Grant patented the wooden golf tee.

1968 - Arthur Ashe became the first black man to be ranked #1 in tennis.

1971 - Bobby Hull (Chicago Black Hawks) scored his 1000th point.

1976 - Joe Namath played his last game with the New York Jets.

1981 - Wayne Gretzky became the quickest to reach 50 goals in a season. It was in the 39th game.

1988 - Sandra Miller sued Mike Tyson for sexual harassment.

1998 - Mark Recchi (Montreal Canadiens) ended his consecutive game streak. He had played in 569 straight games.

2000 - The Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez to a record breaking 10-year, $252 million contract. The contract amount broke all Major League Baseball records and all professional sports records.

2001 - Jere Lehtinen (Dallas Stars) scored his 100th NHL goal in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.

2001 - Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel was suspended for four games by his team for shouting a profanity and an ethnic remark at a fan.

2001 - Former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton, and two others, were arrested on charges of carrying at least 175 pounds of marijuana. It was his second arrest in six weeks.

2010 - The collapse of the inflatable roof at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium caused the postponement of a game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. The teams played the next day at Detroit's Ford Field.


On this date in 1792 in Vienna, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven received one of his first lessons in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.


Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Calgary Flames 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Empire South and EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Showcase

Saturday --

Empire South and EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Showcase

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys 8:20pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South and EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Showcase


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

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