Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations













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

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Today is January 9th, the 9th day of 2012. There are 357 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Thomas wins goalie vote, set for fourth All-Star Game.

2012 All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by SiriusXM final leaderboard.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is 68; Actor J.K. Simmons (The Closer, Dr. Emil Skoda on various Law & Orders) is 57; Actress Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, The Patriot) is 47; Singer Dave Matthews is 45; Golfer Sergio Garcia is 32; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is 30.

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Tampa, FL. -- It’s one thing for Brett Connolly to be praised by his own head coach and Tampa Bay Lightning teammates, but quite another to be called “Team Canada’s best player” at the World Juniors tournament by a member of the national media.

But that’s just what Connolly was, at least according to TSN analyst Ray Ferraro.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Balloon Ascension Day (Linky Link), National Clean Off Your Desk Day and National Static Electricity Day (Linky Link).

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Bob Young welcomes new head coach.

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

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The BCS National Championship Game plays tonight (8:30 PM ET) at the Superdome in New Orleans. The LSU Tigers play the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game airs on ESPN, which will have 30 cameras covering the action.

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The 2011 NFL playoffs are underway. Here's the Wild Card Week schedule:

Wild Card Playoffs

All times Eastern

January 7th

At Houston 31, Cincinnati 10
At New Orleans 45, Detroit 28

January 8th

At NY Giants 24, Atlanta 2
At Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 (OT)

Division Playoffs

January 14th

New Orleans at San Francisco 4:30pm
Denver at New England 8:00pm

January 15th

Houston at Baltimore 1:00pm
New York Giants at Green Bay 4:30pm

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The first commercial bank was established in San Francisco, California on this date in 1848.

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The state of Mississippi seceded from the United States on this date in 1861.

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Today in Elvis History:

1971 - Elvis Presley was presented an award by The American Junior Chamber of Commerce for being one of the "10 Outstanding Young Men of America."

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Are you suffering from feedback fatigue? Feedback fatigue is caused by too many email requests from companies asking you to rate their service. If you did any holiday shopping online, you're likely getting bombarded.

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Today in Beatles History:

1975 - A judge ruled that the Beatles were officially dissolved. It had been five years since the Beatles had recorded together.

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The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company put the first battery-operated switchboard into operation in Lexington, Massachusetts on this date in 1894.

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Today in Sports History:

1918 - The NHL announced a new rule that permitted goaltenders to leave their feet while making a save. Previously a penalty was called if a goalie sat or lay on the ice to stop the puck.

1930 - The Boston Bruins set an NHL record with 14 straight wins.

1952 - Jackie Robinson became the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.

1954 - Bert Olmstead (Montreal Canadiens) tied an NHL record when he scored 8 points in a game.

1962 - The NFL banned the grabbing of face masks.

1972 - The Los Angeles Lakers 33 game winning streak came to an end.

1972 - The 2,000,0000th NBA point was scored.

1973 - The Philadelphia 76ers began a 20 game losing streak.

1977 - Super Bowl XI set a pro attendance record with 103,438. The NBC telecast was viewed by 81.9 million.

1981 - Hockey Hall of Famer, Phil Esposito, announced that he would retire as a hockey player after a game between the New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres. The game ended in a tie.

1984 - Pascual Perez (Atlanta Braves) was arrested for cocaine possession in his native Dominican Republic.

1991 - A special committee of Major League Baseball authorities officially banned Pete Rose from being elected into the Hall of Fame.

1997 - Former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall was sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison and ordered to repay five-million dollars after being convicted more than two years ago on bank fraud and conspiracy charges.

1998 - The "Hockey News" magazine selected Wayne Gretzky as the best NHL player ever.

2004 - Brian Boucher (Phoenix Coyotes) set a new NHL record with his fifth consecutive shutout. The total time of the streak was 325 minutes and 45 seconds.

2005 - Randy Moss (Minnesota Vikings) pretended to pull down his pants and moon the Green Bay Packer crowd during a playoff win. On January 13 the NFL fined Moss $10,000 for the act.

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Struggling to keep your New Year's resolution? Think about this: While you may be struggling, you haven't quit yet. You may stumble but as long as you're still trying to be a better father, drink fewer sodas, or take a short walk every day, you're still hanging on to your resolution. It's important that you keep trying because, according to a survey, nearly 80% of us who failed at keeping a resolution say they "gave up too easily."

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vancouver Canucks 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1:00pm EST

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

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