Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is May 21st, the 142nd day of 2012. There are 224 days left in the year.

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Western Conference Finals (Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings):

Sunday, May 13th Los Angeles 3 at Phoenix 2
Tuesday, May 15th Los Angeles 4 at Phoenix 0
Thursday, May 17th Phoenix 1 at Los Angeles 2
Sunday, May 20th Phoenix 2 at Los Angeles 0 (Los Angeles leads series 3-1)
*Tuesday, May 22nd Los Angeles at Phoenix 9:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Thursday, May 24th Phoenix at Los Angeles 9:00pm EDT NBCSN
*Saturday, May 26th Los Angeles at Phoenix 8:00pm EDT Network TBD

Eastern Conference Finals (New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils):

Monday, May 14th New Jersey 0 at New York 3
Wednesday, May 16th New Jersey 3 at New York 2
Saturday, May 19th New York 3 at New Jersey 0 (New York leads series 2-1)
Monday, May 21st New York at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBCSN
Wednesday, May 23rd New Jersey at New York 8:00pm NBCSN
*Friday, May 25th New York at New Jersey 8:00pm NBCSN
*Sunday, May 27th New Jersey at New York 8:00pm EDT NBCSN

* -- If necessary

Smith: 'I knew it had to be my game of the series.'

Namestnikov leads London at Memorial Cup.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Comedian and actor turned politician Al Franken is 61; Actor Mr. T is 60; Actress Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House) is 45.

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With Ray an Argo, Eskimos have a job opening at quarterback.

Als hope Calvillo’s return, rebuilt defence will help earn another Grey Cup.

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

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Police in upstate New York arrested a commercial airline pilot with a loaded .357 Magnum in his luggage. [Well, I guess that was one crew member Alec Baldwin would have actually listened to.]

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Jimmy has more fun playing soccer.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hang out with Jimmy, clean house, watch hockey and love my family. How 'bout you?

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Tim Hudson had allowed just two hits when Carlos Pena stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth.

On his shoulders rested the Rays' hopes for another comeback.

Read the rest here.

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Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt challenged college graduates on Sunday to take the radical step -- at least for their generation -- of tearing their eyes away from their smartphones and computer screens. Schmidt told graduates at Boston University to "take one hour a day and turn that thing off. Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation."

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San Francisco, CA.--
Tim Lincecum's troubles continued, and, unfortunately for the Giants, their winning streak against the Bay Area rival A's didn't.

A come-from-behind, four-run rally by Oakland in the fourth inning did in San Francisco in its 6-2 loss Sunday in the Interleague series finale. As a result, the Giants (21-20) missed out on another sweep of the A's, which also would have been their 12th straight home win against Oakland (21-21), and their first sweep of an opponent this season. San Francisco hadn't lost to the A's here since June 15, 2008.

Read the rest here.

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Today is National Waitstaff Day.

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Today in Elvis History

1996 - It was reported that a picture of Elvis Presley hung beside pictures of Hindu gods in a temple in the Indian state of Karnataka.

2001 - The Elvis Presley Instant Lottery Promotion created by MDI Entertainment, Inc., began. The scratch ticket lottery featured cash prizes upt to $100,000 and "Elvis Experience" VIP trips to Graceland.

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An Australian marathon runner has taken training to new heights after he completed a half-marathon while traveling in a hot air balloon above Australia. Rob Ginnivan ran the 13 mile distance on a treadmill loaded into the wicker basket. The treadmill was powered by a small generator. Although he is an experienced runner of 18 marathons, the 46 year old took three hours to complete the challenge because he could only take small steps on the treadmill as he flew around. Video

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Today in Beatles History:

1968 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher attended an Andy Williams concert.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day "bed-in" in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

1971 - Paul McCartney released "Ram."

1972 - BBC's Radio 1 began airing "The Beatles Story."

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A Florida sheriff's office is selling a chicken nugget shaped like a cowboy boot to benefit its program for children. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said one of its employees found the boot-shaped nugget in a meal he bought a week ago from a convenience store and decided to save it and post it on eBay to benefit the Keys Kops for Kids program.

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Today in Sports History:

1881 - The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.

1926 - Earl Sheely (Chicago White Sox) hit his 6th consecutive double.

1930 - Max Bishop was walked 8 times during a doubleheader.

1930 - Babe Ruth (New York Yankees) hit three consecutive home runs.

1943 - The White Sox and the Senators played the fastest 9 inning night game in American League history. The game was finished in 89 minutes.

1947 - Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team.

1948 - Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees) hit a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.

1952 - The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 15 runs in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds. The final score was 19-1.

1996 - Ken Griffey Jr. became the 8th youngest player to hit 200 home runs.

1997 - Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox) got his 200th win.

2003 - The NFL decided to not vote on expanding the playoffs in 2004.

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House (FOX) wraps up tonight. This special two-hour event kicks off with a one-hour retrospective special that will feature interviews with the series' stars and producers.

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s success at Iowa Speedway continues.

Stenhouse dominated the field for most of the race to capture the checkered flag at the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 in front of 34,000 fans Sunday. The win is the third consecutive at the 0.875-mile track for Stenhouse, who swept the two Nationwide races held here last year.

"Man, this one was fun," Stenhouse said. "I love dominating those races."

The Roush Fenway Racing driver claimed his third win in 10 starts this season, extending his season points lead to 28 points over Elliott Sadler, who was second. Stenhouse grabbed his first lead by overtaking Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 31 en route to leading 209 laps, tying an Iowa Speedway record set by Busch in 2010.

Read the rest here.

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Moviegoers stuck with their superheroes over the weekend. The Avengers took the top spot for the third straight weekend, collecting $55.1 million. Battleship was second with $25.4 million.

... The Avengers is now the fourth highest grossing movie of all time. As of Sunday The Avengers has grossed $1.18 billion worldwide.

... Opening Friday: Chernobyl Diaries and Men In Black III.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 1:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cocoa Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 5:30pm EDT

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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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