Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations











Happy Monday everyone. Here's what's happening....

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Today is June 25th, the 177th day of 2012. There are 189 days left in the year.

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Trade to 'Canes caps memorable weekend for J. Staal.

USHL sees 18 more players drafted on Day 2.

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

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Today's Birthday: Singer Carly Simon is 67; Actor/comedian Jimmie Walker (Good Times) is 65; Chef and author Anthony Bourdain is 56; Actor/writer/director Ricky Gervais (The Office) is 51; Actress Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) is 33.

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Fifty-Five Americans Selected
at the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft


14 Players Chosen in First Two Rounds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fifty-five American players were selected during the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pa., this past weekend, including six in the first round and another eight in the second round.

Center Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis.), chosen third overall by the Montreal Canadiens, was the first American taken in the NHL Entry Draft. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.), who played at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, was picked ninth overall by the Winnipeg Jets, marking the first time two Americans went among the top 10 picks since 2008 (Zach Bogosian, 3rd, Atlanta Thrashers; Colin Wilson, 7th, Nashville Predators).

Six players with ties to the NTDP, a member of the United States Hockey League, were chosen in the first two rounds of the NHL Entry Draft, including Trouba, Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn./28th overall/New York Rangers), Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill./29th overall/New Jersey Devils), Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif./36th overall/Anaheim Ducks), Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich./42nd overall/Calgary Flames), and Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis./44th overall/Buffalo Sabres).

For the full list of Americans selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, see below.

NOTES: Twenty American players that competed in the USHL in 2011-12 were chosen. The USHL, America's top junior league, had a record six players chosen in the first round and 28 total players selected that competed in the league in 2011-12 … A total of 68 current and future NCAA hockey players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the most since 2007 (74) ... Thirteen players with ties to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program were selected … Six American players who played NCAA Division I hockey in 2011-12 were drafted … Two Americans that competed in the North American Hockey League in 2011-12 were selected, while one American that played in the Eastern Junior Hockey League was chosen ... Eighteen players who skated for high schools or prep schools in 2011-12 were selected … Players drafted represented 17 states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin … For a complete round-by-round recap of the NHL draft, click here … Twenty-four of the 30 NHL teams selected an American player ... A total of 59 Americans were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, with 59 in 2010, 51 in 2009, 46 in 2008 and a record 62 in 2007.


Americans Selected in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft

Rd Pick Name NHL Team 2011-12 Team (League)
1 3 Alex Galchenyuk Montreal Canadiens Sarnia Sting (OHL)
1 9 Jacob Trouba Winnipeg Jets U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
1 25 Jordan Schmaltz St. Louis Blues Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
1 27 Henrik Samuelsson Phoenix Coyotes Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
1 28 Brady Skjei New York Rangers U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
1 29 Stefan Matteau New Jersey Devils U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
2 36 Nicolas Kerdiles Anaheim Ducks U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
2 40 Dylan Blujus Tampa Bay Lightning Brampton Battalion (OHL)
2 42 Patrick Sieloff Calgary Flames U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
2 44 Jake McCabe Buffalo Sabres Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
2 45 Anthony Stolarz Philadelphia Flyers Corpus Christi Rays (NAHL)
2 53 Brian Hart Tampa Bay LIghtning Phillips Exeter (N.H.)
2 56 Samuel Kurker St. Louis Blues St. John's Prep (Mass.)
2 59 Cristoval Nieves New York Rangers Kent School (Conn.)
3 66 Jimmy Vesey Nashville Predators South Shore Kings (EJHL)
3 67 Mackenzie MacEachern St. Louis Blues Brother Rice (Mich.) High School
3 68 John Draeger Minnesota Wild Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
3 75 Jon Gillies Calgary Flames Indiana Ice (USHL)
3 78 Shayne Gostisbehere Philadelphia Flyers Union College (ECACH)
3 79 Chris Calnan Chicago Blackhawks Nobles & Greenough (Mass.)
3 85 Matt Grzelcyk Boston Bruins U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
3 90 Ben Johnson New Jersey Devils Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
4 94 Brady Vail Montreal Canadiens Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
4 98 Adam Gilmour Minnesota Wild Nobles & Greenough (Mass.)
4 100 Thomas DiPauli Washington Capitals U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
4 106 Tim Boyle Ottawa Senators Nobles & Greenough (Mass.)
4 107 Austin Wuthrich Washington Capitals Notre Dame (CCHA)
4 112 Zach Stepan Nashville Predators Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
4 120 Jacob Slavin Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Steel (USHL)
5 125 Doyle Somerby New York Islanders Kimball Union (N.H.)
5 126 Dominic Toninato Toronto Maple Leafs Duluth East (Minn.) High School
5 127 Brian Cooper Anaheim Ducks Fargo Force (USHL)
5 130 Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL)
5 133 Logan Nelson Buffalo Sabres Victoria Royals (WHL)
5 136 Robbie Baillargeon Ottawa Senators Indiana Ice (USHL)
5 137 Connor Carrick Washington Capitals U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
5 138 Danny O'Regan San Jose Sharks St. Sebastian School (Mass.)
5 139 Garrett Ross Chicago Blackhawks Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
6 153 John McCarron Edmonton Oilers Cornell (ECACH)
6 159 Collin Olson Carolina Hurricanes U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
6 167 Riley Barber Washington Capitals U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
6 168 Clifford Watson San Jose Sharks Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
6 169 Vincent Hinostroza Chicago Blackhawks Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
6 178 Samuel Fejes Phoenix Coyotes Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
6 181 Paul Ladue Los Angeles Kings Lincoln Stars (USHL)
7 185 Jake Bischoff New York Islanders Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School
7 186 Matt DeBlouw Calgary Flames Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
7 188 Louie Nanne Minnesota Wild Edina (Minn.) High School
7 189 Brendan Collier Carolina Hurricanes Malden Catholic (Mass.) High School
7 198 Joakim Ryan San Jose Sharks Cornell (ECACH)
7 204 Judd Peterson Buffalo Sabres Duluth Marshall (Minn.) High School
7 205 Colton Hargrove Boston Bruins Fargo Force (USHL)
7 207 Matthew Beattie Vancouver Canucks Phillips Exeter (N.H.)
7 210 Jaycob Megna Anaheim Ducks Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA)
7 211 Nick Ebert Los Angeles Kings Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

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Today is Please Take My Children to Work Day, to recognize and celebrate the tough job that stay-at-home mothers and fathers do every day.

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He's No. 1: Esks pin Jyles as starting quarterback.

Toronto adds Robert McCune and Danny Desriveaux.

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

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A bear was filmed freeing its trapped cub by opening a garage door. The video on YouTube starts with the bear cub precariously making its way across a beam while a dog barks in the background. As the camera swivels a much larger bear, who is -- according to the person who uploaded the video -- the cub's mother, apparently opens the garage door and holds it open, with her head briefly visible above a parked car. With the way out now clear, the cub makes its way down a ladder before exiting.

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DB Lance Frazier among 22 cut by Roughriders.

Visit the team's official website, http://www.riderville.com.

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Surveys about what we would prefer more than sex aren't new, but they're always interesting, and here's the latest: 57% of German women would rather give up sex for a YEAR rather than miss out on their favorite TV shows. Sixty-two percent of men, on the other hand, would wave 'bye-bye' to their TV sets.

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So, Jimmy, you wanna win a pizza?

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff, plus grocery shopping. How 'bout you?

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Philadelphia, PA. -- David Price started the first game of Sunday's doubleheader knowing the importance of pitching well.

Not just well enough to get his 10th win, either. The left-hander needed to put some mileage between the first inning and the time he left the game.

Price came through on his assignment, going deep into the game and coming away with his 10th win of the season -- thanks to a big boost from Carlos Pena's three-run homer in the eighth -- en route to the Rays' 3-2 victory over the Phillies in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park with 44,785 watching.

Read the rest here.

Philadelphia, PA. -- Joe Maddon went to the bullpen a little early in Game 2 of Sunday's Rays-Phillies day-night double-header.

Cesar Ramos left the bullpen in center field and ran toward to mound -- to pitch to the first batter of the game.

If that wasn't strange enough, the left-hander got a quick hook, after throwing just 40 pitches and not allowing a hit over 2 2/3 innings.

Everything made sense to those following the Rays' saga for the past week. If ever there were a baseball soap opera, the Rays lived one. The culmination of those events came to pass in the 7-3 win over the Phillies in the second game to complete a sweep.

Read the rest here.

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The world's ugliest dog was crowned over the weekend. [He's so ugly he's not even attracted to his own tail.]

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Oakland, CA.--
For the third time this series, the trailing squad mounted a ninth-inning comeback, but this time, the Giants were on the losing end, dropping a 4-2 walk-off loss to the A's on Sunday.

Read the rest here.

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Looking for chicken? The Niceville, Florida, police department might have found it. The department received a call the other day from a homeowner who said there was a chicken in his front yard. The department dispatched an officer, who caught the chicken.

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley returned to Memphis after finishing his duties with the film "Jailhouse Rock."

1958 - Elvis Presley's parents celebrated their 25th anniversary.

1961 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Little Sister." The single was released in August 1961.

2002 - A remixed version of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" was released.

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Brave has become the 13th Pixar movie to debut in first place at the box office. Brave made $66.7 million. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter took in $16.5 million for a third place finish.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - The Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" live on the British TV program "Our World." Marianne Faithfull sang in the chorus.

1992 - Ringo Starr performed at "Summerfest '92 The Big Encore" in Milwaukee, WI.

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Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788 and became the 10th state of the United States.

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Today in Sports History:

1918 - Babe Ruth became the second American League player to hit a home run in four consecutive games.

1921 - Jock Hutchinson became the first U.S. citizen to win the British Open.

1968 - Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam home run in his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam.

1985 - ABC’s "Monday Night Football" began with a new line-up. The trio was Frank Gifford, Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson.

1985 - New York Yankees officials enacted the rule that mandated that the team’s bat boys were to wear protective helmets during all games.

1997 - The NHL officially approved expansion to 30 teams by the year 2000 with the announcement of new teams in Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville.

2002 - Muhammad Ali received a humanitarian award at the second annual BET awards.

2003 - Todd McFarlane bought Barry Bonds 73rd home run ball at auction for $517,500.

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Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire on this date in 1867.

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Clint Bowyer's victory in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma was a surprise to the driver who chased him for more than 20 laps -- Kurt Busch -- but in retrospect, history may have been on Bowyer's side.

"I just kept thinking, 'He's a dirt late model racer from the Midwest -- there's no way he can be able to run the road course,' but he did," said Busch, who finished third despite hitting a tire barrier in Turn 11 at the 1.99-mile track and breaking the panhard bar on his No. 51 Chevrolet.

With Busch's car damaged and vulnerable to a pass during a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event two laps beyond its scheduled 110 laps, Bowyer held off charging Tony Stewart to claim his first victory of the season and the sixth of his career.

Stewart passed Kurt Busch for the second position after the final restart and finished .829 seconds behind Bowyer's No. 15 Toyota. Busch held the third spot, followed by Brian Vickers -- doing spot duty in Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota -- and Jimmie Johnson.

Read the rest here.

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Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union on this date in 1868.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton TigerCats 7:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Feed The Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway 6:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:15pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 4:05pm 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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