Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

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


Today is July 30th, the 212th day of 2012. There are 154 days left in the year.


Hockey holds successful fundraiser for Jablonski.

Staal 'ecstatic' to join Hurricanes, older brother.

Visit the official league website,


Today's Birthdays: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is 78; Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is 65; Actor Laurence Fishburne is 51; Director Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight films, Inception) is 42; Soccer player Hope Solo is 31.


CCM Announced as Title Sponsor of Inaugural
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – CCM will be the title sponsor of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be held on Sept. 29, 2012, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

The event will include 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Participating players will come from junior hockey and college hockey, as well as the high school and prep school ranks.

“It's terrific to have an iconic brand like CCM as the title sponsor of this event,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It will be a real treat for hockey fans to have a chance to see the best players in their age group showcase their skills in a competitive environment.”

For more information, visit and to purchase tickets to the event, click here.

Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG.


On this date in 1965, U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.


Steinberg's MMQB: What's up is down in Week 5.

2012 CFL Replay: A look back on Week 5.

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Five friends pose for the same picture every 5 years for 30 years.


Riders Taj Smith savours his score from the 74.

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My family and I didn't do much this weekend but sit on the couch, watch the Olympics and snack. [Believe me we're ready if the Olympics should ever add synchronized chips and dip.]


What's this show Daddy?


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....WMEL stuff and hangin' with Jimmy. How 'bout you?


Baltimore, MD. -- Joe Maddon wasn't blowing smoke when he said, "I'm happy to have Jeremy Hellickson pitching for us."

That remark from the Rays manager came in response to repeated questions about the Rays having to face Zack Greinke, who was making his first start for the Angels on Sunday after getting traded out West from Milwaukee on Friday.

All Maddon's guy did was fight off nausea to match the former Cy Young Award winner inning for inning until the Rays finally generated some offense en route to a 2-0 win.

Read the rest here.


Outer space may be soundless, but it's apparently not odorless. According to a 2009 interview with NASA astronaut Kevin Ford -- who did some space walks -- space has a metallic odor that Ford describes as having the "aroma of seared steak, hot metal, and welding fumes."


San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants had no answers against Clayton Kershaw in Sunday's 4-0 loss, and the Dodgers left town with a three-game sweep and having reshaped the dynamic of the National League West race by regaining a share of the division lead.

Read the rest here.


The oldest general store in the United States closed its doors Sunday after being in business in Adamsville, Rhode Island, for 224 years. Gray's general store, which has been run by a family in Adamsville for six generations, has not been able to keep up with the competition in recent years.


Today in Elvis History

1954 - Elvis Presley made his professional debut in Memphis. It was his first concert to be advertised.

1957 - The Elvis Presley movie "Loving You" opened in the U.S.

2003 - Sam Phillips died at the age of 80. He was the founder of Sun Records and was the first mentor of Elvis Presley.


The Dark Knight Rises continues to perform well at the box office, taking the number one spot over the weekend by bringing in just over $64 million.


Today in Beatles History:

1977 - "The Beatles Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany-1962" hit #111 in the U.S.

2002 - The Yoko Ono single "Open Your Box" was released.


Say what you will about NBC's decision to delay Michael Phelps' first race until primetime: The numbers suggest NBC's tape-delay strategy is paying off. Saturday night averaged an enormous 28.7 million viewers -- the most watched opening night on record for a summer edition of the Olympics.


Today in Sports History:

1930 - Uruguay won soccer's first World Cup. They beat Argentina 4-2.

1966 - England's soccer team won the World Cup.

1968 - Ron Hansen of the Washington Senators made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years.

1971 - U.S. President Nixon gave the keynote speech at a banquet honoring seven new inductees into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

2001 - Former Dallas Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin entered an innocent plea for a felony charge of possession of less than a gram of cocaine. The charges stemmed from Irvin's arrest August 9, 2000.

2001 - Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.


In its 236 years, America has been shaped by legions of intelligent, courageous, and noble characters. Time has singled out 20 as the most influential in history, including George Washington, Steve Jobs, and Muhammad Ali.


Indianapolis, IN.-- Team owner Rick Hendrick may have had better days -- but not many.

Hendrick joined his No. 48 team in kissing the bricks at the finish line after driver Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking the checkered flag 4.758 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch and tying teammate Jeff Gordon for the most Cup Series wins at IMS with four.

Read the rest here.


In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line on this date in 2003.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at California Angels 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway 12:00pm

Izod Indy Car Series -- The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT


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

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