Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is September 17th, the 261st day of 2012. There are 105 days left in the year.

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Lokomotiv falls in first home game in Yaroslavl.

Seven team records likely to stand test of time.

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

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Today's Birthdays: U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 73; puppeteer Kevin Clash (voice of Elmo, and others, on Sesame Street) is 52; actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8) is 47; American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis (Season 4) is 37.

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Brett Larson Named Head Coach of U.S. Junior Select Team
For World Junior A Challenge

Sioux City Head Coach and General Manager Will Guide U.S. in November Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Brett Larson (Duluth, Minn.), head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers, has been named head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that will participate in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, Nov. 5-11, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Larson most recently led Sioux City to the 2012 Clark Cup Western Conference quarterfinals in his first season as a USHL head coach. Prior to joining the Musketeers, he served as assistant coach for three years at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he helped the Bulldogs to their first ever NCAA men's ice hockey championship in 2011. In his tenure (2008-11), UMD compiled a 70-40-15 record and also captured the 2008 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five championship.

Before embarking on his coaching career, Larson, who was selected by Detroit in the 1990 National Hockey League Entry Draft, played professionally for 12 years in various domestic and international leagues. As a four-year (1991-95) blueliner for Minnesota Duluth, he recorded 67 points in 133 games and captained the team his senior season.

NOTES: The U.S. Junior Select Team has captured three of the last four World Junior A Challenge titles (1st place-2008-10; 3rd place-2011) … The 2012 World Junior A Challenge will feature two teams from Canada, and squads from the United States, Russia, Czech Republic and Switzerland … The official site of the event can be found by clicking here.

Team USA Schedule • 2012 World Junior A Challenge
November 5-11, 2012 - Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Date
Opponent
Venue
Time (Local/EST)
Mon., Nov. 5
Canada East
Mariners Centre
7:30 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 6
Switzerland
Mariners Centre
7:30 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 8
Quarterfinals
Mariners Centre
TBD
Fri., Nov. 9
Semifinals
Mariners Centre
TBD
Sat., Nov. 10
3rd/5th Place
Mariners Centre
TBD
Sun., Nov. 11
Championship Game
Mariners Centre
7:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.

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It's National Singles Week and Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors lost three of four over the weekend to the vastly improved Florida Eels. On Saturday, the Empire Juniors exploded for 6 third period goals to win 8-4. Brendan Nicholson scored in the first period for Tampa Bay and Jonathan Hall in the second, but the Juniors found themselves down, 3-2. The third period was a different story, as Tampa Bay got two goals from Zach Capco, another one from Nicholson, plus goals from Brent Barber, J.C. Bradley and Roope Hintz to grab the four-goal win. Kyle Gertz made 20 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-5 on the power play and 4-of-5 on the penalty kill.

In Saturday's EJHL South contest, all the scoring was done in the second period, as the Eels skated to a 2-1 win. Tommy Whiteley scored for Tampa Bay, Braxton Schulz made 36 saves. The Juniors were 0-for-4 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Eels won the Empire game, 6-3. Nick Frankich and Austin Teal helped stake Tampa Bay to a 2-1 lead after one, then Teall scored again early in the second for a 3-1 lead. The Eels took over from there, scoring 5 straight goals for the win. Kyle Gertz made 23 saves for the Juniors, who were 2-for-8 on the power play and 5-of-7 on the penalty kill.

The Eels skated to a 4-0 lead after two periods, then coasted to a 7-2 win. Chase Anderson and Paul Lochner scored third period goals, while Hunter Tetrault made 9 saves. Tampa Bay was 0-for-5 on the power play and 5-of-7 on the penalty kill.

Both teams will play this coming weekend in the Junior Bruins Showcase. Check poinstreak.com and FASTHockey.com for all the action.

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Lady Gaga launched her new perfume by appearing at a museum in a giant-size perfume bottle where she received a tattoo on her neck. [Reactions were immediate. Madonna quicky declared that the whole thing was a ripoff of her perfume. Then Elton John angrily denounced Madonna as an aging has been. Then the nurse came in and gave Elton his medicine.]

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Calvillo pleased with win but wants more from offence.

Ticats not looking too far ahead despite win.

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

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The Constitution of the United States of America was signed on this date in 1787 by delegates at the Constitutional Convention.

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5-6 Saskatchewan's next action is this coming Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm EDT vs 7-4 Calgary, a team they lost to 41-38 in week #4. Catch the game on 620 CKRM with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online at ESPN3.com.

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

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U.S. President George Washington's Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress on this date in 1796.

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Tampa Bay, FL. -- The visiting Buccaneers built a two-TD third-quarter lead over the defending-champion Giants Sunday but couldn’t hold it, as Eli Manning’s record passing day produced a 41-34 comeback win for New York.

Read the rest here.

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The NFL's Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Raves is on the same team as Ray Lewis, so he's already facing an uphill battle when it comes to over-the-top touchdown celebrations. That being said, the moves he pulled out after a score against the Philadelphia Eagles are bizarre, to say the least. If you saw the game and couldn't figure out what Jones was doing, he was pretending he had nunchucks in his hands.

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Jimmy cooks pretend dinner.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Washing dishes and taking Jimmy to school. How 'bout you?

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New York, NY. -- Tampa Bay's pitching hiccups and sloppy play in the field gave the offense a reprieve from bearing the brunt of the responsibility for the team's most recent defeat on Sunday.

A five-run Yankees third inning that included a single, three walks, two stolen bases, a wild pitch, an errant pickoff attempt, an ejection and a Russell Martin three-run home run put Matt Moore and the Rays in an early hole, culminating in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees in the rubber match at Yankee Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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A woman who has maintained a Starbucks-only diet for the past two years says she's lost 85 pounds and feels 'like a kid again'. Christine Hall, 66, from Alexandria, Virginia, visits her local store three times a day, selecting breakfast, lunch and dinner options and describes the coffee chain as her 'second home'. Using nutrition labels on food and drink packaging she meticulously tracks her calorie intake, eating as little as 1,000 calories a day -- less than half of the recommended daily allowance for women.

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Phoenix, AZ.--
Ryan Vogelsong knows all about overcoming adversity. Unfortunately for him, he has set himself up for a repeat effort.

Vogelsong's slide from National League ERA leader to enigma continued Sunday as the Giants fell to Arizona, 10-2, concluding an otherwise successful two-city trip.

Read the rest here.

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Somebody in Flint, Michigan, made off with more than 50 eye glasses frames from a store last week.

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "A Mess Of Blues" hit #2 in the U.K.

1962 - Elvis Presley resumed filming work on "It Happened At The World Fair" in Hollywood.

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "Moody Blue" hit #3 in the U.S.

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Return To Sender" hit #42 in the U.K.

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "That't The Way It Is" hit #34 in the U.K.

1994 - The Elvis Presley compilation "The Essential Collection" hit #6 in the U.K.

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Revolution debuts tonight (Monday) on NBC. This new sci-fi drama is set 15 years after a mysterious and permanent power blackout. One family is determined to find their brother, who has been kidnapped. With a rogue band of survivors, they set out to re-establish the USA, find out why the power failed, and if it will ever return.

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Today in Beatles History:

1976 - Ringo Starr released "Ringo's Rotogravure."

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The fifth Resident Evil movie came out of the gate at the top of the box office, grossing an estimated $21.2 million.

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - The American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, OH. It was the precursor to the National Football League (NFL).

1953 - Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as 'Mr. Cub'.

1961 - The Minnesota Vikings were debuted as the new National Football League (NFL) team.

1983 - Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds, retired after 16 years as a catcher.

1983 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox broke Hank Aaron's major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game.

1984 - Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run.

2004 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 700th home run.

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Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system on this date in 1872.

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JOLIET, Ill. -- Brad Keselowski delivered a body blow to the championship aspirations of Jimmie Johnson, but the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was hardly down for the count.

With a pass for the lead that seemed certain to spark controversy in the Hendrick Motorsports camp, Keselowski won Sunday's GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Read the rest here.

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The first transcontinental airplane flight started on this date in 1911. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.

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Fontana, CA. -- Driver Will Power lost control of his car and crashed into the wall on the 55th lap, handing the 2012 IZOD IndyCar series championship to Ryan Hunter-Reay Saturday evening in the 250-lap MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Power, who entered the season-ending race with a 17-point lead over second-place Hunter-Reay in the standings, was just inches ahead of him in 13th place when the crash occurred.

Read the rest here.

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Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV on this date in 1930.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South at Jr. Bruins Showcase TBA

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway 3:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at UCLA Bruins 3:30pm EDT

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South at Jr. Bruins Showcase TBA

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South at Jr. Bruins Showcase TBA

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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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