Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening.


Today is December 20th, the 355th day of 2012. There are 11 days left in the year.


Jones recaps U.S. selection camp in Greenburgh, N.Y.

NHL Network-U.S., offer live WJC coverage.

Visit the official league website,


The "Susan Constant," "Godspeed" and "Discovery" set sail from London on this date in 1606. Their landing at Jamestown, VA, was the start of the first permanent English settlement in America.


Corvallis, OR. -- Most college football head coaches only are transitioning from the last job to the next one. There are few lifers.

Read the rest here.

Visit the Oregon State Athletics department official web site.


On this date in 1790, The first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, RI.


Outstanding signing: Sherritt signs 3-year deal with Esks.

McCall one of three local products to sign with Riders.

Visit the leagues' official website,


On this date in 1803, the United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.


Tampa, FL. —Fans who attend Sunday's game against the Rams are invited to stay after the final whistle to attend a free concert by the Newsboys as part of the Bucs' first "Faith and Football" event.

Read the rest here.


On this date in 1820, the state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.


Should I eat this hot dog now, or save it for later?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Billy Crystal host Sportscenter, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
RCA re-released the Sun singles That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Good Rockin' Tonight"/"I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine," "Milkcow Blues Boogie"/"You're a Heartbreaker," and "Baby Let's Play House"/"I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone." 

1957 - Elvis Presley picked up his draft notice in person.

1958 - Elvis Presley's "One Night" hit #4 in the U.S.

1979 - Elvis Presley's song "Santa Clause Is Back In Town" hit #41 in the U.K. The song was originally released in 1957.


On this date in 1928, mail delivery by dog sled began in Lewiston, ME.


Today in Beatles History:

1976 - Wings' "Wings Over America" was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1980 - John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" hit #1 in the U.K.


The Frank Capra film "It's A Wonderful Life" had a preview showing for charity on this date in 1946 at New York City's Globe Theatre, a day before its "official" world premiere. James Stewart and Donna Reed star in the film.


Today in Sports History:

1946 -  Sugar Ray Robinson was crowned welterweight champion at Madison Square Garden.

1962 - A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers when he cleared 16 feet, 11/4 inches.

1966 - The NBA granted a franchise to Seattle.

1973 - Henri Richard (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 1,000th point.

1983 - Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens) became the 10th NHL player to score 500 goals.

1985 - Denis Potvin became the highest defenseman scorer when he got his 916th point.

1993 - It was announced that NBC would retain the rights to the National Football League's (NFL) AFC package.

1994 - Ivan Lendl retired after a 17-year tennis career.

1998 - Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers) became the first NFL player to throw at least 30 touchdown passes for five seasons.

2008 - The Dallas Cowboys played their final game in Texas Stadium before moving to their new stadium in Arlington, TX.


On this date in 1954, Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs St. Louis Rams 1:00pm EST


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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