Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is January 21st, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year.


NHL returns to strong TV ratings.

Kings raise Stanley Cup banner prior to opener.

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Today's Birthdays: Golfer Jack Nicklaus is 73; Actress Geena Davis (Commander in Chief, Beatlejuice, Thelma & Louise) is 57; NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon is 50; Emma Bunton (Spice Girls' "Baby Spice") is 37; BooBoo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse/Breaking Dawn) is 19.


The Tampa Bay Lightning kicked off its landmark 20th Anniversary season in celebratory fashion.

Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored twice, Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and Anders Lindback made 27 saves as the Lightning rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday night.

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The Y-bridge in Zanesville, OH, was approved for construction on this date in 1812.


Permission Granted: Als' head coaching

Releasing experienced veterans not easy says Buono.

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The inauguration is today (Monday). [Or as I like to call it, another opportunity for Joe Biden to get caught picking his nose on camera.]


Tampa, FL. — It's time for the Buc fans' inside man to start answering questions again, so we're putting out the call for your questions about the team and the NFL in general.

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President Barack Obama took the oath of office Sunday in an intimate swearing-in ceremony at the White House. After the swearing-in, when daughter Sasha said, "Good job, Dad," the Commander-in-Chief replied, "I did it." Her response: "You didn't mess up."


Time for some Christmas Day swingin'.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Sesame Street, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
"Record Mirror" became the first to print a picture of Elvis Presley in the U.K. 

1957 - Filming began on Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You."

1965 - Production began on the film Elvis Presley film "Fun in Acupulco" with soundtrack recording.

1997 - Col. Tom Parker died from complications from a stroke. He was the promoter that guided Elvis Presley to stardom. 


Super Bowl 47 is set, with the Baltimore Ravens, coached by John Harbaugh, taking on the San Francisco 49ers, coached by his brother Jim, in two weeks in New Orleans.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - 
George Harrison and Patricia Anne Boyd were married. Patty eventually left Harrison for Eric Clapton. 

2002 - George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" hit number one on the British pop charts 31 years after its first release. The song was re-released after the death of Harrison.


A 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sold at auction Saturday for $1.1 million, more than 20 times the expected cost of the latest Corvette.


Today in Sports History:

1911 - 
The first Monte Carlo motor rally took place. 

1973 - The AFC beat the NFC 35-31 in the NFL Pro Bowl in Dallas. The game had been played in Los Angeles since 1942.

1979 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls.

1985 - Dennis Potvin tied Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals. Potvin ended up with 310 career goals.

1986 - Former major-league player, Randy Bass, became the highest-paid baseball player in Japanese history. Bass signed a three-year contract for $3.25 million. He played for the Hanshin Tigers.

1989 - Wayne Gretzky passed Marcel Dionne to become the NHL's second all time scorer.

1990 - John McEnroe was disqualified and expelled for throwing a tantrum and using abusive language at an official while leading Mikael Pernfors in the Australian Open. He was the first person to be thrown out of a Grand Slam in 27 years. He was fined $6,500 and kicked out of the tournament.

1995 - John Stockton became the NBA's all-time career assist leader when he got his 9,922nd.

1997 - Don Mattingly (New York Yankees) officially announced his retirement.

1997 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) scored 51 points against the New York Knicks.

2002 - Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) played his first game in Chicago as a visiting player. The Wizards beat the Bulls 77-69.

2010 - Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) became the 15th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points and the youngest to hit the milestone. He did it 35 days faster than Wilt Chamberlain.       


A British woman was so mesmerized by her cell phone that she fell into a canal, even as a bystander shouts to her to stop. She was texting her boyfriend. Laura Safe (this is her real name) fell into the canal in Birmingham, England, which has about 114 miles of canals.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 1:00pm EST

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

Sunday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 6:00pm EST


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

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