Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is February 25th, the 55th day of 2013. There are 310 days left in the year.


Murphy: Coach's challenge could be in NHL's future.

Congressman Quigley using hockey as a tool.

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Today's Birthdays: Tea Leoni (The Family Man, Fun with Dick and Jane) is 47; Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) is 42; Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) is 38; Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is 37.


Pittsburgh, PA. -- The good news is that the Tampa Bay Lightning are still in first place in the Southeast Division.

The bad news is that unlike 24 hours ago, they now have some company at the top.

Eric Brewer, Steven Stamkos and Cory Conacher all had goals for Tampa Bay, which after falling behind by three goals early on, brought the game to within a single goal twice before ultimately falling 5-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on Sunday night.

Read the rest here.


Over the weekend Pope Benedict gave his final Sunday blessing. [Then he dropped the mic, and walked offstage.]


Tate goes MMA route with off-season training.

Gordon Norrie named Stamps' new President.

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Stop wasting so much time online. If you really want to meet someone, get a dog. It turns out that one in four dog owners have met dates while walking their dogs. A third have at least made new friends. We trust dogs' people-meters, too. Forty percent of dog owners say they would think twice if their pets and dates didn't get along.


Tampa, FL. — We have known since the end of the 2012 season that the Buccaneers would pick 13th in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft (barring any trades, of course). Now we can tell you exactly where each of Tampa Bay’s first three picks will fall.

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How fun would it be to freak out your relatives from beyond the grave? Good fun, right?! A new website called will takes over your Twitter account after you die and send out new tweets based on your current likes and tastes. All you need is an executor to decide if your account stays alive long after you're gone.


Hi Daddy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching recaps of the Daytona 500, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - It was announced that Elvis would receive $250,000 and 50% of the net profits for his third movie for MGM.

1961 - In Memphis, TN, Elvis Presley made his first concert appearance since 1958. During the show he was presented with a plaque by RCA to mark record sales of 76 million worldwide.

1967 - Elvis Presley's "Indescribably Blue" hit #33 in the U.S.


There are all kinds of nasty things in your office coffee cup. Professor Charles P. Gerba of the University of Arizona says 90% of office coffee mugs are covered in germs. But it gets worse, because Professor Gerba says 20% of office mugs carry fecal bacteria.


Today in Beatles History:

1943 - This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock."

1963 - The Beatles released their first U.S. single "Please Please Me."

1992 - Yoko Ono's box set "Onobox" was released.

2003 - The album "Songs from the Material World - A Tribute to George Harrison" was released.


An Oregon woman is facing a year in prison and a $6,000 fine because her toddler daughter kept accidentally dialing emergency services while playing with mom's cellphone. Jessica May said she was in the bathroom when her 1-year-old accidentally summoned police. Mom says it was an honest mistake, but cops said it's been happening for two months.


Today in Sports History:

1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.

1941 - The Boston Bruins set an NHL record after going 23 games unbeaten. Their record during the stretch was 15-0-8.

1951 - The first Pan American Games opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that baseball was the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws.

1964 - Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became heavyweight-boxing champion in an upset victory over Sonny Liston.

1978 - O.J. Simpson was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

1981 - The Boston Bruins and the Minnesota North Stars set a record for most penalties in a game. There were 84 penalties that totaled 392 minutes.

1989 - Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, fired head coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

1995 - Major league baseball announced that regular season games would be played in Hawaii for the first time.

2002 - Jayson Williams, the former NBA star, surrendered to New Jersey police. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Costas Christofi. Christofi was killed by a shotgun that was recklessly handled by Williams. Williams was released on $250,000 bail.

2005 - It was announced that the Walt Disney Co. had agreed to sell the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to billionaire Henry Samueli and his wife Susan. Samueli's company was the operator of Arrowhead Pond, the Mighty Ducks' home arena.


NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK - Coming Tuesday, February 26.

The Master (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix)
Chasing Mavericks (Gerard Butler)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (released March 2)
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Law & Order: The Twelfth Year


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart won Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, but the elation of his victory disappeared in the wake of a heart-stopping wreck that saw Kyle Larson's car demolished after flying into the crossover gate that provides access from the asphalt to the main grandstand.

Read the rest here.


It's Monday. What are your plans for today? Whatever they are, do your best and have some fun!


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmie Johnson, sidelined almost before the race began here a year ago, made sure he was around for the finish at this year's Daytona 500.

Not only was the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion around, he and his Hendrick Motorsports team were celebrating in Victory Lane.

Johnson, 37, pulled away from Brad Keselowski on a final restart with six laps remaining in the 55th running of the Daytona 500, then staved off the late charges of runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. and third-place Mark Martin to win the Great American Race for the second time.

Read the rest here.


The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC on this date in 1928.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 1:00pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 200 Fueled By Amerigas at Phoenix International Raceway 4:30pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST


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

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