Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is March 18th, the 77th day of 2013. There are 288 days left in the year.

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Blackhawks could look to add center depth.

Why the Rangers aren't living up to expectations.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) is 50; Queen Latifah is 43; Dane Cook (Employee of the Month) is 41; Adam Levine of Maroon 5 (and The Voice) is 34.

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Tampa, FL. -- Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat had a night to remember on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

They even added their names to the franchise history books, too.

Johnson and Palat each scored their first career NHL goals, and Mathieu Garon turned back 21 of 22 shots faced as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 in front of a 15th consecutive sellout crowd of 19,204.

Read the rest here.

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Prince William and wife Kate say they're on opposite sides of the crib when it comes to the gender of their unborn child. Kate said over the weekend, "I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl."

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Soldotna, Alaska - The Wenatchee Wild wrapped up a disappointing weekend with a 4-2 loss, capping off a three-game series sweep and adding to their six-game losing streak.

Read the rest here.

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A company near Fort Worth, Texas, is offering drug-sniffing dogs to parents who want to know if their kids are using illegal substances. The RK Agency will bring a K9 to a home for about $350. The trained dogs can detect heroin, meth, marijuana, and cocaine.

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Combine: A look ahead at the Edmonton Regional.

E-Camp: MacDougall's Jump Performance.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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Passengers aboard a Greyhound bus leaving Atlantic City were suddenly overrun by a hoard of cockroaches that began dropping from the ceiling. [Out of habit Carnival Cruise lines issued an apology.]

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Tampa, FL. — The Buccaneers swung a trade on Friday, sending fourth-year WR Arrelious Benn to Philadelphia, improving their draft-pick haul in 2013 and potentially in 2014 as well.

Read the rest here.

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Police have increased patrols at a suburban Chicago (Oak Lawn) shopping center, hoping to halt a series of altercations at a Chuck E. Cheese. A local official said the extra police will park in front of the restaurant or other highly visible "strategic locations."

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Jimmy and Flipper.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as getting ready for another Monday, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1961 - Elvis Presley's single "Surrender" was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit.

1972 - The album "Elvis Now" hit #43 in the U.S.

1975 - Elvis Presley began a 29-show series at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.

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DWTS returns tonight (8p ET, ABC). The season 16 cast features Super Bowl Champ Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, boxer Victor Ortiz, comedian D.L Hughley, actor Andy Dick, General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, country singers Wynonna and Kellie Pickler, Disney star Zendaya Coleman, Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and Bachelor Sean Lowe.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought two islands off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo for 1,550 pounds.

1967 - The Beatles single "Penny Lane" hit #1 in the U.S.

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Oz The Great and Powerful was the number one movie in North America for the second straight week, grossing just over $42 million. In second, Halle Berry's latest, The Call, made about $17 million. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone made just $10 million.

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Today in Sports History:

1892 Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston, announced that he had purchased a trophy to be presented to the hockey champion of Canada.

1945 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 50 goals.

1953 - The National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. It was the first major league franchise shift since 1903.

1970 - The NFL selected Wilson to be the official football and scoreboard as official time.

1990 - The 32-day lockout of baseball players ended.

1990 - In Tampa, FL, a little league player was killed after being hit with a pitch.

2002 - Brittanie Cecil became the first NHL fan fatality directly related to action on the ice. She had been hit by a puck during a game two days before between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames. Her death was caused by a rare injury caused when her head snapped back after being hit.

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Twitter, which now has more than 200 million users, turns 7 years old on Thursday (March 21). When Twitter began, everyone's first tweet was automated. It published, "Just setting up my twttr." Co-founder Dorsey sent the first tweet, on March 21, 2006.

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Bristol, TN. -- Kyle Busch's weekend of dominance continued at Bristol Motor Speedway, but just barely.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup pole-sitter held off rookie Kyle Larson to win Saturday's Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 in the second-closest finish in track history.

Read the rest here.

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Lord Berkley sold his half of New Jersey to the Quakers on this date in 1673.

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Bristol, TN.. -- Kasey Kahne checked Bristol Motor Speedway off his bucket list, winning for the first time in 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempts after a heated duel with Brad Keselowski.

“This is one of those tracks that, as a driver, you feel like you really need to win at," said Kahne, who snagged the lead on a final restart with 40 laps left and held off both Kyle Busch and Keselowski in Sunday’s Food City 500.

Read the rest here.

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Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver on this date in 1931.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightnings vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EDT

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fresno Monsters 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 2:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fresno Monsters 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 12:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway 3:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:00pm EDT

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

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