Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is March 11th, the 70th day of 2013. There are 295 days left in the year.


Huberdeau emerges as midway Calder favorite.

Olympics, visor debate, Suter among NHL's hot topics.

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Today's Birthdays: Singer Lisa Loeb is 45; Terrence Howard (Dead Man Down, Iron Man) is 44; Johnny Knoxville is 42; Thora Birch (American Beauty) is 31.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning couldn't translate another strong effort into a victory on Saturday night.

Steven Stamkos recorded a goal and two points, and Martin St. Louis added a pair of assists, but the Lightning fell to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in front of a 13th consecutive sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Two passengers jets collided on the tarmac at New York's JFK Airport. [All the passengers are fine but both pilots tested positive for being under the influence of NASCAR.]


Fairbanks, AK. - The Wenatchee Wild put up a strong effort Saturday night but the Fairbanks Ice Dogs were able to come away with a 4-3 win in front of 2,242 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Ice Dogs grabbed the initial lead on a power play goal at the 15:13 mark of the first period scored by Jacob Hetz, assisted by Kyle Lee and Doug Rose.

Garret Clemment extended the lead with a rebound goal 3:00 into the second period. Zack Rall and Kevin Aldridge assisted, upping the Fairbanks lead to 2-0. The Wild would come right back 46 seconds later, on a goal in tight by Jacob Barber (Dardenne Praire, Missouri), assisted by Nick Kuchera (Eagan, Minnesota) and Dylan Abood (Centennial, Colorado) at 3:46, Barber's 18th of the season sliced the deficit to 2-1. Lonny Clary would reestablish the two-goal lead for the Ice Dogs at 3-1 just 40 seconds later, off assists by Brett Gervais and Johnny Meuller at 4:26. A goal off an odd-man rush would cut into the deficit just over 4 minutes later, as Noah Nelson (Oconomowoc, Wisconsin) would tap home a crossing pass at the right post for a power play goal. Assists went to Chris Kerr (Penticton, British Columbia) and Josh Hartley (Coquitlam, British Columbia) at 8:42, drawing the Wild to within 1, at 3-2, on Nelson's 4th goal of the season. Fairbanks got their two-goal lead back with Kyle Lee scoring, off assists by Hetz and Clemment at 11:59, making it 4-2 Ice Dogs, a lead they would carry into the third period.

Wenatchee's second power play goal of the night was backhanded into the goal by Trevor Stewart (East Wenatchee, Washington), his 6th goal of the season, assisted by Jono Davis (La Verne, California) and Joe Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nevada) at 9:34, bringing the Wild back to within 1 once again, at 4-3. Wenatchee would maintain pressure the rest of the way but weren't able to come up with the equalizer, as Fairbanks held on for the 4-3 win.

The Wild held a 31-22 advantage in shots on the night. Robbie Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 18 saves for Wenatchee and Kevin Aldridge had 28 stops for the Ice Dogs. The Wild was 2-for-7 on the power play and 4-of-5 on the penalty kill. "I thought we were outstanding" said Wenatchee Head Coach Bliss Littler. "They (Fairbanks) had a lot of breaks tonight and we had a tough time figuring out what the standard was being called from one shift to the next. Curious at best, but we played awful well."

Wenatchee's record is now 36-11-6 on the season, the Ice Dogs go to 36-14-3. The Wild lead the West Division by 3 points, with 7 games remaining.

Wenatchee stays in the Frozen North for three more games, moving on to Kenai River for those three games (8:05pm PDT on March 14th, 8:30pm PDT on Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th) next week. The Wild will then close out the regular season with a four-game home-and-home series versus Fresno, with games in Wenatchee on Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd (7:05pm PDT both nights), then in Fresno on Friday and Saturday, March 29th and 30th (7:35pm PDT both nights). Individual and group game tickets for all remaining home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


Google has unveiled sneakers that talk. The sneaker has a microcontroller on the tongue, plus an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a few other technical goodies. It monitors all the things that are happening down below and then expresses them to you in words.


Regina's Charles an All-Star both on and off the field.

Roughriders release WR Moss, QB O'Sullivan.

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If you're trying to score her phone number, big guy, do it on a sunny day. A French psychologist asked five attractive guys to hit on 500 total women where the goal was to get a phone number. The guys were much more likely to grab her number if the skies were clear and sunny rather than full of clouds.


Tampa, FL. — General Manager Mark Dominik and Head Coach Greg Schiano met with veteran DB Ronde Barber this past week to make it clear they would like him to return for another season.

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Would you have bought a Telepod? Turns out it was a name seriously considered by Apple for the iPhone. Apple thought Telepod sounded like a futuristic version of the word "telephone." Not to mention that it included the word "pod" when iPods were already hugely popular.


Jimmy can play and have fun with just about anything.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as catching up on lost sleep, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1964 - Elvis Presley's 14th movie, "Kissin' Cousins," was released.

1967 - Elvis Presley recorded four songs for the film "Live A Little, Love A Little."

1972 - Elvis Presley's cover of Buffy Saint-Marie's "Until It's Time For You To Go" hit #40 in the U.S.

1978 - Elvis Presley's album "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" reentered the charts at #35 in the U.K.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley's new video for "Dirty Laundry" was world premiered on AOL Music's First View.

2005 - The cast members from the broadway musical "All Shook Up" performed live on NBC's "Today"

Drivers in Coventry, England, could be getting their money back as lawyers fight to overturn six years worth of traffic tickets -- because the government used the wrong font on speed-limit signs. The incorrect font has taller and thinner numbers.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - The Beatles single "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" hit #2 in the U.K.

1967 - A video of the Beatles performing "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" was played on "American Bandstand."

1970 - The Beatles' "Abbey Road" won Best Engineered Recording Of 1969 at the 12th annual Grammy Awards.

1990 - On the "Dr. Demento Show" the special topic was a demented salute to the Beatles.

1997 - At Buckingham Palace, Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.


SEASON FINALE: THE BACHELOR - On TV tonight (8p ET, ABC) the final two women meet Sean's family and Sean chooses between Catherine and Lindsay.


Today in Sports History:

1882 - The Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association was formed in Princeton, NJ.

1892 - The first organized women's basketball game was played. The game was at Smith College between students and faculty members.

1909 - The first gold medal to a perfect-score bowler was awarded to A.C. Jellison by the American Bowling Congress.

1930 - Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000.

1948 - Reginald Weir became the first black tennis player to participate in a U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association tournament.

1978 - Bobby Hull (Winnipeg Jets) joined Gordie Howe by getting his 1,000th career goal.

1979 - Randy Holt (Los Angeles Kings) was penalized nine times for 67 minutes in the first period of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1990 - Jennifer Capriati, 13 years old, played her first professional tennis match.

1990 - Denis Savard (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 1,000th point.

2004 - Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver Canucks) was suspended by the NHL for hitting Steve Moore (Colorado Avalanche) in the side of the head from behind and driving his head into the ice in a game on March 8. Moore landed face-first with Bertuzzi on top of him. Moore suffered a broken neck, a concussion and deep cuts on his face. The NHL suspended Bertuzzi for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs and announced that his eligibility would be assessed the following season and would take into account Moore's health and the progression of his recovery. The Canucks organization was also fined $250,000.

2004 - Major league baseball banned THG. The health policy advisory committee of management and the players' association unanimously determined that THG builds muscle mass.


Oz: The Great and Powerful made $80.2 million over the weekend. It was the third largest March film opening ever, after The Hunger Games and Alice in Wonderland.


Las Vegas, Nevada -- Sam Hornish Jr. drove an absolutely dominant car to victory Saturday afternoon, streaking away from Kyle Busch during a seven-lap dash to the finish in the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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U.S. Steel was formed on this date in 1901 when industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steep Corp. The event made Andrew Carnegie the world's richest man.


Las Vegas, Nevada -- Matt Kenseth’s car was superb for the third time in three races this season. This time, the No. 20 team saw it pay off in the final standings.

Kenseth piloted his Dollar General Toyota to a win Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- on his 41st birthday, no less -- holding off a hard-charging Kasey Kahne in a final 30-lap duel. The key was a late pit stop during caution in which Kenseth took fuel only, allowing him jump into first place coming out of pit road while most of the other leaders took two tires.

It was Kenseth’s third win at Las Vegas and his first since 2004. Kenseth also became the third driver in series history to win on his birthday, joining Cale Yarborough and Kyle Busch.

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The DuMont network aired "Movies For Small Fry" on this date in 1947. It was network television's first successful children's program.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Panthers 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT


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

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