Thursday, May 2, 2013

It's Thursday

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


Today is May 2nd, the 122nd day of 2013. There are 243 days left in the year.


Penguins cruise past Islanders in Game 1.

Bruins dominate Maple Leafs to win Game 1.

Sharks beat Canucks to take 1-0 series lead.

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Today's Birthdays: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, The Bounty Hunter, Cybill) is 61; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is 41; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 38; Jenna Von Oy (Blossom, The Parkers) is 36.


Tampa, FL. --Your Vote. Your Award. Select who you thought scored the best goal of the season. Was it Richard Panik's third-try effort (#VotePanik), Tom Pyatt's nose redirect (#VotePanik), Nate Thompson's breakaway goal against Carolina (#VoteThompson) or Steven Stamkos' diving goal vs. Toronto (#VoteStamkos)?

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The Hudson Bay Company was founded by England's King Charles II on this date in 1670.


Wenatchee, WA. -- The Wenatchee Wild continue the West Division finals this coming weekend in Fairbanks at 11:35pm EDT on Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th. Catch all the action on or


Franconi’s Hippodrome opened at Broadway and 23rd Street in New York City on this date in 1853.


Zack Friedli Named 15th Brian Fishman Intern

Will Begin Duties In Late June

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that Zack Friedli (Rochester, Minn.) has been named the 15th recipient of the prestigious Brian Fishman Internship. Friedli's experience will include 12 months in the communications division at USA Hockey’s national office in Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning in June, with the second 12 months of the internship spent in the communications department at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Brian Fishman Internship is awarded annually to an outstanding college graduate pursuing a career in athletic communications. It was established in 1999 in honor of the late Brian Fishman, who served as the manager of communications and marketing for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He died unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 1999, at the age of 28.
“I cannot thank the Fishman family and USA Hockey enough for the amazing opportunity to work as the Brian Fishman Intern,” Friedli said. “I’m excited to begin this new journey and I hope I can honor Brian’s legacy by embodying the traits that he so clearly demonstrated during his life.”
Friedli’s responsibilities will include assisting with various communication projects, event promotions and publishing initiatives, including working with USA Hockey Magazine.
Friedli, who will graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth this spring, currently works as an intern in the school’s sports information department. His duties include writing game recaps, player bios and press releases, aiding in media guide development and assisting in game day operations at UMD men’s ice hockey games.
Friedli has also spent the past two years as a writer with the Minnesota Hockey Hub, a website dedicated to high school hockey in Minnesota. The Rochester, Minn., native assisted in the development of the Hockey Hub’s preview packages, including preseason and state tournament guidebooks, along with the building and maintenance of team pages on the website.
Friedli previously worked with, where he was an editor and intern.
NOTES: Friedli will become the 15th Brian Fishman Intern. Previous Brian Fishman Interns include (most recent listed first): Brian Smith (Woburn, Mass./Boston College), Alex DiFilippo (East Tawas, Mich./Michigan State University), Caryn Switaj (Farmington Hills, Mich./Boston College), Matt Caracappa (Randolph, N.J./Penn State University), Carly Peters (Bloomington, Minn./Syracuse University), Chris Peters (Chicago, Ill./Iowa State University),Craig Stancher (Calumet, Mich./Michigan Tech University), Alex Clark (Glenview, Ill./Colgate University), Christy Jeffries (White Lake, Mich./Boston University), Caitlin Lazaro (Effingham, N.H./University of New Hampshire), Seth Cole (Blue Hill, Maine/St. Michael’s College), Yariv Amir (Plainsboro, N.J./Colgate University), Cassy Maxton(Vandalia, Ohio/Miami University) and Jennifer Dame (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Cloud State University).


The magazine "Good Housekeeping" was first published on this date in 1885.


Receiver Henry re-signs with Green and Gold.

CFL Draft expanded to seven rounds.

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A remote section of Norway is looking to hire an official polar bear spotter. [Requirements include good eyes, strong lungs and fast feet.]


Tampa, FL. — One Buc Place will be busier this weekend than it has been since the end of the 2012 season, as the team conducts a rookie mini-camp that will bring in the new 2013 draft class as well as several dozen players on tryout contracts.

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Earlier in the week we talked about the best boss of the week, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer for doubling the company's maternity leave policy to 16 weeks for women, and 8 weeks for men.

... The worst boss of the week? A pregnant woman who says her boss at a T-Mobile Call Center in Nashville made her clock out every time she needed to use the bathroom. Kristi Rifkin's doctor ordered her to drink more water, which increased her trips to the bathroom. Her employer has a policy which allows two 15 minutes breaks and a 30 minute lunch. Rifkin ended up using vacation time to use the bathroom and go to doctor's appointments. And to top it off, she was fired a month and a half after returning to work.


Kansas City, MO. -- Not being able to protect a lead never registered on the Rays' list of concerns entering the 2013 season.

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A 21-year-old man in Florida is facing charges for allegedly stealing from a 14-year-old boy. Police said Cary Lamar Howard demanded cash, but the boy didn't have any money. So he took the boy's skateboard instead.


Phoenix, AZ. -- By his own admission, Brandon Belt's hitting has remained uneven. Imagine what might happen when he steadies himself.

Continuing his proficiency against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Belt lined a three-run homer in Wednesday night's eighth inning to erase a two-run deficit and lift the Giants to a 9-6 victory.

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After playing a hard-as-nails politician in the cable drama Boss, Kelsey Grammer is looking to keep that edge -- he has signed on to play a villain in Transformers 4, starring Mark Wahlberg. Plot details are unknown except that it will not be connected to past installments and have a whole new cast of characters.


This are my eggs!


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


Today in Elvis History

1956 - For the first time in "Billboard" chart history, five singles were in both the pop and the R&B top 10. The singles were Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," the Platters' "Magic Touch," and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."

1959 - Elvis Presley's "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" hit #2 in the U.S.

1960 - Filming began on Elvis Presley's "G.I. Blues." It was his first post-Army movie.

1964 - The Elvis Presley soundtrack album "Kissin' Cousins" hit #6 in the U.S.

1969 - Elvis Presley shot the final scene for his final movie, "Change of Habit."

2000 - The Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" was released on DVD.


On this date in 1887, Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - "The Beatles' Second Album" hit #1 in the U.S. It replaced the album "Meet The Beatles!" in the #1 spot.

1975 - The Beatles closed Apple Records.


WBAP-AM began broadcasting in north Texas on this date in 1922.


Today in Sports History:

1876 - Ross Barnes hit the first homerun in the National League. 

1904 - Laska Durnell became the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner with Elwood.

1920 - In Indianapolis, the first game of the National Negro Baseball League was played.

1923 - Walter Johnson pitched his 100th shutout.

1939 - Lou Gehrig set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925.

1954 - Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinals) set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs in a doubleheader against the New York Giants.

1958 - The New York Yankees threatened to broadcast games nationwide if the National League went ahead with plans to broadcast their games into New York.

1970 - Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

1988 - The Baltimore Orioles signed a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park.

1988 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was suspended for 30 games for pushing an umpire.

2002 - Mike Cameron (Seattle Mariners) hit four home runs against the Chicago White Sox.

2009 - The Dallas Cowboys practice bubble collapsed during a storm during a practice. At the time, 27 players were working out. Almost all were drafted last weekend or signed as undrafted rookies. Twelve people were injured.


GOTTA SEE THIS! - Why pedals and engines will never get along. A motorcyclist takes out two guys on bikes. Everyone's okay. Wow...


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Super Speedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Super Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT


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

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