Friday, June 28, 2013

It's Friday











It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is June 28th, the 179th day of 2013. There are 186 days left in the year.

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Lightning to use compliance buy-out on Lecavalier.

Bettman discusses Phoenix situation, Olympics.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Kathy Bates (Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic) is 65; John Cusack (Con Air, Say Anything, Grosse Point Blank) is 47; Dancer Lacey Schwimmer (So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars) is 25.

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Alouettes rally in fourth to open season with a win.

Stephen: Stamps season opener takes on different vibe.

Visit the CFL's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1894, the U.S. Congress made Labor Day a U.S. national holiday.

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Regina, SK - Tearrius George had the perfect description Thursday for his plight this week.

"It's like that little kid sitting on the porch," George began. "Your mom tells you not to go out of the yard and all the kids are down the street playing football and all you can do is watch.

"That's how I feel right now."

Read the rest here.

Saskatchewan opens their regular season on Saturday, June 29th at the Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, is set for 3:30pm EDT.

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On this date in 1902, the U.S. Congress passed the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.

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Tampa, FL. — The Bucs are still making some tweaks to the roster they will take to training camp in a month, but the current shape of that 90-man crew provides some insight on the upcoming positional battles.

Read the rest here.


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Paula Deen supporters are buying up the TV chef's cookbooks, pushing the author to the top of the Amazon's bestseller list. Deen's newest book, Paula Deen's New Testament, won't be released until October 15, but it is currently the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon.com and has been one of the 15 most popular books on the site for the past four days.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Alex Colome has stood on the mound at Tropicana Field before, pitching an inning or two, as he recalls it, back when he was with the Rays' Rookie-level affiliate.

Read the rest here.

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A study at Columbia Business School shows that the bigger the desk someone has the more likely they are to steal. [Makes sense. The bigger the desk the more places you have to hide the stuff you stole.]

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Denver, CO. -- As the Giants lick their wounds following a sweep at the hands of the archrival Dodgers, if the scuffling squad has any reason for comfort, it's that it has company. The weekend opponent, the Rockies, have been in a free fall lately as well.

Read the rest here.


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'Tis the season for drinking beer. And while summer time often means slamming your hand into an icy cooler and popping the top on a cold can or bottle, for peak pleasure consider drinking only bottled beer that's been poured into a glass. The beer experts say much of the taste comes from the aroma and if you drink from the bottle, you won't be able to take in the aroma as well.

... But don't chill the glasses in the freezer. When the ice crystals melt they add water to the beer and can dilute the flavor.

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You really like taking pictures of me, don't you Daddy?

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as marking my Daddy's 93rd birthday yesterday, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1973 - The album "Elvis - That's The Way It Is" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1993 - The Elvis Presley five-CD boxed set "The King Of Rock'n'Roll - The Complete 60's Masters" hit #159 in the U.S.

2004 - SIRIUS, a satellite radio provider, announced the launch of Elvis Radio. The radio channel debuted on July 2.

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A Canadian landowner has donated 800 acres near the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border as a sanctuary where moose can make whoopie. The Nature Conservancy of Canada created the "moose sex project" to enlarge dwindling herds.

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Today in Beatles History:

1991 - "Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio" debuted at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.

1999 - George Harrison disclosed that he had a cancerous lump removed from his neck the previous summer.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 2,150: Active nuclear warheads controlled by the U.S.

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Today in Sports History:

1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.

1995 - The NBA Draft was held at the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario. It was the first time the draft was held outside the United States.

1996 - Darryl Strawberry hit his 300th home run. 

1997 - Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ear after three rounds of their WBA heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, NV.

2000 - Jeff Cirillo (Colorado Rockies) hit three home runs and a double against San Francisco.

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IN THEATERS TODAY - The Heat (R) and White House Down (PG-13)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Feed The Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

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

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