Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is June 24th, the 175th day of 2013. There are 190 days left in the year.

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Bowman has Blackhawks on verge of another Cup.

Hossa, Ference help Peterson battle Parkinson's.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is 66; Peter Weller (Robocop, Star Trek Into Darkness) is 66; Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones) is 52; Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor The Office) is 34.

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2013 CFL Replay: A look back at Pre-Season Week B.

Barker faced with tough decisions on cutdown day.

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

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New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded on this date in 1664.

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Regina, SK - The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the following roster moves:

Read the rest here.

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

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The new zombie movie World War Z is getting mixed reviews, in part due to bad acting. [How hard could it have been to find actors who can act half-dead? You'd think that they would have James Franco's phone number.]

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Tampa, FL. — Tony Oden is not what you might consider a household name. In fact, odds are you've never heard of him.

Read the rest here.


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A petition to pardon Edward Snowden has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures. The petition asks that President Obama pardon the NSA leaker and under Whitehouse.gov guidelines 100,000 signatures is supposed to bring an official response from the administration. The petition demands that Snowden be pardoned from any crime he may have committed by releasing confidential information belonging to the NSA and all of its government partners.

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New York, NY. -- A different Chris Archer showed up for work at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

And led by the efforts of the rookie right-hander, the Rays claimed a 3-1 win over the Yankees to split their four-game series.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1844, Charles Goodyear was granted U.S. patent #3,633 for vulcanized rubber.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Pablo Sandoval can't get back soon enough, as far as the Giants are concerned. The third baseman, who has completed his rehab assignment, sat on the San Francisco bench Sunday, but wasn't eligible to return until Monday, when the Giants will recall him for their series with the Dodgers.

All he could do was watch as the Giants' offense flailed to a 7-2 loss to the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Read the rest here.


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Hostess -- which went bankrupt last year is back up and running under new owners -- says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15. The company says the cakes will taste the same but that the boxes will now bare the tag line "The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever."

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Jimmy loves his Gramma.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as posting Jimmy pictures, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley's EP "Peace in the Valley" hit #3 in the U.S.

1960 - The principal photography for the Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" was completed.

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Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University on this date in 1896.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - John Lennon's second book, "A Spaniard in the Works" was published in the U.K.

1988 - Paul McCartney received the Silver Clef Award for Outstanding Achievement In The World Of British Music at the annual Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre lunch.

1989 - Paul McCartney's album "Flower In The Dirt" hit #1 in the U.K.

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On this date in 1940, TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.

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Today in Sports History:

1911 - John J. McDermott became the first American-born winner of the U.S. Open.

1922 - The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League (NFL).

1952 - Eddie Arcaro became the first U.S.-born jockey to win 3,000 races.

1962 - The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.

1968 - Jim Northrup (Detroit Tigers) tied a major league baseball record when he hit two grand slams in one game.

1971 - The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases.

1979 - Bob Watson (Houston Astros) hit for the cycle against San Francisco. On September 15, 1979, he became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues when he did it with the Boston Red Sox.

1980 - The Atlanta Flames franchise moved to Calgary, Alberta.

2003 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the first player to reach 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.

2010 - The NHL Board of Governors approved a penalty for a lateral, blindside hit to the head. The penalty an "illegal check ot the head" was set at a five-minute major penalty, an automatic game misconduct and possible supplemental discipline from the League.

2010 - John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and 183 games. The sets were 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3) and 70-68.

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Customers in a Florida (Flagler County) bank stared in amazement as the branch was robbed by a superhero-costumed bandit. He stood 5-foot-4 and was wearing an Iron Man mask, a tan jumpsuit, tan boots, gloves and a red and black backpack -- and brandishing a gun. He didn't fly off but made his getaway in a compact car. No word on how much he took.

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- AJ Allmendinger won the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of his career, surviving a grinding, thrilling race at Road America that saw leaders and contenders get wiped out in a variety of factors throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Read the rest here.

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Kenneth Arnold reported seeing flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington on this date in 1947.

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Martin Truex Jr. did all he could to stay collected Sunday after one of the more raucously improvised victory celebrations of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The composure lasted deep into his post-race remarks, until the notion of shedding the weight of his lengthy losing streak finally set in.

Read the rest here.

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To no one's surprise, Monsters University was the weekend's top movie theater draw, but Brad Pitt's World War Z also had a big opening. Monsters U. made $82 million Friday-Sunday; World War Z made $66 million.

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NEWTON, Iowa -- James Hinchcliffe's maiden IZOD IndyCar Series victory was certainly emotional. His second was dramatic. This one might play out to be the most important as the 19-race season accelerates toward its Oct. 19 conclusion.

Hinchcliffe, who led 33 total laps on ovals in his previous two seasons in the series, led all but 24 to control the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway for his first victory on an oval.

Read the rest here.

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John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announced their engagement on this date in 1953.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

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

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 12:10pm EDT

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

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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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