Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Today is July 6th, the 187th day of 2013. There are 178 days left in the year.


Plenty of solid free agents still available.

Filppula gets five-year deal from Lightning.

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King Richard III of England was crowned on this date in 1483.


Bighill out just two weeks with grade two ankle sprain.

Video: Calvillo not pleased after loss to Bombers.

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In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention on this date in 1854.


A dominant second half was the difference Friday night at Mosaic Stadium, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders would come back from a 7 point halftime deficit to beat the Calgary Stampeders 36-21 in front of a record home opening crowd of 35,296.

Calgary scored early on a 7 yard run by Marquay McDaniel, capping a 5 play, 93 yard drive. Rene Paredes kicked the extra point and with 3:05 gone in the opening quarter, the Stamps were up 7-0. Saskatchewan responded with a 15 yard Chris Milo field goal and with 6:13 to play in the opening quarter, it was 7-3 Calgary. The kick came at the end of a 10 play, 65 yard drive.

In the opening minute of the second quarter, Drew Tate eluded pressure and found Rob Cote for an 8 yard touchdown. The Paredes convert upped the Ponies' lead to 14-3, just 37 seconds into the frame. The Riders would come back after a favorable exchange of field possession, thanks in part to a 27 yard return to the Calgary 35 by Jock Sanders. A first down pass to Weston Dressler netted 7 yards, then on the next play, Dressler took a bullet pass from Darian Durant and sprinted 28 yards for a touchdown. Kory Sheets scored the two-point convert on a pass from Durant and with 9:00 to play in the half, Saskatchewan was within 3, at 14-11. The Riders would tie it 14-14 on their next possession on a 36 yard field goal by Milo, with 1:45 to go in the second. The Stampeders put together an impressive drive on the ensuing possession, with Tate taking his team 75 yards in 9 plays, ending with a 15 yard post pattern pass to Joe West. The Paredes convert with :14 left, gave Calgary a 21-14 halftime lead.

Saskatchewan got a 38 yard field goal from Milo 3:20 into the second half, cutting the deficit to 21-17. Milo would kick a 29 yarder on the Riders next possession with 5:26 left in the third and the Stampeder lead was one, at 21-20.

In the fourth quarter, Saskatchewan put together another impressive drive, ending with a dazzling, tough run by Sheets for a 3 yard major. Durant passed for 2 to Dressler and with 2:03 gone in the final period, the Riders had their first lead of the night, 28-21. After holding Calgary to a two and out, Saskatchewan got a repreieve, with Stampeder penalties too many men and unecessary roughness penalty keeping the Roughrider drive alive. Durant would find Chris Getzlaf on the left sideline and Getzlaf would break a tackle and dive into the endzone for the 15 yard touchdown. Milo converted and with 5:08 to play, Saskatchewan had a two major lead, at 35-21. They would add a booming 62 yard punt single by Ricky Schmitt with 46 seconds to play and the Riders would have their win, 36-21.

For Saskatchewan, Darian Durant was 26-of-34 passing for 253 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 2-point converts, Kory Sheets rushed 26 times for 133 yards and 1 touchdown. Weston Dressler caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Getzlaf caught 8 passes for 98 yards and 1 touchdown. For Calgary, Drew Tate was 19-of-25 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns, Jon Cornish rushed 8 times for 42 yards and Joe West caught 4 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. The Riders had 28 first downs to the Stamps 16 and 404 total yards to 317.

With the win, Saskatchewan improves to 2-0 on the season, while Calgary slips to 1-1. The Roughriders get back at it quickly, playing at the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts next Thursday, July 11th, with kickoff on 620 ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3 set for 7:30pm EDT. The Stampeders next play at Montreal next Friday, July 12th, at 7:30pm EDT.


On this date in 1858, Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.


Tampa, FL. — In this new series on, we find articles about the team elsewhere on the internet and provide our own thoughts on the topics…This week, we look at “overrated” Buccaneers and more.

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Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine on this date in 1885. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Back-to-back homers, plenty of hits, and a stellar start by Jeremy Hellickson. Yes, you could say the cosmic tumblers clicked nicely into place for the Rays on Friday night.

The culmination of everything good brought an 8-3 win over the White Sox at Tropicana Field, giving the Rays six wins in their last seven games as the team moved to 47-40 on the season.

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Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. on this date in 1905. The person in question was John Walker.


San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants have hit the proverbial rock bottom quite a few times in recent weeks.

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A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field on this date in 1919. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as cancelling plans for a day out, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1954 - Sam Phillips gave Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips an acetate of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)" to play on his radio show.

1955 - "Baby Let's Play House" became Elvis Presley's first top 10 country hit.

1966 - The Elvis Presley movie "Paradise Hawaiian Style" opened in theaters.

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Way Down" was released.

2004 - A specially designed Elvis 50th Anniversary NASCAR was unveiled at Sun Studio.

2004 - Pamela Clarke Keogh's book "Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend." was released.


"The Lights of New York" was previewed in New York's Strand Theatre on this date in 1928. It was the first all-talking movie.


Today in Beatles History:

1957 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced to each other. Lennon invited McCartney to join his group the Quarrymen.

1964 - The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," premiered in London.

1965 - The album "Beatles VI" hit #1 in the U.S.


The postage rate for first class mail in the U.S. went from 2-cents to 3-cents on this date in 1932.


Today in Sports History:

1933 - The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.

1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.

1983 - Fred Lynn of the California Angels hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League defeated the National League 13-3.

1985 - Martina Navratilova won her 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title.

1995 - In Los Angeles, the prosecution rested at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

1996 - Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title.

2000 - In Orlando, FL, the body of Cory Erving was found in his vehicle in a pond near his family's home. Julius "Dr. J" Erving had reported his son missing on June 4, 2000.

2000 - A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unconsented use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.

2010 - It was reported that GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, would be renamed Rogers Arena.


On this date in 1947, "Candid Microphone" began airing on ABC radio.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With two laps remaining in Friday night's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Matt Kenseth had a choice to make.

He could go with the lane he preferred -- the outside -- or the driver who had pushed him for the previous 20 laps, James Buescher.

Kenseth chose Buescher, and the decision paid off with the 27th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of his career.

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On this date in 1948, Frieda Hennok became the first woman to serve as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Pocono Indy Car 400 at Long Pond, PA. 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 12:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Car Race 1 at Toronto, Ontario 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- CNBC Prime The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Honda Indy Car Race 2 at Toronto, Ontario 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT


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

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