Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's Thursday

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


Today is July 11th, the 192nd day of 2013. There are 173 days left in the year.


Bruins sign Rask to eight-year, $56 million deal.

Oilers acquire Perron from Blues for Paajarvi, pick.

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Today's Birthdays: Sela Ward (Once and Again, The Fugitive) is 57; Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi is 54; Lisa Rinna (Dancing with the Stars, Days of Our Lives) is 50; TV personality John Henson (Wipeout, Talk Soup) is 46.


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 3.

Cauz: Give Calvillo and the Als the benefit of the doubt.

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The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by "An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps" passed by the U.S. Congress on this date in 1798. The act also created the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.


Regina, SK. -- Geroy Simon's Saskatchewan Roughriders debut is on hold for another week.

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The Roughriders get back at it quickly, playing at the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts tonight, with kickoff on 620 ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and set for 7:30pm EDT.


Kim Kardashian hired a night nurse. [Finally, somebody else can feed and coddle Kanye in the middle of the night.]


Tampa, FL. — The Bucs announced individual-game ticket sale information on Tuesday, as well as news that the 2013 Throwback Game would be on Sept. 29, a date that QB Josh Freeman should mark with pleasure.

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A New York City man claims that he has come up with the world's strongest coffee. It has 200% more caffeine. [The coffee is brewed in the sweat of Chuck Norris.]


St. Petersburg, FL. -- As Wednesday's game at Tropicana Field wore on into extra innings, there was a sense this could be the night the Rays' magic ran out, the night their "swarming" offense failed to launch.

Tampa Bay put at least one man on base in innings nine through 12, but couldn't capitalize. Finally, just before the clock struck midnight in the 13th, Ben Zobrist delivered with a single to right field, pushing the Rays to a 4-3 win over the Twins.

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New research (Heriot-Watt University in the U.K.) found that the brain enters a meditative state when going through green spaces. The findings don't mean the green space triggered spacing out -- rather, the engagement required to walk through a green space is more effortless.


San Francisco, CA. -- Zack Wheeler, the Mets starter whom the Giants drafted sixth overall in 2009, taunted his former organization with what could have been on Wednesday afternoon, but San Francisco's most-pressing concern laid with its 2002 first-round pick.

For the first time in 254 career starts, Matt Cain failed to get through the first inning in a 7-2 loss to the Mets at AT&T Park. Cain, who has frequently been the Giants' stopper in recent seasons, had no command of the strike zone. He allowed three walks and two hits that led to three Mets runs before Wheeler even took the mound.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 7 billion: Hot dogs eaten by Americans during the summer months.


It's Captain America Jimmy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Rays baseball, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1955 - Elvis Presley recorded "I Forgot to Remember to Forget", "Mystery Train" and re-recorded "Trying to Get to You".

1961 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley film "Follow That Dream."

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Kissin' Cousin's" hit #10 in the U.K.

1966 - Principal filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "Double Trouble".

1970 - Elvis Presley's "The Wonder of You" hit #1 in the U.K.

1994 - Michael Jackson's spokesman, Lee Solters, denied that Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married.

2003 - AOL Music's "First View" began 'airing' the worldwide exclusive premiere of Lisa Marie Presley's video for the single "Sinking In."

2004 - Elvis Presley's re-issued single "That's All Right" hit #3 in the U.K. The single had been re-released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Presley's first single.


Your kid's bedtime doesn't matter, just as long as it's the same bedtime every night, according to a new study reported on Every time a child's body clock is disrupted, so is their brain development, and this is especially true for 3-year-olds. Of course, the earlier the better. A separate study two years ago found the earlier kids go to bed, the less likely they'll be a bunch of fatties.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney won two Ivor Novello Awards. "We Can Work It Out" won for Highest Certified British Sales and "Yesterday" won for Outstanding Song of 1965.

2000 - A limited edition CD of John Lennon's "Rock N Roll" was released.


The world is on royal baby watch, so BBC America will deliver Royal Babies (9p ET), a documentary. And the world has a new threat: a tornado that picks up sharks. Sharknado on SyFy (9p ET) stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering. What, no 3D IMAX?


Today in Sports History:

1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.

1960 - In Honolulu, HI, the first tournament held outside the continental U.S., sanctioned by the U.S. Golf Association, began.

1985 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career.

1987 - Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the L.A. Raiders for 5 years. He was also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

1994 - Shawn Eckardt was sentenced in Portland, OR, to 18 months in prison for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

1995 - Mickey Mantle made his final public appearance. It was to increase awareness of organ donation programs.


Paramount Pictures has revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 10th and will see a digital release three weeks prior on August 20.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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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