Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is July 22nd, the 203rd day of 2013. There are 162 days left in the year.

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Official 2013 list of available free agents.

Adversity spurred Flyers' Cousins to best season.

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

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The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date in 1376.

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2013 CFL Replay: A look back at Week 4.

Clark: 'It's an unbelievable experience.'

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

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A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina on this date in 1587. The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances.

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2008, as Darian Durant threw for over 300 yards and Rob Bagg caught two touchdown passes, leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 37-0 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday night at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, in front of 37,372.

Neither team had much luck moving the ball early. Late in the quarter though, the Riders moved from their own 39, quickly reaching the Hamilton 6, as the scoreless first quarter came to an end.

On second and goal to open the second quarter, everyone was covered and QB Darian Durant had to throw the ball away. Chris Milo would come on and kick a 13 yard field goal 30 seconds into the second, giving Saskatchewan a 3-0 lead. The Ti-cats would then take the ball at their 35 and moved quickly into scoring position themselves, before Craig Butler turned them away with an interception at the goal line, Hamilton's third turnover of the game. The ensuing Roughrider possession would result in 3 more points, as Milo blasted a 47 yard field goal with 7:11 left in the half, putting Saskatchewan on top 6-0. The lead would grow on their next possession, as Durant found Rob Bagg down the left side for a 29 yard major. Milo's convert at the end of the 6 play, 77 yard drive, put the Riders up 13-0, with 3:30 to play in the opening half. Saskatchewan would get one more crack at it in the half's final minute, putting up 3 more points on a 14 yard Milo field goal on the final play of the second quarter, giving the Riders a 16-0 lead at two quarter time.

Just like the first quarter, neither team had much success moving the football in the third, but Saskatchewan was able to tack on a touchdown on the quarters final play, as lineman Dan Clark caught an 8 yard touchdown pass from Durant. Milo converted and the Rider lead was 23-0 after three.

Saskatchewan got on the board early in the 4th, as Bagg streaked down the right side, catching the ball in stride from Durant, scoring a 60 yard major. Milo's convert made it 30-0 Riders, just 2:28 into the final quarter. The lead grew 6 1/2 minutes later, as Durant hooked up with Weston Dressler for a 28 yard touchdown. Milo's convert, with 5:38 to play, boosted the lead to 37-0. Saskatchewan would run out the clock from there, on their way to the fourth straight win to start the season.

For the Riders, Darian Durant was 20-of-32 passing for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kory Sheets ran 24 times for 130 yards, Rob Bagg caught 5 balls for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns, Weston Dressler caught 5 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, lineman Dan Clark caught 1 pass for 8 yards and his first CFL major and Chris Milo kicked 3 field goals and 4 converts. Craig Butler led the defence with an interception and a sack. For the Tiger-Cats, Henry Burris was 16-of-27 passing for 158 yards and 1 interception and Dan LeFevour was 3-of-4 for 21 yards. Burris rushed 4 times for 10 yards, Bakari Grant caught 6 passes for 80 yards and Rico Murray had 7 tackles. Saskatchewan led the team stats, 29 first downs to 10, 500 net yards to 195 and 3 take aways to none. The Riders have yet to turn the ball over on offense this season.

With the win, Saskatchewan improves to 4-0 for the first time in five years. Hamilton's loss gives them a record of 1-3.

The Roughriders play the second half of this back-to-back series with the Tabbies on Saturday, July 27th in Guelph, with kickoff on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com set for 7:30pm EDT.

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Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland on this date in 1796.

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Tampa, FL. — The goal could have been to poke Michael Strahan. For Warren Sapp, a noted Strahan-poker from way back, that would be reward enough.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1798, the USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797.

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Toronto, ON. -- Trying to hit a knuckleball is like "trying to eat soup with a fork," goes the old saying. Fortunately for the Rays, some meat could be found in R.A. Dickey's knuckleball soup on Sunday.

Three Tampa Bay home runs and Chris Archer's seven strong innings led the way in a 4-3 win over Toronto at Rogers Centre.

Read the rest here.

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Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight on this date in 1933. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Before the Giants began their weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy considered his team's fourth-place status in the National League West and said, "We don't have the margin for error that other clubs have."

Bochy's remark resonated Sunday, as the Giants offset a typically effective performance from Madison Bumgarner with numerous mishaps and miscues in a 3-1 defeat that dampened their promising start to the season's second half.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court on this date in 1937.

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This is fun Daddy!

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

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Today in Elvis History

1968 - 
Filming began on the Elvis Presley film "Charro."

1969 - The recording "Elvis," of the NBC-TV special, was certified gold by the RIAA.

1972 - The album "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden" hit #3 in the U.K.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley was a guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". She did not perform on the show.

2004 - Lisa Marie Presley was the featured guest on Soundstage!


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Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations on this date in 1941.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 -  
The Beatles song "All You Need Is Love" hit #1 in the U.K.


1988 - The worldwide release of "The Beatles Decca Sessions" was prevented by lawyers working for the remaining Beatles and Yoko Ono.

1997 - Yoko Ono's album "A Story" was released.

2003 - John Lennon's album "Imagine" was released on a gold disc.


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U.S. Vice-President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, DC on this date in 1955. It was the first time that a Vice-President had carried out the task.

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Today in Sports History:

1909 - At Huntington Avenue Grounds, Ty Cobb (Detroit Tigers) stole three bases in one inning. 

1926 - At Mitchell Field in New York, Babe Ruth caught a ball that had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet.

1962 - Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

1991 - Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, charged she'd been raped by boxer Mike Tyson in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson was later convicted of rape and served 3 years in prison.

2002 - A judge issued a gag order in Allen Iverson's assault case. He said that he wanted to "buffer" prosecutors and defense attorneys from intense media coverage.

2002 - Lawyers for former NFL player Rae Carruth (Carolina Panthers) filed an appeal on his murder conspiracy conviction.

2005 - The NHL's board of governors voted 30-0 to pass the cap-based collective bargaining agreement that the players' association had approved the previous day. The deal ended the 310-day lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season.


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On this date in 1965, "Till Death Us Do Part" debuted on England’s BBC-TV.

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JOLIET, Ill. -- Some drivers take a vacation on an off week from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, go to the beach, play golf or just take it easy.

Not Joey Logano. Instead of relaxing on the final off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series, he decided to race in Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

It was a wise move on Logano's part, as he took the lead on the final restart and led the final 15 laps to win his second NNS race of the season. His other win was June 1 at Dover International Speedway.

Read the rest here.

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Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter on this date in 2000.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:15pm EDT (Make up of rain out at Cincinnati July 4th)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds (Follows first game)

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Bigmachinerecords.com at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

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

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