Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is July 29th, the 210th day of 2013. There are 155 days left in the year.

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Olympic snub in 2010 has St. Louis focused on Sochi.

Blues happy Rattie picked hockey instead of baseball.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Documentary maker Ken Burns is 60; TV personality Tim Gunn (Project Runway) is 60; Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 41; Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) is 39.

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By the Numbers: Bo Levi Mitchell's stellar debut.

MUST WATCH: Superman Flies Again with First TD as Rider.

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

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On this date in 1773, the first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.

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Guelph, ON. -- Corey Chamblin heads into the bye week with peace of mind concerning his backup quarterback.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the Riders is the bye week, followed by a Friday, August 9th game at the Calgary Stampeders, a team they beat 36-21 in week two. Game time is 9:00pm EDT on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN, NBC Sports Network and ESPN3.com.

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The Lincoln Memorial was reopened after being vandalized. Cleanup crews used a strong chemical paint remover. [The same stuff Joan Rivers uses each night.]

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Tampa, FL. — On Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium, Brian Leonard set the cannons off, prompted the zebras to raise their arms and even got the obligatory flying side-bump from teammate Vincent Jackson in the end zone…all of which seemed like indisputable evidence that he had just scored a practice-field "touchdown" at the end of a 32-yard run.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1786, "The Pittsburgh Gazette" became the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies to be published. The paper's name was later changed to "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."

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New York, NY. -- Wil Myers' homers weren't enough Sunday as the Rays endured a 6-5 walk-off loss to the Yankees in the Bronx when Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Read the rest here.

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To mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child, McMullen Brewery (England) has released a special beer. Entitled 'Heir Raiser', the ale is described as a "light colored, crisp refreshing pint with a light, hoppy finish."

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San Francisco, CA. -- In the 10 games since the All-Star break, the Giants have left little room for debate as to whether this team will contend in 2013. On Sunday, the Cubs completed a sweep in San Francisco for the first time in 20 years as the Giants' bats flailed again in a 2-1 loss.

Read the rest here.

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The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated on this date in 1914 when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.

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Jimmy hugs Snoopy on Snoopy's birthday.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Elmo's World, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1978 - 
The reissue of the Elvis Presley single "Don't Be Cruel" hit #24 in the U.K.

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This week one unnamed celebrity will be the first person to eat a hamburger made entirely out of meat grown in a lab. In London, the 5 ounce synthetic burger will make its first appearance as part of a major culinary festival. Researchers in the Netherlands developed the burger.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 -  
The Beatles film "Help!" premiered in London.

1998 - Miramax Films announced that they had purchased the rights to the Beatle's movie "A Hard Day's Night" with the intention of releasing a remastered version on the movie's 35th anniversary.

1998 - Paul McCartney's childhood home, 20 Forthlin Road, opened to the public.

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The Wolverine took on monsters and minions -- and won. The superhero film opened with $55 million in North America, pushing The Conjuring down to second place and Despicable Me 2 to third.

... The Smurfs 2 opens Wednesday; 2 Guns opens Friday.

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Today in Sports History:

1754 - The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.

1874 - Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received a U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.

1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.

1983 - Steve Garvey (Los Angeles Dodgers) set the National League consecutive game record at 1,207.

2003 - Bill Mueller (Boston Red Sox) became the first player in major league baseball history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a game. He had a total of three home runs in the game and collected 9 RBIs. It was only the 12th time that a player hit two grand slams in a single game.

2003 - Marcus Giles (Atlanta Braves) tied a major league record when he went 5-5 to give him hits in nine straight at-bats. The record was shared by 10 players at the time.

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TMZ reports Tara Reid's days of hunting airborne sharks are over, as producers are drawing up their cast wish list for the Sharknado sequel without her. The only actor they want back is Ian Ziering.

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Even with a car that was clearly the class of the field, Kyle Busch had some anxious moments in closing laps of Saturday’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That Busch beat runner-up Brian Scott to the finish line by 2.141 seconds belies the difficulty Busch experienced on the final restart on Lap 95 of 100, when Joey Logano squeezed Busch into Turn 1 and allowed Scott to take the lead.

Read the rest here.

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Jack Paar began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV on this date in 1957. The name of the show was changed to "The Jack Paar Show." Paar was host for five years.

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- “It sure didn’t hurt.”

That sentence -- or rather understatement -- was Ryan Newman’s refrain, his mantra and his reality this weekend from his native Indiana.

Read the rest here.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress on this date in 1958.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 6:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Arizona Diamondbacks 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Arizona Diamondbacks 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Friday --  

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by Enlist Weed Control System 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Gobowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 3:00pm EDT

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

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