Friday, September 13, 2013

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 13th, the 256th day of 2013. There are 109 days left in the year.


Lecavalier earns rave reviews in first Flyers practice.

Cleary returns to Red Wings on one-year contract.

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Today's Birthdays: Jacqueline Bisset (The Deep) is 69; Randy Jones of the Village People (the original cowboy) is 61; Poker player Annie Duke is 48; Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) is 33.


Decker and Duggan Named Athlete Ambassadors for USOC's Team for Tomorrow
Both USWNT Players will Serve as Philanthropic Captains in Advance of 2014 Olympic Winter Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) and Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) of the U.S. Women's National Team have been named 2013-14 Team for Tomorrow Athlete Ambassadors by the United States Olympic Committee.
Team for Tomorrow is a humanitarian outreach program that was initiated in 2008 and has since featured 33 athlete ambassadors who have combined with their Olympic and Paralympic teammates for more than 400 volunteer hours.
Along with 10 additional ambassadors in the 2013-14 program, Decker and Duggan will serve as philanthropic captains of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. They will act as advocates and champions of the effort by spreading awareness about Team for Tomorrow’s causes and leading the way through volunteerism and goodwill.
This class of Team for Tomorrow athletes will work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the YMCA, as well as other local sport and community organizations to coordinate athlete visits and sport equipment donations on behalf of the program both leading up to and following the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
A complete list and bios of the ambassadors can be found here. For more information on the program, visit Team for Tomorrow.
NOTES: Decker, Duggan and their teammates will make their first community appearance of the season at the eighth annual Agganis Special Olympics Day on Sept. 14 at World Series Park in Saugus, Mass. ... All 25 players will take part in the opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m., marching in the parade and interacting with those in attendance by signing autographs and posing for pictures.


The Constitutional Convention decided on this date in 1788, that the first federal election was to be held on Wednesday the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. In addition, New York City was named the temporary national capital.


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 12.

Heading West: Bombers to switch divisions in 2014.

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Saturday is the National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina.


Regina, SK.- The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ players apparently reacted quickly to reports of an alleged late-night incident that led to defensive halfback Dwight Anderson and wide receiver Taj Smith being charged with aggravated assault on Thursday.

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Next up for 8-2 Saskatchewan is a home game Saturday evening, September 14th against the 6-4 Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Kickoff on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network,, TSN and is set for 9:30pm EDT.


The United States Government took out its first loan on this date in 1789.


Tampa, FL. — Josh Freeman overslept and missed the team's annual photo session last week, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Thursday, the same day the quarterback defended the coach against a report that Schiano rigged voting to prevent Freeman from being a team captain.

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Pope Francis has a new Pope Mobile. [It's the Pope Mobile 5S.]


Corvallis, OR. -- Utah enters Saturday's game as a three-point favorite over Oregon State, and I'm surprised the spread isn't greater.

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Voyager 1 has finally left our solar system, years after completing its primary mission to tour Jupiter and Saturn. It was a decade ago that scientists began talking about Voyager 1 probing the outermost edge of the solar system.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Nobody in the ballpark expected Wil Myers' poke down the right-field line to stay fair.

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On this date in 1937, the first broadcast of "Kitty Keene, Incorporated" was heard on the NBC Red network.


Los Angeles, CA. -- Thursday night brought the latest bad dream in this nightmarish season for the Giants.

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Michelle Obama wants America to "drink up." The first lady on Thursday helped launch a national campaign to encourage everyone to drink more water.


He dances so fast, he's just a blur!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son having the day off from school, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1962 - 
Location shooting for Elvis Presley's movie "It Happened At The World's Fair" finished.


The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola on this date in 1960. 


Today in Beatles History:

1965 -  
Zak Starkey was born. He is the first son of Ringo Starr.

1965 - The song "Yesterday/Act Naturally" was released by the Beatles.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band made their live debut at the Rock 'n' Roll Revival Concert. Eric Clapton was on guitar.

1971 - Stella Nina McCartney was born. She is the second child of Paul McCartney.

2003 - A guitar played by George Harrison during the Beatles' last public performance was sold in a public auction for $434,750. The guitar was used by Harrison during the filming of the movie "Let It Be" and on January 30, 1969, during the Beatles' last public performance.


TV TONIGHT: CMT CROSSROADS - Rock legend Stevie Nicks and award-winning country trio Lady Antebellum share the stage (10p ET, CMT).


Today in Sports History:

1849 - In Hastings, NY, The first recorded death in a boxing match occurred after Chris Lilly knocked out Tom McCoy. McCoy died a short time later.

1923 - George Burns (Boston Red Sox) performed the third unassisted triple play in baseball history.

1932 - Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win pennants in both baseball leagues when his New York Yankees clinched the American League pennant.

1946 - Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) hit his only inside-the-park home run.

1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed.

1965 - Willie Mays became the fifth player in major league history to hit 500 career home runs.

1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race. The race was run entirely inside Central Park.

1971 - The World Hockey Association was formed.

1971 - Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run.

1981 - John McEnroe won his third consecutive U.S. Open.

1986 - Bert Blyleven (Minnesota Twins) surrendered five homes runs. The game raised Blyleven's total to 44 for the year setting an American League record.

1989 - Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

1996 - Alex Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners) set a team record when he became the first player for the Mariners to reach 200 hits in a season.

1996 - Charlie O'Brien (Toronto Blue Jays) became the first catcher in major league baseball history to wear a hockey goalie-like catcher's mask. The game was against the New York Yankees.

1996 - John Wetteland (New York Yankees) became on the second Yankee to record 40 or more saves in a season.

2002 - Mike Vernon retired after a 19-year career as a player in the NHL.

2003 - In Oakland, CA, Frank Francisco (Texas Rangers), a relief pitcher, threw a chair into the right field box seats. Two spectators were hit in the head. The game was delayed for 19 minutes. The Athletics won the game 7-6 in the 10th inning. 


Nicole Kidman is reportedly pressing charges against a paparazzo who knocked her down after slamming into her with his bike Thursday afternoon in New York City.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 8:10pm EDT

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

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 300 powered by Coca Cola at Chicagoland Speedway 3:30pm EDT

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

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 9:10pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Utah Utes 10:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT


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

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