Friday, September 20, 2013

It's Friday

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


Today is September 20th, the 263rd day of 2013. There are 102 days left in the year.


30 in 15: Goalie tandem worth a watch at Flyers camp.

Bolts get full team effort in win over Nashville.

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Today's Birthdays: Sophia Loren is 79; Gary Cole (Office Space, Talladega Nights, The Brady Bunch Movie) is 57; Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From the Sun) is 46; Spencer Locke (K-Mart in the Resident Evil film series) is 22.


Blaine, MN. – The Wenatchee Wild stayed perfect on the young season, going to a shootout to defeat the Minnesota Wilderness 2-1 Thursday night, in the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota.

After a scoreless first period, it was the Wild who struck first, as Gadel Gumerov (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) fired a wrist shot from the right circle over the right shoulder of the goaltender. Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) assisted at 8:14, putting Wenatchee on top 1-0. Billy Exell would strike for the Wilderness at 14:31, assisted by Brett Heikkila and the teams would end the second period tied 1-1.

The third period was pretty tight, with precious few scoring opportunities either way. A late penalty gave Minnesota a chance, but the Wild were able to hold the Wilderness off the board, as the game moved into overtime.

Another Wenatchee penalty just past the midway point of the extra session gave Minnesota their second power play of the game, but the Wild killed off the disadvantage and the game would proceed to a deciding shootout.

In the shootout, the Wilderness would grab a 2-0 lead through two rounds, but with their backs pressed firmly against the wall, Wenatchee responded with goals by Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California), Tuomie and Joseph Kaszupski (Henderson, Nevada) to win the shootout 3-2 and the game 2-1.

The Wild outshot Minnesota on the night, 28-27. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) stood tall in goal for Wenatchee, stopping 26-of-27 shots faced. Frank Oplinger stopped 27 shots for the Wilderness. The Wild was 0-for-2 on the power play and a perfect 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

“I think our kids are getting better,” said Wenatchee Head Coach Bliss Littler. “We want to improve each period, we’re making some plays and obviously we got very good goaltending out of Chase (Perry) tonight.” Littler was pleased with the penalty kill too, saying “Obviously, the penalty kill was good. Your penalty kill starts with goaltending, so overall I was pretty happy.”

The Wild improves to 2-0-0 with the win, Minnesota slips to 1-1-0.

The Wild’s next game is Friday against the Minnesota Magicians. Faceoff will be at 6:15pm PDT. Wenatchee concludes play in the Showcase with a game Saturday against the Coulee Region Chill at 5:15pm PDT, and then plays two in Bismarck on September 27th and 28th. The home opening weekend at the Town Toyota Center against the Minot Minotauros is set for Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th, with faceoff at 7:05pm PDT both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast on this date in 1921. It was one of the first in the U.S.


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 13.

Making the Switch: Bombers juggle lineup ahead of Wk. 13.

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WNBT-TV in New York became the first station to promote a motion picture on this date in 1946. Scenes from "The Jolson Story" were shown.


Regina, SK. - Corey Chamblin appreciates the traditions of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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Next up for the Riders is a game on Sunday, September 22nd at home against the BC Lions. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 4:30pm EDT.


Chances are you've correctly installed your child's car seat, but why take the risk? To wrap up National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21), Safe Kids, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, will host more than 500 child seat inspection events across the U.S. tomorrow (September 21). Stop by a National Seat Check event in your area to get guidance from certified child passenger safety technicians on proper installation of child safety and booster seats. Visit to locate an event in your community.


Tampa, FL. — In just his short time back from a season-ending knee injury, CB Darrelle Revis has already looked very strong in man-to-man coverage, which is going to be an enormous asset for the Bucs' defense moving forward...Plus, injury updates and more.

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It was today in 1973 (40th anniversary) that Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a battle-of-sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.


Corvallis, OR. -- I was asked this week if Oregon State will have any trouble beating San Diego State on Saturday.

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The TV show "Letter to Loretta" premiered on this date in 1953. The name was changed to "The Loretta Young Show" on February 14, 1954.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Advantage Texas.

What promised to be a pitching duel between Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Texas' Yu Darvish turned ugly for the Rays in an 8-2 loss Thursday night at Tropicana Field.

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On this date in 1953, Jimmy Stewart debuted on the radio western "The Six Shooter" on NBC.


New York, NY. -- Thursday was rookie hazing day for the Giants, who defeated the New York Mets, 2-1, at Citi Field.

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On this date in 1955, "You'll Never Be Rich" premiered on CBS-TV. The name was changed less than two months later to "The Phil Silvers Show."


Here's Jimmy at the end of his first day of kindergarten.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Wenatchee Wild Hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1949 - 
Elvis Presley and his family were accepted into the Memphis Housing Authority property called Lauderdale Courts. On November 17, 1949, they were evicted because they made too much money.

1980 - The eight-album boxed set "Elvis Aron Presley" hit #27 in the U.S. 


Toys R Us has released its annual list of the hottest toys for this Christmas. [For adults the bedroom stripper pole has been replaced on this year's list by the giant wrecking ball.] 


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
After a charity show that finished their U.S. tour, the Beatles appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1966 - George Harrison went to India for his first visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1969 - Associated TV bought control of the Beatles' music publishing company, Northern Songs, for a million pounds.

1972 - Police found cannabis growing on the farm of Paul and Linda McCartney.


If your hubby has been letting himself go a bit lately, here's why -- men give up trying to be trendy and cool at the age of 46. Most say they're not in great shape anymore and have stopped worrying about how they look, and a third of guys could care less about the health implications of what they eat.


Today in Sports History:

1876 - Candy Cummings (Hartford) pitched two complete games in one day. He won 14-4 and 8-4.

1902 - Jim Callaghan pitched the first no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history.

1927 - Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. He beat his own record of 59 that he set in 1921.

1955 - Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) set a major league record with his fifth grand slam of the year.

1968 - Denny McClain (Detroit Tigers) became the first player to achieve 31 wins in 37 years.

1973 - Willie Mays announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

1973 - In an exhibition tennis match, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. The event is viewed as a milestone in women's sports.

1981 - Marcus Allen (USC) rushed for 274 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 21-0 victory over Indiana.

1982 - The NFL Players Association announced that a strike would begin at the completion of the Packers-Giants game on Monday night.

1984 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) recorded his 100th hit of the season. It was the 22nd consecutive season he had recorded at least 100 hits in a season.

1985 - Tommy Kramer (Minnesota Vikings) threw for 436 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings lost to the Chicago Bears 33-24.

1986 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego Padres) stole five bases in one game against Houston.

1987 - Walter Payton scored his 107th touchdown to break the NFL record held by Jim Brown.

1993 - John Carney (San Diego Chargers) kicked six field goals to extend his consecutive field goal streak to 29 straight games. The Chargers beat the Houston Oilers 18-17.

1998 - Cal Ripken, Jr. (Baltimore Orioles) ended his record streak of playing in 2,632 games. He had played in every game since May 30, 1982.

2002 - Tom Gamboa, coach of the Kansas City Royals, was attacked by a man and his son while he was standing near first base. The two fans were arrested and charged with battery.


A video of a priest telling off wedding photographers has gone viral. In the video, the photographers are going about their business, snapping away at the couple from behind the alter, when the minister suddenly decides to turn around and ask them in no uncertain terms to go away. The guests seem confused, the couple seems horrified and the photographers are probably embarrassed and possibly angry. | video


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:45pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at San Diego State Aztecs 7:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:30pm EDT


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

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