Friday, September 27, 2013

It's Friday

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


Today is September 27th, the 270th day of 2013. There are 95 days left in the year.


Team Johnson wins All-American Prospects Game.

Prospects' Momentum Continues To Carry The Lightning.

Panthers reach one-year deal with Thomas.

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George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train on this date in 1825.


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 14.

High hopes: Bombers aim to keep playoff dream alive.

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The "Tonight!" show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host on this date in 1954.


Regina, SK. - It takes many things for a professional football player to excel at what he does. It certainly takes skill, experience and dedication, but to go above and beyond, it takes leadership. Riders Defensive Back Craig Butler understands this and has been building his leadership skills and experience whenever he finds the time, on and off the field.

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Next up for the 8-4 Riders is a game on Sunday, September 29th at the 4-8 Montreal Alouettes. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 1:00pm EDT.


"The Original Amateur Hour" aired for the last time on CBS on this date in 1970. It had been on television for 22 years.


Tampa, FL. — With ticket sales projected to pass the necessary threshold for the majority of Tampa Bay's remaining home games, the team has ensured that its entire 2013 regular season will be televised locally.

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On this date in 1973, U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.


Corvallis, OR. -- Steven Nelson was born and raised in the heart of the Southeastern Conference, cradle of the best college football in the country. In Atlanta, Nelson says kids dream of playing for Georgia just like "kids in California dream of playing for USC."

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The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history on this date in 1979 after the final approval from Congress.


New York, NY. -- Just enough offense and a healthy dose of Alex Cobb led the Rays to a 4-0 win over the Yankees on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

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On this date in 1986, the U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.


San Francisco, CA. -- Tim Lincecum lit the pilot light, enabling the fire to return Thursday night to AT&T Park.

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Columbia Pictures Entertainment agreed to buyout Sony Corporation for $3.4 billion on this date in 1989.


These cheesy tacos are yummy Daddy!


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


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley played a benefit show at the annual Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. He was backed by Hank Garland and Bob Moore.

1960 - Elvis Presley's father, Vernon, visited him on the set of "G.I. Blues."

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" hit #21 in the U.S. 


On this date in 1989, two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls. 


Today in Beatles History:

1972 - 
Rory Storme (Hurricanes) committed suicide in what appeared to be suicide pact with his mother. The Hurricanes were the group that Ringo Starr left in order to join the Beatles.


More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America on this date in 1994. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.


Today in Sports History:

1923 -Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees) hit his first of 493 career home runs.

1930 - Hack Wilson (Chicago) hit two home runs to give him 56 for the year.

1930 - At the annual NHL Governor's meeting a new rule was passed concerning offsides. The rule was that "the puck must be propelled into the attacking zone before any player of the attacking side can enter that zone."

1953 - The St. Louis Browns played their final game before moving to Baltimore to become the Orioles.

1964 - Houston played its final game at Colts Stadium. They lost 1-0 to Los Angeles in 12 innings.

1973 - Nolan Ryan (California Angels) struck out 16 batters for the Minnesota Twins. The feat established a modern day single season mark of 383 strikeouts in a season.

1983 - Larry Bird signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth $15 million. The contract made him the highest paid Celtic in history.

1996 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the second MLB player to record 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same year.

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season. Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) ended the season with 66 home runs. Both players surpassed Roger Maris' record of 61.

1998 - Greg Vaughn (San Diego Padres) hit his 50th home run of the season. It marked the first time that four players finished the regular season with 50 or more home runs.

1999 - The last game was played at Tiger Stadium. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2.

2000 - Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) signed a 12-year contract that involved a $20.5 million signing bonus. The deal made McNabb the highest paid NFL player in history.

2003 - Javier Lopez (Atlanta Braves) became the first catcher to hit 42 home runs in a season.

2009 - The Detroit Lions defeated the Washington Redskins to end a 19-game losing streak dating back to December, 2007.


The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill on this date in 1995. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Bismarck Bobcats 8:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Colorado Buffaloes 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 5-Hour Energy 200 Benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer at Dover International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs FGCU Eagles 5:15pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 8:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Bismarck Bobcats 8:15pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes 1:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Arizona Cardinals 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)


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

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