Thursday, September 19, 2013

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 19th, the 262nd day of 2013. There are 103 days left in the year.


Lightning tips Blues in shootout.

Jagr skates, Brunner to debut for Devils.

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Today's Birthdays: Adam West (Batman TV show) is 85; Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Man in the Iron Mask, Margin Call) is 65; TV journalist Soledad O'Brien is 47; Talk-show host Jimmy Fallon is 39.


Blaine, MN. – The Wenatchee Wild received two goal efforts from James Mathias and Niklas Balboa Wednesday afternoon to win their opener at the NAHL Showcase, 5-2 over the Topeka Roadrunners.

Balboa’s first goal, assisted by Justin Plate at 8:17, gave the Wild a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

In the second, Topeka’s Jerad Tafoya tied it at 1-1, assisted by Tyler Poulsen and Shawn Brennan at 11:57. Mathias restored the lead for Wenatchee at 17:20, assisted by Mike Coyne, putting the Wild up 2-1 after two.

Wenatchee put the game away with three straight goals in the third period. Troy Loggins scored from Matthew Nuttle at 5:18, Balboa scored from Christian Salvato and Nicholas Rivera at 10:42 and Mathias scored at 12:06, assisted by River Rymsha and Kyle Buffardi for a 5-1 lead. Loggins’ and Balboa’s goals came on the power play. Topeka’s Michal Uhrik, assisted by Jasen Fernsler at 12:17 rounded out the scoring, for a final of 5-2 in favor of the Wild.

The Roadrunners outshot Wenatchee 31-24 for the game, with Mackenzie Sawyer making 29 saves for the Wild, while Drew Vogler stopped 19 shots for Topeka. Wenatchee was 2-for-6 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill. “I thought we played well against an experienced team” said Wenatchee Head Coach Bliss Littler. “We got good goaltending.”

Wenatchee’s record is now 1-0-0 on the season, Topeka falls to 3-1-0.

The Wild’s next game is Thursday against the Minnesota Wilderness. Faceoff is set for 5:45pm PDT.

Wenatchee continues play in the Showcase with games Friday and Saturday, then play 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 set for 7:05pm PDT both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


U.S. President Washington's farewell address was published on this date in 1796.


Cauz: Back from Italy with a vengeance.

Brackenridge fined for hit on Kackert.

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John Keats wrote "Ode to Autumn" on this date in 1819.


Regina, SK. - All Geroy Simon wanted was the chance to play.

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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.


Starbucks is asking its patrons to leave their guns at home. [They know things get hairy in that long line for a latte, but please.]


Tampa, FL. — If guard Carl Nicks is able to play on Sunday, it will mark a milestone for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was huge. And, while your chance of winning is always 1 in 175,223,516, more people play when the jackpot grows. Yep, no matter how many people play the odds are always the same. So what does it take for you to buy a Powerball ticket? In a survey:

62% of respondents said they play the jackpot is big enough to make the news.
23% said they never play.
13% play when the think about it, regardless of the jackpot.
2% play pretty much all the time.


Corvallis, OR. -- The comparisons are natural. White kid, great hands, makes big catches.

Richard Mullaney reminds even Mike Hass of himself.

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Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper on this date in 1876.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Manager Joe Maddon has talked about his team needing an "organic moment" in a "signature win" to turn his team's aging season in the right direction if the Rays want to nab a spot in the postseason.

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Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the "Producer's Showcase" presentation of "Our Town" on NBC-TV on this date in 1955.


New York, NY. -- Though the Giants resigned themselves to their forgettable fate long ago, lapses such as Wednesday night's still sting.

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On this date in 1959, Nikita Khruschev was not allowed to visit Disneyland due to security reasons. Khrushchev reacted angrily.


Jimmy eats a banana.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching your local ballclub win in extras, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
Elvis Presley left a Brooklyn naval base to sail to Germany to be with his army unit.

1972 - The album "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden hit #11 in the U.S.

2006 - The remaster version of the album "The Complete Million Dollar Quartet" was released. The quartet consisted of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. 


A woman survived 15 days trapped down a well in central China. The 38-year-old fell into the 12-foot abandoned well September 1. She survived by eating raw corn and drinking rainwater that fell into the well. Firefighters rescued her on Monday afternoon. 


Today in Beatles History:

1934 - 
Brian Epstein was born. He became the manager of the Beatles.

2003 - Paul McCartney was involved in a shoving match after a photographer tried to take his picture. McCartney had gone to see David Blaine's stunt of living for 44 days without food while suspended from a crane in a plastic box.


While you haven't showered and you're running on two hours of sleep after an all-night Netflix streaming marathon, at least you've got plenty of company. A new poll (by Nielsen) reveals that binge-watching is a real thing. Turns out that 88 percent of Netflix users and 70 percent of Hulu Plus users have packed three or more episodes of a TV show into a single day.


Today in Sports History:

1901 - All major league baseball games were canceled for the funeral of U.S. President William McKinley.

1949 - Ralph Kiner (Pittsburgh Pirates) became the first National League player to hit 50 home runs in two different seasons.

1984 - Pete Rose reached the 100-hit plateau for the 22nd consecutive year. He also tied the National League record for doubles with 725.

1997 - Mark McGwire became the first major league player to hit 20 or more home runs for two teams in the same season. It was his 54th home run of the year.

1999 - Sammy Sosa became the first major league player to hit 60 home runs in a season twice.


TV TONIGHT: FINALE: THE MILLION SECOND QUIZ - Million Second Quiz says goodbye tonight with a 2-hour finale. (8p ET, NBC)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

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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