Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 11th, the 254th day of 2013. There are 111 days left in the year.


Answers needed for 13 NHL questions in 2013-14.

Report: Panthers offer Tim Thomas tryout.

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Today's Birthdays: Director Brian De Palma (Mission: Impossible, Scarface, The Untouchables) is 73; Virginia Madsen (Sideways, American Dreams) is 52; Harry Connick Jr. (new American Idol judge) is 46; Rapper Ludacris is 36.


Ultimate Replay: Week 11.

Marsh shoulders blame for Als second-half collapse.

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According to a new study, kids who are musicians develop better social skills. [For example, when on tour they always ask permission before trashing their hotel room.]


Regina, SK.- Thud.

That’s the sound of the Saskatchewan Roughriders crashing back to Earth.

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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.


In Hollywood, the first commercially successful electric bus line opened on this date in 1910.


Tampa, FL. — Every professional athlete is supposed to lead to some extent, but no position in sports requires leadership as explicitly as the NFL quarterback.

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This December, NASA is embarking on its first attempt to farm fresh food in space to sustain astronauts. NASA plans to launch six romaine lettuce plants to the International Space Station, where they will be grown under pink LED lights and ready to harvest in 28 days.


Corvallis, OR. -- Notes from Oregon State's practice session Tuesday at Tommy Prothro Field …

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A new poll reveals the obvious: The majority of parents admit they don't understand the words their children frequently use online. Only a handful could decipher that "savage" actually meant good and "YOLO" means You Only Live Once.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- That one hurt.

Hoping to gain ground on the Red Sox and hold off a host of Wild Card suitors, the Rays sent David Price to the mound Tuesday night looking for the magic. Despite having their ace at his best, they still came away 2-0 losers to the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.

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On this date in 1936, Boulder Dam in Nevada was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt by turning on the dam's first hydroelectric generator. The dam is now called Hoover Dam.


San Francisco, CA. -- Hunter Pence made baseball history Tuesday night, joining the exclusive 20-homer, 20-steal club, but the San Francisco Giants suffered an ugly 9-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies they'd like to forget.

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During what they called the "Heat is On" Labor Day enforcement period, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported 1,342 DUI arrests. While even one drunk driver is one too many, CDOT said the numbers represent a reduction from last year -- and a spokeswoman thinks one factor might be "interactive urinal communicators," aka talking urinal cakes that remind bar patrons to not drink and drive.


I think I'll be talking to these people now.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as getting ready for the opening of hockey season, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1963 - 
Filming finished on the Elvis Presley movie "Viva Las Vegas." Filming had begun on July 15.

1968 - "Variety" announced that the bordello scene from the 1968 TV Special "Elvis" had been cut. It was cited that the scene had passed NBC censors but the sponsor singer had requested that it be removed.

1971 - The Elvis Presley boxed compilation "World Wide Gold Award Hits, Vol. 2" hit #120 in the U.S.

2000 - The Elvis Presley movie "Viva Las Vegas" was released on DVD.

2001 - The Elvis Presley CD compilation album "The 50 Greatest Love Songs" was released.


Someone hacked a digital road sign in Saginaw County, Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation said someone hacked the sign with the words "I-75 is closed due to loose gorilla." 


Today in Beatles History:

1962 -  
George Martin had the Beatles return to EMI's Abbey Road to re-record "Love Me Do." They also recorded "P.S. I Love You" and an early version of "Please Please Me."

1964 - George Harrison formed Harrissongs, his own song publishing company.

1967 - "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles was certified as a million seller.

1967 - The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" bus began cruising the English countryside.

1971 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on "The Dick Cavette Show". Lennon tweaked a new catch phrase when he joked "love is having to say you're sorry every five minutes".


TV TONIGHT: THE X FACTOR SEASON PREMIERE - Judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio this season (8p ET, FOX). The season begins with the auditions.


Today in Sports History:

1912 - Eddie Collins (Philadelphia Athletics) stole six bases against the Detroit Tigers.

1926 - The U.S. won its seventh consecutive Davis Cup.

1943 - The NHL approved the Hockey Hall of Fame. The official building for the hall of fame was not opened until August 26, 1961 on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition.

1946 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds played to a scoreless tie in 19 innings.

1951 - Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.

1956 - Frank Robinson (Cincinnati Reds) tied a rookie record for most home runs in one season when he hit his 38th of the year.

1959 - Roy Face (Pittsburgh) ended a 22-game winning streak. He finished the season 18-1.

1974 - The St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets set a National League record when they played 25 innings. It was the second longest game in professional baseball history.

1985 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) achieved hit number 4,192 to break the record held by Ty Cobb.

1987 - Howard Johnson (New York Mets) became the first National League infielder to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season.

1999 - Brett Favre and Robert Brooks of the Green Bay Packers completed a 99-yard touchdown reception against the Chicago Bears to tie an NFL record.


In the U.S. on this date in 2001, four airliners were hijacked and were intentionally crashed. Two airliners hit the World Trade Center, which collapsed shortly after, in New York City, NY. One airliner hit the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Another airliner crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. About 3,000 people were killed.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

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

Friday --

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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