Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 2nd, the 245th day of 2013. There are 120 days left in the year.

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Predicting the United States roster for Sochi Olympics.

A look at the most unlikely seasons in NHL history.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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The U.S. Treasury Department was established on this date in 1789.

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Labour Day intensity still fuels Alberta rivalry.

CFL announces 101st Grey Cup entertainment.

Visit the CFL's official website, cfl.ca.

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The first issue of "McCall’s" magazine was published on this date in 1897. The magazine had been known previously as "Queens Magazine" and "Queen of Fashion."

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Regina, SK.- Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Justin Goltz celebrated his two rushing touchdowns by taunting the fans in the north end zone at Mosaic Stadium.

Read the rest here.

Next up for 8-1 Saskatchewan is a game Sunday afternoon, September 8th against the 1-8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Kickoff on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 4:00pm EDT.


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Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair on this date in 1901.

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Tampa, FL. — Once again making use of the "second draft" after Saturday's NFL-wide round of roster cuts, Tampa Bay has claimed two rookies, DT Chris Jones and WR Russell Shepard, off waivers and has released WR LB Najee Goode and WR Tiquan Underwood.

Read the rest here.


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The "Question Mark" made the first non-stop flight from Europe to the U.S. on this date in 1930. The plane was flown by Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte.

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Corvallis, OR. -- So much for that 7-0 start to Oregon State's football season.

Read the rest here.

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The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was put into operation on the New York Central railroad on this date in 1938.

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Oakland, CA. -- Tampa Bay pitchers have combined for a 2.50 ERA over their past four games, and the Rays have lost all of them.

The latest example was Sunday when the Athletics completed a series sweep, beating the Rays, 5-1.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1963, "The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.

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Phoenix, AZ. -- Yusmeiro Petit danced upon the proving ground known as September, striking out a career-high 10 batters and driving in a run Sunday to lead the Giants to an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Read the rest here.

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NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek" on this date in 1969. The show had debuted on September 8, 1966.

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I'm silly, aren't I Daddy?

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the watching the Riders pound on Winnipeg, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
The Elvis Presley EP "Loving You Vol II" hit #18 in the U.S.

1957 - The Elvis Presley soundtrack EP "Love Me Tender" hit #22 in the U.S.

1961 - Joe Dowell's version of Elvis' "Wooden Heart" hit the U.S. charts.

1966 - Elvis Presley completed his work for the film "Double Trouble."

1967 - Elvis Presley's album "Double Trouble" hit #34 in the U.K.

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It was announced on this date in 1985 that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 -  
The Beatles received a gold record for the song "Help!"

1965 - The Beatles released "Yesterday."

1978 - George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias. She was a secretary at his Dark Horse record company. 

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The U.S. formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia on this date in 1991.

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Today in Sports History:

1917 - Grover Cleveland Alexander (Philadelphia Phillies) pitched and won two entire games of a doubleheader versus Brooklyn (5-0 and 9-3).

1924 - Bill Tilden won his fifth straight U.S. Open men's singles title.

1957 - Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves) set a record for left-handed pitchers when he recorded his 41st shutout.

1961 - The estate of Ty Cobb was estimated at $11.78 million. Cobb had died two months earlier.

1962 - Ken Hubbs (Chicago Cubs) set a record for a second baseman when he played his 74th game without an error.

1966 - The Miami Dolphins played their first regular-season game. They lost the game to the Oakland Raiders 23-14.

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) set a National League record when he played in his 1,117th consecutive game.

1970 - Jimmy Connors played in his first match at the U.S. Open. He lost to Mark Cox.

1971 - Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors won their first U.S. Open singles matches.

1973 - Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters.

1981 - The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners played to a 7-7 tie after 19 innings. It was the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was resumed the following day and the Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings.

1986 - The Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs played 14 innings and used 53 players in the game. Houston won the game 8-7 when the game resumed the next day.

1990 - Bobby Thigpen (Chicago Cubs) set a major league record with his 47th save.

1996 - Mike Greenwall (Boston Red Sox) set a major league record when he drove in all nine runs in a 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners.

1996 - David Cone (New York Yankees) pitched in a game for the first time in four months after an aneurysm was removed from his shoulder.

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis) hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season. The record at the time was 61 held by Roger Maris.

1998 - Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) hit his 56th home run of the season.

1998 - Nomar Garciaparra (Boston Red Sox) hit his 30th home run of the season. He joined Mark McGwire, Rudy York, Ron Kittle and Jose Canseco as a player that hit 30+ home runs in his first two years.

1998 - Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers) signed a six-year contract for $36 million. The deal made him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.

1999 - Cal Ripken (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 400th career home run.

2003 - Eric Gagne (Los Angeles) established a major league record with his 55th consecutive save.

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The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station on this date in 1992.

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HAMPTON, Ga.-- Perhaps it was appropriate, on the first weekend of college football this year, that solid team fundamentals and deft blocking should play such an integral part in Kevin Harvick’s NASCAR Nationwide Series victory over Kyle Busch.

Read the rest here.

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In Canada on this date in 1998, pilots for Canada's largest airline launch their first strike in Air Canada's history.

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HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kyle Busch proved emphatically Sunday night that he knows what to do with a lead when he gets it.

Read the rest here.

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At Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on this date in 2010, Brooks & Dunn played their final show together at a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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BALTIMORE, MD. -- There were more twists in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT than the 12 turns on the 2.04-mile street course, which ultimately benefited Simon Pagenaud.

Read the rest here.

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If you live on the east coast like me, can you actually stay up to watch sporting events from the west coast that don't start 'til 10pm?

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at L.A. Angels 9:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at L.A. Angels 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 6:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at L.A. Angels 10:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at L.A. Angels 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 9:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 9:10pm EDT

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets 1:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

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

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