Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is September 16th, the 259th day of 2013. There are 106 days left in the year.

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Lightning counting on veterans, new faces for 2013-14.

Three things to watch in Lightning preseason.

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

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Today's Birthdays: B.B. King is 88; Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2) is 57; Singer Marc Anthony is 45; Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation) is 42.

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First weekend of the season is in the books, with the Empire team winning twice and the Elite team dropping a pair against the Florida Eels.

On Saturday, the Empire team won 3-2. Trey Stern, Kastle Birch and Marty Friedrich scored goals, Dan Bianco made 38 saves. Tampa Bay was 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Empire team won in overtime, 4-3. Drake Stimpson scored twice, Liam McCune once, with Connor Smith scoring the overtime winner. Jake Cuthbertson made 30 saves for the Juniors, who went 0-for-2 on the power play and a perfect 8-of-8 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, the Elite team dropped a 7-5 decision to the Eels. Tommy Whiteley, Nick Reed and Paul Lochner scored once each, while Richard Foy scored twice. George McLeod made 32 saves for the Juniors, who were 1-for-5 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill with a short handed goal.

On Sunday, it was the Eels winning 5-1. Nick Reed scored the only goal for Tampa Bay, while George McLeod made 33 saves. Tampa Bay was 0-for-5 on the power play and 6-of-7 on the penalty kill.

Next Saturday, the Empire team plays Florida Gulf Coast University at 5:15pm. The Elite team plays the Palm Beach Hawks at 8:00pm Saturday and 12:15pm on Sunday. All games will be available for viewing on fasthockey.com, with the Voice of the Juniors, John Meissner, calling the action.

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General Motors was founded by William Crapo "Billy" Durant on this date in 1908. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Olds car companies.

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Lions win game, lose Lulay vs. Alouettes.

Reilly, defence dominant as Esks topple Bombers.

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

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"The Arkansas Traveler" debuted on CBS Radio on this date in 1941. The show was later renamed "The Bob Burns Show."

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Regina, SK.- As the Saskatchewan Roughriders trudged off the field Saturday night, they knew they had let one get away. The defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts walked out of Mosaic Stadium with a hard-fought 31-29 victory in a game where the score doesn’t tell the story..

Read the rest here.

Next up for the Riders is a game on Sunday, September 22nd at home against the BC Lions. Kickoff on 620CKRM, 620ckrm.com, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 4:30pm EDT.


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It's National Play Doh Day. It's a toy; it's art material; it's stress relief.

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Tampa, FL. — Despite an inspiring defensive performance that included an 85-yard interception return for a score by Mason Foster and a four-down goal-line stand to end the first half, the Bucs fell to 0-2 on a 16-14 loss to New Orleans on Garrett Hartley’s field goal as time expired.

Read the rest here.


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A raid in the building housing a New York daycare found more than a kilo of cocaine, 1,000 Oxycodone pills and a gun. [But there will be no formal charges logged against the daycare operators since the police found no evidence of people running with scissors.]

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Salt Lake City, UT. -- Somehow, the ball wound up in Brandin Cooks' hands. And it stuck.

Read the rest here.

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"The Robe" premiered at the Roxy Theater in New York on this date in 1953. It was the first movie filmed in the wide screen CinemaScope process.

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Minneapolis, MN. -- When a lead slips away in the late innings, it's always easy to blame the reliever who gave it away. But sometimes it makes more sense to look at why the lead wasn't bigger in the first place.

Read the rest here.


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If your child is between 7 and 9, there is something you can do to boost their academic success -- read to them. A new study found parents usually stop reading to their kids by age 7 when they are capable of reading on their own. But those extra two years help children develop a love for reading, which studies say, give them a better shot a success in math and English.

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Los Angeles, CA. -- With each home run he hits, Hunter Pence seemingly ascends into a greater stratosphere of accomplished hitters. The Giants are enjoying the ride with him.

Read the rest here.


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Johnnie Footman has collected his last fare. Footman, the oldest cab driver in New York, died Tuesday at age 94. According to a New York Times' obit, Footman - better known as "Spider" - wore a spider pendant around his neck and a hat that said "Old Dude made of Achey Breaky Parts!" He would warn passengers that, due to his age, he was a slow driver, though he had an impeccable driving record.

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Jimmy watches the Ray Guys against the Giant Guys.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a lightning delay in a football game, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1961 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Wild In The Country/I Feel So Bad" hit #4 in the U.K.

1963 - Elvis Presley received the songs that director Gene Nelson and musical director Fred Karger had chosen for "Kissin' Cousins."

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "There's Always Me" hit #56 in the U.S.

1972 - The "New Musical Express" reported that "Elvis Says No To Britain." Colonel Parker had cited unsuitable venues as the reason.

2003 - Elvis Presley's estate closed Elvis Presley's Memphis restaurant-nightclub. The venture had been open for six years.

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A guy in Michigan told police he came home and saw his roommate doing something to his neighbor. The man got really ticked off and ordered the neighbor to go home. Then the man threatened his roommate with a knife and hit him in the head with a beer can. What was the roommate doing to the neighbor? Cutting his hair. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 -  
"She Loves You" was released by the Beatles in the U.S. It was on the tiny Swan label and did not receive much attention until after the relase of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

1967 - The Beatles re-recorded "Your Mother Should Know."

1970 - Led Zeppelin knocked the Beatles out of their position as the U.K.'s most popular group in a Melody Maker poll.

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono released "Some Time in New York City." The album was free with a second disc of a live performance of the couple backed by the Mothers of Invention.

2010 - Paul McCartney's website announced that McCartney's 1973 album "Band on the Run" would be reissued in November 2010.

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TV TONIGHT: SEASON PREMIERE: DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 17 kicks off (8p ET, ABC) with a new cast and a new format. And it airs just one day a week.

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - Jim Bottomley knocked in 12 runs in a single game setting a major league baseball record.

1953 - The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

1988 - Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball.

2004 - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman imposed a lockout due to an impasse in contract negotiations. The players union and NHL officials did not meet again until December 9.

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In fitting news for the weekend of Friday the 13th, low-budget horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 frightened the box office with a $41 million opening -- the second best September opening of all time. The weekend's only other opening, mob comedy The Family, came in a distant second with $14.5 million.

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JOLIET, Ill. -- Chalk up another win from the Coors Light Pole for Kyle Busch. And give the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota two legs up on a weekend sweep at Chicagoland Speedway.

In Saturday's Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, Busch won his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 20 starts this season, leading 195 of 200 laps in claiming the record 61st victory of his career.

Read the rest here.

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"The Andy Griffith Show" was seen for the final time on CBS on this date in 1968.

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JOLIET, Ill. -- The rich got richer.

Matt Kenseth, the top seed in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, added to his advantage in Sunday's rain-interrupted GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Read the rest here.

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The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops on this date in 1976.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Tuesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

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

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

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

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