Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is September 30th, the 273rd day of 2013. There are 92 days left in the year.

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30 in 15: Blackhawks confident they can repeat.

Versteeg's pair lifts Panthers over Lightning.

Panthers reach one-year deal with Thomas.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) is 59; Fran Drescher (The Nanny) is 56; Crystal Bernard (Wings) is 52; Monica Bellucci (The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded) is 49; Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) is 38.

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Bismarck, ND. – Stanislav Dzakhov scored three times Saturday night to lead the Bismarck Bobcats to a 5-2 win over the Wenatchee Wild at the VFW Sports Center.

Bismarck took the lead early in the the opening period on a goal from Evan Giesler at 1:11, assisted by Filip Starzynski and Tony German, for a 1-0 lead. The lead grew late in the period when Dzakhov scored his first, from Nick Wallace and Giesler at 19:06, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Wenatchee would cut into the deficit early in the second on a Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) goal, with Kyle Buffardi (Westminster, California) assisting just 30 seconds into the second, drawing the Wild to within 2-1. 46 seconds later, however, Bismarck’s Starzynski reestablished the Cats’ two-goal lead, assisted by Nate Repensky and Giesler at 1:16. The Bismarck lead grew to 4-1 in the final minute of the period when Dzakhov scored his second, assisted by Nick Wallace and Geisler, putting the Bobcats on top 4-1 through two.

In the third, Tuomie tallied a shorthanded goal from Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) at 1:18, but Dzakhov would round out his hat trick, scoring into an empty net, assisted by Repensky and Starzynski at 18:35, giving Bismarck the 5-2 lead and the win. “We got beat by a very good, well coached team this weekend” said Wenatchee Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Lots of lessons to learn from the weekend. Time to get back to Wenatchee and regroup.”

The Bobcats outshot Wenatchee on the night 40-22. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 35 saves for the Wild, Aaron Nelson had 20 stops for Bismarck. Wenatchee was 0-for-6 on the power play and 5-of-5 with a shorthanded goal on the penalty kill.

The Bobcats improve to 4-2-0; The Wild is now 3-3-0.

Wenatchee’s home opening weekend at the Town Toyota Center against the Minot Minotauros is set for Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th, with faceoff at 7:05pm PDT both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).

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The Columbia left Boston and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world on this date in 1787.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors USPHL Elite team took two games from the Space Coast Hurricanes over the weekend, winning 3-2 on Saturday and 8-2 on Sunday.

In Saturday's game, Ryan Odgers, David Cross and Ryan Conery scored second period goal for the Juniors, who held on through a scoreless third period for the win. Nick Malvin, in his season debut, made 27 saves for Tampa Bay. The Juniors were 0-for-7 on the power play and 8-of-8 on the penalty kill.

In Sunday's game, David Cross and Nick Reed scored in the first period, Richard Foy, Collin  Malone and  Brandon Goudreau in the second and Foy, Ryan Mattson, Reed and Nakita Zagryadskiy in the third. Malvin made 27 saves for the Juniors, who were 3-for-11 on the power play and 4-of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Empire team dropped a 5-3 decision to Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday.

Both the Empire and Elite teams play next weekend at the Charlotte Showcase with games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All games can be seen on FASTHockey.com.

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When the President of Iran returned to his country he was greeted with protests by hardcore rightwingers because they felt that while he was in the U.S. he was too friendly with the Americans. [Actually, I thought he did a pretty good job hosting Saturday Night Live.]

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2013 CFL Replay: A look back at Week 14.

Argo Bounce: Boatmen rally again, stun Eskimos.

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

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Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient on this date in 1846.

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Montreal, PQ. - Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Geroy Simon has become the Canadian Football League All-Time receptions leader with 1,018 career catches.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the 8-5 Riders is a game on Friday, October 4th at the 9-4 BC Lions. Kickoff on 620CKRM, 620ckrm.com, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 10:00pm EDT.

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Chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. was born on this date in 1861.

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Tampa, FL. — After leading for three quarters in rookie QB Mike Glennon’s starting debut, the Buccaneers committed three costly turnovers in the fourth period to facilitate a big comeback in a 13-10 loss to Arizona.

Read the rest here.


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Apple's recently released mobile operating system iOS 7 is making some people nauseous, or so they believe. A small number of users are complaining that the background parallax effect -- which creates the illusion of depth in device screens -- and the app transition animations are making them feel ill.

... There is a way to tame the iOS 7 parallax effect. In the Settings > General > Accessibility menu, there's a Reduce Motion option that does just what its name suggests, though it does not alter the app transition animation.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Sean Mannion keeps etching his name into the Oregon State record books.

The junior passed for a school-record six touchdowns and 414 yards in Oregon State’s 44-17 win over Colorado Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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In Appleton, WI, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating on this date in 1882.

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Toronto, ON. -- Tampa Bay got 'er done.

But that process produced a great deal of anxiety before the Rays persevered by a 7-6 margin over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Read the rest here.


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On this date in 1930, "Death Valley Days" was heard for the first time on the NBC Blue radio network.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Taking a cue from a city known for its breathtaking bridges, the Giants hope that they've built a span between the end of this season and the 2014 campaign.

Sure, they tumbled from their World Series championship throne. Yes, their streak of four consecutive winning seasons dissolved. But they believe they have positioned themselves to thrive next year, with Sunday's season-ending 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres serving as an example.

Read the rest here.


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"The Adventures of Dick Tracy" debuted on the Mutual Radio Network on this date in 1935.

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Look what I found Daddy!

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

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's EP "Just For You" hit #16 in the U.S.

1958 - EMI deleted all Elvis Presley and all other RCA products from its HMV catalog.

1967 - Elvis Presley's single "Judy" hit #78 in the U.S.

1978 - The album "Sings For Children And Grown Ups Too" hit #130 in the U.S.

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On this date in 1939,  "Captain Midnight" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Radio Network. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1977 - 
Ringo Starr released the album "Ringo The Fourth."

1988 - John Lennon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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A woman in Flint, Michigan, told police she was sleeping on her couch when, unbeknownst to her at the time, two men had broken into her home. That is until one of their phones went off. Unfortunately they were able to get away with a TV. But that's all they got.

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Today in Sports History:

1916 -The Boston Braves stopped the New York Giant's 26-game winning streak. It was the longest winning streak in major league history.

1927 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.

1934 - Dizzy Dean won his 30th game of the season in a 9-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

1971 - The Washington Senators played their last game in Washington before moving to Arlington, TX. They were forced to forfeit the game to the New York Yankees when fans stormed the field in an effort to take souvenirs.

1972 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) recorded his 3,000th career hit. It was his last as he was killed in Venezuela during the off season.

1973 - Hank Aaron finished the season one short of Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. He broke the record in the first month of the 1974 season.

1973 - The New York Yankees completed their 50th season at the Stadium.

1984 - Mike Witt (California Angels) became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball. He defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0.

1984 - The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record when they registered three safeties in a 33-12 victory over the New York Giants.

1992 - George Brett (Kansas City Royals) reached his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels. He was the 18th player to reach the mark.

1995 - Albert Belle (Cleveland Indians) became the first player in history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season.

1999 - The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park (3Com Park). The Dodgers won 9-4 with 61,389 fans on hand.

2002 - Chris McAlister (Baltimore Ravens) returned a missed field goal 108 yards to set an NFL record.

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MEATBALLS WINS WITH $35 MILLION WEEKEND - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 was the weekend's top box office draw, pulling in $35 million. Prisoners moved down to No. 2.

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DOVER, Del.— When Joey Logano sets a record, he does it in style.

Logano didn't just win Saturday's 5-hour Energy 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. He crushed the rest of the field in taking the checkered flag in a record four straight events at the Monster Mile.

Read the rest here.

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"The Red Skelton Show" debuted on NBC-TV on this date in 1951.

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DOVER, Del. -- Jimmie Johnson's run toward a possible sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship shifted into high gear Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

On two fresh tires to polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s four, Johnson held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate during a 26-lap green-flag run to the finish of the AAA 400 and made a significant dent in the series lead of Matt Kenseth, who finished seventh.

Read the rest here.

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Julie Andrews made her first Broadway appearance in "The Boy Friend" on this date in 1954.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 8:07pm EDT (Wild Card tiebreaker game)

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EDT

Friday --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey at Charlotte Showcase

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 10pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Minot Minotauros 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey at Charlotte Showcase

Izod Indy Car Series -- Grand Prix of Houston at Houston, Texas Race 1 3:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway 3:30pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks 8:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Minot Minotauros 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey at Charlotte Showcase

Izod Indy Car Series -- Grand Prix of Houston at Houston, Texas Race 2 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway 2:00pm EDT

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

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