Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is October 28th, the 301st day of 2013. There are 64 days left in the year.


Coyotes' Hanzal to have hearing Monday.

Sunday Long Read: Orr's impact remains omnipresent.

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Today's Birthdays: Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) is 69; Reality TV star and former U.S. Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner is 64; Bill Gates is 58; Comedian/actor Andy Richter (Conan) is 47; Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love, Charlie Wilson's War, Notting Hill) is 46.


Sunrise, FL. -- It is a word that has hovered over the Tampa Bay Lightning through 11 games this season, but resiliency continues to define the Bolts. Earning their fourth win in extra time this season, the Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in a shootout Sunday evening at BB&T Center.

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Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts on this date in 1636. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.


Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild hosted the Kenai River Brown Bears in the second of a three-game set at the Town Toyota Center Saturday night and it was a two-goal first period for the visitors that provided the difference, as the Brown Bears beat Wenatchee 3-1, in front of 2,537 fans.

Kenai River took the lead at 11:33 of the opening period, scoring on a delayed penalty. Alec Butcher scored from Albin Karlsson and Tyler Andrews, putting the Brown Bears on top, 1-0. Kenai River would increase the lead with a power play goal not quite four minutes later. Andrews was credited with the goal, with assists going to Sebastian Fuchs and Karlsson at 15:26.

The Wild got on the board just shy of the 8 minute mark of the second period on a power play goal by David Powlowski (Rochester, New York), assisted by Matthew Nuttle (Roseville, Minnesota) at 7:49, cutting the Brown Bear lead to 2-1. The lead went back to two goals on a power play goal at 10:28 by Kenai River’s Andrews, with assists going to Butcher and Karlsson, giving Kenai River a 3-1 lead.

In the third period, Wenatchee, aided by three power plays, outshot the Brown Bears by a nearly 2 to 1 margin, but weren’t able to find the back of the net, as Kenai River held on for the 3-1 win. “You know, we’re playing well” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “The first goal and the third goal were killers; we didn’t make them work that hard to score. They’re a veteran team, they don’t make a lot of mistakes, they get very good goaltending, so we have to get to the front of the net and try and create some second chances to get it past their kid.”

The Wild outshot the Brown Bears on the night, 34-25. Mackenzie Sawyer (Landsdowne, Canada) stopped 22 shots for Wenatchee, while Zach Quinn made 33 saves for Kenai River. The Wild were 1-for-9 on the power play and 6-of-8 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 5-7-2, Kenai River is 11-3-0.

The series against the Kenai River Brown Bears concludes tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, starting at 5:05pm PDT. The Fairbanks Ice Dogs come to town on Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd, with both games slated to start at 7:05pm PDT. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).

Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild hosted the Kenai River Brown Bears in the third of a three-game set at the Town Toyota Center Sunday night and it was the Brown Bears who would prevail, thanks to a goal late in regulation, 4-3, in front of 2,158 fans.

Ryan Gotelaere (Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin) opened the scoring, coming off the bench to take the puck and score on a shot up high. Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) and Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) assisted at 8:05, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. Trey Bradley (Tampa, Florida), hanging around the goal crease, banged one home just over 3 minutes later on a goal mouth scramble. River Rymsha (Huntington Woods, Michigan) and Loggins assisted at 11:16, putting Wenatchee up 2-0.

18 seconds into period two, Alec Butcher scored for Kenai River, assisted by Zack Zulkanycz, cutting the Wild lead down to 2-1.

Zulkanycz scored a shorthanded goal in the third period for the Brown Bears to tie the game off a 2-on-1 break. The goal, assisted by Steven Butts at 3:40, tied the game 2-2. Nathan Colwell would give his team the lead at 13:51, on a spin around shot from below the right circle. Albin Karlsson and Christian Luiten assisted, for a 3-2 lead Kenai River lead. However, Wenatchee would bounce back on the power play to tie the game. Chris Jones (Normandy Park, Washington) tapped it home, assisted by Chris Koukis (Brentwood, California) and Gotelaere at 16:11, tying the game 3-3. Just as it appeared the game would be headed to overtime, Karlsson scored for the Brown Bears to make it 4-3, assisted by Zulkanycz and Butcher at 18:22. Kenai River would hold on from there, to take the 4-3 win. “There are lots of positives over the three games” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “All three games we had
our chances. We’ve got to do a better job so their save percent isn’t 94%. We’ve got to do a better job of playing defense so that our save percent isn’t 86%.”

The Wild outshot the Brown Bears 39-24. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 20 saves for Wenatchee; Kris Oldham had 36 stops for Kenai River. The Wild was 1-for-5 with a shorthanded goal against. They were 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 5-8-2, Kenai River is 12-3-0.

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs come to town on Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd, with both games slated to start at 7:05pm PDT. Then, it’s the Michigan Warriors for two on Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th, with face off both nights at 7:05pm PST. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



A new 3 volume book set about The Beatles begins rolling out this week. The first volume, Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, is in stores tomorrow (Tuesday). The highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn, launches with volume 1 that's over 900 pages.


2013 CFL Replay: A look back at Week 18.

Ticats reward fans with home playoff tilt.

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A man in Georgia ran back into his burning house to save his pack of Bud Light. [Actually, he went back inside to save his pretzels, but then remembered that pretzels make him thirsty.]


Regina, SK. -Riders linebacker Brian Peters followed a similar path many of the men in Green and White go down. After the NFL training camp circuit, they look for a chance to prove their skills…anywhere. The biggest difference from Peters and the rest? Marketing.

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Next up for the 11-6 Riders is a home game on Saturday, November 2nd against the 3-14 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 5:00pm EDT.


Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin on this date in 1793.


Tampa, FL. — Halfway through the 2013 season, the Buccaneers have already found many ways to make a positive difference in the community they call home.

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The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland on this date in 1886. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."


Corvallis, OR. -- Twenty-fifth ranked Oregon State came within 7 yards of tying No. 6 Stanford Saturday night, but was unable to score in the closing seconds in a 20-12 loss in front of 44,519 fans at Reser Stadium.

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The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act on this date in 1919. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- A year ago at this time, Richie Shaffer did a lot of sitting and watching.

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The woman who was featured on the homepage and was the subject of a media hunt from news organizations such as CNN, Fox News, and others, is mysteriously gone. Her face has been replaced by an image of the four ways Americans can get healthcare.


Hold it right there, I'm coming thru!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as writing a blog in your kitchen, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's song "Love Me Tender" became the #1 Billboard Pop Hit. He became the first artist to follow himself into the #1 position. The song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" had been the #1 song for 11 weeks.

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time. He performed "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Love Me." Sullivan presented Presley with a gold disc for "Love Me Tender."

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" was released in Britain.

1968 - Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It)."

1972 - Elvis Presley's single "Burning Love" hit #2 in the U.S.

2005 - A new Tennessee license plate featuring Elvis was unveiled.


Dressing up your dog or hamster in a costume this week? A few decades ago you would have been considered a batty pet owner. Not anymore. Sales of pet costumes have soared in recent years -- from $220 million in 2010 to $370 million in 2012.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
The Beatles made their first major stage appearance at the Liverpool Empire. The bill was headed by Little Richard, with Craig Douglas, Jet Harris, Kenny Lynch and Sounds Incorporated.

2003 - The DVD "Ed Sullivan Presents the Beatles" was released.


Gravity got pushed around by a Bad Grandpa at the weekend box office. After three weeks on top the Sandra Bullock sci-fi drama moved down to second place to make way fro Bad Grandpa, which made $32 million.


Today in Sports History:

1923 - Fats Henry was credited with a 94-yard punt. Research later indicated that it was an 83-yard punt.

1961Construction began on Municipal (Shea) Stadium for the New York Mets.

1984 - The New York City Marathon was marred by its first fatality when a French runner collapsed and died.

1993 - Ron Francis (Pittsburgh Penguins) became only the 38th player in NHL history to achieve 1,000 career points.

1994 - The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association announced an agreement for the formulation and implementation of the most comprehensive drug and alcohol policy in sports.

1996 - Members of the New York Yankees and their manager appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.

1997 - The NBA announced that they had hired the first women to officiate a major-league all-male sport. The women were Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer.


Lou Reed, lead singer of the Velvet Underground, has died at the age of 71. Reed died on Sunday morning in Southampton, New York, of an illness related to a liver transplant.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Who is Mr. Martinsville now?

Jeff Gordon once appeared to own sole possession of that title, but he ceded it to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson several years ago. Gordon took a large step toward reclaiming it Sunday when he earned his first win of the season, and the eighth of his career at Martinsville Speedway, by capturing the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger.

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The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary on this date in 1936.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 7:30pm EDT

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans 9:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 5:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:30pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:30pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 4:05pm EST


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

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