Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is January 13th, the 13th day of 2014. There are 352 days left in the year.


Jets fire coach Noel, hire Maurice as replacement.

Watch: Hawks' Kane scores 185-foot own goal.

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Today's Birthdays: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, Seinfeld) is 53; Penelope Ann Miller (Men of a Certain Age, Kindergarten Cop) is 50; Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, Enchanted, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is 48; Screenwriter/director/producer Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) is 44; Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean films) is 37.


Philadelphia, PA. -- The Philadelphia Flyers may have come within striking distance during the seven goals that were exchanged in the second period, but when the dust finally settled, the Tampa Bay Lightning came out on top in a 6-3 winning effort Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

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NASA has discovered a new potentially hazardous asteroid. [If it hits earth that would stink, but if it interrupts transmission of the Super Bowl that would be catastrophic.]


Soldotna, AK. – The Wenatchee Wild closed out their three-game set against Kenai River with a win Saturday night, beating the Brown Bears 4-3 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The Wild scored first, as Gadel Gumerov (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) scored on a rebound. The assists went to James Mathias (Ontario, California) and Chris Koukis (Brentwood, California) at 2:08, giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. The Brown Bears tied it, as Eric Purcell scored on a sharp angle shot. Tommy Dierl drew the lone assist at 5:21, knotting the game at 1-1. It would take long for the Wild to regain the lead however, as Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) scored on the power play. The goal, assisted by Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) and Mitch Demario (Franklin, Wisconsin) came at 6:31 and gave the Wild a 2-1 lead. The lead grew with another power play goal, this time on a rebound shot by Tuomie. Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) and Matthew Nuttle (Marilla, New York) assisted at 11:14, pushing the Wenatchee lead to 3-1.

Jack Gessert scored for Kenai River in the second, from Matt Rudin and Zack Zulkanycz at 7:41, cutting the Wild’s lead to 3-2. The Brown Bears scored on a wraparound to tie the game. Alec Butcher got the goal at 14:56, assisted by Jacob Davidson and Nathan Colwell, tying the game 3-3.

Loggins’ second goal of the night put Wenatchee back on top early in the third, as he raced in off the left wing and flipped a backhander into the net. The unassisted goal at 5:53 put the Wild back on top, 4-3. That goal would hold up as the game-winner, as Wenatchee took the final game of the three-game set, by that 4-3 margin. “I thought it was a gritty effort” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “This has been a very tough trip; a lot of logistics haven’t been how we expected them to be. We fought through a lot of adversity on the ice and off the ice, so we came out tonight, we had 3 of our 4 centermen out of the lineup, I thought it was an extremely gritty effort.”

The Wild out shot Kenai River 36-32. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) made 29 saves for Wenatchee, while Zach Quinn had 32 stops for the Brown Bears. The Wild was 2-for-5 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 17-16-3; Kenai River is 19-17-3.

The Wild continues their road trip in Fairbanks with three games next Thursday (January 16th), Friday (January 17th) and Saturday (January 18th), before returning home to face Bismarck on Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



Not everything at the Consumer Electronics Show has to do with TVs, game systems, and futuristic cars. Also unveiled at CES in Las Vegas was the Chefjet 3D Printer, which prints 3D edible sweets that look like works of art. The printable materials come in a range of flavors -- like chocolate, sour apple, and mint. But the price of a machine that makes over-the-top artistic sweets will start at $5,000.


U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Beats Canada, 3-1,
in Final Game of 2014 Sled Series
Team USA Wins Two of the Three Games in the Series
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. - Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.), Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) and Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) scored goals and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 12 saves to help the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team skate past Canada, 3-1, in the finale of a three-game series at Extreme Ice Center.

"This was a great way for us to finish international competition before we head to the Paralympics in March," said Jeff Sauer, head coach the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "Much like yesterday, we used our speed effectively and played with a lot of intensity. Overall, we are happy with how we played this weekend and are looking forward to continuing to improve as we prepare for Sochi."

After Brad Bowden scored at 7:15 of the opening period to give Canada a 1-0 lead, Schaus went hard to the front of the net and knocked in a centering pass to knot the score. Roman poked the puck along the wall behind the net to Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.), who quickly turned and dished it to Schaus at the edge of the crease, where he one-timed it past goaltender Corbin Watson.

Team USA took the lead for good at 11:06 of the middle frame when Roman scored from the right circle. After Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) batted a puck to the neutral zone, Sweeney won a race and moved down the wall before leaving a drop pass for Roman. Roman grabbed the puck, moved to his right and fired a shot through traffic and under Watson's blocker to give the U.S. a 2-1 edge.

McKee capped the USA victory when he scored into an empty net with just 15 seconds remaining.
While Team USA has concluded pre-Paralympic Winter Games play, it has two final training camps. The U.S. will return to Indian Trail, N.C., Feb. 15-23 and head to Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 26-27. The squad heads to Sochi, Russia on Feb. 28. Its first game is against Italy on March 8.
For a complete box score, click here.
U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Series vs. Canada
Jan. 9-11 - Indian Trail, N.C. - Extreme Ice Center
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Notes: Team USA's captain is Andy Yohe, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace andJosh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) ... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal(Northlake, Ill.), who turned 15-years old in May and is making his debut on a U.S. National Team. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) turned 16 years old in November ... The oldest player on the squad is Andy Yohe at 35-years old ... Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military. Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y) and Josh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).


Two Michigan men allegedly high on drugs and in possession of stolen materials in their vehicle picked the wrong place to spend the night. Their resting spot was the parking lot of the Flint Township Police Department.


Video: Ben Cahoon's Call to the Hall.

Off-field challenges offer Eppele proper perspective.

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Two weeks in and 2014 already has its first major hit. The Mark Wahlberg war thriller Lone Survivor earned $38.5 million on its first weekend.

... Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and a few other films open this Friday.


Tampa, FL. — The latest addition to Lovie Smith’s rapidly-developing coaching staff is Gill Byrd, who will tutor the cornerbacks…A former All-Pro DB in San Diego, Byrd spent seven years on Smith’s staff in Chicago

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Pamela Anderson and ex-husband Rick Salomon decided to give love another go. The former Baywatch actress confirmed the good news at Sean Penn's Help Haiti Gala in Los Angeles Saturday night, where she also debuted her huge rock for all to see. Anderson and Salomon previously tied the knot back on October 2007 in Las Vegas but separated only two months after.


The Little Drummer Boy is ready.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to Office Depot first thing in the morning, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley recorded "Mean Woman Blues" and "That’s When Your Heartaches Begin" and "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)" in Hollywood.

1961 - The movie "Flaming Star" opened in London.

1978 - Elvis Presley's single "My Way" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2001 - TV Guide issued a set of commemorative Elvis Presley covers.


According to a survey, Vermont residents use the snooze function on their alarm clocks more than residents in any other state. Next up are people in South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia and Indiana.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
 The Beatles released "I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There" in the U.S.

1966 - Ringo Starr and John Lennon left England on a vacation to Trinidad.

1969 - The Beatles released the album "Yellow Submarine" in the U.S.


Wham-O began producing "Pluto Platters" on this date in 1957. This marked the true beginning of production of the flying disc.


Today in Sports History:

1962 -Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored 73 points against the Chicago Packers.

1968 - Bill Masterson (Minnesota North Stars) was injured when he was checked into the boards. He died two days later. He was the first casualty in the NHL.

1983 - The Quebec Nordiques played their 251st NHL game without being shutout.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky extended his NHL consecutive scoring streak to 45 games.

1986 - The NCAA adopted the controversial "Proposal 48," which set standards for Division 1 freshman eligibility.

1995 - A collective bargaining agreement was ratified by NHL players.

1998 - The NFL completed a $9.2 billion deal to keep "Monday Night Football" on ABC and the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

1999 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) announced his retirement from the NBA.

2003 - The NHL's Buffalo Sabres filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2005 - Major League Baseball adopted a steroid-testing program that suspended first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly tested players year-round.

2005 - The NFL fined Randy Moss (Minnesota Vikings) $10,000 for pretending to pull down his pants and moon the Green Bay Packer crowd during a playoff win the previous weekend.


Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on "Bewitched," had a baby on this date in 1966. The baby's name was Tabitha.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:00pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 2:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 1:45pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 5:00pm EST


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

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