Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is January 20th, the 20th day of 2014. There are 345 days left in the year.


Ice surface coming along despite high temps in L.A.

Sunday Long Read: Roots take hold in California.

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Today's Birthdays: Director David Lynch is 68; Comedian/talk show host Bill Maher is 58; James Denton (Desperate Housewives) is 51; Rainn Wilson (The Office) is 48.


Tampa, FL. --The Tampa Bay Lightning started the game with three goals in the first period for the second consecutive day, yet the outcome was one to be celebrated in a 5-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday at PNC Arena.

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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed).


Fairbanks, AK. – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs scored three times in the third period to beat the Wenatchee Wild 3-1 Saturday night at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) would get Wenatchee on the board in the second. Loggins scored off an assist by Alex Bontje (Nobleton, Ontario) at 10:04, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead that would last until early in the third period.

Fairbanks would then score their three goals in the third period to take the game. Duggie Lagrone scored from Jacob Hetz at 2:19, Wyatt Ege scored from Viktor Liljegren at 8:12 and Colton Wolter scored a shorthanded goal, assisted by Ben Campbell at 17:48 and the Ice Dogs protected the lead from there, grabbing the 3-1 win.

Fairbanks outshot Wenatchee 27-20 on the night. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) made 24 saves for the Wild, Kevin Aldridge had 19 stops for the Ice Dogs. Wenatchee was 0-for-7 with a shorthanded goal against on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 18-17-4; Fairbanks is 29-12-0.

Wenatchee returns home to face Bismarck on Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th with faceoff set for 7:05pm PST both nights. The Wild then returns to Alaska to face Kenai River for three January 30th, 31st and February 1st, then Fairbanks for three more February 6th, 7th and 8th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



Approximately 70 people were struck with a stomach virus aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. [Carnival Cruise is suing for copyright infringement.]


Chamblin, Austin, Hufnagel named COY finalists.

Taking their time: Als give update on search for new coach.

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Well all know that Americans don't eat their fruits and veggies, but data from the USDA lets us count the ways. According to figures that compare actual grocery spending with what the government recommends over an eight-year period, we're buying a fraction of green vegetables, legumes and whole fruits than what's suggested. Instead, we buy way more juice, frozen dinners and candy.


Tampa, FL. — Lovie Smith’s coaching staff has neared completion with Saturday’s hiring of George Warhop to lead the offensive line...Warhop spent the last five seasons in Cleveland coaching two Pro Bowlers.

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Just in time for your Super Bowl party, candy-bean behemoth Jelly Belly is introducing two ridiculous new flavors: Draft Beer and Chocolate Covered Tabasco.


Where's Santa?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as listening to KUKN radio online again, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
Elvis Presley got his orders to report to duty from the U.S. Army. He was allowed a 60-day deferment so he could finish the film "King Creole".

1960 - Elvis Presley was promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

1969 - Elvis Presley recorded "In the Ghetto", "Rubberneckin'" and "Suspicious Minds." It was the first time he had recorded in Memphis since 1956.

2004 - The Elvis Presley 2-CD set "The Gospel Side of Elvis" was released.


Ride Along was the top movie over the weekend. The action comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, earned $41.2 million its debut weekend.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
 The album "Meet the Beatles" was released in the U.S. on Capitol Records.


NBC has announced its next musical event -- Peter Pan Live. The network announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that its follow-up to last December's surprise smash The Sound of Music Live will be an adaptation of James M. Barrie's high-flying classic.


Today in Sports History:

1892 - The first official basketball game was played by students at the Springfield, MA, YMCA Training School.

1937 - Nels Stewart (New York Americans) became the NHL's career leading scorer when he scored his 270th NHL goal.

1949 - Free substitution was adopted for one year in the NFL.

1952 - Patricia McCormick debuted as the first professional woman bullfighter.

1968 - Houston ended UCLA's 47-game winning streak with a 71-69 victory at the Astrodome before 52,693 fans. The game also set a NCAA attendance record.

1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute. Joe Montana was awarded his third MVP award.

1995 - The NHL season opened with the teams playing a 48-game schedule instead of the usual 84. The season had been shortened due to a players strike.

1999 - ESPN announced the creation of the Great Outdoor Games to be held in Lake Placid, NY, in 2000.

1999 - The NBA lockout officially ended after 204 days.

2002 - Joe Nieuwendyk (Dallas Stars) played in his 1,000th career NHL game.

2003 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) became the first NHL goalie to play in 1,000 games.


The roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson on this date in 1885.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning  vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Bismarck Bobcats 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Bismarck Bobcats 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EST


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

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