Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is January 27th, the 27th day of 2014. There are 338 days left in the year.


Messier helps bring huge Ice Center to NYC.

Yankee Stadium game a day to remember.

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Today's Birthdays: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is 59; TV personality Keith Olbermann is 55; Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt is 45; Reality star Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor) is 36.


Tampa, FL. --Timing was everything for Tyler Johnson whose first career hat trick hoisted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Saturday night.

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Today is Thomas Crapper Day. Thomas was a plumber who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. in London. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions, such as the ballcock.


Wenatchee, WA. – A third period comeback forced extra time, but the visiting Bismarck Bobcats would top the Wenatchee Wild 4-3 in a six-round shootout, in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,020 Saturday night at the Town Toyota Center.

Each team scored once in the first period. Stanislav Dzakhov scored for Bismarck at 1:13, assisted by Tyler Dunagan and Jacob McDowell and for the Wild, Mitch Demario (Franklin, Wisconsin) scored on the power play from Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) at 12:23, tying the game 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes.

In the second period, the Bobcats regained the lead on a power play goal by Huba Sekesi, assisted by Chris Diver and Nate Repensky at 8:55, for a 2-1 lead. The advantage would grow late in the period on a Dzakhov power play goal from Diver at 17:26, giving Bismarck a 3-1 lead after two.

A goal early in the third period for Wenatchee brought the home team within one, as Gadel Gumerov (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) banged home a rebound from the low slot. Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) drew the lone assist at 3:01, cutting the deficit to 3-2. The Wild would tie the game on a 5-on-3 power play. Mike Coyne (Kenmore, New York) scored in tight, off an assist from Mullan at 8:27, squaring the game at 3-3. Things would stay that way through the rest of regulation and the game would go to overtime.

In the extra session, both teams had great chances to end the game, but neither could light the lamp and the game would go to a deciding shootout.

In the shootout, Chris Diver scored in round six, giving the Bobcats the extra standings point, with the 4-3 win. “Extremely proud of the effort, especially in the third” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “We failed figuring out what the official was going to call. That’s what got us.” Littler continued, saying “I thought we played well. I thought in the first and the third, we showed we’re playing very good hockey. Seven minors in the second period, you shoot yourself in the foot. Proud of the effort.”

Wenatchee outshot Bismarck 32-30 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 27 saves for the Wild, while Aaron Nelson had 29 stops for the Bobcats. Wenatchee was 2-for-6 on the power play and 9-of-11 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 19-17-5; Bismarck is 24-13-4.

Wenatchee 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, before returning home to face the Soo on February 14th and 15th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



A guy in Alabama ordered a pizza to be delivered to his own address then robbed the delivery guy. Obviously, it didn't take police long to close the case. [Which explains why NBC doesn't have a show called Law & Order: Tuscaloosa.]


Free to roam? Collaros likely to test free agency.

Dicsussion points: Paredes, Maver defend the convert.

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Smartphones used for solving business problems at night can result in a hangover. Research (Michigan State University) shows using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day. The reason is simple: They keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep.


Tampa, FL. — With Mike Phair on board to assist with the defensive line and Carlos Polk aiding Kevin O’Dea on special teams, the Buccaneers’ 2014 coaching staff under Lovie Smith is now complete.

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How much would you pay for toast at a café? Apparently, in San Francisco, the market rate for "artisanal toast" is $3 to $4 a slice. It's the latest food craze in San Francisco.


Oh boy! A ninja on a motorcycle!!!!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your hockey team winning all it's games in a weekend, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's debut single for RCA Records, "Heartbreak Hotel," was released.

2004 - Master Tape Collection, based out of New Jersey, began selling 2-inch sections of reel tape. The tape contained original recordings (the "Sun Sessions) of Elvis Presley. The 2-inch cuttings preserved in a plaque sold for $495.


NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of the movie The Money Pit. The 1986 film starred Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. It was a remake of the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
 John and Cynthia Lennon flew to the Alps for a ten day skiing vacation.

1967 - The Beatles signed a 9-year contract with EMI.


Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp on this date in 1880.


Today in Sports History:

1965 - Ulf Sterner became the first Swedish-born player to appear in the NHL. Sterner only played four games in the NHL.

1967 - Paige Cothren became the first player to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

1973 - The UCLA Bruins won their 61st consecutive game to break the NCAA record held by the University of San Francisco.

1984 - Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games the next night against the Los Angeles Kings. The streak began on October 5, 1983.

1991 - Whitney Houston sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV.

1992 - Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.

2002 - The Montreal Canadiens became the first NHL team to score 10,000 home goals. The feat was achieved in the Canadiens' 2,675th regular season game. The goal was scored by Sergei Berezin who had come to the team only two days before from the Phoenix Coyotes.


Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder on this date in 1948. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:00pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 1:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:20pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:15pm EST


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

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