Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is February 27th, the 58th day of 2014. There are 307 days left in the year.


St. Louis, Lightning discuss future with team.

Wild get Winchester in trade with Blackhawks.

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Today's Birthdays: Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati) is 74; Rock guitarist/pianist Neal Schon (Journey) is 60; Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton is 34; Kate Mara (Netflix's House of Cards, upcoming Fantastic Four film) is 31.


Tampa, FL. --The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Vladislav Namestnikov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, the team has assigned goaltender Anders Lindback to the Crunch for conditioning.

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New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration on this date in 1827.


Buono: 'We're a long way from done'.

Dyce looking forward with special teams.

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"People" magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner) on this date in 1974.


Tampa, FL. — There has been some speculative talk (by fans and media) that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be better off parting ways with cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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In Florida a 58-year-old woman was arrested for using 911 to lure a police officer to her home where she then begged him to have sex with her. [When he slapped the handcuffs on her she said, "Well, that's a start!"]


Batter up!


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Today in Elvis History

1962 - 
Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" was shipped with "Anything That's Part of You" as the B-side.

1963 - Elvis Presley had two dental crowns applied.

1970 - Elvis Presley began three days of performances at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. More than 200,000 people saw the shows.

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) hit #12 in the U.S.

1990 - Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis." 


NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered more than 700 new exoplanets, nearly doubling the current number of confirmed alien worlds. The 715 newfound planets boost the total alien-world tally to between 1,500 and 1,800.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
"Beatles For Sale" hit number one on the U.K. Record Retailer chart.


Has orange juice had its day in America? A story (at website Quartz) about sales figures over the years suggests as much. The big takeaway is that per-capita consumption is down 40% since the 1990s, with last year's sales the lowest in 15 years.


Today in Sports History:

1908 - Major league baseball adopted a sacrifice fly rule for the first time. It was repealed, reinstated and then changed several times before being permanently accepted in 1954. 

1912 - The New York Yankees announced that they would be wearing pinstripes on their uniforms.

1963 - Mickey Mantle signed a contact worth $100,000 with the New York Yankees.

1973 - Dick Allen (Chicago White Sox) signed a contract worth $250,000 a year for three years.

1977 - Stan Mikita (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 500th goal.

1987 - The NCAA cancelled SMU's (Southern Methodist University) entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules on athletic corruption.

1996 - The Chicago Bulls reached 50 victories in 56 games to set an NBA record.

2001 - The New Jersey Devils began a streak of 10 consecutive road wins to tie the NHL record.

2002 - The Houston Astros announced that they had struck a deal with Enron to buy back the naming rights of their ballpark for $2.1 million. The ballpark would be called "Astros Field" until a new sponsor came along.

2003 - Emmitt Smith became a free agent for the first time when the Dallas Cowboys released him.

TV TONIGHT: COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS - This (8p ET, ABC) special looks at celebrities before they were famous. Plus Gary Sinise and Tom Hanks mark the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump by honoring injured servicemen.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 3:00pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Presented By Cotton, The Fabric Of Our Lives at Phoenix International Raceway 3:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- The Profit On CNBC 500, Presented By Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 6:05pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 8:00pm EST


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

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