Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is February 3rd, the 34th day of 2014. There are 331 days left in the year.

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Jets' Maurice: Olympic ice won't make big difference.

Career never a job for Blues coach Hitchcock.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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Today's Birthdays: Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents movies, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow) is 71; Nathan Lane is 58; Maura Tierney (ER, Newsradio) is 49; Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Super Fun Night) is 28.

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Montreal, PQ. --The Tampa Bay Lightning fought off the brunt of the Canadiens' physical play and focused on the important divisional matchup at hand, which resulted in a 2-1 overtime win at Bell Centre Saturday in Montreal.

Read the rest here.

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It's Dump Your Significant Jerk Week.

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Soldotna, AK. – The Wenatchee Wild took on the Kenai River Brown Bears Saturday night in the third game of a three-game set at the Soldotna Sports Center and it would once again take extra time to decide things, but this time the Wild would need less than a minute of overtime to net a 2-1 win, sweeping the three-game series.

Wenatchee opened the scoring in the final minute of the opening period, as Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) sniped one from the mid-slot. The lone assist went to Ryan Gotelaere (Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin) at 19:12, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead after one.

After a scoreless second period, in which Kenai River outshot Wenatchee 11-8, the Brown Bears would score 3:42 into the third period. Matt Rudin scored unassisted, tying the game 1-1. There would be no further scoring in regulation, sending the game to overtime once again.

Unlike the previous two nights however, a shootout wouldn’t be needed. Loggins cut into the slot from the right side and blasted home the winning goal, assisted by David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) at 0:42 of the extra session, giving the Wild a 2-1 win and the extra standings point, moving them past the Brown Bears and into 4th place in the Midwest Division. “That might have been one of our better efforts of the year all the way around” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Chase Perry was outstanding when he had to be. We limited their quality chances and overall it was just a real good hockey game to be a part of. Both teams played very well.” Littler continued, saying “I was very proud of the effort, there were a lot of kids who were nicked up and banged up, played through some injuries, all the way around, it was a good effort. We definitely took a step forward this weekend. We’ll enjoy this today and tomorrow, have a travel day Monday, then start thinking about getting ready for Fairbanks.” Littler singled out the play of forward Troy Loggins, saying “Loggins has been our go-to guy all year, tonight he came up big.”

Wenatchee outshot Kenai River on the night 31-30. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 29 saves for the Wild and Zach Quinn 29 for the Brown Bears. Wenatchee was 0-for-2 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 22-17-5; Kenai River is 21-17-6.

Wenatchee now moves on to Fairbanks for three games 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).


WILD 2.0 UPGRADE

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Football is over. [Fortunately, every Sunday is nacho Sunday.]

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Austin: 'We signed Zach for a reason.'

Als release veteran Byron Parker; sign Stafford, Matha.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Charlotte, who is seven, wrote a letter to the Lego company over the way girl characters and boy characters are handled in its toys. She wrote, in part, "Today I went to a store and saw Legos in two sections. The pink and the blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks." She calls on Lego "to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!"

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Tampa, FL. — For the second year in a row, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will open its doors to a Buccaneer legend, as 11-time Pro Bowl LB Derrick Brooks was named a member of the Class of 2014 on Saturday night.

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Chicago had half as many murders in January 2014 compared to the first month of 2013. Police reported 20 killings in the month of January, which had 11 days of subzero temperature and was one of the coldest months in recent years. But a Chicago Police spokesman says the city can't thank Mother Nature: "...weather is a factor, but its not the only factor. It neither causes nor prevents crime."

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Jimmy plays with his Spiderman car.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the Seahawks pound the Broncos, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
"The New York Times" ran a story entitled "Presley Records a Craze in Soviet Union." The article was about bootleg records being made in the Soviet Union since Elvis records were not legally available. 

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Can't Help Falling In Love" hit #2 in the U.S.

1973 - Elvis Presley's single "Separate Ways" hit #20 in the U.S.

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Two men seeking a refreshing bottle of Becks Gold did not respond well when a German shopkeeper said he did not stock the brand. Instead of trying a different store or settling for a different brand of beer, the men seriously overreacted and set fire to the store. Luckily nobody was hurt. The men ran off after setting the fire and managed to evade capture.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - 
 Paul McCartney attended a performance of Stevie Wonder at the Scotch of St. James' Club in London. McCartney met the 15-year-old Wonder backstage. 

1968 - At Abbey Road, the Beatles recorded "Lady Madonna" in three takes.

1969 - John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison hired Allen Klein as the Beatles' business manager. McCartney disagreed with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group.

2004 - "The Beatles - The First U.S. Visit" was released on DVD. The DVD included 81 minutes of black and white footage and a 51-minute "Making of Feature."

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Nothing can stop Ride Along at the box office. Not even Zac Efron. Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, was the number one choice for the third straight weekend and earned $12.3 million. Frozen landed in the number two spot and made $9.3 million. The Disney animated flick has grossed $865 million worldwide since its November release.

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Today in Sports History:

1876 - Albert Spalding and his brother started a sporting goods store. They manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football. 

1912 - In the U.S., professional football set some new rules. The field was shortened to 100 yards, touchdowns were to be worth six points instead of five, four downs would be allowed instead of three and the kickoff was moved from midfield to the 40 yard line.

1944 - Syd Howe (Detroit Red Wings) scored six goals in a 12-6 win over the New York Rangers.

1951 - Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time.

1972 - The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan.

1979 - The Minnesota Twins traded Rod Carew to California for four players.

1984 - At Madison Square Garden in New York City Carl Lewis beat his own world record in the long jump by 9-1/4 inches.

1990 - Darryl Strawberry (New York Mets) voluntarily entered an Alcohol rehab center.

1998 - Dino Ciccarelli (Florida Panthers) became the 9th NHL player to score 600 career goals.

2001 - The XFL debuted. The Las Vegas Outlaws beat the New York/New Jersey Hitman 19-0 and the Orlando Rage beat the Chicago Enforcers 33-29.

2002 - The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17 over the Los Angeles Rams. It was the first Super Bowl win for the Patriots. The game ended with a last second field goal. Britney Spears performed the national anthem.
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The Federal Radio Commission was created when U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill on this date in 1927.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightnings at Minnesota Wild 8:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 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 --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 7:00pm EST

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

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:45am EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:05pm EST

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

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