Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Thursday

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


Today is March 20th, the 79th day of 2014. There are 286 days left in the year.


Maple Leafs' Ranger taken from ice on stretcher.

Inaugural Mike Richter Award finalists named.

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Today's Birthdays: William Hurt (The Village, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist) is 64; Director Spike Lee is 57; Holly Hunter (Broadcast News, Saving Grace) is 56.


Toronto, ON. -- Steven Stamkos made his return to his hometown a memorable one as his natural hat trick led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 victory against division rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre.

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Disney says it sold 3.2 million copies of Frozen on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, its first day of sales.


Familiar Faces: Austin unveils 2014 coaching staff.

Combine: Five from Montreal added to National roster.

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GOODBYE, WINTER - Spring begins today at 12:57 PM ET.


Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers changed general managers, but they haven’t changed their approach to the salary cap.

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A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill to outlaw Florida teens under 16 from getting married. [According to the proposed new law, it would be illegal to get married if your ring finger is still growing.]


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much as trying to watch everything on your DVR, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
Elvis Presley began his first post-Army recording. In Nashville, he recorded "A Mess of Blues."

1964 - The principal photography for the Elvis Presley movie "Roustabout" began.

1965 - Elvis Presley's single "Do The Clam" hit #19 in the U.K.


Comcast wants to roll out an app to help alleviate the frustrations of customers stuck waiting at home for the cable guy. The company CEO teased an app during an interview with USA Today that would allow customers to make appointments and see the location of Comcast technician's vehicles.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles appeared on ITV's live "Ready Steady Go!" show.

1965 - The Beatles single "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" hit #39 in the U.S.

1967 - The Beatles single "Penny Lane" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar.

1972 - Ringo Starr released "Back Off, Boogaloo."

1995 - "Baby It's You," by the Beatles, was released.

2003 - It was announced that Paul McCartney would be playing his first concert in Russia on May 24, 2003. The show was planned as an open-air gig in Moscow's Red Square.   


And you thought buying a purebred lab was expensive. In what might be the most expensive dog sale ever, a Chinese property developer paid $1.9 million for a Tibetan mastiff puppy on Wednesday. He acquired the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a "luxury pet" fair. Tibetan mastiffs are a prized status symbol among China's elite, causing prices to skyrocket. The animal sold on Wednesday is 31 inches tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds.


Today in Sports History:

1897 - The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players per team was held. The contest was Yale versus Pennsylvania. Yale won by a score of 32-10.

1911 - The National Squash Tennis Association was formed in New York City.

1914 - The first international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, CT.

1918 - The Toronto Arenas beat the Vancouver Millionaires to become the first NHL team to compete in the Stanley Cup Finals.

1948 - The University of Michigan beat Dartmouth to win the first NCAA men's hockey championship.

1968 - Wilt Chamberlain became the first center in NBA history to lead the league with assists. He ended the season with 702 for an average of 8.6.

1971 - For the first time in NHL history two brothers faced each other in goal. Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens) beat Dave Dryden (Buffalo Sabres) 5-2.

1981 - NFL owners adopted a disaster plan for re-stocking a team should a club be involved in a fatal accident.

1989 - It was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation.

1990 - The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33.

1992 - Kenny Bernstein became the first drag racer to break the 300mph barrier. He averaged 301.7mph in a qualifying run at the National Hot Rod Association's Gatornationals.

2004 - Wade Belak (Toronto Maple Leafs) slashed Ossi Vaananen (Colorado Avalanche) in the face. Belak was later suspended by the NHL for 8 games for attempt to injure.

2005 - LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) became the youngest, at age 20 years and 80 days, NBA player to score 50 points in a game (56). The Cavaliers lost the game to the Toronto Raptors 105-98. The 56-point performance by James was a franchise record.

2005 - Major league baseball players and owners agreed to remove fines a possible discipline for positive testing of steroids. This left suspensions as the only punishment.


Thirteen miles. Several hours of running, usually by yourself. There are definitely parts of participating in a long-distance run that are kinda dull. At the recent New York half marathon, amateur athlete Kelly Roberts dreamed up an awesome new way to mark time on the long road to the finish line: taking selfies with all the hot guys she overtook on the way.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Port Huron Fighting Falcons 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- March Auto Club Race at Auto Club Speedway 5:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Port Huron Fighting Falcons 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway 3:00pm EDT


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

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