Friday, May 2, 2014

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It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is May 2nd, the 122nd day of 2014. There are 243 days left in the year.

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Canucks fire coach Tortorella, assistant Sullivan.

Download updated playoff bracket.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, The Bounty Hunter, Cybill) is 62; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is 42; Soccer celebrity David Beckham is 39; Ellie Kemper (The Office) is 34.

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Tampa, FL. -- Rick Peckham, Dave Mishkin, Bobby Taylor and Michelle Gingras discuss the Bolts players that had break out seasons in 2013-14....

Read the rest here.

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Today (Friday) is No Pants Day.

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Dates Announced for 2015 Hockey Weekend Across America
Nationwide Celebration Set For Feb. 20-22
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that the eighth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, will be held Feb. 20-22, 2015.
"The entire hockey community is engaged in efforts surrounding Hockey Weekend Across America and we look forward to a grand celebration this coming February," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We're particularly thankful to CCM, the NHL and its clubs and NBC for their continued support of this initiative. It's also great to have the participation of local associations and communities all across the nation. We have much to celebrate and this weekend focuses on not only doing that, but also giving new families a chance to try our sport."
Hockey Weekend Across America will include a theme for each of the three days, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day on Friday (Feb. 20); Try Hockey Day on Saturday (Feb. 21); and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day on Sunday (Feb. 22).

Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences.
For more information on Hockey Weekend Across America, click here.
Notes: Promotional materials for use by all will be available free-of-charge atHockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com ... The seventh annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which took place Feb. 28-March 2, included a record 15,844 kids trying hockey for the very first time; hundreds of thousands of fans wearing their favorite hockey jersey; and hockey heroes in communities across the United States being honored.
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In Maryland at a national conference on food safety, attendees were taken ill with food poisoning. [Well, that's one way to get your point across, but whatever happened to just using Powerpoint slides?]

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Mini-Camp an eye opener for Ticats rookies.

Beck looking for his shot with Lions.

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

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WBAP-AM began broadcasting in north Texas on this date in 1922.

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Tampa, FL. — This week's mailbag goes fully back into draft mode, with questions about trading up for Sammy Watkins, trading down for value and ranking the needs at receiver and guard.

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Your umbrella may one day turn you into a mobile weather station. A researcher in the Netherlands has created an umbrella which has a built-in sensor that registers rainfall by measuring vibrations on the canvas. The information is sent via Bluetooth to an app on the umbrella holder's smartphone, which in turn uploads information into the cloud. His idea is to turn people into mobile weather stations.

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Boston, MA. -- The doubleheader the Rays didn't want to play Thursday against the Red Sox didn't turn out too bad.

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Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on NBC Radio on this date in 1932.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Imagine being an astronaut chosen for the first manned mission to Mars. Or a veteran jurist who has been nominated to the Supreme Court. They'd feel thrilled, honored and fortunate.


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For more than three decades, you couldn't find Pac-Man or Space Invaders in Marshfield, Massachusetts. But a local 1982 bylaw banning coin-operated video and arcade games has finally been struck from the books.


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Running is fun Coach!


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a rainy Friday, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
For the first time in "Billboard" chart history, five singles were in both the pop and the R&B top 10. The singles were Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," the Platters' "Magic Touch," and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love." 

1959 - Elvis Presley's "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" hit #2 in the U.S. 

1960 - Filming began on Elvis Presley's "G.I. Blues." It was his first post-Army movie. 

1964 - The Elvis Presley soundtrack album "Kissin' Cousins" hit #6 in the U.S. 

1969 - Elvis Presley shot the final scene for his final movie, "Change of Habit." 

2000 - The Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" was released on DVD. 

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A man who broke into a church in Germany left a trail of beer cans from the scene to his house. Police were able to follow the trail a few blocks.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 -  "The Beatles' Second Album" hit #1 in the U.S. It replaced the album "Meet The Beatles!" in the #1 spot. 

1975 - The Beatles closed Apple Records. 
  
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Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is taking driving lessons in the U.K. in hopes of receiving her license. The British teenager, who plays Arya on the HBO fantasy series, posted a photo on her WhoSay account of her driving school vehicle.


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Today in Sports History:

1876 - Ross Barnes hit the first homerun in the National League. 

1904 - Laska Durnell became the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner with Elwood. 

1920 - In Indianapolis, the first game of the National Negro Baseball League was played. 

1923 - Walter Johnson pitched his 100th shutout. 

1939 - Lou Gehrig set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925. 

1954 - Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinals) set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs against the New York Giants. 

1958 - The New York Yankees threatened to broadcast games nationwide if the National League went ahead with plans to broadcast their games into New York. 

1970 - Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby. 

1988 - The Baltimore Orioles signed a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park. 

1988 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was suspended for 30 games for pushing an umpire. 

2002 - Mike Cameron (Seattle Mariners) hit four home runs against the Chicago White Sox. 

2009 - The Dallas Cowboys practice bubble collapsed during a storm during a practice. At the time, 27 players were working out. Almost all were drafted last weekend or signed as undrafted rookies. Twelve people were injured.

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IN THEATERS - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13).

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:35pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 1:35pm EDT

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

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