Friday, May 9, 2014

It's Friday

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


Today is May 9th, the 129th day of 2014. There are 236 days left in the year.


Blue Jackets sign Dansk to entry-level contract.

Maple Leafs extend contract of coach Carlyle.

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Today's Birthdays: Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) is 68; Rock Hall of Famer Billy Joel is 65; Rosario Dawson (Sin City) is 35; Audrina Patridge (The Hills, Sorority Row, Dancing With the Stars) is 29.


New York, NY. -- Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.

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Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole on this date in 1926.


Pass Interference officially reviewable.

One tough lady: Popp's wife recovering after shark bite.

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The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City on this date in 1936.


Tampa, FL. — Drafting a receiver higher than ever before, the Buccaneers tabbed Texas A&M's Mike Evans at #7 in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, creating a potentially dominant pairing with Vincent Jackson.

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She cleaned your rear end for a few years, so don't forget that Sunday is Mother's Day.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Missed opportunities haunted the Rays Thursday night as the Orioles took a 3-1 win at Tropicana Field to sweep the three-game series.

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A new UN report says that around 1 billion people still defecate in public. [Usually doing Mardi Gras.]


Los Angeles, CA. -- What little Don Mattingly would reveal about his pregame team meeting Thursday implied that the Dodgers needed to improve their game to "establish that we can play with" the first-place Giants, who arrived for a four-game series.

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British sports scientists have delivered some new research that says when athletes fear losing, they're more likely to choke. Is this why Denver lost the Super Bowl?


Catch it, Jimmy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as losing your phone after a cruddy baseball game, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1981 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Lovin' Arms" hit #47 in the U.K.

1981 - Elvis Presley's album "This is Elvis Presley" hit #47 in the U.K.

2006 - The Elvis Presley 3-CD set "Legendary" was released by Sony International. The set contained 50 songs. 


Burger King is rolling out a new "Burgers at Breakfast" menu that makes selected lunch and dinner favorites available in the morning alongside the chain's regular breakfast items. Some franchisees already had been serving burgers, now corporate has given a formal green light to the practice.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 -  Brian Epstein met with EMI producer George Martin. Martin signed the Beatles to record demos on June 4, 1962. It was their first recording contract. 

1964 - The Beatles single "Do You Want To Know A Secret" hit #2 in the U.S. 

1964 - The Beatles single "Thank You Girl" hit #35 in the U.S. 

1969 - George Harrison's album "Electronic Sounds" was released. 

1987 - The Beatles newly released CDs "Help!" "Rubber Soul," and "Revolver" charted in the U.K.  

A man caught with a ham and cheese sandwich stuffed with drugs was arrested in Spain. A photo tweeted by police showed slices of bread, ham and melted cheese -- and 3½ ounces of cocaine.


Today in Sports History:

1945 - In the U.S., the wartime government ban on horse racing was lifted. 

1961 - Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins. 

1973 - Johnny Bench hit three homeruns in a game. It was the second time he had achieved the feat. 

1984 - The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings. The game took 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete. 

1987 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) became the first player to switch hit homeruns in two consecutive games. 

1989 - Rick Cerone (New York Mets) committed his first error in 159 games as catcher. 

1989 - Kevin Elster (New York Mets) committed his first error in 88 games as shortstop. 

1993 - The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-104 in overtime to become the first NBA team to lose two playoff games at home and then come back to win three straight. 

1995 - The Cleveland Indians tied a record when they recorded 8 runs before making an out. They beat the Minnesota Twins 10-0. 

1997 - The San Diego Padres retired the #35. Pitcher Randy Jones had worn the number. 

1999 - Marshall McDougall (Florida State) hit six consecutive home runs and knocked in 16 runs. Both records were set in the 25-2 victory over Maryland. 

2001 - In Accra, Ghana, at least 120 people died in a stampede at a soccer match.


IN THEATERS - Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (PG); Mom's Night Out (PG); Neighbors (R).


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation at Kansas Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Grand Prix of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10pm EDT


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

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