Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's Thursday

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


Today is May 22nd, the 142nd day of 2014. There are 223 days left in the year.


Kings score six in row to even series with Blackhawks.

NHL takes three Sports Business Awards.

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Today's Birthdays: Lyricist Bernie Taupin (Elton John's writing partner) is 64; model Naomi Campbell is 44; speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (Dancing with the Stars) is 32; Ginnifer Goodwin (Margaret Blanchard/Snow White) is 36.


Tampa, FL. -- Defenseman Dylan Blujus signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium on this date in 1570.


Canadian Football League makes offer to Players.

An open letter to Canadian Football League fans.

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Golfer Rory McIlroy has called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki days after the wedding invitations were mailed. [For once there's a recall that has nothing to do with GM.]


Tampa, FL. — A trick-shot artist is coming to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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To celebrate National Doughnut Week, Krispy Kreme UK has unveiled the world's "most expensive" donut. It looks like a lotus flower and costs just under $1,700. The donut was made with Chateau d'Yquem crème, raspberries, and Dom Pérignon vintage 2002 champagne jelly. This treat has also been "blinged" with 24-carat gold leaf, 23-carat gold dust and edible diamonds.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Oakland used its hit wisely Wednesday night, managing three runs around it.

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Judy Minunni of Buffalo, New York, received a casual Valentine's Day card from her daughter. Except this year, it said, "Happy Valentine's, Grandma." After initially thinking it was one big fat joke, the grandma-to-be got the hint, and she celebrated. Loudly. Video


Denver, CO. -- Ignore the injuries, which was impossible to do, and the Giants' 5-1 victory Wednesday over the Colorado Rockies was one they could relish.

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On this date in 1841, Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.


I did it!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as IIHF hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1970 - 
Elvis Presley signed a three-picture deal with MGM. 

2001 - The 1966 Elvis Presley movie "Frankie and Johnny" was released. 

2007 - A remastered version of "Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 4" was released.


A man in England (Gloucester) put on one of those inflatable sumo wrestler suits to play-fight, but bounced off his opponent, landed on his head and knocked himself out.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" hit #1. 

1969 - The Beatles single "Hey Jude" won A-Side Which Achieved The Highest Certified British Sales at the 14th annual Ivor Novello Awards. 

2003 - Paul McCartney was named an honorary professor at Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory.  

Warner Bros. has announced the official title of its Batman vs. Superman movie. The studio has named the film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.


Today in Sports History:

1968 - Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirates) hit three home runs, a single and a double. 

1970 - The Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks were officially granted NHL franchises for the 1970-71 season. 

1975 - Joe Namath refused a $4 million offer to play for Chicago in the World Football League. 

1977 - Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911. 

1985 - Pete Rose passed Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108. 

1991 - The NFL owners agreed to add two new teams in 1994. 

2002 - Mark Prior became only the 14th Chicago Cubs player since 1920 to win his major league debut. The Cubs beat the Pirates 7-4. 

2002 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 583rd home run. He tied Mark McGwire for fifth on the all-time list. 

2003 - At the Colonial in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at 1-over par. 

2003 - High school basketball star LeBron James signed a $90 million Nike endorsement deal. 

2003 - Steve McNair (Tennessee Titans) was arrested and charged with drunken driving and illegal possession of a handgun. He was released on $3,000 bond.


On this date in 1955, Jack Benny did his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years. He devoted his time fully to TV.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 4:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Minnesota Twins 10:15pm

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 2:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Minnesota Twins 10:05pm

Sunday --

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Minnesota Twins 4:05pm

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 6:00pm EDT


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

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