Friday, June 20, 2014

It's Friday

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


Today is June 20th, the 171st day of 2014. There are 194 days left in the year.


Carolina Hurricanes hire Bill Peters as coach.

Penguins on verge of offer to coach: report.

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Today's birthdays: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 72; John Goodman (O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski) is 62; Nicole Kidman is 47; Dreama Walker (Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23) is 28.


Tampa, FL. -- Forward Alex Killorn has a new deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Read the rest here.


On this date in 1782, the U.S. Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.


NTDP Announces Two Commitments for 2014-15 Season
Hellickson, Howdeshell Added to U.S. National Under-17 Team Roster
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Forward Keeghan Howdeshell (Brighton, Michigan) and defenseman Matt Hellickson (Rogers, Minnesota) will join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for the 2014-15 season it was announced today. The players, both from the 1998 birth year, will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
Howdeshell notched 11 goals and assisted on nine others in 50 games with the Detroit Compuware midget minor program last season. Howdeshell also added two power-play strikes while skating in the High Performance Hockey League.
Hellickson scored five times and collected 23 helpers for Rogers (Minnesota) High School during the 2013-14 season. The University of Notre Dame verbal commit was third on his team in assists (23) and seventh in points (28) and was the second-highest ranking Rogers defensemen in goals, assists and points. Hellickson also tallied two goals and recorded three assists on the power play.
For the most up-to-date list of commitments click here.
NOTES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team will play in the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the United States. It will also compete in three international tournaments, including the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November ... Previous commits to the NTDP for 2014-15 include forwards Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minnesota), Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Missouri), Max Jones (Rochester, Michigan),Clayton Keller (Swansea, Illinois), Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, California), William Lockwood(Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Maryland), Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Florida),James Sanchez (Northbrook, Illinois) and Zach Walker (Boise, Idaho) along with defensemen Michael Campoli (Point-Claire, Quebec), Adam Fox (Jericho, New York), James Greenway (Potsdam, New York),Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Connecticut), Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Griffin Luce (Williamsville, New York) and Luke Martin (St. Louis, Missouri) and goaltenders Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minnesota) andJoseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Missouri) ... James Greenway is the brother of current U.S. National Under-17 Team forward Jordan Greenway ... William Lockwood is the son of former University of Michigan forwardJoe Lockwood. The elder Lockwood played in 147 games for the Wolverines, scoring 36 goals and added 33 assists for 69 points. Lockwood also played in 49 games for the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, recording 14 goals and 10 assists ... Graham McPhee is the son of George McPhee, former general manager of the Washington Capitals. The elder McPhee was the recipient of the 1982 Hobey Baker Award while playing college hockey at Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green, he also won the CCHA Rookie of the Year Award in 1978-79 and was named CCHA Player of the Year in 1981-82, before playing seven seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 17th season of play in 2013-14, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.


Eli Whitney applied for a cotton gin patent on this date in 1793. He received the patent on March 14. The cotton gin initiated the American mass-production concept.


Regina, SK. -- The rosters are set for tonight's preseason finale at Mosaic Stadium.

Read the rest here.

Coming up, the Riders will host the Edmonton Eskimos tonight, in the second and final pre-season game for both teams. Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium is set for 9:00pm EDT. Catch all the action on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network and, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the plays. There is no tv.


In Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, a raccoon became trapped at the top of a transformer pole with a mostly empty jar of peanut butter stuck on its head.


No Varsity Blues: Argos close out pre-season with win.

Campbell: New stamps a longtime coming for Ottawa fans.

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HELLO, SUMMER - Summer begins Saturday (6:51 a.m. ET).


Tampa, FL. — About to turn 35 and with his eighth NFL team, Josh McCown finally is getting a real chance to blossom as a professional quarterback.

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In golf, the women's US Open began Thursday with an 11-year-old player in the field. [She keeps getting into the other players heads by saying, "Nice shot, grandma."]


ST. Petersburg, FL. -- A quality start by Chris Archer, some timely hitting -- finally -- and an attitude by the Aussie. That's the flavor the Rays were supposed to have this season.

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The U.S. Army Air Forces was established on this date in 1941, replacing the Army Air Corps. The Army Air Forces were abolished with the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947.


San Francisco, CA. -- Ask Jean Machi's teammates about him, and their attention is yours in earnest.

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"Toast of the Town" debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1948. The show was hosted by Ed Sullivan.


Oh my gosh. This is my party!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the last day of Spring, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1968 - 
At Western Recorders, Elvis Presley began recording sessions for the 1968 TV Special "Elvis". 

1970 - Elvis Presley's song "Kentucky Rain" hit #21 in the U.S. 

1973 - Elvis Presley began a 14-date tour in Mobile, AL.


The Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle is unfortunately not for sale (yet), but it will be available to ride at over 30 dealers across the country. The company unveiled the new bike Thursday.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles formed their first corporation, Beatles Ltd. It was set up to handle their finances. 

1964 - A book critic described John Lennon as "in a pathetic state of near illiteracy" after the publication of "In His Own Write." 

1966 - The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today" was released by Capitol Records. 

1986 - Paul McCartney participated in the "Prince's Trust Birthday Party" at Wembley Arena. 

1989 - Ringo Starr announced a comeback tour with his All-Starr Band. 

1989 - Ringo Starr was a guest on NBC-TV's "Late Night With David Letterman." 

1994 - It was reported that Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were working on a new song for inclusion on the "Anthology" box set.

Heard of Yo? It's a new app that does one thing: Sends "Yo" notifications to your friends. And it already has over 200,000 users. The app has already received $1 million in funding and is free for iOS and Android users. Despite being released on April Fool's Day the company says it's not a joke.


Today in Sports History:

1912 - The New York Giants and the Boston Braves combined for 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored 7 to the Braves' 10 runs. The Giants won the game 21-12. 

1936 - Jesse Owens set a 100-meter record at 10.2 seconds. 

1950 - Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants.

1960 - Floyd Patterson knocked out Ingemar Johansson to become the first heavyweight fighter to regain his own crown. 

1966 - The U.S. Open golf tournament was broadcast in color for the first time. 

1967 - Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the conviction. 

1980 - Robert Duran won a fifteen-round decision over Sugar Ray Leonard. It was the first defeat in twenty-eight professional fights for Leonard. 

1982 - Pete Rose played in his 3,000th major league game. It was also his 523rd consecutive game. 

1993 - The Chicago Bulls won their third consecutive NBA title. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 with a score of 99-98. 

1994 - The Tigers' streak of 25 straight games with at least one home run ended. They lost the game 7-1 to Cleveland. 

1994 - O.J. Simpson pled innocent in Los Angeles to the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. 

1998 - Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) hit two home runs for the second straight game. The feat set a major league baseball record of 16 home runs in June. 

1999 - Lawrence Phillips became the first NFL Europe player to rush for more that 1,000 yards in a season. 

1999 - The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six. The game actually began on June 19th. 

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 38th home run of the season. The home run broke the major league baseball record for homers before the midseason All-Star break. 

2002 - Luis Castillo (Florida Marlins) set a major league record for second basemen when he got a hit in his 34th straight game. 

2003 - Jose Canseco was arrested after testing positive for steroids, a violation of his probation that stemmed from a nightclub brawl. 

2004 - Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati Reds) got his 500th career home run. 

2007 - Sammy Sosa (Texas Rangers) got his 600th career home run. The hit came against, the Chicago Cubs, his former team. 


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Jersey Boys (R); Think Like A Man Too (PG-13); The Rover (R, moving to wider release)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 7:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 9:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up By Johnsonville at Road America 2:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros 1:40pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT


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

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