Thursday, June 5, 2014

It's Thursday

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


Today is June 5th, the 156th day of 2014. There are 209 days left in the year.


Williams goal in OT gives Kings Game 1 win.

Bettman: NHL enjoying one of its best seasons.

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Today's Birthdays: Financial guru/TV personality Suze Orman is 63; Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers, Office Space) is 47; Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Fighter, Shooter) is 43; Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) is 24.


Tampa, FL. -- Despite losing their top goal-scorer for more than half the season and trading away their leading point producer, the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the playoffs for the second time in the past seven years and, with a young roster, appear to be moving in the right direction.

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A hot-air balloon was demonstrated by Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier on this date in 1783. It reached a height of 1,500 feet.


Video: Ticats 'D' Reloaded and Primed for Success.

Superman Simon hangs up his cape.

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The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit, MI on this date in 1946.


Tampa, FL. — Even after parting ways with Darrelle Revis, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be better off at cornerback than they were a year ago. That's because they have strength in numbers.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY - 15: Percentage of pet owners who dress up their pet at least once a week.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- He had the jowls of Dizzy Gillespie, the chins of Alfred Hitchcock and the forearms of Olive Oyl's favorite sailor man. For most of his 83 years, he had a haircut that required minimum maintenance and a quick, disarming smile that significantly widened his face and belied his sense of purpose. Well before his time came, he had developed a silhouette like no other in the game. If nothing else, Don Zimmer was distinctive, a ball of distinction, you might say -- no corners, no angles, no edges. So round he almost was spherical.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- One play, one moment at a critical time gone bad. That's the way it's gone for the Rays lately. And that's the way it went down again Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, as Miami held off Tampa Bay, 5-4.

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Arizona's Maricopa county government is trying to get a woman who attends county government meetings to stop turning cartwheels. [Or at least start wearing underpants.]


Cincinnati, OH. -- Giants coach Shawon Dunston did his best to motivate Juan Perez. "Remember Yankee Stadium," Dunston told Perez before Wednesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. It was a reference to an Interleague series last September, when Perez went 6-for-11 playing in his Bronx hometown.

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Volkswagen AG won approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $700 million on this date in 1998, outbidding BMW's $554 million offer.


Oh boy! A book to draw in!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your son to the walk-in clinic, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley made his second appearance on Milton Berle’s "Texaco Star Theatre". 

1971 - Elvis Presley's "Rags To Riches" hit #9 in the U.K.


Alicia Key's debut album "Songs in A Minor" was released on this date in 2001.


Today in Beatles History:

1971 - 
Ringo Starr's single "It Don't Come Easy" hit #4 in the U.S. and the U.K. 

1971 - Ringo Starr began filming "Blindman." 

1972 - George Harrison and Shankar were honored with the "Child Is Father To The man" award by UNICEF for their efforts to aid world famine relief in Bangla Desh. 

1987 - Geroge Harrison participated in the fifth annual "Prince's Trust Rock Gala." 

1989 - Paul McCartney released the album "Flowers in the Dirt." 

2007 - Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" album was released. 

Amazon has a big event scheduled for June 18, where the company plans to unveil a new... something. Amazon isn't saying what it is, but it's probably a smartphone. One predicted feature: a 3D user interface that relies on front-facing sensors to track your eye movements and adjust on-screen elements accordingly. Here's Amazon's teaser.


Today in Sports History:

1927 - Johnny Weissmuller set two world records in swimming events. Weissmuller set marks in the 100-yard, and 200-yard, free-style swimming competition. 

1963 - The NHL held its first amateur draft. Twenty-one players were selected. Montreal chose first and selected Garry Monahan. 

1967 - The National Hockey League (NHL) awarded six new franchises. The Minnesota North Stars (later the Dallas Stars), Oakland Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and the St. Louis Blues received their NHL franchises. 

1973 - The first hole-in-one in the British Amateur golf championship was made by Jim Crowford. 

1989 - The Toronto Blue Jays lost their debut game in the Skydome against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

1991 - Brett Hull (St. Louis Blues) won the Hart Trophy. The feat created the first father-and-son team to win the Hart Trophy.   


Frozen continues its domination of the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales chart. It was number one again last week, marking the eighth time in a dozen weeks it's been at the top.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 12:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Miami Marlins 4:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Firestone 600 at Fort Worth 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs New York Mets 4:05pm EDT


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

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