Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is June 11th, the 162nd day of 2014. There are 203 days left in the year.


Kings focused on finishing off Rangers, winning Cup.

Panthers to meet with Bylsma: report.

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Today's Birthdays: Gene Wilder is 81; NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is 58; Hugh Laurie (House) is 55; talk-show host Dr. Oz is 54; Peter Dinklage (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones) is 45.


Tampa, FL. -- Bolts beat reporter Missy Zielinski breaks out her grading pen one more time and is handing out high marks to the Lightning rookies....

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Jeanette Rankin was born on this date in 1880. She became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.


Pedersen: Riders cautiously optimistic heading into 2014.

Coordinators in Hamilton feeling ahead of the curve.

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Silas Christoferson became the first pilot to take off from the roof of a hotel on this date in 1912.


Tampa, FL. — There are conspiracy theorists out there that think Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith isn't a big fan of running back Doug Martin.

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The co-creator of the TV show 2 Broke Girls says that despite complaints he has no intention of turning down the level of smut on the show. [He says that he refuses to lower his standards and use clean humor.]


St. Petersburg, FL. -- While a thunderstorm pelted the outside of Tropicana Field Tuesday night, base hits were not exactly raining inside of the building -- particularly with runners in scoring position -- as the Rays took a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals.

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Minnesota winters are brutal, even if you have a warm house and a cozy bed to while away the cold nights. Which is why it's remarkable that a 17-year-old Boy Scout from the Duluth area voluntarily slept outside for 365 nights straight. Perched most often seven feet up in a tree near his parents' house, Rudy Hummel survived 76 subzero nights and multiple snowstorms to raise about $6,000 for Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity and the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. When not at home, Hummel would pitch a tent or crash on a hotel's deck. He slept outside in 30 different places.


San Francisco, CA. -- If this is as extreme as a slump gets for the Giants, they can tolerate it.

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Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross on this date in 1927.


Aunt DD helps Jimmy with a present.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to lunch at a friend's house, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's single for "Teddy Bear" shipped to retailers. 

1964 - Elvis Presley left Radio Recorders studio in Hollywood after 36 frustrating takes on the song "Do Not Disturb". Elvis did not record again for eight months.


In China a man and two women were involved in a bizarre single car accident. They were parked, and trying to have a menage a trois when the car rolled downhill into a tree.


Today in Beatles History:

1970 - 
John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that they intended to continue to vacation in California. 

1976 - The Wings single "Silly Love Songs" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

2002 - Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married. 

2007 - The Traveling Wilburys Collection and the Deluxe Collectors Edition were released in the U.K. It was released the next day in the U.S. 

2007 - The John Lennon limited edition CD/DVD set "Legend" was released. The set contained a CD with 20 songs (originally released in 1997) and a DVD (originally released in 2003) included original videos, newly created productions and six special features. 

Steven Spielberg's movie "E.T." opened on this date in 1982.


Today in Sports History:

1938 - Johnny Vander Meer (Cincinnati Reds) threw the first of two consecutive no-hitters. 

1950 - Ben Hogan returned to tournament play after a near fatal car accident. He won the U.S. Open. 

1972 - Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career. 

1974 - The Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals officially received their NHL franchises. The Scouts moved to Denver before the start of the 1976-77 season to become the Colorado Rockies and later the New Jersey Devils. 

1988 - Rick Rhoden (New York Yankees) became the first pitcher to start as a designated hitter. 

1990 - Nolan Ryan became the oldest player to throw a no-hitter. It was the sixth of his career. 

1995 - Mark McGwire tied a major league record when he hit home runs in five consecutive games. 

1995 - Lee Smith set a major league record when he got his 16th consecutive save in 16 appearances. 

2010 - ESPN launched ESPN 3D.


The best-selling Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to the big screen. The movie will follow the antics of Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog. For more than two decades, the billion-dollar Sonic brand has been one of the world's biggest gaming successes, with more than 140 million games sold.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs St. Louis Cardinals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nascar Nationwide Series June Michigan Race at Michigan International Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT

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

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT


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

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