Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is June 2nd, the 153rd day of 2014. There are 212 days left in the year.

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Kings win in OT, advance to Cup Final vs. Rangers.

Canadiens mascot Youppi! honors bet with Fallon.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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Today's Birthdays: Jerry Mathers (Leave It to Beaver) is 66; Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) is 53; Zachary Quinto (Spock in the newer Star Trek films) is 37; Justin Long (Dodgeball, Ed, Live Free or Die Hard) is 36.

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Tampa, FL. -- Before we close the chapter on 2013-14 and look ahead to season next, Lightning beat reporter Missy Zielinski talked with goaltender Ben Bishop about the emotional rollercoaster that was the end of this year’s campaign due to a costly elbow injury that left him as the missing piece in the Bolts’ postseason run..

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1851, Maine became the first U.S. state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

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Rachel Schwartz Named Social Media & Digital Content Cooridnator 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Rachel Schwartz (Ridgefield, Conn.) has been named social media & digital content coordinator.

Schwartz, who most recently served as a digital producer with NBC Olympics for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, will be responsible for social and digital media related campaigns and strategies in support of USA Hockey initiatives and programs.

Prior to joining NBC Olympics, Schwartz served as a production assistant for the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz, as well as a communications intern for NY1 News and SportsNet New York where she was responsible for coverage of New York City area professional sports teams.

A 2013 graduate of Brigham Young University, Schwartz has also spent time as a sideline reporter for BYUtv covering various Division I NCAA sports.

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On this date in 1886, Grover Cleveland became the second U.S. president to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.

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8 things you need to know from Day 1 of Training Camp.

Hanging 'em up: Taman confirms Simon will retire.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Guglieimo Marconi's radio was patented in the U.S. on this date in 1896.

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Tampa, FL. — Johnthan Banks, Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in 2013, could be a key player in the Bucs’ secondary this year thanks to the type of size that helps counter the NFC South’s long list of tall pass-catchers.

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Today is Leave the Office Early Day.

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Boston, MA. -- The Rays' troubled road trip continued Sunday at Fenway Park when the Red Sox completed a sweep of their three-game series with a 4-0 win.

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Myspace wants you back - even if it requires a little blackmail. The social network is emailing users old photos of themselves in hopes of enticing them to return to Myspace. The emails include one or two old photos and a line that reads, "The good, the rad and the what were you thinking..." along with a link that takes users to their profile.

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St. Louis, MO. -- Though Buster Posey's productive return to the Giants' lineup was outstanding, it didn't stand out.


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A Chinese father is temporarily stuck in South Korea because his four-year-old son drew him an adorable picture - all over his passport. After the toddler took a Sharpie to his passport the man was told by South Korean officials that he would not be permitted to leave because his passport was unrecognizable.


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Jimmy shows off his Lego Star Wars birthday card.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as getting your son started on his last week of kindergarten, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1953 - 
Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High Scholl in Memphis, TN. 

1973 - Elvis Presley's live version of "Steamroller Blues" hit #17 in the U.S.


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A commercial passenger flight from L.A. to Philly had to make an emergency landing after a service dog made passengers nausea by defecating twice in the aisle. [Wasn't that the same reason Alec Baldwin was tossed off a plane?]

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
John Lennon and Yoko Ono ended their 2nd "Bed-In For Peace" in Montreal. It began on May 26. 

1973 - The Paul McCartney and Wings single "My Love" hit #1 in the U.S. 

1992 - Ringo Starr began a world tour in Sunrise, FL. 

2006 - In Las Vegas, preview performances began for the Cirque de Soleil show "LOVE". The preview shows ran through June 29. 

2010 - President Obama and the First Lady hosted a concert at the White House honoring Paul McCartney. Several artists performed included McCartney. McCartney was awarded the 3rd Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.  
  
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Maleficent took home the box office crown on its opening weekend. The Angelina Jolie movie brought in more than $100 million overseas for the weekend and $70 million in the U.S.

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Today in Sports History:

1883 - The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

1935 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball. 

1941 - Lou Gehrig died in New York of the degenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

1948 - The NHL announced that the Art Ross Trophy would be awarded annually to the scoring leader. Elmer Lach (Montreal Canadiens) was the first winner with 61 points in 1947-48. 

1959 - Ted Williams (Boston) got his 2,500th hit of his career. 

1990 - Randy Johnson achieved the first no-hitter in Seattle Mariner history. 

1995 - Hideo Nomo got his first major league victory. 

1996 - Tim Belcher (Kansas City Royals) won his 100th career game
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2000 - Fred McGriff (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) became the 31st major league player to hit 400 career home runs.  

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Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who is best known for her role as housekeeper Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch, reportedly died Sunday after falling in her Texas home. Davis injured her head during a fall in her bathroom.

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DOVER, Del. – Kyle Busch's dominant weekend at the Monster Mile continued on Saturday.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1897, Mark Twain, at age 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying "the report of my death was an exaggeration." He was responding to the rumors that he had died.

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DOVER, Del. – It came as little surprise that Jimmie Johnson was able to dominate the field Sunday at Dover International Speedway, a track where he has won nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, more than any driver in NASCAR history.

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On this date in 1930, Mrs. M. Niezes of Panama gave birth to the first baby to be born on a ship while passing through the Panama Canal.

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DETROIT, MI. -- In the shadow of the Renaissance Center -- the cylindrical headquarters of General Motors -- Will Power gave the Verizon IndyCar Series manufacturer and team owner/area resident/race promoter Roger Penske a signature victory.

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DETROIT, MI. -- To say Helio Castroneves was motivated when he came to town earlier this week severely understates the point.

Read the rest here.

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"The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy" was broadcast on NBC radio for the first time on this date in 1937.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Miami Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

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

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

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