Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is June 23rd, the 174th day of 2014. There are 191 days left in the year.

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Winter Classic, rivalries highlight 2014-15 schedule.

Panthers name Gerard Gallant coach.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Frances McDormand (Fargo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is 57; Producer/director/screenwriter Joss Whedon (The Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods) is 50; Selma Blair (Hellboy movies) is 42; Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 37.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will not issue a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback, The Tampa Tribune reported Sunday.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1836, the U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.

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Regina, SK. -- RRIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG!

That’s your wake-up call Rider Nation.

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The Roughriders open the regular season and defence of their Grey Cup championship on Sunday, June 29th, when they host the defending Eastern champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Kickoff is at 7:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can also be seen on TSN.in Canada and ESPN3.com in the U.S.

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On this date in 1860, the U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.

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Cut Day: Big names on the move as teams trim rosters.

Nye: Taman makes tough decisions on cut-down day.

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

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Engineers blew off the top of a mountain in Chile for the construction of what will be the observatory for the world's largest telescope. [It will be so powerful that scientists will be able to use it to read the fine print in a car lease agreement.]

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Tampa, FL. — The Bucs have plenty of established stars and promising youngsters, but there are a few players on the roster who especially pique the author’s interest due to their promising but undefined futures.

Read the rest here.

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The World's Ugliest Dog Contest was held over the weekend as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. The contest pits the world's biggest canine eyesores against one another. This year's winner is Peanut, a former shelter dog from Greenville, North Carolina.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays still had the worst record in baseball following Sunday's 5-2 win over the Astros. But the team is making strides in the right direction.

Read the rest here.

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The first lip reading tournament in America was held in Philadelphia, PA on this date in 1926.

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Phoenix, AZ. -- Madison Bumgarner continued to make his pitch for the National League All-Star team as he mastered the D-backs once again Sunday. The left-hander allowed only two hits in eight-plus innings and pitched the Giants to a 4-1 victory at Chase Field.


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Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on this date in 1931 on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.


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Jimmy has a big drink.

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


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Today in Elvis History

1968 - 
Elvis Presley recorded the song "If I Can Dream." 

1992 - The Elvis Presley five-CD boxed set "The King Of Rock'n'Roll - The Complete 50's Masters" was released.


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A recent study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the average American spends only 19 minutes a day reading. Those 34 and under are reading less than ten minutes a day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1940 - 
Stuart Sutcliffe was born. He joined an early version of the Beatles on bass in January of 1960.
  
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A tourist had to be rescued after attempting to climb one of Scotland's highest mountains. He says he wanted to see snow. He probably should have chosen more appropriate footwear as he was wearing flip-flops.

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Today in Sports History:

1904 - The first American motorboat race took place on the Hudson River in New York. 

1917 - Ernie Shore (Boston Red Sox) replaced Babe Ruth and retired all 26 batters he faced. Ruth had been ejected from the game. 

1917 - Molla Bjurstedt won the women's U.S. Lawn Tennis Association title for the third straight year. 

1922 - Johnny Weissmuller broke his own world records in the 300, 400, 440 and 500 meters in a swim meet in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

1972 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Higher Education Act of 1972. Title IX of this congressional act barred sex bias in athletics and other activities at colleges receiving federal assistance. 

1991 - A Mazda became the first Japanese car to win the Le Mans 24 hour race. 

1996 - Michael Johnson broke the world record for the men's 200 meter race. He ran it in 19.66 seconds. 

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Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to the 2012 comedy based on Steve Harvey's best-selling advice book, was tops at the weekend box office. The film earned $30 million in its opening weekend. It opened several million dollars shy of its predecessor, Think Like a Man, which pulled $33.6 million in its opening weekend.

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ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin -- Brendan Gaughan survived two early off-track excursions and a race in which much of the second half was contested in rain as cars rode on wet weather tires to win Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America.

Read the rest here.

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Marineland opened near St. Augustine, Florida on this date in 1938.

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SONOMA, Calif. -- A well-timed caution helped get Carl Edwards to the front of the field, and the driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford did the rest.

Read the rest here.

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Apple Computer Inc. unveiled the new Power Mac desktop computer on this date in 2003.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates 12:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 Presented By Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Verizon Indy Car Series -- The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park Race One 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park Race Two 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds 4:05pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:00pm EDT

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

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