Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is June 9th, the 160th day of 2014. There are 205 days left in the year.

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Kings aim to take 3-0 series lead against Rangers.

Texas takes 1-0 series lead in Calder Cup Finals.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Donald Duck is 80; Michael J. Fox is 53; Johnny Depp is 51; Natalie Portman is 33.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Times Forum was ranked the fourth best arena in the National Hockey League by stadiumjourney.com last week.

Read the rest here.

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An Oregon school district has voted in favor of giving condoms away at school to sixth graders. [The school district has also submitted its application for a liquor license.]

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Tentative agreement reached between CFL and CFLPA.

McDonald's competitive fire takes him north of the border.

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

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A woman in the England seaside town of Whitby has finally hit on the perfect ice cream flavor - and just in time for summer. Are you ready for this? Ready to get your lickin' on with a triple-scooper? Shane Teare, the owner of Teare Woods ice cream parlor, has come up with a fish and chips ice cream flavor.

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Tampa, FL. — One of the biggest question of the offseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains unanswered.

Read the rest here.

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The "World's Largest Video Game Collection" has been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records - and you can own it. The collection consists of 10,607 games verified by Guinness during an official count performed on December 3, 2012, as well as four hundred plus more games that have been acquired since. Current auction price is $98,500.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- A scoreboard full of zeroes stared onto the field Sunday afternoon, as a game of inches began to play out in the ninth inning.

Read the rest here.

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Shailene Woodley's The Fault in Our Stars lived up to the hype and then-some, earning a massive $48.2 million over the weekend (including $8.2 million worth of Thursday sneak previews). Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow debuted with $29.1 in ticket sales.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Keep Tim Lincecum in the friendly confines of AT&T Park, and the right-hander is solid. Keep Curtis Granderson out, and Lincecum would be even better.


Read the rest here.


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California Chrome's run for a historic Triple Crown at the 146th Belmont Stakes concluded in a dead-heat tie for fourth place as Tonalist won the race - but the real winner was NBC, which had just over 20 million viewers.


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Jimmy unwraps more presents.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as computer problems not allowing you to do last Friday's blog, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1966 - 
The Elvis Presley movie "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" opened in Memphis, TN. 

1972 - Elvis Presley performed the first of four concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. 

1973 - Elvis Presley's U.K.-only single "Polk Salad Annie" hit #23 in the U.K. 

1993 - The U.S. Postal Service debuted its Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues stamp collection. The set featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley. The Elvis Stamp had actually had a solo debut on January 8.


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At a zoo in Spain a worker in a gorilla costume was mistakenly shot by the vet with a tranquilizer gun. The vet thought one of the gorillas had escaped. [You would think the baseball cap and cell phone would have been a giveaway.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
The Beatles played a Welcome Home night at the Cavern Club. A record-breaking 900 people attended the show. 

1977 - George Harrison and Patti Boyd were officially divorced. Boyd later married Eric Clapton. 

1990 - The international music festival "Muzeco '90" was prematurely dedicated to the 50 anniversary of the birth of John Lennon. 

2002 - Paul McCartney and his fiancee Heather Mills arrived at the remote Irish castle where they were planned to be married two days later. 
  
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Starting June 9, you can order something called the Quesarito off the Taco Bell menu. It's basically a burrito-quesadilla hybrid, meaning that it's your basic burrito, but with a grilled, cheesy tortilla wrapped around it.

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Today in Sports History:

1914 - Honus Wagner became the second player in major league history to record 3,000 hits. 

1965 - Michel Jazy ran the mile in 3 minutes, 53.6 seconds. He broke the record set by Peter Snell in 1964. 

1966 - Minnesota set a major league record when they hit six home runs in one inning. 

1978 - Larry Holmes won a 15-round split decision over Ken Norton. 

1984 - The Pittsburgh Penguins used their fist pick overall to select Mario Lemieux in the NHL Entry Draft. 

1985 - The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title by defeating the Boston Celtics. Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored 29 points. 

1990 - Monica Seles became the youngest winner in French Open history when she beat Steffi Graf. 

1993 - The Montreal Canadiens won their 24th Stanley Cup. 

1994 - Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes (TLC) set fire to her boyfriend's house. Her boyfriend was Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons. 

1996 - Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox) hit his 200th career home run. 

1996 - Ryan Hancock became the first California Angel pitcher to get a hit in 24 years. Nolan Ryan was the previous pitcher to get a hit for the Angels in 1972. 

2001 - Ray Bourque (Colorado Avalanche) won his first Stanley Cup. He retired from the NHL just 17 days later after a 22 year career. 

2001 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to win three Conn Smythe Trophies. The award is given to the playoff's Most Valuable Player. 

2001 - John Vanbiesbrouck (New Jersey Devils) announced his retirement from the NHL after 19 seasons. 

2003 - The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 games to 3. Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) became the first goaltender to produce 7 playoff shutouts in a single-season. 
2008 - Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati Reds) hit his 600th career home run. Only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa had more runs at the time.   

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Police say a man impersonating an officer is in trouble in Florida. The 20-year-old activated a flashing blue light while driving behind another vehicle. The driver pulled over and told the fake cop he was a real police detective - and charged him with impersonating a police officer.

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in position to pounce Sunday, all but punching his ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by winning his second race this season and his first-ever at Pocono Raceway.

Read the rest here.

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IN THEATERS - Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) and The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13)

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- It was shaping up to be a shootout between Ed Carpenter and Will Power under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway following the final round of service stops in the Firestone 600. That is until Power lost his weapon.

Read the rest here.

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Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphonies cartoon "The Wise Little Hen" on this date in 1934.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:10pm EDT

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

Tuesday --

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

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

Wednesday --

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

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

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