Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is July 7th, the 188th day of 2014. There are 177 days left in the year.

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Tide of Pacific stays tilted toward California teams.

Official 2014 list of available free agents.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Ringo Starr is 74. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 48. Jorja Fox (CSI) is 46. Figure skater Michelle Kwan is 34.

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Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Jonathan Drouin was one of the most decorated players in junior hockey when he was selected third in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Read the rest here.

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Kings College opened in New York City on this date in 1754. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.

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Regina, SK. -- There was a reason why Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray was named as the top player in the CFL in a poll done for TSN before the start of the season.

Read the rest here.

Coming up, the Saskatchewan Roughriders return home to take on the BC Lions on Saturday, July 12th. Game time from Mosaic Stadium is 9:30pm EDT. Catch the game on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.

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On this date in 1862, the first railroad post office was tested on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in Missouri.

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Video: Durant, Riders vow to re-focus after loss.

2014 CFL Replay: A look back at Week 2.

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

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A device known as the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy airplane near Norfolk, VA on this date in 1920.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Bucs will go to camp soon, and when they do they’ll set the stage for such surprising developments as rookies winning the kick return jobs and Carl Nicks earning a cool Star Wars nickname.

Read the rest here.

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The latest edition of Travel + Leisure's annual reader poll lists the world's best hotel as Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana. [The hotel scores high for having no noise, no traffic, and no celebrities.]

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Detroit, MI. -- David Price is still with the Rays, and his team continued to climb Sunday night with a 7-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Read the rest here.

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A Finnish couple (Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman) have won 19th World Wife Carrying Championships. The couple finished the 278-yard obstacle course in 63.75 seconds on Saturday.

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San Diego, CA. -- If the season's theoretical first half lasted another week or two, Tim Lincecum might be joining Hunter Pence and Madison Bumgarner on the Giants' All-Star Game contingent.

Read the rest here.

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We already know that getting enough sleep plays a huge role in health, from maintaining a healthy weight and staving off the common cold, to just plain keeping you sane. Well, new research is showing that getting enough sleep may also slow down the aging process and keep your body younger for longer. Researchers (at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore) have found that when older adults sleep less, their brains actually age faster.

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Jimmy with his teacher, Mrs. Center.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the show Home Run Derby on ESPN Classic.

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Today in Elvis History:

1968 - Elvis Presley recorded "Charro." 

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley's album "To Whom It May Concern" was certified Gold.

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A survey of college women found a man with one to two ex girlfriends is much more desirable than a dude with no exes. So if a guy with two relationships was attractive, how about a guy with 5 or more relationships? He must be off the charts, right? Not really. Men with many women in their past were perceived as likely to stray.

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Today in Beatles History:

1940 - Ringo Starr was born as Richard Starkey in Dingle, Liverpool. 

1973 - Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" was released. 

2005 - The musical "Lennon" began its Broadway preview performances. 

2010 - Ringo Starr performed at Radio City Music Hall. When Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band played "With a Little Help From My Friends" they were joined onstage by Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young, Steve Van Zandt and others. Paul McCartney performed "Birthday" with Starr after the all-star collaboration.

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Police surely hear all kinds of excuses from drivers looking to deflect blame after an accident, but a man in College Station, Texas, gets points for originality. He told officers that he swerved to avoid a turtle, a cat, a squirrel, and an overhanging tree. They listened carefully and charged him with DWI.

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Today in Sports History:

1937 - During the All-Star Game, Earl Averill hit a line drive that broke one of Dizzy Dean's toes. 

1953 - The Dodgers set a major league record when they got a home run in their 24th consecutive game. 

1964 - Shea Stadium hosted it's first and only All-Star game. 

1985 - Boris Becker became the youngest, the first unseeded and the first German player to win the Wimbledon men's finals. 

1990 - Martina Navratilova won a record ninth Wimbledon women's singles title. 

2003 - In Florida, Darrell Armstrong (Orlando Magic) was arrested after being accused of fighting with a female police officer outside a nightclub. Armstrong was booked into the Orange County jail on charges of battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction was the box office champ again, making $36.4 million. Tammy debuted in second with $21.1 million in ticket sales.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The rain and the wrecks kept on coming at Daytona International Speedway in Sunday's 56th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River.

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LONG POND, Pa. – Finishes of third, second and seventh the previous three races underscored Juan Pablo Montoya’s assertion that he’s “making progress every week” in his return to Indy car racing after a 13-year absence.

Read the rest here.

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Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government on this date in 1969.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 4:10pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Newton Iowa 8:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 9:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

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


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