Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is July 21st, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year.

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New home for Red Wings planned for 2017.

Blackhawks confident they can get salary cap to fit.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Robin Williams is 63. Alysia Reiner (Natalie Figueroa on Orange Is the New Black) is 44. Ali Landry is 41. Josh Hartnett is 36.

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Tampa, FL. -- With the draft over and free agency nearly complete for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the organization finally has a chance to take a breath before looking ahead to the 2014-15 season.

Read the rest here.

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John Winthrop was granted the first honorary Doctor of Law Degree given by Harvard College in Cambridge, MA on this date in 1733.

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The Riders were off this past weekend. Their next action is this coming Saturday, July 26th, when they host the Toronto Argonauts, in a rematch of their week two game, won by Toronto 48-15. Game time at Mosaic Stadium is 10:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen calling all the action. Catch the broadcast on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN2.

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The Veterans Administration of the United States was established on this date in 1930.

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2014 CFL Replay: A look at Week 4.

Arceneaux's touchdown trio helps Leos topple Als.

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

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A new survey finds while Americans aren't too fond of instant coffee, Europeans, Central and South Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, and Asians all love it. [Instant coffee and soccer -- what is wrong with these people?]

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Tampa, FL. -- With respect to the seminal Book of Lists, we present seven unexpected inventories, ranging from unusual happenings to surprise record-holders to the best days of the week during NFL season.

Read the rest here.

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The Russian government has reportedly been trying to tamper with the Wikipedia page relating to the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight tragedy. A Russian language page originally said that the plane was "shot down by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic." This was subsequently changed to was "shot down by Ukrainian soldiers."

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Minneapolis, MN. -- Kirby Yates did not allow history to repeat itself on Sunday by slamming the door on the Twins' hopes of a comeback in a 5-3 Rays win at Target Field.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1931, CBS aired the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television. The show featured singer Kate Smith, composer George Gershwin and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker.

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Miami, FL. -- Two mistakes cost Tim Lincecum the loss when the Giants dropped the series finale, 3-2, on Sunday at Marlins Park -- a sweaty offspeed pitch in the first inning and a wild pitch in the seventh. The Marlins took advantage of both and effectively dashed the Giants' hopes of sweeping a team for the first time since they took all three against the Mets in early June.

Read the rest here.

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The weekend saw three new films, but none was strong enough to move Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Apes took in an estimated $36 million.

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Jimmy takes a water break.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as drinking your Monday morning coffee, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1968 - 
The Elvis Presley movie "Speedway" was premiered at the "Elvis Convention '68." 

1990 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Hits Like Never Before" hit #71 in the U.K.


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On this date in 1958, the last of "Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts" programs aired on CBS-TV.

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Today in Beatles History:


1961 - 
The Beatles performed a midday show at the Cavern Club.


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Is Miley Cyrus dead? A death hoax took over the Internet Saturday night, claiming that Cyrus was found dead in a hotel room in Los Angeles. The alleged cause of death was a drug overdose. The hoax is actually part of a scam intended to get people to click links that lead to surveys despite advertising a "video" of Cyrus dead body.


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Today in Sports History:


1931 - The Reno Race Track inaugurated the daily double in the U.S. 


1957 - Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title when she won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition. 

1968 - Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship. 

1998 - Chinese gymnast Sang Lan, 17, was paralyzed after a fall while practicing for the women's vault competition at the Goodwill Games in New York. Spinal surgery 4 days later failed to restore sensation below her upper chest. 

2006 - Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) collected his 2,000th career hit and became the youngest player to reach the 450 home run mark.


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A New Zealand fan of The Simpsons who was banned from watching the popular cartoon as a child has broken a world record after getting covered in tattoos of Homer Simpson. 27-year-old Lee Weir has 41 Homers on his body.


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Chicago, IL. -- Accomplishing feats uncharacteristic for a rookie, Chase Elliott won once again, leading 85 of 200 laps en route to his third win of the season in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.


Read the rest here.

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Captain Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth on this date in 1961. He was flying on the Liberty Bell 7.

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Toronto, ON. -- It had been a long and winding road between victories for Sebastien Bourdais.


Read the rest here.

Toronto, ON. -- Mike Conway earned his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season by holding off Tony Kanaan over a three-lap sprint to the finish in the second race of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1997, the U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.

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Coming Up:


Tonight --


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

Tuesday --


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at St. Louis Cardinals 8:15pm EDT


Wednesday --


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at St. Louis Cardinals 7:15pm EDT


Thursday --


MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies 1:05pm EDT


Friday --


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT


Saturday --


Nascar Nationwide Series -- Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4:30pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT


CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Toronto Argonauts 10:00pm EDT


Sunday --


Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard 1:00pm EDT


MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:40pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8:07pm EDT


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




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