Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is August 29th, the 240th day of 2014. There are 125 days left in the year.


Sharks' 'rebuilding' plan features familiar faces.

Education, drug testing program implemented in AHL.

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Today's Birthdays: Senator John McCain is 78. Rebecca DeMornay (Risky Business) is 55. Lea Michele (Glee) is 28. Liam Payne (One Direction) is 21.


Tampa, FL. -- WThe Tampa Bay Lightning have announced their full roster for rookie camp and the Rookie Tournament being hosted by the Nashville Predators next month.

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On this date in 1828, a patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.


Regina, SK. -- "It's more than just X's and O's, its that fire in his eyes." Find out who Rod Pedersen is talking about and what Luc Mullinder thinks the key to success is against the Winnipeg defence on this Labour Day edition of Countdown To Game Day.

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Next up for the 6-2 Riders is a week 10 home game against the 6-3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, August 31st. Kickoff for the Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on


The "Factory Act" was passed in England to settle child labor laws on this date in 1833.



2014 Game Notes: A look at Week 10.

Video: Dressler All Smiles, Back in Riderville.

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WEAR YOUR COLLEGE COLORS - Today (Friday) is National College Colors Day. More info.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay fell to Washington, 24-10, in the preseason finale Thursday but was able to get a look at dozens of roster hopefuls before final cuts...Jeff Demps and Danny Lansanah were among the standouts.

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USC cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended for lying to his coaches about how he sprained both ankles. He told them that he jumped from a balcony onto concrete in an emergency to save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning in the pool. [It turns out that the balcony was really a porch; the concrete was grass; and the emergency was that the neighborhood ice cream truck was about to pull away.]


Baltimore, MD. -- J.J. Hardy's RBI single in the seventh turned out to be the game-winner, but the Rays' sloppy play had already set the tone for their 5-4 loss to the Orioles Thursday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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On this date in 1886 in New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang's chef invented chop suey.


San Francisco, CA. -- Once the Giants remembered that they were supposed to beat the Rockies, they turned this four-game series into a keepsake worth preserving.

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President Obama wore a tan suit to a press conference on Thursday, which launched the Twitter hashtag #tansuit.


Where's the food?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a morning cup of coffee, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1962 - 
The Elvis Presley film "Kid Galahad" opened in the U.S. 

1970 - Elvis Presley's single "I've Lost You/The Next Step Is Love" hit #32 in the U.S. 

1977 - 3 people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result his body was moved to Graceland. 

1987 - The double album "Presley - The All-Time Greatest Hits" hit #4 in the U.K. 

1992 - Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" hit #42 in the U.K. 

2002 - Lisa Marie Presley presented the video music award for Best Femal video to Pink.


If you have the game Madden 15, don't be surprised if your players start to fly. Apparently there's a glitch in the game that flings players straight up into the air. Here's proof:


Today in Beatles History:

1958 - 
George Harrison joined the band Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also members. 

1959 - In West Derby, Liverpool, at the Casbah Coffee Club, Ken Brown via George Harrison asked John Lennon and Paul McCartney to help out the Les Stewart Quartet when Stewart walks out before a show. The event led to regular Saturday night gig at the Casbah. On October 10th, Ken Brown went his own way. 

1966 - The Beatles ended their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It turned out that the show was their last public concert. 

1986 - BBC1-TV aired the "McCartney" special. 

2001 - Cristin Joyce Keleher was released after four months in jail. She had been sentenced to a year of probation for trespassing at the home of George Harrison.


Good news - Ice Bucket Challenges are officially over. Bad news - Donald Trump's hair is real. He posted the video Thursday and, frankly, he's the last celebrity we thought we'd see taking the IBC - which is why the IBC is over. See the video.


Today in Sports History:

1885 - 
The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds. 

1892 - Pop (Billy) Shriver (Chicago Cubs) caught a ball that was dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. 

1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to hit 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons. 

1977 - Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years. 

1994 - Mario Lemieux announced that he would be taking a medical leave of absence due to fatigue, an aftereffect of his 1993 radiation treatments. He would sit out the National Hockey Leagues (NHL) 1994-95 season. 

1995 - At the O.J. Simpson trial, tapes of Mark Fuhrman were played. The recordings were of Fuhrman making racial comments.


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - The November Man (R). As Above/So Below (R)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Portland State Vikings 4:00pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- MavTV 500 at Fontana, California 4:00pm EDT

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Great Clips 300 Benefitting Feed The Children at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

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

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT


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

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