Friday, August 8, 2014

It's Friday

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


Today is August 8th, the 219th day of 2014. There are 146 days left in the year.


Rutherford, Johnston eager to help Penguins rebound.

Kings to honor Robitaille with statue outside arena.

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Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic on this date in 1815. The remainder of his life was spent there in exile.


Tampa, FL. -- New Lightning forward Brenden Morrow scored 117 goals in 60 games while playing at the Bantam level in Canada...

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Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph on this date in 1876. The mimeograph was a "method of preparing autographic stencils for printing."


Winnipeg, MB. -- Corey Chamblin watched his Roughriders fight for a Grey Cup victory last year, but the Saskatchewan coach said Thursday's 23-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was a gutsy performance he'll never forget.

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Next up for the 4-2 Roughriders is a home game versus the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, August 16th. Game time is 7:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on


The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall on this date in 1899.



Video: Glenn, Lions Focused on Tilt with Ticats.

Moffat: Ellis working his way up Als' depth chart.

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On this date in 1911, the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was one member of Congress for every 211,877 residents.


Tampa, FL. -- This week's topics include a lineup idea for rookie T Matt Patchan, a question about Jorvorskie Lane’s opportunity with the team and some clever responses regarding fantasy team names.

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The United Nations Charter was signed by U.S. President Truman on this date in 1945.


Chicago, IL. -- There's The Box, smack in the middle of the Rays' formal-attire team photo, powder-blue top hat askew on his head.

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Whataburger opened its restaurant in Corpus Christi, TX on this date in 1950.


Milwaukee, WI. -- Angel Pagan's return to the Giants' lineup Thursday wasn't quite the stuff of legend. But he accomplished enough to enable the Giants to believe that his performance and presence will intensify the team's bid for a postseason berth.

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Japan launched an oil tanker that was 780 feet long and weighed 84,730 tons on this date in 1956. It was the largest oil tanker in the world.


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Today in Elvis History:

1959 - 
Elvis Presley's single "A Big Hunk O' Love" hit #4 in the U.K. 

1960 - Elvis Presley began recording several songs intended for the film "Flaming Star." 

1964 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley movie "Kissin' Cousins" hit #5 in the U.K. 

1977 - Elvis Presley rented out Libertyland for his daughter Lisa Marie and her friends.


Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient on this date in 1966.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
The photograph for the cover of "Abbey Road" was taken. 

1997 - Paul McCartney's album "Flaming Pie" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

2000 - "The Beatles DVD Collector's Set" was released.


U.S. President Nixon announced on this date in 1974 that he would resign the following day.


Today in Sports History:

1900 - 
In Boston, the first Davis Cup series began. The U.S. team defeated Great Britain three matches to zero. 

1903 - Joe McGinnity (New York Giants) pitched two complete games in one day. He won 6-1 and 4-3 over the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

1915 - Gawy Gravath (Philadelphia) hit four doubles and brought in eight runs in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. 

1920 - Howard Ehmke (Detroit Tigers) set an American League record when he defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 in 1 hour and 13 minutes. 

1931 - Bob Burke (Washington Senators) pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox. 

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 13 runs in the eighth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 20-7 at Ebbets Field. 

1972 - The New York Yankees signed a 30-year lease with the City of New York which called for Yankee Stadium to be completely modernized in time for the 1976 season. 

1973 - Boston Red Sox Orlando Cepeda hit four doubles against the Kansas City Royals. 

1982 - Doug DeCinces hit three home runs against the California Angels. He had hit three home runs against Minnesota five days earlier. 

1985 - Major League baseball players returned to work after a two-day walkout. 

1992 - The "Dream Team" clinched the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics. The U.S. basketball team beat Croatia 117-85. 

1996 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) moved into 15th place on the career home run list when he hit his 494th. 

1996 - Willie McGee (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 2,000th major league hit. 

1998 - Paul Molitor (Minnesota Twins) stole his 500th career base. 

1999 - Wade Boggs got his 3,000th hit of his major league baseball career. 

2002 - Major league baseball players and owners agreed to a $100,000 increase in baseball's minimum salary. The minimum was set at $300,000 starting in 2003. 

2005 - It was announced that Wayne Gretzky would be the next head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.  


The U.S. launched Pioneer Venus II on this date in 1978, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 2:15pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs 2:20pm EDT


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

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