Thursday, August 21, 2014

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 21st, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.

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Near miss leads to greater expectations for Canadiens.

NHL announces changes to Draft Lottery format.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Kenny Rogers is 76. Kim Cattrall is 58. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 41. Track star Usain Bolt is 28. Hayden Panettiere (Nashville) is 25.

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Tampa, FL. -- 2013 second-round draft pick Adam Erne discusses what it was like to score his first professional goal and the progress he's making towards making the NHL...

Read the rest here.

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A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton on this date in 1841.

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following transactions:

Read the rest here.

Up next for the 5-2 Roughriders is a road game against the 5-3 BC Lions on Sunday, August 24th. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

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The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs on this date in 1888.

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Irving: Bombers dealing with first bout of adversity.

Cohon will not seek third term as CFL Commissioner.

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

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Officials at the Swedish-Norwegian border caught a man trying to drive across with a car filled with half a ton of frozen chicken. The limit is 50 pounds. And this is the 9th time the man has been caught. [Have you ever had a hobby that just sort of took over your life?]

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Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner is raising money to buy children's books for kids in Tampa and his hometown of Los Angeles.

Read the rest here.

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On Saturday a guy in China popped the question using his favorite food. The 28-year-old proposed to his girlfriend with hot dogs. The two met each other inside a bakery that sold hot dogs. The guy spelled out the word 'Love' with hot dogs - tucked inside buns - and framed the word with more hot dogs. Altogether he used 1,001 dogs to pop the question. Why the 1,001 hot dogs? Well it turns out they represent the 1,001 days that the two had known each other.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The catwalks cower and Raymond the mascot hides when Victor Martinez walks into Tropicana Field.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1912, Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Chicago, IL. -- A truly successful protest must have meaning behind it, and the Giants' 8-3 triumph over the Cubs on Wednesday gave significance to their stand.

Read the rest here.

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In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed on this date in 1923 forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.

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The game is over, here's your award.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going out for lunch, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1954 - 
In Gladewater, TX, Elvis Presley performed his first show outside Tennessee. 

1971 - Elvis Presley's single "I'm Leavin'" hit #36 in the U.S. 

1971 - Elvis Presley's reissued single of "Heartbreak Hotel" hit #10 in the U.K. 

1976 - It was announced by RCA Victor records that the sales of Elvis Presley records passed the 400 million mark.


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Hawaii became the 50th state on this date in 1959. U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.

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Today in Beatles History:


1966 - 
In Cincinnati, OH, Lou Rawls opened for the Beatles. 

1982 - Paul McCartney's single "Take It Away" hit #15 in the U.K. 

1982 - Paul McCartney's single "Take It Away" hit #10 in the U.S. 

1998 - In London, Ringo Starr performed solo at Shepherd's Bush Empire.


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A man in India has given a whole new definition to the word 'charity'. The 73-year-old never married and took part-time jobs to make ends meet because he donated to the poor every single dollar (rupee) he ever earned as a librarian.


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Today in Sports History:


1929 - 
The Chicago Cardinals traveled out of town for training camp. They were the first professional football team to do this. 

1971 - Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United State's Women's Amateur Golf tournament. She was the youngest winner in the history of the tournament. 

1984 - Victoria Roche, a reserve outfielder, became the first girl to ever compete in a Little League World Series game. 

2006 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 725th career homerun. 

2009 - The Dallas Cowboys played their first game at their new stadium in Arlington, TX. During the preseason game, against the Tennessee Titans, the Titans' kicker hit the scoreboard hanging in the center of the stadium.


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Beginning this morning (Thursday) FXX will air a 12-day 24-hour-a-day marathon of all 500-plus episodes of the Simpsons in chronological order.


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs 8:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 4:05pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills 4:30pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals 1:35pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma, California 4:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 7:00pm EDT

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

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