Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is August 18th, the 229th day of 2014. There are 136 days left in the year.

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Maple Leafs relying on new faces to spark turnaround.

With Gallant at helm, Panthers eye quick turnaround.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter is 87. Robert Redford is 78. Edward Norton is 45. Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) is 36.

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Tampa, FL. -- Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning front office staff answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the Florida Panthers...

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Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents on this date in 1587. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC, mysteriously vanished.

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U.S. Under-17 Select Team Takes Second Place in U-17 Five Nations, Beating Germany, 8-2
Crone nets hat trick; Seven players notch multiple points
CRIMMITSCHAU, GERMANY — The U.S. Under-17 Select Team beat host country, Germany, 8-2, today and took second place in the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. The U.S claimed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period and responded to Germany’s second period tally with four straight goals over the next five minutes of play.
Henry Crone (Cedar Hill, Texas) tallied four points, including a hat trick, and was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
“Today was a great team effort. We were solid in all three periods. We took an early lead and we were able to build on it,” said Cary Eades, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. “The game of hockey is funny sometimes—yesterday it looked like their goal had plexiglass protecting it, and today we were able to bury eight goals on about the same amount of chances. Additionally, the coaching staff is really proud of the way we responded after yesterday’s tough defeat. We showed maturity in being able to put that behind us and earn the silver trophy today.”For a complete recap, click here.



Twenty-Two Players Named to 2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team That Will Compete in Three-Game Series vs. Canada
Schedule Set for Competition Taking Place at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta Aug. 21-24; Coaching Staff Named for Event
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-two players who participated at the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival have been chosen for the 2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team that will compete in a three-game series against Canada Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park.
The USA Hockey Women's National Festival took place Aug. 12-16 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York.
The roster features three players who helped the 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team earn a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. They are Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) and Lee Stecklein(Roseville, Minn.).
The 22-player roster (seven defensemen, 13 forwards and two goaltenders) and staff listing is available here. The 22 players represent 12 different states. Minnesota and New York lead the pack with four representatives each, while Michigan and Massachusetts each have three. California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin each have one representative. This year's roster will include two players who are 22-years old at the time of the series.
For complete coverage of the series, including Team USA's schedule and news, click here. All games from the series are being streamed live and are available at usahockey.fasthockey.com.
NOTES: The 2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team will practice in Lake Placid on Aug. 17-18 prior to heading to Canada. The three-game series vs. Canada is an event between the two countries that has been held 10 times since 1999. Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team ... Ken Klee (Littleton, Colo.) will serve as head coach and be assisted by Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.), Bob Deraney (Providence, R.I.) and Brett Strot(Tampa, Fla.).

2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team On-Ice Schedule
Aug. 17-18, 2014 • Lake Placid Olympic Center • Lake Placid, New York
(All Times ET • Subject to Change)
Date
Event
Location
Time (ET)
Sun., Aug. 17
Practice - U18 Team
1980 Rink
3-5 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18
Practice - U18 Team
1980 Rink
8:30-10 a.m.
Scrimmage - U18 Team
1980 Rink
4-6:45 p.m.
2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team On-Ice Schedule
Aug. 20-24, 2014 • Canada Olympic Park • Calgary, Alberta
(All Times PT • Subject to Change)
Date
Event
Location
Time (Local)
Wed., Aug. 20
Practice
Rink A
3:45-5:15 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 21
Pre-game Skate
Rink A
10-10:45 a.m.
Game vs. Canada
Rink A
6:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 22
Pre-game Skate
Rink A
8-8:45 a.m.
Game vs. Canada
Rink A
3 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 23
Practice
Rink A
4:30-6 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 24
Game vs. Canada
Rink A
10 a.m.


2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team Named For Three-Game Series vs. Canada
Schedule Set for Competition Taking Place at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta Aug. 21-24
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-two players who participated at the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival have been chosen for the 2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team that will compete in a three-game series against Canada Aug. 21-24 in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park.
The USA Hockey Women's National Festival took place Aug. 12-16 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York.
The roster features eight players who helped the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team earn a silver medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. They are Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.), Jincy Dunne(O'Fallon, Mo.), Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass.), Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, Mass.),Patricia Marshall (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Sophie Skarzynski (Wilmette, Ill.).
The 22-player roster (eight defensemen, 12 forwards and two goaltenders) and staff listing is available here. The 22 players represent 13 different states. Minnesota leads the pack with seven representatives, Massachusetts has three and Illinois has two. California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin each have one.
For complete coverage of the series, including Team USA schedule and news, click here. All games from the series are being streamed live and are available at usahockey.fasthockey.com.
NOTES: The 2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team will practice in Lake Placid on Aug. 17-18 prior to heading to Canada. The three-game series vs. Canada is an annual event between the two countries and has been held each August since 2007. Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team ... Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.), associate head coach of the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Team for the 2014-15 seasons on May 20, 2014 ... Joining him as assistant coaches are Katie Lachapelle (Winthrop, Mass.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Brent Hill (Troy, N.Y.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Merrimack College.
2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team On-Ice Schedule
Aug. 17-18, 2014 • Lake Placid Olympic Center • Lake Placid, New York
(All Times ET • Subject to Change)
Date
Event
Location
Time (ET)
Sun., Aug. 17
Practice - U18 Team
1980 Rink
1:15-2:45 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18
Practice - U18 Team
U.S. Rink
10:10-11 a.m.
Scrimmage - U18 Team
1980 Rink
7-9:45 p.m.
2014 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team On-Ice Schedule
Aug. 20-24, 2014 • Canada Olympic Park • Calgary, Alberta
(All Times PT • Subject to Change)
Date
Event
Location
Time (Local)
Wed., Aug. 20
Practice
Rink A
5:30-7 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 21
Pre-game Skate
Rink A
8-8:45 a.m.
Game vs. Canada
Rink A
3 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 22
Pre-game Skate
Rink A
10-10:45 a.m.
Game vs. Canada
Rink A
6:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 23
Practice
Rink A
6:15-7:45 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 24
Game vs. Canada
Rink B
1:30 p.m.


U.S. Under-18 Select Team Beats Sweden in Overtime, 5-4,
for Third Place in Hlinka Memorial Cup
Thomas Novak finishes as tournament's leading scorer with 11 points in five games
PIESTANY, SLOVAKIA — Dennis Yan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored in the final minute of overtime to give the U.S. Under-18 Select Team a 5-4 victory over Sweden and claim third place in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Goaltender Matthew Jurusik (La Grange, Ill.) made 42 saves in the U.S. net.

“After an emotional loss yesterday it was great for our guys to respond and beat a very good Swedish team to capture third place,” said Derek Plante, head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team.
For a complete recap, click here.



U.S. Under-17 Select Team Falls, 2-0, to Czech Republic
at U-17 Five Nations
The U.S. closes out competition against Germany tomorrow (Aug. 17)
CRIMMITSCHAU, GERMANY — The U.S. Under-17 Select Team fell to undefeated Czech Republic, 2-0, today at the 2014 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. Team USA had seven power plays and racked up 41 shots on goal, but it could not overcome the Czechs' second period marker. The U.S. yielded an empty-net goal with 17 seconds remaining.

U.S. goaltender Ryan Edquist (Lakeville, Minn.) gave a great performance, stopping 26 of 27 shots. His only goal against came during a power play. The team awarded Max Gerlach (Flower Mound, Texas) U.S. Player of the Game for his efforts at both ends of the ice.

“Two good teams battled their hearts out today, and in the end the Czechs were one goal better,” said Cary Eades, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. “However, I was real proud of our effort from start to finish and in holding our composure under some difficult circumstances. We had a bunch of grade A’s (scoring chances), but couldn’t find a way to get one past goalie Adam Brizgala—he was a brick wall. Our goalie (Edquist) was also outstanding.”
For a complete recap, click here.

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The "Evening Post" of Boston, MA, was published for the first time on this date in 1735.

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Regina, SK. -- A win is a win no matter how the game plays out and after the Saskatchewan Roughriders trudged their way to a 16-11 win over the Montreal Alouettes, Riders receiver Rob Bagg summed it up perfectly.

Read the rest here.

Up next for the 5-2 Roughriders is a road game against the 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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On this date in 1840, the American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY.

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Lions roar over Argos 33-17 to close out Week 8.

Ryan Phillips: 'We Have the Best Uniforms in Football'.

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

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In an attempt to eliminate violent confrontations NASCAR finally announced a ban on drivers exiting their cars following a wreck. [No word yet on the gun racks.]

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Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay’s offense took a step forward in the second week of the preseason, with QB Josh McCown and WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans at the center, but the visiting Dolphins prevailed, 20-14.

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He may have more than 100 piercings on his face, but it wasn't the metal detectors keeping Rolf Buchholz out of Dubai over the weekend. The tattooed German man, whose 453 piercings earned him a Guinness World Record, claims airport workers told him that Dubai officials were worried he practiced black magic.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Jeremy Hellickson had the magic going. There were 4 2/3 innings of no-hit, no-run baseball in the rearview mirror when a single walk changed the texture of his outing.

Read the rest here.

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The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA on this date in 1937. The station went on the air two years later.

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San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants haven't resembled an elite team since early June, but they took a step in the right direction Sunday afternoon when they accomplished something they last did in early June.

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On this date in 1966, The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.

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Try it again Jimmy.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son's first day of school, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:


1956 - 
The original version of "Hound Dog," by Big Mama Thornton, was released. 

1960 - In Dallas, TX, Elvis Presley's film "G.I. Blues" had a sneak preview. 

1965 - Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) interviewed Elvis Presley for the "New Musical Express."

1973 - The album "Elvis" hit #52 in the U.S. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's funeral service took place at Graceland. It was followed by a ceremony and burial Forrest Hill Cemetery. 

2007 - It was announced the Lisa Marie Presley had founded a new orgraniztion called Presley Charitable Foundation. It was created to help people in need. The first Presley Place was in New Orleans, LA.


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On this date in 1982, the volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded.

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Today in Beatles History:


1962 - 
Ringo Starr made his first appearance as a Beatle.


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In New Mexico, Albuquerque BioPark zoo employees said they've recently been finding puddles of urine near the polar bear exhibit, and they believe it's from kids who couldn't quite make it to the bathroom.


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Today in Sports History:


1915 - 
Braves Field was inaugurated with Boston defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1. 

1956 - The Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Braves combined for a National League record of 10 home runs. The Reds won 13-4. Bob Thurman (Cincinnati Reds) hit three of the home runs. 

1960 - Lew Burdette threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. The final score was 1-0. 

1973 - Hank Aaron set a major league record with his 1,378th extra base. 

1980 - George Brett of the Kansas City Royals had his batting average reach the .400 mark. 

1981 - Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia took out an insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London. The all-American was insured for one million dollars. 

1982 - The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1. 

1987 - Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL). 

1992 - Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement. 

1995 - Tom Henke (St. Louis) became only the seventh major league player to record 300 saves. 

1996 - Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox) became the fourth player to reach 100 RBIs in each of his first six seasons. 

1996 - Wade Boggs became the 41st major league player to get 2,000 career singles.


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The Expendables 3 is a franchise that needs to be put out to pasture after the latest film in the action junkie series debuted to a $16.2 million opening weekend. Expendables allowed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to retain the box office crown it wore last weekend, with $28.4 million.


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LEXINGTON, Ohio -- The math didn't add up.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1997, Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.

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BROOKLYN, Mich.— So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon.

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Christina Aguilera and fiancé Matt Rutler welcomed a baby girl on Saturday. The 33-year-old singer has a son born in 2008.

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- After earning the Verizon P1 Award for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest, Will Power said he left some speed on the historic Milwaukee Mile. He used all the horsepower the Chevrolet engine could muster Aug. 17 to dominate the 250-lap race and take command of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

Read the rest here.

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Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this date in 1997.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:10pm EDT

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

Thursday --

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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