Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's Saturday

It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 27th, the 269th day of 2014. There are 96 days left in the year.


Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz to play in game Saturday.

Avalanche promise to maintain style of play.

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George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train on this date in 1825.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals in the second period to win its second preseason game, downing the Dallas Stars 6-3 Friday at Amalie Arena.

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The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government on this date in 1928.


The Tampa Bay Juniors are in action this weekend. The Empire team plays the Florida Junior Blades, while the Elite team takes on the Roswell Bulldogs. Saturday's games will be in Ellenton, with the Empire game starting at 5:15pm EDT and the Elite game getting underway at 8:00pm EDT. Sunday, the Empire game will be in Estero at 12:00pm EDT, while the Elite game will be in Ellenton, starting at 12:15pm EDT. All games will be webcast on


How's the weather gonna be at your house this weekend? It's lookin' pretty soggy at my place.


Edmonton, AB. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders were shut out for the first time since 1986, losing at the Edmonton Eskimos 24-0 in front of a CFL season high crowd of 42,161 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

Edmonton made the first big play of the night, stopping the Riders on downs at the Saskatchewan 36. It took just the next play for the Eskimos to get on the board, as John White went the distance, going outside then up the right sideline for the major. Hugh O'Neill kicked the convert, giving Edmonton a 7-0 lead, just 3:21 into the contest. Later in the quarter, the Eskimos would grind out a 14 play, 67 yard drive, which would net a 27 yard O'Neill field goal with 2:43 left, for a 10-0 lead. 

The field remained tilted in the Roughriders' direction, with punter Chris Milo conceding a safety touch 1:54 into the second quarter, giving the Green-and-Gold a 12-0 advantage. The lead grew on the next possession, but just by a single point, as a 46 yard O'Neill field goal miss was downed in the end zone, putting Edmonton up 13-0. Late in the half, Milo punted the ball out at the Eskimo 4, but John White shot through a gap on the first play for a 60 yard gain to the Saskatchewan 46. However, the drive quickly stalled, losing back to the 52, where O'Neill would punt into the end zone for a single, allowing Edmonton to take a 14-0 lead with 2:52 remaining until two quarter time. 

The Eskimos would reach the Rider 38 with their first possession of the second half, from where O'Neill would kick a 45 yard field goal 4:46 into the third quarter, giving Edmonton a 17-0 lead, which turned out to be the only points of the period.

In the fourth, both team struggled to mount an attack. The Riders started to put a drive together late, but Seth Doege, in relief of Tino Sunseri, under threw a receiver and the ball was picked off by Aaron Grymes, to snuff out the best chance to score by Saskatchewan all night. The Eskimos added a late touchdown on a 16 yard pass from Mike Reilly to John White. The O'Neill convert was good with 52 seconds left, making the final score 24-0 in favor of Edmonton.

For the Eskimos, Mike Reilly was 14-of-25 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 10 times for 106 yards. Pat White was 1-of-1 passing for 31 yards. John White ran 17 times for 192 yards and 1 touchdown. He caught 2 passes for 7 yards and a touchdown. Adarius Bowman caught 4 passes for 55 yards and Kendial Lawrence caught 6 balls for 43 yards. Hugh O'Neill was 2-of-3 on field goals, 2-of-2 on converts and had 2 singles, while punting 9 times for a 45.7 yard average. On defence, Dexter McCoil had 6 tackles, 1 special teams tackles and 1 sack. For Saskatchewan, Tino Sunseri was 6-of-12 passing for 53 yards and 1 interception, Seth Doege was 5-for-11 passing for 61 yards and an interception. Anthony Allen ran 11 times for 73 yards and caught 3 passes for 24 yards, Weston Dressler caught 2 balls for 39 yards. Chris Milo punted 10 times for a 45.9 yard average, Brian Peters had 5 tackles and 3 special teams tackles and Macho Harris had 7 tackles.

Next up for the 9-4 Riders is a week 15 road game with the Calgary Stampeders on Friday, October 3rd. Kickoff for the game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina is set for 10:00pm 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 ESPN2. 9-4 Edmonton next plays at Toronto on Saturday, October 4th.


The "Tonight!" show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host on this date in 1954.



We'll Take It: Defence leads Alouettes over REDBLACKS.

Ready to go: Willy healthy, will start vs. Ticats.

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The U.K.'s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France on this date in 1968.


Tampa, FL. --
The Bucs are likely to get Gerald McCoy, Doug Martin and Austin Seferian-Jenkins back Sunday, and perhaps DE Michael Johnson, and they need a full roster to match the Steelers' physical brand of play

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"The Original Amateur Hour" aired for the last time on CBS on this date in 1970. It had been on television for 22 years.


Corvallis, OR. -- Those who contend this is the best chance for Oregon State to beat Southern Cal on its home turf aren't wrong. The Beavers will invade the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night expecting to play well and win.

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U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign on this date in 1973 after he pled "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.


Cleveland, OH. -- Joe Maddon reminisced prior to Friday night's game against the Indians at Progressive Field. A year ago, the Rays had played the Indians in a one-game playoff and came away winners to advance to the Division Series against the Red Sox. The setting had been magical, the outcome terrific -- why, Larry King even called the Rays manager.

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The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history after the final approval from Congress on this date in 1979.


San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants posted a 43-38 road record this season, third-best in the National League. They'll need to summon all of their aptitude as travelers to advance past the postseason's introduction.

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On this date in 1986, the U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.


Mr. Jimmy eats his lunch.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as more car problems, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley played a benefit show at the annual Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. He was backed by Hank Garland and Bob Moore. 

1960 - Elvis Presley's father, Vernon, visited him on the set of "G.I. Blues." 

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" hit #21 in the U.S.


Columbia Pictures Entertainment agreed to buyout Sony Corporation for $3.4 billion on this date in 1989.


Today in Beatles History:

1972 - 
Rory Storme (Hurricanes) committed suicide in what appeared to be suicide pact with his mother. The Hurricanes were the group that Ringo Starr left in order to join the Beatles.


Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel on this date in 1989. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls.


Today in Sports History:

1923 - 
Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees) hit his first of 493 career home runs. 

1930 - Hack Wilson (Chicago) hit two home runs to give him 56 for the year. 

1930 - At the annual NHL Governor's meeting a new rule was passed concerning offsides. The rule was that "the puck must be propelled into the attacking zone before any player of the attacking side can enter that zone." 

1953 - The St. Louis Browns played their final game before moving to Baltimore to become the Orioles. 

1964 - Houston played its final game at Colts Stadium. They lost 1-0 to Los Angeles in 12 innings. 

1973 - Nolan Ryan (California Angels) struck out 16 batters for the Minnesota Twins. The feat established a modern day single season mark of 383 strikeouts in a season. 

1983 - Larry Bird signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth $15 million. The contract made him the highest paid Celtic in history. 

1996 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the second MLB player to record 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same year. 

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season. Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) ended the season with 66 home runs. Both players surpassed Roger Maris' record of 61. 

1998 - Greg Vaughn (San Diego Padres) hit his 50th home run of the season. It marked the first time that four players finished the regular season with 50 or more home runs. 

1999 - The last game was played at Tiger Stadium. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2. 

2000 - Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) signed a 12-year contract that involved a $20.5 million signing bonus. The deal made McNabb the highest paid NFL player in history. 

2003 - Javier Lopez (Atlanta Braves) became the first catcher to hit 42 home runs in a season. 

2009 - The Detroit Lions defeated the Washington Redskins to end a 19-game losing streak dating back to December, 2007. 


More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America on this date in 1994. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 5:15pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 6:05pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at USC Trojans 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 9:30am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 1:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates (NL Wild Card) Time TBA

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite at Raleigh Showcase Time TBA

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders 10:00pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite at Raleigh Showcase Time TBA

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Colorado Buffaloes 4:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite at Raleigh Showcase Time TBA

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EDT


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

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