Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's Thursday

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


Today is September 25th, the 267th day of 2014. There are 98 days left in the year.


Local Flames give Sylvan Lake a memorable night.

Red Wings' Datsyuk out with shoulder injury.

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Today's Birthdays: Barbara Walters is 85. Michael Douglas is 70. Anson Williams ("Potsie" on Happy Days) is 65. Will Smith is 46. Catherine Zeta-Jones is 45.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced a detailed schedule for Fan Fest, presented by Florida Hospital, on Saturday, September 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amalie Arena in preparation for the upcoming 2014-15 season on Saturday. Florida Hospital is giving away free t-shirts to the first 3,500 fans in attendance.

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The crew of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus' ships, mistakenly thought that they had spotted land on this date in 1492.


Regina, SK. -- "You've got to play for the man next to you, you've got to win for the man next to you..." Corey Chamblin speaks to the team before the game on Sunday. To hear more, watch this weeks episode of Rider Rewind.

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Next up for the 9-3 Riders is a week 14 road game with the 8-4 Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, September 26th. Kickoff for the game at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton 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


Time magazine released its annual ranking of the 50 best places to live in America. This year the magazine looked specifically at small cities, naming McKinney, Texas its favorite. [McKinney has several things working in its favor, including the fact that George Zimmerman doesn't live there.]



CFL fines three players following Week 13 incidents.

Campbell: REDBLACKS still a proud group.

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Christopher Columbus left Spain with 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere on this date in 1493.


Tampa, FL. --
It's pretty clear the Tampa Bay Buccaneers screwed up their quarterback situation pretty badly, but an injury is forcing them to make the right move ... for at least a week anyway.

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Tom Mix was heard on NBC Radio for the first time on this date in 1933. His show ran until June of 1950.


Corvallis, OR. -- The date was Sept. 16, 1960. Oregon State invaded Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face Southern Cal, an 18-point favorite. With coach Tommy Prothro calling plays from the press box, future Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker combined with fellow tailback Don Kasso to lead OSC to a 14-0 victory in which the Beavers had the ball at the USC 2-yard line when the final gun sounded. It was Oregon State's first win over the Trojans in L.A. since 1935.

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A 13-year-old Texas girl has earned a spot on her middle school football team as a linebacker two years after coaches told her it would be impossible. Paige Smith showed up to camp and impressed the coaches. Smith said she told her teammates not to go easy on her and "hit me as hard as they can because I'm just going to do the same to them." Smith says she's determined to play high school football.


Boston, MA. -- A losing campaign came to fruition for the Rays Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean on this date in 1973 after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.


Los Angeles, CA. -- The Giants have an opportunity to clinch a postseason spot at home. As rewarding as that sounds, it isn't what they had in mind.

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He's such a goood boy... but he costs how much? A new report maps out the true cost of dog ownership, and it comes out to about $2,000 a year. Yes there's food and grooming, but when you add training, vaccinations, spaying, and flea and tick medication, you can start to see how the bill adds up.


Chocolate milk plus mac and cheese. It doesn't get any better than this!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your car back to the shop 'cause they screwed something up, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1954 - 
Elvis Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue Moon of Kentucky." 

1954 - Elvis Presley's "Good Rockin' Tonight" was released. The b-side was "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" from Disney's "Cinderella."


A woman in Idaho is accused of chewing up the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested. Staci Spence allegedly gnawed through the upholstery and foam cushioning of the back seat of a patrol vehicle.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, turned down an offer of 3 1/2 million pound offer to sell his management contract. 

1965 - The half hour Saturday morning cartoon "The Beatles" premiered on ABC-TV. The show ran until September 7, 1969. 

1967 - The Beatles began recording "Fool On The Hill" in London at Abbey Road Studios. 

1969 - John Lennon recorded "Cold Turkey." The backing band included Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman. 

1970 - Ringo Starr released "Beaucoups of Blues" in the U.K. 

1976 - The Wings play a benefit show to raise money for the restoration of water-damaged art treasures in St. Marks Square in Venice. 

2006 - The George Harrison album "Living in the Material World" was released. 

2006 - Sean Lennon's CD "Friendly Fire" was released.


ON TELEVISION: SEASON PREMIERE: GREY'S ANATOMY - Geena Davis joins the cast as Season 11 begins. (8p ET, ABC)


Today in Sports History:

1882 - 
The first major league double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams. 

1965 - Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier. 

1965 - Satchel Paige (Kansas City Athletics), at the age of 59, pitched three shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox. 

1978 - Melissa Ludtke, a writer for "Sports Illustrated", filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game. 

1993 - Charles Barkley and Nirvana were guests on "Saturday Night Live." 

1997 - NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours. 

2001 - Michael Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA as a player for the Washington Wizards. Jordan became the president of basketball operations for the team on January 19, 2000.


Liam Neeson is the latest star to join the cast of the upcoming comedy sequel Ted 2. Morgan Freeman has already been on set to film this week.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 10:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

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)


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

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