Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is September 10th, the 252nd day of 2014. There are 113 days left in the year.


Bob Suter, member of 'Miracle on Ice' team, dies at 57.

Sabres owner Pegula agrees to buy NFL's Bills.

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Today's Birthdays: TV talker and author Bill O'Reilly is 65. Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 64. Colin Firth is 54.


New York, NY. -- Nathan MacKinnon knows a little something about how to excel as a rookie in the NHL.

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On this date in 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.


Officials Named for CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
Buffalo's First Niagara Center to Host 42 2015 NHL Draft-Eligible Players
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that refereesStephen Reneau (Sugar Creek, Mo.) and Stephen Thomson (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and linesmen Ryan Madsen (Loveland, Ohio) and Charlie O’Connor (Riverview, Fla.) have been selected as officials for the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
The event, which will feature 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft, is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, at First Niagara Center, home of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.
“The officials chosen to work this event are among the most talented in our officiating development program,” said Matt Leaf, USA Hockey’s director of officiating education program. “This assignment was earned by each of them through commitment to the profession and diligence to continuous improvement.”

Reneau has worked his way up through the USA Hockey officiating program over the past three seasons. He refereed games in the North American Hockey League in 2011-12, the United States Hockey League in 2012-13 and the ECHL in 2013-14. Thomson’s primary responsibility over the last three seasons has been officiating USHL games. He also has experience in the Central Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League.

Madsen has spent the last five seasons officiating games in the USHL and NAHL. Also, he has called games in the SPHL and ECHL. O’Connor has served as an official in the USHL and SPHL in the last two seasons. Additionally, he has worked in the American Hockey League.
All four officials are products of the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program, which educates and assigns officials for Tier I, II and III Junior leagues in the U.S.

For more information on the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, or to purchase tickets, visit

Notes: Tickets for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game are on sale now at … Mike Grier and Eddie Olczyk will serve as head coaches at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game … Players selected to compete in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... CCM-designed uniforms will be unveiled next week … The Buffalo Sabres and First Niagara Center are hosting the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game for the second time. They put on the inaugural event Sept. 29, 2012, when Team McClanahan beat Team Housley, 5-2.


The Lincoln Highway opened on this date in 1913. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the U.S.


Regina, SK. -- "Thats what championship teams do, they go in, they watch the film and they know what they want to do to get better and they come out and do it."

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Next up for the 8-2 Riders is a week 12 away game at the 2-7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, September 14th. Kickoff for the game at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton is set for 1:00pm 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


The Ayus Autobahn in Germany opened near Berlin on this date in 1921. The road is known for its nonexistent speed limit.



Video Analysis: Pedersen Weighs in on Durant Injury.

Nye: Tino time in Riderville.

Rough News: Durant to undergo surgery, season likely over.

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Tuesday, Apple unveiled larger phones and a wristwatch. [Larger phones and a wristwatch? Apparently, Apple has also perfected a time machine back to the '90s.]


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to bolster their pass-rush by re-signing Larry English.

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Married Americans are now, for the first time, a minority of the population. 50.2% of 248 million Americans over 16 are single, a first since they started tracking the information in 1976. The "never-married" population has risen from 22.1% in 1976 to 30.4% today, while divorced, separated, or widowed Americans went from 15.3% to 20%.


New York, NY. -- The road Rays continued to roll Tuesday night, when they took an early lead against the Yankees and came away with a 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium.

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What will $1 million buy in New York City? A diamond-encrusted Cartier men's watch. A small fleet of 2014 Bentley Continentals. Or maybe your very own parking spot. A new development, 42 Crosby Street, is pushing the limits of New York City real estate to new heights with 10 underground parking spots that will cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold upstairs. The million-dollar parking spots will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to buyers at the 10-unit luxury apartment building.


San Francisco, CA. -- Yusmeiro Petit's late-season success, which continued Tuesday night with the Giants' 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, is nothing new. He also thrived toward the end of the 2013 campaign. The difference is that this time around, more people are watching.

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"Popeye" was heard on NBC radio for the first time on this date in 1935.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your morning coffee, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Record stores were swamped with requests for Elvis' "Love Me Tender" which had not been released yet. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "Moody Blue" #3 in the U.K. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "Blue Hawaii" hit #26 in the U.K. 

1978 - A 10-day Elvis Presley convention ended at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. 


Eddie Cantor began working on TV on the "Colgate Comedy Hour" on NBC on this date in 1950.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles were awarded "Top Vocal Group Of The Year" at the Variety Club of Great Britain luncheon. 

1963 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney offered the song "I Wanna Be Your Man" to the Rolling Stones. 

2001 - It was announced that Paul McCartney would read original poetry at the 21st Poetry Olympics on October 4.


Swanson began selling its first "TV dinner" on this date in 1953.


Today in Sports History:

1972 - 
Gayle Sayers of the Chicago Bears retired from the National Football League (NFL). 

1974 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league baseball record when he stole his 105th base of the season. 

1988 - Steffi Graf achieved tennis' first Grand Slam since Margaret Court in 1970. 

1992 - In Minneapolis, MN, a federal jury struck down professional football's limited free agency system. 

2002 - Gary Suter retired from the NHL after a 17 year career. 

2006 - Roger Federer won his third straight U.S. Open and his 12th overall.


A 20-year-old man from Brighton, England, was arrested after coming to a house as officers carried out a search. The search at the house was for drugs. The 20-year-old who showed up while cops were there was carrying drugs.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT


MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered By Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway 3:30pm EDT

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 10:00am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- 400 at Chicagoland Speedway 1:00pm EDT

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

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs St. Louis Rams 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT


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

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