Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Wednesday

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


Today is September 17th, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.


Blue Jackets' Davidson upset with Johansen talks.

Ducks sign Smith-Pelly to two-year contract.

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Today's Birthdays: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 75. Comedian Rita Rudner is 61. Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Early Edition) is 49. Director-producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men Films) is 49.


Antioch, TN. -- Thursday marks the opening of the 2014 Tampa Bay Lightning training camp. Camp is set to open at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa.

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Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system on this date in 1872.


Regina, SK. -- "I think every season you have, brings its own story line." Luc Mullinder explains why losing your starting quarterback isn't necessarily a bad thing if you have depth at the position.

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Next up for the 8-3 Riders is a week 13 home game with the 1-9 Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday, September 21st. Kickoff for the game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina is set for 4:00pm 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 first transcontinental airplane flight started on this date in 1911. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.



Video: Ultimate Replay: Week 12.

Stand By Me: Chamblin, Riders back Sunseri.

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Pope Francis has been officially targeted by ISIS. [But the pontiff says that he's not worried. He has protection from on high. That's right, he's hired Chuck Norris.]


Tampa, FL. --
Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV on this date in 1930.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Sandwiched between the pregame accolades and gifts for Derek Jeter, and the fastball that hit him on the left wrist in the eighth inning, the Rays played one of their better games in recent memory, coming away 6-1 winners over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

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McDonald's is crowdsourcing its next hit burger with the expansion of its build-your-own burger trials, which are currently underway at four locations in Southern California. The build-your-own-burger trials let customers pick out their own burger toppings, with 22 options in total, including guacamole, bacon, grilled onions, chili-lime tortilla strips and spicy mayo.


Phoenix, AZ. -- Somebody slipped truth serum into the Giants' water supply Tuesday. After San Francisco's taut 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, a couple of Giants who were instrumental in ending the team's three-game losing streak confessed to scoreboard-watching and contemplating a Wild Card playoff -- activities that players insist they avoid.

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A Massachusetts (Easthampton) woman was charged with assault and battery for allegedly burning a woman's right butt cheek with a lit cigarette and striking her left butt cheek with a spatula.


Jimmy on the ride home.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a big ol' rain storm, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - 
Elvis Presley's single "A Mess Of Blues" hit #2 in the U.K. 

1962 - Elvis Presley resumed filming work on "It Happened At The World Fair" in Hollywood. 

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

1977 - Elvis Presley's single "Return To Sender" hit #42 in the U.K. 

1977 - Elvis Presley's album "That't The Way It Is" hit #34 in the U.K. 

1994 - The Elvis Presley compilation "The Essential Collection" hit #6 in the U.K.


TV TONIGHT: SEASON FINALE: AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran and Train are all set to perform on tonight's finale before the winner is announced. (8p ET, NBC)


Today in Beatles History:

1976 - 
Ringo Starr released "Ringo's Rotogravure."


It's a daughter for Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling. The actress gave birth to a baby girl on Friday in Los Angeles. It's the first child for both the 40-year-old star and her 33-year-old actor.


Today in Sports History:

1920 - 
The American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, OH. It was the precursor to the National Football League (NFL). 

1953 - Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as 'Mr. Cub'. 

1961 - The Minnesota Vikings were debuted as the new National Football League (NFL) team. 

1983 - Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds, retired after 16 years as a catcher. 

1983 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox broke Hank Aaron's major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game. 

1984 - Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run. 

2004 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 700th home run.


Watch this commercial out of the Philippines for Coca-Cola. Yes, it's an ad for Coke, but it's much more. You'll get it about half way in. | link


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 3:40pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 8:25pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:10pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- 300 at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:40pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:00am EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa Redblacks 2:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT


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

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