Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is September 1st, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

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Six-time all-star defenseman Vadnais dies.

Two Russian prospects adjust to North American life.

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

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The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY on this date in 1799. It was the forerunner of Chase Manhattan.

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Tampa, FL. -- Decades ago, when Tampa's waterfront was warehouses and blue-collar jobs, the jumbled street grid at the southern end of downtown might not have been a problem.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1807, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.

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Next up for the 7-2 Riders is a week 11 away game at the 6-4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, September 7th. Kickoff for the Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN.

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The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood on this date in 1810.

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Preview: New venue, historic rivalry pits Argos vs. Ticats.

Preview: Stamps, Esks fight for top spot on Labour Day.

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

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The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service on this date in 1859.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced the first six signings to their practice squad.

Read the rest here.

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Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. on this date in 1878. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston.

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Corvallis, OR. -- If you're a member of Beaver Nation, there was an awful lot not to like about Oregon State's season-opening 29-14 victory over Portland State Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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The Thomas A. Edison Construction Department and the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting merged on this date in 1884.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Once again, the Rays experienced the flip side for pitching a shutout in the previous game: a loss.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1887, Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.

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San Francisco, CA. -- The calendar is about to turn to September, but it's beginning to feel a lot like April and May again along the shores of McCovey Cove.

Read the rest here.

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Saskatchewan and Alberta became the ninth and tenth provinces of Canada on this date in 1905.

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Let's eat!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as everything being closed for Labor Day, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley shared his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac. 

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Love Me." 

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Hound Dog" hit #2 in the U.S. 

1957 - Jimi Hendrix went to see Elvis Presley perform at Sicks Stadium. 

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" hit #55 in the U.S. 

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

1979 - The album "Our Memories Of Elvis Volume 2" hit #157 in the U.S. 

1990 - The Elvis Presley album "The Great Performances" hit #62 in the U.K. 

2003 - The Elvis Presley album "White Christmas" was released. The album contained 25 Christmas songs. 

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The first daily news program on radio was "The Radio Digest," on WBAY radio in New York City, NY, debuting on this date in 1922.

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Today in Beatles History:


1986 - 
Paul McCartney released his "Press to Play" LP in the U.K. 

2005 - Ringo Starr published "Postcards from the Boys." 


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"Martin Kane, Private Eye" debuted on NBC-TV on this date in 1949.


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Today in Sports History:


1906 - 
Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox. 

1971 - Danny Murtaugh of the Pittsburgh Pirates gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball. 

1982 - J.R. Richard returned to major league baseball after a two year absence following a near-fatal stroke. 

1998 - Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 56th and 57th homeruns to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27. 

1999 - Twenty-two of major league baseball's 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. 

2004 - In Colorado, the sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant was dropped after the victim decided not to participate.


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The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV on this date in 1970. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965.


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HAMPTON, Ga. -- No wonder they call Kevin Harvick the "Closer."

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn on this date in 1979.

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HAMPTON, Ga. -- It was Tony Stewart's return to racing that dominated the headlines before Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but it was Kasey Kahne who stole the show -- and a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Read the rest here.

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The Titanic was found on this date in 1985 by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.

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FONTANA, Calif. – Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Read the rest here.

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The movie "Titanic" went on sale across North America on this date in 1998.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Completion of game suspended on 5/22) 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Starts 20-30 minutes after completion of suspended game)

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --
MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 7:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 1:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers 4:25pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT

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

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