Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is September 21st, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.

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Penguins practice without Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz.

Kraft Hockeyville kicks off a celebration of community.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Joan Jett is 56. Scott Baio is 54. Tom Felton (Harry Potter films) is 27.

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Brandon, FL. -- Instead of lacing up his skates, Steven Stamkos stayed in the medical room on the fourth day of Lightning training camp.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General on this date in 1789.

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Scores from Saturday, September 20th: In the Elite game, it was Palm Beach Hawks 3, Tampa Bay Juniors 1. And in the Empire game, it was Tampa Bay Juniors 6, Palm Beach Hawks 2.

Scores from Sunday, September 21st: In the Elite game, it was Palm Beach 4, Tampa Bay 1. The Empire game was postponed with just over 14 minutes left in the first period and the score tied 0-0, due to a player injury. No make-up date has been announced.

Next weekend, on Saturday, September 27th,the Empire hosts the Junior Blades at 5:15pm EDT and the Elite team hosts the Roswell Bulldogs (formerly the Space Coast Hurricanes) at 8:00pm EDT. On Sunday, September 28th, the Empire team plays at the Junior Blades at 12:00pm EDT and the Elite teams hosts Roswell at 12:00pm EDT. All games to be webcast on Fasthockey.com.

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U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on this date in 1862. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ final offensive play of Sunday’s first half was, for a diversion, flawlessly executed.

Read the rest here.

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 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com.

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Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone on this date in 1903.

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Hall of a Win: Als shock Stamps on HOF Weekend.

Storm Surge: Ticats battle back to stun Esks.


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


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Commercial television began in Great Britain on this date in 1955. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

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Tampa, FL. --
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive struggles have been blamed on Tampa 2, a lot. But that's not exactly accurate, and the issue has been execution more than scheme.



Read the rest here.


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A tour ship ran aground near the Statue of Liberty. Fortunately, there were no injuries. [Just a chance for some once-in-a-lifetime selfies.]


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Corvallis, OR. -- Tailbacks Terron Ward and Storm Woods each scored twice and Oregon State wore down San Diego State 28-7 on Saturday night before a crowd of 41,339 at Reser Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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Chelsea could be within the last week and a half of her pregnancy. Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, have been pretty tight-lipped about the pregnancy since it was announced in April. But proud grandfather-to-be Bill Clinton may have let a little news slip. He said during a Sunday CNN interview, "I hope by the first of October, I'll be a grandfather. I can't wait. We're on watch now."

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Tropicana Field never felt like home sweet dome in 2014, and that seemed to be the simple message reiterated on Sunday as the White Sox defeated the Rays, 10-5, to cap the Rays' home schedule.


Read the rest here.


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Autumn begins tonight (Monday) so it's only fitting that Pumpkin spice Oreos are making their debut in two days (September 24). Everything else in the world already comes in pumpkin spice flavor, so why not?


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San Diego, CA. -- The Giants' three-game confrontation against Los Angeles beginning Monday won't unfold the way they had expected. Qualifying for the postseason remains the Giants' goal, but they'll be playing to clinch a Wild Card berth, not the National League West title. Moreover, the Giants could endure the sting of watching the Dodgers celebrate the division championship in front of them.


Read the rest here.



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Worst neighbor ever? A Queens, New York, man plastered pornographic pictures in his windows so his neighbor would move away. The man denies it; he says he's just trying to dry out the photos.


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I like chocolate milk!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Weston Dressler at number one on ESPN's Top Ten, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - 
Elvis Presley left for Bremerhaven for a tour of duty in Germany. The ship was the U.S.S. Randall.

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TV TONIGHT: THE BLACKLIST - Season 2 begins a few months after the events of the season finale. Mary Louise Parker (RED) and Krysten Ritter (Veronica Mars) guest star. (10p ET, NBC)

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
The Beatles appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. 


1980 - John Lennon signed with Geffen Records.

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On this date in 1964, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted on NBC-TV.

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Today in Sports History:

1927 - 
In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight. 

1934 - The NHL approved a new rule that allowed the awarding of penalty shots. 

1968 - Cesar Tovar became the second major league baseball player to play all nine positions in one game. 

1969 - Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run. 

2006 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) tied Hank Aaron's National League home run record when he hit his 733rd.

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MAZE RUNNER WINS BOX OFFICE; SEQUEL SCHEDULED FOR 2015 - After earning $32.5 million during its debut weekend, beating out Liam Neeson's "A Walk Among the Tombstones" and the dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You" for the top spot at the box office, Fox has announced the release date for the follow-up to "The Maze Runner." It'll be called "The Scorch Trials," and it's less than a year away - September 18.


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SPARTA, Ky. -- Brendan Gaughan capitalized on the opportunity to utilize the high line on the final restart of Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway to win his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season.

Read the rest here.

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The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon on this date in 1966.

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Out of the maelstrom that was New Hampshire Motor Speedway sped Joey Logano, who took control of Sunday's Sylvania 300 on a restart with 27 laps left and held on to win the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Read the rest here.

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Keely Smith received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this date in 1998.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Tuesday --

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Nashville Predators 7:30pm EDT

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

Wednesday --

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

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

Thursday --

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)

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

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