Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is October 20th, the 292nd day of 2014. There are 73 days left in the year.


Around the League notebook for Sunday, Oct. 19.

Lightning recall Drouin, Witkowski from AHL.

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Today's Birthdays: Tom Petty is 64. Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) is 56. Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion is 43. John Krasinski (The Office, married to Emily Blunt) is 35.


Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay got off to a good start on its first road trip of the season, holding off the Vancouver Canucks for a 4-2 victory at Rogers Arena. The Lightning grabbed the opening goal in the game's first minute and never trailed. Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals, Ryan Callahan added the game-winner and Ben Bishop made 30 quality saves to push the Bolts record to 3-1-1 (7 points).

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On this date in 1774, the new Continental Congress, the governing body of America’s colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies "discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment."


Coming up next for the 9-7 Riders is a week 18 road game at the 13-2 Calgary Stampeders on Friday, October 24th. Game time at Calgary's McMahon Stadium is 9:30pm 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


On this date in 1803, the U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.



Crowded House: Als top Argos; create bigger race in East.

Book Your Flights: Stamps edge Bombers to clinch first.

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The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel on this date in 1818.


Tampa, FL. -- Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look like they're on a crash course for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Researchers say that the 1998 Canadian ice storm was so stressful that pregnant mothers passed on the stress in their DNA to their kids. [One kid is now 16 but still runs and hides under his bed every time he hears the refrigerator’s ice maker kick in.]


Seattle, WA. -- The Oregon State cross country team finished first at the Emerald City Open on Saturday, upsetting the host Seattle University Redhawks at Lower Woodland Park.

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A Kansas City, Missouri, man combined two things during a marathon Saturday. David Babcock combined running and knitting at the Kansas City Marathon. Last year Babcock set the world record for knitting the longest scarf while running in a marathon — 12 feet, one and three-fourths inches long. This year Babcock did finger knitting to prepare for the upcoming New York City Marathon. He switched to finger knitting because security is tight and he wouldn’t be able to bring needles and hooks.


Kansas City, MO. -- Being a man of mystery agrees with Giants closer Santiago Casilla. Hitters have no idea what pitch the right-hander will throw them -- or, as often happens, throw past them.

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"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" debuted on NBC radio on this date in 1930.


Here comes Jimmy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as waiting for the World Series to start, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1955 - 
Elvis Presley performed at Brooklyn High School in Cleveland. The show was filmed for the documentary "The Pied Piper Of Cleveland - A Day In The Life Of A Famous Disc Jockey." 

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" hit #74 in the U.S. 

1956 - RCA released the single to Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" prior to the movie premiere. The company had received 856,237 advance orders for the single. 

1960 - The Elvis Presley film "G.I. Blues" premiered. 

1961 - Elvis Presley's single "King Of The Whole Wide World" hit #30 in the U.S.


A Tennessee (Monroe County) man who was wanted for stealing a car and shoplifting was discovered inside the closet of another person’s house, casually eating a big bowl of salad.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
Plastic Ono Band released the song "Cold Turkey." 

1980 - John Lennon released the song "(Just Like) Starting Over" in the U.S. 

2008 - A documentary "All Together Now" was released. It showed the making of the Cirque de Soleil show "LOVE."


The new World War II film Fury starring Brad Pitt battled to the top of the weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $23.5 million in the U.S. and Canada and pushing Gone Girl out of the No. 1 spot.


Today in Sports History:

1910 - 
A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time. 

1936 - The Associated Press released its first weekly college football poll. Minnesota was ranked first. 

1963 - Clem Daniels (Oakland Raiders) ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-26 victory over the New York Jets. 

1965 - Gordie Howe scored two goals in the NHL All-Star game against the Montreal Canadiens. Howe broke the All-Star Game record with the eighth and ninth of his career. 

1972 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) hit a home run off the first pitch from Catfish Hunter (Oakland) in Game 5 of the World Series. 

1973 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed a bill that authorized a national medal to commemorate Jim Thorpe. 

1982 - In Moscow, 340 people were crushed to death at a Soviet-Dutch soccer game. Police had herded the fans down an open, icy staircase. The details of the incident were not published in the USSR until seven years later. 

1989 - The Houston Cougars ran up 1,021 yards against Southern Methodist University. The final score was 95-21. 

1990 - George Steinbrenner was a guest on "Saturday Night Live." 

1990 - The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series in four games against the Oakland Athletics. 

1993 - The Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies played for four hours and fourteen minutes (due to rain) and achieved a total of 29 runs. The Blue Jays won the game 15-14. 

1996 - Andruw Jones (Atlanta Braves), nineteen years old, became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series. He hit two home runs against the New York Yankees. 

1996 - The Tampa Bay Lightning played their first game in the new Ice Palace. 

2004 - The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the AL Championship. The Red Sox had been down 3-0 in the series. 


LINKS WE LIKE - A 1980s Wendy’s training video.


TALLADEGA, Ala.-- In a must-win situation at Talladega Superspeedway, Brad Keselowski did exactly that, preserving his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship hopes with a victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500.

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On this date in 1955, "No Time for Sergeants" opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre. The show starred Andy Griffith and Don Knotts made his Broadway debut. The last show was on September 14, 1957.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Edmonton Oilers 9:30pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 1) 8:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Calgary Flames 9:00pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 2) 8:00pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 3) 8:00pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders 9:30pm EDT

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:20pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Cardinal 3:30pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Minnesota Wild 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 4) 8:00pm EDT 

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 9:30am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Minnesota Vikings 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Kansas City Royals (World Series Game 5) 8:00pm EDT (If necessary)


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

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