Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is December 8th, the 341st day of 2014. There are 24 days left in the year.


Canadiens community honors 'The Great Jean.'

Brodeur to make home debut Monday for Blues.

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Today's Birthdays: Kim Basinger is 61. Author/political commentator Ann Coulter is 53. Teri Hatcher is 50. Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Lost) is 36.


Tampa, FL. -- Sergei Bobrovsky made save after save, again.

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On this date in 1765, Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, MA. Whitney invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production of interchangeable parts.


The Tampa Bay Juniors were in action over the weekend at the Palm Beach Hawks and the Empire and Elite teams both put together weekend sweeps.

On Saturday in the Empire game, Tampa Bay won 4-1, scoring twice in each of the first two periods. Steven Noyes scored three goals and Jonathan Grodzki the other, while Michael Demiceli and Benoit Chin added two assists each. Sam Coleman had 42 saves for the Juniors, who went 2-for-5 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill.

Also on Saturday, the Elite team won 3-1. Jack Stang, Trey Stern and Josh Ovitt scored goals, Stern added an assist and Michael Krch made 29 saves. Tampa Bay went 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Empire team won again, topping Palm Beach 5-4 in a shootout. Benoit Chin scored twice, Mason Ledbetter had a goal and assist, Max Mullholland and Steven Noyes chipped in with two assists a piece and Jonathan Grodzki and Ledbetter scored in the shootout. Zac Gazzana made 33 saves, plus two more in the shootout. Tampa Bay went 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Also on Sunday, the Elite Juniors edged the Palm Beach Hawks 6-5 in overtime. Brandon Goudreau had 2 goals and an assist, Christopher Astrom had a goal and assist, with his goal winning the game at 3:38 of the extra session. Richard Foy and Josh Basso also scored goals, Connor Smith added 3 assists. Michael Krch made 25 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-2 on the power ply and 1-of-1 on the penalty kill.

Next up for the Juniors, is the USPHL's Southern Showcase in Ellenton. On Thursday, December 18th, the Elite team plays the Richmond Generals at 7:45pm EST. On Friday, December 19th, the Empire team plays East Coast at 11:00am EST, the Elite team plays East Coast at 1:00pm EST and the Empire team plays Hampton Roads at 7:00pm EST. On Saturday, December 20th, the Elite team plays Hampton Roads at 9:00am EST, while the Empire team plays Richmond at 1pm EST and Atlanta at 8:00pm EST. On Sunday, December 21st, the Elite team plays Atlanta at 2:30pm EST and the Empire team plays Atlanta at 3:00pm EST. All games will be webcast on


On this date in 1952 on the show "I Love Lucy," a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.


Ultimate Replay: 102nd Grey Cup.

Ticats' Banks a near-hero left heartbroken.

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That Hunger Games sequel has won the box office for a third week. [But the streak may be coming to an end soon. There are now allegations that everyone participating in The Hunger Games is doping.]


Detroit, MI. -- Despite big games from the WR duo of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, the Bucs couldn't keep up with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the Lions Sunday in Detroit, falling to 2-11 on the season.

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Researchers tell us one in six cellphones has fecal matter on it. Enjoy your breakfast.


Portland, OR. --Victor Robbins scored a career-high 18 points and Gary Payton II registered his third consecutive double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, as Oregon State took down Portland in overtime, 65-58, at the Chiles Center on Saturday night.

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A two-faced Massachusetts cat named Frank and Louie has died at the ripe old age of 15. Frank and Louie was rushed to a vet where he was diagnosed with cancer. Owner Marty Stevens agreed to have Frank and Louie euthanized. Janus cats, so-called after the two-faced Roman god, usually live for only a few days.


I'll go in this room.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a drizzly Monday morning, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
The album "Elvis" hit #1 in the U.S. 

1960 - Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate. 

1973 - The Elvis Presley single "Raised on Rock" hit #36 in the U.K. 

1976 - Elvis Presley announced that "plans are under way now for a visit to London."


An alleged burglar is behind bars after police in Paris, Texas, found him sleeping outside the home he’d just stolen from. He later admitted to officers he was high on drugs.


Today in Beatles History:

1980 - 
In New York City, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed an album for Chapman. 

1984 - Ringo Starr was a guest on "Saturday Night Live." 

2000 - A statue of John Lennon sitting on a park bench was presented in Havana, Cuba. The statue was part of a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Lennon's assassination in New York City. 

2001 - In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a street was renamed "John Lennon Street" in honor of the late Beatle.


TV TONIGHT: SEASON PREMIERE: THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT - Back for a second season, each episode will feature 4 families who decorate the heck out of their homes hoping to win $50,000. (8p ET, ABC)


Today in Sports History:

1863 - 
Tom King of England defeated American John Heenan and became the first world heavyweight champion. 

1987 - Ron Hextall (Philadelphia Flyers) became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot and score a goal. His empty net goal made him only the second goalie to get credit for a goal in the NHL. 

1994 - In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 

1998 - The first female ice hockey game in Olympic history was played. Finland beat Sweden 6-0.

2000 - Mario Lemieux announced to the Pittsburgh Penguins that he planned to return to the National Hockey League (NHL) as a player at age 35. He would be the first modern owner-player in U.S. pro sports. 

2003 - The Orlando Magic ended their 19-game losing streak by beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98. 

2004 - In Michigan, five Indiana Pacers and seven fans were charged for various crimes related to a fight that broke out during a Pacers-Pistons game on November 19.


On this date in 1998, the FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 7:05pm EST


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

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