Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is January 26th, the 26th day of 2015. There are 339 days left in the year.


Voracek, Tavares lead Team Toews to All-Star victory.

Watch: Darryl Sutter's son coaches players up.

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Today's Birthdays: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen is 60. Ellen DeGeneres is 57. Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) is 52. The Suleman octuplets (Octomom’s kids) are 6.


Columbus, OH. -- Steven Stamkos made his presence felt at the NHL All-Star Game.

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After going through the drive-through at Burger King Friday, a New Hampshire woman discovered that instead of the sweet tea and junior spicy chicken sandwich that she ordered, she got a bag full of money. Rather than keeping the cash — $2,631 — she came back to the restaurant with her husband and returned it.


The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire team played at the Palm Beach Hawks yesterday (January 25th) and a three-goal third period wasn't enough to come back from a 2-0 deficit after two, as the Hawks held on for a 4-3 win.

Third period goals for Tampa Bay were scored by Alex Trendall, Tyler Estermyer and Steven Noyes, but a pair of Palm Beach goals, scored after Trendall's counter, spelled the difference. Sam Coleman made 39 saves for the Juniors, who went 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

The Empire Juniors, now 25-7-0-3 and 3 points up on the second place Florida Junior Blades (who have 5 games in hand) are on the road this coming weekend, January 31st and February 1st, to play the Atlanta Junior Knights, along with the Elite Juniors. The Empire team plays Saturday at 5:00pm EST and Sunday at 8:00am EST. The Elite Juniors play Saturday at 8:00pm EST and Sunday at 11:00am EST. All games will be webcast on


On this date in 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States.


Returning Home: Riders trade Foley back to Toronto.

Breaux departure leaves hole in Ticats secondary.

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Americans will eat 2,300 tons of popcorn on Super Bowl Sunday. Too hi or too lo? (Lo! Americans will eat 4,000 tons of popcorn Sunday.)


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

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Sarah Palin is seriously considering running in 2016. [Which means that David Letterman is seriously rethinking retirement. ]


Tempe, AZ. -- The No. 8/9 Oregon State women’s basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 Sunday afternoon, as the Beavers defeated No. 12/13 Arizona State 68-57 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Both teams entered the contest as the only remaining undefeated sides in the conference.

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A mountain-size asteroid will zoom past Earth today (Monday), marking the closest pass by such a large space rock until 2027. Asteroid 2004 BL86, which is about 1,800 feet wide, will come within 745,000 miles of our planet today — about three times the distance between Earth and the moon.

… Most stargazers with a backyard telescope should be able to spot it tonight as it moves across the stars in the sky.


Jimmy dances for a Lightning Guys goal!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as celebrating my 60th birthday yesterday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1971 - 
Elvis Presley began a month-long, 57-show season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. 


A newborn named Nutella was renamed by a French court (in Valenciennes) after a judge ruled that the parents’ decision to the name the child after the food was against the child’s best interest. The judge renamed the child Ella after the parents failed to show up to court.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
The Beatles recorded covers of "Shake Rattle And Roll," "Kansas City," "Miss Ann," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Blue Suede Shoes," "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Tracks Of My Tears." 

1970 - John Lennon wrote and recorded "Instant Karma." 


TV TONIGHT: SUPER BOWL’S GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2015 - Boomer Esiason and Katharine McPhee (Scorpion) host a countdown of the best Super Bowl ads in this new special. (8p ET, CBS)


Today in Sports History:

1924 - 
Charles Jewtraw of the United States won the 500-meter speed skating. He was the first Gold Medalist at the Winter Olympics. 

1985 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in 49 games. 

1990 - Steffi Graf won her 48th consecutive match. 

1997 - ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. The Green Bay Packers won 35-21 over the New England Patriots. It was the third Super Bowl win for the Packers. 

2002 - Jennifer Capriati won Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne. 

2003 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden became the youngest coach to ever win a Super Bowl. It was the first Super Bowl appearance for the Buccaneers. 

2003 - In Berlin, Lindsay Benko broke the 400 freestyle world record. She became the first to go under the four-minute mark (3 minutes, 59.53 seconds). 

2003 - In Berlin, Thomas Rupprath set a new world record in the men's 100 medley. He came in at 52.58. 


American Sniper continues its dominance at the box office as it earned $64.37 million over the weekend.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:00pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Junior Knights 5:00pm 

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Junior Knights 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Junior Knights 8:00am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Atlanta Junior Knights 11:00am EST


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

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