Friday, February 20, 2015

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is February 20th, the 51st day of 2015. There are 314 days left in the year.


Watch: Honda nightly recap for Thurs., Feb. 19.

Stadium Series return to roots for wrestler Young.

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Today's Birthdays: Sidney Poitier is 88. Former NBA star Charles Barkley is 52. Cindy Crawford is 49. Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys is 40. Rihanna is 27.


Phoenix, AZ. -- Greetings from the desert, where the Lightning are prepping for Saturday’s contest against Arizona. Five random thoughts …

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Researchers have discovered that ants are so tidy that they create restroom areas in their nests. [And they always remember to turn on the exhaust fan.]


The Tampa Bay Juniors broke open a one-goal game with a three-goal third period last night to best the Florida Eels 6-2, in game one of the USPHL's Empire South playoffs in Ellenton.

After an Eels goal just past the midway mark of the opening period started the scoring, Max Mulholland evened the scored just 98 seconds later, off assists from Josh Basso and Peter Lopez to tie the game 1-1. Tampa Bay would take the lead in the waning moments of the period, as Steven Noyes tipped home a Benoit Chim blast from the blue line for a power play goal with just 13 seconds left in the opening period, to give the Juniors a 2-1 lead.

In the second period, the Eels would tie the game with a power play goal at the 3:25 mark of the middle frame. The game would stay tied until the latter stages of the period when another power play goal, this one scored by Noyes from Chin at 17:24, put the Juniors on top for good, 3-2.

Tampa Bay busted it open with three third period goals. Tanner Frankich scored from the left circle at 11:51, assisted by Mulholland and Chin, putting the Juniors on top 4-2. The lead grew just over three minutes later, as Mason Ledbetter stole the puck and gunned one home at 15:07 for a 5-2 lead. Noyes would wrap up the scoring and round out his hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 19:28, giving Tampa Bay the 6-2 win.

The Juniors were outshot 35-33. Sam Coleman had a strong game in goal, making 33 saves. Tampa Bay was 2-for-4 on the power play and 4-of-5 with a shorthanded goal on the penalty kill.

The USPHL Empire South playoffs continue this afternoon, as the Tampa Bay Juniors host the Florida Eels at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, with face-off set for 5:00pm EST. Game three, if necessary, is set for 8:45pm EST Saturday night. All games can be seen on


On this date in 1962, John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.


FA15: Kevin Glenn Heading Back to Riderville.

John Chick inks extension with Roughriders.

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On this date in 1965, Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface.


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

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Alaska has been named the happiest and healthiest state in the nation. In 2013, Alaska held the eighth position on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. One year later, the state climbed to the top of the list for the first time since 2008. To compile the list, researchers interviewed 176,000 United States residents. Each participant was asked to rate their happiness and health on a scale of 0 to 100. The categories include social life, financial stability, physical well-being, community involvement, and purpose in life.


Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State’s 14-game Gill Coliseum winning streak was snapped but the Beavers gave No. 9 Utah all it could handle on Thursday night in a 47-37 setback before a vocal crowd of 6,124.

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On this date in 1987, after 11 years, David Hartman left ABC’s "Good Morning America."


Look Daddy, I'm a Ninja Turtle!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as winning a playoff hockey game, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1955 - 
Elvis Presley began another Jamboree Attractions tour. This show was billed as a "WSM Grand Ole Opry." 

1964 - Vernon Presley wrote to Joe Esposito reprimanding him for sloppy bookkeeping and warning him of the consequences. 

1967 - Elvis Presley bought a red chestnut gelding and a palomino mare. 

1969 - Elvis Presley bought a microfilm reader from Eastman Kodak. He subsequently had more than 4,000 personal items microfilmed. 

1973 - Variety reported that Elvis Presley had been offered $500,000 for six London concerts at the Earl's Court Stadium. The Colonel turned down the offer. 

1977 - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Elvis Presley invited Terry Alden, Ginger's sister, on stage to play a short selection of classical music on the piano. 

2005 - Broadway previews began for the musical "All Shook Up." 


If a Mercedes or Ranger Rover SUV are a bit too low-rent for your lifestyle, Rolls Royce has the family hauler for you. The Rolls Royce Cullinan — named after the famed 3,000 carat diamond — is coming in 2018. The SUV will have a sticker of $340,000.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - 
The X-rated film "Candy" premiered. It was Ringo Starr's first non-musical role in a film. 

1970 - John Lennon's "Instant Karma" was released in the U.S.


Police in Florida (Marion County) are searching for a suspect who stole 75 panties worth $1,188 from a Victoria’s Secret store.


Today in Sports History:

1887 - 
The first minor league baseball association was organized in Pittsburgh. 

1929 - The Boston Red Sox announced that they would begin playing games on Sunday. 

1930 - Clint Benedict (Montreal Maroons) became the first goalie to wear a mask in the NHL. Benedict wore the mask temporarily during an injury. 

1943 - Phil Wrigley and Branch Rickey chartered the All-American Girls Softball League. 

1952 - Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League. 

1958 - Racing jockey Eddie Arcaro got win number 4,000, as he rode the winner at Santa Anita race track in Southern California. 

1971 - Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins) became the quickest NHL player to reach 50 goals in a season. 

1974 - Gordie Howe came out of retirement to play for the Houston Aeros with his two sons. 

1993 - The New York Islanders retired Billy Smith's #31. 

1993 - The Florida Marlins opened their first spring training camp. 

1997 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) signed a contract worth $22.9 million over 2 years. 

2000 - Garth Brooks began training with the New York Mets. 

2002 - ESPN and the Liberty Bowl signed a contract that extended through 2008. 

2004 - Defenseman Sergei Zubov (Dallas Stars) posted his 600th point.  


IN THEATERS - The Duff (PG-13); Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (R); McFarland, USA (PG)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:00pm EST (Game Two)

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Odessa Jackalopes 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway 3:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Arizona Coyotes 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Odessa Jackalopes 8:05pm EST

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:45pm EST (Game Three - If necessary)

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 7:00pm EST


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

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