Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is February 16th, the 47th day of 2015. There are 318 days left in the year.

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Trade with Predators could signal Maple Leafs rebuild.

Former NHL defenseman Montador dies.

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

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Today's Birthdays: LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 58. Rapper-actor Ice-T (Law & Order: SVU) is 57. Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 56. Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) is 54.

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San Jose, CA. -- When the NHL's 2014-15 schedule came out, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper circled the five-game, 10-day road trip that began Sunday with a 5-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

Read the rest here.

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FEDERAL HOLIDAY - Today is Presidents Day.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors wrapped up the regular season this past Saturday, February 14th, by dropping a pair of games at the Florida Eels.

In the Empire game, the Juniors got two goals from Max Mulholland, but lost to the Eels 8-2. Tampa Bay's duo of Sam Coleman and Zac Gazzanna combined for 54 saves. The Juniors went 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill. The Empire team dropped 6 of their last 10, finishing the season third in the South, with a record of 26-11-0-3.

In the Elite game, goals from Jared and Brandon Goudreau weren't enough, as the Eels edged Tampa Bay 3-2. Michael Krch made 46 saves for the Juniors, who went 0-for-6 on the power play and 8-of-10 on the penalty kill.Tampa Bay finishes with a 5-5 mark to end the season, compiling a record of 22-14-0-4, good for fourth in the South.

The playoffs start this coming Thursday night, as the Empire Juniors host the Florida Eels. Game times are 5:00pm EST on both Thursday, February 19th and Friday, February 20th. If a third game is needed, it will be played on Saturday, February 21st at 8:45pm EST. The Elite series, to be played at the Florida Eels, is yet to be determined. All games can be seen on Fasthockey.com.

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On this date in 1741, Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle."

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Sinopoli: 'My Heart Is In Ottawa.'

Tino Time Again: Sunseri re-signs with Riders.

Please visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1948, NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre", which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.

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Tampa, FL. -- Did these four players – past and present – improve their chances of being picked by the Buccaneers with a strong Scouting Combine performance? It's quite possible, and that can be good or bad.

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The U.S. has issued new tougher policies governing the civilian use of drones. [There goes my idea for a Mother’s Day present.]

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Corvallis, OR. -- An offensive explosion from sophomore Sydney Wiese helped carry the No. 8/9 Oregon State women’s basketball team to a convincing 73-48 win over Arizona Sunday morning at Gill Coliseum.

Read the rest here.

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Pregnant mom Bonnie Northsea hoped to induce labor by performing the dance routine from the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller on her due date. The Gainesville, Florida's video performance has gone viral. Northsea wrote on Facebook that someone suggested dancing to Thriller to jump start labor. Loving the video, she decided to do the dance and record it. | VIDEO

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More Ninja practice.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son having the day off from school, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Playing For Keeps" hit #34 in the U.S. The song was the b-side of the song "Too Much." 

1970 - Elvis Presley recorded songs that would be the backbone of his upcoming album "On Stage." 

1972 - Elvis Presley recorded "An American Trilogy" live in concert at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. 

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After drunkenly crashing his car early yesterday, a Texas man fled the totaled vehicle, leaving behind his prosthetic arm.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles performed for the second time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They performed "She Loves You," "This Boy," "All My Loving," "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me To You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand." They had made their first appearance on the show only a week before. 

1968 - The Beatles flew to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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TV TONIGHT: STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE - A superstar cast of 19 artists salutes Stevie Wonder by performing his songs in this 2-hour special. (9p ET, CBS)

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Today in Sports History:

1962 - 
Jimmy Bostwick defeated his brother, Pete, to win the U.S. Open Court-Tennis championships for the third time. 

1969 - Alex Delvecchio (Detroit Red Wings) scored his 1,000th NHL point. 

1970 - Joe Frazier began his reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds. He lost the title on January 22, 1973, when he lost for the first time in his professional career to George Foreman. 

1972 - Los Angeles Laker Wilt Chamberlain topped the 30,000-point mark in his career during a game against the Phoenix Suns. He was the first NBA player to reach 30,000 points. 

1989 - Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox) signed a three year contract worth $7,500,000. 

1992 - The Los Angeles Lakers officially retired Magic Johnson's #32 jersey. Johnson was the fifth Laker player to have his jersey retired. The other players were Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

1992 - Michel Goulet (Chicago Black Hawks) became the 17th player to score 500 career goals. 

1997 - Jeff Gordon became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500. 

1997 - Mitch Richmond (Sacramento Kings) scored his 15,000th career point in a game against the Golden State Warriors. 

1999 - O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy was sold for $230,000. A court judgment ordered the trophy to be sold to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgment against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. 

2004 - The Pittsburgh Penguins lost their NHL-record 12th consecutive home game. 

2004 - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approved the swap of Alex Rodriguez (Texas Rangers) and Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees). The Rangers would also get a minor league player in the deal. 

2005 - The NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute. 

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Fifty Shades of Grey pulled in 80 million over the weekend. Kingsman: The Secret Service landed at No. 2 with $36 million.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings 10:30pm EST

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks 10:00pm EST

Thursday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Budweiser Duel #1 at Daytona International Speedway 7:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Budweiser Duel #2 at Daytona International Speedway 8:30pm EST

Friday --

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

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

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

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