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Monday 9.30.13
Today's Trivia: She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the TV series The Nanny, and for her nasal voice and thick New York accent. Who is she?

Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans yesterday and the first 4-and-0 start in franchise history. Houston failed to score on two possessions in overtime. The Seahawks got the win on their second drive in overtime after rallying from a 20-3 deficit. The Seahawks rallied to tie it at 20-20 on an interception return for a touchdown by Richard Sherman in the fourth quarter. The NFL's best defense held Houston scoreless after halftime. The Seahawks are at Indianapolis to face the Colts next Sunday.

With wind and rain wreaking havoc throughout Husky Stadium on Saturday night, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian turned to the ground game and running back Bishop Sankey time and time again. Sankey had carried just four times last week in a blowout win over Idaho State. Against Arizona, Sarkisian put the game on Sankey's back. Sankey carried a school-record 40 times for 161 yards and a touchdown and Keith Price threw for two scores to lead now No. 15 Washington to a 31-13 victory over the Wildcats. The Huskies meet the Cardinal at Stanford next Saturday.

Speaking of Stanford, their quarterback, Kevin Hogan, saw what Washington State was trying to do, pushing its defense closer to the line of scrimmage and daring Stanford to try and go over the top. Hogan and the Cardinal were more than happy to pick apart the Cougars defense by going deep. Hogan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and Stanford won its 12th straight with a 55-17 rout of the Cougars on Saturday night. The Cougs are at Berkeley to face California next Saturday.

Oakland had a pair of four-run innings and the Athletics closed out the regular season with a 9-0 win over Seattle yesterday in Eric Wedge's final game as Mariners manager. The A's now turn their attention to the AL Division Series against Detroit that begins Friday in Oakland, while Seattle enters the offseason with another managerial search on the docket. Oakland finished with 96 wins, the most since reaching that total in 2003. Seattle finished 71-91 and went a 12th straight season without the making the playoffs. More importantly, they'll now be seeking another manager with Wedge's decision to walk away from the Mariners messy situation. Wedge announced on Friday he would not return to the club in 2014. On Saturday, Wedge clarified that his uncertain contract status wasn't the reason he decided not to return next season. He said, "If they'd offered me a 5-year contract, I'm not coming back here." Wedge said the reason behind his departure was a difference of opinion between him and the Mariners' front office: CEO Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and GM Jack Zduriencik. Wedge said, "My vision of the future and theirs are just different."

Today is Monkey Bars Day, a day to go to the park and see if you can still do your old tricks. Be careful. Today is National Lemon Ice Cream and Cake Appreciation Day. Today is Do Something Wacky with a Grandparent Day. It’s suggested that you take pictures. Today is Stapler Day. It was patented today in 1841.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, James Dean died in an automobile accident. In 1960, the first prime-time cartoon for adults, The Flintstones, premiered on ABC-TV. Alan Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone; Jean Vander Pyl was Wilma and Pebbles; Mel Blanc was Barney Rubble and Dino the Dinosaur; Bea Benaderet was Betty; and Don Messick was Bamm Bamm. In 1971, the Washington Senators played their last game in Washington before moving to Arlington, Texas. They were forced to forfeit the game to the New York Yankees when fans stormed the field trying to take souvenirs. In 1982, Cheers made its television premier. The Boston bar, where everybody knows your name. In 1993, George Harrison and David Crosby made guest appearances on The Simpsons.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 slurped up the box office over the weekend. The animated Sony sequel opened in first place and earned $35 million in its opening weekend. The original "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" nabbed $30.3 million during its opening weekend in 2009. Last week's top film, Prisoners, slid to second place. The Formula One tale Rush, directed by Ron Howard, drove into the third position. Baggage Claim opened in fourth place, while Don Jon debuted in fifth place.

Saturday night's scheduled concert with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson at The Gorge Amphitheatre was cancelled due to severe, unseasonable weather. The decision to cancel was made unanimously by representatives of the artists and promoter Live Nation, solely in the interest of audience, artist and crew safety. Jeff Trisler, the President of Live Nation Northwest and long-time promoter of The Gorge concert series said, "In 27 years of producing shows at The Gorge we had previously never cancelled a show due to weather. The decision to do so was not made lightly. It was only after careful deliberation with show production, artist management and venue management that this difficult decision was reached. The show was loaded in and the artists were on-site ready to perform. We all felt given the severe circumstance with the weather, cancellation was the lesser evil, rather than risking a serious injury to anybody at the venue," Full refunds are available by returning tickets to the place of purchase.

Apple's recently released mobile operating system iOS 7 is making some people nauseous, or so they believe. A small number of users are complaining that the background parallax effect -- which creates the illusion of depth in device screens -- and the app transition animations are making them feel ill. There is a way to tame the iOS 7 parallax effect. In the Settings > General > Accessibility menu, there's a Reduce Motion option that does just what its name suggests, though it does not alter the app transition animation.

A woman in Flint, Michigan, told police she was sleeping on her couch when, unbeknownst to her at the time, two men had broken into her home. That is until one of their phones went off. Unfortunately they were able to get away with a TV. But that's all they got.

Ever dreamed of having an epic "lightsaber" battle with your mortal enemy? Secretly wish you could be "Darth Vader?" Thanks to a team of scientists from Harvard and MIT, your dreams can now be a reality. Well, sort of. According to the Associated Press, a team of physicists have "discovered a new form of matter which they say behaves much like the iconic weapon from Star Wars." The developers have created what are essentially lasers that can whack against each other. Harvard professor Mikhail Lukin says, "The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies," but they’re not sure if they are the deadliest weapon in the galaxy quite yet. However, you get the feeling that this will take the next Star Wars convention to a new level.

Trivia Answer: Francine Joy Drescher -- Fran Drescher -- who turns 56 today. Not surprisingly, she was born in Queens, New York. Drescher made her screen debut with a small role in the 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever, and later appeared in American Hot Wax in 1978 and Wes Craven's horror tale Summer of Fear in 1978. In the 1980s, she gained recognition as a comedic actress in the films The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, This Is Spinal Tap, and UHF while establishing a television career with guest appearances on several series. In 1993, she achieved wider fame as Fran Fine in her own sitcom vehicle The Nanny, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series during the show's run. She currently lives in Malibu, California.

Friday 9.27.13
Today's Trivia: She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991. In the early 90s, she was engaged for six months to Brad Pitt, before the engagement was called off. She had an on and off three year relationship with Ben Affleck from 1997 to late 2000. They first dated from November 1997 to January 1999. In October of 2002, she met Chris Martin. Who is she?

Coming up tomorrow, the No. 16 Washington Huskies have their nationally televised Pac-12 opener against the Arizona Wildcats. Fox has the game at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow night at 7:00, the Washington State Cougars meet Stanford at CenturyLink.

The undefeated Seattle Seahawks are already feeling this could be a special season, and improving to 4-0 for the first time would be another huge move toward that end. Their next opponent is Houston, and the Texans are no slouches on defense either. Houston is 2-and-1 and is second to Seattle in yards allowed in the NFL. The Seahawks are 3-0 for the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since 2006. Their defense is also the stingiest on the scoreboard, limiting teams to just nine points a game. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said going against the top defense in the NFL every day in practice has helped the offense get better. He hopes that will help in dealing with Houston this week. Kick-off is at 10 Sunday morning.

Now in his 40th season coaching the Thunderbirds, and 46th overall, Tumwater High School football coach Sid Otton is on the brink of reaching another milestone in his illustrious career -- career victory No. 350 -- when the No. 2-ranked T-Birds host Capital in the 2A Evergreen Conference opener tonight at Tumwater District Stadium.

The Mariners were idle yesterday. They open their final series of the year tonight with the Oakland As at Safeco. Game one features Felix Hernandez and Bartolo Colon.

Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day. Where would we be without them? Today is World Tourism Day. Today is National Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day. It's National Chocolate Milk Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1976, poet Hondo Crouch died. He was the owner, police chief, and city manager of Luckenbach, Texas. In 1989, Sony shelled out $3.4 billion in cash for Columbia Pictures. In 1991, a Decatur, Alabama, auto dealership accepted a 450-pound bull as part trade-in on a Lincoln Town Car. In 1998, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire's record-breaking season ended with his 69th and 70th home runs (insert asterisk here). In 2004, NBC announced that Conan O'Brien would take over for Jay Leno the Tonight show in 2009.

Saturday Night Live premiers tomorrow night. Tina Fey is hosting with musical guest Arcade Fire.

It seems as though children are starting to drink coffee younger and younger, but a recent study by the University Children’s Hospital Zurich suggests that too much caffeine could have negative effects on children’s brain development. When given caffeine equivalent to four cups of coffee per day, research showed that pubescent rats’ brain development slowed considerably, causing the rats to become more shy and nervous, and delaying their maturing processes. Humans and other mammals have particularly intensive sleeping patterns during puberty, and the disturbance of that pattern in adolescents can be harmful to mental development.

We all know how annoying it is to be at dinner with someone who just won’t stop looking at their phone. Well a restaurant in Beirut, Lebanon called Bedivere Eatery & Tavern now offers its customers a ten percent discount if they will leave their phone in their custody and socialize. The eatery’s mission is to bring back real-life socializing and "genuine connections with new people and friends."

A new study reveals 15% of adults in the US don't use the Internet or email -- at all. Some don't use the Internet because they find it confusing or too hard, but 3.3 million simply have no interest.

If your wife is cheating on you, chances are it's with someone she works with, according to a new survey. A slimy website that specializes in fixing people up who are already in relationships found that 36% of cheating women did so with someone they met at work.

Who in their right mind would pay $2,000 for a single, 12.7 oz. bottle of beer? Quite a lot of people, it turns out, judging by the frenzy unleashed Wednesday over the release of 'Dave' -- an English Barley wine from Hair of the Dog Brewing in Portland, Oregon that sold out less than five hours after it went on sale. Admittedly, it was just a tiny batch of 12 bottles, but still.

A recent study by Benenden Health has shown that, on average, men stop keeping up with their physical appearance at the age of 46, while women continue until the age of 59. The study also revealed that "seven in ten men don't worry regularly about the way they look, while more than half said they don't really take any pride in their appearance." The research also found that women are twice as likely to lack self-confidence. However, those statistics change a little with newlyweds, stating it takes just 26 months after tying the knot for the average person, male or female, to stop caring about their looks.

Back in the late 90s, Christine McVie left Fleetwood Mac, and she hasn’t played with them since, but on Wednesday night, she rejoined her old bandmates when they performed at London’s O2 Arena. McVie helped the group out on Don’t Stop during the second of three nights at the venue. They’ll be back onstage there tonight and singer Stevie Nicks told the BBC that Christine will be back for a song during that gig as well. Meanwhile, former member Peter Green, who left the band in 1970, was in the crowd and Stevie dedicated the song Landslide to him.

Trivia Answer: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow who turns 41 today. She and Chris Martin from Coldplay married on December 5th of 2003. Their first child, a daughter named Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born in May of 2004. Their second child, a boy named Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born in April of 2006. Gwyneth's husband has spent a fair amount of time on the music charts but Gwyneth has been there, too. She made her professional singing debut in the 2000 film Duets. She, along with Huey Lewis, performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson's Cruisin'. The song was well-received and released as a single and charted. In fact, the tune song went to number one in Australia.

Thursday 9.26.13
Today's Trivia: She was Catherine Chandler in the television series Beauty and the Beast. Who is she?

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight scoreless innings in Seattle's 6-0 win against Kansas City last night, eliminating the Royals from the playoff hunt. Ms are idle today and then open their final series of the year tomorrow night with Oakland at Safeco.

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge says he feels like he's "hanging out there" with little clarity regarding his future with the organization. Wedge spoke before last night's game against Kansas City, his first comments about his job status. Wedge's contract -- originally a three-year deal -- expires after the season and Wedge indicated he's been given no word about whether he'll return for a fourth year. Seattle is about to conclude a fourth straight losing season and a step back from the incremental progress the Mariners showed between Year 1 and 2 with Wedge in charge. Wedge's season was interrupted in July when he suffered a mild stroke and missed a month. Wedge's comments came a day after the team confirmed general manager Jack Zduriencik would return for 2014.

Coming up Saturday afternoon at 4:00, the Huskies host Arizona and then, Saturday night at 7:00, the Cougars meet Stanford at CenturyLink.

The Seahawks are set to go for 4-and-0 for the first time in franchise history. They are at Houston to face the Texans. Kick-off is Sunday morning at 10:00.

Today is Brady Bunch Day, marking the show's TV debut on this date in 1969. Stars included Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen. Today is also Gilligan's Day. Gilligan's Island premiered on this date in 1964. The series starred Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Shafer, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, and Tina Louise. Today is National Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in in 1969, promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in Westwood, California. It’s probably still playing somewhere. The cult classic starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain. In 1986, Bobby Ewing returned from the dead to take a shower on Dallas in one of television’s more or less memorable episodes. In 1994, jury selection began in Los Angeles for the double murder trial of OJ Simpson. One year later to the day, the prosecution began closing arguments. He was acquitted of both charges. In 2002, a 39-year-old man ordered a limousine to pick him up at a hotel in Moline, Illinois after he robbed a bank there. Unfortunately for the robber, his driver was a retired police officer, who tipped off police that a suspicious passenger had just paid $335 in cash for a ride to Chicago. State troopers arrested the suspect at a nearby truck stop. In 2003, Addicted to Love singer Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris. He was 54.

Hollywood couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are fighting hard to save their marriage after splitting up fourth months ago. Their love was strong for 13 years of marriage, and at the Emmys red carpet, Michael told People magazine that he and Catherine are not ready to call it quits for good. While they continue to live separate lives, they still speak to each other multiple times every day. Douglas revealed that they are working things out and hopefully their love story will have a happy ending.

Richard Gere has separated from his wife, Carey Lowell, with plans to divorce soon. The New York Post reports the couple has been living apart for a while now after Gere and Lowell disagreed over her desire for a high-profile social life. They’ve been married since 2002 and have one son together. Currently, their home in New York is on the market for 65-million dollars.

Two TV and film legends come to TV tonight -- and go head-to-head. The Michael J. Fox Show premieres on NBC and The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams is on CBS. Both at 9:00 tonight.

It’s official -- Seth Meyers says he’s definitely leaving Saturday Night Live halfway through the new season. SNL producer Lorne Michaels said recently that although Meyers is taking over Late Night next year, he would find time in his schedule to stay on the skit show. However, Meyers says it’s not true, telling TV Line, "It seems like a good season to be my last." Season 39 premieres this Saturday with Tina Fey hosting and musical guest Arcade Fire.

Justin Timberlake shut down part of Hollywood Boulevard for a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night. The singer took the stage on the famous boulevard and performed Take Back the Night off his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.

Lorde tops the Digital Songs chart this week as her debut single, Royals, sold over 307-thousand copies, bringing its 15-week total to over 1.5-million copies. Katy Perry comes in at number two selling 301-thousand copies of her latest single, Roar, making the single double platinum.

Trivia Answer: Linda Carroll Hamilton who turns 57 today. She's best known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. By the way, her identical twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren was Linda's double in Terminator 2.

Wednesday 9.25.13
Today's Trivia: This actor and director is best known for his role as the gullible but well intentioned Warren Potsie Weber on the television series Happy Days. Who is he?

We're already hearing the screams of "just wait 'til next year!" The Mariners saw two major components for next season deliver key performances last night in their 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to apply a crushing blow to the Royals' postseason aspirations. Rookie starter James Paxton made it hold up with seven strong innings. In just his fourth big-league start, Paxton allowed four hits, walking none and striking out a career-high 10. Mariners and Kansas City wrap up their series tonight at 7:10.

Coming up Saturday afternoon at 4:00, the Huskies host Arizona and then, Saturday night at 7:00, the Cougars meet Stanford at CenturyLink.

Sunday morning at 10:00, the Seahawks are at Houston to face the Texans.

Today is National One-Hit Wonder Day, honoring all those rock singers and groups that had just one hit record. Today is National Woman Road Warrior Day, a day to recognize traveling business women. Today is Gomer Pyle Day, marking the CBS-TV debut of Gomer Pyle USMC on this date in 1964. An Andy Griffith spin-off starring Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton, the show lasted five seasons and is still in syndication.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis broke up as a comedy team. They had begun performing together on the same day in 1946. In 1965, at the age of 34, Willie Mays became the oldest major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season. Ten years earlier, he had been the youngest player to accomplish the same feat. In 1971, Cat Stevens released Peace Train. In 1976, Boston’s self-titled debut entered the album chart. It became the fastest-selling debut album in chart history. In 1980, John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, choked to death on his own vomit after drinking 40 shots of vodka. He was 32. In 1995, Circuit Judge Joseph Wilson in Columbia, South Carolina, refused to allow attorney Heather Smith to enter a plea for her client because the female lawyer was wearing pants. The hearing was postponed. In 2003, the US House gave the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to create a national 'do not call' directory.

Bill Nye The Science Guy is also Bill Nye The Injured Guy. Dancing With the Stars producers say Bill received medical attention yesterday after he was hurt during his most recent performance. No other details were provided. Nye and his professional dance partner performed a paso doble routine on Monday's episode that received 17 out of 30 possible judges' points. Injuries have been fairly common during the show's 17 seasons. Olympian Misty May-Treanor had to withdraw from the show after tearing her Achilles tendon during rehearsals. Melissa Gilbert gave herself whiplash and a mild concussion during a high-energy paso doble last year.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Emmy Awards for the second time on Sunday -- but it sounds like it could be his last time, at least for a while. On Monday, the actor tweeted, "Emceeing the Emmys was fun, but I'm sure glad it's over. Looking forward to not hosting anything for a long time."

A survey of drivers has revealed the best foods to eat while driving. Insure.com said its online survey of drivers found the motorists' most preferred foods while behind the wheel were candy bars, french fries, potato chips and chicken nuggets.

A new survey says that your friends will avoid you if you constantly talk about your ex. Just sayin'.

So you stood in line and got the new iPhone 5S or 5C. Be sure to get a solid protective case for it. Americans have spent over $6 billion on iPhone repairs since Apple first launched the phone in 2007.

The US Postal Service announced this morning that it plans to raise the price of stamps by three cents, to 49 cents. If they say the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going up?

Trivia Answer: Anson Williams who turns 64 today. After Happy Days, Williams began a much more prolific career as a television director, starting with short programs for adolescent-age children, including afterschool specials "No Greater Gift" (1985) and "The Drug Knot" (1986), and TV-movie Lone Star Kid (1986). He has gone on to direct many episodes for a variety of television series, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed. He also directed several episodes of the TV series 7th Heaven.

Tuesday 9.24.13
Today's Trivia: He became a naturalized US citizen in the early 1990s. He joined the California-based comedy group The Groundlings in 1975. There he met comedian Paul Reubens and the two became friends, often writing and working on material together. One such collaboration was the character of Pee-wee Herman and the script of the feature film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. He also met Jon Lovitz while with The Groundlings. In 1986, he joined the cast of NBC's popular variety show Saturday Night Live and stayed for eight seasons. Who is he?

It was all just about perfect for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. They avoided looking past lowly Jacksonville and turned in an impressive 45-17 rout on Sunday that put Seattle in position for possibly the first 4-0 start in franchise history. Carroll called a special team meeting early last week to make sure that coming off a division victory over San Francisco in Week 2, the Seahawks didn't jump ahead to an anticipated Week 4 matchup at Houston. Their focus was where Carroll wanted it last weekend and the Seahawks now have a shot at being 4-0 for the first time.

Washington's electric start to the season and an offense that's among the best in the country are about to get a test that will help determine just how good these Huskies really are. A Pac-12 Conference slate that starts with four difficult games against Arizona, at Stanford, vs. Oregon and Arizona State should be telling. Washington moved up to No. 16 in this week's AP Top 25. It's the highest ranking for the school since the 2002 season, when the Huskies were ranked as high as No. 11. They have the No. 3 overall offense in the country, averaging more than 600 yards per game, and have run their new up-tempo scheme precisely and efficiently as they have outscored their three opponents 128-30.

Seattle Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln told the Puget Sound Business Journal that Nintendo of America, which owns a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners, has no plans to sell the team after kingpin Hiroshi Yamauchi died last week. Lincoln said, "There's always speculation in times like this. I think I can speak on behalf of Nintendo of America and say that Nintendo has no plans to sell its majority interest in the Mariners."

Another extra-inning loss left the Seattle Mariners with a familiar feeling. The Kansas City Royals edged Seattle 6-5 in 12 innings last night. Game two of three is tonight.

Today is Family Health and Fitness Day. Perhaps related, Today is also Family Day, a day to eat dinner with your children. Today is Moose day, honoring Bullwinkle J. Moose from Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, who debuted on this date in 1959 with his best friend, a the plucky squirrel named Rocky. Today is Do Impressions of Famous People Around the Office Day. Just remember, a little Elvis goes a long way. Today is National Punctuation Day. Careful with those semicolons.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, CBS premiered the television news magazine 60 Minutes. In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She served 22 months before receiving clemency from President Carter. In 1979, the CompuServe Information System began operation as the world's first public computer information service. In 1984, actor Neil Hamilton died at age 85. He played Commissioner Gordon on TV's Batman. In 1986, the Toronto Blue Jays hit 10 home runs against the Baltimore Orioles to set a major league baseball record for most homers in a 9 inning game.

Although the critics say Neil Patrick Harris should have performed more musical numbers at the 65th Emmy Awards, no singing routine was needed since Harris scored the highest ratings for the Emmys since 2006. Although Neil was competing with Sunday Night Football for the ratings, over 15-million viewers tuned in to see the host, who at one point was joined on stage by former Emmy hosts Conan O'Brien, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

Stephen Colbert won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series for The Colbert Report on Sunday night, beating his former boss, Jon Stewart, and ending The Daily Show's decade-long win streak.

Tico Torres has been having a rough month. The 59-year-old Bon Jovi drummer had an emergency appendectomy recently and then over the weekend, he was rushed to the hospital again with pain in his abdomen. Now, he has to have gall bladder surgery. However, according to a statement from the band, Tico is due back behind the kit in the "very near future." The band had to take the stage at Brazil's Rock in Rio Festival without Torres, but New Jersey native Rich Scannella filled in for him. Bon Jovi is scheduled to be in the Tacoma Dome October 5th.

According to Variety, Apple sold a record nine-million new iPhone 5s and 5c's in three days. The company also said that more than 200-million iOS devices have upgraded to the new iOS7 software, making it the largest upgrade in history. Apple's previous single-weekend sales record was last September when they sold over five-million of the iPhone 5 version of the smartphone.

A Swedish headphone company has created a pair of earbuds made out of 18-carat solid gold. Priced at a whopping $14,500, the lavish accessory for your ears are handmade, with each side molded out of 25-grams of gold.

Trivia Answer: Philip Edward Hartman -- Phil Hartman -- who was born on this date in 1948 in Ontario, Canada. He first came to widespread attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s for his roles on Saturday Night Live. He was known for his impressions, which included former president Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra, Telly Savalas, Ed McMahon, Michael Caine, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Barbara Bush, Burt Reynolds, Phil Donahue, and former president Bill Clinton. He was shot to death by his wife Brynn while asleep in his home in Encino, California on May 28th of 1998.

Monday 9.23.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1988, José Canseco of the Oakland Athletics becomes the first member of the 40-40 club. What is the 40-40 club?

The Seahawks, as expected, blew out the lowly Jaguars at CenturyLink Field 45-17. And with San Francisco's loss -- they fell to Indianapolis 27-7 -- Seattle took a commanding lead in their division yesterday. The Seahawks put their unblemished 3-0 record to the test with a two-game road trip beginning Sunday against the Houston Texans.

The State of Washington blanked the State of Idah0 98-nuttin' on Saturday. Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and Washington routed Idaho State 56-0 on Saturday in the Huskies' final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 Conference play. Washington has won its first three games for the first time since 2001 when it started 4-0. The Huskies moved up another notch to No. 16 in this week's AP Top 25. The real test for Washington begins this week when Arizona visits Seattle to open Pac-12 play. It starts a brutal four-game stretch to conference play that is followed by a game at Stanford, home for Oregon, and at Arizona State. Meanwhile, on the other side of the state, Connor Halliday threw for 346 yards and four first-half touchdown passes and Washington State improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2006 with a dominating 42-0 win over neighboring Idaho Saturday night. It was the third straight game Halliday had thrown for more than 300 yards and the eighth time in his career. The shutout was the first for the Cougars since 2003, when they blanked the Vandals, 25-0, to open the 2003 season. The Cougars now jump back into Pac-12 play with a major challenge facing No. 5 Stanford in Seattle at CenturyLink Field.

Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Felix Hernandez had 10 strikeouts in a four-inning start and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angwlwa Angels 3-2 yesterday in a game delayed by bees. Both teams retreated to their dugouts during an initial 23-minute delay in the third inning when the bees roamed over the right side of the field and eventually hovered near the ficus trees beyond the wall in center. It was the finals road game of the year for the Ms. They host the Kansas City Royals for three starting tonight at Safeco.

The Minnesota Lynx held off the Seattle Storm for a 58-55 victory yesterday and a sweep of the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference semifinals.

Fall or autumn began yesterday afternoon at 1:44. Spring began in the Southern Hemisphere. Fall goes until winger begins on December 20th.

Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day. Be gentle. Today is Love Note Day. Words of love, powerful and poignant, expressed on paper. Today is National Dogs in Politics Day, a day to remember dogs who lived at the White House: Abe Lincoln's Fido, Franklin Roosevelt's Fala, Harry Truman's Mike and Feller, Dwight Eisenhower's Heidi, Lyndon's Johnson's Him and Her, Richard Nixon's Checkers, Ronald Reagan's Lucky and Rex, George Bush's Millie, Bill Clinton's Buddy, and George W. Bush's Barney, and Barack Obama's Bo and Sunny.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1946, in the fastest knockout in boxing history, Al Couture landed one blow on Ralph Walton's chin in Lewiston, Maine. Total time, including the ten-count: 11 seconds. In 1986, Congress designated the rose as America's national flower. In 1991, guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin left Guns N' Roses shortly after the release of their double albums Use Your Illusion I and II. In 1992, the TV sitcom Mad About You, starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, debuted on NBC.

A dark thriller starring Hugh Jackman as a father on a desperate search for his missing daughter, Prisoners locked up the weekend box office title grabbing $21.4 million in ticket sales during its first three days in theaters. Last weekend's leader, the low-budget horror flick Insidious: Chapter 2, dropped to second place. The mob comedy The Family with Robert DeNiro finished third with the Spanish language Instructions Not Included placing fourth. The dance movie "Battle of the Year" made its debut in the No. 5 slot.

P!nk appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show late last week. The singer opened up about her marriage and about raising her 2-year-old daughter Willow. P!nk says that she loves how close her husband, Carey Hart, is to their two-year-old. P!nk also said that Willow takes after her and has a hot temper. Check out UsMagazine.com for more.

On TV tonight, the season premiere of The Voice. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera are back as judges as the blind auditions begin the season. The four judges are all performing together tonight.

Imagine Dragons will not be releasing a new album anytime soon. The hit band broke the news to Billboard recently, saying they have concert dates lined up through December and that until that happens, they will not be able to work on the follow-up to their platinum certified debut disc, Night Visions.

Trivia Answer: The 40–40 club is a baseball term for players who have accumulated a total of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. Becoming a member of the 40–40 club is an elusive achievement in modern baseball, as players who possess the power to hit 40 home runs and the speed to steal 40 bases in a season are rare. Generally a player gifted with the strength to hit 40 homers won't have nearly the speed needed to steal 40 bases, and vice versa. This remains true even as statistical trends change in baseball — stolen base totals in the 1980s were unusually high, but very few players reached 40 home runs; home run totals were extremely high in the late 1990s, but stolen bases became more rare as the steal was a sparingly used tactic. Only four professional players have achieved the requisite numbers for the 40–40 club, and none have done so more than once.

1988 - José Canseco - Oakland Athletics 42 homers  40 stolen bases

1996 - Barry Bonds - San Francisco Giants 42 homers 40 stolen bases

1998 - Alex Rodriguez - Seattle Mariners 42 homers 46 stolen bases

2006 - Alfonso Soriano - Washington Nationals 46 homers 41 stolen bases

Canseco, Bonds, and Rodriguez have since been linked to the use of performance enhancing drugs.

The first player to approach the mark was Ken Williams in 1922, with 39 home runs and 37 stolen bases, making him the first player to reach the 30-30 club. It would take another 30 years for anyone else to approach the mark, as Willie Mays did in 1957 with 36 home runs and 40 stolen bases. Bobby Bonds was one home run away from becoming the founding member of the club in 1973 with 39 home runs and 43 stolen bases, but failed to hit a home run in any of the final twenty-one games of the season. Eric Davis had a near-miss in 1987 when he stole 50 bases and hit 37 home runs (in only 129 games). Darryl Strawberry also had a near-miss that same year when he clubbed 39 home runs and had 36 stolen bases in 159 games.

Friday 9.20.13
Today's Trivia: She's an actress and comedian. She and Jerry Stiller were a prominent 1960s comedy team. She and Jerry are the parents of actor/comedian Ben and actress Amy Stiller. Who is she?

Sunday, it's a matchup between the worst total offense in the NFL and the best total defense. The Seahawks host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kick-off is at 1:25 Sunday afternoon,

Tomorrow at noon, the Washington Huskies host Idaho State. Then at 7:30 tomorrow night, the Washington State Cougars host Idaho.

The Detroit Tigers edged the Seattle Mariners 5-4 yesterday. The Mariners are now starting their final road series of the year. They're at Anaheim for the weekend to face the Angels starting tonight at 7:05.

The Seattle Storm make their 10th straight playoff appearance tonight when they take on the Lynx in Minnesota in Game One of the WNBA Western Conference semi-finals. Game Two is Sunday in the Tacoma Dome.

Today is Lou Grant Day, marking the debut of the TV series on this date in 1977. It was a dramatic spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show sitcom. Today is National Gibberish Day. Today marks the Birthday of the Sun, according to the Incas. The Incas aren't sure exactly how old the sun is. Today is National Punch Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1973, singer Jim Croce and five others, on their way to do a concert in Sherman, Texas, died in a Louisiana plane crash. Croce was 30 years old...In 1973, in a so-called battle of the sexes, tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets at the Houston Astrodome. In 1975, David Bowie's Fame was number one on the singles chart. Also in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released Born To Run. In 1991, a fast-acting poultry judge saved a prize-winning chicken's life at the Puyallup. The hen almost drowned while being given a bath, but Judge Sherry Milligan gave it mouth-to-beak resuscitation. In 1998, after playing in 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees, ending a 16-year run. In 2006, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards said he'd finally given up drugs because he said, "they're not strong enough. I think the quality's gone down."

Deadline.com is reporting that Kelsey Grammer is in negotiations to join the cast of The Expendables 3. Grammer's role in the sequel is said to be that of Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who helps Sylvester Stallone and his Expendables. Nicholas Cage had originally been cast for the part but dropped out right before filming began. The Expendables 3 has lined up a huge cast including Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas, just to name a few. We can expect to see the testosterone-filled flick when it arrives in theaters on August 15th of 2014.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premieres at the Rome Film Festival on November 14th, just over a week before the film opens in North America. According to Variety, the movie is expected to rake in over 900-million dollars worldwide, far above the 691-million dollars the first film grossed. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in theaters on November 22nd.

If your hubby has been letting himself go a bit lately, here's why -- men give up trying to be trendy and cool at the age of 46. Most say they're not in great shape anymore and have stopped worrying about how they look, and a third of guys could care less about the health implications of what they eat.

A video of a priest telling off wedding photographers has gone viral. In the video, the photographers are going about their business, snapping away at the couple from behind the alter, when the minister suddenly decides to turn around and ask them in no uncertain terms to go away. The guests seem confused, the couple seems horrified, and the photographers are probably embarrassed and possibly angry.

 

Trivia Answer: Anne Meara who turns 84 today. She and Jerry performed as the comic team Stiller and Meara. Meara has been married to Stiller since 1954. Both were members of the improvisational company The Compass Players (which later became The Second City), and the pair, as the comedy team Stiller and Meara, brought many of their real-life relationship foibles to bear on their often-improvised comedy routines. After some years honing the act, Stiller and Meara became regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV programs. Their career declined, however, as variety series gradually disappeared. During the 1970s, Meara and Stiller wrote and performed many radio commercials together for Blue Nun Wine. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Rhoda as airline stewardess Sally Gallagher, one of the title character's best friends. She also had a small role opposite Laurence Olivier in The Boys from Brazil. Meara costarred with Carroll O'Connor and Martin Balsam in the early 1980s hit sitcom Archie Bunker's Place, which was a continuation of the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She played the role of Veronica Rooney, the bar's cook, for the show's first three seasons (1979 - 1982). She also appeared as the grandmother in the TV series ALF in the late 1980s. More recently, she has had recurring roles on the television shows Sex and the City (as Mary Brady) and The King of Queens (as Veronica).

Thursday 9.19.13
Today's Trivia: He is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for the California Angels, the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.Who is he?

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman put on quite the show as his team stuffed the 49ers on Sunday. In a beatdown that featured out-of-this-world play by Seattle's defense, Sherman was the shining star — he made an incredible pick, he danced with the Sea Gals, he slapped Niners coach Jim Harbaugh on the butt and, in a post-game press conference for the ages, he called out his detractors for doubting him and the Hawks. Now the accolades continue, as Sherman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week yesterday. In addition to shutting down star S.F. receiver Anquan Boldin, who only had one catch Sunday, Sherman made several key tackles and defended numerous key passes. In the fourth quarter, as a desperate Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick turned to the deep passing game, Sherman leaped up and snagged an interception down the right sideline, flipped around and returned it 28 yards. The Seahawks host the Jaguars Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Saturday at noon, the Washington Huskies host Idaho State. Then at 7:30, the Washington State Cougars host Idaho.

Former University of Washington football coach Don James has been diagnosed with cancer and soon will begin chemotherapy treatment for a malignant tumor on his pancreas, his family has disclosed. The 80-year-old James underwent surgery earlier this month at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and is currently resting and recovering at home.

Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander to help Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 8-0 last night. Kuma matched his career high going eight innings, giving up just four hits and one unintentional walk. His 25-inning scoreless streak on the road matches a franchise record. The Mariners wrapped up their stay in Detroit earlier today. They lost 5-4. Now they begin their final road series of the year at Anaheim starting tomorrow.

The Seattle Storm make their 10th straight playoff appearance tomorrow night when they take on the Lynx in Minnesota in Game One of the WNBA Western Conference semi-finals. Game Two is Sunday in the Tacoma Dome.

Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, then lost in the rematch later that year, died yesterday at a hospital in Arizona where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year. Norton was 70 and had congestive heart failure. Norton broke Ali's jaw in their initial fight, then lost at the Inglewood Forum in the rematch. Ali defeated Norton again in a decision at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1976. In 1978, Norton won the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship when Leon Spinks chose not to fight him. He lost the title to Larry Holmes that June. Norton finished with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts. One of his sons, Ken Norton Jr., was a star linebacker at UCLA who played for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers in the NFL and now coaches for the Seattle Seahawks.

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, who owned the Seattle Mariners major league baseball club before selling it to Nintendo's U.S. unit in 2004, died yesterday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.

Today is Slimey's birthday. Slimey, of course, is Oscar the Grouch's pet worm on Sesame Street and was the first worm on the moon. Slimey's baby sister is Sloppy. Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS. The series also starred Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, and Ted Knight. It lasted for 168 episodes through March 1977. In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed a bill posthumously making George Washington a 6-star general, the highest ever US military rank. In 1981, some 400-thousand watched Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite in concert at New York City's Central Park. They had split in 1970. In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, American swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving after hitting his head on the board during prelims. In 1995, popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher died in California at age 88. With a degree in agronomy from Purdue University, he had experimented with thousands of hybrid popcorns before becoming famous in his TV commercials.

History and neon nerds will soon have something to celebrate in Seattle's skyline. Rainier Brewery's giant, glowing "R" is returning to its original spot above Interstate 5, when it replaces Tully's green "T" sign this fall, according to The Seattle Times. The iconic, neon "R" had stood atop Rainier Brewery south of downtown for nearly 50 years. Tully's Coffee replaced it with its green "T" sign in 2000, to mark its roasting plant in the spot. Tully's new owners, which bought the bankrupt company this summer, have promised to bring back the "R." Michael Avenatti is Tully's chairman and co-owner. He said in a news release "The replacement of the 'R' with the 'T' some 13 years ago was a mistake. That part of the Seattle skyline has always truly belonged to the 'R,'" The "R" above I-5 will be a replica of the original.

Swedish artist Tim Bergling is better known as Avicii. His Wake Me Up is currently at number three on the Digital Songs chart and has sold over 1.1-million copies to date.

The 65th Emmy Awards will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of two events that changed the face of our world, during the live telecast on Sunday. Six-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle is presenting a tribute to television's role in the assassination coverage of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963 and then connecting that event to the performance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show merely 80 days later on February 9th, 1964. Both of these historic events are often mentioned together as two of the most significant television moments in history, and the segment on the Emmy telecast is exploring the tie between them. Following Cheadle's presentation, six-time Grammy Award winning artist Carrie Underwood is honoring the music of the era with a special performance. The 65th Emmy Awards air live from the Nokia Theater at LA Live on Sunday night on CBS.

You were more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark -- maybe even at the same time -- than win last night's Powerball drawing. But then again, you're not the Mystery Ticket Holder in Lexington, South Carolina. Millions played, hoping against hope, defying the odds, dreaming the dream of winning the $400 million estimated jackpot. But there was only one winning ticket that hit the jackpot. So what does it take for you to buy a Powerball ticket? In a survey:

  • 62% of respondents said they play when the jackpot is big enough to make the news.
  • 23% said they never play.
  • 13% play when the think about it, regardless of the jackpot.
  • 2% play pretty much all the time.

Trivia Answer: Jim Abbott who turns 46 today. When preparing to pitch the ball, Abbott would rest a right-handed thrower's glove on the end of his right forearm. After releasing the ball, he would quickly slip his hand into the glove, usually in time to field any balls that a two-handed pitcher would be able to field. Then he would remove the glove by securing it between his right forearm and torso, slip his hand out of the glove, and remove the ball from the glove, usually in time to throw out the runner and sometimes even start double plays. At all levels, teams tried to exploit his fielding disadvantage by repeatedly bunting to him; this tactic was never effective. He was drafted in the first round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft and reached the Majors the next year. He threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1993. Abbott retired with a career record of 87 wins and 108 losses, with a 4.25 earned run average. He currently works as a motivational speaker.

Wednesday 9.18.13
Today's Trivia: This program is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television history, running from 1952 until 2009. It was preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio. When combining its total run of 72 years on radio and television, it is the the second-longest running program of any kind in history, exceeded only by Music and the Spoken Word. With over 18, 000 episodes produced, this program has more episodes than any program in the history of radio and television, and four times more episodes than Music and the Spoken Word. What is the program?

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. Then they delivered a convincing victory on the road against Manning's younger brother and the rest of the New York Giants. The strong start helped the Broncos hold off the Seattle Seahawks for the top spot in this week's AP Pro32 power rankings, released yesterday. The Broncos moved up one spot from second after receiving eight first-place votes. After their commanding win over San Francisco on Sunday night, the Seahawks swooped in to take the other four first-place votes and settle in at No. 2. The 49ers, after tallying seven first-place votes last week, fell two spots to third. Seattle, which was fifth last week, settled the debate until the rematch in December about which bitter NFC West division rival is better by beating the 49ers 29-3. The Seahawks managed that even with a rough game by quarterback Russell Wilson, further highlighting their aggressive, punishing defense that's still missing cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive ends Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin because of injuries. Voters have even begun to envision a Denver-Seattle Super Bowl, as far ahead as February might be. Houston and Green Bay rounded out the top five. The next AP Pro32 power rankings come out on the 24th.

The Seahawks are now considered if not the NFL's best team, certainly in the top two. On Sunday, they're playing the NFL's worst team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are widely considered to be the lowliest squad in the league, and they're heading into CenturyLink Field this coming weekend to face Seattle's defense and the wild 12th Man. Just what does Vegas think of the lopsided matchup? The Hawks are favored by 19.5 points over the Jags, according to bookies this week. It's approaching the largest point spreads in NFL history.

By the way, I was emailed that picture to the right. There was a caption. It said, "Pete Carroll doesn't get spankings on his birthday. He gives them."

Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single and the Detroit Tigers held on despite a short-handed bullpen, beating the Seattle Mariners 6-2 last night. The Mariners have lost eight of nine. Ms and Tigers again at 4:00 this afternoon.

Today is Times Day. The New York Times was first published on this date in 1851. Today is Make A Corncob Rocket Day. Find a cob, break it in half, and stick two chicken feathers in the soft stuff in the middle of the broken end. Each feather should curve out away from the other. Now, throw it as high as you can. Today is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Columbia Broadcasting System, a network created by 26-year-old William Paley, began programming with 16 stations. Paley was president or board chairman of CBS for 55 years. In 1965, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden starred in the first TV episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Captain Tony Nelson and Jeannie's prime-time relationship lasted through September 1970. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He was 27. There were various theories as to how he died, but the coroner determined that it was "inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication." In 1984, Gene Wilder married Gilda Radner. Gilda died of cancer in 1989. In 1985, Late Night with David Letterman presented its first Top Ten List: Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas.

Elton John is no stranger to pop star controversy. The legendary singer and songwriter, who befriended Lady Gaga, says Gaga is in a "dangerous place." Gaga -- who is the godmother of Elton's two sons Zachary and Elijah -- won't take his calls. He said, "When your persona begins to take over your music and becomes more important, you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don't question you, you're in a dangerous place." He also added that Miley Cyrus is a "meltdown waiting to happen." Elton is set to make his Emmys debut this Sunday with a tribute to Liberace as part of the annual television awards show.

Forbes has released its Richest Americans list, and Bill Gates has topped the rundown for the 20th straight year. Mr. Microsoft has a net worth of $72 billion. Warren Buffett landed in the No. 2 spot with a worth of $58.5 billion, a $12.5 billion dollar increase since last year. One of the biggest gains since 2012 comes from Mark Zuckerberg, who is worth an estimated $19 billion after gaining $9.6 billion since last year. The Facebook founder is also still the youngest one on the list.

Mark Wahlberg is officially a high-school graduate at 42-years-old. Mark says he "never made it past the ninth grade," but made earning his diploma a goal once his career in Hollywood took off. He reveals that for the past year he's been taking classes and studying and it all paid off this summer when he received his diploma. Wahlberg is now helping teens around America graduate through his Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

Jimmy Kimmel Live kicks off the broadcast season by taking over Hollywood Boulevard for two consecutive nights. On Monday evening, Paul McCartney makes his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Beatles' legend joins Kimmel in studio for an interview, then shuts down Hollywood Boulevard for a performance that is expected to draw a record-breaking crowd. Justin Timberlake appears on JKL the next night, performing songs from his new album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. JT is also chatting with Kimmel about the album and his new movie Runner Runner, which opens in theaters October 4th.

You are still legally allowed to twerk in Louisiana. A press release claiming DeQuincy, Louisiana, has made twerking illegal was posted to the Internet yesterday. It's fake, so if you feel the urge to twerk in DeQuincy, go for it.

Grumpy Cat has landed an endorsement deal with Friskies. The cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce is famous thanks to endless memes about a grumpy cat who only gives "no" for an answer. Click here for Tardar pics.

Trivia Answer: The soap opera Guiding Light, known as The Guiding Light before 1975. The show was first broadcast five days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inauguration. It began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25th of 1937. On June 2nd of 1947, the show moved to CBS Radio, before starting on CBS Television on June 30th of 1952. The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour in 1968, and then to a full hour on November 7th of 1977. On April 1st of 2009, CBS canceled Guiding Light due to low ratings. The show taped its final scenes on August 11th of 2009, and its final episode aired on September 18th of 2009.

Tuesday 9.17.13
Today's Trivia: This actor, comedian, and voice-over artist was best known for playing Jack Tripper on Three's Company, for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. Who is he?

Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 yesterday to move a step closer to their third straight AL Central title, and move the Mariners closer to 90-plus losses. For me and the seven others who are still keeping track, the Ms and Tigers meet again this afternoon at 4:00.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said yesterday he doesn't think offensive tackle Russell Okung can play this weekend because of a toe injury suffered early in the game with the 49ers Sunday night. Okung reportedly has a torn ligament in his toe. Carroll would not confirm the specifics of the injury. Carroll said the only other injury from Sunday's game was rookie running back Spencer Ware, who suffered a sprained ankle at the end of the game. The Seahawks host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon at 1:25. Have you seen the line? Seattle is favored by like 19-and-a-half. Ouch!

The Cincinnati Bengals rolled over the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers.20-10 on Monday Night Football.

Saturday, the Huskies host Idaho State and the Cougars host Idaho

Today is M*A*S*H Day, marking the TV show's premier on this date in 1972. It lasted 11 years. Today is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Today is Dog Diaper Day. On this day in 1996 the US issued a patent (#5,555,847) to Wanda M. Kelly for her Disposable Dog Diaper. Today is NFL Day, marking formation of the National Football League on this date in 1920. Today is National Apple Dumpling Day .It's International Eat An Apple Day. It's National Singles Week and Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, meeting at a Canton, Ohio, car dealership, 11 teams paid $100 each to join the new American Professional Football League: Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Rock Island Independents, Racine Cardinals, Hammond Pros, Muncie Flyers, Rochester Jeffersons, and Decatur Staleys. Massillion paid the fee, but never fielded a team. The Staleys eventually became the Chicago Staleys, then the NFL Chicago Bears. In 1931, RCA Records introduced the 33-and-a-third long-play record in England. In 1967, on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors performed Light My Fire and People Are Strange. Jim Morrison sang the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" even though Sullivan asked him not to. They were banned from the show thereafter. In 1981, Beach Boy Mike Love and Linda Martinez were married in Santa Barbara by the Rev. Wolfman Jack. In 1983, Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America. She resigned the title nine months later after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. In 1988, research results were released indicating that Americans did not want talking cars, cameras, or appliances that told them what to do or how to do it. In 1991, Guns N' Roses did a midnight release of two double albums simultaneously. Slash said the logic behind Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II was that fans could buy one and tape the other off for their friends. Regardless, the band sold half-a-million copies of the two records in two hours. In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Birmingham, Alabama, became the first contestant with a disability to be crowned Miss America. Heather is deaf. In 2003, U2's Bono met with President George W. Bush to discuss giving more money to AIDS initiatives. In a press conference after their talk, Bono said, "I'm not here peddling a cause. Seven thousand people dying a day is not a cause. It's an emergency."

Johnnie Footman has collected his last fare. Footman, the oldest cab driver in New York, died last week at the age of 94. According to a New York Times' obit, Footma -- better known as Spider -- wore a spider pendant around his neck and a hat that said "Old Dude made of Achey Breaky Parts!" He would warn passengers that, due to his age, he was a slow driver, though he had an impeccable driving record.

U2's Adam Clayton tied the knot in a civil ceremony in Dublin last week and celebrated his nuptials to Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho this past weekend in France. The 53-year-old groom and their 35- year-old bride headed to the French Riviera, to have a more proper wedding celebration. Adam and Mariana celebrated their wedding at the same place Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger wed back in July.

A new poll reveals the obvious: The majority of parents admit they don't understand the words their children frequently use online. Only a handful could decipher that "savage" actually meant good and "YOLO" means You Only Live Once.

During what they called the Heat is On Labor Day enforcement period, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported 1,342 DUI arrests. While even one drunk driver is one too many, CDOT said the numbers represent a reduction from last year -- and a spokeswoman thinks one factor might be "interactive urinal communicators," aka talking urinal cakes that remind bar patrons to not drink and drive.

P!nk is set to receive the Woman of the Year Award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on December 10th in New York City. The award caps an amazing year for the singer whose latest album, The Truth About Love, debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart and spawned the number one hit Just Give Me a Reason, featuring Fun.'s Nate Ruess. Katy Perry received the award last year and previous winners include Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

The Emmy Awards are paying tribute to those we lost over the past year during the telecast on Sunday. Jane Lynch honors the late-Cory Monteith and Edie Falco pays tribute to James Gandolfini.Robin Williiams remembers his Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters, during the show. The Emmy Awards are Sunday night on CBS.

Trivia Answer: John Ritter who was born on this date in 1948. Ritter appeared in hundreds of films and television shows/episodes combined (and performed on Broadway), including It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991) and Bad Santa in 2003 which was his final live action film. Ritter received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his voice work on the children's television series, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Don Knotts called Ritter the "greatest physical comedian on the planet". Ritter's untimely death occurred shortly after the production of an episode for the second season of 8 Simple Rules. He died of an aortic dissection on September 11th of 2003. He is the son of famous country/western star Tex Ritter, and the father of actor Jason Ritter.

Monday 9.16.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1988, this song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed at the top for two weeks. It was the first a cappella record to reach the summit of the Billboard chart. Can you name the song?

My favorite headline this morning as: GREEN LIGHTENING BLUE THUNDER. How sweet it is. Marshawn Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and two yards and added a seven-yard TD reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter and the Seahawks dominated the San Francisco 49ers in a 29-3 win last night. The game was delayed 60 minutes late in the first quarter when thunderstorms blew through the area. The highly-anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part. Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing. Next Sunday, the Hawks host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hats off to the 12th Man. Seahawks fans set a Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium at CenturyLink Field during the Hawks-49ers game. Guinness World Records attended the game as an official judge for the world record attempt. Cheering fans at CenturyLink Field reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter, officially making The CLink the Guinness World Record holder for loudest stadium. An earlier measurement showed the noise at 131.9 decibels. Both readings were louder than the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set two years ago during a soccer game in Istanbul, Turkey. An initial reading at CenturyLink was just short of the mark, at 130.1.

Keith Price wasn't quite ready to celebrate, nor were his teammates. Even though Washington came away with a rare road win to remain unbeaten, it was hardly a perfect game. Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and the Huskies held off Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field on Saturday. Josh Shirley added three sacks, and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home. They hadn't won on the road outside the Pac-12 since beating Syracuse in 2007. The Huskies moved from 19 to 17 in the AP Top 25 poll. Saturday, the Huskies host Idaho State.

After failing to score an offensive touchdown in an upset of Southern California last weekend, Washington State had the best offensive performance of the Mike Leach era in a 48-10 win over Southern Utah on Saturday. Connor Halliday threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns and Washington State piled up 464 yards against Southern Utah, an FCS team. Ten different receivers caught balls. Saturday, the Cougars host Idaho,

Seattle right-hander Erasmo Ramirez says he must return to the basics. Ramirez pitched into the sixth inning in his previous six outings. But the St. Louis Cardinals got to him a lot earlier yesterday and beat the Mariners 12-2.  Ramirez lasted just four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits. St. Louis chased him with a four-run, five-hit outburst in the fourth inning. Seattle continues its 10-game road trip with four games in Detroit starting tonight.

Having already done enough to prolong her final season by at least a couple of games, Seattle Storm veteran Tina Thompson left one more lasting memory Saturday night. The 38-year-old Thompson capped her 17th regular season with 22 points and eight rebounds in an 85-73 win over the Tulsa Shock. Thompson made 7 of 17 shots from the field on a night the Storm (17-17) were in control all the way. Seattle never trailed and held a double-digit lead for all of the final 24:09. Thompson's final basket, her fourth 3-pointer of the game, gave Seattle an 85-65 lead with 1:55 remaining. She checked out of the game to a standing ovation 29 seconds later, then the game was held up for a couple of minutes after Storm coach Brian Agler coerced her to go back onto the floor to give the fans a wave. The Storm makes its WNBA-record 10th straight postseason appearance when it faces top-seed Minnesota on Friday at the Target Center for the best-of-three opening round.

Not long ago, the Seattle Sounders found themselves needing to pick up as many points possible just to get back into playoff positioning. Very quickly, the Sounders made up the ground and find themselves as the points leaders in Major League Soccer. The Sounders took over the MLS points lead with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Friday night.

It's with a heavy heart that we note David Wilson, owner of Dirty Dave's Pizza Parlor, died Friday morning at his home. Roxy's Jerry Farmer says, "He was a father, a brother, a mentor, an inspiration, and most of all, a dear friend. If not for Dave I would never have moved to this area. He was truly a great man, with a wonderful passion for living and a huge and loving heart."

Today is Cherokee Strip Day in Oklahoma, marking the great run for Oklahoma land on this date in 1893. Those who cheated and left the day before were called 'Sooners.' Today is National Play-Dough Day, marking its invention on this date in 1956. At last report, over 900 million pounds had been sold. Today is Stop the World Day, a day to pause, calm down, be nice, and plant a seed. Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner debuted in movie theaters on this date in 1949. Chuck Jones created the characters as a parody of Tom & Jerry. Today is National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day. Today is National Collect Rocks Day. Today is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, sponsored by the United Nations.

Calendar notes: On this date In 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his last live performance when he joined Eric Burdon & War onstage at London's Ronnie Scott Club. In 1977, Marc Bolan of T. Rex died in a car crash. He was 30. Among his hits was the top-ten single Bang a Gong (Get It On). In 1991, the Avon, Colorado, Town Council voted to name the town's new bridge. They selected one of the 84 names suggested by citizens. The name they selected was "Bob." In 2004, a coroner's report was released which revealed that Rick James had nine different drugs in his system when he died the previous month. Those drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine and valium. Also in 2004, Green Day unveiled their new rock opera, American Idiot, in Hollywood on the first date of their national tour.

The world's oldest man, a 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner, and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, has died. He was 112. Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez died Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, according to Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records. Sanchez-Blazquez became the world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12th at age 116. Born on June 8th of 1901, in a village in Spain, he was known for his talent on the dulzaina, a double-reed wind instrument that he taught himself and played at weddings and village celebrations. At 17, he moved with his older brother Pedro and a group of friends to Cuba, where they worked in the cane fields. In 1920, he came to the United States through Ellis Island and worked in the coal mines of Kentucky. Ultimately, he moved to the Niagara Falls area of New York, where he worked in construction and in the industrial furnaces. He married his wife, Pearl, in 1934. In a statement provided by Guinness World Records earlier this summer, Sanchez-Blazquez -- whose nickname was Shorty -- said he was humbled by the attention, saying he didn't feel he accomplished anything special just because he has lived longer than most. Sanchez-Blazquez had said his longevity was attributed to eating one banana per day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets. His daughter had another theory. She said, "I think it's just because he's an independent, stubborn man." Guinness says the world's oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.

Low-budget horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 grabbed moviegoers searching for a Friday the 13th scare, winning the box office race over the weekend. The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits pulled in more than $41 million in ticket sales in its first three days. About $20 million came on its Friday the 13th release date. Robert DeNiro's The Family finished in second place. The movie features De Niro as a mob boss whose family relocates to France under the witness protection program. Last weekend's box office champ, sci-fi sequel Riddick, fell to third place. Lee Daniels: The Butler was 4, and We're the Millers rounded out the top five.

If your child is between 7 and 9, there is something you can do to boost their academic success -- read to them. A new study found parents usually stop reading to their kids by age 7 when they are capable of reading on their own. But those extra two years help children develop a love for reading, which studies say, give them a better shot a success in math and English. Researchers say parents need to open more books.

Bon Jovi has had to postpone several of their tour dates in Mexico and South America after their drummer, Tico Torres, had to under an emergency appendectomy. Torres checked in to a Mexican hospital last week on the day the band was supposed to play in Mexico City. The operation was a success and Tico is currently recovering. Bon Jovi is bound for the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, October 5th.

Trivia Answer: Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry, Be Happy. The song was originally released in conjunction with the film Cocktail in 1988, and could only manage its way to No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was re-released later that same year and made it to No. 1. At the 1989 Grammy Awards, it won the awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The 'instruments' in the a cappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all. It is ranked #31 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Friday 9.13.13
Today's Trivia: Interestingly, he was born in San Francisco. In high school, he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball, and baseball, earning the school's Athlete of the Year award as a senior in 1969; forty years later he was inducted into the charter class of the Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2009. After high school, he attended junior college, where he played football for two years, before transferring to the University of the Pacific. At Pacific, he played free safety for two years for the Tigers, earning All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honors both years and earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1973. After graduation, he tried out for the Honolulu Hawaiians of the World Football League at their training camp in Riverside but did not make the team due to shoulder problems combined with his small size for the position. To make ends meet, he found a job selling roofing materials in the Bay Area, but he found he wasn't good at it and soon moved on; it would be his only non-football-related job. He began coaching when was offered a job as a graduate assistant on the staff at Pacific. He would later be head coach of the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, and the USC Trojans. Who is he?

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and 49ers running back Anthony Dixon momentarily broke the behavior protocol and offered some late night smack talk Wednesday, then deleted their tweeBobby's Blog from 94.5 Roxyts. Ahhhh, thank you Twitter. Thank you for providing the Seahawks and 49ers the opportunity to talk a little smack before the biggest showdown since Ali-Frazier. Dim-witted tweets from Dixon are why sports fanatics peruse Twitter. Tweeted Dixon Wednesday (before later deleting): "Extra weight on the racks all week getting less sleep for these She-Hawks I love hostile environments Imma feel right at home." Seattle's Wright, who played with Dixon at Mississippi State, wasn't going to let that stand. In a tweet Wednesday that was also later deleted, he said: "lol the She Hawks!! I'll be sure to relay the message to the fellas. It's gonna be a long night for you and the forty whiners." Okay, so neither Wright or Dixon did an especially impressive job of manipulating the opposing team's name into a jab. But still, it's the effort that counts. Is it Sunday night yet? Sunday night at 5:30 on NBC.

Tom Brady threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson on the game's first series before both offenses played as sloppily as the second-half weather, and the New England Patriots got by the New York Jets 13-10 last night.

To celebrate the NFL season, Justin Timberlake joined Jimmy Fallon on Late Night for the Evolution of End Zone Dancing. The duo recreates some famous touchdown dances including the Ickey Shuffle, Dirty Bird, Touchdown Robot, The Nuh-Uh, Taking a Selfie,  and Tebowing, while debuting a few new dances. Timberlake is appearing every Tuesday on Late Night for the remainder of September as part of Timberlake Tuesdays, leading up to the September 30th release of The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:00, the Washington Huskies are at Illinois. At 3:30, the Washington State Cougars host Southern Utah.

The Mariners were off yesterday. They're at St. Louis though the weekend before moving on to Detroit on Monday.

Shekinna Stricklen scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Storm topped the Tulsa Shock 76-67 last night. Tina Thompson recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds and Tanisha Wright added 15 points and six assists. The Storm head home to host Tulsa in the final game of the regular season tomorrow night at 7:00.

Today is Scooby Doo Day, marking the 1969 premier of the Saturday cartoon series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Today is Muppet Day, marking the TV premier of The Muppet Show on this date in 1976. Hosted by Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street, Jim Henson puppet characters included Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo. The show lasted five seasons in 100 countries. Muppet Babies, a Saturday morning cartoon show followed for eight years. Today is Law & Order Day. The TV series premiered on this date in 1990. Today is Fortune Cookie Day in San Francisco, birthplace of the fortune cookie. Today is Positive Thinking Day. Just a heads up: Tomorrow is the National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's Corner, North Carolina.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Beatles won their first two Grammys, one for Best New Artist and another for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for A Hard Day's Night. In 1969, Elvis's Suspicious Minds reached #1 in the US, his last #1 song. In 1975, Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run entered the album charts. In 1983, Huey Lewis & The News released their breakthrough album Sports, which later went to number one. In 1989, a national study revealed that on an average day in the US 169 women and 56 men got nose jobs. In 1993, Conan O'Brien became the host of NBC's Late Night, the show previously hosted by David Letterman. In 1998, NBC's Frasier won a record fifth consecutive award as best comedy series at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards; ABC's The Practice took best drama. In 2004, Oakland posted a 7-6, 10-inning win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed 19 minutes in the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands and hit two fans in the head at the Oakland Coliseum.

On TV tonight, on CMT's Crossroads, Stevie Nicks hooks up with Lady Antebellum.

A big thank you to Derik Nelson for being on the show this morning.  It was a kick.  Derik is out on his Take Chances Tour raising money for high school arts and music programs, including a bunch here in the South Sound.  Find out where at http://www.deriknelson.com/tour. If you missed the interview this morning, it's available now (with bonus footage) in the Audio Area here at 945Roxy.com. 

Trivia Answer: Head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll who turns 62 on Sunday.

Thursday 9.12.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1966, The Monkees invaded television. There were four of them. Can you name The Monkees?

Pete Carroll is hopeful the Seattle Seahawks will get starting cornerback Brandon Browner back in time for Sunday night's NFC West showdown with San Francisco after he missed last week's season opener against Carolina with a hamstring injury. Carroll said Browner continues to recover. If there are no setbacks, Browner is expected to go through practice today. Carroll also expects defensive end Cliff Avril to be able to play against the 49ers after he missed Sunday's season opener, also with a lingering hamstring injury. Avril said he was close to being able to go against the Panthers, but trainers felt it best to hold him out. Seahawks-Forty Niners. Sunday night at 5:30 on NBC.

Saturday afternoon at 3:00, the Washington Huskies are at Illinois. At 3:30, the Washington State Cougars host Southern Utah.

The Houston Astros completed the sweep of Mariners with 6-1 win last night. The Astros -- who have the worst record in the majors (50-96) -- won all three games in Seattle for their third sweep of the season, and first since early June. Tomorrow, the Mariners are at St. Louis.

Tonight at 5:00, the Seattle Storm is at Tulsa.

Former world boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya is back in rehab, according to a statement he released earlier this week. This is the second time that "The Golden Boy" has admitted himself to rehab. Back in 2011, De La Hoya sought treatment for a cocaine and alcohol addiction after admitting the pictures of him wearing women's lingerie that surfaced back in 2007 were real, and that they were taken during a drug and alcohol-fueled binge with a model. Oscar De La Hoya has won ten world titles. He also won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.

Today is Lassie Day, marking the debut of the TV show on this date in 1954. Through the years, the cast included six different Lassies, Tommy Rettig, Cloris Leachman, and June Lockhart. Today is Josie and the Pussycats Day, marking their debut on this date in 1970. The popular cartoon was spawned from Archie comics. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Alice Wells became the first Los Angeles policewoman with full arrest powers. Even in uniform, Alice was accused of misusing her husband's badge to ride the streetcar free, until L.A. finally issued her Policewoman's Badge #1. In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1966, The Monkees invaded television. The hand-picked-for-TV group lasted until 1969 and continued in re-runs for many years. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. In 1992, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album entered the charts. The acoustic album boasted the hit Tears in Heaven, and went on to sell seven-million copies. In 1995, the Harlem Globetrotters' 8,829-game, 24-year winning streak ended when they lost 91-85 in Zurich, Switzerland, to a team led by retired pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was the Trotters first loss since the New Jersey Generals won 100-99 on January 15th of 1971. In 2003, The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label. Also in 2003, Country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. The Man in Black was 71.

This December, NASA is embarking on its first attempt to farm fresh food in space to sustain astronauts. NASA plans to launch six romaine lettuce plants to the International Space Station, where they will be grown under pink LED lights and ready to harvest in 28 days.

OneRepublic pops up with Jay Leno tonight.

Trivia Answer: The musical acting quartet was Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Described by band member Micky Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees' really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan." The Monkees had a number of international hits, including Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daydream Believer. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold both the Beatles and Rolling Stones. As of 2012, their albums and singles had sold over 65 million copies worldwide. On the morning of February 29th of 2012, Davey Jones went to tend his 14 horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favorite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack. The surviving Monkees have continued to tour. They appeared with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall last month.

Wednesday 9.11.13
Today's Trivia: With football fired back up, we turn to football for today's trivia. A two-parter: First, he was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his twenty-five year tenure as Alabama's head coach he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Upon his retirement in 1982 he held the record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history. Second, he is legendary for his successes as an NFL coach and is ranked as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in NFL history. He created many new formations and methods. He invented the now popular 4-3 defense, and the flex defense system. He won two Super Bowls and compiled a record of 270-178-6, the third most wins of all time for an NFL coach. His 20 career playoff victories are the most of any coach in NFL history. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1966 and the NFC Coach of the Year in 1975. Who are we talking about?

After a thrilling victory over the Packers at home on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers have jumped over the Seahawks to top ESPN's latest NFL power rankings. But depending what happens this Sunday when the Niners roll into CenturyLink Field, the Hawks could reclaim their top spot soon. Seattle held ESPN's No. 1 ranking since before the April draft, even once training camp began and it became apparent Percy Harvin would miss most of the season with a hip injury. But the Seahawks' messy 12-7 win at Carolina this past Sunday wasn't enough to remain a leg up on their division rivals from the Bay Area, who survived a 34-28 nailbiter against the Packers. That doesn't mean ESPN is down on the Hawks, however. "The Seahawks' defense held Cam Newton in check," ESPN noted in its ratings. "He posted a career-low 163 yards of offense. Keep that game plan for this week against Colin Kaepernick." The Hawks also dropped one spot in this week's Associated Press rankings, falling from second place to third after Week 1. The 49ers also top the AP's list, followed by Denver at No. 2. The Broncos are third in ESPN's rankings.

Saturday, the Washington Huskies are at Illinois while the Washington State Cougars host Southern Utah

The Houston Astros coasted to a 13-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. The Astros scored six times in the first three innings. The Ms wrap up the series with Houston -- and the homestand -- tonight at 7:10. During the game, Seattle traded shortstop Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees for a player to be named.

The Seattle Mariners begin their 2014 regular season on Monday, March 31st on the road against the division-rival Los Angeles Angels, according to the tentative schedule announced yesterday. The home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8th, also against the Angels. The Mariners play 22 of the first 25 games against American League West opponents. Interleague play features the National League East, with three home games against the New York Mets (July 21-23), two games against the Atlanta Braves (August 5-6), and three against the Washington Nationals (August 29-31). The Mariners road trips to NL parks include Miami, Atlanta and Philadelphia. And just like this season, the M's play a four game series against San Diego, splitting 2 games in each stadium. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox make trips to Safeco Field in June with three games each. The schedule and start times won't be finalized until January 2014.

Today is Patriot Day, marking the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., on September 11th of 2001.

Calendar notes: On this date In 1965, The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction went to number one on the English singles chart. This was two months after it became a chart-topper in America. In 1974, Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC-TV, starring Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush. In 1977, it was announced that David Bowie would duet with Bing Crosby for a Christmas special. The two later performed a version of Little Drummer Boy. In 1981, First Lady Nancy Reagan spent $200-thousand on new china for the White House. She said they really needed it. In 1987, when a tennis tournament ran overtime, anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of the CBS Evening News and didn't return. When the tennis coverage ended, CBS went black for six minutes. In 1987, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer won Video of the Year. In 2003, actor John Ritter died in Los Angeles at age 54. In 2003, two men handed the clerk in a Mishawaka, Indiana, 7-11 store a note that said, "Put it in the bag." The clerk said she didn't understand the note. The two bsd guys began to argue over how the note was worded, then left the store empty-handed.

If you've seen the Worst Twerk Ever video that features a girl catching her leg on fire after an epic twerking fail, you should know it was all a set up. Jimmy Kimmel admitted to being behind the viral video that's flooded the internet this past week. In fact, Kimmel said on his show Monday night that it was taped long before Miley Cyrus's now-famous MTV VMA performance. He says, "We put it up and didn't send it to any TV station. I didn't tweet it, we didn't put it on any websites. We just put it up on YouTube and let the magic happen." The girl in the video is actually a stuntwoman. Kimmel says he's hoping this puts the twerking craze to rest for good.

It's the season premiere of The X Factor tonight. Judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are joined by new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio this season. The season begins with the auditions.

Following through on their promise to deliver big secrets this season on The Talk, show co-host Sharon Osbourne revealed she once had a fling with late-night TV host Jay Leno. The one-time romance happened 35-years-ago according to Osbourne, before her relationship with Ozzy began. She explained on the show that it started when she first moved to America and a friend gave her Leno's number. "The fling was more fling for me and not fling enough for him," she said. "A couple of months into it he brought around the real love of his life for me to meet. And she was lovely." Sharon married Ozzy in 1982. Leno hasn't commented on the alleged "fling."

According to a new study, kids who are musicians develop better social skills.

Trivia Answer: Paul Bear Bryant and Tom Landry. Both were born on this date. Bear Bryant in 1913 and Tom Landry in 1924. Both were known for their hats. For Bryant it was his trademark houndstooth hat while Tom Landry sported a fedora. Another of Landry's impressive feats was his record for coaching the Dallas Cowboys to 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966 through 1985), an NFL record that remains unbroken or unchallenged. It remains one of the longest winning streaks in all of professional sports history.

Tuesday 9.10.13
Today's Trivia: He is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band for which he is known, He was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of his band, this year, he and his songwriting partner -- together known as The Toxic Twins -- were the recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Who is he?

Summer apparently still has a few tricks up its sleeve in what is shaping up to be quite the swan song, with perhaps some of the hottest temperatures of the summer this week. Whoo-hoo!

A Monday Night Football double-header last night. In the early game, it was Philadelphia at Washington. Playing at a frenetic pace that left the Redskins bumbling and stumbling, the Eagles unleashed coach Chip Kelly's don't-take-a-breath offensive attack that won 87 percent of the time during Kelly's four years at the University of Oregon on the NFL and crammed 77 plays into 60 minutes of football. They had their share of miscues, of course, but they held on for a 33-27 upset of the defending NFC East champs. In the nightcap, the Houston Texans rallied from 21-point second-half deficit to stun the San Diego Chargers 31-28.

Another week, another magazine cover for Russell Wilson. After a sensational rookie season, Wilson has become a bit of a national star, gracing the pages of several national magazines in the lead up to Seattle's 2013 season. He was featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s NFL preview issue dated September 2nd, and was one of four quarterbacks spotlighted on regional covers for Sports Illustrated's own NFL preview issue the same week. He also appeared on the cover of September's Sports Illustrated Kids, and then modeled some ridiculously expensive sweaters in the fashion pages of the September issue of GQ. Now, Wilson appears stripped down to cargo pants and an undershirt on the October cover of Men's Fitness, which hit newsstands yesterday. The much anticipated Hawks-Forty Niners game is Sunday night at the Clink.

The Houston Astros rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 last night in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history. The announced attendance of 9,808 was 10 fewer than the previous low set April 29th against the Orioles. Before this season, the previous low was 11,352. This year, the Mariners have drawn fewer than that number five times. The Ms have 18 games left. The Ms and Astros again tonight at 7:10.

Cal Worthington, who built a fortune from a series of West Coast car dealerships and became a TV fixture thanks to commercials urging customers to "go see Cal," has died. Dave Karalis, general manager of Cal Worthington Ford in Long Beach, says Worthington died Sunday after watching football with family at his ranch north of Sacramento. No cause of death was released. The Oklahoma native founded his first dealership in the late 1940s in Southern California. As his business empire grew to other western states and Alaska, Worthington starred in a series of TV and radio spots. The ads featured his "dog" Spot, with animals ranging from tigers to elephants. Cal Worthington was 92.

Today is Gunsmoke Day, marking the TV debut of Marshall Matt Dillon on this date in 1955 on CBS. James Arness starred for 20 years. Today is National Swap Ideas Day. Today is National Boss/Employee Exchange Day. By switching places, bosses and employees are supposed to get a better understanding of their jobs and responsibilities. Today is Gentle Ben Day, marking the premier of a TV show on this date in 1967 about a boy and his bear. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the Swanson company sold its first frozen TV dinner. In 1966, The Beatles' Revolver went to number one in the American album chart, and stayed there for six weeks. In 1989, Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he had hit a home run for the Yankees. In 1990, the Quincy Jones-produced Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuted. It starred Will Smith. In 1998, three Miami drug dealers traded a half-million dollars worth of cocaine and heroin for 12-thousand pairs of name-brand blue jeans. It was a good laundering deal except for the fact that the jeans dealers were undercover police. In 2000, NBC's The West Wing won a record-setting nine Emmy awards, including best drama series. NBC's Will and Grace won best comedy. In 2003, scientists announced that they had recorded the deepest musical note ever generated in space at the edge of a black hole. It was a B flat 57 octaves below the middle keys of a piano and one million billion times deeper than can be heard by humans. Apparently we have to take their word for it.

The new season of The Voice just got bigger, as current judges have chosen who they are teaming up with in hopes of having the winning contestant on their team. Icon and superstar Cher is set to work alongside Blake Shelton, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic works with Adam Levine, Ed Sheeran joins forces with Christina Aguilera, and Miguel is teaming up with Cee Lo Green this season. The competition is set to start on September 23rd.

It's confirmed. Gwen Stefani is pregnant with her third child according to US Weekly. The 43-year-old singer and her 47-year old husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, are said to have just found out about the new edition to their family and are ecstatic at the thought of hearing the pitter-patter of little feet again. The couple already has two sons, Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5. No one is really surprised by the pregnancy as Stefani has made it clear in previous interviews that she wanted to have a third child. Gwen is said to currently be in the studio with No Doubt working on the follow up to last year's album, Push and Shove.

Miley Cyrus is pulling double duty on Saturday Night Live this coming season. She is hosting the show, as well as being the musical guest on October 5th. Katy Perry has also been announced as a performer this season, she's the musical guest on October 12th, and Bruce Willis is host that night. Tina Fey is hosting the premiere of season 39 of Saturday Night Live with musical guest The Arcade Fire on September 28th.

King of Thrones premieres tonight. It focuses on extreme bathroom renovations. In the premiere, the designers are asked to create a mobile porta-potty for frozen lake ice fishing. Check your local listings for showtime.

Some fans complained when they realized that buying a "season pass" to download the fifth season of the TV show Breaking Bad only entitles them to download the first half of the fifth season. One viewer has taken this a step further, suing Apple. Everyone's calling the 8 episodes from last year and the 8 from this year "season 5" -- and those ordering it on iTunes assumed all 16 episodes were part of the season pass. A doctor from Ohio is serving as the plaintiff in a class action for "similarly situated" customers who subscribed to the show through iTunes.

Trivia Answer: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry who turns 63 today. He and Steven Tyler are known as The Toxic Twins. While initially dismissed as Rolling Stones knock-offs, Aerosmith came into its own during the mid-1970s with a string of hit records. Chief among these successes were the albums Toys in the Attic in 1975, and Rocks in 1976. The group also managed hit singles on the radio with songs like Dream On, Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, Back in the Saddle, and Last Child. Perry currently has a collection of about 600 guitars. Joe was a huge influence on Slash, who after hearing Rocks decided to take up the guitar rather than race BMX.

Monday 9.9.13
Today's Trivia: This actor and film producer's films have earned more than $2.4 billion from 25 theatrical releases worldwide. He achieved international stardom after appearing in Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. Who is he?

Nothing has changed for Russell Wilson in Year 2: He still has a knack for winning close games. Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 12-7 win yesterday over the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for his first career touchdown catch and the go-ahead score with 10:13 left. Kearse had just three catches for 31 yards as a rookie. The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards rushing, but Wilson picked up the slack by completing 25 of 33 passes to improve his record to 12-5 in the regular season. Despite playing without three defensive starters -- ends Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril and cornerback Brandon Browner -- the Seahawks only allowed one touchdown and held the Panthers scoreless in the second half. Next weekend, the highly anticipated Seahawks-Forty Niners matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Monday Night Football tonight has a doubleheader: Philadelphia is at Washington in the early game, then Houston is at San Diego.

Mike Leach came to Washington State to go to bowl games and win conference championships and take up residence in the Top 25. Two games into his second season in Pullman, no one knows for certain if Leach will reach his goals. On Saturday night, however, Leach and his players provided WSU fans with hope, something that's been in short supply on the Palouse for the past decade. Wshington State's 10-7 victory over No. 25 USC earned few style points. Then again, style points aren't the points that go up on scoreboards. How rare was this WSU victory? Not only was it just the sixth Washington State win over USC in 47 tries in Los Angeles (with two ties), but it snapped a 19-game losing streak against Top 25 teams; a 10-game losing streak in games away from Pullman (counting two "home" games in Seattle) and an eight-game losing streak against the Trojans. Also, in 140 games as a head coach, Washington State's Mike Leach has never won a game scoring 10 points. Next Saturday, the Cougars host Southern Utah.

Although they had a bye, the Washington Huskies moved up one spot in this week's Associated Press college football poll, landing at No. 19. It marks the first time since September of 2003 that the Huskies have been ranked by the AP in consecutive weeks. That year, UW was No. 18 on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 before losing to UCLA Oct. 4. Washington is one of four Pac-12 schools ranked. Oregon, which shellacked Nicholls State, is No. 2, Stanford No. 5 and UCLA No. 16. Southern California fell out of the Top 25 after its shocking loss at home to Washington State. The Huskies remained at No. 23 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Huskies play at Illinois at 3 Saturday afternoon at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays avoided a sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners yesterday. After trailing all afternoon, pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Rays rallied past the Mariners 4-1. Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth and added one more in the ninth. Seattle had won Friday and Saturday. Only 19 Mariner games left in the year starting tonight as the Ms host Houston in the first of three.

Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. It's also National Receptionist Day and School Nurses Day. Today is Wonderful Weirdoes Day, a day to thank the weirdoes in your life. Today is California Day. On this day in 1850, California became the 31st US state. Today is Fat Albert Day, marking the TV debut of Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids in 1972. Fat Albert's cartoon friends were Weird Harold, Mush Mouth, and Donald.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, NBC -- the National Broadcasting Company was formed. In 1947, the first actual case of a computer bug being found. A moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had Presley filmed from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn't corrupt the nation's youth. In 1971, the four-day Attica Prison riot begins, which eventually results in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison. In 1992, Van Halen took away the Video of the Year award at the 9th annual MTV Video Music Awards for their Right Now clip.

Vin Diesel's return as glowing-eyed space traveler Riddick won the weekend movie race, ringing up $18.7 million in ticket sales and knocking three-time box office queen Oprah Winfrey to second place. Civil rights drama Lee Daniels' The Butler, starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and media mogul Winfrey, slipped to second. Instructions Not Included, a Spanish-language film starring and directed by Mexican television star Eugenio Derbez, was third. Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers took fourth place, followed by animated Disney film Planes.

Bruno Mars is the headliner for the halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl. Mars and his band, The Hooligans, were introduced before hundreds of screaming fans at the Fox NFL Sunday broadcast, which was held live from Times Square in New York City to kick off the first full weekend of professional football. The National Football League says the Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched music event in the world. It says more than 110.5 million viewers saw last year's show featuring Beyonce. The Super Bowl is coming up on February 2nd at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Asked if he planned any surprises, Bruno said: "It's five months from now, so I got a couple of phone calls to make."

CeeLo does the Puyallup Thursday night.

Word was a while ago that Facebook was planning to add auto-play video ads to the News Feed at some point. But now it appears Facebook is holding off -- at least for now. Care to guess why? Yep, Facebook is concerned that the user backlash would be too severe.

Beginning tonight, NBC tries to deliver the biggest game show since Who Wants to be a Millionaire was on in primetime. Ryan Seacrest hosts Million Second Quiz, where contestants battle each other in intense bouts of trivia for 10 days from an hourglass-shaped structure in New York City in the hopes of claiming the largest prize in game show history.

P!nk's latest album The Truth About Love has sold over 1.7-million copies since its release nearly one year ago. Her P!nkness has come a long way since her R&B-heavy debut album Can't Take Me Home, which was released 13 years ago.P!nk is currently down under touring Australia, but returns to kick of another run in the states on October 10th in Oakland, California.

Trivia Answer: Hugh Grant who turns 53 today. Within the film industry, Grant is cited as an anti-film star who approaches his roles like a character actor, and attempts to make his acting appear spontaneous. He has been vocal about his disrespect for the profession of acting, and in his disdain towards the culture of celebrity and hostility towards the media. In a career spanning 30 years, Grant has repeatedly claimed that acting is not a true calling but just a job he fell into.

Friday 9.6.13
Today's Trivia: This actress and comedienne is sometimes referred to as Queen of the Deadpan. She was included on a 1986 list of the Top Prime Time Actors and Actresses of All Time. That's somewhat ironic as she first came to prominence as an original Not Ready For Prime Time Player on Saturday Night Live in 1975. She went on to win back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on the 1980s sitcom Kate & Allie. She later starred in the TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Who is she?

Peyton Manning put up a record-tying seven touchdown passes -- something no one had done in 44 years -- and lead the Denver Broncos past the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27 last night in the NFL opener. It was a much-anticipated rematch for the Broncos against the team that ended their playoff run in January. Manning become the sixth QB in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in a game and the first since Joe Kapp did it for Minnesota against Baltimore on in 1969.

Quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Red Bryant, and linebacker Heath Farwell are your Seahawks captains for 2013. Head coach Pete Carroll announced the honors via Twitter Pete tweeted: Congrats to our 2013 team captains, as elected by our players! Russell Wilson, Red Bryant & Heath Farwell. The Hawks kick off their regular season Sunday morning at 10 as they meet the Panthers in Carolina.

Former Washington coach Don James has undergone two surgeries at a Seattle hospital for gastro-intestinal issues. The school issued a statement on behalf of James' family yesterday. James was admitted to Virginia Mason Medical Center on Monday and doctors believe the two surgical procedures were successful. The statement, issued by the family to stem speculation regarding James' health, says he remains in the hospital and is resting comfortably. The 80-year-old James coached at Washington from 1975-1992 and led the Huskies to a share of the 1991 national championship. James went 153-57-2 with the Huskies and led the school to six Rose Bowl appearances.

The WSU Cougars are back in action tomorrow in LA facing USC. The No. 20 Washington Huskies return to action next Saturday at Illinois.

The Seattle Mariners had a five-run lead and Joe Saunders on the mound in the fifth inning. That should have been enough, but the Kansas City Royals battled back and won 7-6 on Mike Moustakas' home run to lead off the 13th inning The Ms host the Tampa Bay Rays for the weekend starting tonight. Felix Hernandez will miss his scheduled start Sunday and has been pushed back to Wednesday. Hernandez left his Monday start against the Royals in the seventh inning with lower back cramps.

The Seattle Storm hosts Minnesota tomorrow.

Today is Barbie Doll Day. Barbie debuted on this date in 1959. Today is Dragon Tales Day. The PBS show debuted on this date in 1999. Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In 1975, while in New York to compete in the U.S. Open, Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum. In 1993, British music lover Helen Stephens was jailed for a week after neighbors complained she played Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You loudly and constantly for five weeks. In 1997, Britain's Princess Diana was buried in the grounds of her family home. The worldwide TV audience for the funeral ceremonies was estimated at over two billion. In 1989, the Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field at Three Rivers Stadium because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for an upcoming concert. In 2003, an Australian man picked up a $2.5 million lottery prize almost a year after winning it. The mechanic in his 40s said he delayed because he didn't need the money, that his wages were enough to support his lifestyle. He said, after waiting a year, he finally decided to secure the financial future of his children, pay off his home loan, buy a new car and give some money to the Anti-Cancer Council.

What a weather night here in the South Sound. A whole bunch of thunder and lightning. Meanwhile, did you hear about that 59-year-old motorcyclist from Tenino? He was struck by lightning yesterday morning as he rode on I-5 in Chehalis during one of many thunderstorms that rolled through Western Washington. The bolt came just after 9 as the man was riding in the northbound lanes about 1/2 mile south of 13th Street. Martin Zapalac said the biker had just passed him and was about 10 car lengths ahead of him. "All of a sudden him and his bike lit up," Zapalac said. "I felt when the thunder came -- I felt the concussion of it -- it was a pretty good jolt." The rider managed to pull over to the shoulder and Zapalac stopped to make sure he was OK. "Definitely disoriented but he was talking," Zapalec said. "He took his helmet off and his hair was singed," adding the inside of the helmet showed obvious signs of being hit by lightning. The two drove to a nearby gas station, where they called 911 to summon a medic. The rider was eventually taken to Providence-Centralia Hospital with some burns and hearing loss and then was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is listed in satisfactory condition.

When the new Guinness World Records book hits stores next week, you'll find a few familiar names from the entertainment world. Betty White has earned her spot as the record holder for Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female). The 91-year-old said in a statement, "Who? Me!?! It's such as honor. The book has always been fascinating to me. I can't believe I'm now associated with it." Zap2It also reports the hit TV show Breaking Bad earns a world record for Highest-Rated TV Series. The Guinness World Records 2014 book hits stores September 12th.

E! Online is refuting rumors that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting. Radar Online is reporting that three-time Academy Award winner reportedly decided to exit the silver screen in a graceful and quiet manner due to his diminished memory. But according to E!, the rumors about the death of Jack's career have been greatly exaggerated. E! has reached out to NBC's Maria Shriver who is disputing the rumors of Nicholson's retirement due to memory loss or dementia and says that the actor has no plans on retiring from the movie biz anytime soon. The One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest star first appeared on the big screen in The Cry Baby Killer back in 1958. Over the past 50 years Jack has appeared in over 50 films and has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning three.

If Fifty Shades Of Grey producers had their way, Ryan Gosling would have said hey to Anastasia Steele. Gosling was reportedly the first choice for the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades, but he was not interested in the part. The producers ended up with Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steelwill. they'll be steaming up the screen next August.

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, has been named Billboard's Song of the Summer. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12-straight weeks beginning in June and it just slipped to number two on the chart, surpassed by Katy Perry's Roar. Imagine Dragons came in at number two with Radioactive, Daft Punk's Get Lucky is at number three.

Your number for today: 160. That's how many baby girls named Khaleesi there were in 2012, after the character on Game of Thrones.

Trivia Answer: Jane Curtin who is 66 today. She played Allison Allie Lowell on Kate & Allie, and was Dr. Mary Albright on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Curtin has also appeared in many movie roles, including Charlene in the The Librarian series of movies (2004–2008). She also reprised one of her Saturday Night Live characters, Prymaat Conehead, in the 1993 film The Coneheads.

Thursday 9.5.13
Today's Trivia: He's a stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, he came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart -- it remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history. The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! was also a massive success, and the two albums held the Billboard number one and number two spots simultaneously, a feat unequaled until the 1991 release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses. He later went into acting and starred in two long-running and prize-winning situation comedies. Who is he?

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night. Morales hit his 18th home run to straight away center with Franklin Gutierrez, who had walked, aboard. Lucas Luetge worked two perfect innings to earn the victory. Danny Farquhar worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 15 opportunities. Taijuan Walker, who became the youngest Mariners starting pitcher (21 years, 17 days) to pick up a victory in his major league debut on Friday at Houston, struck out two in the first inning, his fastball touching 97 mph. Walker did not allow a hit over the first three innings, but yielded four runs, four hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the fourth to tie the score. Walker left after five innings and 79 pitches. The Ms and Royals wrap up their series today. The Mariners begin a three-game series with Tampa Bay tomorrow at Safeco Field.

Tonight the NFL opens the regular season as Joe Flacco and the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff game. Kick-off at 5;30 tonight on NBC.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are still wondering how many healthy bodies they'll have on the defensive line come Sunday's opener at Carolina. Three important pieces returned to practice yesterday with defensive tackles Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane and defensive end Cliff Avril all getting some practice time. All three were limited yesterday, according to the team's injury report. McDaniel and Mebane have groin injuries and Avril has a hamstring injury. If all three can go, the Seahawks should be fine with depth. If they can't, Seattle suddenly becomes very thin up front. Kick-off is at 10 Sunday morning.

The WSU Cougars are back in action Saturday in LA facing USC. The No. 20 Washington Huskies return to action on the 14th at Illinois.

The Seattle Storm hosts Minnesota on Saturday.

Today is Be Late For Something Day, sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America. Today is National Cheese Pizza Day. Today is Jury Rights Day, marking the day in 1670 when William Penn's jurors refused to convict him of preaching an illegal religion (Quakerism) to an unlawful assembly, his congregation. The action provided the bases for the US Constitution's first amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run for Providence in the International League. He also pitched a one-hit shut-out against Toronto. In 1987, after 30 years on television, Dick Clark's American Bandstand was canceled. In 1996, research reported in The London Times showed 46% of dogs began watching for their owners up to an hour before their owners returned home each day, even when the owners worked irregular hours. In 1990, B. B. King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack.

November is still nearly two full months away but the season already has its first Flood Watch in anticipation of a very strong storm system that is about to deliver a 1-2 punch of heavy rain. The rare summertime Flood Watch is for all counties in Western Washington and is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. This is a pretty unique storm system for our region in that it is expected to combine a period of strong thunderstorms at first, then more of a steady November-esque rain second. When all is said and done, rainfall totals are expected to be greater than an inch across the region, with heavy thunderstorms bringing potential for at least that much in an hour. It's enough rain that urban and small stream flooding is possible -- especially in areas where strong thunderstorms drop a big deluge in a short period. By Sunday, we begin a new stretch of more summer-like weather with plenty of sunshine and highs near 80. That sunny and warm pattern is expected to last into early next week.

After a somewhat disappointing cast last season, ABC's Dancing With The Stars is set to return with a much more colorful cast of characters, including one very smart Seattleite. ABC announced the Season 17 cast yesterday confirming rumors that Mary Tyler Moore star Valerie Harper, who has been battling brain cancer, would be joining. In addition to Harper, whose doctor stated that she is close to remission for what was initially diagnosed as a terminal brain tumor, the cast will include Ozzy Osbourne's son, Jack, Jersey Shore's Nicole Snooki Polizzi, Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley, and Glee's Amber Riley. However, one of the most interesting casting choices is former Seattle resident and television personality Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Lindsay Lohan has been asked to host the premiere of Saturday Night Live in September. A source confirms to RadarOnline that Lindsay is considering the offer and attending all of her meetings. Hosting the premiere would be familiar territory for the Mean Girls actress. After all, Lindsay is already a member of the honorable SNL "Five-Timers Club," hosting the show multiple times before. NBC has yet to make an official announcement. Lindsay is already filming an OWN docu-series documenting her post-rehab efforts. Rumor has it that when Lady Gaga appears for her third time on Saturday Night Live, she may pull double-duty and be the host and musical performer on the show. Gaga has previously appeared as the musical guest in 2006 and in 2011.

A Russian chimpanzee named John is checking in to rehab. The chimp is getting professional help after years of working as a greeter in a gambling hall left him addicted to cigarettes and booze.

Trivia Answer: George Robert Newhart -- Bob Newhart -- who turns 84 today. In his TV shows, first he starred as psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and then as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s sitcom Newhart. He also had a third, short-lived sitcom in the nineties titled Bob. He also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

Wednesday 9.4.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1972, he became the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games. Who is he?

Salvador Perez drove in a run with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals -- after blowing a three-run lead -- went on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 last night. The Ms have now lost three straight. Ms and Royals meet up again tonight at 5:10. Taijuan Walker starts for Seattle tonight.

The Mariners reached out for six players from Triple-A Tacoma, including right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who started last night's game against the Royals. The Mariners also recalled right-handers Chance Ruffin and Hector Noesi and infielder Carlos Triunfel, and selected the contract of left-hander James Paxton, from their top minor league affiliate. Seattle also added Triple-A hitting coach Howard Johnson to its staff for September.

NFL football is nearly upon us, and the experts are weighing in. And they're saying that the Seahawks are good. Really good. ESPN released its Week 1 Power Rankings yesterday with Seattle topping the list, just above the Atlanta Falcons, and the San Francisco 49ers, both of whom received at least one first-place vote. The Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers -- both of whom the Seahawks saw in the preseason -- round out the top five. The ESPN panel says, "Russell Wilson and a dominant defense get headlines, but Marshawn Lynch and rookie Christine Michael will give the Seahawks balance. It's Super Bowl or bust in Seattle." Then later in the day, the AP released it's first Pro32 poll of the season. The AP has Hawks coming in at No. 2, just behind San Francisco. The NFL season kicks off tomorrow night when the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos. The Hawks regular season gets started Sunday morning with Seattle at Carolina to face the Panthers. Kick-off at 10.

The WSU Cougars are back in action Saturday in LA facing USC. The No. 20 Washington Huskies return to action on the 14th at Illinois.

The Seattle Storm hosts Minnesota on Saturday.

Today is Edsel Day, commemorating September 4th in 1957 when the Ford Motor Company introduced its infamous $350-million disaster car, the 1958 Edsel. It was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights. Today is Another Look Unlimited Day, a day to survey your possessions and give surplus items to charity or reuse in another project. Slow the flow to landfills. Today is National Newspaper Carrier Day. Today is Beetle Bailey's birthday. He first appeared on this date in 1950. Today is National Macadamia Nut Day. Today is Help! Day, marking this date in 1965 when the Beatles' song "Help" reached #1 in the US.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships. In 1964, Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS-TV. The cast was stranded for three full seasons and 98 episodes. In 1968, The Rolling Stones single Street Fighting Man was banned in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was being held, because of its political content. In 1976, Kiss released their single Beth. Arguably the first power ballad, the song also became the rockers' biggest hit and peaked at number seven. In 1998, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. In 2002, Texas cocktail waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first American Idol.

American Idol is betting that a judges' remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season. The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced yesterday by Fox. Fox also announced that original judge Randy Jackson, who exited along with Carey and Minaj at the end of last season, will be back in a new role as in-house mentor to the contestants. Ryan Seacrest, also part of Idol from the start, will again host. American Idol returns in January.

Britain's Princess Diana is the deceased celebrity many Americans would want to bring back to life while most men would prefer to die before their spouses, according to a new survey about mortality released yesterday. The majority of Americans questioned in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll said they would die for their children, but fewer were prepared to give up their life for their country or religion. Thirty-five percent of people said Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris 16 years ago, is the celebrity they would pick to bring back to life, compared to 14 percent for Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs and 11 percent for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Seventy percent of men in the poll of 1,005 adults said they would prefer their wives to outlive them, while 46 percent of women said they would want to die first. When asked what they would be most willing to die for, 55 percent of people said their children, followed by 12 percent for their spouse, 10 percent for their parents or religion and 5 percent for their country. Only 24 percent of people said they would opt for cryonic preservation, even if it were free, but the number rose to 39 percent among 18- to 34-year-olds. With cryonics, a body is preserved at low temperatures in the hope it can be revived and healed later. A bar or a shopping mall was deemed the worst place to have one's ashes spread and 84 percent of people said they would prefer their passing to be marked "with laughter, food and drink" rather than something more solemn. The nationwide telephone poll appears in the October issue of Vanity Fair.

Cheap Trick has been around longer than many of the biggest US corporations and now a lawsuit is making them sound more like bickering board members than one-time hit makers behind songs like Surrender and I Want You to Want Me. Richard Nielsen, Thomas Peterson and Robin Zander have sued founding drummer Bun E. Carlos, asking a judge to confirm he was validly removed from the board of Cheap Trick Unlimited Inc and two other band-related corporations. The lawsuit filed on Friday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, a venue more accustomed to high-stakes business spats, follows a July lawsuit by Carlos. Carlos, along with former band manager David Frey claimed they were short-changed hundreds of thousands of dollars by the band's three other founders. Carlson said in documents filed in an Illinois federal court that the band refused to honor a 2010 agreement that allowed him to stop touring with the band while remaining an active member in terms of management.

A Washington Post photographer snapped a photo of John McCain playing online poker during Tuesday's Syria hearings on Capitol Hill. McCain isn't even attempting to get evasive. After the photos started making the rounds, McCain tweeted: "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!"

Trivia Answer: Mark Spitz. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, an achievement only surpassed by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed, a record that still stands. Since the year 1900, no other swimmer has ever gained so great a percentage of all the medals awarded for Olympic events held in a single Games.

Tuesday 9.3.13
Today's Trivia: This actress was best known for her role as Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role for the TV adaptation, winning both a Golden Globe and Emmy for her performance. She also received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi, and Will & Grace. Who was she?

Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start as the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 yesterday. King Felix hadn't lost four straight starts since 2008. Erasmo Ramirez is being added to the Mariners roster today and is starting against the Royals. First pitch tonight at 5:10.

Sunday Night Football is closer than ever. Tune in as the NFL season kicks off with a special edition of SNF this Thursday night, when the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos.

A good weekend for the unranked Washington Huskies as they dismantled No. 19 Boise State. Well, we can now call them the No. 20 Washington Huskies. That's what the Associated Press football poll this morning showed.

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day. Today is Search for Tomorrow Day, marking the soap opera's TV debut on this date in 1951. During its 35 years, the cast included Don Knotts, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline Today is Uncle Sam's birthday. Uncle Sam's image was first used on this day in 1813.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Sweden switched driving from the left to the right side of the road. In 1983, The Eurythmics topped the singles chart with Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). In 1989, Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor 8˝ years after leaving on their trip around the world. They made it in a 43-foot ship they built themselves, despite Karen's chronic sea sickness. Along the way, the couple had two children. In 1999, charges were dropped against nine photographers and a motorcyclist in connection with the 1997 crash that killed Princess Diana. In 2003, in Janesville, Wisconsin, a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with stealing a computerized tracking device. A corrections officer said the thief apparently "didn't know what he had because he would be awfully stupid to steal a tracking device." To find him, all police had to do was switch on a computer.

Civil rights drama Lee Daniels' The Butler continued to serve up box office victories with $20 million in ticket sales over the long Labor Day weekend, leading Hollywood's box office for the third straight weekend. Hollywood box office tracking services had given the crown to the concert film One Direction: This is Us, featuring the British boy band, based on estimates on yesterday morning, before the holiday on Monday. Jennifer Aniston's We're the Millers, was third. Walt Disney's animated film Planes finished fourth, and Instructions Not Included, starring and directed by Mexican television star Eugenio Derbez, finished the weekend fifth with ticket sales of $10 million, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever, according to movie site Box Office Mojo.

During the program yesterday morning, 64-year-old Diana Nyad was nearing the end of her swim from Cuba to Florida, a goal she pursued for 35 years. Nyad began her fifth attempt at the 103-mile journey in Havana on Saturday morning. She swam without a protective cage or flippers. In 1997, Australian Susie Maroney completed the swim from within a shark cage. She was 22 at the time. Nyad had said this was her final attempt but wanted to prove "it's never too late to chase your dream." Late yesterday morning came word that Nyad completed her swim. She took more than 52 hours to swim the 103-mile trip. It's the farthest she or anyone else has gone without a shark cage.

Trivia Answer: Eileen Brennan who would have been 81 today. Sadly, Brennan died of bladder cancer at her home in Burbank just a few weeks ago on July 28th.

Monday 9.2.13

Happy Labor Day.  Labor Day on the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was actually celebrated on a Tuesday. It was on September 5th of 1882 in New York City , in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. On June 28th of 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

With seven scoreless innings, Mariner starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma kept the Mariners in line for their first four-game sweep in more than a year. But Houston greeted reliever Charlie Furbush with consecutive doubles in the eighth and pinch hitter Brandon Barnes delivered a successful suicide squeeze as the Astros defeated Seattle 2-0 yesterday at Minute Maid Park . The loss snapped the Mariners' three-game winning streak and sent the Mariners 12 games below .500. The Ms now move on to Kansas City to take on the Royals. Catcher Mike Zunino will reportedly rejoin the Mariners in Kansas City today. He is expected to catch Felix Hernandez. The Mariners begin a four-game set with Kansas City today.

NFL teams had to pare their rosters from 75 down to 53 men by Saturday afternoon, finalizing their rosters for the start of the regular season. That means the Seahawks had to say goodbye to 22 promising players who by and large have performed impressively this preseason. Some are rookies, some are perennial backups, but some are veterans -- and those can be the toughest cuts for the locker room and the 12th Man. One of the hardest cuts for Seahawk fans was fullback Michael Robinson. The fan-favorite and locker-room leader tweeted Friday evening: ''Been real #12thMan will always have love for ya.''  Robinson became an integral piece of Seattle 's rushing attack when he arrived in 2010, having already played four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. In 2011, he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl despite carrying the ball just four times, instrumental in finding holes and blocking tacklers for Marshawn Lynch.  Robinson was set to earn $2.5 million this year, higher than any other NFL fullback. Robinson was well known for his veteran leadership and for his animated pre-game speeches to pump up his teammates. Robinson also produced the much-watched Real Rob Report video series on YouTube. The Hawks also released quarterback Brady Quinn. Tarvaris Jackson gets the backup role behind Russell Wilson.  The Seahawks open the regular season Sunday morning on the road at Carolina against the Panthers.

Keith Price threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to become the University of Washington 's career leader, and the Dawgs returned to renovated Husky Stadium with a stunning 38-6 rout of No. 19 Boise State on Saturday night. The Huskies next see action on the 14th when they meet Illinois in Chicago . By the way, the new polls are due out tomorrow and it's assumed the Dags will no longer be unranked.  General consensus is that they'll be around No. 22.

Meanwhile, Washington State left Southeastern Conference country stinging from a loss but hardly feeling outclassed. The Cougars actually led for a while.  They surrendered Tre Mason's 100-yard kickoff return, Corey Grant's 75-yard touchdown run and three interceptions in Saturday night's 31-25 loss to Auburn , but still had their chances late in the opener for both teams. The Cougs are in LA to face USC on Saturday.

In addition to being Labor Day, today is also Pierce-Your-Ears Day and National Blueberry Popsicle Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1989, Cold Hearted became Paula Abdul's third consecutive number one single. Also in In 1989, The Cars' Ric Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova. In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland , Ohio . The opening ceremonies included performances by Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

David Frost, a master of the television interview, famed for coaxing an apology for Watergate from Richard Nixon, has died.  A household name in Britain since 1962, when as a recent Cambridge graduate he hosted the cutting edge television satire show "That Was The Week That Was", Frost secured his broader reputation with the Nixon interviews of 1977, three years after the president retreated into silence after quitting in disgrace. In those encounters, dramatized in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, the British talk-show host sparred with the former US president for hours before eliciting a moment of historical drama -- Nixon apologized for the bugging of Democratic rivals at Washington's Watergate building and the later cover-up.  Frost, the son of a Methodist minister, launched his career while still at Cambridge University . He went on to become best known as an interviewer of world leaders, sitting opposite virtually every US president and British prime minister of the age. He showed a rare talent for extracting intriguing and revealing information. British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke for many with his comment on Twitter: "He made a huge impact on television and politics. The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments -- but there were many other brilliant interviews." David Frost had a heart attack late on Saturday aboard a luxury cruise liner where he had a speaking engagement.  He was 74.

Concert film One Direction: This is Us, featuring the British boy band One Direction, won the weekend box office race with ticket sales of $17 million, edging the civil rights drama Lee Daniels' The Butler which had been the top film for the past two weeks. Jennifer Aniston's We're the Millers, was third. Walt Disney's animated film Planes was fourth for the weekend. The fifth slot was a strong opening for Instructions Not Included.

During the program this morning, 64-year-old Diana Nyad was just a couple miles shy of finishing her swim from Cuba to Florida , a goal she's pursued for 35 years. Nyad began her fifth attempt at the 103-mile journey in Havana on Saturday morning. She was swimming without a protective cage or flippers. In 1997, Australian Susie Maroney completed the swim from within a shark cage. She was 22 at the time. Nyad has said this is her final attempt but wants to prove "it's never too late to chase your dream." UPDATE:  Late this morning came word that Nyad has completed her swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad took more than 52 hours to swim the 103-mile trip. It's the farthest she or anyone else has gone without a shark cage.