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COLLEGE TENNIS CHAMPIONS FOR 2014: MEN

Here’s one last round of congratulations for the 2014 college tennis champions in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

georgia gwinnettNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES (in both men’s AND women’s)

Runners-Up – EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES

2013 Champions – EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES  

azusa pacificNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

National Champions – AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY COUGARS

Runners-Up – MCMURRY UNIVERSITY WARHAWKS

2013 Champions – AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY COUGARS Continue reading

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PULP HERO G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES: STORIES TEN THROUGH TWELVE

Dragon PatrolBalladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the neglected Pulp Hero G-8. This continues a story-by- story look at the adventures of this World War One American fighter pilot who – along with his two wingmen the Battle Aces – took on various supernatural and super- scientific menaces thrown at the Allied Powers by the Central Powers of Germany, Austria- Hungary and the Ottoman Muslim Turks.

G-8 was created by Robert J Hogan in 1933 when World War One was still being called simply the World War or the Great War. Over the next eleven years Hogan wrote 110 stories featuring the adventures of G-8, the street-smart pug Nippy Weston and the brawny giant Bull Martin. The regular cast was rounded out by our hero’s archenemy Doktor Krueger, by Battle, G-8’s British manservant and by our hero’s girlfriend R-1: an American nurse/ spy whose real name, like G-8’s was never revealed. G-8’s war-time pulp adventures were a clear influence on the Timely Comics (later Marvel Comics) character Captain America.

Dragon Patrol10. THE DRAGON PATROL (July 1934) – This story eerily foreshadows elements of the Hindenburg disaster of 1937 and of the horrific London Blitz of 1940. The actual dragon on the Pulp magazine cover is mere poetic license. The real menaces in this G-8 tale are two Zeppelins customized for super-silent raids over Paris itself. The Zeppelins are ravaging the City of Lights with special incendiary bombs that leave so much of the metropolis in charred ruins that the French are contemplating surrendering. (This was before the French had made a National Pasttime out of surrendering.)

The main villain this time out is Kapitan Geist (“Captain Ghost” in German), the salty senior commander of the twin Zeppelin unit who approaches his airborne missions like a seasoned sea captain of the skies. Geist’s Zeppelin is called “Fafnir” to emphasize the dragon motif but we never learn the name of the other one. Continue reading

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THE IROQUOIS GODDESS SHAGODIAQDANE

Iroquois confederationSHAGODIAQDANE – The Iroquois goddess of the summer. She was depicted as an old woman sitting cross-legged in the forest and she sang a song that only birds could hear and their own chirping and singing was considered to be their response to the goddess’ song. As summer started to turn into autumn the entourage of the evil winter god Tawiskaron began to return. Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: TO THE FOURTH POWER (2013)

To the 4th PowerTO THE FOURTH POWER (2013) – This film was one of the sleeper hits of last year. You’d think it would be impossible to do something creative with the mock documentary format at this point but To The Fourth Power proves to be a thought-provoking and inventive piece set “just a few years from now”.

The movie depicts a near future in which the Continue reading

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COLLEGE TENNIS CHAMPIONS FOR 2014 (WOMEN)

Nevaeh Now

Nevaeh Now

Balladeer’s Blog’s famous sportscaster, the adorable Nevaeh Dillard, is back and feeling all grown up! Nevaeh is 5 years old now which she says makes her “a teenager”. Must be Common Core Math. (Thanks, teacher’s unions!)

This young lady is here to introduce the women’s tennis champions for 2014 in the divisions of college sports covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

georgia gwinnettNAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES

Runners-Up – EMBRY- RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES

2013 Champions – AUBURN UNIVERSITY AT MONTGOMERY WARHAWKS (formerly the Senators) Continue reading

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PULP HERO G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES: STORIES SEVEN THROUGH NINE

Invisible StaffelBalladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the neglected Pulp Hero G-8. This continues a story-by- story look at the adventures of this World War One American fighter pilot who – along with his two wingmen the Battle Aces – took on various supernatural and super- scientific menaces thrown at the Allied Powers by the Central Powers of Germany, Austria- Hungary and the Ottoman Muslim Turks.

G-8 was created by Robert J Hogan in 1933 when World War One was still being called simply the World War or the Great War. Over the next eleven years Hogan wrote 110 stories featuring the adventures of G-8, the street-smart pug Nippy Weston and the brawny giant Bull Martin. The regular cast was rounded out by our hero’s archenemy Doktor Krueger, by Battle, G-8’s British manservant and by our hero’s girlfriend R-1: an American nurse/ spy whose real name, like G-8’s was never revealed. G-8’s war-time pulp adventures were a clear influence on the Timely Comics (later Marvel Comics) character Captain America.

squadron of corpses7. SQUADRON OF CORPSES (April 1934) – G-8’s archenemy Doktor Krueger is at it again! Once again the devilish German scientist has come up with a scientific menace that manages to prey on the superstitions of mankind. Dead German aces are back from the dead and flying into action again against the Allied pilots in the skies over No Man’s Land.

The animated, shambling corpses are impervious to bullets and retain the aerial combat skills they had in life, making them doubly dangerous since they can’t be killed a second time. Even more perplexing is the way Krueger has managed it so that each time a dead German flying ace is “resurrected” an Allied pilot falls ill and dies. Continue reading

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REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLES BEFORE THE FOURTH OF JULY

 Balladeer’s Blog as usual will be marking the USA’s upcoming birthday with a series of holiday-themed posts. Since we get overexposed to the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 and the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 I will instead stay true to my blog’s theme and focus on the action in between April 19th, 1775 and early July 1776.

May 10th, 1775 – The British Fort Ticonderoga in New York is seized in what would today be called a Special Forces raid by Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, who beat other American forces to the valuable military prize. Allen and his men had the advantage of being an organized body under arms for quite a long time because they were originally formed to fight for the independence of what is now the state of Vermont (“Green Mountain”).

They had been an active guerilla force fighting for Vermont’s right to be an independent entity rather than part of the Hampshire Grants being fought over by New York and New Hampshire. Their secret headquarters was the Catamount Tavern which is why the University of Vermont’s sports teams are called the Catamounts. 

May 12th, 1775 – Crown Point, NY is taken by American forces in another early but forgotten action. 

May 16th – Benedict Arnold’s ultimately ill-fated invasion of Canada sees its first action as his forces besiege  St John. Among Arnold’s troops are Continue reading

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NAIA BASEBALL PLAYERS TAKEN IN THE MAJOR LEAGUE DRAFT IN 2014

Balladeer’s Blog’s annual tradition of giving a shoutout to the several dozen NAIA college baseball players who were selected by Major League Baseball teams in the draft continues. I’m also continuing my tradition of bestowing Official Balladeer’s Blog Nicknames on them.

OklahomaCityStarsOKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS –

Chris “Captain” Pike – Tampa Bay Rays      *****     “Bad Boy” Brad Wieke – New York Mets     *****     Michael “Sergeant” Nolan – Oakland A’s Continue reading

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SUPERMODEL SARENNA LEE WISHES BALLADEER’S BLOG A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

The goddess called SaRenna Lee was nice enough to send along this anniversary pic!

The goddess called SaRenna Lee was nice enough to send along this anniversary pic!

SaRenna Lee is well known as a goddess come to life – sort of a physical incarnation of humanity’s collective notions of beauty, wit and charm. She’s also been wonderful enough to grace Balladeer’s Blog with another shoutout, this time in honor of my fourth anniversary! Thank you to a terrific lady who is basically an atomic-level Marilyn Monroe! 

We all know how hard it is to do selfies like this so nobody better say anything impolite!  Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG TURNS FOUR YEARS OLD TODAY!

Kayla Kleevage's shoutout was one of the highlights of the past year!

Kayla Kleevage’s shoutout was one of the highlights of the past year!

Has it been four years already? This kind shoutout from the maddeningly sexy Kayla Kleevage last August was one of the highlights of the past twelve months! Thank all of you for sticking with me and for being strong enough individuals that you don’t leave in a huff the minute you come across something that offends you!  Continue reading

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