Monthly Archives: November 2010

XAVIER (LA) GOLD RUSH ARE 8-0

November 29, 2010
    HOUSTON — Devin Andrew scored 19 points Monday, and Kevin Miller’s free throw and steal in the final 10 seconds helped NAIA No. 20 Xavier University of Louisiana preserve a 63-60 men’s basketball victory over St. Thomas (Texas).
    The Gold Rush, winning on the road for the second time in three days, are 8-0 for the first time since the 1983-84 season. St. Thomas is 3-6. Continue reading

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THIS JUST IN: SPORTS REPORTERS HAVE NEVER LAUGHED DURING ANY OF THEIR MANY FAILURES

Why exactly are any of us supposed to be upset that the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson was seen (gasp) LAUGHING with a teammate on the sidelines during a game in which his team looked pretty lame? The reaction – or I should say overreaction -of sports  reporters to this and to the fact that Anderson was noticeably annoyed  when some ankle-biting reporter was interrogating him about it as if he Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BLOG FAKE EXPOSE: THE REAL REASON “THE U” FIRED RANDY SHANNON

Artist's depiction of a typical Miami Hurricanes football player prior to Randy Shannon's arrival

 Like most college football fans I was very surprised when I heard that  the dignified and professional Randy Shannon was fired as the Miami Hurricanes head football coach. Shannon was a breath of fresh air in the usual sewer of “The U”‘s football program. Last year’s 9-win season was conveniently forgotten after Coach Shannon finished this regular season with a 7-5 record and he was given the boot by an institution that has proven time and time again that it puts “The Eeewww” in Division 1 football. Shannon will not even get to coach his players in their upcoming bowl game.

I decided to do another of my deep investigative pieces and immediately smoked out some sources who were willing to speak on condition that Continue reading

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15TH-RANKED USAO DROVERS MEN’S SOCCER WINS 1ST-EVER 2ND ROUND MATCH

Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are very familiar with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers men’s soccer team. Players like goalkeeper “Force Field” McEntee, “NC Hammer”, “Niiiiiikolaaaaa” and “Dr Drover” have made the past few seasons very special for USAO soccer. Coach Hampton’s team has made history again, defeating the Great Falls Argonauts for the Drovers’ 1st ever 2nd round victory. Here’s the latest from the Alabama tournament, courtesy of Chad Waller. Continue reading

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SOCCER DRAMA IN ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA: TODAY’S ACTION AT THE NAIA SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Sports Information & Media Services, cwaller@naia.org 

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (box score) In a rematch of the 2008 National Championship final, unseeded Bethel (Tenn.) eliminated No. 1-seed Rio Grande (Ohio), 2-1 today in the first game of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site from the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Bethel (14-5-1), who defeated Rio Grande by the same score in overtime to win the 2008 title, now advances to play at 7:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday against the winner of Mobile (Ala.) and Belhaven (Miss.).  Continue reading

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TERRY WILLIAMS OF THE LYNX NAMED USCAA BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

CONCORD — The NHTI, Concord’s Community College athletics department is pleased to announce that Terry Williams (Norwich, CT) has been named the USCAA Men’s Basketball player-of-the week.

            This is the second time this season that Williams as received this honor.

            Congratulations to Terry on the honor and to the entire NHTI men’s basketball team for their success this past week.

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PALM BEACH ATLANTIC SAILFISH READY FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
11/29/2010

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Although the Palm Beach Atlantic University volleyball team is hoping for as much support in person at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament this week, those parents, fans, and alumni that are unable to make the trip will have the opportunity to view the games online through a free web stream provided by Webcast America. Continue reading

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DECEMBER 4TH’S PLAYOFF MATCHUPS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Since my e-mailers have been mentioning that they’d like to get familiar with the conferences in the divisions Balladeer’s Blog covers I’ll add the conference affiliation after each team’s name. (Many of my readers are newcomers to college sports at this level)

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SIOUX FALLS COUGARS (Great Plains Athletic Conference) host the MNU PIONEERS (Heart of America Athletic Conference)

CC FIGHTING SAINTS (Frontier Conference) host the ST XAVIER Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS SEASON DIVERSION: LESSER KNOWN VERSIONS OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL

I’ll come right out and admit it – I’ve always been a sucker for any version of A Christmas Carol. Trouble is, most adaptations distort the story or are produced by people who don’t seem to “get” the story or treat it like it’s a children’s tale. Anyone who thinks that needs to read the novelette again. My love of mythology is partly why I love the story so much.

A Christmas Carol is the closest thing to an Epic Myth the Industrial Age has produced. The language Dickens uses is very close to prose poetry but precious few adaptations of the story preserve enough of it.

That brings us to Patrick Stewart‘s one-man stage presentation of A Christmas Carol. (NOT the fairly lame made-for-tv movie he did on TNT) Stewart does all the voices and pretty much all the sound effects and his Continue reading

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DROVERS, BLUE RAIDERS AND OTHER TEAMS READY FOR NEXT ROUND OF THE NAIA MEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT BEGINNING MONDAY NOV 29TH

By Chad Waller

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (Live Video) (Live Stats) (Press Book – PDF) The 52nd annual NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site event will begin on Nov. 29 with four matches from Orange Beach, Ala. Sixteen teams will compete in the single-elimination tournament from the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The second round concludes on Nov. 30, followed by quarterfinal matches on Dec. 1, the semifinal round on Dec. 3 and the National Championship final on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. CST. Continue reading

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