Monthly Archives: December 2010

THE FIGHTING SAINTS DEFEAT THE WARHAWKS IN BALLADEER’S BOWL

In keeping with the rivalry between NAIA football teams and NCAA Division 3 football teams this week I ran a contest in which readers could e-mail me to vote for who they thought would win a game played between the NAIA champions, the CC Fighting Saints and the D3 champions, the Whitewater Warhawks. By a nearly two-to- one margin the NAIA fans have spoken and the Fighting Saints have won this inaugural Balladeer’s Bowl. Congratulations to the boys from Helena, MT! Balladeer’s Blog will resume chronicling the football rivalry between these two divisions in August.  

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PART 4 (CONCLUSION) – COLLEGE BASKETBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

Here is Part 4 and the concluding segment of my alphabetical update on those teams I get the most e-mail on. Next week I’ll be tackling the Top 25 in the divisions I cover.

PARK UNIVERSITY PIRATES – MEN – The men are rolling along at 7-4 and are riding a five game winning streak. Their next game will be January 3rd against Benedictine.   WOMEN – The women are a very impressive 7-2 with the two losses coming against William Jewell and Benedictine. They are riding a six game winning streak and get a shot for revenge against Benedictine coming up in their next game, Continue reading

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PART 3 – COLLEGE BASKETBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

Here we are in Part 3 of my feature on updates regarding those teams I get the most e-mails about. I’m going in alphabetical order so we resume where we left off in Part 2.

MARITIME COLLEGE PRIVATEERS – MEN – The men’s team is 5-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. They are an impressive 3-1 on the road as well. Their next game is Dec 30th against NYU. Basketball is not one of the sports Maritime sponsors for women so there is no women’s team to update. Continue reading

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ALBANY (GA) STATE GOLDEN RAMS ARE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Albany State University has captured the 2010 SBN Sports Black College National Football Championship. The Golden Rams posted an 11-1 record on the way to winning their first-ever SBN Jake Gaither National Championship Trophy.

            “It is indeed an honor to be selected as the black college football national champions,” said head coach Mike White. “I am extremely proud of our student-athletes, especially our seniors, and coaches for an outstanding season and stellar Continue reading

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PART 2 – COLLEGE BASKETBALL EXTRAVAGANZA

Each day this week I’ll be taking a quick look at the teams my readers e-mail me about the most. Beginning next week Balladeer’s Blog will hunker down and specifically address the standings in each division. I’m going alphabetically with the teams I’m examining so we resume where we left off yesterday.

FLORIDA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SUNS – MEN – The men’s team started out hot and were 5-2 at one point but have now lost their last four in a row. How- EVAH, as Stephen A Smith would say, two of those losses were to D1 and D2 teams (Bethune- Cookman and Northwood) and the rest of their schedule is fairly sane so look for them to bounce back.  They see action again January 6th in the Piedmont Tournament, hosted by the Piedmont Baptist Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL EXTRAVAGANZA 1

With many schools on Christmas break now Balladeer’s Blog will be taking a look at the overall hoops picture in the divisions I cover. Since I’m all about my readers I’ll be starting with an alphabetical look at the teams I get the most e-mail on, then after that I’ll address the Top 25 in each division. This will be a multi-part extravaganza so you’ll want to check back every day this week for each part. 

ACADEMY OF ART URBAN KNIGHTS – MEN – The men’s team is currently 3-5. They’ve played no conference games yet.   The wins came over Upper Iowa, Menlo and Bethany (CA). Their next game is December 29th against Cal Maritime.  WOMEN – The women’s team is currently 2-6. They too have not begun their conference slate yet. Their wins came over Corban and Cal State East Bay. Their next Continue reading

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VIETNAMESE MYTHOLOGY PAGE UPDATED- DEC 20TH

I added an entry on the Trung Sisters, who led an uprising against the Chinese around 40 C.E. and were worshipped as deities after their deaths. For more Vietnamese gods and goddesses here is the link: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth-new/

THE TRUNG SISTERS – Trung Trac and her sister Trung Nhi occupy a special place in Vietnamese mythology. If you want a glib or simplistic comparison to approach their story with think of them as an ancient Vietnamese version of Lakshmibai of Jhansi in the history of India or Joan of Arc in Western lore. In the early 40’s C.E. Trung Trac led an uprising against the latest Chinese occupiers with Continue reading

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