Monthly Archives: June 2011

BALLADEER’S BLOG TURNS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY

Yes, it was one year ago that I made my very post on this blog. A humorous (supposedly) bit on the really odd names of some lesser-known college sports teams. It’s pretty raw, as I was just learning how to play with the blog tools. Here is a link to it if you want to see my blog’s “baby pictures”. https://glitternight.com/2010/06/21/the-20-coolest-named-college-sports-teams-you-may-have-never-heard-of-naia-edition/

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BAD MOVIE PAGE: THE PINK ANGELS (1971)

 THE PINK ANGELS (1971) – Category – The 70’s version of camp with a premise and plot elements that would have been banned in previous decades   

The Pink Angels is the notoriously weird movie about a gay biker gang. Despite the many sites that claim this was a 1976 movie it was actually first released in 1971, during the biker movie craze started by Roger Corman’s Hell’s Angels flicks. This is not a gay-bashing film. Instead, it’s in the tradition of the many “anti-establishment” films from back then with the gay bikers presented in a sympathetic way and the “straights” as the heavies.

Fans of bad movies will recognize many of the faces – John Alderman, from Black Godfather, Trader Hornee and countless other bizarre films, is the leader of the Pink Angels. Tom Basham, who played the mass-murdering kiddie show host Mr Rabbey in Psychopath (reviewed previously on my Bad Movie Page) portrays one of the Angels, as does Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED (BUT NON-EXISTENT) SPORTS TEAM – THE ROBOT MONSTERS

 With the colleges and universities I cover all pretty much on summer break right now I figured I’d temporarily replace my Cool-Named Team feature with Cool-Named (but non-existent) Sports Teams based on bad movies. These could become the new mascots for teams that currently have one of the four most overused nicknames in college sports – namely Eagles, Tigers, Bulldogs and Wildcats. At least it would give us a laugh. 

Division: Black and White

Conference Affiliation: 1950’s Monster Movies

Comment: The 1953 flick Robot Monster is a Continue reading

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NEW PAGE UP! INUIT MYTHS

Just a heads-up that my entire page on Inuit myths is up now, so anybody who enjoyed my list of the Top 12 Deities From Inuit Mythology may well enjoy getting to read about many additional deities. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/inuit-myth/

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NEW SOCCER COACH FOR THE LYNX

 CONCORD, NH– The NHTI, Concord’s Community College athletics department is pleased to announce that Don Welford has been named the new men’s soccer coach. Welford takes over for the departing Derek Johnson.

            Don Welford is an established coach who previously coached at NHTI from 2002-2006 and led the Lynx to several National Tournament appearances. In addition to NHTI, Welford has also Continue reading

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PULP HEROES: SILVER JOHN – “WHO ELSE COULD I COUNT ON” AND “OWLS HOOT IN THE DAYTIME”

I’m continuing my look at Manly Wade Wellman’s pulp hero Silver John, the roaming singer and guitarist who fights supernatural forces in the Appalachian Mountains of long ago, sort of like a countrified Orpheus meets Kolchak. He’s called Silver John because of the silver strings on his guitar and the silver coins he carries in his pockets. For more details click here: https://glitternight.com/pulp-heroes/

WHO ELSE COULD I COUNT ON? – Silver John encounters his own older self from forty years in the future. He’s traveled back in time to Continue reading

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HAPPY BLOOM’S DAY!

 Yes, it’s the 16th of June, better known to James Joyce geeks like me as Bloom’s Day. The day is named in honor of Leopold Bloom, the Jewish advertising sales rep and Freemason who is one of the major characters in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The novel also brings along Stephen Dedalus, the protagonist of his earlier novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. For those unfamiliar with this work, Ulysses is Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness novel in which he metaphorically features the events from the Odyssey in Continue reading

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BAD MOVIE PAGE: CURSE OF THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN (1974)

 Let’s take a look at another Bad Movie Gem that I feel doesn’t get the kind of attention it deserves.

 CURSE OF THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN – CategoryLaughably bad with an enjoyably weird premise but not fun-bad enough for my highest rating     This film could easily be reviewed as part of my segment called The Bad, The Weird And The Freaky, which examines weird westerns, especially with the Frontierado Holiday coming up the first Friday in August.

However, this film is set in the 1970’s, so to me that outweighs its western features and makes it deserving of my Bad Movie Page instead. Curse of the Headless Horseman twists a classic horror story in a way that even Paul Naschy himself must have stood in awe of.

The Washington Irving tale set in Sleepy Hollow gets transplanted to the American West, and instead of a Hessian soldier beheaded by a cannonball this Headless Horseman is  Continue reading

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FORTY-SIX NAIA BASEBALL PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2011 MLB DRAFT

Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions Baseball Stadium

 It’s time for a tradition I started last summer – announcing which baseball players from NAIA colleges got selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. If you have dreams of playing in the Majors, NAIA schools are just as much a stepping stone as the other divisions of college sports.

As with last year’s list, the nicknames I give to the players on this list are, to the best of my knowledge, purely my own kidding invention and any resemblance to actual nicknames applied to these players is strictly coincidental … and I’m sure they’re eternally grateful for that fact.

“Orion” Ryan O’Sullivan – Oklahoma City Stars – to the Dodgers

Jesse “James” Darrah – Continue reading

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LEBRON JAMES REMAINS “THE BIG RINGLESS” AND “THE LORD OF NO RINGS”

 Perennial crybaby LeBron James proved once again that comparisons between him and Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant are laughable. LeBron spent this NBA Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks being a non-factor in the 4th quarter, trying to get snarky about Dirk Novitzky’s illness (even though he was congratulating himself endlessly for playing while ill earlier in this year’s playoffs) and by getting snobbish in his usual post-loss interview.

I hate to break it to you, Little LeBron, but Continue reading

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