Just a note in the spirit of the holiday season to mention my favorite Thanksgiving Eve movie. Every Wednesday before Thanksgiving I make a point out of watching the musical Oliver! I know the Continue reading
Monthly Archives: November 2011
It’s Thanksgiving week and college football is as much associated with that holiday as pumpkin pie and leftovers. Yesterday the divisions of college football covered by Balladeer’s Blog played a variety of playoff games and Bowl games. Since my blog serves as a light introduction to these other divisions of college football let me emphasize that last statement for newbies: these divisions settle their seasons on the field.
Fans who forever moan and groan about the lack of a playoff in college football’s semi- professional division are seeing the light one person at a time and beginning to appreciate the post- season in the NAIA and the other divisions I cover. And now a look at yesterday’s results.
VICTORY BOWL – Yesterday saw the final event in the football season for the National Christian College Athletic Association. Because the two teams tied at the top of the NCCAA standings, Azusa Pacific and North Greenville, both made the playoffs in their respective divisions the Victory Bowl pitted the GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS against the CAMPBELLSVILLE TIGERS. Campbellsville notched an authoritative 21-7 win to close out their 2011 campaign.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE VIKINGS GONE? – Heading into the NAIA’s opening playoff round there were no less than 3 teams called VIKINGS in the mix. All of them were eliminated in one afternoon. The Top Seeded MARIAN KNIGHTS and the 2nd seeded CC FIGHTING SAINTS shut out their Viking opponents with the Knights routing GRAND VIEW 31-0 and the Fighting Saints crushing VALLEY CITY STATE by a score of 47-0. The 10th seeded ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS completed the Hat Trick of Viking elimination by doubling up on the 7 seeds of MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE 28-14.
ANOTHER SATURDAY, ANOTHER 4TH QUARTER RALLY – Yesterday marked the 3rd game in a row that the ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS, seeded at number 11, mounted a 4th quarter comeback to snag a win. This time they did it on the road against the Continue reading
Today brings us the opening round of the NAIA college football playoffs, and they’re joined, of course, by some of the other divisions of college football covered by Balladeer’s Blog. There are also several Bowl games scheduled for today as well. See my preview earlier in the week for your favorite team’s matchup.
The National Christian College Athletic Association’s Victory Bowl will also be played today with the Greenville College Panthers taking on the Campbellsville Tigers. See below for the video link.
Naturally I’ll have my usual pithy recaps of the day’s gridiron action tomorrow morning. For today, spread the word to fans of NCAA Division 1 football that they can see the kind of intercollegiate football playoff action they can’t get from D1. And now, links to updating scoreboards for the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog:
AND FOR STREAMING VIDEO OF THE NCCAA’S VICTORY BOWL CLICK HERE – http://www.campbellsville.edu/wlcutv
BLOOD HARVEST (1987) – Category: Enjoyably bad movie elevated by kitsch value in the casting As if 1960’s folk singer Tiny Tim wasn’t creepy enough in real life here he is in the 80’s slasher flick that is famous purely because of his presence in it … in clown makeup (AAAAAH!). This review will start off with a major spoiler, so stop reading right now if you actually want to watch this thing as if it was a real movie.
Tiny Tim is NOT the slasher in this film. I often wonder how many copies of this flick have been sold over the years based purely on the fallacious word of mouth that the psychotic- seeming Timster supposedly played a Jason Voorhees style slasher in this movie. Blood Harvest starts out letting the audience THINK Tiny Tim, or Marvelous Mervo as his character is named, is the killer as he hoists a dead body up like a side of beef while singing an eerie parody of a nursery rhyme. We also get a few scenes of Mervo talking to dead bodies and positioning them on furniture like a macabre version of a little girl’s tea party.
Anyone with an eye for movie cliches, though, can tell early on that Continue reading
Of the two men holding up the trophy in this picture, the one on the left is George Floros, AKA Big G, and the one on the right is, of course, the former NBA player Rony Seikaly. The Lebanese Seikaly was the very first draft pick of the Miami Heat when they were an expansion franchise in 1988. George, a native of Greece, was not. (rimshot)
This photo was taken in 1983 in Paris, where George, Rony and their teammates from ACS Athens High School had won the international competition that year. There’s no truth to the rumor that George and Rony went on to promise that ACS Athens would win “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven” of those titles. George and Rony were quite a deadly duo on the court and were known, respectively, as The Greek Playboy and The Guy Who Can Actually Play Basketball (I’m just kidding, George! I threw that in for Nikki’s benefit. ). After his NBA career Rony went on to become an active real estate entrepreneur and George (who, by the way, is available, ladies) now divides his time between taking trips to Las Vegas and planning trips to Las Vegas.
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Just a heads up to regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog that my usually more light- hearted content will return any day now. The Jerry Sandusky/ Joe Paterno scandal at Penn State plus the playoff and Bowl action in the divisions of college football that I cover have made me busier than usual. I repeat, any day now my reviews of bad movies, my mythology posts, my ancient Greek comedy reviews and my looks at presidential scandals and forgotten pulp heroes will be back, so stay tuned!
The friendly fellow to your left is Joe Mountie, the mascot of the defending CCCAA football champs, the Mt San Antonio College Mounties. Joe is part American mountain man, part Canadian Mountie and all babe- magnet! As the CCCAA begins its post -season this Saturday, November 19th, the Mounties face an SCFA semi- final game against the El Camino College Warriors, for whom one of the ever- errant Phil Simms sons played for a year a little while back before transferring to Tennessee. That semi- final clash takes place in the National Bowl at 1pm PT.
Meanwhile, the SCFA Bowl hosts the other semi- final matchup. The Palomar College Comets welcome the Cerritos College Falcons. Cerritos comes in as the National Northern Conference champions, while the Comets come into this game sick to death of hearing about how they “backed into” the playoffs. At 6pm PT on Saturday their players at last get to just take the field and ball.
OTHER CCCAA BOWL MATCHUPS
AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL – The Santa Monica College Corsairs, the champions of the American Pacific Conference, play host to the East Los Angeles College Huskies. The Huskies are the champions of the American Mountain Conference and come in at 7-3, while the Corsairs boast an 8-2 record. Kickoff is scheduled for just past 1pm PT.
CAPITAL CITY BOWL – November 19th, 1pm PT – The 9-1 Chabot College Gladiators (love that name) are the Golden Gate Conference champs and they will travel to face the 10-0 American River College Beavers. The Beavers took the Mid Empire Conference title so this is another contest of champions.
CENTRAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL – November 19th, TBD – The Golden West College Rustlers will be clashing with the Continue reading
NJCAA FOOTBALL’S 2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET: MATADORS VS LIONS – PLUS THE OTHER NJCAA BOWL MATCHUPS
Three dreams came true for the Arizona Western College Matadors this year: an 11-0 season, the return of the El Toro Bowl AND they will be hosting that game, which, by the way, will be for the NJCAA National Championship. The number 1 Matadors will face the 2nd ranked East Mississippi Lions on December 3rd in Yuma. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 pm Pacific Time.
The two teams last faced each other in post- season play just two years ago. The Lions defeated the Matadors in the 2009 Mississippi Bowl 27-24.
GRAPHIC EDGE BOWL – This Sunday, November 20th, the first NJCAA Bowl Game of the post- season will feature the Iowa Western Reivers and the Rochester (MN) Tech Yellowjackets. Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm MT. The Reivers come into the game at 8-2, the Yellowjackets a perfect 10-0.
OTHER NJCAA BOWL MATCHUPS
SALT CITY BOWL – Dec 3rd 1PM CT – The Hutchinson Blue Dragons will be taking on the Continue reading
In a move guaranteed to make him beloved by every prosecutor in the country Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney Joe Amendola permitted his client, an alleged child rapist, to speak by phone in an interview with Bob Costas last night. It’s a shame Eugene Ionesco didn’t live to see it, but then even he probably wouldn’t have believed it.
I have no idea what Amendola was thinking with this move. Was he saying to himself “Once America hears the creepy, halting way my client speaks, just like the guy in those Killer Nerd movies, they’ll take him to their hearts.” After the interview did he flash a confident grin, give Sandusky a big thumbs up and say “NAILED it!”
But America has one thing to thank the alleged rapist of multiple children for. For decades most of us have been puzzled by the meaning of those stern “No Horseplay” signs around public pools. Now, thanks to Sandusky, we all finally understand that “horseplay” means elderly men showering with little boys, touching their legs, squeezing them and sliding around on the floor with them. Eeeww! Now I see why they didn’t want that kind of behavior around their facilities. That sort of thing would gross out and induce vomiting in everyone … except, apparently, Sandusky and his attorney.
Is there something here we’re all missing? Does Amendola believe that Continue reading
FOR THE LATEST D3 FOOTBALL RESULTS CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2011/11/27/college-football-playoff-results-from-november-26th/
Two days ago I addressed the NAIA college football playoff teams, yesterday the NCAA Division 2 field and today I hit D3. All is in order in the cosmos because the undefeated defending champions of D3 football, the Whitewater Warhawks, are the overall number one seed. Since my blog is largely an introduction to the divisions of college football that I cover I’ll point out for newbies that the Warhawks have played the Mt Union Purple Raiders (also a one seed in their region) in the D3 title game for the past SIX YEARS IN A ROW! The teams have split the series three games each, so stay tuned to see if we have a seventh straight championship tilt between these two or if another team at last rises up and knocks at least one of these powerhouses out of the playoffs. The Mary Hardin- Baylor Crusaders and the Delaware Valley Aggies are the other two number one seeds.
OPENING ROUND MATCHUPS – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
ALBION BRITONS @ UWW WARHAWKS / BENEDICTINE EAGLES @ MUC PURPLE RAIDERS
REDLANDS BULLDOGS @ MHBU CRUSADERS / NORWICH CADETS @ DEL VAL AGGIES
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT CAPTAINS @ KEAN COUGARS / THOMAS MORE SAINTS @ FRANKLIN GRIZZLIES
WNEC GOLDEN BEARS @ SALISBURY SEA GULLS / MONMOUTH (IL) SCOTS @ Continue reading