Monthly Archives: May 2012

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RESULTS FOR MAY 31ST: NAIA, D2 AND NJCAA

 The Marietta College Pioneers (logo at left) repeated as NCAA Division 3 World Series champions, as reported here at Balladeer’s Blog yesterday afternoon. The Pioneers did it with a flourish, too, casually dusting the St Thomas University Tommies, the only team that had beaten them so far in this year’s Series, by a score of 6-0. Then they pounded the Wheaton (MA) Lyons 7-2 proving that the Lyons (yes, with a “y”) taking them into extra innings a few days ago was just a fluke. 

Today the World Series’ continue in the NAIA, D2 and NJCAA. The NAIA’s LSU- Shreveport Pilots (riverboat pilots) clash with the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs for the right to face the Cinderella Rogers State University Hillcats, in tomorrow’s championship game. Keep checking back for updated scores as they become available.

NAIA WORLD SERIES – (4) TWC Bulldogs  UPSET the (1) LSUS Pilots  17-10  Score was 13-9 headed into the 8th inning   BULLDOGS ADVANCE TO PLAY THE RSU HILLCATS IN TOMORROW’S TITLE GAME

NCAA D2 WORLD SERIES – Delta State Statesmen fall to the Continue reading

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FRONTIERADO MOVIE: BLACK NOON (1971)

 Frontierado is coming up very quickly! Bigger than Life Day, trendier than Festivus, Frontierado falls on Friday, August 3rd this year. Veteran readers of Balladeer’s Blog know all about the joys of the Frontierado season, but newbies will be treated to their first-ever countdown to one of the grandest holidays of them all!

Per tradition I’m starting the countdown with a look at some Weird Westerns and as the happy day draws nearer I’ll examine more serious elements of Frontierado lore. For readers who want to find out what they’ve been missing click here: https://glitternight.com/2010/07/28/just-9-more-shopping-days-until-frontierado/ 

BLACK NOON – (1971) – Roy Thinnes stars as an Old West preacher who runs afoul of a practicing coven of witches. These witches operate out of a western town called Melas (three guesses) and provide Thinnes and his wife sanctuary after their wagon breaks down on their way west. Everything seems okay at first, but gradually it becomes clear that Continue reading

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MAY 30TH’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCORES FOR THE NAIA, D2, D3 AND NJCAA

 The NAIA’s Oklahoma City University Stars, who for the past two years have been sharing the sports spotlight at this time of year with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, fell yesterday in a Battle Royal with the top-seeded LSU-Shreveport Pilots (as in riverboat pilots).

Today the NAIA World Series resumes plus the NCAA Division 3 champs from 2011, the Marietta College Pioneers, continue their quest to repeat. All this plus D2 and NJCAA World Series scores as they become available.

NAIA WORLD SERIES – (9) Rogers State University Hillcats  keep their upset mojo going, bringing down the (2) Lee University Flames in a 7-5 game for the ages!!!  (Flames elim)  Hillcats advance to Friday’s Championship Game  *****  (1) LSU- Shreveport Pilots over the Continue reading

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NAVAJO MYTHS: THE GODS WITH LIGHTNING EYES

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MAY 29TH COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCORES FOR THE NAIA, D2, D3 AND NJCAA

 After a 3-day weekend of baseball action there are fewer and fewer teams left in the running for this year’s World Series Championships in the divisions of college sports covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

The NAIA’s Rogers State University Hillcats (logo at left) are among the teams still alive in the title hunt. Keep checking back here for updated scores as they become available.

NAIA WORLD SERIES – (9) RSU Hillcats UPSET the (7) Point Park University Pioneers  8-6  Hillcats trailed 6-5 headed into the bottom of the 8th inning  (Pioneers elim)  ***** (1) LSU-Shreveport Pilots (riverboat pilots) come back to defeat the (3) Oklahoma City University Stars  5-4  Game was Continue reading

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THE TOP FOUR FORGOTTEN CONFLICTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Happy Memorial Day from Balladeer’s Blog! What could be more appropriate on this holiday weekend than to examine a few of the forgotten conflicts from America’s past? The soldiers who fell in those wars are no less dead just because they served in actions that are neglected in the history books and/or were never formally declared by Congress. (details, details)

And in keeping with my blog’s overall theme I won’t be bringing any of that weak Korean War, World War One or War of 1812 crap. When Balladeer says forgotten I mean forgotten with a capital (or at least italicized) “F”. As forgotten as The Montefuscos and Hizzoner. As forgotten as a Polish memoir or a promise from a presidential candidate.

4. THE FORGOTTEN YEAR OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR (1781 – 1782) – My fellow Revolutionary War geeks and I are forever rolling our eyes at documentaries that act like Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown marked the end of that conflict. True, it was the last MAJOR battle of the war, but there were 13 more months of open bloodshed and another year after that before the peace treaty was signed. 

October 1781 to November 1782 saw General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s campaign to fully recover Georgia from British Loyalists and Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: WEEKEND SCORES IN THE NAIA, NJCAA, D2 AND D3 WORLD SERIES

 Fire up the grill for a Memorial Day Weekend overflowing with college baseball World Series action! The NAIA got the holiday rolling yesterday with the opening 4 games of their event and today the NCAA Divisions 2 and 3 join them.

Not only that but the NJCAA Divisions 1 and 2 hit the diamond today as teams like the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes (logo at left) mark day 1 of their World Series.

Enjoy a 3-day weekend of barbecues, sun and championship- level baseball! What basketball is to March, college baseball is to this time of year. Keep checking back here at Balladeer’s Blog all weekend long for updated scores as they become available.

MONDAY, MAY 28TH’S SCORES

NAIA WORLD SERIES – (8) USCB Sand Sharks fell to the Continue reading

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NAVAJO MYTHS: CLIFFDWELLER

Welcome back to Balladeer’s Blog, the site where everything that is unjustly neglected gets its well-deserved due! The Navajo myth about the Continue reading

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THE 2012 NAIA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES GETS UNDERWAY TODAY!

 Oh, to be in Lewiston, ID in the springtime! Once again Lewiston is playing home to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) World Series. 10 teams have gathered together for this double- elimination tournament to crown a new champion, following last year’s champs, Concordia (CA), being ousted in the regional playoffs.

The University of South Carolina- Beaufort Sand Sharks (logo above left) and the Rogers State University Hillcats are making their 1st appearance in the final field of 10 teams. The top 2 seeds, the LSU- Shreveport Pilots (riverboat pilots) and the Lee University Flames, respectively, each have a bye in today’s opening round and will play their first games tomorrow.

Among the 8 teams hitting the diamond today will be the (10) College of Idaho Coyotes and the (7) Point Park University Pioneers in Game 1 at 12 Noon ET. The aforementioned (8) USCB Sand Sharks and the (9) Rogers State Hillcats face each other at 3pm ET, followed by the (4) Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs taking on the (5) Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles at 6pm ET. The 10 pm game will feature the host team, the (6) Lewis- Clark State Warriors vs the (3) Oklahoma City University Stars.

For scores from BOTH the NAIA and the NCAA D3 World Series keep checking back here at Balladeer’s Blog throughout the Continue reading

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BAD MOVIE PAGE: LEWD LIZARD (1985)

lizard_bigI normally don’t post two movie reviews this close to each other, but I got to thinking today about how it’s been awhile since I got any threatening emails. Since getting semi-literate missives from outraged people is half the fun of writing this blog I decided to finish working on my rough draft of this review and post it today.

LEWD LIZARD (1985) – Category: A neglected bad movie classic but its thoroughly outrageous premise will prevent it from ever garnering a Plan 9– sized cult following

This film comes to us from Hong Kong, the home of killer fetus movies and similar treats, so those with weak stomachs are forewarned. My addiction to truly awful Mad Scientist movies is well known and Lewd Lizard’s lead character is the maddest of them all but also the least scientific, adding immeasurably to the laughs. 

There’s no gentle way of explaining this movie, so to prepare you for what is to come let me Continue reading

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