Monthly Archives: July 2012

THE TOP FIVE WILD WEST-THEMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

 The Frontierado holiday is fast approaching! Friday, August 3rd is the big day so Balladeer’s Blog is right here with another seasonal post.

This one will honor the Top 5 western-themed college sports teams from the divisions covered here. The award is named after the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers, the official college sports team of Frontierado every year.

You can soak in the grandeur of the USAO logo at left, then revel in this year’s standings for “The Drovey Award”.

5. YAVAPAI COLLEGE ROUGHRIDERS – Not just Teddy Roosevelt’s unit from the Spanish-American War but various outfits of Wild West outlaws and bounty hunters also went Continue reading

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THE TOP GUNSLINGERS FROM FRONTIERADO SAGAS

 The Frontierado holiday is coming up on Friday, August 3rd! What would that holiday be without those Wild West figures who blazed their way into the Frontierado Pantheon of Gunslingers? Here are the women and men who earned a spot in Balladeer’s Blog’s Valhalla with their gunplay, courage and resourcefulness. Included are links to the custom Sagas I wrote for each of them:

1. THE BLACKWATER KID – A Civil War veteran from the Union side who went on to be a bounty hunter – https://glitternight.com/2011/05/21/frontierado-saga-the-blackwater-kid/

2. AMARILLO ROSE – The cattle queen whose skill with a rifle helped her faction win the Amarillo Range War – https://glitternight.com/2011/05/23/frontierado-saga-amarillo-rose/

3. DUSTY MURTAUGH – The first female Wells Fargo shotgun rider, who Continue reading

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THE COOLEST HELMETS IN NJCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ASA College Avengers

ASA College Avengers

To help us all hang on until the 2012 college football season kicks off Balladeer’s Blog has been examining some of the coolest helmets in the divisions of intercollegiate football covered here. This time around it’s the NJCAA’s turn.

The ASA College Avengers (logo at left) have the coolest helmet logo in the NJCAA, but it fades in a little too much against their purple helmets to be sufficiently visible in pictures.

A white helmet might make it show up better, but at any rate their decal will instead serve as this article’s main pic to open things up with everyone’s favorite purple-flamed Goth android skull logo.

Now with your appetites whetted, dive in and sample the coolest helmets in NJCAA college football:

 9. HIGHLAND COLLEGE SCOTTIES

Location: Highland, KS

Comment: As a lifelong dog lover I’m a sucker for Continue reading

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FRONTIERADO POKER: THE GAME EVERYONE’S PLAYING

 The Frontierado holiday is coming up fast – on Friday, August 3rd, in fact, so the frequency of my Frontierado posts is going to increase. Today we’ll revisit the rules of Frontierado Poker for newbies to the holiday.

Here are the rules for Frontierado Poker, the game that is strictly my own invention to go along with my holiday Frontierado.

1. Remove all face cards from the deck. The game is played with a 40-card deck.

2. Every player Continue reading

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ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY: ALCAEUS

Balladeer’s Blog has  examined 24 ancient Greek comedies so far in terms of their continuing relevance over 2,400 years later. This will be the fourth time I will focus on one of the ancient Greek comedians whose entire corpus is very, very fragmentary, touching briefly on all of their known works. For background info on ancient Greek comedy plus my previous reviews click here: https://glitternight.com/ancient-greek-comedies/ 

ALCAEUS – This comic playwright came along for the tail end of Attic Old Comedy. Alcaeus’ career ranged from approximately 405 BCE to the 380s BCE and we have fragmentary remains of eight comedies from an unknown total body of work.

1. TRAGI-COMEDY – This play gave comedic treatment to the traditional rivalry between comedy and tragedy on the ancient Athenian stage. The comedy had fun with the Continue reading

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PENN STATE SAYS ITS “JOE PATERNO CHILD RAPE SCANDAL MEMORIAL STATUE” IS STAYING

 Dateline State College, PA, where football games are more important than stopping repeated child rapes. Penn State aka Pedophile State University is showing they EMBRACE that name by insisting on keeping the Joe Paterno statue on campus. Why not go all the way, people? Add a statue of Jerry Sandusky raping a little boy up the ass IN FRONT of the Joe Paterno statue. I guarantee that the JoePed statue will do as little to intervene as the Freeh report states the real-life JoePa did.

Well that’s not entirely true. The statue would not be capable of engaging in a fourteen year coverup of the child rapes. Make that AT LEAST fourteen years because now there is word being bandied around that this child rape scandal at Penn State may go back to the 1970’s.

So even though I sarcastically referred to the Penn State football stadium as The House That Child Rapes Built in a previous post that may turn out to be the actual truth if this scandal really does go back to the years when Joe “Child Rape Scandal” Paterno’s football teams were on their way up.  

Meanwhile that statue is a big middle finger to the victims and their families and a monstrous symbol of the reasons why so many children who are victims of rape fear to come forward: they see Continue reading

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FOUR FORGOTTEN GUNSLINGERS WITH COOL NICKNAMES

Bear River Tom Smith

Bear River Tom Smith

The Frontierado holiday is coming up on Friday, August 3rd and Balladeer’s Blog continues presenting holiday- themed articles. I know that in reality the gunfighters of the old west were thugs and worse but Frontierado is about the myth of the American west, not the grinding reality. 

As the glorious day approaches and we are all making our holiday preparations enjoy a sampling of this group of colorful characters who don’t get the attention – or movies – they deserve.

1. BEAR RIVER TOM – That’s our top-ranked figure in the photo to your left. One of the few actual gunmen to wear a fancy two-gun holster, Bear River Tom Smith’s myth begins with his birth in 1838 in New York City. He either did or did not serve in the Union Army in 1861 (accounts vary) but was definitely part of the NYC police force by 1862. In 1867 he headed west, working as a laborer laying track for the Union Pacific Railroad  in Nebraska.

By 1868 the crew he was with had reached Wyoming, where the Hell On Wheels town of Bear River sprang up around their work camp. Bear River was to wild, lawless railroad towns what Dodge City, Kansas was to wild, lawless cattletowns. Bear River Tom put his guns, fists and law enforcement experience to work protecting the Continue reading

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