WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS
Location: Gunnison, CO
Division: NCAA Division 2
Conference Affiliation: Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Comment: Plenty of other institutions have names that seem unusual at first glance – Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi, Indiana University Purdue University of Indiana or Continue reading
Silver John: Can These Bones Live?
My month-long celebration of Halloween continues! Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will recognize Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John from my Pulp Heroes page. Silver John, so- named because of the silver strings on his guitar and the silver coins he carried in his pockets, roamed the Appalachian Mountains decades ago combating dark supernatural menaces. On my Pulp Heroes page I’ve done a synopsis for each of the short stories featuring this neglected character, but this post will simply list the four tales most appropriate for Halloween.
4. THE LITTLE BLACK TRAIN – While performing with other musicians at a wealthy Southern Belle’s outdoor celebration Silver John finds himself trying to save his alluring but wicked hostess from losing her life to a ghostly train. That pitch- black train with coffin- shaped boxcars runs only at midnight on just one night a year to run down and take the life of a Continue reading
BACONE RULES THE WORLD YET AGAIN! – Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will remember that each week of every college football season brings us at least one NAIA college football team upsetting a team from NCAA Division Two. (No NCAA Division 3 teams do that) The BACONE COLLEGE WARRIORS are one of the NAIA teams that accomplish this task on a fairly regular basis and yesterday they did it again, trouncing D2’s visiting PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES 47-9.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NAIA – The unranked STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS brought down the visiting 8th ranked OTTAWA UNIVERSITY BRAVES in an authoritative 30-18 manhandling ### The NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS (helmet at left) won a thrilling 30-28 homestand against the number 14 CONCORDIA (NE) BULLDOGS ### And the SOUTHERN OREGON RAIDERS sent the 18th ranked MSU-NORTHERN LIGHTS home reeling from a 55-28 beatdown.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION TWO – The number 21 MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS hosted the 7th ranked WEST ALABAMA TIGERS and crushed them 45-21 ### Meanwhile the LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY BEARS smacked around the visiting number 23 NEWBERRY WOLVES to the tune of 35-14 ### And the EDINBORO UNIVERSITY FIGHTING SCOTS knocked the homestanding 25th ranked IUP CRIMSON HAWKS out of the rankings in a 36-30 nailbiter.
TOP 25 UPSETS – NCAA DIVISION THREE – The ROWAN UNIVERSITY PROFS were ungracious hosts, toppling the number 11 WESLEY WOLVERINES by a score of 24-17 ### Meanwhile the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEAGULLS marked Family Weekend by winning a 42-35 Instant Classic against the 19th ranked ST JOHN FISHER CARDINALS ### And the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE SPARTANS clobbered the number 21 COE KOHAWKS 38-14 in Continue reading
Return of Dr X
My month-long celebration of Halloween continues! Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are very familiar with my Bad Movie page where I examine plenty of under the radar movies that are hilariously awful. Previously I ran a list of the top Eleven Neglected Bad Movie Classics for Halloween. That was such a hit here is a list of eleven more neglected bombs. My Bad Movie page features full-length reviews of each of the movies I’m offering a synopsis of here.
THE RETURN OF DR X (1939) – The notorious film in which the legendary Humphrey Bogart played a zombified mad scientist named Dr Xavier who was brought back from the dead by another mad scientist named Dr Flegg. Much of the fun comes from Bogie’s unmistakable disdain for finding himself in the kind of stinker that Bela Lugosi often waded through. Bogie’s Dr X kills Continue reading
FOURTEEN AND FIFTEEN ROLL! – During Halloween season one of the things you think about is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which makes you think of Ichabod Crane, which makes you think about the WASHBURN UNIVERSITY ICHABODS. The Ichabods are ranked number 14 in the nation and on Thursday night they crushed the visiting FORT VALLEY STATE WILDCATS 41-0 ### And the 15th ranked OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PANTHERS nearly doubled up on the FINDLAY OILERS, smashing them 41-21.
MASSACRE AT MERCYHURST – On Thursday night the MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY LAKERS welcomed the GANNON UNIVERSITY GOLDEN KNIGHTS into their lair. This game too kept to the evening’s theme of teams playing incredibly lopsided affairs. Per the title of this segment Mercyhurst massacred their opponents in merciless (see what I did there) fashion, with the final score being Lakers 51 Golden Knights 21.
FINALLY A CLOSE GAME! – Thursday night did yield one close game, fortunately. The ITAWAMBA COLLEGE INDIANS won an Instant Classic against the visiting NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE TIGERS. The Indians eked out a 36-33 win in this nailbiter ### And in the only other reasonably close game of the evening the HINDS COLLEGE EAGLES defeated the Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog’s month-long celebration of Halloween continues! If you’re like me you’re bored with all of the zombie and pseudo-zombie films that seem to come out every few months. The 21st Century is as mired in tiresome, cookie-cutter zombie flicks as the 1980’s were in tiresome, cookie-cutter slasher flicks.
Here is a look at four films which, while technically classified as zombie films at least adopt unique perspectives and don’t follow established formulas.
Living Dead Girl
1. THE LIVING DEAD GIRL (LA MORTE VIVANTE) (1982) – French director Jean Rollin helmed this introspective, touching and at times even poignant rendition of a zombie film. If you’re not familiar with Rollin’s work he often starts with a prosaic premise but then flies off into strikingly original territory with it.
La Morte Vivante starts off with the trope of toxic waste artificially preserving and ultimately reviving the corpse of heiress Catherine Valmont (Francoise Blanchard). The barrels of toxic waste have been illegally stored in the Valmont family’s catacombs over the course of two years without their knowledge and Catherine’s first action when restored to life is to dispatch the men dumping the waste in swift and bloody fashion. Another corpse in the catacombs with Catherine is Continue reading
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) –
1. MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS (2012 runners-up) ### 2. BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS ### 3. GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS ### 4. CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS ### 5. UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS ### 6. MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS ###
7. ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS ### 8. CONCORDIA (NE) UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS ### 9. OTTAWA (KS) UNIVERSITY BRAVES ### 10. TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS ### 11. PERU STATE BOBCATS ### 12. UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS ###
NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) –
1. NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS ### 2. AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY COUGARS ### 3. TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS ### 4. GREENVILLE COLLEGE PANTHERS ( defending champions) ### 5. GENEVA COLLEGE GOLDEN TORNADOES ### 6. Continue reading