* NAIA *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Cinderella 10 seeds – the CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS – made it all the way to the title game to take on the 2nd seeded LEWIS- CLARK STATE WARRIORS. Behind some impressive pitching by Anthony Gomez the Bulldogs ensured they would remain THE story in NAIA baseball throughout the offseason with another nation- shaking upset. Cumberland shut out the Warriors while slamming in 2 runs of their own in the 2nd Inning and 1 more in the 7th for a 3-0 victory and their program’s third- ever baseball crown. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BULLDOGS, THE 2014 CHAMPIONS OF NAIA BASEBALL! *
* NJCAA DIVISION ONE *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – When all the dust had settled in this year’s thrilling College World Series for the NJCAA Division One the last two teams standing were the IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS and the MIAMI DADE COLLEGE SHARKS. The Reivers came into the title game undefeated in this year’s Series play but the Sharks already had a loss to their name, so Miami Dade had to win just to force a second game in this Double- Elimination tournament. Iowa Western would have none of it, though, utterly swamping the Sharks SEVENTEEN to FIVE to take their third baseball championship in the last five years! Drake Robison pitched for the win. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE REIVERS, THE 2014 CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA BASEBALL! * Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog concludes its examination of another neglected pulp hero – in this case Northwest Smith. Created by the female author C.L. Moore in the 1930′s Northwest Smith was a ruthless outer-space smuggler and mercenary decades before Han Solo. With his Venusian partner Yarol at his side and armed with a trusty blaster Smith roamed our solar system in his deceptively fast spaceship The Maid. In the course of their criminal pursuits the two often found themselves in the role of reluctant heroes, sometimes with the fate of entire planets at stake. For more on Northwest Smith and other neglected pulp heroes click here: https://glitternight.com/pulp-heroes/
13. SONG IN A MINOR KEY – For this farewell vignette featuring Northwest Smith we get an oddly touching piece that enhances Smith’s character without ruining the mystery. He and Yarol are back on Earth to visit the spot where Northwest committed his first crime exactly 20 years earlier, setting his life on its present course. He reveals that Northwest Smith is not his real name (Well, duh!) and is uncharacteristically serious- minded as he soaks in the atmosphere of the woodland area where his fate was determined so long ago. Continue reading
The piece of dogshit stubbornly clinging to the bottom of history’s shoes
With the resignation this afternoon of Jay Carney on top of the earlier resignation of Obama’s designated fall guy for the V.A. scandal the weak, inept and crooked little Barack Obama gives off more and more of the same stench that Richard Nixon did. Now who will Little Barry throw to the wolves over the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the outing of the CIA Chief of Station in Afghanistan and the countless other criminal investigations still plaguing this piece of sewage from the cesspool of Chicago politics? Continue reading
* NAIA *
The 2nd seeded LEWIS- CLARK STATE WARRIORS battled the 3 seeds – the OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES – for the right to face Cumberland University in the championship game. The Warriors held a 1-0 lead from the 1st Inning until the Eagles took a 4-1 lead of their own in the 3rd. In an explosive 6th Inning Lewis- Clark State outscored OWU 7-1 to seize an 8-5 advantage and added another run in the 7th to set up the final score of 9-5. Michael Noteware of the Warriors went all 9 Innings, Iron Man style, for the win. Continue reading
Tarhun and his vizier Suwaliyut confronting Illuyanka
The readers of Balladeer’s Blog have spoken! You want more Hittite mythology! I’m always responsive to my readers so I will now examine two different versions of the ancient myth about the Hittite storm god Tarhun battling the supreme serpent Illuyanka. Both versions tie in with the Purulli Festival.
VERSION ONE – Illuyanka, a miles- long serpent, emerges from his lair in the Netherworld (making him another ally and possible son of the god Kumarbi) and unleashes havoc and disorder. Tarhun the storm god clashes with Illuyanka in Kiskilussa and, unexpectedly, the serpent is triumphant. Illuyanka plucks out Tarhun’s eyes and his heart and leaves him to live blind and helpless (yes, even though he has no heart now). Continue reading
* NJCAA DIVISION THREE *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The TYLER COLLEGE APACHES won their 2nd College World Series in the past 5 years last night by defeating the CUMBERLAND COUNTY COLLEGE DUKES. The Apaches and Dukes were tied at 1-1 in the 1st Inning before Tyler took a 3-2 lead in the 3rd. That grew to a 4-2 lead in the 4th Inning and 6-2 in the 6th with Cumberland County’s last hurrah coming off a lone run in the 8th. The Apaches went 4-0 in 2014 World Series play with this 6-3 victory. Tyler’s Jarrett Dooley pitched for the win. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE APACHES, THE 2014 CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA-3 BASEBALL! * Continue reading
GASYONDETHA – The Iroquois meteor god. Like the war god Areskoi he tried to woo the goddess Iagentci when she was taking Marriage Bread to Hawenneyu, the Chief of the Iroquois deities. Gasyondetha was associated not just with meteors and comets blazing across the sky but also with ones that struck the earth in Iroquois territory. These fallen meteors were considered Gasyondetha’s teeth, which he would sometimes pluck out of his mouth as a show of fortitude and toss to the earth below.
Many unusual rock formations that were NOT really meteors were mistakenly believed to be fallen meteors by the Iroquois in ancient times. Some stones that were believed to be meteors were said to talk and were the source of ancient stories about the world and the gods in a myth about the origin of Iroquois historical and religious tales.
One of the most famous myths involving Gasyondetha involved the god visiting an Iroquois man- Svengedaigea – in a dream warning him about monsters coming to devour everyone in his village. Continue reading