*** NAIA ***
DAY THREE: GAME ONE – This Elimination Game pitted the 8 seeds – the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS – against the 6th seeded AUBURN UNIVERSITY AT MONTGOMERY WARHAWKS (formerly the Senators). Runs came easily in this high-scoring shootout. By the 3rd Inning the Blue Raiders held a 6-2 advantage over the Warhawks, which turned into a 15-10 lead by the 6th. From there AUM added 2 more runs as Lindsey Wilson College pulled off a 15-12 upset. Continue reading
Barack Obama contemplating his failed presidency
Very moving words from a president I have never believed capable of this type of honesty:
I, Barack Obama, apologize to everyone in the world for your misplaced hope in me, especially that premature Nobel Peace Prize which I have thoroughly failed to live up to. I apologize for giving nuclear weapons capability to the fanatics of Iran. Any and all deaths from Iranian nukes are to be blamed on me and me alone.
I apologize to the world for spawning the Islamic State and I beg all of you to please refer to it as “Obamastan” as a constant reminder of the shame that should forever be attached to me. The Islamic State/ Obamastan’s atrocities were enabled by me and I am very, very sorry.
Barack Obama crying over his failed presidency.
I apologize to the American voters – both living and dead, legal and illegal – for betraying the trust of that wonderfully diverse group. I have set back race relations in this nation by several decades, especially by spitefully encouraging African-Americans to commit acts of violence against police officers. Even a former member of my own White House staff succumbed to my calls for violence and shot at a law enforcement officer.
I apologize for destroying health insurance for so many working class families. My ego and my fundamental dishonesty drove me to the many lies I told about Obamacare. Please forgive me, though I do not deserve it. Continue reading
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
DAY NINE: GAME A – The CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS – the defending National Champions – took on the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT LACROSSE EAGLES in a rematch of last year’s title game. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Red Dragons found themselves trailing the Eagles 1-0 in the 2nd. The 4th Inning ended in a 2-2 tie and from there Cortland State’s bats got very hot. When all was said and done the Red Dragons won the game by a score of 8-3 for Pitcher Jeff Cooke. Continue reading
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG! Here’s a look at the overlooked final year of fighting in America’s Revolutionary War.
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
Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) and his Purification Gun after he just had mouth-enlargement surgery.
In recognition of all the summer superhero films Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Nine.
FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK HERE
This time around my script-doctoring extends to virtually the entire issue of The Defenders # 84. It’s easy to see why this comic book was financially iffy by this point. In researching these stories for this series of blog posts I couldn’t believe how many issues ended with readers probably thinking “So, did anything really happen this month? Well, no … Again.”
In this particular installment I rewrite the whole damn book to present the breakout of a war between Marvel’s two greatest hidden realms – the Black Panther’s Wakanda and Namor’s Atlantis – with Foolkiller and the rest of the Defenders caught in the middle. Continue reading
*** NCCAA ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two teams left standing were the top seeds – the OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON – and the 10th seeded BETHESDA (CA) UNIVERSITY FLAMES. Neither team scored until the Bison grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 3rd Inning but the Flames made it 2-2 in the 5th. By the end of the 6th Inning Oklahoma Baptist University led 4-3 with the relentless Cinderella 10 seeds tying it back up at 4-4 in the 8th. That’s where it stood in the bottom of the 9th when OBU’s Hunter Heath hit a Grand Slam Home Run to give his team an 8-4 triumph. Pitcher Carson McPherson got the Win. * THE BISON ARE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF THE NCCAA * Continue reading
Yes, Memorial Day Weekend is here so Balladeer’s Blog will once again feature a few seasonal posts. In keeping with my blog’s theme I will take a look at more military actions that don’t get the attention that others do. The members of the armed forces who died in those battles deserve to be remembered as fondly as those who perished in more renowned clashes. The army gets more attention than the navy and World War Two gets more attention than World War One so I’m shedding light on two neglected areas at once with this look at U.S. Navy battles of the First World War.
OCTOBER 15th, 1917 – America entered the war just six months earlier and the Navy had been transporting the American Expeditionary Force under General “Black Jack” Pershing to Europe, with additional Navy craft escorting those transport ships and fighting German U-Boats. On this date the USS Cassin encountered U-Boat 61 and, after an hour’s pursuit the German submarine turned to fight the Cassin. After a lengthy exchange of torpedoes and depth charges the Cassin was battered but still afloat, while the U-61 suffered substantial damage also, including the destruction of its conning tower, forcing the sub to break off the action and flee.
NOVEMBER 17th, 1917 – The USS Fanning and USS Nicholson clashed with the German U-Boat designated U-58 when eagle-eyed sailors spotted the German sub’s periscope above the water line. Depth charges from the two U.S. ships damaged the U-58 and forced it to surface and engage in standard ship-to-ship combat. The Fanning and Nicholson sank the U-Boat, becoming the FIRST United States ships to Continue reading
*** NAIA ***
DAY ONE: GAME ONE – The 7th seeded STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS and the 10 seeds – the POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS – were tied up at 1-1 in the 1st Inning. The Warriors grabbed a 5-3 lead in the 4th Inning and then shut out the Skyhawks from there. The final score was Sterling College 9 Point University 3 with Pitcher James McDonald snagging the win for the Warriors. Continue reading
William Doniphan, sporting the Hungover Christopher Walken look.
For Memorial Day Weekend here’s a look at a needlessly neglected U.S. military unit.
Conflict: Mexican War
Comment: This unit of the American Army was named for its leader, Alexander William Doniphan, who had served in his native Missouri’s Mormon War of 1838. Though Doniphan led troops against the Mormon forces he was instrumental in sparing the life of the Mormon leader Joseph Smith, whom his men had captured.
In the Mexican War Doniphan led his eponymous “Thousand” in the longest geographical campaign since the days of Alexander the Great. Doniphan’s Thousand was with General Kearney when he took Santa Fe and in December they defeated Mexican forces at El Brazitos on Christmas Day. Continue reading
Foolkiller (Greg Salinger), his Purification Gun and Thou (Spider-Man)
It’s a superhero-crazed world these days and Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Eight.
FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK HERE
My alternate treatment of Foolkiller this time around features a Marvel Team-Up with Spider-Man.
These blog posts have proven so popular that Stan Lee is ALREADY stealing credit for having written them. Continue reading