Monthly Archives: November 2018

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RIVALRY GAMES: THE BETTING ODDS

Pilgrim and football playerCollege football rivalry games are as much a part of the Thanksgiving season as turkey and pumpkin pie. Here is a look at some of this week’s holiday offerings in the way of in-state grudge matches or other traditional gridiron clashes for the season. To find odds for the upcoming NCAAF games click HERE 

The OLE MISS REBELS and the MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS play their rivalry game – also called the Egg Bowl – Thanksgiving night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm Eastern Time.

The UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CAVALIERS take on their arch-foes the VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES this coming Friday. The kickoff is set for 3:30pm Eastern Time.

The OREGON UNIVERSITY DUCKS will square off against the OREGON STATE BEAVERS in the annual clash known as the Civil War. Catch it on Friday at 4:00pm Eastern Time. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 17th

These are results in the non-playoff Bowl Games from Saturday. I covered the playoff scores yesterday.

NCAA DIVISION THREE

Franklin & Marshall helmet goodCENTENNIAL-MAC BOWL – The FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE DIPLOMATS from the Centennial Conference hosted the LYCOMING COLLEGE WARRIORS from the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Diplomats were chasing the Warriors 13-7 in the 1st Quarter and 20-14 at Halftime. Franklin & Marshall went on top 21-20 in the 3rd Quarter, a score that held up as the final tally, too.  

Utica Pioneers NEWWHITELAW BOWL – The UTICA COLLEGE PIONEERS took on the ITHACA COLLEGE BOMBERS in the 2018 Scotty Whitelaw Bowl. The Bombers were leading 28-21 at the break and 35-24 to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th the Pioneers exploded for 20 points, winning the game by a count of 44-42. 

Alfred SaxonsBUSHNELL BOWL – This year’s Asa Bushnell Bowl pitted the ALFRED UNIVERSITY SAXONS against the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS. A 7-0 Saxons edge in the opening Quarter became a 7-7 tie at the Half. Neither team scored in the 3rd Quarter, but Alfred University added 7 more points in the 4th for a 14-7 win. Continue reading

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MYTHS OF FIJI: GODS AND OTHER ENTITIES ON THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

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Fiji 4The people of Fiji believed in an epic journey for the souls of the deceased. That journey is even more detailed than the Soul’s Journey envisioned by the Tupari of Brazil.

I. For four days the spirit of the deceased lingers in the vicinity of its host body’s death. Then it begins the long and perilous journey to Mbulu, the land of the dead.

II. Upon reaching the headlands at Naithobokoboko the spirit encounters the goddess LEWALEVU. This deity tries to prevent the soul from proceeding unless she is propitiated by offerings of leaves.

III. If the deceased successfully passes Lewalevu it next encounters the sandalwood tree at Vuniyasikinikini. The spirit is required to pinch the bark of the Yasi/ sandalwood tree with its fingernails.

              If the nails are long and sharp enough to sink into the bark it proves the person did not do much fighting or hard work in life. If its nails are short and dull it proves the deceased worked and fought hard in life and may continue their journey.

IV. Next awaits the goddess NANG-GA NANG-GA, the Devourer of Bachelors. Nang-ga Nang-ga sits on a black rock by the edge of the sea. On one side of her stone perch lap the ocean’s waves and on the other side steep jagged cliffs jut up to the skies. Continue reading

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VOTERS OF COLOR PROUDLY SUPPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP

Trump supporterI meant to post this item several days ago. Better late than never. It features some black voters in #BLEXIT shirts (as in Black Exit from the Democrat Party, a parallel movement to #WALKAWAY) explaining to a reporter why they support President Trump. (As regular readers are aware I consider Trump a de facto Third Party President, which is one of the things I like about him since I dislike both major parties.)

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 17th

NAIA

Benedictine RavensDOUBLE OVERTIME – The BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS hosted the UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS in this 1st Round game. A 17-13 Halftime edge for the Ravens became a 20-17 Patriots lead to end the 3rd Quarter. Benedictine College tied things up at 34-34 to force Overtime. The 1st OT wound up as a 41-41 deadlock but in the 2nd OT the Ravens emerged with a 48-41 triumph.  

Dickinson State Blue Hawks helmet NEWTROUBLE RIGHT HERE IN ORANGE CITY – The DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS traveled to face Orange City, IA’s NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE RED RAIDERS. After a scoreless opening Quarter the Blue Hawks were on top of the Red Raiders 7-6 come Halftime. Neither team scored in the 3rd Quarter following which Dickinson State added 7 more points in the 4th for a 14-6 Upset. 

saint-xavier-cougars-helmet-newUPSET IN INDIANAPOLIS – The SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS took it on the road against their familiar foes the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS in this game. A 14-14 1st Quarter tie was unchanged at the break. In the 3rd Quarter the Cougars grabbed a 24-21 lead then added 10 more points from there to win it 34-21. Continue reading

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MINI-REVIEWS OF TWO NEGLECTED MOVIES

GizmoGIZMO (1977) – An entertaining documentary about some of the oddest inventions you could possibly imagine. Some never made it anywhere close to actually working, while others worked but proved so hopelessly impractical that you’ll howl with laughter at the wasted effort.

You’ll see failed aircraft and land vehicles as well as in-home contraptions powered by moving animals like the joke appliances on The Flintstones.

Make sure you watch the longer 77 minute version of this Howard Smith work so that you get all the fun.  Continue reading

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THE NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS: 2018 CHAMPS OF USCAA FOOTBALL

NNAS_VAThe NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS have been named the 2018 College Football Champions in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). This per Balladeer’s Blog via the Glitternight Index for college football.

The 2018 runners-up are Continue reading

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RANDOM WEIRDNESS: JAPAN’S LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY

My fellow fans of J-Horror know that Japan practically invented weirdness. What none of us knew is how far back they go with that mastery of entertaining madness.

John Adams fighting a giant snakeTheir view of American history is mind-boggling. This 1861 work of “J-History” if you will, features little-known events like JOHN ADAMS FACING A GIANT SNAKE (left) and George Washington hitting a tiger. It also corrects the mistaken assumption that Washington’s wife was named Martha when her real name was apparently “Carol.” (?)  

Balladeer’s Blog’s Presidential Action and Horror Films bit only WISHES it could be this mind-bending. Credit Nick Kapur with drawing attention to this item from the Waseda University Library.

My favorite part: the illustration of Benjamin Franklin casually HOLDING A CANNON IN HIS ARMS while firing it at a squadron of Red Coats! Now that’s badass. And begs for a movie – “The Rock IS Benjamin Franklin!” And he’d have to follow up blowing away the Brits with an action hero quip like “A penny saved is a penny earned, you bastards!”  

To see every page of this acid trip AND Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NJCAA BOWL GAMES FOR 2018

Balladeer’s Blog’s look at post-season college football for 2018 continues with the upcoming Bowl Games in the NJCAA.

East Mississippi College Lions helmet profileNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The number 1 defending National Champions, the EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS, will do battle with the number 2 team in the nation, the GARDEN CITY COLLEGE garden-city-broncbusters-helmet-newBRONCBUSTERS.

Yes, the two most recent National Champs will be squaring off for the 2018 title! It happens on Thursday night, November 29th at 8pm Eastern Time. 

Hutchinson Blue DragonsSALT CITY BOWL

The 13th ranked HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS are going to take on the NAVARRO COLLEGE BULLDOGS. Two storied college football programs fighting it out. Continue reading

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AMERICAN PRESIDENTS EISENHOWER THROUGH TRUMP

Mascot with demo and repub headsA large number of first-time readers have discovered Balladeer’s Blog recently and some of them have expressed confusion since I trash both Republicans and Democrats. Here’s one of my biggest hits – a tongue-in-cheek look at U.S. Presidents from Eisenhower to Trump so newbies can see that, yes, Virginia, I DO take shots at both major political parties.

  

EisenhowerDWIGHT EISENHOWER

Character Type: Well-meaning but befuddled sitcom grandfather.

Military Service: World War One and World War Two

Motto: “FOOORE!” (Remember,  the traditional cry as you’re teeing off in golf? Oh, never mind!)

Nickname: Uncle Milty

Pro: Knew enough to distrust Richard Nixon long before it became the national pasttime. 

Con: Was the first president to pronounce nuclear as “nucular”.

john f kennedyJOHN F KENNEDY

Character Type: Rich playboy who disdained both Liberals and Conservatives and played by his own rules.

Military Service: World War Two

Motto: “Thank God for television!”

Nickname: FDR  

Pro: The man was shrewd enough to distrust both liberals and conservatives equally. I can’t praise that attitude highly enough given our present circumstances.  Continue reading

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