The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! If you’re ready for some gridiron clashes THAT COUNT for this year’s record, the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog kick off TOMORROW! The NAIA’s ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM (helmets at left) will be playing their very FIRST year of intercollegiate football in 2014. For their inaugural game they will host the EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS tomorrow.
Some of the other terrific games lined up for tomorrow:
* NAIA *
The MAYVILLE STATE COMETS will host the WALDORF UNIVERSITY WARRIORS in a game that would normally pit the NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION against the MID-STATES LEAGUE. Waldorf has joined the NSAA, making it a conference clash for both teams.
The MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS are going to take it on the road for Week One and do battle with their arch-rivals the UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS. These two teams always play some of the most memorable games in the FRONTIER CONFERENCE each year.
Meanwhile the MENLO COLLEGE OAKS will welcome the EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS to open the season. The Oaks are independent when it comes to football while the Mountaineers hail from the FRONTIER CONFERENCE. Continue reading
NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division One – 1. ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM (20-17) ### 2. CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY LANCERS *defending champions* (24-10) ### 3. CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS (23-11) ### 4. COVENANT COLLEGE SCOTS (22-6)
5. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY SAILFISH (20-15) ### 6. EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS (21-16) ### 7. JUDSON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (23-13) ### 8. OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES (24-14) ### 9. FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SUNBIRDS (21-13) ### 10. SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE (20-18)
NCCAA DIVISION TWO – 1. TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE EAGLES *defending champions* ### 2. FLORIDA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SUNS *2012 runners-up* 3. DALLAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CRUSADERS ### 4. ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS ### 5. Continue reading
It’s once again time for Balladeer’s Blog’s annual ritual of listing NAIA college baseball players taken in the MLB draft. The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds (logo at left) are among the teams who had players drafted.
An added perk (?) of being covered here is the assignment of Official Balladeer’s Blog Nicknames, the kind of nicknames nobody has ever used for these players (or will again) to the best of my knowledge. THE BEST IS THE LAST ON THE LIST
LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES – Kris “Kids In The” Hall – to the A’s *** Patrick “Machine Gun” Merkling – to the Marlins *** “Volatile” Vincent Spilker – to the Diamondbacks *** Andy “Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout” Hillis – to the Cardinals *** Jorge “The Blue Jay” Saez – to the Blue Jays
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS – Dane “The Screwdriver” Phillips – to the Padres *** “Fillibuster” Blake Schwarz – to the Nationals *** “Manta” Miguel Beltran – to the Rays *** Chad “Bizet’s” Carman – to the Phillies ***
FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SUNBIRDS – Michael “Teenage Caveman” Vaughn – to the Marlins *** “Smart” Alec Mehrten – to the Rockies ***
ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM – Keith Continue reading
ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Comment: With a butt-kickingly cool name and logo like this combined with the school’s Phoenix, AZ location look Continue reading