CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES, the defending national champions of NAIA2 basketball, had a bye in the 1st Round of the CCAC tournament. Last night they took the floor for the first time this postseason against the CALUMET COLLEGE CRIMSON WAVE and used a 20-2 run to help convert a 42-39 Halftime lead into a 76-59 victory. ### The ST XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS got off to a 16-0 start enroute to an 84-61 win over the ST FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS ### Meanwhile the ROBERT MORRIS (IL) EAGLES used an 11-3 run in the final minutes to defeat the HOLY CROSS COLLEGE SAINTS 78-70 ### And the ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS and the OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS were tied up at 72-72 when Regulation ended. In Overtime the Lakers pulled off the upset by a final score of 88-84.
CROSSROADS LEAGUE – The GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS pulled off one of the big upsets of the opening night for the Crossroads League Tournament. The Lancers – Rachel Laird’s favorite team in the Crossroads League – were the 6 seeds but toppled the 3rd seeded HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY FORESTERS in a 56-54 defensive epic. ### For their part the SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY COUGARS were the stars of the other shocker from this conference last night. The 7th seeded Cougars dispatched the 2nd seeded ST FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS in a 63-55 affair. ### The 4th seeded BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS (riverboat pilots) had no problem taking care of business and defeated the visiting 5 seeds, the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS by a score of 67-52 ### And in the top spot the Continue reading
MISSISSIPPI BOWL – This Bowl will be the National Championship game for NJCAA football this year and will pit the top-ranked GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE BULLDOGS against the number 2 EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS. Both teams are 11-0 and the Lions are trying for their second football championship in the last three years. The game will be played on December 8th.
CARRIER DOME BOWL – The ASA COLLEGE AVENGERS, the official team of Rachel Laird, are playing in their second straight Bowl game, an impressive accomplishment for such a young football program. The 10th-ranked Avengers will assemble to face the number 20 COLLEGE OF DUPAGE CHAPARRALS in this game that will be played this Friday, November 22nd. *FOR THE GAME RESULTS CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2013/11/24/college-football-playoff-and-bowl-results-from-november-23rd/
SALT CITY BOWL – The number 18 team in the nation, the HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS, will take on the unranked COLLEGE OF DAKOTA-BOTTINEAU LUMBERJACKS. The Blue Dragons have won the last four Salt City Bowls in a row. Will the Lumberjacks be able to stop Hutch from making it five in a row? Find out on Continue reading
Location: Bethany, OK
Comment: The SNU Crimson Storm have got one of the coolest names around and they sport incredibly cool helmets, too. Plus, the Crimson Storm is the favorite NAIA college football team of my special friend Rachel Laird, so this Continue reading
“The Force is strong with this one.”
This adorable little girl who could charm a Bantha into submission is Kara Laird. Her parents are Brian Laird (Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Techno-Baron) and Rachel Laird (Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: Jedi Mom) who is a coworker of mine when she’s not performing in her one-woman show Buckner! (Yes, she’s a Red Sox fan) Rachel is a huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy and is passing her enthusiasm on to her daughter. Kara has such Force-Sensitivity in fact, that she’s able to review the steaming pile of diaper-sauce that IS 1978’s telefilm called The Star Wars Holiday Special. Well, like Yoda said “Size matters not”, so let me turn you over to “the littlest critic”, Kara.
KARA: Hello, kittens! In my brief stay so far in this plane of existence I’ve picked up quite a bit about you people’s pop culture and I felt I could bring some fresh perspective to George Lucas’ fall to the Dark Side. Many Star Wars fans seem to feel that Lucas AKA Darth EdWoodLite began his fall with the first film in the prequel trilogy, The Phantom Menace. Actually, however, there were plenty of clues before then that George wasn’t all he was cracked up to be. Even in the original Star Wars movie let me remind you Continue reading