Saturday, February 06, 2016

GP2 Helps Carry Beavers To Home Win Over Buffaloes

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Gary Payton II scored 17 points and registered a career-high seven steals on Saturday as the Oregon State Beavers (14-8 overall, 5-6 in Pac-12 play) held off the visiting Colorado Buffaloes (17-7, 6-5) 60-56.

Martin Breunig Guides Griz Past Vikes In Portland And To Top Of Big Sky Standings

At Portland, Oregon:

Martin Breunig scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the second half on Saturday as the Montana Grizzlies (14-8 overall, 9-2 in Big Sky play) overcame the Portland State Vikings (8-13, 4-6) 82-80 on the road and moved into first place in the Big Sky Conference standings.

Pilots Knock Off LMU In L.A.

At Los Angeles, 

Alec Wintering scored 29 points and D'Marques Tyson added 23 as the Portland Pilots (11-15 overall, 5-8 in WCC play) defeated the Loyola Marymount Lions (10-13, 3-10) 92-78 on the road.

Adom Jacko scored 35 points (his sixth successive game with at least 20 points) for the Lions, who have now dropped six straight games.

Pro Football HOF: Gunslinger, Snake, Marvin Harrison Elected; Tony Dungy, Eddie DeBartolo, Too

Eight figures were elected on Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bret Favre, the quarterback who took the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl XXXI title, won the NFL's Most Valuable Player award on three occasions. Mr. Favre set the league's Ironman streak.  In his 20 seasons, Bret became the league's all-time leading passer with 6300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 508 touchdown passes----all records.  The Gunslinger also set playoff records with 481 completions, 791 attempts, 5,855 yards, and 20 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.

Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., who owned the San Francisco 49ers from 1977 to 2000.  During that period of time, the Niners became the first team to win five Super Bowls (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX).  Mr. DeBartolo hired Bill Walsh as head coach in 1979 and in that same year, drafted Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana in the third round.  During Eddie's regime, the Niners made 16 playoff appearances, won 13 NFC West Division titles, and advanced to ten NFC Championship Games, and, as mentioned earlier, became the first franchise to win five Super Bowl titles.

Tony Dungy, a former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back, went on to become a successful NFL assistant coach before becoming the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996.  On Coach Dungy's watch, the Bucs made the playoffs in 1997 after an absence of 14 years from post-season play.  Tony built the Bucs team that won Super Bowl XXXVII under his successor Jon Gruden.  After leaving Tampa Bay, he took over as head coach at Indianapolis in 2002.  After his first season as Colts' head coach, Tony's teams went on to win 12 or more games in each of his next six seasons, winning Super Bowl XLI along the way.

A linebacker and defensive end, Kevin Greene racked up 160 total sacks, third in NFL history at the time of his retirement. During Mr. Greene's 15-year NFL career, he played for the Los Angeles Rams (1985-92), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-95), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99), and San Francisco 49ers (1997).  He registered single-season double-digit sack totals 10 times and won the NFL sack title twice.  Kevin played in six conference championship games on one Super Bowl (XXX, with Pittsburgh).

Marvin Harrison, a wide receiver who played 13 seasons (1996-2008) with the Indianapolis Colts, had eight straight seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards and ten or more touchdowns.  Mr. Harrison's best season may have been 2002, when he set the single-season record for receptions (143), while racking up 1,722 yards and eleven touchdowns. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Marvin finished second only to Jerry Rice in the league record book in career receptions, most consecutive games with at least one catch (190), and most career 100-yard receiving games with 58.

A mainstay on the St. Louis Rams offensive line for 12 years (1997-2008), tackle Orlando Pace was the first offensive lineman selected as the first overall pick since 1968.  Mr. Pace was a key cog in the Rams' Super Bowl XXXVI championship squad.  Known for originating the pancake block, Orlando was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro.

Ken Stabler, the first southpaw passer to win a Super Bowl (XI) and the face of Oakland's 1970s outlaw Raiders, led Oakland to winning records in each of his nine seasons (which included five AFC West Division titles, five straight AFC title game appearances from 1973 to 1977, and the Super Bowl XI title) as starting quarterback. Mr. Stabler's Raiders teams won 66.1% of their games and he twice led the league in touchdown passes (in 1974 and 1976, both seasons which saw Kenny being made a Pro Bowl selection and NFL MVP).  The Snake, who threw for 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns, passed away last July at age 69. 

Offensive guard Dick Stanfel was an anchor on dominant Detroit Lions teams during the 1950s.  In his first three years, the Lions advanced to the NFL Championship Game, in all cases, against the Cleveland Browns, which the Lions won in 1952 and 1953.  Mr. Stanfel's teammates recognized Dick's outstanding play and he was named the Lions' Most Valuable Player in 1953. After four years in Detroit, he was traded to Washington in 1956 and was reunited with his old college coach Joe Kuharich.  While still being regarded as one of the league's elite players, Dick retired from the Redskins after three years there at age 31 to pursue a coaching career.  He passed away last June at age 87. 

Friday, February 05, 2016

No More Thunder

At least there'll still be an Arena League team in Portland this coming season.


Another super glamour shot of screen legend Constance Bennett, this time from 1937!

Johnny Football

Soon to become Johnny Jailbird and/or Johnny Unemployed?

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Beavers Snatch Last-Second Victory Over Hot Utes

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Stephen Thompson, Jr., who scored 13 points, canned three clutch free throws with one tenth of one second remaining (this after he was fouled on a three-point shot) on Thursday night as the Oregon State Beavers (13-8 overall, 4-6 in Pac-12 play), who trailed by ten points in the second half, knocked off the visiting Utah Runnin' Utes (17-6, 6-4) 71-69, snapping the guests' five-game winning streak.

Gary Payton II scored 20 points to pace the Beavers, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds.

The Utes were paced by Jakob Poeltl, who scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Vikes Too Much For Bobcats

At Portland, Oregon:

Isaiah Pineiro scored 22 points on Thursday night as the Portland State Vikings (8-12 overall, 4-5 in Big Sky play) defeated the visiting Montana State Bobcats (9-13, 4-6) 83-68.

Pilots Top Waves In Malibu

At Malibu, California:

Alec Wintering scored 19 points on Thursday night, three of them on the go-ahead bucket with 57 seconds remaining as the Portland Pilots (10-15 overall, 4-8 in WCC play) knocked off the home-standing Pepperdine Waves (14-9, 7-5) 73-70, this in spite of 27 points each from Jett Raines (a career high) and Stacy Davis (who grabbed 13 rebounds). 

Ducks Stretch Home Winning Streak To 21

At Eugene, Oregon:

Elgin Cook scored 18 points on Thursday as the Oregon Ducks (#16 in the Associated Press poll, #17 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 19-4 overall, 8-2 in Pac-12 play) collected their 21st consecutive home victory, 76-56 over the Colorado Buffaloes (18-5, 7-3).

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Bob And Ray: Together Again

Bob Elliot, who as half of the famed comedy team of Bob and Ray, purveyed that distinctly low-key brand of humor on radio and television for more than four decades, passed away on Tuesday at his Cundy's Harbor, Maine home at age 92.

Bob's son Chris, himself an actor and comedian, confirmed his father's passing and that he had throat cancer.

Bob was the more soft-spoken half of the comedy team, while Ray Goulding  (who passed away in 1990) was the more blustery half.

Perhaps Bob's best known character was the intrepid radio reporter Wally Ballou, who also seemed to start his reports about a half-second late.  Ray played all of Wally's interview subjects.

Amongst the television ads that the boys made were those they did for New York-based brewers Bert and Harry Piel in the 1950s, such as the one above, as Bob and Ray did voices as animated spokesmen.

Wunnerful! Wunnerful !

Here's a kinescope of a 1957 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes and New Talent, complete with commercials for the 1957 Dodge and Plymouth.

'66 Stude

Here's a trade catalog image of a 1966 Studebaker Daytona two-door.

It was built at Stude's Canadian plant in Hamilton, Ontario.

1966 was Studebaker's final model year as car production ceased that year.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Climb Up Seven Spots In Both Polls; Beavers' Coaches' Poll Support (Such As It Was) Disappears

Following their road wins at Arizona (which ended the Wildcats' 49-game home winning streak) and Arizona State, the Oregon Ducks climbed up seven spots in both the Associated Press (#16) and USA Today/Coaches (#17) men's college basketball polls.

Following road setbacks against the Sun Devils and Wildcats, what little support the Oregon State Beavers had in the Coaches' poll evaporated.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ducks Move To Top Of Pac-12 Standings After Beating Sun Devils In Tempe

At Tempe, Arizona:

Chris Boucher scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds while blocking seven shots on Sunday night as the Oregon Ducks (#23 in the Associated Press poll, #24 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 18-4 overall, 7-2 in Pac-12 play) find themselves alone at the top of the Pacific-12 Conference standings midway through league play following their 91-74 road triumph over the Arizona State Sun Devils ( 12-10, 2-7). 

Wildcats Continue Beavers Pac-12 Road Woes

At Tucson, Arizona:

Gabe York converted six three-point shots en route to a 24-point night as the Arizona Wildcats (#18 in the Associated Press poll, #15 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 17-5 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 play), after having had their 49-game home winning streak snapped two night before by Oregon, broke open what had been a close game at halftime and ended up running away from the visiting Oregon State Beavers (12-8, 3-6) 80-63.

Wildcats head coach Sean Miller picked up his 300th career coaching victory.

The Beavers have now dropped ten straight conference road contests and have not beaten a ranked opponent away from home since 1985.

Vandals Overcome Cameron Forte's 20/20, Hold Off Vikings

At Moscow, Idaho:

Nate Sherwood scored 15 points while Chris Sarbaugh converted a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining as the Idaho Vandals (13-9 overall, 5-4 in Big Sky play) held off the visiting Portland Pilots (7-12, 3-5) 56-55, spoiling a 20-point, career-high 20-rebound performance from the guests' Cameron Forte.

Broncos Buck Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Jared Brownridge scored 38 points on Saturday as the Santa Clara Broncos (8-15 overall, 4-7 in WCC play) defeated the Portland Pilots (9-15, 2-8) 90-84.

Alec Wintering paced the Pilots with 31 points.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sun Devils Scorch Visiting Beavers

At Tempe, Arizona:

Obinna Oleka set the pace with 17 points as the Arizona Sun Devils (12-9 overall, 2-6 in Pac-12 play), with five players scoring in double figures, dominated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (12-7, 3-5) 86-68 on Thursday.

Ducks Knock Off Cats In Tuscon, End Zona's 49-Game Home Winning Streak

At Tucson, Arizona:

Dillon Brooks scored 24 points on Thursday as the Oregon Ducks (#23 in the Associated Press poll, #24 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 17-4 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12 play) ended Arizona's 49-game home winning streak with a 83-75 victory over the Wildcats (#18 AP, #15 Coaches; 16-5, 4-4).

Ryan Anderson paced 'Zona with 22 points.

Balanced Scoring Helps Lead Dons Past Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Ronnie Boyce III scored 19 points and Tim Derksen added 16 on Thursday night as the San Francisco Dons (11-9 overall, 5-5 in WCC play), with six players scoring in double figures,  defeated the Portland Pilots (9-14, 3-7) 87-76 on the road.

D'Marques Tyson scored a career-high 27 points while Alex Wintering added 24 points for the Pilots, who have dropped three successive starts and seven of their last eight.

Austin and Venky's Excellent Adventure Equals Easy Triumph For Eagles Over Vikings

At Portland, Oregon:

Austin McBroom scored 25 points (while making six of ten three-point shots) while Venky Jois added 23 (to go with his nine rebounds) on Thursday night as the Eastern Washington Eagles (10-10 overall, 4-4 in Big Sky play) dominated the Portland State Vikings (7-11, 3-4) 112-83 on the road, easily overcoming the hosts' Cameron Forte's career-high 37 points (he grabbed 13 rebounds).