Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hokies Down Vols In Atlanta

At Atlanta:

Ryan Williams, who ran for 117 yards two touchdowns Thursday night, set a new Virginia Tech single-season rushing record with 1655 yards and Atlantic Coast Conference records with 21 rushing and 22 total touchdowns, as the Hokies (10-3) defeated Tennessee (7-6) 37-14 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Cyclones Edge Gophers In Insight Bowl

At Tempe, Arizona:

In a battle of teams that had to win a game against a team from the Dakotas just to become bowl eligible, Alexander Robinson ran for 137 and Austen Arnaud threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Iowa State (7-6) capped off their first winning season since 2005 with a 14-13 win over Minnesota (6-7) Thursday in the Insight Bowl.

Ricky Dobbs and Midshipmen Too Much For Mizzou

At Houston:

Quarterback Ricky Dobbs ran for three touchdowns and threw for one more as Navy (10-4) overpowered Missouri (8-5) 35-13 in Thursday's Texas Bowl.

Time For Guy

In a clip from Guy Lombardo's syndicated mid-1950s television show, here are Guy along with his Royal Canadians performing one of his signature hits, "Boo Hoo."

Those were Cliff Grass, Carmen Lombardo, and Fred Higman on vocals.

Ryan Broyles Catches Three For TDs As Sooners Top Cardinal In El Paso

At El Paso, Texas:

Ryan Broyles set a Brut Sun Bowl record on Thursday with three touchdown receptions while quarterback Landry Jones passed for 416 yards as Oklahoma topped Stanford 31-27. Both teams ended the season at 8-5.

Ball Control Helps Seal Bowl Win For Falcons

At Fort Worth, Texas:

Air Force (8-5) , with possession of the football for more than 41 minutes, and with Jared Tew and Asher Clark running for 173 and 129 yards respectively and two touchdowns apiece, dominated Houston (10-4) 47-20 Thursday in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Huskers Make Holiday Bowl History In Their Blowout Over 'Zona

At San Diego:

Zac Lee threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul in the third quarter Wednesday night as Nebraska (10-4) crushed Arizona (8-5) 33-0 in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, registering the first shutout in the game's 32-year history, and their first in 46 bowl appearances.

Vandals Pull Out Wild Win In Boise

At Boise, Idaho:

Quarterback Nathan Enderle, with four seconds remaining in regulation time, threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Max Komar, then connected with Preston Davis on a successful two-point conversion attempt as Idaho (8-5) defeated Bowling Green (7-6) 43-42 Wednesday in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. The Falcons' Freddie Barnes caught 17 passes (giving him 155 for the year, a single-season FBS record) for 219 yards and three touchdowns, including a 51-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tyler Sheehan that had put Bowling Green up 42-35 with 32 seconds left, before the Vandals' game-winning drive.

Tech Cans Embattled Football Coach

BREAKING NEWS: Texas Tech has given head football coach Mike Leach the boot.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Badgers Get Best Of 'Canes

At Orlando, Florida:

John Clay ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin (10-3) defeated Miami (9-4) 20-14 Tuesday night in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Bruins Come Back To Take EagleBank Bowl

At Washington:

Akeem Ayers returned an interception two yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as UCLA (7-6) came back to overtake Temple (9-4) 30-21 Tuesday in the EagleBank bowl. The Bruins finished their first winning season in three years while the Owls played in their first bowl game in 30 years.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dawgs Smother Clumsy Aggies

At Shreveport, Louisiana:

Quarterback Joe Cox threw for two touchdowns and running back Caleb King ran for two more as Georgia (8-5) broke open a game that was deadlocked early in the third quarter and overpowered Texas A&M (6-7) 44-20 in Monday's Advocare 100 Independence Bowl.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

C. J. Leads Tigers By Wildcats In Music City

At Nashville, Tennessee:

C. J. Spiller scored a touchdown and amassed 172 all-purpose yards in his final game for Clemson as the Tigers (9-5) defeated Kentucky (7-6) 21-13 in Sunday's Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. The game may have been the last for Rich Brooks as the Wildcats' head coach. He told his players after the game that he was "80% certain" that he won't be coaching Kentucky next season.

Niners Too Much For Sloppy Lions

At San Francisco:

Frank Gore scored on a one-yard run and became the first player in club history to run for 1000 for more yards for four consecutive years as the San Francisco 49ers (7-8) defeated the error-prone Detroit Lions (2-13) 20-6 on Sunday in their final home contest of the season.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Trojans Top BC In 'Frisco

At San Francisco:

Quarterback Matt Barkley threw touchdown passes to Stanley Havill on Southern California's first two possessions of the game and ran for a score in the fourth quarter as the Trojans (9-4) topped Boston College (8-5) 24-13 in the Emerald Bowl Saturday night.

Panthers Cap Off First 10+ Season Since '81 With Win Over Tar Heels

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Running back Dion Lewis ran for 159 yards and a touchdown as Pittsburgh (10-3) capped off their first season with ten or more wins in 28 years with a 19-17 win over North Carolina (8-5) Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

End Of An Era In Gainesville

Urban Meyer will step down as head football coach at Florida after the Sugar Bowl game on New Year's Day due to health concerns.

Thundering Herd Hold Off Bobcats

At Detroit:

Marshall (7-6), with quarterback Martin Ward running for two touchdowns and DeQuan Bembrey's interception with 40 seconds remaining, held off Ohio (9-5) 21-17 Saturday in the Little Caesars Pizza (formerly Motor City) Bowl game.

Friday, December 25, 2009


A very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Bob's House!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mustangs Trample Wolf Pack

At Honolulu:

Freshman quarterback Kyle Padron threw for a school record 460 yards and two touchdowns as Southern Methodist hammed Nevada 45-10 Thursday in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. This was the Mustangs' first bowl game in 25 years. Both teams finish the season at 8-5.

Hey, It's Big Enough To Share!

Here's an old TV ad from either the late 1950s or early 1960s for the 3 Musketeers candy bar.

Classic TV Commercial Time, Boys and Girls

From the mind of Stan Freberg, here is the classic 1960s Jeno's Pizza Rolls commercial.

Yes, folks, that's Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels as The Lone Ranger and Tonto, respectively.

George Michael, R, I. P.

George Michael, longtime Washington, DC sportscaster who was the longtime host of the highlights-rich George Michael Sports Machine (which I member watching when it was on a local Medford, Oregon TV station, one of roughly 200 that carried the show on a syndicated basis nationwide), passed away on Thursday at age 70 from complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

A Historic First

The first commercial to air on British Television, first airing on September 22, 1955.

This is an advert for Gibbs SR Toothpaste.

I decided to re-post this video.

Merry Christmas From Mickey and Pluto

From 1952:

Here are Mickey Mouse and Pluto starring in "Pluto's Christmas Tree" from Walt Disney Productions. Directed by Jack Hannah. Originally released theatrically by RKO Radio Pictures. This is a re-release from Walt's distribution arm Buena Vista.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Runnin' Utes Storm Back To Take Poinsettia Bowl

At San Diego:

Quarterback Jordan Wynn threw for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns as Utah (10-3) erased an early 14-point deficit to defeat California (8-5) 37-27 Wednesday night at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Utes captured their FBS-high 9th straight bowl game and the Mountain West Conference is currently 3-0 in bowl games this season, with two of the wins coming at the expense of Pacific-10 Conference schools, BYU overpowering Oregon State the previous night in Las Vegas.

A Historic First

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken television commercial to air in Australia. This is from 1968.

KFC opened their first Aussie store in New South Wales that year.

Time For Another Christmas Cartoon

From 1933:

Otto Soglow's comic strip character, The Little King, starring in "Pals," produced by the Van Beuren cartoon studio in New York City and released theatrically by RKO Radio Pictures.

This cartoon was circulated for many years as "Christmas Night," via an Official Films release for home use and it was good to see the original titles for a change. Animation on this film was done by New York animation legend Jim Tyer.

Time For Some Nostalgia

Okay, recent nostalgia.

Yes, that was then-Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora's infamous "playoffs" outburst in 2001.

He was fired at the end of that season.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Take Roy's Advice

Pick up a package of Post Sugar Crisp cereal.

That was a commercial for Post Sugar Crisp, which sponsored The Roy Rogers Show. Yep, that was the King of the Cowboys himself, helped along by the Three Sugar Bears (Handy, Dandy, and Candy), who a few years later, would be replaced by one sweater-wearing pimp-smooth operator named Sugar Bear.

Max Hall Leads Cougs Past Error-And-Penalty-Plagued Beavs

At Las Vegas:

Quarterback Max Hall threw for 192 and three touchdowns to lead Brigham Young (11-2) to a 44-20 overpowering of Oregon State (8-5) in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl Tuesday night. The win was the Cougars' third win in five bowl games in Vegas in as many years and ended the Beavers' five-game bowl winning streak.

Here's Where To Fill It Up

Another old Australian TV commercial, this one from 1970, for British Petroleum.

When You Visit Australia

Take a ride on a Vanguard Six.

That's a 1961 commercial for the Vanguard Six, with Melbourne radio announcer John Ford (NO---NOT the legendary motion picture director of the same name) and Formula 1 driver Ron Flockhart.

Time To Stop B.O.

This 1940s ad for Lifebouy Soap was shown in Australian movie theaters.

This really was no more than a radio commercial with pictures.

Merry Christams!

From the folks at the Miller Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This ad was from 1977.

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

Here's a 1936 Max Fleischer cartoon, released by Paramount Pictures, entitled, "Christmas Comes But Once A Year." Grampy, from the Betty Boop series, plays the role of Santa. In Technicolor.

Credits on screen.

Time For Fats

Here is Fats Waller in a 1941 Soundie, performing his co-penned "Honeysuckle Rose." Solos performed by Al Casey (guitar)and Gene Sedric (saxophone). Fats' "Rose" in this case was Cotton Club dancer Vivian Brown (NOT the same-named meteorologist on The [sometimes] Weather Channel).

Ben Bernie and All The Lads

Here's Ben Bernie and his orchestra in a short (c. 1924-25) early sound firm, using Lee DeForest's Phonofilm process.

Here's a medley of songs performed by Ben and the boys:

"Rose Marie"
"Oh, Baby Be Good"
"Tell Her In The Springtime"
"Rose Marie (reprise)"
"Indian Love Call"
"Tea For Two"
"Fascinatin' Rhythm"

Top Cat, Herman the Mouse, Gerard, R. I. P.

Arnold Stang, the bespectacled, owl-faced actor best remembered for playing nerdy, milquetoast characters on radio, television, and motion pictures, passed away on Sunday at Newton, Massachusetts from pneumonia at age 91.

Mr. Stang is remembered for providing the voice of Herman the Mouse in 1940s and 1950s cartoons from Famous/Paramount Studios and Top Cat in the Hanna-Barbera-produced Top Cat, which aired on ABC in prime time in the 1961-62 season.

As for Herman the Mouse, he began co-starring in his own official Famous/Paramount series with Katnip the Cat (voiced by Sid Raymond) in 1952. The series ended in 1959.

Arnold also played the role of nerdy New Yorker Gerard on Henry Morgan's radio shows (ABC 1946-48, NBC 1949-50), making life at times miserable for the acerbic Mr. Morgan.

Monday, December 21, 2009

How 'Bout A Big Heapin' Bowl Of...

Grape Nuts Flakes.

This television commercial for Post Grape Nuts Flakes is from around 1958.

Don't Live With A Corn

Try living with a tomato.

All kidding aside, here's a 1972 television commercial for Freezone.


Here's A Rare Classic

From 1937:

It is "The Little Match Girl," one of the best cartoons ever to be made by the Charles Mintz (Screen Gems) cartoon studio. This Academy Award-nominated cartoon , released by Columbia Pictures, was supervised by Sid Marcus and Art Davis.

Story by Sid Marcus.

Animation by Art Davis and Emery Hawkins.

Music by Joe DeNat.

How 'Bout A Bar Of Ivory Soap

Better make that four bars for the price of three of another brand, as depicted in this 1953 commercial.

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a commercial for Aerowax that aired during a 1953 CBS telecast of the weekday soap opera, Love Of Life.

A Few Moments With Eddie Cantor

Here is a pioneering sound film from Dr. Lee DeForest's laboratories from 1923 with Eddie Cantor, produced in New York City.

The title is, of course, "A Few Moments With Eddie Cantor." Here is Eddie in rare top form in this brief film. This film was made in Lee De Forest's sound-on-film Phonofilm process.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blue Raiders Top Brett Favre's Alma Mater

At New Orleans:

Dwight Dasher ran for a bowl-record 201 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more as Middle Tennessee (10-3) defeated Southern Mississippi (7-6) 42-32 Sunday at the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Time for Rudolph

Here is the 1948 animated version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Produced for Montgomery Ward by the Detroit-based Jam Handy Organization and directed by animation pioneer Max Fleischer.

Niners Eliminated From Playoff Contention

At Philadelphia:

Donovan McNabb threw for one touchdown (to DeSean Jackson) and ran for another as the Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) locked up a playoff berth in the National Football Conference with a 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers (6-8) on Sunday. The loss locked up a second straight NFC West Division title for the Arizona Cardinals and knocked the Niners from playoff contention for the seventh straight year.

Another Crown For Sioux Falls

At Rome, Georgia:

The University of Sioux Falls repeated their NAIA national football championship of last year with a 25-22 win over Linderwood University (Missouri) on Saturday.

Braden Wieking kicked what turned out to be the game-winning field goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chalk Up Another Bowl Win For Rutgers

At St. Petersburg, Florida:

Freshman Mohamed Sanu was all over the field on Saturday night. He ran for two touchdowns (one from the wildcat formation), and scored on an 11-yard pass courtesy of quarterback (and fellow true freshman) Tom Savage as Rutgers (9-4) defeated Central Florida (8-5) 45-24 in the St. Petersburg Bowl. The win was the Scarlet Knights' fourth straight bowl victory.

Cowboys Top Bulldogs In Overtime Thriller In Albuquerque

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

The college football bowl season got under way on Saturday as Wyoming (7-6) defeated Fresno State (8-5) 35-28 in the New Mexico Bowl. Cowboys freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to David Leonard in the second overtime period.

Warhawks Conclude Perfect Season With D3 Title

At Salem, Virginia:

Levell Coppage ran 31 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 77 seconds remaining as Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Mount Union (Ohio) 38-28 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the NCAA Division III national football championship on Saturday. A winter storm forced the game to start five hour later than originally scheduled. The victory ended the Warhawks' season at 15-0. The Purple Raiders (14-1) suffered their only defeat of the season.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wildcats Overtake Grizzlies For FCS Crown

At Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Running back Matt Szczur ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns while picking up an additional 68 yards receiving Friday night as Villanova won the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) national title
Friday night, defeating Montana 23-21.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Prominent Obits

Gene Barry, best remembered for his portrayals of Bat Masterson and Amos Burke on television in the 1950s and 1960s, passed away last Wednesday at a Woodland Hills, California assisted-living facility at age 90.

Pioneering televangelist and the founder of the Tulsa, Oklahoma university that bears his name, Oral Roberts, passed away Tuesday at a Newport Beach, California hospital from pneumonia at age 91.

Roy Edward Disney, Walt's nephew, who was a major force at the studio that his father and uncle co-founded, passed away on Wednesday from stomach cancer at Newport Beach, California at age 79.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Niners Force Seven Turnovers To Keep Cards From Clinching Division

At San Francisco:

The San Francisco 49ers (6-7) defense forced seven Arizona turnovers while Frank Gore ran for 167 yards and a touchdown as the hosts kept their outside shot at winning the NFC West Division alive Monday night, defeating the Cardinals (8-5) 24-9 in the Monday night game, preventing Arizona from locking up their second straight divisional championship. Next for San Francisco, a Sunday battle with the Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) on the road.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bearcats Capture D-2 Crown

At Florence, Alabama:

Northwest Missouri State defeated Grand Valley State (Mich.) 30-23 to win the NCAA Division II national football championship on Saturday.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

No Bowl For Army

An eighth straight win for Navy over Army ruined the Black Knights' hopes of going to their first bowl game in 13 years.

UCLA, thus, will get to play Temple at the EagleBank Bowl at Washington on December 29.

Historic First For Crimson Tide

At long last, a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide won the Heisman Trophy.

He's only the second sophomore to win the honor, following the closest vote in history.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

End-of-game FG Sinks Niners

At Seattle:

Despite a 310-yard and two touchdown pass day from quarterback Alex Smith, the Seattle Seahawks, with Olindo Mare kicking a 30-yard field goal as time expired, knocked off the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 Sunday in NFL play. The Niners and Hawks (both now 5-7) now trail Arizona by three games in the NFC West Division.

Tide and 'Horns To Play For All The Marbles

With the aftermath of the conclusion of Saturday night's Big-12 Conference title game, there are some folks who don't feel that great about this arrangement.

Here's the lineup for the five BCS games for next month.

Here's the bowl schedule for 2009-10:

Saturday, December 19:

New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque:
Fresno State vs. Wyoming

St. Petersburg Bowl at St. Petersburg, Florida:
Central Florida vs. Rutgers

Sunday, December 20:

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:
Southern Mississippi vs. Middle Tennessee State

Tuesday, November 22:

MAACO Bowl at Las Vegas, Nevada:
Oregon State vs. BYU

Wednesday, December 23:

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Utah vs. California (Berkeley)

Thursday, December 24:

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu:
Nevada vs. Southern Methodist

Saturday December 26:

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Detroit:
Marshall vs. Ohio U

Meineke Car Care Bowl at Charlotte, North Carolina:
Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina

Emerald Bowl at San Francisco:
Boston College vs. Southern California

Sunday, December 27:

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl at Nashville:
Kentucky vs. Clemson

Monday December 28:

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl at Shreveport, Louisiana
Texas A&M vs. Georgia

Tuesday, December 29:

EagleBank Bowl at Washington:
Army/UCLA vs. Temple

Champs Sports Bowl at Orlando, Florida:
Miami (FL) vs. Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 30:

Roady's Humanitarian Bowl at Boise, Idaho:
Bowling Green (OH) vs. Idaho

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at San Diego:
Arizona vs. Nebraska

Thursday, December 31:

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas:
Houston vs. Air Force

Brut Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas:
Oklahoma vs. Stanford

Texas Bowl at Houston:
Navy vs. Missouri

Insight Bowl at Tempe, Arizona:
Minnesota vs. Iowa State

Chick-Fil-A Bowl at Atlanta:
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee

Friday, January 1:

Outback Bowl at Tampa, Florida:
Northwestern vs. Auburn

Konica Minolta Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Florida:
West Virginia vs. Florida State

Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Florida:
Penn State vs. LSU

Ohio State vs. Oregon

Florida vs. Cincinnati

Saturday, January 2:

International Bowl at Toronto:
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois Bowl at Birmingham, Alabama:
South Carolina vs. Connecticut

AT&T Cotton Bowl at Arlington, Texas:
Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi

AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Memphis:
Arkansas vs. East Carolina

Valero Alamo Bowl at San Antonio:
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech

Monday, January 4:

Boise State vs. Texas Christian

Tuesday, January 5:

Iowa vs. Georgia Tech

Wednesday, January 6:

GMAC Bowl at Mobile, Alabama:
Central Michigan vs. Troy

Thursday, January 7:


Texas vs. Alabama

NOTES: All BCS bowls are listed in full capital letters. As for the EagleBank bowl, if Army defeats Navy this coming Saturday, the Black Knight would become bowl eligible, otherwise, UCLA will get their crack at the Temple Owls.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Oh, Well.....

No one in the NBA will go 0-82 this season.


At Eugene, Oregon:

Running back LaMichael James ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns as BCS-ranked #7 Oregon defeated #16 Oregon State 37-33 Thursday night to win the 113th edition of the Civil War to lock up the Pacific-10 Conference championship and the conference's Rose Bowl berth. The Ducks will face Ohio State on New Year's Day at Pasadena.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009