Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bad Week For College Football

With the still festering epidsode surrounding Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, you now have the forced departure of the CEO of the Fiesta Bowl over financial irregularities, followed by relevations by four ex-Auburn Tigers that they were being paid during recruiting, and while playing.

Now comes word that a Texas-based football trainer, currently under investigation after receiving $25,000 from the University of Oregon, told Texas A&M that it had to beat 80 grand if it wanted to sign star recruit Patrick Peterson (who signed with LSU).


Monday, March 28, 2011

Time For A Movie, Pardner!

From Spectrum Pictures in 1937, here's Fred Scott starring in "The Fighting Deputy." Joining Fred in the cast are Phoebe Logan, Al (Fuzzy) St. John, Marjorie Beebe, Charles King, Frank LaRue, and White King (The Wonder Horse).  With original story by Bennet Cohen and adaptation by William Lively, this movie was produced by Jed Buell and directed by Sam Newfield.


1971 television commercial for Burger Chef.

For God's Sakes, Bosko.....

Please give that goddamned brat an ice cream cone!  That way he would stop bugging you.

From 1934, here's Bosko starring in "Bosko's Parlor Pranks."  This cartoon, produced by Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising and supervised by Hugh Harman, was part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Happy Harmonies series, used virtually no new animation.  The animation in this cartoon was reused from Hugh and Rudy's Warner Brothers efforts (they created the first Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, they left Warners over money and jumped to MGM).  This was due to limitations to fulfill their contractual obligations to MGM during their first year of production. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sharks Put Bite On Winless VooDoo

At Jacksonville, Florida:

Quarterback Aaron Garcia threw for eight touchdowns on Saturday night as the Jacksonville Sharks (2-1) smothered the visiting New Orleans VooDoo (0-3) 64-33 in Arena Football League action.

NCAA East: Kentucky Holds Off Tar Heels To Reach 14th Final Four

At Newark, New Jersey:

Brandon Knight scored 22 points on Sunday as #4 Kentucky held off #2 North Carolina 76-69 to win the final of the East Region and reached their 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four, their first since 1998.

The Wildcats will take on Connecticut this coming Saturday night in Houston in the nightcap of the national semifinal doubleheader.

NCAA Southwest: VCU Stuns Kansas To Reach Final Four

At San Antonio:

Jamie Skeen scored 26 points and pulled in 10 rebounds as #11 Virginia Commonwealth, who some people felt had no business playing in this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, knocked off top-seeded Kansas (the last such team left in the tournament) 71-61 on Sunday to win the Southwest Region and reached the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Next Saturday, the Rams will take on Butler in the first of the two national semifinal games to be played at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

NCAA West: Kemba Helps Lead UConn Into Final Four

At Anaheim, California:

Kemba Walker scored 20 points Jeremy Lamb added 19 as #3 Connecticut nosed out #5 Arizona 65-63 to win the West Regional on Saturday and advance to their second NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four in the last three years.

NCAA Southeast: Butler Wins Battle Of New Orleans For Return To Final Four

At New Orleans:

Shelvin Mack scored 5 of his 27 points in overtime as #8 Butler edged #2 Florida 74-71 Saturday in the final of the Southeast Region in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  The Bulldogs will be making their second consecutive Final Four appearance in Houston.

Another Visit With The Green Archer

Time now for "The Deceiving Microphone," chapter 13 in our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, The Green Archer.

Friday, March 25, 2011

NCAA Southwest: Jayhawks Step On Spiders To Be Last Remaining Top Seed In Tournament; VCU Takes Out 'Noles In OT

The semifinal round of the Southwest Region in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament took place with two games at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday.

In the opening contest, Brady Morningstar scored 18 points as #1 Kansas dominated #12 Richmond 77-57.  With Ohio State's defeat later Friday, the Jayhawks became the lone top-seeded team to reach the Elite Eight.

In the nightcap, Bradford Burgess, who scored 26 points, scored the game-winning bucket on his layup with 7.1 seconds remaining in overtime as #11 Virginia Commonwealth edged out #10 Florida State 72-71.  The Rams have advanced to their first-ever Elite Eight.  They will get their shot at Kansas on Sunday.

NCAA East: Tar Heels Dominate Marquette; Kentucky Knocks Out Buckeyes

The regional semifinal phase of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament concluded on Friday with four games, including two in the East Region, with both games played at Newark, New Jersey.

In the opener at the Prudential Center, Tyler Zeller scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds as #2 North Carolina dismantled # 11 Marquette 81-63.

In the nightcap, Brandon Knight connected on a 15-foot jumper with five seconds remaining as #4 Kentucky knocked off #1 Ohio State (the tournament's top overall seed) 62-60.  Josh Harrellson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats face North Carolina on Sunday for the trip to Houston and the Final Four. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

NCAA Southeast: Gators End Season For Jimmer, Cougars

The semifinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Southeast Region took place on Thursday at New Orleans.

In the opener at the New Orleans Arena, Alex Tyus scored 19 points (and pulled down 17 rebounds) to lead a balanced attack that offset Jimmer Fredette's 32 points as #2 Florida ousted #3 BYU 83-74 in overtime.

In the nightcap, a 20-point, 12-rebound night from Matt Howard lifted #8 Butler to a 61-54 win over #4 Wisconsin.  The Bulldogs will play Florida on Saturday for the trip to Houston and the Final Four.

NCAA West: Duke Detroned By Hot Wildcats; Kemba Leads UConn Past Aztecs

The regional semifinal round---the Sweet Sixteen---of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced on Thursday with four games, including two in the West Region, both contests played at Anaheim, California.

In the opener at the Honda Center, Kemba Walker scored 38 points as #3-seeded Connecticut upended #2 San Diego State 74-67.

In the nightcap, Derrick Williams scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds #5 Arizona outscored top-seed---and defending national champions Duke---55-33 in the second half en route to a 93-77 triumph to reach Saturday's regional final against Connecticut.

Here's A Rare Treat, Boys and Girls!

From 1956, here's Clancy the Bull in "Police Dogged."  Shown in its' original CinemaScope format with original main titles, this cartoon, produced by TerryToons in New Rochelle, New York (and released theatrically by 20th Century Fox), with story by Tom Morrison, music by Phil Scheib, and uncredited animation by the legendary Jim Tyer, was directed by studio veteran Connie Rasinski.  This film was released shortly after CBS bought the studio from Paul Terry.

Time For Some Rare Buster!

From 1937, here's a short subject starring Buster Keaton entitled "Jail Bait."  It will presented in two parts.  This was one of a handful of mid-late 1930s two-reel comedies Buster did for Eductational Pictures (distributed theatrically by Twentieth Century-Fox).  With story by Paul Gerard Smith, this short subject was directed by Charles Lamont.  Harold Goodwin, Mathew Betz, Bud Jamison, and Betty Andre join Buster in the cast.

Part One:

Part Two:

Remember, The Quality Goes In Before The Name Goes On!

Here's a commercial from the 1960s for the Zenith 9-band Transoceanic Radio, as well as other Zenith portable radios.

Ahhhh, those were the days!

Speaking Of Unsuccessful

Like virtually all of Tim Conway's television series where he was the headliner, Like Cola was short-lived. 

What's To Like?

Here's a 1983 television commercial for Like Cola, a caffeine-free beverage from the Seven-Up Company.  Okay, so it was 99% caffeine free (by law, a cola had to have some caffeine in it).  Despite commercial spokesmen like Tim Conway, the drink (and it's diet version) proved unsuccessful. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pizza Flavored Catsup?! I'm There!!!

From the 1964-65 season, its' last on ABC, here's an integrated commercial from an episode of My Three Sons featuring William Demerst (as Uncle Charley), Tim Considine (as Mike), Don Grady (as Robbie) as Stanley Livingston (as Chip) extolling the virtues of Hunt's Pizza-flavored and Hickory-flavored Catsup.  This is followed by good-byes from the cast including star Fred MacMurray.

Two-Time Oscar Winner Elizabeth Taylor, R. I. P.

Legendary film actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose career spanned seven decades, and who is almost as well remembered for her numerous marriages, passed away on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure at age 79.

Miss Taylor won two Academy Awards for best actress in "Butterfield 8" (1960) and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" (1966).

Liz also starred in "National Velvet" (1945), "A Place In The Sun" (1951), and "Cleopatra" (1963), amongst many, many others.

In "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf," Liz played opposite her then-husband Richard Burton.  

Liz was married to---and divorced---Dick, twice.  She was also married to , amongst others, showman and impresario Mike Todd, singer/actor Eddie Fisher, and former Secretary-of-the-Navy-tuned-US Senator from Virginia John Warner.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Here's An Alternative To Coke and Pepsi

Okay, so it's a 1974 commercial for another cola, this one for Royal Crown (RC) Cola.

Even A Cheeseburger?

Here's Mike Connors in this 1987 commercial for Clorets.

Here's Something To Brush Your Chicklets With

Here's a commercial for Listerine Toothpaste that aired during the April 10, 1953 ABC Network telecast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Okay, Boys And Girls---Here's Something In Case Of Bad Breath

Here's a commercial for Listerine Antiseptic, which aired roughly midway through a 1952 ABC Network telecast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

If Cream Oil Is More Your Bag.......

From what looks like the late 1950s or early 1960s, here's a commercial for Wildroot Hair Dressing Cream.

Memo For Guys With Dried Out Hair: Take The Talking Camel's Advice

From the 1950s, here's a commercial for Vitalis Hair Tonic (with V7!) starring the Talking Camel.

Didn't They Use To Contain Almonds?

Here's a 1962 commercial for the 5th Avenue candy bar. 

Back then, the bars were made by those who manufactured Luden's Cough Drops.  Today, the Hershey folks make them.  Without the almonds.

Hey Roy, Where's Buck?

From 1978, here's country music star---and co-host of Hee Haw, Roy Clark in this commercial for Wyler's Lemonade Drink Mix.

Was This The 1967 Version Of "i'm lovin' it?"

Here's a 1967 commercial for McDonald's restaurants.

Time For A Quickie!

Here's a 1966 commercial for Mountain Dew, a soft drink just recently introduced by Pepsico.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

NCAA West: Narrow Wins For Duke (#900 For Coach K) And Arizona

Two NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Region contests took place on Sunday.

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Nolan Smith scored 24 points while Kyle Singler added 13, to go with his 8 rebounds and 4 assists as #1 Duke hung on for a 73-71 win over #8 Michigan.  The victory was career win #900 for Blue Devils' head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Derrick Williams' three-point basket with 9.6 seconds remaining (three of his 17 points) lifted #5 Arizona to a 70-69 victory over #4 Texas.

NCAA Southwest: VCU Smothers Boilermakers; Morris Twins Power Jayhawks; Seminoles Oust Fighting Irish

Three games in the Southwest Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament were played on Sunday.

At Chicago:

Two games were played at the United Center.  In the opener, #11 Virginia Commonwealth led by Bradford Burgess' 23 points and 8 rebounds, defeated #3 Purdue 84-76 to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in school history.

In the nightcap, #10 Florida State defeated #2 Notre Dame 71-57.  Besides pulling down 10 rebounds, Bernard James scored 14 points (and Michael Snaer added 13) for the Seminoles, who are headed to their first Sweet Sixteen since 1993.

At Tulsa:

The Morris Twins combined for 41 points (Marcus with 24 and Markieff with 17) and 24 rebounds (12 each) as top-seeded Kansas pulled away from #9 Illinois 73-59.

NCAA East: Tar Heels Win Close One; Dominating Win For Buckeyes; Marquette Ousts Syracuse

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Round of 32 concluded on Sunday with eight games, three of them in the East Region.

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Tyler Zeller scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 22 as #2 North Carolina held off #7 Washington 86-83.

At Cleveland:

David Lighty made all seven three-point shots and scored 25 points while Jared Sullinger added 18 (to go with his 8 rebounds) as #1 Ohio State routed #8 George Mason 98-66 in the first of two East Region games played at Quicken Loans Arena.

In the nightcap, Darius Johnson-Odum scored 17 points, connecting on a three-point shot with 27 seconds remaining as #11 Marquette knocked out #3 Syracuse 66-62.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

NCAA Southeast: BYU, Wisconsin, Florida, Butler Advance

All four games from the Southeast Region in the third round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament were contested on Saturday.

At Denver:

Jimmer Fredette scored 34 points as #3 BYU defeated #11 Gonzaga 89-67.

At Tucson, Arizona:

Jordan Taylor made two critical free throws and blocked Jacob Pullen's game-tying three-point attempt in the final seconds as #4 Wisconsin edged #5 Kansas State 70-65.  Jon Leuer scored 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the Badgers.

At Tampa, Florida:

Erving Walker scored 21 points as #2 Florida defeated #7 UCLA 73-65.

At Washington:

Shelvin Mack scored 30 points while Matt Howard converted on the game-winning free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining as #8 Butler knocked off top-seeded Pittsburgh 71-70.

NCAA West: Aztecs and UConn Advance To Sweet Sixteen

Two games were played in the West Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

At Tucson, Arizona:

Billy White scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard sealed the victory with a steal and a slam dunk as #2 San Diego State defeated #7 Temple 71-64 in double overtime to advance to their first-ever Sweet Sixteen.

At Washington:

A 33-point night for Kemba Walker carried #3 Connecticut to a 69-58 win over #6 Cincinnati in a battle of Big East Conference schools.

NCAA Southwest: Spiders Punch Ticket To Sweet Sixteen

At Denver:

Justin Harper scored 19 points as #12 Richmond defeated #13 Morehead State 65-48 in the lone Saturday contest from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Southwest Region.

NCAA East: Kentucky Outlasts West Virginia;

Eight games were played on Saturday, the opening day of the Round of 32 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  One of those games were played in the East Region.

At Tampa, Florida:

Brandon Knight scored 30 points as #4 Kentucky rallied to outlast #5 West Virginia 71-63.

This Chapter Makes An Even Dozen With The Green Archer

Time now for the twelfth chapter of The Green Archer, our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, "The Devil Dogs"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Predators Benefit From Turnovers As Orlando Tops New Orleans

At New Orleans:

Two first-half fumbles led to touchdowns as the Orlando Predators (1-0) took advantage of New Orleans miscues and defeated the VooDoo (0-2) 47-34 on the road in Friday Arena Football League action.

NCAA Southwest: 'Noles, Notre Dame, Jayhawks, Purdue, Ilini, VCU Advance To Round of 32

Six games in the Southwest Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament were contested on Friday.

At Chicago:

In the first of four games at the United Center, Derwin Kitchen scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and added 3 assists as #10 Florida State won their first tournament game since 1998, beating #7 Texas A & M 57-50.

Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points while Tim Abromaitis added 14, while Carleton Scott pulled down 14 rebounds as #2 Notre Dame downed #15 Akron 69-56.

E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points while JuJuan Johnson added 16 (to go with his 16 rebounds) as #3 Purdue dominated #14 St. Peter's 65-43.

In the final game, Brandon Rozzell scored 26 points, leading four players in double figures (Joey Rodriguez with 17 and Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen with 12 apiece) as #11 Virginia Commonwealth took care of #6 Georgetown 74-56.

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

In the first of two Southwest region games played at the BOK Center, Markus Morris scored 16 points and added 9 rebounds while his brother Markieff added 15 as #1 Kansas, who led by four at halftime, wore down #16 Boston University in the second half and took care of the Terriers 72-53.

In the nightcap, #9 Illinois dominated #8 UNLV in the first half en route to a 73-62 win.  Mike Davis scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Fighting Ilini.

NCAA East: Stunning Win For Mason (George, Not Perry); Buckeyes Cruise; Heels Say Bye Bye Blackbirds; Marquette, Washington, And Syracuse Win Too

Six games were played on Friday in the East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

At Cleveland:

Four games were played at the Quicken Loans Arena.  In the opener, William Buford scored 18 points as Ohio State, not only the region's top seed, but the top-seeded team in the entire tournament, lived up to their billing as they delivered a 75-46 beatdown on #16 Texas-San Antonio.

Luke Hancock scored three of his 18 points with 21 seconds remaining as #8 George Mason, who had trailed by as many as ten points, came from behind to knock off #9 Villanova 61-57.

Darius Johnson-Odum scored 19 and Jimmy Butler added 15 as #11 Marquette defeated #6 Xavier 66-55.

In the final game, #3 Syracuse took out #14 Indiana State 77-60.  Rick Jackson scored a season-high 23 points and C. J. Fair added 14 for the Orangemen.

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

In the first of two games in the East Region played at the Time Warner Cable Arena, Tyler Zeller scored 32 points and John Henson added 28 as #2 North Carolina defeated #15 Long Island University-Brooklyn 102-87.  Harrison Barnes contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds to the Tar Heels' cause.

In the nightcap, Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points as #7 Washington held off #10 Georgia 68-65.

NCAA West: Horns Hold Off Pesky Golden Grizzlies; Wolverines Devour Vols; Arizona Nudges Past Memphis; Duke Waaaaay Too Much For Hampton

Four games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's West Region were played on Friday.

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

#4-seeded Texas held off #13 Oakland 85-81.  Tristan Thompson had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots for the Longhorns, helping to offset Reggie Hamilton's 25-point performance for the Golden Grizzlies.

In the second contest, Derrick Williams scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds as #5 Arizona edged #12 Memphis 77-75.

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

In the first of two games played at the Time Warner Cable Arena, #8 Michigan blew out #9 Tennessee 42-16 in the second half to hammer the Volunteers 75-45. Zack Novak scored 14 minutes, hitting two three-pointers during a second-half spurt that helped turned what had been a hotly-contested game into a rout.  He also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.

In the second game, Kyrie Irving, playing his first game since last December, scored 14 points as top-seeded Duke destroyed #16 Hampton 87-45.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gone: Ferlin Husky, R. I. P.

Country Music Hall-of-Famer Ferlin Husky, who helped opened the door for a California strain of country and western music, and who had more than 50 charted hits from the 1950s to the 1970s, passed away on Thursday at a Nashville-area hospital at age 85.  He had a history of heart trouble.

Among the big hits during Ferlin's career, "Dear John" ( a duet with Jean Shepard, 1953), "Gone" (1957), and "Wings of a Dove' (1960).

NCAA East: Mountaineers Bounce Back To Overcome Tired Tigers; Kentucky Escapes With Close Win Over Princeton

Two games were contested Thursday in East Region action in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

At Tampa, Florida:

In the opening contest at the Saint Petersburg Times Forum, West Virginia's fresh legs proved too much for Clemson as the fifth-seeded Mountaineers overcame the worn-out twelfth-seeded Tigers 84-76.  Darryl Bryant scored 19 while Kevin Jones added 17 (as well as 9 rebounds) for the Big East Conference school.

In the second game, freshman Brandon Knight, held without a point for more than 39 minutes, made a diving layup with 2 seconds remaining to carry fourth-seeded Kentucky to a 59-57 victory over eleventh-seeded Princeton.  Darius Miller scored 17 points while Josh Harrellson added 15 to go with his 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

NCAA West: Temple Wins Tight One With Penn State; Aztecs Finally Advance; Bearcats, UConn Move On To Third Round

Action from the West Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament got underway on Thursday with four games.

At Tucson, Arizona:

In the first of two games played at the McKale Center, an 18-foot off balance shot converted by Juan Fernandez (two of his 23 points) with less than a second remaining carried seventh-seeded Temple to a 66-64 victory over tenth-seeded Penn State.  Ramone Moore also tallied 23 points for the Owls.

In the second game, San Diego State racked up their first-ever NCAA Tournament game victory 68-50 #15 and tournament newcomers Northern Colorado.  Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the second-seeded Aztecs.

At Washington:

In the first of two West Region contest at the Verizon Center, Kemba Walker, who carried his team on his back in the Big East Conference Tournament, scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had a career-high 12 assists as #3 Connecticut dominated #14 Bucknell 81-52.

In the nightcap, an 18-point, 11-rebound night for Yancy Gates as #6 Cincinnati downed #11 Missouri 78-63.

NCAA Southeast: Pittsburgh, Florida, Butler, UCLA, Wisconsin, K-State, Zags, BYU Advance

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament began Southeast Region play with eight games on Thursday.

At Washington, DC:

Matt Howard, who scored 15 points, connected on the game-winning basket at the buzzer as eight-seeded Butler, last year's runners-up, nipped ninth-seeded Old Dominion 60-58 in the first of two Southeast Region contests played at the Verizon Center.

Ashton Gibbs scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as top-seeded Pittsburgh wore down 16th-seeded North Carolina Asheville 71-54 in the second contest.

At Tampa:

In the first of two Southeast Region games played at the St. Petersburg Times Forum, a 10 point, 10 assist, 7 rebound night for Chandler Parsons, to go with Erving Walker's 18 points, helped #2 Florida dominate #15 UC-Santa Barbara 79-51.

In the nightcap, #7 UCLA blew a 23-point lead, but managed to hold off #10 Michigan State 78-76.  Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee each scored 16 points for the Bruins, offsetting Draymond Green's triple-double (23 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists) for the Spartans.

At Tucson, Arizona:

Jon Leuer scored 17 of his 22 points following the intermission as #4 Wisconsin had their way with #13 Wofford 72-58.  Jordan Taylor added 21 for the Badgers in the first of two Southeast Region contests at Tucson.

In the nightcap, #12 Utah State took on #5 Kansas State and lost 73-68 as Jacob Pullen tallied 22 points for the victorious Wildcats.

At Denver:

In the opening Southeast Region game from the Pepsi Center, Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points as #3 BYU held off #14 Wofford, 74-66.

In the nightcap, #11 Gonzaga knocked off #6 St. John's 86-71 as the Bulldogs' Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points.

NCAA Southwest: Morehead State Shocks Louisville; Richmond Knocks Off Vandy

Sixteen games were played on Thursday as the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commence, with two played in the Southwest Region, both at Denver.

In the opening of two games at the Pepsi Center, Demonte Harper hit the game-winning three-point basket with 4.2 seconds remaing, while Terrance Hill scored 23 points while Kenneth Faried pulled in 17 rebounds as 13th-seeded Morehead State stunned fourth-seeded Louisville 62-61.  It was the first tournament win for the Eagles since 1984.

In the second game, Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half as 12th-seeded Richmond knocked off fifth-seeded Vanderbilt 69-66.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NCAA Tournament: Texas-San Antonio, VCU Pick Up Wins

The opening round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament concluded with two games played Wednesday at Dayton, Ohio.

In the opener, Melvin Johnson III scored 25 of his career-high 29 points as Texas-San Antonio, who led by as many as 28, coasted to a 70-61 win over Alabama State.  The Roadrunners, who picked up their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, will face Ohio State in an East Region contest on Friday in Cleveland.  The Buckeyes are the tournament's overall top-seeded team.

In the nightcap, Jamie Skeen scored 16 points as Virginia Commonwealth ended their contest on a 15-3 run to defeat Southern California 59-46.  The Rams will take on sixth-seeded Georgetown in a Southwest Regional contest on Friday in Chicago. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NCAA Tournament: UNC-Asheville (in OT), Clemson Take Opening Contests

Two games were played on Tuesday at Dayton, Ohio as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced.

In the opener, Matt Dickey scored 22 points, while J. P. Primm hit five free throws plus a decisive steal in the final seconds of overtime as UNC-Asheville defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 81-77.  The Bulldogs will face Pittsburgh, the Southeast Region's top seed on Thursday at Washington, DC.

In the nightcap, Jerai Grant scored a career-high 22 rebounds and added 7 rebounds as Clemson dominated their contest with Alabama-Birmingham from start to finish, manhandling the Blazers 70-52.  The Tigers will face fifth-seeded (East Region) West Virginia at Tampa, Florida on Thursday

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hey! On Your Way To---Or From---Crater Lake National Park,

Be sure to visit majestic Union Creek, Oregon!

VooDoo's Magic Ineffective Against Storm

At New Orleans:

The Tampa Bay Storm (1-0) took advantage of three defensive pass interference penalties this past Friday and defeated the home standing New Orleans VooDoo (0-1) 46-40 in the Arena Football League season opener for both clubs.

The resurrected VooDoo played last season as the Bossier City-Shreveport Battle Wings.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Time For More With The Green Archer

We now present the eleventh chapter in our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, The Green Archer, "The Flaming Arrow."


Friday, March 11, 2011

Parmaley "Carl" Rainge, R. I. P.

On and off for some 20 years, starting in 1956, Parmaley "Carl" Rainge was a member of the rhythm-and-blues/doo-wop vocal group The Spaniels.  After he joined the group, they enjoyed success with recordings such as "Everybody's Talking," "You're Gonna Cry," and "Peace Of Mind."

Mr. Rainge passed away this past Sunday in Columbus, Tennessee after a long illness at age 74.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Be Sure To Watch The Miss America Pageant In COLOR On NBC!

Here's a promo for the September 11, 1965 NBC Network telecast of the 1966 Miss America Pageant, the first to be telecast in color.

Be Sure To Watch Your Monday Night Favorites This Fall On ABC!

Here's a promotion for ABC's 1966 Monday night fall lineup.

Be Sure To Watch The Skipper And His Little Buddy This Fall On CBS!

Here's a 1965 CBS Network promo for Gilligan's Island.  It was for the upcoming 1965-66 season, the show's first in color (after one year in black and white).

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Time For A Toe Tapper

From 1967, here are the Baltimore and Ohio Marching Band with "Lapland."

Sorry, Charlie

But, then again, who the hell cares?

Saturday, March 05, 2011

More Adventures With The Green Archer

Our 1940 Columbia Pictures serial, The Green Archer, continues with chapter ten, "The Dagger That Failed."

Friday, March 04, 2011

Johnny Preston Joins Running Bear And Little White Girl In That Happy Hunting Ground

Singer Johnny Preston, whose million-selling recording of "Running Bear" (written by the late J. P. "Big Bopper" Richardson) topped the pop charts in early 1960, passed away on Friday at Baptist Beaumont Hospital in Beaumont, Texas at age 71.

Mr. Preston had bypass surgery late last year and had been suffering from health problems.

Johnny had two top-ten hits in 1960.  "Running Bear" topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart for three weeks early that year, and "Cradle of Love" reached #7 on the pop chart.

One other note on "Running Bear."  The Indian noises in the background were done by J. P. Richardson and George Jones.  This record was made shortly before the Big Bopper lost his life in the plane crash that also claimed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Have You Driven A '56 Studebaker Yet?

From an epidode of TV Reader's Digest that aired over the ABC television network during the 1955-56 season, here's an extensive mid-episode commercial for the 1956 Studebakers.  The Studebaker-Packard Corporation was sponsor of TV Reader's Digest.

If You Prefer Old School

Here's another Anacin commercial, this one from 1968.

If Gelcaps Are More Your Bag

Here's a 1992 commercial for Aspirin-Free Anacin gelcaps.

Take 3

Aspirin-free Anacin 3 as this 1981 television commercial implies.