Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fighting Sioux Deliver Crippling Blow To Vikings' Conference Tournament Chances

At Portland, Oregon:

Troy Huff scored 18 points while Aaron Anderson added 16 as the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (13-15 overall, 10-8 in Big Sky play) defeated the Portland State Vikings (8-17, 5-12) 74-66 on the road on Thursday night, ending the Vikings' three-game winning streak and all but eliminated the hosts (who are three games out of the last remaining berth with three games remaining) from this year's Big Sky Conference tournament.

Ducks Top Beavers At Home

At Eugene, Oregon:

Carlos Emory scored 21 points while Arsalan Kazemi added 17 (to go with his 12 rebounds) as the Oregon Ducks (#24 in the Associated Press poll; 23-6 overall, 12-4 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (13-16, 3-13) 85-75 on Thursday night to take over sole possession of first place in the Pacific-12 Conference standings with two regular-season contests left.  The Ducks' performance, which netted them their fifth win in their last six contests, offset the 31-point effort from the Beavers' Roberto Nelson. 

Time For Tom and Jerry! Just Not THAT Tom And Jerry!

From the Van Beuren Studio in 1932, we bring you Tom and Jerry starring in "In the Bag." With musical synchronization by Gene Rodemich, this cartoon, released by RKO Radio Pictures, was directed by John Foster and George Rufle.  Yes, Tom was the tall one and Jerry was the short one.

Time For An Oswald Cartoon!

From Universal Pictures in 1933, we present Oswald the Lucky Rabbit starring in "Five and Dime," a Walter Lantz-Bill Nolan cartoon.

Animation by Ray Abrams, Tex Avery, Cecil Surry, Jack Carr, and Ernest Smythe; musical score by James Dietrich.

Early Porky

From 1936, here's Porky Pig starring in "The Blow Out," part of Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes series. In this one, someone tries to blow up a bank, but Porky---without even knowing it----ends up foiling the villain's plot. With musical score by Bernard Brown and animation by Charles (Chuck) Jones and Sid Sutherland, this cartoon was produced by Leon Schlesinger and supervised by Tex Avery.

Time For The Idol Of The Air Lanes

Here's a 1941 recording by Jan Garber and his orchestra, a tune entitled "Bedelia," with vocal by Lee Bennett.  This Columbia Records release is from 1948, when a strike by the American Federation of Musicians was taking place.

Time For Some Music, Boys and Girls

From 1934, we have music by Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra. Here's  the title song from the Warner Brothers motion picture "Wonder Bar." 

Vocal by Jerry Cooper.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dale Robertson, Horse-Savvy Actor In Western Movies And TV Shows, R.I.P.

Dale Robertson, best remembered as a strong-minded star of Westerns in the movies and on television for some three decades, passed away on Wednesday in San Diego at age 89 of complications from lung cancer and pneumonia.

The Oklahoma-born Mr. Robertson appeared in some sixty motion pictures and starred in such TV Western series as Tales of Wells Fargo (1957-61), Iron Horse (1966-68), and Death Valley Days, which he hosted from 1968 until 1972.

Who Developed This Game, Rube Goldberg??

From the mid-1960s---and in living color----we bring you this commercial for Ideal's Mouse Trap Game.

Home About Playing A Board Game?

I think this is a commercial from the mid-1960s for two Milton Bradley board games, Racko and Easy Money.

How 'Bout Some Music?

From 1935, here's the Idol of the Air Lanes himself, Jan Garber and his orchestra, with "I Feel Like A Feather In The Breeze," with vocal by Lee Bennett.


Van Cliburn, Legendary Classical Pianist, R. I. P.

Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a hugely successful and lucrative career, passed away on Wednesday at his Fort Worth, Texas home at the age of 78.

Mr. Cliburn had been undergoing treatments for bone cancer.

Monday, February 25, 2013

How 'Bout A Hot Meat Sandwich?

From back in the day, here's Louis Nye extrolling the virtue of Rath Instant Hot Sandwich Meat.


Like Some Pop Tarts With Your Cereal?

Here's what looks like a late 1960s commercial for Kellogg's Pop Tarts.

Flaky Ad

Here's a 1971 commercial for Post Cereals' Pink Panther Flakes.

Is Your Washing Machine On The Fritz?

Here's a commercial for the Hotpoint Washing Machine, as aired during a 1954 ABC Network telecast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Ducks Stay In AP Poll, Fall Out Of Coaches Rankings

After splitting their two home contests last week against the Pac-12 Conference's Bay Area schools, the Oregon Ducks dropped a spot to #24 in the Associated Press media poll that was released on Monday.

As for the USA Today/Coaches' poll, the Ducks fell out of the top 25.  They, with what support they still have from the coaches, would be ranked #27.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bears Hold Off Pesky Beavers In Corvallis; Five Straight Wins For Cal

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Justin Cobbs scored 18 points on Saturday night as the California Golden Bears (18-9 overall, 10-5 in Pac-12 play) held off the Oregon State Beavers (13-15, 3-12) 60-59.  The win was the Bears' fifth in a row and seventh in their last eight contests.

Broncos Tops Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Kevin Foster climbed up to second place on the West Coast Conference's all-time career scoring list with his 20-point performance on Saturday as the Santa Clara Broncos (20-9 overall, 8-6 in WCC play) defeated the Portland Pilots (11-19, 4-11) 75-63 on the road.

Vikings Capture BracketBusters Match

At Portland, Oregon:

Michael Harthun scored 15 points while Aaron Moore added 13 to go with his nine rebounds on Saturday night as the Portland State Vikings (8-16) defeated visiting UC Riverside (6-21) 66-58 in a BracketBusters contest.

Ducks Back On Winning Track

At Eugene, Oregon:

Carlos Emory scored 19 points on Saturday night off the bench as the Oregon Ducks (#23 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 22-6 overall, 11-4 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Stanford Cardinal (16-12, 7-8) 77-66.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pilots Knock Off Toreros At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

Kevin Bailey scored 18 points as the Portland Pilots (11-18 overall, 4-10 in WCC play) defeated the visiting San Diego Toreros (13-15, 6-7) 70-67 on Thursday night.

Cardinal Too Much For Beavers

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Josh Huestis scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds on Thursday night as the Stanford Cardinal (16-11 overall, 7-7 in Pac-12 play) held off the Oregon State Beavers (13-14, 3-11) 82-72 on the road despite 28 points from the Beavers' Roberto Nelson.

Bears Knock Off Ducks In Eugene To Complete Regular-Season Series Sweep Of Oregon

At Eugene, Oregon:

Justin Cobbs, who scored 14 points on Thursday night, connected on a long jump shot with 0.7 seconds remaining as the California Golden Bears (17-9 overall, 9-5 in Pac-12 play) completed a regular-season series sweep of Oregon (#23 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 21-6, 10-4) be defeating the cold-shooting Ducks 48-46 on the road.  The Bears' NCAA Tournament chances were helped by their 11th straight win over the Ducks.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Vikings Hold Off Eagles At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

Renaldo Parker scored 20 points on Monday night as the Portland State Vikings (7-16 overall, 5-11 in Big Sky play), with four players scoring in double figures, kept their Big Sky Conference Tournament chances alive with their 89-80 home win over the Eastern Washington Eagles (8-18, 6-10), despite 23 points from the Eagles' Tyler Harvey.  The Vikings shot 53% from the floor in the game, 66% in the first half.

Ducks Are At #23 In Both Media And Coaches Polls

After their sweep on the road of the Pac-12's Washington schools, the Oregon Ducks are #23 in both the latest Associated Press (same as last week) and USA Today/Coaches (back in the rankings after a one-week absence) polls released on Monday.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

C.J. Snaps Out Of Scoring Slump As Huskies Top Beavers At Home

At Seattle:

C.J. Wilcox snapped out of shooting slump as he scored 24 points as the Washington Huskies (14-12 overall, 6-7 in Pac-12 play) snapped their three-game losing streak with their 72-62 home win over the Oregon State Beavers (13-13, 3-10).  It was only the Huskies' second win in their last nine contests.

Hot Shooting Keeps BYU Unbeaten All-Time Against Pilots

At Provo, Utah:

Tyler Haws scored 28 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the field while Brandon Davies add 23 on 8-of-12 shooting as the BYU Cougars (19-8 overall, 9-4 in WCC play) shot 60 percent from the field as they registered their ninth win in as many starts all-time against the Portland Pilots (9-18, 2-10), 86-72 at home on Saturday.

E.J.'s Free Throws Carry Ducks To OT Win Over Cougs

At Pullman, Washington:

E.J. Singler scored 25 points---two of them on two free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime as the Oregon Ducks (#23 in the Associated Press poll; 21-5 overall, 10-3 in Pac-12 play) escaped with a narrow 79-77 road win over the Washington State Cougars (11-15, 2-11), who suffered their sixth straight game on Saturday night in spite of a career-high 36 points from Royce Woodridge, whose desperate half-court shot failed as time expired.  Carlos Emory added 20 points to the Ducks' cause as Oregon won their third straight game.

Time For A Whopper From Willie

From 1933, here's a Willie Whopper cartoon from the Ub Iwerks studio, originally released theatrically by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer entitled "Stratos Fear."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Time For "Happy Days"

And we're not talking about Richie Cunningham, Ralph Malph, Potsie Weber, or the Fonz, either!

From 1936, here is the final Ub Iwerks ComiColor cartoon release, "Happy Days."

The ComiColor series, which included such cartoons as "Balloon Land," "Mary's Little Lamb," and "Humpty Dumpty," was distributed independently by Ub's producer Pat Powers through his Celebrity Productions, this after the company lost its' distribution deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (which released Ub's Flip the Frog and Willie Whopper cartoons).

Vikes Slay T-Birds At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

Michael Harthun scored 19 points while Renado Parker added 16 (to go with his eight rebounds) as the Portland State Vikings (6-16 overall, 4-11 in Big Sky play) took advantage of 52% shooting from the field (59% in the second half) en route to a 90-69 pummeling of the visiting Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Thursday night, despite 26 points from the Thunderbirds' Jackson Stevenett.

Pilots Edge Dons For First Conference Win Over Someone Other Than LMU

At San Francisco:

Kevin Bailey scored 18 points while Ryan Nicholas added 15 and Thomas van der Mars contributed 14 as the Portland Pilots (10-17 overall, 3-9 in WCC play) defeated the San Francisco Dons (11-14, 4-8) 78-76 on Thursday night, avenging a home defeat to the Dons back on January 24.  This was the Pilots' first conference win over a school other than Loyola Marymount this season.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ducks Top Huskies In Seattle, Gain First Regular-Season Sweep Of Washington Since '95

At Seattle:

Damyean Dotson scored 13 points while E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi, and Jonathan Loyd each added 11 as the Oregon Ducks (#23 in the Associated Press poll; 20-5 overall, 9-3 in Pac-12 play) completed their first regular-season sweep of the Washington Huskies (13-12, 5-7) since 1995 with their 65-52 road win on Wednesday.

Beavers Hold Off Cougs On Road

At Pullman, Washington:

Roberto Nelson scored 17 points while Eric Moreland (who had 14 rebounds) and Challe Barton (who made three three-pointers) each added 11 as the Oregon State Beavers (13-12 overall, 3-9 in Pac-12 play) held off the Washington State Cougars (11-14, 2-10) 67-66 on the road despite a career-high 27 points from the Cougars' DaVonte Lacy, who hit seven three-pointers.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What's This?

Could this be the new logo for Oregon State's athletic programs?

Ducks Hang On In Media Poll, Fall Out Of Coaches' Rankings

After a split week (blowing a late lead at home against Colorado, coming to life in the second half against Utah), the Oregon Ducks dropped down four spots to #23 in the latest Associated Press (media) poll released on Monday while the Ducks fell out of the USA Today/Coaches rankings (from #19; they would be ranked #27).

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Buffaloes Come From Behind, Hold Off Beavers On Road

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points on Sunday night as the Colorado Buffaloes (16-7 overall, 6-5 in Pac-12 play) came back from a seven-point second-half deficit and held off the home-standing Oregon State Beavers (12-12, 2-9) 72-68 despite 21 points from the Beavers' Roberto Nelson and 20 from Ahmad Starks (not to mention a 15-point, 12-rebound night from OSU's Joe Barton).

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Pilots Fall At Home In OT

At Portland, Oregon:

Lorne Jackson scored seven of his 22 points in overtime on Saturday as the Pepperdine Waves (11-13 overall, 3-8 in WCC play) defeated the Portland Pilots (9-17, 2-9) 72-68.

Mikh McKinney Shoots Lights Out As Hornets Sting Vikings

At Sacramento, California:

Mikh McKinney scored 30 points (making 13 of 18 shots from the field) as the Sacramento State Hornets (12-10 overall, 7-7 in Big Sky play) outlasted the visiting Portland State Vikings (5-16, 3-11) 77-71 on Saturday.

Ducks Overcome Halftime Deficit, Overtake Utes, End Skid

At Eugene, Oregon:

E. J. Singler scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds Danyean Dotson added 16 points and Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points to go with his 14 rebounds as the Oregon Ducks (#19 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 19-5 overall, 8-3 in Pac-12 play) overcame an eight-point halftime deficit on Saturday as they snapped a three-game losing steak with their 73-64 home win over the Utah Runnin' Utes (10-13, 2-9).

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ducks Blow Late Lead At Home, Fall To Buffaloes

At Eugene, Oregon:

Andre Roberson, who scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, scored the game-winning basket with 29 seconds remaining as the Colorado Buffaloes (15-7 overall, 5-5 in Pac-12 play) scored the final eight points in their 48-47 victory over the Oregon Ducks (#19 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 18-5, 7-3) as the Ducks suffered their third straight defeat, their first at home this season.

Gabe Rogers' Three-Point Shooting Too Much For Vikings

At Flagstaff, Arizona:

Gabe Rogers converted seven of eleven three-point shots and scored 25 points as the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (9-14 overall; 6-7 in Big Sky play) held off the visiting Portland State Vikings (8-15, 3-10) 79-72 on Thursday.

Pilots Knock Off Lions To Complete Regular-Season Series Sweep Of LMU

At Portland, Oregon:

Ryan Nicholas (who scored 21 points) and Tanner Riley (who added 17) connected on nine of ten three-point shots on Thursday night as the Portland Pilots (9-16 overall, 2-8 in WCC) play snapped their six-game losing streak with a 69-60 home win over Loyola Marymount.  Both of the Pilots' conference wins this season have come at the expense of the Lions.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Beavers Knock Off Runnin' Utes

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Roberto Nelson scored 26 points and Joe Burton added 17 as the Oregon State Beavers (12-11 overall, 2-8 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Utah Runnin' Utes (10-12, 2-8) 82-64 on Wednesday night, despite 21 points from the Utes' Brandon Taylor and 20 from Jarred DuBois.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

New Logo For The Jacksonville Jaguars

Any thoughts?

All The Kids Like Kiko

Here is a Castle Films print (for the home market) of a 1936 Terrytoons cartoon, "Farmer Al Falfa's Prize Package," which introduced Kiko the Kangaroo.  The cartoon also featured Puddy the Pup.

This cartoon, make in New Rochelle, New York on behalf of Educational Pictures and originally released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox, with music by Phil Scheib, was produced by Paul Terry and directed by George Gordon and Mannie Davis.

I didn't know it was illegal to keep a kangaroo.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Following Lost Week In Bay Area, Ducks Fall To #19 In Both Polls

Following their first two conference defeats of the season---at Stanford and California-Berkeley---the Oregon Ducks fell to #19 in both the Associated Press (a drop of nine spots) and USA Today/Coaches (a drop of seven places) polls.

It was an abysmal week for all four Oregon men's basketball squads, who were a collective 0-8.


Here's an old commercial that aired on Australian television for the Mastercraft Scorched Peanut Bar.


Sunday, February 03, 2013


At New Orleans:

Quarterback Joe Flacco, named the game's Most Valuable Player, completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns ( 13 yards to Anquan Boldin, one yard to Dennis Pitta, and 56 yards to Jacoby Jones---who later ran the opening kickoff of the second half for a Super Bowl-record 108 yards for a TD) as the Baltimore Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII, contested on Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.  Justin Tucker kicked two fourth-quarter field goals (19 and 38) as the Ravens held off a furious comeback by the 49ers, which started after the game was suspended for 34 minutes early in the third quarter due to a power outage at the stadium.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree and ran 15 yards for another score (with a Frank Gore six-yard run for a TD sandwiched in-between).  David Akers made all three of his field goal attempts (35, 27, and  34 yards).

As was the case back on Thanksgiving night in 2011, John Harbaugh's Ravens topped brother Jim's Niners.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd Fox)

This game marked the conclusion of Ravens' veteran linebacker Ray Lewis' 17-year NFL career (that's him, with the Vince Lombardi Trophy).  He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, which was played in Tampa in January, 2001, when the Ravens mauled the New York Giants.

Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd Fox

Cardinal Hold Off Pesky Beavers

At Stanford, California:

Chasson Randle scored 20 points while Josh Huestis added 16 as the Stanford Cardinal (14-8 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 play) held off the visiting Oregon State Beavers (11-11, 1-8) 81-73 on Sunday, despite OSU's Roberto Nelson's 20 points and Ahmad Starks' 15.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Bobcats Hold Off Vikings In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Flavien Davis scored 22 points (making 10 of 16 shots from the field) and grabbed six rebounds on Saturday night as the Montana State Bobcats (10-10 overall, 7-5 in Big Sky play) held off the home-standing Portland State Vikings (5-14, 3-9) 70-64.

Gaels Blow Out Punchless Pilots

At Morgana, California:

Matthew Dellavedova scored 23 points as the St. Mary's Gaels (19-4 overall, 8-1 in WCC play) annihilated the visiting Portland Pilots (8-16, 1-8) 77-42 on Saturday.

Bears Hold Off Ducks

At Berkeley, California:

Richard Solomon (who grabbed 12 rebounds) and Allen Crabbe each scored 14 points as the California Golden Bears (13-8 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Oregon Ducks (#10 in the Associated Press poll, #12 in the USA Today/Coaches poll; 18-4, 7-2) 58-54. It was the Bears tenth straight home win over the Ducks.

Big Tuna, Cris Carter, Warren Sapp Amongst Those Elected To Pro Football HOF

Six former NFL players and two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells were elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Jonathan Ogden, an offensive tackle who was the very first collegiate player ever selected by the Baltimore Ravens (fourth player selected overall in 1996), went to eleven Pro Bowls and played a key role on the offensive line for the Ravens' Super Bowl XXV winners.

Bill Parcells, the "Big Tuna," who coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles (SB XXI and SB XXV) and coached the New England Patriots to Super Bowl XXXI (they lost to the Green Bay Packers), later coached the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.

Larry Allen, who starred at both offensive guard and tackle, played in eleven Pro Bowls during his 14-year career, most of which was spent with the Dallas Cowboys.

Cris Carter, an outstanding wide receiver who played most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, caught 1101 passes for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns.  He finally won election after five failed attempts.

In his first year of eligibility, Warren Sapp, a talented defensive lineman who starred for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was chosen to the Pro Bowl on seven occasions.  He, like Larry Allen, was chosen to the National Football League's all-decade team of BOTH the 1990s and 2000s.

Nominated by the Senior Committee, defensive lineman Curley Culp was a top defensive player during the 1970s, selected to six Pro Bowls during a fourteen-year career.  He helped guide the Kansas City to their Super Bowl IV victory, and after he was traded to Houston in 1974, helped re-established the Oilers as a playoff team.

Another defensive lineman nominated by the Senior Committee, Dave Robinson played for the Green Bay Packers for ten seasons (1963-72) and played for Vince Lombardi on the first two Super Bowl championship teams.  He wrapped up his career playing for George Allen with the Washington Redskins.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Grizzlies Down Vikings In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Will Cherry scored 16 points while Mathias Weed added 15 as the Big Sky Conference-leading Montana Grizzlies (15-4 overall, 11-0 in Big Sky play) won their eleventh straight game on Thursday night, handing the home-standing Portland State Vikings (5-13, 3-8) their fifth straight defeat, 81-68.

Broncos Trample On Hapless Pilots

At Santa Clara, California:

A 23-point, 13-rebound performance from Marc Trasolina helped carry the Santa Clara Broncos (17-6 over, 5-3 in WCC play) to their fifth straight win on Thursday night, a 70-46 home manhandling of the struggling Portland Pilots (8-15, 1-7)

Bears Battle Back From Double-Digit Deficit To Upend Beavers

At Berkeley, California:

Richard Solomon's dunk with 17.6 seconds remaining capped off a big rally by the California Golden Bears (12-8 overall, 4-4 in Pac-12 play) as they came back from a 12-point second half deficit and overcame the visiting Oregon State Beavers (11-10, 1-7) 71-68 on Thursday night.  Allen Crabtree scored 15 points and Justin Cobbs added 14 to pace the Bears as they overcame a 25-point performance from the Beavers' Roberto Nelson.