Sunday, June 30, 2013

Are You Going To Keep That Raleigh Coupon In Your Shirt Pocket, Bob?

From the late 1950s (or early '60s), here's Bob Barker hawking Bel-Air Cigarettes on Truth or Consequences.

Can't Sleep Because Of A Nasty Little Ol' Cold?

Then take new Nyquil, from Vicks.

1966 television commercial.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

From The WTF File

Here's a 1960 TV commercial for the short-lived Post Puffed Corn Flakes.  In this one, Cliff Norton tries to whislte "Swanee River" while eating a bowl of this new cereal to please talent-show host Jesse White.

VooDoo Knock Off Power In Pittsburgh For First Road Win Of Season

At Pittsburgh:

The New Orleans VooDoo (4-10) racked up their first road win of the Arena Football League season on Saturday with a 59-54 win over the Pittsburgh Power (3-11).  After having lost eight in a row, the VooDoo have now won three of their last five starts.

Roughriders Start Season With Bang

At Edmonton, Alberta:

In three quarters of work, quarterback Darian Durant threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as the Saskatchewan Roughriders opened their 2013 Canadian Football League regular-season campaign with a 39-18 road domination of the Edmonton Eskimoes.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Don't Monkey Around With Flats!

Here's a 1950s commercial for General Tire and Rubber Company, featuring Sam the Chimp.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Here's A Nice, Long Commercial

From the early 1950s (maybe even 1949), here's a commercial (that originally aired live) for the Admiral Dual-Temp Refrigerator

Here's An Old Ad From Kiwiland

From the 1980s, here's a commercial for Just Juice, which aired on television in New Zealand.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Timbers Overcome, Then Hold Off Hoops In US Open Cup Play; Advance To Semis For First Time

At Frisco, Texas:

Thanks to goals from Darlington Nagbe (61'), Diego Valeri (63'), and Frederic Piquionne (73'), the Portland Timbers advanced to the semifinal round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament for the first time in franchise history on Wednesday as they came from behind, then held off home-standing FC Dallas 3-2.  It was the Timbers first-ever win in a competitive match in the state of Texas and it stretched Portland's unbeaten streak in all competitions to eighteen games.

The Timbers will visit Real Salt Lake at Sandy, Utah for a US Open Cup semifinal-round match on August 7 (the winner will face the winner of that same day's other semifinal----DC United at Chicago---in the final, which will take place on October 1 or 2).

In the meantime, Portland's next Major League Soccer match will be on the road against the Columbus Crew on July 7. The Timbers have yet to lose on the road this season and have stretched their MLS unbeaten streak to fifteen matches.

Here's A Blast From The Past

1956 TV commercial for Maybelline cosmetics.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How 'Bout Some Steak?

Here's a 1975 commercial for the now-defunct Mr. Steak restaurant chain, as aired over WFLD-TV in Chicago.

Like A Cigarette With Your Root Beer?

1962 commercial for L&M Cigarettes.


Here's a 1972 commercial for A&W Root Beer.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Don't Forget, Kids........

Eat gobs of Wonder Bread. 

Very old TV commercial, maybe from the early 1950s.

And Now, A Word From Our Alternate Sponsor

Here's a 1961 Australian TV commercial for Carter's Little Liver Pills.


At Boston:

Goals scored by Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland during a 17-second span in the last 76 seconds of regulation enabled the Chicago Blackhawks to come from behind to upend the Boston Bruins 3-2 on the road on Monday night in game six of the Stanley Cup Final to win their second Stanley Cup title in four years and their fifth overall.  The 'Hawks' Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff Most Valuable Player.  Here are the Blackhawks celebrating their championship victory.

Sports Illustrated photo by David E. Klutho

Before You Use Your Electric Shaver...

Be sure to use a pre-shave.  Here's a commercial for Williams' Lectric Shave, from circa 1967.

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

From Australia, here's a 1960 television commercial for the Philishave Jet electric shaver from Philips.

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, A Visit With Herman and Katnip

From 1955, here are Herman and Katnip starring in "A Bicep Built For Two," a Famous Studios production originally released theatrically by Paramount Pictures.  In this one, Katnip falls head over heals for a hot-looking female feline, but has trouble with the girl's boyfriend.

With animation by Tom Golden and Morey Reden, story by Larz Bourne, scenics by Robert Connavale, and music by Winston Sharples, this cartoon was directed by Fleischer/Famous veteran (and Max Fleischer's son-in-law) Seymour Kneitel.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bobby "Blue" Bland, Singer Who Blended Southern Blues With Soul, R.I.P.

Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer whose style fused Southern blues with soul and who recorded such hits as "Turn On Your Love Light", passed away on Sunday at his Memphis home from complications due to an ongoing illness at age 83.

Known as "The Frank Sinatra of the Blues" who was influenced by Nat "King" Cole, Mr. Bland often recorded with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals.

Tennessee-born Bobby, a contemporary of blues legend B.B. King,  was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

Timbers Manhandle Rapids, Stretch Unbeaten MLS Run To 15 Games

At Portland, Oregon:

Frederic Piquionne (12'), Will Johnson (45'), and Ryan Johnson (84') provided the scoring on Sunday as the Portland Timbers stretched their unbeaten streak to fifteen Major League Soccer games (seventeen in all competitions) by dominating the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-0 as they moved level with Real Salt Lake in MLS' Western Conference (and, in fact, the overall league standings).  Rodney Wallace assisted on all three goals.

The Timbers visit FC Dallas in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament on the road at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas this coming Wednesday.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

VooDoo Fall To Talons On Final Play

At New Orleans:

Backup quarterback Chris Dixon (in for struggling Kurt Rocco) scrambled on Saturday night, only to be tripped up on the final play of the game as the San Antonio Talons (7-6) held off the New Orleans VooDoo (3-10) 59-56 in Arena Football League action.

Stanley Cup Final: Patrick Kane Scores Twice, Hawks Hold Off Bruins, Take 3-2 Series Lead, One Win Away From Title

At Chicago:

Patrick Kane (that's him celebrating) scored twice on Saturday while Corey Crawford, turned back 24 of 25 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks held off the visiting Boston Bruins 3-1 in game five of the Stanley Cup Final.  The Blackhawks, who lead the series three games to two, can lock up their second Stanley Cup title in four years with a game-six win in Boston on Monday.

Getty Images photo by Bill Smith

Thursday, June 20, 2013


At Miami:

LeBron James (second from left in the photo), named series Most Valuable Player, scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Thursday night as the Miami Heat won their second consecutive National Basketball Association championship with a 95-88 game-seven home win in the Finals over the San Antonio Spurs.  Dwyane Wade also had a double double (23 points, 10 rebounds) for the Heat, who won their third NBA title overall as the Spurs' bid for a fifth league crown was foiled.

Sports Illustrated photo by Heinz Kleutmeier

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Timbers Hold Galaxy To Scoreless Draw At StubHub Center, Stay Unbeaten On Road, Stretch Unbeaten Streak

At Carson, California:

The Portland Timbers remained unbeaten on the road in Major League Soccer play on Wednesday night as they held the home-standing Los Angeles Galaxy to a 0-0 stalemate.  The Timbers stretched their club-record unbeaten run to 14 MLS games, 16 in all competitions.

The Timbers host the Colorado Rapids this coming Sunday in a nationally-televised contest at 4:00 PM Pacific Time (NBCSN).

Farewell, Tony Soprano

Actor James Gandolfini, best remembered for his Emmy Award-winning  portrayal of crime boss Tony Soprano in the Home Box Office television series The Sopranos, passed away on Wednesday while traveling in Rome at age 51 from an apparent heart attack, the pay-cable network confirmed.

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks Take OT Thriller, Square Series At 2-2, Reclaim Home-Ice Advantage

At Boston:

Brent Seabrook (that's him celebrating with Duncan Keith) scored the winning goal at 9:51 of overtime on Wednesday night as the Chicago Blackhawks squared the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece (and reclaimed home-ice advantage) following their 6-5 road win over the Boston Bruins.  The series will resume in Chicago on Saturday.

Getty Images photo by Harry How

Dave Jennings, Ex-NFL Punter, R.I.P.

Dave Jennings, a former NFL punter with the New York Giants (1974-84) and New York Jets (1985-87), passed away on Wednesday at his Upper Saddle River, New Jersey home at age 61.

Mr. Jennings had been battling Parkinson's disease for the past 17 years.

Dave holds the Giants' franchise records for punts (931), yards (38,792).  He was selected to play in four Pro Bowls.  His single-season career best was 44.8 yards per punt (gross average) in 1980.

Dave concluded his career with the New York Jets in 1987.

More recently, he was a member of the Giants' radio broadcasting team.

Slim Whitman, Country Music Legend, R.I.P.

Country-and-Western singer and yodeler Slim Whitman, who sold millions of records through his ever-present television commercials in the 1980s and 1990s, passed away on Wednesday at Florida's Orange Park Medical Center from heart failure at age 90.

The tenor falsetto and ebony moustache and sideburns became a global trademark for Mr. Whitman---and an inspiration for countless jokes---thanks to the TV ads, which turned him into somewhat of a cultural icon.

However, Florida-born Slim was a serious early musical influence on rock n' roll and was instrumental in popularizing country music in Great Britain. He even encouraged a young Elvis Presley when Elvis was making his professional debut in 1954.

Slim's career spanned six decades, starting in the late 1940s.  In the early-to-mid 1950s, he had major C&W hits such as "Indian Love Song," "North Wind," and "Secret Love."

He was a regular on Shreveport's "Louisiana Hayride" radio show.

Here's Slim recording from circa 1952 of "Amateur In Love."

Rest in peace, Slim.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NBA Finals: Heat Use Ray Allen 3-Pointer To Force OT, Top Spurs To Force Game Seven; Triple Double For LeBron

At Miami:

Ray Allen converted a three-point shot with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation time (shown here) and forced overtime on Tuesday night as the Miami Heat came back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and defeated the visiting San Antonio Spurs 103-100 to square the NBA Finals at three games apiece.  LeBron James delivered a triple double (32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds) for the Heat, offsetting the 30-point, 17-rebound performance from the Spurs' Tim Duncan.  The series---and the NBA championship---will be decided in Miami on Thursday.

USATSI photo

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1956 commercial for United States Rubber.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Stanley Cup Final: Bruins Blank Blackhawks, Take 2-1 Series Lead

At Boston:

Second-period goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron (power play, shown here, beating Chicago goalie Corey Crawford) along with the shutout performance from Tuukka Rask (28 saves) carried the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 home victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in game three of the Stanley Cup Final played on Monday.  The Bruins lead the series two games to one.  Game four is on Wednesday in Boston. 

Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa

Sunday, June 16, 2013

NBA Finals: Spurs Top Heat, Take 3-2 Series Lead; San Antonio One Win Away From Fifth NBA Title

At San Antonio:

Manu Ginobili (that's him here) scored 24 points and dished out 10 assists on Sunday night as the San Antonio Spurs won game five of the NBA Finals 114-104 over the visiting Miami Heat.  Tony Parker scored 26 to pace the Spurs while Danny Green added 24 and Tim Duncan 17 (to go with his 12 rebounds).  LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each had 25 points and Ray Allen came off the bench to score 21 for the Heat.  San Antonio, who leads the series three games to two, can wrap up their fifth league title with a game-six victory in Miami on Tuesday.

Getty Images photo by Kevin C. Cox

Saturday, June 15, 2013

VooDoo Hold Off Visiting Storm

At New Orleans:

The New Orleans VooDoo (3-9), with Kurt Rocco completing 17 of 31 passes for 210 yards and six touchdowns (he was picked off twice), overcame a sluggish fourth quarter and held off the visiting Tampa Bay Storm (7-6) 54-51 in Saturday Arena Football League action.

Stanley Cup Final: OT Goal Squares Series For Bruins At One Game Apiece

At Chicago:

Daniel Paille, seen here beating Corey Crawford, scored the winning goal at 13:48 of overtime on Saturday as the Boston Bruins squared the Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece following their 2-1 game-two road win over the Chicago Blackhawks.  Tuukka Rask saved 33 of 34 Chicago shots as the Bruins seized home-ice advantage.  The series shifts to Boston for game three on Monday.

Getty Images photo by Bruce (Don't Call Me Herman Brix) Bennett

Darlington Nagbe Helps Timbers Show Hoops Who's Boss

At Portland, Oregon:

A sensational goal from Darlington Nagbe in the 52nd minute on Saturday enabled the Portland Timbers to knock off Western Conference-leading FC Dallas 1-0 at home in Major League Soccer action.  The Timbers climbed within two points of the Hoops (who have the highest point total in MLS) in the conference standings.  The Timbers MLS-era club-record unbeaten streak has now reached 13 games (15 in all competitions).  Portland will visit the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at the StubHub (former Home Depot) Center in Carson, California.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NBA Finals: Big Three Lead Heat Past Spurs To Square Series At Two Games Apiece

At San Antonio:

LeBron James scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade (that's him here) scored an additional 32 and Chris Bosh 20 (to go with his 13 rebounds) on Thursday night as the Miami Heat squared the NBA Finals at two games apiece following their 109-93 game-four home triumph over the San Antonio Spurs.

The series will resume on Sunday night at San Antonio. photo by Joe Cavaretta

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Timbers Blank Visiting Rowdies To Advance To Quarterfinals Of US Open Cup

At Portland, Oregon:

Michael Nanchoff (9') and Jack Jewsbury (55') provided the goals as the Portland Timbers blanked the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-division North American Soccer League 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the US Open Cup, setting up a road contest in Frisco, Texas against FC Dallas (ironically, the Timbers next Major League Soccer opponent, who they host this coming Saturday).  The Timbers' unbeaten run in all competitions now stands at fourteen games.

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks Top Bruins In Series-Opening Triple-Overtime Marathon

At Chicago:

Andrew Shaw (seen here beating goalie Tuukka Rask) scored the game-winning goal at 12:08 of the third overtime period as the Chicago Blackhawks, who at one time in the third period, trailed 3-1, upended the visiting Boston Bruins 4-3 in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final, played on Wednesday night.  This was the fifth-longest game in finals history. The series will resume in Chicago on Saturday night.

Reuters photo by John Gress

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NBA Finals: Spurs Demolish Heat, Take 2-1 Series Lead

At San Antonio:

The San Antonio Spurs demolished the visiting Miami Heat 113-77 on Tuesday in game three of the NBA Finals, enabling the hosts to take a two-games-to-one lead. Danny Green, who scored 27 points, made seven of the Spurs' Finals single-game record 16 three-point baskets, while Gary Neal, who added 24, made six three-pointers of his own.  A dejected LeBron James, shown here, scored 15 points (and grabbed 11 rebounds) while Dwyane Wade paced Miami with 16.  The series will resume in San Antonio on Thursday night.

USATSI photo

Monday, June 10, 2013

Heir Apparent To Tom Terrific?!

I was kind of surprised by this latest development.

In fact, the Patriots released one of their backup quarterbacks.

Good luck, Tim.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

NBA Finals: Balanced Attack, 30-5 Second-Half Run Lift Heat To Series Equalizing Win Over Spurs

At Miami:

Mario Chalmers scored 19 points while LeBron James (that's him blocking a shot by San Antonio's Tiago Splitter) added 17 as the Miami Heat, with five players in double figures, used a 30-5 run in the third and fourth quarters on Sunday as they smashed open what had been a tight game and dominated the visiting San Antonio Spurs 103-84 in game two of the NBA Finals.  The series, now deadlocked at one game apiece, will continue in San Antonio on Tuesday.

Getty Images photo by Christian Petersen

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Timbers Blow Two-Goal Lead, Settle For Road Draw With Fire

At Bridgeview, Illinois:

Goals from Mike Magee (68') and Daniel Paladina (82') enabled the Chicago Fire to erase a two-goal deficit on Saturday and gained a 2-2 Major League Soccer home draw with the Portland Timbers, whose unbeaten streak in MLS play reached twelve games (thirteen in all competitions).  Diego Valeri (33') and Ben Zemanski (58') provided the scoring for the guests, who will host the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies in US Open Cup play on Wednesday, then host FC Dallas (currently with the league's best record) in MLS play next Saturday in a nationally-televised match.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks Detrone Kings In 2OT; Face Bruins In First All-"Original Six" Final Since 1979

At Chicago:

Patrick Kane delivered a hat trick on Saturday, including the game and series winner at 11:40 of the second overtime period as the Chicago Blackhawks ended the Los Angeles Kings' reign as Stanley Cup champions with their 4-3 home win in game five of the Western Conference Final, which the Blackhawks won four games to one.  Chicago will have home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final (which will start this coming Wednesday) against the Boston Bruins in the first cup final to feature two closed-circuit era clubs since the Montreal Canadians defeated the New York Rangers in five games in 1979 (Les Habs' fourth straight title).

Late TD Nets Home Win For Soul At VooDoo's Expense

At Philadelphia:

Fullback Derrick Ross scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game with five seconds remaining as the Philadelphia Soul (6-5), who had never led until that that final TD, defeated the visiting New Orleans VooDoo (2-9) 65-56 in Saturday Arena Football League action.

Palace Malice Wins Belmont Stakes

At Elmont, New York:

Palace Malice, with jockey Mike Smith aboard, won the 145th edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday with Preakness winner Oxbow finishing second, and Kentucky Derby winner Orb third.  Palace Malice, a 13-1 shot who was one of five horses trained by Mike Pletcher, became the seventh horse since 2000 to run in the Derby, skip the Preakess, then win the Belmont.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins Blank Penguins, Complete Sweep, Win East Title

At Boston:

In Friday Stanley Cup Playoff action, Adam McQuade scored the only goal of the match 5:01 into the third period while Tuukka Rask turned aside all 27 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs as the Boston Bruins blanked the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 to complete a four-game of the Eastern Conference finals.  The Bruins (who won their most recent Stanley Cup title in 2011) will face the Chicago-Los Angeles winner in the Stanley Cup Final.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

NBA Finals: Spurs Overcome LeBron's Triple Double, Capture Opener In Miami

At Miami:

Tim Duncan scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Tony Parker (that's him, here), who scored 21, hit a desperation jump shot with 5.2 seconds remaining as the San Antonio Spurs knocked off the Miami Heat 92-88 on Thursday in the opening contest of the NBA Finals, all in spite of LeBron James' triple double (18 points and rebounds, 10 assists).

USATSI photo

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks Hand Kings First Home Playoff Defeat; One Win Away From Final

At Los Angeles:

Marian Hossa scored the winning goal 70 seconds into the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks came from behind to upend the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on the road in game four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs' Western Conference final.  The Blackhawks, who handed Los Angeles their first playoff defeat of this year on Thursday, can wrap up their second conference title in four years with a home victory on Saturday night.

Esther Williams, Hollywood's "Million-Dollar" Mermaid, R.I.P.

Esther Williams, a teenage swimming champion who went on to become a major motion-picture star in watery Hollywood extravaganzas in the 1940s and '50s, passed away Thursday morning in her sleep at Beverly Hills, California at age 91.

From "Bathing Beauty" in 1944 to "Jupiter's Darling" in 1955, Miss Williams swam in Technicolor lakes, lagoons, oceans, and swimming pools.

Esther had first been hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a contract player some three years after 20 Century-Fox had signed up three-time Olympic gold-medal-winning skater Sonja Henie and successfully made a star out of her.

Esther was one of the last major stars from Hollywood's Golden Age who was still with us.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Double-Overtime Goal Sends Bruins One Win Away From Cup Final

At Boston:

In Wednesday Stanley Cup Playoff action, Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal 15:19 into the second overtime period as the Boston Bruins defeated the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in game three of the Eastern Conference Final.  Tuukka Rask saved 53 of 54 shots for the Bruins, who lead the series three games to one and who can close it out, and lock up a berth in the Stanley Cup Final (their second in three years) with a home win in game four on Friday night.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Kings Cut Blackhawks Series Advantage To 2-1

At Los Angeles:

In Tuesday Stanley Cup Playoff action, Justin Williams, Slava Voynov, and Dwight King (empty net) each scored a goal and Jonathan Quick 19 of 20 shots as the Los Angeles Kings remained unbeaten at home for the playoffs with their 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, cutting the visitors' lead in the Western Conference finals to two games to one.

Fare Thee Well, Deacon Jones

David "Deacon" Jones, a Hall of Fame defensive end who spent most of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams and was part of the Rams' famed "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line during the 1960s, passed away on Monday at the age of 74.

One of the greatest defensive ends of all time, Mr. Jones was drafted by the Rams in the 14th round of the NFL Draft.

A valued member of Los Angeles' Fearsome foursome, Deacon earned the nickname "Secretary of Defense" and played alongside fellow Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy, and Roosevelt Grier (now the only surviving member of the Foursome).

Deacon ended his career with the Washington Redskins in 1974 playing for George Allen, who was his coach during his Rams days.

Monday, June 03, 2013

NBA Playoffs: Heat Finish Off Pacers For 3rd Straight Eastern Conference Crown; Face Spurs In Finals

At Miami:

LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Dwyane Wade added 21 and nine respectively on Monday night as the Miami Heat dominated the visiting Indiana Pacers 99-76 in game seven of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.  The Heat, who won their third straight conference title in seven games, will host the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday night's opening game of the NBA Title as Miami will be gunning for their second straight NBA title.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins Devour Penguins, Take 2-0 Series Lead

At Pittsburgh:

In Monday Stanley Cup Playoff action, Brad Marchand scored twice during a four-goal first period while Tuukka Rask turned back 26 of 27 shots as the Boston Bruins demolished the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 in game two of the Eastern Conference finals, which the Bruins now lead two games to none.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks Defeat Kings Again, Take 2-0 Western Conference Finals Lead

At Chicago:

In Sunday Stanley Cup Playoff action, Brian Bickell (power play) and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shot  in the second period, this after Andrew Shaw and Brent Seabrook each scored once in the first period, as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their Western Conference finals series lead to two games to none over the Los Angeles Kings with their 4-2 game-two home victory.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

VooDoo Spank Gladiators, End Losing Streak

At New Orleans:

Quarterback Kurt Rocco threw seven touchdown passes on Saturday night as the New Orleans VooDoo (2-8) snapped their eight-game Arena Football League losing streak with a 69-40 home domination of the Cleveland Gladiators (2-8).

NBA Playoffs: Pacers Top Heat, Force Game Seven In Miami

At Indianapolis:

Paul George scored 28 points while Roy Hibbert added 24 (to go with his eleven rebounds) as the Indiana Pacers kept the visiting Miami Heat (despite LeBron James' 29 points) at arm's length 91-77 on Saturday night to level their NBA Eastern Conference final series at three games apiece.  This best-of-seven series will be decided on Monday night in Miami with the winner to face the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, which will start this coming Thursday night.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks, Bruins Take Conference Finals Openers

Both conference finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs commenced on Saturday.


At Chicago:

Goals from Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, both in the second period, carried the Chicago Blackhawks to a Western Conference finals-opening 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Kings.  Corey Crawford saved 20 of 21 shots to preserve the win.


At Pittsburgh:

David Krejci scored twice and Nathan Horton once, while Tuukka Rask turned back all 29 shots as the Boston Bruins seized home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference finals with their series-opening 3-0 road blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rest In Peace, Dingbat

Jean Stapleton, the stage-trained actress best remembered for her portrayal (which won her three Emmy Awards) as Edith "Dingbat" Bunker (Archie's softhearted wife) on the 1970s television series All In The Family, passed away on Friday at her New York City home from natural causes at age 90.