Friday, February 28, 2014


1960s TV commercial for Dr. Pepper.

I'd Like To See It....

Someone cramming a 1966 Ford Mustang inside a box of cereal.

Here's a 1965 television commercial for Post Rice Krinkles, featuring So-Hi.  This one shows specailly-marked packages with a scale-model 1966 Ford Mustang inside.

Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

1960 television commercial for Nabisco Shredded Wheat and bit-sized ("spoon-sized") Shredded Wheat Juniors.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ducks Blow Double-Digit Lead, Still Manage To Knock Off Bruins On Road In 2-OT Thriller

At Los Angeles:

Joseph Young scored 26 points while he drained the go-ahead three-point shot in the second overtime on Thursday as the Oregon Ducks (19-8 overall, 7-8 in Pac-12 play) recovered from blowing a double-digit lead and knocked off the UCLA Bruins (21-7, 10-5) 87-83 on the road.  Jason Calliste added 18 points and Mike Moser contributed 12 (to go with his 20 rebounds), ditto Richard Amardi for the Ducks, who won despite a career-high 31 points from Bruins freshman Bryce Alford.

Beavers Coast To Road Win Over Trojans

At Los Angeles:

Roberto Nelson scored 14 points, while Angus Brandt added 13 and Devon Collier 12 as the Oregon State Beavers (15-12 overall, 7-8 in Pac-12 play) completed a regular-season series sweep of the Southern California Trojans (10-18, 1-14) with a 76-66 road victory.

Fighting Sioux Too Much For Visiting Vikings

At Grand Forks, North Dakota:

Troy Huff scored 24 points on Thursday as the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (13-14 overall, 10-7 in Big Sky play) outgunned the visiting Portland State Vikings (13-13, 8-9) 83-73.  The reserves for the Fighting Sioux outscored their Vikings counterparts 32-10.

Pilots Held Off On Road

At Moraga, California:

Stephen Holt scored 26 points (hitting four three-point shot along the way) on Thursday as the St. Mary's Gaels (21-9 overall, 11-6 in WCC play) held off the visiting Portland Pilots (15-14, 7-10) 70-61 despite 22 points and 17 rebounds from the Pilots' Thomas van der Mars.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

That's Life

From 1967-68, here's a commercial for Milton Bradley's Game of Life.

Sacre Bleu!!!!

Aunt Jemima Pancakes without ze Aunt Jemima Syrup?! Ridiculous!!

1967 television commercial.

Early Linus The Lionhearted

From the late 1950s, here's a commercial for a short-lived Post Cereals product, Heart Of Oats, with an early version of Linus the Lionhearted (voiced by Sheldon Leonard).  The character would soon be redesigned and would become the mascot for Post Crispy Critters (as well as the star of his own TV cartoon series, Linus the Lionhearted).

And Now, Ladies And Gentlemen, A Word From Our Sponsor

From 1960, here's a television commercial for Nabisco's Wheat Honeys and Rice Honeys cereals.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Big, Big, Beer, Eh?

A 1965 Australian television commercial for an Australian brew, Bulimba Gold Top Beer.

Was The Fix In?

It's quite possible that one of the most iconic boxing matches in history may have been rigged by the mob.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vikings Grab Road Win At Eagles' Expense

At Cheney, Washington:

Kyle Richardson, who connected eight of his ten shots from the field, scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Monday as the Portland State Vikings (13-12 overall, 8-8 in Big Sky play) defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles (13-14, 8-8) 87-76 on the road, despite 23 points from the Eagles' Tyler Harvey.

WOW!!! A Space Patrol Microscope Kit!!!

From a 1950s ABC Network telecast of Space Patrol, here are Ed Kremmer (as Commander Buzz Corey) and Lyn Osborne (as Cadet Happy) extrolling the virtues of the Space Patrol Microscope Kit during a commercial break.

To receive one, just send 25 cents and a box top from either Wheat Chex or Rice Chex.

Early Pop Tarts

Here's one of the earliest television commercials for Kellogg's Pop Tarts breakfast pastries.  This one is from 1964.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ducks Dominate Second Half In Home Win Over Cougs

At Eugene, Oregon:

Mike Moser scored 21 points (while converting a season-high five three-pointers in the process) and Joseph Young added 18 as the Oregon Ducks (18-8 overall, 6-8 in Pac-12 play) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and overpowered the visiting Washington State Cougars (9-18, 2-13) 67-53 on Sunday night.

Here's Another Oldie From Down Under

Here's a commercial for the 1961 Standard Vanguard Six.  Both the car and the commercial came from Australia.

Melbourne radio announcer John Ford (not to be confused with the legendary, same-named motion picure director) is heard in this advertisement and Fomula 1 driver Ron Flockhart is seen here putting the six-cylinder Vanguard through its' paces.

Here's A Blast From Down Under

Here's a 1968 Australian TV commercial for Esso Motor Oil, featuring actor Peter Sumner.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

BYU Cougars Dominate Visiting Pilots

At Provo, Utah:

Matt Carlino connected on a career-high eight three-pointers (in 13 tries) for another career high, 30 points on Saturday night as the BYU Cougars (20-10 overall, 12-5 in WCC play) dominated the visiting Portland Pilots (15-13, 7-9) 89-72.

Huskies Maul Beavers In Corvallis

At Corvallis, Oregon:

C. J. Wilcox scored 23 points on Saturday as the Washington Huskies (15-13 overall, 7-8 in Pac-12 play) snapped a seven-game road losing skid with an 86-62 domination of the Oregon State Beavers (14-12, 6-8).

Friday, February 21, 2014

Here's One With Roy AND Dale!

Here's another 1950s TV commercial for a Post cereal, this time, Post Sugar Crisp with both Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.  In this one, the 3 Honey Bears (Handy, Dandy, and Candy) try to help Dale as they produced a new, unopened box of the cereal before Roy lumbers in for breakfast.

Say, Roy............

Does Trigger eat them, too?

Here's a 1950s commercial for Post Grape Nuts Flakes with the King of the Cowboys himself, Roy Rogers!

Here's A Blast From The Past

Here's a 1950s TV commercial for Heinz Baby Food.

Time For A Cartoon, Boys And Girls

From 1944, here's "As The Fly Flies," an entry in Columbia Pictures' Phantasy series, produced by the Screen Gems cartoon studio.  In this one, Professor Igor Puzzlewitz invents a Rube Goldbergian fly-killing matchine, but has trouble with one of the winged demons in his own laboratory.

With story by Ed Seward, animation by Grant Simmons, and music by Eddie Kilfeather, with cartoon was directed by Howard Swift.

Does The Kid Really Want His Maypo?

Produced in 1956 and with animation directed by John Hubley, here's a classic TV commercial for Maypo maple-flavored hot cereal, starring Marky.

Remember, Folks, It's Bosco Spelled With A "C," NOT A "K!"

Here's a 1950s TV commercial for Bosco chocolate syrup.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pilots Fall At San Diego

At San Diego:

Duda Sanadze and Johnny Dee each scored 15 points on Thursday as the San Diego Toreros (15-14 overall, 6-10 in WCC play) held off the visiting Portland Pilots (15-12, 7-8) 61-59.

Vikings Top Feckless Thunderbirds On Road

At Cedar City, Utah:

Gary Winston scored a career-high 26 points as the Portland State Vikings (12-12 overall, 7-8 in Big Sky play) defeated Southern Utah (1-23, 0-15) 86-79 on Thursday as the Thunderbirds suffered their 23rd consecutive defeat.

Beavers Top Struggling Cougs

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Angus Brandt scored 16 points on Thursday night as the Oregon State Beavers (14-11 overall, 6-7 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Washington State Cougars (9-17, 2-12) 68-57 despite 18 points from the Cougs' DaVonte Lacy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ducks Hold Off Visiting Huskies

At Eugene, Oregon:

Mike Moser scored 20 points while Joseph Young added 18 and Damyean Dotson 17 as the Oregon Ducks (17-8 overall, 5-8 in Pac-12 play) upended the visiting Washington Huskies (14-13, 6-8) 78-71 on Wednesday as Ducks head coach Dana Altman picked up his 500th career Division I victory.  Oregon shot 57% from the field.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fried Foods Taste Better..............

When you cook 'em in a Sunbeam Electric Frypan.

1956 television commercial.


Here's a commercial for Kraft Processed Cheese Slices as aired during a 1958 NBC Network telecast of the Kraft Music Hall Starring Milton Berle.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Scrappy and Oopy's Minstrel Show

In this 1935 cartoon, "The Gloom Chasers," singing and wandering minstrels Scrappy and Oopy try to cheer up a sad little girl, whose father's farm had gone bone dry due to drought.  

This cartoon, originally released theatrically by Columbia Pictures, was produced by Charles Mintz and co-directed by story man Sid Marcus and animator Art Davis, with music by Joe De Nat.  This is a TV syndication print (Samba Pictures).

It's Kiko To The Rescue!

From Terrytoons in 1936, we present "Kiko Foils The Fox."  In this one, Kiko the Kangaroo rescues a little bird from a fiendish fox.  

Originally released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox and made on behalf of Educational Pictures, this cartoon was produced in New Rochelle, New York by Paul Terry and directed by George Gordon and Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib.  Even though the beginning of this film starts with the opening of a TV syndication print that includes the film's original name, this is basically a Castle Films home-market print under the title of "The Foxy Fox!"

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ducks Hold Off Visiting Beavers In Civil War Basketball Clash

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 25 points on Sunday as the Oregon Ducks (16-8 overall, 4-8 in Pac-12 play), with five players scoring in double figures, held off the visiting Oregon State Beavers (13-11, 5-7) 93-83, in the 341st Civil War contest (the most-played rivalry in all of college basketball).  The Beavers lead the series 185-156.

Time For A Trip To The Health Farm

From 1936, here's "Farmer Al Falfa in The Health Farm."  In this cartoon, the notorious jewel theif, Wooden Leg Willy, enters the health farm, disguised as a customer.  Can our hero, Farmer Al Falfa, and his canine sidekick, Puddy the Pup, catch Willy and bring him to justice?

This is a TV print, which may have been seen as a segment in Paul Terry's Barker Bill Cartoon Show, which aired on CBS from 1953 to 1955.

This Terrytoon, produced on behalf of Educational Pictures by Paul Terry at New Rochelle, New York, was direced by George Gordon and Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

Originally released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hornets Sting Vikings In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Mikh McKinney scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists on Saturday night as the Sacramento State Hornets (11-12 overall, 7-7 in Big Sky play) held off the Portland State Vikings (11-12, 6-8) 72-65.  Andre Winston led the Vikings (who have now dropped four straight contests) with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.

Pilots Top Visiting Waves

At Portland, Oregon:

Ryan Nicholas scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds while Thomas van der Mars added 15 as the Portland Pilots (15-11 overall, 7-7 in WCC play) defeated the visiting Pepperdine Waves 74-62 on Saturday.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jim Fregosi, Former MLB All-Star, Manager, R.I.P.

Jim Fregosi, a six-time Major League Baseball All-Star shortstop and Gold Glove winner from his days with the Los Angeles/California Angels (he played 18 seasons in the Big Leagues with the Angels, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Texas Rangers) before becoming a manager with the Angels, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays, passed away on Friday morning in Miami at age 71.

Mr. Fregosi was hospitalized in Miami after suffering a stroke last weekend in the Grand Cayman Islands while on an MLB alumni cruise.

It was while Jim (who started his MLB career at 19 with the expansion Angels in 1961) was managing the Angels that they won their first divisional title in 1979.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pilots Overcome Halftime Deficit, Overcome Visiting LMU

At Portland, Oregon:

Ryan Nicholas scored 16 points on seven-of-ten shooting from the field on Thursday night as the Portland Pilots (14-11 overall, 6-7 in WCC play) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit by starting the second half on a 14-0 run en route to a 71-64 home victory over the Loyola Marymount Lions (11-15, 3-11) despite 21 points from the Lions' Evan Payne.

Bucket At The Buzzer Sinks Vikings

At Portland, Oregon:

Kris Yanku scored the winning basket as time expired on Thursday night as the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (11-13 overall, 8-5 in Big Sky play), with Quinton Upshur scoring 16 points, knocked off the home-standing Portland State Vikings (11-11, 6-7) 65-63 despite 19 points from the Vikings' DeShaun Wiggins.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sid Caesar, TV Comedy Legend Who Starred In "Your Show Of Shows," R.I.P.

Sid Caesar, a former saxophonist (he had worked with, amongst others, Shep Fields and his New Music) who would go on to become one of Television's first big comedy stars, passed away on Wednesday at his Beverly Hills, California home at age 91.

After having starred in the Admiral Broadway Revue (NBC and Dumont, 1949), Mr. Caesar, along with fellow cast member Imogene Coca, were retained when the show was re-organized in 1950 into what would be a Saturday night classic series Your Show of Shows(NBC).

Sid and Imogene would be joined in that show's cast by Howard Morris (who would later play the role of Ernest T. Bass on the Andy Griffith Show) and Carl Reiner (who would later create and become a regular on the original Dick Van Dyke Show).

Several notables wrote for Your Show of Shows, as well as its' successor Caesar's Hour (NBC, 1954-57, with Sid, Mr. Morris, and Mr. Reiner, but sans Miss Coca).  Among them, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, and the authors of the two longest-running Broadway musicals of the 1960s, Joseph Stein ("Fiddler on the Roof") and Michael Stewart ("Hello, Dolly!")

Sketches on the two shows were as likely to poke fun at domestic life as to satirize Hollywood movies.

Sid won Emmy awards for both series.

Here's more:

Mr. Caesar was a master of improvisation: In a classic moment during a parody of the opera “Pagliacci,” as he was drawing tears on his face in front of a dressing-room mirror, the makeup pencil broke. Suddenly unable to draw anything but straight lines, he made the split-second decision to play tick-tack-toe on his cheek.
He was also deft at handling whatever wordplay his writers gave him. In one guise, as the extremely far-out jazz saxophonist Progress Hornsby, he explained that his new record was in a special kind of hi-fi: “This is the highest they’ve ever fied. If they fi any higher than this, they’re gonna foo!”
He could seem eloquent even when his words were total gibberish: Among his gifts was the ability to mimic the sounds and cadences offoreign languages he didn’t actually speak.

Here's still more:

He was equally convincing as a suburban husband slowly figuring out that his wife, played by Ms. Coca, had wrecked the car (a comic conceit that had not yet become a cliché); as an absurdly enthusiastic member of a bouffant-coiffed rock ‘n’ roll trio called the Haircuts; or as a pompous German professor in a battered top hat and moth-eaten frock coat who claimed, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, to be an expert on pretty much everything. One week, the professor was an archaeologist who claimed to have discovered “the secret of Titten-Totten’s tomb.” Asked what the secret was, he became indignant: “You think I’m gonna tell you? You got another guess coming. Youtake that trip.”

After suffering personal problems after his TV shows went off the air, Sid made a triumphant comeback in the 1962 musical comedy "Little Me," in which he played seven different characters.

The following year, he starred with Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, and Jonathan Winters, amongst others in the motion-picture comedy hit "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

Thanks for the memories, Sid-----and Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No More Trips On The Good Ship Lollypop

Iconic motion-picture legend Shirley Temple Black (whom we all knew and loved as Shirley Temple), who charmed countless millions of moviegoers during the depths of the Great Depression with her singing and tap dancing while at the same time lifting the spirits of many a film fan, passed way on Monday night at her Woodside, California home at age 85.

Mrs. Black would, in the 1960s, embark on another career, this time as a diplomat, eventually becoming US ambassador to Ghana (1974-76) and Czechoslovakia (1989-92).

But Shirley, with those golden blonde hairlocks, who was one of the last remaining surviving major figures from Hollywood's Golden Age, will always be remembered and beloved for bringing that sunny optimism to many a Depression-era cinema patron.

From 1935 to 1939, she was America's most popular movie star and was the most popular star of motion pictures of the 1930s.

She retired from making movies (23 of them) at age 22.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Rough Sunday For Beavers In Tucson

At Tucson, Arizona:

Aaron Gordon scored 17 points while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16 as the Arizona Wildcats (#2 in the Associated Press poll, #3 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 23-1 overall, 10-1 in Pac-12 play) mauled the visiting Oregon State Beavers (13-10, 5-6) 76-54 on Sunday. It was the Wildcats' 30th victory in their last 31 McKale Center encounters with the Beavers.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Vikes Blow Second-Half Lead, Fall To Bobcats At Bozeman

At Bozeman, Montana:

Paul Egwuonwu scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds on Saturday night as the Montana State Bobcats (11-12 overall, 6-6 in Big Sky play) mounted a 12-0 run in the second half and overcame the visiting Portland State Vikings (11-10, 6-6) 69-64.

Sun Devils Hold Off Charging Ducks In Tempe

At Tempe, Arizona:

Jordan Bachynski scored a career-high 26 points on Saturday and blocked a reverse layup from Joseph Young (who scored all 29 points in the second half) at the buzzer as the Arizona State Sun Devils (18-6 overall, 7-4 in Pac-12 play) blew a 20-point halftime lead but held off the visiting Oregon Ducks (15-8, 3-8) 74-72.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sun Devils Hold Off Visiting Beavers In OT

At Tempe, Arizona:

Jermaine Marshall scored seven of his 25 points in overtime while Jahii Carson added 23 and Jordan Bachynski contributed 17 (to go with his 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots) as the Arizona State Sun Devils (17-6 overall, 6-4 in Pac-12 play) held off the visiting Oregon State Beavers (13-9, 5-5) 86-82 on Thursday despite 26 points from the visitors' Roberto Nelson (who scored 24 after halftime).

Grizzlies Snap Vikings Four-Game Winning Streak With OT Win At Home

At Missoula, Montana:

Keron DeShields (who scored eleven of his points in overtime) and Kareem Jamar each scored 19 points on Thursday as the Montana Grizzlies snapped the Portland State Vikings' four-game winning streak with an 82-76 home victory, offsetting a 25-point, 12-rebound performance from the Vikings' Kyle Richardson (formerly from Long Beach).  Both teams are now 11-9 overall and 6-5 in Big Sky Conference play.

Wildcats Bounce Back, Upend Ducks In Tucson

At Tucson, Arizona:

Nick Johnson scored 18 points while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 (to go with his ten rebounds) as the Arizona Wildcats (#2 in the Associated Press poll, #3 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 22-1 overall, 9-1 in Pac-12 play) bounced back after suffering their first defeat of the season (and losing Brandon Ashley to a season-ending foot injury) with a 67-65 Thursday home victory over the Oregon Ducks (15-7, 3-7)

Ralph Kiner, Baseball Hall of Fame Slugger, Long-Time Mets Broadcaster, R.I.P.

Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner passed away on Thursday at his California home at the age of 91 from natural causes with family members at his side.

Mr. Kiner, who played ten seasons in the big leagues (1946-55), led all of Major League Baseball in home runs six times (and the National League in each of his first seven seasons) as he hammered 369 career round-trippers.

Ralph played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Cleveland Indians, before becoming a broadcaster with the Chicago White Sox, and----from their beginning in 1962 and for decades thereafter---the New York Mets.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

Thanks for the memories, Ralph.....and Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Zags Avenge January Loss To Pilots With Home Win

At Spokane, Washington:

David Stockton, Angel Nunez, and Kevin Pangos each scored 13 points as the Gonzaga Bulldogs (#23 in the Associated Press poll, #20 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 21-3 overall, 11-1 in WCC play) avenged their January defeat at Portland with a 71-66 Wednesday home victory over the Pilots (13-11, 5-7).

Sunday, February 02, 2014


At East Rutherford, New Jersey:

Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns (23 yards to Jermaine Kearse and 10 yards to Doug Baldwin) while Marshawn Lynch ran one yard for another score, outside linebacker (and game Most Valuable Player) Malcolm Smith intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and ran it back 69 yards for still another score, and Percy Harvin ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 58 yards for still another TD as the Seattle Seahawks blindsided the Denver Broncos 43-8 on Sunday for the first Super Bowl championship in their 38-year history.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll became the third man (after Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer) to win both an NCAA national football championship and a Super Bowl crown as a head coach.

Here, we see Seattle defensive backs Richard Sherman (who left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury) and Kam Chancellor (who picked off a pass in the second quarter) tackling Denver's Julius Thomas.

Sports Illustrated photo by Damian Strohmeyer

Beavers Knock Off Bruins At Home

In a Sunday Pac-12 Conference clash, freshman Hallice Cooke scored 14 of his season-high 20 points in the second half as the Oregon State Beavers (13-8 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 play) knocked off the visiting UCLA Bruins 71-67 (17-5, 6-3). Angus Brandt scored 13 points and Eric Moreland added 11 (to go with his 14 rebounds) to help the Beavers climb above the .500 mark at the midway point of the league season for the first time in 15 years.  Kyle Anderson scored 18 points to pace the Bruins.

Remember, Boys And Girls...

Today's Super Bowl is not the first postseason meeting between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

From 1977 through 2001, the Seahawks were in the American Football Conference's Western Divsion and, beginning in 1978, they played the Broncos twice each season.  In 2002, the Seahawks returned to the National Football Conference's Western Division.

Seattle's first-ever playoff game came following the 1983 season, as they hosted Denver in an AFC Wild-Card game and the Seahawks dominated the Broncos, who used a rookie quarterback, 31-7 at the Kingdome.

The Seahawks went on to knock off the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl 27-20.  The Dolphins had recently switched quarterbacks and ended up with a rookie as starter.

Seattle's playoff adventure ended in the AFC title game in Los Angeles, falling to the Raiders, who two weeks later, routed the defending champions Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

You'd probably be right if you guessed that the rookie quarterbacks who started against the Seahawks in Seattle first two playoff games were, respectively, Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Pilots Top Broncos On Road

At Santa Clara, California:

Thomas van der Mars, who grabbed eleven rebounds, made nine of ten shots from the field and converted all eleven free throws en route to a career-high 28 points on Saturday night as the Portland Pilots (13-10 overall, 5-6 in WCC play) defeated the Santa Clara Broncos (10-14, 3-8) 76-64 on the road, handing the Broncos their sixth straight conference defeat.

Vikings Erase Seven-Point Halftime Deficit, Overcome Visiting Fighting Sioux

At Portland, Oregon:

Gary Winston scored 19 points on seven-of-eight shooting from the field on Saturday as the Portland State Vikings (1-8 overall, 6-4 in Big Sky play) racked up their fourth straight victory as they came back from a seven-point halftime deficit and defeated the visiting North Dakota Fighting Sioux (9-11, 6-4) 70-68.  The Vikings shot a season-high 61.4% from the floor and dished out 17 assists.

Joseph Young Helps Carry Ducks Past Trojans For First Conference Home Win

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 21 points (and had a career-high six steals), including a key three-pointer that ignited a 12-0 run midway through the second half on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (15-6 overall, 3-6 in Pac-12 play) came back from a four-point halftime deficit and defeated the visiting, turnover-plagued (22, a season high) Southern California Trojans (10-12, 1-8) 78-66 for their first conference home victory of the season.

Maximilian Schell, Who Won Best Actor Oscar For Role Of Defense Attorney In "Judgement At Nurmenberg," R.I.P.

Maximilian Schell, the Vienna-born actor best remembered for his Academy Award(for Best Actor)-winning portrayal of the defense attorney in the 1961 motion picture, "Judgement at Nurmberg,"  passed away on Saturday at Innsbruck, Austria from pneumonia at age 83.

Maalox Moment For Warren Sapp: Michael Strahan Among Seven Players Elected To Pro Football HOF

Seven players were elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Derrick Brooks,  a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995-2008) who was a tackling machine (from 1996 to 2000, he averaged at least 130 tackles a season) and was a key part of the Buccaneers' Super Bowl XXXVII championship team.  He picked off 25 passes, returning six of them for touchdowns.

Walter Jones, an offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks (1997-2008), who, during an outstanding 12-year career at left tackle, surrendered only 23 sacks in more than 5700 pass plays.

Andre Reed, a playmaking wide receiver (Buffalo Bills, 1985-99; Washington Redskins, 2000) who helped lead the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances (after the 2000-2003 seasons).  He was a master at gaining yards after receiving the ball.

Michael Strahan, a defensive end for the New York Giants (1993-2007) who set the single-season record for sacks with 22.5 and whose 141 sacks ranks fifth all time.  Here was someone who certainly knew how to find the quarterback.

Aeneas Willians, who played cornerback for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1991-2000) and St. Louis Rams (2001-04) who missed one game in his first ten years in the league.  He intercepted five passes during each of five different seasons (and led the league with nine in 1994).  He's tied for fourth on the all time list with nine interception returns for touchdowns.

Two former players were selected by the Senior Committee, somewhat similar to baseball's Veteran Committee:

Ray Guy, who played with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1973 to 1986, became the first true punter to be selected to the Hall of Fame.  In fact, the former Southern Mississippi Golden Eagle was selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 1973 college draft.  Mr. Guy's 42.4 yards-per-punt career gross average now seems antiquated, but he led the league in average three times and was a part of three Super Bowl championship teams.

Claude Humphrey, a talented defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons (1968-78) and Philadelphia Eagles (1978-81) who was a six-time Pro Bowler and who was twice elected to the All-Pro team.  As an Eagle, Mr. Humphrey registered 14.5 sacks as the Eagles advanced to their first (and his only) Super Bowl, following the 1980 season.  In the days before sacks became an official statistic, Claude recorded 122 sacks.

To all seven, congratulations!