Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hey, Bo

In seven years, your team never won fewer than nine games.

Still, whether in the Big 12 or Big 10, you could not win your conference title, or qualify for a BCS bowl game.

Losing to Wisconsin and Minnesota robbed your team of a shot at the Buckeyes in the Big 10 title game this year (in your team's lone Big Ten Conference title game, the Badgers took the 'Huskers to the cleaners).

Yes, your teams in those seven years had a very good 67-27 record.

Unfortunately in Lincoln, even that record wasn't good enough.

Not winning a conference title or qualifying for a BCS (or its' successor) bowl in all those years sort of made you a bum.

It also made you unemployed.

MLS Cup Playoffs: It's Galaxy Vs. Revs For Marbles; Los Angeles Foils Seattle Again

At Seattle:

Juninho scored the series-winning goal in the 54th minute on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Galaxy, despite dropping a 2-1 game-two road decision to the Seattle Sounders, won Major League Soccer's Western Conference Final on away goals with the aggregate score at 2-2, spoiling goals from the Sounders' Brad Evans (26') and Clint Dempsey (32').

The Galaxy will host the New England Revolution in their ninth MLS Cup Final next Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California (12:00 Noon Pacific Time, ESPN).

The Galaxy will look to become the first team to win five MLS Cup Finals while the Revs will look to win their first title, in this, their fifth Cup Final appearance.


At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (named the game's Most Valuable Player) completed 25 of 34 passes for 334 yards while Drew Tate ran for two touchdowns on Sunday as the Calgary Stampeders won their first Grey Cup title since 2008 by holding off the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20-16 in the 102nd edition of the Canadian Football League's championship game.  The Ti-Cats had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Brandon Banks' punt return for a touchdown was called back due to a holding penalty.

Ducks Dominate Vikes, Hand Portland State First Setback

At Eugene, Oregon:

Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Jonathan Young each scored 19 points as the Oregon Ducks (4-2) dominated the previously-unbeaten Portland State Vikings (4-1) 81-59 on Sunday night.

Valpo Knocks Off Pilots, Win Challenge In Music City Crown; First Defeat For Portland

At Nashville:

Alec Peters converted four three-point shot en route to a 20-point performance on Sunday as the Valparaiso Crusaders (7-1) won the championship game of the Challenge In Music City Tournament, 70-55 over the previously-unbeaten Portland Pilots (5-1).

Ducks Remain Ranked #3 In AP And Coaches Polls

After Saturday night's Civil War dismembering of arch-rival Oregon State, the Oregon Ducks remained in the #3 position (behind Alabama and Florida State) in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls (with five and six first-place votes, respectively).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

118th Civil War: Marcus Mariota Puts On Clinic As Ducks Dominate Beavers In Bid To Reach Playoff; No Bowl For Beavers

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Marcus Mariota threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 39 yards and two more scores on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks (#2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, #2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 11-1 overall, 8-1 in Pac-12 play) dominated the home-standing Oregon State Beavers (5-7, 2-7) 47-19 in the 118th edition of the Civil War Game.

The Ducks will take on the Arizona Wildcats (who handed them their only defeat of the season) in next Friday's Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California (6:00 PM Pacific Time, FOX Television).  A victory over Arizona will likely assure the Ducks a berth in the semifinal round of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

After six losses in their last seven games and their seventh straight defeat at the hands of their arch-rival, the Beavers failed to gain bowl eligibility this year.

Pilots Dominate Drake In Nashville To Stay Unbeaten

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Thomas van der Mars scored nine of his team-high 14 points in the opening minutes on Saturday as the Portland Pilots, off to their first 5-0 start since 2008-09 (when they were briefly nationally-ranked), dominated the Drake Bulldogs (1-5) 79-51 in action from the Challenge in Music City tournament.

MLS Cup Playoffs: Charlie Davies Scores Twice As Revs Oust Red Bulls To Reach First MLS Cup Final Since 2007

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Charlie Davies scored twice (41', 70') on Saturday as the New England Revolution gained a 2-2 home draw in the second match of their two-game Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoff final with the New York Red Bulls and won the series 4-3 on aggregate.

The Revolution will play in their fifth MLS Cup Final next Sunday against the Los Angeles-Seattle series winner.  The Revs have come up empty in all four of their previous appearances (2002 and 2005 against the Los Angeles Galaxy; 2006 and 2007 against the Houston Dynamo).

Friday, November 28, 2014

Pilots Outpace Murray State In Nashville, Stay Unbeaten

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Kevin Bailey scored four of his 23 points in the final 28 seconds on Friday as the Portland Pilots (4-0) outlasted the Murray State Pacers (2-3) 64-61 in the inaugural Challenge In Music City tournament.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Seahawks Subdue Sluggish Niners In Santa Clara

At Santa Clara, California:

Richard Sherman intercepted Colin Kaepernick twice, Robert Turbin caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson and Steven Hauschka delivered four field goals (21, 36, 35, and 40 yards) as the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) smothered the home-standing San Francisco 49ers 19-3 (7-5) on Thanksgiving night.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vikings Knock Off Matadors, Stay Unbeaten

At Northridge, California:

Tiegbe Bamba scored 18 points as the Portland State Vikings (4-0, first such start in six years) held on for a 63-55 Wednesday road win over the Cal State-Northridge Matadors (2-4).

Beavers Fall To Auburn In Vegas Despite GP2's Double Double

At Las Vegas:

In Wednesday's consolation game in the MGM Main Event, KT Harrell scored 20 points as the Auburn Tigers (3-2) defeated Oregon State (3-2) despite a season high 20 points (and 12 rebounds) from the Beavers' Gary Payton II.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sloppy Ducks Fall To VCU Rams In Brooklyn

At Brooklyn:

In Tuesday's consolation game in the Legends Classic, Melvin Johnson scored 19 points to lead the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (#14 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 4-1) to a 77-63 win over the Oregon Ducks (3-2), who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 35% from the field.

College Football Playoff Rankings: Top Four Stay The Same

The Oregon Ducks stayed at number two in the latest College Football Playoff rankings while top-ranked Alabama, third-ranked Florida State, and fourth-ranked Mississippi State also remained where they were last week.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vikings Top SIU-Edwardsville In OT To Stay Unbeaten

At Portland, Oregon:

The Portland State Vikings (3-0) defeated visiting Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1-3) 90-87 in overtime on Monday. DaShaun Wiggins scored a career-high 32 points to pace the Vikings.

Beavers Fall To Cowboys Of Oklahoma State In Vegas

At Las Vegas:

Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points on Monday as the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0) held Oregon State to 33% from the field in their 66-53 victory over the previously-unbeaten Beavers (3-1) in the opening game of the MGM Grand Main Event.

Wolverines Hand Ducks First Setback

At Brooklyn, New York:

Zak Irwin scored 19 points and Caris LeVert added 18 as the Michigan Wolverines (#19 in the Associated Press poll, # 18 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 4-0) defeated the previously-unbeaten Oregon Ducks (3-1) 70-63 in the semifinal round of the Legends Classic on Monday.  Joseph Young paced the Ducks with 20 points.

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Support In Coaches Poll Grows

There was a spurt of growth in the new USA Today/Coaches men's college basketball poll for the Oregon Ducks as they now garnered enough support to where they would be ranked #33.

That was the only support for any of the Beaver State's four men's NCAA Division I basketball programs as all four schools (all undefeated with a combined record of 11-0) were shut out of the Associated Press poll with no support.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Grey Cup Playoffs: It's Ti-Cats Vs. Stamps For The Marbles

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday as both divisional finals were played.

At Hamilton, Ontario:

Brandon Banks and Nic Grigsby each scored a pair of touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats handled the visiting Montreal Alouettes 40-24 to win the Eastern Division final and advanced to their second straight Grey Cup Final.

At Calgary, Alberta:

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Calgary Stampeders dominated the visiting Edmonton Eskimos 43-18 in the Western Division Final.

The Tiger-Cats and Stampeders will square off in next Sunday's 102nd edition of the Grey Cup Final, to be played at Vancouver's BC Place (3:00 PM Pacific Time, ESPN 2 in the United States, TSN in Canada).

Niners Battle Back, Upend Redskins For Third Straight Win

At Santa Clara, California:

Carlos Hyde ran four yards for the game-winning touchdown with 2:59 remaining on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers (7-4) came from behind to defeat the visiting Washington Redskins (3-8) 17-13 for their third consecutive victory.

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs (On Road), Galaxy (At Home) Take Conference Final Series Openers

The Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs resumed on Sunday with the opening contest of each of the respective conference finals.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Jermaine Jones scored the winning goal in the 86th minute as the New England Revolution took the opening match of the Eastern Conference Final 2-1 on the road over the New York Red Bulls.

At Carson, California:

Marcelo Sarvas scored the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy bested the visiting Seattle Sounders 1-0 in game one of the Western Conference Final.

Ducks Stay #3 In Both AP And Coaches Polls

The Oregon Ducks stayed put at #3 in both the Associated Press (with two first-place votes) and USA Today/Coaches (six first-place votes) polls.

Huskies Thump Sluggish Beavers, Gain Bowl Eligibility; OSU Bowl Chances In Jeopardy

At Seattle:

Quarterback Cyler Miles completed 18 of 23 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns (54 yards to Jaydon Mickens and 68 more to Darrell Daniels) while Dwayne Washington carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards---68 yards on a TD run of his own---as the Washington Huskies (7-5 overall, 3-5 in Pac-12 play) gained bowl eligibility on Saturday night with a 37-13 home win over the Oregon State Beavers (5-6, 2-6) , who now must defeat College Football Playoff-aspiring archrival Oregon at home in next Saturday's Civil War Game (5:00 PM Pacific Time, ABC-TV) in order to become bowl-eligible themselves.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pilots Dominate Visiting SIU-Edwardsville, Stay Unbeaten

At Portland, Oregon:

Volodymyr Gerun scored 21 points (hitting 10 of 12 from the field) and the Portland Pilots (3-0) defeated visiting Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1-2) going away on Saturday.

Ducks Buffalo Colorado At Home

At Eugene, Oregon:

In what may have been his final home game, junior quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns (two of them to Charles Nelson) and ran for 73 yards and another TD while running back Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and two additional scored as the Oregon Ducks (#2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, #3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 10-1 overall, 7-1 in Pac-12 play) manhandled the visiting Colorado Buffaloes (2-9, 0-8) 44-10 on Saturday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beavers Top Visiting ORU To Stay Unbeaten

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Olaf Shaftenaar scored 12 points and Gary Payton II added 10 more (to go with his four steals) on Friday night as the Oregon State Beavers (3-0) defeated visiting Oral Roberts University (1-2) 55-42.

Joseph Young Leads Ducks Past Rockets

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 24 points (shooting 7 of 13 from the field and converting all seven of his free throws) while Elgin Cook scored an additional 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Dwayne Benjamin scored 11 points and grabbed another 12 rebounds as the Oregon Ducks (3-0) defeated the visiting Toledo Rockets (1-2) 78-68 on Friday night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director Of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," Husband Of Ex-ABC News Anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, R.I.P.

Mike Nichols, who directed such noted motion pictures as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate" and who was the husband of recently-retired ABC evening news anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, passed away on Wednesday in Manhattan at age 83.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What?! No Goats???

The Portland Timbers did not select any players from the roster of recently-deceased Chivas USA in Wednesday's Major League Soccer dispersal draft.

Only seven Goats were selected, topped off by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who was chosen with the first pick by FC Dallas.

One ex-Goat who wasn't available was Erick Torres.  MLS was negotiating a long-term contract to keep the striker nicknamed Cubo in the league. 

Players who weren't selected on Wednesday will take part in the Re-Entry Draft, if eligible, or will be made available via the Waiver Draft, set to take place on December 10, the same day as the Expansion Draft for the New York City Football Club and the Orlando City Soccer Club.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vikings Too Much For D3 Bearcats

At Portland, Oregon:

Bryce White scored 19 points and dished out five assists on Tuesday night as the Portland State Vikings (2-0) broke open what was a close game in the first half and dominated the visiting Willamette Bearcats (Oregon, NCAA Division III; 0-1) 84-63.

GP2 And Beavers Too Much For Warriors

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Gary Payton II (who grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots) and Langston Morris-Walker each scored 16 points on Tuesday as the Oregon State Beavers (2-0) dominated visiting Corban (3-1 overall) 86-62.

Jordan Carter paced the Warriors with 18 points.

The game was an exhibition for the NAIA school from Salem, Oregon but counted toward the Beavers' record.

Ducks Still #2 In CFP Rankings; 'Bama Becomes Top Dog

The Oregon Ducks remained in the #2 slot in the College Football Playoff committee rankings as of Tuesday as Alabama, after their victory over unbeaten Mississippi State, jumped to number one.  Florida State remains at #3 while the Bulldogs, despite the defeat, stayed in the top four at number four.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ducks Break Open Tight Game, Beat Titans Going Away

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young shook off a sluggish start on Monday night and scored 22 points as the Oregon Ducks (2-0) defeated the visiting Detroit Titans (1-1) 83-66.

College Hoops: Ducks Get A Piece Of Support In Coaches' Poll

Following the opening weekend of the men's college basketball season, the Oregon Ducks (who demolished Coppin State at home on Friday) did receive one vote in the USA Today/Coaches poll, which would put them in a three-way tie for 46th place (with Miami of Florida and Dayton).  It was the only vote for support for any of the Beaver State's four Division I basketball teams in either the Coaches' poll or the Associated Press poll.  The Ducks, Oregon State, Portland, and Portland State are a combined 5-0 to start the season.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grey Cup Playoffs: Alouettes, Eskimos Advance To Division Finals; Riders Detrhoned

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs commenced on Sunday with two games.

At Montreal:

Six different players scored a grand total of seven touchdowns as the Montreal Alouettes demolished the visiting British Columbia Lions 50-17 in the Eastern Division semifinal game.  The Als will visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats next Sunday in the Eastern Division final (10:00 AM Pacific Time, ESPN in the United States, TSN in Canada).

At Edmonton, Alberta:

A punt return of 88 yards for a touchdown by Kendial Lawrence coupled with a stingy defense that picked off quarterback Kerry Joseph five times enabled the Edmonton Eskimos to detrone the defending Grey Cup champions Saskatchewan Roughriders 18-10 at home in the Western Conference semifinal game.  The Eskimos will visit the Calgary Stampeders in next Sunday's Western Division final (1:30 PM Pacific Time, TSN in Canada).

Niners Pick Off Eli Five Times, Hold Off Giants On Road

At East Rutherford, New Jersey:

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a 48-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Michael Crabtree while Phil Dawson kicked three field goals (31, 37, 44 yards) and the defense intercepted Eli Manning five times as the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) held off the home-standing New York Giants (3-7) 16-10 on Sunday.

Ducks Find Themselves #3 In AP and Coaches Polls

The Oregon Ducks, who were idle this weekend, are ranked #3 in both the Associated Press (as was the case last week and with one first-place vote) and USA Today/Coaches (up a spot from last week and with six first-place votes) polls, released on Sunday. 

Pilots Knock Off Spartans On The Road In OT

At San Jose, California:

Alec Wintering scored 24 points and Kevin Bailey added 22 as the Portland Pilots (2-0) came back from an 11-point halftime deficit and defeated the San Jose State Spartans (1-1) 73-68 in overtime on the road on Sunday. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Beavers Shock Sun Devils, Snap Four-Game Losing Streak; ASU Effectively Out Of National Title Picture

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns (including a 66-yarder to Jordan Villamin for the go-ahead score with 10:55 remaining) as the Oregon State Beavers (5-5 overall, 2-5 in Pac-12 play) came from behind Saturday night and upended the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils (#6 in the College Football Playoff rankings, #7 in the Associated Press poll, #8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll;  8-2, 5-2) 35-27, snapping their four game losing streak (and keeping their hopes of gaining bowl eligibility alive) while crippling the visitors' hopes of gaining a berth in the College Football Playoff tournament.  Michael Doctor ran back an interception 35 yards for a TD with 98 seconds remaining to seal the Beavers' victory.

Vikings Knock Off Trojans In LA To Kick Off Season

At Los Angeles:

Tiegbe Bamba scored 19 points on Saturday as the Portland State Vikings defeated the Southern California Trojans 76-68 on the road in the regular-season opener for both schools.

The game was the first meeting between the Vikings and Trojans in 37 years.

Ducks Annihilate Eagles To Open Season

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 32 points and dished out eight assists on Friday night as the Oregon Ducks went on a 33-1 run to close out the opening half and demolished the visiting Coppin State Eagles 107-65 in the regular-season opener for both schools.

Beavers Open Wayne Tinkle Era On Winning Note

At Corvallis, Oregon:

In their first game under new head coach Wayne Tinkle, the Oregon State Beavers, with Jarmel Reid and Malcom Duvivier each scoring a career-high 17 points, defeated the Rice Owls 67-54 Friday night in the regular-season opener for both schools.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pilots Slug NAIA School To Open Season

At Portland, Oregon:

Kevin Bailey scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half on Friday as the Portland Pilots dominated visiting Concordia (Oregon; NAIA) 87-59 in their men's basketball regular-season opener.


Here's Jimmy Durante on the cover of the November 13, 1953 issue of TV Guide magazine.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rambler Excellence

Here's an ad for the 1961 Ramblers.


This was perhaps the final hurrah for the folks from South Bend.  Here's a magazine ad for the 1963 Avanti by Studebaker.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


This looks like a late 1930s glamour shot of English-born actress Madeleine Carroll.$(KGrHqF,!lUE5Y7K4zb-BObiUC4u8Q~~60_57.jpg

Love Connie's Hair

Here's a 1930s head shot of Constance Bennett.

If A French Car Is More To Your Liking..........

Here's a magazine ad for the 1960 Simca, a French car that at that time was imported by Chrysler here in the States. 

Talk About Simple, Straightforward Advertisements

Ad for 1959 SAAB as it appeared in Road and Track magazine from July of that year. 

You Have To Drive The Lark To Believe It!

Advertisement for the 1959 Studebaker Lark as seen in the February, 1959 issue of Reader's Digest. 

The Fugitive And His Persuer

Here's the cover of the August 19-25, 1967 issue of TV Guide magazine with TV's Dr. Richard Kimble himself, David Janssen and Barry (Lt. Philip Gerard) Morse. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ducks Jump Two Spots To #2 In Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

The Oregon Ducks climbed up two spaced to #2 in the new College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday, trailing only Mississippi State.  Florida State and Texas Christian round out the top four spots.

Monday, November 10, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Scoreless Home Stalemate In Game Two Good Enough For Sounders As Seattle Eliminates Hoops For Shot At Galaxy

At Seattle:

A 0-0 Monday home deadlock against FC Dallas in the second match of their two-game Major League Soccer Western Conference semifinal series enabled the Seattle Sounders to advance on away goals with the aggregate score at 1-1. 

Here's the schedule for the MLS Cup conference finals:


At Harrison, New Jersey:

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, Game #1, Sunday, November 23 @ 10:30 AM Pacific Time (NBC)

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

New England vs. New York, Game #2, Saturday, November 28 @ 12:00 Noon, PST (NBCSN)


At Carson, California:

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC, Game #1, Sunday, November 23 @ 2:00 PM PST (ESPN)

At Seattle:

Seattle vs. Los Angeles, Game #2, Sunday November 30 @ 6:00 PM PST (ESPN)

The two conference final winners will meet in the MLS Cup Final at the home of the higher-seeded club on Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 Noon Pacific Time on ESPN.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Ducks Climb Up To #3 In AP Poll, #4 In Coaches Rankings

After Saturday's big road win at Utah, the Oregon Ducks climbed up two spots in the Associated Press poll to #3 and up a spot to #4 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings (with one first-place vote).

Niners Capture Wild OT Affair In New Orleans

At New Orleans:

After quarterback Colin Kaepernick (who had earlier thrown a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin) completed a 51-yard pass to Michael Crabtree late in the fourth quarter on a fourth-down play to set up a game-tying field goal, the San Francisco 49ers (5-4), with Phil Dawson kicking his second field goal, this time the game winner from 35 yards out in overtime, defeated the New Orleans Saints (4-5) 27-24 on the road on Sunday.  It was linebacker Ahmad Brooks who sacked and stripped Saints quarterback Drew Brees of the football in the extra period, setting up the game-winning three-pointer.  Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde each ran for a first-quarter touchdown for the Niners.

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs Finish Off Shorthanded Crew, Get Red Bulls Next; Big Night For LD As Galaxy Vanquish RSL And Advance To West Final

Action in the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday with two games.


At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Goals from Lee Nguyen (43'), Jose Goncalves, and Teal Bunbury carried the New England Revolution to a 3-1 game-two home victory over the nine-man Columbus Crew and a 7-3 two-game conference semifinal series aggregate victory.  The Revs will take on the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference final.


At Carson, California:

Landon Donovan delivered a hat trick (11', 55', 72') as the Los Angeles Galaxy destroyed visiting Real Salt Lake 5-0 in game two of their conference semifinal series and took their series by that same score on aggregate.  The Galaxy will next take on the Seattle-Dallas winner in the Western Conference final.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Ducks Break Open Tight Game, Run Away From Utes In SLC; Clinch Pac-12 North Title

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Joe Walker returned Kaelin Clay's careless goal-line fumble 100 yards for a touchdown while quarterback Marcus Mariota three three TD passes and ran for another score on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks (# 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, #5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 9-1 overall, 6-1 in Pac-12 play) broke open a tight game and outran the home-standing Utah Runnin' Utes (#17 CFP, #20 AP, #22 Coaches; 6-3, 3-3) 51-27 to lock up the Pacific-12 Conference's Northern Division title and a berth in the December 5 conference championship game, to be played at Santa Clara, California. 

Beavers Fall To Cougs At Home; Postseason Chances In Jeopardy

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Falk made his maiden start and threw for 471 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday as the Washington State Cougars (3-7 overall, 2-5 in Pac-12 play) knocked off the Oregon State Beavers (4-5, 1-5) 39-32 on the road, placing the Beavers' hopes of post-season play in jeopardy as Oregon State suffered its' fourth straight defeat.  The Beavers have three games remaining, two of them at home against College Football Playoff aspirants with one defeat apiece (Arizona State and Oregon).

Riders Snap Losing Skid, Top Eskimos At Home In Regular-Season Finale

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) ended a five-game losing skid on Saturday with a 24-17 home victory over the Edmonton Eskimos (9-9) on the final day of the Canadian Football League regular season.

The Grey Cup Playoffs will start next Saturday.  

All times are Pacific.

Next Saturday:

Eastern Division Semifinal:

British Columbia @ Montreal, 10:00 AM

Western Division Semifinal:

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton, 1:30 PM

Sunday, November 23:

Eastern Division Final:

BC-Montreal winner @ Hamilton, 10:00 AM

Western Division Final:

Saskatchewan-Edmonton winner @ Calgary, 1:30 PM

The winners of the divisional finals will play in the 102nd Grey Cup Final on November 30 at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia at 3:00 PM, Pacific Time (ESPN 2 in the United States, TSN and RDS in Canada).

MLS Cup Playoffs: Red Bulls Knock Out DC United Despite 2-1 Game-Two Road Defeat

At Washington:

Peguy Luyindula scored a critical goal in the 57th minute on Saturday as the New York Red Bulls, despite dropping a 2-1 road decision in game two of their Major League Soccer Cup Playoff Eastern Conference semifinal series with DC United, ousted the conference's top-seeded club 3-2 on aggregate, having finally ousted the capital city's club in MLS Cup playoff action on their fifth attempt.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Ducks Move Into College Football Playoff Berth (#4)

On Tuesday, the Oregon Ducks climbed up a spot to #4 in the newest College Football Playoff rankings, with Mississippi State, Florida State, and Auburn grabbing the top three spots.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Cheerful King Of Champagne Music

Here's the cover of the January 4-10 issue of TV Guide magazine with the King of Champagne Music himself, Lawrence Welk! 

'41 Nash

Here's a magazine ad for the 1941 Nash. 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Rams Recover Colin Kaepernick Fumble In End Zone In Waning Seconds, Knock Off Niners In Santa Clara

At Santa Clara, California:

Linebacker James Laurinaitis recovered a Colin Kaepernick fumble in the end zone with two seconds remaining as the St. Louis Rams (3-5) knocked off the San Francisco 49ers (4-4) 13-10 on the road on Sunday.  Greg Zuerlein kicked the game-winning field goal for the Rams from 39 yards out with 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.

MLS Cup Playoffs: Red Bulls Blank DC United 2-0 At Home In East Semi Series Opener; Sounders Gain West Semi Series-Opening 1-1 Road Draw With Hoops

Two games were played on Sunday as the Major League Soccer Cup Playoff continued.


At Harrison, New Jersey:

Bradley Wright-Phillips (40') and Peguy Luyindula (73') delivered the goals as the New York Red Bulls blanked visiting DC United 2-0 in the opening game of their two-match Eastern Conference semifinal series.  The New York MLS franchise has never advanced past DC in four previous playoff encounters.


At Frisco, Texas:

Osvaldo Alonso's equalizer in the 54th minute lifted the Seattle Sounders to a 1-1 Western Conference semifinal series-opening road draw with FC Dallas.  Michel successfully converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute for the Hoops.

Ducks Ranked #5 In Both AP And Coaches Polls

In the aftermath of their impressive Saturday home victory over Stanford, the Oregon Ducks, currently ranked in fifth place in the College Football Playoff rankings, find themselves ranked #5 in both the Associated Press (where they were last week) and USA Today/Coaches (up one spot) polls.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Beavers Fall Again As Cal Bears Ruin Sean Mannion's Record-Breaking Night

At Corvallis:

The California Golden Bears (5-4 overall, 3-4 in Pac-12 play) handed the Oregon State Beavers (4-4, 1-4) their third successive defeat on Saturday night 45-31 on the road.  Quarterback Jared Goff threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper for the go-ahead score with 8:42 remaining while running back Daniel Lasco carried the ball 30 times for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns (14, 21, 15 yards) as the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak.

The defeat ruined the night for Beavers' quarterback Sean Mannion, who completed 30 of 45 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns to become the Pacific-12 Conference's all-time career leader in passing yards.

Ducks Blast Cardinal; Avenge 2012, 2013 Defeats

At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (#5 in the College Football Playoff rankings and the Associated Press poll, #6 in the USA Today/Coaches poll; 8-1 overall, 5-1 in Pac-12 play), avenged their 2012 and 2013 defeats (which ruined their national championship aspirations) with a 45-16 home demolition of the Stanford Cardinal(5-4, 3-3).

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs Take Command Of Series With Crew After Game-One Road Win; RSL And Galaxy Battle To 0-0 Draw In Series Opener In Utah

The Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday as two conference semifinal series opened.

NOTE:  This is the first time that MLS will be using the away goals rule in their two-game conference semifinal and final series as a tie-breaker in the event the aggregate score were deadlocked after 180 minutes.


At Columbus, Ohio:

Charlie Davies scored twice (34', 78') while Chris Tierney (51') and Lee Nguyen (70') each added a goal as the New England Revolution took command of their two-match series with the Columbus Crew following their series-opening 4-2 road win.


At Sandy, Utah:

The opening match between Real Salt Lake and the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo made six saves to keep RSL off the scoreboard.