Thursday, December 31, 2015

CFP Semifinal: Crimson Tide Way Too Much For Spartans In Cotton Bowl Blowout; Will Face Clemson For The Marbles In The Desert

At Arlington, Texas:

Quarterback Jake Coker completed 25 of 30 yards for a career-best 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Calvin Ridley (who caught eight balls for 138 yards) on Thursday as the second-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) destroyed the third-seeded Michigan State Spartans (12-2) 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl Classic, which was the College Football Playoff's second semifinal contest.

Heisman Trophy running back Derrick Henry ran for 75 yards and scored a pair of TDs for 'Bama.

The Crimson Tide will face the top-seeded Crimson Tigers in the National Championship Game on Monday, January 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona at 5:30 PM Pacific Time (ESPN).

Tim and Devin's Excellent Adventure: Dons Overcome 11-Point Halftime Deficit, Overtake Visiting Pilots

At San Francisco:

Tim Derksen scored a career-high 27 points (22 of them in the second half) while Devin Watson added 22 on Thursday as the San Francisco Dons (8-5 overall, 2-1 in WCC play), who trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 with 12:59 left in regulation, back from behind and overtook the visiting Portland Pilots (8-8, 2-1) 107-95.

Alec Wintering paced the Pilots with 31 points (23 in the first half) while Jazz Johnson added a career-high 22 for Portland.

CFP Semifinal: Tigers Erupt In Second Half, Rout Sooners In Orange Bowl

At Miami:

Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for a touchdown and ran for another while accounting for 332 total yards as the top-seeded Clemson Tigers (14-0) erupted for three second-half touchdowns on Thursday as they routed the fourth-seeded Oklahoma Sooners (11-2) 37-17 in the Orange Bowl which was the opening semifinal  contest of the College Football Playoff.

The Tigers will face the Alabama-Michigan State winner in the National Championship Game, to be played at Glendale, Arizona on Monday, January 11.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Cougars Knock Off 'Noles

At Atlanta:

In the first of the "New Year's Six" bowl games, Greg Ward, Jr. ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Houston Cougars (#18 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 14-1) knocked off the Florida State Seminoles (#9 CFP; 10-3) 38-24 in Thursday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Holiday Bowl: Badgers Top Trojans In San Diego

At San Diego:

Rafael Gaglianone's third field goal, from 29 yards out, came with 2:27 remaining in regulation lifted the Wisconsin Badgers (#23 in both the final regular-season Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 10-3) to their first win in seven tries against the Southern California Trojans (#25 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 8-6), 23-21 in Wednesday's Holiday Bowl.

Music City Bowl: Lamar Jackson Powers Cardinals Past Aggies

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Running back Lamar Jackson ran for both a career-high and game-record 226 yards as well as a pair of touchdowns on Wednesday night as the Louisville Cardinals (8-5) picked up their eighth win in their last ten games (after opening the season 0-3) with a 27-21 Music City Bowl victory over the Texas A&M Aggies (8-5).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Belk Bowl: Miss State Too Much For NC State In Soggy Charlotte

At Charlotte, North Carolina:

Quarterback Dak Prescott, named the game's Most Valuable Player,  threw for a game-record 380 yards and four touchdowns on Wednesday as the Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-4)  manhandled the North Carolina State Wolfpack (7-6) in the Belk Bowl played in soggy conditions.

The Bulldogs' QB, who also ran for 47 yards, joined Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow, and Dan LeFevour as the only players in Football Bowl Subdivision history to throw for more than 9,000 yards and run for more than 2,500 yards in a career.

Birmingham Bowl: Tigers Too Much In Second Half For Tigers As Auburn Thumps Memphis

At Birmingham, Alabama:

Javon Robinson (who ran for 125 yards), Jeremy Johnson (26), and Kerryon Johnson (24) each ran for a touchdown (Jeremy also threw for one) on Wednesday as the Auburn Johnsons----I mean---Tigers broke open what was at halftime a close game and ended up overpowering the Memphis Tigers 31 to 10 in the Birmingham Bowl.

Ducks Pour It On In Second Half, Rout D2 Wolves

At Eugene, Oregon:

Tyler Dorsey scored 25 points (a season high) while Elgin Cook added 19 as the Oregon Ducks (11-2), who led by four points at halftime, outscored Western Oregon 48-24 in the second half en route to a 88-60 Tuesday victory over the visiting Division II squad in their final contest before starting Pac-12 Conference play on Sunday at home against Oregon State.

Vikings Top Visiting Titans

At Portland, Oregon:

Isaiah Pineiro scored 21 points while Donnie Stewart added a season-high 17 on Tuesday night as the Portland State Vikings (4-7) defeated the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans (6-6) 89-82.

Tre Coggins scored 23 points while Malcolm Brooks added 22 for the Titans, who suffered their fifth straight defeat.

Texas Bowl: Leonard Fournette Helps Bayou Bengals Overpower Red Raiders

At Houston:

In Tuesday's Texas Bowl, running back Justin Fournette ran for 212 yards and five touchdowns as the Louisiana State Tigers (#20 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 9-3) overpowered the Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-6) 56-27.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Arizona Bowl: Late TD Carries Wolf Pack Past Rams

At Tucson, Arizona:

James Butler ran four yards for the game-winning touchdown with 66 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-6)  defeated the Colorado State Rams (7-6) 28-23 in the inaugural edition of the Arizona Bowl.

Russell Athletic Bowl: Johnny Jefferson Runs Wild As Baylor Outruns Carolina

At Orlando, Florida:

Johnny Jefferson ran for 299 yards and three touchdowns on Tuesday as the Baylor Bears (#17 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 10-3) downed the North Carolina Tarheels (#10 CFP; 11-3) 49-38 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 645 yards the Bears gained through the ground set a new bowl record.

Armed Forces Bowl: Jared Goff Powers Cal-Berkeley Past Air Force

At Fort Worth, Texas:

Quarterback Jared Goff  completed 25 of 37 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns on Tuesday as the California Golden Bears (8-5) overpowered the Air Force Falcons (8-6) 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Chip Canned

I guess the ex-Oregon coach had worn out his welcome in Philly.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will coach the Eagles in their season finale this coming Sunday against the New York Giants.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Quick Lane Bowl: Gophers Knock Off Chippewas, End Bowl Losing Streak

At Detroit:

Quarterback Mitch Leidner ran 13 yards for a touchdown with 4:26 remaining as the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-7) downed the Central Michigan Chippewas (7-6) 21-14 in Monday's Quick Lane Bowl, snapping a string of seven straight post-season defeats.

All three teams that were invited to bowl games with 5-7 records (San Jose State and Nebraska, as well as the Gophers) because not enough teams had enough wins (at least six) fill all the bowl slots won.

Military Bowl: Home Triumph For Navy

At Annapolis, Maryland:

In his final college game, Keenan Reynolds threw for 126 yards and ran for 144 more, and added 47 more by receiving as he accounted for four touchdowns as Navy (#21 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 11-2) defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-5) 44-28 in Monday's Military Bowl, played at the Midshipmen's home field.

The Midshipmen completed their first-ever eleven-win season.

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Have Support In Both Polls

The Oregon Ducks (10-2 overall) still had support in both the Associated Press (they would be ranked #27) and USA Today/Coaches (#29) men's basketball polls, both released on Monday.

Again, no support in either poll for the Oregon State Beavers (despite their 9-2 record), Portland Pilots, or Portland State Vikings.

Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotters Icon, R.I.P.

Meadowlark Lemon, the iconic prankster whose smooth showmanship was the hallmark of his 24 years (1954-78) with the barnstorming basketball team known as the Harlem Globetrotters, passed away at Scottsdale, Arizona at age 83.

During his 24 years with the Globetrotters, Mr. Lemon became famous for his long-distance hook shots, sublime passing, and pranks such as dumping confetti on unsuspecting game referees.

Meadowlark was inducted to the Naismaith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Niners Make Too Many Mistakes, Fall To Lions In Detroit

At Detroit:

Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns on Sunday as the Detroit Lions (6-9) defeated the visiting San Francisco 49ers (4-11) 32-17.

The Niners, who close out the season next Sunday at home against St. Louis, were flagged seven times for neutral-zone violations or offsides.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Foster Farms Bowl: 'Huskers Knock Off Bruins

At Santa Clara, California:

Tommy Armstrong, Jr. threw a touchdown pass (22 yards to Stanley Morgan) and ran three yards for another score as the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-7) overcame a 21-7 deficit then held off the UCLA Bruins (8-5) 37-29 in Saturday's Foster Farms Bowl.

Independence Bowl: Triumphant Farewell For Frank Beamer As Hokies Top Golden Hurricane In Offensive Slugfest

At Shreveport, Louisiana:

Quarterback Michael Brewer threw for 344 yards (277 of them to Isaiah Ford---75 of those yards for a touchdown) on Saturday as the Virginia Tech Hokies (7-6), in Frank Beamer's final game as head football coach (after 29 years and 238 wins), held off the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-7) 55-52 in the Independence Bowl.

The Hokies played in a bowl game for the 23rd consecutive season. 

Pinstripe Bowl: Blue Devils Top Hoosiers In OT For First Bowl Win Since '61

At Bronx, New York:

Ross ("Don't Call Me Atremus Gordon") Martin kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Duke Blue Devils (8-5) to their first post-season victory since the 1961 Cotton Bowl, a 44-41 triumph over the Indiana Hoosiers (6-7) in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl.

The Hoosiers are still waiting for their first bowl win since the 1991 Copper Bowl.

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Huskies Too Much For Southern Miss

At Dallas:

Myles Gaskin ran for 181 yards and four touchdowns (including one for 86 yards in the third quarter) on Saturday as the Washington Huskies (7-6) defeated the Southern Mississippi Eagles (9-5) 44-31 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, played at the Cotton Bowl stadium.

Sun Bowl: Cougs Hold Off Canes

At El Paso, Texas:

Quarterback (and game MVP) Luke Falk threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday as the Washington State Cougars (9 -4) held off the Miami Hurricanes (8-5) 20-14 in the Sun Bowl Game.

The victory was the Cougars' first in a bowl game since 2003 while the Hurricanes have now dropped six straight postseason contests.

St. Petersburg Bowl: Thundering Herd Top UConn

At St. Petersburg, Florida:

Freshman quarterback Chase Litton completed 23 of 34 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown while Nick Smith kicked three field goals on Saturday as the Marshall Thundering Herd (10-3) defeated the Connecticut Huskies (6-7) 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Under head coach Doc Holliday (without help from Wyatt Earp), the Thundering Herd are 4-0 in bowl games.

Friday, December 25, 2015


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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hawaii Bowl: Aztecs Destroy Bearcats For 10th Straight Win

At Honolulu:

Fullback (and game Most Valuable Player) Dakota Gordon caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score on Thursday as the San Diego State Aztecs (11-3) racked up their school record-tying tenth consecutive victory with a 42-7 pistol-whipping of the Cincinnati Bearcats (7-5) in the Hawaii Bowl.

Bahamas Bowl: Broncos Buck Blue Raiders

At Nassau, Bahamas:

Jamauri Bogan ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns as the Western Michigan Broncos (8-5) garnered their first-ever bowl victory in seven tries buy outdistancing the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-6)  45-31 in Thursday's Bahamas Bowl.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pilots Hold Off Visiting Waves

At Portland, Oregon:

Alec Wintering scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday night as the Portland Pilots (8-7 over all, 2-0 in WCC play) defeated visiting Pepperdine (7-6, 0-2) 87-79.

Jeremy Major paced the Waves with 28 points.

GoDaddy Bowl: Eagles Dominate Second Half, Blow Out Falcons In Bowl Debut

At Mobile, Alabama:

Favian Upshaw ran for 199 yards and four touchdowns on Wednesday night as the Georgia Southern Eagles (9-4), in their first-ever bowl game as an FBS program, erupted for 35 points after trailing 27-23 at halftime and demolished the Bowling Green Falcons (10-4) 58-27 in the GoDaddy Bowl.

Poinsettia Bowl: Broncos Buck Huskies

At San Diego:

Jeremy Nichols scored three touchdowns on Wednesday as the Boise State Broncos (9-4) destroyed the Northern Illinois Huskies (8-6) 55-7 in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Roadrunners Prove Too Much For Vikings

At Bakersfield, California:

Jaylin Arlington scored 15 points (from five three-pointers) as the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (8-4) defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (3-7) 78-66 on Tuesday.

The Roadrunners, 7-0 at home this season, have now won five of their last six games while the Vikings have now dropped five in a row.

Boca Raton Bowl: Rockets Top Temple In Soggy Florida

At Boca Raton, Florida:

Quarterback Phillip Ely threw for 285 yards (on 20-of-28 passing)and a pair of touchdowns (one of them, an 80-yarder to Cody Thompson) as the Toledo Rockets (10-2) downed the Temple Owls (#24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 10-4) 32-17 in Tuesday's rain-plagued Boca Raton Bowl.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Zips Hold Off Aggies

At Boise, Idaho:

Kicker (and game Most Valuable Player) Robert Stein kicked three field goals on Tuesday as the Akron Zips (8-5) finished the winningest season in their FBS history with their first-ever bowl victory, 23-21 over the Utah State Aggies (6-7) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ducks Overcome 12-Point Halftime Deficit, Knock Off 'Bama

At Birmingham, Alabama:

Dillon Brooks scored 23 points while Tyler Dorsey converted four free throws in the final 15 seconds as the Oregon Ducks (10-2) wiped out a 12-point halftime deficit and overcame the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-3) 72-68 on Monday.  Justin Coleman's career-high 24 points paced the Tide.

The Ducks will take on Western Oregon on December 29 before heading to Corvallis to open Pac-12 Conference play against Oregon State on January 3.

Pilots Blast LMU In WCC Opener

At Portland, Oregon:

Bryce Pressley scored 25 points on Monday as the Portland Pilots (7-7 overall, 1-0 in WCC play) manhandled the visiting  Loyola Marymount Lions (7-5, 0-1) 87-60 in the West Coast Conference opener for both squads.

Beavers Breeze Past Bobcats

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Tess Tinkle scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Gary Payton II had a 19 point-7 rebound-3 steal night as the Oregon State Beavers (9-2) coasted to a 82-61 Monday home victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-6)

The Beavers host arch-rival Oregon in a Civil War contest that would open Pac-12 Conference play on Sunday, January 3.

Miami Beach Bowl: Hilltoppers Erupt In Third Quarter, Overcome Bulls

At Miami:

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (12-2), with quarterback Brandon Doughty capping off his college career by throwing for 461 yards and three touchdowns, scored 28 points in the third quarter and held off the South Florida Bulls (8-5) 45-35 in Monday's Miami Beach Bowl, which was played at the Miami Marlins' baseball stadium.

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Have Support In Both Polls

The Oregon Ducks still had support in both the Associated Press (where they would be ranked #28) and USA Today/Coaches (where they would be ranked #31) men's college basketball polls.

Still no support in either poll for any of the Beaver State's three other men's Division I basketball teams.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bengals Down Niners, Clinch Playoff Berth; San Fran Locks Up NFC West Basement

At Santa Clara, California:

Running back Jeremy Hill ran for a pair of one-yard touchdowns while quarterback A. J. McCarron, playing for the injured Andy Dalton, completed 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown (20 yards to Tyler Kroft) as the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) clinched a playoff berth (their fifth in a row) with a 24-10 road victory over the San Francisco 49ers (4-10) who assured themselves of finishing in the NFC West Division basement for the first time since 2005.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


At Daytona Beach, Florida:

The Marian University Knights (Indiana; 12-2), with Maurice Woodard and Krishawn Hogan each scoring two touchdowns,  avenged their championship-game defeat from last year with a 31-14 Saturday win over the Southern Oregon Raiders (11-3) in the NAIA national football championship game.

Beavers Top Golden Hurricane In Far West Classic Finale

At Portland, Oregon:

Gary Payton II scored 19 points on Saturday night as the Oregon State Beavers (8-2) came back from a six-point halftime deficit to upend the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (7-4) 76-71 in the finale of the Far West Classic.

Rashad Smith paced the Golden Hurricane with 20 points.

New Orleans Bowl: Kenneth Dixon Carries La Tech Past Red Wolves

At New Orleans:

Kenneth Dixon gained 215 yards from scrimmage as he scored four touchdowns (9 and 59 yards via receptions; eight and four yards on the ground) as his 87 career touchdowns becoming, for the time being at least, the NCAA's career touchdown leader as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-4) defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-4) 47-28 in Saturday's New Orleans Bowl, snapping ASU's eight-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs racked up 687 yards of total offensive yards.

Pilots Hold Off Titans In Far West Classic

At Portland, Oregon:

Alec Wintering scored 19 points on Saturday as the Portland Pilots (6-7) handed Cal State-Fullerton (6-5) their fourth consecutive defeat, 65-60 in the Far West Classic, despite 25 points from the Titans' Khalil Ahmad.

The Pilots open West Coast Conference play on Monday against Loyola Marymount.

Cure Bowl: Spartans Ruin Panthers Bowl Debut

At Orlando, Florida:

In the inaugural edition of the AutoNation Cure Bowl, Kenny Potter ran 42 yards for a touchdown and threw a one-yard pass to Josh Oliver for another score as the San Jose State Spartans (6-7) defeated Georgia State (6-7) 27-16, spoiling the Panthers' bowl debut as an FBS program.


At Kansas City, Kansas:

The Northwest Missouri State Bobcats (15-0) dominated the Shepherd University (West Virginia) Rams (13-1) 34-7 in Saturday's NCAA Division II national football championship game.

It marked the Bearcats' fifth Division II football crown.

Camellia Bowl: Mountaineers Overcome 17-Point Deficit, Pull Out Victory Over Ohio U In Bowl Debut

At Montgomery, Alabama:

Zach Matics, who missed two earlier field-goal attempts, converted on a 23-yard attempt as time expired on Saturday night as the Appalachian State Mountaineers (11-2), in their first bowl game as a full-pledged FBS program, and who entered the fourth quarter down by 17 points, pulled out a 31-29 victory over the Ohio University Bobcats (8-5) in the Camellia Bowl.

Las Vegas Bowl: Utes Score 35 Points In First Quarter, Then Hold Off BYU For Victory

At Las Vegas:

Tevin Carter ran back an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and Dominique Hatfield ran another back 46 for another score as the Utah Runnin' Utes (#24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings; 10-3) scored 35 points in the first quarter before holding off the BYU Cougars (9-4) 35-28 in Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl, spoiling Bronco Mendenhall's final game as the Cougars' head football coach after eleven years (he will take over as Virginia's head coach).

New Mexico Bowl: 'Zona Top Lobos In Albuquerque As Bowl Season Commences

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In the opening game of the 2015-16 FBS college bowl season, quarterback Anu Solomon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Arizona Wildcats (7-6) led by as many as 18 points, then held on for a 45-37 victory over the New Mexico Lobos (7-6) in the New Mexico Bowl.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Beavers Hold Off Titans At Far West Classic

At Portland, Oregon:

In Friday action at the Far West Classic, Gary Payton II scored 19 points as the Oregon State Beavers (7-2) defeated the Cal State-Fullerton Titans (6-4) 82-69.

Ducks Pull Away In Second Half, Overpower 49ers

At Eugene, Oregon:

Dillon Brooks scored 21 points on Friday as the Oregon Ducks (9-2), with six players scoring in double figures, overcame an early second-half six-point deficit to overpower the visiting Long Beach State 49ers (6-7) 94-73, despite a career-high 27 points from the 49ers' Travis Hammonds.

Pilots Fall To Weber State In Far West Classic

At Portland, Oregon:

Joel Bolomboy (who grabbed 17 rebounds) and Ryan Richardson each scored 18 points as the Weber State Wildcats (6-5) defeated the Portland Pilots (5-7) 92-82 in overtime at the Far West Classic, despite 26 points from the Pilots' Alec Wintering. 


At Salem, Virginia:

Quarterback Taurice Scott threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on Friday as the Mount Union (Ohio) Purple Raiders (15-0) won their 12th NCAA Division III national football championship, defeating St. Thomas of Minnesota (14-1) 49-35.

The Purple Raiders have now won more national football titles than any other team in any NCAA division.

Remeber, Kids, These Were The BOSTON Redskins

Here's the cover of the program for the Boston Redskins' 1935 regular-season home opener (September 29, 1935) at Fenway Park against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Redskins moved to Washington two years later.

AAFC Football In Brooklyn

Here's the cover for the program for the November 21, 1948 All-America Football Conference game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and visiting San Francisco 49ers.

These Brooklyn Dodgers are not to be confused with the same-named NFL team that played in Brooklyn from 1930-44 (they were renamed the Tigers in 1944---a year in which they lost all ten games), then merged with the Boston Yanks in 1945.

The AAFC Dodgers,  which had originally been owned by the publishers of Street and Smith sports magazines, were by 1948, owned by Walter O'Malley, owner of their much, much better known (and more successful) baseball namesakes.  Branch Rickey, president of the baseball club, was put in charge of the football team.

After three miserable seasons which saw numerous thousands of fans arriving at Ebbetts  Field disguised as empty seats, the Dodgers and New York Yankees (which was owned by ex-NFL owner Dan Topping, who was an owner of their baseball namesakes) merged in 1949 to become the Brooklyn-New York Yankees.  After the 1949 "merger" with the NFL, the Yankees' roster was basically divided between the New York Giants and New York Bulldogs, who were renamed the New York Yanks.

Giants Vs. Dodgers

The New York Giants vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The NFL version, that is.

Here's the cover of the program for the October 16, 1932 contest at the old Polo Grounds between the New York Giants and the visiting Brooklyn Dodgers.

Chris "Red" Cagle, a running back for the Giants, is on the cover.

The Brooklyn Dodgers, who arrived in 1930 after relocating from Dayton, Ohio, would eventually be purchased by Dan Topping, who would be best remembered as owner of baseball's New York Yankees.

This is the same Dan Topping who defected after the 1945 season to the newly-formed All-America Football Conference and placed his New York Yankees football team at Yankee Stadium.

The Boston Braves club that would visit the Giants the following week would be renamed the Boston Redskins the following year, then move to Washington in 1937.

Colts Vs. Niners, 1948

Here's the cover for the program for the October 10, 1948 game between the Baltimore Colts and visiting San Francisco 49ers.

That was while both clubs were members of the All-America Football Conference.

Both teams, along with the Cleveland Browns, were welcomed into the National Football League in December, 1949 as part of the "merger" between the two leagues.

The original Colts franchise lasted three years (1947-50) in the AAFC, but only one (1950) in the NFL before going out of business.

A new Baltimore Colts franchise (the one now based in Indianapolis) came into existence in 1953, following the demise of the Dallas Texans, whose roster the new Colts inherited.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Vikings Fall At Home To Matadors

At Portland, Oregon:

Michael Warren scored eight of his fifteen points in the final eight minutes on Thursday night as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-7) held off the Portland State Vikings (3-6) 77-71 on the road, snapping a five-game losing streak.  The Vikings, despite Calaen Robinson's 21 points (on seven three-point buckets), dropped their fourth consecutive start.

'61 Ambassador

Here's a full-page magazine ad for American Motors' 1961 Ambassador by Rambler.  Featured are a Custom Four-Door Sedan (top) and Custom Cross-Country Station Wagon (bottom).  Also pictured is then-AMC president George Romney.

Also included in the ad are the 1961 Rambler American and Rambler Classic, along with another Ambassador V-8

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Elgin Cook Leads Ducks Back On Winning Track In Victory Over Anteaters

At Eugene, Oregon:

Elgin Cook scored 26 points, which match a career high, as the Oregon Ducks (8-2) defeated the visiting UC-Irvine Anteaters (7-4) 78-63 on Tuesday night.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Fall Out Of Polls

Following their Saturday setback at Boise State, the Oregon Ducks fell out of both the Associated Press  and USA Today/Coaches men's college basketball polls.

They still have enough support in both polls in which they would, in each case, be ranked #28.

Again, no support in either poll for the Beaver State's other three men's Division I basketball programs.

Johnny Football, Browns Knock Off Niners At Home; San Fran Eliminated From Playoff Contention

At Cleveland:

Quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 270 yards on Sunday, two of them to Gary Barnidge for a third-quarter touchdown as the Cleveland Browns (3-10) snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 24-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers (4-9).

The defeat eliminated the Niners officially from playoff contention.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pilots Top Visiting Hornets

At Portland, Oregon:

Gabe Taylor and Alec Wintering each scored 17 points on Saturday night as the Portland Pilots defeated the visiting Sacramento State Hornets 81-73 in the lone Saturday victory by any of the four Oregon men's Division I basketball programs as Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State all fell on the road.

Cody Demps topped the Hornets with 20 points.

Jayhawks Overcome 11-Point Halftime Deficit, Overpower Beavers

At Kansas City:

Wayne Selden scored 22 points while Frank Mason added 18 on Saturday as the Kansas Jayhawks (#2 in the Associated Press poll, #7 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 8-1) came back from an 11-point halftime deficit and downed the Oregon State Beavers (6-2) 82-67.  

Tres Tinkle scored 20 points (converting five three-pointers along the way) to pace the Beavers.

Broncos Hold Off Visiting Ducks In Boise

At Boise, Idaho:

Anthony Drmic scored 19 points as the Boise State Broncos (7-4) overcame an early ten-point deficit then held on to top the visiting Oregon Ducks (#24 in the Associated Press poll, #23 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 7-2) 74-72, despite 26 points from the guests' Dillon Brooks.

Yemi Leads SIU-Edwardsville Past Vikings

At Edwardsville, Illinois:

Yemi Makanjuola scored 20 points on Saturday as the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (3-7) defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (3-5) 74-64.

Broken Record: Navy Beats Army Again (14 In A Row Against Black Knights)

At Philadelphia:

Quarterback Keenan Reynolds (the game's Most Valuable Player) ran for two touchdowns (he has 85 career TDs, the most of any Division I player---FBS or FCS) and passed for another as Navy (#21 in the College Football Playoff rankings; 10-2) held off Army West Point (2-10) 21-17 in Saturday's 116th Army-Navy Game.

The victory was the Midshipmen's fourteenth straight over the Black Knights.

Navy won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy as a result.  The Midshipmen now lead the series 60-49-7.

Marjorie Lord, Actress Who Played Danny Thomas' Second Wife On Classic Sitcom Series, R.I.P.

Marjorie Lord, the actress best remembered for portraying the second wife of entertainer (and also widowed) Danny Williams on The Danny Thomas Show from 1957 to 1964, passed away natural causes at her Beverly Hills, California home on November 28 at age 97.

It was following the departure of Jean Hagen (best remembered for playing the arrogant silent-screen actress Lina Lamont in the 1952 film classic "Singin' In The Rain"), who played Danny's first wife Margaret, in 1956, after the third season of Make Room For Daddy, that it was decided that Mr. Thomas' character, night club singer and comic Danny Williams, became a widower.

It was during that show's fourth season, its' last on ABC, that Miss Lord began playing the role of Kathy O'Hara, a widowed Irish nurse with a daughter (Danny had a son and daughter himself).  She and Danny fell in love and were wed on the show's fourth season (and ABC era) finale.

The series, by the time it moved to CBS (and into the old I Love Lucy 9:00 PM Monday night time slot, where it flourished in the ratings), was renamed The Danny Thomas Show and ran until 1964.

Danny, Marjorie, and the rest of the cast were re-assembled in 1970 when the series was revived on ABC as Make Room For Granddaddy. That revival lasted one season.

Married three times and widowed twice, Marjorie was the mother of actress Anne Archer (from her marriage to actor John Archer, which ended in divorce in 1955)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hall-Of-Famer Dolph Schayes, 12-Time NBA All-Star, Played On Syracuse Nats 1955 Championship Team, R.I.P.

Dolph Schayes, one of the best players in the early years of the National Basketball Association, passed away on Thursday at age 87.

Mr. Schayes passed away after having been stricken with a severe infection, some six months after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Dolph averaged 18.5 points , 12.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 996 NBA games during a 15-year career (1949-64) with the Syracuse Nationals (who moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers in 1963; Dolph actually began play with the Nats in 1948 when they were part of the old National Basketball League, which merged the following year with the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA).

He was a 12-time NBA All-Star player who defined the big man's role in the early days of the NBA. Dolph was a key player in the Nats' 1955 NBA championship team, along with Earl Lloyd and Johnny Kerr, amongst others.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Bonnie Lou, Rockabilly Singer Who Had Big Hit In '55 With "Daddy-O", R.I.P.

Bonnie Lou, the rockabilly singer who had a big hit in 1955 with "Daddy-O," passed away at a Cincinnati nursing home on Tuesday at age 91.

Born Mary Joan Kath in Towanda, Illinois, she began playing the violin and guitar as a youngster.  By age 16, the future Bonnie Lou was singing and playing on local radio stations in the Midwest.

At 17, Bonnie was signed to a contract to perform on the nationally-broadcast Brush Creek Follies.  On that radio show, she was known as Sally Carson and her group was known as The Rhythm Rangers. She became known for her yodeling.

By the 1940s, "Sally Carson" became known as "Bonnie Lou" and she became a popular radio performer.  She had been featured on a Cincinnati-based radio show that became The Midwestern Hayride.

In the 1950s, Bonnie signed with record companies and scored Top 10 Country and Western hits with "Tennessee Wig Walk" and "Seven Lonely Days."

By the mid '50s, Bonnie was recording rockabilly.  In 1955, her recording of "Daddy-O" reached #14 on Billboard's Pop Charts.

She would go on to become a fixture on local television in Cincinnati.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Bengals Knock Off Pilots On Road, End Losing Skid

At Portland, Oregon:

Ethan Telfair scored a season-high 24 points while Kyle Ingram scored the winning bucket with four seconds remaining as the Idaho State Bengals (3-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-65 road win over the Portland Pilots (4-6).

Monday, December 07, 2015

Ducks Too Much For Midshipmen At Pearl Harbor Invitational

At Honolulu:

Dillon Brooks scored 19 points on Monday while Dwayne Benjamin added 16 and Chris Boucher 14 (to go with his 14 rebounds) as the Oregon Ducks (7-1) defeated Navy (7-3) 67-47 in the Pearl Harbor Invitational.

The loss snapped the Midshipmen's seven-game winning streak.

Ducks Drop But Stay In Both Polls

After dropping a Friday night road decision to UNLV, the Oregon Ducks dropped several places but stayed in both the Associated Press (#24, down nine spots) and USA Today/Coaches (#23, down seven) men's college basketball polls.

As has been the case all season thus far, there's still no support for Oregon State, Portland, or Portland State in either poll.

College Bowl Schedule

Here is the complete schedule for the 2015-16 college football bowls, including the games associated with the College Football Playoff (shown in all-caps and italics) and New Year's Six (shown in italics).

All times are Pacific Standard.

Saturday, December 19:

New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque:

Arizona vs. New Mexico, 11:00 AM (ESPN)

Royal Purple Bowl at Las Vegas:

BYU vs. Utah, 12:30 PM (ABC)

Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, Alabama:

Ohio University vs. Appalachian State, 2:30 PM (ESPN)

Cure Bowl at Orlando, Florida:

San Jose State vs. Georgia State, 4:00 PM (CBS Sports Network)

New Orleans Bowl at New Orleans:

Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech. 6:00 PM (ESPN)

Monday, December 21:

Miami Beach Bowl at Miami:

Western Kentucky vs. South Florida, 11:30 AM (ESPN)

Tuesday, December 22:

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise, Idaho:

Akron vs. Utah State, 12:30 PM (ESPN)

Boca Raton Bowl at Boca Raton, Florida:

Temple vs. Toledo, 4:00 PM (ESPN)

Wednesday, December 23:

Poinsettia Bowl at San Diego:

Boise State vs. Northern Illinois, 1:30 PM (ESPN)

GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, Alabama:

Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern, 5:00 PM (ESPN)

Thursday, December 24:

Bahamas Bowl at Nassau, Bahamas:

Middle Tennessee vs. Central Michigan, 9:00 AM (ESPN)

Hawaii Bowl at Honolulu:

San Diego State vs. Cincinnati, 5:00 PM (ESPN)

Saturday, December 26:

Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas:

Miami (Florida) vs. Washington State, 11:00 AM (CBS)

Heart of Dallas at Dallas, Texas:

Washington vs. Southern Mississippi, 11:20 AM (ESPN)

Pinstripe Bowl at the Bronx, New York:

Indiana vs. Duke, 12:30 PM (ABC)

Independence Bowl at Shreveport, Louisiana:

Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech, 2:45 PM (ESPN)

Foster Farms Bowl at Santa Clara, California:

UCLA vs. Nebraska, 6:15 PM (ESPN)

Monday, December 28:

Military Bowl at Annapolis, Maryland:

Pittsburgh vs. Navy, 11:30 PM (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl at Detroit:

Central Michigan vs. Minnesota, 2:00 PM (ESPN 2)

Tuesday, December 29:

Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas:

California vs. Air Force, 11:00 AM (ESPN)

Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, Florida:

North Carolina vs. Baylor, 2:30 PM (ESPN)

Arizona Bowl at Tucson:

Nevada vs. Colorado State, 4:30 PM (American Sports Network, available through local syndication and regional sports networks)

Texas Bowl at Houston:

Louisiana State vs. Texas Tech (ESPN)

Wednesday, December 30:

Birmingham Bowl at Birmingham, Alabama:

Auburn vs. Memphis, 9:00 AM (ESPN)

Belk Bowl at Charlotte, North Carolina:

North Carolina State vs. Mississippi State, 12:30 PM (ESPN)

Music City Bowl at Nashville, Tennessee:

Texas A&M vs. Louisville, 4:00 PM (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl at San Diego:

Southern California vs. Wisconsin, 7:30 PM (ESPN)

Thursday, December 31:

Peach Bowl at Atlanta:

Houston vs. Florida State, 9:00 AM (ESPN)


at Miami:

Clemson vs. Oklahoma, 1:00 PM (ESPN)


at Arlington, Texas:

Alabama vs. Michigan State, 5:00 PM (ESPN)


Outback Bowl at Tampa, Florida:

Northwestern vs. Tennessee, 9:00 AM (ESPN 2)

Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Florida:

Michigan vs. Florida, 10:00 AM (ABC)

Fiesta Bowl at Tempe, Arizona:

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, 10:00 AM (ESPN)

Rose Bowl at Pasadena, California:

Iowa vs. Stanford, 2:00 PM (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl at New Orleans:

Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss (Mississippi), 5:30 PM (ESPN)

Saturday, January 2:

TaxSlayer Bowl at Jacksonville, Florida:

Georgia vs. Penn State, 9:00 AM (ESPN)

Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tennessee:

Kansas State vs. Arkansas, 12:20 PM (ESPN)

Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Texas:

Texas Christian vs. Oregon, 3:45 PM (ESPN)

Cactus Bowl at Tempe, Arizona:

West Virginia vs. Arizona State, 7:15 PM (ESPN)



Clemson-Oklahoma winner vs. Alabama-Michigan State Winner, 5:30 PM (ESPN)