Monday, August 31, 2015

Not Again!

The Portland Thunder are searching for their third head coach in as many seasons.

Provided, of course, that there will be a third season.

The decision to sever ties with coach Mike Hohensee and his staff took place last Monday.

Roughriders: How Bad?

This is their third 0-9 start (they ultimately went 1-15 in 1959, 2-14 in 1979).

They've dropped 16 of their last 18 regular and post-season games.

This is Saskatchewan's first nine-game regular-season losing streak since 1999.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

REDBLACKS Dominate Winless 'Riders; Saskatchewan Now 0-9 (First Time Since '79)

At Ottawa:

Running back Jeremiah Johnson carried the ball 12 times for 92 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday as the Ottawa REDBLACKS (5-4) dominated the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-9, their worst start in 36 years) 35-10 in Canadian Football League action.

REDBLACKS quarterback Henry Burris threw for a touchdown and ran for another while the Ottawa defense sacked Saskatchewan quarterbacks a club-record 10 times.  Three of the sacks were registered by Justin Capiciotti.

Sounders Hold Off Timbers In Cascadia Cup Clash

At Seattle:

Obafemi Martins (6') and Brad Evans (PK-42') each scored a goal as the Seattle Sounders---playing in front of a club record 64,358 fans at CenturyLink Field---held off the visiting Portland Timbers 2-1 in a Sunday Major League Soccer contest that was also a Cascadia Cup clash.

Jack Jewsbury scored the Timbers' lone goal in the 58th minute.

Next up for Portland, an encounter at home on Wednesday, September 9 against Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 PM, Pacific Time (KPTV, Portland, and other Timbers broadcast affiliates).

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Orange County Gives T2 The Blues

At Irvine, California:

Chris Cortez scored twice (8',59') as the Orange County Blues delivered a crippling blow to Portland Timbers 2's United Soccer League playoff chances Saturday, beating the visitors 3-1.


At Stockton, California:

Quarterback Eric Meyer threw three touchdown passes to Reggie Gray on Saturday as the San Jose SaberCats won their fourth ArenaBowl title (and first since 2007) by dominating the Jacksonville Sharks 68-47, outscoring the Sharks 41-14 in the second half.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Preview Of Things To Come

At least according to this 1944 magazine ad for Emerson Television.

Collier's Swan Song

Here's Princess Grace on the cover of the final issue of Collier's magazine, from January 4, 1957.


Here's Merv Griffin on the cover of the August 16, 1969 issue of TV Guide as he gets ready to launch his CBS Network late-night talk show (which was cancelled in 1972).

Patriotic Beaver

Here's Jerry Mathers, star of the classic sitcom Leave It To Beaver , seen on the cover of the June 28, 1958 cover of TV Guide.

Dean and Jerry

Here's the cover of the June 5, 1953 issue of TV Guide with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Hall of Fame Coach Al Arbour, Who Guided Islanders To Four Straight Stanley Cup Titles, R.I.P.

Al Arbour, the Hall of Fame coach who led the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships (1980-83), passed away on Friday at age 82.

A former defenseman who played for the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and St. Louis Blues, Mr. Arbour will be best remembered for his long and successful stint as head coach of the New York Islanders.

Al would go on to win 782 games as a National Hockey League head coach, second only to Scotty Bowman.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'57 Buick

Here's a two-page ad for the lineup of 1957 Buicks.

'57 Pontiac

Here's a two-page magazine ad for the 1957 Pontiac.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What's My Line?

Here's the cover of the July 6, 1957 issue of TV Guide with Al Hirschfeld's rendition of the cast from What's My Line with moderator John Charles Daly and regular panelists Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, and Dorothy Kilgallen.

Torchy Glenda

Here's a vidcap of Glenda Farrell from a trailer of one of the Warner Brothers Torch Blane movies (late 1930s, early 1940s)in which she played the title role.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Glamour photo of screen legend Hedy Lamarr.


Glamour shot of Constance Bennett, circa 1938.

Ask The Man Who Owns One

Magazine ad for the 1930 Packard Roadster.

AFL Playoffs: Sharks Hold Off Soul In Philly, Will Play SaberCats For ArenaBowl Crown

At Philadelphia:

Tommy Grady threw eight touchdown passes, five of them to Joe Hills on Sunday as the Jacksonville Sharks held off the Philadelphia Soul 61-56 on Sunday to win the Arena Football League's American Conference championship.

The Sharks will travel to San Jose to take on the SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXVIII this coming Saturday at 4:00 PM, Pacific Time, to be televised on ESPN.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AFL Playoffs: Champs Detroned; SaberCats Oust Rattlers In Final Seconds And Will Host ArenaBowl XXVIII

At Stockton, California:

Quarterback Erik Mayer threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Gay with eight seconds remaining in regulation on Saturday as the San Jose SaberCats upended the visiting three-time ArenaBowl champions Arizona Rattlers 70-67 in the Arena Football League's National Conference championship game.

The SaberCats will host ArenaBowl XXVIII next Saturday (August 29)  against the winner of this Sunday's American Conference title game between Jacksonville and Philadelphia.

Stamps Hold Off Riders In Regina; Saskatchwan Off To First 0-8 Start Since '79

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

In the annual Canadian Football Hall of Fame Game (which, unlike its' NFL and Major League Baseball counterparts, counts in the league standings), Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as the Calgary Stampeders (6-2) held off the home-standing Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-8 for the first time in 36 years) 34-31 in Canadian Football Action.

T2 Blank Visiting Roughnecks

At Portland, Oregon:

Kharlton Belmar (51') and Fatawu Safiu (81') each produced a goal as Portland Timbers 2 blanked the visiting Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 in Saturday United Soccer League action.

TImbers Battle Back From Two-Goal Deficit For Home Draw With Dynamo

At Portland:

Darlington Nagbe (76') and Lucas Melano (86') each delivered a goal for the Portland Timbers as they battled back from two goals down to gain a 2-2 home draw with the Houston Dynamo in the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest.  Oscar Boniek Garcia (39') and Will Bruin (45') each scored once for the visitors.

The Timbers next match is Sunday, August 30 at Seattle in Cascadia Cup action against the archrival Sounders at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (ESPN).

Friday, August 21, 2015

'57 Nash Ambassador

Here's the front end of a 1957 Nash Ambassador Custom Country Club two-door hardtop, one of the first American cars with quad headlights.

Claude and Mary

Here is the cover of the August 21, 1953 issue of TV Guide magazine with two of the stars of ABC's Chicago-based Super Circus, ringmaster and emcee Claude Kirchner and arguably the most prominent face (amongst other attributes) on that show, Mary Hartline.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

At Ease, George

That's Lonesome George Gobel on the cover of the January 19, 1959 issue of TV Guide magazine.

'66 Stude

Here's a 1966 Studebaker Daytona two-door sedan, built at Stude's Canadian plant in Hamilton, Ontario.

Production of Studebaker cars ended in March, 1966.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bud Yorkin, Who Teamed Up With Norman Lear To Develop Landmark 1970s TV Sitcoms, R.I.P.

Bud Yorkin, the producer who teamed up with Norman Lear to help forge a new brand of television situation comedy in the 1970s, passed away at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles from natural causes at age 89.

Mr. Lear and Mr. Yorkin, who formed Tandem Productions, developed All In the Family and Sanford and Son (with both shows adapted from British TV series, and with the former giving birth to Maude (and that show giving birth to Good Times )and The Jeffersons.

Holy Obituary, Batman: Yvonne Craig, Actress Who Played Batgirl On 1960s TV Series, R.I.P.

Yvonne Craig, the actress who played the role of Batgirl during the final season (1967-68) of the ABC Network television series Batman, passed away on Monday at her Pacific Palisades, California home after a two-year battle with breast cancer at age 78.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Remember When The Running Stopped?

Here's the cover of the August 19, 1967 issue of TV Guide with the two principal cast members from The Fugitive, Barry (Lt. Philip Gerard) Morse and David (Dr. Richard Kimble) Janssen.


Here's the cover of the December 15-21, 1935 issue of Radio Guide with an artist's rendition of singer Vera Van on the cover.

Monday, August 17, 2015

T2 Overpower Whitecaps II

At Portland, Oregon:

Kharlton Belmar scored twice (45', 68') as Portland Timbers 2 held off visiting Vancouver Whitecaps II 3-1 in United Soccer League action.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Nat's Noggin Pushes Timbers Past Ex-Team On Road

At Sandy, Utah:

In the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, Nat Borchers' game-winning header against his former club carried the Portland Timbers to a 1-0 Major League Soccer road victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

The Timbers' next match is at home on Friday against the Houston Dynamo (8:00 PM Pacific Time, UniMas and Univision Deportes).

AFL Playoffs: Soul, Sharks, Rattlers Advance

The opening round of the Arena Football League playoffs concluded on Saturday with three games.


At Philadelphia:

The Philadelphia Soul defeated the visiting Cleveland Gladiators 47-35.

At Orlando, Florida:

The Jacksonville Sharks were the only road team to win their divisional playoff as they knocked off the Orlando Predators 55-33.


At Phoenix, Arizona:

Despite trailing 14-0 early, the Arizona Rattlers continued their quest of a fourth straight ArenaBowl title by dismantling the visiting Spokane Shock 72-41.

The conference championship games will take place next weekend.


Next Saturday:

Arizona vs. San Jose @ Stockton, California, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (ESPNews)


Next Sunday:

Jacksonville @ Philadelphia, 2:00 PM Pacific Time (CBS Sports Network)

AFL Playoffs: SaberCats Too Much For Thunder, Will Host Conference Title Game

At San Jose, California:

In Friday's opening game of the Arena Football League playoffs, the San Jose SaberCats dominated the visiting Portland Thunder 55-28 in a National Conference divisional playoff.

The SaberCats will host the conference championship game next Saturday against the winner of this Saturday's Spokane-Arizona contest.

The game will be played at the Stockton (California) Arena, since their regular home, the SAP Center, will be unavailable.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Charley Weaver?!

Here's Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette on the cover of the January 16, 1960 issue of TV Guide.



Here's Loretta Young on the cover of TV Guide magazine from December 4, 1953.


Why Perry, You Sonafa Barber!

Here's Perry Como on the cover of the July 3, 1953 issue of TV Guide.



Here's Red Skelton on the cover of the October 2, 1953 issue of TV Guide magazine.
Red Skelton - TV Guide Magazine [United States] (2 October 1953)

Rise With Ed

Operatic star Rise Stevens with Ed Sullivan on the cover of the June 18, 1954 issue of TV Guide.

Jolly Stoneface

Cover of the January 22, 1955 issue of TV Guide with Ed Sullivan.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Groucho and Friend

And it ain't George Fenneman.

Cover of the August 27, 1955 issue of TV Guide with Groucho Marx and the You Bet Your Life secret-word Duck.


Cover of September 8, 1956 issue of TV Guide with Elvis Presley.

Sucker Punch

Sucker-punch your teammate, lose your job, idiot.

Now, the sucker-punched quarterback, who suffered a broken jaw as a result, is expected to be out six-to-ten weeks.

And all this over a $600 ticket debt?!

Failure Of The Outlaws

Par for the course for not only Arena Football, but pro football in general in Las Vegas.  The AFL failed three times now in Vegas, as well as CFL, XFL, and UFL teams as well.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Outlaws Quit, Thunder Make ArenaBowl Playoffs; VooDoo Finished Too

Due to Sunday's demise of the Las Vegas Outlaws (who finished the regular season at 5-12-1), the Portland Thunder, who went 5-13 for the second straight season, qualified for the Arena Football League playoffs.  It's the second consecutive post-season appearance for the Thunder.

The New Orleans VooDoo (3-14-1) also folded, leaving the AFL with ten teams.

I have an inkling that this league is in big trouble.

Anyhow, here is the schedule for the opening round of the ArenaBowl playoffs with all times Pacific:



Portland @ San Jose, 8:00 PM (ESPN 2)


Spokane @ Arizona , 6:00 PM



Cleveland @ Philadelphia, 2:00 PM (CBS Sports Network)

Jacksonville @ Orlando, 4:30 PM

'57 Ramblers

Here's a magazine ad for American Motors' 1957 Ramblers.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Frank, Howard, and Dandy Don: Together Again

Frank Gifford, the Hall of Fame New York Giants Halfback and Flanker (1952-60, 1962-64, he missed the '61 season after that hard, but legal hit from Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik) perhaps best remembered as a longtime match commentator, both as analyst and play-by-play man to National Football League telecasts, as well as Kathie Lee's husband, passed away on Sunday from natural causes at his Connecticut home at age 84.

Mr. Gifford would have turned 85 years old next Sunday.

Following his retirement from pro football in 1964, Frank would spend several years as an analyst on CBS TV's coverage of NFL football.

In 1971, though, the former USC player switched over to ABC and replaced Keith Jackson as play-by-play----and straight----man to the caustic and sometimes bombastic and goofballish comments from Don Meredith and Howard Cosell on ABC'S NFL Monday Night Football.

Frank would remain with that program until 1998.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

In AFL Playoff Tune-Up, Rattlers Put Bite On Thunder, End Portland's Playoff Chances And Season

At Phoenix, Arizona:

In the Arena Football League regular-season finale for both clubs, the Arizona Rattlers (14-4) tuned up for the upcoming ArenaBowl playoffs on Saturday by dominating the visiting Portland Thunder (5-13) 67-39, eliminating the guests from playoff contention.

The victory was the Rattlers' seventh straight over the Thunder.

Energy Hold Off T2 In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Danni Konig delivered a hat trick (19', 31', 34') as the Oklahoma City Energy scored four goals in the first half and held off Portland Timbers 2 in Saturday United Soccer League play by a 4-3 margin on the road.

A home game against Vancouver Whitecaps II is on the agenda for the Timbers' USL affiliate next Sunday at 7:00 PM Pacific Time.

Riders Fall Again, Fall To 0-7

At Toronto:

Quarterback Trevor Harris threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns (one each to Vidal Hazelton and Diontae Spencer) on Saturday to rally the Toronto Argonauts (4-2) past the visiting---and still winless---Saskatchewan Roughriders (off to their first 0-7 start since 1979) 30-26 in Canadian Football League action.  The game was the Argos' first game of the season at the Rogers Centre.

Friday, August 07, 2015

FanendoMania Returns As Timbers Blank Fire, End Winless Run

At Portland, Oregon:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Fanendo Adi scored the game's only goal in the 48th minute as the Portland Timbers bagged their four-match winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire.

Next up for the Timbers, an encounter with Real Salt Lake at Sandy, Utah next Saturday night (August 15) at 7:00 PM, Pacific Time (ROOT Sports Northwest).

Color TV!

Here's an ad for RCA color television as it appeared in the November 14, 1955 issue of Life magazine.

Here's An Oldie

1950 magazine ad for Colgate Toothpaste----I mean----Colgate Dental Crème.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Ain't That A Cutie?

1948 magazine ad for Gaines Meal dog food.

Too Hot To Hold?

Here's a magazine ad for the 1956 Nash Ambassador Special, which featured the American Motors-built 250 cubic-inch, 190-horsepower V-8 engine.

Buick Mag

Here's the front cover of the October, 1941 issue of Buick Magazine.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

'60 Dodge Dart

Here's a two-page ad for the 1960 Dodge Dart, which was billed as a "fine economy car."

'60 Dodge

Here's a magazine ad for the 1960 senior Dodge cars (not including the newly-minted Dodge Dart).

'59 Dodge

Here's a magazine ad for the 1959 Dodge.

Swept-Wing 1958 Dodge!

Here's a magazine ad for the 1958 Dodge, featuring the Custom Royal Lancer four-door hardtop sedan.

Swept Wing '57 Dodge

Here's a two-page magazine ad for the 1957 Dodge, featuring the Custom Royal Lancer two-door hardtop.

Sunday, August 02, 2015


Here's a magazine ad for the 1963 Studebaker Avanti, a last-gasp effort to keep the South Bend, Indiana-based automaker alive.

Timbers Settle For Scoreless Draw In San Jose; DV8's PK Hits Crossbar

At San Jose, California:

Diego Valari's penalty kick in the 75th minute hit the crossbar on Sunday as the Portland Timbers and home-standing San Jose Earthquakes battled to a 0-0 Major League Soccer stalemate.

The Timbers' next contest is this coming Friday night at 8:00 PM Pacific Time at home against the Chicago Fire (Univision Deportes, UniMas).

Thunder Handcuff Outlaws, Keep Playoff Chances Alive

At Portland, Oregon:

Duane Brooks ran back a kickoff 56 yards for his Arena Football League single-season record eighth touchdown of the season on Saturday night as the Portland Thunder (5-12), in front of a franchise-record 14,055 fans at the Moda Center, dominated the visiting Las Vegas Outlaws (5-11-1) 64-33 in their regular-season AFL home finale and kept their flickering National Conference playoff chances alive with one game remaining, next weekend at Arizona.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

T2 Take Out Aztex In Austin

At Austin, Texas:

George Fochive scored the only goal of the match in the 54th minute on Saturday as Portland Timbers 2 defeated the home-standing Austin Aztex 1-0 on the road in United Soccer League action.