Monday, February 27, 2017

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Spanish Two Step (1935)





From September 23, 1935, here's Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys with "Spanish Two-Step," a precursor to "San Antonio Rose."

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Steel Guitar Rag (1936)





Here's Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys with their September 29, 1936 recording of "Steel Guitar Rag," featuring Leon McAuliffe on steel guitar.

Enjoy!

Ducks At #6 In Both Polls

Following road wins against the Pac-12 Conference's Bay Area schools, the Oregon Ducks find themselves at #6 in the latest Associated Press (same as last week) and USA Today/Coaches (up one spot) polls released on Monday.

With a road win on Saturday in the Civil War game against Oregon State, the Ducks would win the conference's regular-season title and earn the #1 in the upcoming Pac-12 tournament, which will be played at suburban Las Vegas.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Vikings Top Lumberjacks At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

De'Sean Parsons and Calaen Robinson each scored 16 points on Saturday night as the Portland State Vikings (14-13 overall, 7-9 in Big Sky play) defeated the visiting Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (8-21, 5-11) 84-72.

Toreros Hold Off Game Pilots In Regular-Season Finale

At San Diego:

Olin Carter III Scored 21 points while Cameron Neubauer added 18 on Saturday night as the San Diego Toreros (13-17 overall, 6-12 in West Coast play) outlasted the visiting Portland Pilots (10-21, 2-16) 85-82 in the regular-season finale for both squads.

D'Marques Tyson paced the Pilots, who dropped 16 of their last 17 games overall (and their last 16 conference games), with 24 points.

Ducks Survive Road Scare Against Cardinal

At Stanford, California:

Tyler Dorsey scored 15 points while Jordan Bell (who hit the game-winning shot with 14 seconds remaining) and Dillon Brooks each added 14 as the Oregon Ducks (26-4 overall, 15-2 in Pac-12 play; #6 in the Associated Press poll, #7 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings) held off the Stanford Cardinal (14-14, 6-10) 75-73 on the road.

Reid Travis paced the Cardinal with 27 points while grabbing 14 rebounds.  However, he committed a key turnover in Stanford's final possession to end any hope of a Cardinal victory.

Stick McGhee - Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Harlem-1947)



From Harlem Records in 1947, here's Stick McGhee's original recording of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee."

It was not until Stick rerecorded the song in 1949 for Atlantic Records that the song took off and became a big Rhythm and Blues hit.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cal Bears Devour Visiting Beavers

At Berkeley, California:

Ivan Rabb scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the California Golden Bears (19-9 overall, 10-6 in Pac-12 play) kept their hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament alive by demolishing the visiting Oregon State Beavers (5-25, 1-16) 76-46 on Friday night.

Gloria!

Here's a poolside photo of 1930s and 1940s screen actress Gloria Dickson.

CHUCK WILLIS You're Still My Baby Okeh 7015; Recorded in 1952)





Time for some old time Rhythm and Blues music from Okeh Records (Columbia's Rhythm and Blues subsidiary) in 1952 with Chuch Willis singing his own composition, "You're Still My Baby."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vikings Hold Off T-Birds

At Portland, Oregon:

De'Sean Parsons scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds on Thursday night to help lead the Portland State Vikings (13-13 overall, 6-9 in Big Sky play) to a 93-86 home victory over Southern Utah (5-23, 3-12) despite a 30-point, 12-rebound performance from the Thunderbirds' Randy Onwuasor.

Elijah Bryant Helps BYU Smother Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Elijah Bryant sank seven three-point baskets en route to a career-high 39 points on Thursday night as the BYU Cougars (20-10 overall, 11-6 in West Coast play) dominate the Portland Pilots (10-20, 2-15) 97-78 on the road.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cardinal Send Beavers Back To Earth

At Stanford, California:

Reid Travis scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Wednesday night as the Stanford Cardinal (14-13 overall, 6-9 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (5-24, 1-15) 79-66.

Drew Eubanks, who scored 21 points to pace the Beavers, grabbed 14 rebounds.


Dillon Brooks Delivers Again As Ducks Erase 14-Point Halftime Deficit And Upend Cal Bears On Road To Keep Pac-12 Title Hopes Alive

At Berkeley, California:

Dillon Brooks, who scored 22 points on Wednesday night, sank a three-point shot with 0.2 seconds remaining to lift the Oregon Ducks (25-4 overall, 14-2 in Pac-12 play; #6 in the Associated Press poll, #7 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings), who were down by 14 points at halftime (and 16 early in the second half), to a 68-65 road victory over the California Golden Bears (18-9, 9-6) that kept their chances of winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title alive.

Jabari Bird paced the Bears with 20 points.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Gig For Magic As Mitch Gets The Boot

The Lakers have missed the NBA Playoffs a franchise-record three straight seasons.

Glenda!

Here's a glamour photo of screen actress Glenda Farrell.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ducks Climb A Spot In Both Polls

After completing a perfect home season with wins over Utah and Colorado, the Oregon Ducks climbed up a spot in the latest Associated Press (to #6) and USA Today/Coaches (#7) polls that were released on Monday.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Beavers Erase 13-Point Deficit, Knock Off Utes, End Losing Streak, Pick Up First Conference Victory

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Stephen Thompson, Jr. scored 24 of his career-high 31 points in the second half on Sunday as the Oregon State Beavers (5-23 overall, 1-14 in Pac-12 play) overcame a 13-point second-half deficit and upended the visiting Utah Runnin' Utes (17-10, 8-7) 68-67 to snap a 14-game losing streak and collect their first Pac-12 Conference victory of the season.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dons Ground Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Chase Foster scored 18 points on Saturday night as the San Francisco Dons (19-10 overall, 9-7 in West Coast play) bounced back from their lopsided Thursday defeat against Gonzaga by overpowering the Portland Pilots (9-19, 2-14) 65-51 on the road.

Jazz Johnson scored 18 points to pace the Pilots, who have now dropped fourteen straight contests.

Griz Hold Off Vikes In Missoula

At Portland, Oregon:

Ahmaad Rorie scored 28 points on Saturday night as the Montana Grizzlies (14-14 overall, 9-6 in Big Sky play) held off the visiting Portland State Vikings (12-13, 5-9) 85-82, despite 23 points from the visitors' Deontae North.

Ducks Avenge Recent Defeat At Colorado, Turn Buffaloes Into Hamburger; Home Winning Streak Now At 42 Games

At Eugene, Oregon:

Dillon Brooks scored 23 points on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (24-4 overall, 13-2 in Pac-12 play; #7 in the Associated Press poll, #8 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings) avenged their defeat back on January 28 at Boulder and stretched their home winning streak---the longest current such streak in Division I---to 42 games following their 101-73 demolition of the Colorado Buffaloes (16-12, 6-9).

Dylan Ennis added 20 points to Oregon's coffers.

It was the Ducks' regular-season home finale as they will wrap up league play at California, then Stanford, before facing Oregon State at Corvallis.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hedy!

Time for another glamor photo of screen legend and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pilots Grounded Again

At Portland, Oregon:

Anthony Townes scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on Thursday night as the Pacific Tigers (10-18 overall, 4-11 in West Coast play) polished off the home-standing Portland Pilots (9-18, 2-13) 76-65.

Jazz Johnson paced the Pilots (who have now dropped 13 consecutive games) with 23 points.

Vikings Suffer Tough OT Defeat At Bozeman

At Bozeman, Montana:

Tyler Hall, who scored 24 points, hit the game-winning jumper with five seconds remaining in overtime on Thursday as the Montana State Bobcats (13-14 overall, 8-6 in Big Sky play) held off the visiting Portland State Vikings (12-12, 5-8) 92-90, despite 28 points and nine rebounds from the guests' De'Sean Parsons.

Buffaloes Keep Beavers Winless In Conference Play

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Derrick White scored 20 points and came up with three steals on Thursday night as the Colorado Buffaloes (16-11 overall, 6-8 in Pac-12 play) kept the hapless Oregon State Beavers (4-23, 0-14) winless in conference play following their 60-52 road victory.

The Beavers have now dropped fourteen straight games.

Ducks Prove To Be Too Much For Utes, Stretch Home Winning Streak To 41

At Eugene, Oregon:

Dillon Brooks scored 20 points on Thursday night as the Oregon Ducks (23-4 overall, 12-2 in Pac-10 play; #7 in the Associated Press poll, #8 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings) stretched their home winning streak---the longest current such streak in Division I---to 41 games following their 79-61 domination of the Utah Runnin' Utes (17-8, 8-6).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sultry Claire

Here's another glamour photo of 1930s and early 1940s screen actress Claire Dodd.

More Madeleine

Here's another glamor shot of Madeleine Carroll.

Madeleine

Here's another glamor photo of 1930s and 1940s screen actress Madeleine Carroll.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Drop Two Spots In Both Polls, Stay In Top Ten

After splitting their two games in Los Angeles this past week, the Oregon Ducks dropped two spots in both the Associated Press (now at #7) and USA Today/Coaches (#8) men's college basketball polls. 

The Ducks stayed in the Top Ten in both polls.

As has been the case all season long, the Ducks have been the only Beaver State men's Division I program to receive any support in either poll.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lonzo's Big Day Helps Bruins Send Beavers To 13th Straight Defeat

At Los Angeles:

Lonzo Bell scored 22 points and dished out nine assists on Sunday as the UCLA Bruins (23-3 overall, 10-3 in Pac-12 play; #10 in the Associated Press poll, #9 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings) defeated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (4-22, 0-13) and handing the visitors their thirteen successive defeat in the process.

The Beavers are one of only three men's Division I schools still winless in conference play (SIU-Edwardsville in the Ohio Valley Conference [0-13], North Carolina A&T in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference [0-10])

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Vikings Drop OT Thriller At Home To Wildcats

At Portland, Oregon:

Jeremy Senglin scored six of his season-high 32 points in overtime on Saturday night as the Weber State Wildcats (15-8 overall, 10-2 in Big Sky play) defeated the Portland State Vikings (12-11, 5-7) 96-93.

Ryan Richardson added 22 points to the Wildcats' coffers.

De'Sean Parsons paced the Vikings (who have now dropped five of their last six starts) with 32 points.

Ducks Bounce Back, Topple Trojans In LA

At Los Angeles:

Dillon Brooks scored 21 points while Tyler Dorsey added 19 on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks (22-4 overall, 11-2 in Pac-12 play; #5 in the Associated Press poll, #6 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings) bounced back and defeated the Southern California Trojans (21-5, 8-5) 81-70.

The victory was the Ducks' 14th in a row over the Trojans, whose five game winning ran came to an end.

LMU Stretches Pilots Losing Skid To 12

At Los Angeles:

Buay Tuach and Brandon Brown each scored 18 points on Saturday afternoon as the Loyola Marymount Lions (12-13 overall, 5-9 in West Coast play) snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the visiting Portland Pilots (9-17, 2-12) 66-60 as the guests suffered their twelfth consecutive defeat.

I Wonder Who's On The Phone With Claire

Here's Claire Dodd in a scene from the 1935 Warner Brothers motion picture "The Payoff."

More Madge!

Here's another glamour photo of 1930s screen actress Madge Evans.

Madge!

Here's another glamour photo of former child model and actress Madge Evans.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vikes Top Bengals, Snap Losing Skid

At Portland, Oregon:

Deontae North and Zach Gengler each scored 14 points on Thursday night as the Portland State Vikings (12-10 overall, 5-6 in Big Sky play) ended their four-match losing streak by holding off the visiting Idaho State Bengals (6-18, 3-8) 74-69.

Gaels Top Punchless Pilots

At Moraga, California:

At Moraga, California:

Jock Landale scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Thursday night as the Saint Mary's Gaels (22-2 overall, 12-1 in WCC play; #20 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls) overcame a sluggish shooting performance to defeat the struggling Portland Pilots (9-16, 2-11) 51-41 at home.

Jazz Johnson, who scored 10 points, was the only Pilot who scored in double figures as Portland dropped its' 11th straight game.

Trojans Dominate Beavers, Keep Oregon State Winless In Conference Play

At Los Angeles:

Shaqquan Aaron scored 21 points on Thursday night as the Southern California Trojans (21-4 overall, 8-4 in Pac-12 play) racked up their fifth consecutive conference victory by dominating the visiting Oregon State Beavers (4-21, 0-12) 92-66.

The Beavers have now dropped 12 straight games and 18 of their last 19.

Ducks Impersonate Atlanta Falcons, Blow Big Lead, Fall At UCLA

At Los Angeles:

Aaron Holiday, who scored 15 points, delivered a three-point basket with four minutes remaining on Thursday night to give UCLA (22-3 overall, 9-3 in Pac-12 play; #10 in the Associated Press poll, #9 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings) their first lead of the match as the Bruins ultimately battled back from a 19-point deficit to knock off the visiting Oregon Ducks (21-4, 10-2; #5 AP, #6 Coaches) 82-79.

Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey each scored 19 points to pace the Ducks.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Claire

Here's a glamor photo of 1930s and early 1940s screen actress Claire Dodd.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Niners' New Head Coach

This is going to be a tall order for the Atlanta Falcons' erstwhile offensive coordinator.  His Atlanta offense led the NFL in scoring during the regular season, thanks in large part to the play of league MVP quarterback Matt Ryan.

Suspect play calling was made late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl, which saw the Falcons blow a 25-point lead and lose in overtime to the New England Patriots.

The Niners, who have the second overall pick in this year's collegiate draft, have won a total of 15 games the last three seasons (eight of those victories came in 2014 under former head coach Jim Harbaugh) and are coming off their fourth 2-14 campaign.

Kyle's dad Mike coached the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the late 1990s.  Then again, he had Hall-of-Fame quarterback John Elway leading the way.

The two quarterbacks San Francisco employed this past season---Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert----are not exactly Hall-of-Fame types.

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Climb Into Top Ten In Both Polls

Following their Saturday frontier-styled fist-beating of then-#5 (and unbeaten in Pac-12 play) Arizona, the Oregon Ducks climbed up on Monday to #5 in the Associated Press men's college basketball poll (up eight spots from last week) and #6 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings (up seven).

Super Bowl LI: Post-Mortem

As Tom Brady led the New England Patriots on a historic comeback in Sunday's Super Bowl, one must not forget the overtly aggressive play  calling on behalf of Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator (and incoming San Francisco 49ers head coach) Kyle Shanahan.

Two plays in the Falcons' next-to-last offensive possession of the game stand out here:  two plays after Julio Jones' incredible catch, which should have been the biggest plays in Atlanta's 51-year history, quarterback Matt Ryan, from the Patriots' 22 yard line, attempted a pass, only to get hammered by Trey Flowers for a 12-yard loss.

Then, Matty Ice threw a pass for a nine-yard completion to Mohamed Sanu, only to have it wiped out by Jake Matthews' holding penalty.

Then, Mr. Ryan threw an incomplete pass on 3rd down and 33 yards to go.  Then, the Falcons punted.

On the ensuing offensive possession, which including one of the sickest, illest, catches ever, that unbelievable grab by Julian Edelman, the Patriots scored a touchdown, then made the two-point conversion to tie the game.

The Pats won the toss leading into the first-ever Super Bowl overtime period, marched down the field while mowing down the Falcons' tired defense, and saw James White score the touchdown from two-yards out.  Ball game. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017

PATRIOTS ERASE 25-POINT DEFICIT, UPEND FALCONS IN FIRST SUPER BOWL DECIDED IN OT; TOM BRADY NAMED GAME MVP

At Houston:

Running back James White scored his third touchdown on Sunday night, a two-yard run in the series' first-ever overtime period as the New England Patriots erased a 25-point third-quarter deficit and upended the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI by scoring 31 unanswered points.

Quarterback Tom Brady, named the game's Most Valuable Player for a record fourth time, completed 43 of a Super-Bowl record 62 passes for a series-record 466 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichik became the first head coach to win five Super Bowls as well as New England staged the biggest comeback in series history.

The 25-point deficit was the biggest ever to be overcome in Super Bowl history.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

BYU Grounds Visiting Pilots As Portland's Recent Woes Continue

At Provo, Utah:

Eric Mika scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Saturday as the Brigham Young Cougars (17-8 overall, 8-4 in WCC play) handed the visiting Portland State Vikings (9-15, 2-10) their tenth straight defeat, 73-62.

Gabe Taylor paced the Pilots with 20 points.

The victory was #300 for Cougars coach Dave Rose.

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class For 2017: LT, TD, Jerry Jones Amongst Those Elected

Seven figures were elected on Saturday to the Professional Football Hall of Fame:

LaDanian Tomlinson, the long-time San Diego Chargers running back who was NFL Most Valuable Player in 2006 and who made three All-Pro teams, led the league twice in rushing (2006, 2007) and rushing touchdowns on three occasions (2004, 2006, 2007)

Terrell Davis, a Denver Broncos running back whose outstanding career was cut to seven years due to injuries, averaged 1,603 yards on the ground in his first four seasons with Denver and helped lead the Broncos to back-to-back Super bowl titles (SB XXXII and SB XXIII).

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys since 1989.  During the first seven seasons of his ownership, the Cowboys won three Super Bowls (SB XXVII, SB XXVIII, SB XXX), first under Jimmy Johnson, then under Barry Switzer, with Hall-of-Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvan helping to lead the way.

For most of his career, defensive end Jason Taylor was a standout for the Miami Dolphins, having earned a reputation as being one of the NFL's more dominant and consistent pass rushers during his career.  He ended his career with 139.5 sacks, ranking seventh on the all-time NFL career list.  He forced 46 fumbles, intercepted eight passes (returning three for touchdowns), and recovered 29 fumbles (returning six for TDs).

Kurt Warner, a former Arena Football League and NFL Europe League quarterback, led the St. Louis Rams to their only Super Bowl title (SB XXXIV, game MVP) and who was named NFL MVP in 1999 and led the league in passing three straight seasons (1999-2001). He played in three Super Bowls (SB XXXVI with St. Louis and SB XLIII with Arizona) and came close to becoming a three-time Super Bowl champion.

Morten Andersen, the NFL's all-time leading scorer, was an outstanding placekicker whose career lasted 25 years, making 79.7% of his kicks.  He's only the second kicker to make it to the Hall of Fame (after Jan Stenerud). He scored more than 90 points in 22 different seasons and over 100 in 14.

Kenny Easley played safety for the Seattle Seahawks from 1981-87 and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984.  He was a five-time All-Pro and a member of the league's All-Decade Team of the 1980s.  He had 32 career interceptions, three of which he ran back for touchdowns.


Vikings Drop 3-OT Heartbreaker On Road

At Cheney, Washington:

Jacob Wiley (who grabbed 17 rebounds) and Bogdan Bliznyuk (who grabbed 10 rebounds) tied Rodney Stuckey's single-game school record by scoring 45 points apiece on Saturday as the Eastern Washington Eagles (16-8 overall, 8-3 in Big Sky play) outlasted the visiting Portland State Vikings (11-10, 4-6) 130-124 in triple overtime.

The game set Big Sky Conference records for most points scored by a single team and most points combined scored by both teams.

De'Sean Parsons (35 points) and Deontae North (30) each delivered career highs for the Vikings.

Sun Devils Keep Beavers Winless In Pac-12 Play

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Shannon Evans II and Torian Graham each scored 21 points on Saturday as the Arizona State Sun Devils (11-13 overall, 4-7 in Pac-12 play) defeated the Oregon State Beavers (4-20, 0-11) 81-68.

Drew Eubanks scored 22 points (while grabbing 17 rebounds) to pace the Beavers, who have now dropped 11 straight games.  OSU, one season after their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990, have now assured themselves of a 20+ loss season.

Ducks Bury Zona, Hand Wildcats First Conference Defeat; Home Winning Streak At 40, Now Tops In Division I

At Eugene, Oregon:

Tyler Dorsey scored 23 points on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (21-3 overall, 10-1 in Pac-12 play; #13 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls) snapped the visiting Arizona Wildcats' (21-3, 10-1; #5 AP and Coaches) 15-game winning streak by handing the visitors their first conference setback of the season 85-58.

The decisive victory was the Ducks' 40th consecutive win at home, which is now the longest such streak in Division I, following Kansas' 92-89 overtime home defeat against Iowa State (the Jayhawks had won 51 straight at home).

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Ducks Hold Off Sun Devils For 39th Straight Home Win

At Eugene, Oregon:

Dillon Brooks scored 27 points on Thursday night as the Oregon Ducks (20-3 overall, 9-1 in Pac-12 play) held off the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils (10-13, 3-7) 71-70 for their 39th successive win at home. 

Shannon Evans II paced the Sun Devils with 28 points.

Vandals Too Much For Vikings

At Moscow, Idaho:

Victor Sanders scored a career-high 40 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field (including seven three-point buckets) on Thursday night as the Idaho Vandals (11-10 overall, 6-4 in Big Sky play) defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (11-9, 4-5) 89-72, overcoming career scoring highs from the guests' Deontae North (29 points) and De'Sean Parsons (23).

Broncos Buck Flagging Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Jared Brownridge converted three three-point shots en route to a 17-point performance on Thursday night as the Santa Clara Broncos (13-11 overall, 7-4 in WCC play) handed the struggling Portland Pilots (9-14, 2-9) their ninth straight defeat, 60-45 on the road.

Wildcats Dominate Beavers In Corvallis, Stay Unbeaten In Pac-12 Play (OSU Still Looking For First League Victory)

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Allonzo Trier scored 18 points on Thursday night to propel the Arizona Wildcats (20-2 overall, 10-0 in Pac-12 play; #5 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls) to a 71-54 road victory over the Oregon State Beavers (4-19, 0-10), who are still in search of their first conference victory.

The Wildcats used a 23-2 second-half run to put the hapless Beavers away.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

More Connie

Here's another glamour photo of Constance Bennett.

Connie

Here's another glamour photo of screen legend Constance Bennett.