Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hard-Fought Win For Pilots

At Portland, Oregon:

Thomas van der Mars scored 19 points to pace the Portland Pilots (3-4) past the visiting Division III Lewis & Clark Pioneers (3-2) 76-64 on Tuesday.

Johnathan Loyd Three-Pointers Carry Ducks To Fourth Straight Win

At Eugene, Oregon:

Johnathan Loyd scored 24 points, 18 of them from a career-high six three-pointers on Tuesday night as the Oregon Ducks (4-1) racked up their fourth successive victory, 64-59 over the visiting UTEP Miners (1-4)

Chapters Two and Three of "Holt of the Secret Service"

After last weekend's pre-emption, we present both Chapters Two ("Rampart of Revenge")

and Three ("Illicit Wealth") of Holt of the Secret Service, our 1941 Columbia Pictures serial.

of Holt of the Secret Service, our 1941 Columbia Pictures serial.

Enjoy the double play!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bleak Sunday For Some College Football Coaches

Even with a shot at going to the Rose Bowl, this one's on his way out at his Alma Mater.

Message to another one:  hey, this ain't the Mid-American Conference!

And how 'bout THIS one who saw his team start 6-0, then lose six in a row?

For more on the demise of two other Pac-12 Conference coaches, check here and here.

The bloodletting wasn't restricted to BCS conferences, either.  Didn't matter that this was his alma mater.

Ducks Climb Up A Spot In BCS

In the aftermath of their Civil War thrashing of Oregon State, the Oregon Ducks moved up one spot in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings to #9.  They also moved up a spot, to #8 in the Associated Press media poll, while moving up two places to #7 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings.

As for the Beavers, they dropped down slightly to a tie for 87th place with Washington State.

Charles Odum Leads Vikes To Another Win

At Laramie, Wyoming:

Charles Odum scored 25 points on Sunday as the Portland State Vikings (4-2) defeated the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (1-7) 79-69 in the Jim Thorpe Classic.


At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Quarterback Travis Lulay, named the game's Most Valuable Player,  completed 21 passes for 320 yards as the British Columbia Lions won the 99th edition of the Grey Cup Final 34-23 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday.

It was the Lions' sixth Grey Cup championship.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Darius Miller And Friends Too Much For Pilots

At Lexington, Kentucky:

Darius Miller and Terrence Jones each scored 19 points while Anthony Davis added 13, while pulling 12 rebounds and coming up with four blocked shots as the #2-ranked (AP) Kentucky Wildcats (6-0) overpowered the visiting Portland Pilots(2-4) 87-63 on Saturday.

Vikings Dump La Tech

At Laramie, Wyoming:

Charles Odum scored a career-high 27 points as the Portland State Vikings (3-2) overpowered the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-2) 66-48 on Saturday in the round-robin Jim Thorpe Classic.

Road Win for Beavers

At Towson, Maryland:

The Oregon State Beavers (5-1) defeated the winless Towson Tigers (0-5) on the road 66-46 on Saturday. Devon Collier scored 13 points to pace the Beavers.  Jared Cunningham, Joe Burton, and Roberto Nelson each added 12 for the visitors.


At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Darron Thomas threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns as the Oregon Ducks (10-2 overall, 8-1 in Pac-12 play) , ranked #10 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, smothered the visiting Oregon State Beavers (3-9, 3-6) 49-21 on Saturday in the 115th edition of the Civil War Game to win the Pacific-12 Conference's Northern Division title and a home encounter with UCLA in next Friday night's conference championship game with the winner heading for the Rose Bowl.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cowboys Lasso Vikings In Laramie

At Laramie, Wyoming:

Adam Waddell scored 15 points and Luke Martinez added 13 as the Wyoming Cowboys (4-1) defeated the visiting Portland State Vikings (2-2) 65-51 in the Jim Thorpe Classic.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

John Tops Jim In Harbaugh Brothers Bowl As Ravens Register Nine Sacks As Baltimore Ends Niners' Win Streak At Eight

At Baltimore:

The Baltimore Ravens' (8-3) defense sacked San Francisco 49ers (9-2) quarterback Alex Smith nine times on Thursday night while Joe Flacco connected with tight end Dennis Pitta on a eight-yard pass for the game's lone touchdown and Billy Cundit made three field goals (39, 23, 39 yards) as the Ravens ended the visiting Niners' eight-game winning streak 16-6.  Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh bested younger brother Jim in the first National Football League game in which two brothers squared against head other.  Friday is Jim and John's parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  Congrats to Jack and Jackie Harbaugh!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ducks Hand Huskers First Defeat

At Lincoln, Nebraska:

Garrett Sim scored 20 points and E. J. Singler added 14 as the Oregon Ducks (3-1) knocked off the previously unbeaten Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1) 83-76 on the road on Wednesday night.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gauchos Lasso Pilots

At Santa Barbara, California:

Orlando Johnson scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as UC-Santa Barbara (4-0) maintained their perfect start to the season following their 83-69 home win on Tuesday night over the Portland Pilots (2-3).  Jaime Sena also had a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) for the Gauchos while James Nunnally added 22 points to the UCSB coffers.  Ryan Nicholas led the visiting Pilots with 16 points.

Monday, November 21, 2011

No Trouble For Vikings Against D3 Wildcats

At Portland, Oregon:

Chehales Tapscott scored 19 points, while Charles Odum added 16 and Nate Lozeau 14 (to go with his 12 rebounds) on Monday as the Portland State Vikings (2-1) manhandled the visiting Division III Linfield Wildcats (0-1) 101-64.

Vandy Hands Beavers First Defeat In TicketCity Legends Classic Final

At East Rutherford, New Jersey:

Brad Tinsley hit the game-winning shot with 4.5 seconds remaining while John Jenkins, named tournament Most Valuable Player, scored 14 points as the #18 ranked (AP) Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the previously-unbeaten Oregon State Beavers 64-62 in Monday's final of the TicketCity Legends Classic.  The Beavers' Jared Cunningham, who scored 72 points in his two most recent previous games, was held to nine points.  Both teams are now 4-1 on the year.

Larry Munson, Longtime Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs, R. I. P.

Larry Munson, the retired long-time radio voice of Georgia Bulldogs college football, best remembered for his distinctive, unapologetic, and gravelly delivery, passed away at Athens, Georgia on Sunday night after complications from pneumonia at age 89.

Mr. Munson worked radio broadcasts for the Southeastern Conference school from 1966 until 2008.

Here's Larry's most famous, or infamous, call, that of quarterback Buck Belue's 93-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Lindsay Scott as the Bulldogs defeated the Florida Gators 27-21 in the 1980 edition of "The World's Biggest Cocktail Party" at Jacksonville, Florida's old Gator Bowl Staium.

The Bulldogs went on to win the national championship that year.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grey Cup Playoffs: Lions Vs. Blue Bombers For All The Marbles

The two division finals in the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs were played on Sunday.

Eastern Division:

At Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Chris Garrett ran for 190 yards and a touchdown as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers smothered the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19-3.

Western Division:

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Travis Lulay threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the British Columbia Lions defeated the visiting Edmonton Eskimos 40-23.

The Lions will host the Blue Bombers in the 99th Grey Cup Final, which will be played next Sunday.

Cougs Top Pilots In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Faisal Aden scored 21 points, while Brock Morton added 13 and DaVonte Lacy contributed 11 as the Washington State Cougars (2-1) topped the Portland Pilots (2-2) 83-73 on the road on Sunday.

Ducks Use Big Run To Put SE Missouri State Away

At Eugene, Oregon:

E. J. Singler scored 21 points, while Garrett Slim and Jeremy Jacob added 14 and 10 respectively as the Oregon Ducks (2-1), who went on a mid-game 32-1 run, overpowered visiting Southeast Missouri State (1-3) 86-61 on Sunday.

Ducks Fall In Both Polls, BCS

Following the Saturday night home defeat to USC, the Oregon Ducks dropped six places to #10 in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, released on Sunday.  The Ducks drop five places to #9 in both the media and coaches polls.

The top three BCS spots are occupied by schools from the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference, LSU, Alabama, and Arkansas.

After their Saturday home win over Washington, the Oregon State Beavers climbed up to #87 in the BCS rankings.

Niners Top Cards To Clinch First Winning Season Since 2002

At San Francisco:

Alex Smith threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns ( 8 yards to Kyle Williams and 18 yards to Vernon Davis) as the San Francisco 49ers (9-1) assured themselves of their first winning season since 2002 with their eighth consecutive victory on Sunday, 23-7 over the visiting Arizona Cardinals (3-7).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trojans Hold Off Ducks Comeback For Win In Eugene, Effectively Ending Oregon's BCS Title Game Hopes; Stanford Win Over Cal Forces Oregon To Win Civil War To Win Pac-12 North Crown

At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Matt Barkley completed 26 of 34 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday night as the Southern California Trojans (ranked #18 in the Associated Press poll; 9-2 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12 play) held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Oregon Ducks (#4 in the BCS rankings, AP and USA Today/Coaches polls; 9-2, 7-1) to end the hosts' FBS-leading 21-game home winning streak 38-35, effectively ending Oregon's shot at a return to the BCS National Championship game.  With Stanford's 31-28 home win over California later Saturday night, the Ducks must defeat Oregon State at home in next Saturday's Civil War game in order to claim the Pacific-12 Conference's Northern Division title.

Beavers Remain Unbeaten After OT Win Over 'Horns

At East Rutherford, New Jersey:

Jared Cunningham scored a career-high 37 points on Saturday as the Oregon State Beavers (4-0) defeated the Texas Longhorns (2-1) 100-95 in overtime in the semifinal round of the TicketCity Legends Classic.  The Beavers will take on #18-ranked (Associated Press poll) Vanderbilt in Monday's final.  The Commodores defeated North Carolina State 86-79 in the other semifinal match.  The win was Oregon State's first over the Longhorns since the Far West Classic in December 1967.

Beavers Overpower Visiting Huskies

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns as the Oregon State Beavers (3-8 overall, 3-5 in Pac-12 play) defeated the visiting Washington Huskies (6-5, 4-4) 38-21 on the gridiron on Saturday.  It was the Beavers' seventh win over the Huskies in the last eight encounters.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ducks Outlast Eagles At Home

At Eugene, Oregon:

Garrett Slim scored 17 points while Tyrone Naren tacked on additional 15 on Thursday as the Oregon Ducks (1-1) defeated the visiting Eastern Washington Eagles (1-2) 73-65 in men's college basketball action.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

First 3-0 Start For Beavers In 11 Years

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Career highs for Jared Cunningham (35 points) and Devon Collier (25) carried the Oregon State Beavers (3-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season) to a 82-72 win over Hofstra (1-1) on Wednesday night in the TicketCity Legends Classic.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Comeback Win For Vikings

At Portland, Oregon:

Chehales Tapscott (who scored 12 points and pulled in 11 rebounds) hit the game-winning shot with 4.9 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Portland State Vikings (1-1) came from behind to overtake the visiting Seattle Redhawks (0-1) 66-65.  Charles Odum led the Vikings with 17 points.  Nate Lozeau also had a double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) for Portland State.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Huskies Ground Undersized Pilots In World Vision Classic Finale

At Seattle:

Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 24 points in the first half as the Washington Huskies (3-0) had runs of 11-2 at the end of the opening half and 14-3 at the start of the second half as they mauled the Portland Pilors (2-1) 93-63 on Monday night in the final match of the World Vision Basketball Classic.

Beavers Way Too Much For D2 West Alabama

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Jared Cunningham scored 17 points while Joe Burton and Devon Collier each added 14 as the Oregon State Beavers (2-0) manhandled the visiting Division II West Alabama Tigers (0-1) 93-60 on Monday night in the TicketCity Legends Classic.

More Woe For JoePa

The deposed former Penn State head coach had his name removed from the Big 10 Conference's football championship trophy, to presented on December 3 to the winner of the conference's inaugural championship game in Indianapolis.

For God's Sake, Please Don't Dance On The Car!

Here's a commercial for the 1962 Studebaker Lark.

Now A Word For A Mouthwash That's 25% Booze

Here's a commercial for Listerine that aired during a 1952 ABC Network telecast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  What was then known as Lambert Pharmacal, which made Listerine, was with Hotpoint Appliances, an alternating sponsor of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson's ABC sitcom during that show's first four years on the air. 

Lambert Pharmacal later became Warner-Lambert, which is now part of Pfizer.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ducks Climb Up To #4 In Both Polls, BCS

Following their Saturday road beat down of previously-unbeaten Stanford, the Oregon Ducks climbed up two spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls and three places in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, up to #4 in all three cases.

After dropping a road decision to California, the Oregon State Beavers fall from #99 to a tie for #101 with Fresno State in the BCS rankings.

Niners Hold Off Giants For Seventh Straight Win

At San Francisco:

Alex Smith threw 31 yards for a touchdown to Vernon Davis (and threw to Michael Crabtree for a successful two-point conversion) and running back Kendall Hunter raced 17 yards for another score, both TDs taking place during the fourth quarter in which the San Francisco 49ers (8-1, their best start since 1997) scored fifteen unanswered points before holding off the visiting New York Giants (6-3) 27-20 for their seventh successive victory as they maintained their five-game bulge atop the NFC West Division on Sunday.

Another Win For The Pilots

At Seattle:

In Sunday action from the World Vision Classic, Nemanja Mitrovic scored 13 points as the Portland Pilots (2-0) defeated the Georgia State Panthers (0-2) 66-61.

Grey Cup Playoffs: Alouettes Dethroned; Ticats, Eskimos Advance To Division Finals

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs got under way on Sunday with the two divisional semifinal contests.

Eastern Division:

At Montreal:

Quinton Porter ran one yard for the game-winning touchdown (his second of the game) in overtime as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dethroned the two-time defending Grey Cup champions Montreal Alouettes 52-44 on the road in the Eastern Division semifinal.  The Ticats will travel to Winnipeg to face the Blue Bomber's in next Sunday's Eastern Division final.

Western Division:

At Edmonton, Alberta:

The Edmonton Eskimos, with first-half touchdowns from linebacker Damaso Munoz (who returned a fumble 77 yards), running back Jerrome Messam (seven-yard run), and wide receiver Jason Barnes (four-yard reception of a Ricky Ray pass), defeated the visiting Calgary Stampeders 33-19 in their Western Conference semifinal.  The Eskimos will travel to Vancouver for Next Sunday's Western Conference Final against the British Columbia Lions for the right to play in the Grey Cup Final.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Time For A New Serial

Starting this week, we present this 15-chapter serial from Columbia Pictures in 1941, Holt of the Secret Service.  In this one, Secret Service agent Jack Holt, along with his partner, agent R49, are sent to stop a gang of counterfeiters that have kidnapped the government's best engraver and are forcing him to print funny money.

Is that what we have been doing the last century?

This serial stars Jack Holt in the title role along with Evelyn Brent, Montague Shaw, Tristram Coffin, John Ward, Ted Adams, Joe McGuinn, Edward Hearn, Ray Parsons, and Jack Cheatham.  With original screen play by Basil Dickey, George Plympton, and Wyndham Gittens, this serial is directed by James W. Horne.

Our first chapter is entitled "Chaotic Greek."


Ducks Dominate Cardinal To Take Lead In Pac-12 North

At Palo Alto, California:

Running back LaMichael James ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns (of 1, 4, and 58 yards) while quarterback Darron Thomas threw for 155 yards and three more scores as the Oregon Ducks (#7 in the BCS rankings; 9-1 overall, 7-0 in Pac-12 play) dominated the previously-undefeated Stanford Cardinal (#4 in BCS; 9-1, 7-1) 53-30 on the road on Saturday night to take sole possession of first place in the Pacific-12 Conference's Northern Division.  A win in either of their final two regular season games would give the Ducks the division title and home field advantage in next month's inaugural Pac-12 Conference title game.

Bears, In Final Game At AT&T Park, Heap More Misery On Beavers

At San Francisco:

In their final home game at AT&T Park before returning to their renovated on-campus stadium, the California Golden Bears (6-4 overall, 3-4 in Pac-12 play) achieved bowl eligibility with their 23-6 win over the Oregon State Beavers (2-8, 2-5) on Saturday.  It was the Bears' first home win over the Beavers since 1997.  Isi Sofele ran for a career-high 190 yards and a touchdown (20 yards) while quarterback Zach Maynard threw for a touchdown (19 yards to Michael Calvin) and ran for another (5 yards).  The Bears gained 296 on the ground to the Beavers' 27.

Pilots Top Owls In Season Opener

At Seattle:

Derrick Rodgers' basket with 28 seconds remaining gave the Portland Pilots (1-0) the lead, and the West Coast Conference school, led by Nemanja Mitrovic's 18 points, defeated Florida Atlantic (0-1) 70-65 in action in the World Vision Classic.  It was the regular-season men's basketball opener for both schools.

Beavers Start Basketball Season On Right Foot

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Ahmad Starks and Joe Burton each scored 16 points on Saturday as the Oregon State Beavers (1-0) started their men's basketball season on the right track with a 86-62 home win over Cal State Bakersfield (0-1)

In Case You Cared

At State College, Pennsylvania:

Despite a second-half comeback effort, the Penn State Nittany Lions (ranked #12 in the BCS rankings; 8-2 overall, 5-1 in Big-10 play) fell 17-14 at home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (#19 in BCS; 8-2, 4-2) on Saturday in their first post-Joe Paterno era contest.  Rex Burkhead ran for 121 yards and what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown for the 'Huskers.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Vikings Drop Season Opener On The Road

At Denver:

Brian Stafford scored a career-high 32 points as the Denver Pioneers (1-0) held off the visiting Portland State Vikings (0-1) 69-61 on Friday in the men's collegiate basketball regular-season opener for both schools.

Ducks Drop Season Opener

At Nashville, Tennessee:

John Jenkins scored 24 points while Jeffery Taylor added 21 as the Vanderbilt Commodores (ranked #7 in the Associated Press media poll; 1-0) defeated the visiting Oregon Ducks (0-1) 78-64 on Friday in the men's college basketball season opener for both schools.

You Can Now Call Them....

The artists formerly known as the Florida Marlins.

Marlins new hat

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time For A Screen Song!

From 1934, here's "This Little Piggie Went To Market," an installment of Max Fleischer's Screen Song series, released by Paramount Pictures, with guest vocalist Singin' Sam.  With animation by Hicks Lokey and Paul Fennell, this cartoon was directed by Max's brother, Dave Fleischer.  This is a UM&M TV syndication print.


Time For More Hijinks With Van Beuren's Tom and Jerry!

From 1931, here are Tom and Jerry starring in "A Swiss Trick."  With music by Gene Rodemich, this cartoon, released by RKO Radio Pictures, was produced by Amadee J. Van Beuren and directed by John Foster and George Stallings.


Time For A Tom And Jerry Cartoon!

Only NOT that Tom and Jerry.  From the Van Beuren studios in New York City in 1932, here are the boys in "Pots and Pans."  Produced by Amadee J. Van Beuren and distributed theatrically by RKO Radio Pictures, this cartoon, with music by Gene Rodemich, was directed by John Foster and George Rufle.


Yes, Virginia

ABC did have a television network in 1950, as this advertisement from Look magazine from March 28 of that year indicates.  My apologies for the massive size.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

An Era Officially Ends

61 years at the school, nearly 46 of them as the head football coach, flushed down the toilet because of an alleged serial pedophile who worked on his coaching staff.

The university president also got the boot.

It's Movie Time, Gang!

Originally released by Sono-Art World Wide Pictures, it's time for the 1932 movie "The Crooked Circle."  In this one, a group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.  This movie stars Zasu Pitts, James Gleason, and Ben Lyon.  Produced by William Sistrom and directed by H. Bruce Humberstone, with screenplay by Ralph Spence and additional dialogue by Tim Whelan.  This is an Astor Pictures re-release print.

And Now, A Few Words

From a commercial break during a 1979 ABC Afterschool Special, we see ads for Post Alpha Bits Cereal, Star Glow Silly Putty, Minute Maid Orange Juice with Kathryn Crosby (Bing's widow) and three kids, station ID for ABC Cleveland affiliate WEWS-TV, and a commercial for 3 Musketeers.

End Of The Line For JoePa?


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An Hour Of Fun With Dean And Jerry

Here's a kinescope of the April 29, 1951 NBC Network telecast of the Colgate Comedy Hour with guest hosts Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.


Craftsmanship With A Flair

Television commercial for the 1956 Studebaker, featuring the President Classic.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Smokin' Joe Frazier, Former Heavyweight Champion, R. I. P.

Smokin' Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who fought Muhammad Ali three times, passed away on Monday in Philadelphia following a brief battle with liver cancer at age 67.

Mr. Frazier, who won the heavyweight title in 1968, became the first boxer to knock down and defeat Mr. Ali at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1971.  In the last fight between the twosome in Manilla in 1975, Smokin' Joe (who had lost the title to George Foreman two years earlier) gave Muhammad (who won back the title by defeating Mr. Foreman in 1974 in Zaire)all he could handle, going 14 rounds, never giving an inch, but had to be held back by trainer Eddie Futch because he was unable to see.

Rest in peace, Joe.

No Chuck Barris Here

Here's a kinescope of the March 20, 1958 NBC Network telecast of the original version of Treasure Hunt, hosted by Jan Murray.  This was the weekday daytime edition.

Gosh Huck! I Didn't Know That This Adventure's On TV!

Here's a kinescope of the September 1, 1955 CBS Network telecast of Climax.  This episode was an adaptation of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."  The episode stars Thomas Mitchell, John Carradine, and Charles Taylor as ol' Huck himself.  Hosted by William Lundigan.

Time For A Shower Of Stars

Here's a monochrome kinescope of the October 28, 1954 CBS Network telecast of Shower of Stars, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation.  During the show's four-year run (1954-58) it was seen once a month in the time slot normally occupied by another Chrysler sponored series, the drama anthology series Climax.  Hosted by William Lundigan, this telecast of SofS stars Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarty, Gene Nelson, Sheree North, and Mario Lanza.

This program originally aired live and in color.  This surviving print is in black and white.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ducks Climb Up A Spot In BCS Rankings; Stay Put In Media And Coaches Polls

The Oregon Ducks, following their Saturday night win at Washington, and with the big game coming up at Stanford, climbed up a spot to #7 in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, released on Sunday.  The Ducks remained at #6 in both the Associated Press (media)  and USA Today/Coaches polls.

Despite losing to Stanford, the Oregon State Beavers climbed up one spot in the BCS rankings, to #99.

Six In A Row For The Niners; Frank Gore Sets Franchise Record

At Landover, Maryland:

Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 200 yards and a touchdown (30 yards to tight end Bruce Miller) while Frank Gore ran for 107 yards to become the first player in franchise history to run for 100 or more yards in five consecutive games as the San Francisco 49ers (6-1) won their sixth straight National Football League game on Sunday (their longest winning streak since 1997), defeating the slumping Washington Redskins (3-5) 19-11 on the road.  The Niners are off to their best start in fourteen years while the Redskins have dropped four games in a row.

David Akers made four field goals for San Francisco, of 52, 34, 45, and 20 yards.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Victory Over UW Sets Ducks Up For Big Showdown With Stanford

At Seattle:

LaMichael James ran for 156 yards and a touchdown as the Oregon Ducks, ranked #8 in the current BCS standings (8-1 overall, 6-0 in Pac-12 play) pulled away from the Washington Huskies (6-3, 4-2) 34-17 on Saturday night, the Ducks' eighth straight win overall and eighth successive over their rivals from the Emerald City.  The game was the Huskies' final home contest at Husky Stadium before its' $250 million renovation.

The Ducks will carry that winning streak into Palo Alto for their showdown with unbeaten Stanford next Saturday.

Stanford Stays Unbeaten At OSU's Expense; No Bowl For Beavers

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Andrew Luck threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as Stanford (#4 in BCS rankings; 9-0 overall, 7-0 in Pac-12 play) broke open a surprisingly close contest and ended up overpowering Oregon State (2-7, 2-4) 38-13.  The Cardinal will next battle #8 Oregon at home next Saturday while the loss eliminated the Beavers from contention for post-season play.

Time For The Final Chapter

And now, boys and girls, it's time for "Fatal Transformation," the fifteenth and final chapter of our 1945 Republic Pictures serial, Manhunt of Mystery Island.


Andy Rooney, Lovable Grouch Of "60 Minutes," Signs Off For Good

Andy Rooney, the long-time CBS News commentator best remembered for his weekly essays on the CBS News magazine series 60 Minutes, passed away on Friday in New York City at age 92, roughly a month following his final appearance on Minutes.  

Mr. Rooney's essays were a feature on the Sunday night newsmagazine for 33 years.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Roughriders End Season Winless Against Division Opponents After Tough Defeat In Edmonton

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Adarius Bowman scored a pair of touchdowns on Friday as the Edmonton Eskimos (11-7) assured themselves of hosting a playoff game for the first time in seven years following their regular-season-concluding 23-10 home win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-13), who finished the Canadian Football League season having lost all ten games against Western Division opponents.