Monday, December 10, 2012

UNC Women's Basketball Fall To Wichita

The Northern Colorado Women's Basketball team stayed with Wichita State through the first 27 minutes of the game, but the Shockers closed on a 20-4 run to defeat the visiting Bears 51-35 in front of a near-capacity crowd for Schoolhouse Rocks with the Shocks Game.

The crowd of 10,307 – made up of primarily school-aged children – is the second-largest crowd to ever witness a Northern Colorado women's basketball game. The largest was 10,687 at Oklahoma in 2006.

The Bears (2-5) welcomed sophomore center Stephanie Lee back to the lineup after missing the previous four games with an injury, and she promptly led the team in scoring nine points. Both senior forward Lauren Oosdyke and junior guard D'shara Strange led the game with eight rebounds each.

Each of the five starters had two assists as the Bears had 11 assists on 14 made baskets, but turnovers once again proved to be the team's bugaboo as they had 22 miscues – including six in a three-minute stretch after the team fought back from an eight-point deficit to knot the score at 31-31.

Junior forward Kim Lockridge snapped an 11-point scoring streak for the Shockers (4-5) with a layup at the 8:32 mark to bring the Bears back within nine, 42-33, but Wichita State scored nine of the final 11 in the game for the 51-35 point win.

No player in the game scored in double figures as Wichita State was led by Jazimen Gordan and Jessica Diamond with nine each. Alie Decker led with six rebounds and nine of the 11 Shockers who played tallied at least one steal – as the team had 13. Wichita State also turned the ball over just nine times in the game.

For the sixth time in seven games this season, the Bears out-rebounded the competition, grabbing 39 compared to 33 for the Shockers. Both teams struggled in shooting as WSU shot .339 for the game and NC shot .326.

The Bears now take a week off from competition for final examinations, returning to action on Dec. 16 at Texas Tech. Opening tip is scheduled for 1 pm Mountain.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Paint Rock Valley Lodge and Retreat: Hidden Alabama treasure

Eddie and Vivian Prince opened the Paint Rock Valley Lodge and Retreat in 1994. Many of their collections came from an old store they had.  

There's a game room and meeting rooms. And the lodge is replicated with rooms that pay homage to the past. 

"This is an old country store," said Eddie Prince. 

There's even a gas station complete with goods you would find from the 40's and 50's. There's also a working barber shop with a rare, antique coke machine and "small" Coke bottles. 

"This is our 50's diner," added Eddie - beaming with pride.  

The replica looks like the Happy Days TV set. And 45s line the walls as jukebox figurines jitterbug away.
Another country store has antiques going back to 1900. 

The lodge is huge. The rooms are very basic and can sleep several people. No TV. No bathrooms and no telephones, but if you miss the gift of gab, there is always the pay phone in the lodge commons area.  Cell phones usually don't work here either.

There are also small cabins on the site and some RV hookups, so guests are always comfortable.

The next day you can visit Lodge City. No store fronts here. This western town has a hotel, barber shop, saloon, and combination dentist office/cobbler shop. There is an old church which also serves as a school, a bank, printer, post office, coffin maker, jail and more.   

"We have a hangman's noose if people get out of hand, you know," said Eddie.

Behind Lodge City is another Western town with a cotton gin and much more. These areas look like a Hollywood movie set. 

They have festivals there during the year with musicians and re-enactors. They even have gun fights just like at the OK Corral. 

The owners of the place say it's a throwback to days gone by.  

"It's just a peaceful slower lifestyle, you know, and that's really what we were trying to do," Eddie said.
"The older people enjoy this type thing," adds Vivian.

Just the thing to get away from the city and modern distractions in Bobby's Bama.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stephen Baldwin pleads guilty to driving without a license, calls experience a 'blessing in disguise'

"Bio-Dome" actor Stephen Baldwin pleaded guilty Monday to driving without a license in Harlem and paid $155 in fines and charges to wipe his slate clean.

The star was stopped at 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 24 on W. 125th St., near Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., after making an illegal U-turn, officials said.

He was driving his 15-year-old daughter, Hailey Rhode, home from ballet class at the time, and he called the experience a “blessing in disguise” because it gave him the chance to talk with her about how hard cops work.

"I was able to explain to my daughter, who was very upset, that the NYPD usually deal with bad people," Baldwin said Monday as he waited in line to pay a $75 fine and $80 surcharge.

"I have nothing but respect for the men and women in uniform and I got to share that with her."
He’d pulled the U-turn to grab coffee at a Starbucks, he said Monday.

Baldwin, the younger brother of "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin, said he was handcuffed and taken to the Harlem precinct stationhouse, where he was given a ticket for driving on a suspended license. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to driving without a license, a less-serious infraction.

"He's cleared up his license," said his lawyer, Richard Southard. "It was all a misunderstanding. He has no criminal record."

Baldwin showed up at Manhattan Criminal Court Monday around 9:30 a.m. Wearing a San Jose Fire Department baseball cap and a dark, muscle-hugging T-shirt, Baldwin wheeled a business suit and a suitcase behind him.

"I got to go home and do what my wife tells me," he said when asked where he was headed next.
Baldwin, an evangelical Christian who has also appeared in “The Usual Suspects” and “The Flintstone's in Viva Rock Vegas,” threatened during 2008 to move to Canada if President Obama was elected Commander in Chief.

He hasn't had much luck in court lately.

He lost his lawsuit against actor Kevin Costner after claiming the “Waterworld” actor had tricked him into giving up shares in a high-tech company specializing in capping oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon.
The Massapequa, L.I., native was in court in Los Angeles in September, claiming it was Costner's lawyer who encouraged him to dump his shares as BP was signing a $52 million contract with the company.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Family matriarch Ethel Kennedy opens up, sort of, for an HBO bio-documentary

Ethel Kennedy has largely dropped out of the public eye for the last two decades, which is why her youngest daughter, Rory, says the “big reveal” in Rory’s new HBO bio-documentary “Ethel” is simply that “my mother is talking.”

“Ethel,” airing in October, shows the Kennedy matriarch and numerous other family members talking about her life.

One area about which she stays largely silent, though, is the assassination of her husband, Robert, in 1968.
When Rory asks her about that, she pauses and finally says, “Talk about something else.”

Kennedy, 84, told TV critics here Wednesday that the way she got through the aftermath of that tragedy was that “I’d wake up and say he’s okay, he’s in heaven with John.”

-- A new documentary, self-effacingly titled “The Rolling Stones: The Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band in the World,” will air this October on HBO.

It will be directed by Brett Morgan and has the cooperation of all four current Stones plus former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. It coincides with the band’s 50th anniversary and will trace its roots to the beginning.

More HBO moves:

-- “Enlightened” and “Girls” return in January, earlier than planned, because of the hole created by the unexpected shutdown of “Luck.”

“Nothing else was ready to go,” said programming president Michael Lombardo. “They were.”
-- Larry David is writing a new movie, which HBO is only saying will not be a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” movie.

-- “True Blood” showrunner Alan Ball is leaving at the end of the current season five, but Lombardo said the show will likely go on.

-- “True Detectives,” with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, will likely finish its story in one season, then move on to another.

-- A fourth season for “Treme” is up in the air.

-- “Game of Thrones” will continue “as long as [author] George R.R. Martin writes books,” said Lombardo. Martin is now writing book six as “Thrones” prepares for its third season.

-- An “Entourage” movie is possible, but not imminent.

-- “The Kids Are All Right” is being considered as the basis for a series, but “The Corrections” was rejected.

‘Strike Back’ boasts Dylan music

Two songs from Bob Dylan’s upcoming “Tempest” album will premiere in connection with Cinemax’s “Strike Back” series, whose second season launches Aug. 17.

The song “Early Roman Kings” will be featured in a video that started Wednesday on HBO, Cinemax and

“Scarlet Town” will play behind the end credits of the first two episodes, which debut back-to-back at 10 p.m.

“Tempest” will be released Sept. 11.

BBC calls on Musketeers

The Three Musketeers will return to television in 2014, minus the “Three” part.
BBC America is co-producing a new 10-part series of the Alexander Dumas classic, with what it describes as “a fresh and contemporary take on the beloved stories and characters.”

It is still set in the 17th century and revolves around a “band of brothers” sworn to protect king and country.

Monday, July 9, 2012

BMW Team RLL Finish 5th and 6th at Lime Rock Park

BMW Team RLL fought back from a day of bad luck to finish fifth and sixth in the GT class at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Today’s result was the first time a BMW Team RLL M3 GT did not reach the podium at their home track, but a determined effort kept the team in second place in manufacturer points and very much in contention for a third consecutive GT class title.

The two BMW M3 GT cars lined up at Lime Rock Park with a black ribbon attached to the right front fender of each car. This is in memory a BMW Motorsport engineer who died suddenly in Munich on Friday night. The thoughts of his BMW Motorsport colleagues are with his family during this difficult time.

Joey Hand and Dirk Müller finished fifth in the No. 56 M3 GT and now stand third in driver points. Hand started the race from the second position and pitted under the race’s first caution period for left side tires and fuel on the 21st lap of the 1.5-mile, 8-turn Lime Rock Park circuit. He returned to the race in P6 and continued until lap 62 when he handed over Dirk Müller after a puncture to his left front tire brought him to the pits. Müller had to make an unplanned pit stop on lap 70 to remove the hood after its mounting loosened and blocked his view. One lap down, he stayed in the car for the remainder of the race, ultimately completing 159 laps and finishing fifth.

Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 55 BMW Team RLL M3 GT on the GT class pole, but unfortunately the BMW ace had to start his 100th ALMS race from the pit lane after a fuel cell issue on the installation lap stalled his best start of the season. He did not wait long to make time setting a new race record of 51.091 seconds on lap nine. He stayed out during the race’s first caution period to regain more track position. Pitting under the green flag on lap 61 he handed off to Jörg Müller. The BMW Motorsport veteran was forced back to the pits 14 laps later with a puncture of the left rear tire at the cost of one lap to the leaders.
Müller remained in the car to the checkered flag, finishing sixth. Auberlen and Müller stand sixth in driver points.

“Today was one tough day,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “We had a puncture on the 56 car and a fuel leak and a puncture on the 55 car. It was a long, hard day for us, but we scored points. We will need to finish in front of the Corvettes from here on out and that is going to be tough.”

Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “That was a long two hour and 45 minutes. It always feels like that when it isn’t your day. A puncture to the left front tire and the hood coming loose caused us to make two pit stops under green. Still we powered back for a fifth place finish and really didn’t lose a lot of points to the class leaders. BMW Team RLL never gives up. Bob is always on the radio telling you to just keep pushing.”
Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “I deeply wanted to win this race again in front of Crowne Plaza and BMW crowd, but at the end, finishing P5, we scored a lot of very good points for the championship. It was a tough day today. Twice we fought back and that makes me proud.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “We won practice. We won qualifying. Unfortunately, today was not our day although BMW Team RLL gave Jörg and me a car that was fast and capable of winning. I’ve seen days end worse than this. We can be proud  to have taken a car that started one lap down to the field and finish sixth.”

Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “The race didn’t really come to us, but we never stopped trying. We were already one and one half laps behind when we started the race, but I’m happy with the points because normally when you start from that position you are not able to get much of anything.”

Round 5 of the American Le Mans Series, the Grand Prix of Mosport, will be held at the newly renovated Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The race is scheduled to take the green flag at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 22. ESPN2 will air the race same-day beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live streaming coverage is available starting at 11:45 a.m. ET on

The Series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, and timing and scoring for all users around the world. Viewers outside the U.S. can watch all ALMS races live on