Movie Scratches-- A Dog's Eye View of Today's Movies Seen in the Theaters.
1. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI-- 1-8-- Fox Lake, $6-- Ben Solo sure looks a lot like Harry Potter's Professor Snape.
2. THE DARKEST HOUR-- 1-9-- Fox Lake, $5-- Winston Churchill at his best. An amazing man. Should win Oscar for Best Actor.
3. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI-- 1-22-- Fox Lake, $6-- It really hits the fan when those billboards went up. Some very interesting characters. Way too much obscene language. I can see why it is mentioned for Best Picture and Woody Harrelson for Best Actor.
4. THE POST-- 1-23-- Fox Lake, $5-- Breaking the Pentagon Papers. Doing the right thing can be really dangerous.
Just Gotta Love Those Content Shows Before the Movie Starts. Almost All Commercials. --RoadDog
From the January 21, 2017, Rock and Roll Roots Show by Bob Stroud on WDRV 97.1 FM Chicago, The Drive.
Every January, Bob Stroud goes back over music deaths from the previous year and devotes a Rock and Roll Roots show to them.
Unfortunately, I was on the road back from North Carolina and missed it. These are songs by artists and also people in the band or involved in making the song. Since I didn't hear the show, there are several I am not sure about who died.
But, you can click on the Music Deaths 2017 label below this post for a complete list of those who died.
IT'S SO EASY-- Buddy Holly
EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART-- Soul Survivors
ALL THE YOUNG DUDES-- Mott the Hoople
BREAKUP SONG-- Greg Kihn
WHIPPING POST-- Allman Brothers Band
BLACK HEARTED WOMAN-- Allman Brothers Band
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I've Been Tryin' To Get To You For A Long Time." Answer Below. --RoadDog
Now that it is over, I can write about it. I usually don't write about teams I like while they are still playing because that is bad luck, the kiss of death. This year it didn't matter as my team, University of Georgia, lost last night. But i wasn't taking chances.
That Rose Bowl game that Georgia won last Monday was one of the best games I ever watched. It had it all. The highs and lows. And then, winning in triple overtime like that. Wow.
And things were sure looking good in the first half last night with Georgia leading 13-0 at the end. Sadly, one more touchdown and then the offense disappeared. And, the defense wasn't much better.
The Alabama coach did the surprising removal of his starting qb to put in a freshman. Georgia was not ready to play him. I wish more coaches would pull their starting qb when he even isn't performing or the other team has his number.
And, then Alabama missed that winning field goal as time expired. Then, in overtime, the Georgia field goal kicker made that long one to go up by three.
Could the two announcers say freshman or true freshman anymore times. Seemed like every other word at times.
Oh well, that was a good game, regardless of who won.
I don't like Alabama very much, especially since they have so many national championships, but the Alabama fans paid me the greatest compliment ever when we were at the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile back in 2011 and they told me, when they saw me wearing my Northern Illinois gear, "We remember you guys. You beat us!" We did beat them when they were ranked back in 2002. NIU's all-time record against Alabama is 1-0!!!
Drove to Menard's in Volo and bought little containers of two-cycle oil for the snowthrower.
Of course, what better way to spend a cold January afternoon than sitting at the Legion and watching the Neil Rose Band play from 3 to 6 pm. Lots of blues and oldies music. We sat with Kora, Glenn and Barb and the dancing couple.
Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville and the Ultimate Jukebox.
JANUARY 7, SUNDAY
Lots of cold-related fun today. The Dodge Dakota has been outside in the cold the last several weeks and will not start because of a dead battery. I was going to use my starter, but it was blocked in by the '85 Firebird, which also wouldn't start with a dead battery.
Normally, I would just push it back, but a tire is about flat and I couldn't do that. So I couldn't jump the Firebird to get it started so I could move it and get to the truck.
Then, I couldn't get the snowthrower/blower started. Some days it just doesn't pay to get up.
I did unplug all the outside Christmas lights and shovel some of the driveway as we finally broke this streak of ten straight days where we didn't get over 20 degrees.
Enjoyed the happy hour at Sunnyside and watchedWildcard games.
This has been some serious c-o-l-d this past week.
JANUARY 4, THURSDAY-- Fed the birdies for first time in weeks. between the extreme cold outside and the flu or whatever I had, better to just stay inside. Found out the truck battery bit the dust in the severe cold as it is outside.
Went over to Kevin and Kelly's bar at their house Kelly makes her own beer. I love craft beer.
JANUARY 5, FRIDAY-- Did some shopping and then went to Lake Geneva where Liz and I had the fish fry at Popeye's (not the fried chicken place). Popeye's is located right across the street from frozen Geneva Lake and the Riviera. We used Liz's $20 off birthday coupon. They have one of the best fish fries anywhere.
Later, we went to the Legion, met the Usual Suspects, and had the 50-50.
When we got home, we found that we couldn't open the garage with the opener and then realized that the electricity to the house was off. That really made our night. Fortunately, the gas company had it fixed thirty minutes later. You don't want to be without electricity on a cold night like this.
Could've Been a Really Cold Night Inside. --RoadDog
Well, this new year has certainly started off cold here in the Midwest. But, it is even cold in the South and the poor Northeast really got pounded with that storm.
JANUARY 1, MONDAY-- We celebrated an early New Year's Eve at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion yesterday with toasts at 4 p.m., our kind of celebraton anymore.
Today we met Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside for half price pizza, $1.50 pints and NTN. We did quite well at NTN/Buzztime with five Top Twenties. Watched that great Georgia-Oklahoma game there and at home in Margaritaville.
JANUARY 2, TUESDAY-- Stayed home because of the cold and we're both recovering from the flu thing going around. Met Kora at Sunnyside for a few.
JANUARY 3, WEDNESDAY--
Went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and met Kevin and Kelly for drinks and 50 cent jumbo wings.
On the way home, we stopped at a new place that opened yesterday in Spring Grove, Illinois, (where we live) called Bricks & Ivy (a take on Wrigley Field). The building has been about four different places over the last years, MVPs, Dill Pickle, 21st Amendment and Spring Grove Tavern. Let's hope this one takes.
We saw that Tommy's, right down US-12, had reopened and stopped for a couple more. They just opened today. So, we were first-nighters.
Here's Hoping the Two New Bar/Restaurants Make It. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached the intersection, a hedge sprung up, obscuring my vision."
And, as bad as NIU is at bowl games, the whole Mid-American Conference is fairly futile in bowl games. Northern's sad effort this past week ended the MAC at 1-4 in bowl games. That was one more win than in 2016 when teams went a combined 0-6.
2016 Bowl Games
Well, at least the scores were mostly close.
Camelia Bowl Toledo lost to Appalachian State 31-28
Miami Beach Bowl-- Central Michigan lost 55-10
Dollar General Bowl-- Ohio lost 28-23
Bahamas Bowl-- Eastern Michigan lost 24-20
St. Petersburg Bowl-- Miami lost 17-16 to Mississippi State
Cotton Bowl-- Western Michigan lost to Wisconsin 24-16
2017 Bowl Games
Boca Raton Bowl-- Akron lost to FAU 50-3
Famous Potato Bowl-- Central Michigan lost to Wyoming 37-14
Dollar General Bowl-- Toledo lost to Appalachian State 34-0
Bahamas Bowl-- Ohio lost to UAB 41-6
Quick Lube Bowl-- Northern lost to Duke 36-14
After sitting through the latest debacle of Northern Illinois' football team, all I can say is, "Please, No More Bowl Games!!"
Northern was dominated and thrashed by a so-so Duke team 36-14 to finish the season 8-5 after losing three of the last four games it played. Other than one brief exciting three minutes when Northern scored twice on some great plays to tie the game at 14, it was horrible.
Northern has won just two of its last ten bowl games and have been absolutely blown out in the last three.
2006 Poinsettia Bowl Lost TCU 37-7
2008 Independence Bowl Lost Louisiana Tech 17-10
2009 International Bowl Lost South Florida 27-3
2010 Humanitarian Bowl-- Won Fresno State 40-17
2011 Go Daddy Bowl-- Won Arkansas State 38-20
2012 Orange Bowl-- Lost Florida State 31-10
2013 Poinsettia Bowl-- Lost to Utah State 21-14
2014 Boca Raton Bowl-- Lost Marshall 52-23
2015 Poinsettia Bowl-- Lost Boise State 55-7
2017 Quick Lube Bowl-- Lost Duke 33-14
I Am a Huskie Fan, But This Is Just Too Sad. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: The accident happened when the right door of a car came around the corner without giving a signal.
Today marks the beginning of my 12th year of doing this blog. It started when I couldn't get back into my first blog, RoadDog's RoadLog Blog and I was testing to see if I could find a way. Turned out to be a good move as the first one was nothing buy old roads, I have many more interests than that.
This one became one for music, history and what I was doing. I have since spun the history aspect into other blogs (too many of them, though).
Last year I posted 508 times to this blog and this is the 5,880th article since 2007.
Must Find Something Else to Do With My Time. --RoadDog