Centennial Conference Playbook

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Today is Thursday, January 26, 2017. 
  • In 1784, in a letter to his daughter Sarah, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey.
  • On Jan. 26, 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to head to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • In 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
  • In 2009, the Muhlenberg men's basketball team made all 26 free throw attempts in a game vs. Swarthmore.
  • In 2013, McDaniel outlasted Washington College, 95-87, in the fifth three-overtime men's basketball game in Conference history.
  • Happy birthday: Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 82. Activist Angela Davis is 73. Actor Richard Portnow is 70. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 62. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 59. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 59. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 56. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is 52. NBA player Vince Carter is 40. 

CBS Saturday Night Lineup 1973-74
8:00 - All in the Family
8:30 - M*A*S*H
9:00 - Mary Tyler Moore Show
9:30 - Bob Newhart Show
10:00 - Carol Burnett Show
RIP Mary Tyler Moore

Yesterday's Games
no games scheduled
Today's Games
Men's Basketball
Haverford at Ursinus, 6:00
Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg, 8:00
Swarthmore at Washington College, 8:00
Johns Hopkins at McDaniel, 8:00
Dickinson at Muhlenberg, 8:00
Women's Basketball
Franklin & Marshall at Gettysburg, 6:00
Swarthmore at Washington College, 6:00
Johns Hopkins at McDaniel, 6:00
Dickinson at Muhlenberg, 6:00
Haverford at Ursinus, 8:00
Looking Beyond #600
 
Bill Nelson began his head coaching career when Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Six U.S. presidents have come and gone since then, but Nelson is still on the sidelines. During the past 37 seasons, Nelson has become one of the nation's most successful basketball coaches. The longtime Johns Hopkins head coach recorded his 600th career victory when the Blue Jays scored a 75-71 triumph at longtime rival Washington College Jan. 18. Nelson became the 18th coach with 600 or more wins in NCAA Division III history. 
Alumni/ae Watch
 

Popular Harrisburg reporter and television news anchor Dave Marcheskie (Ursinus '07) is leaving ABC27 at the end of the month, PennLive has learned. Marcheskie has accepted a job as the senior site communications manager for Three Mile Island, replacing the retiring Ralph DeSantis. Marcheskie's last day at the station will be Jan. 29. He expects to start his new role in mid-February. Marcheskie has worked for ABC since 2010, after previous gigs in Greenville, North Carolina and Comcast SportsNet. He began as a sports reporter for UCTV also wrote news and sports columns for The Grizzly, as well as playing football for the Bears.

Comedy Break
If you've ever found yourself cringing at some overly indulgent course title, check out this spot-on ClickHole quiz: How Many of These University-Level Courses About The Sopranos Have You Taught? Bonus points if you've actually taught a class on The Sopranos. Especially if it was called "Decolonizing Paulie." - Chronicle of Higher Education

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