James Warren Benton was an American football player. He played professionally in the National Football League with the Cleveland / Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears between 1938 and 1947. Benton was the first NFL receiver to gain more than 300 yards in a game, a record that stood for 40 years, he was selected for the National Football League 1940s All-Decade Team. In 1934, he set receiving records unheard of at the time. In 1936, Arkansas defeated Texas 6–0 on a Benton touchdown reception and won its first official Southwest Conference championship. In spite of his sophomore year statistics not being included, he finished his career with 83 receptions for 1,303 yards and 12 touchdowns. Despite fewer games and shorter period of sports eligibility compared to today, his receiving statistics stand as the 12th-best career total among Razorbacks, his 48 receptions remained a SWC record until 1963 and an Arkansas record until 1971. In spite of playing more than 70 years ago, he still ranks among the career receiving leaders in the history of Arkansas football.
Benton was selected to several All-America teams following the 1937 season when he led the NCAA in receptions. In 1937, he set the NCAA record in pass receiving with 48 catches for 7 touchdowns, he was all SWC in 1936 and 1937. In 1937, he received the Houston Post Award as the outstanding player of the year in the Southwest Conference, was named first team All American by the North American Newspaper Alliance and was a member of the College All Star team, he was selected to the Arkansas All-Century team in 1994. Benton lettered in basketball for the Razorbacks in 1937 and 1938, with the team winning the 1938 Southwest Conference title. Benton began his NFL career in 1938 with the Cleveland Rams, after being drafted number 11 in the second round, he had all with the Rams except for one year with the Chicago Bears. In 1941, he dropped out of pro football to coach high school football at Fordyce, Arkansas but returned to the Rams in 1942. In his first season with the Rams, he led the league with 19.9 average yards per catch, was third in both receiving yards and touchdowns.
He was named to the 1939 Pro Bowl team after leading the league with seven touchdown receptions. In 1943 due to the depletion of players called to military service, the Rams disbanded, Benton, rejected for military service due to a heart murmur, was loaned to the Chicago Bears. During the season, he caught two touchdown passes to help Sid Luckman set the NFL single game record of seven touchdowns in defeating the New York Giants and caught a touchdown pass in Chicago's world championship victory over the Washington Redskins. In 1944, back with the Rams, Benton made NFL history by catching 8 consecutive passes for 3 touchdowns against the Cardinal-Steelers. At season's end, he was the second ranked receiver behind fellow Arkansas native Don Hutson. In 1945, in spite of playing only nine games, Benton ended the season leading the NFL with 1,087 yards receiving, he had eight touchdowns. He averaged 118.6 yards receiving a game with his longest reception for a touchdown. He went over 100 yards receiving in six of his nine games.
His most notable game was on Thanksgiving Day against the Detroit Lions, catching ten Bob Waterfield passes for 303 yards, helping the Rams win the divisional title. This stood as the NFL single game record for over 40 years. Benton had nine receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Ram's 15–14 victory over the Redskins in the NFL Championship game. Benton's 1945 performance ranks 7th all time in fewest receptions for 1,000 yards. In 1946, Benton led the NFL with 981 yards receiving. During the season his most notable game was against the New York Giants when he had twelve receptions for 202 yards. Benton was the top ranked NFL receiver in 1945 and 1946, he was consensus all-NFL in 1945 and 1946 and second team All Pro in 1939 and 1944. He was ranked among the NFL's top five receivers in six of his nine seasons; when he retired in 1947, Benton was the second leading receiver in pro football history with 288 receptions for 4,801 yards and 45 touchdowns. He had at least 11 games including a 300-yard game and a 200-yard game.
He averaged 533 yards 55 yards per game. Benton played on two world championships, 1943 with the Chicago Bears and 1945 with the Cleveland Rams, he led every major receiving category in the NFL at least once. After having retired about 65 years ago, he remains in the career top 10 major receiving and scoring= categories for the Rams franchise. In 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's third HOVG class. In 2008, sports historian, writer and archivist Sean Lahman had Benton ranked as 54th best wide receiver in the history of the NFL in his award-winning book "The Pro Football Historical Abstract / A Hardcore Fan's Guide to All-Time Player Rankings". In 2010, ESPN. COM rated Jim Benton's 10 catches for 303 yards on Thanksgiving Day against the Detroit Lions as the greatest regular season receiving performance in NFL history. In 2013, Benton was ranked as the 34th best receiver in pro football history by footballperspective.com.
In 1948, Benton helped coach the Ram receivers, including future Hall of Famer Tom Fears. In years, at the request of George Halas, he helped coach the Bears' receivers. From 1951 to 1953, Benton was head football coach at Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College—now known University
William Marsh Rice University known as Rice University, is a private research university in Houston, Texas. The university is situated on a 300-acre campus near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Opened in 1912 after the murder of its namesake William Marsh Rice, Rice is now a research university with an undergraduate focus, its emphasis on education is demonstrated by a small student body and 6:1 student-faculty ratio, it has been nationally recognized as a leading university for undergraduate teaching. The university has a high level of research activity, with $140.2 million in sponsored research funding in 2016. Rice is noted for its applied science programs in the fields of artificial heart research, structural chemical analysis, signal processing, space science, nanotechnology, it was ranked first in the world in materials science research by the Times Higher Education in 2010. Rice is a member of the Association of American Universities; the university is organized into eleven residential colleges and eight schools of academic study, including the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, School of Architecture, Shepherd School of Music and the School of Humanities.
Rice's undergraduate program offers more than fifty majors and two dozen minors, allows a high level of flexibility in pursuing multiple degree programs. Additional graduate programs are offered through the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Rice students are bound by the strict Honor Code, enforced by a student-run Honor Council. Rice competes in 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports and is a part of Conference USA competing with its cross-town rival the University of Houston. Intramural and club sports are offered in a wide variety of activities such as jiu jitsu, water polo, crew; the university has produced numerous prominent alumni, including more than two dozen Marshall Scholars and a dozen Rhodes Scholars. Given the university's close links to NASA, it has produced a significant number of astronauts and space scientists. In business, Rice graduates have become founders of Fortune 500 companies. Two alumni have won the Nobel Prize, numerous others are leading researchers in science and engineering.
Rice University's history began with the untimely demise of Massachusetts businessman William Marsh Rice, who made his fortune in real estate, railroad development and cotton trading in the state of Texas. In 1891, Rice decided to charter a free-tuition educational institute in Houston, bearing his name, to be created upon his death, earmarking most of his estate towards funding the project. Rice's will specified the institution was to be "a competitive institution of the highest grade" and that only white students would be permitted to attend. On the morning of September 23, 1900, age 84, was found dead by his valet, Charles F. Jones, presumed to have died in his sleep. Shortly thereafter, a suspiciously large check made out to Rice's New York City lawyer, signed by the late Rice, was noticed by a bank teller due to a misspelling in the recipient's name; the lawyer, Albert T. Patrick announced that Rice had changed his will to leave the bulk of his fortune to Patrick, rather than to the creation of Rice's educational institute.
A subsequent investigation led by the District Attorney of New York resulted in the arrests of Patrick and of Rice's butler and valet Charles F. Jones, persuaded to administer chloroform to Rice while he slept. Rice's friend and personal lawyer in Houston, Captain James A. Baker, aided in the discovery of what turned out to be a fake will with a forged signature. Jones was not prosecuted since he cooperated with the district attorney, testified against Patrick. Patrick was found guilty of conspiring to steal Rice's fortune and convicted of murder in 1901, although he was pardoned in 1912 due to conflicting medical testimony. Baker helped Rice's estate direct the fortune, worth $4.6 million in 1904, towards the founding of what was to be called the Rice Institute to become Rice University. The board took control of the assets on April 29 of that year. In 1907, the Board of Trustees selected the head of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at Princeton University, Edgar Odell Lovett, to head the Institute, still in the planning stages.
He came recommended by Woodrow Wilson. In 1908, Lovett accepted the challenge, was formally inaugurated as the Institute's first president on October 12, 1912. Lovett undertook extensive research before formalizing plans for the new Institute, including visits to 78 institutions of higher learning across the world on a long tour between 1908 and 1909. Lovett was impressed by such things as the aesthetic beauty of the uniformity of the architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, a theme, adopted by the Institute, as well as the residential college system at Cambridge University in England, added to the Institute several decades later. Lovett called for the establishment of a university "of the highest grade," "an institution of liberal and technical learning" devoted "quite as much to investigation as to instruction." "keep the standards up and the numbers down," declared Lovett. "The most distinguished teachers must take their part in undergraduate teaching, their spirit should dominate it all."
In 1911, the cornerstone was laid for the Institute's first building, the Administration Building, now known as Lovett Hall in honor of the founding president. On September 23, 1912, the
The Black Donnellys is an American drama television series that debuted on NBC on February 26, 2007 and last aired on April 2, 2007. Thereafter, NBC began releasing new episodes weekly on NBC.com. The Black Donnellys was created by Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco featured in the cast Jonathan Tucker, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush, Tom Guiry, Kirk Acevedo, relative newcomers Michael Stahl-David and Keith Nobbs; the series follows four young Roman Catholic Irish-American brothers in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, their involvement with petty and organized crime. Set in the present day, the show draws upon Irish-American history and iconic themes; the pilot episode illustrates a clear rivalry between Irish and Italians. The episodes are narrated by a childhood friend, Joey "Ice Cream", whom the show depicts as an unreliable narrator. In creating the show, Haggis, a native of London, Ontario referenced his hometown's local history about the real-life Black Donnellys and the massacre associated with their name.
In the pilot episode, Joey says the neighborhood is populated by "Black Irish", whom he calls "a race of dark-haired people" the Celts had failed to wipe out in Ireland. Hell's Kitchen in the series is a faithful depiction – a traditionally working-class neighborhood with a entrenched ethnic Irish population and an Irish Mob with control over illegal gambling and loansharking, heavy involvement in the unions. On April 2, 2007, NBC announced that the series would be pulled after the April 16 episode because of insufficient viewership, that unaired episodes would be streamed online on NBC.com, as well as downloadable from iTunes. The show's NBC TV time slot was filled by the second and third episodes of the US version of Thank God You're Here on April 9 and 16, after which the time slot was filled by the series The Real Wedding Crashers. On May 14, 2007, the series was cancelled by NBC. On June 5, 2007, it was announced that HDNet had acquired the rights from NBC Universal to broadcast all 13 episodes of the series, beginning June 13, 2007.
A DVD entitled "The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series" was released on September 4, 2007. James "Jimmy" Donnelly – The oldest of 4 brothers, Jimmy is a troublemaker and drug user involved in criminal activity, known for making stupid decisions, he walks with a permanent limp, incurred when a speeding, runaway car crushed his leg, when he was young. Jimmy believes he should be the leader of the Donnelly brothers, but his constant temper flare-ups cause people to believe him incapable of leadership, so they follow Tommy; this constant battle for being in charge causes friction between the two brothers throughout the season. Thomas "Tommy" Donnelly – Tommy is the second oldest brother in the Donnelly family, he is known to step up as the leader of the four brothers and cleans up his brothers' trouble-making messes. His care-taking nature stems from an incident in childhood when he ran over his brother Jimmy's leg after stealing a car, he promised God that if Jimmy walked again, he, would take care of him thereafter.
Tommy wants to become an artist, has been going to art school. Huey Farrell, the boss of the Irish Mob, had been paying for his tuition; when Huey dies, the money is revoked by Huey’s brother Dokey Farrell, who suspects Tommy of killing his brother. Tommy is in love with Jenny Reilly, a childhood friend with whom he has a complicated and strained relationship, he struggles between doing what he wants. Kevin Donnelly – Kevin is the second youngest of the Donnelly brothers, he is a gambler whose gut instincts are lucky. The problem is, he doubts every bet that he makes, therefore loses every bet except one: the only bet he has won in his entire life occurred the day before his father died, when he asked Kevin to pick a horse to bet on in a horse race. The horse won, as it was the last thing his father did with him, it caused Kevin to believe he is lucky, his gambling debt to Louie Downtown created the chain of events. Kevin is caught between helping Tommy and Jimmy, he is loyal to his brothers and is much more of a follower than a leader.
Sean "Seanny" Donnelly – Seanny is the youngest of the brothers and is noted for his popularity with women. In the season premiere, Sean is beaten by Nicky Cottero in reaction to Jimmy's kidnapping of Louie Downtown. Sean would like to help his brothers with "business", but they try to keep him out of the loop to keep him safe. Samson Dawlish – A suitor of Jenny's who becomes obsessed, he works for a delivery service that serves Reilly's diner, makes a point of delivering extra food for Jenny free of charge. Robert "Bobby" Donnelly – Bobby is the Donnelly brothers' deceased father, he and Huey were the bosses of the Irish neighborhood when the Donnelly brothers were kids, though Bobby was the head of the union local, a position that earned significant respect for himself and his family. Helen Donnelly – Helen is the Donnelly brothers' widowed mother, she watches out the most for young Sean, but she fiercely defends all her sons and turns a blind eye to their acts of revenge. While the boys feel she needs protecting, she gives hints of being much more capable and streetwise than they would guess.