most viewed from 2008

2008 Year
in review's visitors have spoken. Now it's time to review what you've chosen to watch and read. Looking back at the NewsOK traffic numbers in 2008, you can see it was a year of strange crime, NBA arrivals, viral controversies and some good old-fashioned OU Sooners football. Here is a look back at the most-viewed elements on in 2008.

Most-viewed of 2008 - Top 10 Videos

Most-viewed of 2008 - Top 25 Articles

1. Dog sex tapes lead to arrests

1. Dog sex tapes lead to arrests

News | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2008

This story became a viral favorite, hitting the web just about everywhere, including places like, and even the message board at Though first published in June, it cropped up with big numbers throughout the year.

2. BLACK IS BACK: Fans favor black and gold colors

Sports | Updated: Mon, May 12, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
2. BLACK IS  BACK: Fans favor black and gold colors

Before it had a name and uniforms, the Oklahoma City NBA team spurred interested. But black and gold, much like the real Thunder, lost big time.

3. 8 twisters: big storms, small toll

News | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2008
A large wall cloud forms over Marshall, Okla., Saturday, May 24, 2008. The wall cloud was responsible for several  tornadoes in the area. BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Nothing like a "large, violent, multiple-vortex tornado" to get everyone's attention. Well, everyone except for those pigs in Lacey.

4. Two girls, 11 and 13, found shot on roadside

News | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2008
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reward poster and memory plaque for Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker and Skyla Jade Whitaker at Graham School on Friday, Aug 8, 2008, in  Weleetka, Okla. Paschal-Placker and Whitaker were found shot to death just over two months ago. Staff Photo By CHRIS LANDSBERGER

This double-murder in Weleetka is still unsolved.

5. OKC Thunder agree to deal with 7-foot-1 Swift
Center has been with team for four years

Sports | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment
5. OKC Thunder agree to deal with 7-foot-1 Swift  Center has been with team for four years

Still excited about the new contract for the multi-tattooed, red-headed giant? He's played in seven games, averaging 3.7 points.

6. Sky blue will be the color

News | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

The continuing saga of the Thunder's fashion choices was another hit. So far, the Thunder has more colors in its uniform than it has wins.

7. A Harris Interactive poll head-scratcher

Sports | Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Pat Quinn is still waiting to hear how that Alabama vs. Penn State national title turns out.

8. Kern vows not to apologize for remarks about homosexuals

News | Updated: Mon, Mar 10, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Sally Kern became a YouTube star after her speech hit the web (1.1 million views) and got a call from Ellen DeGeneres.

9. Toddler found wandering OKC parking lot with beer in his bottle

News | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2008

This sad story hit the web and found its way linked from sites like and

10. Stoops runs out of magic again, and Sooners' BCS struggles continue

News | Updated: Thu, Jan 3, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

It wouldn't be a New Year's roundup without a column about a disappointing BCS bowl game for the Sooners, right?

11. OKC waives Donyell Marshall

News | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Donyell has played in seven games for the Sixers, averaging 5.4 points. (Hey, that's more than Robert Swift!)

12. MySpace bragging brings $320,000 tax bill to former, current UCO students

News | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Ah, the KegHeadz. Apparently some Wall Street banks based their financial projects on this MySpace page, too.

13. Big 12 assistant coaches' pay by job

Sports | Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

You think you have it rough? Texas A&M offensive line coach Jim Turner has to scrape by on $165,000.

14. Notebook: OKC waiting on team name before introducing new players

Sports | Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

OK, you can stop waiting now.

15. Attorneys arrested in Warr Acres on disorderly complaints

News | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2008

I think he wants to be taken to county.

16. Owner jumps into moving truck, prevents possible theft in Tulsa

News | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2008

Lesson here, you don't have to be a hero if you just turn your truck off.

17. Story about OU QBs' drug busts a hoax

News | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

No comment.

18. Having bad times: Stoops says Kelly's words are unfair

Sports | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Malcolm Kelly's bad 40-time excuses: the weather, the turf, his shoes, Jerry Schmidt, global warming, the tides, Daylight Savings Time, the butterfly ballot, Bigfoot...

19. Ex-husband of gymnast vanishes in Washington

News | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Shannon Miller is remarried and her ex was found - in bankruptcy court. The End

20. Najera is now a lot less trusting
Ex-Sooner says he wants to protect others after losing $232,763.

News | Updated: Sat, Aug 23, 2008

Former OU star got scammed out fo 230K, but he's still played in as many games as Robert Swift!

21. OU point guard Jenna Plumley arrested

News | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2008

She landed at Lamar, where the Lady Cards also have more wins than the Thunder.

22. In trouble because of his name
DHS paternity goof is haunting this man

News | Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Nobody should have to live out a real-life episode of the Maury Povich show.

23. Metro plane crash proves fatal

News | Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2008

Five people ended up dying in crash five miles southwest of Wiley Post.

24. Another brick in the OU-Texas wall

Sports | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2008 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Mack Brown just called, he thinks this story should be ranked second.

25. For OSU, Sutton 'wasn't working'

News | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Unfortunately for him, Sean Sutton isn't working even more this season.


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Most-viewed of 2008 - Top 10 Blogs

BAM's Blog

Entertainment writer Brandy McDonnell (BAM) topped the rankings this year with a blog that offers readers daily entertainment updates as well as live blogging of special events such as the CMA's.

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Berry Tramel

Sports writer Berry Tramel kept the readers coming back with his sharp and distinct commentary on the world of sports. Berry is a veteran writer for The Oklahoman and one of NewsOK's best bloggers.

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OKC Central

Steve Lackmeyer topped the charts with his thorough coverage of all things downtown OKC. Steve's live coverage of the Devon Tower announcement resulted in one of the most visited blogs of the year.

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Assistant Features Editor Matt Price keeps you up with comic books, video games, action figures and other important news in film, television and geek culture with the regularity and obsessiveness of a tenth level geek.

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Thunder Rumblings

Darnell Mayberry has followed the OKC Thunder from their tumultuous end in Seattle to their controversial beginning in Oklahoma City. Darnell's dedication has made his blog one of NewsOK's best

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OU Sooners

The Oklahoman sports desks offers in depth coverage of the University of Oklahoma Sooners during their 2008 historic season.

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OSU Sports

OSU made their presence known to the world this year. Gundy's crew really broke out of the box for a phenomenal season and NewsOK was right there with them.

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TV Blog

It's in our homes, our jobs, our restaurants and now our blogs. TV Blog is the reader's behind the scenes look at anything and everything from Hollywood to beyond.

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Parties Extra

Helen Ford Wallace is truly a trend-setter. She was NewsOK's first staff blogger and continues to navigate the seas of Oklahoma City parties, distilling the results into a cocktail of class and entertainment

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High School Sports

The Oklahoman's sports desk provides all the prep sports news you could ever use. Headed up by Ryan Aber, High School Sports blog is the most thorough source for prep sports commentary in Oklahoma.

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