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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy gives team a break for laughs

Oklahoma State skipped its normal Sunday evening practice to watch some standup comedy.
by John Helsley Published: November 26, 2012
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 Still sensing an emotional hangover from the Bedlam loss, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy asked his team to do something different Sunday night.


Laugh a little.

OSU skipped its regular Sunday night practice, instead catching some standup comedy in the team's meeting room, via Netflix.

“Everybody's somber and down,” Gundy said. “And the truth of the matter is, our defense played (103) plays. Offense was up around 70-something. And there were special teams.

“We're in our eighth week straight. We had this beautiful schedule where we played a game and had an open date, played a game and had an open date. So now we're on an eight-week stretch here. We felt like they needed a break.”

Gundy said he decided “30 minutes before the meeting,” to give the players a choice to watch some comics, or practice.

An easy choice.

“We turned the lights off and they laughed and had the best time,” Gundy said. “And when it was over, we watched tape and graded it, ate dinner and sent them home.

“It kind of changed who they were at that time. They felt better about it.”

Gundy didn't pick the comedians, instead allowing the players to suggest who to watch from the Netflix library.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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