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Getting brain wires crossed on Travis Lewis

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm •  Published: December 17, 2008

I confused a bunch of OU football fans today. I wrote that Tyrone Lewis is among the Sooners’ most valuable players.

I meant linebacker Travis Lewis, of course, but this is an excellent study of the human brain. For some reason, I always want to call Travis Lewis “Tyrone Lewis.”

Tyrone Lewis was an OSU wrestler from El Reno a few years back, a four-time all-American who was an NCAA runnerup in 2004.

No reason to mix up the Lewises, other than sometimes you get something in your brain and can’t get it out.

I used to get Jay Johnstone and Rick Monday mixed up all the time. They were outfielders in the late ’60s and ’70s, and no reason at all why I should confuse them, but I did. All the time.

To this day, I can’t remember which one grabbed the American flag out in centerfield when some goober ran out and tried to set it on fire in Dodger Stadium or someplace.

Was it Johnstone? Was it Monday? I don’t know. I’d have to look it up. I think it was Monday, but I’ve mixed them up so much, who knows?

I’m not mixed up on the Lewises. I know Travis is the linebacker and Tyrone is the wrestler. But for some reason, when I write OU football, I want to say Tyrone.

I’ll make a better effort to stay on top of this, but you’re going to have to work with me. If you see Tyrone Lewis in print, and it’s about football, assume my addled brain has gone haywire again.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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