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Durant feels sorry for Raptors, sits out

by Nick Trougakos Published: December 3, 2010

Let’s take a stroll around the sports world on a Friday afternoon…

-We’ll start with some breaking sports news: Kevin Durant has declared he will sit out tonight’s game against The Thirsty Beagle’s Toronto Raptors to make the game more entertaining. Although Toronto ticket holders are upset they won’t get to see one of the NBA’s best players, word on the street is fans will give a street-clothes-clad Durant a warm ovation tonight for his thoughtful gesture. The 7-11 Raptors are holding down the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, however they would be 12th in the Western Conference standings. So, they obviously can use all the help they can get.

-LeQuitter James returned to Cleveland last night with his Miami Heat teammates and laid a sound whipping on the Cavaliers. I was left with two lasting impressions: 1. The Cavaliers suck. 2. In a post-game interview, Lebron referred to continuing his ”greatness” in Miami. He later tweeted that he was referring to the Heat working toward greatness as a team. I’m calling B.S. on that one. In fact, I’m going to go work on my greatness when I get home tonight.

-The NCAA this week essentially said that although the father of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton blatantly shopped his son’s services, they can’t prove that the son knew about it. So, hey, no harm no foul, right? Let me go over this one more time: Dez Bryant gets suspended for a year for lying about something that wasn’t a violation, and Cam Newton gets nothing for his dad trying to sell him to a college for six figures? And this makes sense how?

-Speaking of college football, I think I’m finally ready to put fingers to keyboard regarding the Bedlam game this past Saturday. I will say this: Being an OSU football fan sucks. We went from feeling like we had a great chance to play in the Fiesta Bowl to having the Alamo Bowl be the best game on the table. It’s easy to put into words all the things lost on Saturday: the game, bragging rights, breaking OU’s streak against the Cowboys, the school’s first ever 11-win season, the South Division title, a spot in the conference title game, etc. What’s harder to put into words is the feeling that OSU went from one of the greatest football season’s in school history to pretty much total failure in one game. I hope a week or a month or a year from now I can look back and appreciate 2010 as a great year for OSU football. Now, I just feel demoralized. Well, I guess I’ve always got wrestling and golf.

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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