When Gavin, Gunnar and Gage Gundy found out their old man was headed to Bristol, Conn., for a two-day ESPN adventure, the boys, ages 12, 7 and 4, got interested and fast. The Gundy boys, like most males under the age of 60 in America, are fascinated with the Mother Ship, as expatriate Dan Patrick calls ESPN. The Gundys like the SportsCenter commercials. Who doesn’t? Their favorite is when the Pittsburgh Penguin and the New Jersey Devil take turns adjusting the ESPN thermostat. Alas, Mike Gundy, while summoned to Connecticut to magnify the arrival of Oklahoma State football, was not asked to film the spoofs that have featured personalities from Roger Clemens to Richard Simmons. Glaring omission on ESPN’s part. The scripts would have come easy with Gundy. Gundy and SportsCenter anchor John Anderson sharing hair gel tips in the men’s room. Stuart Scott launching a tirade at co-workers, with Gundy walking by shaking his head. Stone-faced Pistol Pete escorting Gundy from an interview with Scott Van Pelt. Oh, well. Even without the comedy, Gundy’s odyssey through the ESPN compound, with interviews on a variety of stages, was a sign of respect for Cowboy football. ESPN is the new Eastern press. Time was, the New York newspapers set the American sports agenda. When Grantland Rice or Red Smith left the Northeast corridor for a campus trip to Oklahoma or Texas or Alabama, it signaled to their destination that the nation was paying attention. ESPN now carries that mantle. "With the younger generation, for sure,” Gundy said. "I don’t know if you can put a price on the marketability. It gets people’s attention. Get the logo out there. It’s very positive for Oklahoma State football.” Gundy called the trip "very interesting. I didn’t understand how big of a place it was. Pretty amazing.” He said the shows came so fast, he lost track of what was live and what was taped. Gundy chatted in the ESPN halls with the likes of John Kruk, Linda Cohn, Cris Carter and fellow Oklahoman Skip Bayless. Gundy also had dinner with Anderson, who once worked in Tulsa and is married to an Oklahoma State grad and former Orange Pride football volunteer. All in all, a good two days to spread OSU football to the nation. "They’re not just going to let anybody come up there,” Gundy said. "They’ve never invited us before. If they think you can bring some ratings, they’ll bring you. "Hopefully get to do it again. I don’t know that you get to do it a lot.” And next time, ESPN, don’t forget the SportsCenter commercial. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.