Blackmon and a Sooner: A Bedlam tale
November 30, 2010
Bedlam oftentimes brings out the best in teams but the worst in people.
In case you hadn’t noticed, this rivalry can be a mean one.
But after Saturday night’s game, there was a moment on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf that shows the good that can come out of this hard-fought series. Chuck Bowman, who played... Read More
Can’t get enough Bedlam? Stay tuned
November 24, 2010
The fans are talking Bedlam. The media is talking Bedlam. The teams are talking Bedlam.
Want a little more talk?
(You know you do.)
Be sure to tune into a new show on KSBI Channel 52. OK SportsWrap debuted this week with hosts Brian Birchell and Mark Rodgers, and yours truly was invited onto the show... Read More
National coach of the year? Easy call
November 23, 2010
‘Tis the season — the college football awards season.
A slew of finalists for a variety of individual awards were announced earlier this week, and today, my ballot for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year arrived in my email inbox. Members of the Football Writers Association of America are allowed to vote,... Read More
Maybe he’s at least enjoying OSU’s big year …
November 21, 2010
Former Oklahoma State standout Kevin Williams is one of my all-time favorite players to interview.
He had a totally unassuming but funny way about him during his time as a Cowboy.
Maybe that’s coming in hand nowadays.
Williams and his Minnesota Viking teammates are suffering through the roughest of seasons.... Read More
Heisman voting: To Cam or not to Cam …
November 11, 2010
The bad press keeps mounting on Cam Newton.
Must more, and the stout Auburn quarterback won’t be able to see of the mountain of negative clippings and reports. First came the report that his services had been shopped when he was being recruited last year – with an asking price of $200,000. Then... Read More
There’s nothing to fear about Texas, unless …
November 10, 2010
Oklahoma State fans, you are pumped about your football team.
But you have some trepidation about this Texas game.
Both of those are entirely acceptable emotions if you’re a member of the Cowboy Nation. This team has gone above and beyond the expectations of most,... Read More
Next big rivalry: OSU-Missouri?
December 22, 2009
Jay Nixon is no household name to folks in Oklahoma, but he’s doing his darnedest to become public enemy No. 1 to Oklahoma State fans.
The Missouri governor talked recently to the Associated Press about the possibility of the Missouri Tigers leaving the Big 12 and joining the Big Ten. The powers that be... Read More
Speedway closing = history lost
December 16, 2009
An Oklahoma City sports institution is closing. We learned Monday that State Fair Speedway’s days are numbered. Oklahoma City officials say major electrical repairs are forcing the track’s closing. Speedway officials say the whole thing is a smokescreen concocted to close the... Read More
More from The Q&A: Phillip Dillard
December 05, 2009
Phillip Dillard and his Nebraska teammates face a tall task today — slowing down Colt McCoy and the Texas offense in the Big 12 championship game.
But it’s hardly the first challenge the former Jenks High School standout has faced. The linebacker has endured high-profile coaching changes and... Read More
A nice read on a hated rival
December 04, 2009
Just when you think you’ve read everything there is to know about a high-profile athlete, a story comes along with all sorts of new information.
This one about Texas quarterback Colt McCoy came across my desk today. It was sent in an e-mail by the Texas sports information office, which is really promoting the... Read More
Basketball starts early this year
December 03, 2009
Basketball season is upon us, and it’s arrived earlier than normal in Oklahoma. Oh, sure, the games start around the same time every year, the NBA tipping off in late October, the colleges in mid-November. But really, no one in our fair state usually pays roundball much attention until early January.... Read More
More from the NFL Q&A: Jacob Lacey
November 22, 2009
Jacob Lacey is making quite a splash in the NFL. Undrafted last spring, the former Oklahoma State cornerback has started the last two games for the Indianapolis Colts. He even had seven tackles a week ago against New England.
He still keeps a close eye, though, on his alma mater.
Jenni Carlson: Bedlam’s... Read More
Forget Bedlam for a moment
November 19, 2009
Over the past year or so, I’ve had the honor of sharing several times about Caleb Spady.
The Hinton boy had a passion for baseball. He had a love for the Texas Rangers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He also had an inoperable, incurable form of brain cancer.
Sadly, Caleb died in July, but his... Read More
A new OKC Thanksgiving tradition?
November 18, 2009
No holiday is more tradition-rich than Thanksgiving.
Another activity is trying to work its way into the traditions of folks in Oklahoma City. Even though the Oklahoma City Turkey Trot is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, it has largely been a forgotten about event. But now the 5K race is moving... Read More
More from The Q&A: Jeff Green
November 14, 2009
Even though Jeff Green might have a Thunder super fan — a guy in a No. 22 jersey and a green spandex suit covering him from head to toe was spotted recently — the title of original Jeff Green super fan was long ago taken.
Jenni Carlson: When you were at Georgetown, your mom was not only your biggest fan... Read More
Football: What’s luck got to do with it? Ask the Sooners
November 12, 2009
Players wouldn’t want to admit it. Ditto for coaches. But the truth is undeniable — there’s luck involved in sports. It’s not the most important ingredient to success, of course. Talented players and quality coaching and team chemistry and probably half a dozen other things are more vital than luck.... Read More
Predictions for the New Year
December 31, 2008
Just a quick post to say best wishes to everyone in 2009.
My bold prediction for 2009 — made earlier this week on The Press Row — is that the Thunder are going to make a significant off-season move. Not sure who it will be, but I believe that either by trade or by free-agent acquisition, the franchise is... Read More
Cowboys make quite a statement
December 29, 2008
Let’s take a little trip back in time. It’s not a long journey. Just a few months.
Perhaps you’ll remember the talk before this football season about Oklahoma State. The Cowboys looked like they were going to be better with an experienced offense and an improving defense. But where were the wins going to... Read More
Sidekick to Slingin’ Sam
December 25, 2008
You might have seen his face or heard his name a week or so ago when Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy.
Kelsey Cline was part of the Oklahoma quarterback’s traveling party. Some of you may have wondered who he is. Others may have wondered where you’d heard that name before.
Cline is currently the golf... Read More
Naughty or nice in the sports world?
December 24, 2008
He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Yep, Santa Claus is comin’ to town, and if he’s makin’ a list of the good and the bad in the world of sports, well, those could be some interesting lists.
There has been some very good and some appallingly bad this... Read More