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  • Hail to OSU for renewed Tulsa series

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Oklahoma State and Tulsa have announced a football and basketball series, and that’s very good for the state and very good for the concept of common sense. OSU-Tulsa and OU-Tulsa are games that ought to be played on a regular basis. In football, OSU-Tulsa was a staple for decades. The Cowboys and...

  • Send us your questions for OU and OSU Media Days

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    On Saturday, The Oklahoman will be at media days in Norman and Stillwater for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football. We’ll be asking plenty of questions, and we’re asking for you to give us your best. How do we get your questions? Submit them below in the comments section, via our Facebook page,...

  • Oklahoma State football: Power Lunch leftovers – quarterback depth chart, offensive line and more

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    I wrapped up my first Power Lunch chat this afternoon. Here’s a look at some questions that spilled over after the hour was over: Guest: What are your thoughts about Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph (or JW if you feel so inclined- he seems to be the entrenched starter)? Do you think Rudolph will...

  • T. Boone Pickens writes Rickie Fowler a 'thank you' letter after British Open

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens took time out to write former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler a handwritten letter for some kind words the British Open runner-up said on TV. Fowler called Pickens his “good friend” in a recent CNBC interview, and Pickens responded with this letter,...

  • Big 12 football: No change in Baylor schedule

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby touted his league’s non-conference schedule. During his state-of-the-conference address Monday to kick off Big 12 Media Days, Bowlsby said, “This year’s nonconference schedule includes 11 institutions that were in bowl games last year, including both of the teams...

  • Test your football knowledge with Big 12 officiating test

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Big 12 officiating clinic, conducted by CFO West, an organization that administers football officiating for a variety of conferences, always is interesting. I spent last Saturday in Irving, Texas, embedded with Big 12 officials and Big 12 officiating director Walt Anderson. Like always, I...

  • OSU football: Nike shoe pays homage to Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Nike is immortalizing the “greatest season ever played” with a special edition shoe paying homage to Barry Sanders. The Air Trainer 2 Premium (release date: July 26) was specifically created in honor of Sanders’ 1988 Heisman Trophy winning campaign. From Nike: “Designed to honor the “greatest...

  • Big 12 preseason poll not so accurate in 10-team format

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Big 12 preseason media poll is out, and the Sooners are an overwhelming pick to win the conference title. So what does that mean? This is the 19th Big 12 preseason poll. In the previous 18, 15 included years in which the league was split into two divisions. So there have been 33 first-place […]

  • OSU football: Gundy to skip ESPN's 'car wash'

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Only one of the 64 coaches from college football’s five power conferences will skip next week’s ESPN “car wash,” a series of interviews on various TV and radio shows on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn. That coach is Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, who is instead attending his son’s baseball...

  • Fill out your own Big 12 football preseason poll

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The media gets to vote. So do the coaches. Why shouldn’t you? Rank the Big 12 teams heading into the preseason and we’ll publish the results in The Oklahoman this week. Thanks for participating.  

  • Tyreek Hill named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year

    Cody Stavenhagen | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The hype around Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill continues to grow. Wednesday, media members voted Hill as Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Not exactly a surprise for those who have followed Hill since he enrolled at OSU in January. Hill, who will likely play running back and receiver for...

  • OSU basketball: Markel Brown, Desmond Mason hype dunk contest via Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    On Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open’s Chevron Junior Day Exhibition, former Oklahoma State basketball star Desmond Mason issued a challenge to another former Cowboys high flyer, Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown. The challenge? A dunk contest. A slam showdown that Brown happily accepted Wednesday...



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John Helsley


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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 deep-rooted at an early age.

Mrs. Jackson, an English/Journalism teacher at Del City High, plucked him for the school paper, The Eagle Beacon, and John was hooked. While he detoured through a brief accounting career, John returned to college (Central Oklahoma) for a second degree and a second career that has seen him cover everything from the preps to the pros at The Oklahoman.

John lives in Edmond with his wife Roberta and two daughters, Sarah and Jillian, who are keeping the family tradition of cheering for the baseball team with the birds on the bat.



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