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by Berry Tramel Published: April 3, 2008
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Cheers
•To John Blake, who is drawing rave reviews from NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. for Blake's work with defensive linemen, first Nebraska's Adam Carriker, who went 13th overall to the Rams in the 2007 draft, and now North Carolina's Kentwan Balmer, who has shot into first-round projections. Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Jackie Sherrill and Butch Davis all have hired Blake for their staffs.

•To Oklahoma City, for its splendid support of the NCAA women's regional, even without a home-state team. New Orleans wouldn't have drawn 800 people without LSU there, but OKC had crowds of 9,000 and 10,000 even without the Sooners or Cowgirls.

•To Jerry Jones, who says he will not trade up to get Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden and admitted the truth about the NFL draft. High first-round picks are a curse, not a blessing.

Jeers
•To the NCAA's infatuation with another OU-Boise State matchup. The basketball committee paired the schools for a second-round game, if the Broncos had been able to upset Louisville. Now Boise State's women's gymnastics are headed to OU for a regional. The Fiesta Bowl magic can't be replicated; no reason to try.

•To Andrea Riley's repeated offenses of popping opponents. I love Little Miss Magic, but she needs to stop the thuggery, or her charm will be long gone.

•To the AP All-American team, which didn't pick the right Memphis Tiger for the first team — Derrick Rose clearly is John Calipari's best ballplayer, not Chris Douglas-Roberts — and somehow named Georgetown's Roy Hibbert the second-team center with Stanford's Brook Lopez third team. Lopez is miles ahead of Hibbert as a college player.

by Berry Tramel
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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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