We don't have pop up video on NewsOK.com. If we did, here are a few tidbits about our sports staff that you would see in the quote bubble:
*Todd Schoenthaler has been a part-time employee with The Oklahoman sports department for more than 20 years. He handles various duties, answering phones, punching in local box scores and keeping everyone on the staff in a relatively good mood with some of the corny stuff he says. “Big Todd” as we call him, is usually the guy who wakes football coaches on Saturday morning — as in 1 a.m. — asking for the final score of a game from the night before when “someone” forgets to call The Oklahoman. By trade, the Maquoketa, Iowa, native works with troubled youth in the Edmond Public Schools. A devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes — no matter how bad they are.
*Assistant sports editor Ryan Sharp is a quiet Indianapolis Colts fan. He rarely gets involved in the War of Words between staff members who like to flex their jaw muscles about their favorite teams and why they're superior. Sharp became a Colts fan while working for the Indianapolis Star. He played football at Bethel High School and marched in the Oklahoma State University band.
Call me crazy
Call me crazy, but Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is about as old-school football as it gets. The dude is a mean football player who fits the mold of old-time maniacs such as Jack Lambert, Dick Butkus and Conrad Dobler. Suh would have been a perfect fit with the nasty Oakland Raiders of the 1970s and 1980s, and easy to imagine him as a member of the Steel Curtain or the Fearsome Foursome defenses. And who wouldn't want to see Suh go one-on-one with locomotive running backs Jim Brown, John Riggins or Earl Campbell back in their heyday.
Old-timers know what I'm talking about. Young-timers, get on YouTube and punch in some of the aforementioned names. See what I mean.
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The Oklahoman asked Douglass High School basketball standout Stevie Clark three questions:
*List five of your favorite things:
“My phone, Xbox 360, iPod, rings and Player of the Year trophy.”
*List one person you want to trade places with for a day and why:
“LeBron James. I want to see how it feels to be him.”
*What is the top thing on your bucket list?
“Travel the world with my family and friends.”
88-0: Hall High School opened the Arkansas girls' basketball season with an 88-0 victory over Fair High. A far superior Hall squad tried to take it easy on Fair, pulling its starters four minutes into the game and owning a 28-0 lead. According to THV, a CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Hall showed sportsmanship by not using a full-court press or pressure defense the rest of the game. But the Hall reserves still wanted to impress coaches and were not afraid to shoot the basketball.
35: Former Oklahoma City Blazers forward Garth Gartner turns 35 Tuesday. Gartner's time in a Blazers uniform was brief, playing just 15 regular season games after being acquired from the Border City Bandits, a horrid Texarkana, Ark.-based Central Hockey League team. Gartner was known for scrappy, problematic play on the ice. He managed just three points but piled up 65 penalty minutes for OKC. Although the Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, native was not known for scoring, he was credited with the game-winning goal in Game 4 of the 2000-2001 CHL championship series against the Columbus Cottonmouths. Gartner was the last Blazers player to touch the puck before a Columbus player accidentally put the disk in his own net. The 2-1 overtime victory gave OKC a 3-1 lead in the series; the Blazers clinched the title the next game.