Hunter Mahan provides Oklahoma State golf's finest hour

Meet your new favorite golfer, Hunter Mahan, who provided OSU golf's finest hour this weekend when he withdrew from a tournament to be with his wife, who had gone into labor with their first child.
by Berry Tramel Published: July 28, 2013
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photo - Hunter Mahan watches his drive on the eighth hole during the second round at the Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, on Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn) ORG XMIT: FNG115
Hunter Mahan watches his drive on the eighth hole during the second round at the Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, on Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn) ORG XMIT: FNG115

Of course, saying you'll do it and actually doing it are two different things. Last year, Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “I'm not missing the birth of my child. There's no chance. I know some fans probably don't want to hear that, but there's no chance.”

Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman said the same thing and warned fans he might miss a showdown game against Houston. Turns out he didn't have to make that choice.

But Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp did. Tapp missed Philadelphia's game at New Orleans last season for the birth of his daughter. And Tapp said he had Eagles coach Andy Reid's blessing.

That's an encouraging sign.

Twenty years ago, in what was not the NFL's finest hour, Houston Oilers offensive lineman David Williams suffered much scorn for missing a game at New England.

Williams' wife went into labor the day before the game, gave birth that night, and when Williams didn't get to Foxboro, Mass., for the game the next day, the Oilers docked him a game's pay ($111,111) and Houston O-line coach Bob Young issued one of the most absurd quotes you'll ever read:

“"They ought to suspend him for a week, maybe two. Everybody wants to be with his wife, but if World War II was going on and you said, 'I can't fly; my wife's having a baby,' would we have won the war?"

Thank God, I facetiously wrote in 1993, that someone still equated beating the Patriots to beating Hitler.

Thank God, I say in all seriousness, we've seemed to come a long ways in 20 years.

At 3:26 a.m. Sunday, Zoe Olivia Mahan was born, with her daddy riding shotgun. That's a trophy no golf tournament can match.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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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