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The Oklahoman's Mike Sherman took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on
Oklahoman Modified: October 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm •  Published: October 15, 2012

I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. A hard loss to swallow. Did you see the game? If so, your thoughts?

I watched almost every minute of it. I'm from Maryland and have passed my attachment to Baltimore teams on to a 14-year-old son who is ate up with the Ravens. That said, the Cowboys were the better team yesterday. You wonder what would have happened if Demarco Murray hadn't been injured. The Ravens were very, very fortunate to win. They're also very fortunate to have John Harbaugh and not Jason Garrett as their coach. I was among those who scratched my head when Baltimore hired a former Eagles special teams coach as its head coach after Garrett turned them down to become the Cowboys' coach-in-waiting. Seems like the Ravens got the best end of that one.

I assume you don't know, but if you had to guess, when will the suspended players for OU be back?

The 12th of never as far as Bob Stoops is concerned. When Stoops re-instated them to the roster Berry Tramel wrote something like "Jaz Reynolds must be Jerry Rice or OU must be in big trouble at receiver." Something like that. Now? Who needs those guys? Stoops has receivers coming out his ears, and there doesn't appear to be any dire need at DT either. I sent an email to our OU writers earlier today wondering whether questions about the suspended players would take a week off. The sense of urgency to that question is low.

Did you read Bill Simmons' piece on Harden? I thought he made some good points. What do you think are the chances that the Thunder "just pay him" and go into the cap. It is hard to put a price on a championship and paying a hefty tax might be worth it.

Especially if you aren't the one writing the check. If Oklahoma City wants an NBA team 10 to 15 years from now it better hope the owners/Sam Presti stick to their guns and don't go all Mark Cuban. Not enough TV sets in this market to support that kind of spending. That said, someone forwarded me that Bill Simmons' piece late last week and I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Looking forward to it. "Paying " Harden doesn't guarantee a championship, and not paying him doesn't guarantee they won't win one either. Does Harden want to give as much as the team does, meet halfway somewhere? It's going to take something like that (or more) for him to remain in OKC in my opinion.

For more Oklahoma football, Oklahoma State football and OKC Thunder, read the complete transcript here.

by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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