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Mount Rushmore: The ultimate list

by Berry Tramel Modified: February 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm •  Published: February 20, 2014


In honor of LeBron James’ stopover in Oklahoma City, here is my Mount Rushmore on a variety of subjects:

NBA: Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson.

Movies: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Schindler’s List,” “Slingblade,” “Parenthood.”

American sporting venues: Allen Fieldhouse, middle Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame Stadium, the Rose Bowl.

Italian joints: Garozzo’s in Kansas City, Pete’s Place in Krebs, Charlie Gitto’s in downtown St. Louis, The Grotto in Scottsdale, Ariz.

OU football players: Lee Roy Selmon, Billy Sims, Jerry Tubbs, Roy Williams.

OSU football players: Thurman Thomas, Barry Sanders, Justin Blackmon, Leslie O’Neal.

American cities to visit: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle.

Batman movie villains: Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Heath Ledger’s Joker, Burgess Meredith’s Penguin, Liam Neeson’s Ra’s Al Ghul

Oklahoma City Hornets: Aaron Williams, Speedy Claxton, Chris Paul, Marc Jackson.

NFL uniforms: New York Giants road whites, Tampa Bay Buccaneers home red and pewter, the San Francisco 49er home reds, Green Bay Packer home greens.

Beatles songs: Help, Here Comes the Sun, I’m Happy Just to Dance With You, For No One.

Baseball players from Oklahoma: Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, Carl Hubbell, Bullet Joe Rogan.

Pizza places: Rodney’s in Purcell, Hideaway in Stillwater, Giordano’s in Chicago, Grimaldi’s (based out of New York, but I frequent the one in Scottsdale).

OSU basketball players: Bob Kurland, Big Country, Byron Houston, Bob Mattick.

OU basketball players: Wayman Tisdale, Alvan Adams, Blake Griffin, Mookie Blaylock.

Childhood heartthrobs: Valerie Bertinelli, Eve Plumb, Susan Dey, Melissa Sue Anderson.

Golf courses (to watch): Pebble Beach,Turnberry, Shinnecock Hills, St. Andrew’s.

Golf courses (to play): Rio Grande in South Fork, Colo.; Lincoln East; Paradise Valley in Springdale, Ark.; Coffee Creek.

Oklahoma towns: Kingfisher, Hobart, Weatherford, Perry.

Oklahoma lakes: Hudson, Tenkiller, Arbuckle, Grand.

Cheeseburgers: Big Ed’s, Johnnie’s, Fuddrucker’s, Meers.

by Berry Tramel
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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