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.