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Oklahoma City Gridiron Club show raises money for journalism scholarships

Show begins Wednesday at Lyric's Plaza Theatre in Oklahoma City.
by Bryan Painter Published: February 19, 2012

In the opening act, Roy and Buck — wearing plaid shirts, overalls and straw hats — provide an overview to the tune of Toby Keith's “I Love This Bar.”

Roy sings: “Oh, we got winners, we got criers, Wall Street Occupiers ... ” and Buck soon follows with “We got movers, we got shakers, And lots of us became ‘quakers.'”

Although based on a country music show theme, the tunes come from various music genres.

In the state and local scene, some television meteorologists are portrayed singing about the summer heat to the tune of the Bee Gees' “Stayin' Alive.”

The chorus includes the lines: “People started dripping and you wish we could be strippin,' 'Cause we're sweatin' alive, sweatin' alive ... ”

After the separate federal and state/local scenes, the production draws from both. Harold Camping, adding machine in hand, calculates the end of the world as May 21, 2011, then comes back later predicting the end as Oct. 21, 2011.

But that bit neither marks the end of the world nor the show.

Obama and Gov. Mary Fallin sing to the tune of Billy Joel's “It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.”

Obama begins: “Whaddaya think about the job I'm doing? It's too early to tell for sure. What'll I do to get in touch with the people? Maybe go on a nationwide tour.”

Fallin follows: “Here in the state, the economy's a honey, Devon and Chesapeake makin' lotsa money, Everybody's talkin' 'bout the MAPS plan.”

And a chorus adds, “Funny, but it's still politics to me.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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