*OTHER: Oklahomans with sports backgrounds who died recently include: Jerry Vanderpool, 51, drag racer. ... Patricia Geurin, 76, retired from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. ... Thomas Enyart, 86, bull rider.
*SPECIAL RECOGNITION: For best friend Jack, age 12. Short-distance sprinter from the sofa to the kitchen for a dab of peanut butter or another morsel of goodness. Named after Hall of Fame Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert — both were missing teeth and tough as nails — he had sports writer's hours, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Jack followed the Steelers, Texas Rangers, hockey, sprint cars and anything else that involved competition. Win or lose, Jack always had a smile and a wagging tail for the Oklahoma Sports Milestones' author. So long, pal.
40: The Oklahoma City Barons have won at least 40 games during their first-two seasons in the American Hockey League. Impressive, yes. What's more, Oklahoma City is the first home base for an Edmonton Oilers top farm team to have back-to-back 40-win seasons since 1980; that was Oilers' first season in the National Hockey League.
Voice of reason
Jack Peavey, the director of football operations at Oklahoma Baptist University, had a brief stint in the NFL. He played three games at center in 1987 for the AFC champion Denver Broncos, then quarterbacked by John Elway. Nowadays, Elway is the Broncos' executive vice president of operations and played a lead role in Denver signing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Denver then traded the popular Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. Peavey offers an opinion on one of the NFL's most talked-about offseason moves:
“I have to echo the sentiments of our youth in being disappointed Tim Tebow is leaving Denver. He is our best witness to our young generation on how to live for Christ. My children and many high school and college-age adults love Tim Tebow; he is this generation's icon.
“I was disappointed that Tim Tebow was traded. I was hoping for a Aaron Rodgers situation for him to learn behind a first class person and great football player in Peyton Manning. Having played in the Meadowlands, I can tell you New York has the most ‘what-have-you-done-lately' fan base in the world. I would not want to be Mark Sanchez. Everything he will now do, however slightly wrong ... the chants of ‘Tebow' will echo loud.”