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Oklahoma State football: A dark day that put a football game in perspective

COMMENTARY — The Oklahoma State Cowboys set out to win a game that would shed a sliver of light on a dark day for OSU. But win or lose, it was still going to be dark.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 19, 2011

Which is why we call on sports. Ballgames so often offer a diversion from reality. Usually the humdrum, but sometimes the horror.

A victory over Iowa State would have offered a little respite. Not to the Budke or Serna families. But to a fan base and a school that must feel under siege after yet another plane crashed claimed the lives of good people.

In a weird way, the tragedy offers respite to the football side.

The perfect season is gone. Big Bowl hopes are gone. Weeden's Heisman campaign is gone.

That would have qualified as disaster before a single-engine plane crashed into the Arkansas hills. Now, it's merely disappointing.

“The plane crash, for the families of the people involved, is just tragic,” Gundy said. “So much more important than this game. When you lose people…”

Weeden said the players took on the mindset of winning for the victims, and while Gundy said he doesn't much believe in that, “One thing I can guarantee you, these guys wanted to go out and play the best they could. It just didn't come out in their favor tonight.”

A tipped pass here, a tackle there. A field goal. A first down. Lots of things could have brought that sliver of light.

But no matter the final score, Friday would have remained one of the darkest days in OSU history.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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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