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Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, COPAN 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 15, 2014
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether.For the second straight week, Denver's remodeled defense mustered a pair of goal line stands to fend off an opponent in a tight game.Terrance Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe from the 2 with 15 seconds left Sunday, preserving Denver's 24-17 win over...
Denver's defense secures 24-17 win over Chiefs
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 15, 2014DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have their issues on third down. Goal-line stands are another matter altogether. For the second straight week, Denver's remodeled defense mustered a pair of goal line stands to fend off an opponent in a tight game. Terrance Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe from the 2 with 15 seconds left Sunday, preserving Denver's 24-17 win over the injury-riddled Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs (0-2) also came up empty on a 19-play drive to start the second half that ate up 10 minutes and ended when Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field-goal try. The Chiefs converted 11 of 16 third downs and controlled the clock in the second half, keeping Peyton Manning on the sideline for all but 9:46. "It's part of football," said Manning, who was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." As coach John Fox told his team afterward: "Never apologize for getting wins in this league, men." The Broncos aren't pretty but they're perfect heading into next week's showdown in Seattle, where they'll face a Seahawks team that handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. Whenever things got tough during offseason training for the Broncos, players took to hollering, "35!" — their margin of defeat in that nightmare at the Meadowlands eight months ago. The Seahawks lost 30-21 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. "I'm so ready for this week," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "I'm going to make sure everybody's on point and make sure that we don't kill ourselves and beat ourselves. Because if we're going to beat the Seattle Seahawks, we can't go down there with these mental mistakes and dumb penalties that we've been having." Twice before Knighton's game-saver, the Broncos thought they'd turned back the Chiefs on their final drive. Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. And Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. Other takeaways from Denver's 12th win in its last 13 games against AFC West opponents: TWO-WAY TERRANCE? Knighton is a nose tackle with a nose for the ball, and for good reason: he was tight end in high school. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Knighton said after deflecting Kansas City's last gasp by reaching up and deflecting Smith's pass with his right arm. So, what would it take for Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." VICKERSON'S UNHAPPY HOMECOMING: Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had just one tackle in his return to Denver, dumping Montee Ball for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter. "It was a little bit different. Just my familiarity with these guys helped me out a lot," Vickerson said. "But other than that, the game is the game. Football don't change, players do." The ninth-year veteran was the final cut in Denver this season, beaten out by a younger, cheaper and healthier Mitch Unrein. Vickerson signed a one-year deal with Kansas City last week after defensive tackle Mike DeVito got hurt. "They made a business decision, I made a business decision," Vickerson said. "I get another shot at them. We're going to do a split. They got us this one, but we're going to get them next time." The rematch is Nov. 30 at Arrowhead. INJURY EPIDEMIC: After losing three starters to season-ending injuries in their opener, the Chiefs lost two key starters to ankle injuries. They had hoped to get All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles more carries after he ran just seven times in the opener, but Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Charles had just two carries for 4 yards and one catch for 8. Backup Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, but the Chiefs sorely missed Charles on their two drives that stalled after getting inside Denver's 5-yard line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: While Bowe returned from his one-game suspension and caught three passes for 40 yards, the Broncos were without WR Wes Welker again. His four-game suspension could be rescinded this week if the NFL signs off on the new drug policy that the NFLPA rubber-stamped on Friday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
Sep 14, 2014
DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense."I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to...
Broncos fend off Chiefs 24-17 with goal-line stand
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Sep 14, 2014DENVER (AP) — Hidden inside Terrance Knighton's gargantuan body listed generously at 330 pounds is a former tight end who dreams of playing offense. "I have great ball instincts being an ex-wide receiver," Denver's mammoth nose tackle said after preserving the Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Knighton deflected Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass from the 2 to Dwayne Bowe with 15 seconds left. He was engaged with center Rodney Hudson when he reached up and felt the football smack into his right arm, then skitter harmlessly into the end zone. "I'd rather it my arm than theirs," said Knighton. So, what would it take for Peyton Manning to have Knighton line up with him as a not-so-secret offensive weapon, like J.J. Watt did in Oakland on Sunday? "Might have to send two guys out of the game to put Terrance in there," Manning deadpanned. "Believe it or not, I have thrown some passes to him in practice and he does have good hands. I will vouch for that. High school receiver, he says." The Broncos (2-0) didn't think it would come down to another goal line stand, but Aqib Talib's interception return for a TD earlier in the drive was negated when Quanterus Smith jumped offside. Then, Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was changed to an incomplete pass after a review. "We had two takeaways taken away," Broncos coach John Fox said. "There are going to be things we'll look at that we need to improve on. But we'll take every 'W' we get." The Chiefs (0-2), without All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles for much of the game, converted 11 of 16 third-down opportunities overall. They just couldn't capitalize in the biggest moments as the Broncos mustered two goal-line stands for the second straight week. Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, but spent most of the game on the sideline. The Broncos had the ball for less than 10 minutes in the second half. "It's part of football," Manning said. "I've been in games like that where you get excited on third-and-long, start warming up, ready to get out there. The defense out there, they were maybe bending a little, but not breaking." Smith was 26 of 42 for 255 yards, and Knile Davis ran 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City. Charles left with an ankle injury in the first half, as did safety Eric Berry. Without Wes Welker for the second straight game and facing a defense that lost Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and tackle Mike DeVito last week, Manning targeted his tight ends again. He found Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme for 4-yard TDs in the first half. Manning also threw a 12-yarder to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos (2-0) head to Seattle (1-1) next week not exactly with a head of steam. They'll face the Seahawks, who handed them a Super Bowl shellacking and then talked trash about them in the offseason. The Broncos have their issues on third downs, but they certainly have come up big on the goal line. Smith led the Chiefs on a 19-play drive that ate up 10 minutes coming out of halftime. They came up empty after getting to the Denver 4 on the strength of five third-down conversions. "I guess that answered the question if we're out of shape," Knighton said. An offensive holding call and linebacker Brandon Marshall's sack dropped the Chiefs back to the 19. Cairo Santos, who beat out veteran Ryan Succop in camp, was wide right on a 37-yard field goal attempt. "We've got to punch it in, bottom line," said Bowe, who caught three passes for 40 yards in his return from a one-game suspension. The Chiefs got it right the next time, converting three third downs on a 14-play drive that covered 90 yards. Davis trotted in from 4 yards, pulling Kansas City to 21-17 with 7:11 left. Santos, however, failed to kick a touchback and Bubba Caldwell returned it 54 yards, setting up Brandon McManus' 20-yard field goal with 3:27 left. Coach Andy Reid said he doesn't regret cutting Succop and keeping Santos: "Our guy's got to kick better right now but I don't ever look back on those things." Kansas City was trying to get Charles more involved after giving him just seven carries against Tennessee in the opener. But he left after running just twice for 4 yards and catching one pass for 8 yards. Reid blamed himself for poor play calls in the red zone, but Smith said Charles' absence was sorely felt close to the goal line. "Everything is magnified down there," Smith said. "It hurts to have him out." Notes: Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos with eight catches for 108 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career. ... Demaryius Thomas had an 80-yard TD catch negated when right tackle Chris Clark was whistled for being downfield. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 1, 2014
Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone […]
Arlington road trip: Florida State fans impressive
Berry Tramel | Sep 1, 2014[img url=https://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/cash.jpg]3375471[/img] Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone was in OSU orange or Florida State garnet. The Cowboys might have had a slight fan advantage, but still, there had to be at least 25,000 Florida State fans in the building. Quite the turnout consider Tallahassee, Fla., is about 900 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth. This was an old-hat road trip for me and for OSU fans. Been to Dallas a lot. This was OSU’s third game in DFW in its last 15 games overall — the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Purdue on Jan. 1, 2013, followed by the Cotton Bowl Classic game last season against Missouri and now Florida State. And the Cowboys play at TCU later this season. Anyway, here are the highlights of our short and familiar trip. DOWNTOWN ARLINGTON We stayed in Las Colinas, just southeast of DFW Airport. We went down to Arlington for dinner Friday night to hook up with Fox- 23 (Tulsa) sports director Nathan Thompson. Nate and our man Johnny Damon went to high school together in Bartlesville, which is an impressive collection of talent in the Oklahoma sports videography realm. But I told them not as impressive as the Norman High School dynasty of Oklahoma sports media, classes of 1974 through 1981. Dean Blevins (KWTV-9), Bob Barry Jr. (KFOR-4), myself and Mike Steely (107.7 the Franchise) all came through Norman High. Anyway, we went to dinner at Babe’s Chicken House. They’ve got 10 spread out over DFW. Fried chicken, fried catfish, chicken fry steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, cream corn, green beans and biscuits, served family style. Each Babe’s is set in old downtowns, with rustic and vintage decor. Really cool spots. I never had been to downtown Arlington. I always think of Arlington as Six Flags, the Ballpark, now JerryWorld and Interstate 30, connecting Dallas and Fort Worth. The old turnpike. Arlington, of course, is a huge place, with a population of 374,000 at the end of 2011. But before it became the size of Tulsa, Arlington was a regular Texas town. And it’s trying to keep its downtown alive. Babe’s sits in sort of a town square, next to the Arlington Music Hall, where a Johnny Cash revue is upcoming. Really neat-looking building. Turns out, city fathers throughout the Metroplex recruit Babe’s to come to their downtowns, helping with revitilzation, because each Babe’s draws as many as 400,000 customers a year. Babe’s are located in Roanoke, Carrollton, Frisco, Sanger, Arlington, Garland, Burleson, Cedar Hill and Granbury. I’ve been to four now, and they’re all outstanding. The cost per person is something $14. You walk away full and thinking of old-time Sunday dinners at your mom’s house. LAS COLINAS The upscale district is an interesting place. Home to the new College Football Playoff headquarters. Home to corporations that attract business visitors en masse during the week. Home to Yuppies (is that still a word?) living in condos. We stay at Las Colinas a lot because you can get fantastic hotel rates on the weekends. We stayed this weekend at a full Marriott for $94 a night. During OU-Texas weekend, the Courtyard goes for $79 a night; it’s $179 a night during the week. The Marriott this time was loaded with Florida State and OSU fans. We shared some TV time with a Florida State group. We came back from dinner Friday night and noticed the Colorado State-Colorado game on a lobby television. Our new OSU beat man, Kyle Fredrick Fieldhouse, grew up in Fort Collins, Colo., so naturally is a big CSU fan. The Marriott, like most swanky hotels, has a meager cable TV lineup, so we didn’t get Fox Sports1 in our rooms. But it was in the lobby. So we sat down and watched the second half. When we got there, Colorado led 17-7. Colorado State dominated the rest of the game and won 28-17. The Fieldhouse was quite pleased. The next morning, I woke up early — I always do on the road — and was rewarded with college football at dawn. Penn State-Central Florida from Dublin was on ESPN2. So I watched football into the afternoon, until Johnny Damon called to grab some lunch. We went down to a little Italian cafe in the heart of Las Colinas and had a slice of pizza and shared a salad. The cafe had UCLA-Virginia on, so we watched more football. Las Colinas is the headquarters of the Cotton Bowl during game week. The Omni hotel hosts the Cotton Bowl functions. We’ll see if OU and OSU make as many Cotton Bowl trips as they have recently (three of the last five years). The Cotton Bowl now is a major bowl and unaffiliated with any conference. DRIVING DFW As I’ve told you in the past, the Bush Turnpike is a game-changer in DFW. Getting from the guts of Dallas to the affluent northeast suburbs of Plano and McKinney and Frisco, getting from North Dallas to Las Colinas, from Las Colinas to Arlington, it’s all gravy now, compared to the old days, thanks to the Bush. We got to the stadium easily and got into the stadium easy. My old days of covering the Dallas Cowboys taught me the easy way to get to JerryWorld’s north parking lot, and we sailed right in. We parked right next to the officiating crew, which was arriving at the same time. They were from the Pac-12 and did an OK job, from what I could tell. Missed that pass interference committed against OSU’s Jhajuan Seales, but those things happen. The stadium remains a marvel. The giant video screen is must-watch television, either live or on replay. My established method is anything on the far side of midfield, I’m watching the video. Anything on my side (we’re in the corner pressbox), I’ll watch live. OSU fans clearly love JerryWorld. They keep coming back strong. We walked half the interior suite level of JerryWorld. An escalator took us up to our level, dumping us at Cotton Bowl headquarters. Then we walked the hallways, which are filled with photos commemorating the Dallas Cowboys’ storied success. Not much of it recent, of course. After the game, we shot a video on the field and you get a different sense of the awesomeness of the place. It’s quite the spectacle, with light shows and Ford trucks dangling in one end zone, the giant video board hanging above your head, the seats and suites that seem to stretch to the sky except you can’t see the sky because the roof is closed. One heck of a place to play a football game. MORNING IN DALLAS The great thing about games in DFW is that you can get home quick. Sometimes, I drove home after the games. I didn’t do that this time, because the older you get, the harder it is. We stagged back to the hotel room sometime around 2:15 a.m., I got to sleep around 3 a.m. and my phone alarm went off at 6:45. I know I was tired because I was disoriented when the alarm went off. I’m a light sleeper. I wake up fully charged almost every morning. Not this time, I didn’t know where I was, I was worried about getting the alarm off so I wouldn’t wake my wife except she wasn’t with me. It was a weird feeling. I had slept with the curtains open. The Dish wants a room pitch-black in which to sleep, but my Marriott room looked out over a beautiful Las Colinas lake, with some cool lighting. I left the curtains opens. I’d rather have the Dish with me, though. Anyway, I got cleaned up, got downstairs by 7:15 and met Johnny Damon for the trip home. I try to get back for church when I can, and I could. So Johnny Damon was a trooper; he had been up all night producing his video packages for newsok, but he rode along with me in the video department’s Jeep Cherokee, then I dropped myself off in Norman and he went on. Driving Dallas early on a Sunday morning is easy. No traffic. The only problem I saw — which I never had seen before — were local peace officers parked off the interstate, ready to pop on for speeders. Not much crime to monitor, I suppose, so they look for interstate income. But once we cleared Denton, that worry was gone. I pulled off in Gainesville to stop at a Whataburger for breakfast, but the Gainesville Whataburger is two miles off I-35, so we weren’t doing that. We zipped back onto I-35 and waited until Ardmore. Whataburger can be slow, and the car in front of us must have ordered breakfast for Cox’s army, but we finally were back on our way. I like Whataburger because I like their milk shakes. They’re thick. Lots of people talk a thick shake. Whataburger actually produces a thick shake. Anyway, we got to Norman at 10 a.m., so our timing was perfect.
Aug 30, 2014
Quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell didn’t get onto the stat sheet, going without a catch in his first game at the position. But Bell did a solid job blocking, including a couple blocks that sprung Sooners running backs for long gains in Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. After the game, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would...
OU football notebook: Sooners' Blake Bell makes debut at tight end
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers | Aug 30, 2014Quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell didn’t get onto the stat sheet, going without a catch in his first game at the position. But Bell did a solid job blocking, including a couple blocks that sprung Sooners running backs for long gains in Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. After the game, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would have to evaluate film before making a final determination on how Bell performed. “It seemed to me like he played pretty well though,” Stoops said. The Sooners looked Bell’s way in the end zone late in the second quarter but Louisiana Tech defender Lloyd Grogan interfered with Bell and Bell drew the flag. SOONERS GET FIRST BLOCKED FG IN DECADE Big-time special teams plays were a calling card for Oklahoma in Bob Stoops’ early years. But the Sooners hadn’t blocked a field goal for nearly a decade before cornerback Zack Sanchez slipped through to stop Jonathan Barnes’ 51-yard attempt late in the first quarter. The block was picked up by Eric Striker, who brought it back 20 yards to set up a touchdown that put the Sooners up 21-0. “I found a crease there and fortunately I got my hand on it,” Sanchez said. “Striker made a play and returned it, and it created some momentum for us on offense.” Oklahoma’s last blocked field goal came Sept. 18, 2004 against Oregon in Norman by Brodney Pool. TYLER EVANS GETS START IN COMEBACK In his first three years in Norman, Tyler Evans made 29 starts at right guard. After missing the last two seasons with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, Evans made start No. 30 Saturday night. Evans was as the third-string left guard on Oklahoma’s depth chart but started on the right side in place of Nila Kasitati. Kasitati was dressed but it was posted on OU’s official Twitter account before the game that he was being held out for “precautionary” reasons. The start was Evans’ first since the 2011 Insight Bowl. JOHNSON, RUSSELL NO SHOWS When the Sooners released their depth chart earlier this week, neither cornerback Cortez Johnson nor defensive tackle Quincy Russell were listed. Saturday, neither was in uniform and afterward Stoops said he wasn’t sure whether either would be part of the team moving forward. “We’ll find out Monday whether he’s with us or not,” Stoops said of Johnson, who started two games last season. “He kind of went missing the last couple of days. He may have quit.” MIXON TWEETS SUPPORT BEFORE GAME Suspended OU freshman Joe Mixon reactivated his Twitter account a couple weeks ago, but hasn’t sent out very many tweets. A couple hours before kickoff Saturday, though, Mixon tweeted, “Man this hurt … Goodluck 2 my brothers out there in Oklahoma. … Go Crazy I'll be watching! #LetsGetIt #BoomerSooner” Mixon, a five-star running back prospect from Oakley, Calif., was charged with a misdemeanor stemming from a late-night, off-campus altercation with a female OU student. The university suspended Mixon for this season from all football activities. It is unclear if Mixon attended Saturday’s game. Mixon later deleted his pregame tweet. SHEPARD DISPLAYS RETURN SKILLS Receiver Sterling Shepard was impressive in his collegiate punt-returning debut. The junior from Heritage Hall picked up 17 yards on his first punt return of the game in the first quarter, and added an 18-yard return in the third quarter. After that second return — with the game well in hand — OU coaches replaced Shepard at punt returner with true freshman receiver Michiah Quick. Shepard’s weren’t the only big returns for the Sooners against the Bulldogs. Alex Ross added an 80-yard kick return that gave OU the ball inside the 15 in the second half. Shepard was a standout return man in high school, but hadn’t had the opportunity to return punts so far in his OU career. He waited two years behind Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. Saunders, who was named to the New York Jets roster over the weekend, was in Norman for the game Saturday night. SWITZER MAKES GRAND ENTRANCE AFTER THIRD QUARTER During the break between the third and fourth quarters, a video featuring legendary former OU coach Barry Switzer appeared on the Jumbotron. Switzer spoke during the video about protecting OU’s tradition and never quitting. The 76-year-old then ran through smoke onto the field out of the northwest tunnel to thunderous applause. According to OU spokesman Pete Moris, the Sooners will welcome back a different legend to begin the fourth quarter at every home game this season. SHEPARD DOES ‘SUPERMAN’ AGAIN Shepard got some advice from the coaches after his 16-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight early in the first quarter. The words didn’t have anything to do with Shepard’s catch or the route but his celebration. After scoring, Shepard pulled on his shirt, mimicking Cam Newton’s Superman celebration. Shepard has a history with the celebration and it figures that’s why Bob Stoops said something to him about it. Shepard was penalized for doing the move in January’s Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, though the call was incorrect. Shepard was called for doing the banned “throat slash” gesture after a touchdown late in the second quarter of the bowl game. REPLAY SCHEDULED, TV FOR TULSA SET The game, which was broadcast on pay-per-view, will be replayed on Fox Sports Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Monday. The broadcast will be squeezed into a three-hour window. The kickoff for next week’s game at Tulsa has long been set for 11 a.m., but the network was unknown until Saturday night. ABC and ESPN2 will broadcast the game in a reverse mirror. The game will be broadcast in ABC in some markets and ESPN2 in others. ABC will carry the game in the Oklahoma City metro area. EXTRA POINTS Michael Hunnicutt extended his school record for made field goals to 64 with a pair of field goals. Hunnicutt has made nine in a row dating back to last season’s win over Iowa State. … Sooners Dimitri Flowers, Samaje Perine, Daniel Brooks, K.J. Young, Jordan Smallwood, Jeffery Mead, Michiah Quick, Josiah St. John, Sam Grant, Jonathan Alvarez, David Driskill, D.J. Ward, Charles Walker, Matt Romar, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Devante Bond, Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas and Wesley Horky made their OU debuts. … The Sooners are now 20-0 against current members of Conference USA.
Aug 27, 2014
MEET THE COMMITTEE — A look at the 13 members of the College Football Playoff committee, their backgrounds and their qualifications.
College Football Playoff: The background and biases of the men and woman who will decide
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Aug 27, 2014BARRY ALVAREZ * Age: 67 * Current job: Wisconsin athletic director * Hometown: Langeloth, Pa. * Alma mater: Nebraska * Former jobs: Wisconsin head coach, Notre Dame assistant coach, Iowa assistant coach and high school coach in Iowa and Nebraska. * Qualifications: The father of a program. Alvarez turned Wisconsin into a nationally-relevant program. * Regional bias: An upper Midwest man all the way. MICHAEL GOULD * Age: 60 * Current job: Retired Lieutenant General. * Hometown: Kent, Ohio * Alma mater: Air Force Academy, Webster University * Former jobs: Air Force officer. * Qualifications: Fresh perspective, as an administrator of a regal institution but no ties to big-time college football. * Regional bias: Nothing discernible. Air Force is a national institution. PAT HADEN * Age: 61 * Current job: Southern Cal athletic director * Hometown: La Puente, Calif. * Alma mater: Southern Cal, Loyola (Calif.) Law School, Oxford University * Former jobs: Director of companies with Riordan, Lewis & Harden, a private equity firm; football analyst with NBC, CBS, Fox and TNT; Los Angeles Rams quarterback. * Qualifications: TV work allowed Haden to see college football all over the nation. * Regional bias: Hard to imagine anyone more tied to one area than Haden to California. TOM JERNSTEDT * Age: 68 * Current job: Retired * Hometown: Carlton, Ore. * Alma mater: Oregon * Former jobs: NCAA director of events, NCAA executive vice president, Oregon administration. * Qualifications: As well as anyone on Earth, knows how championships are supposed to work. * Regional bias: Virtually none. Forty years in the NCAA will make a guy respectful of all, fan of none. JEFF LONG * Age: 53 * Current job: Arkansas athletic director * Hometown: Kettering, Ohio * Alma mater: Ohio Wesleyan, Miami-Ohio * Former jobs: Pitt AD, OU associate AD, Eastern Kentucky AD, Virginia Tech associate AD, Michigan administration, Rice assistant coach, Duke assistant coach, North Carolina State assistant coach. * Qualifications: Worked in football and athletics all over the country. * Regional bias: If Long isn’t beholding to the SEC, he better get that way quick. In case you haven’t noticed, provincialism is a requirement to work in the South. OLIVER LUCK * Age: 54 * Current job: West Virginia athletic director * Hometown: Cleveland * Alma mater: West Virginia, Texas * Former jobs: CEO of Houston Sports Authority, which oversees that city's major-league venues; commissioner of NFL Europe; general manager of World League of American football teams; practicing attorney in Germany. * Qualifications: A premier athlete, now an administrator and a really smart guy. Hard to ask for more. * Regional bias: A Big 12 man, you would think, but his son quarterbacked Stanford, so Luck is more diversified than most. ARCHIE MANNING * Age: 65 * Current job: Motivational speaker and public relations and consulting for a variety of companies in New Orleans and nationally. * Hometown: Drew, Miss. * Alma mater: Ole Miss * Former jobs: NFL quarterback with the Saints, Oilers and Vikings. * Qualifications: A football icon for going on 50 years and a man of unquestioned character. * Regional bias: The embodiment of the ideal Southern gentleman. No Yankee blood here. TOM OSBORNE * Age: 77 * Current job: Retired * Hometown: Hastings, Neb. * Alma mater: Hastings College, Nebraska * Former jobs: Nebraska athletic director, U.S. congressman, Nebraska assistant and head coach, NFL receiver with the Redskins and 49ers. * Qualifications: As great a coach as God ever made, plus a U.S. Congressman, for what that’s worth. * Regional bias: Nobody’s ever been more Nebraskan, but the real bias is, Dr. Tom is not too partial to the University of Texas. DAN RADAKOVICH * Age: 56 * Current job: Clemson athletic director * Hometown: Monaca, Pa. * Alma mater: Indiana (Pa.), Miami (Fla.) * Former jobs: Georgia Tech AD, LSU associate AD, American University AD, South Carolina associate AD, Long Beach State associate AD, Miami administration. * Qualifications: Administrator at many schools, large and small. * Regional bias: An ACC man, of course, but a man who worked at South Carolina and eventually was hired by Clemson must have some scruples. CONDOLEEZZA RICE * Age: 59 * Current job: Stanford professor of political science * Hometown: Denver * Alma mater: University of Denver, Notre Dame * Former jobs: U.S. Secretary of State, Stanford provost, Soviet expert on the U.S. National Security Council, Stanford professor. * Qualifications: Deciding between UCLA and Ohio State would seem to be no big deal after you’ve helped bring down the Iron Curtain. MIKE TRANGHESE * Age: 69 * Current job: Retired * Hometown: Springfield, Mass. * Alma mater: St. Michael's College * Former jobs: Big East commissioner, Big East administration, Providence administration, American International College administration. * Qualifications: For more than 30 years, on the inside of major decisions on the athletic landscape. * Regional bias: Absolutely an Eastern man, but since this is football, who cares? STEVE WIEBERG * Age: 59 * Current job: Writer, editor, Kansas City public library * Hometown: Martinsburg, Mo. * Alma mater: Missouri * Former jobs: USA Today sportswriter, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader sportswriter, Mexico (Mo.) Ledger sportswriter. * Qualifications: A national college football writer for USA Today, which means he’s been thinking about these kinds of decisions far longer than anyone else on the committee. * Regional bias: A Missourian and a Big 12 insider, which in this day and age spreads the loyalties. TYRONE WILLINGHAM * Age: 59 * Current job: Retired * Hometown: Jacksonville, N.C. * Alma mater: Michigan State * Former jobs: Washington U. head coach, Notre Dame head coach, Stanford head coach, Minnesota Vikings assistant, Stanford assistant, Rice assistant, North Carolina State assistant, Michigan State assistant, Central Michigan assistant. * Qualifications: Coached under a huge microscope — Notre Dame’s first black coach. Should be able to handle the pressure of the committee. * Regional bias: Grew up on Tobacco Road, worked in the Midwest and the Pacific. Hard to see too much allegiance.
1. Cherokee (12-0): The defending state champs return four starters on offense and five on defense from unbeaten team. 2. Tipton (11-1): The Tigers are seeking a fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship game. 3. Shattuck (10-2): The Indians get top-ranked and defending champ Cherokee at home on Oct. 3. 4. Fox (10-2): Looking for fourth straight season of 10 or more wins. 5. Coyle...
Class C preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings
BY ED GODFREY | Aug 26, 20141. Cherokee (12-0): The defending state champs return four starters on offense and five on defense from unbeaten team. 2. Tipton (11-1): The Tigers are seeking a fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship game. 3. Shattuck (10-2): The Indians get top-ranked and defending champ Cherokee at home on Oct. 3. 4. Fox (10-2): Looking for fourth straight season of 10 or more wins. 5. Coyle (8-2): Seeking fourth straight playoff appearance, the Bluejackets have no seniors and are competing in Class C again after two years in Class B. 6. Balko (8-3): Junior Owen Creason (6-3, 225 pounds) anchors the defense. 7. Thackerville (10-1): Junior QB/DB Justice Buckaloo is the Wildcats’ top player. 8. Grandfield (0-9): Juniors Braydn Fikes, Garrison Brown and Mario Blanco have started in the same backfield since they were freshmen. 9. Ryan (3-6): The Cowboys missed the playoffs last year for the first time in seven years. 10. Sharon-Mutual (11-2): The Trojans were hit hard by graduation after three straight trips to the state semifinals. 11. Bluejacket (9-2): The Chieftains return six starters on both offense and defense. 12. Mountain View-Gotebo (6-5): Junior QB/LB Ethan Spurlock led the team in touchdowns (17) and tackles (143) last season. 13. Timberlake (6-5): The Tigers made the playoffs seven of last eight years and won the state title five years ago, going unbeaten. 14. Cave Springs (3-7): The Hornets move down to Class C after two consecutive 3-7 seasons in Class B that followed two winless seasons. 15. Boise City (4-6): Looking for first trip to playoffs since 2009 after losing only two seniors from last year’s club. 16. Covington-Douglas (2-8): After two seasons in Class B, the Wildcats return to Class C where they posted double-digit wins for two straight years before moving up. 17. Waynoka (6-5): Returns four starters from last year’s playoff team that lost to Tipton in the opening round. 18. Deer Creek-Lamont (3-7): Last year was the Eagles’ first losing season since 2004. 19. Southwest Covenant (6-5): The Patriots are looking for their third straight winning season. 20. Corn Bible (6-5): The Crusaders returns seven starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 6-5 district runner-up team. 21. Paoli (3-7): Junior Nathan Rossi can play multiple positions. 22. Sasakwa (7-4): Former all-district QB Terry Cellars returns to his alma mater as head coach. 23. Webbers Falls (4-5): Junior QB Darren Shanks ran and passed for almost 1,800 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. 24. Medford (0-10): The Cardinals return six starters on both sides of the ball and are dropping down a class. 25. Midway (1-9): The Chargers are only one win the past two seasons, both against Bokoshe. 26. Bowlegs (0-10): The Bison are dropping to Class C after going winless last season. 27. Temple (4-5): Lineman Brock Calfy (6-3, 290) anchors strong offensive and defensive line. 28. Duke (1-9): QB/DE Nick Graham is a three-year starter. 29. Tyrone (2-7): The Bobcats only have 15 players and most are sophomores and juniors with only one senior and three freshmen on the team. 30. Copan (1-8): It’s the Hornets’ third straight season with 10 or fewer players on the roster, and they’re struggling to keep the program alive. 31. Buffalo (4-6): RB/WR Cristian Sarabia had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards last season. 32. Gracemont (0-9): The Lions have six returning starters on each side of the ball and are looking for the program’s first win in its fifth year of existence. 33. Prue (0-0): The Rockets didn’t have enough numbers to play football last season but have 22 players on the roster to start this season. 34. Bokoshe (1-8): Sophomore Christian Stoup started as quarterback last season as freshman, and freshman Deondre Henderson will be the starting running back this season.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard...
Tributes: Former Southeastern player, Douglass basketball standout die
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 18, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard line. Problem was, Garner made the stop after charging in from the ECU bench. East Central was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Whaley added an interception later in the third quarter that set up a Southeastern touchdown as the then-Savages rolled to a 26-2 victory. Whaley sandwiched his football career between stints in World War II and the Korean War. Raymond Mitchell, 83, was a principal at several Oklahoma City elementary schools. The former Douglass High School basketball standout was also a physical education teacher and spent fall Friday nights as a football official. He also refereed prep basketball games. Angela Spigner, 44, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Fox High School. Kelly Johnson, 50, was a mat maid at Altus High School. Garland Waldroop, 74, of Minot, N.D., owned a construction business. The former Oklahoma resident built Sooner International Raceway north of Altus in 1983. Beula Combs, 88, of Tahlequah was scorebook keeper at Little League baseball games. Larry Cotter, 73, of Oklahoma City was a body builder. He also enjoyed drag racing and snow skiing. Laura Marble Arledge, 45, of Norman played tennis at Chickasha High School and Austin College. The attorney was a supporter of Norman High School athletics; she was named Fan of the Year for the 2012-13 school year. Gene Hatfield, 67, of Oklahoma City played football and baseball at Crooked Oak High School. The Vietnam veteran was an OU and tennis fan. Steven Smola, 74, of Oklahoma City played football at Kingfisher High School. Showed award-winning sheep as a youngster. A railroad company owner by trade. William Kern, 93, of Lawton played adult league softball for Fairmont Foods. A member of the Lawton Bowling Club. Joe Pete Pellerin Jr., 72, of Wilson played football for Mt. Saint Joseph Academy in his native Rutland, Vt. Dr. Harold Stout, 80, of Norman played football, basketball and ran track at Waurika High School. The physician was involved with the Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Also hunted bear in Alaska. Claudette Trigg Theimer, 81, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Northeast High School. Weldon Roberson, 70, of Wichita Falls, Texas, lettered four years in football, basketball and track at Ryan High School. Bob Graves, 72, of Poteau worked in the banking industry and coached Little League baseball. Steve Robinson, 65, worked the chains at Owasso Rams football games. A golf enthusiast. Bud Mulkey, 82, Durant worked as machinist — which came in handy with his hobby of building and racing stock cars. Billy Little, 68, of Yukon was a manager for Southwestern Bell. Off time was spent working with Little League sports either as an official, director or coach. Allen Cowdery, 71, of Tulsa was an attorney who coached and officiated soccer. Sue Moore Corder, 70, of Midwest City played basketball at Mason High School.
Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops rode onto the field in the Sooner Schooner following OU’s practice Friday, wearing a cowboy hat and delivering ice cream to his players. The Sooners wrapped up fall camp Friday, and will begin their regular, in-season practice schedule on Monday when classes start. OU opens the 2014 season at home Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. SAVAGE MORE COMFORTABLE...
Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, ice cream man
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Aug 15, 2014Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops rode onto the field in the Sooner Schooner following OU’s practice Friday, wearing a cowboy hat and delivering ice cream to his players. The Sooners wrapped up fall camp Friday, and will begin their regular, in-season practice schedule on Monday when classes start. OU opens the 2014 season at home Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. SAVAGE MORE COMFORTABLE Oklahoma senior guard Dionte Savage didn’t play much most of last season after transferring from Arizona Western Community College, but he started the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and performed well. Savage’s start came because the Sooners’ left guard most of the season, Adam Shead, was injured and unable to play. Savage said he’s going with the first team at left guard currently, but has worked on both sides of the line throughout the preseason. “I focused on my technique, on my steps,” Savage said. “That was my weakness last year. That’s what I’ve really been working on, and I got better at that. I’m looking forward to seeing how it pays off in the season.” STOOPS: BACKS IMPRESSIVE SO FAR Stoops wouldn’t say this week if any running backs are standing out, but did say he’s been impressed by the group as a whole. The Sooners are trying to replace running backs Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Damien Williams, all of whom were seniors in 2013. “They’re all doing well,” Stoops said. “They’ve all stayed healthy. They look good, they’re much bigger, other than Damien Williams. Bigger than what we’re used to with Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, they’re just more physical players. “They’ve been really solid. Really good. Daniel (Brooks) even adds a nice complement with his great speed.” Sophomore Keith Ford and redshirt freshman Alex Ross are the only two running backs with any college football game experience, although it is very limited. True freshman Samaje Perine is also in the mix. Five-star signee Joe Mixon was expected to compete for the job, but hasn’t practiced with the team while he faces a misdemeanor charge stemming from a late-night altercation with a female OU student in late July. OU-LOUISIANA TECH PPV DETAILS RELEASED Fox Sports Oklahoma announced the participating cable and satellite broadcasters that will carry the pay-per-view broadcast of Oklahoma's season opener against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30. In Oklahoma City, Cox Communications will carry the game on channels 610 and 611 The game wasn't selected for broadcast otherwise that weekend. Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee will call the game, with the broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. kickoff. After the game, the broadcast will feature postgame analysis and live broadcasts of the postgame press conferences. The pay-per-view will be available on cable primarily in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Viewers outside Oklahoma can purchase a live stream of the broadcast on SoonerSports.tv for $54.99 or can purchase a package that also includes an annual subscription for $109.99. The purchased stream can be viewed on iPhone, iPad and Android devices with the use of the SoonerSports2Go app. Cable customers can order the broadcast from their set-top devices or by calling their cable provider. QUOTABLE Freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers, on what surprised him during two-a-days: “I wasn’t ready for how hot it was going to be, honestly. It was rough. … In high school, our two-a-days would be in shorts and a shirt and then in pads. … It’s different. It’s a grind.”
Media notes: OU will make three or four appearances on ESPN's “Big Monday” basketball package; OSU left offAug 11, 2014
The OU men’s basketball team will make three or four appearances on ESPN’s “Big Monday” package. OSU was left off the “Big Monday” schedule for the first time in several years.
Media notes: OU will make three or four appearances on ESPN's “Big Monday” basketball package; OSU left off
BY MEL BRACHT | Aug 11, 2014The OU men’s basketball team will make three or four appearances on ESPN’s “Big Monday” package. OSU was left off the “Big Monday” schedule for the first time in several years. OU, ranked 19th in the ESPN.com preseason rankings, will play at No. 17 Texas on Jan. 5, play at No. 10 Kansas on Jan. 19 and host No. 16 Iowa State on Feb. 9. ESPN’s March 2 game either will be OU at Iowa State or Baylor at Texas. The game not selected will air on ESPNU. Tipoff is 8 p.m. for all the games. Kansas leads the way with four appearances. Besides the OU game on Jan. 19, the Jayhawks will host Iowa State on Feb. 2, play at West Virginia on Feb. 16 and play at No. 23 Kansas State on Feb. 23. PGA ratings jump An estimated 30.9 million viewers watched CBS Sports’ two-day coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship, up 30 percent from last year and up 42 percent from 2012 when Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Championship. The 30.9 million was most viewers to watch all or part of the network’s weekend coverage in five years (2009; 35.7 million). KWTV-9 received a 9.4 rating for Sunday’s final round, boosted by the third-place finish by former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler. KWTV’s rating was up 65 percent from last year (5.7). Short takes Yukon High School football broadcasts are moving to KZLS-AM 1640 this season. Tony Sellars returns as the play-by-play voice and also will also host the “Coaches Show” at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Aug. 26. Travis Horn is back as color commentator. Former OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young is the new Yukon coach. All coaches’ shows and game broadcasts also will stream at kzlsam.com. Texas Rangers radio broadcaster Eric Nadel will be featured in a 30-minute special that premieres at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Fox Sports Southwest. “Spotlight: Eric Nadel, the Road to Cooperstown” will include highlights from this year’s National Baseball Hall of Fame awards ceremony in which Nadel received the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. Hosted by John Rhadigan, the program reflects back on Nadel’s career with the Rangers that began in 1979. SEC Network, operated by ESPN, will debut at 5 p.m. Thursday with a three-hour “SEC Now,” which will visit every SEC school and the 21 sports within the SEC. The following 14 days will feature all 14 schools with an array of events and specials, including team previews, greatest games and SEC features leading into the network’s first college football game on Aug. 28, Texas A&M at South Carolina. Randy Heritage, a 1994 Putnam North High School and 1999 OU graduate, has been hired as a segment producer for the SEC Network. Heritage said he will produce “SEC in 60,” providing highlights of SEC football games. Heritage, 38, has been a senior producer at Winnercom in Tulsa. As an associate producer, he received an Emmy for a “SportsCentury” documentary on Dick Vermeil.
Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst candidates: A look at the contenders, longshots to replace Grant LongAug 10, 2014
Who will replace Grant Long as the Thunder TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Brian Davis? Here’s our list of contenders, longshots, and some outside of the box names for your entertainment: THE CONTENDERS Stacey King Background: Lawton native, All-American at OU and NBA first-round draft pick. Played a decade of NBA ball, winning three championship with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s....
Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst candidates: A look at the contenders, longshots to replace Grant Long
By Erik Horne | Aug 10, 2014Who will replace Grant Long as the Thunder TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Brian Davis? Here’s our list of contenders, longshots, and some outside of the box names for your entertainment: THE CONTENDERS Stacey King Background: Lawton native, All-American at OU and NBA first-round draft pick. Played a decade of NBA ball, winning three championship with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. Got into broadcasting in 2006, and has worked as the lead color commentator for the Bulls since 2008, earning popularity with a Gus Johnson-esque arsenal of catch phrases. Nancy Lieberman Background: Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer with broadcast experience on ESPN, ABC, FOX and NBC. Currently pre- and post-game TV analyst for Thunder LIVE on Fox Sports, as well as assistant general manager for D-League Texas Legends. Desmond Mason Background: Former Oklahoma State (1996-2000) and Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-2009) player. Mason has roots with the Thunder dating back to his days as a first-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2000. Spent two seasons in OKC with New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, who were displaced following Hurricane Katrina. Retired since 2009, has delved into art career. Gerry Vaillancourt Background: Served in variety of radio and television analyst roles for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans for more than two decades before being let go in April. Voice of the Hornets during team’s temporary move to Oklahoma City in 2005. Played college basketball at Gardner-Webb University, and has collegiate and high school coaching experience. INTRIGUING LONGSHOTS Ryan Humphrey Background: Tulsa Washington alumnus spent part of college career at OU before earning All-American honors at Notre Dame. Pro career spans 11 years from NBA to overseas. Trying his hand in sports talk in Tulsa. Fits Thunder bill of former player as color commentator. Royal Ivey Background: Former University of Texas guard and 10-year NBA veteran. Knows Thunder well after multiple stints with the team (2010-12, 2013-14). Last played for Guangdong Southern Tigers of China in 2013-14 following 10-day contract with Thunder. Jim Ross Background: Unabashed Sooners supporter has decades of behind-the-mic experience from World Wrestling Entertainment. WWE Hall of Famer has gotten back into commentary with boxing work for Fox Sports 1. Kurt Thomas Background: Dallas native and TCU All-American played for nine teams in 18 NBA seasons. Appeared in 42 games for Seattle SuperSonics in 2007-08 before midseason trade to San Antonio Spurs. Deal that sent Thomas from Phoenix to Seattle in 2007 included a 2008 first-rounder, which turned into Serge Ibaka. OUTSIDE THE BOX/FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT Sherri Coale Background: Healdton native and Sooners women’s basketball coach has roots in Oklahoma and decades of basketball knowledge. Played collegiately at Oklahoma Christian. Guided OU to 15 NCAA Tournament and three Final Four appearances in 18 seasons. Polished in front of the camera and on the radio. Mick Cornett Background: Oklahoma City mayor has a long resume of TV experience and started his career in sports journalism. Played a key role in bringing the Thunder to Oklahoma City. 2014 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Ashley and Courtney Paris Background: Former Sooner stars have long professed their desire to get into sports journalism and basketball commentary. Courtney currently suits up for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, and both sisters still reside in Oklahoma. Jim Traber Background: Oklahoma sports radio personality on The Sports Animal 98.1 deemed “The Ultimate.” Former Oklahoma State baseball and football player. Experience as color analyst with MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. By Erik Horne
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
Jul 22, 2014
George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to […]
Oklahoma football: A tribute to George Brewer
Berry Tramel | Jul 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/07/george-brewer.jpeg]2874321[/img] George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to do a better story about Brewer, who had been one of the few players remaining from the ’40s-era Sooners. Then I received an email from Kyle McCord, Brewer’s grandson. McCord and Curtis Fitzpatrick of the Sports Animal and Fox-25 are good friends, and I asked Curtis to have Kyle email some information about his grandfather. Kyle did more than that. I don’t know if he meant to, but he wrote a great tribute to George Brewer. It was so good, I thought I would share it with you: “My grandpa, George W. Brewer, Jr., was the patriarch of my family for many years and is literally why I grew up in Oklahoma and have been a Sooner fan since birth. My first memories are going to Norman as a 5-year-old with him and watching the ’85 Sooners. I haven’t missed many home games since and he even gifted me his seats as a wedding present eight years ago. “George has deteriorated in health these past few years, suffering from early dementia and Parkinson’s. His passing, while sad, is truly a blessing. “George was the middle of three brothers. Robert (two years older) was the best athlete of all and after one semester at Texas Tech, went to serve in World War II. He was shot down and was missing in action for four years until eventually his body was recovered. “His younger brother, Charlie, was the Texas player of the year in 1951 and went on to start at QB for Texas (’54-’57). Charlie’s son, Robert, played QB for Texas in ’81-’82, upsetting Bear Bryant in the Cotton Bowl. Robert’s son, Michael, was a four-time state champion at Lake Travis in Austin, and just left Texas Tech as QB and is competing at Virginia Tech this fall. (I was the disappointment you could say, but I did start in the same backfield as Wes Welker for two years at Heritage Hall and threw him his first few TDs, haha). “George Brewer graduated from Lubbock High (The Westerners) in spring 1945 (Texas high schools only went to grade 11 at the time). Enrolled at Texas Tech (to follow in his brother’s footsteps) in fall 1945 and ran track that following spring, winning the 100-yard dash in the Border Conference with a time of 9.7 seconds. He wanted to go to Notre Dame, but his Southern Baptist mother wouldn’t let him. “Caught the eye of Eddie Chiles, a Sooner booster from Texas. He flew him into OKC and was picked up by Bud Wilkinson. Not knowing who Bud was, he asked ‘what position do you play?’ only to be embarrassed upon finding out the answer. (He loved telling that story). “George got to campus and participated in a team practice. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. The Daily Oklahoman had an article the next day titled ‘Texas Gridder Catches Fire at OU Drill.’ He was one of (if not the first) OU running back recruited by Bud from the state of Texas. “He was 16 that fall and played with all the returning vets from World War II (Darrell Royal, Buddy Burris, Jack Mitchell, Dee Andros, Jim Owens, Wade Walker, etc….). Royal took him under his wing and remained one of his best friends until his death a few years ago. “George’s first game was against Army at Yankee stadium in 1946. It was the first time an Oklahoma team had traveled to an away game by airplane. They flew two DC3′s and had to stop in Pittsburgh to refuel. The team saw the play ‘Oklahoma’ on Broadway after the game and were introduced on stage. “Started in 1947 and was a part of the first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game in OU history. He had 135 yards on 22 carries along with Buddy Jones’ 115 yards on 19 carries again K-State. OU went 7-2-1 with a controversial loss to Texas. “1948, broke his leg in a scrimmage after getting hit by a teammate. Due to X-ray technology, he didn’t know it was broken for a week. He played against Santa Clara and scored the first touchdown, but couldn’t play much after that. He played as a backup to Junior Thomas in the ’49 season. “Between 1948 and 1949, OU was 21-1 which springboarded Bud’s first 31-game win streak. “Drafted by Detroit Lions in 1950 but went to work for his dad back in Lubbock. “Entered the Air Force and served as the Air Provost Marshall in Chun Chon Korea during the Korean War. “Worked for Conoco Oil and Lion Oil in Liberal, Kan., between 1953-1969. Returned to OKC in 1969 and worked in real estate and uranium exploration. “He as served on the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is also a lifetime member of the Varsity O-Club and served on the Board of OU Ex-Lettermen. “He would have been 86 on Aug. 14 and was proud to have been the ‘voice’ these past 20 years for the original ‘Bud’s Gang.’ “Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Barbara. Daughters Pam Jaax (husband, Mike) of Kansas City, Debbie McCord (husband, Ron) of OKC, and Becky Brewer of OKC. He had seven grandkids whom he proudly bragged about all graduating from seven different universities. (I am the third, and only OU grad). He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren. “Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at All Souls Episcopal church in northwest Oklahoma City.”
Jun 27, 2014
DENVER (AP) — Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, asked the bartender to change one set to soccer and got laughed out of the joint.Fast forward almost two decades and there's no room to sit at the bar Forget runs these days. His concept for a soccer...
Soccer gets boost in US from young, informed fans
EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press | Jun 27, 2014DENVER (AP) — Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, asked the bartender to change one set to soccer and got laughed out of the joint. Fast forward almost two decades and there's no room to sit at the bar Forget runs these days. His concept for a soccer pub near downtown Denver is taking off, and a new generation of American-born soccer fans piled in by the hundreds Thursday to watch the U.S. advance to the World Cup knockout round despite a 1-0 loss to Germany. Forget's success at the 3-year-old Three Lions pub is a microcosm of what's happening around America during the World Cup. Social media numbers are strong, TV ratings are setting records and, other than Brazil, no country's fans have bought more tickets to the games than those from the United States. All this in a country that long fought against soccer's global intrigue, even though the number of American kids playing the game has been rising slowly for decades. "Over the past 25-30 years, you've seen people come over here from around the world and they know the game and they start influencing Americans," Forget said. "This generation has the proper training, a lot more have played at a high level. They understand the game. It's not boring to them." In fact, just the opposite. Merritt Paulson, who owns the MLS Portland Timbers franchise that regularly sells out its 21,000-seat stadium, calls the burgeoning group of 20-something soccer fans, many of whom took their high school passion into recreational adult leagues, the "on-demand generation." "They want what they want, when they want it and how they want it," Paulson said. "It's that shorter attention span. The fact that soccer games are two hours, start to finish, win, lose or draw, with very condensed action, fits very well into the psychographics of those folks." In the U.S., soccer is a youth-driven sport; about 70 percent of "core" soccer players — those who play 26 or more times a year — are ages 6-17, according to the most recent numbers from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. These days, instead of leaving the game after high school, that age group is graduating into the most vocal segment of fans. Of the 3.1 million tweets about the U.S. vs. Ghana game earlier this month, 53 percent of them came from people 18-34, according to Nielsen Social. And 69 percent of people checking in on their Facebook accounts from host cities in Brazil were in that age group. Networks and sponsors covet younger viewers, which helps explain ESPN's decision to go all-in on World Cup telecasts; every game has been televised live since 1998. The U.S.-Portugal game last Sunday drew 24.7 million viewers — the most ESPN has ever garnered for an event not involving American football. Tapping into a populous that has become more ethnically diverse, the number of U.S networks televising soccer grew from 11 to 21 and programming hours rose from 2,600 to 3,890 over the last four years — a 43 percent increase that matched the increase in TV advertising spending (from $266 million to $378 million), according to Nielsen. NBC Sports televises Premier League games, Fox has the UEFA Champions League and takes over the World Cup telecasts starting in 2018. All in all, it's a much different landscape from three decades ago, when the only regular soccer programming in America was the reliable PBS stalwart, "Soccer Made In Germany." "For decades, there was this wariness about soccer within U.S. culture and wariness that affected people at the top," said Jay Coakley, a professor who examines sports' role in society. "Now, that wariness is disappearing. People at the top are seeing soccer as a means of marketing their own interests." Video games, fantasy leagues, highlight shows, the steady stream of Ronaldo, Messi and other stars, both on the field and in advertisements, keep the sport in touch with the American mainstream in a way it hasn't been before. "Walking down the street now, you see kids wearing Manchester United jerseys and Chelsea Football Club jerseys and Barcelona, and I didn't even know what those were as a kid," said Mike Helfand, a 42-year-old Chicago attorney who has traveled the globe watching U.S. teams play. Though America's major league, the MLS, has work to do to bring its level up to the European leagues, the league's steady expansion, improving talent level and fan-friendly pricing will keep the sport on the radar after the World Cup ends. Since 2010, the number of adults attending a big-time soccer match in the United States has increased by 87 percent. The farther the U.S. goes in this year's World Cup, the higher than number could rise over the next four years. All of which has Forget looking to expand his soccer-pub business. "I've had people come to the pub because a friend dragged them down here," he said. "They'll spend two hours watching a game and they'll walk out the door and say, 'I'm coming back next week.' It can be a defining moment for people. It's very, very different than what we've been used to here in America." ___ Associated Press writer Leanne Italie in New York and AP Sports Writer Anne Peterson in Portland, Ore., contributed to this report.
Jun 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Youth soccer has been popular in the U.S. for more than a generation, and that may be driving high viewer ratings for World Cup games involving the U.S. Here's a look at five people who grew up playing and loving soccer in America, from a woman who played on a boys' team as a kid and now coaches boys' soccer, to a man who named his dogs after World Cup players.___MIKE HELFANDThe...
Growing up soccer: 5 stories from American fans
LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | Jun 27, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — Youth soccer has been popular in the U.S. for more than a generation, and that may be driving high viewer ratings for World Cup games involving the U.S. Here's a look at five people who grew up playing and loving soccer in America, from a woman who played on a boys' team as a kid and now coaches boys' soccer, to a man who named his dogs after World Cup players. ___ MIKE HELFAND The 42-year-old Chicago attorney has two soccer-playing sons, 8 and 10, and coaches youth leagues. His own parents signed him up when he was 5. "They're not very sports-minded people. It's just what you did. Every kid I knew played soccer and baseball," he said. "For me and a lot in my generation, we stumbled into it and fell in love by accident." While he doesn't own a jersey or paint his face, Helfand has seen the U.S. team play in person 16 times, traveling as far away as Australia and Ireland. He's amazed how far the sport has come in the United States. "Walking down the street now, you see kids wearing Manchester United jerseys and Chelsea Football Club jerseys and Barcelona, and I didn't even know what those were as a kid. I didn't know who the best players were in Europe," Helfand said. He loved the go-go nature of the game compared to other sports. "I was a hyper child and the idea of playing in the infield much less the outfield in baseball, and just standing there waiting for something to happen or waiting for your turn to bat, never really appealed to me," he said. ___ SARAH CURETON Cureton, 30, of Bealeton, Virginia, started playing when she was 4, introduced to the game by her older brother. Now, she's a rare female coach of a varsity boys' soccer team, at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia. "I was in gymnastics when my brother was in soccer and his team used to let me play with them. I hated wearing leotards," she said. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Cureton often played on boys' teams. There was no all-girls soccer team, but the two or three girls who made the boys' teams faced resistance. "Boys were very threatened by it. It would be a lot of teasing. It was, 'You must be a boy.' It never affected me. I just wanted to play soccer," she said. Cureton went to George Mason University on a soccer scholarship but stopped playing competitively after college, partly due to injuries. "I had nine concussions between 14 and 21. If there were concussion baseline tests now I would have never played in college," she said. ___ CIRO GARCIA Garcia, 52, was 16 when he moved to New York City from Bogota, Colombia. "Oh my god, playing soccer is all we did. We'd play soccer waiting for the bus. We'd play soccer in the classrooms, in the hallways. We'd come home and play in the rain," he said. But in the U.S., the soccer-crazed teen from Colombia could barely find a game. "In the Bronx there was a park near where we lived where some Europeans played. Me and my brother used to play there a lot. Everybody was playing football and basketball and baseball," Garcia said. "I lost a little bit of the drive to play when we came here." After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and played some, then became an aviation mechanic for United Airlines, which hosted employee soccer tournaments. Garcia, now an engineer for a San Francisco water treatment plant, spent 18 years coaching boys' soccer, including at his now 20-year-old son's high school. "When I started coaching here in the United States, I didn't understand why the parents didn't want to let the kids play every day," he said. "We never got tired. We never burned out." The game is "a natural high," said Garcia, who still plays but has bad knees from the sport. "Soccer is like life. It's running through my blood. I want to play it. Getting old really stinks." ___ BEN FOX Ben Fox, 28, sells solar panels in San Francisco but grew up in the small Vermont town of Peru. He started soccer when he was 4 and played until knee injuries took him out in college. "We skied in the winter and pretty much everyone played soccer in the summer," he said. "But soccer was all I wanted to do all the time." His dad is English but wasn't a rabid soccer fan, thinking his son should study more and play soccer less. Fox's family used to breed English springer spaniel dogs. "The first litter, I named all the dogs after members of the 1994 World Cup teams, like Dunga, who was the captain of Brazil at the time," he said. His mom, an American and the parent who schlepped him to games, named her favorite dog Mia Hamm. ___ ROSS COULTER The 46-year-old co-owner of a public relations firm in Dallas played soccer from age 7 through college. His three kids gave him a USA team jersey for Father's Day. "My dad had no idea about soccer. I had a friend at school who started playing and I came home one day and said I wanted to sign up," he recalled. The Dallas Tornado and other North American Soccer League teams were promoting the sport when Coulter was growing up. Many players had come from England, Brazil and other soccer-centric countries for one last chance to play. "I just idolized those old guys. They're the ones who really lit the fire and just made us love the sport. Guys like Kenny Cooper and Mike Renshaw and Pele," he said. "When I was a kid, you had two different groups of friends. You had the ones who played soccer and then everybody else." Coulter coached boys' teams before he became a dad, was a ref in college and has coached his kids. His oldest played from age 4 but gave it up when she started high school. "My jaw sort of dropped," he admits. ___ Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie
“There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, a place that you must keep clean," said the late Maya Angelou. "A place where you say to any intruder, ‘Back up, don’t you know I’m a child of God.'”
Choosing love over violence
Sherry Young, Deseret News | Jun 26, 2014Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the thoughtful quote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Those are beautiful thoughts and it seems like a pretty straightforward statement. However, because so many of us are of a different mind and can get twisted in our thinking, a case can be made as to what it means to live well and what it means to be honorable, useful, compassionate and how to make a difference. For instance, two articles from the USA Today caught my eye a few weeks ago. The first one, “Crips in Utah: Gang culture invades an unlikely turf" by Kevin Johnson, shows choices people make can cause them to change and then to justify their actions. Johnson’s article told how Tongans who were attracted to Christianity moved from the Pacific Islands to Southern California. Then to avoid the Crips gang culture for their young people, the well-meaning people came to Utah. The shooting of Siale Angilau by a U.S. marshal as he charged the witness, who was testifying against him, focused attention to a problem. The police knew Angilau “as ‘a ringleader’ in a group that specialized in violent ‘takeovers’ of area convenience stores, restaurants and other small businesses.” Angilau’s uncle, Hema Katoa, saw a different side of him and his brother claiming while they “began making choices beyond our control … they maintained close ties with the family.” Johnson continued, “Simultaneous allegiances to the gang, family and their religious faiths, authorities said, are common among TCG members — qualities that seem to shatter the profile of the typical gang member.” Another young man was caught in a drive-by firebombing and had religious literature in his pocket, Ron Stallworth, a founder of the states gang task force, stated in the article. These are tragic examples of young people with conflicted lives who then make errant choices. It is the same mindset that allows people to cheat on their spouses, business partners or in other ways take advantage of others. The second article, “Why mass killers need to explain their plan” by James Alan Fox, discussed the recent killings in Santa Barbara, California. It is a typical tale of a disturbed loner who ranted about his frustrating adolescence and his troubled life. Fox wrote: “He apparently wanted us to know that he was the good guy, not the evil one, who was ready to exact retribution for the injustices he had endured and ultimately to win one for, quite literally, the little guy.” This is sad and dangerous thinking that killing others can justify an existence. The next day Maya Angelou died. One would need to be from Mars not to know what an extraordinary woman she was. She rose from poverty, a broken home and a hardscrabble existence to finally triumph through her courage and her abilities. She wrote of her life in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and wrote other books as well as essays and poetry. What causes a well-liked high school football player from a caring family to put one face to his family and another to the world? What is it that helps a person challenge mental illness and work to overcome it and ask for help or conversely fall into a black hole? What causes a woman like Maya Angelou to overcome all? Perhaps a look at a few of Angelou’s quotes can help us to see we can choose our path and we can choose well: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” “I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” “There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, a place that you must keep clean. A place where you say to any intruder, ‘Back up, don’t you know I’m a child of God.'” Clear-thinking minds will be literal in heeding Emerson and Angelou’s words; an errant one will rationalize and walk the selfish path.
May 31, 2014
The Oklahoma High School Sports Express ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox.
Collected Wisdom: Van Shea Iven, owner and host of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express
INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | May 31, 2014Van Shea Iven’s career started with a harmless phone call. Following his freshman year at Oklahoma State, Iven called the KFOR sports department looking to help cover the summer’s All-State games. What happened next was a comical but key moment in the development of high school sports television coverage in Oklahoma. Bob Barry Jr. answered the phone and then asked Robert Allen — while Iven could plainly hear him — if a kid can come help him that week or if he needs to get rid of him. “I heard the whole thing,” said Iven, a Pond Creek native. “Luckily, Robert hem-hawed around and told him to have me there at 9 the next morning.” That started a long tenure with the station before Iven left to start the Oklahoma High School Sports Express, which ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox. Iven has accepted a position with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and he recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his childhood, career and love for high school sports. I had a great high school experience. We only had football, basketball, baseball and track, but in Pond Creek you did all four, which was fun. You might go to a track meet all day and then leave there at 4 and go play a baseball game in the evening, which was great. I had no idea if I wanted to be a newspaper writer, if I wanted to be a coach, if I wanted to be a sports information director. I never thought about TV, that wasn’t even an option, and I kind of stumbled into it. I had no clue that’s what I wanted to do. Still to this day don’t know if that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t know whether to thank Robert Allen and Bob Barry Jr., or to cuss them. Bob Sr., to get a chance to work with him was fantastic and he was so good to me, just like a second dad. To get a chance to work with “Mr. Sports “in Oklahoma as far as television is concerned and then Bob Barry Jr., it was fantastic. My favorite thing was always high school because I had such a good experience playing high school sports. I realized when the Hornets came here I could see the writing on the wall. I didn’t know it was going to turn into a full-time franchise, but there were rumblings. I could see where high school was going to get left out. I had some coaches and athletic directors and parents always say you should do something like this, so I kind of got the ball rolling and talked to some people. I was at Channel 4 for 17 years. I loved it. I could have stayed there 17 more. I could still be there today and not have any problems with it. But I wish I would have started the Express 10 years earlier. The reason I started the show also was for the smaller schools and the smaller sports. To a slowpitch softball player’s parents in Hinton, them winning a state title in slowpitch softball is every bit as important as it is to the Jenks quarterback’s parents for him to win a state championship. When you get to the smaller schools and show up for a game, the mayor may be taking tickets at the gate, the bank president may be flipping burgers in the concession stand and a farmer may be on the PA. Then when you go to the coffee shop on Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning that’s all the talk. Everybody’s involved and everybody’s a part of it. You don’t have to be Kevin Durant to play high school basketball. Anybody can go out and if you’re in the right situation, you don’t have to be a great player. An average player can play a huge role in high school basketball or any sport in high school. It’s neat to have people come up and say they enjoy my show or something, but it’s also neat for me to get a chance (to do the show) because I know for this cross country kid at Plainview or this soccer player at Santa Fe South or this swimmer from Kingfisher this is probably their only chance to be on TV. If I still wasn’t married or didn’t have a newborn, the Express would be starting Season 18 in August and I would be loving it. I still love it. I’ve got the last show Sunday night and I’m putting as much effort into it as I did the first show in 2006. I’ve had a chance to follow thousands of kids and get a chance to follow their careers, get them on TV and make them feel important, but now my job is more to make a 7-month-old feel important. It sounds probably a little stupid, but if it’s just rocking him to sleep or taking him outside to grab a leaf on a tree, that’s pretty cool to me.
May 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned that too little is known about the effects of head injuries in young athletes, President Barack Obama is bringing representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players, researchers and others to the White House to help educate the public about youth sports concussions.Tackling the issue at a White House summit Thursday, Obama also...
Obama to tackle youth sports concussion issue
DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | May 28, 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned that too little is known about the effects of head injuries in young athletes, President Barack Obama is bringing representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players, researchers and others to the White House to help educate the public about youth sports concussions. Tackling the issue at a White House summit Thursday, Obama also will highlight pledges of money and other support from the NFL, the National Institutes of Health, the Pop Warner Little Scholars and others to do the research, promote safety and speed development of materials designed to provide better protection. Obama comes to the issue through his well-documented love of sports, and as the father of two daughters active in sports. The president thinks sports are also a good way to keep kids healthy and out of trouble, but he raised some eyebrows last year by saying he would "have to think long and hard" before letting a son, if he had one, play football because of the risk of head injuries. "He, as a parent, is concerned about the safety of his own daughters," said White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, one of several officials who previewed the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit for reporters. In a report last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council called for a national system to track sports-related concussions and begin answering questions about the risks of youth sports, such as how often do the youngest athletes suffer concussions or which sports have the highest rates. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head. Concussions also can be caused by body blows that cause the brain to bounce around or twist inside the skull. Nearly 250,000 kids visit hospital emergency rooms each year with brain injuries caused by sports or other recreational activity, the White House said. The pledges Obama will announce Thursday are designed to start gathering the needed data. Among the largest commitments, the NCAA and the Defense Department are launching a $30 million effort to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management. Concussions and other types of brain injuries are an issue for U.S. service members too. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, was to participate in the summit. The National Football League is committing $25 million over the next three years to promote youth sports safety. The NIH is undertaking a new research effort on the chronic effects of repetitive concussions, work supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through an initial investment of $16 million from the NFL. With a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA will launch a program named for the New York Giants co-owner to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, but especially youth. The money will also support planning for a national system to determine the incidence of youth sports concussions. The Institute of Medicine report had called for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish and oversee such a system. Pop Warner Little Scholars, a private youth league, will participate in a research project that tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports. After Obama opens the summit with remarks, Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver was scheduled to moderate a panel discussion that includes Odierno. In the afternoon, Obama planned to participate in sports drills on the South Lawn with kids from local YMCA programs. Obama said in a 2013 interview with the New Republic that football may need to change to prevent injuries. "I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football," Obama said. "And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much." The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million to settle concussion claims from thousands of former players whose complaints range from headaches to Alzheimer's disease. That settlement is still awaiting a judge's approval, while a group of former professional hockey players have filed a class-action lawsuit of their own against the National Hockey League for head injuries sustained on the ice. ___ Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsupervilleap
ATLANTA (AP) — For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are lining up behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff.Tea party favorite Karen Handel announced Wednesday that she's backing U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston over businessman David Perdue in a July 22 runoff. Some of her notable...
Rare alliance of tea party and Chamber in Georgia
BILL BARROW, Associated Press | May 28, 2014ATLANTA (AP) — For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are lining up behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff. Tea party favorite Karen Handel announced Wednesday that she's backing U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston over businessman David Perdue in a July 22 runoff. Some of her notable backers had already committed to Kingston in the runoff. Her announcement came the same day that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an establishment titan that spent almost $1 million supporting Kingston in the initial primary campaign, announced another statewide ad buy for Kingston. The spot features Georgia Bulldogs football hero and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished third in a May 20 primary for one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races. The Republican nominee will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in a Nov. 4 general election that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration. The GOP needs six more senators to claim a majority and cannot afford to lose the seat opened by the retirement of Saxby Chambliss. Kingston welcomed his former rival, saying she'll help him "unite the conservative family." Handel was sharply critical of Kingston, an 11-term congressman, and Perdue, a former corporate CEO, leading up to the first round of voting. "It's the career politicians and the out-of-touch elitists who have gotten us into this mess," she said at one debate. Her most personal exchanges came with Perdue, who suggested she wasn't qualified for the Senate because she has only a high school diploma. But she still lambasted GOP incumbents like Kingston. "Republicans had control of the House, Senate and White House" during part of the second Bush administration, she said while campaigning. "What did we do? Nothing. We did nothing." Handel said Wednesday that her criticisms were "in the past." She called Kingston a "consistent, effective conservative" who is "fiercely dedicated to the conservative principles that are the foundation of the Republican Party and that I want to see return to Washington." Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey said via email that voters still prefer an outsider. "This just goes to show the clear choice he is giving voters," Dickey wrote. Handel's decision is the latest in a string of developments that allow Kingston to pitch himself as a unifying conservative, but it also highlights the narrowing gap between the archconservative activists and the established powers they have sharply criticized. Handel said she still believes that Washington needs new blood, though she also said, "Hitting the ground with some political experience is important." She noted that Kingston won 74 percent of the Senate primary vote in the 1st Congressional District he's represented for two decades. "That speaks volumes," Handel said. Kingston's endorsement list puts the chamber, which has promised to spend lavishly to quash the tea party influence in the midterms, alongside several notable conservatives. National Tea Party Express leader Julianne Thompson and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson, both Georgia residents, initially supported Handel but now back Kingston. The congressman already had an endorsement from Fox News broadcaster Sean Hannity. That could force Kingston into a tight spot on certain issues in the Senate. The U.S. Chamber supported a Democratic-led overhaul of immigration law and a bipartisan deal to reopen government last fall and raise the nation's borrowing limit. In the House, Kingston sided with tea party interests in opposing both efforts. Kingston said Wednesday that he sees no conflict. "We are going bring together people who want to reform government, people who want to cut spending, people who want a strong national security," he said. ___ Follow Bill Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP .
May 10, 2014
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway returned from that five-touchdown loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl and decided the Denver Broncos, as much as anything, needed an attitude adjustment.So, he went about beefing up his offensive line and injecting some nastiness into his defense.He turned to veterans and youngsters alike.The Broncos boss started his makeover in free agency and continued right...
Elway, AFC champs continue roster makeover
ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | May 10, 2014ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway returned from that five-touchdown loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl and decided the Denver Broncos, as much as anything, needed an attitude adjustment. So, he went about beefing up his offensive line and injecting some nastiness into his defense. He turned to veterans and youngsters alike. The Broncos boss started his makeover in free agency and continued right through the three-day NFL draft that concluded Saturday with the selections of LSU middle linebacker Lamin Barrow, Boise State center Matt Paradis and Oklahoma outside linebacker Corey Nelson. On defense, Elway added thumpers DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward in free agency and selected Ohio State's edgy cornerback Bradley Roby in the first round of the draft, Barrow in the fifth and Nelson in the seventh. He shuffled an O-line that was manhandled by the swarming Seahawks, adding centers Will Montgomery in free agency and Paradis in the sixth round. The Broncos also moved Orlando Franklin from right tackle to left guard and spent a third-round pick on Michigan's Michael Schofield, who declared his intent Saturday to win the starting job at right tackle. However it all shakes out, Peyton Manning should have a lot more muscle in front of him this season as the Broncos try to give him more room to operate and add balance to their pass-heavy offense with a better ground game. What should also help in that regard is the addition of second-round pick Cody Latimer of Indiana, whom Elway called the best-blocking wide receiver in this year's draft. Coach John Fox lauded the speed Denver added to its roster with these half-dozen picks, but just as important was the pluck the new guys bring to the Broncos, Elway said. "Defensively, you throw Bradley in there, you throw Barrow in there with Corey, they understand that mentality and that switch," Elway said. "And then you know the other thing is Cody brings that on the offensive side and that was one thing that we're really excited about is the way he blocks and the physicality he plays with in the game as a wide receiver, which you don't see a whole lot of. "So, if there's anything that we got out of that draft it is the physical mentality, and, as John said, a lot of speed." Elway picked up a fifth-round draft pick next year — when he expects to also have as many as four compensatory picks — by trading his fourth-rounder to Chicago on Saturday. Yet, he and Fox grew restless when there was a run on linebackers with Barrow in his sights late in the fifth round. Fox "made about 18 laps around the room," Elway said. "That was the most nervous time of the draft." Barrow mostly played weakside linebacker in college but his versatility will allow him to compete with Nate Irving for the starting middle linebacker job in Denver, where free agents Paris Lenon and Wesley Woodyard weren't retained after sharing snaps at that position in 2013. Nelson missed the last half of his senior season with a partially torn chest muscle but said that won't be an issue: "My (pectoral) is 100 percent, it's good to go," he said. "It was supposed to be a six-month injury, but it only took me 3½ months." Paradis was raised in the tiny mountain town of Council, Idaho, walked on at Boise State as a defensive lineman in 2009 and finished as a two-time All-Mountain West center. He called his winding journey from eight-man high school football to NFL draft pick "pretty surreal." Among the 15 undrafted free agents the Broncos signed following the draft was Fresno State receiver/returner Isaiah Burse, who could fill Trindon Holliday's vacated role. Two intriguing college free agents are from up the road at Colorado State: running back Kapri Bibbs, who led the NCAA with 31 touchdowns last season in his only season at Fort Collins, and star Rams outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. An undrafted player has made the Broncos' opening day roster for 10 straight seasons. "We're going to keep the best players," Fox said. "It doesn't really matter what their draft status is or where they came from, just how they perform." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
DENVER — What's a prediction without an apology?Sorry, Seattle. I stink at predicting Super Bowls. No Red Hook for me.But predicting the regular season? Straight cash, homie.Last year, I missed the Broncos' final record by one. When the NFL released its schedule, I had the Broncos going 14-2. They finished 13-3. The culprit was San Diego's Thursday-night upset at Denver. You rascal, Philip...
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Paul Klee column
Paul Klee, Associated Press | Apr 24, 2014DENVER — What's a prediction without an apology? Sorry, Seattle. I stink at predicting Super Bowls. No Red Hook for me. But predicting the regular season? Straight cash, homie. Last year, I missed the Broncos' final record by one. When the NFL released its schedule, I had the Broncos going 14-2. They finished 13-3. The culprit was San Diego's Thursday-night upset at Denver. You rascal, Philip Rivers. This edition of Predicting the Broncos Schedule is dead on. Just in case: can we buy a mulligan? Week 1: Broncos vs. Colts Date: Sept. 7 (6:30 p.m., NBC) If there's an Andrew Luck banner flapping outside Sports Authority Field, the NFL has some 'splainin' to do. There won't be a Flacco Flag Fiasco, but there will be another reunion. Can't see Peyton Manning losing to the Colts again. Can you? Prediction: Broncos 37, Colts 20 (Record: 1-0) Week 2: Broncos vs. Kansas City Date: Sept. 14 (2:25 p.m., CBS) We had the Chiefs pegged in 2013. Andy Reid's new club was a cute story — and a product of a Charmin early schedule. Once again, the Broncos should worry about the Chiefs winning the AFC West like Manning should worry about bankruptcy. Prediction: Broncos 30, Chiefs 24 (Record: 2-0) Week 3: Broncos at Seattle Date: Sept. 21 (2:25 p.m., CBS) Note to self: Don't pick against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. The 12s will send hate mail and harassing phone calls for months. Hey, I lived in the great state of Washington for four memorable years. You deserved a title, Seattle. One question, though: Is the nickname "12s" a nod to the number of 'Hawk fans pre-Pete Carroll? Prediction: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8 (Record: 2-1) Week 4: Bye Week 5: Broncos vs. Cardinals Date: Oct. 5 (2:05 p.m., Fox) Last season the Broncos got a sneak peek at the site of the Super Bowl with an early season game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. In Week 5, we can ask a similar question: can they return to University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015? Prediction: Broncos 33, Cardinals 16 (Record: 3-1) Week: 6: Broncos at New York Jets Date: Oct. 12 (11 a.m., CBS) If Peyton Manning had considered Eric Decker an indispensable part in the Broncos' offense, Jesse's hubby would still be breaking hearts in Colorado. Instead, the Big Heartthrob is in the Big Apple, where I suspect he will prove the doubters wrong. Prediction: Broncos 27, Jets 6 (Record: 4-1) Week 7: Broncos vs. 49ers Date: Oct. 19 (6:30 p.m., NBC) The West is best. No other division is predicted to win more games than the NFC West (35.5 wins), according to the folks in Las Vegas. Only the Broncos are expected to win as many games as the Niners and Seahawks (11). The loser: East Coast bias. Prediction: Niners 17, Broncos 16 (Record: 4-2) Week 8: Broncos vs. San Diego Date: Oct. 23 (6:25 p.m., CBS) Ex-Charger Shaun Phillips is now an ex-Bronco. Considering the cold, hard cash awarded DeMarcus Ware ($20 million guaranteed), the ex-Cowboy better outproduce the 12 sacks scored by Phillips in his one season with the Broncos. Prediction: Broncos 27, Chargers 21 (Record: 5-2) Week 9: Broncos at New England Date: Nov. 2 (2:25 p.m., CBS) It must be nice to be the Patriots. Once again, Las Vegas believes the Pats own an easy road to the playoffs. The predicted win totals for the AFC East foreshadow another division title: New England (10 wins), Dolphins (7.5), Bills (6.5), Jets (6.5). Prediction: Broncos 37, Patriots 36 (Record: 6-2) Week 10: Broncos at Oakland Date: Nov. 9 (2:05 p.m., CBS) Peyton Manning's performance at Oakland was the finest display of quarterbacking I've seen: 266 yards and four touchdowns — in the first half. But it was just the Raiders, you say? Oakland players fought with coaches on the sideline. They cared. Prediction: Broncos 37, Raiders 17 (Record: 7-2) Week 11: Broncos at St. Louis Date: Nov. 16 (11 a.m., CBS) The Rams nabbed reliable middle linebacker James Laurinaitis in the 2009 draft. Nice pick, St. Louis. He's started every game the past five seasons. The Broncos had 10 picks in 2009. How many are still here? Only special teams whiz David Bruton Jr. Prediction: Broncos 42, Rams 14 (Record: 8-2) Week 12: Broncos vs. Miami Date: Nov. 23 (2:25 p.m., CBS) Familiar faces line the Broncos' 2014 schedule like a high school reunion. Welcome back, Knowshon Moreno. Here's a fun game: gather your buddies for a friendly wager. Who scores more fantasy points on Nov. 23, Moreno or Montee Ball? Prediction: Broncos 35, Dolphins 24 (Record: 9-2) Week 13: Broncos at Kansas City Date: Nov. 30 (6:30 p.m., NBC) Did Emmanuel Sanders do the Chiefs wrong? Kansas City sure thinks so. Before the Broncos signed the wide receiver, the Chiefs thought they had a deal. "There was no handshake," Sanders said. There won't be during his first game in Kansas City, either. Prediction: Broncos 28, Chiefs 24 (Record: 10-2) Week 14: Broncos vs. Buffalo Date: Dec. 7 (2:05 p.m., CBS) Still stinging from the Smackdown in the Swamp? Super Bowl losses leave a mark. Ask the Bills, who own the NFL record for consecutive defeats in the Big One (four). They can't trump the Broncos, who own the most Super Bowl losses, period (five). Prediction: Broncos 45, Bills 17 (Record: 11-2) Week 15: Broncos at San Diego Date: Dec. 14 (2:05 p.m., CBS) The sunshine of San Diego has hosted three Super Bowls, the most recent in 2003. Hey, Chargers: time to renovate those digs? Sites of the next three Big Games: Glendale (Ariz.) in 2015, Santa Clara (Calif.) in 2016 and Houston in 2017. Prediction: Chargers 21, Broncos 20 (Record: 11-3) Week 16: Broncos at Bengals Date: Dec. 22 (6:30 p.m., ESPN) Peyton Manning is super for a football team. He's awful for print deadlines. Denver has five games in prime time - vs. Indianapolis, vs. San Francisco, vs. San Diego, at Kansas City, at Cincinnati - and all five opponents figure to be in the playoff hunt. Prediction: Broncos 28, Bengals 24 (Record: 12-3) Week 17: Broncos vs. Oakland Date: Dec. 28 (2:25 p.m., CBS) There's one player who makes the Raiders relevant again: Johnny Football is made for silver and black. Do us all a favor and make it happen, NFL. Prediction: Broncos 38, Raiders 17 (Record: 13-3) - Twitter: @Klee_Gazette ——— ©2014 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.com Distributed by MCT Information Services _____ Topics: t000007079,t000007065,t000007115,t000046469,t000003194,t000003183,c000212563,g000065596,g000362661,g000066164,g000224911,g000065634,g000065594,g000224461,g000223557
Mark Few coached Gonzaga into an NCAA Tournament sensation. A perennial Cinderella. He’s still at Gonzaga 15 years later. Shaka Smart coached Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four. Smart remains at VCU. Phil Martelli coached Saint Joseph’s to a No.
Wichita State's Gregg Marshall: Mid-majors keeping great coaches
Berry Tramel | Apr 17, 2014Mark Few coached Gonzaga into an NCAA Tournament sensation. A perennial Cinderella. He’s still at Gonzaga 15 years later. Shaka Smart coached Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four. Smart remains at VCU. Phil Martelli coached Saint Joseph’s to a No. 1 seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. He’s still at Saint Joe’s. Brad Stevens coached Butler to back-to-back Final Fours. He didn’t leave Butler until the Boston Celtics came calling. So maybe it’s not so surprising that Gregg Marshall remains the coach at Wichita State. Marshall took the Shockers to the 2013 Final Four, then coached WSU to a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and 35 straight wins, before a last-second loss to Kentucky in the Midwest Regional quarterfinals. Marshall was in town Monday night for the Devon College Basketball Awards. He was honored as the national coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Marshall was a guest during my radio segment on The Sports Animal, and I asked him about the relatively new trend of highly-successful coaches at mid-major schools staying put rather than chasing bigger money at more higher-profile leagues. “I can’t speak for those other gentlemen,” he said of Few and Smart, “but I’ve got a family. My wife Lynn was a college basketball player. She’s deeply invested into our program as well as the community. “I’ve got a son who’s a junior in high school at Trinity Academy in Wichita, and a daughter who will be in the ninth grade next year. So I’ve got 11th- and 8th-graders. “We’re very happy. We’ve got a wonderful administration that has given us everything we need to be successful.” To be sure, all kinds of mid-major coaches still jump to the big conferences. OU’s last two coaching hires (Lon Kruger from Nevada-Las Vegas, Jeff Capel from VCU) came the mid-major ranks, though UNLV is in many ways a different kind of mid-major. OSU’s last hire (Travis Ford from Massachusetts) came from the mid-major ranks. Kansas State hired Bruce Weber from Southern Illinois. Wake Forest just hired Danny Manning from Tulsa. Boston College just hired Jim Christian from Ohio. Georgia Tech hired Brian Gregory from Dayton. Clemson hired Brad Brownell from North Carolina-Wilmington. Miami hired George Larranga from George Mason. Nebraska hired Tim Miles from Colorado State. Ohio State hired Thad Matta from Xavier. Iowa hired Fran McCaffery from Siena. Illinois hired John Groce from Illinois. Penn State hired Pat Chambers from Boston U. UCLA hired Steve Alford from New Mexico. Arizona hired Sean Miller from Xavier. Oregon hired Dana Altman from Creighton. Colorado hired Tad Boyle from Northern Colorado. Washington hired Lorenzo Romar from Saint Louis. Southern Cal hired Andy Enfield from Florida Gulf Coast. Florida hired Billy Donovan from Marshall. Alabama hired Anthony Grant from VCU. Georgia hired Mark Fox from Nevada. Texas A&M hired Billy Kennedy from Murray State. Vanderbilt hired Kevin Stallings from Illinois State. That’s just the way it’s done in college basketball. Most major conference schools use the mid-majors as their marketplace. It’s the natural order. But some coaches – Stevens, Few, Smart, Marshall – have defied convention, not just with their success, but with their stability. The truth is, it’s easier to get to the Final Four from a Wichita State than it is a Kansas State or a Minnesota or an Auburn or a Washington. Big money does not equate to big success. “We’ve got great players that allow us to coach ‘em, they do things well on and off the court,” Marshall said. “They’re really fantastic ambassadors for any university. But especially in the realm of college basketball, they handle their business like professionals on and off the court. They’re a joy to coach. “And what we’ve done with that combination is with my staff, we’ve worked to the point we can go to the Final Four. We’re two possessions away, two years ago (2013), from playing for a national championship. We go 35-0 and get a No. 1 seed this year, so we feel like we’re a player in the college basketball scene. We’re relevant. “Me personally, I’m not a jumper. There’s a lot of goodwill that Wichita State has built up, and the community of Wichita, with me personally. So it’s going to take one heck of an offer. I’m sure Shaka and Coach Few and those guys feel the same way.” What Few has done at Gonzaga, and what Marshall is doing at Wichita State, is win with veteran players. While Kentucky and other national powers have to reload virtually every year as their starts declare for the NBA, Wichita State takes the court with experienced players. “You look at Arizona today (Monday),” Marshall said. “They lose Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson (to the NBA draft). They probably anticipated that, but it doesn’t make it any easier. You’re continually having to replace really, really good players. The better players you get, the quicker you’re going to have to replace them, it seems. “That’s leveled the playing field a little bit and given us an opportunity to get guys that can be 23-year-old redshirt seniors. We redshirt players every year. We’ve got a couple of guys coming from prep school this year. They’ll be a little older. When you’re 22, 23, competing against 18-, 19-years olds, there’s certainly an advantage in that.” And while Wichita State had a senior star in Cleanthony Early, the Shockers also sported younger players who will just get better. “If you’ve seen guys like Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton, Darius Carter, if you’ve seen those guys plays, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Those guys can play with anybody in the country. “I’ve just got to get them directed in the right path, and everyone being on the same page, just give them a little bit of structure, but they know how to win. It makes it very comforting for a coach to have a backcourt of Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker, two rising juniors.” Some school could hire away Gregg Marshall from such a plum situation. But it better be a good job. His salary jumps to $1.76 million this month, an enormous amount for a non-football school. A power-conference university could give Marshall a hefty raise. But could it give him the kind of relevancy that he talked about at Wichita State? In other words, Marshall might go to Kentucky, but he’s not going to LSU. Marshall might go to Michigan State, but he’s not going to Iowa. Marshall might go to Kansas, but he’s not going to Iowa State.
Feb 22, 2014
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Just in time for his entry into the Hall of Fame, Frank Thomas is moving up to the broadcasting big leagues.Thomas will join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as players inducted into the Hall this summer. He said Saturday he's completing details on an agreement to work this season as a studio baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1, based in Los Angeles. The network has not announced...
Thomas headed to 'big leagues' as baseball analyst
CHARLES ODUM, Associated Press | Feb 22, 2014MACON, Ga. (AP) — Just in time for his entry into the Hall of Fame, Frank Thomas is moving up to the broadcasting big leagues. Thomas will join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as players inducted into the Hall this summer. He said Saturday he's completing details on an agreement to work this season as a studio baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1, based in Los Angeles. The network has not announced Thomas' new role. He has worked the past three seasons on local broadcasts for Comcast in Chicago. He said he expects to continue to have a role with Comcast this year. "I've been doing pregame and postgame the last three years in Chicago," Thomas said. "I've stayed involved that way. This is more a call to the big leagues. I've been doing local the last three years, and getting a call as well as the Hall of Fame was great." Thomas said his year has been a whirlwind. On Saturday, the Columbus native was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. "It's great to see a career fulfilled in this way," he said. "It was a great career and acknowledgement means everything." He said he has no sympathy for those excluded from baseball's Hall because they took shortcuts with performance-enhancing drugs. He won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs. Thomas said if he'd taken the same shortcuts as some of his peers, his career could have been even greater. "No doubt about it. I'll be honest, I lost a lot," he said. "I probably lost another two MVPs. I lost probably another 150 home runs or so, if you think about it. I could have had one of those historical careers, but I'm proud of what I did. "I'm not a sore loser because I had so much fun in the major leagues. I know a lot of guys had great talent against me. I know guys made decisions a lot of them are regretting right now, but I've never been one who was all upset with them because they made the decisions. They made them for their families," he continued. "But I've already told a couple guys, don't come crying now, though. Once you crossed that line, don't come back crying when something is found out, and a lot of guys did that. That's the only thing that upset me, because guys knew what they were doing." Thomas said his election into the baseball Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility is proof that he made the right decisions. "Guys got caught. They feel like they didn't do anything wrong because there were so many guys doing it," Thomas said. "But I'm like, hey, you guys have that talent. There are four or five guys we know who were Hall of Famers who didn't need to cheat and they did, because of the money. They wanted the money. They wanted the big dollars. "I'm sorry. I lost a lot of money not doing it, you know? That's just the way it is," he said. "That's why opportunity keeps coming my way now." He said his greatest reward is peace of mind. "I sleep better every day of the week," he said. "I don't have to worry about my phone ringing and somebody going, 'We found out you did this and that.' It's great to go home and sleep at night. From day one I've told people that." Thomas has been consistently candid in his comments about players he said used PEDs. He said he'll also be candid — but mostly positive — as a TV analyst. Thomas, who spent most of his career with the White Sox, said that will include analysis about his former team. "I can't cut Chicago any slack if they're not playing well," he said. "I've got to call it like I see it. But we'll have fun. I'll be more of a positive guy, 80 percent of the time. Every now and then I might need to say something to get a guy jump-started." Also inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame were former Auburn and NFL running back James Brooks, former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins, former college and NFL football coach and Georgia Tech athletic director Homer Rice, LPGA star Hollis Stacy, high school football coach Jim Hughes, Georgia and NFL defensive back Scott Woerner and college basketball star Chester Webb.
Winters guided the Bronchos to three conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance.
Tributes: Former UCO basketball coach Mark Winters dies at age 85
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, email@example.com | Feb 3, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience: *Mark Winters, 85, spent 16 years as men's head basketball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. He guided the Bronchos to a 239-185 record with three Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance over the 1962-78 seasons. Winters was inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. He also spent time as a basketball coach at the high school level and at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at first Presbyterian Church in Edmond. *Leland Crissman, 86, of Duncan was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. The right-hander spent the 1947 season with the Ardmore Indians of the Sooner State League, tying for the team lead with 11 wins. Crissman threw for the Indians' farm teams in Midland, Texas (1948) and Spartanburg, S.C. (1949), before returning to Oklahoma for one more season of pro ball. He played parts of the 1950 season with the Chickasha Chiefs of the Sooner State League and the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League. After his playing days, he coached American Legion baseball and worked for Haliburton Services. *Stillwater resident Joan Bauer Wittner was a New York native who coached at the elementary and high school levels. She and husband Bob moved to Oklahoma in 1982 (Bob accepted a position at Oklahoma State), and Joan continued her involvement in athletics. She was a youth soccer coach; officiated youth and adult sports; and worked as a coach and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics. Joan was a Donna Nigh Award recipient for her service as a volunteer. She died recently at age 73. *Vern Benson, 89, of Granite Quarry, N.C., spent the 1959 and 1960 baseball seasons as manager of the Tulsa Oilers. Benson guided the St. Louis Cardinals farm team to a 153-135 record and two third-place finishes in the Texas League. He then served as an assistant coach for several big league teams, including the Cardinals' 1964 world champions. In an unusual twist to Benson's career, he spent one game as manager of a bad Atlanta Braves team, in 1977. He replaced Braves owner and television magnate Ted Turner, who managed one game while regular skipper, Dave Bristol, was on a reported scouting assignment. National League president Chub Feeney told Turner rules prohibited managers from having ownership in a team. So Benson, the Braves' third-base coach, took over for Turner until Bristol returned to finish out a 61-101 season. *Archie Franz, 88, played basketball for Corn High School. He became a farmer and rancher in the area, supplementing his income by refereeing basketball games. *Seth Martin, 15, played basketball for the Cement junior high and high school teams. A devoted fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant. *Racine, Wis., native Virgil Carlson had a successful tryout with the old Milwaukee Braves — but any thoughts of playing pro baseball were dashed later that week, when he was drafted into the Navy. He was a Broken Arrow resident at the time of death at age 74. *Stanley Hardrick played football at Central High School in Oklahoma City and Cameron University in Lawton. Hardrick was a 240-pound all-district and All-Capital Conference lineman for Central, which clinched its league championship in 1966 with an 18-16 victory over Southeast. The title was the Cardinals' first of any kind since 1947. After college, Hardrick went on to become a supervisor for the City of Oklahoma City. *Tulsa native Linda Ishmael Smith, 78, was an all-conference basketball player at Jenks. She worked in speech therapy in Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia and Wisconsin before retiring to Sarasota, Fla. *Dwight Ward, 57, of Maysville owned the D&L Tackle Shop. He also donated time to the Pauls Valley rodeo arena, helping build bleachers. *Wes Burton, 58, of Tulsa was a professional golfer and teaching pro in New York, Florida and Argentina. He spent 30 years playing on either the South American Tour or the Champions Tour. Burton qualified for the 2007 U.S. Senior Open with a record-low 64. *Yvonne Blount Chesnutt, 94, of Oklahoma City played tennis for Central High School, finishing as state runner-up in May 1937. ... Norman Schulz, 76, was a Lone Wolf native who played college football at Southwestern State. ... Patti Baker Crosby, 67, of Edmond was a Cushing High School cheerleader. ... Mary Penner, 57, of Wayne played high school basketball at Lexington. ... Jack Staiger, 83, of Tulsa owned the Staiger Tennis Center for 20 years. *Glen Richardson, 95, of Edmond was a golfer who played at Wichita State. ... Charlene Thorpe Black, 74, of Courtney coached youth softball and was an avid Ringling Blue Devils fan. ... Kevin Weedle, 58, of Denton, Texas, was a record-setting basketball player at Chattanooga High School. ... Sue Parker Wild, 66, of Fox assisted husband Ed in training bird dogs for field trials competition. *Paul Seiter, 74, played baseball and football at Moore High School. ... Elinor Russell Lehman, 91, of Commerce was a cheerleader and football queen at Kingfisher High School. ... John Hudspeth, 78, of Shawnee played baseball at Durant High School and then freshman football at OU. ... Delbert Kauk, 89, of Clinton played sandlot baseball in the 1940s for Johnniesville in western Oklahoma. BY SCOTT MUNN
SUPER BOWL — Wes Welker was an Oklahoma legend before playing a down at Texas Tech. Now he's got former presidents rooting for him to finally win a Super Bowl.
Wes Welker: The Oklahoma City everyman with the big helmet is still something Super
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Feb 2, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Wes Welker made his Denver Broncos debut last Sept. 5, he caught nine passes from Peyton Manning and scored two touchdowns. When long-time Denver tackle Ryan Clady suffered a season-ending injury on Sept. 15, the Broncos needed a new offensive captain. It voted for Welker, who had played all of two games with the franchise. When former President Bill Clinton was interviewed Friday night in Brooklyn at the Thunder-Nets NBA game and asked for a Super Bowl pick, he mentioned two players. Peyton Manning and Wes Welker. As Super Bowl XLVIII arrives Sunday night, with the Broncos playing the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium for world supremacy, Welker is 32 years old and bigger in status than ever before. Not stature; he's still the same 5-foot-9 Everyman who leaves you wondering how he's carved an all-star career in a behemoth sport. But the little guy who long ago became an Oklahoma City folk hero still is going strong. Still an NFL lightning rod, be it his beard or his Old Spice commercials or his oversized helmet or his one-sided feud (not Welker's side) with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “Very fortunate, very blessed to have this opportunity again,” Welker said of his third Super Bowl, “and that's all you really ask for.” Well, a victory would be nice, too. A Super Bowl championship and maybe the Pro Football Hall of Fame, that's all that's missing from Welker's career. He's got 841 NFL receptions, 24th-best in league history. But two Super Bowl disappointments with the Patriots have kept Welker from the ultimate prize. You never know the future. This could be Welker's final chance. “Whatever happens, happens,” Welker said. “You can't sit there and think in your mind, this or that or whatever. Whatever happens, happens and you just go out there and try to play the best you can. It's a lot of hard work, and you have to have some luck along the way to get to this point ... You don't take these moments for granted that's for sure.” Welker suffered two concussions this season and has missed three games. That led to the new helmet that caused him much grief but has kept his head relatively secure. Welker caused a stir at Super Bowl Media Day after he was asked if he would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion: “What do you think? I mean, you want to be out there. The Super Bowl, this is what you dream about. You're going to be there, I don't care what it takes, you're going to be out there in this game.” That's the same kind of ornery spirit Oklahomans have seen since Welker was a high school star at Heritage Hall in the 1990s. Despite his size, Welker was a do-everything player. In 2000, historian Ray Soldan, a half-century follower of high school football for the Oklahoman declared Welker the best Oklahoma prep player ever. At the time, Welker had yet to catch a pass even for Texas Tech. Welker's story has been oft-told. He got the last scholarship at Tech and became a star. He went undrafted by the NFL, then was cut by the San Diego Chargers. He hooked on with the Miami Dolphins, played three seasons, then was traded to the Patriots when Miami worried about paying Welker too much. “A lot of times, just coming into the league, especially on draft day, you just want a job,” Welker said. “Then as you get a job, you want to accomplish things, you want to go to the playoffs, you want to go to the Super Bowl and then you want to win a Super Bowl. So, coming from humble beginnings to get to this point is definitely a blessing.” All along, Welker has maintained his Oklahoma City roots. His family still lives in OKC. Last summer, Wes Welker Sports Bar & Grill opened in the Quail Springs area of north OKC. Welker's foundation for several years as provided grants to schools and youth programs in financial need. Welker can (and did, during Super Bowl) talk Thunder basketball; he's shown up at a variety of NBA arenas with Thunder apparel. He gave a shout-out to LifeChurch during Super Bowl Media Day. His favorite band is Oklahoma's Kings of Leon. “That's home for me,” Welker said. “That's where I grew up. I definitely have a big respect for my hometown and being from there. I just love it there.” But he doesn't plan on returning anytime soon. Too much football still to be played. Some players like to cap their careers on top. Welker was asked if a Super Bowl title might make him consider retirement. “Of course, it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun,” Welker said. “I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play.” And it's not like the Broncos don't want him. That captaincy thing was no small deal. “I don't care who you are, coming to a new team, new teammates, that doesn't happen very easily,” Denver coach John Fox said. “It says a lot to the kind of guy he is, both on and off the field. I think he is an unbelievable competitor and very gritty, and that became obvious to his teammates very early on — how he goes about his business on and off the field and preparation. He has been a tremendous addition, and we are sure glad to have him.” Oklahoma City feels the same way. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, 48 people who could have an impact on America's biggest ballgame
48 people who could have an impact on Super Bowl XLVIII
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Feb 1, 2014In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, 48 people who could have an impact on America's biggest ballgame: 1. Peyton Manning: America's quarterback is playing in his brother Eli's home stadium, needing a win to match Eli with two Super Bowl wins. 2. Richard Sherman: The Mouth That Bored during Super Bowl week remains the NFL's best cornerback, even if he hasn't said so since arriving in Greater New York. 3. Wes Welker: How big is the Oklahoma City folk hero? President Bill Clinton, unprompted, mentioned Welker's Super Bowl quest during an ESPN interview. 4. Pat Bowlen: The Broncos owner grew up in Wisconsin but has two degrees from OU (business 1965, law 1968). He bought the Broncos in 1984. 5. Russell Wilson: The Seattle quarterback counts two alma maters — he graduated from North Carolina State, then transferred to Wisconsin and says he cherishes both schools. 6. Troy Aikman: Quarterbacked the Cowboys in three Super Bowls. Now calling his fourth Super Bowl as Joe Buck's sidekick. 7. Earl Thomas: The NFL's best safety didn't win the Thorpe Award, like fellow Longhorns Michael Huff and Alvin Ross in 2005-06, but Thomas has become the best of Texas' defensive backs. 8. Demaryius Thomas: The mother and grandmother of the Bronco receiver have been in prison on drug convictions since he was 11. 9. Queen Latifah: Just down the road from her hometown of East Orange, N.J., the hip-hop pioneer and Oscar-nominated actress and talk-show host will sing “America the Beautiful” for the second time at a Super Bowl. Saints-Colts was the first. 10. Pete Carroll: The Seahawk coach has the best winning percentage in franchise history (.594); Carroll also is second in New England Patriot winning percentage (.562), trailing only Bill Belichick. 11. Marshawn Lynch: Seattle's little-talking tailback has become the NFL's most physical tailback, running harder than even Adrian Peterson. 12. John Elway: Perhaps the NFL's greatest quarterback has become a huge success as the Broncos' executive VP of football operations. He recruited Peyton Manning to Denver. 13. Joe Buck: His dad, the great Jack Buck, called Super Bowl IV for CBS. Now Joe Buck calls his fourth Super Bowl for FOX. 14. Percy Harvin: The first-year Seahawk scatback has been injured and barely played (one regular-season catch, three postseason catches), but he's been cleared for the Super Bowl and could be a game-breaker. 15. John Fox: The Denver coach missed four games this season because of a heart procedure but joined Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Mike Holmgren, Dan Reeves and Bill Parcells as the only coaches to take two franchises to Super Bowls. 16. Michael Robinson: The Seahawk fullback, once a Penn State quarterback, was cut by Seattle after his liver and kidneys started shutting down in August. But Robinson recovered and was brought back by the Seahawks in October. 17. Ken Norton Jr.: The Seahawks' linebacker coach, who was on the Southern Cal staff with Pete Carroll, is the only player in NFL history to play on three consecutive Super Bowl champs — '92 and '93 Cowboys, '94 49ers. 18. Matt Prater: The Bronco kicker set an NFL record for longest field with a 64-yarder on Dec. 9 in Denver, but the Super Bowl will be played at virtual sea level. 19. Russell Okung: Seattle's nice-guy left tackle out of OSU has lived up to the promise of the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. 20. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: The Bronco cornerback was an Arizona Cardinal rookie five years ago when he was beaten by Santonio Holmes for the Super Bowl-winning TD pass. 21. Max Unger: The all-pro Seahawk center sports a beard that would shame James Harden's, but Unger vows it's coming off after the Super Bowl. 22. Zane Beadles: The Bronco guard is growing quite the beard himself and says he might not shave after the game. 23. Olivia Manning: Archie gets most of the spotlight for his boys, but don't forget the mother of Eli and Peyton. Her sons have quarterbacked five of the last eight Super Bowls. 24. Kam Chancellor: The Seahawk safety is the intimidator of Seattle's Legion of Boom secondary. 25. Knowshon Moreno: The Bronco tailback became famous for crying during the national anthem before a game this season. He might cry again; this Super Bowl is in the shadow of New York, where at a young age Moreno was in and out of homeless shelters with his father. 26. Tom Cable: The Seahawks' offensive line coach spent two-plus seasons as the Raiders' head coach. He was fired after going 8-8 in 2010; Oakland hasn't had a winning season since 2002. 27. Michael Bennett: The Seahawk defensive end, the brother of NFL tight end Marcellus Bennett, was undrafted out of Texas A&M, signed by Seattle and waived. But after nine sacks with Tampa Bay last season, Bennett returned to the Seahawks and has 8 1/2 sacks this year. 28. Michael Balzary: Better known as Flea, bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will perform at halftime. Flea has asked his fans if they want him to flash the audience during the show. 29. Adam Gase: The 35-year-old Bronco offensive coordinator didn't play college football. As a Michigan State student, he worked on Nick Saban's staff, then followed Saban to LSU. 30. Golden Tate: The Notre Dame alum is Russell Wilson's favorite target, with 64 catches for 898 yards. 31. Paul Allen: The Seahawks chairman, co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, also owns the NBA Trail Blazers and voted against the Seattle SuperSonics' move to Oklahoma City. 32. Julius Thomas: The Bronco tight end played in two NCAA Tournaments for Portland State, losing to Kansas in 2008 and Xavier in 2009. 33. Steven Hauschka: The Seahawk kicker has a degree from Middlebury College in neuroscience and kicked for the Broncos in four 2010 games. 34. Renee Fleming: A different kind of soprano in New Jersey, the American opera star will sing the national anthem. But the Super Bowl is not her biggest stage. She sang on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert. 35. Paris Lenon: The Bronco linebacker played in the short-lasting XFL in 2001. 36. John Schneider: The youngish Seahawk general manager was hired in January 2010 — by Carroll, a rare case of a head coach picking the GM. 37. Champ Bailey: In his 15th season, the Bronco cornerback finally makes a Super Bowl. 38. Jack Del Rio: The Bronco defensive coordinator was interim coach during John Fox's absence; Denver went 3-1 with Del Rio at the helm. He's done it before. Del Rio went 68-71 in nine seasons coaching the Jaguars. 39. Cliff Avril: The Seahawk defensive end forced five fumbles this season, but that's nothing. He forced six in 2011, recovering three. 40. Dave Logan: The 25-year Broncos' radio voice has been a Colorado force for half a century. A high school star in suburban Denver, then a Big Eight basketball and football player at CU in the 1970s. He played nine years in the NFL. He has a daily radio show. And he's coached high school football for 20 years, winning 5A titles at three Denver-area schools. 41. Orlando Franklin: The Bronco offensive tackle gained fame when his jersey was photographed being worn by loose-cannon Toronto mayor Rob Ford. 42. Warren Moon: The Seahawks' radio analyst was a University of Washington quarterback before he played 23 pro seasons — six in Canada, 17 in the NFL, including two with Seattle. 43. Bruno Mars: The Hawaiian-born pop star will team with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and has not asked his fans if they want him to flash the audience. 44. Terrance Knighton: The defensive tackle signed with Denver as a free agent last March and has become a team leader — he famously huddled the defense in the locker room after the Broncos' late-season loss to San Diego. 45. Sherman Smith: The 59-year-old Seahawks' running back coach was Seattle's leading rusher its first four years in the NFL (1976-79). He also grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, going to North High School, across town from Cardinal Mooney, a couple of years ahead of Ron Stoops Jr. 46. Manny Ramirez: The Bronco center joins Avril and Lenon as members of the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went 0-16. 47. Britton Colquitt: The Bronco punter is the son of Craig Colquitt, the nephew of Jimmy Colquitt and brother of Dustin Colquitt, NFL punters all, past or present. But you might not even see him. Britton Colquitt has punted once total in Denver's last three games. 48. Doug Baldwin: The Seahawks' big-play receiver — 15.6 yards per reception — was an undrafted free agent out of Stanford.
For 15 years, Wes Welker has played football for teams in Lubbock, Texas; suburban Boston and now Denver. But Welker’s favorite basketball team is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 1999 Heritage Hall High School graduate loves the Thunder and during Super Bowl week was asked about the Thunder and the hot stretch of OKC superstar Kevin Durant.
Super Bowl 48: Wes Welker talks Kevin Durant
Berry Tramel | Jan 31, 2014For 15 years, Wes Welker has played football for teams in Lubbock, Texas; suburban Boston and now Denver. But Welker’s favorite basketball team is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 1999 Heritage Hall High School graduate loves the Thunder and during Super Bowl week was asked about the Thunder and the hot stretch of OKC superstar Kevin Durant. “It’s been pretty phenomenal just watching him out there,” Welker said. “They had (Russell) Westbrook go down, and so your key players have got to step up, and he’s definitely stepped up in a major way. It’s been really fun to watch and he’s great for Oklahoma City, not just as a player, but as a person. They definitely appreciate him there.” Can Welker, who has had his share of hot streaks, relate to the “zone” in which Durant seems to be in? “Yeah, I think every athlete at some point or another has been in the zone like that,” Welker said. “Just having to carry over from game to game like he has is pretty incredible. I look forward to him keeping that going throughout the year.” I wrote about Welker for the Friday Oklahoman. You can read that column here. But Welker had a lot to say about a variety of subjects. I’m going to write more about Welker for the Sunday paper, but there’s plenty of stuff that won’t make, either, so I thought I would share it. On his Super Bowl experience being an advantage. Welker has played in two Super Bowls. The entire Seahawk roster has played in a combined zero: “Maybe a little bit. Just trying to give some guys insight of what this week is like, the media obligations and the traveling to practice and not being at the facility through the week and different things like that. It’s definitely different and something that you kind of have to get used to.” On the Seahawks’ defense biggest strength: “Their whole defense is a big strength. That’s why they’re the No. 1 defense. Obviously their back end and defensive backfield is definitely up there. They do a great job across the board of playing pretty sound defense and staying on top of it. So we’re definitely going to have our hands full.” On the Bronco receivers, five of whom caught at least 10 touchdown passes this season: “I think everybody has their own opinion and everything, but this is one of the best groups I’ve ever played with. It’s the NFL. There’s a lot of good receiving groups. Every team is going to have good receiving groups in the NFL.” On his many concussions: “I think they do a good job of the protocols and different things like that these days. But we’re football players, we’re competitors and you want to be out there playing. You want to be out there on the field and giving your best for your team. It’s kind of a tough issue sometimes and you just go out there and deal with it and try to keep yourself safe, but at the same time, given the chance to go compete, you go compete.” On what Welker does the Saturday night before a big game: “I think basically just relaxing and going over my gameplan and being on to of all that. Making sure that I’m just ready to go. Make sure I’m getting my massages and stretched out and ready to go for Sunday.” On if he’s slept the night before previous Super Bowls: “Yeah, I have. I think just knowing the past, going through the week and preparation and everything else, you’re ready to get some sleep and make sure you’re ready to go for Sunday.” On his plans for Sunday morning: “My plan for Sunday morning is just like any other game. Just focusing and getting ready for the game and treating it like any other regular season game.” On his pre-game rituals: Welker said he likes to arrive at the stadium early, four hours before kickoff. Listen to the Kings of Leon and get his mind ready for the game. On how he’s handled Super Bowl hoopla, which for Welker has meant five straight days, Sunday through Thursday, of media sessions: “You try to make it as normal as possible. Just try and focus on the game, focus on the week and the gameplan and just getting ready for it. You deal with it how you can.” On Denver coach John Fox: “He’s one of those guys, he’s very inspirational, a very motivational type guy. The energy he brings to the team and everything like that. The guy can talk to anybody. You sit down at lunch and he can just sit there and talk and talk and talk. I mean, he’s that way with everyone. Just a great man, a great individual. I’m glad he’s our coach and our leader.” On Fox’s heart problems, which kept him away from the Broncos for four games this season: “I wouldn’t say he was different at all. He came back feeling healthier than he was before. So obviously, he’s our guy and he brings that energy and at the time we were just worried about his health and making sure that he was all good. We just told him, we’ll take care of everything on our end and you just get right and get back when you’re ready.” On playing with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady: “It’s kind of by design. There’s just not too many quarterbacks I’d actually play with. So, when it came down to it, it was two options. This has been a good one.” On what people don’t know about Manning: “He’s actually a very genuine person. A great teammate, he loves hanging out with the guys and being around the guys, camaraderie and everything else. He enjoys it. It makes you enjoy it as well.” On his relationship with Brady: “We just text after the game and stuff like that, but he’s a good friend of mine and we wish nothing but the best for each other.” On if it was bitter or sweet to beat the Patriots in the AFC title game: “I think a little bit of both. Obviously playing there and everything like that, you make a lot of relationships and a lot of friends and you wish the best for them. But, at the same time you’re excited about the opportunity you have in front of you.” On the impact of the weather, which doesn’t figure to be as severe as previously feared: “I feel good about it. I played in this for six years so I have a good idea of what to expect and what to be ready for, different things like that. It really didn’t feel too bad out there just walking over here to this boat and things like that. I’m looking forward to it, this is what football is supposed to be.” On throwing the ball in bad weather: “I’ve seen a lot of games where they’ve been able to throw for a lot of yards in bad weather. I don’t see that being a problem for us. I just see us going out there and executing our plays and not worrying about the weather or anything else. Just have the mindset that we’re going to move the ball and score touchdowns.” On his most memorable cold weather game: “Really there are so many to choose from. I remember we played the Jets one time in 2007 later in the year, low scoring game. It was tough. We had another one in Buffalo where we had 70 mile per hour winds. They had to take a rope and pull the field goal post back upright so that we could kick extra points and field goals and different things like that. I remember the receivers, we would just rotate and we would be throwing each other jackets. There would only be one receiver in the game because we really couldn’t throw the ball. Just basically, ‘Here you take my jacket, now you get over here and get warm, I’ll go in this play.’ We would rotate three of us the whole game.”
Jan 28, 2014
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Knowshon Moreno still cherishes the weekly phone calls and texts from his high school coach.After all, they've helped the Denver Broncos running back through some tough times and celebrated great moments in the years since he graduated from New Jersey's Middletown South High School. There have been plenty of both for Moreno, who is back home this week and preparing for...
Super Bowl a happy homecoming for Broncos' Moreno
DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press | Jan 28, 2014JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Knowshon Moreno still cherishes the weekly phone calls and texts from his high school coach. After all, they've helped the Denver Broncos running back through some tough times and celebrated great moments in the years since he graduated from New Jersey's Middletown South High School. There have been plenty of both for Moreno, who is back home this week and preparing for the biggest game of his life. And, of course, he can count on hearing from Steve Antonucci. Just like always. "I told him from the moment he graduated from high school that I didn't care if he carried the football or not," said Antonucci, who won three state titles with Moreno setting records in his backfield. "I told him, 'I'm always going to be here. I'm not just your coach. I'm your friend.' He's always come to me. "He's as much a part of my family as anybody." Moreno, who was in and out of shelters and apartments with his father as a youngster, moved to the town of Belford in New Jersey with his maternal grandmother Mildred McQueen when he was 11. She raised him through his formative years, and did all she could to steer him in a positive direction. By the time he got to high school, Moreno had dealt with more adversity than many adults. It's a journey upon which he reflects before every game, usually during the national anthem, and usually accompanied by tears — a pregame ritual that became a hot topic when TV cameras caught him crying before a game last month. "It made me into the person that I am today," Moreno said Monday. "Just learning from my experiences, going in and out of doing what I was doing, shelters and things like that, that's part of life. Everyone goes through different things. It's how you battle back from that and see the positive in all the negative. "I think I did a good job of that." Moreno graduated from Middletown South as New Jersey's career leader in total touchdowns (128) and scoring (782 points). He also ranked second in state history with 6,268 career yards rushing and established himself as one of the country's most gifted football players. "When I tell you that he was an ultra-competitor, he really was one," Antonucci said. "It didn't matter what game he was playing or what he was doing. He had to win. Just had to. He would compete at chess or volleyball or a bike race, or we'd play golf sometimes and it would become a competition." Moreno followed that up with a terrific career at the University of Georgia, where he rushed for 2,734 yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons after redshirting as a freshman. "When you watched him playing high school football games, you saw how dominant he was and the way he took games over," Antonucci said. "When he decided to go to Georgia and made that decision, what really stood out to me was he dominated the SEC for two years. When you talk to people about SEC football, they say it's the next-closest thing to the NFL." He was a first-round pick of Denver, going 12th overall in 2009, and considered by many to be the top running back available that year. But the road to stardom in the pros was filled with plenty of potholes, including injuries, a DUI arrest, bouts of ineffectiveness and a bust label that grew increasingly larger. He was benched last season and not active for two months after dealing with fumble issues. Moreno then promised himself he'd not let a second chance slip through his hands — if he got one. "You make mistakes and things happen," Moreno said. "For me, I just wanted to get better. My role was not to be playing on Sundays. Wednesday was my Sunday. Thursday was my Sunday when I was out there on the scout team trying to make the defense better." Sundays became, well, Sundays again this season as he regained the trust of coach John Fox and became a major part of the offense with Peyton Manning. Moreno ran for a career-high 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also setting personal marks with 60 catches for 548 yards. All without losing a single fumble. "I just feel very comfortable with No. 27 standing next to me," Manning said. "He has been through a lot in his life and his football career. He has paid his dues, and I'm happy for him that he has this opportunity to play in his first Super Bowl. And I'm looking forward to playing in it with him next Sunday." Antonucci had no doubts Moreno would turn things around. He had already seen him do it off the field. But to know that Moreno could walk off the field a Super Bowl champion at MetLife Stadium — less than an hour away from where he used to make jaws drop in high school — excited his former coach. "I try to keep finding a word, and maybe I'll look one up later today, to express how proud I am that's even better than 'proud,'" Antonucci said. "I'm as proud as anybody could be. There's no better word right now, but if there was, I would use it. "It's just so satisfying because this whole journey started way back when Knowshon was a freshman and it has finally come to fruition." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org ___ Follow Dennis Waszak at: http://twitter.com/DWAZ73