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Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on...
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Barry Horn, Associated Press | Jul 31, 2015Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket. In honor of Norm’s upcoming 40th anniversary on radio, here’s our first “40 for 40.” Best guest: Don Nelson. He always tried to be entertaining and funny. And, if you listened closely, he told you important things. One day I was pressing him about who the Mavericks might draft that night. He was very coy but as we said goodbye he said, "Auf Wiedershehen." That night German teenager Dirk Nowitzki became a Maverick. Worst guest: Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Just a few minutes before he was to go on the air he suggested he should get paid. I was stunned, politely declined and went to "open lines." Busiest year: In 1990, I was an ESPN baseball game analyst every Tuesday and Friday night and doing the morning show every day on KLIF from 5:30-9 a.m. I believe I worked in 23 parks that season. Weirdest thing that ever happened during a show: While doing an early morning show at Fenway Park, I accidentally set off the fire alarm. Within minutes, lots of guys in fire suits arrived and looked at me, certain I was a knucklehead. Best talk show host ever: Johnny Carson on TV. On radio, probably Larry King – great brain. Guest I’ve never been able to book: Either of the Rangers owners – Ray Davis or Bob Simpson. And, yes, we have asked. Favorite caller: Leon Simon, the barber. He became my friend and then co-host for a while. Worst-ever remote location: Outside a Texaco Mini-Mart at Northwest Highway and Abrams during rush hour with the traffic zooming past. And then the skies opened and poured down rain. Best Norm Hitzges imitation: Toss up between George Dunham and Gordon Keith. But Gordon has me saying much weirder things. Twitter or Cyber Dust: Yellow pad and flip phone. If I could attend only one more sporting event it would be: Game 7 of a Rangers World Series win. Favorite play-by-play voice: Four aces – Pat Summerall, Brad Sham, Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz. And I already miss Ralph Strangis. Favorite analyst: Howard Cosell, who broke ground for so many of us. Right now it's Troy Aikman. I learn something every time I listen to him. Vin Scully is truly one of a kind. Greatest career influence: Former local CBS news anchor and news director Eddie Barker who took a raw kid with a big nose, unusual voice and less-than-ideal hair and gave him his first TV reporting job in January 1972. Ever offered a network radio job: No, thank heavens. I might have actually taken it and left an area I've come to love very much. Last job before getting into TV-radio: Teaching journalism at San Antonio MacArthur High School. Best DFW athlete ever watched: Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. Favorite sport: To announce it would be baseball. To watch on TV it's the NFL. To attend it's horse racing. Least favorite sport: That's easy -- boxing. Favorite racehorse: A cheap claimer named Steal Me Blind who won at huge odds at New Orleans Fairgrounds one day. He paid a huge price creating a very nice payday for my father Edgar and myself. It may have been the first time he'd smiled in the weeks and months since the death of my mom, Lillian, who'd been his wife and racing partner for decades. Sporting event never attended but would like to: Il Palio, a horse race held twice a year around the city square in Siena, Italy. It’s a huge spectacle. Did you think you would ever see another Triple Crown winner in your lifetime: No. Then I saw American Pharoah run with his hooves barely touching the racing surface. Sport most proficient in: Amateur, impromptu hot dog eating contests in ballparks. First time ever on radio: Did play-by-play of a Sul Ross State football games while I worked there as a teacher during the 1967-68 school year. Self-review of first radio talk show: It remains a blur. I was very nervous. I know I talked too fast, which makes my voice get even an octave higher and makes me sound squeakier. It must have been a joy to listen to. Number of times called into a talk show: Not once. Usual work attire: Sweat pants or shorts, a sometimes-color-coordinated T-shirt and sandals. When you dress in the dark in the early morning it's not always pretty. Most unusual idiosyncrasy: I'm anal about always trying to use a few minutes of time to do something, no matter how small that something might be. Initial reaction in 2000 when management informed I was moving to the Ticket: I didn't want to go. I was happy at KLIF. Last book read: God As He Longs For You To See Him by Chip Ingram. Best series on home DVR: House of Cards. The perfect Saturday night: The 3 M's -- Merlot, movie and (wife) Mary. For my last wedding anniversary: We planned our next journey to some place she'd always wanted to go --Tuscany. Best movie of 1939, Wizard of Oz, Mister Smith Goes to Washington or Gone With The Wind: Gone With The Wind. John Wayne, Jack Nicholson or Tom Hanks: Hanks by a nostril hair over Nicholson. Favorite all-time pro wrestler: The late Angel of Death, who was my friend. Next birthday wish: Another birthday. How many more years I have remaining on the air: How many more years do I have left? Message to listeners: I hope I always deserve you. Adios Ortegel: At least for now Bob Ortegel, who brought smarts and grace to every Mavericks broadcast with which he ever was associated, announced this week he will not be back for the 2015-16 season. Ortegel, 74, said he made his impromptu decision when he couldn’t sleep at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. He said he was up thinking about the great coaches he calls friends who have died, including Dean Smith, who passed earlier this year. In a conversation Friday, Ortegel emphasized he was not using the word “retiring” to describe his situation. “I’m taking the year off and I have no idea what will happen after that,” he said. Ortegel debuted as the Mavericks television analyst Nov. 26, 1988 on the cable network then known as HSE. He was hired to work alongside Allen Stone as a replacement for Bob Weiss, who had abruptly left to become assistant coach of the Orlando Magic. Ortegel broadcast Mavericks games on TV and radio until February 2011, when he was bounced from his television seat by owner Mark Cuban, who was looking to “refresh” the product. Ortegel joined Fox Sports Southwest’s Mavericks’ studio 10 months later. He called games worked by all nine Mavericks coaches. Ortegel coached college basketball for 18 seasons before sliding into a TV analyst seat on Missouri Valley Conference basketball in 1982. He worked alongside Ray Scott, better known nationally for his NFL work. Said Mark Followill, who worked alongside Ortegel for six seasons on Mavericks television and is 30 years his junior: “He has been a mentor on life, basketball and broadcasting. He is a friend who was always welcoming, nurturing and teaching, which must have come from his years coaching.” Talking Cowboys The team’s preseason television schedule belongs to KTVT (Channel 11). The station will air the four games with Bill Jones, Babe Laufenberg and Keith Russell behind the mikes. The Blue-White scrimmage on Aug. 9, which also will attract a lot of eyeballs to watch grown men run around in shorts, will be on sister station KTXA (Channel 21). Bryan Broaddus replaces Laufenberg alongside Brad Sham on the radio. Meanwhile ESPN decided that the 90 minutes it planned to allot for Tuesday’s training camp special with the Cowboys couldn’t possibly be enough. It has decided to expand to two hours beginning at 6 p.m. Kenny Mayne, John Gruden and Darren Woodson will serve as tour guides. And Fox Sports Southwest has a daily 15-minute training camp wrap at 10:30 p.m. or after Rangers’ post-game shows. Sham, Mickey Spagnola and Lindsay Cash cover the news of the day. Numbers game 3.0 and 1.4: Monday’s Dallas-Fort Worth ratings for Rangers 6-2 loss at home to the Yankees on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN, who shared the game. 2.3: Tuesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Fox Sports 1. 3.5: Wednesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 5-2 win over the Yankees on FSSW. 3.9: Thursday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 7-6 win over the Yankees on FSSW. On Twitter: @bhorn55 ——— ©2015 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040350,t000002664,t000002672,t000003183,t000381949,t000002674,t000002409,t000002437
Jul 23, 2015
NORMAN—For the second consecutive year, the University of Oklahoma was recognized by the Information Display and Entertainment Association at its annual Golden Matrix Awards in Seattle. OU was named the Best Overall Big Screen Display in the college division at the July 17 awards. The school has won the award, which has been issued since 2001, four times—the most of any school. OU also won the...
SoonerVision named top collegiate video-board display
Ryan Aber | Jul 23, 2015NORMAN—For the second consecutive year, the University of Oklahoma was recognized by the Information Display and Entertainment Association at its annual Golden Matrix Awards in Seattle. OU was named the Best Overall Big Screen Display in the college division at the July 17 awards. The school has won the award, which has been issued since 2001, four times—the most of any school. OU also won the award in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Voting for the award is based on a five-Minute compilation of each department's best content of the year. It is judged by other schools. The GMAs recognize artistic and technical excellence in the programming of large-screen video and matrix displays located at stadiums, arenas, racetracks, convention centers and other public assembly facilities. "Creating quality video content that entertains, informs and inspires is the number one goal of our SoonerVision department," Brandon Meier, OU Athletics' Executive Director of Video Production, said in a release. "This award is special because it is voted on by our peers in the industry and in recent years the content submitted by other universities has been elevated to a whole new level." SoonerVision, the in-house video production arm of Oklahoma Athletics, began work in the big-screen industry in 1997 with the first video board installation in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. A four-sided video board was also installed in Lloyd Noble Center the same year. SoonerVision currently provides big-screen support for 12 varsity sports—football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's track and field, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and wrestling. During the 2014-15 academic year, the department created 140 big-screen productions for the seven LED boards in the various venues. SoonerVision also produces all of the content for Sooner Sports TV, which delivers OU programming on several FOX outlets plus SoonerSports.tv. The department has 17 full-time employees and more than 100 students.
PINEHURST, N.C. — North Carolina is still six months away — maybe a little bit more, or less — from the end of an NCAA investigation that drags on, one in which the unknown of it all has become almost as significant, and crippling, as any sanction the university’s athletic teams might endure.There are questions about what penalties might be coming and about what teams might face those...
Fedora ‘pretty positive’ UNC in good shape amid NCAA investigation
By Andrew Carter, Associated Press | Jul 21, 2015PINEHURST, N.C. — North Carolina is still six months away — maybe a little bit more, or less — from the end of an NCAA investigation that drags on, one in which the unknown of it all has become almost as significant, and crippling, as any sanction the university’s athletic teams might endure. There are questions about what penalties might be coming and about what teams might face those penalties. Will some sports be subject to postseason bans or scholarship cuts or both? Will others have victories or championships vacated? The specter of what could be coming has affected recruiting in men’s basketball and football, and likely just about every sport. All the while, Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora has tried to remain positive, hopeful that his program will avoid significant sanctions. He and his coaching staff, at least, have shared their confidence with prospects that the football program won’t endure serious sanctions, like a postseason ban. Three prospects who recently committed to UNC have said Fedora calmed their concerns about the NCAA investigation. “You know, I’m a very positive person,” Fedora said Tuesday at the ACC’s annual preseason media kickoff. “And so there’s plenty of people out there are going to look at the negative side of everything that we do. I’m pretty positive that it’s going to turn out good for us.” The NCAA in the summer of 2014 reopened its investigation at UNC, which in May received the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations. The document outlined five major allegations against UNC, including a lack of institutional control, resulting from a paper class scheme that lasted nearly two decades. The scope of the NOA, though, is broad. The document acknowledges that suspect no-show African- and Afro-American studies courses helped football and men’s and women’s basketball players remain eligible. Even so, the NOA doesn’t specifically charge football or men’s basketball — or anyone associated with those programs – with wrongdoing. That’s part of the reason Roy Williams, the men’s basketball coach, and Fedora have told prospects that their programs will avoid serious sanctions. Tomon Fox, a heralded high school linebacker from Georgia, recently committed to UNC after discussing the NCAA case with Fedora and Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletic director. Fox said he had worried about possible sanctions, but that Fedora quelled his concerns. “Coach Fedora told me he talked to an attorney — like, football won’t be touched by that,” Fox said. “So I was like, all right, that’s good to hear.” NCAA rules prohibit coaches from publicly discussing high school prospects, and so Fedora is unable to comment on what he has told Fox or any other high school player. Even so, Fedora acknowledged that he has shared with prospects the feedback he has received from the university’s attorneys. “Parts of it are accurate,” Fedora said when asked if recruits are correctly relaying what they’ve been told. “I mean, you know, if five people go watch a wreck and you interview all five of them asking what they saw, every one of them is going to tell you something different. But it’s going to all be right. “There are parts of that that are right. I feel confident that things are going to turn out good, I really do.” UNC is less than two weeks from the start of the preseason practice. The start of the season is still more than five weeks away. The unknowns, then, will continue to hang over the season, and questions about what the NCAA Committee on Infractions will decide will endure possibly until next February or March or beyond. It’s likely that Fedora and his assistants won’t have definitive answers before National Signing Day in February, when prospects sign binding national letters of intent. Fedora is used to this kind of thing, at least. The questions. The uncertainty. He has dealt with both since he arrived at UNC in early 2012, believing that UNC’s troubles were soon to be in the past. Fedora said Tuesday that he wasn’t worried about speaking too soon — that he wasn’t fearful that his positivity now could come back to haunt him later. If he’s wrong about what the NCAA might do, and if his program does suffer from the fallout related to the NCAA investigation, he could have to answer to the same players and parents he has reassured in recent weeks. Fedora didn’t waver Tuesday, though, and reiterated his confidence that his program will be OK. “It’s my job to set a vision for our program and where we want to go as a program,” he said. “And that’s what I’m doing. And I’m doing that to the best of my ability and to what I know. And so I’m comfortable with what I’m saying and I’m comfortable with what I’m doing. I really am. “If I wasn’t I wouldn’t do it, actually. I’m not going to sell my soul.” ——— ©2015 The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Visit The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) at www.newsobserver.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183
Humphreys, 62, said he had been looking forward "to the most intriguing season for the Thunder," which includes the final year of Kevin Durant's contract, and had no intention of replacing Barry when he changed his mind earlier this month after discussing the job with Cumulus Media management.
Media notes: Craig Humphreys hired to replace Bob Barry Jr. on Sports Animal radio network
BY MEL BRACHT | Jul 21, 2015It took a sudden change of heart for Craig Humphreys to relinquish his job as host of the Oklahoma City Thunder radio broadcasts to replace the late Bob Barry Jr. as morning host on the Sports Animal radio network. Humphreys started work on Monday, but was not officially announced as the permanent host until Wednesday. Humphreys, 62, said he had been looking forward "to the most intriguing season for the Thunder," which includes the final year of Kevin Durant's contract, and had no intention of replacing Barry when he changed his mind earlier this month after discussing the job with Cumulus Media management. "I had no intention of taking the job," he said, "but God kind of changed my mind over a weekend. Bev (his wife) hated going to the Thunder games by herself and I just started to think about how I had missed sports talk over the years." After taking the job as Thunder host in October 2008, Humphreys had given up sports talk, except for an occasional fill-in role. The time off allowed him the opportunity to watch his son, Sam, now a University of Tulsa golfer, compete for Edmond North High School. Humphreys worked with Barry, the KFOR-4 sports director who was killed in a traffic accident on June 13, from 1998-2008 on the Sports Animal and also twice on remotes this spring. "There is no possible way I am replacing him," he said. "There was only one Bob Barry Jr. He was an unbelievable guy. He loved people, and people loved him." Humphreys, who said he agreed to a one-year contract with a company option for the second year, plans to continue to cover The Masters golf tournament, which he has reported on since 1993. The Sports Animal also has hired Chris Baker as program director, replacing Dax Davis, who has joined his former boss, Larry Bastida, at Alpha Media in Palm Springs, Calif. Bastida, who had served as general manager of Cumulus Oklahoma City since 1989, recently was named executive vice president of Alpha Media's western region. Fox Sports promotes Klatt Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt has been promoted to become Fox Sports' lead college analyst, working with play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson. He replaces Charles Davis, who moves to the network's NFL telecasts. Klatt, 33, joined Fox Sports in 2007 as a studio host for Fox Sports Southwest’s college football coverage, and he began calling games in 2009. Klatt teams with Johnson and sideline reporter Molly McGrath on the No. 1 team. The trio’s first assignment comes at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, as Utah hosts Michigan on Fox Sports 1 in Jim Harbaugh's first game as Michigan coach. Taking over for Klatt at the studio desk is former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, joining former NCAA and NFL coach Dave Wannstedt and host Rob Stone. Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn will be a college football game analyst and move to the NFL booth once the college season is over. He will team with Joe Davis and sideline reporter Kris Budden. Short takes •ESPNU is televising its "Top 25 College Football Games of 2014" through Aug. 2. The order of the top five games will be determined by fan voting. Those five games are Baylor over TCU, 61-58; Florida State over Notre Dame, 31-24; Cotton Bowl: Michigan State over Baylor, 42-41; College Football Playoff: Ohio State over Alabama, 42-35; Auburn over Ole Miss, 35-31. •After two seasons on Fox Sports 1, "Fox NFL Kickoff" is jumping to Fox broadcast network at beginning Sept. 13. It will air at 10 a.m., immediately preceding "Fox NFL Sunday." The show’s host and panel are to be announced in coming weeks. •ESPN’s second annual ESPY Day to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research and its new Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund raised more than $3.85 million for cancer research on July 15.
Jul 20, 2015
At the collegiate level, the Big 12 assumes a lead on the topic of safety with this rule, which takes effect immediately for the 2015 season. The current NCAA model allows three contact practices in a week. A contact practice is defined as one where players are tackled to the ground. So “thud” drills, which are popular at Oklahoma State, and drills where another player wraps up another player,...
Big 12 Media Days: Conference takes lead in enhancing player safety
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Jul 20, 2015DALLAS – Dave Wannstedt, the Fox analyst and former football coach – old school football coach – shuttered at one bit of “news of the day” delivered by commissioner Bob Bowlsby from the opening of Big 12 Media Days at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The Big 12 will now limit teams to two days of contact practices per week, including game days, during the season. “The coach in me,” Wannstedt said, “my first response was, ‘Oh wow, here we go again. How are we going to get any better? We’re not going to be good at tackling. We’re not going to be as physical…’” Then, Wannstedt said, as he processed the message, considering the ongoing health concern for players amid so many concussion issues and the trends of the times, even in the NFL, where less contact is the norm, he found himself reversing from his initial reaction. “The safety of players is top priority,” Wannstedt said. “The commissioner made the point, when you look at the Pop Warner leagues, the participation is down 15 percent over the last four years. There’s only one reason for that, there are mothers and fathers who don’t want their kids out there banging heads with someone.” At the collegiate level, the Big 12 assumes a lead on the topic of safety with this rule, which takes effect immediately for the 2015 season. The current NCAA model allows three contact practices in a week. A contact practice is defined as one where players are tackled to the ground. So “thud” drills, which are popular at Oklahoma State, and drills where another player wraps up another player, but doesn’t take him to the ground, won’t count against a team’s contact practice allotment. “We believe it's the right step, and we hope it will become the national rule,” Bowlsby said during his annual address to the media. “Even if it doesn't, we think that that's the right way to conduct our practices. “It's another way in which we're a little different, but our (athletic directors) have felt strongly about it and our coaches have supported. That's our rule moving forward.” Locally, both the Cowboys and Sooners have already dialed back contact in recent years. OSU coach Mike Gundy has been somewhat of a frontrunner in promoting player safety, going so far as moving a physician up to the press box for a broader view on game days. Now the Big 12 has made a league-wide initiative toward greater player safety. During its regular season, the NFL only allows 11 days of contact over the course of 16 games. “We can certainly get by on twice that,” Bowlsby said. And if there have been any grumblings among coaches and players, they weren’t evident Monday. “I’m an aggressive guy, so it doesn’t bother me to go out there and throw my body around,” said Texas Tech defensive lineman Branden Jackson. “But the same time, I understand where they’re coming from, with everything going on with concussions and how they’re affecting players. So I respect where they’re coming from. “If it’s two times we get to hit a week, then on Saturday it’s going to be a lot harder than it was on Monday or Tuesday.” The coaches in Dallas on Monday — Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, Kansas’ David Beaty, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury — downplayed the loss of contact days, with some having adopted similar stances previously on their own. “It’s a model that I’ve been following the past four years,” Holgorsen said. “It’s not going to restrict our practice time whatsoever. The way the model is right now is something that I’ve supported and something we’ve done at West Virginia since I’ve been here.” Still, there may be adjustments necessary at some schools and with some coaches. Same for some players, who have been raised on hard hitting regularly in practices. “It’s definitely different,” said TCU center Joey Hunt. “I grew up playing pee wee football and high school football where we had contact every day.” Said Kansas offensive lineman Jordan Shelley-Smith: “We tackled in flag football, you know? I’m really interested to see how it goes. I just didn’t think it would ever come down to that. Two days, including game days, I just don’t see what you can do with that. “Football is a contact sport. That’s what you do; you play football, you hit each other. We all signed up for it.” Former Oklahoma linebacker Teddy Lehman felt the same way, taking to Twitter to express his displeasure for the new practice limitations. “No more complaining about poor tackling if you think this is a good idea,” Lehman said. And when pushed on the subject, Lehman had more: “Tackling takes contact to practice. You wouldn’t take batting practice without a bat, would you?” Bowlsby insisted that there’s no effort to “sissify” the sport, only an emphasis on player safety and health. “We need to make it a safer game,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we need to sissify it. We all like the contact, but we need to make sure it’s a safer game in the short term and in the long term.” Concussions continue to be a major focus in football, where the NFL faces lawsuits and sad stories of aging players dealing with issues ranging from dementia to suicide. And the impact includes a trickle-down effect, to the high school level and below, with college football in between. There’s an aim on improving helmets and tackling fundamentals that remove the head and neck from impact. And limiting the opportunity for head and neck impact, through fewer contact practices, exists as another option. “A lot of people take it as they’re trying to make the game soft,” said Tech’s Jackson. “Going through college and becoming a little more educated – I hope, since I’m going to graduate in December – I notice that there’s things people want to do, like raise your kids and throw the football around with them later in life. “So anything they can do to help our game become safer, I’m all for it.”
Jul 5, 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local):8:32 p.m.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final.Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson,...
The Latest: VP Biden dotes on grandson as he watches final
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Jul 5, 2015VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local): 8:32 p.m. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final. Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson, Hunter. "Ten minutes, Hunt. Ten minutes," he said as the team inched closer to victory. Biden was asked by a pool reporter if he played soccer as a kid, and he marveled at the growth of the sport. "I played football," he said. "My boys were 5 and 6 and started in a county league. And it went from 50 kids to 600 in three years. I don't even think the high school that I went to had a soccer team." ___ 6:15 p.m. Carli Lloyd has won the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player in the Women's World Cup. Lloyd had a hat trick in the final as the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 and finished with six goals in the tournament. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo won the Golden Gloves award as the top goalkeeper in the tournament. The United States defense was stellar throughout and went 540 minutes between the first match of the group stage and Sunday's final without giving up a goal. Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan won the Best Young Player award and Germany's Celia Sasic won the Golden Boot. ___ 5:51 p.m. The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Americans became the first country with three women's titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what's expected to be their final World Cup appearances. Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick in World Cup history, men's or women's, in the highest scoring Women's World Cup final. Lauren Holiday also scored in the first half and Tobin Heath added a goal in the 54th minute after Japan scored an own goal to cut the deficit to 4-2. ___ 5:36 p.m. Abby Wambach has come on for the United States in what is expected to be her final Women's World Cup appearance. Wambach subbed on in the 79th minute against Japan with the U.S. leading 5-2. Wambach has morphed from being a starter to a late sub off the bench during the tournament, a role that seemed to boost the American attack. Chants of "We want Abby," started around the 65-minute mark. The roar grew when she was called over to the bench in the 75th minute. Wambach isn't the only star making her World Cup farewell. Japan's Homare Sawa came on in the first half. Sawa is playing in her record sixth Women's World Cup. ___ 5:15 p.m. Just when Japan appeared to have a glimmer of hope, Tobin Heath answered back in a hurry for the Americans. Moments after Japan scored on an own goal, Heath scored off a scramble in the penalty area to give the United States a 5-2 lead. Japan had just cut the deficit to 4-2 in the 52nd minute when U.S. defender Julie Johnston's header went past goalkeeper Hope Solo and into the American net. But the U.S. responded briskly with Morgan Brian laying off a pass into the middle of the box where Heath was unmarked. The seven combined goals are the most ever in a Women's World Cup final. ___ 4:50 p.m. Carli Lloyd rewrote the Women's World Cup record book with three goals in the first 16 minutes as the United States took a 4-1 lead at halftime of the final against Japan on Sunday. Lloyd set records for the fastest goal and became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final. She also was the third American woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra, both of which came during the 1991 tournament. Lloyd's hat trick was the fastest in women's or men's World Cup history. Lloyd is also the first American to score goals in four straight World Cup matches. Lauren Holiday's goal in the 14th minute gave the Americans a 3-0 lead and Lloyd scored from midfield moments later. She also had chances at a fourth and possibly fifth goal during the first half. ___ 4:31 p.m. Japan is on the board with a goal from Yuki Ogimi, cutting its deficit to 4-1 and ending the United States' streak of not allowing a goal at 540 minutes. Ogimi scored just before the half-hour mark in Sunday's Women's World Cup final. She out-positioned Julie Johnston for a cross into the U.S. penalty area and beat American goalkeeper Hope Solo with a left-footed shot. The U.S. had not allowed a goal since the opening match of the tournament against Australia. ___ 4:20 p.m. The rout is on. Carli Lloyd scored her third goal of the first half catching Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her line and scoring from midfield as the United States has taken a 4-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the Women's World Cup final. Lloyd scored the two fastest goals in Women's World Cup history, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the match. Lauren Holiday scored to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead when she volleyed a shot past Kaihori after a header from Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu went straight up in the air. Moments later Lloyd took a speculative shot from midfield and completed her hat trick. ___ 4:07 p.m. The United States has taken a 2-0 lead on two goals from captain Carli Lloyd in the first six minutes of the Women's World Cup final against Japan. Lloyd scored in the third minute off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe that was driven low into the penalty box. Lloyd made a run from outside the box and one-touched the shot past Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Moments later, Lloyd scored again off a scramble in the penalty area in the sixth minute after a free kick from the U.S. just outside the Japan penalty area. __ 3:55 p.m. Abby Wambach hopes the "fairytale-like ending," comes on Sunday for not only herself but her U.S. teammates. In an extended monologue interview with Fox Sports, Wambach says, "I hope this is it, not just for me but this entire group of women." Wambach fought back tears throughout the seven-minute interview that was shown prior to the Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan. Wambach says she's not one to often show a vulnerable side but the days are ticking away for her pro soccer career. "I've had the best life and it's all in total because of the friendships I've made. I've literally grown up on this team and the good, the bad and the ugly my teammates have helped me through it all," Wambach said. Wambach was not in the starting lineup for the U.S., but is expected to be one of the first options off the bench. ___ 3:35 p.m. Jill Ellis has no doubt she's made her dad proud. John Ellis served as a commando in the British Marines, and had a long career as a coach, before moving the family to Virginia when Jill was a young girl. The U.S. coach has relied on her father's advice at the Women's World Cup. Ellis faced criticism early on for the team's stagnant offense. But step by step throughout the tournament, the Americans have come together. Now the United States is in the final facing Japan, the team that beat them four years ago at the World Cup in Germany. Ellis has proven adept at shutting out the noise, saying her dad told her when she got into coaching that "50 percent will be with you and 50 percent will be against you." John Ellis is not in Canada for the final. But the 76-year-old does send his daughter texts reading, "Three deep breaths. Keep going." ___ 3:05 p.m. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Vancouver around midday Sunday and met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper prior to attending the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the U.S. Biden led a U.S. delegation to the final that included his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and two former U.S. soccer stars: Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones. Also traveling with the vice president: three of his grandchildren and President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha, according to a pool report. Jill Biden led the delegation to the final in 2011 in Germany which the U.S. lost to Japan, but her husband was absent from that trip. ___ 2:40 p.m. Japan was reeling in the wake of the destructive tsunami that struck the country in March 2011. Its women's soccer team had a World Cup in Germany to prepare for while the country was trying to rebuild. One of the opposing countries that became critical in helping Japan prepare for that World Cup it eventually won with friendlies and joint practices: The United States. Japan coach Norio Sasaki said before Sunday's final that he was thankful for how the U.S. helped Japanese soccer during a "tough situation." This will be the third straight major final between the countries with Japan winning the World Cup in 2011 and the U.S. winning the Olympic final in 2012. The Japanese women became stars and a rallying point for their country in the wake of the tsunami, but interest in the team has waned in the years since. "If we can win, we can make soccer a part of Japanese culture, not just a fad," Japan captain Aya Miyama said. ___ 2 p.m. Vancouver is awash in the stars and stripes. American fans filled the streets of Vancouver on Sunday ahead of the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States. A large number of those fans came from the Pacific Northwest, with easy access from the soccer hotbeds of Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Sounders, Timbers, Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns jerseys were scattered among the crowd of American jerseys with the names "Wambach," ''Leroux" and "Morgan" across the back. But not all were locals. One family riding the train Sunday morning decided to have a family reunion in Vancouver for the final. One part of the family was from Virginia, the other from California. They bought their tickets for the final at halftime of the U.S. semifinal match against Germany when the game was still tied 0-0 in the hopes the U.S. would prevail. They turned out to be right.
Mar 24, 2015
First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that’s your first clue that we didn’t make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it’s 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn’t 80 in Cleveland. Wasn’t Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. […]
Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/nfl-jerseys.jpg]3612481[/img] First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that's your first clue that we didn't make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it's 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn't 80 in Cleveland. Wasn't Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. See, that's the worse news. It snowed on us Monday night in Cleveland, and we're headed somewhere far worse. We're driving to Syracuse. When the Sooners were sent to the Northeast -- Columbus first, which is Midwest from a historical perspective but in truth is in the middle of the state that is the gateway to the American northeast, and then Syracuse -- we decided that if OU won two games and reached the Sweet 16, we'd just stay. Economically, it made sense. We were scheduled to arrive back in Dallas at 7 p.m., then drive home, which would have made it around 10:30. We'd have flown back to Syracuse sometime around noon Wednesday, which meant leaving home at 10 or 10:30. So for one full day and one partial morning back home, we'd have needed another round-trip ticket to a place that's expensive and difficult to reach. So we're driving to Syracuse, where the temperature was 11 degrees when I checked Monday morning. It looks like it might warm up into the 40s by the time the East Regional gets started. Which will be balmy by upstate New York standards. Until we get there, there are a few things to see along the way. CANTON PALACE The Pro Football Hall of Fame sits in Canton, about an hour south of downtown Cleveland, about 90 minutes north of Columbus. I'd been to Canton thrice, for the induction ceremonies of Tommy McDonald (1998), Barry Sanders (2004) and Troy Aikman (2006). I was scheduled to come in 1995, the year Lee Roy Selmon, Steve Largent and Tulsa U.'s Jim Finks were inducted, but I needed a pinch-hitter after a broken leg on the softball diamond the night before my flight. So I'd been to Canton during the fussle and bustle of Induction Weekend, when the grounds are covered with literally tens of thousands of football fans. The induction ceremony just gets bigger and bigger. When I first came, the festivities were conducted on the Hall of Fame's veranda, which is where McDonald gave his famously goofy speech and tossed his Hall of Fame bust into the air to show he still could catch. Fans spilled out on the grassy knoll below the veranda. By 2004, the inductions had moved to Fawcett Stadium, which is adjacent to the Hall of Fame grounds and part of famed Canton McKinley High School. For Sanders' induction, I had a seat in the Fawcett pressbox. Two years later, the party had gotten so big, there was a pecking order for media, and I didn't make the cut. I wasn't in the pressbox; my work space was a room with televisions in the Hall of Fame, though I could roam the stadium during the ceremony. So I was looking forward to seeing the Hall of Fame under a little more sedate conditions. I had come away impressed with the Hall on my previous visits. Even wrote that I thought it was better than the Baseball Hall of Fame, which I visited in 1976 and again in 2000. But I don't know. Didn't wow me this time. Maybe because I had been so much. It's still good. Still a must for NFL fans. Just nothing spectacular. And they got me started with a bad attitude on the opening kickoff. Tickets are $24, which is fine, and for $43, you get a two-day pass that includes admission to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which we plan to go through Tuesday. Seemed like a fine deal. But the gougers at Canton charge you $10 to park. I can understand paying to park. If you're in Midtown Manhattan. If you're in an urban downtown. If you're on a college campus. If you're on Main Street in Hometown, America, and the meter needs a quarter. But $10 to park in a spacious lot on an Ohio hillside? The Hall of Fame fundamentally is a place of business. You are there to spend money. They are not doing you a favor by letting you come on their land. You are doing them a favor. Sort of like the parking charge at Frontier City in OKC. Drives me nuts. Anyway, we went through the Hall of Fame, and here are my impressions on my first leisurely stroll through the Canton shrine: * The most interesting room is the Hall of Fame Gallery, which includes the busts of all the inductees. Do you remember the M*A*S*H episode where Frank and Hot Lips give Col. Potter an anniversary gift of a wooden bust of Potter? The Korean sculptor, who doubles as a trinket salesman, makes the Colonel look a little too Korean. I thought of the episode when I walked through the Hall's gallery. Some of those guys didn't look much like themselves. We started a playing a little game. Someone would cover the name, and I'd try to guess who the inductee was. I got Frank Gifford, and some of the later guys. But man, this wasn't a tiptop job. Some of that can be blamed on the lighting. The gallery is darkened, with individual lights shone on each bust, but not a bright light. More like a pinball light. As if they don't want fans to be able to see the unlikenesses. Some were OK. Tom Landry, sans fedora, looks just like himself. Jerry Rice. A few others. * The best part of the Hall of Fame is the uniforms. From old to new, uniforms are the best part of football memorabilia. In fact, I have a suggestion for the Hall of Fame. Dedicate a room to the uniform progression of each team. Showing the Packers through the years. The Broncos. The Buccaneers. That would be the most popular exhibit by far. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/ssu.jpg]3612527[/img] * Lots of artifacts, which generally don't do much for me. A football shoe in 1952 compared to a football shoe in 2012 doesn't do much for me. But you still find nuggets. Like this: Larry Allen's football helmet from Sonoma State, an sUs type logo on the helmet that looks exactly like the vintage oSu logo on Oklahoma State helmets from the '70s. Somebody was trademark infringing, I promise you. This would be the second OSU/Sonoma State connection I know. Our man A.C. Slater of Thunder writing fame grew up in northern California and attended Sonoma State before transferring to OSU. * The Hall of Fame doesn't have nearly enough interactive video. Some, but not enough. You'd think you could go to a kiosk, punch up a team and view the 10 most memorable plays in Kansas City Chiefs history. But no. There's a big theater room that repeatedly plays "The Road to the Super Bowl," a 17-minute video that is falseness in advertising. It's not the road to anything. It's the Super Bowl itself. A 17-minute video about the most recent Super Bowl, except I guess we're a little too close to last Feb. 1, because they don't have the new video completed. We sat through a 17-minute video of the Seattle-Denver rout of 14 months ago. I thought the video was good, but nothing you can't see on NFL Network several times a day. A far better video was a seven-minute video shown while you're waiting in line to enter the theater room, this one about training camp. Lots of vintage footage of Vince Lombardi and Tom Coughlin and the like, from training camps through the years. I thought that was interesting. * To show you how the nation is spiraling into a place it doesn't want to go, the bottom level is billed as an interactive gallery. Ryan Aber remembers it as a place where kids could go and throw football and kick footballs and such. Now, it's all video-game based. You don't go onto a set and feel like you're throwing a football in Lambeau Field. You sit down with computer controls and simulate on a screen. I swear, if our nation ever falls, it's going to be computer-based. A foreign power will infiltrate our computer systems and we won't even know it. We'll be sitting inside somewhere, not paying attention. * I asked each of my pals what they thought of the Hall. Aber had been once, as a young adult. John Shinn had been as a kid. Guerin Emig never had been. Aber: Good, since it had a lot of Packers stuff. Shinn: Too much Packers stuff. (He's a Bears man.) "A lot of cool artifacts, and I like artifacts." Shinn liked Joe Namath's knee brace from Super Bowl 3 and seeing old logos, like a goofy Cleveland Browns from what I assume was the '50s. Emig: "Helps to be a Steelers fan." He liked the game-worn jerseys. Maybe it helps to have devotion to one team. Then you can revel in all the aspects of that team. All the guys took photos of the busts and memorabilia associated with their favorite team. I don't have a favorite team. I just like the NFL. Like the games. I almost always pick out somebody I want to win, but it's not like I'm a Packer fan, or a Ram fan, or a Giant fan. At the admission desk, they ask your zip code and your favorite team. I said, 73071 and whoever's playing the Redskins. I don't like Daniel Snyder. * The gift shop is big-time good. I could spend a lot of money in there. Old-fashioned pennants and banners for each team were unbelievably cool. A vintage Joe Namath jersey. Lots of good stuff. But I'm never tempted. Didn't buy anything. * The Hall seems to have moved away from some of its ties to the prehistoric era. When I first came 17 years ago, there was a ton of tribute to Jim Thorpe. I even wrote a column about it. Now a huge Thorpe mural adorns the wall and a big Thorpe statue sits in the rotunda, but that's about it. Thorpe was huge in Canton, because he signed with the Canton Bulldogs and helped found what became the NFL. So all in all, I'd have to say I was disappointed. Maybe the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame will be better. PRESIDENTIAL MISFIRE When we were down in Columbus, something made us think of President William McKinley and made us assume he was from Ohio, even though we didn't really know. And I forgot to look it up. Then we drove to Canton, and presto, it made sense. Canton McKinley High School. Then we saw the signs. McKinley Library and Museum. So I hatched a plan when we got to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I told the guys I would take the car, go through the McKinley museum, then come back and get them. That way, I'd see something I'd never seen, and we could save that ridiculous $10 parking charge. But they talked me out of it. Said we'd go through the Hall of Fame, then go to the presidential library. OK. But we left the Hall at 3:50 p.m., looked up the McKinley library, and it closed at 4 p.m. Bummer. As you know, I went to the Truman Library a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City and enjoyed it. And I knew quite a bit about Harry Truman. I don't know much of anything about William McKinley, other than he was assassinated and he was president through the Spanish-American War victory. So I looked it up. Here's a quick history lesson. McKinley was the 25th president, serving from March 4, 1897, to September 1901, six months into his second term. He was assassinated in Buffalo. His vice president, Teddy Roosevelt, became president. McKinley raised protective tariffs (I'm against that) and maintained the gold standard for the U.S. (I'm for that). Even cooler, McKinley was the last president to have served in the Civil War, after which he settled in Canton, practiced law and eventually was elected to Congress. McKinley eventually became Ohio's governor and ran for president in 1896, defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan. McKinley was generally a popular president, economic growth marked his years in the White House and the Spanish-American War brought the U.S. all kinds of territories, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico and even Hawaii to some degree. But on Sept. 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American, who was part anarchist, gunned down McKinley in Buffalo. I wish I had gone through the museum, so I could know why we remember John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald but not Leon Czolgosz. Next time I'm in Canton, I'll be at the McKinley library, not at the hall of fame that sits next to McKinley's football field. OHIO HILLS Eastern Ohio is not flat. It's hard to find level ground. Lots of rolling hills. The drive from Columbus to Canton was nice, with lots of scenic farms and the such. After we left Canton, we drove through Akron, and the University of Akron's new football stadium (constructed in 2009) sits hard by the interstate. The Zips play at OU in September, and their football stadium is very nice. Looks much more traditional (which means better) than, say, North Texas' new stadium at the I-35 fork in Denton. Akron is coached by Terry Bowden, so there's that angle. Akron played in the historic Rubber Bowl -- Firestone Tires, remember, is headquartered in Akron -- but it was miles from campus and in need of constant renovation. So the school built a new stadium. I've never heard that Akron had a big rival, but Kent State is only 10 miles away. I never realized Kent was so close to the Cleveland/Akron area. I looked it up, and yep, Kent State is the big rival for Akron. I guess I could have asked Darnell Mayberry; he once covered the Zips for the Akron Beacon Journal. Traffic wasn't bad through the Canton/Akron area, despite it being 4-5 p.m. I would have guessed we'd have hit some bad traffic. Akron is a big place. The fifth-largest city in Ohio, trailing the big C's (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati) and Toledo. (Dayton ranks sixth, Canton eighth, Youngstown ninth). The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, which I assume includes Canton, had a 2010 population of 703,000. And of course, Akron and Canton are included in Cleveland's metro population, which counts 3.5 million residents and ranks 18th in America. We were headed to a Fairfield Inn in Streetsboro, Ohio, a southeast suburb of Cleveland. Got an $82 rate. We all had some work to do, and Ryan said he needed a drink before we checked in. So I looked it up, and there was a Sonic right across the street from our hotel. Sometimes clean living pays off. LOCAL FARE We had no dining knowledge. None. We could go chain, or go adventuring. So we went adventuring. Walked into a place called Jerzees, a sports grill near the Hall of Fame. It was pretty desolate, but turns out a good choice. They had a chicken wing special; 49 cents each. I got eight wings and fries. Ryan and I ate for $15 combined. Can't beat that. And it was good. For a late dinner, Guerin, Ryan and I drove down the road to a place called Rockne's. Sort of a local Chili's type place. Except I hate Chili's, so don't judge it by that. Yep, the place is named after Knute Rockne, for no good reason that we could tell. Rockne grew up in Chicago, got famous at Notre Dame and was killed by a plane crash in Kansas. Don't know what any of that has to do with Streetsboro, Ohio. The girls working at Rockne's were nice. One of them's grandmother lives in Oklahoma, but she didn't know where. Which I thought was both sad and illuminating. I had a steak salad, which was decent. I wish I had ordered the pork wings. I didn't know pigs had wings. Sort of gives new meaning to the term, when pigs fly. The place was decent. We could have gone to an Applebee's or a Ruby Tuesday, but what's the fun in that? MORE STREAMING In my hotel room, I watched the OU-Stanford women's game on my computer. The internet connection was hit and miss. When I put the game on full screen, it often got fuzzy. When I kept it partial screen, I had a tougher time seeing. I also got a good email from reader Curtis Ray, who tried to educate me on watching games while travelling. I appreciated his suggestions and thought I would pass them on: "I travel a lot and have the regular League Pass through Cox that also includes League Pass Broadband. Good hotel internet equals good quality playback. Obviously, your hotel’s internet was indeed terrible if it was buffering like you described. If the hotel is still using DSL, you’ll have issues. DSL is cheap compared to cable and FIOS, so many hotel owners choose it at their properties to save themselves money as well as force their guests to purchase their overpriced Lodgenet movies they offer instead of allowing guests to stream their own using Netflix, Hulu. Etc. "Now, if the Thunder game is also being shown on NBATV that night, keep in mind that it will not be available on League Pass. Silly rule, but it has something to do with the NBA’s blackout policy. To combat this problem since the Thunder has several NBATV games, I purchased a SlingBox that you can easily connect to your cable or satellite box. I bought mine at Best Buy, but you can get it at other places as well. You can then connect remotely via broadband and stream, watch and control your own TV from anywhere, in HD. So if the Thunder is on NBATV, no problem. I tap into the Slingbox and turn the channel to Cox 722 and watch It on Fox Sports Oklahoma. "Slingbox also has an app so you can watch your home TV from a smartphone or tablet. I sometimes watch local news, an OU or OSU basketball game, or pretty much anything I would watch at home that I cannot get on the hotel TV in whatever city I’m in. "One important detail, though. Whatever TV at home that you hook the Slingbox up to will be the one you control remotely. I now connect mine to my home office TV cable box since no one in my family is watching that one when I’m gone. I used to have it on my bedroom TV, but my wife isn’t a big basketball fan and didn’t want to be forced to watch the Thunder game on that TV when I was connected and watching from out of town. (I still love her though.) "I saw you mention watching the game and the limited screen size of your computer. I always bring an HDMI cable and connect my laptop to one of the hotel TV’s HDMI ports and change the input. Now, you can watch the game on league pass or through the Slingbox on your hotel TV! It’s now like having Fox Sports Oklahoma right there on your hotel TV. There are a handful of hotels that have disabled their remotes or use universal remotes that don’t have the input selector. But you can typically find it the side of the TV itself near the volume and power buttons. "I especially love the league pass app while in Vegas. I can place very small wagers on various NBA games that night and watch them all in my hotel room upstairs instead of having to sit in the sports book with all the idiots. I also like that league pass archives the games, so if I fly or drive at night during a game, I can watch the archive from the start on league pass after arriving at my hotel…that hopefully has decent internet of course. "I’ve been doing this double tiered League Pass/Slingbox method since 2005-2006 when the Hornets were here. Hotel internet was horrific than and is still awful at some properties today. However, if you are fortunate to stay at a hotel with a decent internet speed, you won’t have the buffering and start/stop/start problems." Now that's what I call information. I'm going to be lost for awhile on Slingbox and HDMI cables and the such. But League Pass comes with an archive function? That means when I get to my hotel room Tuesday night, I can hook up and watch Thunder-Lakers from the beginning? It's like DVR on the road. Great information, Curtis.
Mar 19, 2015
Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday:___BUFFALO MOJOOne thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia.Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52."It's like have you seen...
Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Mar 19, 2015Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ BUFFALO MOJO One thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia. Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52. "It's like have you seen "Space Jam?" Buffalo's Xavier Ford said. "It's like playing against the Monstars." Beating Kentucky for a half didn't provide the Bulls a blueprint for finishing the job. "You got to do everything right against a team like that," Ford said. "No mistakes It's basketball. Any team could get beat on any given night. But a team like that you would have to be doing everything right. I don't know if anybody can answer that question." The Bulls also played at Wisconsin, and led at the half before losing by 12. "We feel like we played the best of the best," Shannon Evans said. "So going into this tournament, we know that we can hang with the best." — Ralph D. Russo ___ CAMEROON TO LAS CRUCES It was only three years ago that Pascal Siakam got serious about basketball, and now he's the second-leading scorer for New Mexico State and the Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year. The native of Douala, Cameroon, thought his future was in soccer until he attended a basketball camp on a lark. Turns out he was a natural, so he dropped soccer and turned his focus to basketball. In 2012, he moved to the United States to attend God's Academy near Dallas, where he played organized ball for the first time. "I was OK," Siakam said Thursday. "It wasn't something real serious. I was playing to have fun, and it gave me an opportunity to come to the United States and continue my education, so I just took it." Siakam knew he could get his education paid for if he were good enough at basketball. His brother James played basketball at Vanderbilt until last year. Pascal has a bright future. The 6-foot-9 forward averages 13 points, a team-best 7.7 rebounds and is one of the top big men in Division I in shooting, at 57.7 percent. "I didn't have a lot of offers," he said. "A lot of people didn't know about me. New Mexico State came, and it's been a great fit for me. There are a lot of international students there, and I felt it could be good for me." — Eric Olson ___ WELCOME HOME, DAMON Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire came home for the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament opener. Stoudamire was born Portland and was a standout at Wilson High School before playing for Arizona from 1991-95. He spent eight seasons playing for the Portland Trail Blazers as a pro. Arizona senior guard T.J. McConnell credited Stoudamire, coach Sean Miller and his father with making him into the point guard he is. "I'm the luckiest guy to have him as a coach," McConnell said about Stoudamire. "Glad we have a chance to let him come back home." The second-seeded Wildcats faced No. 15 seed Texas Southern at the Moda Center, which is the Trail Blazers' home court. — Anne M. Peterson. ___ INJURED RAM Virginia Commonwealth standout guard Briante Weber is not letting a season-ending knee injury stop him from being part of the NCAA Tournament. Weber was as active as anybody during the Rams' practice at Portland's Moda Center a day before seventh-seeded VCU faced No. 10 seed Ohio State in the round of 64. He broke down team huddles and hobbled around the court on crutches, talking to coaches and giving teammates advice. The senior suffered a season-ending right knee injury in a loss to Richmond on Jan. 31, tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Even without the face of its havoc-causing defense, VCU got hot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and beat Dayton in the title game. The Rams dedicated the championship to their injured leader, who helped cut down the nets during an emotional celebration. Despite his injury, Weber wants to do everything he can to give his team a lift. "It's not easy. There's days where I get down and want to just think about myself," Weber said. "It's definitely bigger than me right now." — Antonio Gonzalez. ___ BO AND BRACKETS Bo Ryan clearly knows basketball. On Tuesday, he was named one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award. Don't, however, ask the Wisconsin coach for help filling out your bracket. First off, he's busy getting the top-seeded Badgers ready for their first NCAA tournament game on Friday night against Coastal Carolina. He wouldn't have much in the way of valuable advice, either. "Have I been asked? Yeah, I've had people ask, but I tell them to just talk to the secretary at the office that won it four of the last five years," Ryan said Tuesday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. "She's better at it then all these experts." Ryan did admit to having students in a class on basketball he once taught at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville fill out brackets "for bragging rights." Ryan would grade them and tell them who won. But he's never filled out a bracket or doled out any serious guidance. "Some people did, like it was a Catholic school, 'Oh, they're going to win.' If it was an animal — a nice cute animal — they were going to pick that team. And those people have won." — Genaro C. Armas. ___ TOURNAMENT POLITICS Everyone knows that politics can be every bit as cutthroat as sports. When you combine the two? Well, you get the spat between New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Kansas counterpart Derek Schmidt that erupted this week. Balderas brazenly predicted that New Mexico State, the No. 15 seed in the Midwest, would not only knock off second-seeded Kansas in its tournament opener Friday, but then beat seventh-seeded Wichita State — another school from the Sunflower State — to reach the Sweet 16. The Shockers play No. 10 seed Indiana in another second-round game in Omaha, Nebraska. That certainly didn't go over well with Schmidt, who graduated from tradition-rich Kansas. Schmidt called the prediction "baseless" and said that Balderas has much to learn since taking office in January. "As a new attorney general, Mr. Balderas clearly has much to learn about Kansas basketball," Schmidt said. "I wish him all the best in pondering these philosophical matters at length during the free time he will have next week after his team has departed the tournament." — Dave Skretta. ___ HOBBLED GEORGIA Kenny Gaines sat at his locker, his left foot bundled up in a heating pad and warm towels. Yes, the injury bug that plagued Georgia much of the season has followed the Bulldogs to Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament. Gaines sprained the foot in practice and missed the regular-season finale against Auburn. He returned to the lineup against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, only to re-aggravate the injury and miss the semifinal loss to Arkansas. He said he's day to day, and it's unclear how effective he'll be if he plays Friday in the East Region opener against Michigan State. "It's just something that comes with the game," Gaines said. "I mean, it is what it is. You've just got to play through it. We've got a couple of more weeks in the season and I'll be able to find a little rest." Coach Mark Fox said Gaines had treatment when the team arrived at the hotel Wednesday night, then again before breakfast and once more by trying to keep the foot warm before Thursday's practice. Gaines looked OK while shooting with the team at the end of practice, working on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and one-dribble pull-ups. His status will depend on how his foot responds, though Fox said he expected Gaines would be able to play. Gaines is the team's No. 2 scorer at 11.6 points per game. He's had a bumpy year that included missing much of the preseason due to illness, then suffering a shoulder injury in December that fortunately coincided with a two-week break and didn't keep him out of any games. In all, regular starters have combined for 20 missed games due to injury this year. "I feel like one of these days," Gaines said, "things will turn around for us." — Aaron Beard. ___ BYRDS OF A FEATHER Belmont Bruins coach Rick Byrd's father, Ben, was a former sportswriter whose career helped shape his life — eventually leading to him becoming a basketball coach. Ben Byrd worked for the Knoxville Journal as a beat writer covering Tennessee basketball and SEC football, and he'd regularly bring young Rick to college basketball and football games. As a young boy, Rick would eat it up. He'd sell programs before Tennessee men's basketball games and then scramble just before tipoff to find a seat under the press table by his father's feet, where he would settle in to watch games. "I would go sit under my dad on the edge of the court and watch great basketball games with Adolph Rupp's Kentucky teams and Pete Maravich and that kind of stuff," Byrd said. "I have to give him credit — or blame — for what I ended up doing." — Steve Reed.
Media report: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide future with teamMar 6, 2015
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide whether or not he will return to the Cowboy football program next season, coach Mike Gundy told FOX Sports Southwest on Friday. The Cowboys also begin spring practice on Monday. “He’s got some decisions to make,” said Gundy in David Ubben’s report. “He […]
Media report: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide future with team
Kyle Fredrickson | Mar 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2015/03/029f4fe8946ca91557d3e5733bf7b4f7.jpg]3593869[/img] STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide whether or not he will return to the Cowboy football program next season, coach Mike Gundy told FOX Sports Southwest on Friday. The Cowboys also begin spring practice on Monday. “He’s got some decisions to make,” said Gundy in David Ubben’s report. “He could very well be with us or he could decide, ‘Hey, I want an opportunity to go and be the main guy at another school,’ so we just kind of have to play it by ear and see how it works.” Garman, a senior, enters the 2015 season third on the Cowboys’ quarterback depth chart behind starter Mason Rudolph and backup J.W. Walsh. Garman started eight games last year after Walsh went down with a season-ending injury in week two against Missouri State. The Cowboys went 4-4 in that strech. Garman’s passing statistics:152-of-277 (54.9 percent), 2,041 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In his final start against Texas, a 28-7 loss, Garman was sacked seven times (to bring his season total to 25) and suffered a concussion that opened the door for Rudolph to become the Cowboys’ starter. More from Gundy’s interview with FOX Sports Southwest: “He’s got to decide what he wants to do for his career and we’ve asked him to do that before spring ball starts, so we’ll know something from him the first of the week.” “I want him to do whatever he thinks is best for himself. Selfishly, we would love for Daxx to be here, but he could decide he wants to go somewhere else and I don’t think it would surprise anybody. He did a great job for us last year and made some plays for us at times. We couldn’t protect him at all.” A source confirmed to The Oklahoman that Garman is on track to graduate in May 2015. If he were to enroll in a graduate program at another Division-I program, he would be immediately eligible to play next season. Garman, born and raised in the Oklahoma City area, transferred three times as a high school football player: from Choctaw to Carl Albert to Jones to Southlake Carroll (Texas). He spent one redshirt season at Arizona in 2011 before coming to OSU. You can read about Garman’s long and winding journey to becoming a Cowboy here.
Jan 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play."Something I'd worked on for most of my adult life was coming to an end, and it was really depressing, the unknown," says George, a Heisman Trophy winner who played for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys from 1996 to 2005.George used his landscape...
NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs
By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, Associated Press | Jan 21, 2015NEW YORK (AP) — As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play. "Something I'd worked on for most of my adult life was coming to an end, and it was really depressing, the unknown," says George, a Heisman Trophy winner who played for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys from 1996 to 2005. George used his landscape architecture degree from Ohio State University to help found the Edge Group, a company that does landscaping and design projects in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, and Nashville, Tennessee. Many pro football players would like to start their own businesses after they leave the field, and now they can seek help from programs specifically designed to help retired athletes navigate the obstacles of entrepreneurship. For some, building a business is a lifestyle choice. They want to keep working. Others need to earn a living. Although the minimum NFL salary this year is $420,000, many players don't make the big money for very long. The average football career is 3.5 years, according to the players union, the NFL Players Association. The NFL says it is six years. George was 30 when he retired, and many players are out of the game at a younger age. The money they earn in a short playing career isn't enough to last. ___ ANSWERING A NEED A branch of the players union called The Trust sponsors entrepreneurship workshops at Babson College. The NFL has a similar program at some of the country's top business schools. Trust founders "felt there was a void in the entrepreneurial space, the obvious need for our players to learn more about owning their own businesses," says Bahati VanPelt, executive director of the organization, which was started in 2013. He says football players have skills that help them as entrepreneurs: They know how to work toward a goal, be team members and achieve something even when the odds are stacked against them. Both programs introduce players to small-business basics, including how to evaluate whether entrepreneurship is for them and how to analyze balance sheets. ___ GOING BACK TO SCHOOL PAYS OFF George's path to business ownership began when he was about halfway through his NFL days. He had left Ohio State for the Oilers before graduating and decided while recovering from a foot injury to finish his degree. He earned it in 2001. "I didn't know when or how my career was going to end. I wanted to prepare myself," he says. George and four business partners launched the Edge in 2002. George expected to focus on design, but found himself doing marketing and seeking new clients. By the time the recession hit in 2007, the company had revenue of about $3 million. But when the real estate market collapsed, landscape design wasn't a priority for corporate clients. George and his partners cut the payroll by 30 percent to keep the company alive. The Edge's revenue has returned to pre-recession levels, says George, who has also been a college football analyst on Fox Sports and earned an MBA from Northwestern University in 2011. ___ LEARNING THE NUTS AND BOLTS Deuce McAllister, a running back with the New Orleans Saints from 2001 to 2009, has co-owned businesses, including a trucking operation, a real estate development company, a car dealership and restaurants in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans. He started the trucking company soon after he was picked in the first round of the 2001 draft, using his signing bonus to finance it. McAllister grew up in a small business family — his father also was in trucking — so entrepreneurship seemed like a natural path. He has had mixed success. The car dealership, which opened in 2005 failed within five years because of the recession. But condos that his real estate business developed are running at about 90 percent of capacity, and the company is also involved in commercial development. Looking back, he says, he didn't have the right partners to keep the dealership going through the recession. He realizes his football player's optimism may have prevented him from closing the showroom sooner. "As a player, you always think you can get a first down. That can hurt you to a fault," he says. McAllister learned from that failure that a business like selling cars, which demanded he be at the dealership daily, didn't fit with his desire to be involved with several businesses at once. At a Babson workshop, he got a better understanding of what it takes to run a company. "When the accountants and I are going through (profit and loss statements), I'm going to understand what they're saying," McAllister says. ___ YOU'RE THE BOSS NOW Ainsley Battles' football career and its unexpected end helped him prepare for entrepreneurship's unpredictability. Battles has been working on Joccupation.com, a social media site for athletes, since a hamstring injury sidelined him for good in 2004. He spent four seasons as a safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Battles had partners in the beginning, but when the first version of the site failed during the recession, they couldn't agree on how to change it. So now he works on his own, hoping to take on new partners. He wants to make Joccupation an online community where athletes can share their experiences with each other and non-players as well. Battles, who teaches high school social studies in Lawrenceville, Georgia, while working on his company, learned at a Babson workshop that he has to be the one in charge. "We're used to being on the field," he says. "As an entrepreneur, we're moving into the front office." ___ www.babson.edu www.playerstrust.com www.nflplayerengagement.com/life/bme ___ Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg .
A quick look at three former NFL players who went back to school to learn how to be entrepreneurs:EDDIE GEORGERunning back with the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys from 1996 to 2005 after playing for Ohio State University. Won the Heisman Trophy in 1995. Retired with 10,441 yards rushing and 78 touchdowns.Co-owns The Edge Group, company that does landscaping and design...
A snapshot of 3 former NFL players turned entrepreneurs
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jan 21, 2015A quick look at three former NFL players who went back to school to learn how to be entrepreneurs: EDDIE GEORGE Running back with the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys from 1996 to 2005 after playing for Ohio State University. Won the Heisman Trophy in 1995. Retired with 10,441 yards rushing and 78 touchdowns. Co-owns The Edge Group, company that does landscaping and design projects in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio, and Nashville, Tennessee. Has done television work including college football analyst on Fox and the reality show "I Married a Baller" on TVOne. Acted in roles including Othello and Julius Caesar with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. DEUCE MCALLISTER Running back with the New Orleans Saints from 2001 and 2008 after playing for the University of Mississippi. Retired as the Saints' all-time leading rusher, with 6,096 yards and 54 touchdowns. Co-owns Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap and franchise restaurants in New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi. Co-owns a trucking operation and real estate developer in Jackson. AINSLEY BATTLES Safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars between 2000 and 2004 after playing for Vanderbilt University. Had 69 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions returned for 32 yards. Retired following a hamstring injury. Owns Joccupation.com, a social media site for athletes, teaches high school social studies in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Oklahoma football: Coordinator candidate Sonny Cumbie has prior relationships with Trevor Knight, Baker MayfieldJan 7, 2015
NORMAN — As Oklahoma’s 2015 offensive coordinator search begins, there’s already a name floating around pretty prominently. Andrew Gilman of Fox Sports Southwest reported that TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie was in town visiting with OU coaches Wednesday. Cumbie has little play calling experience. He was co-offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, where head coach Kliff […]
Oklahoma football: Coordinator candidate Sonny Cumbie has prior relationships with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield
Jason Kersey | Jan 7, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/01/Cumbie-2.jpg]3537444[/img] NORMAN -- As Oklahoma's 2015 offensive coordinator search begins, there's already a name floating around pretty prominently. Andrew Gilman of Fox Sports Southwest reported that TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie was in town visiting with OU coaches Wednesday. Cumbie has little play calling experience. He was co-offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, where head coach Kliff Kingsbury called plays, and spent last season at TCU, where Doug Meacham called plays. Because Bob Stoops said he wants an experienced offensive coordinator with an established system, it's possible that he's looking at Cumbie as a quarterbacks coach that could get a co-coordinator title without playcalling responsibility. Cumbie worked with Baker Mayfield in 2013, when Cumbie was Texas Tech's co-offensive coordinator and Mayfield was a true freshman starter for the Red Raiders. But did you know that Cumbie is also tight with Trevor Knight's family? I interviewed George Knight -- Trevor's dad -- for a story back in October about how Trevor nearly committed to TCU during the spring of his junior year of high school. But during that conversation, George mentioned that he knew Cumbie, who was in his first year as TCU's co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014. Trevor Knight attended the Air It Out passing camp in Abilene, Texas, while he was a high schooler, and Sonny Cumbie -- then a Texas Tech assistant -- was there watching. "I basically hung out with Sonny Cumbie for three days during the Air It Out camp in Abilene, and we became very close," George Knight said. In 2013, when Texas Tech played at Oklahoma, George walked down close to the field and called Cumbie over to say hello. "He came over and gave me a huge hug over the wall before the game," George remembered. Trevor Knight fell in love with Oklahoma, but George said his family had as good a relationship with Cumbie as they did with any other coach during the recruiting process.
Heritage Hall to face Cushing at 7 p.m. Friday
Media notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus to air Class 3A championship game
By Mel Bracht | Dec 17, 2014Fox Sports Oklahoma has added the Class 3A football championship to its program schedule and will televise the Heritage Hall vs. Cushing at 7 p.m. Friday on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus due to overlap with the Thunder-Lakers telecast on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Jeremie Poplin (play-by-play), Mark Rodgers (analyst) and Mike Ziegenhorn (sideline reporter) will call the game from Stillwater High School. Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus is used by FSOK to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels and is available to all video providers that carry the network. The game also will be replayed at 5 p.m. Saturday on FSOK. ESPN2 to air women’s volleyball Final Four ESPN2 will televise the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball semifinals and final from Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday, BYU will face No. 2 seed Texas in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. and No. 1 Stanford will play No. 5 Penn State, the defending national champions, in the second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. The winners will meet for the national title at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Beth Mowins will call the matches with analyst Karch Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and reporter Holly Rowe. Short takes The Thunder will make two more national appearances this week as part of the late game on network doubleheaders. On Thursday, TNT will air Oklahoma City at Golden State at 9:30 p.m. (Marv Albert, Chris Webber and reporter Lewis Johnson). On Friday, ESPN will air the Thunder’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Mark Jackson and reporter J.A. Adande). Both games also will air on FSOK (Brian Davis, Michael Cage and reporter Lesley McCaslin). NBA TV’s “The Association: Los Angeles Clippers” will debut at 5 p.m. Wednesday with an in-depth look at the team as it contends with high expectations in the competitive Western Conference. The episode, which features coach Doc Rivers and stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, among others, is the second installment in a season-long series featuring a variety of NBA teams. The NFL moves to Saturday this week with two telecasts. The NFL Network will air Philadelphia at Washington at 3:30 p.m. (Kevin Harland, Rich Gannon and reporter Stacey Dales). CBS and The NFL Network will air San Diego at San Francisco at 7:25 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and reporter Jenny Dell).
Dec 6, 2014
Mateen Cleaves now works as an in-studio analyst on Pistons coverage for Fox Sports Detroit, and serves as a co-host for Sirius XM radio and a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network.
Collected Wisdom: Mateen Cleaves, former Michigan State and NBA player and in-studio analyst
Interviewed by Darnell Mayberry, email@example.com | Dec 6, 2014Mateen Cleaves grew up 66 miles northwest of Detroit, in the industrial and no-nonsense city of Flint, Michigan. A McDonald’s High School All-American, Cleaves went on to lead Michigan State to the 2000 national championship. He is the school’s only three-time All-American. Cleaves was the 14th overall pick by Detroit in the 2000 NBA Draft and had stints with Sacramento, Cleveland and Seattle. Cleaves now works as an in-studio analyst on Pistons coverage for Fox Sports Detroit, and serves as a co-host for Sirius XM radio and a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network. Growing up in Flint, it was tough because it’s a tough area. But growing up in Flint made me who I am. It’s a hard-working town. Having that attitude, I think that’s what helped me in sports; being a competitor. Always not wanting to lose and having to fight for everything that I wanted. It was very competitive. Growing up in Flint, all we had, we didn’t have much here but it was sports. We took our sports serious. That’s just the attitude. We’re very prideful people. To be a Flintstone, that means you’re a hard worker. You’re a competitor. You fear nobody. We’re not going to back down from nobody. I was blessed to have two parents that kept me on the straight and narrow path. And I was the youngest of five siblings. So my big brothers and sister definitely helped me. I benefited from being the youngest child. I always ran up under my brothers. When they went to the park to play ball, I was right behind them. In the backyard, whether it was football or basketball, I always ran up under my brothers. I always played against older guys. And then when I was playing against people my age, I was a little more advanced because my brothers kept me ahead of the game. My role models coming up, guys I looked up to were Isiah Thomas because he was the leader of the Bad Boys. I benefited from watching them play every night. Magic Johnson because he is from Michigan. I always tried to keep up with him. And Steve Smith. I took a liking to him. He was one of my favorites. So I probably had three. My oldest brother Keith taught me how to play. He’s much older than me. He came back from the military and he would make us jog through the city and run and do pull-ups and exercise at the parks. He always took us out and made us play against grown men. A.J. Guyton at Indiana always made me better. He was a tough guard. He was a very talented player. I knew I had to bring it anytime I went up against him. My best teammate I probably ever had was Chris Webber. That was in Sacramento. Not only was he so talented and made the game easier for everybody else, but also who he was as a person. He was a hard worker and a humble guy. He treated everybody like he wanted to be treated. That lets you know how special he is to me because I don’t hang out with Wolverines like that. Every time people see us together they look at us like, ‘What are you guys doing together?’ But that’s like my big brother. He was in my wedding, and I was in his. The friendship goes beyond basketball. Tom Izzo, to me, is priceless. Great coach. A better person. Along with my mom and dad, he helped mold me into a good person and instilled values in me that are helping me right now as a 37-year-old man. If I got any regrets, it’s probably not getting the playing time that I wanted in the NBA. The business part of the league, I don’t care for. You grow up playing basketball in parks and it’s fun. But sometimes when you get to the NBA and it can be political and it can be a business. I’m not bitter about it, but I do understand it. The game has changed. I was more of a throwback, a pass-first guy. I think it started really changing with Allen Iverson. I think we had the last of the dying breed with Jason Kidd. We got Chris Paul, and he might be the closest thing to it. But he can go out and get 25 (points) if he has to. But I think that pass-first point guard, Jason Kidd might have been the last of a dying breed on that note. I sat in every seat. I’ve been the best player on a team. I’ve been a role player on a team. I’ve been the guy not playing on the team. I’ve been cut from teams. So now, being a broadcaster I can relate to any guy on that team. I’ve always been a people person that likes to talk anyway. So doing broadcasting and doing radio has been pretty much an easy transition for me.
Dec 6, 2014
IT’S that time of year, so any wish list might as well as stretch from cap to stockings and way beyond. This seems to be the thinking of Oklahoma’s Long Range Capital Planning Commission. It recommends that lawmakers approve a $349 million bond issue to address just the “critical” parts of state government’s capital improvements list. The money would cover 53 projects spanning 11 state...
ScissorTales: One Oklahoma agency's Christmas wish list
The Oklahoman Editorials | Dec 6, 2014IT’S that time of year, so any wish list might as well as stretch from cap to stockings and way beyond. This seems to be the thinking of Oklahoma’s Long Range Capital Planning Commission. It recommends that lawmakers approve a $349 million bond issue to address just the “critical” parts of state government’s capital improvements list. The money would cover 53 projects spanning 11 state agencies. It would be the first wide-ranging bond issue since 1999. The $349 million is a lot of dough, but it’s only a fraction of the $6 billion in requests made to Santa by agency heads. The criticality of the recommended projects is subjective, but infrastructure needs at several correctional facilities are no doubt vital. Still, given that the Legislature took so long to find financing for state Capitol repairs, the commission’s wish list may go ignored. One item on the list that’s sure to draw fire is $40 million to finish the American Indian Culture Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. Philosophical objections to capital bond issues by Republican lawmakers have always struck us as strange, considering that most people and most lawmakers borrow money to buy homes and cars. In this season of giving, we’re optimistic that legislators will at least consider improving the prisons that their anti-reform policies keep filling with new inmates. The senator and the singer U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, went toe-to-toe via Twitter this week with one of Hollywood’s leading liberals, Barbra Streisand. The issue? Climate change. Inhofe has long been skeptical of man’s impact on the climate. Five years ago he told Mother Jones magazine that “Hollywood liberals and extreme environmentalists” were engineering the “hoax,” and cited Streisand in particular. The magazine this week published an article that included those comments. Streisand tweeted the article and said it would “be hilarious if it weren’t so frightening.” She added that making Inhofe chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the environment is “like giving a fox the keys to the chicken coop.” Inhofe responded the next day. “The media and those on the Internet should be more concerned about the cost of the massive EPA overregulation from the Obama administration instead of a conversation in 2009 provoked by a liberal publication.” Amen to that. Out of bounds Oklahoma City-area lawmakers were quick to pounce on the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association over an officiating mistake that potentially cost Douglass High School’s football team a quarterfinal playoff victory over Locust Grove. The misapplication of a rule wiped out a late, go-ahead Douglas touchdown. A handful of lawmakers demanded Tuesday that the OSSAA make things right. Remarks by state Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, were especially noteworthy. A news release said Cleveland is considering legislation to place the OSSAA under the state Department of Education. This is an awful idea. Cleveland also said he hears every year “from officials who complain that the OSSAA doesn’t select the best officials for playoff games and uses a ‘good ol’ boy” system for picking officials.” The lawmaker apparently missed Berry Tramel’s enlightening article in Tuesday’s Oklahoman, which spelled out how officials are assigned to football playoff games. In short, it’s a serious and meticulous undertaking that seeks to put impartiality and fairness first. Such remarks by Cleveland only serve to weaken his case. You say tomato … That many supposed civil rights activists are little more than opportunistic race hustlers has long been apparent. But in the past, most of them at least tried to hide that fact. That’s less true today. Consider Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The New York Daily News reports that he recently gave a “racially charged speech in Baltimore” that discussed the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury declined to charge a white police officer with any crime for shooting an unarmed black teenager. The only problem: Farrakhan couldn’t recall the name of the town. “These young people in Jefferson, they’re not afraid of no tanks,” Farrakhan said. The audience had to point out his mistake before he corrected it. Ferguson, Jefferson — what’s the difference when you really don’t care about the community, but instead about your personal standing as a civil rights “leader”? Attention deficit Many politicians look in the mirror and see a future president staring back. The political profession draws people with healthy, if not excessive, self-confidence and ego. Even so, every few years some pols appear to take the presidential delusion to an extreme. An example is former three-term New York Gov. George Pataki. A Republican, Pataki has been out of office since 2006. His views on gun control and gay rights are outside the GOP mainstream. Yet Politico reports that Pataki “is again dipping his toe into the presidential waters …” Pataki has visited early primary states, talked to donors, and even has an ad funded by a political action committee. Notably, Pataki flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 before backing out, so he may do so again. Still, we have to ask: Isn’t there a more worthwhile way to get media attention? Good call We recently dinged the Oklahoma Democratic Party for demanding an unnecessary special election in the state’s 2nd Congressional District. So we now praise the party for dropping that effort this week. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican, easily won re-election on Nov. 4 against Democrat Earl Everett. However, Everett had died from injuries suffered in a car wreck just days before. Democrats argued that circumstance required conducting a special election under state law, although the attorney general disagreed. Democrats could have sued to force a new election, but decided against it. Even if they had succeeded, there was no doubt Mullin would easily win again. The only difference would have been the expenditure of up to $350,000 in taxpayer funds to hold another election. This is one instance where the Democratic Party’s action (or inaction) actually saved taxpayer money. For that, Oklahomans can be grateful. Whiling away the time Zacarias Moussaoui so hated the United States that he conspired with those who carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now he’s giving this country’s court system a workout while serving life without parole in a Colorado prison. Late last month Moussaoui, who lived for a time in Oklahoma prior to 9/11, asked an Oklahoma City federal judge to appoint him an attorney so he could sue President Barack Obama for obstruction of justice. He claims the Obama administration is trying to keep him from testifying on behalf of 9/11 victims in a 2003 civil lawsuit brought against Saudi Arabia. Moussaoui says his testimony could result in billions of dollars in compensation for 9/11 victims. He previously sent a complaint to a federal judge here regarding the Federal Bureau of Prisons, in which among other things he asked to testify about a plan to assassinate former President Clinton and shoot down Air Force One. He mailed similar requests to federal judges in New York and Texas. All are, thankfully, likely to go nowhere.
No. 1 Cherokee vs. No. 2 Tipton When: Noon Saturday Where: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 100 E. Campus Dr., Weatherford Online: www.nfhsnetwork.com Records: Cherokee 12-0, 7-0 District C-1; Tipton 13-0, 8-0 District C-2 How they got here: Cherokee — def. Mt. View-Gotebo 62-12, def. Deer Creek-Lamont 60-12, def. Grandfield 68-50 Tipton — def. Boise City 54-8, def. Thackerville 51-0,...
High school football: Previewing Class C title game between Cherokee, Tipton
BY JACOB UNRUH | Dec 5, 2014No. 1 Cherokee vs. No. 2 Tipton When: Noon Saturday Where: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 100 E. Campus Dr., Weatherford Online: www.nfhsnetwork.com Records: Cherokee 12-0, 7-0 District C-1; Tipton 13-0, 8-0 District C-2 How they got here: Cherokee — def. Mt. View-Gotebo 62-12, def. Deer Creek-Lamont 60-12, def. Grandfield 68-50 Tipton — def. Boise City 54-8, def. Thackerville 51-0, def. Fox 46-0 Players to watch: Cherokee — Tanner Bowman, QB. Last week, the senior rushed for 356 yards and scored six times. He also returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown, picking up the defense that struggled at times. Tipton — Bryant Flores. RB. Flores has rushed for 1,306 yards and is one of several returning starters on offense for the Tigers. He along with quarterback Gerald White will need to have big nights. Storylines: Cherokee — Cherokee was able to play some stout defense in this matchup last year to win the championship, and will need a repeat performance. But it will be equally important to get Bowman and running back Avery Bagenstos going. Tipton — In its fourth straight championship game, the Tigers are looking for their second championship in that span. The defense is a little banged up with three starters battling nagging injuries, but the Tigers still believe they have the ability to slow Cherokee. The pick: Tipton 40, Cherokee 38
Dec 2, 2014
Oklahoma basketball picked up its second commitment for the 2016 class Tuesday when Edmond Memorial small forward Kristian Doolittle committed to the Sooners.
High school notebook: Edmond Memorial's Kristian Doolittle commits to OU
BY RYAN ABER AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Dec 2, 2014Oklahoma basketball picked up its second commitment for the 2016 class Tuesday when Edmond Memorial small forward Kristian Doolittle committed to the Sooners. The 6-foot-6 Doolittle joins Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard in committing to the Sooners for 2016. Doolittle is the younger brother of Oklahoma State football player Kameron Doolittle. As a sophomore last season, he averaged 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds and had 60 assists last season. “I think they like how versatile he is, both offensively and defensively,” Edmond Memorial coach Shane Cowherd said of Doolittle. “He has the ability to play both inside and outside at a high level on both ends of the floor. He’s pushing 6-7 now. He has a very high basketball IQ. “He’s a star-type player, but a team-first guy. He’s willing to put his teammates ahead of himself, and that’s exactly the type of kid coach (Lon) Kruger wants in his program.” RINGLING’S RILEY DANIEL GETS TEXAS TECH OFFER Ringling offensive lineman Riley Daniel picked up his second Big 12 Conference scholarship offer in as many weeks when Texas Tech joined the mix Monday. Baylor offered the 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive tackle last week. Daniel, whose season concluded with a loss in the Class A quarterfinals last week, has been verbally committed to Houston since August. FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST SCHEDULE RELEASED Fox Sports Oklahoma and Cox Communications today announced television plans for this weekend’s OSSAA state championship football games. The 6A Division I championship pitting Jenks and Tulsa Union from the University of Tulsa at 7 p.m. Friday will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus because of an overlap with the Oklahoma City Thunder-Philadelphia 76ers NBA game on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The Jenks-Union game also will be joined in progress on Fox Sports Oklahoma following the Thunder Live postgame show. Fox Sports Oklahoma will carry Saturday’s 5A title game from Yukon between Skiatook and Lawton MacArthur at 7 p.m. Cox Communications will show the 6A-II title game between Bixby and Lawton from Moore at 7 p.m. Friday exclusively on The Cox Channel, which is available to Cox Communications customers throughout the state on channels 3 and 703. The game also will be streamed live on www.coxhshub.com. Also at 7 p.m. on Friday, the NFHS Network will stream the Class 4A championship game featuring Wagoner and Oologah. NFHS Network also will stream Saturday’s Class C championship between Tipton and Cherokee at noon and the Class B title game between Alex and Laverne at 7 p.m. EDMOND SANTA FE’S KALEO KANAHELE EARNS NATIONAL HONOR Former Edmond Santa Fe volleyball player Kaleo Kanahele was named the USA Volleyball Female Sitting Volleyball Player of the Year on Monday. “It is a shock. It is a huge honor,” said Kanahele, who graduated from Edmond Santa Fe last spring. “Being so young, you don’t see it coming. I’m extremely thankful.” Kanahele’s season highlights include being named the Best Setter of the World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championship held June 15-21 in Elblag, Poland. She helped the Americans finish with the silver medal, just one point shy of winning their first-ever World Championship, falling to China in five sets during the gold-medal match. The team also qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. “Kaleo is a leader on the court and is highly respected by her teammates,” said U.S. women’s sitting volleyball coach Bill Hamiter, of Oklahoma City. “She directs the offense and puts her teammates in positions to attack effectively.” Kanahele aided Team USA to an overall .250 hitting efficiency (421 kills, 161 errors, 1,042 attacks) for the season. NORMAN NORTH’S BEN BARRETT QUALIFIES FOR FOOT LOCKER NATIONALS Two-time Class 6A cross country champion Ben Barrett of Norman North recently qualified for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships. Barrett finished in the top 10 at the South Regional qualifying event to earn his spot in the national race Dec. 13 at Morley Field, Balboa Park, in San Diego. Barrett finished fourth in the regional race with a time of 14:58, which was 22 seconds off the winning pace.
Fox Sports Oklahoma and Cox Communications today announced television plans for this weekend’s OSSAA state championship football games. The 6A Division I championship pitting Jenks and Tulsa Union from the University of Tulsa at 7 p.m. Friday will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus because of an overlap with the Oklahoma City Thunder-Philadelphia 76ers NBA game on...
Broadcast schedule for football championship games released
Scott Wright | Dec 2, 2014Fox Sports Oklahoma and Cox Communications today announced television plans for this weekend's OSSAA state championship football games. The 6A Division I championship pitting Jenks and Tulsa Union from the University of Tulsa at 7 p.m. Friday will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus because of an overlap with the Oklahoma City Thunder-Philadelphia 76ers NBA game on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The Jenks-Union game also will be joined in progress on Fox Sports Oklahoma following the Thunder Live postgame show. Fox Sports Oklahoma will carry Saturday's 5A title game from Yukon High School between Skiatook and Lawton MacArthur at 7 p.m. Cox Communications will show the 6A-II title game between Bixby and Lawton from Moore High School at 7 p.m. Friday exclusively on The Cox Channel, which is available to Cox Communications customers throughout the state on channels 3 and 703. The game also will be streamed live on www.coxhshub.com. Also at 7 p.m. on Friday, the NFHS Network will stream the Class 4A championship game featuring Wagoner and Oologah. NFHS Network also will stream Saturday's Class C championship between Tipton and Cherokee at noon and the Class B title game between Alex and Laverne at 7 p.m. Visit www.nfhsnetwork.com for more information. Nathan Thompson (play-by-play) and Mike Ziegenhorn (analyst) will call the 6A Division I game, while Jeremie Poplin (play-by-play) and Steve Marshall (analyst) are on the call for the 6A Division II and 5A title games.
Dec 1, 2014
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway had Terrell Davis to give Denver a different dimension in the late 1990s. Now, Peyton Manning has C.J. Anderson.The undrafted second-year back from Cal has gouged opponents for an average of 164.5 yards from scrimmage since leapfrogging injured running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball a month ago.And he's provided a toughness and balance that Manning...
Anderson brings toughness to Broncos offense
By ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway had Terrell Davis to give Denver a different dimension in the late 1990s. Now, Peyton Manning has C.J. Anderson. The undrafted second-year back from Cal has gouged opponents for an average of 164.5 yards from scrimmage since leapfrogging injured running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball a month ago. And he's provided a toughness and balance that Manning appreciates. "I like it. We kept the defense on their heels," Manning said after Anderson ran for a career-best 168 yards in Denver's 29-16 pounding of the Chiefs. That bested the 167-yard performance he had a week earlier against Miami. "He has been special," said Manning. When Anderson hasn't had his head buried in his playbook lately, he's been immersed in his cellphone. He had 165 texts to go through Monday morning, including this nugget from his mother: "Just keep grinding. Stay humble." Anderson promised her once more that he'll never let this sudden success go to his head. "I'm just playing the same ball I've been playing since I was 8," he said. "Just trying to have 18 (Manning) and the coaching staff trust me a lot more and just trying to do a lot more to help my team win." He did plenty against the Chiefs, gaining 90 yards after contact and helping the Broncos control the clock for nearly 39 minutes, running 79 plays to Kansas City's 38. That, in turn, kept Denver's defense fresh enough to pile up six sacks and another half-dozen QB knockdowns. Anderson's churning style was still paying dividends a day later. "Man, I turned on the film and we only got like 21 minutes of watching," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "Usually it's like 40. So, I mean that's a huge difference. And it's something we need every week. Time of possession is huge. We don't want to put all of the onus on Peyton. It's a team game this year, a total team this year. So, we want to everybody to make his job a lot easier." Last year, Manning set NFL records by throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. But that one-dimensional offense was exposed in the Super Bowl, and the Broncos vowed to become a well-rounded team this season. Enter Anderson, the 5-foot-8, 224-pound wrecking ball whose smarts help him hit the holes fast and whose low center of gravity keeps him mowing over linebackers and defensive backs once he eludes the linemen. "It's just running hard and letting people feel my story," Anderson said. That story is one of growing up in the Country Club Crest neighborhood in Vallejo, California. It's one of dodging danger on the streets. It's a story of being smart but also the wise guy in high school and having to go to Laney College for two years, where he learned to hit the books with the same passion that he hit the holes. He transferred to Cal, where he would rise from seventh string to second string but make just two starts in two years before being bypassed in the 2013 NFL draft. He signed with the Broncos, he said, because "for one, I knew I had the football IQ to play with 18. Two, I felt the running back position wasn't solidified." Anderson gave half of his $12,500 signing bonus to his mom, Neva Craig, who works as an elementary school lunch lady. He rushed for 69 yards in his first preseason game but a knee injury set him back and he ended up rushing just seven times for 38 yards his rookie season. This year, he hit the halfway point with just 82 yards rushing and one catch. Over the last month, he scored three times and gained 658 yards from scrimmage while averaging 5.6 yards a carry and 11.3 yards per catch. Anderson and his two brothers were raised by a single mother who taught her boys to be humble and never forget their roots. "My mom says it best: We were never fed with a silver spoon," Anderson said. "There were nights where dinner was peanut butter and jelly. I mean, there was so many things that we've been through. Every time I'm on the field when I break a tackle or lay the boom, I'm just letting them know this is what I've been through at home and what I did to get here." Notes: Although new K Connor Barth was 5-for-5 on FGs, all eight of his kickoffs were returned, for an average of 25 yards. Asked if he'd consider signing a kickoff specialist, John Fox said: "I've done it before. ... You consider everything but you can consider nothing, as well." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 27, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his predictions for this week’s games.
Oklahoma high school football third-round playoff picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 27, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 42-4 (91.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,553-339 (82.1 pct.) Friday’s games Semifinals Class 5A At Yukon Skiatook 24, Ardmore 21 At Choctaw Lawton MacArthur 35, McAlester 34 Class 4A At Glenpool Metro Christian 35, Wagoner 28 At Sapulpa Fort Gibson 35, Oologah 21 Class B At Enid Laverne 34, Davenport 28 At Del City Alex 48, Dewar 36 Class C At SWOSU, Weatherford Cherokee 38, Grandfield 20 At Cache Tipton 50, Fox 34 Quarterfinals Class 3A Heritage Hall 31, BEGGS 28 Locust Grove 35, DOUGLASS 28 Lincoln Christian 28, CUSHING 27 KINGFISHER 27, Roland 17 Class 2A Hennessey 34, HARTSHORNE 30 Davis 35, ADAIR 21 Oklahoma Christian 28, COLCORD 24 WASHINGTON 21, Nowata 20 Class A Thomas 27, KIEFER 22 Wynnewood 32, HOMINY 28 Cashion 42, STRATFORD 30 RINGLING 28, Talihina 27 *-Home team in CAPS. Semifinal games at neutral sites.
Nov 24, 2014
The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7.
Big 12 notebook: Bedlam football time, TV channel still to be decided
By Erik Horne | Nov 24, 2014The big questions: What time will Bedlam start, and what channel will televise the game? It’s a “wait-and-see” approach in regard Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State. The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7. The Big 12 says it's anticipated that it will know the kickoff times and TV listings for all of its Dec. 6 games following Saturday's games. Networks are exercising six-day selection for Dec. 6's TV designations/times. Other Dec. 6 Big 12 games with TV designations/times to be determined are Iowa State at TCU and Kansas State at Baylor. Those games have the same TV/time possibilities as OU vs. OSU. BOWEN, SNYDER REFLECT ON ‘SUNFLOWER SHOWDOWN’ Kansas State and Kansas will meet for the 112th time on Saturday in a continuation of one of the nation’s longest football rivalries – The Sunflower Showdown. Kansas is having another down year, but the Jayhawks lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 65-41-5. On the other hand, K-State enters with five consecutive wins in the series. “Through the years there’s been a lot of great matchups, and some stories and history behind it,” Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen said. “I remember all of my games playing in it. They were all fun games to play in, fun to be a part of. Obviously, this is one that’s important to the people of Kansas.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder says that, taking OU (and Samaje Perine’s record performance) out of the equation, there’s been improvement across the board from KU under Bowen. Snyder said he talked to Bowen at one time about the possibility of coming to coach at Kansas State. “It’s probably because he’s a KU guy,” Snyder joked of why Bowen never made it to Manhattan. “I’ve known Clint for some time. He’s a young coach I admire. He tries to do it the right way and I always have a great appreciation for that.” LOCKET, OAKMAN JOIN PERINE AS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OU’s Perine, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman and Kansas State wide receiver/punt returner Tyler Lockett were selected as Big 12 Players of the Week. Perine earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors by rushing for a single-game FBS record 427 yards against Kansas in a 44-7 win for the Sooners. The true freshman added touchdown runs of 49, 33, 34, 66 and 27 yards. Perine was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week. Lockett, a former Tulsa Washington standout, was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior scored on a 43-yard punt return touchdown in Kansas State's 26-20 win at West Virginia, and added 196 yards receiving on 10 receptions. Oakman, a junior, was named the Defensive Player of the Week for recording six tackles, two sacks, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in Baylor's 49-28 win against Oklahoma State. WVU’S HOLGERSON WAITING ON TRICKETT Some turbulence at quarterback doesn’t mean West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is ruling out Clint Trickett this week. The senior suffered what Holgorsen said was a concussion against Kansas State. Trickett struggled in the 26-20 loss, forcing Holgorsen to go to junior college transfer Skylar Howard, who filled in impressively with 198 yards passing and two touchdowns in about a quarter-and-a-half of work. Trickett is No. 1 in the Big 12 and seventh nationally in passing yards (3,285), but hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in 10 quarters. Holgorsen said Howard sparked WVU in limited action, but didn’t have any information on who will start at Iowa State on Saturday in the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale. It appears that if Trickett is cleared, he’ll be the starter. “Clint’s done a good job for the majority of the year,” Holgorsen said. “He didn’t have his best game, but Clint has been our starting quarterback, has played at a high level. I’m not in the business of just replacing people because of a bad game, or because of an average performance.” CAN TEXAS PLAY SPOILER TO TCU? No. 6 TCU still has a chance of making the College Football Playoff. But first up is a Texas team that enters its Thanksgiving matchup against the Horned Frogs with momentum. In addition to keeping up with Baylor, TCU has extra incentive. The Horned Frogs lost 30-7 against Texas at home in 2013. “You’re playing Texas, but you’re also playing for the things you’re trying to accomplish,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Also you’re playing to keep yourself in playoff contention.” Texas’ defense has turned into the Big 12’s best, holding opponents to 16 or fewer points in three consecutive games – all wins. It’s also Senior Night in Austin on Thursday. “TCU’s playing well, but we’ve been playing well ourselves,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. K-STATE’S BRITZ OUT AGAINST KANSAS Kansas State defensive tackle Travis Britz will be out against Kansas with a left ankle injury, according to Snyder. Britz, a junior starter for the Wildcats, had to leave in the first quarter against West Virginia. He has 27 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks on the season. “Replacing Travis is not an easy thing to do,” Snyder said. “But we’ve had more young guys at that position get on the field and garner experience through the course of the year than any other position on the field.” SIX UP FOR EARL CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD The Big 12 has six semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the top offensive players in Division I football who also exhibits characteristics that define former legendary Texas running back Earl Campbell. Baylor has three players to lead the conference – receiver Corey Coleman, quarterback Bryce Petty, and running back Shock Linwood. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson are also on the list, along with OU’s Perine. Nominees must have been born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year Texas Division I school. The Big 12’s six semifinalists are more representatives than any other conference. Finalists will be announced Dec. 10, with the winner announced Jan. 14. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Regardless of how poorly we played, I don’t want to take anything away from that kid. With his size, his natural strength and explosion, you see a lot of people just bounce off of him. We call those “roadkills,” where he can take a shot … it’s kinda like on defense when you talk about kids who have that natural hip explosion. There have been some pretty good players in this conference who get some shots on him and just bounce off.” – Bowen when asked about what makes Perine special.
Nov 23, 2014
Class 6A provided few surprises, in either Division I or II, but the other classes have seen some major transformations since the year began, including four remaining teams — Skiatook, Cushing, Hominy and Stratford — that were ranked No. 20 or worse in The Oklahoman’s preseason poll.
A look at the Oklahoma high school football season's most surprising teams
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Nov 23, 2014As the playoffs are reaching the final weeks, let’s take a look back at how far some of these teams have come. Class 6A provided few surprises, in either Division I or II, but the other classes have seen some major transformations since the year began, including four remaining teams — Skiatook, Cushing, Hominy and Stratford — that were ranked No. 20 or worse in The Oklahoman’s preseason poll. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and most notable movers from each class, based on teams’ standing in The Oklahoman’s preseason rankings: Class 6A-I The Jenks vs. Tulsa Union title game is only a surprise if you just came out of an 18-year coma. Two-time defending champ Jenks held the No. 1 spot in the preseason, while Union was No. 2. Semifinalists Mustang and Owasso were a little less expected at the beginning of the year. Mustang began the year at No. 8, while Owasso was No. 10 coming off last season’s 5-6 performance. Class 6A-II Sand Springs’ upset of preseason No. 1 Midwest City in the quarterfinals provided the only real surprise. The Sandites were No. 10 in the preseason. Finalists Lawton and Bixby were Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, and semifinalist Tulsa Washington was third to begin the year. Class 5A One of five classes to lose its preseason No. 1 before the semifinals, with Shawnee exiting last week after a snake-bitten season. Ardmore rose from No. 12 in the preseason and briefly held the No. 1 spot, settling in as a top-five team. Skiatook is the big mover, though. The preseason No. 20 team gradually rose into the top 10, then the top five, peaking at its current spot of No. 2 Ardmore and Skiatook will face off Friday at Yukon in one semifinal, while Lawton MacArthur and McAlester, the preseason Nos. 2 and 3, will meet on the other side of the bracket at Choctaw. Class 4A The biggest shock of all is the fact Anadarko won’t be playing in Friday night’s semifinals. Injuries derailed the team that had held the No. 1 spot all year, and Metro Christian took advantage with last Friday’s upset. In all, the top six teams from the preseason poll are gone. Wagoner was No. 7, yet the Bulldogs fell off early in the season before heating up down the stretch to make a strong run to get to this point. Fort Gibson was No. 8 to start the year, and promptly rose toward the top, overtaking the No. 1 spot this week with Anadarko’s departure from the playoffs. Metro was No. 13 to begin the year and Oologah was 12th. Weatherford, which was eliminated on Friday, moved up from No. 18 and spent a few weeks in the top 10 — even the top five — in the middle of the season. Class 3A One of only three classes, along with 6A-I and C, to have the preseason Nos. 1 and 2 — Kingfisher and Douglass — still remaining. Three of the eight remaining teams began the year outside the top 10, in Lincoln Christian (No. 11), Roland (No. 14) and the biggest surprise of all, Cushing, which began the year at No. 20. Of course, Cushing is one of the biggest surprises in the playoffs, period. After getting in as a No. 4 seed, Cushing upset district champ Bethany in the first round and routed Marlow last Friday. Class 2A Colcord takes the honor as the biggest mover from the preseason, after beginning at No. 18. Of the eight teams remaining, only Colcord and preseason No. 11 Washington didn’t begin the year in the top 10. Class A Class A has the two biggest surprises of any class, despite six teams from the preseason top eight surviving into the quarterfinal round this Friday. Preseason No. 1 Hollis exited last Friday, but Hominy and Stratford are still alive after beginning the year at No. 24 and 28, respectively. Class B Aside from Jenks-Union in 6A-I, Class B has had the fewest surprises. Preseason No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter is gone, but the remaining four teams all began the year in the top five. Class C Though it had a couple of early playoff upsets, Class C hasn’t necessarily produced any major surprises among its semifinal teams. Cherokee and Tipton have been Nos. 1 and 2 all season. Fox hasn’t been ranked below No. 4, while Grandfield began at No. 8 and has been in the top 10 every week.
Nov 22, 2014
WACO, Texas — Over the past few years, there hasn’t been much of a need for Mike Gundy to coach spirit and attitude. Players don’t hang their heads often when you’re consistently among the Big 12’s best. But as Oklahoma State enters tonight’s matchup with Baylor amid a four-game skid, it’s become priority number one. […]
Pregame primer: Six must-read stories before Oklahoma State faces Baylor
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/gundybriles.jpg]3494724[/img] WACO, Texas — Over the past few years, there hasn’t been much of a need for Mike Gundy to coach spirit and attitude. Players don’t hang their heads often when you’re consistently among the Big 12’s best. But as Oklahoma State enters tonight’s matchup with Baylor amid a four-game skid, it’s become priority number one. “We have to coach that spirit, and I have to coach that every single day,” said Gundy during Monday’s media teleconference call . “It's really the most important thing we do. The body language really sets the tone for who you are as a football team." And that’s not just for players. "You have to coach the coaches, too,” Gundy added. That positive direction will be key tonight, as Baylor is more than a 30-point favorite against OSU. Here are six stories from the NewsOK Sports team to get you ready for the 6:30 p.m. kickoff on FOX. -- 1. If there comes a point in the second half where Baylor has big lead, will the Bears keep their foot on the gas pedal? All signs point to yes. Baylor comes in with last season’s 49-17 defeat fresh in its memory and a current need to impress the College Football Playoff committee. As John Helsley explains, it’s a combination of factors that can’t sit will with the Cowboys. (Click here –> to read what players from both teams have to say on the subject.) -- 2. Here’s a look at the front page of The Oklahoman’s OSU pregame coverage today: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/OSU-cover-11-22.jpg]3494721[/img] . It highlights a difficult upcoming decision for Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich if staring quarterback Daxx Garman is unable to play (concussion symptoms after the Texas loss, per a source). The question: Should the redshirt be pulled from freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph? Columnist Berry Tramel breaks down the best reasons for, and against, playing Rudolph tonight. (Click here –> to read and decide for yourself.) -- 3. One thing is clear no matter who suits up at quarterback for OSU tonight: that Cowboy will likely get hit … a lot. The OSU offensive line has allowed 32 sacks this season. (Click here –> for more national and historical perspective on that total and how it highlights a tough position matchup at Baylor.) -- 4. Five years ago this week, Brandon Weeden made his OSU debut in a second-half comeback victory against Colorado. He said that night, “changed my life.” Weeden, who attended OSU’s 28-7 loss against Texas last week, also opened up about his thoughts on the current Cowboys: "They're having a tough stretch right now. To get over that hump, they're just going to have to do something different and make some game-changing plays. We've got two tough games, what better situation to be that guy and make the play that makes the difference and turn the tables." (Click here –> to read more candid quotes from the former OSU quarterback.) -- 5. Baylor touts the nation’s No. 3 passing offense (354.2 yards/game). OSU has the nation’s No. 116 passing defense (284.9 yards/game allowed.) It’s a daunting test for a Cowboy secondary that features two first-year starters at safety — sophomore Jordan Sterns and redshirt freshman Tre Flowers. But it wasn’t all that long ago Sterns and Flowers were multi-sport rivals at high schools outside San Antonio separated by just eight miles. Here’s a photo (via mysanantonio.com) of both together at a 2012 awards banquet — Sterns (2), Flowers (7): . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/622x350.jpg]3494723[/img] . (Click here –> For more on their past and what it’s like being teammates.) -- 6. Already looking ahead to next season? OSU released it’s 2015 schedule this week: Sept. 5 – at Central Michigan Sept. 12 – Central Arkansas Sept. 19 – UTSA Sept. 26 – at Texas Oct. 3 – Kansas State Oct. 10 – at West Virginia Oct. 17 – OPEN DATE Oct. 24 – Kansas Oct. 31 – at Texas Tech Nov. 7 – TCU Nov. 14 – at Iowa State Nov. 21 – Baylor Nov. 28 – Oklahoma Plenty of takeaways from this slate of games. (Click here –> to read Berry Tramel’s breakdown.)
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations for all semifinal football games next week with all games being Friday at 7 p.m. Both Class 5A semifinals will be in the Oklahoma City metro with Lawton MacArthur and McAlester, last year’s state runner-up, playing at Choctaw. Skiatook and Ardmore will play at Yukon. The […]
OSSAA announces semifinal locations, times
Jacob Unruh | Nov 22, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations for all semifinal football games next week with all games being Friday at 7 p.m. Both Class 5A semifinals will be in the Oklahoma City metro with Lawton MacArthur and McAlester, last year's state runner-up, playing at Choctaw. Skiatook and Ardmore will play at Yukon. The Class 4A semifinals will all be in the Tulsa metro with Fort Gibson and Oologah playing at Sapulpa, while Metro Christian and Wagoner play at Glenpool. In Class B, Davenport and defending champion Laverne play at Enid. Alex and Dewar will play at Del City High School. The Class C semifinals will be at Cache with Fox and Tipton meeting and defending champion Cherokee facing Grandfield at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The state championship games for these classes and both Class 6A title games will be played the following week. The only site announced is the University of Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium for the Class 6A-I championship game.
Both Class 5A semifinals will be in the Oklahoma City metro with Lawton MacArthur and McAlester, last year’s state runner-up, playing at Choctaw. Skiatook and Ardmore will play at Yukon.
High school notebook: Semifinal locations announced by OSSAA
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 22, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations for all semifinal football games next week with all games being Friday at 7 p.m. Both Class 5A semifinals will be in the Oklahoma City metro with Lawton MacArthur and McAlester, last year’s state runner-up, playing at Choctaw. Skiatook and Ardmore will play at Yukon. The Class 4A semifinals will all be in the Tulsa metro with Fort Gibson and Oologah playing at Sapulpa, while Metro Christian and Wagoner play at Glenpool. In Class B, Davenport and defending champion Laverne play at Enid. Alex and Dewar will play at Del City High School. One Class C semifinal between Fox and Tipton will be at Cache, and defending champion Cherokee will face Grandfield at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford in the other. The state championship games for these classes and both Class 6A title games will be played the following week. The only site announced is the University of Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium for the Class 6A-I championship game. Douglass defense overpowers Lone Grove Lone Grove came into Friday night’s Class 3A second-round playoff game averaging 408 yards of total offense and 37 points per game, but the numbers didn’t frighten the Douglass defense. The Trojans allowed just 211 yards in a 33-0 shutout at Lone Grove to advance to the quarterfinal round, where Douglass will host top-ranked Locust Grove next Friday night. Lone Grove, led by one of the state’s top running backs in Jeremy Lewis, managed just 94 rushing yards on 27 carries, with no rush going for more than 13 yards. The Trojans recorded three quarterback sacks as well. Next week’s opponent presents a different challenge for Douglass, with Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine coming off setting the state’s single-season passing yardage record, and becoming the state’s first player to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. THREE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS FALL Not only will there be a new champion with the Class 6A split, but there will be a new champion in three different classes crowned over the next three weeks. Defending champions Guthrie, Anadarko and Hollis all lost close games Friday. The biggest upset came in Class 4A with No. 4 Metro Christian beating No. 1 Anadarko 16-13 on quarterback Abe Anderson’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Eyan Greybill with 44 seconds remaining. The upset ended Anadarko’s 25-game winning streak and 41-game home winning streak. It was the second time since 2010 Metro Christian has beaten the Warriors. Anadarko’s other lone loss is to Clinton in that span. In Class A, No. 7 Wynnewood got a big night from quarterback Pete Carter to knock off defending-champion and sixth-ranked Hollis 26-20. Carter accounted for three touchdowns. No. 5 Guthrie, which had won two of the last three Class 5A championships, fell to No. 2 Skiatook 13-10 on a late touchdown with less than four minutes remaining. DAVENPORT DEFENSE DELIVERS ANOTHER SHUTOUT Davenport coach John Greenfield is starting to get an idea how good the Bulldogs’ defense is. After beating No. 7 Maysville 24-0 Friday, No. 2 Davenport now has nine shutouts in 12 games. The Bulldogs have allowed a total of 22 points this season, no more than eight in one game. “We just did a good job of containing them and then not letting them get behind us,” Greenfield said. “We’ve been playing really good defense all year, but we didn’t know how good we are. We think we’re pretty good, but we’ll find out next week for sure.” Davenport (12-0) will play defending Class B champion Laverne (11-0) in the semifinals. Greenfield said he was impressed with the play of nose guard Tristan Wilbanks, who had multiple sacks, and sophomore Mason Walker. Walker filled in admirably for senior Gary Schofield, who injured his ankle in the first quarter. “He filled in some really big shoes,” Greenfield said.
Nov 22, 2014
A look at the next round of matchups.
Oklahoma high school football third-round playoff pairings
Nov 22, 2014Semifinals Note: All semifinal games will be played at 7 p.m. Friday. Class 5A Ardmore (11-1) vs. Skiatook (11-1) at Yukon McAlester (11-1) vs. Lawton MacArthur (11-1) at Choctaw Class 4A Metro Christian (10-2) vs. Wagoner (9-3) at Glenpool Oologah (7-5) vs. Fort Gibson (12-0) at Sapulpa Class B Laverne (11-0) vs. Davenport (12-0) at Enid Alex (12-0) vs. Dewar (12-0) at Del City Class C Cherokee (11-0) vs. Grandfield (11-1) at Southwestern, Weatherford Tipton (12-0) vs. Fox (11-1) at Cache Quarterfinals Note: All games will be played Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Class 3A Heritage Hall (11-1) at Beggs (11-1) Locust Grove (12-0) at Douglass (10-2) Lincoln Christian (10-2) at Cushing (8-4) Roland (11-1) at Kingfisher (10-2) Class 2A Hennessey (11-1) at Hartshorne (11-1) Davis (12-0) at Adair (12-0) Okla. Christian (12-0) at Colcord (11-1) Nowata (12-0) at Washington (11-1) Class A Thomas (12-0) at Kiefer (12-0) Wynnewood (12-0) at Hominy (9-3) Cashion (11-0) at Stratford (11-1) Talihina (11-0) at Ringling (10-1) Championships Note: Will be played at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 Class 6A-I Jenks (10-2) vs. Tulsa Union (11-1) at Tulsa University Class 6A-II Bixby (11-1) vs. Lawton (11-1) at Moore
Tony Casillas leaves station to spend more time with his family in Dallas
Media notes: 107.7 The Franchise shakes up on-air lineup
By Mel Bracht | Nov 20, 2014107.7 The Franchise, which has been losing the sports ratings battle to the WWLS-FM 98.1, the Sports Animal, has announced a shake-up in its on-air lineup. Sam Mayes, Colby Daniels and Cara Rice have moved from late morning to afternoon drive time. “Sam, Colby, and Cara: Live from the Triple M Ranch,” will air from 3-6 p.m. Zach McCrite and Todd Lisenbee have taken over the 9 a.m.-noon show, and Dave Garrett’s “DG on the Radio” show is airing an hour earlier, from 6-9 p.m. Tony Casillas, a former OU and Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman, has left The Franchise to spend more time with his family in Dallas, where he might pursue other opportunities, according to a news release. Casillas had been co-hosting afternoon drive with McCrite, a former St. Louis radio personality. “We are extremely excited to increase the exposure of one of our most popular shows,” Buddy Wiley, Tyler Media co-operations manager said in a news release. “Sam, Colby and Cara will bring a fresh, new, and contemporary sound and style to afternoon radio in Oklahoma.” Mustang-Union to air on delay Cox Communications has announced the Mustang-Tulsa Union Class 6A-I football semifinal game will air on tape delay at 7 p.m. Saturday after originally stating it would air live. The game (announcers Steve Marshall, Don King and reporter Kaycee Boles) will be streamed live on www.coxhshub.com. Cox spokesman Christine Martin said the high school game conflicted with Barry Switzer’s Coaches Cabana show, which airs on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) during OU football games. The Kansas-OU game begins at 11 a.m., and the Mustang-Tulsa Union game is set for 1 p.m. “We were hoping to find another channel to do the high school game live, but we couldn’t work it in,” Martin said in an email. Short takes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is profiled on the next edition of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Correspondent Bernard Goldberg visited Cuban in Los Angeles on the set of his ABC show “Shark Tank” and courtside in Dallas. KWTV-9 has the Sunday NFL doubleheader with Cincinnati at Houston at noon (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and reporter Jenny Dell) and Miami at Denver at 3:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and reporter Tracy Wolfson). KOKH-25 will air Detroit at New England at noon (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and reporter Erin Andrews). Oklahoma City and Tulsa rank Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, in ESPN/ABC’s college football telecasts with 3.4 and 3.1 TV ratings averages. Birmingham, Ala., ranks No. 1 with an 8.8 average. Fox Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss’ interview with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a former teammate, will air in two parts — 10 a.m. Sunday on “Fox NFL Kickoff” on FS1 and at 11 a.m. on “Fox NFL Sunday” on Fox. Brady on still having to prove himself: “I think I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. I was the one that no one really wanted in college, and I was the sixth-round draft pick in the pros. Now, I’m always like, why do they want me to go away so quick?” The 2014 Formula One Drivers’ Championship will be decided at 7 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN as Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battle to see who will win the F1 title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Prerace coverage begins at 6 a.m.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 72-16 (81.8 pct) Overall record: 1,511-335 (81.9 pct.
High school football: Predictions for week 2 of the playoffs
By Scott Wright | Nov 20, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 72-16 (81.8 pct) Overall record: 1,511-335 (81.9 pct.) All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I semifinals Jenks 21, Owasso 7 Tulsa Union 31, Mustang 28 (Saturday) Class 6A-II semifinals Bixby 38, Sand Springs 34 Lawton 24, Tulsa Washington 21 Class 5A quarterfinals ARDMORE 30, Shawnee 28 Guthrie 28, SKIATOOK 22 McAlester 49, DEL CITY 38 Lawton MacArthur 28, COLLINSVILLE 14 Class 4A quarterfinals ANADARKO 35, Metro Christian 28 WAGONER 27, Weatherford 20 Oologah 21, CLINTON 18 FORT GIBSON 28, Newcastle 27 Class 3A second round HERITAGE HALL 35, Plainview 20 BEGGS 26, Eufaula 22 Douglass 32, LONE GROVE 28 LOCUST GROVE 42, Berryhill 27 Idabel 34, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 28 CUSHING 21, Marlow 14 ROLAND 34, Checotah 30 Kingfisher 21, SEMINOLE 17 Class 2A second round HENNESSEY 28, Lindsay 20 HARTSHORNE 40, Wyandotte 18 DAVIS 42, Christian Heritage 30 ADAIR 44, Panama 14 Colcord 28, STROUD 21 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Kingston 7 NOWATA 20, Vian 16 WASHINGTON 28, Chisholm 24 Class A second round THOMAS 34, Minco 20 KIEFER 38, Rejoice Christian 14 WYNNEWOOD 21, Hollis 14 Hominy 33, KETCHUM 28 CASHION 49, Afton 20 APACHE 22, Stratford 18 TALIHINA 35, Morrison 24 RINGLING 28, Fairview 12 Class B quarterfinals LAVERNE 44, Keota 14 DAVENPORT 36, Maysville 16 ALEX 42, Weleetka 20 DEWAR 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 34 Class C quarterfinals CHEROKEE 48, DC-Lamont 28 Grandfield 34, BLUEJACKET 28 TIPTON 56, Thackerville 8 FOX 44, Balko 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Second Round Note: All games are Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Jenks (9-2) vs. Owasso (10-1) Tulsa Union (10-1) vs. Mustang (8-3) CLASS 6A-II Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Bixby (10-1) vs. Sand Springs (8-3) Lawton (10-1) vs.
Oklahoma high school football second round playoff pairings
Nov 15, 2014Second Round Note: All games are Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Jenks (9-2) vs. Owasso (10-1) Tulsa Union (10-1) vs. Mustang (8-3) CLASS 6A-II Note: Neutral site, date and time TBA Bixby (10-1) vs. Sand Springs (8-3) Lawton (10-1) vs. Tulsa Washington (10-1) Class 5A Shawnee (8-3) at Ardmore (10-1) Guthrie (10-1) at Skiatook (10-1) McAlester (10-1) at Del City (6-5) Lawton MacArthur (10-1) at Collinsville (8-2) Class 4A Metro Christian (9-2) at Anadarko (11-0) Weatherford (7-4) at Wagoner (8-3) Oologah (6-5) at Clinton (6-5) Newcastle (10-1) at Fort Gibson (11-0) Class 3A Plainview (5-6) at Heritage Hall (10-1) Eufaula (9-2) at Beggs (10-1) Douglass (9-2) at Lone Grove (9-1) Berryhill (10-1) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (9-2) at Lincoln Christian (9-2) Marlow (7-4) at Cushing (7-4) Checotah (8-3) at Roland (10-1) Kingfisher (9-2) at Seminole (10-1) Class 2A Lindsay (9-2) at Hennessey (10-1) Wyandotte (7-4) at Hartshorne (10-1) Chr. Heritage (9-2) at Davis (11-0) Panama (8-3) at Adair (11-0) Colcord (10-1) at Stroud (9-1) Kingston (9-1) at Okla. Christian (11-0) Vian (8-3) at Nowata (11-0) Chisholm (9-2) at Washington (10-1) Class A Minco (8-2) at Thomas (11-0) Rejoice Christian (6-5) at Kiefer (11-0) Hollis (10-1) at Wynnewood (11-0) Hominy (8-3) at Ketchum (9-2) Afton (9-2) at Cashion (11-0) Stratford (10-1) at Apache (10-0) Morrison (9-2) at Talihina (10-0) Fairview (7-4) at Ringling (9-1) Class B Keota (10-1) at Laverne (10-0) Maysville (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pond Creek-Hunter (10-1) at Dewar (11-0) Class C DC-Lamont (8-3) at Cherokee (10-0) Grandfield (10-1) at Bluejacket (10-1) Thackerville (8-3) at Tipton (11-0) Balko (9-2) at Fox (10-1)
Nov 12, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football playoff picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.) First Round Thursday’s game LAWTON MACARTHUR 28, Carl Albert 21 Friday’s games Class 6A-I JENKS 31, Southmoore 13 OWASSO 21, Westmoore 14 TULSA UNION 34, Edmond Memorial 20 BROKEN ARROW 24, Mustang 21 Class 6A-II BIXBY 42, Stillwater 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Sand Springs 21 LAWTON 44, Bartlesville 17 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Choctaw 28 Class 5A ARDMORE 24, Bishop McGuinness 17 COWETA 21, Shawnee 20 SKIATOOK 28, Tahlequah 14 GUTHRIE 30, Altus 22 DEER CREEK 42, Del City 34 MCALESTER 45, Tulsa Edison 14 COLLINSVILLE 32, Tulsa Memorial 26 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, Tuttle 14 METRO CHR. 30, Catoosa 22 WAGONER 34, Sallisaw 18 ADA 28, Weatherford 14 HARRAH 38, Clinton 20 OOLOGAH 17, Poteau 14 FORT GIBSON 24, Cascia Hall 20 NEWCASTLE 28, Glenpool 7 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 14 PURCELL 27, Plainview 16 BEGGS 28, Verdigris 13 EUFAULA 30, Seq. Claremore 10 LONE GROVE 21, Jones 20 DOUGLASS 42, Perkins 35 LOCUST GROVE 49, Spiro 14 BERRYHILL 28, Victory Christian 27 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Hilldale 17 Idabel 36, WESTVILLE 20 BETHANY 28, Cushing 20 MARLOW 20, Little Axe 14 ROLAND 28, Seq. Tahlequah 7 CHECOTAH 34, Sperry 27 SEMINOLE 28, Sulphur 7 KINGFISHER 26, John Marshall 22 Class 2A HENNESSEY 44, Luther 30 LINDSAY 21, Coalgate 12 HARTSHORNE 38, Wewoka 14 Haskell 21, WYANDOTTE 20 DAVIS, 49, Walters 7 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 27, Perry 12 ADAIR 40, Commerce 6 CHANDLER 35, Panama 30 STROUD 21, Antlers 14 COLCORD 32, Pawhuska 14 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Newkirk 7 KINGSTON 28, Dibble 27 NOWATA 42, Salina 7 VIAN 24, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 27, Hugo 14 CHISHOLM 28, Millwood 27 Class A THOMAS 42, Carnegie 0 Minco 28, HEALDTON 24 KIEFER 42, Oklahoma Bible 6 SAVANNA 28, Rejoice Christian 21 WYNNEWOOD 35, Rush Springs 6 HOLLIS 32, Mooreland 16 KETCHUM 26, Quinton 12 CROSSINGS CHR. 31, Hominy 28 CASHION 48, Mounds 6 Central Sallisaw 27, AFTON 24 APACHE 30, Texhoma 18 STRATFORD 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 42, Quapaw 7 MORRISON 34, Okeene 14 RINGLING 38, Elmore City 20 Cordell 27, FAIRVIEW 22 Class B LAVERNE 54, Geary 8 KEOTA 34, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 46, Wetumka 0 MAYSVILLE 46, Seiling 36 ALEX 42, Turpin 28 Weleetka 38, OAKS 32 DEWAR 48, Depew 34 POND CREEK-HUNTER 50, Maud 22 Class C CHEROKEE 52, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Deer Creek-Lamont 30 BLUEJACKET 44, Webbers Falls 12 Shattuck 28, GRANDFIELD 24 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 COYLE 56, Thackerville 24 FOX 52, Covington-Douglas 6 BALKO 38, Ryan 20 * Home team in CAPS