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Nov 24, 2014
Chris and Sarah Roberts use the words interchangeably. Team is family. Family is team. But over the past few months, team and family intertwined in a way that the football coach at Crossings Christian School and his wife never would’ve imagined. They have expanded their home team by adding a member of their football family. Crossings linebacker Christian Osterhout is now part of Team Roberts....
Crossings Christian football coach adds a member of his team to his family
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Nov 24, 2014Chris and Sarah Roberts use the words interchangeably. Team is family. Family is team. But over the past few months, team and family intertwined in a way that the football coach at Crossings Christian School and his wife never would’ve imagined. They have expanded their home team by adding a member of their football family. Crossings linebacker Christian Osterhout is now part of Team Roberts. After his dad died a few years ago, Christian became a regular at Chris and Sarah’s house. An already solid relationship was cemented earlier this fall when Christian’s mom died, too. “Nobody said it would be easy,” Sarah said of expanding a family that already included three biological children and one foster child. “They just said it would be worth it.” Chris nodded as they sat in the deserted Crossings locker room Monday afternoon. “It’s not easy,” she said, “but it’s definitely worth it.” “That’s right,” he said. During a holiday week in which family and football will be front and center, no one exemplifies that combination better than Team Roberts. Football brought together their family. Theirs is such a perfect marriage that the kings of football have taken notice. Christian and Team Roberts have been named one of six finalists for the NFL's "Together We Make Football" contest. Win an online vote, and they’ll be headed to the Super Bowl. Team Roberts wants to win the contest — this is a competitive lot; Chris and Christian helped get Crossings from a start-up program to the playoffs for the first time this season — and yet, something feels different about this competition. The outcome doesn’t weigh on them. The final score doesn’t matter all that much. They feel like they’ve already won. * * * The summer before Christian’s freshman year, his dad died after a battle with ALS. Christian had been in Crossings’ middle-school football program, so Chris quickly heard about what had happened. He called Christian soon after the funeral. “Hey, let’s go have lunch,” the coach said. One lunch turned into weekly lunches turned into dinners at the Roberts’ house. Chris and Sarah had three kids under the age of 7 at the time, and since Christian didn’t have younger siblings, he felt uncomfortable at first. “What is this place?” Christian wondered. Eventually, he started to enjoy the insanity. Craved it, actually. It was a diversion from everything happening at his house. His mom had gotten sick, too. She was battling scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes extra collagen to form and impede organ function. Her lungs took the brunt of it, and she eventually needed an oxygen tank. Watching his mom struggle and doing so without his dad was difficult for Christian. The Roberts’ house was a haven. When the doctors began talking about a lung transplant — often seen as a last-resort option — Christian and his mom had a conversation that no parent wants to have. No child wants it either. What would happen if she died? They agreed that the Roberts were a great family. Would they make Christian part of their team? “Hey, Coach, my mom’s not doing very well,” Christian told Chris the next time he visited. “If something were to happen, could I come live here with you?” “Of course,” Chris said. End of discussion. Three days before Crossings’ season opener in September, Christian’s mom died. He spoke at the funeral, telling about his mom’s quirky but loving personality, about how she was as joyful through her illness as his dad was strong through his. Chris and Sarah marvel at how he handled that day and every day since. “He’s not bitter, he’s not angry, he doesn’t pout around saying, ‘Why me?’” Chris said. “He plays the cards that have been dealt to him. It’s a great testament to how his parents were, how his parents raised him. “Their legacy lives in him.” And now it’s part of their family. “We couldn’t ask for a better influence on our kids than him,” Sarah said. For Team Roberts, the storybook ending has already happened. This NFL deal? It’s a fairytale. * * * Listening to both Christian and Chris speak at Kathy’s funeral, Sarah felt a tugging in her heart. The daughter of a high school football coach, she’d been around the game all her life and seen the way the players became family. Football even brought her and Chris together; he had played for her dad at Turpin High School. Still, she never expected the game to bring her a new son. After she got home from the funeral, she went into the bedroom, shut the door, held up her cell phone and spoke from her heart. Still wearing her funeral clothes, she told the story of Christian and Team Roberts, then sent it to “Together We Make Football”, a promotion she’d heard mentioned during NFL games. “Didn’t think about it,” she said. “Didn’t watch it.” “Didn’t tell us,” Chris said, chuckling. A few weeks later, Sarah, who is the director of women’s ministry for Oklahoma FCA, got an email from the NFL wanting to chat on the phone and get more details. After that interview, she got another call asking to talk to Chris. “I should probably tell him that this is going on,” she thought. The next week, NFL Films sent a crew to spend three days with Team Roberts. The family wasn’t given any details about how the footage would be used, but they figured something must be afoot if the NFL was spending that much time and money. JOIN TEAM ROBERTS Want to help Christian Osterhout and Team Roberts win the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” contest? Go to www.togetherwemakefootball.com and vote for “Christian”. You can vote once daily until Jan. 4. Team Roberts got its answer a couple weeks later. Crossings was having a pep rally before its first-ever playoff appearance, and as Chris introduced the players to a packed gym, the school’s headmaster walked over, took the microphone and began talking about Team Roberts. “You know who loves your story?” the headmaster said. “Deion Sanders.” On cue, the former NFL great strolled through the doors and presented Christian with a silver football signifying his status as a finalist in the “Together We Make Football” contest. Last week, Christian, Chris and Sarah spent two days in New York with the other finalists. The trip included an appearance on the Today Show, a trip to NFL headquarters and a meeting with Roger Goodell. “Rog?” Christian deadpanned. Chris and Sarah nearly doubled over in laughter. “I’m just kidding,” Christian said, smiling. “Commissioner Goodell … he seemed like a really cool guy.” Christian might see the commish again if he wins this contest and goes to the Super Bowl. But take note, Oklahoma — Christian is the only finalist who doesn’t live in an NFL city. All the other finalists have the marketing muscle of their hometown team, who can encourage fans to vote online. Christian doesn’t have that advantage and needs plenty of homegrown help. (Anyone willing to make a call to Dez Bryant or DeMarco Murray on this kid’s behalf? Maybe they could take this up with their boss down there in Dallas.) But even if Christian doesn’t win the contest, Team Roberts feels fortunate that their story has been shared and their testimony has been told. “I have been through a lot,” Christian said. “Everybody goes through many hard things in life. I just want people to see that no matter what happens, God is always faithful. “He’s never left me through any of it.” Christian’s mom always used to joke about his love of sports. No one else in their family even liked sports, much less played them like he did. He had athletic ability. He had competitive juices. “You must’ve gotten switched in the hospital with a coach’s kid,” his mom would say. Christian told that story at his mom’s funeral, then looked heavenward. “Mom, you’re right once again,” he said. “I’m a coach’s kid.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
After Jason Money made a mental mistake that led to his team's elimination from the state football playoffs, he learned video of the play had gone viral. He dealt with horrific insults and was then buoyed by overwhelming love and support.
High school QB in viral video talks about his heartbreaking mistake and the aftermath
Amy Donaldson, Deseret News | Nov 2, 2014SPANISH FORK, Utah — Jason Money tried to revel in the joy he felt at his entire family being together for the first time in 18 months. But the pain of a momentary mistake haunted him, muting the merriment of a night the entire family had anticipated for months. “Everyone was happy, obviously, because we were all hanging out,” the 17-year-old said. “I wasn’t trying to bring the mood down at all, but I was tired. It was late. I’d played a football game, so I went downstairs, and I hit my knees and I just sobbed, I don’t know for like 30 minutes.” Tears fell freely as he recounted the isolating heartbreak he felt as he struggled with the idea that he’d cost his teammates the chance at another game in a Spanish Fork (Utah) High School uniform. In his prayers, he begged for understanding, he pleaded for help. “I was just asking why me,” he said, stopping to release a sob of emotion. “Being a competitor my whole life, there was a lot of grief. I was already feeling horrible; I was just trying to put all that sorrow and hate on the Savior.” He stops to suck in a breath, then finishes. “He really took it all,” he said. “That first night I felt pretty lonely, to be honest. But the next couple of nights, I’ve just had so many things shared with me, I’ve just had the most overwhelming peaceful feeling that everything happens for a reason. It will all make sense later.” His parents and his sister fight their own tears as they listen to Jason talk about how a mistake on a football field broke his heart. And then, as he always does, he puts it in perspective. “For this to be the saddest thing in my 17 years of life,” he smiles and his parents and sister, Jessica, burst into laughter. “It’s hard to recognize those things that soon. But I have now.” * * * Ken and Mina Money still can’t quite believe how one teenage boy’s mistake could become national news. They were nestled, as they always are, in the middle of families they’ve known for a decade as their sons started competing together in grade school. Their daughter, Lisa, was coming home from serving a religious mission in Spain just about the time the game was scheduled to end, so they quickly divided up duties and prepared to leave Provo (Utah) High School as quickly as they could. They were gathering blankets and high-fiving other parents as they, like most at the game, believed that with about eight seconds on the game clock and a 14-11 lead, Spanish Fork had earned the fourth and final playoff spot from the region. “We were down on the track, and we see one last play,” Ken Money said. “And then the whole Maple Mountain crowd was cheering. We had no clue what was going on. Then somebody told me they stripped the ball from Jason, and they’d scored. I saw Jason (on his knees in the end zone) and I just had to get to him.” What the Moneys didn’t see was that with 3.7 seconds left in the game, Jason had scrambled away from the line of scrimmage, successfully eluding Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork, Utah) defensive players until the clock hit zero. “I just didn’t want to get tackled with time left,” Jason said. “We were on their 20 and they could kick a field goal. I looked at the clock, and it was zero. And it was (he sighs) just relief. We just won. And all of a sudden, I was like, we didn’t just win.” In football, the game doesn’t necessarily end when the clock hits zero. Instead, the game ends when the ball is dead, when the play is over. While Money and several other players stopped as the clock hit zero, two Maple Mountain defensive players did not. Jason Blanthron stripped the ball from Money’s hand, after which Branddon Beebe picked it up and ran into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Money said he realized his mistake the minute the defenders hit him. “I realized I needed to go make a tackle,” he said. “Then I was surrounded by Maple Mountain kids celebrating, and I’m laying in the end zone just crushed. That’s any kid’s nightmare, anywhere. It’s a lot of hard work and three years of playing good football for that moment. It was overwhelming. It didn’t feel real at all.” The crowd momentarily began chanting his name, but administrators quickly quieted the crowd. He wasn’t aware of much until he saw his father walking toward him. “I was just heartbroken,” Jason said. “I couldn’t believe what happened. What was I thinking? If I could go back 10 seconds earlier, I would go down. If I could go back and re-do it. … It all happened so fast.” His father approached him and he got to his feet. “He didn’t really say anything,” Jason said, tears shining in his deep, brown eyes. “There wasn’t much to say.” * * * The only son of Ken and Mina Money, Jason’s world has always revolved around sports. While Ken played all three sports his son loves — football, baseball and basketball — Mina’s interest was more personal. “I mostly just loved Jason,” she said, pointing out that all three of their daughters were cheerleaders at Spanish Fork. “When he was young, we just loved to watch everything. We didn’t care what he was doing.” Ken Money wears his fatherly pride like a badge of honor, rattling off stats and accomplishments but without a hint of arrogance. “Football has always been our favorite in our household,” he said. “He’s been a three-sport player as a sophomore, junior and senior. But football always kind of seemed to be where our attention usually went, camps and our effort and our time, mostly.” Maybe, Ken points out, their commitment was cemented when Jason, as a sophomore quarterback, teamed up with his cousin, a senior, to lead Spanish Fork to the 3A state title game. They lost that game, but they set a record for touchdown completions. “That kind of got the ball rolling,” he said. “He started getting some attention in recruiting, so we just started spending more time and effort.” Ironically, it was the years of hard work that made what happened Tuesday night more painful. The fact that he has scholarship offers, while many of his teammates do not, only exacerbated his agony. “There were so many emotions going on inside of me, I couldn’t talk between sobs,” he said. “It was a feeling I’ve never felt before in my entire life. Just a feeling like mixed emotions, a kind of sadness that has never hit me before. … This is a pretty unique loss. Even though we’re a team, it falls on my shoulders. I just felt for my team; I felt for everyone. We’ve all worked so hard for three years. … And for it to come to an end on my play, it really hurt me.” * * * Ken Money said the chaos was confusing, with people saying Jason was hot-dogging or that he’d spiked the ball. He knew that wasn’t true, but he knew he needed to get to his son as quickly as he could. “Tried to deflect the pain for my son,” Ken said, tears in his eyes. “I could tell he was absolutely heartbroken. He’s a competitor, a fierce competitor. He’s started every game for three years as quarterback. He’s been there. He’s kind of made it happen, and they were pretty confident with the ball in his hands. He makes good decisions. It was just a fluke … there was some confusion and I just wanted to take the pain away.” When he reached his son’s side, he knew there would be little he could do to ease this burden. “There really wasn’t anything to say,” Ken said. “He knows sports better than I’ll ever know them. He knew what happened. So I just stood there with him.” As Ken silently ushered his son to the car, a sobbing little boy in a Spanish Fork hoodie hit Jason on the leg. “He was just always on the sideline,” the 6-foot-2 senior quarterback said, his eyes filling with tears remembering the sight of Kade Christensen. “He’s my buddy.” “Jase looked at him, saw him, and then went down on his knees, hugged him,” Ken said, his voice cracking with emotion. “So they were just sitting there hugging. It was pretty cool. We kind of forgot about everything that was going on.” But forgetting wouldn’t be an option for Money, his family, his teammates or the community. Less than 12 hours after that final play, it became a viral sensation, national news and fodder for Twitter trolls. * * * Within 30 minutes, Jason’s teammates were texting and tweeting their love and support of him. The next morning, Kade Christensen dropped off a letter and portrait of Money declaring him “the best quarterback in the world.” Jason only attended his math class on Wednesday morning because the family planned to spend the day with his sister, Lisa, who’d been on an 18-month religious mission to Madrid, Spain. Once he returned home, a personally painful situation became a public humiliation. “I got a notification on my phone,” Jason said. “Someone tweeted at me and it said, ‘You worthless loser. You should never play football again.’ I had no clue who it was.” The tweets continued, deteriorating from the rude and hurtful to horrific and unbelievable. He texted his sister, Jessica Money, who is the cheer adviser at Spanish Fork. They learned that the video, already on YouTube, had been posted on most national sports websites and some news sites. It was the 1.2 million views on Bleacher Report that felt like a kick in the gut. He texted his father. “The very worst moment of my life, and 1.2 million people have seen it,” Ken Money said the text read. “Not many of us get stuck with the very worst moment of our lives out there.” People called him insulting names and told him he wasn’t worthy of being the team’s water boy. He received 15 death threats, and one of the worst tweets, “You’re so stupid, you couldn’t even kill yourself right.” It was shocking — for many reasons — to the entire family. “Two hours before kickoff, he gets called into the principal’s office and (told) ‘You’re first-team academic all-state,’ ” Ken Money said, “10 players in the state.” Why would people who didn’t know Money or care about the game possibly take the time to write him such vile sentiments? Jessica Money admits she took to Twitter to defend her little brother, but quit after the trolls turned their venom on her. But almost immediately after the insults began came the tweets of support. While Jason Money stayed off social media, his sister monitored it, and she said that very quickly, people from the community, starting with his teammates, began defending him. Opponents and strangers from around the country quickly joined the fight to defend Money from those who inexplicably wanted to make a painful experience even more excruciating. His coaches and teammates, those most affected by his mistake, were the first to offer support. Coach Kirk Chambers, who played in the NFL, offered a moving defense of the civic-minded honor student in a Blaze article. Thursday night, Jason answered his phone to hear, “Hi, this is LaVell Edwards (former Brigham Young University football head coach).” “Gary Crowton (former BYU head coach and current SUU offensive coordinator) called him immediately,” Ken said. “Ty Detmer called him. … Dixie (State University, where he has a scholarship offer) invited him down to visit the campus.” Spanish Fork’s mayor and City Council members called to tell the family how well Jason had represented the community throughout his career. Opposing players defended him on Twitter, with one Maple Mountain player even texting Jason two days after the game to invite him to a haunted house with some other teens. “Unsolicited, they’ve just stepped up,” Ken said, tears returning to his eyes. “These guys have called him, they’ve reached out.” Jason added, “Music producers with 500,000 followers are tweeting, ‘Hey man, we’ve got your back. Everyone makes mistakes.’ ” And then, Saturday morning there came a call from an Arizona phone number. “I answered, and he said, ‘Is this Jason Money?’ I said yes, and he said, ‘THE Jason Money?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, uh-oh, I’m about to get some hate right now.’ He said, ‘Hey, man, this is Ryan Fitzpatrick. I just wanted you to know, I really think a lot of you. … I know you’re a great person and you shouldn’t let this define you.’ ” Jason said every person who called or came to his house shared stories of their own failures, their own humiliations. “It struck me that everyone has a story like that,” Jason said. “I look at these great guys … I think if a guy like that can do it, I can do it as well.” Ken said strangers have offered him hugs. Mina said their house has dozens of visitors a day, including the Springville (Utah) High School coaching staff and friends Jason hasn’t seen for years. They come bearing cards, baked goods or just a handshake. Jessica Money said she read through all of the comments on the original Bleacher Report article this weekend, and was moved at how every negative comment was followed by a response defending or supporting Jason. “The cool thing was, the second people started being critical, there was a positive message to every single one from people from Spanish Fork or random people who we don’t even know,” she said. The entire family has had people seek them out or stop them to tell them about moments, some small, some significant, where Jason took the time to help or support other people. “Jason is not the kind to brag about himself,” said Jessica, admitting she’s happy to assume that role. “He’s always the first person to look for the kid who doesn’t have a friend, or to go to the principal’s office and ask, ‘Who is having a hard day?’ It’s been who he is his whole life. He’s always been a special kid.” Jason said he has always been keenly aware of how blessed he is. As a leader on his sports teams and in the school, he said he felt the need to be an example and sometimes a light to other people. In fact, some of the projects in which he’s involved, he doesn’t want to talk about because he wants to keep them between him and the people he hopes to help. Jason smiles as he describes what it’s been like to be the beneficiary of such love, even on the heels of bizarre venom. He said it feels as if he’s “living through his own funeral.” What he’s experienced in the last four days has broken his heart and enriched his soul. Every hour has been a mixture of moving through regret peppered with unbelievable cruelty and unexpected compassion. Like the gentleman from Connecticut who called the school to talk to Money on Friday morning. “I’ve been following your story closely,” Jason said the man said. “I’ve been on a (religious) mission and we have ties to Utah. We want you to know we all care about you. My family and everyone here has your back.” Ken Money said he’s been overwhelmed with gratitude. In fact, he said what others have done for them has inspired him to reach out to others in a way he’d never considered. “I don’t know if I would have been the person to call someone or send a note,” he said. “But I’m looking for those opportunities now.” * * * The Moneys said this week has seen a lot of tears, many born of sadness but a lot flowing from joy. Not lost on his parents is the fact that their son’s high school career ended, and they didn’t really get to celebrate all he accomplished. “What hit me is that’s the last play I’ll see him play,” Ken said. “He’s had 10,000 yards of offense. I know I sound like a dad, but he’s the most prolific quarterback we’ve ever had at Spanish Fork and fifth in the state, I think. … And that’s the last we’ll see him play in his helmet, in his high school uniform. All of a sudden you start thinking of those things.” The Moneys understand the roller coaster that is competitive sports. In fact, they embrace it. “It never crossed my mind,” Ken Money said of having regrets about getting his son involved in sports. “For every negative, and this is a big negative, we’ve had … so many opportunities he’s had that he only would have gotten through sports.” Jason said he’s still working through the whys of what happened on Tuesday night. If he had the opportunity, he said he'd absolutely take the chance to live that 3.7 seconds again. “But there’s no point,” he said. “So why beat yourself up about it? I’ve just got to face the music and take what you can learn from it. One mistake is not going to change the way I play, the way I work.” But the support he’s received has given him a different lens with which to view his disappointment. “I’ve had some pretty low lows, but to me, it seems like the positives have to outweigh the negatives,” Jason said. “It makes me emotional to talk about all of the support I’ve gotten. I can’t even begin to register all of the support … and how much it means. Just the fact that people would think about me like that, it’s had a big impact on me.” His big sister steps in again, “We could say thank you every day for the rest of our lives and I don’t think it would be enough. … The nice words have saved Jason, probably. He’s a good kid and he’s strong, but it helps to have the support and the love of other people.”
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience.
Tributes: Longtime athlete and coach Gerald Benn dies at 79
BY SCOTT MUNN | Oct 20, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Longtime athlete and coach Gerald Benn died at age 79. He was a 6-foot-1, 203-pound offensive lineman at Sulphur High School, picked in to play in the 1953 All-State game and Oil Bowl. Benn served in the Army from 1953-57, where he played for Fort Ord (Calif.) post team. After he was discharged, Benn received a football scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he was a three-year letterman and Academic All-American. Benn spent 20 years in coaching, first at Ponca City High School and then at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He also officiated football, basketball, baseball and softball for 30 years. Away from the ballfields, Benn liked taking fishing trips to Canada, Mexico and local lakes. A family obituary said Benn “enjoyed working with the youth of Oklahoma, association with coaches and the camaraderie with other officials.” Tony Blair Jr., 29, was killed Oct. 4 at Lawton Speedway. The track official was run over by a tractor in the infield before the final race of the season. Blair was the father of three little girls. He was a second generation official at the historic race track. Bob Schwaninger, 88, of Yukon was a native Nebraskan who followed the Cornhuskers even after moving to the Sooner state in 1960. He once received a thank you letter from former Nebraska football coach Bob Devaney for his hard-core support. Schwaninger was a volunteer for several church and community events, which included the building and maintaining of a playground for handicapped children. He served as president of the Pioneers of America, an AT&T organization that funded the building of a playground for disadvantaged kids. Schwaninger was instrumental in the design of the “beep ball,” a special softball used for the visually impaired. He was also a World War II veteran. Bob Pugh, 88, was the co-founder of the Tulsa Walking Club. The retired Texaco worker and World War II veteran walked in every Oklahoma county, all 50 states and in nine countries. Pugh walked 30 miles a week into his 70s. A former assistant scoutmaster who led youngsters on more than 4,000 miles of hikes. Ed Tippens Jr., 89, played basketball for Hammon High School. Ron Chesser of Oklahoma City was an All-State football player at Yukon High School. He spent 36 years as an football and basketball official at the high school and state college levels. Inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of Fame. Bob Peck, 80, of Edmond was a standout pitcher for Cement High School and courted by the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League. He instead went into the family grocery business and later owned 16 Kentucky Fried Chicken stores. Peck collected golf balls, scorecards and baseballs from special events. He enjoyed watching younger members of the family play ball in high school and college. Sheldon Rose, 37, of Moore played high school basketball at Capitol Hill. Attended Murray State Junior College on a basketball scholarship. Clyde Yates, 88, of Tulsa loved playing golf. After retiring from the space program, he played almost daily. Scored a hole-in-one in 1998. Forrest Colston, 78, of Walters marched with the Pride of Oklahoma band on fall Saturdays at Owen Field. Randy Bodenhamer, 59, was a petroleum landman for more than 30 years. He had a life-long love of sports and played recreational softball, basketball and football. Bodenhamer coached youth sports such as T-ball, softball, volleyball and flag football. He was a behind-the-scenes worker with the Sand Springs High School football and basketball teams. Learned to drive a school bus so he could transport sports teams to games. Served on the Sand Springs Parks and Recreation board of directors. Colleen Hufford, 54, of Moore was a devoted fan of the Oklahoma City Blazers and Barons hockey teams. Hufford and husband KC sat in the north end of the Cox Center. Pall bearers included former Blazers coach Doug Sauter and star forward Marty Standish. Jack Martin, 75, of Harrah was a life-long racer, competing in everything from funny cars to drag boats. By trade, Martin worked for Gilt Edge dairy as a route supervisor. Bob McIntire, 79, of Okmulgee was a native of Claude, Texas, where he lettered in football and basketball. Bob Brousseau, 87, of Oklahoma City was a former Catholic priest who dabbled in real estate. He was also a personal trainer who gave lectures on aging and health. At age 72, he set an age division world record for the bench press at 407.75 pounds. Charles Dempsey, 77, of Oklahoma City quarterbacked and captained the 1954 Classen Comets football team. He walked on at OU, and his love of football led to officiating high school games in the 1960s and 1970s. An award-winning salesman by trade. Marty White, 35, of Bethany installed bowling lanes for the family business, Big 8 Bowling Service. The Putnam City West High graduate was a Navy veteran and musician. Mike Taylor, 49, of Tulsa played baseball from first grade through college. As a 10-year-old, Taylor played on a team that defeated Puerto Rico for a national championship. Worked at a ski resort in Crested Butte, Colo.
College football: Meet John Teeters, the Oklahoma State sprinter who has raced both Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill
Long before Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill cemented themselves as two of the top kick return men in the country this football season, the Sooner and Cowboy were known for their speed elsewhere. On the track. Just ask Oklahoma State sprinter John Teeters. He’s raced both.
College football: Meet John Teeters, the Oklahoma State sprinter who has raced both Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill
By Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 16, 2014Long before Alex Ross and Tyreek Hill cemented themselves as two of the top kick return men in the country this football season, the Sooner and Cowboy were known for their speed elsewhere. On the track. Just ask Oklahoma State sprinter John Teeters. He’s raced both. “Alex brings a lot to the table,” Teeters said. “Tyreek is just kind of a freak of nature.” Teeters, a junior who specializes in the 100- and 200-meter dash, was a former football player himself at Edmond Memorial, but his true talent was on the oval surrounding the field. He was a state champion in the 4x100-meter relay and a two-time state runner-up in the 100-meter dash. On two occasions at state meets, he lined up alongside Ross — matchups Teeters won’t soon forget. Ross, a standout at Jenks who won a state title in the 200-meter dash, was without question the largest competitor in those races. “I remember racing him senior year of high school and he was like 6-1 and 215 pounds,” Teeters said. “Racing against something that big, that fast, is just scary in itself. You don’t see that many big guys run under 11 seconds.” Even then, Teeters was able to beat Ross in one of those races. “I guess it’s kind of cool to see him go run kick returns for touchdowns,” Teeters said. “And then be like, ‘Yeah, I raced that guy and I beat him.’” After graduation, Teeters spent one season with the University of Tulsa’s track team before transferring to OSU. And last indoor season, he was introduced to the blinding speed of Hill. Teeters and Hill raced three different times, including the Big 12 championship heat in the 60-meter dash. And all three times, Hill won. “Tyreek the freak, that’s his name,” Teeters said. “Genetically, I think Tyreek is the most gifted I’ve ever seen.” Both Hill and Ross have shown that track-style speed on their combined four kick return touchdowns this season, and there’s little doubt their background as sprinters aids in their success. As Teeters explains, sprinters are very technical in their training in timing steps, making sure each is powerful and in a straight line. “It takes work,” Teeters said. But not all sprinters or kick returners have the same style of speed, and much of that difference relates to body type. Hill is listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds. Ross is listed at 6-foot-1 and 221 pounds. “Usually, shorter and more stout guys like Tyreek , you’re going to get out really fast,” Teeters said. “But longer guys sometimes take maybe 20 meters to get going.” Either way, both approaches get the job done if the talent is there. And that skill set is a big reason why Hill and Ross were both recruited with the plan to utilize their skills in the return game. “(Hill) did it in junior college and he possesses that world-class speed,” said OSU receivers coach Jason Ray, Hill’s primary recruiter. “Anytime you have a kid that can run that fast, I think that you want him back there and to give him as many opportunities as possible to have the ball in his hands.” Same goes for Ross. “If anybody watched what he did in high school and how fast he was, what he’s done for two years with us … I’ve never seen him get caught one time since he’s been here,” said OU running backs coach Cale Gundy. Teeters is currently in the grind of offseason training as the upcoming indoor slate won’t begin for another few months. Until then, he can enjoy watching his teammate light up the football field until he’s able to return back to the track. But here’s the real question. Between Hill and Ross, who would win in a race? “Tyreek would smoke him,” Teeters said. “The difference is, Alex Ross is a speedster, but Tyreek runs an Olympic 200 time. That’s what makes him so special. People don’t understand how fast that guy is moving.” Teeters made sure to follow that statement with some clarification. That’s no disrespect to Ross. “Alex brings a lot to the table because he’s big and fast,” Teeters said. “That combination is rare … I wouldn’t want to line up against him in football pads.” But even Ross’ position coach agrees. Hill is in a class of his own. “If he gets a seam – there’s a guy up north at Oklahoma State that’s probably faster, but besides that, I’d want (Ross) on my team,” Cale Gundy said.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Derek McCartney used to saunter next door to his grandfather's house as a teenager to hear riveting stories.The Colorado defensive lineman never tired of listening to tales about the Buffaloes' 1990 national championship team or Kordell Stewart's Hail Mary pass in a game dubbed the "Miracle in Michigan."Then again, McCartney has quite a storyteller for a grandpa —...
Grandfather's tales lead DL Derek McCartney to CU
PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Sep 12, 2014BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Derek McCartney used to saunter next door to his grandfather's house as a teenager to hear riveting stories. The Colorado defensive lineman never tired of listening to tales about the Buffaloes' 1990 national championship team or Kordell Stewart's Hail Mary pass in a game dubbed the "Miracle in Michigan." Then again, McCartney has quite a storyteller for a grandpa — legendary Colorado coach Bill McCartney. Little wonder after all those yarns that the grandson had his heart set on attending Colorado. No surprise, either, that when the redshirt freshman runs into Folsom Field for the home opener Saturday night against No. 16 Arizona State, the proud grandfather will be front and center. "I'm 74 years old and in the fourth quarter of life. For me to have this opportunity, to be a part of Derek's life, is a privilege," said Bill McCartney, the all-time winningest coach at Colorado and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. "It's just thrilling for me that he's here, at Colorado, because this school was so good to me." Football simply runs in the family. Derek's father, Shannon Clavelle, was a defensive lineman for Colorado from 1992-94 before playing a few seasons in the NFL. His brother, T.C. McCartney, played at Louisiana State and now is in quality control with the Cleveland Browns. T.C. also is the son of late Colorado quarterback Sal Aunese. And then there's his grandfather, Bill, who guided the Buffaloes to national prominence. Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn't ask Derek if he's somehow related to the coach. "I like when that happens," said the 20-year-old, who has one sack and six tackles through two games. "It's really cool to have my grandfather in my life. It's really helpful for me." Go ahead and quiz Derek about Colorado football. Chances are his grandfather has covered the topic with him. Who caught Stewart's pass that day in Michigan nearly 20 years ago? Easy, Michael Westbrook. After all, his grandpa has a picture of the play and a button to push to hear the broadcast audio. "Love listening to that," said Derek, who also was close with his grandmother, Lyndi McCartney, before she died in 2013. "One of my favorite things in his house." The grandfather and grandson are close. Always have been. Derek and his mom, Kristy, along with T.C., moved next door to the longtime coach in Westminster, Colorado, when Derek was around middle-school age. Back then, Derek wasn't as close with his father as he's becoming now ("it's really cool, seeing our relationship grow," he said). His mom is one of his biggest role models and supporters. Same goes for his grandfather. He and his grandpa chat at least once a week, with Derek letting him know what's going on with football and school work. Before he even played a down for the Buffaloes, Derek was well on his way to his degree in physiology and on pace to graduate in the spring of 2016. For as much as he loves football, his biggest desire is to become a doctor. "This is a kid with high character and tremendous potential," Bill said. "It's not limited to just football." Derek grew up hearing the stories about Rashaan Salaam winning the Heisman Trophy and how Colorado beat Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl to cement the national title. But Derek's favorite story revolves around something that happened on the sideline, when running back Eric Bieniemy delivered an impromptu pep talk to a struggling defense. "The way my grandfather tells it, Eric pulled them off to the side and fired them up," said Derek, who played both defensive end and tight end in high school. "It's a story about how one guy can make a difference through leadership." Derek is hoping to be that kind of leader for the Buffaloes, a team that hasn't been to a bowl game since 2007. He sees a lot of the original coach Mac, his grandfather, in the new coach Mac — Mike MacIntyre, who's off to a 1-1 start in his second season in charge. "I never knew my grandpa as a coach. But I see a lot of similarities in the way my grandpa helped raise me and just the way that both of them encourage a lot to motivate," Derek said. "We're way more disciplined (as a team). It's going to start showing up pretty soon here."
May 25, 2014
Mark Helm, president and chief executive of Dolese Bros. Co., has worked three decades in the ready-mix and aggregates industry. His career took him to Illinois, Minnesota and Colorado, before bringing him to Oklahoma 13 years ago.
Executive Q&A: Dolese Bros. Co chief Mark Helm's career cemented in ready-mix, aggregates industry
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | May 25, 2014As kid, Mark Helm played with toy backhoes in a sandbox and built rivers and roads in his mom’s garden after he tilled it. So it seems only natural that Helm today heads Dolese Bros. Co., the state’s largest supplier of ready-mix concrete, crushed stone, gravel and sand. “The products we supply are what we use to build everything around us,” Helm said, “from our roads to the concrete that runs the full height of the Devon Tower.” Dolese employs roughly 1,100, including about 80 at its downtown Oklahoma City offices at 13 NW 13. Helm, 53, sat down recently with The Oklahoman to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, where my parents still live in a retirement community. I’m the fourth of their five children. My oldest sibling, a brother, is nine years older and lives in Ohio, and my youngest, a sister, is four years younger and lives in Denver. I’ve remained closest to that sister, but we all get along; only we don’t see each other a lot. I get back about twice a year — in the spring, summer or fall, to avoid the brutal winters. My father was a carpenter and, later, a construction superintendent. When I was in high school, my mother was a cook for the school cafeteria, so I got to eat her good cooking — including breaded pork cutlets and hamburger, gravy and mashed potatoes — at school and at home. I was an above average student. I played offensive guard on the football team and threw the shot put in track. From the time I was 6 or 7, my parents had a place on a lake in northern Minnesota, where we fished, hunted, canoed, boated, hiked and cross-country skied. Q: And college? A: I lived at home and commuted to the University of Minnesota. I started out in architecture, but I wasn’t artsy enough. So, I switched to civil engineering, which I think was an outgrowth of going with my dad to construction projects growing up. Q: Where did you work before Dolese? A: Jobs were in short supply when I graduated from college in 1984, so I took a job with a private aggregates and ready-mix construction company in Moline, Ill., which launched my career in this industry. Within three and half years, I was back in Minnesota working for a similar company — which started out as a family business, went through numerous acquisitions, mergers and de-mergers, and today is a piece of an international company. I worked in Minneapolis from 1987 to 1994, and in business development in Denver from 1994 to 2001. In 14 years, I had 14 different bosses, and the company and its values changed a lot. Dolese recruited me for 18 months. When I finally came and saw what was going on in Oklahoma, I was glad I joined the management team 13 years ago. It’s been a good fit for me. Q: I understand Dolese is helping build storm-resistant houses. Tell us about that. A: We recently hired a salesman in masonry from Florida, where block homes are popular. So far we worked with a contractor to build one home in Moore, and held an open house to gauge public interest. The house has a concrete foundation and walls, and wood roof with hurricane straps. When my wife and I moved here, we were amazed at how few homes had storm shelters, considering this is Tornado Alley. We had a shelter installed in our garage, within weeks of buying our house. In Minnesota, tornadoes aren’t as common, but we do have them. In fact, when I was 4, we lost our house in a tornado. I remember my dad hollering at me to get down to the basement and the sound of loud noises and breaking glass. When it was over, most of the walls in our home were down and there was a board in the middle of my bed. I was glad I hadn’t been sleeping in it. Q: You mentioned a company community relations committee. Is this something new? A: Yes. The late Roger Dolese, former president and son of a co-founder of the company, was very community-oriented, but he always did it quietly. We still want to do it that way, but now we’re looking for opportunities to support the some 69 communities across Oklahoma, especially rural ones, where our employees live and work. For example, we recently hosted a “Kids Rock” program, leading a tour of our quarry outside Davis for a group of sixth-graders. The kids loved it; of course, we sent them home with rock candy. Q: Dolese has been an employee-owned company since 2003. Has that been good for employee morale? A: Very much so. The profit sharing is significant, about 20 percent of their salaries. And employees realize they are owners of the company. A lot of times I’ll hear people say “Are you sure we should do this? That’s my profit sharing you’re affecting.” And that (serious attention to business decisions) is a good thing. They know that if we’re successful, they’re successful.
Apr 5, 2014
While Cody Thomas is competing for OU’s backup quarterback job, he’s also trying to fight his way into the outfield rotation for Pete Hughes’ OU baseball team.
Oklahoma football: A look inside Cody Thomas' two-sport spring
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Apr 5, 2014NORMAN — Cody Thomas hasn’t gone to the wrong practice or shown up at the wrong stadium this spring. “Not yet,” he said. Only one more week to go. The Oklahoma freshman is the baseball-playing quarterback or the football-playing outfielder, depending on your vantage point. No matter how you see it, though, this has been an interesting spring for Thomas, who’s vying for the backup quarterback job while trying to bust into the outfield rotation. His two-sport spring culminates next weekend with football’s Red-White Game smack in the middle of baseball’s three-game series against Red River rival Texas. “I was pretty busy in high school,” Thomas said of balancing football and baseball at Heritage in Colleyville, Texas, “but this is college level and it’s a whole other deal. “I’ve become a really good time manager, I’ll say that.” He laughed. So, he’s kept his sense of humor. Standing on the field at Mitchell Park after baseball practice this past week, you could see that he’s kept his sanity, too. That’s no small thing since he’s been balancing baseball season with spring football for the past month or so. How has it worked? Thomas is on a full football scholarship, so football takes precedence whether in the fall or the spring. Football practices. Football meetings. All of those come before baseball obligations. But even with that, Thomas hasn’t missed all that many baseball commitments this spring. There have been a few practices that he missed, though the coaches have helped him get in batting practice when his schedule allows, and there have only been two games that he’s had to skip. Baseball coach Pete Hughes and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel devised a plan for Thomas before spring football began, and while a few surprises have popped up here and there, things have mostly gone as planned. “We want him to have success in both” sports, Sooner football coach Bob Stoops said, “and I know (the baseball coaches) want him to, too.” Mission accomplished, Thomas said. He thinks he’s made strides in both sports this spring. On the baseball field, he feels like he’s improved his opposite-field hitting and is better at getting his hands inside the ball. On the football field, he feels like his footwork is vastly better than when he arrived on campus last summer. And he’s gotten bigger and stronger, which helps in both sports. He arrived on campus with 200 pounds on 6-foot-5 frame. Now, he’s just under 220. He does lifting and conditioning with the football team, by the way. When the baseball team lifts and runs, he gets to cool his heels, a rarity this spring. “It’s been a balancing act between the two sports,” Thomas said, “but I’ve really enjoyed it. I look forward to doing it the next three years, four years. “I just hope to be able to get on the field in both sports.” Opportunities have been limited in baseball. Thomas has appeared in only six games this season, though you have to wonder if he might play more once spring football is over. As for football, playing time seems possible this fall. Kendal Thompson transferred, Blake Bell switched positions, and Trevor Knight struggled to finish games because of injury this past season. So, with the Sooners needing to solidify their backup quarterback spot, did Thomas ever consider sitting out baseball to try to cement a spot in the pecking order? “No, that thought hasn’t come into my mind yet,” Thomas said. “I’ve been playing baseball and football my whole entire life, and I can’t see it any different right now. “Maybe one day that will come, but right now, I’m sticking with it.” Maybe that day will be when he’s competing to be the starting quarterback or when he’s named the starting quarterback. Maybe then he will want to focus all of his attention on football. Maybe not. But for the time being, Thomas is going to keep a cleat in both sports. Teammates on both teams tell Thomas often that he’s a little crazy to do this. They know how much work one sport is, and they know that the downtime they have is usually when Thomas is doing his other sport. “Not much free time when you’re playing both,” he said. “Baseball plays on the weekend, and that’s usually when football has off.” He shrugged. “But again, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love what I’m doing.” A few minutes later, Thomas left the field for his next appointment. It was a community service event with the baseball team. He wore a baseball shirt and a backward cap. As he turned to leave, he revealed a Sugar Bowl logo on the front of the cap given to all the football players after beating Alabama. Seems the two sports are a constant part of his life right now. Two sports too difficult? Not for Cody Thomas. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Feb 21, 2014
That toughness was born growing up the son of a high school football coach who now works the oil fields. It was strengthened being the youngest of three boys — Spangler's older brothers both played college football.
Oklahoma basketball: Ryan Spangler's hard-earned toughness sets tone for Sooners
BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer email@example.com | Feb 21, 2014NORMAN — The last time Ryan Spangler went against Kansas State, he came out of the game with a bloodied scratch on his neck, courtesy of a Wildcats defender. “They've got to do something to get him off the boards,” teammate Cam Clark said. “That's not going to faze him, getting scratched or elbowed. He's still going to go and that's what we need from him.” Spangler also came out of that game with 21 points and 14 rebounds, further cementing his place as the player who sets the tone for Oklahoma, especially defensively. The Sooners lost that game, though. Saturday, they get another chance at the Wildcats, hosting Kansas State at 3 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. If Oklahoma wins this time, there's a good chance Spangler will have plenty to do with it and there's a good chance his grit inside will come into play. “If we didn't have that, I don't know where we'd be,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Ryan's affected everyone's physicality, their toughness. That's been contagious to the rest of the team.” That toughness was born growing up the son of a high school football coach who now works the oil fields. It was strengthened being the youngest of three boys — Spangler's older brothers both played college football. “They always used to beat me up when I was younger,” Spangler said. “And when I was little, if I wasn't being tough — if I cried — they would always gripe at me and try to get me better.” And then it was honed throughout the last three years, first as a two-sport star at Bridge Creek, then as a freshman at Gonzaga, and now in Norman. In the 2011 Class 4A state title game, Spangler got a rare game against players who matched his size. Douglass' Marquis Buxton-Hill was 6-foot-9, brothers Romond and Ramond Jenkins 6-foot-6. Douglass, led by Stevie Clark, won that game but Spangler did everything he could, scoring 28 and pulling down 18 rebounds. “They started off man-on-man with Ryan and then they put two on him and by the fourth quarter they had three guys on him,” said Ryan Spangler's father Larry. “That's when I saw that he was pretty tough.” At Gonzaga, it developed thanks to daily battles in practice with 7-footers Robert Sacre and, to a lesser degree, Kelly Olynyk. “If they were going to get into the lane, I'd hit them or I was going to get dunked on all the time,” Spangler said. “It's hard to move a 280-pound man (Sacre) that's as strong as him.” Then when Spangler arrived in Norman, sitting out a year, the toughness kept right on building. He spent much of last season guarding Romero Osby in practice. “Guarding Ro, you've got to be fast guarding him but you've got to be tough too,” Spangler said. “Last year was a big steppingstone for me becoming tough and not letting anybody push me around.” In several games during Big 12 play — the game at Kansas State, the home win over Iowa State and both Bedlam wins especially — Spangler has had stretches of dominance on both ends. “Every time he goes on little spurts when he keeps getting boards and stuff, it's like an energy boost for the team,” D.J. Bennett said. “We feed off his hard work.”
Winters guided the Bronchos to three conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance.
Tributes: Former UCO basketball coach Mark Winters dies at age 85
BY SCOTT MUNN, Assistant Sports Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 3, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience: *Mark Winters, 85, spent 16 years as men's head basketball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. He guided the Bronchos to a 239-185 record with three Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championships and one NAIA Tournament appearance over the 1962-78 seasons. Winters was inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. He also spent time as a basketball coach at the high school level and at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at first Presbyterian Church in Edmond. *Leland Crissman, 86, of Duncan was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. The right-hander spent the 1947 season with the Ardmore Indians of the Sooner State League, tying for the team lead with 11 wins. Crissman threw for the Indians' farm teams in Midland, Texas (1948) and Spartanburg, S.C. (1949), before returning to Oklahoma for one more season of pro ball. He played parts of the 1950 season with the Chickasha Chiefs of the Sooner State League and the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League. After his playing days, he coached American Legion baseball and worked for Haliburton Services. *Stillwater resident Joan Bauer Wittner was a New York native who coached at the elementary and high school levels. She and husband Bob moved to Oklahoma in 1982 (Bob accepted a position at Oklahoma State), and Joan continued her involvement in athletics. She was a youth soccer coach; officiated youth and adult sports; and worked as a coach and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics. Joan was a Donna Nigh Award recipient for her service as a volunteer. She died recently at age 73. *Vern Benson, 89, of Granite Quarry, N.C., spent the 1959 and 1960 baseball seasons as manager of the Tulsa Oilers. Benson guided the St. Louis Cardinals farm team to a 153-135 record and two third-place finishes in the Texas League. He then served as an assistant coach for several big league teams, including the Cardinals' 1964 world champions. In an unusual twist to Benson's career, he spent one game as manager of a bad Atlanta Braves team, in 1977. He replaced Braves owner and television magnate Ted Turner, who managed one game while regular skipper, Dave Bristol, was on a reported scouting assignment. National League president Chub Feeney told Turner rules prohibited managers from having ownership in a team. So Benson, the Braves' third-base coach, took over for Turner until Bristol returned to finish out a 61-101 season. *Archie Franz, 88, played basketball for Corn High School. He became a farmer and rancher in the area, supplementing his income by refereeing basketball games. *Seth Martin, 15, played basketball for the Cement junior high and high school teams. A devoted fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant. *Racine, Wis., native Virgil Carlson had a successful tryout with the old Milwaukee Braves — but any thoughts of playing pro baseball were dashed later that week, when he was drafted into the Navy. He was a Broken Arrow resident at the time of death at age 74. *Stanley Hardrick played football at Central High School in Oklahoma City and Cameron University in Lawton. Hardrick was a 240-pound all-district and All-Capital Conference lineman for Central, which clinched its league championship in 1966 with an 18-16 victory over Southeast. The title was the Cardinals' first of any kind since 1947. After college, Hardrick went on to become a supervisor for the City of Oklahoma City. *Tulsa native Linda Ishmael Smith, 78, was an all-conference basketball player at Jenks. She worked in speech therapy in Oklahoma, Illinois, Virginia and Wisconsin before retiring to Sarasota, Fla. *Dwight Ward, 57, of Maysville owned the D&L Tackle Shop. He also donated time to the Pauls Valley rodeo arena, helping build bleachers. *Wes Burton, 58, of Tulsa was a professional golfer and teaching pro in New York, Florida and Argentina. He spent 30 years playing on either the South American Tour or the Champions Tour. Burton qualified for the 2007 U.S. Senior Open with a record-low 64. *Yvonne Blount Chesnutt, 94, of Oklahoma City played tennis for Central High School, finishing as state runner-up in May 1937. ... Norman Schulz, 76, was a Lone Wolf native who played college football at Southwestern State. ... Patti Baker Crosby, 67, of Edmond was a Cushing High School cheerleader. ... Mary Penner, 57, of Wayne played high school basketball at Lexington. ... Jack Staiger, 83, of Tulsa owned the Staiger Tennis Center for 20 years. *Glen Richardson, 95, of Edmond was a golfer who played at Wichita State. ... Charlene Thorpe Black, 74, of Courtney coached youth softball and was an avid Ringling Blue Devils fan. ... Kevin Weedle, 58, of Denton, Texas, was a record-setting basketball player at Chattanooga High School. ... Sue Parker Wild, 66, of Fox assisted husband Ed in training bird dogs for field trials competition. *Paul Seiter, 74, played baseball and football at Moore High School. ... Elinor Russell Lehman, 91, of Commerce was a cheerleader and football queen at Kingfisher High School. ... John Hudspeth, 78, of Shawnee played baseball at Durant High School and then freshman football at OU. ... Delbert Kauk, 89, of Clinton played sandlot baseball in the 1940s for Johnniesville in western Oklahoma. BY SCOTT MUNN
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Unless Peyton Manning changes his habits, the Super Bowl-watching world will get to hear "Omaha!" again and again this Sunday.The Denver Broncos quarterback's word choice at the line of scrimmage has cast a bright light on the Midwestern city over the past few weeks. Omaha has been mentioned thousands of times on Twitter and in media stories, and been visited by everyone from...
Manning's 'Omaha' shouts may be good for business
ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Jan 29, 2014OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Unless Peyton Manning changes his habits, the Super Bowl-watching world will get to hear "Omaha!" again and again this Sunday. The Denver Broncos quarterback's word choice at the line of scrimmage has cast a bright light on the Midwestern city over the past few weeks. Omaha has been mentioned thousands of times on Twitter and in media stories, and been visited by everyone from ESPN to the NFL Network. Will the city be able to turn all of that into a long-term economic boon? Don't count on it. For now, locals are just enjoying the unlikely ride. "I don't think because a football player shouts your city's name that a corporation is going to up and move here," said Jeff Beals, who closely tracks the city's economic development as vice president of World Group Commercial Real Estate. "The city gets the same benefit as a corporate entity gets from having its name on a billboard. It cements the name in people's heads." The city knows the spotlight will fade after Sunday's game between the Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, so the efforts to cash in are fairly modest. Omaha Steaks is selling an $80 "Omaha, Omaha" variety package of meats for Super Bowl partiers. An ice cream parlor is serving a new flavor, "Omaha, Omaha," which has an orange-vanilla base mixed with blue malt balls — Broncos colors. A local business has sold about 1,000 "Omaha," T-shirts at $20 apiece, with about half sold to out-of-town customers. A Minnesota sports novelty business is hawking "Omaha" pennants. The Omaha zoo chimed in by naming one of its newborns after Manning: Peyton the penguin may be around long after the latest buzz goes away for the city best known as home of billionaire Warren Buffett and the College World Series. No Omaha corporation is believed to have looked into buying ad time on Super Bowl Sunday. An in-game ad costs $4 million for 30 seconds. Omaha-based giants ConAgra, Mutual of Omaha and Union Pacific Railroad didn't ignore "Omaha!" mania. They and other companies sent a gift basket to Manning full of Omaha-made products. They pledged to donate $800 to Manning's Peyback Foundation for at-risk youth for every time he said "Omaha" in the AFC championship game against New England — 31 times netted $24,800. They announced Tuesday that each "Omaha" in the Super Bowl would result in a $1,500 donation. Las Vegas sports books are taking bets on how many times Manning will shout "Omaha," with the over-under set at 27½. Here's another number: $619 million. According to Universal Information Services, which monitors the breadth and impact of print, broadcast and social media exposure for about 700 clients, that's the "publicity value" the "Omaha!" hubbub has garnered through more than 5,600 stories. Universal's Todd Murphy said the free advertising number is based on a formula that takes into account the potential number of people exposed to the message through broadcast, print and web traffic, Murphy said. "A pebble dropped in the water, and it didn't come from a marketing team or million-dollar investment in image building. No one could have planned for this," Murphy said. Cathy Evans, a school librarian from Duluth, Ga., was looking at her Twitter timeline when she saw Omaha Steaks and First National Bank of Omaha were co-sponsoring a contest challenging participants to guess how many times Manning uttered "Omaha" against New England in the AFC championship game. Evans, who said she envisions Omaha as a friendly city with "buildings in the middle of nowhere," guessed 31 because her birthday is on Jan. 31. She won a $1,000 gift card from Omaha Steaks. Omaha boosters will tell you the city is the birthplace of Fred Astaire, of actors Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda, baseball and tennis greats Bob Gibson and Andy Roddick and civil rights leader Malcolm X. Screenwriter and director Alexander Payne is an Omaha native who has earned an Oscar nomination for best picture with "Nebraska." After Manning's famous snap count went viral, ESPN did a video feature with local high school basketball players, Omaha Steaks workers and Mayor Jean Stothert imitating the "Omaha, Omaha" call. A major television network profiled Omaha but mistakenly showed Nebraska's State Capitol Building in Lincoln, 50 miles away. A national sportscaster wrongly called Omaha the home of the Little League World Series. Beals, born and raised here, acknowledged there is an inferiority complex among some residents who believe Omaha is generally considered a sleepy cow town, but not as much as there used to be. He also said some Omahans, true to their stoic Midwestern nature, love living here and don't care what other people think, if anything, about their hometown. The people interested in raising the city's profile, however, are counting on Manning to keep spreading the word as long as the buzz can last. Omaha Steaks, for one, is looking at approaching Manning to serve as a pitchman. "I could imagine the commercials," Beals said.
Jan 28, 2014
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was born and raised in New Jersey, but his football allegiance is to the Dallas Cowboys. He played catcher on his high school baseball team and has been a lifelong Mets fan, though his friends and foes alike probably would agree he governs like a linebacker.In case you missed the highlights of his exploits on the political playing field, here's how the...
Gov. Christie on defense as NJ hosts Super Bowl
ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2014TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was born and raised in New Jersey, but his football allegiance is to the Dallas Cowboys. He played catcher on his high school baseball team and has been a lifelong Mets fan, though his friends and foes alike probably would agree he governs like a linebacker. In case you missed the highlights of his exploits on the political playing field, here's how the tough-talking Republican governor, caught up in the first scandal of his administration, got to where he is today as New Jersey finds itself in the spotlight as host of Sunday's Super Bowl. ___ FIGHTING CORRUPTION Christie's first attempt at elected office didn't go well. He was a one-term county officeholder before being voted out of office. But he found a different and more noticeable way to burst onto the state political scene: He became a prolific fundraiser for George W. Bush in 2000. Once elected president, Bush rewarded Christie by making him his surprise pick to be U.S. attorney for New Jersey, the state's top federal law enforcement official, starting in 2002. The former corporate lawyer quickly made a name for himself as a corruption-buster, winning convictions of more than 130 public officials over seven years. He reveled in talking about putting away politicians on the take, even for seemingly minor offenses. "The longer we vote them in," he said in a 2008 speech, "the more bulletproof they feel, and the more entitled they feel to become corrupt." ____ OVERCOMING THE ODDS There was speculation Christie would run for governor in 2005, but he decided to keep his job as U.S. attorney. By the time the 2009 gubernatorial election rolled around, however, the state's Republican powerbrokers were lined up behind him. Still, Christie was the underdog to Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat who spent tens of millions of his own money on his campaigns in a state where Democrats enjoy home-field advantage. Christie hammered away at discontent with Corzine, who had raised taxes. He was the first Republican elected statewide in New Jersey in 12 years and came into office pledging "to pick Trenton up and turn it upside down." ____ TALKING TOUGH Once in office, Christie introduced himself to the state anew by holding frequent town hall-style meetings where he showed himself adept at calling audibles and going off-script. At one forum, a teacher complained that Christie was not being fair to public schools. As he denied that, he noticed the educator rolling her eyes. Then he went off: "I stood here and very respectfully listened to you," he told her. "If you want to put on a show and giggle every time I talk, I have no interest in answering your question." The mostly Republican crowd cheered. As he built a reputation for bluntness, he also showed he could get difficult things done, forging agreement with the Democrat-controlled Legislature on bills to make public workers pay more for pension and health care benefits and eliminate lifetime tenure protections for teachers. ____ AIMING HIGHER The Grand Old Party, and the country, took notice. "Big Boy," as Bush called him, created such buzz that some deep-pocketed donors were urging him to run for president in 2012. The closest Christie would come — after repeatedly stating his disinterest in seeking his party's nomination — was making Mitt Romney's short list for VP. Christie would give the keynote address at his party's nominating convention, a speech that was televised in prime time, adding to his national exposure. Though he said he wasn't ready to be president, Christie told Oprah Winfrey in 2012: "I'll be much more ready four years from now." Adding to speculation that he would indeed jump into the 2016 presidential campaign, Christie had gastric banding surgery a year ago to help him lose weight, addressing what some believed to be his biggest liability in seeking national office. ____ BUILDING A BRAND Willing Democrats in the Legislature helped Christie demonstrate his skill at bipartisanship, providing a stark contrast to the perennial gridlock in Washington. Superstorm Sandy, the state's worst-ever natural disaster, helped cement his reputation as a leader. His job approval rating soared as he tirelessly traveled the state to comfort victims and rally devastated communities afraid they would never be the same. It was hardly noticed that he was unable to usher in a tax cut during his first term, or that he lost a court battle over gay marriage, which became legal in his state last year. With his popularity in the stratosphere, no big-name Democrat was willing to challenge him during his run for a second term. He swamped a relatively little-known state senator, Democrat Barbara Buono, by 22 points, securing endorsements from more than 50 elected Democrats and winning about half the Hispanic vote. _____ HITTING THE BRAKES Documents released Jan. 8 revealed that aides to the governor were involved in blocking local-access lanes to the busy George Washington Bridge, apparently to cause delays to punish a Democratic mayor in a community at the foot of the span leading to New York City. The governor issued a public apology while denying any personal knowledge or involvement in the political vendetta. Four of his top aides or associates resigned or were fired. Now a state legislative committee and federal prosecutors are investigating. The scandal threatens to undermine Christie's second term and upend any ambitions to run for president. ___ Mulvihill reported from Haddonfield, N.J. Follow Angela Delli Santi on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AngeDelliSanti