The end of an era

The end of an era

Have you ever tried to take a drink of water off a wide open fire hydrant?  That is what it has been like given this has been such a heavy and fast moving news week.  As if nothing could shake the most conservative and football crazy stretch of Old Route 66 harder than an injection well generated freedom tremor, an unexpected bomb went off in the heart of the Sooner Nation sending a core shaking jolt through the soul of every Oklahoma football fan.  The Crimson and Cream collective could not even enjoy basking in the afterglow of the OU Women’s Softball team’s success of having beaten Florida to win their second straight National Championship and third in five years.  On Wednesday afternoon this week Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops announced...

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The American dichotomy, up close and personal

The American dichotomy, up close and personal

My dear brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, this has been another of those weeks where I have stopped myself more than once from writing my commentary in an effort to allow a story to fully evolve.  The fact of the matter is that this is a very trying time to abide along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  To say that these have been some dark days for Tulsa and all of Oklahoma and for anyone with ties to this state may be an understatement.  At the same time there are reasons to take pride in our community as some of the same sort of awfulness at center stage has occurred elsewhere with a totally different community response. When I saw the story flash across social media about the Tulsa Police shooting of Terence...

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Shaken to our core: Making the case for regime change

Shaken to our core:  Making the case for regime change

On this Labor Day Holiday when we should be celebrating our working class roots and remembering those who fought, bled and died for the rights of all working people, we here along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 are reeling and regrouping from a very sobering weekend.  Forget the fact that our beloved #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners football team led by the longest tenured head coach in Division 1A got their asses handed to them in their season opener by the #15 ranked Houston Cougars in Houston by a score of 33 to 23 in a game that really was not as close as the final score indicates.  Every snap was witnessed by Yours Truly donned in Gameday attire and I will vouch that it was a terrible sight for a sober fan and I’m sure not much better for the...

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Sooners advance to Final Four!

Sooners advance to Final Four!

The University of Oklahoma’s basketball team made all Sooners proud on Saturday by handily defeating the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen by a score of 80 to 68 in a game in which they never trailed.  Being an alumni and fan of all Sooner sports, I felt a measure of redemption in such a thorough manhandling of the Ducks.  Even though it was in another sport at Oregon’s home stadium going on ten years ago, I vividly recall how the home team managed to rate a favorable call of recovering an onside kick of which the Ducks never had possession.  That bit of home cookin’ set up their go-ahead score as time wound down.  Given there is no honor among thieves, that is one OU defeat that has stuck in my craw ever since. Saturday’s...

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Reflections on the game on Super Bowl Sunday

Reflections on the game on Super Bowl Sunday

This afternoon the AFC champion Denver Broncos and NFC champion Carolina Panthers are going to tee it up for Super Bowl 50.  When I sit and think about it this annual spectacle, probably the most watched sporting event in North America if not on the entire planet, has been a fixture in our life and times for half a century.  Think about that for a minute.  Most of the players on the field today were not old enough to remember and some were not even alive for Super Bowl 25.  When it comes popular appeal, the Super Bowl is the shindig all other sporting events aspire to be or to at least be on a par with.  It is anticipated that Super Bowl 50 will have some 189 million viewers tuning in. As it turns out, I do not have a dog in this particular fight.  I am neither a...

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Sooners fall a Tiger short in the Orange Bowl

Sooners fall a Tiger short in the Orange Bowl

Sooner Magic seemed nowhere to be found in the second half as the Oklahoma Sooners finished their season in south Florida against the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers falling to them in the second consecutive bowl game, this time by a score of 37 to 17.  After a competitive first half after which the Sooners led by a score of 17 to 16, Clemson came alive and the Tiger defense was able to shut down the Sooner offense.  Clemson QB Deshaun Watson was able to move the ball at will on the Sooner defense in the third quarter.  No excuses, OU was simply outplayed for the final two quarters of this game. Oklahoma vs Clemson box score Looking back on the season, I commend these young student athletes for rising to  face adversity as a unified unit.  Last March I made a blog post...

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