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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Sooners in College Football Playoff semifinal!!!

Sooners in College Football Playoff semifinal!!!

It was made official on Sunday, OU is in the 2015 College Football Playoff semifinal!  The Sooners slipped to #4 in the rankings on Friday but will play the #1 Clemson Tigers in the semifinal game in the Orange Bowl in Miami on New Years Eve. That very same evening #2 Alabama will play #3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.  The winners will meet on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Glendale, AZ.  This will be OU’s seventeenth consecutive bowl appearance under the leadership of head coach Bob Stoops who is now wrapping up his seventeenth year at the helm in Norman.  It would be fair to say that Coach Stoops earned his salary this year.  This will be OU’s 49th bowl appearance and will enter with a bowl record of 28-19-1. I will again admit that...

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Sooner Bedlam Blowout!

Sooner Bedlam Blowout!

On a cold November night in Stillwater our beloved Oklahoma Sooners eliminated any doubt of team weakness by hanging 44 points on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half!  OU went on to claim their ninth Big 12 Title by posting a final score of 58 to 23 in a clearly dominating performance before an ESPN Gameday primetime audience.  I must admit that after such a poor showing against the worst Texas team in a decade some seven weeks ago in the Cotton Bowl, I had my doubts about the 2015 Sooners.  However, this OU team has consistently improved week by week since and quarterback Baker Mayfield has proven his worthiness for a Heisman Trophy nomination.  I also will admit that without Mayfield’s leadership in the second half last week against TCU, the...

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Sooner Road Warriors!

Sooner Road Warriors!

As an OU alumnus as well as a dedicated fan and follower of Sooner Football, I have had my concerns about the coaching leadership of Bob Stoops and the program since their epic collapse last season.  Honestly, Bedlam 2014 in Norman was a terrible sight for a sober fan (and not much better for the tipsy ones) as our beloved Sooners failed to emerge victorious in OT against the embolden and surging in-state rival the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.  The Sooner bowl misadventure versus Clemson was equally forgettable as I spoke of in this post from late last December.  To say the awful ending to last year cast a huge shadow of doubt upon this season and the Stoops regime is an understatement.  That doubt was assuaged little last week when the Sooner offense started slow...

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Surveying our priorities

Surveying our priorities

Another week has passed in which I had to restrain myself from blogging before all the pertinent stories evolved.  It has been another week of Oklahoma in the national spotlight.  On the upside, the Oklahoma Sooners advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  Sadly, they were eliminated last night by Michigan State.  It was a fun ride while it lasted and provided a healthy diversion from the grim reality of living in Tornado Alley. Oh yes, spring has arrived bringing along storm season with it.  On Wednesday afternoon two tornadoes, one an EF2 in magnitude, struck west of the Tulsa community of Sand Springs leaving one dead and several dispossessed and displaced from their homes.  Some damage was also done to the Blue Dome and Brady...

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Reflections of national values on Super Bowl Sunday

Being a diehard Oklahoma Sooner fan and fan of college football in general, I do not follow the pro game other than maybe to see from time to time how former OU players are doing.  Some who were drafted into the pros after their playing days at OU went on to have stellar careers.  Admittedly, some have been disappointing for things that have nothing to do with football, Adrian Peterson for example.  All that said, I really don’t have a dog in the fight that is Super Bowl XLIX.  I am just sitting back and taking in the spectacle like so many other people, some 186 million other people, will be doing this evening.  Yes, this Super Bowl could set records for viewership and spending.  Hmmm,  186 million viewers.  That is like 134 million more than watched Game...

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