No genre of television has become more popular over the past 15 or so years than reality television. Whether it’s watching people in wife-beaters get busted on COPS or tribal councils on Survivor, America can’t seem to get enough of it. Real Housewives of Nichols Hills isn’t a thing yet, so here’s my best effort at ranking the Oklahomans who’ve most penetrated the country’s consciousness on reality TV shows.
1. Carrie Underwood — American Idol
The highest earning artist ever to come from the most popular and influential singing show in history, the Checotah native is an easy choice for #1. Her rise from obscurity to worldwide fame was so rapid, I’m willing to forgive the momentary lapse in judgment when she dated Tony Romo.
Other Idol choices: David Cook, George Huff
Dear Dude Who Dribbles The Tire In That One Big 12 Basketball Commercial,
Aren’t you glad college basketball season is back? I know I am! It can be kind of lonely being a basketball fan in a football crazed state. While I’m obsessing over whether or not Sam Grooms can be a Big 12 point guard, everyone else is talking about Ryan Broyles’ knee or the fact that OSU’s quarterback is old enough to be one of those people who always has a butterscotch hard candy to give you.
Sometimes I feel like you’re my only friend, Dude Who Dribbles The Tire In That One Big 12 Basketball Commercial. Every basketball season, I know you’ll be there, at least by the time conference play rolls around. No matter how many technological advances we have, the one constant in my life is being able to watch you fuzzily dribble a tire in standard definition. It’s comforting, like warm soup on a cold night or smashing the living crap out of a stack of Hinder albums with a sledgehammer.
When Michael Hunnicut’s field goal clanged off the upright on Saturday night and it became apparent Texas Tech was going to pull out a shock victory over Oklahoma, all of us Sooner fans coped differently. Some people drank, some drank more, others drank even more than that. Everyone pledged to avoid the Sports Animal all week.
The Sooner players handled it by calling a team meeting. Among the topics discussed were the “teams goals [sic], which still included winning a national title, and Travis Lewis apologizing for comments he made about injured teammates after the game.”
Okay, well, this team isn’t winning a national title, but it’s fine to hold out hope and keep playing like you have a chance, and it’s nice that Travis Lewis apologized for his boneheaded remarks, but that’s not really much of a meeting. Surely something else came up? After the jump, our best guesses at some of the other topics covered in the Sooners’ players-only meeting.
Greetings, Oglebaters! We’re back with you this week to help decide some of the more controversial issues of the day. And much like the series of GOP debates, we will be taking cheap shots at deeply held emotional values while simultaneously making inane and completely unquantifiable statements. So, sit back and enjoy as we determine whether or not it’s okay for OU fans to put upside-down Longhorns stickers on their automobiles!
All right, people, how have you never told me about this? Next week, a whole bunch of human beings wearing dressed up as animals will be descending on Roman Nose State Park. This happens every year, apparently. It’s called Oklacon, and holy cow this is crazy. I mean, I knew this subculture existed, but I guess I never really knew the extent of it.
I don’t really know what else to add to the introduction to this post other than to mention that I think the member of the local media most likely to attend a furry convention is Jon Slater. So, after the jump, ten thoughts about OklaCon and the furries congregating in our state.
Thanks! Your message has been sent!