So, does anyone know of anything interesting that happened last week?
The internet was set afire with a five-part series from Sports Illustrated written by George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans. I thought that today I’d write a little bit about the reactions to it. I want to be clear here that I have no interest in defending SI’s story. Even if every single allegation in the story is true, I don’t really care. The NCAA’s rules are dumb, and dinging OSU for breaking dumb rules strikes me as a waste of time, except to the extent that it gives me ammunition to needle my OSU fan friends.
Unfortunately for Sports Illustrated, their series was pretty sloppy, and most bafflingly they devoted half of what has been published so far to marijuana use and sex, both of which strike me more as telltale signs of everyday college life than of an out-of control football program.
Conceding that the SI report was really weak, though, I also didn’t think the local media totally covered themselves in glory.
Before the story even dropped — before we had any idea what would be in it — KFOR, for instance, was already circling the wagons. Here’s Channel 4’s long-time news anchor Linda Cavanaugh:
That inexplicably shirtless gentleman above is TJ Hamilton, a former OU football walk-on and current country music singer. The reason he looks so forlorn is probably that he’s facing lawsuits from three different people claiming he ripped them off to the tune of nearly a million bucks.
Here’s Tulsa’s News on 6:
A former OU football player is accused of scamming people out of nearly a million dollars.
He’s facing three lawsuits that claim he lied to investors about athletic apparel, then blew the money on his music career and lavish lifestyle.
Two Tulsa lawsuits and a third in Oklahoma City say TJ Hamilton used his football status to dupe people into investing in a bogus invention.
According to the lawsuits, Hamilton had an idea for nutritional products and innovative sports apparel, like antibacterial chin straps.
Hamilton was on the OU roster at the same time as star players Sam Bradford and Ryan Broyles. The lawsuits say Hamilton sold his ideas, by claiming he had the endorsement of his big-name teammates.
Once he had $840,000 from investors, the lawsuits say Hamilton and his parents spent the money on lavish trips to Las Vegas, airline tickets, hotels, clothing, meals, shoes and electronics.
Anti-bacterial chinstraps? Can’t believe that one didn’t pay off immediately.
The great thing about this story is not that TJ is a former OU football player who never sniffed the field. That’s just a sub-plot. What makes this story really awesome is that he’s also an aspiring country music star. We found this amazing video for the track “I Hate That Song” on YouTube. Everything about it screams artistic masterpiece void of any clichés.
One of the most popular TLO posts every year is Patrick’s countdown of the Top 20 Hottest Women in the OKC Media. It’s easy to understand why it’s so popular. Who doesn’t like to look at pretty ladies? Also, it gives all of us a chance to tell him how wrong he is.
But here in the summer, I can’t help but think that we’re focusing too much on the hottest women in the media. The question everyone really wants to know is this: who are the Top 10 Coldest Women in the OKC Media? I’ve done the research and come up with the answers. You can find them after the jump.
Hey, everybody! Breathe easy, you’ve almost made it through another week. It’s the end of June, which means this year is somehow half over already, and it’s also about the point in time where it gets so damn hot that we’re all too miserable to do anything except sit inside and complain about how hot it is. In other words, this weekend would be a good time to take advantage of some decent weather before it’s gone for a few months.
If you want to get out of the house, here’s some things you can do. This is today’s Friday Night In The Big Town.
Before we get started, a bit of housekeeping to get out-of-the-way: This is my last week writing Monday Morning Tweets. It’s been great fun and something I’m pretty proud of, but it was more than time to step away and let someone else take over. And that’s where the real good news come in. Starting next week, Monday Morning Tweets will be written by someone you all know: Marisa.
When I knew I was quitting MMT, I asked my pal Marisa if she had any good ideas for who could take over, and she came up with one name — herself. This is eerily like when George W Bush asked Dick Cheney to head his Vice Presidential Search Committee, and Cheney ended up recommending himself, so let’s all cross our fingers that this doesn’t end with Marisa shooting anyone in the face.
I’ve written Monday Morning Tweets for 18 months now, and before it gets too stale it’s time to let a new voice and sensibility take over. As you all know, Marisa is a genius, and I can’t wait to see what she does with it.
Also: you haven’t totally gotten rid of me just yet. I’ve got a new project for TLO starting next week that I’m pretty psyched about. Until then I just want to say thanks for putting up with me every Monday morning. Especially you, Dean Blevins.
This week’s tweets are after the jump.
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