As you probably know, the University of Oklahoma football team was embarrassed by Texas Tech Saturday night (and Sunday morning) in Norman. The defeat may go down as the most unexpected loss Stoops has suffered since he took the reins of the program back in 1999. This is because:
A) OU was a 29 point favorite
B) The loss snapped a 39 game home winning streak, and
C) Texas Tech just scored again
Anyway, where does this loss compare with the other defeats from the Stoops era? We take a look after the jump.
Also, since Bob Stoops has transformed from the unpredictable (and lucky) riverboat gambler into the college football equivalent of Andy Reid or Marty Schottenheimer, I included a brief #StoopsFail of the Game with each recap.
There have been dire warnings about this outcome for a couple of years now, but the breakdown in collective bargaining discussions between the NBA and the Player’s Union (NBPA) still struck me like Ron Artest did those fans in Detroit. One always expects that rational thought will prevail when billions of dollars are at stake (as finally happened with the NFL just a few months ago), yet that has not been the case in these labor discussions.
Basically, the sides are close enough on all the major issues that a deal could be finished at anytime if they can determine how to split Basketball Related Income or BRI. Of course, that’s like saying that the Israeli Conflict could be solved if they could come to a consensus on religion. The players are willing to accept a 10% cut in pay while owners are demanding 20%, but supposedly floated the idea of 15%. Of course, it’s easy to be magnanimous when you’re playing with house money as the owners are at this point. Whatever happens, they win.
Regardless, the argument goes on. Stern says that if an agreement is not reached by Monday, he will begin cancelling regular season games. Being that there are no more meetings scheduled before that time, and that Friday/Saturday is Yom Kippur, there is very little chance of avoiding that fate. After the jump, there are some ideas for how to pass the time without NBA basketball to keep us entertained.
Most people know that Pearl Jam’s original name was Mookie Blaylock, a tribute to the NBA player and former Oklahoma Sooner. With the upcoming release of Cameron Crowe’s documentary about the band, which is titled, I believe, Flannel, Flannel Everywhere, it’s a good time to discuss what other Oklahoma athletes would make a good band name. After the jump, my stab at it.
This past weekend the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball program held its first ever “Alumni Legends Basketball Game.” The game featured a “who’s who” of former OU basketball legends, including household names like Ernie Abercrombie, Steve Bajema and my Grandpa’s favorite Calvin Simpson player, Renzi Heskett.
It also showcased the return of former OU head coaches Kelvin Sampson and Dave Bliss. Wait. What?
College Football Prediction Special
2011 could produce the best crop of college football the state of Oklahoma has ever seen. There is an outisde chance all 3 state teams will win 10 games. There is a decent chance all 3 teams will vie for conference championships. There is some chance all 3 will again be ranked at the end of the season, and if not for Tulsa’s Colorado-esque schedule, all 3 teams could be undefeated through November.
Dammit, we need it. All the basketball teams sucked. It’s still 112 degrees. My yard looks like the set from Book of Eli. And I crave a Sam Adams Oktoberfest.
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