Oklahoman sports columnist Berry “Boomer” Tramel is good at many things (like writing sports columns, coming up with lists and irritating the hell out of Jim Traber), but just like everyone else, he has some weaknesses.
For example, he’s not the best sports talk host in the world. Sure, he does okay on the Total Dominance Hour, but when he’s not flanked by loudmouths like Regular Jim Traber and Al Eschbach, he comes across as a bit flustered and confused. Plus, whenever he speaks I feel like I’m listening to a southern small town drunk who’s losing his voice and going through puberty at the same time. It’s very concerning.
Boomer’s also not the most photogenic person in the world. Back in the day, the only thing more entertaining than his sports column was his accompanying mug shot. Before he went with the semi-normal Grandpa look you now see today, Boomer spent the 1990s and early 2000s sporting some weird feather mullet hairstyle that would make any Firebird owner proud. To make the pics better, he smiled like a drunk at an AA meeting. Here’s an example:
Pretty scary, huh? I can’t decide if he looks like a carnie from the Indoor Fun Fair, a shift leader at Hibdon’s or someone who’s not allowed within 1,000 feet of a school or church. Maybe it’s all three. That being said, the pic has nothing on Boomer’s college ID from the University of Oklahoma. We acquired a copy of it via the Ogle Mole Network, and let me tell you, it’s an amazing thing of terrifying beauty and grace:
(Editor’s Note: Even though he has a weird name, Gravy Train is a practicing attorney in the OKC metro. He decided to read and breakdown The Freeh Report so we didn’t have to.)
“Haven’t they suffered enough?!”
Local Sports Radio Celebrity Craig Humphreys remitted his special brand of levity to a terrible American tragedy this week as news of the Penn State football program’s probation reverberated throughout the sports world. Of course, the Humpman was referring to the atrocities committed against the Penn State football program and not the rape victims. Excellent perspective from your tower in Oak Tree! Now give us your breakdown on this weekend’s Canadian Open.
This Monday, the NCAA levied damaging sanctions on the Penn State football program in direct response to the “Report of Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Actions of the Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky,” better known as The Freeh Report. Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan was hired by Penn State to conduct an independent review of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The Freeh Report is a detailed report of the findings by the Freeh law firm. It was this report that NCAA President Mark Emmert used as a guideline in determining that Penn State violated the Bylaws and Constitution of the NCAA, thereby permitting the NCAA to sanction Penn State in whatever matter they sought fit.
I read the entire Freeh Report this week. This article is a focus on what we know as fact, what can be inferred from those facts, and whether the facts and inferences warrant the punishment handed down by the NCAA and the vilification of Joseph V. Paterno.
Earlier this week, Talkers Magazine — the “leading trade publication serving the talk radio industry in America” — unveiled their rankings of the 100 Most Important Sports Talk Radio Hosts in America. Coming in the 66-spot, ahead of such household names a JT “The Brick,” Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton, and Steve “Homer” True was our very own “Regular” Jim Traber.
Here’s what they wrote about the ultimate yardbird:
Yesterday, we published the first two rounds of our first ever TLO Oklahoma Celebrity Fantasy Draft. Before we get to the rounds three and four, here’s how the teams are looking right now:
Justice League of Oklahoma: Kevin Durant (Rd 1), Brad Pitt (Rd 2)
The Nompton Stompers: James Harden (Rd 1), Mat Hoffman (Rd 2)
Wayne Payne Experience: Emily Sutton (Rd 1), Joleen Chaney (Rd 2)
Rick J. Steinkraus Fan Club: Aubrey McClendon (Rd 1), Chuck Norris (Rd 2)
Pillow Fighters: Russell Westbrook (Rd 1), Olivia Munn (Rd 2)
The Dirty Gingers: Gary England (Rd 1), Kristin Chenoweth (Rd 2)
Check out our picks for rounds three and four, along with Royce Young’s scathing instant analysis and draft grades after the jump:
A few weeks back, I was thinking of something fun we could during the usually slow summer months. I came up with the not-so-original idea for an Oklahoma Celebrity Fantasy Draft. The premise is pretty simple. We get some people together, we draft Oklahoma celebrities, and when the draft is completed, TLO readers vote for their favorite team.
Here are the teams along with their managers. For this draft it’s all of our TLO writers. I’ve sorted them in the order they draft players.
Justice League of Oklahoma: Tony Hanadarko
The Nompton Stompers: Marisa
Wayne Payne Experience: Patrick
Rick J. Steinkraus Fan Club: Chad
Pillow Fighters: Chelsea
The Dirty Gingers: Spencer and Clark Matthews
Sounds fun, doesn’t it. Before I begin with the draft, let me go over a couple of important rules.
What counts as an Oklahoma Celebrity? Probably due to our state’s inferiority complex, it seems like it’s Oklahoma nature to count anyone with ties to the state as an “Oklahoman.” So if you were born here, grew up here, currently live here, or play basketball here, we are going to consider you an Oklahoman.
How many celebrities are on a team? Six. Five starters and one alternate in case someone dies, which nearly happened to Kristin Chenoweth.
Are dead people eligible? No, dead people are not eligible. That means you won’t see any mentions of Will Rogers, Woody Guthrie or Ronnie Kaye.
How do you keep score? Well, there’s really not a good way to keep score, so we’re going to have you all vote for the best team when the draft is concluded. The manager of the winning team will receive a gift certificate to Applebee’s that I won in a Dirty Santa game three years ago.
Anything else? Yes, as a bonus to you (and us), our friend and former TLO contributor Royce Young at Daily Thunder will provide grades for each pick along with some instant analysis.
Anyway, I think that’s it. The selections for round one and two are after the jump. Check it out:
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