Football season is a mere days away, and along with my overwhelming sense of excitement also comes a tinge of anxiety. Here I am, a few years out of college, and I just realized that I have no idea how functional adults (who don’t live within a thirty-mile radius of Norman or Stillwater) properly tailgate.
To prepare myself and any of you fine Ogle Moles who are also in this awkward, transitional phase, here are some guidelines for the fantastic twelve-hour daytime ragers known as home football games. Although I’m sure I’ll be participating in at least half of these over the course of OU’s (inevitably disappointing) season, at least this tells the world that my head’s in a healthy and mature place–well, at least while sitting in my cubicle in Tulsa. Check them out after the jump.
(Editor’s Note: Due to popular demand, Gravy Train is returning this year for his smug little college football power poll. Read at your own risk.)
Like the herpes you scored one Thursday night in 2011, I return. A few liver enzymes less. A few pounds more. Another child added.
Unlike these hipsters who spend the majority of their time drinking PBR at Henry Hudson’s (Editor’s Note: Hipster’s at Hudsons? Really???) and composing witty commentary on this locally famous, moderately relevant blog, I have been busy at my palatial midtown estate raising two children within 30 months of each other and running a successful law firm. So apologies for the absence, but eff you and my social life/sleeping patterns.
Alas, Patrick allows me to return for yet another football season sure to be filled with idiotic musings and soul crushing disappointments. Or, as my wife calls it, date night.
10) OU Quarterback
“I totally saw this coming. I knew Trevor Knight was going to be the guy replacing Landry Jones all along!” Said no one ever.
I watched Blake Bell play markedly better than Trevor Knight last spring. I saw in Knight a lack of confidence. I saw a quarterback with less physical skills both through the air and on the ground than BOTH Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson. He didn’t look like a Division I quarterback.
Now, here we are a couple of months later and the prohibitive favorite to win the quarterback position is relegated … again … to short yardage and goal line duties, assuming Knight can’t get that done on his own. The insiders will tell you Knight grasped the offense quicker than Bell, which is as much a knock on Bell as praise on Knight. TK looked better through the air. He runs the zone read with greater explosion. And perhaps the public would have an opinion if Coach didn’t pattern the program’s security after the Bourne trilogy (yes, there are only three of them).
This competition might be over for the coaching staff, but after a drive or two against Louisiana Monroe, classic OU daywalker will re-institute his favorite pastime – bitching about something and calling for a backup.
Back in July, we first told you the Oklahoma City sports radio landscape was about to change. Well, that change becomes a reality next week.
We have confirmed with Tyler Media that 107.7 The Franchise will take the air this Monday afternoon at about 2:00pm. On the following Tuesday, the station will launch its full weekday lineup of shows and hosts.
That lineup was released last week in a John Rohde blog post on the station’s new website. Somehow we missed it. The post is classic John Rohde. It’s long, boring, egotistical and uses a dated analogy to try to make a weak point. The only thing it was missing was a Vijay Singh slam:
In 1994, Billy Tubbs left Oklahoma to become the new men’s basketball coach at TCU. To many people, myself included, Tubbs’ decision to leave the Sooners to coach a bunch of Horned Frogs seemed inexplicable. For Tubbs, however, his reasoning was quite simple.
Tubbs believed coaches shouldn’t stay at the same place for more than five or six years. “I always knew your honeymoon would be about a six-year stint,” Tubbs recalled. “Because once you reached a certain level of success, if you didn’t obtain that level every year, people started to think you weren’t doing your job.”
So after 14 years in Norman that included 13 straight post-season appearances, 12 straight 20-win seasons, four Big Eight titles, a national runner-up finish in 1988 and an overall record 333-132 (.716), Tubbs bolted for Fort Worth.
Tubbs lasted eight seasons at TCU (1994-2002) and then returned to Lamar, where he previously served as head coach (1976-1980) before heading to OU. Tubbs coached Lamar for three seasons (2003-06) and finished his 31-year coaching career with 641 victories.
Tubbs has since come full-circle. He never fell out of love with Oklahoma, which is why he and wife, Pat, returned to reside in Norman.
For Tubbs, there were no regrets. “I had almost reached a burn-out point at OU,” said Tubbs, now 78. “If I had stayed, the next good year that I had I probably would have quit. You’re so hung up in what you’re doing, and you’re so burned out while you’re doing it, you fail to realize until it’s over how much of a burden your job has become.”
Tubbs’ departure nearly 20 years ago was perplexing to me, but it became much clearer last month.
After working 30 years – 3½ years with the Colorado Springs Sun (1982-86) and 26½ years with The Oklahoman (1987-2013) – I decided to leave OPUBCO.
With the newspaper industry doing its damnedest to survive the Perfect Storm, Tyler Media president and general manager Ty Tyler threw me a life raft. Had I not climbed on board, I’m convinced I soon would have become another drowning victim in a sea of journalistic uncertainty.
Yeah, that’s a totally natural and fair analogy. Billy Tubbs was a successful basketball coach that made the Final Four, turned OU into a title contender, and helped change the college basketball game. John Rohde was a bored newspaper columnist who toiled for 27 years at a mid-level newspaper. The comparisons are endless.
Also, I like how Rohde thinks that sports radio is an escape from “the perfect storm” hitting newspaper journalism. Uhm, I hate to tell him this, but radio isn’t too far behind. Everything’s changing. Maybe instead of waiting for people to throw him life rafts, he should learn how to swim and navigate the waters (a.k.a. adapt, change, work harder, don’t mail in sports columns, etc.)
Here’s the station’s new line-up:
As you know, Tyler Media recently announced they are converting 107.7FM to a sports radio format. Back on August 1, we updated our Twitter followers to some of the developments.
Here’s the first tweet we sent out:
1. I believe the new station is going to be called 107.7FM "The Franchise." Pretend some guy saying that in a deep voice or something.
— The Lost Ogle (@TheLostOgle) August 1, 2013
It looks like we were right…again. Earlier today, Tyler confirmed the station’s name and released the logo. They even got some guy to say the Franchise in a deep voice or something. Here’s a video of the logo:
So, is The Franchise a good name? I don’t know. I guess they could have gone with The Fan, The Ticket, The Score, The Game, The Jock, The Zone, etc, but just like the Franchise, those names are kind of generic and in use in other markets. I personally would have gone with The Drunk Heckler, but what do I know. One complaint I’ve heard is The Franchise is kind of long and doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but then again, you can say the same about The Sports Animal. They seem to be doing okay.
In addition to other stuff reported on this site (Steely, Lump, and Rohde going; Rodgers staying; Traber “undecided”), here’s some other news about The Franchise:
As we first reported last night via Twitter, big changes are happening to the local sports radio universe. Tyler Media is switching 107.7 KRXO from a classic rock format to local sports talk radio in August. The new station will air OU football, NFL games and has already poached regional radio curmudgeon Mike Steely from the Sports Animal. The classic rock format that KRXO has aired since the 1980s, including some of the station’s personalities, will move to 104.5 FM:
Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman conveniently spelled out some of the details for us.
The already crowded sports talk market in Oklahoma City soon will be getting its sixth sports talk station. Tyler Media announced Wednesday that it is launching a sports talk radio station in August on FM 107.7.
Classic Rock KRXO, which had been at 107.7, will move to a new frequency at FM 104.5, the company announced. According to the news release, KRXO’s lineup of Bob and Tom, Cara Rice, Buddy Wiley, Kelso, Unkle Dave and Rick Caldwell are expected to move to a much smaller signal on 104.5. Ty Tyler, president of Tyler Media, said in an email the new frequency recently was granted by the FCC and will reach more than 800,000 people in the metro area.
Tyler said it is in the process of hiring local sports talent from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the new unnamed station on 107.7 FM, which he said will have the strongest signal in the market. The station will include play-by-play of OU sports and be associated with NBC Sports. It plans to air NFL broadcasts on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights, and other programming is under consideration.
“We are excited to expand our portfolio of stations,” Tyler said in the release. “A Big League City needs a Big League Sports Station.”
Sports Animal radio personality Mike Steely is expected to join the new station. Steely, a member of the Morning Animals, last appeared on WWLS-FM 98.1 on June 29. He said he could not comment if he was leaving the station.
This is a big deal. The Sports Animal has had a near monopoly on the local sports radio market for 15 years. Others have tried to chip away at this stronghold, and all have done so with limited or no success. I’ve boiled down this dominance to the following four factors:
• Strong FM signal.
• Resources and Sales Infrastructure.
• OKC Thunder Radio Partnership
• The most popular sports personalities in the market.
With this new venture, all of those advantages have been neutralized. 107.7FM is one of the strongest FM signals in Oklahoma, Tyler Media has the resources and infrastructure to compete, and OU football is still a bigger draw than the Thunder. In addition to all that, Mike Steely may not be the only Sports Animal personality to jump ship. The rumor mill on this story is spinning out of control. Ogle Moles from all corners have been sending me information, gossip, tips, etc. about this story.
I’ve tried to sort through them and get to the bottom of things. Here’s what I know:
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