Today we begin the Ogle Madness games in the West Region. This region is the final stop of the first round. All games will be played in Guymon.
(1) Carrie Underwood vs. (16) Scott Bradley
(8) Toby Keith vs. (9) Chera Kimiko
(4) Bob Stoops vs. (13) Video Vigilante
(5) Thunder Girls vs. (12) Ed Kelley
Vote for after the jump.
Today’s Ogle Madness games come from the top half of the East Region. Here are the match ups:
(6) Mark Rodgers vs. (11) Ferris O’Brien
(3) Lauren Richardson vs. (14) The Mathis Brothers
(7) Berry Trammel vs. (10) Jack and Ron
(2) Sam Bradford vs. (15) Tom Coburn/Jim Inhofe
Read about each participant and vote after the jump!
A few weeks ago, a Lost Ogle reader let us know about a recent experience he had with the Oklahoman editorial staff. It started after he got up the nerve to email of those “letter to the editor” things. Here is the letter:
The responses to James Mitchell’s comments (Your Views, Jan. 20) overlooked a significant fact about Sarah Palin: She took an oath of office and committed to serve as the Governor of Alaska. However, when she realized that it would be more fun to write a book, travel the country, and go on TV; she quit. She defied her commitment and responsibility in favor of becoming a celebrity. Why would any thinking American want a president or vice-president who might quit when she sees something else that would be more fun? We need someone who has the integrity, maturity, and intelligence to honor commitments.
““ Jim Watson
If you ask me, that’s a decent letter to the editor. It’s kind of biased, brings up a few points, and overall, is relatively harmless. That is, of course, unless you are J.E. McReynolds (the chief editorial writer of the Oklahoman). Check out J.E.’s unsolicited response to the letter after the jump.
The first thing I thought when I saw the little duo was “That’s nice that The Oklahoman beat reporters are such good friends.” The second thing I thought was “Those guys sure are cute and cuddly.” The third thing I thought was “I wonder if they stand on stools during interviews?”
Seriously, either Berry Tramel is a giant, or it looks like the Oklahoman became an 80′s sitcom and now only hires short black guys as beat reporters. I think the last tiny white guy they hired was Andrew Gilman, and I think that was in 90s! Who knows, maybe Scott Munn wants the place to himself, but we should probably have Jenni Carlson investigate this story. That way, it will remain a mystery forever. We love mysteries.
* There is a 99% chance that the set-up for this story is totally fabricated.
The video clip below is from a recent appearance Senator Tom Coburn made on “Meet the Press.” When you watch it, be sure to note how quickly he distances himself from people who want to use violence and terrorism to overthrow the government. You know, people that can be compared to Tim McVeigh.
I don’t know what type of rock I live under, but it must be a big one, because I really wasn’t aware of this video until reading OkieFunk on Sunday. Doc Hoc, as always, covers the topic well. Here’s an interesting point he made:
(1) Coburn will probably easily win re-election in 2010, but that will only be because the corporate media here acts irresponsibly by not covering controversies like this one thoroughly. By not giving this story coverage and by refusing to hold Coburn accountable, the local corporate media shows again it cannot be trusted. If any violence occurs at upcoming political events, both Coburn and the corporate media here will be partially to blame. Does The Oklahoman really support the political belief system of Timothy McVeigh?
We know the Oklahoman is biased and prejudiced and all that good stuff, but how did they not cover this story? Basically, an Oklahoma Senator went out of his way to not discredit right wing wackos that were being compared to Tim McVeigh. Hell, he almost made it appear that he supports such people. You think that would be news, right?
Well, not in the Oklahoman. To be the target of negative press in “the state’s most trusted news,” it seems that you either have to work for Feed the Children, die in a car wreck or make one of the editorial writers mad. Seriously, Coburn could be spotted wearing a longhorns hat and snorting cocaine in a Turkish bath in Austin and the Oklahoman wouldn’t report it. And if they did, they probably just write a story lauding him for doing whatever it takes to understand why American’s hate health care reform, trial lawyers and environmentalists.
Anyway, one news organization did take notice of Coburn’s remarks. Granted, that news organization is located 1,500 miles from Oklahoma, but it’s better than nothing. Maybe it will force our local media to do some reporting and let the local public know how insane this guy, and then maybe as a result, Oklahoma voters will elect a different yahoo republican to take his place. That would be nice, because then we’d have a new person to ridicule.
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