The sun is rapidly setting on spritely Keiton Page’s career as an OSU Cowboy. It has been a, surprisingly, good career. It has been a career for which he should take great pride. It has been a career for which OSU fans should be extremely grateful.
It has not been an incredible career.
As Page set the record for career three-point shot makes against Kansas, the Cowboys dropped another game with an apathetic performance. The loss made them 7-10 in league play and virtually assured the school’s first losing record since the 1980′s. Meanwhile, some OSU fans were campaigning for OSU to hang Keiton’s jersey from the Gallagher-Iba rafters and retire his number.
Standing only 5’9″ and being generously listed at 165 pounds, Page’s success in a sport dominated by more athletic, stronger, and far taller players has been remarkable. That said, he has been a star player for a crummy team. He played in only four NCAA Tournament games, all as a back-up, and when he became the focal point of the offense, the team simply stunk.
Making the campaign even dumber is that the Cowboys currently have honored no players in the program’s history in that manner. A freshman enrolling next season could still have Bryant “Big Country” Reeves’ #50 or Byron Houston’s #35, and those are two players who were All-Americans during seasons OSU was a powerhouse nationally. Yet, Robert Allen thinks that Page should be invited back to relive the glory days of a sub-.500 season and receive the ultimate honor.
On Twitter, former OSU star and current ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb addressed the hyperbole surrounding the sweet shooing gnome. He didn’t think that Page should even be considered a top-25 guard from OSU over the past 25 years.
I disagree. Page is probably a top-20 OSU guard during the Clark Matthews era. After the jump, I’ve ranked my top-15 backcourt players of the Eddie Sutton-present time frame after the jump. (editor’s note: If Patrick were in town right now, this would never have been published.)
Last week Channel 25′s morning show Joe Gumm’s Super-Happy Funhouse sent Christal Bennett to something called “DW’s Exotic Animal Park” in Weatherford. At first I thought they were talking about DW’s porn store just south of the border, but it turns out DW’s Animal Park and DW’s porn store are very different things. Who knew!?
Anyway, things were going fine for Christal Bennett until some guy decided to surprise her by putting a snake around her neck. Her reaction was, well, see for yourself:
Dear Personhood Act Protestors,
Thanks. Seriously. We need more people like you in the state. Every once in a while it’s good for Okies to remember that there are progressive folks out there. Sometimes, I think they feel everyone is a staunch conservative, and that’s probably why there was a billboard on Broadway Extension that advertised George W. Bush during his presidency. As if we could’ve forgotten that choad bucket was in office.
Anyway, I know burnout is a big thing with Okie progressives. It’s hard to do something when it feels like everyone else is against you. Sometimes, it can seem like you’re screaming your lungs out and the only response you get is the general consensus that when you grow up, you’ll understand. You’ll see that everything the legislature did was for your own good. You’ll want your kids to grow up with those conservative values that only a red state can instill. You’re just young and impulsive. I know hearing that can get old. I know that there are times when you know you could just move to Austin or Denver where you can enjoy the environment.
A few weeks ago, long time Oklahoma politician Ron Kirby resigned after serving seven years in the armpit of Oklahoma as Comanche County Commissioner. At the time of his resignation, here was his excuse for stepping down:
From KSWO-TV Lawton:
“I will vacate my office at five o’clock today. My office seems to be a magnet for troubles and everybody. So, I’ve determined that I have kind of reached the point where I cannot bear it anymore,” said Kirby…
“It just became increasingly difficult to maintain affairs in my office and constantly defend any actions. So, it wasn’t anybody in particular,” said Kirby…
“I had a good run and again, I appreciate the taxpayers for allowing me to serve the public. And, politics is a vicious game, but it’s one that must be done.”
Yeah, politics sure is a vicious game. Know what else is vicious? Photoshopping your female employee’s head onto the body of a Penthouse Pet.
If there is one thing former NBA superstar and current TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley has been consistent about, it has been crapping on Oklahoma City. When the Hornets were in town, he ripped on the 405 using tired, cliche assumptions about Oklahoma.
These days, instead of making social commentary about the state being unfit for black people, he reserves his digs for the basketball court. Primarily, he leads the charge of the media downplaying the Thunder’s chances at winning the league championship. While this is an improvement, it still ends up seeming petty.
I will explain.
Last year, his explanation was that the team was not among the league’s elite because they lacked defense and rebounding (despite being 3rd in the league in rebounds per game and 4th in rebound percentage). With the addition of Kendrick Perkins and move to get Serge Ibaka in the starting line-up, Barkley’s desire to see a more traditional style was satiated.
So rather than complimenting the team, he came up with a new line of attack. The Thunder–despite the best record in the league–are not even the best team in their conference, he insists, because 1) they rely on three primary scorers and 2) they shoot too many jumpshots.
Does he have a point? It is true that the Thunder’s top 3 scorers (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden) account for 65.8% of the team’s total scoring. This makes their team the third most reliant on their top three scorers. Only the Lakers (66.8%) and Miami Heat (66.2%) have more concentrated scoring. Then again, the three teams at the top of this ranking are the Lakers, Heat, and Thunder who are all, to put it mildly, doing pretty well.
Thanks! Your message has been sent!