The music gods smiled down upon our sleepy little state in the 90’s and enriched both of our major cities with mainstream, household name caliber successful bands. And you know what? It was a pretty sweet decade. I remember staying up all night making glittery “I LOVE ZAC” signs in preparation to attend Hanson’s homecoming concert at the Mabee center, just as I’m sure Tony and Patrick remember popping C.M.B. in their car’s cassette tape player to set the mood while parking with a hot date. Tick tock, I don’t stop.
Of course though, the question remains:
Who was the strong, more culturally significant, most lasting big Oklahoma band of the 90’s–Color Me Badd or Hanson?
Read our arguments and vote for your favorite after the jump:
The world is still shocked and saddened by the sudden death of famed actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Last night, we even had a couple of trivia teams honor him with their team names. They were:
Phillip See-No-More Hoffman
“I Had A Bad Weekend” starring Peyton Manning and Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Have I told you that TLO Trivia Night is a very crude and vulgar event and not for the easily offended?
Say what you want about the insensitivity of those team names, but at least they weren’t insulting. Check out the News 9 article about the actor’s death:
Yesterday, Governor Mary Fallin gave her annual “State of the State” address at the State Capitol. The Oklahoman actually provided pretty good, semi-balanced coverage of the event. They even led with most insane part of the speech.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday called on the Legislature to cut the state’s highest income tax rate by 0.25 percent and recommended that lawmakers cut most state agencies’ budgets by 5 percent to help pay for it.
“I believe responsibly lowering the income tax is the right thing to do,” Fallin said during her State of the State address. “Let’s take this opportunity to show our country that lower taxes and limited government do work.”
That makes perfect sense. Let’s cut services across the state so that a few wealthy Oklahomans can put a few extra hundred dollars in their high-end savings account each month. How are state agencies going to handle these cuts?
Fallin said she knows her request for 5 percent cuts in most agency budgets will cause some to proclaim the sky is falling.
“But guess what? It’s not,” Fallin said. “Any business worth its … salt can find 5 percent cost savings without crippling the services it provides. Families have to make the same decisions and the same choices all the time.”
What a great example. Talk to the C.E.O. of any company “worth its salt” and they’ll tell you it’s easy to find 5-percent in cost savings. All you need to do is reduce spending and layoff employees. That’s always a great thing for the economy. Not only do people lose their jobs, but vendors, suppliers and contractors then lose revenue and have to layoff workers and cut spending. At that point, the dominos begin to fall. Consumers spend less, more layoffs occur and unemployment rates skyrocket. With so many unemployed workers and fewer quality jobs, people then turn to the leaching bureaucratic evil government for economic assistance. The only problem is the government can’t help anyone because all agencies are dealing with their own 5% budget cuts. But yeah, back to what Mary said, any business worth it’s salt can easily find 5% in cost savings.
As I mentioned above, the Oklahoman’s coverage was pretty fair and balanced. Well, at least it was for the Oklahoman. They didn’t overly promote any of the conservative rhetoric, and they were fair with everything. They even had a photographer on hand to take awkward photos. Let’s take a look at some of them:
As is now custom, Mary Fallin began the speech by showing off her invisible popsicle.
Anyone else creeped out by the old dude in the back trying to sneak his way into the hug? Why’s he patting that dude on the back? That’s as awkward as getting drunk and dry humping a platonic friend. Okay, maybe not that awkward, but close. Speaking of dry humping, nobody’s a fan of it. But we’ve all done it. And yeah, I have no clue what that has to do with anything.
Jonathan Conder has some competition.
On Sunday morning, KOCO sent weekend morning weatherman Brad Sowder to Norman for a live report on winter weather conditions. It was pretty typical stuff. Stand at the corner of an intersection, put the ruler in the snow, talk about the wind chill, tell people to stay at home and only get out if necessary. You know the drill.
During the middle of a live shot, a pickup truck tried to make it up a hill. It didn’t. Fortunately for everyone except the truck’s driver, Sowder was right there to save the day. Or at least try.
Check out the clip:
Kendrick Perkins has been taking a lot of flack recently. Apparently Jim Traber, Thunder fans and everyone else doesn’t like him and think he’s underperforming. I’m here to say, “Sure, he might be underperforming. Sure, from a statistical point of view the Thunder are better with him on the bench.” But guess what, there are worse things in Oklahoma than Kendrick Perkins touching a basketball. In fact, Patrick and I were able to rack our brains and come up with 10 of them.
10. Being cut off in traffic by a car with a LifeChurch.tv bumpersticker
What is the best way to show people you’re a Christian? Is it by donating your time to the needy? Giving away all your possessions and following the word of God? Nope, apparently it’s slapping a LifeChurch sticker on the back of your Range Rover and driving like a maniac.
LifeChurch, it’s cheaper than eHarmoney if you don’t tithe!
9. Travis Ford’s Coaching Ability
Saying the guy is in over his head is rude because he’s so short, but it’s the truth. Travis Ford is a good recruiter, but he’s consistently out-coached and his teams never live up to their talent. You can tell that he’s doing a bad job when OSU fans hate him and OU fans love him.
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