This past weekend, we learned of the passing of Bob Barry Jr. As we mentioned earlier today, our thoughts are with his family and the team at KFOR. If you’d like to check out some tributes to BBJ, KFOR has a post dedicated to the social media posts people have left in his memory. Not only is he well-remembered by his local fans, but by his colleagues in Oklahoma sports media, as well as all over the country.
I’ve gathered up some tweets from the previous week. As always, you can check them out after the jump.
Where were you when you heard the news?
I was standing in my kitchen with Tony, Marisa and a few other people getting ready to grill hot dogs, brats, and some weird vegan sausages for about 30 people for a TLO cookout / get-together. I checked my phone. The first text said…
“Have You Heard the Rumor?”
“No. Been busy. Having a cookout. What’s up?”
“Don’t go public with it. Bob Barry died in a motorcycle accident according to two people I have talked to.”
I’m not sure what I did or said, but I couldn’t believe it. Tony said my jaw was literally on the floor. Bob Barry Jr. dead in a motorcycle accident? What?!? This can’t be true. I was just listening to him the other morning while I was on my way to Braum’s to get a biscuit. He was whining about this column on CBSSports.com. He just couldn’t believe columnist Tom Fornelli picked OU to be a 2015 National Championship Dark Horse. “There’s no way Oklahoma is a National Championship title contender!!!” BBJ exclaimed. I then yelled out loud, by myself in my car, “Yeah, but isn’t that what makes them a Darkhorse National Championship Contender? If everyone thought they were good and had a chance, they wouldn’t be a dark horse!”
I’ll admit it, I found myself saying things like that many times while listening to Bob Barry Jr. on the radio over the years. During my college and Corporate America days, I listened to parts of his show almost every weekday. The fact that I disagreed with him so often is what kept me listening. He had this unique way of both annoying me and keeping me entertained. I’d roll my eyes anytime he started talking about the Packers or Red Sox, but would for some reason pay close attention to his chats with Running Girl and Effie. It was odd.
I think BBJ’s most annoying / likable trait was his eternal happiness and optimism. That’s what made him awesome. When BBJ talked, you could almost hear a smile in his voice. He was always so happy, positive, friendly, enthusiastic, and most importantly, sincere. It was a rare combination of talents. It made me jealous. Why couldn’t I be like that?
This charm and enthusiasm translated even better on television. I remember watching BBJ every Sunday night in the early 1990s. My mom would let my brother and I stay up late and watch Star Trek: The Next Generation after the news. BBJ’s extended sports report was always our lead in to Captain Pickard and Commander Data. Whether he was giving the NFL football telepoll numbers or going over highlights from the Virginia Slims Tennis Tournament, you could tell the story really mattered to him. He was genuinely excited to look into a camera and tell you about the sports news.
We have had some fun at BBJ’s expense over the years. He had the personality, attitude and name that was ripe for jokes and roasting. Some of our criticisms and one liners were fair, and in hindsight, some were not. In 2012, BBJ wrecked a motor scooter at a radio remote. At the time, I made light of the incident in a post and tossed out some jokes that now ring way too close to home. Yesterday, a local radio DJ posted it to his Facebook page, making it look like we published the column yesterday afternoon. Come on, man, really? Like we’d really do something like that. Out of respect, we have removed that content from the site and apologize for it.
On Saturday night, as I was sweating over a grill trying to put out flames with a can of beer, the TLO get-together kind of turned into a BBJ Memorial Service. The news spread fast. We all shared memories, laughs and had a drink in his honor. It was like everyone lost a friend, a buddy, a neighbor, or a co-worker. And you know what? Even though most of us had never met the man in real life, we did.
We sure are going to miss BBJ. I’d like to think his spirit is high up in some eternal place right now, listening to death metal, sitting in front of a pile of Johnnie’s Burgers and telling Vince Lombardi and Red Auerbach: “I don’t know… Why don’t you tell me?” Our most sincere thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with his family and friends. RIP.
When we started Hot Girl Friday a little over a year ago, there were three goals in mind:
1. Get easy page views on Friday, a traditionally slow web day…
2. Filter out some of the fun hating, politically correct NPR crowd…
3. Get random hot girls to send us photos….
So far, we’ve been very successful at our first two goals. We’ve blown the third like Dean Blevins on a date with Tiger Woods. That’s why today I’m featuring some hot girl from OKC named Whitney.
Back in 2008, better known as the TLO golden days, Clark Matthews put down his copy of Back Row, a quarterly publication released by the North American Checkers Association, and came up with the idea for a series called “Hot Girl a Day in the Month of May.” The idea was to parody the Sports Animal’s “Driver a Day in the Month of May.” Tony and I obviously thought it was a good idea so we all got it started.
After about 25 days or so of writing about Oklahoma celebrities, news casters and Van Shea Iven, some Ogle Mole sent us a pic of some girl named Whitney that he worked with at Al A Mode. She was apparently an aspiring Playboy model and wanted to be a Hot Girl a Day in the Month. We happily obliged.
Anyway, I don’t know what happened to Whitney, if she’s still around town, or ever got a promotion at Al A Mode, but her seven-year old Playboy audition tape and some other vids are still on YouTube. Check them out after the jump. She’s our Hot Girl Friday.
Earlier this week, some local ad agency folks or social media experts or whatever started at “mysterious” social media hashtag campaign called #WhatIfOKC. The idea is that social media users are supposed to use the hashtag to share what changes they’d like to see happen to Oklahoma City.
This got the attention of NewsOK.com:
The Oklahoma City Twitterverse is optimistic today.
Residents are using the hashtag #WhatIfOKC to talk about the change they’d like to see in the city. It’s a movement started by Made Possible By Us.
The folks at Made Possible haven’t yet announced what they’re planning to do, but it’s great to see residents having positive and thoughtful conversations about the future of OKC. To join the conversation, use #WhatIfOKC.
I don’t know, but this seems kind of cheeky. What’s in it for the people putting the thing together? Are they going to present Mayor Cornett and the city council a big book of “What Ifs,” or are they going to use the responses as a sneaky way to make money? We have no clue.
That being said, playing the “What If…” game is fun. I like to imagine things like “What if I won the lottery?” or “What if didn’t have red hair?” or “What if the news stations didn’t cut to people like Val, who are in a car looking at rain or clouds? I mean, I could see the same thing if I stepped outside. Show me the damned radar pics of where the storm is heading! I don’t own a radar to see that kind of stuff, you do. I don’t give a shit that Reed Trimmer might be looking at a ‘rain wrapped’ tornado. How about you show me the radar stuff, and I’ll look at the pictures you took of the storm afterward.”
Anyway, NewsOK.com shared some of the “What If…” ideas in a slide show. Since Patrick thinks slide shows are just a cheap way to garner page views, I picked out some of my favorites below after the jump, which is also another cheap way to get pageviews:
In case you missed it, there was a wild police chase through the Penn Square Mall parking lot yesterday morning. We know this because a KJ-103 employee shot video of the chase from high atop 50 Penn Place or whatever it’s called now.
Check it out:
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