Conventional wisdom says lead this week's column with a Bedlam recap. Let's face it, who can get enough OU/OSU talk? We'll get there, but first, a bit of hypocrisy.
Politics is not my cup of tea. In fact, when government enters my realm (sports), I feel ill. Whether our senators are trying to regulate steroid use in baseball or concussions in football, my feeling is they have something better to do. How about stimulating the economy without bankrupting the country?
So imagine my dismay when Oklahoma City's mayor interfered with a potential sports league adding to his city's revenue and profile. Then Tulsa's mayor piggybacked with a similar sentiment. Creative!
The Lingerie Football League consists of ten teams spread across the country. Many of the same cities that are home to the Arena Football League are also represented by a lingerie squad: Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas to name a few.
Perhaps the word "lingerie" strikes fear into the hearts of politicians. Or maybe their legs quiver a bit at the mental images. Too bad because a little research by our fearful leaders would reveal a much deeper level of professionalism.
The bra and panty clad ladies play hard. Their undergarments are barely noticeable thanks to shoulder pads and helmets.
I'm sure our moral leader ... errr ... mayor checked the website out for highlights prior to giving his two cents. Lflus.com if you are interested.
Why pick on females living out their childhood fantasies of playing professional football? Let them play, give Tulsa another sports league and let them thrive or fail based on their own merits. Isn't that the American way? Let them play!
Foosball with Clothes
And then there was Bedlam. Oklahoma State should have won this time around.
No questions asked. If not now, when? Be true to yourself and ask a simple question. If OSU failed to slap the monkey from their backs when all stars were aligned, when will it happen under Mike Gundy?
First of all, let's give all three area teams a round of applause. TU handled business and awaits a bowl berth. OU and OSU finished with equal 10-2 (6-2 Big 12) records. Yes, they were even.
Prior to the game on Channel 8, the lead-in by Chris Lincoln summed up everyone's feelings. For the most part, the teams were evenly matched.
Position by position, player for player, athlete to athlete -- the difference was miniscule on the field.
So if skill is the same, what propels one team over the other? Home field? Nope.
Do not let the final score mask the dominance of the Sooners.
Oklahoma ran 41 more plays than Oklahoma State. OSU's scoring production was aided by two non-offensive touchdowns. This is no knock on the playmaking ability of the Cowboys defense and special teams. This is more of an indictment of the OSU game plan. Actually, what was the game plan?
The old faceless daily paper scribe enjoys knocking OU's coaching staff while trying to yuck it up with outdated references. Who can blame him? Stoops' Troops are easy targets much of the season.
But if you believe OU's coaching staff could tighten up in big games, then what exactly should OSU's staff do? Again this year they will get additional credit for handling a Texas team which will not qualify for a bowl game.
A couple of years ago the big extensions were handed out on the heels of a Missouri Tigers win on the road. Come to find out, they weren't very good that year either.
Again, congrats to the area teams and here's hoping we are treated to a few good bowl match-ups. Nothing wrong with 10-2.
Cole Aldrich led the Kansas Jayhawks for years. Big 12 fans are familiar with the basketball acumen of the big guy.
He was drafted this past season and subsequently traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played well during the preseason for the Thunder.
Last week, the team sent Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers. While the Thunder may not have all star caliber centers on their roster, they do have a glut of experienced big men.
Now Aldrich will lace up for the Thunder and get some playing time. He is immediately a factor for the 66ers in the D-League. Visit tulsa66ers.com for schedule and ticket information.
Something wild must happen in order for volleyball to earn dap in this spot. Either a ruckus involving coaches, players and fans or something equally as exciting had to take place.
The University of Tulsa's volleyball team finished their Conference USA schedule undefeated, 20-0.
The Hurricane finished the regular season with a school-best 30-2 record overall. Tulsa lost just seven sets the entire conference season. Impressive! It is the first undefeated season in C-USA since Louisville posted a 13-0 mark in 2004. Louisville probably cheated to get the record.
Congratulations ladies and TU.
One of these years, the Tulsa Oilers are going to surprise T-Town with a playoff-caliber squad. The Central Hockey League expanded the playoff tree this year to include almost every team in the festivities. Even so, the Oilers are lagging behind.
Tulsa's top scorers are also their lowest plus/minus guys. There is no home ice advantage (3-5) and the road woes are even worse (3-7-1).
Can Coach Bruce Ramsey turn things around? For the sake of Tulsa winter sports and season ticket holders across the city, I sure hope so.
The BOK Center deserves better.
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