POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2010:
Sports on a Stick
Ranking the best in Tulsa sports, with a nod to the Tulsa State Fair
Going For a Mega Ride. The Midway is where the party happens. Carnies, tripping hazards, poor sightlines, carnies, dangerous electrical equipment, stumbling drunks, carnies, odd smells, people traffic, rigged games, missing teeth, food-type-items on a stick and carnies highlight the area.
FILE PHOTO/JEREMY CHARLES
The Tulsa State Fair is like a piece of abstract art. Some love it, some hate it and others simply do not get it. By the same token, everyone stares at it. Many do a double take.
You can visit tulsastatefair.com for times, dates and coming attractions. I did and found the "What's your fair favorite?" rankings riveting. Then again, I'm a sucker for hokey rankings.
Here are some of my favorites, along with their sporting equivalent in T-Town.
Fried pickles crack me up, but damn if they are not good. Somehow, they registered No. 75 on the highly technical rankings. I'm sure much research went into the list.
We take fried pickles for granted here. However, next time you have an out-of-town guest or take a vacation, mention fried pickles. It's a foreign term to them.
Same goes for the University of Tulsa basketball. Now I'm not saying Coach Doug Wojcik's squad ranks No. 75 in Tulsa. But I am saying their low profile escapes much of the mainstream sports world.
Maybe if fried pickles were on more menus and TU played in a significant conference, both would earn the adulation they deserve.
Caramel apples are not typically associated with the Fair. You think caramel apples, you think Halloween. Maybe that's why they are ranked No. 80 (the lowest I noticed while checking out the site).
We have a WNBA team in Tulsa. They play hard. Their record left a lot to be desired this past season. In fact, there will be no joke made at the Shock's expense. Not today at least. Let's just hope caramel apples find their way to Halloween and the Shock finds a few victories next year.
Pigs are cuter than cows. At least the website would lead you to believe as much. The scientific rankings had the swine edge its beefier brethren No. 21 to No. 34.
They should be Nos. 21a and 21b. Just like the Tulsa Oilers and Tulsa Talons. It is like being forced to choose a favorite child, or livestock.
The Oilers stepped up their game by aligning with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche for the season. Visit TulsaOilers.com for ticket promotions and schedule information.
The Talons dumped their frumpy girlfriend (af2) for the sexy vixen (AFL) this past year. An early playoff exit stung but we know where we stand. Visit TulsaTalons.com for more information.
The Mega Ride Pass packs a punch. The value for fair-goers is undeniable. It is funny to see the band-wearers walk with a certain hitch in their giddy-up too. They think they own the entire fair grounds. The staple of the fair came in at a solid No. 13.
The Tulsa Drillers also pack a punch. This past season was off the charts. Attendance records were set. Tulsans were impressed. ONEOK Field is sure to be a staple of downtown Tulsa for years to come.
The Drillers announced the Colorado Rockies, their MLB parent club, will play an exhibition game in Tulsa next spring. The hits keep coming. Visit TulsaDrillers.com for more information.
Whoever slapped the rankings together does not enjoy beer. How else can you explain the Budweiser Beer Garden coming in at an embarrassing No. 57?
No one is saying you have to get drunk to enjoy the Fair, far from it. But if you visit the garden in the evening, people are gathering and lines are forming.
The Tulsa 66ers fit the same bill. You don't have to get sloppy drunk to enjoy their product, but it doesn't hurt. Wait, what I meant to say was the 66ers are also vastly underrated in these parts.
The organization finally put a winning product on the court last season. And you know what? The media and fans took notice. Bring back another exciting squad and let the games begin. Visit Tulsa66ers.com for information on the upcoming season.
The "Midway Rides" nabbed the No. 2 ranking. Somehow No. 1 was the all-encompassing "Food." Sounds like a showdown. First of all, how can you list multiple food items throughout the rankings and then slap a "Food" category at the end? Seems like a cheap gimmick.
The Midway is where the party happens. Carnies, tripping hazards, poor sightlines, carnies, dangerous electrical equipment, stumbling drunks, carnies, odd smells, people traffic, rigged games, missing teeth, food-type-items on a stick and carnies highlight the area.
The only sporting event that can match the Midway here is a good old fashioned OU versus Texas two-step.
Unfortunately, Texas appears to be a group of frauds. Getting slapped around by UCLA in Austin hardly adds luster to this years tilt.
Oklahoma keeps winning. Pretty, ugly? It doesn't matter. Now is the time to step up and dominate a Longhorns team on the skids. Go for the knockout blow.
Previous Red River Rivalry games have been close contests. Some have been decided by a break here or there. This year needs to be different.
"Big Game" Bob Stoops needs to rekindle the magic from his 2000 or 2003 RRR games. The Sooners were leapfrogged by Florida in the polls but remain in title contention at No. 8 in the nation.
In a perfect world, you will watch the OU game from the Tulsa State Fair while sipping a beer from the underappreciated beer garden.
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