POSTED ON NOVEMBER 10, 2010:
Don't Press Your Luck
Stopping the wheel on T-Town's hot sports topics
We’re No. 2. “I am excited to bring a top-two caliber player to Tulsa,” Tulsa Shock general manager and head coach Nolan Richardson said. “The upcoming women’s college basketball season is sure to be a great one and I look forward to watching film and seeing many college prospects in person in order to get the best possible player for Tulsa.”
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Game Shows were a staple of television programming decades ago. Now, pseudo-reality shows rule the dial. Somehow, Vanna White and her cohorts keep spinning wheels and giving answers to questions we never asked.
The most exciting part of old school game shows? Any time the host incorporated a "Lightening Round" into the festivities. Doesn't it just sound suspenseful?
By now, I hope you see were we are heading. Strap in and let's get ready for a Lightening Round column where we touch on as many stories as time allows, or until a Whammy shows up and spoils the fun.
Tennis: LaFortune Park Tennis Center's phase III expansion is underway. Once finished, three indoor courts and a huge clubhouse/reception area will be available in its entire splendor.
Want to check out the progress without looking like a creepy stalker? Join the affable staff on Friday, Nov. 26 from 10am until 1pm for a drill and play session. Besides, what better way to shake the turkey-induced comma than a little back-and-forth exercise? Visit lafortunetennis.com for more information.
AFL: Our arena team will have a different look this year. The Talons only win against a quality opponent came during week one of our inaugural AFL season. Ownership claims the roster turnover is in part due to futility in the playoffs.
Many familiar faces departed for greener, more high profile pastures. No more Justin Allgood, Donovan Morgan or Jeff Hughley. On the bright side, I won't mistakenly type the name D.L. Hughley before realizing he is the unfunny comic, not the Talons all-purpose maniac.
Atlanta, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose join the AFL for year two. Let's just hope our organization does not wind up the Pittsburgh Pirates of baseball or Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Visit tulsatalons.com for ticket and schedule information for the upcoming year.
Largent: The University of Tulsa left the Missouri Valley Conference before I moved to Tulsa. Looking at the MVC schools and proximity, maybe Bubba Cunningham should have the Valley on speed dial incase Conference USA implodes.
Oh, and March 4, TU alum Steve Largent gets inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame. Largent was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He was elected to seven Pro Bowl games. He was the NFL's Man of the Year in 1988. But I'm sure the MVC honor trumps them all.
66ers: Seven former Tulsa 66ers made opening day NBA rosters. Two are solid contributors in Ersan Ilyasova with the Milwaukee Bucks and Brandon Bass with Orlando. Bass was only a 66er for approximately 30 minutes, but who keeps track?
Sooner fans might remember a lost recruit who chose Villanova over OU. Well, he's back, or is he? Scottie Reynolds was taken with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2010 D-League Draft last week.
Somehow Kelvin Sampson is to blame because the 66ers dumped Reynolds for a 2011 first-round pick from the Springfield Armor. Maybe the kid is allergic to Oklahoma. Visit Tulsa66ers.com for more information.
Shock: "I am excited to bring a top-two caliber player to Tulsa," General Manager and Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. "The upcoming women's college basketball season is sure to be a great one and I look forward to watching film and seeing many college prospects in person in order to get the best possible player for Tulsa."
The Tulsa Shock get the second overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft next spring. Terrible news, really. The Shock were in position to earn the top pick by finishing at the bottom of the league last year. When we lose, we still lose.
Normally this would not matter. A second overall pick should help. But when the top pick is sure to be UConn's Maya Moore ... well, let's just say we're getting the Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan. Visit WNBA.com/shock for more information. P.S. -- Thanks, Marion.
Sooners: Women's basketball of course. I have no idea how good they will be. Senior guard Danielle Robinson is supposed to be an elite player in the nation.
Am I the only person in Tulsa fascinated by this squad? Sherri Coale ... I mean ... (speechless).
As far as random interviews go, how extraordinary would it be to have an honest sit-down with Carlee Roethlisberger? One without limits or intentions to upset the young lady. Imagine what has gone through her formative mind the past few years thanks to her slightly more famous sibling.
Roethlisberger on taking the leadership role in her senior year: "I think as your years go on, you should expect more out of yourself every year. As a senior, it's not just on the court that I'm going to expect a lot of myself. It's off the court, as well as being a teacher and a leader."
Golden Hurricane: "We" beat Notre Dame. It was a damn fine victory. Don't let any old curmudgeonly media members tell you otherwise!
Oilers: Entering the season, hopes were high and pinned on goalie Trevor Cann. We knew the affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche would be a give and take. But they recalled Cann after one week. Go Dallas Stars!
Since Cann's call-up, the Oilers have gone into the tank. Sure, he is a solid NHL prospect, but something else happened to this squad.
I think it is psychological. Is there anyway to prove this? Nope. Would the coach or players admit this? Not a chance. But please explain another reason why the players lost 8-0 to Wichita, a team they beat twice to open the season with Cann in net. Anyone?
Here's hoping Coach "Rammer" can get the guys believing again. Visit TulsaOilers.com for ticket and schedule information.
No Whammy, no whammy.
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