POSTED ON NOVEMBER 9, 2011:
Message in a Bottle
Words to play, stay and protest by
Dear Mike Gundy,
Hi Mike. It has been a while. Actually, we have never met but like most college football fans, I feel like I know you.
Very impressive, gutsy victory over Kansas State this past weekend. Your players are really responding to your message this year. No orange bracelets required.
In the past, they have looked overwhelmed at times. This year, only the Texas A&M first half was questionable.
What changed on your end? You have fielded talented teams in the past. This year you seem to have a feel for the game. Is it just on-the-job experience? Did previous years' players and fans suffer while you honed your skills as an in-game coach?
Do me a favor coach. Do not listen to the haters. Embrace everything that makes you and your football team interesting.
You could dial it down a notch or two and quit overshadowing your players, but that will come in time as you grow as a person.
There was nothing wrong with your recent admission of mounting pressure on your team. This is new territory for your No. 2 ranked squad. Of course saying the pressure will not get to you and actually staying calm during the storm are two different animals.
You visit Texas Tech and Iowa State the next two weeks. Although the road has been your enemy in the past, perhaps the Aggies choke job has given you and your team the confidence it needs.
And how about the OU spy...errr...carpenter suing you? This contractor had the audacity to roll into your crib sporting OU colors? He deserved to be fired and ridiculed for being a "stupid idiot". You words, not mine. Allegedly.
I bet this played well with boosters and players. You seem to luck into these situations. On the surface it seems goofy, but the underlying premise shouts Orange and Black.
Here is a suggestion if I may be so bold. Gather your PR team and come up with another YouTube hit prior to Bedlam.
The rant was epic. In the age of digital media, very few sports related pieces garner attention more than a week after it happened. Not the rant. It is alive and well, and according to you, helps in recruiting, which makes sense.
This year you busted out The Gundy. I'd put your dance moves up against any other college football coach in America especially Bob Stoops.
It needs to be unleashed on your team and thus the sports world prior to the game. You know which game.
Oklahoma owns an 82-16-7 advantage over your squad. You have failed to crack the Crimson and Cream code. The week leading up to the game will be more challenging this year than ever.
Pressure will mount. Whispers of a Les Miles showdown will loom. You will face questions from across the nation. Pundits will openly mock your team's ability to finish the season undefeated.
Don't sweat it. Your team is led by Chris Weinke 2.0. This is a good thing. Weinke led Florida State to a couple of BCS Title games. He was victorious against Virginia Tech. The following year he lost to OU, but...well...never mind coach, let's just move on.
On behalf of Oklahoma (the state, not the team) football fans -- thanks for the ride. Please do not look ahead and take one of these bum Big 12 teams lightly.
Have a great rest of the season coach. We're rooting for you to remain in the upright and locked in position. God Speed.
Dear Tulsa Occupiers
Where to begin? What are you doing? What do you plan to accomplish? How does standing in a park help your cause?
These are not rhetoric questions. These are questions nobody could answer (unless you were standing in the park) a week ago.
After much news watching, research and extensive reading, it makes sense. But here is a question we'll try to spin into the sports realm.
If the average person on the street cannot identify your cause, are you doing something wrong? If the message you are sending to congress and Wall Street is concise, why should anyone have to read a blog to figure it out?
This is like watching Mike Gundy turn his back on the defense a couple of years ago. It made no sense. You had to ask questions and read way too many columns to try and make sense of the situation. Of course, he had a purpose even though at the time it was unclear.
Boys and girls let me make this clear. No one outside of big government is in favor of big government. There is no doubt these entities have done more harm than good to America. But will standing in a park after hours fix the issue?
A wise man once told me that you should not attack a piss poor job by others unless you have a solution.
Bob Stoops keeps allowing inferior teams to beat the Sooners. Instead of lambasting Stoops, the media coddles him and offers advice. Here is an example. Coach: please take more control over the defensive game plan. Try to work some Cover Two in the scheme when you cannot matchup man-to-man.
There was an Oakland Occupier who challenged a car and lost. How was that sending a message to big business? The Atlanta Occupiers getting arrested after hours proves what exactly?
Standing on a grassy knoll at midnight when the people you are protesting against are sound asleep in mahogany beds with goose down comforters. This proves what exactly? Are you against Wall Street or just anti-sleep?
Now police are arresting your peers. This is a waste of everyone's time and effort. Occupiers should focus on times when their message is heard. In closing, good luck in your endeavors. However, I do not remember Martin Luther King Jr. asking for blankets and warm undies before he led a movement that forced real change on America.
City council, while you are tinkering with curfew laws to placate anti-sleep protesters, here are a few more gems you should change.
Also, did you know it is illegal to have sex before you are married? Um, on second thought let's just wrap this up before we embarrass our state laws further.
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