Bedlam alert…

No, this is not football or basketball season, but this year, there will be a Bedlam week in softball.  The Cowgirls will have their best chance in almost a decade to beat the Sooners in softball.   Aggie butt cheeks will be as tight as a drum as they envision a win over the top ranked Sooners.

While I hate to admit this, it could actually happen this year.  There are several reasons for my concern.   First the Cowgirls are on a hot streak having won eleven (11) games in a row.  This past weekend, they swept a pretty decent Texas Tech team.  Finally, OSU will have the last at bats in two of the three games.  And finally, seven inning games give the underdog an extra advantage.   I know we are the better team, but I also remember that it took a botched two point conversion try in last year’s Bedlam football game for us  to come out on top.

Finally, let’s be extra good this week as we may need Karma’s help to beat these guys twice in Stillwater.   Not only are we talking about a ten year/twenty game winning streak over the Cow Patties, we are also talking about a 35 game winning streak this year and a possible #1 National seed for the Sooners.

The first pitch in the three game series will be Friday night at 6:05 so prepare for smash mouth softball next weekend.  Buckle up, this should be fun…

Boomer Sooner…

 

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Big 12 update…

  • Thankfully, OU fans have OU softball…the Sooners swept Texas over the weekend, extending their winning streak to 31 games. It should also keep the Sooners at #1 in the country.   Can you imagine what Patti Gasso’s bunch can do with the #1 seed in the national tournament.
  • Additional kudos to the women’s gymnastics team for winning their 4th National Championship. By the way, Maggie Nichols is only a junior so a fifth National Championship next year seems possible.
  • Texas sucks…OSU swept the Shorthorns in baseball over the weekend. Seriously, OSU loses two of three to Kansas and then they sweep Texas by scoring 36 runs in three games.  This may be the worst Texas team in baseball history…
  • For the record, the OU and Texas baseball programs have something in common. The current UT coach beat out the current OU coach for the Texas job a few years back.  Makes one wonder who came in third…
  • OU had to go to Minnesota to beat the Big Ten’s worst team in a weekend series. Possibly, OU should ask the Gophers to join the league next year. .

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

Spring game…

We witnessed a couple of great moves this spring.   First Lincoln convinces Jalen Hurts to spend his senior year in Norman and then he moves the spring game to Friday night.   First things first…only Lincoln and OU football could add a perfect piece to OU’s offensive puzzle in Hurts.  Granted the offensive line will be a work in progress, but this team’s skill set is off the chart.  By the end of the season, OU’s offense could be unstoppable.   This year’s defense has to be better than last year so I am optimistic about 2019.

Now back to the spring game setting.   In addition to giving credit to Lincoln for the spring game move I also want to give credit to Mother Time, the Federal Court System, ESPN, and Musco Lighting.  Because of these entities the Friday night spring game happened and appears to have been a smashing success.

First, let’s talk about Musco Lighting.   There was a time not that long ago when 80% of college stadiums were not equipped with lights.  That worked just fine because ABC Sports had a stranglehold on the college game.  In those days, college football telecasts were limited to one game a week and for the most part appeared on a Saturday afternoon.  Today, we have games every day of the week and 90% of those games are aired at night.

How did this happen?  First, the Courts ruled that ABC Sports with its limit of one game per week was in violation of anti-trust laws.   In 1984 the Supreme ruled in favor of OU and Georgia and against ABC.  This ruling opened the flood gates to college football broadcasts.   ESPN and other networks wanted to jump all over this.  All they needed was portable lighting.

A small Iowa company stepped in to fill the void by creating a system for transporting field lights from stadium to stadium throughout America.  Once at the stadium, the lights were lifted by cranes to the four corners of the stadium and for the first time all of America had access to night football. I remember the day that Musco Lighting provided us with the first night game at OU.  It was pretty cool.

Once Musco did their part, the fad and more importantly the money caught on and universities including OU installed permanent lights.  Without these historical events, a Friday night spring game would not have been possible.  We would have been stuck with a spring game attended by a few hundred fans on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon.  I love progress…

Speaking of progress…let’s hope that the same guy that moved the spring game can do the something about early morning, August kickoffs.   Those games are a recipe for heat strokes and should be replaced with night games.

Okay, I get it…one step at a time.  Then again, someone had to take that first step back in the 80’s, not to mention early last week.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

 

Coaching…

As I was watching Chris Beard take his Texas Tech team to the final two in basketball this year, I was reminded about the importance of coaching.   Convincing a bunch of college kids to play defense at that level is mind boggling.   The guy must have taken Patti Gasso’s “how to develop a winner” workshop.

Patti Gasso loses a couple of top notch pitchers, but refuses to miss a beat.  She goes out and recruits two transfers to take the place of Paige Parker and Paige Lowary and continues to motivate her position players to play lights out.   She also recruits a bunch of newcomers to make sure OU stays on top next year.  I don’t know what OU is paying Sherry Coale, but that amount should be doubled for Patti Gasso.

Better yet, OU officials should force Sherry to take the Patti Gasso “how to develop a winner” workshop.  While we are at it, let’s make room for a front row seat for OU baseball coach Clint Johnson as well.   His Sooners have lost 6 of their last 8 games this year and have lost five games in a row over a two year period to OSU.  It will take both Sherry and Clint years to build their Sooner programs into national caliber teams, but this process has to start somewhere.  As for Patti, she refuses to take a year off.

Boomer Sooner…

 

Bedlam…

My first blog appeared around ten years ago.   The timing for that blog was perfect.  The Big 12 Conference had been realigned and conference scheduling was in turmoil.  Athletic Director, Joe Castiglione, being the nice guy and/or chump that he was decided to sacrifice OU football for the cause of conference realignment.  He agreed to have the Sooners play OSU two years in a row in Stillwater.

As has always been the case, this whole Bedlam thing has been a marketing ploy to benefit little brother.  The second year of the two year deal saw OSU expand its seating capacity where they sold an extra ten thousand tickets for their beloved Aggies to witness a 44-10 beat down of the Sooners.   I remember thinking…and we call these guys Aggies.  My writing of a blog helped me voice my opposition to Joe’s Bedlam love affair.  Same goes today.

Joe C. is at it again; he is doing his part to ensure Bedlam success for OSU in other sports.  As stated in last week’s blog, we only wrestle OSU once a year these days.  This year it was in Stillwater in front of a full house of OU-haters.  Bedlam baseball is following the same script.

Of the six conference games between OU and OSU from this year and last, only one game will be played in Norman.  The other five games will be in Stillwater or in Tulsa (OSU’s home away from home) or at the Brick in front of orange clad OSU fans.  Making matters worse, Joe C. kicked in an extra non-conference Bedlam game for this year. Of course as you might imagine, the game was played in Stillwater last week.   Again, who are the real Aggies here?

With friends like Joe C., who needs enemies?