Archives For April 2011

Is Bedlam Back?

Kyle Porter —  April 18, 2011 — 5 Comments

Big thanks to PFB contributor, FreeMason10 (on Twitter as @mattamilian) for his live look at the resuscitation of Bedlam from this weekend and further evaluation of the Thunder’s impact on college athletics.

As I stretched my legs out over the seat in front of me in the top of the 8th inning on Sunday, I quickly realized how ridiculous it was for me to be able to do that at the rubber match of Top 20 Bedlam teams. A fellow Cowboy fan informed me the total series attendance was 24,000+, which seemed below average to me.

The game itself had traditional Bedlam written all over it, however instead of a packed house, there was 5,000+ and the trash talk usually present in the crowd was replaced with a significant number of blue t-shirts. It turns out the Thunder’s influence on college sports in Oklahoma doesn’t stop with hoops.

Bedlam baseball is reputable, but right now the Thunder is the show in Oklahoma City.

Not convinced the NBA playoffs had any effect on yesterday’s Bedlam game? The 8th and 9th innings exemplified what I have always loved about this rivalry. Clutch hitting has always had its place in this series. No lead is safe at any point. What more could we ask for than 10 combined runs in the 8th and 9th innings to send it to extras?

Well this game extended over 4 hours and fans grew impatient. A quarter of the crowd left their seats before the start of the 10th and only 10% of those fans returned. Bedlam was asking for too much by creeping past the 8:00 hour, nearing the Thunder’s 8:30 tipoff. Confession…I set my mind on leaving after the 10th regardless of the status of the game. Apparently Sam Presti and Co. have swept me off my feet as well.

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The Morning Fade – 4.18.11

Kyle Porter —  April 18, 2011 — 6 Comments

Great article that kind of got buried last Friday about some late night class time between Todd Monken and Brandon Weeden. (Sports Illustrated)

Great Bedlam series recap by Anthony Slater. There’s a quote in here from Davis Duren about how OSU might lead the country in walkoff hits, I think he might be right. It feels like they’ve had one every week for the last two months. (O’Colly)

I’m not real sure how to feel about Cezar CJ Guerrero yet. (News OK)

Also, here’s a video of him getting choked up during his speech on signing day. If you watch it will you let me know whether or not you think that’s a Steve Young mural on wall behind him? (Los Angeles Wave)

Great story by James Poling (and terrific slideshow by Adam Kemp) on the spring game from Saturday. Spring games are…worthless for the most part, but let’s be honest, Justin Gilbert could run back 97-yard kicks on the intramural fields with nobody out there and I’d be interested. (O’Colly)

How about the quote of the year so far from Todd Monken:

The reality is you (play) this game to win the Big 12. The goal is to win the Big 12 and beat those jokers down south; that’s it.

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NBA Playoff Preview (OSU Edition) – East

Kyle Porter —  April 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

I wrote on my Western Conference thoughts yesterday (which you can read about here) so today we’ll take a look at all the ties OSU has to the Eastern Conference side of things (not many) and a few predictions.

#1 Bulls vs. #8 Pacers

OSU ties: John Lucas III is on a playoff roster! Let’s just ignore the fact that he’s averaging 1.0 PPG (in two games) as the 5th string PG behind Derrick Rose, Jannero Pargo, CJ Watson, and Rose’s second wind. According to ESPN he and Pargo were picked up for Rose insurance. Also, TJ Ford once got into a quasi-fight in Gallagher-Iba and Brandon Rush owned Marcus Dove for three straight years.

My thoughts: I do have the slight advantage of already having seen Game 1 in which Derrick Rose was two parts Magic, three parts AI, and all parts awesome (though it doesn’t sway my pick much). He’s pretty surreal right now. At this point if we don’t get a Bulls Heat and Lakers Thunder Conference Finals I’m going to be devastated. Bulls in 5.

#2 Heat vs. #7 Sixers

OSU ties: Mario Chalmers and Dexter Pittman both had many many wins against us. Also Craig Brackins (who I thought at one point when he was at Iowa St. was going to be the next KG) gets PT for the Sixers.

My thoughts: This really should be a quick series. I’m mostly only worried about Wade getting enough time to post some solid numbers. We drafted five-man fantasy playoff teams and he’s my two-guard. You get total points your guys score and Finals points count 2x so I’m the biggest by proxy Bulls/Heat fan ever since I have Rose, Wade, Melo, Dirk, and Noah. Yeah, that Noah. Heat in 5.

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NBA Playoff Preview (OSU Edition) – West

Kyle Porter —  April 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

I got into an interesting debate with Q the other day on the podcast about who OSU’s most famous current professional athlete is. I’m still not sure if I have an answer (that might be a power poll in the coming weeks?) but Tony Allen has to be in the conversation, doesn’t he?

As such I decided to take some time and use he and James Anderson as an (admittedly lame) excuse to preview the NBA Playoffs. Here we go:

Western Conference

#1 Spurs vs. #8 Grizzlies

OSU ties: Tony Allen will be tasked with the burden of trying to guard Duncan, Manu, and TP at the same time while helping fill the scoring void left by Rudy Gay and his injury. I’d also like to take this time to mention that, since 2004 Tony Allen is 0-1 in postseason basketball games in the city of San Antonio.

James Anderson hasn’t really been what we thought he would be (or wanted him to be) since arriving in Duncan-ville. He’s only averaged 3.6 points/game this year and missed over 50 games with an injury. Here’s to hoping Popp and Co. don’t lose sight of one of the most talented, inspiring players to walk through GIA in the last twenty-five years.

My thoughts: It could get chippy (when you have Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, how could it not?) but it won’t get all that tight. If Gay was playing I think I might actually pick the Grizz. But no Gay means no go-to guy in crunch time, and San Antonio has about four of those. Spurs in 6.

#2 Lakers vs. #7 Hornets

OSU ties: Um, Aaron Gray and Jarrett Jack were both part of NCAA tournament teams that ended OSU’s season?

My thoughts: I wish Chris Paul was 2007 Chris Paul instead of current “I’m not sure if I’m going to Kye Staley my knee on any given play” Chris Paul. Either way the Lakers don’t have anyone who can guard him, but 2007 Paul had an outside shot of single-handedly winning this series. This year’s version? No chance. Lake Show in 5.

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SMC – Tony Allen Hammer

Kyle Porter —  April 16, 2011 — 2 Comments

Thanks to all our readers and Twitter followers, you guys (and gals) truly make this endeavor more than I possibly thought it could be.

In honor of the NBA playoffs kicking off tonight I thought I should include a little bit of our new-fangled cult hero taking the Western Conference by storm, Mr. Trick or Treat himself.

I mean he’s basically turned into a poor man’s version of Ron Artest, right? Great defense, gives-every-fan-a-heart-attack offense, a little John Rocker in him to the point that not much short of him stealing the Spurs’ t-shirt cannon and blasting it in Manu Ginobli’s face would surprise you. And even then you could probably say, “yeah, kinda saw that one coming on some level.”

I love all of it. I’m thrilled he went to O-State. I love that he punched out OJ Mayo over a game of cards and that he’s one of like 2.5 guys in the league who can stick KD. Enjoy the massive dunk on Antawn Jamison.

By the way, if you haven’t ordered your Tony Allen All Grit and Grind t-shirt you can do so here.

Spring Game Preview and Masters Recap

Kyle Porter —  April 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

Q and I do a Masters recap, talk spring game and Weeden, new uniforms, and go next level on the NBA playoffs.

As always you can listen directly by clicking play below but you can also subscribe in iTunes HERE.

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The Morning Fade – 4.15.11

Kyle Porter —  April 15, 2011 — 3 Comments

Big weekend in Stillwater with the spring game and Remember the 10 run. Wish I could be up there but I’m still recovering from Augusta, all Twitter and email reports from the game are appreciated.

Loving this column from Kyle Fredrickson on Justin Blackmon. It’s so tough to take what I imagine was a very normal practice/media session and yank tidbits out of it like he does to wrap a column around. Well done. And if you can’t view because of the O’Colly paywall just email me and I’ll get it to you, it’s worth reading. (O’Colly)

Good stuff here from Chatmon on what fans think about the move of Bedlam to December. I love all the “man I’m just glad I don’t have to balance family and football on Thanksgiving anymore, now I can just focus on football!!” sentiment. Hilarious. (News OK)

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Thursday Night Games

Kyle Porter —  April 14, 2011 — 4 Comments

Berry Tramel wrote a piece yesterday in The Oklahoman about how he hopes OSU doesn’t move its game with Arizona to Thursday night.

I agree with his idea (that it’s a poor decision to deprive the general Stillwater community of the money that’s brought in on Saturday home game days and force fans to travel hundreds of miles on a work night) but can’t get on board with the premise: that decisions by the athletic department are, or should be, driven by anything other than what’s best for the Oklahoma State athletic program.

The first question has to be, “is it a competitive advantage to move the Arizona game from Saturday to Thursday?” I think it is. One big problem for home teams playing in Thursday night games is all the hype surrounding the game. This one would especially be wrought with emotion as it would easily be the biggest non-conference game for OSU all year.

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The Morning Fade – 4.14.11

Kyle Porter —  April 14, 2011 — 11 Comments

Oklahoma State has three golfers in the Ben Hogan award race, and one of them has only played in six tournaments. (Golf Digest)

Can someone please give me a real answer on why this is like the biggest secret ever kept in college athletics? (ESPN)

Want to feel your blood boil in the general direction of the NCAA? (Clarion Ledger)

How do we feel about Arizona State’s new gear? I’ve talked to people who love it and people who hate it. I hope we’re all prepared for whatever Nike drops on us in the next few months because it could be just as controversial. (Dr. Saturday)

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The Morning Fade – 4.13.11

Kyle Porter —  April 13, 2011 — 3 Comments

Win Bedlam baseball tickets for this weekend. (Facebook)

Fascinating piece on Darrent Williams and everything that happened leading up to his death. (Sports Illustrated)

Some interesting questions about the 2011 schedule answered by Chatmon. I have pretty mixed feelings on the Thursday night game but my feelings on the Friday night game are not mixed, that’s a horrendous move. We don’t need to be playing tier-5 schools on a Friday night in November. (News OK)

Weeden was named OSU’s student-athlete of the year, and is wearing an awesome shirt in this picture. (okstate.com)

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Masters Recap

Kyle Porter —  April 12, 2011 — Leave a comment

As I mentioned in the fade this morning, the 2011 Masters was magnificent. Sunday afternoon was possibly the most dramatic, compelling three hours of sport I’ve ever experienced in my life. Tiger trying to roar, Rory gagging on his own greatness, Adam Scott from out of nowhere, Charl Schwartzel from really out of nowhere.

We weren’t for want in the way of storylines and a Cowboy was in it all the way to the very end. Let’s look back and hand out a few grades to the four golfers from OSU.

Peter Uhilein - It wasn’t so much that he didn’t make the cut, I don’t think anyone realistically expected that. It was more that he went out and coolly dropped off a 72 at the scorers tent in the first round while playing with the reigning Masters champ and then didn’t make the cut. He carried himself like an absolute professional though. Some guys were cut out from birth to play for titles and jackets and I’m pretty confident he’s one of them.

Final Grade: B+

Rickie Fowler – You could sense something special happening with the McIlroy, Day, Fowler group on Thursday and Friday. Not a changing of the guard as much as a “well, we’re here so I guess we’ll go out and post red numbers all over the scoreboard.” It’s as if those guys don’t really understand the pecking order, that you’re not supposed to compete for majors until you’ve played in them a few times.

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The Morning Fade – 4.12.11

Kyle Porter —  April 12, 2011 — 3 Comments

Big thanks to Q for running the show while I was vacationing in the South. Augusta was indelible my friends, it always is, but it’s great to be back and blogging again.

The Tony Allen shirt is for sale in time for the NBA playoffs. I ordered one for everyone in my family, including Mrs. Pistols. (Chris Vernon)

Desmond being Desmond. (News 9)

Weeden says Holgorsen “drank Red Bull, Red Bull, or Red Bull.” (ESPN)

Your #18-ranked Cowboy baseball team plays Arkansas-Little Rock tonight. (okstate.com)

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  April 11, 2011 — Leave a comment

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The Morning Fade – 4.11.11

Pistols Firing Staff —  April 11, 2011 — 3 Comments

It’s been a pleasure serving you guys for the last several days. Pistolsguy is on his way back from among the Georgia pines and he’ll be back feeding you fades tomorrow morning. Thanks for bearing with me and not giving up on PFB while Pistolsguy was out walking August National with Peter U’s dad, Weeden, and Marshall Faulk.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but in case you haven’t Bedlam football is moving to the first weekend of December. Guys, no more having to explain to your wife and/or in laws that you have to leave Thanksgiving festivities to go to Stillwater for a football game. Anyway this is not a good thing? Let’s just hope this is the de facto Big XII championship game. PS, I finally realized why the morning fade is so awesome…it allows you to avoid those annoying Reynolds Ford ads that automatically start when you go to the digital sports page on newsok.com. Anyone else hate those? (NewsOK)

It probably wasn’t who we expected, especially judging by our poll question, but Bo Van Pelt was quietly the top OSU related finisher down at Augusta (T-8th). When Rickie fell back Saturday and then did more of the same on Sunday and Mahan didn’t even make the cut, nor did our amateur Peter U. you started to feel like it just wasn’t going to be OSU’s weekend at the Masters. But, Bo played solid through the weekend and made a nice run Sunday. Don’t worry Traber will be telling you all day today how he and Bo are boys. (Tulsa World)

This is great and bad at the same time. Awesome that the Pokes sit in 3rd place in the conference after their weekend sweep of Missouri, but bad that it was the first time we’ve swept a Big XII series in three years. Wow. Let’s hope we get another one or two before season’s end. (OKState)

It was a pair of sweeps in Stillwater this weekend. The softball team is quietly putting together a solid season. Of course the only way this will hit most of our radar’s is if they reach the college world series in OKC. I think I could get on board with a bedlam matchup in OKC for the title. (OKState)

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The Back 9 at Augusta

Kyle Porter —  April 10, 2011 — 1 Comment

This weekend, as America collectively crowds around their high definition television sets anticipating that rare moment in sports that most often never leaves the imagination to become a reality, I’ll be trolling the back 9 at Augusta watching my 5th Sunday afternoon at the Masters unfold.

For whatever reason, I seem to have hit the gene-pool jackpot 26 years ago, born into one of the 30,000 or so families in the U.S. with annual access to Masters tickets. Every January I tell myself I’m going to skip this year, save some money, just watch it on TV. Every year I find myself blazing down I-20 with friends or family straight towards the domestic epicenter of golf’s old-school world.

There’s nothing like it, really. I’ve been to a Final Four, a College World Series, the MLB playoffs, the NBA playoffs, Wimbledon, a Kentucky Derby, a Champions League final viewing in Milan, and a PGA Championship and the collective gusto of all those events combined is but a drop in Augusta National’s bucket.

The defining moment for me occurred last year, the first time Mrs. Pistols attended, about 50 paces into our Thursday stroll of the grounds when she said “I feel like we’ve stepped back in time.”

I hadn’t been able to put my finger on its pulse before she whispered that sentence as we descended upon the first fairway but her assessment was all-encompassing, if not completely wrong. There seems to be this magical dust that falls from the light-tower tall pines gently brushing every patron with a hearkening to yesteryear. We hadn’t stepped back in time at Augusta because it simply doesn’t exist.

On Sunday we’ll set up camp on #16 as we wait for those four or five predestined souls in spikes to come trembling down the back nine. As so many players have noted, there’s the back nine on Thursday and Friday and Saturday, and then there’s the back nine on Sunday and it’s unlike any of the other days in every way.

Wicked-tight pins, fast-as-your-garage-floor greens, and the grandness of all 30,000 people jammed into Amen Corner makes for some strange epically-choreographed almost-mythological tragedy displayed on CBS for all to see.

It’s different in person though. You can taste the tension as everyone rises in unison to watch red and black numbers changed by the men behind the wooden scoreboards. Patrons nervously scan their pairings sheet and quietly talk about who’s folding and who’s surging. You can hear birdies on Sunday afternoon at Augusta and beyond that you can feel eagles.

And maybe by the time you read this the roars will have quietly subsided back into the azaleas, only to reappear in 51 more weeks. And maybe the majority of them were for Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott as they traded nasty pin-seeking blows for four straight hours on national television. And maybe one of them will slip into something green to end the best sports day of the year.

But no matter, as the sporting world stands still for half a day and everyone waits to see who will be the first major winner of 2011, I’ll be fixated on the same nine holes you are. And I, like you, will be watching to see who was built to handled the back nine at Augusta National.

For Sunday, my friends, is unlike all the rest.

SMC – OSU Golf

Pistols Firing Staff —  April 9, 2011 — 1 Comment

Unless you’ve been living in a cave with no WIFI or you gave up sports for lent, in which case you probably shouldn’t be reading this, there’s a pretty important golf tournament going on in Georgia right now. Two of four golfers with OSU ties have made the cut and one just might make a run at the thing the next two days. Bo Van Pelt, currently T-20 and at -2, and Rickie Fowler, currently T-7 at -5. I don’t know how much any of you have been able to watch the last two days. But, I’ve been able to catch a little bit at lunch and then after work on ESPN. They haven’t shown Bo Van Pelt much at all, of course that could change quickly with a couple of early birdies in today’s round.

My one take away is it’s pretty fun to watch Rickie Fowler. What you need to know about Rickie Fowler is he’s young and he wears the most colorful wardrobe on tour, which at first glance might cause some to say he’s not the kind of guy you root for on a golf course. Except, it’s actually the exact opposite. He handles himself well and he respects the game. Yesterday they mentioned how Rickie and the other two guys in his group are three of the nicest young men you’ll ever want to meet. This of course right after mentioning he played at OSU several times in the previous two hours. That’s the best part, at least for us, he played at OSU and he loves OSU (just tune in tomorrow if you don’t believe me and you’ll see). So, if you haven’t already noticed our man crush on Rickie Fowler this week and you’re looking for someone to root for the next two days on CBS, may I suggest Rickie.

If you search for Rickie Fowler on YouTube you could entertain yourself for hours, which you may have done if you saw our Fade yesterday. However, today I wanted to find something that would tie the Masters to OSU golf and the amazing tradition we have. I probably could have found better, but this is a pretty good watch all the way to the end. The unintentional comedy scale is pretty dang high. Not to mention Burns has a pretty salty little swing. Doesn’t hurt that he’s apparently getting free lessons from one of the country’s best college golf coaches. It’s a little old, two years that is, but it’s fun to see pre-Puma Rickie. After watching, leave me your favorite part of the video in the comments section and see if you can’t find a better Rickie and/or OSU golf video and link it in the comments.

Go Pokes!

The Masters and Q

Kyle Porter —  April 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

Q and I talk title game and give our 2011 Masters picks and anecdotal tales.

As always you can listen directly by clicking play below but you can also subscribe in iTunes HERE.

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Farewell Franklin

Pistols Firing Staff —  April 8, 2011 — 1 Comment

This piece was written by a contributor to PFB, Bryan, better known as Pokey V.

Roger Franklin was supposed to be the next Ivan McFarlin.

High energy. Grit. Heart. Determination. A motor that doesn’t quit until the last buzzer. A four star recruit out of Duncanville, TX, he could have punched his ticket to almost any program in the country. But he chose orange and instantly became a fan favorite, helping to reignite a passion among the students and alumni that had since left the program after Eddie’s reign.

As of this morning, Franklin is planning on leaving the Cowboy nation to move back home to be closer to his ailing father who has had health complications since a brain surgery a few years ago.

“He wants to come closer to home because he’s scared something might happen to his dad and he’ll be in Stillwater,” his uncle Andre Johnson told GoPokes.com.

Who could blame him? Isn’t that dedication to family something that all of us can connect with? I think it’s what every cowboy would do in that situation. And that’s the thing I’ve loved about Franklin these past few years. He’s a cowboy at heart.

He’s a 6’5” hybrid/role guy playing out of position, doing everything asked of him and then some. He gave every part of himself, every minute, every game and we loved him for it.

Don’t go chase down his stats for the last year and argue in the comments about his impact on the season from them alone, because I won’t listen. He played with heart on a team that seemingly gave theirs away off the court.

We will miss his hustle and that grin that would show up after an and-1. We will miss him locking arms with his fellow students for the alma mater. But mostly we will miss him for the way he represented the Cowboys, his family, and himself.

Farewell Roger, Peace Love Cowboys.

The Morning Fade – 4.8.11

Pistols Firing Staff —  April 8, 2011 — 1 Comment

This is an AP story picked up by the Oklahoman. Apparently we’re going to get a daily story about Rickie Fowler’s wardrobe. All in all, I’m a fan. (NewsOK)

The best part of this link is that four of the five “Okies” at the Masters are Pokes. (NewsOK)

This is still your leaderboard to track Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein, Bo Van Pelt, and Hunter Mahan. (Masters)

The thought of what the first sentence in this story means terrifies me, “He’s only one play away.” NewsOK)

It seems like we get bad news from the basketball program every couple of weeks. Doesn’t it? Based on this story you have to feel for Franklin and hope everything turns out well for him. We’ll have more on this later today from one of our contributors. (Tulsa World)

I love names that give me double points in Scattergories and I love stories that give us hope on the interior of our defensive line. (Tulsa World)

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Masters Preview with Ryan Cameron

Kyle Porter —  April 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

I sit down with Ryan Cameron to talk OSU golf and the ‘Boys in Augusta

As always you can listen directly by clicking play below but you can also subscribe in iTunes HERE.

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