The Morning Fade – 3.4.11

Pistols Firing Staff —  March 4, 2011 — 14 Comments

What They’re Saying
1. Break out the pads, it’s time – Spring football starts Monday, and with it comes expectations larger than many of us have ever had for a Cowboy football season. So much so, for myself at least, that I’m actually really interested in the spring depth chart. Perhaps the most exciting battle is for kicking duties between two guys with two of the best names in college football, Quinn Sharp and Bobby Stonebreaker. Though I sort of wish Stonebreaker was an LB. ( News OK)

2. Still a chance to dance? – Berry Tramel makes a case, and one that in my estimation isn’t that far fetched, for the Cowboys still having NCAA life. Forget the fact we lost two games by 1 point each and another two possession game in Boulder. Go get a win in Norman tomorrow and then get at least one in Kansas City. Stranger things have happened. ( News OK)

3. Bedlam is a tournament game… – Looks like Mr. Tramel isn’t the only one who feels like a tournament berth isn’t totally out of the realm of possibilities for our Cowboys. OU has lost 8 in a row, but it is Bedlam and you know they want to send Cade Davis, who has given so much to OU basketball (uncalled for?) out on a win. Bottom line, if we can’t make it 9 L’s in a row for Jeff Capel we don’t deserve to go to the NIT. My pick – OSU 67 OU 56 ( Tulsa World )

4. All that orange you see in GIA, those are seats – Here is an interesting take on the attendance woes that OSU has been experiencing in basketball. Fortunately, if it can be that, it’s a state wide problem. All four D-1 programs are struggling to draw people. I think Haisten hits the nail on the head when he says so many of the games are on TV or can be streamed online. Doesn’t help that gas has been swiftly increasing all 2011 or that our NBA team is quickly becoming a contender. Kudos to the athletic department for their efforts on multiple occasions this seasons to get more butts (Pistolsguy, can I say butts?) in the seats. My biggest gripe are the hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of season ticket holders who don’t come and don’t get their tickets in the hands of someone who could. Shame on them. ( Tulsa World )

5. Peter, Phil & Augusta – This is a great piece, apparently written by Peter Uihlein, OSU’s very own reigning US Amateur. In just a few weeks he’ll tee off at the Masters for the first two rounds with their reigning champ, Phil Mickelson. Can you sense my jealousy? I think I have a strong candidate for my next man crush of the week. If you don’t know what that means you need to click on the link to the right and download our pistolcast. (shameless plug) The more I think about what sport I would most like to be a professional in, I lean towards golf. ( SI.com )

6. Cowboys head West – I don’t know what’s better getting to go play baseball in Arizona in March or probably getting free Blizzards after every game? The Pokes head to Tucson for the Dairy Queen Classic where they’ll take on Washington St. (today at 5 pm), South Alabama (tomorrow at 5 pm), and Minnesota (Sunday at 1:30 pm). The irony is the event is hosted by Minnesota and was supposed to be at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Having somehow managed to see 5 games there in my life, I’d say everyone comes out a winner in this switch. ( okstate.com )

7. Gratuitous Weeden piece – Bottom line, if someone writes two sentences about Brandon Weeden in the next twelve months I’ll probably be reading it. Brandon Chatmon is going to be looking at each position during the early stages of spring drills. He starts with our quarterbacks. I’m pretty fired up to see J.W., just hoping he doesn’t have a dad like J.D. McCoy from Friday Night Lights. ( B. Chatmon)

Quote to Note

Q when he heard DeMarco Murray is one of four possible candidates for the new coverboy for EA Sports NCAA Football 12

Makes me wanna puke!

Here’s a call to all Cowboy faithful to go out and vote for Jake Locker of Washington, and hope he’s followed up next year by a certain WR #81 or QB #3 (you know, since they don’t get their names on the game)

Video(s) You Should Watch

In honor of Pistolsguy…Kyle Singler trick shots. Sorry, my rookie attempt at the morning fade isn’t allowing me to get the video player to work properly. The link will have to suffice.


You Don’t Want to Miss

I don’t know how I feel about getting a ring for being the co-champion of something. But, this ring is pretty filthy. An easy way to fix my apprehension on this issue…win the whole freaking thing next year.

  • chi-townpoke

    Pistolsguy, do you know if they are still charging an extra fee for basketball ticket for students with an all-sport pass? My cousin is a freshman there, and he said he never goes to the games cause he didn’t buy the basketball package. But he won fan of the game twice this last fall for completely painting himself from head to toe at the football games. He’s obviously a fan. He’s just pretty poor, and the Pokes have been difficult to watch at times this year. Is it time for holder to wise up on this issue to fill the seats next year??? Get the traditions back as we welcome some top 50 recruits next year. I think I will cause physical harm to my sister (freshman 2011) if she doesn’t go to the basketball games next year.

    • Q

      This year you could buy a combo (football and basketball ticket) package at a discounted price. Or you could buy them seperately. I do still think we charge the students too much to go to games, especially basketball. Why not institute something like OU did where if you buy basketball tickets, but then go to all of the games you get your money back. Seems like a good way to entice more kids to a. buy tickets and b. get those who do to actually go to all of the games.

      • chi-townpoke

        Thanks man! I remember buying the all sports package and paying an extra $189 dollars for basketball tickets for the ’00-’04 seasons, but it was totally worth it. I don’t see students standing in line for hours to pay that much for tickets like in the past 10 years. I could see them now charging a premium price to students for key football games, but I really just want the students to show up and not have money be the difference in having them there or not. We need to pack the house both at Pickens and GIA!

  • Kenny G

    I think what OSU did last season in football was fantastic and a huge step in the right direction. But getting a ring for tying for 1st with 2 other teams in the Big 12 South is just dumb and not something a big time program does. 11 wins is amazing for OSU and I hope that becomes a regular thing but they didn’t even play for the championship and half the teams in the south were “south champions.” Sometimes you just have to be honest about the situation no matter how much you love your team. Go Pokes!

    • Q

      I tend to agree with Kenny G. I like the look of the ring itself. A lot. I just don’t think we should celebrate being co-champions of a conference division, especially since we lost the tiebreaker and didn’t even play in the title game. To me, OU won the South by way of the tiebreaker. So, I guess my biggest qualm is just don’t put South Champs on it. Put Alamo Bowl champs or 11 wins or something else. Like I said, next year let’s just not worry about this discussion and win it all.

      • Q

        Kenny G, I know you voted for me to win the 3 point contest, right? You remember how pure my shot is.

        • Kenny G

          Of course I voted for you. I remember like it was yesterday when you were shooting alone at the park and couldn’t hit a shot. Then walks in Shoeless Coach Mantle from the corn fields and taught you all the fundamentals to making it rain like a South East Asian monsoon. You were never the same after that. You went on to being a guest in coach’s corn field and your friend Jon finally got to play catch with his dad. Ahh…the memories.

  • Clint

    That isn’t a ring, that’s a friggin belt buckle.

  • Loyal & True

    Q, excellent job of filling in for Pistolsguy with this Morning Fade. I do, however, disagree to some extent with your comments on the basketball season ticket holders. It’s tough to blame them for not showing up. In regards to basketball attendance, I don’t blame gas prices because people with those seats should have the money for pay for gas whether it’s $2.25/gallon or $3.50/gallon. As far as giving them to someone who will use them, that’s more difficult than you’d think. Last year I was given a free ticket to the OSU-UT Big Monday game. I had access to a handful of free tickets and could only give one away. Fact is that it’s just not worth it for people to take out an entire night to watch this team play in person. I still support this team but I’m only willing to sacrifice a few nights to make a trip to Stillwater for a game.

    • Q

      Good point L&T. It’s not really about gas prices. Bottom line, do you want to get in the car and drive from OKC or Tulsa, when you could sit at home and watch it? Unless we’re a top 15/20 team, I don’t think most people do.

    • Q

      Good point L&T. It’s not gas prices. Bottom line, most people would rather watch at home on their nice TV than sacrifice a night driving to Stilly from OKC or Tulsa. Unless we’re a top 15/20 team, most people will choose the recliner.

  • Loyal & True

    Q, excellent job of filling in for Pistolsguy with this Morning Fade. In regards to basketball attendance, I don’t blame gas prices because people with those seats should have the money for pay for gas whether it’s $2.25/gallon or $3.50/gallon. As far as giving them to someone who will use them, that’s more difficult than you’d think. Last year I was given a free ticket to the OSU-UT Big Monday game. I had access to a handful of free tickets and could only give one away. Fact is that it’s just not worth it for people to take out an entire night to watch this team play in person

    • Loyal & True

      Oh, and you win the 3-point contest. No question

  • AmyQ

    Nice fade Q. I’m with you on the whole getting a ring for being a co-champion of a division of a league.(Thanks to Landry and company) Pretty weak…buuuuutttt, can’t say that looking at that right didn’t give me chills for a good ten minutes.