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It’s Bear Season

Oklahoma State hosts Baylor Saturday night with ESPN College Gameday in town. (Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com)

Oklahoma State hosts Baylor Saturday night with ESPN College GameDay in town. (Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com)

Saturday is it.  The game of the year.  It’s time for us to show the nation what being a Cowboy is all about.  We get national coverage.  We get the best offense in the nation coming to town.  Let’s show ’em who we are.

Stillwater.  This is our town.  Art Briles thinks BPS won’t be much different from other venues Baylor has played at this season (Kansas and K-State).  Art Briles has never won in BPS.  Art Briles has never seen a SOLD OUT BPS.  This sea of orange is gonna be wavin’ all night long.

Oklahoma State.  This is our town.  This is our time.  It’s history in the making.  It’s Sanders, Pickens and Gundy.  It’s Pat Jones, Thomas, Gilbert and Moore.  It’s Weeden, Blackmon, Bryant and Lavey.  Barnett, Seales and Roland. It’s Robinson, Hargis and Chelf.  It’s me and you.  We’re a part of history.  Right here.  Right now.  It’s time to get Boone Pickens Stadium ROCKING!

Cowboy football.  This is our team.  This is America’s Brightest Orange.  This is bleeding orange.  This is living orange.  This is our community.  This is our family.  This is being loyal and true.  Ride with the Cowboys, Oklahoma State.  It’s time to go bear hunting!

#IRideWithTheCowboys

Ok State vs. UTSA Preview

We are just moments away from the kickoff between Oklahoma State and UTSA.  Here are some thoughts on what to watch for during the game:

1. Can the defense keep it up and be as stingy as they were last week?

The defense held an SEC team to only 3 points, but there is still definitely room to improve.  They gave up three 4th down conversions late in the game.  As good as they were, they can still improve to make sure they play every down late in the game and force turnover on downs rather than staying out on the field.

2. WIll J.W. Walsh keep the electricity high on offense?

Chelf wasn’t getting it done for OSU against Miss. St., but when Walsh came in, the offense sparked and tore apart an SEC defense, especially on the ground.  Walsh had 125 yards and Smith had 102.  Offense shouldn’t be a problem against UTSA and the scoreboard should light up all game long.

3. How will the fans react even if OSU doesn’t put up big points?

I’m not saying this will happen.  Against Miss. St., OSU still won by 18.  If we had won 48-30, the fans would have been fine, but people around Stillwater aren’t used to OSU only putting up 21 points.  OSU should be able to put up big numbers today and handle UTSA with ease, but what will happen if we win 28-0.  Still a 28-point victory, but it’s not what people around here are used to.  But let me tell you something, a win is a win is a win.

My prediction: OSU 48, UTSA 10. Go Pokes! Ride ’em Cowboys!

Cowboy Football Season Preview

Boone Pickens Stadium will get rowdy this season as the Cowboys fight for another Big 12 title. (Photo courtesy of ensign_beedrill/flickr)

Boone Pickens Stadium will get rowdy this season as the Cowboys fight for another Big 12 title. (Photo courtesy of ensign_beedrill/flickr)

This is already turning into an exciting year in Stillwater with the Cowboys selected to win the Big 12 for the first time in history.  This shows how much respect the Cowboys have earned over the past few seasons, especially after only gaining 8 wins last season.  So let’s take a look at what this year has in store for the Cowboys.

On the offensive side of the ball, the biggest thing to look for will be the direction new coordinator, Mike Yurcich, takes the team.  This shouldn’t be a big change, as the Cowboys will still run an up-tempo, high-energy offense looking to produce big fireworks.  As for the QB battle, Gundy appears to be going with both Chelf and Walsh, playing to each of their strengths.  I think this was the best solution and should add for some unexpected tricks throughout the season.

But, the biggest factor for the Cowboy’s success this season will be the defense.  Glenn Spencer will add a new dimension to the defense, going with a more aggressive approach compared to Bill Young’s read and react.  If the defense can step it up and bring back memories of the 44 turnover season, this will be an electric year for the Cowboys.

This year is going to be history in the making, so be sure to watch all you Cowboy fans!  This is the year we win.  This is the year we ride. Ride ’em, Cowboys.

All You Need is a Phone and Instagram

Nick Laham made the front page with an iPhone and Instagram. Who needs professional equipment, anyway? (photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann/flickr)

Nick Laham made the front page with an iPhone and Instagram. Who needs professional equipment, anyway? (photo courtesy of Gerd Altmann/flickr)

With baseball season just hours away from starting, I found this article about a New York Yankees photographer, Nick Laham.  His pictures are all taken on his iPhone and edited in Instagram.  And they made the front page of the New York Times.  This should inspire anyone to be a photographer and has started a war between iPhone and traditional photographers.

I love the fact that Laham showed how simple it is to make a picture look professional without shelling out a ton of cash for expensive equipment.  In this age of technology with reporters adapting to Twitter why shouldn’t photography evolve, too?  To all the traditional photographers who hate his success, maybe you should try an iPhone and Instagram and see what you can come up with.  Maybe it’ll actually be front-page material.

Blade Runner: Trigger Puller

By know, you’ve all heard the name Oscar Pistorius.  Like a bullet, his name came into the media when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics.  And now, his name has pierced the media once again after the apparent murder of his girlfriend.  So, I decided to get to know a little bit more about this “Blade Runner.”  Amid all the controversy, I wanted to find out the real Oscar Pistorius and you can read about him here.

Before the Olympics, all that surrounded Pistorius was whether he had an advantage with his blades compared to human feet.  Now, he’s in the middle of controversy once again.  IS that what this guy thrives on or something?  Yeah, we get it.  You have no legs and that’s a big source of adversity, but seriously, controversy is not a good thing to have at the center of your life!  I hope this guy can learn that and hopefully just go out and run his races.  He’s a great athlete, but I’m done with hearing about all the controversy in his life, let’s see and focus on some accomplishment, people!

Learning the Game: Basketball with Tyler Phipps

In this week’s episode, Learning the Game explores the world of basketball with referee Tyler Phipps.  The duties of a referee, how they interact with coaches and one of the most disputed calls is discussed during the podcast.

Kaepernicking: It’s Not the New Tebowing

Ray Lewis and Colin Kaepernick

Ray Lewis and Colin Kaepernick (photo courtesy of Mike (RMTip21)/flickr)

With the Super Bowl just hours away, it’s important for fans to get to know the story lines of the game.  Unfortunately, all that’s being publicized is the Harbaugh brothers, Ray Lewis’ retirement and the rise of Colin Kaepernick.  For a look at some of the other stories surrounding the game look at J. Ryan Stradal’s article here.

Now, while I enjoy these big story lines, they’ve been beat to death and the game hasn’t even started.  On Twitter, #HarBowl is set to be trending topic and during the game, you can be sure the announcers will talk about this for quite awhile.  Ray Lewis will be the focus of discussion on the Raven’s side of the ball with this being his final NFL game.  And I’m tempted to press mute on the TV whenever one of these subjects comes up.

As for Colin Kaepernick, remember Tim Tebow and the “Tebowing” sensation.  Tebow led his team to the AFC divisional round (where they got killed by the Patriots), then got bumped to being a backup for a sub-par team in New York.  I’m not saying Kaepernick’s story will be exactly the same, but every Cinderella story has it’s end and for Colin Kaepernick, the story ends here.  Ray Lewis and the Ravens will be too much for this young QB to handle and soon, Kaepernick might just be a backup again.

Pressure. Unbelievable Pressure.

University of Wyoming logo (photo courtesy of Alan Levine/flickr)

University of Wyoming logo (photo courtesy of Alan Levine/flickr)

We’ve all been there.  Our team has one last chance to win the game and the kicker is on the field.  Unbelievable pressure on that one man.  Nathan Noble is no stranger to pressure, though.

I commend his service for this country.  I thank him for it.  I commend his efforts for pursuing an education and wanting to walk on at Wyoming, but lets be honest.  Wyoming hasn’t been a powerhouse in college football for quite some time with only four winning seasons since 2000.  If you really want to try to make a name for yourself, go somewhere other than Wyoming.

And a kicker?  If you wanted to be the leader on the field, go with QB.  The kicker has a lot of pressure, but the kicker is definitely not the leader of a football team.  In Wyoming’s history, only one kicker has been drafted.  Good luck, Nathan.  At least you can deal with the pressure.

Eight Year Ban for Nine Years of Lying? Get Real.

Caricature of Lance Armstrong (photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey/flickr)

Caricature of Lance Armstrong (photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey/flickr)

With Lance Armstrong finally admitting to his history of doping, those  who defended him are starting to feel the consequences.  Rick Reilly discusses his own experience here.  And now, it’s up to the USADA to decide if Armstrong will be allowed to compete again.

Armstrong started all this with a simple denial back in 2004.  And yet, Armstrong feels he should get his lifetime ban reduced so he can compete again? Come on, man!  You lie through the teeth for nearly a decade and expect to be able to compete again just because you decided to tell the truth?

The worst part about all this is the millions of children who he crushed during the entire situation.  So many kids looked up to Armstrong and his cancer fighting foundation, Livestrong.  At least the foundation is out of his hands now and will be able to continue on helping fuel the fight against cancer and not have some phony as its face.