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Not sure if I messed this up in posting it, or if it got deleted for some perverse reason, but either way, let's try it again...
There's no such place as "Okie State." You guys have a weird habit of referring to Oklahoma State by this name, and it's not a name anyone with the school finds appropriate. It's not a nickname for the school, or rather a correct one. It's like spelling Mizzou wrong or calling Alabama "Old Ally" or something. Yeah, there are some in the national press, who don't know much about the school, who use it every now and again. You guys seem to use it every single time the school is referenced. Just for your information--people at OSU for the most part really, really hate the term and those who don't find it offensive will at least find it a sign you know very little about the program and don't care much.
1 year, 9 months ago on Okie State’s Gundy Almost Took UT’s Job… Over Scheduling
Yeah, I was a little surprised at that one, too. It's ridiculous to think the seat is hot after one losing season in which most of the OL and the quarterback spent the season on crutches, after what Pinkel's done with a program that was absolutely awful. Mike Alden has a history of being patient with coaches some would say are "on the hot seat" and in many cases it's proven to be the right call (we'll not bring up Quin Snyder, if you don't mind)
The bit about pain meds is part of a vastly more complicated discussion than most sports reporters are suited to be part of. On the one hand, making someone take meds they're uncomfortable with in order to send them out to play football is very troubling. On the other, there is a mindset that taking pain medication is somehow risky or, even more offensive, that it's somehow "immoral." For those of us who have severe health problems and couldn't survive in a remotely normal life without them, that's pretty insulting. One wonders about who a person in that position should trust at that point...his own views, which may or may not have the slightest medical credibility? The team doctor, who may put your health top shelf and may have a Lexus riding on covering the point spread? It's a hell of a tough issue, especially for a bunch known for asking quarterbacks if they're virgins or not.
as for the 3rd, please feel free to ask if you want to see what Gary Pinkel was like in his early years at Mizzou, if you think he's a grump now, trust me, he's Mother Theresa compared to "early Pinkel". He is, like everyone associated with the program, sick to death of the question. There's no good answer at all--if you say they're about the same (as most of these guys did off the record) you've insulted your new league and pissed off the people you're supposed to be getting along with now. If you say "Oh the SEC's far better" you put down the success the teams had in recent years, and they deserve a great deal more respect than they got for going from the dregs of college football to beating TAMU and Oklahoma State and Nebraska and Texas and Oklahoma and Kansas State. No, at this time, the Big 12 is not at the level of the SEC, nobody is. But the SEC media and fan base really does act as if the Aggies and Tigers have been promoted from the minor leagues to the majors, and it's not like that at all.
And I feel really snotty continuing to point out mistakes like this, but it's just in my nature, I guess (my mom was an English teacher) There is no such thing as the "Big XII". The league was and is the Big 12. The only place the Roman Numerals were used was in the logo.
And yes, that's even true at Okie St...I mean, Oklahoma State.
1 year, 9 months ago on Pinkel Gets Off Easy When It Comes To Questions
Sorry, gotta disagree in part on 3. You have to consider the insane injury situation in Columbia last year, and how close MU played against Georgia and Florida, both very close games, they lost to Vandy with the real QB on the bench. This team wins at least 7 and goes to a bowl game this year.But you're right about one thing, Mizzou fans will grumble, it's what Mizzou fans do. If MU goes 14-0 and wins the championship fans will complain about the tires on the team bus. So, in that way, they fit right in with SEC society. Tiger fans aren't ever happy unless they're miserable.
1 year, 9 months ago on Fearless Predictions: 5 Things That Will Not Happen In The SEC This Fall
@draymchone You couldn't be more wrong. This was one incident many years ago, after he felt (I feel incorrectly) that a journalist had unfairly attacked one of his players. The players and most fans loved him defending his guys. Either way, the guy's an outstanding coach who's accomplished great things at a school with far less in resources than most major conference programs. Nobody with any sense is "embarassed" about Mike Gundy, and for most people loyalty trumps your odd idea of "manners" every time. Also, the ONLY reason this is even brought up is not what happened or the level of how bad it may or may not have been, but the perverse state of our media these days which led to this clip STILL running over and over again--not because it's remotely news-worthy, but because the four-letter word has led to far too many in sports media thinking their job is to be comedians, not informed sports journalists.