Category: OKTC

Sports Media Realignment Is Here: Who are the Winners and Losers?

For a long time ESPN ruled as a cable sports monopoly. Sure, there were challengers to the ESPN throne, but they did dumb things like hire Tom Arnold and try to mix sports and other programming — Turner Sports. For much of the last 15 years ESPN has been the unrivaled king of the cable sports marketplace.… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: The Repopulating the Earth Fantasy Draft

Okay, it’s mailbag time. Apologies for falling a day behind on part two of the bachelor party column, but now I’m caught up and it’s mailbag time. Meaning you get two long articles from me this Friday to help the weekend get here faster than you could have hoped. (I know you’re not working today).… Read more »

Our 2012 Bachelor Party Weekend in Las Vegas: Part Two

You can read part one of the bachelor party trip here.     18. At around 8:30 we wake up.   I ask Kai what happened and he tells me. Background on Kai, he’s one of the most ridiculous people in the world. One story that will sum him up. Last year we were set to… Read more »

Our 2012 Bachelor Party Weekend in Las Vegas: Part One

I went directly from SEC Media Days to Las Vegas for the bachelor party of my friend Tardio, a 33 year old lawyer in Nashville. There were eight of us in total, six lawyers, three SEC school graduates represented, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Ole Miss.   Seven of us are 31 are older, one of us… Read more »

UT Fan Sets New Low in Vol-Bama Rivalry

Remember when YouTube was created and we all said, “This is awesome now anyone can make videos.” And remember when you were a kid and you thought, “Man, nothing could ever make the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry seem lame. Nothing!” Then YouTube existed and this video about Tennessee and Alabama, “Overcome the Tide,” was made. And you’ve basically… Read more »

Google: Women Want to Know if Kirk Herbstreit is Divorced, He’s Married

Google searches provide the ultimate window into the soul of America. Our search history reveals more about us than any other online activity. Back in the Civil War, Walt Whitman waxed eloquent about hearing America sing. Well, in the 21st century, we can all see what America’s searching for. And as a country, well, we’re a weird bunch of people.   Right at 13%… Read more »

The Dream Team vs. The Self Esteem Team

My Analysis of the Dream Team v. the Self-Esteem Team, by Kobe Bryant In 1992, the Dream Team, made up of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, John Stockton and Christian Laettner, took on the world at the Olympics in Barcelona. … Read more »

What the Olympics Teach Us About the Rise of Social Media

The 2012 Summer Olympics is the latest evidence that sports are immune to DVRs. Even when, interestingly, the network is effectively a DVR airing taped events. Since Friday’s tape-delayed debute of the opening ceremonies NBC has been catching social media heat for its decision not to carry those ceremonies and other events live on its family of networks. Yes,… Read more »

My Vegas Bet: South Carolina Will Win the 2012 BCS Title

This past weekend I was in Las Vegas for a bachelor party. It was an amazing weekend that featured one man’s heart stoppping, another man’s lighting himself on fire during a lap dance, and an underage prostitute stealing a license from a third man. Ah, Vegas. It was also the perfect time for me to lay my… Read more »

Meet the Old Man LSU Fan Who Wants To Fight Me

Every few years an old man wants to fight me. It’s kind of a hazard of writing on the Internet. Yes, young people do dumb things with technology, but they actually know how that technology works. Old people? Not so much. So, occasionally, they want to fight me. Which brings us to Billy Ayo, a… Read more »

Awkward Fan Photos: Beach Family Portrait Edition

If you are a Southern man, there is a billion percent chance that one of the women in your life has uttered this phrase: “I wish we had a beach portrait.” When we were down at Destin for SEC spring meetings my mom uttered this phrase no less than fifteen times. The beach family portrait is distinguished… Read more »

NCAA Hammers Penn State

Back in November, just a couple of weeks after the Penn State story broke, I wrote that the NCAA had the authority to hammer Penn State. Once that was clear the question was simple: not could the NCAA sanction Penn State, but should it? For the past several months this has been the only real question,… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: SEC Bachelor Party Edition

SEC Media Days has officially just closed out here in Hoover and I’m now writing this as I fly from Birmingham to Las Vegas for one of my good friend’s bachelor parties. Already, it’s a great trip. Southwest now has WIFI, which is akin to your grandfather’s rustic mountain cabin having a 70 inch HD… Read more »

Awkward Quarterback Photos: Meet Vandy’s Jordan Rodgers

Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packer Aaron, led the Commodores to a bowl berth last season and attended SEC Media Days yesterday. This year he is hoping to become the first ever Vanderbilt quarterback to start in two bowl games. He’s confident, smart, fearless, and … hairless. Yes, hairless. Also, very patriotic. These… Read more »

Kristen Saban Answers Complaint, Asserts Self Defense, Even Fight

Last week Sarah Grimes filed a lawsuit seeking civil damages for an alleged assault by Kristen Saban, daughter of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. OKTC brought you Saban’s initial response, now OKTC has Kristen Saban’s answer to the complaint, which was just filed ten minutes ago in the circuit court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Kristen’s… Read more »

SEC’s Slive Addresses Joe Paterno and Penn State

Hoover, Alabama SEC commissioner Mike Slive works for weeks on his annual message to the media. He writes draft after draft, revises then revises some more. Which is why it’s significant that Slive became the first conference commissioner to address the situation at Penn State, albeit indirectly. Midway through his morning address Slive pivoted from… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: SEC Media Days 2012 Arrives

I spent Friday playing golf, drinking, and boating. So the Friday mailbag is now the Monday mailbag. This means you get two mailbags this week. I know, I know, try to contain your excitement. We’ve had a lot of awkward fan photos, but so far Georgia fans have escaped ridicule. That changed this week when… Read more »

Freeh Report: Joe Paterno and Top Administrators Knew Everything

Today Joe Paterno’s legacy came crumbling down.  His statue may follow. if he was still alive he’d likely die in prison. That’s because Paterno lied to the grand jury and obstructed justice in a massive cover-up that went to the height of college athletics hypocrisy.  In a scathing report released just minutes ago — the… Read more »

Kristen Saban Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

This morning Kristen Saban’s attorney filed a response to the lawsuit that OKTC brought you last night.  You can read that initial complaint here. This motion to dismiss was just filed by Kristen Saban’s lawyers minutes ago and we are featuring it in full below.   IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, ALABAMA   SARAH… Read more »