Category: OKTC

All That and a Bag of Mail: Pancakes and Jacuzzis Edition

I’m writing this mailbag from Mackinac Island, where the lower peninsula meets the upper peninsula in Michigan. This may be the only place in the continental United States that isn’t 80 degrees today. Basically, it’s heaven. But I’ve been up here for a couple of days now and I’ll begin the mailbag with a question that… Read more »

Jerry Sandusky Is the Key Witness to Penn State Cover-Up

Most people thought that the last time we’d ever see Jerry Sandusky outside of a jail cell was in the immediate moments after his conviction. As a handcuffed Sandusky walked to a police car, ducked down, and slipped inside the back of the cruiser, he vanished from fresh air, forever banished to a jail cell. But… Read more »

Penn State’s Conspiracy of Sandusky Silence and Cover-Up Proven Via Emails

Joe Paterno and Penn State officials conspired to protect Jerry Sandusky from prosecution in 2001 after Mike McQueary reported seeing Sandusky raping a young boy in the football locker room. That’s the only conclusion that any reasonable person can draw from CNN”s blockbuster Friday night report uncovering multiple emails discussing the Sandusky incident between Penn State president Graham Spanier,… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: Sun Wages War on South

It’s scorching. It’s always hot in the South but an awful lot of y’all reading this mailbag today will be doing so in cities that have never been hotter in recorded history. Think about how crazy this is for a minute. Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Louisville — which are all top… Read more »

ESPN, FOX Advising Big 12 on Expansion, Adding Notre Dame

You know how the television networks always claim they aren’t involved in conference expansion? Yeah, they’re lying. How do we know? Because yesterday we finally got our conference expansion smoking gun. The Oklahoman uncovered memos from Chuck Neinas that specifically name networks, executives, and assess their opinions on Big 12 expansion. The network TV consensus from ESPN and Fox? Only… Read more »

The Boob Draft

Kate Upton has no discernible talent. She can’t act, she’s not a very good dancer, and she doesn’t have the traditional body of a supermodel. But what she does have is a very specific set of assets. Namely, two of them. Her boobs. And her boobs are enough to probably make her fifty million dollars… Read more »

Old Alabama Fan Does “Call Me Maybe”

Damn you Alabama, just when I think your fans can’t get any crazier, this video arrives. Yes, it’s really an Alabama fan in a number 14 jersey singing along to “Call Me Maybe.” I mean, there are no words. The level of diabolical genuis that even leads to this idea percolating inside any mind is just…well… it’s downright extraordinary. … Read more »

Why Not Start the Playoff in 2013, a year early?

The BCS is dead. Long live the BCS. Yesterday college football’s slow revolution came to a predictable close. Back in January SEC commissioner Mike Slive said that he saw a playoff coming. Nearly six months later, it’s a reality. We know most of the details — there will be a selection committee, the semi-finals will be… Read more »

2006 Classic: Eulogy to Jefferson Pilot Sports

This column initially ran on August 7, 2006     Shut the door to your office, you can’t let your coworkers see you cry. Get the box of tissues and place it alongside your keyboard. If you’re at home, make sure your wife is watching DVR’ed episodes of Grey’s Anatomy before you read any further.… Read more »

College Football’s Elder Statesmen Give Us a Final Gift

Three years ago I asked SEC commissioner Mike Slive whether he foresaw a college football playoff anytime soon. He grinned and shook his head, “I think,” Slive said, “you’ll have to wait for us to die off.” The “us” in question was his generation of college football power brokers. Yesterday a four-team playoff became a… Read more »

Harvey Updyke Doesn’t Need to go to Jail

Harvey Updyke’s trial is about to begin in a courtroom near Auburn University. It’s been about eighteen months since Updyke first gained prominence as Al from Dadeville, the Finebaum caller who poisoned a tree and set loose a maelstrom of media coverage and indignation. Since that time I’ve gotten to know Harvey pretty well. I’ve… Read more »

Jim Rome’s Audience Plummets on CBS Sports Network

This April Jim Rome made a much ballyhooed debut on the CBS Sports Network. Rome’s departure from ESPN represented a coup for the nascent network, recently rebranded from College Sports Television (CSTV) and expanding into original programming. Rome, airing daily at 6 eastern, would be a linchpin around which CBS could mount an attack on ESPN’s sporting hegemony.… Read more »

Georgia Tech Really Hates Georgia

Lately you haven’t had to hit Georgia’s mascot with a car, they’ve been dropping like flies regardless. Uga is the William Henry Harrison of mascots, uneasy lies the head with the studded collar. Some blame inbreeding. Others blame Mark Richt. Somehow, inevitably, this will end up Mike Vick’s fault. In the meantime, golf clap. If… Read more »

Awkward Championship Rings: LSU is Number 2

We’ve had lots of awkward fan photos, but we’ve never had awkward championship ring photos before at OKTC. That changed today. LSU won the 2012 SEC championship. No one can dispute that accomplishment. But LSU didn’t win the national championship. So how do you deal with this dilemma when it comes time to issue SEC… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail: TCU Sings “Call Me Maybe”

Okay, it’s early, but you know what you need to really get revved up for Friday? The TCU students charged with orienting incoming freshmen sing “Call Me Maybe” Now the only real debate left is whether this is worse than Georgia’s awful “Party in the UGa” video from two years ago. I’m going to link both… Read more »

2013 Shaping Up To Be Best SEC Recruiting Year Ever

It’s looking like 2013 will be the best recruiting year in SEC football history. For a conference that has had the most players drafted for seven consecutive years, that truly says something. Right now Tennessee has the 26th best recruiting class in the nation according to Rivals and 247 Sports. That sounds impressive, right? For… Read more »

NBA Finals Drinking Game

Y’all are clearly a bunch of drunken, desperate louts. As I scrolled through Twitter last night, several of you were lamenting the fact that there was no drinking game for the NBA Finals on ABC. Then this morning I woke up and the first email I received was from Vincent L. writing: “I was watching… Read more »

SEC Network Could Carry 40-50 Football Games a Season

OKTC has told you the SEC Network is coming and we’ve told you that its payout could be stratospheric, approaching a billion dollars a year within the next 10-15 years. But what we haven’t talked about as much is how many football games the SEC Network could carry. The number of football games that a potential network… Read more »