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HORNING: The two worlds of Sooner football
Everybody likes Oklahoma. Let us count the ways.
A preseason No. 1 in the Big 12 conference. A top-five pick in every preseason magazine. A defense under the direction Mike Stoops, an unparalleled defensive genius (don’t believe it, just ask a fan).
HORNING: NCAA didn't seem right until it acted
You want to believe in what NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Monday. You want to believe it because it seems to help.
LITKE: So much for inferiority complexes
One league has more money to throw around, better hitters, better pitchers, better teams and a nearly decade-long streak of dominance in interleague play.
The other just won the All-Star game for the third year in a row. So much for inferiority complexes.
"You've got to tip your hat to the National League again,'' American League manager Ron Washington said.
He's just hoping Tuesday night's 8-0 beating wasn't another omen. The NL wins in the 2010 and 2011 Midsummer Classics locked up home-field advantage in the World Series for the Giants and Cardinals. Both went on to beat Washington's Texas Rangers in the fall.
DAHLBERG: Pay for play should be in football playoff
Hard to believe it took scholars from some of the nation's biggest universities this long to dump the hated BCS and figure out a new format for a college football playoff.
Give a couple fifth graders some newly sharpened pencils and a few pieces of lined paper and they could have knocked it out before lunchtime, with a break in between for tag at recess.
Adding two more teams and two new bowls to the national title mix wasn't so difficult that it needed more than a decade to figure out. Neither was wrapping the two semifinal games around New Year's, a move that gives them some traditional roots and should be a ratings boost to the legacy bowls.
COLUMN: Meet the new plan, same as the old plan
I can see it now. One-loss Oklahoma, one-loss Texas, one-loss West Virginia, one-loss LSU and unbeaten Alabama will find themselves staring at four BCS playoff positions.
The Tide need not worry.
LSU, probably, need not worry, for the Tigers only loss will have been to Alabama, leaving the Sooners, Longhorns and Mountaineers all believing in their case not to be the one-loss Big 12 team left out of the national championship picture.
DAHLBERG: Not time yet for Clemens in Hall of Fame
The announcement this week that yet another baseball player tested positive for a banned substance shouldn't be terribly surprising, even for those who have proclaimed the steroid era over. Neither was the reaction from Philadelphia rookie infielder Freddy Galvis, who expressed bewilderment that he could have possibly come up dirty.
"I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body,'' said Galvis, who was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball the other day. "I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance.''
HORNING: Everything in its right place for Thunder
If the Oklahoma City Thunder were a game show, it would be “Let’s Make a Deal” without the donkeys and goats.
No gag gifts.
Hard to lose when all the options are good ones, and don’t the Miami Heat know it after Game 1 of the NBA finals Tuesday night, emphatically claimed by the Thunder 105-94.
HORNING: Why everybody wants to be OKC
It’s not like everything is a dollars-and-cents issue and yet the figures are still quite telling, because if there’s one thing even the most left-leaning lefty can grasp, it is the accuracy, if not the desirability, of an utterly unapologetic free market.
With that in mind, here submitted is a sampling of secondary market ticket prices from StubHub, the NBA’s scalping partner.
Sooners have good reasons to get over WCWS defeat
If coach Patty Gasso’s Oklahoma softball program can get over the pain of playing a role in its own demise in the best two-of-three championship series of the Women’s College World Series, it will likely have cleared the biggest hurdle to getting back to it.
That is the undeniable takeaway from the WCWS, which ended with Alabama on top at 12:31 a.m. Thursday morning, the Crimson Tide claiming a national championship via a 5-4 victory in a game OU led 3-0 after three innings.
HORNING: Rain hurts almost as much as lost chances
For Oklahoma, immortality will have to wait.
Give the Sooners an assist Wednesday night and early Thursday morning at Hall of Fame Stadium, for they failed to right the ship in time. And still, understand well this was no way to determine a national champion.
But it did.
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