By Jesse Keipp
On April 15, the St. Louis Rams offered $100,000 to anyone who could correctly guess the team’s entire regular season schedule. Of course, my first thought was, “Hey, I’d like to move on and forget my terrible March Madness bracket. Just maybe I’ll get lucky this time!”
But then the reality hit me harder than sobriety hits a gambling addict, because the promotion stipulates that you must guess the correct opponents for each week AND the bye week AND the day of the week for each game. And, boy, does the NFL love its Thursday night games.
Photo courtesy NHL/Fox Sports. Coach Q just cost you, the American tax payer, $25k. Yep, the IRS considers these fines tax deductible.
By Sara Douglass
The Tulsa women’s softball team has been performing exceptionally well all season, consistently pulling in wins that have vaulted them to the No. 1 position in our conference and landed them the No. 20 spot in the NCAA. Our softball team currently holds a 41–5 record overall, having only lost one home game and two within C-USA.
The team started the season off explosively in early February, dominating the Florida Atlantic University Kick-Off Classic with four wins, losing only one game to the home team with a score of 1–0 after eight innings. The Aggie Classic tournament the following week at Texas A&M witnessed our players controlling the field yet again.
By Jesse Keipp
With the help of a search firm, University of Tulsa Athletic Director Derrick Gragg and President Steadman Upham labored for two weeks to find a new coach after previous men’s basketball coach Danny Manning departed for Wake Forest on April 4.
After a laundry list of candidates, including Mercer’s Bob Hoffman and Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew, Gragg and Upham swiftly decided on the University of Missouri’s Frank Haith, penning him to a seven-year contract, worth roughly $1.3 million per year. After initial contact on Thursday, TU officially announced Frank Haith as its 30th men’s basketball head coach.
On the surface, it appears that a lowly mid-major program robbed the powerful SEC of one of its coaches. However, many Missouri fans and pundits have rejoiced over Haith’s departure.
By Will Bramlett
This is the last issue of the Collegian until September, but sporting events in Tulsa do not take a break while we are gone. Here are a few things to do for those of you staying in Tulsa this summer.
The Tulsa Drillers began play at the beginning of April and currenly are one game back from the first place Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League North division. The team has 60 regular season games remaining in the home stadium, ONEOK Field, in downtown Tulsa.
Their next home series is against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Friday and Saturday. The two teams just split a series two-games apiece at ONEOK Field last week. Tickets start at $5.
Spring collegiate seasons are winding down. The Conference USA men’s and women’s tennis tournaments were played over the weekend. The conference’s women’s teams traveled to Norfolk, Va., and the men’s teams came to the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa entered both tournaments as the top seed, earning a free pass to the quarterfinals.
In the women’s team’s first match of the tournament on Friday, the Golden Hurricane held off the ninth seed Blue Raiders from Middle Tennessee 4–3 in a lengthy battle that would last nearly six hours.
Photo by Sara Douglas. The TU men’s tennis team finished their stay in Conference USA on home court by winning the end-of-season C-USA tournament for the seventh time in nine years.
Photo by Sara Douglas. James Flanders had two rushing touchdowns over 40 yards in the half-field scrimmage in the football team’s spring game and true freshman Jabe Burgess was five-of-eight passing for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Photo by Will Bramlett. The TU men’s soccer team played their cross-town rivals, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, to a nil-nil draw in an exhibition match Friday night at Hurricane Stadium. The team plays Creighton at home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Photo by Will Bramlett. The TU women’s rowing team put on a show for Golden Hurricane fans who made the trip to Catoosa, Okla. early Saturday morning. A Tulsa boat finished first, beating SMU and Creighton, in all seven races of the eighth Lawless Cup. The Lawless Cup is named for former TU President, Dr. Robert Lawless, and his wife, Marcy.
Collegian sports editor Will Bramlett has not been handling the departure of Danny Manning well. Bramlett has spent the last week and a half crying in a back room of the Collegian office under a banner advertising the 2014 C-USA tournament, eating pizza and downing pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. He reportedly would feel better if TU were to hire Bob Hoffman, the current head coach of the Mercer Bears and native Oklahoman, as our next leader.
By Will Boogert
When our Founding Fathers finally ratified the Articles of Confederation in 1781, binding the 13 signatory states together into a ragtag, amateur association with each other, they did so with the explicit understanding that the nation would exist primarily and solely for the purpose of ensuring the widespread play, from sea to shining sea, of the game of baseball.
Baseball served as the main form of diplomacy between the relatively independent states. Whenever disputes arose in the Continental Congress, representatives would split into teams along state lines, with the future of the contested legislation on the line. In addition, the statesmen would hold a yearly tournament in honor of the ratification of the Articles; the winner of this tournament won the right to nominate one player to serve as the President of the United States in Congress Assembled for one year.
Alexander “The Bank” Hamilton and Vice President Aaron “Iceman” Burr faced-off in a pitching duel on July 11, 1804 with the future of the game at stake. Hamilton believed Burr was planning to bring about a resurgence of baseball. Late in the game, Burr drilled a ball off Hamilton’s hip causing internal bleeding, leading to his death the next day. Burr may have won the gameby default, but Burr was no match for the powers that be.
TU will be facing both the NCAA DI men’s and women’s basketball champions next season. The No. 7 seed Connecticut Huskies men’s team defeated the No. 8 seed Kentucky Wildcats 60–54 on April 7 in front of a record-setting 79,238 fans in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The women’s championship game was a meeting of unbeatens. The Huskies devoured the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79–58.
The Tulsa Oilers have brought playoff hockey back to Tulsa. The Oilers are down three games to two against the Denver Cutthroats in the first round of the CHL playoffs. The team lost game five in Denver Saturday night 1–0 despite setting a season best for shots. The Oilers return to Tulsa for a win-or-go-home game Tuesday night. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. The game is a “College Night” so tickets with a TU ID start at $12 and include a large Papa John’s pizza.
The Tulsa Drillers return to Tulsa Wednesday after a trip to Corpus Christi and San Antonio to start a four-game series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Fans can bring dogs Wednesday for “Bark In The Park.” Fans can purchase a 12 oz. beer or 16 oz. soda for a buck on “Thirsty Thursday.” The team will wear and auction off special jerseys Friday and Saturday for “Autism Awareness.” Following the games, there will also be a fireworks show and the first 1,500 fans will get blankets Saturday. All games start at 7:05 p.m. and tickets start at $5 for general admission lawn seats.
By Sarah Douglass
If you are a baseball fan, you have more than likely encountered MLB’s aggravating blackout restrictions. For instance, Tulsa is in a region that is unable to access live broadcasts of Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals games, which is disappointing to those who enjoy baseball and hail from Texas, Oklahoma or Missouri, like myself (go Royals!).
It does not matter to MLB whether teams play at home or away; you can’t watch games live because Tulsa is considered to be too geographically close to teams from these states, or within “home television territories.” However, as team supporters have undoubtedly discovered by this point, most “home television” networks are not usually broadcast in Tulsa, except for when Rangers games are picked up from Fox Sports Southwest, which leaves us in the dark—hence the term “blackout.” Not very pleasant, is it?
By Jesse Keipp
Longtime MLBer Jeff Francoeur, having signed a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres after spring training, was relegated to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas. However, Francoeur has adjusted well, befriending a deaf teammate—with one minor catch. The player, pitcher Jorge Reyes, pretended to be deaf for an entire month, with the help of his teammates and even his wife. Everyone, except Francoeur, was in on the joke.
Reyes and his conspirators convinced Francoeur that he communicated solely by reading lips and “hand signals,” some bastardized, caveman variation of sign language. The Chihuahuas documented the prank in a Youtube video appropriately named “On Jeff Ears,” playing on Francoeur’s notoriously poor observational skills.
Photo courtesy Fox Sports. While the American flag may have burned in Atlanta, no calories were burned playing the game.
Photo courtesy the daily stache. Colon forgot that there are a bunch of really nice cameras at televised baseball games. Not even the dugout is safe anymore.
Photo courtesy The Independent. McIlroy was on a roll.
By Amy Jo Bunselmeyer
In 2010 Tulsa got a brand-new baseball stadium right in the middle of downtown. It is home to the Tulsa Drillers, the double-A affiliate team of the Colorado Rockies, and is one of only two sources of professional baseball in Oklahoma. If you’ve lived here for long, you’ve surely heard of it. Maybe you’ve even attended a game or two. What might surprise you about our little minor league baseball stadium is its number one fan: PETA.
The Golden Hurricane football team has been busy the past few weeks. The team started practices the week before spring break. The team held a public scrimmage on Skelly Field Saturday in a matchup which looked promising for both the offense and defense. Freshmen running back Rowdy Simon and quarterback Ryan Rubley, the “Alpine Hammer”, had standout preformances in the scrimmage.
There are two more practices, on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m., before the annual spring game Saturday at 2 p.m. The game, at H.A. Chapman Stadium, is free and open to the public.
Dozens of the Wichita State Shockers visited Tulsa Tuesday when the Golden Hurricane softball team hosted the Shockers. Some younger fans were playing catch in the concourse, enjoying Dippin Dots, playing on the hill and, most importantly, enjoying a great game despite the fact their team lost to the Golden Hurricane 9–3.