Following the Golden Hurricane softball team’s 4–1 opening weekend, the team traveled to College Station, Texas to participate in the Aggies Classic Valentine’s Day weekend. TU held-off McNeese State 5–4 in eight innings on Friday, Feb. 14 and defeated the Cowgirls again the next day by a score of 3–2. Tulsa also faced Oregon State twice that weekend, defeating the Beavers decisively 9–1 in six innings Friday and 4–0 Saturday.
Photo by Catherine Duininck. Shaquille Harrison drives past two ECU Pirates to the basket in the 76–58 victory for the Golden Hurricane on Feb. 13.
Photo by Logan Miller. Ashley Clark helps lift the Golden Hurricane to a 63–43 win over the University of North Texas, ending a six-game losing streak.
Photo by Logan Miller. TU fans read the Collegian as the starting lineup of the East Carolina men’s basketball team is announced ahead of the game in the Reynolds Center.
Photos by Will Bramlett. The Golden Hurricane women’s tennis team is on a roll, winning seven straight. The team was 7–1 entering the weekend with the University of North Texas and Kansas State set to face the team in the Case Tennis Center. Tulsa beat UNT 4–2 Friday afternoon and Kansas State 4–1 Saturday morning.
By Liz Cohen
On Feb. 9, Missouri defensive lineman and All-American football player Michael Sam announced that he is gay. As an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, I am elated that someone is trying to pave the way for gay NFL players to live openly and be accepted in the historically masculine and homophobic locker room environment.
However, as a college football fan that regularly watched Mizzou games this season, my greater concern lies in the fact that I had hardly heard of Michael Sam before this current media frenzy.
By Jesse Keipp
In the past week, rumors that the Cleveland Browns tried to trade for San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh arose. Since the controversial reports, 49ers executives have officially denied any trade talks. However, Browns executives have been suspiciously silent on the issue. Since Harbaugh has had some issues in the past with 49ers execs, the trade proposition seemed plausible.
Head coach Jon Gruden led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory after being traded from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks and $8 million. While Gruden came at a high cost, without him, the Bucs may have never assumed to the pinnacle of the NFL.
Photo courtesy of AP/Gene Puskar. Jim Harbaugh has helped to bring sucess to the San Fransisco 49ers, but he is scary. I would be scared for my life with him around and might consider trading him too.
By Fraser Kastner
In the spirit of improving the university, I have taken it upon myself to put together several new and improved uniforms for our football team. That being said, I know nothing about football uniforms. As near as I can tell, the design process involves incorporating various symbols associated with a school or region into a base uniform perfected for aerodynamics and weight. Or something. I should also mention that I only have a very dim idea about what our current uniforms look like. This new design calls for ingenuity, thinking-outside-the-box type stuff, which is why I, who knows nothing about football, feel compelled to pitch in.
Here are some of my ideas:
By Tod Bassham
Recent reports that plans were being considered to revitalize the University of Tulsa baseball program and that subsequently those plans had been shelved are “just speculation”, Athletic Director Emery Turner said.
A local newspaper recently reported that Turner had discussed with interested parties proposals to raise the baseball program to collegiate level status.
But Turner said, “No one’s come forward to me and asked about a new baseball program.”
By Barry Lewis
Last year the TU basketball team was the toast of the town after winning the NIT championship.
However, only a decade ago the TU baseball team was the talk of the city. The Hurricane was a national power. But, fame is fleeting.
Now, TU is without a varsity baseball team. There are only memories of the Hurricane’s quick rise to national prominence.
Tom Jenkins races to first base against Kansas State in a photo published in the Collegian on March 12, 1970. The Golden Hurricane lost to the Wildcats in this game.
By Jesse Keipp
The nation’s best college football programs are inextricably tied to passionate home crowds, filled stadiums, and exciting stadium traditions. The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane football program unfortunately lacks all three. Asking if a passionately stuffed stadium or if a winning program comes first may be as unanswerable as, “which came first: the chicken or the egg?” Nonetheless, there can be several steps taken to excite the fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Attendance at TU football games is among the worst in Division I FBS. In 2013, Tulsa averaged 19,893 fans in attendance. On the year, TU totaled 119,356 fans, barely surpassing the University of Michigan’s average attendance for one game. Granted, Tulsa obviously doesn’t have the history of Big Blue, nor UM’s tens of thousands of students.
Other football programs around the nation have gained national prominance with creative field designs (we’re looking at you Boise State). Editor-in-Chief J.Christopher Proctor believes the Golden Hurricane should get into the game. He imagines a giant Hurricane at the center of the football field as pictured above. Wouldn’t it be cool?
By Morgan Krueger
An environmental activist was arrested before leaving for Sochi, the location of this year’s Winter Olympics. His crime was swearing in public.
Yevgeny Vitishko was going to present a report about the environmental impact of Sochi, a plan that will have to be postponed until after his 15-day jail sentence.
A witness who chose to remain anonymous accused Vitishko of cursing at a bus stop.
By Fraser Kastner
Nineteen eighty-four. Ronald Reagan was winding down his first term in office. People were listening to George Michael and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” was somehow in theaters. In Sarajevo, the Winter Olympics were in full swing.
Team U.S.A. marches in the Parade of Nations of the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina).
What can be said about the year 1984 that cannot be said about that year’s Olympic uniforms? Loud, poorly thought-out, obnoxious and ill-conceived are all suitable adjectives. My first impression of the uniforms was that they look like something Ronald Reagan had designed himself. A white stetson, fleece jacket, blue jeans and a red sweater. And let us not forget the cowboy boots. This is what I picture Reagan wearing as a child, or perhaps as an adult, in his free time.
And yet this was not a beloved treasure from Ronald Reagan’s imaginary wardrobe. This is what Team USA, our nation’s representatives, wore in Sarajevo during the Winter Olympics. And it is perfect. There is not a single thing about this uniform that does not scream, “ United States of America, 1984.” Pristine white stetson hat perched upon our head, clearly the good guys.
My guess is this choice of attire was very carefully picked. When your host country is socialist, you have no choice but to arrive dressed in the most outlandishly American way possible, even if it makes you look like a quaint vision of an imagined past.
By Will Bramlett
The Tulsa Oilers play minor league hockey, but the team once faced some of the game’s best. The Oilers faced the U.S. men’s Olympic team in Tulsa on Oct. 3, 1975 and reportedly won the game 5–3.
The Oilers faced the U.S. men’s team again before the 1980 Winter Olympics. Each team in the Central Hockey League played two games against the Olympic team which counted in league standings.
The 1980 Olympic team, which went on to win beat shock the Soviets and win Olympic gold, held-off the Oilers 7–4 in the first game and 5–2 in the second game.
Five members of the 1980 U.S. men’s ice hockey team went on to play for the Oilers. Rob McLanahan, Bill Baker, Dave Silk, Bob Suter, Steve Janaszak combined for 107 games with the Oilers.
Norwegian Henrik Odergaard of the Missouri Mavericks is the only CHL player participating in the Sochi Olympics.
Kansas City drew the best broadcast ratings of any city for Super Bowl XLVIII with a 58.1. Tulsa drew a 53.9, the best ratings of any non-NFL city.
Super Bowl XLVIII was also the most watched television event in American history, more than 111 million Americans saw the big game.
When bidding for the Sochi Olympics, ESPN estimated the value of the games to be $400 million less aired live than tape-delayed.
By Kimberly Poff
After much hype and anticipation the Winter Olympics began in Sochi on Thursday. Media attention has been focused on the seaside town of 340,000 for several weeks now as concerns surfaced about security, cost and the readiness of Sochi, Russia and President Vladimir Putin to host these games.
As the press arrived in Sochi social media and Twitter in particular began blowing up with the state of unreadiness of hotels in Sochi. Amidst reports of “dangerous face water,” broken door knobs, and hotels without lobbies the twitter handle @SochiProblems has surpassed the official @Sochi2014 in followers.
By Jesse Keipp
With Friday’s Opening Ceremony, the 2014 Winter Olympics are underway! Well, for the most part. The hotels are hardly livable, as reports streamed in from journalists who checked in. Some of the disgusting highlights include mysteriously yellow water (available if one’s hotel happens to have the luxury of water).
Door knobs often fall off upon turning. Packs of stray dogs roam Sochi, even walking into some of the hotels. Feces-stained toilet paper piles up in bathrooms, as the plumbing can’t flush the futuristic wonder of toilet paper.
Five giant snowflakes hanging from Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia were supposed to transform into the Olympic Rings during the Opening Ceremonies. Only four snowflakes transformed into rings unless you were watching on Russian TV which cut to rehearsal footage of the transformation working correctly.
By Catherine Duininck
The University of Tulsa will host its first-ever Lacrosse game on Feb. 15 against the University of Arkansas. The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Harwell Field.
The TU team practices three days a week for around 1.5–2 hours. There are 20 members on the team and 12 of those played lacrosse in high school. The three captains are freshman Teddy Martin and sophomores Grant Wiseman and Max Boudreaux.