This made me laugh

Tulsa World - - Sports - Guerin Emig 918-629-6229

Stand­ing out­side the Reynolds Cen­ter an hour be­fore last Thurs­day night's Tul­saCincin­nati tipoff, keep­ing warm by a fire built by TU stu­dents An­drew Man­gan, Jor­dan Sosa, Hunter Hart, Tyler Stal­cup and Eric Sul­li­van, and lis­ten­ing to the story of their cam­pout.

Sul­li­van spread word Wed­nes­day that there was a ticket short­age for the game, and if you wanted to get in the arena you'd bet­ter show up the night be­fore. There was no short­age, of course. There hasn't been a TU bas­ket­ball ticket short­age since Bill Self left town.

But Sul­li­van fig­ured it was the best way he could get fel­low stu­dents out for a real live col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence.

He was right.

“I've been look­ing for an ex­cuse to camp out since my fresh­man year, so I was su­per ex­cited when­ever I saw the event on Face­book,” said Hart, a se­nior from Owasso. “I didn't be­lieve the part about lim­ited tick­ets, but I didn't care.”

They had 40-50 stu­dents around the fire pit at peak cam­pout Wed­nes­day night. Ev­ery­one, ac­cord­ing to the five I met Thurs­day, had a cool time.

“I'll prob­a­bly try and rally it up next year,” said Man­gan, a ju­nior from Hot Springs, Arkansas. “Maybe it'll be an an­nual thing.”

“Maybe get a spon­sor,” said Stal­cup, a ju­nior from St. Louis.

“Maybe do it when it's warmer,” Sul­li­van laughed.

“If the Tulsa World wants to do­nate steaks, “Man­gan said, “we'll gladly cook 'em.”

Gosh I miss col­lege.

This made me think

Ok­la­homa State an­nounced last Wed­nes­day that Mike Gundy's con­tract had been ex­tended through 2023. The most in­ter­est­ing part of OSU's press re­lease was Gundy's state­ment:

“Out­side of my fam­ily, coach­ing foot­ball at Ok­la­homa State is the big­gest part of who I am. I'm more en­er­gized and ex­cited about Cow­boy Foot­ball than at any time dur­ing my ca­reer. I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tin­ued sup­port of Pres­i­dent Har­gis, Coach Holder, the Board of Re­gents and the OSU fan base. Our play­ers start win­ter con­di­tion­ing on Mon­day and I'm chomp­ing at the bit to get back into spring ball in March.”

“En­er­gized.” “Ex­cited.” “Chomp­ing at the bit.” Any­one no­tice a pat­tern here? Gundy isn't just bat­tling a climb back from OSU's 7-6 2017 sea­son. He's bat­tling the per­cep­tion he has be­come stale after 14 years as trail boss.

Bill Hais­ten tack­led the topic in a re­cent col­umn. He re­called Gundy's first bout with burnout oc­curred in 2014. He dis­cov­ered a quote Gundy used in the spring of 2015 to sig­nal a come­back: “I'm just as en­er­gized now as when I started. I hit a wall and I kind of fell off, but I've bro­ken through now.”

I as­sume Gundy's use of “en­er­gized,” not to men­tion “ex­cited” and “chomp­ing at the bit,” is his sig­nal four years later.

This made me cry

The Dal­las Morn­ing News lost two long-serv­ing sports writ­ers last Mon­day when lay­offs struck again. One used to cover the Soon­ers when the Morn­ing News had the re­sources to do so.

The Morn­ing News used to cover ev­ery­thing. I re­mem­bered that Mon­day.

I re­mem­bered one gor­geous spring Sun­day morn­ing in Dal­las maybe 25 years ago.

I was there for work and walked over to a cafe for break­fast. They had a Morn­ing News avail­able for din­ers.

They had a Sun­day Morn­ing News!!

I grabbed it and asked for a seat on the back pa­tio. They sat me out­side, took my or­der and then pretty much let me bask for the next two hours. Just me, my omelet, some or­ange juice, a pair of shades and the Morn­ing News sports sec­tion.

It re­mains one of the best morn­ings I've spent on the road.

It was page after page of in­for­ma­tion and in­sight, pro and col­lege. The Cow­boys, Rangers and Mav­er­icks were big — heck you could read five pages on the Cow­boys alone — but the paper hadn't lost track of its col­lege read­ers yet. Texas, A&M, OU, a lit­tle TCU and SMU... They touched on them all, even in spring­time.

Se­ri­ously, I was there two hours just to get cover to cover.

Now that takes a lot less time. They don't have the staff to cover the col­leges any longer. They barely have the staff to cover the Cow­boys.

They do the best they can with what ded­i­cated and tal­ented re­porters and writ­ers they have. I know some of them. It is in­spir­ing to see them per­se­vere.

It's just that last week I thought of the ones no longer there. I thought about my old pal from the OU beat.

What he'd give to write for the old Morn­ing News again. What I'd give to read it again.

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