Monday, May 18, 2009

4th and Long

Watched the Spike TV show 4th and Long this evening. Not sure what I expected, but I found the show kept my interest for the hour. I would have been okay with seeing fewer people vomit.

The show has a Sooner tie-in, as it has Moses Washington, a former Sooner track and field man who allegedly was on the Sooners 2000 National Championship team. The crack LandThieves research team could not find mention of Washington as a letterwinner, per the OU Media 2001 Football media guide. He's also not listed as a roster player on The Daily Ok website says he walked onto the 2000 team as a DB. Washington was a track All-American, in the 800 meters indoors.

A press release by does mention Washington, during August practices prior to the 2000 season.

Moses appears to be quite the thespian now, per a brief review of his myspace page.

Another tie-in is former Texas Longhorn Erick Jackson, whose claim to fame is knocking the snot out of Sooner Reggie Smith on a punt return during the 2006 OU-Texas game, and returning it for a touchdown*.

Googling Erick, you also find Erick followed Malcolm Kelly into the end zone for the decisive score in the Sooners 28-21 victory in 2007.

*Sooners recovered, but TD claim was made on behalf of Longhorns who wanted Erick to feel good about himself.

Top 5 Ugly Incidents in Allen Fieldhouse

Chuck Woodling is allegedly a columnist for the Lawrence Journal-World & News. Saturday's musing by Chuck presented this thought on the late Wayman Tisdale..."Tisdale will always be remembered as a bit player in one of the ugliest incidents in the history of ...Allen Fieldhouse."

First of all, Chuck is getting absolutely blasted in the comments section of the paper. Second, many of the commenters are Jayhawk fans expressing embarrassment over this individual's writings of the day. For that, I tip my cap to the Jayhawks.

On the other hand, my research has indiciated at least five other ugly incidents in Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse..

5. Anytime these tats show up at Allen Fieldhouse, it's an ugly incident.
4. Kansas student travels back in time to see Wilt Chamberlain's first "do-it" room while a student at the University of Kansas.
3. Jim Harrick propositions Paul Pierce in a scene that if not ugly, is at least uncomfortable.
2. The Mannings recruiting visit to Lawrence. I was not able to find a photo to document this, but did find a artist depiction of the scene.

1. And finally, the ugliest incident at Allen Fieldhouse? Mark Mangino displays a stool sample to Jayhawk fans after eating a football whole.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale died yesterday. a few perspectives from my side:

  1. Wayman didn't resurrect OU basketball. Resurrection presumes a prior life. He breathed life into it. OU had one trip to the Final Four in 40 years and one conference championship in 30 when he got there. Per game attendance was less than 5,000 the season before his arrival. Two years later, it was 10,000 per game. I am a huge college hoops fan, and was blessed to be a college student after he and Coach Tubbs breathed life into the program in the mid 80s.
  2. Wayman holds the season record for most points in a game. As a freshman, he broke Alvan Adams record of 691 points. As a sophomore he broke his own record. As a junior his broke his record again. Presently, those seasons are 6th, 2nd and 1st in Sooner history. As a point of reference, Blake Griffin's 2009 National Player of the Year season yielded the 7th highest point total in Sooner history. His turnaround jumper was special. Wayman caught the ball with his back to the basket and the ball was almost immediately redirected to the basket. There was no bounce, no attempt to knock over the defender. He was 6'9" and 240 pounds, but that size was not used to bull his way to the basket. There was just a quick shot up on the glass, and more than 57% of the time it went in.
  3. As an ambassador for Sooner hoops, there was none better. Tisdale wore a huge grin on his face most of the time. He lit up a room, when he entered. Tubbs knew he had a cornerstone of a program when he recruited Wayman. College and NBA teammates are saying wonderful things about him. there are no scandals about Wayman.
  4. As an NBA player, Wayman averaged 15 points per game and 6 rebounds over a 12 year career with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, making an impact on and off the court with teammates, foes and media with his smile, generosity and concern for others.
  5. As a musician, he was superb. Wayman was an accomplished jazz musician who wrote most of his own music. He recorded eight albums, all of which made Billboard's Top 10 for Contemporary Jazz, and one spent four weeks as the Billboard No. 1 Contemporary jazz album.
  6. As a man of God, few mortals have walked the walk better. He was a pleasure to be around, and his faith made him stronger. Coach Tubbs said it best, "If God wants to build a basketball team, he has a great player now," Tubbs said. "And if he wants to build a band, he has a great bass player. Write a great story about him. He deserves it. Wayman Tisdale was a great man."

My condolences go out to all his family and those who knew him personally.

Wayman was a native of Tulsa, and the Tulsa World has a lot of stuff paying respects to Wayman.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why The Newspapers are Losing

Yesterday's column by Berry Trammel should have been titled, "Holy Crap, can you believe they pay me to write?"

Last summer, Trammel was on the "get rid of Jarboe" bandwagon, as was I.

Chaisson copped a plea to four "gross misdemeanors" that are in lie with the code of conduct for an OU student. Reading that sentence just seems weird. Chaisson is labeled as a sociopath by Trammel, in the same piece that Adarius Bowman's marijuana arrest is inexplicably brought up.

I'll agree that Chaisson is a risk, but the column just doesn't make sense.
"...That’s not delinquent behavior. That’s sociopath behavior, and that moves out of even Father Flanagan’s domain, much less a football coach’s. Take Chaisson to sack quarterbacks, fine. But don’t take him thinking you’re going to fix him."

So, we're okay with taking a player for his football ability, but Stoops shouldn't consider planning to set the individual up for success with more accountability, more structure, perhaps expanding his horizons a bit and guiding him in making better life choices. Let's just treat him like a rented mule and turn him loose on society in four years.

Seemed Berry is taking writing tips from David Feherty, and working on offending everyone reading. Feherty is known for his irreverent humor. Perhaps Trammel can move his writing to the Comics section. Except it's not funny.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


This week Sam Keller complained about not getting paid to play football, but former Sooner QB J.C. Watts has taken his single digit ACT score* and turned it into a six figure lobbying job for the Bowl Champsionship Series. What a country!

Watts career has gone from Sooner QB to CFL player to Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner to US Congressman to Lobbyist. Watts has earned $620k over the past five years lobbying on behalf of the BCS.

Not bad work, if you can get it. On the other hand, the efforts didn't seem to go so well last week in hearings. All the lobbying in the world doesn't help if you have Texas and it's electoral votes on the other side.

*I can't find a reference for this, but vividly remember in my teem years hearing Switzer say that JC made a 0 on his ACT. National average was around 17 at the time.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Social Networking Rollout

We here at LandThieves captured a special video session as the Sooners rolled out their social networking policy a couple of weeks ago. Let's look in to this never before seen footage.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friends O' LandThieves Expands

We're adding a new compadre to the LandThieves. Whiskey over at One Foot Down offers CFB coverage, with a slant toward Notre Dame. It's quite an accomplishment for me to acknowledge a FishEater blog, being that a) the Sooners last beat the Irish in 1956; b) Jimmy Clausen is their QB; c) the Irish were victors on the two losses that framed the Sooners 47 game unbeaten streak back in the day.

Be sure and check 'em out.