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    John Rohde comes to Tyler Media after 26 1/2 years with The Oklahoman, during which he served as a columnist and beat writer. Voted Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year five times, Rohde has covered OU football and basketball, the Oklahoma City Thunder, OKC/New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, the Final Four, Masters and PGA Tour.

 

Grieving football fans should just go right to 'acceptance'

No playoffs or titles bound for OU or OSU this season

     Even eternal optimists of Oklahoma football will struggle to fight off pessimism when it comes to their team’s Big 12 title chances this season. Read more...

Top 5 questions for OU vs. Kansas State

     1. "What the hell’s going on out here?” Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi screamed this from the sidelines during a game against Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and there’s a good chance every Oklahoma coach, player and fan has wondered the same thing about the 2014 Sooners the last two weeks. It’s time to put up or shut up; time for OU to start living up to its advanced billing; lose today against Kansas State and any faint hope of being in the first-ever college football playoff are long gone. A convincing victory over a quality team like the Wildcats is precisely what the struggling Sooners need right now. Winning has always been the best cure for whatever's ailing you. Read more...

If Thunder is .500 without Durant, could it miss playoffs?

50 wins could be minimum requirement in powerful Western Conference

     With the NBA’s Western Conference as strong as ever, there’s a chance 50 wins could be the minimum requirement for a team to make the playoffs this season. Read more...

Thunder's fate in Westbrook's hands, and that's scary

After life without Robin for 36 games last year, OKC begins this season without Batman

     Folks who crunch numbers, such as ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, project Kevin Durant’s absence will cost the Thunder 2-3 victories if he misses 15-20 games because of the stress fracture in his right foot. Read more...

OU's Top 5 questions vs. Texas

Fifth straight year for 11 a.m. "rooster" kickoff

     1. Is Oklahoma's offensive line the real deal or not? OU’s highly touted offensive line got shoved out of the way last Saturday in a 37-33 loss at TCU. There were some holes here and there, but not consistently. On third-and-short and fourth-and-short, the Sooners came up short. They rank No. 69 nationally in third-down conversion percentage. OU’s best chance against the Longhorns is to run the ball 50-60 times. Give Texas a mouthful of Samaje Perine, Alex Ross and even quarterback Trevor Knight turning upfield, but that won’t happen if the offensive line is a no-show – again. Read more...

Chris Simms speaks, and heaps praise on Sooners

No need for Mack Brown to 'answer that for Chris'

     One of the more awkward post-game moments in the Oklahoma-Texas series came after the Longhorns’ 35-24 loss to the Sooners in 2002 when Longhorns quarterback Chris Simms had thrown three interceptions and was sacked four times. A reporter asked Simms a question, but before he could answer, UT coach Mack Brown intervened and said, “Let me answer that for Chris.” Read more...

OU's playoff hopes still flicker after crazy weekend

Head-to-head games between ranked foes keep OU's playoff hopes alfoat

     Oklahoma football fans need not jump off that ledge just yet. The Sooners dropped seven spots and are now No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll after Saturday’s 37-33 loss at TCU. Read more...

Five most interesting things from Thunder Media Day

Is a feud brewing between Perk and Serge?

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The Kiwi Kid is as playful as ever

Steven Adams primed for second season with Thunder

     At the Thunder’s practice facility last June, rookie center Steven Adams filled the media room with laughter during his exit interview session before departing for his native New Zealand. Read more...

Here are college football's top 5 ranked imposters

     Heading into Saturday’s games, there are 24 unbeaten FBS teams remaining. The Associated Press Top 25 poll consists of 13 of those unbeatens and the coaches’ poll has 14. Read more...