Author John Rohde

  • John Rohde

    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.


Najera-Cleaves collision revisited this week

OU and MSU meet in NCAA Tournament for first time since the 1999 TKO

Was Westbrook robbed of his 10th triple-double?

     Ten days ago in a home game against Minnesota, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook unsuccessfully tried to tip in a teammate’s missed shot shortly before exiting the game for good. Read more...

Every minute matters in race for No. 8 seed

Even tipoff time matters in three-way battle for West's final playoff spot

      Friday night reminded us the race for the No. 8 seed in this year’s Western Conference playoffs could be decided in a matter of minutes. Read more...

Friday the 20th becomes Friday the 13th for Thunder

Indefinite loss of Durant wasn't the only bad news for OKC

     Superstitious folk had to endure back-to-back Friday the 13ths in February and March, but Friday the 20th began with some horrible misfortune for the OKC Thunder, particularly for coach Scott Brooks. Read more...

Will recruiters cite racism against OU?

Racist video could result in negative recruiting against Sooners

     Racism falls under the “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” covenant, because when it comes to racism the entire world seems to reside in one huge glass house. Read more...

Is Thunder about to lose control?

Lose tonight and OKC will surrender No. 8 playoff spot to New Orleans

      Lose tonight at home against the Los Angeles Clippers and the OKC Thunder no longer controls its own destiny to make this year’s Western Conference playoffs. Read more...

OU vs. KU: From title bout to mismatch?

Jayhawks hobble into Norman with 11th straight Big 12 title already won

     When the Big 12 released its 2014-15 schedule, the March 7 contest between Oklahoma and Kansas might as well have been posted as a flashing neon sign. The season finale at Lloyd Noble Center seemed destined to be a showdown for this year’s conference crown. Read more...

Update on career highs vs. Thunder

Add Canaan and Moore to the list of castoffs to burn OKC

     Time for another Thunder update. In back-to-back games, the Thunder has been killed by normally harmless players having career games. Read more...

Westbook now a masked Super Hero

Likely to return to Thunder lineup tonight against 76ers

     As if Russell Westbrook wasn’t enough of a Super Hero, now he’ll be wearing a mask. Read more...

Battered or not, Thunder hasn't been clutch

OKC has failed to come through in big moments this season

     Although the OKC Thunder is to be commended for its fortitude trying to overcome some of the most debilitating circumstances imaginable, the fact of the matter is the Thunder has failed in clutch moments this season – particularly lately. Read more...