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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.

 

2014-15 NBA predictions

For Thunder, end of season will be far more enjoyable than the start

      With the ailing Thunder just 90 minutes away from starting the 2014-15 season, time to go on the record with this year’s NBA predictions. Read more...

College football's playoff process has begun ...

But will selection committee members overthink their rankings?

     The college football playoff process officially commenced Monday when the inaugural selection committee held their first weekly meeting. Read more...

OSU not looking for a repeat performance

After getting blown out by an ex-assistant, Cowboys face another in Holgorsen

     Earlier this week, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy said he was proud of his defense for not totally collapsing in a 42-9 loss at TCU last Saturday. Read more...

Preseason confirmed Durant must return ASAP

Reigning MVP said he will not rush coming back from foot surgery

     Mercifully, the Thunder’s preseason schedule came to an end Tuesday night at Chesapeake Arena with a fourth straight loss. The 105-91 setback came against a less-than-mighty Utah Jazz team that Sports Illustrated picked to finish 27th out of 30 teams this season. Read more...

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...

Roy Williams play: Best ever against Texas?

Superman will be remembered from 2001 game

TheFranchiseOK.com's John Rohde recently published a story on SoonerSports.com about OU's top play against Texas in the Bob Stoops era - Roy Williams' high-flying leap against the Longhorns and quarterback Chris Simms. Below is an excerpt: Read more...