January 2016

After BU win, OU still No. 1


Last week, seven of the top 10 teams in college basketball – including Oklahoma and Kansas – went 1-1. Despite a loss to then-No. 19 Iowa State, Oklahoma rebounded with a decisive 82-72 win over then-No. 13 Baylor (now No 17) in Waco. The Sooners, who led by 20 points with five minutes to go, […]

TU drops taller Central Florida


James Woodard and Brandon Swannegan had 18 and 17 points, respectively, as the Golden Hurricane pulled away for a 75-60 win over the UCF Knights Sunday afternoon. Tulsa improved to 5-2 in the American Athletic Conference and 13-6 overall, while the loss for UCF was only its second league loss, as the Knights fell to […]

Omaha holds back Oral Roberts


The Oral Roberts men’s basketball team put together a 10-1 run and took a lead with four minutes to play but could not sustain it in an 85-79 loss to Omaha Saturday night at the Mabee Center. Obi Emegano scored 29 to lead all scorers and Brandon Conley missed just one shot on the night […]

Looking ahead toward 2016


Each year at this time I make my fearless prognostications on what I believe will happen in the sports world in the coming year. From what I’m sensing, this year could be a real doozey. First, let’s finish off the seasons that are already underway; the Washington Capitals will beat the St. Louis Blues in […]

Here are the candidates who want the vote in Oklahoma


In December, a host of candidates filed for the 2016 Presidential Preferential Primary with the Oklahoma State Election Board. It’s quite a list. Most names should be familiar right now but some are totally obscure. Here are the Democrats. Mrs. Hillary Clinton Mrs. Clinton is a former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of […]

Trump is troublesome; I will vote for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz


I liked what I heard Donald Trump was saying in the initial months of his campaign, but I was never convinced that he was the right person to carry out his campaign promises.  Since then, I have never felt comfortable with the idea of a President Trump. Despite his popularity – and his is a […]

Not Ready for College


When I was a regent for Tulsa Community College, a study was done showing that 75 percent of incoming freshman required remediation in at least one subject, 50 percent in two subjects and 25 percent in three disciplines. The vast majority of our students come from local high schools in and around Tulsa.  This was […]

Creek County Sheriff has the right idea about guns, citizens


Every now and then, a piece of news appears in unlikely places that brings a modicum of hope to the constitutionally oriented mind. Such was the case in the Tulsa daily paper on January 13, 2016, well hidden and headlined: “Creek County sheriff urges arms bearing.” Credit was given to Rhett Morgan, a World staff […]

Here’s a letter to help remember Poppy


Dear Titus the Honorable, The two years and five months you’ve been in my life have been some of my best days ever. I’m writing to you for a couple of reasons. The first is that as you get older, you probably won’t remember all the things you and I have done together. Second, because […]

Critics don’t understand the problem


There has been some unwarranted criticism of the Oklahoma Legislature lately in editorial columns and particularly a speech given to a local business organization. Sadly, these “critics” have fallen into the “blame-and-shame game,” accusing the Legislature for the current budget shortfall and education problems in Oklahoma.  Elected officials are easy targets for these self-appointed “revilers” […]