Posted on: December 19, 2012 12:52 am

OU/A&M will have a bigger national TV rating

Of course one big problem of giving a 'major' bowl spot to a team who cannot earn it (by fans who might buy tickets or fans who might care to watch it on TV) is just that, no football fan has to watch it or buy tickets to it. There are a bunch of games every week in the regular season and a bunch of bowls in the bowl season to which I don't buy tickets and I don't watch on TV. There are a whole lot of people just like me. The system can't earn big bucks from us.

Their team sells 9,000 to 16,000 seats Saturdays at their own home games, they can't send 45,000 fans to Dallas to buy half of the Cotton Bowl seats at the season's end (or New Orleans, Miami, or L.A.). It is an economic principle. There is not enough demand to see Slapout State or Gotebo University play even a good team. I'm not going to go and I'm not going to watch it on TV. If you try to make me go or try to make me watch it on TV, I'm going to fight back. I have some other things I'd rather do that day.

A good friend is flying out to Oklahoma City ot watch the OU vs Tex A&M game on TV. We looked at buying tickets but the game (in Dallas Cowboys stadium) was sold-out in minutes of the teams being announced. We looked at buying after-market tickets but good seats were too rich for me. We normally go to a regular season and/or bowl game each year but $200. to $300. a seat is kind of my limit. I'd rather watch the game on my 65 inch HD TV than sit in the end zone.

I would bet that OU/A&M will have a bigger national TV rating (and every seat is sold) than all the bowls except the Bama/ND game and even, possibly, the Rose Bowl. Earlier in the season the Oklahoma/Notre Dame game had been the highest TV watched game of the year. Someone said, "Well, that is because it was Notre Dame." There is some truth to that but Notre Dame played 11 other teams this year, besides OU, and ND is televised every week. Mike Fair

Posted on: December 4, 2012 12:42 am

The Welfare System of BCS Bowls

The Welfare Directors Have cost college football, the Bowls, and really all of the top schools who go to bowls a bunch of money. The number of people watching these 'welfare' games on TV will be less than it would be without the mid-level welfare provisions. FSU is one of my top-10 favorite teams but I won't bother to watch them play Northern Illinois. I certainly would not spend the money for travel, hotel, and game tickets for such a game. (I did go to the OU/FSU game in Tallahassee, last season, paying for after- market tickets.) I would bet money that the national TV ratings on the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will not match the ratings on the Cotton Bowl. The money the system uses to pay the mid-level schools the Big Bucks has to come from the pool that would reward the schools who really produce income to the system.

I like Louisville as a team, they are scrappy, but probably won't bother to watch them play Florida. I never miss an Oklahoma game. I try not to miss Bama. I'll watch USC, Notre Dame, Georgia, and the two or three top Big-10 schools, as it fits my schedule. Other than that I try to watch the teams/games, the results of which might affect the status of my Sooners.

I was looking forward to Florida in the Sugar Bowl because the Sooners lost the National Championship to them and Tim Tebow a few years ago. The Texas A&M game will be as exciting and even more important because of the Aggies QB, Johnny Football, and the story of the Aggies leaving the Big-12 for the SEC. I will not even predict the outcome. Either of those games could have gone either way.

Argue with me if you want! I may not answer every stupid remark but I challenge you, after the Bowls are over, compare the national TV ratings. By the way. The Cotton Bowl game, which is played in the Dallas Cowboys stadium, was announced 'Sold-Out' within minutes of the announcement of which teams would be playing.  Mike Fair


Posted on: January 19, 2011 2:22 pm

OU to Press for # 1 in 2011

One thing people tend to forget about Josh Heupel, the new co-OC at Oklahoma, is that he was almost a Heisman winner himself.  In 2000 Heupel quarterbacked Oklahoma to a 13-0 season and finished second behind Chris Weinke of Florida State for the Heisman Trophy.  Heupel then went on to beat Chris Weinke and FSU 13-2, giving OU the national championship.  With a lot of help from Heupel's team-mates, OU held Weinke to no touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Heupel also was an OU assistant in 2004. That year QB Jason White, the 2003 Heisman winner, took Oklahoma to a 12-0 season before losing to USC for the national championship.
Heupel was not only a great QB but he has worked with two Heisman winners, come in second for the Heisman himself, and coached and played under the very highest pressure conditions.  It's hard for his players not to listen when he speaks and Sam Bradford is proof that listening to Heupel is a smart thing to do.

Bradford has a lot of natural talent but few remember that he had to compete for the starting position at Oklahoma.  With some early help from Heupel's coaching, Sam may very well develop into one of the all-time greatest of QBs.  I expect him to do just that.
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Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:48 pm

OU Post Season Games Under Bob Stoops


2010 Defeated UConn, 48-20 Fiesta Bowl

2009 Defeated Stanford, 31-27 Sun Bowl

2008 Lost to Florida, 14-24 National Championship Game

2007 Lost to West Va, 28-48 Fiesta Bowl

2006 Lost to Boise St, 42-43 Fiesta Bowl

2005 Defeated Oregon, 17-14 Holiday Bowl

2004 Lost to USC, 19-55 National Championship Game

2003 Lost to LSU, 14-21 National Championship Game

2002 Defeated Wash St, 34-14 Rose Bowl

2001 Defeated Arkansas, 10-3 Cotton Bowl

2000 Defeated Florida St, 13-2 National Championship Game

1999 Lost to Ole Miss, 25-27 Independence Bowl

Over all Oklahoma is 26 of 44 in Bowl games and has a 12-6 Orange Bowl record and is 4-2 in the Sugar Bowl. 

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:35 am

Thanks, Nebraska, for the memories.

Thanks Nebraska for all the great games over the years.  I hope they work out those future meetings.  This game tonight was fantastic, befitting so many other wonderful games.  You are a class football program and have had such class leadership.

I'm glad OU won but the game could have gone either way.  Had OU lost by three, I would be here, saying the same thing.  Good luck in the Big-Ten.  Make us proud.
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