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Tidbits from a Whirlwind Weekend

Originally Published: Feb 21, 2011 8:6 AM CDT

- Its very difficult to make it through a wrestling broadcast without saying something that could be construed as inappropriate.

- Check out my story on the new bats in college baseball and the rules to speed up the games. Average length of game at the 2009 College World Series = 3:38. OUs 1st game this season = 2:10. OSUs 1st game this season = 2:05. I don't think there's any doubt that baseball games will move much quicker this year because of the timing rules on the pitchers. Maybe by as much as 30 minutes per game over the course of a season. As for the lower number of home runs. I'm sure they'll be drastically reduced, but well need to take a larger sampling to know. OUs total home runs in their first 4 games last season = 8. OUs total home runs in their first 4 games this season = 7. OSUs total home runs in their first 3 games last season = 1. OSUs total home runs in their first 3 games this season = 3. 

- No more complaining about Blake Griffin winning the slam dunk contest. The guy jumped over a car! I don't care if that was hard or not...it was unbelievably creative. Throw in the tabernacle choir and it was over right there. Blake deserved the title for body of work alone.

- I love the idea of a 1-on-1 tournament at All-Star weekend. That could be Big Fun.

- OU softball freshman Brittany Williams is a star. Seven home runs in her first 12 games.

- How about this stat...Jack Spates will retire with the best winning percentage of any coach in OU history in any sport. Wow! He is also currently the longest tenured head coach at OU (18 years). Who will take his place? Patty Gasso (17 years).

- Bedlam wrestling in Norman is great fun. A packed McCasland Field house on Sunday. OSU looked dominant. Jordan Oliver is undefeated this year and never broke a sweat in his match against the Sooner's. He's incredible.

- Why do my kids have Presidents Day off when they just had 7 days out of school?

- Kenny Smith? Annoying or Fun?

- 4 Kinds of Steak!!!!!!

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