Oklahoma State University Basketball & An Update on the Mullendore Murder

 Check out the website for the Examiner-Enterprise (examiner-enterprise.com) to read their story from Thursday February 27th about the latest on the Mullenodre murder.

                         Down The Road with the Original Buffalo Dale

 Welcome back. Eddie Sutton, Tubby Smith, Marcus Smart, along with the family ofthe late Bob Kurland. Gallagher-IBA Arena was the place and this was the seating for Saturday afternoon’s 12:30 tip-off between Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech.

For those of you who may not be basketball fans, Tubby Smith was the head coach at the University of Tulsa from 1991 through 1995. From there he went on to win a national championship at Kentucky in ’98, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2000 games. He’s in several halls of fame and has been to 23 NCAA tournaments. In addition to being a legend in basketball, he also has a reputation for being a true gentleman.

Eddie Sutton is another member of basketball royalty who needs no introduction. I’ve interviewed him several times and he’s very approachable and easy to talk to. Looking out over Gallagher-IBA Arena you have to wonder how many people have a basketball court named after them.

Saturday was also the first game back for Marcus Smart since his suspension and if you haven’t heard the Cowboys gave Texas Tech a solid thrashing. You can’t talk about basketball at Oklahoma State without mentioning Bob Kurland, the first seven footer in college basketball history. He holds more records than I even have room to write about. With all of his family in attendance, Kurland number was officially retired at half-time during the game.

It was a proud and emotional moment on several fronts and watching the Cowboys play I’d just have to say don’t count Oklahoma State out just yet! I’ll leave all the statistical analyzing to the real basketball junkies but I for one would recommend getting tickets to the Kansas game in Stillwater this Saturday. The college atmosphere is always fun, the arena is fantastic and tickets are cheap, cheap, cheap. You never know if you might be part of something special but for sure you’ll have a great time.

In my travels this past week I had the chance to meet with Janice Robertson Young, the director of the Bartlesville Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is one of those organizations that tend to be overlooked until there is a crisis- then they are always there to help out. Their annual “Chili to the Rescue” luncheon is coming up on March 14th and you can get carry out for a big party at the office or eat in at the Red Cross building on Keeler. I’ve been going for years and I can tell you from experience its good stuff.

I also recently had the opportunity to visit with Dawnette Brady about the British invasion that’s coming to town on March 29th. The first British invasion took place in the 1960s when bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones took the states by storm. Now its about to happen again. I’ve seen this four piece Beatles tribute band several times in Branson and two years ago they almost caused a riot when they played at SUNFEST.

George Harrison’s sister put the band together and they look like the Beatles, sound like the Beatles and they make the crowds go nuts just like the Beatles. Dawnette is on the board of the Washington County SPCA and she is one of the organizers for this event which is a benefit for the SPCA. If you want to sit close you might think about getting those tickets now.

Another event I want to mention is a four part series called “Surviving the Elements: Land and Water Issues of the West” happening in Oklahoma City.  Every Friday in March from 9AM-2PM different experts will be speaking on topics such as land and pasture management, water usage and resource management and preservation. The series is hosted by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and it sure looks interesting to me. There is a $10 charge for each seminar and lunch is included. For all the details go to: www.survivingtheelements.org

Till next week when March Madness really sets in, I’ll see ya down the road….



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