The Edmond Sun

Sports Opinion

August 25, 2009

SPRUILL: Now that's depressing

And people wonder why no one watches the news anymore. Check out these depressing headlines that I browsed today on Yahoo! News.

REUTERS: Tobacco seen killing up to 6 million people next year. ABC NEWS: Up to 90,000 Americans could die from swine flu this fall and winter. And yes, these two headlines were running at the same time. I didn’t have to scour multiple news tickers to find these little tidbits of joy.

Fantastic. I spend 90 percent of my time indoors during the winter thanks to basketball, so I suppose that gives me a fairly good chance of coming down with swine flu considering half the U.S. population is expected to contract the virus. And when did we start calling it swine flu again.

I’m not trying to bring down the news side of things, but could we look for something just a bit less depressing. That’s why I choose to cover sports.

You don’t see such grave headlines in sports. Now, I will say, there are some bad headlines. Where I grew up there were two high schools in the local reading area that had Indian mascots. The local guys couldn’t get enough of using the word scalped.

It’s time we bring some sports into our lives. “Yeah the swine flu is scary, but did you hear that Lou Holtz picked Notre Dame to play in the title game against Florida?”

These are the things that concern me. Sorry, the Irish are not getting past Southern Cal. That’s about as interesting of a comment as the gender debate of the South African runner Caster Semenya. Since she’s shaved the ‘stache and left the running jacket on, she is looking more and more like a, well, she.

Johan Santana is done for the season and the Mets traded Billy Wagner to the Red Sox. These stories interest me, they don’t affect me by any means, but the Sox are turning into the Yankees.

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    First off, I’d like to thank the Edmond sporting community for accepting me into their fold, or at least accepting me as much as possible for a journalist. It has been a great five-and a half months and I’ve had the opportunity to witness some prime time moments while at The Sun.

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    Sir Charles gave us this gem back then stating, “A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail, should they be role models?”

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    December 3, 2009

  • HARRISON : It’s time for some hoops With Bedlam in the rearview mirror and talk of freezing temperatures and possible snow this week it can only mean one thing. The winter sports season is upon us.

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    November 19, 2009

  • SPRUILL: UCO loaded for another run No. 18-ranked Central Oklahoma appears to be loaded for another deep run in the NCAA Division II tournament.

    It’s only November and the Bronchos have only played one game, but what they showed against Emporia State in a 116-114 double-overtime win was incredible.

    November 17, 2009

  • SPRUIL: Playoff picture still cloudy With most of the district’s already decided — a few key matchups still remain — it’s time to start looking at the playoff picture.

    We know Edmond Memorial, Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian are in the playoffs. Deer Creek is on life support, while Oklahoma Christian Academy and Edmond Santa Fe are done for the year following Friday night.

    November 3, 2009

  • SPRUILL: OU's Bradford still livin' the dream There’s still no guarantee that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will play this season. But Sooner fan or not, you have to love the Heisman Trophy winner’s attitude.

    His first start could come this week against Baylor, or it could be against Texas. You will not hear any crying from Bradford, though, that is for certain.

    The media has questioned his decision about coming back. He could have been the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, instead he gets injured in the opener and now his future is in question.

    But what seems so shocking to some across the country, really isn’t that shocking at all. Bradford is living his dream. The dream of any former high school star in the state of Oklahoma that wants to play in either Stillwater or Norman.

    October 6, 2009

  • HARRISON: Local teams draw favorable regional assignments With the end of the regular season fast approaching, local softball teams are turning their attention towards next week’s regional tournaments. While Edmond Santa Fe is the only squad that will be at home next week, all four teams have a legitimate shot at state.

    September 30, 2009

  • SPRUILL: Edmond recovering from split Things are shaping up for another great football season for local teams.

    As it stands, Edmond still has two undefeated teams in Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian School. And there are signs the big three have reached a near full recovery from the spit.

    September 15, 2009