Winter Update

Posted in Baseball, Equestrian, Golf, Men's Basketball, Softball, Women's Basketball, Wrestling on February 24, 2011 by Jared Gallagher

Well into the second semester and with all the sooner fans in hibernation until next football season, I thought it would be a good idea to update you on the happenings of the Oklahoma State athletic department. All the winter sports are in full swing and the spring sports are on the verge of kicking off. So let’s start with the sport that has heralded the most success for the Pokes this season (and in the history of the Cowboy athletics, for that matter), the OSU wrestling team.

Wrestling

 

The most storied athletic program in the history of sports is having another record-setting season in 2010-11. The Pokes are 15-2-1 and recently became just the second collegiate wrestling program in the history of the sport to win 1,000 duals (Iowa State stands at 1,011 victories…they have wrestled 163 duals more than the Cowboys.) OSU achieved the feat with a 44-0 barnburner over Northern Colorado. Currently the Cowboys are 1006-113-23 all time for an approximate .890 winning percentage, including an eight dual win streak.

The Cowboys are leading the charge in their traditional orange singlets, quite possibly the most intimidating (and sometimes most terrifying, have you seen those sweat stains??) look in all of sports.

Sophomore standout Jordan Oliver is tearing up the mat, recently defeating the No. 2 wrestler in the nation in Andrew Hochstrasser from the Boise State Goonerkillerz to affirm his top-ranked status. Oliver is now 21-0 on the season with 18 of those being bonus point victories, including two technical falls in the first period this season. He has eight pins, six technical falls, 85 takedowns and 22 nearfalls this season. For an example of his dominance, I have included the scoring rundown of Oliver’s most recent bout, a 16-0 first period trouncing of his Wyoming counterpart (who happened to be in the top 15 in the nation).

 

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) TF5 No. 15 Tyler Cox (UW); 16-0, 2:52
First Period
2:50 Oliver takedown (2-0)
2:39 Oliver nearfall 3 (5-0)
2:12 Oliver nearfall 3 (8-0)
2:03 Oliver nearfall 2 (10-0)

0:38 Oliver nearfall 2 (12-0)

0:08 Oliver nearfall 3 (15-0), technical fall, end match

 2:42 riding time added for Oliver (16-0)

Look for Oliver to be hoisting an individual national title trophy at the end of the season.

Men’s Basketball

It’s been a rebuilding year for the Pokes, who are 16-11 this season. They have shown some fight, winning games against ranked Kansas State and Mizzou and have a favorable three game stretch to finish out the schedule: Texas Tech and Baylor in GIA before traveling to the Forbidden Land to take on Cade’s Cohorts.

I already have my tickets for that game; I’m sure you can find some outside the Lloyd Noble Center for cheap.

Women’s Basketball

It’s been interesting to watch the Cowgirls try to fill the massive gap left by the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, Andrea Riley. There have been some definite bright spots, though, as sophomore Toni Young has emerged as the go-to-girl. In her last four games she is averaging 23.75 ppg and 15.75 rpg. Freshmen Tiffany Bias and Vicky McIntyre are also large contributors to the young team. Look for the Cowgirls to make some deep tournament runs in the next few years.

Golf

The Cowboy golf program is among the most prestigious in the nation. This season is proving no different as the Pokes are locked and loaded for the spring season. The Pokes are on a roll, with three first place finishes (PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek GC, Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Scrioto CC and the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational at Waikoloa Village GC), and three more finishes in the top five.

One might expect such high honors for this Cowboy team. I mean, the current squad possesses a U.S. Amateur Champion and the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world in Peter Uihlein,

a Phil Mickleson award recipient in Morgan Hoffman

and a GCAA All-American in Kevin Tway (son of former Cowboy standout Bob Tway).

As if this season couldn’t get any more prime for a national championship for the Pokes, the 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships will be played on their home course, Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater. 

Equestrian

The Cowgirl Equestrian team is having yet another superb season, ranked fourth in the nation and boasting a 5-2 team record. They play host to the top-ranked TAMU Aggies this Saturday at Animal Science Arena in Stillwater (admission is free…you should go).

Baseball

The Cowboy baseball team is looking to restore glory to the program, and is off on the right foot. They dominated the Bryant University Bulldogs in a three-game series last weekend, allowing just one run the entire weekend.

UPDATE*** The Pokes fell to the Dallas Baptist Patriots on Tuesday, 7-3. They host winless Cal-Poly this weekend in a three-game set. Games are Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Softball

The Cowgirls are 8-2 this season and are heading out to balmy Palm Springs for the Cathedral City Classic where they will take on the likes of Georgia and Fresno State.

So there you have it, my winter sports update. Read it. Love it. Wear orange. GO POKES!

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Best of 2010

Posted in Football on December 12, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

So I’m sitting here in the press box of the OSSAA Class 2A State Football Championship at Boone Pickens Stadium, and I don’t have a whole lot to do. So, after a long year of incredible college football, I have decided to compile a list of the ten best uniform combinations in the nation this season.

10. Ohio University

            The first of two Ohio schools on my list (I’ll bet you can guess which the other one is). I’m typically not a fan of green, but the way it is paired with the white helmets is classic. The two-stripe shoulder pads and helmet are also a classy touch. Too bad they are designed by Russell; they might have been higher on the list otherwise.

9. Tulsa’s throwbacks

            These awesome alternate color throwbacks pay tribute to the Golden Hurricane’s teams of the 1950s. The bright red jersey with white “TULSA” in collegiate block lettering flows surprisingly well with the old gold pants and royal blue belt.

            “With the renovations to the stadium, we also wanted to recognize the great tradition of Tulsa football. On this special day, we wanted to honor the many outstanding teams and players that have played in this stadium, and we felt that the way to do that was by wearing throwback uniforms,” said Tulsa’s Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham.

8. Southern Methodist University

            Classic red, white and blue is the theme of the Mustangs. The white helmet and classic Mustang logo is the kicker for me. Plus, they added a blue alternate for the 2010 season.

7. Oregon State “Giant Killers”

            These unis, designed as part of Nike’s 2010 Pro Combat line, pay tribute to the Beavers of 1967. The unproven Beavers came into the ’67 season as a complete underdog in many of their games, but finished with a 7-2-1 record and a 3-0 win over the top-ranked USC Trojans in Corvallis. The helmets were a matte black, which looked great against Oregon’s disgusting silver helmets. There half-sleeve undershirts have orange and white horizontal stripes that when paired with the jersey resemble the longer sleeves that most jerseys of the era had.

6. Nebraska

            The Cornhuskers have one of the most classic uniforms in the nation, with very little change over the years. Have you guessed that I have a soft spot for white helmets?

5. Oklahoma State “Phantom”

            Love the black. Don’t love how the Cowboys play when they wear the black.

4. Auburn

            While I’m not a fan of Gene Chizik (and especially not Cam Newton), but they sure make the orange and navy look good. Plus, it’s UnderArmour.

3. Ohio State

            Another classic uniform. The Buckeye stickers are the best.

2. Navy (vs. Army)

            Best color scheme in America, hands down. Red, white, blue and gold… the colors of a dominant team; the colors of a dominant nation. They debuted these special uniforms today in their annual battle with Army. They worked; The Midshipmen beat Army for the ninth-straight time.

  1. Air Force “Thunderbird”

These uniforms are just what they say they are; a tribute to the Thunderbirds. The Falcons added red to their color scheme, making their helmet a tri-color series of awesomeness. Red and white stripes on the shoulder pads and lightning bolts match perfectly with the American flag on the lapel.

Here it is. Say what you want, but this is scientific. These were the best uniforms in the NCAA this season. Merry Christmas and Happy Bowling.

Party, Party, Party

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

In this specific post I’m going to stray from the discussion of Oklahoma State “Athletics” attire and take a different approach. This post is going to be all about the Cowboy Faithful and what we decide to sport when we’re cheering on our beloved Pokes. As it is football season, I will point out some interesting facts about tailgating, pregaming and game time. What do we like to wear? Eat and drink? What activities do we enjoy leading up to the big event?

“Grove South”

I first would like to discuss the expansion of “tent city” in recent years. I began attending OSU football games in the mid-90’s, or as some would rather call, the Bob Simmons Era. I fondly remember the days when a mid-level donor family was able to park just across Hester Street (the road ran continuously from H.O.F. Ave. through the heart of campus) on the west side of Lewis Field and play parking lot football until game time. Sure, there were tailgaters, but it was mostly just that; groups of people with some lawn chairs and the occasional grill and small television set.

Now you can’t walk anywhere near the stadium without having to fight your way through hundreds of tented tailgates. Flat screens, satellites and massive smokers have replaced the more primitive tailgating supplies of old, and Cowboy fans aren’t looking back. The pregame activity has grown into such a fast-growing phenomenon that one can see resemblances between the parking lot south of the Architecture building and “The Grove”, the tailgate Mecca of the world, located in Oxford, Mississippi.

OSU tents, OSU chairs, OSU grills…pretty much anything and everything you can think of that you might need at the ultimate tailgate, you can find in orange and black these days. Crazed fans begin marking their territory as early as Tuesday during a game week, all in hopes to get prime tailgating position. Fraternities fly their flags high, guiding alumni to their tailgate like a lighthouse beacon in the dark, foggy night.

Sunday Best

I’ve noticed a trend sweeping across the Midwest, particularly in the Big 12. Many fans, especially students, are grasping a more SEC-style approach to the way they tailgate. From the clothes they wear to the activities they partake in, everything about Oklahoma State pregaming is becoming a little bit more Southern. One Ole Miss student claimed that football games are a social event and are grounds for dressing in your Sunday best. Cowboy students, particularly of the Greek persuasion, are growing more and more fond of this style of dress. Ladies are wearing orange and black dresses with cowboy boots; gentlemen in polos or even oxford dress shirts and ties.

Don’t worry; there are still plenty of hardcore fans that are willing to risk their skin to body paint. There are paddles reserved for those people on the very front row.

What to do?

So you went three days ago to find the perfect spot to set up your tent and you’ve picked out the perfect outfit for the game, what do you do now? Cowboy fans have come up with countless ways to pass the time before the big game, from grilling steaks to drinking beer to playing games. Some of these games are as simple as throwing a hacky sack into a hole. Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to tailgating. It’s not so much the game you are playing as it is the experience you are having with fellow Cowboy fans.

So there it is… I hope that was insight enough for you to go out and enjoy the greatest season of the year: college football season. Happy tailgating everybody.

Cowboy 5-0

Posted in Equestrian, Football, Soccer on October 10, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Another successful weekend for Oklahoma State athletics. The Pokes traveled to the Bayou to play a little “fooseball in the Swampland”. After yet another subpar opening half, Brandon Weeden and the boys scored three touchdowns in the first nine minutes of the third quarter and never looked back.

The Cowboys won 54-28, thanks to a 13-reception, 190-yard, two-touchdown performance by Justin Blackmon. Kendall Hunter had another 100+ yard rushing performance and Weeden set a new Cajun Field record with five touchdown passes. 25,881 were on hand to see the barn-burner; the 11th largest crowd in Cajun Field history. With the win the Pokes improve to 5-0 (see title) and can look ahead to their first Big 12 road game of the season when they travel to Lubbock, Texas next weekend to take on the Texas Tech Mascot Stealers. Whoops, I mean Red Raiders.

Moving from the gridiron to the saddle, the Cowgirl Equestrian team kicked off their season with a 13-6 drubbing of the UT Martin Skyhawks. Yes, the Skyhawks.

The 7th-ranked Cowgirl futbol club (soccer, for you Americans) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 and improved to 12-1-1 and 5-0 in conference play.

Check back often and Go Pokes!

Pistol’s Firing!

Posted in Football, Golf on October 8, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Football season is in full swing and there’s much to discuss about Oklahoma State’s recent “Black Thursday” uniforms. The Pokes used the all-black uniforms on September 30 against the Texas A&M Aggies. The unis, produced by Nike, included a black OSU brand on the helmet.

This isn’t the first time the Cowboys whipped out their alternate threads; htye made their debut in front of a nationally-televised audience last season in an ugly Thursday night win against the Colorado Buffaloes (as seen above). Many Cowboy faithful were weary of wearing the black unis again, on account of the poor first half play against the Buffs. History would hold true as the Pokes had a less-than-stellar opening half of play against the Aggies last week, trailing 21-7 at halftime. Dan Bailey wore his traditional all-orange cleats that would end up kicking the winning field goal as time expired, a nice accent to the all-black pants and jerseys.

In other campus news, the Cowboy golf team wrapped up another top finish at the PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek on September 28. OSU has a unique partnership with PING and Footjoy that supplies them with top of the line apparel and equipment. Junior Peter Uileihn showed off his “Swingin’ Pete” apparel earlier this summer when he won the U.S. Ameteur.

In other OSU golf news, a pair of former Cowboys traded in their traditional orange and black for a more patriotic red, white and blue. Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler represented Stillwater and the rest of the nation last week at the Ryder Cup in Whales.

Back to football, the undefeated Pokes will take their skills on the road this weekend when they travel to Lafayette, LA to battle the Ragin’ Cajuns at Cajun Field.

This is the first road test for the Cowboys, and gametime should be a nice humid 75 degree swampland atmosphere. “The Swamp” has been home of the U-La-La Ragin’ Cajuns for the last 40 years and holds the top two single game attendance records in Sun Belt Conference history. Its nickname is quite literal; “The Swamp” is geographically thirty miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and is three feet BELOW sea level.

Here are some pics of the Cajun’s facilities:

The Cowboys will wear their traditional white jerseys and orange pants away uniform for the game.

As always comments are appreciated. Happy blogging and Go Pokes!

Cowboys 4Ever

Posted in Football, Golf, Wrestling on September 22, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Many Oklahoma State fans have opinions about the Cowboys and Cowgirls athletic uniforms. Some like them, some don’t. But we can all agree that these jerseys and uniform kits are what represents us as a top tier NCAA powerhouse. From the flashy Nike football uniforms to the classy Polo “Swinging Pete” golf shirts to the traditional solid orange singlet of the powerhouse wrestling program, there is one common denominator: these uniforms represent success.

This blog will take you on a journey of OSU’s aesthetic history, from the very beginning, when our first football team sported leather helmets and horizontally-striped socks to match their sleeve stripes. I hope to pass on my passion for Cowboy athletics to you by giving you insight to a subject that every Poke fan is intrigued by: The Orange and Black.

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

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