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May 24, 2013

Now more than ever, sport is more than distraction

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma baseball coach Sunny Golloway said he woke up Thursday morning at 6:15 a.m., heard the rain on the window and felt sick to his stomach.

“How are they going to continue to clean up,” he said.

He went on to say that he remained conflicted, still unsure if playing the Big 12 baseball tournament is the right thing to do. And, though the weather finally broke and OU and Baylor finally took the field at 12:30 p.m. rather than 9 a.m., and the Sooners took advantage, riding the pitch-calling of Anthony Hermelyn and the pitch-throwing of Jonathan Gray to a 2-0 victory over the Bears, it only did so much for Golloway, whose heart is with tornado victims more than his team’s diamond fortunes.

“The sun clearing was a good thing for them,” he said, thinking of so many tasked with clean-up duties, “not so much for us.”

Golloway is not wrong but he underestimates the importance of his day job, particularly at a time like this.

For one thing, OU is on the NCAA bubble whether he wants to believe it or not, and while the Sooner Nation perpetually hopes for something to cheer about, there’s surely a piece of it that needs something to cheer about and not just for a day or two at the conference tourney, but in regional play, maybe super regional play and maybe beyond.

So, while the Sooners and just about every other baseball team that’s in Oklahoma City this week have pitched in for tornado relief, earning honorary Oklahoman status in the process, the best thing any group of Sooners can do for its fans, many of which are knee deep in rubble and lost in the recovery process, is to keep going, keep playing and keep winning.

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