The Norman Transcript


December 23, 2012

Handing out a few well deserved Christmas gifts early this year



Even continued improvement from Kevin Durant, who still gets his points but has widened his game. And continued steadfastness from the front office, which knew how to pull the trigger on a trade when maximum value for minimum soap opera was available, sticking with the plan and values that built the franchise up from ground zero in the first place.

To Lon Kruger, a clear leader emerging from the young and newcomer group of Sooners that sometimes makes the present thrilling while offering great hope for the future.

It goes without saying Blake Griffin gave OU the kind of player it hadn’t enjoyed since Wayman Tisdale and, before him, Alvan Adams. Still, between the next Griffin and the next Hollis Price, I’m not sure I wouldn’t take the latter. The Sooners haven’t had a guy like that since Price.

What else?

To Sunny Golloway, a real Mr. Friday night. The Sooners are in position to make waves on the diamond come the spring. They’re No. 14 in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll, which is out really early, almost two months before the season begins. But when it finally arrives — Hofstra, 3 p.m., Feb. 15 — how much difference would it make to have a shutdown guy on the mound the night every meaningful series begins? Lots.

To Mark Cody and the Sooner wrestling program, many more home duals on future schedules and next season coming together the way it’s all been planned, because OU might just have a shot at winning it all. Really.

To Dallas Cowboys fans, a team that doesn’t perpetually underachieve. The one in progress is making a very un-Cowboy move by winning 5 of 6 when it had to be done (of course, it only happened after losing 4 of 5, a streak no alleged-quality team should ever incur). It’s hard to believe this gift can be given as long as Tony Romo is called upon to execute plays delivered from coach Jason Garrett, but who knows?

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