The (Not So) Old Frontier: Lake Meredith, Alibates Flint Quarries and Washita Battlefield

Frontier.   It’s one of those geographic and historic terms that evokes so much in the imagination. Cowboys and Indians. Canyons and deserts. In a 21st Century sense it could mean the bottom of the ocean or deep space. Star Trek refers to space as “the final frontier” and Alaska’s state motto is “the last … More The (Not So) Old Frontier: Lake Meredith, Alibates Flint Quarries and Washita Battlefield

Let the (Legislative) Games Begin

Tuesday marked the official start of the 56th Oklahoma Legislature with a half day known as “organizational day”. This constitutionally provided meeting begins at noon and will be the first legislative action for roughly 45 new representatives and senators. This meeting occurs a month before the official opening of a new legislative session every other year … More Let the (Legislative) Games Begin

Rocky Mountain High

There are 59 national parks in the United States. Most are isolated and have their founding roots from the administration of Franklin Roosevelt onward. Presidents often see national parks as a prestige project, with only two presidents since Theodore Roosevelt choosing not to establish a national park during their terms. Some presidents, like Jimmy Carter … More Rocky Mountain High

A Gem in the Middle of Nowhere: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

After the disappointment that we won’t name for our last outing…we will just call it Turner F. (no that’s too obvious…T. Falls)…Whiskette and I were stumped about where to get our outdoors fix. Oklahoma City is more pleasant that I anticipated but when it comes to nearby outdoors sites it pales compared to Austin. Even … More A Gem in the Middle of Nowhere: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Top Ten Games That Matter: The First Four Weeks

#1 Wk. 2 – Oregon @ Michigan State 2014’s thriller has set up a second week rematch that highlights the first four weeks of the season. Oregon won the Pac-12 last year and made it to the first playoff championship game while Michigan State trumped Baylor in a thrilling Cotton Bowl matchup. An argument could … More Top Ten Games That Matter: The First Four Weeks

What and Who Are College Football “Bluebloods”?

Blueblood: “An aristocrat, noble, or member of a socially prominent family.” One of the persistent themes of college football is the dominance of the “bluebloods.” What is a blueblood from a college football standpoint? These are the programs that, true to the dictionary definition, compose college football’s nobility. The problem is there is considerable dispute … More What and Who Are College Football “Bluebloods”?

Independence or Alliance? Texas’ Options in Future Realignment

With the start of the 2015 college football season a mere month away we have reached peak off-season with incessant talk of conference realignment, playoff expansion, pre-season rankings, and coach speak. The focal point of conference realignment conversation has been the Big 12 as per usual with the center of gravity remaining the Great Burnt … More Independence or Alliance? Texas’ Options in Future Realignment