So Sam Bradford made the big announcement. OU Coach Bob Stoops said it was much bigger than any signing day announcement, or something to that effect. Bradford is returning to play his junior season for the Sooners.
Tim Money shot the press conference for us. David Jones went with him to stream the presser live. Then Brad Belyeu pursued with the wireless Cricket card that we forgot. Tough to do live Internet video without, you know, the Internet.
We had the live stream up and running just as Bradford was speaking. The viewers instantly spiked from the 15 or so (probably all in the building) to 320 as online editors posted the live link on the NewsOK home page.
Jones snapped a few pics with his iPhone. Angi and I taped a quick update in the studio and used the photos for scene setters.
Jack Mildren, who quarterbacked the Oklahoma Sooners to great glory and then became the state’s lieutenant governor, died Thursday night after a bout with cancer. He was 58.
The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel reports Mildren was diagnosed two years ago with cancer but had continued to serve as a vice chairman for Arvest Bank and host a daily sports radio show on WKY 930-AM.
Here are 3 Things You Should Know about Jack Mildren.
1. Mildren was considered by many the greatest quarterback in OU history. The godfather of the wishbone. He arrived in 1968 out of Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas, as one of the most ballyhooed Sooner recruits ever.
As a sophomore, Mildren set passing records. As a junior in 1970, when the Sooners got off to a struggling start, coach Chuck Fairbanks switched to the wishbone offense in mid-season, and history was made. Mildren was a natural for the option offense and made All-American in 1971, when OU set NCAA rushing records and ignited a nearly 20-year dynasty.
Be sure to read more Berry Tramel in today’s editions of The Oklahoman and online at NewsOK, about Jack Mildren. “There will be no more tomorrows for Jack Mildren. But his yesterdays will live forever on this side of the river”
2. Mildren was elected lieutenant governor in 1990. The Oklahoman’s John Greiner reports Mildren came into politics directly from a very successful career in the oil business in 1990 when he was elected lieutenant governor. Mildren ran for governor in 1994 as the Democratic Party nominee. He lost that election to Republican Frank Keating.
3. You can read quotes from many of Mildren’s friends online at NewsOK. You can also sign a virtual guest book. Here’s a few excerpts from those who already have:
From The Oklahoman’s Jake Trotter:
Keith Nichol kept insisting he was staying at Oklahoma. But in the end, the sophomore quarterback has decided to split.
Things are going well at Remington Park. 1.3 million visitors last year. up 11 percent this year. Slot machine revenue is at $240 per machine daily. The Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer has a good story in today’s business section about the Adventure District in Oklahoma City. Did you know the Oklahoma City Zoo has topped 800,000 visitors this year?
My friends in the multimedia and sports departments here at OPUBCO have created a cool interactive break down of OU quarterback Sam Bradford. Yes, piece by piece. Blake Jackson spoke with OU quarterback coach Josh Heupel about Bradford. Check that out on the sports page.
Fifty years ago today – Oct. 4, 1957 – Wally and Beaver Cleaver appeared on TV for the first time in Leave It to Beaver. This weekend TV Land will air a 24-hour 50th anniversary marathon, beginning at 7 p.m. Go to TVLand.com for clips, streaming video of the pilot, and Beaver trivia.
That’s today’s 3 Things. Go brush up on your Beaver trivia. And watch some baseball.