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Player demands tell of a lack of discourse…”Eyes of Texas” today…”Boomer Sooner” tomorrow…..


“Boomer Sooner” Next?



I have witnessed and been a part of demands that players of a team have given to their head coach  and the team/school  they play for.  The what, when and why of the discourse can be complicated or they can be of other less significant and in fact, silly issues. The consequences of the disagreements faced by the two antagonists (players and those in authority) can be settled in a good compromised way or can in fact cause a total collapse of the program and end in disaster for both.  Player demands leave no room for talk if it is an all or nothing give and take.  Today the University of Texas is facing such a confrontation between the football players and the powers to be on the Austin campus.   It is a current and ongoing situation that will not, in fact, be limited to just the Longhorns.  Expect similar issues to arise on other college campuses, as the country in general, and the educational institutions specifically, continue to wrestle over the true history and bogus perception of the past.


Sports fans of any division, league, professional or non-professional, be aware that the world is changing.   What we have cherished in the past will be totally gone in a short time if the decisions are made in a less than educated manner; and without total regard to what is actually true history not made on the “feelings” of a small group of athletes that do not have the discernment of life’s experiences and what is just “feelings.”


Today’s “Eyes of Texas” issue at Texas could be the “Boomer Sooner” issue at the University of Oklahoma.  If you think not that is on you and your intelligence.


Feature photo: FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Texas players sing “The Eyes of Texas” after an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. A group of University of Texas football players and athletes across several sports on Friday, June 12, 2020, urged the school to rename several campus buildings, change the traditional school song and donate a percentage of athletic department revenue to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.  Photo credit:  Bob Tollefson…….more at: https://www.nhregister.com/sports/article/Texas-athletes-Rename-buildings-drop-The-Eyes-15336881.php


About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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