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Why I Watch Women’s Sports Instead Of ‘Sports’

Kristy Hill shoots a free throw in Bowlegs, Okla., on Jan. 21, 2006, the night she became the only athlete I’ve ever witnessed achieve the rare quadruple-double, with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 steals, in the championship game of the Bowlegs Tournament. She was 5’4″, a sophomore. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil[…]

Crisis Of Conscience: College Football

MSSU vs. Harding University (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) Saturday, as I often do, I tried to watch a bit of college football on television. It’s not easy — being a stay-at-home Dad with a wife who works weekends — to maintain any kind of focus on the play-by-play happenings. Often, I hear[…]

My Take On The Whole NFL Violence Thing

Categories: Crime, Sports
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Published on: 2014.09.21

We’ve seen a lot in the news lately about professional football players being penalized by the league (either harshly or not harshly enough, depending on your viewpoint) for allegations of criminal violence. I rarely watch the NFL anymore, but I had a few thoughts on a few stories. I’m putting them here for future reference.[…]

Tweeting (And Mispredicting) The Super Bowl

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Published on: 2014.02.03

Last night, my wife and I predicted Super Bowl 48 scores, and both were wide-eyed at the actual game — the Seattle Seahawks toyed with the Denver Broncos as if they were high school players. (I say “48” because Roman numerals are a little silly, don’t you think? Despite our language’s Latin roots, there’s no[…]

Sefuan ‘Papi’ White Going Big-Time?

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Published on: 2013.12.21

It’s always kind of cool when a local boy gets to the big time. My brother informed me today that Seminole (Okla.) High School’s Sefuan ‘Papi’ White is getting interest from several NCAA schools for football. “There are some qualities he has that make him the best running back we’ve had”, said SHS Coach Mike[…]

2013-14 Bowl Predictions

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Published on: 2013.12.08

Just for fun, my wife and I predicted some of the scores for this year’s college football bowl games. We might change them prior to the actual games, based on pre-game news of injuries, coaching changes, etc. Updated with actual scores, as they come in.

My Best Images: Girls’ Basketball

Categories: Photography, Sports
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Published on: 2013.03.09

Between 2001 and 2009, I recorded many thousands of sports images, mostly as part of my job for The Seminole Producer, a daily newspaper that covered Seminole County, Oklahoma. Over the years, I’m more able to see the faults in many of those images, but some of them stand out as really good, at least[…]

Words That Bug Me: “Out Of” In Sports

Categories: Sports, Words That Bug Me
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Published on: 2012.12.29

I’ve you’ve watched or listened to a sports event broadcast lately, you’ve heard at least one of the commentators say “out of” when they meant “from”. It’s getting worse, and it bugs the hell out of me. “James Johnson, the quarterback, is out of Billings, Montana”, they’ll say. I’ve got news for them. Unless the[…]

Manziel Lauded, A&M Goes Unnoticed

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Published on: 2012.12.09

Texas A&M’s freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel won college football’s biggest honor, taking the Heisman trophy last night. I found it ironic that the same performance of a lifetime that earned him the necessary votes went unnoticed in the more important voting process: the BCS standings.

My Best Images: Softball: Consolation

Categories: Photography, Sports
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Published on: 2012.10.31

My recent entry (My Best Images: Softball) showcased what I think of as my best softball photos from my years covering that sport for a local newspaper in Oklahoma. Here, I’ll show off some photos that didn’t make the cut but that I still like very much. The following image, depicting the Konawa Lady Tigers[…]

My Best Images: Softball

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Published on: 2012.10.22

Inspired by Richard Barron’s “Favorite Image” entries (travel, journalism, portraits), and continuing the theme of my previous entry (My Best Images: Baseball), I’ll post here my favorite (the best, in my opinion) softball photos. (14 images after the jump)

Opening Ceremony Disappoints

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Published on: 2012.07.29

Various news reports, editorials and blogs have described the 2012 Olympics’ opening ceremony in London as “exuberant”, “rousing”, “dazzling”, and even “quirky”. Did you watch it? What did you think?

Sports Shooting Tips

Categories: How To, Photography, Sports
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Published on: 2012.02.24

Regularly, I’m asked about photographing sports, the equipment required, settings to use, and techniques to learn. Most people want an easy one-sentence answer, like “Buy X lens and you’re good to go.” If you’ve received that answer, you’ve been cheated. If someone answered you with specific settings, like “Set your aperture to…” then you’ve been[…]

It’s Just a Point, But… Come on

Categories: InTheNews, Sports
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Published on: 2012.01.01

News story here The problem with putting the score of a football game in the headline is that now the score is listed twice. Make sure one of them isn’t a typo. Every game story should have the final score listed in the body somewhere; that’s just a rule of sports writing (a rule that[…]

Thoughts on the Heisman Presentation

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Published on: 2011.12.11

Congratulations to Robert Griffin III on winning the Heisman Trophy. While all five finalists are amazingly talented athletes and seem to be outstanding citizens as well, Griffin seemed to be the only one that came into a bottom-ranked football program and helped it rise to the top. And it’s kind of cool, living just 15[…]

WNBA Gets the Shaft

Categories: PopCulture, Sports, Television
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Published on: 2009.10.01

Tuesday evening, I watched Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. And I was very disappointed. Contrary to what some would expect, I was not disappointed in the game itself, but in the presentation. The game was tremendously exciting. It was 31-31 after one quarter (a WNBA record), and went 105-105 by the end of regulation,[…]

State Champs

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Published on: 2007.10.10

Congratulations to the Konawa (Okla.) Lady Tigers. Tonight, they won the Class 2A State Championship in fast-pitch softball. Here is a summary of their season.

Memories of the Gridiron

I have been to plenty of football games in my life, beginning when I was about 10 years old and my father took me to see the Oklahoma University (OU) Sooners play in Norman, Okla. We had a blast, the Sooners won, and I got my program (since lost) signed by some player who never[…]

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