Kudos to Jimmy Tramel of the Tulsa World on his story about Cowboy safety Lucien Antoine. The piece offered genuine insight into Antoine, how he came to Oklahoma State and slices of his personality. It wasn’t just stats and generic quotes from the Cowboy weekly presser.
Hearing that Antoine honed his craft at Fort Scott Community College increases my respect for him. I’ve sadly been to a Fort Scott football game in my salad days. There are 10 people in the stands. The cheerleaders are “flatsos” (fatties with nothing to offer up top. HAHA. Just learned that phrase. Thanks Steve Phillips!). You have to LOVE the game to win nine games in Fort Scott and come out better than you entered.
For my money, Tramel is the best writer at the Tulsa World. Can you imagine what John Klein would have done with this assignment?
“Some say that Lucien Antoine is a big hitting safety. In some circles, he might have to be mentioned in the conversation of what many think are the top safeties in the Big 12. But, he has a lot of growing up to do in this critical point of the season for State and the Cowboys who are still hoping to be bowl eligible.”
Notice the run-on sentences. The comma before the conjunction. The lack of original or coherent thought or attribution to opinions. Here’s hoping Klein gets marooned to the WNBA beat for chest-beating about bringing a failing franchise from a failing league to Tulsa.
See how I tied my adoration for Lucien in with my revulsion of Klein’s writing and the WNBA. Seamless!