The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 12, 2013

Are you ready for some (CFL) football?

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Local fans may have a reason to tune into tonight’s 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 broadcast of the Canadian Football League game between the British Columbia Lions and the Edmonton Eskimos.

Ex-Northwestern Oklahoma State wide receiver Korey Williams has made the Lions roster as a rookie, while former Oklahoma State defensive lineman Khreem Smith is in his third season with the CFL Lions.

Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman is on the Eskimos’ 9-game injured list.

Edmonton has a history with Oklahoma with such former Sooners as Claude Arnold and Frankie Anderson having starred with the franchise. Ex-Sooner Darrell Royal coached there before launching a Hall of Fame college coaching career at Mississippi State, Washington and Texas.

Former Alva and Abilene Christian quarterback Mitchell Gale is listed on the CFL Toronto Argonauts nine-game injured list.

Gale put up some good numbers in a 24-6 exhibition win over Winnipeg last month, completing five of nine passes for 67 yards and 52 yards rushing on four carries.

• High school football fans can play the comparison game by watching FOX Sports today.

The network will feature five state championship games from three different states.

Two are from Oklahoma — the 4A final between Anadarko and Clinton at 2 p.m. and the 5A championship between Carl Albert and Tulsa East Central at 11 p.m.

There are two Louisiana games — the 4A final between Neville and Edna Karr at 11 a.m. and the 5A championship between Archbishop Rummel and Barbe at 2 a.m.

The Texas 5A Division I final between Allen and Houston Lamar will be shown at 8 p.m.

Texas plays the best high school football in America, which may be evidenced by the 5A title game to determine the best of the best of the biggest schools in Texas (5A is the biggest class in Texas).

In the Louisiana game, one might find there are more defensive line studs in the SEC area than there are in the Big 12.

The Oklahoma games feature teams with tradition. Few teams have more tradition than the Clinton Red Tornadoes.

Sometimes the Texas and Louisiana games can be more entertaining because you didn’t know who won. It’s just good to see football in its purest form.

• Let’s hope baseball never goes away from fan voting. Fans vote with their heart, which is good. The game is supposed to be for the fans.

Where else could a fan like Lorena Ramos text 5,000 times for Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig to land the last roster spot on the NL team. It didn’t work though as the spot went to the Braves’ Freddie Freeman.

Puig deserved to be in the game, but I have to admit I voted with my heart and cast my vote for San Francisco’s Hunter Pence for the final spot.

He’s the last vestige of the good old days of the Houston Astros. He gave a lot of pleasure to my mother, who enjoyed his spirit, hustle and short haircut. Never figured out why the Astros traded him in his prime, especially since he was a gate attraction, being a Texas native.

I got mom interested in the World Series last fall by telling her Pence would be playing. She had someone to root for, which she doesn’t today since mom doesn’t know anyone on the current Astros team.

So, a vote for Pence was for mom, and a thanks to someone who gave her enjoyment.

Campbell is a News & Eagle sports writer.