Digi-Blog goes to Stillwater! (and you won’t like T-shirts)

The Digi-Blog, the new sensation that’s sweeping through parts of Fulton County and allows a sportswriter the opportunity to tell a story without the danger of misspelling too many words, is moving up to the next level, or at least to the Dustbowl. After past tours through SEC media days in Hoover, Ala., and the Falcons’ training camp in Flowery Branch, we took a digital photo tour of Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Georgia opens its football season Saturday. I must admit, I had never been to Stillwater before. In fact, I think the only time I had ever been to Oklahoma was when I drove through Tulsa for something, which was such a momentous event that I can’t remember what it was. I also wasn’t a big fan of Bruce Springsteen’s, “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” What’s a digi-blogger to do? Enough. Climb aboard the wagon train.

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I learned they don’t fly the most spacious planes to Oklahoma City. But I knew I was on the right flight Friday morning, given the number of Georgia shirts and hats. Even the flight attendant announced, “Ladies and gentleman, good morning for what appears to be the University of Georgia’s Morning Express to Oklahoma City.”

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We’re here. Fast flight, huh? This must be the rush hour at the Will Rogers World Airport. Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like. That’s probably because he so seldom ran into one.

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Thought I’d stop and show you a few sights along the way. This is tucked between the airport and downtown Oklahoma City. I’m sure you always wondered where the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market was.

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Lies! Lies! Lies! It’s empty! Well, we all know how the stock market is down. (Thank you very much. And that’s why I only do two shows a night.)

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I got my first endorsement deal. See, a guy walks up to me and says, “You shovel. I shovel. Let’s go into business together.” (I thought I’d beat you to the punch.)

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Oklahoma City beat out Paris, London and Madrid for the International Pro Rodeo Association (which is as international as IHOP).

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I have a feeling we’re getting close. That’s a large inflatable Barry Sanders to the left, standing guard over his Hyundai dealership. Because when you think Barry Sanders and Stillwater, Oklahoma, you think Hyundai.

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We have entered enemy territory. This dude is Pistol Pete, and he is everywhere. I’m also reasonably certain there is no waiting period for handguns here.

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I warned you, didn’t I? Trust me. This isn’t the worst thing.

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Tennessee, Florida, Clemson — look Georgia fans, you have a whole new orange to hate.

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No, this isn’t the worst thing either.

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This is the worst thing. (Tech fans: If you would like to purchase a case or two, I can hook you up with my pal Lydia from the store.)

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Ladies and gentleman, the original Bee Gee.

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Here we are outside of the newly renovated T. Boone Pickens Stadium. Thomas Boone Pickens is an alumnus, made his money in oil and has given millions and billions and trillions of BooneBucks to Oklahoma State. I’m not sure if any of that money ended up in the pockets of a football recruit or two in the late 1980s, when the program went on probation. I don’t know why I brought that up. Probably goes back to the whole top soil endorsement thing.

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The door was unlocked. Very nice stadium. But fake grass and no hedges. Good news: also no tumbleweeds. (Fact is, I half-expected a couple of those old grasshopper-lookalike oil wells in the back of the end zone.)

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“Sit around the camp fire, boys and girls. Let me tell you the legend of Pistol Pete. He had a jump shot like no other gunslinger in these here parts . . .”

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They’re kind of into cowboys here.

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Gotta admit, this is an impressive trio in the trophy case: John Starks (hoops), Thurman Thomas (football), Robin Ventura (baseball).

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Just outside the stadium, workers were setting up a tent commemorating past Heisman Trophy winners. And guess which two winners were depicted right next to each other: Herschel Walker (Georgia) and Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State).

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There was a memory book for visitors to sign. I couldn’t resist. (Got a little nervous signing for Herschel.)

194 comments Add your comment

merbertmoover

September 4th, 2009
5:26 pm

oh yippy skippy me get first! yippy skippy hurrah!!!

Billy

September 4th, 2009
5:33 pm

Great article. Very funny! Well done.

Howard

September 4th, 2009
5:38 pm

Jeff…great pics…I still see visions of Phil Fulmer every time I see anything orange. You didn’t see him roaming around out there looking for a school that’s looking for a coach. I think he’d fit in fine at Okie State.

MiltonDawg

September 4th, 2009
5:50 pm

Good Stuff JS- maybe later a picture of you and T.Boone. Or how about some smokin hot OSU cheerleader??

Reality Check

September 4th, 2009
5:51 pm

Volman

September 4th, 2009
6:01 pm

I assume we’ll be seeing you at the Tech games this year, Mr. Schultz?

big dawg 89

September 4th, 2009
6:03 pm

man, those stands sure are close to the sidelines, aren’t they???

no worries though, UGA-31 OSU-27

Carlos

September 4th, 2009
6:09 pm

Jeff, Great article. Thanks for the pics as well. Are you going to blog live during the game tomorrow? That would be grand…..

Dawgman566

September 4th, 2009
6:11 pm

Are there any trees in Okie-land or did they all blow away during the Dust Bowl years?

Go Dawgs

September 4th, 2009
6:18 pm

Excellent idea and well executed. I enjoyed the read.

cowboybob

September 4th, 2009
6:19 pm

big dawg 89: You are dreaming if you think the UGA defense will keep OSU from scoring less that 30 points. They could have that many by halftime.

Dog in Fla

September 4th, 2009
6:25 pm

“Sit around the camp fire, boys and girls. Let me tell you the legend of Pistol Pete. He had a jump shot like no other cowboy . . .”

Digi Blog – a thing of beauty bringing back memories of the greatest college basketball player and forging the name of the greatest college football player. You are truly a renaissance man. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Can’t wait for the shots from inside Eskimo Joe’s…

Mark C.

September 4th, 2009
6:29 pm

Pistol Pete should be tested for roids with that Bonds’ like cranium.

Hungry Dawg

September 4th, 2009
6:29 pm

Jeff, that doesn’t look like a huge staduim….especially to be newly rennovated. How many will it seat?

JoeV

September 4th, 2009
6:32 pm

LOL, keep up the good work Jeff. Very funny blog man; many laughs. Good luck to UGA.

Go Clemson!

razerGT

September 4th, 2009
6:38 pm

No Tech fan would actually want that shirt, Jeff. Orange is an Auburn/Clemson color.

Hawk n the Ham

September 4th, 2009
6:47 pm

I’ve seen bigger high school stadiums in Cobb County.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

September 4th, 2009
6:53 pm

Funniest Blog you’ve ever done……by far….

gatorman770

September 4th, 2009
6:55 pm

No rush hour traffic in the morning!
Great looking T-shirts. Pick me one up in XL!

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 4th, 2009
7:01 pm

allows a sportswriter the opportunity to tell a story without the danger of misspelling too many words

I’ve always felt it’s a pretty small minded person who thinks a word can only be spelled one way. And to all my English teachers out there who threatened me with “that’s going on your permanent recorc”. Never once in my adult life has anyone mentioned my “permanent record” to me. ;-)

Samm

September 4th, 2009
7:04 pm

can i please get a shirt?!?!?!?!

Gen Neyland

September 4th, 2009
7:07 pm

What’s the name of the roadhouse grill the Georgia sportswriters will be attending this fine Friday night in Stillwater..? Mechanical Bull riding part of the festivities..? Have fun, we’ll see ya’ll on TV.

RxDawg

September 4th, 2009
7:17 pm

I actually now those two guys in the front of the plane shot. Chris on the left and his father on the right. I’m not surprised to see them heading out there.

The stadium looks really nice. Looks like a nice place to start off our season.

"Chef" Tim Dix

September 4th, 2009
7:17 pm

Jeff, get drunk with the locals tonight and tell them that pistol pete really played for the Hawks. Your p.p. was in the village people.

Oh, and back in Kennesaw, everyone owns a gun cowboy.

Make friends on the road, that’s what I say.

B

September 4th, 2009
7:25 pm

Tell us how the steak is

DawgGirl32

September 4th, 2009
7:34 pm

Hungry Dawg- I believe it holds about 60,000. Not exactly Neyland Stadium or anything.

The Lone Trumpeter

September 4th, 2009
7:43 pm

I assumed Barry Sanders would be a ford guy, but shows what I know.

Marie

September 4th, 2009
7:44 pm

WHAT!!!!!! You can insult me or anything to do with us GEORGIA fans, but DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT insult UGA- the nations BEST mascot!!!!!!!!!

Bryan G.

September 4th, 2009
7:45 pm

When I go to weddings, I always sign the guest book “Herschel Walker #34″. I just figure that folks like to think that a celebrity went to their wedding.

The Lone Trumpeter

September 4th, 2009
7:48 pm

That was a low blow. Insult us and our university all you want, but beware the wrath of UGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sanford Drive

September 4th, 2009
7:55 pm

“Ugaly” is an interesting word choice considering that entire town is….well….ugaly. No wonder why most people prefer OU.

Matt the Brave

September 4th, 2009
7:56 pm

Looks like a good college town. Good luck to them this season, except tomorrow.

J Clay

September 4th, 2009
7:57 pm

Here at Bricktown in Oklahoma City, seeing lots of Dawg fans and some Sooner fans – but yet to see a Cowboy fan….Go DAWGS

KJ

September 4th, 2009
8:01 pm

If you look closely, you can see the Thurman Thomas helmet that he misplaced during the Super Bowl, and Robin Ventura’s tooth that a retirement-age Nolan Ryan knocked out.

St. Bernard

September 4th, 2009
8:08 pm

Was Joe Cox on your flight?

RimShot

September 4th, 2009
8:33 pm

Hey, don’t knock the plastic grass. I thought that stadium might have a rodeo style, dustbowl field. And wasn’t that statue really T. Boone as Pistol Pete? Sure looks like him.

reebok

September 4th, 2009
8:41 pm

i am a tech fan. my wife is a dawg (insert your own joke here). we read this together and laughed so hard we cried…awesome. thanks for the laughs!

Cuz

September 4th, 2009
8:49 pm

Jeff, I bow to your awesome wordiness. What a great start to a great trip. Just stay away from the brown peyote, it is bad.

TXDawg (non-Redneck GA fan)

September 4th, 2009
8:49 pm

On my way Schultzie…..I’m stopping off in Oklahoma City tonight to sleep in a real hotel….lol.

GO DAAAAAAWWWWWWWWGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NRBQ

September 4th, 2009
8:54 pm

That sculpture is obviously John Travolta in a giant Stetson.

And after the Dawgs out-dance the ‘Pokes, we’ll all be singing “Stayin’ Alive.”

Cuz

September 4th, 2009
8:55 pm

Hey reebok, hope you and your wife are well. Does she sit on one side and you the other when we play in November?

Two of my better friends are a Tech grad and a Tech fan and we get along great. But what excuses you could use for a marriage.

Honey you forgot to take out the garbage. We took out the garbage in Sanford Stadium. Yes honey that is just like you to take out the garbage once every seven times I ask you. Oh yeah, there is a new Sheriff in town and he says that taking out the garbage uhhh ummm okay I will get it. Thanks hon you are a prince.

Sonny Clusters

September 4th, 2009
8:55 pm

We was looking to see if Gabby Hayes was on that flight. Somebody told us they was a guy on there that looked a lot like Gabby Hayes but we couldn’t see him in the picture. Must have been on the other side of the camera. We was always going on road trips and seeing the sights back when we was playing ball. We played in Cobb County one time and Jeff had his picture made with the Big Chicken. Chickens been in the news a lot lately.

60,000

September 4th, 2009
8:55 pm

I would say the intimidation factor of that stadium is somewhere between Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

Cuz

September 4th, 2009
8:58 pm

This is bound to cause Gundy to lose it knowing the Dawgs hoodwinked him on who the starting quarterback will be.

If Mark Richt was a man, he would have told me and the world Joe Cox was sick.

Cuz

September 4th, 2009
9:00 pm

Whats wrong with the t-shirts, after Saturday I figure they will be turned into shamwows anyway.

Cuz

September 4th, 2009
9:02 pm

I would say the intimidation factor is between my old high school and the county rec league park four blocks away. The difference being that on a really big game, you can hear the screams and cheers four blocks away.

The Grinch

September 4th, 2009
9:02 pm

They can’t even win in the Big 12 south; despite a rebuilding year, no Caleb King, a QB with the flu and playing in their stadium as underdogs, we’ll win 34-20. When WILL the pollsters figure out there’s the SEC and then there’s everyone else?

OSU Rob

September 4th, 2009
9:02 pm

Loved the breakdown on my old stomping grounds. Hope you folks have a great visit and a safe trip home. Don’t forget to hit Eskimo Joe’s for some cheese fries and Shortcakes for the best chicken fried hamburger stack in the world, it’ll taste even better with several cocktails in your belly and after midnight!

The Grinch

September 4th, 2009
9:03 pm

Agreed with an earlier poster though; there should be cheerleader shots.

Cuz

September 4th, 2009
9:05 pm

60,000, I have been to Columbia about ten times to watch the Dawgs. Two losses only thank God. But their fans do rock the stadium. Literally rock the upper decks, they move. You talk about a weird feeling with the concrete under you swaying. I will give you Vandy, but the USC east fans can roar if their team sustains them.