Football is in the Air; Vic Poole’s Night a Success

Crown Bristow and Primeaux Kia

THANK YOU, FANS! Paul Ross, my co-owner of the Tulsa Talons, and I thank all of our fans for supporting the team over the years. This season ended with a tough playoff loss to the rival Arkansas Twisters, but we guarantee you that we will be back again next season trying as hard as we can for another af2 championship!

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The outdoor football season is upon us as we have finished our year with the indoor Tulsa Talons. It will be interesting to see how the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane will do this season under the successful and impressive head coach Steve Kragthorpe.

The Hurricane is predicted to repeat as the winner of the C-USA West Division, and the team is loaded with talented players. All-American Garrett Mills and NCAA record-setting return specialist Ashlan Davis will be missed, but many excellent players return, including Owasso’s Paul Smith, one of the nations best quarterbacks, and Glenpool’s Courtney Tennial, a highly touted running back transfer from OU.

Whether you’re an OU or OSU fan, this is Tulsa’s team. If the Cowboy or Sooners are on the road or you can’t get to Stillwater or Norman, come on out to Skelly Stadium, bring the family and watch the Hurricane. Let’s show the nation that Tulsa is a great sports town. The home opener is August 31 against Stephen F. Austin. Bring the family!

Vic Poole Celebration

The fund-raising event for Vic Poole I wrote about in last month’s column, “The Vic Poole Summer Celebration,” was a success on August 10 at the Home Builders Association. Many of Vic’s family members and friends were present to help the Poole family with their expenses while Vic fights ALS, a disease that requires a vast amount of medical treatment not fully covered by insurance.

The evening was a lot of fun, featuring a silent auction, Hors d’oeuvres provided by many outstanding local restaurants and live music by “Left on Harvard,” an outstanding talented group of Bishop Kelley graduates including Vic’s son, Victor Poole III.

Tulsa Sports Charities

Congratulations to Tommy Thompson of the Tulsa Sports Charities and his board of directors for the successful Legends in Sports Rivalry Dinner August 14 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. Football coaching greats Tom Osborne and Barry Switzer were honored during the evening
Also honored were Tulsa businessman Mike Case with the Community Spirit Award and Stacie Allen with the Larry Brummett Courage Award. Chris Lincoln was the master of ceremonies. Other awards given were the Bill and Nita Connors Sports Journalism Scholarship and the Dr. George Mauerman Scholarship.

Tulsa Sports Charities is a nonprofit organization that raises money for charities and scholarships. This year’s main beneficiary is the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa.

TCC Leadership Dinner

As a member of the Tulsa Community College Foundation, I am honored to be serving on the planning committee for this year’s TCC Foundation Annual Vision in Education Leadership Dinner, to be held Thursday, September 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This year’s honoree is Michael Johnson of Williams. Funds raised by the dinner are used throughout the year to support students, faculty and staff through scholarships and education programs. This year’s goal is $155,000. The Honorary Dinner Chair is Gary Paxton, CEO of DTAG and the Foundation Dinner Chair is Jim Cameron, CEO of Cameron Glass, Inc.

For more information, call 595-7977, or e-mail

Come and Visit!

Our new Primeaux Kia dealership is already number one in the region, and Crown Bristow remains a five-star dealership. Come on down to 4747 South Yale, or drive over to Crown Bristow and give us a visit. We’ll beat any deal!

Updated 08-22-2006

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