Talons are in Full Swing; Chris Paul Wears a Big Easy Bracelet

Henry Primeaux III
Crown Bristow

TALONS TEAM: We were happy to host an open house for our fans at the Talons office before the opening game. From left are wide receiver Zac Jones, yours truly, co-owner Paul Ross and our broadcaster, Rick Couri.

This is a great time of the year for sports with the Tulsa Talons and the Tulsa Drillers in full swing. The ORU baseball team is having another good year and we hope the best for all the spring sports teams in the area.

Talons Time

The Talons are looking very good, and I encourage all of you to come downtown to see some exciting action. The Talons are home three times through May, with contests against Rio Grande Valley on April 29, Everett on May 20 and Arkansas on May 27. All the games start at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center and there’s always lots of entertainment and excitement at the games. Come on out to a game and wear your Talons gear! Call the Talons office for more information at 294-1000.

Rick Couri is doing a great job on the television and radio broadcasts. All the games, home and away, can be seen on KWBT 19 and Cox Cable Channel 12 and can heard on KRMG 740 AM radio.

Hospital Visit

I really appreciate the Talons players visiting young patients at Saint Francis Hospital on March 23. The players visited numerous patients and family members as well as autographing posters and coloring “Swoop” pictures. We discovered many of the patients are huge Talons fans and the players took pictures with each child and handed out posters to decorate their rooms. The Talons look forward to seeing their new friends throughout the season.

All Star Bracelet

We continue to be involved with helping people in the New Orleans area through Big Easy Rising, our non-profit organization created to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding.

We were happy to see Chris Paul, the superstar of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets wearing a Big Easy Rising bracelet during several recent games. The bracelets are sold as a fundraiser through Big Easy Rising, and the Oklahoman, Oklahoma City’s daily newspaper, ran a large photo of Chris wearing the bracelet. Please see www.bigeasyrising.org for more information about how to help people in need in Louisiana.

Operation Scissortail

I am very proud to have visited New Orleans recently with Dick Rush of the Oklahoma State Chamber, Danny George of the Oklahoma Municipal League and Carl Reherman, mayor of Chandler and chairman of the Oklahoma Municipal League as part of Operation Scissor-Tail, a program to partner Oklahoma businesses, cities and towns to aid the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast. We are dovetailing Big Easy Rising as part of this effort.

Operation Scissor-Tail connects the Oklahoma Municipal League and the Oklahoma State Chamber with their counterparts in Louisiana and Mississippi to allow Oklahoma’s public and private entities to assist victims of Katrina.

The program consists of two primary objectives. Building on a model of international sister city relationships, it includes Oklahoma signing sister state agreements with Louisiana and Mississippi as well as sister city pacts between Oklahoma communities and the most affected communities of those states.

Mayor Reherman commented that besides being Oklahoma’s state bird, the scissor-tail represents the two winged approach to the effort, public and private. He mentions that Oklahomans can help because we have the resources and experience in such areas as management services, law enforcement, public works, planning and code enforcement.

A Stately Affair

Jane and I are honored to be co-chairs with Monty and Jane Butts and Bill and Pat McKamey for the “A Stately Affair” at OSU-Tulsa May 20, an event to recognize Dr. Gary Trennepohl and raise funds for an endowed chair in his name for his accomplishments as the university’s president since 1999. We are very fortunate to have OSU-Tulsa in our region and we appreciate being asked to help it grow to greatness.

We wish everybody the best in health and happiness, and, if you’re out and about, cruise on down old Route 66 or I-44 and see us at Crown Bristow. We’ll be happy to visit, and we’ll beat any deal!

Updated 04-26-2006

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