By HENRY PRIMEAUX III
FRIENDLY COMPETITION: The Tulsa Hurricane has two excellent young quarterbacks vying for the starting job this season. Good luck to Owasso’s Paul Smith, left, and to David Johnson, who traveled from Oregon to play for the Hurricane.
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We are really on a roll at Crown Bristow. Last month, Crown Bristow’s Bradley “Tiny” Cooper, an automobile technician, was named “Mentor of the Year” by the Automotive Youth Education System. And this month we were voted the GTR Readers’ Choice Gold Award for Best Car Dealer. Thank you! We try hard for our customers.
Fall Means Football!
Now that the Tulsa Talons indoor arena football season has ended, we can turn our attention to the statewide college and high school teams. I thank all of the fans for their support of the Talons this season, as our attendance surpassed last year and was one of the best ever in our league. We hope to win it all next season!
Things will really be hopping in Tulsa on Sept. 1 when the Minnesota Gophers of the Big 10 Conference visit for a nationally televised game on ESPN2. While the kickoff is at 9 p.m., TU has planned many fun activities around Skelly Stadium starting about 6 p.m. Eleventh Street will be closed for revelry, which will include bands and many other activities. Glenn Dobbs Drive (8th Street) north of the Stadium will host many tailgating parties, bands and all sorts of fun. The fans are encouraged to “wear blue” as a show of unity for the home team. Let’s all get out and show the nation that Tulsa supports its teams and is a fun place to live, work and play!
We also of course wish the best for OU and OSU. Sept. 1 is an open date for both teams, so fans of those schools living in the Tulsa area can adopt the Hurricane as the “home-town team” and take the family and friends to some local big-time football.
The Sooners will again compete for a national championship. Best of luck to one of the greatest football programs in the nation, and, among other things, beat Texas, again!
It will be interesting to follow Mike Gundy in his coaching debut at OSU. He had a very good first recruiting class, and we expect great things from the Cowboy program under the OSU graduate.
Area high school football should again be among the best anywhere. The teams are listed in the area composite schedule, sponsored by EOOC, which can be found on page 19 in this section.
On September 14 at Gilcrease Museum, Workforce Tulsa and Workforce Oklahoma will host a reception to launch WINS Workforce Solutions, a dynamic new program for area employers. WINS Workforce Solutions will provide a network of diverse local organizations that collectively focus on providing hiring, education and other human resource services to employers. The program will enable businesses to go to a single point-of-contact to receive a variety of customized services to provide solutions to their needs…at no or low cost. The comprehensive network of WINS partners will enable companies easy and quick access to services that will help them increase profitability, stay competitive and improve productivity, training and retention. It’s all about revving-up our efforts to better support existing Oklahoma businesses, which will also make our state more attractive to new companies, a true win-win. I’m a proud member of the Workforce Tulsa board of directors because I consider Workforce to be the best example of business and government working together to make a positive difference. To learn more about WINS Workforce Solutions, call 599-WINS, or go to www.599wins.com.
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 at 910 South Roland. We’ll be happy to visit and we’ll beat any deal.