Jay (Hi Ho) DeSilver Sports Editor

Opting out has been on my mind since I watched OU play Florida in the Cotton Bowl. But I want to start with the fact that we have made it through the holiday break and the exciting news is high school sports are back in full swing (barring any Covid problems). 

From the left, Matt Belew stands with his children, Caleb, 10, and Joshua, 9, on the family’s farm, where they spend much time together as a family, away from the busyness of life.

2020 is over. Yup. The page has finally turned on this historical chapter in our lives. Coronavirus. Closures. Cancellations. We did it. We survived. Take a minute to breathe. Again. Once more. Now, open your eyes.

Jay (Hi Ho) DeSilver Sports Editor

As 2020 comes to close, I am always thankful and grateful for what I have been blessed with. With not any local high school sports going on, I decide to end this years papers with a review from past newspapers.

A journal allows a child to write about events and privately reflect upon them.

“Victory or death.” This phrase was penned in a letter by Texas Forces Commander William Barret Travis during the siege of the Alamo by Mexican forces. It is through this historic letter that we get a sense of what took place behind the walls of the Alamo.

University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma running back T.J. Pledger and quarter-back Tanner Mordecai say they plan to transfer. Both made their announcements on social media. Mordecai said he already has entered he transfer portal. Pledger said he has decided to enter.

Jay (Hi Ho) DeSilver

I really don’t have anything against the Big 10 and their member schools. If you have been following along through the pandemic with me, I have kept up a running dialog on the mess that this conference has become.

A white-crowned sparrow perches on a tree branch. Note the white and black crown, along with the orange beak. The similar in appearance white-throated sparrow has a grayish-colored beak. I took this photo in early spring, so this bird was foraging on freshly sprouted leaves.

This week, I’m back to writing about sparrows. And I’ll write about sparrows next week, too. The reason being is that this week’s sparrow, the white-crowned, is very similar to next week’s — the white-throated. Seeing a white-crowned sparrow is always a joy when they visit a bird feeder.

A newborn sleeps in his carseat without a care.

As an incredibly anxious and overly excited new parent, the first thing on my mind was making memories with my little pod. The first item on my list: Christmas. I became a mom on Dec. 2, and I was determined to make that first Christmas picture-perfect.