Top 10 Sports Stories Of 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, a handful of sports memories come to mind from the past year.
We compiled a list of its most viewed sport stories from the past year for a memorable look back at 2011.
Some stories are happy, others sad, but without a doubt no matter what team you cheer for in Oklahoma, we have celebrated great victories as well as lost memorable people all too soon.
We count down the most viewed stories starting with 10:
During the summer, Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant was asked what there is to do in OKC to which he responded ‘nothing.' This ruffled the feathers of many, but other agree with the Thunder star that compared to other cities there isn't a whole lot to do.
Oklahoma State football players Christian Littlehead and Jonathan Rush were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after OSU police found two smoking devices at the players on campus residence.
During the long lockout for NBA players, Thunder star Kevin Durant added some new ink art to his back and shoulders. This time KD added to his collection of tattoos with a large piece of work covering his entire back that pays tribute to his home state, spirituality and his childhood coach in a big and artful way.
How does 48 different uniform combinations sound? The Oklahoma State football team started the season with brand new Nike Pro Combat uniforms including four jersey and pants colors and three different helmets.
Oklahoma lost a great young man and athlete all too soon when OU linebacker Austin Box was found dead in an El Reno home on May 19, 2011. Two months later the medical examiner's office released its cause of death report which states Box had five different drugs in his system when he died.The report cites that the cause of death was due to ‘probable mixed drug toxicity.
Oklahoma also lost former Sooner football player Brandon Everage in 2011 when he drown in the Little River near Bryan Texas. Everage played for the Sooners from 1999-2003 and was not only a part of three Big 12 Championships, but also was a member of the National Championship team in 2000.
Long-time radio voice of the Oklahoma Sooners Bob Barry Sr. died in late October at his home in Norman. He was selected by former OU coach Bud Wilkinson to become OU's new play-by-play commentator in 1961. Barry stayed with the Sooners until 1972, when he left to cover Oklahoma State and University of Tulsa games. He returned to OU in 1991, where he spent the rest of his career.
Kevin Durant debuts at his highest ranking of the year in the third spot. The Thunder star was bored at home one night and sent out a Tweet asking if anyone wanted to play flag football in OKC. A student at Oklahoma State University replied to the Tweet and next thing you know Durant was playing intramural flag football with the Sigma Nu fraternity at OSU.
Week two of this year's college football season paired Oklahoma against Florida State. Before the game some FSU students took to Twitter to bash an OU player, and it made reference to the OKC bombing and deceased player Austin Box. The University issued a public apology and took disciplinary action against the student who made the tasteless remarks.
This year's top story remains fresh in the minds of many Oklahomans as the Oklahoma State University family tragically lost four people in a plane crash in mind-November. Women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna, along with OSU alumni Olin and Paula Bransetter were all killed when the plane the Bransetters were flying crashed into a ridge in Arkansas while returning from a recruiting trip. Thousands showed up to honor the four lives lost and their memories will continue to live on for years to come.