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Publishers Note

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Innaugural Issue

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William N. Cottam - President/Publisher Amber Hinkle - Vice President/Editor Leigh Roy - Sr. Account Executive Adam Howard Account Executive Mallory Selway – Account Executive

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Downtown’s Hot Spots

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The BIG 3

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The Master’s

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Beat the Heat

72........................................................The Edge

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V - A Dream In The Making

am very proud to bring this magazine to my hometown - Tulsa. It was September 8 th, 1969 when I was born at the “Pink Palace” at 61st and Yale and this adventure, known as life, began for me. I have always looked at life as an adventure and have tried to make the most out of it. I have the fondest childhood memories here in Tulsa - from days at Bell’s Amusement Park to late nights at Skate World. The question that everyone always loves to ask here is, “Where did you go to high school?” The answer usually takes people by surprise. My mother and I moved away from Tulsa when I was nine, so I actually went to high school in New Mexico and college in Vermont. However, I always knew that I would find my way back home. The adventures of life have taken me all over this great country, but the magnetism between Tulsa and myself has always brought me back. Tulsa has been very kind to me. On October 5 th, 2001 I went on a date with the woman who would become my beautiful bride for the past nine years. Stephanie and I were married the next year in Tulsa and gave birth to our only child (Lauren) a year later at the same “Pink Palace.” In 2004 I was offered an opportunity to become a part of a fledgling marketing department for a brand new product know as “CROCS.” My family and I loaded up and moved to Colorado to begin our next great adventure. Over the next few years we moved to St. Louis and Las Vegas. Two years ago, we decided that there was really no place like Tulsa for us, and decided to move back to the city that

has made us who we are. Like I said, there is a magnetism between Tulsa and me. About 8 months ago a very good friend of mine contacted me about consulting on a project that included a magazine in another state. The project made me realize that a similar concept was not only missing in Tulsa, but would give me the chance to give something back to the city that has given me so much throughout my life. It is true that timing is everything. At the same time this was brought to my attention, a great friend of mine called looking for a new challenge. I am blessed to have Amber Hinkle as my business partner in this venture and as the Vice President of our company. Amber brings a ton of marketing and event experience, and will be a driving force in the V family. This is truly a dream in the making for both of us, and because of this, we will deliver the best content for the Tulsa Man. People have asked me during this process what the V stands for. It truly stands for several things – but when it comes down to it, it stands for the Vision that men on the move share. V stands for the continual search for something better, something exciting that will give them fulfillment in life. For each man in the area V has a different meaning. I invite you to become part of the community of V. I look forward to bringing you the best that our great area has to offer, and meeting as many of you as possible at our events. I thank everyone that has made this dream come true – and I ask all of you to continue to follow your dreams.

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r. Kevin Dukes (48) continues to put patients back together, something he has been doing in Tulsa since 1995. A native Tulsan, Dr. Dukes went to high school at Memorial then made the journey to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Dukes was part of the St. John’s staff before becoming one of the founders of Tulsa Bone and Joint. The organization started with the merging of three different groups and eleven doctors came together to form the original group. Now there are more than twenty-four doctors on staff to give specialized care. Dr. Dukes was proud to mention that they are in the process of opening their own Urgent Care centers so patients won’t have to wait hours at the hospital after a sports injury – they can come directly to Tulsa Bone & Joint. Dr. Dukes has been able to focus his time and continuing education on sports injuries and especially arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Dukes gives back to the community by being very involved with the OU Medical School, where he serves on the admissions board. Still a die-hard Sooner fan, Dr. Dukes and his wife Julie have two daughters and a little boy. He loves spending time with his family skiing in the winters. One of his passions when he isn’t working is golf, but his newest hobby is fly-fishing. He was introduced to the sport at a meeting and has been hooked ever since.

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Dr. Dukes has been able to focus his time and continuing education on sports injuries and especially arthroscopic surgery.”

Tulsa is open to ideas – and when Tulsa believes in the idea – they support it.”

> Grady NICHOLS THE SAX MAN

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rady Nichols (39) has been entertaining the people of Tulsa for more than twenty years. One of the top saxophone players in the country, Grady has continued to re-invent his sound and collaborate with some great artists. From playing the elite charity events all over the area to entertaining people hanging out on The River Walk, Grady has always delivered the best in entertainment. When we spoke with Grady and walked through his musical journey – it was easy to see how important being in touch with his audience is to him. Grady has been blessed to be able to collaborate with everyone from local musicians like Zac Maloy, Bill Champlin of Chicago to Jeff Lorber and many others. Over his last three releases you see a musical voyage from straight up smooth jazz, to contemporary hits, to even a little bit of a country sound on his latest project. His latest CD is called ‘Destinations’ and is a musical journey in itself. Grady takes a lot of pride in his hometown and actually has a track on the new CD called ‘Tulsa.’ The whole approach to the record was to take a singer/songwriter approach. It is written for the saxophone and acoustic guitar, and all of the vocal parts are written for the sax. When not performing you will find Grady spending time with his family. Grady and his wife Lisa have three boys. Grady speaks so highly of Tulsa and all the opportunities he has been given - from having the opportunity to open up for Pavarotti and Ray Charles to headlining some of our great festivals. Grady believes, that ,“Tulsa is open to ideas – and when Tulsa believes in the idea – they support it.” When asked which artist he would most love to work with Grady answered, “Maroon 5.” Grady also mentioned that if ever given the opportunity, he would love to score a movie. I expect we will be graced with many more musical adventures from Grady Nichols.

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men on the move

“ > Mike FINE

I want every customer’s trip to be pleasant and accommodating. Every customer. Every time.”

> Corey MacIntyre FROM THE ICE TO THE FRONT OFFICE

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orey MacIntyre - (40) grew up north of the border playing hockey, a game that most in this area don’t play or truly understand. MacIntyre came to Oklahoma in 1996 to play professional hockey for the Oklahoma City Blazers. During his tenure on the ice with the Blazers Corey had many run ins with our Tulsa Oilers. The competition in those years was very heated, but there was a mutual respect between the teams. Though during his playing days he donned the jersey of our archrivals it didn’t stop Jeff Lund, owner of the Oilers from seeing a huge asset. Corey was brought on board as GM of the Oilers and while there Lund started a new arena football organization – the Tulsa Talons. During the first few seasons Corey assisted with the Talons while focusing most of his efforts on hockey. In the end Lund sold the team, but Corey stayed on with the Oilers. After a long great hockey career Corey rejoined the Talons in 2008 and has just wrapped up his 4th season as the Talons GM under present ownership. He has not only brought excitement to the Talons games with new and innovative promotions, but has been very active in the community and with local charities. Corey and his wife Monika reside in Broken Arrow and have two children, Kelsey and Dylan. When not working with the team or at home with his family you will probably find Corey on the links with his close friends. We look forward to teeing it up with Corey in our Tee 18 segment real soon.

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s a native Tulsan, Mike Fine was raised to live his life the way his parents lived - hard working, determined and with the drive to treat people right. Fine Airport Parking opened its doors in 1983 with the idea that they would not just be parking cars. They would be making a difference. And since then, that is exactly what Mike Fine and his crews have been doing. To most people, the thought of a trip to the airport is daunting enough, add in the need to leave your car there, and well, you might as well triple the stress level. Enter Mike Fine. From the minute you pull into the garage, you are treated with appreciation. Once on the shuttle it is less than a two-minute drive in a clean and well-maintained vehicle. However, this is just the beginning. Forgot your reading material? Fine will provide you with a free copy of the Tulsa World. Hungry? Thirsty? Fine. Free soda and popcorn are always available. The list of customer service amenities goes on and on, including a state of the art detail shop. According to Mr. Fine, “all of these benefits are necessary for a business that cares about its customer. I want every customer’s trip to be pleasant and accommodating. Every customer. Every time.” The customer service at Fine Airport Parking has been compared to elite businesses like Quik Trip, a comparison Mike Fine is honored to be a part of.

Along with running his business, Mr. Fine is a long time member of the Tulsa Rotary Club and over the years he has served on various boards such as the March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Junior Achievement, and the NSU Foundation. The Make A Wish Foundation is also close to Mr. Fine’s heart. Any time a Make A Wish Family takes a trip, that family is welcome to park their vehicle at Fine at no charge. In addition, Fine has donated shuttles to the Tulsa Boys Home, Rotary Medical Network and the Tulsa Police Department, further showing his dedication to our great city. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tulsa.

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He has not only brought excitement to the Talons games with new and innovative promotions, but has been very active in the community and with local charities.”

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reg Hosterman (39) has been fronting bands for almost 20 years. From his early years in November to his existing band RadioRadio, Greg has been energizing audiences with his charisma and style. He has been very active in local music, both on stage and behind the scenes. Greg has been able to find new ways to promote his band and continues to find new ways to get his art out. He is currently looking at concepts to bring the band to college audiences all across the region. With the ever-changing pulse of the music industry, Greg and his band mates are always looking to re-invent themselves while keeping the vision of the band. You can find RadioRadio music on ITunes. As much as style plays an important part - the substance of the music makes you a fan of this band. Greg is able to continue to perform and tour the area, work a full time job for a local movie company and spend time with his family. When Greg isn’t on stage or at work you will find him spending quality time with his wife Wendy and their two sons, Noël (6) and Shane (1). When asked how long Greg plans on keeping his music dreams alive he responded, “I am a musician, it is in my blood. I don’t see a day when I am not in music.”

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he term Man Cave has become extremely popular over the past 10 years. There are TV shows about them, books on creating them, and men all over the country trying to build them. The Wikipedia definition of a man cave is: A man cave, sometimes a mantuary or manspace, is a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, or basement.1

While a wife often has substantial authority over a whole house in terms of design and decoration, she generally has no say about what gets “mounted on the walls” of a man’s personal space. Since it is generally “accepted that women have the rest of the house to decorate, including the closets,” a man cave or man space is in some sense a reaction to feminine domestic power.[8] While the term man cave has connotations of retreating to a more primitive primal place, the term man space has been used which does not have the negative connotations. At V we realize the term Man Cave has a different meaning to each man, and the importance of it varies as well. However, it is something that every man needs – a place that is his own inside his house. It is a space that isn’t cluttered with the kid’s toys, or with clothing from the family – a sanctuary for men to spend time in and to cleanse the brain. We thought it would be a great adventure to take a room at our offices that is the size of the average bedroom, and over the next year try and convert it into our ideal man cave. Again, we know that it won’t be ideal for everyone, but hope that it might inspire men in the area to create the man cave of their dreams. As we start our adventure we will also feature a completed Man Cave from one of our readers to show different ideas. This will be our Featured Cave. So let the adventure begin. We have cleared the room and have started to build the V CAVE.

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With a clean canvas we decided to start with the seating in the V CAVE. Seating, like most everything in a man cave design, will feature the style and comfort of the man creating it. I have always had a fond memory of growing up in the 70’s and some of the culture of that decade. I remember seeing bean bag chairs at all of my friend’s houses back then, and having a Dallas Cowboys one in my room. A few years ago, on my first national music tour, we had a great sponsor who builds the largest beanbag chairs you have ever seen. The company is called LoveSac, and I decided to put “THE BIG ONE” in the corner of our cave to be our seating centerpiece. This chair isn’t your average beanbag, this one comfortably seats 3 full-grown adults. It is the absolute perfect chair to flop in, turn

on a movie and fall asleep. You have never experienced the ultimate nap, until you have been in “THE BIG ONE” by LoveSac. LoveSac features optional covers for all of their bags, and the one we have is called Eskimo Phur. It is like dropping yourself into a sheepskin cloud. LoveSac is also known for their Sactional Furniture. These are modular pieces that you can assemble to create anything from couches to love seats and chairs. There are two simple pieces to the Sactionals – bases and sides. It is up to you to create your seating arrangement but these are great when you have to work with small or oddly sized spaces. I have a Sactional in my living room at home and chairs I have created all over our house. The Sactionals also come with a variety of covers – you can completely change your furniture without having to replace it. Unfortunately there isn’t a LoveSac retailer in our area; however, you can find more information at www.lovesac.com.

In our next issue of Man Cave Essentials we will focus on the anchor of your cave – the entertainment piece. This is the one item that your friends will be talking about. For some people it is a pool table, for others it is ping-pong. This is the piece that sets your man cave apart and is the envy of all your friends. I can already hear the sounds now – but you will have to wait until our Nov/Dec issue to see what is going in the V Cave next. 18 Vtulsa.COM

A MOVIE PARIDISE Mike Knight’s Movie Room

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hen I heard about the amazing walls in Mike Knight’s man cave - I wondered what made the walls so special. The minute I walked in, I knew right away that there was a ton of time, energy and effort put into this room. Mike’s family got together and made a list of all of their favorite movies from the past 30 years, and then spent considerable resources looking for those movie posters on the Internet. After the extensive search and purchasing process was done – they pasted the room with all of the movies that they loved so much. This was followed by a texturing design that added an incredible effect that gave it a true man cave feel. The room features a high definition projector and screen for viewing all of their favorites. The bar gives guests an opportunity to enjoy drinks and snacks without leaving the room. The oversized leather seating gives you the opportunity to lose yourself in comfort, while losing yourself in your favorite story. Mike’s love for movies is very apparent, and the fact that he can close the doors, turn on the entertainment and escape his day makes this a great man cave.

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Beer Guy Bio Freddy Lamport (32) is a native Oklahoman with a passion for craft beer. Lamport began his affection for the industry during a trip to Europe with his business partner. There he experienced the beer culture in its truest form while visiting the monastery at the Abbey of Saint Sixtus in Westvleteren, Belgium. Freddy is currently studying for the BJCP exam next year and will be taking his Cicerone test soon after. Lamport is also a huge advocate for the Oklahoma brewers and their products. You can find Freddy almost every day at Bier Garten in Jenks to answer any of your craft beer questions.

Marshall Atlas IPA Tulsa, OK

The wonderful aromatic dance of Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops paired with American two-row barley will have you begging for more. Balanced, crisp and quenching, this brew is perfect for football season, because of its ideal symmetry of late summer and early fall flavors packaged into one classy bottle!

Boulevard Smokestack Series Tank 7

Hailing from Kansas City, Boulevard is on the forefront of the craft beer industry in the Mid-West. Tank 7 is no exception, not only for its taste but also for its sessionability. This is a beer you can drink over and over. Representing Belgianstyle farmhouse ale, aromatic-grapefruit notes will swirl in your mouth and finish slightly dry and spicy. A perfect choice any tailgate party!

COOP Native Amber

Oklahoma City’s own COOP brings out their best with Native Amber. Hoppy and malty, this amber ale is so balanced you find yourself reaching for one every time you open the cooler. Oklahoma’s only craft brewery to use cans, makes it a perfect choice for the tailgate season. Grab a 4 pack of COOP’s Native Amber at your local, and be sure to bring them with you to the BIG game!

TallGrass Brewing Co. Oasis

By way of Manhattan Kansas, TallGrass Oasis is one brew you’d not expect to find. Citrusy and lightly malted, this beer is perfect for the hot summer days and cool fall nights. Packaged in a can for your convenience, make sure to pour this one into your favorite glass or when on a tailgate into your favorite plastic cup! Cheers!

Mustang Washita Wheat

What you have here is Oklahoma’s take on an American Wheat. Brewed impeccably to style, this beer is extremely easy to drink and will quench the largest thirst. Made from Oklahoma grown Red Wheat, you will know that when enjoying this great brew, you’re enjoying being Oklahoman as well! Match this with your favorite hot dog or hamburger this tailgate season!

Choc Miner Mishap

Named for a mining incident involving Pete Prichard God Father of Choc Brewing, this wonderful take on a German Schwarzbier or Black Lager is second to none. Brewed wonderfully to style, this beer is perfect for a warm summer day or a cool fall night. Malty and balanced you will be able to enjoy this brew all the way through the tailgate season! 22 Vtulsa.COM

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Bourbon Country:

In Search of

When I asked a good friend to take a trip to Bourbon Country with me, he was definitely interested. When I told him we would be touring five bourbon distilleries in two days and searching the state of Kentucky for a “cult” bourbon called Pappy Van Winkle, he was all in. “Pappy,” as the bourbon connoisseurs call it, is aged for 15, 20, and 23 years and doesn’t fit everyone’s budget, but, I had been asked about it so many times I had to at least try to find a bottle. Upon arriving in Bardstown, KY, known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World,” we immediately went to the Old Talbott Tavern; built in the 1700s with past patrons Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, and Jesse James. They had no Pappy, but they did have a nice bourbon sample menu, giving me a head start on experiencing some quality bourbons. During the next two days we visited Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and Buffalo Trace, home to to the elusive Pappy. Each distillery offered insight and the history of bourbon, along with the processes for how it is made. Did you know that bourbon was created by Irish and Scottish immigrants in the late 1700s and became the only native U.S. spirit by Congressional decree in 1964? For whiskey to be called bourbon it must be made in the U.S, the mash must consist of at least 51% corn, be distilled lower than 160 proof, and aged for a minimum of two years in charred new oak barrels. There can be no added coloring or flavoring. Approximately 99% of all bourbon whiskey comes from Kentucky. Jim Beam was our first distillery stop. This distillery is known for several bourbons, but one that stood out for us was Basil Hayden. This bourbon dates back to 1796 when Master Distiller Basil Hayden, Sr created a recipe using a traditional corn base and twice as much rye as other bourbons. This small batch bourbon has the distinct flavor of rye whiskey and is complimented by the sweet smoothness of the corn. The taste is spicy with pepper and a gentle bite. The nose had a hint of peppermint. Basil Hayden is part of the

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delicious Jim Beam Small Batch Collection including Knob Creek, Booker’s, and Baker’s. After a scenic, winding drive on back country roads we arrived at Maker’s Mark which recently released a new bourbon called Maker’s 46. Maker’s 46 begins life as regular Maker’s. It is removed from the Maker’s barrel when it is fully matured and ten seared French oak staves are attached to the inside of the barrel. The Maker’s then goes back in to the barrel to begin the month long process of becoming “46”. This process gives 46 a more yellow/ brown color and complexity to the nose and taste. I found it to be an excellent bourbon that is well balanced with medium viscosity and bold finish. It presents nice vanilla flavors with undertones of cinnamon. Maker’s is one of the few distillers to use wheat in its recipe instead of rye. On the way back into Bardstown we stopped at Heaven Hill, the distiller for Evan Williams Single Barrel bourbon. This storied

distillery has received several accolades and is a five time winner of “Whiskey of the Year”. It is bottled from a single barrel and each bottle reflects the barreled date, barrel number, and bottle date. The bottle from which I tasted was barreled on 10/24/2000, barrel number 847, and bottled on 8/11/2010, thus a 10 year bourbon. The bourbon had a sweet nose of caramel, oak, and a hint of citrus. The citrus came through on the taste with caramel and vanilla. The finish was long and I found it very memorable. This bourbon was quite surprising, especially since the cost is near $20 per bottle, almost unheard of for single barrel bourbons. After another night of sampling bourbons at Talbott Tavern, we headed for Four Roses. The majority of Four Roses bourbon is shipped overseas, but if you get the opportunity to buy a bottle you had better jump on it. Four Roses Small Batch bourbon was an eye opener for us. The bourbon instantly became a favorite with rich spicy flavors and perfect balance that finished smooth and long. Jim

Rutledge, Four Roses Master Distiller, does an outstanding job of marrying four bourbons into this small batch. Four Roses will always have a place in our bar. Our last stop, with our fingers crossed, was the home of Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace. This distillery gives you the impression you have gone back 100 years in time to the days before prohibition, and the architecture will remind you of the Industrial Age. We discovered they had no Pappy Van Winkle but learned it will be released in September. We put our names on a waiting list! After our tour we tasted Buffalo Trace bourbon and discovered an excellent bourbon. Its nose revealed honey, vanilla, and oak. The tasting shows big body and becomes a spicy masculine whiskey with hints of leather, tobacco, and citrus. This was easily a favorite which I will recommend time and again. While we didn’t find Pappy on our trip, we did discover many outstanding bourbons. If you are a lover of whiskey, this trip is for you.

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ENJOYIN

THE CIGARS Liga Privada T52 - $12

This beautiful Nicaraguan cigar consists of 7 different types of tobacco which creates an amazing full-bodied complex cigar. One of the hardest cigars in the country to find, only for the experienced cigar smoker.

Romeo y Julieta Vintage - $10

Beautifully constructed Dominican with an attractive wrapper and cap. Earthy and woody with hints of orange peel and vanilla.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway - $10

This funky shaped cigar that comes from the world famous Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic has an African Cameroon wrapper. This makes the cigar have a sweet woody taste to it.

Montecristo White - $10

The Montecristo White, is a mouthwatering cigar that is deliciously smooth and creamy. The construction is on point, and one should expect no less from a household name and price point that reflects that famous name. 

La Flor Dominicana $9

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender cigars are Litto Gomez’s most ambitious full-bodied creations. A shimmering Ecuadoran Habano wrapper seamlessly encases Dominican longfillers & binders grown on his La Canela farm in the DR. The result is a very smooth, flavorful cigar with lots of body.

THE EQUIPMENT The Orleans humidor $225 Xikar Lighter $60 Xikar cutter $40 Ashtray by Prometheus $85.

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HEBERT’S SPECIALTY MEATS Ed Richard of Hebert’s Specialty Meats sat down with us to discuss what makes a good tailgate, and what meats will set your grill apart from the others. Hebert’s Specialty Meats offer over twenty-one different kinds of sausages, several cuts of steak, seasoned poultry, and bacon wrapped shrimp. “The key is to cook to the correct temperature. Most people don’t let the meat caramelize on the grill like they should.” Ed explains how to let the meat cook enough to where the markings on the steaks come right up, and, “you’re not ripping it off the grill.” According to Richard, another common mistake is that, “most people overcook the meat.” Marinade and spices are what will give your meats the most flavors, and at Hebert’s Specialty Meats they have it all ready to go. Everything is vacuum packed for peak freshness come grill time. From sides to stuffing, and soups – you will find all you need to entertain your friends at your tailgate. Hebert’s Specialty Meats is located at 2102 E. 71st Street in “THE BIG RED HOUSE”. For any questions about meats for your next tailgate give Ed and the gang at Hebert’s Specialty Meats a call.

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here’s only one. That’s the mantra, motto and calling card at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The sprawling and evergrowing property is located just 15 minutes east of downtown Tulsa off of I-44. “We know the casino business has a lot of competition in the greater Tulsa area,” said David Stewart, CEO of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. “But we feel that we offer the best overall experience for our guests. It’s added value. We want to provide the best gaming, sure, but we also want to offer the best nightlife. And that’s the driving force behind There’s Only One. We believe we’re the only property around that can offer that total experience.” It’s easy to see how daytime activities like lounging by the pool and playing a round at the renowned Cherokee Hills Golf Club become a relaxing precursor to the exciting nights at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Here, there’s something for everyone. Dining and nightlife options are found around every corner of the property. But the crown jewel, at least in Stewart’s eyes, is their state-of-the-art entertainment venue, The Joint.

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His Folds of Honor Foundation is something that is truly remarkable, and the story of how it was created is something that movies are made of.

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s I was driving out to The Patriot Golf Course to interview Major Dan Rooney and learn more about The Folds of Honor Foundation the only thought running through my mind was, “Could this guy live up to all the hype?” All I had heard from people all over the Tulsa area was how great he was, and how I was going to be blown away by what he was doing. I have been very fortunate in my life to meet many amazing people and celebrities, but after spending an hour and a half with him – I was pleasantly suprised. Major Dan Rooney was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on December 18th, 1972. His Folds of Honor Foundation is something that is truly remarkable, and the story of how it was created is something that movies are made of. However, when you sit down with the man, you are truly amazed with the humility and simple manners. As a PGA Golf Professional and an F-16 fighter pilot you would expect a little arrogance or a cocky nature, but that is the furthest from what makes up this man. His life is lead by a higher cause. You truly have to go back to the beginning to get the genius of what makes Major Dan so special. As a young boy he spent a lot of time with his father, Dr. John Rooney on the course. Major Dan talks about the influence that his father had on him and the lessons learned in his life classroom. His father used to tell him that you must figure out what you’re passionate about in life and pursue that passion – and that is where you will find fulfillment. Major Dan has always had a divine calling to the golf course. “Everything positive in my life has had a connection to golf”. Dan recalled when he was about 12 years old that he was invited to play in a Sigma Chi Reunion Tournament where he had his first “man crush”. He met Stephen Cortright and David Kirst – “Two coolest dudes I have ever met – if there were modern day knights of the round table – they would have been them”. That day would give him the drive and desire to become a fighter pilot and golf pro. Golf continued to be a guiding light in Major Dan Rooney’s life, as he became a player at The University of Kansas. “I wasn’t good enough at VTULSA.COM

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the time to play at OSU so I went to KU.” That decision Honor started When asked what the longproved to be a very integral part of his life as that is small – a golf term goal is for the foundation where he met his wife and mother of his 4 daughters, tournament Jacqy. “I am married to an incredibly unselfish woman at the family Major Rooney has a unique who understands the greater good.” course in approach. “It isn’t just about When Dan was in his senior year at KU he decided Grand Haven. to call Steve Courtwright and make his dreams come “It was a band how much money we can true. The two discussed what it would take for Dan to of brothers” raise, but also awareness and become a fighter pilot. At that point he became a golf said Rooney. to bring back patriotism.” professional, started the process for his private pilot 68 people license, and after everything was in place, he joined The got together U.S. Air Force. “Best thing I have ever done in my life” and raised $8000 that day. Over the next six months or says Rooney. “Never feeling more alive in my life then at so he decided to create a foundation that was centered the controls of the F-16”. Major Dan speaks of his three on education. That was the birth of Patriot Golf Day. tours in Iraq and being thankful to come back whole body As the only F-16 Fighter Pilot/PGA Professional, Major and mind. “There are over 250,000 families that have Rooney was able to enlist the assistance of the PGA either lost someone or had injury affect them, and 87 and the 28,000 strong ground forces behind it. “The percent get no kind of federal education aid”. concept behind Patriot Day is very simple, donate at This started us down the road of the story of how least a dollar for each round to say thank you to those Folds of Honor came to be. The story begins as Major families who have served.” Last year Patriot Day was Dan was on a trip to his family’s golf course in Grand Haven, MI. To hear him describe the town, you get the image of a Norman Rockwell painting. “It’s a sleepy little town, circa 1940, white clap board, everyone flying their American flags, tending to their ice cream cones.” It was on the second leg of a flight from Chicago, United Flight 664 to Grand Rapids when he boarded the plane and noticed a young man in first class in dress army greens. As the plane landed the captain announced over the loud speaker that there was an American hero on board – with a pause, we have the remains of Corporal Brock Buckland who has been killed in Iraq. His twin brother Corporal Brad Buckland has brought him 6000 miles home. The captain requested that everyone stay on the plane until the casket was off to honor the sacrifice, but over half the people on the plane exited right away. It was at that moment Major Dan Rooney said his life changed forever. “Feeling the sorrow watching the Bucklands and the anger of watching people get off the plane -War followed me home” said Rooney. At that point he realized that all this other stuff had prepared him for Major Dan Rooney and family take in a night with the this mission. Drillers as they support Folds of Honor. As most great things do Folds of 42 VTULSA.COM

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Major Dan Rooney and his wife Jacqy getting ready for another event to support the foundation.

Folds of Honor staff working hard to deliver scholarships to families of our fallen or injured.

recognized at over 4,100 golf courses across the country. Over the past four years, they have raised over 8.6 million dollars for scholarships awarded to spouses and children of America’s fallen or wounded servicemen. Major Dan hopes that this year they can raise that number to 5,000 courses participating! Patriot Golf Day is held September 2nd through September 5th. When asked what the long-term goal is for the foundation Major Rooney has a unique approach. “It isn’t just about how much money we can raise, but also awareness and to bring back patriotism.” Those words ring clear when he speaks about holidays such as 4th of July, Veterans Day and Memorial Day. “Memorial Day isn’t the unofficial start of summer, it isn’t the day the pool opens, these are national days of remembrance.” You get a full feel for the patriotism when you experience 1300 at The Patriot Golf Course. Everyday at 1300 the bell on top of the Folds of Honor site tolls 13 times to represent the 13 folds of the flag in the triangle formation. “The whole place shuts down for about 2 minutes, and everyone reflects on our freedoms, it’s a great reminder that freedom isn’t free.” When he is not raising money for the foundation, or on the course with dignitaries like Ex-President George W. Bush, who serves as the honorary chairman for Patriot Golf Day. Major Rooney can usually be found at his favorite place on earth; sitting in his driveway watching his girls play. You can tell right away how important his family is to him and the true joy he gets spending time with his wife and four daughters. I asked him if he could have the dream foursome on the course who would he include. “I am very fortunate – I have actually already played it. It was my dad, President Bush, Barney Adams and my best friend here in town.” Major Dan was also very humorous when speaking about getting to go speak in front of the Ryder Cup Team last year. “Corey Pavin asked me to come speak to the team – I doubt I get that gig again, cause they lost”. It is the humility like that where you can see the true man, without any regard to accolades or status. Major Dan has received all kinds of awards and recognitions over the past few years; however, the mission is what drives him everyday. “If you’re not spending a piece of your life, and a significant one, committed to making the world a better place, and the people around you, you’re not living.” Rooney continues with “All the accolades are humbling – you have started something – I was blessed – had a great idea – [it] has grown from there”. Major Dan talks a lot about how his life is put together by synchronicity, chance with purpose. “It’s all around us, but are you paying attention, and allowing it to happen.” Major Dan Rooney isn’t only allowing it to happen, he is taking his mission in life and creating something that is affecting so many people across the country with a positive light. “Working with these families on a daily basis makes you appreciate the blessings in your life” commented Rooney. I know that after my day with Major Dan, my life has been improved for the better. I would like to personally thank Major Dan Rooney for all that he is doing, and for making our small part of this great country even better. Major Dan Rooney is V in motion and we salute him.

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THE BIG 3

Crimson Crush The Sooners got back on BCS track with a 48-20 thrashing of Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl, now the hype has begun as the Sooner are the nation’s top-ranked preseason squad in many polls.

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The Sooners got over the hump last season as it pertains to getting back on track in a BCS game. Now Stoops’ boys are eyeing the BCS Championship this season. And with the return of some great talent and leadership, there aren’t a whole lot of people who argue. Last year was a truculent year for the Sooners in the case of being criticized for their play in road games. Then once they took care of business against OSU in Bedlam, then put the clamps on Nebraska in the Big XII championship game, many were all over the Sooners for the lack of success in BCS games. After jumping all over a Connecticut team in the Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners were headlining newspapers in a good way. Oklahoma comes out of the spring and into the pre-season with optimism. “We had a very good spring,” said Bob Stoops. “The guys worked extremely hard. We got better in a lot of areas and this team is much further along than where they were last year as a whole.” With the return of 17 starters on offense and defense, the Sooner Nation will be able to watch as OU wins games much more handedly. A credit to Stoops and his staff for finding ways to win last year. So many pundits get caught up in how you win ball games, and the Sooners were criticized at times for winning ugly last year. But the bottom line is that they learned how to win. They also took positive strides in facing challenges on the road and you will see that experience this season. On offense, Laundry Jones returns with good numbers from last year. It is hard to replace a legend, just ask Nate Hybl, Paul Thompson, or heck, even Gary Gibbs. After Sam Bradford was taken number one overall in the 2010 NFL draft, many had already drawn their conclusions of Jones. And last year showed good numbers, but not the type that Bradford was putting up. However, Jones was good. Really good. And this year, he returns some intricate weapons to be great. Also look for a good showing in mop up duty for Drew Allen. After a good spring, Allen emerged as the number two behind Jones. Before we get into the skill positions, the main reason why you will see OU successful this year on offense is because of the experience the bring back on the offensive line. It is an obvious correlation, a young and inexperienced offensive line struggles on the road. An experienced, quality offensive line will put teams in positions to be successful. It is also cited in the OSU breakdown that championship teams have an experienced offensive line in large majority. On the left side, Donald Stephenson and Gabe Ikard will man things as both return with 24 games started between the two of them. Ikard was stellar in his freshman campaign last year. At center, Ben Habern brings the most experience, starting 2 contests and was an allconference honorable mention. Tyler Evans and Jarvis Jones will be handling the right side. Evans brings good experience with 14 starts and Jones brings serious physicality to the run-blocking side. The running back situation will be handled by committee. “We have a handful of guys who are going to get touches,” said Stoops. Stoops highlighted the fact that ball control is key to the success. Just ask Mossis Madu. Last season he had some ball security issues and saw touches diminish. Brennan Clay and Roy Finch had great springs along with newcomer

Brandon Williams. Williams has been hyped as one of the best running backs in the country coming out of high school and there is little question as to why. Jermie Calhoun and Jon Miller will also be in the mix. With Clay and Finch battling for the starters role, there is little doubt that the deep and talented backfield will be able to put up some serious numbers collectively. Also don’t forget that the Sooners have preseason all-conference Trey Millard paving the way and becoming more of an asset catching passes out of the backfield. The receivers are stellar. Ryan Broyles has emerged as one of the best pass-catchers in the nation. Broyles led the country in receptions and was a mainstay for Jones. Everyone but Cameron Kenney returns with Kenny Stills taking his game to the next level. Trey Franks will catch a good amount of footballs this year. Joe Powell, DeJuan Miller, and Jaz Reynolds will all be competing for more time. Miller had a good spring after recovering from injury. With a good offensive line that can protect and run block, the Sooners will be able to utilize their weapons and have a chance to put up some serious numbers. Health is always an issue as well. On the defensive side, eight starters return and there is a serious “Oklahoma” flavor to the defense. Six native Oklahomans will start for the Sooners in 2011. Up front, the Sooners return Frank Anderson and Ronnell Lewis at the end positions. Jamarkus McFarland, Daniel Noble and Casey Walker will play the nose while Stacey McGee will be the ever-important “three technique” in the OU 4-3 system. Also look for and R.J. Washington to bring some immediate depth. David King will be there, as Brent Venables always likes to platoon with two squads. The linebacking corps is solid with the return of preseason AllAmerican candidate Travis Lewis. Lewis is as charismatic as any Sooner we have seen in the past decade. That charisma bleeds over into a good leadership role and there is no doubt that Lewis is the heart and soul of the defense. After suffering a broken bone in his foot, he will be sidelined till October. In the middle, the untimely passing of returning starter and senior Austin Box has really caught the team off guard. Tom Wort has the experience to step right in at middle linebacker to lead the defense. Tony Jefferson has emerged as a hybrid in completing the linebacking corps. Jefferson brings exceptional speed and will be a menace in pass coverage. Corey Nelson has also emerged as a quality alternative for Lewis and Jefferson, providing good depth. In the back-end, Jamell Fleming should start at corner again after a fine season of leading the team in INTs. He will compete with sophomore Gabe Lynn freshman Julian Wilson. Demontre Hurst returns at the other cornerback position and will be looked on as the Sooners’ lockdown corner. Lawton native Jevon Harris should start at free safety and Sam Proctor will be at the other safety. Also Aaron Colvin will be in the mix at corner and safety as well as James Haynes. Many of the DBs possess diversity and you may see some flipping around at some positions throughout the year. Putting the ball in the stratosphere will be punter Tress Way. The All-Big XII selection is one of Stoops’ best weapons. After a season of question marks at the placekicking position, Jimmy Stevens finally emerged and did a nice job. He will be the starter in his senior campaign. Stoops has been asked all off-season about the talent, and he has been very reserve, giving that great coach’s speak that he gives. The Sooners are loaded however, and the team has a chance to combine great leadership with exceptional talent and great work ethic. This teams reminds me of some of those teams in early Stoops years at OU. The team is levelheaded and even the ones who have a serious chance to get drafted, leave everything they have on the field for the Sooner Nation.

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To[p 10 again With return of Weeden and Blackmon, Cowboys are eyeing Championship.

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vs. Tulsa at Florida State vs. Missouri vs. Ball State at Texas (Dallas) at Kansas vs. Texas Tech at Kansas State vs. Texas A&M vs. Iowa State at Baylor at Oklahoma State

You heard it here first; Oklahoma State will be playing OU for the Big XII title in November’s Bedlam matchup. This isn’t something that is new as OSU was one win away from a Big XII South title and a trip to the Big XII championship game. The Sooners spoiled the party and the Cowboys were left to an Alamo Bowl bid, crushing Arizona 36-10. You heard it here, OSU will have the opportunity to win the Big XII in 2011’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. Write it down and understand that we have been on the money the last two years with the Pokes. Almost seemed like everyone laughed when we predicted OSU to win 10 games last year. They didn’t win 10, they won 11. It is no secret that talented playmaker Justin Blackmon and record-setting quarterback Brandon Weeden had opportunities to head to the NFL Draft. Blackmon was rated as high as a first-rounder and it could be argued that Weeden might opt out to maximize his time as a professional. The 27-year-old will be 28 in October. To the absolute delight of Cowboy fans, both decided to stay for another year in Stillwater. “Justin and I made the decision to stay and being able to play another year with a guy of his talent really helps,” said Weeden. “We have some unfinished business and we are geared up and ready to roll.” Oklahoma State is talented. Even with the loss of allconference tailback Kendall Hunter, the Pokes can flat-out score. New offensive coordinator Todd Monken will be instrumental in the development of the new offensive system. Monken, who was the passing game coordinator under Les Miles at OSU from 2002-2004, knows what it is like to succeed in Stillwater. “It is good to be back and it is good to be in a place where we have seen success in the past,” said Monken. After a stint in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Monken brings back memories of the 2003 triplets (Josh Fields, Tatum Bell, and Rashaun Woods). With Weeden’s age and experience, and the weapons around him, the transition to a new offensive scheme will be easier than people think. Couple that with the fact that these same players went through a complete installation of a new system when departed coordinator Dana Holgorson arrived before the 2010 season. A year later and top 5 rankings in passing yards, total yards, and points leaves one to shake off any concern of adapting to a new system. Helping the two stalwarts out will be sophomore running back tandem Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith. Randle played

more of a shifty, pass-catching back last year while Smith handled short yardage. Both will get a chance to get more touches and both will get those touches in more conventional ways. The remaining receiving corps is loaded as well. Josh Cooper emerged as a huge threat in 2010. Tracy Moore brings a freakish size and ability to the table, and Isaiah Anderson and Hubert Anyiam will be competing for the fourth spot. Moore has exceptional hands and will be a key third down target. Also look for David Glidden to make an immediate impact as the freshman arrives from Westmoore. We can go on and on about the weapons the Cowboys have at the skill positions, but the key to a Big XII title will be the offensive line. Here is a little fact about great teams, they tend to always have experienced offensive lines. Take Oregon State and Auburn for example. Between the two national championship finalists, there were almost 200 collective starts for the ten men who lined up and played. With that being said, OSU returns all five offensive linemen. All five started every game last year. Nick Martinez will handle Weeden’s blindside. Jonathon Rush, Grant Garner and Lane Taylor will man the interior, and pre-season All-Big XII candidate Levy Adcock will handle the right tackle position. These five will be asked to do more run-blocking and they have the physical presence and nastiness to open holes for Randle and Smith. The defense returns six starters and will be pressed to replace some good defensive linemen. Richetti Jones, Ryan Robinson, Christian Littlehead, Maurice Hayes, Nigel Nicholas, and Jamie Blatnik will man the front four. Jones, Robinson and Blatnik on the edges, with Littlehead, Hayes and Nicholas on the interior. “Defensive line showed a lot of improvement over the spring,” said defensive coordinator Bill Young. “We had guys step up and we are going to need that throughout the season.” The linebackers are pretty much set with the return of starter and freshman of the year Shaun Lewis at strongside linebacker. Sophomores Caleb Lavey and Tyler Johnson are battling for the middle linebacker spot. Whichever shows to be more active in fall camp will get the nod to be Young’s man in the middle. On the weakside LeRon Furr and Chris Dinkins are battling for the gig. The secondary is loaded with talented sophomore Devin Hedgepeth at one corner spot and returning starter Brodrick Brown at the other. Markelle Martin will carry over his performance at the Alamo Bowl (62-yard interception returned for a TD) into 2011. Outspoken and a leader in the secondary, Martin will team with fellow returning starter Johnny Thomas. On special teams, the Cowboys return one of the top punters in the country in Quinn Sharp. Sharp will be key and there will be a time this season when the Cowboys will have to rely on him to instrumentally help win a game. Remember we said that. On the returner side of things, Josh Cooper will handle the punts and Johnny Thomas and Justin Gilbert will be stellar at kickoffs. Sharp also handles placekicking duties. All in all the Cowboys will put themselves in a position to win the Big XII title come November. The talent is there and though many doubted Mike Gundy’s progress three years ago, the Cowboy faithful are now proud of the product that is being put on the field. Look for the progress to continue as the Cowboys will eventually break through and win a conference title. This season? We will just have to see.

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THE BIG 3

Taking it to a Whole New Level

With a strong squad returning, new coach Bill Blankenship will be tested with three, top-10 opponents in the month of September.

Schedule 09/03 09/17 09/24 10/01 10/08 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/05 11/12 11/19 12/03

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With the exit of successful Tulsa University coach Todd Graham, the Golden Hurricane looked to Bill Blankenship, TU alum and fantastic assistant under Graham, to bring them to new heights. “We are going to a whole new level,” said Blankenship. “We have been fortunate to have success over the past few years and we want to raise the bar.” Blankenship, who was a four-year assistant under Graham at TU, developed into one of the more successful assistant coaches in the country. No matter what task or responsibility he was put in charge if, he was irrevocably successful. Whether it was wide receivers coach, running backs coach, or the special teams coordinator, Blankenship’s success was apparent. After a dismal 2008 season in the special team category, Blankenship was charged with redefining the squad as the special teams coordinator. Much improvement came in the 2009 season and last year, the Hurricane ranked in the top 10 in five of the special teams categories at one time or another during the season. The Hurricane won 10 games in 2010, which marked the third time in four years that Tulsa put up double-digit wins. A program that has seen a renaissance since Steve Kragthorpe took over in 2003 and guided the Hurricane to its first bowl game in 12 years. Once Graham accepted the Pittsburg job, he took a handful of key assistance with him. This included defensive co-coordinators Keith Patterson and Paul Randolph. Couple that with stellar recruiter Mike Norvell, who recruited well in Louisiana, and offensive line coach Spencer Leftwich. TU athletic director Bubba Cunningham and the university had a handful of options I hiring Graham’s replacement. Steve Kragthorpe was available and showed interest, top assistants like Arkansas’ Garrick McGee, who is a Tulsa native from Booker T. Washington High School, and Tim DeRuyter from Texas A&M. But it was Blankenship’s charisma, leadership, operational skills, and presentation that spurned the university to hand over reigns. “Bill was very well represented in his presentation, his vision, and his desire to take our football program to the next level,” said Cunningham. “He is the right man for the job and with how he has handled all aspects of the position so far this spring, we couldn’t be happier.” Blankenship’s first order of business was to develop a staff that would help the program reach the goals laid out in his vision. Defensive coordinator Brent Guy highlights the staff along with new offensive coordinator Greg Peterson. Guy was stellar at Arizona State from 2001-2004 as the Sun Devils coordinator. The Oklahoma State graduate was also at Boise State before that and had a couple of stint at his alma mater during the 80’s. Peterson brings a recruiting presence as he has been highlighted as one of the best recruiters in the heartland. Van Malone, Jess Loepp, Jim Kilian, and Clint Rountree were all retained and were all a large part of the success the program has had over the last few years. TU alum and longtime college coach Denver Johnson takes over the offensive line while Scott Downing, Archie McDaniel, Adam Blankenship and Holman Wiggins round out the experienced and balanced staff. Blankenship will rely heavily on returning quarterback and Conference USA Player of the Year G.J. Kinne. The philosophy, terminology, and concept of the offense will be the same as last season’s which saw the Hurricane rank sixth nationally in scoring (41.4) and eighth in total yards (505). NCAA total yards record holder Damaris Johnson will be returning to lead a talented group of receivers. Thomas Roberson

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returns but sat out spring ball with an injury that should be healed by camp. Jordan James had a wonderful spring session and is competing to be the #2 guy behind Johnson. Ricky Johnson will be in the mix as well as TU looks to replace departed junior Jameel Owens who left the team for personal reasons. Trey Watts and Alex Singleton return at the running back position with Watts as the front-runner as the starting every down back. “Trey has done a nice job this spring and will be even more of a contributor next season,” said Blankenship. Singleton (11 TDs) specialized in short yardage but has done a nice job in developing this spring along with Ja’Terian Douglas. Willie Carter may be the second coming of departed All-Conference player Charles Clay. Carter is versatile and can play three different positions in the Hurricane offense. The offensive line will be pressed to improve from last ear. Denver Johnson has done a nice job of identifying his squad and will also look to some of the newcomers to contribute. Tyler Holmes will be a key returner and will anchor the line. Clint Anderson is a tough physical guard and Trent Dupy will return as the center. On the right side, Stetson Burnett returns at guard and newcomers Joe King (transfer from Texas Tech) and surprise transfer Matt Romine. Romine was a blue chip recruit who played for Blankenship at Tulsa Union and has since completed four years at Notre Dame and graduated. Under NCAA ruling, Romine will attend grad school at Tulsa and will be granted an extra year of eligibility. Jake Alexander (Jenks) has recovered from knee surgery to play a role as well. After a decent spring that saw TU fill in some holes and allow the new staff to adjust to the players, Blankenship was relatively pleased. “We got a lot of quality work in and maximized our time, reps, and work,” said Blankenship. Guy changed the defensive scheme to a four-man front and has utilized a quality defensive line to install the attacking style. “We will be better at turnovers through tackling and collisions, “said Guy. “The leadership is apparent with experience coming back and that will contribute to how successful we adapt to the system.” Curnelius Arnick returns at linebacker for the Hurricane and will be a playmaker in the new scheme. “Adjusting to the four-man front has been pretty good,” Arnick said. “We played some last year and we’re just putting in a more aspects. Coach Guy a great coach and we’re adjusting to his scheme pretty well.” The defensive secondary returns four starters. Dexter McCoil is a leader in the secondary at safety and has developed into a nice addition. Notre Dame hero John Flanders returns at corner and Lowell Rose also returns at corner. BTW graduate Justin Skillens had a good spring at corner as well. Perhaps the biggest surprise throughout the season last year was the play of true freshman Marco Nelson from Glenpool. Nelson had 86 tackles and recorded a team-high six interceptions (one returned for a TD). Union grads Luke Snyder and James Roberson also had great springs as Nelson was out with injury. Arnick will lead the linebackers along with Shaun Jackson. Jackson, a McLain graduate, was key to Tulsa’s success in pressuring quarterbacks and making big plays in 2010. DeAundre Brown will play the versatile linebacker position in Guy’s defense, known as the Cane linebacker. Alan Dock and Tulsa-area natives DeWitt Jennings (Bixby) and Cody Wilson (Lincoln) provide good depth at linebacker as well. Up front, the defensive line will be led by Tyrunn Walker and Cory Dorris. Walker had an amazing spring and Dorris is very active and plays with a good motor. Darrel Zellars and Derrick Jackson excelled in the interior and will be spelled by Daeshon Bufford, who had a nice spring. In the kicking game, the long-awaited presence of 6-foot-9 punter Cole Way will be apparent in punting duties. Kevin Fitzpatrick returns to solidify a wonderful career as the place kicker. Damaris Johnson will be Tulsa’s premium returner yet again.

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BEHIND THE

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here have been many stories written over the years about The Cain’s Ballroom and all of the bands that have performed on that hallowed stage, but in 2002 a new era began for this historic landmark. “We saw a place that needed a lot more love than it had been getting, and had a lot more potential.” said Dr. James Rodgers. The Rodgers family, including Dr. Rodgers and his two sons, Chad and Hunter, has taken the reigns at The Cain’s for the past nine years. A neurosurgeon by trade, Dr. Rodgers is not exactly the stereotypical concert venue owner, but he has always had a passion for music. Dr. Rodgers grew up here in Tulsa, went to high school at Edison and then attended The University of Tulsa. He has fond memories of taking piano lessons as a child and most recently taking guitar lessons as an adult. Dr. Rodgers has attended two rock n roll fantasy camps in the past few years. “I got to get on stage and sing ‘Pinball Wizard’ with Roger Daltrey and sing a Billy Joel song with his sax player.” Dr. Rodgers remembers back to a Tuesday night in late August of 2002 sitting at home watching the news, when he saw a report on the sale of The Cain’s Ballroom. He said the process took all of four days. He saw the report and the next day called the realtor, looked at the property, made an offer the next day and bought the Cain’s that Friday. That was the start of this amazing voyage for these three men. “Chad had been a financial advisor and owner of a sports bar and grill before this, and I could see in his belly that wasn’t what he wanted to do,” remembered Dr. Rodgers. Chad remembers the day when his dad asked him if he was interested in running the business. “I was nervous, but I don’t think there was a single hesitation,” added Chad. He speaks of early interactions with his dad and music. “I remember going to the record stores as a kid and looking at the Genesis and Phil Collins albums,” Chad continued, “I also remember going with my dad to River Parks to see Robert Palmer, and all I could think about asking him was, “Where are the girls from the ‘Simply Irresistible’ video?” In just the first few minutes sitting down with these guys you could tell that there is a genuine passion for music and The Cain’s. “This place is like a Church,” stated Dr. Rodgers. “You taste, smell, feel, and here the music here.” The early days for the Rodgers family and The Cain’s had a lot of bumps on the road. “We really had to jump in head-first and go – with the history of The Cain’s most of the booking agencies knew who we were. But it also worked against us because they knew

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we were fresh meat and that we would probably pay lots of money to bring things in,” remarked Chad. “The mistakes I made early on were to bring in acts I liked,” Dr. Rodgers said. “You can’t book from your heart.” Chad continued, “If Hunter was here he would tell you just because you like them doesn’t mean it will sell tickets.” Both of the Rodgers men agreed that the whole remodeling adventure was more than what they expected. Chad also added, “Our vision in the beginning is what it looks like now – we didn’t want to change it up too much, but we wanted to update it and prolong the life for another 80 years.” They knew that there was a ton of pressure from the community to keep the history of The Cain’s in tact while trying to bring it up to speed. A lot of people were worried when stories came out about them taking out the roof, that it would change the

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esthetics of the property. “We have recently found pictures from the 40’s and 50’s where the ceiling was open like we have it now, exposing the barrel roof. We were able to restore it to its original state without even knowing it.” added Dr. Rodgers. Chad (34) and his brother Hunter (29) run the day-today operations at The Cain’s. “Hunter and I are down here pretty much every day,” stated Chad. The two have found a great chemistry as Chad takes on most of the business transactions, dealing with advertising and band bookings while Hunter handles more of the artistic side, creating all of the posters, the company website, and facebook page. Hunter also deals with most of the building management. Chad commented, “It makes for long hours, and puts a lot of stress on our families.” Dr. Rodgers added, “I come down to the ballroom for relaxation and to enjoy the music, but at the same time Alice and I are so proud of what they are doing and are proud to have preserved a Tulsa treasure.” When asked if the tension has ever caused infighting in the family, both men were quick to respond with, “Yes,” but followed up with,

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House “It is the difference that makes this a success for us.” As far as future plans go, the Rodgers plan to offer quality food to their customers soon. “I would also like to have a live weekly show from The Cain’s on satellite radio,” commented Dr. Rodgers, but that sounded like it was down the road a bit. They also talked about the possibility of offering tours of the venue for guests. “We still learn more about the history of this place all the time,” stated Chad. The two discussed a book that will be coming out in the next few years about the history of The Cain’s. Both men said they knew that they were doing the right thing the night they re-opened The Cain’s. “August 1st, 2003 with Dwight Yoakam – that is when I knew.” remembered Dr. Rodgers. Over the past nine years there have been more concerts

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than either can remember, but when asked what their favorites were, both were able to answer very quickly. Dr. Rodgers said, “Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, The Killers and the first time we had Kings of Leon – those were four great shows.” Chad followed quickly with, “Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Alice and Chains acoustic show, and Ben Harper – it kind of gives you a taste of my eclectic music taste.” While Hunter Rodgers wasn’t there for the interview you could tell how important he is to the equation at The Cain’s. These three men work very hard to bring the best music to The Cain’s Ballroom. “Tulsa is a big music town with a big music history,” stated Dr. Rodgers. “I take a lot of pride in what we bring to Tulsa.” Tulsa should be very proud of the Rodgers family.

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OUR MAN ON THE MOVE Corey MacIntyre (40) In each issue of V Tulsa we take a little time to relax, to take a break with one of our favorite past times – a day on the links. Tulsa has a plethora of great golf courses and our goal is to take you on as many of them as we can. This is all about enjoying the day on the course with good friends and having fun. Each issue we will invite one of our Men on the Move to join the staff for a round. Though these days are a blast for us, it is truly for you enjoy this as much as we do, so grab your clubs, put on your spikes, well actually, all you have to do is follow along as we take you around the course with TEE 18. So kick back, and enjoy as we “try” to grip it and rip it.

General Manager: Tulsa Talons Married with 2 children: code for not enough time on the course Handicap: 20 (on a good day) 25 (more like it) Favorite Courses: The Patriot, Golf Club and after our round – Emerald Falls Experience: 1 st time playing the course

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By Emerald Falls Pro - Jonathan Beaver Emerald Falls was opened in September of 2007 and quickly placed in the top 10 best new courses by Golf Digest in 2008. With a maximum yardage of 7,148 yards it offers 5 different sets of tees that will challenge golfers of all abilities. The first 4 holes of the course start out relatively easy with wide fairways and 2 par 5’s. When you reach hole 5, the signature hole of the course, you start the hardest 5-hole stretch on the course. The fairways demand more accuracy and the approach shots require better distance control. These 5 holes can make or break your round so don’t get careless. The back nine lets up a little with shorter holes and wide fairways from 11-16 and ends with a difficult par 4 and 5. Number 17 is an uphill par 4 that demands

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a good tee shot and leaves a mid to long iron in. Hole 18 is a 605-yard par 5 that gives you virtually no chance to reach it in 2. With Zoysia fairways, tees, and rough you will be rewarded with great lies in the fairway and a difficult to judge shot from the rough. If you are wide of the fairway you can also find native areas which make it more than difficult to find your ball. Stay accurate and on point to make sure you have a good round. The bent greens roll as well as any public course and typically run over 10 on the stimpmeter. The course has a ton of potential and the ability to compete with any public course in Oklahoma. If you haven’t played it give it a chance. I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

We usually try and convince the course pro to come out and be our guide, but Emerald Falls pro Jonathan Beaver and his wife had just given birth to their first child. We felt that this was a good excuse, but we requested a rain check, which is code for letting us come out and play the course again. Jonathan was able to give us the information about the course and a little guidance on the phone, but we always like to see it done the right way. Banter started off on the 1st tee, each of us trying to get into the normal head game. We decided that there would be no wages on this day, as we just wanted to enjoy the course. Nobody had been here, but everyone had already heard great things. This course isn’t for the faint of heart; it is for the adventurous, truly for men on the move. The first hole is a par 5 that gets you going right away. On the first tee Corey hit one pretty straight, but didn’t get a hold of all of it. However, the good news is that it just went past the red tees, so there was no danger of embarrassment. Everyone got through the 1st hole with either bogie or double (we could tell right away the course record was safe for the day). The second hole is a short par 3, and there was a lip out for par, but yet again the course got the best of us. Corey discussed with us the interesting season with the Talons and all the changes that the team had gone through. It was the first season in along time that the Talons didn’t make the playoffs. We asked about

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the future of the team, but Corey was tight lipped. “I wish I could tell you, but honestly nothing has been decided at this point.” As we entered the 4th tee, it seemed a little strange to be heading back towards the clubhouse, but that is the first of the cool designs this course has to offer. Normally, the beverages would be flowing at this point, but we had meetings and deadlines to hit, so there was no “Swing Lube” on this round. As you head to the 5th hole you cross under the street and head into the woods. This is where the course really began to become interesting. The woods, the hole designs, and the bunker placements really required us to take our game to another level. Unfortunately, that also meant going back to the bag for more golf balls. Like I said earlier, there was a lot of rust, and nobody had a single digit handicap. Not to fear though, the course design is truly fun for any level performance. As we finished up the front nine, which brings you in at 36, I was able to get my first par on the Par 3 9th.

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This was the only par I would find on this day – but hey this is why we play the game. The back nine brought more of the same, even as the woods gave way to open fairways. The bunkers came more into play and on the 14th hole Corey found an interesting day at the beach (enough said!). The 18th hole actually came around way too quickly for all of us, and the day on the course was a huge success. Normally, we would all go into the club house to settle up, enjoy another round of “Swing Lube,” and discus the day, however the business of the day forced a short end to our outing. Any day on the course is better than a day in the office, but this was a very special day on a special course. I highly suggest that you take the trip out on Kenosha to Emerald Falls. Bring the guys that you enjoy spending 5 hours with, and see if you can beat our record, or at least find all the balls we hit into the woods. We look forward to our next adventure on the course with our good friends and bringing out another edition of TEE 18.

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fter all of the 100-degree days this summer and the record temps we have had, it is time to head to the mountains and escape the heat. There is only one place that I can think of that combines several of my favorite things – Mountains, Music, and Micro Brews – Telluride, Colorado. A few years back I was able to experience one of the great festivals in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Every September the sleepy mining town turned plush ski resort of Telluride, Colorado opens its doors to the bands, the fans, and the barrels of beer for The Telluride Blues and Blues Festival. This is a bucket list event for any true music fan or connoisseur of craft beer. Not only is it one of the premier music festivals in the country, this festival is also renowned for the premier beer tasting events. Telluride is nestled in the western side of the Rockies. A flight directly to Telluride is possible, but most find a trip through either Grand Junction or Denver an easier way to get to this mountain haven. For the adventurous and those who have a couple of extra days, I would highly suggest the

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drive up from Durango, through Ouray and Silverton. The mountain drive is a winding trip through heaven, especially this time of year. This year is the 18th annual festival and has one of the best line-ups in its illustrious history. The feature headliners include living legend Willie Nelson, Oklahoma’s own The Flaming Lips, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Additional performances include The Robert Cray Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, moa, Marcia Ball, Fitz and the Tantrums, and many more. The performances continue throughout the day and night in the local juke joints. With over 150 beers from over 50 craft brewers, patrons are in for a beer lovers dream. The majestic mountain background with the changing aspen trees and the fresh snow on the mountain tops gives you a visual panorama that can’t be beat anywhere. On Saturday, September 17th the festival features The Grand Tasting, where patrons have the opportunity to sample the beers from all of the vendors. Brewers from all over the country come to be a part of this.

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From as far as California and Georgia, the brewers look forward to this event not only to showcase their products but also for the bonding between these beer artists. The day cumulates with the awarding of the best beer of the event. Additional Festival highlights include a wide variety of food and craft vendors, the Rainbow Kids area and Kid’s parade, Blues for Breakfast concerts, late night shows at local Juke Joints, and the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition.   For Festival information or to purchase tickets visit us online at www.tellurideblues.com or call 1.866.515.6166 today.

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Year-round Fun At HALLOWEEN: You’ll find thrills for the entire family at the Castle of Muskogee’s 60-Acre Halloween Theme Park! Walk through the woods along the Trail of Blood; the Torture Chamber shows you what really happened in medieval times; Casa Morte is a labyrinth through the 12th Century Castle; Domus Horrificus takes you to areas where monsters dwell; and the Ultimate Maze where most of you will find your way out.  Try the Haunted Hayride, through the Halloween Festival Grounds; the Enchanted Boardwalk is filled with Halloween inflatables; the Pirate Ship Stage features live entertainment. Halloween Land is full of kid-friendly delights with a safe “trick or treat” zone, games, face painting, treats and prizes with no scares! The Halloween Village features FREE ADMISSION, ghost stories, hot and cold food and drinks, games and dancing. CHRISTMAS: The largest display of Holiday Spirit in Northeast Oklahoma is in Muskogee. At the Castle’s Christmas Kingdom, drive through a Christmas wonderland with thousands of lights plus more than Two Thousand lighted displays. Christmas Kingdom displays range from four feet to twenty feet tall including Santa, elves, snowmen, reindeer, penguins, polar bears, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Rudolph, the Grinch, Elmo, plus many more. There are many other activities for children and adults inside and outside the Castle. RENNAISANCE FESTIVAL: Every May, the beauty and grandeur of Renaissance England comes to Muskogee! Experience the 16th Century as the Castle and the village of Castleton come alive, with over 500 costumed villagers, stage and street performers providing entertainment fit for Royalty. In the Tournament Arena you’ll see the knights clash with sword and pike as they joust. Watch as the Birds of Prey demonstrate the hunt just as it was during the time of Kings and Lords. Stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with quaint shops displaying rare, one of a kind, hand-crafted goods. Stop at one of the inns for a flagon of ale, or don the latest Renaissance fashions, found in the marketplace. Follow the aromas of the fire-roasted food, then let the kids play some of the games or watch the performers, while you enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg. FIREWORKS: June 15 through July 5 and December 15 through New Year’s Eve the Castle offers the largest display of fireworks in Mid America, filling a showroom as big as a football field! From simple sparklers, Family Packs and roman candles to heavyweight aerial displays, the Castle has it all, and you can preview your purchase on video to see what you’re buying. All fireworks are guaranteed to light and priced to make you smile! VTulsa.COM

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House Ad Bowling | Go Karts | Games Good Food, Domestic and Imported Beers, Full Service Bar

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DON’T STROKE IT – TWEET IT

I am sure that you have heard this one - the one that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube merged?  It’s now known as You Twit Face. (insert track laugh here) Throw in Google and never before in the history of the earth has something been so influential as those four websites. The internet changed things, but those four sites have changed and continue to change the world.  Remember back in the day when you would wonder aloud to yourself, “I wonder where Billy Squier is from?” And that’s where the thought process would stop.   Every time you heard “The Stroke” you would go about your day not knowing where in the hell Billy Squier was from.  Now with a few clicks on our phones (of all places) not only can you know that Billy Squier is really William Haislip Squier but also that he is from Wellesley, Massachusetts, and is the author of such hits as “In the Dark,” “Lonely is the Night “ and  “The Stroke.” Read on and you find out that his first band was called Magic Terry and the Universe and that he has performed at a nightclub in Boston called Psychedelic Super Market. But that’s the internet for you. All you wanted to know was the birthplace of Billy Squier, and you got way more than you came for.  But of course it can be used for good too.  Take Twitter for instance.  Twitter is the “new” news.  If something worth happening happens, it will be tweeted, #hashtagged and trending seconds after it happens with access to everyone around the world.  From Senators twitpic’ing their junk to Beiberlover2000 Twitter makes EVERYTHING accessible to EVERYONE.  When your NFL QB drives drunk it breaks on Twitter. When the earthquake hit Japan, it broke on Twitter.  When Seal Team 6 took Osama Bin Laden... it broke on Twitter.  Seriously.   Some cat outside of Islamabad hit the Twitter about military choppers outside his window and boom hash tag - instant trend.  There were 5000 tweets per second leading up to Obama interrupting the ‘Apprentice’ to tell us what Twitter had told us two hours ago.  If you “ follow” the right people the world we live in just got a lot smaller.  Not only can you find out Billy Squier’s birthplace, his classmates from Massachusetts, his interview with Martha Quinn from MTV in 1986 or if Magic Terry and The Universe are reuniting, with one quick click on the keyboard, you can share this amazing knowledge with the rest of the world.  Lonely is the night no more Mr. Squire. #stalker

If you “ follow” the right people the world we live in just got a lot smaller.

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