Dean Blevins (a.k.a. the Ron Burgundy of the Oklahoma sports media landscape) is celebrating his 20 year anniversary with News 9 this week. He and his News 9 co-workers marked the occasion like anyone else would – by having cake in the employee breakroom and reminiscing about the time Barry Switzer gave him a black eye.
Here’s the video:
Uhm, anyone else disappointed that Barry Switzer and a few ladies from Night Trips didn’t jump out of cake spraying champagne? I guess they were saving that for the after party at Toby Keith’s “I Love Dean Blevins” anniversary bash.
How you view Dean Blevins probably depends on when you were born, and how many of your sisters dated him. If you’re a baby boomer or beyond, you probably remember him as one of the greatest high school athletes in Oklahoma history – a handsome, articulate, co-ed chasing good old boy who transitioned into the go-to source for usually incorrect news and opinion about Sooner sports and Thunder basketball.
If you’re a Gen Xer, Millennial or obscure local social blogger, you probably have a different take. You’re aware that Dean was a great athlete, but he now comes across as a stereotypical washed-up old jock – a meathead living off past glory who doesn’t understand social media, modern culture or the concept of reliable reporting.
Regardless of your views, you have to give Dean credit for making it 20 years with one channel in the TV news biz. He’s the ultimate survivor. He’s made it through dangerous falls at golf courses, embarrassing on-air gaffes, a litany of social media fails, extremely unreliable reporting, and very unhealthy man-crushes on Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal and Rosser. Hell, the guy even tweeted video of “somebody’s daughter” flashing Al Eschbach in New Orleans and only got off with only a two-week suspension. I don’t think anyone else in this market is that bullet proof.
With Dean celebrating his anniversary this week, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back at some of his greatest moments since TLO has been in existence. Check them out: