Dean Blevins celebrates 20 tumultuous years at News 9…

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:

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TLO Restaurant Review: FireLake Fry Bread Taco

Considering that it’s probably the one state dish that all of us, Native American or otherwise, collectively and continually crave, it seems as though the Indian Taco is the Brigadoon of local eats, appearing out of the mists once a month (at best) thanks to the generous souls behind the various fundraisers, church socials or Southside community center get-togethers that have become weekend staples for frybread fanatics.

Not that I’m complaining, mind you; one handmade, fully loaded Indian taco once a month is better than none, and I thank the Creator for that culinary opportunity everyday.

That being said, the blessed entrepreneurial minds over at FireLake, in Shawnee’s Citizen Potawatomi Nation, have gone and done a truly great thing by opening possibly the first wholly devoted Fry Bread eatery in Oklahoma, and for all I know, the entire country.

Located at 1568 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. next to the additionally incomparable FireLake Discount Foods, since Fry Bread Taco’s inception in 2014, it’s not unusual for lines to be almost to the door on even the most blasé of afternoons, a mixture of locals and lookie-loos all in search of satiating their knead for fry bread. This past Friday afternoon was no different.

Top 10 Earthquakes in Oklahoma History

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Last week, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake rocked Edmond so much that Edmonites finally had something more to complain about than the price of locally sourced honey or that one neighbor’s house that could use a new paint job. Since Oklahomans have experienced such a significant increase in seismic activity over the last six or seven years, it is hard to keep track of which earthquakes were the strongest, most destructive, or most annoying. So to refresh your memory and help you mentally prepare for the next one, I have created a list of the most impactful in recent times. Here are the top 10 Oklahoma earthquakes.

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#10: The Great Edmond Quake

When: August 8th, 2017
Where: Edmond
Magnitude: 4.2

Last week, an earthquake hit Edmond, leaving 4,600 North Edmond residents without power. It was the biggest disaster Edmond teens have experienced since the great Snap Chat outage of 2015.

#9: The Herbquake

Monday Morning Tweets

Howdy, pardners! It’s time to waste five minutes of productive office hours and read a bunch of social media nonsense from the last week. Hopefully, the wild storms that I heard about didn’t wreck your neighborhood too much. I kinda wish I was around for them, because there are few things I honestly love more than a classic Oklahoma storm, but I was down in Austin, Texas all weekend. It was pretty rough- high heat and humidty, lots of meat sweats on top of that, and all the beer didn’t help. Somehow, I was able to rough it out and enjoy myself, but I can’t say I wasn’t envious of the weather back home. Anyways, let’s roll that beautiful Tweet footage: