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June 15, 2009

Still plenty to talk about this summer

Seeing German Fernandez control, then dominate the 1,500-meter run Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was both extremely exciting and just a bit sad all at the same time.

Because as Fernandez crossed the finish line, you realized that he just accomplished something that no other Oklahoma State men’s track athlete has done in 23 years. Very, very impressive.

But I also couldn’t help but have another thought as Fernandez won his event.

When he crossed the finish line, Fernandez officially put an end to the 2008-09 sports season.

And he officially christened the start of what I not-so-fondly refer to as the dry season in sports. Some call it the dogs days but I like dogs so I won’t lump them into this painful slowdown.

Sure there are events to keep us busy over the next couple of months. There’s legion baseball, scattered golf tournaments and other “summer” events, but nothing like the daily whir of the everyday sports scene August through May.

The next two months in the sports season rarely holds our attention span, unless you’re one of the lucky ones to have your favorite Major League Baseball team still in contention. For me that’s the Minnesota Twins and they’ve been painfully mediocre this entire season.

But there are the rare few, however, that have a way to escape the dry season. The dry season becomes a little less overbearing when you happen to have a top college football program to talk about.

And what do you know, we just happen to have one of those, don’t we?

Oklahoma State, returning some of the top offensive talent in the country, has found its way into the top 10 in just about every preseason publication that covers college football.

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