TULSA - Well, that was a costly trip to watch the 1-5 Dallas Cowboys. I am not talking about the 75-thousand who pay ridiculous prices to watch and park at Jerry World in Arlington, Texas. I am talking about the price OSU, and in particular Justin Blackmon, must pay for attending the Monday night game. Blackmon has been suspended for one game for driving 92 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone at 3:45 in the morning on Interstate 35, and having alcohol on his breath.
Blackmon is the leader in catching passes in college football. He is just a second year player. SO, the future is very bright for the young #81. But the bright light just got a little dimmer because of this nonsense. Blackmon was told not to leave Stillwater. He went anyway. He tired to rush back to attned the team required weightlifting session at 6:45AM. he didn';t make it. My guess would be that is the real reason for the suspension, defying the coach. It will cost him close to $500 dollars for the fine for his speeding ticket and underage drinking. Hopefully it doesn't cost him down the line in the NFL draft. The feeling here is it will not even be a blimp on the NFL radar. The immediate damage, however, is OSU is heading for a big one at Kansas St. and they will have to play without its passing game superstar. OSU needs all the help they can get after the loss to Nebraska. OSU is already thin at the position. Kendall Hunter can't do everything.
Being a college student does not excuse you from making stupid mistakes. There is more at stake here, especially if you are a member of a team. This may hurt the entire squad. But who knows, maybe this will rally the troops.
At a press conference today, Blackmon apoligized for his stupidity. Mike Gundy said he would not hesitate to have Blackmon babysit his 3 kids, but said a suspension was in order. From a reporters perspective, Blackmon does seem like a nice guy, and everyone should be willing to accept the apology. This is not a Tiger Woods incident, or even a Dez Bryant lying to the NCAA about his contact with agents episode. . I certainly hope there is not more to that one. When asked how he got the tickets, Blackmon refused to answer.
By the way, a sigh of relief was heard in Manhattan, Kansas tonight. Bill Snyder now has one less player to worry about defending.
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