Deedy Wolston had a big impact on my life

Some people live and die and probably never realize the impact they had on another person’s life. Deedy Wolston, who died back on March 17, played a major role in who I am today. When I was a little kid growing up in Wichita Falls, I read the sports page of this newspaper every day.…

OU not big enough for 2 super egos

There was a rumor swirling around last week that Oklahoma was holding off on naming a new men’s head basketball coach until this season is over. This women’s season. People were telling me that once the UConn women were done for the year — most likely after next week’s championship game — OU was going…

What can we do with the KYC?

This is the second year that I have covered basketball at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Both times I have been there, I have thought the same thing. This is exactly what Kay Yeager Coliseum was supposed to be. If the people who run our town had taken the time to go out and…

Carter: “Outdoors, Finally”

“Outdoors, Finally” Richard Carter Everything moved outdoors last week and it was pretty amazing. It was my first time to be in the Neon Spur for a while, and there are many many many changes going on there. You will notice some major renovations right off the bat when you enter the place. But hey,…

Think a sports writer’s job is all fun and games?

If you think a sports writer’s life is only filled with World Series and Super Bowls, think again. Here is my schedule today. I woke up at 5:15 (EDT) here in Springfield, Massachusetts. I get on a bus at 6:30 and head to Providence, Rhode Island. Sometime after 10, I will fly to Philadelphia. After…

Turnovers, turnovers

Watching MSU and one of my favorite guys Charlie Logan play well on a national stage was fun on Wednesday. Got a chance for some father-son time as I hooked up the computer to my TV. But too many turnovers kept it from being a great day in MSU history as the team is still…

My weird memories of Liz Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor is dead. I wonder if Debbie Reynolds will go to the funeral. Seriously doubt it. There will be a lot of nice things said about Liz now that she is gone, but I will always remember her for being the bitch who stole Eddie Fisher from sweet Debbie. Eddie and Debbie were America’s…

What will you trade for a kidnapped priest?

A confused Grant McCasland glanced over at the guy sitting next to me on the bus and gave me one of those “Who’s he?” looks. This guy hadn’t been on the plane with the Midwestern State basketball group that flew from DFW to Boston on Monday. Nor was he with us on the bus ride…

Carter: Newness, Sameness and So Forth

Newness and sameness and stuff Richard Carter Last week I had the opportunity to hear two new bands early in their practicing, and both seem like they have a lot of possibilities. I am not sure where they may end up playing, but interesting music finds its venues—even if it has to come down to…

Carter: Big Music Festivals

Music festivals Richard Carter Last Thursday, the 35 Conferette four-day music festival began in Denton, Texas, and numerous bands from all over the place played a city with a population about the same size as Wichita Falls. Already in its third year, the festival continues to grow and this year features bands and such diverse…

Live from the 3A state tournament

I’m blogging live from the 3A state tournament, giving you the latest updates on the Burkburnett basketball team. * We’re almost at halftime of the first semifinal involving CC West Oso and Dallas Smith. So far, pretty good game. West Oso leads 25-22 with 4:29 left in the second quarter. * It’s halftime in the…

A new opinion on back pain — HELP!!!

I have been blessed with good health for most of my life. Because of that, I have a very low tolerance for pain. When I limp into a doctor’s office, I expect to walk out healthy and pain free. I only go to the doctor when I am really hurting. And last week I was…

Carter: “Close Your Eyes”

“Close Your Eyes” Richard Carter Last Saturday was one of those absolutely gorgeous days to hit the road, see the world and then get back right in time to see a really good all-ages show and even sneak in a private party with live music. And the best thing locally was the fact that everything…

It took me awhile to love Mrs. Anthony

You will hear a lot of nice things said about Merle Anthony in the next few days. And all are true and well deserved. Mrs. Anthony was a truly great woman. But, when as a kid, I had a different opinion of her. You might, too, if she ever grabbed you by the ear, jerked…