Strange night in Bricktown


It was a late night at the softball stadium for your intrepid reporter. It didn’t help that I got lost on the way back to the hotel (so much for familiarity with Oklahoma City), and that two guys at the gas station where I stopped got into an argument about the best way to find my hotel.

But I finally settled in to watch SportsCenter at about 2 a.m. Eastern time. A half hour later, I heard a bang outside my window. I looked out and saw a man throwing something at what I perceived to be my rental car. He jumped into an SUV and took off down Reno Ave.

I went outside and found that his target was the car next to mine that looked a lot like mine. He had shattered the front window in two places. I went to the security guard and told him about it. No telling if it was intentional or a random act of idiocy. I was just relived it wasn’t my car.

So I had a hard time going to sleep and nodded off around 4 in the morning. Slept late and went for a walk/jog around the canal behind my hotel. This really is a great place with great landscaping and huge iron-cast statues of Oklahoma settlers at one end of the canal.

Ended up with a late lunch at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. I’m not much for country music but I recommend it highly. It’s huge with a vaulted ceiling and tons of memorabilia. There is a back patio overlooking the canal and a big fire grill with dozens of rotisserie chickens spinning.

Should be another late night tonight with the Gators facing Michigan at 9 p.m. Eastern, which really means around 10. Let’s see if Florida can handle one of the hottest teams in America.