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Oct. 25, 2013 • Issue 20 • Volume 2
Editor-In-Chief • Kelli Smith

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Lacey Swope The Swope Scope
If you’ve been asking yourself, “Where’s the fall weather?” then I hope you enjoyed this past weekend. Not only did a powerful cold front bring snow to Kansas and a little sleet to Northwest OK, it also caused temperatures to drop to nearly 20 degrees below average statewide. Instead of feeling like fall, it felt more like winter. Most of Oklahoma had its first freeze, but those who didn’t likely saw at least light frost if not heavy frost. In Norman the temperature officially dropped to 33°, so the first freeze has yet to come. In case you’re curious, the average first freeze for Norman is the first week of November. No freeze, no big deal, right?! Well, to all the allergy suffers this is a huge deal. The first good, hard freeze will drastically cut back on all the allergens in the air. The first good freeze will also kill off all of the bugs that splatter on our windshields when we are headed up the turnpike. The first hard freeze will kill all those teeny-tiny gnats that dive-bomb our eyeballs while we are in our tree stands. OK, maybe those last couple of things only annoy me, but you get the message. The first freeze will solve many of the world’s problems and will be arrive sooner rather than later. In the meantime, keep the bug and nasal sprays handy and enjoy this transitional season because winter is only 60-ish days away!



If you want a fast, easy and delicious recipe for Halloween that you can easily customize, then Kelli has just the recipe for you! Monster Bark!


Chris discusses what’s been going on with Norman High and Norman North football, and he also gives his two cents on the Sooners’ loss against Texas at the 2013 Red River rivarly football game.


“There’s nothing to fear but fear itself,” but as Richard Moorman says, fear also ruins a good time. See just how much fear played a role in the unfolding of an epic Halloween prank!

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Heaters are running, slippers are coming out of the closet and you may or may not be begging your cat or dog to sleep on your feet for once. It’s fall! This issue we talk about some Norman favorites. Full Moon Sushi has a new bar and they are excited to have you come and visit! Confections + Coffee has the perfect recipe for Halloween parties and it takes less than 10 minutes to make. Chris is talking all about sports and what the Red River Rivalry meant for OU. Richard confides in you about his idea of fear in men with a story about a local Halloween prank that may have gone too far. xoxo,
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Main Attraction Mel Guapo

The Watering Whole Series, Part One: FULL MOON RISING
Experiencing the world of Norman, one bar at a time.
I’m always looking for a new place to drink. Not because I’m always wearing out my welcome. That’s entirely unrelated. I’m always looking for a new place to drink because I like to see the world from every conceivable angle. I like to know how the other half lives, and the other half, and the other half, etc. ad infinitum. (It takes a lot of halves to make your pie whole.) You see, I maintain a firm belief that where a man drinks affects his worldview, and like I said, I like to experience the world from all the possible angles. This, perhaps, is my purpose in life – to encourage others to drink at the world from every possible angle. I mean look at the world from every possible angle. Maybe I do mean drink at the world. As everyone knows, it’s important to keep yourself comfortable. What is equally important but tragically less obvious in this day and age (and location) is that it’s just as important to keep yourself uncomfortable. That means trying new things. I tried a new thing last week, and that new thing was the new bar at Full Moon Sushi on Main near the intersection at Porter. Full Moon Sushi is not new by any stretch of the imagination. It has existed in its current location for more years than I know, but for the first time in those many years, Full Moon Sushi will be offering a fully licensed liquor bar featuring signature Japanese-influenced cocktails, along with the sake and beer that have been on the menu since opening. “Personality is how I would describe the place. It’s about the people here. We serve a primarily regular clientele—people who like to order rolls like the ‘Pablo Escolar,’ ‘Eel Communication,’ and ‘The Dude.’” It was a Monday night, near their regular 10 PM closing time, when I arrived on the scene at Full Moon Sushi. It was quiet, naturally, for close to closing time on a Monday night. The lighting and blue walls gave me an impression of walking into an aquarium. At any moment I expected a shy octopus or fish to poke its head out from behind a booth. I sidled up to the spacious bar, asked for a beer, and was served a tall Sapporo with a chilled mug. “I’m here about the new bar,” I said. I was told that I was sitting at it. That wasn’t the kind of new bar that I expected, but I was living in the moment so I dug deeper. I was told that the bar—the physical place where I was sitting—had been constructed in three days by the owner and staff themselves as a complement to the new liquor license, both part of an overall expansion to keep pace with Main Street’s ongoing development. I was speaking with one of the chefs, Jared Gomez. “Main Street is coming alive and we want to become an increasingly larger part of it. We want to be involved in pub crawls.” Gomez went on to describe the signature drink menu they were developing, which would consist of five-to-ten clean, fresh-flavored cocktails to compliment sushi, or simply for those with a lighter and more refined palate. I couldn’t wait to try one.

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Halloween Treats
It’s that time of year where you eat more candy in one day than you usually eat the other 364 days of the year! Yes! Halloween is upon us! Whether you’re a parent getting ready for a classroom party, a college student throwing a spooky dinner and a movie, or a member of society that was invited to a Halloween party, this treat is sure to please a crowd. Monster Bark is a super simple and super sweet treat that you can make in less than 10 minutes! All you need is some white almond bark, pretzels, candy corn and a couple of your favorite Halloween-themed ingredients. Melt the bark on the stove top, crush up the pretzels and lay them on a pan with the candy, pour in on top, let it set and you’re good to go! What’s great about Monster Bark is that you can make a large batch for less than $5, you can customize it to your personal preferences and it’s probably the quickest Halloween treat you can make. It’s a win-win-win situation.
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1 lb. (1 pkg) of white almond bark 1½ C. candy corn & peanuts 1 C. broken pretzels ½ C. dark chocolate chips Halloween sprinkles 1. Line a large cookie sheet with wax paper. Pour 1 C. of the candy corn & peanut mixture along with the broken pretzels and chocolate chips onto the wax paper. Set aside. 2. In a saucepan, melt the almond bark on the stovetop on medium-low until fully melted. Be sure to stir frequently so as not to scorch the bark. 3. Once the bark is fully melted, pour onto the cookie sheet and spread across all of your candy pieces. Scatter the remaining candy corn on top and decorate with sprinkles. Let it set in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firm. After it’s set break the bark into small chunks to serve.







Sports Talk Chris Joseph

Red River Wake-Up Call
For the last three years, Sooner fans have been able to walk around the State Fair of Texas with their chests out, proud of the team they cheered for because they had just beaten their rival. This year, though, many Sooner fans left the fair with an upset stomach – and not because they had eaten too many fried foods washed down with a few too many beers. The Sooners came into the Red River Rivalry 5-0 after going on the road and exacting revenge on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. A tough matchup against TCU was viewed as a trap game sandwiched in between the Texas game and the emotional high of the Notre Dame win. The people around Norman were very confident in the Sooners’ chances to beat Texas this year. It looked like it would be the fourth year in a row of being able to walk around the State Fair to snicker and outright laugh at the poor ‘horn fans in their burntorange apparel. But, as we all know from past rivalry games, we might as well throw out the records and disregard how the teams have played up to that point. Just look back to the 1989 game or even the 1996, and you will know exactly what I am talking about. You can follow Chris Joseph on ... @chrisjoseph1400 And listen to his show 360 Sports on Sports Talk 1400 from 5-7 P.M. Monday through Friday.

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Blake Bell has been the starting quarterback since the Tulsa game and had been very solid in his performance as the signal caller for the Sooners. We know he set a record in the Tulsa game but had struggled throwing the deep ball. The deep ball was a problem against TCU that showed its ugly face again against Texas. The Sooners struggled to get anything going through the air against the Longhorns, and for some reason did not go to the ground game against a team that had been gashed many times by teams using a rushing attack. BYU and Iowa State had quarterbacks that tore up the Texas defense, and for some reason that Saturday in the Cotton Bowl, Bell had zero rush attempts against the ‘horns. The Sooner defense was also without two of its key players. Jordan Phillips missed his second game of the year, and it was the first game that senior linebacker Corey Nelson was absent. The lack of those two players were glaring in the game against the Longhorns. Dominique Alexander and Frank Shannon had career highs for tackles in the game; however, the Longhorns were able to just keep running the football to the tune of 59 rushes for 255 yards. Case McCoy was able to find open receivers that day and made some great throws. McCoy did get smoked a few times by Eric Striker, but to his credit he kept getting back up. This Sooner team was in control of their own destiny as far as winning the Big 12, but now they are going to need some help as Texas and Baylor are the only undefeated teams in Big 12 play.


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Greg Nation and his Norman Tigers will never give up. Some people believe Norman will not make the playoffs this year after dropping their first two games in district play. I say hold out before just dismissing the Tigers. Yes, there are some tough teams left on the schedule for the Tigers, but if there is a team that can accomplish the feat of making the playoffs, it is the Tigers. The last game the Tigers played against Choctaw saw Tigers running back Dupree Young rush for a career high of 307 yards and score six times, beating the Yellow Jackets 49-31, to claim their first victory in district 6A-4. Young bounced back from a tough game against Edmond Memorial, where he had many fumbles and was benched for the second half of the Tigers’ loss to the bulldogs 38-14. The Tigers are tough and can grind the clock in any game. The key to Norman controlling a game is ball security, and that has been a problem the last few games. Still remaining on the Tigers’ schedule are tough opponents in Edmond Santa Fe, Lawton High and Southmoore. The odds are against the Tigers, but do not count Coach Nation and these Tigers out.

Timberwolves in Good Hands With Kolar
Much of this year for the Norman North football team was focused on how senior quarterback David Cornwell would handle playing in class 6A. I think David answered all doubters with how he was performing – that is, prior to his knee injury before half time in the Timberwolves’ 45-42 victory over Yukon. His replacement, John Kolar, a 6’4” athlete that has played wide receiver this year, was the heir apparent after Peyton Gavaras left last year. Stepping up on the road in a tied football game, Yukon scored twice and had a 14-point lead, making everything bleak for the Timberwolves. In his first possession, Kolar missed two passes and the Timberwolves were forced to punt. After that, Kolar was dead on. Kolar finished the Yukon game 9-14. Let us remember the two misses on the first drive of his career in live action before he had two incompletions that were spikes to kill the ball. John also had the play of the game against Yukon, picking up a fumble by Payton Prince and running to the complete opposite side of the field to pick up a crucial first down. John Kolar has all the tools to be a GREAT quarterback for the Timberwolves, so let’s get behind him as the Timberwolves make another playoff run.

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The Art of Manliness Richard Moorman

Fear and Loathing in Mustang, Oklahoma
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Someone once said something to the effect of, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Whoever it was that said that must have been some kind of a wuss, though, because if you ask me, real men have nothing to fear, period. Especially fear itself. Because if you’re scared of fear, then you’re just giving in to fear, and that’s a weakness, and the only thing to really be scared of is any kind of weakness whatsoever. I’m not scared of weaknesses, though, because I don’t have any. Even if I did, I wouldn’t be scared of it because I am a man and I’m not scared. So if we really have nothing to fear, period - and we don’t, as I made clear earlier - then why is everyone making a fuss about something that will almost certainly go down as one of the greatest Halloween pranks in Oklahoma history? On October 9, Oklahoma’s own News Channel 9 reported this: Johnnie Mullins decided to get “gruesome” this Halloween. His yard features gravesites and ghosts up in a tree, but the real shocker is the fake dead body in the driveway. “Just trying to scare people, that’s what I like to do,” says Mullins. The dead body is placed in such a way that it looks like the garage door crushed its head. A neighbor, Rebecca Fuentes, had this to say: “My heart about came out of my chest. I thought ‘Oh my God’ … If I think it’s real, just think of what a child would think?” Apparently the prank was so convincing that someone called 911 to report the body. The first responder on the scene had this to say to the reporter: First responder: “So those resources, that could be utilized for other emergencies or other type calls, are actually being pulled off the streets.” I can see that the first responder has a point. And I can appreciate Ms. Fuentes’ sentiments towards the young, and yet on the other hand, come on: It’s a really good prank. Luckily for Mullins (and humor), the city inspector found nothing about the display that violated the law. Mullins: “The Mustang city inspector showed up and said there was nothing … no law broke or anything like that, just … keep up the good work.” So maybe for this Halloween season we should all relax a little more and remember that fear just gets in the way of a good time. I think the lesson to be learned here is that there is truly nothing to be afraid of, except perhaps letting fear ruin our good time. Maybe being afraid is the only one thing in the end that we should be afraid of. And now, your moment of Zen: 911 Operator: “Is he conscious?” Caller: “I don’t know. I was just driving by. It looked like his head was … closed into the garage door.”

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