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Removery Opens New Tattoo Removal Center in Oklahoma …12.28.21

Removery, a medical chain that specializes in laser tattoo removel services,has opened a new tattoo removal studio in Oklahoma City, OK.

We are thrilled to open our doors in Oklahoma City, our first location in the Sooner State, said Tom Weber, CEO of Removery. We are eager to empower Oklahomans to become who they want to be, by giving them choices over their tattoos while providing the highest quality service and care at every stage of their tattoo removal journey.

In conjunction with its opening, Removery has launched the INK-nitiative program to provide safe, effective and free tattoo removal on the hands, neck and face to those who were formerly incarcerated, gang members, survivors of human trafficking and those who wish to remove hate symbols or racist tattoos.

In conjunction with our new location opening in Oklahoma City, we are hosting an open call for our INK-nitiative program, added Weber. Old tattoos can be a painful reminder of a life left behind. We want to empower people whove had the courage to change and help them feel confident in their new path.

For every paying person who completes their tattoo removal journey, Removery will provide a removal service to someone in need.

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Miss Universe is Indias Harnaaz, 70th winner – KFOR Oklahoma City12.15.21

EILAT, Israel (AP) Harnaaz Sandhu of India was crowned the 70th Miss Universe on Sunday, topping a field of some 80 contestants in a pageant that was touched by politics and the pandemic.

The previously reigning Miss Universe,Andrea Meza of Mexico, crowned her successor, a Bollywood actress, in the Israeli Red Sea resort town of Eilat. The pageant was held in the middle of the night, wrapping up at 5 a.m. local time (10 p.m. EST) to accommodate the primetime schedule in the U.S.

Sandhu said she was feeling overwhelmed because its been 21 years since India got Miss Universe crown and its happening right now.

The pageant included traditional displays of national costumes, swimwear and a series of interview questions to test contestants public speaking skills. The top 10 showed off intricately bedazzled full-length gowns in either gold, silver or bronze. The Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez wore an asymmetrical cut dress with one sleeve, highlighting a new tattoo she said celebrates her womanhood.

But the contest also drew attention in recent weeks for other reasons.

A grassroots Palestinian-led boycott had urged contestants to skip the event to protestIsraels treatment of the Palestinians.

In the end, only Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country with close ties to the Palestinians, did not send a representative, citing the global COVID-19 situation. The South African government, which also strongly supports the Palestinian cause,withdrew support for the countrys representativeover her participation.

In an interview last month, Meza urged contestants toleave politics out of the pageant, saying the gathering was meant to bring together women from different backgrounds. When you are in there you forget about politics, about your religion, she told The Associated Press at the time.

Sara Salansky, an official with the Israeli Tourism Ministry, saidthe country was selected to host the contestearlier this year because of Israels successful coronavirus vaccination program.

The contest suffered a last-minute hiccup with the arrival of the omicron variant, which forced Israel to close its borders to foreign tourists late last month.

Most of the Miss Universe contestants were already in the country before the new regulations came into effect. But those who came afterward were given special permission to enter, albeit with a mandatory 72-hour quarantine period.

Throughout the run-up to Sundays contest, all contestants were tested for the coronavirus every 48 hours and required to obey strict mask requirements.

Amid all the safeguards, Frances contestant, Clemence Botino,tested positive for COVID-19shortly after arriving in Israel. After 10 days in quarantine, she was declared virus free last week and allowed to rejoin the competition.

Last years pageant was delayed due to the pandemic before Meza was crowned in May for her abbreviated tenure.

Sundays contest was hosted by U.S. TV personality Steve Harvey. Organizers said the pageant was expected to reach an estimated 600 million viewers via the FOX network in 172 countries.

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WE SERVED: Verrette enlisted with USMC to join the best – Cherokee Phoenix11.13.21

KANSAS, Okla. Gerry Verrette, a Cherokee Nation citizen and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, didnt go straight into his enlistment after high school.

After graduating as valedictorian of the Kansas High School class of 1994, his life took a couple of turns and he was working a factory job when his father, an Air Force veteran, suggested the military.

Skeptical at first, Verrette changed his mind and decided he wanted to join the best.

Every member of every other branch you would meet out on liberty would tell a story about how they were going to be a Marine, but something happened, Verrette said. The recruiter wasnt in the office or something. So Im proud of what I chose. Thats kind of how I live my life. I dont want to half-ass things. I want to be the best that I know I can be.

Much as he did as a student, Verrette finished atop his basic and specialty training classes after enlisting in 1999, and before long he was an avionics technician maintaining F-18 Hornet aircraft. On land, he spent part of his five-year enlistment in South Carolina, but he was deployed several times. He was with the Silver Eagles of VMFA-115, which has flown the Hornet since 1985.

My major deployment was aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, Verrette said. I got about 10 months on the flight deck. I was an avionic technician, and we worked hand-in-hand with the pilots. We worked on all the systems in that cockpit. Every time the pilots came back, they would brief us to let us know anything that was wrong. We fixed any problems with these F-18s.

A common feature of Marine Corps aircraft is advanced age. USMC equipment is often handed down from the other services.

The other branches get all the cool stuff, Verrette said. We get all the stuff nobody wants to fly anymore and use it for another 20 or 30 years. Some of the F-18s I worked on were some of the oldest still in service.

Verrette was deployed in the early months of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. For three months, his unit alternated 12-hour shifts seven days a week.

He later won approval from his merit board for promotion to corporal when he was submitted for consideration by his sergeant major, who also awarded Verrette a challenge coin for outstanding performance of duty.

Before his discharge, Verrette received a final promotion to sergeant.

I got out in October 2004, he said. I was wanting to re-enlist actually, but things didnt work out. There were some things I wanted to take care of back home.

Today, Verrette is back in Kansas, living on five acres with three dogs and three cats. He has a 14-year-old daughter who just entered high school.

In the fall of 2020, he entered Northeastern State University and will achieve junior status at the end of the fall 2021 term. He is pursuing a bachelors degree in psychology.

I was in management at the (Cherokee Nation) casino for 11 years, but then the COVID hit and they had to shut down, Verrette said. I had to do something. So I filed for an extension on my GI Bill.

Verrette received a diagnosis of PTSD in 2020. He wants to help other veterans dealing with similar issues. Like many veterans, he says he misses the deep fraternity of the Corps, and hasnt found fellowship of such intensity since leaving active service.

Those guys looked out for you and would even die for you, Verrette said. I miss that. We are on Facebook and we do kind of connect that way. In my personal life today, I really dont have the same kind of bond with anybody like I did back then. The biggest thing I took from my military career was making those bonds and having that camaraderie.

Verrette has a tattoo incorporating a dreamcatcher into the USMC globe and anchor.

My being Cherokee was never an issue, because the military brings people from every walk of life, he said. If anything it brought respect. They might have made a little fun of my accent, me being from Oklahoma. But Ive always been proud to be Cherokee and I wanted to represent being Cherokee and being from Oklahoma.

Verrette says he still carries himself as a Marine today, and always will.

I still represent the Marines, he said. There is no such thing as a former Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. I am proud to be a Marine, and I will always be a Marine until the day I die.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Neighborhood’ on CBS; ‘The Voice’ – Los Angeles Times11.02.21

The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print. You can find more TV coverage at:

The Neighborhood Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) investigates the strange occurrences at the Butlers house while Gemma and Tina (Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold) question if their days of sexy costumes should be behind them in a Halloween episode of the comedy. Max Greenfield also stars. 8 p.m. CBS

The Voice Ed Sheeran returns as mentor on the final night of the knockouts in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

All American (N) 8 p.m. The CW

Dancing With the Stars Queen Night. 8 p.m. ABC

9-1-1 (N) 8 p.m. Fox

Holiday Baking Championship The dozen bakers embrace the season, making fall and winter doughnuts and then combining holiday cheese board staples in creative apple and cheese desserts. 8 p.m. Food Network

Mysteries of the Unknown This new episode recalls when Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers Neighborhood) testified in 1969 before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications. 8 p.m. Travel

Bob Hearts Abishola (N) 8:30 p.m. CBS

NCIS McGee (Sean Murray) and the rest of the team investigate the death of a Navy commander whose legacy includes training top athletes. David McCallum, Gary Cole, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen and Diona Reasonover also star with guest stars Joshua Brockington, Randy J. Goodwin and Kelly Stables. 9 p.m. CBS

4400 (N) 9 p.m. The CW

The Big Leap (N) 9 p.m. Fox

Were Here Bob, Eureka and Shangela help someone who recently transitioned find the confidence to live life beyond closed doors in this new episode. 9 p.m. HBO

Wakefield As Nik (Rudi Dharmalingam) is under investigation for the accidental injury of a patient, Renuka (Monica Kumar), his soon-to-be-married sister, asks him to find a precious family heirloom for her nuptials. Mandy McElhinney also stars. 9 p.m. Showtime

NCIS: Hawaii After a globetrotting social media star is kidnapped, the search by Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and the team reveals that the missing woman is not the person her followers or her husband believe her to be. Tori Anderson, Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills and Yasmine Al-Bustami also star with guest stars Julie White, Chloe Lanier and Titus Makin. 10 p.m. CBS

Ordinary Joe (N) 10 p.m. NBC

The Good Doctor In this new episode Doctors Park and Murphy (Will Yun Lee, Freddie Highmore) treat an elderly Asian man (Francois Chau), the victim of a hate crime who was brought in by his daughter (Jee Young Han). (N) 10 p.m. ABC

POV The documentary North by Current from filmmaker and artist Angelo Madsen Minax is a deeply personal work that juxtaposes the story of his life as a trans man with his parents Michigan childhoods. 10 p.m. KOCE

College Basketball Rogers State visits Oklahoma, 5 p.m. BSW

NFL Football The New York Giants visit the Kansas City Chiefs, 5 p.m. ESPN

NBA Basketball The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Clippers, 7:30 p.m. BSSC

CBS Mornings Retired USA soccer player Carli Lloyd; author Mitch Albom. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Ryan Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals); Anika Noni Rose (Maid). (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View (N) 10 a.m. KABC

Rachael Ray Mary Giuliani and David Burtka plan a couples wedding redo. (N) 10 a.m. KTTV

The Wendy Williams Show (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Gary Cole. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

Tamron Hall (N) 1 p.m. KABC

The Dr. Oz Show A woman is resuscitated after her heart stops while her daughter is giving birth; Tamron Hall. (N) 1 p.m. KTTV

The Drew Barrymore Show Author Anderson Cooper (Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty). (N) 2 p.m. KCBS

The Kelly Clarkson Show Clarkson sings Pavement Cracks. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

Dr. Phil Woman with an extreme case of anorexia nervosa and bulimia advises others on how to lose weight. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jane Lynch; Amber Ruffin. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

The Real Shangela (Were Here). (N) 3 p.m. KCOP

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erb (N) 5 p.m. KVCR

Amanpour & Company (N) 11 p.m. KCET; midnight KVCR;1 a.m. KLCS

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Matt Damon; Ben Affleck; Nicole Holofcener; Victoria Beckham; Holly Humberstone. 11:34 p.m. KNBC

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert David Byrne performs with the cast of American Utopia; Huma Abedin. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live! 11:35 p.m. KABC

The Late Late Show With James Corden 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Tracy Morgan; Colin Quinn; Roy Mayorga performs. (N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC

Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m. KABC

A Crime on the Bayou Filmmaker Nancy Buirskis (The Loving Story) 2020 documentary chronicles the lasting bond that formed between unjustly arrested Black teenager Gary Duncan and Richard Sobol, his young Jewish attorney. Charged with the crime of daring to touch a white boys arm in 1966, Duncan stood against a Louisiana court system that was filled with defiant white supremacists. Eventually, Duncan and Sobol take their case to the Supreme Court. 8 p.m. Starz

Schools Out Forever No sooner has 15-year-old mischief-maker Lee Keegan been expelled from posh St. Marks school for a silly prank than a deadly pandemic sweeps the globe, killing everyone except those with a particular blood type. Liam Lau Fernandez, Anthony Head and Alex Macqueen also star in this 2021 thriller. 11:30 p.m. Starz

Everest (2015) 8:30 a.m. FX

Elizabeth (1998) 8:33 a.m. Starz

Cujo (1983) 9 a.m. AMC

The China Syndrome (1979) 9:35 a.m. TMC

Trouble Along the Way (1953) 10 a.m. TCM

The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) 10:40 a.m. HBO

Ghostbusters (1984) 11 a.m. Freeform

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. FX

High Fidelity (2000) 11:23 a.m. Cinemax

Apollo 13 (1995) 11:40 a.m. TMC

The Avengers (2012) 12:35 p.m. Epix

King Kong (2005) 12:40 p.m. HBO

The Shining (1980) 1 p.m. AMC

Se7en (1995) 1:04 p.m. Syfy

Billy Elliot (2000) 1:18 p.m. Cinemax

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) 2 p.m. BBC America

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) 2 p.m. FX

Set It Off (1996) 2 p.m. VH1

Jim Thorpe, All American (1951) 3 p.m. TCM

The Dead Girl (2006) 3:23 p.m. Encore

The Queen (2006) 3:55 p.m. HBO

Dirty Harry (1971) 4 p.m. Ovation

G.I. Jane (1997) 4:05 p.m. TMC

Poltergeist (1982) 4:30 p.m. AMC

All the Right Moves (1983) 4:30 p.m. Epix

Hoosiers (1986) 5 p.m. FS1

A Beautiful Mind (2001) 5:41 p.m. Starz

The Nutty Professor (1996) 6:30 p.m. BET

Aladdin (1992) 6:30 p.m. Freeform

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) 6:30 p.m. Ovation

Jaws (1975) 7 p.m. AMC

Fame (1980) 7 p.m. TCM

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 8 and 10:30 p.m. BBC America

Mean Girls (2004) 8 p.m. MTV

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) 8 p.m. POP

Coco (2017) 8:30 p.m. Freeform

West Side Story (1961) 9:30 p.m. TCM

Burn After Reading (2008) 9:35 p.m. TMC

Die Hard (1988) 10 p.m. Paramount

Flight (2012) 10:40 p.m. Epix

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Band in the USA: Car Seat Headrest unveil 2022 ‘Masquerade Tour’ – Vanyaland11.02.21

Editors Note:With societys gradual re-opening and our overall return to normalcy, there has been a deluge of tour announcements. Band in the USA keeps you updated on the shows you need to know about, and just who might be soon coming to town.


This weekend is Halloween, doncha know, but Car Seat Headrest is taking the masquerade party deep into next year. Will Toledo and his merry band of indie pranksters have today unveiled the Car Sea Headrest Masquerade Tour, kicking off March 16 in St. Paul and wrapping in Vancouver on May 20. Theyre bringing Bartees Strange and Floral Tattoo along for the ride, and the Boston date with the former lands March 26 at The House of Blues. Aces.

You are formally invited to a venue near you to partake in The Car Seat Headrest Masquerade Tour for a night of music, dancing, and identity loss, the band declares.We are deeply excited to crawl out of our pit and onto the spot lit stage once more. For a few hours on a spring night, you too can slip out of your mind and into the ever-changing shared world of the theater.We ask that you wear a mask (you know which kind) and invite you to accouter yourself in whatever further costumery you please. Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test will be required. At some venues only proof of vaccine will be accepted check your local venue to receive details.

Car Seat Headrest is taking some sweet merch out on the road with them, too, as theyll be slinging a limited-edition tour-only CD,titled The MADLO EPs, compiling recent digital-only releases,MADLO: InfluencesandMADLO: Remixes. Influences features four covers that helped shape 2020s Making A Door Less Open (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Kate Bush, and The Who), and Remixes boasts five re-works from Superorganism, Scuba, yeule, Dntel, and 1 Trait Danger.

Cool stuff. All the dates are below; get ticket info here.

Car Seat Headrest 2022 North American TourMarch 16 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theater #March 17 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater #March 18 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater #March 20 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic #March 22 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall #March 25 North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA #March 26 Boston, MA @ House of Blues #March 27 Portland, ME @ State Theatre #March 29 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #March 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #April 1 Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall #April 2 Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem #April 4 Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater #April 5 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #April 7 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz #April 8 Columbia, SC @ The Senate #April 9 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle #April 10 Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl #April 22 Seattle, WA @ Paramount TheaterApril 23 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater #April 24 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater #April 26 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades #April 27 San Francisco, CA @ The WarfieldApril 29 San Diego, CA @ House of BluesApril 30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #May 1 Phoenix, AZ @ The Van BurenMay 4 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater #May 5 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #May 6 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater #May 7 Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater #May 8 Kansas City, MO @ Grinders KC #May 10 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #May 11 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre #May 20 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom %# w/ Bartees Strange% w/ Floral Tattoo

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Atomic Lotus – Atomic Lotus Tattoo10.08.21

Atomic Lotus Tattoo offers you the safest tattoos for your money. We adhere to the same rigid standards as the legendary 23rd Street Body Piercing. We have built a state of the art facility keeping cleanliness and your safety our first priority. Additionally, we have pulled together excellent local and national artists, whose combined talents cover any style of tattooing from traditional to photo realism. We also feature guest artists from around the country who help provide us exposure to a creative, fresh outlook on our industry and our art. Keep your eyes open for who will be in the studio next. We bring you the highest caliber artists, in the cleanest environment, at a fair price. That is why we have been voted Best of OKC every year since 2006. Come by Atomic Lotus Tattoo today, look at the artists portfolios or just look around the studio. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about what we do and why we do it. If you are looking to be our guest please send us your portfolio and resume and check out the requirements to get a guest license in Oklahoma (here).

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Two golds, two silvers and a tattoo: The Paralympics power couple – Sydney Morning Herald08.23.21

It was a blessing in disguise, he says. Youre young, naive and not really understanding what the world is. When something like that happens, you grow up really quick.

You just have to keep getting on with life and sometimes you have no choice but to pick yourself back up and live life to the fullest. Fortunately, I had a really good support network and it changed the trajectory of where my life was going.

I always wanted to represent Australia in a sport and looking back now, that may not have been a possibility if I had two legs. I still sit here and say losing my leg is the biggest opportunity I have been given.

Three years later, on the other side of the world in Germany, Low stumbled from an overcrowded platform and into an oncoming train. She lost both legs and sustained significant head and back injuries.

In one moment, everything changed, Low says. Growing up, I was always that confident little girl that had those big dreams and goals. I grew up in a small little town in Germany, so all I wanted to do was travel the world and see the world. I spent five months in hospital and two weeks in a coma while all my friends were having this amazing time and I was fighting for my life.

Vanessa Low at the AIS athletics track in Canberra. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

One thing I really struggled with initially was belief in myself. I was always that sporty girl then all of a sudden that became impossible. For me, Paralympic sport enabled me to travel the world after all and really make my dream a reality in a very different framework that I originally imagined.

Determined to make the most of their circumstances, Reardon and Low turned to Paralympic sport as a way of making sense of what had happened to them.

In 2009, seven years after his accident, Reardon was so serious about the Paralympics that he moved to Canberra to train at the Australian Institute of Sport. Three years after that, he won silver in the mens 100m T42 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and gold in Rio.

The London Paralympics were not nearly as successful for Low, who had decided to retire at the end of that year after a mediocre campaign in London had convinced her she would never reach the heights required to ever win a medal.

Id done very little improvements in my first four years of athletics, Low says. Nobody thought someone with my disability at that point would be able to be successful.

Low needed a break, so she travelled to Oklahoma to visit her long-time friend and fellow athlete Katrin Green. The pair, along with Katrins husband Roderick Green, an athletics coach, had a few drinks one night and hatched a plan.

On a wild night, he said he would train me to win a gold medal, Low says. I said if he was right Id get his autograph tattooed on me. I went back to Germany, quit my job, and sold everything I owned and moved to Oklahoma City.

The move paid off - in Rio, Low won gold in the T42 long jump, silver in the T42 100m and ended up with a new tattoo.

Professional athletes make many sacrifices and Reardon and Low are no different.

From 2013 to 2016, they saw each other just twice a year, for a couple of weeks at a time if they were lucky, due to conflicting schedules.

In the eight months heading into the Rio Paralympics, they didnt see each other once.

Had it not been for technology, Reardon doesnt know how they would have coped.

The fact you can pick up a phone and video chat to somebody from anywhere in the world is pretty special, Reardon says. It makes life so much easier.

We werent complaining because we could see each other every single day, even if it was just through a phone screen.

Low and Reardon are hopeful of more glory in Tokyo. Credit:Georgina Beasley

After Rio, the easiest solution was for Low to move permanently to Canberra and switch national allegiances heading into Tokyo.

Any country when they get an opportunity to adopt a gold medallist, I think theyd jump at that pretty quickly, Reardon says. Its pretty cool that were on the same team together its something Ive been looking forward to since she made that transition.

Low adds: It wasnt necessarily easy because I really cherish where Im from and Im really grateful for everything the German team has done for me. I wouldnt be where I am today without them. Its such a privilege to be competing for Australia. The team is amazing.


It makes it so much easier being able to do things side-by-side and being able to share their experience. We really bounce off each others positive energy and pick each other up when were having bad days.

Asked if they are Australias power couple, Low chuckles before saying: Its not a secret that were a couple. We know how to divide sport from our relationship. Its really great to have him by my side. Scott still inspires me to find that bit of resilience in my everyday life.

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‘I got this’: How OU quarterback Spencer Rattler matured from confident kid to national championship contender – The Oklahoma Daily08.09.21

Then-freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler during the game against Kansas in Lawrence Oct. 5, 2019.

The night before returning to Norman for summer workouts ahead of the biggest season of his life, Spencer Rattler returned to his roots.

Oklahomas quarterback traveled 20 minutes southeast from his Phoenix home on June 4 to Scottsdale Ranch Park, where a few hundred children waited. They were all participants in Friday Nights, Under the Lights, a recurring offseason camp of the Scottsdale Firebirds Youth Football program.

Founded in 2008, the Firebirds are a storied kids tackle organization, having won 20 state titles and several national awards while producing 65 current Division I college players. Club coordinator and coach Matt Frazier isnt shy about calling it the nations best youth football program.

Rattler, the pride of the Firebirds from upper elementary school through junior high, has returned each of the past six summers. He coaches and encourages campers on the same field where his Firebirds career began. By Fraziers design, he pays his experience forward to players hoping to one day match his footsteps.

At this years event, per Frazier, Rattler sat before a microphone as campers rapidly fired 10 questions in one minute to the greatest Firebird of all time. One attendee quickly addressed the elephant in the room the Heisman Trophy, which Rattler is a frontrunner to win in December. Seven other Sooners have claimed the award for college footballs most outstanding player, including Rattlers predecessors Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in the past four years.

The gist of Rattlers reply? Great, if it happens. It took another question to reveal his real prize.

Whats your goal? another camper asked, and there was the moment of truth.

To win the national championship, Rattler announced.

Then, Describe yourself in two words.

Confident and committed, Rattler responded.

Frazier had seen that moxie before. It reminded him of when he approached a 12-year-old Rattler in the huddle with one minute left in their state championship game. The coach had drawn up a quarterback counter fake a play his young passer had never run, which required him to sell the defense on a handoff before keeping the ball and running. Despite the challenge, little Rattler mustered the outsized confidence now ascribed to the likes of Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes.

I got this, coach, he told Frazier before executing the play, scoring and winning the state title by one point, securing one of his four Arizona youth championships as a Firebird.

Nearly nine years later, Rattlers conviction lives on in socks that read I got this, which Frazier fashioned for all his current Firebirds. That night at Scottsdale Ranch, more football attire took on greater symbolism, as Frazier presented Rattler with a framed Firebirds jersey, and revealed the organization is retiring his No. 7. Rattlers father Michael and sister Olivia surprised him by attending the impromptu induction. While the Firebirds boast notable alumni like Arizona Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk, Rattlers number is their first retired.

Scottsdale Firebirds coach Matt Frazier fashioned "I got this" socks (left) as a tribute to Spencer Rattler before retiring his No. 7 jersey (right).

I don't keep real detailed stats, but I know that there has never been a quarterback probably in high school, and certainly in Arizona youth football that accomplished what that kid did, Frazier said. He made everybody better and he made us all proud.

After becoming 2012 United Youth Football League Player of the Year, Rattler followed his Firebirds career with four years of stardom at Pinnacle High School, where he set Arizona records for passing yards and touchdowns. He became a High School All-American and a highly coveted prospect whod gained national attention before arriving at OU in 2019. There, he was briefly usurped from starting by graduate transfer Jalen Hurts in his first season before claiming the starting job in his second.

Now, Rattler enters his redshirt sophomore season with enormous hype as the Heisman favorite who could be the first pick in Aprils NFL draft. He also stands to benefit as much as anyone in college football from new name, image and likeness powers. But more than acquiring awards and signing lucrative contracts, Rattler is committed to winning the national championship which would be OUs eighth and first since 2000 he and those in his inner circle say.

Amid a crucial offseason, Rattler has trained to become, as he put it during spring practice, the most unstoppable quarterback in college football. From calisthenics with his adept fitness trainer to throwing sessions with his longtime quarterback guru, he has been maturing physically all summer. Rattler has always exhibited confidence, but he hasnt always held it together like the 12-year-old wunderkind fighting for a state championship. A high school suspension, a brief college benching and some regrettable screen time bear his struggles out.

Over the past eight weeks, however, eight interviews with those close to the quarterback indicate Rattler is prioritizing his mental maturity, too. He has focused on increasing his leadership at OU and looking out for others in Norman, Arizona and abroad. This is the story of Rattlers maturation in full, as he looks to put everything together and do what Heisman winners Jason White, Sam Bradford, Mayfield and Murray could not do win the national championship for Oklahoma. If he can pull off what they couldnt, hell not only etch his name in school history, but also provide a significant boost to the Sooners looming entrance in the Southeastern Conference. The Heisman Trophy, heightened NIL earnings and the top selection in the 2022 NFL Draft are plausible personal rewards.

Like the left leg tattoo Rattler has featured in recent social media posts states, N:OW is the time for him to prove he has got this."

Then-redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler celebrates after OU scores a touchdown during the game against Texas Tech on Oct. 31, 2020.

From the home side at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, David Yost watched as Rattler dismantled Texas Techs defense, making any throw from anywhere with perfect finesse and command. Then the Red Raiders offensive coordinator, he had witnessed a similar performance from Rattler before.

Previously, Yost spent the 2016 season as Oregons quarterbacks coach after a three-year stint at Washington State. At the time, class of 2016 prospect and future Los Angeles Charger Justin Herbert was the Ducks successor under center.

Upon arriving in Eugene, Yosts charge was evaluating Herberts heirs. He visited Arizona in January, but didnt happen upon Rattler, whod just finished his freshman football season and begun basketball. Yost returned to the desert that spring to watch Oregon commit Ryan Kelley, a four-star 2017 recruit from Basha High. This time, he also ventured to Pinnacle for a peek at Rattler, who around that time was offered a scholarship by Lincoln Riley, then Oklahomas offensive coordinator.

Yost was quickly impressed by the young quarterback, two years Kelleys junior. The velocity and spin on Rattlers ball plus his footwork, athleticism and ability to throw from multiple arm angles indicated hed be one of the nations top passers in his class.

A third visit solidified that notion. During Rattlers sophomore season, Yost attended a weeknight practice and was astounded. Rattler threw with pinpoint accuracy even outside the pocket, on the run and in uncomfortable positions. Yost also noted how catchable Rattlers throws were timed perfectly, tailored to each receiver and delivered with masterful touch beyond his age.

When defensive drills began, Rattler kept calling his receivers by name and slinging more reps as he jogged off the field. By Yosts count, Rattler made close to 300 passes that night. Only five or six fell incomplete.

I went to watch Trevor Lawrence throw. I hung out for three days with (Tua Tagovailoa) in Hawaii when I was at Oregon, Yost said. Ive seen all these guys, and (Rattlers) probably the best I've ever seen as far as just consistently accurate, throwing such a catchable ball, and it's so easy for him.

Despite the allure, Yost never offered Rattler a scholarship. After Kelley decommitted from Oregon in May, Yost spent his remaining Ducks tenure chasing a replacement 2017 quarterback before he was fired that November.

After landing at Utah State, Yost bumped into Rattler a fourth time during his junior season while scouting a Pinnacle offensive lineman. Yo, I dont hear from you anymore, the quarterback quipped. You thinking about coming to Utah State? Yost joked. Both knew the answer, but theyd meet again nonetheless.

Following two seasons with the Aggies, Yost arrived at Texas Tech in 2019, and the Red Raiders traveled to Norman that September. He reunited with Rattler on the sideline before the Sooners backup relieved Hurts for one series in the twilight of a blowout win. By the teams 2020 meeting Rattler was the starter, and Texas Techs defensive plan was little more than hoping he would keep struggling like he had sporadically against Kansas State, Iowa State and Texas beforehand. OU had barely held on against the Longhorns after losses to the Wildcats and Cyclones games in which turnovers and missed tackles were plentiful.

Instead, a rejuvenated Rattler coming off two-straight wins played possessed that evening, having told his teammates the night before, Its time for us to go out and embarrass somebody. Bolstered by a strong running game, he deftly dotted 21-of-30 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and OU blasted the Red Raiders 62-28.

The bad thing was that it looked like that practice I was at that night where he threw all completions all the time to everybody, said Yost, who was fired by Texas Tech in December. By the time we played (OU) where he kind of got rolling, he wasn't making any bad decisions at all. He was attacking and we looked like a scout team that night against them.

Then-Redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler throws the ball during the game against Texas Tech on Oct. 31, 2020.

Rattler couldve added two more scores had receivers not dropped a pair of precision throws. Nevertheless, one touchdown pass he completed stood out. Early in the second quarter, Rattler faked the handoff, feigned a throw to his left and rolled back to his right. Spying H-back Austin Stogner downfield, he didnt bother to set his feet before uncorking a spiraling 27-yard strike through heavy endzone traffic.

Former Oklahoma running back Spencer Tillman, the color analyst on that nights broadcast, quickly recognized the off-balance feat. Most quarterbacks have to get set, he said. Patrick Mahomes is the only other guy I know that can do this from a standing position."

Its fitting Tillman compared Rattler to the former Texas Tech gunslinger who on the same turf five years prior threw for 734 yards and five touchdowns while dueling Mayfield. Now an NFL MVP with Kansas City, Mahomes is still the Rattler blueprint to many, including former Firebirds coach Bill Phaturos.

He looks like him, he walks like him (and) he throws like him, Phaturos said. Obviously, Patrick's the highest paid player (in the NFL). He has a lot to go to live up to Patrick, but he has the ability. It's hard to compare anybody to Patrick Mahomes in college. Youve gotta make your way and earn that. But I think his arms just as good.

Phaturos noticed Rattlers throws just sounded different, emitting a faint pssss or whoosh upon release in eighth grade. It was then, during his final youth season, that Rattler easily discharged a 60-yard touchdown pass in the state championship game, hitting his receiver in the back of the end zone from beyond the 50-yard-line. Such plays werent uncommon for Rattler, whose natural arm talent, like Mahomes', creates new pages in his teams playbook.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler during practice March 24.

When Rattler was in upper elementary, Phaturos alerted his best friend Mike Giovando to the childs innate gifts. Giovando, who Firebirds coaches call the quarterback whisperer, has been instructing quarterbacks for over 20 years, even venturing to India and Switzerland to teach. Frazier calls him the best quarterback coach in the country and refers all Firebirds passers to his Elev8 QB Academy. Giovando is largely responsible for Arizonas hotbed of quarterback talent, and Rattler is among his most accomplished disciples.

All the while, Giovando has maintained a penchant for drills some consider unorthodox. This summer, he briefly trained incoming Minnesota freshman Athan Kaliakmanis, who during workouts told Giovando, Ive never done any of this stuff. He wasnt the first to say that.

Rattler worked out with Giovando two to three days a week this summer, reinforcing old tricks and learning new ones. First and foremost, Rattler rarely trains with his longtime coach alone. Some quarterback instructors prefer private lessons, but this summer Rattler threw next to Purdues Jack Plummer, Cals Kai Millner and San Diego States William Haskell, among others, as Giovando recorded and gave feedback.

Rattler also spent a 100-degree day throwing with OU teammate Tanner Schafer to former Sooners tight end Mark Andrews, a Scottsdale native now with the Baltimore Ravens. Rattler previously trained with NFL veterans Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor as a youth.

We don't come out here and do private workouts because that's not going to help him, said Giovando, who pushed Rattler to throw with varsity passers in seventh grade. He's got to get around the other guys, plus the energy's better when there's more guys and there's that competitive feeling. We've always done it this way, and I just think it just creates a better vibe and it creates a competitive atmosphere.

Rattler practices deep throws to sharpen his touch in each session. While thats typical of quarterback workouts, Giovando teaches other manifestations that arent. He puts his quarterbacks in uncomfortable positions, throwing off balance, to the receivers back shoulder or on the run from different arm angles. It all enhances Rattlers escapability which some say makes him the perfect hybrid of Mayfield and Murray and ability to tuck the ball and run when needed.

In one drill, Giovando forces his quarterbacks to keep their non-throwing hand on their chest as they pass, increasing ball control and downfield accuracy. In another, he puts the player behind a soccer goal and has them throw over the top to emulate a high release that wont be tipped. Then they work underneath the goal, simulating intermediate throws to shallow crossing receivers.

Some throwing begins with the receivers back turned. When the quarterback rolls out, a call is given to the receiver and he must come out of his break and find the ball. While it benefits the pass catcher, it also teaches the passer to anticipate where to hit his man without making eye contact with his target.

In addition, Giovando teaches how to read defenses quickly, while shooting minuscule throwing windows most other quarterbacks cant hit. Since Rattler was in seventh grade, his coach has repeatedly preached one principle: They cant defend what they cant see.

Rattler has a special knack for timing throws to when defenders turn their heads. When Texas Tech broke down Rattlers game film before their matchup, Yost noticed Rattlers able to throw the ball over the defense better than anyone.

Combined, Rattlers strengths help him stand out among other college quarterbacks. Even so, hes always looking for an additional edge. In the weight room at Elite U Training in Scottsdale, he worked tirelessly over the summer with Rube Oliver, his fitness trainer since high school.

Oliver communicates regularly with OU strength coach Bennie Wylie to keep Rattler on track for everything he hopes to accomplish in Norman. Their workouts are proprietary and paired specifically to Rattlers strengths and limitations. Oliver also provides consistent mental coaching, approaching every rep like its third-and-14.

This kid is a workhorse, Oliver said. He'll work his tail off, and then he'll do extra reps. It's just a testimony to his willingness, and his effort and his focus to just be a dominant level athlete.

In throwing with Giovando, Rattler focused on his lower body mechanics. Critiques of his delivery are few and far between, but he does occasionally minimize his power by lifting his back foot off the ground early. Giovandos main instruction this summer was for Rattler to fire his hips more before releasing the ball, uncoiling more full-body strength and creating better arm efficiency.

He has such a good arm talent that sometimes he can forget about the lower half and just throw it since hes got such good control of the ball, Giovando said. But hes always wanting to get better hes just focused on winning games, trying to get that national championship for Oklahoma, and we always say, if you take care of that stuff on the field, then the Heisman stuff, thats gonna take care of itself."

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) is tackled from behind by Texas Longhorns linebacker Joseph Ossai (46) during the first quarter of the Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on Oct. 10, 2020.

Rattler has come a long way since accepting the high school Heisman while telling OU assistant coach Cale Gundy hed see him at practice soon. Gundy has long kept an eye on Rattler, examining tapes of his training with Giovando since his high school sophomore year. After Rattlers senior year at Pinnacle, Gundy introduced him at the 2019 National Quarterback Club Awards in Scottsdale, where he was named co-High School Quarterback of the Year.

Oklahomas co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach, Gundy is a former Sooners quarterback himself. A team captain his junior and senior years at OU and a coach for 27 years, he knows plenty about leadership and maturity. While, according to Riley, Rattler didnt attend Big 12 Media Days this summer because of his youth, hes undoubtedly expected to be a crucial voice for OU this fall.

Hes going to be one of the leaders of this team because hes a quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, Gundy said during spring practice, slipping as he spoke and hinting Rattler could be a team captain. Theres great responsibilities there. I can see some of the change in him from last fall to this spring where hes trying to step up and take more responsibility.

When Rattler received the top high school quarterback award from Gundy, he expected to compete for OUs starting job in wake of Murrays NFL departure. Instead, Rattler spent his first college season sidelined, learning from someone else who saw him receive his national accolade. Hurts was also at the National Quarterback Club that day, splitting the college award with Alabama teammate Tagovailoa, although hed declared his transfer to OU three days before the ceremony.

While playing in three games as a freshman, Rattler saw Hurts, the former Crimson Tide national champion, become a Heisman finalist and lead the Sooners to their fourth College Football Playoff berth in five years. That peer-to-peer mentorship was something Rattler lacked in high school, where he was forced into starting as a freshman after Pinnacles junior quarterback quit the team.

I think that sitting behind Jalen was definitely a positive for him, said Michael Rattler, whos in banking while his wife Susan is a teacher. He got to see a kid who was a little older, who's probably a little more mature, and just watch how he conducted his business. I think that he and Jalen formed a friendship that they'll have for a lifetime, and he'll have a mentor that he can call on, hopefully, at any time.

Then-freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler watches senior quarterback Jalen Hurts as he walks off of the field for the last time as a Sooner during the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 28, 2019.

Hurts departure for the NFL gave Rattler the keys to Rileys offense last fall, and he looked ready after throwing four touchdown passes in the first half of his first start. He unloaded for 300 yards or more each of the next two games, but he lacked the polish of Mayfield and Murray, and his mistakes proved costly.

Rattler tossed three interceptions during Oklahomas 38-35 loss to Kansas State as the Sooners defense folded in the second half. One week later, frustration boiled over when he delivered the game-sealing pick in OUs 37-30 loss at Iowa State, handing the Sooners their worst conference play start since 1998.

TV cameras caught Rattler after his final throw was intercepted amid questions of a missed holding call. A prodigy become a work-in-progress, Rattlers anger toward recent struggles exacerbated into three words of rage-fueled self-questioning:

What the f---?

Even then, Rattler hadnt reached his lowest point. One week later came the Red River Showdown, the rivalry legendary OU quarterbacks must win consistently, where Texas induced a Rattler interception and fumble on consecutive possessions in the second quarter. Riley benched his starter for three offensive series, favoring backup Tanner Mordecai, who has since transferred to SMU. In the second half, Rattler returned hungrier, sharper and more composed and led the Sooners to a classic four-overtime victory against their chief rival. An off-platform touchdown pass to Drake Stoops and a well-placed two-point ball to Theo Wease sealed Rattlers comeback.

Riley revealed nothing particular when asked what he told Rattler on the sideline, while Rattler said his coach told him to take a break and hed be back out. Most concur it was a clear-your-head breather and not a punishing timeout, although Pinnacle coach Dana Zupke said he has his suspicions about the conversation. Rattlers current and former coaches all consider the benching and comeback a pivotal moment in his season.

His father sees it differently, having watched him in similar situations. As a high school sophomore against border rival Horizon High, Rattler threw an interception and struggled through a scoreless third quarter before rallying to win 43-42 on the road in overtime.

I think people have made a big deal out of that, and I just think that I didn't even bat an eyelash because I knew that he would be able to rebound from whatever, Michael said. That's what he's done his whole career since he was a kid, so I didn't worry about him being able to perform, and then I wasn't surprised when we came out and came back and battled and did overtime and the whole nine. He's always been best in overtime so I knew if we got to overtime, we'd win.

Regardless of how the Texas benching is perceived, Rattler was different afterward. Following six turnovers in his first four games, he made only three in the next seven contests while leading Oklahoma on an eight-game winning streak to finish the season.

Spencers got, as we all know, some of the most incredible moxie. Its part of what makes him so good, but it also can be a flaw at times where he thinks he can make every throw at any time, Zupke said. I think Coach Riley's done a fantastic job of kind of reeling that in and getting him to know when it's appropriate and when it's not. Last year after that Texas game, I just saw a different Spencer, a more mature Spencer on the field.

Then-redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler and freshman wide receiver Marvin Mims celebrate after scoring a touchdown during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against Florida at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 30, 2020.

Malik Zaire has seen Rattler at some of his highest highs.

When Rattler was fresh off a junior performance of 45 touchdowns and around 4,000 passing yards, Zaire arrived in Phoenix for winter training with Giovando ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Notre Dame and Florida quarterback quickly bonded with the younger Oklahoma commit.

Their friendship led to exploits beyond quarterback training like trick shots and viral videos. During his time near Rattler, Zaire was also a host for multiplatform sports show Overtime, which featured him and Rattler in a couple episodes.

In one, Rattler navigated an obstacle course, answered questions about his personal life and recruitment and threw footballs into trash cans blindfolded, among other tasks. But the peak of his and Zaires Overtime exploits occurred months before he came to Oklahoma on a literal mountaintop Tempe Butte at Arizona States main campus where Rattler attempted to throw footballs into a trashcan 1,495 feet below. For comparison, the highest perch at OUs Gaylord Family Oklahoma-Memorial Stadium is slightly less, measuring 1,165 feet.

Rattler and Zaire expected theyd need four or five hours to accomplish their goal and hired help to retrieve footballs from the ground below. Instead, Rattler needed just 10 minutes, splashing the difficult shot on his eighth attempt.

He's a Hollywood quarterback, its just what it is, said Zaire, who now coaches high school football in Los Angeles between appearances as a college football analyst for CBS Sports. He's got Johnny Manziel charisma, so he's gonna toe the line. But that's why people fall in love with him just like they did (Baker Mayfield), just like they do all the edgy quarterbacks.

The mountain video has over 400,000 views on Overtimes Instagram and over 400,000 more on Rattlers Instagram and Twitter combined. Zaire still watches it often and said he thinks it shouldve blown up more. Regardless, the moment and the months that surrounded it showed the growth Rattler needed to make mentally to keep pace with his physical prowess.

Ahead of Rattlers senior year, the Netflix series QB1: Beyond the Lights went to Phoenix, following the Pioneers star for 10 episodes. It didnt air until Rattler had already arrived at Oklahoma, but some content captured during his last high school slate wasnt flattering.

In episode four, Rattler, a team captain, blamed backup and former Michigan commit JD Johnsons lack of mental toughness after they lost a competition to the defense in practice. Rattler then missed two weeks with an ankle injury before returning against California's JSerra Catholic, a national powerhouse, in episode six.

Rattler proceeded to trash talk his JSerra opponents throughout the game before struggling in the fourth quarter of a loss. He quickly brushed it off, telling his teammates, Were still winning state, afterward, but the season took a turn for the worse.

Zupke informed his team Rattler wouldnt play against Chaparral in an ESPNU-televised game, with Rattler later blaming an MCL sprain for his inactivity. After the Chaparral game, news broke that Rattler was suspended for the remainder of the season for an unspecified violation of the school districts code of conduct. His family has preferred to keep it a private matter, other than his father acknowledging it wouldnt appear on his record. Rattler himself called it a childish, dumb mistake.

When I first had my conversation with Spencer, he was devastated, Zupke said. We all were and it was really unfortunate. I'm really big on teachable moments, and at the end of the day, thats what it ended up being. We get so caught up on chasing championships and trophies, and there's nothing wrong with striving for those things. But we're also supposed to be learning things about life and that was a big life lesson for Spencer in particular, but it was also a life lesson for our program and for our kids.

Sidelined for the seasons remaining four games, Rattler supported Johnson and his teammates. The Pioneers finished the season 11-2, losing in the state semifinals to a team theyd previously beaten. The coveted championship eluded the grasp of the player who once told his coach, I got this.

While Rattlers punishment is his lowest low, Zaire said the response is his favorite story in the young quarterbacks journey.

I just think that situation showed that hes got enough edge and hes got enough talent where he could shake off adversity and still be able to go in and do his business, Zaire said. I mean, hes a kid that doesn't waver too often. He rubs some people the wrong way, but when youre playing quarterback at a high level, (confidence), in my opinion, is what you need. I always knew Spencer was going to be good based on attitude alone.

Ask anyone in Rattlers inner circle and theyll admit his confidence can be mistaken for arrogance, but none have ever questioned his character. All his coaches say hes respectful, Phaturos particularly appreciating how his former pupil kindly treated his son Zak, the Pioneers third-string quarterback during Rattlers senior season.

Frazier believes Rattler doesnt have an ounce of arrogance in him. Thats why it has been an easy choice to bring Rattler back to camps regularly, and to retire his jersey number this summer.

We wouldnt have done that on accomplishments alone, Frazier said. My litmus test for an athlete is not touchdowns scored or thrown (or) how many games you win. My litmus test is, do you elevate the people around you? And thats what Spencer does.

Then-freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler before the game against Iowa State Nov. 9, 2019.

His retirement ceremony over, a shocked Rattler lingered at Scottsdale Ranch for over an hour, taking pictures and autographing anything from water bottles and shoes to even baby carriages.

That's where I know the maturity level is he's not thinking about himself, Giovando said. Hes thinking about others and the other people that are there who want to at least shake his hand, or get a picture or maybe ask him a question, so there's good growth. Hes always been like that, though, but that was pretty impressive, just the way he interacts with everybody. I think hes got a very level head.

In the early offseason, Rattler enjoyed considerable luxury and relaxation. He spent a few days in California with his girlfriend and also bought a dog. For a short time, his Instagram story became a search bar for material wants.

But once he returned from California, it was back to business. He called Giovando the night before he arrived in Phoenix. See you tomorrow, he told the coach who used to see him every Sunday, even after youth games on Saturdays.

New name, image and likeness powers took effect for NCAA athletes on July 1, and Rattler capitalized immediately. He swiftly joined Cameo, a platform that allows fans to buy personalized video messages from celebrities, and began charging $125 per shoutout, having since raised his price to $177.

A sharp social media manager, Rattler was valued at $769,300 in potential yearly NIL earnings from Twitter, Instagram and other apps by Opendorse, a company that helps athletes with their digital brands. That was in May 2020, before he had even started a game at Oklahoma, much less become the 2021 Heisman favorite and a national championship contender.

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The top tear-jerking moments of the Tokyo Games – KFOR Oklahoma City08.09.21

The Olympics are such a happy time. Nations and cultures come together in a festive atmosphere to witness and celebrate the achievements of the worlds greatest athletes.

So, then whats with all this crying?

Tear-jerking moments and the Olympics go together like medals on ribbons. For every moment of jubilation, there are those that stir deep emotions. Maybe its a sense of loss, a farewell or a new beginning. Or sometimes its the realization of a goal, the culmination of a lifes work and an opportunity to share a most special moment with family, friends, teammates and countrymen.

So, grab the tissue box and prepare to bawl with this top tear-jerking moments of the Tokyo Games:

With a chiseled physique and an eagle tattoo across his shoulder and chest,Caeleb Dresselcuts an imposing figure in and out of the pool. But that all melted away when Dressel was greeted via video by the folks back home. During an emotional post-race interview following his 100m gold medal victory, the 6-foot-3 swimmer was brought to tears at the sight of his wife, parents, friends and family. Love you too, an otherwise speechless Dressel managed. Thank you, guys.

SEE MORE:Caeleb Dressel sets Olympic record in 100 free, wins first individual gold

Unless you speak Spanish, you might not have realized what was happening during an interview with Argentine fencerMara Beln Prez Maurice. But it didnt take long to figure out. Standing behind BelnPrez Maurice was her coach and partner Lucas Saucedo with a marriage proposal scrawled on a sheet of paper. Saucedo went down on bended knee and, thankfully, she said yes.

SEE MORE:Mara Beln Prez Maurice gets surprise marriage proposal

Something clearly was not right withSimone Bilesafter she got lost in the air during an uncharacteristically shaky vault to startthe womens team final. After meeting with her coaches and trainers, Biles stunned the Games by withdrawing from the finals with a case of the twisties, and concerns over her mental health. I love you guys, but youre gonna be just fine, Biles is heard telling her teammates.

SEE MORE:Biles exits womens Olympic team final after vault

So touching was the farewell for Olympic diverKen Terauchiof Japan, it brought NBCs Cynthia Potter to tears. Making me cry, she said as Terauchi, 40, saluted his well-wishers. Minutes later it wasRommel Pachecoof Mexico who made his final Olympic dive and enjoyed another emotional moment.

SEE MORE:Divers Terauchi, Pacheco get standing ovations in farewell

Seventeen years ago, at the 2004 Games in Athens,Luis Scolahelped the Argentina mens basketball team make history with a victory over Team USA en route to a gold medal. In Tokyo, in what is expected to be his last international game, Scola received an emotional and deserving farewell.

SEE MORE:Argentinas Luis Scola receives standing ovation in Tokyo finale

Oksana Chusovitinagot the Olympic farewell she deserved in Tokyo. At 46, the eight-time Olympian from Uzbekistan failed to qualify for the final in the womans vault and said goodbye to the Games to a standing ovation from her fellow competitors, coaches and others in an other empty arena. She formed a heart with her hands and said a simple bye-bye as her Olympic career came to an end.

SEE MORE:Oksana Chusovitina gets farewell standing ovation

In 1920, Karel Capek wrote the ground-breaking play R.U.R. about robots taking over the world and dominating the human race. Fast forward 100 years and heres a robot sinking free throws and three-pointers at the Tokyo Games.

Capek was right the human race is doomed!

SEE MORE:Our robot overlords are better at basketball than we are

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Stolen vehicle linked to Sequoyah County double-shooting suspect – KNWA07.25.21

ANTLERS, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI)announced on Wednesday that it has linked the suspect in a double shooting in Sequoyah County on Saturday night to a stolen vehicle from an Oklahoma City carjacking earlier that same day.

According to a release from the department, the OSBI Latent Evidence unit recovered evidence from the silver Nissan, founded abandoned in Antlers on Sunday, that places Lee King, 27, inside the vehicle.

King is suspected of shooting two Good Samaritans, identified as John Derek Riggs and Jake Myers, who picked him up and took him to the Loves Travel Stop near Vian, where they were seen purchasing a gas can and gasoline before leaving in the victims car, according to OSBI.

The two victims were found minutes later on Interstate 40 near mile marker 293 with gunshot wounds.

King was last known to be in the Antlers, Oklahoma area on Sunday morning. An Antlers officer attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation, but King led the officer to a dead-end road where he ditched the car and disappeared into a heavily wooded area.

He was last seen at around 9:30 on Sunday morning at an Antlers thrift store.

Riggs and Myers remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition, OSBI said.

King is known to have connections to the Shreveport, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas areas.

He is a 27-year-old black man with a neck tattoo in the shape of the state of Louisiana, with LA in the center.

King is considered armed and dangerous and the public should not engage or approach him, according to OSBI.

If you see him, please call 911 or the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or immediately.

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