OSU notebook: The old ball game

You can take Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden out of

baseball, but you can’t take the baseball out of Weeden, a former

second-round draft pick of the New York Yankees. Last Thursday,

Weeden kept flipping channels between a

college

football game (Nebraska’s rout of

Kansas State) and baseball playoff games. He’s pulling for the

Yankees, of course.

Monday, Weeden trotted out a baseball analogy when asked about

the luxury of having a kicker (Dan Bailey) who hasn’t missed a

field goal this season. Said Weeden, “It’s like having Mariano

Rivera as a closer.” Long range: Bailey is riding a streak of 14

consecutive successful field goal attempts this season. He said he

is not superstitious. “It’s moreso that I just don’t like to get

out of the routine,” he said. “I like to keep things in a certain

order and do things a certain way.” Bailey, who kicked two 52-yard

field goals against Louisiana-Lafayette, said he has kicked

65-yarders in practice that “sneak over” the cross bar. The rest of

the story: There’s a reason OSU receiver Justin Blackmon excels at

snaring jump balls. He’s been doing it for a long time in a sport

other than

football. Blackmon said he handled

jump-ball chores as a basketball player at Plainview High School

even though he wasn’t the team’s point guard. “I had a little

technique to get through it and jump against some of the big guys,”

he said. “I don’t think I lost one in high school.” Blackmon’s

multi-sport background also includes a hockey stint – mostly roller

hockey, but also ice hockey.