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Touchdown! Oklahoman scores with feature on Sooners game combining two faiths

By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion

If you follow college football, you probably know that Oklahoma opened with an impressive win Sunday night, highlighted by 508 yards of total offense by Alabama transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts.

One game into the season (a small sample size, no doubt), it even seems possible that a different Sooners QB could claim the Heisman Trophy for the third straight year.

To which I say: Boomer Sooner!

Here in Oklahoma, The Oklahoman offered readers a special treat on the front page Sunday: a smart news-feature by longtime sports columnist Jenni Carlson on the Sooners playing on what many consider the Lord’s Day. (FYI: Carlson recently celebrated 20 years with the newspaper, which sparked a tribute column by colleague Berry Tramel.)

I loved the headline, which captures the storyline perfectly:

Read the full column.

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All of my GetReligion columns (September 2019):

New York Times get close, oh so close, to doctrinal discussion in story on interracial wedding refusal. Published Sept. 4.

Touchdown! Oklahoman scores with smart feature on Sunday Sooners game combining two faiths. Published Sept. 5.

Friday Five: New AP religion journalists, NYT hit piece, Pulitzer donation, Randy Travis baptism. Published Sept. 6.

According to Washington Post, Focus on the Family is all about that hate, all about that hate. Published Sept. 8.

Sorry, but Politico’s long exposé on Jerry Falwell Jr. lacks adequate named sources to be taken seriously. Published Sept. 9.

Falwell Jr., Liberty University share GetReligion’s post on Politico story — but did they actually read it? Published Sept. 11.

Our periodic reminder for journalists: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has an agenda. Published Sept. 12.

Friday Five: Jarrid Wilson, Jerry Falwell Jr., Wedgwood Baptist anniversary, Ostling on Godbeat. Published Sept. 13.

Mississippi students protest time change for religious group’s meeting, sparking a GetReligion question. Published Sept. 16.

Associated Press delves into Joe Biden’s abortion funding reversal and his Catholic faith. Published Sept. 17.

Breaking news alert: Nation’s religion journalists have gathered in, um, Sin City for #RNA2019. Published Sept. 19.

Friday Five: #RNA2019, pastor suicide, newspaper credibility, culture wars, hilarious sermons. Published Sept. 20.

#RNA2019 awards honor nation’s top religion writers — many of these names will be familiar. Published Sept. 23.

Sports Illustrated reports on Freedom From Religion Foundation’s complaints about Clemson football. Published Sept. 24.

Hybels, McCarrick and Patterson: The sex abuse scandals that ruled #RNA2019 large newspapers. Published Sept. 26.

Friday Five: Heidi Hall’s last story, mainline blues, praying to plants, FFRF stenography, Ukraine scoop. Published Sept. 27.

Mr. NBA Referee goes to Catholic seminary: what’s great (and not so great) about WSJ’s story. Published Sept. 30.

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