Round 1 of the CRFF All-Time Cowboy Tournament has officially started! In yesterday’s matchup, #9 seed, Brandon Weeden, beat up on #24 seed, Alex Dieringer. If you don’t already know about this tournament we are holding, check out the Tournament introductory blog! We have seeded 30 of the best to ever wear the orange and black.
What is an “All-Time Cowboy,” exactly? Whatever you think it is. This is not a “who’s better?” contest, this is a tournament for the fans. Who did you idolize growing up as a Pokes fan? Who is constantly representing our beloved University, even past their college days? Who would you most want to sit down next to at the Penny, and drink a limey with? These are the types of questions you should be asking yourself while voting. This is for you guys!
Round 1 / Match #4: #4 Ed Gallagher vs. #29 Josh Fields
Our #4 seed is none other than Ed Gallagher. You know, as in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Gallagher was a student at Oklahoma A&M, and excelled in track and football, however, his time as an athlete is not the reason his name is on our arena or why he is in this tournament. Ed Gallagher is ingrained in Oklahoma State history because he is a winner. He started and coached our wrestling program in 1916, and lost only 5 total matches by the time he passed away in 1940. Go back and read that again... that is banana land! 5 losses in 25 years of coaching. His final record was 138-5-4.
Former OSU dual sport athlete, Josh Fields, is one of the most beloved Cowboys of the early 2000’s. When Josh Fields was coming out of Stillwater High School as one of the top prospects in the state for both football and baseball, it was a no-brainer for him to stay at home and go to OSU. Whether he was throwing the fade to Rashaun Woods in front of tens-of-thousands of fans, or mashing frozen ropes at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, Josh Fields was a constant professional, and a true Cowboy.
He was later drafted by the White Sox in 2004, and put together a solid career. However, no White Sox or Royals fans ever got to experience the kind of magic that Josh brought to the table quite like the Cowboys fans did. Those years were fun, and we owe much of it to Josh Fields. Thanks, Josh!
The match up is set! Who are you going to vote for? The builder of a 100-year dynasty, or the multi-talented hometown hero? Vote below and share the tweet with your friends!
We're on match 4 of our All-Time Cowboy tournament. Today's matchup, Ed Gallagher v. Josh Fields.— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) August 4, 2016