Jessica Lantz

  • joined Feb 26, 2010
  • last login Apr 23, 2014
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I was raised in Big 8/Big 12 country and taught very aptly to be an avid sports fan.

My uncle, Jon Lantz, was a former high school and college football coach in Oklahoma and Missouri who added to my love of the game. On a personal note, I have included a story link regarding his life, both on and off the field, that I feel shows him as a man of character and integrity, who possessed a love for God, family and sport- and I feel that by seeing this side of my family, you can garner knowledge regarding the characters and values of all of the Lantz’s-myself included. (

My father’s infinite wisdom of Stratomatic baseball, Intellevision football, and recreational softball, volleyball and golf also helped mold me into the fanatic I claim to be today. I grew up in Oklahoma City, OK and went to college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater during the days of Desmond Mason, Doug Gottlieb, Josh and Matt Holiday and the 12-0 win over OU.

I moved to Boston post-college, where I was immediately taken by the allure of attending professional sports events, not just Friday Night Lights and Cowboys games or watching the Denver Broncos on Sundays. I was introduced to Fenway Park the month I moved and I have been in love with Wally ever since, even feeling like I played a small part in breaking ‘the curse’. My Beantown love also includes the C’s, the B’s, the Pats, the Revs, the PawSox and any other New England schools and organizations that I was lucky enough to cheer for in the neighborhood bar.

I recently moved back to Oklahoma City and am enjoying rooting for the recently acquired OKC Thunder and watching my beloved Cowboys on a more frequent basis. My sports addiction is not limited to the ‘Big 3′ of professional sports, as I follow all things college and almost anything that ESPN sees fit to cover-even the spelling bee. Other than watching sports, I enjoy my working on my amateur-almost remedial-golf status, reading murder books and playing the part of songbird.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Boston Red Sox
  • NBA Oklahoma City Thunder
  • NFL Denver Broncos
  • NCAAF Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  • NCAAB Oklahoma St. Cowboys
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Tulsa Shock Release Courtney Paris


Here's the release: "Tulsa, Okla. - The Tulsa Shock released Courtney Paris this morning as Riquna Williams has been cleared to play. Williams was cleared to play yesterday after being injured in practice last Wednesday. The Shock was able to re-sign Courtney Paris last week due to an eight-player roster. The roster exception to sign Paris last week was granted by the league to the Shock because the team fell below the eight-player roster with Cambage, Jackson-Jones and Williams sidelined by injuries. Once Williams was cleared, Paris had to be released according to league guidelines."

Courtney Paris waived, coaching change in Tulsa


The Tulsa Shock waived Courtney Paris, with official word arriving late in the day, to solidify the 11-person roster before the WNBA season opens Monday.

Cambage returning to Tulsa for 2013 WNBA season


In quite a surprising turn of events, Liz Cambage, the on-again, off-again center for the Shock will be joining the 2013 WNBA season after all.

Round 3, Pick 10: Ukranian Alina Iagupova to LA


From the Ukraine, Alina Iagupova averaged 35.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists for Elizabeth-Basket during the 2012-13 season

Round 3, Pick 8: Whitney Hand heads to SASS


Wows: The Silver Stars reunited Danielle Robinson with fellow Sooner alumnae Whitney Hand. She finished her collegiate career third on the OU all-time list of minutes played per game (32.5) to go...

Liz Cambage out in Tulsa - an examination


Yesterday’s announcement that Liz Cambage would not be returning to the Tulsa Shock came as a surprise to some. To others, it was more of a prolonged expectation. But regardless of how you look at it, her absence will be felt on the court.

Liz Cambage Not Returning to Tulsa


The 6-8 center's decision could be a devastating development to the Shock organization

Native heritage draws support for Schimmels

Native American basketball fans shared with Swish Appeal why rooting for Louisville sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel in the 2013 Final Four is so important to them.

Links: Griner, gender, and the NBA

In recent weeks - and even not so recent weeks - the subject of Brittney Griner stands as a hot topic in many circles. Here's a quick look at some of the most recent high-profile pieces on the Baylor senior.

Gonzaga rides 15-game win streak into NCAA tourney


The Bulldogs took the WCC Championship title and extended its winning streak to 15 after defeating San Diego 62-50 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Baylor escapes Big 12 semifinal with Cowgirls


The Oklahoma State Cowgirls were within three points with 1:34 to play in the game, and ended up giving Baylor its closest contest with a conference opponent and only their second single-digit win of the year.

Kentucky takes on A&M for the SEC crown


Kentucky looks for a season sweep of the Aggies, and its first SEC tournament title since 1982.

Will the third time be charming for Texas A&M?


The Texas A&M Aggies get their third crack at upsetting Kentucky this season in the SEC Championship game. Look for both benches to provide firepower to support their stars.

Gonzaga and San Diego to Face Off for 2013 Crown


The Bulldogs and the Toreros cruised through the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Championships. Now they'll square off for the title Monday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Top Four Seeds Advance to WCC Semis


No. 3 Saint Mary's garnered an "ugly" win over Portland while No. 4 BYU was on fire beyond the arc to advance to Saturday's WCC tournament semifinals.

Road Trip Diaries: SF to SA and back again


The San Francisco Dons decided to Mess with Texas with in-and-out road trip to the Lone Star State

VIDEO: Brittney Griner's 360 dunk

As if she needed more hype heading into the 2012 women's basketball season, Brittney Griner showed the boys how she does it at Midnight Madness. And she does it pretty well, I might add.

WNBA Finals Schedule: Minnesota vs. Indiana


The nationally-televised WNBA Finals best-of-five is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 14

2012 WNBA conference finals schedule


The WNBA conference finals schedule is set as the Minnesota Lynx, LA Sparks, Connecticut Sun and Indiana Fever made it through the semis, and some by the skin of their teeth.

Catchings named Defensive Player of the Year


Indiana's Tamika Catchings regained her title as WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, for the fifth time in her career.

WNBA awards season descends on Connecticut


Regardless of the 2012 playoff outcome, Connecticut is racking up the hardware with awards for MVP, Sixth Woman, Sportsmanship and the 2013 All-Star Game being doled out before the first tip of the 2012 playoffs.

Thursday open thread: ESPN 2 playoff doubleheader


It's time for the 2012 WNBA playoffs to tip off, starting with New York at Connecticut, and followed by San Antonio at Los Angeles. Both games will be shown on ESPN 2.

Can the Sun win their series of Cappie versus?


The 2012 WNBA Playoffs begins with a fizzle.... errr.... bang as the fourth-seeded New York Liberty take a trip up I-95 to face familiar foes in the Connecticut Sun.

Lurk no more! We want you to ...


You've seen this before, in different iterations - a call for the lurkers to stop hiding like the man behind the curtain and actually make yourself known to the community. So DO IT!

Kara Lawson's Take On Top Prospect Brittney Griner


With prospects that have the women's basketball world buzzing already, it's no surprise that player/analyst Kara Lawson is touting the 2013 draft class as one of the best. But one particular woman that Lawson will be watching is Brittney Griner.

Indiana Fever's January And Zellous Still Out


Two Indiana Fever starters have been out for over a week after sustaining concussion-like injuries. And it looks like Indiana might have to prepare for the contingency that the duo will be watching from the bench in the playoffs.

Do they have any weaknesses? No. When I watch Minnesota play I don't look and say, 'This is an...


Do they have any weaknesses? No. When I watch Minnesota play I don't look and say, 'This is an area where they can be exploited'. They're so talented offensively, they've got a really good scorer at every position, they've got the three Olympians on the team, they're a really good defensive team, they get out really well in transition, they did not skip a beat when they came back from the Olympics in terms of the intensity level. As long as their main guns are healthy, I don't see a weakness.

Rebecca Lobo on the defending-champion Minnesota Lynx heading into the 2012 WNBA Playoffs

2012 WNBA Playoffs: Action Begins Thursday

The 2012 WNBA playoffs get underway on Thursday, Sept. 27. Here's a look at the best-of-three schedules in the Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals.

Notre Dame leaves Big East for ACC

Just when I thought realignment was over .... the Big East got trimmed (yet again) as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the inclusion of Notre Dame into the coastal fold.

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