Growing up in Oklahoma and having a big brother that was a Dallas Cowboys fan sorta left me without any real allegiance in the NFL. I ended up being a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (I was born in Florida) since the Selmon brothers played for them and it seemed to make as much sense as anything else. Plus, I really actually liked those awful uniforms - well before there was "Pewter Power" there was "Oh my gawd who rubbed Cheetos all over those guy's uniforms?" - could you imagine such a uniform in today's totally corporate NFL?
That is basically just a long way of saying that I don't pay much attention to the NFL. But I do occasionally pay attention to games when former Sooners are involved and Mike Balogun trying to make the 49ers roster made me happy to see him have a solid early pre-season game against the Colts. Although he did not intercept Manning but the Colts back-up QB, it still counts. He also finished with six tackles tying with two other defensive players. He seemed to have solid, if unremarkable, performances in the other pre-season games (minus Oakland where he did not appear on the stat sheet). The 49ers finished with their first unbeaten pre-season since 1992 and he appeared to be on the bubble when it came to making the final roster. The 49ers had had several injuries at LB and Balogun was listed as the third string ILB on the depth chart as recently as yesterday.
Alas, there was no fairy tale ending as he was cut today and missed out on making the 53 player final roster for the 49ers (also cut was another former Sooner Joe Jon Finley). The one glimmer of hope is that he gets signed to the practice squad and gets another shot next year as Alex Boone was able to do this year.