Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:58 pm

Conference realignment

I am definitely not happy with the current state the the Big 12 is in.  Nebraska and Colorado are gone, Texas is likely to go, along with the rest of the South.  I don't know what to think  I'm pretty mad about the prospect of playing a role in the breaking up of the Big 12, and feel bad for the teams that will inevitably be left out.  Dammit Nebraska!  You had to go and get your feelings hurt, and of course Texas had to eg you on!  Texas and Nebraska sure have created a mess with their little feud.  There's not much anyone can do aboyt it either, because Texas is going to do what Texas wants to do, and everyone else will just have to play the cards they have been dealt.  So that's to be it....the fate of an entire conference hinges on a silly little feud with a disgruntled old timer and a cocky, self important sob who will only be happy if they are in control!?  Too bad...
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Posted on: August 7, 2009 8:34 pm

Why I Love The Game.

I was eight years old back in 1994.  That's when I really started getting into football.  One day, (I presume it was in September) dad asked me if I wanted to go to grandma and grandpa's house to watch OU.  I said  "Sure!  Who are they playing?"  Dad replied Syracuse.  I started to make fun of them, and he got on to me.  That was just dad.  When he took me to my first OU game the following year, he told me not to boo the opposing team (SMU) when they rushed out onto the field, but to applaud them.  The Syracuse game was the first one I had watched all the way through, and it was won on a field goal.  From then on I was hooked, and it has turned into a life long obsession.  There are only a few games from 94 that I clearly remember, Cuse, Tex A&M, Texas, and the Copper Bowl against BYU, All of which except Syracuse, we lost.  That was the last bowl season that OU enjoyed until Bob Stoops was hired in Dec. 1998.  A mediocre 5-5-1 95 year was followed by the worst three year stretch in OU football history, but that did not prevent me from becoming a die hard, who actually cared more about football then than I do now.  OU was not often televised during these three years, so I listened to Bob Barry call the games, and I listened to every dismal minute of it.  From 1996 through 1998, OU went a combined 12-22, including two losses to Texas, and Oklahoma State each.  we struggled to beat teams like TCU, and Tulsa, and John Blake, the head coach started Brandon Daniels at QB instead of the much much better Patrick Fletcher.  Running back De'mond Parker was my hero.  He rushed for 1000+ in each of his three seasons before leaving for the NFL.  His first breakout game was OU-Texas in 1996, when we beat UT, the eventual Big 12 Champions 30-27 in overtime.  That is still my favorite OU-Texas game ever.  It was one of only TWO, yes TWO wins against Texas during the 90s.  We went 2-7-1 against them from 1990-1999.  Toward the end of the Blake era, Me and my brother decided to write Blake a letter supporting him, and we sent him a few plays that we were sure would help him beat Texas A&M.  He sent us a letter back, thanking us for our nice letter and the plays  To this day, we both swear he used one of them though I'm sure he already had a similar play in the playbook.  It didn't help the cause though, we lost 29-0.  The athletic department and the rest of the fans had had enough.  Blake was fired immediately following the season.  There were several candidates on the wish list.  For the life of me, I can't remember who all the candidates were, but one of them was Florida's Defensive coordinator, and he was at the top of every one's list.  The day after they hired the young coordinator, the headline on the front page of "The Oklahoman" was, "Stoops takes the reins"  I was beside myself with excitement, as were all Sooner fans.  I went to the Baylor game that year, and even though it was Baylor, I could tell something was dramatically different from the OU I was used to seeing.  Bob Stoops brought in Mike Leach who installed the spread offense, which produced the 2000 Heisman trophy runner up, and the first national championship in 15 years.  Ah, 2000!  What a year that was!  In 98, I could only dream of seeing OU win a national championship, and listen to dad reminisce about the good old days of the 70s and 80s when we won three national championships, and OU-Nebraska was the biggest game of the year.  I would listen in amazement at his recounts of Joe Washington, Greg Pruitt, Marcus Dupree, Billy Sims, The Selmon brothers, and The Boz.  Now, I was actually witnessing with my own eyes the return to greatness that had lived only in my head just two years earlier!  The night that OU beat Florida State was happiest night of my life up to that point.  We have gone through some disappointments over the last few years, but I am always quick to point out where we have come from.  Bob Stoops may have lost his big game edge, but we are lucky to have one of the best coaches in the country right here in Norman.  I get tired of hearing fans (and they're mostly band wagoners) say that Stoops has got to step up and actually win a bowl.  I just shake my head and roll my eyes, and think back to the late 90s.  Boy, are we lucky!  I have often wondered why it is that I love OU football so much.  The only answer that comes to mind is my dad.  Starting with that Syracuse game in 94, it was dad who always got me and every one else excited about the games.  I love OU, because dad love OU.  My dad died in 2006, and every time I sit down to watch my beloved Sooners play, I think about dad.  He is always the silent spectator, back when he was alive, and now. Sitting back, and just enjoying the game just like he always did.  I will always carry an empty spot in my heart when OU plays, and I suppose that is why football has seemed to lose some of it's importance.  Not that I enjoy the game any less, just that it is after all, just a game.  As my dad always said, there is no need to get all bent out of shape over a football game.  I didn't understand what he meant at the time, but I do now.  Watching the games with dad has made football much more meaningful, but less important if that makes sense at all.

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Tags: OU
Posted on: July 7, 2009 6:08 pm

Pass The Kool Aid Please!

I hear a lot about "homers", and "kool aid drinkers", or "delusional fans".  While I do agree that you can take it too far some times, it still begs the question, "what kind of fan are you if you don't drink the team kool aid?  You say "be realistic", I say "I AM being realistic!  OU really IS the best in the land, DUH!"  Seriously though.  OU will win the NC this year, and don't tell they won't 'cause I just don't care what you say!  And don't you tell me that Texas is good, 'cause they obviously suck!  See, even my avatar agrees!  Sam Bradford is much better than that school girl Tim Tebow, and ol' Colt's gonna run home crying like a little girl when we kick his butt this year.  Ha! Ha!  But don't worry, this doesn't mean that there aren't other good teams out there, they're just not as good as OU!  Look guys, there just isn't a better coach out there.  Why Bob Stoops is the best coach that has ever graced the college football landscape!  Tell me I'm wrong, and I will unleash an avalanche of facts whether they are factual or not, because if you can't be a delusional fan, then what's the point?  In fact if you are one those " give credit to whom it is due" fans, then I would call your fan hood into serious question.  If you want to drink that kool aid, that's fine, but pass me the red stuff if you don't mind.  aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!  That's good stuff!  Texas, you suck!
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Posted on: January 15, 2009 8:04 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2009 10:49 pm

Big Twelve Country.

I enjoyed TheGreek's and teddydupay's conference blogs so much, I decided to do one for the Big 12.

Big 12 country is the regional intersection of the country.  It is where the deep south meets the southwest, and where the great plains meets the Midwest.  It's culture is influenced by all these regions.  You will find anything from cowboys, to farmers, farmland, to huge bustling cities like Dallas, Houston, or Kansas City.  You can find Old Mexico in Texas, Mountains in Colorado, Civil war battle fields in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, or Kansas.  We are a hard people.  People who know the value of a good days work. We endure nature's cruelest with tornadoes, wildfires, blizzards, blistering heat in the summer, then extreme cold in the winter, and yes, even hurricanes.  In Big 12 country, we care about our neighbors, and give them a helping hand, whether it's stopping to help some one jump start their car, or helping remove a fallen tree after an ice storm.  Friendliness is just a way of life here.  It's never more evident than when you cross the Texas state line and you immediately notice the sign "drive friendly, the TEXAS way."  We are not environmentalists, but rather conservationists.  The children are raised to respect wildlife, and it's natural habitat.  With a healthy habitat, nature thrives, allowing us to continue our family traditions of hunting, fishing, camping ect.. We are passionate about many things.  God, family, community.  And football.  From the rio grande valley, to the corn fields of Nebraska, football is king.  Players and coaches are treated like kings.  Every one lives for Saturday.  Our fans are passionate, respectful, we hate our rivals and never root for them.  We hope our rivals go 0-12.  We would rather go 1-11 and beat our rivals, than go 11-1 and lose to them. (okay not really[well, maybe])  Our stadiums represent every thing we love about our team, our state, and our country.  In my opinion, we have the BEST fan bases in the country.  This is, Big Twelve Country!

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