Though I’m nerdy and fairly girly (in the hate-spiders-love-skirts-and-pink-and-flowers kinda way), I love college football. Nothing new, I know, but it hasn’t always been that way. I clearly remember thinking football was barbaric and nonsensical.
When offered season tickets prior to my freshman year at OU, I scoffed, thinking I’d never want to go to such things. It was the year after our last national championship (7 total, but who’s counting?) and we had a fab young coach, so our campus was all abuzz about the new season. It seemed like everyone but me was into it, but I still thought it was stupid.
Fortunately, I had upperclassman friends who taught me the lay of the land, and besides teaching me that tests actually do require studying, they took me to a football game if only for the experience. To be honest, I couldn’t even tell you who we were playing that first game, but it was some small team. And you know what? I liked it.
After that, I got tickets for the OU-K-State game. Being from Kansas, I never liked those purple cats, so I was excited to see us beat them (that was when they were good, too). That sealed it…I absolutely loved being a part of Oklahoma Sooner football.
Though another national championship wasn’t going to happen that year (or the next, or the next…maybe THIS year is our year?), I fell in love. When we lost to Nebraska late in the season, it was my first experience at disappointment (which I’ve experienced many times since).
So, with that in mind, I’m excited for another year of Sooner football, my 9th as a fan (which means it’s the 9th season since our last national championship!). Boomer Sooner!