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Name is Mike, "Bounce" is a nickname from high school. I work with a Social Security disability fraud unit in Dallas, where I grew up. Entire family on both my mother and father's side are from Oklahoma, (Choctaw & oil field backgrounds), both graduated from OU after WW II, mother was a Marine Lieutenant in the Finance Corps- not a single Japanese accountant got past Tulsa. Dad was a Major in an armored division, who was at OMA (Oklahoma Military Academy) in Claremore before entering the service in '40. I saw my first OU game in in 1965, but was a fan before that, which was helped along because my scoutmaster was a UT fan who rubbed my nose in it when UT was doing good in the early 60's. I saw Granville Liggins single-handedly keep Notre Dame from scoring until he was hurt midway in the 2nd quarter, the final score was 38-0. Love anything to do w/ OU and Oklahoma, I even like OSU.
Boomer Sooner! My name is Robert and I live in Little Elm (near Denton, TX.). I coached 10 years in the Houston area and now work for a consumer products company and travel the country each week. I went to my first bowl game when OU beat Penn State for the National Championship. Been to everyone since then. I am an Okie, but my sons were born in Texas, but bleed crimson and cream. We follow all OU sports and I post occassionally - might be known in some circles as a "sunshine pumper". I firmly believe the old statement "Things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem". I believe we have a special man in Stoops. We are lucky to keep him as he knows how to build a program, not just win games.
About half-way to a hundred! Keep it up guys.
Great stories from all. Sounds like success and innovation were just as important as proximity when it came to developing a college alliance.
My name is Marshall. I've been a member since about 2001. I live in OKC and work for Farmers Insurance.
Sooner fan all my life. My favorite player growing up was Keith Jackson, and he is the reason why I am a big Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Thats what I'm talkin about......Fly Eagles Fly...........
I'm Bob from Studio City, CA. I grew up in Tulsa and attended Edison. Currently I'm a Middle School principal at a girls' school in LA, the same one that produced Abi Olajuwon. I was the High School principal at Heritage Hall in OKC when Wes Welker led them to a state championship, and was there as well during the OKC bombing. Love it out in LA; many of you who trash it don't know it very well. Oh, and it's 74 and sunny today! I don't post much by am on every day following my Sooners in all sports. I'm one of those who did not graduate from OU, but became a fan following OU on tv in the 70's as an expatriate, so my apologies to all who think that's a sin. Would love a network that allows me to see every game! Pac 16 wouldn't be bad either...
Name is Dan. Grew up in Cordell back in the 50-60s, presently live in Colleyville, TX. Moved to the DFW metroplex in 1984 working for a branch of the U.S. Treasury Departement. Been an OUInsider member since inception and perhaps beyond, back when the inseason weekly game week publication was printed circa 1980. Read more than comment now days as those members back in OK are closer to the day to day events. Attended my first OU game I think it was 1962 when Joe Don Looney first arrived. Remember the ice bowl and the game with OSU in 75 or 76 in Norman, very very cold. OU kicked off once and the OSU player signaled for a fair catch then let the ball go. OU recovered on about the 10 yard line. Little Joe later in the game had one of if not the all time punt return I have ever seen. Caught the ball on about the 40 headed to the sidelines on the east side was covered by a pack of OSU guys and some how broke out of the pack did some of the Little Joe limp leg fakes and 60 yards later it was TD time. Been a season ticket holder since 1975. Lots of good OU game memories. Been to a couple B-12 CC games and go to Baylor whenever game is at their place. Good that so many OU fans show up there and its about like Gaylord Memorial Stadium- South. Have two daughters, one with under graduate degree from OU and the other currently working at OUHSC towards doctorate in microbiology/immunology. Get to hook up with them both fairly regularly in the fall. Miss not getting to attend BB (M&W) games and other sports but someday hopefully after I retire from my second career, I can move to Norman. Looking forward to the 2011 season but want to enjoy the ride from now till then of the off season filled with anticipation of what might be.....#8! Boomer.
Name is John and I live in Joplin, Missouri. My first year at OU, Ron Shotts and Steve Owens took turns running tailback in the I-formation behind Bobby Warmack at QB. Granny Liggins was the great noseguard, and Eddie Hinton was a great receiver who went on to play for the Colts and catch passes from Johnnie U. It was also the first year for Jim McKenzie's coaching staff that included Chuck Fairbanks, Barry Switzer, Larry Lacewell, etc. Great way to start learning about OU football! Also got to watch Gar Heard and Clifford Ray play hoops while I was there...
Hello, my name is Roger. Originally from Cordell, have lived in Ponca City for almost 30 years. Retired from OGE. I have a beautiful wife who is struggling with MS, and 2 adopted grandchildren (10 and 3) that we are raising to be loyal Sooners. Can't teach my 3 year old granddaughter to say sucks. So, when I yell boomer she says sooner, I then yell Texas and she says yucky. My 10 year old grandson will be roaming the outfield and smacking homeruns for our Sooner baseball team in about ten years from now ( I truly believe this ). If he's not the best kid in the world he's definitely in the top 10, no question about it. My bestfriend since childhood and I bought season tickets the 1st year Stoops became coach (thank you lord) and kept them through last year. Dwindling money supply and wifes MS forced me to drop the tickets last year, but had a great run. Made Dallas every year, 2 Orange Bowls and the Rose Bowl. Favorite possession is a game used #28 helmet signed by AD, and game used ball from 2002 OU/ tx game signed by Stoops.
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Hello! I'm David and currently live in Memphis TN. Moved to OKC in 1970 & went to my first game in 1971 and that did it, been a Sooner fan ever since. Graduated from Putnam City North in 82 and started at OU that fall. Moved to Memphis in 85 for a year or so and have been stuck here in SEC country ever since!! Use to wear a black arm band when the Sooners lost up to the third grade. Lucky for me I think I wore it for one whole day between 71 to 73. LOL Depending on my health I make it back for as many games as I can in the fall & follow the rest of the sports as best I can. Started with James back when I had to call a 900 number after 10:00PM on Sundies to get recruiting news.
Sam from Lewiston,NY, near Niagara Falls and Buffalo. OU grad in 1968 and still make it to a game or two each yr. Friends here say I'd watch a sooner chess match, and they are probably right. I appreciate our sports, school and the entire Norman experience. As a young, Italian, Roman Catholic kid who went to college in the mid west... it was a real growing experience. Met a ton of people I still stay in touch with and the plate on my truck reads OUSOONER. Enjoy the work of the insider staff, met James a couple times and appreciate all his efforts.
BOOMER SOONER from Western NY!
OK, here goes. My name is Joe and I live in beautiful Jupiter, FL. I am a long time lurker following James, wherever he goes. I like his positive style. One can report facts in a way that is helpful or hurtful to the cause. James ALWAYS does the former. I appreciate that.
Now the kicker. I never went to OU....I went to OSU. I grew up in a Sooner household (my dad graduated OU the year I was born '49). I enjoyed my time in Stillwater, but went home to OKC on football Saturdays to watch or listen to my favorite team in crimson and cream.
Whew...my secret is out. Thanks Mexas
Name is Bill and I live in El Paso for now. I am a new member to this site and do not post often. I come here to get my OU fix on a daily basis because living out here OU news is not covered. I work inside the ELP airport control tower doing the weather reporting stuff. I have no link to OU or Oklahoma at all. I grew up out in Phoenix and I had a math teacher Mr. Boyd in sixth grade who was born in OK and went to OU. He made me into a fan by telling me stories of the Bud days and of course a few Switzer stories but this was the late 70s and Barry was still coaching...so I didnt get all of them like most of you have. I guess the big reason I became an OU fan, excluding my teacher, was the fact that OU ran the wishbone and the story Mr. Boyd told me about Prentice Gautt and the black athlete at OU. Only recently have I started making trips to Norman to see home games and that is a tradition I will continue as long as God allows me to. The people of Oklahoma are the best. I always feel welcome when I visit even though I am an "outsider". I think that is what makes OU special...black...white...attended Oklahoma...or not....you guys make it feel like family. I love that. One thing that I remember from my first trip which was in 2009 for the Baylor Game was after eating dinner at Mickey Mantle's the waiter was talking with us and asked what brought us to town and I told him the story of how I became an OU fan and he said "it doesnt matter if you were born here you are an Oklahoman at heart." For some reason I believed him and still do.
I know right from wrong. Wrong is the fun one.
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