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Posted: 10.09.2002
Live on University!
People not used to life that is football in the Big XII can't possibly understand why other teams hate the longhorns so. "Hate week" may seem silly to you. The fact I will most likely vomit if the Sooners walk out of the Cotton Bowl with a loss may seem pathetic and sad. It may be hard to understand why a team that literally lives and dies to beat texas -- and only texas -- has such passion about a team that gives it, but can't take it. An opponent that can only reply after a loss with, "Well our real rival is A&M anyway," but will pelt you with full beer cans saying things that make ME blush if they beat you. Fortunately I don't have to describe the hatred this year that's welled up inside of the Sooner nation. A columnist from Austin did it for me in a two-part series following Oklahoma's Cotton Bowl victory last year. (Part 1, Part 2, found at OU Insider)

So if you want to see why our feathers are ruffled that once again Vegas gave texas the spread by 3, or that Corso will put on a Bevo hat Saturday morning, or that just about every sports announcer around is hanging their hat on the 'whorns and saying "hook 'em" this week -- well the following is why. Nevermind that Simms is 0-4 against top 10 teams. That he hasn't thrown a single touchdown against a top 10 opponent in his career, unless you count the touchdowns he's thrown to the other team. (And over 10 other picks as well.) Screw it, by god. The 'whorns are always unstoppable. And the Sooners don't deserve to take the field with them. We should roll over and accept defeat gracefully. Until we win. Again.
Not once, in a most telling observation, not in any column, on any talk show, in any letter to the editor ... not anywhere was there a positive comment about the team that beat Texas, the defending National Champions, the team they call the Oklahoma Sooners. No admiration about the creative defensive effort it took to shut down an explosive Texas offense. Just talk about how bad Texas was. No kudos to Bob Stoops, just curses for the idiots who call themselves Texas coaches. No accolades to a gutsy performance for OU's White, only venom and vitriol for Simms ...

... In an acorn, this arrogance, this "Nobody can beat Texas. Texas only plays bad," is why UT is disliked nationally and why Texas is, indeed, the team everybody wants to beat. Not, please be clear, because Texas is that good, but because of the obnoxious (and wildly unjustified) hubris of Longhorn Fan. Sullen and finger-pointing in defeat, never giving credit to the opposition. Pompous, smug, often violent in victory. Not a flattering combination ...

... Since 1970 (as Richard Nixon was starting his second year as president), Nebraska has won five National Championships. Alabama, Oklahoma, and Miami have four apiece. USC and Notre Dame have three. Penn State and Florida State have two. Since the all-white team of '70 -- that's 31 years! -- Texas has won none. This great tradition of Texas football is nonexistent ...

... The media does its part each year to make certain the university is hyped nationally ... generally beyond reality. Longhorn Fan, fed this pabulum year-in-year-out, believes it's the school's (and his own) birthright to be in the Top 10, though its last Top 10 finish was in long-ago 1984. Efficient, unending hype from within Texas is quite effective nationally. Since Royal's last season, UT has been a preseason Top 10 pick nine times, a Top 25, 17. Yet in that time they've only delivered three Top 10 finishes and 11 Top 25 finishes. This, keep in mind, playing almost entirely in the toothless SWC, where eight wins were on the board before September 1 ...

... Longhorn Fan doesn't think anybody, anywhere else in America plays football. Not in Florida. Not in California. Oklahoma, with its four titles -- come on, man, you gotta be kidding me. Oklahoma!? Longhorn Fan believes, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that football is only played here. Ergo, when Texas gets beat, it's not because the other team's better. It's because UT's game plan was bad.

And from "Comparing OU and UT": Perhaps there is some insight in the school colors of the two universities. OU's colors are crimson and cream, and UT's color is burnt orange. Crimson and cream are the colors of blood and guts, of bone and marrow -- they represent commitment and a depth of conviction. This is in keeping with the attitudes expressed by OU's head coach Bob Stoops: no nonsense, no excuses, win by better preparation and more heart. Burnt orange is the color of the setting sun as seen through a thick haze -- they represent a time when the once bright sun has subsided over the horizon, a time when even the sun is reduced to modest heat and brightness. This is in keeping with the squandered talent and the attitudes expressed by UT's head coach Mack Brown: UT doesn't really lose games, they just "run out of time" like the last few minutes of daylight at sunset.
So there you have it. Better than my own anger and hatred would have let me type it... We may lose on Saturday, but in my heart I will always know we are the better team. Tradition -- real tradition -- speaks volumes.

Hype always has it's cover blown in the end.

Boomer Sooner!

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

I am an Alabama fan. Our traditional rivalry is with Auburn. While there are some, on both sides, who seriously hate the other, most of us pull for the other Bama team when they're not playing each other.

¤ ¤ credit: Sekimori | 10.09.02 at 06:22 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Wow! You'd think OU owned the series reading this stuff! "Until we win. Again." Acutually if the team that wins MOST of the time, as in 19 more times than the bad guys, wins again this Sat then you won't be happy Robyn. Again.

Nanny, nanny, boo-boo

¤ ¤ credit: JE | 10.09.02 at 09:07 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I've been in the Cotton Bowl when OU has won and lost and either way you worry about well-being when leaving after the game. We've gone so far, if we are staying for the fair, to have a different shirt to change into. Longhorn fans are mean...always...

¤ ¤ credit: sandy | 10.09.02 at 10:11 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

JE, that's if you count pre-WWII games. Most people define football by the modern era, in which case, "OU wins three of the last five decades: 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s -- and OU leads in 2000s". But if you want to hang on to stats from the 1910s, by all means do if it makes you feel any better. I'll take that "new trophy smell" still lingering around in the Switzer Center, thankyouverymuch. What has Mack done for you lately? He's sure done a heck of a lot for us! ;-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 10.09.02 at 11:16 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Sandy, my freshman year my roommate and I were broadsided (in her brand new car) by a Suburban full of Longhorns in a not so nice area of town near Deep Ellum while we were trying to get to Commerce Street -- the last year they had street parties the night before. They were yelling obscenities and doing "hook 'em" at us. They threw beer cans at the car. They caved in the passenger's door and left us with a destroyed tire. And left us there. Thankfully a police car was three blocks behind us and put us in the car to fix the tire so we weren't left out there to god knows what. OU lost that year thanks to Gibbs.

My senior year -- the only other game I went to -- my best friend had mono. It was a cold, wet and miserable game. OU also lost that year thanks to Gibbs. When we were exiting the Cotton Bowl, we were pelted with FULL beer cans by the fans above the ramp, screaming things at us I won't even type out. I ended up with huge bruises from it. And I wished I could change shirts. Not because I was ashamed to be a Sooner or ashamed of my team. I literally feared for my safety. And I was thankful that even though he was sick, I had someone over 6-feet tall next to me on the walk out.

From that article I linked:

"One of UT's finest moments -- the unlikely upset of Nebraska in the first Big 12 Championship game -- was marred by incidents of postgame violence upon people who had the audacity to be wearing Cornhusker Red. Aggie fans, generally mocked in Austin, are jeered and spat upon when they journey here every other year. Yet Texas fans -- the few who travel -- are treated cordially by out-of-town hosts who actually understand that football is, really, only a game."

They show such class in their victories, don't they? Everyone doesn't hate you because you're good, 'whorns. They hate you -- because win or lose -- you're still an ass about it.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 10.09.02 at 11:25 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

In case anyone wants to do a little research into that team that's beat the bad guys 19 more times...by all means, be my guest.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 10.09.02 at 11:39 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I certainly hope Corso picks the whorns. Every time he picks against OU, with uncanny accuracy, we win. I think ESPN keeps him around purely for comic value (although he doesn't try to be funny).

At least I'm in Colorado, where everyone not from texas hates texas since this state is inundated with them!


¤ ¤ credit: Cap'nSwanky | 10.09.02 at 12:59 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Don't worry about Vegas having the Horns by 3 this is just a reflection of what the betting public think and what do they know? Vegas just wants to take even money and live off the juice (incase you don't know this already) and that is why the line fluctuates. That is such an odd word fluctuate yes? Sounds kinda fun actually.

Anyway, I bet you are dying to know the Beagles pick, but you won't know until Friday. They have only missed one Sooner game all year--and that was the South Florida game where the Sooners, understandably, fell asleep at the end.

By the way, I am not a Friends fan, but they were dissing the Sooners a couple of weeks back I noticed on the season premiere. Seems Monica's husband accidentally agreed to transfer to Tulsa or something and Monica wasn't happy even asking --"what's a sooner anyway?" I think you should take action. I thought of you when I saw this.

Also, I am headed to the Casino in Council Bluffs Iowa tonight to play some cards (otherwise known as CouncilTucky). Wish me luck.

¤ ¤ credit: peat | 10.09.02 at 01:02 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I LOVE that site, Robyn. Even if my huskers suck this year...I can still get warm fuzzies from the past. :-)

See, now it probably won't happen this year, but how AWESOME would it be if the Huskers trounced the 'whornes??

¤ ¤ credit: Tracy | 10.09.02 at 01:48 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Speaking of UT, I have to say that I hope Georgia whips their butts this weekend (thankfully we won't be in town for the game... dear lord, i can't even imagine the horrible behavior on BOTH sides). Anyone remember Georgia fans rushing the field with a minute something left on the play clock when we beat UT two years ago? (sigh)

But, Robyn, I will be rooting for the Sooners just for you while I flip back and forth between the two games! ;)

¤ ¤ credit: leandra | 10.09.02 at 02:41 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Robyn, you got me there with 3 of the last five decades. Now how much of that time did you spend on probation for cheatin? OK, don't answer that I know it's embarrassing ;)

BTW, my father-in-law coached OU great Thomas Lott in high school. No wonder he was so good for you guys, he had such great coaching in HS.

¤ ¤ credit: JE | 10.09.02 at 02:50 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Everybody cheats. Some teams are just better at it than others and don't get caught. By the way...thanks to Rick NuWeasel who is now at Washington as if nothing ever happened the Buffs are getting slapped on the wrist by the NCAA.

¤ ¤ credit: peat | 10.09.02 at 03:13 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I wouldn't be so quick to brag JE. With all those "recruiting national championships" Mack's won, your number may come up soon.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 10.09.02 at 04:57 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'd just like to point out, regarding previous comments in this entry, that I am quite happy today. ;-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 10.13.02 at 02:39 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

where can i buy the ou hat that is red with bevo upside down, i can't find it anywhere. Some one please let me know.

¤ ¤ credit: woody woodward | 11.30.02 at 10:52 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

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