When I lived in Nashville, Tenn. back in the late 1990s, I used to hear University of Tennessee fans tell tales about what happened to Florida Gators fans who dared to show their colors when they came to Knoxville. Nasty stuff like looking for cars with Gator stickers and pouring sugar into the gas tank.
This is not to say that things like that don’t happen in Oklahoma. There are cement heads everywhere. But with every passing year I’m more convinced there’s far less of that in Norman and Stillwater. And it’s letters like the one you are about to read that help convince me. A couple weeks ago Berry Tramel posted a letter from a Florida State fan praising OU fans for treatment me received when the Seminoles visited Norman last month.
Here’s the a letter from Kevin Heim, a Nebraska fan who was in Stillwater Saturday for what could be the Huskers last trip to Oklahoma as a member of the Big 12 Conference:
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first away Husker football game in Stillwater. I have been to many non-Nebraska college games around the country and experienced first hand home team fans berating opposing team’s fans before, during and after those games. In Nebraska we pride ourselves on being good sports when hosting games win or lose. Of course, there is always the occasional inebriated idiot but that is out of the norm around Lincoln, Nebraska.
Heading into the game in Stillwater I actually made a bet with the other Nebraska fans I was attending the game with on how many folks would make negative comments to those of us wearing red. The highest number was 5. The actual number from the entire day…ZERO! The people of Oklahoma went out of their way to welcome us beforehand and even wish us good luck. After the game it was nothing but the same. So many people came up to us, thanked us for making the trip to “their town” and congratulated us on a victory while wishing us good luck the rest of the season and sincere well wishes in the Big Ten.
I can tell you that most of the fans here in Nebraska will truly miss the Big XII and, more specifically, the friendly rivalries of the old Big 8 schools. Thank you for making my first away Husker game a memorable experience. You have a beautiful stadium, great fans, and a team that can win on any given Saturday against the top teams in the nation. Coach Gundy and his staff have done wonderful things for your program and, on behalf of Husker Nation, I wish you nothing but the best in the future.
Hopefully we will meet up one more time in the Big XII Championship!!!
I don’t care much for the Kobe/LeBron puppets. I loved the Wise LeBron commercials. “Them numbers, boy.” Good stuff. But the latest LeBron James Nike commercial might be the best, and that’s coming from someone who thought “The Decision” was crass and classless. Check it out here.
Everyone who saw him has their Marcus Dupree story. ESPN will air its when “The Greatest That Never Was” airs Saturday, Dec. 11, right after the Heisman Trophy ceremony. What irony. Anyway, here’s the trailer. Check it out.