“Play like a champion today ” -Tuesday Travels in Norman Oklahoma

It’s September, which in Oklahoma means football season. We do not have a major league football team in this state, but that’s fine because our college teams are just as good. Almost everyone here either follows college football, or lives with someone who does. In my home both of us loyally support our alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, aka OU.

The OU Sooners football program has been awarded 7 national championships and 5 players have received Heisman trophies. More important, the team never fails to show their fans exciting, hard fought games. Even when they lose, they do so with plays that keep us fans guessing what’s going to happen next and wondering how such talented athletes can end up with the losing score. Such is football, as is life in general.

The OU campus has a state of the art stadium and houses the Barry Switzer Center. The center was named after OU’s all-time winningest head football coach, who led his Sooner teams to three national championships, 12 Big Eight Conference championships and eight bowl wins in 13 appearances.( He went on to coach the Dallas Cowboys, winning a Super Bowl championship. ) At the center is the Legends Lobby, a museum of OU football memorabilia. If you visit the center in Norman Oklahoma, here are a few things you will see. (Due to an NCAA regulation, the center is not open on game days.)

life size mural depicting the past and current coaches of the OU Sooners (my husband modelling for me)
more than life size mural depicting the past and current coaches of the OU Sooners , many players and scenes of the field and stadium ( my husband trying out for a position, ha ha)

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1974 championship trophy
1974 championship trophy
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This area honors the Heisman trophy winners.
The 2000 championship crystal football
The 2000 championship crystal football
Whether you like football or not, this is good advice.
Whether you like football or not, this is good advice.

And a visit to Norman would not be complete without eating at Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ owned by former OU player and New York Jet Darrol Ray.

Eat at Ray's and tell them I sent you.
Eat at Ray’s and tell them we sent you.

You may find Barry Switzer’s autobiography interesting. It’s called Bootlegger’s Boy.

And here’s the story about the “man behind the Heisman ” trophy

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If you visit Norman, it’s just a short drive north to Oklahoma City, where you will want to visit the site of the Oklahoma City bombing memorial.

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