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

 

The University of Oklahoma Sooners

In Oklahoma , September 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 avidly support our alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, aka OU.

The OU Sooners football program has won 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. No wonder their motto is “Boomer Sooner”.

Norman, Oklahoma

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.)

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

About school, Darrol Ray said this in an interview-

“Stay in your books,” he said. “If you have even a glimmer of a dream of what you want to do later in life, don’t be afraid … if you want to do X, don’t let somebody tell you you should do A, B and C,” Ray said.

 

 

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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But the University of Oklahoma is not just about sports. The school excels in the fine arts and has a first class medical school, among other disciplines. See more of what the campus offers –

where my medical journey began- Tuesday Travels

University of Oklahoma campus library
plaque in front of the Bizzell Library, at the University of Oklahoma
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