“Play like a champion today”

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 University of Oklahoma Sooners

In Oklahoma , September means football season but that may not be true of September 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined all sports, forcing the coaches and athletic directors into a “huddle” to find a safe game plan for return to plan.

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 7 players have received Heisman trophies. More importantly the team never fails to show their fans exciting, hard fought games. Even when they lose, they do so with plays that keep us 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 in Norman Oklahoma has a state of the art stadium and houses the Barry Switzer Center. The center was named after OU’s all-time winning-est 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.)

a mural of football coaches at the University of Oklahoma
life size mural depicting the past and current coaches of the OU Sooners (my husband modelling for me)
a mural with football team of the University of Oklahoma
1974 national college football championship trophy
1974 championship trophy

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.

Darrol Ray talked about school 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,”

Darrol Ray, retired professional football player

Barry Switzer’s autobiography is an interesting read. It’s called Bootlegger’s Boy.

” Taking a decade-by-decade approach to the University of Oklahoma football tradition, this collection brings together over 40 stories from the most outstanding voices of the program.

The spirit of Sooners football is not captured by just one phrase, one season, or one particular game; instead, the student-athletes and coaches who made the magic happen over the decades blend their experiences to capture the true essence of their beloved school.

Sooners fans will relish the intimate stories told by the figures they have come to cherish.” Amazon

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statue of a dancing lady
“The Dance” statue at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OKlahoma

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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sign which once hung in the football locker room

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Meet Dr. Aletha in Oklahoma, the Sooner state

Oklahoma, the Sooner State

Here’s an introduction to my home state and my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.

Taken together, Oklahoma Sooners reflects our state’s American Indian and pioneer heritage and, today, symbolizes a special university spirit that values resilience and perseverance as well as the inclusivity that unites all who are a part of the University of Oklahoma family.

Learn more at this link-

What is a Sooner?

on the campus of the University of Oklahoma,
“A Sooner Covered Wagon”
A SOONER COVERED WAGON , plaque displayed at the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the University of Oklahoma campus
The artist-Tom K Simms

Mr. Simms graduated from the school of fine arts at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in sculpture and painting. He was a star performer on the Sooner track team, and set the Big Six record in the high jump and high hurdles. He also ran the mile, low hurdles and did the broad jump.

He was selected as one of the most promising students in the university, to do a sculptural design for a gateway presented by his class to the university. (info not confirmed, source newspapers.com)

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