Monday, November 05, 2007

Orange Power

Our daughter is a freshman at Oklahoma State University. Two weeks ago, for the football homecoming game, her ASL class was going to sign the National Anthem before the game. We thought that was pretty cool, so we got tickets. We drove down, ate supper, and went to the new Boone Pickens Stadium.





This is a very impressive structure. It can also be intimidating, particularly when you go in on the opposite side from where your seats are and you can't figure out how to get to them. And so it happened that during the National Anthem and the signing, we were in the bowels of the stadium looking quite lost. We never even heard "O say can you see" being played. We eventually made our way to our seats where our daughter was waiting for us.

Now we are not big football fans, so we figured we would probably stay until half-time and then head home. It didn't take long, however, for us to get caught up in the game because a) it was close all the way, and b) these Big 12 Conference people take their football VERY seriously. Hence, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement.

I'm here to tell you - this crowd can make a lot of noise.






Whenever OSU makes a touchdown, the band plays the school song and this guy comes riding out on Bullet.

So, we ended up staying for the whole game, which we won by two points in the last six seconds. It was way cool.

A couple of days ago was another home game and the ASL class was signing again. So we trucked on down for the game, making sure we got there in plenty of time for the National Anthem, AND that we went in on the proper side of the stadium. We were right there with our cameras when they brought out the flag. Then, the announcer started talking about this eagle. The bird came soaring out, crossing the stadium several times during the song. It was really awesome.

But, of course, not as awesome as getting to see this.

We stayed for the whole game again, because it was just as close and exciting as the last one. We lost by one point in the last two seconds. Whatever.

9 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

That IS pretty cool.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

heather - We really enjoyed both times. We would go more often if the tickets were cheaper. Pretty good for people who are into golf and not football!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Why do I have the feeling that you're going to be attending a LOT more of these games? AND becoming Cowboys fans to boot?

You can try, but resistance if futile.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Di said...

Wow, the pictures are awesome, as usual. The eagles must have been wonderful to see like that! I have never been to a college game, but I love high school football games!!! Go PANTHERS!!!!!!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jeff - But then we would have to turn to a life of crime to support our habit. We'll be on YouTube holding up convenience stores.

di - It's easy to get caught up in the excitement. I think Randy was a little surprised at how rowdy Jess and I got!

8:35 AM  
Blogger KiddoKare1 said...

Wow, that is so cool! Tell Jess she looks like she's doing a great job!

I went to some OSU football games when I went to college there. Quite an experience.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous lois said...

Good for you!!!! Isn't it funny how things turn out to be so much fun, when you really didn't want to go in the first place? I love it when that happens!!!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

tracy - Thanks, I'll tell her! She really loves ASL. Those football games ARE an experience.

lois - It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement of 40,000 cheering people!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Actually, Mom, I think we lost by three points. Which for some reason doesn't make it any better.
BUT... Despite the loss, it was still very enjoyable, especially with you and Dad. :)

11:01 AM  

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