For those of you who don't know, I'm a Soldier in real life. There's a philosophy I've learned in the Army called TOPS. It means "Taking Other People's Shit." I'm a fan of taking great ideas and running with it. Earlier this week, our SB Nation Oklahoma site did a "Getting to Know" article about Auburn. I liked it so much I copied it. Enjoy learning about the Oklahoma Sooners!
Location:Norman, OK (pop. 110,925)
Total Enrollment: 24,882 (Fall 2016)
Stadium: Owen Field, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Sugar Bowl Record:5-2
National Championships: 7 claimed, 10 unclaimed (DON'T TELL THE BAMMERS THAT, Y'ALL)
Distance from Memorial Stadium to the Superdome:654 miles
2016 Oklahoma Football
2016 Record: 10-2 (9-0 BigXII)
Notable Wins: at West Virginia, vs. Oklahoma State
Leading Passer: QB Baker Mayfield* - 235/330, 3669 yards, 38 TD, 8 INT
Leading Rusher: RB Joe Mixon - 1183 yards on 168 carries
Leading Receiver: WR Dede Westbrook* - 74 receptions, 1465 yards, 16 touchdowns
Leading Tackler: LB Jordan Evans - 89 (49 unassisted, 40 assisted)
(Out of deference to our new friends, I opted not to post this particular video.
Play Like A Champion
(Photo Credit: SoonerSports.com)
From the Oklahoma Traditions webpage:
Oklahoma players and coaches touch the traditional 'Play Like a Champion Today' sign posted above the locker room door as they head for Owen Field before every home game.
As the team enters the field, the Sooners run under a crimson banner flanked by flags representing each of Oklahoma's seven national championships. The banner displays 'Play Like a Champion' on the side facing the players and 'Oklahoma Sooners' on the side facing the field.Away from Norman, the OU equipment staff faithfully posts a travel version of the sign for the Sooners to touch as they depart the locker room for the field.
On the third floor of the Barry Switzer Center, one of the early 'Play Like A Champion Today' signs that once hung in Bud Wilkinson's office sits in a glass display. Wilkinson coached OU from 1947-63.
The item was also used through Barry Switzer's era (1973-88) as a sign that players touched before walking to the field.
When did Oklahoma first use the slogan? No one can provide a definitive answer. The origin of the saying, which is also associated with Notre Dame's program, is not known.
What article on Oklahoma traditions would be complete without one of the most repetitive fight songs in college football?
Oklahoma boasts 5 Heisman Trophy winners.
|1969||Steve Owens||Running back||1,488|
|1978||Billy Sims||Running back||827|
Here is the link to much more information from Oklahoma's official website.
And, again, out of deference to our friends, I avoided showing this video.