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Oct 23 2008

Tailgating Nation: Sooner Rather Than Later, Let’s Discuss 8 Reasons To Tailgate in Oklahoma

Published by at 3:15 am under Tailgating Nation

Oklahoma Sooners

Despite the loss to Texas which we know all about, this school’s got spirit.   Oklahoma has a long tradition of winning and anyone that’s been there knows that it’s one hell of a place to party.

From guys like Barry Switzer to Brian Bosworth, there’s always been a reason to watch the Sooners.   And while the team might not be number one right now (they’re #4), you can bet this team isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

The Oklahoma Sooners will remain an elite program and thus with any elite program carries some dedicated fans.  That also means some serious tailgating.

In fact, here are eight reasons that should make you want to tailgate at Oklahoma at least once.

They are historically one of the best college football teams ever

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma has scored the most points in Division I-A football history despite the fact they have played over 60 fewer games than the second place school on that list. OU also has the highest winning percentage of any team since the start of the AP poll in 1936.

The Sooners possess seven national championships in football, with the 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, and 2000 seasons featuring the top team in the Associated Press final poll, and the 2000 Bowl Championship Series National Championship as well. This ties Alabama for the most national titles of any Division I college football team after the end of World War II (which is commonly used as the division between eras in college football)

*info from Wikipedia

The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Oklahoma Sooners

The official capacity of the stadium following recent renovations is 82,112, making it the 14th largest college stadium in the United States and the third largest in the Big 12 Conference (behind Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas and Kyle Field at Texas A&M University).

*Plus it’s from the Gaylord Family.  You can’t buy that kind of publicity.

Sports Illustrated’s pick: Stephanie DeBrucque

Oklahoma Sooners

Birthdate: April 6, 1988
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Dental Hygiene

This is all according to her profile on Sports Illustrated.

Man I’d like to watch her shake it along with the rest of the ladies

Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooner Schooner

Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooner Schooner is a conestoga (covered wagon) reminiscent of the mode of travel used by pioneers who settled Oklahoma Territory around the time of the 1889 Land Run. Powered by matching white ponies named Boomer and Sooner, the Schooner races across Owen Field in a triumphant victory ride after every OU score.

You gotta admit it’s pretty damned sweet to have a wagon riding on the field.  Not too many teams have that.

Even the Mascot Boomer Gets into It

Oklahoma Sooners

Mascots don’t take any crap from other Mascots.  OU doesn’t mess around.

A Ridiculously Huge Tailgate Scene

“Stone Cold” Brian Bosworth

Oklahoma Sooners

You can’t mess with Brian Bosworth.  You just can’t.  The guy was an absolute beast of legend when he was a Sooner.   I mean the guy was “Stone Cold” for Christ’s sake.

Ultimate Tailgater Steve Curry

Steve’s been a tailgater for 17 years.  This guy actually had a satellite for his sons wedding to keep the tailgating tradition alive.  Now that’s dedication.





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