Happy Thanksgiving

While everyone enjoys turkey and other holiday festivities, let us give thanks that the tradition in which we were part, The Pride of Oklahoma, conducted a food drive this month that the Norman Christmas Store very badly needed:

Organizers said the Christmas Store’s cubbards were terribly bare this season, until three independent food drives “pushed us over the hump,” Hollingsworth said. Canned goods drives by Noble Public Schools, Norman Public Schools and the OU Pride of Oklahoma marching band combined to save the day.

Please remember to give generously to those in need in your area.

Update: (2005.12.01) The Oklahoma Daily has published a slideshow of members of ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ loading food from the band room onto the trucks to take it to the Christmas Store. Check it out!

On Friday, Texas plays Texas A&M at 11:00 on ABC (nationwide). If the moo cows Longhorns lose, they still play for the Big XII Championship on December 3 in Houston, but their Rose Bowl and BCS national championship hopes are over. At 2:30 PM (CT), Colorado hosts Nebraska. Colorado clinches the Big XII North division with a victory. If Nebraska wins and Iowa State beats Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday, then the Cyclones play Texas for the Big XII championship and a guaranteed Fiesta Bowl berth. If Iowa State loses, Colorado wins the division regardless of Friday’s outcome.

On Saturday, our Sooners close the 2005 regular season with Bedlam, hosting OSU on Owen Field at 2:30 PM CT. The game will be televised “regionally” by ABC Sports, but there is no published coverage map. Some areas will apparently see Virginia-Miami or South Florida-Connecticut. If your ABC affiliate won’t show Bedlam, check out SoonerSports.com for radio and internet options, or ask your cable or satellite provider about ESPN GamePlan, which will have the game available nationwide. The game will be called for ABC by Terry Gannon and Jamal Anderson, with Dave LaMont on the sidelines, according to the OU Athletic Department’s 15-page OU-OSU football media guide. Have all the stats at your fingertips and second-guess the announcers!

For those coming to Norman, it is the final home game and senior day. Before the Pride’s pre-game show, the team will recognize 20 senior players who are playing their last home game. It’s Bedlam, so first up at halftime is the Spirit of Oklahoma State Cowboy Marching Band, followed by the Pride’s Rock & Roll show, and recognition of Pride seniors as halftime ends. The Pre-Game concert is at 1PM north of Parrington Hall, and after the game, there is a reception for outgoing band secretary Cindy Hartless, as noted below this on the main page.

Finally, if you’re still steaming about last Saturday, don’t miss Eileen Kelly’s post, the Top 10 Referee excuses for blowing the calls at the end of the OU/Texas Tech game. Especially #2 – our pep band did good. Happy Thanksgiving!