OU 59, Middle Tennessee State 0

Believe it or not, the Sooners are now halfway through the 2006 home season. On Saturday night, the team posted the middle Big 12 shutout of the weekend, defeating the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University 59-0. That was ahead of Nebraska’s 56-0 shutout of Troy, but behind Texas Tech’s 62-0 drubbing of (Division I-AA) SE Lousiana. (In fact, OU is the only Big 12 South team that does not play a Division I-AA team this season. Even Texas plays I-AA Sam Houston State next week. Rhett Bomar is not expected to play.)

The Pride performed an entirely new show that slowly worked backward in time, to greater and greater crowd approval. The show began with a brand-new Roland Barrett arrangement of Styx’s Mr. Roboto (1983), followed by the Benny Goodman-Gene Krupa classic concert tune Sing Sing Sing (1936 – written by Louis Prima, which I did not know), and ending with the National March of the United States, John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever (1896). The Pride performed traditional countermarch drill (flips, to-the-rear, and all those other things “rarely seen in the 21st century” outside of College Station) to the Stars and Stripes, to the great appreciation of the sell-out home crowd at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

It was also Pride Parents Day, and hundreds of proud Pride moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and grandparents enjoyed lunch in the band room, photos with their Pride member, and participated in the parade to the stadium. See the Pride’s MTSU photo album for lots of pictures, including some of staff parents!

The Sooners are idle this week, as the originally scheduled OSU game was moved to the Saturday after Thanksgiving several months ago. Next up: the beginning of Big 12 conference play in the Cotton Bowl! That’s right – OU’s next game is vs. Texas, on October 7. ABC Sports (sorry, “ESPN on ABC”) intends to broadcast the game nationally and has moved the kickoff time back to 2:30 PM to accommodate that. HDTVOK.com has confirmed with KOCO-DT in Oklahoma City that ABC will broadcast the game in HDTV, too!

The Pride is now preparing an all-new show to debut at the Cotton Bowl. It’s theme is similar to the past several Texas shows, if that’s a hint. I can only tell you that I call it the “Something of Something Else” show. (I doubt that title will stick.) If you want details, drop by a Pride rehearsal this week or next, or see the band at one of the stops on the Texas trip. We’ll post a link to the Pride’s itinerary as soon as they have one up.

Homecoming is just two weeks after Texas, so watch the Web site for news. There is still a very limited window to order caps and visors, and we’re starting to post the list of confirmed 2006 homecoming marchers. You must be a member of our Web site to see the list. If you’re not, then register – it’s absolutely free! (Make sure you don’t spam-filter the registration confirmation that you’ll get from oubandalumni.org to complete the sign-up.) If you’re a member but can’t get to the list, then log in so we know you’re you and let you see the list.

We’ll have more info this week on upcoming OU Band department concerts, too. Enjoy the week off, and let’s get ready for some barbecued moo-cow!