OU 24, Colorado 3!

Was that fun, in a refrigerated kind of way, or what?

Over 130 marching alumni joined the 314-member Pride of Oklahoma for Homecoming 2006 in Norman yesterday, and it was a semi-arctic blast.

After a joint rehearsal on the south practice field in the late morning, The Pride of Oklahoma went on to perform in OU’s annual (and very long!) homecoming parade and the traditional pre-game concert before marching through Campus Corner and on to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Meanwhile, alumni from all over the world (and Mars, or so I heard) went on to a business meeting and lunch.

Then everyone got together at the stadium, where proud Pride Alumni marched before the traditional Pride pre-game show, and joined the Pride on the field again at halftime for “a traditional counter-march to Boomer Sooner!” If you didn’t have a good time at this game, then you don’t deserve football in your life. :-):

The photo album from homecoming, with 186 photos from the day and the game, is available online here.The band department places all of these photos in the public domain unless otherwise marked, so feel free to use and enjoy them any way you see fit! (If you resell them, you’ll probably need permission of any individuals prominently featured unless they’re public figures, but if you resell these kinds of things, you probably already knew that.)

Share your thoughts in our homecoming 2006 discussion, and check out the permanent Homecoming 2006 News for follow-ups from the weekend that may come in the future, like minutes from the business meeting. And if you’re the future-minded source, you can go ahead and bookmark the new Homecoming 2007 News page!

Up next for the Sooners: a road trip to Columbia to take on the 7-1 (3-1 in the Big 12) Missouri Tigers, for an 11AM CDT kickoff on ABC ESPN on ABC. One of the regional games on the network at that time will be broadcast in HDTV, but as of today, we don’t know which one it will be. The Tigers lead the Big 12 North division, ahead of Nebraska (also 3-1 in conference play, but 6-2 overall). If the Sooners prevail, Nebraska will most likely win the North division unless they lose to Missouri on November 4 in Lincoln. (Nebraska travels to Stillwater this Saturday.)

The Pride takes a pep band to Missouri for the early early kickoff, so listen for them on TV! Can you believe there’s only one home game left – November 11, when the Sooners host Texas Tech for Dad’s Parent’s Day? The full Pride still has three more regular-season games ahead, though – at College Station on November 4 and, of course, in Stillwater on November 25. If Texas loses two conference games (as they very nearly lost one on Saturday), OU could still play for the conference championship, and while you shouldn’t buy tickets to Kansas City yet, we know better than to rule anything out, don’t we? Boomer Sooner!