Gameday #2: Sooners vs. Miami Hurricanes!

Saturday’s home debut was great for both the Sooners and the 2007 Pride of Oklahoma. In addition to a record-setting Sooner victory, halftime featured a tribute to Billy Sims and two fine marching bands.

Our musical visitors were the University of North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band, who presented energetic drill to a marching arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s Noisy Wheels of Joy, and the North Texas Dancers performing to what I believe was Nine Inch Nails’ The Hand that Feeds.

Then came The Pride‘s show, “Random Acts of Rock,” featured Dr. Roland Barrett’s arrangements of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction with new drill, and Chuck Berry’s Roll Over, Beethoven in concert with feature twirler Meredith Sigler. The Pride looked and sounded great!

Now onto the national stage as the Miami Hurricanes blow into town for the national game, in HDTV, on ABC Sports ESPN on ABC, Saturday morning at 11:00 AM CDT. It is the national game—no regional coverage, so it should be on every ABC affiliate in the continental United States.

Most of you know what an 11:00 AM CDT kickoff means for the Pride:

Marching in the dark!

With rehearsal at 6:00 AM on campus and the dedication of the fourth and final statue in Heisman Park (for Jason White) at 9:00 AM, it’s a busy busy morning. As of last week’s polls, the ‘Canes were ranked 31st in the writers’ poll and 28th in the coaches’ poll, but they’ll move up this week after their easy victory over Marshall, just as the 8th-ranked Sooners will move up after defeating North Texas (and especially after 4th-ranked Michigan had its unfortunate incident).

The Pride‘s show is part of the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration, with tunes that should bring smiles to the faces of spectators and band alumni alike. We’ve already updated the Events calendar with Saturday morning’s schedule, and feel free to use the discussion link to ask questions or talk about the season (but you have to log in first!). Boomer Sooner!