Homecoming + Halloween + Tradition = …

I realize some of you think that adds up to “costumes,” but sadly, no more. It’s a different world than in the go-go 80’s, and since every game is now televised (I think only two games in the past ten years have not been), everyone wants legal clearance for any trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property that might appear on anyone’s costumes. (They even ask for proof, every year, that The Pride has the rights to play Boomer Sooner and Oklahoma! It’s mind-boggling.)

Nonetheless, two years ago, we had a home game on November 1, the day after Halloween, and a night game at that. The Pride responded with a timely show that got more applause than The Noble Men (and Women) of Kyle—The Pulse of the Spirit of Aggieland Nationally Famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Marching Band, ending with a great classic pop song. It was so popular that the members voted to repeat it for that year’s bowl performance.

With the recent death of Michael Jackson, I’m sure members of the 2007 Pride and those familiar with the show have thought about it. Jackson’s music has been everywhere since June 25, and I simply cannot hear or see any part of Thriller now without thinking of that night on Owen Field. You can click here to see videos of the performance on YouTube.

Have you figured out the equation yet?

This week, Mr. Britt informed us that with Homecoming 2009 taking place on Halloween itself, the game’s halftime show will end with a joint Pride of Oklahoma and Alumni Band performance of Thriller. Both bands together, on the field, doing…

…well, doing Thriller things. I’m not going to try to predict what any part of it may look like, but you can watch the videos from last time to get a good idea of why this was so much fun. Some of you reading this know because you performed it in 2007. If your time in the Pride has ended, come back for Homecoming this year and perform it again!

This is going to be a lot of fun.