2009 Homecoming Schedule

You asked for the schedule, and we have it! It’s already on the Events calendar, but here it is as well:

10:45 AM Marching Rehearsal—Meet at the Everest indoor practice facility southeast of the stadium for Rehearsal with the Pride and Pre-game.
Please be ready to take the field at 10:45 AM. We suggest being there by 10:30 AM.
12:45 PM Registration—for those who didn’t attend Friday’s Rehearsal (Beaird Lounge in Student Union). Refreshments served
1:00 PM Business Meeting—Beaird Lounge – Second Floor Oklahoma Memorial Union
2:30 PM Lunch—served in the Beaird Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union, for those who purchased lunch tickets. Serving will stop at 3:30 PM.
3:00 PM Homecoming Parade Begins—for those wanting to watch
5:00 PM Get instruments—Get into the game (leave plenty of time to get through tickets and security), get your instruments, and head towards the tunnels.
5:45 PM Step-off—Pre-game Begins
6:00 PM Kick-off—Time to take the Wildcats!!

Click on the link above for a computer-generated version that you can get in printer-friendly form (and that’s combined with The Pride‘s schedule), or click on the image to download your own version in PDF format.

The only ambivalence in the above schedule is “5:20 PM”—honestly, based on what we know, OUBAA Pre-game step-off is likely to be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes after that actual time. We’ll know more on Friday and will communicate the time and the procedures thoroughly on Saturday morning at rehearsal, but you can’t go wrong if you’re ready to go at 5:20 PM.

If there are any changes to this schedule, we will alert you through the mailing list so everyone gets it in their inbox, as well as posting it here. So if you haven’t signed up for our mailing list yet, this would be a really good time to click this link and do that.

Ask Rita Heath if you have any questions, as this is Homecoming Week! Boomer Sooner!

Only the ones you love can break your heart [UPDATED]

Most FCS-division football schools would be really proud of a team that had three losses under these circumstances:

  • All in road games

  • All to ranked teams (#20, #11, and #2)

  • The total margin of defeat in all three games was just five points

  • Your Heisman-winning quarterback knocked out of two of those games in the first half with a shoulder injury

  • Still in position to win late in the fourth quarter, but just…didn’t

I think in a place that didn’t have an incredibly strong football tradition and seven national championships, they wouldn’t feel bad about that record at all. We’re not in such a place, and that means we always expect the best and are disappointed for our team and our band when it just doesn’t happen. The Sooners are now 3-3 (1-1 in conference play) with six conference games left in the season.

It’s not the season anyone imagined in August, but we don’t wear the Crimson and Cream because they’re fashionable. We wear those colors rain or shine. Some of you reading this are Pride alumni who marched for four solid years and yet never took a bowl trip. Others marched for five consecutive years and went to five bowl games without repeating a single destination. The bad times show how incredibly difficult it is to win a national championship, and make it all the more amazing that OU has seven of them.

It’s now extremely unlikely that the networks will use a six-day option to set the kickoff time for the Kansas State game, so we should know the homecoming kickoff time at some point during the day on Monday. Once that’s set, your officers will finish up the Saturday schedule, and we’ll post it on here, on the Events calendar, and send it to the mailing list as soon as we have it.

UPDATE: Kickoff time for the homecoming game has been set at 6:00 PM. If you are on our mailing list or read our Events calendar, you probably knew that before you read it here! Schedule to follow when it’s available.

By the way, we’re starting to get some mailing list subscriptions disabled because too many messages have bounced, or the errors they’re returning are fatal errors (“this account doesn’t exist” and the like). If you haven’t been getting any E-mail lately from our mailing list, please take a moment to sign up again by clicking on this mailing list link. We wouldn’t want you to miss any news about Homecoming 2009. The game may not be a stepping stone to a national championship, but it’s going to be great fun and a halftime you’ll always remember!


IT’S sɐxǝʇ WEEK!

It’s time for the second longest-running tradition in Sooner Football, right after The Pride of Oklahoma (106 seasons and counting): the 104th matchup between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, still in the world-famous Cotton Bowl, this Saturday!

The 3-2 Sooners are ranked #18 in both polls after their 33-7 win over Baylor and the return of Sam Bradford, and, if the BCS were published today (the first release comes Sunday after the game, and right now one of the six required computer rankings is not yet published), would rank #20, the fifth-ranking Big 12 team. The 5-0 Longhorns would be #3 in the BCS behind Florida and Alabama, and are split in the polls: #2 in the Harris poll, #3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll. Despite beating Colorado at home 38-14, the Longhorns trailed the unranked 1-4 Buffs 14-10 at halftime, and it was 14-3 with under two minutes left in the half. That was enough to cause some consternation in the Coaches’ poll, which is kind of flaky to begin with. (UCLA lost 24-10 at home to Oregon and yet still got a new vote on one coach’s ballot. Go figure.)

SoonerSports.com has extensive game notes you can read, and our Events calendar already has The Pride of Oklahoma‘s public events listed—a Friday morning rehearsal and exhibition at Ada High School, a Friday evening performance exhibition at the Richardson-Lake Highlands football game, a couple of private or invitation-only rallies, and then on to the Cotton Bowl!

I believe most of the country will see the game on “ESPN on ABC” in high definition at 11:00 AM CDT, but if there is regional coverage, then this page will be updated by Thursday at the latest to show which areas get which games. If you’re not getting OU-Texas, a one-day purchase of ESPN GamePlan from your cable or satellite provider, if it’s available, will give you the game.

There’s a lot of “I dunno…” about the Sooners’ chances on Saturday. I remember the 2000 season, when the undefeated Sooners were barely ranked and not considered a threat to the Longhorns, having defeated only UTEP, Arkansas State, Rice, and Kansas. And then Roy Williams made you believe a man could fly. OU won 63-14 and marched on to its seventh national championship.

A BCS Championship may seem unlikely this year, but Oklahoma is a good team, and sɐxǝʇ appears to think it can’t lose. I have different opinions. If you’re in Dallas, be sure to show up and support The Pride as well as the Sooners in various events. The halftime show concludes with a fantastic number that couldn’t make it into the end of last week’s Parents’ Day show, so look forward to that.

Let’s get fired up!!

It’s 7/28/11; 4:09:02 AM and TEXAS STILL…