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!