The Norman Transcript

Headlines

October 24, 2012

Was I partly to blame for loss 55 years ago?

NORMAN — Fifty-five years ago, Notre Dame University sent a football team to Norman determined to avenge the lopsided loss they suffered in South Bend the year before and end OU’s 47-game winning streak.

While we all know how that came out, a couple of footnotes should be added.

In those times, OU fielded eight cheerleaders and one “mascot,” traditionally a Native American student elected from and by the student body. Each undergraduate class elected two students, one boy and one girl, to serve for four years.

That year, the senior female cheerleader was the basketball coach’s daughter, Donna Drake (Pendarvis). The mascot, known as “Little Red,” was Carl Ponca, a full-blood (duh) Ponca.

I was one of two bass drummers in the “Pride,” which was an unofficial cheering squad for the team. I personally was blamed by the Colorado football coach for rendering their late fourth-quarter drive signals inaudible and causing them to lose by about five points in the 47th game in our win streak.

I told Coach Wilkinson that I didn’t win the game for him, and he replied, “I know d— good and well you didn’t.”

Nevertheless, NCAA rules were later added so that bands, especially drums, couldn’t play during clock time in games.

Anyway, when Donna went to the band director, Mr. Haug, and asked him to send me to the sideline to play tom-tom for Carl’s “war dances,” the band lost some of its cheering volume and spirit.

I always thought, thereafter, that Carl, Donna and I were partly to blame for the loss: Donna for making the band quieter, me for being uncomfortable on the sideline, and Carl for adding some rain dance steps, which brought on the cloud bank that captured the sky midway through the fourth quarter during the late drive that made the score 0-7.

David Miller was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma band from 1956 to 1961.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Okla. City museum shows pigeons in positive light

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t long after Lorrie Monteiro started her new gig as curator of the American Pigeon Museum that she started to wonder, “What have I done?” Monteiro had experience working at museums but knew almost nothing about the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014

  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • One killed when shipping container falls onto vehicle

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 1, 2014