The Norman Transcript

October 25, 2012

There’s winning and ‘not losing’


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NORMAN — What you’re saying: Apparently there is “winning” and there is “not losing.” From Tommy McConnell via email:

“I am sure someone has already pointed this out. But your list of the games ND/OU reminded me that the 47-game win streak is part of a 48-game non-losing streak, broken at both ends by Notre Dame. In 1953, Notre Dame beat us and we did not lose again until Notre Dame did it again in 1957. But we actually did not lose on the next game after the 1953 loss. We tied the game. Pittsburgh comes to mind.”

Editor’s note: According to soonerstats.com that game was Oct. 3, 1953. The Sooners battled Pittsburgh to a 7-7 tie before 28,152 fans. The Sooners would not lose until Nov. 16, 1957. Attendance was 63,170 that day.

Game day traffic change: The Norman Police Department has extended its ban on game day parking on Brooks Street from Jenkins Avenue to Classen Boulevard.

The parking restrictions were implemented Oct. 20 before the OU-Kansas football game.

On Wednesday, NPD announced the extension of that parking ban along the south side of Brooks Street

The ban “will remain in force for the foreseeable future during OU home football games,” Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said in a news release.

One additional change will occur Saturday, Easley said. After the game, NPD will only allow traffic on Brooks Street to travel one-way — eastbound toward Classen Boulevard.

“The change will impact Brooks from Jenkins to Classen,” Easley said. “If you normally park in this area and are accustomed to driving west on Brooks, between Jenkins and Classen after the game, please plan to use an alternative route.”

Although the area is normally posted as a no-parking zone, Norman police have allowed parking on the south side of Brooks during football games. Because of the need to accommodate increasing traffic volume in the area on game days, police no longer will permit parking on this area of Brooks Street.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the recent parking changes,” Easley said.

Wilkinson book signing: In “Dear Jay, Love Dad,” Jay Wilkinson, legendary OU coach Bud Wilkinson’s younger son, shares 47 letters his father wrote to him while he was in college and graduate school. Spanning the early- to mid-1960s, these letters reveal Bud’s deep love for his son, as well as the philosophy and values that led to his success in sports.

Jay Wilkinson will be on hand to sign copies of his book from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the OU Stadium Bookstore, 1185 Asp Ave., according to a news release from Sandy See, publicists for University of Oklahoma Press.

Weekend weather: Will you need a rain poncho or a coat, or will a hoodie do? For those keeping an eye on the weather, here’s what to expect as of Wednesday’s forecasts from The Weather Channel’s weather.com. The forecast has changed a bit since Tuesday.

Today, as some out-of-towners start arriving in Norman, the forecast calls for a high of 65 and a low of 41. Chance of rain has been modified to 10 percent chance from Tuesday’s forecast 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds are expected to be from the north-northwest at 20 mph.

On Friday, those setting up to tailgate can expect damp weather with a high of 57 and a low a degree cooler at 32. Winds on Friday will shift to the north-northeast at 21 mph.

On game day, the daytime high is expected to be 58. As the sun sets and kickoff arrives, temperatures are expected to start sliding toward an overnight low of 32, punctuated by an 8 mph breeze from the northeast.

Got tickets? As of Wednesday evening, it appears there were 884 tickets for OU-Notre Dame on stubhub.com. The cheapest single game ticket available Wednesday was $265 in lower level sideline section 10. The most expensive single ticket appeared to be lower level section 6 at $1,500. Still at the $99,999 price are tickets in upper level section 235 and lower level sideline section 32. Ticket pairs appear to start at $264 and go upward to $3,000.

— Transcript Staff

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