The Norman Transcript

Letters

November 16, 2012

The biggest game of my life

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The biggest game in my life took place at Lions Park in 1954: the Norman Grade School City Football Championship. The game pitted the team from my school, Washington (original), against the team from McKinley. Only the quarterbacks were destined for greatness. There was Jay Wilkinson, a future star at Duke University, and Tommy Pannell, of University of Oklahoma fame.

Back then, the elementary school sports program, as far as I know, was run by the school system. We had a coach, who was also a teacher. I expect they had a coach who was also a teacher. Maybe they were teachers first, then, as an afterthought, coaches. The fifth- and sixth-grade kids played on the same team.

Games were played on school days, right after school. We probably walked from Washington to the game as, I expect, did the McKinley team. The sidelines were sparsley populated ... parents who could get off work before 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. or folks not employed.  The only parent I remember there was Bud Wilkinson, Jay’s daddy and coach, of course, of the Oklahoma Sooners. There were cheerleaders. Can’t do without them.

Do I remember the score? Sorry, I don’t. The two teams shared the Norman City Football Championship that year. Nice spread in The Norman Transcript.

Saw a couple of guys who played in that game Sunday at Harve Collins field. Parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, all over. My interest was the sixth-grade championship game between Whittier and Longfellow. A truly great game. 

Press box announcer, electronic clock, post-game awards ceremony with all the families on the field, refreshment stands open, all thanks to the Norman Public School System and the Optimist Club. And good recognition for the half-dozen coaches for each team ... all volunteers, of course. And nobody stompin’ and yellin’ louder than those 69-, 70-, 71-year-old guys from 1954, whose parents likely couldn’t get off work for their game in 1954.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • Just wondering about things

    Editor, The Transcript: Why are our companies still investing so much in China, now that they own over a trillion dollars of our debt? Why is China pouring billions into their military and threatening many of their neighbors? Why don’t we ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Expansion effect evaluated

    Editor, The Transcript: The effect of the Medicaid expansion rejection and acceptance on hospitals’ uncompensated costs are now being evaluated....

    July 31, 2014

  • Community Action mostly closed due to cutbacks

    Editor, The Transcript: The Community Action, at 1155 E Main St. in Norman, for decades has served Cleveland County with the following everyday services: a food pantry, short-term housing for the homeless, providing rides for those without ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Stick to the sports

    Editor, The Transcript: Why must we, especially us nice conservatives, be subjected to political commentary in a sports column? I hear/view Fox News routinely and find their coverage quite acceptable. I also hear/view CNN and MSNBC. I ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Corporation Commission should should evaluate quakes, fracturing

    Editor, The Transcript: Is your house at risk of being damaged in an earthquake because of fracking? Maybe. We’ve seen more earthquakes and tremors in Oklahoma seven months into 2014 than in the two previous years combined. At the same ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman can stop fracking before it escalates

    Editor, The Transcript: There are 163 fracked wells within Norman city limits. With growing attention to health and safety concerns, the city is considering changes to the existing oil and gas ordinance....

    July 27, 2014

  • We should be offended by things that matter

    Editor, The Transcript: I’m offended. Why you say? I live in the USA, in Norman — a great town. What could possibly offend me? I’ll tell you. It’s people that are offended by the most meaningless things (what to call an evergreen tree in ...

    July 27, 2014