The Norman Transcript

Local news

November 18, 2012

Welcome mat rolls out for Irish fans

NORMAN — Even before President Boren issued his plea for Sooner fans to extend hospitality to the visiting Notre Dame fans, I had shared with Transcript reporter Joy Hampton that my friends and family who made the 1999 trip to South Bend could not compliment the Irish fans more.

On game day, my friends and I were walking in the Campus Corner area when we found ourselves standing in line next to some Notre Dame fans. My very gracious friend — heeding the president’s message — welcomed the Notre Dame fan to Norman and said she hoped they were having a great time.

The Irish fan said to us that they had been having such a terrific time that she wanted to report it to someone official. After we laughed, I told her that I worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau and would love to have her testimonial.

She followed through and sent me this email two days later and then posted a similar message on our Facebook page:

“THANKS to all the wonderful SOONER fans for their amazing hospitality to the visiting Irish! I am in a “mixed marriage” — my hubby went to Notre Dame and I went to Texas A&M, and we love college football. We have enjoyed many college visits through following our teams, but NEVER have we been so overwhelmed with friendly offers and welcomes as we experienced this past Saturday.  

“Living in Austin, we had not heard exactly glowing comments about OU, so we were not sure what to expect. Unbelievably, we couldn’t walk 10 yards without hearing “Would (you) like a beer? Food? Need directions?” and wonderful comments like “Don’t worry, we’re Irish-friendly here!”

“A freshman petroleum engineer co-ed sweetly gave us directions, then offered to give us a full campus tour! WOW! There are always the few stray beer-brained students or alums (on both sides) who are rude, but I want to give a huge CONGRATS to the “Boomer Sooners” for being the FRIENDLIEST campus ever! Bring some Crooked Crust pizza when you come up to South Bend (yum!) and we look forward to returning the hospitality!”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Wine, Organ and Compline at St. Thomas More

    St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., is hosting the Wine, Organ and Compline at 7 p.m. today. The series will begin with a wine and cheese gathering in the atrium, followed by an organ recital presented by guest organist ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014

  • First Junior Police Academy class graduates

    The Norman Police Department will host a graduation ceremony for its first Norman Junior Police Academy class today....

    July 24, 2014

  • More than 700 to receive clothing, school supplies

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Citizens Caring for Children will host a two-day Back-to-School shopping event for school-aged children in foster care living in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan and Pottawatomie counties....

    July 24, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 2:36 a.m. assault report, 700 block of Stinson Street · 7:32 a.m. larceny report, 5400 block of Huettner Drive · 8:30 a.m. larceny report, 800 block of North ...

    July 24, 2014