The Norman Transcript

Opinion

January 12, 2013

Stand up and cheer for Sooner team

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I am writing this letter with a sad heart. It may spark a discussion. It may fall on deaf ears. I’m going to give it a try. Please don’t get bored and stop reading.

My husband and I live in Canyon, Texas. Our daughters graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Meaghan Collier, Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communications, Class of 2005, and Mandi Collier, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2007. Gary and I have traveled to Norman for football games since Meaghan began in 2001. We have not missed a home game. We travel to out-of-town games, OU/Texas games and bowl games. We have six season tickets and are proud of our perfect attendance. We love the Sooners.

We are passionate about Sooner football. We stand and cheer with a vengeance. We never give up. Our season tickets are in Section 20, and — as far as I can tell — ours is standing and cheering throughout the game.

We traveled to the Cotton Bowl game. Unfortunately, our past experiences with enjoyable football games and fans were abruptly demoralized.

We sat in a section full of OU fans. We were provided red and white pom poms. These were obviously provided to the fans to be used for cheering on the Sooners. We are on our feet, along with the rest of the section, except for time-outs and media time-outs. If our boys were on that field, giving it their all, then the least we could do as fans was be on our feet supporting them with our voices (and pom poms).

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, our row was surprised by a security guard telling us we had to sit down. We, of course, argued (yes, we argued loudly) our point and our right to stand and cheer for our team. The ticket does not require the fan to sit down, nor does it stipulate when a fan can stand up or for how long. There are rules regarding stadium usage, but there is no standing-up rules.

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