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June 28, 2014

Not (yet) buying in to stadium upgrades

NORMAN — Call me a party pooper. Call me stuck in the mud. Call me lost in time. Call me a fuddy duddy. 

Just don’t call me too terribly excited about the stadium expansion that will eventually surround Owen Field.

Worse, when they’re done, and it’s as beautiful and amazing as advertised, I’ll probably get behind it, too. 

I mean, who doesn’t adore Cowboys Stadium? Nothing’s more overdone than Jerry’s World. Also, everybody loves it.

That will be the new Memorial Stadium. Indeed, it will be so great that we here at The Norman Transcript might have to quit calling the place Owen Field, because how can the nation’s most opulent stadium be called a field. 

Toby Roland, the voice, calls it the Palace on the Prairie. Apparently, he ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Just let me be a voice in the wilderness now. Now, when it doesn’t feel right. Now when, yet again, too much seems like too much. Now, when what athletic director Joe Castlglione said in a short video trumpeting the renovation plan — “We don’t ever apologize at Oklahoma for pursuing championships” — seems less like a statement about commitment to the program and more like a blanket justification for every conceivable over the top expense that might prove, just maybe, tangentially helpful to playing, cheering and, when it’s not happening on the field, at least, looking like a champion.

Bathroom attendants inside the Switzer Center are just a matter of time.

Would it be too impossible that, one time, Sooner football or Sooner athletics or the PR machine that produced the video in which Castlglione uttered his justification, celebrate something quaint by comparison, something a little more isn’t that cool and a little less look what I built.

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