NORMAN — You’re not supposed to root for teams in this business so you don’t. Few tend to believe it, especially the day after a Crosstown Clash, but what are you going to do?
You can, though, root for the story, root for the town and, though it may be a failure of the objectivity you strive to project, setting aside the villains is so much harder than setting aside the favorites.
So, here’s to the Timberwolves and their historic quest, which continues tonight at Union-Tuttle Stadium, where Norman North meets Owasso, the winner to reach the Class 6A state championship game.
Owasso isn’t the greatest villain but will easily suffice.
The Rams have knocked Norman High out of the playoffs three consecutive seasons. They represent the fourth biggest high school in the state with almost 600 more students than North. Mostly, they’re in the way.
Midwest City won back-to-back state crowns in 1994-95. Ever since, Class 6A has been a Jenks-Union operation.
I don’t know if the T-Wolves can knock off the Trojans or Redskins, but I know the Rams getting the chance does nothing for anybody, around here and pretty much everywhere in the state but Tulsa and Owasso. And, not only are state championships great, but playing for them are, too.
I remember Tigers and T-Wolves championship clinches on the pitch and court better than the ones that got away, but I remember the scene surrounding all of them. Every group of students and every community that supports that group deserves days like that.
Owasso probably deserves a day like that, too. But I can’t worry about that. Today, the Rams, representing too big a school from the wrong part of the state, suffer guilt by association.