By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — When Oklahoma chose the cover of its game day program, officials must have been looking into the future. Former Sooners Sabert, Oliver and Willis Hott were featured on the program and game tickets.
The Hott family was just another reminder to Oklahoma fans to just how stifling the sweltering heat was for Oklahoma’s 2013 season opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
“This heat is unbearable,” Lane Christine posted on Twitter “But I love my Sooners.”
Eric Hinson has lived in some hot locales. As a member of the United States Armed Forces, many of his tours of duty have taken place in the Middle East.
Despite that, when Hinson showed up to the stadium to watch the Sooners, even he had concerns about having to sit outside for more than four hours.
“I think it does play a factor in whether you have a good time or not,” Hinson said. “It depends on where you sit and you have the sun beating down on you. We were on the opposite end, so we should be in the shade.”
When the Sooners and Louisiana-Monroe kicked off at 6 p.m. the temperature was 100 degrees. But it had hovered near 105 much of the afternoon.
According to a variety of fans and media members, people were passing out before and during the game due to the extreme heat.
However, that was not a concern for Brad Cooksey. Growing up in SW Oklahoma has taught him to be prepared for when the meter hits triple digits.
“We are used to it,” Cooksey said. “Remember back in the day when you were playing football back in school. The first of August, it’s going to be hot and you know its going to be football season. You just come to expect it.”
Like most fans, Cooksey was just excited to be in Norman for the start of football season.
“We are very excited,” Cooksey said. “Brought the family up here for opening tonight,” Cooksey said.
“You go through a little break after basketball season and baseball just can’t get you through the summer. You are waiting on pins and needs for football to start. Now it’s here.”
With so many unanswered questions heading into this season, most fans didn’t have time to focus on just how hot it was.
“I just wanted to see the new changes,” Hinson said. “Especially at the quarterback position and what we’re going to do as far as the defense. I want to sit back and wait and see what it is. Usually all this hype is built around. I am going to sit and wait and let it play out.”