School Fear Disguised as School Pride

RECEIVED Thu., July 26, 2007

Dear Editor,
    This article gets right to the point [“Thumbs Up to 'Horns Down,'” the Score sports blog, Oct. 23, 2006]. If you are negatively obsessed with an opponent, you actually fear that opponent.
    As a proud Oklahoma State University graduate and alumni member, I am oftentimes astounded by my Oklahoma University brethren. In the central Oklahoma region, the majority of vehicles that you find sporting an OU sticker also display the inverted University of Texas "Horns Down" emblem.
    I have even experienced OU fans flashing me the horns down hand symbol because I fly the OSU flag from my flag pole! Wrong orange, pal.
    This leads me to an inescapable contention that I have long suspected. Most OU fans are not students, faculty, graduates, or even alumni. They are merely yokels who are more than willing to jump upon the schooner when OU is winning. What was that thunderous noise after the 2005 season opening loss to TCU (OU 10, TCU 17)? That was the sound of these same yokels jumping off the schooner.
    I long for the day when fans will display positive T-shirts and bumper stickers about their own university without openly boasting their ignorance by exhibiting clothing and emblems that denigrate the universities of their opponents.
    UT faithful can take heart in knowing that OU fans fear UT so much. But wait, I have also seen an increase in demeaning window stickers targeting OSU, so that means … hey, hey, hey.
Ray Chambers
Oklahoma City, Okla.
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