Rushing the Court…
The bad news is that OU lost on Saturday, the good news is that we must be better than I thought. The scene after the game resembled a fan base that had just beaten the Big 12 Champion. I hope this still happens, but I would not hold my breath.
OU is a good team, but not a great team…to lose by two points on the road, particularly after trailing by double digits at half was pretty remarkable.
Of course as all of us know, OSU fans rush the court/field any time they beat the Sooners in any sport. This is what little brothers do.
Back in the day OU fans felt compelled to do the same thing. The last mosh pit I can remember was back in 1997 when the fans of a John Blake OU team found themselves desperate for a win. The Sooners rallied and kicked a field goal to beat Syracuse at the gun causing an ecstatic student section to rush the field.
Right on cue, this was the highlight of a 4-8 season…in retrospect the mosh pit scene by Sooner fans made us look silly. Since those days, OU fans have come to expect wins, not crave them. Acting like we have been there before has become OU’s mantra.
Kansas does the same in basketball. When was the last time you saw KU fans who are arguably the best fans in basketball rush the court after a close win. Like OU in all sports and Kansas in basketball, KU fans expect to win and are not going to embarrass themselves by giving the opposition too much credit.
Finally, this OU team is vastly improved over last year and we need to embrace this thought. Trae Young is a heck of a player, but now that Bob Huggins has created the template for shutting down his passing lanes, this team may have peaked. OU should continue to improve next year with our without Trae Young.
As for the Cowboys, their day of NCAA reckoning is coming. The pipeline that has allowed high priced agents and OSU coaches to illegally place NBA-type in Stillwater is about to dry up.
As for the Cowpatty fans and rushing the court…let them have their fun. After all what else is there to do in Stillwater. I have been to Stillwater tons of times over the years and the best part of every trip was the ride out of town.