October 8, 1966 is a day that will live in infamy. Those are famous words, not about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and from FDR, but about an OU win over Texas and from ERS. This date was the first OU win over Texas in my memory bank. Like other dates in history where old timers remember exactly where they were at that point in time, I remember exactly where I was on that day.
I became a rabid OU at age 8 and did not experience a win over Texas until I was 16. Year after year, I would go through Texas week expecting a win, only to have my hopes dashed against the rocks each year. My first win in ’66 was worth the wait.
For the record, I would not taste a win over Texas for five more years. For those who are counting, that was 12 of 13 scar-filled years. So much for being a spoiled OU fan. I learned early on to appreciate Texas wins and while those wins have become much more common place, they’re still special. A win over Texas is like a 2nd Christmas.
Just like in the old days, the days will creep by as we await OU-Texas. It will finally arrive and those of us who will be watching the game on our in-house big screen will warn family members including canines to vacate the premises for four hours. I also warn love ones to check the final score before returning home.
Like the old days, OU fans should be careful about getting their hopes up, but just like the old days, I won’t be able to help myself. I know crazy things happen in this game, but I must admit I feel really good about our chances. We have the better team, so I fully expect to celebrate a 2nd Christmas this year.