I was reading an article on ESPN.com today.concerning the state of Ohio's boycott of the letter "M" for their game this Saturday against Michigan. Here is the link to it. In the article, Urban Meyer was asked about the importance of the Michigan game. Here is his response:
"It is different," Meyer said. "It's not just another game. It's not, and our players know that. Does that mean we put less value on Indiana or less value on the following week coming up? I didn't say that. But there is an extra pep in the step.
"Do we make a big deal out of this game? Absolutely. ... That's the way I was brought up. We kind of go over the top here, and we always have."
Every time Bob Stoops has been asked about the Texas game, it seems he tends to engage in "Coach-speak," saying it's just another game on the schedule and is not any more important than winning against, say, Kansas. But finally, a coach actually acknowledges that some games DO mean more than others. Urban Meyer should be commended on openly recognizing the significance of the Michigan game for Ohio State fans. Why can't we get this kind of honesty from our head coach? Urban Meyer even blocked out every other game on the schedule hanging in the team meeting room to accentuate the significance of the Michigan game.
Bob Stoops has embraced Oklahoma's traditions ever since he came here in 1999. This should be one of those traditions that Stoops recognizes and embraces. The Texas game IS different - it means more to us than any other game on the schedule, including Bedlam. Instead of playing it off as "just another game," Stoops should take a page from Urban Meyers' playbook and embrace it.
I like Urban Meyers' style. That more than makes up for his man crush on Tim Tebow.
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