• Happy Monday, Sooners, fans! I hope you all were able to do a little extra cheering for me on Saturday, as I was laid up with laryngitis and an ear infection. It’s still lingering, so if you notice any typos in this post, it’s just my voice not having recovered.
• For all the West Virginia fans who came out to Norman, I hope those country roads got you back home safely. Players on both sides appeared to get a little chippy throughout the game, but I heard of nothing to indicate that spread to the crowd.
• I won’t call the WVU game a poorly-officiated game, because I don’t think it was. That said, it’s hard to deny that it was a MUCH-officiated game. Ge-crikey. Pretty much all of those flags that flew, I could see exactly why. Neither team played clean, and the refs called it on both of us. I can say it was frustrating, but I can’t call it inaccurate. The zebras were doing their jobs. As applies to refs, there are two things that I will say: 1) every sports team in the world has fans who think that they are actively against their team, and 2) in football, offenses get a break; defenses get a break; refs are on the field the whole stinking game, and you talk about your guys getting tired?
• Trivia is fun: did you know that the idea for using a penalty flag, instead of a whistle, came from a Youngstown State coach, not a referee? Or that its first recorded usage was in a game against Oklahoma City University back in 1941? Almost one year from today, the penalty flag turns 75 years old.
• (Heck, I didn’t even know Oklahoma City University fielded a football team in 1941.)
• So I’m throwing a new thing in here. Sub bullets. One sentence only. Because our punctuation has the technology.
o If one of our other writers finds the time, I’d like to read their opinion on what Eric Striker has meant to this team in his time at Oklahoma.
o Last year, Stoops kept calling this Steven Parker kid "special," and we’re seeing why now.
o As true freshmen go, Austin Seibert might be bigger than Marcus Dupree.
o Ahmad Thomas; Jordan Thomas; Jordan Evans; Jordan Wade. Nila Kasitati. (Okay, I couldn’t stick to the one-sentence rule.)
o Mayfield didn’t have a rushing touchdown, and so it’s official: he’s not Michael Vick.
o Arguments can be made that he was underutilized, but Samaje Perine didn’t have a bad game, and Lincoln Riley is smart.
• I read a lot of teams’ CFB blogs, and "Fire Some/Everybody" was used by at least some fans of the following teams: West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, UCLA. The list is undoubtedly longer. Two teams I didn’t see it from on their blogs? Oklahoma and Notre Dame. Huh.
• Around the week in one bulletpoint: Iowa State got to feel like the schoolyard bully and Kansas got to remember why they’re the best team in the conference in March. Texas Tech brought a gun to a gunfight and Baylor brought a Browning .50 caliber. Okie State edged Purple Kansas in one of those games I’m really not sure who "won." And Texas Christian University was just downright un-Christian to the Longhorns.
• Peace and love, Sooners fans! I may say it twice this week, but I mean it double every week. Because it’s Texas week, I’m splitting this up into two parts. But to look at the week that was, beating a solid WVU squad by 20 was good, and deserves its own recognition.