On Tuesday night, former OU center Ty Darlington used his blog as a platform to make a plea to the Sooners fans who will be in attendance for the Ohio State game on Saturday night. The game will be one of the biggest home contests in recent memory, and the crowd will need to step up its game.
Most of his focus was on the student section, which has been fairly disappointing for the past 10 or so years.
Look, I completely understand leaving at halftime during a blowout. If your pocket shots have run out and your buzz is wearing off, you’re not looking forward to sitting through The Pride’s performance followed by nearly two hours of watching backups. But I can probably count on one hand the number of times that the student section was genuinely an intimidating presence during my time at OU. Do all of the student sections of other traditional powers get extremely loud for ever home game? Hell no (they leave early at bad games, too), but OU students require a lot of motivation in order to get loud (probably more than most student sections). The conditions have to be perfect. As Ty points out in his post, the students need to be rambunctious during warmups and for every single defensive play. That’s something that OU students don’t do as often as they should.
I’m very glad that Ty has posted this. He’s an extremely sharp guy, and I can’t think of a better person (maybe Eric Striker) to articulate to the fans and students what they need to do on Saturday.
However, I feel the need to add more to his plea.
To the fans sitting in the donor sections: We all really appreciate what you’ve done for the university over the years. You’ve given more than just your money - you’ve given your time to this football program. You’ve suffered through more heartache as a Sooner fan than any of us young folks can imagine. You’ve helped transform our stadium into one of the nicest football venues in the nation. But for the love of God... GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND CHEER FOR YOUR TEAM! I don’t want to see a single one of you (provided you are physically able to stand) sitting during a single defensive possession on Saturday. You need to add to the environment, too!
On Saturday, the sorority girls need to scream as loud as they can, the frat guys need achieve peak obnoxiousness, and the Christian fraternity needs to be a little less Christian.
Have a great day, and Boomer Sooner.