Deep down, I was still holding on to the hope that Saturday was just a dream (read: nightmare) and I’d awaken Sunday morning to the Oklahoma Sooners comfortably holding on to the nation’s No. 3 ranking after a convincing home win against the Iowa State Cyclones — a team down a starting quarterback and entering Norman a heavy road underdog. I’d hoped I’d have awakened to learn of an OU win as dominant as the 31-point spread predicted, and all was well as Sooner Nation began gearing up for #HateTexas week.
I was unfortunately mistaken. That shit was real, and none of us will ever forget it. Unless, of course, I am still dreaming and it’s a dream-within-a-dream scenario a la Inception or Rick and Morty and eventually I will...nope. It really happened.
There were a few things that went wrong on both sides of the ball in Saturday stunning loss — some more obvious than others — but I’m sure many fans including myself are left still wondering just what the hell we watched take place this past weekend on Owen Field. As always, the Twitterverse has its ideas on how to fix the glaring issues plaguing the 2017 Sooners and as Jack mentioned in his post-game reaction piece that we published yesterday, one particular hashtag has really caught on:
I think this is Mike’s final season Norman. That’s not exactly a hot take. Do yourselves a favor and search #FireMikeStoops on Twitter. Are all of these tweets intelligent or level-headed? Absolutely not, but this sort of reinforces the belief that he’ll never be able to regain the trust of the fan base again.
I hate the knee-jerk reaction to firing a coach however this is a long time coming. Don't believe me? Just check out #FireMikeStoops— Flyin' Sighs Again (@FlyinSighsAgain) October 7, 2017
There are indeed many #FireMikeStoops gems if you search the hashtag. The tweets continue to be tweeted into this new game week and likely will through the rest of the season. They come with a wide range of emotions and sentiments. So, naturally, we’ve compiled some of the best for you to enjoy in the aftermath of one of the most perplexing, stunning and frustrating games in recent Oklahoma football history.
Note: Not all of these contain the hashtag, but most do.
We’ll start with some of the mild:
Sooners defense looking typically bad. How many times do we have to watch this same story play out. #firemikestoops— Justin Calvert (@cheapseats_jcc) October 7, 2017
I was wondering how long it would be before we see the Mike Stoops' defense we've all grown to expect. Unacceptable! #firemikestoops— Melissa Ayton (@maayton) September 24, 2017
I don’t always post on Twitter but when I do, it’s to say #firemikestoops— John Campbell (@Dex2K) October 7, 2017
I’m rarely on Twitter but it’s time for my annual hashtag tweet #firemikestoops— jeremyfair (@jeremyfair) October 7, 2017
I try to avoid politics on Twitter but after everything that’s happened I just need to say this #FireMikeStoops— Kennedy Ambrose (@kennedyambrose) October 7, 2017
walking into the mont and seeing the place filled with crimson and cream makes me heart happy but #FireMikeStoops— Chelsea Adams (@chelseajadams) October 7, 2017
With all this trash talk on Mike Stoops, he does have some good qualities! I mean at least he.... Well he's a great... uh... #FireMikeStoops— Blake Dalton Wood (@theBDWood) October 7, 2017
And move to the analytical...
1. Never Stripe the Stadium Again— Noah Cook (@ncook98) October 7, 2017
2. Burn the Alternates
3. FIRE MIKE STOOPS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD#FireMikeStoops
There were also the hopeful:
COME ON MSU! If Sparty keeps it up maybe everybody will forget about the train wreck in Norman! #FireMikeStoops— Todd Bales (@thetoddbales) October 8, 2017
And the NSFW:
Take that Iowa St. flag and plant it in Mike Stoops fucking yard. #FireMikeStoops— Darin (@D_Woods68) October 7, 2017
But, most importantly, there were the hilarious...
Mike Stoops is the guy that walks into a store at closing time and messes up all the clothes while browsing. #FireMikeStoops— Bennie Castellano (@DenverBennie) October 7, 2017
Mike Stoops is that neighbor that purposely leaves his gate open but can't figure out how his dog keeps escaping. #Sooners— Black (@Blacintosh004) October 7, 2017
Mike Stoops is the neighbor that steals Wi-Fi to download large files. #FireMikeStoops— Bennie Castellano (@DenverBennie) October 7, 2017
Accurate picture of Mike Stoops in the second half. pic.twitter.com/xAplrxXcZK— Colin Arie (@ariecolin1) October 7, 2017
I will not let Mike Stoops ruin my vacation. I will not let Mike Stoops ruin my vacation. I will not let Mike Stoops ruin my vacation. I...— Ryan Gerbosi (@RyanGerbosi) October 7, 2017
This tweet was caught by Allen Lazard for a 53-yard gain.— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) October 7, 2017
all files— Ryan Granger (@BroKeN_Haterade) October 7, 2017
└ mike stoops
└ good defensive gameplans
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Mikey Stoops quickly came to his own defense.
In my defense I spent two weeks preparing for that other QB whose name I don't remember— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
He also gave his own theories on Saturday afternoon’s happenings.
Don't you love just giving people first downs and 15— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
Reasons this is happening:— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
Stripe the stadium
Team with nothing to lose
Team with everything to lose
Hmm, interesting points, Mikey. These were also tweeted during the game:
I just realize I watched USC game tape all week. Stupid uniforms— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
That explains it all. Honest mistake, I guess. Here’s something else that must’ve really hampered things in the booth:
THESE WEIRDOS PUT PLAYERS IN ALL DIIFERENT POSITIONS EVERY PLAY HOW TF DO YOU DEFEND THIS VOODOO— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
Yeah, also understandable. We just hope fans keep their composure through all of this.
Went to Bdubs to drown my sorrows in satans-breath-sauce and some customers somehow managed to set wings on fire and throw them at me— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
. @FauxMikeStoops I realize you're not the real Mike but I still hate you right now and think this is your fault.— Switzer Statue (@switzerstatue) October 7, 2017
My @'s are so dead right now— Mikey Stoops (@FauxMikeStoops) October 7, 2017
This may get ugly, folks. And you may need something a little stronger, buddy.
As you would come to expect from our fine society, there is now a Twitter account to match the hashtag.
Sometimes, Twitter resembles a place where people really can agree on things:
An artist’s rendition of destruction by cyclone on a sunny Saturday in Norman:
Speaking of RJ Young, here’s his always passionate take on the Sooner topic at hand:
There was even some inspiration from Sunday’s NFL games:
I am also a guy who likes to end things on a good note. Take care of yourselves this week, Sooner Nation. And remember...
And that it’s also time to direct all that hate to Texas. And Mia Khalifa.
Oh, and it’s almost basketball season. #BoomerSooner