College Game Day – OU vs OSU

I had an awesome weekend!!  Jeremy and I got to go to College Game Day at Oklahoma State University!  They were playing (my team) OU. 

Jeremy’s aunt and uncle have season tickets at OSU, and since they were in New York with our cousin, they gave us their tickets!  I have never been to a bedlam game at OSU before.  I went a couple of times in college and just hung out at Eskimo Joes, but I had never watched the game in the stadium.  So, we were really excited when the tickets came in the mail!

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We spent Friday night getting all of our cold weather gear out because the game was at 7:00 pm and the temperature was supposed to be 31 degrees and raining or snowing.  We wanted to make sure we were warm so we could enjoy the game! 

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Saturday morning we got up really early and left because it was raining hard and the news said that the roads were icy.  So, we were going to drive slow. 

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And, we were making a little bit of a detour because I really needed new running shoes.  I buy my shoes at Red Coyote Running in Edmond, and that is about an hour and 45 minutes away from my house, so I don’t have many chances to get up there.  I would have just ordered my shoes, but since I’ve been having so much pain in my leg and foot, I wanted to be fitted again to make sure I was in the right shoe.  I also wanted to talk to them about insoles. 

When we left, it was pouring down rain, but we didn’t have any ice.  The farther away from home we got, the more ice we started seeing on the sides of the roads and the trees.  Once we got to Edmond, there ice covering everything!  We even saw a power line down across the middle of a road. 

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We got to Red Coyote around 10:30, and we were lucky because there wasn’t anyone else in there!  I got to spend the whole time talking to the saleswoman, with her attention all on me.  The last time I went to buy shoes, they were so busy, that I had to wait for 45 minutes to even have someone help me, and then she was helping me and three others at the same time.  So, this was nice to actually be able to explain to her exactly what kind of pain I have been having, so she could fit me in the best shoe and insoles. 

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She was so helpful and attentive, I got the best service!  I tried on four different pairs of shoes, and two different insoles.  The first pair were Nikes, and as soon as I stood up, the insoles hurt my foot so badly that I immediately had to take them off.  So, she put a different one in there, and it was so comfortable that I couldn’t even tell it was there.  I ran on the treadmill with the Nikes.  They were really lightweight, but I just didn’t feel like I had a lot of support.  Next I tried some New Balance shoes and I really liked them.  They felt really light, and almost bouncy when I landed.  They were comfortable too.  Then, I tried on some Saucony’s.  I did not like these at all.  As soon as I started running, I got sharp pains in my foot.  Finally, I tried on some Brooks.  These are my absolute favorite brand of running shoes.  They are all I have ever worn, so I know they will be good.  Of course as soon as I put them on, I loved the way they felt.  They are so supportive and comfortable, that I don’t even feel them.  Hopefully that makes sense.  I knew I loved these, but I wanted to make sure.  So I put on one Brooks and one New Balance and ran.  I could tell a huge difference!  The New Balance shoe felt light in my hand, but when I had it on with the Brooks, I felt like I was lifting a weight every time I picked my foot up. 

So, of course I went with the Brooks.  I got the Ravenna 7.  And, I got some new insoles.  I am itching to try them out, but yesterday it was still raining and gross, so today or tomorrow I may go over to my moms and try them on her treadmill.  I get really excited about new running shoes!  That is the best!  But, what’s even better than that is when your husband offers to buy them for you!  He was a little shocked at the price though! 

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When we left Red Coyote, we stopped by the new Cabelas in Oklahoma City. 

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Everything was covered in ice there. 

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The store was really nice.  It was packed with people, and they had so much merchandise crammed in there that it was hard to get around.  They had all of their Christmas stuff out, and a beautiful tree up.   I am definitely in the Christmas mood!  (Now if I can just get my shopping done!)

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Jeremy found something that he wanted for Christmas, and I found a toy that I wanted to get Jake. 

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I loved looking at all the animals!  I can’t even begin to imagine what a taxidermist made doing all of these!

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We walked around looking at everything for a little bit before getting back on the road.  I like Cabelas, but you can find the same things at Academy for much less!    

We left there and headed to Stillwater for GAME DAY!! It rained and sleeted on us the entire day, but right before the game it stopped! 

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Heading to College Game Day

We got to Stillwater around 2, and ran to Academy because Jeremy didn’t think I was going to be warm enough.   He bought me some new insulated coveralls to wear over all of my layers of clothes. 

We stopped at a McDonald’s so Jeremy could run in and put on all of his layers of clothes, and I just got dressed in the car.  Then, we went to find parking.  All of the lots we drove by said $40 or $50 for parking.  We got lucky because we saw this couple standing outside of their apartment complex with signs that said $30.  We pulled in, and they moved their car and gave us their hanging permit tag.  We were only a block away from Eskimo Joe’s and from the stadium! 

We headed down to Eskimo Joe’s to try and get something to eat before the game.  It was so much fun seeing all of the people tailgating up and down both sides of the road. 

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It was all OSU fans, but I wore my OU colors proudly!!  We were just about to walk in Eskimo Joe’s when we heard the Boomer Sooner song being blasted down the street.  We went to the curb to look, and there was a Range Rover with huge speakers driving down the road playing the OU’s fight song!  It was hilarious!  I’m surprised no one threw anything at that guy. 

We went in to Eskimo Joes, but it was standing room only, so we knew we would not be able to get a table.  Everyone was already camped out to watch the game in there. 

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So, we headed across the street to The Garage.  It is a burger joint, and it is really good.  We ate at the one in Norman and loved it!  There was a line out the door, but it seemed to be moving pretty quickly, so we waited. 

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While we were in line, we got to talking to the three people in front of us.  We waited in line with these people for about 30 minutes and then once we ordered, they asked if we wanted to sit with them.  Of course we said yes, and we had a lot of fun talking to them.  The restaurant was full, but it looked like it was mainly people hanging out at the bar.  We were able to get a table as soon as we ordered.  

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Our food came out pretty quickly, and it was so good!  I forgot to take a picture of the whole burger, but you get to see what I didn’t eat! 

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I ordered just a plain cheeseburger.  They had a game day menu, and all they had were burgers.  Their regular menu is huge, and has all kinds of things to choose from.  They even have turkey burgers and bison burgers.  I don’t eat a lot of burgers, so when I’m going to splurge and eat one, I want it to be good.  This one did not disappoint, it was awesome!  The meat was fresh and flavored just right.  The bun was good, but it wasn’t what we all thought they normally had.  We decided it must have been a game day bun.  The fries were hand cut, and were good.  They didn’t have a lot of seasoning on them though.  One of the guys ordered the garlic parmesan fries and he said they were really good.  We hung out with them for a couple of hours before heading back to the car to put on the rest of our clothes for the game.  When we got back to the car, it was not raining anymore, but it was cold. 

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I put on a base layer top and bottom, then my cold weather gear running tights and top, then my jeans and a OU hoodie.  Over that, I wore my new insulated coveralls.  Then I put on my insulated camo hunting coat, and over that I wore a Columbia coat.  Then I put on 3 pairs of socks and my insulated hunting boots.  I also had on two toboggans, a scarf, and ski gloves.  I felt like a giant ball, and could hardly move, but I was warm! 

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We walked over to the stadium and had to wait in line for about 5 minutes to get in. 

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They wanted us to take our hats off and unzip our coats.  I asked him which coat.  LOL  Then, we ran into these guys on our way to our seats.  I had to have a picture!  (I look like I have chipmunk cheeks because of the hat and scarf!) 

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The stadium is really nice!  I hadn’t been there since I was in high school.  

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We went in and found our seats, and they were awesome!  We were on the 35 yard line, 14 rows up, and on the aisle. 

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We could see everything clearly!  We had great seats!  We got to our seats about 45 minutes before kickoff. 

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There was a little bit of a wind break inside the stadium, so it didn’t seem as cold.  I really enjoyed all of the pregame activities.  It was senior night, so they recognized all of the seniors and their parents.  Then they brought out Bullet (the horse).  

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The way they introduced the players was exciting!  There was so much smoke, and we could watch them leaving their locker room on the big screen, and then they all came running out on the field.  It was cool!  

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The stadium filled up, and the game began!  I was surrounded by OSU fans, my own husband even wore an orange hat!  (His was a hunting hat, but it was still orange!)  There were very few OU fans around me. 

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Surrounded by orange

Some of the OSU fans gave me a hard time, but in the end, they were telling me congratulations!  I tried not to celebrate too much since I was still outnumbered!  Actually, everyone around us was really nice and friendly. 

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We stood up the entire game, and I think it helped me stay warm.  The halftime show was great!  The bands were both really good.  OU’s band played Maroon 5 songs, and OSU’s band played Back to the Future songs.  Both bands had a twirler.  I was really impressed with both of them.  I don’t know how they held on to those batons in the cold.

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Then, after the bands were done, they brought out a little boy and his mom on the field.  They told him he won a prize from Pistol Pete and he got to take his picture with him.  Then, they brought out his dad who had just returned from Afghanistan to surprise him.  He was so excited.  He ran to him and just clung to him!  I’m glad we got to be there to see that.  Everyone in the stadium was standing and cheering for them!  It was such a moving experience. 

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After half time, I finally started getting cold.  Jeremy covered with me a blanket, and then only my feet were cold. 

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Sometime during the second half, something began to fall.  I thought it was snow at first, but then it just became a heavy mist.  Our outer layer of clothes was soaked by the time the game was over. 

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We stayed until the very end.  We had so much fun at the game!  The stadium was loud and the crowd was very energetic!  And, my team won!!  Go OU!!  I can’t wait to go again! 

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When the game was over, we headed back to the car.  We took off all of our wet clothes and threw them in the trunk and headed home.  It rained on us most of the way home.  We got lucky since the rain stopped for the game!  We got home around 1:30, and went straight to bed.  We slept until noon on Sunday! 

It was still raining on Sunday, so I stayed in and did some work on the computer.  I also did some online Christmas shopping.  I am having a hard time finding gifts for my family, because no one will tell me what they want! But, I did get a few bought!

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I had such a good weekend, and I was not ready for it to be over!  

What did you do this weekend?

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2 thoughts on “College Game Day – OU vs OSU

  1. Bill Reply

    Glad you enjoyed the day

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      Tara Reply

      Thanks for the tickets!!

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