Bob Stoops appeared to call out the Oklahoma fans on Monday at his weekly press conference. With a big game Saturday against No. 13 Kansas State the head coach would like to see the crowd make a little more noise.
This isn't the first time Stoops has pleaded for the home crowd to raise its level of excitement.
In 2008 Stoops took a shot at the fans before the Sooners' matchup with No. 2 Texas Tech. The result was a home crowd in a complete frenzy. Outside of the 2000 game with Nebraska there has probably never been a louder crowd in Norman.
Stoops stopped short of saying anything negative about the crowd this time, but when asked why he wouldn't do just that since it worked so well last time, he suggested the media could do that for him if they wanted.
The truth is Oklahoma fans have never been the rowdiest of crowds, but they do have their moments. In games with bigger named opponents, there definitely seems to be a big home field advantage. But, when the likes of Florida A&M come to town, the crowd is a little less than ecstatic.
Perhaps the winning tradition and high expectations make it tough for fans to get stoked for every single game. With an opponent as highly ranked as Kansas State making its way onto Owen Field there will be no excuse for fans not to be fired up.
A common occurrence at many of the games at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, is fans who are standing to cheer on their Sooners being told to sit down by fans sitting behind them. At times, it has even resulted in some heated arguments.
Not only should Stoops not feel compelled to apologize for calling out the fans, but he should never even feel a need to do so. If the fans inside the stadium truly loved their Sooners they would do their very best to create a strong presence and become an advantage for their team.
If you want to sit down and watch the game from your padded folding seat without other fans standing in your way I have a suggestion for you. Sell your ticket to a real fan, sit at home in front of the big screen and stop calling yourself a true fan.
I've already heard the next argument: "I've been a season ticket holder since the Wilkinson days and paid for my seat. I have the right to enjoy the game if I want."
Well, guess what. The guy in front of you cheering on his team paid for his ticket too. He also has the right to enjoy the game if he wants. He just chooses to do so as a true fan.
Don't get me wrong, there are very few fan bases that support their program the way Oklahoma fans do. In the Sooner state it's football season for 12 months out of the year. But, every Saturday you can turn on the television and hear analysts commenting on the intensity of crowds all over the country. The crowd in Norman is rarely a part of that conversation.
If Bob has to stoop (pun intended) to the level of calling out the crowd for a big matchup then maybe the Sooner faithful need to take a hard look in mirror.
As for the students, let me tell you that in my day the student section never emptied early. So, stick around to the end this Saturday night. The beer pong can wait until after the game.
On any given game day there are about 15,000 fans sitting outside on Jenkins Avenue who would love to take your seat and are more than willing to pay you for it.
If you can't stand and cheer for your team then please take my suggestion and sell your ticket to somebody who cares. Trust me, Stoops and his squad will appreciate it.
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