Oklahoma Sooners Football: The 5 Strangest Moments in School History

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Oklahoma Sooners Football: The 5 Strangest Moments in School History
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Is this really OUr Mascot?

Strange things happen when your football program has more victories since World War II than any other school in the country. Just considering OUr mascots causes us problems. 

First there was Mex the Dog. This idea of having a dog for a mascot might work at the University of Georgia, but it was a one-time shot for the Sooners. Supposedly the dog was found by some Sooner Soldiers in Mexico during the incursion to hunt for Pancho Villa. Once found, Mex was brought "home" to Norman. Sporting a red doggy sweater with a white "O" on it, he was taught to bark on command.  Thus when OU would score a touchdown, the dog would give out with a stirring bark to confirm the score—perhaps he should have learned to speak, saying, "After further review..."

The dog finally died during the 1920s and was buried under the bleachers, where the massive Memorial Stadium now sits.  I never heard if the dog was buried in the sweater.

We next came up with "Little Red." This was a student that dressed up as an Indian chief that would dance on the sidelines to excite the crowds. That was good enough until 1964, when the Sooner Schooner was then introduced to the Oklahoma fans. While this tradition has endured, Little Red still stalked the stadium for five more years. When the Indian dancer had started roaming the sidelines in the 1940s, there was less of a drive to be "politically correct." With a less innocuous wagon rolling out across the field after each score, by April of 1970 there was simply too much of a downside to that particular mascot and the Indian chief went the way of Mex the Dog. I am fairly certain, however, that we did not bury an Indian chief in a red sweater under the stadium.

Then EA Sports later developed a game called NCAA football. In it they showed the mascots for each team, including the option of playing with a team made entirely of student-athletes dressed as that particular team's mascot. Having a mascot of a small wagon with two small horses pulling it, the makers of NCAA Football did not see fit to having 11 little wagons being pulled by 22 little horses on the field at the same time. Therefore, OU had to have a "personal" mascot. Thus, I went to my regular season ticket seats in 2009 and we saw these things we jokingly called OUr "horse-pigs" because they just didn't look right. Especially the tail. It protrudes from the proper position for a horse, but a seeming inappropriate place for a human. Somehow I just couldn't bring myself to post a picture of one of the horse-pigs from the rear view. It simply would not have been good.

In any case, with this as an introduction, let's move along to the assigned task of reviewing five strange events in Sooner history.

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