Monday, November 18, 2013

Sights and Sounds of the University of Oklahoma Football Victory over Iowa State 40-10

The home finale vs. Iowa State on Nov. 16 was dubbed the “Heroes Game,” featuring military presentations and recognitions to honor the many individuals who have served and sacrificed for our nation.

The game had it all Saturday including one event we have never witnessed in the 17 years our family has been attending OU football games -- a fan tackled by the body guard of OU Head Coach Bob Stoops, OHP officer Orr.

This was senior day to honor our 17 seniors who played their last home game -- they have two road games and a Bowl Game to wear the Crimson and Cream of the Sooners.  It was a beautiful day as the Don Key award winners, Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard were honored for their four years of leadership at OU.  The seniors with their families were announced to the crowd and then they left the field to go back to the locker room before coming through the tunnel for their last home game.  With the playing of the National Anthem, we had a flyover of vintage aircraft from Tulsa which was awesome.

The announcer told the story of Tobias and Titus prior to the team coming out of the tunnel.  As the Sooners came out to Boomer Sooner played by the pride they were led on the field by these two young boys -- really touching story and to see the young boy jumping up and down while Travis Wilson helped push the the stroller for his brother brought a lot of tears to eyes around the stadium.  It didn't end there.
Tobias, Titus Lead Sooners Out Of Tunnel On OU Senior DayPosted: Nov 16, 2013 11:55 AM CST
To make this day even more special, two young Oklahoma boys, who touched many
hearts across the world with their story, led the Sooners out of the tunnel on
game day. [Photo Courtesy: Oklahoma Football Twitter.]
NORMAN, Oklahoma - 
Saturday is Senior Day in Norman for the Oklahoma Sooners, as 17 seniors play their final game on Owen Field against Iowa State. 
To make this day even more special, two young Oklahoma boys, who touched many hearts across the world with their story, led the Sooners out of the tunnel on game day.

Tobias Bass, you may remember, wrote News 9's Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor a letter asking to borrow a stroller for his brother Titus, who has Cerebral Palsy. News 9 contacted Oklahoma Able Tech, and we were there when they delivered a jogging stroller to Tobias and Titus, not a loaner, a keeper.

That wasn't the end of tears at the football game on Saturday!
The women in our section all had tears in our eyes when we realized what was happening after Sergeant Curtis was on the video board and then we say him coming out on the Sooner Schooner.  All of us watch the coming home video's of our military on line many of them at sporting events but we never expected one an OU football game but we had that Saturday.  When realize what these soldiers sacrifice in order to serve our Country, it made Saturday even more special to see one of our finest come home early to his family:

November 16, 2013 
The circumstances surrounding an individual soldier’s homecoming are always unique, but the resulting emotions are often the same. 
Joy. Relief. Excitement. Love. 
For Lori, Brandee, Baylee, Cy and Mylee Curtis, add one more emotion to the list: shock.
The Curtis family thought they were being recognized on the field of the Oklahoma/Iowa State football game on Saturday afternoon on behalf of their husband, father and grandfather, First Sergeant David Brian Curtis of the United States Army National Guard. 
After all, the University of Oklahoma and Patriot Ford recognize one such “Patriot of the Game” several times a year at OU home football games. 
What the family wasn’t aware of was that Patriot Ford, the University and First Sergeant Curtis had an extra surprise hid up their sleeves. 
A native of Eufaula, Okla., First Sergeant Curtis has served his country for over 23 years as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.  During his service, he has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Achievement Medals, three Army commendations and three Army Achievement Medals. 
First Sergeant Curtis’ unit has been deployed to Afghanistan and has been responsible for the closure of multiple bases in preparation for handover to the Afghani government. His unit recently closed the largest Forward Operating Base to date, and he was slated to return home to his family in several weeks. 
The Curtis family took the field midway through the second quarter for the “Patriot of the Game” segment. After hearing a list of First Sergeant Curtis’ achievements, the stadium turned their attention to the video boards for a special message from Curtis himself. 
“I want to thank Patriot Ford and the University of Oklahoma for this tremendous honor,” First Sergeant Curtis said in the video. “I also want to tell my wife and my entire family that I love them, I miss them, and I’ll see you in a few weeks. Sooners, go hang a half a hundred on ‘em. Boomer Sooner.” 
After being recognized by the public address announcer in front of a stadium filled with 80,000-plus fans, Lori and her family thought their time on field was done. Little did they know, however, that First Sergeant Curtis was about to come cruising onto the field on the famed Sooner Schooner and turn a good day into a great day for the entire Curtis family.
These 17 Seniors were special to the fans that fill the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on home games.  They are a fantastic group of young men that enjoy having a great time and have a fantastic sense of humor but they work hard on the field and in the classroom.  Saturday was a beautiful day to honor these 17 young men who are graduating:
2013-14 Oklahoma Sooner seniors:

This game had it all including the take-down of an idiot fan by the OHP Officer Brian Orr who is also Head Coach Bob Stoops bodyguard took place in our area of the stadium -- we had a perfect view of the one of the best tackles we have seen.  Could have been targeting!  Crowd cheered the take-down as it is well known at OU you don't go on the field unless asked.  The moron got what he deserved in my book. Maybe one of the greatest things I've seen at a sporting event.

OU football: OHP trooper Brian Orr — a former linebacker — laid out wayward fan
Orr was All-State honorable mention at Okemah, before going on to star at the University of Central Oklahoma.
This is one football game that will stand out for a long time!

Boomer Sooner!

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