Associate A.D. Kenny Mossman provides his thoughts in his online column.
Entry No. 39 | November 22, 2007
Things for which we are thankful:
The men and women of our armed services.
How heart-warming it is when they take the time so
far from home and in harm's way to reach out to us
through cyberspace to encourage our teams. Perhaps
we should shout," Home of the Brave," out
of respect for them.
The alumni and fans who make it possible
for this athletics department to be one of only a handful
in the country that is financially self-sufficient
and free from any drain on tax dollars, student fees
or campus monies.
Student-athletes like Jacob Gutierrez, Jonathan
Horton, Nic Harris and dozens of others whose community
service efforts, most of which are conducted under
the radar, remind us that 99% of college student-athletes
are making a positive impact.
National and conference championships. Hey,
there's a reason why we have scoreboards at each venue.
The feeling we get when the drum major arches
backward and the Pride of Oklahoma strikes up, "Oklahoma!"
A couple ponies that ran around the world
Coaches who take programs that are struggling
and place them among the nation's elite. Thanks, Santiago
The people in this department that never
get their names in the paper yet really make the place
The world-class physicians who tend to the
The 50-cent hot dog nights. Really, what's
better than sitting at a ballpark on a warm spring
evening chowing down on cheap concessions?
The Special Spectators program. Want a little
perspective? Spend 10 seconds around those kids. Nothing
turns a 300-pound football player into putty quicker.
Electric moments that mark time. College
sports may do that better than anything else.
The campus mums. There have been some pretty
terrific displays in the past, but the Oklahoma Centennial
layout was among the best.
The Red River Rivalry game. For big-time
game atmosphere, that one is Nirvana.
Double-double streaks. May Courtney's last
at least two more years.
For siblings that have enough love and self-worth
to cheer for a brother or sister.
And the group I saved for last: the Sooner student-athletes.
Your talent impresses us, your feats are overwhelming,
but mostly it is your presence here that makes OU better.
Thanks for the energy, the passion and the perspective.
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Associate Athletics Director for Communications Kenny
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