Unfortunately, I’ve never been lucky enough to attend a Bedlam game and see the Pokes win. But my favorite memory was in '04. My dad (Class of '71) had moved back to Oklahoma that spring, and it was the first OSU game we were able to attend together in Stillwater.
Obviously, my dad was an OSU fan, being an alum. But he didn’t live and die by the Pokes like I did. He’d been a part of the John Brooks radio team for OU football in the early 80’s, and was a bigger OU fan. He wore GREEN to the game, claiming he couldn’t wear either school’s color, but he was rooting for OU because they had “more on the line, nationally”. Gross.
However, long before Prentiss Elliot came thisclose to hauling in a last minute bomb from Donovan Woods to win it and Jason Rix missed a 49-yd field goal to tie it, my dad realized the error of his ways. His blood returned to the brightest of orange, and there’s no chance it ever changes back.
We’ll be back in BPS this Saturday for our 9th Bedlam game, both sporting the most beautiful colors God created. I’d love to get my first Bedlam win, spoil any playoff chances OU has, and punch Chuba’s ticket to New York. If it happens, does the 2019 Bedlam edition surpass 2004 as my favorite Bedlam memory? I doubt it. But man, it’d be cool to see it live with my dad.