I had the opportunity to attend an OU game last weekend. While it was fun and exciting, I had a particular issue with the pre-game. The Star Spangled Banner is sung and the last words of the song are, "And the home of the Sooners." Seemingly it's a harmless use of a word -- or is it? To me, it's not a harmless use of the word. It's disrespectful to those who so valliantly fought for our country long ago, and today -- and tomorrow. It's tradition and it's school spirit, blah, blah, blah. I get that. But if the 80 + thousand people there who really knew what a Sooner is in the first place or realize the implications of the line in speaking, then would I would be writing this blog in the first place? I'll take a lot of heat for this blog. I knew I would and some people have even warned me against doing it. But it is what it is.
Our soldiers and sailors fight every single day. They are doing something that probably 60,000 or so of the fans sitting in that stadium won't do, can't do, or even dream about trying to do. Ironically, I heard on the Sports Animal on my way home from work this afternoon, a caller who addressed the same sentiment. He said, in more words than I can put here, that the true heroes aren't the 22 guys who fight it out on the field each day. Their fight ends in roughly three hours on game days. The real heroes are the men and women who are taking their nights and days away defending us. Their game doesn't end in three hours. It's until the job is done and that can take anywhere from three hours to thirty years. The caller was a Marine whose unit was ambushed in Afghanistan. He, along with a team member were thrown from a Humvee; his team decimated. Facing death in the face, a private jumped on top of him and took a bullet from the enemy. He has to live each day knowing that he can live today because of an unselfish act of bravery. Said caller said won't ever go to another OU game again until that last line changes.
I don't blame him. I wouldn't either.