Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Game day

I'm Sooner born,
and Sooner bred,
and when I die,
I'll be Sooner dead.

Those are lyrics from the University of Oklahoma's "Boomer Sooner" fight song, which contrary to popular perception has more than two words. And although my AKC papers say that I am a pure-breed pug, I am, in fact, Sooner bred as well. So I ventured to Norman, Okla., over the weekend to watch my beloved team vanquish the Washington Huskies. Allah blessed us with wonderful football weather. It was sunny and breezy, not too hot. The electric game-day atmosphere can be appreciated even by those who aren't big sports fans. The band plays. The crowd chants. The cheerleaders defy gravity. The Sooner Schooner (which my mother once hitched a ride on) races around the field after Sooner scores. And best of all on this day, the Sooners pulled away in the second half for a decisive 37-20 victory.

My parents raised me to be a Sooner pug, giving me my first OU collar when I was a young pup. Had I opted for a secular education -- rather than studying at madrassas in Pakistan and Yemen -- I would have probably attended OU. An English major, perhaps. So it was great fun to sniff around the South Oval and walk through Campus Corner. Perhaps, God willing, I will go back for another game before this season is over.

On Monday, after a weekend of celebrating the Sooner victory with Norman's own Rabbi Jake, I had a very important meeting -- one that could forever alter the course of Pug Life Ministries. Although it is not in my nature to be mysterious, that is all I can tell you at this time. Stay tuned ...


TransplantedOkie said...

Our Chant rolls on and on!
Thousands strong join heart and song
In alma mater's praise
Of Campus beautiful by and day and night
Of colors gleaming red and white
'Neath a Western sky OU's chant will never die


Anonymous said...

Go Sooners!

I'm a Sooner too! During this time my parents call me the Boomer Sooner.

It was a good victory last Saturday and I must admit that I am a tad jealous that you could go to the game Mugsy.

My folks are out here in California so we aren't able to attend. Dad's an Okie transplant so perhaps one day when we visit family we will be able to see a game up close and personal.

You got it transplantedokie...


Brittany Boomer

P.S., I'm with the Blogger Beta now and I can't post comments on people who haven't switched over. Such a bummer!

Brandi said...

I don't know if it's proper to refer to the great Ayatollah Mugsy as adorable, but you sure are! We are also MU fans here being as that is where we went to school, I hope you don't think any less of us.

Sarah O. said...

Ayatollah, you look so cute when you're traveling incognito!

Anonymous said...

Lovely campus!
Handsome dog!
Winning team!
It doesn't get better than that!

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Amen, Transplanted Okie and Anonymous Ones.

Thank you, Sarah O. I try to avoid the crowds that a world-renowned religious leader would naturally attract.

And thank you, Brandi. I have spent some time in Columbia, and Missouri has a beautiful campus.

Zeus said...

It's good to know that there are other animals out there devoted to sports. I may not know much concerning the intricacies of Oklahoma Sooners' fans, but I do know something about being a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. The things I do for the love of my human pet...

Leslee said...

Sooners rock! Glad you had a good weekend here in the great state!

Kukka-Maria said...

The campus of OU would be honored for you to "mark" on their grounds.

Sounds like a fun day. While not a football fan, I can appreciate a great half-time show--complete with "wardrobe malfunction."

Anything that will upstage me in the tabloids...

Eagle The Pug said...

I too can relate to having a parent that is a devout fan of a sports team. But did they really have to go so far and name me something that doesn't really befit a pug?