What’s a Sooner?

Hi everybuddy! Did you see? Did you see?


Um, to all my Texas furends...I still luvs you. Do you still luvs me?

Now, on Friday, some of you wanted to know what a “Sooner” was.

That's easy! A Sooner is a, uh...

It's a, um...oh, gosh, I KNOW this one...

Mom! Hey, mom! What's a Sooner?

Oh, yeah! I remember. See, waaaay back in 1889 when Oak-luh-home-ah was still a territory and not a state, the government peoples decided they would give away land on April 22nd – up to 160 acres for FREE!

Hanging out at the starting line.

So about a bajillion peoples (or 50,000 – I can’t remember which) showed up for the Land Run. But some peoples were sneaky and crept across the line the night before and staked out their claim early. And those peoples were called “Sooners.” And the peoples who waited until the “boom” of the cannon to signal the start of the land rush were called “Boomers”!

All the peoples who did NOT cheat.

And that’s where OU’s fight song, Boomer Sooner, comes from! And the little white ponies that pull the Sooner Schooner are also named Boomer and Sooner.

Anyways, abouts 16 years later, in 1905, OU played the University of Texas in football for the first time and they’ve been playing every year since.

The game is called the Red River Rivalry and it’s played in Dallas in a place called the Cotton Bowl (doesn’t that sound soft and comfy?) which is almost exactly halfway between Norman (where the Sooners are) and Austin (where the Longhorns are).

And the stadium is split totally down the middle on the 50 yard line with half of the stadium all dressed in puke burnt orange and the other half of the stadium dressed up in crimson.

But the best part of the whole thing – and the reason I want to go – is that the Cotton Bowl Place is right smack-dab in the middle of the Texas State Fair, where they have this…

You know what THAT is? Yep. Deep-fried BEER! Now THAT’S something worth cheering about!


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34 responses to “What’s a Sooner?

  1. Mayzie….Good for your OU sooners!!! You did look a little perplexed trying to figure out the answer. Thank goodness for your Mom jumping in to save the day.
    Very very interesting facts we didn’t know all of that.
    I believe anything can be deep fried….they deep fry ice cream at our State Fair.
    Madi and Mom

  2. Well goodness me…I feels smart know dat I know dis. Mum thinks her remembers bout da Sooners and da Boomers. But, her brain don’t work good most of da time so her prolly don’t remembers anything of sda such…hehehe…I thinks her makin’ it up.
    When you goes to da fair lemme knows so I can tag along. I’ve never had deep fried beer befores.


  3. Hmmmm…we do know that when our dad went to talk to the people in Oklahoma (a very long time ago) about maybe workin for them, they asked him at dinner if he knew the Minnesota rouser. And he did, and he sung it, and of COURSE they didn’t hire him after that performance! Probably didn’t want him anywhere near a chorus of Boomer Sooner.


  4. My momma was sooooo happy that da Sooners won on Saturday! Unfortunately, now we goes back to being rivals since our Aggies still gots to play yOU in footsball. Heehee

    And, of course, we gots da Fried Beer in Texas! You can also gets da Fried Twinkies, Fried Oreos and………………..wait fur it………..Fried Butter! Can you imagine!?! Texas State Fair is NOT abouts da Health Foods!


  5. HI Mayzie
    If…anyone could explain a Sooner then I knew it could be you!! Cuz you are the wise one!! πŸ™‚ Yah Oklahoma!!! We pull for them even though we have texas buddies!y


  6. BOOMER SOONER!!!!!!!!

    Oh, miss Mayzie! You KNOW I loved this post! I am soooooo excited that we WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Whew, at last we know what a Sooner is! Now, what’s football? We don’t get it. And do the ponies play football, too? Now that would be interesting. But, nevermind all that – where can we get some fried BEER? Hey, does Puddles know about the fried beer?
    The Road Dogs

  8. We don’t know nuttin bout the footballs so we’ll cheer for you Sooners… but you know what really interested us about this post??? We thinks we have the same area rug as you do Mayzie! How cool is that?

    Sam and Pippen

  9. Wow, we didn’t know that about the Sooners and the Boomers – thanks for making us smarter today:) Now about that deep-fried beer – is it really good?

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  10. Deep Fried Beer huh? I guess Puddles will be all over that one. I hopes she don’t singe off her little puddles whiskers in the hot oil. It would be a pitty if she had to draw her eyebrows on with that avon makeup. BOL… I crack myself up.

    woof – Tucker

  11. Pip

    Say what? Deep fried beer??? OMD!!!

    Your pal, Pip

  12. Mayzie,

    Mom and me watched some of da games, we is very happy fur you and your Sooners!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

    PeeS Fries beer sounds most interesting!

  13. I thought it was just because it’s better to get dinner sooner rather than later! Wow! That was really cool to learn all that stuff. You’re a great historian, Mayzie.

    Deep fried BEER?! Puddles and Pip must be packing to go already!


  14. AC

    I LOVE your thinking pictures, Mayzie. You sure were working hard to figure out that answer for us!

  15. We sure are glad to know what a Sooner is. We are so glad they won. Go Sooners. But deep fried beer. Don’t know about that. Did you get to try one of those Mayzie??

  16. Since you look soooo cute in your OU jersey us Texas dogs will forgive you πŸ™‚

  17. pawsome!!!
    and whats that!?
    is that fur eating???

    El’bow & Hauwii

  18. And here I thought it was something that wasn’t later –

    PeeEssWoo: Khongrats πŸ˜‰

  19. Pip

    OMD! My mom is still laughing about your mom, the glue gun, and the kitty! Glue guns can very dangerous! Bwhahaha!

    Your pal, Pip

  20. Tank

    Thanks for clearing that up Mayzie. But deep fried beer? ACK

  21. Beer? Ya mean that’s not a ravioli, Mayzie? Mom shared raviolis with me and Mitch while dad was away in Maine and they kinda looked just like those only with red sauce on them!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  22. Way to go! I am sure they won because you were on their side cheering them on. πŸ™‚

  23. I think you were the good luck charm!

  24. That second shot is too cute πŸ™‚

  25. Kit

    Wrooo wrooo…Go Sooners!

    Our Crimson Tide won too!
    Licks and sniffs,
    Zack, Sassy and Buddy

  26. Hee hee my high school mascot was Chemic and I still can’t tell people what it was!


  27. Mayzie gla
    Congwatoolations on youw big win..that was a vewy intewesting xplanation of what a soonew is..I had no ideas..but that sowt of sounds like cheeting, and i know you would nevew condone that
    I’m glad you’we happy
    smoochie kisses

  28. The ‘dorableness of you in that jersey is awesome. I’m glad your team won. We aren’t football people around here (our team is the Detroit Lions, what’s the point!)

    Nubbin wiggles,

  29. miss mayzie,
    well, my mama, being a texas lady and all, was a tad upset, but i’m happy your team won!! thankies for the informational on sooners and boomers! it was very interesting like!
    that deep fried beer is mind boggling!!

    the booker man

  30. Once I read “deep fried beer,” I forgot everything that came before. I’ll have to go back and read it again.

  31. Teddy Bear

    That was a great history lesson, Mayzie.:)

    Teddy Bear

  32. That was pretty interesting, and Grammy says that history is really a good thing to know. With all those horses running around, it looks like it would be pretty dangerous for dogs!
    Grammy can’t believe they would find a way to deep fry beer, but then they supposedly had deep fried butter at our Fair from what we heard. Grammy and Papa didn’t go this year.

  33. Dear Mayzie,

    You are a beautiful girl and your stripes most divine but there is something that I need to tell you.

    I am a Cornhusker. I bleed red. And no sooner red, either.

    We are the Montagues and Capulets. But perhaps our love can be redeemed by one thing.

    Our hatred of the Longhorns.

    And also…deep fried beer.


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