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Porter’s Notebook: Bedlam 2019

One final regular-season notebook.

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STILLWATER — I emptied 2,000 words worth of 10 thoughts here, but I thought it would be worth cleaning out the notebook before (hopefully!) moving on to Notre Dame or Oregon in a bowl game.

• How did OSU not fly a Canadian flag throughout the year? The biggest miss!

• OU fans hollering “home of the Sooners” at the end of the national anthem remains the absolute worst.

• Saw a Maple Cowboy shirt on the jumbotron. Awesome.

• Sick.

• Press box food tonight was elite. BBQ spread with potato salad and mac and cheese.

• Great text from a buddy: If they don’t stroll the basketball team into the end zone during the first time out and give Boynton the mic and 30 seconds to say whatever he wants, what are we even doing here?!?

Update: They did.

• Dru Brown walked out in a lei for senior night. Gundy hugged him and definitely said “what in the world are you wearing?” The same could almost always be said of Gundy /scheduled tweet.

• The conductor of the band looked like Mike Yurcich. Just throwing that out there.

• There was a lot of pregame panic about something being wrong with Chu. I don’t think anything is wrong with Chu, other than the 9 million touches he’s had this season.

• Great video on the jumbotron that included some “every game matters, but one game matters a little more.” Guessing that wasn’t Gundy-approved.

• Stadium was to the gills before kickoff. So unusual historically. So good.

• Hurts is like Rudolph was in the pocket except if Rudolph could actually run. He always knows where everyone is (including his own guys).

• How many times do you think Larry Reece has practiced “Ogbongbemiga”?

• OSU tossing Herbie’s earthquake face on the big screen during third downs is an underrated power play.

• The only person in the stadium who swags harder than Mike Boynton is (improbably) OU’s kicker.

• Is there a better in-stadium song than Jump Around? Ever?

• The on-field camera from behind the QB and RB is incredible. I know it’s been around for several years, but it never ceases to delight me.

• I believe the only other times OSU has gone black-orange-black are 2011 (yes) and 2013 (no). It definitely gave me (and many others on our staff) flashbacks to that 2011 game. For like 5 minutes.

• They’re honoring Terry Miller on the Jumbotron, and he’s at the game waving at the crowd. Feels like a straight-up troll of me and Carson.

• I mean, this is lol close.

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• Gundy’s hoodie is filthy btw. Need.

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• Update: Boynton might be the goat.

• I’m glad OSU let DB roll a little bit. What’s the point of not? Although I could easily envision Gundy stepping to the podium and rationalizing away rushing it 55 times. There’s a 0 percent chance you’re beating OU if you throw it less than OSU did though.

• Yes!


• Brown was 14/17 in the first half.

• Kyle Boone and I — sitting next to each other in the press box — were both independently pulling for a fake FG to end the first half. Gundy may not have made it to the locker room if he’d run it and it went poorly, but I would have loved it.

• This is great.

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• No punts in the first half. Which is amazing. Don’t bring a knife to a bazooka fight. Update: OSU brought a knife to a bazooka fight.

• Chuba’s spats should finish top 10 in the Heisman voting.

• An amazing comment in our PFB+ gameday thread: A Jason Garrett/Mike Gundy presidential ticket would be more conservative than Shapiro/Coulter.

• When DB went airborne in the third quarter, Spencer Sanders went nuts on the sideline. Hopping around with his cast on and Mbari Snoddy draped on his back. Gundy was like 5 feet away from him probably breathing fire out of his nostrils.


• Sanders and Gundy stood next to each other for much of the second half by the way.

• Felt like the third-quarter drive at 9:32 was the biggest of the game. OSU needed a turnover or (at worst) a FG there. Update: They did not get it.

• Whatev.


• Inside baseball note here: I’m always terrified at halftime that I’m not going to have enough material for 10 thoughts. A 60-minute game always delivers though. Always. It’s the perfect length of game to fill out 2K words of space.

• I mean, yes, targeting, but holy crap what a hit.


• A ref in the third quarter almost hit one of OU’s DBs with a flag. Went like 25 yards! Maybe the toss of the game!

• OSU is now 44-14 at Boone Pickens Stadium since the start of the 2011 season. That’s pretty dang good.

• Legit the best part of the 4th quarter was a sick basketball hype video they played on the jumbotron. This is a basketball website from this day forward until next August!

• The hype man troll on OU’s sideline was THE WORST.

• Always eerie to sit in the press box at 12:30 a.m. and watch the stadium empty at the end of the season and think about the things that will or won’t happen until another game is played in here next September. Such a passage of time thing. Always staggers me.

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