Photos: A Saturday afternoon in September

Saturday afternoon tailgate
Outside the Alpha Chi Omega tailgate on game day in Norman. (Doug Hill)

NORMAN, Okla. — Saturday, Sept. 17, was a busy day in Norman.

Probably no one consulted with Bob Stoops about it being a good day for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to visit town hours before his team was to kick off against Ohio State University. Stoops would have probably denied it was any distraction.

But the protests against Trump, a rally for his opponent Hillary Clinton and demonstration against an oil pipeline all contributed to an atypical Saturday game day on OU’s campus.

The majority of people present were focused on the game, not politics. Weather forecasts for a pleasant evening were wrong, and the area was drenched by a fast-approaching storm. Happily, the two-hour game delay made for good sales at Campus Corner merchants.

Although OU lost the game, overwhelming positive reports by visiting Ohio State fans about their experience here were a source of justifiable pride.

If only presidential candidates could display the same sportsmanship.

Doug Hill earned a double-major undergraduate degree in English and East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas and a master's in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. He's been a freelance journalist and photographer in central Oklahoma since 1997.