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.