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Barbed wire can't keep Jo Lee Foster from watching her OSU Cowboys

The 82-year-old Ardmore resident will do just about anything to catch the Cowboys on television
by Berry Tramel Modified: September 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm •  Published: September 13, 2012

Jo Lee arrived at the ranch about dusk, encountered a locked gate and reached for her cellphone to call her friend. Except the cellphone was back in Ardmore, left behind in haste.

“OK, what do I do now,” she asked herself.

The country road promised few passers-by. So Jo Lee did what any self-respecting college football fan would do. She climbed out of her car, went to the ground and shimmied under the barb wire.

“I didn't think about going home,” Jo Lee said. “I didn't even stay in my car very long.”

When Jo Lee caught her OSU shirt on the fence, she backed up. Didn't want to tear it. Then she wiggled again, got through the fence and marched up the road and over the hill to her friend's house.

“It was a tight squeeze for me,” she said. But “I get around pretty good to be 82.”

Alas, the story does not have a happy ending. The Cowboys played as bad as a team can possibly play and lost 59-38, showing little of the resiliency of a certain fan back in Love County.

This sounds like a video for GameDay. Sounds like a commercial to show the passion for this sport.

Sounds exactly right. The friends Jo Lee has told about her stunt “I don't think were too surprised,” she said. “They know what a fan I am.”

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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