Oklahoma football: Why one couple is driving from Mexico to Morgantown to watch the Sooners

Johnny and Vickie Clark will drive from southern Mexico to Morgantown, W.Va., to watch the Sooners live for the first time in a long while.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 15, 2012

“It's not a resort town,” Johnny said. “It's a bunch of old hippies and Canadians. There's not a total of 200 (Americans). They don't take dollars and they don't talk English. And I don't any Spanish. I still don't know how we get by, but we do.”

The biggest change, though, was how Johnny followed the Sooners. He used to be a season-ticket holder. He traveled to the Sugar Bowl in 2003 in New Orleans. They always had enough points to get Red River Rivalry tickets. But they gave them up when they retired.

No TV station in the deep south of Mexico carried the Sooners.

“Completely went cold turkey,” Johnny said.

He missed two seasons before he found out that if they bought cable from a Canadian television company, he could watch Oklahoma football.

“The two main places they broadcast from are Detroit and Seattle,” Johnny said. “Because of the success of the Sooners, they get picked up. I only missed the (second) game, which (was) on pay-per-view anyways.”

He also listened via satellite radio to Oklahoma's play-by-play man, Toby Rowland. Johnny tweeted Rowland during the UTEP game: “Listening to the Sooners and the ocean waves crash below. Life is good.”

During the third quarter of that game, Rowland read the tweet over the air and laughed, “That sounds like a country song.”

The only problem? Sometimes Johnny has to walk around his beach-front deck to get a signal.

This weekend, the signal won't be the issue for the Clarks. It's the temperature. It's supposed to be in the 40s by kickoff.

“We're going to be in long flannels and bundled up,” Johnny said. “And I'm sure the West Virginia people will be shirtless.”

This trip, nothing's written on the car windows. The Clarks have been wearing their OU gear everywhere. When they got out of the car in Nashville, a guy yelled, “Boomer Sooner.”

The words put a smile on Johnny's face. It's been a while since he's yelled the words on game day.

“I can't wait to yell it out over and over,” Johnny said.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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