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Oklahoma State football: After Sports Illustrated series, Cowboys fans expecting home opener like none other

by Jenni Carlson Published: September 13, 2013

Ditto for Jimmy Bunn.

“The entire team is probably going to take their SI frustration out on them,” the longtime fan said, “and it won't be pretty.”

Bunn graduated from OSU in 1987, and he has worn something orange every day since. Watch. Class ring. Tie. Shirt.

Even when he went to Arizona State to attend law school, he says he drove back to OSU for almost every home game from 1987-90.

The past eight years, he and his three daughters have had season tickets in the west end zone. While he doesn't believe Saturday's game will mean more in light of what happened this week — “It's the same old opportunity to spend time with my orange family, to continue brainwashing my daughters to love OSU as much as I do and to watch the Cowboys' next step to two conference championships in three seasons,” he said — he knows that the SI articles will be a hot topic of conversation.

“I keep in touch with much of my orange family via social media year around, so ... we'll discuss who had the best SI-related tweets this week,” Bunn said.

So, who did?

“That's me,” Bunn said.

Cowboy fans are admittedly in better spirits than they thought they might be when news of this SI investigation broke last weekend.

“Sunday, we were all worried,” said Trebilcock, an attorney who was the OSU student body president in 1993-94 and is now a state representative for District 98. “Now, we're all laughing.”

Like other Cowboy fans, he wants any problems that are legitimized to be fixed. Even so, he won't be thinking much about that Saturday.

It's a day to simply soak in the orange.

That's the reason Trebilcock will drive to Stillwater from Broken Arrow, a trip he wasn't planning to make until the SI report put his alma mater under attack, a trip he hasn't made in nearly two years.

“It's kind of a coming together,” he said, “and I think there will be a lot of people there who haven't been there in quite awhile.”

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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