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Sooners fans in Leprechaun Land getting ready for OU vs. Notre Dame

With OU heading to Notre Dame and adding another stamp to an already impressive travel log, OU fans everywhere are excited about the matchup. But for fans like Beth Usewicz living in the land of the leprechaun, the enthusiasm is off the charts.
by Jenni Carlson Published: September 26, 2013

Any time Beth Usewicz sees someone wearing Oklahoma gear, she always yells, “Boomer!”

For Sooner fans in Oklahoma, the idea of yelling “Boomer!” every time you see someone wearing crimson and cream sounds exhausting. But Usewicz lives far from Oklahoma where it's rare to see Sooner gear.

Rare to see the Sooners, too.

That changes this weekend.

With OU heading to Notre Dame and adding another stamp to an already impressive travel log, OU fans everywhere are excited about the matchup. Two programs with storied histories. Two teams with grand traditions. But for fans like Usewicz living in the land of the leprechaun, the enthusiasm is off the charts. Usually, they have to watch from afar.

Saturday, the Sooners are coming to them.

“I couldn't be more excited,” Usewicz said. “I don't get to watch the team play very often.”

The Chicago resident knows she isn't alone. As the president of the OU Club of Chicago — it's only a 90-minute drive from the heart of the Windy City to Notre Dame Stadium — she has heard Sooner fans buzzing about this game for months.

At least a couple hundred club members are going to the game, and Usewicz and other club officers have heard from other Sooner fans who are flying into Chicago and want to know how to get to the game. Spots on two charter busses have already been filled, and people are still calling looking for a way to South Bend.

“There's going to be a lot of crimson and cream in that stadium,” Usewicz said.

She can't wait to see it.

Usewicz is Sooner born and bred — though she was raised in Columbia, Mo., amid rabid Tiger fans.

“So I was harassed my entire life,” she said.

But that didn't change her crimson and cream stripes. Her dad made sure of that.

He is a native of New Jersey who went to OU because of the geology school. While there, he got bachelor's and master's degrees and a deep passion for Sooner football.

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by Jenni Carlson
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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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