Superstitions, wacky traditions rule the day for Bedlam fans

From avoiding the game altogether to donning lucky shirts, Bedlam fans run the gamut of superstitions and traditions during Bedlam game week.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: November 26, 2010
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Some rituals involve family traditions. The Johnsons in Dallas put up Christmas lights every year on Thanksgiving Day. They only use red and white bulbs. Obviously, they're Sooner fans.

Each school's colors are a hot-button topic.

"Crimson and cream? Really?" said Stephen Jones. "Is cream even a color?"

Lonnie Page said: "I don't own anything orange. Nothing in my house is orange. No orange clothes. Not for me or my boys or my wife. I don't even drink orange juice."

Part of Bedlam is the heated debates between the two fan bases. Responding to an online question on newsok.com many fans simply wanted to make predictions.

"I have a theory the strongest team usually wins," said Kevin of Plano. "This year the strongest is wearing orange."

Joel, of Oklahoma City, said the term Bedlam is a misnomer in football.

"OSU fans would like to believe there's some type of rivalry but OU has dominated this series so much there just isn't one. Seven wins in a row by one team, you don't have a rivalry. You have an annual beat down. It should be a decent game this year. But if OU plays to their potential the Sooners will win."

The Cowboys are favored for the first time in the Bob Stoops era but one OSU fan, Gary, from Oklahoma City, knows the series history

"I have a superstition I'm afraid that if my team shows up to the Bedlam game wearing either orange or black they're going to lose," Gary said. "I'm hoping this year is different.”


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