Or, Things One Notices Right Off When In Oklahoma. It could be argued that The Daily Oklahoman, published in Oklahoma City, might be considered the state's paper of record (the other choice would be the Tulsa World).
At any rate, football is a very important part of Sooner society. There is no pro team - but most here root for the Dallas Cowboys. Oklahoma and Nebraska both share this situation, but Nebraska only has one major university team. You would barely know Oklahoma has two, however. Just look at the Sunday special college football wrap-up supplement:
OMG! OU lost to Baylor - the Bears. Unbearable? Get it? Page one.
Page 2. More OU coverage.
Page 3. Yep, more OU coverage. Must be the only game in the state, eh?
Page 4 - well, other teams did play around the country Friday and Saturday. Gotta cover them.
And OU is in the Big 12 (kinda iffy there long term, but for now.....), so we have some league coverage on page 5.
Page 6 - oh, hai, we duz haz 'nother team hyar in Oklahoma! Damn near fergot, dern it! Those Cowboys at OSU up the road at Stillwater lost, too!
In fairness, the Cowboys played on Friday, so any coverage on Sunday would be supplemental. But, the whole university is recovering from the unexpected deaths of their girls' basketball coach and one of his assistants in a plane crash earlier this week. And the paper had already covered the emotional human interest side of that tragedy. But I guarantee ya, it wouldn't have mattered if OSU played on Friday or Saturday, they'd have had only the back page!
This just blows me away, because in Kansas there are two division one universities with two mens' football and three division one mens' basketball teams. Of course the main rivalry is between KU and KSU - lately KSU has the football side sewed up and KU has had the basketball end pretty well covered for years. But, if ya look around Kansas, you'll see all kinds of "house divided" bumper tags and stickers with both the Jayhawk and the Power Cat on them. As you'd expect, the rural areas support the ag college and the dazzled urbanites follow KU. Nebraska? The Huskers get all the coverage, but they're really the only game in the state. In Oklahoma, in the furthest reaches of farm country you'll find farmers with outbuildings painted in orange and white with the OSU logo for support. That's about it! It's red country everywhere else.
I expect I'd better quit now, because I'm still in OKC at my sister's house, and the OU fans might wanna kick my hiney for dissing 'em.