authentic mlb jerseys wholesale ‘Stillwater flu’ and a Longhorn stampede
If you were needing a reprieve from all the noise and clatter surrounding the national anthem or just suffering from fatigue from all the controversy, you would have found solace and an elixir at Enid’s football game Thursday against Stillwater.
No knees were taken and nobody was expressing shame at the American flag. Of course that is not unusual in the prep ranks around northwest Oklahoma. But the contrast to spoiled, wealthy, pampered NFL players making spectacles of themselves over some foggy, fuzzy headed notions of some sort and the spectacle of respect and love of country at D. Bruce Selby Stadium was welcome.
Celebrating Military Appreciation Night, the pregame festivities included a giant American flag presented by and supported, literally, by Enid students. It provided a snapshot of Americana with the Big Blue Band behind the flag playing the Star Spangled Banner and I can safely state nary a soul was seated in the stands or on the field.
It was a reminder that it is important to put the protests in perspective.
The noisy, nattering nabobs, from players to complicit media and weak kneed NFL ownership accomplices, are far from a representative sample of today’s America. The coasts may be full of angry, self hate projecting social justice warriors, but in between, in so called flyover country, there is an overwhelming sense of pride and love of country they would find comforting if they could just set aside for a moment their well invested feelings of constant outrage.
The Enid players came out in camouflage jerseys for the occasion and representatives of Vance Air Force Base joined in the pregame coin toss.
Similar scenes were played out across the area, including Waukomis players entering the field carrying American flags prior to their game against Ringwood.
It reassuringly shows most find comfort in the American flag and offering a little respect being hardly a hardship. I could be wrong, but that seems better than being miserably consumed with feigned offense.
‘Stillwater flu.’Enid and Stillwater have maintained a long running football series, but that may be ending or at least appears it will be interrupted starting next season when the Plainsmen move back up to Class 6AI, while Stillwater remains in 6AII.
Thursday’s game marked the 52nd meeting between the teams with Stillwater holding an overall edge of 27 24 1 after defeating Enid. It’s been a series of streaks. Enid won the first five meetings between the teams, with the initial game a 28 7 Plainsmen win in 1954. The Plainsmen won seven straight from 1977 through 1983. Stillwater had a 14 game winning streak from 1995 2008 and its most recent win was its fifth straight in the current series.
The series though is on shaky ground as it appears Stillwater has no interest in continuing to schedule the Plainsmen as a non district foe. It’s a puzzling decision as Stillwater certainly has had success recently against Enid. Maybe it’s a little too intense for the Pioneers? It is by far the hardest hitting rivalry on Enid’s schedule and can take a toll.
Stillwater’s head scratching reluctance doesn’t sit well with Enid head coach Steve Hayes. “It kills me that we can’t play them again because he (Stillwater head coach Tucker Barnard) won’t schedule me,” he said Thursday night. Hayes, who was getting over a nasty stomach virus, coined a phrase for his illness, and likely for Stillwater’s reticence. “I call it the Stillwater flu,” he said.
However, six consecutive wins later, things are taking on a familiar look for the first place Longhorns.
The Longhorns (7 1, 4 0) set a school record for points Thursday night with an 82 12 win over Perry for their sixth straight victory as Class 2A’s No. 6 team is once again looking like a championship contender. The 82 points were the most by Chisholm since a 69 6 win over Watonga in 2015. Earlier this season, the Longhorns put up 65 points in a crushing 65 9 win over Fairview.
Chisholm’s wins also include a 33 21 victory over Alva that removed the Goldbugs from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Longhorns finish with two road games, next week at winless Pawhuska and the season finale Nov. 3 at Tonkawa, which dropped its first game of the season, 28 12 to Hennessey on Friday.
The Longhorns are once again in the driver’s seat for another district crown, never mind those early season careless whispers.
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