When we transitioned from the Big 8 to the Big 12 I was emotionally upset. As the years have passed I remain, to an extent, with a feeling of loyalty to the old Big 8 teams over the 4 TEXAS teams.
While sitting (and standing) at the ISU vs K. St. women's game yesterday I struck up a conversation with a couple from Oklahoma. They had just seen their women lose to the 12th seeded Buffs the day before. These people had to be the nicest fans I had ever met. While we were talking about all kinds of things the issue of the Big 8 came up. These new friends seemed more adamant about the TEXAS teams then I am. The whole Oklahoma contingent in my area seemed to feel the same way.
I know letting these 4 teams into OUR conference makes perfect sense financially , but does anyone on here feel the same way as me (and lots of other schools)? It seems there was more of a bond with the Big 8 teams.
I will always have rivalry tendencies with Nebraska (fb) and Kansas (bb), but will always cheer for the Big 8 teams over the Big 12 teams.
Big 8??? What about the Big 6????
Seriously, slight topic drift, but it's been my experience, as well, that OU fans are gracious and generally fun to be around. They appear to have an overpopulation of "nice" fans, and I for one like their accent.
My first experience with an OU fan in Kansas City in 1981 was extremely good: Never knew how much I liked red hair, freckles and a feminine Okie drawl before that.
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