Football didn’t matter Saturday.
Some might argue it still doesn’t matter, and they could be right.
Oklahoma State University is home to America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration. But, on Saturday, tragedy struck the Cowboys again.
Around 10:30 a.m., Adacia Chambers, 25, allegedly drove her vehicle at a high rate of speed into the crowd at the end of the parade route, at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue, just two blocks from Boone Pickens Stadium.
Four are confirmed dead, including a two year-old boy. About four dozen more are hurt, several of whom are in critical condition.
There was talk to cancel the game. Sure, both teams are off on Dec. 5, but who cares? Football doesn’t matter.
Emergency responders were already at the parade and responded immediately. On-lookers in the crowd helped and according to Twitter, one volunteer when asked by an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman how long he could stay replied, “I’m here until we’re done.”
Football didn’t matter.
What mattered is how one community came together at a time in which it needed to more than ever before.
Oklahoma State has been struck by tragedy before. On Jan. 27, 2001, one of the men’s basketball team’s planes crashed in Colorado following a game against the Buffaloes, killing 10.
In November 2011, the night before the Cowboys lost to Iowa State to end their National Championship hopes, another plane crash killed four, including women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke.
The difference this time, it was in OSU’s back yard. This time, when tragedy struck, it was right there in Stillwater.
This time, when tragedy struck, it was at one of the most beloved events during the OSU school year. It was a time for celebration and a time for gathering with friends, family, loved ones, anybody.
Then it turned into a time of grieving.
The game was somber. What had just happened was lingering in the air.
“We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again,” public address announcer Larry Reece said over the PA system. “Because THIS IS OUR HOME. THIS IS OUR FAMILY. THIS IS OUR TEAM.”
Then there was a football game, but it didn’t matter.
Week 8 Results
No. 2 Baylor 45, Iowa State 27
Texas 23, Kansas State 9
No. 17 Oklahoma 63, Texas Tech 27
No. 14 Oklahoma State 58, Kansas 10
Week 8 Record: 3-1
2015 Record: 40-10
Week 9 Schedule & Picks
No. 5 TCU over West Virginia
No. 12 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech
No. 14 Oklahoma over Kansas
Texas over Iowa State