1972-2009 I think I will go year by year and pick a favorite game that I attended in that year. I didn't attend my first true away game until 1981 so for the first nine seasons my favorite game will be either a home game or a Texas game. I will do a game every few days leading up to the start of the 2006 season. 1972 My first pick is going to be the first game of the season against Utah State. I know Utah State doesn't sound like much of a game to pick for a favorite but to me it was the beginning of a journey. A journey that was a little rocky in the 90's but then I guess all rides aren't smooth. A journey that has had way more highs then lows. I was 17 and this was the first year we got season tickets. Just to give you an Idea of how much things have changed, the first year we had season tickets the price of a ticket booklet with tickets for all six home games was $36.00. Each ticket was priced at $6.00 regardless who the opponent was. In comparison the OU/Texas ticket last year was $85.00 by itself. We had two seats and the total was $75.00 shipping and all. For all you youngsters out there that think I-35 has been there forever, well it hasn't. The Interstate from the Texas line to Purcell didn't open up until late 1970 the year before I got my drivers license and I am sure glad it did. It used to take forever to get to Norman when Hwy 77 was the only road north and I am not sure if we would have gotten tickets if Hwy 77 was the only way to get to Norman. My dad told my brother and me he was going to let me drive up to the game and be careful. I was a little nervous and didn't know where to park or anything else for that matter. I had only been to two other OU games, 1969 Kansas game and the 1971 Kansas game. I called Sooner04's uncle who was going to school at OU at the time and ask him where would be a good place to park. He said don't go to Lindsey Street but get off on Hwy 9 and take it to Chautauqua, then right on Timberdale and I could park at the corner of Timberdale and Asp. I parked there for many years until I joined the Touchdown Club and parked on the practice field, next to the stadium for many years. We get to the stadium and go inside as soon as the gates opened. Back in those days all the games started at 1:30 with the rare exception when you were on TV. The gates opened at 12:00 and my brother and I were in our seats just after that. Section 17 Row 63 Seats 29-30. There was an older couple that sat behind us for years named the Allen’s. I guess when you are 17 everybody is old so I would guess they were in their 50's. She was the sweetest lady and we had a lot of great people sat around us. As for the game itself it might as well have been for the National Championship as far as I was concern. Even though in the grand scheme of things it really wasn't that important a game, just because of how excited I was to be there and too know I would be getting to go to a lot of games that season. Little did I know at the time that a lot of games was going to be 196 home games in a row and going. I figured my dad and someone else might go to one of the games and I would miss one but I always managed to go either with my dad, brother, best friend Mel or sometimes my uncle. After the game a car in front of me leaving the parking lot hit another car and neither person even got out to look at the damage. I was more nervous getting out then I was getting there. That pretty much does it for 1972 and I will do 1973 later in the week. 1973 has several games that will rank as a favorite for that year just because it includes Nebraska and my first Texas game but I will pick just one game.