Sooner nation taking loss to Texas especially hard

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Al Eschbach

NORMAN, Okla. — Monday’s gray, dreary skies did little to boost the moods of dejected Sooner fans.

Many fans were still in disbelief over OU’s shocking loss to Texas on Saturday.

Al Eschbach with the Sports Animal radio station took calls Monday night from his remote location at Bob Moore Ford in south Oklahoma City.

“It’s unbelievable. I can’t believe we lost that game,” said one caller. “Even the Texas media, the Texas fans, nobody picked Texas.”

“I bet Mack Brown even picked OU,” retorted Eschbach.

“It’s the way that Sooner fans are and it’s the way any dedicated fans, I think you’ll find the same thing at Notre Dame. I think you’ll find the same thing at Ohio State,” said psychologist, Dr. Stuart Beasley.

Dr. Beasley says fans take a loss so hard because they identify so closely with the team; what happens to the team, happens to the fan.

“People really get tied up in their identity is the same as the team. When they’re winning, we’re winning,” said Dr. Beasley.

He says it’s important to keep a healthy perspective.

“The world is not going to turn or stay in place because of what happened in Dallas, Texas last Saturday,” said Dr. Beasley.

One caller Monday night to the Sports Animal was clinging to that common sense and looking forward instead of backwards.

“It wasn’t our year to win the national championship anyway. If you were drinking that, you know, you were probably smoking something too. Just relax, there’s still an opportunity to have a good season and possibly win the Big 12 Championship,” the caller said.

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