Grandstand Boozers and Alvan’s Army!

(FROM FIRST BOOK)

If you played football at Norman High in the early Seventies, you had to behave on and off the field, or risk getting benched, a fate worse than death.

But after our senior football season in the fall of 1973, we grew our hair long and thought we had a licence, if not a duty, to be obnoxious.

Which takes us to the Grandstand Boozers (and Alvan's Army)

The Boozers had long been a fixture at Norman High basketball games, and we carried on the proud tradition, possibly assisted by a few pre-game adult beverages.

We were renowned for being extremely loud and obnoxious to opponents and refs.  

If we made them worry that we might, oh, I don’t know, chuck a piano onto the basketball court or something, then we had done our jobs.

In all modesty, I’m pretty sure that several NHS wins our senior year were due to Boozer antics.

We were so good at being loud and obnoxious that 15 or 20 core members of the Boozers ─ including yours truly ─ easily transitioned from being Boomer Conference obnoxious to Big Eight obnoxious. 

Alvan Adams was OU’s super stud center from ’72-’75. He helped OU become a bona fide basketball force, but he could not have done it without the support of Alvan’s Army.

The Army sat in the OU Field House’s pull-out bleachers just behind the south basket, and we wore custom silk-screened T-shirts and assorted hard hats and Army helmets.

The Field House was way too small for a major college basketball programme. But it was perfect for Alvan’s Army. We were slightly louder than a Boeing 747 engine. And we could literally reach out and touch the players. Or a ref. 

What could possibly go wrong?  

“Todd” is the answer to that question. 

Todd was the tallest and loudest member of the Army, and he made history during an epic conference game.

The score was excruciatingly close, and one of the refs made a terrible call on Alvan, directly in front of his Army.

We erupted as only teenage boys can erupt.

Todd leaped out of the stands, screaming his head off and slamming his nylon jacket to the ground. It sort of bull-whipped, and the metal snap on the end struck the ref right on his bulbous nose.

Now, I’d seen adults get angry before. I’d seen football coaches come completely unglued on a few occasions.

But I had never, ever seen an old Big Eight referee, right in front of a sold-out crowd, on regional television no less, turn beet red and prepare to kill one of my best friends with his bare hands.

It was just so great.

As an organisation, Alvan’s Army was immortalized by the Norman Transcript and, dare I say it, Sports Illustrated, which devoted an entire paragraph to us.

OU’s Athletic Department even included an Alvan’s Army t-shirt and hard hat alongside Alvan’s Number 33 jersey in the official display case at Lloyd Noble Centre.

Legend.

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Sudie
Sudie
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Just finished reading your book. I was laughing out loud so much my husband asked what was I reading! And I kept thinking, “Bless his mom's heart”! My dad also read it and said he found it delightful. Looking forward to the second book. Thanks for the entertainment!

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Fantastic!

Fun and great read!!! If you grew up in the 60 and 70 you will be able to relate to many fun stories the author tells!
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Susan B.
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Couldn’t put it down. A total joy to read.

The author was a classmate of mine in high school, and is still a great Facebook friend. I knew this book would be awesome b/c of the way Bill writes his posts on Facebook telling his friends of his life in New Zealand. This book touched my heart in soo many ways. Bills writing is so descriptive, that in your mind you see what he’s writing about or transports you to the place. I couldn’t put it down. Bill, thank you for letting me go back to my days of innocence as a child in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Debra
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Having known the author all our lives I expected nothing less than stellar from him and he does not disappoint. It brought smiles and loud guffaws as I tripped down memory lane with him. It was so much more personal to me as I knew the characters in the book but all will enjoy reminiscing about that magical time in Norman . Give it a read you wont be disappointed!

5 years ago
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I think anyone who grew up around the 1960s will enjoy this trip down memory lane!

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