Carlson: How an OU football fan with a couple extra seats made a special day for couple denied season tickets
The email arrived while I was still working on my first cup of coffee Saturday morning.
It was from Dow Dozier, an OU fan and an Oklahoman reader. He had seen my piece that morning about OU season-ticket holders who weren’t getting seats because of coronavirus capacity restrictions. The couple featured, James and Linda Love, had struck a chord with Dozier.
He wanted to help — and he could help.
He had two extra seats for the Missouri State game, and he wanted to see if the Loves were interested.
A few emails and phone calls later, Dozier and the Loves had made plans to meet before the game and sit together.
Here’s the rest of the story from James:
“As it turns out, he grew up not far from where we live. He was well aware of how far Stigler is from Norman. His former home of Heavener is another 40 miles farther.
“Mr. Dozier made it very easy for us. He is the definition of what my dad would call a ‘gentleman.’ He is a '57 graduate of the OU School of Journalism and an alumnus of the Pride of Oklahoma. He described how he would hitchhike to and from OU and Heavener, leaving on a Friday to get home and leaving Sunday to get back to school. He told me it might take 7-8 hours per trip. That's a man that wants to be there — very similar to my wife and me regarding Owen Field!
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“He also told of how disappointed he was that this year's homecoming was cancelled. Without knowing, I've seen him every year at games marching with the Alumni Band!
“As much as we tried, he would not allow us to pay for the tickets. We finally got him to agree to let us buy him a hamburger and water and a beer for his son Drew. Gentlemen like Dow Dozier are why I've always loved Oklahomans. He read your article, saw an opportunity to do something nice for someone and actually went so far as to do something about it!
“We had a ball at the game. Happy to be at the home opener, we may now be able to adjust to watching from home the rest of the season. I cannot say that we would feel that way today, had everything not fallen into place as it did.”
Dozier felt similarly happy about the way things turned out.
“It was already a special day, getting to attend the game with my son,” he said, “but then meeting the Loves and seeing their joy at getting to attend the game made it an extra special day.”
What’s more, the Loves offered Dozier two of their seats for a game next season, if everything is back to normal. The Loves sit behind the Sooner bench in Section 5.
“I cannot imagine that you don’t have a few more stories that Linda and I would love to hear,” James Love told Dozier.
Maybe this rest of the story will have yet another chapter.