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Top 10 sports traditions at OSU

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Paddle People

Paddle People members bang their paddles against the wall before the kickoff of OSU's game against South Alabama on Sept. 8, 2018. 

Oklahoma State is home to many athletics traditions, but some are better, and more historic than others.

Here are the top 10 sports traditions at OSU.

No. 10: The student section at O’Brate Stadium

It’s the newest tradition in Stillwater, but it has already staked its claim to one of the top traditions. Between the fraternity corrals and the students in the sitting area they provide entertainment for the whole crowd, but intimidation to opposing right fielders.

No. 9: The Gap Band

Anytime an Oklahoma State baseball player hits a home run the song ‘You Dropped a Bomb on Me’ by the Gap Band is played as the crowd claps along to the beat.

No. 8: Spirit run

In the under 8-minute timeout in basketball games the OSU spirit squad leads the spirit run by running the flag around the arena, and as the flag crosses over a particular section the section rises to their feet and claps along to Ride ‘Em Cowboys.

No. 7: Paddle People

Anyone at an OSU football game knows where the paddle people inhabit inside of Boone Pickens Stadium. The Paddle People are crucial to the noise of the stadium. The loudness of the student section starts with the pounding of the paddles against the sideline padding.

No. 6: Postgame Alma Mater

Another tradition that may seem small in the sense of other traditions, but the postgame alma mater whether after a win or a loss is easily one of the top traditions at OSU. Grab a friend or a fellow fan and send the team off with the Alma Mater

No. 5: The Walk

Fans draped in orange line Washington Street from the Student Union to the gates of Boone Pickens Stadium as the football team walks into the game. With the band blaring the fight songs, children and other fans cheering for their team. The Walk starts off the top five.

No. 4: The softball outfield decks

Before last season softball fans could back up their trucks and watch the Cowgirls from the outfield. Now the Social, a group of friends, decks were placed in the outfield, which makes the experience even greater.

No. 3: Friends in Low Places

When the clock strikes zero and the official blows his whistle in the third quarter Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places begins to play. Fans grab their friends, and like the Alma Mater, they begin to sway.

No. 2: Bedlam

Although broad Bedlam is a rivalry unlike any other. No matter the sport the game is destined to be loud and crazy, and is a spectacle. Bedlam has an argument for the top spot, but it gets edged out by just one other OSU tradition.

No. 1: Homecoming

Nothing can top OSU Homecoming. Topped off with house decorations and the walk around, homecoming is a celebration that can take some stress away from class work and allow people to spend time around campus with friends, and then watch OSU football afterward.