By Brian Perceful
What a great summer to be a footy fan! No one can say this edition of the World Cup has been anything but exciting. The watch parties I've been a part of have been nothing short of spectacular. The thousands that have show up at Slim's in OKC for the American Outlaw watch parties have been epic. If you're anything like me you've been meeting people like crazy that are new to the sport. The Cup is always a great time to rope in new Arsenal fans. I am and I hope you're doing the same.
We've got some fun stuff planned this summer I just wanted to touch base on. The first is on July 19th we will be having our first annual Sooner Gooner Gathering. This will be a rotating event between OKC and Tulsa every summer. This year will be in OKC at the Energy FC match against the LA Galaxy II. We will also be meeting up pre-match at the 51st St. Speakeasy to hang out. This will be a great time for us to finally meet. Tulsa and OKC mingling is a great thing. The unity that we have as is really hard to find. Not sure if you know this or not but you're a part of the largest supporters group for any single club in our great state. Good things are happening and there hasn't been a better time to be a Gooner! Tickets for the match are only $10 and I hope a ton of you can make it.
The other thing I wanted to touch on is the meet ups with Jordan Wiebe for his art project "We All Follow the Arsenal." I hope you've had a chance to check out the project. If not you can find it at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/541598539/we-all-follow-the-arsenal. Jordan is the president of Fresno Gooners and him and his wife Chanelle are trekking from Fresno to NYC for the Red Bulls friendly in July. Along the way they are stopping off and staying with various supporters groups on the way there and back. They are trying to stick with some groups off the beaten path instead of just the big ones like NYC, etc. They will be here with us from July 17-19. We will be doing stop offs at George's and Skinny Slim's on the 18th. They will be taking pics and doing a write up for the book for the Sooner Gooners. Please come out! Buy them a beer! Let's represent the Sooner Gooners well! This will be a great chance for exposure for our group. Jordan will be doing a write up for us soon that will be up on the site telling us more about the project. It's not too late to hop in and support them as well.
Be on the look out for some other fun stuff coming down the pike. We just got our scarves and they turned out great. Global Scarves did an amazing job. We have the blue "Oklahoma" shirt back in stock to go along with our standard red tee.
It only makes sense that if we follow the "greatest club the world has ever seen" that we get to be a part of what I think is the "greatest supporters group this state has ever seen!" Enjoy silly season and the rest of the World Cup. Hope to see you guys at the Gathering and at the pubs soon!
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