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By Jay Wilkinson

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After it was over, it was over. If you won, fine. " Except for the absence of his mother, Dad's boyhood was pleasant and unremarkable. "The south side of Minneapolis was Page 6 a beautiful area," recalls one of Dad's oldest friends, Jack Boos. "We had nice neighborhood schools. We knew everybody all the way to school. You'd know people all along the way and you'd pick up your friends and walk with them. " Between school and sports, Dad's young life was full. P. married his second wife, Ethel Grace, a woman Dad later described as being "just as perfect as it's possible for a person to be," he once more had a mother.

Years later, when Berg was playing an exhibition in Norman, Oklahoma, where Dad was coaching, "Bud said, 'Come on over and see my practice. '" Besides their common interest in sports, Dad and Berg also had fathers who instilled in them a drive for perfection. ' I would then fall asleep. Now, if I didn't do my best, it didn't go unchallenged. " Dad had been taught the same things, in virtually identical words, and he responded in the same way. "He had all the characteristics of a champion," says Berg.

We won. We beat down Mother Nature. We survived. " Two things began to change Oklahomans' view of themselves. " The second was the fact that the University of Oklahoma's football team started to win, and with the victories came a rebirth of the people's pride, enthusiasm and self-esteem. Those early victories were the beginning of the first Oklahoma football dynastya dynasty that eventually captured three national championships, twelve conference championships, seventy-four straight conference games without a defeat (1947-59), six post-season Bowl victories, a won-lost tally of 145-29-4, and two winning streaks of thirty-one and forty-seven consecutive games, the longest streaks ever seen in collegiate football.

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