THE PERMIAN
TRADITIONS

-Rattling the wooden planks in the bleachers at Barrett Stadium.
-Black/White Game that featured graduating Seniors versus the next year's team.
-Trainers / Managers used to stand at attention during pre-game warm up.
-The quarterback wearing '20' or '25', depending on an odd or even year.
-Helmets being worn by the players on the sideline, unless of an injury.
-Sideline chatter and talking it up and supporting each other.
-Student Body Right... Student Body Left.
-The guy in the stands with the bugle playing "Charge".
-Cow bells clanging in the stands.
-Players actually running through an un-ripped sign.
-Fans staying until the end of the game, even on lop-sided games.
-Making opposing Blue-Chip college prospect players look really overrated.
-Disciplined players that didn't rack up several unsportsmanlike penalties.
-Having a coaching staff that actually out-coached the competition.
-A coach that talked Permian attitude to the media, instead of excuses.
-Players that talked Permian attitude to the media.
-Going into the last game of District, knowing the season wasn't over yet.
-Hearing fans recap the game at the half, instead of reiterating why things are bad.
-Going to the state playoffs year-after-year.
-Seeing the District Bell adorned in Black and White.
-Having one of the smallest teams, with the biggest hearts in the state.
-Halftime adjustment, and dominating the second half of the game with defense.
-Having more fans on our side of the stands than the opposing home team.
-Several motor homes parked at every game we played, home or away.
-18,000 Permian fans, and the band playing "Hawaii 5-0" in Texas Stadium.
-Kurt Kiser of KOSA-TV saying "and that's a MOJO touchdown!".
-CB conversations on the way to and from a Permian playoff game.
-The Roll Calls for fans waiting to buy playoff tickets the next morning.
-Opponents chanting "No Mo Mojo" or "Mojo Who?".
-Hearing the opponent fans silenced by mid-fourth quarter.
-People asking "What is a MOJO", just to find out Four Quarters later.
-Black and White streamers on mile marker signs on every road game.
-Counting how many cars had Mojo on them on the road game drives.
-Zentner's Daughter with the crowd before a game in San Angelo.
-K.C. Steak House in Big Spring before the game against the Steers.
-Standing by the Field House burning an orange candle for the Angelo game.
-100+ Pepettes wearing their black & white candy striped sweaters.
-Watching a band perform in black and white, including the drum majors.
-Majorettes outfitted in shiny silver, with the knee high boots.
-A massive marching band that stretched from end-to-end of the playing field.
-The band in the halls of Permian after the pep rally on game day.
-Hearing this thunderous band as it came out of the tunnel at Texas Stadium.
-The band uniformly marching off the field while chanting MOJO around the field.
-Crowds actually shouting the letters when the band spelled P-A-N-T-H-E-R-S.
-The Black-N-White Santa outfit worn by the Panther.
-Dr. Rowntree's black and white Christmas tree.
-Sending out Christmas cards wishing friends and family a Merry Mojo Christmas.
-Receiving cards from friends and family wishing a Merry Mojo Christmas.
-Big wooden yard signs in front of the players' houses, except crosstown week.
-Seeing only Permian signs on the Eastside of Odessa.
-Listening to "Catch Us If You Can" by Dave Clark Five on Friday afternoons.
-Hearing excuses about the one play that cost OHS the game - year-after-year.
-Dr. Rowntree's back door - medical treatment with no waiting.

  
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SCHOOL HISTORY - How Permian came into existence back in 1959.
 
ORIGIN OF MOJO - Stories of the adoption of Mojo to the Panthers.
 
WHERE ARE THEY NOW - Chronicles life after Permian for the past players.

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