Permian Traditions

– Rattling the wooden planks in the bleachers at Barrett Stadium.
– Black/White Game that featured graduating Seniors vs the next year’s team.
– Student Body Right… Student Body Left.
– The guy in the stands with the bugle playing “Charge”.
– Cow bells clanging in the stands.
– Fans staying until the end of the game, even on lopsided games.
– Making opposing Blue-Chip college prospect players look really overrated.
– Going to the state playoffs year-after-year.
– Having one of the smallest teams, with the biggest hearts in the state.
– Halftime adjustment, and dominating the 2nd half 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!”.
– 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 games.
– 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 Fieldhouse 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 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 Black-N-White Santa outfit worn by the Panther.
– Dr. Rowntree’s black and white Christmas tree.
– Big wooden yard signs in front of the players’ houses, except crosstown week.
– Seeing only Permian signs on the Eastside of Odessa.
– Hearing about the one bad call that cost OHS the game… year-after-year.
– Dr. Rowntree’s back door – medical treatment with no waiting.

History Of MojoLand

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

The MojoLand website came into existence in 1996, as a response to Buzz Bissinger’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ book. I felt there were several bent truths and sensationalized information in the book. Being a graduate of Permian, I found portions of the book to be of no merit. Hence the creation of MojoLand.

The site began as a personal web page. It consisted of a news page, roster, schedule, coaching staff, and playoff history of the football team. In 1998, the Ector County Independent School District was in its Phase Two of becoming internet friendly and having a site originating from its campuses. Along the way, more and more features to the MojoLand site would evolve. The ECISD finally got on track and launched their own site, which included the district’s full athletic department. In 2000, MojoLand would yield to the school district site and re-focus on the football athletes and their achievements during and after dawning the Panthers uniform.

The production of ‘Friday Night Lights – the Movie’ began in March of 2004 and I had an inside track. MojoLand was the only website on the internet with daily updates and photos, as I was directly involved cast as a Permian assistant coach. The inside scoop afforded MojoLand to top One Million internet visitors a month for several months in 2005. For 2006, the site featured the first internet-based virtual museum dedicated to a high school football program and its history.

MojoLand entered its 23rd season at the completion of the 2018 go-round. Through the many highs and lows, I have enjoyed corresponding with several of you over the years. Thank you all for the ride and hopefully there’s still more to come.