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A Bedlam so big it needs a nickname

The OU-OSU game is already called Bedlam, but this could be the biggest one of all. Over the next week, we want you to help us “Name The Game.”
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 19, 2011

No doubt upsets happen, and yet I like our chances of having a pair of undefeated teams at Boone Pickens Stadium.

It'll be so nice, we're going to name it twice.

Just because we're giving this year's edition of the rivalry a special name doesn't mean the Bedlam nickname is out the door. We'll call it Bedlam. We'll call it the OU-OSU game. But we'll also call it whatever clever name wins our fun-and-games contest.

It's not like this is unprecedented. Auburn has two mascots, for crying out loud, the Tigers and War Eagle. And what about the Netherlands? The country is also known as Holland. And the people who live there? They're known as the Dutch.

If that's allowed, surely the 2011 edition of Bedlam game can have a nickname.

We're just trying to have a little fun here, and here's the plan — we will take your submissions through Monday morning, narrow down the list, then have online voting through midday Wednesday.

And much like this Bedlam game, more than bragging rights are on the line with our “Name The Game” contest. To the winner goes lunch not only on us but with us. You'll be treated to lunch with The Oklahoman's sports columnists, Berry Tramel and yours truly.

(Hey, at least it's a free meal!)

This year's edition of Bedlam is so big that one nickname just isn't enough.

So, what's it going to be?

“Name The Game” Contest

This Bedlam game is so big that one nickname just won't do. We want to hear from you about what this year's edition of the instate rivalry game should be called.

Send your submissions to The deadline is 9 a.m. Monday. By Monday afternoon, an online poll will be posted on, and the voting will be open until noon Wednesday.

The winner will be announced Thursday.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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What's in a name?

The Bedlam series might be best known in football and basketball, but legend has it that it that the nickname has its roots in wrestling.

After a particularly heated dual at Gallagher Hall between the Cowboys and the Sooners, a newspaper writer is said to have walked out of the building and declared to fans milling around, “It's bedlam in there!” The nickname stuck, and soon, it applied not only to wrestling but also to every sport involving the two schools.

The exact date of that wrestling dual is not known, but considering the tales of massive, standing-room crowds in the 30s and 40s, it's safe to say the Bedlam nickname has been around for decades.

Names for The Game

Here's a look at a few early suggestions for our “Name The Game” contest:


Bayou or Bust




Bourbon Bedlam

Hypocalypse Now

Occupy New Orleans

Shootout at the OK State Corral

The Mother of All Bedlams

For a more complete list, check out Jenni Carlson's blog at


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