Another brick in the OU-Texas wall

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 3, 2008 at 8:48 am •  Published: December 3, 2008
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NORMAN — A friend of mine called Sunday. Big OU fan.

He’d heard about the BCS decision and he also heard the national railing, led by ESPN. His anxiety had turned to angst, with only a temporary stop at euphoria.

He had a question: "Should I feel bad?”

Oh, I don’t know. Would you feel bad if you won the lottery? Would you feel bad if they discovered oil on your property? Would you feel bad if your 13-year-old started hitting Tiger-like 2-irons?

Feel bad? Sunday should have been cause for celebration in the streets.

The BCS handed the Sooners a ticket to the Big 12 championship game, which should lead to the national championship game, all at the expense of your hated arch-rival, and for the cherry on top, Barry Switzer’s smile delivered the news to America.

Hang your head because the latest OU-Texas friction fell your way? Wince because Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger sided with the Longhorns?

Here’s what Sooner fans should do. Laugh all the way to Kansas City and South Beach. Tell those outraged Orangebloods to go watch a tape of the 1984 OU-Texas game and cry me a Red River.

Are you kidding me? Sunday should rank as one of the greatest non-game days in Sooner football history, right up there with Bud Wilkinson’s birthday and the morning Chuck Fairbanks pulled the trigger on the wishbone.

The ancient OU-Texas rivalry has its latest firestorm.

Move over, Jack Sisco and Darrell Royal and Barry Switzer and Keith Stanberry and Jeff Leiding and the Boz. The great three-way tie of 2008 will be part of this rivalry’s lore as long as shoulders are padded.

If this inferno doesn’t stoke OU-Texas, it’s only because Sooners-Horns already was at maximum overdrive. BLOG: A look at the wild Week 14 in college football BLOG: CBS announcers bash the Big 12 BLOG: What if Texas had stayed ahead?


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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