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. "It’s a big rivalry already,” said OU d-end Jeremy Beal. "I don’t think it can get any better than it already is.” Want to bet? Texas fans are howling at the moon. They’ve demanded the head of Bob Stoops, every computer programmer in America and Oklahoma writers, even those of us who said Texas actually has a pretty good argument. You think they’re going to settle down by next October? Not a chance. Any Sooner zealots at peace with 1984, when Keith Stanberry’s interception was nullified by blindness? Of course not. You want to still boil Switzer’s blood? Ask him about that rainy day in Dallas. Sisco’s officiating, which actually didn’t play much of a part in UT’s 34-14 rout 61 years ago, still hasn’t died. Neither has the Switzer/Royal feud in the ’70s, instigated by OU spying. Nor the motormouth derby between Leiding, a UT linebacker from Tulsa but born in Texas, and Brian Bosworth, an OU linebacker from suburban Dallas but born in OKC. Be warned, Sooner fans. You’re going to see 45-35 banners all over the Cotton Bowl next October. You might get some Christmas cards proclaiming the same, if you’re lucky enough to be pen pals with a Longhorn. Enjoy all the flak. It means you won. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.
Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Missouri
→When: 7 p.m. Saturday →Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. →TV: ABC (Cox 8) →Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7, KOKC-AM 1520