Oklahoma State's Frank Anderson wants more home games.
More Bedlam home games.
The Sooners' Sunny Golloway is on board, too.
The chatter entering and exiting Tuesday's Bedlam bonus game in Stillwater focused on an even bigger bonus.
Expanded, extended, enhanced Bedlam. Five Sooners-Cowboys clashes, maybe more.
To that, the question is: what's the holdup?
More is better when it comes to Bedlam, especially Bedlam baseball, a sport fully conducive to an expanded series. With interest in local college baseball waning in the shadow of Thunder basketball and too many entertainment options available in the comfort of our own living rooms, there's only one sure sell to get folks stoked and out to the ballpark.
More is coming, too, it seems, if the details can be agreed upon.
“We should play home and away and then go from there,” Golloway said.
Anderson is thinking more radical.
Under current Big 12 scheduling involving the nine teams that play baseball, every program gets four home and away series. Every program except the team designated as the Bedlam “home” team. That's because there is no Bedlam home team, with the three games played in the pro parks in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
This year, as the designated Bedlam home team, OSU plays but three conference series at Reynolds Stadium. And considering the Cowboys are 20-3 at home and just 3-14 on the road, well, more league home dates might do the Pokes some good.
Next year, it'll be the Sooners getting shorted a home series.
Anderson's plan: flip the weekend conference series to the campuses and play one game in each of the pro parks — ONEOK in Tulsa, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City — on two separate Tuesdays.
Anderson likes the idea of copying some of the league's other rivalries and splitting the conference series; two games in one park and one in the other.
“That way, you hit every part of what people, I think, would want,” Anderson said. “We have to play in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. It's one of the greatest deals in college baseball — the crowds, the whole nine yards. But we don't really get a home series in this.
“If we're going to do it, I think we should do something that hits every part of it.”
Would fans still show up in Tulsa and Oklahoma City on a Tuesday night? Difficult to say. It's not just the brats and the baseball folks are showing up for, it's the beer and weekend cheer, too.
Another option would be to take one of two nonconference weekends currently occupied by the likes of an Alabama State or an Alcorn State (actual foes of the two teams) and play the bonus Bedlam games in the pro parks on back-to-back days.
That sounds like the best of both worlds.
“We need the draw,” Golloway said. “Oklahoma State comes to Norman and we're going to pack the house.”
In Stillwater Tuesday, the Cowboys played to their second-largest crowd of the season, a strong gathering of 2,438 that trailed only the 3,758 aided by the spring football game spillover for last Saturday's Texas Tech game.
Those are good college baseball crowds, born from Bedlam.
More Bedlam? What's the holdup?