Bedlam behaving badly: Bad blood between OSU and OU at an all-time high

Nobody poisoned revered oak trees. Nobody has shot a fellow fan for not being dismayed enough at defeat. But Bedlam is getting there. After OU's thrilling 33-24 victory Saturday — two Sooner touchdowns in the final 20 seconds — things got a little testy.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 12, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: December 11, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Jaz Reynolds (16) yells at the OSU student section after the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. OU won, 33-24. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jaz Reynolds (16) yells at the OSU student section after the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. OU won, 33-24. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Nobody poisoned revered oak trees. Nobody has shot a fellow fan for not being dismayed enough at defeat. The Ghost of Beano Cook hasn't staged a seance to declare this Gettysburg West.

But Bedlam is getting there.

The bad blood between OSU and OU football camps — players, coaches, fans, administrators — is at an all-time high, which is only fitting, since the competition is at an all-time high too, despite the Sooners' mystical hold on victory.

After OU's thrilling 33-24 victory Saturday — two Sooner touchdowns in the final 20 seconds — things got a little testy.

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OU players taunted OSU fans, who fired snowballs and at least one half-eaten turkey leg onto the field.

An OSU cheerleader tried to trip OU linebacker Eric Striker as he zipped through the end zone after scoring the game-ending touchdown.

An official OU twitter account gloated over the victory.

Genteel, this isn't. The results are one-sided — the Sooners have won 10 of the last 11 — but the rancor is not.

Ill will flows both directions on I-35.

Which is not going to win the Bedlam Series a humanitarian award any time soon, but does show the rivalry has some vinegar. Like Earl Weaver once said, there ought to be bad blood between all ballclubs.

For too long, Bedlam was Bedlam in wrestling and baseball and hoops and hopscotch, for all I know. Just not in football.

Too much Sooner domination. OSU won three times between 1945 and 1995.

Too much civility. Barry Switzer and Pat Jones made commercials together.

OU ranked No. 1 on OSU's rivalry list, but the Cowboy crowd had little anticipation for the actual game. OSU ranked no better than third on OU's rivalry list, behind Texas and Nebraska, and often further down the food chain, when Missouri grew Faurot Field's grass high or Colorado got really good.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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 Oklahoman,...
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