'Tis the season of tough choices.
Do you eat your leftover turkey hot or cold? Do you buy that flat screen as a gift or for yourself? Do you watch a game or allow yourself to take another tryptophan-induced nap?
You can't go wrong no matter what you choose â€” though, for the record, the correct answers are cold, yourself and nap â€” but still, decisions must be made.
In the spirit of the season of tough choices, here's another: Do you pick Justin Blackmon or Ryan Broyles?
No doubt your opinion likely tilts with your Bedlam leaning. The orange-clad masses like Blackmon. The crimson-colored crowd prefers Broyles.
But really, this question is bigger than Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma. This is about who will be the Big 12 offensive player of the year. This is about who will win the Biletnikoff Award. This is even about who will play in the Big 12 championship game.
Look at the end of tonight's game, and chances are good, the receiver who had the biggest day will be celebrating on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf. That's how important they are to their teams.
That's how good they are, too.
And let's be honest â€” our fair state is ridiculously lucky. We are seeing two of the best receivers ever at their respective schools, and we are enjoying them at exactly the same time. Who knows if we'll ever get to see this again.
Which makes this Blackmon-or-Broyles debate all the more juicy.
Their numbers are phenomenal.
Blackmon: 94 catches, 1,560 yards, 17 touchdowns.
Broyles: 106 catches, 1,309 yards, 12 touchdowns.
Both have great speed. I'm not sure who would win a 40-yard dash â€” if they agreed to race, that's something I'd show up anywhere anytime to watch â€” but really, this is more about being difficult to catch on the field.
I used to think Broyles was the speedier of the two, but frankly, I don't see Blackmon getting caught from behind by much of anyone. More often than not, he's widening the gap.
Both of these guys are elusive, though in different ways. Cowboy safety Markelle Martin described Broyles like flowing water, moving effortlessly through the defense, and Blackmon like a bull in a china shop, refusing to let anything stand in his way.
Blackmon's greatest strength is that physicality. It's not just that he can outmuscle defenders with his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame. It's that he looks at every pass in the air as his. He has the body and the mentality to get the job done against anyone.
Broyles' greatest strength is his hands. He doesn't drop a pass. Ever.
Even though they do it in different ways, Broyles and Blackmon are going get the ball if it's thrown into their zip code.
They run great routes. They make fantastic adjustments. They produce big plays.
What more could you want?
Ah, yes, an answer to the question of who's better. These two are so good, so special that choosing one seems impossible. Yet, a decision must be made.
My choice: Blackmon.
That physicality gives him an advantage. Blackmon is a couple inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier than Broyles, and paired with his the-ball-is-mine mentality, it makes him an absolute beast.
Compared to Broyles, Blackmon has more yards and more touchdowns on fewer catches.
Blackmon, for the record, is the correct answer to this toughest of questions.