NORMAN — Bob Stoops said it. He stands by it. Even if it's not happening.
“It's about time” that OU wins another national championship, Stoops said in August.
Bold statement. Got everyone fired up. Then came Texas Tech, then came Baylor, and suddenly the Sooners were out of wiggle room. What else is there to say? “It's about damn time” in 2012?
Here's what Stoops actually said that night during the OU pep rally at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: “I don't shy away from expectations. My feeling is, it's about time. We need to win. That's just how I am.”
Here's what Stoops said Tuesday during Bedlam Week, when the only team with a sniff of Big Bowl hopes is OSU: “I don't regret that. You don't think our people thought it's about time we got one, another one? I know how they are.”
I don't blame Stoops for saying what he said. He was right. It is about time the Sooners won another.
But that's not all it's time for.
It's about time Mike Gundy quit politicking. For Alabama.
It's about time I see Russell Westbrook dunk downtown.
It's about time OU returned a kickoff for a touchdown; it's been a 57-game drought, since DeMarco Murray took one to the house against Baylor in 2007.
It's about time LSU tried to win a national title somewhere besides New Orleans.
It's about time college football season takes a break so I can check out Lon Kruger's new-and-improved Sooners.
It's about time Tim Tebow threw a spiral and lost a game.
It's about time OU settles on a free safety.
It's about time everyone gets off Garrett Gilbert's back.
It's about time Joseph Randle held onto the ball.
It's about time the Thunder started talking. Clay Bennett, Sam Presti, Scotty Brooks; they've all been mum for five dark months.
It's about time every Sooner fan appreciates Landry Jones; there are a few holdouts.
It's about time Urban Meyer left Ohio State.
It's about time the Houston Texans called Brett Favre.
It's about time everyone realizes what a heck of a coach Iowa State has in Paul Rhoads.
It's about time the Cowboys came out in all orange. Helmets, jerseys, pants, shoes.
It's about time wide receivers started catching the ball. OU, OSU, NFL. Drops are rampant.
It's about time an Eastern coaching legend did the right thing.
It's about time Tony Romo wakes up.
It's about time Gran Torino explains what the heck happened that night in Beaumont.
It's about time OSU won Bedlam. If the Cowboys don't win this year, with the better team and the better health and playing at home, when will they ever?
It's about time the Big 12 got its own network contract with FOX or NBC.
It's about time Frank Alexander moved up a few NFL draft boards.
It's about time the Packers knock the 1972 Dolphins off their pedestal.
It's about time we went back to having good old-fashioned college scandal involving tattoos, tickets and Toyota Tundras.
It's about time we all appreciated Josh Cooper, the most underrated player in Bedlam.
It's about time the Bedlam basketball rivals agreed to play in the All-College in December.
It's about time Blake Bell completed a pass.
It's about time Ndamukong Suh plays nice.
It's about time someone made a field goal with the Big Bowl on the line. Boise State, Alabama, Oregon, OSU. Misses are rampant.
It's about time we figure out whether Le'Bryan Nash or Cezar Guerrero is OSU's hotshot hoops freshman.
It's about time 41 points are enough to win Bedlam in Stillwater.
It's about time I see Rumble fall from the sky.
It's about time Kenny Stills was as productive playing without Ryan Broyles (5.1 catches per game) as he was when Broyles was healthy (6.0).
It's about time the Big 12, Missouri and West Virginia let us know who the heck will be playing in our league next season.
It's about time we took the coaches poll and tossed it into the sea. Along with the Harris Poll.
It's about time we called out the National Guard for Black Friday. The National Guard or Ndamukong Suh.
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It's about time...
We asked people on both sides of Bedlam to finish the following statement: It's about time…
OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown: “…for Oklahoma State to win a Big 12 championship. If we win this, everything else will fall into place.”
OU safety Aaron Colvin: “…to show everybody that we're a good secondary.”
OSU receiver Justin Blackmon: “…to eat. It's lunchtime. I came straight from class. I'm about to go eat some big greasy burger with fries. I'll run it off tomorrow in practice.”
OSU safety Daytawion Lowe: “…we get our first Big 12 championship. It would be great. Lovely. It would be one of my biggest accomplishments.”
OU receiver Dejuan Miller: “…I go home, eat, relax and watch my (New York) Giants.”
OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young: “…that we beat OU. It's been eight straight wins on their part. A rivalry is when they win one, we win one. I've been on both sides of that. It's a huge game for our program.”
OU cornerback Demontre Hurst: “…to go eat.”
OSU receiver Josh Cooper: “…to win the game. This Bedlam game. It's been nine years. It would mean a lot to me. It would mean a lot to everybody.”