STILLWATER — The coffee shop debate begs the unanswerable question:
Who's the more legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, Brandon Weeden or Justin Blackmon?
Is it the quarterback or the wide receiver?
Touchdown deliverer or touchdown maker?
A dynamic duo for sure, having emerged a year ago to combat the criminally insane outside expectations that Oklahoma State was slipping toward some Big 12 bottom feeder status, Weeden and Blackmon sure carry the look of hero and sidekick.
But then, and here we go again, which one's which?
Another worthy debate. Except, there's no separating the two.
Each points to the other, humbly praising his pal's super skills.
More importantly, they recognize that they couldn't — nor would want to — do it without the other.
That's why they sat there together last winter, pledging their allegiance to the Cowboys, and each other, for one more go-round, putting the NFL on hold.
“We were trying to figure out what we were going to do, what we thought was best for ourselves, him and his wife and his family,” Blackmon said of that much-anticipated decision.
“It felt great going up there at the press conference knowing we were both coming back and we were gong to make another run at another great season and a championship.”
Said Weeden: “It definitely makes me sleep good at night knowing I have him out there to throw it to. It's comforting.”
The dynamic duo tag certainly applies, on the field and off.
Both Weeden and Blackmon rose from near obscurity a year ago.
Neither had done much previously, nothing to suggest they'd combine for one of the great pass-and-catch seasons in Cowboys history.
Weeden set single-season school records for passing yards (4,277), total offense (4,209), touchdown passes (34), completions (342), attempts (511) and completion percentage (66.9).
He led the Big 12 and finished third nationally in passing yards, producing four of the top seven single-game passing totals in program history.
And his 2010 season included seven 300-yard passing games and at least two touchdown tosses in 11 of the team's 13 games, earning him the vote for first team All-Big 12 quarterback by the coaches and the media.
Weeden's go-to guy: Blackmon, who led the nation averaging 148.5 receiving yards per game, with his 1,782 yards the sixth-best receiving season in NCAA history.
He set an NCAA record with 12 straight games of at least 100 yards and a TD catch.
His 20 touchdowns and 111 receptions were school records.
For all that, Blackmon was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches and AP and won the Biletnikoff Award, recognizing the nation's outstanding receiver.
Weeden and Blackmon knew.
“When I first got here and he was third-string quarterback, you could tell he was good just by how he was throwing the ball,” Blackmon said. “You could tell he had a great arm and was very accurate.”
Weeden saw some things, too.
“I'm not going to lie, when I first saw him, and Dez Bryant was still here, I said he was the closest thing to Dez Bryant,” Weeden said. “As far as body type, they look identical in pads.
“So body type, ball skills when the ball's in the air – going up and getting it – I thought if there was anybody on our team or on campus right now that could be that special, it would be him.
“He just never really had that many opportunities.”
The opportunities eventually came for both. And a duo was born, delivered on the field and budding into a friendship and even expanding to an ambitious social media campaign – Weeden2Blackmon — further promoting a special connection.
“It started really in the spring before last season,” Weeden said, “but mostly over that summer, when we'd do our 7-on-7 stuff out there when we were on our own.
“Once we got to fall camp, whenever coach (Dana) Holgorsen would walk by me he'd say, ‘If it was me, I'd throw it to 81.' He just kept repeating that. And it just kind of blossomed. Pretty soon, I was counting my blessings he was on my side.”
That's the way Cowboys fans feel — about them both.
OSU'S ‘OTHER' DYNAMIC DUOS
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon aren't the only standout Dynamic Duo in Stillwater. Here's a look at two of the most important duos tied to OSU football:
* Athletic director Mike Holder and booster Boone Pickens: The palatial estate that is Boone Pickens Stadium ranks among the best of facilities in all of college football. It's a shining example of OSU's elevated status in the game, a status that has translated onto the field. And it wouldn't be possible without Mike Holder and Boone Pickens. The friendship forged by Holder and Pickens, dating back decades, evolved into a concerted effort to overhaul the school's athletic image. The effort is ongoing, with new practice fields finally prompting an image of the indoor facility to come, along with the promise of an entire athletic village.
* Coach Mike Gundy and assistant coach Joe DeForest: Mike Gundy and Joe DeForest have been here for OSU's entire transformation. They joined the first staff of Les Miles to pick up the pieces of the Bob Simmons regime. They stuck together when Miles bolted for LSU, sharing a vision of what the program could become and sharing a plan for making it happen. Still aligned, head coach and associate head coach, they continue to usher the Cowboys to bolder goals and heights.
DUO THEY MOST RESEMBLE
Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr.
Last season created a magical connection between Weeden and Blackmon. And the relationship only blossomed in the offseason, with the two becoming quite close.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly close?
Blackmon says yes, oh, yes.
“Shake and bake,” Blackmon said.
Picking a famous pop culture duo to describe he and Weeden, Blackmon went with Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr., from the movie Talladega Nights.
“I'd be the guy who drives the Old Spice car, Cal,” Blackmon said.
That leaves Weeden to fill Ferrell's shoes — and there is a slight resemblance — as Ricky Bobby.
In the sports world, Blackmon and Weeden have their favorite duos.
For Weeden, it's Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Blackmon prefers Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, and David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.