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Oklahoma football: Why Mitt Romney should be a Sooner fan

Sooners fare better in years when a Republican is elected to the White House.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 23, 2012

In Democratic years? OU is 3-9-1 (. 269) against the Longhorns, and 9-3-1 (. 731) vs. the Cowboys.

Romney further solidified his Oklahoma ties when he selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Ryan's wife, Janna, is from Madill, and his dogs are named Boomer and Sooner.

Now, obviously, with the election being in November, it will be easier to use these numbers to predict who will win the election based on the Sooners' success, rather than the other way around.

So, if you believe in superstition, if the Sooners beat Texas and are unbeaten or close to it by the time of the election, it's safe to predict that Romney will unseat President Barack Obama.

But if Texas beats the Sooners, and OU's season isn't up to OU standards, the safe money is on a second Obama term.

Not surprisingly, the Democratic incumbent has shown past support for the Longhorns.

During the 2008 campaign, Longhorns coach Mack Brown and quarterback Colt McCoy led Obama on a tour of the stadium. The Longhorns beat the Sooners that year and, of course, Obama was elected president.

Obama returned to Austin, Texas, a couple years later for a speech, and opened by flashing the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand signal and reminiscing on that stadium tour.

“I rubbed the locker room's Longhorns for good luck,” Obama said. “I'm just saying; it might have had something to do with how the election turned out. There might be a connection there.”

Indeed, Mr. President. Indeed.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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