Picking Sooner quarterback no small decision

by Berry Tramel Published: July 4, 2007
Watts was a U.S. Congressman and might someday run for governor and who knows, maybe the Oval Office is in J.C.'s future. He's certainly got my vote, not because I'm all that partial to the Republicans, but how great would it be for the Leader of the Free World to not only know your name, but to also snap, "B.T!” when you're touring the White House?

So what of these three current candidates, who are not trying to figure out how to get us out of Iraq, but how to get Malcolm Kelly into the end zone?

Well, Joey Halzle looked the most statesmanlike in the spring. By default.

Who knows what these guys look like in this monsoon of a summer, with Stoops having his quarterbacks on lockdown worthy of the Secret Service.

But in the spring, Sam Bradford looked, how should we put this, more as if he were auditioning for "Fast Times at Ridgemont High” than trying to win over the voters of Roger Mills County. Long, bushy hair.

Looks really cool. As you can see, I don't exactly keep the comb-makers in business myself, but something tells me that kind of look plays better in a blue jersey than it does a blue suit.

Kid Nichol, the freshman who also seeks the scepter, seems no closer to the governor's mansion. He's got sideburns that would make James Dean proud but would not entice Ma Joad to cast her ballot his way.

So this political race is Halzle's to lose and he probably will because it's hard to build a constituency from the third string.

Thus it comes down to Bradford vs. Nichol. Bradford has the home-state edge, but Mildren proved an infidel could endear himself to Oklahomans.

Win some football games, and Nichol will make voters forget he's from Michigan. Of course, if Bradford wins some football games, he'll make people remember he's from OKC.

Maybe it will come down to this. Long hair vs. sideburns. First one to the barber shop wins.

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by Berry Tramel
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...
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