Seattle's revenge: Emerald City could inflict major pain with victory over Sooner football team

By Berry Tramel Modified: September 8, 2008 at 8:16 am •  Published: September 8, 2008
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Ruin, or at least cripple, the national championship aspirations of what appears to be a loaded Sooner squadron, and it's Seattle, not Oklahoma, that has the last laugh on the sports front.

Truth is, put it up to a vote of Oklahomans. Do you want to win a national football championship or do you want an NBA franchise? The trophy probably would carry the day.

Secret Weapon

A Washington victory is possible. The Huskies aren't very good; no winning season since 2002 and off to an 0-2 start this season.

But OU didn't play well in road games last season, the Sooners are 2-8 on the road against Pac-10 teams since 1978 and we all remember how Pac-10 officials can affect a game.

And most fans are old enough to remember the 1985 Orange Bowl, when OU's national-title hopes were dashed by Washington. The Huskies beat the Sooners 28-17, and the Sooner Schooner drew a penalty for coming onto the field at the wrong time.

Maybe this time, Stoops needs a secret weapon. Perhaps he could ask Brad Keller to lead the Sooners onto the field Saturday.

Keller is the Seattle attorney hired by Bennett after Seattle sued the Sonics to enforce its Key Arena lease. Keller's courtroom performance was the stuff of Hollywood; the Sonics won a clear victory in testimony, and the sides settled, allowing Bennett to move the franchise to Oklahoma City.

The site of Keller would make Washingtonians quake, but that's an old Sooner trick. OU has been beating Texas for decades with a roster loaded with Texans; no reason not to beat Seattle with a Seattle lawyer.

Mister Coffee

The Oklahoma/Seattle duel extends beyond basketball courts and gridirons. Howard Schultz, who sold the Sonics to Bennett and then was sorry he did, sued the Oklahomans, asking a court to strip them of ownership.

All the while, his Starbucks coffee empire grew shaky. Earlier this year, Schultz announced the closing of hundreds of Starbucks stores.

He closed two in Los Angeles. He closed four in Oklahoma City.

Of course, all that really means is more money in Oklahoma pockets and less caffeine in Oklahoma bloodstreams. No one can be too miffed.

It's best if Oklahoma visitors to Seattle this week leave their newly-purchased Thunderwear at home, even if it comes in crimson. And don't tell anyone you've come for the Seahawks.

Berry Tramel: Phone — (405) 760-8080; E-mail — btramel@oklahoman.com ; Radio — Monday through Friday, 4:40-5:20 p.m., Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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