Would someone please muzzle Billy Sims?
After Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was announced as the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, members of the audience stood and applauded as Bradford shook hands with the runners-up, hugged his parents, received congratulations from coach Bob Stoops and then made his way to the stage. All the while Sims, who was on stage with past Heisman winners, could be heard shouting "Boomer!” over and over and over again.
You knew it was coming. Sims began this routine when Jason White won the Heisman in 2003, although that time he hollered it only a couple of times, and it was good for a laugh or two. There weren’t many laughs Saturday night, especially not after the fourth, or fifth, or sixth, or seventh shout from Sims.
Bradford, the ultimate team player, did what he could to bring the embarrassing nonsense to an end, giving a halfhearted reply of "Sooner” as he climbed the steps to the stage, and another one a moment later. For good measure, Sims let fly with a couple more "Boomers!” before finally piping down.
But only for a moment. Just as Bradford was about to begin his remarks, here came Sims again: "Sooner or later, we’ll get ya!” the 1978 Heisman winner blurted. Hardy har har.
Sam Bradford deserved better. In winning the Heisman as the nation’s top college football player, he represented his team, his school and his state with the sort of class we have come to expect from him. And unfortunately, so did Sims.