The most famous asterisk in sports never existed. Ford Frick, a bumbling stooge of a baseball commissioner, ordered Roger Maris’ 1961 home run record listed separately, under the 162-game category. But there was no asterisk, if only because Frick was too gooberheaded to think of it. Someone in Austin thought of it. Which is how "2008*” came to be included on a wall in the Texas football complex, listing the Longhorns’ Big 12 titles. Of course, Texas no more won the Big 12 title than it won the NCAA snow skiing championship. OU, beaten 45-35 by Texas, won the Big 12 title. If you don’t believe it, check the trophy case. The hardware was handed to Bob Stoops not by frisky frat boys who stole the trophy for a prank, but by button-down Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, who is early in his administration but seems a far sharper knife than Ford Frick. Anyway, that Texas wall proclamation has caused much consternation north of the Red River and much embarrassment south. Longhorn King Mack Brown, claiming he knew nothing of the 2008* in the first place, ordered it removed. I can see how the asterisk went from bright idea to wall dÃ©cor. Someone, whose name is withheld to protect the idiotic, figured the asterisk might motivate the Longhorns. Football coaches in every precinct seek bulletin-board material; the OU staff has been known to fabricate articles that boil the blood of every Sooner. So long as it stayed deep in the UT catacombs, the asterisk was no big deal. But released into the marketplace, the asterisk made Texas football look petty and desperate. Which is why Brown punted and quick. You can’t blame Longhorns for seething over the 2008 tiebreaker. Everything was square and fair, but that doesn’t mean UT has to like it. To expect the ’Horns to relax and accept the verdict is delusional. If the roles were reversed, Sooner fans still would be marching in the streets, though hopefully the Switzer Center never would have housed an asterisk. OU is the place, remember, where school president David Boren asked for the 2006 Oregon debacle to be declared a no-contest, a move that played no better on the national stage than did the Austin asterisk. The lessons are clear. When the gridiron gods go against you, be it bad calls or the wrong end of a tiebreaker, the best response is a stiff upper lip and leave the punctuation marks off the wall.