The verdict’s in: Bomar’s a knucklehead

by Berry Tramel Published: August 3, 2006
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Bomar broke the mold. Young, unbridled, wonderfully talented. Mike Gundy said Bomar was the best high school quarterback he’s ever seen.

But Bomar was undependable off the field and too soon to tell if dependable on it. Turns out Bomar was more rogue than young rascal; he self-destructed before he could outgrow his fallacies.

Remember the old Sesame Street song? “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn’t the same?“

Put Bomar in a lineup with Heupel, Hybl and White, and No. 7 sticks out like grease gravy in a French restaurant.

You can’t blame Stoops for wanting to upgrade the talent. If Bomar had followed the most routine rules, he was headed for stardom. Bomar could have owned this state, at least the crimson side of it. The Schooner ponies would have been renamed Bomar and Sonar.

But Bomar wasn’t like Heupel, Hybl and White. Bomar cut corners. He lived reckless. He didn’t understand that the college life in large part requires patience.

Is it fair and just that all kinds of people are making a big living on college football, but the guys taking all the hits on Saturdays aren’t paid a dime? No.

Just as it’s not fair or just that all kinds of people are making a big living on college in general, but the students taking all the tests and writing all the papers are paying much of the freight.

College, football included, is not the financial reward. It’s not the end of the rainbow. College, football included, is a doorway to success. It’s the path many people must travel to reach life goals.

With a little patience. Bomar could have been en route to the NFL or the state capitol or a television studio chair, just like so many Sooner QBs before him. Instead, he lived reckless. Knuckleheads often do.

Berry Tramel: 475-3314, btramel@oklahoman.com; Berry Tramel’s radio show, the Writer’s Block, can be heard Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. on KREF-AM 1400, KADA-AM 1230; and KSEO-AM 750.

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by Berry Tramel
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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 Oklahoman,...
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