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With Bedlam win, OSU could grab a piece of the birthright

BY BERRY TRAMEL Modified: November 26, 2010 at 8:46 am •  Published: November 26, 2010

Offensive tackle Levy Adcock went out of his way to declare Bedlam just another game, no bigger than the first 11, but in the end, he had to admit, victory Saturday “would be one of the biggest in school history.”

The Sooners aren't Esau. They don't hand over their birthright for a cup of porridge. The Sooners like their birthright. They cherish their birthright.

The Sooners aren't giving away their birthright. The Cowboys will have to take it, or at least shove their way to the table to share.

That can't happen without championships. The occasional Bedlam upset is nice. But it does not change the natural order. It does not make the Sooners quiver in their cleats.

Start winning Big 12 titles. Start going to BCS bowls. Start relegating the Sooners to the Alamo or Insight bowls.

Then birthright becomes an issue.

Do what in the '90s Oregon did out West and Wisconsin did in the Midwest. Do what Auburn has been doing down South for two generations.

Stand up to the aristocracy. Stand up for yourself and declare the class system un-American.

USC and Ohio State and Alabama still are bluebloods, they just have to share the wealth a little.

No reason that can't happen in Bedlam. But it takes time. And it has to start somewhere. It has to start here.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at


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