OU - We know you got screwed but.....
This has been bugging me for a bit.
For the past few days, we've heard Oklahoma fans, coaches and university presidents bitch about how they got completely screwed in Saturday's game against Oregon. The school has even gone so far as to threaten to cancel their 2008 game with Washington, and has even demanded that the NCAA give them credit for the win.
As a lifelong Big 8 fan, I have long admired the Oklahoma program. Despite their ability to employ football players at 20,000 bucks an hour, and to keep half of the 1988 team out of prison, they are pretty much the class of the conference, and are all that is right with college football. That's what makes this week so disappointing. You would think that OU would have enough class to give it a rest, and really step back and look at the big picture.
First of all...DO NOT TELL ME how to get screwed over by officials. Have you ever tried to upset the #1 team in the nation, and have a ref forget how many downs there were? Have you ever had that same ref blatantly miss the final touchdown because Charles Johnson STILL hasn't crossed the goal line? (Sorry my Buff friends...it's true). And have you ever manhandled the #1 team in the nation...stopped them on a furious drive as time expired...only to have a child molesting wide receiver deliberately kick a ball in the air? (A blatant violation of a basic rule of college football.) DO NOT TELL ME how bad you got screwed. YOU do not know the meaning of the word screwed.
Second of all....You are NOT going to win the Big 12. You are NOT going to win the South. You are NOT going to hurt your standing by losing that game. Hell, you only fell one spot in the polls. WHY in the hell are you threatening to pull out of contracts and insisting that you got royally screwed?
OF COURSE you got completely screwed. What college football team HASN'T been royally screwed. (Besides Nebraska, who has had more lucky breaks to get where they are than Clay Aiken) Why are you guys so special that you need some sort of congressional inquiry as to how you lost that game? Here's an idea....tell your kicker to boot the ball higher than 7 feet off the ground on a game-winning kick. Or tell your DB he might want to turn around and cover the WIDE OPEN receiver who has slipped in behind him on a desperation play toward the end of regulation? Have any of you guys thought of this?
I normally reserve bashing other teams for the simple reason that no other team besides Nebraska deserves it. As I've said..I respect OU...I regard them as a class act...but their crying this week is a disservice to all of us over the years who have been royally bent over the collective couch.
Turn that anger into motivation, and beat Texas in a few weeks. You do that..and this game won't mean so much.