Saturday, December 06, 2008

He wanted to play for the Canucks, but also wanted to win a championship

A post in which The Heisman takes on new meaning.

This season's BCS mess, who's going to win the Heisman Trophy doesn't hold much sway up here in Canada. Most of you lot are better off not getting such into the byzantine minutaie of who should be playing in the Big 12 championship game.

Here's one way to bring it home: As a boy, Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford, who's likely to win the Heisman, really wanted to play for the Vancouver Canucks. The Tulsa World did a feature on Bradford before last season where his mom related he was "adamant" that the family move to Canada and that he got up every morning to "see how the Vancouver Canucks had done."

If that was the case, Bradford would have been 10, 11 years old when the Canucks were doing through their, uh, tranquil period in the late '90s when Mark Messier was floating along on reputation as their captain. Obviously, being from Oklahoma, and having had a daddy and granddaddy who had each played on some legendary Sooners teams, dictated what sport Bradford was going to choose (although Tulsa tried to recruit him for its basketball team).

Point being, if you're nose-up-against-the-class as a college sports enthusiast who lives in Canada, try to move past the rhetoric, past the BCS rankings and the stats. Sam Bradford was a hockey player.
Fans of other teams might not have considered this, but let's see how Florida's Tim Tebow and Texas QB Colt McCoy do on skates.

The bottom line is he played hockey, which ipso facto means Oklahoma deserves to be playing in the Big 12 championship game tonight, not the Texas Longhorns, and that Bradford should get the Heisman.

(No, not in that way -- the actual Heisman. For the record, the expression "getting the Heisman" to describe being rebuffed, with
extreme prejudice, by someone you had been sweet on for some time was brought into the personal lexicon by the great Peter Peart back in the day -- and reinforced subsequently through much bitter experience. Ah, life'll kill ya.)

1 comment:

Marc Foster said...

Oh Neate, how could I have missed this post from you about my Sooners?

Here's something funny, back when Sam Bradford was OU's freshly recruited third string backup behind Bomar and the rest, OU's club hockey program still had him in their sights as a potential player - should the whole football thing not work out.

As it is he still keeps connected to OU's hockey team...