13 November 2003
Running up the score
Where have we heard this?
One squad was clearly the superior team, the other gave up the fight before the battle had barely begun. Instead of praise for its prowess, the victor received derision. Its detractors railed about how unfair the contest was and how the winner rubbed it in. They openly wished for its defeat the next time it took the field.
Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M zip? Well, yes, but that's not the subject of today's Oklahoman editorial:
As the nation's only football superpower right now, OU has engendered hostility. Solid victories this year most by lopsided margins are seen as being over the top and somehow preventable. Even when they do take a knee, the Sooners are accused of piling on.
The U.S. is still in a fight half a world away. Its military's performance this spring was awesome, moving through a foreign country in a few weeks and taking its capital. Resistance was sporadic and generally light. President Bush handily won the war and is now trying to win the peace.
Some would have us leave the game at halftime because we already won a war that they didn't want to wage in the first place. The detractors have more sympathy for a deposed dictator than praise for a triumphant president. Bush will win no Nobel Peace Prize for his decision to invade Iraq, but Nobel winners rarely rid the world of tyrants. They generally make nice to them instead.
America has decided to play in the second half of a war against terror, despite cries of protest from media observers who watch battles from a safe distance and wannabe coaches in the party out of power. The other team in Iraq has changed from one wearing easily identifiable team colors to one that fights by stealth.
Yet this is a game that must be finished. We cannot take a knee.
Okay, the football metaphor is strained and then some, even by Oklahoma standards. But it fits the situation neatly enough, and besides, we beat the spread.