Isn't being an OU fan great? We get to celebrate some of the highest highs in college football history (seven national titles, a 47 game winning streak, etc.), but with that success we also get more scrutiny than almost any other school in the country.
When John Blake was the head coach in the mid 90's we got laughed at for how far we had fallen and now with Coach Stoops taking us back to the pinnacle we get criticized for not winning enough "big games."
Almost just isn't enough, OU fans whine, the media lashes out, and going 1-3 in National Championship games in a 10-year span just doesn't sit quite right.
Nevermind that Stoops is 6-4 against our biggest rival Texas and 8-2 against annoying little brother Oklahoma State. Nevermind that he has won six Big 12 championships and played for four national titles in 10 years. You know who else has done the latter? No one, not Pete Carroll, not Jim Tressel, not Urban Meyer, and not Mack Brown.
So one can understandably realize why Mack was so peeved to lose the tie-breaker to OU this year, an OU team that he beat head to head. It's because he is not good enough to have a winning record against Stoops. He is not good enough to win multiple conference titles at a school that sits right in the middle of one of the biggest recruiting hot beads in the nation.
And he sure is not good enough to lose three national championship games in a six year span. He is good enough however to win one conference championship in a 25 year career as a head coach.
So back to Coach Stoops and OU, afterall they are the biggest "choker" in the nation as a head coach and school. At least that's what fans and media around the nation will tell you.
What those same people wont mention is that in the 2004 Sugar Bowl OU dominated the second half despite playing a horrible game. In the end we were a tipped ball that went through the hands of Mark Clayton in the endzone and a overthrow to a wide open Kejuan Jones in the endzone away from having a chance to win the game or go to overtime.
That is the difference between Chuck Long being a genius or an idiot of an offensive coordinator for abandoning the run on that final drive when it was clear that OU had dominated the LSU defensive line and would have likely scored had we continued to run. That's also the difference between winning a national championship and losing one.
In the 2009 National Championship game, we were two missed blocks from walking into the end zone and going to half time with at least a 21-7 lead over Florida. I realize some might criticize that last statement. But when you have the offensive line that OU had, as dominant and smart as they were all year, those two missed blocks are not suppose to happen. But in the end, that is the difference between another national championship and another loss, or "choke" in a big game.
The bottom line is that every coach in the country minus Urban Meyer would kill to have the resume and success or big game failures that Coach Stoops and OU have had. You have to get to the mountain top in order to fall off of it and we have gotten there at an unprecedented rate.
Unfortunately in the game of big time college football where coaches are paid millions, feelings get hurt over tie breakers and BCS ratios, and you lose the big game three times, almost never counts!
It sure is great to be an OU fan!