Oklahoma Swooners: First Sam Bradford, Now Blake Griffin Goes Down with Injury

Michael DezsoContributor IOctober 27, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Injured players, tight end Jermaine Gresham #18, L, and quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners, talk on the sideline late in the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

In a week where the Sam Bradford surgery and entry into the NFL draft was the lead story coming out of Norman, another recent grad is making headlines with a knee injury.

Normally an injury associated with shafting the Mafia, Blake Griffin broke his kneecap on a dunk against the New Orleans Hornets. Ironically, a couple of weeks ago, Griffin was asked about the “Clippers curse,” a curse that has claimed numerous careers and an entire franchise, best captured in this Bill Simmons article .

Griffin replied smiling, “"I did some research on my own and there's not enough evidence for me to believe.”

Clippers maybe, but what about the Swooners?

Bradford has followed a recent OU tradition of fragility established by Jason White, and has been knocked out twice this year by clean hits, first by BYU and then Texas. In fairness, going up against Texas is no way to “get healthy.” Ask Ryan Reynolds.

But this is just the latest in a trend for OU.

The only thing that could stop tight end Jermaine Gresham in 2009 was the knee injury days before the first kickoff. Defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger has been out since December, and is rumored to be seeking a medical redshirt.

Running Back DeMarco Murray can’t seem to complete a series without shuffling to the sideline for medical attention, which sounds a lot like Adrian Peterson or Marcus Dupree going back.

Wide Receiver Ryan Broyles is back from injury, but for how long? Ryan Reynolds is back and holding his breath.

Clearly there’s a Longhorn fan with a voodoo doll somewhere just giggling his arse off.

Or maybe they just don’t make Sooners like they used to, like the Selmon brothers, Tony Casillas, or Spencer Tillman.

Or maybe that’s why they call them Sooners, you’re going to wind up in the hospital Sooner or later.