Billy Sims, the 1978 Heisman Trophy winner out of Norman, was heard, like a cow being herded, "BOOMER SOONER-ing" as Bradford went to accept the award. In sports, the Heisman Trophy might be the most recognizable and accomplished award there is. Unlike the MVP in any of the professional sports, the Heisman is like winning a Green Jacket. You are part of a club.
Sims apologized for his outburst, kinda. Via MDS at CFT ...
"I've been getting some bad press," Sims told the Tulsa World on Monday. "Well, "regardless of who don't like it" would include "most people with an ounce of manners." . But, there's no way I'd try to upstage your son's day. I love the university so much. I try to be a spokesman for them. And I will continue to be myself and let people know about the great state of Oklahoma. And I will never, ever stop saying 'Boomer Sooner,' regardless of who don't like it."
It is the Heisman ceremony for goodness sakes, not an Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game. You don't hear people screaming "Take it off, Honey!" as the bride is saying "I Do." That would be the wrong place for such a request.
"Boomer Sooner" at the top of your lungs in a formal trophy ceremony is also bad timing. Save it for the bar visit later that night.
Tom Pidgeon, Getty Images
John Atashian, ESPN
Tony Tomsic, Getty Images
Malcolm Ali, WireImage/Getty Images
Mike Powell, Getty Images
Dave Weaver, AP