In the interest of full disclosure, let me just say I’m a lifelong Sooner fan. I’m a homer. I wear crimson-colored contacts in case I forget my crimson-colored glasses. From Jamelle Holieway to Sam Bradford (sorry Landry Jones), I’ve been a pathetic, irrational, Oklahomer for as long as I can remember.
That is at least one reason why I’ll be watching and rooting for Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and the Philadelphia Eagles this NFL season.
The story is simply too good to resist: OU teammates and roommates reunited at what could be the peak of their careers on a team with forward momentum. Throw in starting offensive tackle and former Sooner Lane Johnson, and I’m about to paint myself Eagle green.
Bradford appears poised to revive his promising potential. Murray seeks to continue his dominant performance as the NFL’s leading rusher last year. The no-huddle offense that was so fun to watch at Oklahoma is back, with its two primary options at the helm. To a true Sooner fan, it’s like having a second (and far more promising) Sooner squad to watch on Sunday.
And those aren’t even the best reasons to root for the Eagles. Consider the following:
- If you enjoy watching Sooners play in the NFL, you’re no longer stuck napping between Minnesota Vikings offensive possessions. Wake me up when Adrian Peterson comes back in.
- I don’t care if you’ve always been a Dallas Cowboys fan. No proper Sooner fan should ever root for Dez Bryant, especially after this tweet warning Murray not to play in Philly.
- Depending on which Vegas sports book you trust, Bradford and Murray have better odds (8-1) than Dallas (14-1) to win it all — right behind the Seattle Seahawks (9-2) and Green Bay Packers (6-1).
- If you’re inclined to “hate” on former OU nemesis Tim Tebow, who was cut from the Eagles last week, every down played without him makes life just a little sweeter.
By jumping on an Eagles bandwagon this year, not only can you root for a hometown hero in Bradford and two other Sooner greats, but you can do so while also hating Dallas, Tim Tebow and Jerry’s World. And, if you’re a die-hard Dallas fan, you can switch allegiances for a couple of years and not have to suffer the next crunch-time-Tony Romo-pick-six insult to your fandom.
If none of that is good enough, there’s always “brotherly love,” and this Rocky-Sam Bradford mashup hype video.