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Sooners fan cheering for Cowboys

A lifelong Oklahoma follower thinks this is the year to switch sides

Updated: December 4, 2011, 12:46 PM ET
By Roy S. Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

This ain't easy.

I'm an OU fan. Growing up in Tulsa, Okla., I lived and died with the Sooners. Mostly lived, since the early '70s of my youth coincided with one of their many eras of national prominence.

Few outside the state had even heard of the team's wishbone-happy offensive coordinator -- a headstrong guy named Barry Switzer -- when he became OU's head coach in 1973. In his first seven seasons, his teams ran roughshod over opponents, bursting scoreboard ...

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