What's a little trademark dispute between friendly OSUs?
In Buckeye Country, everyone knows there's only one OSU: THE Ohio State University. When Ohio State had the gall to file an application in February for trademark rights to “OSU,” Oklahoma State University was less than thrilled. The two schools eventually signed a pact in September to keep the matter out of court, agreeing to mutual use of the initials because fan confusion between the schools was unlikely. Duh. But upon closer inspection, maybe the Buckeyes and Cowboys have a little more in common than the diehards in Columbus and Stillwater realize.
Ohio: In 1870, as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, a land-grant public school
Oklahoma: In 1890, as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, a land-grant public school
Ohio: Brutus Buckeye, an exuberant, strangely muscular, poisonous nut, played by a student wearing an oversized cartoon head
Oklahoma: Pistol Pete, based on the larger-than-life, outlaw-killing cowboy Frank Eaton, played by a student wearing an oversized cartoon head
Ohio: Patricia Heaton, also known as fictional character Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond
Oklahoma: Garth Brooks, also known as fictional “rocker” Chris Gaines, for reasons that remain unclear
Famous alumnus (oil edition)
Ohio: Melvin De Groote, a chemist with a specialty for creating demulsifying agents to separate crude oil from other substances, who rivaled Thomas Edison in number of patents
Oklahoma: T. Boone Pickens, a wildcatter-turned-oil-executive-turned-hedge-fund-billionaire, who founded Mesa Petroleum, once one of the world's largest independent oil companies
Best sport (popularity)
Ohio: Football!!! Go Bucks!!!
Oklahoma: Football!!! Go Cowboys!!!
Best sport (reality)
Ohio: Synchronized swimming, which won its 30th national title this year, though OSU also boasts great alumni golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and John Cook
Oklahoma: Wrestling, which owns 34 national titles, though OSU also fields a storied golf program, claiming PGA winners like Bob Tway, Scott Verplank, Charles Howell and Ricky Fowler
Best former athlete
Ohio: Archie Griffin, an undersized running back who won the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and 1975
Oklahoma: Barry Sanders, an undersized running back who won the Heisman Trophy in 1988
Winner: Oregon State University, which was smart enough to sit this one out