NORMAN — I think of Herb Brooks’ U.S. hockey team against the Soviets at Lake Placid. I think of Joe Willie Namath’s Jets against the Colts after the guarantee. I think of Billie Jean King whipping Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome. I even think of Boise State at the Fiesta Bowl.
I think of moments whose time had come … for the world’s greatest hockey team to be beaten, for the AFL to knock the NFL for a loop and change the game, for a trail-blazing woman to beat a smug, blustering, chauvinistic pig of a man and for a mid-major to prove it could excel on the BCS stage.
Also, I think of Norman North at Boone Pickens Stadium, tonight, against Jenks, a program that hasn’t won a state football championship since 2007, but that would serve everybody best by never winning one again, right along with Tulsa Union, which has won the last four and right along with Broken Arrow, which has never won one and doesn’t need to.
It is West vs. East. It is the underdog against the top dog, the upstart against the blue blood. It is Good vs. Evil. And I’m only barely kidding about that last one.
I’m not sure how it happens and I’m hardly sure that it will. Ideas whose time have come don’t have to happen. The forces of the staus quo can be too great. The resources of those who’ve grabbed power by any means necessary can make it unbearably hard to grab back.
What I know is Norman North should win. That the Timberwolves are just the kind of team primed to buck the odds. That they have enough good players and enough exceptional players in the right places to take down a team full of exceptional players.