The rarity of autographed sports memorabilia can be traced to Michael Jordan, the first superstar to grant autographs only to those who could answer his riddles. Touch something an athlete also touched with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $20 worth of pub fare, plus a locker-room sign autographed by Oklahoma Sooner Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and Jason White (a $100 value), from Autographs Sports Bar at the Riverwind Casino in Norman (a $120 total value).
Helmed in part by three Sooner Heisman Trophy winners, Autographs Sports Bar slings tasty finger foods from its kitchen and exciting sports action from its 12 plasma TVs. The menu kicks off with fried chicken wings slathered in one of six flavors, including barbecue, honey-garlic, and Jason White-Hot ($9). A BLAT sandwich on a ciabatta bun slips avocado between the layers of a traditional BLT like a sixth-grader sneaking a swear word into a history report to see if anybody's reading ($8), and the Boomer Q. ribs drape tender pork in a smoky hickory barbecue sauce ($16). Each Groupon customer exits with a 38.5"x6" locker-room sign urging all onlookers to "play like a champion today," aided by former Sooner stars Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and Jason White, who appear at Autographs Sports Bar up to six times a year to chat with fans, take photos, and simulate a fumble drill by weaving between the barstools.