Hey Sooner fans! So last night in the NL Wild Card game, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies with the help of this triple by pitcher Archie Bradley:
The reason this is notable is because Bradley is not only an Okie from Muskogee, he was also a high school QB recruit (and Elite 11 finalist!) committed to the Oklahoma Sooners before ultimately being drafted 7th overall by the D-Backs. I think it’s safe to say he made the right decision (a decision that was probably coming all along).
In other news, Coach Riley announced that LB Ricky DeBerry has been moved to H-back. From a feel-good story like Bradley’s to a plot-twisting mystery like the DeBerry saga, today’s edition of the Hot Links are sure to pique your interests as sports fans:
- The latest big news coming out of the football department is that LB Ricky Deberry has made the switch from defense to offense. DeBerry was a highly-rated prospect coming out of high school, but his career hasn’t panned out the way many had expected. With DeBerry now in the backfield (sort of), the hope is that he’s eventually more productive in his new role.
- With the game against Iowa State a couple days away, here are 5 things you should know about the Cyclones.
- This Sooner team never ceases to make me proud, starting at the top with our head coach:
- Baker Mayfield spent this past weekend with true freshman TE Grant Calcaterra in California, and that’s not strange at all.
- Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motley has played like an all-conference defender a third of the way through the season, and his confidence continues to grow with each play.
- In the trenches, defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau isn’t a Jedi, but his hairstyle was inspired by the Star Wars heroes. In all seriousness, the growth of his hair represents the long journey he has taken to reach Norman, and we’re very happy to have him.
- As the Sooner basketball team’s only senior, forward Khadeem Lattin is stepping up as a leader on the court for the younger guys.
- In remembrance of the lives lost and affected by the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, UNLV will wear these helmets. Wow, this gives me chills.
- The Minnesota Lynx bested the Los Angeles Sparks in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.
- Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef is reconsidering his collegiate options amidst the FBI investigation at Arizona. Kentucky appears to be the likely landing spot for the big man.
- Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton says women talking about routes is funny. C’mon, man.
- And here’s an incredible retort to what Newton said:
As a female news reporter, I guess I'm lucky no one's ever suggested I can't cover crime because I haven't, oh, you know, stolen a laptop.— Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) October 5, 2017
- Another hurricane could interrupt the college football season once again in the coming month.
- Mike Leach was asked about Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, and he sort of complimented it. If Mike Leach isn’t your favorite coach in college football not named Lincoln Riley, I’m afraid we can’t be friends:
And finally, Coach Leach says Auzten is the loudest in the Pac-12. But are there louder stadiums he's ever coached in? Uh, there's a few: pic.twitter.com/nRKjDm8HXq— Lindsay Joy (@SWXLindsayJoy) October 4, 2017
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- If you haven’t heard of Jeopardy sensation Austin Rogers, check him out in this segment of Good Morning America. In a perfect world, there would be more game show contestants like Rogers.
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