Happy Sunday, Sooner fans! Plenty of opinions and hot takes pertaining to the stuff that happened against Kansas have already been expressed, so we probably won’t have much more to say on the matter after tomorrow’s presser. While I obviously don’t think he should have grabbed his crotch with cameras present, I’m definitely not mad at him. The Kansas Jayhawks — a team with absolutely nothing to lose — were clearly trying to injure him or at least start something. I also don’t understand the whole ‘they tried to get inside his head and it worked’ narrative. They started crap, so Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners kicked their asses and rubbed it in.
Here’s what some other folks had to say about what went down:
So much talk about Baker's gesture. Here's the deal: Some GMs will hate it. Some GMs will love it. Pointless to talk in definitives about if it'll hurt his draft stock. Kid is a competitor and got heated. You either love it or hate it. I love it.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 19, 2017
Did Joey Galloway just say Baker doesn't focus on playing football?— SoonerLeesa (@soonerleesa) November 19, 2017
GTFO, Galloway. You said Baylor would win the Big XII.
Comparing Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel is the same level of laziness as comparing every single white slot receiver to Wes Welker— Zoltán Buday (@PFF_Zoltan) November 19, 2017
You hate Baker Mayfield because he isn’t on your team. That’s the only valid argument.— OKStateProbs (@OKStateProbs) November 19, 2017
The MF wins games. He’s the insanely competitive player you want. I hate him because he’s the exact player you need.
lol ESPN blurred out Baker Mayfield grabbing his crotch. THE HORROR pic.twitter.com/Xfv7KccbwY— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) November 19, 2017
i actually like the drama the blurs bring to all of baker mayfield's greatest hits pic.twitter.com/UuMN6c0CIv— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) November 19, 2017
Man, desperate fans of other teams are really trying to use Baker grabbing his nuts to try and make Heisman cases for their favorite players— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) November 19, 2017
"Baker Mayfield shows no class! My favorite player Bartholomew Blevins III actually said hello to a troop one time, he should win the Heisman! It's not relevant that he has 217 rushing yards on the year"— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) November 19, 2017
I have a really hot take:— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) November 19, 2017
Baker Mayfield and Kansas both did dumb things. Mayfield apologized. He's been the best player in college football. Let's move on with our lives.
People criticizing Baker Mayfield have obviously never played a sport in their life. That guy is a competitor and he likes to talk shit. That’s awesome.— Nathan Butts (@NButts16) November 19, 2017
Ridiculous the overreaction to Baker Mayfield.— Mark Rodgers (@markrsports) November 19, 2017
Cheap shots all day. OU has a great shot at 8th title and he’s driving the bus. If you don’t like it, exit left
So Marcus Mariota and Jared Goff were "too soft spoken" and "don't have the personality" to lead a group of men, and now Baker Mayfield is "too loud" and "too selfish" to be a franchise QB? Some out there doing more mental gymnastics than needed.— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) November 19, 2017
Who let Baker Mayfield fly over Kansas? pic.twitter.com/z2KY7MvFtC— Ricky Muncie, RBR (@RickyRBR) November 19, 2017
Here’s what the idiots had to say:
Baker Mayfield is fun but small, embarrassingly poor judgment, and produces huge numbers in the video game Big 12 conference. No thx.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 19, 2017
How does Baker Mayfield let KU get in his head? You’re 10-1. Why are you even listening to them? Again, you’re 10-1.— Kris Budden (@KrisBudden) November 19, 2017
What a thug. The Heisman Trophy winner should have class and integrity and not show that kind of crap that Baker Mayfield showed. He should not even get a vote. That’s part of the problem and mindset in this country. Lack of class and integrity.— Rick Dawson (@bamaone414) November 19, 2017
- Speaking of Kansas, David Beaty, Hasas Defense and Joe Dineen tried to justify the team’s behavior when interviewed following Saturday’s beatdown. This is a pretty good glimpse into how bad things really are in Lawrence. I’ve also lost any respect I may have had for Beaty
- George Stoia of the OU Daily talks about what makes Baker Mayfield so original in an opinion piece published Saturday evening. It’s some nice work.
- West Virginia QB Will Grier will be out for Saturday’s game in Norman after breaking his finger against Texas. OU will instead face sophomore QB Chris Chugunov, who has potential but obviously doesn’t pose the same threat to OU’s secondary.
- ICYMI, OU’s game this Saturday will kick off at 2:45 p.m. CT and be televised on ESPN. I’m fine with the kickoff time, but I hope we don’t have to listen to the same broadcast crew. I’m not optimistic in that regard.
- Lost in all of what went down yesterday was the fact that OU reached 10 wins for the 38th time in school history. It may be tough to hold off Alabama for long, but they have to take a dip at some point, right? RIGHT?
- UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora was fired today, which isn’t surprising. UCLA begins its home-and-home with OU next season, so their upcoming coaching search intrigues me.
- Bill Connolly wants you to pay attention to these teams after Week 12. Chief among them is Kansas State, who surprised the hell out of everyone by pulling off a huge upset in Stillwater.
- What did you expect to see at the UCF-Temple game in Philadelphia? If you thought you’d see Nebraska fans holding up signs, you win!
At UCF-Temple game in Philadelphia.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 18, 2017
Yes that is a Grant Wistrom jersey. pic.twitter.com/dr7xiLtLE4
- Richard Johnson has updated the complete history of We want Bama!” Do we want Bama? I kind of think we do. That would be a fun matchup, especially if it happened in the Sugar Bowl.
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- In case you weren’t aware, John Mayer has been touring with Grateful Dead veterans Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann (as well Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti) for the past couple of years under the name Dead & Company. If you like the Grateful Dead, here ya go. If you hate them, I apologize. On a side note, they’ll actually be at American Airlines Center in Dallas the night before the Big 12 Championship.