Happy Friday, party people! I hope everyone is excited for the weekend. I’m looking forward to watching some basketball (Thunder vs. Lakers tonight, OU vs. KSU tomorrow and Thunder vs. Pelicans on Sunday) and seeing the Turnpike Troubadours at The Criterion in OKC. If you haven’t seen those guys live, do it! They’re a great folk rock/country group that happens to hail from the Sooner State.
- The greatest Sooner of the Bob Stoops era has been with one team for his entire Hall of Fame career up until this point. Will that change this offseason? Dave Campbell of the AP analyzes the situation.
- Speaking of Sooners in the pro ranks, Buddy Hield had a very nice debut with his new team last evening, scoring 16 points on 6-10 shooting in a win over the Nuggets. Here’s the highlight of the evening:
Ayyy, Buddy Hield putting on a show in his Kings debut. pic.twitter.com/LtWg8TKfhF— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 24, 2017
On the surface, Buddy’s move to Sacramento looks bleak. But if he’s able to work his way into the starting lineup and put up some big numbers he’ll be able to secure a nice second contract in a few years. The Steph Curry comparisons are incredibly unfair to Buddy, but hopefully he’ll be able to shed that and build a nice career for himself.
- Wondering how recent OU products have fared at the NFL combine? Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World has you covered.
- Dede Westbrook’s departure leaves a huge void in the OU offense, but he’s pretty optimistic that Jeffrey Mead can carry the torch for the receivers in 2017.
- The OU baseball program just released its intro video for home games, and it’s !
- Draymond Green was at it again last night, and this time he tried to kick former Sooner Blake Griffin in the head.
- SB Nation’s James Kirk compiled a timeline of all the drama that has occurred at Ole Miss as of late, and you should check it out. Whose eyebrows weren’t raised when kids from north of the Mason-Dixon line started coming to Oxford, Mississippi? Don’t get me wrong — Oxford is great for several reasons, but that was an immediate red flag.
- Houston has become a quite a stepping-stone gig for high-profile coaches, but Houston is trying to avoid that with Major Applewhite.
- The Thunder (our Thunder) made quite a splash at the trade deadline yesterday with the acquisitions of Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson. Welcome to Loud City tells us what these guys could bring to the table.
“Stick to sports!”
- As many of you know, Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving recently outed himself as a flat-Earth truther. This of course forced the great Neil deGrasse Tyson put him in his place.
- Someone decided to bash pizza on Twitter, which was a big mistake.
- James Cordon gave his review of a Britney Spears Lifetime biopic, and it was pretty hilarious. Note: I suggest fast forwarding to about the 40-second mark.