Good afternoon, Sooner nation! It’s the start of a new week, so, you know: seize that carpe.
Without further ado, here is today’s edition of Hot Links, brought to you today by black coffee and not enough sleep:
- Adrian Peterson hasn’t gotten much buzz in free agency so far, was reportedly scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots today. Considering the lack of interest in Peterson so far, this seems like it could be Peterson’s ultimate destination.
- Pete Hughes has OU baseball rolling right now, causing a fan past the right field wall to a do little rolling of his own. Bravo, anonymous outfield fan:
Baseball season is for the boys pic.twitter.com/Q0Gv5zFCyD— Old Row Oklahoma (@OldRowSooners) April 2, 2017
- It certainly has been a resurgence for a team that struggled all of last season. The Sooners have moved up to the ninth spot in Baseball America’s Top 25.
- By the way, there are four former OU players on Opening Day rosters. Jon Gray is on the mound for the Rockies today.
- Oklahoma football has announced another home-and-home series against Tennessee for 2020 and 2024.
- The Sooners are in the mix for a defensive lineman transfer from Minnesota. Gaelin Elmore, who is apparently capable of manning the tackle and end positions, announced that he’ll be visiting Oklahoma. Our own Graham Dudley detailed Elmore’s skill set and background.
- Berry Tramel chatted with Lou Holtz about what Tramel says is his second finest moment — engineering an Arkansas beatdown of Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl.
- Major League Baseball opened yesterday, and it’s a beautiful thing. Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher ever to hit two homers on Opening Day. Wild stuff.
- Congrats to South Carolina for winning the national championship yesterday. Tim Cato writes about why this victory is the icing on Dawn Staley’s fantastic career.
- There was a wild moment on the LPGA Tour yesterday afternoon: Lexi Thompson lost the ANA Inspiration due to a penalty she incurred. The penalty — pointed out by an eagle-eyed television viewer in an e-mail — cost her four strokes, and, ultimately, the competition.
- Here are seven horrible outcomes that could’ve been changed if the e-mail appeal had been applied as it was in the Thompson case. The Armando Galarraga one was particularly painful to watch again.
‘STICK TO SPORTS!’
- I’d be remiss to end this without mentioning the retirement of The Undertaker, who hung it up after a loss to Roman Reigns in Wrestlemania 33. I didn’t grow up watching a ton of wrestling, but I’ve come to appreciate it in the past few years. We wish all the best to a legend.
- In a time where intelligent, comprehensive (and not to mention comprehensible) news coverage is incredibly important, NPR’s “Morning Edition” will now be released in a bite-sized, ten-minute podcast that’s essentially a condensed version of the show. I listen to podcasts quite a bit, so this one will definitely be a daily one for me.