What’s up, everybody?
So following Texas’ win over Iowa State last Saturday night, a reporter relayed to Texas Longhorns team captain Breckyn Hager the (shockingly high) score of the OU-Kansas game. The Blonde Bandit said what any normal UT-loving, OU-hating individual would say.
“OU has no defense.”
“It’s 11:12, and OU still sucks.”
Of course, ‘round these parts, the big, bad sheriff known as Bob Bowlsby isn’t having any of that there rivalry trash talk. Given what we’ve seen from how the conference has handled players throwing the Horns down, was it any surprise to anybody that Hager was publicly reprimanded and essentially forced to issue an apologetic statement? Good grief.
Thank heavens Breckyn Hager has been dealt with for saying mean things about Oklahoma and its defense. The Big 12 is safe again https://t.co/GAqQ6hrRGF— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 20, 2018
Here’s the statement that was 100% without a doubt, no question about it written by Hager himself. Wait, you still don’t believe me? Alright, you may pass.
A rather lengthy statement from Texas DE Breckyn Hager. pic.twitter.com/8PNbFrNR3O— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 19, 2018
Ask most Sooner fans, and they’ll actually agree with the Longhorn folks on this one. Punishment or finger-wagging of any kind for what Hager said is just plain egregious and unnecessary. OU-Texas is one of the nation’s best rivalries, period. The hate is real, and the hits keep coming. And it’s not like he said anything personal or uncalled for. Let the young people have some fun, too. My goodness gracious, y’all. Lighten up, for once.
Now onto Hot Links! Curtis Bolton makes a rather bold promise, the best has yet to come for Kennedy Brooks, Adrian Beltre calls it a career and more!
- After Kansas rushed for over 350 yards against the Oklahoma Sooners, senior linebacker Curtis ‘Buzzy’ Bolton vowed to never allow another team to do such a thing. I hope the defense is able to back up those words.
- Kennedy Brooks is carrying the bulk of the rushing load for the Sooners, and he’s done a fine job so far. If you ask him, he’ll tell you his best has yet to come.
- Austin Seibert will be taking part in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl following the 2018 season. There, he’ll have a chance to showcase what he could potentially bring to an NFL organization to scouts up close. Congratulations, Austin!
- Week 11 in the NFL saw more Sooners continue to make plays. Adrian Peterson climbed even higher on the all-time scoring list, and Sterling Shepard helped lead the Giants to yet another win.
- In case you missed it, Kyler Murray was named a finalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards. Unfortunately, neither Marquise Brown nor Ben Powers made the final cut for the Biletnikoff Award or the Outland Trophy, respectively.
Around the Sports World
- So the Kansas City Chiefs and the L.A. Rams put on quite a show that will go down in NFL history as one of the most entertaining games ever. It’s already the first game that saw both teams score more than 50 points. For football elitists, they’ll use the contradictory argument for a college game like this that the defense is just bad, but then praise a game like this when professionals are playing. The truth? Football is football, and that was entertaining.
- More on the Monday Night Festival of touchdowns, check out all 14 scores here. Also, the Buffalo Bills only have 13 touchdowns all season. Sad. Anyway, here’s one of the beauties from the game. Hey look, it’s a former Big 12 player throwing it to another wide open former Big 12 player.
- The final week of the regular season in college football is rivalry weekend, and the point spreads in many of the games are historically odd. Which rivalry games feature a turning of the tide from one side of the hatred to the other?
- Eastern Michigan set a new NCAA record-low for points in a half of basketball. Against Rutgers, the Eagles couldn’t muster up more than four points before halftime. That has to be pretty hard to do, unless, you know, you’re purposely trying to miss everything that goes up.
- After 21 seasons, Adrian Beltre has announced his retirement from the MLB. The league legend played for the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox and finally with the Texas Rangers.
Stick to Sports!
- Tom Waits, known by most for his voice, flexes his acting prowess in his first lead-role for one of six anthological shorts from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. From the genius of the Coen brothers, Waits’ talents refuse to be typecast simply as a musician, even for how great he is in that regard. For Ethan, Joel and Tom, talk about a combo that’s long been overdue.
It seems like Tom Waits’s collaboration with the Coen brothers is long overdue. In exchange for the wait, the chapter of #TheBalladOfBusterScruggs in which he stars is his, and his alone.@karenyhan: https://t.co/BjFJy2SHlz— The Ringer (@ringer) November 20, 2018
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