Happy Hump Day! I hope you’ve all have had a wonderful time this week with family and friends.
In case you haven’t heard, the Oklahoma Sooners have been in Florida for the last few days preparing for the mega College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Of course, not every minute of this week can be spent on game prep. There are media obligations, as well. Unfortunately, Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray was unavailable for Wednesday morning’s availability on account of being a little “under the weather.”
No Kyler Murray at today’s Orange Bowl news conference. He told OU’s media relations staff last night that he is under the weather. #Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) December 26, 2018
If you recall, Baker Mayfield dealt with a sickness in the week leading up to the Rose Bowl semifinal last season. Ultimately it wasn’t enough to keep him from playing the game. In fact, he played quite well all things considered.
For what it’s worth, Murray has been practicing this week. Starting running back Trey Sermon was also asked about what kind of shape his QB is really in.
I asked Trey Sermon how Kyler was, and jokingly asked if he was on an IV, in a hospital, etc.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) December 26, 2018
Sermon laughed and said “He’s fine.”#Sooners
The Orange Bowl’s primary Media Day is Thursday, so I don’t think anyone will be too shocked to see Murray in attendance.
Now for some post-holiday Hot Links! Sam Ehlinger probably hates the Orange Bowl mascot, Oklahoma’s offense isn’t simply one of the greatest of all-time because of Kyler Murray, Brady Singer is “son goals” and more!
- Interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill was dressed for success this morning when meeting with the media. Look good, call plays good, right? One can only hope. So fresh and so clean!
- He might be a star on the diamond, and a dynamo on the gridiron, but Kyler Murray hasn’t outgrown being a genuinely standup guy. Keep being yourself, K1.
- The coolest thing about this picture isn’t Kyler Murray, nor is it the beautiful beach backdrop. Check out OBIE’s right hand. Horns down, and Boomer Sooner, baby.
- Stating the obvious here, but the players’ Christmas was spent with a bit more sand and ocean than ours back in Oklahoma, that’s for sure. It’s great to see the guys still having fun ahead of the biggest game of the season. Soak it up and enjoy this one!
- Would hanging out with the Oklahoma football team on the beach on Christmas Day be super epic and a really fun time? Uh, yes, yes it would be.
- SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner and Richard Johnson broke down Oklahoma’s offense and explored why it’s probably the greatest offense in the CFP era. This won’t come as a shock to Sooner fans, but their findings tell them that Kyler Murray is not the only reason why this machine runs so well.
- Bill Connelly, college football’s statistics guru, took a deep dive into the upcoming playoff matchups. Oklahoma’s fatal flaw is obvious, but with how historically great the offense is, what are the chances of pulling off the monumental upset over the Crimson Tide?
Around the Sports World
- The Oklahoma City Thunder may not have been able to hold off the Houston Rockets, but Russell Westbrook was able to block James Harden from behind on his signature move to the basket.
- LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled over the Golden State Warriors, but the new King of L.A. was unable to finish the game due to suffering a groin injury. An MRI on Wednesday should reveal the severity of the injury.
- NBA on Christmas day brought a ton of great matchups to television screens across the nation, but the loudest statements were made by the shoes many of the star players wore on the court. Which ones were the best, and which ones deserve to be tossed out with the wrapping paper remnants?
- Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard got into the Christmas spirit by bringing a leg lamp to the game with him in honor of the classic A Christmas Story. The twist here is that it’s modeled after Lillard’s leg, not a panty hose wearing, high heel one. Must be Italian.
- Brady Singer was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, and here’s how he repaid his parents for making the sacrifices they did so he could follow his dream.
Today is very special to my heart. To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can’t thank them enough. Love you Mom and Dad pic.twitter.com/AFHi2Xma0c— Brady Singer (@Bsinger51) December 25, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- 2018 is winding down, and with that comes time for reflection on the year’s memorable moments. Unfortunately for the world of music, many of the industry’s greats have passed on. Icons and talents like Aretha Franklin, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Dolores O’Riordan and Mac Miller made their final curtain call in the last 12 months, but their legacies will live on through their life’s passion — music. Check out this comprehensive list of those who are no longer with us in life but continue to produce the soundtrack of our world.
Here's a look back at the extraordinary creative souls we lost in 2018, from producer Richard Swift and opera singer Montserrat Caballé to rapper Mac Miller and, of course, Aretha Franklin.https://t.co/elfsGCDZJs— NPR (@NPR) December 26, 2018
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