Well, football is finally over. Until next time, friends and fans. Super Bowl LII was another classic, and now one more lifelong member of the Oklahoma Sooners can claim to be a Super Bowl champion. Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, the former junior college quarterback who found a home in Norman.
Embrace the improbable.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) February 5, 2018
Congratulations @Lanejohnson65, #SuperBowl Champion!#ChampU #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/iOcrLicFLv
Johnson’s path has exemplified what the Eagles have stood for this season. Even before his days at Oklahoma, Johnson was an underdog. He used that to his advantage, and earned his rightful place on the team.
Shortly after arriving in Norman, the coaches moved him to defensive end. When the depth chart proved too deep for him to make an impact, Johnson was moved back to offense as a tight end. When his potential at playing on the offensive line was recognized, he bulked up and shined like never before.
After being drafted 4th overall in 2013, Johnson has since helped Philadelphia bring that underdog mentality to life.
Dog's gotta eat! #underdog #flyeaglesfly pic.twitter.com/cMePA84PR0— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) January 14, 2018
The dog mask movement that Johnson and some of his Eagles teammates lead the way in might seem like a gimmick to some, but the symbolism of those dog masks goes much deeper than what’s seen on the surface.
The city of Philadelphia needed this win in a big way. After never winning the Super Bowl, losing a star QB late in the season, and facing the dynastic New England Patriots, the Eagles were underdogs in every way. Lane Johnson is a perfect fit for an organization like the Eagles, and now they’re all Super Bowl Champs.
I woke up like this. #victorymonday #champs pic.twitter.com/28Bf7owF7W— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) February 5, 2018
For a bit more on Oklahoma’s history with the Super Bowl, check out what Jack put together before the game.
Now onto the Hot Links, where Oklahoma prepares to protect home court and avenge a loss against West Virginia, Dan Kadar projects Baker Mayfield to be selected with the first overall pick, Eagles fans party in the streets of Philly and more!
- Well Hudson, I hope you’re right, my dude. I’m a little less worried since the game is at home, where the Sooners have played significantly better in conference play (understatement of the year), but the Mountaineers sure are a tough bunch. My favorite part is the ‘yay’ at the end. Also, West Virgina! Classic.
My son (7yrs old) drew this today and asked me to be sure to remind him to take it to the game tomorrow! Beat WV!! #BoomerSooner @OU_MBBall @LonKruger @OU_Athletics pic.twitter.com/F4seOHLppW— Tracie Harris (@soonertracie) February 5, 2018
- For as bad as Oklahoma has looked on the road over the last month, the Sooners have been perfect at home all season. Tonight, West Virginia will try to add a blemish to Oklahoma’s record at home, while the Sooners will look to avenge their loss in Morgantown from last month.
- The crowds that have been filling up the Lloyd Noble Center deserve much of the credit for the team’s heightened performance at home. In turn, the primary reason the crowds have turned out so great is because Trae Young is so fun to watch.
- ICYMI, Oklahoma fell five spots to No. 17 after the loss in Austin.
- Dan Kadar’s latest mock NFL draft has Baker Mayfield going number one overall to the Cleveland Browns. With a recent development in Cleveland’s front office, there’s actually a very legitimate reason why the Browns would select Mayfield over Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen.
- Jonathan Alvarez is a veteran on the offensive line, but he’s also coming off of a redshirt season in 2017. After a year to hone his game on the practice field and on the sidelines, Alvarez is ready to make his biggest impact for the team since he arrived in 2014.
- With the end of the 2018 recruiting cycle approaching fast, the Sooner coaching staff aims to finish with the commitment/signatures of some highly touted prospects. Make sure you stay up to date on which targets are still out there and what the Sooners’ chances of landing them are. We’ll have plenty to talk about around here in the coming hours and days.
- Wait a minute, are you telling me that there’s something wrong with coming in second place in a football game? All kidding aside, I love this kind of stuff, especially at little bro’s expense.
Uh oh... Who did this? pic.twitter.com/vCKYwAFQ4O— Blinkin Riley (@blinkinriley) February 5, 2018
Around the Sports World
- Nearly six years ago, this guy predicted Nick Foles would win Super Bowl MVP of 2018. For clarification, Foles wore no. 8 in college, so that’s what that is all about. Crazy stuff.
Super bowl MVP 2018 #8 Nick Foles— Shane Giongo (@ShaneCGiongo) April 28, 2012
- With New England’s loss official, Alabama and the Patriots have still never won titles in the same season. For all the championships between them, especially lately, it’s kind of amazing.
- So in case you fell out of the loop after the big game, this is how crazy things became in Philly last night:
I just got hit with a parking light pic.twitter.com/FflzyY5JDe— adam ferrone (@_rone) February 5, 2018
- Oh and there were fires, too. Because how can you riot through the streets without flames?
PHILLY IS LITERALLY LIT! pic.twitter.com/uxiADLMmpa— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 5, 2018
- This was pretty cool. Some people started playing the Philly fight song with their instruments out of a window and the people walking along on the street stopped to sing along. Philly fans are crazy but loyal.
This. Is. Amazing.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 5, 2018
Five stories up, some students at the Merriam Theater of the Arts just broke out some brass intruments and led Broad Street in the Eagles' fight song pic.twitter.com/PdksYCxNQR
- Even Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid crashed the party last night to celebrate with Eagles’ fans. And of course, he closed the interview with this mantra: trust the process.
Embiid crashed live local TV station.— Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) February 5, 2018
- Oh, you thought The Gang wasn’t excited about this?
"The gang wins the Super Bowl"— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 5, 2018
( : @RMcElhenney) pic.twitter.com/CiXt5I7GoF
- Love was in the Philly air last night, enough to make this guy propose to his girlfriend. The 40 oz. she’s holding really makes this a unique public proposal. And you know she’s a keeper because she didn’t spill a drop.
OMG A MAN JUST PROPOSED!!! pic.twitter.com/6cyMnifgh5— max (@MaxOnTwitter) February 5, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee rates the best of the best Super Bowl commercials from last night and also puts the weak ones on blast. So if you missed some, have no fear, Grant has you covered.
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