Happy Monday, friends and fans! So the Oklahoma Sooners are...in? I mean, the Oklahoma Sooners are in! It was a drama-filled Selection Sunday, but it’s finally official: Lon Kruger, Trae Young and the rest of the basketball squad apparently did just enough to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, and ever since the news broke, the hate has been flowing at a constant rate. Whether you feel like Oklahoma deserved this chance or not, if you’re a Sooner, at least a part of you should be hyped for this opportunity, because anything can happen in March.
And if you’re able and eager (Pittsburgh is kinda far), make sure to secure your seat now. Tickets are limited and will sell fast, especially with Trae Young on the card.
Now onto today’s edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma will go into the tournament with a renewed sense of life, Adrian Peterson is being released by the Cardinals, and there’s about $10 billion nationwide in wagers on the Big Dance!
- The main reason why Oklahoma made it into the NCAA Tournament field is because of its schedule. Not only did the Sooners schedule a number of quality opponents in the non-conference, they also won most of those games.
- After Selection Sunday came and went, it became apparent that it was more of a Resurrection Sunday for Oklahoma, who now feels invigorated with a second chance for a memorable season.
- While the team is preparing to play Rhode Island in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Trae Young still has a decision to make regarding his future. I’ll say there’s about a two percent chance Young returns for a sophomore season, and that’s probably generous. But this video is good, and it’s brought to you by the good people over at the OU Daily. Whatever Young decides to do after this season, I know I had (and will have) a lot of fun watching him ball — even though the team folded down the stretch.
As his first college basketball season is coming to an end soon, Trae Young will have to make a big decision for his future – to stay with the #Sooners or the NBA: https://t.co/JuLX8CvY1m pic.twitter.com/MMizulmY2v— OU Daily (@OUDaily) March 12, 2018
- So what have been some of the main differences between new strength coach Bennie Wylie and former strength coach Jerry Schmidt? Wylie has been a lot more involved with workouts, even going as far as doing them with the team, and he’s also been a more active presence on social media.
- It’s being reported that the Arizona Cardinals plan to release former Sooner running back Adrian Peterson on Monday, according to sources.
- 2019 Oklahoma commit Trejan Bridges has insane hands and ball skills. He’ll quickly become any quarterback’s best friend with range like this:
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- Amidst all the hate and celebration from yesterday’s bracket revealing, this won the Twittersphere:
- I’ve admittedly never been to Eskimo Joe’s, but I would like some chili cheese fries, please. Hold the tears.
The latest Eskimo Joe's NCAA Basketball Tournament commemorative t-shirt. pic.twitter.com/H7RTAgLxhk— SoonerSource (@Sooner_Source) March 12, 2018
- It’s being estimated that Americans will bet approximately $10 billion on the NCAA Tournament, but only three percent of that will be done so legally. But hey, sometimes people just like to cut out the middle man.
- Tiger Woods may not have won the Valspar Championship (he tied for second, finishing one stroke shy of the lead), but he looked great all weekend. What I love about this video is the crowd’s reaction. The roar gave me goosebumps.
- LeBron James is a wizard on the court. Love him or hate him, he’s fun to watch because he routinely does things like this:
- ESPN’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell took on AND1 baller ‘Hot Sauce’, and it played out pretty much like you’d expect.
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- Elon Musk and SpaceX are at it again, and this time they just launched the most powerful operational rocket into orbit. Falcon Heavy can lift nearly 64 metric tons, or 141,00 pounds, into orbit. That’s just absurd. One final note, I totally dig that sign at the end of the video. Simple, yet so impactful. Earth is dope, and humans can do some pretty neat things.
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