Happy Monday, friends and fans! March Madness is about as mad as ever this season with upsets galore. Yes, the Oklahoma Sooners were the first team out of the running once the games began, but there’s still some crazy cool things happening in Soonerville this month.
For example, it doesn’t get any more diehard than this, folks. Meet newborn Baker Riley, who you might’ve guessed is named after the legend himself aka Baker Mayfield and the man with the plan, the one and only Lincoln Riley. I expect big things from you, little Baker Riley. Your name carries a lot of weight, but I’m sure you’ll have Sooner Nation’s support from day 1 in whatever you choose to become. Boomer!
If that doesn’t put you in a warm and fuzzy mood today, I don’t know what will. Wait a minute, actually I do know. How about some Hot Links?! For today’s edition, Baker Mayfield could very well end up in New York after a Jets-Colts trade, Perine and Mixon were back together again, Brayden Willis has a chip on his shoulder that seems very Mayfield-esque and more!
- After the New York Jets traded several picks to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 3 overall pick, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar projects the Jets to draft Baker Mayfield in his latest mock NFL Draft.
- Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon were back together for Perine’s wedding. Man, I don’t know if we’ll ever see another duo in the Sooner backfield quite like them. They’re looking mighty spiffy, and congratulations on tying the knot, Samaje!
- After it was learned that Caleb Kelly played through the final 11 games with a shoulder injury, he had surgery in the beginning of the off-season. Now Kelly says he already feels stronger, and he’s confident that the move to weak side linebacker is a good fit for him.
- The Sooners brought in nine freshman this spring as early-enrollees, and Lincoln Riley says that this bunch doesn’t look like the normal freshmen haul. The 15 spring practices are invaluable to those players, and can help jump-start their careers quicker than usual.
- Incoming freshman tight end Brayden Willis appears ready to prove some people wrong, and that’s exactly what I like to see from the younger guys who weren’t necessarily as highly recruited.
I’m sick and tired of these supposedly “5 ⭐️” TEs that are 6’6 250 and have no intent to put anyone on they back. I’m faster than you, tougher than you, a better blocker than you, have more dog than you, a better route runner and catcher than you❗️ And you’re the “5 ⭐️ “— Brayden Willis (@Bwillis_11) March 18, 2018
- Strength coach Bennie Wylie has done more than given the Sooners some good workouts. He’s helped CeeDee Lamb finally gain the weight he’s always wanted, and he’s helped Bobby Evans develop into more of a leader.
- The baseball team lost its series finale against Kennesaw State 9-4, but still won the overall series, moving to a record of 14-8.
- The Oklahoma women’s golf team is bringing home the Clover Cup! Congratulations, ladies!
- In case you missed it, make sure to check out my article on Jeremiah Hall and why he may be the next household name at fullback in a growing line of greats at the position, but why that time may also come later rather than sooner.
- Also, make sure to check out RJ’s interview with 2019 QB commit Spencer Rattler. He’s been one of OU’s most valuable recruiters during this cycle, and he has his sights set on Theo Wease and Noah Cain.
- If you haven’t already, make sure you check out BreakingT’s Pro Day Sensei t-shirt, inspired by Baker Mayfield’s pro day fashion statement. The people over at BreakingT come up with all kinds of unique ideas and put them on t-shirts for you to enjoy. You can find out how to purchase this particular shirt through the link here.
Around the Sports World
- 98-year-old Sister Jean’s 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago team is taking the month of March by storm, and she is as much a part of the story as anyone else.
Sister Jean on becoming a national sensation: “Really, if I can correct you, international.” pic.twitter.com/JQP2Rj0P8S— Lauren Comitor (@laurencomitor) March 18, 2018
- Nevada’s win over Cincinnati wasn’t just improbable, it was historic. If you saw it, you just witnessed the second-largest comeback in March Madness history. Go Wolf Pack! And I was already a fan after they beat Texas in the first round.
Nevada trailed by 22 points and won. It marks the second-biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history, behind BYU's rally from 25 down to beat Iona in the 2012 First Four. (Duke also won when trailing by 22, beating Maryland in the 2001 Final Four.) #MarchMadness— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) March 19, 2018
- The Oklahoma City Thunder are hitting their stride at the right time with the NBA Playoffs starting in about a month. The addition of Corey Brewer has been huge, and barring a total collapse, the Thunder should be a shoe-in for the postseason.
- A bunch of rally car racing fans came to the rescue when a rally car slid into a ditch. So what did they do, exactly? They came together and lifted the vehicle out themselves. Amazing stuff.
- The Milwaukee Brewers commemorated the 25th anniversary of the classic movie The Sandlot with this reenactment of one of the most memorable scenes. Next, they should recreate the scene when Squints fakes drowning in the pool to kiss the lifeguard. Still my favorite scene in one of the best films from my childhood.
There's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die. pic.twitter.com/z7mKroaOQ1— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 19, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- Bill Murray was at South by Southwest to do a dramatic reading of a poem (accompanied by a cellist, of course) and to be a part of a Q&A following the premier of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Isle of Dogs. Bill Murray is just an all-time classic in and of himself, and he stayed true to himself by taking a bit of a nap on stage during the Q&A.
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