Happy Friday, friends and fans! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week as we march along the month of, well, March. The Oklahoma Sooners softball team dusts off Marita Hynes Field in the home opener today to get the Courtyard Marriott Tournament underway. Also, the Sooner men’s basketball squad plays its final home game of the season tonight, so there’s plenty on deck for your Sooner viewing needs.
Meanwhile, Orlando Brown hasn’t had an ideal outing at the NFL Combine. On Thursday, Brown put up 14 reps on the bench press, which was the lowest number of all offensive linemen. Bench press is one of those lifts that favors people with shorter arms, and as we all know, Orlando Brown is one of the longest (and largest) prospects entering the draft. Friday morning, Brown ran the 40-yard dash with an official time of 5.85 seconds.
There’s going to be some lengthy discussions between now and draft day regarding these things in Indianapolis, but what shouldn’t be forgotten is that the 40-yard dash is probably the most irrelevant drill for an offensive lineman — especially one with Brown’s enormous size. The other drills that focus on agility (as opposed to straight-line speed) will be a bit more important.
In today’s edition of Hot Links, Trae Young makes another magazine cover, Joel Klatt drops some knowledge on Colin Cowherd about Baker Mayfield, and an Eagles fan’s tattoo of Jason Kelce is interesting to say the least!
- It’s the final home game of the regular season, which means it’s also Senior Night. The Iowa State Cyclones won the first meeting in Ames earlier this season, but you won’t want to miss this one, folks. I fully expect the team to play a complete game tonight.
- Khadeem Lattin is the only senior on the Oklahoma men’s basketball team. Check out this feature on Lattin as he prepares for his final home game tonight.
- For Lattin, the entire journey leading up to his senior night hasn’t always been easy, but he wouldn’t trade it for anything. The relationships he’s forged and the memories he’s made has given Lattin a sense of fulfillment, and there’s still a chance for him to end his career in Norman on a high note.
- Trae Young made another magazine cover. This time it’s Sports Illustrated Kids: the March Madness Preview issue. Everybody is talking about Trae Young, and he’s certainly a favorite among the kids. Very cool stuff.
- CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander still thinks Trae Young should bring home player of the year honors, despite the Sooners’ struggles to win as of late. Norlander also groups the other national contenders in a tier system according to the strength of each of their cases.
- Joel Klatt calls Colin Cowherd out about his incessant comparisons of Baker Mayfield to Johnny Manziel. Cowherd is a blowhard who takes pride in his hot takes, and Klatt did a good job of dousing those takes with some cold, hard facts.
- Speaking of Mayfield, comparisons to Drew Brees are gaining steam as this NFL Combine unfolds. Because of that, there is a very real chance the New Orleans Saints could trade up and nab the Heisman Trophy winner.
- Make sure you check out this Q&A with softball freshman phenom Jocelyn Alo. Alo is a native Hawaiian who has found a home away from home in Norman, and while she’s always known she was a great batter, she says Coach Patty Gasso helped her realize her power.
Around the Sports World
- The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will be flipping a coin later today to determine who will have the 9th and 10th overall picks in the draft. The reason for this is because both teams finished last season with identical records and strength of schedules, so now this is the tie-breaker by rule. Seems a little unfair still, but I’m no expert on such matters.
49ers and Raiders scheduled to take part in a coin toss today to determine which team will pick No. 9 and which team will pick No. 10 in April's draft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2018
- Virginia beat Louisville on this epic buzzer-beater, but I just want to know one thing: did he call bank?
- This looked like a video game glitch, but it was real! LeBron James can still wow the lights out of us. Sweet move, ‘Bron.
- Cleveland Cavalier JR Smith has been suspended one game for throwing a bowl of soup at an assistant coach. The type of soup was unspecified, but if it was tomato, I hope he at least tossed him a grilled cheese as well.
- A Philadelphia Eagles fan has a tattoo of Eagles center Jason Kelce when he dressed up for the Super Bowl celebration parade, and that’s about par for the course for Philly fans.
Stick to Sports!
- The release date for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has been moved up a week from May 4th to April 27th. The move in part is in anticipation of a crowded slate in the month of May, with highly anticipated films like Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story set to release soon after. I know I’m thrilled this movie is now coming out a week earlier, because I’ve already got my Thanos t-shirt. There’s absolutely no shame in my game.
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