Hello, friends and fans! It’s amazing how fast time can fly by, as there are only a few days left until we’re in April. That also means the 2018 NFL Draft is nearly here. Baker Mayfield is almost certainly going to be the first of the Oklahoma Sooners selected, and there’s a great chance that he could go within the top five selections. Throughout the scouting process, Mayfield has had to undergo a multitude of examinations, but this latest one was probably the most unique.
I don’t know how much I trust this fortune teller’s prognostications, but she probably has more credibility than Colin Cowherd.
Now for today’s edition of Hot Links. Trae Young has been named a Wooden Award finalist, Joel Klatt thinks Baker Mayfield is better off in New York than Cleveland, and Hollywood Brown is bigger, faster, and hungry for more!
- It wasn’t long ago that the idea of Trae Young winning some national player of the year awards was all but a slam dunk, but as we all witnessed, it didn’t take long for that to become a highly unlikely. Fortunately, Young still has a chance to bring home the Wooden Award, as he’s been named one of three finalists. Don’t expect him to win it, but it’s cool that he’s a finalist.
- You heard the man. Get your spring game tickets to show your support for this team. I know I will, and I cannot wait to see all of you there.
- Baker Mayfield has a chance to go No. 1 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft, which would take him to Cleveland (barring a trade at the top). Joel Klatt loves what Mayfield can do on the field, but he doesn’t feel like the Browns and Mayfield are the best fit for each other. I can respect that opinion.
- Speaking of Baker, it looks like he’s actually taller than Russell Wilson. Please scrap the height argument if you haven’t already.
- Marquise Brown didn’t start to break out on the field until halfway through last season. Now with a full year in the program, and a bigger, faster body, Brown aims to have a jump similar to Dede Westbrook’s second season.
- Freshman sensation Jocelyn Alo has been doing damage on the diamond since the Oklahoma Softball season began, and she’s currently ahead of Lauren Chamberlain’s freshman pace as far as home runs go. Alo enjoys the comparisons, but intends to make a name for herself as well.
- Pitcher Paige Lowary is the star of an upcoming documentary piece about the traumatic head injury that led to her wearing a facemask full-time in the pitching circle. This looks awesome. I know I don’t want to miss it.
In the face of adversity, Paige Lowary came out stronger than ever.— FloSoftball (@FloSoftball) March 27, 2018
Full film to be released on April 3rd. pic.twitter.com/uYEvHBh1ZE
- Former Sooner and current Houston Texan Aaron Colvin returned home to Owasso, Oklahoma to speak with seventh and eighth graders about persevering and overcoming adversity. His motivational speech’s theme was about pushing yourself through life’s proverbial mud and making something out of yourself, no matter what life throws at you. Nice work, Aaron!
- Oklahoma could be looking at another graduate transfer addition for the basketball team as Pacific guard Miles Reynolds has set up an official visit for next week.
Pacific grad transfer guard Miles Reynolds will take an official visit to Oklahoma on the weekend of April 5, per source @SoonerScoop— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) March 28, 2018
Around the Sports World
- So the NFL seems intent on making football so unwatchable that it’s basically trying to ban fundamental tackling. Okay, that’s not what is explicitly happening, but my gosh they might as well. Check out the league’s new targeting rules and how it could actually lead to even more controversy.
- Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio was angered by an article link posted by ESPN because the image used on the link was definitely not appropriate. C’mon, people. Link with care.
- Kevin Durant had an epiphany of sorts after the Golden State Warriors won the championship last year. What spurned this revelation? Taco Bell, of course.
- LeBron James tied Michael Jordan’s record of 866 straight games with double-digit points scored. The streak began in 2007, and he actually tied the record in front of MJ himself.
- Tiger Woods’ return to the Masters has caused ticket prices to skyrocket. The opening round cost is over $3,600 on average, which is nearly twice as much as it was last year.
Stick to Sports!
- Actress and OU alum Olivia Munn is one of three women who will be honored at the Voices for Change Gala, which will be held at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Munn is the keynote speaker and will share her story about her own experience with harassment in the workplace and how she’s now advocating for fair treatment for all moving forward.
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