What’s going on, Sooner fans?
Looks like Lincoln Riley is going to be rocking some J’s on his feet this Saturday, courtesy of Oklahoma’s affiliation with Jordan Brand. Is this perhaps a hint at what the team will be wearing this weekend? And will the players and coaches be showing off more than just shoes? Will Michael Jordan be here to talk to us about the ceiling and the roof and whatnot? I’m giddy with anticipation, guys.
Now onto today’s edition of Hot Links! Sooner Softball rallied after facing its largest deficit of the season, Sooner Baseball drove in 20 runs in a rout of ORU, 2019 commit Austin Stogner is making his pitch for other top recruits to join the Oklahoma family and more!
- Can you say Sooner Magic? In the bottom of the sixth inning, Oklahoma was down 6-0 last evening to Wichita State. It was beginning to look like a terrible loss that not only would have set the team back in the polls, it would have ended the nation’s longest winning streak. But you can never count out the heart of a two-time defending national champion. In a stunning comeback, Oklahoma rallied with seven runs, which proved to be just enough to come out on top. This was a wake-up call for sure, but it’s probably going to end up helping the team in the long-run.
- Speaking of some fireworks on the diamond, the hitting was contagious in L. Dale Mitchell Park as the baseball team racked up 18 hits for 20 runs in a 20-3 rout of Oral Roberts. When this team is on, it is ON.
- Oklahoma’s recruiting efforts have definitely cranked up since Lincoln Riley took over, and now the Sooners are attracting attention from the nation’s most elite prospects. Defensive end Bryan Bresee is rated as the No. 1 player in the nation for the class of 2020, and according to 247Sports, he reportedly he wants to schedule a visit to Oklahoma. I can’t blame him, because the Oklahoma Sooners appear to be building something truly formidable in Norman.
- In the opinion of Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, Oklahoma is the clear favorite to win the Big 12, but he thinks there are at least a couple teams that could challenge the Sooners for the conference crown.
- Which three early enrollees could see the most playing time and have the most impact on the team this season? Diehards’ Joe Buettner offers his stance on the subject.
- Defensive tackle Neville ‘Big Canada’ Gallimore showed flashes of greatness last season, but this time around, Gallimore wants to show everybody exactly what he and the rest of the defensive line are capable of.
- The special teams unit at Oklahoma has needed a major upgrade for a while in many areas. Just check out this list of the last time the Sooners made certain plays on special teams. Some of these happened when Lincoln Riley was still a teenager!
- 2019 tight end commit Austin Stogner is doing what he can to help recruit other elite players to join him in committing to Oklahoma. It’s always a great thing when commits talk to other recruits who may be on the fence or are still weighing their options.
Around the Sports World
- First of all, congratulations on averaging a triple-double for the second season in a row, Russ! Westbrook is a man of few words, but he isn’t shy about his goal for OKC. If the Thunder play like they’re capable of playing, they can absolutely make a title run. It’s all about consistency with this group.
- The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Frank Vogel after two abysmal seasons. The Magic went 54-110 under Vogel.
- It appears Tom Brady is a big fan of Lamar Jackson. Clearly the play styles of Brady and Jackson couldn’t be more different, but it would be an intriguing look for the Pats if they were to draft Jackson.
- Enrique Hernandez’s walk-up music is the viral yodeling kid. I don’t know if this is awesome or just tiring now. I’ve heard this kid everywhere now.
- The real story in the case of four Mississippi State students breaking into Alabama’s football facility to steal some memorabilia is these very SEC West-style haircuts. Talk about fitting the mold.
It appears that no bangs have been harmed in the process https://t.co/nHZiv5t1IP— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) April 12, 2018
Stick to Sports!
- A New Yorker made a report that a tiger was seen on the loose, but after further investigating, it was actually found out to be a raccoon. I guess there isn’t much wildlife in NYC, but c’mon man. Luckily, a hilarious flow chart has been developed to help people determine the types of wild animals they see.
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