Happy Friday (the 13th), friends and fans! The Oklahoma Sooners’ annual Spring Game kicks off tomorrow, which means you can expect to see the hottest vanilla offense and the hardest-hitting defense (minus the hard-hitting) in months. In all seriousness, it’s going to be a blast, and if you want to experience this new era of spring games, it would be in your best interest not to miss this one.
It’s also been announced that three random fans will have the opportunity to call an offensive play for Lincoln Riley. I have a feeling we could see some interesting plays called, or if nothing else, some deep-play action. Now if it were me, I’d channel my inner Jon Gruden and go ‘Spider 2 Y Banana’ all the way. You know how I do things around here. Anyways, if you’re thinking about entering, just visit the poster tables inside Gate 7 and who knows, you could make everybody you know extremely jealous! I know I will be.
Typical millennial. Wants others to do his work for him. Sad! https://t.co/BmxNSndztP— Jack Shields (@jlarryshields) April 13, 2018
So what’s on the docket for today’s edition of Hot Links? The football team is finally getting their rings for winning the Big 12, the Red River Rivalry hits the diamond as the Texas Longhorns come to Norman, Coachella gets underway today and more!
- Speaking of calling plays, Thatcher Chonka is an OU student competing in Jeopardy!’s College Championship, and he expressed to host Alex Trebek his hope to one day call plays for Oklahoma Football or in the NFL. I think that’s an awesome dream, and Thatcher seems like he has the brains and work ethic to make it a reality at some point. Keep in mind that not every offensive mastermind is a former college football player. Although he’s obviously an outlier, Mike Leach has done quite well for himself! Hey... LET THATCHER CALL A PLAY ON SATURDAY!
- As we’re all quite aware at this point, this is, um, kind of a big recruiting weekend for Oklahoma, as Jack details here. Be on “boom watch”, folks.
- Okay, so Mike Stoops had a few things to say regarding the defense, and one particular nugget stands out. According to Stoops, “Calls are overrated. I’ve never made a great call. Players make the plays. It’s amazing when you play well, they think you make great calls. It’s really how you teach it and how you coach it and how the kids play. Gotta get players, gotta teach ‘em how to do it right.” While there’s certainly a grain of truth to what he’s saying, it doesn’t exactly hit the ear too well, does it?
- How does one regroup after blowing an important job interview? The nature of Orlando Brown’s interview (his performance at the NFL Combine) is obviously a bit different than most, but that’s the reality he faces right now. Jake Trotter’s ESPN piece details what went wrong and what Brown is doing about it.
- If you’re a Tulsa person, go say hello to regular contributor and YouTube sensation RJ Young at Andolini’s in Jenks this afternoon!
- The football team will be receiving Big 12 Championship rings on Saturday during the first half of the spring game. Man, it’s almost hard to believe Lincoln Riley has never gone a season without winning the conference since he arrived in 2015. He and Oklahoma have just been that much better than everybody else. Boomer!
Weekend off to a great start...proud of this & all that sacrificed to make it happen-— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) April 12, 2018
See the team presentation and entire ring Saturday in the 1st Half-#BeThere#ThisIsChampU pic.twitter.com/8OlzhJvZ7X
- Oklahoma baseball welcomes Texas tonight for Game 1 of this three-game series. The game starts at 6:30 pm CT. On a related note, I really don’t like the Longhorns, regardless of the sport, so yeah, I want this one for the Sooners bad.
- Freshman pitcher Levi Prater was involved in a gruesome accident as a small child that left him with only two fingers on his right hand. After fighting through adversity for most of his life, and with the help and encouragement of his family, Prater has become one of the bright young stars on the baseball team. Remarkable story.
- Sooner Softball is back at it again tonight as Oklahoma hosts the Kansas Jayhawks. The Sooners are coming off a wild comeback against Wichita State: a game they had to score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for the win. Now make it 27 straight wins, ladies!
Ready to start another Big 12 series strong — it’s GAME DAY!— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) April 13, 2018
⏰ 6:30 p.m. CT
Marita Hynes Field
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https://t.co/TCwDKcm00P #ChampionshipMindset pic.twitter.com/PIVW7GewYO
- Our good Twitter friend Blinkin Riley has stats and facts for days, especially when it comes to Bedlam. I wonder how many Pokes follow him on Twitter? I’m gonna guess that it’s a hell of a lot less than the number of all-time wins OU has in the series. Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.
In 2014, Oklahoma put up 424 yards of total offense against Oklahoma State.— Blinkin Riley (@blinkinriley) April 13, 2018
In every Bedlam game since then, Oklahoma has put up at least 100 more yards of offense than they did the previous year. #BedlamFactFriday
Around the Sports World
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tonya Harding headline this season’s cast of Dancing With the Stars. It’s going to be very interesting to see Kareem dance, given he’s about seven foot twelve.
- The Charlotte Hornets have fired head coach Steve Clifford after five seasons. The Hornets have been in a steady decline over the past two seasons, going 36-46 in both years.
- Nashville Predator Filip Forsberg just brought And-1 street basketball to the ice. He just made that defender look like an amateur. No worse, a bad amateur.
FORSBERG THAT MAN HAS A FAMILY pic.twitter.com/rj51TRYApS— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 13, 2018
- Check out this insightful Q&A with John Franklin III. You may know him better as the QB during the first season of Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’. Franklin moved on from EMCC to Auburn, but eventually transferred to FAU. Now he’s entering the NFL Draft as a WR.
- The Gator Bowl used to just be the Gator Bowl, then it became the TaxSlayer Bowl, but now it’s the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, so you can just go back to calling the Gator Bowl.
Stick to Sports!
- For all you music festival lovers, the world-renowned Coachella is back today, and the line-up is as star-studded as ever. Check out this comprehensive list of the featured bands and artists, along with their performance times and how you can watch them live through an online stream.
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