How’s it going, friends and fans?
The Oklahoma Sooners are set to renew their rivalry with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2021 and 2022 (not 2020 like the tweet below indicates), and shots have already been fired (kind of). Nebraska AD Bill Moos went on record and called the win four years before the Sooners travel to Lincoln.
#Huskers AD Bill Moos was asked if Nebraska planned to do anything special for the 50th anniversary of “The Game of the Century” when Oklahoma comes to Lincoln in 2020.— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) June 12, 2018
“The most special thing we’re going to do is beat them.”
I guarantee this little nugget will be brought up again when the time comes, but until then, let the years of trash talk begin!
Now onto today’s edition of Hot Links! Trae Young loves chicken strips, Paige Lowary signs with the Chicago Bandits, North America is hosting the 2026 World Cup and more!
- Mark your calendars, folks, because it’s almost time for public season tickets to go on sale! On June 19th, you will have the opportunity to secure your chance to catch some Sooner Football action live and in-person. Be sure to act fast, as it’s not expected for tickets to last very long.
- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon shared some high praise for QBs Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor, the two passers competing for the Browns’ starting quarterback job.
- Check out this CBS Dallas interview with Lincoln Riley. Riley talks about his first full year as head coach and life after Baker Mayfield.
- Trae Young spoke with Atlanta Hawks podcaster Annie Finberg about what he’s done to change his body in preparation for the NBA. Also, Young said that if he’s drafted by the Hawks, Atlanta needs a Raising Canes. Why? Because chicken strips are life.
- Eric Striker is looking good with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Eric had three tackles in the team’s final preseason game, and the ‘Riders will open the regular season this Friday against the Toronto Argonauts. Go get ‘em, Strike!
- Paige Lowary, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NPF Draft, has signed with the Chicago Bandits. Congratulations, Paige!
- Safety Dax Hill, the No. 1 player in the state of Oklahoma for the class of 2019, has been upgraded to a five-star in Rivals’ recruiting rankings. Hill is the Younger brother of Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, but the Sooners are still working to obtain Dax’s commitment. Rivals also just released an updated top 250, and you can check that out here. Nine current commitments made the cut.
NEW & UPDATED 2019 #Rivals100 is LIVE!#RivalsRankingsWeek— Rivals (@Rivals) June 12, 2018
⭐️ There are five NEW 5-stars! ⭐️
FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE: https://t.co/VQKtiPpxpy@RivalsMike breaks down the Movers & Shakers!
MIND OF MIKE: https://t.co/SU1F6Y9tEQ
FULL RANKING: https://t.co/wXrF7pAdB9 pic.twitter.com/IpW2Uqj2jr
- Speaking of recruiting, since the weekend of Oklahoma’s Spring Game, the commitments have rolled in. How much of the Sooners’ recent success on the recruiting trail can be attributed to the Red and White Game?
Around the Sports World
- The 2018 World Cup begins tomorrow, but it was announced today that the 2026 World Cup is coming to North America. The United States, Canada and Mexico won the bid over Morocco, so all three countries will be hosting games two cups from now. As a host country, this also ensures that the US National Team will be participating. I’ll never take that for granted again.
- Gary Patterson has developed TCU into one of the better programs in the Big 12. After reaching the title game in 2017, will the Horned Frogs stay in the upper echelon of the conference this fall?
- Tiger Woods is competing at the U.S Open, but he’s not the only reason why you should check out the action at Shinnecock Hills starting on Thursday.
- Detroit Tigers first basemen Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon and will have surgery, effectively ending his 2018 season. The 35 year-old Cabrera is all too familiar with having to overcome injuries, and this latest setback could spell the beginning of the end for the aging veteran.
- Audio of an exchange between New York Mets manager Terry Collins and an umpire from a game in 2016 was just released, and boy did the mics pick up some colorful language. It’s quite entertaining, but you’ve been warned.
Stick to Sports!
- Disney isn’t messing around. Check out this teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action rendition of ‘Dumbo’, from filmmaker legend Tim Burton. The movie features an all-star cast of acting giants such as Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton. I’m already excited for this movie after this teaser. The direction looks like a perfect blend of fantasy and reality, which is Burton’s expertise. Look for ‘Dumbo’ to hit theaters in 2019.