How’s it going, everyone?
So the college football season has yet to officially kick off in Oklahoma, but Bedlam is already heating up. Allow me to give you the rundown. Yesterday, Baker Mayfield, like several other Sooners who are now in the NFL, posted on Twitter some highlights, and showed some love for his university. Really, there was nothing major about it. That is, until an Oklahoma State fan tried to get cute using this overplayed joke.
5:33 and you are still a douche. https://t.co/nFct8jwGiT— Trey Hatfield (@hatfield20) August 28, 2018
For the record, I doubt he ever believed he’d get a response, but Mayfield had some down time in his QB RV up in Cleveland. Boy, am I glad he took a minute to respond, because it was vintage Baker gold.
Your opinion is your own.... But your school still took that L 3 times in a row. And that’s a fact. pic.twitter.com/LmaEZoS6BJ— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) August 28, 2018
I think Mayfield just handed Trent and the Cowboys another ‘L’, and it might be one of the most savage ones yet. Like he said — people can have opinions, but facts are facts.
Of course, with Mayfield responding, the bulk of the Sooner Twittersphere caught on and jumped all over the dude. Then this happened:
@hatfield20 is no longer apart of the Twitter community pic.twitter.com/TfwlAdcvSk— Sooners 24/7 (@Sooners247) August 29, 2018
Did this guy actually delete his Twitter account because he couldn’t withstand the onslaught from the Crimson & Cream faithful? Well, yes and no. As it turns out, he’s back on Twitter, but I’d still count this as another ‘L’ for OSU in a long history of drubbings at the hands of the G.O.A.T.
Now for some Hot Links! Kyler Murray’s confidence could be his greatest attribute, Lincoln Riley thoroughly enjoys Oklahoma’s winning tradition, Hue Jackson and the Browns had fun with Baker Mayfield’s underwear ads and more!
- ESPN’s Joel Anderson put together this highly detailed piece about the origin of Kyler Murray’s legendary status as a high school football phenom. Those who saw him, both players and coaches alike, were in awe of his ability as well as his confidence. And for as long as he’s been a big-time athlete, he’s managed to balance football and baseball at every level.
- Here’s an excerpt from Anderson’s article, highlighting the confidence Murray showed even at the beginning of his high school career. That’s definitely not what I expected, but I like it a lot.
- Mike Stoops said Brendan Radley-Hiles and Ronnie Perkins are two freshmen who will definitely see the field on Saturday, and alluded to others coming in, depending on how ready they are.
- Speaking of Stoops, he looks at 2018 like a fresh start for his defense. A theme he’s pointed out for that side of the ball is redemption.
- Caleb Kelly and Curtis Bolton are still competing at the WILL linebacker spot. Kelly has the extensive on-field experience, albeit at a different position, and Bolton is a senior who has gradually developed over time.
- Sophomore cornerback Tre Norwood has become known as one of the most consistent players on defense going into the 2018 season. He figures to play a big role when it comes to how much improvement we will see on that side of the ball.
- Toby Rowland, the voice of the Oklahoma Sooners, caught up with Lincoln Riley on Tuesday night during his weekly radio show, and Riley was asked about his favorite Oklahoma tradition. His answer and his delivery were perfect. Like Coach said, he’s already in mid-season form. Boomer!
- Speaking of Riley, surprise, surprise, but he’s not revealing how the coaching staff intends to use the new redshirt rule. In case you need a refresher, starting this season, a player can appear in up to four games and still use the year as a redshirt.
- Austin Seibert is seen as Oklahoma ‘Swiss-Army knife’ on special teams because he does so many things well. Going into his senior season, coaches have noticed he’s looking even better as a punter and a placekicker.
- From Sam Camp: After Mayfield got a chance to make fun of his GM, it was Hue Jackson’s turn to give Mayfield a hard time for his recent underwear ad. In the infamous ad, Baker is shown standing next to a Rolls Royce with his shirt off and a tiger (THE tiger from The Hangover) by his side. Mayfield took this pretty well and is clearly a guy who doesn’t mind some old-fashioned ribbing.
- Also from our Samuel: Luckily for Mayfield, he will get another bite at the apple as he is set to make his first start in the Browns final preseason game tomorrow against the Detroit Lions. This is likely a result of Hue Jackson wanting to rest Tyrod Taylor after he bruised his hand and dislocated the pinky on his non-throwing hand during the last preseason. Despite having to play with mostly second-teamers on Thursday, Mayfield will get the chance to develop some actual rhythm on the field. I imagine he will play the first three quarters (or 2.5) and then Coach Jackson may put the other backups in there late.
- Don’t forget to check out Jack’s eight bold predictions for the 2018 season. You can also vote on how you feel each prediction will shake out. So do it, do it now!
Around the Sports World
- USMNT’s Clint Dempsey has announced that he is retiring after a 15-year career as a professional. The dude made soccer fun to watch for me, personally. What a ride it was.
USMNT legend Clint Dempsey announces his retirement from professional soccer after a 15-year career pic.twitter.com/JaLcSggvoR— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 29, 2018
- Several coaches on are on some pretty hot seats as Week 1 of the college football season draws near. What will it take for each of them to remain at their respective places of work?
- Speaking of coaches, Texas head man Tom Herman has been identified as the assistant coach who accompanied former Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith to a strip club in 2014. This news does not appear to affect the investigation that took place at OSU.
- In a weird loop-hole, a Clemson student will be playing for Furman against Clemson this weekend. The student is enrolled in an engineering program at Clemson, but is also enrolled and playing for in-state Furman. Is he a double-agent?
- ESPN’s Mark Schlabach put together a list of the top 10 most entertaining college football teams to watch this fall.
- Determining strength of schedule is tricky in college football, but knowing how much of it to apply when factoring how teams stack up against each other makes it an impossible endeavor. Bill Connelly offers a suggestion for how the metric can be enhanced.
Stick to Sports!
- Back in 1982, actor Ben Stiller and his group of childhood friends started a band. They called themselves ‘Capital Punishment’, but they never performed any shows. They have all since gone on to do some pretty cool things, not counting Stiller’s celebrity status. Now, 36 years later, the band is getting ready to release a reissue of its LP ‘Roadkill’.
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