Happy Friday, friends and fans!
OU President Jim Gallogly has been on the job for about two and a half months, and he’s quickly building a bit of a reputation. Now he’s going to be parachuting from the sky with the Army’s Black Daggers Special Ops team ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners’ game against the Army Black Knights next week.
Additionally, softball head coach Patty Gasso, the university’s police chief and the university’s student body president will join Gallogly in the tandem parachute demonstration. The group will land near Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, Sept 21.
Army Football has a ton of tradition, so it goes without saying how much this game will mean to both the current service men and women as well as the retired veterans. As much as anything, this will be more than a contest between football teams. It will also be a celebration of our military, and a commemoration of all that they have sacrificed.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Beer sold in Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium could be on the horizon, Baker Mayfield has a “crapload of baggage”, a D-III school scored 61 and still somehow lost by 30 and more!
- A little more news involving President Gallogly — in a recent board meeting, he introduced the idea of selling beer in the football stadium. Most believe it’s just a matter of time before Oklahoma joins Oklahoma State and many other Big 12 schools in beer sales.
- The loss of Rodney Anderson struck the hearts of the entire football team, especially fellow running backs Trey Sermon, Marcelias Sutton, Kennedy Brooks and T.J. Pledger. That group has taken it upon themselves to dedicate the rest of this season to Anderson. Yes, I am hyped.
- Kyler Murray just keeps raking in the weekly accolades. K1 was named the Davey O’Brien QB of the Week for his stellar performance against the UCLA Bruins.
- This latest Nissan Heisman House ad is hilarious. The joke is clearly about Baker Mayfield having more “baggage” than the other housemates, and juxtaposing him directly with Tim Tebow just made it that much more amusing.
- The reigning Heisman Trophy winner said it best. It’s all in good fun, so just laugh at yourself and it won’t hold any power over you.
If you can’t laugh at yourself... you take life too seriously. Love getting opportunities to have some fun with these legends!! https://t.co/fY8XK8eeoX— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) September 14, 2018
- Speaking of Mayfield, he was asked about Drew Brees, who has recently given him some rather high praise. The Cleveland Brown is honored by the compliment, but he understands that he has to continue to work like he has in order to reach his full potential.
- Neville Gallimore has been playing some of his best football as the nose tackle through two games, and while not every play he makes registers on the stat sheet, his presence is felt on just about every down when he’s out there.
- Mark Andrews recorded his first official touchdown of his NFL career Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Show ‘em how Sooners get it done, Mark!
- Don’t forget to check out Crimson & Cream Machine’s Q&A with Iowa State’s SB Nation site Wide Right Natty Lite. How do they feel the game will turn out, and what’s their preference, Natty Light or Busch Light?
- Also, Allen Kenney talks about OU’s inside linebackers (and how they’re turned it into a position of strength).
- ICYMI, the third episode of the podcast is up. This week, Jack and Matt interviewed George Stoia (OU Daily) and Levi Stevenson (WRNL) about all sorts of things.
Around the Sports World
- A group of TCU fans put up this billboard prank in 2011 after former Ohio State President Gordon Gee said the Horned Frogs only went undefeated after playing a schedule full of “Little Sisters of the Poor”. Now those TCU fans have claimed their prank ahead of this weekend’s match between the two schools.
Meet the TCU fans behind the “Little Sisters of the Poor” Ohio State billboard prank https://t.co/OmPizbNudn— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 14, 2018
- Several FBS games have been canceled this weekend due to Hurricane Florence. If those games aren’t made up by the conclusion of the regular season, how could that affect those teams when it comes to bowl games and the playoff picture?
- Miami is traveling to Toledo for a road game against the Rockets. How in the world does ‘The U’ end up playing a road game against a MAC opponent?
- Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks was released from the team after it was discovered he was being charged with insider trading during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, and now he’s signed with the Seattle Seahawks while he waits to be sentenced in December. Kendricks faces up to 25 years in prison.
- It’s not basketball season, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the score of this football game. Davidson, who is more known for its basketball program, is an FCS team who just broke all kinds of offensive records against D-III foe Guilford. How in the heck do you score 61 points and get beat by 30? That should just never, ever happen.
Davidson beat D3 Guilford in a game that broke several records:— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 14, 2018
• D1 Record: 152 points scored by both teams combined
• FCS Record: 964 total yards by Davidson
• FCS Record: 1,662 combined yards for both teams
• FCS Record: 685 rushing yards by Davidson. pic.twitter.com/jZuV97Pqi2
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