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The Oklahoma Sooners’ affiliation with Jordan Brand has been well documented. It’s two iconic brands coming together for one harmonious partnership. Now look who else is joining the Jumpman family!
Sterling Shepard will now be rocking them J’s like it’s his job, because it basically will be. Congrats, Sterling! I still need to get my hands on some Sooner Jumpman gear.
Now onto the Hot Links! UCLA’s Caleb Wilson has fond memories of growing up around the Oklahoma program, Adrian Peterson will be starting in Week 1, Kansas might need to consider dropping football and more!
- Scheduling is tough in college football. Even if you try to set up dates against top-tier opponents, by the time the game actually arrives, there’s no telling where that program will be. Case in point: UCLA. This offers some perspective.
When #Sooners signed contract with UCLA in Oct 2013, Bruins were in middle of 10-win season. UCLA won nine games in 2012 and 10 games in 2014.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) September 6, 2018
in 2015, 2016 & 2017, UCLA won a combined 18 games.
It's difficult predicting opponent strength years away from marquee nonconf games.
- Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon and the rest of the running back bunch looked to be in mid-season form after a dominant performance against FAU. Same game, different year.
- UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson is the son of former Oklahoma All-American linebacker and assistant coach Chris Wilson. Now in L.A., the talented receiving threat is excited about finally playing in front of the Sooner crowd, albeit in another uniform.
- Shane Beamer has influenced Oklahoma’s new approach on special teams, but he’s doing a lot more for this team than simply working with the punt and kickoff units.
- Chip Kelly and Lincoln Riley are two of the most prominent names when it comes to devising lethal offenses in college football. Both are creative innovators that have had many others try to emulate their success, but few if any are successful.
- Speaking of Riley, he calls the small town of Muleshoe, Texas home, but his success at the highest level of college football hasn’t changed him. He and his family are appreciative of this opportunity at Oklahoma, and they’ll never forget where they started.
- May. I. Have. Some. Please?
- Adrian Peterson is slated to start for Washington in Week 1. I expect there to be a lot of nice days for former Sooners once the regular season kicks off.
- In case you missed it, don’t forget to check out Allen Kenney’s breakdown of the matchup between UCLA’s offense and Oklahoma’s defense. The Sooners looked dominant on that side of the ball in Week 1, but with a new opponent comes new challenges, no matter how inept the Bruins appeared offensively in their season opener.
Around the Sports World
- The Kansas Jayhawks football program has been on rock bottom for a while, and now it appears they’ve brought a shovel. Should the school consider dropping the sport altogether, or at the very least dropping down to the FCS level? Hiring a better coach and committing to the sport is the way to go, but some interesting points are raised.
- The president of the University of Michigan says Jim Harbaugh is not on the hot seat, contrary to rumors that have swirled since the Wolverines dropped another big game.
- So where do American pro baseball players mostly come from? One interesting thing of note that the state of Oklahoma is in the nation’s top 10 as far as producing pro talent per capita.
- Speaking of baseball, Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani has been recommended to have Tommy John surgery, which would not only end his 2018 season, but also most if not all of the 2019 season.
- Steven Adams is a known gamer, and it would appear his likeness is making a cameo in the upcoming “Red Dead Redemption 2”.
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- The Apeel Company has produced a revolutionary method of preserving produce in a healthy manner, which could ultimately save grocery stores billions of dollars. The coating that is sprayed on the produce is made from the fatty oils of grapes and other common fruits and vegetables. It is considered by the FDA as ‘GRAS’, which means generally recognized as safe. So far, Apeel has only been applied to avocados in supermarkets, but the goal is to expand the formula to accommodate all types of produce.
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