Happy Friday, friends and fans!
There are hype videos, and then there is fine art. Once again, the Oklahoma Sooners’ media department is lapping the competition, and the latest example is this impeccable compilation of OU’s highlight reel of a season to date. Best of all, it’s narrated by senior and team captain DT Neville Gallimore. His delivery is on point, and his message is loud and clear.
Now if that doesn’t get you amped up, that’s either because you’re already operating at an 11 or you don’t have a pulse. I don’t need to see anything else before this one kicks off. Texas, Oklahoma is coming for you.
Having ‘Big Canada’ set the scene here is also a great choice for several reasons. As a senior, Gallimore is as familiar with the Longhorns as anybody on the team. In his four games against Texas, he’s totaled 15 tackles, but he has yet to record a sack or force a turnover of any kind. After he was called out earlier this week by UT’s Sam Cosmi for being “nothing to worry about,” you better believe he’ll be playing with a little extra something.
As we head into the weekend, I want to leave you all with this: Beat Texas! It’s what we do.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! ‘Horns Up For Peace’ has gone national, AD’s freshman season was superhuman, Gerrit Cole catches fire from the mound and more!
- If you haven’t already, make sure you give the latest episode of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast a listen before Saturday’s highly anticipated OU-Texas game kicks off. This week, Jack and Kamiar were joined by Barking Carnival’s Kyle Carpenter to talk about the Red River matchup and what each team needs to do to win. The guys also discussed the wild food concoctions at this year’s State Fair. As the usual warning goes, there is some NSFW language on the pod.
- The OU team equipment truck is en route to Dallas. It’s felt like an excrutiatingly long week, but the countdown is finally near its end.
- Lincoln Riley caught up with ESPN to talk about his latest superstar QB, Jalen Hurts, this weekend’s mega matchup between OU and Texas, and also the prospects of potentially coaching in the NFL.
- The Norman Transcript’s Joe Buettner caught up with OU legend Brian Bosworth aka ‘The Boz’ to ask him about his personal favorite memories of playing Texas. He also talked about the current team and what he thinks about the Horns Down debate.
- Speaking of Horns Down, I am a personal proponent for the ‘Horns Up For Peace’ movement founded by the one and only Eddie Radosevich of SoonerScoop and The Franchise. In fact, the movement has gained so much traction, ESPN’s College GameDay is airing a segment on it this weekend. Amazing things are happening, writes the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey. Also, the movement now has a music video.
- Jason Kersey composed another masterful piece for The Athletic. This time, he detailed Adrian Peterson’s freshman season in 2004. College football fans saw what he did on the field during the games, but there was a lot more going on behind the scenes that made his inaugural collegiate campaign truly special. You’ll need a subscription to read this article, but it’s quality content like Kersey’s that makes it a worthwhile investment.
- Baker Mayfield was tabbed by ESPN’s CFB 150 as the greatest walk-on to ever play the game. You won’t find many folks around Norman who will argue against that (myself included), but leaving Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow off the list is a glaring snub.
- If you aren’t a regular listener of the podcasts produced by the good people here at Crimson & Cream Machine, do yourself a solid and add it to your weekly routine. This week, Allen Kenney was joined by a very special guest in ESPN’s Bomani Jones on the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Of course they discussed all things OU-Texas, but that’s not all! As always, Allen did a great job, and if you’re not super familiar with Jones, you’re in for a treat.
Around the Sports World
- UCLA Bruins WR Theo Howard has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after being severely limited through the first half of the 2019 season with a hand/wrist injury.
- Speaking of the NCAA, the collegiate association has vacated all wins by Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2016-2017, including its 2016 Division III national championship. The reason? UMHB’s head coach Pete Fredenburg loaned his car to some of his players for periods of time so they could have transportation. The Crusaders self-reported the violations and will appeal.
- Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 25 Tampa Bay Rays throughout the ALDS, which broke the previous record of 22 for most K’s by a single pitcher in a divisional series round.
- Milwaukee Bucks starting guard Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss two to three weeks while rehabbing an oblique injury suffered in preseason play against the Utah Jazz.
Stick to Sports!
- Have you ever wanted to customize your own virtual goose from his honk snout to his flippy flappies? Well unfortunately, you still can’t, but thanks to ‘Paralives’ game developer Alex Massé, you can watch him create such magic right before your eyes. What began as a demonstration for an editing tool has turned into an internet sensation. I fully expect ‘Untitled Goose Game’ to become the next ‘Fortnite’, taking the world by storm one chonky birb at a time. You heard it here first.
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