Happy Friday, friends and fans!
Meet Cam, a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners. Earlier this year, he stated that he’d get a tattoo of Jalen Hurts wearing a cowboy hat if OU made the playoffs. Well, those conditions were obviously met, so Cam had to face the music.
I’ve got a lot of respect for those who make bold statements like that on the internet and then actually own up to the consequences, so more power to you for that, my friend. Not everyone has as much integrity as you (I’m looking at you, Dog Poo Guy).
Even as a die-hard fan myself, I’ve never been into the idea of getting my school and/or sports team permanently marked on my skin. For those that have done so, I’m willing to concede that you’re just more into all of this than I am.
Okay, now I’m no ink snob, nor am I trying to convince anybody that I’m privy to what’s trendy, but if you’re going to own your promise, own it to the fullest in a place where it can be seen a little more. Also, I thought he was going to get Hurts in a cowboy hat. I suppose going under the needle is good enough, but dang that sure would have been epic to see. All in all, good for you, Cam.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! ‘Tis the season of Bob Stoops on ice, ESPN re-ranks the top 50 CFB players, the Greek Freak goes off and more!
- Class of 2020 three-star RB/ATH Corey Wren recently received an offer from Oklahoma, as OU would like to add another back in this class after Jase McClellan flipped to Alabama. Wren, a New Orleans native, was previously committed to Georgia before re-opening his recruitment earlier this month. He’s received offers from Ohio State, Baylor and Florida State among others at some point throughout his recruiting process, and his greatest strength is his pure track speed. Whether he’s accelerating from the start or switching into max gear, he’s a true blazer by every measure.
- In the most random thing you’ll see this week, Bob Stoops joined up with ESPN’s Maria Taylor, Holly Rowe and David Pollack for a round of ice bumper cars. I don’t know why, I really just don’t, but hey, it’s always fun to see Stoops outside of the coaching world.
- Speaking of ESPN, the folks over yonder ranked the nation’s top 50 players before the 2019 college football season kicked off. Now they’ve updated the list, and the new No. 1 player, Joe Burrow, wasn’t even included in the preseason rankings. As for Sooners, CeeDee Lamb rose several spots, Jalen Hurts stayed relatively the same, Kenneth Murray entered the discussion and Creed Humphrey fell out.
- Speaking of Humphrey, the elite redshirt sophomore center was named a FWAA Second Team All-American on Friday. With another year in the program, this Shawnee super star could claim all the awards.
- After the signing day festivities, Alex Grinch talked about the differences between when he first arrived to now on the recruiting trail, as well as the built-in advantages that come with the OU brand.
Alex Grinch on having the OU brand backing him on the recruiting trail.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) December 20, 2019
"Everyone will take your phone call. There's not a high school coach in America that will close his doors to you, and there's not a prospect that won't follow you back on Twitter."#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/lC89uN7eYQ
- Lamar Jackson has had a whale of a sophomore season in the NFL, and Kyler Murray is trending towards something similar in 2020. He’s already breaking ground as a rookie for the Arizona Cardinals, and as he’s become increasingly familiar with the speed of the NFL, his game has risen leaps and bounds.
- The Bowl Mania Challenge begins today with a couple bowl games starting at 1 p.m. CT. That means it’s not too late for you to join Crimson & Cream Machine’s group for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card! It’s completely free to join, just follow this link or the one in the tweet for a complete list of instructions on how to sign up.
- Make sure you listen to the newest episode of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast with Jack and Kamiar. This week, the guys review all the news and nuggets from the Early Signing Period, the fallout from the team suspensions and a whole lot more. It’s a jam packed episode you won’t want to miss. As usual, keep in mind that there is some NSFW language used on the pod.
Around the Sports World
- Several players and staff members for the Oklahoma City Thunder were at Penn Square Mall in OKC on Thursday when a shooting took place inside a shoe store. One victim has been hospitalized but is reportedly in stable condition. Meanwhile, everyone involved with the team was safe throughout the incident. It’s a scary situation, but thankfully a much greater tragedy was avoided.
- XFL commissioner Oliver Luck recently stated that he thinks the reason why players like Johnny Manziel and Trent Richardson aren’t receiving much interest by teams in the upcoming new pro football league is that there are simply better options ahead of them. Ouch.
- Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will lose $1 million for his Friday night bout against Daniel Jacobs after weighing in nearly five pounds heavier than his super middleweight class limit of 168 pounds. Fortunately for Chavez the fight will go on, but that’s a lot of cheddar to lose for not meeting his end of the contractual agreement.
- The Milwaukee Bucks held off the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, 111-104 to claim the top record in the NBA. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had another stellar night against the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, racking up 34 points, 11 boards and 7 assists. Oh yeah, and he also dropped Robin Lopez with the People’s Elbow. The man simply does it all.
Stick to Sports!
- Coming next Valentine’s Day is ‘Downhill’ — a different kind of disaster movie. The movie’s formal synopsis sets the stage: “After barely escaping an avalanche during a ski vacation in the Alps, a couple is forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.” Starring comedy king and queen Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, this looks like a potential gem for an already stacked film field in 2020.
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