Happy Monday, friends and fans!
The folks over at SEC Shorts put together this sketch comedy piece after the Oklahoma Sooners were dominated by the LSU Tigers in the Peach Bowl CFP semifinal. Trigger warning if you’re overly sensitive to OU/Big 12 trashing, but if you can find the humor in it, I promise laughing won’t make you any less of a fan.
For the record, I don’t recall anyone here at Crimson & Cream Machine calling Joe Burrow overrated, or disparaging the strength of LSU’s conference schedule, but it makes for easy material in this context. Who knows, perhaps this will inspire someone to make a better bit next year when Oklahoma wins the whole thing. Yeah, that’s right, I said it.
Now on to this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Get ready for an offseason of Spencer vs. Tanner, Lincoln Riley talks more about the player suspensions, the NFL has purged itself from a number of head coaches and more!
- Lon Kruger and the 8-3 OU men’s basketball team are wrapping up the decade with a home contest against UT-Rio Grande Valley on Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and can be watched on FSOK.
- Get ready for an offseason full of QB “competition” news, because Lincoln Riley is already detailing the tale of the tape between Tanner Mordecai and Spencer Rattler. Since he’s done it the last two years in a row, folks can rest a little easer knowing the best man for the job will be given the keys in the end, writes the OU Daily’s George Stoia.
- Kyler Murray continues to do things few others have ever accomplished as a rookie in the NFL. The season is now officially over for him and his Arizona Cardinals following Sunday’s loss to the Rams, but the future is as bright as it’s been in years in the desert.
Kyler Murray has joined Andrew Luck (6 in 2012) as the only two players in NFL history with at least five 300-yard passing performances during their rookie season.#KylerMurROY pic.twitter.com/3sIhF9qagd— Arizona Cardinals ⋈ (@AZCardinals) December 30, 2019
- DT Neville Gallimore has spent the last five seasons far away from his home in Ottawa, Ontario representing the Sooners with great class on and off the field. Now the time has come for this redshirt senior to sign out and tackle his next adventure in life. Thanks for all the memories, Big G!
My time at OU has come to an end. Sooner nation thank you for allowing me to make this place my home. OU will forever have a special place in my heart. You guys took a Kid from Ottawa and made him feel special. OU 4Ever ‼️The Canadian Bulldozer signing out. #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/Wv2ugTvkcO— Neville Gallimore (@Path2Greatwork) December 29, 2019
- Redshirt senior receiver Lee Morris also played his final down as a Sooner on Saturday, and he shared a message with the Oklahoma fans who have supported him throughout his OU journey.
Sooner Born, Sooner Bred and when I die, I’ll be Sooner Dead! Thank you for everything Sooner Nation. Can’t wait to see what’s in store in the next chapter. ✌ pic.twitter.com/neDRCPrc0h— Lee Morris (@BeastLee80) December 30, 2019
- Even though Lincoln Riley won’t say it yet, just about everybody else fully expects Spencer Rattler to take over the starting QB job at Oklahoma in 2020 with Hurts moving on. He, too, has a message for Sooner Nation, and it makes me all the more excited to see what the future has in store.
I want to thank all the seniors that lead the way for our team this year. I will always have respect for you guys! I know it didn’t end like we wanted, but our team is going to work hard this off season to be back here! #Boomer— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) December 29, 2019
- Jadon Haselwood flashed plenty of talent during his freshman campaign, and CeeDee Lamb has already gone on record to say this youngster’s production will ultimately surpass his own when it’s all said and done. If he truly puts in the work like he vows to do, I wouldn’t put anything past him. Go get it all, young man.
Thank you Sooner Nation for your support this season. This is not the end we wanted, but I guarantee my teammates and I will work hard this offseason so we never feel this feeling again. To my brothers moving on you will be missed dearly. Love you all #H11 #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/wuisYXKrpN— Jadon Haselwood † (@jadon_haselwood) December 29, 2019
Around the Sports World
- On Sunday, LeBron James was named the AP Male Athlete of the Decade, including his last three stops with the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
- The Texas Longhorns have hired Ohio State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich to the same position. The now former Buckeyes OC is familiar with the Big 12 after calling the plays for Oklahoma State from 2013-18.
- After one highly disappointing season, the Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Freddie Kitchens. Even with a plethora of skill position talent on offense, he apparently wasn’t creating enough production to warrant keeping him around any longer.
- Washington Redskins coach Bruce Allen is out after 10 years at the helm, and now former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expected to come aboard as his replacement.
- The New York Giants have fired Pat Shurmur after two severely underwhelming seasons with Big Blue. It’s one of the most high-profile jobs in the NFL, but it’s also been one of the more underachieving spots in recent years.
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