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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Baker Mayfield holds Tom Brady’s Super Bowl rings, three Sooners projected to go in first round, and more!

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar has three Sooners going in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Happy Monday, friends and fans!

Super Bowl LIII was… something, and the commercials overall were... something else. That said, Baker Mayfield had a spotlight moment in perhaps the best ad of the night.

In case you missed it during the Big Game, or you just want to re-watch the commercial in its entirety, here you go.

Now that Tom Brady has just won his sixth Super Bowl ring, more than any other player in NFL history, his little moment with Mayfield stands out that much more. Some fans of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Cleveland Browns are seeing Brady’s “hold these” comment and handing-off of his rings as a passing of the torch from one generation to the next.

Sure, it would be the most awesome thing ever to see Mayfield eventually insert his name into the discussions with Brady and other first-ballot Hall of Fame company, but realistically it may never happen. Of course, that’s no slight to him or any other quarterback, it’s simply a testament to No. 12’s greatness. Still, the future of the league looks to be in great hands with QBs like Mayfield, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff (MORE LIKE JARED OFF) and others beginning to take over for years to come.

Now on to this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! A big week is ahead for Oklahoma Basketball, Sooner Softball kicks off this Friday, Super Bowl LIV odds are out and more!

OU Links

  • The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig wrote about Alex Grinch and why it won’t take much for the Sooners’ new defensive coordinator to prove to be a good hire. Helping the current players on the team reach their full potential and creating an extra turnover here and there will go a long way towards the good graces of Oklahoma fans everywhere.
  • We all know that Lincoln Riley’s eyeball emojis and other tweets generate a ton of buzz, but how much? This is a pretty decent indication of how good he is at bringing attention to his program:
  • Lon Kruger has to prepare his team for another quick turnaround after the road trip in Morgantown on Saturday. The red-hot Iowa State Cyclones are one of the best teams in the Big 12, so it goes without saying how important a win tonight would be for Oklahoma’s resume.
  • In case you missed it, I put together a season preview for Oklahoma softball, which gets underway this Friday at the GCU Kickoff. Patty Gasso will have to lock down viable pitching replacements after Paige Parker and Paige Lowary graduated, but overall this team looks stacked once again.

Around the Sports World

  • The Browns are going to be one of the more interesting teams to follow next season. As of immediately after Super Bowl LIII, Cleveland has better odds to win it all than 17 other teams. Also, look out for AFC North Division rival Baltimore.

Stick to Sports!

  • Xbox Live capability is coming soon to a platform near you. In an effort to make the joy of gaming more accessible, the Microsoft-based gaming network is expanding to iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch and PC users. Basically, if it’s not a Sony console, it will have Xbox Live. This works in tandem with Microsoft’s “We All Win” initiative, making gaming possible and/or easier for those with physical disabilities. Here’s the Super Bowl ad for that. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly encourage you to check it out.

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