Happy Friday, friends and fans!
Five-star QB Spencer Rattler won’t officially join the team until this summer, but rest assured he’s been working every day, preparing to become the next great signal caller for the Oklahoma Sooners. However, as most of us know, all work and no play is simply no fun. With that in mind, check out this sneak preview of what’s coming down the pipeline in the near future.
Okay so first of all, I’m going to take a wild guess that this wasn’t the one and only attempt, but no matter, it’s pretty remarkable that he made it at all. It’s hard enough for a player to drop a pass in a bucket like that on a level field, but to do it off the top of a mountain (or in this case a tall, rocky hill) is nuts. Even Uncle Rico can’t do that, no matter what he tries to tell you.
If dropping balls in windows like this becomes a routine thing for Rattler if (or when) he finally assumes the starting spot, this video might seem less amazing because that’ll just be what he does. Either way, I can hardly wait to see more of these amazing feats from this guy.
Now on to this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Marquise Brown visits the Dolphins, OU is paying Lee Brice a nice chunk of change, Tom Brady will have to wear a different helmet next season and more!
- Like many others, Joel Klatt projects three Sooners to be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, including Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
- Marquise Brown is visiting with the Miami Dolphins after impressing at the NFL Combine rechecks. He’d be an instant fan favorite in the area, and Hard Rock Stadium is also very close to his hometown of Hollywood.
- Lon Kruger is receiving the Legends of Coaching Award, and just hearing and reading what his peers in the profession have to say about him makes it obvious as to why he’s so deserving of the honor. He’s not just a talented mind of the game, he changes the culture of programs for the better.
- The Oklahoman’s Joe Mussatto reports that a total of 17 players will not be available for tonight’s Spring Game. Fortunately, the only offensive lineman who is expected to miss the game is Creed Humphrey (who is out for the spring), and he’s already a known commodity.
- Alcohol will be on sale tonight at the OU Spring Game! You’ve heard it a million times, but once more won’t hurt. Just remember to be responsible and stay safe out there, Sooner Nation.
- The No. 2 ranked Sooners are in Lawrence this weekend for a three-game series against Kansas. There’s only about a month left of the college softball regular season, and Oklahoma has found its winning formula once again, now having won a nation’s best 25 games in a row.
- Oklahoma baseball is in Waco this weekend to take on the Baylor Bears. Game 1 begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT and can be streamed live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
- The Tulsa World has discovered that country music artist Lee Brice is being paid $150K to perform at the Oklahoma Spring Game. For comparison, OU offered Trace Adkins $115K for his concert at last year’s Spring Game. I wonder what President Jim Gallogly thinks about this. This is pretty much par for the course, and ticket sales and other revenue should make up for this payment and then some.
- In the final chapter of the Oklahoma Born project by OU Daily, Vic Reynolds highlights Oklahoma City native Justin Broiles. The talented DB was destined to become a Sooner from early on in his football playing career, and as the defense he’s played in works on a new identity, he must continue to work as a leader in the secondary.
- OU men’s gymnastics is the No. 1 overall seed going into next weekend’s NCAA Championships. The Sooners are looking to win their fifth straight national title, and 13th overall, which would break a tie with Penn State for the most all-time.
- In case you missed it, junior D-lineman Tyreece Lott is no longer with the team. Not everything about the situation is public, but what is clear is that Oklahoma will not be able to afford much more attrition along the defensive front.
- The Spring Game will have your attention, but highly-touted OU hoops signee De’Vion Harmon is also in action tonight. You can catch him in the Nike Hoop Summit on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. CT.
Around the Sports World
- In 2018, 32 NFL players, including Tom Brady, wore helmets that will not be allowed going forward. The NFL and NFLPA have also added 11 helmet models to their joint list of approved equipment.
- Can UCF lead the charge for the Group of Five programs for a third season in a row? Bill Connelly thinks so, but questions at QB and along the defensive line will need to be answered first.
- Tiger Woods had a pretty nice first round of the Masters, shooting two under par on Thursday and at one point was tied for the lead. Perhaps this is wishful thinking, but he could very well be on his way to another run at a green jacket. Stay tuned.
Tiger Woods shot a first-round 70.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 11, 2019
He's shot a first-round 70 in 3 of his 4 Masters wins (1997, 2001, 2002) pic.twitter.com/1GWgStJsdp
- Now this is pretty tough to watch. So back in the summer of 2016, Derrick Rose found out he was being traded from Chicago to New York during an interview, and the news broke the former MVP down to tears. Heads up, there is some NSFW language in the video.
- This ball boy (gentleman?) is out here hustling harder than half the majors to field this foul ball. Give this man a raise!
Nothing and we mean NOTHING is stopping this determined ball dude from getting this foul ball. pic.twitter.com/SH44UrTlx9— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 12, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- Renowned children’s literature author Beverly Cleary turns a refined 103 today, so Happy Birthday to her! She’s in retirement now, but of her 91 million copies sold, those from her ‘Ramona’ series have been the most popular over generations. Growing up, my personal favorite of hers was ‘Runaway Ralph’. What can I say? I’m a sucker for mice on motorcycles.
Beverly Cleary is 103 today. Her Ramona Quimby books gave us one of the most beloved heroines in American kid lit: a sharp, curious, unstoppable ball of energy. https://t.co/lVxCIWJBst— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 12, 2019
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