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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: OU football staff witnesses history at The Peake

On a night in which Russell Westbrook dedicated his 20-20-21 performance to Nipsey Hussle, the OU staff was there to witness the history.

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

The grand opening of the new Sooner Shop is coming this Friday, April 5, and by the looks of it, it should be one of the more unique features found on any college campus as far as apparel is concerned.

I can already tell that it’ll be one of the hottest attractions during next weekend’s Spring Game, and here’s where you can find it:

So if you’re a fan of any sport within the Oklahoma Sooners athletics department, you’d be doing yourself a favor by checking this place out.

Now for today’s Hot Links! SI projects Kyler Murray to Oakland with the first pick, Blake Bell signs with the Kansas City Chiefs, Russell Westbrook recorded triple-twenties for Nipsey Hussle, and more!

OU Links

  • On Tuesday night, Lincoln Riley and the rest of Oklahoma’s coaching staff were in Oklahoma City to watch the Thunder and Russell Westbrook’s historic performance (more on that later). It’s cool to see the players bond, but it’s also cool to see the coaches go out and do things together like this. However, I’m not seeing Ruffin McNeill in this picture. Maybe he went to the bathroom, or maybe it was past his bedtime.
  • Speaking of which... recruiting never takes a night off.
  • In Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft, Kyler Murray is projected to go No. 1 overall later this month, but not to the team currently holding the top pick. No, instead of Arizona, SI’s Robert Klemko predicts Oakland to trade up for the first selection. That would kind of be like sand in the Athletics’ eyes after failing to lure K1 to baseball, and it would also be quite the middle finger from the Raiders to the city of Oakland.
  • Speaking of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Sooners could hear as many as eight names called. Murray is obviously the odds-on favorite to go before any of the others, but how do the others stack up as far as where they are projected?
  • We’re just 10 days away from Oklahoma’s Spring Game, so with that in mind, here are 10 reasons why you should make plans to attend the annual event this time around if you haven’t already committed to it. Now I can only speak for myself, but I’m sure many would agree with me when I say the No. 1 reason why I’m going is the same No. 1 reason that’s on this list — to watch OU football!
  • After a couple notable defensive decommitments, it appears DC Alex Grinch is establishing his vision for the kind of players he wants to recruit. Eric Bailey from the Tulsa World has more on the topic.
  • Former Sooner QB Blake Bell turned NFL tight end has reportedly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Belldozer was last in Jacksonville with the Jaguars for the latter majority of the 2018 season. Between he and his new quarterback Patrick Mahomes, that’s a lot of past Big 12 awesomeness.
  • Speaking of Sooners/Chiefs, HBD to Damien Williams!

Around the Sports World

  • Russell Westbrook joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to have at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in an NBA game. The man is today’s triple-double king for a reason, and on Tuesday night he added to his legend.
  • Westbrook dedicated his 20-20-20 (or 21) performance to recently murdered rap artist and close friend Nipsey Hussle. Both are from the L.A. area and had worked together in community service through Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation.
  • After 16 (mostly disappointing) seasons, the Washington Wizards finally decided it was time to fire GM Ernie Grunfeld.
  • This Bryce Harper bat flip in his return to D.C. was just incredible and entirely too perfect.

Stick to Sports!

  • Warner Bros. Pictures released a teaser trailer for its upcoming film, Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. It’s an origin story chronicling one of the most infamous super villains in comic book history. What I find particularly interesting is that this teaser of how the Joker began comes out the day before the late Heath Ledger’s would-be birthday. If you recall, Ledger’s portrayal of the twisted DC character is still widely regarded as the gold standard. Is the timing a calculated maneuver or simply creepy coincidence? Either way, I know I’ll be there when this movie hits theaters on Oct. 4.

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