Hello once again, everyone!
The Oklahoma Sooners are known for their history, tradition, and overall excellence on the field. Oh, and they’re also known for one other thing — their dance moves. Check out former OU tackle turned Philadelphia fan favorite Lane Johnson as he shows us all how it’s really done.
When you’re a two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, you can do things like this and nobody can stop you. Stay hungry, and don’t ever change, Lane. Eagles Nation is lucky to have you.
Now for today’s Hot Links! Oklahoma’s receivers are among the very best in college football, Patty Gasso is embarking on a seven figure salary, Kevin Durant goes down with a scary injury and more!
- Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley are truly the best of buds. Not only did they take an awesome fishing trip and have a nice haul, they also managed to re-capture the hearts of Sooner fans everywhere. Too cool.
- Speaking of Riley, with four new head coaches in the Big 12 this season, where does he rank among his conference peers? CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval offers his take.
- Here’s just a little reminder that the University of Oklahoma has a pretty amazing collection of programs within its athletic department. The floor is yours, Toby Rowland!
- 2019 just might be the year of the receiver in college football, and Oklahoma’s corps is among the best in the nation. Led by junior CeeDee Lamb, how does the Sooners’ receiving unit stack up against the other elite groups across the FBS?
- The Tulsa World’s Guerin Emig tackles the question of which team out of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa is most likely to cover the spread in its season opener. All present their own unique likelihoods, so it’s definitely a fun topic to debate about.
- Oklahoma’s Mark Jackson could be poised for a breakout season this fall. Up to this point he’s shown some flashes, but the key for him in Alex Grinch’s defense will be consistency.
Mark Jackson Jr. is FAR AND AWAY the highest-graded returning edge pass-rusher in the Big 12. pic.twitter.com/9f4ote6wc1— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 11, 2019
- Hollywood! That Ravens No. 15 sure looks good on Marquise Brown. This will be one of the only times you can take this good of a look at it though, because during the season it’ll be moving too fast.
- Bill Haisten from the Tulsa World wrote about Patty Gasso and how she’s set to become the first coach in the sport of college softball whose salary will break through the million dollar ceiling. Well deserved for one of the best coaches in the nation, regardless of sport.
- In case you missed it, make sure you check out the latest episode of the Oklahoma Breakdown podcast with Jack and Kamiar. There, the guys discuss the newest commitments on the recruiting trail, and the shocking (not really) development of yet another UT backer crying about a kid throwing the horns down.
- Speaking of the podcast, this happened as Jack and Kamiar were recording:
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) June 11, 2019
Around the Sports World
- Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors were able to survive for another night after winning Game 5 in Toronto on Monday, but the headlining story coming from the NBA Finals is Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury. KD had been sidelined for the last few weeks with a calf injury, and many believe his return to the court was rushed, resulting in a devastating injury that could alter the trajectory of his career.
- Charles Barkley joined ESPN’s Get Up crew and expressed his thoughts on Durant’s injury. In a nutshell, the Hall of Famer blames the Warriors’ team doctors and management for what happened with KD.
"I blame the Warriors for KD getting hurt and I don't care what they say about it."— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 11, 2019
Charles Barkley brought the heat, saying the Warriors shouldn't have played Kevin Durant in Game 5 pic.twitter.com/uyTgg2qsCS
- Forbes released an updated list of the world’s highest paid athletes, and unsurprisingly, the top three athletes are all soccer stars. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar sit in second and third, respectively, while Lionel Messi stands atop them all as the athlete raking in the biggest paycheck.
- The Cal Bears wrapped up the 2018 season in the most epic way imaginable. Remember the Cheez-It Bowl against TCU? Yup, that actually happened. Though the Pac-12 program came up short against the Horned Frogs, there’s a momentum that’s building behind the scenes. Bill Connelly previews Cal.
- Arkansas play-by-play man Phil Elson delivered one of the calls of the year after the Razorbacks defeated Ole Miss, 14-1 for a berth in the College World Series. Epic stuff.
Stick to Sports!
- It blows my mind that it’s been 15 years since ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ was released in theaters. I remember watching it all the time in middle school and quoting parts of it for basically the rest of my life. If you can relate to that in any way, you’ll definitely want to read up on this oral history of the cult classic.
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