Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
Kyler Murray threw out the first pitch before the Arizona Diamondbacks game on Tuesday night alongside Arizona Coyotes first round draft pick Victor Soderstrom.
What’s even more amazing than seeing Murray back on the baseball diamond is knowing who he pitched to. Archie Bradley — an Oklahoma Sooners QB commit once upon a time who ended up being selected with the No. 7 overall pick out of Broken Arrow HS — chose the baseball route and has since had a strong career in the majors. Now Kyler is looking to do the same with the Arizona Cardinals.
Take notes, and get you a quarterback who can do both.
Now let’s dig into today’s Hot Links! Kyler Murray runs a race, Baker Mayfield hits the gym with Marky Mark, Kevin Durant is a UFA and more!
- Kyler Murray was in a video-recorded foot race, everybody. Even though it looks like his fellow rookie teammate WR Andy Isabella had him by a nose at the end, remember that K1 is no slouch. This was a lot of fun to watch. Thank you, Arizona.
- Baker Mayfield keeps making the news because of how awesome he is, and as long as he’s doing that I know I’m not the only one who’ll gladly continue to eat it up. This time, he worked out with the one and only Mark Wahlberg. For the record, those banded pushups Mayfield was seen finished with at the end of the video are absolutely no joke.
- Stay tuned, folks, because Lincoln Riley has just put all of Sooner Nation on high alert as yet another pair of emoji eyes has been dropped. This is turning out to be a fun month in recruiting.
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) June 26, 2019
- I recently had someone ask me this question of whether Qdoba is better than Chipotle or not, and admittedly I’ve never had Qdoba. All I can say is Chipotle is pretty bomb if I’m in the mood for it. Apparently Lincoln Riley and Joel Klatt are on opposite sides of this debate.
Come on Joel, you’re better than that..... https://t.co/XVCTtmiCRS— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) June 26, 2019
- Wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons hosted his group of pass catchers, and I honestly don’t know if there’s another team in the nation with more talent than Oklahoma across the board at this position. At least four or five of these guys could legitimately be drafted by an NFL team following their Sooner careers. Also, Theo Wease looks like he might be as big as CeeDee Lamb. Wow. It’s also worth noting that Michael Thompson is not in this picture.
- Former Auburn softball infielder Taylon Snow has reportedly transferred to Oklahoma and will be a member of the 2020 team. The junior-to-be started 52 games last season for the Tigers and batted .324 at the plate. Welcome to Norman, Taylon!
- Don’t forget to check out episode No. 22 of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast with Jack and Kamiar! This week, the guys talked about the future of the QB position at OU, Baker Mayfield news, summer recruiting and more! As a usual reminder, there is some NSFW language.
Around the Sports World
- When in Paris, break dance as the French do? Okay, that not a real saying (obviously), but the sport of break dancing is making its Olympic debut in 2024. It might seem silly at first, but competitive, Olympic-level floor routines already exist in the gymnastics world, so why not this too? It’ll definitely be one of the more exciting sports to watch. I’m interested to find out which countries truly have the best b-boys and girls.
- Uh oh, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Kevin Durant has declined his option with the Golden State Warriors and will become an unrestricted free agent. Let the games begin?
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has declined his $31.5M player option and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman are in New York, evaluating free agency options. So far, process has stayed private.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
- Speaking of Durant, the former MVP likely won’t play next NBA season, but where will he be sitting on the bench? The possibilities surrounding his upcoming free agency are numerous.
- Which sport actually has the worst instant replay system? There are plenty of candidates, but an investigation into who shall claim this terrible title is called for.
- 40-year veteran ESPN newscaster Bob Ley is calling it a career. The man has been synonymous with sports and the stories behind them for decades, and now he’s putting down the mic. Good luck in retirement, Bob! We’ll all miss your wit and professionalism.
Too many folks to thank individually, right now, but know that I have you all in my mind and my heart. Some news to share: pic.twitter.com/Qydhpcy4MV— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) June 26, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- In 2017, a DC/Looney Tunes crossover comic book event brought together Batman and Elmer Fudd. Screen Rant’s Padraig Cotter takes a look back at why the No. 1 issue works so well for such an unlikely pairing.
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