Happy Monday, friends and fans!
The rest of the Oklahoma Sooners’ 2019 signing class has moved in and is finally living that college life. I feel like I have a much better understanding of players like OL EJ Ndoma-Ogar and DL Kori Roberson after finding out what they couldn’t leave behind as they packed their bags for Norman.
Of course the offensive lineman brought the syrup. He’ll be an All-Conference type of player in no time with that attitude. And as for Roberson, I think that’s pretty dope that his fish is named Shadow.
It’s also great to see Spencer Rattler finally on campus for good this time. He made his verbal commitment to OU in June of 2017 and hasn’t wavered in his decision since. For the nation’s top QB recruit, and in this day and age of high-volume transfers and decommitments, that speaks volumes about his decisiveness and confidence.
home ❣️— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) June 1, 2019
Once he’s fully settled in, he’ll have a chance to really show Lincoln Riley and his teammates what he could bring to the table this fall, but it’ll be a steep challenge trying to unseat Jalen Hurts who has all the experience factors tipped in his favor.
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma Softball is two wins away from another national championship, Josh Heupel and Roy Williams make the Hall of Fame ballot, Klay Thompson is hampered by his hamstrings and more!
- Former Sooners Josh Heupel and Roy Williams are both on the NFF’s 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot, meaning if voted on, they could be announced as inductees into the CFB HOF by January of next year. Other candidates include Michigan State kicker Morten Andersen, Colorado RB Eric Bieniemy, Miami DT Jerome Brown, Nebraska QB Eric Crouch, SMU RB Eric Dickerson, Cal TE Tony Gonzalez, Syracuse WR Marvin Harrison, Miami LB Ray Lewis and dozens of others.
- Patty Gasso and the Oklahoma Sooners are back in the championship series of the WCWS and are set to play the UCLA Bruins. This is the first time the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have met on this final stage under the current tournament format (2005). You definitely don’t want to miss any of the action in OKC. Game 1 begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.
- This two-run bomb from Jocelyn Alo on Sunday night deserves another look because it has to be some kind of WCWS record. As soon as the ball met the bat it was above and beyond the park’s perimeter. What a swing.
- Most football fans have a general sense of what the most attention-grabbing games of the season are on Oklahoma’s schedule. The Texas game is always a big one on the calendar, and Bedlam has been highly competitive as of late, but what’s a sneaky tough game that doesn’t immediately stand out? ESPN’s Jake Trotter offers his take.
- Kyler Murray’s progress report out of OTAs is overwhelmingly positive despite limited access from the media.
- Don’t forget to check out Allen’s latest piece here on C&C Machine where he explores the bells and whistles of the dime defense. Could it be just what a team like OU needs to properly combat the types of offenses that have plagued them for years, or is it simply another fading fad in the battle versus the spread offense?
Around the Sports World
- Zlatan ‘The Lion’ Ibrahimović is a soccer legend because of stuff like this. I just hurt my back watching this clip, but I’m still in awe.
- The biggest names on the Golden State Warriors’ team are coming down with the injury bug at the worst time of the season, but that hasn’t stopped them from evening the series with Toronto.
- After winning last season’s College Football Playoff, Clemson looks loaded once again. Bill Connelly previews Dabo Swinney’s Tigers, who have a real chance of repeating as champs.
- I personally cannot wait to see Matthew Boling representing the USA at the Olympics. It would be incredible if he’s able to qualify for the team in Tokyo next summer.
Matthew Boling was one of the best high school track athletes in the U.S. before this spring. Then he tried the 100, and his life started changing about 10 seconds at a time. On an 18-year-old with hopes for Tokyo 2020, who's more than viral clips.https://t.co/yq9a97nObm— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 3, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- Check out this trailer for the upcoming film ‘Ford v. Ferrari’. Base on the true story of American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and race car driver Ken Miles’ bond built around a race that would revolutionize the game. With actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale on the project, led by director James Mangold, this looks like a can’t-miss flick.
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