Happy Friday, friends and fans!
Baker Mayfield is a rising star in the NFL, that much is known. He’s also a true example of someone who has had to earn every on-the-field the hard way, step-by-step, with no shortcuts mixed in. So when he imparts his invaluable wisdom, all of us should take heed.
Baker Mayfield's parting advice after 13 minutes with local media at training camp in Cleveland:— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) July 25, 2019
"Don't run from the cops."
(Courtesy our sister station @WOIOSports) pic.twitter.com/Vana7SGmXA
“Don’t run from the cops.”
— a Baker Mayfield proverb
Of course, the former Oklahoma Sooners QB is simply having a little fun joking about a moment in his past that he’s since atoned for and then some. Humor aside, I think the real lesson that Mayfield is able to convey here is that by taking complete ownership of your own transgressions or faults, you remove the power it gives others as they attempt to use those experiences against you. At least, that’s what I took away from it.
It cannot be stated enough — the Cleveland Browns struck an absolute gold mine when they drafted this man.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Summer training is in the books, Sterling Shepard injures his thumb, the Clippers are moving on up and more!
- Lincoln Riley was at a coaches luncheon on Thursday, and he was asked a question that he could have easily given a very bland, coach-speak type of answer to. Instead, he told the truth, and I am so here for this. Screw melatonin, my guy sleeps just fine at night.
Lincoln Riley's full response to being asked which Big 12 team gives him the most sleepless nights:— Joe Buettner (@ByJoeBuettner) July 25, 2019
"Every now and then you get asked these questions. In your mind, you go politically correct or tell the truth. So, the truth is none of 'em."
- Today marks the end of summer training, as a couple of former five star recruits in QB Spencer Rattler and WR Jadon Haselwood express on Twitter. Fall camp is just around the corner, folks, and soon, Oklahoma Football will be back. Can’t wait!
First summer complete ✔️— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) July 26, 2019
Fall camp next...#Boomer
First summer down next stop...— Jadon Haselwood ² (@jadon_haselwood) July 26, 2019
- Speaking of fall camp, Collin Kennedy from OU Insider broke down all of the most compelling yet underrated storylines heading into August, and there are a lot of interesting developments that may or may not take place outside of the QB position and Alex Grinch’s new defense.
- Lincoln Riley might not have his most prolific offense before him in 2019, but OU Insider’s Joey Helmer shares five reasons why Oklahoma could still lead the nation when it comes to moving the ball and scoring points.
- OU-Texas is always one of the most anticipated games in college football, and this year it will also have some of the most expensive ticket prices in the nation. No real surprise there, but wow, the Cotton Bowl isn’t hurting in October, that’s for sure.
- Kyler Murray is doing work in Arizona, and has just about everybody coming away overly impressed. It’s a Sooner thing.
I promised myself I wouldn’t overreact to anything at training camp this year....but it’s gonna be hard to keep that promise after watching Kyler Murray today. Wow.#AZCardinals— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) July 26, 2019
- New York Giants WR and former Sooner Sterling Shepard suffered a fractured thumb on Thursday and will have to be re-evaluated week-to-week. With about a month and a half until the regular season starts, I hope he’s able to rest for as long as possible.
The X-ray on Sterling Shepard’s thumb revealed a fracture. Shepard will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.— New York Giants (@Giants) July 25, 2019
- One of the most recognized aspects of OU Football is The Pride of Oklahoma. The Sooners’ marching band does it like none other, including the feature twirler, Emily Perkins, who recently won herself the 2019 Collegiate National Championship. Boomer!
A huge congratulations to our Feature Twirler, Emily Perkins, for winning the 2019 National Collegiate Championship!— ThePrideofOklahoma (@OU_ThePRIDE) July 25, 2019
We are so honored to have, not only our band, but our university represented by this extremely talented young woman! Thank you Emily! pic.twitter.com/RFqhtYjmKI
- Attention all Sooner fans! In case you missed it, check out Nike’s new Air Zoom Pegasus 36, customized for OU. If you’re looking to upgrade your look before the season starts, this is a great way to refresh yourself.
Nike has dropped the new Pegasus 36 Oklahoma shoe. Click the link and get yourself a pair! #Sooners https://t.co/FRpVP9TosE— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) July 22, 2019
- Also, if you’d like to be part of a brand new college football poll this season, SB Nation is looking for informed fans of the Oklahoma Sooners to participate in the FanPulse Top 25. If you haven’t heard about it before, you can find out more details here. It’s not too late to sign up, so check it out and let your voice be heard!
Around the Sports World
- It really feels like the Cleveland Browns are America’s team. That might rub fans of the Dallas Cowboys the wrong way, but people sure do love an underdog. This team has completely captured that mentality and is running with it.
- The Los Angeles Clippers have made all kinds of big moves this summer, and recently they unveiled perhaps their biggest move yet. After sharing the Staples Center with the cross-town Lakers since 1999, the Clips are planning to move to this immaculate arena in Inglewood by 2024. Incredible stuff.
Transformative.— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 26, 2019
A place for #ClipperNation to call home. pic.twitter.com/1gJGBe19vr
- NY Giants WR and former Baylor Bear Corey Coleman suffered a torn ACL on Thursday and will miss the 2019-20 season.
- Okay, this is absolutely crazy, y’all. The Baltimore Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson is an outfielder by profession and definitely not a pitcher, yet he managed to record a save after 14 pitches, with none of them going faster than 60 mph. My mind is figuratively blown.
Outfielder Stevie Wilkerson is the first position player to ever record a save.— ESPN (@espn) July 26, 2019
He only needed 14 pitches to do it and NONE of them were over 60 mph pic.twitter.com/4cGVfRwc0l
- U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps’ world record time in the 100M Fly during the semifinals of the world championships. I can hardly wait to see what this guy does at the Olympics in Tokyo next summer.
From Phelps to Dressel.@caelebdressel is the new 100m Butterfly World Record holder, taking the title from Michael Phelps: https://t.co/lDMlI9odkf pic.twitter.com/FxtMdDZ6Mr— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2019
Stick to Sports!
- Developers at Sony have created a mini, portable air conditioning unit that cools you down on the go. The inventive gadget is called the ‘Reon Pocket’, and works with a specially designed shirt, which in-all goes for approximately $130. I’d have to try it out for myself to see how revolutionary the product is or isn’t, but hey, I’m just glad someone is out here thinking of us in this heat.
Sony's mini air conditioner can fit in your pocket https://t.co/LzNu3XbC30— CNET News (@CNETNews) July 26, 2019
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