Happy Tuesday, friends and fans!
We are officially in college football’s offseason, and no matter what happens over the next seven month, I just hope no Oklahoma Sooners are caught up in campus shenanigans like having their car Barnacle’d. What the hell does that even mean? Just watch.
OU Parking Services will implement a new tool called the Barnacle beginning Jan. 21, 2020. Check out this video to learn more about it: pic.twitter.com/AYfaAZmAVI— OU Daily (@OUDaily) January 14, 2020
If finding parking on campus wasn’t frustrating enough, OU Parking Services decided to implement a device that’s an alternative to having one’s car towed. They call it a Barnacle, and basically it prevents you from driving away because you’re unable to see through your windshield. Oh, and it’s alarm enabled, just to make it more annoying.
Now first of all, I like my chances of hulking out and breaking this thing off my car. I, indeed, lift bro. Secondly, if this is on my car, I’m already pissed because that means somebody touched my car, and I’m blaming every single scratch on you. Bet. You will be hearing from my insurance company, bub. I’ve got USAA, homie. Don’t test me.
Okay, all kidding aside, the premise of this method makes (a tiny bit of) sense, because I think more people would rather find this on their car then not find their car at all, but if they’re going to be tagging students with this on top of literally everything else those kiddos have to pay for, then this should only be viewed as a monstrous thing to do. I don’t care if I’m parked literally inside Dale Hall. Just slap a ticket inside my wiper blade and move on. I’ll pay it, scout’s honor.
Also, you just know some dude is going to attempt to drive around like Ace Ventura with his head out the window, so it’s a public safety issue. Bet you didn’t think about that, OU Parking Services.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! OU falls in final AP Poll, national championship odds for the Sooners have been released, Chuba is back and more!
- Tonight is a big night for OU Basketball! The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks are coming to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, and best of all, Top Daug is back! Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Boomer!
- Speaking of OU Hoops, Sooners Wire’s Brayden Conover broke down three things Oklahoma will have to do in order to pull off the upset over KU tonight.
- Oklahoma officially finishes the 2019-20 college football season ranked No. 7 in the final AP Poll. The poor performance in the Peach Bowl is certainly reflected in these rankings, so with that in mind it’s hard to argue against.
- Speaking of rankings, several outlets have released their own way-too-early top 25 polls now that the latest season is entirely in the books. USA Today has the Sooners at No. 5, Sporting News ranks Oklahoma No. 7, and ESPN slots OU at No. 8.
- With 22-1 odds, Oklahoma is tied with the seventh-best odds to win the college football national championship next season according to Caesars Sportsbook. The Clemson Tigers are actually the current overall favorite with 2-1 odds.
- Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World caught up with OU kicker Gabe Brkic who has yet to miss a placekick in his young college career. He talked about how he’s approaching the next season, and if he feels any extra pressure to keep his streak of perfection alive.
- A total of eight Sooners appear in ESPN’s list of the 150 greatest college football players of all-time, which is tied for second-most for any single program. Boomer!
Around the Sports World
- On Monday, Oklahoma State Cowboys RB Chuba Hubbard surprised a lot of fans by announcing his decision to return to OSU for the 2020 season. The Canadian sprinter took college football by storm in 2019, leading the nation in total rushing with 2,094 yards.
- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander did something only a select few have ever accomplished as second-year players — a 20 point, 20 rebound triple double in a 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s some amazing company right there.
Making history.— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 14, 2020
Oscar Robertson pic.twitter.com/4RHgv6gaPn
- On Monday, Houston Cougars QB D’Eriq King made his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal official. If you recall after four games in 2019, the dynamic dual-threat made a controversial decision to sit out the rest of the season to preserve a year of eligibility, so now he’ll be immediately available to play wherever he lands.
I’ve entered the portal I think it’s best for me and my family!— King (@DeriqKing_) January 14, 2020
- Retired NFL WR Chad Johnson aka ‘Ochocinco’ is taking his talents to the XFL as a kicker. Well, he has to do well in try-outs first, but I don’t see how they turn him down. The fact that a former receiver of his caliber wants to move to kicker is enough of a television draw for a league that will need the numbers.
The opportunity to kick in the XFL has presented itself, i must tryout Monday in Houston, I’m excited as hell & I’m sure all will go well— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) January 14, 2020
- I feel bad for Boston Bruins wing Brad Marchand. The man had the eyes of the NHL world fixed on him as he attempted to be the hero for his team. Instead, he made one of the most embarrassing and costly whiffs I’ve seen in years that wound up determining the game. Big yikes.
File this under "things we've never seen before"— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 14, 2020
Brad Marchand overskates the puck at centre ice in the shootout so the Flyers win. pic.twitter.com/9DrriRNyri
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