Happy Friday, friends and fans!
There are highlight reels, and then there are highlight reels. Mr. Macintosh, a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and highlight extraordinaire, specializes in capturing the best moments of every OU game, win or lose. With the 2019 season in the books, I’d say he’s put together some of his best work yet in this unique highlight round-up of the past four months. Roll it!
The throwback, vintage style of how this video is framed is a nice touch, and beyond that it’s a fair yet entertaining way of remembering the season and all the actors who played a part in making it happen. Sure, it didn’t end the way any of us wanted, but this video is an excellent portrayal of how joy can still be the No. 1 takeaway (no pun intended) moving forward.
If you liked that, and I know you did, you should go ahead and subscribe to Mr. Macintosh for all his incredible work so that he can continue to create some of the best Sooner content you’ll find on the web.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! It’s been a decade of greatness for OU Athletics, a Longhorn has a problem with the latest Sooner signee’s hand gesture of choice, Jason Garrett is finally done in Big D and more!
- In case you also missed this, 2020 four-star QB Chandler Morris revealed his decision to become a Sooner on Thursday. He actually signed his National Letter of Intent during the early period, but he made it public at the Under Armour All-America Game.
- Soft Texas Longhorns DT Keondre Coburn was triggered by the sight of Morris throwing the ‘Horns down hand sign upon his announcement. I don’t know why they insist on being so soft, but I suppose it’s just who they are at this point.
Lol I mean this so much disrespect I could of swore OU has a hand signal for their school but aye I love it see you soon buddy https://t.co/opBtIR5fEe— Keondre Coburn⁹⁹ (@KeondreCoburn99) January 2, 2020
- We’re days into a new decade, but I recommend you check out this compilation of some of the most memorable moments from the last 10 years in Sooner Athletics. Whether it’s been on the football field, the softball diamond, the gymnasium or on the golf course, there’s been plenty to be proud of and celebrate when it comes to Oklahoma’s amazing student-athletes.
- OU men’s basketball team has featured a lot of new faces this season but has still managed to build a solid 9-3 record while playing most of its games away from home. Big 12 play starts on Saturday against K-State, and Lon Kruger is confident his guys are ready to tip things off on the right foot. OU Daily’s Caleb McCourry has more.
- Speaking of which, Saturday’s game is on ESPN+, so you’ll need a subscription if you’re not able to make it to the LNC. It’s also a solid value purchase if you’re a fan of OU softball and/or baseball, as plenty of their games (particularly away games) will end up on the streaming service. To subscribe for $4.99/mo, follow this link.
- In case you missed it, junior LB Kenneth Murray officially announced his declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday. It’s bittersweet for Oklahoma fans because he’s been such an exemplary leader and outstanding player, but with many early mocks projecting him as a first-round pick, he’s making the wise choice by capitalizing on his stock now.
- With K9 departing OU for the NFL, Oklahoma must find someone who can replace at least a sizeable portion of the productivity he posted each and every Saturday. The Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer looks at the possible candidates on who that next guy could be.
- Make sure you check out the Season in Review edition of the Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast. Among many other things, Jack and Kamiar revisit what went down in Atlanta between OU and LSU, the major recruiting news that both hurts and helps the Sooners, and they also talk about what they’re looking forward to in 2020 and beyond. As a usual warning, there is some NSFW language used on the pod. Also, don’t forget to drop that five-star rating to help boost this pod to fans everywhere!
Around the Sports World
- The Pro Football Hall of Fame has revealed its finalists for the class of 2020. Among the greats are former Pittsburgh Steelers S Troy Polamalu and Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne. Up to five of the named finalists will be officially selected on Saturday, Feb. 1, the day before Super Bowl LIV.
- In honor of the late David Stern, all NBA players and referees will wear a commemorative black band on their uniforms from now until the end of the 2019-20 season, including throughout the playoffs and finals. It’s a solid gesture for a well-respected legend of the sport.
- It’s official: Jason Garrett is done as the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Quite frankly it was a long time coming, especially when this season began to slide off the tracks midway through.
- The Mississippi State Bulldogs have fired head coach Joe Moorhead after two seasons. During his time in Starkville, MSU went 14-12, 7-9 in SEC play, and lost both bowl appearances.
- On Thursday, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder met with the media to introduce newly hired head coach Ron Rivera, and he opened the press conference with a “Happy Thanksgiving.” It wasn’t an error, either. Apparently, it’s a joke because after Washington beat the Carolina Panthers on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Rivera was out. Still, that punchline did not land at all. Cringe.
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