Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
Last October, the Oklahoma Sooners were in the middle of routing West Virginia on the hallowed ground of Owen Field. While the game itself was moving along without a hitch, the iconic Sooner Schooner went viral as it tipped over in the second quarter, violently smashing onto its side.
Some say that moment cursed OU, causing the team to falter the following week at Kansas State. No matter what happened, a new and improved Sooner Schooner is back and better than ever! Take a look at this absolute beaut.
Boomer and Sooner’s new ride now features “heavier running gear, a wider wheelbase, hydraulic brakes, a lowered driver seat and more space,” all of which increases its stability in the name of safety for both the riders and the ponies.
So while there may not be fans inside Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium this fall (still TBD), one thing’s for sure: when OU finds the end zone, expect to see this souped-up Sooner Schooner rolling out in true style.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Colin Cowherd offers an interesting take on where OU stands among CFB’s elites, the Sooners’ starting placekicker is a dangerous weapon, WVU places its DC on administrative leave and more!
- Please do yourself a favor and watch this epic masterpiece. From TheLASooner comes this excellent OU hype video for the 2020 season, accompanied by a rendition of The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’. We’re all still crossing our fingers for football this year, but in the meantime it’s content like this that keeps our spirits high and hope alive. Boomer!
- On Tuesday, Colin Cowherd included Oklahoma in his top tier of the college football programs of all time. He’s still a dingbat and a troll, and I fully realize that I’m contributing to the problem by sharing this. Having said that, his logic isn’t that terrible.
- The folks over at 247Sports project Oklahoma to make a New Year’s Six Bowl once again this season, only this time it won’t be in one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals. Instead, they’ve got the Sooners squaring off against the Texas A&M Aggies in the Cotton Bowl. It’s certainly possible, but I’m not buying it just yet.
- Read up on Sooner Scoop writer Bob Przybylo’s assessment of OU DE/OLB coach Jamar Cain and his instant impact on the recruiting trail. Even before he was hired to coach in Norman, he was a known commodity as a recruiter, but he’s proving it and then some despite the challenges of not yet being able to host prospects in person.
- Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic is still perfect in his collegiate career, and this offseason he’s really been working on his range. I mean, I guess 72 yards is pretty good distance for a mere mortal. Although, I’m not sure if he’s actually human. Activating God Mode in three, two, one...
- Don’t forget to add this to your Netflix watch list, folks. ‘Athlete A’, a documentary featuring Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols, hit the streaming service’s virtual library today. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
Around the Sports World
- West Virginia Mountaineers defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after sophomore safety Kerry Martin publicly alleged the DC made several inappropriate remarks either around or towards WVU players.
- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Avery Bradley has opted out of resuming the 2019-20 NBA season with his team in Orlando next month, citing the health and well-being of his family as his top priority.
- Pro golfer Brooks Koepka has withdrawn himself from the Travelers Championship field after learning that his caddie recently tested positive for COVID-19. It has to be a tough decision to make, but it’s definitely the smart move.
- Recently, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger opened up about his battle with addiction and how his faith has helped him overcome those struggles. The likely future Hall of Fame signal caller has not only dealt with adversity on the field with an extensive list of injuries, but off the field as well in battling a multitude of vices.
- According to Caesars Sportsbook, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are the two favorites to win the 2020 World Series. The shortened MLB season is sure to draw lots of interest from all corners, and will definitely be one to remember.
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