What’s happening, my good folks?
I’ll tell you what’s happening. The basketball regular season has yet to begin, both on the college and pro levels, but at least one former Sooner hoops star is already making his presence felt in a big way during preseason action. You may have heard about him, or perhaps you’ve seen his show on television a time or two.
That’s right, people. The Trae Young Show is back!
Okay, maybe it’s not quite back to the heights it was cruising at when the ultra-talented point guard was playing in Norman (at least in December and January), but that final game-winning bomb and the ensuing crowd reaction brought back memories of Young and the Oklahoma Sooners setting the college basketball world ablaze, if only for a month or two.
Of course, taking down the rebuilding San Antonio Spurs in a preseason contest isn’t the same as doing it in the regular season, but every phenom has to start somewhere. Also, he faced a clutch moment in overtime, so that at least added to the pressure for the rookie PG. Going forward, the Atlanta Hawks should be extra fun to watch with Trae doing Trae things.
Now it’s time for Hot Links! Jalen Redmond is reportedly nearing his Oklahoma debut, Bob Stoops is inquired about possibly coaching the Cowboys, the Pac-12 Conference has an officiating scandal on its hands (surprise, surprise) and more!
- True freshman Jalen Redmond missed the first six games of the season due to a blood-clotting issue but has been cleared to make his debut next week against TCU, according to Brandon Drumm of OUInsider. Redmond was a highly-touted prospect who emerged in the spring, but was sidelined shortly after when his health issue was discovered. Once he’s in the fold, he could shore up rotations for a unit that has actually been quite solid this season.
- Mel Kiper Jr. projects Marquise Brown to go 22nd in his latest mock draft. ESPN’s veteran draft guru likes the route-running ability he’s seen from Brown, as well as his quickness and top-end speed.
- The Dallas Cowboys are currently struggling at 2-3, and the seat is warming up underneath head coach Jason Garrett. There’s been speculation about Lincoln Riley coaching change, but would Jerry Jones extend an offer to Bob Stoops? Oklahoma’s all-time winningest coach addressed that possibility.
- There really isn’t enough Joel Klatt to go around, because every time he’s on air with Colin Cowherd, it’s good television. Although I still can’t get on board with the color orange, Klatt’s Baker Mayfield jersey is a good look for Klatt.
- In case you missed it, Mike Stoops went on the radio with Dusty Dvoracek to discuss his side of things from the weekend the led to his dismissal. Then he returned on air with Jim Traber to get to the bottom of a rumor, and it was all kinds of cringeworthy.
- It’s been reported that an outside third party influenced the outcome of a targeting call in the Washington State-USC game. That outside influence is said to be from Woodie Dixon, a member of the Pac-12 general counsel. When Dixon suspected targeting was going to be the official ruling, he intervened by calling into the replay booth and expressed his disagreement. His argument must’ve been quite compelling, because the targeting call wasn’t upheld. This has the potential for major ramifications for commissioner Larry Scott.
- The Kansas Jayhawks have fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. Going forward, the offense will be coordinated by a number of coaches, but head coach David Beaty will have the final say on play calls.
- So Jimmy Butler is back at practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and reportedly he took a bunch of bench players and beat the starters, then went on a rant about how the organization needs him and can’t win without him. Is he wrong?
- Puma dropped its first new pair of basketball shoes in 20 years with these Clyde Court Disrupts. During this season, you could very well see rookie lottery picks DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III rocking these kicks, along with Terry Rozier and Rudy Gay.
- This Atlanta Braves fan said she’d get a tattoo if Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. When he did, she did. Props for keeping her word. Very bold. Wait, is bold the right word?
- Quincy Jones is one of the most accomplished individuals in the history of American music, and his fingerprints can be seen almost anywhere. Here’s an illustration of his overall influence courtesy of Rolling Stone. Also, if you haven’t taken the time to watch Quincy on Netflix, I’d try to change that.
- It’s official. By the power of Reader’s Digest, Yassin Terou’s Falafel House in Knoxville, Tenn. is now deemed as the nicest place in America. Terou is a Syrian refugee whose mission is to make sure all of his customers feel welcome at his falafel establishment. This is an awesome feel-good story that serves as a great reminder of how close a little passion and compassion can bring us.
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