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Big XII Media Days have passed, Russell Westbrook still hasn’t signed his extension, I still prefer watching Peewee Herman than Tom Herman’s schtick, and it’s hot as hell. Also, I’m sitting in the Hollywood-Burbank Airport reading and responding to your tweets.
Find it weird that even though OU has the best OLine in the nation, only 1 on preseason first team All Big12?
— ⚡️Matt Harrison⚡️ (@SoonerThunder51) July 12, 2017
Matt, this is one good-ass-question. I’m gonna be completely honest with you— no. I don’t find it weird. This league passes the ball a ton, so the most recognition that the OL is going to receive is on the tackles. That “All Big XII Preseason” list of linemen actually has FOUR tackles and one center. FOUR. NO GUARDS. If we’re stacking up actual positional talent, I think OU gets one of the two guard spots, if not both. It’s the nature of the beast, tbh.
Sir Rob the Pirate (nice name), thanks for the DM! So nice with censoring yourself for the kids, too. I’d say “enough winning for him to stay” would probably be getting back to the Western Conference Finals. And honestly, OKC is a far deeper team NOW than they have been with those KD teams. Oklahoma City can play their starting five, but I also feel comfortable with them playing Felton, Abrines, Grant, McDermott, and Kanter off the bench. That’s 10 deep in the playoffs! That’s nice. Also I foresee Russ/PG13 staggering as well; So there wouldn’t be an awkward “who plays the 3 and 4 between Grant and McD while they’re both on the floor.” PG13 saw a rebuild coming in Indianapolis and he wanted out.
Why did Bryce Youngquist never make it to OU?
— Jessie Swayze (@SoonerFandom) July 19, 2017
Jessie, nice question. I do know the answer to this question, but I don’t feel as if it’s personally my business to divulge why he didn’t make it to campus. It had nothing to do with grades, personality, or credits— so if I can clear that up while also saying that he is a great young man, it is unfortunate he wasn’t able to be playing football for anybody, let alone Oklahoma.
@OUupdatedSB question: how do you see Ruffin helping Mike Stoops?
— Kristi Bruton (@girlOKsoonerfan) July 19, 2017
Kristi, what a beautiful name. If I had a daughter, I’d name her something like that. Actually I’d probably go with something like Emma or Jasmine. Anyway, I foresee Ruffin helping Lincoln more than I actually see him helping Mike. But, as my boy OUupdatedSB suggested in an earlier podcast, maybe while Mike is screaming at his players from the booth calling them every name under the sun, Ruffin can translate his verbal abuse to words of encouragement. For example:
Mike: “YOU PIECE OF SH*T, GET THERE-GET THERE-GET THERE-GET THERE!!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS COVER 3!? WE’VE BEEN PLAYING QUARTERS THE ENTIRE DAMN GAME.”
Ruffin: “I love you guys. You’re my sons. I believe in you.”