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A little bit about a lot …

A little bit about a lot …

My friend and ex-colleague at The Oklahoman, Dave Sittler, used to write a regular column which he titled, “A little bit about a lot.” I loved it. It was a chance to get a bunch of takes, before they were called hot takes and before there was any thoughts of Twitter or the Internet. I looked forward to it. Sittler’s takes were always based on solid reporting and always provided a unique perspective.

I can’t guarantee any of the latter, but here’s some of the former. Thanks for the idea, Dave.

… Lincoln Riley won’t kick it next year. No way. Not after what happened this season and not after what happened in the national championship game. If the Sooners are faced with a similar situation next season, count on Riley counting on his offense. Best believe Riley was watching Alabama coach Nick Saban be the aggressor in overtime against Georgia. Best believe Riley will be a better coach knowing his team came, most likely, a yard away, from playing for a national title. Who knows if Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma would have gotten that first down in overtime against Georgie if they had gone for it, but who knew Alabama would win the championship game by going vertical and Oklahoma would lose by running the ball? …

… I’m not tired of LaVar Ball. I just want to see what he says and does next. He’s a clown and attention-starved, but I admit it, I’m curious about the guy. I probably won’t vote for him for “Dad of the Year.” Probably.

… So many issues with the Thunder this season, so many different things to point at – from coaching to lack of bench play, but I put it on Russell Westbrook. Sorta. Westbrook is an All-Star with an epic skill set. Westbrook was so good he was the MVP last year. Westbrook won’t be this season, because GM Sam Presti made it so. With the addition of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Westbrook has to, has no choice not to, curb his game to make sure those other two stars get involved. Now, no one has asked Westbrook to change his game, but Westbrook most certainly has. Presti brought in stars to help Westbrook, but it’s limited Westbrook’s game. Westbrook knows he can go out and play like he did a season ago, knows he can go out and score 30 points per if he wants to. But he also knows there are other egos on this team to soothe. That wasn’t the case a year ago, and a year ago Westbrook was a better player. …

… If you’re holding up the Rose Bowl as “Exhibit A” on why Mike Stoops should be fired, it’s wrong. Perhaps Stoops should be gone and there are a number of other factors that hold up better than what happened against Georgia on Jan. 1. Oklahoma got rolled by Georgia in the second half of that semifinal game, but consider what the defense did that evening: It got a second half defensive touchdown. It got a fourth-quarter stop, with the Sooners up by seven points. The defense also held Georgia to a field goal in overtime. The Sooner defense wasn’t great, but it was certainly good enough. OU gets 10 yards after that fourth-quarter stop, or gets a first down in overtime and no one is talking about Mike Stoops and whether he’s competent or not. Most likely, if either of those things happen, the Sooners win and likely put up another 30 points or so on Alabama …

… I’m sure there’s a logical answer for this, but why haven’t NFL teams gone after more second and third-tier, or retired elite-level European soccer players? Seems like the kind of thing worth taking a risk on. Even low-level soccer players are accurate, certainly accurate enough to kick through uprights that are wider than a soccer goal …

… Sports is the original “Reality TV.” There’s a winner every night, a loser, someone gets “voted off the island,” or someone advances. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing worth watching. The Golden Globes was on the other night and it provided some compelling TV. Oprah Winfrey’s speech was every bit as interesting as anything the Thunder (who lost to Portland in a sorry display of emotion or effort) showed. I don’t always prefer award shows over sports. I don’t always prefer sports over award shows, but suggesting one is better than the other is dense and ignorant. They both serve a purpose. Meanwhile, the ESPYs is unnecessary. Sports doesn’t need an awards show. Inherently that’s what sports is on a game-by-game, daily basis …

… Can’t wait for the first time someone agrees with me on Twitter and doesn’t feel the need to type some form of, “I have never agreed with you before.” …

… Don’t know for sure, because I’ve never played college sports, but I get the feeling there are dozens of guys who can be just as successful as Jerry Schmidt was at Oklahoma. The strength and conditioning coordinator at Oklahoma for nearly two decades is taking the same job at Texas A&M. I may be wrong and will totally admit it if I am, but if Schmidt was elite why was Oklahoma not paying him at an elite level? The Norman Transcript reported Schmidt was just the third highest-paid coach in the Big 12 and 15th highest in the country. Seems like a coach like Schmidt, and I have no reason to doubt he is, one of the best, should have been paid more. My guess is OU’s next hire will be talked about as glowingly as Schmidt has been talked about and paid about the same …

 

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