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Sooner Defense; Andrew Luck; OSU quarterbacking; OKC Thunder players; Arizona Cards bust….

 It’s football time in Oklahoma


There will be many disappointed Sooner fans at the end of Sunday’s OU/Houston game.  The Sooners will give up close to 500 yards and forty points in a win on Owen Field.    Alex Grinch’s defense will be exposed as of D’Eriq King, Houston’s version of Kyler Murray.  This guy will run and pass with total efficiency Sunday.   OU’s Jalen Hurts will show us something that he did not at Alabama.  That is, he is an excellent “throwing” quarterback.  As great as the Bama program is, they do not develop the quarterbacks like what Lincoln Riley does at OU. The Big Red’s passing game will be sharp and along with the returning stars such as CeeDee Lamb and Grant Calcaterria, the new freshmen wideouts will be impressive catching Hurt’s pitches.  OU wins somewhere around 60 to 40.  And remember, as good as the Sooner offense is, Houston has a pretty good offensive coach too with Dana Holgorsen.  The game will give the fans and a national audience a exquisite taste of high scoring football.


Expect for Oklahoma’s game with Houston, the rest of the Big Twelve teams play crapper teams this week.  Expect all to win and the blowouts should be many.  And yes, even Northern Iowa at Iowa State should be a blowout for the Cyclones (if they are any good prove it ISU).”



LUCK’s Heart is not in it (Football)


Now to Andrew Luck and his retirement.  Ok, I understand when a person wants to retire it is his decision. So be it.  Luck had this “quitting” in mind for some time and to be fair to the Colts, he should have told them that his heart was not in it a lot earlier.  Yes, he is hurt and his body is broken. But the fact that he does not want to play right now. That is what it is all about. He is tired of rehab and just wanted to stop playing.  In a year or two, I suspect he will get the itch and want to unretire. Just watch and see.  Luck is a thinker and he might think he wants to continue with a football career.  If well, he is still a great talent on the gridiron.  


Baker Mayfield and Lincoln Riley headline ESPN the Magazine 

ESPN highlights the former OU quarterback and also has a nice article on Lincoln Riley.  Well done ESPN.



Come on OKC Thunder, Let us meet the new guys!


OKC has not done a good job in introducing the new players for the Thunder for 2019.  I guess we will have to wait for the pre-season camp to actually get to know these guys. Maybe Sam Presti and the franchise are waiting to see which players will actually be with the team for 2019-20.  My feeling is that if the Thunder keep Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari this team will be better than most think.  I was not impressed with OKC effort last year with the two super-stars. OKC should have been better. And if Coach Billy Donovan starts this year off with a significant losing streak, I expect this will be his last season with the team. As of money, Presti will let him finish the year in my opinion.


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MAY 01: Oklahoma City Head Coach Billy Donovan is welcomed to Chesapeake Energy Arena for the first time on May 01, 2015 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: . Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)


Pokes have problems at quarterback


I do not like the fact that OSU coach Mike Gundy cannot find a first string staring quarterback.  This position could be a problem in 2019 if neither freshman redshirt Spencer Sanders or Hawaii-transfer Dru Brown take control.  I believe in the old saying that if you have two quarterbacks you have no quarterbacks.  The schedule is in the favor for OSU and do not expect any trouble with the first few foes. But come Texas in a short time, the Horns will rip the Pokes another one if they have not found the man for 2019.  This could be a long year is Stillwater.


Kliff Kingsbury will not be Arizona’s coach for long


Do not expect Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury to be in that position for more than a year.  The Cardinals are going to be one of the crapper teams of the league this year. I feel for Kyler Murray. His goal is to get through the year without suffering a severe injury or concussion.  Arizona is bad, bad, and bad.



Feature photo: found at YOUTUBE.com (pictured is CeeDee Lamb, OU)






About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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