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Williams or Rattler Saturday Night? Lincoln Riley to make decision for OU



Spencer Rattler did not lose his starting quarterback position as much as Caleb Williams won it.   Sure, Rattler’s issue with being the leader of this current Sooner team would not be in question if he had played better against  Texas in the Cotton Bowl last Saturday.  Williams would not have seen the field in that case.  But the fact that Williams came in and lit the Horns up and showed to the world that he is in a different class of quarterbacks than Spencer, well, that cannot be denied.  Coach Lincoln Riley would be a real dummy if he does not start Williams Saturday night on Owen Field.  Expect holly hell to over take the stadium if Rattler walks on the grass as the starter Saturday night on Owen Field. 
Prediction:  OU 44 and TCU 27 as Williams has a big game as the starting quarterback.  Rattler does not play.


Kyrie Irving is OK

Kyrie Irving is between a rock and another rock.  He will be just fine.  Not taking the shot and forgoing his 2021-2022 NBA season, he will lose approximately $17 million.  But how much money can you need in a lifetime.  There are those that make so much money that it really does not make a significant difference one way or the other if you miss a year’s worth of paychecks. Irving has made enough money to keep him, his family, his next two or three generations of family in the flow without a worry.  And yes, he can come back when the stipulations are ended and he will be able to show his abilities at that time.



Oklahoma City Thunder short one totally great player


Look for another less than stellar season for the Thunder in 2021-2022.  In short, until this franchise gets another true point producer to team with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the team will be mired in a rebuild of 20/25 wins a season.  Look for improvement of the team in general this year, but until this franchise drafts a superstar in the mold of a Harden, Westbrook, or Durant, it will be slim pickings for the team on Reno Street. 




Feature Photo:  TOKYO2021JP  

Secondary Photo  SI

Third Photo:  New York Post

Fourth Photo:

Sue Ogrocki, The Associated Press

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, goes up for a shot in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) and guard Josh Giddey (3) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Oklahoma City.