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Hot Links: OU updates stadium guidelines for students, first episode of ‘The Standard’ released

Happy Friday, friends and fans!

The Oklahoma Sooners’ season opener offered a first look at how their COVID-related safety measures within the stadium would be followed, and upon further review it was clear that a large contingent of OU’s student section was not adhering to the masking and social distancing requirements. Who woulda thunk?

On Friday, those rules were updated to re-emphasize the university’s guidelines.

For Oklahoma’s next home game against Kansas State on Sept. 26, students will have a more defined area for seating, as well as simpler signage throughout the concourse to increase the likelihood that this designation is followed.

The other major (yet unsurprising) announcement in this release is the possibility of a reduction or outright elimination of student tickets for the rest of the season. Even with increased security personnel, it’ll be nearly impossible to successfully monitor hundreds if not thousands of people in a given area. I’ll be interested in seeing how many more changes there are between next weekend’s home game and the one after that, which won’t happen until Nov. 7.

Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! ‘Speed D’ aims to force at least two turnovers per game, Baker’s Browns best the Bengals, Giannis wins his second MVP Award and more!

  • Lincoln Riley dropped the first episode of ‘The Standard’ on Thursday night, giving an inside look at how the Sooners dealt with the turbulent spring and summer periods leading up to the 2020 season opener. You’ll also see highlights from the sideline during Oklahoma’s win over Missouri State. For any college football head, this is some A-1 quality content.
  • Hey Sooner fans, in case you missed it, the brilliant designers over at BreakingT recently released this hot-off-the-press, OU-themed ‘Quick-Strike Offense’ t-shirt just for you. Since Lincoln Riley began calling plays for Oklahoma five seasons ago, the offense in Norman has been among the most lethal attacks in FBS history. After last Saturday, it appears this year’s group has the potential to be even better than the rest. Now go ahead and check out this sweet tee for yourself right away!
  • On Friday, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. Although his team was unable to make it past the second round of the playoffs, the ‘Greek Freak’ was fifth in the league in scoring (29.5) and second in rebounding (13.6). Earlier this postseason, he also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
  • Also on the diamond yesterday, the New York Yankees achieved something that’s never before happened in franchise history. In the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yanks sent a whopping five pitches out of the park. This is also just the second time in MLB history that a team has scored at least five homers in one inning against the same pitcher. I’m not sure if this is more of a ‘wow’ or ‘yikes’ moment, but no matter where you stand, that’s crazy.

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