M!KEDROP Mornings – Boomer Sooner

Kyler Murray wins Heisman Trophy

Oakland Athletics pitcher Kyler Murray, and 2018 Oklahoma Sooners QB, won the Heisman Trophy. Tua Tagovailoa might have been the best player in college football for most of the season and put up ridiculous numbers but here are three reasons why, in my opinion, he didn’t win the Heisman Trophy

  • He put up insane numbers on a team that quite frankly didn’t need it and could have won without him (and with Jalen Hurts)
  • Didn’t play in as many pressure-filled, dramatic games as Murray did, especially down the stretch
  • For the past month, Tua was clearly playing injured and it impacted his performance, while Murray went on a tear, against much better teams

Here’s a comparison of stats of the last 3 regular season games and conference championship games.

  • Murray – completed 71% of his passes, threw for 1,364 yards, 13 TDs (4 rush), 2 INT. 4-0 record (vs Oklahoma State, Kansas, @ West Virginia, Texas
  • Tagovailoa – completed 67% of his passes, threw for 992 yards, 12 TD (2 rush), 3 INT; 4-0 record (vs Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn, Georgia)

Say what you will about “Big 12 defenses” but Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia are Oklahoma’s three biggest rivals and the Sooners had to beat all three to get to the Big 12 title game (or win it in the case of Texas). Tua, had to beat The Citadel and struggled badly in the SEC title game, before being pulled due to injury.

Bottom line – all three candidates, include Dwayne Haskins, were extremely deserving and had outstanding seasons. There is no wrong answer, but the right guy won.

Boomer Sooner

Murray becomes the second straight Oklahoma QB to win the Heisman. Lincoln Riley is in just his second season as Oklahoma head coach. You do the math. Murray also becomes the 7th Sooner all time to win the award, tying Ohio State for the most all-time.

Incredible, when you think about it, that both Baker Mayfield, last year’s winner, and Murray didn’t begin their careers at Oklahoma. Mayfield started at Texas Tech and Murray started at Texas A&M.

Whoever starts at QB for Oklahoma next year is going to have astronomically high expectations.

America, The Beautiful

Only one football game on Saturday – Army beat Navy 17-10, winning their third in a row in this series. Army finishes the regular season 10-2 and Navy is happy for this disastrous year to be over. At the end of the day, scoreboards are nice but everyone wins. America wins. These two teams represent the future of the country, represent young men willing to fight. They sacrificed their bodies on Saturday in a football game for pride, joy, and passion. But in the coming months and years, they could be sacrificing so much more for the benefit of the country.

I love watching this game. Mostly because it reminds me how much I appreciate the military and how fortunate America is, as a country.

2019 NBA Rookie of the Year

Luka Doncic is going to win the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The #3 overall pick is averaging 18 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.3 apg and 1 steal per game. Marvin Bagley and Trae Young have not had one game this year where they scored 18, 6, 4, 1. Mavs are 13-11, Doncic scored 21 points Saturday in a win over the Rockets.

8 Things

  • The Bulls lost to the Celtics, at home by 56 points. Final score of 133-77. Earlier this week, the Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg who CLEARLY was not the issue in Chicago
  • Cavaliers won their 6th game of the season against the Wizards. Superstar PG John Wall, who is due about one billion dollars over the next few years scored one single point (1) in 26 minutes, shooting 0-5 from the floor. He did have 6 assists.
  • Lakers beat the Grizzlies by 23 points – Lebron James and Kyle Kuzma each had 20 points and four others scored double figures, plus 9 points from Lance Stephenson. The Lakers continue to roll and do so in a balanced attack.
  • Cincinnati Bearcats held Xavier to 47 points and beat their in-city rivals for just the 4th time in Mick Cronin’s tenure
  • Kentucky lost a thrilling heart breaker against Seton Hall in NYC. The Wildcats are now 0-2 in games outside of Rupp Arena.
  • Buffalo (vs St Bonoventure) and Furman (vs SC Upstate) each won road games to remain unbeaten
  • Tulsa picked up a big OOC win for themselves and for the AAC, knocking off 16th ranked Kansas State in an incredibly low scoring game, 47-46.
  • Syracuse beat Georgetown in an under-the-radar game. It’s a shame these games don’t mean what they used to in the Big East and that the series will apparently be discontinued moving forward, with the ACC going with a 20 game conference schedule.

What to Watch for on Sunday

NFL week 14 picks and previews 

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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