The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the complete recap here, or just read some of the highlights:
What are the keys for OU to take down the Longhorns?
1. Limit turnovers, as I've said. 2. Win the kicking game. I blogged this morning that OU has a kicker edge, but UT is capable of a big return, which I'm not sure the Sooners are. 3. Pressure David Ash. I think Texas will run some on OU, but the 'Horns need to hit some throws, and if Ash is comfortable back in the pocket, he can do that.
The Thunder aren't going to get a Harden for Harden unless it is a lottery pick the Thunder acquire in a trade. I think the Thunder need a good offensive player off the bench to take Harden's 6th man role. I don't think you have to worry about finding a playmaker like Harden since in this scenario Maynor will be re-signed.
Good point. If you lose Harden, you get to keep Maynor, and I love Maynor. All this talk about Reggie Jackson and Maynor battling for backup point guard? That's nonsense, unless Maynor has knee problems. You're right. You won't be able to replace Harden for Harden.
Will OU's Metoyer improve as the season progresses? I really like what I’ve seen from Shepard so far.
Metoyer is a puzzle. He doesn't seem to be progressing the way other receivers have. He's a guy to keep an eye on. He certainly has the chance to make an impact. But he has been passed by Brown, Shepard, all kinds of people.
What did you think of Charlie Weis practicing without seniors on Sunday? The hire becomes odder as we go on.
Weis says he does that often, as a way to give younger guys more reps. It made me think. Why don't football teams just practice every day? But give certain guys the time off they're supposed to have. In other words, The top 40-50 players take off Sunday, but the scrubs practice on Sunday. Then the scrubs take off Monday, when the top players practice. It's a little like Howard Schnelleberger's old Toilet Bowl — he had a scrimmage every Monday evening for the guys who weren't getting to play.
Do you see West Virginia going undefeated in the Big 12? Can OU still pull it out?
OU can still pull it out. It won't be easy, but it's not impossible. No, I don't think West Virginia will win out. Stillwater, Lubbock, Ames, not easy places to play. Home games against KSU and OU. Tough games.
In my opinion, if Lazar Hayward's option is picked up then the Thunder can no longer use money as an excuse to not bring back Harden. If they keep Hayward they might as well just take $2 million and light it on fire.
I don't know. You've got to pay somebody down at the bottom of the roster, and most anyone would cost $1 million. You're probably right, they won't re-up Hayward, but I don't think keeping him is a sign that money doesn't matter.
Give me some advice, Mr. Tramel. This will be my first OU/Texas game. What do I need to know?
Oh, you need to know lots of things. Go early. Real early. Or stay off the interstates at least. If you're in North Dallas, go 635 East and follow it all the way down to I-30 West and come to Fair Park from the backside. You'll thank me later. Don't engage in heckling, pregame or postgame. Some day, someone will get shot in an OU-Texas argument in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl. I don't want it to be you. If you're going to partake in the fair, as far as food or rides, takes lot of money. Or your ATM card. But if you want to just look around, there's lots to see.