They did. But they were supposed to get good players with those picks. Does the “Moneyball” approach to football say that it doesn’t pay to get a quarterback?
The anthem for the 1 p.m. games was shown by CBS, but not by Fox, which reverted to the usual practice of selling that time to advertisers on the regional broadcasts. The anthem is typically only shown on telecasts on the Thursday night kickoff game and before the Super Bowl.
“As is standard procedure, regionalized coverage of NFL games airing on Fox this Sunday will not show the national anthem live; however, our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field,” Fox said in a statement.
President Trump had tweeted at NFL players about the anthem, writing Saturday night: “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”
Riveron and replay … When NFL owners voted in March to ratify centralized replay — meaning that rulings on instant replay reviews would be made from the league office, with the referee on the field merely consulting — they did so with the belief that Dean Blandino would be overseeing the new system as head of the NFL’s officiating department.
Although defense across the board is a huge need, the Sooners also needed to secure a future replacement for unanimous All-American left tackle Orlando Brown, who left early for the NFL draft. OU did just that in signing Brey Walker from its own backyard. The product of Moore, Oklahoma, just a few miles from Norman, is the No. 5 tackle recruit in the country. At 6-foot-7, 330 pounds, he already has the frame to become OU’s next big-time blindside protector. — Jake Trotter