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Daily Bullets (May 16): Eddie in the Hall, OSU Baseball Clinches Series vs. Baylor

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Good morning and happy Sunday to you all. I hope your week was slightly better than Bob Baffert’s. Because boy, that fella had quite a week. OK, that is the extent of my horse knowledge. Here are your Daily Bullets for Sunday, May 16, 2021, brought to you by Hoboken Coffee. Click here to get 20% off your first order of Oklahoma’s best cup of joe.

Putting Eddie In

That really happened: the legend Eddie Sutton really was posthumously enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Finally. He was a part of an all-time 2020 HOF class that included Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Kim Mulkey and Tim Duncan. His son, Sean, was there and pre-recorded a speech for the event.

“My dad loved every coaching stop from Tulsa Central High School to Oklahoma State,” Sean said. “My dad’s life had hills and valleys. He did not run from it. He faced it head on.”

“The man had a presence,” KU coach and OSU alum Bill Self said of Eddie. “Seemed like everywhere we went, we walked into a room and all eyes were on him.”

“This is so well-deserved,” added Kentucky coach John Calipari. “And I’m so happy.”

This was a pretty great montage here.

This was a good read from Bill Haisten on Eddie.

OSU softball falls to OU in the Big 12 tourney championship

Cowgirl softball fell 10-2 on Saturday in the Big 12 tournament championship game to No. 1 Oklahoma, falling to 42-9 on the season and pushing OU to 45-2 overall. OU scored three in the first, two in the third and one in the fourth before OSU’s two-run fifth inning to get on the board. The Sooners added two more in the sixth to walk it off with a run rule win.

“Obviously didn’t go the way we wanted it to here today,” said Kenny Gajewski. “I don’t know if we just ran out of gas or what, coupled with the fact that [OU] is really good.”

The loss launches OSU further into postseason play with its fate to be sealed Sunday as the NCAA Tournament softball bracket is revealed on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

“We really got tested well,” Kajewski added. “I think the tournament really helped us as far as preparing us for the postseason.”

OSU baseball clinches series

In a late Saturday night finish, OSU baseball clinched its series against Baylor with a 3-1 win over the Bears in O’Brate Stadium. It was the team’s fourth Big 12 series win of the season.

All three OSU runs came in the third for OSU while all of Baylor’s runs — er, run — came in the top of the inning. Justin Campbell dominated on the mound for the Pokes, allowing only one earned run in eight innings.

Teven Jenkins hype train

On the field, Teven Jenkins is a mauler. There’s a reason he went No. 39 overall to the Bears. But off it — and more specifically, on Twitter — he’s become something of a star among Bears fans because of his self-deprecating personality and general goofiness. Here’s a few samples.

As for on the field, he’s already hitting the ground running at rookie minicamp.

“I definitely feel 100 percent ready, and it’s just because of my offseason workouts all the way up to this point and what I’ve been doing,” Jenkins said via Bears Wire. “I’m working at my craft and my sets, and coming in here I’m starting to learn more technique, new technique. I’m trying to entwine that with what I’ve already learned, and I’m just trying to be ready.”

Other news

• So I tried to lead this story with a horse joke. Admittedly, I should probably rein in the dad jokes. But it was all just to loosen you up for the real news from Saturday: Rombauer — who entered the Preakness Stakes at 11-1 odds — won the event over Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon. I have no idea why people name their horses like they name their yacht or what Rombauer’s win means, but I did read this story and was pretty entertained. The Medina Spirit/Baffert controversy has been candy for me all week so I felt obligated to actually consume some normal horse news.

• Vanessa Bryant delivered an incredible speech as Kobe was posthumously enshrined into the HOF.

Reading recommendations

• This from Bill Haisten on Dillon Stoner was fantastic.

• Fascinating read from Jacob Unruh on another Sutton, Spencer, Eddie’s grandson, and how he’s carrying on the legacy of his grandpa.

• Good feature story from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on Joel Embiid.

This. Ditto this.

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