Author: Christian Potts

I'm a husband, father, writer, mostly failed athlete, pretty fair amateur golfer and fan of good eats. By the glory of God I'm glad to get to be here another day to write words about things.

Credit: CTV News Olympic Hockey Preview While there may never again be another story quite like the famed run by Team USA in the 1980 Winter Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y., the hockey venue always is one that brings great excitement. This year marks the first time in two decades that the tournament will not feature current players from the National Hockey League. That’s brought mixed reviews as to whether it’s better or worse for the event. Obviously, the overall level of play won’t be the same. Taking the most talented players in the world away makes that…

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NFL

Everyone has an opinion about the Super Bowl, the one time of the year everyone thinks they’re a sports fan. Around here at FlurrySports, we have opinions all the time, and the team is eager to weigh in on our thoughts on Super Bowl LII. Read and learn and feel free to agree or disagree with our expert panel: (Spoiler alert, if you’re an Eagles fan, you should go ahead and get angry right now.) Chris Porter @BigPort212 Every time a formidable player, team, coach, etc. has come before Brady and Belichick, the duo always finds a way to scheme…

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NBA

Sam Presti is all in. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s General Manager felt the pressure and pulled out all the stops this offseason, landing perennial All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to put alongside superstar point guard Russell Westbrook. The immediate result was positive. It sure showed that Presti was going to do what he needed to bring supreme talent to keep OKC as a championship contender and make Westbrook want to stay. That happened, as Russ signed a five-year, $205 million extension on Sept. 29. One problem solved. Next came figuring out how to put this team together. Because while…

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Baker Mayfield added one last chapter to a college football career that at times resembled a roller coaster ride Saturday night, winning the Heisman Trophy. Mayfield, whose Oklahoma Sooners will be part of the College Football Playoff in a few weeks, finished ahead of runners-up Bryce Love of Stanford and Lamar Jackson of Louisville, last year’s winner. The quarterback had quite a road to this point, from being a high school star in Austin, Texas, who wasn’t recruited by his hometown team. Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech and a couple of injuries to other quarterbacks led to him starting…

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It’s déjà vu all over again for Oklahoma and TCU in the Big 12 Championship game, and it’s been guaranteed ever since the league announced it was renewing a postseason title game to decide its football champion. That’s the downside of a league with a round-robin schedule offering a championship game is the certainty of a rematch. And in this case, that rematch could ruin the chances for the Sooners, who likely would be in good shape to reach the four-team College Football Playoff without it. If nothing else, though, it’s one more chance to compete and sharpen things up…

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The College Football Playoff standings see the Big 12 in the top four – barely – as Oklahoma clings to the 4th and final spot. But even if the Sooners keep winning, there are a lot of scenarios that could keep them out of the ultimate final four, anyway. Indulge me as I break this down: OU has two great wins: at Ohio State early and then last week at home against TCU. They’ll have a chance for one more strong win in a rematch against either the Horned Frogs, ranked 12th, or No. 13 Oklahoma State. Win out and…

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The legend of Baker Mayfield grew a little more last Saturday, as the Oklahoma quarterback won yet another huge road game, leading his Sooners to a 62-52 triumph at Oklahoma State. Mayfield has now scored wins at Ohio State, in the Cotton Bowl against rival Texas and now against the Cowboys. He’s never lost a true road game since coming to OU after his freshman year as a walk-on at Texas Tech. Now the guy once passed over by his hometown Longhorns – and everyone else – for a scholarship, may just be the favorite in the race for the…

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NHL

The NHL season is barely a month old, but a big trade already has gone down, with the Colorado Avalanche sending center Matt Duchene away to the Ottawa Senators as part of a three-team trade. The Senators sent center Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators, while Colorado received a wealth of draft picks and young players from both Nashville and Ottawa. But the biggest piece in the deal is Duchene, the third pick of the NHL Draft in 2009. He has been one of the leaders of the Avs since, piling up 178 goals and more than 400 points during…

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To understand the ins and outs of the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma rivalry, one starts with the nickname for the series. Bedlam. It’s been a huge game for residents of the state for generations, even as it’s also been a lopsided one. Sooner fans are quick to point out their team’s 86-18-7 lead in the series against their neighbors from 65 miles to the northeast. From 1967 to 1994, OSU won once and had one tie. Recent years have seen the games in the series get a lot more competitive, as Mike Gundy has coached Oklahoma State to its most sustained success…

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Matt Campbell is quickly becoming one of the hot names in college football. And why not? Iowa State’s second-year coach has the Cyclones heading into the final weekend of October with a 5-2 record, almost unheard-of territory on the plains of central Iowa. Since 1978, the Cyclones have started 5-2 only once, in 2000, when they went 9-3 and won the Insight Bowl. This year’s version already has road wins at then-No. 3 Oklahoma and Texas Tech, sandwiched around a beatdown of lowly Kansas. They’re ranked in the AP Top 25 and in great shape to make a bowl game…

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