The Picker: Answering the big questions on Thunder, Baker Mayfield and more before tackling this week’s games | – Connecticut News

The Picker: Answering the big questions on Thunder, Baker Mayfield and more before tackling this week’s games | – Connecticut News

Before the picks, we have questions.

When can the OKC Thunder be bothered to play a regular-season game in Tulsa? The Thunder will play a regular-season game in Mexico, but plays “only” a preseason game in Tulsa. Keep it up, OKC, and we’re going to make our superior convenience stores off-limits to you.

Does flag-planting Baker Mayfield enjoy being Baker Mayfield a little too much? That’s what his critics suggest. On the other hand, it’s physically impossible for him to enjoy being Ernest Borgnine.

Is Baylor taking self-imposed penalties to a new level? The Bears seem to be vacating wins in real time.

Are the Patriots finished? If it’s true that good breaks and bad breaks even out over time, the Pats are due for a lingering stink cloud like the one that attached itself to Charlie Brown’s pal Pig Pen.

Will the addition of a Big 12 championship game prevent the league from getting a team in the fake playoff? The Big 12 plays a round-robin schedule. There’s not much to be gained from decking the same sparring partner twice, if you’re able to do it. If you think a Big 12 championship game is a good idea, you’re guilty of dwelling on the rear view mirror. Playing a Big 12 title game in 2017 doesn’t retroactively get Baylor or TCU in the playoff in 2014. That ship has sailed. Play, and beat, good teams in nonconference games, period.

When will the fake playoff become a real eight-team playoff? The season after the SEC gets left out.

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