Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast. https://t.co/kktJ0wRIcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: When Barry Refused a Record at Kansas State

first_imgBarry Sanders rushed 37 times for 320 yards and three TDs in 1988 at Kansas State as Oklahoma State thrashed the Wildcats 45-27. The Cowboys have beaten KSU just once in Manhattan since that game. It was a special game, too, as Mike Gundy and Pat Jones recall.“It was another man among boys deal,” said Pat Jones. “It was always big when Barry went back to Kansas. Because more of his family was around him. He is a native of Kansas. Once it started with him, he just literally ran wild.”Barry’s numbers are astonishing no matter how you look at them, but Gundy said what left a lasting impression on him that day was something Barry didn’t do.How good was Barry Sanders?2016 #okstate team: 304 rushes for 1,091 yards1988 Barry: 373 rushes for 2,850 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2016“In the middle of the third quarter there were 8-10 minutes left,” said Gundy. “We were way ahead, and they came over and told him if he went back out he could break George Rogers rushing record at South Carolina.”Note: I don’t know what record Gundy is talking about here. Rogers didn’t even hold the single-game record at his own school much less the NCAA. And Sanders had already surpassed Rogers’ best single-game total by 80 yards. Maybe it was a single-season mark? Rogers ran for 1,894 yards in 1980, but that certainly wasn’t a NCAA record. Anyway …“We were so far ahead he said he didn’t want to go back in the game, just let the other guys play,” added Gundy. “Records didn’t mean anything to him. Individual accomplishments weren’t important to him.“All he had to do was go back out for one more series and he would have gained another 50 or 60 years because they hadn’t been able to tackle him the entire game. He didn’t even go back out or he would have broken George Rogers’ record at that time.”The highlights are amazing. The GIFs even better. Hopefully it’s a Throwback Thursday that will stir OSU’s chances in Manhattan this weekend a little bit. It is 1-8 since that day. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Bedlam Features Two of the Hottest Teams In The Country

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Bedlam next Saturday will feature two of the hottest teams in the country. Neither school lost in October or November as they hurtled towards a de facto conference championship game. But it’s not just the Big 12 where they’re succeeding. OU and Oklahoma State have two of the current longest winning streaks nationally as well.Here are the top six.Alabama: 24Western Michigan: 14USC: 8Penn State: 8Oklahoma: 8Oklahoma State: 7Alabama, my gosh. Also, somebody hire P.J. Fleck.Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have won a combined 15 in a row. Somebody is going to be scorching hot heading into the postseason (likely the Sugar Bowl) with a final leaping off point of a Bedlam win.Might the momentum of each team be stymied by the off week and Thanksgiving? Perhaps, but it’s doubtful. I think it’s actually difficult to lose the flow this time of year. If anything, the bye week will provide a re-grouping of sorts — more time to watch film and more time to mentally and physically prepare for what should be one of the great Bedlams ever.“Everyone is focused on the team. We all know what we’re playing for and we all know what’s at stake,” OU safety Steven Parker told the Norman Transcript. “It’s about being smart this week and being safe throughout the holiday and coming back with an edge.”last_img read more

2017 Position Preview: O-Line is Younger and Deeper But Still Has Room to Grow

first_imgOther position previews: RB | CW | WRThe Oklahoma State offensive line has taken plenty of criticism over the last three or so years — and for good reason. But around the halfway point of the 2016 season, the group finally began to hit its stride under the tutelage of Greg Adkins. The result helped contribute to the Cowboys most effective ground-game showing since 2012.But “improved” is not “elite” and the unit loses two-year starting left tackle Victor Salako as well as Michael Wilson who has either been a starter or at least a key contributor at guard for the last three seasons.During his post-Alamo Bowl press conference, Mike Gundy spoke about the loss of Salako and Wilson.“It’s exciting to be around young men like that,” Gundy said. “We’re going to miss those guys, yes. Wilson has been a warrior for us. He ought to get a degree in kinesiology without even going to class with all the treatment he’s had, the medical help, the rehab. Then Victor Salako was awesome. What a great take for us to bring him in and start two years at left tackle. A great young man. Humble. Makes 3.5 GPA, is going to graduate, never says a word. Great family.“But now we have to have two other guys step up. We have young guys in our program. What’s helped us is I think we’ve settled in on how we want to run the ball, more so than we have in those three years that weren’t very exciting running the ball.”Two years ago, Adkins took over a bare cupboard in terms of depth, but he’s gotten the group this far. Let’s see who he’ll have to work with in 2017. As far as next year’s depth goes, I think there could still be some shuffling around, but this is a good place to start.2017 Projection RG3Matt KegelRS Freshman6-5295 It’s possible that Crabtree — who has been the starter at right tackle the last two seasons — may move to the left tackle spot if the coaching staff is not as confident in Victor Salako’s would-be replacement.Mason Rudolph is the Cowboys’ single most important player. They need to keep him off the turf as much as possible. Highly-touted JUCO transfer Shane Richards figures to compete with the likes of Matt Mucha, Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins for the tackle spot opposite Crabtree.Marcus Keyes and Larry Williams should retain their starting roles at either guard spot with several other guys ready to compete for time like Lemaefe Galea’i and youngsters Matt Kegel and Johnny Wilson.Brad Lundblade should continue as the starting center. We’ll leave Johnny Wilson as his backup for the time being.It’s important to remember that Adkins is not opposed to moving guys around. Early in 2016, when the Cowboys were struggling in pass protection and the running game, there were several guys shuffled in and out of rotations before they found one that worked.While the offensive line saw improvement towards the end of last season, the group gets even younger with the departure of Salako, Wilson and with the news of redshirt junior Brandon Pertile’s transfer from the program. And since the Cowboys only having one 2017 OL prospect currently committed with just two weeks until signing day, the pressure will be on Greg Adkins to hit on these young guys he’s brought in.Gundy spoke about his desire to roll guys in and out almost like hockey line changes. This coming spring and fall are all about building continuity up front. Hopefully, the unit is working as one by September. LT2Matt MuchaRS Junior6-5300 C1Brad LundbladeSenior6-3300 C2Johnny WilsonRS Sophomore6-3305 LG3Deonte NoelRS Junior6-2330 LG2Jesse RobinsonRS Senior6-5315 C RT2Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 Depth ChartPlayerClassHeightWeight RG1Larry WilliamsRS Senior6-4318 RT1Zach CrabtreeRS Senior6-7310 RT3Teven JenkinsRS Freshman6-6290 LG1Marcus KeyesRS Sophomore6-3300 LT1Shane RichardsSenior6-8330 RG2Lemaefe Galea’iRS Junior6-4325 LT3Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Tabs Ace Recruiter Josh Henson As New Offensive Line Coach

first_imgHenson was a four-year letterman for Oklahoma State from 1994-1997. Since that time, he has been at numerous coaching destinations, most notably at Missouri where he served under Gary Pinkel as an offensive coordinator.“Josh is highly intelligent and he knows the things that need to happen for us to be successful at Oklahoma State,” Mike Gundy said in the statement announcing Henson’s hire. “We know him well and we’re excited about what he brings to our team.”The offensive line recruiting has been a cause for concern over the last few years, with zero high school players signing in the 2017 class. The goal for Gundy to hire a stud recruiter appears to have been met. Henson was twice selected as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation, and not only has the upper hand having been in the program for the last year, but is more than qualified to lead the recruiting efforts and development of the big men up front. Just less than a week after offensive line coach Greg Adkins and OSU parted ways, Mike Gundy has his spot filled. The school announced on Friday that Josh Henson, an offensive analyst with the Cowboys last season, has agreed to rejoin the staff as the offensive line coach.  Henson reportedly agreed to take a job at Arizona State as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator.Josh Henson tabbed as offensive line coach #okstate #GoPokes https://t.co/KZd8qKKkQZ pic.twitter.com/uh2eZKQrxt— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 10, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Roundtable: How Should Baker Mayfield Be Punished?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Following the Baker Mayfield arrest last weekend, we decided we had to discuss what his punishment should be for the 2017 season.Kyle PorterBerry Tramel suggested stripping Baker of his captaincy in the Oklahoman today. What do you guys think is an appropriate punishment for No. 6?Kyle CoxI like the captaincy idea plus I would think at least a game suspension. May I suggest November 4? But seriously, I think he should miss some time. Does UTEP count? Yeah, I guess.Caleb DeckIt might be too harsh of a punishment, I’m not sure ANYONE could ever deserve this, but they could put some headphones in his helmet like they do in the NFL but instead of hearing his coaches, it’s just Boomer Sooner on a loop all game long….I take it back. Way too harsh. No one deserves that hellKyle BooneSeems like stripping captaincy is a bit much. I think you have to take a stance as far as punishment (beyond legal action — like some extra treadmill work), and also make public whatever disciplinary action is taken. But stripping the captaincy of a Heisman favorite won’t happen, and I don’t think a drunken night warrants it.PorterI go back to the Cole Walterscheid incident. It’s tough for OSU fans to affirm him playing Bedlam last year while simultaneously saying Baker should receiver a stiffer punishment. Granted, Walterscheid didn’t run from the cops like Baker did, but I don’t feel a whole lot of moral conviction here I guess. Give him the Mixon treatment and make him have a presser apologizing and taking questions and then move on.CoxYou would think Stoops may try to make a point (at some point). But why start now, I guess?Justin SouthwellI agree with stripping captaincy. If you run from the cops, you aren’t the leader your team deserves. There are other guys who can step up and represent the program.Hayden BarberI’ve never believed suspending a player for a non-conference game, no matter who it’s against, honestly sends any kind of lasting message. I’m with Berry, and I don’t think a suspension should hit until Big 12 play begins, but, hey, who am I kidding, Devonte’ Graham wasn’t disciplined either.DeckIn reality, I think he’ll probably get suspended from UTEP and that will be the end of it all. Depending on the situation, the same charges could probably deam harsher punishment, but it seems like he was not being aggressive and attacking in his resistance of the officer, he was just drunk and obstinate.I’m sure this is all a PR nightmare for Stoops though. Could have long-term implications for him if they struggle in the win category without Westbrook and Mixon and these small stories keep piling up.PorterIs there a better chance of Baker being suspended for UTEP and Ohio State or Gundy coaching Bedlam next year in a singlet?BarberSinglet as sure as the mullet will be there, too.Nick WelchI think the thing to remember here is I believe this is Baker’s first run-in with the law. Until more information/the video is released, I’m not too sure. I’d guess he misses at least half of the opener, possibly the whole thing. There’s no way though that Stoops keeps him out of the Ohio St game.CoxI understand the Walterscheid point but (like you said) these appear to be completely different circumstances apart from the “PI” charge. I also think it’s okay to question Mike Gundy’s decisions (which have been above reproach so far, in my opinion). My point being that I don’t necessarily think Stoops should be compared to Gundy and vice versa.And Gundy is gonna be chilly in a singlet … bring the Carhart.BooneI’d greedily bet Gundy coaches in a singlet and pom poms before Baker gets suspended for any regular season game.SouthwellWell Bedlam is a little earlier this year, but it’s still too cold for a singlet if you’re going to be outside for four hours. But Baker won’t be suspended for two games. My money is on the singlet. I suppose he could wear it under the Phantom Pete hoodie. Tucked in, of course.WelchCan you imagine a coaching attire matchup with Gundy and the orange singlet on one side and Bill Snyder on the other sporting his 10-year-old AT&T Cotton Bowl win breaker, man.PorterThis sort of begs the question — and this is a mild reference to Joe Mixon as well, I guess — why should football programs be called to go above and beyond the law?BarberThey shouldn’t. But they should follow it.CoxThey should, but they don’t have to. The “should” falls to the people in charge and where their moral compass points. You can build a reputation like OU has over the last few years. No one will stop you. But the backlash and criticism comes with itBooneI don’t think football programs should be called to go above the law as far as punishment. If you have to worry about punishment for a criminal action then you should be worrying about why they are on the team to begin with.PorterI guess my point is that if you, Hayden, did the same thing Baker did last weekend and your parents (or whoever) bailed you out of jail, there are no repercussions. Your finance professor doesn’t make you do extra problems. Your journalism director doesn’t make you run laps around Edmon Low Library holding a video camera over your head.Although if he/she does, please send video of that.CoxThat’s a great point by Boone. And that’s why those decisions are so hard to make. How bad is a DUI compared to a fight? It’s a cost/benefit analysis. Goes back to the Mixon thing. If he was a third-string walk on, he would have been gone. And that decision is going to be easier to make.SouthwellIf I were bailed out of jail from my parents, I believe I would have repercussions. That’s good parenting and good coaching. There’s no need to go overboard with the punishment, but do what you need to do to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Live and learn.BarberObviously every family is different with their punishments, but I know while it might not be physical, it’s gonna come out of my wallet and into a lot of family and friends conversations. I won’t have sore calves or less snaps in a game, but my reputation would plummet.DeckThat’s true, Porter. But also they are (for the most part) students receiving an education financed by the state. What happens to a National Merit Scholar who goes and gets arrested? Possibly nothing, but in neither case are they just “normal students.”Another aspect to consider is the PR of things. These are kids, like it or not, who have a spotlight (and they know it!) If a public figure gets a felony charge and it’s widely publicized, what is their company likely to do? Probably not just ignore it and move on. There are lots of celebrities out there who do dumb stuff and feel the results. In some ways, by taking on this position in a team (and a public position as starter and captain) you are accepting that notoriety. Not sure that addresses punishment specifically, but I think Baker is far from a typical student.SouthwellWhen you’re a part of a bigger organization and held to higher standards, discipline is a must. Maybe you’ve served your time as far as the law is concerned, but this doesn’t always align with the values of the program. You’ve got to be accountable to your teammates and coaches as well. Every situation is different and the responsibility of judgement falls on the head coach (which is why we feel some coaches don’t handle this well, i.e. Tyreek vs Mixon)PorterGood stuff — thought that might rile you guys up a little bit. I’m with Southwell here. It’s about culture. It’s about creating a culture of accountability to one another that you can’t just do whatever you want even if you’re good at scoring points/TDs. Culture matters in team sports, and punishing people for doing stuff that makes the whole organization look bad is part of that. I just feel like sometimes coaches make decisions based on what outsiders will say and not what their team should expect.Last one — how many calls has Glenn Spencer made to the Fayetteville PD to see if that cop has any graduate transfer eligibility?BarberEleventyCoxNot as many as Paul Rhoads.BooneAt least one. But I’m sure the officer has been preoccupied reading Bill Snyder’s heartfelt recruiting letter complimenting his form tackling and why he’d be a good  fit in Manhattan.last_img read more

Gundy, OSU Placing Value On Non-Traditional Recruits

first_imgBoth of the Oklahoma State football team’s two glaring holes coming into the 2017 season were filled in exactly 13 hours.ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday that Adrian Baker, former Clemson cornerback and graduate transfer, had committed his final year of eligibility to the Cowboys. Then at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, he reported that Aaron Cochran, fellow grad transfer and former Cal offensive tackle, decided on Stillwater, too.Had neither chose OSU, freshmen Rodarius Williams (corner) and Dylan Galloway (tackle) would have probably been the projected starters in 2017.With recent non-traditional commits such as Baker, Cochran and Tyron Johnson, who is eligible this season, coach Mike Gundy and his staff have clearly placed added emphasis on using diversity in their recruiting to bolster or fill spots on the depth chart.It not easy though, he said; graduate transfers are smart. They know what they want, and they know what they are looking for in a program, he said. Some, probably like Cochran, are looking for more wins and a bowl game. Others, probably like Baker, are after more playing time, especially after tearing his ACL last year.“It’s a completely different world in so-called recruiting them than a high school player – because they know, and they know exactly what they’re looking for,” said Gundy.Gundy has clearly figured out how to live in that world. Here is a list of the non-traditional proven standouts on the OSU roster for the past three seasons as a reference:Larry Williams (Transferred from East Carolina/Hutchinson CC)Chad Whitener (Transferred from Cal)Tralund Webber (Transferred from Blinn College)DeQuinton Osborne (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Barry J. Sanders (Grad transfer from Stanford)Lenzy Pipkins (Grad transfer from Louisiana-Monroe)Jordan Burton (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Chris Carson (Transferred from Butler CC)Derrick Moncrief (Transferred from Auburn)Devante Averette (Transferred from Ellsworth CC)Victor Salako (Transferred from UAB)Motekiai Maile (Transferred from Tyler JC)Michael Hunter (Grad transfer from Indiana)This doesn’t even include Johnson (LSU) and Patrick Macon (Arizona Western), both of whom could factor into OSU’s rotation this season. Of course if the right voice leads the way, preferably a player, that school is going to have a better chance at landing him. But that means an honest voice, not a PR-type one.Gundy said he tells recruits to visit with as many current players as possible on their visits because they are the ones who can give the most accurate representation of the school and what it has to offer athletically. Again, that’s not to say if you talk to enough people, eventually one is going to say the right thing.“We’re not and the players probably aren’t smart enough to program them into saying what we want them to say,” Gundy said. “They’re gonna tell it like it is.”Senior safety Tre Flowers is one of those guys. He said he hosted Baker on his visit before he committed Tuesday. He was as honest as he could be, he said. He tells recruits, especially Baker, that the coaches are bringing them to Stillwater for a reason, and it’s not to ride the bench. He said that’s why he is at OSU.“(My hosts) told me it was a family atmosphere,” Flowers said. “I wouldn’t want to build anything off any lies.”He said he feels like the culture at OSU provides recruits the best opportunity, “in the big picture,” which is why the Cowboys have signed so many fifth-year players.The first relationship is always the most important. Gundy said for visits, he pairs graduate transfers, and all other recruits for that matter, with players from the team based on hometown, position and background. With an emphasis on the third item in that list.If the Cowboys have a two-year player who has made the adjustment, he will likely be called to show another potential two-year player or graduate transfer around.“You’re coming into a new culture, and a lot has to happen in a short amount of time for a fifth-year guy to adjust and play and have success,” Gundy said. “He only has two months to get used to it.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

A Closer Look at Jawun Evans’ Weaknesses

first_imgYesterday we looked at Jawun Evans’ strength in this terrific video Draft Express put together, but because this is a fair and balanced blog, today we need to look at his weaknesses.All of these are legitimate concerns, but I also think they’re fixable. Evans’ size and average athleticism (relative) will be the biggest knocks against him (actually they already are, according to The Ringer’s excellent draft profile).But here’s the thing about Evans. The things he does best (think, make solid decisions) are the same things that can overcome an inability to finish around the rim. I’m convinced that with the NBA operates he can out-think his lack of stature, if that makes any sense at all.He’ll also be aided by better athletes in the NBA than Mitch Solomon and Lucas N’Guessan with which he can run the pick and roll. That, combined with better decision-making on his passes and better athletes around him in general, will erase so many of his flaws.I’m not saying the downsides aren’t there. I’m only saying that I think he has the makeup to overcome them in the proper situation offensively. Evans is excellent at controlling his body and manipulating his way around a basketball court. I think despite his diminutive-ness, he’ll find success as a pro.The bigger concern for me is on the defensive end. Can Jawun Evans guard John Wall? Heck, can he guard Yogi Ferrell? That should (and probably will) be the bigger issue come draft night in June. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 72 Johnny Wilson

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we continue through the meat of Oklahoma State’s offensive line, we turn to one of the more important reserves on the team.How he got to OSUWilson was originally recruited by former OL coach Bob Connelly during his lone season at OSU. A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout ranked him the No. 34 tackle in the 2015 class. Wilson accepted his first scholarship offer (from OSU) and basically shut down his recruitment. That may shed light on his only three reported offers.what he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Wilson spent 2016 behind three-year starter Brad Lundblade at center. He did see reps against Southeastern Louisiana, Kansas and against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Wilson has put on 40 pounds since arriving as a 6-3, 270-pound prospect. He’s shown the coaching staff that he’s more than capable of filling in at center or even guard if need be.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Projects to continue his role as backup center. Could see time at guard. As long as injury doesn’t thrust him into a starting role, it will be more interesting to see what he does beyond 2017. With the Cowboys set to break in a new QB after Mason Rudolph takes his talents to Sundays, Wilson will be in competition with Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore for the starting spot.Moore will sit out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules and both will be juniors to start 2018. His experience will be crucial whether he vies for starting time this year or next.Noteworthy stats and highlightsPrior to his freshmen year at OSU, Wilson was selected to the USA under-19 team that faced off against Canada in the 2015 International Bowl.last_img read more

SHARKS CLAIM THIRD STRAIGHT MENS CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgIn a day of thrilling matches, of which the Mens and Womens matches were almost a replica and went into a drop-off, the Sharks have taken the Mens and Mixed Championships while Cobras have claimed the womens. Mens OpenThe final match of the day provided another thrilling display, with Sharks completing the hat-trick of titles in the Mens Open, after defeating Mets in a drop-off. In a rematch of last years grand final, Sharks were first to score the persistence of Troy Skinner, after having one dive touchdown disallowed, he was successful on the second. Mets found Matt Prouse outwide, not once, but twice, scoring in almost two identical sets of play to take the lead 2-1. In a see-sawing battle, Jason Stanton scored for the Mets in the final minutes of the first half, giving them the lead 5-4. The second half was dominated by solid defensive displays by both sides. The Mets increased there lead 6-4, and looked to be in control, shutting down all of Sharks options in attack. Two quick touchdowns in the dying minutes leveled the game, sending the match to a drop-off, in a repeat of the Womens final. Both sides made errors, turning the ball over several times. At three-on-three and with the crowd on its feet, Sharks Drummaine Dayberg-Muir found the line after a number of attempts, securing the third consecutive title for the Sharks. Player of the Final: Jason Stanton (Mets)Player of the Series: Drummayne Dayberg-Muir (Sharks)Womens OpenIn a thrilling match which went down to a drop off the Cobras have claimed the 2007 Womens Open title. The Cobras were quick to start, with Kelly Jones scoring the opening two touchdowns on the wing. Mets responded with two of their own, Giselle Martin finding Maribel Ziade in the corner for the first, and individual skill of Stephanie Sorrensen the second. With scores locked at 3-all at half time, neither team was able to gain momentum, with a slow finish to the first half. Mets came out firing, scoring on the opening set. Cobras Rebecca Tavo returned the fire on the next set, as the crowd responded to the increased intensity. As the match became more heated Cobras’ Kelly Woods and Mets’ Sarah Hamilton each spent some time in the bin. With scores locked at 5-all at full-time, the match headed to a drop-off, where both teams had numerous opportunities to score, but couldn’t capitalise. Down to three-on-three the Cobras found an overlap, and Sam Hopkin crossed in the corner to take win the championship 6-5.Player of the Final: Giselle Martin (Mets)Player of the Series: Amanda Judd (Mets)Mixed OpenThe Mixed Open division has a new champion after five years, with the Sharks defeating the Hornets 12-9. In a high scoring encounter the Sharks were first on the board with John Andrews diving through a small gap to cross the line. The Hornets, the dark horse team of the tournament, scored in the following set through Tim Penny. The Sharks looked the in form team however, gaining leads of 3-1, and 5-2 at stages in the game, but the Hornets wouldn’t lie down, trailing at the break 6-4. Hornets began to gain momentum, John Dalton scoring the opening try in the second half. The Sharks stepped up a level, scoring several quick touchdowns extending the lead to 10-7, Hornets continued to score, but only at the rate of the Sharks, and Sharks took the title 12-9.Player of the Final: Ricky Best and Amy Fong (Sharks)Player of the Series: Ricky Best and Amy Fong (Sharks) For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITElast_img read more

12 days agoGuivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroud

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroudby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench World Cup winner Stéphane Guivarc’h praised matchwinner Olivier Giroud yesterday.The Chelsea striker hit the only goal of their Euros qualifying win over Iceland.And ex-Newcastle forward said: “He plays little in England. 17 minutes last month and yet he gives (France coach Didier) Deschamps the confidence that he gives him. “He was great in fighting spirit and had the talent to turn the penalty. “Congratulations to him.” last_img read more

Minnesota Tweets Frogger-Inspired Graphic To Hype Season-Opener vs. TCU

first_imgminnesota tweets a frogger graphic to promote opening game against TCU.minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3.  Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN. pic.twitter.com/0e4k11ixHC— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/5AMcXj3EHM— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.last_img read more

Yaras Autonomous Ship Model Put to the Test

first_imgzoom A model of what promises to be the world’s first autonomous containership kickstarted today its testing stage at Sintef Ocean, a Norwegian research organization.Norwegian maritime technology expert Kongsberg and its compatriot fertilizer producer Yara have teamed up with Marin Teknikk on designing and building a model of the ship- Yara Birkeland.As disclosed, the model tested its mettle today in Sintef’s pool for the first time.The ship has been announced by the two companies as the world’s first fully electric container feeder, which will produce zero emissions.Once constructed, it will feature 80 meters in length, 15 meters in width and accommodate 120 standard 20-foot containers (TEU).The containership will be able to carry a full load of five meters deep, but only three meters in ballast. Its normal speed, which is also a determining factor for the ship’s hull shape, will be six knots while total speed will be 13 knots.Under the partnership, Kongsberg will be in charge of development and delivery of all key enabling technologies on Yara Birkeland including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems.Yara and Kongsberg are planning to start trial operation of the vessel from the second half of 2018 with a small crew on board. As informed, the crew will be placed in a container-based modular unit that can be removed.The vessel will be engaged in shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. Yara Birkeland is scheduled to switch to remote operation in 2019. It is expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020, when it will sail completely autonomously between the ports of Porsgrunn, Brevik and Larvik.As explained by Yara’s CEO Svein Tore Holsether earlier, the new autonomous battery-driven container vessel will help move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Marin Teknikklast_img read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr. (1) lines up prior to a play in the Ohio State- Indiana season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2016 record: 6-7 (4-5)Head Coach: Tom Allen2017 record: 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 12-73What has happened thus far in 2017After former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson left Bloomington, Indiana, for Columbus to join the Buckeyes as their offensive coordinator, former Hoosier defensive coordinator Tom Allen took the reins at Indiana for the 2017 season. Through two games, the Hoosiers played an excellent first half against Ohio State in their home opener, but Indiana couldn’t hold on in the second half, falling to the Buckeyes 49-21. Allen and the Hoosiers recovered from the Week 1 loss and took down Virginia, 34-17, on the road.Impact PlayerThe key to success for Indiana in 2017 is its offense, and the largest threat on that side of the ball for Indiana is redshirt junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. After putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, the Oak Park, Illinois, native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the 2016 season and was given a medical redshirt. A year later, Cobbs exploded out of the gate, racking up 149 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown against Ohio State and adding another score in Week 2 at Virginia. As one of the more experienced members of this Hoosiers receiving corps, Cobbs will be an offensive factor and defensive headache all season.StrengthsOne of the Hoosiers’ biggest strengths in 2017 is their aerial attack, propelled by their two-quarterback rotation. Through two games, Indiana ranks 24th in the NCAA for passing offense with nearly 309 yards per game and is averaging more than six yards per attempt. Allen’s squad boasts a solid group of receivers, including Cobbs, Donavan Hale and Luke Timian, who will be threats downfield all season. WeaknessesA huge point of concern for Indiana this season is the lack of experience on its offensive line. Only sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk and redshirt junior left guard Wes Martin entered the season with a full season of starting experience, and the youth on the right side is a concern. The Hoosiers have allowed nine sacks through two games in 2017, and if they hope to give the program its first winning season in 10 years, protection for quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey must improve. read more

Carrick happy to help Pogba

first_imgPaul Pogba had been criticized a lot this season but he managed to show an extraordinary performance against Manchester City in the derby game and helped his team to grab a win by scoring two crucial goals.Michael Carrick, his experienced teammate, admitted that he had a small chat with Pogba during the half-time break and he tried to help him – and after this, the Frenchman scored a brace…The former England international spoke about his teammate as he said, according to fourfourtwo.com:“I just kept it simple and said ‘this is what you are’ and ‘this is what you’re good at. But listen, he scored two goals, so it’s not down to me.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m glad I did [have an impact] because it shows little things do register with players.”“Three or four years ago I probably wouldn’t have thought I’d go down that route. It wasn’t until I started my coaching badges that I found that I enjoyed it.”“Eventually, I think I would like to be a manager. It looks easier than it obviously is, but of course, it’s not easy.”“There is an element that keeps nagging away at me in games where I think what I would do there and what would I change.”last_img read more

Lewandowski I dont want to play in the same League forever

first_imgRobert Lewandowski has added further doubt on his Bayern Munich future after admitting that he does not want to continue playing in the same league “forever”The Poland captain has been strongly linked with a move away from the Bundesliga champions over the past year with his agent, Pini Zahavi, having recently thrown his future into even more uncertainty by claiming that his client wishes to leave Bayern in order to seek a “new challenge”.Real Madrid are believed to be the favourites to sign Lewandowski with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United having also touted as possible destinations for the in-demand forward.And now the 29-year-old has revealed that he does want a change of scenery.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’ve already said that I don’t want to play in the same League forever, that’s for sure: but don’t know my future right now,” he told The Players’ Tribune, via Football-Italia.But he may not necessarily leave Bayern this summer:“For now, I’m not thinking about it, but I’m 29 and I know I can still play for many more years if I don’t hurt myself.”Lewandowski was unable to help Poland in their 3-0 defeat to Colombia on Sunday with the side now eliminated from the World Cup with a game remaining in Group H.last_img read more

Mauro Icardi fuels transfer talk after flying to England

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has fuelled transfer talks after he was reported to have flown to England after recent links to Chelsea and Real Madrid.The Argentine has been in an impressive run of form in Italy scoring nine times this term in the Italia Serie A.The 25-year-old was on target for Inter Milan last weekend after scoring the winner from a spot kick to gift the Nerazzurri three points and keep them third in Serie A table.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.A current release clause for the Italian is set at €110 million (£98 million) and that is affordable for most of Europe’s biggest clubs  and with the exit of Inter in the Champions League group stage, Icardi could be on his way to one of the teams hoping to lift the coveted Champions League trophy, according to the Mirror.The January transfer window could spring up surprises across Europe as a number of clubs look to strengthen their team.last_img read more

Gray whale has been spotted off the coast of Pacific Beach

first_img Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:53 AM Mike McKinnon III PACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) – A whale has been spotted off the coast of Pacific Beach…Dolphins have been spotted swimming in the area as wellcenter_img Posted: February 27, 2019 Gray whale has been spotted off the coast of Pacific Beach February 27, 2019last_img

Air Quality Advisory For Sterling Soldotna Kenai and Nikiski

first_imgAir Quality CategoryCautionary Statements Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski. Air Quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the Swan Lake Fire. An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day,surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardous Air Quality CategoryCautionary Statements Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day,surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. VisibilityAir Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.  ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. VisibilityAir Quality Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertioncenter_img  GoodNone When air quality data is unavailable, the followingAir Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska.  Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns.  Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times.  It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardous,Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski. Air Quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the Swan Lake Fire.,See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors  GoodNone See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska.  Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns.  Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times.  It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php.  ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. When air quality data is unavailable, the followingAir Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertionlast_img read more

Shakib Al Hasans wife lashes out at media for their hatred against

first_imgShakib Al Hasan found himself in a controversyIANSA controversy erupted in Bangladesh’s cricket circle after former captain and one of the most important members of the national team, Shakib Al Hasan missed the official photo-shoot for the World Cup-bound squad. The entire group of cricketers selected to represent their county in the mega event had gathered at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka along with officials from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). However the left-handed all-rounder left the venue before the shoot commenced and received flak for it.Now, his wife, Sakib Ummey Al Hasan, has come out in his defence through a Facebook post where she lashed out at the media for targeting her husband. In a long statement on the social media site, she claimed that some journalists have ‘hatred’ against her husband and are therefore vilifying him.”I really have nothing to say about the journalists (on) why they have so much hatred against Shakib Al Hasan. I think it’s actually our fault (that) we failed to invite them over for dinner or lunch to butter them (up or) chat with them for hours or give them inside news,” she wrote.BCB chief expresses disappointmentMeanwhile, the chief of BCB, Nazmul Hasan Papon expressed his disappointment with the no-show of the former skipper. “It is disappointing, what else can I say? It was the team’s photo session. I called him and he said he is going to come to my house at night. I said to him to come to the ground. He said he had already left. I asked everyone here, and they said Shakib was informed of the photo session. He didn’t turn up for training but we hoped for his presence in the photo session. But he wasn’t here,” he explained. Shakib Al Hasan is, possibly, the most valuable player in the entire teamIANSExplanation by wifeBut the wife of the 32-year old cricketer asserted that he missed the photo-shoot due to a misunderstanding. “Now the topic is why wasn’t he in the World Cup photo session? First of all it is his miss but he did not do that on purpose. He has (sic) misread the message that was sent! And he apologised to the officials, sorry we didn’t make any videos to prove!” she claimed.Her ire was also directed towards a particular show on a television channel where the famous cricketer was criticised. “Second topic, Channel24 the (sic) show ‘Beyond the Gallery’ put up a show with 2 journalists strictly to put him down saying many absurd things. One of the many is that, ‘he’s doing this to gain fame.’ Are bhai, if I’m not wrong that’s the last thing he needs. Maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe you wanna gain fame by talking negative because businesswise, that’s profitable and (good) for your profile also! Now if it’s about his behaviour, ask any player how he is personally and internally, out (of the) field and on field! World Cup is in near future. Let him be there (and there are) many other things, I think, is (sic) going on for you to talk about!”This will be the fourth World Cup for the veteran Bangladesh cricketer. In the past, his left-arm spin and middle-order batting exploits have played a key role in helping Bangladesh become a force in international cricket. Having him in good form is a must for the Tigers’ success.last_img read more