Unfriending: Are People Online Shedding Friends? (Debate)

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos I think “unfriend” is a very appropriate word for the year as it fits with the way people are becoming more sophisticated in their social networking. People are deciding to do some editing of the friends lists they rushed naively into.7 out of the top 10 searches performed on the Facebook Help Center page are about getting rid of your own social network profiles or your friends. Admittedly “unfriend” isn’t one of those words, but you get the idea.It’s easy in this new web to sign up for things, getting overwhelmed and ignoring streams of information is par for the course. But choosing to cancel receipt of a person’s updates? That’s a meaningful move. People fall for those “see who’s searching for you” ads on social networks all the time. You’d better believe they appreciate the control that unfriending gives them. I’ll bet that just about anyone online, no matter their level of technical knowledge, could tell you these days what it means to “unfriend someone.”What do you think? Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Analysis#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick The New Oxford American Dictionary announced its Word of the Year today and like everyone else, the organization is keeping an eye on the internet. Its selection? unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.Has Oxford Dictionary made the right selection? ReadWriteWeb’s Founder Richard MacManus thinks not. I disagree with him; I think this is a very valid Word of the Year. We make our cases below and invite you to cast your vote in a poll.Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb founder:“I think that’s an odd choice for word of the year, as all the trends indicate there has been more social networking activity this past year – not less, as ‘unfriend’ implies. Facebook and Twitter have both rocketed in popularity in 2009. I’d suggest that more people have left MySpace and migrated to Facebook, than unfriended people on Facebook.“I also think that ‘unfriend’ is an ugly word, so for that reason it shouldn’t be Word of the Year. What’s more, I don’t think my Mum or Dad would be familiar with the term ‘unfriend.’ Perhaps my father will pop into the comments and tell us for certain. But I look forward to the results of the poll!”Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb lead writer: A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Video Inspiration: Ice Caves and a GoPro

first_imgFly through Alaskan ice caves in this awesome drone video shot by Firefight Films.We’ve seen a lot of creative drone videos in the last few months (check out Superman with a GoPro) but we think we may have found the most beautiful one.Firefight Films have released a video titled Bigger Than Life which features a ton of awesome drone footage shot in Alaskan ice caves. Believe it or not, the entire thing was shot using a GoPro. Check it out:Firefight Films were also super kind to include a behind the scenes video on how they made Bigger Than Life. They stated that they shot 100% of the footage using a GoPro HERO 3+ Black Edition and a DJI Phantom. Just goes to show what’s possible if you have the right equipment and a plane ticket to Alaska.You can buy your own DJI Phantom for $700 bucks on DJI’s website.  This video was created and shared by Firefight Films – thanks for sharing guys!Seen any other beautiful drone videos?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Son of a famous drummer, Van Halen makes own name in track

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Why, yes he is.His father is drummer Alex Van Halen, the co-founder of the Hall of Fame rock band. Aric happened to find his rhythm on the track and certainly brings a rock star look with a sleeve of tattoos on his left arm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He’s proud that I found something I’m good at and I love to do,” said Aric, who didn’t advance out of the first round of the steeplechase Friday night at the U.S. track and field championships. “It didn’t matter what it was. Making it to the Olympic trials last year was a huge accomplishment for me and for him to say, ‘My son went to the Olympic trials.’”Aric tried to follow a similar musical path as his father. He learned the violin, followed by the piano, drums, saxophone, guitar and back to the drums. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READcenter_img What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire It wasn’t for him.“I was more of a sports guy,” said the 27-year-old who grew up in Los Angeles. “I needed to be a little more active. My attention span was never there.”At first, baseball was his passion. He was a middle infielder until track entered the picture. He ran the fitness mile as a seventh grader and finished in a blistering time of 5 minutes, 45 seconds.In high school, he switched full time to running and attended the University of Colorado, where he was turned into a steeplechaser, a 3,000-meter race that features jumping over barriers and running through water pits. The school is renowned for producing elite steeplechasers such as Jenny Simpson — now a 1,500 Olympic medalist — and Emma Coburn, who earned a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games.“Just something I wanted to do. It looked fun,” Aric said.ADVERTISEMENT This was a way of carving out his niche. His father has one of the most famous last names in rock history. It trails Aric wherever he goes. He embraces it. He even has a clever turn of phrase on his Twitter account — “Exercising with the Devil.”“I like (having this name). It’s cool,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s anything, because I don’t know any different.”Alex Van Halen helped form the band with his brother, Eddie, in the ’70s. They’ve had countless hits (“Jump,” ”Runnin’ With The Devil”), iconic album covers (1984) and legendary lead singers (David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.“My dad occasionally tells me stories, but I really don’t ask because when he wants to tell me, he can tell me,” Aric said. “He likes to play his cards close to his chest.”Aric’s not sure how much longer he wants to compete. His best steeplechase time is 8:32.92 in 2014. In contrast, Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager has a lifetime best of 8:00.45.He’s thinking of a career switch, maybe a move behind the camera. He was a freelance photographer/videographer for Colorado last fall and was in charge of the camera that fed images to the Jumbotron at football games. He had a front-row seat to the Buffaloes’ turnaround season as they finished 10-4 and captured the Pac-12 South.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Magic sees Lonzo as 1 piece in Lakers’ grand rebuilding plan Aric Van Halen jumps into the water during a heat of the first round of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Sacramento, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—His favorite song is “Hot for Teacher.” His go-to selection on karaoke nights happens to be “Panama.”And whenever steeplechaser Aric Van Halen tells someone his name, he waits for the inevitable question: Are you related to THE Van Halens?ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Prakash Javadekar files Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Madhya Pradesh

first_imgUnion minister Prakash Javadekar filing his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. Photo:PTIUnion Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha (RS) from Madhya Pradesh, for which voting will take place on June 19. He is all set to become Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh.Currently, he is not a member of Parliament.   Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Forests and Environment (Independent Charge), Javadekar is going to be the second outsider from the state who will go the Upper House of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh. Before him, senior journalist Chandhan Mitra who has no connection with state went to the Rajya Sabha from MP.Javadekar who has been born and brought up in Pune, filed papers for the seat which fell vacant after Upper House member Faggan Singh Kulaste got elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Mandla parliamentary seat.Javadekar filed two sets on nomination papers before election returning officer B D Israni, which were proposed by Madhya Pradesh Ministers Narottam Mishra, Sartaj Singh and Gaurishanker Shejwar, among others.Reacalling his connections with Madhya Pradesh, the Minister said he had frequented the state when he was the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha Chief.Before Javadekar, Mitra, who was born and brought up in West Bengal and settled in Delhi bagged his second Rajya Ssabha term from MP in 2010.Madhya Pradesh has 11 Rajya Sabha seats. Currently, the Upper House members from the state are Digvijaya Singh, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, Vijayalaxmi Sadhu from Congress and Union Ministers Najma Heptullah, Thavar Chandra Gehlot, besides Prabhat Jha, Satyanarayan Jatia, Anil Madhav Dave, Kaptan Singh Solanki and Mitra from BJP.  advertisementlast_img read more

Rahul Dravid becomes the fifth Indian to be inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer Indian captain Rahul Dravid was on November 1, 2018, formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame becoming the fifth Indian to be named in the elite list.In a ceremony held ahead of the fifth and final one-day international between India and WIndies in Thiruvananthapuram, Dravid was presented with the HoF cap by Sunil Gavaskar.Rahul Dravid becomes the 5th Indian to be inducted in the @ICC Hall of Fame. Congratulations to the legend on joining a list of all-time greats across generations. pic.twitter.com/RAyQ8KrtWR BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018In July this year, in a ceremony in Dublin, Dravid along with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and retired England Women wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for their achievements in the sport.Dravid is the fifth Indian player to be named in ICC Hall of FameDravid became only the fifth player from India to be named in the elite list.The Wall is in The Hall!Here’s his #ICCHallOfFame cap pic.twitter.com/gbn5aA1G4JICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018The other four Indians are former skippers:Bishan Singh BediSunil GavaskarKapil DevAnil KumblePonting is the 25th from Australia to receive the honour.”It is a matter of great honour to be named by the ICC in the Cricket Hall of Fame. To find your name in a list of all-time greats across generations is something one only dreams of while setting out on a cricket career and the kind of recognition that would delight any player,” Dravid was quoted as saying in an ICC media release.advertisementI am thankful to my near and dear ones as well as players I have played with and against, coaches and officials who have backed me over the years and helped me develop as a cricketer.”I would also like to thank the KSCA and the BCCI for all the support over the years and the ICC for recognizing my achievements and picking me in this group of Hall of Fame inductees,” said Dravid.Dravid scored a whopping 13,288 runs in 164 Tests with 36 centuries and 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs with 12 centuries.Ponting, on his part, said: “I feel deeply honoured to be recognised by the ICC in this way. I loved every moment of my journey as a player and I’m so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way.After inducting them into the #ICCHallofFame this evening, we take a look back at some of Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting’s most memorable duels.https://t.co/UJRLSlynSs pic.twitter.com/P1kvgJDr8tICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018″These would not have been possible without the help of so many people including my teammates, coaches and support staff that played such an integral part in my playing career. I would like to especially thank my family for their constant support and direction. Honours like this are just as much for them as it is for me.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame is our way of honouring the greats of our game. Only the very best players in the world are recognised for their contribution to cricket in this way and I would like to congratulate Rahul, Ricky and Claire who are wonderful additions to the list of cricketing luminaries in the Hall of Fame.”Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade 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

Blake Jarwin’s Explosiveness and Consistency Important For OSU In 2016

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. Blake Jarwin not only had a career game with 96 yards and a touchdown, it was the best game by an OSU “tight end” since Blake Jackson was had multiple triple-digit performances back in 2012.“When you have some one on the inside who can do what he did, safeties aren’t able to cheat all the way out and try to guard the outside guys,” James Washington told the Stillwater News Press. “They’ve got to start respecting him, too, because if not he will do exactly what he did today.”Jarwin’s 17.64 yards per reception is second on the team only to James Washington’s 19.48 average this year (sophomore Cowboy Back Keenen Brown does have a 23.50 average but on only two catches). Jarwin has catches in each of the last three games. All four of them have been for 20+ yards. This opens up the field for Rudolph as well as his stable of RBs.The former walk-on has become a consistent outlet for Mason Rudolph. In Jarwin’s previous career-best game earlier this year against Texas, he had three huge third-down plays that were crucial to OSU’s win over Texas as I wrote here for Cowboys Ride For Free.On the opening drive, before Justice Hill’s 30-yard touchdown run that lit up Twitter, the Cowboys faced third down and 6 on their own 40-yard line. Mason Rudolph threw it to Jarwin who made a man miss and went 17 yards, keeping the drive alive.On the next drive, Jarwin made a 13-yard catch on third down and 10 from the Cowboy 30-yard line. Again he kept a drive alive that ended this time with James Washington “going house” on a 54-yard play which we will see for years to come on YouTube compilations.The Cowboy Back has seen an increased role in the Cowboys’ offense and one of the biggest reasons for that has been the consistency of Blake Jarwin. As the Cowboys moved away from the wide-open Air Raid of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, Mike Gundy wanted to implement a more pro-style system featuring a tight end. The idea was to recruit players who could fit both the tight end and fullback role.Blake Jarwin has been the poster child of the three-year old hybrid position named “Cowboy Back” by its position coach Jason McEndoo.Saturday started off with a bang for Jarwin. His first catch went for 54 yards and the Cowboys’ second touchdown of the day to give them a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. His next play in the same quarter went for 42 yards.last_img read more

The Big 12 Might Be Forming a Scheduling Alliance, Who Should OSU Play?

first_imgAccording to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the Big 12 is potentially looking to partner with another Power 5 conference to play nonconference football games. That is music to these ears, and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby weighed in to Dodd on the matter.“We talked over probably three years about things we might work together on [with the Pac-12],” Bowlsby told CBS Sports. “I had the same conversation about the SEC and the ACC. We’re always looking for those kinds of things. There’s probably a dozen topics about whether aggregation might make some sense.”Whooooo, I have the vapors!As all of you know, we’re mostly big fans of huge non-conference tilts so this is terrific news. However, because of the ambiguity, we decided to have a quick roundtable on which conference the Big 12 should align with and which teams we would like to see OSU play. Let’s jump in.Which conference should the Big 12 align with?Kyle CoxACC. I think first off that it would be fun to play a Florida State or a Louisville.  Great road trip destinations and I think there are similarities between two conferences in more ways than one. Would love a three-game deal with UNC. Heck, just keep up the Pitt series. That’s a fun fit and contrasting styles makes for a good game. Any east-coast rivalry would be pretty cool in my book.Carson CunninghamGet me to The Grove.Sam AldrichAbsolutely would be in favor of joining a Rebel Alliance with the Big 10. I think it makes sense for a couple of reasons: High visibility, brand name matchups (Ohio State, Michgan, Nebraska, Wisconsin), reasonable geographical proximity, not to mention I believe our style of play matches up very well with the Big 10. Thumbs up.Kyle CoxPlus the ACC is the new SEC, so…Caleb DeckI tend to like the idea of ACC from a fan perspective. I think while it may be further to travel than the Big 10, there are more attractive travel options and it’s still not as far as going to the west coast for the PAC. I’m not so sold on style of play, but I think the big 12 has good enough teams to make games close and the contrasting styles would make for some interesting match-ups we don’t get to see often.Kyle PorterI think I would probably pick the SEC, selfishly, because of the road trips and the national recognition when it comes to wins. i.e. it means more nationally if you thump Auburn than if you beat Arizona State. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong but that’s the way it is.Justin SouthwellPorterI like how none of us have mentioned the conference the Big 12 is actually talking about aligning with (Pac-12).SouthwellPac-12 for Uni match-ups alone. We might have a night game.AldrichI think either the Big 10 or SEC gets us so much more screen time and credibility (like Porter said) than the Pac-12.What teams do you want to see OSU play?SouthwellOSU vs OSU (Battle of Black and Orange)OSU vs UO (Nike fans deserve this)OSU vs USC (PAC-12’s OU)Aldrich1. Oklahoma State-Michigan. Can you imagine heading up to the Big House in late September? I’m getting all hot and bothered just thinking about it. 2. Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska- revive the old Big 8/12 days. Eric Crouch isn’t walking through that door. 3. Oklahoma State-Wisconsin. Similar to Michigan- brand name, Madison is just phenomenal, plus an ELITE mascot matchup between the only mascot with a real gun vs the only mascot that wears a sweater with a picture of himself. There can only be one.DeckFrom the ACC I’d love to see …1. either FSU or Miami. Pretty obviously would be a great game and highlight if we win.2. I also would really enjoy a matchup with NC State — I think they are really similar in overall university/fan base/culture to OSU. And it would be a better game than Southwestern Eastern Anchorage College or whatever we usually open with.3. UNC. But only if the deal includes a corresponding basketball matchup.Cox1. Florida State – not only would we have an interesting new dynamic on the pod, the unis would be outstanding. Plus the Jimbo/Gundy mullet matchup would be stellar if they would both commit. What could beat that mascot exchange?2. Pitt – continue the series moving forward. I think it’s a fun non-con game and has the ability to add points to OSU’s resume with a win.3. UNC – Selfishly I just want to see a Fedora/Gundy series. It would be a bit more winnable for the Cowboys than say Florida State but still a quality opponent and great uni matchup.PorterI’m in on …1. Auburn — The OSU of the SEC.2. LSU — This was an easy No. 1 until Lester left. Still, I don’t want Bama. Florida is boring. We’ve already had Texas A&M and Mizzou. Mississippi State is really boring (and we’ve already had them). This seems like a pretty natural fit for both schools.3. Georgia — No matter what happens during the rest of Gundy’s tenure in Stillwater, that two-gamer with Georgia in the late 2000s will always be a massive moment. 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

Junior College Cornerback Visits Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State has a handful of young talent at cornerback on its roster for the upcoming season. Madre Harper, A.J. Green, Rodarius Williams are all second-year players expected to make an impact in 2017.Looking past this season to 2018, OSU is already looking to put experience alongside that young talent, and its currently targeting a junior college prospect to fill that need in 2018’s Delrick Abrams Jr. of Independence Community College. He made an unofficial visit to Stillwater this week. Abrams Jr. is a rising prospect with offers now from West Virginia, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and others. He’s a Bogalusa, Louisiana, native, so the chance to play closer to home — particularly for Arkansas, Mississippi State or Southern Miss — could be a big factor.Abrams recorded 17 solo tackles, 30 total tackles, and 3 interceptions as a freshman last season. He says he’s working on refining his game before he takes it to a Division I school in 2018. He started every game for the Pirates.“I’m working on reading the QBs shoulder,” Abrams told the Recruiting News Guru recently. “I’m also working on my hips, coming out of breaks faster, and attacking downhill better. I want no hesitation. I just want to play the game full-speed.”Abrams will be a mid-year graduate from junior college, so he will be eligible to graduate in December and essentially become an early junior college enrollee at his next destination. 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