NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2019: Start time, participants, TV channel, live stream

first_imgHere is everything to know about the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, including a lineup of participants, a history of past winners, and how to watch live on TV and stream online.MORE: Watch the NBA live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)What time does the NBA dunk contest start?The dunk contest will take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 16. It does not have a definitive start time, but will be the final event of the Saturday slate following the skills challenge and 3-point contest. The night gets started at 8 p.m. ET. NBA dunk contest TV channel, live streamAs is the case with most other All-Star events, TNT will air the dunk contest. It can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. Kevin Harlan, Kenny Smith, and Mitchell will be among those on the broadcast. NBA dunk contest 2019 participantsDennis Smith Jr. finished third in the 2018 dunk contest. John Collins, Hamidou Diallo and Miles Bridges are first-time participants.PlayerTeamPos.HeightMiles BridgesHornetsF6-7John CollinsHawksF/C6-10Hamidou DialloThunderG6-5Dennis Smith Jr.KnicksG6-3NBA dunk contest judges, format for 2019The panel of judges for the 2019 dunk contest consists of retired NBA players Alonzo Mourning, David Thompson and Dee Brown along with WNBA stars Candace Parker and A’ja Wilson.The dunks will be graded on a scale of 6-10, with 50 being the maximum score per attempt. The two players with the highest combined score on their two first-round dunks will move to the finals, with the winner being determined the same way.NBA dunk contest past winnersYearWinnerTeam2018Donovan MitchellJazz2017Glenn Robinson IIIPacers2016Zach LaVineTimberwolves2015Zach LaVineTimberwolves2014John WallWizards2013Terrence RossRaptors2012Jeremy EvansJazz2011Blake GriffinClippers2010Nate RobinsonKnicks2009Nate RobinsonKnicks2008Dwight HowardMagic2007Gerald GreenCeltics2006Nate RobinsonKnicks2005Josh SmithHawks2004Fred JonesPacers2003Jason RichardsonWarriors2002Jason RichardsonWarriors2001Desmond MasonSonics2000Vince CarterRaptors1997Kobe BryantLakers1996Brent BarryClippers1995Harold MinerHeat1994Isiah RiderTimberwolves1993Harold MinerHeat1992Cedric CeballosSuns1991Dee BrownCeltics1990Dominique WilkinsHawks1989Kenny WalkerKnicks1988Michael JordanBulls1987Michael JordanBulls1986Spud WebbHawks1985Dominique WilkinsHawks1984Larry NanceSuns High-flying slams and unorthodox props will be featured heavily in the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which will serve as the finale of Saturday night’s All-Star festivities.It doesn’t feature the same star power as the 3-point contest or skills competition, but dunks still carry a certain prestige and the event is never short on excitement. Two rookies and a pair of second-year players will make up this year’s field, which won’t feature defending champion Donovan Mitchell.last_img read more

2019-20 NBA Eastern Conference preview capsules

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error COACH: Brett Brown (seventh season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: C Joel Embiid (27.5 ppg, 13.6 rpg), F Tobias Harris (18.2 ppg), F Al Horford (13.6), G Josh Richardson (16 ppg), G Ben Simmons (16.9 ppg, 7.7 apg)KEY LOSSES: G JJ Redick, G Jimmy ButlerKEY ADDITIONS: G Josh Richardson, F Al Horford, F Matisse ThybullePLAYERS TO WATCH: The 76ers will go as far as Simmons and Embiid will take them. Both All-Stars are locked in for years with long-term deals and enter the season as serious MVP candidates. But if even one goes down with a serious injury, the Sixers will be in trouble. Embiid has never played more than 64 games in a season and the Sixers are serious about trying to limit his workload even more during the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs.OUTLOOK: From tanking to title contention, the Sixers believe they are good enough to win the Eastern Conference, and make a run at an NBA championship. The Sixers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight season (on Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer-beater), but they believe signing Horford away from fellow contender Boston can help push them over the top.3. BOSTON CELTICSLAST SEASON: 49-33, lost to Bucks 4-1 in Eastern semifinalsCOACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry RozierKEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen EdwardsPLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving’s departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn’t: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He’ll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It’s an especially big year for Brown, who was given a four-year, $115 million contract extension on Monday.OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role in facilitating offense in the half-court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.4. TORONTO RAPTORSLAST SEASON: 58-24, defeated the Warriors 4-2 to win the NBA titleCOACH: Nick Nurse (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (14.2 ppg, 8.7 apg), G Norman Powell (8.6 ppg), F OG Anunoby (7.0 ppg), F Pascal Siakam (16.9 ppg), C Marc Gasol (15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg)KEY LOSSES: F Kawhi Leonard, G Danny GreenKEY ADDITIONS: F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F Stanley Johnson, G Matt ThomasPLAYERS TO WATCH: A runaway winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award last season, Siakam doesn’t look likely to rest on his laurels. Nurse said he’s seen more maturity and calmness in Siakam this fall, something new for a player whose game was previously all about speed and energy. Thomas has never played in the NBA, but the former Iowa State star shot 48.1 percent (116 for 241) from 3-point range in helping Spain’s Valencia Basket capture the 2019 EuroCup title.OUTLOOK: The defending champions lost their best player when Leonard left for the Clippers and took another hit when Green signed with the Lakers. While those departures might have dimmed Toronto’s hopes of repeating, the Raptors aren’t lottery-bound either. Lowry has made five straight All-Star teams, Gasol is a defensive force in the paint, and there’s talent on the bench in guard Fred VanVleet and big man Serge Ibaka. Expect the Raptors to earn a top-four seed in a balanced Eastern Conference.5. MIAMI HEATLAST SEASON: 39-43, missed the playoffsCOACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9)KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruderKEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers LeonardPLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade – who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he’ll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but he’s missed 94 games over the last three seasons.OUTLOOK: The Heat haven’t won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role – even without Wade, who was the team’s best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he’ll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won’t be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn’t the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.6. BROOKLYN NETSLAST SEASON: 42-40, lost to the 76ers 4-1 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Kenny Atkinson (fourth season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (23.8 ppg), G Caris LeVert (13.7 ppg), F Joe Harris (13.7 ppg), F Taurean Prince (13.5 ppg), C Jarrett Allen (10.9 ppg)KEY LOSSES: G D’Angelo Russell, F DeMarre Carroll, F Jared Dudley, F/C Ed Davis, G Allen Crabbe, G Shabazz Napier, F Rondae Hollis-JeffersonKEY ADDITIONS: F Kevin Durant, G Irving, C DeAndre Jordan, F Prince, F Wilson Chandler, G/F David Nwaba, G/F Garrett TemplePLAYER TO WATCH: Irving. An undeniable All-Star talent who now has to show he has the temperament to handle New York. He asked to be traded from Cleveland, then changed his mind after originally saying he planned to remain in Boston, where the Celtics were a disappointment last season and he acknowledged doing a poor job leading the team. He grew up in New Jersey and wanted to come back home, and now he has to perform.OUTLOOK: The Nets don’t expect Durant to play this season, so they remain a bit weak at the forward spot compared to the top teams in the Eastern Conference. That means it’s possible they won’t even improve off last season’s surprising sixth-place finish. But even if they don’t, they appear well set for the future.7. INDIANA PACERSLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost to the Celtics 4-0 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Nate McMillan (fourth season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Malcolm Brogdon (15.6 ppg), G Jeremy Lamb (15.3 ppg), F Domantas Sabonis (14.1 ppg), F T.J. Warren (18.0 ppg), C Myles Turner (13.3)KEY LOSSES: F Thaddeus Young, F Bojan Bogdanovic, G Darren Collison, G Cory Joseph, G Tyreke EvansKEY ADDITIONS: Brogdon, Lamb, Warren, G T.J. McConnell, F Justin HolidayPLAYERS TO WATCH: The big question heading into this season is when will two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo return from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee? He’s not expected back until at least December and when he does start playing, it’s unclear how long it will take him to return to form. Until then, this will be Turner’s team and everyone will be watching how this new starting lineup plays together. Indiana expects Brogdon to play like the $85 million man while Sabonis moves from a valuable backup role into the starting lineup for the first time. Sabonis and Turner being paired together give the Pacers a more traditional two big-man look.OUTLOOK: The Pacers know it will take time for all the new faces to get acclimated in sync, and they expect some rough patches early. But the offseason moves should give Indiana more scoring punch and better balance offensively. Defensively, it will be interesting to see how Sabonis or Turner defends the perimeter. But if the Pacers have a solid start and Oladipo is back to full strength before the All-Star break, they could become a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference.8. ORLANDO MAGICLAST SEASON: 42-40, lost to the Raptors 4-1 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Steve Clifford (second season with Magic; seventh season overall, 238-254)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Evan Fournier (15.1 ppg), G D.J. Augustin (11.7), F Aaron Gordon (16.0), F Jonathan Isaac (9.6), C Nikola Vucevic (20.8)KEY LOSSES: NoneKEY ADDITIONS: F Al-Farouq Aminu, G Markelle Fultz (acquired in February from Philadelphia but didn’t play)PLAYERS TO WATCH: There isn’t a lot of mystery to the Magic entering this season, since they bring back basically the same team and will be adding a former No. 1 overall pick in Fultz who has worked for months to fix his shoulder and shooting issues. Vucevic is coming off a season where he set career-bests in points, rebounds and assists per game. When Gordon scored big, the Magic were really good; they went 16-8 in the 24 games where Gordon reached the 20-point mark. Terrence Ross is basically a sixth starter for Orlando, needing only 26.5 minutes per game to average 15.1 points last season in an instant-offense role coming off the bench.OUTLOOK: The Magic improved by 17 wins last season and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012, doing all that without the burden of expectation. They won’t have that same luxury this year, not after bringing back virtually every part of a team that didn’t just get into the playoffs but did so by going 22-9 down the stretch of the regular season. Getting to the foul line more would be a major help, after the Magic ranked last in free throws made and free throws attempted last season. The biggest challenge for Clifford might be finding ways for his team to replicate the same get-into-the-playoffs hunger it had a year ago.9. DETROIT PISTONSLAST SEASON: 41-41, lost to the Bucks 4-0 in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Dwane Casey (second season, 11th NBA season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Reggie Jackson (15.4 ppg), G Bruce Brown (4.3 ppg), G Tony Snell (6.0 ppg), F Blake Griffin (24.5 ppg), C Andre Drummond (17.3 ppg)KEY LOSSES: G Wayne Ellington, G Ish SmithKEY ADDITIONS: G Derrick Rose, G Tony SnellPLAYERS TO WATCH: There are no illusions about Rose still being an MVP candidate, but he averaged 18 points per game last season and could be a real X-factor for Detroit. The Pistons have relied on the trio of Griffin, Drummond and Jackson for a while now, and Jackson has been the most erratic member of that group. If Rose gives Detroit more production at point guard, that could be a big plus for the Pistons, although his health is always a concern.OUTLOOK: Griffin was simply terrific last season, re-establishing himself as one of the game’s stars, but his injury woes popped up again right around playoff time. Detroit would love to manage his minutes in a way that keeps him fresh for the end of the season, but that won’t be easy if the Pistons are on the playoff bubble again the way they were last season. Another postseason berth is certainly possible, and if things break right, maybe Detroit can get a more favorable seed and win a round, but the gap between the Pistons and the conference’s top teams remains formidable.10. CHICAGO BULLSLAST SEASON: 22-60, missed playoffsCOACH: Jim Boylen (first full season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kris Dunn (11.3 ppg), G Zach LaVine (23.7 ppg), F Otto Porter Jr. (13.9 ppg with Washington, Chicago), F Lauri Markkanen (18.7 ppg), C Wendell Carter Jr. (10.3 ppg)KEY LOSSES: C Robin LopezKEY ADDITIONS: F Thaddeus Young, G Coby White, G Tomás SatoranskýPLAYERS TO WATCH: With the All-Star Game in Chicago for the first time since 1988, Markkanen and LaVine would love a chance to perform for the home crowd. More important, getting picked would probably mean the Bulls are starting to win. Boylen would like both players to improve on defense, an area where Chicago ranked near the bottom of the NBA last season. He also wants Markkanen to become a more consistent rebounder in his third season. Dunn took a step back last season and now has competition after the Bulls drafted White with the No. 7 pick and acquired Satoranský from Washington.OUTLOOK: The Bulls see themselves contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after posting one of the worst records in franchise history. If they stay healthy after an injury-riddled season and get the improvement they anticipate from their core players, it might not be a stretch.11. ATLANTA HAWKSLAST SEASON: 29-53, missed playoffsCOACH: Lloyd Pierce (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Trae Young (19.1 ppg, 8.1 apg), G Kevin Huerter (9.7 ppg), F De’Andre Hunter (No. 5 overall pick), F John Collins (19.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg), C Damian Jones (5.4 ppg)KEY LOSSES: C Dewayne Dedmon, G Kent Bazemore, F Omari SpellmanKEY ADDITIONS: Hunter, Jones, F Cam Reddish, F Jabari Parker, G Evan Turner, G Allen Crabbe, F Chandler Parsons, C Bruno FernandoPLAYERS TO WATCH: Young and Collins are two of the NBA’s top young players, while Huerter shows plenty of promise, so the key to this season will be how well they mesh with two more first-round picks, Hunter and No. 10 choice Reddish. Hunter figures to start right away, while Reddish will get plenty of playing time off the bench. Also keep an eye on Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 by the Milwaukee Bucks. While he has yet to develop into the star everyone expected, Parker is still just 24 years old and has averaged 15.1 points per game over his five-year career. The Hawks, who are focused on player development, hope they can flush out Parker’s game. Finally, the Hawks will send out 42-year-old Vince Carter for his record 22nd – and final – season in the NBA. Carter showed last season he’s still got game, but he won’t get as many minutes in his last hurrah as he serves more of a coach-mentor role to all the young players.OUTLOOK: The Hawks showed promise in Pierce’s first season but this franchise is still in the midst of a major rebuilding job. Atlanta might have an outside shot at slipping into the playoffs, but would probably be better off getting another crack at the draft lottery. General Manager Travis Schlenk has been acquiring over-priced players that other teams wanted to get off the books. Parsons ($25.1 million), Turner ($18.6 million) and Crabbe ($18.5 million) are in the final year of their contracts, which means 2020 is the year to really start paying attention to the Hawks.12. NEW YORK KNICKSLAST SEASON: 17-65, missed playoffsCOACH: David Fizdale (second season, fourth NBA season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Dennis Smith Jr. (13.6 ppg), G RJ Barrett (rookie), F Marcus Morris (13.9 ppg), F Julius Randle (21.1 ppg). C Mitchell Robinson (7.3 ppg)KEY LOSSES: F Noah Vonleh, F Mario Hezonja, G Emmanuel Mudiay, C DeAndre JordanKEY ADDITIONS: G Barrett, F Randle, F Morris, F Bobby Portis, F Taj Gibson, G Elfrid Payton, G Wayne Ellington, G/F Reggie BullockPLAYER TO WATCH: Barrett. The Knicks shared the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick and Zion Williamson after having the worst record in the league. They ended up third and took his Duke teammate and fellow All-American, who tied for the ACC scoring lead, with their highest selection since grabbing Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing first overall in 1985. There aren’t a lot of scorers on the roster, so the Knicks will need Barrett to play well quickly.OUTLOOK: The Knicks couldn’t land any of the top talent in free agency after missing the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, but they believe they signed enough veteran toughness to exceed their relatively low expectations.13. WASHINGTON WIZARDSLAST SEASON: 32-50, missed playoffsCOACH: Scott Brooks (fourth season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ish Smith (8.9 ppg with Detroit), G Bradley Beal (25.6 ppg), F Rui Hachimura (19.7 ppg with Gonzaga), F Davis Bertans (8.0 ppg with San Antonio), C Thomas Bryant (10.5 ppg)KEY LOSSES: F Jeff Green, F Trevor Ariza, F Markieff Morris, C Dwight Howard, F Sam Dekker, F Jabari Parker, F Bobby Portis, G Tomas SatoranskyKEY ADDITIONS: F Rui Hachimura, G Ish Smith, G-F C.J. Miles, F Moe Wagner, G-F Isaac Bonga, F Davis Bertans, G-F Admiral Schofield, G Justin Robinson, G Justin Anderson, G Isaiah ThomasPLAYERS TO WATCH: As Washington tries to find a way forward with a mostly new roster after losing 50 games, everyone in a Wizards uniform will be judged for his possible role in the future. The most scrutiny will fall on two players: rookie Rui Hachimura, a first-round draft pick from Gonzaga, and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. With Hachimura, it’s about adapting to the pro game and seeing how much potential he has. With Beal, undoubtedly Washington’s best player and closest thing now to a transcendent star, it’s about whether he can up his level even more … and where he will attempt to do that. Will he commit to the Wizards and will they build around him? Or will they start over even more completely by trading him?OUTLOOK: With John Wall reportedly out for the entire season after rupturing his Achilles tendon, plus several other offseason injuries, and a wholesale revamping of the roster under way, new GM Tommy Sheppard knows that there is no point in aiming for any particular win total, let alone the playoffs. So instead of the sort of grand pronouncements about quantifiable goals that were so common with this club in the past, Sheppard is emphasizing the importance of development – figuring out who can do what and who should be a part of the long-term plan. The Wizards are not going to be very good in 2019-20, but they are hoping this will be the start of moving in the right direction.14. CLEVELAND CAVALIERSLAST SEASON: 19-63, missed playoffsCOACH: John Beilein (first season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Collin Sexton (16.7 ppg), G Darius Garland (Rookie), F Cedi Osman (13.0 ppg), F Kevin Love (17.0 ppg, 22 games), Tristan Thompson (10.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg)KEY LOSSES: F Channing Frye, G J.R. SmithKEY ADDITIONS: Beilein, Garland, C/F John Henson, G Kevin Porter Jr., G Dylan WindlerPLAYERS TO WATCH: Garland could accelerate the Cavs’ rebuilding project. Before a left knee injury cut short his freshman season at Vanderbilt, the 6-foot-2 playmaker was ranked as the top player in his class, ahead of even Zion Williamson. His pairing with Sexton gives Cleveland a young, dynamic backcourt drawing comparisons to Portland’s duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Sexton’s growth as a rookie was extraordinary, and it will be interesting to see how he blends with Garland, who is more of a traditional point guard. Love’s future, which is always in question, could hinge on how quickly the team’s youngsters bloom. If the Cavs get the right offer, Love could be traded despite his hopes to stay with Cleveland.OUTLOOK: Beilein’s forte in college was player development and the former Michigan coach appears to be an ideal fit for Cleveland’s youth movement. He’ll push the Cavs and make sure they play hard, and Love and Thompson will give the squad invaluable leadership. Injuries have sidetracked Love the past few seasons, but the 31-year-old feels physically refreshed and is committed to showing his young teammates what it takes. It’s going to be another long season in Cleveland, but there appears to be a promising future.15. CHARLOTTE HORNETSLAST SEASON: 39-43, missed playoffsCOACH: James Borrego (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Terry Rozier (9.0 ppg), G Dwyane Bacon (7.3 ppg), F PJ Washington (rookie), F Miles Bridges (7.5 ppg), C Cody Zeller (10.1 ppg)KEY LOSSES: PG Kemba Walker, SG Jeremy LambKEY ADDITIONS: Rozier, WashingtonPLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Rozier. He replaces Walker, a three-time All-Star and the franchise’s career scoring leader. Walker averaged 25.6 points last season, so the Hornets will need to find production from players like Bridges and Bacon. Rozier is expected to put up better assist numbers than Walker but doesn’t figure to come close to matching his scoring output. One big question for the Hornets will be who they turn to in late-game situations to make big shots. Walker and Lamb have handled that role in recent years, but both are gone. Borrego says it will be something the team must figure out moving forward.OUTLOOK: Make no doubt about it, the Hornets are in complete rebuilding mode and most view them as a sure lottery team next season. This season isn’t about wins and losses, but rather getting young players as many quality minutes as possible. That means Bridges, Bacon, Washington and Malik Monk will see plenty of playing time while aging veterans Nic Batum and Marvin Williams are likely relegated to reserve roles. Charlotte lacks NBA experience, but its youthful roster will provide plenty of energy and enthusiasm and could give some opponents problems. This team might not be very talented, but it will compete.For a look at the Western Conference, click here. Team-by-team preview capsules for the NBA’s Eastern Conference, in predicted order of regular-season finish:1. MILWAUKEE BUCKSLAST SEASON: 60-22, best record in the NBA during the regular season, lost to Toronto 4-2 in the Eastern Conference finalsCOACH: Mike Budenholzer (second season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Eric Bledsoe (15.9 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.2 ppg), F Khris Middleton (18.3 ppg), F Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.7 ppg), C Brook Lopez (12.5 ppg)center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKEY LOSSES: G Malcolm Brogdon, F Nikola Mirotic, G Tony SnellKEY ADDITIONS: Matthews, C Robin Lopez, G Kyle Korver, F Dragan Bender, F Thanasis AntetokounmpoPLAYER TO WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo had the best season of his career a season ago en route to earning NBA MVP. He was outplayed by Kawhi Leonard in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, in his seventh season, how will Antetokounmpo improve his game offensively as he looks to take the Bucks to the Finals and capture the first NBA title for the franchise since 1971?OUTLOOK: Expectations have never been higher for the Bucks. A season after winning MVP, Coach of the Year (Budenholzer) and Executive of the Year (GM Jon Horst), Milwaukee enters this season without former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, one of only eight players in NBA history in the 50-40-90 club. The Bucks lost Brogdon to free agency, but they managed to keep their core of Bledsoe, Lopez, Middleton and Antetokounmpo together. With both Leonard and LeBron James now out west, anything less than a conference finals appearance will be deemed a failure in Milwaukee.2. PHILADELPHIA 76ERSLAST SEASON: 51-31, lost to Raptors 4-3 in Eastern Conference semislast_img read more

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 [email protected]last_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