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  • Conte’s Chelsea future in doubt

    first_imgAntonio Conte Conte’s Chelsea future in renewed doubt with transfers still a bone of contention Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:01 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Antonio Conte Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Napoli Juventus PSG Premier League The Blues may be doubting the commitment of their head coach as he fails to toe the line on the club’s transfer policy after the Carabao Cup defeat Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea is in renewed doubt following his fresh complaints over squad size and the club’s transfer business.Following Chelsea’ Carabao Cup semi-final exit at Arsenal on Wednesday, Conte again bemoaned the lack of options at his disposal to echo his complaints from the summer.Conte’s gripes during the previous transfer window strained the relationship between the Italian and the board, only for those issues to be put to one side once the season kicked off.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, with the 2017-18 season increasingly looking like it will not be one to remember after last year’s impressive Premier League title win, the cracks are beginning to reappear.The Chelsea boss has already conceded that his team won’t retain the Premier League title, while the Champions League looks like a big ask with Barcelona coming up in the round of 16. Though his long-term future may not be decided yet, the divisions over transfers, which caused his departure from Juventus by ‘mutual consent’ in 2014, mean it is in doubt. However, the combined £50m signings of Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri may help ease tensions between the directors and Conte. He tried to put distance between himself and Chelsea’s transfer policy after Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at the Emirates, where he also said he had been suffering from a lack of sleep. “I think there are different situations,” Conte, who gave January signing Ross Barkley his debut as a substitute against Arsenal, said. “Sometimes I can have an impact on the transfer market, sometimes I don’t have an impact on this. My first task is to do my job, and be a coach, and to try to improve my players. For sure, I don’t have a big impact on the transfer market.”Chelsea may not be in a position to replace Conte just yet, but they would be right to consider several names as a contingency plan. Maurizio Sarri is a front-runner for the job after leading Napoli to the top of Serie A and his current contract has an €8m buy-out clause which can be activated up until May. However, Napoli are in negotiations with Sarri over a new deal which will remove that clause and secure his long-term future.Massimiliano Allegri has ambitions to manage outside Italy but Juventus are reluctant to let him go having backed their coach in his row with star defender Leonardo Bonucci last summer. Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been linked, but isn’t expected to get the call, while Leonardo Jardim may also be interested in the position amid rumours in France he could leave Monaco after this season.  Ross Barkley ChelseaKeeping Conte remains Chelsea’s favoured option but the club’s director Marina Granovskaia won’t be dictated to on transfer policy and will be the winner if the 47-year-old takes her on.She has a direct line to the club’s owner Roman Abramovich and has the final say on all transfers, as well as contract renewals. However, it is understood that, despite Conte playing down his role in transfers, he is always asked for a shortlist of players. Conte has been manager at a time when Chelsea have significantly reduced their net spend in successive transfer windows as they raise money to buy players through the sales of other players. Chelsea have become profitable for two of the last four years but have been outspent by Manchester City by some distance for many consecutive transfer windows . In fact, Chelsea last outspent City in the 2012-13 season, while Manchester United are using their incredible commercial revenue to invest in their playing staff. The club’s strategy has seen Chelsea miss out on several high-profile targets for Conte, including Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Danilo, Radja Nainggolan and Kalidou Koulibaly. Goal understands that Conte has the option to return to the Italy national team role, should he leave Chelsea, but that Paris Saint-Germain also have a keen eye on him given Unai Emery’s long-term future is still in doubt after a poor season last year.  Giorgio Chiellini Antonio Conte ItalyBoth Milan clubs have had an interest in Conte in the past year but it is thought that he is cautious about taking those roles. Conte is keen to work in other elite footballing countries and it is understood that he doesn’t require a return to his home country just yet. There are many possible outcomes with regards to Conte’s future, but it is far from certain, and the potential knock-on effect is that incoming signings may be reluctant to sign for a team about to change their manager.last_img read more

  • What if football teams were NFL franchises?

    first_imgPremier League Man Utd’s Red Devils, Arsenal’s Gunners… What if football teams were NFL franchises? Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 2/2/18 Comments(3) 1/13 Man Utd’s Red Devils, Arsenal’s Gunners… What if football teams were NFL franchises? Manchester United NFL Super Bowl / football helmet Goal Newcastle United NFL Super Bowl / football helmet Goal Full screen 1 of 13 Share Close Manchester United // Red Devils FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Premier League Bundesliga Manchester United Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United Huddersfield Town Southampton Leicester City Newcastle United Köln Borussia M’gladbach RB Leipzig Wolfsburg WTFlast_img read more

  • McTominay preferred to Pogba against Sevilla

    first_imgUEFA Champions League Man Utd team news: Pogba named on the bench at Sevilla as McTominay starts Kris Voakes Manchester United Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:35 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester United Paul Pogba Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla The France international is reportedly unsettled at the Red Devils and only earns a place on the bench after recovering from a mysterious illness Paul Pogba has been named on the substitutes’ bench for Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 clash with Sevilla, with Scott McTominay starting in his place.The France international sat out United’s win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup with a mystery illness, with manager Jose Mourinho seemingly unconcerned over his absence . AdChoices广告And while he has apparently made a full recovery from the complaint, he will be left on the bench come kick-off at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player McTominay, 21, continues in the first team after making a positive impression in United’s 2-0 victory at the weekend.Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, leads the line alongside Alexis Sanchez, with the front trio completed by Juan Mata rather than Anthony Martial.Pogba is reportedly unsettled at Old Trafford after being shifted to a more defensive role following the arrival of Alexis, and has been far from his best in recent weeks, with Mourinho leaving him on the bench for the recent league win over Huddersfield. That dip in form has in turn led to reports he has fallen out with Mourinho, and could leave the club for a second time this summer. Real Madrid are one of the clubs who have been linked with a bid for the midfielder, who moved to United in a then-world record £89.3 million move from Juventus in 2016.Sevilla: Rico, Navas, Lenglet, Mercado, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Vazquez, Sarabia, Banega, Correa, Muriel.Substitutes: Soria, Carico, Ben Yedder, Pizarro, Nolito, Roque Mesa, Sandro.Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Matic, Herrera, McTominay; Alexis, Lukaku, Mata. Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.last_img read more

  • Sam Mayes Goes on Epic Rant About Oklahoma State Football

    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. Former Oklahoma State offensive lineman turned sports radio host Sam Mayes is not pleased. He went on a crazy rant on Wednesday about how everybody needs to stop being satisfied with this team (which is 4-0 through four games). Among the best quotes …“[The Texas game] looked like a rottweiler trying to hump a football for four quarters.”“I’m sorry that my expectations for my university which I love and give a whole lot of money to every year are higher than having a freaking beer. I’m so sick of that.”The way it ended was unbelievable.“I get people texting me and tweeting me ‘you’re too hard on Oklahoma State’ — double birds to you and everybody else. Go Pokes. I’m out.”AdChoices广告You can listen at the top of the page.[Orange Factor]Audio Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Sams-message-to-OSU-fans.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

  • Return Game a Glaring Weakness for Oklahoma State

    first_imgWith the notable history of prominent return specialists like Justin Gilbert and Josh Stewart in recent years, this season has certainly been a change of pace that has been less than impressive.Punt ReturnAccording to NCAA statistics, Oklahoma State ranks 119th in punt return yard average out of 127 total FBS teams. Of the 14 punt returns, the team has only gained 32 total yards, averaging just 2.29 yards per return. This mark ranks last in the Big 12.Kick ReturnThe kick return game has been slightly better, but there is still a lack of a homerun threat that this team desperately needs. Oklahoma State is averaging 22.08 yards per return, which ranks 51st in the nation. Michigan currently leads the nation in kick return yards with nearly 40 yards per return. Despite the low ranking, Oklahoma St. is ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 behind TCU in kickoff return yards.AdChoices广告 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

  • Film Study: What is, You Know, Working in the Run Game?

    first_imgWe’ve focused so much on the negatives when it comes to OSU’s run game. We should take a look at a few things they’re doing correctly as well.Coach Gundy said they changed up the blocking schemes for the game-winning drive against West Virginia.I’m not so sure of that. I think it goes back to what Mr. Epstein said in the PFB podcast. To me it looks like the o-line had a little fight left in them and decided they wanted to win. The difference I can see are 1) they run to the short side of the field and 2) they send the WR in motion.Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.46.18 AMAdChoices广告Notice WVU’s defensive alignment, they have three players that are basically excusing themselves from the play. Side note: I just had my marketing coordinator show me how to use paint on my computer. No, I’m not that old, graduated from OSU in 2007 and yes I realize it looks like a small child drew that. I take full responsibility for the low quality, but I will not apologize for it.On snap, the RG pulls to kick out the DE, he doesn’t make the best block, but by gosh he gets enough of him to take him out of the play. The TE and LT double down the DT, the center does a nice job holding his ground on the NT, the LG blocks the backside backer and the LT kicks out the DE.The WR motion freezes the other two backside players and takes them out of the play. As shown in my below average paint brush skills.The RG gets enough of a block so the FB can act as a proper lead blocker. Washington gets enough of his man, and Childs hits the hole with force.Now OSU has another set of down to work with in overtime. Again, going back to the podcast, this is all about attitude and execution.Hopefully this will be the start of a new type of bad attitude the linemen bring to the rest of the season. The “We’re going to run it down your throat and there’s nothing you can do to stop us” type of bad attitude.Cowboys Ride For Free did a great job, much better than I can, breaking down this next play in their “Chalk Talk.”What I really want to do is acknowledge my man Mr. Paul Lewis. We rag on him a lot and I wanted to give credit where credit is due.OSU is running a QB trap play, which is everyone blocks right and the guard pulls back to the left to block the DT. Paul Lewis clears his guy out of the middle on 4th down with the game on the line and helps give OSU the OT victoryScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.46.46 AMThat’s what you want in a player, game’s on the line and he goes out and makes a play. Hopefully this will give him and the rest of the o-line some confidence going into the meat of the schedule.OSU is going to have to be able to turn some of these games into a fist fight, big nasty offensive lineman will sure help. The d-line is up for the challenge, if the o-line can step up, this team will do great things. 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

  • OSU Ranked No. 14 in First Release of CFP Rankings

    first_imgThe College Football Playoff committee released the first rankings of the season on Tuesday evening, and Oklahoma State comes in at No. 14 in the first release.View full #CFP25 rankings: https://t.co/wJIMxsl214 pic.twitter.com/Eea0aZm46X— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 4, 2015For those who may be concerned, just remember that Ohio State (the defending national champion) was ranked No. 16 last year, before earning a No. 4 seed last year in the final release.AdChoices广告Oklahoma State still has No. 8 TCU, No. 6 Baylor, and No. 15 Oklahoma left on the schedule this season; there is plenty of time for the Cowboys to make a favorable impression with the committee.We’re just going to leave this here. #Big12FB pic.twitter.com/9bvWVokdes— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 4, 2015 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

  • Another TCU Hype Video is Just What you Need

    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. Oklahoma State faces Big 12 foe TCU Saturday at 2:30. It’s a top 15 matchup in Stillwater with Big 12 title implications. In case you need more incentive to be hyped for today, this video will get your mind right just in time for the game.AdChoices广告last_img read more

  • Brandon Weeden STILL Loses Sleep Over That Iowa State Game

    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. I feel Brandon Weeden’s pain. Not to the extent he feels it, of course, but as was pointed out in this video, I’m not sure any of us have gotten over that 2011 Iowa State game.This reminds me of a random text I got from OKC Dave two years ago. I was at my local library in January or February — not much going on in sports. I was just hanging out. I check my phone and all it says is, “I had to go to Ames today. I’m sitting in my car just staring at Jack Trice.” I laughed. I cried.Here’s what Weeden told the Oklahoman recently about that game.“I’m not joking when I say that I still lose sleep over that game,” Weeden said. “That one still lights a fire in my stomach and is something we’ll have to live with for the rest of our lives.”AdChoices广告Yep.But I’m totally, completely and fully oveNOPE I’M NOT.Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.07.47 AMYou should go read that full article, by the way. It’s a good comp between the 2011 team and 2015 by Kyle Fredrickson.last_img read more

  • James Washington: ‘That’s the Loudest the Crowd Has Been’

    first_imgAdChoices广告James Washington was one of the heroes on Saturday in Stillwater. He had five for 184 and three touchdowns, including one ludicrous grab in the second half. He paid his respect to the Boone Pickens Stadium Crowd when asked if that was the loudest crowd he’s played in front of.“I’d say so,” said Washington. “That’s probably the loudest the crowd has ever been since I’ve been playing here. When you have a crowd like that, it helps out a lot.”He also noted that OSU is taking its business one day at a time these days.“I really try not to look at it like we’re 9-0. We got Iowa State next week. We have to take them the exact same way as TCU.”Personally, I hope OSU treats them like they’re 2004 USC. 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

  • The Oklahoma State-TCU Game in One Infographic

    first_imgIt’s still stunning to me that TCU ran as many plays and had the ball for as long as it did. Here’s a look at the OSU-TCU tilt in one infographic.OSUvTCU_Infographic 2 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.AdChoices广告last_img read more

  • J.W. Walsh: ‘Not a Day Goes by That I Don’t Cherish What I Have in Front of Me’

    first_imgThe General. The Commander in Chief. The Breadwinner. J.W. Walsh is not short on nicknames. He’s not short on great quotes about Oklahoma State and Stillwater either.Dekota Gregory did a good story on Walsh for the O’Colly last week that you might have missed. It included this gem about how Walsh is feeling about the 2015 season. I think it also provides some really good perspective.“It’s just a dream to play football here with all my friends and there’s no reason for me not to have a smile on my face,” Walsh said. “I’m in the position that not many people in the world get to be in. No matter what my circumstances have been since I’ve been here, not a day goes by that I don’t cherish what I have in front of me and what I’ve been blessed with. I love the game of football, and I’ve been blessed to be able to play it. I’ve been around some great guys and a great organization.”AdChoices广告Mike Yurcich had some nice things to say about Walsh and Stillwater as well.“Obviously, how he was reared definitely had effect,” Yurcich told the O’Colly. “I think, also, this community, this university, what Cowboy football is is also something you never want to walk away from. It’s pretty special here. I think he understands that, so obviously, he’s a very intelligent person for recognizing the opportunity that is here.”Great stuff. And how could you not love Stillwater and OSU football with what’s going on right now? 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

  • Boone Pickens Stadium Is Going to Be a Monster This November

    first_imgThe way I consume games is pretty different than most of you consume games. I’m a fan, yes, but I’m also taking notes, writing out thoughts, looking up stats and posting on the blog while the game is going on. It’s fun, sure, but it’s also work. I rarely enjoy games in the traditional sense of the word.There were a couple of times on Saturday against TCU, however, when I just sat back and drank it all in. Boone’s house sounded as insane on my TV as the videos that surfaced afterwards showed it to be.“It was a great win for us, obviously,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday. “I’m really proud of everyone in the program. I thought the fans were tremendous. We’ll enjoy this one, move forward and go back to work tomorrow.”AdChoices广告The fans were tremendous. I mean, look at this.https://twitter.com/byttocs/status/663787447642292224“(The atmosphere) changed (the game) a lot,” said Zach Crabtree after the game on Saturday. “It gave us a lot of energy and we appreciate what the crowd did for us. We appreciate the fans and when this place gets going, it’s loud, it’s crazy and it’s hard for opponents to come into.”It.. Was.. Lit pic.twitter.com/qp9K2qcVuV— Quinn (@TQY_4) November 8, 2015A side note: These day games turned night games or just straight up night games are the absolute best late in the season when OSU is really clicking. There might not be a better atmosphere in all of college sports than a lights-out Oklahoma State team rolling against a top 10 squad at home.“Any time we’re on the field with the crowd behind us, we love it,” said Vincent Taylor. “It exhausts us, but like Coach Gundy says, we have a lot of depth, so go out there, play our hearts out, and when you’re tired the next guy will come.”I’m telling you, Mondays sure are more fun at work when you’re planning the next one of these… #okstate pic.twitter.com/aC39fbqLNI— Matt Fletcher (@matt_fletch) November 9, 2015TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin might have summed it up best.“[Oklahoma State] does a good job here. They play great at home, most teams do. They’re around a good fan base, good students, they get loud and their team feeds off their energy. They’ve got a good thing going here.”Yes, yes we do.We’ve made a big deal all year of the fact that TCU, Baylor and OU were going to have to come to OSU’s backyard to win the Big 12 title. What I didn’t realize is that maybe we weren’t making a big enough deal about it.Since 2010, Oklahoma State is 31-6 at home. Since 2008, they are 43-9. Only OU, Texas, West Virginia, Nebraska and Kansas (!) have won games in Boone Pickens Stadium in the stretch.Note: It was Houston (not Kansas) that beat OSU at home.It’s a beast of a belly to have to enter into and could serve as the extra boost OSU needs to get itself into the College Football Playoff. If it doesn’t, you know whoever wins the Big 12 now will have earned it.When 60,000 are climbing what feels like right on top of your back, that’s quite a burden to bear. Throw in Glenn Spencer, Emmanuel Ogbah and Co. and, well, that becomes a formula for something none of us saw coming this season: Entrance into the exclusive postseason playoff.That’s the thing about this weekend. I keep thinking, “just get past Iowa State and get home to a couple of night games against the other two top dogs in the Big 12. Just get us to those two night games.”Because punching SMU in September in front of 30,000 people with nothing on the line is one thing. But taking the field against this defense on a bitter November night with a crowd tipsy on a little bit of bourbon and a little bit of the future is a completely different thing.Mike Gundy’s team might hold the keys to its own destiny when it comes to the College Football Playoff. But Boone’s multimillion dollar project has the ability to unlock the door and step on through. Notre Dame and Alabama and LSU be damned. 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

  • The Best of Social Media from the Iowa State Game

    first_imgCFB Playoff committee is smiling.. Or maybe not. I don’t think they watch OkState.— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 14, 2015 In 2011 Iowa State came from 17 down to beat #okstate. Reverse psychology time.— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis31) November 14, 2015https://twitter.com/JasonKirkSBN/status/665658354484801538Ok but there was a leg nae nae by the defensive lineman!!— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 14, 2015 Ahem #OkState @RedDirtSport pic.twitter.com/FhmWC8dfFj— MG Sooner (@MG_918) November 14, 2015 Haha watch the Iowa State coaches. https://t.co/8JXQoV8Lx3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 14, 2015 Will give up my undergrad degree for a TD-stop-TD sequence before halftime. Will consider offers for first-born child.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 14, 2015 Mike Holder throwing shade. pic.twitter.com/bUA5kBC2Bf— Mike Harris (@TheMikeHarris) November 14, 2015 Marcell Ateman. #okstate pic.twitter.com/ha0B6iWfh5— Weston Shepherd (@WShep) November 14, 2015AdChoices广告 404 Page not found https://t.co/ZQ9faTrpvO— Cowboys Ride For Free (@CowboysRFF) November 14, 2015https://twitter.com/staccatosounds/status/665651060053254144#OkState defense when it mattered pic.twitter.com/mhmtXD4Q91— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 14, 2015 What a game….  Oklahoma State comes back to knock off Iowa State in dramatic fashion in Ames. Here’s the best of social media from the game.Now, Ogbah needs to punish the QB. Don’t bring a Cyclone to a TORNADO party.— ????????? (@PCPokefan) November 14, 2015 Let’s go state please come back I can’t have this be a repeat!— Jeremy Smith (@Gold_Mine31) November 14, 2015 J. W. just out here trying to take on the entire state of Iowa. pic.twitter.com/BedDxOhfmp— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 14, 2015 This is Oklahoma State’s 5th win this season when it had an in-game win probability of less than 33% via @ESPNStatsInfo— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 14, 2015 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

  • This Is Not What You Want Emmanuel Ogbah to Say About You

    first_imgIt appears that Baylor’s backup QB Jarrett Stidham is going to play on Saturday. Stidham was struggling with a bad back which he injured against OU. Having a bad back is probably not a good thing to have against an Oklahoma State team that is fourth in the country in sacks per game.Also, this is not what you want Emmanuel Ogbah, who has a sack in 14 of his last 18 games, saying about you.“You can tell he’s still a freshman,” Ogbah told the Oklahoman. You can see in his eyes he gets nervous. I know he doesn’t want to run, he’d rather sit in the pocket and throw the ball. But we’re going to be prepared for that.”AdChoices广告This has to terrify any QB when facing #OkState this year. @Eman_OSU38 is a beast. pic.twitter.com/xJN9MDBMwk— Jason Elmquist (@jelmquistSW) October 11, 2015“Clark Kent by day, Superman by night,” Jordan Sterns told ESPN. “Great leader, easy going, genuine dude. Then he turns into a new person on game day, screaming, ready to play and be dominant.”Good luck, freshman. 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

  • Austin Hays on Mike Gundy Dancing: ‘I Didn’t Know You Could Do That’

    first_imgChandler Vessels (a PFB contributor) did a great piece for the O’Colly on who would win a dance-off between Baker Mayfield and Mike Gundy. Some of the answers to his questions are absolutely spectacular.Consider this from Austin Hays on his favorite Mike Gundy dance move.“When he just drops it. You’d think he wouldn’t be able to because you never really see him do anything like that, and then all of a sudden, he just drops it to the floor, and you’re like, ‘Oh, wow, coach, I didn’t know you could do that.’”That is the best.AdChoices广告One of my other favorites is from Emmanuel Ogbah.“His dances moves are one of a kind. You never know what to expect. Even though he does the same moves every time, you still don’t expect it, but you do expect it. It’s kind of weird.”Strangely, I know exactly what Oghab is saying.Anyway, you should go read the whole piece. It’s a great idea and it’s well executed. Also, I am all in favor of a Mayfield-Gundy dance-off at midfield on Saturday. “I’m going to have to say the head man, Coach Gundy,” Jordan Sterns told the O’Colly when asked who would win this hypothetical dance-off. “I don’t know how he does some of the things he does. He gets low and all that other stuff. They should have a dance contest after the game. We’ll see who wins.” 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

  • These Sad Paddle People are Really Sad

    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 was a trainwreck for OSU fans. Going into the game to host their rival at home, many fans rightfully expected more of a fight than what they witnessed Saturday.By the end of the game, most fans probably weren’t even watching the blowout (myself included). But these paddle people, bless their hearts, still hung in there until the end. But they didn’t seem to be too happy about it.This is the closest thing we’ll see to Herbstreit admitting he’s a Sooner fan.last_img read more

  • Justin Gilbert’s Time in Cleveland is Not Going Well … At All

    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. There might not be anybody in the NFL who cares less about football than (Justin) Gilbert.And you thought Johnny Foot’s time in Cleveland was going poorly. A recently article on Cleveland Scene went absolute scorched earth on both Jonathan and Gilbert, doing everything but calling them cancerous tumors within the Browns locker room.A sampling!Unlike Manziel, who loves football and abused the stardom that comes with it, Gilbert seems like he wants nothing to do with the sport. And while Manziel’s path of destruction has been aired out in public eye, Gilbert’s has played out behind the scenes. The clues were there from the beginning though.AdChoices广告Weeee!Gilbert just doesn’t get joy out of breaking down the Xs and Os. Flashy plays get him going, not the nitty-gritty details that define professional football.I believe that.Browns community and marketing staffers rarely bother asking him to participate in activities with fans — usually a must for recent draft picks. “He just doesn’t get what the NFL is about. At all,” said one veteran (Browns player). “How could they miss this badly?” said another about the front office.So that’s not great. On the other hand, there’s potential for Gilbert, Weeden, Randle and Blackmon to throw together the greatest flag football team in history next season in any city of their choice. Weeden and Gilbert will probably still be playing, but at least it’s an option.last_img read more

  • Glenn Spencer Not Taking UTSA Job, Sends Tweet

    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. On Thursday evening, LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson was named the new UTSA head coach following in the footsteps of a former Oklahoma State coach, Larry Coker.According to multiple media reports, the head coaching position at UTSA came down to OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and the newly named Wilson.While the numbers on his 2015 defense were not great, it’s hard to argue that Spencer hasn’t made drastic improvements during his time as the defensive coordinator. His energy and ability to fire up his squad are unquestionable, and his enthusiasm for the game not only makes him a fan favorite, but clearly spills over into his players attitudes. Keeping Spencer in town is a big off the field win for Gundy.Here’s what he had to say on Twitter afterward:I can’t wait for a great weekend and finish this class with tremendous players joining the Pokes. Outrageous passion to be great this year.— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) January 15, 2016OSU is in for a big recruiting weekend, and with all the pieces in place as a coaching staff, the Cowboys are in a great position to finish the recruiting cycle strong with less than a month until national signing day.last_img read more

  • WATCH: Your Daily Oklahoma State Hype Video

    first_imgNot sure I love this song, but it’s at least worth watching. Although I do feel like we’ve reached the point of the preseason where every hype video is just the same clips from last year arranged in a different sequence with different songs. Oh well, still awesome. Forty-seven days.[via CRFF] 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