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  • CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: JIM’S BOYS GET BACK ON TRACK

    first_imgDonegal are back in the last eight and while they didn’t go the route they wanted the main thing is they were in the pot for the draw last Saturday night; as Jim said afterwards “we’re back were we would have been minus the cup.” We’re still the holders of the other cup and its up to Mayo now to take it off us. It’ll be a titanic clash, without doubt the tie of the round and one game that everyone will want to see.Saturday was a typically nervy encounter, a real do-or-die feel to it early on with both teams being ultra-cautious and players desperate not to make mistakes. The downpours that hit Carrick in the hours before throw-in made for a greasy surface and added to the conservative nature of the play in the opening exchanges. This mind set was transferred to the crowd with the tight surroundings making for a claustrophobic cauldron. Carrick was a far from ideal venue as regards traffic, ticketing or ease of access but for atmosphere, a packed house at a small venue makes for a great noise.It wasn’t just on the field and in the stands where the tension was evident, on the sideline Jim and Rory were up for the battle as well as their set-to with Justin McNulty and Fergal Byron clearly demonstrated – this game meant a lot, this title that Donegal are defending means a lot and they were hurting from the nature of their no-show in the Ulster Final. The match took quite a while to settle down and the first huge roar from the green and gold contingent was provided by a booming score from the right by Michael Murphy. A few moments earlier he had hit Laois newcomer O’Carroll with a shuddering shoulder as he and his team set the tone for what would be a dogfight for the most part.Michael had spoken midweek of righting the wrongs from Clones and with so many players needing to atone for abject personal displays, there was a real desire to make a statement. Neil McGee was one such man, coming in for a bit of a roasting against Conor McManus the previous week he was in no mood for a repeat performance. Composed at the back, he also drove forward on numerous occasions capping an excellent display with a surging run and point near the end. Paddy McGrath alongside him in the full back line again was fantastic; the Ardara man just never seems to have a bad game.McGee’s point came in a closing period where players were happy to take on the posts, with Colm McFadden and substitute Leo McLoone also registering white flags. This was a welcome development as at times the patience the team shows up front can lead to scoring opportunities being neglected. The team has been very economical this year, hitting very few wides but there may be point scoring chances being ignored also. A more progressive shooting policy in the early stages, as well the latter of the game, could serve us well next week as a good start could be crucial against Mayo.The green and red are still smarting from the early onslaught their Hill 16 goal took in last year’s All-Ireland Final and will be hell-bent on making a quick start this time around; .if they were to fall behind again their minds would inevitably drift back to September. Conversely, Mayo getting ahead early would see Donegal chasing the game and as we saw against Monaghan that’s not an easy task to be faced with, especially for a team who will be playing for the third weekend in succession. If Murphy’s score was the first big cheer of the day then Anthony Thompson made the Donegal roar reverberate around Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada with his majestic piece of skill in the second half. Following good work from Eamon McGee to dispossess Laois as they attacked, Thompson broke onto the loose ball on the right wing. Aware that he was about to be tackled by a blue jersey, instead of bending his back to pick up the ball he delightfully chipped it into his arms without breaking stride. He kept going up the wing before driving the ball across to McFadden who popped it over the bar. That put Donegal five points up and despite a Laois rally to close to within two they were on their way back to Croke Park.As the scoreboard ticked over in the closing stages Rory Gallagher turned to the Laois bench and let out a roar of his own, conveying just how much this meant. Donegal were down after the Ulster Final but not out. True it was Laois in Carrick-on-Shannon whereas Mayo at Headquarters will be an entirely different challenge but at least we’re back on track. Next week will require every ounce of character and every fibre of energy to repeat last autumn’s result.Although it was tough to accept a defeat in the provincial showpiece, in some ways it was great to be back on the road for a qualifier. Before Jim came along this was a road very well-travelled by the Donegal faithful and it brought back some good memories. Of course our last sojourn through the back door ended on that fateful day in South Armagh three years ago. That was a seminal moment in the history of Donegal football – from the dying embers of that day came an All-Ireland winning team. Only time will tell whether or not Carrick can mirror Cross in being a catalyst for something special. If the team can come up with a mammoth performance and win on Sunday next, Carrick will also live long in the memory. CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: JIM’S BOYS GET BACK ON TRACK was last modified: July 29th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: JIM’S BOYS GET BACK ON TRACKlast_img read more

  • HOW CAN THEY DO IT? ANIMAL CHARITY’S ANGER AS 5 LITTERS OF KITTENS JUST DUMPED

    first_imgANIMAL welfare groups have condemned selfish cat owners for dumping FIVE different litters of kittens across Donegal this week.“Kitten season has gone on really long this year and people out there seems unable to cope with the extra kittens and their way of dealing with them is very simple..off load the problem on to someone else,” said a Animals In Need spokeswoman.“This week alone we had five full litters abandoned, two of them on other people’s property and the rest “just” dumped on deserted roads. “The youngest litter is only about 3-4 weeks and unable to drink from a bowl. These were dumped on a doorstep in a box, covered in excrement.“The man who found them, washed them and bought formula for them but they failed to drink and got very weak. By the time we got them one was very near dying, unable to swallow or move but with intensive care we got him turn around and he is now playing with his brothers and sister.” HOW CAN THEY DO IT? ANIMAL CHARITY’S ANGER AS 5 LITTERS OF KITTENS JUST DUMPED was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animals in needdonegaldumpedkittenslast_img read more

  • MTB Marathon World Champs for SA

    first_img“Winning this bid helps to cement Pietermaritzburg as a major global centre for top-end international cycling competition, and to pursue the city’s and the province’s dream of making Pietermaritzburg South Africa’s ‘Cycle City’,” event organiser Alec Lenferna said on Friday. Incredibly, he said, Pietermaritzburg has so far not lost a bid for a UCI-backed event since 2006. The Marathon World Championships are the latest in what has become a long list of successful UCI-backed events for Pietermaritzburg and its environs. The event will likely take place in late September, but the dates are yet to be finalised. The reason for holding it later in the year is to allow riders opportunities to qualify in Marathon World Series events, one of which takes place early in the year, in Sabie in Mpumalanga. “Endurance events, we’re crazy about that sort of stuff,” Lenferna laughed. “We ask guys to do 30 ks through the forests at the Cascades MTB Park and they baulk. We ask them to do 70 ks, and 4 000 turn up!” The event, which is also open to amateur competitors, will present an opportunity for other South African cyclists, with their strong background in endurance events, to shine. Burry Stander, who has excelled at cross-country and in marathon events, including the Karkloof Classic, is also likely to feature, along with his Team Specialized Racing teammate and regular visitor to South Africa, Christoph Sauser, who has won world titles in both cross-country and marathon. ‘Success breeds success’“We’ve built up a very successful and good rapport with the UCI,” Lenferna reckoned. “Success breeds success, and we wouldn’t keep being awarded events if we weren’t doing a good job.” ‘We’re crazy about that sort of stuff’ Local stars such as Kevin Evans, David George and Brandon Stewart, who prefer longer events to cross-country races, will get the chance to mix it up with the world’s best on home soil. With the elite event covering 110 kilometres, additional track will have to be prepared. The Mr Price Karkloof Classic, the largest mountain bike festival in the country, which draws about 4 000 competitors annually, has a 60-kilometre route for its longest race. In 2013, the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships and UCI MTB Masters World Championships will be held in the city. “The major benefit is that World Championships create better commissaires, judges, and officials,” Lenferna added. “It’s not just about the riders. It uplifts the whole sport.”center_img South African mountain bike fans who have been lucky enough to see the world’s leading cross-country competitors in action at the UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg will get to see some different international stars, Lenferna said. ‘There will be improvements’Speaking to SAinfo, Lenferna said the Marathon World Championships would also be to the benefit of the many events already held at Karkloof. “There will be improvements to the course and venue, and future events will be much better. Still to come in 2012, Pietermaritzburg will once more host the Msunduzi Road Challenge, which will serve as the UCI World Cycling Tour finals. Cycling South Africa has pulled off yet another coup after being awarded the right to stage the 2014 Mountain Bike (MTB) Marathon World Championships in the greater Pietermaritzburg area in KwaZulu-Natal. Different international stars 15 June 2012 He expects a field upwards of 3 000 competitors for the World Championships. The city has in recent years hosted BMX World Cup and World Championship events, the MTB World Cup, and road races such as the Intaka World’s View Challenge and the Msunduzi Road Challenge. Past UCI events The announcement was made at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) board meeting in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday evening. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

  • Young professionals on success and freedom

    first_imgA few young South African entrepreneurs and creatives speak out about how they are enjoying their freedom with responsibility through their careers and their passions.Jodi Deerling says he is making sure he leaves a legacy. His daily motivation is everyone he encounters and who believes in him and his business. “I know what I am doing is much bigger than I am. I am merely a vessel.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanJodi Deerling, Michael Cost, Tia Black, Nathan Adriaanse, Nicole Norman and Jodi Cash are young South African professionals who have worked hard to make their dreams a reality. They marked Freedom Month talking about what freedom means to them.Freedom Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa. The day, 27 April, marks the first democratic election held in the country, in 1994. April is regarded as Freedom Month.Jodi DeerlingJodi Deerling (31) grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth and is now living in the City of Gold.An entrepreneur, he is the owner of JD Collection, which consists of men’s and children’s accessories such as bowties. His collection is carried by Spree, Superbalist.com, Zando and Big Blue, among other retailers.Deerling is a former YoTV presenter, and has acted in shows such as Isidingo, Villa Rosa and Stokvel.He has a lot to celebrate this Freedom Month, he says. “The final documents of registration for my dream business came through in April. I also met a very special person in this month. We celebrate our anniversary every single year.”Freedom means “having the choice to love who I want and to do whatever I want, as long as it doesn’t hurt the next person”, he says.“What I enjoy the most about the South African constitution is that it truly doesn’t discriminate against any sex, religion or individual.”Michael CostMichael Cost says one of his motivations to work hard is his subscribers. “My bananas; their constant support and belief in me and my work is always inspirational and keeps me motivated even in the darkest of times.” (Image supplied)Michael Cost (23) is born and bred in Johannesburg, where he still lives.He says his greatest career achievement has been to jump head first into being a fulltime YouTuber at the beginning of 2017. “Being able to sacrifice so much and risk it all in order to follow my passion has been a rewarding experience.”But he reveals: “When I was a child my dream was to be an Oscar award-winning actor. My views have changed drastically.“I have a Masters in architecture which I obtained this year. I love merging my passion for architecture with my passion for online content creation.”Cost is also the host of the Twitter chat for South African YouTubers, called #YouTubeZA.“I do believe that your job is what you make it; if you want it to be your dream job, then make it your dream job.”He looks forward to sharing more of South Africa’s culture, comedy and urban life with other South Africans and the world.Regarding Freedom Month, he says: “I am reminded every day how lucky I am to be able to do what I do and to share South Africa’s story with the rest of the world via the internet.”The power of freedom of speech is such an incredible tool, Cost says. “We can barely imagine the extent of its reach.”Tia BlackTia Black is her own cheerleader. “My goals can only be achieved by me so there is no use looking elsewhere for the motivation to attain them.” (Image supplied)Tia Black is a 28-year-old singer from Cape Town who enjoys being able to work with people she has idolised. “And being able to do what I love is an achievement in itself.“This is part of my dream job. I eventually want to venture into television, radio, theatre and the beauty industry. My dream is to do it all!”Black, who grew up in the Cape Town suburbs of Mitchells Plain and Parkwood, talks about how she feels about Freedom Month: “Growing up biracial, my whole life is an ode to the freedom we have right now.“Looking back I remember being asked if I was lost whenever I was with my mom because she’s white. Now it’s not so foreign and I love the diversity we strive to uphold. As a nation it’s kind of mirrored in my everyday life through my parents.”She adds: “I am able to do what I love on this scale because I now have the right to do so. I am free to live without being scared to do so.”We must acknowledge that in theory we have a great Constitution, Black says. “Although we are flawed and still fighting for the correct implementation of what our Constitution is based on, the fact is we actually have one.”Nathan AdriaanseNathan Adriaanse reminds himself daily: “I need to be better than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be better than I am today.” (Image supplied)Nathan Adriaanse (27), who grew up in Athlone, in Cape Town, has been a professional dancer since he was 21.“In 2012 I was part of a hip hop crew, Brooklyn Brotherhood,” he recalls. “We took part in the US’s Hip Hop International competition held in Las Vegas in the United States. We were South Africa’s number one representative then, and we placed fifth.“The second big achievement came later in 2012, when I landed my first feature movie role in the Warner Brothers’ House Party 5: Tonight’s the Night film.”Another accomplishment came in 2015 when he was selected to be part of Showtime Australia, performing in the tribute shows Michael Jackson HIStory Show and The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show. “I’ve been touring the world for the past year and half. This opportunity has really changed my life.”Adriaanse, who now lives in Johannesburg, says freedom to him means that he is able to invest in his career. “I am busy planning my trip to the US to improve my skills as a dancer.”He appreciates the fact that he is able to move freely as a South African.Nicole NormanTo keep her momentum going, Nicole Norman surrounds herself with positive energy. “Naturally I attract even more positivity into my life.” (Image supplied)At 23, Nicole Norman is a television presenter of the SABC3 show, Exfrontiers. She is also a blogger.Her career in fashion and entertainment has grown in the past few months, she says. “I was the red carpet host for the Cape Town Fashion Council at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival a few weeks ago and that was quite an incredible experience.”Yet, she says, “the best feeling is having someone come up to me and tell me that I’m good at what I do and that I inspire them to do their best.”Norman, who is from Cape Town, believes freedom is something we often take for granted. “As a creative, freedom is an even more pivotal aspect of what I do — especially when it comes to freedom of expression in multimedia forms.”Freedom Month is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past. “This is what puts things into perspective and holds weight for me, allowing me to be truly grateful for the freedom I enjoy today.”In her university media studies course, she says she “recently wrote a paper exploring various legislative regulations surrounding the works of media practitioners.“I discovered that the Constitution truly protects our freedom of speech and freedom of expression — no matter how controversial.”Jodi CashRapper Jodi Cash is motivated by the desire to be fulfilled. “To know that someday I’ll be able to kick up my feet and say, ‘Yeah I did my best and I showed up to what I’m capable of.’” (Image supplied)Jodi Cash (27), a rapper who lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, has recently started releasing content. “I’m really happy with the reception of it so far. Having won Best Music Video in the Liverpool International Film Festival 2016 was just the cherry on top.“I’ve always loved making music and have never thought of it as a job. I suppose if you consider it to be a job, it definitely is a dream job.”Cash says he travelled a lot as a child and partly grew up abroad. “But I’d say I spent most of my time in Durban.”When he thinks of freedom, he refers to the day he got his driver’s licence. “It gave me a feeling of independence, like I could go anywhere.”About the Constitution, he speaks particularly about the right to freedom of expression. “This helps me to be more informed when making decisions and less susceptible to manipulation and irrational theories.“I’d much rather live in a place where I’m allowed to speak my mind than sit in silence and be forced to say things I don’t actually mean.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

  • Transnet opens wagon maintenance facility in Northern Cape

    first_img29 July 2014State logistics company Transnet officially opened a R30-million wagon refurbishment facility in De Aar in South Africa’s Northern Cape province on Monday.The De Aar wagons depot will maintain various types of wagons for Transnet Freight Rail, functioning as a satellite workshop for the Transnet Rail Engineering Beaconsfield Depot in Kimberley.Speaking at the opening, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the investment was aimed at increasing Transnet Freight Rail’s capacity on the main freight corridor between Johannesburg and Cape Town.This facility has already created jobs and improved rail engineering skills in the area, Brown said, adding that 47 people, 22 of them from De Aar, had already been employed, and that an estimated 300 direct and indirect jobs would be created through this facility.“Government is committed to revitalising the economy of rural towns such as De Aar, so that we create sustainable livelihoods for the local people,” Brown said. “A wagon refurbishment facility will have a long-term impact not only on De Aar but surrounding areas, as it will be a springboard for development within the broader Northern Cape province.“The establishment of such a facility brings hope to the youth of De Aar to become engineers and better their lives.”After the opening, Brown and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas handed over two new houses to families who agreed to make way for Transnet’s new Youth Multi-Purpose Precinct next to the De Aar Rail Station.The youth precinct comprises a youth shelter for 20 homeless boys, a youth educational centre, a recreational park and a social club for youth volunteers.The Transnet Foundation will fully fund the De Aar Youth Precinct NGO for the first three years (2014, 2015 and 2016). During this time, the Transnet Foundation will engage with other potential partners to invest in the precinct.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

  • Hacker Poll: Where Do You Work?

    first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Last week’s Hacker Poll revealed that home is the most popular place among you for coding. That made us curious: where do you work?Since we assume most of you also have side projects, and that many of you have a non-coding job as your primary source of work, we’d like to know specifically what your primary coding gig is. So if you work full time as a Web developer for your local government, but hack on several projects on the side, mark “I work for a non-profit or government organization.” But if you’re a lawyer with a secret coding habit, mark “I just code for fun.”Photo by Shereen M klint finley Tags:#hack#Polls center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts last_img read more

  • Valverde hails ‘important’ Coutinho

    first_imgTransfers Valverde hails ‘important’ Coutinho signing ahead of official Barcelona presentation Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:17 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Barcelona v Levante Levante Primera División Philippe Coutinho Ernesto Valverde Lionel Messi The Brazilian will be officially presented on Monday, and his manager is delighted to have signed him Ernesto Valverde hailed the “important” arrival of Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona prepare to present their record signing on Monday.A deal reported to be worth up to £142 million was announced by Barca on Saturday, with Coutinho agreeing a five-and-a-half-year deal to swap Liverpool for the Camp Nou club. Coutinho did not appear as Barcelona beat Levante 3-0 on Sunday to move nine points clear at the top of La Liga, with Lionel Messi scoring and providing an assist on his 400th league appearance. 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 But Valverde is delighted to be welcoming Coutinho to his Barcelona squad, the former Anfield star joining compatriot Paulinho among the club’s attacking midfield options.”He can provide many things, especially in the construction of the game, because he relates well with the goal,” Valverde said at his post-match press conference. “He can play both inside and outside. It is an important signing, which we followed a long time ago. We hope to help him, he can help us and give us many things.”We will wait to see him train, yes I have seen videos with Liverpool, with his team, but we will wait to see him in some training.”Saturday: @Phil_Coutinho signs Sunday: A 3-0 win at Camp Nou It’s been a great weekend! #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/rwGjnWfqdG — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 7, 2018 Although Coutinho will undergo a photo shoot on Sunday, he will be officially presented as Barcelona player at their stadium on Monday.Paulinho wrapped up Barca’s win over Levante by turning home Messi’s low cross and the Brazilian is ready to welcome his countryman to the club. “Coutinho is a great player, he will help Barcelona to reach their goals,” Paulinho said.”We’re comfortable, but every game is a final for us, we have to add points. “I’m happy to score, but much more for the three points and for the victory in a competition that is difficult.”last_img read more

  • Kickoff, Punt Coverage For Oklahoma State Has Been Vital To Success

    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. Kicking and punting is not sexy, but field position will win you Big 12 championships. This should be on a canvas in fancy lettering somewhere in Mike Gundy’s office (maybe it is). Gundy has long been a proselytizer of special teams success, and this year his team is realizing it. Here are a few numbers.Kickoff return yards allowed per kickscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-8-06-43-amThe difference of three or four yards might not seem like a lot, but in 30-possession Big 12 games, it adds up. Field position matters and OSU is protecting it. This number, by the way, ranks in the top 12 in the nation.Punt return yards allowed per puntscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-8-06-59-amAnother number that ranks in the top 12 nationally. Zach Sinor has been lights out all year and has given his punt coverage unit sufficient time to cover up returns. Taylor Cornelius has more rushing yards this year than opponents have punt return yards which is wild.It goes deeper than this, too. There is not a great way to find average starting field position for teams unfortunately, but a cursory glance at the last four OSU games shows it is winning that battle.Average starting field positionvs. Texas: own 27vs. Iowa State: own 36vs. Kansas: own 42vs. WVU: own 43Opponent average starting field positionvs. Texas: own 24vs. Iowa State: own 21vs. Kansas: own 19vs. WVU: own 24OSU has won every starting field position battle (many times due to interceptions and fumbles deep in its opponent’s territory). Even with a mildly better offense than your opponent, you’re going to win a ton of games like that. That could change this week, though.“This will be a real challenge this week,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “Year in and year out, Kansas State will be one of the top special teams units in the country. They do a great job with their schemes and the players understand the coverage and have multiple reps in their schemes.“Hopefully we can keep that going this week. We have been pretty productive in our cover units and in our return game when opportunities are available. We’re better than what we have been in the past in our return game.”Hopefully it remains that way.last_img read more

  • Three Matchups To Watch In the OSU-TCU Game

    first_imgLet’s get right to work.1. The President vs. TCU Cornerback Ranthony TexadaJames Washington is a walking highlight reel that’s only gotten better since a slow day in Lawrence. And here’s the thing: teams know who he is. He’s preseason All Big 12, the only returning 1,000-yard receiver, and he had incredible games against a lot of these teams in recent years. Over the last three games, he’s averaging 130.7 yards per game, so he’s hitting a stride and now it’s time to see what one of the best defensive coaches in the league are going to throw at him.The unlucky winner of the “who has to guard No. 28 game” is likely to be junior Frog Ranthony Texada. Texada had himself a bit of a game a couple of weeks ago when he housed a stop/curl route thrown by Seth Russell, showing off his ball skills. Texada didn’t play last year in Stillwater because of injury and will be eager to prove himself against one of the nation’s best.Also, we got our hands on some footage from the practice facility in Fort Worth earlier this week where Coach Gary Patterson has mentioned that the first person to move has to guard No. 28 on Saturday.Only one way to celebrate a road win in Waco: #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/elsxEbQhmz— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 6, 20162. Mason Rudolph vs. Horned Frog Quarterback Kenny HillYou can win a lot of games in the Big 12 if you’re ahead in the “arm(s)” race, and boy are the Cowboys enjoying that advantage this season. It’s fair to say Mason is 1-1 vs. the pair of elite throwers he’s faced (beat Mahomes, lost to Russell) and while Kenny Hill isn’t elite, he’s a ballplayer. You may remember him from opening night in 2014 when he broke Johnny Football’s single game record at Texas A&M, but the fall was hard and now he’s surfaced and earned the job in Fort Worth. After getting benched in the home loss to Tech, Kenny Hill had his best game of the season against the Bears. To give Hill a fair shake, we have to do some serious stepping back for some semblance of objectivity to see what we have here (because let’s be real, No. 2 has been lighting up defenses like a Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center). Here are some stats to compare the two: screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-3-53-38-pmHill isn’t a chump, he’s having a good season but I think you gleam more from who is around him in the standings. Passing efficiency (a number that adjusts for completion percentage, yards per attempt and touchdowns/interceptions) stats have Mason top ten in the country ahead of Mahomes and Mike Leach’s quarterback Luke Falk at Washington State, while Hill is just a hair short of beating out Jake Lanning, Iowa State’s predominantly running quarterback. Hill had a career day on the ground last week, but Mason is tied with Alabama freshman phenom Jalen Hurts and Houston’s Greg Ward, Jr. in “points responsible for” while Hill is chasing Arkansas’ Austin Allen (who runs a plodding Big 10 attack). Again, Hill can throw the rock and has an embarrassment of riches in playmakers with running back Kyle Hicks and dynamo KaVontae Turpin, but Rudolph has been “unstoppable” and the Pokes will have an edge this weekend because of it. Color me excited about this matchup.Plus, I’m not totally sure how to feel about comparing Mason to a guy who fans were saying this about three weeks ago.3. TCU Defensive End Josh Carraway vs. Cowboy Left Tackle Victor SalakoIt was an absolute revelation when Victor Salako transferred to Stillwater in the spring of 2014 when his program called it quits at UAB, especially in the wake of the devastating loss of NFL-hopeful Devin Davis in 2013.  And while last year was an adjustment, OSU’s gentle giant Victor Salako stands at 6’6” and 335 pounds and looks to be a handful for one of the conference’s best pass rushers in senior Frog Josh Carraway.We’ve missed big time chances to see what Salako can do with other productive rushers lining up at the left end spot (K-State’s Jordan Willis and KU’s Dorance Armstrong, Jr.), but not this week. While I think Mason’s improved footwork has only helped out the line, how well Salako protects the No. 2’s blindside will only help the #Rudolph2Washington connection. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • A Quick Look at OSU’s Alamo Bowl Foe, Colorado

    first_imgAfter losing the Bedlam de-facto Big 12 title game, the Cowboys are headed to San Antonio on December 29 the face Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl.This is the second-straight year that Oklahoma State has finished second in the Big 12. Last year sent them to the Sugar Bowl with Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff berth.The Cowboys are 1-2 in Alamo Bowls, the most recent trip was their 36-10 win over Arizona in 2010. Colorado has been to the Alamo Bowl once, losing in overtime to Wisconsin back in 2002.So let’s look at the Cowboys’ former Big 8/Big 12 opponent, Colorado.At 10-3 the Buffaloes won the Pac-12 South division before being dispatched by Washington 41-10 in the Pac-12 title game. Their three losses are to current top-10 teams Southern Cal, Michigan and Washington.What can’t be underestimated is the job fourth-year head coach Mike MacIntyre has done in turning the football program in Boulder around.After three consecutive losing seasons, MacIntyre’s Buffs followed a 4-9 year with a the program’s first 10-win year since 2001. In fact, the Buffs hadn’t turned out a winning season since 2005, six years before they left the Big 12 for the Pac-12.This accomplishment earned MacIntyre Pac-12 Coach of the Year as well as Walter Camp National Coach of the Year awards. The Buffaloes bring to San Antonio the nation’s 18th-ranked scoring defense giving up just 20.5 points per game and the 43rd-ranked scoring offense at 32.8 point per game.Their offense is led by senior quarterback Sefo Liufau and junior running back Phillip Lindsay (1,189 yards at 5.2 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns).Their defense is the star here and they are led by senior linebacker Jimmie Gilbert who has 57 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, six qb hurries and three pass breakups.Colorado boasts a 21st-ranked 0.96 net points per drive. They rank 7th in opponent points per drive scored (1.36) and 4th in opponent’s points per drive the start within an opposing offense’s own 20-yard line, so field position could be huge in this game.The Cowboys and Buffaloes haven’t met since 2009 you know, the Weeden-game, when they were both still in the Big 12. The Buff’s hold a 26-19-1 edge in the all-time series.The Valero Alamo Bowl will air on ESPN on December 29. 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