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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 10 Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 45-38 Win Over Pitt

    first_imgScene outside BPS right now. #lightningdelay #okstate pic.twitter.com/uFGznJ5H2W— News Press (@StwNewsPress) September 17, 2016I think my days of “hey, let’s call out the entire Greek community and nearly start a coup of my domain name” are over, but today’s crowd seemed pretty lackluster before the delay.We should be better than a “well, we’re not playing a big-name team in conference and we lost last week so I’m going to get an early start on the Natty Lights today” student section. Maybe OKC Dave’s survey was right. Maybe we are spoiled. And not in the good way I thought.The good news? The post-delay crowd was terrific (and about 5x smaller!)10. Now what …There’s a lot to dislike. I get that. The defense might stink (I dunno). Rudolph might not be as good as we (I) thought. The run game doesn’t look like it’s improving. OSU was holding the dagger in the first half, and just decided to throw it down the toilet. The offensive line might also stink (probably does). But guess what? The Big 12 is a complete circus. OU might be 1-2 going in. Baylor and TCU look messy. Iowa State and Kansas are awful. KSU and Tech are imminently beatable.Maybe this team is just like last year’s. Maybe it just wins games (it should be 3-0 right now, you know, and 15-3 in its last 18). Maybe we just aren’t going to ever house teams. It sure makes for a frustrating (but incredibly exciting!) viewing experience if you’re an OSU fan. I don’t know what this OSU team is yet, but I do know it’s not fully formed. That won’t happen for a few more games. Once the Big 12 is fully underway then we can start figuring that out.I do know that the Big 12 gauntlet starts next week in Waco and OSU needs an A+ Mason Rudolph to show up for that. It needs a better showing from its defense and every turnover it can find. The pre-conference warmups are over. Onto the gauntlet. BOX SCOREYou know what they say: “they all count as one win, even the ones that take five and a half hours and involve a 4th-string RB running for 4 TDs, a QB throwing for 540 yards but somehow playing one of his worst games in recent memory and a team’s most notorious defensive back sealing the deal with a pick to end things.” Or I’m sure at least someone has said that before.OSU beat Pitt 45-38 in Stillwater on Saturday in a bizarre game that concluded with Mike Gundy locking arms with the pom squad and crooning the words to the alma mater and then summing up OSU’s second (*third) win perfectly.Gundy: “As usual you get your money’s worth in Stillwater. Great college football game.” #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 18, 2016We have much to discuss. Onto the 10 thoughts …1. The 4th quarter was hugeI’m talking yuuuuuuge. I wrote this sentence during the rain delay because I felt like no matter how the 4th quarter went, it would be big for this program. Hang on against a solid Pitt squad, and maybe you can write off that CMU loss to the stripes. Lose two in a row (and five straight to FBS teams), and now not only is your team reeling but your program is teetering a little bit too.Oftentimes we overrate the importance of single games, but tonight it almost felt like we were underrating it. There are only 12 of these things a year, and going 0-5 in your last five since last November (I’m not counting poor Southeastern Louisiana) would not be pretty. For the team. For the fans. On the recruiting front. That Rudolph bomb to Jhajuan to seal it *could* reverberate throughout the rest of the season.2. Good YurcichToday was proof that OSU college football fans will complain about anything. OSU rolled up 640 yards and six TDs against a team that was No. 28 in the country in yards per play allowed on defense coming in, and the only thing I saw in my timeline was “Yurcich still stinks.” First we don’t score enough (No. 23 in points per drive in 2015, by the way) then we don’t score in the right way? Come on, people!Are there things to work on? Absolutely. Is this a finished product? I hope not! Does Yurcich (and Rudolph and the OL and literally everyone in the program who contributes to the offense) have work to do? Sure. But it doesn’t matter how you score ’em. It doesn’t matter if they’re busted plays or the same four plays over and over again (OSU ran like three variations of the same five plays back in 2010 but because our OC housed Red Bulls and went to casinos, it was somehow cool).Here’s the first TD for #okstate. Second-longest in school history. pic.twitter.com/LGi4KMHmXo— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 17, 2016Now the (valid) issue that exists (along with the one in No. 3) is that it sometimes seems like it’s all or nothing with Yurcich. I told OKC Dave this earlier today, but it seems like our output offensively is the red line below from game to game whereas the blue line would be much more satisfying even if it wasn’t as good in some games.I don’t have the data to back this up (yet), but this is the feeling I get from watching single games. There doesn’t seem to be as much game-to-game sustainability as there was with Monken and Dana. But let’s not bemoan when it’s really cranking (like it was on Saturday).screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-6-51-46-pmYurcich now has more games (6) than his predecessors had (5 for Monken and 2 for Dana) in which his teams averaged 8.0 yards per play or better. He’s also had more chances but still. He’s not the failure you all make him out to be.3. Bad YurcichOK, let’s talk about the issues. Here’s my thing sometimes with the Oklahoma State offense. It feels like it is playing to complete Madden challenges instead of to get Ws. That is, it seems like we are trying to unlock coins on Madden by getting check marks on the following:Play an entire game while only targeting one receiverGo an entire half without giving the ball to your best running backMake James Washington run seven miles in real yardage during a single gameStuff like that.Now the flip side of that is that you go with what works (i.e. Dez, Weeden2Blackmon), and I get that. It just never feels like OSU strives to keep a defense thinking and off balanced. Maybe Thomas Fleming will prove me wrong next week in his breakdown. Gundy even sort of admitted this in the postgame though.Gundy: “The delay saved us. We got a lot of coaching done.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 18, 20164. What was up with Rudolph?I am in an vortex of Rudolph confusion right now. There is a part of me (a big part of me) that 1. Wants him to be elite because I want OSU to be good and 2. Wants him to be elite because I want to be right about him being elite.One problem: He has not been elite this year. Despite racking up 540 yards on Saturday against Pitt, he missed a couple of handfuls worth of throws. High, wide, low … the whole deal. His 540 yards felt like they should have been about 840.Now again, this is all relative because I’m complaining about a QB who shattered the school record for yards in a game and is now 14-4 as a starter in Stillwater, but there are 1st round expectations here. He should be glad that we are frustrated with his performance because the way he plays makes it clear that his ceiling is maybe higher than any other QB to ever wear orange and black. He is pretty clearly a great QB, but he has not played like a great QB so far in 2016.I mean, there were moments on Saturday when he was tossing dimes. The stuff that makes you re-raise the ceiling. Stuff like this. First 100-yard rusher against a Power 5 opponent since Cactus Bowl against Washington (1/2/15) https://t.co/gm2OiaMd9A— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) September 18, 2016And this was an insane run.Rennie for six. #MakeOSURunAgain pic.twitter.com/I3xw2T7rIO— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 17, 20166. James Washington is not guard-ableThe President has run for and won re-election. Washington somehow fell short of the all-time OSU record for yards in a game (300 by Adarius Bowman), but still finished with nine catches for 296 yards.His last catch came with eight minutes left in the third quarter! I don’t know that you’ll be able to do it in the Big 12, but the fact that it’s at least on film in 2016 will give opposing defenses something massive to have to gameplan for in the upcoming weeks.Here are your top three receiving peformances in OSU history:Adarius Bowman: 300 yards vs. Kansas (2006)James Washington: 296 yards vs. Pitt (2016)Dez Bryant: 236 yards vs. Houston (2008)Chris Lacy, Jhajuan Seales, Blake Jarwin, Justice Hill and Rennie Childs all owe Washington a couple of steak dinners for his efforts this week. It will mean more open field for all of them to roam.7. OSU has been all about turnovers in recent yearsReady for some real talk? If that 2015 OSU team doesn’t No. 4 nationally in turnover margin, are we sitting here discussing a 10-3 year and Sugar Bowl performance?screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-6-31-41-pmNow the reality is that they did and that this has become a sustainable culture under Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer, but the point is that if it suddenly does not happen then your defense is in a situation where it gives up a ton of points (an OSU staple) AND doesn’t create more possessions for its offense.Not sure if you’ve been watching in the last five games vs. FBS teams OSU is +1 in the TO department and 1-4 in those games. It was -1 on Saturday against Pitt and barely sneaked out with a win.8. What if we had a bad D-Line?How many times was the middle of the field wide open as Pitt tried to run it up the gut but was unsuccessful because Vincent Taylor or Motekiai Maile was there to stuff the effort? It seemed like a lot in the second half especially when they started running those insane end-around plays that the ESPN cameraman is going to be seeing in his dreams when he’s 55 years old.Pitt might have methodically stomped to a lead (OSU never trailed by the way) if not for OSU’s hockey line changes up front. I could not be more impressed with the way they have been playing.9. The Crowd Was Not Helpful but the delay was!On a day when Mike Gundy got his wish and striped out the stadium (“I think college football is about striping the stadium and having orange pom-poms … I just think that’s the gameday experience”), the result was a whole of folks bailing early on. I realize the delay stunk, but come on people.38-38 game in the 4th quarter against a Power 5 opponent. This is what the #okstate student section looks like pic.twitter.com/sAgAiyQU0o— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 17, 2016 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. Then there were other times when I wondered if him and Kolar switched unis.There are some pretty substantiated rumors of No. 2 battling a mild injury that would explain the high balls, but that’s not an excuse for him buckling down and getting the job done on 8-10 throws on Saturday. He “got away with it” because his deep ball was pretty good (for most of the night) and because Pitt’s CBs would struggle to cover me and Carson, but he has to be better on the intermediate throws in Big 12 play.OSU can be great without being great at rushing the ball, but not with the way No. 2 is playing right now.(Also the fumbling thing is weird)5. Was the running game actually good?There are a number of different ways to look at OSU’s yards per carry numbers from Saturday. Let’s take a gander at a few of them.Yards per carry: 3.1Yards per carry without QBs: 5.6Yards per carry without Childs’ long TD: 1.1Yards per carry without QBs and Childs’ TDs: 2.6I realize it’s a little unfair to take the Childs 67-yard run out of there, but it’s also a little unfair to take the QB sacks and scrambles out as well. Pitt is good at stopping the run as well. This ain’t UTSA up in here.But the bottom line after non-conference play is this: OSU is not going to be amazing at running the ball this season. It can be good. It can certainly be good enough to win nine games. I realize it faced better competition this season, but the final non-conference YPC numbers for OSU going into B12 play are a little bit startling.2015: 4.92016: 3.1Not great!On the flip side, good for Rennie Childs. Four TDs when he had six in his career coming in. Gundy clearly loves him, and it’s good to see dudes like him get some nice run on the national stage.Gundy: “Rennie (Childs) played the best game he’s ever played.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 18, 2016Also, this is an insane stat.last_img read more

  • WATCH: Highlights of Oklahoma State’s 45-44 Win over Texas Tech

    first_imgThe Cowboys survived a scare from the Red Raiders at home on Saturday. Despite being favored by more than 10 points, the Pokes got all they could handle from Texas Tech and Patrick Mahomes, who dropped a cool 344 yards through the air. He was elusive and impossible to contain, but OSU made enough plays down the stretch (along with a little luck) to come up with the W.Check out some of the games top plays from the win in the video below, courtesy of OSU athletics: 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

  • LOOK: Mike Gundy Trims Mullet, Drinks Coffee From a ‘Big Daddy’ Mug

    first_imgI don’t even know what to say here. Mike Gundy had an all-time National Signing Day press conference on Tuesday in which he busted out a coffee mug that read ‘Big Daddy’ and confessed that he trimmed three inches off his hair.He said the Big Daddy mug was a present from his son Gage, and I’m pretty sure it stems from what Mason Rudolph said after the Alamo Bowl.“Big Daddy over here, he kind of evaded the Gatorade dump,” said Rudolph in December after OSU beat Colorado 38-8. “It kind of pissed me off. He saw us, got away at the last second.”Gundy also noted that he had to cut his beloved mullet when he started going into recruits’ homes over the last few weeks. Said he was a little embarrassed until running back recruit JD King’s mom called him out for it.His mom told Gundy he shouldn’t have cut his hair. “That was your swag,” she said.What a day.”BIGDADDY”☕️ pic.twitter.com/T82Pf41pfQ— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) February 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • National Signing Day Superlatives

    first_imgOklahoma State’s 21-man signing class became official on Wednesday morning with national signing day. OSU recruits from Georgia to Texas to Oklahoma to Canada sent in their national letters of intent, officially binding the school and the player. So with the prospects becoming official Cowboys, let’s have some fun with some superlatives on the class.Note: Video highlights courtesy of @CowboyFB twitter/OSU AthleticsBiggest upside: Jelani WoodsAt 6-foot-7, Jelani Woods has the arm strength to throw a pigskin a quarter mile — and he can easily see over the top of the defense. He’s a deep-ball specialist, and even more interestingly, he’s a dual-threat option that’s difficult to bring down.“He’s a big man,” said Gundy on Wednesday about his new signal caller.What’s the saying about not being able to coach speed? You can’t coach size, either. Jelani has plenty of it to go around, and he has a high upside as a potential NFL caliber prospect down the line. He has the tangibles that scouts will likely drool over, should he be able to put it together in Stillwater.Last but not least for the class of 2017 early enrollees, we are excited to welcome quarterback Jelani Woods out of Ellenwood, GA! #okstate pic.twitter.com/Y6Aw4sKk3S— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Most explosive: Tylan WallaceMike Gundy wasn’t lacking on praise for his four-star receiver from Fort Worth, immediately making the comparison that he’s a faster Josh Stewart.Josh Stewart was an explosive talent in his own right, able to operate out of the slot and find openings in the defense. But Wallace, with a listed 4.50 40-yard dash time, has everything and more. “I think Tylan has the same quick-twitch as him [Stewart], but he’s going to run under 4.5,” Gundy said.Sign me up.Tylan Wallace’s letter has arrived and he’s officially a Cowboy! #okstate #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/QWBz1IwoLD— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Fills biggest need: LaMarcus MortonLenzy Pipkins is gone, as is Ashton Lampkin. Outside of Ramon Richards, OSU doesn’t have an entrenched starter at cornerback. LaMarcus Morton, a wide receiver/defensive back in high school, is an early enrollee and has an opportunity to find a role at cornerback in some form.I like A.J. Green, Madre Harper, and even Rodarius Williams as three of OSU’s prospects from last year. But in the Big 12, the more cornerbacks the better. Morton has the size at 6-foot to develop into a lockdown defender.Lamarcus Morton is also an early enrollee out of Gilmer, TX. Welcome to #okstate! pic.twitter.com/PdX2USsaML— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Fastest: Chuba HubbardThis was a no-brainer, obviously. Canadian missile Chuba Hubbard may be one of the fastest recruits Oklahoma State has signed outside Tyreek Hill — and even then, it may be 50/50.“He has world class speed,” said Gundy. “He was committed really early. I had some doubt whether we could hold him this long. Very loyal. Mom and daddy raised him right. He gets it. He’s really fast.”So fast, in fact, Gundy said there’s a chance he could be running in the Olympics four years from now.Chuba Hubbard’s letter of intent has arrived from Alberta, Canada, and he is officially part of the #okstate family! #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/Xsql4psKXb— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017center_img Best pass rusher: Brock MartinOologah’s Brock Martin is an absolute monster off the edge. He has a wrestling background and uses his leverage to bull rush on the outside, either as a stand-up edge rusher or lined up in the down formation. Dealing with double (and sometimes triple) teams in high school, OSU will feature him as an outside rusher and will get significantly less attention with the other edge rushers on the roster. I love Martin’s game.Another in-state player, Brock Martin is from Oologah, OK and he’s officially an #okstate Cowboy! #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/CvPiYyVuVa— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Most likely to make immediate impact: Patrick MaconMacon is a decisive pass-rusher and an explosive inside linebacker who comes from the JUCO ranks. He earned NJCAA honors as a defensive player of the year, and for my money, I think he’ll make the biggest impact from day one. He’s already on campus as an early enrollee so he has the benefit of getting into the program ahead of time.Unlike inside linebacker Chad Whitener, Macon is a quicker prospect who has the ability to drop back into some coverages and speed to bull rush on the inside.The third early enrollee is the Patrick Macon from Arizona Western CC. He was last year’s NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hUfhDdvyrp— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Best fit: Fua LeiluaOfa Hautau, Mote Maile, and now Fua Leilua. All defensive tackles with Polynesian culture in their background. Leilua is the latest defensive tackle to stake that claim, and he will likely be the best “plug and play” recruit for OSU in my estimation.Maile was a run-stuffer in the middle, and Leilua is built from the same mold. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound junior college recruit will likely be an immediate filler at defensive tackle. At the junior college level, he was able to control opponents with his strength and powerful hands, flinging offensive lineman out of the way to get into the backfield. It won’t be the same at this level, but he has a promising background that suggests he could develop into that same level at OSU.Most impressive frame: LC GreenwoodTalented wide receivers are at a premium in Big 12 country. Finding one of Greenwood’s talent with his size is next to impossible. At 6-foot-3, he has the leaping ability to grow into a role as a premier red-zone target for OSU.Unlike other tall receivers, Greenwood has the speed to go with the size. And with his 210 pounds, he doesn’t seem to be far off from a size standpoint in growing into a frame ready for the college level.Another letter is here! Welcome to the #okstate family LC! #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/ZyYHBI9SSV— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017last_img read more

  • Oklahoma State Commit Spencer Sanders Ranked as Top QB in Texas by ESPN

    first_img9. Matt CorralUSC 5. Adrian MartinezCal 2. Justin FieldsPenn State 10. Justin RogersNot committed 3. Jacob SirmonWashington 4. Emory JonesOhio State 11. Colson YankoffWashington ProspectCommitted In the first release of the 2018 ESPN300 rankings released this week, quarterback Spencer Sanders, the top rated recruit in OSU’s 2018 class, earned respect as not only one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the talent rich state of Texas — even after tearing his ACL during his junior season.Here’s a look at where he ranks among quarterbacks nationally, according to the latest ESPN rankings. 12. Artur SitkowskiMiamicenter_img 13. James FosterMissouri 6. Tanner McKeeNot committed 8. Jack WestStanford 1. Trevor LawrenceClemson 7. Dorian Thompson-RobinsonNot committed 14. Spencer SandersOSU Sanders is ranked as the 108th prospect nationally out of Denton Ryan High School and the 14th best in the entire state of Texas. He amassed 3,288 passing yards and 53 total touchdowns in his junior season in 15 games of action.Also in ESPN’s latest rankings system is Hunter Anthony, OSU’s offensive line commit who pledged last month, who graded as a high three-star recruit and the No. 9 player in the state of Oklahoma. New verbal commitment and offensive tackle prospect Bryce Bray of Bixby is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the state. 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

  • Video: Mike Yurcich Talks Offense at Golf Media Day

    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. We talked to Mike Yurcich today at the golf media outing about his QBs, his incoming RBs, what Tyron Johnson does best (making Porter miss in a phone booth, mainly) and how he molds an offense around his personnel. Hope you guys enjoy it.AdChoices广告last_img read more

  • Man City just getting started, warns De Bruyne

    first_imgManchester City Man City just getting started, warns De Bruyne Matthew Scott 05:37 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) SilvaDeBruyne - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal League Cup Kevin De Bruyne The Belgian warned his side’s rivals “it’s not finished yet” after they won a first trophy under Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne said Manchester City will not rest after winning the Carabao Cup final, as Pep Guardiola’s side look to win more silverware this season.City put Arsenal to the sword 3-0 at Wembley on Sunday, securing a first trophy under Guardiola’s reign in dominant fashion.De Bruyne has been the star of City’s march towards the Premier League title, but it was old favourites Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva who got the goals at Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Though hopes of a quadruple were ended by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, the Belgian remains hungry for what is to come this term.”We deserved to win,” he told Sky Sports. “I think we have had a good feeling all season but it’s not finished yet, we know what we have to do in the league and Champions League.”We have to maintain the same focus. “I think the potential at this club is huge, with the squad we already have, it’s an amazing job and we play like the best in the world, it’s very exciting to play here.”Right-back Kyle Walker made a brilliant last-ditch challenge to prevent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring in the opening 10 minutes and putting a wholly different complexion on the game.The England international’s reported £50 million move from Tottenham raised eyebrows, but a first major trophy is vindication for Walker.”It’s been a long time coming, glad to get my first one,” he said. “It’s very special. I was nervous, not won on [the] last two occasions [at Wembley with Tottenham]. Everyone wanted to win, we obviously needed to kill the game, Sergio took his goal great.”last_img read more

  • Salah transfer value up €75m – study

    first_imgTransfers Salah transfer value up €75m over past six months – study Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 02:09 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Transfers Mohamed Salah Liverpool Premier League The Liverpool attacker has seen his value rise more than any other player since the summer transfer window, with Ederson a close second Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has seen his transfer value rise by €74.7 million over the past six months — more than any other player — according to an International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) report.The 25-year-old Egypt international has scored 32 goals over 40 appearances in all competitions since moving from Roma to the Anfield outfit for €42m in June, helping the Reds to fourth place in the Premier League with eight matches remaining.Based on an algorithm developed by the CIES Football Observatory’s research team, Salah has edged Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson to claim his status as the player whose value has skyrocketed the most since the summer transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Ederson has seen his value rise by €74.4m, according to the study, during a campaign that has seen the Brazilian start 36 matches in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side.The 24-year-old made the move from Benfica for a €40m fee in June.Ederson isn’t the only Man City star on the list, with Leroy Sane seeing a €63m increase in his transfer value. The Germany international has scored 12 goals through 39 matches this season for a Man City side that has a 13-point lead atop the Premier League, as well as a game in hand.Breaking down the largest increases in value for players across the other top leagues across Europe, the study highlighted Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe (€54.7m) in Ligue 1, Barcelona midfielder Paulinho (€42.4m) in La Liga, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (€40.7m) in Serie A and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano (€35.6m) in the Bundesliga.Signed on loan from Monaco this past summer, with an option to permanently sign for a €155m fee this summer, Mbappe has netted 17 goals in 34 matches for PSG this season.Former Tottenham flop Paulinho, meanwhile, has made 39 appearances for league leaders Barca after a €40m move from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has 11 goals in 37 matches for Lazio this season, while Upamecano, 19, has logged 31 appearances for RB Leipzig.last_img read more

  • Rose: England better prepared after Iceland embarrassment

    first_imgWorld Cup England better prepared for World Cup after Iceland embarrassment, says Rose Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 15:42 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Danny Rose, England Getty World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia The defender said there are things he would have done differently at Euro 2016, but says the Three Lions are ready for the World Cup Danny Rose says England are better prepared for the World Cup than they were for Euro 2016 as the Three Lions build towards their Group G opener with Tunisia.Rose, who has been in and out of the Tottenham team this season, is competing with Ashley Young to start at left-back on Monday.The 27-year-old performed well against Costa Rica in a recent friendly before departing for Russia and said nobody is taking anything for granted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I can only speak about the Euros and what’s happening now,” he said.”But some of the preparation for the Euros I would have liked to do differently, especially for the Iceland game.”That was… well. What we were doing in training was completely different to how Iceland played in the game.”I can say now everything we’ve done in training is exactly what we’ve seen in the videos from Tunisia.”So there can be no excuses, no arguments. The gaffer has given us the right tools to be ready for Monday.”last_img read more

  • Atlanta United sets Open Cup record

    first_imgAtlanta United Atlanta United sets record for largest crowd in U.S. Open Cup history Goal 09:26 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Atlanta United Mercedes-Benz Stadium 2017 Kevin C. Cox Atlanta United US Open Cup Atlanta United v Chicago Fire Chicago Fire The second-year club drew over 40,000 fans to a home match in the cup, the biggest crowd in the competition’s history Atlanta United continues to set record and shattered another one on Wednesday. Having already set MLS attendance records for both single-game and single-season, the Five Stripes drew 41,012 fans for a U.S. Open Cup round of 16 clash against the Chicago Fire. That number tops the previous USOC record, held by the Seattle Sounders who pulled in 35,615 fans for the 2011 final at CenturyLink Field.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Atlanta pulled in 48,200 fans on average in their first season in Major League Soccer, good for the top mark in league history.The club also packed 72,035 fans into Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2018 home opener, a single-game record for MLS. Unfortunately for the supporters, the record crowd could not lift the club to victory on Wednesday.  A goal from Nemanja Nikolic was enough to see the Fire move on to the quarterfinals of the competition with a 1-0 win. Atlanta still leads the MLS Eastern Conference, having picked up 33 points from 16 matches. Another record shattered.Atlanta, you’ve officially set the all-time @OpenCup attendance record! pic.twitter.com/rwrrrcTs5X— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) June 21, 2018The Five Stripes return to action Sunday against the Portland Timbers in MLS action.last_img read more

  • Southgate questions line-up leak

    first_imgEngland Southgate criticises press for England team leak Josh Challies 22:57 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Southgate cropped Getty Images England World Cup Various outlets published images of Sunday’s supposed line-up against Panama, much to the chagrin of the Three Lions’ manager England manager Gareth Southgate has criticised the press after various media outlets published images showing the supposed line-up for Sunday’s World Cup clash with Panama.The Three Lions secured a last-gasp 2-1 victory against Tunisia on Monday courtesy of Harry Kane’s second goal of the game and are looking to secure their place in the knockout stages, which could be clinched this weekend if results go their way.However, Southgate is concerned that tournament debutants Panama could be given a tactical advantage after images showing the apparent England side he has chosen for the Group G clash were used by numerous publications. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Obviously any time if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it’s a disadvantage to us,” Southgate told reporters.”So of course our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not.”Defender Kyle Walker echoed the sentiments of his manager, saying: “If you guys just try and keep it to yourself and don’t bring it out, because it’s not going to help us.”All the world has seen that team now but you guys have to do your little bits.”last_img read more

  • Premier Extends Condolences

    first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, Aug. 22, expressed sadness over the death of peace activist Muriel Duckworth. “Muriel will be forever remembered as an ambassador of peace, defender of women’s rights, and champion of educational development,” said Premier Dexter. “I want to offer my condolences to her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched both directly and indirectly.” Ms. Duckworth was the recipient of many honours including the Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal and the Order of Canada. She also received honourary degrees from Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University. “I am grateful that I had the opportunity to speak with Muriel briefly this week to express my appreciation of how much she did for Nova Scotia, Canada and the world.” Premier Dexter said he was lucky to be one of many people around the world who experienced the support and personal encouragement that Muriel Duckworth offered daily.last_img read more

  • Additional Security Measures in Effect at Province House

    first_imgAdditional security measures will go into effect when the second session of the 62nd general assembly resumes Thursday, March 26. “The safety and security of all staff, members and the public is very important,” said Kevin Murphy, Speaker of the House of Assembly. “We want ensure that all Nova Scotians and visitors feel safe while at Province House.” All visitors to Province House will be required to: check in at the commissionaire’s desk located at the Hollis Street entrance submit a valid photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, or other form of ID), which will be kept in a secure location by the commissionaire. A guest pass will be issued. check all bags at the commissionaire’s desk. Bags will be stored securely with an identification tag. Visitors will use that tag for pickup when they leave pass through a metal detector wear a guest badge, which must be visible at all times Government employees and media will have to go through the metal detector and have purses and bags scanned. Bags not needed for work purposes must be checked at the commissionaire’s desk. Province House identification passes must be worn and visible at all times. For the full list of procedures while visiting Province House go to nslegislature.ca/index.php/get-involved/visiting/ . -30-last_img read more

  • Gavin Rossdale Plays Charity Tennis

    first_imgBrooks Brothers presented, with special sponsor Vanity Fair, the Second Annual MAK Center Games on Sunday, at the Sheats/Goldstein House in Beverly Hills.Timothy Olyphant Plays Against Gavin RossdaleProceeds from the event benefited the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.Guests were able to watch professional and semi-professional tennis players take on celebrity participants, while sipping on drinks provided by Liquid IV, and BBQ lunch provided by Baby Blues BBQ. Associate Sponsors included The Agency and H.L. James.Game participants included Timothy Olyphant, Gavin Rossdale, Gunner Fox, Benjamin Weissman, Phillippe Vergne, Steven Siebert, Richard Purcell, William Hathaway, David Gersh and guests Gwen Stefani, Perry Reeves, DJ Michelle Pesce, Peter Zumthor and more,MAK Center for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit arts organization that presents contemporary art and architecture programming while stewarding three landmarks of modern architecture.last_img read more

  • Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges in Vancouver this winter to film thriller

    first_img Login/Register With: Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Briges. (Shutterstock / Daily Hive composite) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The film is set in the 1960s in a dilapidated hotel in the Lake Tahoe region in California. Hemsworth is slated to play a cult leader while Bridges will be a convict doubling as a priest.The film is scheduled for release on October 5, 2018.center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges are coming to Vancouver to film a big budget Hollywood movie.The Thor and Tron actors will be in the city early next year to work on Bad Times at the El Royale, a 20th Century Fox thriller by Academy Award-nominated director Drew Goddard.According to the What’s Filming site, production is scheduled to occur in the city between January 29 and April 13.last_img read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse holds off Hill Academy 1311 in exhibition play

    Then-freshman attackman Carter Brown (14) passes the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshmen players scored five of Ohio State’s 13 goals in the first men’s lacrosse game of 2014.Freshman attackman JT Blubaugh scored two goals and added an assist Saturday as the No. 7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team held on to beat Canadian prep-school Hill Academy, 13-11.Playing in their first game since the fall, the Buckeyes found themselves down early as Nolan Apers scored 28 seconds into the game for Hill Academy.A pair of juniors turned things around for the Buckeyes as attackman Reegan Comeault and midfielder Jesse King scored three straight goals to help OSU take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.However, Hill Academy would not back down as Jake Cook scored a man-down goal late in the third quarter and the Buckeyes found themselves trailing, 8-7.But freshman midfielder Sean Giampietro didn’t let the Buckeyes trail for long as the Garnet Valley, Pa. native scored just more than a minute later to tie the game.“Sean this past week has really started to blossom,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “Getting a chance to play as much as he did today, he will take a lot out of this opportunity.”Junior midfielder David Planning, who tallied 17 goals last season, scored the Buckeyes’ second goal in 40 seconds to give OSU a lead it would not relinquish.After the game, Myers credited Hill Academy for traveling from Canada to take on the Buckeyes, saying it gave his team a good challenge.“I have to credit The Hill Academy for coming here,” Myers said. “That’s a very organized group. They gave us a very good look, those are some very skilled players … I’m happy we got challenged the way we did.”Despite holding on and getting the victory, senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said OSU still has work to do, especially in regards to discipline, as the team was called for eight penalties.“It’s a point of emphasis for us to stay out of the box,” Imbordino said. “I feel like we could have done a better job with that today.”Still, four different freshman scored a goal for the Buckeyes, an opportunity senior defenseman Darius Bowling said will help them later in the season.“I wish I would have had an opportunity like this when I was a freshman,” Bowling said. “It was definitely good to get out here in an actual game and get that experience.”Myers said the starters will open up their next exhibition game, but he is more focused on the team improving as a whole.“We are trying to get better from A to Z,” Myers said. “This game was certainly a good first step for us.”The Buckeyes will host their second of three exhibition games on Saturday, when the Navy Midshipmen are scheduled to come to Columbus. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

  • Parents of Toy Show Domhnall proud as punch after night to remember

    first_imgTHE PHONES HAVE finally stopped ringing and the replay of the Toy Show has been watched. Domhnall O’Confhaola’s life is returning to normal but he will be asked several times at school, tomorrow, to tell the tale of his meeting with Robbie Keane.The Galway lad stole the Late Late Toy Show with his genuine, touching reaction to meeting his footballing idol Robbie Keane.The eight-year-old was waxing lyrical, to host Ryan Tubridy, about computer games and Ireland’s chances for Euro 2016 when the country’s leading goalscorer hobbled onto the set on crutches. He was temporarily speechless but regained his composure to asked Keane some decent questions about his career and footballing prospects.TheScore.ie caught up with Domhnall’s father, Peadar to ask if his son had returned to earth yet after a Toy Show to remember. “Domhnall’s appearance has gone down a hit,” he said, “and we’ve been chasing our tails all weekend, with phone calls and cousins looking to get the full story.”YouTube credit: RTÉO’Confhaola made it onto the show after sending along an audition tape to RTÉ. “He likes geography too so had a map of the world and spoke about what players play for what countries and the flags of each country. He’s a big fan of the Match Attack cards so he brought along a scatter of them to talk about.”A keen GAA and football player, Domhnall was delighted when he learned he would be reviewing a computer game on the annual toy showcase. He travelled up to Dublin with his father and mother, Bríd. The parents watched the show, and their son’s memorable moments, from the RTÉ green room. Peadar said: We had an idea that Robbie might be making an appearance but we didn’t say it to himself. We didn’t let on as there was no point building up the ladeen just in case Robbie couldn’t make it. The way Domhnall handled himself and reacted after the initial shock [of seeing Keane] was fantastic. We were proud as punch.”The Irish captain took time out to pose for a picture with his young fan backstage and speak further with him about sport. Since returning home, the O’Confhaola family have fielded calls from friends, family and neighbours, with long distance conversations with beaming relatives in Dubai and New Zealand.“It has been surreal and I don’t think the reality has hit Domhnall yet. He has taken everything in his stride, though, and I’m sure he’ll be busy in school tomorrow,” said Peadar.Ireland do not play another international match until a home friendly with Serbia next March. Keane will be hoping to feature after recently coming through surgery on his Achilles’ tendons. The eight-year-old and his proud father are hoping for another trip to Dublin to cheer him, and Ireland, on.Watch again: Domhnall meets hero Robbie Keane in amazing Toy Show momentVIDEO: When All Black Dan Carter met George Morganlast_img read more