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  • President Trump to address Farm Bureau members in January at Annual Convention in Nashville

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will address farm and ranch families from across the nation at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention, Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tenn.“The American Farm Bureau Federation is honored to host our nation’s president,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall, a beef and poultry farmer from Georgia. “President Trump has said all along that he would make sure agriculture has a seat at the table when it comes to the top issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. Now, it is our privilege to reserve a spot for him at our podium.”Duvall considers President Trump’s announced speech as a sign of the high regard in which the nation’s chief executive holds America’s farm and ranch families.“Farmers and ranchers and our rural communities are the bedrock of our nation. President Trump knows that, and his willingness to devote his time to talk directly with Farm Bureau members will be a memorable occasion,” Duvall said.After three consecutive years of decline in farm sector profits, President Trump will speak to Farm Bureau members during a period of prolonged economic challenge across farm country. Profits have fallen and many farmers have seen declines in equity. Though the Agriculture Department forecasts that farm profits will be relatively stable in 2017, action on key issues on the president’s agenda could help farmers turn the corner as they head into the new year.“President Trump is fully aware of the economic difficulties farmers and ranchers have gone through these past few years,” Duvall said. “The economic issues he has outlined, including reform of our nation’s tax and regulatory systems, match many of the issues on Farm Bureau’s agenda.”President Trump’s executive order establishing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, highlights the importance his administration places on rural America, according to Duvall.“President Trump has assigned his team to focus on important pocketbook and quality-of-life issues to strengthen rural America, and those issues are front and center on his to-do list,” Duvall said. “We look forward to hearing the strategies that he and Secretary Perdue share for taking agriculture and rural America down the road toward renewed prosperity.”last_img read more

  • Google I/O Keynote: 8 Best Moments In Photos

    first_imgAfter debuting a Google+ design overhaul, SVP of engineering and social Vic Gundotra also took keynote attendees through a demonstration of Google’s new capabilities in photo editing. Some especially notable features include the ability to auto-edit an entire batch of photos to the best moments and to enhance photos automatically. Google Maps Escapes The Stratosphere Related Posts nick statt Senior VP Amit Singhal opened by recalling childhood hopes of bringing his Star Trek-influenced dreams to life, and segued to how Google is bringing that to pass with devices that you can talk to. The goal is to make search a natural language conversation, and Google’s examples were pretty convincing — both a Chromebook and Nexus were able to accept spoken commands and turn them into personalized search results without a single hiccup. (See also:Google Search Learns To Listen & Understand Context)Google Delivers Impressive Photo-Editing Tools While the first attempt at demoing a live multiplayer game at the keynote failed, Google managed to get it right the second time in a more impressive setting. On a stripped down racing game, four players competed all using different devices that synced together to form the race track. Google Realizes Its Star Trek Dreams One of the briefer announcements at I/O was the introduction of a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 configured with the look and UI feel of a 4.2 Jelly Bean Nexus phone. In a sense, it strips all the Samsung bloatware from the phone to deliver a much purer Google/Android experence. The phone will hit the Play store June 26, with a no-contract price of $649. Google’s Music Streaming Service Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Larry Page’s speech was notable both for its oddly vulnerable quality and for the hoarseness of Page’s voice, which hovered slightly above a whisper — a consequence of what Page described yesterday as an unexplained case of vocal chord paralysis.The big surprise here came when when Page turned the finale into a Q&A session. The highlight: Google’s CEO telling Robert Scoble, who was first in line to ask a question, that he didn’t appreciate his now-infamous Google Glass shower pic. Jon Hamm Of Mad Men Makes An Appearence (Not Really…) Last but definitely not least is that guy who looked eerily like Jon Hamm (of Mad Men, you philistines) waiting in line to ask Larry Page a question… while wearing the greatest hat ever. Turns out it wasn’t Jon Hamm (sigh), though from a distance (and over slightly grainy streaming video) the resemblance is truly uncanny.Images by Nick Statt for ReadWrite While the overhaul of Google Maps certainly wasn’t the most exciting presentations of the keynote, the presentation ended with stunning scenes of the Earth from space — both daylit and at night. That view and others that used to be limited to the Google Earth service are now baked right into your browser as part of the new Maps refresh. Desktop users will see it first, with mobile users to follow soon after. Larry Page Ends His Speech With A Q&A Session The news was out yesterday, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when Google’s Chris Yerga announced the company’s plans to enter the music streaming service battleground with Google Play All Access. Despite the few missing details, ReadWrite’s John Paul Titlow writes, “It’s a crowded space with challenging economics, but if anybody is well-positioned to win this game, it’s Google.”(See also: Google Just Launched A Grenade At Spotify — And It Just Might Work)Free Chromebook Pixels Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google bombarded thousands of attendees at its I/O 2013 Keynote with enough information to force that hi-res photo of Vic Gundotra’s forehead into their dreams tonight. Here are the eight best moments:Google Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy S4 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Android#Chrome#Google#Google IO13 Google didn’t disappoint with its Oprah moment. While a free Google Glass device was obviously the longshot giveaway in the back of everyone’s mind, the company opted instead for a free Chromebook Pixel laptop for every attendee. Not bad. Linking Device Displays Into A Multiplayer Gamelast_img read more

  • Wrap-Up: Total Force Fitness & Military Families Learning Network

    first_imgOver the past seven Friday Field Notes, we have examined the ways in which the Military Families Learning Network can help military family service providers support fitness in all eight domains of Total Force Fitness.Social Fitness:  The 2019 Virtual Conference, Relationships for Readiness, is a great example of how networks are crucial to supporting military families.  The conference focused on the Department of Defense Family Readiness System, which focuses on meeting the needs of family members in all domains of wellness.  Sessions emphasized collaborating with other professions, best practices for building professional networks, and effective communication across disciplines.Physical Fitness: The Family Transitions team takes a well-rounded approach to many aspects of Total Force Fitness including physical fitness.  For many families, the diagnosis of a chronic illness and subsequent lifestyle changes requires a multifaceted perspective in order for military families to effectively cope with change.  The Family Transitions team assists in this effort by collaborating with other MFLN like Family Development and Military Caregiving.Nutritional Fitness:  The Nutrition and Wellness team in MFLN focuses on the unique needs of military families.  We explored the services provided by this team, such as education and services to address many aspects of well-being.  The Nutrition and Wellness team’s services are designed to address aspects of health that go beyond physical health to include mental health as well.Medical and Dental Fitness: MFLN’s Family Development and Early Intervention team was featured with their focus on supporting military families and emphasis on early intervention with children who are at risk for disabilities and developmental delays.  Their series, Sunrise Through Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day is a great example of increasing social fitness in military families who may face concerns like limited outings and isolation.Psychological Fitness:  In the first week exploring the offerings of MFLN, the Network Literacy Team was featured as a crucial support in serving military families.  Network Literacy’s programming is designed to increase resilience through relationships and networks so military families can grow and maintain their essential networks.Behavioral Fitness: MFLN’s Nutrition and Wellness team has overarching benefits for the service providers by also addressing behavioral fitness as a part of overall wellness.  Programming, such as how to avoid burnout, was briefly mentioned in our exploration of the Nutrition and Wellness team.Spiritual Fitness:  Spiritual Fitness was addressed through our exploration of Military Caregiving.  Their upcoming webinar was featured as it will educate service providers on topics unique to service members, such as PTSD, moral injury, killing in combat, and survivor’s guilt.Environmental Fitness: The Family Development team effectively addressed aspects of environmental fitness in our exploration of kin care in military families.  This type of transition can be difficult for children as well as their new caretakers.  Ensuring that service providers are knowledgeable about the environmental risk factors and protective factors can help to create a suitable environment for families involved with kin care.We hope these posts have informed you about the variety of programs available through MFLN when working to support military families. We are excited to continue to share resources to support Total Force Fitness in future Friday field Notes, which will feature examples of Cooperative Extension programs working in TFF domains, in the words of the practitioners themselves.last_img read more

  • Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

    first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

  • Pelicans hope Elfrid Payton’s presence reinvigorates playoff hopes

    first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gentry said he figures Payton is only “going to get sharper and his timing is going to get better and his decision-making is going to get better. I mean, he’s sat out a lot of games.”Payton said his goal was to try to get the Pelicans to “play as fast as possible, try to get the ball out quick.”“I think we got a lot of good possessions tonight,” he added. “We’ve just got to keep that up.”While Payton’s stat line was hardly a gaudy one, his teammates gushed over his influence on the game.“He’s a great point guard,” said Darius Miller, who had 21 points. “He came out and he helped, and he’s going to continue to do so throughout the rest of the year.”Added Holiday: “He pushes the pace. He gets to the basket. I don’t think he finished as well as he wanted to, but to be able to get there and make plays out of that was huge for us.”“What he brings to the team, to the table, is so much — getting to the paint, putting pressure on guys” defensively, Holiday added.Payton declined to address whether the Pelicans’ high winning percentage when he plays is coincidence or not. But he expressed confidence that New Orleans, which at 17-21 sits four games out of a Western Conference playoff spot, could climb back into the postseason picture.“Definitely a small sample. We’ve just got to figure out a way to get it done,” Payton said. “Each game is its own entity.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry took a conservative approach to Payton’s return, playing him about six minutes per quarter against the Timberwolves. But Gentry made sure Payton was on the floor for the close of each half.“I like that,” Payton said. “I’m glad to be in in those moments.”New Orleans lost six of seven before Payton returned. And a big problem during that stretch was the team’s inability to execute in the final minutes of close games.Minnesota trailed by five with about five minutes to go Monday, but New Orleans never lost the lead.“We have another ball-handler out there and a guy that can create stuff and make plays,” Gentry said, noting the importance of teaming Payton with Jrue Holiday in crunch time. “It just takes pressure off Jrue. It really does.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) drives to the basket around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton has played in only seven games this season, and his team has won six of them.The latest one came Monday night as he returned from a broken finger that caused a 22-game absence over six weeks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It felt good, man. It felt better to finish a game,” Payton said after helping New Orleans turn back the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-114 by scoring nine points in 24 minutes to go with six assists, a rebound and a steal.“Get a win. That’s all it was about,” Payton said. “Do as much to help as possible — try to bring intensity on defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionPayton, who also happens to be a New Orleans native, was acquired as a free agent this past offseason to fill the void left by Rajon Rondo’s departure for the Los Angeles Lakers.New Orleans started 4-0 with him in the lineup. The Pelicans lost to Utah when he left early because of a sprained ankle that sidelined him for nine games. They won when he briefly returned against the New York Knicks on Nov. 16, only to break the small finger on his left, non-shooting hand. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion WATCH: Texas football mascot topples barricade, charges Georgia bulldoglast_img read more

  • What Oklahoma State is getting in Trey Sterling: His take

    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 landed a commitment from a dynamic athlete, Trey Sterling, earlier this week. The Cowboys plucked Sterling out of Sunnyvale High School, just outside the Dallas area, and PFB caught up with him to talk about his recent decision to play for the Cowboys.Q: Walk me through the recruitment process for you — when did OSU offer, and what was your decision process like that helped you land on the Cowboys?A: The offer came a couple of days ago. But before the offer I had been talking to the coaches quite often and that helped with the decision, along with the coaches showing they cared about me actually wanted me and not just sending stuff they send to hundreds of players across the country. After the offer me and my family talked about the pros and cons of OSU and there was only one negative and it had nothing to do with my academic or athletic lifestyle. I’m into all of the tradition at OSU, it’s so rare I would be stupid not to commit as early as I did.Q: What position are they looking to slip you into at OSU, and what type of player is OSU getting in Trey Sterling?A: OSU is getting a player who is still discovering his potential. I’m a very physical safety who isn’t shy to come down hill and hit someone! My coverage is just as good but most people don’t see that because my physicality is what stands out.Oklahoma State’s getting a tough, physical safety made in the form of Jordan Sterns — he has good range and coverage, and isn’t afraid to lay down the truck-stick on the back end. He’s played multiple positions in high school, including running back which only adds to the intrigue of Sterling as an athlete with some high upside. Check out highlights from the early part of his senior season.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

  • Updating The Juggernaut Theory: What About Clemson?

    first_imgLast year, friend of the blog Justin Browlee wrote a terrific piece entitled The Juggernaut Theory. Many of you will remember this as a long essay on why the same teams keep winning (and playing for) national championships in the modern era. If you haven’t read it yet, you can do so here.I was re-reading it the other day and came upon an interesting part.The early November rankings of 2015 were probably the most laughable of any. While Clemson, a non-juggernaut, albeit a Southeastern school with some tradition. We should add here that Clemson is ranked No. 1 because of wins over juggernauts in Notre Dame and Florida State. If they would have beat a one-loss Utah and a two-loss Syracuse, they probably wouldn’t be there held down the top spot, the rest of the top four were juggernauts. The most glaring aspect of the three juggernauts is that two of them are ranked in the top 4 with a loss, while several non-juggernauts sit outside of the top four with no losses!So did a non-juggernaut just play for two straight titles (this was written before last year’s title game) and win one of them? I hit up Justin (and Carson Cunningham) and we discussed whether The Juggernaut Theory is dead.Kyle PorterSo … what do we do about Clemson now? I was about to re-post the juggernaut theory post today, and I came across that line. Is the juggernaut theory dead?!Carson CunninghamThey are a curious case because they won a national title in 1981. In my opinion they have taken Miami’s place in the national sphere. It’s them or FSU in the ACC every year now. But if they had two losses they probably don’t get the nod over Oklahoma for the playoff. So not quite a Tier 1 juggernaut, in my opinion.Justin BrownleeMan…that is a great question. My wife and I were talking about that after the game, they’ve really thrown a wrench into the theory. Ultimately, I think that the playoff is the catalyst that opens the door to common programs. At eight teams, the door is cracked open, at eight teams, it’s really open.As for Clemson, I think a couple of things are at play. For starters, that region can only support a couple of great teams. Think about UGA, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, maybe you would throw Tennessee and North Carolina schools in there … recruiting wise it’s not Texas, Florida, Louisiana … yes there’s way more talent in that region than Kansas, but it can’t support 5-10 great programs. So UGA and USC were really solid for 7-10 years, they both fall off and here comes Clemson.Now I have to wonder what kind of level Clemson is cheating at. I’m sure tons of programs cheat and stuff, but they were very average-to-good for decades and all of a sudden the second UGA and USC slip a little they have monsters all over the field. I feel like they lost some real athletes last year and came back with grown men on both sides of the ball.Keep in mind, before these last two years, they had the one BCS bowl game they snuck into and upset Ohio State, but past that there was only one BCS bowl appearance and it was the orange bowl that WVU demolished them (basically the same WVU team that the big 12 dominated in 2012). I don’t think they had a conference championship in either of those years, so I would argue Oklahoma State and Kansas State are more accomplished programs (that’s if you buy into my thought that ANYTHING prior to 90s means very little) prior to 2015.But, without going on too much longer, Clemson is totally a juggernaut now. You win it all, that’s it. You’re in the club. Regardless of me thinking they could be below OSU/KSU two years ago, they won and that’s a really really big deal.That’s an interesting debate though, whether or not The Juggernaut Theory is dead. There’s a lot of different interesting talking points we could discuss with it — what does it take for someone to drop out of the juggernauts, what’s it take to get in, who are the programs that have tradition but aren’t there and why aren’t they there (A&M, Penn State etc) … shoot, Clemson has raised their profile by catching juggernauts at the right time the last three years (Ohio State in 2014, FSU, Miami, auburn this year before they got hot). You can be rewarded in the polls for beating over ranked juggernauts (N.D., Texas)PorterI was actually surprised Clemson wasn’t in that original “I don’t know what to do with them” group with Auburn and Oregon (do we count them … they don’t seem to be in the same class as Auburn/Clemson) I’m not as much of a CFB history buff as you (or probably Carson), but it seems like they would have fit that bill.If that is (retroactively) true then I don’t think them winning it all is a death to the theory. I think there is a group of sorta-juggernauts (those three and maybe a few others) that can win it all and it still holds up. I actually would have more of an issue with the theory if Oregon had won it all (RIP Joey Heisman’s campaign).BrownleeI will say this with The Juggernaut Theory — the biggest argument against me that came up was that I just looked at the last 20 years or so and put everyone that made a title in the group and called it a theory. I obviously disagree, and while my list isn’t perfect, it is pretty solid. I don’t think I would retroactively add Clemson as much as I would just say that a national championship opportunity growing from two teams to four and hopefully to eight will slowly breakdown the juggernauts’ stronghold on college football.With Clemson and their national perception, you’re not wrong. I think lots of people two years ago would put Clemson in a list of top 15-20 programs. Maybe it’s because of the 80’s title … and few people embrace my idea that any title before the 90’s is comparable to maybe winning a single conference road game today and I get that.That also goes to show how big of a deal a national title is. How many times have you heard someone talk about a non-juggernaut team and say how miraculous it is that they win or ask, “how could you ever convince a kid to come to Manhattan, KS?!?” I mean, have you seen these other college towns?South Carolina is consistently voted one of the five most miserable states in America. There is nothing in Clemson, just like there is nothing in Auburn, Lincoln NE, and upwards of 80-90 percent of all college towns. Most schools don’t get to call Austin or L.A. home, most schools are in a boring tiny town 3-5 hours away from a metroplex.But no one ever asked that about Clemson. They were given more respect, even two years ago, whether that was appropriate or not. (Obviously now it’s extremely appropriate) 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

  • Mason Rudolph’s Biggest Weakness

    first_imgThe South Carolina native often didn’t look as comfortable in away games, often fumbling the ball or making silly mistakes. Against Oklahoma in the season finale, Rudolph arguably had his worst game of the season.Rudolph struggled away from home in 2015 as well. He had a number of mediocre performances, including his three-turnover performance against Texas (including a pick-six and scoop-and-score) and a three interception game against West Virginia (in which he also had a safety). Both games OSU somehow won.Statistics are one thing, but most importantly, Rudolph just looks different away from home. The biggest thing with Rudolph isn’t necessarily the stats or the gaudy numbers. It’s the eye test.Without context, his 2016 stats would indicate that he is an NFL-ready quarterback with gaudy college numbers and excellent size. But after watching his performance throughout the season, there were times where he just didn’t look ready for the next level. So it’s not that Rudolph always performed significantly worse when not on OSU’s turf. He just looked different.This is not to say that he didn’t have clutch performances on opposing team’s home fields. 2014 Bedlam and 2016 Kansas State are excellent examples of Rudolph taking control, especially in the clutch. There’s no doubt that Rudolph is a good quarterback. But don’t think that he’s coming back to OSU just to win a championship; he has some growing to do as a player, too. Home29946664%35634417011-2 Road24140360%2741612135.59-3 CareerCompletionsAttemptsPercentageYPGTDINTRatingRecord 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. Neutral578964%26451155.12-1 Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph’s 2016 numbers were impressive. Not only did he have 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions, but the senior-to-be racked up over 4,000 passing yards and capped a successful 2016 season with an emphatic 38-8 win over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.His name is constantly being thrown out in the preseason as a potential early-round draft pick and a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy. But in order to do that, Rudolph is going to have to fix one major foible in his game, and that’s his performance away from home.Rudolph tore up teams at home in both 2015 and 2016. This year at Boone Pickens Stadium, Rudolph had a quarterback rating of 173.6, which would put him at second in the conference behind Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. But his away QBR of 138.5 would tie him with Iowa State’s Jacob Park, who was sixth among Big 12 quarterbacks in 2016.Even with more simplistic statistics, the difference is clear. Rudolph’s completion percentage, which is used to determine one’s QBR, was 65 percent at home and 60 percent away in 2016.His career stats tell a similar story. There is a Home Rudolph and a Road Rudolph, and it seems at times they are completely different players.last_img read more