Barry J. Sanders Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

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. In the final game of the regular season, Barry J. Sanders had his breakout game on special teams for the Cowboys. He was named Big 12 special teams player of the week for his performance.#Big12FB: Sanders set career bests with 138 all-purpose yards and a 56-yard kickoff return in the @CowboyFB’s game at Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/RoC2PQMZ1r— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) December 5, 2016Sanders recorded 138 all-purpose yards, including kickoff returns of 56 yards and 49 yards that put Oklahoma State in favorable field position. The biggest return came just before the half, with the teams tied at 17 with under a minute remaining.screenflick-movie-209Unfortunately OSU wasn’t able to parlay the return into points. Instead they elected to run the clock out rather than trying to steal points before the half and capitalize on the big gain.The two returns were not only the best of his career, but also the longest kickoff returns for OSU the entire season.last_img read more

Mike Gundy on if Rob Glass Ever Leaves: ‘I’ll Have to Find Something Else to Do’

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. Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State strength and conditioning guru Rob Glass sat down with Brett Ledbetter of What Drives Winning, a seminar/training course that’s hosted collaborative efforts from the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to World Cup champion Abby Wambach.Mike Gundy has previously done two sit-downs with Ledbetter. OSU wrestling coach John Smith has done one, as well.Coach Gundy and Glass talked about the beginnings of their relationship (Glass was on staff at OSU when Gundy was a player) and Gundy talked about the importance of having someone you trust in that role.“If he decides to get out of it, I’ll have to find something else to do,” said Gundy.“Strength and conditioning is the most important aspect of developing college football players.” Gundy continued “Coach [Glass] gets them really eleven months out of the year, so the discipline, the structure, the toughness, the environment he creates and develops sets them up for us.”Glass, who makes just under $400,000 a year according to the Tulsa World’s database, talked about what the moniker #BodyByGlass entails.“We’re trying to, essentially, develop a swagger, a physical presence with our guys because that’s what it takes to be successful,” said Glass. “So we’re training that dominant, alpha-male type of mentality [that] is what we’re trying to create.”His track record of player transformation speaks for itself.Check out the full interview below.last_img read more

Dunn, Wozniak Getting Tricky With Drills in Spring Camp

first_imgAs the running backs were on their knees, driving their hands into a practice pad before falling to the turf, their new position coach John Wozniak was behind them talking about losing a bet and doing a belly flop.The drill represented the running backs picking up a defense’s blitz package, but Wozniak was using a little more imagery to get the point across.“You lost the bet,” he said. “You gotta do it.”Later in practice, the backs were flooding out of the backfield, past a would-be linebacker (who Wozniak was simulating) and streaking downfield for a fade pass from the quarterbacks.Wozniak yelled all kinds of things and chased as they ran by. Meanwhile, receivers coach Kasey Dunn was pulling out all the stops.So far this spring, he has shown the wonder of his receivers’ hands:Video Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tyrell.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stoner.m4v00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But Wednesday, he had the Cowboys doing things that, if done on Saturdays in a couple of months, would have landed them on SportsCenter.Dunn lined the group up alongside a tackling dummy. As the first came up, he stood behind the dummy, opposite Dunn at the Jugs Machine. The receiver wrapped his hands around the dummy, and Dunn fired.I didn’t see one dropped ball.Later on, Wozniak was working with the punt returners. He wrapped a towel around their backs and told them to squeeze it between their arms and their torso, so the towel wouldn’t fall. As the punts came in, Wozniak walked near them, threw his hat at them and flinched toward them to give a representation of traffic during the catch.Bravo, sirs. What a couple of awesome drills. We’ll see if it makes a difference in the performance, too. 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

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

The 2016 Cubs Won Just Like The 1997 Marlins Did

As the Chicago Cubs celebrated winning the World Series last month, much of the attention centered on the contributions of young, homegrown players such as National League MVP Kris Bryant and third-place Cy Young finisher Kyle Hendricks. But under the guidance of general manager Theo Epstein, the Cubs also loaded up on external talent — and salaries — in preparation for their title run. Even after adjusting for MLB-wide increases in the cost of a win,1For the purposes of this story, all references to payroll increases will be adjusted by measuring changes relative to differences in how much marginal salary bought a win above replacement (averaging together the two methods of WAR found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference) between the seasons in question. Chicago boosted their payroll by 169 percent between 2014 and 2016 — a record two-season increase among World Series winners.2At least since 1985, the first season for which Baseball-Reference.com has team payroll data.It’s a fitting coincidence that the previous mark was set by a team whose roster was basically completed about 20 years earlier. On Dec. 12, 1996, the Florida Marlins signed free-agent outfielder Moises Alou to a five-year, $25 million contract, the final major piece of a team built largely through a wild, two-year spending spree. When they celebrated their own championship 10 months later, Florida would face accusations of having “bought a World Series,” but they also set a model that many teams would follow over the ensuing years, sometimes to great success — as with the Cubs — and often to great failure. Either way, the era of the store-bought championship bid was at hand.As the hot stove burned in late 1996, the Marlins had only been around as a franchise for four seasons, and they’d never finished a season with a record above .500. But they were also trending upward: Florida had improved its winning percentage in each season the team existed, including an 80-82 record in 1996, which saw them post a 31-24 record (a 91-win pace) in August and September.Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, already a ’90s business icon for his ownership stake in video-rental titan Blockbuster Entertainment, was also sinking more money in his teal-clad expansion club. Before the 1996 season, Florida GM Dave Dombrowski had upped the team’s payroll by 38 percent,3A raw increase of $6.6M, even as the MLB-wide rate of marginal salary per WAR slightly decreased. from 25th in baseball to 16th, reeling in such big-name free agents as Kevin Brown, Al Leiter and Devon White. The next winter, Dombrowski poured even more cash into Florida’s roster — increasing payroll by another 33 percent — when he signed more free-agent deals with Alou, Alex Fernandez, Bobby Bonilla and Jim Eisenreich.Unsurprisingly, all that aggressive free-agent spending gave new Marlins manager Jim Leyland significantly more talent to work with. If we use Tom Tango’s WARcel projections as a simple way to judge how many wins Florida could have expected to get out of its new acquisitions (as well as the cost of losing the players it jettisoned in the process), the Marlins picked up more than 15 net WAR in talent for 1997 alone through Dombrowski’s wheeling and dealing over the previous two offseasons, another modern-era4Again, going back to the advent of complete team-payroll data in 1985. record for an eventual World Series winner. But having an existing talent base is still preferable to buying one. According to my regression, each extra WAR a team starts with before a two-year stretch of acquiring players is worth about a 60 percent bigger boost to its World Series odds than a WAR of talent snagged from outside the organization over the following two years.9In a way, this makes sense: Existing talent is generally younger, with more potential production (and more cost-controlled years) ahead of them with the club than players poached from other organizations.Plus, the effect of supercharging a roster has lost some of its potency since Florida spent its way to glory. If we split up our data into two sets — one that covers the 1987 through 1997 seasons, and the other for every year since — a one-standard deviation increase in payroll and talent meant a 40 percent bigger bump in World Series odds back then than it would now.Anecdotal evidence bears this idea out, as well. Before the 2016 Cubs made good use of their massive talent influx, the 2004 Boston Red Sox were the last team to win a championship with anything close to the same expensive quick-build strategy as the 1997 Marlins employed. And they were the exception to the rule that most free-spending title bids fall short. For instance, extreme shopping sprees by the Yankees in the early to mid-2000s and, more recently, by the Los Angeles Dodgers yielded a grand total of zero titles, despite the huge financial advantages. (Yes, the Yankees won it all in 2009, but that year they spent about 21 percent less — relative to the MLB average — than they had at their peak in 2005.)Despite fears of a “bought” championship dating back to the advent of free agency (if not earlier), baseball is a tough sport to rig with pure cash. Not only is the postseason incredibly random, but it’s difficult to even predict whether a team will be good enough to get there in the first place. The very best team in baseball only has something like a 15 percent chance of winning it all going into a given season, and although there’s no such thing as having too much talent on a roster, putting that philosophy into practice gets mighty expensive mighty fast. That’s why World Series winners such as the 1997 Marlins — and, now, the 2016 Cubs — are destined to remain historical anomalies, ranking among the very few teams in history who ever saw a complex multiyear building scheme end in anything other than frustration. At the time, no modern team had ever won a championship following such a talent binge. When the defending-champion New York Yankees spent the off-seasons of 1994 and 1995 loading up on players, that meant adding 9 net WAR of talent and 56 percent more payroll5A raw increase of $8.2M over seasons where the cost of WAR was decreasing.. In terms of totally overhauling their roster from the outside, mainly through the power of free-agent shopping, the Marlins were on another level entirely.And it worked out well. Together, Brown, Fernandez, Alou, Bonilla, White, Leiter and Eisenreich combined for about 19 of the Marlins’ 37 total WAR, a big reason — along with 1993 trade pickup Gary Sheffield — why 77 percent of Florida’s wins that season were generated by players who debuted with other franchises. (No World Series winner had gotten less from its homegrown players in the previous 74 years.) In combination with a few homegrown talents such as Livan Hernandez,6Hernandez grew up playing in Cuba, but he defected in 1995 and signed an amateur free-agent deal with the Marlins. Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria, Florida’s mercenary contingent powered the Marlins to 92 wins and the NL Wild Card, then navigated the team through a difficult string of postseason opponents en route to a seven-game World Series triumph over the Cleveland Indians — the first-ever Series win for a wild-card team.Of course, just as swiftly as it had been built, Florida’s talent machine was disassembled part by part. By spring training of 1999 — just 16 months after Renteria lined a walk-off single up the middle to seal Game 7 — 22 of the 1997 Marlins’ top 26 players by WAR had been purged from the team’s roster, scattered across the majors in baseball’s most infamous “fire sale.”Critics railed against the cynicism of instantly gutting a championship roster, a blight that still taints that Florida team’s legacy. But the Marlins were undeniably trendsetters: In the decade leading up to 1997, only 13 teams had been built in a similar manner, increasing payroll by at least 25 percent and adding at least 5 net WAR of talent over a two-year span. In the two decades since, 36 teams have tried the same tactic — nearly 40 percent more attempts per season.7And, again, this is inflation-adjusted — it measures payroll increases over and beyond changes to the MLB-wide price of a win. With MLB teams’ revenues exploding in the post-strike era, more and more teams began mounting Marlins-style tactical spending strikes.As for whether that strategy has been a reliable path to victory, well, it’s complicated. Based on a logit regression using MLB data since 1987,8With the dependent variable being whether a team won the World Series or not — yep, this is an all-or-nothing analysis, in the spirit of the 1997 Marlins’ build-and-tear-down model — and the independent ones being the amount of WAR a team started out with before its two-year spending spree, and the amount of WAR talent added and percentage change in payroll over the subsequent two years. increasing payroll and/or talent can certainly increase a team’s probability of winning the World Series: If an average team were to add as much to its roster as the 1997 Marlins did, its championship probability would increase sevenfold. read more

Ohio State looking to hold off Michigan in Big Ten Championship finale

The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion played host to the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships and OSU swimmers gave the home crowd something to cheer about on Friday.“I’ve never experienced a night like this as a coach,” coach Bill Wadley said. To find a better night in Ohio State swimming history, one would have to go back at least 50 years, Wadley said.Coming into Friday night, the Buckeyes were tied with Michigan, but by the end of the night things changed. The Buckeyes started the night off with a bang, and kept it going, wrapping up Friday’s action in first place.In the 200-yard freestyle relay, OSU was able to bring home the gold and take sole possession of the lead. The relay was made up of Joel Elber, Andrew Olson, Lincoln Fahrbach and Tim Phillips.“It’s a really good momentum builder,” Olson said.The Buckeyes lost their lead for a moment, but the Buckeyes stayed positive.In the next event, sophomore Austin Mudd placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley while teammate Justin Farra took place sixth in the same event. Both swimmers were able to improve from their morning swim.The next event was a battle of OSU against Michigan. Both teams had three swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly. OSU performed well, but Michigan was able to outscore the Buckeyes.Even though the Buckeyes were outscored, the team was happy about the finishes by all three swimmers. Phillips finished second, Quincy Lee finished fifth and Fahrbach finished in seventh.In the 100-yard breaststroke, the Buckeyes came close to a sweep. OSU was able to finish in first, second and fourth place. Junior Elliott Keefer was able to bring home the gold for OSU while senior Sam Pelkey brought home the silver. Senior Dani Malnik was just one tenth of a second from tying for third. She placed fourth.In that same event, Michigan had only one person in the top eight.OSU finished the night off with a bang. Sophomore Andrew Elliott placed first in the 100-yard backstroke.By the end of the swimming portion of the meet on Friday, the Buckeyes had 592.5 points to take over first place. Michigan checked in second with 512.5 points.The Buckeyes may have the lead but a Big Ten Championship is not in the bag.The Buckeyes will be in the pool Saturday to try to fend off Michigan and bring home a Big Ten Championship. read more

Buckeye Brainteasers OSU takes on the Spartans

Is the OSU coaching staff going to open up the playbook and let freshman quarterback Braxton Miller throw the ball more?After last Saturday’s 37-17 win against Colorado, first-year head coach Luke Fickell said he didn’t expect Miller to scramble and run as much as he did.The offensive coordinator and offensive line coach made it clear that they too want to see Miller drop back in the pocket and throw the ball like he should. The shared title was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed punishment for NCAA violations.But though they shared the Big Ten title last year, the Spartans and Buckeyes didn’t play each other. So, while Michigan State beat Wisconsin during conference play last year and while the teams’ records dictated that they had to share the conference title, there was doubt about whether the Spartans were truly the same caliber of team as the Buckeyes and Badgers.This year, the Spartans have beaten Youngstown State, an FCS team, as well as Florida Atlantic and Central Michigan. The one blemish on their record is a 31-13 loss to Notre Dame (2-2).Which players on Michigan State could hurt the Buckeyes?Unlike OSU, Michigan State came into 2011 knowing which players would impact the team on the offensive side of the ball, and those players have done the job.Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins is third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game with 236.8. Cousins has completed 81 of his 117 passing attempts this season and has also thrown five touchdowns against two interceptions.The matchup between Cousins and OSU’s passing defense, ranked fourth in the conference, will be a crucial one.The Spartans also boast a formidable one-two punch at running back. Sophomore running back Le’Veon Bell has rushed for 217 yards and six touchdowns. Junior running back Edwin Baker has carried for 216 yards and one touchdown.Lastly, there’s senior wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who leads the Big Ten with 29 catches and is averaging 107 yards per game.OSU’s cornerbacks will have to stick to Cunningham throughout the game. Missed tackles have also been an issue for the Buckeyes’ defense, and if it can’t hold Bell and Baker down, MSU may leave Columbus with a win.Are there any possible “X” factors that could help push OSU to a win?Home-field advantage could impact the outcome of this game.The Ohio Stadium crowd, especially OSU students, has a chance to play a meaningful role in the game against Michigan State.Since the win against Colorado, Fickell has twice voiced his appreciation to the OSU students that were in attendance.At a Tuesday press conference, Fickell said he hopes that students who attend games at the ‘Shoe “get better each and every week.”Sounds like an open invitation to make some noise, and possibly disrupt Cousins and the Spartans’ offense in the presence.Saturday’s game will be the 40th meeting between Michigan State and OSU in football. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 27-12. Will OSU get win No. 28 against the Spartans?OSU will improve to 4-1 with a win against Michigan State this weekend.Both teams are nearly two weeks removed from bad losses — OSU’s 24-6 loss to Miami (Fla.) and Michigan State’s 31-13 loss to Notre Dame. The Buckeyes also narrowly defeated Toledo on Sept. 10, 27-22.Weighing the highs and lows that both teams have experienced throughout the young season, you’d have to say OSU has had more close calls and setbacks than MSU. The Buckeyes have had more of their weaknesses exposed and more time to correct them.If the Buckeyes sprinkle a few more passing plays into their game plan, Miller could prove to be too unpredictable for the Spartans.It could be a tight one at the ‘Shoe on Saturday but look for the Buckeyes to take the game. As OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman said after the Colorado game, it is Miller’s ability to present the “threat of a balanced offense” that will keep opposing defenses off-balance. This weekend’s game against Michigan State might not be ideal for testing Miller’s arm.The Spartans lead the nation in total defense, as well as pass defense. Michigan State’s six interceptions also lead the Big Ten. Miller was 5 of 13 passing against the Buffaloes last weekend, and the Buckeyes will need to throw more than that, but given the Spartans’ ability to defend the pass, don’t expect too much more. This weekend’s game is another opportunity for OSU’s stable of able running backs, especially junior Jordan Hall and sophomore Carlos Hyde, to take the reigns on OSU’s offense.Who is Michigan State?OSU previously held a share of the 2010 Big Ten title with Michigan State, along with Wisconsin. Final score prediction: Ohio State 27, Michigan State 23 read more

Softball Ohio State downs Michigan avoids sweep

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 21 Ohio State softball team (23-9, 5-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 16 Michigan (28-8-1, 8-1 Big Ten) behind a complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Shelby McCombs, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Wolverines.“Oh my gosh, I can’t even speak,” McCombs said. “It feels awesome. The rivalry is there, that’s for sure.” McCombs opened the game with three and two-thirds no-hit innings and had four strikeouts against her first seven batters. She finished the game with 10 strikeouts through her seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits in the game.Her success was due primarily to her ability to get players to swing at balls outside of the strike zone which led to softly hit balls, Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said.“Shelby was a master out there at getting them to hit non-strikes,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I think she picked and chose her time to throw a strike and got them to swing at pitches outside the zone. You want every pitcher to do that; it’s ideal.”Though she was undoubtedly the player of the game, McCombs was quick to deflect all praise to her teammates.“If it wasn’t for my teammates — Ashley (Goodwin) hitting that bomb, Anna (Kirk) starting off with a bomb, Becca (Gavin) hitting that changeup to right field — I don’t know what would have happened,” McCombs said. “Props to them. I wouldn’t have to do it without them.”The Buckeye offense supported McCombs with five runs, all coming against Michigan senior Megan Betsa, one of the nation’s top pitchers. Betsa entered the game leading the nation in strikeouts and the Big Ten in shutouts and hit allowed per game, but OSU lit her up on Sunday, forcing a pitching change in the fifth inning.“I honestly think she’s one hell of a pitcher,” said junior first baseman Ashley Goodwin. “She’s great, she throws good and she’s very consistent. We just kind of stuck to our game plan and took it pitch by pitch.”Betsa held OSU scoreless through two innings before junior third baseman Kirk hit a solo home run to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead after three innings. OSU added to its lead in the fifth with an RBI single from junior catcher Becca Gavin before breaking the game open with a three-run home run from Goodwin.“I was just trying to honestly get a base hit for my team,” Goodwin said. “We’d been waiting for something like this and it finally happened.”Michigan loaded the bases in the game’s final inning, but McCombs got out of the inning and the game unscathed, finishing the complete-game shutout and giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 win.OSU lost the series 2-1 after Michigan won both games on Saturday, but the Buckeyes were happy to celebrate their first win against the Wolverines in nearly seven years, snapping a 21-game losing streak to Michigan dating back to April 28, 2010.“It was awesome,” Goodwin said. “We wanted to do it for our team, our coaches, our fans. It was the best feeling ever.”With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-9 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. OSU travels to Penn State Wednesday for a mid-week doubleheader before returning home Friday for a weekend series with Indiana. read more

Football Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins makes case for playing time

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) waits for a snap in the fourth quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough he remains unlikely to unseat J.T. Barrett as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins took the first snaps of his career Saturday on the Buckeyes’ final drive of their 38-7 win against Army.The redshirt freshman did not disappoint. Haskins completed all four of his passes for 46 yards, zipping the ball to four separate receivers on each throw and driving the Buckeyes to Army’s 10-yard line. “I thought he performed well when he was in there,” coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “He was 4-for-4. I wanted to throw him more, but you just didn’t want to do something silly.”His big-armed, pocket passing style starkly contrasted with Barrett’s dual-threat approach. In Haskins’ only drive, he completed passes of 14 and 15 yards. In the rest of the game, Barrett completed six passes for at least 14 yards.Meyer praised Haskins’ quick release after the game and said Haskins might have had a chance to score on his only drive, but did not want to score another touchdown and run the score up.After Ohio State’s first loss of the season, a decisive 31-16 defeat to Oklahoma, Meyer said he hoped to find Haskins some reps in regular-season games with the goal being to prepare the quarterback to be “game-ready.” Meyer did not believe Haskins earned that designation last week and believes he still has to work to earn the tag.Redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) warms up prior to the season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Meyer’s mind, a large experience gap exists between practice reps and game reps, and another lies in whether the game reps occur under pressure. At the end of the game against Army, Haskins did not have much to lose.“I’ve done that before where you put a guy in in the second quarter of a game,” Meyer said. “We’re not at that point yet. But you’d like to do that.”Whether Haskins earns earlier playing time to test his readiness or not, he is likely to remain backup quarterback. Instead of a battle to become the starter, he might re-enter a competition with redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, who is about ready to return to action.Burrow broke a bone in his throwing hand near the end of fall camp. Before the past two games, he threw passes in pregame warmups, but he has yet to be listed on a depth chart due to the injury.“We’ve got to make some decisions who is the first one in there,” Meyer said. “Last year was very important to get Joe in the game and he did pretty well when he was in there as well. So, that is so important for backup quarterback spot.”In the spring and fall, Burrow and Haskins entrenched themselves in a battle to back up Barrett. In the spring game, Burrow went 14-for-22 for 262 yards with three touchdowns, while Haskins completed 26-of-37 passes and added three touchdowns.The primary backup last season, Burrow played in five games and completed 22-of-28 passes for 226 yards and threw two touchdown passes. A dual threat, similar to Barrett, Burrow rushed 12 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. read more

UK pay TV broadcaster BSkyB has struck a volume de

first_imgUK pay TV broadcaster BSkyB has struck a volume deal with movie distributor Miramax. The deal will give the News Corp-backed company’s movie channel Sky Movies access to films including Life is Beautiful, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Spy Kids, Starsky & Hutch and Pulp Fiction. Movies will be offered in high definition as well as via Sky’s on demand service Sky Anytime+ and online service Sky Go.This is Miramax’s latest international volume deal following its acquisition by Colony Capital from Disney in 2010; it has inked similar deals with Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 and Sky Italia.Simon Rexworthy, controller of acquisitions at Sky Movies said, “It’s great to be working with Miramax as they build out their business and make more of their titles available to us.  The deal will give Sky Movies customers exclusive access to some of the best titles from Miramax’s unrivalled archive including such iconic modern classics as Pulp Fiction and Chicago.”last_img read more

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first_imgBT, Discovery Networks International, Eurosport and Videocon d2h were among the big winners at Digital TV Europe’s inaugural Content Innovation Awards last night.The awards, run in association with DTVE’s sister title TBI in Cannes on the eve of the MIPCOM content market, recognised some of the great innovations from content providers, distributors and technology companies that are helping transform today’s television industry.The first prize of the night for 4K initiative of the year went to UK operator BT, which launched the first live sports UHD channel inEurope in August, BT Sport Ultra High Definition.Discovery Networks International took home the prize for best international TV networks group, with the company having experienced organic international growth under the leadership of president JB Perrette.The channel of the year prize went to Eurosport. Since Discovery took over the network in 2014, the channel has signed over 50 sports properties, including the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024, and claims to have had record ratings for the last 12 months.Pay TV service provider of the year was Videocon d2h – the fastest growing pay TV operator in one of the world’s fastest growing markets: India.Other prizes on the night went to AMC Global for best new channel launch; Endemol Beyond for the hotly contested multichannel network(MCN) of the year prize; and Liberty Global for Horizon Go, which took home the multiscreen TV Award.Industry innovation of the year went to Belgian cable operator VOO for the .évasion box and Videowall developments, designed to “reinvent the old concept of [a] TV mosaic”.Cloud TV initiative of the year, which recognises the year’s most innovative cloud TV service or technology went to Easel TV for Curzon Home Cinema – the Curzon cinema chain’s on-demand app. Meanwhile, social TV innovation of the year went to Orange for Watch with Twitter – a smart TV guide that shows which TV programs are trending on the social network.Three TV technology awards were presented for content discovery, service-enabling technology and second-screen experience. Rovi’s Personalised Discovery Solution clinched the content discovery prize, whileConviva’s Intelligent Control Platform won for service-enabling technology. Mobile operator EE won the second-screen experience prize for LTE Broadcast by EE, following a successful LTE broadcast trial at the FA Cup final in the UK this summer.On the content side, the best content distributor award went to ITV Studios Global Entertainment; international production company of the year went to Entertainment One; and best series launch of the year went to Discovery Networks CEEMEA for Dynamo: Magician Impossible (season 4).“Content and technology are coming together as never before, so an event like the Content Innovation Awards is particularly timely,” said Stuart Thomson, editor of Digital TV Europe. “We give a heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed to making the evening a success.”The full list of the winners are:4K Initiative of the YearBT for BT Ultra HD ServiceCloud TV Innovation of the YearEasel TV for Curzon Home CinemaSocial TV Innovation of the YearOrange for Watch with TwitterIndustry Innovation of the Year      VOO for the .évasion box and VideowallBest New Channel Launch  AMC GlobalMCN of the YearEndemol BeyondBest International TV Networks GroupDiscovery Networks InternationalChannel of the YearEurosportTV Technology Award (content discovery)Rovi for Personalized Discovery SolutionTV Technology Award (second-screen experience)EE for LTE Broadcast by EETV Technology Award (service-enabling technology)Conviva for Conviva Intelligent Control PlatformMultiscreen TV AwardLiberty Global for Horizon GoPay TV Service of the YearVideocon d2hBest Content DistributorITV Studios Global EntertainmentInternational Production Company of the YearEntertainment OneBest Series Launch of the YearDiscovery Networks CEEMEA for Dynamo: Magician Impossible (season 4)Read profiles of each of the winners and shortlisted companies in DTVE magazine’s Content Innovation Awards special: available online here.last_img read more

The Tech Industrys Real Problem With Diversity Is Clear Its Not The

first_img Tech apologists claim there are insufficient numbers of qualified women to hire. Which conveniently overlooks the hostile work environments now known to be pervasive. Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Elizabeth Ames SVP of Marketing, Alliances and Programs at the Anita Borg Institute Guest Writer Apply Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read September 1, 2017 For women in Silicon Valley, 2017 has been a watershed year. We’ve seen women technologists share their stories of sexual harassment and bias, shocking industry outsiders and even many male colleagues. Susan Fowler’s blog post blew the lid off of Uber’s sexual harassment issues and hostile culture. Soon thereafter, a crew of female entrepreneurs turned a spotlight on blatant sexual harassment in the venture capital world. Neither of these stories surprised women or minorities who work in tech, but—finally—people were listening.Related Video: See Inclusion as a Growth StrategyThe antidiversity screed penned by ex-Google engineer James Damore isn’t so surprising, either. As women and members of minority groups speak out and make gains, it’s inevitable that we’ll see pushback from those who benefit from the existing system. The points that Damore made in his now-infamous manifesto aren’t supported by the facts and are profoundly offensive to many, but in today’s world of “fake news” they’re fair game as “free speech.”Related: That Infamous Google Memo Says Plenty About What’s Wrong With Tech and Why It’s So Hard to Talk AboutLet’s be real: Women technologists and other minority tech workers face consistent, entrenched bias every single day. Damore’s screed is proof of that. Who wants to work with someone who clearly believes that gender makes them less qualified? Who wants to have that same person weighing in on their performance review? And who wants to be prejudged based on their gender before they’ve even walked in the door? I think we can all agree that every worker deserves to work in a harassment-free environment where they are evaluated based on their skills, abilities and accomplishments.Women leave technology careers at a rate twice as high as their male counterparts due to exactly this sort of bias, harassment and cultural hostility. Scandals like the Google memo make it doubly hard for girls and women to feel welcome as they pursue jobs at tech companies.Related: 3 Reasons Why Gender Equality is an ‘Everyone’ IssueWomen at Google are in a bind: Speaking out puts them at risk of being targeted. But now is exactly the right time for women and other marginalized technologists to tell their stories and make clear the daily human toll of bias and harassment. They need to talk about what they’ve achieved, and the reasons why they live and breathe for engineering and computer science. They need to share their dreams because, counter to prejudicial notions, women actually are ambitious, smart and, yes, even aggressive. They also must confront the bias they live with, along with a stunning lack of opportunity, advancement and recognition.Related: Uber Under Fire Once Again Following Sexism and Harassment ClaimsWe all need, now more than ever, to celebrate the women in our midst who are changing the tech world every day. Women and minority technologists will overcome these challenges by staying strong together, and forging stronger connections to the community. Together we can build a world where the people who create technology represent the societies that use it.  The Tech Industry’s Real Problem With Diversity Is Clear. It’s Not The Pipeline. Corporate Culture Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Lets store solar and wind energy – by using compressed air

first_imgLarge-scale decarbonisation will require us to store energy for much longer periods, however, for instance from a sunny day to use on a cloudy day. CAES is especially suited for storage durations of some hours through to several days. All affordable energy storage involves converting energy from the form of electricity to some other form and storing it in that other form. For pumped-hydro storage, for instance, the other form is water that has been lifted up to a great height. For CAES, that other form includes both heat and high-pressure air.For such systems, there are separate costs for the equipment that does the conversion and for the storage itself. Systems like CAES and pumped-hydro involve relatively expensive equipment for the power conversion but very inexpensive provisions for the storage of energy. These systems, where small amounts of power can fill up very large amounts of storage, are therefore very economical for storing energy over a long period.3. CAES lasts a lifetimePrivate investment requires high rates of return. An indirect effect of this is that investors place less value on what utility may be left in an asset in the longer term. Provided by The Conversation Compressed Air Energy Storage: Renewable Energy Energy storage could overcome this pressing “intermittency” issue. If storage was available at sufficiently low cost and high performance, renewable energy would rapidly displace all other generation forms.Energy is already stored, of course, in batteries or various other technologies. Even reservoirs can act as huge stores of energy. However nothing that exists or is in development can store energy as well, and as cheaply, as compressed air.The concept seems simple: you just suck in some air from the atmosphere, compress it using electrically-driven compressors and store the energy in the form of pressurised air. When you need that energy you just let the air out and pass it through a machine that takes the energy from the air and turns an electrical generator.Compressed air energy storage (or CAES), to give it its full name, can involve storing air in steel tanks or in much less expensive containments deep underwater. In some cases, high pressure air can be stored in caverns deep underground, either excavated directly out of hard rock or formed in large salt deposits by so-called “solution mining”, where water is pumped in and salty water comes out. Such salt caverns are often used to store natural gas. Citation: Let’s store solar and wind energy – by using compressed air (2018, October 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-solar-energy-compressed-air.html 2. It’s better for longer-term storageAt the moment, wind and solar still make up only a small proportion of the overall sector. As electricity generated from fossil fuels can cover the overcast or wind-free days, renewable energy is often used straight away and only needs to be stored for short amounts of time. For these situations, batteries work quite well and can be economically viable. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: Grzejnik / shutterstock Compressed air could easily deliver the required scale of storage, but it remains grossly undervalued by policymakers, funding bodies and the energy industry itself. This has stunted the development of the technology and means it is likely that much more expensive and less effective solutions will instead be adopted. At present, three key problems stand in the way of compressed air:1. It’s not a single technologyThe above description of how it works is an over-simplification. CAES is, in fact, not a single technology but a wide family that includes compression machinery, expansion machinery, heat exchangers, the design of air stores and the design of thermal stores. These all require meticulous engineering to get right. center_img Explore further This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Salt caverns are ideal for storing air as they are impermeable and don’t react with oxygen. Credit: Maria Avvakumova / shutterstock Electricity generated by fossil fuels is increasingly unsustainable and a shift towards renewable energy – principally from the sun and wind – is vital. Renewable generation is already less expensive per unit than its polluting counterparts, but the fact the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow presents an obstacle to a serious takeover of the energy sector. The UK’s largest pumped storage station is in Snowdonia, Wales. Water is pumped from a low level reservoir to a high one (seen here) during off peak hours, then released downhill to generate energy during peak hours. Credit: Hefin Owen, CC BY-SA In most CAES systems, costs are concentrated in things that naturally have very long lifetimes. For example, a solution-mined cavern in a salt deposit might reasonably be expected to operate for at least 100 years, while high power machines for compressing and expanding air can typically operate for 50 years or more. With returns over such a long timescale, there is a strong argument that at least some large-scale compressed air installations should be treated as national infrastructure projects financed by governments.Two large compressed air plants were built decades ago, one in Huntorf, Germany and the other in McIntosh, Alabama. Both are still working extremely well. Many refer to these two plants to draw conclusions about how efficient CAES can be and how much or little it can cost. But this is misleading and pointless. Both plants were designed with very different priorities from those relevant today. It is imperative that we now think again about compressed air energy storage and evaluate it properly in light of what can be achieved by exploiting modern methods and knowledge. An artist’s sketch of a proposed CAES plant above a disused limestone mine in Ohio. Credit: US Department of Energylast_img read more