WATCH: DQ Osborne Makes Crazy Pick Against Kansas

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. DeQuinton Osborne — who shall heretofore be referred to as “The Blizzard” — had an outrageous pick against Montrell Cozart in the second half of OSU’s game on Saturday in Lawrence. He almost scored himself a Fat Guy TD but came up just short (even though he obliterated some poor Kansas offensive player). There’s a human being under there. (via @sarahcphipps) #okstate pic.twitter.com/DF230O8tEC— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 22, 2016Two questions here. First, does Osborne have better hands than all of the secondary or just most of it? Two, why was a 310-pound DT 10 yards off the line? Either way, enjoy the show.last_img read more

Chris Lacy Talks About 2-TD Performance and Gundy’s 100th Win

first_imgChris Lacy scored two touchdowns in #okstate’s 37-20 win over No. 10 West Virginia. His post-game thoughts. #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/rRnxNmlb9h— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016Although there were a couple miscues between Lacy and Rudolph early, the junior receiver made the most of his three catches.His first catch came in the second quarter and gave the Cowboys their first touchdown. His next two came in the fourth quarter. He had a 19-yard play on third and eight to keep the drive alive and then the seven-yard touchdown to seal the deal and give OSU a 14-point lead with just over five minutes remaining. Chris Lacy had a big-time performance Saturday as the Cowboys welcomed No. 10 West Virginia for an early morning homecoming showdown at Boone Pickens Stadium.Lacy talked with OSU’s Allison Gappa after the game about his two-touchdown effort and the significance of being such a helping to secure Mike Gundy’s 100th win.“Mason just found me when I was open, he trusted me and I made the catch,” said Lacy. 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

Kansas State Is a Three-Point Favorite Over OSU, And Here Is Why

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There was a ripple of surprise on Sunday as Kansas State opened up as a three-point (or 2.5-point) favorite over Oklahoma State depending on where you get your gambling information. KSU was coming off a narrow 31-26 win over Iowa State (!) and OSU had just trounced West Virginia.But Vegas is smart, and Vegas knows that this OSU team wins games by creating turnovers. Vegas also knows that Kansas State is easily the best team in the Big 12 at protecting the football and currently No. 8 in the country at 0.9 turnovers per game. That doesn’t bode well for the Cowboys.There are other reasons Kansas State is favored, too. Most notably that the game is in Manhattan and the home team is 10-2 in this series since 1998 including the last five contests. OSU has only won one time in Manhattan since 1988 (that was in 2014). It is 1-8 in that span. Yikes!There’s more though. Advanced stats show that Kansas State, despite its 5-3 record, is actually better than Oklahoma State on defense.Big 12 defenses (S&P+)19) BU35) WVU47) TCU53) KSU61) OU66) OSU82) UT97) KU107) ISU118) TT— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) October 30, 2016So don’t just look at the most recent game when evaluating this line. Just because OSU is ranked and KSU is not does not mean it will be an upset if the Wildcats win on Saturday. Just like it should not have been considered an upset for OSU to beat West Virginia last Saturday.This is going to be a massively difficult game for OSU on Saturday in Manhattan. Vegas knows it. We know it. Mike Gundy knows it. Everybody knows it. Win this one, though, and you shorten that path to Norman for a de facto Big 12 title game.Whooo boy, I love November.last_img read more

Roundtable: Underwood Love, KSU Fear and Those Throwback Helmets Need To Stay

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Boone (Head of Crootin): Because I am curious, one word to describe your attitude toward OSU basketball?Kyle Cox (Contributor): One word? Optimi-realistic.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): Stoked. ?Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): Rowdy.Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Sanguine.Caleb Deck (Intern): Anticipatory? Is that a word? Anticipation-filled.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Mine is thrilled. KB can attest to this, but the last few years of watching and writing about games has been such a slog. It felt like, I dunno, work. Now I’m genuinely excited to tune in.Boone: A basketball post was one of the top reads on the site today!Caleb: I’d also say relief. Watching the Pitt St. exhibition in GIA was great and seeing the ball movement and spread offense and talent of the freshmen is more like what I remember as a kid and less like my collegiate years.Cox: I said this last night but I really think Waters is going to be good. Even with the level of competition plenty of true freshman would have had hesitation or mistakes and I didn’t see that from him one time. Looked like he knew where he was supposed to be on defense and was confident offensively. His length will help him on D as well.Fleming: I really do think they’re going to surprise people. And it’s a win-win because in this non-con schedule, they’ll be underdogs for a good amount of games (WSU, Maryland, etc.) and we’ll get to see how good this team can really be with no pressure or expectations.Aldrich: They’re going to struggle with lack of height inside, but you can go a long ways with that kind of a back court. Mitch is hugely valuable to this team, as terrifying as that is to say. Can’t be on the bench with two fouls five min. into the game like he was so often last yearCox: Right… N’Guessan is not ready, just in terms of size. Solomon still isn’t much of a bruiser anyway. McGriff can be useful cleaning up the boards but, like you said, undersized.Fleming: I think McGriff is the next Kamari Murphy. He’s going to be really important.Cox: He’s going the U? But, yeah I agree he’s important.Caleb: It looks like McGriff could be an amazing 4 if we can pick up a big boy to play the 5 in the next recruiting class or two.Fleming: Yeah the Netherlands transfer is not the answer. Anthony Allen 2016.Porter: @boonek, you know the basketball landscape pretty well — how will they fit in this year in the Big 12?Boone: After one game it’s hard to get a read especially against Pitt State, but they do look improved in pretty much every area. Better disciplined on defense and really good ball movement on offense. They nearly had 30 assists and hung 117 in the first exhibition, so thats encouraging to see team ball return.Southwell: Can we apply for whatever Perry Ellis did for Markel Brown? I feel like he should get another three years at least.Boone: Ha! Kansas is still going to run the show this year though.. I think OSU being picked 7th in preseason may be about right. This is still somewhat of a rebuild.Porter: You say “this year” like it’s not on repeat for the last decade. Does anyone else think we’re going to lose to KSU this week like I do?Cox: I feel like we have to force turnovers to get stops on D. So I’m torn at this point since its KSU.Boone: Nah, I think OSU comes back from Manhattan with a dub, surprisingly. In Mason we trust.Southwell: We have too much momentum to lose to KSUCaleb: I think Pokes can win this weekend. Originally thought we wouldn’t and I still think it will be tougher than it may appear, but with Mason really tightening up those short-intermediate throws I feel more confident.Steven Mandeville (Contributor): Gosh, if they hadn’t given us a run for our money with a wide receiver at qb at home I’d feel pretty good. They always play us well (they win in manhattan, take us to the wire in Stillwater). Scared they won’t pass it enough for Ramon to get enough shots at an interceptionPorter: Does Oklahoma State play OU for the Big 12 title in Norman? (i.e. win out and Baylor lose at least one other game)Carson Cunningham (podcasting): They are already talking about OU.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-44-14-pmCox: Ehhhh… yesssss???Boone: No. I don’t think Baylor will lose again, and I think OSU trips up before their showdown in Norman. TCU in Fort Worth will be tough, with or without Kenny Trill.Aldrich: I’m gonna say no. Pokes lose once more before then, and I don’t know if Oklahoma will lose again (before they get inevitably stomped in a bowl, of course).Southwell: It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Maybe I’m too high on the performance against WVU, but if they continue to play like that, OSU can win out.Aldrich: And to answer @porter yeah, I do kind of feel a loss coming this weekend. K State absolutely refuses to turn the ball over, and our defense is pretty reliant on TOss. Mixed with Road Mason, and The Windbreaker at home, not very confident.Caleb: I think it’s definitely possible but I’m not sure of the likelihood. Baylor still has TCU, @OU, KSU, TTU, and @WVU. That’s no cake walk and I think they lose, but I’m not sure about the Pokes. We have the potential but I’m not fully confident in us holding our nerve on the road so much.Thomas: The chances of OSU going big 10 again are high in my opinion. They’re not going to go tempo and let KSU control the clock the entire game. Too strenuous for defense.Cox: That would be good as long as they don’t commit turnovers. Solid strategy… Hope it works.Mandeville: I don’t think so, the league is really open at this point but this feels so much like 2010 it’s not even funny.Porter: Last one — is the Homecoming black helmet your new favorite? If not, where does it rank?Cox: It’s the best one they have in my opinion.Porter: “In our opinion”Carson: “You let us make that decision!”Cox: They could do an orange/white or white orange or even black/orange and make my life complete. Actually, that should be the only helmet design and all others should be considered alternates. Hope I’m not being too vague.Carson: It’s top 5. I’m a matte black homer. Best helmet look they have.Cox: I’m saying make last week’s an orange sticker and it’s all-time. Old School brand > new school brand. Not even close in our opinion.Caleb: Gosh this is a brutal question. I think if it was the classic orange OSU on white shell it would be totally unstoppable for me. I loved the bronco rider helmet too, but i’ve always had a penchant for the Oklahoma A&M era stuff (that was kind of in the transition time of A&M to State). I think the 80s logo is still my favorite though, even in white/chrome on black.Fleming: Top 5. I do love it a lot.Aldrich: Easily top 5. I’m a sucker for anything throwback.Porter: Me too.Southwell: It’s great. I’m ready to rank the helmets again at the end of the season. I’ve really become a fan of the white alt – black brand w/ black stripe. (Iowa St 2013) So that might be my number 1 now. But I’ve always loved the black helmet with the Bedlam win and Fiesta Bowl win. I’d say it’s top 3, and I’d love to see the updated white logo (carbon fiber) on a matte black helmet.Caleb: I would still prefer this over anything ever. Ultimate Oklahoma State logo.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-52-27-pm 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

Bringing the Heat

first_imgTouch Football Australia caught up with Tim Wyld, the State Operations Manager for Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) while he was at the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Port Macquarie.We had a chat with Tim to find out more about Touch Football in South Australia.Touch Football Australia (TFA): How is Touch Football going in South Australia?Tim Wyld (TW): It is getting a lot stronger. We’ve increased our participation over the years, which has been really positive at grassroots level. That’s slowly starting to transition into enhanced elite or high performance at nationals.TFA: How many affiliates and registered players are there?TW: We have 17 affiliates and a lot of them are centrally managed by the office [Touch Football South Australia] and registered players we have just over 9000.TFA: When did Touch Football begin in South Australia?TW: The early 80s. Over the last couple of years it has flowed throughout that 20-year period. But we sort of went backwards for a few years there but we have sort of got on the right track now and it is really good, it is growing again.TFA: What kind of challenges have there been to establish the sport in South Australia?TW: I think the whole unitary model challenge sort of shake things up a bit. It was a time of uncertainty at the affiliate level. We are always up against it with some of the larger codes, AFL in particular, but recent years we have been getting into the schools system a lot more and that’s where we are seeing our growth come from school-based participation.TFA: To have that system in place, it’s really important isn’t?TW: Absolutely. We have recently signed four more agreements with the school bodies to integrate that participation at that level, so we have more of an influence and we can do TID [Talent Identification] and or get them into a team at grassroots level.TFA: What benefits does Touch Football South Australia get out from competing at the X-Blades National Youth Championships?TW: First and foremost the participation aspects of it. But we are seeing with our girls program, we are not here to make up the numbers. The girls have had a fantastic tournament, taking it to all the top Queensland and New South Wales teams and they continue to do that, and that is the aim. For the boys, they’re probably back a couple of pegs but it’s about improving their game, and slowly but surely getting them up to speed.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the X-Blades National Youth Championships action: X-Blades National Youth Championships – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBringing the Heatlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud to have led the club into another Cup semifinal.Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final four of the Carabao Cup after victory over Arsenal last night.Pochettino said, “It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final. It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. “Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018). We are close. “The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img

Ronaldo injured as Portugal draw qualifier against Serbia

first_imgLisbon: Captain Cristiano Ronaldo left the field with a thigh injury as Portugal drew 1-1 against Serbia in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ronaldo was replaced after 30 minutes in Lisbon as Fernando Santos’ reigning European champions drew for a second time in their opening two games of the campaign after they were held by Ukraine on Friday. There was no word whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for to play for his club Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Ajax on April 10. William Carvalho wasted the best of the early chances at Benfica’s two-thirds empty Estadio da Luz. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSerbia failed to clear the ball in the box before it fell to the unmarked Real Betis midfielder who’s side-footed shot glanced past the post after five minutes. Ajax playmaker Tadic opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes later. Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio collided with an advancing Mijat Gacinovic in the box and Tadic tucked the spot kick away with ease to take a shock lead over the Euro 2016 winners. Ronaldo was denied an equaliser two minutes later as his effort was very well saved Marko Dmitrovic. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe 156-time international left the field on the half hour mark after he pulled up chasing a ball on the left wing. He received quick treatment from members of the medical team before returning to action but was replaced by Pizzi minutes later as Pepe took over the skipper’s armband. The visitors were level with three minutes of the first half to play. Porto’s Danilo Pereira hammered his shot from outside the box into the top corner past a helpless Dmitrovic. Carvalho should have put his side into the lead 25 minutes into the second half.last_img read more

Bengal collects record revenue of Rs 10000 cr by selling liquor

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has collected a record revenue of Rs 10,000 crore in the current fiscal year 2018-19 by selling liquor.The Excise Department has received the amount till the middle of January this year. When the Trinamool Congress government came to power, the Bengal had an income of around Rs 2,117 crore from liquor in a financial year. In the past eight years, the government has successfully taken the figure to Rs 10,000 crore which is the highest in the history of Bengal since the time of promulgation of the Bengal Excise Act, 1909. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDue to constant monitoring by the various government agencies on unauthorised and spurious liquor, the overall consumption of such liquor has gone down across the state. This has also helped the state Excise Department to generate revenue as many people have switched over to authorised liquor. Earlier, the selling of illegal liquor was rampant in the state. But the police and Excise Department have carried out a major crackdown on spurious liquor outlets. A record sale of liquor in Bengal has contributed immensely in the exchequer of the cash-strapped Trinamool Congress government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring the last financial year, the state Excise Department had set a target of raising the excise revenue to Rs 10,000 crore this year. In October 2018, the sale of Indian-made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) stood at 1.20 crore litre, marking a rise of 57 percent over what was recorded in 2017. Similarly, the sale of licensed country liquor in the last year touched 1.24 crore litre, 31 percent more than the corresponding figure of 2017. Interestingly, the Excise Department in 2017-18 received revenue of Rs 9,340 crore which was much higher than the collection in 2016-17 that remained at Rs 5,226 crore. It may also be mentioned here that the state government’s decision to take control over the distribution of liquor was a masterstroke by the government as it secured additional income for the state exchequer. Prohibition in the neighbouring state of Bihar is another big factor. This has also led to a sharp rise in the sale of liquor in the bordering areas of Bengal and Bihar.last_img 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