Editorial: Oakland A’s shouldn’t get sweetheart Coliseum deal

first_imgAlameda County supervisors should abandon their plans to sell half-ownership of the Oakland Coliseum to the A’s and instead return to the bargaining table with the city.Four months ago, the county reached a non-binding agreement to sell its 50% interest in the sports facility to the baseball team. But the A’s aren’t interested in building a ballpark there; they have their sights set on the waterfront near Jack London Square. They want the Coliseum property, which the Golden State Warriors and …last_img

Inadequacies of Darwin’s Theory Exposed

first_imgFor a scientist who has been celebrated all year by many as the greatest thinker in history, Darwin left behind a lot of gaps.  If his theory of common ancestry by descent with modification is so well substantiated, as the scientific community claims, why are there continual attempts to fill gaps with other notions?    One such attempt was reported by Science Daily.  A team at Johns Hopkins University looked for other mechanisms to explain both variation of phenotypes in populations and the persistence of diseases.  Why?  They argued that Darwin’s theory does not explain them:For more than 100 years, mainstream science has embraced the basic tenets of Darwin’s view that characteristics that increase an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce will be passed from generation to generation.  Scientists later demonstrated that stable, significant traits are indeed inherited in the DNA carried in parental genes on chromosomes and randomly distributed to offspring.    Characteristics that affect an organism’s ability to adapt and survive in times of environmental change have been thought to arise by chance through random mutations in an organism’s DNA.  However, this view could not explain how such mutations, which arise only rarely, help organisms of every size and variety adapt quickly enough through time.  Nor could it explain how diseases that lead to a dramatic loss of survival – such as diabetes, heart disease, autism, and schizophrenia – persist in populations.  Indeed, genes that directly contribute to these conditions have been difficult to find.Looking for mechanisms in epigenetics (the regulation of genes) has also proved inadequate, say Andrew Feinberg and Rafael Irizarry.  They are trying to see if there are genes that contribute to trait variability, which in turn are selected for by the environment.  Whether or not this notion improves evolutionary thinking, it is apparent that they believe Darwin’s theory, even as augmented and refined to the present day, does not explain the observations.    Judith Monk opened an article in Science1 with a statement that deflates a year of celebrations about Darwin and his Origin of Species:Darwin referred to the origin of species as “that mystery of mysteries”, and despite decades of study, evolutionary biologists still cannot agree on the underlying processes that have produced the great diversity of life around us.Notice she said that it is evolutionary biologists – not creationists or intelligent design advocates – who cannot agree on how speciation occurs.  She was writing to add comments to another paper in the same issue of Science by van Doorn,2 Edelaar and Weissing on the possibility of sympatric speciation (that is, speciation within a population lacking genetic or geographical barriers).  Sympatric speciation was deemed heretical not long ago by most Darwinians (01/15/2003).  It was dismissed by leading evolutionists of the 20th century, like Ernst Mayr and Theodosius Dobzhansky.    The paper by van Doorn et al has a title that seems to challenge or supplant Darwin: “On the Origin of Species by Natural and Sexual Selection.”  Aren’t those the very ideas Darwin championed?  Look how they began their paper:Even as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, discussion continues on whether speciation is adaptive (that is, driven by selection) and to what extent it is inhibited by gene flow.  Ecological conditions can induce natural selection for local adaptation, but disruptive or diversifying selection is usually not sufficient for speciation if individuals can migrate between habitats.  In such cases, a mating structure has to emerge that strongly reduces hybridization between ecologically specialized populationsThey came up with a model (not fieldwork) that shows how natural and sexual selection in concert might lead to sympatric speciation.  “Natural and sexual selection are often depicted as opposing forces, but they can work in concert, ”they claimed.  “Our model highlights how natural and sexual selection reinforce each other’s actions in the context of adaptive speciation.”    Though this sounds supportive of Darwin’s theory, it is different enough that they themselves distinguished it.  Even so, it is not clear how valuable it is to invoke model forces that at times compete and at other times reinforce each other.  At best, it is a model whose plausibility is subjective: “Sexual selection acting on indicators of local adaptation could provide such a general explanation,” they said.    Other evolutionary biologists, though, have discounted the role of sexual selection (02/28/2006, bullet 4, 02/26/2003).  PhysOrg, which published a brief description of the paper, noted that the model “may soon be tested in the field” – indicating it has not been tested at all.  Monk’s ending comment indicates the provisional nature of the model: “This model may be used to test the prevalence of local adaptation and condition-dependent sexual selection in generating diversity, and provides a means to bring sympatric speciation in from the cold.”    Meanwhile, a vocal minority of evolutionary biologists are scuttling Darwin’s mechanism almost entirely (see “Can Evolution Survive Without Darwin?”, 08/29/2008).  They found a mouthpiece in reporter Susan Mazur 12/19/2008 bullet 4, 09/10/2008, 08/29/2008, 03/07/2008).  Her new book, The Altenberg 16: An Expos� of the Evolution Industry portrays the Darwin establishment as a closed community of pretentious bigots.  Mazur and the outsiders are definitely not supporters of intelligent design or creationism, but find Darwinian and neo-Darwinian mechanisms wholly inadequate to explain the diversity of life.  A taste of Mazur’s poison pen was shared by Jonathan Wells recently on Uncommon Descent:Evolutionary science is as much about the posturing, salesmanship, stonewalling and bullying that goes on as it is about actual scientific theory…. Perhaps the most egregious display of commercial dishonesty is this year’s celebration of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species—the so-called theory of evolution by natural selection, i.e., survival of the fittest, a brand foisted on us 150 years ago.1.  Judith Monk, “Evolution: Sexual Selection and Darwin’s ‘Mystery of Mysteries,’” Science, 18 December 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5960, pp. 1639-1640, DOI: 10.1126/science.1184680.2.  van Doorn, Edelaar and Weissing, “On the Origin of Species by Natural and Sexual Selection,” Science, 18 December 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5960, pp. 1704-1707, DOI: 10.1126/science.1181661.150 years of Darwin and they are still trying to figure out the mechanism he supposedly proved?  They are still coming up with new untested models and selling us promissory notes?  Look at their right hands shaking Darwin’s hand, while their left hands are picking his pockets.  If you are noticing the shady tactics and the voodoo accounting of Darwin supporters, and suspecting there is something else than science going on here, join the ranks of the ex-clueless.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

God Bless Africa

first_imgSpringbok fans turned out in droves on 1September to say farewell and good luck to the national rugby team at an event in Nelson Mandela Square.(Image: Ray Maota) The anthem:Download 1 (MP3, 1.6MB)Download 2 (broadcast quality, 20.1MB)Rugby World Cup bookmark:Download (PDF, 48KB)Phonetic guide to singing the anthem:Download (PDF, 364KB) RELATED ARTICLES • Pumping up Bok support for the World Cup • Playing a part to back the Boks • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Rugby World Cup – back the Boks • New drive to spark local sports frenzyNow that the Springboks have departed for New Zealand to do battle at this year’s Rugby World Cup, the call has gone out to South Africans to brush up on their rendition of the national anthem.The beloved tune merges two anthems and five languages:Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo, Yizwa imithandazo yethu, Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho, O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika!Uit die blou van onse hemel, Uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes, Waar die kranse antwoord gee,Sounds the call to come together, And united we shall stand, Let us live and strive for freedom, In South Africa our land.TranslationThis is the official translated version of the national anthem. The first stanza is in isiXhosa and isiZulu, the second is in Sesotho, the third is in Afrikaans and the last stanza is in English.The translation is as follows:God Bless Africa Raise high her glory Hear our prayers God bless us, we her childrenGod protect our nation End all wars and tribulations Protect us, protect our nation Our nation South Africa – South AfricaRinging out from our blue heavens From the depth of our seas Over our everlasting mountains Where the echoing crags resoundSounds the call to come together… Brief history of the national anthemIn 1994 then-State President FW de Klerk proclaimed that South Africa would have two national anthems. They were the unofficial anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and the official The Call of South Africa, which also had an Afrikaans version titled Die Stem van Suid Afrika.Two years later a condensed and combined version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and The Call / Die Stem became the country’s national anthem.Die Stem van Suid-Afrika is a poem written in 1918 by CJ Langenhoven, and set to music in 1921 by the Reverend ML de Villiers. It was adopted as South Africa’s official national anthem in May 1957, five years after the English version had been accepted for official use.The first verse and chorus, as well as the music, of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika were composed in isiXhosa in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist teacher and lay preacher. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi, and a Sesotho version was published in 1942 by Moses Mphahlele.The song has since been translated into numerous African languages, including Swahili, and is a part of the national anthems of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia.last_img read more

All South Africans in Nepal safe after quake

first_img28 April 2015President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal after being hit by an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on Saturday.The death toll is reportedly nearing 5 000. Millions of others have been displaced by the quake and its aftershocks, with the United Nations estimating that as many as 8-million people have been affected by the disaster.“Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and neighbouring countries in the aftermath of the earthquake that has struck the Kathmandu Valley. On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I send my deepest condolences to the government of Nepal and to everyone affected, particularly to the families and friends of those killed and injured,” Zuma said in a statement.The Department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Monday it remained in contact with local authorities in Nepal and, to its knowledge, all South Africans who may have been caught in an earthquake in the region at the weekend were accounted for.Anyone who is unable to contact friends or family in the area should contact the department, spokesperson Clayon Monyela said.Concerned families or friends who may be battling to contact a South African in Nepal can contact Dirco on 011-351-1000.The first rescue team from South Africa will join other members of the Gift of the Givers Foundation in Nepal on Tuesday, the foundation says on its website. They will transport food, medical equipment, sanitation and other basic necessities.“Twenty highly qualified search and rescue personnel together with world-class technological equipment including the Life Locator, a machine that can accurately predict the presence of life 10 meters below the rubble in 3 minutes; the search cam, a camera facility that provides video footage as the team search through rubble; and other relevant equipment is available and ready as an integral part of our response capability,” Imtiaz Sooliman said in a statement on the foundation’s website.Gift of the Givers said that “given the logistical difficulties in getting to Nepal” they would charter its own flight to transport its teams and equipment. “The flight will serve a dual purpose,” Sooliman said. “All South Africans caught up in Nepal are most welcome to utilise the private aircraft to return home safely. This will be at no cost to any who choose to return in this manner.”Avalanche on EverestMeanwhile, Netwerk24 reports that Sean Wisedale, the first South African to summit the world’s seven highest peaks, has been updating his blog from the Everest base camp, where some climbers are trapped. At least 18 people have already died on the mountain.Wisedale survived an avalanche on Everest that resulted after the earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal on the weekend.He described the terror experienced when the “mountains and glaciers started trembling”, and how it wiped out stones and rocks on its path of destruction.Hundreds of tents in the middle of the base camp were hit. Wisedale and his group’s tents were protected by a rock, but they could not escape being hit by a shard of crystalised ice that fell from a height of about 100m.He also describes how his heart literally misses a beat every time he hears a rumble. Wisedale wrote that they had thought about evacuating the base camp, but they were probably safer where they were.South Africans trappedAt least 10 South Africans are reportedly trapped on Mount Everest following the avalanche, the group Ubuntu Everest said.Among the trapped South Africans is Saray Khumalo, a 43-year-old from Johannesburg, who was hoping to become the first black woman to summit Everest on 20 May.On Sunday, Khumalo sent a text message to Ubuntu Everest saying she was safe.The other South Africans in the group are Lysle Turner, Ronnie Muhl, Donna McTaggart, Elizabeth Bool, Marlette Hegyi, Wilmien van der Merwe, Nico Oosthuizen and Katlego Letheo.They are believed to be safe, but it is still uncertain how they will come down from the mountain.SAinfo reporter and Netwerk24last_img read more

Essential Advice on Producing Your Own Short Film

first_imgThe producer plays an important role in the filmmaking process. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of a dedicated producer.So, you want to make a short film! Well, someone has to produce it. It takes more than just a director, cinematographer, cast, and crew to pull off a film — whether it’s a short or a feature. Now, a director, or even one of the lead actors, can also produce the film, but as you’ll see, it’s best to have a dedicated producer. So, what exactly does a producer do?A film producer is responsible for bringing together various filmmaking components. Those components include the initial story for the film and the cast and crew who will actually make it.Image via “The Unifying Power of Storyboards.”On a feature film, there are several kinds of producers. There’s the producer who has (or acquires) either a story they want to make or a script they’ve purchased; this producer then hires the crew to make it happen. There’s the executive producer, who either funds the film or helps secure funding for the film (the ones who actually write the checks are typically given a co-producer credit). And there’s the line producer, who makes the final budget, oversees the schedule, and helps make sure the overall production stays on track and doesn’t go over budget. (Associate producer seems to be a throwaway credit given to people who may have helped make connections or otherwise furthered the production).On a low-budget short film, most crew members wear multiple hats, so the producer is likely to be a mix of producer, line producer, and executive producer.The StoryImage via “Pre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a Script.”So, you’ve got an amazing idea for a short film. If you happen to be a writer, great! If not, you’ll need to at least write well enough to give the screenwriter a solid vision so they can craft a script. Who are the characters? What’s the plot? Are there any big moments or set pieces you really want to see happen? You’ll work with the writer, giving feedback and reviewing revisions until you have the script refined and ready to produce.Key CrewNow that you have a script, you’ll need to assemble your key crew. First, who’s going to direct the movie? It’s not wise to just pick any director. Remember, this is your story and your characters! You want a director who will do it justice. George Lucas didn’t just hand off Indiana Jones to any director! He knew Steven Spielberg had the right eye and creative genius to really bring Dr. Jones to life!Getting your director is the first big step. Often, directors will have certain cinematographers and gaffers they prefer to work with. Work with them to secure those people. You want to empower your director as much as you can so they bring this story to life.You don’t need every single crew position filled right now! But, it’d be beneficial to have at least your director and cinematographer locked down. Once you go into pre-production, you can work with them to start filling in the rest of the crew.Lead ActorsThe director realizes the story, but the lead actors bring the characters to life. Who will portray the heroes and villains of your movie? For a short film, you’re not likely to get an A-lister to play your hero, but you still need a good actor. Whether it’s your friend or some local talent, find the best person to fill the role.New and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part OneNew and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part TwoMoney, Money, Money!What’s a realistic budget for this film? It’s good to know both the bare minimum it will take to pull it off and the maximum you need to be truly faithful to the script. Remember, a maximum budget is not “all the money in the world.” It’s merely the full amount it’d take to produce the project.Think of a car dealership. The dealer wants to sell you a car for $30K, to cover the cost of the car and to make a fair profit. But, since he still wants to sell the car, he knows he could sell it for $24K. The lower price wouldn’t really give him much profit; instead, it would merely cover the cost of the car. The $30K price point allows him to sell the car and pay his employees.The same goes for a film. What’s the maximum budget you need to pay your cast and crew? And, even if you can get your cast and crew to work for free, you still need to pay for food and the props and equipment rentals necessary for the production.Where is the money coming from? In the feature film world, you would write up a business plan; attach your script, budget, letters of interest from key crew and lead actors; and go to studios, wealthy individuals, and so on to raise the money for the film. In the short film world, especially super low-budget short films, you’ll either have to pay it all yourself or crowdfund the money from friends and family.For my short film “The Accomplice,” I saved up my paychecks from my salaried job at the time, took out a loan, and crowdfunded the difference of $20,000. (I don’t recommend this approach. The bulk of the costs, which were much greater than anticipated, came from working with SAG stuntmen. SAG comes with a slew of extra expenses that are unreasonable for a low-budget short. If I were to remake the short, I’d definitely do it without SAG members, which would likely have cut the budget in half.)Making the MovieYou’ve got your script, you’ve got your key crew and lead actors, and you’ve got the money. Traditionally, this is where a line producer would take over and start hiring the rest of the crew, while the director and cinematographer plans out the visuals. For a short film, though, you will be doing this.From here, you need to work out a realistic schedule. Too short, and you risk not having enough time to get all the shots. Too long and — especially when they’re working for free — your crew won’t want to commit. Two or three weekends is usually doable — if you supply enough food and the project concept is interesting enough. If the cast and crew recognize your talent for coming up with great ideas and know the director’s work is excellent, they’re more likely to invest their time, trusting the final product to be amazing and reel-worthy.Image via “Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table.”Once production starts, you’ll be on set making sure everything is going according to schedule. You need to find a good managerial style for this part. You don’t want to micromanage your director, thus inhibiting their creativity. Remember, you hired them for a reason, so you have to put your trust in them. Make sure the cast and crew are all well cared for and that they know you appreciate and value their presence. A happy cast and crew make for a better work environment and a better end product. However, you need to make sure everyone is focused and working too. Make sure you have everyone’s phone number and email on set so that you can update the cast and crew, ensuring they all get to set on time.The same goes for post-production. Many short films can get lost at this stage, with editors trying to find time to work on the project for cheap — or for free. It’s important to make sure the film wraps in a reasonable timeframe.In essence, as producer, you gather the resources (script, cast, crew, financing) and oversee the creation of the short film from start to finish. It’s honestly a lot of work. When producing my own shorts, I definitely need at least one person as a line producer while shooting, so that I can focus on directing and acting. Either way, producing your own film is extremely rewarding.Cover image via smolaw.Looking for more articles about film and video production? Check these out.Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the TableWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit Margins7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentarySmall Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean Filmmakinglast_img read more

This Is an Invitation

first_imgThis is an invitation. I am inviting you to do something other than make a New Year’s Resolution.I am inviting you instead to make a New You Transformation. You know, the transformation into the “you” that you want to be, could be, and should be. You know, the “you” that you have been waiting for. The “you” that you have kept us waiting for.This is the invitation you have been waiting for.You are invited to think bigger than a simple resolution. You are invited to think about who you want to be in every area of your life. I am inviting you to make the decision to change everything that needs to change. If what you are doing now could get you the results you wanted, you’d already have those results. If what you are doing isn’t working, this is your invitation to change it.I am inviting you to transform and reinvent yourself. This is an invitation to become the best possible version of yourself. This is an invitation to swap small, linear improvements for exponential growth. This is your personal invitation to finally go “all in” on going “all in.” Throw down the gauntlet. Cross your Rubicon. Take your place.It’s your right and your duty to reach your full potential, even though you can’t imagine what that potential is, and even though no one has ever reached their full potential. This, however, is your invitation to try. It’s your invitation to be the first to ever do so.This is an invitation to do what you have heretofore been afraid of doing. It’s an invitation to step into and through your fears and see who is on the other side. This is an invitation to meet the you that you want be, the one who lives just on the other side of that fear. It’s an invitation to put yourself at risk, giving up the comfort and the security that are the chains you have bound yourself in.This is an invitation to stop doing what you feel you must do, even though it has you locked in place, like your feet are set in concrete. If what you are doing no longer serves you, set it down. If it never served you, let it go. This is an invitation to leave behind everything that needs to be discarded. You are invited to move forward without carrying anything that isn’t going to serve you on your new path forward from here.You are invited to fail. You are invited to get many things wrong. You are invited to take missteps, to go the wrong direction, to go back over ground you’ve already covered, and to change direction until you find your way. I am inviting you to persist over time. With enough time and energy, all obstacles eventually yield. The overnight success you will become 10 years from now starts today. This is your invitation to start.New Year’s Resolutions are made and discarded in a matter of days. Transformations take time. They require real change in more than one area. This is an invitation to change everything, to put your plan in motion, to take the first step, followed by 1,000,000 more steps, on your way to becoming who you really are.You are a big, bright, shining star. You’re invited to share your light with us. You might not see it yet, but we do.• Who will you become in 2017?• What are you willing to change to become that person? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

Midseason Position Grades: Running Back

first_imgIt would be hard to come up with a more maligned topic of conversation among Oklahoma State fans over the last couple of years than the Cowboys’ running game.3.51, 3.58, and 3.43.Those numbers represent the average yards per carry for the OSU offenses in 2014, 2015 and through the first half of 2016. Each one equally disappointing and each one ranking ninth ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.The Cowboys haven’t enjoyed a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle cruised to 1,417 in 2012. A school that used to be known as Tailback U hasn’t had a running game that could get out of its own way in three years.But it looks like there might be a mini-renaissance occurring in Stillwater and it starts with a true freshman named Justice Hill. With a crowded running back group that included three seniors and a sophomore who got meaningful time last year, Hill would have made good a redshirt candidate. But he had other plans.Those plans included playing himself into meaningful reps during fall camp and then playing himself into an early starting role, despite a couple mistimed fumbles. It’s clear Hill is the best option to get the bulk of the carries. He’s shown the ability to not only make defenders miss but to attack the hole and has the type of break-away speed that can turn decent runs into big plays.Let’s take a look at his numbers:Hill: 403 yards / three touchdowns / 4.63 yards per carryIf we assume Hill continues to get 15-20 carries per game (let’s make it 15) and keeps his current average per carry, that’s an additional 486.15 yards (assuming the Cowboys go Bowling) for a total of 889.15. So, let’s round up and call it 890 yards. Chris Carson, the Cowboys’ 2015 lead rusher ended with 517 yards and 2014’s lead rusher was Desmond Roland with 770 yards. In 2013, Roland had 811. So Hill is not quite on pace to hit the 1,000-yard mark but he does have a good change to be the leading rusher since Joseph Randle.Here’s how the rest of the group has fared so far: Childs: 178 yards / six touchdowns / 4.81 yards per carryCarr: 86 yards / one touchdown / 8.60 yards per carryCarson (in two games): 45 yards / one touchdown / 3.75 per carrySanders: 41 yards / two touchdowns / 1.95 yards per carryBehind the freshman is another seemingly unlikely No. 2 back. Rennie Childs has looked as good this season as we’ve probably seen him. Again, if you were to look at my projected depth chart for the running backs two months ago, it would have been way off.I saw Childs as the odd man out with Chris Carson the starter from last year and Barry J. Sanders the supposed difference-making transfer. Of course, Carson has been injured and Carr seems to be the one lost in the mix with just ten carries from the backfield in six games. Sanders has looked good sparingly from the backfield and on special teams.Based on OSU’s recent history with running back production, I think we can grade this group on a curve. A B+ was the grade our writers came up with and that’s what I picked as well. There are definitely improvements to be made but we’ve seen a trend in the right direction.2016gradesWhile it’s taken longer than most would like, the running game is improving. We can see it on the field. Blocking is getting better and so is running back play. Whether it’s in the second half of this season or next year,  I think we’ll see it on the stat sheet as well.RB Grade: B+ 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

WATCH: Mike Gundy Dances in Locker Room after Knocking off No. 10 West Virginia

first_imgMike Gundy had a pretty good day today. Not only did his unranked Cowboys knock off No. 10 West Virginia in homecoming, but he also earned his 100th career win as the Oklahoma State head coach.That calls for celebration.When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Justice Hill Spins Away from Defender, Powers Way to Touchdown

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 tailback Justice Hill continues to impress in his freshman campaign. Facing a second-and-short in the redzone, No. 27 had his number called — and he delivered with a spin-move away from a defender as he powered his way into the end zone.Justice Hill. Beast mode. pic.twitter.com/yxtqw5zcHH— Oklahoma State (@TheOkiePokie) November 12, 2016last_img read more