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

Roundtable: How do we Feel About the Mike Gundy Coaching Rumors?

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. The PFB team discussed our feelings on the coaching rumors surrounding Mike Gundy, our thoughts on what’s going on behind the scenes, and more.Boone (me): Why do you think his name popped up in coaching rumors?Cox (contributor): Because he wanted it to.Caleb (intern):  Wait, he’s still around?Sam (hoops guru): Money talks. Gundy Badger deserves a raise, even if this is an awful time to bring it up after Bedlam :grimacing:Cox: I think the constant frustration/passive-aggressive turmoil between he and T. Boone and Holder is just going to be something that we are all going to have to live with.Southwell (uniform expert): Gundy Hundy. Athletic directors want a winnerCox: Agreed. Makes sense financially, even if it doesn’t for fans/football/whatever. I think the timing with this Bedlam fiasco is just coincidental.Caleb: Also, who doesn’t want a coach willing to rock a mullet? Besides like Harvard and Yale and all them fancy-types. And they aren’t worth Gundy’s time anyways.Thomas (X’s and O’s): I think if bedlam didn’t go the way it did , his name wouldn’t have been thrown out so much.Caleb: I think he truly is one of the better coaches in the nation, but the “bedlam curse” is hanging over him and it’s probably annoying. He doesn’t necessarily have a problem (ok maybe he does), but it’s probably just more of a hastle than anything. If you can get buckets of cash elsewhere without annoyance…..Sam: I don’t believe Baylor ever had a legitimate shot at himBoone: This happens to a lot of coaches, though. Holgerson’s name popped up for the Houston job — then got an extension and raise several days later. Is he doing what coaches do to get a raise or is it something more?Thomas: Yeah sometimes I get the sense that he’s using it as leverageSam: I have no doubt Gundy is frustrated with Holder/Boone though.. and that played a partCox: I’m sure it’s to get a raise and to make a point.Caleb: It’s tough to say if it’s a bluff for a raise or true interest. I would say the jobs connected are the best indicators, so Baylor seems like a bluff, but something like Oregon or equivalent could be an issue if it were real#Sources say Holder is considering trading Gundy to Oregon for a return of the grey unisCox: it’s a win-win for him… why not talk to them? raise here or more money there.Caleb: @kylecox that’s a good point. I mean, what is his downside to talking to others? Is OSU going to call his bluff and fire their winningest coach ever? Over rumors of him talking to other schools? Really?Cox: he’s got all the dominos and has earned them.Boone: I just feel like its a 100 percent leverage play. The downside, to Caleb’s point, is that he could be fired. It wouldn’t be smart — but I think OSU is tired of him playing the game.Sam: Holder and T Boone aren’t in control and they hate it. Caleb is rightSouthwell: Boone: He hasn’t earned a right to act this way, at least IMO. Do you see Bob Stoops pushing OU’s hand in public every year? What about Nick Saban? Their pay is different, but I don’t think he’s above it. No one is untouchable.Thomas: I just want a coach who’s going to coach wth kahunesIs that too much to askCox: Not saying I agree with it. He could talk to 15 schools and it doesn’t get out unless he wants it to… I was speaking in terms that he is pretty much untouchable at OSU. If they fired him, it would not only be a huge mistake it would make them look ridiculous.Caleb: I think the atheltic department is probably very frustrated with his actions/attitude. I would guess they’ve been hesitant to even consider firing the golden child for years, but with the rising expectations of Cowboy fans and the growing list of quality coaches, as well as the solid footing the program is on as a whole now, I would think they are no longer considering him completely off-limits. Especialy if they think fans are frustrated with the bedlam recordBoone: One final question “to get you out of here on this” (shoutout K-Port): Would you be OK if Gundy moved on this offseason, either by termination or from walking away?Thomas: I would quickly get over itEspecially if we got monkenBut no way holder hires that fireball of a coach because he couldn’t control himBoone: To me: I think I would be OK with it. Depending on who we could get in his place. I am on the #Fuente2Stilly train if it were to happen.Sam: Depends on the replacement- if we get a Fedora, Fuente? I think we’d be just fine. I don’t want no scrubs.Caleb: Totally depends on who we could get. Quality coach comes in and it’s a lot easier to look to the future, but it’s a HUGE gamble for Holder. Like, Dwarfs-Travis -Ford-Extension gamble…Cox: It all depends on who comes in… Look at Texas. The grass is not always greener and it’s a lot harder to win in Stillwater than in Austin. Who really knows if any of those guys will do any better? Charlie Strong was the hottest coach in the country four years ago.Southwell: It would be a weird time to leave. He’s got a really good shot at going to the CFB Playoff next year. To do that for your alma mater is even better. Legendary status.So I don’t think I would be ok with that. I’d feel let down. I would get behind whoever replaces him, but I’d want Gundy over all of the other coaches mentioned.Cox: agreed. this part of coaching isn’t fun but he’s not the only coach that does it. I’m sure UNC fans don’t love Fedora’s name in everyone’s mouth.last_img read more

Stop the Neymar show! The spotlight is on Mbappe

first_imgUEFA Champions League Stop the Neymar show! The spotlight is now on Mbappe Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar Kylian Mbappe Getty Images UEFA Champions League PSG v Metz PSG v Real Madrid Metz PSG Real Madrid Ligue 1 Neymar Kylian Mbappé Opinion The injury sustained by Neymar means all eyes will be on the young French superstar, who has been thrust again into the limelight ahead of schedule Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Neymar last summer for €222 million gave cause for concern to the club’s Qatari higher-ups. Uefa, not long after the deal, announced an investigation into how PSG intended to meet break-even requirements as stipulated by Financial Fair play regulations.Spending so much money without the relevant revenue streams elsewhere to cover it is always going to bring a club onto the financial radar and it was reported — post Neymar — that PSG’s squad was to split in two; transferables and untransferables.Among those to ship out in order to balance the books were Lucas Moura and Blaise Matuidi. Also in the transferrable pile was Angel Di Maria until an intervention by coach Unai Emery offered the winger a stay of execution. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Now he will get his chance to play from the start in the Champions League for the first time this season against the team with whom he won the cup in 2014 – Real Madrid. His place in the team comes at the expense of Neymar, convalescing following his high-profile foot injury suffered against Olympique Marseille a couple of weekends ago.That injury, combined with first-leg defeat to Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, is reckoned to have brought a certain amount of doom and gloom around Parc des Princes. Overturning a two-goal deficit against Zinedine Zidane’s team – so at home in the Champions League despite their domestic troubles – is a tough ask under any circumstance. But doing so without the world’s most expensive player and flagship signing is another thing altogether.But PSG’s band of transferables and untransferables will now come together in an attempt to prove they are capable of achievement without the preening Brazilian in their ranks. It’s no secret that Neymar has been indulged by PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi since his arrival from Barcelona. He enjoys extended breaks between matches — one incident last month saw the 26-year-old given two days off for his lavish birthday party while his team-mates sweated it out in a Coupe de France game against Sochaux. Di Maria, for the record, got a hat-trick that night.Neymar put Edinson Cavani’s nose out of joint earlier in the season by demanding primacy for penalty kicks. Tensions have been smoothed over in that regard but Neymar upset local fans by denying the Uruguayan the chance to achieve PSG’s all-time goalscoring record from the spot in a laughably one-sided game against Dijon in January. For better or for worse, there is no chance of Neymar taking any spot-kick away from Cavani this week.PSG in ordinary circumstances could be reasonably assured of a positive outcome. They have not lost a match in Paris’s 16th arrondissement in about two years. They are defending a run of 19 consecutive wins at home and their Champions League form in their own surrounds is formidable.Their last four games — a run stretching back to last season’s last-16 first leg against Barcelona — have yielded 19 goals and four victories. Barca, and Bayern Munich for that matter, have been swept aside. Di Maria was the architect of that brilliant night against Barca, scoring twice, and will relish the chance to restore his reputation in the competition’s highest-profile fixture.Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSGMuch too will depend on the man opposite him on the other flank. Kylian Mbappe, whose permanent signing from Monaco was deferred lest PSG suffer further at the hands of Uefa, is already earning a sterling reputation across the continent. Now touted as the world’s finest attacking prospect, Mbappe has wasted no time in demonstrating his potency on the biggest stage.The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals in 17 Champions League games — being the youngest man to reach that 10-goal landmark in the process. Neymar was signed for the here and now with Mbappe marked out for a starring role in the future but he has made a habit of overcoming obstacles ahead of schedule. Now he is carrying the big burden.If it were a race between them to see who might win the Ballon d’Or first, well, it could be seen as neck-and-neck. Not many prospects have ever begun their top-level careers with this kind of hype but the boy from Bondy is justifying it.Angel Di Maria Troyes PSG Ligue 1 03032018Madrid missed out on both Neymar and Mbappe at various points along their development path with options ultimately sought by their fathers and advisers elsewhere. Neymar missed his chance two weeks ago to show what he could do but now the onus will fall on Mbappe.He, too, is not in the rudest of health. He missed the routine dismissal of Troyes in Ligue 1 as a few days before an ankle injury befell him. He asked Emery for a substitution at half-time after receiving a knock against Marseille – the very team against who Neymar suffered four days prior. That weekend rest should see him fit enough to start and to attempt to lead the comeback against the defending champions.Last year it was Di Maria shining in the home leg against Barcelona while Neymar was very much the protagonist in the second leg comeback. Now is the time for Mbappe to show that he too can be the leader, the talisman, the spark, and that nasty Uefa business can wait until the end of the season.last_img read more

Liverpool 0 Porto 0 (5-0 agg)

first_imgLiverpool 0 Porto 0 (5-0 agg): Low-key Reds book quarter-final spot Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 7/3/2018 Dejan Lovren - cropped Getty Images Liverpool booked their spot in the Champions League last eight despite an underwhelming performance against Porto. Liverpool booked their Champions League quarter-final place with an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Porto at Anfield.The Reds’ lacklustre performance hardly mattered, though, after a devastating 5-0 win in Portugal three weeks ago all-but secured a first appearance in the last-eight since 2008-09.That first-leg cushion enabled Jurgen Klopp to make five changes to the side that beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday, with leading goalscorer Mohamed Salah dropping to the bench for Adam Lallana, who was making his first start in two months.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sadio Mane had two clear chances to open the scoring in the first half, the second of which crashed against the post, while Dejan Lovren headed over.James Milner and Roberto Firmino also squandered opportunities in the second period and Lovren blocked a late effort from Oliver Torres to ensure the Reds remain one of three unbeaten sides in this year’s competition alongside Tottenham and Barcelona.Liverpool were a long way from their swashbuckling Premier League form and Klopp will hope they have not lost any impetus ahead of the crunch clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.#UCL last eight awaits. pic.twitter.com/2dbbpYr5VX— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 6, 2018After a sluggish opening, the hosts burst into life midway through the half with Mane inches away from opening the scoring. The Senegal forward – who scored six goals in his previous three Champions League games – met Joe Gomez’s fizzed cross with an acrobatic volley, which flashed agonisingly over. Mane went even closer just after half-hour mark when he pulled Milner’s pass out of the sky and drove a low half-volley against the inside of Iker Casillas’ right-hand post. Milner was the architect again soon after, whipping in a teasing free-kick that Lovren could only head just high of the target.32: Casillas beaten but Mane’s shot strikes the post and is cleared away. Brilliant pass from Milner.[0-0]https://t.co/5rVaVEyNIn pic.twitter.com/bRmReWi66c— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 6, 2018Milner had a chance of his own two minutes after the restart, but he failed to make a clean connection with Lallana’s cross and the ball bobbled harmlessly wide.Porto finally carved out an opening when Majeed Waris shrugged off the attention of two Liverpool defenders to fire a low shot towards goal, which was kept out by the under-worked Loris Karius. Firmino saw a goal-bound effort blocked by Porto captain Felipe moments before being withdrawn for Danny Ings.Salah was brought off the bench with 16 minutes remaining and, unsurprisingly, went close to adding to his 32 goals this season, though Casillas was equal to his drilled attempt.Oliver almost spoiled Liverpool’s outing late on, while Ings should have scored his first Champions League goal with a looping header that Casillas did well to paw away and keep the Reds off the scoreboard. Key Opta facts:- Iker Casillas made his 167th appearance in the Champions League, 16 more than any other player in the history of the competition (Xavi next on 151).- This was the first Champions League game this season with no first-half shots on target.- Liverpool failed to score at Anfield for the first time in their last nine games in all competitions, since a 0-0 draw against West Brom in December.- The Reds have kept five clean sheets in their last six games in the Champions League, only conceding against Sevilla in November (3-3). read morelast_img read more

PAOK president’s gun invasion sparks suspension

first_imgPAOK PAOK president invading pitch with gun leads to Greek Superleague being suspended Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 22:52 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Paok president Ivan Savvidis PAOK Super League 1 PAOK v AEK Athens AEK Athens Premier League Ivan Savvidis entered the field armed with a gun towards the end of Sunday’s clash with AEK Athens, with top-flight football having now been shut down The Greek Superleague has been suspended indefinitely following the remarkable scenes that forced Sunday’s title clash between PAOK and AEK Athens to be ended early.PAOK president Ivan Savvidis entered the field with his security team to confront the referee after his side had an 89th-minute goal from Fernando Varela ruled out for offside with the score at 0-0.Images taken on the pitch showed Savvidis apparently carrying a gun in a holster during the chaos that followed, with players and officials eventually leaving the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The match was abandoned two hours later and, although PAOK tweeted to claim a 1-0 win, the goalless draw was upheld, meaning the hosts remain five points shy of AEK in third and winless in their past three games.When they will have the opportunity to remedy that slump is now anyone’s guess after Deputy Minister of Sport George Vassiliadis announced all matches would be suspended until further notice.”We will not allow the phenomena of the past to be resurrected, assuming the political cost where necessary,” he said after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, having pledged to make “bold decisions” on the matter earlier on Monday.”The most important thing is the rules that apply to everyone. We decided to discontinue the championship.”Controversy has marred Greek football over recent years.The Greek Government has taken the decision to suspend the Greek Championship until further notice— Hellas Football (@Hellas_Football) March 12, 2018 Games were suspended in all divisions after referee’s chief Giorgos Bikas was the victim of an arson attack in November 2016, while investigations into a match-fixing scandal that came to light in 2011 remain ongoing.Two weeks ago, PAOK’s home game with Olympiacos was abandoned before kick-off when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an object thrown from the stands. PAOK were initially docked three points but overturned the decision on appeal.”For three years now, the government has fought to redeem path of football,” Vassiliadis continued.”In the next few hours we will start meeting with the federation and the league. We are in open communication with UEFA and will not restart unless there is an agreed framework from everyone to move forward with terms and rules.”We are continuing the battle for transparency and better football. Everything is on the table.”We are waiting for the proposals from the federation and the league. We’re on an indefinite interruption. We are expecting a new framework of rules.”UEFA and FIFA have both condemned the events at PAOK versus AEK but maintain any disciplinary measures to be imposed fall under the jurisdiction of the Greek Football Federation (HFF).last_img read more

Mourinho: I won’t run away or cry

first_imgJosé Mourinho ‘I won’t run away or cry’ – Mourinho remains defiant in face of Man Utd criticism Peter Hanson 23:19 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United v Sevilla Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Sevilla UEFA Champions League The Red Devils boss referred to pages of notes as he hit back at his critics following their elimination from the Champions League Jose Mourinho insists he will not “run away or disappear” from his responsibilities after launching an impassioned defence of his Manchester United tenure.The Portuguese has faced severe criticism over his tactics in the wake of United’s dismal Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla on Tuesday.Mourinho was particularly panned for the defensive mindset the Red Devils set up with in the 2-1 defeat, as Wissam Ben Yedder’s double put the tie beyond United, and his comments that it is not a new situation for the club attracted further scrutiny. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But, armed with a collection of notes that he referred to, Mourinho delivered an emotional 12-minute diatribe fighting back against his critics in his latest media conference, pointing to United’s recent history and that of Manchester City to explain his team’s recent struggles.”I say to the fans that the fans are the fans and have the right to their opinions and reactions. But there is something that I used to call football heritage,” he said.”And what a manager inherits is something like the last time that Manchester United were in the Champions League final, which didn’t happen a lot of times, was in 2011. Since 2011, 2012, out in the group phase, the group was almost the same group we had this season, Benfica, Basel and Galati from Romania. Out in the group phase.”In seven years with four different managers, once not qualify for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was the quarter-final, this is football heritage. And, if you want to go to the Premier League, the last victory was 12-13 and in the four consecutive seasons United finish seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth. So, in the last four years, the best was fourth.”This is football heritage. It means that when you start the process you are here, you are there or you are there, it is heritage.”Those stats are real. I give you a couple more: In the last seven years the worst position of Manchester City in the Premier League was fourth, in the last seven years Manchester City was champions twice and, if you want to say three times, they were second twice. That’s heritage.”Do you know what is also heritage? It is that Otamendi, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, they are investments from the past, not from the last two years. Do you know how many United players left the club last season? See where they play, how they play, if they play. That’s football heritage and, one day, when I leave, the next Manchester United manager will find here Lukaku, Matic, of course De Gea from many years ago, they will find players with a different mentality, a different quality, a different background, with a different status, with a different know-how.”And, for some reason, you go to the Champions League quarter-final like today and there are four clubs that are always there, always there. Barcelona is always there in the past seven, eight years, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and then, of course, appear now and again, another club like my Inter, like some other clubs like Monaco last season.”Mourinho went on: “Life is good, I have an amazing job to do. “Yesterday I met a new person working in the club – different area to me, nothing direct with me – a person that came from another club. I asked, ‘Why did you decide to come?'”He told me ‘Because I did a fantastic job in another club and I know that I have a huge job to do so I have a challenge’. “I said well done, my decision was based on something similar. I could be in another league where the title is in the pocket, practically won before a ball is kicked.”But I’m not there, I’m going to be here. No way are you going to change my mentality. For me, I don’t know if you know the expression, there is a quote I like; ‘In every wall is a door, every wall is a door’.Wissam Ben Yedder Ashley Young Sevilla Man Utd 13032018Jose Mourinho Manchester United Sevilla“I’m not going to run away, disappear, cry, because I heard a few boos. I won’t disappear from the tunnel running immediately, the next match I’ll be first to go out.”I respect the fans, I’m not afraid of anything. When I was 20 years old, I was nobody in football, I was someone’s son.”And now, at 55, I am what I am, I did what I did because of work, because of my talent and my mentality, so they can be together. I understand that for many, many, many years it was really hard for people that don’t like me to say, ‘Here he is again, he wins again’.”So, for those months I win nothing, 10 months nothing. Last title I won was 10 months ago. I beat Liverpool, Chelsea, lose to Sevilla – it’s their moment to be happy.”I also learn that in my religious formation to be happy with the others’ happiness even if the others are your enemies.”last_img read more

Handicapping the 2019 Oklahoma State Football Season

first_imgGame 5: vs. Kansas StateAnalysis: I’m sure Chris Klieman will turn out to be a fine college football coach at this level, but I’m dubious his decision to replace a legend will result in insta-success at K-State.Percentage chance of winning: 69%Game 6: at Texas TechAnalysis: I’m kind of in on Matt Wells and what he’s doing at Tech. And it obviously worked well for him at Utah State. I’m basing my odds on this being a night game with tortillas flying all over the field. Because it always feels like OSU gets Tech on the road at night.Percentage chance of winning: 52.37%Game 7: vs. BaylorAnalysis: Matt Rhule and Baylor got the better of OSU last year in part because of a meltdown on the part of OSU. I suspect OSU wants to turn the tables this year — and this is homecoming. Adding five percentage points for that advantage alone.Percentage chance of winning: 59%Game 8: at Iowa StateAnalysis: At Ames? *shudders*Percentage chance of winning: 31%Game 9: vs. TCUAnalysis: They say if you have two quarterbacks, you have none. But at Big 12 Media Days, Gary Patterson said TCU has six. Six! They’d be better off trying to score each time defensively and willingly punting away on first down offensively than trying to figure out that mangled quarterback mess.Percentage chance of winning: 67%Game 10: vs. KansasAnalysis: No game is a guaranteed win, but …. sorry, Les.Percentage chance of winning: 100%Game 11: at West VirginiaAnalysis: The moonshine is going to be flowing in Morgantown by 6 a.m. Unless this is an 8 a.m. kick, I fear this atmosphere is going to suck the juice out of OSU.Percentage chance of winning: 43%Game 12: vs. OklahomaAnalysis: I know this is on home turf and all, but OU-coached teams — whether it’s Bob or Lincoln — just have Gundy’s number. I’d actually feel better about this game if it were in Norman.Percentage chance of winning: 6% Mike Gundy has guided Oklahoma State to six 10-win seasons this decade, but reaching that double-digit mark is a tall task that in many cases is boosted by a bowl win (save for 2011 — duh — and 2010).Can he get OSU back into that fabled territory it often grazed in the not-so-distant past in 2019? Let’s take a game-by-game look at the regular season and find out. I’ll handicap each game with my own, very unscientific analysis and percentages.Game 1: at Oregon StateAnalysis: One of these OSUs stinks, and it’s not the one that hails from Oklahoma.Percentage chance of winning: 98%Game 2: vs. McNeese StateAnalysis: The first suggestion when I type in “McNeese State” into google, by google, is an autofill that asks: “Is McNeese State a Division 1 school?” That tells me just about everything I need to know here.Percentage chance of winning: 97.9%Game 3: at TulsaAnalysis: TU has a combined five wins over the last two seasons. In the American Athletic Conference.Percentage chance of winning: 84.6%Game 4: at TexasAnalysis: OSU has won five-straight in Austin. That is not a typo. As good as Texas is going to be this year (or should I say: as much hype as Texas has earned, the most predictable tradition in college football), I feel like that’s more than just luck. Gundy loves kicking some Texas behind and leaving the state with a W. Still yet, UT has home-field and a better team on paper. Giving them the slight edge, but won’t be shocked if OSU carries home the W.Percentage chance of winning: 49% 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

The Rundown: Gundy Talks Halftime Tweaks, Sanders’ Performance Post Tulsa

first_imgThe Cowboys had an ugly quarter followed by a solid second half.Oklahoma State beat Tulsa 40-21 on Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium to move to 3-0 on the year. The game brought plenty of talking points, and here is a breakdown of what OSU coach Mike Gundy said in his post-game presser.• He starts with shouting out the defensive coaches’ adjustments in the second half and the players executing those adjustments on the field.• “They got after us pretty good in the second quarter. Got us tired and ran the ball down our throats.”• Tulsa was in an “all or nothing defense” with all the press man the Golden Hurricane played. They were either going to make a big play or give one up.• “I’m gonna look into the unsportsmanlike penalties. We’re getting conflict of interest. Our guys are saying one thing, they’re saying another, being the referees. I’m assuming the referees are right, but we’ll find out what happened on those.”• Gundy said he called the play that led to Kolby Harvell-Peel’s fourth-and-goal sack. He said he gets involved in defensive calls “about twice a game.”• Taking away the two unsportsmanlike penalties, OSU would’ve given up 50 penalty yards, a number Gundy said isn’t the end of the world. But those are the type of penalties he talks about with discipline.• Gundy said Jayden Jernigan’s unsportsmanlike was “some kind of verbal communication.”• The bare bones of the defensive adjustment at halftime was adding an extra body to the box.• Tulsa was doing exactly what it wanted to do in the second quarter in controlling the clock and running the ball.• Spencer Sanders played “OK.” “He got flustered in the second quarter a little bit, and I had to calm him down. Very competitive. Wanted to do a couple things different, and we really couldn’t do it based on what they were doing. We got him calmed down, and then he was good.”• Sanders’ touchdown run was him improvising. Gundy said Tulsa “house blitzed” a few times, and that time Sanders saw it and got to the edge in time.• “It’s sad. Mr. Pickens and I went head-to-head a lot. He won most all of them. But I had a lot of respect for him, and I think he respected me. Between Mr. Pickens and President (Burns) Hargis, Coach (Mike) Holder, and myself, we won a hell of a lot of football games and been successful. He’s been his own boss for 70 years, and I’ve been mine for 15. So sometimes you have confrontation, but I have a ton of respect. “It’s kinda sad, ya know. It’s sad knowing that he’s not there. It really is, and it feels weird. We’ll have a couple nice tributes to him, and them I’m sure we’ll have some stuff at Karsten Creek and on campus for him to remember his legacy forever.”• OSU has depth at on the defensive line, just not experience.• On a day like Saturday helping Sanders in the long term: “Those things will help him as we go along. Won’t be the last time. He wants to win. He wants to be good, so he’ll get frustrated. But he calmed down really well. Didn’t lose his thought process, in my opinion. He’ll get better as we go along.”• On if he was tempted to start warming Dru Brown up: “(Sanders is) frustrated with success, not frustrated in a negative way. So, you let him go, put him back out there. The next series is when he took off against the house blitz and he scored, so he’s fine.”• Time will tell if Chuba Hubbard is one of the elite running backs of the Gundy era.• Tylan Wallace basically had nine catches for 178 yards because of the pass interference calls he drew.• Gundy said he feels better after Tulsa than in the other games because of how well the defense played in the second half.• OSU has a lot of work to do going into the Texas game.• On Kansas and K-State picking up early wins on the weekend: “It’s good for the Big 12. It’s good for all the fans and the media and not good for the coaches.” 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

Q&A: Cade Bennett Talks OSU Pledge, Nasty Streak and Charlie Dickey

first_imgA few weeks back, we highlighted Cade Bennett’s ridiculous film from early in his senior season, and that led us here.I got on the phone with Bennett Thursday, and we talked about what made him chose Oklahoma State over staying in his home state of Arizona, how he loved pummeling his foes before he loved football and a cool thing Arizona football is doing with its top eight teams regardless of class.I’ll let him get more into that, but I think Oklahoma should do something like it.Marshall Scott: You had offers to stay closer to home, so what sold you on Oklahoma State?Cade Bennett: I never was directly feeling connected to the in-state schools. They have good things going for them, but just overall, I never was fully there.Honestly, the whole recruiting process, I was just looking for what everyone talked about like when you go somewhere, you’ll just know if it’s your place. When I went to Oklahoma State, I visited probably dozens of schools before then, I showed up and I knew. I was like, ‘Welp, recruiting is done for me.’It’s just different people there. There’s a different kind of football played there than anywhere, in the Pac-12, as well. It has everything.Marshall Scott: Had you ever been to Oklahoma before?Cade Bennett: That was my first time ever, actually on that visit.Marshall Scott: What are some of the differences that you noticed just from people, environment between Arizona and Oklahoma?Cade Bennett: Obviously Stillwater is a lot smaller of a place, but everyone there is extremely nice. I actually went to Hawaii this summer, and some people just so happened to recognize me. They were wearing Oklahoma State stuff, and they recognized that I was Cade Bennett the recruit. It’s just different. The fans and the people there are extremely kind.Marshall Scott: OSU offered you after a lot of other schools, so how was Charlie Dickey able to do more in less time?Cade Bennett: Dickey is just a rare kind of coach. I have been in contact with many coaches throughout this whole process, and Dickey’s just got something special about him. You can tell he really cares about you. Before asking about football, he cares about the other stuff. He cares about how your family’s doing and real things. He’s a great man, a great coach. His resume is really impressive as well.Marshall Scott: Recruiting sites list you as a tackle, but you play right guard for Notre Dame Prep. Are you a guy that’s comfortable playing anywhere?Cade Bennett: Yeah, I could play any position on the line. Gimme a day snapping the ball, and I’ll be good. I can adapt to any position on the line. I played most of them. I basically played every position on the line besides left guard, but that’s the same thing basically as right guard.Marshall Scott: You’re one of four offensive linemen committed for OSU’s 2020 class, I talked with Eli Russ a few weeks ago, and he said you guys talk quite a bit. What’s that relationship been like with those guys, especially considering you probably didn’t know much about those guys before?Cade Bennett: It’s great. I’ve gotten to know them over the course of the past couple months, Eli, Trent (Pullen) and then recently Monroe (Mills) committed. They’re guys I’d love to play with. I’m excited to have them as my friends, and I’m excited to build that relationship more once we go up there.They’re the right type of people. They want to work hard. They want to compete. We have the same aspirations, so it’s good people to be around.Marshall Scott: How did OSU first get on your radar? Did Dickey reach out? Or were you reaching out? How’d that all work?Cade Bennett: Actually, Coach (Josh) Henson, when he was the offensive line coach, he came and watched me work out in, I want to say, December of last year. He was talking to me and all this stuff. I believe he had this resume where I needed to be a certain height. I’m like 6-4.5, and he needed me to be 6-5 or something. So he didn’t offer me, which kind of rubbed me the wrong way at first.Coach (Robert) Luce was following me throughout this whole time. I believe he’s the one who found my film and everything. So, even when Coach Henson was the coach, they were still in contact with me, sending mail.Then Dickey took over. About a month or two after he took over, they offered. I believe I was actually the first offensive lineman to be offered once he took the job.Marshall Scott: In a lot of your highlights, you end up on top of somebody. Where did you learn that nastiness or has it always been a part of your game?Cade Bennett: I think I actually loved that before I started loving the game of football, as weird as it sounds. As a kid, I wasn’t really into flag football. I played it, but it wasn’t my thing. I wasn’t really a fan of it and everything. But once I started playing tackle, I realized that my size and my strength could help me succeed in the sport.I just kind of use it as a way to vent. You’re not getting in trouble for hurting anyone on the football field. The name of the game is just mauling people as a lineman. I love it.Marshall Scott: If somebody only watched you play football, they’d probably think you’re a pretty mean dude. Is that who you are off the field?Cade Bennett: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think I’m that mean of a guy. I like to save all that up for Friday nights.Marshall Scott: Notre Dame Prep, you guys are unbeaten right now. What are some of your goals for your last year of high school football?Cade Bennett: We’re gonna try to take the conference championship. There’s a chance we could get put into the top eight, as well, the open division. It’s a new thing in Arizona this year. Either way, if we get in that or we’re in 5A still, I just want to win it all. We’ve gotten so close the past few years, I think it’s finally time. Our senior class is really something special. We’ve got four DI commits, so we’re a pretty good class, maybe one of the best classes to ever come out of Notre Dame.Marshall Scott: You mentioned that open division, can you kind of take me through that? Oklahoma doesn’t do anything like that.Cade Bennett: Basically in all divisions, the top eight teams based on power points, the top eight teams will be placed into this open division. The eighth team plays the first team in the first game, and whoever wins that basically wins it all.Marshall Scott: It’s like a super state tournament?Cade Bennett: Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. We’re a really small school. We’ve only got like 900 kids compared to other schools with 3,000, but we could compete with them. I wouldn’t be scared to do any of that. I’d be happy. It’s just better competition to be honest. 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

The Maternal Health Task Announces New Grants, Innovative Maternal Health Projects to Inform National Policies

first_imgPosted on July 22, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)NEW YORK, July 22—The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth announced today that it has awarded eight new grants supporting innovative maternal health projects across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The projects, which will be carried out by local organizations in developing countries, will lead to national policy recommendations for improving maternal health.Each project will evaluate an ongoing effort to advance maternal health in places where too many women still die from preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Examples of such projects include integrating maternal health care with HIV prevention and treatment, organizing support groups for pregnant mothers, and outfitting health workers in rural communities with cellular phones to facilitate emergency care for pregnant women. Following are summaries of the new grants:In Bangladesh, scientists and nonscientists will collaborate at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in translating new and existing knowledge about maternal health into proposals to improve government policies and practices. They will seek consensus on identifying key questions raised by three recent research programs, ensure access to the findings, reach out to national policymakers, and build ICDDR,B capacity and visibility for future work in knowledge translation.In India, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) will combat India’s high maternal mortality and morbidity rates by demonstrating the value of integrating maternal health programs into HIV and AIDS programs. Using forums, workshops, and consultations, CEDPA will evaluate existing programs of the government’s National Rural Health Mission, the National AIDS Control Programme, and the National Health Policy Administration in the Rajasthan area, to compile best practices and build consensus on a set of recommendations for policymakers.In Malawi, the MaiMwana project will be a pilot effort to strengthen the current inadequate Maternal Death Review (MDR) system with a village-level program of maternal death audits. Kamuzu Central Hospital and the Mchinji District Hospital will support the formation of three-member MDR teams in each village to conduct a verbal autopsy (a structured interview) among relatives and neighbors within two days of every maternal death. Improved data will allow better analysis and service improvements and will contribute to recommendations to the Ministry of Health for a national audit procedure.In Mexico, the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS) is conducting an assessment of the Ministry of Health’s Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics Program (ALSO), which manages delivery emergencies in Oaxaca. CIESAS will determine whether ALSO courses improve the technical skills and professional morale of health care providers enough to justify expanding the program nationwide.In Peru, Future Generations, in partnership with the Peruvian Ministry of Health, will field test promising methods of reducing maternal and newborn mortality by organizing groups of pregnant women to share their pregnancy histories and experiences. In a controlled trial involving 500 pregnant women, health workers will guide the discussions, document benefits, develop a training manual and materials for possible nationwide use, hold workshops on the materials, and advocate for policy change.In South Africa and Kenya, the mothers2mothers program, which offers education and emotional support to pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV, will field test “active client follow-up” to increase the number of HIV-positive pregnant women who return to a health care facility for care after an initial visit. In much of Africa, the return rate is low, posing a major obstacle to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Mothers2mothers will use peer “mentor mothers” to send text messages or cell phone calls to previously contacted pregnant women to urge them to make return visits. Best practices will be collected for integration into the mothers2mothers standard model used continent-wide.In Sri Lanka, the Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University will work to improve the collection of data on the impact of maternal death and postpartum illness, a process that is now limited to hospital reports. University researchers will develop a survey questionnaire for field testing among a sample of expectant mothers in the resource-poor Anuradhapura District, where maternal mortality rates are high. Researchers will analyze the frequency and prevalence of health events and their direct and indirect economic impacts on families, to contribute to national service delivery planning.In Tanzania, the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) will seek to improve emergency care for pregnant women and newborns by providing free cellular phones and business-related services for mid-level health care providers, to allow better communication with distant emergency obstetric specialists. Cooperating with district councils and a local telecommunications company IHI will evaluate the cost, feasibility, and implementation issues that arise if health workers at the district level have better access to long-distance counseling, faster referrals and resupply services, and emergency clinical support.EngenderHealth is a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health care providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. The nonprofit organization works in partnership with governments, institutions, communities, and health care professionals in more than 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.engenderhealth.org. The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth brings together existing maternal health initiatives and engages new organizations to facilitate global coordination of maternal health evidence, programs, and policies. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Maternal Health Task Force convenes stakeholders and creates an inclusive setting to engage in dialogue, build consensus, foster innovation, and share information. For more information, visit www.maternalhealthtaskforce.org.Contact:Tim Thomas, Maternal Health Task Force/EngenderHealth646-436-6555, tthomas@engenderhealth.org Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more