I have good news if you’re a fan of fast, efficient football and scoring at a clip that Leonardo DiCaprio in his prime can’t even imagine. Oklahoma State is going to spread it out and let it ride in 2017.This is partly due to the fact that it graduated its two best cowboy backs and partly due to the fact that it is so deep at wide receiver, Chris Lacy might be an afterthought at times.“We’ll play them all and we’ll play fast,” said Mike Gundy recently. “They give us a luxury that we had in the years that we had (Justin) Blackmon and those guys. We could play them in groups of three or four at a time, let them play four or five plays and then get them out and put another group in.”Oklahoma State ranked No. 17 in the country in offensive points per drive scored in 2017. It should shoot to finish in the top 10 with Mason Rudolph coming back for his senior year and Justice Hill with a year of Big 12 football under his belt. Also, those WRs.“There’s a chance that we could play with four wideouts more than we have in recent years because of that,” said Gundy. “But we’re going to try to play fast and use that to our advantage.”Last year OSU ranked No. 35 in the nation in seconds elapsed per play at 23.5 seconds. That’s not bad, but it’s a far cry from the lightning speed it used to play at it in 2010 and 2011 when it flirted with 20 seconds.That number should drop to 20 or 21 seconds in 2017 which would rank top 15 in the country. And, more importantly, it will be explosive on the exterior with James Washington, Jalen McCleskey, Marcell Ateman and Co. when it does have the ball.“He’s full-go,” Gundy said specifically of Ateman. “He’ll fall in the same category as (James) Washington, Mason (Rudolph) and Jarrell Owens. Those guys are proven players. They’ll be full-go, but they won’t be in as much of the team stuff as guys like Tyron Johnson and some of the younger guys.”Speaking of Johnson, throwing him in the mix with Dillon Stoner and incoming freshman Tylan Wallace will make for a fascinating second string of receivers.“We think now that both of those guys will start inside and we’ll see how they develop,” Gundy said Wallace and Johnson. “What I had mentioned to the offensive staff is that we need to know what Tyron’s strengths are coming out of the spring and where he can help us most early in the season. He is different because he’s already been in college for a couple of years. His body has changed and he’s developed. We’re going to start out with those guys instead.” 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.
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. The NFL Draft starts this Thursday, and Oklahoma State has some guys who hope their number (or name) is called early. And if it is, you can bet there’s a pretty good chance it’s going to lead to a successful NFL career.ESPN recently did a study on which schools produce the most underperforming and over-performing NFL players. The formula is a little bit convoluted so I’ll let them explain.Methodology: We pulled data from Pro-Football-Reference.com on the 3,831 players drafted since 2002 and broke them into eight position groups. Special teams are excluded since many of those players are acquired as undrafted free agents.Draft value: Picks are weighted by overall pick number, so early first-round picks carry more weight than late first-rounders.NFL performance: The formula for this factors in career Approximate Value, along with percentage of seasons as an All Pro/Pro Bowler/starter. The goal was to account for players like J.J. Watt who have been dominant over shorter stretches.Anyway, it essentially measures how good players are in the pro ranks against how many players a school puts there. The thinking being that the more pros you put in the NFL, the more All-Pros and/or elite starters you should hit on.Those who hit on fewer than what was expected scored low. Those who hit on more scored high. Oklahoma State was one of the 10 who hit on more. Here is the top 10.So basically Oklahoma State’s pros performed at a level that makes you think they got almost twice as many guys drafted as they actually did which is pretty great. Even with the Justin Gilbert flameout!“I watched [cornerback] Justin Gilbert play in the Big 12 for three years,” Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller told The Ringer. “He’s this 6-foot-tall, 200-pound corner that ran a 4.37, his three cone was sub-seven seconds, he was strong, and, athletically, he was everything you want. But Joe Thomas said it on Twitter. This is what happens when you don’t love football. It doesn’t matter how athletic you are, if you don’t love football, you’re not going to succeed.”Also Oklahoma State has had an absurd number of players that were drafted go on to make Pro Bowls.This includes Dez Bryant, Antonio Smith, Russell Okung, Kevin Williams and Dan Bailey. You can see the full list here (although ESPN only looked at the last 15 NFL Drafts).All of this is great of course, but I personally more about seeing a higher number of NFL Draft selections than I do the percentage of those who pan out on the pro level. That’s a selfish conceit, though, because I care more about Oklahoma State than I do about the Packers or 49ers or Bears.This data is less a indicator of which teams have performed well in college and more look at which colleges have gotten the right guys drafted. You would almost expect a school like OSU to score high here because, as the thinking goes, if somebody gets drafted out of Stillwater, they must really be good.Such is the perception, right or wrong, in college football and beyond.Still, it’s impressive that OSU has churned out so many high-quality players at the next level from a (relatively) small pool of candidates. Hopefully they can continue to increase both percentages as the Gundy era rolls on.
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. In an effort to improve his draft stock for the 2016 NFL Draft, former Oklahoma State receiver Tyreek Hill held a personal pro day in front of scouts and flashed the speed that has earned him a reputation as one of the fastest men on earth.In a stopwatch-timed trial from one scout’s account, Hill’s quick burst earned him a 4.21. That time would have been the fastest among 2016 NFL combine participants, and the fastest ever in the history of the event, ahead of a blazing 4.24 Chris Johnson logged in 2008.AdChoices广告Despite off-field issues that cut short his Oklahoma State career, Hill, who later finished his college career by dominating the competition at West Alabama, was drafted in the fifth round with the 165th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 Draft.
Neymar ‘Neymar & Mbappe don’t have PSG in their DNA’ Sabrina Belalmi 19:17 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Gettyimages Neymar PSG PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 Kylian Mbappé The Ligue 1 leaders are preparing to face arch-rivals Marseille, but former player Pierre Ducrocq believes the derby means little to them Neymar and Kylian Mbappe may be superstar additions at Paris Saint-Germain but they do not have the club in their DNA, says former Parisiens player Pierre Ducrocq.In an effort to position themselves at the top of domestic and European games, the Ligue 1 heavyweights continue to invest heavily in proven talent.A record-breaking €222 million deal acquired the services of Neymar from Barcelona in the summer of 2017, with Mbappe joining him in the French capital from Monaco in a deal which will eventually be worth €180m. 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 Both men have impressed in new surroundings, but Ducrocq acknowledges that neither has PSG in their heart ahead of a derby date with arch-rivals Marseille.A former academy graduate at Parc des Princes told Goal: “You cannot ask the players to have this feeling in their heart.“It’s not in their DNA, like other players who are Parisians like [Adrien] Rabiot or [Presnel] Kimpembe.”Mbappe was actually born on the outskirts of Paris, but headed south to Monaco at an early age.He has already conceded that he was unaware of the intense rivalry between PSG and Marseille, stating after a 2-2 draw between the two sides in October: “We didn’t realise how important that game was.”Those comments were not particularly well received by a demanding fan base in Paris, but they came as little surprise to Ducrocq.“Kylian didn’t grow up in Paris. He went to Monaco at a very young age,” he added. “It was his first PSG-OM. It’s not like when you grow up in the PSG training academy. You can attend six or seven PSG-OM games.“The most important thing is how he reacts after that game.”PSG will play host to Marseille on Sunday sat 11 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table and 13 in front of their old adversaries from Stade Velodrome.
Don’t look now — and as you read this, I don’t even want you to fully acknowledge this so as not to jinx it — but here goes my thesis. No, scratch that — here goes my belief.Oklahoma State’s defense is a very real thing.On a night when the Cowboys offense was explosive but not its productive scoreboard-busting self — only scoring 26 points despite 526 total yards of offense — it was the defensive side of the ball that stood tall and once again showed itself as a real strength in a close game.“Our defense was tremendous,” said Gundy on ESPN after the game. “They knew this was going to be a physical game, and they got right in the middle of it. Very proud of Chuba, but I can’t say enough about the defense.”(Side note: Chuba Hubbard rushed for 296 yards against K-State, the sixth most in a single-game by an OSU running back ever, and Gundy’s reaction being well yeah it was good, but how about that defense?! tells you just how big a deal it was.)There’s been some promising development made on the defensive side of the ball this season that’s showed itself from time to time. The first-half shutout against McNeese. The second-half shutout against Tulsa. But what we saw Saturday — OSU holding K-State to a measly 13 points? That’s a step in the right direction.Look, Kansas State isn’t Boise State or Texas Tech or OU. This isn’t a program that typically is synonymous with being an offensive juggernaut. But Kansas State has been more effective than you think on that side of the ball this season! It scored 101 combined points in its first two games this season, then hung 31 in a road win over Mississippi State last week. That OSU was able to rally defensively and hold that same team — without its top receiver, I should add — to only 13 points? Weather delay, K-State missing a weapon, I get it. You can pin the performance on some unusual factors, or you could appreciate it for what it is: progress.“They get a little better each week,” Gundy said after the game. “In most cases, you have to stop the run first. It’s not always easy, but you have to stop the run and then rally to the pass. We’ve continued to improve each week and got a little better. The challenge next week will be much different than it was this week, but I like where we’re at. I like our coaching, I like our schemes, and I like that our players have a pretty good feel of what we’re trying to accomplish.”If what OSU is trying to accomplish is defensive competency, then thus far this team is tracking in the right direction. OSU out-rushed K-State 373 to 126, out-passed K-State 153 to 118, held K-State to only one conversion on third-down in 13 attempts, and you’re starting to get the picture here. Competency doesn’t seem all that far off!As Gundy alluded to above, the tests don’t exactly get easier — and they certainly don’t get more consistent. This week, a power team in Kansas State. Next week, a high-flying Texas Tech team on the road. Each game is a landmine that, for this OSU defense, must be navigated with extreme caution. And for now, after another promising defensive showing, perhaps even with a little optimism, too. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
I emptied my 10 thoughts over here but wanted to take you through the rest of what I was about and jotting down during Saturday’s game.• Trevor Lawrence has eight interceptions on the year. <— A thing I stupidly wrote before the game started when trying to make a Lawrence/Sanders comp.• Nobody on the broadcast knew how to pronounce Chuba. Chub-ah. Chew-bah. We got every variation.• Would you sooner bet your life that Gundy dyes his hair or Tim Brando dyes his hair?• The helmets were lol good. Remember the orange helmets they wore in the J.W. Walsh era that looked like they picked out the decals at Chris’ University Spirit during The Walk? Yeah, these were the exact opposite of that. Best part of them was the OKLA. STATE on the back. Elite. I also thought the number font on the back was awesome.• Checking down to Jelani throughout the first half was amazing. Look at these target numbers.• Lol at this. Gundy wouldn’t take his headset off so he had to change sides to hear the questions in the pregame. I was dying.• Brandon Weeden said this on our pod last week, but Chuba always (ALWAYS!) falls forward for extra yardage.• Excuse me?• Remember when Charlie Brewer came in at the end of last year’s game for Jalan McClendon, and it felt like going from me to in-his-prime John Elway? I was stunned at how impressive he was. Didn’t change much for me this year. Not a Jarrett Stidham-level stud, but he’s great. Throwing it 17 times for 300+ helps. Here are the five previous 300-yard games against OSU that resulted in the fewest attempts.• That fumble in the first half is about as close as it gets. I thought it was probably the right call to let it stand even if it probably wasn’t a fumble, if that makes sense. Like believing somebody is definitely guilty but letting them off because there’s not enough evidence.• This was wild.• Carson texted that Cam Murray is his uni Heisman for Saturday. I do love some big sleeves and the neck roll on a big man as well.• Baylor was on pace for just 40 plays at the end of the first quarter and ended with just 54 — one of the lowest numbers of the Gundy era. So I guess the best thing you could have said about the defense at that time was that it wasn’t going to be tired by the end of the game.• On one punt, Dillon Stoner waved his arm, caught it and went to a knee. Fair caught going every which way. Definitely Mike Gundy-approved.• They rolled Sanders out to the wide side of the field — which sounds rudimentary, but I feel like they’ve been rolling him to the short side a lot.• This cracked me up.• I wonder if Gundy loves Tylan because he also wears a gold chain.• Did I hear properly that OSU being up 13-7 was the biggest deficit Baylor has faced all year?!• Rhule’s vest-trash bag-hoodie thing is hilarious and awesome. Baylor’s version of Gundy’s zip-away ski pants.• I thought Baylor got a LOT of calls go against them in the first half. maybe the weirdest one was the Hasty TD that got called back because of a hold. It was definitely a hold, but you never see it called in that context. Ever.• The loogie hanging from Chuba’s face mask at the end of the first half was surreal. I couldn’t stop looking at it. Couldn’t bring myself to screenshot it.• The INT at the end of the first half by Sanders was a really, really bad pass. Frustrating end to what I thought was a good half from him.• Chu eats. I’ll be here all year.• Tylan got abused all day, I thought. This catch is just hilariously good. I know we’re used to it and everything, but his talent remains unusual. Recruit. More. 4-stars.• LD looks elite for exactly (but not more or less than) one play a game.• Hasty is a monster. He’s a nasty out.• Baylor WRs can GO. They’ve always had horses, but boy. If they got a step on A.J. or Rodarius, it was ovah.• I am terrified.• Closer.• How will the spring QB depth chart shake out between Illingworth, Hutton, Sanders and Costello? Should be interesting.• Looks like Chu added a spin move in the bye week. A nightmare.• What if I told you OSU’s defense would hold teams to 6-for-35 on third down over three games in September and October and go 1-2 in those three games?• Can’t stop watching this.• LD doing the track finish across the goal line was the best “hits on one carry over 20 yards” moment.• Baylor struggled when the field got shorter, like OSU early on in the season. Of course when you score on three plays of 25+ yards (and should have scored on another), the field rarely gets shorter.• Brando’s favorite phrase is, “so, so subjective” which was both hilarious and true. I liked this broadcast team, and I love the pregame and halftime guys. They’re the right amount of fun and serious. Good chemistry. Seem to all care. Stone is an elite director of traffic. Can go against any ESPN crew.• This is pretty clever. 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.
Smart organizations don’t only have conversations with their audiences — they also act on what their audiences say. American Express is doing it. So is Hillary Clinton. Are you?Our colleagues at the Case Foundation did it today. They have launched a grant program that lets the public decide who should receive their funds. The New York Times covered this unusually open approach today. If you’ve got a good idea, please consider applying. And think about how you can involve your audiences in your work. If you’re not sure they should set your direction, at least let them help you make your marketing choices. The moral of the story: if you are still talking at your supporters, you’re going to lose them. Kind of like this:
World Cup Neymar hoping to see a better Brazil against Costa Rica Guy Atkinson 11:02 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Buda Mendes World Cup Neymar Brazil After a disappointing performance against Switzerland, the PSG star is hopeful his country’s band of superstars can deliver in their second match Brazil star Neymar is targeting an improved performance against Costa Rica on Friday after an underwhelming World Cup Group E opener against Switzerland.The Paris Saint-Germain forward was one of a number of players to struggle against the Swiss as Brazil failed to live up to the pre-tournament hype surrounding them.After the match, in which Neymar and his Brazilian team-mates were subjected to a good bit of rough play, the former Barcelona star asked for the referees to “do their job ” and was forced out of Tuesday’s training session with an ankle problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The 26-year-old returned to training on Wednesday and is raring to go, but hopes to see more out of his side against their Central American opposition.Speaking to the Brazilian Football Confederation, Neymar said: “I hope we play a better game than in the debut against Switzerland and we want to win.”We want to play well. We have seen footage of Costa Rica although the important thing is to play our football.”After taking on Costa Rica, Brazil will complete Group E by facing Serbia in Moscow.The Brazilians trail Serbia, who took a win over Costa Rica in their opening match, in the Group E standings.
World Cup Courtois dreaming of final date with Spain as Belgium target World Cup glory Jamie Smith 01:35 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Belgium Belgium v Japan Japan Spain England v Belgium The Red Devils have to get through a possible quarter-final with Brazil first, but their goalkeeper has already allowed himself to look further ahead Thibaut Courtois is eyeing a World Cup final clash with Spain as Belgium prepare to begin their World Cup knockout campaign.The Chelsea goalkeeper spent three successful seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, who have provided players including Diego Costa and Koke for Spain’s World Cup squad.Now starring in the Premier League with Chelsea, Courtois has helped Belgium reach the knockout rounds at Russia 2018 with maximum points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And ahead of Belgium’s last-16 tie against Japan, Courtois is already allowing himself to look ahead to a possible final.”Of course, it’s a dream to play a World Cup final, especially to play against Spain because I know a lot of people there. It’s a nice final,” Courtois said.”I think Spain played good football against Portugal, even though they conceded three goals. Same against Iran, so … oh no, it was against Morocco!”I think they play well but they also concede goals.”Spain meet Russia in their round of 16 tie, with Belgium facing the winner of the match between Brazil and Mexico should they reach the quarter-finals.