Two persons were killed when their truck was hit by a landslip in this hilly district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Saturday. The truck was on its way from Thathri to Gandoh and the accident occurred at Piykul Kara, 37 km from here, Friday night, a police official said.He said the landslide hit the vehicle, burying alive two of its occupants – driver Shahzad Hussain (27) of Bhadarwah and conductor Arif Hussain (22) of Kishtwar district.While the driver’s body was retrieved from the spot around 3 am, the other body was recovered around 7 am, the official said, adding that both the bodies were shifted to a trauma centre Thathri for completion of formalities.
Sonny Thoss was just the third man in twin digits for Alaska with 11.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine on Sunday afternoon, looking to not only remain the only undefeated team but also to move closer to the first playoff spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots have a 4-0 record and will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the favorites over the Elasto Painters, who will welcome back Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan.Coach Chito Victolero has been bracing for this game for quite a while now as it starts a tough stretch for his Hotshots, who will clash with Barangay Ginebra next Sunday before colliding with Meralco.Those are first-rate teams and Victolero got the jumpstart he was hoping for last week when Star ran roughshod over Phoenix Petroleum, 100-81.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The players are jelling well and are learning their roles,” Victolero said. “This (game against the Painters) will be very crucial for us because it starts a tough stretch for us.”A win would shove the Hotshots to within another victory of nailing the first quarterfinal slot, though Victolero has been very vocal about what the true target of his squad is.“Of course, we want to finish in the top four,” he said as the first four placers earn twice-to-beat privileges in the first round. “But we are taking it one game at a time and we cannot look past any opponent.”Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, after dusting off the rust in a 115-112 nipping of GlobalPort on Friday, battles rejuvenated NLEX at 6:45 p.m.NLEX has a 5-2 record and can claim the first playoff slot with an upset of the powerhouse Beermen. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding From mall to medal: Journey on skates ends in gold Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PBA IMAGESCEBU—It was hard to see anything that would say that Barangay Ginebra was coming off a 21-day break.With three men in its starting lineup finishing with double-doubles and Japeth Aguilar coming off the bench to carve one of his own, Ginebra plastered Alaska, 94-80, to win a fourth straight game and stay in the upper half of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Gin Kings were dominant right from the start of the Petron Saturday Special Game at Hoops Dome here as they buried the Aces in an avalanche of baskets early to take command and eventually rise to 4-1.Alaska, on the other hand, still didn’t see an end to its franchise mark in futility, dropping to 0-6 overall after losing its 14th straight game dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. And this one was the most lopsided in this tournament as the Aces simply didn’t have an answer to Ginebra’s game-long intensity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJustin Brownlee had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Greg Slaughter contributed 12 and 13, and Scottie Thompson missed a triple double by just two points after plucking down 11 boards and issuing 10 assists.Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s big contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas program, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but import LeDontae Henton sealed his 10th point only inside the final minute when the game was all but decided. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments
LaVar Ball thinks son LiAngelo’s arrest in China ‘not a big deal’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics then lost rookie forward Tatum late in the second quarter, when he went to the locker room with a sore right ankle.Coach Brad Stevens said Tatum had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution. He will be re-examined on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s yet another blow for a team that lost Gordon Hayward for the season after a gruesome leg injury on opening night.“Until we have only four left, I guess we’re just gonna keep playing,” Stevens said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments RIVALRY REKINDLED?Lakers coach Luke Walton said this generation of players views the Celtics-Lakers rivalry differently than those around for the 1980s matchups.“I think some of them get it, more than others,” he said. “Guys like Lonzo that grew up in LA, I think if you grew up in either one of these cities, you’re probably pretty well schooled on the rivalry. For some of these young guys, they probably don’t know much about it.”Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA!” after Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter.CELEBRITY SIGHTINGSNew Red Sox manager Alex Cora, New England Patriots players Devin McCourty and Dion Lewis, and rapper DMX were in attendance.UP NEXTLakers: At Washington on Thursday night.Celtics: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Irving also got banged up and had his right leg examined by trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He came back with just over six minutes to play and immediately made an impact, scoring back-to-back baskets to push Boston’s lead back to 100-90.The Celtics led by 48-28 in the second quarter but were outscored 24-13 over the final 6:51 of the half to let the Lakers back into the game.TIP-INSLakers: Only lead of the game was 2-0. … Had 12 turnovers in the first half.Celtics: Shot just 8 of 24 in the fourth quarter. … The 61 points scored by the first half was a season high. … Took a season-high 98 field-goal attempts.LAY OFF BALLCeltics forward Marcus Morris thinks fans should ease up on Ball.“He’s a good kid — it’s his dad,” Morris said. “He’s got a big mouth, everybody knows it. … He has a long time to do this. He’s a young guy. It kind of sucks that he’s gotta go everywhere and they just boo him and boo him and boo him. He’s just a regular player.”Ball said he didn’t take offense to it.“They’re home. I’d boo too if I was a fan,” he said. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boston led by 20 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two in the third. Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5 of 18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field.With Tatum sidelined in the second half, Boston struggled defensively, and the Lakers exploited the paint for several easy baskets.“They hit us in the mouth and we were kind of shocked,” Kyle Kuzma said. “The second quarter and the secondhalf we fought back.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez reach for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — The Celtics are piling up injuries almost as quickly as they are victories this season.Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and Boston overcame injuries to Al Horford and Jayson Tatum to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been contemplating a three-member panel under former captain Anil Kumble to probe the team’s disastrous tour of England, which concluded last week.India got whitewashed in the Test series, followed by a one-off Twenty-20 match and finally in the ODI series. The board has received flak for poor planning as the reason for the team’s dismal performance.Sources said Kumble was likely to be entrusted with the task of reviewing the series and suggest ways for future. The spinning legend had given his preliminary views during the last working committee meeting.Kumble has been in the race to head the technical committee along with another former skipper Sourav Ganguly following the resignation of Sunil Gavaskar.
A few weeks ago, I authored an article here with some quick tips on how you could improve your Google searches. It provided some of the most useful features of Google that are relatively straight-forward, but few people knew about. Originally published Mar 30, 2007 12:14:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 The response to the article was overwhelming. Both those relatively unfamiliar with Google’s advanced features and those that were Google experts seemed to like the article. The experts likely bookmarked the article to send to their friends and family. If you have some favorite tips that I missed above, please share them in the comments. Seems that there is no end to the creative uses for the Google search engine. 2. Current Time In Major Cities Example: The Lookout Example: 100 Euros in US dollars Example: time in Tokyo Example: 72 inches in cm 6 Power Tips To Use Google Like An Expert : You can have Google tell you the current time in most major cities of the world. : Find the approximate value of one international currency in another. Example: weather in 02142 3. Currency Exchange : Find the local weather in any area in the United States 1. Unit Conversions Example: GOOG 5. Movie Schedule 6. Stock Quotes 12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert Here’s the first article, if you haven’t read that one yet: : Enter the name of a currently playing movie and Google will help you find local showings. : You can enter common units and convert from one to the other. : Just enter the stock ticker symbol as your query. In any case, as a follow-up to that article, I’d like to share another set of quick tips to improve how you use Google’s search bar. Many of these were user contributions as comments to the original article. Thanks to those that shared their favorite tips. 4. Check The Weather Example: The Lookout in 02142 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
I’m sure there are many more common mistakes. Which ones do you see people make the most often? Share your thoughts and leave a comment and make the blogosphere a better place. Just because Google makes it easy to throw ads up on your blog doesn’t mean you should. With minimal traffic, the amount of money you are going to make is neglible (probably pennies a day). If you’re serious about blogging, you’ll first focus on building an audience before even attempting to try and make money at it. Trying ads out on your blog too early will reduce the chances of your getting that critical early traffic. by Bob Walsh. If you’re thinking about long-time blogger Using a sub-domain (ex: myblog.typepad.com): Most things in life worth doing take time. Blogging is no different. You should give yourself at least 6 months (perhaps even a year) to determine what kind of interest there is out there before giving up due to lack of traffic. Early momentum is hard, but once things start moving, lots of things will start working in your favor. Topics: Blogging Mistakes are not ranking you (and maybe not even indexing you). So, there’s really only one source of traffic: Direct contact. The best way to get a new blog launched is to tell people in your network that you now have a blog. Many people are a little reluctant to do this becomes it seems vain or boastful. As long as you’re sending the notification to people that have an interest in your topic, there’s nothing wrong with it. . 5. Getting discouraged too early: : This is likely the most common mistake. Sure, you’ve been meaning to get your blog kicked off. You may have even authored your first article. But guess what, it’s not a blog until you actually This article is intended for beginning bloggers. However, even if you’re a I’ve recently finished reading Originally published Apr 9, 2007 10:45:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 writing great content something. Never actually launching it 3. Spending too much time on design: , bookmark this article so that you can forward it along to your friends and family when they make these common mistakes. I’ll bet you a dollar that you know at least one person that is making each of these mistakes. 4. Not telling anyone about it: 7 Common Mistakes When Beginning Blogging search engines start a blog 1. Clear Blogging If you’re going to go to the trouble to publish 7. Monetizing too early: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Given how easy it is to add various blog widgets to your blog, it’s tempting to go overboard. Resist the temptation. In the early weeks, focus on the basics: Content, comments, categories and perhaps a blog roll. Save the fancy stuff for later. 2. Don’t let the design of your blog get you bogged down. Pick one of the many existing templates out there that are free or close to it and go ahead and get started. You can always change templates later. Besides, blogs are fundamentally about content. Aesthetics help, but your first focus should be on 6. Too many blidgets: The beginning days of a blog are the hardest. You don’t have anyone linking to you, the starting a business blog or already have one, I think you’ll find some really useful information in the book. It is a practioner’s guide to blogging. [Disclaimer: Bob interviewed me for the book so I have a section in there about using the social content sites to build traffic]. Having started three blogs of my own and helped several others kick theirs off too, I’ve found some common mistakes that beginning bloggers (or would-be bloggers) make. , then you owe it to yourself to get started right. Even if you decide to use one of the many popular free blogging services, you should register your own domain name. There are many reasons for this, but the most important is control over your website URL. This is one of the few decisions about your blog that is going to be difficult to fix later. Trust me on this one, the price is worth it.
Facebook Advertising Facebook for Business:Free Marketing WebinarDownload Now –> Topics: Originally published Jan 26, 2009 5:20:00 PM, updated October 01 2013 Brent Leary and Paul Greenberg are starting a new audio show called “CRM Playaz”. You can listen to the first episode and you’ll learn that they are sharp guys with some interesting things to say. And they are pretty funny too.You’ll also learn that they are fans of HubSpot on Facebook, but they are also a little pissed off at HubSpot, specifically because of our Facebook ads. Here’s what upset them. An ad for HubSpot that mentions that Paul is a fan of HubSpot. Paul feels like we did this without his permission.So how did I do it? Well, it is actually pretty easy. When I created the ad on Facebook (learn how to advertise on Facebook here), I clicked on a single checkbox. That’s it! All Facebook ads allow you to “add social actions” in one click and that can add the profile picture and a statement about the relationship from any of your fans or group members.Basically, Facebook assumes implicit permission for people to use your name and your brand to advertise products that are associated with the groups you join and the pages you become a fan of. Now, as a user you can control this, but the default setting is for advertisers to be able to do exactly what we did with Paul and HubSpot. By the way, if you want to opt-out of Facebook social ads, just click on “Settings -> Privacy Settings -> News Feed and Wall -> Social Ads.”What do you think about this? Are Paul and Brent right?Is Facebook invading people’s privacy by allowing marketers to use their face and name in ads for companies where they have expressed some level of support? I have my opinions, but what do you think? Leave a comment below. I added a copy of Paul’s thoughtful comment that he left on the ZDNet article (first link above) to get things started here. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Twitter Marketing Originally published Nov 28, 2011 7:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Many of you probably joined Twitter to market a business. While marketing may be your primary focus, the Twitter also emphasizes an element of personal branding you shouldn’t neglect. Have you optimized both your business and personal Twitter presence to enable people to learn more about you and your business?If you haven’t, keep reading. David Meerman Scott shares a set of elements you should optimize within your Twitter profile. Let’s look at the four major components of a Twitter profile for better optimization:1. Your Twitter Background The first component you can optimize is your Twitter background. As a Twitter user, you have the opportunity to upload a custom image or pick one of Twitter’s suggested templates. Don’t use the default. David’s Twitter background, for instance, is an image of an antique typewriter. “It’s like my personality,” says David.A customized Twitter background is great for conveying something about you or your brand’s personality. What is more, it makes you more unique, helping you stand out from the crowd of other Twitter users. Not sure how to go about creating a custom Twitter background? Check out our video tutorial.2. Your PhotographThe second element of a Twitter profile that you will need to optimize is your avatar. Again, don’t use the default “egg” image. That won’t help you differentiate you or your business from the rest.Many people use photos that don’t help Twitter users recognize their identity. There is either too much going on in the photo, or it has been taken from too far away. These types of images might be great at conveying your personality, but they aren’t necessarily optimized for branding. Instead, for personal profiles, you should consider using a headshot that clearly shows your face so you can be easily recognized in the Twittersphere. For business accounts, use an image that portrays your company logo or brand.3. Your Twitter BioYour bio is the third thing you should optimize on your Twitter profile. It’s easy to just put a laundry list of stuff in there to define you or your brand, says David. But why not come up with a full sentence that describes you or your business? Also, make sure you include a link to your website or blog, where visitors can go to learn more about who you are and what you do. 4. Your TweetsDon’t forget to also optimize each of your tweets. Always share valuable content and use action-oriented language. As we have discussed previously, verbs are the part of speech that generates the most shares on Twitter. Post regularly — even over the weekend. We have found that Saturdays and Sundays perform well in terms of engaging people through tweets.Make sure your updates also include links to landing pages, a technique that will enable you to generate leads from Twitter. In this way, your social media efforts will directly impact lead generation.What are some practices that you have leveraged to optimize your Twitter presence, both for personal and business use? Topics:
Originally published Aug 15, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Facebook’s latest News Feed algorithm update allows Facebook to surface more relevant content more easily based on your past engagement with a post, a friend, or a brand page. Essentially, they want to figure out what you enjoy and show you more of that, even if you missed something by a few hours.Among the factors Facebook uses to measure your past engagement are Likes, shares, comments, and (perhaps most interestingly) how often you hide posts from a person or company. As a result, Facebook’s brand page analytics, which they call “Insights,” now shows you Post Hides, Hides of All Posts, Reports of Spam, and Unlikes of Page by Post. This is critical to note as a marketer, as it represents the only time you want engagement metrics to reach zero.Social media engagement metrics are typically measurements of positive sentiment — Likes, shares, retweets, pins, and so on. We as marketers in 2013 aim to increase these numbers. What’s bizarre about Facebook Insight’s new, um, insights … is that for perhaps the first time in social media, we now must react to a negative type of engagement. As Christopher S. Penn on the always-stellar marketing blog Awaken Your Superhero called out recently, we now have a set of engagement metrics that we actually want to minimize.This is smartly said by Christopher, but it brings to mind a scary reality: how do you respond if metrics like “hides” start to climb? This action, after all, measures essentially a “Dislike” button, and now we can actually report its use and act on what we learn.So what, exactly, should you do if your Facebook Insights report shows a high volume of followers hiding your posts? We put our heads together on the HubSpot marketing team and came up with the following checklist:1) Examine frequency immediately. Are you posting too much?The very first action you should take is to examine frequency. Consider your own habits with Facebook posts, whether from brands, friends, or family. Nothing is worse than seeing too much from the same source, right? If you see your negative engagement metrics start to creep up on Facebook, be sure to critique your own posting schedule. Social media, and really all of inbound, is about treating people like people and being helpful, useful, and human. Nobody likes to be bombarded over and over.Compare posts with unusually high “hide” counts in your Insights report on Facebook — had you posted right before? Are you leaving enough time between posts to allow your audience’s feed to populate with a variety of content from friends and family? Nobody likes the friend who posts 17 pictures of their dog within an hour, let alone the business who opens the floodgates and dominates the news feed.2) Create (or revisit) your buyer personas.Checking your post frequency was the first action to take because it may help you solve something quickly and urgently. Building or revisiting your buyer personas, on the other hand, is a foundation on which all your inbound marketing can be built. If you’re new to personas, these are semi-fictional representations of your ideal customers based on real data about customer demographics and behavior, along with educated speculation about their personal histories, motivations, and concerns.Human interactions improve if you have greater context on the person with whom you’re speaking, and the same can be said of sharing content on Facebook. Understanding your buyer personas upfront can help you post relevant content. If you’re already created personas but still see an increase in followers hiding your Facebook posts, it might be time to revisit your original descriptions.For a helpful template on creating personas without spending too much time doing so, download this free guide and step-by-step builder.With your buyer persona description or template pulled up, you can then …3) Analyze your content mix. Are you posting the right variety?Remember the comedian Dane Cook? Those who do will sometimes comment about how great his first standup act was, followed by how progressively awful he got with each subsequent show. The common knock on him? He did the same thing over and over and over again, and now, he’s borderline irrelevant.The same can be said of providing your Facebook followers with content. People are nuanced and change their motivations, even throughout a single day. Your content should try and match that. You don’t need to do an in-depth psychoanalysis of your buyer, you simply need to create a variety of content. On Facebook, you can share text, visuals, video, links, invitations, and more. Mix things up to keep it interesting, exciting, and engaging in a positive way … just like any human relationship! And using that buyer persona description can help you pinpoint the types of content to start with if you’re rethinking your posting strategy. (For example, if your buyer is often pressed for time, cut down the amount of text and use more graphics, with relevant copy written in graphical format.) 4) Compare posts being hidden with other, more successful content.If you see an uptick in post hides, compare the content driving those negative actions to other posts that might have received more Likes, shares, and comments. With what types of content does your audience actively engage? Can you create and post more of that type? Was the negative trend hitting a certain type of content? Facebook Insights also shows you the “Best Post Types” report to make this analysis a bit easier.In the event you lack any data because there hasn’t been engagement with your posts overall, or if you’re just starting on Facebook, consider a quick glance at competitors’ Facebook pages or other companies you admire in your industry. What are they posting that their followers seem to engage with positively? Are visual posts getting Liked and shared more than text-based comments? Do more people share posts when the company publishes fun, playful things versus more serious, helpful content? Some call this “stealing” — artists call this “inspiration” — but whatever the case, it’s good to survey the playing field every once in a while, especially if you’re just starting out.5) Examine the ratio between your positive engagement metrics to post hides.While you should do everything in your power to avoid upsetting followers, it’s important to be realistic: someone, somewhere may actually choose to hide your post. (We never would — your posts are awesome — but someone might.) And that’s okay! Once you cover all your bases listed above, crosscheck your negative and positive numbers. How do your overall hides compare to the volume of Likes and shares you’re getting? Keep in mind that the more visibility you have, the more all numbers will increase. Your goal is to ensure that you minimize your hides while maximizing your Likes and shares.As always, with any content or inbound marketing tactic, react to data and optimize your approach but ultimately, spend your time doing what your customers and fans love. Address any alarming trends in your Facebook data accordingly, but keep in mind that you should be solving a problem, providing education or entertainment, and generally spending most of your time providing your Facebook followers with the best experience possible. What advice do you have for creating positive engagement and reacting to negative sentiment on Facebook?Image credit: DaveBleasdale Social Media Engagement Topics:
As I hope you saw (and enjoyed), we relaunched the HubSpot blog as a totally reimagined, multi-section destination for inbound marketing, sales, and insider tips. We even added a features-focused section (Up and to the Right) by our very own Dan Lyons. Naturally, since I was excited about this new chapter in HubSpot history, I tweeted. I forgot something, though … @HubSpot’s reimagined blog is live! Check out #InboundHub: http://t.co/xP44vA6vnj— Jay Acunzo (@jay_zo) October 17, 2013Did you spot it? No? I’ll tell you then: I started the tweet by @-mentioning someone without adding in any character to start the tweet. The only people who could see that tweet would be HubSpot, me, and anyone who happens to follow both of us. My followers would never see that appear in their feeds.Click here to access a free Twitter for Businesses kit.This is a very subtle nuance to Twitter that plenty of folks miss: If you want all of your followers to see your tweet in their stream, you MUST start a tweet with a character and not an @username. Yup, that’s right — that means all those tweets you sent starting with @ weren’t visible to the audience you thought would see it.Why is this alteration to your tweets so important to get right? Well, think of it this way: Not making this change could be the difference between a tweet that many Twitter users view, share, and react to, and a tweet that essentially no one sees.The Right Way to Tweet for the Right AudienceHere’s a look at exactly who sees what kinds of tweets:Note: This excludes direct messages (DMs), which are the one-to-one private messages on Twitter. The above table references regular tweets only.So, just like my tweet to “announce” HubSpot’s new blog design, starting a message with a profile handle like @Bob doesn’t actually show up to anybody but the person I’ve mentioned and my followers who also follow him. When you add any character at all before the Twitter handle, like a period or statement or quote or anything, the tweet becomes visible to all of your followers, just like any headline you tweet out.One common explanation for why Twitter sets up tweets this way is that it wants to allow two people to interact with each other, have a conversation, and engage freely without spamming their respective followers’ feeds. It adds very little value to me if I can see every single tweet from @HubSpot saying “Thanks!” to others — unless I also follow who @HubSpot is thanking.Makes sense, right? If I volunteered to follow each person or brand individually, I’m telling Twitter I’m interested in what they both have to say. A conversation between the two could then be valuable or interesting to me. If I only followed one, though, that’s far less likely. (After all, I’m not really likely to care what my friend is saying to a complete stranger.) Twitter gets this dynamic and has created this rule accordingly.Are there any other Twitter tips and tricks you think are worthwhile to share? Share your Twitter knowledge in the comments below! Social Media Fails Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published Oct 18, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017
In the early days, Google’s search engine wasn’t nearly as powerful or accurate as it is today. I’m talking back in the late 90s and early 00s, when search engines were little more than keyword-matching and link-counting machines. Ranking highly in search results could be accomplished by essentially using a simple, two-step procedure:Step 1: Stuff your keyword phrase into your website as many times as possible.Step 2: Get as many gosh-darn inbound links as you possibly could.For those early “SEO gurus” who gamed the system — achieving high rankings while adding little value for actual searchers — the fun wouldn’t last. Every time Google found a weakness in its ability to deliver relevant, high-quality search results, they made fixes to address it. One of the more recent Google search algorithm “fixes” was a mobile-friendly update, which put more emphasis on a website’s mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor for searches from a mobile device. The aftermath of this update was informally dubbed “Mobilegeddon.”To make sure your site is optimized for Google’s algorithm update, download our free guide, How to Make a Mobile-Friendly Website.Curious how the latest change stacks up against previous Google algorithm changes? To give you a snapshot of all of the major changes that Google has implemented over the years, we teamed up with Moz to create the infographic below.A History of Google Algorithm UpdatesShare This Image on Your Site
Originally published Oct 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Email Lists and Segmentation Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack This post originally appeared on HubSpot’s Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post.I think we can all agree that things taste that much sweeter when we actually earn them: the promotion you got, the first car you bought with the money you saved mowing lawns for three summers, or the free coffee you received after the cashier punched the final hole in your rewards card.It felt good, didn’t it?For this same reason, buying an email list to reach a wider audience with your marketing materials is a route you don’t want to take. Not only does it put you at risk of ruining your reputation, but it can also negatively impact your email deliverability rate in a big way. The trouble is, earning email addresses takes time — and time is money. To help you grow your list the right way, check out this infographic from ELIV8 on how to maximize your lead generation efforts.568Save 568Save
Facebook Marketing With 2.2 billion active users, it might seem like turning followers into paying customers on Facebook would be easy. At least a few of those users will want what you’re selling … right? Unfortunately, targeting a local market on Facebook is a little more challenging than that.Building a local Facebook marketing strategy is challenging, but extremely rewarding when executed correctly. Here are nine proven Facebook marketing tactics you can use to drive foot traffic, build brand awareness, and increase revenue potential.Free Resource: How to Reach & Engage Your Audience on Facebook9 Tactics for Your Local Facebook Marketing Strategy1. Share ReviewsStanding out can be difficult when you’re surrounded by hundreds of other businesses all vying for attention. The key often lies in using social proof. People trust businesses that can prove what they say is true — especially if that proof comes from a customer.Here are two review tactics we use:Share screenshots of positive reviews from other social sites.Ask customers to share the experience they’ve had with your business.Screenshot positive reviews on sites like Yelp and Google+, and then share them on your Facebook page. Tag the reviewer’s business in your post with a sincere “Thank you,”, or just happily boast that you have the best customers. Sharing screenshots of emails from happy customers works too, just be sure you ask permission first.If you’re just starting out and your business doesn’t have any reviews yet, give your audience an incentive to leave positive feedback. Ask your followers how their last experience was at your business. Offer a product giveaway to the first five people that leave a comment describing why they love your company. Even if you don’t get an official Facebook review, someone will probably comment on their experience. That’s social proof.2. Create an EventHaving a live band perform at your restaurant this weekend or throwing a big sale at your retail store? Facebook events are a great way to notify your followers and generate some buzz for your business. Even if people can’t attend in person, it shows that your business is actively engaged with the community.Creating an event on your Facebook page is easy. First, navigate to the “Events” tab.Select the blue “Create Event” button.Fill in the details:Date and timeEvent categoryEvent keywordsA link to the ticketing websiteFinally, add a compelling photo, and you’re good to go.A few tips to improve the reach of your Facebook event:Add directions or a map to make it easy for people to find your event.Invite up to 500 people.Share your event and/or promote it as an ad.3. Use GroupsGroups offer a wide variety of local Facebook marketing advantages. Some of the best include:Listing and selling productsBuilding a communityEstablishing expertiseNetworkingOffering great customer serviceThe possibilities for creating and managing a group on Facebook are only limited by your imagination. Groups are the perfect place to create a controlled community within your target audience. As the admin of the group, you can approve or reject all posts, accept or block members, and direct the commentary.Groups allow you to build a micro-community that is hyper-focused on the subject of your choosing. For example, a business that sells laptop cases could create an entire Facebook group centered around laptop cases and their various uses, the best kinds, how to determine product quality, and humorous customer stories.4. Share Local ContentOne thing that’s consistent across Facebook is that people love to celebrate local pride. Align your business with famous events, history, people, landmarks, sayings, and other nuances that are part of your city’s identity. Share content from local organizations that captures the essence of your locale and will interest to your audience.These are examples of good local content topics:13 Things Keeping Austin WeirdHow Boston’s “R”-less Accent Became So FamousThe Best Festivals to Attend this Summer in San DiegoMake your Facebook page an extension of the culture and traditions surrounding your location.5. Mention Local Businesses, Events, and GroupsIf you’re looking for ways to build engagement and gain traction, tag accounts that share content which aligns with your audience’s interests. As with all things on social media, tagging can be overdone, so don’t start tagging pages in every post. Rather, choose the ones that will have the greatest impact and provide value to your audience.Tagging is another great way to support local marketing efforts. Build hype for an event your company is hosting using a Facebook live video, or showcase company culture with a group photo at the next conference you attend. One word of caution: if you decide to try Facebook live, write a script. The last thing you want to do is live-stream without a plan.In addition to page tags, groups can also be tagged. This is especially effective when you’re attending industry events or working on collaborations. Athletic wear brands, such as Puma, do an exceptional job promoting their collaborations on Facebook.6. Tag Locations & EventsI’m not talking about tagging your latest check-in at Olive Garden, I’m talking about event marketing, company outings, and business development trips. Manning a booth at Comic-Con? Post a group picture that tags the event and location. Taking the team out for someone’s Birthday lunch? Tag the location and upload a boomerang. Checking out your latest digital billboard downtown? Tag the location and upload a picture.Add some variety to your Facebook page by tagging locations and show off your company’s personality at the same time.7. Run a ContestEverybody likes to win things. There are many different ways to run a Facebook contest. The two most popular include hosting a promotion on a Facebook app or on your Page’s Timeline.Pay close attention to Facebook’s content rules because disregarding them could get your contest shutdown. Here are just a few things you can’t do:You can’t require participants to share a page or post on your Timeline to enterYou can’t require participants to like a page to enterYou can’t require participants to tag themselves in pictures to enterThe list goes on. Review a thorough breakdown of what you can and can’t do when running a Facebook contest here. Helpful hint: even though you can’t require page likes, photo tagging, and timeline posting, you can still encourage the audience to complete those actions.8. Encourage Foot TrafficRetail companies often struggle to make Facebook work in their favor. The biggest problem is getting people online to come into the store. Here are a few tips to start turning Facebook followers into foot traffic that have revenue potential:Create polls and contests centered on popular products and their usesRun regular in-store events your customers are interested inPromote in-store coupons, giveaways, and sweepstakesBuild a shop directly on Facebook where your customers can purchase your productsAlign your page with causes your audience cares aboutThink of Facebook as your marketing email and your store as the landing page. In order to get people from the digital universe to visit your physical business, you need to have a compelling message and offer they can’t refuse. For example, if there’s a large sales conference in town you could create a set of Facebook ads that are focused on the area surrounding the conference center and targets sales professionals over the age of 21. Offer a lunch discount and provide all the details they need to make a quick meal grab before heading to their next session.9. On-Site Promotion of Your Facebook PageTry to convert the foot traffic your business attracts into online brand advocates. Use signage, receipts, business cards, flyers, coupons and more to ask for page likes, check-ins, reviews, and posts on your Facebook Timeline.Here are a few ideas to get you started:Give away a $200 gift card that requires participants to post a picture taken in front of a branded mural, sign, or display that tags your Facebook page.Offer a 20% off discount for everyone who checks-in at your store on a Wednesday.Executing successful Facebook local marketing tactics requires consistent testing and experimentation. What works for a retail business might not work for a restaurant, and vice versa.Take the time to figure out what your audience responds to the best and what generates the most business for your company through Facebook. Successful Facebook local marketing can take time. Be patient, detail oriented and persistent. Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Dec 14, 2017 1:05:11 PM, updated November 07 2019 Topics:
Brock Martin — DEThe premier outside edge rusher in the state isn’t from Jenks. Or Union. He’s from Oologah. Martin, who is a stat monster in high school, has a promising career as an edge rusher/defensive end at Oklahoma State.Thabo Mwaniki — DBDenton Guyer (Texas) has treated Oklahoma State very well with the likes of Jimmy Bean, J.W. Walsh and Josh Stewart. Mwaniki’s up next.Malcolm Rodriguez — SafetyAs a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back for Wagoner High School (Oklahoma), Rodriguez has the ability to play anywhere on the field. But he’ll play safety for OSU.J.D. King — Running backYou know Chuba Hubbard, right? J.D. King is his future running mate. At 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, King shattered nearly every Georgia preps high school rushing record from small school Fitzgerald. He runs like Ezekiel Elliott. That seems like a good thing for OSU.Another letter is in! Welcome to the family JD! #okstate #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/brojw7AMak— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Kris McCune — DBDallas Christian School safety Kris McCune hasbeen a quiet sleeper in OSU’s class, but this Blue-Grey All-American could turn some heads at OSU with his quick feet and coverage.Braydon Johnson — WRTylan Wallace and LC Greenwood are two of the receivers everyone’s talking about in this class. But Johnson is a sleeper in the class. Think Chris Lacy, he’s a strong blocking receiver but also has proven he can produce as an outside receiver.Tracin Wallace — QB/ATHOklahoma State is getting a good one in Tracin Wallace, a dual-threat QB/ATH from Fort Worth South Hills. Before two devastating knee injuries, he and his twin brother, Tylan, were considered the best athletes in Funky Town. That’s saying something.Tylan Wallace — WRI don’t put much stock into ESPN’s recruiting rankings, but Tylan is the only ESPN300 recruit in this class. And he’s a consensus top-100 player. He leaves Texas high school football as a top-10 receiver all time in terms of production. Oklahoma State may be able to find a spot for him right away with his speed. He’s always open.Tylan Wallace’s letter has arrived and he’s officially a Cowboy! #okstate #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/QWBz1IwoLD— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Tre Sterling — SafetyFrom small school Sunnyvale, Texas, Tre Sterling is a defensive back who has a long-term ceiling for OSU. Given the current state of the safety position at OSU, he may be able to redshirt and get adjusted to the next level. That’d be a luxury.“OSU is getting a player who is still discovering his potential, Sterling said on his skills. “I’m a very physical safety who isn’t shy to come down hill and hit someone! My coverage is just as good but most people don’t see that because my physicality is what stands out.”LC Greenwood — WRThe second four-star recruit of the class, Greenwood is built in the form of Marcell Ateman at 6-foot-3, and a reported 4.49 40-yard dash time. He was a late bloomer on the recruiting trail but OSU is getting a steal.Jake McClure — KickerFrom Chattanooga, Tennessee, McClure is a promising kicker/punter. He’s got insane range (as you can see from kick #1 here). With his strong leg, I think he could at least challenge for a spot in place kicking/field goal kicking.The first letter of the day is officially in! Welcome to the #okstate family Jake! pic.twitter.com/i1fTIle4rm— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017Fua Leilua — Defensive TackleAfter committing to OSU in the process, TCU and Utah State came knocking late. But he stuck with his original feeling, and the Snow Junior College defensive tackle is OSU bound.“I’m just another kid from a small town with big dreams,” Leilua said last week. “One thing I promise is that Oklahoma State will be getting nothing but the best out of me as a player as well as a person. I’m going to give a 110% effort in everything I do. I’m just humbled and blessed to have this opportunity.”Chuba Hubbard — Running backCanadian speedster Chuba Hubbard is one of the last to send in his LOI. But he runs on Canada time. Four-star tailback with speed and size, Hubbard is more than a one-trick pony.“They’re getting a versatile player. A playmaker,” he told PFB. “You know everyone talks about my speed, but in my senior season, I worked more on key things to prepare for Oklahoma State, like switching the ball, running harder, hands, etc. Now I feel I can break those long runs but when you need me on the third-and-3, I’ll be able to get that. I’m planning to come in around 205 pounds and after this track year I’m hoping to come in faster than ever.”Sione Finefeuiaki — TECollege of San Mateo tight end prospect Finefeuiaki is a fullback/tight end — and one that will likely see significant time as a junior next season. He’s a strong blocker, has a history of catching balls downfield, and will be a key cog in the running game from day one.Sione Finefeuiaki’s letter is in and he is officially a Cowboy! Welcome to the #okstate family! #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/b5hxI09KMv— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017 Happy National Signing Day!Recruits from across the country will be sending in their National Letters of Intent. This is when Oklahoma State commitments can make things official and become “official” Cowboys. Follow along for live coverage all morning with the live blog and constant updates. As letters of intent roll in, we’ll update the post.Early EnrolleesArlington Hambright — OLHambright, a prospect who signed from Garden City Community College, is a left tackle who could come in right away to help shore up the left tackle position left void by Victor Salako.LaMarcus Morton — CBOut of Gilmer, Texas, Morton is one of two early enrollees out of high school. Playing wide receiver/safety/cornerback at the high school level, Morton is believed to enroll early with hopes of solidifying a spot at cornerback.Patrick Macon — ILBAll-American linebacker Patrick Macon is an instinctive inside linebacker with some of the most impressive versatility OSU has signed in the middle. He’s on campus and as the NJCAA defensive player of the year last season, will likely be an instant impact.Brendan Vaughn — OLBMacon will slot in as an inside linebacker, and Forney (Texas) outside linebacker/safety is a recruit with a high ceiling that will play OSU’s STAR linebacker position. He has good coverage skills and a versatility that will allow him to drop back in coverage on defense.Jelani Woods — QBLast of the early enrollees, but certainly not least, the 6-foot-7 Woods from Ellenwood, Georgia, is one I’m most excited about. He can make all the throws. He has a cannon that allows him to stretch the field. And once Mike Yurcich gets ahold of him, I think he’s going to be a gem.Last but not least for the class of 2017 early enrollees, we are excited to welcome quarterback Jelani Woods out of Ellenwood, GA! #okstate pic.twitter.com/Y6Aw4sKk3S— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017 Baron Odom — TEThe latest of additions, Wynnewood (OK) prospect Baron Odom flipped from Rice to Oklahoma State just a day ago. At 6-foot-4 with the versatility to line up wide, he’s a nice pass-catcher at the tight end position.Enoch Smith, Jr. — DTFormer Michigan State and blue-chip defensive tackle Enoch Smith, Jr. transferred from the Spartans program to spend a season at the JUCO ranks. He brings legit experience at the Division I level and at 6-foot-2, 293 pounds, his presence lessens the blow of Vincent Taylor opting for the NFL.Brendon Evers — DTOne of the first pledges of the 2017 class, in-state (Bixby) defensive tackle Brendon Evers is a monster in the middle. Just look…Out of Bixby, OK, Brendon Evers is the newest addition to the 2017 class! #okstate #NSD17 pic.twitter.com/xJ683wO6JG— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 1, 2017 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. Jordan Sterns has played his last game as a Cowboy. Whether or not we get to watch him play on Sundays this fall, the leading tackler of the Mike Gundy era will always be a fan favorite.“It’s crazy how fast four years goes by,” Sterns told PFB recently. “When you first get on campus, you’re like ‘I’ve got forever to play football.’ But it just flashes by before your eyes. [The Alamo Bowl] was a joyful moment, and it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”Let’s take a look back at some of the hardest hits of his career.
“I look at bump-and-run corners. Not too much of a zone corner. So if you’re a man corner the Big 12 is the place to be. Not only Oklahoma State, but this is where I’m at so I’m rooting for Oklahoma State.”The Big 12 (and Oklahoma State) have traditionally lacked more compared to other conferences when it comes to interior defenders (although Joe Bob Clements is doing his best to rectify that). But I thought that was such a great point by Williams.If you’re a safety or a corner, why wouldn’t you come to Stillwater or Austin or Norman to play college football? Why would you go to Auburn or Athens or Nashville where you might defend only two or three passes a game?The Big 12’s reputation has a long way to go, but I think it can be a place (just like Stillwater can be a place) where elite offensive players attend school and just-as-elite defenders follow them. As Williams pointed out, it’s a smart route to take if you want to get better and eventually end up getting drafted in the first round like Gilbert. It wasn’t a surprise to us to hear offensive players talk about the allure of playing in a high-tempo offense like the one Mike & Mike have constructed in Stillwater. Oklahoma State’s lineage of elite, NFL-like receivers is growing, and more and more recruits want to be a part of it.“The offense,” said redshirt sophomore transfer Tyron Johnson. “They’re throwing it around. It’s something a receiver like me wants to be in. Any receiver actually. You see a team throwing it around like that it will catch your eye. That expectation has been met. Here they throw it a lot. A lot.”“It’s the offense,” said senior Chris Lacy. “Being a receiver we like to catch passes, and Oklahoma State is known for throwing the ball and putting receivers in the league. That’s what I wanted to do is come here and catch passes so I’m loving it.”AdChoices广告This pair will make up two of the cogs in what should be one of the best passing games in the country. It helps the reputation of your offense and school when you’re catching passes from pros, too. What was a bit of a surprise is that this same high-flying offense that averaged 2.89 points per drive last season tempts defensive players to come to Stillwater, too. Or the fact that other teams in the Big 12 have to toss it all over the yard to keep up with the OSUs of the world does, anyway.“I got to run into (Justin Gilbert) at the spring game,” said redshirt freshman corner Rodarius Williams. “I got to talk to him, him being a first round pick. He told me, ‘It’s a bunch of man to man so you’re going to get a lot of exposure with the ball.’ I was like, ‘I’m that type of corner that wants to be thrown at.’ So I was like, ‘I’m committing on the spot.’ He told me I’m making a great decision.” 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. Our photographer Jackson Lavarnway was on hand for Oklahoma State’s monster win over Tulsa on Thursday in Stillwater, and he got some fabulous shots. Hope you guys enjoy them.AdChoices广告
OSU is 1-0 to start their season after a 59-24 win over in-state foe Tulsa.After a LOT of people (Looking at you Herbie!) said Tulsa might give OSU a scare, and called this a “trap” game, the Cowboys easily dominated the Golden Hurricane. Don’t talk to me about the halftime score, this game was over after the first quarter.With that said, let’s throw out some grades for OSU’s season opener.Offense: A+Good God. This is what I’ve been waiting for, for two seasons. An OSU team that came out of the gate in game one looking like world beaters. Everyone from Rudolph, to the receivers, to the offensive line, to the running backs, looked like world beaters.AdChoices广告Don’t tell me it was Tulsa. For all the people saying it would be a game, I don’t want to hear “oh it’s just Tulsa, no big deal” now. No, Tulsa’s defense never had the talent or experience to really slow OSU’s offense down. But it’s one thing to rave about what OSU has on paper and another to see it in action.I had a whole post planned around why this team was nothing like that 2011 team based on last year compared to 2010, but the offensive performance we saw on Thursday made me chuck it.Seriously, two of Oklahoma State’s first half touchdowns took two plays. TWO PLAYS. They scored another with just one play.It’s early and OSU is going to face significantly better defenses. But as far as test number one goes, they passed it with flying colors.Defense: BThe biggest question heading into the season was the defense. Could they slow down anyone enough to allow the Rudolph and Co. to outscore everyone? They did their job.The defense was fast. That secondary especially was all over the field. They only allowed 10 points in the first half, and three of those were directly after a turnover.There were moments when the corners showed their youth, and they got away with it because Tulsa’s wide receivers aren’t great. But they passed test one. There’s room for growth but AJ Green looked good. Ramon Richards showed why he was moved to safety. The linebackers looked good. Kenneth Edison-McGruder was great.The defensive line was okay. They didn’t do a great job of putting pressure on either of Tulsa’s quarterbacks. But they were matched up against an experienced offensive line that might be one of the five best they see this year.Uniforms: A-I really like the helmet. The orange face mask looks great on a white helmet, and the fullbodied Pistol Pete feels like a bit of a throwback, even though he’s never appeared on a helmet like that (according to uniform guru CJ Knox). Also, that stripe pattern is the best thing about this whole combination.I always like the White-Orange-White look. It’s clean.I do have one complaint. It’s weird to me to have classic pete on the helmet, while you have phantom pete on the leg. I love both on their own, but they don’t coexist well. It’s a small thing, but once I saw it, I couldn’t un-see it.Opponent: CDid anyone really expect Tulsa to score less than 20 points, because that’s what happened.Tulsa looked better after they realized that Chad President (awesome name) was the better option for them at quarterback, but they were never in that game.In truth, they were what I thought they were. A well coached team that was replacing a lot of important pieces. Once they figured out who their quarterback was, which most people seemed to figure out a while go (shout out to Kelly Hines) their offense looked better. Chad President should be their best option moving forward, and that team will get better, but personnel turnover has definitely taken its toll.Fans: AIt was a paid sell-out crowd. Whether everyone showed up or not, it was a sell-out. For a Thursday night game against Tulsa. Bravo Fans.Mason Rudolph: A-He started the game 9/10 and the only miss was a pass Chris Lacy couldn’t hold on to.He finished 20/24 for 303 yards and three passing touchdowns, and he ran another TD in.Rudolph was stellar. He threw some absolutely beautiful passes and put a real zip on the ball. Yes, he had that REALLY bad decision at the end of the first half where he lost the ball, and there were a couple of bad throws, but nobody is perfect.I mean, he nearly was last night.JD King: AThe true freshman was named the back up to Justice Hill, and despite all the great things the coaches said before the season, he was still a guy that had never played a down.He didn’t disappoint.On his second carry, he broke a 71-yard touchdown. King looks like a perfect compliment to Hill, and exactly what we’d been hearing about for the past few weeks.His is going to be a fun career to follow for the next (hopefully) four years. 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. 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UEFA Europa League Police officer dies after Athletic and Spartak Moscow fans clash in Bilbao Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy ANDER GILLENEA UEFA Europa League Athletic Club v Spartak Moskva Athletic Club Spartak Moskva Fans of both teams came to blows outside San Mames ahead of their Europa League last-32 match One police officer, 50-year-old Inocencio Arias Garcia, has been left dead in Bilbao after fans of Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao clashed in the streets ahead of their Europa League last-32 match on Thursday. Fans of the Russian and Spanish sides clashed with members of the Ertzaintza – the local Basque police force – near San Mames ahead of the second-leg meeting.Around 200 Spartak fans made the trip from Russia and arrived early near the stadium. Those supporters and Athletic fans were involved in altercations, with bottles and flares being thrown. 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 Ertzaintza stepped in to keep the fighting from getting out of hand, and one of their members died of a heart attack following the conflict. VÍDEO. Incidentes con los aficionados rusos. pic.twitter.com/cPFkoeBNrK— Radio Bilbao (@radiobilbao) February 22, 2018The Spanish Football Federation confirmed in a statement that the officer fell after a flare dropped close to him and suffered the heart attack, passing away at the Basurto Hospital. The federation also expressed its condolences to the friends and families of the deceased and strongly conmdemed violence surrounding sporting events. The Spanish national police also confirmed the officer’s death in a tweet. Un abrazo y todo nuestro cariño a la familia y compañeros del agente de @ertzaintzaEJGV fallecido en incidentes #AthleticSpartak en San Mamés.NO a la violencia, las agresiones y la barbarie en el deporte.https://t.co/58Sv4Jo9MI pic.twitter.com/CXh3VWNqXU— Policía Nacional (@policia) February 22, 2018Reports also suggest that at least four other people have suffered injuries in the fighting, and that multiple arrests have been made.
Transfers Heynckes shoots down Lewandowski to Madrid rumours: Top players stay at Bayern Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 15:52 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski Primera División Bayern München Bundesliga Videos The Polish striker changed his agent in recent days to prompt suggestions that he was ready to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer Jupp Heynckes claims he “can’t imagine” Bayern Munich sanctioning the sale of Robert Lewandowski after the striker’s recent change of agent prompted fresh transfer links with Real Madrid.Lewandowski is said to have severed ties with Cezary Kucharski, previously his agent for 10 years, in favour of Pini Zahavi, regarded as one of the football world’s leading representatives.Zahavi played a role in Neymar’s world-record €222 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August and there have been suggestions Lewandowski’s decision has been made with a view to securing a big move to Spain. 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 Heynckes is not worried about such a scenario, however, and is adamant Bayern are not a selling club.When it was put to Heynckes that Lewandowski’s decision could be to secure a transfer, the coach said: “Well, that’s your interpretation.”I think there’s nothing wrong with a player changing his agent. I can’t judge the reasons.”It doesn’t mean anything at all for us, given the way I know the officials here at Bayern and what I’ve heard from them.”Bayern is not a club that sells the top players. Top players at Bayern stay at Bayern. I can’t imagine there’s a chance of him leaving Bayern.”