‘I want to keep scoring for Liverpool!’ – Daniel Sturridge

first_img1 Sturridge has a better Premier League strike rate than the likes of Suarez, Torres, Henry and Drogba Not satisfied with being better than Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists he ‘can perform a lot better’ and will look to improve his already impressive strike rate for the Reds after fighting back to fitness.The England striker has endured a frustrating few years at Anfield, having been restricted to just 81 appearances in four seasons due to constant injury troubles.But he has taken little time to get back to scoring ways after recovering from his latest set-back, with the 25-year-old scoring three goals in his last five starts – his latest in the 4-1 Premier League win over Stoke.That header took Sturridge’s tally to 48 goals in 68 league matches – a better strike rate than the likes of Torres, Suarez, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Didier Drogba, and only bettered by Sergio Aguero.And Sturridge is confident he can maintain and even improve his lethal goal rate for the Reds.“That’s the standard that I set, probably a bit better than that, hopefully I’ll be able to continue,” he said ahead of the Anfield clash against Klopp’s former side.“I know I can perform a lot better than I am now but it’s just that fitness and the repetition of playing 90 minutes is important as well.“It’s never easy to score in every game so I can’t really set myself that standard but I think being better than one in two is where you want to really be at.“One in two is a good strike rate but I’m hard on myself so I don’t want to settle for that.”Despite his recent form, however, Sturridge is not guaranteed a place in Liverpool’s starting XI against Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League quarter-final second leg at Anfield on Thursday night.He was left on the bench for the game in Germany as manager Klopp favoured Divock Origi, who followed up his goal at Signal Iduna Park with two in Sunday’s substitute appearance against Stoke.The quarter-final tie is delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of Thursday’s second leg.Dortmund know they have to score – which is likely to be less of a problem for a side which has found the net 119 times already this season – but as Anfield prepares for another famous European night, Sturridge insists the occasion will not faze him and his team-mate.“It’s going to be a great occasion, not just for the players but the fans, for everyone who isn’t involved with Liverpool as well – they’ll enjoy the match,” he added.“It’s one of those occasions where you just soak it all up, enjoy it, embrace it, have fun; that’s what you live for.“It’s just going to be a great night for everyone, and you can’t let nerves get the better of you.”last_img read more

FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP

first_imgA fisherman was rescued off the coast of Donegal this afternoon after a farmer heard his cry for help a half a mile out to sea.John Grant was tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay on the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Grant suddenly heard a cry for help and noticed a spec in the distance and realised it was a person hanging onto a buoy. Mr Grant contacted his mother and she alerted Malin Head Coastguard at around 1.50pm.They alerted the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat.The rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was also scrambled to the scene as was the Greencastle Coast Guard boat, which was later stood down.Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were calm but it was raining heavily. When the Lough Swilly lifeboat arrived on scene, a local boat had already picked up the man.The man, a local lobster fisherman in his 40s, was wrapped in blankets and given attention.A medic from the 118 helicopter was dropped at the scene and a decision was made to take the man to the shore near Clonmany by boat.Once on shore the helicopter flew the man to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he is understood to be in a stable condition.A spokesman for the Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat praised the actions of Mr Grant saying his actions sparked a very successful rescue. “It was simply amazing how John heard the man’s cry for help so far out to sea but thankfully he did.“The phonecall by Mr Grant’s mother set into action a chain of events which undoubtedly saved this man’s life,” he said.FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanyfarmerfishermanhelicopterInishowenLough Swilly LIfeboatlast_img read more

Vytah – GC3A6Y9 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 20, 2012

first_img SharePrint Related…wo hab Ich den Cache denn nochmal hingelegt??? (GC1DZ17) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 27, 2012December 26, 2012In “Community”View Carre’ GCE02C GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 19, 2012March 19, 2012In “Community”Beach Babe – GCV53Z – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 30, 2012July 30, 2012In “Community” A vintage elevator near the cacheThe Geocache of the Week is sure to lift geocachers up – literally!Vytah (GC3A6Y9), or “elevator”  is a difficulty 2, terrain 1.5 traditional cache located in Jihomoravsky kraj, Czech Republic.The small cache container has been sitting on private property, with the land owner’s permission, since January 2012. Over the last 8 months, 625 geocachers have taken the time to log this cache and award it 227 Favorite Points.berx.cz placed the geocache to showcase how the design of an elevator influences the retrieval of the cache container. The cache page provides significant insight to the purpose of an elevator, what it consists of, and how it works. Each of these factors provide small clues that could aid geocachers in their search for and retrieval of the cache.The Vytah logbookBerx.cz explains, “I love technical toys and I like a challenge. I wanted an urban cache that you’d have to put a little bit of thought into in order to find it. I was highly inspired by elevators when I came up with the idea for this cache.”In order to avoid spoilers, berx.cz encourages geocachers not to take pictures exactly at the cache location.One geocacher logging the visit says, “This is really the best, very creative, and very well executed cache! If I could, I would award this clever hide 10 points!  Hesitation to visit this cache is a mistake.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.comThe elevator machine that inspired the cacheShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Demand Media IPO Bullish, Stirs The Google Grizzly Bear

first_imgWe’ve written a lot about content farms and in particular the largest of them all, Demand Media. Shares of Demand Media rose 35% today on the back of its IPO. Demand Media’s market valuation now matches the scale of its content business, which pumps out more than 7,000 new articles a day. At the current share price, Demand Media is valued at $1.5 Billion – more than the New York Times is worth. Demand Media’s IPO is the largest the tech market has seen since Google’s in 2004. Which appears to have stirred the giant grizzly bear in Mountain View. In a recent blog post, Google assured the world that it is dealing with content farms – which it describes as “sites with shallow or low-quality content.” I’m not sure that the market fully appreciates how risky a bet Demand Media is, if Google decides to crack down on content farms.Demand Media has a simple but highly effective formula: create a ton of niche, mostly uninspired content targeted to search engines, then make it viral through social software and make lots of money through ads. In addition, it operates a very large domain name business. As CNN Money reported, “about half of the Demand’s revenue comes from its Internet registry business, where it manages 10 million domain names.” There are risks though. As well as staving off the Google bear, Demand Media has found itself defending dubious accounting practices. It spreads the costs of its writers over 5 years, which is not how other content businesses account for such costs. Effectively this increases Demand Media’s reported annual profits, since the cost of producing the content is perceived to be much lower than what Demand Media is actually paying. Demand Media justifies this approach by saying that its content is “evergreen” and lasts for over 5 years. But the fact is, they pay the writers for it upfront – not over 5 years. So it should be treated as an immediate cost in its accounting books.The Bear Roars… Or at Least Comes Out of its CaveAt the end of 2009, I posited that if Google doesn’t do something about content farms, then it risks users moving away from their reliance on search and onto other methods of finding quality content. That might be through social media (Facebook and Twitter both grew significantly over 2010), subscriptions to quality media (we’ve discussed that this week in regards to iPad magazine and newspaper subscriptions), or other methods. Google’s dominance over the search market will continue for some time, but it knows it has to evolve. Google’s Matt Cutts remarked in the blog post that “people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content.” Google’s post was essentially a reinforcement of its principles, it didn’t address how (or even if) it will take “stronger action” on content farms. This was more like a bear clearing its throat than roaring. Still, Google knows it can maul content farms – or at least paw with them a bit.Would You Buy Demand Media Stock?Personally I wouldn’t invest in Demand Media. I don’t like its accounting practice in regards to costs and I think it’s too vulnerable to the whims of Google. Also I prefer reading content from The New York Times. What do you think, am I being too much of a bear on Demand Media? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Glass Augmented Reality Project Now Open To Regular People

first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What would you do if you had Glass? Would you be the uber-geek on the New York subway, the way that Google co-founder Sergey Brin was the other month? Would you jump giant buildings in a single bound and rescue kittens from treetops? Let us know what you would do #ifihadglass in the comments. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What would you do with some nerdy-looking glasses that could show you contextual information right in your field of vision? Search the real world in real time, while walking down the street? Maybe something cooler?Google wants to give you the chance to find out. Google is making its Glass project, the much-hyped wearable augmented reality glasses, available to a select few people outside of its Mountain View headquarters. All you need to do is send an application to Google saying why you are worthy – and include a check for $1,500.(See also Geek Chic: Why Google Glass Needs A Style Infusion) On Wednesday, Google announced a Glass campaign, “looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.” The lucky individuals who are accepted, to be known as Glass Explorers, will be chosen based on applications to Google with the following criteria:Application must be 50 words or lessInclude hashtag #ifihadglass in the applicationInclude up to five photos in the applicationInclude a short video (15 seconds max)Be at least 18 years oldGoogle encourages prospective Glass Explorers to follow the Glass project on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) and/or Twitter (@projectglass). The deadline for applications is Feb. 27. Individuals chosen will be able to pick up their Glasses in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Tags:#Augmented Reality#Google Glass Google is the first to say that Glass is still in its very early stages. The search giant has tried to keep a tight lid on details of the project, from limited developer events to draconian non-disclosure agreements for those who ordered the glasses at the company’s Google I/O developers event in May 2012. dan rowinskilast_img read more

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni becomes fifth Indian to reach 6000 T20 runs

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni became the fifth Indian to score 6000 runs in Twenty20 cricket across all tournaments.He reached the landmark with a single off Amit Mishra in the 13th over of Chennai Super Kings’ match against Delhi Daredevils, which the latter won by 34 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.Before him, Suresh Raina (7708), Virat Kohli (7621), Rohit Sharma (7303) and Gautam Gambhir (6402) had reached the landmark.Dhoni now has 6007 runs to his name from 290 T20 games. However, the match won’t be a memorable one for the CSK skipper as he failed to take his team over the line and lost their fifth match in the group stages. He was out for 17 while trying to chase down the runs required in the 18th over of the match. CSK only managed 128/6 in reply to Delhi’s 162/5 after Dhoni fell in the 18th over.However, the former India captain has been in great form this year. He is enjoying his best IPL in the history of the tournament and excelling in his role higher up the order.Also read – IPL 2018: MS Dhoni ‘disappointed’ after CSK’s shock defeat vs DDFor the better part of his career, he has played the finisher’s role and excelled at it. But over the last couple of years, he has struggled to get going from the word go and finish with a bang. So much so, that there were talks of dropping him from Team India. But in IPL 2018, Captain Cool rediscovered himself all over again. After Kedar Jadhav’s injury, he decided to bat higher up the order and boy…what a masterstroke that was.advertisementBatting in the middle-order now, Dhoni has been plundering runs for fun and has led his side to the play-offs along with Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson as CSK returned to the IPL after a gap of two years. The 36-year-old has so far scored 430 runs from 13 games — the most by him in any IPL season so far. He is averaging 86.00 this year and has hit three fifties already.Also read – Watch: MS Dhoni laughs as Shreyas Iyer sends the coin flying at tossDhoni has rolled back the years and battered the bowlers all around the park, hitting 29 sixes and 22 fours in the process. Talking about Dhoni’s batting, Raina came out and praised his captain and said that he is playing cricket without baggage…just like the old times.”MS is enjoying his batting. You know he has played down the order for so many years. He has still finished so many games so well. He is having a good time and that has always been his USP,” Raina told indiatoday.in.”I am sure you remember the hundred he scored against Pakistan in Vizag.. the hundred he scored in Jaipur.. That’s how he is looking like now. He does not feel any pressure now. He has handed over the limited-overs captaincy to Virat Kohli and he is enjoying his batting for India too,” he added.Dhoni will again take the field on Sunday when CSK host Kings XI Punjab at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.last_img read more

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State: How Each Team Fares Against the Spread

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Sooners are 11-2 straight up in their last 13 games. They are 9-2 against the spread during that time period.On OSU’s 7-game win streak this season, they are 5-2 against the spread. They have recorded three *upsets*, according to Vegas odds, in that time. They were considered to be underdogs in wins over K-State, West Virginia, and TCU.Oklahoma State has a 16-point average margin of victory in all three upset winsTeams with winning records are 2–13 straight up in their last 15 games against OU.On OU’s 8-game win streak, they are 5-3 against the spreadOSU’s record in week 14 games: 1-4 in the last five games playedMason Rudolph is 1-0 against Oklahoma (don’t @ me)May the odds be ever in your favor. Oklahoma State travels to Norman on Saturday, where for the fourth time in Bedlam history it will feature both teams in the top 10 of the rankings. The Cowboys opened up as two-touchdown underdogs, and according to Vegas Insider, are currently considered 11-point dogs in the Big 12 title game.For gambling purposes, what does that mean, and how does OSU and OU stack up in their recent track record against the spread? Well, recent history doesn’t bode well. Here’s a breakdown of seven key statistics to know with how each team fares against the spread, all odds and statistics from oddsshark.com.last_img read more

Photos: Oklahoma State-Tulsa

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 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last_img read more

PFB Predictions for College Football in 2017

first_imgI think we’ve made every possible prediction for the upcoming season … except for how everything is going to play out on a national stage. So here are our PFB predictions for all of college football in 2017.Big 10 WinnerKyle Porter: Ohio State — Urban is too much for Faux Gundy up in Ann Arbor. Buckeyes are loaded up again and have the least volatile formula for making the CFP.Nick Welch: Ohio State — Michigan’s difficult Big Ten road schedule (@Penn St @Wisconsin) will lead to an Ohio St division crown and eventual championship. See bold prediction on Wisconsin.AdChoices广告Kyle Boone: Ohio State — Even with a roster overhaul, the Bucks have too many dudes in too many spots to not be successful. Most importantly: J.T. Barrett (the official Perry Ellis of college football) is still slinging the pigskin for Urban’s lethal offensive attack now spearheaded by Kevin Wilson.Hayden Barber: Ohio State — Man, I want to pick Penn State so bad but can’t. The Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes last year, but that was a home game. On the road will be too much, and unfortunately, that will push them out of the conference championship game.Steven Mandeville: Penn State — A nasty trio of McSorley, Barkley and the nation’s best tight end will wear out the Buckeyes in Columbus.Phillip Slavin: Michigan — It’s year three for Harbaugh in Michigan which means many of the players seeing the field are now the ones he recruited. It took three years for things to “pop” at Stanford. I think we see the same thing at Michigan in year three.Kyle Cox: Wisconsin — Paul Chryst plays the type of football that Mike Gundy daydreams about. He’s got an NFL offensive line and one of the best rushing attacks in college football. He has a returning quarterback and solid defense. The Badgers lost some close ones a year ago and could take the next step in 2017.Pac-12 WinnerKyle Porter: Stanford — Come at me.Nick Welch: Washington — They have an ultra cerebral pocket passer in Jake Browning, a proven winner as a coach (Chris Petersen), and ultra favorable schedule that excludes USC till the finals.Kyle Boone: USC — The Trojans were seriously getting CFP love last season as a three-loss team, so how much respect will they get when Ronald Jones and Sam Darnold lead them to a one-loss conference record and a Pac-12 title? Don’t answer that.Hayden Barber: Washington — U-Dub brings back almost everyone who got it to the playoff last year. I can’t buy USC or Stanford, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it ended up that way. This is probably the most competitive conference in America.Steven Mandeville: Washington — No tough non-conference games, No USC from the south and the guts of offensive skill and line return from a CFP contender. USC finished the season well last year but nothing about an inexperienced coach in Clay Helton makes me think they can take out Chris Peterson.Phillip Slavin: USC — There are two reasons I’m making this pick. 1. I think the rest of the Pac-12 South takes a step back while the Trojans are better this year than last. 2. USC beat Washington last season, when Washington was a better team. Washington will win the North, but USC wins the league.Kyle Cox: USC — I can see the case for either Washington or USC. I hate to follow the helmet sticker rule but I think SoCal just has more dudes. Darnold and the back who should have kept Justice Hill in a redshirt are gonna take the West Coast by storm.Big 12 WinnerKyle Porter: Oklahoma State — I am drunk on Kool-Aid. I am blinded by orange (and black and chrome and Big, Crazy Pete). I am waving bushels of wheat from my shed. I am all in.Nick Welch: Oklahoma State — The stars have aligned for the Cowboys to do something legendary this season. The question is, can they grasp destiny by the reins and ride into college football glory?Kyle Boone: Oklahoma State — Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill, James Washington … I think in five years we’ll look back at this team and think, “Wow, that team had so many pros on it.” Give me the Cowboys. They’ve got the horses to get it done this season.Hayden Barber: Oklahoma State — I have never been around a more confident, cohesive group of athletes in my young life. The way they talk to you is as if they have already played and won all the games and are trying to tell you about them as if they know nothing.Steven Mandeville: Kansas State — With a returning quarterback, Snyder is a wizard and he gets a super favorable schedule – and a great chance for a “send Bill out on top” season. OU goes to K-State and they come to Stillwater – projecting some sort of a fangled three way tie, resulting in an orange and purple title game.Phillip Slavin: Oklahoma — It’s REALLY hard to beat a team twice in the same season. I think OSU wins the regular season match-up in Stillwater, then loses in the conference title game.Kyle Cox: Oklahoma State — This has been my prediction throughout this process. I think they drop a couple conference games and go to Arlington at No. 2, but upend Kansas State for the trophy.ACC WinnerKyle Porter: Noles — Deondre Francois is a stud, and they have more dudes than a ranch in northwest Oklahoma.Nick Welch: Florida State — Early season road trips to Virginia Tech and Louisville could prove challenging for Clemson and their new QB. I think FSU has the weapons to wreck some defenses this season.Kyle Boone: Florida State — I almost went Clemson just because I didn’t want to google Deondre Francois, but look at me, efforting in the early part of the week. I think the Seminoles might run away with the ACC, too. Replacing Deshaun Watson at Clemson is a task not even Dabo Swinney can overcome.Hayden Barber: Florida State — Exactly like I think OSU will be this year, the Seminoles might win their conference with two losses. They open with Alabama and play Clemson on the road. That’s rough, but they get a third chance with a conference championship game.Steven Mandeville: Clemson — Clemson gets the Noles at home and will relatively coast after taking on Auburn and Louisville by late September.Phillip Slavin: Miami — As good as Florida State is going to be, I think the Atlantic division is loaded with talented teams and will cannibalize itself. That leaves the door open for whoever wins the Coastal to surprise everyone and win the conference. I’m picking Miami to do that.Kyle Cox : Florida State — Dabo’s got too much to replace with his QB and RB owned in 100 percent of fantasy leagues. Deondre Francois took his lumps at times as a true freshman but we’ve seen how that can help a quarterback with his coach’s confidence in the second year.SEC WinnerKyle Porter: Alabama — (I previously had Auburn here until I realized it would be difficult for Auburn to win the SEC and Bama to make the playoff as the No. 1 seed).Nick Welch: Alabama — Until someone unseats Alabama, it is impossible to pick against them. They have a tremendous defense as usual, AND a mobile bowling ball of a quarterback. They get LSU at home this year.Kyle Boone: Alabama — Do I need to write anything here?Hayden Barber: Alabama — No. ^Steven Mandeivlle: ‘Bama — LSU comes to Tuscaloosa this year and nobody will be half as good as the FSU team they’ll beat on opening weekend.Phillip Slavin: Alabama — duh.Kyle Cox: ‘Bama — I wanted to say something catchy about Jarrett Stidham walking across the Texas-Louisiana border and instantly being the best QB in the SEC but I’ve got to pick the snarling Nick Sabans here.College Football Playoff (four teams)Kyle Porter: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Florida State — OSU on OSU crime in the Rose Bowl and Bama-FSU rematch in the Sugar Bowl. My veins, insert all of it.Nick Welch: #1 Alabama, #2 Florida St, #3 Ohio St, #4 Oklahoma St — Despite the opening day loss, FSU or Alabama will run the table the rest of the way and make it into the Playoffs. I think Oklahoma State squeezes in somehow. It’s a very close to call.Kyle Boone: #1 Bama, #2 Florida State, #3 Oklahoma State, #4 USC. — Oh yes, Jimbo Fisher v. Mike Gundy for a chance at a national title. Who says no to this?!Hayden Barber: No. 1 Bama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Florida State — I think FSU and the Cowboys will have the same record and it comes down to Big 12 vs. ACC. Which would you pick? Nay, which do you think the committee will pick?Steven Mandeville: No. 1 Bama, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Washington — B12 again left out and the committees two favorite leagues are locked in that top spot. Poor Huskies get trounced again and Saban pounds Dabo in the rubber game.Phillip Slavin: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Oklahoma: Again, the ACC has so many good teams this year it knocks itself out of the playoff allowing Big 12 champ OU to get in and promptly get stomped in the semi-finals.Kyle Cox: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Florida State No. 4 Wisconsin — A two-loss Oklahoma State doesn’t get in.National Championship (two teams)Kyle Porter: Ohio State over Alabama — Roll Urban.Nick Welch: #1 Alabama, #3 Ohio St — The two titans in College Football meet in the title game. Alabama gashes Oklahoma St for 250+ yards on the ground and controls the playclock. Ohio St sneaks past FSU to reach the title. I’ll say Alabama wins it this year, I do hate saying that though.Kyle Boone: #1 Bama, #2 Florida State — This is the storybook ending that would perfectly book end the season for college football fans, who will have their TVs tuned in next Saturday when Bama and FSU kick off the season. A rematch is exactly what the committee is probably already maneuvering towards, because $$$.Hayden Barber: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Florida State — Beating the same team twice is extremely tough, especially at the top, so I think the Seminoles use their chaser as an elixir to get them to the National Championship.Steven Mandeville: No. 1 Bama vs. No. 3 Clemson — The rubber game without Deshaun Watson won’t be near as fun. Saban is taking Jalen Hurts off his leash and the downfield passing game will flourish.Phillip Slavin: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 USC — This is absolutely not the National Championship I want to watch, which means it’s exactly the one I’m going to get.Kyle Cox: No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Florida State — In a rematch of the season opener, the Seminoles take revenge with their offensive firepower and Jimbo hoists that weird-looking trophy. People stupidly start questioning Nick Saban in big games.Bold prediction for CFB this yearKyle Porter: OU loses three or more games. Bob Stoops, underrated.Nick Welch: Wisconsin enters the Big Ten Title Game undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the CFB polls. Their schedule is incredible navigable and they fall just short of the Big Ten Title and playoffs after losing to Ohio St. Also, USC loses to someone they shouldn’t. I can’t pinpoint whom but it could be to Texas or someone like Washington St.Hayden Barber: Four teams from both the Pac-12 and Big 10 will finish with more than nine wins. Washington (11-1), Stanford (10-2), USC (10-2) and UCLA (9-3) will represent a highly competitive but not quite elite Pac-12. And Ohio State (12-0), Penn State (11-1), Wisconsin (10-2) and Michigan (9-3) post the best conference lineup in college football history. Flames.Steven Mandeville: My Penn State pick is pretty bold – when Ohio State murders OU *grinning ear to ear* and then loses to Penn State 10-7 at the Horseshoe, the Nittany Lions will be all the CFP committee will talk about from week-to-week. Penn State = the new Iowa.Phillip Slavin: Is Miami winning the loaded ACC not bold enough? Ok, then how about this: Colorado State is the group-of-5 representative in the New Years Six Bowls, and Oklahoma State faces them. I’m hopping on the hype train after they soundly beat Oregon State last weekend. CSU will lose once, to Alabama.Kyle Cox: Other than Wisconsin winning the Big Ten?Heisman WinnerKyle Porter: J.T. Barrett — I picked him last year. I’ll pick him again. Not having big names at RB or WR will help his resume. By the way, Sam Darnold has “I know he just went 7-5 but really, he’s good!” written all over him.Nick Welch: I think J.T. Barrett has a great chance to win it this year.Kyle Boone: U already knoHayden Barber: Someone none of us have ever heard of.Steven Mandeville: Deondre Francois of FSU – when the Noles *upset* Bama, the media will crown the sophomore, dubbing him the next Jameis that Manziel’d Bama.Phillip Slavin: Either some freshman quarterback no one is talking about or whoever ends up with the most rushing yards at Alabama.Kyle Cox: Baker Mayfield. Even though Oklahoma doesn’t win the Big 12 and doesn’t make the playoff, Mayfield will put up numbers and have a good year. The narrative will be that with a new head coach and his three NFL weapons gone, Mayfield shouldered more of a burden and carried his team. It’s finally his year. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Grading the Game: J.D. King Earns High Marks Against Tulsa

first_imgOSU 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. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more