More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Government Rep. Chu Continues to Invite Stakeholders to Offer Input on National Monument Published on Monday, October 6, 2014 | 5:22 pm Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Continuing the outreach and conversations she has held with community officials, advocacy and recreation groups, utilities, and others, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) has restated her invitation to hear from all stakeholders about the proposal to establish a National Monument in the San Gabriel Mountains.â€œIt has been my longtime goal to enhance the majesty of the San Gabriel Mountains in a sustainable way that protects existing rights. This is why I have proposed designating this area as a National Monument. Input from the community has been critical to this process. After extensive outreach and input, I am proud to have received broad support from local leaders and governments on this proposal, including representatives from water districts, state elected officials, colleagues in Congress, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. In addition, there was an incredible turnout at the National Forest Serviceâ€™s community meeting in August,â€ said Rep. Chu. â€œBut this important conversation is still ongoing. I continue to welcome all input.â€The effort to protect the San Gabriel Mountains started eleven and a half years ago with the introduction of a bill by then-Representative Hilda Solis. The result was a 10-year study by the National Park Service, which included 66 stakeholder meetings, and 16,800 public comments, most overwhelmingly in support of more resources for the San Gabriel Mountains and Rivers. After the release of the study, Representative Judy Chu spent one and a half years drafting a bill on the San Gabriel Mountains and Rivers, conducting over 40 stakeholder meetings, earning the support of the San Gabriel Council of Governments and the San Gabriel Valley Water Association.The Antiquities Act of 1906 gives the President the authority to declare historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are on federal land to be national monuments. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty
Writer and director Armando Iannucci has raised over £4,700 for a specialist pregnancy care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington – by leaping off the top of it.Mr Iannucci was one of 90 people taking part in the charity abseil on Sunday at John Radcliffe Women’s Centre, which raised a total of around £30,000 for five different causes within the Hospital.Best known for his creation of BAFTA Award-winning political sitcom The Thick of It, Iannucci, an English alumnus of University College, Oxford, is a patron of the Hospital’s Silver Star Baby Unit, where all three of his children were born.On his JustGiving page, Mr Iannucci explains why he was taking part. “I’m no John Bishop, can’t run for toffee, am a rubbish swimmer and find cycling a bit sweaty.“I am however prepared to use the power of gravity to drop to the ground from a high building to raise money… I’ve seen first hand the amazing work [the Silver Star Unit] does saving the lives of mums and babies every day.”The Silver Star Baby Unit was set up in 1971 to provide intensive care for women with pregnancy complications – the world’s first specialist maternity centre. It has delivered around 20,000 babies since then, and also leads research into treating serious prenatal conditions, notably pre-eclampsia – the development of often life-threatening hypertension during pregnancy.“Nationally, we are a unique unit,” Silver Star Society Secretary Maggie Findlay told Cherwell, “Women in Oxfordshire are, of course, our priority, but we receive referrals from all over the country.“People don’t realise that, even nowadays, not everyone can have an easy pregnancy. There are about 6,500 births at the John Radcliffe each year, and over 400 of those come through us.”Iannucci was characteristically wry about his descent. “I’m told I just need to stand at the edge of the building and lean back. That sounds stupid”, he quipped to well-wishers on Twitter.“If I abseil past someone as they give birth, the whole exercise may prove counter-productive though!”Mr Iannucci was instrumental in generating support for the Unit when it was threatened with closure over two years ago. “For small charities like us, patrons like Armando are invaluable. He raises our profile considerably,” stressed Ms Findlay, “He is very supportive, and always comes to events if he’s around.’The John Radcliffe Hospital voiced encouragement for charitable undertakings, “Fundraising across all our hospitals is hugely important and pays for a vast array of additional medical equipment and patient facilities for patients. We have another abseil in June which is particularly focussed on cancer fundraising.”Iannucci addressed followers after the event, saying, “Big thanks to everyone from Mr Shakeylegs… Came home and celebrated a successful abseil with a glass of wine and 5 minutes in the garden clearing dog poo.”The comedy writer has no shortage of fans within the Oxford student population. St Anne’s finalist and political enthusiast Robin McGhee said, “Besides his day job as a genius Armando Iannucci spends his time being a really lovely man.“He has always been a brilliant supporter of Oxford charities. I’m sure I join everyone in wishing him well and expressing relief that he didn’t fall off.”
Crandall, a Fort Myers resident, broke into the school at about 7 a.m. Monday.While there, he spent 24 hours smashing televisions and computers, and causing flooding in hallways and other areas of the school.A school custodian discovered the damages.The naked vandal is charged with burglary and criminal mischief. It is unknown whether he had some affiliation to the school. Miramar Police announced Thursday they have made an arrest in a Memorial Day vandalism spree that took place inside Miramar High School.A man was caught on surveillance video trashing the school while wearing nothing but a hat and headphones.Police have identified the suspect as 21-year-old Matthew Crandall. They say he made his mark on rooms, walls and hallways all while in his birthday suit.Update: Matthew Crandall, 21, of North Fort Myers has been arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief for breaking into Miramar High School and causing extensive damage. We thank our media partners who assisted us by covering this story. #solved pic.twitter.com/BZGAHZAo91— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) May 28, 2020
In fact, the position of USAB Head Coach may be the role which Popovich has lusted after for some time. As one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, his previous foray into international basketball was somewhat of a disappointment. Popovich was an assistant coach on the 2004 USA Olympic team that lost three games and was“only” (by USA Basketball’s modern standards) able to claim the bronze medal. Popovich’s last NBA title came in 2014, when his San Antonio Spurs executed some of the most beautiful team basketball ever seen. His body of work has always been based on perfecting the fundamentals of basketball, building a harmonious and cohesive team, and maximising role players to the point where the sum of the whole becomes significantly greater than the sum of the parts. The seventeen man practice roster, which will later become twelve, is ideally poised to succeed under Popovich despite the absence of key names. View this post on Instagram RosterThe final 12 man USAB roster that will feature at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, will be quite unlike any USA team we’ve seen in international competition since the initial addition of marquee NBA stars to USA Basketball that followed 1992. That said, despite a number of withdrawals from established star talent, the USA still has more than enough depth and quality to build a World Cup winning team.Don’t expect to know the final roster for a while yet though. “We have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Men’s National Team managing director. “Forty-eight hours before Game 1 in China is when we have to submit a roster so we want to make sure everyone gets a real shot” (per USAB press release). The roster is likely to be spearheaded by All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker. Having averaged a career high 25.6ppg, alongside 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals, after 8 seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, Walker left this summer to join the Boston Celtics. An electrifying, level-headed guard, Walker will excel orchestrating the USA’s offense. With only one All-NBA player (the Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker) and one All-Star (the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton), USAB have a roster primed with savvy, multi-dimensional role players and budding stars perfectly capable of leading this team to the Gold. In fact, the structure of this team, as currently comprised, is more reminiscent of European team, than a traditional US roster.The USA could become the first team to win three FIBA Basketball World Cup tournaments in a row and, despite the absence of the NBA’s superstars, expectations are high. Expect a team USA different to anything you can remember. And expect new stars to shine bright in China.Other teams beware – if you come at the champs, you best not miss. Behind the scenes with Jeff Van Gundy’s USA Team during Window 5 of the Qualifiers where they secured the qualification for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China! #FIBAWC #ThisIsMyHouseA post shared by FIBA Basketball World Cup (@fibawc) on Dec 11, 2018 at 9:00am PSTPlayers like Reggie Hearn (Stockton Kings) and Travis Trice (SIG Strasbourg) became vital components in the country’s qualification. Hearn, with 9 appearances, was USAB’s most capped player, averaging an impressive 9.7ppg and 3.2 rpg in just 21 minutes of action whilst hitting 48.8% of his threes. En route to leading USA through the qualifiers, Hearn was honoured with the 2018 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year award.Even the coaching debut of Gregg Popovich has been delayed by his San Antonio Spurs duties. In his absence, Jeff Van Gundy led the USA to an impressive 10-2 record. USAB dominated opponents, outscoring challengers by an impressive 18.33 points per game and won six games by thirty or more points.The road to China wasn’t exactly a cakewalk though, with losses at the hands of both Mexico and Argentina, USAB needed a buzzer beating jumper from Hearn to steal a one point victory in their second game against the Argentines and final qualifying game. In doing so they successfully attained the top spot in Group E, edging out those same Argentines 22 points to 21. GroupUSA are the clear favourites to win Group E, here’s who they will face and how they made their way to China.Czech Republic (24th in FIBA world ranking)The Czech Republic, are one of two nations making their FIBA Basketball World Cup debut in China. Winning 8 of their 12 games, they qualified as the third seed from Group K of the European Zone. Their 74.2 points per game is the second lowest scoring output amongst all European teams who qualified for the World Cup.The Czech’s are dominant on the glass though, averaging the third highest number of rebounds across European teams, with 38.75. In eight appearances, 26-year-old, 7-1 Center, Ondrej Balvin (Herbalife Gran Canaria) led the team with 7 rebounds per contest.Turkey (17th in FIBA world ranking)Turkey’s 8 wins was good enough to secure the second slot in Group I of the European Qualifiers. Having made their World Cup debut in 2002, Turkey have qualified for five straight tournaments, with their best finish being as runners up in 2010.Only one player appeared in all 12 qualifiers for Turkey, center Sertac Sanli (Anadolu Efes). The seven-foot 28-year-old only averaged 16.7 minutes of action, but still tallied 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Cedi Osman (Cleveland Cavaliers) appeared in four qualifiers, putting up impressive numbers with 19.3ppg and 8 rebounds per game.Japan (48th in FIBA world ranking)Japan qualified in second place, behind Australia, from Group F of the Asian Qualifiers. This will be their fifth appearance at a World Cup. Their last appearance was as the host nation in 2006 and their 17th place finish in that tournament is the worst ranking for a host in a World Cup.Nick Fazekas’ (Kawasaki Brave Thunders) 27.2ppg was the highest average (amongst the players with at least six games played) during the World Cup 2019 qualifiers in the Asia zone. He was also one of only three players in the Asia qualifiers to average a double-double, snaring 12.5 rebounds alongside his point haul.Match-upsGame 1 – Sunday 1 September 2019 vs Czech RepublicTomas Satoransky (Chicago Bulls) will lead the Czech charge, as they attempt to upset the USA in their opening game. The Bulls’ guard averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his two games during the World Cup qualifiers, the best averages for a Czech player.Reigning EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely (Fenerbahce) won’t play in China, as he recovers from a knee injury – his absence from the team is a bitter blow. Jaromir Bohacik (CEZ Basketball Nymburk), Blake Schilb (Champagne Châlons Reims Basket) and Vojtech Hruban (CEZ Basketball Nymburk) were all named in the initial roster and are the only players outside of Satoransky to have averaged double digit points. They also formed the backbone of the Czech Republic’s qualifying campaign playing in 12, 10 and 11 games respectively.Whilst the Czech’s can be a physical team, they lack the depth to keep up with the USA. Especially when it comes to offensive firepower.Game 2 – Tuesday 3 September 2019 vs TurkeyTurkey represent the biggest challenge to the USA in the group stage. 32-year-old forward Ersan Ilyasova (Milwaukee Bucks) has been a key component of the national team since 2006, he’ll team up with Cedi Osman and Furkan Korkmaz (Philadelphia 76ers). Although the trio only appeared in a combined 10 games in the European Qualifiers, they led the team in efficiency, with efficiency ratings of 14, 20 and 20.8 respectively.33-year-old Semih Erden (İstanbul BBSK) provides an inside presence for Turkey. The 6-11 center featured in 9 qualifying games and, in just 19.2 minutes per game, averaged 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.Turkey has a blend of savvy veterans and confident youngsters that could prove a handful for USAB. Nevertheless, a loss here would be a relatively big shock.Game 3 – Thursday 5 September 2019 vs JapanThe focus here, from an American media perspective at least, will be on Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards). The former Gonzaga University star, selected with the ninth pick in the 2019 NBA draft, impressed in his four qualifying campaign games with averages of 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals. In fact, the 6-8 forward scored at least 24 points in three of those four appearances.Japan’s three key players are Hachimura, the aforementioned Fazekas and Yuta Watanabe (Memphis Grizzlies). In two qualifying games, the 6-9 Watanabe averaged 17.5 points along with 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3f/5/kemba-walker-usa-fiba_13dj7k2fdzo90zrvmt0892xiy.jpg?t=-1700396676&w=500&quality=80 Walker’s new Celtics teammates, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown also feature on the 17 man “finalists” roster. Previous iterations of team USA have been dubbed “The Dream Team” (92) and “The Redeem Team” (08). All three have a legitimate shot at making the starting five. If fellow Celtic and defensive irritant, Marcus Smart, is able to overcome his calf tightness to make the final cut as well, could this iteration of USAB become known as The Green Team?Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) has a real shot at leading Team USA in scoring throughout the World Cup. The 28-year-old made his first NBA All-Star team last season, having forged himself into an excellent, versatile offensive threat throughout his seven year career. Having entered the league as a second round draft pick in 2012, the 6-8 wing is used to being overlooked and sees the FIBA Basketball World Cup as another opportunity to address this. Speaking to the media following USA White vs USA Blue’s game at the end of the Las Vegas Camp, Middleton was optimistic, “Now we got a chance to show what we can do. The LeBrons, the Hall of Famers, they’re not here. Perfect for us. We got a chance to do great things now.”It’s a chance for a number of young stars too, one of those being Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz). In just his second year in the NBA, the 22-year-old has truly asserted himself as the focal point of Utah’s offensive scheme, averaging 23.8 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The World Cup represents a fantastic opportunity to for this explosive two-guard to really make himself known on a global stage.QualifyingNot a single player selected as part of the USA’s 17 man finalist squad played a single minute across the World Cup qualifying windows. Due to the demands of the NBA schedule, USAB were without their elite talent and selected a team of NBA Development League (G League) players to be tasked with the challenge of leading the country to the World Cup. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/e0/tatum-hachimura-fiba-basketball-world-cup_10ay6vb6l9k8l1m1f8xq1s0zoz.png?t=-1700185820&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f3/33/gregg-popovich-usa-fiba_19fzb3p0e513w1lngdfuezs9fq.jpg?t=-1699268804&w=500&quality=80 USA shouldn’t have too much difficulty taking care of Japan. But things could get interesting if Japan are able to get to the line, their free throw average of 73.8% Asia Zone qualifiers is the highest among the teams with more than six games played. Key StoriesTeam USA’s route to the FIBA World Cup was an odd one. With the introduction of the ”qualification windows” and their clashes with the NBA’s schedule, for the first time since the Barcelona Olympics, Team USA would be qualifying using a team with no players from the world’s Marquee league. The route ahead of them now, in the pursuit of the Naismith Trophy and a record sixth Gold Medal remains just as unusual.Many of the NBA’s top stars have withdrawn from Team USA, citing a variety of reasons. But, due to the absolute abundance of World Class players available to USA Basketball, the Americans remain firm favourites to win a third straight World Cup. The growth of the game globally has led to a position where there were 108 international players on opening-night rosters for the 2018-19 NBA season. Whilst this is amazing, it also means that the 76% of the world’s biggest league is still American. USAB has an excess of quality and quantity.New Head Coach Gregg Popovich always likes to zag when other teams zig and the pool of players from which he can select his final roster is still an envy inducing array of talent. Having both coached in the NBA for 23 seasons (and counting) and served in the US Air Force prior, there is no more perfectly suited candidate to lead this team both patriotically and as a basketball-mind.
Airbus IS PREDICTING STRONG Initial reservations Higher bypass engines of the 1960s and 70sIntroduced in the early 1960s, the bypass or turbofan engine not only supplied more power but was more economical. The shroud of cooler air surrounding the hot exhaust stream also muffled engine noise, eliminating the need for complex noise suppression devices.The ratio of cooler fan air to hot jet exhaust is called bypass ratio (BPR). Early turbofan engines had a relatively low BPR of 1.5:1, but wide-body aircraft in the early 1970s like the 747 changed that number significantly to 5:1.This trend has continued through the following decades with the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 using even higher-bypass ratio engines of up to 100,000 lbs thrust. Bigger, better, fasterThe jet engine has come a long way from its infancy enabling lower fuel consumption, reduced noise and emissions, plus more power, efficiency and reliability today. Those early jet engineers would surely be impressed!Fuel consumption of the jet engine has declined by 49 per cent overall and per passenger by 82 per cent while reliability has soared to where the engine is now the most reliable system on a plane. When jet engines first appeared in service in the early 1940s, aeronautical engineers were skeptical that these cantankerous new powerplants would ever propel a commercial aircraft.They produced little thrust, burned too much fuel, were painfully loud, and often caught fire or shed turbine blades. Those same engineers would be astonished at the power, reliability, fuel efficiency, and low noise and pollution levels of today’s massive turbofan engines. Jet engine basicsThe basic principal of the jet is that air, sucked into the engine at high speed is compressed by rows of small compressor blades, then mixed with fuel in a combustion chamber under extremely high pressure, jettisoned past turbine blades driving the compressor, and then finally exits the exhaust pipe producing forward thrust. Add a large fan at the beginning of this cycle, and you have the basic components of a modern turbine engine.Engineers soon discovered they could harness more power by installing larger turbines at the front or rear of the engine. As much as 5,000 lbs of additional thrust was produced, offering significant performance improvements.
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. Do you ever watch an OSU game and think, “This is taking forever?”There’s a reason for that. College football games are at an all-time high in terms of length and Oklahoma State games take the longest. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a very interesting piece on that phenomenon and its contributing factors.Oklahoma State ranked first (or last, depending on how you look at it) in average game length at 3:57. He did qualify the two back-to-back weather delays against Pitt and Baylor. If you remove those, the Cowboys are still ninth on his list.“An average Oklahoma State game lasts three minutes short of that four-hour mark. The Wall Street Journal in September reported it was possible to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in less time than it took to play a college football game.”He brings a very interesting point that “fast-paced” offenses actually tend to drag the overall length of the game out. It makes senses. With each first down, each incomplete pass, each score, each change of possession you’re stopping the clock.Another reason given is the steady increase in the use of official reviews.“A record 727 games last season included at least one review stoppage. Through nine weeks, that record was on pace to be shattered — 765 games before the bowls even kick off.”Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee offered a possible solution.“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”Whether such drastic changes are made or not, it does not appear that game length has negatively affected TV ratings. Although this weekend’s game against Texas Tech which could legitimately last five hours might challenge that.What about you? How do you feel about committing half of your Saturday to watch a football game? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.
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. Here’s some numbers to keep an eye on for Bedlam 2016.1. Explosive Plays Will Be AbundantUnless you’re one of those “three yards and a cloud of dust” fans, you’re in for a treat this weekend. Saturday features two of the more explosive offenses in college football. OU receiver Dede Westbrook has been gaining serious Heisman hype of late and here’s a big reason why: he has 11 touchdowns of greater than 40 yards (the previous school record was five). Westbrook and Joe Mixon combined average nearly four 20+ yard plays (3.91) each game, quite the duo.The Cowboys have a strong counter in James Washington who leads the nation in 80+ yard plays from scrimmage (3). He averages 19.32 yards per catch, followed by the red hot Chris Lacy (16.17 ypc) and senior Jhajuan Seales (15.87), the three forming a deadly trio of deep threats.2. Who wins the rushing battle?They say football games are won in the trenches, no doubt Bedlam will be too. One of the better ground game match ups in recent history is in line between Sooners’ Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine against the Cowboys’ lightning and thunder attack of Justice Hill and Chris Carson.Hill is a freshman All-America candidate averaging 106.8 yards per game in conference play and Carson has been virtually untackle-able since his return from injury (96 yards per game over the past three weeks).Even more important could be controlling the time of possession where OU is second in the Big 12 just below the plodding K-State Snydercats. Air raid quarterbacks rely on rhythm and tempo so long, clock draining drives from either side are liable to throw the opposition into a funk.Vincent Taylor & Co. will have their hands full this week, Mixon and Perine are a pair of complete backs that are hard to bring down and can take it the distance.The Pokes don’t necessarily have to out rush OU (they’ve won four times this year without winning the ground battle) but it’d be tremendously helpful to keep the ball out of their hands.It wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and win that ground battle, the Cowboys win nearly 80 percent of the time under Gundy when out-rushing the opposition. 3. Turnovers Will Be EverythingSpencer’s gang has been phenomenal in 2016, forcing a league-leading 23 turnovers (2.1 per game) on the year. OU hasn’t developed the same penchant for takeaways but has been hot lately, forcing seven turnovers over the past two games. The Cowboys are 60-7 (89.6 percent) when winning the turnover battle since 2005 so it seems like whoever wins this battle will be the favorite to win the war.Coach Stoops was quoted saying that “turnovers are the most important statistic to keep track of” (thanks Bob) and will no doubt play a big part this week. The Cowboys are second in the league at forcing both fumbles and interceptions, if Mixon puts one on the ground or Baker hangs one up there for a double-covered Westbrook…Could be time to break out the old #WTIB hashtag:Bonus StatAnother good sign has been how well the Cowboy D has been on third downs. In eight of nine wins, they’re holding foes to less than 50 percent on third down conversions, including twice when opponents were held to less than 25 percent. The Cowboys are holding opponents to a 39 percent conversion rate on the year which ranks fourth in the Big 12.
It’s one of the most endearing sentiments in sports. David and Goliath. Any given Saturday, the weak can prevail. The unassuming can ruin things for the destined.So it should come as little surprise that there’s been a slight buzz around Oklahoma State’s trip to Alabama this September. Not that Alabama school. Not that one either. South Alabama. The team that beat Mississippi State last year. The same program that played Tennessee close a handful of years ago.Could the Jaguars follow in the footsteps of their conference and in-state rival Troy? Let’s take a look.ParticularsWhen: September 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. CDT (Friday night)Where: Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama. Capacity: 40,600Last Meeting: N/AThis is the first meeting between Oklahoma State and South Alabama which added football in 2008. It’s only been an FBS program since 2012.We will get a good look at the Jaguars during opening week when they head to Oxford to face an Ole Miss program whose off-the-field turmoil shouldn’t stop them from hammering the Jags.OffenseIn 2016, sophomore Dallas Davis took over as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback but battled with injury down the stretch. He still finished second in the Sun Belt Conference with 246 passing yards per game.Davis sat out the spring due to shoulder surgery and his best shot appears to be an “open competition” if he’s on schedule to vie for reps in fall camp. He’ll compete with fellow junior Cole Garvin and former UAB quarterback and teammate of Victor Salako’s, Evan Orth.Regardless of who takes snaps for the Jaguars, they will be replacing virtually all of their targets in the passing game. The top four receivers in 2016 were seniors Josh Magee, Kevin Kutchera, Tyrone Williams and tight end Gerald Everett. Those four represented 2,404 of the Jaguars’ receiving yards in 2016. In fact, 81 percent (2,579) of South Alabama’s 3,169 passing yards were collected by seniors last year as well as 13 of their 15 receiving touchdowns.The Jaguars do return leading rusher, Xavier Johnson who had 831 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago. Johnson has led the team in rushing the last two years and boasts career totals of 2,225 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.DefenseSouth Alabama did finish second in their conference in passing defense, allowing just 174.6 yards per game and a 1.4:1 TD-to-interception ratio.But let’s not kid ourselves. The Sun Belt is not the Big 12 and the most prolific passing attack they faced was Troy. The chasm in skill players between Oklahoma State and the Troy Trojans is more embarrassment than mismatch. Oh yeah and the Cowboys have a legit Heisman contender in record-setter Mason Rudolph taking snaps.The Jaguars were best if given a long field to try and slow teams down, posting the 29th-best opponent points per long drive (1.17). They allowed an overall opponent points per drive of 2.40 which ranked 77th in 2016. Not great!Key MatchupJeremy Reaves is the veteran leader of the Jaguars’ secondary and returns after a junior season with seven pass breakups, three interceptions, 5.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He and fellow senior DB Neiko Robinson (three pass breakups and an interception) will have their hands full with what should be the most prolific offense the program has faced in its eight-year history.ConclusionThe simple question is whether the Cowboys take it to the Jaguars or play down to their competition like we’ve seen in the past. The Jaguars beat a bad Mississippi State team last year. Does that put fear into Mike Gundy? Unlikely. But there’s no reason to go mess around with a lesser team on the road.Summer PredictionThis is another game that the Cowboys should control throughout. I’m predicting OSU makes it to 2-0 after a 52-21 win in Mobile. 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.
We’re almost to the halfway point of our countdown. With No. 51, let’s turn our attention to the Cowboys’ sole offensive lineman from the 2017 class.How he got to OSUWhen National Signing Day 2017 ended, the Cowboys had only secured one offensive lineman for the class. Former OL coach Greg Adkins had struck out in terms of landing (or holding on to) any high school commits. The one lineman he was able to secure before his dismissal was a 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior college tackle.Belleville High School (Ypsilanti, Mich.) product Arlington Hambright took the JUCO route after playing defensive end as a prep. Hambright played on both sides of the line at Garden City Community College. He was the Broncbusters’ starting left tackle and helped them complete an undefeated season and claim an NJCAA National Championship.AdChoices广告A highly-ranked JUCO prospect, Hambright originally committed to Toledo but re-opened his recruiting last summer. He chose Oklahoma State over offers from the likes of NC State, East Carolina, Memphis and Houston.On signing day, Mike Yurcich talked about what the coaching staff saw in Hambright.“Arlington is very athletic and has a tremendous upside,” said Yurcich. “We feel like he fits in well with what we are trying to do. He is coachable, has good flexibility and good change of direction. He has played both sides of the ball and moves well.”What he’s done in StillwaterA 2017 signee, Hambright took part in spring practice and appear in the spring game.Role in 2017With incoming Cal grad transfer Aaron Cochran’s decision to come to Stillwater, Hambright will likely be relegated to competition for a backup role. He’s in that group with Teven Jenkins, Dylan Galloway and Shane Richards, all fighting for a backup role at either tackle spot. He could even fill in at guard if needed.Noteworthy Stats and HighlightsRanked the No. 34 JUCO prospect in the 2017 class by Rivals. Was part of a dominant offensive line at GCCC that rushed for 194.8 yards per game and averaged 28.7 points. 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.
Optimism for 2017 began last December, before the Cowboys trounced Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl. And when Mason Rudolph and James Washington announced their intentions to return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State was automatically a Big 12 contender.The buzz surrounding the duo — and the program — has only gotten louder. The NFL Draft they both decided to sit out of, became a QB-picking frenzy. Several signal callers shot up team’s boards and were picked higher than expected including Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky had comparable stats to Rudolph in his one year at the helm of North Carolina. Who knows where the South Carolina native would have been picked?AdChoices广告For Rudolph, that may be a moot point anyway.“If I’d have gotten a first-round grade, I would have stayed,” said Rudolph during Big 12 Media Days. Even with a first-round grade? “I think so. I don’t know if I was ready at that point.”If he was not ready this summer, another year should do the trick. At least, that’s the thinking at Bleacher Report, who named Rudolph one of 13 upcoming juniors and seniors tabbed as being the potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick. The group is ranked only by alphabetic order. Here’s what they had to say about Rudolph:Mason Rudolph, who could’ve garnered first-round attention in 2017, has consistently improved at Oklahoma State.After a successful 2015 campaign despite ceding short-yardage work to J.W. Walsh, Rudolph efficiently torched defenses last season. He posted a 63.4 completion percentage with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions and chipped in six scores on the ground.The 6’5″, 230-pound Rudolph seemingly checks all the scouting boxes (height, velocity, touch, progressions), so another productive year should push the gunslinger closer to the top of draft boards. [Bleacher Report]No. 1 would be something. He would be only the second Cowboy to go with first-overall pick. Bob Fenimore was No. 1 exactly 70 years ago. OSU has had just eight top-10 picks in school history.But Rudolph is not worried about making that type of history, at least not yet. His mind is on another second: Winning his school’s second Big 12 title.“It would mean a lot,” he said “I think with our school, Oklahoma State, only being there one time, it would mean a lot. Our team would go down in history. It would be something to always come back for and remember.”“I want to leave a legacy here at Oklahoma State,” Rudolph said. “I want to be able to enjoy my senior season and then attack the NFL whenever that comes my way.” 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.