Oklahoma State’s 2017 Regular Season Win Total Set at 9

first_imgSports betting service CG Technology released the first win totals of any outlet for the 2017 college football season and the over/under on Oklahoma States has been set at 9.This total does not include bowl games or conference championship games. Based on that, last year’s total was also 9. Here’s how some other Big 12 teams looked according to the odds.Oklahoma – 9.5Oklahoma State – 9Texas – 7.5Kansas State – 7.5West Virginia – 7TCU – 7Texas Tech – 6.5The Cowboys have a tougher non-conference schedule than people probably give credit for with a trip to South Alabama (not a gimme) and a road trip to Pitt. Don’t look past Tulsa either with a Philip Montgomery offense that they hope will be a plug-and-play duplicate of what he ran at Baylor.If the Cowboys make it into conference play unblemished, the Big 12 season sets up nicely (or nicer) with Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor coming to Boone Pickens Stadium.This season looks to be a big one for Oklahoma State and the 9-win total shows that’s not just a local sentiment. That puts the Cowboys in the same company with teams like Clemson, LSU, Michigan and Louisville. The only two teams set at double-digit win totals were Alabama (10.5) and Ohio State (10).Can we just fast forward to September? 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

Brad Lundblade on Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

first_imgLet the list watches begin.Senior Brad Lundblade was among 63 centers included on the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy. The award goes to the nation’s top center. Lundblade made last year’s watch list, as well.Lundblade started off his career as a last-minute addition to the 2014 class. The walk-on was thrust into the fire during that up-and-down 2014 season, appearing in seven games. He got his first start at Baylor — snapping the ball to another true freshman in his first start.Lundblade was put on scholarship prior to his sophomore season in 2015 and has been the Cowboys’ starting center since. He’s been a big part of the growth along the offensive line as a unit and is one of the leaders up front.The award is given to the consensus All-American center from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America, based on the highest number of first-place votes. 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

Secondary Depth Chart Primer: Experience Marks Safety Position

first_imgWe are at the end of our depth chart primers as the actual two deep should be released on Friday when Mike Gundy holds his press conference for the Tulsa game. On our last lap around Boone Pickens Stadium, let’s take a look at the Oklahoma State secondary.CornerbacksProjected startersCB – A.J. Green – So.CB – Adrian Baker – RS-Sr.Projected backupsAdChoices广告Malik Kearse – Sr.Madre Harper – So.Rodarius Williams – RS-Fr.Bryce Balous – RS-So.Bryce Brown – RS-So.Lamarcus Morton -Fr.Along with the Cowboy Backs, this is a unit that is a big unknown. We know that Adrian Baker can play, but he’s coming off an ACL and has never played a down for OSU. A.J. Green showed some flashes last year, specifically late, but there is not a ton of tape on him.Rodarius Williams easily could be listed as a starter as well, he is a guy the coaching staff is very high on. I get the feeling Green is firmly entrenched as a starter, and Williams/Baker are battling it out for the second spot. But this is irrelevant for the most part. Just like last year with Lampkin/Pipkins/Richards, OSU will have three cornerbacks on the field at times and will rotate the group a lot.Outside of those three guys mentioned, there is a group of about 4-5 who can provide depth, but haven’t really separated themselves.  My prediction is Bryce Balous and Madre Harper are the guys who see the most playing time from the reserve CB unit.Fall camp usually creates a few questions going into August.  Some of those this year were who the backup QB will be, what will the RB depth chart look like, but ultimately I think this question will be the biggest. What will the two-deep CB depth chart look like?  I think there is just a lot of speculation at this point and it will play out over the next 2-3 weeks.Expect this group to exceed your expectations. There is solid talent here and several key players who are poised to step up as big contributors.SafetyProjected startersTre Flowers – RS-Sr.Ramon Richards – Sr.Projected backups Jerel Morrow – RS-Sr.Darius Curry – RS-Sr.Za-Carrius Green – RS-So.Malcolm Rodriguez – Fr.Thabo Mwaniki -Fr.Kris McCune – Fr.At safety you have to feel pretty good. You have a TON of experience here and play-making ability. Tre Flowers is making the move to SS, given the fact that Ramon Richards doesn’t really have the size for consistent run support. Darius Curry will provide a lot of depth, and it is not completely out of the question for Spencer to play three high safeties. Since OSU has 3-4 quality safeties and 2-3 strong pass coverage LBs, it will give them the flexibility to play a lot of different looks in pass-only situations.Richards will be a really interesting story to follow, with his move to FS from CB. A lot of people label him as a guy who takes a lot of chances at CB, but actually after reviewing game film he was actually pretty consistent. He obviously is a ball hawk, and always seems to put himself in position to make plays, which is a great strength. I think the move to FS will allow him to roam a little more, and put himself in position to make more plays. Even in previous seasons they used him in a lot of different ways, this is just making things official with the position move. His ability to be a consistent tackler in space and the box will be crucial. The person who filled this role previously, Tre Flowers, has been the best tackler on the team the last few years.Flowers has the ability to make it in the NFL, with his length and versatility, the skills are there. But he really needs to prove his ability in run support. He has a strange skill set where he has the frame for a strong safety, but is really better served in a free safety capacity. If he can prove that he is able to make plays in/around the line of scrimmage, it will go a long way in proving his draft status. I think making the move to SS will help his stock, but it’s a big year for him. Could mean the difference between getting as high as a 3rd-4th rounder or going undrafted. I would expect him to play SS this season, but at next level make the move back to FS.I think a problem might be run support. Jordan Sterns was a tackle machine, and was strong run defender. There isn’t really an overly physical safety in this entire group, so I would expect them to leverage the Star (Bundage/KEM combo) position in four-LB sets for more run support instead of bringing up the SS inside the box area. Also don’t completely rule out the Star dropping into more of a safety capacity, I saw several examples in 2016 of Jordan Burton dropping into deep cover 3 coverage.Early word from camp reports is Thabo Mwaniki is impressing. Along with Tylan Wallace and Brock Martin, he is another candidate for a true freshmen getting early playing time and avoiding a redshirt. OSU has had good luck with players from Denton Guyer, hopefully he continues the trend.If this group can force turnovers and limit mistakes, they can still give up points and have a successful 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

Wenger: ‘Complacent’ Arsenal had no ideas

first_imgArsenal ‘Complacent’ Arsenal had no ideas, Wenger admits Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 08:03 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Östersunds FK Östersunds FK Arsène Wenger Videos After averting a huge Europa League upset at home to Ostersunds, the Gunners boss offered a withering assessment of his side’s mentality Arsene Wenger accused his Arsenal team of being “complacent” and lacking focus as they lost 2-1 at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday.The Gunners won the first leg in Sweden 3-0 and were expected to cruise in the return fixture at Emirates Stadium.Goals from Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema in the space of 70 first-half seconds saw Ostersunds threaten to pull off a huge upset. 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 And although Sead Kolasinac’s strike after the break made it 4-2 on aggregate and settled Arsenal’s nerves, Wenger offered a damning verdict of his side’s attitude. “We were not at the races in the first half,” he told a news conference.”We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused. We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That’s why we were in trouble.”In the second half, it was much better. Our energy was high and our domination as consistent. Overall we responded very well. We did the job to qualify. That’s what you have to keep from the night and that’s it.”It’s defeat on the night – but our aggregate score means we’re into the last 16 of the @EuropaLeague #AFCvOST pic.twitter.com/HhtLNNU2sH — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 22, 2018 Wenger acknowledged his team’s convincing win away from home and this weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City may have exerted an influence on the mindset of his squad.”We prepared properly, in a serious way, but you have external circumstances,” he said.”The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game.”Football doesn’t work like that. We played against a good side and it’s what you see in the FA Cup. You can be in trouble every time you’re not 100 per cent focused.”I felt in the first half the whole team was not at the level you expect. It was not easy for the defenders because we lost the ball too early and we didn’t’ screen well when we lost the ball.”last_img read more

Arsenal apathy worse than ‘Wenger Out’ displays – Carragher

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal apathy worse than ‘Wenger Out’ displays – Carragher Goal 17:32 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The empty seats at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday were more damning than the marches of a year ago, according to the ex-England man Arsene Wenger should be more embarrassed by the apathy coming from the Arsenal support than the demonstrations to get him sacked last year, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.It was evident how many empty seats there were at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the Gunners tackled champions elect Manchester City, and while some of these were doubtless caused by the inclement weather conditions, the Sky Sports pundit argued that it was indicative of the situation at the club.Arsenal, who lost the fixture 3-0, find themselves sixth in the Premier League standings, eight points from a Champions League spot next season, and having just been beaten by City in the League Cup final. The Europa League stands as their last chance of glory this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp While fans called for the head of Wenger this time last year, now they are voting with their feet, which Carragher finds even more damning.“Last season there was anger from supporters and marches against Arsene Wenger, which I thought were a disgrace,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But I think tonight was worse. The Arsenal fans are not actually interested. They didn’t turn up.“There were a few boos at the end but it wasn’t the anger of last season. Now it’s almost like resignation, just waiting for the manager to go.“How sad is that? That very few, if any, Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger as the manager next season.“This man is a legend in the English game. But they have to change it, it has to be done.“There’s no way the end of this season should be about this man being hounded out and going through that in empty stadiums.”Indeed, Carragher believes that an announcement should be made imminently to allow the veteran Frenchman to bow out in style.“Make the decision now and give this man the send-off he deserves for what he’s done over 20 years, not what he’s done over the last five, six, 10 years,” he said of the former Monaco boss, who has not lifted a Premier League title since 2003-04.On Thursday, Arsenal looked well off City’s pace, conceding three times in the first half then having a second-period penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved.last_img read more

Koscielny backs Wenger amid Arsenal blame game

first_imgArsenal Under-fire Wenger backed by Koscielny amid Arsenal blame game Chris Burton 17:57 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League An alarming slump has serious questions being asked of the Gunners, with those on and off the field being forced to shoulder responsibility Laurent Koscielny insists the Arsenal squad remain fully supportive of Arsene Wenger, with players having to shoulder as much responsibility for an alarming slump as an under-fire manager.Four successive defeats, and eight reversals in 13 outings across all competitions, have seen some serious questions asked in north London.Wenger has largely bore the brunt for a sorry run of form, with the long-serving Frenchman seeing calls for him to step aside intensify as the Gunners have become firmly stuck in a rut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He has, however, vowed to stay put and turn things around, with Koscielny adamant that everyone at Emirates Stadium is pulling in the same direction and reluctant to point the finger of blame.The France international defender told reporters: “Of course we are behind the manager. The players have the responsibility on the pitch, the boss has responsibilities too and we have to be together.“It is difficult to say if it is his fault or our fault. The club are together and we need to stay together.“Everything outside our bubble, we don’t think about. The boss is here to give his best for the club. He has been here for 20 years and has always loved the club, the players have as well. But yes, as a period it is difficult so we need to stay together and fight.”Arsenal put in another disappointing display during their last outing against Brighton, and Koscielny acknowledges that they have to raise their game for crucial fixtures to come – starting with a Europa League last-16 encounter with Serie A heavyweights AC Milan on Thursday.Arsene Wenger Laurent Koscielny supportHe added: “We know we are in a bad situation a bad period, we tried but nothing is with us.“We tried to fight and play football but you could see the confidence is very down. We miss a lot of things during the game against Brighton but we need to push more again and again. The confidence will be back slowly.“We know we need to win to have a little bit more confidence in us. We lost a little bit of our quality but we need to stay united.“It is a bad period but we need everyone who like this club – players, staff and fans – to be together and to fight to stay the highest we can. You need to put your head down and work. Just like this, we could be back at the top.“We will fight until the end of the season.”last_img read more

Man Utd dominate PL Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Man Utd trio lead the way Goal Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Liverpool West Ham United v Burnley Huddersfield Town v Swansea City Newcastle United v Southampton Chelsea v Crystal Palace Swansea City Liverpool West Ham United Burnley Huddersfield Town Southampton Newcastle United Crystal Palace Chelsea The Red Devils notched a 2-1 win over Liverpool and saw three players make the team, with Tottenham and Newcastle providing twolast_img read more

Didier Drogba’s net worth & everything you need to know

first_imgDidier Drogba Didier Drogba’s net worth, wife and everything you need to know about the former Chelsea star Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:46 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Didier Drogba Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Ligue 1 Süper Lig Olympique Marseille African All Stars The two-time African Player of the Year called a day on his career on Monday, so Goal takes a look at the 40-year-old’s run Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from professional football.The former Marseille, Chelsea and Galatasaray forward will mark the end of a glittering career once current club Phoenix Rising’s season is complete.He told Telefoot: “It’s really a pleasure for me to play. I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I’m 40, it’s time now.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goal takes a look at the two-time African Player of the Year and some of his finest moments in the game.Drogba’s net worthDrogba is estimated to be worth around $90 million and has worked with some of the world’s largest brands in Samsung, Pepsi, Adidas, Nike and Konami.Previous clubsAs a child, Drogba split his time between his parents in the Ivory Coast and with his uncle, former professional football player Michel Goba, in France. As such, Drogba played his football for a number of youth teams, including US Tourcoing FC, SC Abbeville, Levallois SC, and Vannes Olympique Club, before breaking into the first team at Ligue 2 Le Mans, who Drogba would go on to represent for four seasons.Drogba’s first professional contract was signed in 1999 at the age of 21, considerably later than many of his team-mates, and it would take the birth of his son, Isaac, for the forward to take his career seriously. “Isaac’s birth was a turning point in my life, it straightened me out,” Drogba said during an interview in 2004.A season and a half with Guingamp led to a switch to Marseille, for whom he scored over 30 goals in his only season with the top-flight club.It would be during Drogba’s time at Chelsea that he would earn his reputation, however.Didier Drogba Chelsea Premier League 24052015Drogba’s Chelsea statsDrogba arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and would go on to make 226 Premier League appearances and score 100 league goals before he left for China in 2012.He also scored a further 57 goals in cup competitions, taking his total number of goals to 157 in 341 appearances across all competitions.Drogba returned to west London for the 2014-15 campaign and scored four goals in 28 appearances, though only eight of those were starts.In total, Drogba scored 104 Premier League goals for Chelsea in 254 appearances, and 164 in 381 games altogether with 86 assists.The end of his first spell at Chelsea came when his contract expired at the end of the 2011-12 season, with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua picking him up on a two-year, £200,000-per-week contract, though he left for Turkey after just six months, joining Galatasaray in January 2013.A successful two-year stint in the Turkish Super Lig was followed by a brief return to Chelsea, before he signed for MLS outfit Montreal Impact as a Designated Player. Drogba’s time in Montreal fizzled out before joining Pheonix Rising as a player, but also as an owner.Goals & awardsDrogba scored 14 goals in 69 appearances for first club Le Mans, 23 in 49 for Guingamp, 32 in 55 for Marseille, 164 goals in 381 for Chelsea, and 20 goals in 53 games for Galatasaray. In China, Drogba scored eight goals in 11 games for Shenua, and for Montreal Impact he scored 23 in 41. Club Appearances Goals Assists Le Mans 69 14 NA Guingamp 49 23 NA Marseille 55 32 1 Chelsea 381 164 86 Shanghai Shenua 11 8 2 Galatasaray 53 20 13 Montreal Impact 41 23 7 Total 659 284 109 Drogba has a host of team and individual accolades, including four Premier League titles with Chelsea. He also helped the Blues to four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Community Shields, as well as scoring the winning penalty to seal the club’s first ever Champions League title in 2011-12.During his time with Galatasaray, Drogba won the Turkish Super Lig title, the Turkish Super Cup and the Turkish Cup.On a personal basis, Drogba was named as the Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2004, scored the Ligue 1 Goal of the Year in the same year, and also bagged a spot in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season.Drogba was named as the African Player of the Year in 2006 and again in 2009 and has been named in the CAF Team of the Year on five occasions. His 20 Premier League goals were enough to win him the 2006-07 Golden Boot, and he was named as the league’s top scorer again in 2009-10 with 29.Drogba finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or voting in 2007, was named Chelsea’s Player of the year in 2007, and was named to the 2016 MLS All-Star team.Drogba’s wife & familyDrogba married long-term partner Diakite Lalla in a private ceremony in Monaco in 2011, and the pair have three children together. Their eldest son, Isaac, born in 2000, signed to the Chelsea academy as a youngster before leaving for Guingamp in February 2018. He has a daughter called Iman, and another son named Kieran.Drogba also has two footballing brothers, Joel, 32, and Freddy, 26.As mentioned, Drogba’s uncle, Michel Goba, also played football, while Michel’s son Kevin has played across the lower divisions in France. He is also the cousin of former Birmingham and Celtic defender Olivier Tebily.Didier Drogba EMBED ONLYHow old is Didier Drogba?Drogba celebrated his 40th birthday Sunday, March 12.Charity work & political careerFollowing Ivory Coast securing their place in the 2006 World Cup, Drogba used his status to make a desperate call for a ceasefire in his war-torn country.”It was just something I did instinctively,” he told the Telegraph in 2007. “All the players hated what was happening to our country and reaching the World Cup was the perfect emotional wave on which to ride.”Within a week of Drogba’s plea, warring combatants had agreed to lay down their arms following five years of civil war. Drogba was also involved in relocating an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar to the rebel stronghold of Bouake.Drogba is a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and in 2010 joined iconic figures such as Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan as sportsmen to be named in the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine.His charity body, The Didier Drogba Foundation, has worked on numerous projects throughout Africa and teamed up with FIFA in 2014 in an attempt to tackle ebola. Drogba also previously donated a £3m fee he earned through a sponsorship deal with Pepsi to pay for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan.Despite being the face of his country, Drogba recently denied that he would make a move into politics or run for presidency following former PSG and AC Milan star George Weah becoming the 25th President of Liberia in 2018.“It’s not necessarily the case that all footballers will [now] want to become president. George [Weah] has opened the way for him to make an impact in his own way, and others can make an impact on their communities in other ways.”Drogba’s Instagram & TwitterDrogba has a following of 1.5 million on his official Twitter account, and just short of 6m on Instagram. The 40-year-old falls some way short of making the list of the top 25 followed footballers on Instagram, however, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi topping the bill.last_img read more

Online Betting Odds Tab Spencer Sanders as Favorite to Win OSU QB Job

first_imgThey say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what about offshore gambling forums? Well, they say Spencer Sanders is the likely starting quarterback for OSU in 2019.According to odds from the online gambling site BetOnline.ag, Sanders is the 1-3 frontrunner to win the job as of Tuesday, July 30 (two days before the beginning of fall camp). Dru Brown, the only other quarterback considered to be contending for the job with Sanders, is listed at 2-1. For the uninitiated, 1-3 odds as a percentage probability is 75 percent. 2-1 odds as a percentage probability is 33.3 percent.Translated: Sanders is the clear favorite.Vegas doesn’t seem to agree at all with the spin that’s being put out of Stillwater of late. Mike Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days that no quarterback has won the job yet, and new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson doubled down on that notion Monday at OSU’s pre-camp media outing.“This is an even race,” said Gleeson, emphasizing that the best accuracy and most intelligence should give one quarterback the winning edge. “We need a guy who can lead our players, who can be intelligent enough to run this no-huddle. There’s all different shapes and sizes of quarterbacks, but the thing we all understand is that accuracy matters. Whether you throw it hard or fast or big or small, accuracy is really important.”The odds give Sanders a huge leg up on Brown, which means there’s some value there with Brown. Because from everyone we’ve talked to both on and off the record, this seems to be a tighter race than these odds would indicate. Sanders may be a monster favorite to win the gig, which he may in fact go on to do, but it’s far from a done deal at this point. 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

10 Questions: Are We Underrating Oklahoma State’s Offensive Line?

first_imgWelcome to the fourth of my 10 preseason questions about Oklahoma State (at this rate, we might not even make it to five). These are, of course, unanswerable — like a lot of the writing we do — but still fun for discussion and debate.Let’s jump into today’s question. Here’s a list of previous questions.1. Can you Change a Discipline Culture in One Year2. Who is RB2?3. Wait, Chuba’s not better than Justice, right?4. Are we underrating the offensive line?Carson and I recently ran through our overrated/underrated position groups on a podcast, and as we were doing it, I realized I’d whiffed. I said the defensive line for Oklahoma State had a chance to be underrated — and while that might be true — I think I got the wrong side of the ball.It’s actually OSU’s offensive line that has an opportunity to shine as a position group we don’t expect to shine in 2019. Part of this is self-inflicted. After allowing just 24 sacks in 2017, that number rose to 34 in 2018, outside the top 100 in the country. While that’s not the only measure of success for an OL, it’s emblematic of a line that was oftentimes quite shaky in protecting QB1.Enter Vince Lombardi Charlie Dickey, Mike Gundy’s most prized assistant coach hire since … Dana Holgorsen? Dickey is raved about both in front of and behind the scenes in Stillwater, and he’s inheriting a cupboard that’s quite full thanks to Josh Henson.Although not much has changed in terms of the starters at the end of last year (only Bryce Bray is new), OSU has far more depth than it’s had in years. Here’s the two-deep.LT: Dylan Galloway (297 lbs), Hunter Anthony (330!)LG: Marcus Keyes (309), Hunter Woodard (295)C: Johnny Wilson (304), Ry Schneider (320)RG: Bryce Bray (300), Ry Schneider (320)RT: Teven Jenkins (330), Jacob Farrell (308)OSU running 295-plus across the board on their two-deep with four guys who were just entering college a year ago (Anthony, Woodard, Bray, Farrell), while not super unusual in 2019, is nonetheless encouraging. More importantly, Dickey molding them into something worthy of a Big 12 contender seems imminent.“The offensive line has come a long way,” said wide receiver Dillon Stoner recently. “Coach Dickey is an awesome guy and a great coach. I know all the guys respect him a bunch. Assignments-wise, they just seem sound. Very few mistakes on the line from what I’ve noticed. Obviously, I’m out running around, but they seem to be doing great and I love our o-line.”There is a sense of organization and toughness from that crew that there just hasn’t been in recent years. Henson was a great recruiter and a good coach, but Dickey seems like he might be great at both. And it’s not as if last year’s OL was completely lousy. They did creat enough space for OSU to average 4.8 yards a pop in 2018 (more than Gundy said is necessary).And we haven’t even mentioned who they get to block for. RB1 is one of the most electric (and versatile) in the country. QB1, no matter who it is, will be able to escape more and be more elusive than Corndog (an underrated runner!) ever was. Add it all up, and I’m excited for a group that includes four redshirt freshmen in the two-deep and some potential pros starting.Only the games will give us the answers we want here, but with Oregon State on deck, there’s a ton of reason to be optimistic about a position group that hasn’t been at the forefront in years in Stillwater. A loaded class of 2019 is stepping into the mix with somebody Gundy has coveted for years at the helm. Maybe it still goes badly and Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders get sacked 34 more times, but heading into the 2019 season it seems as if this is one position group that’s moving forward in the right direction. 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

QB Comparison: Zach Smith Will Once Again Be an Underdog against OSU

first_imgComp.3137 QB2BSandersSmith Yds/Att10.87.9 Pct.73.867.3 TD62 Rating211.6142.2 INT01 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. Rushing Yds160-9 Att.4255 The Cowboys end their nonconference slate with a familiar opponent, heading roughly 70 miles east to face Tulsa. When it comes to this weekend’s QB battle, Spencer Sander’s counterpart will also be familiar to OSU fans.Zach Smith is two games into his eligibility at Tulsa, but he came to the Golden Hurricane 10 with Big 12 starts under his belt at Baylor. Last January, Smith joined head coach Philip Montgomery — who recruited him as the Bears’ offensive coordinator —  and sat out the 2018 season due to transfer rules.Let’s see how Sanders and Smith stack up from a numbers standpoint through two games. Yds453436 Recruiting MatchupAs a high school prospect, Smith was the prototypical pocket passer at 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds. The three-star quarterback from Grandview High School ended his career among the Top 10 Texas passers of all time with 10,217 yards and 113 passing TDs.247Sports ranked Smith as the No. 16 pro-style passer in the 2016 class and the No. 58 overall prospect from the state of Texas. Of course, across the field will be a former four-star recruit and the No. 8 dual-threat QB in 2018 and the 17th-ranked Texas prospect in Sanders.Up-and-Down StartAfter an up-and-down performance in a loss to Michigan State in the opener, Smith rebounded in a win at San Jose State going 21-of-28 for 283 yards and a score. Smith will make his home debut as Tulsa’s QB at H.A. Chapman Stadium on Saturday.At Baylor, Smith had one meeting with Oklahoma State, but it’s probably one he’d like to forget. He and the Bears were OSU’s Homecoming guests in 2017 in a game the Cowboys won handily 59-16. Smith mustered just 127 yards on an abysmal 39.3-percent completion rate, had zero touchdowns and threw an interception. But this is a new team and an untested defense that he’ll face from Oklahoma State.Who’s Got the Edge?I’m going to have to go with Spencer Sanders on this one. Though he is much less experienced — and much less tested — the Cowboys QB has already shown that he’s got the type of God-given athletic talent that experience can’t teach. Spencer’s got a ways to go when it comes to experience, and we’ve yet to see him face a legitimate defense, but I think he has another big nonconference game, and gets the edge over Zach Smith. Total QBR83.5 (14th)71.2 (35th) Rushing TDs00last_img read more

A formula for winning communications

first_imgIn a ballroom in Miami today, the director of MEC Labs put up this formula. I kid you not.ECE = 3lq + 20r + 2bc + 2it + ef +drThe thing is, once he decoded it, it was really easy to understand. And I really liked it. Its usefulness transcends email marketing, which was the topic at hand.According to Dr. Flint McGlaughlin, effective email is based on:• 3 times list quality (heavy weight goes to the quality of the list)• 20 times offer relevance (note that HUGE weight given to relevance)• 2 times body copy• 2 times intrinsic timing• Envelope fields (subject line, from)• Deliverability rateIn other words – your success in getting people to do something is:• Very dependent on how well you’ve targeted your audience (it’s important you market to people who are likely to need what you’re offering and better yet, who know you and want to hear from you)• Extremely dependent on whether your offering is well-matched to your audience’s needs and values• The words you use are pretty important• The timing and sense of urgency with which you convey your message is pretty important• The messenger and headline are important• The deliverability of your message is key – it should be easy to get/read/receiveI like this formula – it’s based on good-old Marketing 101, as all good communications – whether by email or not – should be. And it helps us prioritize our time.last_img read more

MHTF Terms of Reference Finalized

first_imgMany thanks to all who contributed valuable time and energy to the drafting and reviewing of these Terms of Reference. We look forward to applying these guidelines to an exciting work-plan, which is now under development. We will post more on that in the coming weeks.Share this: Posted on April 14, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force Terms of Reference ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: I am pleased to post the final MHTF Terms of Reference (PDF, 68kb) which will be used to guide our work over the next three years. This document outlines the ways in which the MHTF will operate to achieve its goal and objectives, and describes the niche that the MHTF aims to fill in the expanding global response to improving the health of mothers everywhere. This document is the result of extensive research and consultation with an array of maternal health experts around the world, and it was the subject of a launch meeting that took place in Washington, D.C. in late February 2009. (Download the report — PDF, 60kb — of that meeting.)last_img read more

Starting a Cause on Facebook

first_imgCauses is a tool that lets you easily fundraise and recruit supporters for your nonprofit on the popular social network Facebook. For nonprofit organizations, there are two components of Causes: 1) your Official Nonprofit Profile, and 2) the different cause(s) on Facebook benefiting your nonprofit, which any Facebook user can start. Your Official Nonprofit Profile is your official presence on Facebook that displays basic information about your organization, and is the page through which you manage causes that benefit your nonprofit. Causes, on the other hand, can be started by any user, including yourself, and there can be an unlimited number.Thus the Causes tool presents a “many to one” relationship, where your nonprofit can potentially be benefited by dozens of causes, all of which you can easily keep track of through your Official Nonprofit Profile.I. Setting up your Official Nonprofit ProfileGo to http://www.causes.com/partners/new and fill out the Nonprofit Partner Application with the requested informationWhat you’ll need: your nonprofit EIN, a electronic picture of your logo, and contact informationClick “Submit Application”You will receive confirmation via email once you have been approved. Use the web link in the confirmation email to access your Official Non-profit Profile, which is your official presence on Facebook.Your Official Nonprofit Profile includes features to:View your “Nonprofit Scorecard”, which shows your total causes, total supporters, total donations, and total donorsEdit your profile by update contact info, organization information, etc.Select official and featured causes to display on your Official Profile on FacebookAccess donor information, including mailing address, donation amount and date of donation. You can also download the information through a CSV file.II. Starting a Cause on FacebookSign-up for Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Set-up your personal account: you will need your full name, email address and birthday. You can use Privacy Settings to choose what information you want or don’t want displayed on your personal profile.Get the Causes applicationAfter setting up a Facebook account, you will be taken to your home pageClick on the “Applications” link on the far left-hand side of the pageClick on the “Browse Applications” link, then type in “Causes” in the search field to search for CausesOnce you see the Causes application, click on it. You’ll then see a button to “Add Application”, and click on this to add Causes to your personal profileStart a cause that benefits your nonprofit!Once you’ve added Causes, an icon will be displayed for it on the far left hand side under the “Applications” link. Click on the Causes icon.Click on the “Start a Cause” button.You will see fields to fill out basic information for your cause, including the name, description, and your positions and goals. You can also upload a picture.Focus the name of your cause on a specific campaign or program, and don’t just use the name of your organization.Select your non-profit as the beneficiary by browsing our database of non-profitsIII. Growing Your CauseTips & Tactics:The cause should focus on a specific issue that the organization focuses on. The name of your cause, your photo, and basic information should reflect this. Don’t simply use the name of your organization as the name of the cause or bland organization-profile information.State a concrete goal or set of goals you want to achieve. If this includes specific monetary goals with a description of what one’s financial or membership support will actually do, even better.Tell a story. Many successful cause creators have shared personal or otherwise captivating stories in the body/description of their cause – this helps convey urgency and lends a universality to your cause that more people can relate to.Designate leaders for your cause offline from different social networks. Assign goals to each one, like inviting a certain number of people to your cause every week and interacting with cause members on a regular basis.Add your leaders as administrators of your cause. They can help post announcements and media, and others can publicly see that they are leaders.Offer an incentive to your top recruiter/donor/leader, like tickets to a sports game or promotional event, a gift card, dinner at a nice restaurant, etc. (you can keep track of progress by viewing your cause Hall of Fame)Utilize the “Announcements” and “Media” posts daily and change the main photo within your cause to maximize your exposure (these posts are sent to cause members’ newsfeeds).Start debates and discussions on your “Wall” to create personal connections and to empower individuals to express what this cause means to them.last_img read more

Jimmy Buffett is a marketing genius

first_imgSo I’m back from Mexico, where I went on vacation and hung out with Jimmy Buffett’s brand for several days. We’ve grown tight, because we got a lot of quality time together. Jimmy is in the airport, where you can buy Margaritaville t-shirts or the Perfect Margarita at the Jimmy Buffett restaurant. (I chose the drink over the t-shirt.) He’s singing about his lost shaker of salt on the TV screens in this photo I took in the restaurant in the airport. He’s on the beach, where airborne Cessna’s pull advertisements for a bar called Margaritaville. He’s in hotel bookstore, having apparently penned a bestseller about a pig (“Swine Not?”). In short, he’s ubiquitous, prolific and possessing of serious marketing genius.He has parlayed a hit song – and its drinking-on-the-beach kind of aesthetic – into a brand empire.How do I get me some of that?While sipping on my airport margarita awaiting my flight home, I snapped this photo and contemplated this question. And here’s what I concluded are the three cornerstones of Jimmy’s brilliance.1. Simplicity: He stands for one thing. To me, that thing is life as a margarita – carefree, hammock-lying, drink-sipping relaxed happiness with a little salt around the edges. From his music (Cheeseburgers in Paradise, anyone?) to his restaurants to his books. Which brings me to his…2. Consistency: It’s about the margaritas as life, folks. Always. Visit his website. The name? Of course it’s margaritaville.com. Note: excellent lead generation on the page with the email sign-up. Nice touch.3. Hopeful: The allure of something happy is strong. Remember that when you tell stories. If you go dire in the telling, remember that people want hope and happiness as the punchline.I can hear you now. You’re thinking, that girl had one too many margaritas in Mexico. I’m saving the world, not slinging drinks. Yes. I know. I am too. But while I know it’s easier to sell margaritas or pigs than it is to promote the end of poverty, the principles remain the same. Stand for something compelling and hopeful. And stand for it over and over, over time. It works.last_img read more

Create an Online Fundraising Plan: Work Your Website

first_imgYour web strategy for online fundraising should include three main objectives: maintain a site design that has high usability, remember that content is king, and determine ways to increase site traffic. Work these initiatives into the part of your online fundraising plan dedicated to website improvement: Nonprofit Website Design TipsMake it easier for people to donate. Put your “donate” button above the fold, and make it BIG. Make it interactive with email capture, surveys, contests and other dynamic content. Make it accessible. You know that different people will visit your site for different reasons (to research, to donate, to kill some time). Give them each a chance to shine. Put out different welcome mats–for donors, seekers and Web-surfers. Make it simple to spread the word. Incorporate tactics to increase word-of-mouth marketing, such as tell-a-friend, email links and downloadable materials for your constituents to share.  Nonprofit Content TipsIncorporate the four parts of a great message: Connect to things your audience cares about: saving time, feeling good about themselves, feeling powerful, etc.Identify and offer a compelling reward for taking action: Remember that good rewards are immediate, personal, credible and reflective of audience values. Have a clear call to action: Good actions are specific, feasible and filmable (in other words, easy to visualize doing). They should also measurably advance your mission. Make it memorable: What makes something memorable? It’s memorable if it’s different, catchy, personal, tangible and desirable. But a word of caution: memorable elements should always be closely tied to your cause. Think of all the advertisements that were so funny or memorable that you told a friend about them, but when asked what product the ad was for, you couldn’t remember. Driving Site Traffic TipsIncrease your visibility on corporate partners’ websites. Does a local restaurant provide in-kind support for your events? Do you hold Board meetings in a local office building’s conference room? You both win if you make a plan to make your presence known on their websites. (Think a twist on the old Vidal Sassoon ad: If I (for-profit partner) look “good,” you (non-profit) look good.) Promote your events on event-listing services like CitySearch.com, local message boards, etc. Improve your searchability. Invest in Google AdWords. Learn what meta-tags are.last_img read more

Get R.E.A.L.: Four Steps to a Successful Fundraising Plan

first_imgI often get asked by start-up nonprofits how to raise money. The panic of making budget seems to make raising money impossible without knowing someone rich and famous like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.But fundraising isn’t impossible. It can an incredibly exciting adventure. Here is a simple plan I recommend to my clients. It can get you off to a good start and keep being used for years to come. To keep it easy, I implore them to “Get R.E.A.L.”The basic model I use for asking is the acronym R.E.A.L.: Research, Engage, Ask, and Love.RESEARCH: The first step of research is to find out how much you need to raise. This may seem obvious but my experience is that most groups never put a specific dollar amount on their need. Once that need is determined, it’s important to research how many gifts you’ll need. If you’re attempting to raise $100,000, the knee-jerk reaction will probably be “We just need to find 100 people that will give us $1,000.” As nice as that seems, decades of fundraising experience show that that simply isn’t how it works.One of the most helpful tools is a gift grid. Long-standing common wisdom shows that you’ll need at least one gift equaling 10% of the total. The next two should equal 5% of the total, etc. So, to reach your goal of $100,000, you’ll need at least one donor to give a minimum of $10,000. Experience shows that you’ll need to have 4 or 5 prospects to achieve that gift. Work through the grid until you have names of prospects for each level.As you’re building your prospect list, you’ll want to continue your research. Google can be an incredibly helpful tool. So can your board members and a development committee in the form of a peer review committee. You could invite these people, remind them of your cause and fundraising goals, and ask them to go over the names of prospects. One simple method of doing this is conducting what I call a “cpi screening”: rating each prospect on capacity, philanthropy, and interest.Does the prospect have capacity-are they financially able to make a gift? Are they philanthropic-are they generous with their money. You need to be a good steward of your resources, if the prospect can’t make a worthwhile gift or doesn’t have a track record of giving you would be better served seeking donations elsewhere. ? Are the interested in your cause? You can find this out by looking at other causes they’ve supported and by asking people close to your organization. Have the people on the committee assign a score of 1-5 for each category-1 being lowest, 5 being highest. This is tool can be useful because it removes individual personalities from the prospect rating process and makes it feel more objective. You should promptly visit anyone scoring 12 or more. But watch for those with high scores in the first two categories and some inclination to your cause. While you can’t make someone more wealthy or generous, but you can have a chance at making someone more interested in your organization. Which brings us to the second step, engage. ENGAGE: I like to think of this as the dating part of the relationship. It’s important to get to know your prospects before you “pop the question.” While you’ll certainly want to share the story of your cause, take time to get to know them-listen to their story, discover their interests, hear their goals. If the prospect has c and p then here’s where you work on i.ASK: The number one reason people don’t give money to your cause is that they are not asked. Even if you skip the prior two steps, you’ll still reach some level of success by consistently executing this one.If you’ve done the first two steps, this step will be quite fun. You’ll already have the odds in your favor. You know that they are predisposed to saying “yes” and you’ll have had time to shape the ask around their passions.I recommend asking people for gifts spread out over a period of time: i.e. “$1000 a year for three years.” This both shows you consider your cause important enough for a substantial investment and it saves you from having to ask them again and again.LOVE: I originally called this step Live/Like/Love. This is easy if the prospect says “yes” when you’ve asked. You simply need to be sure to thank them about seven times before you ask them again.But fundraising is all about relationships. The work really starts if they’ve said “no.” The big thing is to not burn any bridges. If you made it all the way to the ask, you had good reason to believe they’d say yes. The timing simply might not have been right. If you keep in touch with them, they just may give in the future. People will remember you if you’re exceptional at handling a “no.” And refusing a request can be so difficult, they’ll be grateful for your composure.Source: Marc. A Pitman of http://fundraisingcoach.com/.last_img read more

The 2 reasons you need new media, even if you’re old school

first_imgI’m blogging from the session at Independent Sector, “Community Empowerment through New Media and Innovative Journalism,” moderated by Ben Binswanger of the Case Foundation. The panelists are Linda Fantin of Minnesota Public Radio and the Center for Innovative Journalism, Ramya Raghavan of YouTube Nonprofits and Alyce Myatt of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media.Here’s my take on the panel. Just as marketing is no longer a monologue but rather a conversation with an audience, so is new media. It is two-way communication. As Linda pointed out, public insight journalism is predicated on the idea that everyone has expertise, and people know what matters to them. The audience isn’t just an audience – they are a participant that takes part in creating the content – either by interacting with those covering the story or suggesting angles to a story, or by creating the story themselves. If you’re still doubting this idea, or don’t know how it relates to you, consider two principles of persuasion: relevance and trust. These are two old-school, good old bread and butter ideas. First, we only tune into what is personally relevant to us. Second, we trust ourselves (and people like us) more than traditional authorities. That’s why word of mouth is so desirable. What’s great about new media is it allows us to establish personal relevance and trust on unprecedented levels. Because the audience is the messenger! That’s where old school meets new media.Take the example from Ramya of voters filming their experience at the polls at Video Your Vote at YouTube vs. CNN talking about long lines on air. There’s nothing quite like watching a first-time voter in Georgia filming herself talking about waiting in line for seven hours to vote – with her baby. It has a level of immediacy and credibility that traditional media doesn’t achieve.As Linda put it, this ideally changes the nature of how stories are reported via traditional media as well. She said, “If you want to find a left-handed baker who can make pineapple upside down cake while making a YouTube video, you could. But this is not about finding the right example to plug into a set story. It’s about what is happening among real people, and that information shaping the story.”So what does this mean to you, even if you’re not in the business of media? The bottom line is these tools can make every interaction with your constituency more powerful. Put video in the hands of your donors or people you help. Engage your supporters in a conversation about how they spread the word about your issue. Give them the tools to do it. And then if they give you input, be sure to acknowledge it, use it and celebrate it. When you lose control of the story, it’s a little scary, but the alternative is having an audience of only one: yourself.last_img read more