Mason Rudolph: ‘I Think Those Games in the Past Help Us Tremendously’

first_imgAdChoices广告This interview opened up hilariously with Mason Rudolph saying, “thank you” when a reporter told him he’d never been around a team so good at third downs.Rudolph went on to say something I’ve been saying for most of the second half of the year.“Those games in the past help us tremendously,” said Rudolph. “We’ve been in these scenarios before and we know how to react. We stay calm and keep going to work.”Then, finally, “Mason Rudolph’s message is, ‘if we keep winning, we’re up there with anyone at the top of the rankings. With this week, we’re focused on beating Baylor, becoming 11-0 and continuing that quest for a Big 12 championship.’”Haha, “Mason Rudolph’s message.” 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

Barry Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Other Pokes Honor Gundy With Video Celebrating No. 100

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You might have heard, Mike Gundy won his 100th game on Saturday in Stillwater. A host of former players including Barry Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Zac Robinson, Brandon Pettigrew and even Todd Monken honored Gundy with a video telling him what they’re thankful for about him as a coach.This day rocks.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (February 9)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Brad Underwood is not afraid of ChangeThis is tremendous on how Underwood flipped OSU’s season.The big difference this time around was that the antidote for Oklahoma State’s ailments wasn’t a spread offense or a lineup rearrangement. It was, however, a deviation from what Underwood had had success with in the past.  “You kind of have to get out of your own way,” he says. “It was about helping this team become the best it can be. And that’s my obligation.” [Yahoo]Music to these ears.Loss won’t LingerUnderwood doesn’t expect the Wednesday outcome to result in a Cowboy hangover or anything that might resemble the slump of January.“Boy, I sure hope we’re not that shallow,” he said. “You don’t go to West Virginia and win, and you don’t go to (OU) and beat a Lon Kruger team, without being a good basketball team.“I can’t say enough how good this league is. My goodness, you better not feel too sorry for yourself. You better strap it up and go. See you Saturday.” [Tulsa World]Oh yes we will.Move The College Hoops Season?May Madness?The riskier strategy is making it a one-semester sport. Ideally, it could make almost the entire season relevant nationally. It would certainly be true for early-season matchups, where titanic battles between blue-blooded, top-10 teams are commonplace. Far more common than in college football. But for basketball, games like Kentucky-North Carolina and Indiana-Kansas earlier this year barely registered for sports fans at large. [Sports On Earth]As proprietor of a college sports blog, I’m all in on either of these ideas.OSU and NCAA NotesNick Saban keeps going through offensive coordinators … Great Jordan Sterns interview here with CRFF (killing it on the interviews, guys!) … Gundy will probably name an OL coach by the end of the week … Yo … what?VCU allowed a go-ahead 3-pt FG with 0.4 seconds left in each of its last 2 games. VCU won both games. pic.twitter.com/r9wjhyGHgb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2017What You Missed On PFBHow Mike Gundy gets his team and coaches on the same page.Why is Oklahoma State not better at recruiting?Notebook on last night’s game.Wednesday night was a glimpse of what GIA could be again.More Stuff I’m ReadingWhat does Durant, OK think of Kevin Durant’s return? …last_img read more

Spring Preview: 10 Things To Know About Mike Gundy’s Opening Presser

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Gundy on Jeff Carr: “I would love for him to develop in that (RB) role. But you’ve got a couple guys that will be right there on this tail.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 201710. Zach Sinor is literally the centerpiece on the spring media guide. This is the best. Let’s send him to New York for the Heisman presentation. I want Tom Rinaldi to play the piano and make me cry Knoshown Moreno-sized tears as he narrates an existential piece on the history of the punter featuring Sinor.Front and center: @ZachSinor29. #Sinor4Heisman #okstate pic.twitter.com/eF2DGmlqBH— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 2017 Mike Gundy spoke to the media for the first time in an official capacity this spring on Monday at Boone Pickens Stadium. He rocked the mullet, wore dad jeans and said a lot of interesting stuff. Let’s jump into 10 takeaways from the hour-long presser.1. Our team will dive into this more in the coming days, but apparently Ramon Richards is moving to safety, at least part-time. That’s a bit of a shocker to me given the lack of depth at cornerback and Richards’ relatively diminutive stature (can he roll with guys like Tre Flowers and Jordan Sterns?) although, as some people pointed out, Richards played a little there last year.It’s worrisome that OSU is now going into the season with little to no experience at one of the most vulnerable slots when it comes to Big 12 play, but I suppose the optimist looks at this and says, “Gundy must love OSU’s young corners.”LOOK: 2016 starting cornerback Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) is listed in the #OKState spring media guide as a SAFETY. pic.twitter.com/TzxzH5XVPo— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 20172. Gundy is insistent on potentially having a J.W. Walsh-like package for one of his backup quarterbacks. Should they? Last year the Pokes were 25th in red zone scoring but just 58th in red zone TDs. I can be talked into having a J.W. package, although I didn’t hate No. 2 running it a little at the end of last season. It’s true that they need to be better when it comes to scoring TDs in the red zone, but I get antsy any time the ball is taken out of No. 2’s hands.3. Is Oklahoma State going to play a freshman at left tackle? Mike Gundy said it could as UAB transfer left tackle Victor Salako will be replaced by redshirt freshman Dylan Galloway. But as Kyle Boone wrote about last week, Cal transfer Aaron Cochran seems like the more likely player to fill this role should he go ahead with the transfer to Stillwater.Gundy: Redshirt freshman Dylan Galloway will replace Victor Salako as #OKState’s starting left tackle. Stay tuned for a grad transfer.— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 2017Maybe OSU should just change the position to be a “graduate transfer left tackle.” Here’s our offensive line: We have a left guard, a right guard, a right tackle, a center and a graduate transfer left tackle.4. One of the other big moves on defense is Kenneth Edison-McGruder going from safety to linebacker. This isn’t nearly as stunning as Richards moving to safety given Edison-McGruder’s size (6-0, 220 lbs.) and the fact that he played there in the Alamo Bowl, but it’s worth noting.Kenneth Edison-McGruder getting his Jordan Sterns on early. pic.twitter.com/7sLrUGsAS9— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 20165. Be still. Mike Gundy starts comparing 2011 to 2017. I’m weak. Interestingly, though, he says the defense on this 2017 team might be better than a really solid 2011 defense which led to a 12-1 season.He notes that they are deeper in 2017 but have to “hit a couple of corners.” That’s true, and hopefully they will be able to add Clemson transfer Adrian Baker to the mix.Gundy on comparisons between the 2011 team and 2017. #okstate pic.twitter.com/f5qI91y4XH— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 20176. Given the pieces returning, Gundy noted that OSU would probably use more four-wide sets than it has in the recent past. I want to praise Gundy here, but let’s be honest, only a fool would not use as much of James Washington, Chris Lacy, Marcell Ateman, Jalen McCleskey and Tyron Johnson as possible. Gundy is no fool.7. On the backup QB race, Gundy thinks Jelani Woods could weigh 270 lbs. Two-hundred and seventy pounds! A quarterback! Carson about lost it on our podcast on Monday over this news, and it is significant. The race for QB2 should be one of the best storylines this spring, although I guess if I’m betting I have to bet on the guy who could weight 270 pounds and throws lasers all over the field.Mike Yurcich getting his first chance to work with freshman QB Jelani Woods. He’s every bit of 6-7. pic.twitter.com/jRYOSsWvqb— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 20178. Gundy mullet update: Pristine.Mike Gundy mullet update: pic.twitter.com/fxe4H5YePt— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 6, 20179. Remember this guy? The pre-fall running back competition will be interesting, and whoever comes away with a spring win will be the favorite to join the mix starting in September with Justice Hill and freshmen J.D. King and Chuba Hubbard. Gundy said on Monday that speedster Jeff Carr could be the best of the RB bunch this spring with Hill out.last_img read more

Four-star Safety DeMarvion Overshown Names OSU in Top 15

first_imgAs a junior last season (his first full season at safety), he was named the District 9-3A-II Defensive MVP, racking up 153 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery for Arp High School. He’s rated as the 109th best prospect nationally in the class of 2018 and the No. 11 safety/outside linebacker. He plays on both sides of the ball for small-school Arp where he starred last season, leading them to an appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division II state semifinals.OSU does not have a commitment at the safety position for 2018, however Texas, who is predicted as the favorite for Overshown, currently holds a safety pledge from five-star prospect Caden Sterns, the younger brother of Jordan. Four-star safety/outside linebacker DeMarvion Overshown has cut his list in half, announcing on Thursday he’s whittled his list to 15 schools: Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, Florida State, OU, Arkansas, Florida, OSU, Ohio State, TCU, Clemson, Texas, Alabama, LSU and Stanford.Overshown is a monster pass-rusher who can get after the quarterback off the edge in a hurry, but will likely drop into the secondary as a pass protector in college. 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

Poll Results: Majority Think Rashaun Woods’ Record is Safe

first_imgThis one turned out closer than I thought it would. James Washington needs nearly 1,500 receiving yards in his senior season to surpass Rashaun Woods’ career record of 4,414, and 43 percent think he’ll get it.That 1,500 yards would be the 4th best single season in school history (two Blackmons and a Rashaun). I’m with the majority here. I just don’t think he’s going to be able to do it, although with the benefit of a couple extra games (Big 12 title? Playoff?), it becomes more feasible.Washington would have to average 107 yards a game on a 14-game schedule. He averaged 106 last year. I think between the depth of OSU’s receivers, the uncertainty of a Big 12 title appearance and the threat of injury, the safer bet is that he doesn’t get to 1,500 and surpass Rashaun. I’ll go with that, but I also won’t be surprised if it happens.Tuesday poll question: James Washington has 2,923 career receiving yards. Will he catch #okstate record holder Rashaun Woods at 4,414?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 23, 2017Here are your comments.Trigiddy: I say no because we have too much firepower to have to force it to James for 1500 yards next season. He’ll see safety help all year, and the rest of the receiving corps will produce in spades.Lokeasy: If we can make it to the Big 12 championship and then both rounds of the CFP, sure. Those extra opportunities might get him there. Otherwise, nah.Clint: Don’t think he’ll get there – and that’s NOTHING against him. He’s going to be covered up and he’s going to have #2 slinging the ball to a slew of other Cowboys. Weeden2Blackmon was great! But, Rudolph2Washington has solidified an era!Nate: 2002 (Rashaun’s best year) “other” WRs:John LewisTD BryantGabe Lindsay(No other WR had more than 10 catches)Night and day difference between the supporting WRs in 2017 and 2002. Washington won’t come close to breaking Woods’ record.Sonny: With the plethora of talent at receiver, it’s unlikely he’ll catch Woods. IMO, the better question is, how many yards can Justice Hill rack up as opposing linebackers are forced to drop into coverage? Or better yet, how many team rushing yards could the RB’s grind out? Opponents, like voters in a national election, are going to be required to pick a poison.Matt B: I could see him getting the 1500 simply because we start beating defenses over the head with our other receivers and at least once or twice a game James catches a deep ball for a TD or close to it. Assuming at 13-game season, James needs to average just under 115 yards a game. If we make it a 15 game season, that number drops to about 99.5 yards/game. While there’s a lot of potential for fewer receptions and therefore yards, team won’t be able to double team him without giving up regular chunks of yards.I’d also argue that our receiving corps was pretty good last year and he still grabbed over 1,300 yards. We forgot about a few of the misses Mason tossed James, but they were there and it’s likely that there will be fewer such missteps this time around. Also, James had to leave the Texas game and Colorado game, and only had 9 yards against Kansas. Just things to think about. 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

Five Thoughts on Oklahoma State’s Fan Appreciation Day

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 3. Players who stood outHere is how the player-media interaction works in the practice gym at GIA: We just walked around with an iPhone on a stick, shoved it in players’ faces and asked them all the questions we could think of based on our limited knowledge. It can be bizarre and awkward unless the player embraces the process for what it is.We didn’t get to talk to all 30ish players, but of the ones we talked to I was most impressed with Chris Lacy (duh), Vili Leveni, Jalen McCleskey and Jordan Brailford. They gave thoughtful, interesting answers to our sometimes-not-great questions. I was actually impressed with how locked in everybody was. That’s a really, really long day of practice, signing and talking, but pretty much everybody seemed up for it (and Ramon Richards looked like he could go another 3-4 hours as long as there was a microphone).Nobody won the day like this next guy, though.4. Tyron Johnson is a new faveHowever, as good as those guys were, Tyron Johnson is a new favorite for me. He dished on Louisiana food, how special teams are a second love, confirmed that he should get his own Twitter show this year a la Ramon Richards and walked me through what a bag year is (see tweet below). Video of all of that here.Bag year!!? #RTDC pic.twitter.com/2aJPyMs4lJ— 国王 (@_TBJXIII) March 7, 2017 But none of that is why he was the hit for me. He stood out on Saturday because he had fun with the questions and didn’t take it too seriously. He had that look Mike Gundy gets when he knows he’s about to flame the Big 12 with an all-time one-liner going for about five minutes, like he was telling the jokes but also in on them. I appreciated the self-awareness.Media members throwing jump balls in the gym. #okstate pic.twitter.com/td0XkoDW2V— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 5, 2017Also, at one point he took a photo with Chris Lacy, Marcell Ateman, James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Mason Rudolph in the corner of the gym where the lights and cameras were set up. Somebody leaned over to me and said, “How many pros in that photo?”5. Mike Gundy is readyI observed Gundy at practice and signing his signature for a bit before the presser. It was interesting to see the animal on his head in its natural habitat him in his element. You can tell the rhythms of the job have changed him over 12 years, and that he’s never been more confident in the process OSU is going through.This weekend doubled as the Extreme Camp where folks pay a lot of money to come hang out with the team, see how practice works and go to Gundy’s house on Friday night. Needless to say, there was a lot going on for Mike Gundy this weekend, and yet the first thing he does at his presser is walk in with a little kid who crooned an Aaron Watson song. Gundy closed the song by calling him Big Daddy and asking for questions. On Saturday me, Kyle Boone, Thomas Fleming and Jackson Lavarnway headed up to Stillwater for Oklahoma State’s annual fan appreciation and media availability day. Things got kicked off early with a 9 a.m. practice (my first to attend in person) and continued with a 2:30-4:30 session in GIA with players and coaches signing for fans.Side note: The most bizarre things we saw getting signed included a fedora and a lamp shade that included an OSU helmet as the actual lamp. Also, the 2011 Texas A&M game helmet (the LEGO one) made an appearance. I saw one autograph on it. I think it was Mason Rudolph’s, but I’m going to pretend like it was Mike Yurcich’s.Mike Gundy spoke at 5 p.m. and players gathered in the practice gym in GIA after that to discuss the upcoming season. By the time I stumbled out of there at 7 p.m., I felt like I’d been thumped a few times by Chad Whitener, but the entire day was a blast and we loved getting to partake in it for the first time.AdChoices广告Five thoughts, let’s go.1. The optimism is flowing like an Arkansas WaterfallWhile fans roped around and through GIA waiting to meet their heroes (and in many cases, waiting so their kids could meet their heroes), we grabbed a couple dozen of them and asked them questions about the season (video coming this week). One of the questions we asked was what expectations are for what constitutes a successful year for OSU in 2017?The most common answer we got: Double-digit wins.I get the hype, and I know OSU is a top 11 team to start the year, but it’s still improbable (and a thrill) to me that this would be the expectation going into a year for OSU football. It’s not unwarranted, but it struck me that all of us are living out a sports fantasy as we talked to fan after fan who said, “Yeah, we expect OSU to win 10+ games, and if not, then I’m probably going to be bummed.”2. The ultimate fanThis woman is a national treasure and I hope Mike Gundy lets her be a captain for one of the games. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/gz3yA2vzsM— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 5, 2017If OSU seasons are a reflection of how good Mike Gundy is feeling heading into them, then we could be in for one of the best ever.Thanks to everyone who came up to us and said hello. We loved being there and look forward to coming back for many more years in the future.last_img read more

Watch: Tyron Johnson Scores OSU’s First TD of the Season

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU’s opening drive of the season was everything you could’ve expected.The Cowboys strung together an 8-play, 74-yard drive that spanned only 2 minutes and resulted in a deep ball to none other than Tyron Johnson — the LSU transfer receiver — who bagged it for six points from 44 yards out. Take a look.WATCH: Welcome to the SEAson of Orange! Rudolph to Tyron Johnson to start the night for #OKState! #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/lAutT6MuwB— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017AdChoices广告Johnson sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules after logging just 150 yards through the air as a freshman with the Tigers, but despite the down time, he doesn’t look like he’s dealing with any rust in his new threads in orange and black.last_img read more

Sharks win fifth NTL Men’s Open title

first_imgDrumayne Dayberg-Muir has starred for the SQBD Sharks in their grand final win over the Sydney Scorpions in the Men’s Open final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.Muir had a hand in almost all of the Sharks tries as he guided them to their 5th NTL title in this division, with the final score being 10 touchdowns to 8. He was deservedly named Player of the Final, while Sharks were also named the Champion Permit of this year’s NTL.The Sharks were on the scoreboard after just 3 minutes, through Damian Moar, after the Scorpions dropped the ball 5 metres out from the Sharks line.Jonothan Palau leveled the score for the Scorpions in the fifth minute and an Adam Fahim touchdown, off a great Troy Malcolm long ball, giving them the lead for the first time in the game. Aaron Swan hit back for the Sharks, from another Dayberg-Muir pass, to level the score. Two more quick tries to the Sharks at the midway mark of the first half, to Kristopher McMurdy and Troy Skinner, gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead.In the 12th minute, Palau scored his second try for the Scorpions, which included some great acrobatics in the touchdown scoring process, to bring the Scorpions to within one touchdown of the Sharks.In the 13th minute, James Harrington scored next for the Sharks out on the wing, and Ryan Pollock crossed soon after, after another great pass from Dayberg-Muir. The Scorpions had two disallowed tries in the last five minutes of the first half, which cost them dearly.  Ryan Shibashaki scored, through some great team work, to take the lead out four touchdowns.Nathan Wong and Troy Malcolm both scored for the Scorpions in the last three minutes of the first half, to bring the score to 7-5 at half time.The Sharks started the second half of the match with some good defence, and they soon turned this hard work in points, with McMurdy scoring his second touchdown off a scoot from dummy half from Dayberg-Muir .Scorpions’ Drew Davies got sent to the sin bin in the 6th minute, and Leon Skinner from the Sharks capitalised on this, scoring in the next set of six.Scorpions then scored three consecutive tries, to Sam Brisby, Harry Berryman and Davies, to get within one touchdown of the Sharks.Pollock made sure that the Sharks would take out the title with his second touchdown in the 17th minute, set up yet again by Dayberg-Muir, to take the final 10-8.last_img read more

Free webinar: speed consulting for better year-end sites

first_imgAs we enter into year-end fundraising season, now’s the time to make sure your website is in tip-top shape. Have you ever wondered what should – or shouldn’t – be on your nonprofit website? Can supporters find your donate button? Do you really need to post your address and phone number? Where do you make your case for giving? Join Network for Good’s Nonprofit Team as they give homepage tips and tricks!Attend this webinar on November 27 to learn ways to maximize your website during the holiday fundraising rush and walk away with the following:• An overview of year-end website best practices• 60 second critiques of actual nonprofit websites (submit yours in the registration form!)• Question and answer period to address any nonprofit website issuesRegister now.last_img read more