CONFIRMED: Garry Monk resigns as Leeds United manager

first_imgGarry Monk has resigned as manager of Leeds United, the Championship club have confirmed.Monk, 38, took charge at Elland Road in June 2016 and guided the Whites to a seventh place finish – although the club did spend much of the season in the play-off places.Chairman Andrea Radrizzani, who took full control of Leeds earlier this week, had made it clear he wished to extend Monk’s contract by another 12 months – as per a clause in his existing deal – but after two meetings between the pair no deal was reached.The club released a statement saying they ‘are shocked and disappointed” by Monk’s resignation.The statement read: ‘Leeds United can confirm that we have received Garry Monk’s resignation from his role as First Team Manager.‘We are shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by Chairman Andrea Radrizzani.‘Andrea made it clear to the media yesterday that his intention was to exercise the Club’s option to extended the Manager’s contract for another 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a longer term deal.‘Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract.‘Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.‘Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our Club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new Head Coach to take the club to the next level.‘We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that would could not continue on this journey together.’Monk, whose only other job in management was at Swansea, won 48 per cent of his games in charge at Elland Road, the fifth highest percentage in Leeds’ history. 1 Garry Monk has left his job at Elland Road last_img read more

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RNLI fundraiser to be held in memory of young soldier who drowned in Bundoran

first_imgA fundraiser is to take place in memory of the late Corporal Gavin Carey from Mullingar (27), who drowned after getting into difficulty at Tullan Strand in Bundoran in August.Gavin, affectionately nicknamed ‘Carebear’, had been training at Finner Camp when tragedy struck. He was recovered following an extensive five day search involving hundreds of soldiers and the RNLI.His mother Patricia Peyton spoke about the incident on Midlands 103, and highlighted the efforts shown by Bundoran RNLI to find her son.She said; “Only for them I wouldn’t have found my son to take him home from Bundoran. It’s definitely good to give something back because they are volunteers. They don’t get anything out of it and it’s just an amazing job that they do.” “They did everything they could to find him, so it’s something I need to do to pay them back.”A fundraiser has been organised in Danny’s Bar, Mullingar on Friday night at 9pm.RNLI fundraiser to be held in memory of young soldier who drowned in Bundoran was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Thursday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-74]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA scoops World Wine Awards

first_imgSouth African red and white wines have taken top honours at the prestigious Decanter 2009 Wine Awards. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) South Africa wines have trounced all international competition in both the red and white single varietal categories at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards, held in London under the auspices of Decanter magazine.While the results are released to the trade earlier in the year, the rest of the world has to wait for the traditional September award issue to find out which are the wines to seek out.Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006 was named the world’s top red single varietal over £10 (R122), while Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 took the trophy for the best single white varietal over £10.South African wines scooped 11 regional trophies and 23 gold medals. Local wines also came home with 130 silver medals, 246 bronze medals, and 131 commended certificates.Home-grownSouth Africa’s own home-grown Pinotage grape variety has come into its own in recent years. The grape was created in 1925 by the chemist Abraham Izak Perold, also first professor of Viticulture and later Dean of Agriculture at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Perold bred a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, both varieties of Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine.Cinsault is known as Hermitage in South Africa, hence the blending of the names of the two parents to form Pinotage.The first Pinotage wine was made in 1941 by CT de Waal, a lecturer at the Elsenburg Agricultural College in the Stellenbosch district.However, it was only in 1959 that a Pinotage from winemaker Pieter Krige “PK” Morkel of Bellevue estate won the first of many awards for the variety. Morkel’s wine took the coveted General Smuts trophy for the best young wine at that year’s Cape Young Wine Show (now known as the South African Young Wine Show).Bellevue estate, still run by the Morkel family, continues to produce award-winning wines, among them the famous Pinotage.Farmers subsequently stampeded to plant Pinotage vines, but even so the variety never quite took off until 1991 when Kanonkop’s Pinotage earned winemaker Beyers Truter the Winemaker of the Year award at the International Wine and Spirit competition in the UK. Truter was the first South African to achieve this.Making historyFittingly, Kaapzicht’s award for the Steytler Pinotage 2006 award comes 50 years after that first Cape Wine Show coup.Kaapzicht estate lies between Stellenbosch and Kuils River and since 1946 has been in the capable hands of the Steytler family.Kaapzicht’s reds are no strangers to international recognition. In 2004, at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, the estate’s Steytler Vision 2001 became the first Cape Blend (a 40% Pinotage blend) to win the title of overall world’s best red blend.Grapes from those same vines have now been used to produce the 2009 Decanter winner. Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006 lay for two years in new French oak barrels before going to the bottle.“Pinotage is a very versatile red wine variety,” commented cellarmaster Danie Steytler, “and the Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage from those vineyards is a shining example of the serious, well-oaked, full-bodied style to be enjoyed with food, especially venison, red meat and traditional South African dishes and cheeses.”Decanter judges agreed, commending it for its “voluptuous, heady nose with very precise black fruits, plums, mocha and tar. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, ripe and supple fine-grained tannins with plenty of spice to enliven the finish”.Made from the oldest vinesThe winning white single varietal Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 is a Chenin Blanc made, as the vineyard claims, only from fruit harvested from the oldest vines.The winery is located in Bot River in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. For the past few years Beaumont has concentrated solely on producing Chenin Blanc, having discontinued its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.The results speak for themselves. Named after the matriarch of the Beaumont clan, Hope Marguerite Beaumont, the winning wine, was glowingly described by Decanter judges as having a “stylish spicy floral character, supple orchard fruits, white almond and grass. Soft and broad on the palate, lifted citrus fruits with some glycerol and honey at the end”.“Our Chenin really illustrates the diversity of the grape as well as its strong roots in the Beaumont soils,” commented winemaker Sebastian Beaumont.Hope Marguerite is matured in 400l French oak barrels using only natural yeasts.“We allow the grape to express itself in very hands-off wine-making – this has been the essence of the Hope Marguerite,” Beaumont added.Leading wine magazineDecanter magazine, the UK’s leading wine magazine, is sold in 92 countries and for the past six years has presented the prestigious World Wine Awards. A record 10 285 entries from 2 240 producers poured into the Decanter offices for the 2009 event, more than for any other wine event.Wines compete according to region and in eight price brackets, ranging from less than £4.99 (R61) to over £40 (R487). Once the initial rating has been given, the gold medal-winning wines are re-tasted for confirmation, and then go forward to the regional taste-off.The regional winners then compete for an array of international trophies, which are judged in two sections for each wine style, under £10 and over £10.The judging panel is chaired by veteran British wine consultant and journalist Steven Spurrier, who is assisted by a number of regional chairs. This year the South African section was chaired by the respected John May, a senior wine master in the UK.South African regional trophy winners:•    Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 – South African White Single Varietal over £10 Trophy•    Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak, Pinot Noir 2008 – South African Pinot Noir over £10 Trophy•    Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – South African Red Bordeaux Varietal over £10 Trophy•    Cederberg Private Cellar Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – South African Sauvignon Blanc under £10 Trophy•    Kaapzicht Estate Steytler Pinotage 2006 – South African Red Single Varietal over £10 Trophy•    Paul Cluver Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2008 – South African Sweet over £10 Trophy•    Perdeberg Rex Equus Shiraz 2007 – South African Red Rhone Varietal over £10 Trophy•    Pongracz Desiderius 2001 – South African Sparkling over £10 Trophy•    Rustenberg Chardonnay 2007 – South African Chardonnay over £10 Trophy•    Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Hat Trick 2006 – South African Red Blend over £10 Trophy•    Swartland Winery Indalo Shiraz Nature’s Way 2006 – South African Red Rhone Varietal under £10 Trophylast_img read more

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SA property sector worth R4.9-trillion

first_img20 September 2012 The South African property sector is worth R4.9-trillion, according to research released by the Property Sector Charter Company in Johannesburg on Tuesday. It is the first study of its kind about the size and shape of the country’s property industry. “The research creates a hub of knowledge about the property sector, consolidating information and developing a common and consistent understanding,” chief executive officer of the Property Sector Charter Company, Portia Tau-Sekati, said in a statement. “By determining the size of the South African property sector, we are moving towards a proper baseline measure to assess market size and its components, the scale of different services and activities within the sector.” The sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy and in 2009 comprised 8.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), according to a South African Property Owners Association research report entitled “the economic impact of the property sector in South Africa”. According to the Charter Council’s study, only 1% of the country’s land is urban and residential, about 73% is natural pasture, approximately 12% is agricultural and the remaining land is comprised of conservations and reserves. It also indicates that about two-thirds of the property owned in South Africa is residential and worth R3-trillion, while commercial property is worth R780-billion. Undeveloped land that is zoned for development is valued at R520-billion and publicly owned property, including national, provincial and local government and state-owned enterprises, is worth R570-billion. “Retail property has the highest value of the commercial property sectors in South Africa at R340-billion, followed by office properties at R228-billion and industrial properties at R187-billion,” the Charter Council reported. “Representing a small comparative value of R25-billion is hospitality, leisure and ‘other’ property.” The study will be an annual one and the Charter Council aims for it to become the benchmark against which progress in the industry is measured. “The study is a useful tool for understanding the South African property market and its dynamics,” Tau- Sekati said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Stress during grain fill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rains during June and July set new records in some areas of the Cornbelt this year, causing weak root development, nitrogen loss and even affected pollination in some fields with poor ear-tip fills. Leaf diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot were rampant in some areas causing additional stress on the corn crop. Some of the effects of this stressful environment on grain-fill are indicated below:• After pollination, we need 50-60 days depending on the relative maturity of the hybrid, for the grain-filled period. This is when the plants’ primary focus is to fully develop the kernels.• If there is severe heat or moisture stress during the grain-fill period, the plants start to cannibalize their leaves and stalks to fulfill the growing needs of their progeny, the seeds or grain.• Plants, like animals, don’t want to produce runts. So, if there is stress during the grain-fill period, the plants start to abort the youngest kernels causing tip die-backs so that the remaining kernels can fully develop.• Foliar fungicides are most effective if sprayed after the pollination and ovule fertilization has completed. Leaves above the ear contribute the most to grain yield; so it’s important to keep them healthy and disease-free during the grain-fill period.• The physiologic maturity or black layer occurs at about 32-35% grain moisture. Stress before this period can cause kernel abortion and light test weight.•If the plants have diverted the nutrients from the stalks to “feed” the grain, it can lead to pre-mature death and susceptibility to stalk rot organisms. 
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McGregor ‘might never fight again’ after boxing bout, says UFC head

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES UFC President: Globally, Mayweather-McGregor bigger than Pacquiao bout2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UFC president Dana White. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images/AFPAfter reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s  upcoming bout with Conor McGregor will be his last, UFC president Dana White discussed the possibility of the Irish superstar walking away from fighting as well.READ: Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor boutADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera PH golfer Yuka Saso to miss SEA Games Whether or not the Irish sensation chooses to return to his roots after the biggest fight of his life, White said he’d accept whichever path Conor chooses.“That’s part of the deal, you know?” he said. “This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With the mega fight set to take place next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States, White lamented how the massive pay day could persuade the UFC lightweight champion to never fight again.“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now,” the UFC executive told reporters during the MayMac press tour, as relayed by MMA Fighting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again,” he shared.White’s claim, meanwhile, contradicts McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, who said McGregor will return to the octagon sometime in December. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Raptors and 76ers made changes this season, and now face off

first_imgUAAP volleyball: Adamson snaps 9-game skid, spoils UP’s final game And about a day later, the Raptors went out and got Marc Gasol.The roster-remodeling that the 76ers and Raptors were involved in at the trade deadline was done with postseason goals in mind — so it seems fitting that the teams are about to square off for a berth in the Eastern Conference finals. The second round of the NBA playoffs starts on Saturday when Philadelphia goes to Toronto for Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Both have had a lot of changes throughout the year,” Toronto forward Pascal Siakam said. “It will definitely feel different. It kind of feels like the first time we’re meeting them.”Toronto has won 21 of the last 24 meetings between the teams and went 3-1 against the 76ers this season, numbers that both sides agree are largely irrelevant. “We’ve never played them with the team we have,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “The context needs to be somewhat considered.”That goes back to what happened almost immediately following the last Raptors-76ers matchup.Toronto’s 119-107, wasn’t-as-close-as-that-looks victory hadn’t been in the books for an hour before news broke that the 76ers were sending three players and four draft picks to the Los Angeles Clippers for Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. It’s already paid off for Philly in many ways; Marjanovic has been a solid backup for Joel Embiid and Scott made perhaps the biggest shot of the 76ers’ first-round win over Brooklyn.Scott is now ailing and seems likely to miss Game 1, if not more, with a heel injury. The speed the Raptors play with may affect how Philly plans to use Marjanovic in this series. But Harris fits in perfectly with the 76ers’ needs on both ends — just as Gasol, who will be primarily tasked with slowing Embiid, has done since joining the Raptors.“Everybody loaded up,” Brown said. “They really loaded up. It was an arms race for the Eastern Conference championship.”ADVERTISEMENT Embiid averaged 26.3 points against the Raptors and Ben Simmons shot 63 percent in the four games, but was also forced into 6.3 turnovers per game in the season series. For Toronto, Kyle Lowry averaged 16.8 points, while Siakam averaged 16.3 on 52% shooting. And Kawhi Leonard averaged 30.3 points in three meetings against Philadelphia — with the game he sat out in the series being the only one where the 76ers prevailed.It wasn’t just the trade deadline where teams were thinking about these 2019 playoffs. The Raptors swung the deal for Leonard last summer precisely for these moments, and the 76ers offered him the highest praise.“He’s pretty damn good,” 76ers guard J.J. Redick said.Here are some other things to know going into the series:HISTORYSaturday’s loser likely won’t be that worried. Both teams lost Game 1 of Round 1, Toronto falling to Orlando and Philadelphia losing to Brooklyn. Toronto is 2-14 all-time in Game 1s. This is the second series between the Raptors and 76ers; Philly beat Toronto in six games in the 2001 East semifinals, the year that Allen Iverson took the 76ers to the NBA Finals.PERFECT KAWHILeonard has played against the 76ers 13 times. His Toronto and San Antonio teams are 13-0 in those games. Philadelphia was in its tanking process for the majority of those meetings, but it also should be noted that Leonard was one of four players to face the 76ers at least three times and average more than 30 points against them this season.DOUALA VS. YAOUNDEFor the first time, a pair of players born in Cameroon — Embiid and Siakam — will face off in a playoff series. Embiid is from Yaounde, Siakam from Douala, and those are Cameroon’s two biggest cities. “People on Twitter were like, ‘Oh, it’s Douala against Yaounde … and at the end of the day, Cameroon wins,’” Siakam said. “And I’m like, ‘Nah, at the end of the day, Douala wins.’” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte EMBIID VS. GASOLEmbiid was held under 20 points only 10 times this season. But in five career head-to-head meetings with Gasol, he’s never scored more than 15 points and never shot better than 40 percent.STREAKINGSaturday’s winner will have a five-game postseason winning streak. If it’s Philadelphia, it would be the franchise’s longest since 1985. If it’s Toronto, it would be a first.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Orlando Magic during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)The last time Toronto and Philadelphia played was on February 5, a night where the Raptors went into the 76ers’ home building and had absolutely no trouble on the way to an easy win.Later that night, the 76ers struck a deal to get Tobias Harris.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State’s 44-7 Win Over South Alabama

first_imgHey, we have a sponsor for our 10 Thoughts posts for the rest of the season. You should check out 1907 Meat Co. in Stillwater for your tailgating needs. More beef than a line full of Aaron Cochrans!BOX SCOREOklahoma State torched South Alabama on Friday night in Mobile, Alabama in front of fewer fans than an East Dillon-West Dillon tilt. James Washington did presidential things. Mason Rudolph did Heisman things and the Oklahoma State defensive line apparently read what we wrote last week because they set up camp in the USA backfield all night.Rudolph grabbed himself the all-time passing record in Oklahoma State history as he diced up the Jags on 25/38 for 335 yards, 3 TDs and another one on the ground. The game was ugly early and got out of hand late.Oklahoma State didn’t look quite as mighty offensively as it did last week against Tulsa, and it has gotten itself into a bind at linebacker before the Pittsburgh game next week (more on that in a minute). But the Pokes did what top 10 teams do against directional schools from republican states: It overwhelmed USA with speed and depth and cruised to its second victory in as many weeks.On to the 10 thoughts.1. Record BreakerI’m not sure there has been better objective evidence of how good Mason Rudolph is than how Oklahoma State looked when Keondre Wudtee came in late in the game. Rudolph was not quite as sharp as he was in the opener (when he went 20/24), but he hit Marcell Ateman and James Washington with seeds like this all night.Thing is we’ll at least do this 3 more times pic.twitter.com/ax0pA4Nz3Z— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 9, 2017A few minutes into the third quarter he also usurped No. 3 on the all-time yardage list.I realize he’s played in more games than Brandon Weeden and has thrown for fewer yards per game, but that shouldn’t diminish the hurdle of overtaking the best passer in school history. Rudolph might not go down as the best QB in OSU history — that remains to be seen — but it’s probably going to be undeniable that he will end his tenure as OSU’s signal caller as the most-accomplished of all time.A nice moment in the locker room when @CoachGundy found @Rudolph2Mason to congratulate him on becoming #okstate’s career passing leader.— Gavin Lang (@glang1) September 9, 2017Also, let’s please bag the QB reads until they’re really, really needed.Did we just run a read option with Mason? Oh no Yurcich baby what is you doin?— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) September 9, 2017 2. TD MakerJames Washington was already the career leader in yards per catch for Oklahoma State at 19.2 coming into this season. He upped that number on Friday evening as he caught just two balls for 98 yards and a score. The second was a Reggie Bush-lite two-feet-in-bounds thriller near the sideline. Rudolph spread the wealth, but Washington proved once again that he is USA’s daddy.3. Jarrell Owens and that lineHave a night, Jarrell Owens. No. 93 had two solo tackles, two tackles for loss and was all over the field on a big night for OSU’s defensive line. After a so-so performance against Tulsa, Joe Bob Clements’ boys came out and ran roughshod over a severely overmatched USA offensive line. Everybody got in on the act, too.OSU had four sacks, nine tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. This performance probably doesn’t tell us much for rest-of-the-season projections, but it was delightful to watch them dominate for one night. It should be noted that South Alabama scored more in 20 minutes against Ole Miss’ defense than it did in 60 against Oklahoma State’s. ?Is OSU’s defense better than the Ole Miss defense?— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) September 9, 20174. Ammendola is … Daxx?I thought this was a great tweet about Matt Ammendola after he hit from 31 yards, 48 yards and 53 yards but missed from 42.Ammendola is like Daxx Garmin…solid from 50+ yards but anything less is something to worry about. #okstate— Matt Fletcher (@matt_fletch) September 9, 2017I’m not totally sure what to think about Ammendola yet. He has a real opportunity to do something crazy like hit a 62-yard walk-off against WVU for a win or something, and he has a real opportunity to do something like doink one from 29 yards against Texas when OSU really needs points.His power is undeniable, but Gundy has proven with his running backs that he doesn’t care how explosive you are if he can’t trust you in easier spots. I’m tentatively in on No. 49 for now, if only for the bombs and because I think the OSU swagger rankings might look like this:TyronAmmendola5. The Bundage HitIt wasn’t good. It was targeting. He should have been thrown out. I like the targeting rules. I think they’re good. If you don’t think protecting the brains of 19-year-olds is good, I mean, where are we at in society?Bundage clearly led with his helmet and pummeled the USA running back in the head. That’s targeting. Now, I think the loophole here — and something that needs to be addressed — is that the USA running back did lower his head at the end. It’s tough to stop your momentum, but it’s not tough to not lead with the crown of your helmet.Calvin Bundage called for targeting. ? pic.twitter.com/cOk93hgnwJ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 9, 2017The worst part now is that Bundage and probably Kenneth Edison-McGruder and Kevin Henry are out for the Pittsburgh game. Bundage can play the second half, but that’s a big loss at a talented position for OSU.6. Running backs cooled offJustice Hill and J.D. King didn’t look quite as explosive as they did in Week 1, but this speaks to Oklahoma State’s balance on offense more than anything. USA clearly sold out to stop the run (and did as they allowed only 4.4 yards a pop for the Pokes). The result? You get carved up by a NFL arm who has NFL weapons all over the field. Only Lewis and Clark have seen more open space against USA than OSU’s receivers did on Friday night.#okstate In slightly less than six full quarters with Rudolph on the field, OSU has 989 total yards (10 per play) & 79 offensive points.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) September 9, 2017My only (teeny tiny) concern with the RBs is that even when they did seem to get a little room, they didn’t hit holes or turn corners with as much oomph as we saw against TU last week. Maybe we can attribute that to the fact that I did my Facebook Live postgame show in front of more people than were in Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the game, maybe not, but it’s something to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.7. Q1 PerformanceHere are OSU’s stats in the first quarter of games this year against its opponents’ stats.OSU yards: 416Opponent yards: 55OSU points: 38Opponent points: 0OSU first downs: 17Opponent first downs: 4You come with “yeah, that’s Tulsa and South Alabama.” I counter with “yeah, that’s what great teams do.” Oklahoma State has had such a tendency over the course of Mike Gundy’s reign in Stillwater to fiddle around with mediocre and even atrocious teams and make second halfs interesting that should not be interesting. That’s not the case so far this year.8. Let’s Talk About KeondreHe was … not good. To say he looked like J.W. 2.0 would be to say that Emmanuel Ogbah and I do similar workouts at the gym. Look, it’s his first college game so … whatever, but I would have liked to have seen a little more zip and accuracy on his throws. Dude can run, though, so maybe OSU goes full Georgia Tech in 2018 and passes like eight times a game. I’m fine with playing him because his upside is probably higher than the Oil Baron and you’ve already used the redshirt. But I think if Rudy goes down (knocks on every tree, table and chair in the greater DFW area) then Cornelius would probably be the guy.9. Who’s WR No. 2?It’s a hell of a debate. Bag Year Johnson took over a drive late in the first quarter when he caught three passes for 36 yards before Marcell Ateman touched it off with an end zone shimmy. But Chris Lacy also had four catches for 46 yards and Jalen McCleskey added four catches with this being the best of the bunch.Easy to forget in a blood bath like this but this was a hell of a catch pic.twitter.com/RNjc6JTAeV— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 9, 2017Incredibly, six (!) players got at least two more targets than James Washington’s 3 on Friday (McCleskey, Lacy, Ateman, Johnson, Hill and Dillon Stoner). Rudolph is spreading the wealth like Bill Gates at a philanthropy convention!10. On To PittsburghThe real season starts next week. After two semi warm-ups, Oklahoma State has shown what we wanted to see. I wrote this earlier in the week, but they have the look 120 minutes into the season. The mistakes have been minimal (and correctable), and they have overwhelmed lesser foes like true title teams do. The march is a long one, and it begins in earnest next week in Pennsylvania. Bag year, swag year, I’m here for it all as Oklahoma State’s quest for history rolls on into ACC country and then on into the Big 12.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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