To help foster a safe and welcoming learning environment, the Lambton Kent District school board is taking part in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.Throughout this week, students, staff, parents and guardians are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on learning and overall well-being.“Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an opportunity to reinforce the important lessons about the different forms of bullying; encourage students to connect with caring adults; and highlight the resources available to support students with concerns,” board director John Howitt said in a release.“We remain committed to working together to promote positive learning and work environments so that students and staff feel safe and welcome in our schools.”Schools within the board, with support from safe schools and multi-disciplinary teams, will participate in various activities throughout the week to help raise awareness.According to the 2019 School Climate Survey results, the majority of students in grades 4 to 12 know how to report bullying.The board also stated the majority of parents and guardians feel they can contact their child’s school with any concerns they might have.Bullying is generally persistent and aggressive behaviour that occurs in a real or perceived power imbalance between individuals. It can also come in various forms, such as physical, verbal, social and electronic.Any student experiencing bullying is encouraged to tell a caring adult at home or at school.Parents, guardians and students are also able to use the Student Wellness and Bullying Intervention Hotline at each school.For more information about Bully Awareness and Prevention Week, visit firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter.com/DailyNewsTT
On 19 May, EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 56 passengers and 10 crew members aboard. The Wikipedia entry documenting the disaster went up within hours, and it will likely remain online into perpetuity. Human readers, however, lost interest after about a week. A pair of new studies reveals that’s common whether an aircraft crash kills 50 people or 500—a finding that reveals some surprises about our online attention spans.With the vast knowledge of humankind mere touchscreen taps away, it’s fair to say websites like Wikipedia represent a kind of boundless augmented memory for humans. Yet in the face of these near-infinite data, human attention remains relatively short. Social scientists refer to this gradual loss of interest in a topic as attentional decay. “The internet offers limitless knowledge, but it doesn’t solve the problem of our limited attention spans,” says the study’s lead author, Taha Yasseri, a computational social scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.Yasseri was initially drawn to look at the online behavior surrounding aircraft crashes after Germanwings Flight 9525 went down in the French Alps last year. Investigators eventually determined the pilot committed suicide, taking the lives of all 150 people on the plane. 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Yasseri and his Oxford colleagues decided to formally analyze the data and built an algorithm that parsed data on all pages on aircraft crashes in Wikipedia’s two most popular language versions, English and Spanish. It then spit out a report on when each page was created, when it was edited, how many times it had been read, and when those page views happened.The researchers found that when a crash involved fewer than 50 deaths, Wikipedia readers tended to pay relatively little attention. The researchers called these “low-impact events,” and found they were statistically insignificant to readership patterns. Crashes with more than 50 deaths, on the other hand, were identified as high-impact events. For these, readership jumped and scaled up according to how many people were killed and the continental region in which they occurred.Crunching all the data, the team put together a table describing how much attention readers from each language version of Wikipedia paid to various high-impact crashes. A strong regional bias emerged: English Wikipedia readers were much more likely to read about North American and European crashes, and Spanish Wikipedia readers were more likely to read about Latin American crashes. Page views on English and Spanish Wikipedia for North American and Latin American aircraft crashes, respectively, were each about 50 times greater than for African crashes.But as the researchers report today in the journal Royal Society Open Science, regardless of where the crash happened and how many people were killed, on both English and Spanish Wikipedia, page views dropped in half between 3 to 10 days after the event.This happens for two reasons, Yasseri explains. First, there’s a “decay of novelty.” New information is appealing, and we naturally lose interest after it stops being new. And second, humans can only pay attention to so many topics at one time. As other things happen, newer events outcompete older events for our attention.Although Yasseri says he expected to see attentional decay, he was surprised that the scale of the disaster didn’t seem to influence how long it took for people to move on. The fact that it was seen in both language versions hints at a universal rule for online information consumption—big disasters don’t capture our attention any longer than smaller ones.Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, according to Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, a research scientist at the Indiana University Network Science Institute in Bloomington who studies collective social phenomena on the internet. “I refrain from making a value judgment over whether this short attention span online is good or bad,” he says. “But maybe it signals that we are able to just move on and pay attention to other things as they come up. In a certain sense, it’s kind of necessary.”
Lionel Messi ‘Best in history’ Messi lauded by Barcelona colleagues Coutinho & Busquets Iain Strachan 19:14 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División The Argentine produced a typically dominant performance during a La Liga mauling of Girona, drawing gushing praise from his Camp Nou team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets hailed the performance of the “amazing” Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s crushing 6-1 La Liga victory over Girona.The Argentina international set up Luis Suarez for an equaliser after Girona had taken a third-minute lead, and netted twice himself, the second an inventive free-kick steered under the opposition’s defensive wall at Camp Nou.Coutinho, a January arrival from Liverpool, also supplied an assist for Suarez before getting on the scoresheet, and the Brazilian is already revelling in a productive relationship with his superstar team-mates. 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 “Leo is amazing,” he told Movistar.”He fooled everyone with his goal. It’s incredible how good he is. Each game we understand each other better, with him, with Suarez, he’s very important for us. “Bit by bit I’m learning and I have a lot of work to do.”Holding midfielder Busquets echoed the sentiments of Coutinho, saying of Messi’s contribution: “He always makes the difference and that’s what makes him the best player in the world and in the history of football.”Ousmane Dembele could not find the back of the net himself but did tee up Suarez for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick, and Coutinho expects the young France international to hit his stride soon. “Barcelona play unique football,” he said.”Dembele is a great player, I’m sure that with time and work we will learn. We want to do the best we can.”
MLS Bob Bradley’s LAFC makes statement with debut MLS win in Seattle Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 14:31 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven Bisig MLS Los Angeles Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Seattle Sounders The expansion side enjoyed a dream start to life in MLS, with Diego Rossi’s winning goal and Tyler Miller’s big saves sparking an season-opening upset Bob Bradley hadn’t coached a match in more than a year, the longest such stretch of his coaching career, but he was rewarded for that wait on Sunday, as his Los Angeles FC made a dream start to life in Major League Soccer.The expansion MLS side went into CenturyLink Field and knocked off the two-time defending Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders, 1-0, to become the first team since those very same Sounders in 2009 to kick off an expansion season with a shutout victory, and first since the 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps to win their MLS debut.It was far from a dominant performance, and came, at least in part, with the help of the fact the Sounders rested some starters. But that doesn’t take away from the reality that LAFC looked like and played like a real team and not a collection of parts hastily thrown together, which can sometimes be the case with first-year squads. 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 “When you’re starting out as a team, you have to learn how to win different kinds of games,” Bradley said. “A lot of guys gave big efforts.”The dynamic duo of Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi figured to be the focal point of LAFC’s attack this season and needed just 11 minutes to let the rest of the league know just what a problem they will be to defend. Rossi’s one-time blast was the fastest debut goal by an MLS expansion team in league history, and while LAFC couldn’t generate a second, Rossi’s thunderbolt was a worthy first strike.Just as impressive was the defense Bradley was able to build, one that will help LAFC contend in year one. Even with Walker Zimmerman forced out of the lineup before kickoff, the defense was still good enough to keep a dangerous Sounders attack at bay, though it needed goalkeeper Tyler Miller to make a handful of excellent saves against his former team.The Sounders made LAFC earn it, even though veterans Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall sat the match out to be ready for a vital CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal clash with Chivas on Wednesday. Seattle still had enough firepower to spoil the visiting team’s MLS debut, especially with second-half substitutes Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Handwalla Bwana giving the Sounders a much-needed spark, forcing Miller into a total of seven saves on the night.As much as Seattle was missing key players, LAFC was also without some top options as well. Egyptian midfielder Omar Gaber was left on the bench after having been injured in preseason, Zimmerman was forced out, and newly-acquired Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta had yet to integrate into the squad. Throw in long-rumored designated player target Andre Horta, who could still be signed during the current transfer window, and you realize how far away LAFC still is from being the finished product.Nobody knows how much further there is still to go than Bob Bradley, who took the expansion Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup title 20 years ago. He knows how important a good preseason foundation was to build on, but also knows there is no rush to have his team reach its full potential just yet. Unlike his last job — Bradley’s doomed stint at Swansea City — the former U.S. national team coach actually had a hand in building this team. From Miller, who Bradley took first in the MLS expansion draft, to Benny Feilhaber, who he took to the 2010 World Cup during his time as U.S. coach, to first-round draft pick Joao Moutinho, who showed well in his professional debut.“I don’t think we showed, football-wise, what we’re capable of, but that’s only going to get better,” Bradley said. “I’m very confident that, as we build this team, that we’re going to see some real football.”LAFC still has plenty to work on, including how better to hold onto the ball in order to avoid being bombarded with pressure like we saw on Sunday, but the foundation is clearly there for LAFC to be a strong expansion team, rather than a pushover. With a tough defensive nucleus, and the Vela-Rossi tandem up top, the newest MLS team is already a handful and will only get tougher as the final pieces to the puzzle are added in the coming weeks.Things won’t get any easier for the club though. LAFC faces a tough opening schedule, with five more road games looming before unveiling its new stadium with a visit from none other than the same Sounders team it just defeated. Earning points during this season-opening road trip is key to improving the team’s chances of being a serious playoff contender.”A lot of positives, great to win, but still a lot of work to do,” Bradley said.Could LAFC follow the path of Bradley’s previous expansion team and win a title? It’s way too early for that sort of talk, but what was made clear on Sunday is that Bradley made the most of his time away from the sidelines and has put together a team ready to be competitive against the very best that MLS has to offer.
Real Madrid Ronaldo still Real’s shining superstar with Bale now a fading light Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Getty Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion The Portuguese scored both goals to give Los Blancos a hard-fought win at Eibar, in what was another disappointing afternoon for the Welsh winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise continues. The 33-year-old was on target twice to give Real Madrid all three points at Eibar on Saturday. But, alongside him in attack, these are trying times for Gareth Bale.The Portuguese made the difference again. His fantastic form in 2018 is quite a contrast to his struggles in front of goal in the Primera Division earlier on in the season. In the first half of the campaign, he netted only four times. But now, in early March and despite the occasional rest, he has already added 14 more.Three goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – two at the Santiago Bernabeu and one at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday – also helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. Cristiano is well and truly back to doing what he does best. 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 But amid Ronaldo’s rise, Bale’s star is fading at Real. The Welsh winger was willing at Eibar on Saturday, but struggled to make an impact in the tight spaces of a small playing surface at Ipurua.It was one of those afternoons for the 28-year-old. Whatever he tried did not really seem to come off. His movement was sometimes slow, while he cut an isolated figure and there appeared to be a lack of communication with his team-mates too. He also missed the target with a header from close range.Bale did not start either of the games against PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League and is clearly falling down the pecking order at Madrid. And, although he is still being used by Zidane in some fixtures, it is a much more secondary role for the former Tottenham man these days.A three-time Champions League winner since his €100 million move from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, Bale has been hampered by injuries during his time in Spain and his impressive early-season sparkle has also gone in recent weeks.”He is in a team where there are many players and sometimes he hasn’t played,” Zidane said on Friday. “He is fundamental for us and he will be until the end of the season, just like the others. There is nothing more.“I have to pick a team every three days and that is what I am doing. It is not a problem for him because we talk. He knows where he is and that all of the players are important. You [the media] want to look for a problem, but there is no problem. Gareth is important, but there are other important players.”That message, however, is very similar to how Zidane used to speak of James Rodriguez, who was ultimately sent away to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan after finding his opportunities limited under the French coach.It is also quite different to Zidane’s initial message on arrival as coach at Real, when he would not reveal his preferences in terms of team selection, but said: “The idea is to play with the three (Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema) in attack.”That is no longer the case, with Zidane also opting for 4-4-2 in recent times and Bale, despite finishing the game on Saturday wide left – the position where he made his name at Spurs – was unable to shine once again.So, while Ronaldo remains as important as ever with his goals for Los Blancos, the Welshman’s influence continues to fade at Real Madrid.
Arjen Robben Bayern plan contract talks with Robben and Ribery Dom Farrell 20:49 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München v Hamburger SV Beşiktaş v Bayern München Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bundesliga The experienced wingers have been rolling back the years of late and the Bundesliga champions are now ready to talk new deals with the duo Bayern Munich are ready to hold contract talks with long-serving wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery next month.Ribery and Robben rolled back the years once again in Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Hamburg in the Bundesliga.Former France international Ribery hit a brace, while Robben – who has also called time on his career with the Netherlands – was also on target. 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 The 34-year-old duo are out of contract at the end of the season but Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed plans are in place to formalise discussions over fresh terms.”We have spoken with both players and agreed to hold contract talks in April and then we’ll see,” he told reporters.”It’s true, Franck has played superbly this Saturday, Arjen too. Both scored great goals.”In April we’ll talk. This has been agreed with the players and both of them accepted that. It was very unproblematic for them.”We have the task to put together the squad for the next season and we will do that to our best knowledge and ability. That wasn’t a problem for either of the two.”It is known that generally, speaking for both of them, they would like to remain at Bayern Munich and, if they’re playing like they did on Saturday, we’ll get together and talk about it.”Robben has not travelled for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Besiktas, although his absence is only a precaution.He is suffering from the effects of a pinched nerve and, as a result, will not be risked with Bayern already 5-0 to the good after the first leg of the last-16 tie.Rummenigge added: “Arjen Robben won’t travel, unfortunately, as a precautionary measure. He’s suffered a pinched nerve.”
José Mourinho Matic was an island of personality – Mourinho questions United mentality Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:49 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) José Mourinho Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Videos Despite seeing Manchester United progress into the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Brighton, the manager was annoyed by his side Jose Mourinho singled out Nemanja Matic as an “island of personality” as he criticised the mentality of his Manchester United players despite booking a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.Romelu Lukaku and Matic converted United’s only two efforts on target in a 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday to set up a trip to Wembley.Mourinho had told his players to “grow up” following Tuesday’s surprise defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League and the Portuguese left Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez as unused substitutes against Brighton. 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 Luke Shaw was hauled off at half-time despite playing a role in Lukaku’s opener, with Mourinho unimpressed with United’s performance in a dour display against the Seagulls.”I didn’t like the game,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “I think we deserved to win because I think the game was in control for the majority, we scored two and they didn’t score, so we clearly deserved it but we didn’t play the way I want.”I had a reaction from some. Some players were mentally strong enough with football quality and that was the reason we won, but a team of 11 must have six or seven performing and wanting responsibility to play. I’m not happy with the performance, I’m happy with the result.”When I spend two days with faster build-up and ball arriving earlier between lines and in attacking areas it depends on decisions in possession and movement in attack, I spend two days working on it but attacking players don’t want the ball, defenders taking square passes, I have to feel frustrated.”The biggest frustration is not a bad result because this can happen, it’s when I work on the [training] pitch and don’t see the situations on the pitch.”Many, many times Matic was an island of personality and desire and control, surrounded by a lack of personality, class and desire.”[Scott] McTominay lost more passes than in all his games altogether but he was a Manchester United player, he gives to the team.”It was a question of mentality. The perfect Manchester United player has quality and personality and is consistent. When you play bad you must have personality.”#MUFC in the @EmiratesFACup this season:Played Scored Conceded Bring on the semi-finals pic.twitter.com/Ryci0MgS6e— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 17, 2018Although Mourinho did not single out individuals for criticism, Shaw’s withdrawal for Ashley Young at half-time was a sign the United manager remains doubtful over the left-back’s qualities.”It was a decision, one player for another in the same position,” Mourinho said. “I wanted to defend better, I want my defensive line to be more solid in response to some situations and I want more personality in the team.”
A good morning and a great day to the fellow golf-heads out there crazy enough to wake up early and follow the British Open’s opening day. May your coffee be strong, your caffeine high last long, and may we all watch with pleasure as Rickie Fowler clinches his first major win from across the pond. Bullets Rundown• Ice Man taking on bigger leadership role• Why Big 12’s stance on Horns Down deserves thumbs down• OSU’s offseason motivation, in shirt form• Les Miles with Hollywood treatment at new ESPN+OSU Bullets• Gold medal-winning point guard Isaac Likekele (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) is already putting to use his valuable Team USA experience back in the states. As one of the players on the U19 team that won the World Cup, he’s already positioning himself for a bigger role at OSU as a sophomore.“His presence, it means a ton to us,” said Mike Boynton. “You can tell his energy is infectious, and he will be a great leader for us.” [NewsOK]• Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman argues the Big 12’s stance on Horns Down is a thumbs up. Respectfully, *fart noise*.I guess the Big 12 could go extreme with Horns Down — ban it outright or allow it regardless — but neither seems viable. Allow it, and officials have their hands tied if someone uses it in a taunting manner. Ban it, and officials have to spend time looking for something easily undetected and ultimately unimportant.A nuanced stance is the right one for the Big 12. [NewsOK]I get the point of arguing this side of it. Really. But when talking about the Big 12’s officials, the words nuance and open to interpretation makes me about as confident as Hugh Freeze when he sees the NCAA on caller ID. Any type of judgement calls related to gestures or intent are bound to be misjudged. My horns are down at this stance, and so are both my thumbs.• OSU could have just printed out some “H8ERS R OUR MOTIV8ERS” shirts to fuel them this offseason, but instead they did one better by printing shirts with the names of every team that beat them during their 7-6 year.“It gave you something to work for every day,” center Johnny Wilson said. “You go to your locker, you get your stuff out and there’s those names. Every single day.” [Dallas News](I approve. Please send a size large to [HEAVILY REDACTED, BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA]. Thanks in advance.)• Date and time for Fan Appreciation Day, 2019, has been set. Marketh thine calendars (and maybe see you there).SAVE THE DATE!🏈️⚽️Fan Appreciation Day📅 Aug. 3🕝 2:30-4:30 p.m.📍 Gallagher-Iba Arena#okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/QP23udWHBk— Oklahoma State Athletics (@OSUAthletics) July 17, 2019• I apologize for being a total child with this #FaceApp stuff, but the amount of laughter I had when it spit out Spencer and Dru like this was healthy for my soul. (Also, who is your vote on this question? I’m riding the SS Ship.) Non-OSU Bullets• It seems the CP3 era in OKC could last longer than expected! As ESPN cap guru Bobby Marks pointed out, the reason for a non-robust market for him is pretty simple: it’s mid-July, ~40% of players under contract cannot be traded at this time, and most teams have already filled up most of their cap space.Here is the formula for why:*40% of players under contract cannot be traded* There are no teams with significant cap space (ATL has the most @ $7M)* Biggest trade exception is GSW ($17.2M) who is hard capped- next is DAL @ $11.8M https://t.co/H6FExQmTAf— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 17, 2019• Auburn — and by extension, Bruce Pearl — seem to be bracing for a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA related to the college basketball scandal. Auburn had an assistant implicated in the case, and while he got off nearly unscathed by avoiding prison time, Auburn’s program (and again, by extension, Pearl) might not be so fortunate. The case is of particular interest in Stillwater, as OSU is in a similar position; Lamont Evans was one of the assistants implicated in the scandal, and OSU could be in a similar boat as Auburn (and NC State).Related to the college basketball scandal, NC State received its own NOA last week detailing multiple Level I and Level II violations, the most severe and the second-most severe in the eyes of the NCAA. In its case, the NCAA alleges a former Adidas executive paid former star recruit-turned-NC State-signee Dennis Smith Jr. $40,000. Former coach Mark Gottfried and his former assistant, Orlando Early, are also named in the case, which alleges Smith was provided $46,700 in total impermissible benefits. [CBS Sports]• /ducks the comments section. So uh … this Baker Mayfield piece was interesting, as was his strategy to get his now-wife’s attention. Millennials!The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary of dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months: He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch. [ESPN]• I am enraged at The Ringer’s placement of “Let it Go” on the ranking of the best Disney songs. Enraged! • So grass-eating Les Miles is going to be a star, huh?And Tuesday saw an even more interesting announcement of an 18-part behind-the-scenes series on Les Miles and Kansas that will premiere on the ESPN+ Big 12 Now service next month, with a trailer that includes footage of Miles and Kansas athletic director Jeff Long talking before Miles officially took the job. [Awful Announcing]The trailer looks pretty awesome, actually. (Les saying he doesn’t need a fake-bleep whistle to some poor GA hooked me instantly). This is like “Hard Knocks” for CFB, but like, way less interesting. Count me in!• People are dying (literally) for Instagram likes at an obscure sight-seeing spot in Arizona.• Emoni Bates is only 15 years old, but he’s seen by many already as the best basketball prospect since LeBron James. But will he even garner interest from high-major college programs? Why murky NBA plans to lower the age limit (and potentially abolish the one-and-done rule for good) have thus far limited his college prospects.• Nine golfers who could win the 2019 British Open. I’m fading Rory. Fowler at 25-1 is interesting. I don’t hate Tony Finau at 80-1, either! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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Texas has consistently been near the middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 recruiting rankings for months, but quietly lurking as a threat to make a push with its high per-commitment average. The push is happening … now.The Longhorns have hurdled Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State in the last two weeks with a strong July that, thus far, has netted them four commitments (and counting). They’re currently No. 1 in the conference in per-player ranking, and No. 2 behind OU in the points race. Here’s an update on where that stands. 3TCU87.74 Oklahoma15236.96 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. Iowa State17177.49 OSU isn’t slipping, per se, but the class fell from No. 5 to No. 6 because of Texas’ rise.Here’s three things you need to know that have happened recently.1. Texas-sized movesTexas does not mess around when it comes to recruiting rankings. It dominates the market. (It also may help that recruiting sites often seem to skew rankings in their favor.) Nonetheless, Texas is getting dudes. Just this week, the Horns added offensive tackle Andrej Karic, defensive end Van Fillinger, and defensive tackle Vernon Broughton (a top-100 recruit). Their 11-pledge class has been filled this month with four commitments in total, not the least of which being top-125 defensive end/linebacker Prince Dorbah out of Dallas.2. In-state star sticks with the SoonersBroken Arrow offensive lineman Andrew Raym committed to OU early in the process, then he decommitted to survey the lay of the land. On July 10, he re-committed to the Sooners as many expected, giving OU a top-100 caliber talent. He chose OU over OSU, Georgia, Michigan, and Alabama, among others.3. Bixby star picks the PokesBixby speedster Brennan Presley committed to Oklahoma State last week. Here’s more on him via Kyle Cox:Presley is currently ranked as the No. 10 player in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports but has yet to receive a composite ranking by the service. 247 lists him as a three-star prospect.Presley is a 5-foot-7, 160-pound athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Bixby High. [PFB]And here’s something I wrote last week about the implications of landing Presley. Kansas State18169.96 West Virginia12151.48 Baylor12145.47 9Kansas State84.43 10Kansas83.43 TCU10152.55 Texas Tech12146.75 6Iowa State85.31 Kansas21170.87 Texas11211.18 2OU91.26 4Oklahoma State86.18 1Texas92.72 Oklahoma State13165.83 7Texas Tech85.15 8Baylor84.96 And here’s a look at the rankings, sorted on a per-commitment average, which should provide a more accurate forecast at how the Big 12 recruiting rankings will fall by signing day. 5West Virginia 85.47 TEAMTOTAL COMMITSTOTAL POINTS RankTeamPer-player avg.
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. STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ season opener against Oregon State is 17 days out, and the Pokes have yet to name a starting quarterback.OSU coach Mike Gundy met with the media Tuesday, where the quarterbacks weren’t made available, and Gundy said nothing is different in regards to the quarterback race from his last meeting with reporters. Gundy said what he has said throughout the process this fall: Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are getting better each day.Gundy was asked when the duo splitting practice reps starts to become a concern.“It started last spring,” Gundy said. “And it doesn’t go away for me. Mine and Sean (Gleeson’s) opinion hasn’t changed. If you clearly have a player that’s better than the other, you play him. If not, you have to play both guys. History tells you that you’re gonna end up playing both of them anyway.”In the past Gundy has needed multiple quarterbacks because of injury, but it hasn’t been that way recently. In the past three seasons, OSU’s backup quarterback hasn’t thrown more than 10 passes.From 2012 to 2015, though, Gundy has needed at least two guys.2015: Gundy used Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh, using Walsh more as a short-yardage guy. Walsh also started that seasons Bedlam game for an injured Rudolph.2014: Walsh played only two games before missing the season with injury. That started the short Daxx Garman era. Garman appeared in nine games that season before falling to the injury bug, which started Rudolph’s career as a true freshman.2013: This was the last time Gundy had a quarterback battle to the level that he is having now. Clint Chelf played in 12 games and Walsh played in eight. Chelf threw 291 balls that year to Walsh’s 190.2012: This was the three-headed dragon year of Chelf, Walsh and Wes Lunt. All three had multiple starts that season, and all three missed games entirely.Brandon Weeden was OSU’s starter all season in 2010 and 2011, and in 2009, Zac Robinson started every game except the Colorado game, where Alex Cate started the game, threw nine incompletions and an interception before making way for Weeden.So, in the past 10 years, OSU’s starting quarterback has made it all the way through the season five times, and OSU needed its backup quarterback five times (even if it was just for a game i.e. 2015 and 2009).There is data there to back up whatever side of the fence one leans toward, but there is enough evidence to support Gundy’s claim of needing two guys at some point. If there was only a 50 percent chance a starting quarterback started every game in a season, a coach would probably feel a lot more comfortable having another solid option.So, why aren’t two-quarterback systems more common?“Reps,” Gundy said. “You just don’t have enough reps to go around. … The only time we’ve ever done it is if we’re using a short-yardage guy, with the exception of Chelf and J.W. that one year because we didn’t have a clue who would be the best player.”And while it might be a good thing OSU has two guys given a possibility of injury, Gundy said the advantage of having two similar style quarterbacks sharing reps heading into the year stops there.“If it’s not a short-yardage type, nah,” Gundy said. “I don’t think so. These two guys are kind of the same. If you had two guys and one was like Mason Rudolph and one was a runner, then it’s a little different game plan. So, if he comes in, you gotta be ready for this. If he’s in, you don’t have to be ready for this, but you gotta be ready for that. I don’t really think it’s much of an advantage in my opinion. Defensive coaches may tell you different, but to me, I don’t think so.”