Hanuma Vihari was a happy man after he ended up picking two crucial wickets on the opening day of the second Test in Perth on Friday.Australia reached 277 for 6 at the close of play on Day 1, with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins being the two not out batsmen.Vihari, who replaced Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, got the wickets of opener Marcus Harris (70) and Shaun Marsh (45) to finish the day with 2 for 53. Ashwin missed out due to a side strain.After Australia were reduced to 148 for 4, Marsh and Travis Head brought Australia back in the game with an 84-run run stand for the fifth wicket. But it was Vihari who succeeded in breaking that partnership when he found the edge of Marsh’s bat to Ajinkya Rahane at slips.Oh, what a feeling for India late on day one with this ripper grab from Ajinkya Rahane!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/jImfIOFY2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018Earlier, Vihari had also got the wicket of Harris, who completed his maiden half-century after lunch.That’s done a bit!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/mzWOwn19la #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/osacWodOwlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018″It was an important wicket at that stage because he was set and was looking dangerous after lunch,” Vihari said at the post match press conference.On his own bowling, Vihari said his job was to bowl tight lines and give the pacers some rest.”Overall, I was prepared for that [to bowl] and happy that I could do my job. I tried to bowl a little quicker. I was trying to hit the surface a little bit more and get the bounce of the wicket. I tried to keep it tight and give seamers some rest,” Vihari said.advertisementVihari also praised India’s fight and said the morning session on day two could shape the match.”Our plan was to be disciplined and I think we did very well in that aspect after bouncing back in all three sessions. Overall, bowlers put in a great effort.”It was a slow wicket to start with. It gained pace after lunch. Bowlers adjusted really well and we were happy with the way we bowled throughout the day,” he said.”I think the first hour tomorrow will be very crucial. If we get them out below 320 then we are right back in the game.”Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head all made half-centuries but none of them was able to really put their foot down on the gas as India pegged the Australians back on a grassy, drop-in wicket that occasionally played a few tricks.Recalled spin-bowling all-rounder Vihari and quick Ishant Sharma claimed two wickets apiece to get the tourists back into the contest after the Australians had won the toss and batted through the first session without losing a wicket.Also Read | Were India conned into playing 4 pacers in Perth? Experts disagree with Kohli’s callAlso Read | For ICC boss, India not among favourites to win 2019 World CupAlso Read | Shane Warne fancies an Australian win: Aussie pacers will blow India away in Perth
It is safe to say Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure with the bat in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Saurashtra as the in-form batsman helped his side reach the semi-final of the tournament after completing a record chase against Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.Pujara scored an unbeaten 67 and stitched a 136-run stand with fellow half-centurion Sheldon Jackson (73*) as Saurashtra completed the highest run-chase in a Ranji Trophy match, gunning down 372 runs for the memorable win at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in Lucknow.Chasing a mammoth total of 372, Saurashtra got off to a solid start with Harvik Desai, the opener, scoring a 259-ball 116. With wicketkeeper-batsman Snell Patel scoring 72, Saurashtra’s got a 132-run opening stand.Saurashtra were in a spot of bother after losing Kamlesh Makvana cheaply and then Desai in a span of six overs. However, Pujara did what he does best control the temp of the game with a well-paced 110-ball 67.Notably, Pujara suffered a rare failure in the first innings when he was dismissed for 11 in the first innings by young U-19 World Cup-winning pacer, Shivam Mavi.Saurashtra 372/4 in 115.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67* in 110 balls, Sheldon Jackson 73* in 109 balls)beatUttar Pradesh by six wickets at Lucknow in a record #RanjiTrophy run chase!Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2019Pujara, starred in India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia earlier this month, joined Saurashtra for the Ranji Trophy duty immediately after the completion the Test series Down Under.Pujara had scored 521 runs but what turned out to be more important than the number of runs he collected was the number of balls 1258 he had faced against a top quality Australian attack. India won the series 2-1 despite their captain, not scoring as consistently as he is known for.advertisementReigning champions Vidarbha reach semi-final Meanwhile, Reigning champions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals.India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win.Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw.But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs.It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight.Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasad
Realme on Monday announced the Realme 3 for the Indian market. This is the company’s first new smartphone for 2019, and it aims to carry forward the company’s philosophy of “style meets power.” The Realme 3 is in all sense of the word a successor to the Realme 2 right from the design to the hardware and software. It touts a dewdrop display along with a unibody design and gradient colours on the outside, while getting the new Helio P70 chipset and a beefy 4,230mAh battery on the inside.The Realme 3 will be taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor 8C and Redmi Note 7 when it goes on sale in India. With the Realme 3, the company is touting an all-rounder that boasts of an attractive design along with some powerful hardware and battery life. Here’s a quick look at some of the key specifications and features of the new Realme 3.Realme 3 specifications:Display: The Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipsetRAM: The device will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 3GB RAM version will get 32GB of internal storage, while the 4GB RAM variant will get 64GB of internal storageRear camera: The Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup. The primary camera gets a f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 5P lens, while the secondary camera will be used for depth sensingFront camera: Up front, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP f/2.0 cameraadvertisementBattery: The handset houses a 4,230mAh batterySoftware: It ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0Realme 3 features:- The Realme 3 touts a new design language, one which sees a plastic unibody back that seamlessly curves around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. The rear panel also gets a gradient colour in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. There is also a solid Black colour option available as well.- Like the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1, the Realme 3 gets a dewdrop display on the front, which means it gets a droplet-style notch. The notch is much smaller and less intrusive compared to the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. This allows for a larger display on a handy form factor as well as a larger screen real estate. The Realme 3 touts an 88.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio. – A new feature being offered with the camera is Nightscape, which aims to offer improved low-light photography. In Nightscape mode, the camera will take a long exposure shot to offer more light in dimly lit environments. There is also a new Chrome Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range and balanced exposure.- The Realme 3 is the second Realme phone to run on the new Helio P70 chipset. The first was the Realme U1 and in our review it offered a pretty fast and snappy performance. The Helio P70 chipset offers better performance and greater power efficiency compared to its predecessor, and Realme is even comparing its capabilities to the Snapdragon 660 chipset as well.- The Realme 3 is also the company’s first device to run on the new ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie out-of-the-box. The new software aims to offer a cleaner experience with fewer bloatware and better visual design. ColorOS 6.0 also brings an app drawer as well as the new Android P gesture navigation feature. You also get a Moto Ride mode and Game Space.Realme 3 price in India and availability:The Realme 3 comes with a pretty competitive price that starts at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB/64GB variant has been priced at Rs 10,999 and both the models will be available in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colours.The Realme 3 will go on sale on March 12 at 12 noon on Flipkart. The company may launch the device in offline retail stores, but there no word on its availability just yet. On Flipkart, customers can avail a flat discount of Rs 500 via HDFC cards or on EMI. Reliance Jio customers can also avail benefits of Rs 5,300 on purchasing the Realme 3.ALSO READ | Realme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999
The Riverside Ground was established in 1995, and hosted first one day international during the 1999 World Cup between Pakistan and Scotland. The Riverside Ground also hosted three World Cup fixtures at the 1999 edition.At the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, The Riverside Ground will host three fixtures, including England’s match against New Zealand and will also be the home for two Sri Lanka games.Used mostly as a county ground, the emergence of The Riverside Ground as an international venue for cricket happened only in the last decade. That also includes the September 2017 accident when a part of a stand collapsed during England’s Twenty20 defeat by West Indies, injuring three spectators.Opened: 1995Capacity: 5000 (17000 for internationals)Ends: Finchale End, Lumley EndLocation: Chester-le-Street, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches scheduled at this venue15:00 IST: SL vs RSA, Match 3515:00 IST: SL vs WI, Match 3915:00 IST: Eng vs NZ, Match 41STATS – ODITotal matches 16Matches won batting first: 5Matches won bowling first: 9Average 1st Inns scores: 243Average 2nd Inns scores: 180Highest total recorded: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest total recorded: 99/10 (26.1 Ov) by Eng vs SLHighest score chased: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest score defended: 274/6 (41 Ov) by Eng vs PAK
Bangladesh take on a balanced New Zealand team at the Kennington Oval in the second day-night match of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.The Blackcaps will bank on their pace brigade spearheaded by Trent Boult to pull off a coup and dismantle another Asian team. Also, the presence of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, make them a strong batting unit.Whereas Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza, will rely on their experienced players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, to guide them to another memorable triumph.Recent formBangladesh pulled off a historic win over South Africa cricket team to kick off their World Cup campaign on a positive not. They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for just 136 and then went on to register 10-wicket win in their opening match of World Cup 2019. During the warm-up matches, they had produced a top-class bowling performance against India but in their next warm-up against West Indies, the Kiwi bowlers were hammered for 421 runs giving them a stern reminder of days to come.Pitch ReportThe Kennington Oval has witnessed totals in excess of 300 in both the games and same will be expected when New Zealand take on Bangladesh.advertisementThe pitch report highly indicates that it will be flat and true, very good for batting.Pacers should get the desired help early on while the batters look to provide a fast start on what should be a good wicket to bat on.Match predictionBangladesh have never won any world cup match against New Zealand. They have faced New Zealand 4 times in the World Cup, losing everytime.The match will depend on how New Zealand’s aggressive pacers perform against a stable top order of Bangladesh.Playing XINew Zealand and Bangladesh will not like to disturb the winning squad. So, they will stick to the same team for this match.Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur RahmanNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:
Michel Platini, the former head of European soccer association UEFA, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to Qatar.Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges and that he had been questioned on “technical grounds.””It was very long, given the number of questions, it was obviously always going to be long, since they asked me questions over Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint Germain, FIFA,” Platini told reporters on Wednesday as he left the police station where he had been detained.”I replied to all the questions calmly, whilst still not knowing why I was there,” he added.The French national financial prosecutor’s office, which specializes in investigating economic crimes and corruption, has been leading a probe into the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.It is looking into possible offenses including private corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling.The decision in December 2010 to award the World Cup to Qatar surprised many given the lack of potential local audiences for the games, the extremely hot summer weather, and the poor performance of the country’s national squad. It will be the first Arab state to host the competition.Platini is one of France’s most famous sportsmen and soccer stars. He led France to victory in the 1984 European Championship and played in two World Cup semi-finals.Also Read | Ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigationAlso See:advertisement
Malaika Arora is back home after enjoying her romantic vacation with boyfriend Arjun Kapoor in New York City and the diva is already setting the bay on fire.The diva, who is known for her healthy lifestyle and rigorous fitness routine, was even spotted excercising while she was in The Big Apple.Recently, Malaika took to Instagram to post pictures from her gym session in Mumbai and seems like the diva is already switching back to her routine.She posted pictures of her doing difficult yoga poses with much ease and we can’t help but feel motivated after watching her.She captioned the picture, “#malaikasmondaymotivation…today I am grateful that yoga has changed my life for the better, not only by making me healthier but also by changing my perspective of life.”In the images, Malaika can be seen doing number of stretching exercises with harness and on bricks.Malaika even thanked yoga for her healthy lifestyle and for making her see life from a very different perspective in the post. For her workout routine, Malaika donned a black sports bra and black gym tights.For glam, she went with half-tied tresses and bare face.For a long time, Arjun and Malaika remained tight-lipped about their relationship, though they confirmed their relationship with a loved-up picture from New York.advertisementMalaika and Arjun left for New York to celebrate the Panipat actor’s birthday there and have been posting a lot of pictures from the city.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora in plunging neckline dress is sensuous beyond words on day out. See picsALSO WATCH | Are Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor the newest lovebirds in B-Town?
England won the Cricket World Cup yesterday in a nail-biting finish against New Zealand. Bollywood celebrities lauded the performance of both the teams, and took to Twitter to send congratulatory wishes.Riteish Deshmukh was full of praise for England and called it “cricket at its best.” He wrote, “Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019.”Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 14, 2019Anupam Kher shared a video from the Lord’s cricket ground and captioned his post, “CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!!”CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!! pic.twitter.com/JEacLTwWCWAnupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 14, 2019Karan Johar wrote, “England had a better kundli! NZ had the better game!!! #NZLvENG.”England had a better kundli! NZ had the better game!!! #NZLvENGKaran Johar (@karanjohar) July 14, 2019Varun Dhawan seemed rather stunned by the outcome and wrote, “What a #WorldCupfinal. Unbelievable my entire family is awake. Who u got.”What a #WorldCupfinal. Unbelievable my entire family is awake. Who u gotadvertisementVarun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 14, 2019A nostalgic Vivek Oberoi tweeted, “The country where cricket was born 6/700 years ago, has finally won the #WorldCup for the very first time! Congrats #eng What a historic match! Truly the great sport of #cricket won today! #WC19 #WCFINAL #ENGvN.”The country where cricket was born 6/700 years ago, has finally won the #WorldCup for the very first time! Congrats #eng What a historic match! Truly the great sport of #cricket won today! #WC19 #WCFINAL #ENGvNZVivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) July 14, 2019Neha Dhupia was heartbroken for New Zealand. She wrote, “Hearts been racing for a while … this kind of drama cannot be written by the best screenplay writers… heartbroken for #NewZealand … this was so so so close… two yards too far!!! Well played #England … #CWC2019.”Farhan Akhtar seemed to have been switching channels between the Tennis Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup. He wrote, “Has there been a better Sunday for a genuine sports enthusiast.. the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup finals going down to the wire. Wow..!! Exhausted.”Has there been a better Sunday for a genuine sports enthusiast.. the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup finals going down to the wire. Wow..!! Exhausted ..Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 14, 2019Team India had made it to the semi-finals, but finally lost to New Zealand.ALSO READ | Pooja Batra marries Nawab Shah in hush-hush ceremony, shares adorable photos. See picsALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italy
Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a new session with a new speaker and 17 new members.Lawmakers elected Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk by a 27-22 vote over Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..any group. :18Scheer replaces Galen Hadley, of Kearney as speaker, who left office because of term limits.Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican sworn in 17 new senators into office, comprising more than one-third of the Legislature.They are replacing senators who were defeated or forced from office by term limits.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……(applause out) :11A projected $900 million shortfall is expected to dominate the 90-day legislative session.Governor Pete Ricketts will present his proposed budget and other priorities to lawmakers later in the month.
Updated 5:27pm 8/4/17THREE SIOUX CITY TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR RECENT BURGLARIES ON THE NORTHSIDE.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY, 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA AND 16 YEAR OLD HENRY DE LEON ARE EACH CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.POLICE ALLEGE THAT MAHANEY AND A SECOND SUSPECT WERE CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF BURGLARIZING 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING BY THE RESIDENT.POLICE SAY THE TWO ASSAULTED THE RESIDENT, LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY TWO BROKEN BONES.INVESTIGATORS LOCATED THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.POLICE SAY THEY HAVE LINKED THE SUSPECTS TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN LEEDS.TAPIA AND MAHANEY ARE BEING HELD ON $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.DELEON WAS BOOKED ON $22-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.——————————————————————THREE TEENS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR RECENT NORTHSIDE BURGLARIES.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY (PICTURED) AND 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA, BOTH OF SIOUX CITY WERE ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY, TAPIA AND A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WERE ALL ARRESTED FOR 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24-THOUSAND BOND. TAPIA’S BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $22-THOUSAND.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.Joseph Tapia mug shot________________________________________________ PREVIOUS STORYONE SIOUX CITY TEEN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR BURGLARY AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED ON 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE THEFT AMD OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.THE SECOND SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT NOT LOCATED.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24,000 BOND.
Also, check out her Etsy store — help feed our future children.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! Joining me today is none other than my wife, Mrs. Pistols — Jennifer Porter. She knows more about a sewing machine than I’ll ever know about a spread offense but when it comes to football…well…let’s go to the questions.1. Pretty interesting year for OSU coming off a BCS win and reloading with a frosh at QB. What are you most excited about?My excitement for football this year revolves around anything that has to do with tailgating, wearing orange dresses, and hanging out with friends. I’m also literally a fair weather fan, so I’ll also add that to the list: perfectly crisp fall weather. I’m sure you asked this for giggles since most of your readers are under the impression that my knowledge of football is non-existent. I let you make jokes about me because it makes for comedic writing, but the truth is I know more than you let on. I feel like I could roughly define most football terms you could throw at me, with the exception of holding. But let’s be honest- I don’t think half the males in America actually know what holding is[1. This is probably true.]. The real issue here is my lack of interest in football, but I can actually get pretty emotional about a game now and then. Just as long as the temperature is between 68 and 80 degrees. 2. Rank these players in order of your favorite to least favorite and tell me why: Weeden, Dez, Zac, Blackmon, Barry Sanders, Rashaun, Joe Randle, and Justin GilbertThe first words that come to my mind for each of these players: Weeden (Melanie), Dez (criminal record), Zac (eyes, duh), Blackmon (Olivia), Barry (Heisman), Rashaun (Woods), Joe Randle (I think he’s supposed to be good this year), and Justin Gilbert (runs fast). On my highly complex rating scale, that puts them in the following order: Weeden (because Melanie might be reading)Zac (I can’t believe Melanie beat out his eyes)Barry (because I think he might be a legend)Blackmon (because charity work is kinda cool)Gilbert (because I know he’s “your boy”)Rashaun (because I vaguely remember him from college)Joe (because he’s better than Dez)Dez (because no one likes a criminal) 3. People want to know how you forecast this season playing out so…who plays for the title? Wins the Heisman? What is OSU’s record?I think I stopped paying attention to football statistics around 2004, so I’ll go with USC for the title. Are you serious with the Heisman question? The list of players I know this year includes two from the previous question plus Lunt. And not just from OSU – that’s for all college football. Though I feel like I’ve heard whispers about a guy named Matt something[2. I think she means Barkley, I’ll give it to her], so I’ll go with him. Are you asking about OSU’s record of all time? Football? I feel like you’re trying to trick me by making me answer about this year. But if there’s one thing I know about OSU football, it’s that we haven’t played a game yet this season. All time, I’ll put us at 38% wins, which would probably total to about 282 wins and 462 losses[3. Actually 531-523-47 for a 50.4% winning percentage]. Make sure your readers know I answered all questions in orange. For brownie points.
You’re drunk, Gundy. Go home.After two straight hires of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, OSU has hired a guy named Mike Yurcich as its new offensive coordinator/QB coach.Gundy made the announcement on Twitter this morning (possibly from either his back porch or maybe the Bagel Cafe in Stillwater). Who knows…Proud to announce Mike Yurcich as the new Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at #okstate #GoPokes— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 7, 2013Wait…WHO?This is going to be really funny when agundy announces the real OC.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013Agreed.Here’s what Google tells me about Mike Yurich:He graduated from California University (of Pennsylvania) and played QB there. He got his Master of Education from Saint Francis (Indiana) (he was a grad assistant briefly at Indiana) then moved on to Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) where he was the OC. He became the OC at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA in 2011.Now, as of today, he runs one of the best D1 offenses in the country.Here were his stats last year for Shippensburg — a D2 school.Yurcich’s offense at Shippensburg (is that a real sentence?) scored 46.8 points a game last year. Averaged 390 passing yards a game. Sick.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 7, 2013 This made me laugh, #okstate’s new offensive coordinator: http://t.co/OFLpvM7s— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 7, 2013 Mike Yurcich, Ok State’s new OC hire, led an offense that led Division II in total offense and ranked No. 2 in scoring, passing offense.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 7, 2013Salty, and Gundy does love him some numbers. He also likes this.Re: Yurchich MT @ChrisPavone84: fast paced no huddle, very aggressive. A mixed bag of styles but the ball will be in the air alot.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 7, 2013 @KellyHinesTW 37ish? Is he from the Dominican Republic?— Kevin DeShazo (@KevinDeShazo) February 7, 2013I can’t wait to see this guy rolling through the B1G as Indiana’s head coach in 2016.Lastly, here’s a video of his offense from last year (they look like a high school team!)And here’s video of him breaking down plays with Star Wars Lego figures! It was weird though, no warning, no press release — heck, Gundy could have announced it at his press conference yesterday. Yet he announces it via Twitter 12 hours after he says he doesn’t really understand Twitter.The lesson as always, I guess? Don’t try and predict what Mike Gundy is going to do.Three more hilarious tweets.@pistolsguy dude googling his last name he’s not the first to come up….I feel like Gundy trying to win some mad scientist award.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013 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!
There was a great longer article in the Tulsa World at the end of last week about Mike Holder’s first 10 years on the job. That culminated on Wednesday which was his 10th anniversary.Did you know that only two men have been there longer as the AD?Ed Gallagher (1915-31) and Henry P. Iba (1935-69). “Pretty fast company right there,” Holder says. “I like that.”What I found to be interesting is how much money OSU has raised (and lost!), mostly during Holder’s tenure. Here is Holder’s estimate.From 1970 through 1999, Holder says, OSU spent a total of $10 million on athletic facilities. In 2000-10, he reports, OSU spent $400 million on facilities. Now not all of that was for football, but we all know the king of American sports is what drives economics at an athletic department. Because of that, I wanted to look at the correlation between money spent and winning percentage. How much is each win worth if we presume that all that money was spent on football (and it wasn’t).[1. We’re also not taking into account inflation etc. This is not an economics blog.]Here’s a look. You want to be on the bottom right of this graph where you don’t have to spend a ton of money but you still win a ton of games. OSU has been on the bottom left (good for the pocketbook!) and the upper right (good for morale!)The answer to the latter is easy. OSU won 171.5 games between 1970 and 1999 (for the college kids, there used to be ties … crazy, I know). At $10 million spent on facilities, that’s $58,000 a W. OSU has won 117 games since 2000. That’s $3.4 million. Success is pricey.“We’ve won in every sport here, except in football,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “We wanted to try to do something to change that, so when you went to the football stadium on Saturday, you actually had a chance to win the football game. I wanted to see what that was like.”It feels pretty good, doesn’t it?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!
One of the traditions of bowl season has become which bowl hands out the best gifts to its participants. This year, the Sugar Bowl is handing out a Fossil watch, New Era Cap and commemorative coin to each player which doesn’t sound very cool until you also note that there’s a gift suite involved.What is a gift suite? According to Sports Business Daily, it’s basically a free trip to the mall.Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person.Last year, for the Cactus Bowl, that included TVs, Keurigs and Beats headphones.This year won’t necessarily be better since there’s a $550 limit, but it might be different depending on who sponsors the Sugar Bowl’s suite. You can view all of the bowl gifts here.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!