J.W. Walsh Issues “Thank you” to Stillwater

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After losing his starting job to Mason Rudolph, Walsh bucked the graduate transfer trend and elected to stay at Oklahoma State for his final year and has been a vital key to Oklahoma State’s season. Whether or not he comes back to play is yet to be seen, but it’s safe to say he has won over Cowboy nation with his loyalty. Maybe that loyalty will be rewarded with his first coaching gig sometime in the future. The General took to Instagram to issue a “thank you” to Stillwater for the memories during his time at Oklahoma State on Sunday. Walsh reportedly will petition for a sixth year of eligiblity, of which he may actually be qualified for. But if the NCAA finds he is not eligible, this upcoming bowl game will indeed be his last as an Oklahoma State player.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Oklahoma State Finishes No. 13 in Final AP Poll

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Oklahoma State checked in at No. 13 in the AP Poll this week as well as the Coaches Poll. The final College Football Playoff rankings (for some reason) have yet to be released. Here’s how the top 20 in the AP shook out.Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 1.33.18 PM Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 1.33.41 PMInterestingly, this was predicted exactly by folks who took OKC Dave’s preseason survey. The consensus from the 1,500 of you who took it was that OSU would finish 12.6th in the polls, or … 13th.last_img read more

Charlie Strong Probably Made Mike Gundy $40,000 on Saturday

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Math time. Here we go.If Baylor beat Texas on Saturday as a 20-point favorite[1. Which by the way, how hilarious is the college football world we live in where Texas is a 20-point underdog to Baylor with its third-string QB?] OSU was headed to a non-New Year’s Day Six game. That is, the Russell Wilson Sweatpants Bowl (or worse).Mike Gundy gets compensated for going to a bowl game, but he gets compensated more for going to a good bowl game. Since the New Year’s Day Six (two playoff games plus Sugar, Peach, Fiesta and Rose) are structured similarly to the BCS, I presume the language in his contract applies the same. For the sake of this exercise, let’s presume it does.AdChoices广告So anyway, Gundy gets 1.5x a month’s pay of his base salary ($500,000) for just going to a bowl. That’s $62,500. Gundy is paid almost $4 million, but his base salary (for reasons I do not know) is only $500,000. For going to a NYD Six bowl, that bumps up to $100,000. Here’s the part of his contract that says that.Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 8.35.00 AMOf course, the Baylor and OU games cost him $50,000 but hey at least Charlie earned him some of that back on Saturday in Waco. Side note: Gundy gets $200K for playing for the national title and $400K for winning it.So now you see why Gundy said what he did about following Baylor-Texas on Saturday (not that $40K makes any difference in his life at this point).“I was at an 11-year-old basketball tournament in Ripley, America,” Gundy told the Oklahoman. “We like going there and playing basketball, but the cell service is not any good. We finished our second game, so I went and got in my car and drove down to the gas station to get two corn dogs and my phone started dinging, text messages like crazy. I couldn’t get to the end fast enough.”Here’s a look at Gundy’s house this December.via GIPHYlast_img read more

Look: OSU Fans Use Twitter to Recruit Barry J. Sanders

first_imgHey @BarryJSanders26. Heard you need a school. pic.twitter.com/QnmCyIUjN6— OKState Probs (@OKStateProbs) January 6, 2016 #BringSandersToOkState @barryjsanders26— ⅅℰℰᎫ (@DjayDtrain75) January 6, 2016 @OSUAthletics @BarryJSanders26 When is the announcement of transfer from Stanford to Oklahoma State coming?— AmericanCzechMark (@markjmelton65) January 2, 2016 @BarryJSanders26 Oklahoma state ??— TallHandsomeGuy (@That_guyDorian) January 6, 2016 @BarryJSanders26 please come to Oklahoma State!!!!— Reese Holder?? (@ReeseHolder) January 6, 2016 As a technical note, I believe tweeting at potential recruits is a minor NCAA recruiting infraction. However, the NCAA has no way of monitoring this type of behavior so it’s generally swept under the rug. Which is good, because following the news that Barry J. Sanders has been granted his release from Stanford, OSU fans have gone wild to recruit him on social media…@BarryJSanders26 Going to Oklahoma State just makes sense. No doubt will play. Be a big playmaker and follow in your dads steps! #GoPokes— Evan Eccleston (@_EvanEccleston_) January 12, 2016center_img @BarryJSanders26 we’d love to have you at #okstate! Good luck with your decision! ??? #GoPokes— Orange Power (@Orange_Power21) January 7, 2016https://twitter.com/BrettBlythe/status/684838661553180674@BarryJSanders26 here’s guessing Barry’s twitter lights up like a candle. Maybe he will come play for the Aggies. Or the Pokes. Or someone.— richardallenhay (@richardallenhay) January 6, 2016 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. @jbbernstein @BarrySanders @BarryJSanders26 Come home 2 Oklahoma State, we will give U the ball! We will show U the respect U deserve!— Brenda Hawkins (@iheartwestbrook) January 2, 2016 @AustinChadwick @BarryJSanders26 @patrickmacek @JimmieTramel oh what glory, a Sanders back at Stillwater, my mouth is watering. #GoPokes— Matthew Wood (@mattbigdogwood) January 6, 2016last_img read more

Ranking Big 12 Coaches Haircuts

first_img4. Jim Grobe; BaylorThis is literally the only picture the internet has of Jim Grobe smiling. Maybe he’ll crack a grin knowing he has a better hairdo than his rival across state in Gary Patterson.[Getty][Getty]3. Bob Stoops; OklahomaJust like Gary Patterson, Stoops is hard to spot without his white visor permanently attached to his head. But when he’s not sporting it, he does have a nice set of grains with the classic, respectable swoop over. Even if he loses all of it in the future, he still makes more than anyone in the Big 12 in case he’s forced to go the plug route down the road.[USATSI][USATSI]2. Matt Campbell; Iowa StateIowa State certainly upgraded it’s hair game going from Paul Rhoads to Matt Campbell, the former Toledo head coach. With age on his side (he’s only 36!), there’s little to no visible gray hairs, and he really knows how to work the gel game.[Des Moines Register][Des Moines Register]1. Kliff Kingsbury; Texas TechAre you really surprised? The Ryan Gosling look alike may not be as good looking (another topic for next offseason), but he definitely gets my vote in a hair-to-hair comparison. I think he’s really simplified his hair game since his Houston days, and his minor face stubble complements his hair nicely.[USATSI][USATSI] You know it’s the offseason when we’re pumping out the best content ever like OSU players as Pokemon characters and things we learned about Mike Gundy’s mullet. So what better time to continue the trend than by ranking the Big 12 coaches by haircut?10. Charlie Strong; TexasSince we’re ranking haircuts, Strong gets a DNP for not participating. Bald is a good look for him, though, and honestly maybe a much better option than him if he had hair. Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 5.41.47 PM9. Dana Holgerson; West VirginiaHolgerson may be much higher on this list, but the red bull fingers are quick on the trigger letting the head gear fly, causing abuse to the frail and aging scalp. It deserves more nurture and attention, and unfortunately I don’t see those abused locks getting either in the near future.[Sporting News][Sporting News]8. Bill Snyder; Kansas StateI know putting Bill Snyder at the bottom of any list is probably something I’ll end up regretting since he’s bound to prove me wrong. Sure, he’s old. But there’s too much unintentional skullet for this hairdo to really get me going. He does get points for cleanliness and being well-groomed.[Chat Sports][Chat Sports]7. Mike Gundy; Oklahoma StateGundy would be much lower on this list if it weren’t for the tons of media coverage and public support of the new do in which Jeff Carroll refers to having “too much sauce.” This may have been popular in the 80’s, and I fully support embarrassing your children just for the heck of it, but I think his classic porcupine look is much better suited for the big stage.[@AustinChadwick]6. Gary Patterson; TCUPatterson enters the top 6 simply because he has hair, which is more than what I can say for one other member already listed. Fortunately you almost never see him without a visor on, because his permanent combed over hat hair probably isn’t going to land him in GQ magazine anytime soon.[USATSI][USATSI]5. David Beaty; KansasBeaty’s hairdo is a cut above Patterson’s since it looks like he tries to do something after taking off the coaching hat. He seems to always have a fresh trim, which I assume is very important for his audition to get a bump in salary by becoming Bill Self’s executive assistant.[USATSI][USATSI] While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Clint Chelf Reflects on Choo Choo Movement in Hilarious Outtake Interview

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Former OSU quarterback Clint Chelf sat down with Orange Power Studio’s Allison Gappa earlier this summer and reflected on one of the more memorable moments in his career: The 2013 touchdown jaunt against Texas Tech with Gus Johnson on the call referencing his “get away from the cops speed.”“I’m glad the meme train hadn’t started like it is now,” Chelf said. They weren’t that big yet, but twitter was going nuts still. The get away from the cops thing with Gus — it was almost infamous. Then the Choo Choo movement after that. It was fun to be a player during that, and get a t-shirt,” he said.And more on that run, which looking back he says took everything he had in the tank.“Man I’m just glad I didn’t have to run much further cause I was running out of gas. No more gas in the tank, I was just looking for the sidelines for water.”The video linked below is really a pretty hilarious outtake and a good insight into Chelf’s personality behind the scenes cutting loose.last_img read more

30 Percent of OSU Fans Think Bob Stoops Is a Better Coach Than Mike Gundy

first_imgThe comments were just basically if you lit a bunch of fire on fire with more fire and poured gasoline over the entire thing (which I knew they would be). Still, I thought this was an interesting look at the Gundy vs. Stoops debate. To those of you who tweeted that it was stupid to toss this question to a bunch of OSU fans because I would get biased answers, uh, don’t @ me. I was simply curious how many OSU fans agreed with me about which man is better at coaching college football.I wrote earlier in the week that Bob Stoops might be a better coach (I believe he is) but Mike Gundy is more memorable and more endearing. I like Gundy better. I’d rather him be the coach of my team even though I’m not totally convinced he’s as good.Both sides have an argument here too. Stoops walked into a situation where recruiting 5-star guys is easy. Gundy built up a program where the only tradition came with him at the helm at QB. On the other hand, OU wasn’t exactly mid-2000s Florida when Stoops took over, and Gundy has gotten the benefit of Boone Pickens’ dough. Stoops has won more games. Gundy has won more games per recruiting stars on his roster than maybe any coach in college football history.The debate is a good one (and a fun one if you don’t take it or yourself too seriously), but I guess at the end of the day I land in the camp that it’s a lot harder to sustain the type of excellence Stoops has sustained than most people think. It’s tough to climb the mountain (like Gundy has which has been impressive), but it’s insanely difficult to not fall off the other side (see: Brown, Mack and Malzahn, Gus). Stoops hasn’t, and I have to credit him for that.Even Gundy said this a few years ago.“The reason that happens is because of what we build up,” Gundy told ESPN. “There’s going to be a time when people are pressing and demand a lot from us. We have created this monster. Now we have to feed it.”Some of you (at least a few of you) had compelling things to say on both sides of this. Here are the results followed by some of the better comments.Tuesday poll question is simple: Who is a better college football coach?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 30, 2016Derek Spivey: MG does more with less. No doubt in my mind we would dominate with the talent they have across the board.Grant Wilson: Stoops pretty easily, and I’m an OSU guy. I’d be fascinated to see what Gundy could do at a blueblood school though.Jeremy Rooks: Gundy only because of the talent input to talent output ratio. It’s not even close in head to head as we all know.Jason Sutton: Bob Stoops is the better coach. The fact that OU has beaten OSU in years where OSU should have won is all the evidence I need. Never mind all the Big 12 titles Stoops has won. I feel like Bob prepares his players better and they consistently play harder.Sonny: There is something to be said for the fact that Stoops took over a well established program while Gundy has built up it’s little brother. This muddies the water a little. I honestly couldn’t say who the better coach is, nor do I know if anybody could. It’s all subjective to opinion based on perception.David Einstein: Stoops, but Gundy can pass him with a couple of playoff appearances. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook: Oklahoma State-Southeastern Louisiana

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You can read my 10 Thoughts on the game here. Let’s empty out the notebook for the first contest of 2016.• One of the most underrated parts of the new uniform is the white pants/socks/shoes look as perfectly displayed by Jalen McCleskey and others. Normally I’m a fan of the USC white socks/black shoes uni, but for OSU and these threads, it works perfectly.• Say whatever you want about Chris Carson, you can’t really ever say he doesn’t run hard. This was impressive (and would have been against Stillwater High).• All analysis aside, it was pretty dang cool to see someone named Barry Sanders in an OSU uniform.• The Justin Gilbert Memorial Uni Heisman race is currently between Jalen NcCleskey and Lenzy Pipkins. Both looked very different but equally fresh. Might be a year-long bid for the title.• Random offensive note: I love the TE drag with Blake Jarwin. I bet they use it in a huge spot in a Big 12 game later on this year.• Justice Hill is bouncy and fun. Could legitimately see him transforming into Joe Randle 2.0 next season.• We covered!Just checked. Oklahoma State is favored by 49, so this drive is probably relevant for someone…— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 3, 2016• I’m sure resident Xs and Os expert Thomas Fleming will have more on this next week (or later), but OSU played in some interesting diamond formations on Saturday. My diamond formation attitude is a lot like my attitude towards ice cream and Friday Night Lights: cannot get enough.• I’m going to be so irrational about so many things this year. Rudolph, McCleskey and Bundage wearing No. 1, Barry J., the freshmen. I hope you guys are prepared to traverse this with me.• I wonder who would win in a Savannah State-Southeastern Louisiana matchup. I wonder how many people would show up.• Tralund Webber was a fun surprise. He was prominently featured a few times. OSU is certainly deep on defense. I’m just not sure how great it is.• This made me laugh a lot for some reason.When you think you scheduled Oklahoma Christian and you realize it’s actually Oklahoma State. pic.twitter.com/PKjC3KoPSc— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016• I still love that the non-conference schedule builds towards Baylor and Texas to start the Big 12 season. If you’re going to play crappy teams, at least stagger them so they get progressively better as the non-conference schedule wears on.• This is terrific.Caught this cool moment — Mike Gundy teaching @CalvinBundage the #OKState alma mater after his first college game. pic.twitter.com/iACmT9W3Cw— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 4, 2016• I think Saturday was the earliest Gundy has ever removed a QB1. It was also the most asinine it’s been that he brought him back in. If he’d been Willis McGaheed I might never have forgiven Gundy.• It felt like just from watching the game that OSU getting its RBs to the edge was still a struggle. I’m not totally sure what the issue is here. Could be scheme. Could be slow RBs. Could be bad playcalling. It just felt like the kind of plays that would results in three-and-outs against the Texas’ and TCUs of the world.• This is tremendous.Custom paisley pattern on the front and back bumpers of #OKState’s helmets. Dig the detail. pic.twitter.com/qZWFC4izmY— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 4, 2016• The Jeff Carr swing pass might be my favorite play.• Rudolph fumbled a snap inside the five while under center. How much evidence do we need as a program to just completely abandon the under-the-center snap altogether? Do we need to lose a Big 12 title while doing it? Worse? CFP? National championship?• We should have offered SE Louisiana double the dough to play just one half. Or opposing coaches should have the option to press a button that results in a running clock in the second half. There is less shame in just banging a red button than having to make a scene by calling a referee over.• Southeastern Louisiana’s punter doesn’t miss too many training tables.• One of the unintended consequences of scheduling SE Louisiana is that Rudolph doesn’t get to build his stats on the march to 4,000 yards (only Brandon Weeden has ever done this). He got just under 200 through the air, and this will likely be the only game he skips multiple quarters (hopefully), but it does sort of suck.• Makes you think!https://twitter.com/pastorfrisbie/status/772162077737689088• Me for most of the second half.Status: https://t.co/unAWfV7wQ1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016last_img read more

Running Back Competition Continues in Game 2, But One Stands Above Rest

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There wasn’t too much to glean from game 1 on Saturday against SE Louisiana as far as the run game is concerned. The starting offensive line broke about as much of a sweat as Gundy did worrying about what he was having for dinner after the game, so the statistics should be taken for what it’s worth against an FCS opponent.Jeff Carr lead all rushers with 42 yards, followed by Justice Hill at 30, Rennie Childs at 21 and Chris Carson at 18.Statistically, there is no leader in the clubhouse or one guy separating themselves from the group in that aspect. But just watching the game, it’s pretty clear OSU’s best option is true freshman Justice Hill. In just seven carries and one reception, he finished with 36 all-purpose yards. But it’s not his production he had Saturday, rather the qualities he flashed Saturday that prove he deserves to be the guy moving forward.Hill displayed all the qualities that made him so productive in high school and proved it can translate early. Not only does he have great vision and shiftiness, most importantly: He explodes through openings with little hesitation, something OSU lacked last season as they struggled and played timid at times.Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich noted after the game that there is still a competition that is raging into game 2 against CMU, and praised the group for their efforts.“They all ran very hard. They ran tough with the ball and secured the ball,” Yurcich said. “Time is going to tell. We’ll see at practice and take it one day at a time. Surely we’d like have a couple of guys emerge, but this is a good problem to have.”OSU coaches are playing it slow in naming a leader or starter this early, and all signs suggest it’s likely we will see a more similar rotation on Saturday against Central Michigan, too.But as the season progresses with more stiff competition and the group behind to skinny down, I’m convinced Hill is far and away the best option at tailback, and the competition moving forward will simply be to determine who plays behind him.last_img read more

Instant Recap: Central Michigan beats Oklahoma State 30-27

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This was good. https://t.co/3MVaZr7CE6— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016Driving all the way to the 2-yard line, Oklahoma State faced a 4th-and-1 with the game potentially on the line, so naturally OSU lined up in power formation and punched it in OSU lined up Dillon Stoner in wildcat formation (called it!, Nate) with a flick to James Washington, who took it in for the go-ahead score 27-24.The Pokes got a second straight turnover on the ensuing possession with Ramon Richards stepping in with a big pick:Ramon!! https://t.co/O1hOyg9DQF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016Oklahoma State milked the clock all the way down and held on to a fourth down chunk by Mason Rudolph, but was called for intentional grounding. The Chips got one final untimed down, and a Cooper Rush hail mary that was lateraled near the goal line and the Chips won 30-27. Unbelievable. Oklahoma State showed some rust in the first half as Mason Rudolph sailed a number of throws, the offensive line looked inept at times and OSU gave up a bevy of short-yardage throws to Cooper Rush and Co. It wasn’t exactly panic city, but it wasn’t exactly the most fun we’ve ever had watching an OSU football game either.The Chips slowly chipped away at the lead OSU jumped out to, adding 10 in the second quarter and another 7 in the third. With 9:40 remaining in the third, CMU quarterback Cooper Rush dropped a dagger on the Cowboys with a beautiful touchdown dime after a 95-yard drive to lead his team to a 24-20 lead over OSU.Immediately after the drive, Rudolph orchestrated a perfectly timed drive, going 6-for-6 for 66 yards all the way to goal line. before dropping an ugly INT to the Chips in the endzone.However on the ensuing play, Devante Averette came in with a huge play to knock the ball loose and force a fumble, getting OSU the ball on their own 11 yard line.last_img read more

WATCH: Dillon Stoner Completes TD Pass To James Washington Late In 4th Against CMU

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Before the complete madness to end the game, Mike Gundy decided to put freshman Dillon Stoner in as QB on 4th down from the Central Michigan two yard line with OSU trailing 24-20 late in the 4th quarter. What is he doing, I thought.Then Stoner flipped a pass to James Washington for the go-ahead score, and my heart slowed down. I guess that’s why he makes $3.6 million a year, I thought. Then the end of the game happened and I wondered why he made even $3,600.Gundy rocking a mullet and rolling a true freshman out there with the entire season on the line in Week 2 to run out of the wildcat formation is as Gundy as it gets though. Man, this would have been a sweet game-winner.#Big12FB: @CowboyFB on 4th and 1? Call on Washington for the TD. pic.twitter.com/n5IqgaXZ2g— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 10, 2016last_img read more

Even Central Michigan Thought they Lost to OSU on Saturday

first_imgSo…Central Michigan shocked Oklahoma State on Saturday with a hail Mary-turned-lateral that lead to a game ending touchdown for the Chips in Stillwater. But even before the untimed play (which shouldn’t have even happened!), the official CMU account had already tweeted out the result:screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-3-26-55-pmHere’s some other tweets that came out juuuuust a bit too early:PREMATURE PUBLICATIONS (Including @CMU_Football’s official account!) #CMUvsOKST pic.twitter.com/UNpFc1Ico5— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) September 10, 2016Looks like OSU fans weren’t the only ones that were shocked by the outcome. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Ben Grogan Set to Become All-Time Leading Scorer at Oklahoma State

first_imgSenior place kicker Ben Grogan is poised to pass Dan Bailey as the Cowboy’s all-time leading scorer this weekend in Lawrence, Kansas. Currently sitting at 369 total points, he is one shy of Dan Bailey, the most ack’rut kicker in NFL history, as his former head coach would put it.Here’s a quick look at the top five scorers:Dan Bailey – 370Ben Grogan – 369Barry Sanders – 360Cary Blanchard – 331Thurman Thomas – 302Let’s see how Grogan stacks up to the eventual No 2.He’s made 57 career field goals, tied with Bailey and 198 extra points, one shy of Bailey. Grogan should finish Saturday’s game as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in all three categories.They both will have played four years at Oklahoma State. Bailey played 45 games for OSU, playing seven as a freshman and then missing one his junior season. Grogan has not missed a game as an eligible kicker and currently sits at 45, as well.Grogan’s holds a 75 percent career field goal percentage and a 97.5 percent on extra point attempts. Bailey finished with a 79.2 percent on field goals and 99 percent on extra points.So while many Oklahoma State fans probably won’t put him ahead of Bailey in their all-time kicker list, maybe they should. They basically did the same thing in the same number of games so far and Grogan still has six more to cement his place in OSU history.Besides, Grogan has a knack for game-winners including last year’s Kansas State game and two clutch field goals to beat Texas. And who could forget a certain all-time kick to seal Bedlam in Norman? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Roundtable Wednesday: Midseason Evaluation And Expectations For the Second Half

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter (publisher): While we’re all here … let’d bang out a roundtable. I asked this as our poll question on Tuesday, but how do you grade OSU halfway through the season?Kyle Cox (contributor): I’d go no higher than a C+. The Cowboys should be 6-0 and it’s their own fault they aren’t. I blame the CMU debacle 90 percent on the refs, 30 percent on the Cowboys because there’s more than enough to go around. #math. Losing to Baylor in Waco is not horrible except the way they did it was horrible.Justin Southwell (chief uniform officer): I wouldn’t mind giving them a B-. I agree that they should be 6-0, but they deserve a lot of credit for the wins that they have. Pitt was tough and they showed resilience through the weather delay, they physically dominated Texas, and they came back to beat Iowa State. There have been flashes of greatness from this team, but there have also been moments that leave you scratching your head wondering what just happened.Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): I give them a solid B. Offense is good, not perfect, and defense is average, and sometimes quite good when the secondary plays well. I honestly don’t know what to expect anymore. Right now, I’m just rooting for all the good teams to lose so that OSU might be able to *compete* for a conference title.Caleb Deck (intern): I tend agree with a B to B-. Flashes of fantastic play and possibly the most explosive offense in the Big 12 but the consistency isn’t there. They can be, and have been, amazing, but the key will be finding consistency in the running game, Rudolph hitting his short-mid range passes, and the defense limiting big plays. All realistic fixes, but are necessary to have any chance at making it through this next half of the schedule.Carson Cunningham (podcasting): C+, ’bout av-rudge. Loss to CMU was inexcusable coaching (how do you run a play without a WR and not know the grounding rule?) Baylor loss fumbled away. There have been bright spots (D-line, Prez, QB1) but the overall grade is reflected by the W-L results.Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): I’ll go C+. This team plays to their competition’s level, and was fortunate to beat Iowa state last week. I think 8-4 would be a strong finish at this point.Porter: I’m going + (I almost went A-!) — We can say it’s a fluke that OSU sneaked out wins against Pitt and Iowa State, but we could also say it’s a fluke that CMU won on a one-in-a-million play and Justice Hill fumbled more than Mason Rudolph in a blizzard (can you imagine?) at Baylor. This team is, what, three (two?) plays from being 6-0.Remember when I used to be the cynical one?Max Gross (Baseball): I’d say B. Then offense has been pretty much as expected with the Rudolph to Washington connection thriving. Hill has been a pleasant surprise as well. The defense has been suspect at times. Not a fan of 31 points being put up by Iowa StatePorter: Sam already gave his opinion, but what record does everyone see this team ending with after six more games?Fleming: 8-4, hopefully win bowl game and go 9-4 with heavy optimism headed into next year.Deck: I also think 8-4 with a “shock” win over TCU, a not-so-shock loss at KState, and another year of bedlam tragedy unfortunately. ?Fleming: Alamo? Or Cactus.Aldrich: Or Russell Athletic?Carson: New meaning to Cardiac Cowboys…Making the most of the open week as the coaching staff refreshes on CPR training. #okstate pic.twitter.com/3x1OG2uzKx— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 12, 2016Porter: I’m trying to figure out a way to get OSU to 10-3, but I can’t do it. I’ll go 9-4 as well with a bowl win. That was probably the floor (ish) for this season (or so we thought coming in). Now it’s going to be a fight to get there.Carson: Which should be reflected in your midseason grade, @porter ?Porter:  Don’t logic me @carsoncunningham. I think everything is sort of predicated upon the CMU game. How much better does 5-1 sound than 4-2? But there is no difference between this team whether its record says 5-1 or 4-2. From a win-loss perspective, 9-4 was the floor, but I’m not sure that reflects the actual play of the team thus far.Aldrich: Just posing a question — is Pitt the only win we’ve got so far over a team that will make a bowl game this year?Cox: Looking that way.Porter: Other than Bedlam, which game are you guys most excited about in the second half of the year?Aldrich: I think Homecoming against West Virginia is gonna be a blast. Lotta points, big crowd (for the first half at least?), and a pretty good WV team. Can’t wait for that oneCox: TCU will be a big one as welllast_img read more

Mike Gundy Refuses to Acknowledge OSU as a Two-Loss Team

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State moved to 5-2 on the season after a 44-20 road victory against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, but don’t tell Mike Gundy his team has two losses.The Cowboys suffered their first “loss” of the season in a home contest against the Central Michigan Chippewas, who were incorrectly awarded an untimed down that ultimately resulted in a hail mary touchdown.Even though all 10 officials were suspended and the outcome wasn’t reversed, it doesn’t mean that Mike Gundy has to acknowledge it. Here’s the exchange that took place in his press conference with a reporter on Monday:Reporter: “Do you, particularly this is a game that can really raise your season Mike, after two losses.”Mike Gundy: “One loss.”Reporter: “One you shouldn’t have won, and one you didn’t win.”Mike Gundy: “That’s right, one loss.”Here’s the full video on the exchange below:last_img read more

Numbers to Know: Gundy Goes For Sixth Win Over Top 10 Team

first_imgThis year it’s the Mountaineers who are unbeaten, and the Cowboys are feeling a little disrespected. At 5-2 (6-1), OSU is flying under the radar and comes into the game as a four-point dog at home.A win Saturday would put Mike Gundy in rare companyKyle P. wrote about this earlier in the week, but Gundy is going for his 100th win at OSU this week- take a look at the list of current coaches that have 100+ wins at their school.198 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State (25th year)184 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (18th year)147 – Gary Patterson, TCU (16th year)132 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (18th year)113 – Nick Saban, Alabama (10th year)102 – Kyle Whittingham, Utah (12th year)99 – Mike Gundy (12th year)That’s crazy, you guys. Gundy is in an exclusive class when it comes to coaches that win year after year at the same school. A win over two former assistants and their top-10 squad on Saturday would be just another notch in the belt of the best coach in Oklahoma State’s history.It’d also be the sixth (!) win over a top 10 team for Gundy since 2008, and the 19th time he’s beaten a ranked team since he came to Stillwater. Mike Gundy is already coaching greatness, but a win Saturday puts him in rare air. On Saturday, Oklahoma State has a chance to bag its first signature win of the 2016 season, when undefeated West Virginia visits Stillwater for Homecoming weekend. There will be no love lost as the 10th-ranked Mountaineers are lead by former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who returns to Stillwater along with former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline.If you recall, Wickline and Oklahoma State had a nasty lawsuit in 2014 over $593,000 and much bickering over the play-calling aspect of his job. Don’t think that either side has forgotten that. Oh, then this happened this week.#okstate offers scholarship to Kelby Wickline, son of long-time Gundy assistant. https://t.co/JwFhuulJT6— PFB Recruiting (@PFBrecruit) October 25, 2016They really waited until the week before West Virginia to offer Wickline’s son a scholarship! Coincidence? I think not. So what else could we want? An undefeated, top-10 team is coming to town for Homecoming, with two ex-OSU coaches and former Gundy disciples on the other side and a whole lot of history.For Oklahoma State, it is also a very important game and an opportunity to jump back into the top 25 and firmly assert themselves as a Big 12 title contender. Let’s dig into the numbers to know for West Virginia.Both Teams light up the scoreboardIt won’t quite be OU-Texas Tech from last weekend, but the Cowboys and Mountaineers are going to put up huge points on Saturday. West Virginia, unsurprisingly, comes into the game ranked No. 10 in the nation in offensive yards per game, averaging 510 yards/game. Senior QB Skyler Howard is a big time playmaker, and comes into the tilt against the Pokes with 15 total touchdowns, 1,821 passing yards, 200 rushing yards, and just four interceptions in six games.Howard is not a pure pocket passer, but the Mountaineers like to get him on the move. The Cowboys’ front seven will need to apply pressure and keep both eyes on Howard at all times, or they’ll be in big trouble on Saturday. The over/under is set at 65. OSU is No. 14 in points per game. WVU is No. 44. They average 74 combined. Give me the over.Holgorsen-Gundy are deadlockedSince 2012, Dana Holgorsen and Mike Gundy are tied 2-2 in head to head matchups, and this will one will mean even more with Joe Wickline on WV’s staff this year, coming over from Texas. Oklahoma State went into Morgantown undefeated last year and won, 33-26. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Calls His Hair a ‘Millennial Mullet’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I compiled a list of the eight stages of Mike Gundy’s mullet today because he went on ESPN Radio to discuss it recently. I thought it was hilarious. You can listen to the whole interview here, but I pulled the mullet-related stuff.“All this football talk is great, but I want to talk about the mullet,” said the ESPN Radio host. “I was up at West Virginia last week, and they actually had a FatHead cutout of you in one of the windows just of the mullet.”Side note: I think he was talking about being in Stillwater for the West Virginia game and Gundy misunderstood thinking he was actually in West Virginia.“Once it started taking off, I saw potential free marketing on social media,” said Gundy. I’m more or less certain Gundy could not explain marketing on social media if you gave him $3.75 million to do so.“Why would a guy not want free marketing in West Virginia with a mullet. It would probably become very popular there. They probably have a few mullets and they’re down-to-earth salt of the earth people over there.“The younger generation, it’s somewhat foreign to them. But I’m a big 70s and 80s music guy, and every once in a while it’s OK to bring the mullet back and have some fun with the team. We know the real mullet was if you permed it a little on the ends and had it bi-leveled. This is kind of a millennial mullet.”Incredible. You can listen to the entire thing here.last_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Highlights from OSU’s Thrilling Win over K-State

first_imgWe can always count on Orange Power Studios to give us all the feel-good moments from an OSU game. This highlight reel is exceptionally good. Check it out. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Kingsbury Praises Washington, Tech DBs Worried About Vertical Attack

first_img“They definitely can throw and run the ball for sure,” added defensive back Justis Nelson. “They have big backs. They have experienced quarterback, they have a lot of deep threats.“I know they definitely like to go vertical. They like to toss the ball up. So I think the key is just keeping everything in front of us, making tackles. Making them move the ball consistently just down after down. They’re a well-coached team, and they have all the talent that you need.”OSU certainly has seemed more talented than Texas Tech in recent years. The Red Raiders haven’t beaten Oklahoma State since 2008 (pre-PFB!)“We haven’t beat them in a long time,” said Kingsbury. “They always have a great environment. The fans are right on top of you. I think our players understand what it means and how long it has been.”Hopefully the streak continues. Texas Tech gives up 7.7 yards per pass which is inside the top 100 in the country. This stat actually looks elite compared to some of their other ones. They give up 5.8 yards per carry on the ground which is No. 125 in the country and 3.33 points per drive. It’s not pretty.And now they face an Oklahoma State offense that seems to be getting better by the week and currently gains 9.0 yards per attempt through the air. Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is rightfully concerned and spoke glowingly about The President.“It’s a team that continues to find a way to win at the end,” said Kingsbury. “They’ve had some really good comebacks. Offensively, tremendous skill players. Their young running back is doing a great job. Washington is as good as anyone in the country. And their quarterback is throwing it really well. They tend to make plays when they have to. Throughout this league at the end they’ve found a way to win and that’s a credit to them.“You have to dedicate a scheme to [Washington] .. each snap. Make sure you stay over the top. He’s going to get his catches. Don’t give up an easy one deep. It’s easier said than done because he does such a good job playing the ball in the air and they take shots. We’ll have to have an answer for him on every snap.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Go 1-2 In Weekly Power Rankings

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This is a guest post by Derek Duke who writes for Heartland College Sports.Another college football Saturday has come and gone yet again. After all the excitement of last weekend and the time change on Sunday, you’re probably a little bit bummed to be back at work this week..No worries my friend, I have exactly what you need to cure your Monday blues. From ten to one, I have a Big 12 power ranking to get your week off on the right track.10. Kansas (1-8, 0-6 ) Trend: DownAfter getting spanked in Morgantown, this team is running out of chances to win a conference game. Head Coach David Beaty still has a long way to go with this football team. (Next up: vs. ISU)9. Iowa State (1-8, 0-6) Trend: DownThe Cyclones have shown improvement over recent weeks, but unfortunately they are still winless in conference play. The good news is that the Cyclones will play Kansas this week. Depending on if the Cyclones show up or not will determine if they get their first conference victory. (Next up: @ KU)8. Texas Tech (4-5, 2-4) Trend: DownWhile the Red Raiders may have the best offenses in the country, their defense could not stop a nose bleed even if there was a Kleenex box right in front of them. Unless the defense drastically improves, this team will be in a shootout every week. (Next up: @ OSU)7. Baylor (6-2, 3-2) Trend: Down (imagine falling from an Airplane in the sky)After getting dismantled by TCU at home, this football team is on a downward spiral. There are more things going on at Baylor than one could possibly fathom. To put it simply, there are too many distractions off the field. (Next up: @ OU)6. TCU (5-4, 3-3) Trend: NeutralKenny Hill has been anything but “Trill” for the Frogs. The defense has buckled up in recent weeks, but the quarterback play for this team will limit them down the road. Yes they crushed Baylor, but Baylor is going down a path that few will travel. (Next up: BYE)5. Texas (5-4, 3-3) Trend: NeutralOne week Charlie Strong is the head coach, the next week he is going to be fired. Well he won this week so I guess he can stay (for now). After a reeling off two straight wins, Texas will have a huge test this coming weekend against WVU. (Next up: vs. WVU)4. Kansas State (5-4, 3-3) Trend: NeutralDon’t let their record fool you, Bill Snyder is still a wizard. This team could have easily beaten OSU this past weekend if not for their lackluster passing game. You know what you get when you play against this football team.3. West Virginia (7-1, 4-1) Trend: UpEven with their recent loss to OSU, this team had a great confidence builder this past weekend playing Kansas. This is still a good football team and they will have a big test ahead of them by traveling to Austin next weekend. (Next up: @ Texas)2. Oklahoma State (8-1 I mean 7-2, 5-1) Trend: UpJust like Mike Gundy’s mullet continues to grow, so does this team’s confidence. After a tricky win in Manhattan, the Cowboys still control their own destiny in the Big 12. (Next up: vs TTU)1. Oklahoma (7-2, 6-0) Trend: UpAfter beating ISU, Oklahoma is still the only unbeaten team in conference play. They still have a few tough tests left before we crown them Big 12 champs. (Next Up: vs. BU)last_img read more