Ranking the Top Return Men in OSU History (Part 2)

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. Yesterday we went through Nos. 10-6 on our list for the top return men in Oklahoma State history.Let’s get to our top five.No. 5 Tyreek HillDuring his lone season in Stillwater, Hill averaged 24.7 yards on 30 kickoff returns. That’s the fifth-highest average for a season at OSU. His two kick return touchdowns still leaves him tied for fourth-best for a season at OSU.Another guy you just wanted to see with the ball. He was the featured returner on both kickoffs and punts but his punt return average was a pedestrian 9.5 yards. But he had a pretty big one you might remember. That 92-yard punt return is the second-longest in OSU history and his 99-yard kickoff return at Kansas is alone in the No. 2 spot.AdChoices广告No. 4 R.W. McQuartersMcQuarters was the definition of a Renaissance man. As a freshman, he was the first OSU player in over 30 years to gain offensive yardage, return a kick and make tackles in the same game.The Booker T. Washington product and Super Bowl champ averaged an impressive 23.4 yards on punt returns and 15.3 on kickoff returns. He was an All-Big 12 punt returner in 1997. He gets points for his overall production and being featured in both phases of the return game.No. 3 Barry SandersThe top 3 are not only elite athletes and playmakers, they’re separated by a razor-thin margin. I’m sure I’ll get a couple of comments on the Barry sacrilege but since looking strictly at the return game, production had to be weighed.When Barry Sanders came to Stillwater, he knew he would be playing second fiddle. Another future Hall-of-Fame running back in Thurman Thomas was well on his way to stardom. Pat Jones stuck Barry behind Bobby Riley at both kick and punter returner and he quickly showed his all-world talent.As a sophomore, Sanders led the Big 8 (No. 2 nationally) in punt return average and led the nation in kick return average. He is the only Oklahoma State player to score on multiple kick returns and multiple punt returns in the same season (1987).Sanders recorded three of the school’s five 100-yard kickoff returns. He broke more NCAA records over his three-year college career than most players know exist. There’s little argument against his claim as best football player — if not athlete — to lay his head down in Stillwater.No. 2 Justin GilbertGilbert’s NFL career hasn’t quite panned out as of yet but that doesn’t take away from the special career he had while in Stillwater.Gilbert holds the record for most kickoff returns in a season at OSU (32) and is the career leader in kickoff return touchdowns (6). His 2,681 career kick return yards ranks him second in both Oklahoma State and Big 12 history and his career kick return average of 26.3 is second in school history.Gilbert lands at this spot because of his consistency and overall production. He had three of the top 10 OSU seasons in kick return average. He’s also the only Cowboy other than Barry Sanders to record a 100-yard kickoff return. Sanders had three. Gilbert recorded two.No. 1 Perrish CoxCox had it all. The production. The big-play threat. Great name.All of the top three on the list ended their careers with six return touchdowns which made it that much harder to separate them. But Cox gets the nod for his overall production and being the featured returner on both kickoffs and punts. It took a player like Dez Bryant to usurp Cox in punt returns and that was just for one year (2008).Cox is the all-time leader in OSU and Big 12 history in kickoff return yardage (2,804) and lands at the top of my list. More importantly, any time he caught the ball off another team’s foot, you knew there was a chance you were about to see something special.This doesn’t hurt either.Click for the TD. Stay for an all-time call from Brent Musburger.“And Bullet — exhausted.”last_img read more

10 months agoEintracht Frankfurt prepared to sell Newcastle target Jetro Willems

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt prepared to sell Newcastle target Jetro Willemsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt are prepared to sell Jetro Willems next month.Newcastle United are interested in the Holland left-back, who is prepared to leave Germany in the coming weeks.BILD says Newcastle are in talks with Eintracht for Willems and been told they can sign him for €15m. Eintracht paid €3m to Feyenoord for Willems.AS Roma are also interested in Willems ahead of the winter transfer window opening.And the concern for Newcastle is owner Mike Ashley won’t sanction the deal. last_img read more

Wisconsin, Under Armour Release Mock-Up Uniforms For Football, Basketball

first_imgA view of Wisconsin's Camp Randall from midfield.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Friday, Wisconsin and Under Armour announced that they’d signed a 10-year partnership worth $96 million, which kicks off next July. It didn’t take long for the duo to release mock-ups of what both the football and basketball teams could look like in 2016. So far, all they’re showing are classic looks with the UA logo. Check it all out:#Badgers officially going @UnderArmour. pic.twitter.com/PdHHRRw6zz— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) October 9, 2015Wisconsin an @UnderArmour school starting July 2016 & lasting 10yrs pic.twitter.com/Bvvbcn7zjT— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) October 9, 2015Here’s a first glance at how Wisconsin could look with Under Armour. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/ig5UVyZYQw— DailyCardinal Sports (@Cardinal_Sports) October 9, 2015Some new Armour next season. #OnWisconsin #Badgers pic.twitter.com/rjX8l70oDi— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 9, 2015We assume we’ll see much, much more in the coming months. Wisconsin fans – what do you think of the first look?last_img read more

Official GM to close Ontario plant costing 2500 jobs

first_imgTORONTO — General Motors is planning to announce the closure of its Oshawa, Ontario, plant Monday, which will eventually result in the loss of about 2,500 jobs.The plant closure announcement was confirmed late Sunday by an official familiar with the decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly ahead of Monday’s announcement.The official said it is part of a global restructuring of GM as they shift focus to lower emitting hybrid vehicles, which is not the focus of the Oshawa plant. GM has informed the Canadian government of the plan.GM opened its factory in Oshawa, near Toronto, in 1953. The plant is used to make the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.A GM spokesman declined to comment. GM had been expected to close plants because of struggling sales.Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, said in a statement that it does not have complete details of Monday’s announcement, but it has been informed that there is no product allocated to the Oshawa plant past December 2019.“Based on commitments made during 2016 contract negotiations, Unifor does not accept this announcement and is immediately calling on GM to live up to the spirit of that agreement,” the union said in a statement on its website.“Unifor is scheduled to hold a discussion with General Motors (Monday) and will provide further comment following the meeting.”Oshawa Mayor John Henry said he had not spoken to anyone from GM. Jennifer French, who represents Oshawa in the provincial legislature, said she finds the news “gravely concerning.”“If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community — abandoning workers and families in Oshawa — then this is a callous decision that must be fought,” she said in a statement.Rob Gillies, The Associated Presslast_img read more

President calls on Mexican to help in battling fuel thefts

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new president is calling on his countrymen to help battle against fuel thefts, as long lines spread to gas stations in Mexico City.The fuel scarcity arose because of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to close government pipelines riddled with illegal fuel taps drilled by thieves.The fight against $3 billion per year in fuel thefts has become the first big domestic battle for the leftist president since he took office on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador said Wednesday: “We are asking the people to help us not be defeated by criminals.”A government called on motorists to avoid panic purchases as part of a campaign “to rescue the nation’s sovereignty.”The government has been distributing fuel with tanker trucks; Lopez Obrador said the problem would be solved soon.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oil and gas workers still mainly old white males despite diversity gains

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A new study shows that Canada’s energy sector workforce became larger and more diverse from 2006 to 2016 but remains predominantly the domain of older, white males.PetroLMI says the number of people directly employed in oil and gas grew by about 25,000 to almost 190,000 over a tumultuous decade that included booming growth due to record high oil prices and thousands of layoffs when prices crashed.It says in a report that 17 percent of the sector’s workers were 55 or older in 2016, up from 10 percent in 2006, while the number of workers under 25 fell from 15 percent to seven percent. The report says one thing that hasn’t changed much is the number of women in oil and gas, still at about 22 percent, with most of those people working at office jobs in finance and administration.PetroLMI says the proportion of Indigenous people in the industry grew slowly over the 10-year period from 5.6 percent to 6.3 percent – that’s higher than the 3.9 percent in the overall Canadian workforce.The number of energy workers with a university degree increased from 19 to 26 percent.“During the most recent downturn, many younger, less experienced workers were let go,” said Carol Howes, vice-president of PetroLMI.“Going forward the industry will need to refocus on improving the overall work environment and culture to continue to attract and retain the best talent.”last_img read more

Delhi CEO directs BJP to not air content on NaMo TV without

first_imgNew Delhi: Two days after the Election Commission directed that all recorded programmes displayed on NaMo TV be pre-certified, the Delhi poll body has directed the BJP not to air any content on the platform without its certification, officials said. The poll body had on Thursday said since NaMo TV was sponsored by the BJP, all recorded programmes displayed on the platform should be pre-certified by media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi and all political publicity contents displayed without pre-certification be removed immediately. Following the EC’s directive, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Delhi wrote to the saffron party to ensure that all political content not approved be removed. “As a precautionary measure, two officials have been deployed to watch NaMo TV and monitor its content,” officials said. An official said political parties usually submit audiovisual content for pre-certification, without specifying on which platform it will be aired. The content may be aired during a rally or on the party’s website, he said. After the Congress filed a complaint with the poll panel about the channel disturbing the level playing field, the EC had asked the Delhi CEO to file a report on the issue. The Delhi CEO approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said was part of the NaMo App that it owns, but did not “certify” the content as it contained old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.last_img read more

Indian or foreigner profile of coach counts says Bhutia

first_imgNew Delhi: Everyone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India. Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality. “It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained. The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach. “It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades — India last participated in the tournament in 1977 — and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority. AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India. In the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Win Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.last_img read more

Nationalism means respect for people dont see respect in anything BJP does

first_imgAmethi/Rae Bareli (UP): True nationalism is love for the people and the country which means respect and the BJP’s narrative is devoid of it, says Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra Gandhi, stepping up her attack on the saffron party for failing to address real issues. In an exclusive interview to PTI, Priyanka Gandhi also said there is growing “public anger and pain” for which the people of India will give a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 23 when the votes for the Lok Sabha polls will be counted. In an attack on Modi, she said if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader, there are going to be consequences. “Nationalism means solving the problems of the people of the country. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it,” she said.last_img read more

Shopkeeper who was burnt alive dies

first_imgGurugram: Abdul, the shop owner who was burned alive on May 4 due to an altercation over supplying of cigarettes has succumbed. His murderer is still at large.The 58-year-old had suffered 80 per cent burns when a man in the inebriated state set Abdul’s kiosk on fire while he was sitting in it. The incident took place on in IMT Manesar after a fight over outstanding payment for cigarettes, police said. “When Abdul asked the suspect to clear his debt for two cigarettes and a beedi, he started arguing and tried to steal money from the cash box. Before the victim could react to the sudden attack, the suspect started throwing petrol from a bottle he was carrying and set Abdul’s kiosk on fire,” sub-inspector Tejpal, IMT-Manesar police station, said. The victim’s son, Mohammad Imtiaz, said the suspected tempo driver was in an inebriated condition and had planned the attack as he was carrying a petrol bottle with him on Saturday. “The night before, when he was abusing my father and refusing to pay for the cigarettes, my father did not indulge him and kept quiet. He then went across the street and asked a fruit vendor to give him bananas for free. He got into an altercation and was slapped twice by the vendor, following which he left,” Imtiaz said. On Saturday, Imtiaz said an hour after his father opened his shop, the accused man created a ruckus and after trying to steal from the cash box, threw petrol on the kiosk and set it on fire. “My father was engulfed in flames due to the combustible items in the kiosk. We put out the fire with help from neighbours and rushed him to a private hospital in Manesar. Later, he was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where he lost his life,” said Imtiaz.last_img read more