Archives For March 2012

Desmond Mason Is On Twitter

Kyle Porter —  March 19, 2012 — 1 Comment

I’m not going to lie, every six weeks (or so) I’d google “Desmond Mason on Twitter” and gleefully check to see if @DesmondMason had shed his anonymity and morphed into real Desmond Mason or @BrothaDez had given up the “artist mgmt” schtick and put his real photo up.

Alas, neither ever transpired so when I got a text from my buddy, DeShazo on Friday night with a screenshot of @DesmondTMason that said “I think this is real”, I was suddenly in social media heaven.

Social media heaven, by the way, is a place where Ashton Kutcher doesn’t have 10x more followers than the Washington Post and everyone understands that leading a tweet with a person’s handle means the only people who can see it are people who follow both of you. But that’s another post for another time.

I wondered, however, how adept the former Cowboy and Thunder-er would be with the Twitters (it is certainly an art, though not necessarily an advanced one) but he came out of the gates hot with these doozies over the weekend:

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/desmondtmason/status/180491570074746881"]

Welcoming himself to Twitter.

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Five Players OSU Needs

Kyle Porter —  March 19, 2012 — 2 Comments

I watched a lot of college basketball last weekend. Like, a copious amount of college basketball. And as I watched I started noticing these patterns of players I wished played for OSU. They weren’t stars – of course everybody could use an Anthony Davis or Thomas Robinson – but pieces of the puzzle OSU could use in rebuilding what was once a proud institutional hoops program.

I even joked on Twitter…

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/pistolsguy/status/181071970761326592"]

And yes, OSU could absolutely use a Henriquez to swat shots and score, pairing him with Cobbins down low would be outstanding. Here are four other players OSU could use:

A C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) – The Lehigh baller did everything short of pounding the floor in front of Duke’s bench right in Wojo’s face on Friday night. I’m of the belief that OSU already has a McCollum in Markel Brown but somebody needs to bring that out of him. Quickly.

A Tony Fiegen (Soth Dakota State) – The athletic red head does pretty much everything but score for a Jackrabbits team that could have advanced if it wasn’t playing the most talented 3-seed in the last 10 years. He doesn’t turn the ball over, gets every loose board, and helped hold Perry Jones and Quincy Acy to a combined six points. Somebody put Jurick through the Justin Gilbert portion of the strength and conditioning program in Stillwater.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 19, 2012 — 15 Comments

First of all, big thanks to everyone who participated. We raised $650 for Kurt Budke court with a few checks still pending. I’ll have the final tally for you guys in the next few days as well as a prize announcement for the women’s bracket winner (whoever that may be…)

Read this. (NewsOK)

Somebody from West Virginia wants to know why Ubben thinks Weeden is better than Geno Smith. No, seriously. Also, interesting that Ubben thinks Quinn Sharp cost Weeden the Heisman, I’m not so sure. (ESPN)

Berry Tramel on the proposed new Big 12 deal with ABC/ESPN. With the way ESPN firmly trumpeted the SEC last fall during the title race (and trust me, they have a vested interest in doing so) I’d say “screw it” and roll the dice with NBC. (NewsOK)

Blackmon is moving up draft boards because of his pro day (which is dumb) and Tannehill is falling because he hasn’t been able to throw yet. Literally…not figuratively. (ESPN)

Quinn Sharp and Justin Gilbert are not excited about the new kickoff rules. (NewsOK)

Absolutely fascinating. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Cowgirls advance in the NIT. (NewsOK)

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Jordan Oliver Gets Shafted

Kyle Porter —  March 18, 2012 — 4 Comments

Again, I’m not a wrestling expert but I have friends who are and they tell me this is worse than the Syracuse out-of-bounds call against UNC-Asheville. Judging from John Smith’s reaction, I have to say I agree.

Wrestling Championships: What’s At Stake

Kyle Porter —  March 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

With all the madness of the March variety finally hitting our TV screens as of about 3 PM yesterday, we’ve forgotten about the only madness Oklahoma State is participating in this time of year: the Arch variety of the NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis.

If the storyline last year was one of disappointment – OSU sent six top 10 wrestlers to the championships and finished fourth overall – this year the narrative has been one of overcoming adversity.

OSU only sent four top 10 wrestlers to St. Louis and didn’t have any representation at all in the 184 lb. class and yet they stand firmly in eighth after two days of wrestling with a great chance to move up in the final day. They currently sit behind Penn State, Cornell, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Illinois, and Lehigh (but only trail Illinois and Lehigh by .5 points).

Furthermore junior Jordan Oliver is looking to complete back-to-back title runs tonight in a match with Ohio State’s Logan Stieber, the #2 wrestler in the country at the 133 lb. class coming into the championships.

Oliver’s run has been whatever is on the other side of utterly dominant. He wrestled a total of 6:12 in his first three matches, earning an early pin in each, before outlasting B.J. Futrell of Illinois in the semis last night, 8-4.

He looks to become OSU’s 36th (THIRTY-SIXTH!) two-time national champ.

You can watch his potential coronation on ESPNU or on ESPN3.com (no times set yet, though both I and @cowboywrestling will tweet it out when it becomes available).

Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 16, 2012 — 5 Comments

Four perfect brackets in our pool after day 1. I’m in 174th place. (Yahoo!)

Still time to give some money for Budke Court. We’re at $603 right now so we’ve technically hit our goal of $500 but I wouldn’t hate getting to $1,000 by tomorrow… (PFB)

Also, if you followed along with our fantasy player draft from yesterday, you can look at the total scores here. I am so screwed. (Google)

OSU had an EXCELLENT first day at the wrestling championships. (NewsOK)

Here’s a good recap of all the storylines there. (St. Louis Dispatch)

You can watch the quarters and semis online today if you’re stuck at work. (ESPN3)

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2012 NCAA Fantasy Draft

Kyle Porter —  March 15, 2012 — 4 Comments

Every year (well the last two anyway) Nolo, Amilian, Quade, and I hold an NCAA tournament player draft. The rules are simple: you draft five players and total points over the course of the tournament wins. You get double points for all games played by double-digit seeds and double points for all Final Four games.

Here’s what transpired…

Round 1
Nolo: Sorry for the delay fellas. Late night last night. I’ll take Anthony Davis of the Kentucky Wildcats.

KP: I like how you type the entire name of his team, as if we don’t know who you’re talking about. Of course, Quade might not…I’m stoked for his inevitable fourth round “I’ll take Kenneth Farie…wait he’s on the Nuggets now? Aren’t they an NBA team??”

Quade: You guys are not nice. Why would I not know who Anthony Davis is? Because I have a life or because I’d rather watch the Thunder than college basketball.

Nolo: Anthony Davis is the center for the Kentucky Wildcats, Quade. He’s widely considered to be the best player in college basketball right now. He will likely be taken as the top overall pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after this season is over.

Quade: I’ll take Thomas Robinson. He’s the leading scorer for Kansas. They’re a two seed in the Midwest.

KP: I love all the veiled bad blood already, this is awesome.

Amilian: I’d like to take this moment to thank the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) for the best vacation ever. I apologize for that interruption but I feel contractually obligated to mention them when making public appearances (including PFB posts) because it was that incredible.

Okay my pick. It has to be Harrison Barnes of the University of the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, NC. I like UNC getting to the finals so I’ll take two games of 17.4 x 2. Based on my accurate bracket, at this point nobody else has a player who will be putting up double digits in the Final Four. Kentucky will choke.

Harrison Barnes doing work for Amilian's squad

KP: I’ll take Tyler Zeller

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

First, a note. I posted yesterday about our push to raise a little cash to give to Coach Budke court. I set the mark at $250 thinking “that would be a great amount to write a check for and it seems like we could feasibly reach that over a few days.”

Well, we reached it in one and a half hours and the support hasn’t stopped yet. We hit the $400 mark late last night so I’ve reset our goal to $500. We have until Saturday to get $89 more and I promise I won’t reset it again.

Oh yeah…and you guys are the bomb. Nolo and I were texting all day yesterday about how blown away we were that somebody other than us actually cared about this kind of thing. So thank you for the money, thank you for understanding what we’re doing, and thank you for telling your friends.

It’s going to be pretty awesome to write Shelley Budke a letter in a few weeks and say “hey, I have this blog and my readers are awesome and together we all raised $500 to donate for Kurt’s court.”

That’s going to mean something, so thank you.

On to the bullets…

Last chance to get in our bracket challenge, we’re up to 333 people!! (Yahoo!)

Oh my. (Tulsa World)

John Helsley says three positions are in desperate need of getting filled in Stillwater and one isn’t where you’d expect it. (NewsOK)

John Lucas had 24-3-1 against LeBron and the Heat last night. (ESPN)

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Women’s Challenge for Budke

Kyle Porter —  March 14, 2012 — 9 Comments

A few weeks ago, my boy Nolo had a brilliant idea for something we could do to help raise some money for the court being built for Coach Budke.

He said “let’s have a bracket challenge for the women’s tourney and everybody throw in some money. Winner gets an OSU prize to be determined later by Pistolsguy and the rest of the money goes to help fund the Budke court.”

So that’s what we’re doing.

You can fill out your women’s bracket and donate below. I’ll send 100% of the money I don’t spend on the prize (the prize will be small, $20-$30) to the Budke Court fund and I’ll do a little write up post-tourney telling y’all how much we raised for it (our goal is $250 as you can see in the sidebar) and who the winner of the bracket challenge was.

It’s the least we can do this time of year, especially for someone who meant this much to this many people.

I threw in $25 to get it kick-started.

By all means, spread the word too. Twitter, Facebook, email, however you want.

Here’s the bracket challenge: ESPN

And here’s where you can donate:

Obviously there’s some trust going on here: from you that I will indeed send the money and not keep it and buy Justin Blackmon rookie cards…and from me that you won’t enter the challenge without first throwing something (just $1 will do) in the pot. But I think we’ve both earned that trust from each other over the last year or so.

Have a great March Madness.

Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 14, 2012 — 14 Comments

A new dynasty for the Big 12? Let’s pump the brakes a little bit on that one. (ESPN)

Great read on where Travis Ford is at emotionally these days. (O’Colly)

Ouch. (CBS Sports)

Using algorithms to pick the NCAA tournament. (Fast Company)

Luke Winn goes over my head with the “survival model” of picking tourney teams developed at Harvard (Sports Illustrated)

This is…just…I have no words for how funny fake Dan Beebe’s bracket is. (Twitter)

Perrish Cox, fresh off the hook for his rape case, signs with the 49ers. Yay! (NewsOK)

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Vegas And The Cowboys

Kyle Porter —  March 13, 2012 — 3 Comments

How did this year’s OSU basketball team, which fared very poorly in the W-L column, do against Vegas? Let’s have a look..

Margins

Largest margin as a favorite: -26 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (covered)
Largest margin as a dog: 17.5 at Kansas (covered)

Spreads

Favorite: 11 times
Dog: 20 times
No line: 2 times

Performance

Covered: 15 times
Didn’t cover: 15 times
Pushed: 1 time
As a favorite: 6-5-1
As a dog: 9-11

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 13, 2012 — 4 Comments

Well, this went well…good work, Holder. (AP)

146 people have joined our bracket challenge…let’s get it to 300. Reminder: Masters hat to the winner. (Yahoo!)

“Portions of this [Holgorsen] interview were cut for length.” Yeah…”length.” (ESPN)

Bill Barnwell says the Steelers could end up with Justin Blackmon, here’s how. (Grantland)

Gundy says OSU is LOADED on defense, not so much on offense. So this is what it’s like to be Texas? (NewsOK)

Ford’s kidding, right? “If he doesn’t get drafted in the first round…” Right??” (O’Colly)

Robbie Rea wins Big 12 player of the week honors…as he should. (Big 12 Sports)

Even Jenni Carlson is getting in on the pick-a-team March action. (NewsOK)

Screw March Madness, we’ve got Arch Madness on Thursday. (okstate.com)

Ubben evaluates his Big12 player rankings, I didn’t have any big complaints. (ESPN)

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Picking A March Team

Kyle Porter —  March 12, 2012 — 7 Comments

Photo Attribution: Icon SMI

Remember when we used to be gearing up for that inevitable “will they or won’t they make the sweet 16″ second round round matchup this time of year (because winning in the first round was a foregone conclusion)?

Remember when we used to argue about the merits of getting the three seed over the two seed?

Remember when we didn’t have a losing record for 23 years?

Well those days are over and unless you believe, like me, that OSU has a legit tourney team pawing down the 2012-2013 doors, they aren’t coming back any time soon.

But you’re still going to watch the dance this year, we all are. This isn’t “occupy anything other than the channel LSU and Bama are playing on for the title” type stuff. It’s March, you watch, I tweet, Jim Nantz thumbs through his Masters media guide while halfheartedly calling North Carolina games. It’s madness!

So to swipe a page out of the CRFF manual, I’m going to pick a team from each region to hitch my wagon to. This isn’t me jumping ship, this is me pulling a Simmons and backing a quartet of tourney teams (the Clippers) while my team (the Celtics) is on hiatus (4,000 miles away).

The choices…

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 12, 2012 — 12 Comments

Join our Pistols Firing bracket challenge on Yahoo. First prize will be a hat from The Masters. ID#: 79738 (Yahoo!)

Marcus Smart and Phil Forte – back-to-back. (ESPN Dallas)

This is going to be all kinds of fun. How many posts can I get out of this? At least 40, right? (NewsOK)

Mixed results for Blackmon at pro day. I give up. (AP)

McShay has the Rams still nabbing Blackmon at #6. If so then they CLEANED UP over the weekend with that Washington trade. (ESPN Insider)

“We don’t celebrate moral victories.” (NewsOK)

OSU golf finished 9th in Vegas. (Tulsa World)

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Gerald Green Goes Ham

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2012 — 3 Comments

I know he didn’t go here, okay, I know that #1 recruiting class fell apart!! But there aren’t any other college sports blogs claiming him either so I figure this is as good a landing spot as any.

My favorite part is the reaction of the Houston bench. It’s like they’re trying not to freak out about what happened but they can’t help it. Chase Budinger looks like he’s about to come unhinged.

Baseball Team Has Wild Weekend

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2012 — 1 Comment

Photo Attribution: Aero Nerd

By: Anthony Slater

When you bring in Alabama A&M for three games in early March, a sweep is expected. Late in conference play it’s erased from your memory, but not your win column. Pad the record, boost the resume. Just ask Travis Ford if that’s important.

So, OSU taking three gimme games over a garbage SWAC team shouldn’t spawn a mass movement to Occupy Omaha from the Cowboy faithful. But, it also doesn’t mean we should discount what happened at Allie P. Reynolds this weekend. Because the Pokes put on a show. Here are some of the highlights:

Robbie Rea

Check out this day at the plate: 5-5, 3 HRs, 2 doubles, 9 RBIs. No, that’s not a juiced-up Mark McGwire drilling 550-foot bombs in the 1998 pennant race. That’s OSU’s 6-foot 196-pound second baseman, who hits seventh, using the new-era dead bats that have killed offensive production in college baseball. In other words, WHHHHHHAAAAA????? That’s about as impossible as it gets. And you know what makes it crazier? Both of his doubles were nearly home runs, with one hitting halfway up the wall.

OSU pitching staff

Before the Robbie Rea explosion, OSU’s offense had been sputtering. But, throughout the early season, the pitching staff has been great. Led by hard-throwing ace Andrew Heaney, who leads the nation with 44 strikeouts, the starters were brilliant this weekend. Friday, Heaney started it off with a complete game shutout, fueled by 13 strikeouts. Kyle Ottoson and Randy McCurry finished off the brilliance on Saturday. For the weekend, here was the OSU pitching line: 27 innings, 2 runs, 11 hits and 32 strikeouts.

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Weekend Roundup

Kyle Porter —  March 10, 2012 — 5 Comments

Marcus Smart and Co. advanced to the state title last night. Smart said of Naaman Forest, the team they beat, “they left out one part — that we’re the defending state champions and not only that — we’re the No. 1 defense in the state of Texas.” (ESPN Dallas)

Andrew Heaney twirled a complete game two-hitter with 13 Ks yesterday as OSU won in one hour and 34 minutes (!) (okstate.com)

As if to say “cool, that’s it?” Kat Espinosa tossed a no-hitter last night. (okstate.com)

Here’s a picture of Weeden’s 4.87 (NewsOK)

So Peyton was in Stillwater for like 25 seconds? (KOCO)

Former Cowboy, Ryan McBean was suspended yesterday for having “non-human urine” in his body. (ESPN)

Uh oh Browns fans, it sounds like your GM is pretty high on Ryan Tannehill. (Cleveland.com)

Marcus (Smart) Plays For State Championship

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Tonight, while OSU fans are licking their hoops wounds and talking about Blackmon’s 40 time, the potential linchpin to Oklahoma State’s NCAA tournament hopes will be trying to win back-to-back state titles just a stone’s throw from the stadium in Austin, Texas where OSU has most viscerally asserted its arrival as a Big 12 force de frappe.

Except that dominance of late has been in football and not in hoops. Something Marcus Smart hopes to change next year.

Travis Ford’s bejeweled prep star has led Marcus to its third straight state tournament appearance and looks to seal the deal on back-to-back titles for his #9-ranked Marauders.

last week he had 19 in the regional finals, a 39-38 slugfest over South Grand Prarie, a team his coach called “the toughest opponent we’ve played in this three-year stretch.”

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Thoughts On OSU’s Pro Day

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2012 — 14 Comments


Justin Blackmon, Brandon Weeden and Co. did what they’ve basically been doing for the last two years, save a few ominous Saturdays (and one Friday): lit up the college football landscape.

First, Weeden posted an impressive vertical (32″) and an even more impressive 40 (4.8-range, Darron Thomas ran a 4.8 at the combine). Blackmon jumped 35″ and some guy Poling wrote about today named Jarrod Fields jumped 39″.

Then Nick Martinez put up the most bench reps with 32. Josh Cooper ran a 4.62 40. John Elway was even in attendance, Tebowing as he drooled over a QB who can accurately throw the ball downfield.

But the main event, the thing 60+ media folks and scouts were there to see, was Blackmon’s 40 time.

Those of us who weren’t there waited with bated breath as reports rolled in that Blackmon ran a 40 that was anywhere between 1.2 and 4.5, depending on who you subscribe to on your Twitter feed, but that was eventually (and officially) called a 4.46.

Impressive from somebody who’s received numerous TO. If you’re doing TO things with Reggie Wayne speed, your bank account is usually going to not incur any overdraft charges.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  March 9, 2012 — 6 Comments

Gina on what to expect from OSU’s pro day. (NewsOK)

Mark Titus says one way he’d improve the NCAA tournament is to hold all the games in historic arenas, including GIA. This is an amazing idea. (Grantland)

Berry Tramel isn’t buying stock in this OSU basketball team. Filing this baby away for next January. (NewsOK)

Hah, “we were slow motion, they were fast motion.” (Sports Illustrated)

Dave Sittler says OSU should use Mizzou as a model to follow. (Tulsa World)

“We’ve laid the foundation for what I think is going to be a very good basketball team.” (NewsOK)

Ubben has Justin Blackmon as the #2 player in the Big 12 from last year. (ESPN)

And Weeden #3. (ESPN)

Mr. Big Time hits the Yahoo front page yesterday. (Dr. Saturday)

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