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My picks for the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Kyle Porter —  March 20, 2014 — 9 Comments

Here are my picks, sure to go awry by noon today.

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I don’t know what to do with Kansas. I think they can make the Elite 8 with Embiid but I sort of don’t think he’s going to risk playing (why should he?) I’m all in on SFA and I really wanted to pick Pitt > Florida. I think it’s tough to extend a winning streak like Florida’s this late in the season.

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The teams I will be rooting for the hardest outside of OSU: Harvard, Creighton, Wichita State. I really hope we get an ISU-MSU matchup to go to the Final Four. That would be a war. Also, how do we have two “nobody believes in us” No. 1 seeds?

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Pretty chalky in the West other than that NoDakSta W over OU (I will celebrate wildly). I feel like I’m too invested in Creighton/McDermott at this point. I’m not even going to enjoy their games..and I swear if Baylor upsets them…

We’re good enough to beat Gonzaga soundly but I think Arizona has too many horses. You could make the case they’re the best rebounding team in the country — that bodes not well.

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Another boring bracket from me (I used the ol’ 538-KenPom-who I want combo to pick these, by the way). Tennessee is better than UMass (they’ll probably be favored) and I’m not riding the Louisville train Mrs. Pistols is on. If we get a Wichita State-Creighton throwback MVC matchup, it will be hoops nirvana.

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If they make it, I’ll be pulling for an Iowa St.-Wichita St. title game.

Mrs. Pistols picks the Final Four

Kyle Porter —  March 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

People are probably watching this in order to know how to fill out their bracket.

#okstate roundup: Gundy picks OSU to Final Four

Kyle Porter —  March 19, 2014 — 8 Comments

Resume Launch

Not holding my breath.

Always a good tweet.

Hah.

Hah, that’s pretty crazy.

I think the reaction I had to this tweet means I’m getting old.

Oh.

American gonna American.

Which bank?

Great shot.

This is really cool.

Missouri St. and OSU yesterday..

Pistols Firing bowl picks group

Kyle Porter —  December 16, 2013 — 3 Comments

We’re doing a bowl picks group again this year on Yahoo.

I’ll give two orange Pistols Firing shirts (or Choo Choo if you want those) to the winner and one to both second and rhitd place.

Sign up here.

2013 Pistols Firing picks

Kyle Porter —  August 27, 2013 — 17 Comments

Every year we’ve done a kind-of-lighthearted-but-still-somewhat-serious post on our picks for the 2013 college football season. This season’s participants include myself, Matt Amilian, Carson Cunningham, Nolan Cox, and Brendon Morris.

Here’s a look at 2012 and 2011.

And here are this year’s picks.


Kyle Porter


Carson Cunningham


Brendon Morris


Matt Amilian


Nolan Cox

Favorite OSU playerJustin GilbertKye StaleyJimmy BeanJeremy SmithJosh Stewart
Favorite OSU coachSpencer's Twitter feedWicklineVan MaloneWicklineJoe Wickline
OSU fans should wear __________ to gamesPistols Firing shirts (duh)Orange t-shirt, jeansGray :)Whatever is comfortable and orangeBlue jeans, cowboy boots, and whatever color makes their eyes sparkle
Game OSU loses that they shouldn'tat Techat Texas TechWest VirginiaBaylor@ WVU
One OSU prediction we don't expectThey'll wear throwbacks at some pointWalsh ends up lone starterWalsh is 2nd leading rusherGundy won't tuck in his jacket or sweatshirt this yearGundy trolls the media by lining up Walsh and Chelf together on the first play
Mike Gundy's best attributeManaging ebb and flowHiring coachesCoach speakPride in his gender and ageHis hair
Leading receiver (yards)

Stewart


Stewart


Stewart


Stewart


Stewart

Team Chelf or Team Walsh?ChelfWalshWalshGun to my head...ChelfTeam Lunt
One word to describe how bummed you are that Monken is goneBallsCrestfallenDevastatedShippensburg!Flabbergasted
One word to describe feelings on a 2-QB systemScrewedAwkwardNon-BCSDecide!Walshdozer
Best OSU uni comboCarbon fiber-white-orangeAll-black, everythingGray-Black-GrayBlack-White-Black (changes every day)Black/White/Orange
OSU record10-210 and 210 and 210 and 210 and 2
OSU bowl (team we play too)Cotton vs. South CarolinaFiesta-Oregon (uniforms!)Fiesta, OregonFiesta vs LouisvilleFiesta Bowl vs. Georgia
Best Big 12 coachSnyderSnyderGary PattersonGundy (right now)Stoops
Best Big 12 uni combo (non-OSU)Texas' all whitesK-State homeTCUIowa State Jack Trice throwbacksTCU black Pro Combat
Big 12 surprise team this yearBaylorBaylorTexas TechKansas (4+ wins is surprising, yes?)Baylor
Favorite Big 12 player (non-OSU)Sam RichardsonJohn HubertBrandon CarterGabe IkardTyler Lockett
Big 12 POYBryce PettyJosh StewartBryce PettyLache SeastrunkLache Seastrunk
Big 12 champTexasOSUOklahoma StatePokesOSU
Top three in Big 121. Texas 2. OSU 3. Baylor1. OSU 2. OU 3. TCU1. OSU 2. TCU 3. UT1. OSU 2. Texas 3. Baylor1. OSU 2. OU 3. Baylor
Favorite college football writerStew MandelStewart MandelJimmie Tramel(Not that) Chris BrownJimmie Tramel
Favorite college football publication (ie: SI, ESPN, Grantland)Sports IllustratedSI.com (top 25 poll not withstanding)ESPN.comESPNGrantland
Favorite college football Twitter follow

@kegsneggs


@edsbs


@edsbs


@kegsneggs


@edsbs

Three gamedays you want to go to that you haven't been to (ie: Georgia, Ole Miss, etc.)Ole Miss, Clemson, OregonLSU (night), The Swamp (vs. FSU), Ole Miss (The Grove)Georgia, Texas A&M, Virginia TechOle Miss, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU
Best college football announcer/analystChris FowlerKirk HerbstreitHerbstreitHerbstreitMike Tirico
Worst college football announcer/analystTie: Mark May and Lou HoltzDave LaphamLou Holtz - Mark MayMark May
Best unis in college football

Texas

Florida State (home)

TCU


Oregon


Florida St. maroons

National team you believe inOregonGeorgiaLSUOhio StateGeorgia
National team you don't believe intOSU (but that schedule!)LouisvilleOregonFlorida StateA&M
Heisman winnerBraxton MillerMarcus Mariota (Manziel-ian season)Braxton MillerAJ McCarronClowney
Title game matchupGeorgia-tOSUGeorgia-StanfordLSU over Ohio StateBama - StanfordAlabama vs. Ohio State

Mrs. Pistols picks OSU’s bracket

Kyle Porter —  March 19, 2013 — 9 Comments

Mrs. Pistols broke down the West Regional for you earlier today and she’s back to tackle Oklahoma State’s portion of the bracket this time. I think you’re going to like what you see…

Some of my favorite moments:

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Mrs. Pistols picks the NCAA Tournament

Kyle Porter —  March 19, 2013 — 18 Comments

Here’s Mrs. Pistols breaking down the West Region like Jay Bilas breaks down the NBA Draft.

I love her talking Harvard — “too brainy!”

I also love the Iona conversation — “is the Tournament getting less legit?”

Belmont Stake to the second round!

Oklahoma State Basketball Draft Picks

Kyle Porter —  January 28, 2013

 
Favorite OSU playerGilbertLuntStewartBulldogRandleRandle
Favorite OSU coachGundyMaloneWickline - UNDERRATEDWicklineMonken - "Holy Balls! $%^&!" is he awesomeSpencer
Leading receiverStewartT. MooreStewartMichaelHarri...crap...T-MoT. MooreStewart
Lunt TD/INT ratio30/1435/825/1031/1531/1525/14
Attire to gamesPullover if it's under 85Orange polo/white hatOrange t-shirt/hoodieBoots, jeans, orange and white gingham button down.Gundy gel, orange polo, jeansInterlocking OS hat, orange polo
OSU uniform comboBlack-white-orangeAll whiteAll blackBlack, white, orangeAll-black Everything (Although, I think Gray-Orange-Gray was severly underrated)Black-Black-Orange
Tailgating beerShinerCoronaBud LightThere ain't nothin' finer than an ice cold ShinerBud Light (quantity beats quality)Blue Moon
Favorite OSU writerHelsleyplead the 5thPFB ContributorsJimmie TramelBerry Tramel on all subjectsBerry Tramel
Favorite OSU publicationNewsOKNewsOKNewsOKCoachTravisFord.comNewsOKNewsOK
OSU record9-310-210-29-39-39-3
OSU bowlCottonFiestaAlamoCottonCottonAlamo
Big 12 roadieWVUWVUMountaineer MantripMountaineer MantripWVU (No. 1 party school!)Texas
Big 12 uniformTexas (white)OSUOSUTCU Pro CombatOSUOSU
Big 12 surpriseIowa StateKansasTexas TechIowa St.Baylor (hides)TCU
Big 12 champWVUOSUOU

OUOUOU
Non-OSU playerCarrington ByndomGeno SmithGabe IkardAaron MurrayArthur BrownCollin Klein
Big 12 coach you'd trade Gundy forBobBobbyStoopsDanaDanaBriles
One word to describe DanaIs "playaction" one word?Ghostbusters 2%&*%!#*#!!Flea-LickerHeroFour Loko
Favorite announcerSean McDonoughNesslerBrad NesslerJesse Palmer,broRece DavisJoel Myers (underrated, plus he did bedlam in '01 and '02)
Favorite analystRobert SmithMatt MillenRece DavisMatt MillenHerbie, it's not closeMatt Millen
Least favorite announcer/analystMark MayMusberger & HerbieLou HoltzThey call him Maydayfor a reason.HolthhhhzzzMusberger / Mark May
Favorite national coachLesterUrban MeyerMark RichtDabo SwinneyMad HatterChip Kelly
Favorite national playerBarkleyCody GreenTebowMatt BarkleyMarcus LattimoreDenard Robinson
Favorite national uniformGeorgiaUCLAOregonBesides Oregon? Clemson. Something about orange...Florida StateMichigan
Team you wish OSU would playClemsonUSCOle MissTennesseeOregon State, settle it once & for allLSU
2012 team you're rooting forSouth CarolinaStanfordWisconsinUSCFlorida State (Grew up a fan)Michigan
Tailgate you want to go toThe GroveRocky TopGroveHotty Toddy gosh almighty who the he are we? Hey! Flim flam, bim bam, Ole Miss by damn!Grove, Hotty ToddyTexas
HeismanBarkleyBarkleyBarkleyMB1Tyler WilsonBarkley
Title gameSC - SCUSC-GeorgiaSouthern Cal - ArkansasSC/'BamaSC - LSUUSC-Bama

Big 12 Basketball Preseason Picks

Kyle Porter —  October 11, 2012 — 8 Comments

The preseason coaches picks to win the Big 12 were released today. This doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things but I’m poring over hoops stuff right now like crazy so I think it’s kind of fun.

OSU was picked to finish 3rd in the Big 12 behind KU and Baylor. This on the heels of Bill Self saying OSU has the best team on paper.

I think the most telling thing is how closely grouped Baylor, OSU, Texas, K-State, and WVU are. Any of those teams could finish 2-6 (assuming Kansas wins it) and I think OU even has a chance to make a little noise this year.

The points section should be pretty self-explanatory (9 pts for a first place vote, 8 for second, etc.) Kansas got every first place vote except its own (you can’t vote for your own team). Self voted for Baylor to win the conference.

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2012 PFB Picks

Kyle Porter —  August 30, 2012 — 8 Comments

Here are our serious and not-so-serious picks for the 2012 college football season.

 
Favorite OSU playerGilbertLuntStewartBulldogRandleRandle
Favorite OSU coachGundyMaloneWickline - UNDERRATEDWicklineMonken - "Holy Balls! $%^&!" is he awesomeSpencer
Leading receiverStewartT. MooreStewartMichaelHarri...crap...T-MoT. MooreStewart
Lunt TD/INT ratio30/1435/825/1031/1531/1525/14
Attire to gamesPullover if it's under 85Orange polo/white hatOrange t-shirt/hoodieBoots, jeans, orange and white gingham button down.Gundy gel, orange polo, jeansInterlocking OS hat, orange polo
OSU uniform comboBlack-white-orangeAll whiteAll blackBlack, white, orangeAll-black Everything (Although, I think Gray-Orange-Gray was severly underrated)Black-Black-Orange
Tailgating beerShinerCoronaBud LightThere ain't nothin' finer than an ice cold ShinerBud Light (quantity beats quality)Blue Moon
Favorite OSU writerHelsleyplead the 5thPFB ContributorsJimmie TramelBerry Tramel on all subjectsBerry Tramel
Favorite OSU publicationNewsOKNewsOKNewsOKCoachTravisFord.comNewsOKNewsOK
OSU record9-310-210-29-39-39-3
OSU bowlCottonFiestaAlamoCottonCottonAlamo
Big 12 roadieWVUWVUMountaineer MantripMountaineer MantripWVU (No. 1 party school!)Texas
Big 12 uniformTexas (white)OSUOSUTCU Pro CombatOSUOSU
Big 12 surpriseIowa StateKansasTexas TechIowa St.Baylor (hides)TCU
Big 12 champWVUOSUOU

OUOUOU
Non-OSU playerCarrington ByndomGeno SmithGabe IkardAaron MurrayArthur BrownCollin Klein
Big 12 coach you'd trade Gundy forBobBobbyStoopsDanaDanaBriles
One word to describe DanaIs "playaction" one word?Ghostbusters 2%&*%!#*#!!Flea-LickerHeroFour Loko
Favorite announcerSean McDonoughNesslerBrad NesslerJesse Palmer,broRece DavisJoel Myers (underrated, plus he did bedlam in '01 and '02)
Favorite analystRobert SmithMatt MillenRece DavisMatt MillenHerbie, it's not closeMatt Millen
Least favorite announcer/analystMark MayMusberger & HerbieLou HoltzThey call him Maydayfor a reason.HolthhhhzzzMusberger / Mark May
Favorite national coachLesterUrban MeyerMark RichtDabo SwinneyMad HatterChip Kelly
Favorite national playerBarkleyCody GreenTebowMatt BarkleyMarcus LattimoreDenard Robinson
Favorite national uniformGeorgiaUCLAOregonBesides Oregon? Clemson. Something about orange...Florida StateMichigan
Team you wish OSU would playClemsonUSCOle MissTennesseeOregon State, settle it once & for allLSU
2012 team you're rooting forSouth CarolinaStanfordWisconsinUSCFlorida State (Grew up a fan)Michigan
Tailgate you want to go toThe GroveRocky TopGroveHotty Toddy gosh almighty who the he are we? Hey! Flim flam, bim bam, Ole Miss by damn!Grove, Hotty ToddyTexas
HeismanBarkleyBarkleyBarkleyMB1Tyler WilsonBarkley
Title gameSC - SCUSC-GeorgiaSouthern Cal - ArkansasSC/'BamaSC - LSUUSC-Bama

Preseason Picks Evaluated

Kyle Porter —  July 20, 2012 — 1 Comment

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Everybody likes to get all fired up about preseason polls and the vast (and I mean vast) number of watch lists their teams’ players land on1.

But as time, and the chart I’m about to show you, has shown, we know so little this time of year it’s not even worth getting excited about2.

After they picked OSU to finish 4th in the conference yesterday (pretty reasonable, I might add) I wanted to see how well the media did historically at picking OSU and other Big 12 teams.

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Where are all the Picks?

Kyle Porter —  May 5, 2011 — 8 Comments

College Football Matrix put out a study the other day that compared draft picks to recruiting class rankings and the results weren’t so stellar for Oklahoma State.

In fact, the Cowboys moseyed on up to the short seat at the “what did you do with the talent you had” end of the table.

For example:

Since 2002 OSU has brought in (on average) the 25th best class in the country. In that same time, the Cowboys have produced 15 draft picks, good for 53rd most in that time span. So their aggregate score is a -28 (draft picks rank minus recruiting class rank) which implies that the coaching staff can recruit well but lacks the ability to coach.

This is counterintuitive to what most OSU fans consider to be reality. The consensus: “we get the leftovers from Texas, OU, A&M, Tech, and even TCU and turn them into incredible players.”

The numbers say something very different.

The numbers say we get outstanding players, some of the best in the country, and they either 1.) get lost in the system and are never found by NFL scouts or 2.) aren’t coached to materialize.

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Mailbag: Who could OSU swap coaches with?

Kyle Porter —  March 28, 2014 — 16 Comments
Photo Attribution: USATSI

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I know I said I would keep this to 10 questions but I just couldn’t.

Let’s dive in…

1. We know you’re all in on Doug as our next coach (for good reason), but if you can’t have him who would you want? -Brett Powell

It’s a good question that I don’t know if I’m well-versed enough to answer. To me, it’s less about a specific person and more about being creative with the hire.

I outlined this a few weeks ago but we’re Oklahoma State — we’re probably a tier three program that isn’t going to steal the best mid-major coaches like a UCLA or Arizona or Syracuse is. So what do we do — go take a swing on another average mid-level coach (because that’s all Ford was)?

No, I think you have to hire either a total unknown — maybe even a hotshot assistant (think Josh Pastner) who’s frothing at the mouth to lead a program, or somebody like a Hoiberg who nobody else would hire. You have leverage as a school in hiring somebody like that and that matters to somebody like Holder.

I’m not saying it will definitely be Gottlieb but nothing about hiring an average coach at an average program excites me. And guys like Archie Miller have their sights set way higher than Stillwater. That’s the problem Holder has to solve.

2. Holder has a mini-stroke and decides to embed you with any OSU coach for a season. Full access. Who do you pick? -OKC Dave

Another great one. My initial reaction is Gundy but he doesn’t strike me as the guy who you could draw a million stories from to take home to your buddies. I mean, that’s the entire point of this, right? I’m almost tempted to say Ford just to see what goes on in his world that results in what he has delivered but that’s not very fun, either.

Holliday would be boring, if not a little Coach Taylor-ish.1 I think my answer might be John Smith if the goal wasn’t to write a book or produce blog posts or anything like that. I think you’d get the wildest stories and the most fun times embedded for 12 months with a man who coaches humans who live in trash bags in exchange for room and board.

3. How high do you think we will finish next year with our players is Smart leaves and Nash stays? -John Block

If Markel was going to be a senior this year I’d have already written 14 Ewing Theory posts in relation to Smart but with both of those guys gone, I mean, you saw the Texas game in Austin, right?

The biggest problem is who the heck is going to play point guard?

If you started the season tomorrow our lineup would probably look like this:

1. Newberry
2. Forte
3. Nash
4. Murphy
5. Cobbins

First guys off the bench are Hammonds, Williams, Sager, Carroll, and the two freshmen (Burton and Terrell). Maybe those freshmen earn a spot eventually but where does Forte go? To the point? Hardly. As much as I disliked the way Smart played for a lot of the season, he was still a supreme catalyst, of which we currently have zero.

What do I know, though? Maybe you become better because you’re forced to run everything through Nash. You know the theory of constraints creating creativity and greatness? Maybe that’s what we’ll become without Smart and Markel. Like, maybe Ford had too many options to run through, couldn’t pick one, and finally just threw up his hands to Smart and said “do whatever you want!”

I mean, I know that last part happened, I just don’t know how it’s going to change.

4. Who is football team’s star next year with Stewart gone? -Tomcat

Besides QB1?

It’s not sexy but I’d throw Kevin Peterson out there as our best player — he won’t be the star because he’s a corner who doesn’t return kicks and that doesn’t answer your question but I just want to say that for posterity.2 None of the RBs excite me as true stars so Jhajuan Seales, Marcell Ateman or Tyreek Hill are my real picks.

I’m a little skeptical of The Freek because track stars are overrated as football players but with the number of screens Yurcich throws he should have no trouble getting into space. Ateman is a complete monster — he and Seales could be 3/4 of what Blackmon and Dez could have been in 2010. I’ll settle on Ateman — I feel like we saw a space close to the ceiling on Seales last year, Ateman isn’t even close yet.

5. In honor of Markel leaving – if you were to draft a team from all OSU teams in history, who’d be your 1st pick at SG? -Brett Myles

We actually did this a few years ago and I took Desmond at the two even though he is/was a three. I didn’t care. Desmond is my blind spot. As for who I’d take as a true two? Probably the original Adrian Peterson. I don’t know if we’re counting Tony Allen as a two or not (he and Bobik were kind of interchangeable there) but Peterson was as pure a two as we’ve ever had.

One of the all-time OSU “what ifs” is we could have redshirted Pete in 1996 (that was a throwaway year anyway, RW McQuarters got minutes!) and then been rolling out Gottlieb, Peterson, Desmond, Montonati, and Fred in 2000 with Glendon, Joe, Webber, and Andre Williams coming off the bench. That would have been incredible.

6. Would Mike Gundy be better at coaching basketball than Travis Ford at football? -Ric Ellis

I love questions like this.

The thought of Gundy coaching hoops just makes me giddy. His love of the absurd would be even more pronounced on the hardwood. “No. 22 was pretty good at putting the ball through the hoop tonight” — yeah coach, his name is Wiggins, he’s going to be the No. 1 pick.

Look, all I’m saying is if Gundy can solve the Dez (and apparently Blackmon) puzzles and make them all-timers at OSU, he could solve Marcus Smart. Give him an assistant who can draw up five or six plays and we’re cranking.

Ford, on the other hand, I mean how long would he have played the “Wes Lunt got hurt” card in 2012? He’d still be playing it! “Coach, he plays at Illinois now.” Oh.

He’d be the type of coach who would run his team the same way you play Madden. First down? Deep ball, incomplete. Second? Same. Third? Yep. Fourth? We completed it therefore I must be a good coach.

7. Now that it’s over, what’s Smart’s legacy at OSU going to be? -Tyketch

I’m not totally sure — I feel like I need to get farther away from this season before I write about that. Right now it feels like he’s a less-likable Mo Baker. He never really won anything but threw a program on his back for two years even though the second year went kind of badly (injuries for Mo, the suspension for Smart).

He’ll always be one of the best pure basketball player we’ve ever had but on the likability scale he’s not high for me. In fact, in a lot of ways — not all of them his fault — I’m kind of glad he’s leaving. One of my readers named Chris McCulloch described Ford’s relationship to Smart like this:

“Kind of like dating the hottest girl in school or a really hot celebrity — you know she’s way out of your league and she constantly runs all over you. You can’t dump her cause you’ll look silly and you won’t be able to get another girl like that, but when she finally dumps you, you feel kind of relieved that you don’t have to go through that train wreck anymore.”

It’s more true than I wish it was.

8. What is one thing (and only one thing) about Gundy and Ford you would change and why? -Sugar Skull Pete

Two of the worst haircuts in college sports, really. I mean honestly it looks like Ford takes all the hair Gundy buzzes off and just pastes it together all over his dome as if he’s honoring the ghost of Bill Self.

Actually, though?

Gundy — Stop playing games with the media. You have it easy compared to the majority of college football coaches and you’re paid extravagantly. Just handle things with more grace. And honestly, if that’s the one thing I would change (and it is because I don’t really buy the “he can’t pick a QB” thing) then we are just, I mean, if 1990 OSU fan was reading this he would puncture my chest cavity with the spear Florida State’s mascot carries around.

Ford — The in-game coaching stuff is overblown. His real flaws are getting a team to meld as the season wears on. Self and Co. were LOLing at the fact that we beat Memphis by 30 in November because who cares about November. I don’t know what it is exactly I want him to improve but the ability to read and assess the rhythms of a season are my biggest issue with him. It separates mediocre coaches from really good ones.

9. If we swap football and bball coaches with any school in the country, which schools make it hard for either team to say no? -CB Warrior

I think every team in the Big 12 would say no except for Texas and probably West Virginia. But as much as I love Holgy, I don’t want him or Huggy living within 100 miles of Murphy’s.

This was actually a really tough question as well. Iowa, Virginia, and Clemson are mildly intriguing but you know the one I think both schools might do?

Nebraska.

Cornhusker fans could give a crap that Tim Miles is taking them to the tournament and I don’t think Bo Pelini is as bad as they think he is. It’s the only one that I could see neither AD hanging up either immediately or after a few minutes of small talk.

10. If you could give Holder a truth serum and ask him one question, what would it be? -Huddy

Give me your best golf story. Either that or whether or not Gottlieb is even an option.

11. If it came down to Phil, John Lucas, or James Anderson, your life is on the line, who’s taking the shot to win the game? -Kade Gottschalk

Joe Adkins.

Have a good weekend, everybody. Go Dayton.

Daily Bullets: Let’s dance

Kyle Porter —  March 21, 2014 — 5 Comments

CoffeeHoops

Must read on Markel. It’s Jenni’s wheelhouse and she nails it. I want him to get a Tourney W. (NewsOK)

The Nodaksta-OU game was a war. (Big Lead)

I do love me a great locker room dance. (Deadspin)

[Ford's] future may be tied to how Oklahoma State performs this weekend. But, in reality, that’s really not much different than it is for every college basketball coach. (Tulsa World)

Great (smart) recap of the first day. Defense alone won’t get it done. (Sports Illustrated)

Sweet tip-dunk by Oregon. Ducks and Flyers kept me from going 16/16 yesterday. (Big Lead)

This GIF of the Nodaksta coach is the greatest. (Deadspin)

Good matchup preview here by Kelly Hines. I can’t believe Few’s career record is 402-99. (Tulsa World)

Marcus: “These are a group of guys that I got a bond with that will never be broken.  These guys are one of the best I’ve played with in the country as teammates and as friends.” (ASAP)

Yeah this is concerning…everybody is tagging us pretty hard to win and give Arizona a great game.. (Slipper Still Fits)

Mason on the Zags: “I marked Joel Embiid, so… you just have to be ready.” (NewsOK)

LOL, 0.2% of brackets are still intact. How’s that $1 billion looking? (CBS Sports)

John Stockton’s kid: “Obviously we’re going to get overlooked a little bit and that’s how we started, that’s how Gonzaga started, and it’s fine with us.” (ESPN)

Are we just bad in late, close games or have we actually learned from them? (NewsOK)

Photos from yesterday’s practice. (Flickr)

Mrs. Pistols picks the Final Four. (PFB)

What a headline. (Yahoo)

Other

Sounds like a wild night at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. (Scout)

This free kick…. (Deadspin)

A brief history of blogging. (Web Designer Depot)

Gerald Green, my gosh.

Le’Bryan talks about his game (is this a hostage situation?)

Shootaround from yesterday.

2014 NCAA Tournament player draft

Pistols Firing Staff —  March 18, 2014 — 2 Comments
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Photo Attribution: USATSI

It’s time for our annual NCAA Tournament player draft. Here’s Amilian with the rules…

• We each pick 5 players in the NCAA tournament in a snake-style draft.
• The team with the most total points scored at the end of the tournament is the winner.
• Players on teams with a double digit seed get double points
• Points scored by players in the Final Four & Championship game are worth double points
• And yes, if you pick a player on a double digit seed and they play in the Final Four, his points are x4
• Losers buy the winner a $20 SI Cover ($6 per loser).

The draft order, chosen at random, is as follows:

1) Pistolsboy
2) Carson
3) Mason’s Brother (Nolan Cox)
4) Amilian
5) OKC Dave

Captain Pistols is on the clock!

Porter: Captain Pistols, I like that. Better than what Wilbon calls me.

I sort of have to go with McBuckets (Creighton), I guess. I swear, if Wisconsin beats them in the Sweet 16…let’s just say I will not be jumping around. By the way, how many white guys will play in that game? Actually, the real question is how many black guys will play in that game? The White Bball Pains Twitter account might have a meltdown. The degree to which I want a Wichita State-Creighton Final Four matchup (once we’re eliminated) is not healthy. All of the under-the-jersey t-shirts!

Amilian: Our division is filled with teams showcasing white-boy stars: McD at Creighton, Pangos at Gonzaga, Wisconsin’s top 3 scorers, Spangler at OU and of course Cox with the Pokes.

Quick rule note: The “First Round” does not count. So if you take T.J. Warren, you take a risk that he might not play in an eligible game.

Carson: Was there any doubt Kyle was drafting McBuckets? Wally Szczerbiak 2.0.

I really have no choice here: Jabari Parker (Duke). He has a real chance to pull a Carmelo and just go bonkers (like, second-half -Virginia-bonkers). The Midwest is frightening but they are on the weaker side of the region. I think they at least make the Elite 8.

And while I genuinely despise Duke come tournament time: Coach K’s smug, Wojo’s doing annoying Wojo things, the floor-slapping…but there’s no allegiances allowed here. Fill it up Jabari!

Nolan: Sorry, guys. I’m nursing a rather large SXSW hangover while trying to put together my draft board. With my first pick I’m going to take another freshman capable of taking his team to the final 4 and beyond. A guy who, with a solid performance in the tournament, might even jump Justin Bieber on my list of favorite Canadians. I’m going with Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).

Amilian: I’m not going to act like I’ve been studying New Mexico, and I know KU beat the Lobos earlier this year, but KU is a risk with Embiid out. I went with a Canadian last year (Olynyk) and his squad let me down in the second round. Oh, and Olynyk has much better hair than Wiggins so good luck with that pick.

I hate to say it, but I like Arizona’s path to the Final Four. I select Nick Johnson (Arizona) with my first pick and I won’t complain if I lose him after two tournament games as long as it’s Marcus performing back flips rather than (insert athletic Gonzaga player if one exists).

Dave is up with back-to-back picks…

OKCD: C.J. Fair (Syracuse) – this is an efficiency pick. He’s played at least 35 minutes in all but three of his team’s games this year, so he’s always on the floor. He’s good for 15 every time out, but he’s capable of getting into the upper 20s.

Russ Smith (Louisville) – yeah, I’ll take the guy that dropped 42 on James Dickey’s squad three days ago and has an axe to grind thanks to the selection committee’s decision to drop the Cardinals to a No. 4 seed. Russdiculous, welcome to the squad.

Nolan: Ugh. Who invited the stats guy? I doubt Jay, Digger, and Jalen give Nate Silver a call and invite him to join their bracket pool.

Porter: I doubt Jay and Jalen even call Digger.

Amilian: Forgot what I was getting myself into by inviting Dave into this thing. I’m surprised we didn’t get an efficiency graph along with each of those picks showing C.J. Fair and Russ Smith as dots in the top right separating themselves from the rest of the 338 starting players in the tournament.

I’m probably picking Virginia over Michigan State, which seems to be the unpopular pick for that potential Sweet 16 matchup, but there’s no star on that Cavalier squad. Given Izzo’s March Magic, I’ll take Gary Harris (Sparty).

OKCD: Not to worry, everyone. The NCAA Tournament is the annual reminder to every “stat guy” out there that the powers of Excel are nothing compared to the coin-flip nature of March Madness.

Carson: Speaking of, Digger has OSU in the title game. Did the former Fighting Irish coach start St. Patty’s early?

Nolan: “Having said that, I put together a coin-flip pivot table just to be safe. I can send it over to you guys when the draft is over.” –Dave

I’m going to bring the pain with this next pick. Major pain. So much pain that you’ll be staring out the window pane wondering what went wrong. Adreian Payne (Michigan State). That’s my guy.

(Kyle, can you forward this email to CBS? I feel like it could score me a writing gig. Thanks.)

Carson: You should try for TMZ, SXSW bureau reporter. I mean look at these gems:

I’m not sure if they’ll make the Final Four, but I’ll take Melvin Ejim (Iowa State). He falls out of bed and scores 18 points. Hilton will travel with the FunClones wherever they go. Their regional could be in Alaska and it would be Hilton Northwest.

Porter: Eff it, I’m going with the whitewash. It’s going to be like the ’66 title game but the opposite. And fantasy. So not really like the ’66 title game at all.

Nik Stauskas (Michgan) with my second — between Satuskas and Kate Upton’s boyfriend from last year, Michigan is going to light Duke on fire in the Sweet 16.

I’ll take Joe Harris (Virginia) with my third. I’m all in on Virginia. Which means they’ll probably lose to Coastal Carolina in the first round.

Amilian: Typical Porter. Taking the leading scorer on a No. 2 seed and prefacing it with an “eff it” to make it sound like he’s going out on a limb as if he’s taking a huge risk.

Carson: Phil Forte is offended, Kyle. He was on the phone with his agent, he thought he was coming off the board.

I’ll go back to the “teams I sports-hate” with the Florida Gators. They have a very clear path to the Final Four, I’m taking Scottie Wilbekin (Florida). Even though I loathe the Gators (lifelong Florida State fan) and even though he looks like the offensively challenged Thabo Sefolosha.

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Nolan: Virginia would be way cooler if they warmed up in quarter zip Brooks Brothers pullovers. I agree with Carson that Florida has a relatively easy path until they get to the Elite 8, but luckily I’m not a Thunder fan so I have no interest in drafting a Thabo Sefelosha doppelganger over the Gators’ leading scorer. I’m taking Casey Prather (Florida).

Amilian: You guys are going all in on my Gators. I love it! My No. 1 rule in the draft is make sure you draft a guy on your pick to win it all, and that’s Florida. Prather seems like the best choice because he averages the most points on the team, but he built that average toward the beginning of the season. He’s all yours, Nolo.

Michael Frazier II (Florida) is the third Gator off the board. Hopefully in the Final Four he can replicate his eleven 3-pointer game he had earlier this year.

Carson: I forgot Amilian liked the Gators. Gross. I have sources saying you dance like this at Groovy’s on the weekends:

OKCD: What’s better than having one player on your national championship winner? Having two players. I’ll take Montrezl Harrell (Lousiville). Yes, it’s dangerous to have two players from the same team, but I like the risk/reward ratio on this pick.

With my second pick, I will become the first person in recorded history to have a guy named Montrezl on the same team as a guy named Frank: Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin).

Amilian: The only region I’ve left out so far is the Midwest. Duke or Wichita State? My brain or my heart? For the sake of defending my title, I’m going with Rodney Hood (Duke) because I think Duke gets out of the region. That was tough because I really want to pull for Wichita State all the way through.

I need to figure out who my double-digit seeded player is going to be. I’m becoming less confident in my Cinderella pick every minute. To be continued.

Carson: Did Nolan give up and head to 6th Street? It is St. Patty’s…

Amilian: [Day 2]

Nolan called me at 3am hammered with an Irish accent and said he’ll be sleeping off a hangover so just give him Spangler with his next pick and move on.

Nolan: Just because I’m a young, single Irish Catholic guy living in Austin doesn’t necessarily mean I went out for St. Patty’s Day.

I’m going to take a guy on the No. 2 seed nobody is talking about. Darrun Hillard (Villanova) has scored double digit points in all but four games this year. He’s also only scored over 20 on four different occasions, but that type of consistency is going to help me out big time until Kevin Ollie’s UConn team knocks them out in the second round.

Carson: The funny part is I thought Matt was serious. With Nolan in Austin …

Did I mention how much I love the FunClones? Hoiberg’s team is a blast. I picked them to win the Big 12 Tournament, so I hopped on the bandwagon early. I’m concerned with how full the FunWagon is getting, but I’m still picking DeAndre Kane (Iowa State). I’ll gladly take another Big 12 first teamer who averages 17 ppg. And have I mentioned Hilton will be coming with him?

OKCD: My man-crush on DeAndre Kane – and really, that entire team – intensified in Kansas City. Their fans were beyond thrilled to beat Kansas on Friday night. I really hope the Clones have a deep run in them.

Porter: Can I just draft Wisconsin and get the points for whichever of their white guys scores the most in a given game?

No? Ok.

With my fourth pick I’ll take Ron Baker (Wichita State). Call me nuts (and I probably am) but I believe in Wichita State. The best thing that could have happened to a 34-0 team was a middle finger from the selection committee. It takes them away from the 40-0 narrative and puts them in “crap, we have to figure out how to beat three NBA guys in the second round and THEN we get the defending champs” mode.

Plus, Baker has tasted the Final Four before. He’ll add some solid experience to my squad.

With my last pick I’m going with the Belgian Bomber (no idea if anyone has ever called him that) Tyler Haws (BYU). He averages 23 a game and dropped 32 against Oregon earlier this year. Guess who BYU has in the first round? Yup.

The whitewash is complete, it is finished — I don’t even care what place I get.

Carson: You’re right, Wichita State is a No. 1 seed AND gets to play the “Nobody Believes In Us!!!” card. This is perfect for Gregg Marshall.

I have to go with a safe pick here: Aaron Gordon (Arizona). He’s not a volume scorer, but he’s second on the team in points and he’s Blake Griffin Lite. Everything from the dunks to the free throw percentage (43 percent. Woof.) is Blake-like.

But I’m most confident in Arizona making the Final Four of all the teams in the field.

Which probably means Marcus Smart will be doing backflips into the Sweet 16.

Nolan: With my last pick, I’m going to take a guy who just won the Big East tournament and knocked off McBuckets’ Creighton squad two out of three tries this year, including the Big East championship game. More importantly, this player also gives me the ability to say “Wow, that’s a bold strategy. Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him.” I’m taking Bryce Cotton (Providence Friars).

Amilian: I wanted Cotton!! I think Providence can make a run and I was going to roll the dice on him.

Since he’s gone, I might as well give myself another reason to root against OU. Let’s go with Taylor Braun (North Dakota State). Probably a terrible pick but GO BISON!

OKCD: Too pressed to provide commentary, but I’ll take Kyle Anderson (UCLA) with my last pick.

Nolan: The more I think about it, with all the differing storylines each year, there’s no way this draft will ever not be fun.

Amilian: Now Kyle posts it for us to look back on and enjoy while every other PFB reader is now wondering why they dedicated time out of their day to read it.

Teams

Porter: McBuckets, Stauskas, Harris, Baker, Haws

Carson: Jabari, Ejim, Kane, Wilbekin, Gordon

Nolan: Wiggins, Payne, Prather, Hillard, Cotton

Amilian: Harris, Johnson, Frazier II, Hood, Braun

OKC Dave: Smith, Fair, Harrell, Kaminsky, Anderson

Daily Bullets: Statistical model favors Pokes

Kyle Porter —  March 18, 2014 — 18 Comments

Pistols Firing bracket challenge — sign up!

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Hoops

The new 538 is excellent and its statistical models are kind to us. The problem: Arizona. (538)

I like Andrew Sharp but I don’t think he has any idea who Markel Brown is. (Grantland)

Murphy: “As long as I stay out of foul trouble we should be fine.” (NewsOK)

This of Mizzou students freaking out about their NIT selection is hilarious. (Big Lead)

This on what the Tournament means and how great the drama is, is good. (NewsOK)

Here’s a guide to all the venues in case you’re headed out to San Diego. (Sports Illustrated)

Berry on whether or not Marcus’ suspensions affected what seed OSU got. I’m not totally sure it did. I think it if truly did OSU would have been an No. 8 seed or even a No. 7 seed. (NewsOK)

Here is Gerald Green saying there was no way he was ever going to college. (Sports on Earth)

Berry has OSU bowing out in the second round. (NewsOK)

Big 12 has had five teams in the Dance in seven straight seasons. (Big 12 Sports)

Helsley looks back at OSU’s five previous matchups with Gonzaga. It’s not pretty. (NewsOK)

The committee is a bunch of frauds. (Deadspin)

Seven teams that can win the title (and three that can’t). Good stuff here. (Yahoo)

Smart on the national conversation: “It’s none of our concern. We’re not really focused on that. We’re focused on what we have to do as individuals and as a team.” Jenni Carlson also says the “Fire Ford” faithful have quieted…. (NewsOK)

Travis Ford on the brand of basketball in the midwest. State of OK has three teams in. (Tulsa World)

Yeah, OSU is definitely the best No. 9 seed. (Sports Illustrated)

Mark Few on Marcus Smart: “If you keep score, he’s gonna try to win.” (NewsOK)

0.2 percent of users on CBS have OSU in the title game. I presume they’re all readers of Pistols Firing. (CBS Sports)

Kelly Hines went to a Jeff Newberry game yesterday. (Tulsa World)

Football

Baylor will play Incarnate Word in football. I know we played Savannah State but… (Big Lead)

Jeremy Seaton on his favorite memory. (okstate)

Other

Weeden, two years and $1.23 million. (ESPN)

Some good thoughts on Weeden and the Cowboys here. I’m so biased I’m basically blind but I’m really stoked about the signing. (ESPN)

Cool pics of the Cowwomen finding out about their No. 5 seed. (Flickr)

Johny Hendricks fought with a bum elbow on Saturday. (CRFF)

Great baseball roundup here by Aaron Schnautz. (PFB)

Cowwomen reaction to the No. 5 seed:

Smart on Gonzaga:

Last year’s One Shining Moment:

The biggest surprises and disappointments in the Big 12

Kyle Porter —  March 12, 2014 — 10 Comments
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OK, we get it, OSU was a disappointment this season. Unless you’ve been driving a tractor on the Gundy farm living under a rock for the last four months you already knew that.

But just how disappointing were they? And which other teams were disappointing? Which ones were a total surprise?

I went back and looked up the preseason Big 12 picks, here’s a look:

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Much to the chagrin of OSU fans, OU and Texas were your biggest surprises.

Other than those two and the Ford-Drew one-two punch (which is equivalent to the one-two punch of a five-year-old after inhaling too much laughing gas at the dentist), everybody else was within one spot of where they were picked.

But what about players? I rounded up the preseason All-Big 12 team (there was a first and honorable mention but I just made it a first and second team) and compared it to the postseason team. If you got first team you got a “1″, second team a “2″, third team a “3″, honorable mention a “4″, and nothing a “5.”

Here’s a look:

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That Baylor duo should certainly be a lot better than that.

Also, Juwan Staten took the spot everybody thought Eron Harris was going to take. Related: WVU scares me in the Big 12 Tournament.

I thought it was sort of a sham that Nash didn’t get at least third team. I’m biased (obviously) because I watched him all year but I thought he deserved that.

Predicting the Big 12 Tournament

Kyle Porter —  March 11, 2014 — 24 Comments

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Here are my sure-to-be-incorrect Big 12 Tournament picks.

That’s right, I have the first ever Day 1 champ in Big 12 Tournament history and it’s the team that finished 8th in the Big 12 this year as well as the school I attended.

I just don’t think Kansas is that good without Embiid. You guys saw how well they played away from Phog Allen in their final few games (OSU, WVU) when he went down. They’ll have a good crowd and Wiggins is playing really well so I could be way off but I think OSU can take them.

OU can’t beat Baylor three times in the same season, can they? I know Kruger >>>> Scott Drew but Baylor is playing really well right now.

Speaking of teams that aren’t playing well, Texas will lose to WVU. If we were doing confidence points I’d have all of mine on that game.1

Iowa State-Kansas State is a toss-up to me and I think the winner could win the whole thing but I just don’t feel like either team is better than the Pokes on a neutral court.

My final might be a 33-31 slugfest with the legs those two teams will be dragging around by Saturday night but we have Marcus and they don’t (well, Kansas State does, but I don’t have OSU playing them).

Call it a homer pick if you want2 but I think OSU wins the 2014 Big 12 Tournament.

Recruiting update: Pokes get 2015 QB

Kenzie Kepple —  March 7, 2014 — 6 Comments

This week in Oklahoma State recruiting is highlighted by the initial prep commit to the 2015 football recruiting class and the emergence of a couple of new targets for Travis Ford’s already stacked 2014 class of hoopsters (we’ll look at that later in the day).

The season is winding down for the aforementioned class of basketball signees, we’ll check in to see how their respective teams are doing in this week’s Pistols Firing recruiting update.

Football

John Kolar, 6’3 195 pound QB from Norman, Oklahoma (Rivals, Scout, 247)

Coach Gundy entered enemy waters to snag the first prep commit of the 2015 class. Kolar took over the starting position at Norman North last season after Alabama signee David Cornwell had a season-ending injury. Kolar filled in nicely completing 65% of his passes, accumulating 15 touchdowns and nearly 1700 yards while throwing only 2 picks.

Check out his highlight video from Hudl. He looks to have solid mechanics, good spin, and surprising mobility for his size. (Hudl)

Here are a few of the recent offers for the 2015 class, many of which were recently in Stillwater for Junior Day.

Xavier Lewis, 4-star CB from Reserve, Louisiana (Rivals, ESPN, Scout, 247)

Always interesting to get a glimpse at the mailers.

Jake Browning, 4-star QB from Folsom, California (Rivals, ESPN, Scout, 247)

Jozie Milton, 3-star DT from Clinton, Louisiana (Rivals, ESPN, Scout, 247)

Kahlil Haughton, 4-star S from Waco, Texas (Rivals, ESPN, Scout, 247)

Jordan Colbert, 4-star OLB/S from Griffin, Georgia (Rivals, ESPN, Scout, 247)

Basketball coming later in the day.

Daily Bullets: Some good bubble losses for OSU

Kyle Porter —  February 27, 2014 — 14 Comments

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These fake high-fives in the K-State game were hilarious. (Big Lead)

Oh my, the person who runs Coach K’s Facebook account shared a #hotsportstake. (Deadspin)

Kansas’ Big 12 titles, ranked. (Sports Illustrated)

These are good losses for OSU fans. (CBS Sports)

This one, too. (Yahoo)

Football

Kingsbury was a clue on Jeopardy. I think we all got that one right. (Fox Sports SW)

Briles: “No, we want to run the show. That’s the plan.” (Fox Sports SW)

OSU with the 7th-best DBs in the Big 12 going into 2014. Still think Kevin Peterson is underrated. (ESPN)

Good roundtable discussion on OSU’s potential NFL draft picks. (NewsOK)

Justin Gilbert was one of the Combine’s biggest winners. (NFL)

Texas will start selling beers at its athletic events. (CBS Sports)

The Big 12′s top performers from the combine. I like all these guys. Maybe that makes me a Big 12 homer. (ESPN)

Other

Barry Switzer is the best. (Big Lead)

Here’s more on the marriage proposal at Allie P. last week. (Scout)

Cowgirls-Cyclones photos. Burns is ballin’ here. (Flickr)

Wow, a Cyclone girl (Cyclette?) almost had a triple-double against OSU yesterday. (ESPN)

OSU has won four golf tournaments in a row for the fifth time in history. (O’Colly)

The most-marketed 12-year-old in the world. (Tampa Bay Times)

Our little guy left yesterday after a year. Would appreciate you reading this if you haven’t yet. (PFB)

These are so awesome.

Baseball highlights!

This is pretty awesome, too. JW looks bigger.