Coach had a lot to say this week! Spends some time on Dak Prescott, Patty Mahomes, talks pass coverage, reveals some information (finally) on Ateman, and talks virtual reality!Opening Remark• “We had a good practice last night and the players have recovered from the win. So we’re back at it.”Previewing The Raiders• “Next week we’ve got a good challenge with Texas Tech to try and minimize their scoring and continue to play well on offense.”• On Patty Mahomes…“Their quarterback’s a really, really good player, as we all know, I’m not saying anything everybody doesn’t know. I think he’s a potential first-round pick. He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. We played Dak when he was at Mississippi State. He was younger at that time but the style of play, body, strength, speed, ability to run, throw it, in different positions reminds me a lot of him.”• “So, we’ve got a great challenge. We’re a pretty healthy football team. Attitude of our players is really good. So, we need a good week, get a lot of good work in, and be ready to go on Saturday.”• Playing Tech, how hard is it to balance knowing you can score a lot of points against your frustrations with your defense? “Well, you can’t look at this game any different than any other game. We have to try and minimize big plays on defense. On offense we have to execute and be sound in our game plan. We need to improve on special teams from last week. And then you just have to get into the flow of the game.”• Is controlling the clock with your ground game part of your plan with Tech? Great answer: “If you could run the ball and eat the clock and score, it works good. But if we’re not scoring, it doesn’t work good.”• Trying to talk Gundy’s language here: How good is No. 9, wide receiver Jonathan Giles? “They have a number of guys – always have, for years and years – players that can make plays. They understand the system and they’re really talented players. There’s a number of those guys that can do it and Mahomes makes it go.”• This is so great! The question is being asked, ‘Mahomes was great against OU…’ and someone walked in unexpectedly… “Who was that? I thought it was like, a Secret Service guy or something. I know the election’s tomorrow and I thought maybe everybody’s getting nervous. Sorry about that…”• Anyway, back to the question. What can we learn from the OU game? “With about ten minutes to go in the game, it looked like there was just complete exhaustion on the field. When that happens, college football players get out of place a lot. And, just from an outsider lookin’ in, I think that’s what happened a lot in that game.”• “The Xs and Os part of defending these spread offenses with good quarterbacks is not very complex. You either rush three, four or five; you either play two-deep, three or man; you can do a little zone blitzing. Then you have to rally to the ball and defeat blocks to get pressure on the quarterback and you have to tackle well in space.” Seems like a lot to me!On Senior Day• Talk about your two-year guys: “We’ve not brought as many in as we had years ago. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of evaluating them, their character, and how they will fit into our program – whether they’ll make that adjustment with the structure we have. We’ve had a really good percentage of success. Like Chris (Carson) this year, once he got back from his injury, up to this point he’s been really good for us. It’s a little bit of a risky business just based on our system and how we are with accountability and our structure. We don’t vary much here.”• Talk about these seniors: “Fortunately we’re graduating a group that won a lot of football games and has been involved in a lot of success. Out APR numbers, once we got fourth and fifth year seniors under control, guys that were going to try out for the NBA – not the NBA, the NFL – I was thinking about the Thunder playing well last night…our APR’s gone through the roof. So, they’re doing everything right. They’re very loyal to this program. We’ve been loyal to them and that’s what’s created this environment.”• On Devonte Averette, in particular: “He’s a pretty unique individual. We don’t get a lot of players from Detroit down here. He led the nation in junior college in tackles his last year there. His first six months wasn’t as smooth as what you’d want to be just because of the different environment here. Since then he’s been great. He’s very loyal, he’s an extremely hard worker and he’s been a tough, competitive athlete for our team.”• Grant Newell, a walk-on, is going to be celebrated on Senior Day: “We should’ve used him earlier. We put him out there (on special teams) and he’s been very effective. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for guys who were willing to walk on and do it for free. There’s a tremendous price that has to be paid to play on our team and it’s year-round. Some guys do it because they love the game, like Grant. Some guys do it because they love the game, but they also do it for the free money – the scholarship.” Careful talking about “free money” there, Coach. We’ll be seeing Thayer around…• And on Ateman’s redshirt: “We could practice him this week some on about a 75 percent basis, then we could work him next week, and there would be a good chance he could play. But, there’s the chance he might not feel like playing. So we got to this conclusion…everything’s fine, but you could still set yourself back. I don’t think the number of games he could play full-speed compared to the future he has in this game is worth it.” Absolutely!About the Offense…• Are you worried about Justice Hill hitting that freshman wall? “I think he’s already gone through it. He got hit (Saturday) from a couple different angles, and then the weight on his shoulders pushed him backwards, so I think it scared him. That’s fairly common in that situation. He’s doing really well.“His practice habits are great. He didn’t break loose Saturday, but I still think he’s in a really good physical condition right now and that that could happen at any time. Good question though. I was wondering the same thing when he came out.”• Having Carson back has helped: “He’s helped us. I mentioned that when Chris came back – we needed him to take 12-14 carries away and Chris is running good. Chris is playing good. Those runs he had in that last drive were pretty impressive.”About the Defense…• Where is your level of confidence with your team’s pass coverage? “I think we’ve given up more big plays over the top than I would’ve wanted this year. If you eliminate those and play in the intermediate part of the field, we’ve been ok. In playing these guys you have to be sound in 3-man, 4-man and 5-man pressure, in my opinion.” Isn’t that the case with everybody we play?• On creating turnovers: “They’ve gotten turnovers at key times. When their backs were against the wall, they’ve played pretty well. We need more consistency throughout the middle part of the game. 65 percent of the game is played under normal circumstances, so we need to play better in those situations.”• “Playing against Tech and Mahomes, we have to be consistent in our pass rush.” This is awesome: “We also have to understand that, it may seem like your biological clack is going off as a pass rusher, but it may not be over, with his ability to move around and extend plays.”• What’s up with Vili Leveni? “He has an Achilles injury. You know, they repair it and move forward. He’s had two of them now, so I would say at this time, he’s going to repair it and start to rehabilitate it and move forward. In 4-5 months he will have to make a decision on what he wants to do with his future.” That’s too bad.This…on using Virtual Reality in Recruiting…• “That was our social media people, myself, our recruiting office – we have meetings in the off season and try and look way out into the future and see what would be something new. It’s been really good for us.”• “It allows you to take a setting from campus, from everyday lifestyle – where our players live, everything that we use in recruiting, game day, The Walk, the fans – and put it into a story and people that may not be able to get here and see it, they can see it. It gives them a good feel of what it’s like to be in that environment.”In Closing…on the 2:30 Kick and NO Night Games• “2:30’s a good time, now. You get a lot of television audience. It is unusual, but television dictates a lot of what happens. We have the big Fox contract, right, and they had the World Series. That played a big role.”• “The 2:30 kick is usually really, really good for Stillwater. Most everybody can get here in time for The Walk. It gives them a chance to tailgate for a couple hours. It also allows the families that have to travel an hour, hour and a half, a chance to get home before it’s too late when they have little kids. So, I think it’s a good starting time for us.”• Did you have a kick time preference when you were a player? “Honestly, I can’t remember that far back.” 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.
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. Maybe Mike Gundy was right. Maybe we should be watching SpongeBob instead of the CFB Playoff show. On Tuesday, after the rankings came out, Texas Tech athletic director and CFB Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt proved the playoff is basically a beauty contest between the most traditionally gorgeous schools.This is simply amazing to read.Q. West Virginia as a one-loss team has over the last two weeks kind of fallen further and further behind the other one-loss teams, and this week they’re even behind a three-loss team. What is the committee seeing with West Virginia that is causing hesitation to move them higher?KIRBY HOCUTT: “The committee spent a great deal of time this week talking about West Virginia, and I think at this point in time, West Virginia having only played one game against a current CFP top-25 team, which was a loss for them, and that is what we spent a great deal of time debating, discussing, is the fact that the quality win is not there yet for West Virginia. Their only game against a top-25 team was a loss to Oklahoma State.”OK, that seems reasonable, right? Just wait.Q. What is the difference between them and Oklahoma, who’s sitting up in the top 10 and has two losses and I don’t believe has a top-25 win?KIRBY HOCUTT: “Yeah, the difference there is the committee discussed the last couple of days is the head-to-head win over West Virginia.”Uh oh. No, Kirby. Don’t do it.Q. No, not Oklahoma State, Oklahoma.KIRBY HOCUTT: “Okay, I’m sorry. You know, Oklahoma is a team that has a tremendous offense. They’ve continued to bounce back from two early-season losses. They’re on a seven-game winning streak. The committee believes that Oklahoma is deserving of that 9 spot, and still looking at West Virginia to get a quality win.”A tremendous offense! Oklahoma has zero wins over CFP top 25 teams. That’s the same number as West Virginia. Zero! They got housed be a maybe-above-average Houston team. Housed. But their offense is good!Your thoughts, Dana.Threat level: Holgorage pic.twitter.com/M9vkkCbgte— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 12, 2016What a mess, but this is what happens when you let a committee decide the goodness or badness of various teams and don’t let the teams sort it out on the field. The built-in biases we all have will eventually take over. Heck, I think OU is better than West Virginia because they’re OU. But the folks on the committee are not supposed to think that way … even though they do.
—LaMarcus MortonFreshman SS2Za’Carrius GreenSoph. (RS) —Malcolm RodriguezFreshman PlayerClass 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. Previous position previews: RB | CW | WR | OLOne of the deeper positions on the roster took a hit with the loss of three-year team leader in tackles, Jordan Sterns, as well as former Auburn-transfer Derrick Moncrief, but OSU seemingly has a lot of guys to choose from as they try and fill out a two-deep for the fall.Bodies don’t exactly equal players and there are some unknowns, though. Several of these guys have contributed special teams or not much at all. OSU safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt will have his work cut out for him to get this unit ready come fall, but he has a couple of playmakers at the top of the depth chart.Tre FlowersFlowers heads into 2017 leading all Cowboy defenders with 27 consecutive starts. He’s been know as more of a quiet leader but will need to take more of a vocal leadership role on the secondary along with corner Ramon Richards.The red-shirt junior compiled 61 total tackles (45 solo), seven pass breakups, two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. And who could forget when he went house after receiving the pitch from Vincent Taylor on the blocked PAT against Texas.Kenneth Edison-McGruderAcross from Sterns will be a new face in the starting lineup and it’s not really a question of who it should be.Edison-McGruder saw playing time as a true freshman and became a key contributor as a sophomore. His 29 solo tackles were the most for an underclassman in 2016 and he should have every opportunity to step into Jordan Sterns starting spot.Jerel MorrowThe only other senior among safeties currently slated for 2017. He’s seen most of his reps come on special teams but will have a chance to compete for quality reps starting this spring. Morrow’s experience should allow him the chance for more reps but there will be some younger guys playing for a spot.Za’Carrius GreenGreen got some time on special teams and played sparingly on defense as a red-shirt freshman but will look for an increased role in 2017.Incoming FreshmenLaMarcus Morton – A two-way star from Gilmer, Texas, Morton will be with Cowboys in the spring after enrolling early. The three-star wide receiver/defensive back will get a head start in the competition for reps.Malcolm Rodriguez – A three-star dual-threat quarterback and defensive back from Wagoner, Oklahoma who committed to play safety. Check out our writeup on Rodriguez.Trey Sterling – A three-star safety from Sunnyvale, Texas who committed back in November. Sterling considers himself a hard hitter and the OSU coaches agree, which is why they snatched him up when he was still an unranked prospect.OthersChance Cook – As a true freshman in 2016, Cook appeared in every game except the Alamo Bowl. Look for him to possibly step into an increased role in 2017.Winston Westbrooks – A redshirt sophomore in 2017 who played in the 2016 season opener against SE Louisiana.Matthew Newsome – A redshirt junior in 2017 who played in the 2016 season opener against SE Louisiana.There are still a lot of questions to be answered and that process will start this spring but here’s a decent starting point as far as how we see the depth chart shaking out.2017 Projections FS1Tre FlowersSenior (RS) Hopefully, the Cowboy secondary can take a step forward in 2017 but it will fall on the shoulders of a couple of young safeties to make plays. FS2Jerel MorrowSenior (RS) SS1Kenneth Edison-McGruderJunior
X 2013 SCHOOLDRAFT PICKS BAYLOR32 2017 2015 XX KANSAS12 IOWA STATE10 OKLAHOMA STATE21 During Gundy’s 13 years as head coach, 21 Cowboys have been selected in the Draft. That’s six first-rounders, two second-rounders, one third-rounder, two fourth-rounders, one fifth-rounder, five sixth-rounders and four in the final round of the Draft.If we want to eliminate any conference bias, let’s just look at the draft picks for the teams currently in the Big 12 over that same span. X 2011 As last weekend’s NFL Draft dragged on, we waited patiently for a former Cowboy to hear his name called.Day 1 …Day 2 …Day 3.Finally, towards the end of Saturday, in the 6th round, Vincent Taylor heard the inevitable, yet overdue, ring of his phone and was informed that he would be selected by Miami. One round later, Chris Carson started packing his bags for the opposite corner of the country after John Schneider and Pete Carroll of Seattle made him their final draft pick of 2017.The lack of early-round talent (or draft picks at all) is not strictly an Oklahoma State problem. It’s a Big 12 problem. The conference finished dead last in the number of players drafted out of all Power 5 conferences — and it wasn’t close.2017 Draft PicksSEC – 53ACC – 42Pac-12 – 36Big Ten – 35Big 12 – 14In fact, the American Athletic Conference had one more draftee (15) than the flyover union and Conference USA wasn’t far behind with 9.Whether it’s due to a vast talent gap between the Big 12 and the others, or slanted perception — or both; you can’t argue with the numbers. Either perception becomes reality or reality influences perception.But at the very least, Oklahoma State has been one of the more consistent teams in the Big 12 when it comes to getting players drafted.Here is an interesting stat that shows current streaks of schools having at least one player drafted each year. Oklahoma State sits at nine straight beside Big 12 peers Baylor and TCU, as well as Utah and Alabama(?!)Active streaks of consecutive years with at least 1 player taken in the #NFLDraft. #GoBlue #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LCU3mUWRVq— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) April 30, 2017Obviously, this is just one stat. A technicality, really. Oklahoma State is not on par with Alabama in the terms of producing NFL talent. The Crimson Tide had 11 players declare for the 2017 Draft and 10 were selected — all in the first 4 rounds. OSU had two players drafted, both late on Saturday.Furthermore, OSU has had only one player taken in four of the last five drafts.Here’s a look at Oklahoma State’s draft picks since Mike Gundy took over in January of 2005. Granted, he took over immediately following the 2004 Alamo Bowl and that draft class was coached by Les Miles, but that is the number of draftees OSU is claiming for Gundy so we’ll stick with that. 2010X X KANSAS STATE20 2009X 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. 2007 2008 2006 2014X X X X 2016X TCU32 TEXAS48 WEST VIRGINIA34 X 2005XX YEAR1st Rd2nd Rd3rd Rd4th Rd5th Rd6th Rd7th Rd 2012X X TEXAS TECH19 It’s not top-heavy. It’s a landslide.Since Mike Gundy took the reins in Stillwater, his I-35 counterpart has sent almost 3 1/2 times as many players to the NFL. That’s over 5.5 picks per year to Gundy’s 1.6 average. Now this doesn’t completely nullify T. Boone’s gripe with the Bedlam record but it definitely casts another light on the series.But … recruiting is part of the job.There are reasons for the difference. It’s hard to recruit to Stillwater. You’re always competing with Oklahoma and Texas for a lot of the same recruits. And Gundy admits that he would rather leave a 5-star waiting if he has his eye on a solid 3-star with a good head on his shoulders.The Cowboys find their gems. Their Dez Bryants and Justin Blackmons. They get their Russell Okungs. They have a couple of potential first-rounders on their roster for this fall. The players then send to the NFL generally find a lot of success. They just don’t send enough of them.Will Mike Gundy ever average four draft picks a year? That would be quite a jump. Is this just as good as it gets at OSU or can the program even climb to that next level? Or will Gundy’s group of assistants continue to climb the recruiting rankings to a top tier status? That likely comes with continued and increased success in the win column.With all that being said, Oklahoma State just might have a shot at a College Playoff berth this year, if Gundy can exorcise his crimson demons. Not to mention, that might mean beating the Sooners twice. Does that mean it can’t get better? Or does it start from there?Mike Gundy is an enigma. He is both stubborn and stuck in his ways while also being both forward thinking and innovative. He is often simultaneously the butt of social media jokes (even as he’s in on them) and the unquestioned leader of a major college football program, a school and a fan base. He might be the most interesting man in college football.So we’re left to admire the coaching job he’s done and the culture he’s nurtured at Oklahoma State. We’re also left to wonder what else the program could be under Gundy.Oklahoma State draft picks during Gundy’s tenure2017Vincent Taylor – 194th overall (6th round)Chris Carson – 249th (7th round)2016Emmanuel Ogbah – 32nd overall (2nd round)2015Josh Furman – 252nd overall (7th round)2014Justin Gilbert – 8th overall (1st round)2013Joseph Randle – 151st overall (5th round)2012Justin Blackmon – 5th overall (1st round)Brandon Weeden – 22nd overall (1st round)Markelle Martin – 190th overall (6th round)2011 XX Kendall Hunter – 115th overall (4th round)2010Russell Okung – 6th overall (1st round)Dez Bryant – 24th overall (1st round)Perrish Cox – 137th (5th round)Zac Robinson – 250th (7th round)2009Brandon Pettigrew – 20th overall (1st round)2008No Draft picks2007Ryan McBean – 132nd overall (4th round)Corey Hilliard – 209th (6th round)2006Charlie Johnson – 199th overall (6th round)2005Darrent Williams – 56th overall (2nd round)Vernand Morency – 73rd overall (3rd round)Billy Bajema – 249th overall (7th round) OKLAHOMA72 XX
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. It’s no secret that Oklahoma State boasts a powerful offense and figures to be one of the most dynamic teams in college football in 2017. The Cowboys are the only team to return a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher this fall.247Sports recently made a list of the top 10 offensive trifectas in the country and OSU’s trio topped it, beating out star-studded threesomes from the likes of USC, Alabama and Washington.Two thirds of Oklahoma State’s trifecta are possible first-round draft picks in next spring’s NFL Draft. Rudolph threw for more than 4,000 yards as a junior and has all his weapons back. Those weapons include Washington, a 1,300-yard receiver from the fall who’s one of the game’s most explosive big-play threats. Justice Hill rounds out the group after leading all freshman running backs nationally last fall with 1,142 rushing yards. [247Sports]Rudolph captains the ship and leads all returning Power-5 QBs in passing yards, yards per game and TD-to-interception ratio. He’s 22-6 as a starter and looks poised to rewrite all the Oklahoma State record books as a senior.Rudolph followed up maybe his worst games in college with one of his best with an efficient thumping of Pac-12 darling Colorado and hopes that fun send-off will carry over into 2017.He said as much after the Alamo Bowl.“I think this is definitely going to help propel us into the off-season,” said Rudolph “keep us high, encourage us to have a great off-season mentally and physically, really get after it.”James Washington may — somehow — be the most underrated player in America. He’s in the top three in receiving yards among receivers returning in 2017 and averaged a ridiculous 19.44 yards per catch and hauled in 10 scores last season.Amidst a crowded receiving corps, Washington is the star. Make no mistake. But with the other playmakers around him, expect Washington see even more single coverage, a la the Alamo Bowl. Watch out, every team on the schedule.Justice Hill breathed new life into a ground game that, frankly, had become almost anemic over the previous couple of seasons. As a true freshman, it only took the Booker T. Washington product four games to fully take the reins and he never looked back. With a full year as the No. 1 in front of him and more questions than answers behind him, we could be looking at an even more impressive output from Hill in 2017.It should be fun year.
It’s never too early to talk some early college football lines, and that’s just what everyone was doing this week as Odds Shark and South Point Casino came out with several early CFB lines for the first week of the season and beyond. Here are the OSU-related ones. September 9TCU-6Arkansas October 28Oklahoma State-5West Virginia All of this looks fairly reasonable. I’d love to jump on OSU -17 if gambling was legal. I think right now I’d also like to take OSU -1 against OU. This season has “OSU will win at home and lose the Big 12 title rematch to OU and OU will go to the CFB Playoff” written alllllll over it.Here are some other Big 12 lines of note. September 16USC-12Texas August 31Oklahoma State-17Tulsa 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. November 4TCU-5Texas September 16Oklahoma State-4.5Pitt DateFavoriteLineUnderdog November 4Oklahoma-1Oklahoma State October 14Oklahoma-8Texas DateFavoriteLineUnderdog November 11Baylor-7Texas Tech I’m in on tOSU -8 and USC -12. Both of those teams will dust OU and Texas at that point in the season, I think. Also like Baylor -7. All the favorites! September 9Ohio State-8Oklahoma
Swansea City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Ayew and Dyer see Swans into quarters Dom Farrell 06:00 28/2/2018 Getty Images Swansea won a third consecutive FA Cup replay as second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer put paid to Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Ayew came off the bench to help Swansea City past injury-hit Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Following a goalless initial encounter at Hillsborough, Tuesday’s return was another cagey encounter and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal saw his Premier League side create little of note during the first half versus his former employers.But Swansea’s top scorer Ayew came on at the interval and poached his ninth of the season before Nathan Dyer quashed Wednesday’s dwindling hopes 10 minutes from time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp A 4-1 thrashing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday put Swansea back in the Premier League relegation zone and they were arguably second best in the first half at the Liberty Stadium.Kristoffer Nordfeldt parried Jacob Butterfield’s swerving shot from outside the area just before the half hour and the Swansea keeper reacted sharply to keep out Jordan Rhodes’ diving header from Lucas Joao’s cross.Sam Clucas’ improvised overhead kick was as close as Swansea came before the break and they were grateful for Nordfeldt’s assured handling after the marauding Joao cut inside Kyle Bartley9 – Swansea City are unbeaten in the previous nine competitive games in which Jordan Ayew has scored for them (W7 D2 L0). Charmed. pic.twitter.com/mPPHy1e23Q — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2018 Carvalhal elected to send on Martin Olsson and Ayew in a double change that paid dividends when Tom Carroll’s 55th-minute drive remarkably struck both posts, leaving the Ghana international to snaffle the rebound.Dyer ensured a home tie against either Tottenham or Rochdale in round six when he sprung the Wednesday offside trap – a VAR referral fell in the winger’s favour – to slide home Tammy Abraham’s pass.
Arsenal Arsenal announce £25m pre-tax profit and target ‘strong finish’ to tough season Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:56 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger Arsene Wenger’s side may be sitting sixth in the Premier League, but the club still registered a fair profit in their latest financial results Arsenal have announced a pre-tax profit of £25.1 million in their latest financial results.For the six months to the end of November 2017, Arsenal’s profits climbed from £12.6m, with the Premier League club’s cash reserves standing at £137.6m.After tax, profits stood at £20.4m – up from £10.3m – for the six-month period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The rise in profits came despite Arsenal’s football turnover falling to £167.7m from £191.1m due to last season’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal’s financial results do not take into account the January club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they do include the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.Arsene Wenger’s men are struggling on the pitch, sitting sixth in the Premier League table and suffering a 3-0 humbling to Manchester City in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.Arsenal also suffered a shock home loss to Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League last week, although the Gunners progressed to the last-16 by virtue of a 3-0 first-leg victory.Chairman Chips Keswick said in a statement that Arsenal’s board shares the “acute disappointment” of fans following the EFL Cup final defeat to City.”This has not been the easiest of campaigns but we are all working hard to ensure we have a strong finish,” Keswick said. “Breaking our transfer record twice in one season and the player contracts we have signed shows our commitment to getting the club back competing for the Premier League.”However, our strategy remains self-financing and we must accept all the challenges that brings at a time when the inflation of transfer fees, player wages and the fees demanded by agents has become super-heated.”We need to spend effectively and be the best we can across the whole of our football operations if we are to compete at the level our ambitions for the club demand.”This has been an inconsistent season but as we enter its final stages let’s not forget we still have plenty to play for with the Europa League and an outside chance of a top-four finish in the Premier League.”Arsenal face City again in the Premier League on Thursday, with Wenger’s men 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and a further 17 back from Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders.Despite reports Arsenal are considering replacing Wenger with Germany coach Joachim Low or Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the season, the Frenchman said on Wednesday he is “amazed” he has to answer questions about his future. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo: This is what every modern man must have Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:58 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) CR7underwear Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División WTF The Ballon d’Or winner has released his ninth collection of luxury underwear, an item he says is “a foundation to any outfit” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has given his guide to the essential ‘must haves’ for every modern man.Fresh from helping his club to the Champions League quarter-finals by netting against Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 win in the French capital on Tuesday, the Portuguese sensation is ready for the launch of his new range of underwear.To celebrate the event, the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner gave his opinions on the world of fashion and he has explained what the contemporary gentleman requires to stay ahead of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “There are a few luxuries that I think every man should treat himself to…I love music so it’s important to me to have a good pair of headphones, a beautiful watch, smelling great is a must so every man should have a nice signature fragrance and of course, very good quality underwear!” he explained.“I love fashion and like to invest in luxurious items for my wardrobe. I think that the key pieces that every man needs in his wardrobe are a great suit, well-fitting jeans, a crisp white shirt, some good pairs of sneakers and, of course, great underwear.”Clothing doesn’t have to be expensive to feel luxurious – an amazing fit and nice fabrics are what makes items stand out, and are also what makes pieces timeless.”Underwear, of course, plays a vital role to Ronaldo in his day-to-day dressing and he’s not shy about discussing it.“Underwear is the foundation to any outfit, so it’s important to wear quality, premium styles that make you both look and feel good,” he said.”My CR7 underwear luxury lifestyle campaign showcases the collection in a more intimate way than ever before. Since underwear is so personal, I wanted to bring a more personal element to the campaign, which shows me relaxing at home. Downtime in itself is a luxury!“I choose different CR7 underwear styles depending on how I feel each morning, so with each collection I like to design contrasting patterns and colourways to make sure there’s an option for any occasion. “The spring and summer 18 CR7 underwear range includes timeless white silhouettes for a classic look and bold blue and even pinks for when you want to be more adventurous. I love the styles with touches of vibrant colour. To me, that is luxury!”Ronaldo feels that the new collection, which is produced by JBS Textile Group in Denmark, offers a more “mature” style than previous ones.“For spring and summer 2018, I really wanted to create a luxurious feel for the collection,” he said. “Colour still plays a big role, but the colour palette is more refined, we’ve got crisp whites and more sophisticated tones.”I started this brand six years ago and the designs have evolved alongside my own style choices. This collection is more mature, with a real focus on premium, luxury materials.”This is Ronaldo’s ninth season of CR7 underwear, with each item branded with his signature logo.
Bayern München Lewandowski breaks Elber’s goal record at Bayern Munich Stephen Creek 00:58 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski Bayern München v Hamburger SV Hamburger SV The Poland striker’s hat-trick against Hamburg earned him the title of highest-scoring foreign player in the club’s history Robert Lewandowski has become the highest-scoring foreign player in Bayern Munich’s history after overtaking Giovane Elber.The Polish star scored a hat-trick in Bayern’s Bundesliga clash with Hamburg to take his total goal tally to 142 goals in 182 games across all competitions.His triple helped Bayern to a dominant 6-0 victory, keeping them 20 points clear of nearest challengers Schalke in the Bundesliga table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Having started the day level with Elber in Bayern’s all-time record books, Lewandowski’s treble means he now holds the distinction outright. Elber enjoyed six goal-laden years at Bayern between 1997 and 2003.The Brazilian moved to Lyon having scored 139 goals in 265 games for Bayern, making Lewandowski’s feat of breaking the record in 83 games fewer all the more impressive.The former Borussia Dortmund star also needed less than four seasons to set the record, two fewer than his predecessor.Another week, another record for @lewy_official … https://t.co/R6NgqAvrrh — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 10, 2018 Lewandowski, however, still has some way to go before he can challenge the overall Bayern scoring record. The striker currently lies fourth in the all-time standings, with team-mate Thomas Muller the next target on 171. Rainer Ohlhauser and current Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge lie further ahead on 215 and 218 respectively, but more than 300 goals clear looms the legendary Gerd Muller, who smashed an incredible 564 goals during his career at Die Roten.