OAKLAND – With the All-Star break on the horizon, the Warriors will try win to win their fifth straight game, while the Jazz, who are in the midst of their own mid-season run, will try to ruin the champs’ good vibes Tuesday night.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m (NBCSBA)Jazz projected starting lineup: Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell Jazz Stock Report: Since the last matchup between these …
Insulated and airtightThe house has been variously dubbed “the 204House” or the “LeBois House.” The project features R-28 Icynene LD-R-50 walls and an R-55 Icynene LD-R-50 roof, with 2×6 and 2×8 advanced framing, Saft noted in an email to GBA. The exterior walls are wrapped in 1-inch polyisocyanurate, the roof in 2-inch polyiso. Siding consists of pre-painted fiber cement board and white standing seam metal panels. Saft said there is a 1-inch space between the siding and the polyiso to help “shade” the walls and prevent heat and moisture buildup.R-21 extruded polystyrene (XPS) was used for the basement/crawlspace walls, and R-16.5 XPS under the slab. Saft also used SeriousWindows’ 501 series vinyl-frame windows, with SeriousGlass 8 double-pane glass.The one renewable-energy component of the house is a 3.25-kW thin-film photovoltaic system by Houston-based WhirlwindSolar. Although sustainable materials and energy efficient design have found their way into some post-Katrina residential rebuilds on the Gulf Coast, Louisiana isn’t otherwise known for leading the charge to greener home construction. And that puts the house built by architect Corey Saft at the forefront of green housing in the state.The home, a 1,200-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, two-bath in the south-central town of Lafayette, is in fact an anomaly in Louisiana, mainly because Saft designed it to qualify not only for LEED Platinum certification but also certification by Passive House Institute US.Saft, a professor of architecture at the University of Louisiana, told the Lafayette-based news daily The Advocate that the building’s energy-recovery ventilator – an UltimateAir RecoupAerator, with MERV 12 filters – will deliver exceptional air quality. The home’s overall airtightness and shell insulation, he adds, make it “a little bit of an experiment” for housing in the Louisiana climate. RELATED ARTICLES Following Up on a Passive House in the Deep SouthDoes Passivhaus Work in New Orleans?Passive Aggressive The LeBois House in LafayettePassive House? The Le Bois House
How do we cross the chasm of knowledge, the enormous knowledge gap that exists in the sales arena? How do we help our sales people gain the knowledge necessary to have the business acumen their customers need them to have?If you’re in a leadership role or a management role, you need to understand the real disadvantage many companies face. Most sales organizations have the majority of their people working from home, meaning that they’re not rubbing up against each other, and they miss the day to day conversations that help the inexperienced learn from the experienced within your business.If that describes your company, you need to create the scenarios that will provide the opportunity for your people to gain business acumen. You need to let people without experience spend time with people who have the experience. They have to go out on calls, and, in the beginning, become mimics of the experienced people. Most good sales people start out mimicking what experienced sales people say.If you’re a new rep in a new industry, it is your responsibility to go on calls with more experienced people. Spend time with people who have experience you lack. Make a list of the questions they ask in their calls, and find out why they ask them. Write it down.When the customer says something, write that down. Then, when you leave the call, you need to interrogate the experienced rep. Ask them why they asked what they asked. Ask them what the client was trying to get at, what they were trying to get you to talk about. You need to enter every call with the mindset of “I’m here to be educated.” You will learn really fast if that is the approach you take.You also need to ask questions of your clients. Say to them “Help me understand your business.” People who care deeply about their business and what they’re doing love that question. They’re happy to teach you. They will explain everything to you because they want a partner who cares enough to learn their business. You can get smart much faster. You can bend the learning curve much more steeply in your direction and make it super fast if you go into it with that intention.Photo credit: Kathrin & Stefan Solitude via photopin (license)
If the poor play continues for these three upperclassmen, it may be time to give a younger corner such as Harper or Williams a shot at some playing time. We’ll learn a lot in a few weeks against Tech in Stillwater.SafetiesThis group, for my money, has played a bit better than the corners. Tre Flowers has been solid, especially lately, racking up eight tackles against Iowa State, to go with two breakups. He continues to be a physical presence at 6’3 and 200 lbs., and will be much needed in the upcoming Big 12 tilts.Senior Jordan Sterns has been a monster in the secondary and helping the running game, with an astounding 39 tackles (12 against Texas!), even missing the Iowa State game. The 2015 All-Big 12 second-teamer is well on his way to an all league honor this year, and the Cowboys will need him to be healthy and at his best if they are to have any shot at the Big 12 title, playing the slew of impressive QB’s they’ll see to end the year.The Pistols Firing Blog staff gave the secondary an aggregate grade of C+, which is the lowest for any positional group on the team. This looks to be the weakest link on the team, and if they play anything like they did the first six games of the season, this Cowboys team will lose several more games, no matter how many they score.I’m concerned about this group but if they can find a way to pull it together and tighten things up, this defense will look completely different and could keep the Cowboys in the Big 12 title race well into November.Secondary Grade: C Alright, take a deep breath and grab an ice cold Coop… because we need to talk about the secondary. Six games in, and I don’t think there’s any doubt which of the positional groups has struggled the most in 2016. The Cowboys, for the most part, roll with two redshirt senior cornerbacks, a junior corner, a RS junior safety, and a senior safety, so lack of experience is not an excuse. Let’s start with the corners, the guiltiest party.CornerbacksComing into this season, I think the combination of a healthy Ashton Lampkin, Ramon Richards in his third season, and grad transfer Lenzy Pipkins (fun to say) seemed like a potentially solid group. They’ve had a boatload of starts between the three of them, and we even had two promising newcomers getting praise from Gundy himself behind them, in Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper.But through six games, this group ranks 103rd nationally in passing yards allowed, at 270 per game, and 14.34 per attempt. Yuck. This is a stat that Glen Spencer may be losing sleep over, because West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma remain on the back end of this schedule. It’s also a group that has just four picks in six games.Lampkin, Richards, and Pipkins have all had their share of the blame, but perhaps the most jarring game of the season was Baylor. Ish Zamora continued his 2016 lifestyle theme of beating anything alive within 50 yards of him to a pulp for the world to see.Additionally, Lampkin and Richards both got beat multiple times on fairly basic double moves, which was kind of shocking for two guys that had multiple years of starting experience in the Big 12. Here’s one of them, with Chris Platt leaving Lampkin in his dust. 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.
Down the depth chart, Jhajuan Seales appears to have taken another step forward for his 12th season in Stillwater. Even being third in production as far as yards, Seales has proven at times he can manage the role as a No. 1 wideout and has the physical tools to stretch the field. Being a No. 3 option, he isn’t given the same amount of opportunities, but he has already eclipsed his total yards from the 2015 season.On the other side of the spectrum, Chris Lacy has proven to be a formidable option but has really shown his worth in down field blocking.“Chris Lacy, in the last game (against Texas), was as impressive as any wide receiver that I’ve seen here at OSU in a very long time,” Gundy said following the Texas game about Lacy. “He reminded me of DeMarcus Conner, who used to just wear guys out (blocking downfield). And that’s what Lacy did.”The group as a whole is very well rounded, with each specific receiver bringing a unique skillset to the table that OSU has capitalized on throughout the year so far. I gave the group a grade of A- for their performance thus far, and the team gave an aggregate of an A. Overall, though, you can’t ask for much more production than what they’ve been able to give you through the first half of the year.WR Grade: A Halfway through the 2016 football season, we’re handing out grades for each position group and one of the most vaunted groups, wide receivers, is up next.Even without preseason Biletnikoff Watch Lister Marcell Ateman, the receivers group has performed admirably this season, and rank No. 10 as a passing offense with more than 350 yards through the air per game on average. And while that number is also a testament to the dude slinging the rock, the receivers have done their part to vault them into the top 10 nationally and No. 3 in the conference.The strength of the group, much like the Big 12 conference, is at the top of the depth chart. Losing freshman phenom Dillon Stoner was a blow to the overall depth of the team, but the top half of the group is loaded with talent, lead by James Washington.Washington started the season surprisingly slow. Against lesser competition against SE Louisiana and Central Michigan, he combined for 103 total yards. In the games since then, even with a step up in competition and more attention thrown his way in coverage, he has proven his all-american status by averaging 157 per game since.And the attention he gets on the outside has opened things up for OSU in other areas, too, as Mike Gundy noted this week. “(The defense) plays differently,” Gundy said Saturday. “You go back and watch it and study how they play when he’s in the game compared to when he’s not, they’re going to get an extra guy in the box in the running game.”Washington isn’t the most physically imposing receiver at 6-foot (which might be a stretch), but he has the leaping ability and athleticism to flat out make you look silly on the edge with catches like this. 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. The second leading receiver is by far the biggest leap from last year as far as production. Jalen McCleskey, who was a speedster last season who had high points, has been able to step into the No. 2 receiver spot and has been incredibly productive. Oklahoma State has gotten creative in their ways to get McCleskey the ball, and he has taken advantage of his opportunities on jet sweeps and out of the slot. Bottom line: McCleskey + Space = Good things.WATCH: Rudolph to McCleskey gives #OKState its first touchdown of the dayCatch OSU vs. CMU on FS1! pic.twitter.com/zJjwNTM8Xc— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 10, 2016
“I think the experience has allowed him to do things extremely poised and make quality decisions,” added head coach Bill Snyder of Mason Rudolph. “The game has slowed down for him, and when that happens, the innate capability that he has comes to the forefront. He has the ability to make good decisions and the poise to go through his reads and progressions and be an accurate thrower.”He did last week anyway. Snyder continued about what makes OSU difficult to play.“Their whole front seven is big and they play hard,” added Snyder. “So it is going to be a tough match up between the offensive line and tight end, fullback, all of us blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”This Saturday will likely be a change in pace for OSU fans. Kansas State has only run 529 plays which comes out to 66 a game whereas OSU generally runs 10 more than that. That’s scary for me because OSU will have to be super efficient.“It’s a little bit of a different game,” said Mike Gundy. “For us, we don’t want to change our game. We want to play our game. We want to be sound in all three phases, but the numbers are different just based on the number of snaps that Kansas State and the teams that Kansas State play get during the game.”Kansas State could very well knock off a ranked team like it wants to in Manhattan. It won’t be an upset though. Not with OSU’s history there. Not with the methodical, weary nature with which the SnyderCats play. In fact, a win here by the Pokes would be just as big as last week’s at home against West Virginia. Five quick stats on OSU.OSU will go into Saturday’s ranked for the 79th time in the last 110 gamesOSU is 50-6 in their last 56 games against unranked opponents (KSU is unranked)OSU is 42-17 in conference games since 2010OSU is 7-1 in its last eight true road gamesOSU is 1-8 in Manhattan since 1988Something has to give on Saturday where unranked Kansas State will be facing ranked Oklahoma State in a venue where Oklahoma State has one win since I was three years old.“This is a good challenge for us,” said KSU defensive back D.J Reed. “They’re ranked, we definitely want to be a ranked team. On offense they’re pretty good. One of their receivers — I don’t know his name — he’s a good football player. I think the Texas Tech QB was really good. But this guy is pretty good. He makes a lot of plays” 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. There was a little nugget buried in a post by Robert Allen recently about Piesman finalist Vincent Taylor, and it caught my attention. Taylor, who was voted All-Big 12 first team recently, is a junior but said he would enter the NFL Draft depending on the circumstances.Taylor has four blocked kicks to lead the nation, and he has 44 tackles, 27 unassisted, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, a pass broken up, two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and two fumbles forced. He is a very strong and disruptive force inside. I think the NFL will also advise Taylor to stay in school. It is unusual for a defensive tackle to get a first- or second-round grade as an underclassman, but Taylor is thinking it. “He told me that if he gets the grade that he’s going to go,” said a teammate commenting off the record. [Scout]“The grade” is a reference to how the NFL absorbs college talent. Up to five underclassmen from each school can ask for a grade from the NFL between now and when they have to declare for the NFL Draft to help them make decisions.“We want the kid to make an informed decision,” said NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent. “Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves.”The other change is in how players will be graded. In the past, there were five categories: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted. The league has cut that down to three categories — first round, second round, and neither, which will equal the board advising the player to stay in school. [NFL]I presume Taylor would want a first round or second round grade. If not, he stays at OSU.CBS Sports projects Taylor as a top 80 prospect but bordering on pick in the first two rounds. Mel Kiper Jr. does not have him as a top 10 defensive tackle (he’s No. 9 on CBS Sport. Underclassmen like Taylor (and Mason Rudolph and James Washington, for that matter) have until January 16 to officially declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.This would be bad but not devastating for Glenn Spencer’s defense. It’s a unit that is already losing Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Lenzy Pipkins, Ashton Lampkin and Devante Averette. It’s true that defensive tackle is probably the deepest spot on the defense, but losing an All-Big 12 DT from a defense that finished No. 67 in the country in points per drive given up would not be great.This will probably be the most interesting of the three NFL decisions. I would be shocked if Rudolph and Washington left because I think they have a lot to gain by coming back. Taylor might not be currently rated as high as those two on NFL Draft boards, but I think he also has less to gain by returning.Stay tuned.
Thanks again for all the fun this weekend @NutterClassic we enjoyed our time in California! #okstate pic.twitter.com/Nz2tvAUQc3— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 26, 2017Next up, the Cowgirls head back to the friendly confines for their home opener against Arkansas on March 1st. Welcome back to this week’s all-sports roundup featuring the non-revenue sports like tennis, women’s hoops, and softball. Thanks for reading.Cowboy TennisDebuting in the top-10 for the first time this season, the No. 8 Cowboys headed north to take on a pair of Big Ten teams. The Cowboys began the weekend series defeating No. 25 Minnesota 5-2 in an extremely tight matchup in which 3 out of the 6 singles matches went a full 3 sets. Strong comeback performances by No. 18 Julian Cash and Tristan Meraut lifted OSU past the Gophers who had just made their top-25 debut.#okstate knocked off No. 13 Northwestern for the second time in nine days to improve to 10-3 on Sunday.READ: https://t.co/lGLfcXiu5W pic.twitter.com/xbZwAVQQZu— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) February 26, 2017To finish off the weekend, the Cowboys continued their Big Ten carnage by defeating No. 13 Northwestern 4-1. Strangely, this was their second time facing the Wildcats as they had already met in the 1st round of the ITA Indoor Championships where they bested the Cats 4-2.The Pokes narrowly won the doubles point and rode the momentum into singles play where they dominated. The Cowboys (10-3) have now won five top-25 matches in the young season and currently are undefeated on the road.Up next for the Pokes is a top-10 heavyweight battle against another Big Ten foe, this time No. 9 Michigan next weekend.Cowgirl BasketballThe Cowgirl hoopsters continued a terrific OSU sports weekend with a close 67-63 senior night win against the Lady Mountaineers in Gallagher Iba. Terrific performances from the underclassmen propelled the ladies to their 3rd win in four games and gave the seniors one last winning moment in Stillwater.Postgame autographs are much sweeter following victories! #okstate pic.twitter.com/nR85SfOu3f— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 26, 2017The Cowgirls lost in Ames on Monday night but will start Big 12 Tournament play this weekend in OKC. Thank you Cowgirl Seniors!It’s official. March 3, #okstate will be the No. 7 seed and take on No. 10 Kansas at 8:30 p.m. in OKC.— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 28, 2017 Cowgirl SoftballThe Cowgirl softball team ventured out west participate in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Spring, California. The ladies played five games scoring wins over Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, and New Mexico State, and falling to No. 21 California and San Diego State.All-around, it was a pretty solid weekend for the Cowgirls which included a timely 7th inning rally to down New Mexico State on Saturday.Also if you haven’t noticed this yet, the OSU softball team has some sweet threads.Watch out California, there’s a ❄️❄️❄️ coming through! We’re busting out our #Ice uniforms for Sunday! pic.twitter.com/o0WADFn380— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 25, 2017 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. With his new contract, Nick Saban will make over $11 million this season as the head coach of Alabama. He is still wildly underpaid.Alabama makes clown money, and he is the primary driver of that money. Alabama would still be getting a deal if you doubled his salary.Anyway, Saban will make $11 million in 2017, but that includes a $4 million bonus. His base salary is *only* $7.125 million for this season (and next). The stunner? That is more or less what Oklahoma State’s entire staff will make.Mike Gundy is trying to figure out how to operate a printer so he can slide this data under Mike Holder’s unsigned door. Alabama is great, no doubt, but Oklahoma State has been pretty dang good in the last 10 years as well. OSU is 93-37 since Saban took over in 2007. Alabama is 119-19 in that time.In 2016, Mike Gundy made $3.775 million and his nine assistants made a combined $3.28 million for a combined $7.059 million. Or slightly less than Saban will make (without his bonus) this season.We don’t know the pay increases for all the assistants (and won’t for a while), but Gundy is set to make $3.9 million this year so OSU’s 10 coaches will (barely) surpass Saban’s base with their 2017 salaries. Throw in the signing bonus, and Saban blows ’em out of the water.What’s more startling is what Saban’s assistants are making. Alabama’s nine assistants will make a combined $6 million this year.So that’s $13.1 million in staff salaries without the signing bonus and $17.1 million with it in 2017 for the Alabama coaching staff. In other words, take Saban out of it, and Alabama’s other coaches are still making nearly what all of OSU’s coaches will make combined (including Gundy).Amateur athletics, baby!