Anelka explains Arsenal exit

first_imgAll this came after the Frenchman had scored nine goals in his first season at Highbury and 22 the following campaign.Anelka also helped the Gunners to a league and cup double in 1998, scoring in the FA Cup final against Newcastle, but still the 29-year-old felt unloved at the club.He told the News of the World: “When I started the season there was a poll because I had taken the place of Ian Wright.“I thought the fans really wanted it to be me and were pleased with me. But seeing the result in the papers and on TV hit me hard because I had done things for nothing.“I thought ‘So that’s how it is. This is how you thank me. Okay, now you watch what is going to happen. I am going to play, score my goals and just when you are saying Anelka, Anelka that’s when I’m going to leave.’“And that is exactly what I did because I was furious with them.”Anelka was named PFA Young Player of the Year at the end of his final season with the Gunners and the Chelsea striker confessed that telling Arsene Wenger of his desire to leave was one of the hardest things he has had to do.He added: “I am not saying I was ashamed, but I felt something and had no wish to tell him face to face that I wanted to go.“It’s as if it was a betrayal. I didn’t want to tell him because he represented someone extraordinary in my life.”Anelka is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 12 goals as he looks to pick up his first championship medal since the one he won at Arsenal ten years ago.Since leaving Arsenal the striker has played for Real Madrid, PSG, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbache, Bolton and Chelsea, clocking up a combined total of £87million in transfer fees. Ex-Arsenal youngster, Nicolas Anelka has finally revealed that he left the Gunners because the fans did not appreciate him enoughArsenal supporters were left in disbelief when Anelka, after just two seasons in the Premier League, left to join Real Madrid for £23million in 1999.Anelka has claimed that he became angered when he found out that Arsenal fans did not believe he was the man to succeed Ian Wright. Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more

Monday July 22nd Local Sports

first_imgTODAY ON AM-1300 KGLO, & 5:15 pre-game, 5:30 first pitch — Class 2A state softball — Central Springs vs. Alta-Aurelia== 7:00 — Class 4A substate semifinal baseball — Mason City vs. Ankeny== After baseball — Twins-Yankees joined in progress == 3A quarterfinals tonight7:00 — #1 Davenport Assumption (38-2) vs. Algona (17-10)7:30 — #5 Albia (27-4) vs. #6 Columbus of Waterloo (35-4) == other 2A quarterfinals today3:00 — #1 North Linn (39-4) vs. Wapello (17-12)3:30 — #9 Mount Ayr (25-2) vs. #10 Beckman of Dyersville (29-13)5:00 — #5 East Marshall (31-4) vs. #14 Ogden (25-7) FORT DODGE — 8th-ranked Central Springs plays in their fifth consecutive state softball tournament late this afternoon when they face 13th-ranked Alta-Aurelia in a Class 2A quarterfinal at the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. The Panthers are 28-7 overall and have one of the best power-hitting teams in the state tournament, leading all of Class 2A and being fourth overall in the state in home runs hit, being fourth overall and second in Class 2A in slugging percentage, and being sixth in Class 2A in batting average. Alta-Aurelia is 20-9 as they make their second straight trip to the state tournament, being led by two of their three seniors. Abby Kraemer leads the team with a .467 batting average and has a 19-9 record in the circle. Jessica Flaherty hits .441 and has three homers and 30 runs batted in. You can hear the Central Springs/Alta-Aurelia game on AM-1300 KGLO and starting with the pre-game at about 5:15 this evening, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:30. MASON CITY — In Class 4A tonight, Mason City will host Ankeny in a substate semifinal contest at Roosevelt Field. The Mohawks are 25-14 after beating Des Moines Lincoln 3-0 in the substate quarterfinal round at home on Friday night. Ankeny edged Fort Dodge 6-5 in their substate first round game. You can hear the Mason City-Ankeny game on AM-1300 KGLO and starting at 7:00 PM. The winner of tonight’s game will face the substate’s top seed Des Moines Roosevelt on Wednesday in a game to be played at Southeast Polk. NEW HAMPTON — In Class 2A District 3, New Hampton beat Osage 7-2 in the district championship game. Osage finishes their season with a record of 18-7. New Hampton will face Oelwein in the substate championship game Tuesday night in Waverly. == Class 1A quarterfinals today11:00 — #1 Collins-Maxwell (25-1) vs. Gehlen of LeMars (21-9)11:30 — #4 Newell-Fonda (37-5) vs. #7 Lynnville-Sully (26-8)1:00 — #2 Lisbon (32-6) vs. Wayne (23-8)1:30 — #3 Clarksville (31-1) vs. #9 Bishop Garrigan of Algona (29-6) MASON CITY — Newman used eight runs in the first inning on their way to an 11-2 win over West Fork in the Class 1A District 4 championship game on Saturday, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Josh Fitzgerald had a two-run homer and finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Evan Paulus pitched the first 5 2/3 innings, striking out 11 and walking two. Newman is now 34-3 on the season and will face Newell-Fonda in tomorrow night’s substate championship game in Algona. Newell-Fonda won the District 3 title game with a 6-4 victory over Sioux Central. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler drove in four runs, including the game-winner to cap a two-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Sunday. Ehire Adrianza’s third hit of the game was a triple off Liam Hendriks (2-1) that scored Luis Arraez from first base with one out in the ninth. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Liz Cambage had 22 points, 13 rebounds, Kayla McBride scored 20 points, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Minnesota Lynx 79-74. Kelsey Plum added 10 points and eight assists for the Aces (12-6), who have won six of their last seven games. ST. ANSGAR — St. Ansgar and North Butler had their Class 1A District 5 championship game Saturday morning suspended after an inning and a half due to thunderstorms with the Bearcats leading 1-0. The game will be resumed tonight at 7 o’clock in St. Ansgar. The winner will have to quickly turn around and face South Winneshiek in the substate championship game to be played in Decorah on Tuesday night.last_img read more

Weather warning for Donegal tonight ahead of “severe frost”

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a weather warning for Donegal and 21 other counties as temperatures are forecast to drop to very cold lows tonight.Temperatures will reach as low as -4 degrees Celcius, bringing a “widespread severe frost with the risk of icy patches.”The Status Yellow weather warning will be in place from 8pm Sunday night to 9am on Monday morning. The Met Eireann report for Ulster this Sunday night says: “It will be dry and very cold tonight with some clear spells. A widespread, sharp frost will develop with lowest temperatures of +1 to -4 degrees, coldest inland. Some mist and fog patches may also form overnight in light, variable or easterly winds.”Donegal County Council gritters will be out on all main routes in the county from 7pm.The Donegal gritting route index as follows:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny TownWeather warning for Donegal tonight ahead of “severe frost” was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is Darwinism a Free Lunch Scam?

first_imgNeurobiologist William H. Calvin commented at the AAAS meeting this week about the claim that modern humans lived much earlier than thought (see 02/16/2005 entry).  To him, it means that we need to rethink our assumptions that bigger brains are smarter, according to a report on EurekAlert.  If “Homo sapiens was walking around Africa 200,000 years ago with a brain of our size,” the article paraphrases his comments, “we spent – with a few exceptions – the next 150,000 years doing more of the same.”  Something must have happened that suddenly caused a “spectacular” burst of cultural innovation.  “This creativity probably marks the emergence of the whole suite of higher intellectual functions, each of which requires some structuring to fit everything together,” he said.  What could have triggered it?  Was it the evolution of syntax, multitasking, logical thinking, games with arbitrary rules, or fondness for discovering hidden patterns, or some combination of the above?  “It’s likely that they all are sharing some neural machinery for handling structure and judging coherence.  Improve one by natural selection, and you may improve the others too.  The free lunch is alive and well in biology.”The very thing that should have made him realize Darwinism is so rotten it needs to be tossed overboard caused him, instead,to wave the magic wand of “emergence” and toss it into the salad bowl.  Now, he’s trying to sell this free lunch to his starving Darwin Party comrades.  There ain’t no such thing.  Let’s hope the attendees brought their own, with meat, and that it was intelligently designed.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Land claimants eye eco-tourism

first_img12 July 2005A R150-million investment could turn a poor community of 5 000 households into one of the richest in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi region.The Lugedlane community was recently given the 3 852-hectare Ludwichlust Farm, which is worth R24-million, after lodging a successful land claim.Now Sandton-based developers Hanrob CC and Associates are offering to turn the farm into a R150-million five-star eco-tourism destination, complete with two hotels, a golf course, 30 corporate lodges, 400 residential houses, a school, clinic, a resort on the Crocodile River and a community complex.“This project will contribute to achieving successful land reform in South Africa as a result of sustainable development of the land,” said Hanrob spokesperson Hennie Joubert.The farm borders the N4 highway and part of the Kruger National Park along a strip of the Crocodile River.“We want to make this development an international benchmark for best practice in effective community partnerships in the tourism sector,” Joubert said.Frank Lesenyego, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Land Claims Commission, confirmed that the community had signed a memorandum of understanding with Hanrob.An initial investment of R50-million will kick-start the project later this year.Construction should be complete by 2009, and the entire project is then expected to generate profits in the region of R10-million a year.During construction, an estimated 4 020 jobs will be created. The total number of permanent jobs to be created is expected to reach 1 020.“Job creation, ploughing back resources and sustainable development are part of the philosophy of our company and part of the way we see our country moving towards broad based black economic empowerment in this successful tourist enterprise,” said Joubert.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ONE: Despite last-minute opponent change, Danny Kingad ready for anything

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It happened a little less than two weeks before the bout, so it was certainly nerve-wracking,” he said. “But I’m happy that (Kichukov) stepped up to take this bout. My preparations for my return to action will not be futile.”Kingad acknowledges the challenge of changing his gameplan in short notice, but the key for him is his ability to adapt on the fly during the match while also playing it safe inside the cage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a different opponent, so there are definitely some things you have to change up. But anything can happen in a bout and that’s always my outlook on it. You go into a match, and you have to adapt inside the cage,” he said.He continued: “Expect that I will be a better competitor inside the cage. My team has prepared a good strength and conditioning program to level up my cardio. I made sure to sharpen my striking. I also invested time in my ground game.” MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Corey Brewer to sign with Thunder Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPRegardless of who is opponent is, Danny Kingad (5-1) promises to bring the same grit when he returns to the cage on ONE: Visions of Victory at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 9.Originally slated to face Gianni Subba, the 22-year-old Team Lakay fighter was left with two weeks to prepare for his new foe Sotir Kichukov (9-2) after the former was called up to battle Reece McLaren following the pullout of ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next A victory for Kingad would allow the Baguio native to get back to title contention after failing to claim the flyweight title last November to Moraes via a first-round submission.But more than anything, he’s taking that setback as a chance for him to grow as a competitor as he builds himself back up to once again be a worthy challenger for the championship.“It’s not a defeat. I think of it as a lesson. It has served as an inspiration and a reminder to work hard and push myself to the limit in training,” he said. “The end of my 2017 left a bad taste in my mouth. My desire is to redeem myself and start my 2018 by winning my match against my Bulgarian opponent. I don’t want to sit here and be relaxed. I don’t want him to take my winning moment away from me. My mind is focused on getting that victory.”“I’m still young, and there are a lot to learn in this sport. I believe great things are ahead of me.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Asiad hockey: India beat Bangladesh 9-0

first_imgBangladesh’s Khisa Pushkor (L) and India’s Singh Dharamvir fight for the ball during their men’s hockey match at 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, November 17, 2010.The Indian men’s hockey team on Wednesday thrashed Bangladesh 9-0, scoring its second successive win in the Asian Games at Guangzhou. Tushar Khandekar opened the floodgates for India, helping the team score three goals in the first half.  In the second half, Bangladesh found the Indian attack unstoppable, suffering six more goals. Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh scored four of the nine goals. With this comprehensive win, India are now at the top of pool B, having beaten Hong Kong 7-1 in their first outing.  India’s Asiad campaign follows their silver medal finish at the Commonwealth Games last month – a podium finish for the first time in the history of the Games.last_img read more

Paul George hits winner, scores 45 as Thunder beat Jazz in 2OT

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forwards Paul George (13) and Jerami Grant (9) celebrate after George hit a shot with less than a second left in the second overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Thunder won 148-147. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Oklahoma City scored at least 115 points for the 19th straight game, passing the Cincinnati Royals for the second longest such streak in NBA history. The Denver Nuggets hold the record with 22 straight. … Oklahoma City swept the season series against Utah. … The Thunder have won seven straight at home.WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOMEMarkieff Morris received a rousing round of applause when he made his first appearance on the court for the Thunder. Morris, signed as a free agent Wednesday, checked in 3 1/2 minutes into the first quarter after Grant picked up two quick fouls, but was ineffective in his first stint. He played the rest of the quarter without taking a shot or grabbing a rebound, picking up two fouls of his own. He played 17 minutes, missed his only shot and had two assists.UP NEXTJazz: Hosts Dallas on Saturday night.Thunder: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.The game went to overtime after the Thunder’s Jerami Grant completed a tying three-point play, then blocked Mitchells shot at the other end. Grant had 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the first overtime, Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 139-137 lead in the final minute after Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson had fouled out. Utah’s Rudy Gobert tipped in the tying basket with 33.7 seconds left, and George and Mitchell eached missed jumpers in the closing seconds.Gobert hit two free throws with 1:10 left in the second overtime for a 147-146 lead, but Utah went cold from there. Mitchell’s driving shot off the glass missed the rim, and Joe Ingles missed on a long 3-point try as the shot clock expired with 13.2 seconds left. Still in the hunt MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Steven Adams played a game-high 47 minutes for Oklahoma City, returning from a pre-All-Star break ankle injury to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds to go along with five steals.Derek Favors hit his first 10 shots, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Gobert had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.The teams were physical throughout. Westbrook got a flagrant foul for crashing into Gobert while defending a layup, and there was a fracas late in the first half after Jae Crowder fouled the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder.TIP-INSJazz: It was the first time Utah had scored more than 140 points in a game in seven years and the first time they had allowed more than 140 points since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Behind Enemy Lines: West Virginia Defense

first_imgWe already looked at WVU’s offense. Now let’s look at the driving force behind its 6-0 record thus far: A surprisingly elite defense halfway through the season.DefenseCoach Gundy mentioned Monday that the defense is “playing as good as anyone in the conference, maybe comparable to the top ten teams in the country defensively.” This unit will be Rudolph’s toughest test to date as they rank second in the league in scoring defense and is third in yardage allowed, holding the potent offenses of TCU and Texas Tech to just 27 combined points over the last two weeks.They uniquely run what’s called the 3-3-5 stack, with five defensive backs on the field. They’re very aggressive, blitzing a lot and throwing off opponents with how different the fronts look in a defense that’s uniquely built to slow down the spread attacks of today.One of the opportunities the Cowboys will have is when they blitz, they’ll often put their secondary in what’s called cover zero, leaving a lot of one-on-one matchups that appeal to the likes of James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey. The trick will be getting Mason enough time to get the ball downfield, let’s take a look at who will be putting some pressure on him.The leader of the defensive front (and perhaps that side of the ball) is dominant end Noble Nwachukwu. All-Conference caliber end Nwachukwu leads the Mountaineers in sacks and has five tackles for loss and provides the consistency needed when you only have three down linemen. This season has seen nose tackle Darrien Howard emerge, leading defensive linemen with 23 tackles and four tackles for loss.     At linebacker, redshirt freshman David Long has surfaced after taking the starting spot from a redshirt senior in conference play as a very physical player that alters the opponent’s run game. Former walk on Justin Arndt leads the team in tackles and seems to be all over the field.The defensive backfield took a strong hit when it’s only returning starter (and who Coach Holgorsen called their best player) Dravon Askew-Henry was lost to injury before the season started. In stepped five new starters, some as junior college players (corner Rasul Douglas, safety Kyzir White), grad transfers (Antonio Crawford from Miami, Maurice Fleming from Iowa) and players who have been in the program for a good while (seniors Jarrod Harper and Jeremy Tyler).The rotation has been solid, good for fourth in the conference in pass defense. It’s going to take a big day from Rudolph and The President to give the Cowboys a fighting shot at pulling the upset against this secondary. OSU averages 41.1 points per game and should be their best challenge to date.Some keys to this game will be if the opportunistic Cowboy defense can force some turnovers against an offense that doesn’t turn over the ball often (only eight turnovers on the season, good for 20th in the country) and the Cowboys can keep pressure off QB1.Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman said it best that “OSU needs to protect Mason Rudolph. That’s the key to the game. WVU has a great blitz package. It runs a three-man line, so it can drop eight and confuse a QB. But it also can blitz from all kinds of places and confuse a QB. Rudolph is under the gun.” If Justice Hill and Chris Carson can take some pressure off of no. 2, that could go a long way. 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.last_img read more

Mike Gundy’s Conservative Coaching May Have Lost Oklahoma State the Big 12 Title

first_imgWith 13 minutes left in the Bedlam-Big 12 title game, Oklahoma State was down 31-20 on the road in the Sooners’ house. After the Cowboys gave up a play that seemed like it would close the door on OSU’s Big 12 title hopes, Samaje Perine fumbled the ball at the Oklahoma State 18-yard line.A glimmer of hope?The Cowboys got their turnover. The team that leads the Big 12 in turnover margin rarely loses a game when they’ve won that battle. Unfortunately, the Cowboys didn’t pay it off. They dispossessed Perine. But Oklahoma State needed to get down the field and score.They again leaned on the run game with Justice Hill making one of the few second-half positive yard plays to start. Then, after a horribly marked (yellow line) first down marker was missed by Blake Jarwin just by inches, the Cowboys faced fourth down and very short at the Oklahoma 40-yard line.What is Mike Gundy going to do? Punt … right?Nope. Let’s call a timeout right after the officials ate up enough time to decide I was able to grab popcorn. Then decide to just to send your punt team back to the bench and let Chris Carson run for 16 yards… There you go, Coach.Unfortunately, the Cowboys found themselves at third-down-and-ten at the Sooner 29-yard line after a predictable draw play saw Justice Hill register a no-gain.So what do you do?Hand it off to Chris Carson for an impressive run that almost made the first down.Throughout this game (and in many past in-state Big 12 contests) Mike Gundy has been accused of coaching conservatively. This one may take the cake.Facing a fourth and short, Gundy held the dice in his hand. Instead of going for a first down, he elected to roll Ben Grogan out. It hooked wide left.I’ll say that the fourth-and-two field-goal attempt does less to cement Gundy as a “little brother” coach than the previous play call on third down that was obviously designed to get three points instead of seven.Now, Mason Rudolph had one of the worst games of his career and I can’t really blame the weather. When a quarterback of his caliber finishes with a 44 percent completion rate, 186 yards and no touchdown passes, you need to look behind center.Rudolph’s struggle on the road is a real thing.The field was wet. The ball was wet. But you can merely glance at Baker Mayfield’s stat line and you’ll dismiss that from your excuse list.Back to Gundy. He coached scared. There’s really no other way to look at it. But I think it was more of a collective effort on his part than just that one play/drive.If Grogan makes that kick, it’s a one-possession game with almost ten minutes remaining. But my problem isn’t with the miss. It’s with what the decision to go for a field goal represents. A field goal? A smart play, given the numbers, that could bring it to one possession. Going for it? That shows some gumption that you’re all in.Back-pedaling into the first half, another prime example of this. The Cowboys got a 49-yard kickoff return from Barry J. Sanders out to the 50. With 18 seconds left, even my daughter was drooling at the thought of a potential score before the half. Instead, they ran the clock out. With time and timeouts in hand.The Cowboys left a lot out on Owen Field, which is disappointing. But for all the swagger and moxie the mullet gives Mike Gundy, he had the opportunity at just his second conference title and put a cap on it. 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.last_img read more