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Egypt forward Mohamed Salah had a forgettable 26th birthday on Friday as his team lost to Uruguay 1-0 in their World Cup opener, but a group of fans from Chechnya brought a smile to his face with a 100kg cake decorated with a golden boot.Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, injured shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and was not risked in Egypt’s 1-0 Group A loss to Uruguay in Yekaterinburg.Happy birthday @MoSalah , the real celebration will be after winning on Russia next game pic.twitter.com/E4Nkv6nQSUahmed Samirovich (@SaMiroVich33) June 16, 2018Egypt’s talisman, who is expected to play in their remaining group games with Russia and Saudi Arabia, was presented with the two-tier cake in the colours of the national flag on the team’s arrival at their training base of Grozny early on Saturday.Salah smiled and hugged his team mates as they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in English and Arabic before blowing out the candles and heading to his room.Egypt take on hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)
India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral cricket since 2008, except for a short limited over series held in 2012-13 in India as a goodwill gesture. Former Pakistan Test captain Javed Miandad has come out and advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board to work together for the resumption of cricket between the two neighbouring countries.”It is high time the two boards got on one platform and tried to convince the governments to give clearance for resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan,” Miandad said in an interview.The 124 Tests veteran said it was a shame that despite having good teams and exciting young talents, India and Pakistan are not compete against each other on regular basis.READ – Umar Akmal claims he was approached to underperform vs India”What is the purpose of this World Test Championship or any other ICC backed league if India and Pakistan don’t play against each other,” he said.Miandad said he had lost all hope in the ICC in playing any role to get India and Pakistan to resume bilateral cricket.READ – 2019 Cricket World Cup to begin on May 30, final on July 14″India and Pakistan series is much bigger than the Ashes and if we work out our issues the two countries can rule the cricket world,” he said.”No matter the level of political relations in the past we have played cricket in very tense conditions and it has eventually helped the governments,” Miandad stated.advertisementREAD – Miandad, Pakistan’s controversial but legendary batsman, turns 61He said if bilateral cricket was held it would help in easing relations between the two countries.Miandad said that if India and Pakistan can play in ICC events like the World Cup or Champions Trophy or in the Asia Cup, why not in bilateral matches.READ – “We have got Indians and Pakistani cricketers sharing a dressing room””One could reconcile to the situation if there were no matches between the two countries at all but if we can play in ICC events then why not otherwise,” he asked.The batting great also asked the ICC to keep a close eye on the mushrooming of T20 leagues to prevent any fixing scandals.(With inputs from PTI)
Krunal Pandya has been one of the stars of Indian Premier League since making his debut for Mumbai Indians in 2016 and has gone strength to strength ever since.Krunal has improved with every passing year and he realised his dream of making to the India squad in July, when he was called up to replace Washington Sundar for the T20I series against England but failed to get a game.However, that hasn’t demotivated him and he remains confident of making it to the squad for the World Cup next year as that is his next challenge.”My ultimate goal is to play for the country. To play for India in the World Cup and that is the next goal to be very honest.”I am going tournament by tournament or you can say match by match and if I do well consistently, I’ll get what I want. So obviously at the end, the ultimate aim is to play the 2019 World Cup for India. I hope the way I am going, I will achieve that as well,” Krunal told the official Mumbai Indians website.Krunal and his younger brother Hardik have been a key figure in Mumbai Indians’ success over the last couple of years and Krunal was ecastatic when he got the chance to share the India dressing room with Hardik as it was like a dream come true.”It was like a dream come true for both of us. In the first T20I when Hardik and I shared the dressing room for India, it was a great feeling.advertisementUp on the wall in my drawing room will this go next. Privileged to be the senior Pandya! #Number24 pic.twitter.com/fG5LVsdfLDKrunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) July 10, 2018″It is a good feeling to be with Hardik in the Indian team. We have played with each other for Mumbai Indians too, so its good to play with him rather than playing against him! It is just the beginning, but the feeling was really good because from childhood you tend to dream to play for the country and suddenly when you get a call, it feels great,” Krunal said.However, for the time being, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal remain India’s frontline spinners in the limited-overs squad and they are followed by Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in tje pecking order. But, Krunal is a much better batsman down the order than and can bowl tight overs as well. Therefore, a call-up for him in the final 15 shouldn’t be a suprise.
Remember the record-breaking marathon match in 2010 when American John Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours and five minutes of play over three days. The final set took eight hours and 11 minutes and was won by Isner 70-68.Well, Wimbledon will introduce a new rule that means no more of that.The organisers said on Friday that they will introduce a final set tiebreak starting from next year’s Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).After a period of consultation with players and officials, the AELTC ruled that the tiebreak will be played when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set of all matches at the tournament, singles and doubles.”The match winner(s) will be the first player(s) to win seven points with an advantage of two or more points. There will be no change to the current format of the Wheelchair and Quad Wheelchair events, which are the best of three tiebreak sets,” the AELTC said.”Our view was that the time had come to introduce a tiebreak method for matches that had not reached their natural conclusion at a reasonable point during the deciding set,” AELTC Chairman Philip Brook said.”While we know the instances of matches extending deep into the final set are rare, we feel that a tiebreak at 12-12 strikes an equitable balance between allowing players ample opportunity to complete the match to advantage, while also providing certainty that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable timeframe.”(With inputs from Reuters)advertisement
OnePlus is one of those few smartphone manufacturers who prefer keeping themselves in the limelight by unveiling special edition iterations of their flagships. The trend began with last year’s OnePlus 5 and has been continued on to the present model as well – the OnePlus 6T Lavender Purple. However, OnePlus isn’t content with just one special edition version and has already teased another special edition version in collaboration with McLaren. And thanks to leaked information, we now know it won’t be just an ordinary version with a different paint job.According to some leaked information from MySmartPrice, OnePlus’ upcoming special edition variant will not only sport a new paint job but also come with a sizeable bump in its specifications. The 6T McLaren edition will be the first OnePlus smartphone to feature 10GB of RAM. The addition of an extra dollop of RAM makes it one of the few smartphones in the market with 10GB of RAM. In fact, the 6T McLaren edition will eventually become one of the first smartphones to offer a whopping 10GB of RAM in the Indian market. Sadly, there’s no other information regarding the special edition variant.OnePlus has been stressing on speed as its priority for the McLaren edition 6T and coupled with the rumours, there could be a high chance of this rumour turning in to reality. McLaren is a sports car manufacturer based out of Woking, UK and is known to create some of the best sports cars the world of auto has ever seen. McLaren was credited with manufacturing the world’s fastest car in the 90’s by the name of McLaren F1. Even the present models from the British manufacturer stress on speed and driving involvement as their priority.advertisementALSO READ | OnePlus 3, 3T get support for Type-C Bullets earphones via OTA updateThe OnePlus 6T McLaren edition could most probably end up being priced a tad higher than the 256GB variant of the standard OnePlus 6T. We could be expecting a pricing of around Rs 50,000, considering the additional RAM and all the special addition additions. The 6T Mclaren edition will be made official on December 11, with sales of the device expected to begin soon after.
Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s sangeet function on December 8 was a huge success and a night that none of the guests will probably forget for a long time.The Ambanis are famous for hosting larger-than-life parties and bashes, but they went all out for their beloved daughter Isha’s wedding. This is clear by the fact that they invited esteemed guests from all walks of life like Bollywood, sports, business and politics, and from all over the world.But what topped all of this is the fact that Hillary Clinton, former First Lady of the United States was also part of the festivities. Hillary received a warm welcome from the elated parents of the bride, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, and was seen quite excited to be joining the celebrations.Then came the biggest surprise of the night. Hillary danced – no, strike that – she danced to bhangra beats with John Kerry, former US Secretary Of State and the entire Ambani clan.Hillary was dressed in Indian attire and was seen doing the bhangra with a lot of excitement.It was definitely one of the highlights of the big night.The celebrations continue today with a live performance this evening by American singing sensation Beyonce, who arrived in Udaipur early today.Without a doubt, this celebration is a grand one and something nobody will forget for quite some time.ALSO SEE | Isha Ambani pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur: See all inside pics and videosALSO SEE | Isha Ambani wedding celebrations kick off with Anna Seva in Udaipur. See picsadvertisementALSO SEE: Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal wedding invite is as royal as it gets. Watch unboxing videoALSO SEE | Isha Ambani pre-wedding festivities: New pics from venueALSO WATCH | Ambanis set the stage on fire at daughter Isha’s sangeet in Udaipur
19-year-old Punjab opener Shubman Gill, who is seen as a future India player, is inspired by Cheteshwar Pujara’s marathon innings in Australia and said the India No. 3 has set a benchmark for the youngsters.Pujara faced over 1200 balls and slammed three hundreds to help India win their maiden Test series on Australian soil. India won 2-1 in the four-match Test series.”There are very few batsmen who can bat through the day and look to play out the balls. He (Pujara) played over 1200 balls in one tour, which is really phenomenal. To score 500 runs in a tour looks possible. But to face so many deliveries is setting a benchmark for the youngsters,” Gill told reporters on the sidelines of a Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture.”There is a lot to learn seeing the way Cheteshwar Pujara bats, his patience at the crease. Australia had the world’s top bowlers and to score against them on those tough pitches is phenomenal. I love watching him bat. Nowadays the batsmen look to score quick runs.”Gill got out for 91, missing the century mark by just nine runs when he tried to step out Mukesh Kumar only to mishit at mid-off.”I’m pretty happy with the way I’m batting. But surely I can work on the way I’m getting out. I can work on certain areas when I’m batting good. Sometimes, I tend to go with the flow.”In Test matches, you tend to bat in sessions. There will be a period when a bowler will do well and when I will score runs. You have to be smart to pick the ones where you would capitalise,” he said.advertisementGill reacts to Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup comment Teenager Shubman Gill has been in fine form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season (ICC Twitter Photo)After returning from the India A’s tour of New Zealand, Gill has scored 268, 148 and 69 not out in the last three Ranji matches, opening the innings.In challenging conditions, Punjab relied heavily on the youngster as Gill has already scored 629 runs from four matches, including two hundreds and three fifties, at an average of 125.80.Recently, Punjab veteran Yuvraj Singh also backed the young prodigy to win the India cap after the 50-over World Cup later this year.”When a person like Yuvraj says something like that it means I am doing good and on the right track. It is a big boost in confidence,” said Gill.”After playing two matches I went to India A tour and then came back and continued to score. I am happy not to lose the rhythm of scoring runs.”But Gill wants to be realistic about making it to the India team in near future.”I see very less chances now. Our one-day team is very strong and the World Cup is round the corner. We have won a very good Test series. Let’s see,” he added.Also Read | India vs Australia: ‘Ravi Shastri asked players to leave their driver’s license at home’ Also Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat ArunAlso See:
Toyota Glanza launch on June 6; here is everything you need to know about the upcoming premium hatchback
Toyota will launch its new premium hatchback Glanza in India on June 6. Toyota Glanza, which is based on Maruti Suzuki Baleno, will be the maiden product from the Toyota-Suzuki collaboration in the country.Apart from Baleno, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will also be introduced in India with a Toyota badge. The production of the country’s largest selling compact SUV will begin in 2022 at Toyota Kirloskar Motor.In January 2019, Maruti Suzuki India had introduced Baleno facelift and Glanza takes a major cue from the updated premium hatchback. Below are all the important details about Toyota Glanza you need to know. Toyota Glanza is based on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. (Photo courtesy: Team-BHP)Toyota Glanza ExteriorsFrom the outside, Glanza looks almost like Baleno. The front fascia is the same, barring the grille that has a Toyota badge. There are LED projector headlamps with DRLs. Below the grille, you see the air dam, which is flanked by the fog lamp housings on both sides. Although the alloy wheels have been borrowed from Baleno, there is a Toyota badging in them. Also, the rear of both the cars looks identical with similar tail lamp design.Toyota Glanza InteriorsThere is no change inside the cabin as well. The only difference is that the steering wheel has a Toyota badge. However, the cabin of Glanza is spacious, as is the case with Maruti Suzuki Baleno. There will be a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.Toyota Glanza RivalsThe upcoming Toyota Glanza will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz and soon to be launched Tata Altroz.advertisementToyota Glanza EngineThe 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine powering Baleno is expected to feature in Glanza as well. This BS-VI (BS6) compliant motor produces 84 bhp and 115 Nm of torque and is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, with an option for a CVT. For other engine-related details, we will have to wait until the launch.Toyota Glanza VariantsExpectations are that Toyota Glanza will be launched in V and G variants. These two trims might get the features that are available with Alpha and Zeta trims of Baleno.Toyota Glanza Expected PriceThe upcoming Toyota Glanza might be priced between Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). The exact prices will be announced at the launch.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue receives over 17,000 bookingsALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi holds Varanasi roadshow in stylish Land Rover Range Rover Vogue: Know all about this SUVALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Sports Limited Edition launched
Even during a clinically efficient win, Roger Federer still produced enough masterstrokes to have the French Open crowd purring as he moved past German qualifier Oscar Otte into the third round while Marin Cilic was stunned by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the second round on Wednesday.The 37-year-old, welcomed back to Roland Garros with open arms after missing the last three editions, was kept on his toes throughout the Court Philippe Chatrier contest, but raised his game when needed to prevail 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.With perfect Swiss timing, he broke serve once in each set in the 10th game of the first, the eighth game of the second and the ninth game of the third to subdue the world number 144.Just for good measure Federer finished the one-hour 36 minute match off with a signature flourish on the Parisian clay, a glorious drop volley played with casual ease.Third seed Federer, whose only French Open title came 10 years ago, has won his first six sets and with a favourable draw he looks in the form to mount another challenge.Next up for the 20-times Grand Slam champion is Norway’s 63rd-ranked Casper Ruud.In the other men’s singles, Dimitrov twice came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Cilic in a heavyweight second-round clash at the French Open on Wednesday.The former world number three, unseeded this year at Roland Garros after falling to 46th in the rankings, produced a gutsy display laced with pure shot-making to win 6-7 6-4 4-6 7-6 6-3.advertisementDimitrov moved 5-2 ahead in the decider with two breaks, but Cilic was not going out without a fight and saved a match point with a booming forehand as he repaired some of the damage.Cilic netted a backhand in the next game, however, to hand Dimitrov a notable victory.Dimitrov has never been past the third round at Roland Garros and if he is to extend his stay beyond that this year, he will have to do it the hard way.His next opponent is 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.Also Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso Read | Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenAlso See
He broke many a records with his batting but Virat Kohli, the medium-pacer, could have had a lot more than eight international wickets if his teammates believed in his bowling ability like he himself does.Kohli, albeit in a lighter vein, explained why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017.”It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said ‘no joking around, it is an international game’.”No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do. After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle),” said the Indian captain in an interview to host broadcaster of the World Cup.A little warm-up before hitting the nets for #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OlwbKq0czD BCCI (@BCCI) May 30, 2019Kohli, however, still bowls in the nets, most recently in a practice session here earlier this week.He has taken four wickets in ODIs and as many in T20s. He has bowled 163 balls in Test cricket but the wickets column remains empty.The star batsman also shared an anecdote which shows that he has always taken his bowling seriously.”I used to follow James Anderson’s action when I was at the academy (in Delhi). Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story. We both had a good laugh over it,” Kohli quipped.advertisementAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistanis love Virat Kohli, says Younis KhanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa off to their worst ever start in World Cup historyAlso See
India Thursday dethroned England to rise to the top of One-day International rankings, just three days ahead of their blockbuster World Cup clash.As per the latest rankings released by the ICC, India led the chart with 123 points, followed by World Cup hosts England (122) and New Zealand (114).The first team to reach the semifinals of the ongoing edition, defending champions Australia are placed fourth with 112 points.However, if India lose to the West Indies on Thursday, they will slip one point behind England.India and England are due to play in Birmingham on June 30.If India win that match after beating the West Indies, they will move to 124 points with England dropping to 121. On the other hand, if England win, they will move back to top position with 123 points and India a point behind them.If India lose to the West Indies but beat England, they will remain ahead with 122 points to England’s 121.However, England will gain a lead of three points if they beat India after India lose to the West Indies. England will reach 123 points in such a scenario with India on 120 points.India have exhibited top form in the showpiece, winning four matches with one game being washed out. While England wobbled after a good start and will need to do well in their last two matches.Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso See
Amid the furor over umpires call to give an extra run when a throw struck Ben Stokes’ bat in the World Cup final, it has now come to light that the all-rounder had asked the umpires to take away the four overthrows which ultimately proved to be decisive in England’s win over New Zealand.During the final over in England’s chase of 241 on Sunday at Lord’s, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.After consultation with Marais Erasmus and the rest of his umpiring colleagues, Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England — who by then seemed to be drifting out of contention needing nine runs from three balls — were suddenly right back in the hunt for their World Cup glory needing three more from two.James Anderson, Stokes’ Test team-mate, has revealed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.”The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Anderson as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast.”But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it.”I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’.”But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is,” he added.Former Australian umpire Simon Taufel has described the costly ruling in the World Cup final as a “clear mistake”.”They (England) should have been awarded five runs, not six,” Taufel told foxsports.com.au.”It’s a clear mistake and it’s an error of judgment,” he added.However, the ICC said the umpires took decisions on the field based on their interpretation of the rules, and the cricket body would not comment on the episode.advertisement
Martin Guptill finally opened up on the epic Cricket World Cup 2019 final match, describing the England-New Zealand clash as the best and worst day of his career.The New Zealand opener was involved in probably two of the most important moments of the July 14 final at Lord’s, the result of which was eventually decided on boundary count after both the teams could not be separated after the end of the allotted 100 overs and the subsequent Super Overs.”Hard to believe it’s been a week since that incredible Final at Lords. I think it was both the best and worst day of my cricketing life! So many different emotions, but mainly proud to represent New Zealand and play for the Black Caps alongside a great group of mates. Thank you to everyone for all your support, it has been amazing,” Guptill said in an emotional Instagram post on Tuesday.At the fag end of the final of the World Cup 2019, England had looked down and out as New Zealand’s death bowlers seemed to have created a vice-like grip over the match, not giving Ben Stokes room to hit the big shots.advertisementIn the final over of England’s chase with the team needing 9 to win off 3 balls, Guptill’s throw from deep mid-wicket region struck a diving Ben Stokes’s bat on the full at the striker’s end and the ball raced away to the boundary behind the wicketkeeper. Thus, instead of 2 runs, England got awarded 6 bringing the equation down to 3 required off 2 balls – a much more achievable target, even though Trent Boult ensured a tie.When the match went into the Super Over, Guptill found himself on the field again but this time he had the responsibility to score 16 off 6 balls to bring New Zealand home their maiden World Cup. On the last delivery of the Super Over Guptill was on strike with his side needing 2 off 1 but he only managed to dig out Jofra Archer’s full delivery to Jason Roy at deep mid-wicket. As he scampered for the 2nd run, Roy’s throw found Jos Buttler’s gloves at the striker’s end, who dislodged the stumps in a flash. Guptill desperately dived to cross the crease but was found well short when the bails were dislodged bringing an end to a crazy Lord’s evening.As the England players celebrated in ecstasy, Guptill stayed motionless with his head sulking trying to make sense of what had just transpired. Soon he was being comforted by his teammates and even Chris Woakes came up to him to offer words of encouragement.When the dust finally settled on the exhilarating Lord’s evening, Guptill wouldn’t be faulted for still wondering what went on with him at World Cup 2019. He couldn’t have imagined the events of the past 6 weeks before, but he is sure to be revisited by them for a long time to come.Also Read | Martin Guptill’s World Cup story: Poor run with the bat, crucial run-outs and a heartbreaking overthrowAlso Read | Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Stokes asked umpire to take off four overthrows during final, claims Anderson
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If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! PistolsboyIf I was Gundy I guess that would mean I have Alex Cate > Brandon Weeden on my resume so I’m not sure how seriously everybody should take me.That being said, I think if I was Gundy I would probably start Clint Chelf. Our $3+ million man needs a solid campaign after that 8-5 train wreck last season and Chelf is the safest choice. Last year I said Gundy should start Lunt, and he did, because last year didn’t matter — OSU wasn’t going to win the Big 12 even if Brandon Weeden somehow got another year of eligibility.This is not the year to take a chance like that again — and nobody can convince me that Lunt isn’t at least a little bit of a chance, a wild card if you will.This year, Gundy seems to think OSU has a defense that can deliver Big 12 title No. 2 in three years. And if he genuinely thinks that (which…who knows?) then roll Chelf out there. You know what you’re getting with him, you know who you’re getting from him, and with a little bit of luck you can steer the ship to the promise land once again.I honestly don’t think J.W. is really in the mix for the starting job, what’s weird is that Lunt could either win a Big 12 title this year or not be allowed to play (because of a redshirt) based on whatever Gundy feels like doing over the next few months. I could not handle those emotional swings — this is why I write and don’t play (among many, many reasons).All of this probably means…”welcome to Houston, folks. Your starting quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys — Daxx Garman!!”Amilian*Disclaimer: I didn’t watch the scrimmage nor did I read anything about it except for a couple headlines that claimed defense won. I don’t think you can pick one of these QBs and say he’s going to get you X number of more wins than the other two. Any of these three guys give us a chance to win every game on the schedule. Winning this year is the most important factor, but we have to move to the next bullet on the priority list: winning next year and the year after. Lunt has a higher ceiling than Walsh and I can’t name many teams who have had huge seasons with a 200-pound scrambling quarterback.If I’m Gundy, I go with Lunt because he’s better suited for the style of offense I want this team to play. Do we want a Weeden offense or a Zac offense? We recruited the WR position so well and those weapons are under-utilized with a weaker arm. Develop Lunt and have a Weeden-caliber QB in 2014 and 2015. Photo Attribution: USATSINot who you think should start or who you want to start, but who you would start at QB if your name was Mike Gundy and you were getting $250,000 checks every month.OKC DaveDon’t make this harder than it needs to be. Chelf is a senior who has proven himself very capable to give us a great season. You insert Walsh in the same package we used last year, and you redshirt Lunt and tell him he’s got three years ahead of him at starting QB if he keeps up the hard work.
Photo Attribution: USATSIThe low in Stillwater tonight is 21. The wind chill at gametime was 26.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Time to dance.The Big 12’s November mini-playoff has been well-documented over the last week. TCU, Baylor, OU and the Pokes for the 2015 Big 12 title. It should be electric. It might be the best end-of-season race in conference history.College football is of course almost never not exciting. Look at last year. OSU was an abomination at this point in the season. You could argue that it ended in the most exciting way an OSU season has ever ended. That’s the beauty of rivalries and conference title spoilers. That’s the beauty of college football’s regular season.What isn’t always present, however, is the lingering “what if … ” questions. Those are usually quelled by mid-October or, sometimes, the end of September. All 128 teams start out the end of August saying “what if … ?” Very few get to play the game in November.At the beginning of every season, my friends and I always play a high-spirited contest of “what if … ?” We try our darndest to top one another. This usually evolves from “what if OSU blows out to Central Michigan?” to “what if OSU is down six to OU on Thanksgiving weekend with an 11-0 season on the line and Mason Rudolph has the ball on his own 10 with 90 seconds left?” There are a lot of scenarios between those two.It’s a fun game but it’s almost never more fun than it is at the beginning of the regular season. Teams are error-free. Nobody has lost. It’s light-hearted and tremendous. It’s why we like new beginnings.This year is different. This year, Mike Gundy’s squad has quietly and solidly been improving every single week. It’s something Gundy has talked about all year. “Play your best football at the end of the season.” OSU is doing so right now.Which means the “what ifs” have continued yet another week as October bleeds into college football’s very best month.What ifs like, “what if Trevone Boykin loses for the third time in Boone Pickens Stadium in his career?” and “what if Art Briles remains winless in Stillwater?” and “what if OU loses to Baylor and Oklahoma State wins its next three games and has the Big 12 title sewn up before Bedlam?” and finally, “what if Bedlam is to get the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff?”This is what you dream of as a college football fan. This is as good as the sport gets. Games are exciting for different reasons (again, see Bedlam 2014) but the “what if” games are the very best games.But these aren’t even the biggest “what if” questions of this month. A month when the weather turns bitter but the football remains sweet. A month when the Cowboy faithful fill Boone’s house to the brim and try to will their undermatched team to its second conference crown in the last five years.A month when Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh have a chance to become this year’s Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett (minus the “I word”). A month when you can rank Big 12 teams as low as you want in the College Football Playoff rankings, but you can’t ignore 12-0.No, the biggest question of November has suddenly become what if “what if” lasts until December?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
13Houston6680 11Michigan State9010 1Alabama158555 2Clemson15247 21Baylor3830 4Florida State13511 14Texas Christian6490 17Southern California4680 25Florida2450 8Michigan10620 19Oklahoma State4260 This is lower than we as a fan base predicted OSU would finish the season according to OKC Dave’s survey results.If you were wondering about conference breakdown, here you go.Preseason Amway Coaches Poll: 6 SEC5 Pac-124 Big Ten4 Big 124 ACC1 American1 Independenthttps://t.co/vYDyn5ULao @usatodaysports— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) August 4, 2016And finally, a look at where OSU stands in every preseason poll thus far.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 20North Carolina4220 7Stanford11490 24UCLA2960 5Ohio State13210 6Louisiana State12410 16Georgia5250 The preseason Coaches Poll came out on Thursday, and Oklahoma State checks in at No. 19 just behind Washington and just ahead of North Carolina. This seems like a pretty decent and fair place for the Pokes to start. The third-ranked Big 12 team (of four) in the Top 25.In the last three preseason Coaches Polls, OSU has been ranked No. 28, No. 30 and No. 14 back in 2013 (a season that worked out pretty well for the Cowboys). So this bodes well. Also, if you’re wondering, both Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops have a vote in this poll.Here’s a look. 12Mississippi7920 3Oklahoma13980 15Iowa5790 18Washington4540 RankTeamPoints1st Place 22Oregon3610 23Louisville3310 9Notre Dame10340 10Tennessee9601
Week 10 already?! Say it ain’t so. There are some good ones this weekend. TCU-Baylor, Bama-LSU, Arkansas-Florida, Nebraska-Ohio State and of course OU-Iowa State on a Thursday night in Ames. What in the world could ever go wrong with the top Big 12 team going as a three TD favorite to Jack Trice in November?!Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for his work.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 10If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!