Roundtable Thursday: Tyreek comps and #hottakes

first_imgKBCarson Cunningham (uniform connoisseur) – Carson does uniform drive-bys and actually has a real job covering sports for a real news station in OKC. KBKyle Boone (covers recruiting) – Will keep you informed on football and basketball recruiting. Could likely out-recruit Travis Ford. 1. How much did the FSU game change your prediction for OSU’s record this season?Porter: None. I’m sticking with 8-4 because I’m 99 percent certain JW has that 2012 Kansas game lingering somewhere inside him. Except this time we won’t be playing Kansas.OKC Dave: I’ll tack on one win for the remainder of the schedule. I had us pick up two wins out of ISU/@TCU/@KSU/UT. I’ll say we get three now.Shepherd: Thought we’d win eight games — now thinking nine, maybe 10. I’ve learned to take it week by week, though.Carson: Not so much their record as their chance to win games in November increased exponentially. Tough out for anyone.Southwell: I had them winning nine; we can win 10+Boone: I predicted 8-5 last week before the game, I think we could pull out nine wins.2. What are you most excited about for the home opener?Porter: The use of the new ribbon video board. Hopefully it’ll just be a 60-minute scroll of this. OKC Dave: Seeing Hill in person.Shepherd: Realizing Tyreek Hill is actually faster than Bullet.Carson: Intro video. “Ready for War” is a great addition, tradition.Southwell: New field, new turf monster? Keep your eyes on that east 10-yard line.Boone: Getting to see Daxx sling it (hopefully).3. One word to describe how you felt the first time you saw Tyreek in spacePorter: WeakOKC Dave: whoaShepherd: Emotional.Carson: EgadsSouthwell: Whaaaaaaaaat?!Boone: Barry?4. How has your view on the Big 12 landscape shifted after one week?Porter: I feel like OSU has a legit (if not small) chance to win the league. I didn’t last week.OKC Dave: Not much; still OU’s league to lose. Petty’s back could open up the No. 2 spot, though. Shepherd: Hasn’t changed. However I do feel more optimism creeping in.Carson: Probably more than it should. Texas is already falling apart at the seams.Southwell: Still about the same… Wait, is Iowa State still in the Big 12?Boone: Sticking with Baylor, but OSU may be a darkhorse.5. Do you have any favorite Missouri State memories? Can you name a Missouri State athlete (all-time, any sport)? Porter: We played them in basketball a few years ago right after Ford took over. Probably lost. I cannot name a Missouri State athlete. OKC Dave: Without using Google? I admit I had to look up the year, but OSU had its first OT game in a 1996 win over Missouri State with a game-winning Tim Sydnes field goal.Shepherd: I’m not going to lie and say I do.Carson: Perrish Cox took the opening kickoff back against them, right? I can’t name one. Southwell: Kingjack Washington (Owasso) played RB there. I only know that name because he tore through Westmoore’s defense in the 2nd round of the playoffs to ruin our perfect season. Boone: Too young for this one, but the Perrish Cox opening TD after reading about it yesterday.6. Give me your best Tyreek comp.Porter: Michael Bennett (Kansas State — race No. 2): OKC Dave: Prentiss? Shepherd: Every player I’ve ever created on a video game.Carson: De’Anthony Thomas after a couple of red bulls.Southwell: Kendall Hunter because of his size and the number 24.Boone: Tavon Austin7. What is the Week 1 #hottake that has you the most nervous (ie: Tyreek/Heisman, OSU D = legit, etc.) Porter: The “fire the coordinator unless he talks about balls on ESPN or lives in a hotel” takes are always piping out of the gate but the “JW stands for just win or get really close against the champs” take will always scare me.OKC Dave: Don’t have one, but I’m excited to watch Ashton Lampkin go after the NCAA record for defensive holding penalties.Shepherd: Definitely the legitimacy of the defense. Mostly nervous because I actually buy it..Carson: “Daxx can throw a football over a mountain!” is still scalding from preseason.Southwell: I don’t really have one, I just want this “legit defense” to cover slot receivers better before I can confidently call them legit.Boone: Defenses legitimacy because of our secondary.8. Over/Under on when Gundy busts out the metal chairback on Saturday…Porter: If he sits on a chair built exclusively from Legos I will die.Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 2.29.09 PMOKC Dave: Right after the 3rd snap goes over Kip Smith’s head during pregame warmups. Shepherd: I mean, I think it’d be fine if he sat all game.Carson: Late 3rd quarter will be visor time.Southwell: We’ll see him run out from the tunnel after halftime with some sort of chairBoone: Gundy will be at Karsten Creek by the third quarter.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 2.12.23 PMWes Shepherd (covers Big 12 football) – He invented the Big 12 QB fantasy rankings which is pretty terrific. USATSI_5830586_154512258_lowresWe are back at it with Rountable Thursday. Let me introduce you to this week’s contributors:Kyle Porter (editor) – I love jump balls, Markel Brown breakways, and Kevin Durant 30-footers. Thank you for reading Pistols Firing.center_img KBJustin Southwell (other uniform connoisseur, former WR) – Justin played at OSU as a wide receiver for a few years and is a pretty big uniform critic himself. Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 2.27.16 PMOKC Dave (statistician) – Unofficial statistician of Pistols Firing. His GPA was likely as high as the rest of ours combined. 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!last_img read more

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Single racer braves freezing temperatures to finish Yukon ultramarathon

first_imgPELLY CROSSING, Yn – It’s known as the toughest, coldest race on Earth and the ultra-marathon in Yukon certainly lived up to its reputation this year.Temperatures dipped as low as -45 C as contestants raced more than 400 kilometres in the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, said race organizer Robert Pollhammer.The cold was so persistent that about seven contestants had to drop out to seek medical attention for frostbite, he added.“It’s billed as the world’s toughest and coldest for a reason. It’s not just marketing — that’s what it is. And unfortunately, this comes at a price. It can be dangerous,” Pollhammer said.Twenty-one people began the race in Whitehorse on Feb. 1, intending to go the entire 482 kilometre course either by foot, on cross-country skis or fat-tired mountain bikes.Another 28 racers tackled shorter routes of either 42 kilometres or 151 kilometres.South African runner Jethro De Decker, 35, was declared the winner of the longest course on Feb. 8 when he arrived at a checkpoint outside Pelly Crossing, Yukon.Organizers had to stop the race about 60 kilometres from the official finish line for safety reasons, Pollhammer said.By that time, all of the other contestants had dropped out, he added.The runner-up, a cross-country skier from the Northwest Territories, had arrived at the previous check point with a frost-bitten finger.While the race is always plagued by cold, this year’s relentless deep freeze was unusual and made conditions difficult.“From the start, that was brutal for everyone,” Pollhammer said.Snowmobiles that ride along the trail for safety had cables snap or engines refuse to start in the frozen temperatures, he added, which at times prevented race organizers from sending contestants out.Most people who can no longer get warm stop racing, Pollhammer said, but part of the adventure is overcoming both the physical and mental challenges of traversing such a long distance in unforgiving conditions.“There are a million things you need to keep in mind,” he said. “It’s just continuous problem-solving. The minute you stop solving your problems, you run into problems.”Ideally, people train in climates similar to Yukon’s to get their bodies ready for the race, and Pollhammer said he’s heard of some who prepare in industrial freezers.“In the end, really, you can’t 100 per cent prepare for it. Still, there’s always going to be lessons to be learned, even for the more experienced guys,” he said.The ultra-marathon is run every year, and every two years there’s an extra-long race of nearly 700 kilometres from Whitehorse to Dawson City.Pollhammer said that is the most popular event, drawing fields of between 30 and 40 racers.Results from last year’s event show 17 people completed the mammoth course.There’s no prize money attached to the ultra-marathon, but Pollhammer said finishers do get a medal.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

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Beckingham responds in 12storey development verdict

first_img AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2015 – Governor Peter Beckingham today issued comment in connection to the Supreme Court decision to halt construction on a 12-storey development in Grace Bay; CJ Margaret Ramsay-Hale after reviewing the evidence ruled that that the project was essentially being fast tracked and missed vital steps outlined in the Planning Ordinance. Governor Beckingham said, and I quote: “I understand that the Government are considering their next steps on this, and will be issuing a statement shortly. They will of course need to take legal advice from the Attorney General.” Approval had been given since February for construction of the building but condotel owners in the area filed a complaint and yesterday learned in that judgment handed down by the Chief Justice that they won the case against the Minister of Infrastructure and Planning, the Planning Department Director and the Governor. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Related Items:12 storey, attorney general, governor peter beckingham, grace bay, margaret ramsey-hale, planning ordinancelast_img read more

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A BoseEinstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time

first_imgThe device consisted of a capsule containing a chip holding a group of rubidium-87 atoms, electronics, some lasers and a power source. It was activated once the rocket reached an altitude of 243 km, producing a BEC in just 1.6 seconds. Once the BEC was produced, 110 preprogrammed experiments were carried out in the six minutes it took the rocket to fall back to Earth.The BEC produced by the team was the first ever produced in space and marks the start of a new era in BEC research efforts. An international team of researchers has successfully produced a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes creating a small experimental device that was carried on a rocket into space and the experiments that were conducted during its freefall. The payload of the sounding rocket in the integration hall at the European Space and Sounding Rocket Range (Esrange) in Sweden Credit: photo/©: André Wenzlawski, JGU Journal information: Nature Explore further Payload of the sounding rocket and all those involved in the undertaking, among them scientists of the MAIUS-1 project, employees of the German Aerospace Center, and employees of the Esrange rocket launch site Credit: photo/©: Thomas Schleuss, DLR More information: Dennis Becker et al. Space-borne Bose–Einstein condensation for precision interferometry, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0605-1center_img A Bose-Einstein condensate is a state of matter occurring after gas atoms with very low density are chilled to very near absolute zero and bunch up to form an extremely dense quantum state. Scientists are interested in producing them so that they can test their properties—theory has suggested that they could serve as the basis for highly sensitive sensors. Such super-sensitive sensors could be used to better understand physics phenomena such as gravitational waves. However, producing Bose-Einstein condensates is tricky, because gravity interferes with devices for producing and studying them. The current method involves dropping such devices from towers to allow them to do their work in a zero-gravity environment—but these experiments have just fractions of seconds to operate. Doing these experiments in space would be a much better option due to the microgravity environment.Realizing the potential of a space-based platform for conducting BEC research, the U.S. launched the Cold Atom Laboratory last May, though it is not yet fully functional. In the interim, the researchers with this new effort created a tiny device capable of producing a BEC and conducting a host of experiments on it, which they put aboard a rocket and launched into space. © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A Bose-Einstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time (2018, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-bose-einstein-condensate-space.html Researchers are creating a spot colder than the vacuum of space inside the International Space Stationlast_img read more

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