Stream the entire first night from moe.’s performance The Town Ballroom below.moe. – The Town Ballroom – 11/19/2019[Audio: Brian V.]On Friday, the performance mapped out by guitarist Al Schnier started with bassist Rob Derhak‘s “Prestige Worldwide”, a song inspired by the comedy film Step Brothers. The band busted right into the rarity “It”, which led into another Derhak tune, “LL3”. A jammed-out “Bearsong” came out swinging, led by Loughlin. “ATL” came next, followed by moe. wrapping up set one with one of the band’s most beloved songs, “Recreational Chemistry”.The second set was a wild ride, starting strong with “Hi & Lo”, followed by a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”–marking the fifth time moe. has ever performed the song. The band jammed through a “Kids” sandwich with a “Down Boy” slid in the middle before the second half of”Kids” segued into another Pink Floyd tune with “Time”, which itself flowed right back into “Breathe” reprise. The music continued into an always-anticipated “Farmer Ben”, with its jam being a real treat thanks to some subtle Grateful Dead teases thrown into the mix. The set closed with a raucous “Timmy Tucker” followed by a one-song encore of “The Ghost of Ralph’s Mom”, a tune which moe. hasn’t played in almost a year.Watch a fan-shot video of moe. performing “Dawn Boy” and “Breathe” > “Kids” from Friday night below.moe. – “Breathe”>”Kids” – 1/15/2019[Video: Mike Maciunski]moe. – “Down Boy” – 11/15/2019[Video: Mike Maciunski]The final night of the run on Saturday featured a setlist written by drummer Vinnie Amico, and started off with “Along For The Ride” and “Big World”. “Rickey Marten” came next, segueing into “Y.O.Y.” from 1997’s Warts & All Vol. 4. Set one continued with another fan-favorite, “Kyle’s Song”, into the groovy, bass-lead “Crushing”. “Mar-DeMa” from 2010’s No Guts No Glory album was next followed by one of moe.’s most popular and frequently played songs for the set closer in “Buster”.Set two opened with “Tubing The River Styx” into “The Pit” and then right into a newer song, “Dangerous Game”. The highlight of night three was an elegant “Silver Sun”, followed by “CalifornIA” into “New Hope For The New Year”, and “Jazz Cigarette”. The set closed with another moe. classic, “Rebubula”. moe. encored the final night of the run with “Spine Of A Dog”.Watch a fan-shot video of “Mar-DeMa”>”Buster” below.moe. – “Mar-DeMa” > “Buster” – 11/16/2019[Video: Mike Maciunski]For more information on upcoming tour dates for moe. head to the band’s website.Setlist: moe. | The Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 11/14/19Set One: Tailspin > Skrunk > George, Don’t Wanna Be, St. Augustine > meat. > St. AugustineSet Two: Not Coming Down > Wormwood > Akimbo, Letter Home, Skitchin’ Buffalo, Puebla > Brent BlackEnc: Downward Facing DogSetlist: moe. | The Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 11/15/19Set One: Prestige Worldwide > It > LL3 > Bearsong, ATL > Recreational ChemistrySet Two: Hi & Lo > Breathe# > Kids > Down Boy > Kids > Time > Breathe reprise# > Farmer Ben* > Timmy TuckerEnc: The Ghost Of Ralph’s MomSetlist: moe. | The Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 11/16/19Set One: Along For The Ride, Big World > Ricky Marten > Y.O.Y. > Kyle’s Song, Crushing, Mar-DeMa > BusterSet Two: Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Dangerous Game, Silver Sun > CalifornIA > New Hope For The New Year, Jazz Cigarette, RebubulaEnc: Spine Of A Dog Jam-veterans moe. played a three-night run in their hometown of Buffalo, NY this past weekend at The Town Ballroom. The nearly sold-out run brought moe.rons together from across the country for the band’s first performance in Buffalo since 2016.Night one presented attendees with a solid performance filled with a mix of fan-favorites. moe. has a tradition of rotating which band member writes the setlist for each show, and night one was written by guitarist Chuck Garvey. The performance opened up hot with “Tailspin”, one of the band’s go-to energizing originals got the crowd up and moving with wild dueling guitar solos and fun sing-along lyrics. “Skrunk” followed, along with a somewhat older moe. tune, “George”, followed by the Jim Loughlin-sung “Don’t Wanna Be”. What came next might have been the highlight of the first set–a “St. Augustine” sandwich with a really tasty 18-minute “meat.” segued delightfully in the middle.Related: moe. Announces 30th Anniversary West Coast TourAfter a set break, the band returned to the stage and opened the second set with another moe. classic, “Not Coming Down”. The song generated cheers from the audience, most of whom sang along to every single word. A song from one of moe.’s most notable albums came next with “Wormwood” from the 2003 LP by the same name. “Wormwood” had a nice groovy flow, showcasing the guitar-work and smooth rhythms the Buffalo quintet is known for. Another fan-favorite, “Akimbo”, came next, followed by the nostalgic and warm “Letter Home”, with the latter being a perfect fit for a homecoming show with the lyrics, “My home, my heart, my best friends.” “Skitchin Buffalo” trotted out next, marking just the seventh time the band has ever played the song live, followed by “Puebla”, which segued into a killer “Brent Black” for the set closer. moe. exited the stage for about five minutes and returned for an 11-minute, face-melting encore performance of “Downward Facing Dog”, sending the crowd home buzzing.Check out a video clip of the set one opener “Tailspin” below.
Gov. Scott, Atty. Gen. Bondi land GOP convention spots CLEVELAND (AP) – There are war heroes, a casino mogul and even an underwear model, yet Donald Trump is relying heavily on his party’s establishment to fill the speaking program for next week’s Republican National Convention.The presumptive presidential nominee has approved a convention program that features at least 20 current or former elected officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Noticeably absent from a speaker list obtained by The Associated Press early Thursday are the athletes and A-List celebrities that Trump’s team long suggested would help make his presidential nominating convention unlike any other.The New York Times revealed a list on Twitter overnight that includes Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.We have the list of speakers at next week’s Republican convention https://t.co/kgIe35zr11 via @jwpetersnyt pic.twitter.com/mwH3vSFBrx— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) July 14, 2016Still, there is no shortage of political outsiders.Speakers will include four of Trump’s children, Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin, and actor and former underwear model Antonio Sabàto Jr. And in a slap at Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, Mark Geist and John Tiegen will also take the stage, both survivors of the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, Libya.“This impressive lineup of veterans, political outsiders, faith leaders and those who know Donald Trump the best – his family and longtime friends – represent a cross-section of real people facing the same challenges as every American household,” said Trump spokesman Jason Miller.Despite the list of familiar politicos, the convention program is a reminder that the Republican Party remains deeply divided over Trump’s candidacy.Some of the GOP’s biggest names were not on the list because they refused to participate in four-day convention, which begins on Monday.The GOP’s two living presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and its two most recent presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney, all plan to avoid the Cleveland affair – as does Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich. Shrugging off the high-profile absences, Trump’s team suggested the convention lineup would help highlight Trump’s outsider appeal.“We are totally over-booked. We have great speakers, we have winners, we have people that aren’t only political people,” Trump told Fox News Channel on Tuesday. “We have a lot of people that are just champions and winners.”The New York billionaire acknowledged in recent days that he’d be hewing a little closer to tradition.“Look, I have great respect for the institution of the conventions. I mean to me, it’s very important. So we’re not going to change the wheel,” he said on Fox.New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, a Trump friend, was initially teased as a possible speaker, but will not appear on stage next week in Cleveland. Neither will former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight or legendary boxing promoter Don King, a Cleveland resident and passionate Trump supporter.The program will instead feature people like pro golfer Natalie Gulbis, retired astronaut Eileen Collins, and Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White. In addition to the Benghazi survivors, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of the book, “Lone Survivor,” will make an appearance, along with Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, a vocal critic of the Black Lives Matter movement.The convention will also highlight religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell Jr., son of the famed televangelist, and Haskel Lookstein, the New York rabbi who converted Trump’s daughter, Ivanka to Judaism.Trump does not forget his business relationships, giving speaking slots to real estate investor Tom Barrack, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and even the general manager for Virginia’s Trump Winery, Kerry Woolard.And in a nod toward party unity, Trump will feature several former presidential competitors, including Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ben Carson and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.Two finalists in Trump’s search for a running mate made the list as well: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich. The other finalist, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, was not included in the program obtained by the AP.Trump had already announced that his children would be speaking, along with his wife Melania, whom he said was already working on remarks.Ivanka Trump, who along with Trump’s other adult children, has been playing an increasingly central role in the campaign, predicted in a recent radio interview the GOP convention would be “a convention unlike any we’ve ever seen.”“It will be substantive. It will be interesting. It will be different. It’s not going to be a ho-hum lineup of, you know, the typical politicians,” she said. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Author: Associated Press Published: July 14, 2016 5:29 AM EDT Updated: July 14, 2016 1:22 PM EDT
Screen grab from Terminator Salvation (2009)It seems Kawasaki is playing catch up against rivals Yamaha as we receive reports that that Team Green is hard at work currently in developing its own Artificial Intelligence technology for bikes of the not-so-distant future.As you may already know, Yamaha is at the forefront of this race through its Motobot program. Yamaha’s mission is rather ambitions as it plans to fully develop a robot that could race equally as fast as Valentino Rossi.Kawasaki, on the other hand, has a slightly different mission. Team Green’s still in development Artificial Intelligence (or AI in short) project is actually aimed at growing its motorcycles further by letting it have evolving personalities to compliment its owners.Yes, this may sound ludicrous for many staunch and traditional riders, but this computer-powered future isn’t too far off from reality.Case in point is adaptive traction control systems primed on MotoGP bikes. This system adjusts various rider aid settings on-the-fly depending on course conditions and rider inputs. That, in itself, is a very basic form of AI already and somewhat compliments riders taming these high-speed land-missiles.And, according to Kawasaki’s own documents, its AI tech would allow two of the same owners to buy identical models from the same dealer, but both bikes will having distinctively different state of beings developed based on each owner rides their respective machines.You could also call the Bosch IMU system as another basic form of AI.In other words, Kawasaki wants its bikes to create a greater and much deeper bond with its riders through AI. Kawasaki believes that this would eventually lead to brand loyalty and thus repeat sales for the brand in the long run.Team Green’s documents also reportedly outlined a few parameters that its AI system will measure. It includes the rider’s voice and riding inputs that will be used to interpret a personality profile of sorts that will also grow over time.The explanation also highlights the adaptation of “internet connectivity” “cloud storage” services as well, indicating this future tech’s wireless and high connectivity nature – just like any other smartphone we see today.Not only an interesting concept, it brings forth some radical new ideas that not only could make riding safer, but it also debates about privacy – do you really want your favourite bike company to know everything about your life away from the hot seat for example?Whether you welcome our new machine overlords or not is irrelevant. The fact here is that it is coming and we ought to be prepared for some huge changes in the way we ride in the not-so-distant future indeed.via GIPHY–Ads– Kawasaki reportedly developing Artificial Intelligence technology for future bikes.
Share This!My guess is that a number of visitors to The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot bypass its primary reason for existence. They board the clamshells, sing along with the characters from “Finding Nemo” and catch a viewing of Turtle Talk With Crush. Maybe they let the kids romp around in Bruce’s Sub House. Then, they zip through the gift shop and back outside into Future World.Exterior of The Seas with Nemo & FriendsBut those who rush through the pavilion are missing, to borrow a phrase from the song, “the big, blue world.”When The Living Seas Pavilion first opened at Epcot in 1986, it boasted the world’s largest aquarium. At 5.7 million gallons and a diameter of more than 200 feet, it’s wider than Spaceship Earth. More than 6,000 creatures, representing 200 species swim their way around the pavilion tanks.Before the re-imagination of the pavilion in 2006 to include the “Finding Nemo” characters, the aquarium was the focus of the pavilion’s story. Visitors to The Living Seas Pavilion would view a movie, then board a “Hydrolator.” That experience would simulate a journey down to the depths, where guest would board Sea Cabs. This Omnimover ride, while less themed than the current version, kept the focus on views of the coral reef in Sea Base Alpha. Today’s Nemo ride only features the aquarium in the final scenes of the attraction. When you’re riding through the “EAC,” you’re actually within the main aquarium but you can’t see it.So this post is an attempt to bring you back to the original story of The Living Seas to find a new appreciation for the pavilion and the creatures that reside there. Our son is just nuts about marine life, so we tend to spend quite a bit of time wandering through the pavilion. On a hot summer day, it’s a cool, relaxing escape that’s typically not too crowded.The Big Blue ViewThe Living Seas was surpassed as the world’s largest saltwater tank by the Georgia Aquarium in 2005. On a side note, if you’re ever in Atlanta, it’s worth visiting the Georgia Aquarium just to see the amazing whale sharks. But even in its current incarnation, The Seas With Nemo & Friends is still a world-class aquarium.The massive main tank contains a variety of tropical fish and a random hidden Mickey.The graceful spotted eagle ray is mesmerizing to watch as it glides along.To get the best views of the main tank, you’ll want to head up the stairs or escalator to the second floor. Here, you’ll get panoramic views of the variety of species, including sharks, dolphins, rays and sea turtles. You’ll also find a 500-pound grouper and schools of colorful fish.Back downstairs, another area has a series of smaller tanks showcasing some of the actual fish from “Finding Nemo,” including the clownfish and blue tang. Other tanks display everything from seahorses to horseshoe crabs. In the waiting area for Turtle Talk With Crush is Mr. Ray’s Lagoon, where you can view smaller rays up close.Seahorses are among the smaller creatures showcased in fish tanks on the first floor.Research and RehabilitationAnother big appeal of the pavilion is the ability to interact with cast members, many of them scientists who can inform you about the exhibits, conservation and protecting our oceans. Twice a day, usually around 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., feedings take place where you can watch the divers in action.Cast members provide a variety of learning opportunities for young visitors.My son’s favorite exhibit in the pavilion is the manatees. They’re huge, fascinating and they’re not found many other aquariums in other parts of the country. You can view the manatees on the first floor, where you get a good view of them swimming around their tank. Upstairs, you can view the surface of the tank where feedings take place (the manatees love lettuce). Cast members there will also make presentations and answer questions.Spend some time here and you’ll learn about how the manatees were rescued and how they’re being rehabilitated. You’ll notice a portion of one of the manatee’s tail missing, a victim of a boat strike. Unfortunately, collisions with watercraft are responsible for many deaths around Florida involving the endangered manatee.The salad bar is open for business in the manatee tank.Tours and ExperiencesFor an additional cost, three different Epcot Sea Adventures are available to book. The Aqua Tour offers a unique snorkeling experience for a close-up view of all the creatures in the main aquarium. Experienced divers can participate in DiveQuest, a scuba experience in the main tank that will put you, along with all the fishes, on display for visitors. Dolphins in Depth will give you a chance to interact with dolphins in waist-deep water. That means you don’t even need to be a swimmer to take part.And while these experiences will run between $145 and $199, it’s important to keep in mind what the pavilion offers at no additional cost. The bottom line is that the exhibits inside The Seas With Nemo & Friends are experiences that might cost a family $100 or more at an aquarium in another city. So it’s worth an hour or two of your time to fully enjoy everything that this underrated pavilion has to offer.Robert Blaszkiewicz is on Twitter @RobertBlaszk and Facebook.
HomeDigital MarketingFour ways to remain productive when the AdWords interface changes Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 3rd April 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share The new AdWords interface is creating quite a stir in the PPC industry because, while it’s pretty, it’s disrupting the work of lots of PPC professionals. A Mona Elesseily says, “[T]his is a workhorse for many of us, not a viewing platform.” Fortunately, advertisers who use third-party tools like Optmyzr have a chance to transition their workflows more gradually than those who rely entirely on the tools Google provides.At Optmyzr, we know that our PPC optimization software must do two things really well: save time and improve performance. Over the years, we’ve learned that achieving these goals requires different interfaces for different account managers. In other words, one solution does not fit all.Because so many Optmyzr users are experts who do PPC for a living, the tools tend to have lots of ways to tweak things based on individual strategies. But even users who leverage all the customizations sometimes just want a prebuilt solution that leverages the wisdom of the entire industry. Time is often their most constrained resource, so choosing which tool to use is about optimizing time efficiency and gains in performance.Optmyzr recognizes that account managers have limited time and will make informed decisions about which workflow is best for each scenario. Here are four ways Optmyzr gives account managers more choice about how to optimize their own time while still driving improvements in PPC on AdWords and Bing Ads.Go broad with quick win optimizationsAs much as PPC pros might want to spend a few hours to make an account perfect, the reality is that they are pulled in many directions, and it can be hard to devote more than five minutes to an account at a time. Luckily, small improvements can still pay off handsomely if they are done frequently.In AdWords, a quick win might consist of tackling one of the suggestions in the Recommendations section (known as the Opportunities tab in the old interface).There are several third-party tools that follow this quick-win strategy from Google. At Optmyzr, we recently launched Optmyzr Express to give advertisers access to more quick wins, and we added an easy-to-use inbox-style format.This makes Optmyzr Express really fast, because our algorithms find new suggestions every day. When an account manager logs in, all the data is already cached and ready for instant action.The optimizations are also very focused, so rather than going deep and fixing everything, they prioritize the highest-impact changes, making it very easy for the user to see everything that will be changed in the engine as soon as they click the “approve” button.Go deep with One-Click OptimizationsThe second strategy is useful when a bit more time can be devoted to an optimization and it’s possible to go deeper and fix a bigger portion of an account. Whereas quick wins need to be focused on the highest-priority opportunities, a deep dive based on a statistical approach can fix every opportunity, regardless of size. In AdWords, this might entail downloading several reports with all account data, combining them in Excel and creating an AdWords Editor-compatible file with the necessary changes.A tool like Optmyzr automates all these steps and can analyze hundreds of thousands of search queries for an account and do things like automating the creation of single-keyword ad groups (SKAG) for the most promising terms.This was the original type of Optmyzr workflow, the One-Click Optimization. We learned that as much as an algorithm can point to the validity of a certain suggestion, there are some things that are easy for humans to pick out that algorithms have a hard time with.For example, an advertiser might scan a list of keyword suggestions and remember that they already tried these in another account a long time ago, or that certain keywords contain competitor names and there was a recent internal policy change about what to do with these types of keywords.Unfortunately, those things that a human can pick out very easily are often highly dependent on the vertical, or even the advertiser’s own internal policies, so it’s hard to automate it in a piece of software. So, even though statistical optimizations are equally fast at generating one or a thousand suggestions, the time for a human to review the changes scales linearly.Rather than trying to build the perfect algorithm, something that would be virtually impossible, we deploy optimizations that save time by doing all the pulling of reports, doing all the math and all the analysis, and we leave the final step in the user’s hands.Go deep and broad with optimization checklistsThe two previous scenarios have covered options designed for when time is severely limited. But what’s the best workflow when that limitation isn’t there? Agencies sometimes have employees whose primary job is to run through optimization checklists, and they tend to have more time than someone who also needs to run client meetings. They could spend a ton of time in AdWords or do things more quickly with Optmyzr’s One-Click Optimizations, but we find that’s often not conducive to reliably high-quality results.The reason is that account managers dedicated to optimization are often newer employees who may not have the same level of AdWords skills as their counterparts who are client-facing. For them, it can be confusing to know what to do when faced with advanced interfaces like those of AdWords or Optmyzr. Knowing exactly where to click, what columns to turn on, what date ranges to select and how to combine multiple reports to do a proper optimization is no simple task, so it may not be done consistently correctly.That’s why Optmyzr developed Account Workouts, a customizable PPC workflow.With Workouts, advertisers can add deep-dive optimizations to a to-do list. The benefit of using Optmyzr rather than a generic to-do list is that it’s deeply integrated with the PPC engines. When the account manager goes through the tasks of a Workout, they are presented with the right optimizations, in the right order, with the right settings for the strategy defined by the account owners, and the right columns are shown to help inform the final decision on which suggestions to accept.Go on vacation by putting AdWords on autopilotFinally, what about the scenario where we literally have no time, perhaps because we’re eager to take that long-awaited vacation. That’s where AdWords Scripts come in. We’re big fans of PPC automation at Optmyzr, but, as we said before, some automations are risky because it’s hard to build an algorithm that picks up on every nuance of a business, the way a human easily would. That said, there are plenty of PPC tasks that really don’t need that final layer of human approval since the task is so clear-cut.Take budget management, for example. The business strategy may inform some of the complicated decisions about where to allocate budgets, but once the strategy is locked down, the task of making sure budgets are spent correctly is mostly a matter of checking the account spend frequently and rebalancing budgets as needed. That’s entirely automatable.For these types of tasks, AdWords Scripts are ideal. They can check an account every hour and take the appropriate actions, whether that’s sending an email about a keyword with runaway spend, pausing a campaign that has depleted its monthly budget or generating a back-office report about the performance of the different keyword match types.Optmyzr’s co-founder, Fred Vallaeys, has written several free scripts that you can find on this site, and Optmyzr also maintains the freeadwordsscripts.com blog. Anyone looking for an even easier way to get started with scripts can use Enhanced Scripts, which require no knowledge of programming whatsoever.PPC pros need different ways to optimize accounts, depending on how much time they can devote to the task at hand. That’s why Optmyzr has created a variety of workflows to help account managers be more effective at their job. During this period of transition, where legacy workflows anchored to the old AdWords interface will have to be updated, we hope to provide advertisers another option to remain productive.The post Four ways to remain productive when the AdWords interface changes appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Four ways to remain productive when the AdWords interface changes Four ways to remain productive when the AdWords interface changesYou are here:
Not sure what everyone thinks a NFL athlete man punching a woman was going to look like, but here it is.Good job, good effort, OU. 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.
T.J. LoganUNC4.37 Former OSU running back Chris Carson shined in day one of the NFL Combine on Thursday with his monstrous bench press performance that finished just behind OU’s Samaje Perine for most reps.Day two of the combine features prospects running around in skin-tight spandex and showing quickly they can reach top speed over a distance of 40 yards, and Carson once again proved why he might be a valuable addition to an NFL roster. Here’s where his 40-time stacked up among some of the big names, via NFL.com. Here’s his first attempt (his second was a 4.60). ParticipantSchool40-yd. dash Samaje PerineOU33.0 Corey ClementWisconsin28.5 Alvin KamaraTennessee4.56 T.J. LoganUNC33.5 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. Chris CarsonOSU4.58 Wayne GallmanClemson4.60 Corey ClementWisconsin4.68 Wayne GallmanClemson29.5 Dalvin CookFSU4.49 Leonard FournetteLSU4.51 Samaje PerineOU4.65 Christian McCaffreyStanford37.5 Leonard FournetteLSU28.5 Christian McCaffreyStanford4.48 Dalvin CookFSU30.5 Chris CarsonOSU37.0 James ConnorPitt29.0 Alvin KamaraTennessee39.5 #okstate RB Chris Carson ran a 4.58 on his first attempt in the 40 at the #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/Z3or1m5Rbl— Kendrick Marshall (@KD_Marshall) March 3, 2017It will take more than a fast time, but it’s worth noting that Carson achieved a respectable 40 time given his competition. Guys like Corey Clement of Wisconsin, James Connor of Pitt and even Samaje Perine all finished below him. And finishing in the same range as a guy like Leonard Fournette, who is sure to be a first rounder, can’t hurt the perception any. The two are semi-comparable in weight (Carson 218, Fournette 240) and running styles, and Carson held his own — and dominated in vertical leap.While NFL scouts look at tape and production, they also take into account how prospects test. Which is why finishing in the top 20 in speed, and top 5 in vertical jump, is a big deal. Here’s the same prospects and how each finished in the vertical jump. For more testing results including the broad jump, you can see full combine results at NFL.com. James ConnorPitt4.65 ParticipantSchoolVertical (inches)
If you paid attention to last week’s NFL Draft — or any in recent memory — you saw the huge premium teams are willing to pay just for a shot at landing their next franchise QB. As Mike Gundy is apt to say, “if your quarterback can make plays and be effective, you have a lot better chance of being more than average.” Or something along those lines.The buzz surrounding Oklahoma State’s franchise QB is only going to increase the closer we get to September. Earlier this week, we looked at some pretty lofty expectations already in place for Mason Rudolph and his No. 1 receiver, James Washington.Now Pro Football Focus has come out with their own “way-too-early” mock draft for 2018. They have Rudolph going No. 3 to the San Francisco 49ers.That makes Rudolph the No. 2 quarterback prospect according to PFF, behind USC’s 2016 savior Sam Darnold. James Washington also lands at No. 22 in their mock draft.Here’s what they had to say about OSU’s Heisman candidate.Rudolph is often overlooked when citing the best quarterbacks in the class of 2018, but he has the best resume of the bunch after finishing eighth in the nation with an 86.7 grade in 2015 and second with a 92.7 grade last season. Rudolph still has some consistency issues to iron out, but he throws the ball very accurately outside the numbers and he’s handled pressure extremely well over the last two seasons. The 49ers exhibited patience with the quarterback class in 2017, but they can get their future signal-caller a year from now. PFFIt’s hard to understand exactly what it is about Rudolph that allows him to be so overlooked. Maybe it’s his reserved demeanor or his team’s lack of a Big 12 title during his tenure. Or his playing a perceived second fiddle to the flashy and boisterous signal caller from down south.Regardless of what has kept him a secret until now, the cat’s out of the bag. If Rudolph puts up the numbers we expect and OSU has even a decent season, he won’t be playing second fiddle to anyone from around these parts on draft night. 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.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame quarterback and current Fox analyst Brady Quinn made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday, talking the NFL and college football. There was a lot of discussion regarding nutrition and the physical statures of NFL quarterbacks.More interestingly though, Patrick asked Quinn about Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp strategy and how he felt about it. During his answer, Quinn referenced Nick Saban’s quote about it being a gray area and that he expected them to become regulated. Patrick then followed up with a juicy query: would Quinn rather play for Nick Saban or Jim Harbaugh?“I don’t know, it’s tough,” Quinn said. “I mean, Nick Saban has the championships so I think you’d probably have to go in that direction at least at this point, but I think you’d have much more fun with Jim Harbaugh. Looking at it, maybe I’d change my mind because Harbaugh has more of the NFL pedigree, at least from when he was there and the success he had. And he was a former quarterback with a lot of success as well, so maybe he’d be able to see more eye-to-eye with you as a player.“So as much as it pains me to say because I really wouldn’t want to play for either, I’m a Notre Dame guy, but I’d have to maybe say Harbaugh in this case.”We guess you can score one more small victory for Harbaugh in the ongoing “battle” between he and Saban. You can watch the full video of Quinn’s interview with Patrick below. [ Saturday Tradition ]