David, Darder, Melendo and Roca: the handmade average of Abelardo

first_imgWhen David was tanning away from his home, Sergi Darder landed in the Sports City. He was 14 years old and came from Mallorca. He played as a midfielder and everyone was struck by his laterality, capable of turning on himself and going out on any side. Skills you still have. In the 2012-13 campaign, the quarry directors, advised by Mauricio Pochettino, decided that they had no projection in the first team. He went to Malaga. Five years later he returned for eight million. In the three games he has been in LaLiga, Abelardo Fernández decided that the midfield was from the quarry: David López, Marc Roca, Sergi Darder and Óscar Melendo, players who have gone through the lower categories in different generations. However, with the sanction of Roca and the signing of Adrián Embarba, the midfield must vary.In times of spending and recordings, it should be remembered that there is no better heritage than the home player, for cost, performance and implication, as seen in the Ceramics with the tears of David Lopez speaking before the press or the energy with which Roca celebrated the victory with the fans. The four players have gone through different stages in the club, with back and forth paths and after overcoming bitter situations, an example that the player grows in adversities. The first is David López, who arrived as a youth from the Damm. To sign him, Josep Manel Casanova gave Aleix Vidal to the beer club. Interestingly, now both compete in First. It was not easy for David, who had to work his way back after playing on loan at Terrassa, Leganés and Huesca. Already at that time, in the quarry they compared it with Moisés Hurtado.center_img His return coincided with Marc Roca’s disappointing experience under Quique Sánchez Flores after a promising premiere last year. The midfielder arrived as a child, from Vilafranca. It was a ‘strips’ that acted indoors and scored goals. He went through difficult years, with changes in position and with his continuity hanging by a thread. Finally, Rubi’s year exploded and now it’s a fixture with all the technicians.The one who closes the circle is Melendo, a perfect story in Espanyol: Sant Adrià’s neighbor who points to the Escola and arrives at the first team. But on that road there is jungle. The player was always one of the casualties at the beginning of the season: he had to win the position and had just started. In the quarry they remember his stature and when they had to give him the clothes of the season: as a child they gave him the one of baby and of youth the one of infantile. But he always overcame adversities, such as those he has had this course, substitute with Pablo Machín, key in Ceramics.last_img read more

She’s A Maneater to devour rivals in Cash Pot Trophy at Caymanas Park

first_img FRONT RUNNER THE Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds commences its 12th season at Caymanas Park today\ with the first race in the series, the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight. The series, which offers $11.4 million in total prize money, will continue on November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, before culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who has dominated the series with 12 wins since it started in 2005, holds a strong hand – as usual – with three challengers, led by the unbeaten pair of SHE’S A MANEATER, under leading jockey Omar Walker and ARMAGEDDON, with Ameth Robles up, as well as MR. UNIVERSE. SHE’S A MANEATER and ARMAGEDDON were impressive in victory on their only outing, the filly SHE’S A MANEATER looking awesome in winning the $1 million Front Runner Sprint over 1100 metres by 10 lengths (eased) in the smart time of 1:05.3, one of the fastest ever recorded by a two-year-old. This filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’, Ahwhofah, is obviously a special brand and having looked razor sharp at exercise in her preparation, could do something out of the ordinary. DaCosta also believes that ARMAGEDDON has a touch of class, having won his only race by the proverbial city block recently. The son of Nuclear Wayne galloped 5 1/2 furlongs in a fast 1:06.3 at exercise some days ago and is focused enough to ensure that my selection, SHE’S A MANEATER, is extended. Other firm fancies on the Cash Pot raceday programme are FIERY PATH to go one better in the first race, DYSFUNCTIONAL to do likewise in the third, PRINCE KAMALI in the fourth and SHADE OF BEAUTY in the seventh.last_img read more

Die Ebola Die!

first_imgTHE MORNING echo felt like the antecedent of an ominous experience when I suddenly awoke from bed. My Bushrod Island community felt like a hush echo of a disappointed period, for a life changing event had become visible that it was trying the patience of the residents with much concern.  “What time is it?” a voice behind me inquired, and turning to the table clock, I took in a deep breath and exhaled it with much strength and said, “It’s just 8:30.” I felt a little heavy in my legs and thought about events of last night.  “Still thinking about last night?” I smiled as Jennifer broke my thought.  “Yes,” I said, smiling, “why shouldn’t I?”  Jennifer was my wife of five years. With her question I silently asked myself again and again about events, tragic ones that had happened since our marriage.  “You will have to live with it.” That assurance was necessary but difficult. Last night, I witnessed the refusal of a young woman and her two children to join an ambulance that had been called to convey them to an Ebola treatment center. The woman, Dorothy Joe had refused for fear that once sent to the center, known as The Ebola Treatment Unit, she would be diagnosed as having been infected by the Ebola Virus, and would be quarantined and might possibly die, since in fact it had been reported that the disease had no cure.  I was a member of the local Ebola Awareness Taskforce, and intervened in her case, and despite her initial refusal, managed to see reason and transported for testing and supervision.  Though I was successful, I could not forget what Dorothy told me with reluctance, bothered on fear. “A sickness that does not have a cure,” she said, tears streaming down her face, “could mean survival might be just through chance.” Though I could reason with her comment, since what could not be cured just might be endured. But a disease without a cure could mean a sure way for infected persons to die. In the end she came through, along with her children and hope returned to her family.  The strange disease had come unexpected and I realized that unaware of what it was, it created misunderstanding simply because healthcare practioners claimed that there was no cure, which was the hard part. And to further confuse the situation was the alarming number of deaths by nurses.   The difficulty was to convince the community that though Ebola had no cure at its full blown stage, it nevertheless could be contained once detected from the beginning of its attack through testing and supervision. “The Ebola virus comes with several symptoms,” I told her, “and so like headache, it can be treated, like vomiting, it can be treated and so you can’t wait till all come together to destroy your body.” That was reasonable enough argument to convince Dorothy to go along with her children. There was also a group of young men and women who insisted that while it was true that something was killing the people slowly, they did not think it was anything called Ebola doing the killing.  Examining events of last night brought fond memories of how effective I was in making the woman see reason to agree to be transported to a center for help. In my effort to ensure that many disbelieving Liberians realize the fact of Ebola’s presence and taking preventive actions, the application of force was necessary.  “Do we have to force people to accept the reality of Ebola’s presence in the country?” “You did not use force last night did you?” “I didn’t” “Why are you suggesting the use of force?” “This is because of the slow understanding of the dangerous effect on Liberians.” I knew there was no force against Dorothy, but there were frequent reports of denial, along with threat of physical violence against health workers by relatives who made claims of their family dead.  True, I was also aware of the imposition of the state of emergency by the Liberian government which should indicate that as far as the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus was gaining momentum, it was extremely necessary to use some extra-ordinary measures against those who continued to deny it, and make collection of their dead dangerous.  I HAVE been involved in the Ebola Awareness Campaign for the last several months, and in those months several hundred bodies had been collected. I could not understand how far the virus could go to depopulate the population. It was beyond understanding which suggested to me that somehow there was someone who could have knowledge of the Ebola Virus beginning.  But who? As a volunteer I hardly received any incentive which was not my major problem. I was willing to work for the community, outside Monrovia but I was not sure if I would live through the Ebola Scourge. I had had sometime to examine my role, along with many other volunteers about our fate in the fight. What would happen just in case like many of the nurses and doctors who had become victims, I became a victim to the Ebola fight?  No, I was not a coward, and therefore sacrificing my life for my people could be a noble idea. But, I worried that just in case things did not go as expected, would I be remembered? Beads of perspiration formed on my forehead as I threw several questions and came up with probable answers and in the end I felt the need to continue as a volunteer in the fight against Ebola. After all many had been killed by the virus and there were many others who might possibly be killed also. What was so much special about my family?  With a young wife, and what I had anticipated as a bright prospect, the sudden appearance of the Ebola Virus was evidently a harbinger of death that could destroy my dream or might have apparently kill many a couple’s dream. Though I had not discussed the eventuality of any negative outcome with her, I knew that if it became true that I was infected, there was a high possibility of infecting my wife, and without question creating the condition for our destruction. In my heart I prayed for the death of Ebola, and it was one of my mantras, as I joined other volunteers to fight against it since it was became evident that there was nowhere that I could run to for safety. To imagine of the end with a sense of hope was too numbing, to consider the least. I knew there was a God of creation somewhere in the heavens but whether he was interested in our condition to bring us some remedy I could not be sure.  For there had been apparent hopelessness on the part of religious men, since their past prayers and fasts had not help stamp out the situation. 2I WOULD have to admit that Liberia was facing a difficult period in its existence and obviously a time of extreme crisis. It was also a period of agony where the government was in tatters in the face of the depopulation by the Ebola Virus.  I could remember the lamentation of a writer, who said, when he was apparently faced with such gruesome realities in his day: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”    As authorities cried in utter desolation, and several deputies would not respond to the invitation to return, after seeking what was described as refuge abroad, I could only place the period to those of what the English writer Charles Dickens penned that abundantly reflected on the current period. As I reflected on the realities that were too glaring to be ignored, I turned my attention to the radio that sat on my table announcing the horrors of the period.  “The number of deaths of victims of the deadly Ebola disease is rising,” the announcer said, “since last week Thursday, where the number stood 550, latest information estimates more than one thousand Liberians have died so far.”  The announcer continued, “In Montserrado County, one hundred cases were reported and fifty were confirmed; in Margibi County…” and he went on to tell his audience the latest casualty figures of the Liberian Ebola dead.   My reaction was that of despondency. What was this thing called Ebola virus? Who made it? Thinking about the Ebola’s devastating effect put me in a state of anguish and I desperately wanted to seek refuse somewhere. But where? The pain of hopelessness surged through me with such devastating effect that I could only wonder in resignation. I could also not agree with some religious leaders who claimed that the current crisis was a form of punishment from God. I knew we had suffered long enough, for if the fourteen years of the recent civil-war, killing an estimated 250,000 people was not enough punishment inflicted by misguided politicians, then blaming God for the ravages of the Ebola virus was too premature and an attempt to escape reality. In the end I could only plead to the bearded oldman above to let Ebola die naturally. Die Ebola die.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Cup ‘just the beginning’ for Mbappe-led France

first_imgThe average age of a fine back four of Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez is just 23.Ousmane Dembele, who cost Barcelona 105 million euros ($123 million), played for just two minutes in the knockout stages, while France’s other goalscorers on Sunday, Antoine Griezmann, 27, and Paul Pogba, 25, are in their prime.In scoring his fourth goal of the tournament and France’s fourth of a 4-2 win in the World Cup final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, Mbappe — named young player of tournament — became the youngest player since Pele to score in football’s biggest match.“I have a story to write, this is just the beginning,” Mbappe warned the world. “I intend to go even further.”It is not the first time in Russia the lightning-quick Paris Saint-Germain forward has drawn comparisons with the Brazilian great. In scoring twice against Argentina in the last 16, Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele to score multiple goals in a World Cup game.“If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again,” tweeted Pele.After starring as a 17-year-old in 1958, Pele went on to win two more World Cups, and while Mbappe has much to do to match those feats, there is no telling how dominant a young French squad littered with world-class players can become.Just nine players of the World Cup-winning squad were at Euro 2016, although there were just five changes comparing the starting line-ups from the two finals.France midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring in the World Cup final © AFP / Adrian DENNISOnly Nigeria sent a younger group than Didier Deschamps’s 23 to Russia yet France can boast serial winners at club level in Varane, Mbappe, Pogba and N’Golo Kante.“Kylian Mbappe is just 19. I hope he will win it again but you never know,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.“Just like 20 years ago there were also 19-year-old players like David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry. They could have (won it again), but did not.”– France make amends –Despite a failure to lift the World Cup a second time, Henry, Trezeguet and Deschamps were part of the side that backed up their success by winning Euro 2000.Following in the footsteps of their boss, who captained the 1998 World Cup-winning side, is the challenge for France after making amends for losing the Euro 2016 final on home soil.The difference in 2016 was that Deschamps did not have Mbappe to call on when looking for inspiration against Portugal.France coach Didier Deschamps is thrown into the air by his players after their World Cup win © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVMbappe’s performances in Russia are the culmination of a whirlwind two years for the world’s most expensive teenager after two Ligue 1 titles and a 180 million euro move from Monaco to PSG.“Winning a World Cup so young opens doors. Now I need to keep working,” added Mbappe, who insisted he will “100 percent” remain at PSG despite interest from Real Madrid in making him Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor at the European champions.Mbappe seems destined to one day inherit Ronaldo’s crown as the holder of the Ballon d’Or and is now a contender to end the domination of the Portuguese and Lionel Messi.Ominously for the competition, France only look like getting stronger as Mbappe and a host of youthful teammates mature.“The new players have helped us enormously,” said Griezmann. “Pavard, Lucas and Kyky (Mbappe) have added an extra dimension to this team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France forward Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 16 – Kylian Mbappe and another supremely talented generation of French players may just be getting started after overcoming Croatia to win the World Cup in Russia.While the 19-year-old is the poster boy for France’s new crop of talent, the make-up of the squad suggests they have the youth and firepower to dominate international football for years to come.last_img read more

Glitz4Girlz ® Velvet Scrunchie Hair Band : Velvet Scrunchie

first_imgArrived very quickly and i wear it all the time. It’s just what i was looking for so i’m very pleased. Product as described, good quality and arrived on time. Great seller, thanks very much. Glitz4Girlz® Black Velvet Scrunchie Hair BandTake on that eighties trend with this gorgeous velvet scrunchie! Perfect for use on those bad hair days, this scrunchie is a must have this season! Good product, lasted me ages, exactly what i expected it to be, really like it and hasn’t broken it at all and lasted for a while love it. I wear this allllll the time. Holds hair well and i much prefer it to tying my hair up with a regular elastic bobble. Lovely hair accessory, it is strongly elasticated for those of us with thick hair and i wear it often. Glitz4Girlz® Black Velvet Scrunchie Hair Band : Arrived very quickly and i wear it all the time. It’s just what i was looking for so i’m very pleased. Product as described, good quality and arrived on time. Great seller, thanks very much. Does the job plus quite surprised how cheap they are so definately a bargain. Does the job plus quite surprised how cheap they are so definately a bargain. I wear this allllll the time. Holds hair well and i much prefer it to tying my hair up with a regular elastic bobble. Good product, lasted me ages, exactly what i expected it to be, really like it and hasn’t broken it at all and lasted for a while love it. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-11-07 13:55:13Reviewed Item Glitz4Girlz® Black Velvet Scrunchie Hair BandRating 4.0 / 5  stars, based on  11  reviewsPrice£1.85last_img read more

Breeding for faster-growing bluegills and yellow perch

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Inside cool water-filled tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied. Female yellow perch mate with other female yellow perch; male bluegills with other male bluegills.This might make one wonder, unless, of course, your profession is selective breeding of fish, and your goal is to get them to grow faster. Hanping Wang, who manages The Ohio State University’s Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development, has succeeded in raising faster-growing fish by artificially mating them in a not so typical way.On average, the resulting offspring reach market size six months faster than bluegills or yellow perch bred out of standard male-female mating. That’s because among yellow perch, females grow quicker than males. Among bluegills, males grow faster than females.For an Ohio fish farmer, having fish that mature faster than average could be a significant savings in fish food and in time waiting to sell them, said Wang, whose center in Piketon is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The aim of the center is to spur the state’s aquaculture industry, in part through research on two of the state’s most common fish: yellow perch and bluegill.Aquaculture, the practice of raising fish in a controlled environment of indoor tanks or outdoor ponds, is slowly growing, but still a relatively small Ohio industry. In 2017, 227 people in the state had permits allowing them to sell seafood. Any advances in farming that make it faster or easier to raise fish or shellfish could prove useful and profitable.“We’re using the animals’ maximum potential to make them grow faster for human benefit,” Wang said. “We have to do it this way to meet the growing need for food, specifically protein. You need to have a process to produce more animals — more chickens, cows, pigs and fish.”Among yellow perch, the females grow 60 to 70% faster than the males, and they grow larger than the males. As a result, it makes sense that a breeder would want to produce the fastest-growing female yellow perch. So Wang did exactly that. He mated females to females with the help of grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state-based Ohio Sea Grant program, which funds research in the Great Lakes and aquaculture.On average, it takes a farmer 16 months to raise a yellow perch to reach market size. Now it can take as little as 10 months if neo-males are mated with typical female yellow perch, Wang said.“The farmer saves on labor, saves on feed and saves on space,” he said.With bluegills, the males grow faster and bigger than the females. So, Wang took males and mated them with males through a process similar to what was done with the yellow perch, so they became what Wang calls “neo-females.” The offspring of a neo-female bluegill and a male bluegill were all male fish that could grow to 1 pound, the size needed to sell them, in about a year, cutting three to five months off the typical time needed for them to mature.“It doesn’t matter if it’s a fish or a tomato or a soybean, if you can shorten the amount of time it takes to grow the item to market size while still maintaining the same nutritional quality, that will just improve the farmer’s profit margin,” said Matthew Smith, an OSU Extension aquaculture specialist. Smith’s main priority is expanding sustainable, profitable fish farms in Ohio.Aquaculture can play a critical role as our oceans and Great Lakes are overfished, Smith said. “It’s a way to provide a balance.”last_img read more

2010: A Big Year For Remote Web Workers

first_imgThis year proved to be a strong one for online employment, as more and more took to the Web to find work, where an increasing number of jobs are for employers in other geographic areas, according to a report released by Elance.Elance reported its one-millionth job listing, as an annually-growing number of job seekers and freelancers use the site to find work. In total, the site saw 375,000 new listings in 2010, a 40% increase from last year. Web workers are cumulatively now earning over $100 million per year through the site. While these trends are specific to Elance, they tell us something about the job market as a whole, which is clearly becoming more mobile and distributed as technology continues to enable that shift. Elance highlights the explosion of mobile computing by reporting that the number of businesses posting mobile development jobs grew by 98% this year. In one of its more interesting breakdowns, the report outlines which skills grew in demand this year and which ones appear to be on their way out. Search engine marketing topped the list of “hot” skills for 2010, followed by iPhone development, Google App Engine, HTML5 and affiliate marketing. Decreasing in demand were skills related to direct marketing, BlackBerrys, Amazon Web Services, DHTML and Telemarketing. Photo by Flickr user jsogo john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#biz A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra, we love you, but that’s a really odd jacket you’re wearing

first_imgPriyanka Chopra is leaving no stone unturned in promoting her Hollywood debut film, Baywatch. Toggling between multiple talk shows and press sessions is no easy task but PeeCee does everything with utmost ease, while looking her stunning self, of course.The ravishing Quantico star has been donning some of the most stylish outfits of the season while surpassing our expectations. While her all-leather black, dress and that divine white outfit she wore for Baywatch promotions in Mumbai,  made us go heart-eyes over the Exotic singer, one of her recent looks clearly missed the signature  PeeCee charm we’re all die-hard fans of.Also Read: Priyanka Chopra has proven she can pull off a leather dress like no one elseRecently, Piggy Chops was spotted at the airport in the kind of outfit that was a little too shabby to be donned by someone like her–a celeb who featured on the Victoria’s Secret’s list for being the best dressed woman at an international red carpet.While we refused to believe that Priyanka was actually spotted in that hot pink, oversized jacket with floral prints on the border, her gorgeous face did manage to negate its effect.Picture courtesy: Instagram/afashionistadiaries The weird shade of hot pink and the strange looking flowers on the border made for a not-so-great colour blend, but we’re trying to reason why PeeCee picked that jacket. Being the fashion genius that she is, we’re sure there’s something our commoner eyes cannot see.Taking our eyes off from PeeCee’s jacket wasn’t that great an idea, because her skinny, black jeans made things worse for the outfit. The unflattering black jeans that she donned were everything but well-fitted. In fact, they were a little too long for PeeCee and ruffled around her ankles–that’s the shabby part of the ensemble.advertisementAlso Read: Priyanka Chopra spills blue magic at the Baywatch premiereWhile her jacket and jeans turned out to be dud choices, the black stilettos she was sporting didn’t compliment the outfit either. PeeCee’s shoes were pretty, but definitely not the kind of pretty the outfit needed.PeeCee has been wooing the world with her chic outfits abroad and back home, and has bestowed upon us brilliant ensembles. So, we can really let this pass.last_img read more

Bindra appointed member of IOC’s elite Athletes’ Commission

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) India’s champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been appointed member of the prestigious Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the rare honour adding another feather to his illustrious cap. Bindra became only the second Indian sportsperson, after badminton ace Saina Nehwal, to be appointed to the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. “Humbled and privileged to be appointed a member of the @Olympics Athlete’s commission. Look forward to work hard for the athletes and the Olympic movement !” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle. The 35-year-old Bindra, now retired, remains India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, having claimed the top prize in men’s 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Games. A former world champion who came close to winning a second Olympic medal at the Rio Games in 2016, Bindra shared the IOC letter on his social networking page. “As every year and as per recommendation 40 of the Olympic Agenda 2020, I have reviewed in consultation with the Chairs the scope and composition of the IOC Commissions. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I appoint you as a member of the Athletes’ Commission,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in the letter addressed to Bindra. The IOC chief also mentioned about the composition of the Commission. “As you are aware, due to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October this year, please note that the Commissions’ meetings for 2018 will exceptionally take place from 14 to 20 January 2019. “For 2019, we will go back to the previous schedule with the review of the composition of the Commissions in spring and the Commissions’ week in November 2019.advertisement “Thank you in advance for your valuable participation and looking forward to seeing you soon.” In 2014, Bindra was elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) Athletes Committee, becoming the first Indian to receive the honour. Olympic bronze medallist shuttler Nehwal was appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commissions in October 2016. PTI AH AH ATKATKlast_img read more

Why points allowed by a defense is an antiquated notion

first_imgUSATSI_8085150_154512258_lowresIn Tuesday’s Tulsa World Bill Haisten wrote the following about the rise of the Oklahoma State defense:There are several statistics that can be considered in the assessment of a defense, but no stats are as important as these: third-down conversion defense and points allowed (per game).I can be talked into third-down conversion rate but the points allowed stat — nope, it’s just not a valid way to measure defensive prowess.[1. This isn’t a shot at Haisten, by the way. I like him — he does good work — just an opportunity to show how college football is shifting statistically.]Don’t take my word for it though — that’s a Glenn Spencer theory. Here’s what he told ESPN earlier this year.“How are you going to win the game? How many points per possession?” Spencer asks. “We have a lot more possessions to defend than a lot of teams in the nation.”Let’s take a look at last year as an example. OSU was 21st in the country in points per game given up at 21.6 — not bad, but probably not elite.If you look at points per drive given up, though, OSU was No. 6. The reason? It was on the field for 1,049 plays, fourth most in the country.Contrast that with Florida, which was on the field for 712 plays because its games plod along like a mule walking up a mountain. Florida was ranked ahead of OSU last season in points per game given up but there’s nobody that thinks Florida had a better defense than OSU did.In fact, Florida gave up 1.95 points per drive which was 49th in the country. That’s not very good and it has the 4-7 record to prove it.Haisten goes on to compare OSU’s defense this season to defenses in previous seasons, which I think is fair, but I think we should be careful about the way we throw tempo stats out there — especially with teams that play in the Big 12.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.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