Are Democrats the Guardians of Science?

first_imgDan Danbom reviewed Chris Mooney’s The Republican War On Science in the Rocky Mountain News.  According to Danbom, Mooney argues “that the Bush administration ignores, subverts, twists and misrepresents science to conform to its political goals.” The review includes these quotes from the book:….in politicized fights involving science, it is rare to find liberals entirely innocent of abuses.  But they are almost never as guilty as the right.Reagan’s self-appointed state board of education had pushed to weaken the teaching of evolution and endorsed creationism…. The Reagan administration’s sympathies with creationism signaled a new development for the Republican Party and conservatism more generally.  From this moment forward, many of the party’s leaders willingly distorted or even denied the bedrock scientific theory of evolution, and encouraged pseudoscientific thinking, to satisfy a traditionalist religious constituency.Danbom calls The Republican War on Science “a book that is as carefully constructed as a laboratory experiment.”  According to the book, Republicans pick and choose among the scientific data in order to support their pet projects.  He concludes his review with, “Mooney challenges the reader to ask just how important unvarnished science is to us, no matter what our political predilections.”The book and the review are exercises in hypocrisy.  Mooney argues that Republicans are more guilty of selective science than liberals (notice that Democrats are not specifically named in the article) who support “bedrock scientific theory of evolution.”  Just how important is unvarnished science to someone who thinks evolution rocks?(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Finally! A trophy worth bringing home

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On my son’s window sill sit about six trophies from his days of playing anything from soccer to baseball, basketball to flag football. But the newest addition to his collection is the one that should mean the most.Two years ago, Calvin decided he wanted to join the Cub Scouts. At that time our lives were already busy and adding another weekly meeting to our schedule seemed more like a chore at first. So to be sure it would be time well spent, I ask Cal if he would stick with it once he got started. He was so excited that we were even thinking about letting him join, that the answer to that question was easy to see by the wide grin on his face.I can’t say enough about what Cub Scouts has done for my little guy. He sees the world much differently after the lessons learned and the good deeds done. His grasp of responsibility has emerged and his confidence level is at an all-time high after volunteering to say the “Scout Oath” in front of the entire pack at a meeting last month (he might just be as big of a ham as his Dad).The activities keep him going all year long. We have spring and fall camp outs. We volunteer in parts of our community that might need a helping hand and this year he even learned CPR. For both Calvin and I, the best part of the year is getting a car ready for the annual Pinewood Derby Races. We have used the past couple of Christmas Breaks to get our ride ready for the track. Last year was our rookie season and I didn’t know the first thing about how to make that little car go. I let Cal design the car and put the weights on where he saw fit. Even with my lack of knowledge, it was difficult to not “butt in” and help a little more to make sure we came in with a respectable time (and hopefully just made it down the track).I think he and I would call year one a success. We didn’t have the fastest hot rod, but we didn’t have the slowest one either. But boy did that car look good!As soon as we left last year’s race he was talking about how to make an even better car this year. He heard from other scouts that putting more weight on the back of the car would make it faster and that aerodynamics can make a big difference too.Right after we picked up this year’s rectangular, unfinished block of wood, Cal told me he wanted to make this car look like a piece of cheese. I told him that Ohio was the No. 1 producing Swiss Cheese state in the nation and within a split second his mind was made up.Work began as we made that unimaginative block into a yellow wedge with randomly placed and sized dots of black paint. After a few days, “Holey Cow” was ready to go!Cal was excited and a little nervous (his Dad was too) to see how much he had improved his model from just a year ago. There would be an hour of racing 80 grueling heats of three cars to find out.In Calvin’s first heat, he was the first to cross the finish line and he was elated. Minutes later another first place and then yet another. Three for three was a start neither of us expected. We came up against some stiff competition as the morning went on and the last three heats had us in 2nd, 2nd and 1st!After all of the times were tallied, it was time to announce the winners. Wouldn’t you know it that the Third Place trophy for the den went to none other than Calvin Higgins.I was very proud, but I couldn’t show it too much with the other dads milling around. Needless to say Cal was proud too and he clenched that trophy tight all the way home. This trophy was different. This trophy meant something more. This trophy was earned and not just given for showing up, like the six previous ones were.The score was kept. The results were real. The effort paid off. Now THAT is a trophy worth bringing home. Calvin has already made room for an even bigger trophy next year and he already has a plan to make that happen.last_img read more

Rocks of Hyderabad – Golconda — Geocache of the Week

first_imgEarthCacheGC6CX04by Tomazzo69 Just a short distance from Hyderabad, the technical hub of Telangana, India, stands the fortress of Golconda. Started in 1143, it was built up by several dynasties through the centuries, protecting royalty and priceless jewels alike. The fortress may be old, but it’s practically a spring chicken compared to the rocks on and from which it is built. And although breathtaking, we’re talking about an EarthCache, so it is the rocks themselves that are the real stars of our Geocache of the Week, Rocks of Hyderabad – Golconda.The ruins of Golconda. Image by nykkoleDon’t get distracted by Golconda’s diamonds. For this cache, we’re interested in its granite. Most of the area is built on granite dating back over 2.5 billion years, making it some of the oldest and hardest rock in the world.Tackle your big rocks first. Image by The IronsGeologists estimate that the rocks formed about the same time as the earth’s crust, when molten magma bubbled up from within the earth and cooled under the surface.These rocks are a reminder not to take erosion for granite! Image by nykkoleOver time—about 25 million years—the softer outer layers of granite eroded away, leaving the tors around which Golconda was built.Four tourists touring glorious tors. Image by RATCHET_FMRThe granite maintained a natural cooling and drainage system within the structure, which played an important role in the construction and maintenance of the fortress. These systems fed the once lush, sprawling gardens, the remnants of which are still visible today.Gaze on the green gardens of Golconda. Image by nykkoleOnce you learn all you can from the rock, take some time to explore the ruins of the fortress itself. After all, it’s listed as an official treasure on the Archeological Survey of India’s “List of Monuments.”Golconda rocks! Image by LadatIn addition to the imposing architecture, you can also view cannons, tombs, and intricate painted wall art. The fortress’ natural acoustic system was specially designed to amplify sound. The noise of a single clap is said to be able to travel over a kilometer through the acoustically engineered corridors.On the steps of the palace. Image by Morph1umIf you visit, the fort itself is open daily from 9:00 to 17:30, but consider visiting in the late afternoon and staying into the evening for the light and sound show that bathes the ancient rocks in stunning color.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:IndiaN 17° 22.989 E 078° 23.965′ SharePrint RelatedPão de Açúcar — Geocache of the WeekApril 12, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”These rocks just won’t sit still. — The Secret of the Rolling Stones (GC2FFRV) — Geocache of the WeekJune 5, 2013In “Community”Happy Independence Day! – Granite Rushmore (GC33JW4) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 3, 2013In “Community” Difficulty:2.5Terrain:2.5last_img read more

Injured Gambhir may skip WI tour, likely to play against Mumbai

first_imgThe Indian skipper of the ODI team for the West Indies tour in June, Gautam Gambhir, has an injury in his right shoulder, sources confirmed on Wednesday. Gambhir underwent an MRI scan on his shoulder on Tuesday. Though the details of report were awaited, according to sources in his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he was fit to play the crucial eliminator against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday evening. The winners of the match would qualify for the Champions League and would also get a chance to make it to the IPL finals, while the losing side would be eliminated from the tournament. During the KKR’s last league match against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on May 22, Gambhir looked in pain after he threw the ball to the wicketkeeper in the 19th over. He was seen holding his shoulder in pain but stayed on the field till the end of the match. To recover, Gambhir might require a surgery, rehabilitation or just rest. Sources said that the injury was similar to that of his opening partner Virender Sehwag, who played the World Cup despite pain but was out of the IPL midway. If Gambhir misses out the ODI tour, vice captain Suresh Raina might lead India in the West Indies.last_img read more

OSU Target Israel Antwine Decommits from Ole Miss

first_imgWhile 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. One of Oklahoma State’s top targets for 2018 is back on the market.Three-star defensive tackle Israel Antwine announced on twitter last night that he was rescinding his commitment to Ole Miss.“The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me. However I would like to thank my family and coaches for helping me through this recruiting process and plans for my future. I want to thank the Ole Miss staff for giving me the opportunity to continue my career as a student athlete, but due to recent events I will be re-opening the recruiting process and will re-evaluate where I will continue my collegiate career… I will not be open to immediate interviews due to me preparing for the start of my Sr. season however I will not prolong the recruiting process either. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. thank you.”AdChoices广告Antwine’s decision to decommit from the Rebels isn’t surprising. He said himself he was reconsidering his commitment just last week. Considering what Ole Miss is dealing with involving potential sanctions and head coach Hugh Freeze stepping down, you can’t blame him.You have to expect Oklahoma State to be in the running for the talented defensive tackle, though their stiffest competition may come from a late contender. Texas made an offer to Antwine on July 26, when it looked like he would eventually decommit. Now, 247Sports has the Longhorns as the overwhelming favorites to land the Oklahoma City area prospect from Millwood High.If OSU is going to land him, they might not have long to swing his favor in their direction. Antwine says he won’t draw out the recruiting process, which makes me believe he has a short list of landing spots he’s leaning toward.last_img read more

Can Oklahoma State Keep Causing Turnovers?

first_img2014-5T987-6 YearTurnover MarginRankingRecord 2013122133T5 2015+13T410-3 Tre Flowers02 There’s a direct correlation between winning the turnover battle and winning games. That’s not news to anyone but it’s definitely on the mind of Mike Gundy and Glenn Spencer heading into this fall.“Scoring defense, turnovers and red-zone defense,” Spencer told PFB. “Those are the three most relevant things that determine winning football games.”Part of last year’s margin can be attributed to Rudolph’s uber-efficient junior season where he led all Power 5 QBs with a TD-to-interception ratio of 28:4. But Spencer’s teams have been among the nation’s leaders in “takin’ it back” since he took over as defensive coordinator in 2013, save for that unadorned 2014 season.Here’s a look at forced turnovers over the last several seasons. 2013+17T410-3 2011+21112-1 2016111425T24 2012111122T58 Cole Walterscheid01 20112024441 As it was in most categories, the 2011 team was the high-water mark. It forced 44 turnovers, which is insane and the most of any team in the last ten yearsSo how does a team get good at forcing turnovers? Is it all luck? Is it team speed? Scheme? Or do some players just have a nose for the ball? Ask three “experts” and you’ll likely get three different answers, but I think it’s got to be a combination of all of it, although Mike Gundy and safety Ramon Richards have mentioned team speed lately.“Man, we got guys that can fly around. A real fast defense,” Richards told Go Pokes. “You know, the ones, twos and even some of the threes can fly around and make up if any of our guys get tired.”“Defensively we’re similar because we don’t have a player everyone is going to say just dominates, but we have a lot of speed,” Gundy told Doug Gottlieb. “I think they’re really fast. Playing in our conference, it’s so important to have speed to cover from sideline to sideline. They need to force turnovers.”As far as 2017 goes, the Cowboys lost the players responsible for eight of their 14 forced fumbles and six of their 12 interceptions. Here are the returning players who dispossessed an opponent in 2016. 201421214T116 YearFumbles GainedINTS GainedTurnovers GainedRanking 2016+11T1010-3center_img 2010+12T1111-2 2010151934T5 20120T598-5 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. We are two weeks from the start of Oklahoma State’s football season — and there’s plenty to be excited about.The fanbase’s brimming optimism has recently started to spill over with a few members of the national media pouring their own glass of orange Kool-Aid. Joel Klatt picked Mason Rudolph to win the Heisman. Even a certain maligned publication slapped Rudolph on their cover and tabbed Oklahoma State as their dark-horse playoff pick.All that’s fine and good. Mike Gundy thinks his team can handle it. Besides, that’s old news to the 13th-year head coach. He’s been having this conversation since his team beat up on Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl.Gundy even addressed the similarities between the historic 2011 team and his current group at the start of spring camp. He drew all types of parallels between the two squads — an experienced returning quarterback, wideout talent and depth in oodles and a star tailback.But Gundy saw one difference between those two teams worth noting.“The good news is that we may be better on defense than we were then,” Gundy proclaimed “but those teams were really good at forcing turnovers which allowed us to get more opportunities so we could outscore you.”The scoring part should take care of itself but what about the turnovers?The good news is that the Cowboys won’t have to look far for a blueprint. Over the last several years, Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the nation in turnover margin. Let’s take a look.Turnover Margin Justin Phillips12 Ramon Richards30 Kevin Henry10 2015111728T9 DeQuinton Osborne10 Gyasi Akem01 TOTAL66 Some changes in scheme and position could make up for some of what was lost. Ramon will get to roam free run around like a crazy man more from the safety position and the three-down sets Spencer and Co. have implemented will allow the Cowboys to field five defensive backs against some of the pass-happy offenses they’ll match up against, potentially allowing more opportunity for playmakers to make plays.And the young cornerbacks that have raised so many questions may be short on experience but not on athleticism and apparently not on talent. Spencer talked about that with PFB.“Ramon’s all about what’s best for us,” Spencer said about the position move. “To get the best 11 on the field, that’s the best move.”Oklahoma State looks poised to win its fair share of football games this fall but to reach its ultimate goal (a Big 12 title and maybe more), the defense is going to have to flip the field. With a tweak here and there — and a couple young ball hawks showing out — it should have a chance to. PlayerINTSForced Fumbleslast_img read more

Mourinho inspired Utd with foul-mouthed team talk

first_imgManchester United Mourinho reveals foul-mouthed team talk inspired Man Utd comeback Chris Burton 18:32 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Premier League The Red Devils boss was furious with his side after seeing them fall behind at Crystal Palace, but got the response he was after in a 3-2 win Jose Mourinho has revealed that a foul-mouthed half-time team talk helped him to inspire Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.Having seen his side fall behind to an early Andros Townsend effort at Selhurst Park, the Red Devils boss was fuming upon entering the away dressing room at the interval.Some home truths were handed out by the irate Portuguese, whose mood is unlikely to have improved as United then conceded to Patrick van Aanholt within three minutes of the restart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp They were, however, to come roaring back, with Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic sealing a dramatic victory to put a smile back on their manager’s face.Quizzed on what he had said to his team during the break, Mourinho said: “I cannot tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television.“There were a few strong words at half-time relating to their attitude and the intensity of the game.“To come back from 2-0 down away from home against a team that is desperate for points, it gives us a great feeling.“It’s a remarkable comeback, but we made mistakes. The first goal is a bad goal. We started bad once more, not pressing the ball or the opponent and giving them much space.Jose Mourinho angry team talk“In the second half we were all expecting a direct comeback, and then we concede a goal that is a good goal to show the kids in the academies in the country. It shows top players can concede silly goals.“But then the attitude, the intensity, the quality, the dynamic, the risk were fantastic.”Victory over Palace has allowed United to move back into second spot in the Premier League table.They are still 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, and only two in front of arch-rivals Liverpool, but a runner-up finish and Champions League qualification remains in their hands.The Red Devils do have a testing run of fixtures approaching, though, with the next month set to see them face Liverpool, Sevilla, Brighton, Swansea and City across league, FA Cup and Champions League competition.last_img read more

Klopp: Alexander-Arnold critics don’t know football

first_imgJürgen Klopp ‘They have no idea about football’ – Klopp hits back at Alexander-Arnold critics Nicholas McGee 17:06 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) KloppTAA-Cropped Getty Images Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United Premier League The 19-year-old defender was criticised for his display against Manchester United in Saturday’s game, but his coach sprung to his defence Jurgen Klopp has dismissed criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold following his lacklustre defending for the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.Alexander-Arnold was turned too easily by Marcus Rashford, who lashed into the far corner to give United the lead before the England forward took advantage of more haphazard defending from Liverpool to double the Red Devils’ advantage.An Eric Bailly own goal gave Liverpool hope but they could not complete a second-half comeback at Old Trafford, with club legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness taking aim at Alexander-Arnold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Klopp, though, has no interest in their thoughts on the teenage right back.Asked about their comments, he said: “I don’t get it. If you wouldn’t tell me [about it], I would never watch it. That makes absolutely no difference to me, what people say.”What did they say? They said we defended bad? If somebody said it was only Trent’s mistake, then the guy who said that has no idea about football and I wouldn’t listen.”Dejan Lovren, in the first challenge, could be different, but it’s difficult. We were not there for the second ball and then it’s Trent.”I have to see it back again but when I saw the goal, for me Rashford did brilliantly and, exactly in the moment where Trent is ready for the challenge, he made a cut back.”He stepped too late and in the next moment he shoots. It’s the perfect striker movement and we cannot defend everything.”It’s easy afterwards to talk about it but I’m not interested. [Pundits] don’t give us points, they don’t cost us points, they are only the deliverer of good and bad messages, that’s all.”We lost 2-1, but everybody could see we’re strong. We brought them at the edge, with 2-0 down that’s really rare that you can turn a game against United, but we were close and actually we should have done it.”The weekend’s results leave Liverpool sitting fourth in the table, occupying the final Champions League spot, and just four points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Three Things Matt Wells Said Before Texas Tech Faces Oklahoma State

first_imgMatt Wells’ tenure in Lubbock is off to a rough start.After beating up on Montana State and UTEP, Texas Tech has lost back-to-back games to Arizona and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders also lost starting quarterback Alan Bowman, who accounted for much of Tech’s offense before going down with injury.The Red Raiders have a chance to right the ship this weekend against Oklahoma State. Here are some things Wells touched on at his Monday news conference.1. Jett Duffey the Guy Going ForwardThe Red Raiders traveled to Norman last week with a two-quarterback system after losing starter Alan Bowman to injury.Rice transfer Jackson Tyner got the start against OU, but he didn’t last long. Tyner went 1-for-5 before Jett Duffey took over, and Wells said Duffey will be the guy moving forward.Duffey was 11-for-20 for 120 yards against OU on Saturday. Duffey also got a lot of run last season in Bowman’s absence. In 2018, Duffey completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,221 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 369 yards and four touchdowns.“When he pulls it down, he can run,” Wells said. “He is a dual-threat. He throws the ball well when he throws it on time. … Jett’s care-factor is high, and I respect that. I appreciate that. I think he does have some talent.”2. Containing OSU’s Three StarsOSU’s opposing coaches always get asked about three guys: Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders.It was no different with Wells at his presser Monday, starting with Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher.“He’s patient,” Wells said. “They do a lot of schemes where he’s able to read, and then he’s strong and physical. I mean, 180-something yards rushing a game or whatever that number is, he’s a talented young man and certainly a big challenge for our defense.”The Red Raiders allowed CeeDee Lamb to catch seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. Wells was asked about the comparisons between defending Lamb and Wallace.“Elite, two of the best in this league, CeeDee and Wallace,” Wells said. “Every time they touch the ball, they got home-run speed. They got home-run ability. They can make you pay if you don’t tackle well. Making plays on the ball becomes paramount when you play elite talent like that.”Wells said Sanders ability to run opens up a lot of possibilities for OSU offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson.“The guy gives you a chance to win,” Wells said. “He’s dynamic — pocket breaks down, he’s dynamic. You gotta have eyes on him. When plays break down, he makes you a better play caller because he can hurt ya.”3. On OSU’s DefenseThe Cowboys’ defense has given up 9.8 points a half since the second half in Tulsa.Kansas State only mustered eight first downs against OSU this past weekend. That’s not a great sign for a Tech team that got doubled up in yardage Saturday.“Multiple coverages in the secondary,” Wells said. “Talented skill kids. I see a lot of D-linemen that are fresh up front because they play a lot of guys up front. But they’re dynamic and unique in terms of their scheme on defense — create a lot of issues, create a lot of confusion for receivers or quarterbacks.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

A Response

first_imgA thing was written this week about us on a website called that frustrated me. It frustrated me because it ain’t true, and it also frustrated me because I’m really proud of the people who have worked to make PFB into what it is.Instead of responding to that post here (don’t miss, by the way), I’d instead like to tell you a little about the guys whose work you’ve been enjoying over the past weeks, months and years.Let’s go.Jackson Lavarnway: As a high schooler (!) he was going to games and shooting them from the stands before we were credentialed by OSU. He’s gotten better every year since then and has made this site 10x more legit with his photos.Grant Newton: Runs our store, updates our data, manages our PFB+ subscriptions and listens to my rants about the journalism industry in 2019. You never hear his name, but you’ve definitely consumed his work.Dustin Ragusa: Moonlights as our film evaluator (or, I guess, critic this season 😊) while working long hours at his actual job. Gamer.Carson Cunningham: Can’t imagine hollering about OSU all day at anyone else.Steven Mandeville: You won’t meet a kinder individual in the media business. He would not only give you the shirt off his back but write 500 words asking for other people to do the same.Seth Duckworth: He’s carved such a cool niche in this world. I wish I had a subscriber for every person who’s said to me, “I love Seth’s stuff.”Marshall Scott: One of the best things to happen to PFB that I never saw coming. Good teams win. Great teams cover. Elite teams go to soccer availability on a Wednesday when football looks like it’s in the tank and grind out stories anyway.Kyle Cox: As detail-oriented and hard-working as it gets in this industry. When I think about a terrific sports blogger, I think about Kyle Cox.Kyle Boone: A friend. A business partner. A dude (i.e. somebody Gundy would never recruit but Boynton would be hounding from the jump!)These dudes bust their asses to make a great product, and I’m proud of them and what we have all built together. I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again: I could do this site without them, but it wouldn’t be any good or any fun so why would I?[pivots]The best way to support them (and us) is to become a PFB+ member. Subscriptions are not a silver bullet in 2019 like many people think they are, but they do help us immensely when it comes to building a business. And you get a really cool product that we’ve worked hard on in return.Not sure why you would join something that’s already free or what you get when you join? Here are six reasons you should subscribe to PFB+ as your only source for Oklahoma State news and community.1. Ad-Free Browsing: I was on another site that covers OSU the other day, and after I clicked on the page, I literally could not see the words I came to read because of how many ads were covering up the space.Ads — too many ads — stink. If you’re a PFB+ subscriber, you won’t see any ads on our site. I’ve been browsing like this for a while, and if you spend any amount of time on here it’s worth the two dimes a day you’ll pay for it because of how clean and uniform the experience is.2. Gameday Threads: They have been a delight. I’m tossing GIFs at people. Other folks are cursing about how our word blocker blocked their previous attempt to curse. Everybody is screaming about the calls on second-and-long. It’s a sports bar of folks who are actually funny and entertaining to chat with during games. Here’s our OSU-Iowa State thread for Saturday for PFB+ subscribers.3. Chicken Recruiting Nuggets: We’re able to deal in rumors and hearsay (as well as well-sourced information) more in our PFB+ forum — also known as The Chamber — than we are on here. Kyle B. has been dropping Bryce Thompson info and Cade Cunningham info like …..4. Giveaway City: This month we will give away a big gift card to our PFB Store to one of our subscribers. Next month, it will likely be basketball tickets Other months we’ve given football tickets or prints of some of our best photos.Some of our subscribers have probably actually made money off of us in terms of the value of the stuff we’ve given away. On this note, we’re currently at 600 subscribers. If we get to 700 by Halloween then we’ll give away season basketball tickets for two to one of our subscribers. If we get to 1,000 by the bowl game, we have something even more special planned that I don’t want to announce yet. Two pretty cool deals that require some real momentum in the weeks ahead.5. More Voice: Folks who are PFB+ subscribers simply have more voice in shaping what we do. They’re involved in the PFB+ portion of The Chamber (which is mostly where we hang out), and they have helped us think about what PFB should be in the future. Like assistant coaches, but if Gundy actually listened to them.Kidding! Not really kidding!6. Future Stability: I said some of this above, but we were able to hire our first FTE this year. That’s exciting for us and a good thing for you because Marshall Scott is grinding on the weekly beat in Stillwater. He’s entrenched there, which gives us legitimacy and continuity.Also, it’s no secret that the media world is a mess right now. You all saw what happened to Sports Illustrated recently. The way forward is not on the back of that silver-bullet subscription model, but rather a mixture of revenue streams. This is one of them, and it will ensure you get the best OSU news and community for years and years to come.Today we’re giving away PFB+ subscriptions at a discount. If you sign up for the yearly version today using the code LETSGO2019, you’ll get 50 percent off. We have 16 of those spots left, and then they’re gone.You can sign up right here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more