Twitter reacts to controversial WWE Crown Jewel 2018

first_imgThe best way to sum up #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/Rf6FZqtQ59— Matt (@Matt_Eitelberg) November 2, 2018 SHAWN LITERALLY SNATCHED KANE BALD.. I AM SO DEAD #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/8Ja5CrjUfr— Deno (@KiingDeno) November 2, 2018 The fans: there’s no way WWE can make Crown Jewel any more controversial…Vince: Hold my beer! pic.twitter.com/C2kWbY0YvU— James Doe (@JayDoe50) November 2, 2018 This meme sum up the whole PPV 😂#WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/3G38Wdx1Ax— Otaku Sensei (@OtakuSensei69) November 2, 2018 So Brock Lesnar won the Universal Title at #WWECrownJewel Well we won’t see that title til ‘Mania.#WWECrownJewel #wwe— Call me Back Door Santa (@InGamesWePlay) November 3, 2018 AND STILL. @AJStylesOrg is YOUR @WWE Champion! #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/DtIVy0P9a1— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 The biggest joke of the night. #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/dPgX3Vrtbq— Peter Nderitu (@itsnderitupeter) November 2, 2018 Advertisement WWE’s second annual visit to Saudi Arabia turned out to be an interesting affair. Hall Of Famer Hulk Hogan made his unlikely and shocking return following a three-year suspension while Shawn Michaels emerged victorious on his in-ring return as HBK and Triple H beat The Brothers of Destruction, Kane and The Undertaker in the main event.In another surprising turn of events, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon was crowned as the winner of the WWE World Cup Tournament when he replaced The Miz in the Final and beat Dolph Ziggler to bring the trophy home for the blue brand.Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar captured the vacant Universal Championship after delivering five F5s to Braun Strowman, who was inadvertently attacked by Acting RAW GM Baron Corbin prior to the start of the match.On that note, here is a look at the best Twitter reactions:.@WWE HALL OF FAMER @HulkHogan is HERE to kick off #WWECrownJewel! pic.twitter.com/RVmhlB760W— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 Shane McMahon stole the show.— Drew Gulak (@DrewGulak) November 2, 2018 SHANE. O. MAC. = BEST. IN. THE. WORLD.#WWEWorldCup #WWECrownJewel @shanemcmahon pic.twitter.com/P0QDMs9aeB— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 It’s good to have the GIANT in your corner…@WWECesaro & @WWESheamus are STILL #SDLive #TagTeamChampions with an assist from @WWETheBigShow! #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/bQNmHgB28K— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!@shanemcmahon just DEFEATED @HEELZiggler to become the BEST in the WORLD at #WWECrownJewel! #WWEWorldCup pic.twitter.com/nfGlpS4Sut— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 #TheNewDay is entering #WWECrownJewel in STYLE!@WWEBigE @TrueKofi @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/P1f8BwMgKn— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 Good Gawd! HBK moonsault’ed the mask right off Kane!!! #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/tfM2ZwKwhc— Reckless Jeff (@RecklessJeff) November 2, 2018 Hey @RandyOrton not cool what you did to my homie @reymysterio! 😠— The One And Only! (@KingRicochet) November 2, 2018 Triple H injured. Kane’s masking falling off. HBK busted open on moonsault by hitting Undertaker’s boot. Through it all, they finished the match and the people continuously thru it all chanting “THIS IS AWESOME.” Some tough SOB’s right there. #WWECrownJewel— Justin LaBar (@JustinLaBar) November 2, 2018center_img THERE GOES THE GAME!#WWECrownJewel @KaneWWE @TripleH pic.twitter.com/zHCJZKGy3N— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 You know this is what Triple H is thinking after #WWECrownJewelThanks to @SulphurSooner for this one#WWE #WWEWorldCup pic.twitter.com/Duu0s4QdbY— Ramsey Sidawi 🎙 (@WWERamsey) November 2, 2018 #TheBeast @BrockLesnar is angry, and he just F5’d @BraunStrowman OUT OF THE RING! #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/DWZAXlCHpO— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2018 Just call him H-B-KIP UP!#WWECrownJewel @ShawnMichaels pic.twitter.com/BVdunbOvBF— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 2, 2018 That smile…#HBK has missed this business! #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/KnmjdkzfKI— WWE UK (@WWEUK) November 2, 2018 I think #WWECrownJewel has aged me about thirty years. Hulk Hogan returns, Brock Lesnar wins the Universal title and Shane McMahon is the BEST IN THE WORLD. I need a drink.— Adam Pacitti (@adampacitti) November 2, 2018 Advertisement Shane is a #Smackdown guy so we win— Austin Creed aka Death Reheated (@XavierWoodsPhD) November 2, 2018 If you didn’t watch #WWECrownJewel, you actually saved yourself 4 hours of your life, so pat yourself on the back.— GIF Skull (@GIFSkull) November 2, 2018 MISSION COMPLETE for #DX!#WWECrownJewel @TripleH @ShawnMichaels pic.twitter.com/jQNUlN0aO7— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 2, 2018 Cena and Bryan at home relaxing and realizing that they avoided all the horrible booking decisions because they have morals and backed out of the show.#WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/gnesGTokh7— James 🐝 (@JamesHatesPpl) November 2, 2018 Reasons why #WWECrownJewel was the worst PPV of the year pic.twitter.com/9VexvP8KuR— Chris 🌟🌟 (@HumanError_9000) November 2, 2018 Amazing to watch Miz sell a fake leg injury on the same show where HHH attempts to not sell a real torn pec. #WWECrownJewel— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) November 2, 2018 This is canon now in #WWE.This truly is the darkest timeline… #WWECrownJewel pic.twitter.com/mZkVmhjfAj— WWE Critics (@WWECritics) November 2, 2018last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers: Spain ease to 4-1 victory over Israel to stay top of group

first_imgDiego Costa was among the scorers as Spain strolled to a 4-1 win at home to Israel in a World Cup qualifier on Friday to stay top of Group G.Manchester City playmaker David Silva put Spain ahead in the 15th minute with a low shot through the legs of goalkeeper Ofir Marciano while Vitolo doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime just after Israel had squandered a chance to level.Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored a fourth international goal in four games to put Spain 3-0 up early in the second half with a header from a corner although Israel striker Lior Refaelov made amends for an earlier miss by pulling one back in the 76th minute.Isco then restored Spain’s three-goal advantage in the 88th minute, rolling the ball into the near corner to complete a sweeping counter started by a burst forward from Costa from the halfway line.Spain top Group G with 13 points from five points, ahead of Italy on goal difference. Israel are third on nine points and Albania are fourth on six.”Every game is like a World Cup for us, everything is at stake in every game and we know that every time three points are up for grabs they could be decisive,” Spain coach Julen Lopetegui told reporters.”I’m delighted with the mentality of the team and how we wanted to play as a team. We created a lot of chances and kept attacking and trying to stay intense. I’m happy with our collective spirit and this is the path we need to stay on.”advertisementThiago Alcantara dictated the play for Spain in midfield and created their first effort with a snapshot from outside the area which Marciano tipped onto the bar.Israel forced an opening when a lapse in concentration from Gerard Pique allowed Eran Zahavi to race towards goal but the striker lost his composure as he entered the area.Spain’s patient build-up play paid off when Jordi Alba slid the ball through a defender’s legs to Silva on the left side of the area, allowing the City midfielder to fire through Marciano’s legs.Israel defender Eitan Tibi was carried off on a stretcher shortly after the first goal following a challenge from Pique. The visitors had had little possession but carved out an excellent move just before the break, Lior Refaelov’s header forcing David de Gea into a brilliant low save.Spain were quickly knocked into shape and got their second with the next move, Thiago laying on a pass which looked destined for Silva although the midfielder, who was offside, waited for Vitolo to send the ball trickling over the line.Costa further stretched Spain’s lead after the break with a simple header but Refaelov smashed the ball into the roof of the net after Rami Gershon had headed against De Gea’s near post before Isco struck late on.A thousand games Italy eased past their opponents to stay unbeaten in Group G of the 2018 football World Cup European qualifiers, with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon playing the 1,000th game of his career.The match between Italy and Albania had to be suspended after 57 minutes as Albania fans threw flares onto the field, but it didn’t spoil Italy’s 2-0 win at home.Flares thrown by the visiting fans began to fall onto the grass just after the 12th minute, when the hosts were awarded a penalty which Daniele De Rossi converted into the lead.Ciro Immobile doubled the lead for Italy in the 71st minute with a header from Davide Zappacosta’s cross from the right wing.Also in Group G, Macedonia tasted their first win after overcoming Liechtenstein 3-0.Serbia went atop Group D after beating Georgia 3-1, levelling on 11 points with Ireland, who recorded a goalless draw with 2016 Euro semi-finalists Wales.Austria beat Moldova 2-0 to claim the fourth position behind Wales on goal difference.Croatia led Group I with 13 points after edging past Ukraine 1-0, three points ahead of Iceland, who beat Kosovo 2-1. Cenk Tosun’s two goals during a four-minute span earned Turkey a 2-0 victory over Finland.last_img read more

Valencia coach pays price for exuberant goal celebration

first_imgSimone Zaza’s 85th-minute winner in Valencia’s 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad was bittersweet for coach Marcelino.The 52-year-old appeared to pull his hamstring as he celebrated the goal which took his unbeaten side up to fourth in La Liga before limping gingerly back to the dugout in obvious pain.”I’m a bit older, there are certain situations in which I must control myself,” he joked with reporters.”I’m a bit injured but I’d rather be injured myself than have an injured player. I can handle it. I’ll try to avoid similar situations in the future.”Marcelino was appointed Valencia coach in May and has started well at the Mestalla after becoming the club’s 10th manager since Unai Emery left in 2012.last_img read more

How to Invest In Movies

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14 Secrets from Countries with the Lowest Heart Attack Rates

first_imgJapan, Korea, and France have the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. Learn their heart-healthy habits to tack on years to your life.They eat smaller portionsOvereating is less of a problem in Japanese culture due to the nature of their workday. Having to rise early to commute to work and return late means meals on the run and in smaller portions. According to Theodore Takata, MD, a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at Texas Health Fort Worth, “The Japanese have portion control ingrained in their culture. Following a particularly good meal, the Japanese use the phrase ‘Hara Hachi Bu.’ This phrase simply means 80 percent, as in 80 percent full. At 100 percent, a person is said to feel uncomfortable and stuffed.”They eat fermented foodsNo Korean meal is complete without a side dish (or two) of kimchi. The fermented food craze has been widely praised by nutrition experts: According to Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, “Fermented foods reduce inflammation, improve immunity, digestion and gut health, support weight loss by enhancing metabolism, improve mental health, and even reduce the risk of heart disease.”They choose green tea over coffeeGreen tea is loaded with antioxidants, which can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. And while most Americans reach for the coffee machine on instinct, Japanese people opt for tea bags. Claire Koga, MD, a family physician and board member of Keiro, a non-profit health group, points out: “Japanese consume large amounts of tea, particularly green tea. Several studies have shown that antioxidants, specifically flavonoids found in green and black teas, may protect the heart in part by improving endothelial function—and this can reduce the risk of clogged arteries.”They eat a lot of fishIt’s no secret that fish is insanely good for you. But integrating them into your daily diet the way the Japanese and Koreans do helps boost lifespan. The secret lies not in fish’s protein and vitamin D (added bonuses), but the omega-3 fatty acids. “The number one explanation [of great heart health] is the greater consumption of fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. This can be measured by the AA/EPA ratio in the blood, which is seven times lower than Americans,” says Barry Sears, MD, author of the Zone Diet book series and president of the Inflammation Research Foundation.They don’t spend too much time sitting downTV is much less present in both French and Japanese culture, which contributes significantly to their low death rate. The stats back this up: In a Canadian Fitness survey, those who stood most of the day had a 33 percent lower mortality than those who sat. According to Dr. Takata, “Using hours of television watched per week as a surrogate for sitting—people can remember how much television watched in a week more easily than how much time they sat—one study demonstrated that every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 years reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.”They drink alcohol moderatelyPeople who want to live longer may want to avoid bars. In his book, The Blue Zones Solution, Dan Buettner shares the healthy habits of several enclaves of long-lived populations. Most notably, these people drink alcohol moderately but regularly. He writes, “Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink one to two glasses per day… with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all weekend and have 14 drinks on Saturday.”They choose red wineTake a stroll down Champs-Élysées, and you’ll easily be able to spot Parisians at a café sipping wine—almost any time of day. Yet, the French population is much healthier in comparison to other health-obsessed nations riddled with heart disease. This strange phenomenon, dubbed the French Paradox, has baffled researchers for a long time. The exact reason for the country’s low rate of heart troubles is unclear, but researchers believe that their red wine intake contributes significantly to a heart-smart diet.They walk everywhereThe world’s longest-lived people aren’t focused on pumping iron, running marathons, or joining gyms. Instead, they live in environments that encourage and support activity. In France, Japan, and Korea, driving (especially in major cities) is less common. Instead, people frequently walk, bike, or take public transportation. “Moving naturally refers to remaining active during the course of daily activities,” notes Dr. Takata. “Unlike in the States, most travels in these countries require walking several blocks to the train station, transfers at large train stations, and more walking once the destination is reached.”They eat less red meatBacon and hamburgers are American, period. But cutting red and cured meat from your diet just may lower your risk of heart disease. According to Dr. Koga, Japanese people tend to eat less meat than people in Western nations. They tend to get their proteins from lean meats, which contributes to a lower cholesterol and a decreased risk of coronary heart disease. They keep an eye on their weightAccording to OCED data, South Korea and Japan have the lowest obesity rates in the world (with only about 4 percent of the adult population being obese). As the American Heart Association points out, overweight people are 32 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in their lifetime compared to people at normal weight. If you want to take a cue from these winning cultures, take the time to savor your meal. Studies have indicated that eating fast may lead to eating more, which in turn leads to greater obesity rates.They take time to relieve stressZen is an important concept in both Korean and Japanese philosophy, which encourages stress reduction through meditation. According to Buettner, “Stress leads to chronic inflammation, [which is] associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap, and Sardinians do happy hour.”They smoke lessWe all have different lifestyles, but a bad heart may be a sign that you’re smoking too much. Many people point to Japan’s steadily declining rate of smoking as an explanation for their rising life expectancy. According to Dr. Koga, “Smoking rates, especially among men, have declined substantially in Japan since the 1960s when the vast majority of men smoked. When one quits smoking, that person’s risk of heart disease decreases greatly compared to that of a smoker.”They have lots of preventive careDoctor visits are still key to preventing future heart problems, Dr. Koga says. “Preventive care is frequently practiced in Japan, and Japanese health care providers are more likely to catch problems early on when they can be more easily treated and/or managed. Annual comprehensive physical exams are quite common as well. The government and employers often encourage their employees to adopt healthier behaviors based on the results of these annual exams.”They maintain tight social networksWant to lengthen your lifespan? This one may be the easiest of them all: Keep your friends. Buettner notes, “The world’s longest-lived people chose—or were born into—social circles that supported healthy behaviors. Okinawans created ‘moais’–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.”Sourcelast_img read more

EPA’s Chief Dismissed the U.S. Climate Report. Here Are 4 Things His Agency Should Do Instead

first_imgAfter the National Climate Assessment (NCA) drew major attention to the climate challenge, the acting chief of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, tried to discredit the report. Endorsed by 13 federal agencies, the NCA warns that climate change will inflict major damage across the United States and could cost billions of dollars in the coming decades. Echoing the U.S. president’s skepticism, Wheeler said the congressionally mandated report had been skewed by highlighting worst-case scenarios at the direction of the Obama administration.His comments were inaccurate. The report’s preparation started in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency, but most of the work was conducted during the Trump administration.Instead of trying to discredit the report, here are four steps the EPA should take to address climate change:1. Tell the Truth About the Dangers of Climate Change to Americans’ Health and WelfareWheeler’s inaccurate claims about slanted research in the climate report are belied by the EPA’s own finding that climate change endangers public health and welfare, which has been thoroughly documented and upheld by U.S. courts.The NCA report examines a wide range of scenarios and concludes “that the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country and that climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social and economic wellbeing are rising.”2. Strengthen Clean Car StandardsCars and trucks are the largest U.S. source of heat-trapping pollution, so an EPA administrator carrying out his or her duty to protect the environment should start by strengthening clean car standards. Instead, Wheeler has proposed freezing vehicle emissions standards at 2020 levels and revoking states’ authority to set standards that are more stringent than the federal requirements.Background: EPA’s proposal would undermine a trend set in 2011, when the EPA, the Transportation Department and the California Air Resources Board, along with the auto industry and consumer advocates, agreed to roughly double average fuel efficiency of new passenger vehicles by 2025, which would cut average greenhouse gas emissions in half. Since then, vehicle technology has improved faster than anticipated. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicle has become one of the best-selling cars in America, showing that there is a market for well-designed electric cars.Early in the Trump administration, an alliance of automakers asked that the fuel efficiency standards be reconsidered. The car companies got more than they bargained for: Rather than propose a slower ramp up in the standards calculated to keep California on board and avoid lengthy litigation, as automakers had hoped, EPA proposed in August to freeze the standards from 2020 onward and revoke California’s permission to set stronger standards, provoking a forceful rebuke from 20 state attorneys general.What should EPA do?Scrap its proposed rollback and start working on stronger standards for 2026 – 2030. The future is electric and automakers have promised to introduce dozens of new plug-in models over the next few years. Electric cars are already cleaner than conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles even though much of the electricity used to power them currently comes from fossil fuels. And unlike conventional vehicles, EVs will get cleaner every year as more wind and solar power is added to our electricity mix. It’s time for the federal government to recognize and accelerate this trend, as recently proposed in legislation introduced by Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.3.  Strengthen the Clean Power PlanCoal- and gas-fired power plants are the second largest source of heat-trapping pollution in the United States, so an EPA administrator carrying out his or her duty to protect the environment would strengthen the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which aimed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Instead, Wheeler has proposed replacing the CPP with a rule so lax that the agency’s own analysis shows that it could result in 1,400 additional deaths per year. Background: The Clean Power Plan was finalized in August 2015, but the Supreme Court stayed its implementation pending the outcome of litigation brought by then Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – who would become the Trump administration’s first EPA chief — and others. Nonetheless, wind and solar power are expanding far more rapidly than had been anticipated when the CPP was written and emissions from U.S. power plants have already declined by 28 percent since 2005, compared to the 32 percent reduction by 2030 that EPA projected in its original analysis of the CPP’s impact.What should EPA do?Scrap its proposed rollback and strengthen the original CPP. The cost of electricity from solar and wind declined steeply since the standard was written and many states are adopting stronger clean electricity standards, such as 50 percent clean energy by 2030 or even 100 percent clean energy by 2050 or earlier. EPA would set a much stronger rule today if it were simply to retain the flexible state-driven approach in the original standard and update the assumptions it used to set the emission reduction targets.4. Cut Emissions of Climate Super PollutantsMethane traps more than 80 times as much heat as carbon dioxide over the short run and synthetic hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as refrigerants can trap thousands of times more heat than carbon dioxide, so an EPA administrator carrying out his or her duty to would rein in emissions of these super pollutants. Instead, Wheeler has   proposed to weaken rules to reduce methane leaks from the oil and gas industry and has abandoned efforts to phase down the use of HFCs.Background: EPA issued rules to limit methane leaks from new oil and gas wells in 2016. Despite recent studies suggesting that methane leaks from the oil and gas industry are 60 percent higher than EPA had estimated, Wheeler proposed weakening requirements designed to limit venting and flaring of methane during natural gas production.EPA issued a rule in 2015 to phase out the use of HFCs when safer alternatives are available. The Washington DC federal appeals court struck down part of that rule in a split decision last year. Rather than implement the part of the rule that was upheld, EPA abandoned the entire rule and the administration declined to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.What should EPA do?In order to fulfill the responsibility of his position, Wheeler should propose ways to expand rules to reduce methane emissions by requiring leak detection and repair throughout the oil and gas production and distribution system. And he should propose a revised rule to phase out HFCs when better alternatives are available, designed to pass muster with the court.These four steps would begin to foster the climate action needed to lessen some of the threats outlines in the NCA. Absent better EPA leadership, the moment is ripe for U.S. states, regions and cities to step up efforts to curb heat-trapping emissions.last_img read more

The Secret to Social Media Brand Building? Cultivation.

first_img (3) Create Content — Lots of It. What do you think? How are you building your brand online? Please speak up in the comments below. Today, it’s not what you say about yourself that matters, but what others say about you. Dominos put millions into  Chest thumping doesn’t work on social media. You have to do the hard work — the cultivation — that gives other people reasons to talk about your brand on social media for you. So how do you do that? What sort of steps can you take to encourage other people to talk about your brand online? If you do  Brand Management social media branding It doesn’t matter if you’re on Twitter. It doesn’t matter if you’re on any social media platform. If you create an awesome product, people will talk about it and build your brand for you. You can’t pay for  In the traditional world, marketers and small business owners could create ads and buy media to define their brand any way they wanted.  &  advertising this year Flickr Photos:  It’s a lot of work, and you don’t have complete control of the outcome, but the result is rich. Originally published Oct 6, 2009 9:02:00 AM, updated October 20 2016  that did the most to define their brand. stories that came from their employees At HubSpot, we focus on four ways of encouraging discussion of the HubSpot brand online: (1) Build an Awesome Product. Share information across your company and encourage your employees to use social media. If you do this, and you hire great employees, they will help define your company’s brand for you every day. . , try thinking of flowers. (2) Create a Transparent, Web-Savvy Company. There are two big reasons content helps cultivate your company’s brand. First, it helps define your brand. If your website has two pages of brochure-ware explaining what you do, your brand will seem thin. If you have  Join me for a free marketing webinar, How to Use Social Media to Manage Your Company Brand Online, this Thursday at 1pm, EDT.  If you’re trying to wrap your head around  Martin Heigan , your brand will have far more depth. Second, content helps spread your brand across the web. Two pages won’t spread very far across the web; 400 will. comments like this one Sign up for free now If you do traditional branding, you buy plastic flowers. You pay some money, you put them in a vase, and you forget about them. Learn More About Branding With Social Media (4) Engage With Social Media.  branding, you grow your own flowers, organically. You have to plant the seeds, make the soil rich, pull weeds out from under adolescent shoots — then hope the rain falls and the locusts stay away. social media Most traditional advertisers approach social media like an advertising channel — they broadcast. That doesn’t work today. You have to engage — to discuss, comment and build relationships. When you do this, you will build and spread your brand. . They’re authentic, and the only way to cultivate them is by creating an authentically great product. Rickydavid It’s easy, but they never smell or make people happy the way real flowers do. 400 blog entries Topics: , but it was the  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

25 Jaw-Dropping Marketing Automation Stats [Data]

first_img Topics: Marketing Data Marketing automation is a hot topic among marketers these days, and even though we believe in the power (for both good and evil) of marketing automation, there are still some people that are a little squeamish about the concept.So we’ve compiled some super cool stats and data to help paint the picture of what’s going on in the marketing automation industry, illustrate the key challenges marketers are facing, and show how marketing automation has helped address those problems. See if your business can identify with any of these jaw-dropping marketing automation stats.The Marketing Automation Industry1.) The B2B marketing automation industry will reach $325 million in revenue by the end of 2011. This is a more than 50% increase over 2010, which had also doubled in revenue from the year before. (Source: Raab Associates) Tweet This!2.) The adoption of marketing automation technology is expected to increase by 50% by 2015. (Source: Sirius Decisions) Tweet This!3.) Marketing automation has seen the fastest growth of any CRM-related segment in the last 5 years. (Source: Focus Research) Tweet This!4.) By 2020, customers will manage 85% of their relationship without talking to a human. (Source: Gartner Research) Tweet This!5.) 50% of respondents to a 2011 Focus survey stated they have not realized the full value of their marketing automation investment, and less than 25% use their platforms to their full potential. Tweet This!Marketing Automation Challenges6.) 50% of qualified leads are not ready to purchase immediately. (Source: Gleanster) Tweet This!7.) The average sales cycle has increased 22% over the past 5 years due to more decision makers being involved in the buying process. (Source: Sirius Decisions) Tweet This!8.) Nearly 2/3 of B2B marketers identified engaging key decision makers as their top challenge. (Source: Forrester Research) Tweet This!9.) 47% of B2B marketers say they either close fewer than 4% of all marketing-generated leads, or they don’t even know this metric. (Source: Forrester Research) Tweet This!10.) 89% of marketers said email was their primary channel for lead generation. (Source: Forrester Research) Tweet This!11.) With a delivery rate of just 75%, achieving strong inbox placement remains a challenge in the B2B sector. (Source: Return Path) Tweet This!12.) Only 33% of companies who use both CRM and marketing automation said the two integrated well. (Source: The Experts Bench) Tweet This!13.) 64% of CMOs have either an informal or no process to manage their marketing automation. (Source: The Annuitas Group) Tweet This!Why Marketing Automation Rocks!14.) Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost. (Source: Forrester Research) Tweet This!15.) Businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads. (Source: The Annuitas Group) Tweet This!16.) Nurtured leads make 47% larger purchases than non-nurtured leads. (Source: The Annuitas Group) Tweet This!17.) Companies that automate lead management see a 10% or greater increase in revenue in 6-9 months. (Source: Gartner Research) Tweet This!18.) 46% of marketers with mature lead management processes have sales teams that follow up on more than 75% of marketing-generated leads. (Source: Forrester Research) Tweet This!19.) 25% of marketers who adopt mature lead management processes report that sales teams contact prospects within one day. Only 10% of marketers report the same follow-up time without mature lead management processes. (Source: Forrester Research) Tweet This!20.) Companies with mature lead generation and management practices have a 9.3% higher sales quote achievement rate. (Source: CSO Insights) Tweet This!21.) Relevant emails drive 18 times more revenue than broadcast emails. (Source: Jupiter Research) Tweet This!22.) Personalized emails improve click-through rates by 14%, and conversion rates by 10%. (Source: Aberdeen Group) Tweet This!23.) Gartner estimates a 15% savings on creative production with marketing automation. Tweet This!24.) Gartner estimates a 5% reduction in marketing waste through automating fulfillment. Tweet This!25.) Event-triggered marketing can potentially save 80% of your direct mail budget. (Source: Gartner Research) Tweet This!If you’re grappling with making the marketing automation leap or trying to make the case to your boss, these stats should help give you some context around the world of marketing automation.Have you ventured into the world of marketing automation? What kind of gains have you seen from your efforts?Image credit: Benson Kua, veganstraightedge Originally published Nov 18, 2011 1:30:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Get More People to Share Your Blog Posts [Infographic]

first_img383Save What else do you to optimize your blog for sharing?  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack I’m sure you’ve heard that if you want people to share your blog posts, all you have to do is create exceptional blog posts. It’s that simple, right?Truthfully, it’s not that easy. Without optimizing posts for sharing and actually coordinating some promotion of your own, it’s very possible that they could fall flat. Since I’m pretty sure you don’t want to do that, you should keep on reading. Column Five and Onboardly included an original infographic in their new ebook, which identifies the specific elements you should include on your blog to ensure your content is optimized for maximum distribution results. Take a look at the infographic below to discover how you can encourage greater content distribution on your blog.383Save Topics:center_img Blog Optimization Originally published Jul 28, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

How to Run a Seriously Productive Project Post-Mortem

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Jan 26, 2017 5:00:00 AM, updated October 07 2019 Topics: Productivity No project is an unmitigated success or failure. Even when it seems like a project couldn’t have possibly gone better (or worse), there are always lessons to be learned.Thus, the project post-mortem.The project post-mortem shouldn’t be seen as an investigation. It’s an inquiry to uncover all the lessons for the future — not a chance to assign blame or put people on the spot. A productive project post-mortem is a chance to fully unpack a project’s trajectory and dig deeper into why things unfolded the way they did.It’s the opportunity to ask: What exactly did we accomplish? And even more importantly: what could we do better next time?To help your agency’s team get the most out of your project post-mortem meetings, we’ve shared some basic guidelines. Check them out below and make your next post-mortem your most productive one yet.Need more hours in the day? Download our complete workplace productivity guide here.How to Run a Productive Project Post-MortemMake post-mortems a standard part of your team’s process.Post-mortem meetings should be an essential part of your agency’s process — for the big projects, and the smaller ones. Most teams run post-mortem meetings for larger projects with definitive start and end dates, but they can be equally useful for smaller scale or even on-going projects.Even though “post-mortem” quite literally means after death, your team doesn’t have to wait for the end of a huge, long-term project to get value from a retrospective evaluation. When you’re fleshing out a project’s schedule during the kickoff phase, insert mini post-mortems at key milestones. These pulse-checks will give your team the chance to better understand how a project is progressing — and hopefully identify potential issues before they cause permanent damage.Once the project has officially wrapped up, don’t wait too long to schedule the final post-mortem, or people will have mentally moved on. In fact, you should schedule the post-mortem when you build out the full project plan, so everyone knows it’s an expected part of the project wrap up.Send out a post-mortem questionnaire before the actual meeting.The meeting itself shouldn’t be scheduled for more than an hour. Not everyone will have a chance to speak up, and some smaller (but still important) issues may not get a lot of discussion time. And frankly, not everyone is comfortable speaking up in this kind of forum. Using a pre-meeting questionnaire means everyone on your team has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts, and no stray detail flies under the radar.The questionnaire also provides an opportunity for people to get themselves organized before the meeting. People can dig into why certain things happened (or didn’t happen), so they can bring causes and potential solutions to the meeting — not just missteps or hastily formulated theories.For example, if a project required the creatives on your team to work around the clock to get their deliverables done on time, why did this happen? Was the project timeline set up badly? Were inexperienced people assigned to the wrong tasks?The responses from the questionnaire should inform the post-mortem meeting’s agenda, focusing the discussion on issues that had the biggest impact. Yet the questionnaire also means the “smaller” stuff doesn’t get overlooked in the full post-mortem process.Select a moderator to keep the meeting on track.The goal of a project post-mortem is to constructively evaluate what the project’s team accomplished successfully, and what could have been done better. For this discussion to be productive, someone needs to keep the conversation civil, on-point, and moving forward.This is where the meeting moderator comes in. Establish a moderator prior to the in-person meeting who can stick to the agenda and lead the discussion in case it gets out of hand. The moderator doesn’t have to be the project manager or a member of your leadership team, she just needs to be someone who feels comfortable taking charge.Set a clear agenda.With so many details to cover in such a short period of time, it’s easy for post-mortem meetings to veer off track. Help keep the discussion in check by building a clear meeting agenda in advance:Start with a recap of the project’s core objectives, briefly going over the goals and metrics established at the kickoff. This portion shouldn’t be longer than five minutes, and should act as a quick refresher on what your team set out to do.Briefly review the results. Once you’ve gone over the primary goals and objectives, take a few minutes to review the project’s final results. This should be a straightforward evaluation of whether or not the project met your team’s metrics for success. Did you hit the targets you set out to meet?Delve into the why or why not. Now is the time to really dig into why the project ended up the way it did, and how team members are feeling about it. This discussion should take up the bulk of the meeting. We’ve explained how to structure your examination below.Ask the right questions.So what exactly should a post-mortem examine? There are a few different cross-sections to frame your inquiry. Basic categories of inquiry are planning, execution, results, and communication.Within each category, you should ask quantitative, qualitative, and subjective questions:Quantitative QuestionsThese are your standard yes or no questions. Were deadlines met or missed? Did we provide all deliverables outlined in the project scope? Were pre-defined success metrics achieved? Were outline workflows and processes followed? Was there a budget overrun?As you look into the project from this perspective, a key underlying question is always: Was the plan good? Did we follow the plan? Was the plan bad? Why? All the quantitative questions you ask should eventually lead back to this overarching theme.Qualitative QuestionsThese open-ended questions should evaluate the project beyond the hard data and planning. Did we deliver work at the high standards we and our client expect? Does the client agree? Did people feel like they had the resources, information, and support they needed to get their own tasks done? Was campaign criteria or task expectations poorly defined or communicated?In both the quantitative and qualitative inquiries, get specific about what worked well and what didn’t. Did you have delivery date for client to share their personas, but no review time built in? So the client sent them in on time (as per the project plan), but they were inadequate for the project’s needs. Did a lack of oversight by an account manager result in a new PPC campaign manager overspending against the client’s ad budget?Subjective QuestionsSubjective questions help assess how your team members are feeling, and can help leadership identify troubling signs of burnout and fatigue early on. These questions also let leadership know what processes worked best with their team, helping them plan future projects.What did people enjoy most and least about this project? How was working with the client? What changes would they make to this type of project in the future? How could the work run more smoothly with this client or among certain departments in the future? Do you want to work on a similar type project again? If not, why not?Make sure to close the loop.The post-mortem meeting is just one step of the post-mortem process. The end result of the questionnaire and meeting should be a post-mortem document outlining conclusions of the inquiry and actionable takeaways for the future.And this inquiry isn’t just about what went well or badly, but what’s going to change for the future, and how? What lead to great success here that we can bottle and use on other projects? Circulate the post-mortem roundup document to participants to get their sign-off. Then circulate the agency-wide takeaways for future projects to everyone.A post-mortem that doesn’t impact future action is a waste of time. Make sure your post-mortems lead to greater results on subsequent projects.Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.last_img read more

Football Players React to Emotional Win Over Iowa State Saturday

first_imgWooo……just get me out of Iowa, please.— Tracery (@Trace_Clark) November 15, 2015 10-? this is a special group from top to bottom #GoPokes— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) November 14, 2015AdChoices广告Once again… #Believe 10-?— Ryan Simmons (@RS_52) November 14, 2015 Man I love my squad! 10-0 baby!!!!!— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) November 15, 2015 10-0 what a feeling!! ??— Jimmy Bean (@j_bean92) November 14, 2015 10-0 and headed back home for good, ain’t that right MR. @chriscarson29 ?? #Rollin— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) November 15, 2015 Just win baby! 10-0 #GoPokes ?— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) November 15, 2015https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/665690690358087680 10-0 nuffffff said— Johnny Wilson (@BigdadyWilson) November 14, 2015 It’s not always easy #CowboyState— Jeremy Seaton (@Jseaton44) November 15, 2015 10-0— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) November 15, 2015 After coming back from seventeen down (again) on Saturday, Oklahoma State players took to twitter to react. Here’s what they had to say:10-?— John Kolar (@john_kolar7) November 14, 2015 Man God is great. Love my team, them boys some dawgs!! #neverdoubt— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) November 15, 2015 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. 10-0— The People’s Champ (@GyasiAkem) November 15, 2015 What a Time To Be Alive ????? #10-0 #GreatTeamWin— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) November 15, 2015 Said it once, I’ll say it again.. No better time to be a #Poke !!! Great win, great fight boys! 10-0 ??— Kevin Peterson (@Pistol_Peterson) November 15, 2015https://twitter.com/KooMoDee/status/665708559020089344 10 and 0! Love a good dog fight. #Focused #Okstate— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) November 15, 2015 Great team win. Resilience and heart are unmeasurable! 10-0 and headed home to play in front of some of the greatest fans!— Zachary Crabtree (@zcrabs) November 15, 2015last_img read more

Big 12 Power Rankings: Bedlam Rivals Still 1-2

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. Guest poster Derek Duke is back for his second week of Big 12 power rankings.Another college football Saturday has come and gone yet again. After all the excitement that happened this past weekend, you’re probably a little bit bummed to be back at work this week. No worries my friend, I have exactly what you need to cure your Monday blues. From 10 to one, I have a Big 12 power ranking to get your week off on the right track.10. Kansas (1-9, 0-7) Trend: DownAfter yet another loss, this Jayhawk team is still winless in conference play since 2014. Some of the Kansas faithful have already accepted and moved on to basketball season. (Next up: vs. Texas).9. Iowa State (2-8, 1-6) Trend: UpHead Coach Matt Campbell finally gets his first Big 12 conference win of the season. Even though it was against Kansas, this has to make some of the Cyclone fans happy. After finally tasting some success, Campbell will need to keep that momentum this weekend against Tech. (Next up: vs. TTU)8. Baylor (6-3, 3-3) Trend: Down (You can put a fork in this team)Prayers out to Seth Russell and I wish him a healthy, speedy recovery. Unfortunately, his team is in serious trouble and I am not sure if this program has the ability to turn things around. In my opinion, it is time to move on from the past and look toward the future. (Next up: vs. KSU)7. Texas Tech (4-6, 2-5) Trend: DownCoach Bro finds himself in a sticky situation once again. Texas Tech has two games left and they have to win out just to become bowl eligible. (Next up: @ ISU)6. Texas (5-5, 3-4) Trend: NeutralCharlie Strong lost this past weekend, so that means he is fired right? Texas has let another season slip away and the only thing left to play for is their head coach’s job. The good news is that they play Kansas this weekend. (Next up: @ KU)5. TCU (5-4, 3-3) Trend: NeutralTCU did itself a favor this past weekend by not playing and jumping up a spot in my rankings. Now that the Frogs have had some rest, they will have a big test this Saturday to try to get bowl eligible. Gary Patterson will be yelling a lot this weekend in Fort Worth, win or lose. (Next up: vs. OSU)4. Kansas State (5-4, 3-3) Trend: UpBill Snyder took a long nap last Saturday, so his team took the week off. Now he and his magic wand will head down to the land of the lost in Waco. (Next up: @ BAY)3. West Virginia (8-1, 5-1) Trend: UpAfter a huge win in Austin, some may wonder if Dana Holgorsen knew that his team actually won after this display. The bigger question is how many red bulls will Dana drink when Bob Stoops rolls into town? (Next up: vs. OU)Threat level: Holgorage pic.twitter.com/M9vkkCbgte— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 12, 20162. Oklahoma State (9-1 I mean 8-2, 6-1) Trend: UpDoes Mike Gundy Still have a mullet? Yes. Is OSU still winning? Yes. At this point I am not sure which is growing faster, Gundy’s mullet or this team’s confidence. (Next up: @ TCU)1. Oklahoma (8-2, 7-0) Trend: UpAfter some early setbacks, the Sooners have been red hot in conference play. Oklahoma hasn’t lost a Big 12 game since early October of last season. Got to give some credit to Bob Stoops and his staff. Their next game will have a huge impact on the power rankings for next week. (Next up: @ WVU)last_img read more

The Transformation of Chris Carson: ‘He’s Running Like the Guy We Recruited’

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. It was early February 2015 when Mike Gundy boarded a private Oklahoma State airplane to make the nearly 900-mile trip to see Chris Carson. The highly-recruited junior college running back had previously committed to in-state school Georgia but word had gotten out the Carson may be reconsidering his decision.Mike Gundy brought a special guest with him.When Gundy sans mullet walked into Carson’s house he carried with him Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman trophy. The message was simple: We’ve got our star quarterback for the future. We’ve got stud receivers. You’re the missing piece.The Cowboys’ running game was in dire straits coming off an seven-win 2014 season that showcased one of Oklahoma State’s worse offenses in years. Carson was also looking at an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream.Carson talked about one reason he chose the Cowboys.“One of my favorite running backs was Kendall Hunter,” Carson said. “So I knew OSU put some people in the NFL, but I didn’t really think it was more than Georgia at the time. But after they broke it down to me, I see that they actually put out more than Georgia. That was a big factor in my decision.”Carson officially de-committed from Georgia on February 2 and committed to play in Stillwater that same day.Since then, Carson has had his ups and downs. He’s struggled with minor injuries and ineffective play. He’s seen his offensive line hit its own learning curve.But now, after the better part of two seasons, Carson and Oklahoma State’s running game have finally hit their stride.During Saturday’s win in Fort Worth, Carson had a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown as part of the best two-headed rushing exhibition OSU has put on in a couple of years.Since coming back from a hand injury sustained early this season, Carson has been on a tear, averaging 7.7 yards a carry and scoring six touchdowns in five games.Mike Gundy is proud of his senior running back.“The attitude he brings to the game, in the running game – he’s a completely different person than he was last year, and I told the team that,” said Gundy. “He’s going to be in an NFL camp now, in my opinion.”Now that leaping ability and imposing stature no longer seems contrived. His physical skills have become a revelation. With the help of an improved offensive line and the emergence of a star true freshman in Justice Hill, Carson is actually able to use his skill set.On senior night, Chris Carson put his stamp on Cowboy football history by not scoring a touchdown.Late in the game, after completely destroying a Texas Tech defender to get the first down, Carson took one step over his helpless victim and took a knee on the Red Raiders’ 4-yard line, effectively sealing the win while staring down what would have been a career-high third rushing touchdown that night.Mike Gundy was asked to describe who Chris Carson is now.“He’s a pretty good college running back now. He’s been a really good weapon for our team. I cautioned our team about listening to the outside after the second and third game of the year. I cautioned them again about listening to the outside when people are going to start telling them how good they are.”“But I felt comfortable in telling our team and Chris Carson today that he’s the most improved player on our team. He’s grown up a lot as a young man because it’s not easy to look past people saying, ‘What happened to you?’“He’s running like the guy we recruited now.”Chris Carson never won a Heisman. He’s not an All-American and probably won’t hear his name from the podium next spring during the NFL Draft. Maybe it hasn’t all gone exactly as he’d planned.But with his college career nearly over, Carson has (at least) two more chances to build on his legacy at Oklahoma State and help the Cowboys win a conference championship. And that’s something very few of those running backs that preceded him, the ones Mike Gundy told him about and persuaded him with, can say.Not Barry Sanders. Not Thurman Thomas. Not Kendall Hunter. Not Keith Toston. All played in the NFL, yes, but none hoisted a trophy at the end of the year with OU in their wake. In that sense, Chris Carson still has a chance to make history.last_img read more

‘Arsene Wenger is so arrogant it’s untrue’

first_imgArsenal ‘Wenger is so arrogant it’s untrue’ – Arsenal boss blasted for ‘turning down the world’ comment Chris Burton 21:07 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League Ex-Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson says the Frenchman would have walked away from his post a long time ago if he really cared about the club Arsene Wenger has been accused of being “so arrogant it’s untrue”, with the under-fire Arsenal boss blasted by Stewart Robson for claiming to have “turned the whole world down”.The long-serving Gunners boss is facing more uncomfortable questions regarding his ongoing presence at Emirates Stadium, with a 3-0 Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City reigniting calls for him to stand down.Wenger has, however, faced regular protests against his reign in recent times and has stubbornly refused to walk away, with a new two-year contract penned in the summer of 2017. 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 He has vowed to see that agreement out, having turned down the opportunity to leave for other high-profile posts in the past, but Robson believes the 68-year-old has merely stayed put as he has things easy in north London and can dictate proceedings in a manner few other clubs would allow.The former Arsenal midfielder told talkSPORT: “Did you see his interview? ‘I’ve turned down the world to stay at Arsenal’ – he’s so arrogant, it’s untrue.“The reason he stays at Arsenal is he can do what he wants, he’s not under pressure and he gets paid nearly £10 million a year – that’s why he stays at Arsenal, not because he’s loyal to the club.“If he was loyal to Arsenal and loved Arsenal so much, he would have left two or three years ago.”Robson also believes that Wenger is holding back those at his disposal, with too many players stagnating.He considers Jack Wilshere to be among them, with a man currently locked in contract extension talks advised to leave as a free agent unless he can get guarantees that a change in the dugout will be made this summer.Robson added on the England international, who is reported to have been asked to accept a 25 per cent pay cut in order to land fresh terms: “I don’t think he should stay.“If a new manager came in, and I’ve been championing Antonio Conte because he’s obviously going to leave Chelsea and I think he would be the ideal fit for Arsenal and give the team discipline. If that were to happen, I’d want Jack Wilshere to stay.“But at the moment he’s got to still be learning the game. The reason he hasn’t produced the sort of form he should have done over the years is because he’s had no guidance.“He’s a wonderful footballer but he still doesn’t seem to understand the game and he lacks discipline.“Until someone gets hold of him and teaches him that discipline, he’ll always be a player with potential rather than the world-class midfielder he could be.”last_img read more

Magic Man: A.J. Green’s Career Marked by Hard Work, Competition

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. STILLWATER — A.J. Green endured what was probably the worst game of his collegiate career last season.Against Baylor, he was penalized for pass interference, unsportsmanlike conduct, and two facemasks, but the last play of circumstance in Oklahoma State’s 35-31 loss against the Bears put a cap on his troubles.Baylor rushed to the line with the clock ticking under 20 seconds. Charlie Brewer took the snap with 10 seconds to go before planting and lobbing up a ball in the corner of the end zone for Green and Baylor receiver Denzel Mims to fight over. The two had a hold of each other. As they left the ground, Mims turned his back toward Green, blocking him from the ball. Green tried to pop the ball free as the two crashed on his back. Mims held on, and the Bears scored their go-ahead points with seven seconds to go.Ecstatic, the Bears ran to the edge of the end zone to celebrate the score.After the final whistle blew, Green walked off the field arms locked with his position coach Tim Duffie and his high school teammate LD Brown by his side. Stunned by the final play and by a forgettable day, Green walked off the field in a daze.“Just a rough day at the ballpark,” Duffie told PFB recollecting Green’s outing against the Bears. “Sometimes (Aaron) Judge goes to the ballpark and strikes out, 0-for-4. But you gotta be resilient and learn from the situation. Probably routine plays that he should’ve made to put us into situations where we could’ve won the game, but he didn’t lose it by himself. I’m sure he felt like if he could’ve made a couple more plays in those critical situations we could’ve escaped with a victory in Waco. There’s some truth to that, but it’s also some learning that you must go through, mentally. I was just letting him know that we were still with him.”Two weeks later, Green found himself in a similar situation as he did at Baylor. At home against the dynamic duo of Will Grier and David Sills, West Virginia gained possession with 42 seconds in the fourth quarter trailing 45-41 and marched straight down the field. It was déjà vu.With two seconds left on the clock, the Mountaineers reached the OSU 14-yard line and called a timeout. Green matched up on Sills, the Mountaineers’ premier pass catcher, on the south side of the field. Sills started a post route before Grier got flushed to his left, away from his go-to guy. Green tailed Sills from one side of the field to the other, as Grier flipped his hips and put up a ball for A.J. and Sills to fight over.After essentially getting boxed out two weeks earlier by Mims, Green, like a veteran post player fighting for a rebound, won the battle. As Grier’s pass attempt soared into the end zone, Green waved his left hand in the air and batted down a would-be go-ahead score.Boone Pickens Stadium erupted. Fourteen days after walking his former high school teammate off the field, LD Brown chased Green across the field to celebrate in his game-winning disruption.A big point of emphasis for defenders, especially in the Big 12, is the ability to be able to forget about something quickly after it happened, to be able to move onto the next play. There is some truth to that, but Green also says he didn’t want that memory of walking out of Waco to leave him.“That Baylor game, I didn’t forget it,” he says now. “I kept it in the back of my head, and I knew I had to respond. I knew I had to go out there and just give it my all. I know I can play with anybody in the country, anybody. I know I’m one of the top DBs in the country, and I had to force myself to think like that, and I had to make sure I think like that all the time.”It’s something those close to Green said he has always been able to do: to assess a situation and find a solution.“He’ll get it ingrained in his memory, and he won’t let it happen again,” Alvin Green, A.J.’s father said. “On the flip side of that, if he does get beat, he doesn’t worry about it. He doesn’t internalize it. I wish I had that gift.”When Nisaa Muhammad, A.J.’s mother, watched the final snap of that West Virginia game, she already knew what the outcome would be.“If something doesn’t go his way, he’ll review it, he’ll look at it, he’ll see how his feet could’ve been better, how his hands could’ve been better, how he could’ve defended it better,” his mother said. “I knew going into another opportunity to do almost the same thing, a pass into the end zone, there was no way. If he would’ve had to climb the goalpost and swoop down and knock the ball out, that would’ve happened.”37762720625_078f7d029e_k‘The Goof’Talking to the people who know Green best, there is one word that always comes up with his personality.“He’s still the goof, goofball, goofy,” Brown says of him.“Goofy, just like me,” fellow corner Rodarius Williams adds.“That’s what I was going to say, too,” his mother agrees.His goofiness was on display during the team’s talent show at the end of fall camp. He and Amen Ogbongbemiga performed a magic show that ended in the pair getting booed off the stage. It wasn’t his first go in the magic business.When he was young, his mother bought him a magic kit on a trip to Las Vegas, and every time Nisaa took him to the mall, Green wanted to stop at the booth to watch a magician do a trick. It was always something that interested him. His assistants used to be his two little sisters, but at the team talent show, it was a 225-pound linebacker.“He really loves magic; he’s just not good at it,” Green’s mother said. “That’s another reason he’s goofy. … The part where you’re supposed to disguise the trick, I don’t know why, but he could never do that.“I didn’t even have to see the talent show to know how much of a disaster it was gonna be. I think his talent was actually comedy because I’m sure everybody laughed the whole time. That’s the magic.”Nisaa said her son doesn’t have issues getting a laugh out of those around him, but it isn’t always for the reason he thinks.“He’ll make you laugh, but you’re really laughing at him, not really with him,” Nisaa said. “He has a really silly sense of humor. He has an infectious smile. He makes you want to laugh. Outside of football, he doesn’t take much too seriously. He’s just goofy. … We’re kind of goofy as a family. But he’s just not funny. That’s what’s so goofy about him: he thinks he’s funny, and it’s not funny. But he’s so serious about it that it’s funny.”37714564121_1520f27de7_kFamily TiesCompetition has been a constant theme in A.J. Green’s life.He grew up with a lot of cousins, with two of them also entering their senior seasons as Division I defensive backs.Green, EJ Muhammad (a corner at Nevada) and Khairi Muhammad (a safety at North Texas) have combined for 97 games played, 307 total tackles, 10 interceptions, 31 pass breakups and five forced fumbles. All three finished their high school careers with DeSoto, and all three are from the same family. (They just keep coming, too. A.J.’s cousin, Jabbar Muhammad, committed to OSU in April).“They always knew they wanted to go to college,” Nisaa said. “They always knew they were going to push themselves. Once the first offer came in, everybody was like, ‘OK, I’m going to get an offer because I’m better than him.’ They talked to each other like that. It really made them much more competitive than probably the average person because they always had that person on their heels, that person in their ear pushing them to get better.”Green’s recruitment process didn’t quite take off as early as he might have planned, but his uncle, Bismillah Muhammad, said that all changed after the final game of his junior season.It was a crazy game in the second round of the playoffs against perennial Texas high school power Allen. Green was tasked with staying with Notre Dame commit Jalen Guyton, and oh, Allen’s quarterback was this player named Kyler Murray.Allen entered the game in AT&T Stadium unbeaten, and DeSoto was 10-1. The game came down to the final seconds, as Allen had to rush its field goal team on with time running out. A field goal as time expired gave Allen a 25-22 victory. A tough way to end a season, but Allen came in having averaged 52 points a game. The 25 Allen scored on DeSoto was the fewest Allen scored that season, as the Eagles went on to beat Cypress Ranch 47-16 in the state final.The work Green put in against Guyton had colleges noticing.Bismillah said Louisville was in on his nephew early, but once he had the options, Green had different ideas as to where he wanted to go.Many think volunteering to defend in the Big 12 takes a special kind of crazy, but it’s what Green wanted. Rather than be in a conference with good but not great offenses, he wanted to go somewhere where he would be tested.When his recruitment started to take off in his junior year of high school after the season ended, he told his mother he wanted to go to the Big 12 or the Pac-12 so he had the most opportunity to defend passes. He ended up choosing OSU over offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Cal, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisville and plenty of others.“He always wanted to be the best,” Bismillah said. “From little league on up. If it was drills or something, he would pick the best one. Whoever somebody said was the best one, that’s who he always wanted to go with. High school, same way.“He knew in order to be the best, he had to go against the best. That’s not something somebody had to tell him or teach him, that’s just something he automatically knew.”Green and his cousins’ high school careers ended with another gut-punch against Allen.Again in the second round of the state playoffs and at AT&T Stadium, Allen strolled into the game having won 54 straight. Allen’s closest game of the season to that point was a 10-point win, but Allen’s average margin of victory was 38 points. Murray and Guyton were gone, but Allen was still dominant.Meanwhile, DeSoto had a shaky season up to that point — Green’s squad was 6-5 entering the contest, but that didn’t matter much in those four quarters.Green had a pick-six in the game. He jumped an out route before juking Allen’s running back and quarterback out of their shoes and diving into the end zone at Jerry’s World.Down 41-34, DeSoto scored in the fourth quarter, but the team’s kicker clutched his hamstring in the middle of the extra point attempt. He fell to the ground, and the kick missed. Allen escaped DeSoto’s grasps again, winning 41-40.Allen would go on to lose to a Sam Ehlinger-led West Lake team in the semifinals, stopping the school’s unbeaten streak at 57 games.It was the last time Green., EJ and Khairi played on the same team, but the years of pushing each other set them all up with Division I scholarships.“It’s fortunate for them,” Bismillah said. “I always tell them iron sharpens iron. They’re always around each other, and they’re always competing against each other. It gives them that competitive edge just being around somebody that’s pushing you all the time.”45543939582_10f67fd89b_kThe FinaleGreen remembers everything about his favorite play as a Cowboy to this point.It was his game-winning interception against Iowa State in 2017. He remembers the ball was on the opposite hash. He remembers there were three receivers to his side. He remembers that it felt like the ball was in the air forever and the review of the play lasted even longer. The interception was his fourth in three games. The streak started with him picking off Will Grier twice in Morgantown. The next week was Bedlam, where he picked off Baker Mayfield on the Sooners’ first series.“West Virginia, he pretty much destroyed West Virginia,” Alvin said. “Those have been some of my favorite moments. Oklahoma, even though they lost, he really battled hard in that Oklahoma game with Baker Mayfield.”Green is the only corner on OSU’s roster who hasn’t redshirted (apart from the freshmen). He played in nine games in his first fall on campus and has started all 26 of OSU’s games the past two seasons.“A.J.’s a good football player,” Mike Gundy said. “He’s grown up now. It wasn’t a couple years ago we were talking about him just being out there and living in this league at the corner position, being young. He’s now the other guy.“I told A.J. in April or May or whenever, I said, ‘You’re a really good football player. If you start to think you’re better than you really are, then you’ll just have an average year. It happens all the time. If you’ll really compete and stay hungry, then you’ll have a good year because you’re a talented player, and you’ve seen it all in this league.’ He seems to be doing very well. I think he understands that. It’s disappointing when young men start to believe what everybody tells them and then they don’t compete. Usually they just don’t play very well. I don’t see that with him right now.”In his career he has 98 total tackles, five interceptions, 16 pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. As far as he has come from playing with his cousins, to the crazy Allen games, the Baylor heartbreak or the West Virginia triumphs, he still has plenty ahead of him.Nine more pass breakups put him in the top 10 in program history. His 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame along with his skillset also give him a chance at playing beyond college. He has goals of winning a Big 12 Championship, being a first-team All-Big 12er and winning the Jim Thorpe, and none of that is out of the question.It won’t happen by magic — it never does with Green — rather it will be because he put in the work, paid the price and now has a senior year in which he’s set to reap all the rewards.last_img read more

PFB Picks: How Confident Can We Be for OSU’s Trip to Ames?

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. Oklahoma State has dropped two straight and now takes a spooky pre-Halloween road trip to Iowas State as double-digit underdogs. What could go wrong?Before things get going in Ames, the PFB staff laid out its predictions for what could prove to be a tough test for the Cowboys.Final ScoreKyle Porter — Iowa State 38 | Oklahoma State 28: I have lost faith in the trajectory of this team and the program as a whole. Iowa State is better. Iowa State has a better QB. Iowa State is at home. Iowa State should win.Kyle Cox — Oklahoma State 31 | Iowa State 28: I have no evidence to support this theory and could very likely be the only one to go out this limb, but this just seems like the perfect time for OSU to figure some things out. I still believe that if a couple of balls bounce the other way (or are held onto), the Cowboys could very well be 5-2 or 6-1. I guess this is me doubling down on that theory… and some hope.Kyle Boone — Oklahoma State 35 | Iowa State 31: Last season, OSU was as unpredictable as any team in college football. It played great against great teams but stunk against the Kansas States and TCUs of the world. It’d be par for the course if OSU, after losses to Tech and Baylor, went on the road and stole a W.Marshall Scott — Iowa State 38 | Oklahoma State 28: Iowa State hasn’t had the toughest schedule to this point, but the Cyclones are getting better. The addition to Breece Hall into ISU’s run game has seemed to solve some of the offensive struggles the Cyclones had early in the season. Ames is also a difficult place to playPlayer of the GamePorter: For OSU, A.J. Green always seems to be mega-involved in Ames. I could see him going pick-six on Purdy but it not really mattering.Cox: I will go with Spencer Sanders mainly because, for my prediction to come true, he’ll need to show vast improvement over the majority of the game and — again — cut down on the fumbles and picks. A one-turnover game with ≅ 300 total yards in a win guarantees Spencer a helmet sticker in next week’s Debriefing.Alternate pick: Dru Brown.Boone: Anyone other than Chuba Hubbard is just blogging malpractice at this point. He’s putting up 150 yards per game with as much ease as my index fingers banging my keyboard.Scott: Give me Breece Hall. Iowa State’s freshman running back has 315 of his 399 season rushing yards in ISU’s past two games. So there’s that. There’s the fact that OSU’s defensive front is still a bit of a work in progress and the fact that OSU is probably focused on the main threat, Brock Purdy.Which Team Wins the TO Battle?Porter: Tough. Do you go with the trend or do you say things are going to correct themselves here? Of the 114 team seasons in the Big 12 since 2009, nobody has ever put up a worse conference-only turnover margin per game number than OSU’s current mark of -1.75. That can’t continue, right? I’ll say ISU wins it by one, which would actually [swallows hard] improve OSU’s rate.Cox: Well, for my final score prediction to carry any weight, at all, I’m going to have to go with a reverse of the trend. Over the last three games (looks up the stat) Iowa State has won the turnover battle 5-2. Oklahoma State is 2-10. What have I done?Boone: Iowa State. OSU’s defense has struggled to turn teams over, and OSU’s offense’s biggest strength this season appears to be turning the ball over.Scott: Iowa State for all the reasons that have led us to this being a question on these predictions posts.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Weathers Rough Start, Puts Up Career High in Win over Dolphins

first_imgIt had been 22 days since Mason Rudolph took the scary helmet-to-helmet hit that would send him into concussion protocol. That time off apparently caused a build up of rust for the young QB, who made his fourth career NFL start on Monday night.Rudolph’s first pass in over three weeks was picked off and he would have had two INTs in four attempts if a review hadn’t reversed the call on one play. Miami DB Ryan Lewis couldn’t get his second foot down in-bounds. That drive would end with a turnover on downs.A closer look shows that his former college teammate didn’t do Rudolph any favors on that play.Through two drives, Rudolph was 1-for-5 for 14 yards and a pick, and the Steelers quickly found themselves down 14-zip to the visiting 0-6 Dolphins. Then Rudolph knocked off the rust and the Steelers offense picked up steam. 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. At one point Rudolph completed seven-straight passes. He ended the night 20-of-36 for a career-high 251 yards, two TDs and an INT.There was this slant route on third-and-20 to rookie receiver Diontae Johnson that went for 45 yards and 6. (Take a look at that block by James Washington.)And then this well-placed dime to JuJu Smith-Schuster for 26 yards and a score.James Washington caught just one of his six targets for 21 yards.The Steelers followed up a 14-0 deficit by scoring 27 unanswered on the way to a 27-14 win. Rudolph is now 2-2 in his four career starts. The Steelers, now 3-4, host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 3 at noon central time.last_img read more

Accelerating Equality for Women and Girls around the World: A Conversation with Media, Activists, Entrepreneurs and You

first_imgPosted on January 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, five influential voices in women’s rights gathered to discuss equality for women and girls around the world. The event, Accelerating Equality for Women and Girls around the World: A Conversation with Media, Activists, Entrepreneurs and You, was moderated by Maria Hinojosa, Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, and was held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of Half the Sky, Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of Equality Now, Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka, Ana Langer, President of EngenderHealth and Advisor to the Maternal Health Task Force, hashed out topics ranging from the roots of gender inequities and power to the role of the media in advancing the empowerment of women and girls. While the discussion was not explicitly focused on maternal health or on Millennium Development Goal No. 5, parts of the discussion were quite relevant to the work of the MHTF.Ana Langer helped to reframe the discussion about gender inequities and power by calling on society to make room for men in this social movement to empower girls. She explained that this discussion should not be about who is more powerful and why, but rather the discussion should be about how men can be included in the process of change. She also highlighted the successes of EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners® program, a program that recognizes the crucial role men play in the sexual and reproductive health of populations and works to engage with them around a variety of issues related to sexual and reproductive health, including safe pregnancy.As the discussion shifted to the role of the media in advancing gender equality, Sheryl WuDunn explained that, unfortunately, the media often function under the mantra that “things that happen every day are not news.” She said that when she and Nicholas Kristof reported on Tiananmen Square, their stories often ran on the front page–but when they wrote about the killing of infant girls throughout China, a practice that killed and kills far more people than the Tiananmen Square incident, their stories received less attention.Taina Bien-Aimé called on the media to rethink this mantra. She demanded that a woman who is about to be stoned to death in Iran must be considered news and that upcoming mass female circumcision in Kenya must be considered news and that these sorts of topics certainly merit coverage.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Cardiff City vs Man Utd: Pogba starts in Solskjaer’s debut

first_imgManchester United will begin their life post-Jose Mourinho when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to Cardiff City on Saturday in the Premier League.The Red Devils legend took charge as interim manager following the Portuguese boss’s dismissal from his managerial post at Old Trafford, and Solskjaer’s first game in charge will be against the side that he briefly managed during an ill-fated spell in 2014.The visitors travel to Wales sixth in the table, 11 points off of a top-four spot and having registered just one win in their last five matches, while the Bluebirds sit in 16th in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Cardiff City vs Manchester United Date Saturday, December 22 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 and live-streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Cardiff City players Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies, Murphy Defenders Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Connolly, Cunningham, Bamba Midfielders Arter, Ralls, Murphy, Gunnarsson, Damour, Camarasa, Harris, Hoilett Forwards Ward, Paterson, Reid, Madine Cardiff City XI: Etheridge, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa, Hoilett, Murphy, Paterson. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Grant, Romero Defenders Smalling, Jones, Dalot, Shaw, Bailly, Young, Valencia, Darmian Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Matic, McTominay, Herrera, Lingard, Pereira, Fred, Fellaini, Gomes, Hamilton Forwards Rashford, Martial, Chong, Bohui Man Utd XI: De Gea; Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.Betting & Match Odds Cardiff are priced at odds of 5/1 to win, according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 3/1. A win for the Red Devils is priced at 11/20.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cardiff City 2013-14Last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League was the final nail in the coffin for Mourinho, as they dismissed the Portuguese just 48 hours after the defeat.The former Chelsea boss endured a miserable first half of the season with the club, having lost five matches in 17 Premier League games and already conceding as many goals by December as they did during the whole of last season.The defeat at Anfield ensured United are marooned in sixth place with Mourinho admitting that top-four – let alone challenging for the title – was going to be difficult.Solskjaer’s first game in charge as caretaker manager will be against Cardiff, whom he briefly managed in 2014 but could not save from relegation.The Norwegian’s appointment has been welcomed by many Red Devils fans following the toxic and turbulent reign of Mourinho, though he has been given the massive responsibility of trying to challenge for a Champions League spot for next season as well as lifting the spirits of the dressing room.All eyes will be on whether or not the Solskjaer will decide to slot Pogba into the starting XI straightaway, after the France international fell out of favour under Mourinho.He has, meanwhile, claimed that he will not be afraid to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous “hairdryer” treatment with the players, and told reporters that he would not hesitate to “lay down the law”.Solskjaer said: “We’ve spoken about what we expect, what standards we have on and off the pitch. You prepare for every game, I trust the lads to know what they’re doing to help the team. Everything we do is to help the team.”He’s [Pogba] a World Cup winner, Paul’s a terrific lad. When I had him as a kid as well, he was always the happy-go-lucky lad and he’s not changed personality-wise.”He’s a better player, and of course he’s one I want to get the best out of. You have so many quality players that I want to try to get the best out of and he’s no different to anybody else.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more