Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Bio Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Latest Posts This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 BLUE HILL — The Eastern Maine Baseball Umpires Association has voted to award the George Stevens Academy baseball team its 20th annual Peter Webb Sportsmanship Award.This award, named after a longtime official in Maine, is given by the Eastern Maine Baseball Umpires Association to one of the Class C or D schools in recognition of the best observed sportsmanship during the regular season.The association serves 27 high schools in eastern Maine.“The Peter Webb Sportsmanship Award has been given out yearly now for 20 years,” said Steve Salsbury, the association’s secretary. “Our umpiring group appreciates the schools we serve and pride ourselves with recognizing deserving schools such as George Stevens Academy.” Latest posts by (see all)
As the first decade of the 21st century came to a close in 2009, things were looking positively rosy for USC’s football program.The Trojans had just finished one of the most dominating runs in college football history under coach Pete Carroll, who compiled a 97-19 record (83.6 winning percentage) at USC that featured two national championships and three Heisman winners.Excluding 2009, the last seven years of his reign were especially impressive — seven consecutive conference titles, 11-win seasons, top-4 finishes in the AP Poll and BCS bowl appearances.As a result, USC was named college football’s “Team of the Decade” by CBS Sports and “Program of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated.The team had gone just 8-4 in the 2009 regular season, but freshman phenom quarterback Matt Barkley closed out the year by leading the Trojans to a 24-13 victory over Boston College in the Emerald Bowl.Even though Oregon and Stanford defeated USC by a total of 61 points while beginning their ascension as mainstays atop the Pac-12, the future looked bright. Barkley looked poised to be the next great USC quarterback to lead the team to a BCS bowl alongside Carroll.But a new decade brought new problems that tarnished both the future and the past.On Jan. 12, 2010, news broke that Carroll had accepted a job with the Seattle Seahawks. Just two days later, Lane Kiffin was announced as his replacement, leading to concerns that the search committee rushed its decision.That summer, the real bombshell dropped — two years without postseason play, four years of probation, the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, and 14 victories from USC’s glory days with Reggie Bush wiped from the record books.In the three seasons that followed, the Trojans won 25 of 38 games for a .658 winning percentage; far worse than Oregon (.900) and Stanford (.875) and closer to the likes of Washington (.538) and Arizona State (.526).And last year, UCLA stated its case to take over the title of best team in Los Angeles both in results on the field — a 38-28 victory at the Rose Bowl — and in recruiting — UCLA’s 2013 class was ranked No. 3 by Scout.com while USC lingered below at No. 18.“Being able to get that win against [USC] last year was great, and it was huge for our program,” said UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo. “I think USC is a good team every year. But I’ve noticed a difference in my own team. We’re able to compete with [USC].”Part of that gap in the recruiting ranks stems from the limitations caused by USC’s scholarship reductions, as the Trojans only signed 12 players compared to the Bruins’ 28. But that doesn’t explain the bevy of last-minute decommitments that downgraded USC’s class from spectacular to something a few notches below.The Trojans were still able to ink eight recruits ranked in the top-100, but if USC puts up another disappointing season this year, one can expect that figure to decrease next year.“I’m sure that where our program was viewed 12 months ago and where it is right now has an impact,” Kiffin said. “I do think that last year’s season impacted the end of last year’s class. Not playing well, job security questions … No matter how well your staff does, there’s going to be some impact when that happens.”USC’s late-season slump undoubtedly affected the perception of the program; in the Pac-12 preseason poll, the Trojans were picked to finish third in the South Division behind UCLA and Arizona State.But USC players said they aren’t letting what others think affect them, and they point out that the media hasn’t been able to predict how the Trojans will perform for a couple of years now.“We’re underdogs, a little more under the radar this year,” said redshirt senior tackle Kevin Graf. “But that’s how we were two years ago when we went 10-2. People weren’t expecting much of us; they thought the sanctions would really tear us apart. But it made us grow a lot more together, and I think we’re gonna do the same this year.”They’re also ready to dispel the notion that the program is on the downswing.“USC is USC, and it’s gonna be that way for a long time,” said redshirt senior defensive end Devon Kennard. “But we have competition now. We just have to get back to the way we play football.”Perhaps the 2010 and 2012 seasons were just bumps in the road; after all, the first two years of the 2000s yielded just 11 wins and 13 losses before Carson Palmer broke out and led the Trojans to a 11-2 campaign in Carroll’s second year on the job.Maybe we’re about to witness a similar jump by a new USC quarterback and the reconstructed defense.But with Kiffin seemingly one bump away from being moved from the program’s driver’s seat to the hot seat, USC fans might want to buckle up. The Bruins, Ducks and Cardinal are coming up fast in the rearview mirror. Follow Will Laws on Twitter @WillLaws
Many chemical reactions occur from simple collisions. One atom may have spare electrons, another may need them. Attracted by each other’s valences, the atoms collide and bonds form. Not so with biological enzymes: these molecular machines owe their efficiency to their three-dimensional shapes. Made up of hundreds of amino acids, enzymes have “active sites” where precise interactions occur. Some even have moving parts that guide the molecules into the active site (e.g., 07/31/2004). The substrate leaves the enzyme unchanged, ready for its next customer. Scientists are finding that the precision of these machines is finely tuned. Here are some astonishing examples from recent papers:The ultimate: Man-made catalysts can’t match natural ones, said Anthony J. Kirby and Florian Hollfelder in Nature.1 One enzyme another team had measured, ketosteroid isomerase, is so precisely fitted to its substrate that a change of 10 picometers (where a picometer is 10-12 meters) is enough to decrease its efficiency. The active site holds onto the substrate while another molecular switch transfers a single electron. “Available tools for protein engineering clearly lack the subtle touch that is required to prepare effective designer enzymes,” they said. Our fumbling attempts at engineering protein catalysts are like trying to thread needles with boxing gloves on. The best reaction rates of artificial enzymes we have designed, they said, are “still tens of billions of times smaller than those of many enzymes.”Gate police: The ribosome, where proteins are assembled from RNA, is a kind of super-enzyme: a molecular machine where systems of enzymes work together to build proteins. A paper in PNAS2 discussed the guard at the exit gate: how proteins coming out the exit tunnel are recognized and authenticated. First, a word about why this matters: “The ribosome is a large complex catalyst responsible for the synthesis of new proteins, an essential function for life,” they began. They determined that the exit tunnel contains sensitive probes that “feel” the side chains of amino acids on the emerging protein. There are little binding crevices and barriers that the substrate must pass by. The transport experience coming out the tunnel could be different for different amino acid species, they said. One thing they found involved moving parts. There is a kind of gate and latch mechanism; a turnstile, perhaps? They tried to describe it: “we find rare events in which most of helix 24 [the gate] sways away from the tunnel’s entrance for a few picoseconds [trillionths of a second], leaving the exit clear, and promptly returns to its capping state as a valve that is closed but momentarily opens.” Maybe this is doing a final checkout or keeping contraband from getting inside. Whatever is going on, they thought it must be important: “we propose that ribosomal features at the exit of the tunnel can play a role in the regulation of nascent chain exit and ion flux.” This exit tunnel is no concrete tube: it’s a “protein-sensitive channel” that aids in ensuring the product comes out right.Super slo-mo: One enzyme reported in Science Daily can speed up a chemical reaction by 12 orders of magnitude. On its own, the reaction would take 2.3 billion years3 – a good part of the assumed age of the earth. With the enzyme it happens in milliseconds. This sets a new record for enzyme efficiency: their previous record-holder, an enzyme “absolutely essential” for binding RNA and DNA, speeded up a 78-million year reaction into thousandths of a second. The current enzyme under study is “essential for both plant and animal life on the planet,” Richard Wolfenden [U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] said. “What we’re defining here is what evolution had to overcome, that the enzyme is surmounting a tremendous obstacle, a reaction half-life of 2.3 billion years.”A major puzzle from the third article was how the enzyme could have originated in the first place:“Without catalysts, there would be no life at all, from microbes to humans,” he said. “It makes you wonder how natural selection operated in such a way as to produce a protein that got off the ground as a primitive catalyst for such an extraordinarily slow reaction.”He may not have the answer, but studying such enzymes “allows biologists to appreciate their evolution as prolific catalysts, Wolfenden said.” See also the 05/06/2003 and 02/13/2004 entries.1. Anthony J. Kirby and Florian Hollfelder, “Enzymes under the nanoscope,” Nature Vol 456 No 6, November 2008, pp. 45-46.2. Paula M. Petrone, Christopher D. Snow, Del Lucent, and Vijay S. Pande, “Side-chain recognition and gating in the ribosome exit tunnel,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print October 22, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0801795105.3. This is the “half-time,” the time for half the substrate to be consumed.This is such wonderful science – it is astounding that scientists can even measure such tiny structures working at such infinitesimal speeds – and to think that these molecular machines have been there all this time with their jaw-dropping performances is a great thrill. You can just feel the evolutionists’ pain, can’t you? (or gullibility; see 01/12/2004). Wolfenden struggles to imagine how natural selection could have produced an enzyme for an essential biological reaction vital to all life that speeds up a reaction from 2.3 billion years to milliseconds. He can’t imagine how the protein “got off the ground as a primitive catalyst for such an extraordinarily slow reaction.” One thing we know about the ground: things fall down onto it; they don’t spontaneously get up from it and go to work without directed energy and purpose. At this stage of chemical evolution, remember, there is no natural selection (see 01/26/2008). NS requires replication – accurate replication. Without intelligent design, Wolfenden and other evolutionists have no recourse but chance. The movie Expelled has a funny cartoon showing Richard Dawkins trying to win the cell lottery. He’s at a slot machine that he can’t get to come up with the winning combination to create life. As he is kicking the stupid machine in frustration, the camera pans out to a room filled with hundreds of slot machines vanishing into the distance where, to win, he must get them all to succeed together. As our online book shows, that cartoon is an understatement! So pity the evolutionist. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Robert Dinterman and Ani L. Katchova, Farm Income Enhancement Program, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, The Ohio State UniversityChapter 12 bankruptcy filings have been fairly stable over the past few quarters and have stabilized to around the same levels as when chapter 12 became a permanent fixture of the bankruptcy code in 2005. The US experienced elevated levels of chapter 12 filings towards the end of 2009 through mid-2012, but aside from the second quarter of 2017 there has not been a quarter with more than 150 chapter 12 bankruptcies filed and that is a good sign for the agricultural sector. In general, the second quarter, which consists of the period between April 1st and June 30th, is the quarter that typically has the highest number of bankruptcies in a year.While nationally there has been a stabilization of farm bankruptcies, there is still substantial regional variation in farm bankruptcies and some areas are doing better than others across the U.S. For instance, Wisconsin led the nation in farm bankruptcies over the past year with 47 chapter 12 cases filed between October of 2017 and September of 2018. This has been a recent trend for Wisconsin as they had 41 filed the 12 month period before October 2017 and 36 the 12-month period before that. While Wisconsin has had an upward trend, they have not seen the largest increase in bankruptcies year-over-year as Nebraska, New York, and Minnesota have seen larger gains in the number of farm bankruptcies filed since October 1st of 2017.
Playing video through text is a popular look and easy to create in Premiere Pro and After Effects. In this post we’ll show you how.Spice up the text in your project by combining it with video. In your video editing application you can set add video into your text by using the track matte, or traveling matte. First we’ll look at how to create this ‘video in text effect‘ in Premiere Pro and then After Effects.Video In Text Effect Premiere Pro1. Put the video/image to be the background on V1.2. Put the Video to play through the text on V2.3. Create a Title (Title > New Title > Default Still) and put it on V3. Use a large, thick font for better readability.4. Apply the Track Matte Key: Effect to V2. Set the matte to Video 3. Leave “Composite Using” set to Matte Alpha. 5. Apply drop shadow effect to V2 for better readability.Video In Text Effect After Effects1. Put the video/image to be the background on the bottom.2. Put the Video to play through the text in the middle, on layer 2.3. Create text (Layer> New > Text) and put it on top (layer 1). Use a large, thick font for better readability.4. Click “Toggle Switches Modes” if you don’t see Mode and TrkMat.5. Change the Mode for layer 2 (middle layer) to “Alpha Matte”. It will look at the alpha channel of the layer above it.6. Right click on layer 2 (middle layer), and select Layer Styles > Drop Shadow.7. If you want to apply an effect and not a layer style, you need to pre-compose the 2 top layers first (right-click and select pre-compose).8. Apply the desired Effect to the pre-comp (it is a composition and appears as one layer). Double click on the pre-comp to open it and make any changes.
Doncic scored 19 points for the Mavericks, but missed 12 of his 18 shots. Nowitzki scored 13 points for Dallas, as did Jalen Brunson. When it was over, Doncic and Dragic — teammates on the Slovenian team that won the European championship two summers ago — exchanged hugs and jerseys. Miami swept the season series from the Mavs, but Dragic didn’t play in the Heat win at Dallas.“It was great. Honestly maybe for the first time in my career I was nervous before the game,” Doncic said. “It was different for me, but it was a special night.”Dion Waiters scored 17 points for the Heat, who improved to just 4-29 in games where they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Dallas led 82-75 going into the final period, but the Heat outscored the Mavericks 30-17 in the last 12 minutes.Dallas led by 11 points in the first half, and took a 59-49 lead into the locker room after a tip dunk by Dorian Finney-Smith beat the halftime buzzer. But Wade hit a jumper with 1:11 left to put Miami on top for good, Doncic missed a long 3-pointer on the next Dallas trip down the floor and Dragic extended Miami’s lead to 100-97 with a nifty up-and-under move on the ensuing Heat possession.And with that, the building roared. The Miami fans might have even been drowned out. Countless Slovenia jerseys were spotted in the stands, along with scarves bearing the country’s name, all for very good reason.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments They were there for Dragic vs. Doncic.They got a show, too.“To buy a ticket, to fly from a different continent here and to stay here and support us, it’s something amazing,” Dragic said, before he went back out, addressed the crowd 30 minutes after the game and signed autographs.Dragic’s only other triple-double came in 2011 — 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Houston over Minnesota in a season-finale. That was basically meaningless. This one meant plenty to the Heat, fighting to get into the playoffs in Wade’s final season, and a loss to the team that they faced in the 2006 and 2011 NBA Finals certainly would have hurt those postseason chances.Nowitzki had a chance to tie with a 3-pointer — shooting it over a closeout by Wade — with 59 seconds left. Nowitzki’s shot sailed long, and the Heat could finally exhale when Wade got a steal and laid it in to cap the scoring with seven seconds left.“He looks like he’s got a couple years left,” Nowitzki said about Wade. “He can still take games over, he’s making good decisions with the ball, he’s still athletic enough to get by people. So to me, he looks great.”It was the 35th and final time Wade and Nowitzki went head-to-head, including playoffs. Wade won the series, 18-17.“This was the most I’ve ever guarded Dirk,” Wade said. “It was cool.”TIP-INSMavericks: Dallas dealt with a couple injury scares early — Nowitzki rolled his ankle pregame but started the game, and Doncic left after 3 minutes following a knee-to-knee collision with Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. Doncic returned later in the first quarter. … Mavs assistant Jenny Boucek was an assistant for the WNBA’s Miami Sol, under original Heat coach Ron Rothstein. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Raptors rout Knicks again, even without Kawhi Leonard Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heat: Josh Richardson (bruised left heel) was out, joining Justise Winslow (sore right thigh) and Rodney McGruder (sore left knee) as Heat regulars out with injuries…. Friday is the 16th anniversary of Wade’s triple-double — 29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists — in the NCAA tournament for Marquette against Kentucky, the game that sent him to the Final Four.DIRK IN MIAMIThis was the 27th time Nowitzki appeared in a game at Miami; the Mavs went 13-14 in those games, the most notable win being the title-clinching Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals. He says being in Miami brings back memories of both “the most epic collapse” in the 2006 finals, and the 2011 victory. “Little bit of mixed emotions, but usually, the good memories win,” Nowitzki said.HEAT LINEUPSThe Heat used their 25th starting lineup. That ties last season’s club for the third-most in franchise history behind 31 in 2014-15 and 30 in 2007-08. Entering Thursday only New Orleans (29), Cleveland (28) and Phoenix (26) have used more starting fives. The NBA average is just under 18, and Orlando — with only eight lineups so far — has used the fewest.UP NEXTMavericks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday.Heat: At New York on Saturday. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives the ball past Dallas Mavericks forward Justin Jackson (44) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Mavericks 105-99. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — The subplots were obvious: Goran Dragic vs. Luka Doncic for the first time, Dwyane Wade vs. Dirk Nowitzki for the last time.Miami got the better of both.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ With an estimated 2,000 Slovenian fans in the stands — most if not all of them staying and chanting for him long after the game — Dragic had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second career triple-double, Wade capped the win with a steal and score in the final seconds and the Heat moved back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference by topping the Dallas Mavericks 105-99 on Thursday night.“It felt like we were in Ljubljana,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, speaking of the Slovenian capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhatever it was, wherever it felt like, the Heat (37-38) got a much-needed win. They improved to just 4-29 in games where they trailed after three quarters and moved past Orlando (37-39) for the final playoff spot in the East standings — with Dragic outdueling Doncic in the first head-to-head meeting between the only two Slovenians currently in the NBA.“He’s the old Don and Luka is the new up-and-coming,” Wade said about Dragic. “So it was great to see him play that way.” Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director
India clinched its third gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta as shooter Saurabh Chaudhary created a new Games record to win the men’s 10m air pistol event on Tuesday.16-year-old Saurabh finished on top with a Games record score of 240.7 to clinch the gold medal ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).The bronze medal went to Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma who recorded a score of 219.3. He had finished sixth during the qualification round.Asian Games 2018 Day 3 Live UpdatesThis is India’s third gold medal and first in shooting. With 7 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), India are now placed 7th in the medals tally at the ongoing Games. India jumped to the 7th spot in the medals tally after Saurabh Chaudhary’s shooting gold (India Today Photo)Matsuda and Saurabh had pulled away for the gold medal battle with points of 220.1 and 220.5 respectively as Abhishek was eliminated with 219.3 points after eight series.Matsuda, 42, was leading the charge going into the ninth and final series having led after each of the series. But in the final series, he came up with first shot score of 8.9 to blow his chances as Saurabh overtook him with a 10.2 in his first shot of the series.In the second shot of the series, Matsuda scored 10.3 but Saurabh did well with 10.4 to seal the title.At the beginning, Saurabh, who topped the qualifications after a score of 586, began his finals with a 50.6 in the opening five-shot series. In the second five-shot series, he scored 50.8 to take his total to 101.4, while Matsuda had 103.3 in total at this point of time.advertisementIn the third series, a two-shot round, Saurabh scored 18.6. He then produced scores of 19.4, 20.0, 20.6, 20.2 to have a total of 200.2 at the end of seven series when Matsuda and Saurabh totalled 201.3 and 199.7 respectively as the top three places were determined.In the eighth series, Saurabh, Matsuda and Abhishek got scores of 19.9, 19.2 and 19.6 as the latter was eliminated.The drama unfolded in the final series, with Matsuda coming up with his worst shot of the entire final round to give the advantage to Saurabh, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands.News Flash: 3rd GOLD Medal for India guys….. via 16 yr old Saurabh Chaudhary in 10m Air Pistol event. yupeeeeeeeee #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/[email protected] (@India_AllSports) August 21, 2018Saurabh has been in terrific form this year after having set a new world record in the 10m air pistol event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in June.Back then Saurabh had shot a total of 243.7 in the 10m air pistol event and won a gold medal in the International Shooting Sport Federation tournament.16 years. Very first Asian Games. AND A MEDAL.The INCREDIBLY talented #SaurabhChaudhary has truly arrived! WELL DONE, young man! Proud of you! #AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/JTyBz1QgiGRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 21, 2018Saurabh, who earned the eighth gold medal for India in the prestigious meet, ended the eight-man final with a score of 243.7 after 24 shots, 4.1 points clear of Korean shooter Lim Hojin (239.6), who won the silver.In December last year, Saurabh had qualified for the Youth Olympics Games with a gold medal and a junior world record at Asia Youth Olympics Games qualification. He had shot 243.1 in the final then.(With agency inputs)
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. The Denton Ryan Raiders secured their second consecutive unbeaton regular season this past weekend, with a 38-14 win over the Wichita Falls Riders on Friday night. The win boosted the Raiders to a perfect 10-0 record on the season as they captured the District 5-5A title.Oklahoma State quarterback commit Spencer Sanders lead the way on the night on offense, throwing for 296 yards and accounting for four touchdowns. As a team, Ryan earned nearly 500 yards and jumped out to a commanding 38-0 lead.Sanders showed off a few tools in the arsenal that has earned him a four-star ranking from 247sports, and one of the top dual-threat quarterback recruits in the country. When he has time in the pocket and a chance to step into the throw, he’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks throwing down the field. He’s perfected the run-pass-option offense for Ryan, something that OSU will almost certainly be able to utilize him in during his time in Stillwater.And he’s a heck of a competitor who isn’t afraid to pull it down and call his own number, as you can see around the 4:00 minute mark where he tucks it to run from about 35 yards out:Here’a a recap of Sanders’ scores from the game (via Sportsday Dallas):54-yard TD pass24-yard TD pass32-yard TD pass33-yard TD runRyan will travel to Fort Worth Brewer at 7 p.m. Thursday for its first-round game. The Spencer Sanders Raider team has not lost a regular season football game dating back to Nov. 7, 2014, per the Denton Ryan Chronicle. Sanders is currently the only player committed to Oklahoma State in their 2018 recruiting class.
Much has been made about Oklahoma State returning to San Antonio where so many of its current players are from. Jordan Sterns, Tre Flowers, Ramon Richards, Vincent Taylor, Austin Hays — the list goes on. Glenn Spencer, who recruits the area, has talked about it at length. And OSU has made a concerted effort to clean up in recruiting where others have been sloppy.But Sterns brought up something interesting earlier this week about how it is less about how a school recruits an area and more about what it does on the field.This feels intuitive, but I think we sometimes lose sight of it. Just as content is king when it comes to media, winning is king when it comes to recruiting. Other stuff matters (like getting guys to the NFL and having nice facilities), but those things are largely byproducts of getting Ws.“I told a story the other day when I first got to Oklahoma State nine, 10 years ago, I’m the new guy on the block, I’m from the East Coast,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “I’ve very rarely been across the Mississippi River. They threw me down here I think because there would be players — that Houston area, that DFW area, that East Texas, but it took a couple years.“Now I think it’s getting recruited a lot more now, and these four guys to my left are the reason why. They’re saying, ‘geez, these guys from San Antonio are beating our tail every year.’ Last time I checked, our record against Texas schools was pretty stout, and I think they’re all getting smart, which is bad for me, bad for us. But it’s these guys that have — they made the reputation.”Then he talked about the type of marketing you can do when you go to a bowl game and how OSU did it in 2010 when it defeated Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.“I’m sure that you just ride from the airport to our hotel, and I see the billboard, so it’s all about branding, right,” added Spencer. “It’s all about these guys. When Coach Spencer comes into their school, hopefully we’re not just another school. I think success breeds success. That didn’t hurt.”But when Sterns was asked about it, he objected.“Honestly, no [I don’t recall seeing the name brand or do you recall that game when it was played down here in 2010],” said Sterns who was still in high school in San Antonio at the time.“I’m just being honest. But I’ve always liked Oklahoma State for some reason just growing up because of the colors and then just different things. I used to be a running back. I used to like Barry Sanders. When Oklahoma State offered me, I thought — I mean, I was really excited. I remember calling my mom and just being pretty emotional about it. I mean, it was a pretty easy decision. They’ve been winning games ever since Coach Gundy got here, and the year they offered me they just won the Fiesta Bowl. It was a no-brainer for me.”They’ve been winning games ever since coach Gundy got here.Yes they have. A lot of them. And that’s the point. It’s not the billboards. It’s not the barber shop in BPS. It’s not the uniforms. It’s the 10-win seasons which OSU is on the verge of having for the fifth time in seven years with a win against Colorado.“It was like, ‘wow, Vince Taylor, Ramon, Tre, Jordan. That’s where these guys are balling at, and they’re having fun and they’re having success,’ said Spencer. “So I think that’s just a textbook way to entrench yourself in an area, these kids doing right, these kids doing what they’re supposed to, these kids leaving Oklahoma State with a degree and handling themselves on and off the field that all of the Oklahoma State people are proud of.” 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.