Toward better aid

first_imgBetter training, closer coordination among relief agencies, and a bigger dose of humility while working in unfamiliar cultures would help humanitarian aid workers, and make more of the billions of dollars spent each year on assistance, according to Harvard specialists with experience in the field.Harvard Public Health editor Madeline Drexler spoke with Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, a 30-year veteran in the field and a leading writer and scholar; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) director Michael VanRooyen, who has launched relief efforts in more than 30 countries struck by war and disaster; and Parveen Parmar, associate director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and an associate faculty member at HHI, who set out on her first humanitarian mission in 2010.Q: Why doesn’t humanitarian aid money trickle down to the people most in need?VanRooyen: When the NGO machine steps into a large-scale humanitarian emergency, it quickly provides water and sanitation services, food aid, health care, housing, and security. Most organizations don’t effectively prepare for long-term sustainability — they don’t build water delivery systems for the city, they don’t build housing that will last, they don’t build infrastructure for program delivery. In many ways, the NGO community creates an alternate economy, and much of the money is spent on the delivery of emergency services. So it’s a valid complaint from local residents: “Where did all the money go? We don’t have pipes, we don’t have ditches, we don’t have farmland, we don’t have tools.”On the other hand, it is difficult to deliver resources directly to affected individuals and families. And money delivered to a nonfunctional or nonexistent government rarely gets to the people in need. Those who argue that the humanitarian field needs to get more cash to recipients should instead be saying, “We need to spend more money to plan and understand where the next humanitarian catastrophes are going to be, so that we can prevent them.”Q: What was the most difficult environment in which you delivered humanitarian assistance?Leaning: I was in Mogadishu, Somalia, in January ’92, during the height of the terrible internecine war that persists to this day. The fighting in Mogadishu was a combination of direct slaughter and indiscriminate firing of very heavy weapons on a city built of sandy concrete. Essentially, the city crumbled. People were trapped, killed, mutilated, and brought to hospitals that were completely unequipped to handle complex casualties.The humanitarian teams were fraying under the stress. People were very strung out, just trying to put one foot in front of another, not get killed themselves. They were traumatized, overwhelmed, intimidated, and having great difficulty practicing according to the standards in which they had been trained. They were hungry, sleep-deprived, in a chronic state of anxiety. No matter what they did, they knew there would be high mortality. Hardly anyone had the capacity to rise above the melee and say, “We’ve got to do things differently.” It was hell.Q: What was one of the more satisfying humanitarian operations you’ve been involved in?Parmar: In Pakistan during the 2010 floods, I worked closely with relief partners in the region—Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Muslim Aid, and Islamic Relief, among others. We collaborated to avoid duplication of services in an often-chaotic environment, filled with misinformation. MSF, for example, referred us to local staff as they were scaling down in the region, and shared data they’d collected during their operations. This level of coordination is unique in crisis and conflict settings. It reflects new initiatives to improve collaboration among humanitarian actors. The organization I represented also worked closely with the national government and local health departments, which strengthened the sustainability and impact of our efforts. Though our coordination was imperfect, it saved lives and sped aid to those who most needed it.Q: When does humanitarian aid work well — and when does it not?Leaning: This enterprise works well at dealing with refugees and internally displaced peoples who are not close to major cities. Cities can be messy — a lot of people, marketplaces, complex trade, networks of crime and corruption. Humanitarians do well when they have a clearer geographic and cognitive space in which to set up and provide hospitals, feeding stations, shelter, water, sanitation, education, and minimum livelihood options. In this operational context, humanitarian aid workers try to nurture new and existing leadership, bring together people who were stranded and separated, establish community conversations about what to do next, and bring everybody to a place where they have a breather from horrible, life-threatening concerns and can begin to make sense of their next steps in their lives. These actions are much more difficult to accomplish when the people in most acute emergency need are mixed in with the more chronic needs and established systems in large urban areas.The humanitarian community also does not do well when it enters a deeply complicated society that has its own serious fault lines — great numbers of people already in serious need—and then tries to cope with new fault lines and new layers of need. The 2010 Haiti earthquake was slam-dunk the worst-case example of failures in humanitarian effectiveness. On the one hand, it was a massive disaster that created a massive humanitarian crisis. On the other, Haiti was already struggling with severe and entrenched social and economic chronic crises not amenable to an emergency response.Q: Should humanitarianism be a profession?VanRooyen: Yes, it should. Think of it this way: How do you train a business student to lead Lockheed Martin? In the same way, how do you train people to work in humanitarian environments that are fluid and difficult? We need to recognize humanitarian assistance as a unique and specialized discipline. Students must know not only about humanitarian principles and the basic provision of services, but also about finance, personnel, diplomacy, culture, and very practical matters of security. They also need to be creative and to lead. The toughest challenge is teaching leadership.Today, the humanitarian assistance community doesn’t have a university that brings in entry-level people and apprentices them into the field. That’s what our Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI) and our new Humanitarian Academy at HSPH are all about.Q: What advice would you give to students who want to become humanitarian professionals?VanRooyen: As a physician, my medical expertise is not the thing that makes me useful in the field. Many of the challenges in providing humanitarian assistance are around organization and logistics: getting resources from one place to another. You need to know how to organize, move materials, build programs, manage logistics.Parmar: You need humility, above all. You need to recognize that you’re a foreigner in somebody else’s world—that they’re the experts and you’re a visitor. Diplomacy is essential. Change isn’t made by being bullheaded or adventurous. It’s made by collaborating with the people who will live with the consequences of the crisis long after you leave.Q: Do humanitarians often encounter a “headline mentality” in regard to disasters?Parmar: When I was waiting for my plane to Pakistan, I watched hours of CNN in airport lounges. Millions of people had been affected by the massive floods in that country — people were literally living on roadsides and in flooded fields under tarps with the few belongings they had, little to no food, no security, no privacy, their kids out in the road. But in the hours of waiting for my plane, the floods weren’t mentioned once. Despite the scale of the disaster, the immediate mortality from the flood was relatively low, when compared to Haiti or other recent disasters. As a result, the Pakistan floods quickly fell out of the international spotlight—though aid was still sorely needed.Q: How can a humanitarian worker stay sane in the midst of turmoil?Leaning: Do not be dismayed by external criticism of the humanitarian enterprise, much of which is moderately well founded, nor by the internal self-reflections and criticism, which are also valid and important. These arise because the work is rapidly evolving. This is a powerful and relevant undertaking that is now moving into a new generation of challenges and is going to require a new generation of people prepared to deal in complex systems.An important common denominator for all students going into the humanitarian field is that they understand the ethical and the human rights issues. That is very necessary, because you’re going to go into highly ambiguous settings. Students need to know how to determine what path they should take in complicated situations where questions of right and wrong are embedded in questions of safety and security and practicality. To do this work, aid workers must learn where they themselves stand in terms of their principles and lines of action.Q: What keeps you going?Leaning: What keeps me going is I know that people in need, who are trapped and suffering, actually care about whether the world cares. We are now sufficiently globalized that even the most remote community that falls into a calamity can discern the difference between being isolated or having the world pay attention. We are reestablishing what it is to be part of the human community. It’s a universal handshake.Parmar: I was talking recently to a resident who said, “I can’t do global health work, because I can’t deal with the reality that if I took care of this person in Boston, they would live, but in a crisis-affected region, they’re going to die because there are no resources. That’s fundamentally wrong.” My response was, “You’re absolutely right. But we have to do something.’’last_img read more

Week 12 Fantasy Sleepers: Bo Scarbrough, Derrius Guice go from waiver pickups to solid ‘starts’

first_imgWEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWe also are targeting the Steelers’ matchup this week in Cincinnati. The Bengals don’t have any especially strong areas of their defense, so we believe in both the Pittsburgh running game and potentially James Washington (if he’s the No. 1 WR for Pittsburgh this week). We also return to the Raiders game on the other side of the ball, expecting good things out of Hunter Renfrow.And we shouldn’t forget to point out the triumphant return Baker Mayfield makes to the sleepers list. He’s been a bust a number of times for us this year, so it will be refreshing for him when he surely reads our articles on Saturday night to find himself as a sleeper this time around.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPKalen Ballage saved our trust in him a week ago by finding the end zone. The same cannot be said for James White or Brian Hill, though. Nick Foles disappointed, too, but he was offset by a good pick on Sam Darnold and his career-high four passing touchdowns. We also didn’t hit on Tre’Quan Smith or Auden Tate, and tight end was pretty much a wasteland. We’re definitely due for some positive regression this week.To see our Week 12 busts, click here.WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 12 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 12 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsDerrius Guice, Redskins vs. Lions (Billy Heyen). The Lions allow more fantasy points to running backs than any other team, and after an eight-touch return from injury (and a touchdown), it would make sense for Guice to rise up to 12-15 touches, which is enough to have solid fantasy value in this matchup.Bo Scarbrough, Lions @ Redskins (Vinnie Iyer). The trust factor is really hard here with Matt Patricia’s revolving backfield, but he ran well enough to be the power back of choice in a great matchup.Benny Snell Jr./Trey Edmunds, Steelers @ Bengals (Matt Lutovsky). A few things have to happen for either of these guys to pay off. First, James Conner (shoulder) needs to be out. Second, Snell (knee) needs to be healthy. If that happens, he could easily get more carries that Jaylen Samuels, who will still be involved and have more PPR value. But given the Bengals horrible run defense, 10-plus carries can yield FLEX value in standard leagues. If Snell is also out, Edmunds would be in that spot and be worth a look. WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksJeff Driskel, Lions @ Redskins (Heyen). Driskel has averaged 25.5 fantasy points per game (FPPG) across the past two weeks. Now he gets to face a Redskins defense that is simply bad across the board. The Lions don’t have much of a running game (besides Driskel’s legs), so expect him to have plenty of weight on his shoulders to produce.Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Dolphins (Iyer). He’s back in the weekly starting conversation as the offense has looked solid the past two games, and this is a great spot.Sam Darnold, Jets vs. Raiders (Lutovsky). After a decent showing in Week 10, Darnold broke out in Week 11, throwing for 293 yards and four scores against the Redskins. The Raiders come to town in Week 11, and they’re tied for seventh in FPPG allowed to QBs. Darnold will come through again in this spot.  MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversHunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Jets (Heyen). The Jets allow a ton of fantasy points to receivers, and Renfrow has turned himself into a solid floor player week in and week out. As long as bye weeks are still going, a player with Renfrow’s floor can be useful.Allen Lazard, Packers @ 49ers (Iyer). Here’s taking a shot on him being busy on Sunday night as Green Bay’s probable new No. 2.James Washington, Steelers @ Bengals (Lutovsky). There isn’t much to like about the Steelers’ passing game, but with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) and Diontae Johnson (concussion) banged up, Washington has a chance to continue his late-season “surge.” In truth, that hasn’t resulted in huge stats, but he’s received consistent targets and is averaging 16 yards per catch. He could be the de facto No. 1 receiver this week, and that alone gives him value against a bad defense. WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 12 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsDallas Goedert, Eagles vs. Seahawks (Heyen). This pick is even better if Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is out. Goedert is the second-best receiver Philadelphia has behind Zach Ertz in that scenario, meaning his floor is as high as can be for a No. 2 tight end.Cameron Brate, Buccaneers @ Falcons (Iyer). O.J. Howard looks ready to be removed from the passing equation, and Jameis Winston rekindled his connection with Brate last week. They can do more damage together in the middle of the field.Benjamin Watson, Patriots vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). The Cowboys allow the fifth-most FPPG to TEs, and Watson was more involved in the Pats offense last week, catching four-of-five targets for 52 yards. Tom Brady will have a tougher time getting the ball to his wide receivers in this matchup, making Watson and James White the most likely safety valves. MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builder Week 12 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesTennessee Titans vs. Jaguars (Heyen). Nick Foles looked terrible in Week 11, so I’m happy to assume it’ll happen again. The Titans have enough good individual defenders to believe in their defensive abilities overall regardless.Detroit Lions @ Redskins (Iyer). They preyed on another NFC East rookie quarterback in Week 8 with a scoop-and-score fumble recovery against Daniel Jones, and Dwayne Haskins should make several mistakes here.Oakland Raiders vs. Jets (Lutovsky). The Raiders will give up yards and points, but they can also get sacks (five in each of the past two games) and takeaways (at least two in each of the past three games). Sam Darnold is always loose with the ball, so this is a situation where both the QB and the defense facing him can produce in fantasy. It’s always nice when the top waiver wire pickups line up with weekly sleepers list. That means that those of you who rushed out to pick up Bo Scarbrough and Derrius Guice (or picked up Guice a few weeks ago, when we first started suggesting it) can slide them right into your Week 12 fantasy lineup. That makes for easier easy start ’em, sit ’em decisions at the running back spot, if nothing else.This week’s sleeper list also includes a quarterback and defense playing against each other, and it actually makes sense. Sam Darnold and the Jets offense should continue to score some points against Oakland, but Darnold and company are also susceptible enough to sacks and turnovers to make the Raiders D/ST profitable.last_img read more

All welcome to Lough Eske Castle’s Christmas food appeal and switch-on event

first_imgDecember 1st will see Lough Eske Castle launch its annual Christmas food appeal and Christmas light switch-on event. The Castle invites everyone to help support the local Society of St Vincent de Paul by bringing non-perishable food, such as tinned soups, pasta and sauces, to feed local Donegal families in need during the festive period.“The Society of St Vincent de Paul provides invaluable support for families across Donegal and we are pleased to be supporting this great work once again,” said Donal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle. “We’ve had fantastic success with previous appeals and would like to invite the Donegal community to once again join us in making Christmas special for everyone this year.”  December 1st will see Lough Eske Castle launch its annual Christmas food appeal and Christmas light switch-on eventThe Castle is working alongside Kavanagh’s Supervalu in Donegal and both locations will be collecting food items from Sunday 1st December until 24th December for this deserving cause. Sunday the 1st of December not only marks the launch of Lough Eske Castle’s charity drive, but will also see the annual light switch-on ceremony with performances by Tirconaill Youth Choir and a Children’s Disco. The Switch-On commences at 5pm. The winner of the Castle’s annual story writing competition this year is Isabella McHugh from St. Macarten’s National School in Bundoran  who will be crowned The Princess of the Castle – The Princess will be treated to a Chocolate Christmas Tea Party with her family and classmates on the day. Don’t forget the camera for some fantastic photo opportunities – visitors might even catch one of Santa Claus himself! All welcome to Lough Eske Castle’s Christmas food appeal and switch-on event was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:christmas lights switch-onDonegal TownKavanagh’s SuperValuLough Eske Castlelast_img read more

Stephen Curry happy to keep a close eye on brother-in-law Damion Lee

first_imgLee, who proposed to Sydell last fall, played the majority of his season in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 15.8 points, five rebounds and 2.6 … OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry seemed more than excited to have his newest brother-in-law Damion Lee on the Warriors’ training camp roster.Curry, who’s sister Sydel wed Lee this summer, has a unique reason for his excitement.“It would be fun,” Curry said. “And obviously I get to keep close eyes on him,”last_img

R3.6bn investment for Limpopo

first_img06 July 2007The Limpopo government is to spend over R3.6-billion on upgrading and providing new infrastructure, while also assisting municipalities to implement the new Property Rates Act and to handle their finances better.Provincial local government and housing spokesperson Clayson Monyela said this week that the department would also spend over R1-billion for rural electrification.In addition R600-million has been allocated for municipal support, township establishments and site demarcations, which forms part of the province’s plan to improve capacity within municipalities to deal with issues of financial viability and infrastructure development.“We have to co-ordinate over R4-billion over and above other budgets by parastatals and sector departments to enhance infrastructure and service delivery,” Monyela said.He said most of the province’s towns were experiencing capacity constraints, due to ageing infrastructure that could not cope with current growth in demand.Given the massive rural sanitation backlog in the province, he said the department was investigating alternative innovative technologies as a replacement to the pit latrines.“We are also going to use the expanded public works programme approach to ensure that we involve many of the beneficiaries in the actual projects implementation so that we can maximise delivery,” he said.Several dams being commissioned or completed, he explained, would go a long way in ensuring bulk availability of water in the province’s fast-growing towns like Polokwane, Makhado, Tzaneen, Lephalale and Tubatse.He added that there was a bulk supply upgrade planned for linking Polokwane and Flag Boshielo Dam which will ease supply pressures to the capital city.Building capacityThe department is also assisting municipalities to ensure institutional structures are conducive to implementing their integrated development plans and accelerating service delivery.Monyela said the department was committed in ensuring all key positions in the province municipalities were filled. These positions, he said included those of municipal, technical and planning managers.“To this end we continue to second experts to municipalities with capacity constraints through Project Consolidate,” he said.Through the Project Consolidate, government deploys experts including experienced municipal managers from efficient municipalities, senior local government officials, private sector managers and officials from local government institutes, to 136 municipalities around the country that have been identified as “weak”, assisting them to improve operations and make better use of available resources.“We also continue to assist municipalities with revenue enhancement strategies so that more revenue can be collected to increase available resources for service delivery,” Monyela said.He added the department would also assist municipalities to implement the Property Rates Act through development of valuation rolls, by-laws and rates policies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio FFA makes impression on National Officer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net student reporter Mackenzie Hoog is joined by National FFA Secretary Layni LeBlanc at the 91st Ohio FFA Convention.last_img

FEU, Ateneo gain finals

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Toni Rose Basas of Far Eastern U sends the ball past Bernadette Flora during their semifinal duel on Monday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFar Eastern University overcame a gritty Adamson side, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, to barge into the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws will take on Jaja Santiago and the National U Lady Bulldogs in the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Bernadeth Pons, back after a UAAP beach volleyball stint, fired 15 points—including 12 kills—to lead the Lady Tamaraws’ 2-1 semifinal conquest of the Lady Falcons.Adamson labored though five sets to take the Final Four opener, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8, but FEU equalized with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20,FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout23-25, 15-11 Game 2 triumph.In the men’s division, Marck Espejo returned to action to power Ateneo past University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, and seal a title clash with FEU. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PSC backs creation of unified collegiate sports body It will be the third straight championship stint in this conference for the back-to-back defending champion Eagles.Espejo, who rammed in 23 hits, missed Game 2 on Saturday when the Tigers won,25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, as he likewise suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.The Eagles struggled in the early going, yielding the opening frame before imposing their power in the next three.“First of all, I thank the Lord for the strength, power and the guidance,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Marck and Karl played beach volleyball but still they managed to show their leadership.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Rower Dushyant only source of joy for India with bronze in single sculls

first_imgDushyant Chauhan during the lightweight men’s single sculls rowing event on Wednesday.Armyman Dushyant Chauhan probably wants to take the Chungju Tanhgeum Lake International Rowing Centre with him wherever he goes. The centre, situated 100km from the city, has been a lucky charm for him so far.Last year, Dushyant won silver in quadruple sculls at the world championships at this very site. And while the hardworking 21-year-old rower did falter over the final stretch of the 2000m lightweight single sculls final, he still picked up an Asian Games bronze medal on Wednesday.Unlike most other athletes at the Games, who live in veritable luxury at the athletes’ village, the rowers have to take the rough with the smooth. While their competitors get the best facilities to train, the Indians are consigned to the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad. A large part of their careers is wasted waging a battle for procuring top-class equipment.But their determination and hunger for success makes them get on with their jobs. Dushyant epitomises this spirit. Dushyant started as a kabaddi player before experts in the Indian Army felt he was suited to rowing. And the results are there to see as he pulled through a difficult field. Dushyant finished the first part of the race (1,000m) in one minute 49.08 seconds.In fact, he was, at that point, first in the field of six rowers, among whom Hong Kong’s Kwan Hoi Lok eventually ended up with the gold.The weather was cool and the wind conditions not difficult but it seemed the pressure got to Dushyant as he dropped to third over the last few hundred metres.advertisement”I thought I had better chances in this event,” said Dushyant, who dropped six kgs – from 78 to 72kg – in order to compete in this event. He timed 7 minutes 26.57 seconds, one and a half seconds behind Lok and half a second behind Korea’s Lee Haek-beom, who won silver.Dushyant is a firm believer in destiny and wears a gold chain with a pendant of Goddess Durga around his neck. As the Navratra festival approaches, he would certainly feel the medal is the Almighty’s blessing.last_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Oklahoma State Beats St. Mary’s, Wins National Championship

first_imgI’d say this is legit, the cryatal ball has arrived in Stillwater @Lauren_Rew pic.twitter.com/u6a4yLZ17d— Jr Colmenares (@OSUJr) October 13, 2016So let’s take a dive back into the archives to see Oklahoma State’s title-winning game against St. Mary’s in the 1946 Sugar Bowl. It was the last time OSU would play in the Sugar Bowl until 2016, and the entire thing was incredible. Just listen to this opening of the game recap from the Sugar Bowl’s website.Men against boys. Even though the boys were pretty good, so were the bigger, more worldly men.Oklahoma A&M was a team that started seven war veterans, including fullback Jim Reynolds who flew 52 missions over Germany, and tackle Bert Cole who had been shot down over Yugoslavia and spent months among the Chetniks while making his way back to allied lines. In contrast, St. Mary’s was a lot like Alabama in 1945 with seven 17-year-old starters on a team with an average age of 18-1/2.Also, A&M, the heaviest team to play in the first 12 Sugar Bowls at a 203-pound average, was man-for-man 15 pounds larger than the Sugar Bowl’s youngest team ever.Oklahoma State rolled to a 33-13 win that day that flummoxed St. Mary’s coach Jim Phelan. He literally locked the media out of his locker room after the game before finally letting them in to chat.“Too much power – too much speed. And, above all, too much Fenimore.”Fenimore ran for 125 yards that day and two TDs. He threw for another. The win for AP No. 5 OSU capped off a 9-0 season. OSU allowed just 76 points all year (can you imagine the Vines we would have gotten had Glenn Spencer been coordinator?) Here’s a look at the full schedule which included Denver and Tulsa.screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-33-17-pmI have no idea why the AFCA retroactively awarded OSU with this national championship, but apparently we are shipping in the trophies, the crystal and everything that goes along with a title. Here is the AFCA’s reasoning:The Oklahoma State squad of 1945 (then-referred to as Oklahoma A&M) had an average margin of victory of 23.2 points and still hold numerous school records, including fewest points allowed, lowest average points allowed, fewest first downs allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest yards allowed per game. The 1945 squad also ranks in the top 10 in several more offensive and defensive categories, all of which is remarkable considering that season was played 70 years ago.The AP No. 1 team that year was Army. Army’s schedule was soft! Louisville Field! Melville PT Boats! SMH! Sad!screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-3-36-28-pmAll of this unfolding on Thursday elicited maybe the greatest tweet I have ever seen. Such sweet words I never thought I would hear. But now they are true. Oklahoma State has a national championship in football! And we have the trophy to prove it.Look what showed up at #okstate ?? pic.twitter.com/Pq6KdHOUlg— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 13, 2016 Also, I bet none of these men every thought someone would make a GIF of them 70 years later.#okstate scores to beat St. Mary’s and win a national title. What a day! pic.twitter.com/WooxVfBIxz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 13, 2016 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. @Jake_Trotter they also beat Germany on the road— James Burcham (@e4burch) October 13, 2016Here’s what it looks like to win a national title. What a day.last_img read more

AT&T Stadium to Host Big 12 Championship

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. AT&T Stadium has been selected as the site for the Big 12 Football Championship, the Conference announced Friday morning.AT&T Stadium to Host Big 12 Football Championship: https://t.co/3Zcu9Yj4aF— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) November 18, 2016The 100,000 seat stadium in Arlington, TX, will play host for the 2017-2021 seasons, where the top two teams in the conference will play each other (again) for the conference championship title. 2017 will feature the first Big 12 championship game since 2010.“There is great anticipation with the return of the Big 12 Football Championship and we look forward to hosting the event in AT&T Stadium for the next five years,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a release. “The building is a state of the art facility and offers many amenities that will be enjoyed by our institutions and fans.”FOX will cover the championship in 2017 and odd-numbered years through 2023, and ESPN will do the same in even-numbered years through 2024. Here are all the sites that have hosted the championship over the years.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-4-06-06-pmlast_img read more