Bill Ray Cyrus On Gundy’s Mullet: “Shows Class — And Brass!”

first_imgThe mullet has even gotten love from the other side of Bedlam as Baker Mayfield called it “dirty” and Bob Stoops admitted he’s a recent convert.Move over, GarthThe Cowboys are amassing country singers to their camp. ESPN spoke with former “mulleteer” Billy Ray Cyrus about Gundy’s mullet.“Coach Gundy rockin’ the mullet? Yeah, shows class — and brass!” said Cyrus, who once wrote homage to mullets. “More importantly, he’s a great coach. He has inspired me. The team inspires me. I hope they run the table.”Cyrus would know a good mullet when he sees it, too.The best quote of all is from Mike Gundy’s defensive coordinator, Glenn Spencer.“I just love looking at it every day,” said Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “It’s one of the highlights of my day to see where it’s coming down his neck and touching his collar and now it’s below the collar. You come in the office every day and you check it out, see what’s happening with it. “The wind will catch ahold of it and it’ll look like a kite with a tail every now and then.”It is truly a special time to be alive. You should go read the entire piece — it is amazing. Ahead of this weekend’s Bedlam Big 12 title game, ESPN’s Jake Trotter went in-depth on Mike Gundy’s polarizing hair style. Several OSU players chimed in on their head coach’s do that’s taken on a persona of its own. This from Mason Rudolph is incredible.“The first time I discovered it was on the flight to media day,” Rudolph said. “I was like, ‘Has he not gotten a haircut? Or is he actually trying to do it?’” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Clemson Graduate Transfer Names Oklahoma State His Leader

first_imgFormer Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker is expected to graduate this semester from the school and is seeking a graduate transfer. After making an official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State on March 4, Ryan Bartow of 247sports reports the Cowboys made quite a favorable impression — to the point where OSU is now the leader in his recruitment.Baker was originally planning to take official visits to Texas Tech and Wake Forest, but has cancelled those as he narrows his list with a decision looming. He visited UCF on March 20-21, and still plans to take an official visit to Arizona State the weekend of March 30, according to Bartow. He’s also hearing from Iowa State, Houston and West Virginia.Because Baker will graduate in May, he will have one year of eligibility remaining at his next school as a part of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.Baker tore his ACL last spring and sat out the 2016 season with the Tigers. He is back to full health, and could be an immediate impact player wherever he chooses to spend his final year of eligibility.In 2015, he started three games playing 253 snaps, recording 15 tackles and two interceptions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Spring Retrospective: Receiver Depth Likely Won’t Mean Equality

first_imgWR1Jalen McCleskeyJr. WR3Obi ObialoSo. WR1James WashingtonSr. WR2Tyron JohnsonR-So. Video Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tyrell.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Then there was StonerVideo Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stoner.m4v00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And of course The President doing Presidential things. Let’s agree to say the spring star was too close to call.Projected Three DeepTwo deep doesn’t give you the full story of the depth at this position. It’s been well-documented that the list of receivers at Oklahoma State might be the deepest in its rich history of ball-catchers, but only so much talent can be on the field at once. Let’s continue the spring retrospective with a look at how reps might be divvied up at the deepest position on the field.SummaryThere are realistically eight true receivers on the spring roster who could catch 10 passes this season. Last year, only five hit that mark.In watching a good chunk of spring practice, the drop off in talent from James Washington to Obi Obialo is not as stunning as the casual fan would predict.Washington of course is probably going to be a Biletnikoff Award finalist if not the winner, and Obialo (who is likely the No. 8 guy) caught just two balls last year. But offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said something early in spring practice that stood out to me up until the spring game, something that I hope holds some water.“(Receivers) coach (Kasey) Dunn has done a tremendous not only recruiting tremendous talent, but also developing it and making that room a great room as far as team chemistry goes,” Yurcich said. “I don’t know how easy it is to have that much talent in a room but yet get those guys geared and focused on one goal and that’s for the team to be the best that we can be.”Washington needs to catch at least 60 balls. Jalen McCleskey, too. Chris Lacy has earned about 30. Tyron Johnson transferred from LSU after being a five-star recruit; he’s going to need another 30. Marcell Ateman is finally back after what had to have been a grueling season off; he had 45 in 2015. Dillon Stoner, too, is back from season-ending injury, and he will likely want at least 20.Although the second-teamers are almost as talented as those in front of them, the lack in production will be steep. That won’t be because despite the talent, they’ll drop the ball or Mason Rudolph will magically become Daxx Garman and overthrow everyone. They just won’t get on the field as much. Someone (or a couple of someones) will be let down.At face value that makes sense: The backups should not play as much as the starters. But though it might happen, that doesn’t mean it should.The spot to watch is across from Washington. Who will start? Gundy said Lacy and Ateman will split time at about 40 plays each, which he said isn’t a lot for a receiver and will keep them fresh.Add in freshmen Tylan Wallace, LC Greenwood and Braydon Johnson coming in this fall, spreading the ball around doesn’t get any easier. Wallace, too, has a chance to catch 10 balls this season, but the others will get deferred behind a group of seniors that seems nothing other than divine.“I think it worked out well to come back,” Rudolph said. “We’re all seniors together, myself, James, Lacy, all these guys. God had a plan for that I think.”Biggest NewsThere isn’t too much breaking news from the receiving corps, but Johnson’s start to his OSU career has been highly anticipated.At LSU, he played four games, caught nine balls for 150 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Not outstanding, but not bad by any means. By all accounts, he has been the former five-star prospect of old.“So far, whenever the lights come on and we keep score, he makes plays,” coach Mike Gundy said. “And in most team sports, there’s something to be said about that.”In the spring game, Johnson caught one ball for seven yards. Before anyone goes crazy, no, it wasn’t his fault whatsoever. Johnson’s quarterbacks in the spring game were Keondre Wudtee, John Kolar and Jelani Woods. Those three combined for 2-of-10 passing for 13 yards. So in that respect, Johnson accounted for more than half of the black team’s offense. Kidding, kinda.It would have been nice to see more of Johnson in the spring game. He is “shifty,” “durable,” and “has the ability to break tackles.” That mixed with his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame had Gundy drinking the Kool-Aid.“If he takes care of business like he should, he’s learning to adapt to our culture, he’s gonna get to play a lot,” Gundy said.Gundy said Johnson is a lot like a bigger Josh Stewart. In practice, he made guys miss like Stewart made famous in 2014 games. But Gundy stopped short of comparing him to the mold of anybody who has played in the NFL.Camp StarIt seemed like every week there was a different receiver adding his chapter to the freak show.It started with Tyrell Alexander. WR2Chris LacySr. WR2Dillon StonerR-So. WR1Marcell AtemanR-Sr. WR3Tyrell AlexanderR-Fr. PositionPlayerClass WR3Tylan WallaceFr. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Top OSU Receiver Target Breaks Long Jump Record

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. This apparently was not the first time he broke the school record according to a tweet from April 14.NEW SCHOOL LONG JUMP RECORD!!??— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) April 14, 2017But long jumping is not the only reason to love Moore as a prospect.At 6 foot 5, he would be the tallest receiver on the roster next season. That’s one inch taller than senior outside threat Marcell Ateman. Give Moore a couple years to fill in and factor in Rob Glass and Co.’s potential influence and you’ve got an absolute freak on your hands.Currently, Moore has all you could want from a high school prospect — speed, size, good hands and he’s stronger than he looks.Cue the Jelani Woods-to-CJ Moore highlights. You must be this tall to ride this ride. There’s a lot to like about CJ Moore.The 2018 wide receiver prospect is the current No. 3. high school player in Oklahoma according to 247Sports. He’s also got the size and skill that causes offensive coaches to salivate and keeps defensive coaches up at night.The Tulsa Union product recently whittled down his list of top schools to six. Oklahoma State made the cut. If Kasey Dunn hopes to keep this premiere talent in-state, he’ll have to fend off the likes of Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Oregon.Strangely enough, Oklahoma has yet to offer one of the premiere talents in the state. But you can bet more invitations are on the horizon as Moore looks to follow up a breakout junior season this fall.Moore recently showed off his athleticism with this ridiculous long jump, breaking the Union High School record. (It looks like they need to dig a longer pit.)new school record again!! 24″9.5 pic.twitter.com/h7pDHDbbRP— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) April 28, 2017last_img read more

Big Board: Oklahoma State’s Targets at Safety

first_imgIf I were to  guess, I’d say McGraw ends up as an OSU commit sooner rather than later. The Cowboys are in a really good position here for the talented safety from Missouri City who recorded three interceptions and 72 tackles as a junior last season.Kanion Williams — South Oak CliffThe 2018 class is loaded with Texas talent at the safety position, and Kanion Williams is making his case as one of the tops in the state with his recent run on the recruiting trail. Missouri, Arizona State, Houston, OSU, Arizona, Tulane and Illinois State have all offered since the new year. Five of those within one day.“Five offers in a day,” Williams told Scout of his March 28th experience. “It was crazy. Oklahoma State officially offered me and then I woke up and they just blew in. I already had three (previously) and then when Oklahoma State offered, I guess the other schools felt like the evaluation process was good and I’ve been getting good news ever since then.”Look for OSU to continue its recruitment with Williams. Based on his late, meteoric rise, he might string out his recruitment into the fall.Wayne Jones — OwassoThere are two big-time recruits Bill Blankenship is inheriting in his first season as the Rams head coach: Ohio State commit Josh Proctor and fellow safety Wayne Jones.Jones is a 6-foot safety who also has offers from K-State, Michigan State, Louisville, Memphis, Illinois and New Mexico. His recruitment has gone cold over the last several months, however, OSU is still the favorite to land his services according to his 247sports crystal ball.Jones had 56 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 4 interceptions playing in the largest high school classification last season. I expect major schools will again pick up interest this summer and OSU will be battling with the big boys as the fall approaches. Specifically, look for Arkansas to get in the mix. The big board series is back this week with a look at OSU’s top targets at the safety spot — a position of major focus for 2018 as the staff again looks to fill the massive void left by Jordan Sterns and eventually by Tre Flowers.The coaching staff has offers out to athletes across the country, but its major focus is locally in the Oklahoma and Texas area.Below are five prospects OSU is giving the full court press on in the class.Quarterback | Running back  | Wide Receiver | Linebacker | Defensive lineLeon O’Neal Jr. — Cy-SpringsCy-Springs safety standout Leon O’Neal Jr. recently trimmed his list of top schools from from 33 to 12. And it’s a list filled with blue bloods: OSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, USC, TCU, LSU, Florida and OU made that list.O’Neal’s crystal ball reads 100 percent in favor of Texas A&M, but the Cypress, Texas four-star safety says he’d be willing to move for the right opportunity.“Staying close to home has been a thought, but then again different things can also be good,” O’Neal told Gridiron Now. “I just want that special feeling you get when you are at a program. I’ve had that feeling with some schools, but I still have a lot of schools that want to get at me and look at me, and I will give them a shot, too.”OSU has long been in the mix with O’Neal, who is ranked as a top-10 prospect at his position and a top-100 overall recruit. But I get the feeling he’s leaning towards a blueblood, which might push the Aggies out of his list.“I think deep down, I’m an SEC guy. Then again I’d play for Clemson or an Ohio State or an Oklahoma. There’s a lot of different schools that I can see myself at. I still want to travel this summer and see a lot of different schools. It’s a blessing and a dream come true.”Taye Barber — Cy-SpringsBarber, a teammate of O’Neal’s, is a quarterback/safety/athlete for Cy-Springs who could play college at a number of positions. Schools at this stage are targeting him at wide receiver, but the dual-threat QB is offered as a safety for OSU — one of two positions he’ll play next season for his high school.Because his relationship with O’Neal, he says the two have considered packaging themselves to their college destination.“We think about it from time to time,” Barber told Pistols Firing in the spring. “It would be nice.”OSU was the first scholarship offer to Barber, who said that sentiment “meant a lot” that OSU was the first school to believe in his abilities. I like OSU’s chances with Barber, who now has 22 offers, more than I do with O’Neal.Rodney McGraw II — ElkinsOSU was the first major school to take a chance on McGraw, who held offers from Tulane, Texas State, ULM, and UNLV. And to this point, I believe OSU is the leader in the clubhouse. McGraw visited OSU this spring, where he was offered on-site. 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. 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Sachse DE Lacy Credits Relationship with Joe Bob Clements for Early Commitment

first_imgSachse defensive end Tyler Lacy committed to Oklahoma State at the end of April, picking the Cowboys over offers from Texas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU and Houston, among others. He credited the family vibe and comfort in the academics as a major part of why he committed when we talked with him this month, and on Wednesday, he was quick to credit one specific member of OSU’s coaching staff as reason for his comfort level with OSU and subsequent commitment.“That man right there,” Lacy, pointing across the football field at defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements, told Scout. “He’s the best. When I walked in, he was just like a family man. It felt like I was already there and a part of the team. Then I came back and it was just more of the same vibe, the academic advisors, and everyone around the school just gave me a good vibe so I made the choice.”Lacy, a strong-side defensive end and stat monster who is a member of OSU’s 2018 class, will play for Clements when he arrives in Stillwater next summer. Getting along and feeling comfortable with his future position coach was a priority to him, and the relationship he built with Clements helped him feel at ease to pull the trigger with the late April verbal commitment.“What I like about [Joe Bob Clements] is that he’s a cool dude, he’s down to Earth. He’ll tell you the truth and tell you what you need to hear and how you need to get on it.”Of OSU’s 12-man recruiting class thus far, Lacy is the only recruit committed to play on the defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound senior could be in for a breakout senior season with a high possibility of interest from more schools on the way.  But he’s more than locked in with not only a strong connection to Clements, but also his amazement at the football facilities (and of course, the barber shop!)“The weight room is outstanding, the training room is beautiful. The locker room is so nice — it has a barber shop in it! I was shocked. The stadium is just nice and the indoor is outstanding.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Sane’s shock pick as toughest opponent

first_imgLeroy Sané Sane names Man Utd loan star as shock pick for toughest opponent Chris Burton 00:19 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Timothy Fosu-Mensah Getty Leroy Sané Manchester City Manchester United Crystal Palace Premier League Kevin De Bruyne The German international has torn many defences to ribbons this season, but admits to struggling against Crystal Palace’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah Leroy Sane has given opposition defences nightmares this season, but the Manchester City star admits to having struggled against Timothy Fosu-Mensah.The Germany international winger has been in sensational form for City, netting 12 times across all competitions and providing 13 assists.Few have been able to contain him, with his contribution helping Pep Guardiola’s side to canter towards the Premier League title while also collecting the Carabao Cup. 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 The Champions League crown is also still in their sights, with European rivals needing to come up with a plan to stop a free-scoring outfit.Those set to face Sane and City would be advised to check out the methods of Crystal Palace loanee Fosu-Mensah, with the Manchester United youngster having fared admirably when presented with the toughest of challenges.Pressed by Sky Sports to name the toughest opponent he has faced, Sane said: “It was before when I was playing against Kyle Walker. And Crystal Palace’s right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him.”While Sane may have struggled to produce his best against Palace, he has been a talismanic presence for City this season – much like the boyhood heroes he is trying to emulate .The 22-year-old said on his icons: “Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, especially Ronaldinho – how he was playing, enjoying football, you could never see that he had any pressure. It did not matter who was in front of him, he just tried to pass the player, no matter how, and this is the player I tried to play like!”Sane is heading towards that talent bracket, along with many of his club colleagues.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester CityKevin De Bruyne has been another star turn for City this season, with the Belgium international midfielder looking unplayable at times.“Kevin is a fantastic player and everyone knows and can see that,” Sane said of a talented team-mate.“He also really enjoys playing football and the way he plays is fantastic – the assists and some of the passes he plays….. I just run into the space and say, ‘Kevin, here, here!’ Sometimes he is not even looking at me and he still passes the ball.”And that is why I always say that when Kevin has the ball, something is going to happen. So, we as strikers have to be ready and give him a choice of where to play the ball. And even if the space is really tight and you think the ball cannot go through, you still must expect that he will find a way to play the ball through.”last_img read more

Angry PAOK owner storms pitch with gun

first_imgWTF Greek derby postponed as angry PAOK owner storms pitch with gun Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 08:06 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Paok president Ivan Savvidis WTF Super League 1 PAOK v AEK Athens PAOK AEK Athens Ivan Savvidis disrupted Sunday’s Super League match with AEK after not agreeing with the disallowing of a goal The Greek Super League match between PAOK and AEK Athens was postponed on Sunday after the former’s owner, who appeared to be armed with a gun, and his entourage stormed the pitch following the disallowing of a late goal.PAOK thought they had secured a last-gasp win with an 89th-minute effort, only for the referee to alter his decision following the protestations of AEK players.The goal was ultimately disallowed, meaning PAOK were unable to usurp their rivals at the top of the table. 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 That sparked angry scenes in the stands and numerous people entered the pitch, including PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis and his security detail.Savvidis, who appeared to usher his players off the pitch, confronted referee Giorgios Kominis and was then led away by his security.He then had to be restrained as he appeared to aim some angry words towards one of the match officials.The match was postponed after the referee went down the tunnel.Although the officials re-emerged later, PAOK claimed on Twitter the game “was finally halted with the score 1-0” in favour of the home side, despite the late goal initially seeming to be disallowed.Paok president Ivan SavvidisAEK coach Manolo Jimenez appeared to confirm PAOK had been handed the 1-0 win, while the former Sevilla boss also heard claims Savvidis entered the pitch armed with a gun.”Right now we are leaving the stadium escorted by the police,” Jimenez is quoted as saying by Onda Cero.”The referee has invalidated the goal of PAOK for offside, there was a brawl of players and many people entered the field, including their president with bodyguards.”After the invasion, the referee has gone inside and after two hours wanted to resume. We said no. The shame is that in the end the referee has given them the goal, after all that has happened.”We learned later that the president had a gun, we did not see it there on the pitch.”It is the second time in less than two months that PAOK’s Toumba Stadium has been the setting of disturbances.Earlier in the day, PAOK had a stadium ban and a three-point deduction revoked following an incident against Olympiacos on February 25.Olympiacos coach Oscar Garcia had been hit on the head by a roll of paper thrown from the stands, with his injury requiring a trip to hospital.last_img read more

Live Q&A Today for PFB+ Subscribers

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. This time of year, I get a lot of questions about a lot of different topics from a lot of different people. Is Cade Cunningham coming to OSU? Is Spencer Sanders the next Deshaun Watson? Can Chuba rush for a college football record 10,000 yards in a single season?I truly appreciate the conversation. So hey, let’s have some more, shall we? I’m doing an AMA/Question and answer session today at 1 p.m. on the PFB+ board. You can find it here or by going to the forum page. Ask me anything (within reason). We’ll try and make this a weekly spot if you guys enjoy it, and it may even replace the old mailbag I did. Drop your questions in, and I’ll let them filter in before we go live at 1.last_img read more

Women Count. So It Is Time to Count Women.

first_imgPosted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women DeliverClick 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)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.There’s no doubt that this is excellent news. The new UN maternal mortality figures further confirm the trend that the IHME data suggested earlier this year: there is a global downward trend in maternal mortality. Who could be disappointed with that? Our hard work over the past decades is paying off.But great news doesn’t detract from the persistent need for good, accurate, and real-time data in the maternal health field. Figures we have are estimates based, for many countries, on low-quality and incomplete data, or they are numbers derived from data models.The estimates provide us with an important but sketchy picture of maternal mortality worldwide, because it is so often difficult to obtain accurate, comprehensive data on this issue. Many deaths aren’t counted because they occur in places where there is no system to track them — poor and rural villages or ill-equipped clinics — or because the women dying are those most marginalized and neglected by their communities. Too often, they simply do not count.While every bit of new data helps us understand this epidemic we have been fighting, we need to continue demanding excellence of ourselves and others in delivering good, solid data. We need more rigorous systems of monitoring and evaluation at the local, national, and regional levels, and to better emphasize the importance of data — what accurate and timely figures enable us to know, do, and solve.To those of us in the field, it couldn’t be any clearer that women are the cornerstone of their families, communities, and economies. They drive economic development and they nurture our future generation. While we continue to push for implementing proven solutions —like universal access to family planning, safe abortion services, and skilled care before, during, and after childbirth — our message should be clear: every woman counts, and therefore should be counted.Visit www.womendeliver.orgto learn more!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more