©Rikki NiblettFor those looking to meet Santa Claus, they may do so at Santa’s Chalet. This charming cottage can be found across from Ghiradelli. Here Guests will be able to meet Santa Claus from November 14 through December 24. Then, because Santa has to fly back to the North Pole, Santa Goofy will be around to meet Guests from December 25 until December 30. In order to meet Santa, Guests will need to check in a the podium and receive a pager from one of Santa’s Helpers. While you wait for your turn to meet The Big Guy, you can shop, eat, and enjoy the atmosphere. When you receive notice that it’s your turn to meet Santa, you’ll have 10 minutes to return to the podium and get in line to meet Santa. For those who have Memory Maker, your photos will be included. Guests can meet Santa from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.There will also be lots of live entertainment to enjoy, including snowflake and toy solider stilt walkers, acapella groups, pop carolers, and more. These unique entertainment offerings will be available from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. nightly. From December 24 through January 1, hear songs and stories that celebrate Hanukkah at the Waterfront Park in The Landing. There will also be special performances on the Waterside Stage in The Marketplace on December 26-27 that celebrates Kwanzaa.©Rikki NiblettIn addition, Guests will be able to enjoy the Festival of Holiday Trees. Here you’ll get to wander through a stunning collection of custom-decorated trees–each with a popular Disney theme. You’ll be able to begin your experience near the fountain near Once Upon a Toy in the Marketplace.Some of the shops will get in on the fun with elaborate storefront window displays. Stop and shop at some of the great stores to pick up the perfect present for your loved ones.Finally, take advantage of special photo ops with over-sized toy sculptures located throughout Disney Springs.A visit to Disney Springs during this holiday season is going to be a great place to catch the spirit of the season thanks to all these unique and exciting experiences. Share This!Are you ready to celebrate the holiday season at Disney Springs? The shopping and dining district will delight Guests with a festive atmosphere and family fun. Guests will be able to experience a multitude of special offerings from November 14 through January 8.This year, Guests will be able to take part in a nightly tree lighting ceremony in front of the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area, as well as enjoy a holiday-themed DJ dance party, games and activities.
The Florida attorney general’s Office of Statewide Prosecution in cooperation with Hillsborough and Miami Dade authorities have announced the arrests of four men in connection with an organized retail crime ring that allegedly carried out a series of retail warehouse burglaries across the state, including the Tampa and Miami areas. According to the investigation, the defendants not only burglarized multiple businesses, but also stole vehicles to help carry out the crimes.During a warehouse burglary on September 4, 2015, suspects entered Global Beauty Image, and stole over $100,000.00 worth of shampoo and miscellaneous beauty products by breaking through a wall adjoining the warehouse section and a neighboring business, Hillsborough County deputies said.On September 19, 2015 investigators say the suspects stole two white Ford Econoline vans which were then utilized in a warehouse burglary at a business located within the same complex. Forced entry was made by smashing through a wall of the Tampa warehouse, where approximately $300,000 worth of surveillance equipment including digital cameras and digital video recording devices was stolen. Investigators state that the suspects loaded the equipment into two stolen vehicles and fled south on Interstate 75 with the merchandise. The vans were recovered in Miami.- Sponsor – During the course of the ensuing investigation, authorities learned of a similar warehouse burglary at a battery retailer in Doral where the suspects allegedly broke through a business wall with a sledge hammer, stealing cases of Kodak Max batteries and loading the stolen property into a van parked outside.Based on the results of the investigation authorities have arrested Eduardo Batista, 48, of Hialeah; Yosvany Batista, 30, of Miami; Alberto Diaz Napoles, 48, of Miami; and Alberto Hernandez Napoles, 28, of Miami on charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, grand theft over $100,000 and grand theft of motor vehicles.Warrants were issued for Isoil Polo, 36, and Marcos Rodriguez, 20, both of Miami on the same charges.“A lot of times these cases are exported to Miami and then they’re exported to other parts of the world and they get big money out of that,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff spokesperson Larry McKinnon. “We’re excited to be able to shut down such an organized network of burglaries that have reached out through the state of Florida.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Nuclear More from News Massive Australian blazes will ‘reframe our understanding of bushfire’ Twitter Warren Cornwall is freelance journalist in Washington State. (Graphic) J. You/Science; (Data) Joshua Rhodes, Energy Institute, The University of Texas in Austin doi:10.1126/science.aal0523 Solar Wind Current With Clean Power Plan Clean Power Plan and cost of pollution impacts The mammoth analysis suggests that “it might be that decarbonization [of the U.S. electrical grid] is able to be met even without the Clean Power Plan,” says Michael Webber, an engineer and deputy director of UT’s Energy Institute, which conducted the research. “The big thing is if gas stays low [in price] then coal has a tough time.”The work is part of a broader initiative at the institute, aimed at tallying all the costs that come with keeping the lights on, from environmental impacts to building transmission lines or responding to regulations. Snazzy online calculators and mapping tools that accompany the new model enable users to tweak a number of variables, including gas prices and environmental costs, and see how the nation’s energy future might change, at the level of individual counties.The work has its limitations. The Obama regulations would have the biggest impact on whether existing coal plants are shut down, and that wasn’t included in the model. (An Energy Information Administration study published this past June suggests the plan would shrink coal’s overall share of the electrical grid from 33% in 2015 to 21% in 2030; even without the plan, coal’s share would still shrink to 30%.) Also, although the model breaks things down to the individual county, the electrical grid doesn’t follow county lines, and the maps also don’t take into account which areas use the most electricity.Still, Webber says the visualizations could help utilities, regulators, and advocacy groups communicate with the broader public about the different forces shaping the evolution of the nation’s electrical grid.For example, in the first map above that reflects current conditions, gas tops the list chiefly in the West and Southeast, whereas wind wins out in much of the Midwest, parts of the Appalachians, and the Northeast. Solar enjoys an advantage in 13% of counties, chiefly in the sunny Southeast and Southwest. Coal is the cheapest in 10% of counties, primarily in the Southeast and Appalachian coal country.In contrast, in the middle map with the CPP, coal becomes the cheapest option in just 3% of counties, mostly because the plants might need to install costly carbon capture systems.And nuclear power becomes one of the big winners if you add other environmental and health costs to the CPP (the third map). Nuclear becomes the cheapest alternative in 13% of counties, displacing coal and, perhaps surprisingly, nudging out solar power in parts of the Southeast, Midwest, and Northwest. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to build solar panels, says Joshua Rhodes, a UT engineer involved in developing the model. (The model doesn’t account for the cost of disposing of the nuclear waste, beyond a fee the federal government charges nuclear power plants.) Posted in: ClimateTrump administration Email Warren Natural gas Coal New U.N. climate report offers ‘bleak’ emissions forecast In unpublished paper, former White House climate adviser calls methane ‘irrelevant’ to climate President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry, but a new analysis suggests cheap natural gas and falling prices for wind and solar power mean there are few places where it makes sense to build a new coal-fired power plant.To boost coal power, Trump has promised to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives, regulations dubbed the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that would restrict greenhouse gas pollution from electricity plants. Republicans have derided the plan as part of Obama’s “war on coal,” and the U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the regulations pending the resolution of a legal challenge. 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And nuclear power (light blue) expands.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli makes his debut on the Milan bench by hosting Lecce, with Rafael Leao sending Krzysztof Piatek to the bench and Lucas Paqueta in midfield. It kicks off at San Siro at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT). You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. The Rossoneri sacked Marco Giampaolo after losing four of the opening seven rounds, bringing in former Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina boss Pioli. It’s an extra special day for the Coach, as it is also his birthday, but there will be no celebratory chants from the crowd, as the ultras in the Curva Sud announced they’ll be on a silent protest throughout. Davide Calabria and Samu Castillejo are suspended, with Giacomo Bonaventura and Mattia Caldara injured, so Andrea Conti is at right-back and Mateo Musacchio returns from his ban. Pioli moves to a 4-3-3 formation with Lucas Paqueta and Lucas Biglia in midfield, while misfiring Krzysztof Piatek is benched in favour of Portugal Under-21 international striker Leao in a more central role. He is flanked by Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu, despite reports that Ante Rebic would get his first start. Lecce have impressed with their attacking approach and high press following promotion from Serie B, even if the results haven’t always reflected the performances. Giannelli Imbula is out injured, but Coach Fabio Liverani picks Marco Mancosu as the trequartista supporting Filippo Falco and Khouma Babacar. There’s a familiar face, as Gabriel was for many years on the Milan books, but joined Lecce as a free agent. Gianluca Lapadula had a brief spell at San Siro and he is on the Salentini bench. Lecce have only ever beaten Milan once in 30 Serie A visits to San Siro, 2-1 in October 1997, along with two draws and 12 defeats. They’ve lost their last eight in a row here. Milan: G Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Paqueta, Biglia, Kessie; Suso, Leao, Calhanoglu Milan bench: Reina, A Donnarumma, Bennacer, Piatek, Borini, Rebic, Krunic, Duarte, Gabbia, Rodriguez, Brescianini Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Tabanelli, Tachtsidis, Majer; Mancosu; Falco, Babacar Lecce bench: Vigorito, Riccardi, Vera, Petriccione, Benzar, Lapadula, Shakhov, Farias, La Mantia, Rispoli, Lo Faso, Dell’Orco Ref: Pasqua
Milan winger Samu Castillejo may not be back until after the international break due to a fresh hamstring injury. The Spaniard limped off during Rossoneri’s 2-1 home defeat to Lazio yesterday. Now, MilanNews.it reports tests came back with a thigh strain, which will keep him out for “10 days”, ruling him out of the trip to Juventus this weekend. With the international break fast approaching, the 24-year-old should be fit to face Napoli in three weeks’ time. Castillejo, who joined Milan from Villarreal in the summer of 2018, has found playing time hard to come by this season, managing just five appearances so far. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
To which Dez confidently responded:100 push ups.. bet? https://t.co/cgEU1SUfos— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 23, 2016Dez has already lost one bet this year after Central Michigan beat OSU in a hail mary last second play and had to pay off his pushups. So either he’s very confident in OSU’s passing offense, or he really likes the challenge of doing an absurd amount of pushups.Through 3 games this season, the Washington State Cougars have put up 1,179 yards in Mike Leach’s pass happy system, averaging 393 per game. Oklahoma State, through four games, has put up 1,360 total pass yards — averaging 340 per game.No pressure, Mason. Dez Bryant is confident, to say the least, in Oklahoma State’s air raid attacking offense. “Big 12 all day … We known for letting the pig float lol,” was one recent tweet Bryant posted as an example.And Dallas Cowboys receiver, Vince Mayle, formerly of Washington State, wants to challenge the results. Mayle challenged Dez that Wazzu will “put up better passing numbers than yo skoo” this year:bet we put up better passing numbers than yo skoo this year— Vino (@Vince_Mayle) September 23, 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.
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. Oklahoma State assistants have always been paid a lot compared to the rest of the league — this has been a pillar of the Mike Gundy era — but this year’s numbers especially stand out. The only two schools that pay their assistants above $3 million a year reside in the state of Oklahoma.Here are the Big 12’s public universities, according to the Des Moines Register — remember, Baylor and TCU are private schools who are not required to release this financial information.Oklahoma: $4,337,000Oklahoma State: $3,308,347Kansas State: $2,985,000West Virginia: $2,935,000Iowa State: $2,319,000Texas: $2,313,828Kansas: $2,299,000Texas Tech: $2,225,000Even more stunning is what OSU’s coordinators make compared to the rest of the league’s. Mike Yurcich is one of just three offensive coordinators north of the $500,000 a year mark. Of course he’s about half of what the Texas and OU OCs mark.Sterlin Gilbert, Texas: $991,667Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma: $900,000Mike Yurich, Oklahoma State: $500,000Dana Dimel, Kansas State: $430,000Joe Wickline, West Virginia: $425,000Tom Manning, Iowa State: $350,000Rob Likens, Kansas: $350,000Eric Morris, Texas Tech: $260,000Glenn Spencer is the third-highest paid defensive coordinator as well.Mike Stoops, Oklahoma: $900,000Tony Gibson, West Virginia: $750,000Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State: $600,000David Gibbs, Texas Tech: $550,000Jon Heacock, Iowa State: $454,000Tom Hayes, Kansas State: $430,000Clint Bowen, Kansas: $400,000Vance Bedford, Texas: $316,667I thought it would be fun to combine coordinator salaries with my efficiency charts from yesterday. We looked at how many points teams score per drive and how many the give up. This provides a good snapshot of where you are as an offense and defense in your own conference.For the offensive coordinators, I simply matched up their salaries with their points per drive. I divided the PPD by the salary and used a multiplier of 1M to give us a real number. As you can see, Texas Tech is, um, getting a lot of value. It is No. 1 in the nation in points per drive and paying its offensive coordinator less than anyone in the Big 12. This is sort of a false number because Kliff Kingsbury is intimately involved there, but it’s still shocking compared to the rest of the league.The numbers below don’t really measure anything other than the fake value I wanted them to measure. Oklahoma State is doing pretty well in this category. OU and Texas both pay their coordinators a lot more money (nearly double) to get slightly more production. There is probably a way to normalize the fact that, you know, because you are OU and Texas you are expected to pay more money and there is a ceiling on how many point you can score per drive, but we don’t have time. This is a quick and dirty snapshot.On the defensive side, I multiplied points per drive given up with DC salaries and divided by 100,000 to give us a manageable number. Lower is better in this case. Poor Mike Stoops. Actually, not poor Mike Stoops. He’s making $900K a year, and his defense stinks. Kansas State has the best defense in the league so far and is paying its coordinator the third-lowest salary in the Big 12. Glenn Spencer is right about average. Also, that Texas number is a little iffy since, you know, its defensive coordinator now makes like $5M a year ….Again, this is not meant to be anything but a quick snapshot of how much value each coordinator in the Big 12 is providing. I am not a statistician, and I know there are far better ways to look at this, but I think it provides a decent picture. And it passes the eye test for me. Glenn Spencer seems like he is providing about average value, and Mike Yurcich seems like he providing slightly above average value. It’s unfortunate that TCU and Baylor don’t release their numbers because it would be interesting to see where they fit in.
• Iowa State gained 19 first downs in the first half and just seven in the second. Still matched their season high (set last week against Baylor).• Allen Lazard can play on any team I’m rooting for. Dude is a baller. I know he only had six for 55 yards, but he also had two TDs and was a nightmare for Spencer to deal with. Him and Mike Warren deserve better.• Mason Rudolph at home: 29 TDs | 4 INT. Mason Rudolph on the road: 9 TDs | 10 INT.• Justice League.• Sometimes I wonder if Rudolph clapping is why he fumbles. He does it so hard and so loudly. Even at home where it’s unnecessary. I know this is a conspiracy theory limb I’m stepping out on, but that Justice Hill fumble wasn’t 100 percent on Justice Hill. Some of it was on No. 2 which means the trend continues.• This is quite perfect.Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph opt for cheerleaders in alma mater time #OKstate pic.twitter.com/dQzS6Y35Rt— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 8, 2016• Oklahoma State’s average starting field position was its own 36. Iowa State’s average starting field position was its own 21. #Sinor• Ashton Lampkin is running away with the Uni Heisman this year.• I actually thought Iowa State’s gameplan was pretty good. They just couldn’t execute it in the second half. It became clear in the final 20 minutes that they were going to try and grind OSU into dust to seal the deal, but they never could find the dagger touchdown, and OSU would not go away.• Not OSU, but this was perfect.Usually when Kansas misses a field goal at home the refs call a foul so they can shoot free throws instead.— Kirk Haaland (@khaal53) October 8, 2016• At one point in the second half I felt like this is how Iowa State fans must feel to be Iowa State fans. So much helplessness. Also, if you’re wondering, OSU could win every game until 2116, and it would just start to make a dent into making up for the 2011 game.• Averette!Have mercy on em, Devante! https://t.co/TwEwDwUFF3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• Rudolph looked like he was throwing palm balls. I’m not even sure how to describe that. It looked like he was throwing a football the way a water polo player would fling a water polo ball. Maybe these were only on throws where he was trying to get rid of it in a hurry, but it was quite strange.• I love this GIF.James Washington has 165 all-purpose yards and a TD on eight touches. #President pic.twitter.com/8cfT6gSaGK— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• There is a small part of me that is proud of OSU for not panicking and being patient and sticking with its stuff until it finally started working late in the third. I’m not sure the gameplan was to play rope-a-dope with Iowa State, but if it was, it worked quite well. Note: I also prefer 25-point blowouts.• ISU actually looked a little tired on offense compared to OSU being tired on defense late in the game. That might have been a depth and talent issue.• One of the catches Washington made that didn’t count.Still amazing. https://t.co/ToyrPjR7a3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• OSU depth chart is all kinds of LOL:PuntTDPuntPuntTDPuntEnd of halfTO on downsPuntPuntPuntTDTDFGPuntTDPuntI do not understand.• Awesome.Awesome photo here of Ashton Lampkin showing what matters. pic.twitter.com/9E1U3JML3y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 9, 2016• At one point on a Barry Sanders run the announcer said the following sentence with much gusto: “The genetics gets him to the 41” !!!• Dogs on OSU’s team (I need dogs!): McCleskey, Averette, Osborne and Jarwin. Dogs!• I love the way the sun sets and the chill falls over BPS on October nights. I wasn’t there tonight, but if you’re a student and you’re not experiencing that, even for the crappy games, you’re really missing out. It’s something special. Fall nights are the greatest, and there’s something magical about the way the sunset disappears beyond the west end zone and that cold envelops everybody for the last quarter or so. The intro into some of those nights that lasted forever in Stillwater. 10 Thoughts are posted here, but I needed to empty the notebook (as always). Here is almost everything I wrote down during that crazy game in Stillwater on Saturday.• I was watching the end of the Kansas-TCU game as Kansas successfully completed a hook & ladder against TCU on 4th and 22 and all I could think was, “Why don’t more teams run a hook and ladder as a regular play?”• Yep.It seems like Oklahoma State always has 7-foot tall WRs who are built like Superman.— Chris Williams (@ChrisMWilliams) October 8, 2016• Gundy said the following at halftime to ESPN “We need to find rhythm [on offense].” My question is why OSU isn’t better at flipping back and forth from passes to runs. It feels like we run 20 passes in a row follow by 10 runs and so on.• Jacob Park was terrifying. A homeless man’s RG3. His ceiling is about a Sears Tower’s difference than Joel Lanning. Why is Lanning playing over him when you’re ISU and you’re playing with nothing to lose? I was delighted when Park threw the pick in the fourth quarter and they rode Lanning at the end. Lanning is not a come-from-behind-in-the-final-quarter QB, but Park could potentially be.• One of my biggest pet peeves is people adding an “s” to the end of different words when there is no “s.” The announcers were doing it to Jacob Park.• Jarwin!Air Jarwin! https://t.co/ZWqmlvzIlz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• Can you imagine refs conversing with Gundy on the sidelines these days? “That’s in-ack-rut! Did you do our Central Michigan?!”• One minor complaint about the offense. Sometimes it feels like we’re trying to do too much from week to week. I just finished The Perfect Pass which essentially is about the invention of the Air Raid, and it was talking about how original Air Raid teams thought 12 plays was too many. I was wetting myself. Maybe OSU is just not talented enough like it was in 2011 to have that small of a playbook, but sometimes I wish we would run fewer plays and run them faster and better.• Mike!When your cattle broke out of the barbed wire fence and you can’t get ‘em back. pic.twitter.com/xlPoOzEbdD— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• A reality of the first half is that OSU should have been down by more than it was but one of Iowa State’s receivers tried for a one-handed TD catch when two hands would have meant six points. I don’t know who flipped the secondary switch from off to on in the second half, but I’m glad it was done.• It’s probably not great that I thought, “crap, we’re giving it back to ISU with 2 minutes left” at the end of the first half. It’s also probably not great that Joel Lanning is tossing wrong-footed 35-yard TDs on you on the road.• This is crazy. OSU ended up defending 86 plays (which is a lot).First half snaps #OKstate has defended this season…SLU: 31CMU: 35Pitt: 39BU: 42UT: 45ISU: 55— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 8, 2016• This made me laugh.Liking @CycloneFB gray pants it’s a nice mix up from their traditional McDonald’s look— Trey Cobb (@cobber_22) October 8, 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. 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Jalen McCleskey had five catches for 74 yards and a TD on Saturday against Iowa State including a score at the beginning of the fourth quarter that pulled OSU to within three points. He said something after the game that Mason Rudolph also said which is that Iowa State’s defense was not playing how OSU thought it would.“It feels great knowing the fist half we cam out kind of flat,” said McCleskey. “We weren’t moving the ball how we wanted to. In the second half Coach Yurcich and all the coaches made great adjustments.The defense was getting turnovers and stops. We kept fighting. We started making plays towards the end of the third and fourth quarter, and we came out on top.” “It felt great to be able to contribute. They played a different defense than what they thought they were going to give us. We had to go into halftime, make adjustments and run some plays that we knew would work against their defense.“[The fan and sideline support] is really important because it gives us extra energy out on the field. Knowing that the sideline is hyped and the fans are really loud. It gives us extra energy.”WR Jalen McCleskey talks about the Cowboys’ 17-point comeback win. #okstate pic.twitter.com/3Sc3QLIbF1— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 9, 2016Halfway through the year McCleskey is on pace to have just under 1,000 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns. He has become an integral piece of OSU’s offense and proved that once again on Saturday in Stillwater. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
We’re just days away from the NFL Draft. A couple hundred or so young men eagerly wait to see if and when their names will be called. But whether you’re Myles Garrett, who can apparently threaten the first team on the board into drafting him, or the eventual “Mr. Irrelevant”, your life is about to change forever.Former Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns finds himself somewhere in the middle. His measurables are respectable but not enough to get him out from under a Big 12-sized conference-defense bias. You have to watch him in-game to see his potential.The three-year starter and leading tackler under Mike Gundy earned a reputation for getting to the ball and leaving a little orange paint once he got there.That’s something Mike Gundy said he’ll miss about Sterns.“Sterns is a throwback player,” Gundy said prior to the Alamo Bowl. “He kind of goes back to the days of the ’80s of guys that will strike you and enjoy the contact. Goes against human nature for two people to want to run into each other. There’s some players that are somewhat genetically unbalanced and they’re willing to do that. Sterns has been one of those guys up to this point.”“Genetically unbalanced” does not guarantee you an early round draft spot, I’m sad to say. NFL.com gave Sterns a 4.9 draft grade which falls just shy of the “50/50 shot to make a roster” range.But for the sake of comparison, let’s look up the list to their No. 4-ranked safety, Washington’s Budda Baker who, with a score of 5.9, falls under “could become early NFL starter”.Last year, Baker had 71 total tackles (49 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups and three sacks. Sterns’ senior year, he amassed 101 total tackles (63 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two pass breakups. Baker also played two more games than Sterns, who sat out against Iowa State.In the measurable department, Sterns is taller with a bigger reach and bigger frame than Baker’s, which according to NFL.com raises concerns about his ability to pack on 200 pounds. Conversely, Sterns can count his frame as a strength, with NFL.com seeing him able to bulk up if needed, though he already has NFL size.Sterns is a step slower than Baker (4.51 at OSU’s Pro Day) with Baker recording a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine. Sterns’ negatives are an observed stiffness in his hips and and a belief that he lacks elite athleticism to play centerfield in the NFL.ProFootballFocus predicts Sterns as a special teams contributor at the next level, citing that lack of elite athleticism and “long speed” as a possible issue when keeping up with the wide receiver talent he would see on a weekly basis.For what it’s worth, Sterns’ 4.51 40-yard dash from OSU’s Pro Day would have landed him tied for 6th among safeties at this year’s NFL Combine. Again, not elite, but nothing to shake your head at.PFF also recently lauded Sterns for his ability to stop the run and use his reach to tackle in space. Here are some highlights.Aggressive when attacking the run from safety position without being out of control.Flashes the ability to break down and tackle effectively in space.Has frame to add more muscle and have a proper NFL body type.Uses his length well to reach around his man and break up passes when in position.Made significant strides in coverage each of the past two seasons; gave up a QB rating of 157.7 in 2014, 92.2 in 2015 and 57.3 this past season.Gave up just 14 receptions on 25 primary targets in 2016; only one went for longer than 20 yards, and only three were longer than 10.Second-best run-stop percentage within 8 yards of LOS of all Big 12 safeties. [ProFootballFocus]At least up until this point, Sterns does not appear concerned with such things.“I don’t really care what I’m ranked or what I’m hearing right now because at the end of the day I know how good I am,” Sterns exclaimed on the PFB Podcast. “So if they’ve got guys ranked ahead of me and what not, I know my work man so I pretty much try to stay off of those scouting websites.”Whether Sterns ends up hearing his named called from the podium this weekend or finds his way onto a roster as a free agent, I have a feeling he’s going to find his niche at the next level. 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.