Robin Goh Bagi kebanyakan warga Australia, Bali adalah tujuan wisata terfavaorit saat berlibur ke luar negeri. Dan bagi Provinsi Bali, wisatawan asal Australia yang akrab disebut Aussie memang menempati urutan pertama pelancong berdasarkan asal negara. Data BPS Provinsi Bali pada September 2016 menyebut wisman asal Australia menempati urutan pertama dengan porsi 24,32 persen, dan kedua wisman asal Cina (18,02 persen). Tapi tahukah Anda masakapai mana yang paling banyak membawa Aussie ke Bali?Baca juga: Kerjasama Jetstar dengan Doku, Mudahkan Pelanggan Membeli TiketDalam sesi acara buka puasa bersama di Jakarta (7//6/2017), Robin Goh, Senior Communications Manager JetStar Asia menyebut, “Sampai saat ini kami adalah maskapai terbesar yang membawa penumpang dari Australia menuju Bali, berdasarkan riset kami, 40 persen wisatawan Australia ke Bali menggunakan JetStar,”ujar Robin Goh kepada KabarPenumpang.com. Lebih detail disebut, kota penyumbang wisatawan ke Bali paling banyak berasal dari kota Perth, berlanjut kemudian Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane dan Adelaide. Sebagai LCC (Low Cost Carrier), JetStar Asia dan JetStar Australia menjadikan Bali sebagai point penting. “Sejak membuka penerbangan perdana ke Bali pada tahun 2007, pertumbuhan penumpang dari Australia ke Bali telah meningkat 55 kali. Tak kurang ada 60 penerbangan JetStar ke Bali setiap minggu,” tambah Simon. Bahkan karena dianggap sebagai rute utama yang padat penumpang, sejak awal Januari 2014 JetStar telah mengoperasikan pesawat berbadan lebar (wide body) Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Dengan Dreamliner, dalam satu kali terbang JetStar dapat mengangkut langsung 222 penumpang. Untuk tujuan Bali, JetStar juga menyiapkan pesawat narrow body dengan Airbus A320-200 yang berkapasitas 180 kursi.Baca juga: Kementerian Pariwisata Gandeng Jetstar Bangun Pariwisata IndonesiaBergabung dalam aliansi penerbangan internasional, JetStar kini telah menjalin kemitraan dengan 25 maskapai, seperti Qantas, Emirates, Srilankan, Finnair, dan Jet Airways, yang menghubungkan penumpang ke hampir semua rute penerbangam di Asia Tenggara dari Singapura. Jetstar diketahui adalah maskapai dengan LCC atau penerbangan dengan biaya murah teraman dikawasan oleh airlineratings.com baru-baru ini. Saat ini Jetstar sendiri sudah mengoperasikan 120 penerbangan dari dan ke Indonesia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKementerian Pariwisata Gandeng Jetstar Bangun Pariwisata Indonesia05/05/2017In “Destinasi”Hadir di Indonesia, Jetstar Buka 9 Kantor Pemasaran di 4 Kota09/05/2017In “Domestik”Setelah 2 Tahun Berlalu, Bagaimana Nasib Pembangunan Bandara Bali Utara?30/07/2019In “Bandara”
LAS VEGAS | The world’s tallest observation wheel hasn’t quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner.Caesars Entertainment officials have said the High Roller — its towering Las Vegas Strip attraction that stands 550 feet tall — was just shy of 5,000 daily riders in the past three months, up 10 percent compared to the prior quarter.That’s at least 3,000 riders shy of company expectations before the ride opened nearly a year ago though.FILE – In this March 31, 2014 file photo, the Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ begins to operate in Las Vegas. The High Roller observation wheel towering behind the Las Vegas Strip may be hard to miss but apparently plenty of the destinations more than 41 million visitors have taken a pass on taking a spin. (AP Photo/David Becker, file)The ride posted the shortfall despite deep discounts for locals on the regular $29.95 to $59.95 ticket prices, Groupon deals and airline travel package discounts.The attraction isn’t hard to miss as it towers behind the Las Vegas Strip, which sees 41 million visitors a year.So how does Caesars Entertainment get already over-stimulated visitors to Vegas to come on board?Offering them drinks from an open bar during the 30-minute ride has helped. Riders booking the “Happy Half Hour” package have accounted for one of four riders, said Tariq Shaukat, the company’s chief commercial officer.The wheel is the first of a few observation wheels proposed for the Strip. It opened last year as part of a $550 million pedestrian promenade sandwiched between the Flamingo hotel and casino and the former Imperial Palace casino-hotel, now called the Linq.Caesars Entertainment hasn’t provided an individual cost to build and operate the wheel.No one expected the ride to be a constant sell-out. If the High Roller packed every last one of its orb-shaped cabins for each of its 29 daily revolutions, though, it could accommodate a total of 32,480 people.The company had its sights set on 8,000 to 11,000 visitors a day, which might earn it as much as $60 million annually, according to a financial filing from 2013.The company arrived at those numbers in part by comparing its ride to 2010 figures for other observation attractions. The London Eye got 3.9 million visitors; the Empire State Building had 3.5 million; and 700,000 visitors went to the top of the Stratosphere in Vegas.Shaukat said the High Roller was impacted when the company decided to overhaul the newly re-branded Linq hotel-casino next door, putting some 1,200 rooms out of service and cutting down on possible riders.Marketing the ride has also been a challenge for the company that has traditionally focused on casinos, hotels and other types of entertainment. It assumed the High Roller would be most popular when hotels on the Strip were the fullest, but that hasn’t been the case.The main riders so far have been leisure tourists, families and locals — not casino-goers or convention attendees.The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve — generally a slow one for Las Vegas — was a winner for the ride, he said.“The wheel was on fire because it was exactly the right type of occupancy,” Shaukat said.Reviews on Yelp.com and elsewhere have been largely positive but there’s a catch: They say it’s worth doing once. More than once? Not so much, or at least not without a coupon.Shaukat said changes are in the works to keep the experience fresh. He reminded would-be riders that a trip at night has a different view than during the light of day.
People often expect insects to be most active in the warm days of summer, but pine bark beetles can be active any time of year.Kelly Oten, forest health monitoring coordinator with the N.C. Forest Service, tells landowners with pine on their property what they should look for so pine bark beetles don’t leave them pining for healthy trees.“One of the first symptoms noticed is needle discoloration in the canopy,” Oten said. “The green needles fade to light green, then yellow, then eventually red. Upon closer inspection, you may see dried pine resin on the bark of the tree. These are called pitch tubes and are the tree’s defense to a bark beetle attempting to bore through the bark.”Adult and immature beetles feed beneath the bark, creating winding tunnels that can be seen if the bark is peeled off, Oten said. These galleries prevent nutrients and water from traveling within the tree, effectively choking it.Most bark-beetle activity occurs in pines that are stressed or weakened by another factor. The current drought in Western North Carolina leaves many pines susceptible to beetle attack. Other factors that may increase susceptibility to attack are nutrient deficiencies, mechanical damage and lightning strikes.There are a few types of bark beetles that attack pine trees in North Carolina. The Ips engraver beetles are likely the most common. They rarely attack healthy trees and generally infest small groups or scattered pines. They can cause branches or the entire tree to die.Generally, the southern pine beetle also attacks weakened trees. However, it can reach outbreak levels and become extremely destructive, Oten said. When this happens, healthy trees are also attacked and a quick response is necessary. This response typically involves cutting down the infested pine trees and surrounding trees to create a buffer.Landowners suspecting bark-beetle activity in their trees should contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger, who can assist with identification and offer forest management advice.
Originally published on Employer Handbook blog. I’ll wait patiently while you grab your pearls for clutching.We know that the Family and Medical Leave Act permits eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of covered leave in a 12-month period. That leave can be taken in a continuous block. Or, it can be taken in your favorite form: intermittent.Intermittent leave involves taking leave in separate blocks of time for a single qualifying reason. (Technically, employees can also use FMLA on a reduced leave schedule by reducing the employee’s usual weekly or daily work schedule.)Over the weekend, I read this federal court opinion about an employee who applied for and took intermittent FMLA for a few years. But, in 2016, HR put the kibosh on that.Instead, HR placed the employee (and soon-to-be plaintiff) on continuous FMLA leave, stating that he could not work with the restrictions listed on his physician-provided FMLA certification form. So, the company told the plaintiff that he could return to work if his physician lifted the restrictions listed on his FMLA form. However, the plaintiff’s doctor refused and did not clarify whether the restrictions applied only during flare-ups.Yadda yadda yadda, we have an FMLA lawsuit.Now, you may be thinking to yourself, how did the company retaliate?” Well, it didn’t. This is an FMLA “interference” lawsuit. The FMLA prohibits an employer from interfering with, restraining, or denying an eligible employee the exercise of any right to leave under the Act. And, to succeed on a claim of interference, the employee doesn’t need to prove animus or discrimination or anything like that. Instead, the employee must show that his employer denied him an entitled benefit under the FMLA.Well then, is forcing an employee to take continuous leave (rather than intermittent leave) considered FMLA interference? Let’s hear it from the Court:By placing [the plaintiff] on continuous FMLA leave, [the employer] necessarily denied [his] concurrent request for intermittent leave. The nature of continuous leave pretermits an employee’s ability to take intermittent leave. [The employer’s] decision to place [the plaintiff] on continuous leave meant that he could not use the intermittent leave he requested.The FMLA entitles eligible employees to both “intermittent” leave and, when medically necessary, “continuous” leave. Once [the plaintiff] notified [the employer] that his medical condition required a flexible work schedule via intermittent leave, the FMLA obliged [the employer to grant [his] request….[The employer’s] failure to provide [the plaintiff] that intermittent leave violated the FMLA.Now, the employer here does have an out. That is, an employer does not interfere with FMLA rights “if it correctly determines that [an employee’s] limitations required continuous leave.” But, since it’s not clear here whether the defendant was right or wrong, that’s going to be a jury question.So, what should an employer do if it questions any employee’s medical certification? Well, I’ll leave the DOL fact sheet right here. And, before I go, do yourself a favor and head over to Jeff Nowak’s FMLA Insights for “Fighting FMLA Abuse in the Summertime: Top 10 Employer Tools to Keep Employees Honest.”You’re welcome.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#abine#Blur#Google search#private search A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yael Grauer 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Like a lot of people, you may be vaguely uncomfortable with how much Google knows about you. It makes a great deal of money mining your search history in order to help various companies serve you targeted ads, and even though it doesn’t sell your data to advertisers now, you never know if it might change its mind sometime down the road.So what can you do about it? The Boston-based privacy company Abine has one solution. Earlier this year it launched Private Search, a service designed to shield your Google queries so the search giant can’t link what you’re searching for to its increasingly detailed profile of you.Private Search is easy to set up and use. The best part is that you don’t really have to change your behavior–or even log out of YouTube and Gmail—to get it working. But it’s not perfect. Private Search currently only works with Firefox, for instance, and it’s not clear when—or if—it will ever work with other popular browsers such as Chrome. It also won’t protect you on other search engines like Bing or Yahoo, although Abine says it’s working on that.You have to sign up and opt in to the service, and its protection—against a still somewhat hypothetical threat—isn’t foolproof against every possible tracking technology. For instance, Private Search won’t shield you from canvas fingerprinting, a tricky new user-tracking technique that’s emerged over the past year at some sites (though not Google).Why Private Search?Perhaps in response to public pressure, Google offers users concerned about privacy various opt-out options. Users can opt out of ad preferences and disable their search history in Google’s dashboard. And so far, the search engine behemoth does not share the information it tracks with data brokers, and no data changes hands when advertisers target specific demographics using Google’s ad network. But the possibility of accidentally leaking information still exists—for example, if you create an account on a website after clicking on a targeted ad, you may be unwittingly giving demographic information to that company. As Abine CTO Andrew Sudbury put it to me:Your search history is part of what’s being used to create a profile of you, your demographics, your propensity to buy certain types of services, and all of these data profiles are slowly and inexorably being exposed to more and more commercial uses because that’s just the way the market forces are pushing them.Additionally, mass market profiling is increasingly becoming more invasive in ways that aren’t always easy to either predict or immediately pinpoint. This isn’t just an abstract threat. I spoke with Adi Kamdar, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and he described the problem eloquently:What we’ve seen when it comes to data brokers is we see them targeting poor populations or certain disenfranchised populations or people who are older or more subject to falling for scams or falling for payday loans or taking financially risky investments, or something along those lines. That’s the sort of population that should be most worried about this but is probably the least exposed to these sorts of tools or information about privacy tools or data brokers.Private Search is an easy choice for your less technically-savvy friends or family members who may be more vulnerable to potential future threats, and also less likely to hear about them.Do Not Track MeLaunched in late January, Private Search is part of Abine’s freemium privacy suite Blur, which combines the company’s previously separate privacy tools DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe. Blur includes tools for masking email addresses, your phone number and credit card data; blocking tracking by data miners; and managing online passwords.The Private Search tool allows users to tap into a randomized pool of made-up identities—ones that come with prepopulated tracking cookies and user-agent strings. Cookies allow websites to track an individual’s browsing activity and to identify return viewers, while user agent strings provide sites with information about your browser and operating system.Using fake identities prevents all that from happening.How To Blur Your SearchesAfter you’ve set up the Blur extension in Firefox and opted into Private Search, you’re ready to go. Private Search provides a new made-up identity for each individual search. It then funnels the request through an SSL tunnel, so that the search is encrypted—even Abine can’t see what you’re searching for. And every phrase or topic you search appears as if it is unconnected to previous searches, since each query is sent through Abine’s server with an entirely different IP address (which is yet another avenue by which websites can track people).Your search requests are modified before leaving your browser in a way that breaks the identity connection between your searches and the rest of your tabs. That means you can keep your YouTube tab open with all of your videos, and stay logged into Gmail, all without allowing Google to link your search queries with your account (and identity). One thing to look out for: Private Search will protect queries made through Firefox’s search bar, but you won’t necessarily know it. Sudbury told me the extension isn’t currently tweaking the search-results page to include the blue-colored text that lets you know Private Search is on the case.Other Ways To Evade The Search Police“One of the real problems with privacy on the Web is that it’s simply too hard,” Sudbury says. “Companies say, ‘look, all of these controls exist, so people don’t need to be protected,’ but these controls are like ridiculous. To implement them is ridiculous.”This makes Private Search a great option for casual Web users with limited technical knowledge or a low tolerance for disabling and resetting plugins. If you’re so inclined, though, there are plenty of (somewhat more cumbersome) alternatives to the Blur tool:Browsers such as DuckDuckGo or StartPage don’t track users the way that Google does, but the results provided are considerably less refined.Using a VPN offers protection from hackers at cafes, and swaps your IP address with that of your VPN’s, but it will not hide your identity from Google.Plugins such as AdBlock Plus, Privacy Badger, Ghostery, and Disconnect—as well as some of Blur’s other features—can help stop some types of online tracking, though they may render some sites unusable, and they don’t block everything. These solutions work best for more sophisticated users, as it is sometimes necessary to disable the trackers in order to use specific sites.To be clear, Private Search isn’t a solution for, say, Chinese dissidents or anyone else wanting to hide their identity from the government. In such cases, the Tor browser is a better option. Tor prevents Google (or anyone else) from knowing your IP address, it keeps no history, and it clears cookies and cache between each session. Tails is an entire operating system that operates using Tor.But Tor is slower than other browsers due to the way it reroutes traffic to preserve anonymity. In addition, features such as video playing are disabled, certain sites have restrictions (such as captchas), and some sites even block traffic from Tor.Google Chrome’s Incognito mode doesn’t store cookies, but it also doesn’t hide your IP address. Additionally, you’d need to open a new Incognito tab with a clear cache and new set of cookies for each search to avoid them being linked with one another during each session. And using Incognito mode requires you to re-enter passwords for password-protected sites for each session.Google also recommends blocking or deleting cookies, disallowing them from certain sites, and clearing browsing data.Lead image by ilouque Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
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’s win over Wichita State on Saturday was an obvious thrill for both the Cowboys and their fans. Let’s take a look at some winners and losers from what could be an early turning point in the Brad Underwood era.Kyle PorterWinner: Dizzy — Freshman Thomas Dziagwa was described in our Slack chat as “a penguin with swagger.” He now has an effective field goal percentage of 75 percent. Seventy. Five. Percent. Against Tier A/B teams (per KenPom.com) that number is 79.4 percent. What are we working with here? He was 3/4 from deep again and had nine points in 15 minutes. He also chipped in a pair of assists. Real contributions from OSU’s fourth-best (?) freshman!Loser: Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers — Jawun Evans ain’t falling to the end of the first round.Winner: Leyton Hammonds — No. 23 has not played well so far this season, but he hit 3/4 from deep and had four boards and two assists plus zero turnovers. OSU has proven it can be good without any contribution whatsoever from Hammonds, but he can help elevate it to the next level. Plus, I genuinely like the guy and want him to have a great senior year.Thomas FlemingLosers: Low NCAA Tournament expectations — I thought at the beginning of the season that we should not have any expectations for this team making the NCAA Tournament, but after watching this game, that way of thinking is no more. I do have expectations for this team, and they’re nothing short of an NCAA tourney bid.Winners: Freshmen. Freshmen, freshmen, freshmen — When Jawun came out in the first half, Underwood kept them in the game and they not only sustained the lead but extended it. Lindy, Averette, Dizzy, McGriff & N’Guessan have solidified their role on this team. And boy do they (specifically Lindy and Dizzy) play with swagger.Kyle CoxWinner: Brad Underwood — Coach U. added an impressive road win to his short OSU resume. His offense is fun to watch but it is fueled by his swarming defense. Before the season started he said there would going to turn teams over and he has not disappointed. The Cowboys are 3rd nationally causing a 26.1 turnover percentage.Loser: Phil Forte — He is not shooting the ball well. He’s in the midst of the worst shooting slump of his career. He’s got one more game to snap out of it before it gets even hard for him to get open.Loser: Gregg Marshall — He had two impressive streaks end on Saturday. He gave up 80-plus points in Wichita (was 116 games and running) and lost a non-con game in Wichita (42 games and running).Kyle BooneWinner: OSU’s tournament resume –Oklahoma State let one slip away against Maryland on the road, but a win against Wichita State, who will likely emerge as a top-25 team down the stretch, will greatly improve the chances. When the committee looks over Underwood’s tourney submission, they’ll circle this one specifically. Beating WSU in Wichita is a difficult feat, and Underwood’s squad laid a beatdown.
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. ??? #GoPokes https://t.co/D44OLatp0O— LANi ‼️? (@jelani_thegreat) January 6, 2017 You wont regret it ?? #GoPokes https://t.co/j18aMCo3f9— BATMAN?? (@TracinWallace) January 7, 2017 Four-star offensive tackle prospect Caleb Chandler named his final 3 options on twitter Friday night. Oklahoma State made the cut along with Florida and Louisville.https://twitter.com/Calebchandler55/status/817513391648571393Earlier in the day, Chandler announced he had a major announcement. And this is of major note, given that the 6-foot-6, 300-pound recruit holds more than 40 scholarship offers from across the country.After he narrowed his list, Oklahoma State verbal commitments weighed in on twitter to try and sway him. Aye bro you already know OSU is the one! #pokes ?? https://t.co/ni8OvuiqIl— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) January 6, 2017National signing day is the first week in February. So it looks like Oklahoma State will have to wait until the week before signing day on Jan. 30 when he makes his decision to see if they land the monster offensive lineman from Georgia. #stillysquad17 https://t.co/azuJeGTgpD— Brock Martin (@btmartin40) January 7, 2017
Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsJalen Hurts (Alabama): 9-1 odds2,780 yards passing, 23 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 139.12954 yards rushing, 13 TDsJ.T. Barrett (Ohio State): 9-1 odds2,555 yards passing, 24 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 135.31845 yards rushing, 9 TDsJake Browning (Washington): 12-1 odds3,430 yards passing, 43 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 167.5245 yards rushing, 4 TDsDeondre Francois (Florida State): 14-1 odds3,350 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs – QBR: 142.10196 yards rushing, 5 TDsBaker Mayfield (Oklahoma): odds N/A3,965 yards, 40 TDs, 8 INTs – QBR: 196.38 (led NCAA)177 yards rushing, 6 TDsRudolph has a couple of things going for him. First off, he may have the best receiving corps in the nation. The Cowboys have probably 5-6 receivers that could probably be the No. 1 option on several teams.“It’s great,” said Rudolph on the problem of spreading the ball around. “It makes my job a lot easier with what we’ve got. It’s going to be a fun summer and a fun fall camp with so many targets out there. It’s on my shoulders to make sure I distribute the ball to all of them.”The importance of an actual running game cannot be overstated. We’ve seen in the past how defenses can key in on a one-dimensional OSU passing attack. With Justice Hill and an improving offensive line to keep them honest, the offense could open up even more.Numbers are important but they’re only part of the equation. Team success plays a massive role, as well. And if the Cowboys can come close to living up to their expected potential, it will be because of Mason Rudolph.Here’s a look the last four quarterbacks to win the Heisman and their team’s success that helped earn the award.Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 6-1 odds (Last year’s Heisman winner)3,543 yards passing, 30 TDs, INTs – QBR: 148.821,571 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 9-4Rank: No. 21 in Final AP PollMarcus Mariota (2014 Heisman winner)4,454 yards passing, 42 TDs 4 INTs – QBR: 181.75770 yards rushing, 15 TDsRecord: 13-2Ranked: No. 2 in Final AP PollJameis Winston (2013 Heisman winner)4,050 yards passing, 40 TDs, 10 INTs – QBR: 184.80219 yards rushing, 4 TDsRecord: 14-0Ranked: No. 1 in Final AP Poll (National Champion)Johnn Manziel (2012 Heisman winner)3,706 yards passing, 29 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 155.301,410 yards rushing, 21 TDsRecord: 11-2Ranked: No. 5 in Final AP PollThe award is given out before bowl season but one thing all these quarterbacks shared was that team success. Aside from Jackson, the last five Heisman winners’ teams have finished in the top 5 nationally. Is Mason Rudolph going to have that on his resume? He’ll likely need it to earn an invite to New York.To get to that point, Rudolph and his Cowboys will likely have to beat Oklahoma twice. With the new format for determining the Big 12’s champion, the top two teams will take part in a rematch at the end of the season. Insert 13th data point. Subtract common sense.Can Rudolph win the Heisman?It will take an historic season from him, which seems reasonable. It will also take Oklahoma State exorcising their Sooner demons. If both can be accomplished and OSU finds itself atop the Big 12, Rudolph will have a chance. Last week, OSU’s athletic department sent out a cryptic tweet with a not so cryptic message. Mason Rudolph is the key. He’s the driving force to Oklahoma State’s offense and its team’s success.And he’s the No. 1 reason for optimism heading into 2017.“I think his success over a three-year period and his numbers kind of speak for themselves,” said Mike Gundy following OSU’s spring game. “He’s winning. He’s a great leader. We’re always a little tentative about that because I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think it’s fair play that he’s earned that.”Gundy is right. Rudolph is winning; and at a pretty high clip. In his two years and some change, Rudolph is 22-6 as a starter. He’s beaten every Big 12 opponent except for Baylor and will get one more crack at them this fall.He’s the face of a perennial 10-win program but somehow the best-kept secret among Heisman candidates.Is this the year for Rudolph to finally shine?How plausible is Rudolph’s Heisman candidacy?The Heisman trophy is given to “the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity … ” As of late, it’s become a QB-dominated award. The last 20 have gone to 14 quarterbacks, five running backs and one cornerback/punt returner (Charles Woodson). If we go last 15, it’s even more lopsided, with 12 of the winners coming from behind center.So, based on what recent history has told us and in an effort to compare apples to apples, let’s take a look at the seven QBs that currently have better odds (according to Bovada) to win than Rudolph.Baker Mayfield was excluded from Bovada’s odds but is included in this list since he will certainly be near the top once his disciplinary situation is revealed and because I don’t expect him to miss much time, if any.Here are Rudolph’s numbers from last year, followed by the seven other QBs ahead of him in the odds.Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State): 16-1 odds4,091 yards passing, 28 TDs, 4 INTs – QBR: 158.9461 yards rushing, 6 TDsThe FieldSam Darnold (USC): 5-1 odds3,086 yards passing 31 TDs, 9 INTs – QBR: 161.07250 yards rushing, 2 TDs While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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LT1Aaron CochranR-Sr. LG1Marcus KeyesR-Soph. C2Johnny WilsonR-Soph. LG2Arlington Hambright -OR- Deionte NoelJr. and R-Jr. Once a question mark within the program less than a year ago, OSU’s offensive line is now one of its more trusted positions. Here is a look at where we stand heading into the summer and beyond.SummaryNew offensive line coach Josh Henson steps into the position with some momentum on his side and a big recruiting stick he’s apparently not afraid to wield.His offensive line, which returns everyone except Victor Salako, paved the way for OSU to run for 4.52 yards per carry in 2016 which was No. 60 nationally. HowEVAH … in its last six games, OSU ran for 5.47 yards per carry which would have been inside the top 20 nationally. This was a different unit from the first half of the year to the second.There seems to be a bit of a renewed energy around the program, too, with the addition of Henson.“It’s pretty different, but I still feel like we definitely are all bonding together and with him, his style of coaching and his approach to the game,” said starting right guard Larry Williams. “I really feel like it’s really beneficial for us because he brings a different attitude to it than we’ve had before.”Henson noted in the middle of the spring that the line was getting better but was not where he wanted it to be.“It’s not as consistent as we want from a finishing standpoint,” Henson told Go Pokes. “But we’re getting back good effort, and I’m getting back a lot of questions. When you’re getting those things as a coach, you know their minds are turned on to learning football and learning about their craft. From that standpoint I feel like they’re very engaged.”It’s going to be interesting to see if the line can carry over the juice it got going at the end of 2016 in front of Justice Hill. Mason Rudolph was still sacked 32 times (not great!). That needs to improve, as well.“I think we feel like we’re getting more aggressive because that’s something Coach Henson harps about to us all the time,” added Williams. “He wants us to be physical and bring our A-game.“Getting better with our technique is also helping us to be more physical, because as long as you’re good with your technique, you can then go and be more physical. That’s one that we focus on a lot.”As Henson pointed out, OSU’s embarrassment of riches at skill positions could make his unit’s job easier, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to lay back.“When you’re an offensive lineman and you only have to pass protect one time and it goes 80 yards for a touchdown, that’s pretty nice, as opposed to having drop back 10 times,” said Henson. “It’s a pretty good deal for us to have so many great skill players, but it’s our job to make it easier for them too.”There was little to glean from the spring game as the core of the linemen were split up between the two teams, but receiver Chris Lacy was at least pleased with the effort (he had two catches for 61 yards).“Our offensive line was out there doing a great job blocking and Mason (Rudolph) made a lot of solid passes,” Lacy said. “I was just trying to go out there and do what I do best, which is making big plays.”Biggest NewsObviously, the biggest news out of the spring is Cal transfer Aaron Cochran hitting Stillwater and replacing all 152 kilograms of Victor Salako at left tackle. I’m sure Mason Rudolph and his future agent sleep better at night because of this news.Projected Two DeepThe starters are effectively set. Cochran-Keyes-Lundblade-Williams-Crabtree, and that won’t change barring an injury.The backups are all over the board. Any number of combinations could be used in second spots for guys like Arlington Hambright, Dylan Galloway and Matt Kegel.Mike Gundy has said he would love to see hockey-like line changes from the offensive linemen in 2017 so you’re likely to see a lot of these backups plugged into different positions based on who’s injured and who needs a breather. RG2Lemaefe Galea’i -OR- Matt KegelR-Jr. and R-Fr. DEPTH CHARTPLAYERCLASS LT2Dylan Galloway -OR- Arlington HambrightR-Fr. and Jr. RG1Larry WilliamsR-Sr. RT1Zach CrabtreeR-Sr. C1Brad LundbladeSr. RT2Shane Richards -OR- Teven JenkinsSr. and R-Fr. 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. Weiberg is currently an deputy athletic director at Texas Tech and serves as its COO. He was apparently also in town the week Mike Boynton was hired to be the new head basketball coach at Oklahoma State.I have spoken with a handful of people who either believe Weiberg is going to be named AD-in-waiting soon or is the top candidate to become so. At this point, with the smoke that has been swirling around the situation, I would be more surprised if Weiberg was not named the presumed successor to Holder.What seems to be more up in the air is what that timeline looks like for whoever will take over for Holder. Will that person get the gig this summer and become the AD in full at some point in 2018? Will he or she get a full go ahead this fall? Will it not happen for four more years?One thing is certain. Mike Holder will not be the AD forever in Stillwater. For some, the day he steps aside will be a joyous occasion despite the fact that he has presided over the winningest time for the most important sport within his organization. This is silliness of course, but there is something to be said for a fresh start at the highest level. I’m excited to see who will make it. Smoke and fire, people. Smoke and fire.Nathan Thompson of Fox 23 reported this week that Mike Holder and Chad Weiberg had dinner together in Stillwater. Weiberg, as we previously discussed, is a prime candidate to become the AD-in-waiting when Holder slides towards retirement (if it is soon).