You guys know I love a #scaldinghottake from time to time and I think my life may have been changed by Andrew Sharp’s Grantland columns breaking them down.[1. Not really, but they’re good.] Also, my life might (actually) have been changed by this piece from Dan Shanoff on takes (both hot and regular).Hot takes, if you don’t know, are the height of what is hilarious about sports in the social media era. They are what your irrational sports friends throw out on Facebook and read like a crazed fan drunk on delirium whose reality has not only left the premises but it’s not coming back anytime soon.Folks wanting to cut Tom Brady after Week 1, Tiger can’t break 80, KD won’t be good because he can’t bench 900 lbs. These are hot takes.The best part is that hot takes are never are they more piping hot than right out of the gates of a new season.Here are my favorites from this season so far:Fire YurcichThree plays into the season I saw “fire Yurcich” takes being tossed around at a rate that was equal parts hysterical and disturbing.Your team has run three football plays against the No. 1 team in the country and because your team didn’t score a touchdown on one of those three plays you want to fire the human being in charge of your team.That seems rational.And just as a reminder, this should always be “Fire Ford!” or “Fire Bill Young!”Missouri State can go with FSUWait, that was me. Did I really say that?Nate says a lot of crazy things in the comments section but he was right about that. I got crazy. I delivered the hottest of hot takes. Apologies.Ben Grogan might as well be an amputee!Okay, so I haven’t seen this take. But I’ve seen something close to it.As I outlined on Monday Grogan has been better than people want to give him credit for (though still average-ish). And he’s certainly been better than an amputee.I wouldn’t mind seeing this, though:Let Tyreek kick. It would at least be exciting. Imagine him talking a 10-yard run up. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 6, 2014Daxx is Weeden redux…basicallyLook, that throw he made against Missouri State was incredible and it’s not difficult to make the case for hims tarting over No. 4 but Weeden he is not, nor will he ever be.Glenn Spencer is a cult leaderHey this one might be true. I don’t think we can totally rule it out. If my body ends up at the bottom of Boomer Lake in three months just make sure you guys ask a LOT of questions.JW Walsh is the toughest sonofab since Walt GarrisonWalsh is great. He’s a gamer, he’s not scared of anybody, and it’s not an accident that his receivers sound like they’d run through the walls on the Boone Pickens Stadium sidelines for him (which they might have to given some of his throws), but when people are asking Gundy questions like this at press conferences:When asked if he thought there was a possibility Walsh could heal faster than a “normal human being.”“It wouldn’t surprise me.”That, my friends, is hot takes central.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Jalibert teams up at half-back with France’s other concession to experience, Maxime Machenaud, all 31 caps of him. The Racing 92 scrum-half is a petit general in the finest tradition and will take on goal-kicking responsibilities, not to mention those of chaperoning his young consort outside.Opposite them will be just about the most established pairing in the championship, Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton. Their composure is such that Ireland’s status as favourites for this match is strengthening, with most bookies giving France a six-point head start, some even seven. Which is something, considering Ireland have won only three times in Paris in the past 66 years.There is not much arguing with it, though, even if there are actually more Ireland players making their Six Nations debut than France – Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan versus France’s two new caps.All three of Ireland’s championship debutants are capped. Aki, the punchy New Zealand-born centre, is hardly a rookie, the delay in his debut attributable to his recent qualification for Ireland through residency. Stockdale, meanwhile, could set this championship alight, having torn defences apart in Ulster colours, then done much the same in Ireland’s this autumn. Only Ryan’s selection could be considered surprising. He displaces Devin Toner.There is a solid look to Ireland, a completely unknown one to France. All eyes will be on the most unknown of the lot. This could be the beginning of a long career for Jalibert, or he might demonstrate why teenage fly-halves are so rare in championship rugby. Either way, it will not be boring.This article was amended on 5 February 2018 to include the fact that Neil Jenkins was the most recent teenager to start a championship match at fly-half: for Wales in 1991. Support The Guardian Six Nations 2018 Ireland’s CJ Stander wary of France debutant Matthieu Jalibert Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Six Nations Topics France rugby union team Not even Jonny Wilkinson started a championship match at fly-half while still a teenager. Few players ever have, and almost as few people will ever have heard of them, so long ago did they do it. Only Neil Jenkins, for Wales in 1991, has managed it since one Billy McCombe, for Ireland in 1968. Exactly. features Share on Pinterest Ireland rugby union team Read more In Paris on Saturday, though, Matthieu Jalibert will strut out in the No 10 shirt of France, aged 19 years and 89 days. Strut is the word. The Bordeaux Bègles imp may weigh a little over 12st, but with the arrogance of a prince he has already carved up enough men in his first season in the Top14 to make his extraordinary selection by Jacques Brunel, France’s new coach, feel like a perfectly natural opening gambit.There will be sceptics aplenty – and rightly so – but in an era when we have come to expect a paucity of competence from the French, let alone of the elan for which they were once renowned, let us at least relish this strange frisson at the thought of watching them play. The impression has settled for some time of a French house in chaos. While this selection might not represent a restitution of order, it does bring out more of the positive elements of flying by the seat of one’s pants.Brunel has resisted the temptation to throw in another youngster of delicious potential, the fearsomely athletic flanker Sekou Macalou, but the first caps don’t end with Jalibert’s. Geoffrey Palis, the 26-year-old Castres full-back, will also start, while there are a further four potential debutants on the bench. Arthur Iturria, in the engine room, has just the one cap.The contrast is stark with Ireland, whose squad boasts more than three times the number of caps France’s does. Rory Best has only five fewer than the entire France front row, which contains comfortably their two most experienced players, captain Guilhem Guirado and the mighty Rabah Slimani, whose scrummaging will probably represent France’s biggest threat, for all the dash of Jalibert and his hopefully carefree mates. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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