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The best political ads through the ages

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First presidential campaign showdown looming

On paper, it should be a blowout. One candidate who has debated 40 times over the last 16 years, doing so with poise and ease. Another who just 14 months ago had never debated at all, and has never participated in a one-on-one debate....

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Are presidential election TV ads effective anymore?

Remember those 1988 Willie Horton TV spots, with a mug shot of the man who raped and assaulted a couple while on weekend furlough from prison? How about the 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson ad with the sweet child picking petals off a daisy. Seconds later: kaboom! Mushroom cloud....

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Friday Night Rewind: Surreal statistics - and highlights - from Key, Oaks-Beaver

Written by Mike White on .

Looking back at Week 4 of the high school football season.

I slept in this morning. Was tired and worn out. That Beaver-Keystone Oaks game took a lot out of me.

In more than three decades of covering games for the Post-Gazette, I've never seen one like Beaver's 77-49 victory against Keystone Oaks Friday night. It was a record-breaking night for scoring by both teams, and a record-breaking night for quarterbacks Darius Wise of Beaver and Alex Smith of Keystone Oaks. Today's Post-Gazette story points out all of the records. 

Someone tweeted at me last night "Shootout At The KO Corral." Good one.

There were a number of unbelievable statistics, but here is another one that wasn't mentioned in the story on the game. Maybe you see something like this with a good team in a small class, like Clairton, against a horrible team. But not in a game involving two good teams.

Here it is: Beaver had 11 possessions end in a touchdown and eight of them lasted three plays or less. Wow.

Now that's incredible. Beaver had two scoring drives of three plays, three scoring drives of two plays and three of one play. Someone from that Ripley's Believe It Or Not should watch the film of this game. 

And if you wanted to see highlights of the game with some comments from players and coaches, check this out:

And if you would like to see the game in its entirety, it will be on Comcast's Xfinity On Demand later today. Chris Shovlin and Ellis Cannon were on hand broadcasting the game. Check it out. It's worth it. And big shoutout to Ken Baker, a Robert Morris staffer who was doing stats for Xfinity during the game.

To access the game later today, go to "On Demand" on Xfinity. Then go to Xfinity Services, then Get Local, then Sports and then Xfinity High School Football.

And there has never been a scoreboard in the WPIAL like the one below. Beaver and KO combined for most points in a WPIAL game since at least 1950:

Beaver-KO scoreboard

 

Returns are in

East Allegheny got thumped by Neshannock last night, but Taivion Boynes did it again for EA. He returned another interception for a TD. This one was 44 yards. That's four interception returns for touchdowns in the past two games. Now THAT sounds surreal.

More notes, thoughts

**** First time I've seen Keystone Oaks Alex Smith live. Duquesne may have a steal with him. Has size, pretty good arm and fairly athletic. Duquesne is a good level for Smith, but he could go to a higher level. I've seen worse QBs than him get scholarship offers from FBS schools.

Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt has done great job landing good WPIAL QBs. He got Montour's Dillon Buechel and then South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh. I don't know when, but one day Brumbaugh might have a battle on his hands with Smith for the starting job at Duquesne U.

**** Darius Wise is one of the faster players I've seen. So many Keystone Oaks players had angles on him all night, and he just ran away from them. If Aliquippa players had trouble catching him, you know he's fast.

Wise would be a nice receiver/slotback pickup for some D-1 college.

**** Best game next week is Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic. It's at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. I'll provide an update later this week on tickets because that place will have trouble holding the crowd. Two years ago, the same two teams met and the game was sold out. Highmark is a great setting for a sporting event, but it's not quite large enough for a big game like this.

**** Lamont Wade's yards-per-carry average for the season is now at 16.0. Not bad. He has rushed 36 times for 577 yards.

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Friday Night Rewind: Surreal statistics - and highlights - from Keystone Oaks-Beaver

Written by Mike White on .

Looking back at Week 4 of the high school football season.

I slept in this morning. Was tired and worn out. That Beaver-Keystone Oaks game took a lot out of me.

In more than three decades of covering games for the Post-Gazette, I've never seen one like Beaver's 77-49 victory against Keystone Oaks Friday night. It was a record-breaking night for scoring by both teams, and a record-breaking night for quarterbacks Darius Wise of Beaver and Alex Smith of Keystone Oaks. Today's Post-Gazette story points out all of the records. 

Someone tweeted at me last night "Shootout At The KO Corral." Good one.

There were a number of unbelievable statistics, but here is another one that wasn't mentioned in the story on the game. Maybe you see something like this with a good team in a small class, like Clairton, against a horrible team. But not in a game involving two good teams.

Here it is: Beaver had 11 possessions end in a touchdown and eight of them lasted three plays or less. Wow.

Now that's incredible. Beaver had two scoring drives of three plays, three scoring drives of two plays and three of one play. Someone from that Ripley's Believe It Or Not should watch the film of this game. 

And if you wanted to see highlights of the game with some comments from players and coaches, check this out:

And if you would like to see the game in its entirety, it will be on Comcast's Xfinity On Demand later today. Chris Shovlin and Ellis Cannon were on hand broadcasting the game. Check it out. It's worth it. And big shoutout to Ken Baker, a Robert Morris staffer who was doing stats for Xfinity during the game.

To access the game later today, go to "On Demand" on Xfinity. Then go to Xfinity Services, then Get Local, then Sports and then Xfinity High School Football.

And there has never been a scoreboard in the WPIAL like the one below. Beaver and KO combined for most points in a WPIAL game since at least 1950:

Beaver-KO scoreboard

Returns are in

East Allegheny got thumped by Neshannock last night, but Taivion Boynes did it again for EA. He returned another interception for a TD. This one was 44 yards. That's four interception returns for touchdowns in the past two games. Now THAT sounds surreal.

More notes, thoughts

**** First time I've seen Keystone Oaks Alex Smith live. Duquesne may have a steal with him. Has size, pretty good arm and fairly athletic. Duquesne is a good level for Smith, but he could go to a higher level. I've seen worse QBs than him get scholarship offers from FBS schools.

Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt has done great job landing good WPIAL QBs. He got Montour's Dillon Buechel and then South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh. I don't know when, but one day Brumbaugh might have a battle on his hands with Smith for the starting job at Duquesne U.

**** Darius Wise is one of the faster players I've seen. So many Keystone Oaks players had angles on him all night, and he just ran away from them. If Aliquippa players had trouble catching him, you know he's fast.

Wise would be a nice receiver/slotback pickup for some D-1 college.

**** Best game next week is Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic. It's at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. I'll provide an update later this week on tickets because that place will have trouble holding the crowd. Two years ago, the same two teams met and the game was sold out. Highmark is a great setting for a sporting event, but it's not quite large enough for a big game like this.

**** Lamont Wade's yards-per-carry average for the season is now at 16.0. Not bad. He has rushed 36 times for 577 yards.

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