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    Welcome to Balloon Ascension Day!

    The very first Balloon Ascension Day was every bit as exciting as it sounds. A man named Jean Paul Blanchard, who was a French aeronaut and inventor, stood in front of Walnut Street Prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a spot that is now known as Independence Square, making some last-minute adjustments to his balloon, while a sizable crowd looked on. Blachard had been preparing for this for a while, and he had sold plenty of tickets to people excited to see him ascend into the sky in his hydrogen-filled gas balloon. In fact, Blachard was so good at creating a buzz about his project that it is thought that most of the entire capital city’s population had come to the prison courtyard to watch, and a great many from the surrounding countryside as well. In fact, the president of the Unite States, George Washington himself, was also present.

    Some of the onlookers tried to convince Blachard to let them go with him, but he refused, determined to be the first person to ever ascend into the air in the New World. And then…up he went, reaching an altitude of 200 fathoms during the course of his flight. He monitored his pulse during the entirety of the trip, finally coming down gently in the field of a confused farmer who helped him get back. And so, on January 9th, 1793, the first balloon flight ever to take place in North America was declared a success, and balloon travel became more popular.


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    Top 10 schools with the most Pro Football Hall of Famers (nfl.com; photo gallery)

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    6-tie.Syracuse (7)

    Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Al Davis, Floyd Little, John Mackey, Art Monk, Jim Ringo
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    Syracuse football recruiting: Holy Cross freshman LB Jesse Conners to walk on at SU (DO; Gutierrez)

    Holy Cross freshman linebacker Jesse Conners will transfer to Syracuse as a walk-on and, because he did not play last season, will be eligible this fall as a redshirt freshman. Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey first reported the news.

    The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Pittsford, New York, native graduated from Salisbury (Connecticut) School in 2016. He recorded 88 tackles, seven for loss, and six interceptions in two years at the school. He caught 45 passes for 895 and six touchdowns on offense, earning him All-New England honors.

    Out of high school, he drew interest from schools such as Princeton, Villanova and Holy Cross. He did not receive an FBS scholarship offer.

    Eight former Syracuse football players have left the program this offseason, including Jordan Fredericks and Kendall Moore. The Orange has, however, picked up several transfers since the end of the 2016 season: Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, junior college linebacker Ryan Guthrie, JUCO defensive end Brandon Berry and JUCO tight end Ravian Pierce.

    Conners will enroll at SU this spring, per Syracuse.com.

    Syracuse Football Alumni in the NFL Part 1: Ryan Nassib (insidetheloudhouse.com; Edsen Sr.)

    The Syracuse football team has not had a lot to cheer for the past couple of seasons and this time of year is the down period for college football fans whose team isn’t playing in the National Championship game on Monday night. Let’s walk down memory lane together and discuss the former Orange players who are still lacing up on Sundays.

    Ryan Nassib – New York Giants

    I know, I know Ryan is on injured reserve but he was drafted by the Giants and is one of the most prolific passers in Cuse history. His career mirrored Doug Marrone’s (not a surprise that Marrone left when Nassib was not going to be taking balls from underneath center anymore).

    Ryan Nassib is Syracuse’s all time leader in passing attempts, completions, and passing yardage. Second highest in completion percentage at 61 percent, yards per game and touchdown passes. Over that span he led the Orange to a solid 25-25 record, two bowl victories and tied for first place in the Big East in his senior year (the last year Syracuse was in the Big East).

    In the 2013 Draft, Ryan was selected in the fourth round (110th overall) by the New York Football Giants who traded up to get him. He was the fifth quarterback selected behind: EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon and Matt Barkley. The irony of Geno Smith being selected thirty ninth overall after soundly being beaten twice by Ryan Nassib’s squad does not go unrecognized by this journalist, but that is something we can ‘jaw’ about later.

    In his playing career with the Giants he appeared in five regular season games completing nine out of ten passes with a touchdown, not too large of a sample size but a backup quarterback has to be ready to step in at any time and playing behind Eli Manning who has made 200 consecutive regular season starts makes it difficult to get any playing time other than mop up duty.
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    Clemson vs. Alabama: Who has the edge? (usatoday.com; Myerberg)

    Breaking down the College Football Playoffchampionship game between Alabama and Clemson (Monday, ESPN, 8 p.m. ET):

    PASSING
    Clemson has the nation’s best quarterback and perhaps the best player overall in junior Deshaun Watson, who torched the Alabama defense in last season’s 45-40 title game loss. If you’re looking for one reason why Clemson might hold the edge, look no further: Watson alone is cause for confidence. Alabama has landed very solid play from true freshman Jalen Hurts, but his performance in the Peach Bowl win against Washington showed how a well-balanced defense can limit his effectiveness throwing the football.

    Edge: Clemson

    RUSHING
    Alabama rolls out one five-star running back after another in waves, with the latest to make his mark — Bo Scarbrough — tearing through the Huskies with a game-high 180 rushing yards. Clemson has a good one in junior Wayne Gallman, who has back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 yards, but there might be no team in the country with more depth and talent than the Crimson Tide. If all else fails in the passing game, the Tide can try to bully and batter the Tigers with Scarbrough, Damien Harrisand Josh Jacobs.

    Edge: Alabama

    DEFENSE
    In what seems strangely familiar, Alabama has once again put together a defense that compares favorably to some of the top units in recent history. They are strong up front, led by All-America end Jonathan Allen; loaded in the middle, highlighted by All-America linebacker Reuben Foster; and opportunistic in the secondary, as seen in the team’s 11 defensive touchdowns on the season. But Clemson is no slouch, as seen most clearly in the NFL-type talent overloading the defensive line. Alabama might have the better defense, but the Tigers have a defense more than capable of leading the team to victory on Monday night.

    Edge: Even
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    Foreigner, Cheap Trick to perform in Syracuse, possibly at Lakeview Amphitheater (PS; Tulloch)

    Foreigner will kick off its 2017 summer tour in Syracuse, Billboard.com reports.

    The show will take place on Tuesday, July 11. Foreigner will tour with Cheap Trick and former drummer Jason Bonham (2004-2008).

    Neither Live Nation nor the Lakeview Amphitheater listed the concert on their schedules or websites, but the timing would fall squarely during the Amp's summer season.

    On Sunday, Billboard mistakenly reported the British-American hard rock band would perform in Syracuse on June 11, but Foreigner's tour website lists the band playing in Marbella, Spain on June 11. The article was corrected with a new date late Sunday evening.

    Foreigner was formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones, American singer Lou Gramm and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald.

    "I could never have dreamed this would happen or that we would still have some kind of relevance 40 years later. It's unbelievable, really," Jones told Billboard.
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    That article on Pro Football HOF members for some reason leaves out Marvin Harrison We have 8.
     
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    Cool snippet about Balloon Ascession Day. Reminds me of the book The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Fantastic, short (comparative of other McCullough books) book about The Wright Brothers, their struggles, their successes and how the public, including the US government, reacted to their "planes".
     
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