Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Festival of Popular Delusions Day!
June 5th is Festival Of Popular Delusions Day.
The festival began in Germany on June 5th, 1945 which is one year after D-Day and one day before the one year anniversary. It marks the last day the Nazi’s were able to delude themselves that they would rule the Earth for a thousand years.
Festival Of Popular Delusions Day is now a day for ourselves to perform a reality check not only on our selves as individuals, but take a look at the popular ideas of the day.
To commemorate this day, and in the spirit of our “wacky” holiday card tradition, Cynthia and I sent out a card to our friends and also offer a copy here since we can’t afford stamps for everyone.
Syracuse Football: It’s finally time for Marvin Harrison to get into HOF (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
Former Syracuse football star Marvin Harrison is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame. But why the heck did it take so long?
The Syracuse football squad has had a very rich history with eight Pro Football Hall of Famers and has had countless College Hall of Famers.
While one of the best receivers in the history of the game is easily Marvin Harrison. He was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, class of 2016.
But for one reason or another he isn’t in the College Football Hall of Fame? Why is that?
I wanted to make sure to double check the criteria to see how long Harrison has been eligible and investigate this topic in more detail, (via the CFB Hall of Fame Website):
- A player becomes eligible for consideration 10 years after his last year of college football played, which for Harrison was 1996, so he was first eligible in 2006.
- A player must have received first team All-America recognition, which Harrison did back in 1995 at Syracuse.
- Also according to the site, you have a 50 year window of eligibility, which means if you don’t get into the hall in 50 years, you’ll never get in.
- Another somewhat obvious point, but still a point nonetheless is the athlete must have wrapped up his professional career before he can be elected to the hall of fame. Which for Harrison was 2008. He wrapped up a 13-year career all with the Indianapolis Colts.
ACC FOOTBALL: Top Prospects for 2019 NFL Draft - INSCMagazine (theinscribemag.com)
The ACC has consistently been one of the higher producers of talent into the NFL. This especially has been true since the conference added Florida State in the early nineties. Today we are going to look at who are the top prospects for each of their fourteen member schools available for the 2019 NFL Draft.
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
TOMMY SWEENEY, SR, TE
When watching BC a year ago, Tommy Sweeney really caught my eye. He is a big target at 6’4” 255. He has nice hands, is a good route runner, and has a solid run-after-catch ability. Sweeney isn’t really a household name yet but I think that will change in 2018.
DEXTER LAWRENCE, JR. DL
If you had picked any name on the Clemson defensive line for this spot I would not argue with you. Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, and Christian Wilkins are all potential round one selections. For me, Dexter Lawrence gets the nod. He is 6’3” 340 pounds, plays the nose tackle position, and moves like an edge rusher. Lawrence has movement skills that are rare for a man his size.
QADREE OLLISON, SR, RB
After his true freshman season, you would have thought Qadree Ollison was going to be a huge star. That has not been the case. Ollison has not captured the magic he had that season. He needs to showcase some of the skill he had in 2015 or he likely won’t be drafted. As of today, he is the only Panther prospect on my radar.
ERIC DUNGEY, SR, QB
Eric Dungey keeps being poised for a breakout and then he gets hurt. Dungey has nice size (6’3” 207) and enough arm strength. His accuracy has been good enough and his production has been great. The Dino Babers’ offense will keep his numbers up. Dungey just has to prove he can play a whole season. He has yet to accomplish this.
Georgia Tech Football: 2018 Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction (athlonsports.com)
The Yellow Jackets rank No. 42 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2018.
Georgia Tech is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign that resulted in head coach Paul Johnson making a change at defensive coordinator. The Yellow Jackets' bread and butter is their option-oriented offense, which should be productive on the ground once again. The question is if the quarterback can consistently make plays through the air. The offense will need to carry the load as the defense will adjust to a new system. Besides asking some players to line up in new spots, the secondary will be a work in progress with three new starters. With more than enough firepower on offense returning, Georgia Tech should be able to get back to a bowl game. If the passing game evolves and the defense adjusts to new scheme, the Yellow Jackets could once again be a threat in the ACC Coastal Division.
NC State Football: An in-state recruiting emphasis in 2019 - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)
With the 2018 season opener less than three months away for NC State football, the Pack has its sights on 2019. Well, at least for the past weekend, that’s the case.
On Friday, NC State landed 3-star linebacker Drake Thomas, who had offers from Alabama, Michigan and Clemson. Thomas is an in-state product, too.
Over the next 48 hours, though, NC State stayed busy. Later that day, 6-foot slot receiver Keyon Lesane committed to NC State. Lesane — a 3-star prospect who hails from Matthews, North Carolina — plays prep ball for Butler High school, one of the top programs in the state. His commitment to NC State came a day after an unofficial visit to Raleigh.
Next up: Zovon Lindsay, a 3-star defensive tackle from Fayetteville. A 6-foot-4, 266-pound prospect, Lindsay had offers from a handful of nearby schools, too: East Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wake Forest.
This brings NC State football’s 2019 class up to eight players; of that group, seven hail from within the state of North Carolina. Sports ranks all seven of those players as top-60 prospects in North Carolina. Thomas tops that list: the No. 22 player in the state.
It’s early, but those seven in-state commits cover some serious ground for NC State football. If you look at it by area codes, three different numbers are checked: 704, 919 and 910.
- 704: Jaylon Scott (Shelby), Jalen Frazier (Cornelius), Keyon Lesane (Matthews)
- 919: Drake Thomas (Wake Forest), Timothy McKay (Raleigh)
- 910: Zovon Lindsay (Fayetteville), Chris Toudle (Wilmington)
ACC Football Rx: Lost Rivalries making a comeback (accfootballrx.com; HM)
From FBSchedules: 10 long lost rivalries on future college football schedules
Conference realignment came at the cost of a bunch of college football rivalry games... but they are slowly making a comeback. Here are some ACC-related OOC rivalry games on future schedules:
First played: 1919
Last played: 2013
Scheduled for: 2023/2024
Maryland and Virginia’s 78-game rivalry ended in 2013 when the Terrapins bolted for the Big Ten. The two schools, located just 130 miles apart, shared membership in the ACC for 59 years. Maryland leads 44-32-2 all-time and won the last two meetings. The two met consecutively from 1957-2013.
First played: 1938
Last played: 2013
Scheduled for: 2019
Trophy: Seminole War Canoe
Florida and Miami met annually from 1944-1987. Beginning in 1988, the SEC changed its scheduling format from six league games to seven, thereby reducing non-conference games from five to four. The Gators opted to keep their yearly game with Florida State, but dropped the Hurricanes. The Seminole War Canoe was awarded to the winner of the game from 1955 until approximately 1975. It was a whopper, carved out of a 200-year old cypress tree that was struck by lightning. The Canoe resurfaced in 1989 when it landed in Miami’s Sports Hall of Fame. That’s where it’s been ever since. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 29-26 and have won seven of the last eight.
Cincinnati–Pittsburgh “The River City Rivalry”
First played: 1921
Last played: 2012
Scheduled for: 2023/24
Trophy: Paddlewheel Trophy
Cincinnati joined Pitt in the Big East in 2005, leaving Conference USA after nine years. The River City Rivalry was short lived, lasting eight seasons before the Panthers moved to the ACC and the Bearcats transitioned into the American. The rivalry and trophy were both named because of the two cities shared location on the Ohio River. The Paddlewheel itself is a whopper, almost four feet tall and weighing in at 95 pounds. It features a working engine room “telegraph,” a device used to communicate from the bridge of a ship to the engine room. Pitt leads the all-time series 8-4, but Cincinnati has won four of the last five including the last two meetings.
Rainbow over Syracuse: Nature delivers (PS; Moriarty)
If you were lucky enough to be in downtown Syracuse Monday evening and you looked up, you were in for quite a treat.
A beautiful rainbow framed the sky better than any painting ever could.
I shot the first photo above from the steps of the Civil War monument in Clinton Square, looking east. The rainbow formed a perfect bubble over the square's three historic buildings - from left, the Syracuse Savings Bank Building, the Gridley Building and the Onondaga Savings Bank Building.
The second photo provides a closer view of the rainbow over the same buildings.
In case you're wondering, rainbows are caused by raindrops in the air that act as tiny prisms. According to howstuffworks.com, light entering the raindrops reflects off the sides of the drops and, in the process, is broken into a spectrum of colors. They always appear in the part of the sky directly opposite the sun.