Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Crowded Nest Syndrome Awareness Day!
What’s Crowded Nest Syndrome? It’s when your home, your nest if you will, includes more than just yourself and/or your spouse. A crowded nest can involve returning adult children, taking care of aging parents, raising grandchildren, or any other relatives or friends that move in.
You Know You’re Living in a Crowded Nest When…
—Your other car is a U-Haul.
—You have to take a number to use the bathroom.
—There’s a waiting list for the washing machine.
—The fire department pulls your occupancy permit.
—You go to use your car on Monday morning and the gas tank is empty.
—You buy $250 worth of groceries and it disappears in less than 24 hours.
June 12 is CNS Awareness Day. If you don’t live in a crowded nest, be grateful. If you know someone who does, take them out to dinner, give them two tickets to a movie, anything to get them out of the house for some peace and quiet.
Syracuse Football: Chandler Jones makes NFL Top 100 again (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
Former Syracuse football star Chandler Jones was recognized as one of the top players in the NFL. Here’s an updated look at the latest NFL Top 100 ranking.
The pride and joy of the Syracuse football program in the NFL continues to be Chandler Jones. On the latest episode of the NFL Top 100 series, Chandler Jones was recognized as the 28th best player in the entire league.
If you don’t know, the NFL Top 100 series is an annual ranking of the top 100 players in the NFL, voted by the current NFL players.
These rankings are based on the past season’s accomplishments, which for Jones was a career-year. Like a fine wine, Jones has gotten better with age. Last season Jones had a career-high 17 sacks, which led the National Football League.
Although this isn’t the first time that Jones has been recognized for his outstanding play. He’s been nominated to the NFL Top 100 list each of the last three seasons:
- 2017: 28th best player, 17 sacks
- 2016: 85th best player, 11 sacks
- 2015: 48th best player, 12.5 sacks
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 12, 2018Chandler rose a whopping 57 spots in the NFL Top 100 this season. Jones is a lanky edge rusher with so many different weapons in his toolbox. Whether he has a bull rush, speed off the edge, or a combination of the two.
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EPISODE 99 OF 2018 - Dan Tortora welcomes Juwan Dowels (WMU) & Rodney Williams (Temple) to speak on their decisions to leave Syracuse, offers “Ingredients to Success” to follow
EPISODE 100 OF 2018 - Dan Tortora is joined by 2019 Syracuse Offeree Darius Robinson, \ (podbean.com; radio; Tortora)
EPISODE 100 OF 2018 - Dan Tortora is joined by 2019 Syracuse Offeree Darius Robinson, “Coach Q” of ‘Cuse WBB, & Syracuse/Philly Eagles’ alum Rob Drummond
ACC Football Rx: Realignment: it all began in 1990... (accfootballrx.com; HM)
Realignment: it all began in 1990...
People who think conference realignment began when Pitt and Syracuse agreed to join the ACC are seriously mistaken. Did it begin with Miami and VT? No. Think even further back...
From SI: KICKING OFF TO CHAOS
Subtitled "A mad scramble is on as college football forges bold new alignments to usher in the uncertain era of the superconference" by Austin Murphy, this article was posted on July 9th, 1990!
The article postulated this scenario for 1998... he was off by a couple of decades, but...
It is New Year's Day... the Sugar Bowl is about to kick off with Miami... going up against Notre Dame, the country's sole remaining independent, for the right to face Rose Bowl winner... [in the] national championship game.
Plausible for sure. In fact, the author of that 1990 article foresaw "drastic" changes coming...
...College football as we have known it is about to change drastically. In a dominolike sequence of changes that is part power grab, part defense mechanism and at least part greed, a number of sprawling superconferences are expected to be created... Most, if not all, of the superconferences will get rich. Some traditional conferences will merge [Big 8 + SWC], shrink [Big XII] or eventually become defunct [WAC, Big East]... And the inevitable arrival of a national-championship playoff game will be hastened....
What Would a Four Super-Conference College Football Structure Look Like? (houstonpress.com; Pendergast)
On the surface, with a total of 64 teams in the current Power Five conferences, the math of realigning those schools into a Power FOUR conference structure would appear easy. Make no mistake, though; the math is the only thing that’s easy.
Political dealings, long-standing relationships, academics and television contract math (which is a much more complicated algorithm than “64 divided by four”) are all huge factors that, quite honestly, prevent this dream scenario of some from becoming a reality.
- A Seismic Shift: What is the Future of the Big 12?
But let’s have some pretend fun for a minute. Can we find the puzzle pieces to make four super-conferences relatively happy, understanding full well that it will leave massive scorched earth at a number of schools that are left behind?
Let’s go step by step:
1. With only a fraction of the tradition and realignment savvy of the other four power conferences, Big 12 will, without a doubt, be the Power Five conference that gets dismantled in this fallout.
2. The SEC, as the most powerful and lucrative college football property in the land, will have first crack at schools in any conference. Because its TV revenue pie only gets bigger on a per school basis if it expands into more states, the SEC invites ACC schools North Carolina and Virginia. They accept. The SEC moves Missouri to the SEC West, and plunks UNC and UVA in the SEC East. The SEC is at 16 schools.
Blue Raiders set home-and-home with ACC powerhouse | Nashville Post (nashvillepost.com; Boclair)
Blue Raiders set home-and-home with ACC power
Virginia Tech will play in Murfreesboro in 2019, host MTSU in 2020
Wrigley Field could be among 3 new bowls for 2020 (sbnation.com; Kirk)
Bad news for folks who like to complain about there being too many football games available on TV in mid-December: there will probably be more soon.
The NCAA placed a cap on new bowl games until 2020, but here’s a peek at the new games we’ll have that year, according to Brett McMurphy:
Based on recommendations by the NCAA’s Competition Committee, there are expected to be three new bowl games added for the 2020 season, sources said.
In 2020, a record 43 bowls (including the College Football Playoff title game) would be held, meaning a record 65 percent of the 130 FBS schools (84 teams) will play in a bowl game.
The Competition Committee’s recommendations, expected to be approved Tuesday by the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee, has also designated the max...
McMurphy reports a Chicago game at Wrigley Field between the ACC and Big Ten is expected, an idea we’ve been excited about for a long time. It’d also end the B1G’s tie with the Foster Farms Bowl, per the report, finally giving the conference a less far-flung bowl destination and another bowl in the actual Midwest. (And yeah, they’ve played some REALLY weird games at Wrigley before, so let’s get that end zones thing figured out.)
A mid-major game in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is also likely, McMurphy reports.
Syracuse city council to host public meeting on I-81 options (PS; Baker)
The Syracuse Common Council will meet Tuesday to hear presentations on different options for replacing Interstate 81.
The council's transportation committee will hear from members of Mayor Ben Walsh's administration as well as representatives for Save81, a group pushing to retain I-81's route through downtown Syracuse.
The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Common Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 233 E. Washington St. It is open to the public.
Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens and Director of City Initiatives Greg Loh will present on behalf of the city.
New York state officials have spent years studying and considering options to replace the elevated portion of I-81 that bisects downtown Syracuse. There have been many designs, but two primary camps have emerged in the debate: Those who want through traffic to continue moving through downtown, and those who don't.