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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Kool-Aid Day!
Enjoy a refreshing glass of Kool-Aid today! National Kool-Aid Day coincides with the first day of Kool-Aid Days each year, which is always celebrated on the second weekend of August in Hastings, Nebraska, the city where Kool-Aid was created. Hastings' Kool-Aid Days began in 1998, the same year that Kool-Aid was named Nebraska's official state drink.
Edward Perkins lived in Hastings and spent his time experimenting with making products in his mother's kitchen and selling them by mail-order. He created the Perkins Products Company in 1920, and shortly thereafter created Fruit Smack, a liquid concentrate used to make a flavored drink by mixing it with sugar and water. The four-ounce bottles were expensive to ship and sometimes broke in transit. To reduce costs, Perkins made a powdered form in 1927, being inspired by Jello-O. It was sold in packets and was available in six flavors: cherry, grape, lemon-lime, orange, raspberry, and strawberry. The name was first changed to "Kool Ade," production was moved to Chicago in 1931, and Perkins trademarked the name Kool-Aid in 1934.
Official 'Orange Out' T-Shirt Design Contest Now Open - Syracuse University Athletics (cuse.com)
It's time to get creative Orange fans!
For the third straight season, Syracuse University Athletics is holding a contest to design the official "Orange Out" T-shirt for the Oct. 20 Homecoming football game against North Carolina.
Fans are invited to submit designs for consideration. Syracuse Athletics will provide a professional graphic designer to fine-tune submissions, so contest entries should be based on a concept, rather than a finished product. The deadline for entries is Sept 1. Once the finalists are selected, members of the Syracuse Athletics staff will evaluate the designs and choose a winner.
The T-shirt featuring the winning design will be available for fans to wear to this year's game against the Tar Heels. More details, including the entry form, official contest template, and contest rules are available at Cuse.com/OrangeOut.
Designs should emphasize the community's support for Syracuse football. They must be tailored for an orange-colored shirt and are limited to one or two colors. The work must be completely original and appropriate.
Bailey: Syracuse football has chance at six-win season, bowl game - The Juice Online (the juice; podcast; Bailey & Cheng)
Syracuse.com football beat writer Stephen Bailey calls in to talk about the 2018 Orange football season with host Wes Cheng. The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman then calls in to give his predictions on this season.
What’s More Fun Than Friday?? Section Leader Spotlights!! (sumblog.org)
Happy Fri-yay everyone! The SUMB has a couple more Section Leader Spotlights coming your way!
One of our Tuba Section Leaders is Matt Quezada! Matt is from Elgin, IL and is also one of the Music Directors for The Sour Sitrus Society this year! Matt spent this summer as a Head Lifeguard at his local pool. Additionally, he had the opportunity to travel with the Hendrick Chapel Choir to Mexico in May. Other than that, he’s just chilling and waiting for band camp! Some advice Matt has for Rookies is to always bring a pencil and your music to rehearsal and to always try new things!
Twitter Mailbag: ACC games to watch, sending a message and more :: WRALSportsFan.com (wralsportsfan.com; Brownlow)
What 2-3 conference games are you looking forward to the most this year?
I always like to start out with a "real" question! I don't know if I can pick just 2-3, but let's get the obvious ones out of the way like Virginia Tech at Florida State to open the year or Florida State at Miami on October 6 and Clemson at Florida State on October 27. Wow, Lauren. Very original. Even Miami at Virginia Tech on Nov. 17, which certainly could be a big game with plenty of Coastal Division implications, feels obvious. So here are four SOMEWHAT off-the-radar choices:
-Virginia Tech at Duke (Sept. 29). I feel like this game is going to tell us a lot about both teams. Duke will have finished its non-conference slate the week before, and it's likely we'll still be learning about the Hokies and their thin secondary at that point in the season, too. Which team is for real?
-Georgia Tech at Louisville (Oct. 5). Friday night football! Paul Johnson's nemesis, Brian VanGorder, on the opposite sideline as defensive coordinator! Paul Johnson being given the opportunity to make snarky comments about Bobby Petrino! The possibilities are endless.
-NC State at Clemson (Oct. 20). Okay, this is kind of obvious too, I guess. But I don't think a lot of national folks would gravitate towards this one. NC State has played Clemson as well as anyone during Clemson's stretch of dominance, even in Death Valley. Can the Wolfpack give Clemson more than a scare this time?
-Miami at Boston College (Oct. 26). Another Friday night classic. This feels like the kind of game that would bore Miami, and BC can be a tough place to play. It's not a trap game, per se, but it's one that has #goacc written all over it....
Louisville Football 2018 Preview (scacchoops.com; video; WebMaster)
The Louisville Cardinals are ushering in a new era as quarterback Jawon Pass is now the man under center, stepping in for 2-time ACC Player of the Year Lamar Jackson. Pass will take command of the ACC's best offense from last season with plenty of weapons at his disposal led by wide receiver Jaylen Smith. The defense will be looking to improve and is loaded with talent. ACC Digital Network host Wes Bryant sat down with Smith head coach Bobby Petrino as Louisville prepares for the 2018 season.
North Carolina defensive tackle Aaron Crawford: ‘We left a lot of games on the table last year’ (thestate,com; video; Willett)
North Carolina defensive tackle Aaron Crawford (92) comments on playing without suspended players, his motivation and his goals for the 2018 season.
Syracuse Football: Freshman quarterback getting first-team reps (itlh.com; Patrick)
Syracuse freshman quarterback Tommy DeVito has reportedly worked a bit with the first-team offense during the team’s preseason camp.
A little over a week ago, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers stated that the school’s football team would have a quarterback competition during their 2018 preseason camp.
Babers certainly was not lying as redshirt freshman signal caller Tommy DeVito has reportedly been given some time to work with the Orange’s first-team offense during this year’s camp. Despite DeVito’s recent opportunity, senior quarterback Eric Dungey has still taken most of the first-team reps on offense according to Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey.
While Dungey may have the experience (26 appearances in the last three seasons), his passing numbers are not going to blow anyone out of the water. In 2017, Syracuse’s senior quarterback completed just 59.7 percent of his passes for 2,495 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
To make up for his passing deficiencies, Dungey does pretty well at running the ball. Last season he ran 143 times for 595 yards and nine touchdowns.
How long the senior stays on the field in 2018 will come down to what Babers wants from his quarterback.
Clemson DC Brent Venables talks early observations from practice (heraldonline.com; video; Connolly)
Clemson football defensive coordinator Brent Venables discusses what he has seen from his unit so far.
Zaire Franklin expected to start for Indianapolis Colts on Thursday (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
Former Syracuse football linebacker Zaire Franklin is expected to start at the Mike spot on Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts in the preseason opener.
I truly believe that good things happen to good people. That was confirmed when it was revealed on social media that former Syracuse football linebacker Zaire Franklin ‘is expected’ to get the start on Thursday at the Mike linebacker position in tonight’s preseason opener between the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks.
That shouldn’t be overly surprising based off the wonderful things we’ve been hearing from Colts Camp. Including the fact that he’s been running around with the first team defense throughout the last several weeks of training camp.
From what I’m hearing that’s based off his instincts, leadership qualities, and his outstanding play. An underlying factor is a groin injury that was suffered by Colts’ starting linebacker Anthony Walker which should sideline him for a few weeks (per head coach Frank Reich).
Which means Zaire has to take advantage of the time he has leading the pack because that’s going to be meaningful when the Colts brass is evaluating his stock.
The University of Louisville is spending $8 million on its new broadcast center as the school, like all 15 conference members, gears up for the launch of the ACC Network next August.
Lights. Camera. ACCtion! (sportsbusinessdaily.com; Smith)
The ACC has pinned its financial future on revenue it expects to generate from a conference-branded linear network. But before it realizes any income from the ACC Network, which will launch a year from now, its schools will spend a whopping $110 million to $120 million of their own money so they are prepared to produce live events and other programming.
That’s four times what SEC schools spent to get ready for that conference’s network launch in 2014.
The ramp-up to the ACC Network will be an expensive one, to say the least, with ACC schools budgeting $6 million to $10 million each to buy equipment, build infrastructure and hire staff that will man high-end production studios and cutting-edge control rooms — the bones of a network that will be owned and operated by ESPN.
Schools in the SEC, by comparison, spent around $30 million cumulatively, ranging from $700,000 at Florida to $7 million at Arkansas prior to the SEC Network’s launch. The SEC Network is structured the same as the ACC’s — ESPN owns it and profits are split with the conference.
The financial commitment by the ACC’s schools reflects the enthusiasm emanating from the conference and ESPN to create a first-rate cable network at a time when virtually no one else is launching a linear channel.
ACC Football Rx: ACCN Prep Work Costing More than Expected (accfootballrx.com; HM)
From Awful Announcing: ACC schools are now spending $110-120 million overall to prepare for ACC Network launch, four times what SEC schools spent by Andrew Bucholtz on 08/08/2018
ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conferenceare still gearing up to launch the ACC Network as a linear channel next year (it already exists as a digital brand), but that’s going to be expensive. At Sports Business Journal, Michael Smith dove into the ACC schools’ preparations for the network launch, which are now expected to cost $6 to $10 million per school (up from the $5 to $7 million reported last summer) and $110 to $120 million overall, four times what SEC schools spent ahead of the 2014 SEC Network launch...
The key phrase here may be "ahead of [i.e. before] the 2014 SEC Network launch" as you'll see below. First, let's answer:
...why are things so expensive for the ACC?
1) higher requirements at launch.
Schools are expected to be capable of producing multiple linear-quality broadcasts at once, in addition to digital broadcasts and videoboard content. Each school will have four to five control rooms... at least two with linear capabilities...
2) workforce needed.
Virginia Tech has already hired operations manager Eric Frey and chief engineer Sam Jones from Arkansas given their experience with the SEC Network... schools are all putting together staffs of students who can handle production duties, with some of those staffs including up to 60 people.
3) facilities / renovations
Some schools already had more advanced production facilities and some are choosing to invest more than others, but it’s a hefty cost; Smith notes that Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame... and Virginia Tech are all expected to spend around $10 million...
Report: Former 4-star Tennessee signee Brant Lawless ends up with ACC squad instead (saturdaydownsouth.com; Spencer)
The Tennessee Volunteers recently lost 4-star 2018 DT signee Brant Lawless after he requested a release from his Letter of Intent.
Now, it appears Lawless has found a new school to play for this fall, according to a report from 247Sports.
Per the report, Lawless is now enrolled at North Carolina, where he’ll play along the Tar Heels’ defensive line starting this season.
According to the 247Sports composite, Lawless was the No. 22 defensive tackle in the class of 2018 and the No. 7 overall recruit from the state of Tennessee.
Lawless was a commit under former coach Butch Jones, so it’s no huge surprise that he wanted a change after Jeremy Pruitt was hired as head coach.
Now, Tennessee fans will have to watch him at UNC, while Pruitt works on rebuilding the Vols’ defensive line with players who are currently in Knoxville.
'There are literally lives at stake': St. Joe's Health calls for grid to replace I-81 (PS; Lohmann)
The trustees of the company that operates St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center have endorsed building a street-level "community grid" to replace Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse.
St. Joseph's Health's letter
State Department of Transportation officials are evaluating three options to replace the aging elevated highway: Rebuilding the raised viaduct; replacing it with a street grid and sending through traffic around on I-481; or tunneling underneath the city.
The trustees of St. Joseph's Heath, which operates the hospital they described as "a symbol of hope, healing and resilience" atop Syracuse's North Side, said the grid is the ideal solution for several reasons, including:
- It is, in the board's view, the most effective way to distribute commuters and visitors around the city;
- It protects historic and tax-generating properties
- It potentially frees up land for development and
- It would be the best solution for emergency vehicles.
"Contrary to a belief held by some proponents of a new viaduct or tunnel,... (ambulances) do not typically utilize I-81 as there are few alternate off-ramps in the event of traffic accidents or back-ups. They purposely use the existing network of city streets to avoid unexpected delays that may compromise patient care."