Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
ACC Football Rx: Links, news and rumors - 2/13/19 (RX; HM)
Matt Sarzniak has his Week One TV guesses posted; here are the ACC games...
7:30pm ACCN: Georgia Tech at Clemson (network confirmed)
7pm ACCN: Utah St. at Wake Forest
12pm ESPNU: Virginia at Pittsburgh
12:30pm ACCN: Boise St. vs. Florida St.
3:30pm ABC: Duke vs. Alabama
3:30pm CBS: North Carolina vs. South Carolina
4pm ACCN: East Carolina at NC State
7pm ESPN: Miami (FL) vs. Florida
7:30pm ACCN: Virginia Tech at Boston College
8pm ESPN: Notre Dame at Louisville
Keep in mind: these are Matt's guesses - the final TV schedule may be different.
Here's my prediction: you're going to be watching the ACC Network in Week One!
Syracuse Single Game and Group Pricing, 2019 football season
Clemson: $40 to $130
Pitt, BC, WF: $25 to $75
Holy Cross, W. Michigan: $15 to $75
Most valuable home game for the Orange? The other team clad in orange...
(PDF) - Syracuse University Athletics
ACC Football Rx: 7th Anniversary of ACCFootballRx! (RX; HM)
ACCFootballRx was established on 14th February 2012 when the first article, Prescription for ACC Football, was posted.
At that time ACC per team revenue was projected to be $14.1 million (it ended up being $16.9 million instead).
OOC record, 2007-11
versus W-L win%
Big Ten 8-14 36.4%
Big XII 10-12 45.5%
Pac-12 2-15 11.8%
SEC 20-27 42.6%
P5s 40-68 37.0%
Fast forward 7 years. Last year the average ACC revenue was $26.6 million per team - up $12.5 million (nearly double!) from when this blog was launched.
Non-conference P5 wins are also up substantially. Here's the aggregate record over the last 5 years.
OOC record, 2014-18
versus W-L win%
Big Ten 13-15 46.4%
Big XII 7-4 63.6%
Pac-12 2-8 20.0%
SEC 24-20 54.5%
P5s 46-47 49.5%
Win% is up against each of the other P5 conferences.
Just as significant: on Feb. 14, 2012 it had been 11 years since a team presently in the ACC had won a national championship in football, and 13 years since a team had done it while a member. Meanwhile, the SEC had rattled off 7 championships in a row - doom and gloom!
Compare that to where we are now, in 2019: ACC teams have won 3 of the last 6 and 2 of the last 3 national titles (while the SEC - represented by a single team - has won only 2 of 6). Definitely, a much different picture.
What about the money situation? True, it's still not as good as the competition - although I've shown time and time again that those other conferences continue to over-inflate their own numbers, trying to make the financial gap appear to be bigger than it really is. Nonetheless, there IS a pretty big gap as of this writing...
ACC Football Rx: OT: SECN, PTN issues - 2/13/19 (RX; HM)
From SaturdayDownSouth: SEC Network losing key sponsor halfway into four-year deal
One of the key sponsors of the SEC Network is pulling out halfway into a four-year deal after ESPN ran a story detailing the inner workings of the Cleveland Browns and the ineptitude of the franchise under owner Jimmy Haslam...
...who also happens to be the CEO of Pilot Flying J. Pilot, a key sponsor of the SEC Network.
Following the publishing of the lengthy article on the Browns, Pilot has made the decision to pull out of the sponsorship deal with ESPN.
According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth “low-to-mid seven figures annually” to ESPN/SEC Network. Pilot also pays Paul Finebaum and Laura Rutledge to endorse its products and sponsors the SEC Network’s pregame show, “SEC Nation.”
Happy Valentine's Day: 5 Reasons Why You're Going To Love The 2019 College Football Season (CFN; Fiutak)
The Valentine’s Day edition of the Daily Five: Why You’re Going To Love The 2019 College Football Season
1. The Quarterbacks Are AWESOME
Oh really. You thought the quarterbacks were a thing a few years ago when Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Mason Rudolph, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen were getting all the attention? Thanks to the transfer portal and the grad transfer world, now we really get to see something special.
Let’s just say it. If this doesn’t become the greatest college football season ever for quarterbacks across the national landscape, be very, vey, very disappointed.
You really want to challenge this?
Three words: Tank For Tua.
That’s going to be one of the mottos in the 100th year of NFL football, as bad teams race for the bottom for the chance to draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
And why is this the Tank For Tua year? It’s because Tank For Trevor isn’t possible – Clemson’s national championship-winning quarterback Trevor Lawrence isn’t eligible yet for the NFL.
And if that’s not the theme before the 2021 NFL Draft, it might be Flop For Fields, if new Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is the real deal.
Mayor Walsh’s $200M ‘fuel’ for Syracuse Surge intended for other things (PS; Baker)
While introducing the Syracuse Surge in his State of the City address last month, Mayor Ben Walsh led with an ear-catching figure: $200 million that would fuel the economy of the future.
“The Surge will be fueled by more than $200 million in public and private funding committed already," he said.
He went on to describe the Surge as one of the biggest economic plans in city history – one that will leave Syracuse in a position to capitalize on a new digital economy and make the city a world leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Syracuse.com asked City Hall for an explanation of that $200 million figure: What’s fueling the Syracuse Surge?
The $200 million investment cited isn’t a stream of new money for the projects described in Walsh’s outline of the Surge, like a renovated Central High School building or an expansion of the Educational Opportunity Center.
Rather, the sum includes a series of planned real estate development and hotel projects announced in recent years, like adding new rooms and a steakhouse to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, a mixed-use building near Café Kubal, the opening of a new veterans center at Syracuse University, a new public market on a problem corner and continued upgrades to the former Sibley’s building.