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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Animal Crackers Day!

Animal-shaped cookies similar to animal crackers were being eaten in the United Kingdom in the 1800s. By the 1870s, animal crackers, which are a type of snack and not a brand, were being made in the United States. The Stauffer Biscuit Company started making them in 1871. The most popular brand, originally known as Barnum's Animals, began being made in 1902 by the National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco). They were named after P.T. Barnum and were sold in small packages that were designed to look like circus trains. The packages had a string at their top and were intended to be hung on Christmas trees. Now known as Barnum's Animals Crackers, they have been shaped into 37 types of animals throughout the years. In general, animal crackers are usually shaped into zoo or circus animals such as lions, tigers, bears, elephants, and monkeys.

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Syracuse Football Post Spring Projected 2019 Depth Chart (; McAllister)

Syracuse football enjoyed one of its best seasons in nearly 20 years with a 10-3 2018 campaign. It was a resurgence for the Orange under third year head coach Dino Babers, who has changed the culture within the program and instilled a winning attitude that is sustainable beyond just one season. Looking ahead to 2019, there is plenty about which to be optimistic.

Syracuse returns many of its skill position weapons on offense, many key contributors on defense, one of the best punters in the country and the Lou Groza Award winner at kicker. Expectations will be high headed into the season, especially with, on paper, the appearance of even more depth than was enjoyed in 2018. That despite losing players like Eric Dungey, Jamal Custis, Chris Slayton and several others.

With that in mind, let's take a look at what the depth chart could look like when Syracuse kicks off the 2019 season at Liberty with the conclusion of spring football.


Starter: Tommy DeVito
Backup: Clayton Welch

Entering spring football, Tommy DeVito was the clearcut starter as Eric Dungey's replacement. Nothing changed during the spring session he was strong throughout. He saw meaningful action last season, leading the Orange to victories over Florida State and North Carolina. DeVito has a big time arm with tremendous arm talent and has shown the ability to be extremely accurate down the field. That will benefit the Orange offense. With Chance Amie gone, Welch is the clear backup. Rex Culpepper is the third string guy. Both Welch and Culpepper had solid springs, and their battle for the backup spot is not over. If needed in an emergency, true freshman David Summers would be the guy after that.


Syracuse Football: SU adds former track star in 2020, film breakdown (; Carey)

The Syracuse football team has added a former track star in the 2020 class. Our recruiting analyst broke down his tale of the tape here.

Right as the Syracuse football spring game was beginning, the Orange added a running back who will eventually play in that same game. Sean Tucker, a track and football star from Towson, Maryland announced his intentions to commit to Syracuse.

Tucker is a tremendous speedster for the Calvert Hall Cardinals, a prep school in Baltimore. According to the Daily Orange’s Billy Haden, Tucker ran the second fastest 100-meter dash in Calvert Hall history. The high school junior lists his 40-yard dash on his HUDL profile, as a 4.3.


WMU football adds home-and-home series with Syracuse for 2020, 2023 (; Nothaft)

Western Michigan’s future nonconference football schedules are starting to take shape, and the matchups include some marquee home games within the friendly confines of Waldo Stadium.

The program officially announced Wednesday the addition of a home-and-home series with Syracuse for 2020 and 2023 and another with Pittsburgh for 2021 and 2022.

The Broncos will host Syracuse on Sept. 26, 2020, and they'll welcome Pitt to Waldo on Sept. 17, 2022.

WMU will play the road-end of those two agreements starting with Pitt on Sept. 18, 2021, before traveling to Syracuse on Sept. 9, 2023.

The Broncos also travel to Syracuse this season for the second game of another home-and-home series that saw the Orange come to Kalamazoo in 2018.

The two Atlantic Coast Conference teams will be the seventh and eight squads from a Power 5 or BCS conference to visit Waldo Stadium in the past 20 years.

"We always strive to provide our fans an opportunity to watch the Broncos take on Power 5 opponents in Kalamazoo," head coach Tim Lester said in a release. "These two series bring two of the most historic programs in the country into Waldo Stadium and we couldn't be more excited for the challenge."

ACC Football Rx: ACC NFL Draft Picks, 1994-2018 (RX; HM)

I see that OX_VT has updated his annual twitter post...


Heading into next weeks' #NFLDraft2019 - the #Hokies place 16th in the nation in total # of draft picks (93) since the adoption of the 7 round format in 1994 ...

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Here's a summary of the ACC teams in the top 30:

Rank School #picks avg rnd
2 FSU 145 3.43
4 Miami 133 3.55
10 Notre Dame 111 3.95
16 Va Tech 93 4.39
17 Clemson 90 3.91
18 UNC 87 3.79

ACC Football Rx: 2019 NFL Mock Draft - 4/17/19 (RX; HM)

Pick CBS Sports TheBigLead SBNation
1 Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2 Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3 Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
4 Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky Ed Oliver, DT, Houston Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
5 Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State Devin White, LB, LSU Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky Devin White, LB, LSU
6 Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
7 Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
8 Devin White, LB, LSU T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
9 Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama Ed Oliver, DT, Houston D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
10 Ed Oliver, DL, Houston Devin Bush, LB, Michigan Devin White, LB, LSU Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
11 Drew Lock, QB, Missouri Daniel Jones, QB, Duke T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
12 Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida Devin Bush, LB, Michigan T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
13 Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
14 Byron Murphy, CB, Washington Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
15 Greedy Williams, CB, LSU Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State Will Grier, QB, West Virginia Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
16 Andre Dillard, OT, Washington St Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
17 Daniel Jones, QB, Duke Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
18 Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State Greedy Williams, CB, LSU Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
19 T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama Dexter Lawrence, EDGE, Clemson Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
20 Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State Greedy Williams, CB, LSU Byron Murphy, CB, Washington Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

ESPN Reveals The Easiest Schedule In College Football (; McCarty)

The college football season still sits over four months away. Over the weekend, several big name programs participated in their respective spring games – which left college football fans searching for more.

Heading into the 2019 campaign, ESPN’s FPI took at look at the easiest schedules in the game. Before the 2018 season, Wisconsin emerged as the team with the easiest schedule.

Now, a team in the ACC holds the easiest schedule in college football.

The Virginia Tech Hokies face the easiest schedule among Power 5 programs, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

NCHSAA stands firm in opposition to Friday night college football games (; Stevens)

Wake Forest University announced on Tuesday that it has moved its football game at Rice University to a Friday night.

The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 7, will not be played on Sept. 6, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. – the same time high school football games across the state will be played.

According to a release from Wake Forest, the game is being moved to accommodate Conference USA’s television package.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has long opposed Friday night college football games because of its potential adverse effect on high school football, particularly when it comes to the money schools make at the gate.

“At the high school level, Friday night football games provide much of the revenue that underwrites other athletic opportunities for students, which in turn may help to provide them with an opportunity to perhaps reach the next level of competition,” NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said. “Futher, we believe that a healthy and vibrant high school football community in the state and country provides the foundation for the success of the college and professional games many across our nation enjoy each Saturday and Sunday.”

Miami football building offensive line versatility out of necessity (; Rubenstein)

Injuries, players who haven’t lived up to their talent evaluations and late arrivals not participating in spring practice have forced the Miami football team to move the offensive line.

Rising junior center Corey Gaynor’s injury that has him out for the remainder of the spring has had the biggest impact on the movement of the offensive linemen on the Miami football team this spring. Navaughn Donaldson has played right guard for most of his Miami career, was recruited as a tackle and has played center with Gaynor out.

New offensive line coach Butch Barry once saw all the centers for the Tampa Buccaneers hurt in the same game while he was an assistant there. Barry was hired by Diaz from the Buccaneers earlier this year to be the Miami football team’s new offensive line coach. Barry vowed he would never be caught short-handed again.



Syracuse University named a top party school again (PS; Herbert)

Seven colleges in Upstate New York are among the top 100 party schools in the U.S., according to a new list.

Niche, a Pittsburgh-based website that analyzes neighborhoods, school districts and colleges, has released its 2019 list of the top party schools in America. Syracuse University is the highest ranked party school in all of New York state at No. 19 overall, up from No. 27 on Niche’s list last year.

“Amazing school to go to. Crazy parties not just on campus but also off," one student wrote on Niche’s website.

Syracuse University has also been named one of the top party schools by the Princeton Review, including No. 4 last fall and in the top 10 seven years in a row. Playboy magazine also named Syracuse a top 10 party school in 2015 and online delivery service goPuff dubbed SU the “Booty Call Capital” of America.

SU in Hershey

Aug 27, 2011
"The Virginia Tech Hokies face the easiest schedule among Power 5 programs, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index."

Hey, we can't play against ourselves... that MUST be it!

No, but with yourselves...well, that’s an option. Doesn’t help your strength of schedule, but it won’t hurt it either!

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