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- Aug 15, 2011
April 29th is the date of Zipper Day because the design for the zipper was patented on the date in 1913. There were a few inventors who had a hand in creating the zipper in the decades that preceded this patent, and it took a number of years for the zipper to catch on, before and after the patent. The first to craft a fastener similar to a zipper was Elias Howe, Jr. Best known for being the first to patent the sewing machine, Howe received a patent for an "Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure" in 1851, but didn't pursue his zipper-like invention much beyond this.
In 1893, Whitcomb Judson of Chicago patented a similar item that he called a "clasp locker." Because he was the first to market such an item, he is often known as being the inventor of the zipper, even though the name "zipper" wasn't used for his fastener. The clasp locker debuted at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and the following year Judson and Colonel Lewis Walker started the Universal Fastener Company in order to manufacture it.
The 2018 recruiting cycle was a good one for Syracuse. One of its top signees was Trill Williams. Williams was one of the best players in New York in that cycle and one of the better defensive backs in the nation. He had a productive and impactful career at Syracuse and is now set to be selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Here is a look back at his recruitment.
Trill Williams tore his ACL during his junior season. That kept him out of the end of that year and likely scared off some suitors. The injury did not, however, scare off programs such as Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse.
TRILL COMMITS TO RUTGERS
At the end of November, Trill Williams committed to Rutgers citing his strong relationship with the coaching staff. The commitment seemed out of the blue to many, but with the torn ACL and uncertainty about other programs' interest as a result, the move made sense for Trill at the time. Still, that did not keep other schools from pursuing. Syracuse, Boston College and others stayed in contact.
Less than two months after giving Rutgers a verbal pledge, Williams elected to reopen his recruitment. Syracuse was one of the schools who continued to recruit Trill extremely hard, and the decommitment came just two days after he attended the Orange's junior day. Programs such as Michigan, Penn State, Boston College and others stopped by his school after he decommitted.
At the end of January and into February, Williams attended junior days at Penn State, Rutgers, UMass, UConn and Temple.
TRILL COMMITS TO SYRACUSE
Syracuse continued to recruit Trill hard and made him a big priority. Landing one of New York State's best would be a huge accomplishment for the Dino Babers' staff. In March, those efforts paid off as Williams verbally committed to the Orange.
Williams attended Syracuse's camp over the summer and even participated despite only being approximately eight months removed from the ACL injury. Williams was a standout at the camp and just looked like a different level athlete than the rest of the participants.
3 takeaways from Syracuse football's player media session - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
Syracuse football players addressed the media for the first time since the end of the 2020 season on Tuesday. Here are three takeaways from what they said.
Expect the offensive line to improve
Syracuse’s offensive line struggled all last season, as injuries and lack of depth hurt the Orange. Things were so bleak that SU had to use fullback Chris Elmore at the left tackle spot.
The Orange finished 113th overall in Pro Football Focus’s offensive line ratings, and was also dead last in the ACC.
Things appear to be better this season.
Syracuse bolstered its offensive line in the offseason, adding transfer tackles Willie Tyler (Texas) and Jakob Bradford (JUCO). Florida transfer Chris Bleich is also eligible to play after sitting out 2020 because of NCAA transfer rules (which has since been eliminated).
Combine that with sixth year player Airon Servais, and returning starters Matthew Bergeron, Dakota Davis and Carlos Bettorello, and Syracuse suddenly has depth at talent on the line.
The Orange also changed position coaches, with Mike Cavanaugh moving to Arizona State and Dino Babers hiring Mike Schmidt.
“We trust him,” Bergeron said. “And everyone is just following him.”
What went down during Syracuse coach Dino Babers' media session - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
With more than a month gone by in Syracuse football’s spring practices, head coach Dino Babers addressed the media for the first time since March 20. Here are some of the highlights of what he said.
Quarterback competition is fierce
For the first time since 2018, the Orange has true depth at quarterback.
That year, quarterbacks Eric Dungey and Tommy DeVito were legitimate ACC-level quarterbacks, and Babers said the competition in practice helped propel the Orange to a 10-3 season.
The 2021 team has even more depth and talent. DeVito returns from an injury-marred 2020 season, and the highlighted position battle has been between him and Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader.
But SU’s quarterback depth goes beyond just QB1 and QB2.
Syracuse has three other quarterbacks who have impressed Babers in practice.
True freshman Justin Lamson is Syracuse’s highest rated incoming quarterback since DeVito in 2017. He joins sophomores JaCobian Morgan and Dillon Markiewicz, who each appeared in their freshman seasons after DeVito’s injury.
“We’ve got the best (quarterback) room since I’ve been here,” Babers said. “From one through five, those guys have been something.”
Syracuse Football Coach Dino Babers excited ahead of NFL Draft (cnycentral.com; Tamurian)
Syracuse Football Head Coach Dino Babers met with the media on a video call Wednesday as the Orange wraps up its spring practice season.
Those practices have been held mostly behind closed doors for reasons Babers cites as COVID and societal reasons. Still, Wednesday's call came on the eve of the NFL Draft.
A draft mind you, that seems to have three surefire Orange draft picks and all players in the secondary with Ifeatu Melifonwu, Andre Cisco and Trill Williams.
Cisco and Melifonwu are likely to be selected between the 2nd and 4th rounds where Williams is likely to go a bit later.
Regardless of draft position, it's a heck of a recruiting pitch for Babers to make for future players that are pondering putting on a Syracuse jersey.
"You can come to Syracuse, get a wonderful degree. A degree that's going to be with you a lot longer than the National Football League unless your last name is Brady because he's the only guy that's going to outlast his degree. (You can) still play big time football, get a degree that matters and still get an opportunity to go to the NFL and the thing that's really cool about those guys is they're Northeast guys (Cisco, Melifonwu, Williams). They all originated and started up here" Babers said.
Babers: Syracuse QB battle ‘brings out the best in everyone’ (PS; $; Curtis)
Dino Babers gave a glimpse into how the competition in his quarterback room is shaping up as spring practice comes to a close.
Babers didn’t lean any particular way on tipping his hand at who will start the team’s Sept. 4 season opener at Ohio. It’s possible multiple players will play a significant role with the team.
“I think the competition will continue throughout the summer, and we’ll see what happens in the fall,” Babers said.
The Orange has six quarterbacks listed on the roster: Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader, who will presumably battle Tommy DeVito for the starting spot, along with four freshmen in JaCobian Morgan, Dillon Markiewicz, Justin Lamson and Luke McPhail.
Babers said during his press conference that he believes the competition is healthy and the current quarterback group is the best he’s had since he was hired in 2016.
Dino Babers addresses Syracuse QB competition with spring ball winding down (247sports.com; Bailey)
Syracuse football's quarterback competition commenced this spring under the cover of what will be 15 closed practices by the end of Thursday. Garrett Shrader, the dual-threat transfer from Mississippi State, received his first chance to impress head coach Dino Babers and offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert. Redshirt junior Tommy DeVito saw an opportunity to prove that he's healthy again and capable of exceling in Babers' hurry-up, veer-and-shoot system.
On Wednesday, Babers held a press conference for the first time since Day 1 of spring ball nearly a full month ago. He spoke highly of the competition in the quarterback room, calling it "healthy" and heaping praise on the entire unit -- including freshman early enrollee Justin Lamson as well as returning freshmen JaCobian Morgan and Dillon Markiewicz.
2021 Reputation Games (RX; HM)
2021 Reputation GamesEach conference establishes a collective reputation in the first few weeks of the season, which is then used to set the strength of schedule for in-conference games. That's what makes the early weeks of non-conference games so important - to set the value of winning ACC games.
Comments: For NC State, this is a game they are expected to win - don't blow it. The Canes don't have to win, but shouldn't be blown out early; however, it's also important that Miami not have a lot of injuries (see Week 3). Similar for Florida State - keep it close, win if you can. Clemson really needs to win since this game is in Charlotte (the rematch will be in Atlanta). It would be nice if Louisville wins.USF @ NC State, Thursday, 9/2/21
Miami vs. Alabama (@ Atlanta), Saturday, 9/4/21
Georgia vs. Clemson (@ Charlotte), Saturday, 9/4/21
Notre Dame @ Florida State, Sunday, 9/5/21
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (@ Atlanta), Monday, 9/6/21
Comments: Pitt needs to steal a win in Knoxville. The Vols are down, but it's a true road game, which will make it tough. NC State needs to play the Bulldogs tough. A win would be great, but a good showing is critical. Rutgers is expected to be much-improved. Syracuse is "playing with house money" in "the Loud House" - this needs to be the game where they pull the upset! Virginia needs to hold serve at home against a bottom half Big Ten team.Pitt @ Tennessee, Saturday, 9/11/21
NC State @ Mississippi St, Saturday, 9/11/21
Rutgers @ Syracuse, Saturday, 9/11/21
Illinois @ Virginia, Saturday, 9/11/21
State of Boston College Eagles Football (RX; HM)
State of Boston College Eagles FootballWhat kind of football program do they have in Chestnut Hill, and where is it headed? Let's take a peek...
What does recent BC football history look like?Take a look at this chart from the twitter account of David Hale:
David Hale wrote "...we don't talk enough about the Jeff Jagodzinski debacle." He's right! O'Brien took a good but not great team from Henning and turned into a real contender before passing the keys to the bus on to Jags. Jagodzinski had the Eagles ranked #2 in the nation - then he did the unthinkable... well, to BC administrators at the time, at least. Jags wanted to interview for another job, they said no, he did it anyway and got fired for it. Spaziani then took over and proceeded to dismantle the Eagles football program.
Maryland football move lands high on ACC retrospective rankings (247sports.com; Ermann)
Maryland no longer competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but its football program did pop up near the top of an ACC list recently.
In The Athletic's ranking of all 49 head coaching hires in the conference since 1992, Ralph Friedgen landed at No. 4, behind only Clemson's Dabo Swinney, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Duke's David Cutcliffe. Via Andy Bitter and Manny Navarro:
4. Ralph Friedgen, MarylandYear: 2001
Record: 75-50 (43-37) in 10 seasons
Best season: 10-2, ACC championship, Orange Bowl berth, finished 11th in final AP poll in 2001
Program record previous three seasons: 13-20 (6-18)
AD who made the hire: Debbie Yow
Maryland has been to 11 bowl games since Bobby Ross was last there in 1986, and Friedgen coached seven of those teams. His three consecutive double-digit-win seasons from 2001 to 2003 are tied with Jim Tatum for the most in program history. Friedgen’s Maryland teams went 5-2 in bowls and finished ranked in the final AP poll four times. The Terrapins have been ranked for a total of two weeks since he was fired following an 8-4 regular season in 2010. Friedgen, then 63, didn’t want to retire when his contract was set to expire after the 2011 season. Perhaps the Terps shouldn’t have turfed their best coach in the last 30 years.
Emma Stratigos moved to Syracuse from Brooklyn to be the new general manager at Salt City Coffee.
How many people moved from NYC to Syracuse in pandemic? (See 50 cities that lost residents to CNY) (PS; $; Breidenbach)
Maybe you’ve met some recent transplants from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens in your neighborhoods, schools and coffee shops.
There has been anecdotal evidence of their migration from the New York City area to the Syracuse area during the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, U.S. Postal Service records show the extent of it.
In 2020, there was nearly a 70% bump in the number of New York City area residents who changed their addresses to the Syracuse metropolitan area, which includes Onondaga, Oswego and Madison counties, according to an analysis by the national commercial real estate firm CBRE.
In 2019, 822 people from the New York City area changed their addresses to the Syracuse region. In 2020, that number jumped to 1,389, records show.
There was also an 18% drop in the number of people who moved the other direction.
Eric Willett, research director at CBRE, said the increase is striking. And because it fits previous migration patterns, it’s a real trend Syracuse leaders should notice, he said.
“The pandemic really underscored the attractive lifestyles and affordability that these secondary markets offer,” he said.
The research confirms what Syracuse.com found last year in interviews and an analysis of home sales.