Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to International Tuba Day!
As listed in Chases Annual Events, International Tuba Day was created to recognize tubists in musical organizations around the world who have to go through the hassle of handling a tuba. What hassles do tubists have? Tuba players obviously have hassles due to the size and weight of their instruments, but what is actually more of a hassle for tuba players is the prevalence of stereotyped attitudes among people towards tubists and their role in a musical organization.
Think for a minute: What does the tuba mean to you? Unfortunately, many non-tuba players think of the tuba as just being one of those big, loud instruments that go "oompah" in the back of parades - having no real importance and being easy to play - they're just there to look nice. As for tuba players, many people view them in the old stereotyped way: they have no real musical talent, no personality, just big, fat bodies with puffy cheeks and powerful lungs.
Therefore, International Tuba Day was created for both tuba players and non-tuba players alike. If you don't play the tuba and feel as described above, International Tuba Day is your day to learn more about the significance of the tuba in our musical society. It's your day to see how the tuba is the backbone of the band with the capability of playing much more than just "oompah!" More importantly, International Tuba Day is your day to recognize the tuba player as being a talented master of musical performance who physically comes in all different shapes and sizes. Of course, if you do play the tuba, International Tuba Day is your day to sit back, relax, and enjoy your much deserved recognition!
Opponent Analysis: Florida State Seminoles — 2021 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re going to be doing a team-by-team opponent preview each week over the summer. This week, we’re previewing Syracuse’s matchup with Florida State on Oct. 2 with three major storylines.
BATTLE FOR STARTING QB
Much like Syracuse, Florida State enters the summer with a battle for the starting quarterback spot. Incumbent starter and former Louisville transfer QB Jordan Travis was inconsistent as a passer, completing just 55.0 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and six interceptions, but he proved to be a slippery dual-threat, rushing for 559 yards and seven scores.
He’s going head-towhead with transfer quarterback McKenzie Milton, one of the most prolific passers in UCF history and a former AAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Milton has nearly 10,000 passing yards and 90+ touchdowns to his name, but suffered a season-ending injury in 2018, and hasn’t taken a snap since then. But it’s hard to argue with his legacy of having led the Knights to consecutive perfect seasons.
Also in the mix are Chubba Purdy and Tate Rodemaker, who each took snaps as true freshman in 2020.
OTHER TRANSFERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
While Milton made the most headlines, Florida State added several other talented transfers as well.
After rushing for 400 yards and two touchdowns in his freshman season, DJ Williams played a lesser role at Auburn in 2020, and rushed for just 199 and three scores. He makes up for the loss of La’Damian Webb who entered the transfer portal, and joins a talented backfield that also features Lawrance Toafili (356 yards) and Jashaun Corbin (401 yards).
2 early enrollees top list of Syracuse football freshmen most likely to play this fall (247sports.com; $; Bailey)
Syracuse football is progressing to the next stage if its offseason after wrapping up a sixth spring practice under head coach Dino Babers. The Orange's strengths, weaknesses and preseason storylines are taking shape.
And with that new information comes context for SU's first-year players. Which of the 20 high school prospects that signed with SU out of the Class of 2021 are most likely to play this fall? Let's take a stroll through the group and attempt to lay out expectations.
TIER 1: VERY LIKELY TO PLAY...
Syracuse Youth Has Reignited Fire Within the Program: CBS Sports – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Amendolara)
Chip Patterson at CBS Sports filed a piece on his ACC spring football overreactions. After last season’s nightmare, there’s nowhere to go but up. The only way to make ’20 palatable is if it paid dividends for the future. In Chip’s opinion, the losing did exactly that.
Babers is nothing if not positive. In fact, sometimes he’s so optimistic in the face of obvious adversity it can frustrate a fanbase that has listened to a con-man like Groobers or the delusion of Scott Shafer (currently the DC at Middle Tennessee). But Babers insists last year’s losing was a spring board to this year’s winning, and his excitement was noticeable after spring football.“Syracuse already had a young roster last season, but when injuries, opt-outs and other availability issues hit in 2020, the Orange had to lean far more on the youthful end of a roster that had 57 of the 85 scholarship players as true or redshirt freshmen. The on-field results were a one-win season, but the tone Dino Babers takes when discussing his team indicates that experience has had a positive impact on the mentality of the team heading into 2021.” – CBS Sports
...“The defeats that piled up during a 1-10 season hardened the younger players, revealing in practice just how tough Power Five football can be and how far they had to go in their own development to be ready to win in the ACC. Many of those rookie contributors suffered injuries that needed offseason rehabilitation and recovery that kept them out of spring practice, but what Babers said he saw from the super seniors who missed time with injuries in 2020 was a reignited fire and level of competitiveness when they returned to action this spring.
Former Syracuse football quarterback Eric Dungey keeping NFL dreams alive (cnycentral.com; Tamurian)
Former Syracuse football quarterback Eric Dungey, a beloved member of the Orange who in 2018 helped lead the team to its best season in 20 years, has been invited to the Cincinnati Bengals Mini Camp.
The star player was undrafted by the NLF and then was signed, but then cut by the New York Giants in the summer of 2019.
Dungey tweeted the news Thursday, writing that he would not be playing on Saturday in The Spring League, a professional football development league. Instead, he will attend the Bengals camp.
"Thankful for the opportunity and ready to get to work," Dungey said.
In 2018, Dungey led the Orange to its first 10-win season since 2001, culminating with a win in the Camping World Bowl.
‘Adopt A Classroom’ a Win-Win for Student-Athletes, Syracuse Community (syr.edu)
Connecting with the Community
When Keenan Hale ’15 attended Syracuse University, the former football wide receiver couldn’t help but notice the other world that existed just beyond the campus border.
“I recall on many occasions walking off campus directly under the bridge into the low-income housing area,” Hale says. “To see the inner city, which appeared to have a lack of resources and no one investing time, efforts, energy or money into the surrounding community, was disheartening.”
Hale is a member of the board of directors for the Syracuse Football Club, which started in 2000 as a fundraising platform for former players to give back to the program but in recent years has expanded to provide support to football alumni, the University and the Syracuse community. Hale, who is now a federal lobbyist and senior director of government and regulatory affairs for the advisory firm Ian Reid LLC, is also familiar with the North Side Learning Center because his fraternity performed community service work at the center when he was a student.
The Football Club became involved with the Adopt A Classroom program at the request of Director of Athletics John Wildhack, who has been working with Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Culture and Climate Salatha Willis, the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Student-Athlete Board (DISAB) and the Office of Community Engagement to find projects that connect student-athletes with the community. The Office of Community Engagement had partnered with the North Side Learning Center for other projects and was familiar with the Adopt A Classroom program.
First woman completing sport analytics degree at Syracuse U (AP; Kekis)
Bailie Brown doesn't consider herself a trailblazer, and yet in a way she is — and so is her school.
Brown will graduate this month from Syracuse University’s Falk College with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport analytics, becoming the first woman to complete the four-year undergraduate program since its inception five years ago. Her 23 classmates are men.
“It’s definitely an honor," Brown said. "I think that there’s a little bit of pressure that goes along with that. I think I feel like I need to be successful.”
Syracuse University and California Baptist University in Los Angeles began offering a four-year undergraduate course of study in sports analytics in 2016. Brown chose Syracuse after discovering the program by chance.
“I was just kind of searching for different opportunities and ran across this one and knew immediately it was exactly where I wanted to go. There wasn’t any question," said Brown, who was salutatorian of her high school class back home in Florence, South Carolina. "I’ve always loved sports, baseball in particular, and math in high school was fun for me, for some reason, so it was kind of a no-brainer to put the two together."
The opportunity at Syracuse was there, thanks in large part to the efforts of professors Michael Veley, founding director of the university’s sport management program, and Rodney Paul, director of the sport analytics program. Falk College’s 275 applications for the incoming class in August are the most for the program, up more than 11% from 2020, and 31 are women, more than triple last year's total of 10.
Top ACC QB Factories, Last 2 Decades (RX; HM)
Top ACC QB Factories, Last 2 DecadesCertain ACC teams have become quarterback factories, while others can't produce an NFL passer.
What are they thinking at the ACCN? (RX; HM)
What are they thinking at the ACCN?From "What in the world is the ACC Network doing?" by Corey Clark, Lead Writer at Warchant...
...When new ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips visited Florida State... he made it abundantly clear to many people he spoke with that he is focused on shrinking the revenue gap between the ACC and other Power 5 conferences. He also acknowledged that football has to be the conference's economic driver...
Now, it's time to start doing something about it. And a great place to begin might be with the ACC Network and its flagship daily show, Packer and Durham... one would think the ACC Network would be going out of its way to emphasize football -- the biggest money-making sport, by far, in college athletics.
http://allsportsdiscussion.com/2021/05/06/atlanta-braves-with-novel-way-to-get-people-vaccinated/ (ASD; JFann)
This week a poorly though out idea was proposed by USA Today writer Dan Wolken.
COLUMN: SEC football should require COVID-19 vaccination to attend games, help turn corner in lagging South Opinion: SEC football should require COVID-19 vaccination to attend games, help turn corner in lagging South via @USATODAY
I’m as pro-vaccine a person as you’ll find, but this just isn’t going to work. Mandate to the majority of people that haven’t been to a football game in 2 or more years, they can’t attend a football game. Yep good luck with that.
If case numbers are low enough to go to a near or full capacity sporting event, you’ll be dealing some irate people if they can’t go.
I think we’ve seen in the last 14 months if you try to force someone to do something they simply don’t want to do expect a ton of pushback.
If you want to vaccinate people on the fence at this point, you are going to have to ease people into it.
Definitely you better make it feel like it’s their choice too.
What the Atlanta Braves are doing is a novel and smart idea.
Braves to offer free COVID-19 vaccines for fans at games this weekend Braves to offer free COVID-19 vaccines for fans at games this weekend
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 6, 2021
“The Braves are teaming up with their healthcare partners at Emory Healthcare to offer either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine to any fan at the ballpark who wants to get the shot during games Friday or Saturday night. along with a chance to win a pair of tickets to a future game.”
Any locale that has any event where large numbers of people will be attendance should consider this plan – from Major League Baseball games, NBA games, collegiate sporting events, festivals, concerts etc.
I would not expect huge numbers of vaccinations from this process, but I guarantee it won’t be zero either.
First time’s a charm at Second Chance Diner (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Woodman)
When we think of diners, we usually don’t anticipate great mimosas, but excellent mimosas were just the beginning of a series of happy surprises at Second Chance Diner in Camillus.
The dining room is comfortable and quiet, and the staff is friendly and professional, making us welcome and never leaving us waiting long.
Plenty of space between tables is maintained at Second Chance Diner.Jane Marmaduke Woodman
Flights of mimosas and mules are offered, four for $14.99, as well as a “tower” of mimosas ($60) that contains more than two bottles of champagne and enough orange juice and other flavorings to create the style ordered. (Towers can be served to parties of three or more.)
Our mimosa flight included the classic mix of champagne and juice, a very sweet raspberry version made with liqueur, “sunrise” embellished with grenadine, and pineapple orange, which was heavily fruity. All were delicious, and one flight was plenty to drink with a meal.
“Rock candy mimosas” ($10.99) are also available, a single large flute of classic mimosa tinted by the spindle of rock candy that added sweetness.
We also tried a flight of “mules.” All were strong and tasty, with only the “very cherry” a bit more influenced by maraschino cherry juice than we liked. The blueberry version, garnished with fresh berries, was delightful, and the raspberry version clearly used the same good liqueur as in our mimosa.