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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Day!

For more than eight decades, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. While the lights, decorations, and stars have changed through the years, visiting the Tree remains a quintessential New York experience.

December 1931
Workers at Rockefeller Center pooled their money together to buy a Christmas tree. The men decorated the 20-foot high balsam fir with handmade garlands made by their families. This photo, taken on Christmas Eve, shows the men lined up to receive their wages.

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Offensive lineman Dakota Davis watches from the sideline wearing a boot. The Syracuse Orange football start another day of practice as they prepare for their first game of the season against Ohio University Sept 4, 2021. Dennis Nett |

A key starter on SU’s offensive line will return for 6th season: 'There is unfinished business' (PS; Mink)

Syracuse offensive lineman Dakota Davis will return for a sixth season in 2022, he said Tuesday night.

“I’ll be back,” Davis wrote on Twitter. “There is unfinished business.”

Davis’s return helps solidify the interior of an offensive line that will be crucial to the Orange’s success next season.

He played in the team’s final nine games after recovering from a preseason injury, mostly at right guard but also stepping in at right tackle for SU’s 21-6 victory against Boston College on Oct. 30.

Over the past five seasons, Davis appeared in 38 games, making him among the Orange’s most experienced linemen heading into next season.

ORANGE NATION, I’ll be back! There is unfinished business
— Dakota Davis (@dakotadavis56) December 1, 2021

Syracuse relied on several interior linemen over the course of the season, with players in and out of the lineup because of injuries and flu-like symptoms down the stretch. One of those guards, Chris Bleich, posted on Instagram earlier Monday he was “looking forward to getting my hips taken care of and having a better season.”

NFL Draft Profile: Matthew Bergeron, Offensive Tackle, Syracuse Orange - Visit NFL Draft on Sports Illustrated, the latest news coverage, with rankings for NFL Draft prospects, College Football, Dynasty and Devy Fantasy Football. (SI)

NFL draft profile scouting report for Syracuse offensive tackle, Matthew Bergeron

Pos: OT
Ht: 6050
Wt: 315
DOB: 2/26/00
Eligible: 2022
Victoriaville, Quebec, CAN
Cégep de Thetford High School

Matthew Bergeron

Syracuse Orange


Ezring: The 2021 Syracuse offensive line led the way for a dynamic running game. A key member of that unit was Matthew Bergeron. The Canadian tackle is a proven, reliable starter on both the right and left sides of the line. The Orange lineman boasts sufficient short-area movement skills and loose hips to hinge. He is capable of pulling to the front side A and B gaps; similarly, he gets to the second level in the run game. He flashes the ability to perform reach blocks. He has above-average straight-line speed to get to space on screens. In pass protection, he has the change of direction ability to mirror and can meet defenders at the bottom of the outside track in his vertical sets. Moreover, Bergeron manufactures power well, using persistent leg drive to create space or close distance against longer defenders. Upon engagement, the Syracuse standout exhibits heavy hands to put opponents off balance and impact their rush timing. He sometimes displays a passable anchor when he plays with sound leverage and a wide base. What’s more, the athletic lineman has the flexibility to roll his hips through blocks. Additionally, Bergeron regularly maintains a wide base into and through engagement. In pass protection, he usually keeps active feet. Bergeron’s initial punch is often accurate. He handles stunts well.


Duce Chestnut (20) caught the third and final interception of his freshman season against Pitt on Saturday

Babers returns for 2022; Syracuse football players honored by ACC (; Green)

Babers stays on as head coach

Orange football coach Dino Babers will return in 2022, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced. Wildhack also said that Babers’ contract extends past 2022.

Other staff changes were made, however. Sterlin Gilbert (offensive coordinator), Reno Ferri (tight ends coach) and Vinson Reynolds (defensive line coach) will not be part of the 2022 Syracuse football program.

Next season will be Babers’ seventh at Syracuse. The team improved from 1-10 in 2020 to 5-7 in 2021, but still fell short of making a bowl game. Syracuse’s last winning season came in 2018 when they went 10-3 and won the Camping World Bowl.

Several Orange football players receive ACC honors

Four members of the Syracuse football team earned selections to the three Atlantic Coast Conference teams, with an additional four players receiving honorable mentions.

Running back Sean Tucker made the All-ACC First-Team offense, leading all offensive players with 187 voting points. His 1,496 rushing yards led the conference and placed him fourth nationally.

Tucker also received an honorable mention nod as an all-purpose player. His 1,751 all-purpose yards ranked second in the ACC and sixth in the country. Tucker finished the regular season with 12 rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores.

The Orange had a pair of first-team defensive players, with defensive end Cody Roscoe and linebacker Mikel Jones receiving the honors.

Roscoe finished third in the ACC with 8.5 sacks. Jones was the conference’s second-leading tackler with 110 total. Jones was also picked as the ACC Linebacker of the Week following his career-high, 16-tackle performance against Pitt.

Duce Chestnut made the All-ACC Third-Team defense at cornerback. The freshman had three interceptions, which was tied for second in the ACC. Chestnut’s eight pass breakups tied for third in the conference.

Offensive tackle Matthew Bergeron, center Airon Servais, defensive tackle Josh Black and cornerback Garrett Williams garnered honorable mentions for the Orange.

Men’s cross country runs to a top-20 finish at the NCAAs

The Orange men’s cross country team finished 19th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships at Tallahassee, Fla.

Joe Dragon was Syracuse’s top runner and crossed the 10k finish line 55th with a time of 29:43. JP Trojan finished 78th (30:00), while Aidan Tooker placed 90th (30:06). Northern Arizona won the overall team championship for the men.


Syracuse Basketball: Blue-bloods will be tough to beat for 5-star target (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball coaches, in mid-September, made a trip to the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., to visit with several players on the powerhouse team.

One of those players is 2023 five-star wing Taylor Bowen, who at the time of this writing was ranked in the top-25 overall, and in the top-10 at small forward, by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

Orange coaches have shown interest in Bowen, according to various media reports, although the stellar 2023 prospect does have a long list of impressive suitors, including multiple blue-blood programs and other recruiting heavyweights in collegiate hoops.

Bowen, who is just starting his junior season for the Brewster Academy, recently competed in the 2021 National Prep Showcase at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn.

According to college basketball insider Adam Zagoria, coaches from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Connecticut watched Bowen suit up at this event.

Syracuse basketball has displayed interest in five-star wing Taylor Bowen.

Per Zagoria’s article, among the college groups recruiting Bowen the hardest are Duke, UConn, Providence, Kansas and Arkansas. That’s quite a list.

Other schools that have offered Bowen, or are showing interest in him, include Dayton, Marquette, Southern California, Maryland, Penn State, LSU, Rutgers, Iowa, Vermont and George Mason.

On The Block On Demand 11-30 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent explains why Syracuse football isn’t playing on the same field as the schools that you’ve seen in the news paying big money for head coaches. Then, he discusses what the Orange do still have and what they can do with those pieces.

Pitt, Wake Forest rise in College Football Playoff rankings ahead of ACC championship (post-gazette; McGonigal)

Pat Narduzzi said Sunday he didn’t believe the ACC was getting enough “respect” nationally. Perhaps Narduzzi’s point was illustrated Tuesday.

Pitt remained the highest-ranked ACC team by the College Football Playoff rankings, rising two spots to 15th. The Panthers were 15th in the AFCA Coaches Poll and 17th in the Associated Press top 25 rankings earlier in the week.

The playoff committee slotted Wake Forest, Pitt’s opponent in the ACC championship, right behind the Panthers at 16th. N.C. State and Clemson rounded out the ACC’s representation at 18th and 20th, respectively.

Notably, Pitt and Wake Forest were the lowest-ranked Power Five teams with 10-2 records. Ohio State was the highest-ranked two-loss team at seventh overall, followed by Ole Miss, Baylor, Oregon at eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. Michigan State and Iowa were 11th and 13th.

Ultimately, the rankings don’t matter for Pitt. It would be a positive for the program if it finishes the season in or around the top 10. But there’s no path for the Panthers to rise into the playoff conversation. The only thing Kenny Pickett and the Panthers are focusing on is Saturday’s ACC title game.

Pitt and Wake Forest kick off at 8 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The game is televised on ABC.

2021 ACC Bowl Projections - Championship Week (; Flannery)

Based on current results, we’re going to say Pitt will get the honor of representing the ACC as its champion. They’ll face Wake Forest in the ACC championship game this weekend.

Typically the ACC champion would automatically be sent to the Orange Bowl, but the Orange Bowl is a CFP game this year, so an ACC representative in the NY6 is not guaranteed. Still, I believe Pitt’s ACCCG win will boost them in the rankings and they will be sent to the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix to play against another at-large. The other option would be the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

Next, Notre Dame is allied with the ACC for bowl bids, but can also earn an at-large spot themselves in a number of bowls. Being 11-1 at the moment and ranked #6 in the country, it is likely that Notre Dame will be selected for an NY6 bowl (or a CFP slot), and I predict they will be sent to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

The next tier of ACC bowl games is an even selection process between 8 different bowls:

  • The Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando versus Big 12 (last played by Miami)
  • The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville versus SEC (last played by NC State)
  • The Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte versus SEC (last played by Wake Forest)
  • The Sun Bowl in El Paso versus Pac-12 (canceled in 2020, last played by FSU in 2019)
  • The New Era Pinstripe Bowl in NYC versus Big Ten (canceled in 2020, last played by Wake Forest in 2019)
  • The Holiday Bowl in San Diego versus Pac-12 (new to the ACC)
  • The Fenway Bowl in Boston versus the American Athletic (brand new)
  • The Military Bowl in Annapolis versus the East Carolina (canceled in 2020, last played by UNC in 2019)
These bowls likely won’t select the same school two times in a row, and will mostly try to avoid selecting a school that has attended in the past few years.

BREAKING: ACCN on Comcast (at last!) (RX; HM)

BREAKING: ACCN on Comcast (at last!)

The news legions of ACC fans in Virginia and elsewhere have been awaiting. Nation's largest cable provider will carry @accnetwork. Financial boon for conference. #Hokies #UVA
— David Teel (@ByDavidTeel) November 30, 2021
From Yahoo! Finance:
Comcast and The Walt Disney Company Announce Content Carriage Agreement
Comcast will distribute the ACC Network to its Xfinity customers, allowing fans and followers of the Atlantic Coast Conference to access the multiplatform network in the coming weeks.

Here's the ESPN version of the announcement [LINK].

Comcast coverage

BOTTOM LINE:Adding Comcast - along with finally getting a full year of ACC Network revenue - should boost each and every ACC school's revenue by another $5 million per year. No, that's not enough to keep up with the massive influx of money over at the SEC, but every million sure helps...

ACCN: now available everywhere (RX; HM)

ACCN: now available everywhere

From the official ACC release of November 30, 2021...

ESPN’s ACC Network to Launch in Comcast’s Xfinity Markets in Coming Weeks; ACC Network Achieves Full Distribution
GREENSBORO, N.C. AND BURBANK, Calif. – Announced earlier today, Comcast will distribute ACC Network (ACCN) to its Xfinity customers, allowing fans and followers of the Atlantic Coast Conference to access the multiplatform network in the coming weeks. The availability of ACCN is part of Comcast and The Walt Disney Company’s content carriage agreement renewal that will continue to make Disney’s programming available to Xfinity TV customers.
With the addition of Comcast, ACCN is now fully distributed with every major satellite, telco and digital provider across the country, and available to nearly 90 million households. Further launch details in Comcast’s Xfinity markets will be available in the coming weeks.
“ACCN provides tremendous value to college sports fans, and we are excited about this agreement with Comcast, which ensures subscribers will have access to the full slate of content offered on ACCN and ACCNX,” said Ilan Ben-Hanan, Senior Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN. “ACC fans will now have the opportunity to watch ACCN’s extensive lineup of live sporting events, studio shows and original programming in the coming weeks.”
“We are thrilled that ACC Network has reached full distribution with the addition of Comcast to our already robust lineup of providers,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “ACC Network, led by Jimmy Pitaro and Burke Magnus, continues to be an outstanding partner that does a tremendous job of showcasing our student-athletes, coaches and programs. This is a milestone moment in the short history of ACCN, and we appreciate the continued leadership at Disney, ESPN and ACCN for working diligently to make this a reality.”
ACCN annually televises more than 500 regular-season and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports, including football, baseball, softball, field hockey, volleyball, wrestling, men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse and soccer, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, ACCN and its digital platform, ACCNX, combine to feature more than 1,500 ACC events each year. The network is an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, expert analysis, documentaries, classic games and in-depth features on the premiere athletic and academic conference in college athletics.

BREAKING: VT has new FB Coach (RX; HM)

BREAKING: VT has new FB Coach

The Hokies have made their hire on what has been a very busy day for ACC football!

From ESPN: Virginia Tech names Penn State DC Brent Pry as new head football coach
Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry has been named the new head football coach at Virginia Tech, the Hokies announced Tuesday. Pry, 51,... returns to Blacksburg, where he served as a defensive graduate assistant for the Hokies from 1995 to 1997 under head coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster... Pry is expected to be formally introduced at a news conference at 9 a.m. ET Thursday in Blacksburg.
Pry, who has worked the past six seasons as the Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator, has helped produce top-25 units in total defense in eight of his past 12 seasons, including four at Penn State, three at Vanderbilt and one at Georgia Southern. The Nittany Lions rank seventh in scoring defense this season, allowing 16.8 points per game...
Pry, a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, has worked under James Franklin at Penn State and at Vanderbilt and is in his 30th year of coaching...
Regarding interim head coach and fan favorite J. C. Price:

...Defensive line coach J.C. Price will serve as interim coach in the bowl game. Pry indicated that Price will remain on his staff as associate head coach/defensive coach.

CFP Poll 2021-11-30 (RX; HM)

CFP Poll 2021-11-30

Here's the latest College Football Playoff Rankings Top 25...
5Oklahoma St
6Notre Dame
7Ohio State
8Ole Miss
11Michigan St
16Wake Forest
18NC State
19San Diego St
25Texas A&M

Pitt and Wake both moved up 2 spots, as did NC State. Clemson actually rose 3 spots. (Notre Dame held still at #6).

2021 ACC FCG on ACCN (RX; HM)

2021 ACC FCG on ACCN

ACC Network to Offer Extensive Coverage of 2021 Subway ACC Football Championship Game Live from Charlotte
  • Previews of No. 17 Pitt vs No. 18 Wake Forest Throughout the Week
  • Commissioner Jim Phillips to Appear on Friday’s Packer and Durham; The Huddle and All ACC On-Site in Charlotte
  • The Huddle: Selection Day Special Sunday at 8 p.m.
  • All-ACC Teams and Individual Awards Announced on Packer and Durham, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

ACC Network (ACCN), the 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports, will offer extensive coverage surrounding the 2021 Subway ACC Football Championship Game, live from Charlotte, N.C. this week. Signature ACCN studio shows The Huddle and All ACC will both be on location Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, in advance of Coastal Division champion No. 17 Pitt facing Atlantic Division champion No. 18 Wake Forest for the conference crown. The ACC Football Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 4, will air in primetime on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, as well as ESPN Radio.
Pitt and Wake Forest will meet for the ACC title for the first time, while both teams are making their second appearance in the championship game.

Packer and Durham

Packer and Durham, ACCN’s weekday morning show from 7-10 a.m. ET, will have expanded coverage of the Subway ACC Football Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 3. Mark Packer and Wes Durham will preview the game and have a bevy of guests, including Commissioner Jim Phillips, who will make his first trip to The Basement. The duo will also dig into the biggest stats that could be the difference in winning and losing for both teams.

All ACC Live from BOA Stadium

All ACC, ACCN’s flagship news and information show, will be live from Uptown Charlotte with hosts Chris Cotter and Kelsey Riggs providing additional ACC Football Championship coverage Friday night and Saturday afternoon.


Turning Stone casino to reopen Exit 33 nightclubs for first time in 20 months (PS; Cazentre)

Nightlife is returning to the nightclub wing of the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Three clubs in the Exit 33 entertainment complex at the Oneida Indian Nation resort will open on Friday and Saturday nights starting Dec. 10 after being shut since the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, the nation announced in a news release. The casino itself reopened in June 2020.

Tin Rooster, The Gig and The Atrium Bar will host live entertainment, including performances by The Beadle Brothers, Gridley Paige, Scars N’ Stripes and Tom Nitti on the reopening weekend.

The exceptions to the openings are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which are Friday and Saturday this year, when the clubs will be closed.

Guests visiting Exit 33 venues will be required to provide proof of vaccination, just as they are for the Turning Stone Event Center and The Showroom at Turning Stone. Proof of vaccination includes a vaccine card, a digital photo of a card from a smartphone device, a New York State’s Excelsior Pass or other city, state or national digital health applications. Proof of vaccination is not required elsewhere in the resort.

Turning Stone will announce its plans for New Year’s Eve at Exit 33 soon.

The three reopening Exit 33 clubs are Tin Rooster, which has a country theme; The Gig, a rock band venue; and the more upscale Atrium Bar (aka the A Bar.).

Although it is reopening, Tin Rooster won’t bring back its barbecue menu until 2022.

Two other venues in the Exit 33 wing remain closed for now. Turquoise Tiger, a 1940s ‘film noir” influenced cafe will reopen early in 2022, the nation said. Turning Stone is developing a “new concept” for the LAVA dance club, with plans to reopen it as part of a future phase.

Also of note: The Turning Stone buffet, to be called 7 Kitchens, is now slated to reopen in April.

Here’s a look at the entertainment, hours and cover charges for the three reopened Exit 33 venues in the coming weeks:

Friday, December 10:

  • A-Bar: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sushi and signature cocktails At 9 p.m.: DJ Big Poppa
  • Tin Rooster: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 10 p.m.: The Beadle Brothers and DJ Skeet Cover Charge: $10 (includes entry for Tin Rooster and The Gig)
  • The Gig: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 10 p.m.: Scars N’ Stripes Cover Charge: $10 (includes entry for Tin Rooster and The Gig)
Saturday, December 11
  • A-Bar: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sushi and signature cocktails At 9 p.m.: DJ Skeet
  • Tin Rooster: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 10 p.m.: Tom Nitti and DJ Reiners Cover Charge: $10 (includes entry for Tin Rooster and The Gig)
  • The Gig: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 10 p.m.: Gridley Paige Cover Charge: $10 (includes entry for Tin Rooster and The Gig)
Friday, December 17
  • A-Bar: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sushi and signature cocktails
  • Tin Rooster: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 10 p.m.: Chasing Neon & DJ Skeet Cover Charge: $10 (includes entry for Tin Rooster and The Gig)
  • The Gig: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 10 p.m.: Scars N’ Stripes Cover Charge: $10 (includes entry for Tin Rooster and The Gig)

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