Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to International Kiss a Ginger Day!
International Kiss a Ginger Day was created by Canadian Derek Forgie in 2009, as a response to Kick a Ginger Day, which had been created the previous year. Forgie started a Facebook group for the day and invited eight of his red-haired friends to it. To his surprise, the group and the day soon took off. On the day, red-haired people—or gingers—are given kisses if they want to receive them.
Red is the rarest hair color, with only 2 percent of the world's population having it. Most redheads are of northern or western European ancestry; the highest percentage of redheads come from Scotland, followed by Ireland. Redheads are often stereotyped as having a fiery temper. Kick a Ginger Day led to many redheads being bullied. In ancient Greece, some redheads were considered to be vampires. Many redheads were killed in Europe between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries because they were perceived to be associated with witchcraft.
Michigan football QB sets transfer destination (wolverineswire.usatoday.com; Hole)
His Michigan football tenure was but two seasons, and his sample size wasn’t exactly very large.
Hailing from New York, Dan Villari was a late add for the Wolverines, and was expected to be a dual threat for the maize and blue. Jim Harbaugh spoke of Villari as a potential Taysom Hill-type threat who would get some play for Michigan in 2021, but he only had three pass attempts, completing one for 26 yards, in his time in Ann Arbor.
Villari didn’t see any action in 2020, either, and he made the decision to transfer this offseason. And on Tuesday night, he made his transfer destination known, staying in the Power Five.
According to Villari’s Instagram, he’s chosen ACC school Syracuse as his new college.
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Villari has four full years of eligibility remaining, as 2020 was a free year and he redshirted in 2021.
Syracuse football is looking to upgrade facilities, but will it change anything? (tniaam; Pregler)
The Syracuse Orange football program is not the richest program in college football. We’ve heard journalists report things to that effect, and the lack of ticket revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted all Syracuse University departments. However, with things getting back to normal this season, it seems that the money is flowing back to the Orange enough that there are new long term (expensive) plans to improve the football facilities at Syracuse, according to Syracuse.com. (Subscription required)
The story is a subscriber exclusive, so we aren’t going to pull out the specifics of the plan here. What you need to know is that the football space attached to Manley Field House is going to expand, as well as the Ensley Athletic Center, which was just erected in 2014.Syracuse’s plan to upgrade athletics facilities includes new 51,000-square foot football building | SU’s plan to upgrade athletics facility includes new football building
— Syracuse Football (@syrfootball) January 10, 2022
We know that Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina have football complexes far above what Syracuse offers. The arms race that is Division I facilities never stops, and the Seminoles are ready to upgrade. But for the Orange, without serious finical windfalls, the money to upgrade the Athletics facilities has been funneled into (much needed) improvements of the Carrier Dome. This plan set forward is promising, but not to move the Orange into the top of the ACC: it’s to keep up with the rest of Syracuse’s peers.
Virginia just unveiled their new master plan for campus improvements, which includes a new stand alone football facility. Wake Forest just announced plans for a new $38 million football facility, Boston College just opened a new field house in 2018, and Pitt famously gets to share a facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I could keep going, but having been able to personally visit the campuses and facilities of Duke, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech, what the Orange offers (which I’ve also been able to tour) pales in comparison to most peer programs.
It’s not a new development; one of the criticisms of Ensley was that it was a bandaid on what needed to be an overhaul of the football space. Football alumni have not been shy to voice these concerns, and it seems that Syracuse, under new fundraising leadership, is taking a more long term look at what can be done to keep the school competitive with their ACC peers.
We’ve seen that the Orange have amped up fundraising under Wildhack, and it seems that we now know what they’re driving towards.
Syracuse lands Michigan quarterback; 3 players transfer to FIU (DO; Smith)
Former Michigan quarterback Dan Villari announced his decision to transfer to Syracuse on Tuesday night. The Massapequa, New York native has four years of NCAA eligibility left.
Villari appeared in four games this season, seeing time on special teams, and also under center as the Wolverines third-string quarterback. He completed his first career pass against Maryland in November, and added two rushing attempts for 14 yards. Villari recorded rushing attempts in three other games, too, after not seeing any snaps in 2020.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Villari was a three-star prospect out of Plainedge (New York) High School, according to 247 Sports. The quarterback was the 12th-highest recruit in New York and was a first-team All-State selection. He showcased a dual-threat ability in high school, throwing for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, while adding 1,522 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns.
Syracuse Football: Meet Jean, Orange Nation’s wonderful grandmother (itlh; Fiello)
I love a positive and heartfelt story about Syracuse football. This past week, I saw a tweet from one of my friends on Twitter about her mother and I had to share this story. I also want to nominate her as our Cuse Grandma.
Meet Jean Prago and her daughter, Michelle Milewski.
Michelle is part of the Orange Nation family/fan base on Twitter and along with her husband are season tickets holders for Syracuse football. Her mother and father (Jerry, who passed in 2010) took her to games when she was younger during the Donovan McNabb era but stopped going in the 2000s.
Jean lives in the Auburn area, comes from a sports family and has been a casual SU fan over the years. She grew up the daughter of the late Frank “Jazzbo” Rybash (a semipro baseball player) and the late Genevieve Rybash (a runner in her youth) so sports were a part of her life, including her daughter Michelle being a freelance sports reporter for about 15 years.
Let’s wish Syracuse football fan Jean Prago a belated happy birthday.So why are we talking about Jean now? It turns out recently Jean has decided to turn that casual fandom into being a full-blown dedicated fan.
Before the pandemic, Michelle and her husband became season ticket holders and Jean wanted to be able to share this experience with them. Unfortunately, due to mobility issues, she’s unable to attend games but as she put it, “It was more important for me to be a fan,” so she could have more in common with her daughter. She is now a big Syracuse Orange fan, especially of the football team and specifically number 34, star running back Sean Tucker.
...Hey Syracuse fans, can we help wish my mom a happy birthday? She’s “learning” sports this year. We’re throwing her a Syracuse-themed party for her 79th tomorrow and watching @Cuse_MBB. She loves @seantucker2020. Just like this tweet, that’s it. #happybirthdayjeanie pic.twitter.com/BiwrdInnf5
— Michelle Milewski (@MichelleAMilew) January 8, 2022
Final 2021-22 FB RPI (RX; HM)
Final 2021-22 FB RPIHere is the final 2021-22 football RPI ranking after the national championship game (with ACC teams highlighted in color), as published by RealTimeRPI.com:
|23||S. Diego St.||MWC||15-2||35.35|
|fcs 71||James Madison||Colnl||10-1||21.44|
|73||Middle Tenn. St.||C-USA||10-6||21.14|
|fcs 78||Sam Houston St.||Wac||10-0||20.99|
|fcs 80||N. Dakota St.||Mvc||10-1||20.97|
|fcs 99||Eastern Wash.||Bsky||9-1||19.82|
What's behind the recent surge of temporary restaurant closings in CNY? (PS; Cazentre)
Planning a night out at your favorite bar or restaurant? Now, more than ever, it’s probably best to call ahead.
There’s a been a recent surge in the number of local restaurants shutting down suddenly, but temporarily, sometimes for just a few days or up to a week. They frequently cite “staffing” shortages, though there are other reasons.
Lately, it’s often because one or more staffers have tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19. That means the employees, even when showing no symptoms, must quarantine for at least five days, sometimes more.
Take the Talking Cursive Brewing Co. in downtown Syracuse, for example. The brewery/restaurant at 301 Erie Blvd. W. closed last week after several employees had shown symptoms and/or tested positive. It reopened Tuesday.
“We needed time to get everyone tested, and make sure we have enough healthy people to open,” said co-owner Andrew Brooks. “We could have opened over the weekend, but at this point it seemed right to take our time and make sure everything is good.”
It’s been a similar story at Joey’s Italian Restaurant near Carrier Circle.
“I had to do this last week,” said owner Joey DeCuffa. “Two of my staff tested positive. They can’t come in. What am I going to do? I just said, ‘Look we can’t do it. Let’s just close and get through it.’ ”