No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
National Drive-Thru Day was started by Jack in the Box restaurant to recognize all drive-thru businesses and to express appreciation for the availability of convenient meals that can be picked up with a vehicle. Drive-thrus are generally thought of as being for restaurants, but they also are used for banking, to purchase liquor, to gamble, and even to get married. Prior to the holiday's first observance in 2002, Jack in the Box asked California Governor Gray Davis for support. His response was to issue a commendation to recognize the day in the state. In past years, Jack in the Box has given out free milkshakes on the day.
Motorists were first served from their vehicles in 1921, when the first drive-in, the Pig Stand, opened outside of Dallas on the highway to Fort Worth. Diners ate on the premises in their vehicles, after carhops hopped on their running boards to take orders and clipped trays with food to their windows. Beginning in 1931, Pig Stand Number 21 in Los Angeles allowed orders to be made at a window, although it is unknown if diners had to get out of their vehicles to use it. Although the Pig Stand is known for being the first drive-in, they also have laid claim to having the first drive-thru window. As of 2020, there is just one Pig Stand still in operation: Pig Stand Number 29 in San Antonio, Texas. Following the opening of the first Pig Stand, more drive-in chains followed, like Maid-Rite and Carpenter's Sandwiches. Drive-ins were particularly popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s and were the precursor to the drive-thrus of the mid-twentieth century. In the 1930s, drive-thrus at banks, known as "motor banks," got their start. These drive-thrus offered bankers convenience and security and were another precursor to drive-thrus at restaurants.
How patient has SU been with Babers? Record shows he needs winning season to save job (PS; Carlson)
Not many college football coaches make it to Year 8 at one school.
Far fewer do it with a record worse than what Dino Babers has compiled at Syracuse.
Unless the university views Babers’ contract as a financial albatross, history and common sense tells us this season will be a prove-it-or-move-along year for the head coach.
Whether you attribute this to the school’s patience or low expectations for the football program, Babers is already in rare company entering his eighth season.
Of the 271 coaches at current Power-Five schools who have made it to Year 8, Babers ranks among the bottom 10% in win percentage. His 36-49 record at Syracuse (.424 winning percentage) ranks as the 17th-worst of that group*.
Of the 16 Power-Five coaches who entered Year 8 having won less than Babers, nine had losing records in Year 8.
Just one made it to his ninth season.
The other seven members of the group went .500 or better in Year 8.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/syracuse-2023-training-camp-position-preview-safety (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse football is expected to kick off training camp in the next few weeks or so with the season less than two months away. All Syracuse continues its series previewing each position headed into training camp with the safety position.
PREVIOUS POSITION PREVIEWS
WHAT WE KNOW
Syracuse returns multiple starters. Alijah Clark, Justin Barron and Jason Simmons are all back. That gives Syracuse three experienced starters who are talented, have been in the program and know the system well. Clark started 11 games last season and recorded 55 tackles, flashing his supreme athleticism and big hitting ability. Barron has been a starter for two years, racking up 65 tackles with five tackles for loss in 2022. Simmons had a solid year with 38 tackles and an interception. They give the Orange a lot of continuity at the back end of the secondary.
WHAT WE DON'T
Who replaces Ja'Had Carter? Carter was one of Syracuse's top defensive playmakers last season but entered the transfer portal in the offseason and is off to Ohio State. He led the Orange with three interceptions and six passes defensed to go along with 36 tackles and a fumble recovery. With him gone, that leaves a big playmaking void in the secondary. Will it simply be a committee approach with Clark, Barron and Simmons collectively making up for his absence? Will one step up to be the primary playmaker? Is there another youngster ready for a larger role?
Lack of forcing turnovers. Clark, Barron and Simmons combined last year for one interception and one fumble recovery. Carter had three interceptions himself along with the fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown against Clemson. Without Carter, Syracuse needs someone else to step into the role of playmaker and create turnover opportunities. Simmons showed the ability to make plays in coverage last season, so another year under his belt and he could step up. Clark was in his first year at Syracuse last year, transitioning after a year at Rutgers. Now comfortable with the program and system, expectations are high for him. Clark will be viewed as the primary option to replace Carter's production and perhaps even exceed it. Still, it is a question mark entering camp.
TV Information Announced for First Two Syracuse Football Games (ornagefizz.net; Gotkin)
As the season approaches and gets closer, game times and other information continue to roll out. Earlier this week, information for SU’s second game of the season against Western Michigan was released. The Orange will take on the Broncos at 3:30 p.m. Notibally, the game will not be televised. The ACC-MAC battle will be available to stream on ACCNX or ESPN+. This is the same as the season opener for the Orange against Colgate.
This marks the first time since 2019 that either of the first two games for the Orange are not nationally televised. It is the first time since at least 2017 that neither of the first two games of the Syracuse season will be on TV. So, while both games are at home, Syracuse fans won’t fully miss out, this is a disturbing sign.
Why is this a bad thing to see though? Well first off, obviously it makes things much harder for fans who can’t go to the game. Now every who wants to see SU in action won’t just be able to turn on the TV but will have to pay an extra subscription. Secondly, not being on TV means that the program will be further out of the spotlight which makes recruiting much harder.
Ep. 463 - The ACC Weekly Podcast reviews spring and previews 2023 Syracuse Football with @BH_Orange44 | The ACC Weekly Podcast (allsportsacc.podbean.com; podcast; ASD)
Ep. 463 - The ACC Weekly Podcast reviews spring and previews 2023 Syracuse Football with @BH_Orange44
@Hokiesmash_ASD and @TalkinACCSports review spring and preview 2023 Syracuse football with @BH_Orange44
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #6, QB Garrett Shrader (TNIAAM; Chiappone)
It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get ready for a critical season for the Orange.
Up next is….
Name: Garrett Shrader
Weight: 228 lbs.
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Christian School
Previous College: Mississippi State
2022 stats: Shrader picked up where he left off in the 2021 season with immense improvements in his accuracy down the field while continuing his excellence in running the ball and scrambling out of the pocket. He finished this past season with a nearly 65% completion percentage (205/317), 17 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions in the air as well as 453 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. His completion percentage ranked second in the ACC, 33rd in the NCAA and third all-time in program history.
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #7, LB Stefon Thompson (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get ready for a critical season for the Orange.
Up next is….
Name: Stefon Thompson
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Weight: 250 lbs.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Julius L. Chambers
2022 stats: Stefon suffered a season-ending injury in the opening game of the season. His absence was noticeable throughout the year as the Orange struggled to defend against the run and consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks.
2023 projections: Thompson is a crucial part of the 3-3-5 scheme. He was the second-leading tackler on the team in 2021, and if he is able to return to that form, the entire unit will get a massive boost in production. Until we see him in game action, however, that’s far from a guarantee.
Ranking brands, realignment misses, playing the what-if game: ACC mailbag (theathletic.com; $; Raynor & Navarro)
ACC media day begins Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. That means we are getting close to the beginning of preseason camp, so it’s a great time to answer your questions about the league. And we had so many good ones, we are breaking the mailbag into two parts. Today’s edition focuses more on off-the-field issues — realignment, TV deals, branding, etc. Next week, we will (try to) stick to football.
Does the deal with The CW increase revenues for ACC schools? If not, what’s the benefit for the conference? — Eric V.
ACC commissioner Jim Phillips has been candid about the league needing to close the gap between the SEC and the Big Ten. Making a deal with The CW isn’t going to all of a sudden catch the ACC up, but it’s an additional stream of revenue for a conference that needs it. This deal also gives the conference more exposure on a national level.
The CW acquired the rights to 50 ACC football and basketball games each season through 2026-27 and will kick off the deal with Pitt-Cincinnati on Sept. 9. According to The CW and the ACC’s joint press release, The CW reaches 100 percent of U.S. television households, which allows these ACC’s games to be viewed nationally. We’ve all been frustrated at one point or another trying to get access to the ACC Network or having to download yet another streaming service. More eyes on these games (especially in prime time) will equate to more revenue, even if it feels like a bit of a wonky fit. — Raynor
Of all the realignment that’s occurred over the last decade or so, is Pitt’s move to the ACC the most successful that’s occurred? Speaking in terms of on-field success — schools like Texas A&M and Nebraska are doing better financially despite their mediocrity. Along with Utah, they’re the only ones who’ve won an outright championship in their new conference, and they consistently pump out NFL talent. Did the Panthers come out as a rare winner on the field and off? — Joseph Y.
One of the things that I love about our mailbags is that our readers constantly have me think about things in a way I might not have before. So thanks for the question, Joseph. Texas and OU to the SEC and USC and UCLA to the Big Ten will make big bucks for four programs that will now each be competing in one of the country’s two most competitive leagues. So I have a feeling those will age well. I also recently wrote about South Carolina joining the SEC, which people around the program believe was the greatest athletic moment in school history. I’m sure Arkansas felt the same in the early 1990s.
Biggest questions for UNC, NC State, Duke at ACC football media days (fayobserver.com; Baxley)
In just over a month, ACC football will kick off with Wake Forest hosting Elon and NC State opening the 2023 season on the road at UConn.
But before games start on Aug. 31, the ACC’s 14 teams will head to Charlotte this week for a three-day media event as part of ACC Kickoff, which will be televised Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the ACC Network.
Duke will arrive first among the Tobacco Road rivals with its interview day set for Wednesday. North Carolina and NC State will take part in the event Thursday.
Before coaches and players take the podium to discuss predictions, depth charts and an array of topics that likely won’t relate to football at all, here are some of the biggest questions facing Duke, UNC and NC State.
Can UNC quarterback Drake Maye live up to Heisman hype?
Four topics of note regarding FSU heading into 2023 ACC Football Kickoff (247sports; Nee)
The 2023 ACC Football Kickoff event at the Westin in Charlotte, N.C. will begin on Tuesday with Florida State having their day in the sun on Wednesday. FSU, which will be represented by head coach Mike Norvell, quarterback Jordan Travis, defensive end Jared Verse, and linebacker Kalen DeLoach, returns two-thirds of their starters from a season ago when they went 10-3. With a great deal of returning contributors, and a nice infusion of talent once again via the NCAA Transfer Portal, the Seminoles are going to be a popular topic at this year's event.
Here are four topics of note heading into the event:
HEISMAN CONTENDER JORDAN TRAVISFlorida State veteran quarterback Jordan Travis is going to enter the 2023 college football season as a Heisman contender. His career production has him in the discussion. Early odds via sportsbooks have him down as a legitimate contender for the honor. With such expectations comes a spotlight and Travis will be under it whether it be on the main stage, breakout rooms, radio row, or television sit-downs in Charlotte.
The redshirt senior from West Palm Beach, Fla. has played in 35 games at FSU. He has 5,888 career passing yards and 45 passing touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,734 yards and 24 touchdowns as a Seminole. He enters the 2023 season as one of four active players nationally with at least 5,500 passing yards and 1,700 rushing yards. He is entering his final season as a Seminole surrounded by a loaded offense. His top rusher (Trey Benson) and top receiver (Johnny Wilson) both return, while adding plenty of offensive talent around him such as wide receiver Keon Coleman and tight end Jaheim Bell. He will be behind an experienced, veteran-heavy offensive line that returns multiple starters such as Maurice Smith and Dmitri Emmanuel, while adding talent and depth with the likes of Jeremiah Byers and Casey Roddick.
247Sports Predicts ACC Finish (RX; HM)
247Sports Predicts ACC Finish
Just a quick post today:
We'll get the "official" media prediction next week, but for now we have this from 247Sports...
TV money and a new face of Pitt football: 5 storylines we're tracking at ACC media days (P-G; Hiles)
In just a few weeks, players throughout the country will report to training camp, thus marking the official start of the 2023 college football season. However, some would argue that the true start of another collegiate gridiron campaign begins a bit earlier, during the conference media events.
On Tuesday, each of the 14 ACC coaches along with a few player representatives from their squads will make the trip out to Charlotte, N.C., for the 2023 ACC Kickoff. While it has been known to generate headlines each summer, this year’s event will likely bring an extra element of drama to the table thanks to an eventful offseason.
The 2023 ACC Kickoff will begin Tuesday morning and conclude late Thursday afternoon. Here are five storylines to monitor throughout the three days of festivities:
All eyes on the commissioner
After reporters check in and receive their complimentary breakfast, Jim Phillips will start things off Tuesday morning with his commissioner’s forum at 9:30 a.m. While the head of the ACC will likely look forward to highlighting the league’s many returning stars or discussing the pros that can come from the diminishment of the two conference system, it is fair to assume most of his time will be spent addressing far more pressing issues.
ACC Football is BACK; ACC Kickoff Schedule Breakdown, Season Win Predictions & More (fox61.com; podcast; Loked on the ACC)
ACC Football is finally back and we kick things off with 3 days of interviews with your favorite Head Coaches and Players from each program.
Published: 7/23/2023 11:31:20 PM
Updated: 11:31 PM EDT July 23, 2023
Rx: How to Fix CFB (July 2023) (RX; HM)
Rx: How to Fix CFB (July 2023)
These all look like good ideas:
...Players only get ejected if it’s targeting 2
5. No rankings until first week on November
6. Put together a whole department whose sole job is to monitor NIL and how it’s being used
2023 ACC Kickoff Coverage (RX; HM)
2023 ACC Kickoff Coverage
ACC Network to Offer Expansive Coverage of ACC Football Kickoff, Live from Charlotte July 25-27
- ACCN and ACCNX to showcase a record 38 hours of coverage live from Charlotte
- On-air personalities from ACC Huddle, ACC PM and more will preview the season and report the latest news and storylines from the Queen City
Dustin Reviews "State of ACC Football" (RX; HM)
Dustin Reviews "State of ACC Football"
With ACC "Media Days" just around the corner, I give you this video from the YouTube channel College Football Lifer...
State of ACC Football
Entering 2023 Season
...The ACC is in a weird place heading into 2023. Yes, they have Playoff contenders, Heisman Trophy-level quarterbacks, a new scheduling format, and some great in- and out-of-conference games. But is that enough? This video is my thoughts on the State of ACC football entering the 2023 season. Enjoy!
All-Time Win Percent 60+ (as of 2023) (RX; HM)
All-Time Win Percent 60+ (as of 2023)Who are the winningest college football teams of all time? Here you go!
An all-time win% over 60% is nothing to sneeze at. That list takes in all of your "blue blood" programs, like Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, and Southern Cal. It also takes it most of your lesser royalty, like Penn State, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Washington. Arizona State and Texas A&M are in the club, and four ACC teams make the cut: Miami, Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. A few teams which recently moved up are also included on a technicality.
I did my own research, eliminating teams which have been in the FBS less than 30 years, and I found one additional P5 team that barely made the cut:
source: Stassen Historical Win Percentages.
|I-A Win% 1869-2021 (153 years)|
Bottom Line:Most of these schools will soon be in either the SEC (9) or the Big Ten (6). Four of them are in the ACC (4), not including Notre Dame, which plays 5 games per year on average.
Realignment Based on Distance (RX; HM)
Realignment Based on Distance
If the goal of realignment had been to minimize travel, it would look something like this:
Assuming just 5 "power" conferences, where would ACC teams end up?
Louisville and Notre Dame go to the Big Ten, along with Kentucky.
Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, and Clemson all go to the SEC.
The SEC would lose LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri to the Big XII.
The ACC would retain Wake Forest, UNC, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, and Boston College. It would add West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, and Rutgers to become the true "Eastern" conference.
Podcast: A big picture view on Miami and the ACC going into media days (247sports.com; podcast; Lake)
The college football season is right around the corner.
The ACC will holds its annual media days event this week with players and coaches from every team going through various interviews Tuesday through Thursday.
Miami will go through the process on Tuesday and the Hurricanes will be represented by head coach Mario Cristobal, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, offensive lineman Matt Lee, and safety Kamren Kinchens.
In this solo edition of Through The Smoke, InsideTheU’s David Lake shares his big picture thoughts on Miami and the ACC going into media days.
Enjoy the episode!
The rendering shows the proposed expanded campus of Turning Stone Resort Casino near NY State Thruway Exit 33 in Verona, Oneida County. The planned new crescent-shaped hotel is at bottom center and expanded conference center is at right. (Rendering by Gensler design firm of San Francisco).
Inside Turning Stone’s huge $370 million expansion: See renderings (PS; Cazentre)
A new crescent-shaped hotel will join a doubled-in-size conference center and addional dining and entertainment venues as part of the largest expansion of the Turning Stone Resort Casino since it opened 30 years ago.
The Oneida Indian Nation, owner of Turning Stone, released new details of the expansion today, including architectural renderings and an estimated project cost — $370 million. Construction should take about two years to complete.
The Oneidas are using the terms “The Next 30″ and “Evolution” to describe the project. The goal is to make Turning Stone one of the largest resort convention centers in the state, said Ray Halbritter, the Oneida Indian Nation Representative and CEO of the nation’s business enterprises.
“The Turning Stone evolution will help us put an even greater spotlight on our region by expanding our reach to new industries and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and New England while ensuring we remain able to support all of our guests with the same standard of service for which Turning Stone has been recognized by leading travel industry authorities,” Halbritter said.
The Oneidas first announced the expansion of the resort just off State Thruway Exit 33 last fall. It is focused on convention and conference capabilities, which are currently operating at nearly full capacity. This expansion does not include any additions to the gaming operations at the full-service casino.
United States' Brian Harman poses for the media as he holds the Claret Jug trophy for winning the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, Sunday, July 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) AP
British Open champion Brian Harman bringing Claret Jug to CNY: “We’ll party a little bit” (PS; Axe)
Brian Harman’s next stop after winning the 2023 British Open is Central New York.
Harman told ESPN on Sunday he’s bringing the Claret Jug to Skaneateles to celebrate with family.
“I’m going to take it (The Claret Jug) home,” Harman told ESPN. “I’m going to meet my family up at Skaneateles Lake up in New York. We’ll party a little bit.”
Harman’s wife, Kelly Van Slyke, is from Syracuse. She’s a 2007 graduate of Onondaga Central High School. Van Slyke was visiting family in Skaneateles with the couple’s three children while Harman played in The Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Course.
NBC broadcaster Dan Hicks shared that he had received a text from Van Slyke during the broadcast of The Open. When Hicks asked if she was watching, Van Slyke told Hicks that she had just returned from a four-mile walk and was settling in to watch Harman come down the stretch of his dominant win.
Harman pulled away from the field to win The Open with a a 72-hole total of 271, which was six shots better than South Korea’s Tom Kim, Austria’s Sepp Straka, Australia’s Jason Day and Spain’s Jon Rahm.