Gettin’ the Band Back Together Eyes Broadway Bow

first_img The Grundleshotz is a group of performers and writers comprised of Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jorczak, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Fletcher Young. Klaitz and McNamara both appeared in the George Street Playhouse production. Gettin’ the Band Back Together, a new musical developed by the performance group The Grundleshotz, is making its way to the Great White Way. The tuner, which features music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz, premiered at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse last year. Further information, including cast, dates and a theater, will be announced at a later date. Tony winner John Rando will direct. When Mitch Papadopoulous gets fired from his Wall Street job on his 40th birthday, he has no choice but to move back in with his mom in New Jersey. On his first day back, his best friend from high school suggests that they “get the band back together!” Mitch thinks his buddy is crazy. But when his arch nemesis from high school threatens to foreclose on his house unless he agrees to a re-match of their infamous battle of the bands, Mitch realizes he may have no choice.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Brazil Seeks To Survive Group Of Death

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2010 Omar Borrás was nearly speechless. The Uruguay coach described his team’s draw for the 1986 World Cup, when it was picked along with soccer superpowers West Germany, Denmark and Scotland during a blind draw to form Group E, in four words: “grupo de la muerte.” His phrase, “group of death,” is as relevant today as it was nearly a quarter century ago. That’s because the media, coaches, players and fans have continued to apply Borrás’ label to the group in each World Cup they claim is strongest. And considering the top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the tournament’s single-elimination portion, just one loss – even to an elite opponent – can mean an early “death.” Next month in South Africa, the consensus is the group of death is Group G, which features third-ranked Portugal, 27th-ranked Ivory Coast, 106th-ranked North Korea and top-ranked Brazil, the favorite to win an unprecedented sixth title. Brazil has advanced from pool play in each of the past 10 World Cups and conceded 11 goals in 18 CONMEBOL qualifying games to secure a spot in this year’s field. Here are highlights for teams in Group G of the World Cup, which has drawn the nickname “group of death.” Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea are in the group. “I don’t like all that ‘group of death’ stuff,” said Brazil coach Dunga, according to FIFA. “If you look at the draw, you’ll see that all the groups, perhaps with the exception of Spain’s, are very even. North Korea is, in theory, a weaker side, but it’s tricky playing against a team you don’t know much about. For us, our opening game is the most difficult one.” Portugal has advanced to the semifinals in two of its four all-time World Cup appearances: in 1966 with legend Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, and in 2006, when it finished fourth. “Deep down, I hope that we’re already qualified [for the round of 16] by the time we face Brazil in our third match,” said Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz, according to FIFA. “When one of the teams in the group is Brazil, which has won five world titles, I have no hesitation in saying they’re the favorites.” Ivory Coast, led by spectacular forward Didier Drogba, returns to soccer’s grandest stage after its debut in 2006, when it didn’t advance past pool play. “Brazil is one of the favorites and Portugal is one of the best teams in Europe,” said Ivory Coast coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, according to FIFA. “There is a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I like that – in fact, I love it.” North Korea, which hadn’t qualified for the World Cup since 1966, when it reached the quarterfinals, allowed five goals in eight qualifying games to earn a spot in the 32-team field. “Before I turned on the television for the final draw, I had hoped to avoid the likes of Brazil and Portugal,” said North Korea midfielder Anh Yong-Hak, according to FIFA. “But when the results were clear after the draw, my second thoughts told me that [it couldn’t be better than] to play the top teams in the world’s most prestigious soccer competition.” Well, it could be better – much better. And if history is any indicator, Yong-Hak should have wished for another draw. Simply look at two of the toughest “groups of death” during the 1990s. In 1990, Group F – England, Netherlands, Ireland and Egypt – saw five of six games end in draws, with England beating Egypt, 1-0, for the only victory. In 1994, Group E – Mexico, Italy, Ireland and Norway – saw each team finish with a 1-1-1 record and an even goal-differential. The difference? Mexico won the group by scoring a group-high three goals. Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva expects a similar situation this year. “I think it’s justified to call ours ‘the group of death,’ but this team’s already lived through a lot of adversity and is ready to face this situation,” he said, as reported by FIFA. “Everybody wants to beat Brazil.”last_img read more

The art of chairing a judicial nominating commission

first_imgThe art of chairing a judicial nominating commission Training for JNC chairs touches on how to avoid pitfalls and what the governor expects of the JNCs Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Gov. Jeb Bush is not interested in a judicial nominee’s strongly held personal, political, or religious beliefs — he only wants to make sure those he appoints to the bench can set those issues aside and rule according to the law. That’s the message Raquel Rodriguez, the governor’s general counsel, had for JNC commission chairs at a recent training program in Tampa, cosponsored by The Florida Bar and the Governor’s Office. Put together by the Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee the curriculum included discussions on the judicial selection process and interviewing judicial candidates and training on the Sunshine Law, public records, and interviewing techniques. Rodriguez also emphasized the governor’s preference for slates of six nominees for each judicial vacancy. While the law provides that JNCs may send up three to six names for each vacancy, sending the maximum provides for more diverse appointments, Rodriguez said. “We depend on your management skills, your people skills, and your ability to identify good potential judicial nominees in order for the governor to fulfill his constitutional functions,” Rodriquez told the commissioners. “You are the key to this process; without you, it just does not work.” Improper Questions Ft. Lauderdale Judge Cynthia Imperato, vice chair of the JNPC, said when JNCs are criticized, it is often because candidates are asked inappropriate or offensive questions, such as asking a female candidate how she would balance motherhood with her judicial duties and quizzing candidates about their religious affiliations. “In the governor’s office we never ask anybody what their religion is or if they are active in their church,” Rodriguez said, adding, however, that sometimes candidates volunteer that information. “This is a question that I do ask because it is relevant to anybody who wants to be a judge, ‘Can you set aside your strongly held personal, political, or religious beliefs and rule according to the law?’” Rodriguez said. “That is what we care about. Are you going to follow the law? If you can’t follow the law, then you should not be a judge.” That question, she said, is not only appropriate “but almost a mandatory question.” A year ago when a member of the 17th Circuit JNC allegedly asked a woman candidate how she would balance motherhood with her judicial duties and other candidates if they were “God fearing,” Rodriguez said she followed up with a phone call to the commissioner in question and Gov. Bush went a step further and he sent a letter to every JNC reminding them again that they need to look for many different kinds of people for judgeships and he has no “litmus test.” Rodriguez said there are many ways to ask if somebody is going to be a hardworking judge without getting into if they have kids to care for. “You are a reflection of the governor,” Rodriguez said. “He appointed every one of you regardless of whether you were nominated through The Florida Bar or applied directly to the governor, so you reflect the governor. The governor has an interest in making sure that you reflect him well and you can’t reflect him well if there are problems with people leaving an interview feeling they were not treated fairly.” The flip side to those who object to questions about religious life was a lawyer who did not make it out of the JNC process who told Rodriguez he “got the distinct impression he need not apply again because of the fact that he was in a more formal sense involved in religious life.” “But again, the question is, ‘Can you follow the law?’” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think it is fair to create an impression that some people need not apply.” Six Nominees Rodriguez said the governor also has a strong preference for receiving six nominees for each judicial vacancy, saying it helps to promote diversity. Rodriguez said whenever the governor gets three or four nominees instead of six, she calls to find out why and inevitably is told the commission thought the others were not as qualified. “I do not believe it is the job of the commission to limit — nor should it be the goal of the commission to limit — the governor’s choices,” Rodriguez said. “It’s the job of the commission to send up the best qualified candidates and let the governor decide among those candidates. “I would encourage you to give the governor the benefit of the doubt and if there is somebody on the edge, let that person go through — let them be part of the experience,” Rodriguez said. “It is not an inconvenience to us and maybe they will learn something from it; maybe they will interview better the next time.” But Michael Band, a JNPC vice chair from Miami, said JNCs should only send the governor “legitimate candidates.” If you have six, terrific,” Band said. “But if four, five, and six really don’t match up with one, two, and three, I don’t know if the governor should be in a position to have that chance to mess up.” Rodriquez, however, said the governor has not appointed “an incompetent judge yet, so, I think, he can be trusted — and his staff can be trusted — to do the same kind of homework commissioners do. “Oftentime a lot of the people who get left off — let’s say four, five, and six — are younger lawyers, women, and minorities who often are on the younger lawyer side,” Rodriquez said. “More often than not, when the governor only gets three nominees — and no offense to the middle-aged white males who are here — it is three middle-aged white males. Why? Because they have been practicing for 35, 40 years.” Rodriquez said there are very few established women and minority lawyers who have been practicing that long. “Please don’t use the issue: these were absolutely the best three people and the others don’t match up simply because they may not have been around as long because inevitably what happens is. . . you are having a disparate impact on the women and minority lawyers out there who may not have been practicing as long,” Rodriquez said. Rodriquez said one of the hallmarks of the governor’s administration has been his diverse appointments to the bench. Bush has appointed 266 judges in the past seven years — more than a quarter of all judges in the state — and those appointments include 30 African Americans, 29 Hispanics, and 68 women, according to the Miami Herald. Rumors The commissioners also discussed how to handle rumors about judicial candidates. “How are you supposed to determine somebody’s future based on a rumor that is grossly unfair?” Rodriquez asked. “You would not do that on behalf of a client; you would not accept rumor and hearsay.” Rodriquez said JNCs must make every effort to run down the accuracy of rumors or other negative information about a candidate before passing that information on. “We spend a lot of time chasing down rumors that ultimately are not borne out,” Rodriquez said. “It is not fair to the applicants because the minute the governor’s office starts asking around about a rumor, people take it as fact.” Judge Imperato said it also is not fair to bring rumors about a candidate into JNC deliberations without giving the candidate an opportunity to refute the allegation. Judge Manuel Menendez, chair of the JNPC, also said that if a JNC is going to ask a candidate about a negative rumor, it would be appropriate to alert the candidate before the interview that the commission intends to address the rumor. “Perhaps the most insidious thing in the entire process is dealing with information that comes to you, a lot of times unsolicited, a lot of times without any indicia, that there is any fact involved,” Band said “We have taken the position on our commission that if we are going to consider it in deliberations we have to provide the applicant an opportunity to address the issue.” Committee member Carol Licko – the governor’s former general counsel – said the JNCs have been doing a very good job in demystifying the judicial selection process. “People now believe in the transparency and the impartiality and the objectivity of this process,” Licko said. “We have established something here that is very meaningful. People actually believe they have a shot at judicial candidacy if they work hard, do the right thing, and are professional.” The art of chairing a judicial nominating commissioncenter_img November 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

NAFCU urges disclosure exemption for credit unions ahead of today’s CFPB hearing

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU, noting the uniqueness of credit unions and their limited authority for member business lending, urged ahead of a CFPB public field hearing today that the CFPB exempt the industry from any future rulemaking that would require further disclosure of business loan information.Today’s hearing, slated for 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) in Los Angeles, will review a Dodd-Frank Act small business lending requirement that the CFPB collect information on small business loans made to women- and minority-owned business.NAFCU will monitor the hearing for any potential impact on the credit union industry.“Credit unions serve distinct fields of membership, and as a result, institution-level data related to women-owned, minority-owned, and small business lending substantially differs in relation to other lenders,” wrote NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel Andrew Morris in a letter to the bureau on Tuesday. “Given the unique characteristics of credit unions and the limits placed on member business loans (MBLs), the CFPB should seek to exempt credit unions from any future rulemaking that compels disclosure of business loan information.”last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Indonesia, pandemic planning, food recall response, speedy ricin test, NIH stimulus funds

first_imgApr 14, 2009Indonesian province reports H5N1 outbreaksDistrict officials in Indonesia’s Riau province reported that the H5N1 avian influenza virus recently struck chickens at several sites, according to an Apr 11 report in the Jakarta Post. The reports of poultry deaths follow the late March confirmation by a hospital official that a 2-year-old boy from Riau province died of an H5N1 infection after he reportedly had contact with dead birds.[Apr 11 Jakarta Post story]Tokyo gauges pandemic-related worker absencesA survey from Tokyo’s transportation ministry revealed that 25% of those who commute to their jobs in central parts of Tokyo from surrounding areas would not report to work during an influenza pandemic, the Yomiuri Shimbun, an English-language newspaper in Japan, reported today. The findings included 2,000 responses to an online survey, which was conducted to estimate transport capacity during an influenza pandemic. Of those who said they wouldn’t report to work, 17% said they’d stay home, though their companies don’t have pandemic-related attendance policies. Seven percent said their companies would prohibit them from coming to work during a pandemic scenario.Hawaii to prompt pandemic discussions with online gameIn its efforts to encourage public discussion about pandemic preparedness and vaccine allocation, the Hawaii State Department of Health (HSDH) will sponsor an alternate reality online game starting in mid May, according to an Apr 12 report on the Alternate Reality Gaming Network Web site. The game, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is titled Coral Cross and features a pandemic scenario that takes place on the island of Oahu. Though anyone can play, the main audience is Hawaii residents. In addition to the computer game, the HSDH will also host dialogues on vaccine allocation and a live TV panel.[Apr 12 ARGNet story]Consumers don’t follow through on food recallsConsumers pay attention to food recalls, but many aren’t following recommendations to check their homes for recalled food products, according to a survey released today from the Rutgers Food Policy Institute. The telephone survey of 1,101 adults from Aug 4 through Sep 24, 2008, found that only about 40% of consumers think that the recalls apply to them, though most say they pay a great deal of attention to the information. The researchers said in a press release that personalizing recall information to consumers might boost the impression that the recall applies to them. For example, 75% of respondents said they’d like to see recall information at the bottom of grocery store receipts, and 60% said they’d like to receive e-mails or letters.[Rutgers Food Policy Institute consumer food recall survey]A quicker, more sensitive test for ricinResearchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine have developed a faster, more sensitive test for detecting ricin, a potential bioterrorism agent, according to a study that appears in the Apr 15 issue of Analytical Chemistry. The test detects and quantifies the amount of adenine, released by cells when ricin disrupts ribosomal RNA. The reagent emits light when ricin is present, and luminescence increases as the concentration of the toxin increases. The researchers said in an Apr 8 Albert Einstein College press release that the assay could help speed the development of a ricin antidote by replacing slower multistep methods of detecting ricin activity. They also said only minor changes would be needed for the detection method to be used in the field and in clinical practice.[Apr 15 Anal Chem abstract][Apr 8 Albert Einstein College of Medicine press release]Public health included in NIH stimulus fundingThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) yesterday announced a new funding opportunity under the Recovery Act that targets $200 million toward large-scale research products that are likely to stimulate the economy through advances in biomedical research, public health, and healthcare delivery. The NIH said in an Apr 13 press release that it is looking for high-impact ideas that, with short-term support, may lay the groundwork for “new fields of scientific inquiry.” For example, the NIH said the type of project that might qualify would be validation of biomarkers for disease detection.[Apr 13 NIH press release]last_img read more

Nature lovers home that would be perfect for Bear Grylls to go under the hammer

first_imgPerfect for outdoor living.It will go to auction on-site on Saturday, June 23 at 11am through Ray White — Ascot.Over in Windsor a simple yet stylish three-bedroom home at 7 Swan Terrace is being marketed for its potential. Get back to nature.Owner Ray Sparks said the natural look came about after several years of renovating.“It’s a seriously peaceful house,” Mr Sparks said. The home is set to go to auction on-site on Saturday, June 23 at 1pm through Ray White — Ascot. Location location.The 1920s era home was originally a workers cottage and according to agent Ian Cuneo there was a fair bit of interest from young couples and investors. “We’ve marketed it as entry level for the area,” Mr Cuneo said. The home will go to auction on-site on Saturday, June 23 at 3pm through Ray White — Ascot.Happy bidding. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 60 Northview Outlook MoorookaA WOODEN wonderland that was described by its owner as the home that “Bear Grylls would love to live in” is just one of the interesting homes going to auction across Brisbane over the weekend.The home at 60 Northview Outlook, Moorooka has a back to nature type theme with a strong use of exposed wood and earthy colours inside and out. center_img Old school architecture with a modern build.“There are some people that think it is original Queenslander stock,” Mr Warat said. “It’s been extremely well kept by the owners.”The home includes a landscaped garden and an expansive veranda. The owners liked the natural look.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoIn Coorparoo a historical looking family home offers more than meets the eye.The four-bedroom home at 18 Glyn St has the look of a colonial Queenslander, but according to agent Damon Warat it was actually a modern build that was designed to emulate the classic look.last_img read more

State FAs Ready for Elective Congresses

first_img*Protest rocks Nasarawa FA electionEmmanuel Ukumba in LafiaElections into the Executive Committees of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT will hold as from next week. However, all is not well in Nasarawa as protests letters are flying over the composition of the electoral committee constituted to conduct election into the association.The first stop will be Rivers State, where the Elective Congress has been set for Port Harcourt on Thursday, 30th January, before Ogun State takes the baton a week later on 6th February and Kano State follows three days after, on 9th February.Elections will hold in Niger and Ekiti states on 9th February, while FCT will be the next on 11th February and Kebbi State will take its turn on 12thFebruary.Benue, Zamfara and Plateau States will hold their elective congresses on 13th February. Kwara State will take the stage on 14th February and Nasarawa State will be the next on 15th February.Bauchi, Kaduna and Kogi States have all opted for 19th February, with Gombe and Osun States in focus on 20th February and Imo and Taraba States to follow on 21st February.Yobe States will hold its elections on 23rd February while Ebonyi State has fixed 26th February for its own congress.Meanwhile, a contestant in the upcoming Nasarawa FA election, Ibrahim Shigafarta, has kicked against the composition of the electoral committee in a protest letter he personally signed and made available to journalists on Sunday in Lafia.Shigafarta alleged that the membership of Abdulhamid Babanrabi in the electoral committee was a gross violation of fairness, justice and due process in the electoral process because Babanrabi is also currently the secretary of the Nasarawa FA making it difficult to not to see him as unbias or trust his actions in the electoral process.He added that the fact that Babanrabi was appointed as secretary of both the FA and electoral committee by the state FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, and the fact that the chairman is also contesting in the election makes it extremely difficult that the process will not be swayed to favour the incumbent chairman and his supporters.But the Nasarawa FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, said Babanrabi was appointed as a member and secretary of the electoral committee because as stipulated in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) statues with regards to elections into FAs across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rain Halts Activities at Lagos Open

first_imgThe incessant rainfall yesterday forced the organisers of the yearly Lagos Open Tournament to cancel all the Main Draw matches lined up at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.International Tennis Federation (ITF) Supervisor, Iain Smith, noted that the rainfall caused the unprecedented change of plan.As at the time of compiling this report, Nigeria’s Sylvester Emmanuel was almost done with his second qualifying match against Emmanuel Jebutu which he was leading 6-3, 1-0. Other Nigerian players not guaranteed a place in the second round include Matthew Abamu, Mohammed Mohammed, Christian Paul and Emmanuel Ochei, all of whom were yet to complete their matches.In the Women’s Singles main draw today, Oiza Yakubu will take on Riya Bhatia from India; Barakat Oyinlomo Quadre, is scheduled to face Patience Onebamhoin; Aanu Aiyegbusi, who takes on Blessing Samuel among others.Yakubu, who has a very big task ahead of her, has promised to “play my game and see where it leads me” as she dares the Indian ranked 499 in the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ESPN analyst Mike Tirico voices approval for restoration of No. 44 to Syracuse football

first_imgSince Syracuse University’s announcement on Tuesday that the school would restore its legendary number 44, there has been controversy about whether or not it was the right decision, and what “restoration” means for the number. See a full time-line of events here.Mike Tirico, a 1988 Syracuse graduate and ESPN/ABC announcer of college basketball and the NBA, shared his own thoughts with The Daily Orange on how SU should use the number 44.The un-retirement of number 44:I have no problem with (SU Athletic Director) Pete Sala doing this because, to me, the two people who matter in this story – Jim Brown and Floyd Little – blessed it. Who am I to say that they shouldn’t do it?When (SU) retired it, I thought it was a nice honor, but when you think about it, the number doesn’t do us any good hanging up at the Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt can have the same purpose of honoring those guys on the field. Honor the individual and hang their jerseys…with their name and with the number 44 should hang in the (Carrier) Dome, Brown, Little, (Larry) Csonka, (Ernie) Davis. If it were me, I’d hang one more 44 for (basketball player) Derrick Coleman, too.What Syracuse can learn from Ole Miss:The way Ole Miss uses number 38 to honor Chucky Mullins…is a great way to go about it.(Editor’s note: Mullins was paralyzed in 1989 after a collision during a game and died nearly two years later. The team awards number 38 to the player who ‘best represents Ole Miss football’ each year.)I haven’t covered Ole Miss since 1997 – 18 years – but whenever I see Ole Miss play, I look for 38 because I know that kid has proven that he’s special.That’s what a legacy truly is about. It’s yesterday inspiring today. Your future players can strive toward tomorrow.That’s how we maximize 44 on campus.How Syracuse can use number 44:The best use of the number is to be awarded…to a different player every year who exemplifies what that number 44 stood for…Regardless of position. Not the best player, but the player who best represents Syracuse football.You’d have to ask Floyd or Jim this question, but I think it does them more honor to have their ideals represented every year.If I’m watching the game and see the number 44 out there, I can tell my kids, folks who weren’t around to see those three guys play, all about what those guys were and what they meant. Every time you watch Syracuse play, you’ll see 44 on the field and that represents the best of the legacy and the guys who wore it before.We all want what’s best for the program and this is a compromise of saluting everyone involved.Why freshman shouldn’t be allowed to wear number 44:Bestowing the number on an incoming freshman puts a lot of pressure on someone.(Editor’s note: Class of 2016 commit, running back Robert Washington, has been linked to the “Restore 44” movement. His father said Tuesday they were both “shocked” by the restoration announcement.)But if that guy comes in and proves what he is – in your house, for a year, and that he represents what that number represents – then he’s earned it.What if you recruit two great players? One gets it and the other doesn’t? Doesn’t it become a pawn in recruiting that way?If you’re a big time recruit, the number’s available. Just come here and prove you deserve it.How Syracuse can make even better use of the number:I would think about taking 44 and advancing that legacy to every sports team we have. Wouldn’t it be awesome if every Syracuse team had a 44?Someone who wasn’t a freshman, but had been on campus and – through their play, the person they are and how they’ve acted – may become worthy of wearing the number of honor on our campus. Each coach runs their own program and chooses someone each year.That’d be a unique honor no other school has.Donovan McNabb’s tweets: Everybody is entitled to their opinion.I’m sitting in Ann Arbor right now at home and McNabb had as good of a day as any Syracuse player has ever had in Michigan Stadium. He has a right to be a voice at this table. Comments Published on May 21, 2015 at 10:57 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 20 Trojans travel to take on No. 19 Utes

first_imgThe high-flying USC offense will face a tough test this Saturday night when the team hits the road to face the stingy Utah Utes. The No. 20 Trojans (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) hammered Colorado 56-28 last Saturday behind a record-setting day from redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler. Kessler and his teammates will have their work cut out for them in Salt Lake City, however, against the Pac-12’s second-best scoring defense.Hold down the fort · Junior defensive end Leonard Williams will be tasked with slowing down Utes running back Devontae Booker, who rushed for 229 yards in Utah’s game against Oregon State last week. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe No. 19 Utes (5-1, 2-1), owners of an upset win over then-No. 8 UCLA on Oct. 4, allow just 21.7 points per game, and are a one-point loss to Washington State away from being undefeated. The team is coming off of a double-overtime victory over Oregon State last Thursday night, leaving them two extra days to prepare for head coach Steve Sarkisian’s Trojans. For his part, Sarkisian acknowledged that Utah should be a tough opponent.“They’ve always been very good on defense,” Sarkisian said. “They’ve always been aggressive. They’re doing it their way and its been successful for them thus far.”The Utes’ impressive defense is anchored by the two-headed monster of defensive end Nate Orchard and outside linebacker Jared Norris. Norris is the Pac-12’s second-leading tackler with 58, good for an average of 9.7 per game. Orchard, a blue-chip NFL prospect, is second in the conference in sacks (10.5) and third in tackles for loss (13). Linebacker Gionni Paul, a transfer from Miami, has also made an impact after missing the first two games of the season. Following a 14-tackle effort in a road win over Michigan — his first game in a Utes’ uniform — Paul was named Athlon’s National Defensive Player of the Week. Sarkisian has no qualms about Utah’s defensive strategy.“They’re just committed to rushing the passer,” Sarkisian said. “Their defensive ends are going to go and sack the quarterback. That’s their intent, and they’ve got talented guys. We have to have a good gameplan in place to neutralize their scheme and try to limit their confidence.”If the Utes are a force without the ball, they have been anything but with it. Quarterback Travis Wilson, who overcame career-threatening concussion issues to return to the team this season, is struggling to regain his old form. Backup Kendal Thompson, who replaced Wilson in the team’s win over UCLA, has performed only slightly better. The pair owns a 58 percent completion percentage, the worst in the Pac-12, and averages only 191.8 yards per game through the air, good for second-worst in the conference. Though Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham named Wilson the team’s starter for Saturday’s contest, the Trojans know that they should be ready to face Thompson at any point.“[Thompson and Wilson] both like to run,” sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens said. “They do the same type of things with both QBs. We just gotta be ready to play. We’re going to stick to what our gameplan is and execute.”The Utes’ saving grace on the offensive side of the ball has come in the form of running back Devontae Booker. The Sacramento, California, native is the Pac-12’s third-leading rusher — behind only USC redshirt junior Javorius “Buck” Allen — with 742 yards, good for an average of 123.7 per game. Booker torched Oregon State for 229 yards and three touchdowns last week, including the game-winning score in double overtime. Stopping Booker will be crucial for the Trojans, who have already given up 12 rushing touchdowns this season.“I think [Booker]’s a great running back,” senior linebacker Anthony Sarao said. “You have to stop that run, a lot of teams like to run the ball when they’re at home. We can’t have just one guy trying to make one tackle.”Sarkisian noted that the Utes have come into their own as a power running team.“[Utah] has kind of philosophically changed from year to year,” Sarkisian said. “They’ve got some really quality minds with a great deal of experience on the offensive side of the ball. They found a niche to be a downfield running team this year.”USC leads the all-time series 9-3, with the Trojans’ last loss to Utah coming in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl. This year’s matchup will kick off from Rice-Eccles Stadium at 7 p.m. PST on Saturday night. Cravens played down concerns that the Utes’ notoriously loud home crowd could be a factor, especially for younger players.“I love a big crowd, especially in an away game like this,” Cravens said. “I love when the crowd’s booing us and when it’s loud. I’m going to talk to the freshmen and tell them, ‘Don’t let the crowd get you, just play your game.’”last_img read more