Libonati: MetLife series meets its necessary end

first_img Published on October 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After Syracuse and Notre Dame left MetLife Stadium on Saturday, the grounds crew took over the stadium. Workers took down banners for the SU-UND game and put up New York Jets banners on the walls around the field. They peeled back the turf with “Syracuse” and “Orange” on it in the end zones, replacing it with “Jets” in both. A MetLife light turned from orange to blue to off.It took only three hours to wipe away most of the physical residue from Syracuse’s series in East Rutherford.On Saturday, the MetLife series met its death. Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dropped its game against Notre Dame (2-3), 50-33, marking its fourth loss in the series by a combined 52 points — 13 points per game. Even as the game reached its start, few fans filled the stadium. The drizzling of fans who entered in the 11 minutes between the national anthem and kickoff were decidedly dressed in more green than orange. SU’s fourth loss in the series heaps another blow to the unsuccessful series.The series, started under former Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, has been long bemoaned by fans and those who follow Syracuse football. At a time when Syracuse needed its program to recover, the series has helped rebury the program. Director of Athletics John Wildhack and head coach Dino Babers have a chance to right the program minus a money grab (Syracuse made as much as $5 million per game and $3 million against Penn State, per Syracuse.com) holding SU back.“I get it that we get a lot of money and we’ll pay a lot of the bills and that’s really good. So that’s great,” Babers said. “I would hope that in the future that we’d get to play them in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In the future, I’d hope to get teams like that in the Carrier Dome.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorBabers said he wouldn’t hold his breath for a pro-SU crowd. It’s a good thing he didn’t. The announced attendance was 62,794, which is being generous (and maybe offensive to those who saw the crowd). At least 70 percent of the crowd was pro-Notre Dame. In 2012, the MetLife game drew 39,507 people, 61,202 attended in 2013 and 76,802 attended in 2014.The game was branded as the “Battle in the Apple” and “New York’s College Classic.” But “Over-hyped New Jersey Classic” would have fit just as well.Beyond the aesthetics of the game, the football aspect has been detrimental. The program played games against Southern California, Penn State and twice against Notre Dame. Each unsurprisingly have national brands, which is the only excuse to say the stadium was three-quarters full. SU, as a program, was only truly prepared to play USC at the time schedules were set. The Orange faced a weaker PSU team because of NCAA sanctions the season before the matchup. Maybe the series has given back what’s deserved. SU has served up games befitting of a contest that’s been misbranded.After four years of Doug Marrone’s tenure, when the football program appeared to be turning around, the game may have been appropriate. SU was good enough to play USC, then the No. 2 team in the country. With Marrone leaving, the games outpaced how good Syracuse could be under Scott Shafer.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorInstead of playing a game against a big-name team, it would have been valuable for SU to play a team it could manage. Next year, it’ll play Middle Tennessee State, the type of team the Orange should have been playing all along. SU will also play Louisiana State, another game against a big team for the Orange, the type of game SU doesn’t need. By no means is any game automatic, but getting a team on its slate that could get SU to a bowl game could have been more useful.Another win may have pushed SU to seven regular season wins in 2013 and could’ve earned SU a better bowl game than the Texas Bowl. Another win in 2014 could’ve helped SU blunt its loss to Maryland and get on track. With a team this season that’s on the fringe of a bowl game, another win could be key to SU making the postseason.Coulda, shoulda, woulda is gone now. SU played out its first contract with MetLife. And despite MetLife and SU saying it’d sign a contract to play 10 games over 20 seasons from 2019 to 2038, the two sides never did. As the workers cleared up those physical remnants, they scrubbed away only some of the series’ effects.The rest is left to Babers and Wildhack.Chris Libonati is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @ChrisLibonati. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 72-58 win over Colgate

first_imgSyracuse (8-1) beat Patriot League foe Colgate (3-6), 72-58 Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange has now won 52 consecutive games against Colgate, though it didn’t come easy. Colgate hung around for much of the game.SU has now won back-to-back games since falling to then-No. 2 Kansas a week ago. Seven days before Syracuse visits former Big East rival Georgetown, sophomore guard Tyus Battle led SU in scoring with 24 points. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett added 20 in front of an announced attendance of 21,380.Here are superlatives from the game.Stud: Tyus BattleIt is apparent Battle has stepped into the cockpit of Syracuse’s offense, scoring at least 18 points in all but one game this year. His eight-point performance came when he exited the game due to a back injury against Toledo on Nov. 22. Otherwise, he has commanded the SU offense and carried it through nine games. He entered Saturday with a team-leading 20.3 points per game average while shooting 46 percent from the field. Against the Raiders, he had 15 at the half to lead all scorers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 10 minutes left in the game and Syracuse up nine, Battle stepped into a 3 to push SU’s lead to 12. Then he hit a jumper on SU’s next possession. Less than a minute later, he drove hard with his right hand and drew a foul. He made both free throws, extending SU’s lead to 13. The three plays are indicative of his versatility, as he stretched the floor with a 3, pull-upped from midrange and got to the basket off the dribble.Dud: Matthew Moyer’s encore attemptTuesday night against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, Moyer scored a career-high 18 points. After the game he said, “If I get going like this, I’m going to be a problem for a lot of teams.”Against the Raiders, Moyer missed his first shot attempt, a corner 3. SU head coach Jim Boeheim immediately turned to his right to sub-in Marek Dolezaj, who checked in on the next whistle: a Moyer traveling violation. Moyer finished with zero points in eight minutes because he sat on the bench with a towel over his shoulders for most of the second frame. His contributions on the defensive end are what make him a starter, but his offensive struggles this season resurfaced Saturday.Highlight: Oshae Brissett’s and-one dunkUp 11 with two minutes until the break, freshman forward Oshae Brissett posted up on Colgate forward Will Rayman. An entry pass fed to his right hip, Brissett turned and took a pound dribble. He rose up with two hands and dunked on Rayman despite the foul. He made the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play and draw strong approval from the crowd.Lowlight: Syracuse’s perimeter defenseThe Raiders, one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country, spread SU’s zone by shooting 3s. And a lot of them. Colgate attempted 35 shots from deep and hit 14 of them, accounting for 72 percent of its total offensive production. Stopping the 3-point shot against more formidable opponents will be integral for Syracuse’s defense come January. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Prep football predictions

first_img Opposing teams will contemplate pumping helium into their footballs to give kickers the advantage against Saugus return specialist Juan Hamilton, easily the league’s fastest player. Speaking of kick returners, Hart coach Mike Herrington will be so pleased with his team’s comeback season that he’ll consider allowing Joe Joo, a 5-4, 250-pound reserve lineman, an opportunity to return a kickoff just to see everyone’s reaction. West Ranch’s new frosh coach Jeff Engilman, known through the years at City Section power Sylmar High as a yeller and screamer, will keep his promise to mellow out for about five minutes of the first game until somebody misses a block or drops a pass. Freelance school Golden Valley will win about half its games, giving coach Rob Swartz more victories in one season than he had in four years at Hoover of Glendale, where he went 3-35-2. The area’s other freelance school, West Ranch, will be the region’s only perfect team in varsity competition, going 2-0 (against first-year varsity Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria in Week 2 and Salesian of L.A. in Week 8), while playing JV opponents during the other weeks. A 160-pound center from one of Santa Clarita Christian’s eight-man opponents will spend a sleepless night worrying about facing 6-4, 295-pound noseguard John Grayem. Canyon will find a player who boots kickoffs into the end zone and proves near-perfect on extra points, but, as usual, field goals will be a rarity because coach Harry Welch will almost always go for a first on fourth down inside the opponent’s 30. Hart’s Paul Weinstein, who had six field goals as a junior, will be the league’s top kicker. The most anticipated event of the regular season will be the Hart-Valencia game Oct. 28 at Valencia. This year, the contest will come down to the final play for only the second time in series history. No matter the weather conditions, not a hair will fall out of place on the head of Hart’s well-coiffed offensive coordinator, Davis Delmatoff. An anonymous Internet poster named Hart Dad will again supply the community with some of the most insightful and accurate observations on Foothill League football. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the L.A. Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected] The fax is (661) 257-5262. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The big debate among Canyon followers will be who will win the starting quarterback job returning senior Austin Civita or promising junior Ben Longshore, who is the brother of Canyon’s career leading passer, Nate Longshore (now at Cal). Despite the presence of two of the nation’s top quarterbacks in Herrick and Lyon, 2005 will be remembered as the Year of the Running Back thanks to Valencia’s Shane Vereen, Hart’s Delano Howell, Canyon’s J.J. DiLuigi and Burroughs’ Thomas Kyle, all of whom will rush for more than 1,000 yards this season. Vereen will be the first player in Foothill League history to have 150 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards in the same game. Howell, a powerful 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore, will break tackles and move on a level not seen at Hart since the awesome splendor of Ted Iacenda in 1995. A dazed defender will mutter the phrase, “Did you get the license number of that truck?” after being run over by Canyon’s beefy lineman Nick Madia. Bound to happen this football season: History will be made when two quarterbacks from the same league Valencia’s Michael Herrick and Hart’s Tyler Lyon pass for more than 4,000 yards in the same season the first time in the nation such a feat ever has been accomplished. By the time Mississippi-bound Herrick breaks California’s all-time prep passing record probably around the eighth game of the season Pac-10 coaches will be kicking themselves for not offering the undersized, gutsy player an early scholarship offer. Lyon, who passed for more than 3,100 yards as a junior last season but was criticized after Hart finished 7-5 and failed to advance to a section final for the first time in seven years, will be the Foothill League’s most improved player. It will be national news when he announces his college choice. last_img read more

Hina Rabbani Khar tops the list of glamorous women politicians

first_imgDo politicians make you think of dowdy dressers, white ensembles and plain cotton saris? Well, then its time for a reality check. There are some stunning women in politics. In our list, age is no barrier. Hot is hot!Here’s a look at some of the most glamorous female politicians. Check them out!Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar is at number one position in our listPakistan’s youngest and first woman foreign minister is in constant news for her fashionista ways. Hina Rabbani Khar, the 34 year old minister, scored full marks on the style front when she was spotted at the Delhi airport in a monotone outfit of blue sporting shades and red lipstick. She looked like a diva.Check out the galleryHere are other glamorous women politicians:Priyanka Gandhi VaderaKashmala TariqHillary ClintonMichelle Obamalast_img read more