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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
SU disses Penn State, Syracuse fans
I've written about the terrible goings on there in the past.
But now I want to talk about how the schedule-makers are messing with Penn State.
When the Big 10 went to 12 teams, they divided themselves into two divisions the comically-named "Legend" and "Leaders." The plan was to pay all six teams in your division and the best team in one division plays the best tem in the other for the Big 10 crown. This set-up has brought excitement and big bucks to other conferences.
In addition to these games, each team would play one team, the same team, each year in the same division to develop a rivalry. Penn State's rival was to be Nebraska. Sounds cool, huh?
Nebraska's a traditional football powerhouse. The game year after year figured to be an exciting series I grew excited.
But wait, when the Big 10 added Maryland and Rutgers, growing to 14 teams, they shuffled the divisions again, making them more geographical and dropping the hokey names.
But the second-worst thing is that the "rivalry" game with Nebraska was dropped, too.
This year, it's third year, will be its last year.
Some storied rivalry.
But here's the worst thing about Penn State's schedule, and I can's blame the blame Big 10 for this one.
Penn State opens this year against Syracuse.
Yay, right? This should be welcomed by local Penn State fans and our friends who'll be wearing orange that day.
No. Syracuse, has move the Aug. 31 game to to the Meadowlands. That's right, to New Jersey.
This should make those wearing blue and white, and those wearing orange and blue, just blue.
Syracuse, of late, has been billing itself as "New York's Team."
It't a marketing slogan that would be fervently disputed at Colgate, Stony Brook and the University at Albany.
I think it's obvious when SU professes to be "New York's Team," it really wants to be "NYC's Team." The heck with Central New York
Sept. 7 - EASTERN MICHIGAN
Sept. 14 - CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sept. 21 - KENT STATE
Oct. 5 at Indiana
Oct. 12 - MICHIGAN
Oct. 26 at Ohio State
Nov. 2 - ILLINOIS
Nov. 9 at Minnesota
Nov. 16 - PURDUE
Nov. 23 - NEBRASKA
Nov. 30 at Wisconsin
Aug. 30 - TEMPLE
Sept. 6 - AKRON
Sept. 13 - *at Rutgers
Sept. 20 - UMASS
Sept. 27 - NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 11 - *at Michigan
Oct. 25 - *OHIO STATE
Nov. 1 - *MARYLAND
Nov. 8 - *at Indiana
Nov. 22 - at Illinois
Nov. 29 - *MICHIGAN STATE
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Here's where I'll be Memorial Day weekend
I always like Memorial Day weekend.
Not so much for the time off work, because I rarely get vey much, but because it's a holiday with a meaning.
I think it's important that we, as a country, remember those who sacrificed so much for us.
This weekend I have several plans.
Friday I'll attend the Oneida Memorial Day Parade, where I've been invited to be a judge again this year.
Monday I'll attend the opening of the new Town of Eaton Museum.
And Sunday I'll teach my son, George, to use our new mower.
Expect me to tweet under my handle, #OneidaEditor, from the first two.
I don't think that will happen from the last. If I'm lucky, and the weather's favorable, maybe we'll play a little golf.
And I'll be at work Monday.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Changes at Durhamville golf course great news
It's good news that the golf course in Durhamville (now called Old Erie) has new owners.
It's especially good news that those new owners, Dave Nieman and John Stewart, have groundskeeping expertise, and a real bonus that they're local guys.
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My son, George, and I enjoy that course and it deserves to be kept better, especially the greens.
Like many, we started play there when it was called Brandy Brook. We played there often when George was on the OHS golf team, since it became the school's home course.
We played there a few times in the last couple of years, but to be honest, it wasn't in as good shape as it used to be.
So this comes as great news to me.
It's the closest course to my house and it's relatively easy (I'm not very good). I need the exercise.
George and I aren't members anywhere this year, so we plan to play all the local courses, Casolwood, Oneida Community, Pleasant Knolls, Rogues Roost, The Ridge, Valley View, Barker Brook and maybe Shenandoah.
As long as Old Erie's prices stay affordable, I plan to play there multiple times.
The owners have big plans for improvements and it all sounds great.
It will be exciting to watch the new course take shape.
Sports Editor Kyle Mennig interviewed one of the new owners read it here: