Starting quarterback to remain a mystery until Penn State game

first_img“We don’t know what we’re getting,” Hunt said. For Hunt, the redshirt sophomore, and Allen, the graduate transfer from Oklahoma, it leaves them in a unique position. On Monday, ESPN reported that the Orange is one of four teams that is not expected to name a starting quarterback until the day of its first game. When Syracuse arrives at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31 to face Penn State its quarterback will be a mystery to all outside the program. Scott Shafer doesn’t plan on revealing his starter until that day. “I wouldn’t care if it was Saturday morning or today because you work so hard and you prepare like you’re the starter no matter what position you are,” Hunt said. “If you’re second string, first string, you just prepare and when your time comes, you’re ready.” So why let Penn State know what Syracuse has to show? — That’s Shafer’s thinking. Shafer said on Monday that there is a bit of separation, but even when he and the coaching staff reach a verdict, he won’t make it public. He wouldn’t even say when he hopes to have that decision made. Allen and Hunt will likely know before that Saturday, but neither quarterback was concerned about when he’d find out. “Why give anybody an advantage?” Shafer said, pounding his fist on the podium. “To me I just wouldn’t understand it. It’s just me. If it gives them one more practice to play against something they think one kid can do compared to the other, why give them that advantage?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Every practice makes a difference, so Shafer will hold tight to as much information as he can for as long as he can. “I approached every day as if I was a starter,” Allen said. “I prepared every day in the film room and I prepared every day on the practice field in order to be ready because there could’ve been an injury, a sudden change of plans. Somehow I needed to be ready.” PSU was not reported as one of the teams that will wait until opening day to make a decision, but it’s hosting a tight quarterback competition, too. Allen spent four years with the Oklahoma Sooners learning how to handle a situation like this. He was likely never going to pass Sam Bradford or Landry Jones for the starting job, but he was always there in case something happened. The quarterback competition, which is down to Drew Allen and Terrel Hunt, has run neck-and-neck through the entirety of training camp with both signal callers splitting reps with the first team almost completely evenly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text While a potentially frustrating position for the quarterbacks, it is one that makes sense: There’s no need to give the Nittany Lions an extra advantage. “We don’t have to play until the 31st, so the final decision won’t truly be made until we step on that field,” the head coach said. Of course, at OU he was an injury away. At SU it’s a 50-50 competition. Published on August 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 “I don’t want to tell half-truths,” Shafer said. “So we’re going to do the best we can to put that position together for the 31st.”last_img read more

Cost of watching football busts rate of Inflation

first_imgThe average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.According to the latest figures compiled in the BBC Sport Price of Football study the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.In the Premier League, the cost of the cheapest match day ticket increased by 15.8%. Of the Premier League clubs, Arsenal is still the most costly with their most expensive  match day ticket costing £97, however that represents a reduction of £29 from their most expensive ticket last year at £126.In the Championship, the average price has dropped 3.2% while, in League One, clubs increased ticket prices by a whopping 31.7% and 19% in League Two.Compared to 12 months ago, the cheapest match day tickets in the top four divisions of English football is up 4.4% from 12 months, from £20.58 to £21.49, more than treble the current rate of inflation which is 1.2%.Malcolm Clarke, Chair of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) said there was ‘no excuse’ for ticket prices to rise above the rate of inflation, especially in the Premier League. “There is no excuse for the price of tickets to rise above the rate of inflation,” he told fcbusiness. “The money from the Premier League’s new media deal needs to be shared more evenly across the pyramid and there is no reason why some of it cannot be passed onto the fans instead going straight into the pockets of club owners and players.”However, Clarke was sympathetic of the rises in Leagues One and Two, but warned that they were still unacceptable. “Matchday ticket sales represent a significant level of income for clubs at this level. I have sympathy for these clubs but the level of increases seen here is simply unacceptable.”The BBC Price of Football study is in its fourth year having begun in 2011, and is the largest of its kind in Britain, covering 176 clubs in 11 divisions across British football, including Women’s Super League One and Two.last_img read more

Forever Powder Coating Hosts 4th Annual Cruise-In Car and Motorcycle Show

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Forever Powder Coating Nothing says summer like hotrods, BBQ, kettle corn, and ice cream!  And on Saturday, July 12, from 11:00 – 4:00 pm, Forever Powder Coating will host their fourth annual Cruise-In to benefit Dynamic Partner’s, Children’s Therapy Center in Tacoma.  Last year’s event hosted 100+ vehicles, 20+ motorcycles, and raised over $1000…this year’s goal is $2000!Teaming up with the Tumwater Rotary Motorcycle Poker Run the events will take place at the New Market Skills Center and feature all types of cars, motorcycles and trucks.  Cruise-In winners will take home trophies and cash prizes in a variety of categories like Best Rat Rod, Best Muscle Car, Best Bike, and Best Paint.Forever Powder Coating began the Cruise-In to showcase their custom work—and that of their clients and friends—in a family-friendly setting.  Says FPC’s Heather Pinard, “We encourage our guests to bring all sorts of projects they have worked on, from classic cars to vintage pedal cars and various restoration projects.”  Vendors, food, bounce house, dunk tank and raffles make for an exciting annual event.Outside of the Cruise-In event, Forever Powder Coating has been active in the community since they opened their doors in 2009.  In layman’s terms, powder coating is a process in which color is added to metal via electrostatic charge and then cured with heat to ensure its durability and vibrancy without harmful side effects.Jobs are individually priced, and customers can seek a bid in person, over the phone, or via email.  Average time to completion varies, depending on the piece itself.  They’ve done everything from the standard (tire rims, motorcycle parts, hotrod pin-striping) to the unique (a gold toilet, a vintage fire hydrant, and an entire boat!).  Some of their latest creations include sculptures, custom crafted clocks, restored patio furniture, and the lettering, signs, and 900 feet of railing for a Tacoma apartment complex.Outside of powder coating, FPC also specializes in sandblasting, restoration, firearms coating, and custom art work.  The artistic side of things is handled by Jeff Pinard, who can provide individualized artwork for almost any surface.  His hand-painted and uniquely designed graphics feature gold and copper leaf and inventive, eye-catching images.Jeff and his staff are all highly-trained, skilled craftsmen and their pride shows.  Says Jeff, “All employees at Forever Powder Coating are trained in all aspects of the job.  This makes everyone that we work with very knowledgeable of what we do, and can give the customer the highest level of service. I feel the team that we have at Forever is a very strong, tight knit bunch that cares about the product we produce for the customer and in turn it shows in our top notch quality. We pride ourselves on always trying new things and to never stop learning, to forge ahead and not be just average but the best.”Judging by their many 5-star online reviews, they’ve accomplished just that!Forever Powder Coating715 – 78th Ave SW #1Olympia, WA 98501360.786.6345For more information regarding this weekends event, please visit www.facebook.com/ForeverPwdrCoating/events or call 360-786-6345.last_img read more