Monday, October 19, 2009

Tale of the Tape: Akron Zips vs Syracuse Orange

To kick off the second half of the season SU will be taking on the Zips of Akron. The two teams will do battle for an orange kangaroo tattoo.

Born on Date
Akron: Founded 1870 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: Push… Akron was founded as Buchtel College in 1870.

In 1913 ownership was transferred to the city of…

GPS (location)
Akron: Akron vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: Akron … which has a larger population (215k vs 140K)

City aka
Akron: Rubber City vs SU: Salt City
Ottos Edge: Akron … they are the Rubber Capital of the World. Major tire companies were headquartered there, including BF Goodrich and Goodyear.

Speaking of Goodyear…

Transportation fame
Akron: site of first Zeppelin built in the US vs SU: Erie Canal used to run through
Ottos Edge: Akron … Goodyear abandoned their Zeppelin production and went into Blimps

Remaining on vehicles…

City hosts
Akron: The Soap Box Derby World Championships vs SU: The Great NY State Fair
Ottos Edge: SU… they don’t call it great for nuttin

Akron also hosts...

Hamburger History
Akron: The National Hamburger Festival vs SU: Hamburg , NY
Ottos Edge: Push… we are all winners thanks to the creation of the Hamburger.

According to legend the Hamburger was created in 1885 at the Erie County Fair. Brothers Frank and Charles Menches ran out of sausage patties and their supplier didn’t want to butcher more hogs in the heat. He suggested beef instead and the brothers added ingredients (coffee, brown sugar) to add more taste. They named it the Hamburg Sandwich, after the fairs location.

Sticking with burgers…

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner! (Eatery)
Akron: Menches Brothers Restaurants (where you can still get the original burger recipe) vs SU: Dino BBQ
Ottos Edge: SU… that burger sounds gross. While ribs are hmmm good.

Even more so with a side of…

Created in the city
Akron: Alcoholics Anonymous vs SU: Salt Potatoes
Ottos Edge: SU… man I am starting to get hungry

Finishing our food…

City Redevelopment
Akron: Quaker Square vs SU: Connective Corridor
Ottos Edge: Akron … Quaker Square used to be an old Quaker Oats factory. In the early 70s it was converted into a mall and the silos became a round hotel (like the Renaissance in Syracuse ). Recently Akron purchased the hotel as residence hall space.

They need that extra space to provide an…

Akron: Tier 4 (US News) vs SU Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU… I used my SU education to deduct that Tier 1 is better

School best know for
Akron: College of Polymer Science and Engineering vs SU: Newhouse
Ottos Edge: Akron … where would we be without plastic?

At the grocery store you get bags that are plastic or…

Akron: The Buchtelite vs SU: DO
Ottos Edge: SU… their paper sounds like a religious cult

Some consider FB to be a religion and has been practiced since…

1st year of FB
Akron: 1891 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: SU… two years longer and more successful too. Akron was DII until 1980 when they moved to 1AA. Then in 1987 they joined D1A.

All Time Wins
Akron: 483 vs SU: 675
Ottos Edge: SU… ok much more successful

And we play in a better…

Akron: MAC (joined in '92) vs SU: BE
Ottos Edge: SU… we found something worse than the BE

Success in the Conf is marked by…

Akron: 1 MAC vs SU: 4 BE and 1 National
Ottos Edge: SU… Akrons best season was in 1976 when they played in the Pioneer Bowl (DII Championship), losing to Montana St.

Conf Champ goes to…

Bowl Record
Akron: 0-1 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU… now it is getting ugly.

Maybe we should look…

Head to Head
Akron: One Win vs SU: Zero Wins
Ottos Edge: Akron... thanks GRob

A team that you have played many times is often called a…

Akron: Kent St (29-20-2) vs SU: Still Looking
Ottos Edge: Akron ... the two schools are only 10 miles apart. The teams play for the Wagon Wheel:

“The story goes that John R. Buchtel was searching for a site to start a new college in 1870 near what is now Kent State University when his wagon became stuck in the mud. The horses pulled the wagon apart and one of the wheels ended up being buried. Buchtel would eventually settle on a site in Akron for Buchtel College , which would eventually become the University of Akron. In 1902, while digging for a pipeline in Kent , the wheel was discovered and eventually came into the possession of Kent State dean of men Dr. Raymond Manchester. It was he who suggested in 1945 that the wheel be used as a trophy for the winner of the Kent State-Akron football game."

When the rivalry started Akron (11-0-1) won all the games. Then Kent St (9-0) won big every year causing the series to be stopped in 1954. It started up again in 1972 (a tie) and Akron (10-2) has dominated recently. Also, Akron (Rubber) used to play Youngstown St (Steel) for the Steel Tire until the series ended in 1995 (14-19-2).

It is important to beat your rival on your…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
Akron: Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium (30k) vs SU: Dome
Ottos Edge: SU… I thought Ernie Davis Legends Field at the Carrier Dome was bad.

The Rubber Bowl was replaced this year by the new stadium which had stadium naming rights bought by InfoCision ($10 million for 20 years), field rights by Summa Health ($5 million for 20 years), club seating rights by FirstMerit, and Towpath Credit Union will pay $500k for 5 years of naming rights to the Press Box.

The new stadium has a strange name just like their…

Team Name
Akron: Zips vs SU: Orange
Ottos Edge: SU… Zips is short for Zippers, rubber galoshes once made by the BF Goodrich Company. The term Zipper was coined to market the shoes that made use of a new fastener (zipper).

Speaking of shoes, don’t ask him to take his off…

Seinfeld connection
Akron: Comedian George Wallace was Jerry’s best man vs SU: Jerry Stiller played Frank Costanza
Ottos Edge: SU… I bet Frank owned some Zips to combat his foot odor problem

While the team is named after a shoe, it is not the teams...

Akron: Zippy the Kangaroo vs SU: Otto the Orange
Ottos Edge: Akron … Zippy was the Capital One Mascot of the Year in 2007. Also Zippy is one of the few female college mascots.

Speaking of females…

Well known Hottie
Akron: Heather Kozar (Akron native) vs SU: Vanessa Williams
Ottos Edge: Akron … she was a Barker Beauty. If she is good enough for Bob she is good enough for me.

Kozar is married to Tim Couch, who was drafted ahead of…

Akron: Charlie Frye vs SU: McNabb
Ottos Edge: SU… no contest

Speaking of contests…

Akron: Jason Taylor vs SU: Freeney
Ottos Edge: SU… sorry but real FB players don’t go on dancing contest shows. What ever happened to drinking the night before games and running around chasing women? Those were men.

While we are talking about real men…

Great Catcher
Akron: Thurman Munson (born Akron ) vs SU: Marvin Harrison
Ottos Edge: Akron … Munson grew up in Canton , where Harrison will one day enter the HoF .

Another former SU WR is…

Current NY Giants
Akron: Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon vs SU: Tom Coughlin
Ottos Edge: SU… this may be my favorite category

Sticking with the Giants...

Former Giant Larry Csonka
Akron: from there vs SU: played there
Ottos Edge: SU... he also played for some team in Miami

Championship INT
Akron: Dwight Smith (a record 2 INT TDs for the Bucs in SB XXXVII against the Raiders) vs
SU: Carl Karilivacz (INT for Giants in 1958 Champ Game against Colts)
Ottos Edge: Akron … Smiths team won the game defeating SUs Al Davis and Raiders. While the Giants lost the “Greatest Game Ever Played” to Johnny U and the Colts.

Remaining on defenders…

Bobby Boucher (best defender)
Akron: LB Mike Thomas vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: Akron… well there D is 75th in ppg while SU is 98th

Speaking of not so good…

BBall Success
Akron: in 2006 won 1st ever post season game (NIT) vs SU: Top National Program
Ottos Edge: Akron … they have been to the NIT four times (1987, 1989, 2006, 2008) and NCAAs twice (1986, 2009 losing last year to Gonzaga 77-64).

Sticking with BBall…

Famous BBall HC
Akron: Bob Huggins (97-46 at Akron ) vs SU: JB
Ottos Edge: SU… well if you were looking for a reason to hate Akron , here it is

JB coached both…

NBA Star
Akron: Lebron James ( Akron native) vs SU: Melo
Ottos Edge: Akron … ESPN says Lebron is better and they know all

Other HCs with an Akron connection…

Jim Tressel
Akron: former GA vs SU: former QB coach
Ottos Edge: Akron … he got his start there


Akron: John Heisman (the Trophy guy) coached there in 1893 vs SU: Ernie Davis won award
Ottos Edge: Akron … the award was named for him after all

Former HC
Akron: Gerry Faust (went to Akron after ND) vs SU: Coach Mac
Ottos Edge: SU… Faust was at Akron from 1986-94. Also former ND HC Ara Parseghian is an Akron native.

Sticking with ND guys...

FB Family
Akron: LB Ed Grimsley 1983-86 (more famous brother John) vs SU: LB David Bavaro 1986-89 (more famous brother Mark)
Ottos Edge: SU… we could sure use both Bavaro's right now

Sticking with brothers and the category of the week...

Competitive Eaters
Akron:Bob and Mike Golic (from Akron) vs SU: Doug Marrone
Ottos Edge: SU... again with the Nurtisystem?

And the Tattoo goes to.....

When a problem comes a long you must zip it. Zip it good. The Syracuse Orange zip past the Akron Galoshes.

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