Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chevy Perverse???

I was watching this Chevy Traverse commercial that I have seen a million times. I hate the little girl in it. Couldnt they get a cute kid? Anyway I noticed when she said "Thats a big girl car" and points to the car that it almost sounds like she says "Thats a big girl cock" and points to Howie Longs crotch. See for yourself:


Cuse Cast XX

KingOtto and Cuseman recap the Akron game, preview the Cincy game, and talk some SU hoops. Combined score for game Cincy 41 SU 18

Length about 20 mins

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tale of the Tape: Cincinnati vs Syracuse

This week on the ToT the Bearcats of Cincinnati will go to the Dome to do battle with the Orange of Syracuse. The teams are playing for an orange Big O. Tattoo

Born on Date
Cincy: 1819 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: Cincy... who also has the 4th oldest Law School

Cincy: Tier 3 (US News) vs SU: Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU... thats a lot of students (nearly 40k) not learning very much

GPS (location)
Cincy: Cincy vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: Push... both schools were named after the city


City named after
Cincy: George Washington vs SU: Siricusa, Sicily
Ottos Edge: Cincy... Cincinnatus was a Roman General who after war relinquished his powers much like GW

Local nut job
Cincy: Charles Manson vs SU: Tom Cruise
Ottos Edge: Cincy... Cruise is still at large

Local Brothers
Cincy: Nick/Drew Lachey vs SU: Baldwins
Ottos Edge: Push... there are no winners here

Cincy: Greater Cincinnati (which is in Kentucky) vs SU: Hancock International
Ottos Edge: SU... at least ours is in the same state

Also misnamed…

Coney Island Amusement Park
Cincy: in Cincy vs SU: in Brooklyn
Ottos Edge: SU... cant beat the original

Sticking with names...

City Nickname
Cincy: Queen City vs SU: Salt City
Ottos Edge: SU... not that there is anything wrong with that

Some may call them Queens…

School Leader
Cincy: Nancy Zimpher vs SU: Nancy Cantor
Ottos Edge: SU... Zimpher is no longer at Cincy and is now Chancellor of SUNY

Speaking of Nancys…

Public Service
Cincy: William Howard Taft (CINCY law) Pres and Chief justice vs SU: Donna Shalala Secretary US Department of Health and Human Services
Ottos Edge: Cincy... Taft's father wouldnt let him play FB at Yale (undergrad) cuz it was not safe and not a gentleman's sport. Wuss.

Taft was round like a…

Cincy: a Bearcat vs SU: an Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... Otto is fierce

Speaking of fierce…

Interior Design
Cincy: top notch program vs SU: Thom Filicia (alum) from Queer Eye
Ottos Edge: Push... dont ask me, my place is a mess

While we are on Queer…

Cincy: alum Randy Harrison (Queer as Folk) vs SU: Tom Cruise (Syracuse native)
Ottos Edge: SU... I was gonna make a joke but Cruises lawyers wouldnt let me

Ok enough of this, time for some manly categories…

Cincy: Rich Franklin (UFC) vs SU: Mike Rotunda (WWF)
Ottos Edge: Cincy... ultimate fighting is as real as it gets

Adult Mags
Cincy: Stephanie Heinrich (Cincy and Playboy alum), Carmen Electra (native) vs SU: Vanessa Williams (alum)
Ottos Edge: Cincy... aaaahhh Carmen. Also Miss Heinrich was one of Hef's girls

Someone who was anti porn (boo)...

Name from last election
Cincy: Charles Keating (alum was buddies with McCain) vs SU: Biden
Ottos Edge: SU... well our guy was a positive to the campaign (I think)

Keating wouldnt have liked...

Cincy: Naked Cowboy (alum) vs SU: Lexington Steele
Ottos Edge: SU... weird fact: you can get married by the Naked Cowboy

Getting back to manly things...

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner! (Food)

Cincy: Goetta (ground meat and oats) vs SU: Heids Hotdog
Ottos Edge: SU... I have never been to Heids but goetta sounds gross.

Cincy: Skyline (over spaghetti) vs SU: Dino (normal)
Ottos Edge: SU... not a chilli fan but I dont see the point of adding it to spaghetti

Ice Cream
Cincy: Graeter's vs SU: Byrne Dairy
Ottos Edge: Push... we all win with ice cream

And now the manliest sport of them all…

1st year of FB
Cincy: 1885 (5th oldest) vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: Cincy... if it werent for their age they would have no tradition

All Time Wins
Cincy: 500+ vs SU: 600+
Ottos Edge: SU... Cincy is 1 game over .500, lets send them back to even

Bowl Games
Cincy: 5-5 vs SU 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU... not many are as good as SU

Head to Head
Cincy: 5 wins vs SU: 4 wins
Ottos Edge: Cincy… but that will be back to even after Sat as well

Cincy: Miami vs SU: Colgate
Ottos Edge: Cincy... they have played Miami since 1888 (8th oldest) while SU hasnt played Colgate (65 meetings) since 1987 and only 3 times since 1961. However CINCY trails the Miami series 47-59-7

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
Cincy: Nippert (35k) vs SU: Carrier Dome
Ottos Edge: SU… theirs is out of date.

Nippert is one of the oldest stadiums (1924) and was named after Jimmy Nippert. On Thanksgiving of 1923 he was cleated in a game against rival Miami. He died of blood poisoning on Christmas. His grandfather donated $250k toward the stadium to help complete it.

Founding Member of
Cincy: Metro Conf vs SU: BE Conf
Ottos Edge: SU... we made the BE

Cincy: Gino Guidugli (#1 Cincy passing yards), Greg Cook vs SU: McNabb, Graves, McPherson
Ottos Edge: SU... not very close

All time leading rusher
Cincy: Reggie Taylor vs SU: Joe Morris
Ottos Edge: SU... Lil Joe was big

Cincy: LaDaris Vann (#1 Cincy yards) vs SU Quadry Ismail
Ottos Edge: SU... didnt even have to take out the big guns

Cincy: Jason Fabini vs SU: Jim Ringo
Ottos Edge: SU… another win for SU

Cincy: Sam Garnes vs SU: Donovin Darius
Ottos Edge: SU... easy win for SU

Cincy: Jim Obrien (who is also #2 Cincy WR yards) vs SU: Gary Anderson
Ottos Edge: Cincy... bonus points for hitting SB V game winner and being a real FB player

Bobby Boucher (best defender)
Cincy: Aaron Webster vs SU: Derrell Smith
Ottos Edge: SU... as long as he plays

Former coach
Cincy: Sid Gillman vs SU: Ben Schwartzwalder
Ottos Edge: Cincy... Ben won a title in CFB but Sid won an AFL title and had a bigger influence on the game

While we are on coaches…

Dick MacPherson
Cincy: Asst during the early 1960s vs SU: Head Coach
Ottos Edge: SU... Don Nehlen and Urban Meyer were also Assts at CINCY

Former Alum now HC
Cincy: Urban Meyer vs SU: HCRE
Ottos Edge: Cincy... he has the rings to prove it

BBall Coach
Cincy: Huggins vs SU: JB
Ottos Edge: SU… oh wait thats right they sent Bob packing and havent been the same since

Sticking with BBall…

BBall Great
Cincy: Oscar Robertson vs SU: Dave Bing
Ottos Edge: Cincy... the Big O wins this one

Denver Nugget
Cincy: Kenyon Martin vs SU: Melo
Ottos Edge: SU… Melo comes through

Mellos sidekick at SU…

"Jerry, Jerry, Jerry"
Cincy: Jerry Springer vs SU: GMac
Ottos Edge: SU... how the hell was Springer mayor? GMac could be mayor in SYR or Scranton.

Moving on to another sport…

Cincy: Sandy Koufax (alum), Kevin Youkilis (alum), Kenesaw Mountain Landis (alum), Pete Rose (son of city), Marg Schott (Reds owner) vs SU: Skychiefs
Ottos Edge: SU... not giving this to Cincy until that SOB Rose admits what he did. Bonus negative points for Youkilis (and his beard), as well as Landis who was anti integration, and Schott, although she was a character.

Characters are found on TV shows created by…

TV writer/producer
Cincy: Earl Hamner (The Waltons/Falcon Crest) vs SU: Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing)
Ottos Edge: SU... he gets bonus points for A Few Good Men

And on TV are gameshows…

$20,000 Pyramid
Cincy: Nipsey Russell vs SU: Dick Clark
Ottos Edge: For the category, here is your subject. Go!

Salt potatoes… Things that are side dishes?
Lake effect snow… Things that arent good cold?
Erie Canal… hmmmmm
Destiny USA…. Things that are fictional?
Sorry time is up. What if I said “44”?... ooooh SU

From TV to…

Cincy: WXRP's Jennifer Marlowe vs SU: WFAN's Marc Malusis
Ottos Edge: Cincy... where is Loni these days?

We now have satellite radio. And a satellite (Sputnik) launched the space race which led to…

Cincy: Neil Armstrong (taught there) the first man on the moon vs Eileen Collins (alum) the first female pilot
Ottos Edge: Cincy... unless of course you believe it was staged

Speaking of the stage...

Zero Point Zero (alum that didnt graduate)
Cincy: George Clooney vs SU: Vanessa Williams
Ottos Edge: SU... well she was a Fox (was married to Rick)

And finally this year’s category of the week…

Competitive Eater
Cincy: Billy Taft vs SU: Doug Marrone
Ottos Edge: SU... Marrone handles the 300 pounder and takes it home

And the Tattoo goes to...

The Syracuse Orangemen as they upset Cincy, signaling their return.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cuse Cast XIX

KingOtto and Cuseman preview the Akron game, discuss the upcoming season, and compare Girardi's book to Marrone's book. Combined score SU 28 Akron 17

Length about 24:45

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cuse Cast XVIII

KingOtto and Cuseman discuss Balloon Boy, recap the WV game, grade out the first half of the season, and give their thoughts on the rest of the season.

Length about 24:15


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cuse Cast XVII

KingOtto and Cuseman recap the USF game and look ahead to WV. Avg predicted score WV 36 SU 25.

Length about 23:30 mins

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tale of the Tape: West Virginia vs Syracuse

This week SU battles the West Virginia Mountaineers. The teams will be battling for an Orange Tooth Tattoo.

Born on Date
WV: 1867 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: WV… which was founded as the Agricultural College of West Virginia

You can find the schools in…

GPS (Location)
WV: Morgantown vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: SU… Morgantown was founded by Zackquill Morgan, son of Morgan Morgan

Those cities are located in the…

State Nickname
WV: Mountain State vs SU: Empire State
Ottos Edge: WV... which was once part of Virginia but broke away and stayed with the Union during the Civil War. Good for them. That damn Virginia is always causing problems (ACC mess).

Sticking with mountains…

Mountain Range
WV: Appalachian vs SU Adirondacks
Ottos Edge: SU... the Appalachians dont have everything the Adirondacks do, including people with teeth. WV is the only state entirely within the Appalachians .

Other WV geography…

WV is part North, part South, part East, and part Midwest . The state stretches as far North as Staten Island . The NE part has a connection to DC. The NW part along Ohio has a Midwestern feel. The Southern part shares with Kentucky and Virginia . The North is all about Pitt. So WV is the epitome of the NBE, all over the place.

And to get all over the place…

WV: Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit System vs SU: Centro
Ottos Edge: Push... what we really need is a genuine, bona fide, six car monorail

While commuting you may read the…

School paper
WV: The Daily Athenaeum (DA) vs SU: Daily Orange (DO)
Ottos Edge: SU… the best place to read about SUs upset win

Or you may use your IPod to listen to…

Unofficial Song
WV: Country Roads vs SU: Remember the Name
Ottos Edge: WV... I hope Marrone will take SU FB home to the place it belongs

Which brings us to FB tradition…

First year of FB
WV: 1891 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: SU… we have more history than them

All time wins
WV: 676 vs SU: 675
Ottos Edge: WV... damn they just past us last week.

National Titles
WV: None vs SU: One
Ottos Edge: SU... and that aint changing any time soon. West Virginia is the winningest team to have never won a national championship. BTW I am sure this isnt much of a shocker but WV is 13 time Rifle champs.

Big East titles
WV: 5 vs SU: 4
Ottos Edge: Push… its the BE, who cares?

Lambert Trophies
WV: 3 vs SU: 6
Ottos Edge: SU... too bad this isnt the trophy for a true Northeast Conference. Having SU, RU, UConn , BC , Pitt, Temple , PSU, Maryland , and WV all together would be almost heaven.

Bowl record
WV: 13-15 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU... we are better at winning the big one

All time great player
WV: Sam Huff vs SU: Jim Brown
Ottos Edge: SU... Huff will admit Brown is the best

Injured NFL QB
WV: Marc Bulger vs SU: McNabb
Ottos Edge: SU… at least McNabb has incentive to get back to his team

1980s QB
WV: Major Harris vs SU: Don McPherson
Ottos Edge: WV... he had a great career, too bad he didnt finish his major at WV and left school early.

Other QBs
WV: Rasheed Marshall, Jeff Hostetler, Darren Studstill, Pat White vs SU: Marvin Graves, Todd Philcox, Troy Nunes, Bill Hurley
Ottos Edge: WV... White and Marshall set BE records and Jeff won a SB, although Graves is a fan fave in WV.

WV: Adrian Murrell, Amos Zereoue, Avon Cobourne, Quincy Wilson, Steve Slaton vs SU: Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Joe Morris, Walter Reyes
Ottos Edge: SU… their RBs have names starting with “A” but ours are grade A.

WV: Rat Rodgers vs SU: Larry Csonka
Ottos Edge: SU… whos he?

WV: Jerry Porter, Chris Henry, James Jett vs SU: Marvin Harrison, Art Monk, Rob Moore
Ottos Edge: SU… none of those WV guys turned out

WV: Darryl Talley vs SU: Keith Bulluck
Ottos Edge: WV… I wouldn’t want to upset the Talley-Whackers so this goes to Spiderman

WV: Pacman Jones vs SU: Will Allen
Ottos Edge: SU… Jones got the nickname for packing heat. Ironically WV has a top forensics program that was created with the help of the FBI. Maybe Jones and Henry can inspire the show CSI Morgantown.

Kicking great
WV: Mike Vanderjagt vs SU: Gary Anderson
Ottos Edge: SU... the Bills drafted Anderson and cut him. That didnt come back to haunt the Bills in 1990, did it? Then again he did cost the Vikings with his only missed FG in 1998. But to be fair he was long over due.

These players competed at…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
WV: Mountaineer Field at Milan Peskar Stadium (63.5K) vs SU: Ernie Davis Legends Field at the Carrier Dome
Ottos Edge: WV... the lots around the Dome are not couch burning friendly

And inside the stadium…

Fans wear to games
WV: coon skin caps vs SU: metallic grey
Ottos Edge: SU… our fans are all committed to wearing the same thing

Which you cannot say about SUs unis…

WV: flying WV vs SU: block S
Ottos Edge: SU… we win for now until we change logos again

We also changed our…

Team Name
WV: Mountainqueers vs SU: Orange
Ottos Edge: SU… losing your manhood is better than taking on another manhood

From the team name we get the…

WV: Mountaineer vs SU: Otto
Ottos Edge: SU... oranges are scary to toothless mountain men.

Another SU mascot…

Former coach
WV: Don Nehlen vs SU: Coach Mac
Ottos Edge: Push... they were 5-5 against each other

Sticking with coaches…
Ben Schwartwalder
WV: player vs SU: coach
Ottos Edge: SU... he had to come here to get a ring

Named after Ben…

Battle for the Schwartzwalder Trophy (Head to Head)
WV: 26 wins vs SU: 30 wins
Ottos Edge: WV... there are people alive who have never seen SU beat WV (we have lost 7 straight)

While we are rivals it is not a…

Main Rivalry
WV: Backyard Brawl vs SU: ....
Ottos Edge: WV... I wanna hate someone too. WV also plays the Friends of Coal Bowl (Marshall)

Speaking of hate…

WV: lose 3 starting defenders vs SU: lose a bench player
Ottos Edge: SU... with a TD pass from Graves

Which made Graves practically WV…

WV: Bowdens (Bobby former coach, Tommy and Terry Alumni) vs SU: Powells (Casey, Ryan, Mike)
Ottos Edge: SU... they brought the school 4 LAX titles

Families often go out for…

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner! (Fine Dining)
WV: fresh kill from I-79 vs SU: Dino BBQ
Ottos Edge: SU... sorry I am a picky eater

And you can wash down that meal with…

Mountain Dew
WV: homemade whiskey vs SU: soft drink
Ottos Edge: WV... there is nothing soft about it.

All that caffeine will keep you up at night leaving you to watch…
Caine-Hackman Theory (alum you can see if you turn on your TV no matter what time it is)
WV: Don Knotts vs SU: Jerry Stiller
Ottos Edge: WV… Knotts claim to fame was appearing twice on Scooby Doo

Someone who turned knots in WV fans stomachs...

Former Alumnus HCing in CFB
WV: RRod vs SU: HCRE
Ottos Edge: SU… at least HCRE didnt leave his school behind

Sticking with coaching…
BBall coach
WV: Huggins vs SU: Boeheim
Ottos Edge: SU… Huggins makes hating WV BBall fun again

Staying with BBall…

BBall great
WV: Jerry West vs SU: Dave Bing
Ottos Edge: WV... both made the NBA's Top 50 all time but Jerry is 5th all time in points

While we are on rankings…

WV: Tier 3 (US News) vs SU: Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU… they actually spell it edumacation

Zero Point Zero (famous alum who didnt graduate)
WV: Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) vs SU: Vanessa Williams
Ottos Edge: WV… she musta gotten stuck in a car wash and missed class

Someone who was pro education…

WV: state handed to JFK by mob vs SU: spoke at commencement
Ottos Edge: SU… I wonder if that is the reason why Dome concessions has a monopoly on Half Dollars. I dont think they know what quarters are.

Someone who wants to know how many quarters you have…

WV: Mean Gene Okerlund vs SU: Mike Rotunda
Ottos Edge: SU… no one is meaner than I.R.S.

The meanest guy on the field…

Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
WV: Scooter Berry vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: SU... Arthur is better

And finally the category of the week...

Competitive Eater
WV: John Kruk (from WV) vs SU: Doug Marrone
Ottos Edge: SU... real men dont go on NutriSystem

And the Tattoo goes to...

The Syracuse Orange as they take it to WV and cruise to a win.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Jim Boeheim in disguise?

The only good thing about the USF game was discovering Jim Boeheim's secret job as a Carrier Dome usher. Yes that is right JB is an usher. Here is my proof:

1st see a pic of JB

Now see the pic of JB as an usher

I mean is he serious? A fake porn stache is gonna fool anyone? That is like Superman wearing glasses and no one noticing. What is his name Jaime Bayhome?

Ernie Davis Legend of 44 Seat at the Carrier Dome

After a small donation to SU Athletics I was able to rename my seat to the Ernie Davis Legend of 44 Seat at the Carrier Dome. So from now on when someone asks where do I sit I will tell them Ernie Davis Legend of 44 Seat at the Carrier Dome instead of Section 301. The formal dedication will be for the Akron game with a name plate being placed on the seat. Well under the seat since one of these will be on top of it:

In all seriousness what can be said of the attendance thus far? They announced over 40k but IMO we had less than we did for Maine. The sidelines looked less than 50% full and the food stamp seats were maybe 85% full vs nearly 100% for Maine. On the year we are only averaging 41,162. Which made me think of a few years ago when it was rumored that real seats would be installed in the Dome. Instead we got the seats shown above in the A Level, which are pretty decent I must add as it saves your butt vs the metal bench. But back to real seats. Would SU be better off? I have heard some fans complain about the metal bench so maybe real seats would help people come? And how would it effect capacity? Well here are my thoughts:

-In the perfect storm for attendance season of 1998, SU only averaged 47,750. That year we were coming off a BCS game, had McNabbs SR Heisman hopeful season, were Top 15 in most preseason polls, and had only 6 home games which were Tenn, RU, Cincy, Pitt, VT, and Miami. Ok three of those teams sucked but 3 were very good. IMO we should have sold out before the season. Now with Marrone and TGDs selling power, I think had they been around (vs P and Jake) we would have sold out. Even so I think it will be very hard for them to sell out a season. If you look at 1997 we only averaged 45,850 in which WV and BC were the "name" teams that year. So I am going to guess that the best case for SU is 47,500 since Miami, VT, and BC are no longer in the conf.

-Currently when I sit my legs are touching the legs of people next to me and my knees touch each other (not good for the balls). There really isnt much space. To compare, today I sat in my old Yankee Stadium seat. There is actually space between my knees and arm rests. So I estimate that the Yankee seat equals 1.33 Dome seats (extra space plus one arm rest per seat, since they are shared). So if the Dome capacity is 49,250 then you should be able to fit 36,937.5 real seats. Since the students stand the whole game, they dont need real seats. The students/band have sections 102-109. However because of BBall you need to make 104-109 real seats. So only 102-104 can stay bleacher. Thus add back 383.5 seats making the total 37,321. Also you need to add back the luxury box seats which are already real seats. That should bring the total to 37,500.

-Is 37,500 too small? Besides the last 3 years, we have averaged more than that. However IMO the die hard fan base is about 32,500 people. The rest are casual or band wagon fans and are not reliable. SU tried to cater to them with $100 season tix ($12.50 a game), but IMO that didnt bring in new fans but instead took fans away from the $200 ($25 a game) sections and made them move to the cheaper section. I think it has been a net loss for SU. This year we are averaging 41,162. If capacity were 37,500 we would be averaging 37,033 (37,500 x 3, plus 35,632). And that would be likely the actual and not just the announced. So we would be down 4129 a game. Looking at the seating chart we have about 5000 in the $100 season ticket seat sections. That brings in $62,500 a game. If you bumped those tix to full price, how many of those fans would you lose? If you keep 75% of them you make $93,750 which is more money. That extra $31,250 also makes up for the 4129 lost from reduced capacity.

-It is easier to sell out 37,500 than 49,250. It is simple supply and demand. The casual fan knows there is no way SU will sell out the season. So they have no incentive to buy season tix, knowing they can pick and choose what games they want. However with about 12k less in capacity, all of a sudden it is a lot harder to pick and choose which games they can go to. Maybe not so much now, but when SU is good again. Right now supply greatly exceeds demand. And even when SU is good again supply will still slightly exceed demand. But with only 37,500 we are currently slightly above demand. And when we are good we will have less supply than demand. Which means we wont have to offer $25 tix let alone $12.50 tix. So lets say we avg 42,500 this year. That will bring in about $1 million in tix per game. If you have only 37,500 seats and charge $27.50 a game you only have to avg 36,350 to even out. Isnt that do able? Would we lose more than 6,150 fans (14.5%) at that price? And when we are good if we get 47,500 at $30 a game, it is the same as 37,500 at $38 a game. Even at $38 a game that is extremely cheap for a Top 25 team.

-Isnt it embarassing to only have 37,500? First we are what we are. CNY is great for CBBall but not so much for CFB. Part of that is the fact that SU is a small private school. Lets stop pretending that we are not. Last year if we sold out the season (49,250) we woulda been 45th in the nation in avg attendance. If we only held and avg'd 37,500 that would put us #65 in the nation. That isnt that big a drop. Also it woulda been ahead of BCS programs Stanford, Baylor, Cincy, Indiana, Wake, Duke, NW, and Wash St in avg attendance last year. Now our program is better than all of those teams. However isnt our fanbase a lot closer to those teams than the other BCS programs? Capacity wise we would only be ahead of Cincy, Wash St, Duke, and Wake. Cincy may expand but the other 3 we are safe to stay ahead of.

-What about BBall? Well even after the reduction we would still be the largest BBall arena (Rupp 23,500). Capacity for BBall is 33,500 so a reduction would be 25,125 but add back the what we did in FB and add in the blue temp seats and you have 26,000. I estimate about 5000 of that would be in the 318-322 and 302-334 range, which are less favorable since you dont face the court. Those seats would only sell for name games or weekend BE games. So 21k we should have no problem selling. Games above that 21k and below the 26k new capacity were UVA (22k), Seton Hall (23k), Cincy (25k), and UL (25.75k). I doubt we lose any for the first two. Maybe we lose a few people those last two games. But how much? Maybe 5k total? Then we have the games above 26k: Nova (26.75k), ND (30k), and GTown (31.75k). So we lose 10.5k from those, meaning in total we woulda lost about 15.5k for the season. That is 815 people per game, which brings our avg for the year down to 20,225 per game. That would knock SU from #2 to #4 in avg attendance. But I think we still end up number two (21,050) as CNY pride would push us there. If we are smart we woulda promoted the Cincy and RU games as a lets get to #2 and increase attendance for those games. I think CNY pride woulda gotten it done. We want to be #1 every year and still can be. But it will be harder without the 30k plus crowds. As to money you lose $16,300 (815 x $20) per game last year. If you charge $0.75 more per game, you break even. I dont think you lose anyone over that.

So I ask you Orangeland, would adding real seats in the Dome be better for SU?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cuse Cast XVI

KingOtto provides quick thoughts on the Maine game and then discusses the upcoming USF game. Combined prediction this week is USF 31 SU 14.

Length about 13 mins

Tale of the Tape: South Florida at Syracuse

This week SU battles USF in the ToT. Once again they will be playing for Orange Bull Balls (come on you cant beat that!).

Born on Date
USF: 1956 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: SU... my parents are older than USF, which was built on Henderson Air Field, an old WWII airstrip.

GPS (location)
USF: Tampa vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: USF… there is a reason people choose Tampa over Syracuse for vacay

Area known for
USF: sunshine, beaches and babes vs SU: snow, snow, and more snow
Ottos Edge: USF... sign me up

Speaking of babes…

Strip Club
USF: Mons Venus vs SU: Adult World
Ottos Edge: USF... where they show you their butt and their trap stays shut, at the nudie bar

While we are on bars…

Party district
USF: Ybor City vs SU: Armory Square
Ottos Edge: USF... they built this city on cigars

And sticking with drinking…

Joy of Beer
USF: free samples at Busch Gardens vs SU: actually sold at a CFB stadium
Ottos Edge: USF... you cant beat free beer

Staying with stadiums…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
USF: Raymond James vs SU: Carrier Dome
Ottos Edge: SU... we have our own place

Inside the stadium you will find the….

USF: Herd of Thunder (HoT) vs SU: SUMB
Ottos Edge: SU... heard of lame names?

The band plays the…
Fight Song
USF: Golden Brahman March vs SU: Down the Field
Ottos Edge: SU… although we dont hear it often enough

That song is part of our FB tradition…

1st year of FB
USF: 1997 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: SU... close, oh wait that is 1997 and not 1897

Some notes on USFs brief history:
They won their first game against Kentucky Wesleyan 80-3. They have never been shut out in a regular season game. Their only shut out L was their 100th game in the Meinke Bowl (14-0 NC St).

All Time Ws
USF: 90 vs SU: 676
Ottos Edge: SU... about 7.5 times as great

Head to Head
USF 4 Ws vs SU 0 Ws
Ottos Edge: USF… but will they keep the shut out going?

Bowl Games
USF: 2-2 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU... slight edge

USF: UCF vs SU: ???
Ottos Edge: USF… wait a minute they have been a program for a dozen years and have a rival but we dont? WTF?

We are going streaking
USF: at one time had a 21 game home W streak vs SU: 15 straight winning seasons (1987-2001)
Ottos Edge: SU… a lot of those 21 games werent against real teams, while our streak was legit.

From streaks to…

Circus freaks
USF: live in area during winter vs SU: only come when circus is in town
Ottos Edge: SU... they are scary. Although they usually have some midgets.

Speaking of Freaks…

Crazy local
USF: Tony Little vs SU: Tom Cruise
Ottos Edge: USF... you can do it

As long as you train, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins….

USF: Terry Bollea vs SU: Mike Rotunda
Ottos Edge: USF... he is the greatest of all time brother

Terry is also known as…

MSG Hero
USF: Hulk Hogan vs SU: GMac
Ottos Edge: SU... an atomic leg drop isnt as devastating as a GMac bomb. Whatcha gonna do when GMac goes wild on you?

Games at MSG are often aired on…

USF: Ann Liguori vs SU: Mark Malusis
Ottos Edge: SU... she couldnt be any more annoying, boring, or clueless

Sticking with The Fan…

Zero Point Zero (alumnus who didnt graduate)
USF: Mike Francessa vs SU: Lou Reed
Ottos Edge: SU… maybe one day Adam Schein can be as big as Mike (his career not his waist)

And continuing with sports…

USF: Lightening vs SU: Crunch
Ottos Edge: USF... NHL beats AHL but how does Florida have an NHL team? It just doesnt seem right

Minor League Baseball
USF: Tampa Yanks vs SU: Chiefs
Ottos Edge: USF... baseball season lasts a month in Syracuse

Horse racing
USF: Tampa Downs vs SU: Vernon Downs
Ottos Edge: USF... and while you are in the area you can hit the greyhound track too

Mail used to be brought by horseback aka the Pony…

USF: Serengheti at Busch Gardens vs SU: Elmira
Ottos Edge: SU... ED was faster

Staying on trains and travel…

USF: Streetcars vs SU: Centro
Ottos Edge: USF... trolleys are cool

But they cant get you to…

USF: Florida 's the boot of America vs SU: Siracusa, Sicily
Ottos Edge: USF... better to be the boot than the ball

While we are on balls…

USF: Bolitas vs SU: State run
Ottos Edge: USF... tax free if you win

Sticking with the underworld…

USF: Lowry Park vs SU: Burnet Park
Ottos Edge: USF... where you can also see Henry Hill and Jimmy Conway holding people over the lion cage.

USF: Santo Trafficante Jr vs SU: Conn Mafia
Ottos Edge: USF... he was rumored to be involved in the Kennedy assassination

Speaking of Kennedy…

JFK link
USF: alum Ruth Paine (friend of Oswald's Wife) vs SU: commencement speaker as a Senator
Ottos Edge: SU... how can you be friends with a Commie?

We were protected from Commies by soldiers stationed at...

Military Base
USF: MacDill Air Force Base vs SU: Fort Drum
Ottos Edge: USF... it is home to US Central Command and US Special Operations Command

Who give us the freedom to choose…

Miss America
USF: Nicole Johnson (1999) vs SU: Vanessa Williams (1983)
Ottos Edge: SU... we have the first African American Heisman winner and Miss America winner. Although she lost the crown due to nude photos.

While we are on controversies…

Controversial alum
USF: Debra Lafave (teacher got with a student) vs SU: Marv Albert
Ottos Edge: SU... getting with a student is wrong. Plus who hasnt worn women's underwear?

But he was also accused of biting, which is often associated with…

Scary Movie
USF: Once Bitten (Lauren Hutton alum) vs SU: Jaws (Carl Gottlieb alum)
Ottos Edge: USF... I rather be bitten by Hutton than a shark

And vampires suck just like…

Nick Carter
USF: lived in Tampa vs SU: born Jamestown
Ottos Edge: Push... there are no winners here.

Famous Alumni
USF: Tony La Rusa, Elayne Boosler, Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa hubie) vs SU: Marty Glickman, John Zogby, Megyn Kelly (Fox News)
Ottos Edge: SU… we can add many more to that list

Sticking with famous people…

NFL look alike
USF: Leavitt looks like Jim Haslett vs SU: ARob looks like Chad Pennington
Ottos Edge: Push... none of the four have been a smashing success

Speaking of smashing...

USF: Gallagher vs SU: Marcy (or my fav who will be at the game for home coming)
Ottos Edge: SU... juicy

Sticking with food…

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner
USF: Outback vs SU Dino
Ottos Edge: SU… OSI Restaurant Partners (Carrabbas, Outback) HQ is in Tampa
Which is why the Outback Bowl is in Tampa .

Staying with Bowls…

Major sporting event
USF: Super Bowls vs SU: Sweet 16s
Ottos Edge: USF... its the biggest event of the year

Another big event…

City holds State Fair of
USF: Florida vs SU: NY
Ottos Edge: SU... NY is the emperor of states
Florida is the sunshine state.

Speaking of sun…

USF: Sun vs SU: Carrier
Ottos Edge: SU... loud house wins this one. Interesting note the Sun Dome opened in 1980 as well (November) but broke ground in 1977 (vs 1979 for SU).

Sticking with buildings…

Structure easily seen from higway
USF: Sulphur Springs Water Tower vs SU: Lawrinson
Ottos Edge: SU... one holds something to drink the other people who drink

While we are on dorms…

School known as
USF: commuter school (13% live on campus) vs SU: communications School
Ottos Edge: SU... 99.9% of the reason to go to college is to get away from the parents

Not only are they not getting away they obviously must be partying hard…

USF: Tier 3 vs SU: Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU… with all these academic powers in the BE, Memphis would be an awful fit should the BE expand

Getting back to the student body…
USF: 9th largest in country vs SU: small private school
Ottos Edge: USF... larger pool of hotties.

Which means they have a larger circulated…

School Paper
USF: The Oracle which was first student paper to use color vs SU: Daily Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... we are good cuz of content not pretty colors

Sticking with color…

USF: what you pick off trees vs SU: what you call your teams
Ottos Edge: USF... oranges are healthy, watching SU the last four years wasnt

The most famous orange…

USF: Rocky the Bull vs SU: Otto the Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... Otto can roll over any opposing mascot

We dont have to fear Rocky but do have to fear...

Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
USF: George Selvie vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: USF… he may get more sacks then SU points

Speaking of sacks, as in "in the sack"…

Great Fictional Character
USF: Drew, Office Space "O Face" guy (Greg Pitts USF Alum) vs Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller)
Ottos Edge: SU… however our O could cause some unhappy faces Sat

And finally the category of the week...

Competitive Slim Jim Eater
USF: Randy Macho Man Savage (Tampa local) vs SU: Doug Marrone
Ottos Edge: SU… oooooh ya! Dig it!

And the winner of the Tattoo is…

The Syracuse Orange as the win a back and forth battle.

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