Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tale of the Tape: Syracuse at Minnesota

Welcome to this week’s ToT where the Syracuse Orange take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. We need to go out and beat every one of them. We don’t even have to have a reason. Our players should have a license to beat the Gophers by the government of the United Nations. To win you must know your enemy, and in this case the enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit, ever. They’re like the Viet Cong, Varmint Cong. So we will have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. In order to conquer the Gophers we need to learn to think like a Gopher. So let’s take a look…

They were…

Born on Date
Minn: 1851 vs SU: 1870
Otto’s Edge: Minn… although they didn’t have students until 1867 due to financial issues.

In the city of…

Minn: Twin Cities (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) vs SU: Salt City
Otto’s Edge: Minn… two is better than one

Where they hold the…

State Fair
Minn: in St Paul vs SU: in Syracuse
Otto’s Edge: Minn… because of heavy traffic from the fair, classes do not start at Minn until after the fair is over. I wish we did that for our first home game so people would show up.

People also enjoy going to the…

Minn: Mall of America vs SU: Destiny
Otto’s Edge: Minn… the largest in the US

Malls have plenty of…

Minn: Target vs SU: Wegmans
Otto’s Edge: SU… screw the French

The Target Center is where BBall was played by…

Former T-Wolves
Minn: ex GM Kevin McHale, ex HC Flip Saunders vs SU: ex players Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson
Otto’s Edge: SU… they didn’t put the team in a hole

Getting out of a hole is easier when you have a…

3pt sharp shooter
Minn: Trent Tucker vs SU: GMac
Otto’s Edge: Minn… he could hit a shot with only 0.1 secs left

Sticking with BBall…

Former Pro Franchises
Minn: Lakers, NorthStars vs SU: Nationals (76ers)
Otto’s Edge: Minn… they eventually got replacements while Syracuse is now a one horse town

That horse has been playing since…

1st year of FB
Minn: 1882 vs SU: 1889
Otto’s Edge: Minn… although they do not have as many

All Time Ws
Minn: 651 vs SU: 692
Otto’s Edge: SU… however they have more

National Champs
Minn: 6 vs SU: 1
Otto’s Edge: Minn… who knew?

Speaking of which…

We’re going streaking
Minn: three straight titles from 1934-1936 (last team to do so). During that time they had a 28 game unbeaten streak with a string of 21 straight Ws.
Vs SU:  22 straight .500 or better seasons 1950-1971 and 15 straight winning seasons 1987-2001
Otto’s Edge: Minn… they also won back to back in 1940-41 with an 18 game W streak. Their last title was in 1960 in which they lost to Wash in the Rose Bowl (polls ended before Bowls back then).

They got to the Rose Bowl by winning their…

Minn: B1G vs SU: BE
Otto’s Edge: Minn… but the ACC is getting closer every day

In that conference each has been…

Conference Champs
Minn: 18 vs SU: 4
Otto’s Edge: Minn… they haven’t won since 1967 and haven’t been to the Rose since 1961

That has resulted in a…

Bowl Record
Minn: 5-9 vs SU: 13-9-1
Otto’s Edge: SU… pretty healthy lead

But we do not lead…

Head to Head
Minn: 2 Ws vs SU 1 W
Otto’s Edge: Minn… hopefully we even it up

Having only played 3 times we certainly are not…

Rivalry Trophies
Minn: Paul Bunyans Axe (Wisc 1948), Floyd of Rosedale (Iowa 1935), Governors Victory Bell (PSU 1993), Little Born Jug (Mich 1903) vs SU: Schwartzwalder Trophy (WV 1993)
Otto’s Edge: Minn… their rivalry with Wisc is the most played game in D1A. Since 1890 they have played 121 times (having only missed 1906). Before the Axe they played for the Slab of Bacon, a piece of wood with an M or W depending on how you held it. The trophy was lost in 1943. The schools also partake in the Border Battle, a year long competition for each sport in which 40 points are allocated. So the FB game winner gets 40 points and each basketball game is worth 20 points each.

Speaking of trophies…

CFB Award
Minn: Bronko Nagurski Trophy ( D MVP) vs SU: Mackey Trophy (TE)
Otto’s Edge: Minn… more important

But the most important trophy is the…

Minn: Bruce Boo Smith (1941) vs SU: Ernie Davis (1961)
Otto’s Edge: SU… Davis was a part of

African American History
Minn: Bobby Marshall (1st Big 9 AA player and along with Fritz Pollard 1st AA in NFL) vs SU: Ernie Davis first AA Heisman winner
Otto’s Edge: Push… we are all winners here

Davis was coached by…

Best HC
Minn: Bernie Bierman (16 years, 93-35-6 record, 6 B1G titles, 5 National, 5 undefeated seasons) vs SU: Ben Schwartzwalder
Otto’s Edge: Minn… that was a great stretch

From college to pros…

Minn: Bud Grant vs SU: Tom Coughlin
Otto’s Edge: Minn… we all know about the four SB Ls by Grant’s Vikings but he also went to six Grey Cups winning four of them. He also played on the 1950 NBA Champion Lakers. In addition Tony Dungy went to Minn.

Grant is also a…

NFL HoFers
Minn: 6 (Bobby Bell, Carl Eller, Bud Grant, Bronko Nagurski, Leo Nomellini, Charlie Sanders) vs SU: 7 (Jim Brown, Kim Ringo, Larry Csonka, John Mackey, Al Davis, Art Monk, Floyd Little)
Otto’s Edge: SU… however they beat us in

CFB HoFers
Minn: 22 (Bert Baston, Bobby Bell, Bernie Bierman, Tom Brown, Fritz Crisler, Carl Eller, George Franck,. Paul Giel, Lou Holtz, Herb Joesting, Pug Lund, Bobby Marshall, John McGovern, Bronk Nagurski, Leo Nomellini, Eddie Rogers, Bruce Smith (not of Buffalo fame), Sandy Stephens, Clayton Tonnemaker, Ed Widseth, Dick Wildung (awesome name), Henry Williams)
vs SU: 14 (Biggie Munn, Buck ONeill, Ben Schwartzwalder, Joe Alexander, Larry Csonka, Ernie Davis, Vic Hanson, Floyd Little, Jim Brown, Tim Green, Don McPherson, Tad Jones, Howard Jones, Dick MacPherson)
Otto’s Edge: Minn… one of those for SU was a

Denver Bronco Great
Minn: Karl Macklenburg vs SU: Floyd Little
Otto’s Edge: SU… although they got a steal with the 12th round, 310th pick

Another great RB was…

Boston Pats Great
Minn: Gino Cappelletti vs SU: Jim Nance
Otto’s Edge: Minn… he is the AFLs all time leading scorer (mostly as a K) and a Top 10 WR. In addition he played DB and returned kicks.

While we are on Kicking…

Minn: Chip Lohmiller vs SU: Gary Anderson, Olinda Mare
Otto’s Edge: SU… a Chip is something that you eat

Speaking of which…

NFL DL Great
Minn: Carl Eller vs SU: Freeney
Otto’s Edge: Minn… win goes to the Purple People Eater, for now

Let’s put the women and Cchildren to bed and go lookin for dinner
Minn: Lutefisk (Scandinavian fish dish) vs SU: Salt Potatoes
Otto’s Edge: SU… a potato is a vegetable and not a fruit like

Minn: Haralson, Honeycrisp (both developed at Minn) vs SU: Cortland, Empire, Northern Spy
Otto’s Edge: SU… NY is the 2nd biggest apple producing state

The Big Apple is where we play some of our home games…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around
Minn: TCF Bank Stadium vs SU: Carrier Dome
Otto’s Edge: Push… both are missed named. Ours does not have AC and theirs is not a bank.

Before that they played in a…

Minn: Metro vs SU: Carrier
Otto’s Edge: SU… really, you named it after metros?

Other Past Stadiums
Minn: Northrop Field (1899-1923), Memorial (known as the Brick House 1924-1981) vs SU: Archbold Stadium
Otto’s Edge: Minn… they had greater success in theirs

In the stadiums you can often hear the…

Fight Song
Minn: Minnesota Rouser vs SU: Down, Down the Field
Otto’s Edge: SU… no one likes a trouble maker

Someone often causing trouble…

Minn: Goldy the Gopher vs SU: Otto the Orange
Otto’s Edge: SU… Goldy? Really?

The mascot often gets the crowd to…

Minn: Ski-U-Mah vs SU: Let’s Go Orange
Otto’s Edge: SU… Ski is a Sioux battle cry and U Mah is for U of M

Orange is the…

School Colors
Minn: Maroon & Gold vs SU: Orange
Otto’s Edge: SU… which is often worn by the

Minn: 52k  vs SU: 20k
Otto’s Edge: Minn… they are huge

Students live in
Minn: Dinkytown vs SU: South Campus
Otto’s Edge: SU… Dinkytown is just North of campus. The area has small business, restaurants, bars, and apartments that house mostly students.

They get around by…

Minn: the Gopher Way (tunnels) vs SU: walking between snow banks
Otto’s Edge: Minn… also Minn has a busway that was created in 1992. However there were many accidents the first 5 years. So they used a new invention called stop signs to alleviate the problem.

Students are there for an…

Minn: 68th vs SU: 58th
Otto’s Edge: SU… boy being in the ACC is paying off already.

Which reminds me of the big dance back in St. Olaf to kick off Pretzel Week. It was covered in the…

School Paper
Minn: The Minnesota Daily (est 1900) vs SU: Daily Orange (1903)
Otto’s Edge: SU… they only prints M-Th with Friday being an online only version.

From print media to…

TV News
Minn: Aaron Brown vs SU: Ted Koppel and many others
Otto’s Edge: SU… always big news are elections

State once elected
Minn: Jesse Ventura, Al Franken vs SU: Hillary Clinton
Otto’s Edge: Minn… if Howard Stern runs as Jesse’s VP I might have to vote him President

Staying with VPs…

Minn: Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale vs SU: Joe Biden
Otto’s Edge: SU… he is still in office (for the time being)

Other Politicians
Minn: Eugene McCarthy, Tim Pawlenty vs SU: Al D’Amato
Otto’s Edge: SU… NY is more important

An important position at a school is the…

School President
Minn: Rodney Erickson (PSU) vs SU: Donna Shalala (Miami)
Otto’s Edge: Push… both have FB programs in big trouble

Someone who was trouble for their opponent…

Pro Wrestling
Minn: Rick Flair, Brock Lesner vs SU: Mike Rotunda
Otto’s Edge: Minn… Wooooo!

Staying with wrassling…

Other sports known for
Minn: Hockey, Wrestling vs SU: Lax
Otto’s Edge: Minn… since we no longer have a wrestling program. Their hockey team has 5 titles and 20 Frozen Fours. Herb Brooks and 9 members of 1980 US team were Gophers. Side note: men’s hockey plays in Mariucci Arena while the women play in Ridder Arena (sounds like a dirty name), the 1st dedicated women’s hockey arena. Minn wrestling has been around 95 seasons.

A sport that has been around a long time…

Minn: Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Dave Winfield vs SU: has a minor league team
Otto’s Edge: Minn… Big Dave was my fav as a youngin

Miscellaneous Athlete
Minn: Tom Lehman vs SU: Myer Prinstein (Gold medalist 1900 Triple Jump, 1904 Triple and Long Jumps)
Otto’s Edge: SU… from little known to why are they known?

BBall player with celeb wife
Minn: Kris Humphries (Kim Kardashian) vs SU: Melo (La La)
Otto’s Edge: SU… Kris is no longer married

La La works with…

Minn: Yanni, Bob Dylan vs SU: Lou Reed
Otto’s Edge: SU… Yanni, enough said.

While we are taking a walk on the wild side…

Adult stars
Minn: Dahm Triplets vs SU: Lexington Steele
Otto’s Edge: Minn… hey now!

Speaking of which…

Fictional Alumn
Minn: Larry Sanders vs SU: Veronica Corningstone
Otto’s Edge:  Push… those were characters played by

Minn: Loni Anderson, Henry Fonda, Ron Perlman, Robert Vaughn, Peter Graves vs SU: Vanessa Williams, Peter Falk, Jerry Stiller, Taye Diggs, Peter Weller
Otto’s Edge: Minn… this ToT will self destruct in five seconds.

But not before the category of the year…

Minn: cheer that the backup QB is starting vs SU: cheer that we finally run a college O
Otto’s Edge: SU… our situation is an improvement

And there you have it. Minnesota will win by a final score of 27-24. In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, au revoir Gophers.

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