Medal or no medal, a golden opportunity

first_imgEvery player on Harvard’s men’s hockey team knows the plot; many can recite the lines by heart.The 2004 film “Miracle” tells the underdog story of the U.S. team that defeated the Soviet Union — the defending gold medal champion and overwhelming favorite — in the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” shouts Al Michaels, famously losing his TV commentator’s cool in a surge of national pride as the buzzer sounds and U.S. players swarm the ice to celebrate their 4‒3 win over the Soviets, many of whom were on break from the National Hockey League. The U.S. team, the youngest in the competition and made up entirely of amateurs, would go on to win the gold.“It’s one of my favorite movies,” said Ryan Donato ’19 on a recent morning at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center before suiting up for practice. “Every bus trip we have ‘Miracle’ with us.”Donato will bring his dream of real-life glory onto the ice on Feb. 14, when he and his teammates face Slovenia in the group stage of the men’s ice hockey tournament in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. While the center’s talent earned him a spot on the U.S. team, he knows one other factor was in play: The decision by the N.H.L. not to send any of its players to the games, which cleared the way for college athletes and players from other pro leagues.“Obviously it’s something I might not have had the opportunity to do,” said Donato. “I think our team is going turn a lot of heads.”For Donato, who got the confirmation phone call about a week before the team was officially announced on New Year’s Day, the news was a welcome Christmas present. But it wasn’t entirely unexpected.Harvard University hockey player Ryan Donato said his dad “doesn’t really talk about the games … [but]  the stories he has … and the connections that he has built along the way … that’s something I want to emulate.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe 21-year-old Scituate native had already hit some major milestones. He was a standout at Dexter School, and took part in USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. When he was 18 the Boston Bruins selected him in the second round of the N.H.L. draft. As a freshman at Harvard he received the George Percy Award for enthusiasm, sportsmanship, team spirit, and loyalty. Last year he helped the Crimson win the Beanpot for the first time in 24 years.USA Hockey officials told Donato that his Olympic tryout would be his performance during the College season. If he has been feeling the pressure, it hasn’t shown. Donato is one of the top offensive players in the country — a leader in goals and assists — and a contender for the Hobey Baker Award, hockey’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.Donato counts his “hockey sense” as one of his biggest strengths: “Just my head for the game, knowing where the puck will be and being in the right position to score.” And it’s safe to say he’s honed that sense with a little help from someone close to him, and to Harvard — Ted Donato ’91, his father and the men’s hockey coach since 2004.“Sometimes I have to take my coaching hat off and put my dad hat on,” said the elder Donato, who competed in the Olympics in 1992 and played 10-plus seasons in the NHL. “Certainly when Ryan told me [he made the team], as a parent I was just over the moon.”The coach planned to keep it simple when offering Olympics advice to his son. “I would just say understand the incredible opportunity you have, play the best you can … and enjoy it.”Ted Donato said that his own experience was about much more than going for gold. He recalled high-fiving American figure skaters who attended hockey games, watching Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in the ski jump, and connecting with a range of athletes from all over the world. Those encounters turned out to be the most memorable part of the competition.,Donato also remembers how his respect for the Olympics was inspired in part by Harvard coaching legend Bill Cleary ’56, a two-time Olympian who won gold as part of the 1956 U.S. team.“To him, the Olympics was the highest honor anybody could ever achieve playing hockey, or any sport,” Donato said.Cleary, who remains adamant that Olympic competition should be reserved for amateurs, turned down the opportunity to play professionally so he could represent the U.S. He’s never regretted it.“I could have won 10 Stanley Cups and it would not have equaled marching in the Olympic parade,” said Cleary, who spent 19 years as coach of the Harvard men.“You want others to have that kind of experience … I am delighted for Ryan and for the whole Donato family.”Following the example of his father, Ryan Donato knows that whether or not he wins a medal, he’ll return to the U.S. changed by the experience.When recalling his hockey career, Donato said his dad “doesn’t really talk about the games and the highlight reel goals that he had. The main thing he talks about are the friendships and the stories he has with those friendships, and the connections that he has built along the way … that’s something I want to emulate.”last_img read more

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Lisman, Pelham, McKenzie launch ‘Campaign for Vermont’

first_imgBruce Lisman today announced the formation of Campaign for Vermont, a public policy campaign intended to unite Vermonters around a new direction for Vermont’s future.  Lisman is the founding partner of the organization, joining him as founding officers are Tom Pelham and Mary Alice McKenzie. Bruce Lisman explained, ‘Campaign for Vermont will unite Vermonters, from a broad spectrum of political perspectives, to set a new direction for our future.  Imagine economic security, better job opportunities and growing prosperity for Vermonters of every generation.’ Lisman said, ‘Public policy and public budgeting is about real people, real families ‘ that is why we need to have real results.  We are innovators, but we must overcome our economic challenges, grow our economy, create more and better-paying jobs and make our families more secure and prosperous.  Together as Vermonters we will always succeed.  We think you’ll find supporting Campaign for Vermont a worthy endeavor. Visit our website CampaignForVermont.org and decide for yourself.’ Tom Pelham one of two Founding Officers said, ‘I am thrilled to join Bruce in establishing Campaign for Vermont.  We need a place where moderate, centrist voices from all across Vermont gather in support of public policy that leads to a vibrant balanced economy.’Pelham explained, ‘Bruce knows success and hardship.  In an extremely competitive environment, he emerged as a leader who when confronted with complex problems and opportunities found solutions that really worked. Bruce sees trouble ahead, as do I, in a number of public policy areas that challenge Vermont’s future.  Bruce is a problem-solver with deep Vermont roots who genuinely cares about the well-being and prosperity of all Vermonters.’ Mary Alice McKenzie who also serves as a founding officer said, ‘I am enthusiastic about Campaign for Vermont because it is a non-partisan campaign intended to advance common sense policy ideas that will result in prosperity for all Vermonters.  As a fellow member of some boards Bruce has served on, I have seen first-hand the ability he has to bring people together.  Bruce is an optimist; he believes things can get better, but knows it takes hard work.  I am proud that Bruce asked me to join him in this project, we must start a discussion about Vermont’s future.’ McKenzie went on to say, ‘Bruce has always been an active volunteer.  In 1993, hestarted a scholarship program at UVM in his dad’s name.  He has served on numerous boards, including UVM, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Central Vermont Public Service, and the Shelburne Museum.  He currently serves on National Life and Merchants Bank boards.  Bruce is a strong supporter of The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington and Winooski located in his childhood community, of which I am particularly proud.’ November 21, 2011last_img read more

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Holiday fraud fighting tips credit unions can provide their members…

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ok, most, if not all of us, are mired deep into the holiday shopping season, scrambling to purchase gifts for loved ones, friends, peers, and pets. It’s a fun time of the year — a bit stressful but still fun to give. And today, most of us are using our credit cards shopping at the mall or online. It’s so convenient, quick, and trackable — all upsides for the consumer.The downside for the consumer, however, is that it’s also prime shopping season for fraudsters. With past years’ breeches and the growing CNP threat, it can be scary. But there are a few fraud-fighting tips out there that folks can incorporate in their holiday shopping ventures. That said, we invited CO-OP’s Product Marketing Manager Amanda Atcheson on the show to provide us — and credit unions — with five fraud-fighting tips for protection. These tips can continue enhancing your credit union’s value toward your members as a primary financial resource. Check it out and let us know what you think … and what you’re doing, as well. continue reading »last_img read more

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‘From something you say to something you enable’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text center_img Stefan Olander, former vice president of global digital innovation for Nike, offered insights into how credit unions can disrupt the markets they serve by  providing human-centric products and services that better their members’  lives  during  the 2020 CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council and CUNA Technology Council Virtual Conference.Our expectations have increased dramatically through the advent of technology, Olander says.  What’s more, if technology advances in one industry, expectations increase for other industries as well.“For example, when Amazon introduced Prime, it put pressure on everyone else,” he says.With the emergence of so many new technologies and influences such as artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, and the coronavirus (COVID-19), virtually anything that can be disrupted will be,  putting tremendous pressure on organizations.last_img read more

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Airbnb now shows the total price of accommodation, no more hidden costs

first_img“I am pleased that Airbnb has shown a willingness to work with the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities to improve the way its platform works. I expect other platforms to follow suit”She concluded. Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Protection and Gender Equality, said she would “Europeans this summer finally get what they see when they book accommodation. The Internet has made it much easier and easier for consumers to compare and book hotel or private accommodation. Consumers can now also be sure that the price they see on the first page is the final price.” The European Commission has announced that after negotiations, Airbnb has improved and fully clarified the display of accommodation offers that are now in line with EU standards on consumer protection. This is in response to the requests of the European Commission and EU consumer protection bodies from July 2018. Exactly one year after the Commission’s warning, Airbnb has taken responsibility and, in cooperation with the European Commission, will work to improve the protection of the rights of users of their services.center_img We wrote earlier that the European Commission has warned Airbnb that their terms of use are not in line with European consumer protection laws. Namely, the Commission appealed that the company must transparently present the total costs of the intermediation arrangements, including the costs of services and cleaning. If this cannot be projected in advance, the Commission suggested, the service should at least alert users to possible additional costs that will be added to the price at a later date. Source / photo: European Commission; Airbnblast_img read more

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Paul Merson slams Maurizio Sarri and says only three Chelsea players can defend

first_imgMaurizio Sarri is under intense scrutiny at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Paul Merson claims only three Chelsea players can defend and says Maurizio Sarri must adapt to save his job.The Blues have slipped to sixth in the Premier League under Italian manager Sarri and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday.Sarri impressed at Napoli but his style of football is yet to produce success at Stamford Bridge and Merson says he must adjust ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Manchester City.And the former Arsenal forward claims only three Chelsea players – Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante – are capable of defending.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You have to give yourself a chance,’ Merson said. ‘In my opinion they have three players who can defend – Azpilicueta, Rudiger and Kante. The rest can’t defend.‘Don’t go and ask them to play a closing-down game when none of them can defend. Just try and get them back into a shape and work from there and make it difficult for City.‘I am very interested in Sunday to see if he is prepared to change.‘If you are not prepared to change and it goes wrong I don’t see there’s any point in sticking with him as you are never going to gain on Manchester City.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Feb 2019 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link448Shares Solskjaer impressed by Paul Pogba in FA Cup win over ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:14FullscreenSolskjaer impressed by Paul Pogba in FA Cup win over Chelseahttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-impressed-paul-pogba-fa-cup-win-chelsea-1865940/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Blues legend Frank Lampard have been identified as potential replacements for struggling Sarri at Chelsea.But Merson doubts whether either are suitable to take over at Stamford Bridge.He told Sky Sports: ‘I think with Zidane, how long would that last? Another year or one and a half years at the most?‘Lampard was a legend at Chelsea. If you are going to have a five-year plan then I would say get Frank, but if you are not going to do that – and Chelsea are renowned for changing every year and a half or two years – then it’s going to end in tears.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I don’t think he is ready at the moment. I would have no problem if you said it’s going to be a five-year plan and then go with Frank and see what happens, but I don’t think Zidane.‘He would be another short-term plan and Chelsea need stability.‘They have won trophies and it has worked, but sooner or later it isn’t going to work and teams are getting better as Chelsea are changing.’Before the EFL Cup final against Manchester City, Chelsea face Malmo in the last-32 of the Europa League on Thursday. Sarri’s side won the first leg 2-1.MORE: Man Utd board worried fans will ‘revolt’ if Marcus Rashford is allowed to leave Paul Merson slams Maurizio Sarri and says only three Chelsea players can defend Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Renovated Queenslander on country block in Wamuran

first_imgThe home at 45 Old North Rd, Wamuran is on the market.A QUEENSLANDER filled with character and sitting on acreage is on the market in Wamuran. The old house was originally built on a block in Wilston and was relocated to the 3.55ha property at 45 Old North Rd in the 1970s.A family who could see its potential bought it nearly 25 years ago and have called it home ever since. They completely renovated the house, had it re-roofed, added verandas and upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms. The home has beautiful character features.Downstairs, the fourth bedroom has a private terrace and there is a study and a third bathroom with toilet and shower. There is also a massive rumpus room that opens to the pool area, a refrigerated cellar and a laundry. Paige Dumble, the @Realty marketing agent, said this downstairs area could easily be converted for dual living. Timber floors feature throughout the property.Outside, a tennis court was built and a pool installed. Inside, the character remains in the high ceilings, polished timber floors, cedar window frames and ornamental timber work throughout. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and the main bathroom has a traditional design and a claw-foot tub. The country-style kitchen has timber benchtops, stainless-steel appliances and garden views. center_img There is a resort-style pool and a tennis court on the property.In recent years the house has been painted inside and out.There is a large dam on the property along with established gardens, fruit trees and about 70 varieties of birds. With all the children now flown the coop, the private couple who own the home have decided to sell.They said they will miss sitting on the veranda with a glass of wine in the afternoon but hoped another family would love the home as much as they did.last_img read more

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Oakwell opener for Everton

first_imgEverton’s latest quest to win the League Cup for the first time in their history will begin at Barnsley after the draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup sent the Toffees to Oakwell. Should England defender John Stones resist the overtures of Chelsea and remain with Everton before the transfer window closes, the cup clash will see him make his first return to his hometown club, whom the Toffees have not faced in a competitive game since February 1998. Newly-minted Barclays Premier League club Bournemouth travel the length of the country to play Hartlepool with Watford veering west on their journey to Preston. Championship play-off final winners Norwich renew their acquaintance with second-tier Rotherham when pitching up at Carrow Road. Of the other top-flight clubs not participating in Europe and therefore entering the draw at this stage, Aston Villa will entertain Notts County while Crystal Palace host Shrewsbury at Selhurst Park and three-time winners Leicester visit Bury. West Brom, who have not won the trophy since 1966, go head to head with Port Vale at the Hawthorns. Doncaster won a penalty shoot-out against Leeds to book a home meeting with Ipswich in the second round, where Walsall are paired with Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday play Oxford and Portsmouth pit their wits against Reading. Elsewhere, last season’s semi-finalists Sheffield United visit Fulham, MK Dons host Cardiff and Hull tackle Rochdale. Peterborough face Charlton, Gillingham go to Birmingham, Wolves entertain Barnet and Burton can expect a bumper crowd when Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough come to town. Full draw (ties to be played in the week commencing August 24 – dates and times of fixtures to be confirmed): Aston Villa v Notts County The Merseysiders, who have twice been runners-up in the competition, must tackle the Sky Bet League One side that ousted Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, while 2013 winners Swansea welcome League Two outfit York to the Liberty Stadium, with ties to be played in the week commencing August 24. Stoke are also meeting fourth-tier opposition when they visit Luton, and Northampton travel north to Newcastle, while Exeter fans chase them up the motorway to reach Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Press Association Walsall v Brighton Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford Portsmouth v Reading Hartlepool v Bournemouth Fulham v Sheff Utd MK Dons v Cardiff Hull v Rochdale Sunderland v Exeter Bury v Leicester Doncaster v Ipswich Rotherham v Norwich Swansea v York QPR v Carlisle Barnsley v Everton Peterborough v Charlton Birmingham v Gillingham Newcastle v Northampton West Brom v Port Vale Wolves v Barnet Burton v Middlesbrough Luton v Stoke Preston v Watford last_img read more

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MLAX : 3 keys for Syracuse to advance past Duke in 1st round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Strong play from Bobby Wardwell in netEvery game Bobby Wardwell starts in goal for Syracuse, he gets a little better. And for Wardwell, that’s a good thing because he’s about to start the biggest and most important game of his young career.The freshman started off his SU career with a rocky performance in a 10-9 win over Princeton. He allowed three straight goals in the opening eight minutes before settling in to make nine saves the rest of the way.That was back on April 7, and since then, Wardwell has gone from an experiment to a force in the net.Wardwell has allowed an average of six goals in his last three starts and is coming off a superb seven-save performance against St. John’s, where he shut out the Red Storm in the first half and allowed a stingy three goals in 54 minutes of action.On Saturday, he will be starting in a game that will either extend the Orange’s season or send it home. He’ll be relied on for a strong performance in Durham, N.C., against a Duke attack that averages just more than 11 goals per game. The Blue Devils are loaded with offensive weapons. Four different players have scored at least 27 goals this season.Wardwell needs to step up, and he has to find his comfort zone immediately. Giving up early goals will put Syracuse in a hole that will be tough to climb out of. If he’s able to avoid early blunders, he’ll give the Orange confidence and momentum that could propel it to a win and the quarterfinals.Win the faceoff battleAll year long, Syracuse head coach John Desko has said his team has a chance to win if it can win 50 percent of a game’s faceoffs. The Orange was demolished in the faceoff X in five of its seven losses this season – going just 66-of-158 (41.8 percent) – and allowed its opponents to dominate possession time. In all, Desko has tried seven different players at the X in search of some consistency.SU finally seems to have found an answer to its lingering problem late in the season. The Orange edged both Villanova and St. John’s by one in the faceoff battle last weekend at the Big East tournament. With an advantage on draws and ground balls in both games, Syracuse blew away both teams by a combined score of 27-10 to win the conference tournament championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.The Orange will need to stay hot at the X to have a chance to upset No. 3 seed Duke. SU outworked the Blue Devils on draws by three in one of its most impressive performances of the regular season, despite falling 12-10 at the Big City Classic on April 1. Faceoff specialists Ricky Buhr and Chris Daddio combined to go 14-of-25 that day to help the Orange play the Blue Devils down to the wire. And they have played a large part in Syracuse’s turnaround, winning 22-of-39 draws in SU’s run through the Big East tournament. If Buhr and Daddio can hold their own in the faceoff battle Saturday, the Orange has a chance to pull off the upset. But if they revert to their old ways, it will be an uphill battle at Koskinen Stadium.Stay hot offensivelyJohn Desko could do nothing but praise the Syracuse attack following two must-win victories in the Big East tournament last weekend. The Orange used a balanced offensive effort, featuring 11 different goal scorers, to blow out Villanova and St. John’s to claim the inaugural Big East tournament championship.Attack Tommy Palasek set the tone for the offensive explosion, notching four goals and six assists, while midfielder Bobby Eilers scored four goals in SU’s 15-6 win more than the Wildcats and another two in the championship game.The recent success will need to continue if the Orange hopes to upend No. 3 seed Duke when the teams square off in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils yield more than nine goals per game but boast an offense that scores more than 11 goals per contest. Syracuse will need a sound performance from its attack to stay in the game.When the Orange squared off against Duke on April 7 in MetLife Stadium, two slick saves by Blue Devils goaltender Dan Wigrizer on Palasek and attack Collin Donahue in the final quarter were arguably the difference in a 12-10 SU loss.In the Big East tournament, the Orange attack had its way. Desko lauded his offense’s near-flawless execution. The two decisive victories were a breath of fresh air for the SU head coach following an up-and-down regular season from the offensive unit.And if Syracuse maintains that efficiency in the attacking zone against the Blue Devils, it will be in position to battle Duke into the fourth quarter once again.-Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports stafflast_img read more

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Mettus: Now that Syracuse football has shown what it can be, it can’t revert to what it was

first_imgCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — There were no fans or students rushing onto the field — the game was on the road at Boston College, after all.The Syracuse players on the field slowly congregated near the center of the field, then shifted toward the southeast corner of the stadium to greet the 30 or so fans and family members waiting. The travel band, about a quarter of the size of its full roster, competed with the louder BC alma mater.Orange head coach Dino Babers didn’t talk about the program, the community or the university during his postgame press conference. His postgame speech to the team was likely nothing like last week’s, though we’ll never get to see it.Syracuse’s 28-20 win over Boston College on Saturday didn’t feel anything like the upset of then-No. 17 Virginia Tech seven days prior. But in the context of just this season, it was nearly as important.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse hangs on to defeat Boston College, 28-20Eric Dungey on scuffle: ‘Some guy’s standing over me talking smack’Outside receivers Amba Etta-Tawo and Steve Ishmael shine against BC Published on October 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img “The winner of the game (is) probably in a very good situation to have an opportunity to go bowling,” Babers said during his SportsCenter appearance on Wednesday before the game.A loss would have erased the accomplishments of the VT game for this season, but SU’s win over BC put it two wins away from a bowl game (and maybe even just one) with four games left in the season. Babers’ cake might not yet be done baking, but at this point, not making a bowl game would be a disappointment. That’s the expectation that has been set in the last two weeks.Now that Syracuse has shown what it can be, it can’t revert to what it was.“It feels good,” Orange receiver Amba Etta-Tawo said. “… Hopefully at the end of the season we’re looking at at least six wins. Bowl eligible.”Let’s take a step back.Before this season I said a 4-8 finish would mean a successful year and predicted the Orange to lose out through its final four matchups of the season. I called the Florida State game an automatic loss.Now, SU has already guaranteed at least the four-win season. And that unwinnable Florida State game looks a lot different. The Seminoles haven’t looked fantastic, beating Wake Forest by 11 and Miami by one.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorThe Orange has already beaten one ranked team in the Carrier Dome this year. There’s a chance fans pour onto the field and chant Babers’ name in the west end zone again.“All we proved is that we’re occasionally great,” Babers said at his press conference the Monday after the game. “And what I want this football team to be is consistently good. It bothers me that we’re not consistently good.”Two wins in a row (accomplished after BC) is more consistently good than any point since September of last year when the Orange won its first three games.SU has a bye next week. After the BC game, Babers couldn’t say which team the Orange plays next. The schedule goes No. 3 Clemson on the road, North Carolina State then No. 12 Florida State at home, and at Pittsburgh to end the year.“We’ve got to find a way,” Babers said. “We need a slingshot and a rock.”A slingshot, a rock, whatever the tools may be, it’s clear Syracuse has them stashed away somewhere. Whether it be Eric Dungey’s ability to throw around the field, the diverse receiving threats or the now timely and improved play of the defense, it’s just a matter of whether Syracuse pulls them out together and at the right time.Bowl or not, this already can’t be a disappointing season. Babers and his team have already secured what he referred to as a potentially program-changing win that turned the team into a family. Check back in a few years on that one.We’ve seen progress in the team. We’ve seen potentially what it could be.But in the now, with an achievement not seen in Syracuse in three years within reaching distance, anything but a bowl game will be a short-term disappointment. And it should be, too.Jon Mettus is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @jmettus. Commentslast_img read more

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