In two weeks we will know who will have that infamous one-game playoff to move to the next round in the World Series chase. I like the idea of an expanded playoff, because when you play 162 games and you have one of the top records in baseball, you should be rewarded–especially the way the National League Central has gone this year. At one point these 3 teams–Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds–had the best 3 records in all of baseball. However, when you just play one game of “winner take all”, 162 games seems like a lot of wasted effort. I know they don’t want to play in November, but there has to be a way of making this first round 2 out of 3 and still getting the rest of the playoff games in. If you can’t play 7 games in 10 days or less, I think there is something wrong with your training program. I feel there are too many days off, especially when you get down to the final round. At least in this system, you do get to decide it on the field playing a contest rather than some arbitrary formula for picking the one team that is going on. We have seen this too many times in other sports. Especially by some high school athletic associations. A few years ago a 10-0 football team in Cincinnati did not make the playoffs because of their weird formula, and a team with a 4-6 record did. The reason was that the 10-0 team didn’t play a tough enough schedule. What a crock! Let’s hope the Reds win this one game if that is the situation they are in and get a chance to redeem last year’s debacle.
Massimo Ferrin and Matt Orr stopped staring at the ball and turned their attention to each other. It was overtime and a free kick a yard outside of the box would be Syracuse’s best chance to score against Louisville on Sept. 13. They had to decide: Who would handle the most important set piece of the game?Would it be the Orange’s star striker, a senior who’s tied for second in goals? Or the defender, a first-year transfer from the University of San Francisco whose “wonderful left foot” has dominated set pieces?“It’s not planned,” Orr said. “It’s go with the flow.”Orr took two steps and stopped, backing away and instead jogging into the box. It would be Ferrin’s shot. His shot aimed for the bottom left post — out of the view of Louisville’s goalkeeper off-guard — but couldn’t hit nylon. Again.Free chances for Syracuse (2-2-3, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast), like the 16-yard free kick against the Cardinals, have been there all season. Yet, production hasn’t come in bulk. Despite 49 corner kicks this season, the Orange’s offense hasn’t converted once. Offense hasn’t been a consistent issue through seven games, but the Orange have only scored once off of free kicks and corners combined.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFixing the problem is not only head coach Ian McIntyre’s job. It’s also Orr and Ferrin’s. Yelling from the sidelines sometimes registers, he said, but it’s mostly directed by who handles the set piece.“We can’t call a timeout, sit them down and show them a whiteboard and say, ‘You guys stink,’” McIntyre said. “That’s the beauty of our game, you have to solve it on the fly.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorThis season, Syracuse’s one-two punch has been Ferrin and Orr, and they couldn’t be more different. Two different positions on opposite sides of the field, one with SU for four years, the other new to the program. Ferrin is a righty. Orr, a lefty. Ferrin has more experience, but Orr dominated reps as early as this spring.Orr came into the spring as a senior transfer with the assumption he’d take over set pieces — it’s a reason why McIntyre recruited him, Orr said. Ferrin didn’t know of him, only recognizing he was a member of the backline at the time, but immediately noticed his prowess on free kicks. “When we gave him the green light he hasn’t disappointed,” Ferrin said.The practice before a game, Orr and Ferrin simulate set pieces at the end of the session with teammates. In those cases, they try to find the heads or feet of their them. But after practice, the two stick around for another 15 minutes. They jump around the field, from the edges for corners to outside the box for free kicks. While their dangerous balls usually involve another teammate’s help, they’ll work on framing balls to untouchable parts of the net. When the time comes to take a free kick in the game, it starts with a chat between Orr and Ferrin. “What do you think?” Ferrin will usually ask, “And sometimes I’ll say, ‘This one’s mine, it’s perfect for me to shoot here.”After they decide who, the taker decides where. Sometimes going short is the best option, but if they’re feeling confident, either one will try to whip a ball in if they can get on it. Against Yale, part of Syracuse’s three-game stretch of ties, Orr was awarded a free kick in overtime. After convening, the defender aimed for the top right corner. Orr placed it where he envisioned, but Yale’s goalie tipped it over the crossbar and onto the hill of SU Soccer Stadium.Gavin Liddell | Staff PhotographerIn that game, the Orange were granted 12 corner kicks, eight taken by Orr. Nothing came out of any attempt in the 1-1 draw. The struggles forced McIntyre to reconsider Orr as an “established” left foot free kicker, giving Ferrin more opportunities. Now, the two split chances, with midfielder Simon Triantafillou sometimes acting as a third option if Orr’s out of the game. “We have trust in what we’re doing,” Ferrin said on Sept. 11. “Maybe it’ll take one to open the floodgates.”Three minutes into a home game against Cornell, Syracuse already found itself down a goal. The Orange had a free kick a few yards out of the box though. Ferrin decided it’d be him. He wanted to whip the ball low.The ball went over a cluster of heads and hit the pitch. The Big Red’s goalkeeper dove left, but the ball bounced past him into the net. The cold spell was over. A set piece finally led to a score.“It’s not any magic formula,” Ferrin said. “There’s nothing crazy we’re trying to do.” Comments Published on September 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm Contact KJ: firstname.lastname@example.org | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+
In 2003, prison officials locked down black inmates at Corcoran State Prison after discovering a note linking possible assaults on staff by Crips to Williams’ impending death sentence. But Slosek said there has been no increased “chatter” among gang inmates in recent weeks surrounding the upcoming execution. Williams, 51, was sentenced to death in 1981 for the fatal shooting of Owens during a 1979 robbery. He also has been convicted of three other murders. His pleas for clemency have garnered public attention. Williams has written several children’s books about the dangers of joining a gang, and his Web site, www.tookie.com, features testimonials from former gang members who say his story changed their lives. In 2000 five members of the Swiss parliament nominated Williams for a Nobel Peace Prize. In August he received a President’s Call to Service Award for his good deeds on death row, praising him for demonstrating “the outstanding character of America.” Several former gang members in San Bernardino said Williams’ death would be a tragedy for youth already caught up in gang life. “Tookie has become a hero to the kids on the street,” said a former gang member who goes by the moniker Evbody. “If he’s put to death, it’s going to get worse out there, because what hope will they have? Even if you change, it still doesn’t matter.” Regardless, unless the governor intervenes, Williams will receive a lethal injection fewer than six weeks from today. “This will be probably one of the higher-notoriety executions since the reinstatement of the death penalty,” Slosek said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State prison officials are concerned the impending execution of former gang kingpin Stanley “Tookie” Williams could lead to an outbreak of violence among inmates. Williams, a co-founder of the Crips street gang, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 13 for the murders of four people, including 22-year-old Albert Lewis Owens, an employee at a Whittier 7-Eleven store. Williams plans to ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute his sentence to life in prison. On the day of Williams’ execution, San Quentin – the prison where California’s condemned inmates are held – will go on lockdown, said Todd Slosek, a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman. Additional security measures also will be in place, he added. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Clearly, there’s a heightened awareness due to the media reports and his affiliation as a co-founder of the Crips,” Slosek said. “We will take added precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the institution.” Such procedures are always put into place when a deathrow inmate is executed, Slosek said. The same protocol was followed when convicted murderer Donald Beardslee was put to death in January. However, in Williams’ case, correctional officers are concerned that, because he is a founder of the Crips, which has thousands of members incarcerated in California prisons, inmate assaults against staff could increase as the execution date draws near. “We have heard that rumored,” said Martin Aroian, president of the Chino chapter of the correctional officers union. “I don’t have anything official.” However, messages posted to an online forum by correctional officers mention rumors the Crips will have a “green light” on prison staff and other law enforcement officers.