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first_imgFour hours before each Syracuse match, the Orange convene for their pregame meal. Head coach Ian McIntyre may mention their upcoming game, but before his team eats, McIntyre splits his team into four groups, one for each grade.The Orange engage in a trivia match, testing the team’s knowledge of soccer. Many of the questions revolve around the English Premier League and other professional soccer teams, while McIntyre will occasionally mix in pop culture references.The winning team eats first. The one who finishes last has to wait until everyone is finished to indulge.McIntyre brought pregame trivia with him to Syracuse when he became head coach in 2010 and has continued it into his 10th season. With a team of players from nine different countries who support dozens of different domestic and international soccer teams, much of Syracuse’s intra-team trash talk and banter centers around weekly trivia, FIFA video games and professional results. Entering the heart of their conference schedule, Syracuse (3-2-4, 0-1-2 Atlantic Coast) bonds over its differing levels of soccer knowledge and love of professional soccer.“I think it’s especially beneficial for us because we do it on game days,” sophomore Christian Miesch said. “The game days are already pretty intense, everyone is focused on themselves. But then we have the trivia which takes some pressure off.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the freshmen have the largest trivia team, the group’s size makes communication difficult in the competition. Other than one upset from the freshman team, the juniors have won all but one time as of Sept. 18, Simon Triantafillou said. The four-man junior class of Dylan McDonald, Triantafillou, Nikolas Steiner and Sondre Norheim have often bragged about their trivia success in 2019.McDonald, a junior, said it’s “not really much of a surprise” that his class has been the first to enjoy many of their pre-match meals this season. McIntyre admits that veterans typically have an advantage in trivia, but that hasn’t translated for this year’s seniors. Jake Leahy, Massimo Ferrin and John-Austin Ricks admitted that while they watch soccer themselves, their teammates “live for it.”“We’ve got a very diverse locker room, players from all across this country and other countries,” said McIntyre, a Liverpool supporter. “The common thread is football. It’s part of our routine to have a few soccer questions, maybe it’s just putting up with me.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorTeam allegiances for most of Syracuse’s players come from their connections. Miesch’s youth soccer coach always wore a Juventus jersey and Miesch was on an extended trial with the Manchester City youth academy in his teens. They are now his two favorite teams.Leahy idolized former Manchester City and English national goalkeeper Joe Hart and became a fan because of him. He also supports the MLS New York Red Bulls after he spent his youth in the training academy. Ferrin grew up in Canada but his Italian roots have left him a supporter of AC Milan. Same for Triantafillou, who’s from Canada, but supports the Greek team Olympiakos.When the Orange have training on the weekends, Leahy said that the team will often watch morning European matches before practice in their apartments or the locker room.“If we have a training session in the morning, and there’s a big game on, it’s about a guarantee that no one will be early to practice,” Leahy said. “Everyone will show up right on time because we’re watching the game.”Senior transfer Matt Orr is one of those superfans. An avid Liverpool supporter, Orr has aided 2019’s seniors in pregame trivia, multiple players said, though the seniors have struggled recently.Ricks sometimes gets teased when he doesn’t know an answer. And Ferrin still refuses to give McDonald and the juniors credit, claiming that no team has consistently won this year.“It’s fun to get the guys laughing, I’m pretty terrible,” Leahy said. “These guys know way more than I will ever know.” Comments Published on October 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Eden Hazard 1 Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to risk Eden Hazard against Stoke this weekend, even though he admits the midfield maestro is struggling.Belgian ace Hazard has been Chelsea’s star player this season, playing in almost every game for club and country.But despite returning from international duty a weary man, Mourinho wants him to play again this weekend.“Hazard is tired because he played two matches in three days,” the Portuguese coach pointed out.“But that’s the season – that’s the season for a player that is important for the team. I want to play him every time and the international coach wants to play him every time.“It’s not a surprise that he can be a bit tired but I believe in him, in his desire to play and reach the season objective, so I will start with him.”Mourinho, who reckons Chelsea need to win six more matches to be crowned champions, also revealed there is no place for Jon Obi Mikel, but he expects striker Diego Costa to start.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant BFI officials were not at the council meeting and did not return phone calls. However, the company has previously said city leaders should not assume that BFI would be willing to reduce its dumping fees. Council President Eric Garcetti plans to appoint a delegation of council members to approach BFI next week. The city has until Feb. 28 to decide whether to renew the five-year, $157 million contract with BFI, which now hauls 3,600 tons of refuse a day to Sunshine Canyon near Granada Hills. Under the current contract, the city must send all its trash to Sunshine Canyon to get the $25-per-ton price, which totals about $29 million per year. BFI has warned that if the city breaks the pact and sends trash to other landfills, the per-ton price could jump to $45. If BFI agrees to lock in the lower price, L.A. could send roughly half its trash to landfills in Riverside and Kings counties for an extra $4.15 million per year, according to estimates released Friday by the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office. If BFI charges the higher rate, it would cost L.A. $12.69 million more per year to send trash outside city limits. With 10 days left to decide whether to extend a contract for Sunshine Canyon Landfill, the City Council voted Friday to make a desperate final appeal to the dump’s owner to keep the disposal cost down and let Los Angeles start shipping some of its trash to more remote sites. Cooperation from Browning Ferris Industries could allow the city to send half of its residential trash to dumps outside the city limits for an additional $4 million a year, officials say. And that would help Councilman Greig Smith convince budget-conscious colleagues that it’s time to fulfill a promise to end the city’s reliance on urban landfills. “The whole thing hinges on BFI and whether they want to be a good corporate citizen,” said Smith, who pushed for the new negotiating team. If BFI refuses to negotiate, Smith said, “the council has to make a tough decision if they want to keep doing business with BFI.” Waste Management Inc., which has proposed hauling some of the city’s trash at its El Sobrante Landfill in Riverside County, urged the City Council to spend the extra money rather than rely on one company. “If there was ever a situation that screams for competition, we believe this is it,” said Doug Corcoran, Waste Management’s director of operations. Granada Hills residents said they would hold Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to statements he made in a letter to the North Valley Coalition last year in which he said he was prepared to support alternatives to Sunshine Canyon Landfill that cost an additional $9 million to $16 million. Also on Friday, the City Council adopted Smith’s RENEW LA plan, a 20-year blueprint for Los Angeles to reduce its reliance on dumps by expanding recycling, converting waste into energy and paying tax incentives for businesses using trash in manufacturing. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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