What’s New on Z892013-12-03 10:36:38
By. Sarah Barth (Associate Producer)
With the holiday season here, gift giving seems to be the topic on everybody’s mind. In my experience, shopping for gifts for any male is one of the most difficult challenges. Between a man’s simple indifference or pure complacency, finding the perfect gift requires a lot of effort.
For this week’s Myth or Reality, Nadine switched it up by asking the guys if monetary value or a thoughtful meaning is more important when it comes to a present. Lukas expressed his strong dislike for gifts and the pressure that comes with it. Nothing is worse than a friend who gives you a gift and you haven’t gotten anything for them in return.
It’s also painful getting a gift that you simply will never use. Jeff proclaimed his ideal gift would be anything extremely useful – toilet paper to be exact! This being said, Jeff still poked fun at Nadine’s idea of sending an avocado as a continuation of an inside joke between her and a friend. Toilet paper at least costs three dollars whereas an avocado is like fifteen cents, Jeff joked.
Which then still leaves the question… how important is monetary value exactly when it comes to the perfect gift?
By. Steven Krainin (Associate Producer)
Call me crazy, but I hate carrying money. I think it’s nuts to feel comfortable carrying $50 to $100 in your wallet. $100 takes up too much space in my wallet and every time I take a step, I am reminded of how much money I am carrying. I dislike the feeling of going to pay for something, and opening up my wallet in public so all can see how much money is in there. Adding to the problem is the fact that the money is dirty. I don’t want something covered in who-knows-what next to my leg! My biggest fear is that I’ll drop the money and I’ll be out twenty bucks. I know it’s unlikely, but the fear always hangs over my head.
Whenever I do get money, I deposit it onto my credit card. If a credit card gets lost, you can get a new one and you don’t have to worry about someone taking your money. Since the credit card has only been in my hands, it is cleaner than cash. Plus, I don’t have to deal with the annoyance of loose change. Since almost all places take charge, it’s time to embrace the 21st century, put that emergency 20 or 50 or 100 onto a card. You’ll always know that “what’s in your wallet” is safer and cleaner than cash.
Zoo Crew Opinions:
Jeff: You should be carrying between $75-$100
Robert: I have $4 in my wallet
By. Jeff Cucinell (Z89 Sports)
Imagine the feeling on Thanksgiving Day of your oven catching fire, your cable going out and Aunt Suzie forgetting the pumpkin pie. That is the feeling most Syracuse football fans are going home with tonight after falling to the hands of Pittsburgh, 17-16, Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome.
Missed opportunities, a plethora of penalties, and a blocked extra point in the first quarter cost the Orange the game. Syracuse had a chance when they got the ball back with 2:36 left to go in the 4th quarter. After one first down, the drive stalled on the Pittsburgh 36, and SU turned the ball over on downs with 1:03 left to play.
It looked promising from the start as the Cuse defense held Pitt to a three-and-out on the first possession of the game. When the Orange got its hands on the ball, it only took the offense four plays to find the end zone. Junior running back Jerome Smith broke a 36-yard touchdown run to put Syracuse up 6-0. Smith led the rushing attack with 88 yards on 17 carries. But Ryan Norton’s extra point attempt was blocked, which proved to be the deciding factor in the game.
The Panthers cut the lead in half with a Chris Blewitt field goal in the second quarter. The Pittsburgh offense drove all the way to the Syracuse three-yard line before linebacker Cameron Lynch sacked quarterback Tom Savage for an 11 yard loss. After a penalty and another sack, the Panthers were backed up to the 24-yard line. Blewitt’s kick finished a Pittsburgh drive that took up 9:13 off the clock.
The Orange defense was the shining light in the game as it held the Panthers to 21 rushing yards on 27 attempts. Syracuse has yet to allow a player to rush for 100 yards in a game this season.
Pittsburgh scored again with 3:06 left in the first half, courtesy of a Savage touchdown pass to Manasseh Garner that put the Panthers up 10-6. Norton added a field goal right before the half to make the score 10-9 heading into the intermission.
After both teams struggled on their first possessions of the second half, the Orange struck with a 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Terrel Hunt to redshirt freshman Alvin Cornelius. The touchdown pass was Hunt’s first since the Tulane game on September 21st, and his first in ACC play. He finished the day 18-of-28 with one touchdown. Norton nailed the extra point to make the score 16-10 in favor of SU.
Pittsburgh would take the lead for good with an Isaac Bennett touchdown run from five yards out. With the extra point, the Panthers made the score 17-16 which proved to be the final.
The Orange looks to become bowl eligible next Saturday (11/30) against Boston College. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
By. Donna Gureckas and Katherine Bernhardt (Associate Producers)
When you have been dating for a while, deciding whose parent’s house to attend for holiday dinners can become an issue. We’re all familiar with the “family rotation” of spending Thanksgiving with one partner’s side of the family and then spending Christmas or Hanukkah with the other side. But what happens when we’re forced to sit through an excruciatingly poor-cooked meal? Is it ok to tell your special someone, “Well frankly, your mom’s food stinks.”
Of course not!
Although choosing to satisfy the taste buds may seem like the best option in the moment, it can only lead to a blowup later. Weaseling your way out of that awful Thanksgiving dinner is a challenge, so as a good girlfriend or boyfriend, you have to stick it out and pretend that chard bird is a turkey. That way, you can enjoy delicious Thanksgiving dinner, and not be sleeping on the couch for the next few days. Sticking it out through meal won’t kill you, right?
ZOO CREW’S OPINION
Jeff: Find the better food and run.
Nadine: You absolutely CAN’T choose food over family!
Lucas: You absolutely CAN choose food over family!
Robert: It depends, but I always love a good meal.