Silvija Zoković: Nordic walking is an ideal combination of active vacation and tourist offer

first_img Guided by this, we decided to talk to Silvija Zoković about the importance of active tourism for the Croatian offer, but also about the event held on Pag and plans for similar projects in the future. As for future plans, Sylvia is full of ideas and possible projects that combine Nordic walking and tourism. “We were contacted by the staff of the Brijuni National Park to design a similar event there. Also, in Karlovac County, I would like to organize a walking event that would be held in a different place at any time of the year. There is also the idea of ​​a ‘green heart’, ie that the City of Zagreb, Zagreb County, Krapina-Zagorje County and Sisak-Moslavina County be connected by a single heart-shaped route. For example, one ‘arm of the heart’ would go from the Zagreb Cathedral, through Sljeme, through Zaprešić, to Sisak-Moslavina County, and the other ‘arm’ would return through Marija Bistrica and back to the Cathedral in Zagreb.”, She concluded. The event lasted for three days during which walkers crossed four trails and had an unforgettable experience of walking on the moon island and tasting the famous Pag delicacies. The goal of this sports and recreational event is to promote an active lifestyle and introduce participants to the natural and cultural beauties of the town and the island of Pag as well as the gastronomic offer. “There is a large audience for this form of tourism. Now you just need to work very hard to have a quality final product – from trails, signage, maps, events… Because to offer something it has to be from head to toe in five! My dream and wish is for the whole of Croatia to be networked with Nordic walking trails and for all this to be beautifully presented.”. Photo:; Silvija Zokovic Trail of Slunj giants, Močan’s bridge on Slunjčica, Slunj When asked how she came up with the idea to connect Nordic walking with tourist facilities such as sightseeing and tasting local delicacies, Zokovic explained that she has been doing Nordic walking for fifteen years, and this activity can be seen in many destinations. “I think the best way to get to know our beautiful country is through walking, and especially through Nordic walking which in some way enhances the effects of ordinary walking and on the other hand makes it easier to move because we walk on ‘four legs’”, Explained Zokovic. Silvija Zoković, The event “Nordic Walking on the Moon Island” is planned to be repeated in the spring of next year. “This ‘zero’ year was actually a test year and the participants were thrilled so most said they were ready to come again. For a start, we aimed at our market, or our people who want to get to know Pag and enjoy nature”, Says Silvija and notes that their goal at some point, and maybe even in the spring, is to turn to foreign tourists. Silvija, with the cooperation and patronage of the Tourist Board of the city of Pag, traced as many as 150 kilometers of trails for Nordic walkers. “Considering that my father is from Pag, so I know the area very well, I suggested to the director of the tourist board Vesna Karavanić to design new trails. From this, in fact, came the idea of ​​the event, which, in three days, gathered about 60 people and introduced them to various parts of the island.”, She said and added that everything can be seen on Pag. “Among other things, climb to the highest peak of Pag, reach the sub-Velebit channel, visit the ornithological reserves Veliko and Malo blato, walk through fields, hills, pastures along dry stone walls…”, Explains Sylvia. Active tourism is one of the most sought-after forms of tourism in the world, including in our country. And given that Croatia has so much to offer so beautiful and diverse nature, as well as numerous cultural and historical sights, promoters like Silvia and projects like “Nordic Walking on the Moon Island” must be given full support and welcomed with open arms. In September, the event “Nordic Walking on the Moon Island” was held on Pag, organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Pag and Nordic Nordic walking, as one of the growing trends in active lifestyle and tourism, offers added value to hiking as well as walking for health. Silvija absolutely agrees that our tourist offer needs more active tourism content. “It is important to offer both domestic and foreign tourists such content, which in an active way have the opportunity to get to know the destination. There are a large number of people, especially in Europe, who through an active vacation want to enjoy nature, but also to get to know and experience all our cultural and historical sights.She said. Mentor trail, Dinjiška, island of Pag The event was attended by about 60 participants from the islands of Pag, Rijeka and Zagreb, Varaždin, Kutina, Đakovo, who under the leadership of Silvija Zoković from and Alan Crljenko, a passionate mountaineer and alpinist, enjoyed an active weekend.last_img read more

GUEST COLUMN: Participation in census is critical for area

first_imgFederally funded programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Home Energy Assistance Grants, the School Lunch and Breakfast Program, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant all play a critical role in combating poverty in our community. As the designated Community Action Agency for Schenectady County, Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP), assists thousands of low-income families and residents each year overcome barriers to housing, employment and education.SCAP, like most community-based agencies that provide human services, relies on money distributed from the federal government to operate much needed programs.These include but are not limited to, Supportive Housing Programs, which provide rent subsidies and supportive services; the Community Development Block Grant, which helps with eviction prevention and rapid rehousing; Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood services for children ages birth to 5.These programs provide life-changing opportunities for low-income residents and deserve adequate funding. Community Action Agencies were established with the mission of improving local communities by helping the most vulnerable people, and ensuring all residents, regardless of age, are supported and have a voice in shaping their community.All Community Action Agencies in the Capital Region will be actively involved in complete count committees to ensure the count of all persons in low response neighborhoods, public housing communities, shelters and transitional housing, colleges and universities, nursing homes, and people experiencing homelessness.  Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn the spring of 2020, the constitutionally-mandated decennial census will be conducted to count the population of people living in the United States.This crucial count includes all people regardless of citizenship status.However, the census is much more than a population count. The data compiled from the census has important and far-reaching implications for local communities across the country.Census data is used for redistricting purposes, redrawing boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts. The data also helps determine representation in government by accurately determining the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.Most importantly, however, census data provides the basis for the distribution of over $800 billion in federal funding to state and local municipalities, which is used to support vital programs for housing, education, infrastructure and employment at the local level. For these reasons, it is crucial that the census is conducted fairly, and that a full, complete and accurate count is achieved. A complete count is particularly important for the Schenectady community, which historically has faced an undercount.Data from the 2010 Census reveals that most of Schenectady is considered hard to count with a majority of census tracts in the area having a 73% or less return rate and low-income neighborhoods having the lowest response rates.An undercount of this proportion has significant consequences on the amount of federal funding our community receives, which in turn has a substantial impact on funding for programs that help families experiencing poverty and homelessness.At present, the city of Schenectady has a documented poverty of rate of 21%, and Schenectady County as a whole has a poverty rate of 12.5%.center_img For the first time, census participants will have the option to respond online, by phone or by mail.It is important to note that census information is protected by federal law and the Census Bureau is required to keep all information confidential.This means that the information provided as part of the census is never shared with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.Participation in the census is the civic responsibility of every resident and provides opportunity for everyone to help support our local community.There is much at stake and everyone should be counted, because everyone counts. Debra Schimpf is CEO of Schenectady Community Action Program.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Arsenal need Champions League football to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ray Parlour

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Jun 2020 10:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12Shares Comment LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal legend Ray Parlous has warned his former club that they need Champions League football if they’re to keep hold of star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon forward has just over a year left on his existing deal at the Emirates and informal talks with the club have been unsuccessful, with Aubameyang intimating he’s unwilling to commit his future to the club. Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all shown interest in Aubameyang but the Gunners captain has parked talk of his future until the end of the season, when he’ll review the situation. Arsenal are outsiders for a place in the Champions League but Parlour says qualifying for the competition may be the only way to get the striker to sign a new contract.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal need Champions League football to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ray Parlour Advertisement Advertisement Aubameyang is desperate to play in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘If they [Arsenal] can come back and hit the ground running and get a good start to the season, obviously the Man City game is going to be very important, if they can get anything out of that game that will give them a lot of confidence going forward,’ said Parlour.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Champions League football is so important for a lot of players these days so Aubameyang, if they can squeeze in there, might sign a new contract, I don’t know.‘If they don’t, then he might be on his way and suddenly you’ve got to replace a striker who scores all your goals.’More: 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 CityArsenal were due to take on Manchester City at the Etihad before the season was suspended.Mikel Arteta tested positive for covid-19 on the eve of the game and that news effectively forced the Premier League’s hands, as they had insisted before that moment that all games would go ahead.The Spaniard has a fully fit squad to choose from and he’ll be desperate for a result, given Arsenal are five points off the Champions League places.MORE: Manchester United wonderkid Teden Mengi promoted into first teamlast_img read more

Site of the Pink Palace gets a designer makeover

first_imgRender – Shea Residences St. LuciaSunland Group’s new display home sits on land formerly occupied by the “Pink Palace” – a St Lucia icon that was once a party house for rock stars and celebrities before being reclaimed by nature.The Pink Palace was demolished to make way for Shea Residences Pic Jamie HansonThe sprawling mansion, at 276 Swann Road, was purchased by Sunland Group — the developer behind projects including Palazzo Versace and Q1 on the Gold Coast — in May 2015, and was demolished in 2016.Sunland managing director Sahba Abedian said construction of Shea Residences was now on track for completion during the first quarter of 2018, with 75 per cent of the development sold.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe display home was recently opened to the public, giving potential buyers the chance to experience the boutique development.Shea Residence, St LuciaIt will include 28 luxury homes located within an intimate garden setting.Living and dining spaces flow to the balcony, perfect for entertaining.Shea Residences, St Lucia“Natural textures of copper and travertine stone are featured among the exquisite architectural facades, alongside flute and curtain inspired entrances,’’ Mr Abedian said.“They are connected at the podium level by a sculptural central spine – featuring artistic landscape design and reflection pools – and a magnificent cantilevered garden that is located at its entrance.“Stylish gourmet kitchens are fully integrated, featuring stone bench tops, high-gloss cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances.”Mr Abedian said Shea Residences also featured a unique basement car park design complete with secure garages, additional storage and exclusive lift access to each home.The Pink Palace’s original sandstone pavilion — which once formed the main entrance to the administration building of the former Brisbane Central Technical College (now known as QUT) on George Street in the Brisbane CBD — has also been preserved.“(It) will be transformed into an elegant resident amenities building complete with a private cinema, lounge and entertaining kitchen overlooking the pool,” Mr Abedian said.last_img read more

Brisbane home that housed our early AFL stars hits the market

first_imgThe home was a base for some of the ‘87 era Brisbane Bears.THIS Brisbane home that is going to auction next month played an important part in the early history of the Brisbane Lions.Back when professional Aussie Rules football was starting up in Queensland, a group of young footballers needed a place to live. The home is on the market.The home at 37 Langside Road in Hamilton will go to auction next month on Thursday, May 10 at 6pm. INSIDE CLIVE PALMER’S NEWEST BRISBANE MANSION AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST WATERSLIDE COULD BE IN YOUR BACKYARD ALL A HORSE-LOVER NEEDS IN EXPANSIVE BRISBANE MOUNTAIN HOME The Hamilton home has views of the Brisbane River.Although some people might have been concerned about having a group of young footy players living in their home, he remembers them as model tenants.center_img Inside. 37 Langside Road HamiltonBefore they were called the Brisbane Lions, the Brisbane Bears played their inaugural season in the Victorian Football League and this Hamilton home was used to house a number of their players.Owner Francis Love said he had just purchased the home and decided to rent it out to the football club in 1987 as he could not move down to Brisbane until the following year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAs he was a longtime fan of Aussie Rules football, he had no problem with members of the Brisbane Bears living in his home.“It was six of their top players,” Mr Love said. ”We had Mark Roberts, who had played for the Sydney Swans.”last_img read more

Neymar employs two very fast opponents to train with

first_imgRead Also: Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – XaviMeanwhile, the attacker has no trouble at all in his country and at home, where he has plenty of space to play football.However, in the video, Neymar was seen running with the ball while being chased by the two dogs .FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Brazilian striker Neymar shared a video on social media training with two dogs that tried to take the ball off him.Advertisement Loading… The PSG player is enjoying himself in Brazil during the confinement and is waiting to return to France when there is a chance to resume the competition. Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon PrimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

Rivers United tame Warri Wolves

first_imgRelatedPosts Ahead 2020/21 season: LMC fixes date for Club Licensing application Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal Malachi Ohawume scored twice in Rivers United’s 3-0 victory over Warri Wolves in Port Harcourt on Wednesday as the Pride of Rivers stayed on the coattails of the leaders, Plateau United, in the Nigeria Professional Football League. United needed a response following their 0-1 reverse to Rangers International four days earlier, and with Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, ringing the changes, the hosts responded by recording their biggest win of the season. Veteran centre-half, Kunle Odunlami, was the other goal scoring contributor for the Port Harcourt club, who remain in second place on the NPFL standings, four points behind Plateau United with 13 round of matches still to play. Fortune Omoniwari and Ohawume were chosen to lead the line for the hosts following less than appealing displays by the duo of Stephen Gopey and Ogbonna Onuoha in the defeat to Rangers in Enugu on Sunday. The result of those changes in personnel was a more fluid and potent United frontline with Omoniwari impressing despite failing to register on the board. The big forward was United’s liveliest player in the first half and was extremely unfortunate not to score at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium. United’s first sight at goal arrived in the sixth minute when Godswill Kazie Eyinnaya met a precise Ishaq Rafiu delivery off a set piece only to place his header from an acute angle just wide. Five minutes later, Kazie created space for himself on the near side but chose to pull the trigger when the better option appeared to be delivering a cross with several Blue shirts well-placed in the Wolves penalty area. United were edging closer with some incisive movement and crisp passing in the final third and nearly got the breakthrough in the 13th minute when pint-sized terror, Esor Nelson Okwa, swivelled and struck goal wards from six yards only to see his effort deflected for a corner. In the 21st minute, Omoniwari came close to scoring an outrageous goal out of nothing when he calmly collected Cletus Emotan’s long range pass with his chest before firing a half volley inches wide off Godwin Ameh’s left hand post. Two minutes later, Omoniwari again came close to scoring as he attacked Ishaq’s set piece delivery with intent, but the effort again sailed just wide. The attacker came close again in the 26th and 33rd minutes but watched in disappointment as he saw a goal bound free kick blocked by a visiting body and a well-placed low drive deflected for a corner, respectively. Wolves were offering nothing offensive of note and the home support had their heads in their hands on the half hour when Ohawume came face to face with Ameh only to get too much on a chip from eight yards out. Ohawume finally got his moment of redemption in the 37th minute as he drove into the Wolves box with fearsome pace before sending Ameh the wrong way with a cool finish. The United players continued to push forward after taking the lead ostensibly with the knowledge that a solitary goal may not be enough to secure maximum points and they almost got their second in spectacular fashion, two minutes before the break. Esor embarked on a mazy run, which culminated in a strike, hit with venom and precision that the overworked Ameh managed to push away for a corner. Wolves needed to improve and did so after the interval. Samuel Amadi almost equalised for the Warri club with a delightful curled effort from the edge of the box, which just about flew over Drissa Bamba’s crossbar in the 55th minute. United then took over with Ishaq, Esor and Malachi coming extremely close to doubling the home’s side’s advantage in the ensuing 10 minutes. In the 73rd minute, United got their second goal of the evening and it came off the boots of an unlikely hero, Kunle Odunlami, who prodded home from close range for his first goal of the season. Wolves, predictably, stepped on the accelerator in a bid to hurl themselves back into the contest and almost did so with six minutes remaining. Charles Atshimene came face to face with Bamba, following a lighting quick break and struck low and hard only for the United goalkeeper to produce a world class stop to deny the Wolves forward who was almost wheeling away in celebration. In between that moment of brilliance from the United shot stopper, second half substitute, Ossy Martins, missed two gilt-edged opportunities with the game becoming increasingly stretched. Ohawume then completed his brace and seventh league goal of the season with a simple finish in the final minute of additional time to give United their most comprehensive win of the season so far.Tags: Kunle OdunlamiMalachi OhawumeNFFNigeria Professional Football LeaguePort-HarcourtRiver UnitedWarri Wolveslast_img read more

Redknapp backs Bilic

first_img Bilic was appointed as the Hammers’ new boss on a three-year deal on Tuesday, returning to Upton Park following an 18-month playing stint under then-manager Redknapp 19 years ago. He replaces Allardyce, who endured a tempestuous relationship with much of the West Ham support despite guiding them back to the Premier League and then retaining top-flight status for the next three years. “He is a bit of a lad! He smokes about 80 fags a day, plays guitar in a pop-rock group and is a real character – but he really knows his football. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he brought in a few old faces back in there, one or two of the lads he played with. He might use them on the coaching side, it is just one of the feelings I have got.” One of those old faces is unlikely to be Rio Ferdinand after Bilic’s former defensive partner retired last month. The former England captain, who has also backed Bilic to succeed, has signed as a pundit with BT Sport – but Redknapp thinks Ferdinand will follow Bilic into a coaching career in the future. He said: “Rio is doing his coaching badges and he wants to get into the game, “He is no different to a lot of the lads who get into punditry but they can’t all be as fortunate as Gary Neville who does the punditry and the England job. “A lot of the lads just have to do the punditry but eventually he will want to get into the football world – in a few years time he will have done what he is doing with BT, watching a lot of football, but one day I’m sure he will get into management.” Harry Redknapp has backed Slaven Bilic to be a success at West Ham and believes the Croatian’s popularity at the club will give him an instant advantage over predecessor Sam Allardyce. Co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan decided against offering Allardyce a new deal at the end of the season, with the 60-year-old departing just minutes after the final game of the campaign at Newcastle. With the Hammers in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League, Redknapp feels Bilic has a great chance to build on an already well-established relationship with the fans. “It is a big bonus for him,” Redknapp told Press Association Sport. “Sam did a great job but it seemed whatever he did was never good enough for a lot of the fans. Slaven comes in as a popular figure and it is a big advantage for him to come in knowing the fans will give him a great welcome when he arrives. “The fans like him there, I think he will be a very popular new manager at West Ham. I was sad to see Sam go, he did a good job but they have got a decent group of players for Slaven to work with and the thought of going into a new stadium is good for them and I’m sure he will do well.” Redknapp praised the work already done elsewhere by Bilic, who he also revealed to be a ‘real character’. “He did a good job with the Croatian national team,” Redknapp added. “He has been around since then, went off to Russia and Turkey but now he has got a great job, managing in the Premier League at West Ham – a great club and a fantastic opportunity. Press Associationlast_img read more

I’ll be fully ready for Tokyo: Mirabai Chanu

first_imgNEW DELHI: As the world counts down one more year to the biggest event in the global sports calendar, adidas, under the ambit of ‘Ready For Sport campaign, has launched the ‘Whats One More film — aiming to inspire and enable all athletes as they prepare for its 2021 return.The film explores how these cancellations affected the physical and mental wellness of individuals, while also following how they used this experience to positively prepare to get back in the game; leading the way and inspiring athletes who are watching from home. “The postponement of the world’s biggest sports competition gives us one more year to prepare and I am working hard to improve my performance and do well next year,” CWG gold medal winning weightlifter Mirabai Chanu said. “I firmly believe that sport is a symbol of optimism and joy which inspires us to look forward and brings positivity into our lives. I am staying positive and will keep working hard so when the time comes, I will be fully ready for Tokyo,” she added. Using first person stories of resilience and vulnerability to inspire, the film follows the reflections of global athletes, and the return to sport they hope to make. “We might compete separately, but there is still a sense of unity that prevails in the sports community and it is this sense of togetherness that we need to focus on at the moment,” Indian hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh said. “One More reminds and inspires all athletes to keep working hard and emerge even stronger for the next year,” he added. Also watch: #NewsMakers: Amending EIA Notification, 2020 Impact on NorthEastlast_img read more

Cohen: Syracuse, Pittsburgh game has ACC implications as teams transition from Big East

first_img Published on October 5, 2012 at 2:59 am On July 16, Syracuse received the details of the pseudo-audition. There would be 12 phases scattered between September and December, with some at night and others during the day. Some indoors and others exposed to the elements.The objective each week remained the same, though the obstacles varied in prowess. Some were mountains (Southern California), while others were molehills (Stony Brook).Its opponent in this rat race for approval is Pittsburgh, both literally — Friday night inside the Carrier Dome on ESPN — and figuratively on a week-to-week basis as each of the 12 football members of the Atlantic Coast Conference keeps a watchful eye on its future brethren.By reaching $7.5-million settlement agreements with the Big East in July to ensure entrance into the ACC for the 2013-14 academic year, Pittsburgh and Syracuse kick-started the season-long tryout whose ultimate prize is football acceptance by the big boys in Tallahassee, Coral Gables and Clemson.Friday’s game in front of a national-television audience is a showdown of sorts, with the winner entering the ACC in a slightly elevated status while the loser is truly the rookie carrying shoulder pads. And after unsightly starts by both Syracuse (1-3) and Pittsburgh (2-2), an added sense of urgency should fill the Carrier Dome as the pressure of making a good impression is heaped on top of the game’s final result.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We have the clean slate (with Big East play), and it just makes us feel like we have to work harder, very hard,” SU sophomore safety Durrell Eskridge said. “So when we do get out of the Big East, we can go into the ACC with a name.”While other Syracuse players spewed cliches throughout the week about focusing only on Pittsburgh and ignoring outside distractions on television, Twitter or Facebook, Eskridge spoke candidly — bluntly, even — about distractions and how the Orange compared to some of its previous opponents.He said there is “a lot of down talk” about the program as a result of the 1-3 record and that critics believe some of Syracuse’s previous opponents “weren’t supposed to be out on the field with us at all.”When asked how it made him feel to hear members of the media or people on campus say that teams like USC, Northwestern or Minnesota shouldn’t have been on the same field as the Orange, his response was shocking.“I could totally agree with them,” he said. “So it makes me feel better (about the losses), but at the same time I really don’t try to buy into that at all. I know they ain’t supposed to be on the field with us.”It makes Big East play in 2012 a crucial proving ground to dispel the notion that the Pinstripe Bowl season was merely an outlier between two subpar seasons that more accurately reflect Syracuse’s curve of best fit. Avoiding another bottom-of-the-barrel finish — especially after zero impressive nonconference wins — is imperative if the Orange hopes to be taken seriously in the ACC.The Panthers, though, haven’t been much better. A true case of Jekyll and Hyde, Pittsburgh opened the season with a horrifying 14-point loss to Youngstown State, a Football Championship Series team that made its last postseason appearance in 2006. Pittsburgh then fell victim to a 24-point shellacking at the hands of Cincinnati before rebounding to knock off then-No. 13 Virginia Tech and leave critics across the country profoundly puzzled.It adds a level of intrigue to Friday’s contest, which is on display for all to see in primetime. A turnover-fest replete with ugly football and little excitement could be potentially embarrassing for the ACC, not to mention unappealing to recruits for both schools.“Everybody is going to be watching,” SU sophomore linebacker Cameron Lynch said. “Facebook is going to be blowing up, Twitter, this is national. You know you’ve got to put on and handle your business.”Friday night, then, presents a unique opportunity for Syracuse to separate itself from Pittsburgh with a win and enter the ACC one peg up on the totem pole. A loss would be just another sucker punch to a program that is winless in its last nine games against schools from the power conferences, another hurdle to jump as SU tries to entrench itself in a new region of the country next year.Head coach Doug Marrone said he hadn’t thought about the game from that perspective, focusing solely on improving his team each day in practice. It was a predictable response — one fans and the media have come to expect from Marrone the workaholic.But perhaps this time it would have been all right to peek ahead and think about the ways in which a win against Pittsburgh could slingshot the program. How a positive result would right the ship in 2012 and propel it forward for 2013 with a boost in reputation against its newest rival.A loss on Friday certainly wouldn’t break the program, especially if Syracuse plays well in a losing effort. But it could definitely help make the program, and Eskridge knows it.“It would really turn the knob tremendously,” Eskridge said. “It really would put a name out there for us, and say we’re coming into the Big East ready to fight.”Michael Cohen is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at, or follow him on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more