Animal impressions and fashion shows: How SU’s “weirdness” leads to team chemistry

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez During an early season road trip, junior forward Severin Soerlie pressed his belly against the floor, put his hands at his sides and slithered between two airport gates. He was performing midfielder Hugo Delhommelle’s favorite task to dish out: Act like a snake for 20 seconds in public.The transfer broke character and shooed bystanders. A couple dozen feet away, his teammates beamed. It was all in good fun, anyway — Soerlie’s impersonation of a snake was a consequence after losing a card game. Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre wasn’t surprised. He’s used to the “weirdness” his team exhibits off, and sometimes on, the pitch.“Some (impersonations) are quite funny. Some are …,” McIntyre paused, a smile cracking at the corners of his mouth, “… tough.”For years, SU players have completed tasks after losing competitions. After roster turnover, the embarrassing acts help familiarize the squad with each other, former and current Orange said. The tasks — acting like an animal or wearing a uniform at a public team dinner, among other things — are like a rite of passage.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSome Syracuse teams use dodgeball or Fortnite to bond. But card games, former defender Louis Cross said, are an SU men’s soccer “tradition,” specifically during road trips. This week, the Orange (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Atlantic Coast) preps for its second-longest road swing of the season. The team heads to Blacksburg, Virginia, for No. 21 Virginia Tech on Sept. 28 and Akron, Ohio, for the Zips three days later.“We started with a random punishment, and everyone liked it,” Delhommelle said. “… We play video games, but we also play cards. We’re like the old generation.”Before cards, “punishments” were dished out after rounds of Settlers of Catan, a board game in which players colonize a fictional island. Sergio Camargo, who transferred to Syracuse in 2016 for his senior season, bought Catan on Amazon. The team’s international athletes introduced poker and Go Fish shortly after. Swedish-born midfielder Jonathan Hagman said foreign players forced themselves to speak English during Catan and card games.Losing any game corresponded with a task. Once, a goaltender on the 2015 team wore his full kit, from cleats to gloves, during a team breakfast. Some underclassmen recited poems in front of the team. Others walked around like a Tyrannosaurus rex or flapped their arms like birds.“It’s very funny because it’s not that embarrassing,” Hagman said. “It’s a good group. We’d never force anyone to do anything they wouldn’t want to do.”When Camargo graduated, Catan stopped. But cards stuck in a new form.Delhommelle transferred from Lander University last season and brought a new card game with him. It has no name, midfielder Jan Breitenmoser said, but Syracuse calls it “21.” Delhommelle wasn’t sure how he learned the game, either. All that’s certain is the game’s central principle: There aren’t winners. Just one loser.Each player starts with seven cards in the first round. The game’s objective is to top another player’s card with a higher number or face card. After six rounds, the owner of the highest card remaining loses the round by as many points on their card. Once your score totals 21, you lose.Some, such as Hagman, pride themselves on how little they’ve lost. This season, SU brought out the “classic” punishments, along with a few new embarrassing acts. Assistant coach Matt Verni joined the game, lost and had to wear a shower cap during a pregame walkthrough. McIntyre and associate head coach Jukka Masalin have open invitations to join in but haven’t accepted.Before a flight earlier this year, Breitenmoser walked a fake runway in the airport. His teammates surrounded him and acted like photographers. Delhommelle recalled Breitenmoser’s strut as “impressive.”“When we’re away, we just don’t have much to do,” Delhommelle said. “It was very simple. We were looking for an easy game that everyone could play.” Commentslast_img read more

Week 11 PPR Rankings: WR

first_imgLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 11 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 11 PPR Rankings: WRsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Michael Thomas, NO @ TB2DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @ BAL3Tyreek Hill, KC vs. LAC (in Mexico)4Chris Godwin, TB vs. NO5Julio Jones, ATL @ CAR6Julian Edelman, NE @ PHI7Amari Cooper, DAL @ DET8Mike Evans, TB vs. NO9Keenan Allen, LAC vs. KC (in Mexico)10John Brown, BUF @ MIA11Tyrell Williams, OAK vs. CIN12DJ Chark, JAX @ IND13Emmanuel Sanders, SF vs. ARZ14Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. CHI15Courtland Sutton, DEN @ MIN16Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. PIT17D.J. Moore, CAR vs. ATL18Marquise Brown, BAL vs. HOU19Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NYJ20Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ WAS21Tyler Boyd, CIN @ OAK22Mohamed Sanu, NE @ PHI23Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. PIT24Kenny Golladay, DET vs. DAL25Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. DEN26Mike Williams, LAC vs. KC (in Mexico)27Michael Gallup, DAL @ DET28Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. ATL29JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ CLE30Cole Beasley, BUF @ MIA31Christian Kirk, ARZ @ SF32Auden Tate, CIN @ OAK33Zach Pascal, IND vs. JAX34Calvin Ridley, ATL @ CAR35Robert Woods, LAR vs. CHI36DeVante Parker, MIA vs. BUF37Dede Westbrook, JAX @ IND38Allen Robinson, CHI @ LAR39Demaryius Thomas, NYJ @ WAS40Marvin Jones, DET vs. DAL41Sammy Watkins, KC vs. LAC (in Mexico)42Kenny Stills, HOU @ BAL43Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ SF44Alex Erickson, CIN @ OAK45Robby Anderson, NYJ @ WAS46Deebo Samuel, SF vs. ARZ47Ted Ginn Jr., NO @ TB48Phillip Dorsett, NE @ PHI49Chester Rogers, IND vs. JAX50Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ TB51Hunter Renfrow, OAK vs. CIN52Randall Cobb, DAL @ DET53Russell Gage, ATL @ CAR54Nelson Agholor, PHI vs. NE55Diontae Johnson, PIT @ CLE56Danny Amendola, DET vs. DAL57Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LAC (in Mexico)58James Washington, PIT @ CLE59Josh Reynolds, LAR vs. CHI60Taylor Gabriel, CHI @ LAR61Olabisi Johnson, MIN vs. DEN62Allen Hurns, MIA vs. BUF63Chris Conley, JAX @ IND64Breshad Perriman, TB vs. NO65Laquon Treadwell, MIN vs. DEN66Willie Snead, BAL vs. HOU67DaeSean Hamilton, DEN @ MIN68Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. ARZ69Zay Jones, OAK vs. CIN70Anthony Miller, CHI @ LAR71Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LAC (in Mexico)72J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI vs. NE73Marquise Goodwin, SF vs. ARZ74Paul Richardson, WAS vs. NYJ75Dante Pettis, SF vs. ARZ76Trey Quinn, WAS vs. NYJ The Week 11 WR PPR rankings are an exercise in determining just how much a prototypical PPR wide receiver can move up in the rankings thanks to good matchups. From Julian Edelman to Russell Gage, basically every WR who would normally get a small boost in PPR formats also had a positive Week 11 matchup and deserved even more moving up the board than usual. The question, as it always is, is ‘How much?’ That’s what we’ll try to determine here.First, to lay out some of the good matchups I’m referring to: Edelman (@ Eagles), Jamison Crowder (@ Redskins), Mohamed Sanu (@ Eagles), Cole Beasley (@ Dolphins), Deebo Samuel (vs. Cardinals), Hunter Renfrow (vs. Bengals) and Gage (@ Panthers). WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFor example, Crowder and Sanu leap several players compared to our standard rankings, but we didn’t push the pair ahead of Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin, players who will get decent volume and have bigger-play upside. You might have similar decisions on your roster this week, and maybe it comes down to lineup composition. Especially in good matchups, some of these PPR studs have great floors. You’d expect that against bad pass defenses, receivers who consistently rack up catches would do so at an even greater rate. So, if your lineup has question marks at running back or quarterback, maybe you take the sure thing at WR.WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Tight endIt’s not that there’d be anything wrong with playing Calvin Ridley over Cole Beasley. It’s a risk-reward proposition. There’s probably a better chance of Ridley exceeding 20 fantasy points in Week 11, but in a weird reality of ceiling vs. floor, Beasley probably has a better chance of exceeding 10 fantasy points. Further down the rankings, the same contrast might be true of Renfrow and Gage versus Steelers big-play rookie Diontate Johnson.WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPIt’s obviously also a matter of knowing your league’s scoring. All the guys that receive a bump in these rankings did so with full-PPR in mind. It’s obviously not quite as much in 0.5 PPR or whatever variation you play. Hopefully, these rankings give you a good enough idea that you can make the right calls for Week 11.MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSReminder: Check back for updates during the week. For our standard league WR player analysis, click here.MORE WEEK 11 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builderlast_img read more