Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, & Mickey Hart React To John Mayer’s Touching Note In Billboard

first_imgYesterday, we reported about a note John Mayer had written to the Grateful Dead, congratulating them on the 50th anniversary of their debut album The Grateful Dead. The note spread across an entire page in Billboard Magazine, reading: “To the band that changed my life, and for the music that keeps on coloring it in.” The note received a lot of attention from Deadheads worldwide who’ve enjoyed seeing this late-blooming Dead & Company guitarist accept his life-changing career path. “Forever Grateful,” he signs.Fellow bandmates and original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann shared their reactions to the note of gratitude. “Thanks for this John Mayer. It’s a pleasure coloring in these pages with you,” Weir wrote. “There’s a lot to be said here… Thank you, John Mayer,” said Kreutzmann. Longtime percussionist Mickey Hart also responded to the note, writing “John Mayer – You’re one of us now.” It goes without saying that these recognitions are pretty solid.See below for the page from Billboard Magazine:In March of 1967, the Grateful Dead released their debut album The Grateful Dead. The record included few originals, “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” and Jerry Garcia‘s “Cream Puff War,” along with some of their signature covers of “Beat It On Down The Line,” “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Sitting On Top of the World,” “Morning Dew,” “Viola Lee Blues,” and more.It’s no wonder John Mayer felt the need to attribute these career-shaping sounds, as he continues to carry the torch 50 years later while performing alongside original members guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzman, and long-time percussionist Mickey Hart. The revitalized music is only accentuated through the bass wonders of Oteil Burbridge and the psychedelic keys of Jeff Chimenti. We can’t wait for Dead & Company tour this summer! Check out the full schedule here.Mayer will also be on solo tour this summer, promising an acoustic set, a set with the John Mayer Trio (featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan), and a set with his full live band as well. More information can be found here.last_img read more

University announces 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian

first_imgPhoto courtesy of nd.edu Political science major Abby Davis, who holds a 3.99 GPA, was named Notre Dame’s 2016 valedictorian Monday.Additionally, Davis will graduate with minors in Russian and politics, philosophy and economics (PPE), according to the release. During her time at the University, she was a member of the College of Arts and Letters Academic Honesty Committee for more than two years as well as a co-director for the Russian Choral Ensemble and a member of the Women’s Liturgical Choir. For the first time in 45 years, the University also named a salutatorian, senior finance and economics major Stephen Schafer, the press release said. Hugh Page, chair of the selection committee and vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, said naming a salutatorian allowed them to recognize two outstanding seniors. “[They] will — in these distinctive roles — represent the virtues and ideals animating a Notre Dame undergraduate education on Commencement weekend,” he said in the press release. An Edgewood, Kentucky native, Schafer will be working as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in New York following graduation. Political science major and Ryan Hall resident Abby Davis was named the Notre Dame class of 2016 valedictorian Monday morning, the University announced in a press release. Hailing from Avon Lake, Ohio, Davis is a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar and a member of both the Glynn Family Honors program and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, according to the release. She has a 3.99 grade point average (GPA) and after graduation, she will be working as an analyst for Avascent, a Washington-based consulting firm. Photo courtesy of nd.edu Finance and economics major Stephen Schafer was named Notre Dame’s first salutatorian in 45 years Monday.Schafer was a Malpass Scholar and earned a 4.00 GPA during his time at the University, according to the release. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon international economics honor society, also serving as president of the Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor society.According to the release, Schafer served as vice chairman for Junior Parents Weekend and as a senior mentor for the Wall Street Club.Tags: Commencement 2016, Graduation, salutatorian, valedictorianlast_img read more

Summer pruning

first_imgThis year’s extraordinarily wet winter and spring has and will continue to stimulate rapid production of new leaves in many of our woody landscape plants. This lush new growth may now need to be trimmed to prevent shading of vegetable gardens and flowerbeds. Vegetable gardens that produce tomatoes, peppers, beans and squash need the benefit of at least six hours of direct sunshine per day to yield flavorful and highly nutritious produce. This sometimes means branches of trees must be pruned to remove leaves that restrict and block light. Summer pruning of trees can be done easily, safely and effectively by thinking about the process before you begin. Wounds have to healMost trees actively grow in the summer, providing there is enough water to support the growth. Where you make pruning cuts in woody plants has a marked influence on the rate the wounds will heal. In summer time, the ability to quickly close a wound can be the difference between a long-term healthy tree and a tree compromised by the presence of fungi and bacteria that will cause decay and breakdown of structural wood in the trunk. When you remove limbs from trees by making a single cut, very often the bark along the main branch or trunk may strip or tear due to the weight of the falling limb. The new soft wood that is exposed by the torn bark provides a site that can be quickly colonized by decay-causing fungi and bacteria. Bark damage can be avoided by making three separate pruning cuts to completely remove a branch. This will leave a clean wound without stripping bark on the supporting branch or trunk. Clean wounds made with sharp clean tools tend to heal quicker than similar cuts made with dull blades or dirty tools. Step by step processTo remove a limb or branch larger than one inch in diameter from a woody plant, make a cut about one-fourth to one-half through the lower side of the limb about a foot from the main trunk or supporting branch. Then make a second cut on top of the limb a few inches further from the trunk than the first cut. The branch will fall from the plant, leaving a stub of the severed branch or limb. Remove the remaining stub by cutting it back to the branch collar. The branch collar is a swelling or bulge formed at the base of branches by the annual production of overlapping layers of branch and stem tissues. Branch collar tissues contain large numbers of cells that are capable of producing new growth that quickly seals the wound caused by pruning. Stubs of branches should not be left protruding from the trunk. Wound healing on stubs takes much longer to heal and stubs provide a direct route for decay organisms to enter and establish colonies in the wood of the trunk. Research conducted by scientists and arborists from universities and research centers all over the country has shown that treatments to pruning wounds such as paints, waxes, and resins do not speed up the process of healing. In some cases these treatments retard healing by killing the tissues that close the wound. Use clean, sharp toolsAlways use clean, sharp tools when pruning trees and wear safety glasses, hat and gloves to reduce potential injury to eyes, hands and head. If you use a chain saw, make sure the saw is sharp and that you wear all the safety equipment recommended by the manufacturer and cease work before you become weary. Most accidents happen when operators are tired. For more information about pruning, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication at www.caes.uga.edu/Publications/pubDetail.cfm?pk_id=7656&pg=dl&ak=Horticulture.last_img read more

Mexican Armed Forces Make Headway on Gender Equality

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 03, 2018 The Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA, in Spanish) is promoting female participation in the Mexican Army and Air Force. In 2018, there were nearly 19,000 women in the armed services. By contrast, in 2008, only 6,300 served. The mission now is to increase the level of female representation to 25,000 by the end of 2018. “The process of equality is reinforced by the National Development Plan, [which] sets out the vision on gender. For the first time, the plan focuses its policies, programs, and resources on achieving equality, not just giving it lip service,” Mexican Army Lieutenant Colonel Yadira Paredes Rojas, head of the Mexican Army and Air Force Observatory for Gender Equity and Equality, told Diálogo. “We women make up only 9 percent of the number of male SEDENA service members. Our challenge is to reach 12 percent of the total personnel by the end of the current administration.” Women’s incorporation into the armed services spiked—particularly in the fields of nursing and administration—since the department rolled out its new equity procedures in 2007. “Women began to have more dynamic involvement in operational and tactical areas, spaces that [were] traditionally for men,” Mexican Army Brigadier General Martha Patricia Fernández Guzmán, commandant of SEDENA’s Military School of Medicine, told Diálogo. Brig. Gen. Fernández is one of five female generals on active duty in the country, and on March 1, 2018, she became the first woman to head up a military academy. “Significant changes to the educational system and a transformation of infrastructure that was basically tailored for men accompanied this whole effort,” Brig. Gen. Fernández added. “I’m a faithful witness to the cultural transformation that has taken place in terms of gender inclusion.” With the reforms ushered in by the Army and Air Force Military Education Act of 2005, opportunities for women increased on military campuses such as the War College, the Military Weapons Training School, the Army Academy, and the Air Force Academy. SEDENA has female pilots, paratroopers, riflemen, sappers, special forces, and military police. Today, military women can serve at all levels of the high command. “Thanks to SEDENA’s progress, women ceased to merely carry out orders and became decision-makers, holding positions such as directors and assistant directors of hospitals and educational institutions, military judges, and commanders of troops, battalions, and aircraft,” Lt. Col. Paredes said. “This effort makes women more empowered, and it ensures that conditions of equality that benefit the institution are more visible and more evident.” Awareness and training To promote the equitable participation of women, “SEDENA prioritizes ongoing awareness and training efforts for leaders at all levels throughout the country, because we know that this issue has an important cultural and educational component,” Lt. Col. Paredes said. “Military personnel are [educated] at various public and private universities, both Mexican and international, on issues of gender perspectives, policy implementation, masculinity, bullying and sexual harassment prevention, shared family responsibility, and violence prevention.” The Mexican Army and Air Force literatures are being reviewed to adjust discriminatory language. Likewise, military doctrine already uses inclusive, non-sexist language so that women are treated with consideration at all levels. “The equality processes underway are widely accepted by men, regardless of their military rank. Once a woman begins working shoulder to shoulder [with a male partner], you can see how this was necessary. [It’s] enriching and it’s better for everyone, because the work is finally being more equally shared,” Lt. Col. Paredes said. “Likewise, we got other institutions, such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico, to open up and view us [positively] because of our improvement on this issue,” Brig. Gen. Fernández added. Paradigm shift Female inclusion in the Mexican Armed Forces benefited male personnel. Since September 2017, the Military School of Nursing (formerly the Military School for Nurses) opened its doors to men to earn their degree. The academic institution exclusively catered to women for nearly eight decades. “There’s been a paradigm shift. Nursing is no longer done only by women but also by men—and surely they do it very well,” Lt. Col. Paredes said. “Paternity leave also influences this change—not just in the practical sense, but on a structural paradigm level, where gender stereotypes are broken and the system starts to become more inclusive, egalitarian, and respectful,” Lt. Col. Paredes said. “Our vision is to increase the presence of women in all fields. The call for women to join the military has been met with widespread acceptance. Mexican women want to join the Armed Forces,” Brig. Gen. Fernández said. Glass ceilings Mexico also recognizes the importance of women in other armed forces around the world. In November 2017, SEDENA held a workshop called the International Seminar on Women’s Participation in the World’s Armies to illustrate the development and contributions of women in the armed forces and lay out a gender perspective framework. Twenty-four countries from the Americas, Europe and Asia, with representatives from the Inter-American Defense Board, attended the event. “Through the inclusion of women in the armed forces, glass ceilings are [being broken] worldwide. We’re half of the world’s population. The most important thing, now that these levels have been reached, is to not close the door to the women coming behind us. What matters is to expand expectations for our children, our families, and our country,” Brig. Gen. Fernández concluded. “We’ve come a long way—and there is still a ways to go—but we have to carry on and continue working with the same openness and enthusiasm.”last_img read more

Visa Everywhere Initiative empowers women, encourages payments innovation and social impact

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition* celebrates women from around the world whose businesses are transforming commerce and supporting economic and social change in local communities.This includes women like Isabelle Mashola, who co-founded Isahit as a social platform to help women in Africa earn money to run businesses or finance their educations.Or DinDin founder Stéphanie Fleury, who created a financial services company to provide basic financial services to the unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses in Brazil, through their app, web-based internet banking and API platforms.Or Annicelle Kungne, who co-founded WeCashUp, a France-based startup that enables online businesses to accept cash, cards and other payments in a single API interface.last_img read more

Danijela Čavlović elected president of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce

first_imgAt the session of the Council of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, held on September 19, the current president Nedo Pinezić was relieved of his duties at his own request. He was replaced by Danijela Čavlović, vice president and current president of the ZOT Section of the City of Zagreb. The new vice president is Martina Nimac, president of the ZOT Section of the Split-Dalmatia County.Danijela Čavlović is a graduate journalist who has spent more than 15 years in the media industry. She built her career in journalism, TV and internet production, public relations and event management, and after many years working in the media, agency and corporation, she decided to start her own business and in the summer of 2012 opened the first Zagreb bed & breakfast Studio Kairos. enters the world’s greatest guides like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Rick Steves booka, it is written about by world media such as the Times, Independent, Guardian, Washington Post, filmed by Japanese television and Al Jazeera, National Geographic Traveler puts it in 1st place on the list of accommodation cheaper than 100 pounds. Thanks to a different way of thinking about tourism, which is based on creativity and quality, accommodation providers in the fall of 2014 elected her president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Zagreb, and after the departure of Nedeljko Pinezic from the position of head of the national community, duties.”When I joined the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce three years ago, Nedo Pinezić was the key person for whom I decided to take this step, seeing in him a huge enthusiasm, passion and experience that changed things for the better in our micro-entrepreneurship. You know when you have the unmistakable feeling in your stomach that you are in the right place at the right time and with the right people… Learn from the person who is most responsible for the development of family tourism in Croatiawhich, so that today in Europe they cite us as an example of good practice in the regulation of this market, seemed to me an opportunity not to be missed (because the question is whether Kairos will bring me a new chance :)) The results of ZOT activities today are visible in many segments – formation of regional clusters, deregulation of the legislative framework, branding of family accommodation, education of hosts through our national and regional OS Forums, involvement of ZOT in creating European policies and the last great success by declaring Croatian holiday homes the absolute winners in the Best European Holiday Home in which we were able to participate thanks to the connection of ZOT to the European family accommodation association EHHA.” Danijela Čavlović points out the new president of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The current president of ZOT HGK was a father, mentor, teacher and chief ambassador of family accommodation in Croatia, and after 20 years of active tourism and development of family accommodation in Croatia, for personal reasons he decided to retire and leave the future of tourism development to young people. “”As his deputy, it was logical for me to succeed him, but I resisted for almost a year, believing that I still did not have enough experience to take over this position, where the ladder was raised very high. But then I realized that Nedo is the only one, irreplaceable, and that I, although I have been in tourism for only 5 years, can offer some other knowledge and tools for further improvement of private accommodation. “Come on, come on, don’t be afraid, you’re a new man for a new age, and I’m already a dinosaur for today’s digital revolution. Just look at what you did with only 4 rooms in Kairos, ”Nedo encouraged me as I wondered if I should take this responsible position. However, knowing that we are the creators of our own destiny, I learned how things can change only through faith and action, and that is why yesterday I accepted the leadership of the National Community of the Armed Forces, while Martina Rimac, President of the Split-Dalmatia County . Again, that feeling in my stomach told me that the timing was perfect considering my business and other life plans… Well, I hope to justify the trust of the leading people in the Chamber and my fellow landlords to take over this duty and successfully continue with my colleagues where Nedo started back in the 90s… Mentor and teacher, thank you for everything.. ”concludes ČavlovićLana Petrović, from the ZOT Section of the Split-Dalmatia County, has been confirmed as the business secretary of the Association.Related news:CROATIA THE ABSOLUTE WINNER IN CHOOSING THE BEST HOLIDAY HOMES IN EUROPE! THE BEST WELLNESS HOUSE IN EUROPE IS LOCATED IN ŽMINJ – VILLA VINČENATlast_img read more

David Seaman tells Arsenal to hire ‘born leader’ Patrick Vieira ahead of Massimiliano Allegri

first_imgAdvertisement Jose Mourinho: Unai Emery sacking is ‘sad news’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:41FullscreenJose Mourinho: Unai Emery sacking is ‘sad news’https://metro.co.uk/video/jose-mourinho-unai-emery-sacking-sad-news-2059914/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Seaman has reservations about Allegri’s suitability for the role despite the Italian’s impressive CV.‘I have heard Allegri mentioned,’ Seaman said.‘He still has problems with the English language and that is another problem that Emery had.‘The way he came over and in the press, I used to see him on the sidelines when he was waving his arms and shouting and not many players were looking at him.’Who would be the best replacement for Emery?Allegri0%Vieira0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Patrick Vieira plays down speculation he could succeed Unai Emery as Arsenal manager Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link360Shares Advertisement David Seaman tells Arsenal to hire ‘born leader’ Patrick Vieira ahead of Massimiliano Allegri Patrick Vieira is reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist of candidates to succeed Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)David Seaman believes Patrick Vieira would be the ‘right man’ to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal.The Gunners confirmed that Emery had been relieved of his duties following last Thursday’s miserable defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League and Freddie Ljungberg has taken over the reins as caretaker manager.Though Arsenal’s hierarchy have every confidence in Ljungberg succeeding, Mikel Arteta – currently Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City – is the club’s first-choice to take charge on a permanent basis.Massimiliano Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Arsenal captain Vieira have also been named as potential candidates for the job.ADVERTISEMENT Good ebening: A tribute to Unai EmeryTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:11FullscreenGood ebening: A tribute to Unai Emeryhttps://metro.co.uk/video/good-ebening-tribute-unai-emery-2059270/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Seaman shared the Arsenal dressing room with Vieira from 1996 to 2003 and thinks the Frenchman should be a strong contender for the position.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am sure Arsenal fans would love Patrick to come back to the club. Knowing Patrick, I think he would be the right man,’ the former Arsenal goalkeeper told BBC Sport.‘I knew what he was like as a player. I knew what he was like as a captain.‘He was a born leader and everybody knows that. Maybe go down that route instead of a tried and tested route.’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 CityOn Ljungberg’s chances of being hired permanently, Seaman added: ‘This job is much bigger than what Freddie is used to at the moment.‘He has only just got into the coaching side of the game and he will be really avant-garde as a manager.‘But while he is taking charge now, please try and get some sort of defensive formation sorted out.’ Commentlast_img read more

Top drivers in four divisions featured in races of champions at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – One of the premier races for IMCA Modifieds marks a milestone during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The 30th annual Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions will feature a dozen drivers battling for $1,000 to win and a career-type highlight on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Boone Speedway.Also on the championship day card are the 17th annual Sunoco Face Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars and ninth annual BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods and Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks.The Stock Car RoC pays $500 to win, while $300 is the top prize in both the SportMod and Hobby Stock events.SportMod and Hobby Stock RoC qualifying will be Tuesday, Sept. 4. Modified and Stock Car RoC qualifying is Thursday, Sept. 6.Drivers eligible to qualify for their respective events include former national and Super Nationals champions and race of champions winners, 2018 track champions/point leader or the second-place driver if the leader is not in attendance.Also eligible to qualify are former Modified (from 1993), Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional champions.A dozen Modifieds start the Harris Auto Racing RoC, with $100 paid to the leader each time around. Second place pays $800, third pays $600, fourth is good for $400, fifth for $300, sixth for $200, seventh for $175 and eighth through 12th $100 each. Non-qualifiers also get $100.The race winner is also added to the ballot for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Ten cars start the Sunoco race. The runner-up gets $400, third place pays $300, fourth pays $200, fifth pays $150 and sixth through 10th each pay $100. Lap money is $75 and non-qualifiers get $50.Distances for both Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock RoC events are 10 laps. Runners-up earn $175, with $125 for third, $100 for fourth and $50 for fifth through 10th.2017 race winners were Kyle Strickler in the Modified RoC, David Smith in the Sunoco RoC, Dakota Sproul in the Northern SportMod RoC and Jason Fusselman in the Hobby Stock RoC.last_img read more

Burgtorf scores first CJ Speedway win

first_imgMark Burgtorf of Quincy, Ill., has amassed a career that includes hundreds of wins but Friday saw Burgtorf score his first-ever win at Columbus Junction. Burgtorf took advantage of a front row start to lead the IMCA Modified feature flag to flag. Derrick Stewart challenged Burgtorf late in the main before settling for second.   COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 31) – The month of July came to a close with another outstand­ing night of racing at CJ Speedway.  See caught Redman late in the race and made the winning pass to continue his winning streak. Redman held on for second ahead of Adam Bell.  By Jerry Mackey  The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars never disappoint at CJ and Friday night’s main was another outstand­ing feature event. Jim Redman led early while 16th starting Jason See was steadily mak­ing his way to the front. Two-, three- and sometimes four-wide racing thrilled the fans through­out the feature. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature took the green with Dan Brockert taking the point position. Fifth row starter Logan Anderson chased down Brockert and took the lead and went on to score an impressive win ahead of buddy Colton Livezey, Brockert crossed under the checkers in third.   The Mach-1 Sport Compact winner has become a familiar face in victory lane. Cody Staley contin­ued his recent winning streak by capturing the main event ahead of Josh Barnes and Wil­liam Michel.last_img read more

Resilient Syracuse front 7 closes out Minnesota, veterans pass torch to younger players

first_imgHOUSTON — Marquis Spruill delivered the knockout blow to Minnesota via quarterback Mitch Leidner.Coming off the edge completely untouched, the Syracuse middle linebacker launched himself into Leidner’s abdomen and drove him into the turf with just under a minute left in the Orange’s 21-17 Texas Bowl victory over the Golden Gophers on Friday.“We played well, there were a few holes here and there, but our team didn’t (let up)” Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch said. “We won the game and that is all that matters.”The SU front seven’s play was representative of its performance throughout the game and the season. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley said the unit is used to having the weight of an inexperienced offense and depleted secondary on its shoulders.They’ve been resilient, reliable and ready. All season long Bromley and Spruill have paced the group with consistency while outside linebackers Lynch and Dyshawn Davis have provided explosiveness and disruption in the backfield.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, the backbone of the team stepped up one last time as Bromley, Spruill and Lynch combined for three sacks, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble.“On defense we’re not just going to let nobody walk all over us, no matter what you do,” Bromley said. “We’re going to hold you to as little points as possible and give our offense a chance.“That was our defense, give our offense a chance. They may not be great right now, but give them a chance to put some points on the board. And that’s what we did.”After running out to a 14-3 lead courtesy of two lengthy offensive drives, Syracuse gave up a pair of long touchdown passes in a span of 2:21.First, Minnesota wide receiver Maxx Williams got behind safety Darius Kelly and Leidner found him for a 20-yard touchdown with 14:55 left in regulation.Then Golden Gophers wideout Drew Wolitarsky burned cornerback Brandon Reddish for a wide-open 55-yard touchdown as Minnesota went ahead 17-14 soon after.But the group didn’t allow Minnesota another first down in its next two drives as a sack by defensive end Robert Welsh ultimately forced the Golden Gophers to punt once more at the 2:03 mark.“We are passing the torch to these other guys, the younger defensive linemen,” Bromley said. “The Micah Robinsons, Rob Welshes, the Isaiah Johnsons. We’re passing the torch to these guys to become playmakers.”Bromley, undoubtedly the leader of the front four, said Eric Crume will fill his role next season. Lynch will be back, too.But the hope for Syracuse is the secondary and offense won’t need to rely on the front seven quite as much.They bent at times on Friday, but like they did most of the season, they played their best when it mattered most.Said Bromley: “We gave up some busted coverages and whatever, but we take those punches and we roll with them. We go back out and play the defense we know we can play.” Comments Published on December 28, 2013 at 3:35 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more