Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 SU will definitely make a bowl game, said Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross said during an interview on ESPN Radio CNY on Wednesday afternoon.“We are going bowling,” Gross said. “We’re going bowling for sure.”After a last-minute win against Boston College on Saturday, the Orange earned its sixth win to become bowl eligible for the third time in four years. Unfortunately for SU, 76 other teams have qualified for the postseason and there are only 35 bowl games. Gross said Syracuse is considering six possible bowl destinations, “most” of which are Atlantic Coast Conference bowl slots while “a couple” are not.When asked again regarding his certainty of SU playing in a bowl game, Gross confirmed his confidence.“Life is never 100 percent sure, is it? I can’t even say I’m 100 percent sure that I’m not going to get hit by a bus,” Gross said with a chuckle. “But I do feel really good about it. I wouldn’t get worried or anxious about it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange played in the Pinstripe Bowl in 2011 and 2013, and may wind up in New York again. However, that depends on if Notre Dame, which has a large alumni base in NYC, decides to go play in Yankee Stadium. Apparently the Fighting Irish players aren’t thrilled about lining up in the snow.Gross, who compared the whole bowl-selection process to the stock market, alluded the “Notre Dame sweepstakes” may be an early domino in determining which teams will play where.“One day you’re not in the mix, the next day Notre Dame’s going somewhere else and someone else is going somewhere else,” Gross said.The Heart of Dallas bowl is another possible destination. With the Big 12 unable to fill its slot, the Orange would be competing against the likes of Washington State, Pittsburgh and Oregon State — and fan support is a huge factor.“We like what we have to offer to a bowl,” Gross said. “We think our folks will come and travel to somewhere that makes sense, and we’ll take it from there.”Regardless of its destination, Syracuse’s chances of playing in a bowl game increase if No. 1 Florida State plays in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game and No. 13 Clemson is selected for a BCS bowl. That would open up an additional ACC slot for one of the conference’s 11 bowl-eligible teams.“There’s a lot going on,” Gross said. “This Saturday, with us not playing, lends to a great weekend of watching football.“We feel really good about it.” Comments
Big Zee is in – and starting.Steven Kampfer also in, David Backes out. pic.twitter.com/SO6wIWCu43— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 7, 2019Chara was wearing a clear plastic wraparound chin guard on his helmet and was not in a red non-contact jersey during morning skate.Zdeno Chara. On the ice. pic.twitter.com/CrgN2mOeg8— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019Unable to speak to reporters, Chara, answering questions via the Bruins, said his situation ahead of Game 5 is no different than most players in the Final.“At this time of the playoffs, everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play,” Chara said. “I’m no different than any player on either team.”Asked Thursday morning about the status of Chara and fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has been in the NHL’s concussion protocol, coach Bruce Cassidy said: “They’re on the ice now, so that’s a good sign. We’ll see how they feel around 7-7:30 tonight.”Cassidy said the initial fear was that Chara sustained a concussion, but he didn’t.”That’s toughness, that’s leadership … the guy’s a legend for a reason,” defenseman John Moore said. “The guy’s 42. When I’m 42, I’m certainly not going to be the first guy in the gym, weighing all my food, squatting the most on the team.”🎥 John Moore on Zdeno Chara taking part in morning skate: “That’s toughness, that’s leadership…the guy’s a legend for a reason.” pic.twitter.com/vpwB99iRjS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019Chara, 42, left Monday’s game at the 3:07 mark of the second period with blood dripping from his mouth in what became a 4-2 loss that evened the series at 2-2.The Bruins haven’t offered any specifics on Chara’s injury, but The Athletic’s Blues reporter and Boston’s WEEI radio reported Tuesday that Chara’s jaw was broken in the incident. Both reports cited unidentified sources.Cassidy after the game said only Chara “had some stitches, probably (will have) some dental work in the near future.”Although WEEI’s source characterized Chara as “done-ski” for the Stanley Cup Final, Chara’s taking part in Thursday’s skate raises the possibility, even likelihood, that he’ll try and play. Chara wasn’t on the ice for the team’s practice Wednesday morning in Boston (per masslive.com).“We prepare as if he’s going to play,” Blues coach Craig Berube said Wednesday (via KSDK.com). “That team will be hungry and that team will be desperate.”Fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will be out. He has been down since he was injured in Game 2 after a boarding penalty by the Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist, who was suspended for Game 3 over the high hit.Veteran Steven Kampfer and youngster Urho Vaakanainen, 20, practiced Wednesday on the Bruins’ third and fourth defensive pairings.#NHLBruins practice lines:Marchand – Bergeron – PastrnakDeBrusk – Krejci – BackesJohansson – Coyle – HeinenNordstrom – Kuraly – AcciariMoore – McAvoyKrug – CarloKampfer – CliftonGrzelcyk – VaakanainenRaskHalak— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 5, 2019After Chara went out Monday, Boston was forced to rely on its remaining five defensemen. Charlie McAvoy led the Bruins with 25:51 of ice time and Torey Krug was second at 24:11, per NHL.com.There’s this context too: The re-energized Blues claimed after their victory that the relatively penalty-free heavy game they played to tie the series Monday took its toll on a thin Bruins back end. “I think we are wearing them down when they don’t have six (defensemen),” Sundqvist said. “Obviously, you don’t want to see a guy take puck in the mouth. It’s kind of like when you saw (Blues defenseman Vince Dunn) do it. But five D against our forecheck, I don’t think it’s that easy.” Chara was injured when Blues center Brayden Schenn’s shot hit Chara’s stick and deflected into his face. Chara fell to the ice and when he lifted his head there was blood visible. Cameras caught him with a bloodied mouth as he skated off the ice.Ouch. 😷Zdeno Chara headed straight to the dressing room after taking a puck to the mouth. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/q0zZWErwq3— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019The defenseman returned to the bench in the third period with a full clear mask but did not get back into the game.“That’s the type of guy he is, come out and be there to support,” Bruins center Charlie Coyle said. “You never want to see that happen to anyone, especially someone on your team, someone who is such a big part of our team playing-wise, leadership-wise. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s how you respond to adversity and you see a lot of it during this time of year.”UPDATE: Zdeno Chara has returned for the 3rd period with a full face cage. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/SbOvPQolhI— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019Through 20 playoff games, Chara is plus-12 with a goal and four assists. He played more than 24 minutes in Games 2 and 3, but was limited by the injury to just 8:23 in Game 4, though he did pick up an assist on Coyle’s goal.The Blues were leading 2-1 when Chara went out, but the Bruins quickly scored in his absence to tie the score heading into the final period. Zdeno Chara is “a legend for a reason,” an awed Bruins teammate says.The Boston captain, who reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday in St. Louis when he was struck in the face with a puck, is active for Game 5 and will start. St. Louis scored two unanswered goals in the third to seal the first Stanley Cup Final victory on home ice in Blues history — and turn the series into a best-of-three affair.Game 5 is set for 8 p.m. ET Thursday at TD Bank Garden.With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in Boston.