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  2. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    Sorry 'Kron...it's all I can do (or care about) with the Zips, let alone Penn State.
  3. Game 3—Iowa State Cyclones

    Unless it's a sunday they won't sale you Wine until after noon. Which makes literally no sense.
  4. Nicknames and Mascots

    Akron Zippers first appeared in 1923 (BF Goodrich product name) and then The kangaroo mascot first came in 1953. Making it's debut as "Mr. Zip". Mr. Zippy transformed into Zippy, and he became she. I actually like that Zippy is a girl, makes us like one of three schools with a female primary mascot.
  5. Some nice goals by the Akron guys in this one...NE v NYCFC. NYCFC wins 2-1 on Jonathan Lewis' stoppage time goal.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Zips in the NFL

    JoJo really has a chance because he's good on ST and he's sneaky quick. Those types of guys find a way to make teams.
  8. Zips in the NFL

  9. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    I want to win. Moral victories mean nothing to me. However, if you would allow me to make a retroactive choice, I would choose Akron to sit Warren Ball for Wisconsin last year. We had 0.0% chance to win that game and we really needed him in the MAC.
  10. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    K92...lets try this. Win or Lose. If you are going to make a weekend road trip.... Would you choose to be at one of those 3 exciting games? Or. One of the typical blowouts?
  11. Loyola

    Loyola MD were a good test for Zips. They were athletic and organized. Zips played well for most of the match. But the last 10 minutes was a train wreck. No purpose is served by calling out players who will likely play a total of 10 minutes on the year. Embick emptied the bench for the last 20 plus bench. Even so, the Zips in there played abysmally. There is no way Loyola should have had all those chances in the last 10 minutes, with their starters in or not. Doesn't matter. I am disappointed that some at the end of our bench played as though they had some better place to be, something else they preferred doing. There was no pride in Zips' performance during the last 10 minutes of that match. I hope that bitter taste in our mouths (coaches, players, everybody) stays until the victory over Utah Valley State is safely in the books.
  12. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    As long as anything means losing, I guess.
  13. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    Every time I go to one of these big road games, I hope for a repeat of one of the following.... 1) A repeat of the first 3 Quarters of the game against the Suckeyes in 2007. 2) A repeat of the first half against Tennessee in 2012. 3) A repeat of the entire game against Michigan in 2013. I'll prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. But like you say above, I want us to PLAY TO WIN the game, more than anything else. As you see in 1,2, and 3 above, anything can happen if you play to win.
  14. Nicknames and Mascots

    Thanks. Funny how that both of us got our nicknames in rather tangential ways. I love the way you guys have embraced it. It is certainly unique.
  15. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    I suspect that you are correct. It did seem that expectations shot up way too high too early for him. He has a ton of potential, but it is really, really tough to step right in and play on the offensive line. I was hoping to get an update based on info from Fall camp.
  16. Game 1—@Penn State Nittany Lions

    I posted something on Mike in the Winter, and haven't changed my opinion yet. I watched him play all his high school games here in Stow, as well as basketball and baseball games. Great kid, great upside, great long term potential, but I think it was a stretch to go to a P5 school for him, and have him expect a lot of PT his first two seasons. He'll have to learn (like most freshmen) that the game is so much faster than they expected. I'm not saying Mike won't be a solid contributor down the line, but not his freshman year, unless PSU goes deep with injuries. I may be wrong and time will tell, and I'll gladly take the ribbing if I am proven wrong.
  17. 2017 Camp Thread

    True Freshman Matt Hanson could play on the inside if needed. He's 6'3" 245 lbs and might be better suited as a D/E. 300 lb O Lineman Andrew Siegman could help out if an injury thins the ranks.
  18. Nicknames and Mascots

    And the teams were called the Zippers until that became associated with zipper flys on men's pants which caused the shortening to 'Zips'.
  19. Game 3—Iowa State Cyclones

    You just described Zippy. Hopefully they will get into a knock-down mascot brawl nonetheless
  20. 2017 Camp Thread

    We play the DE as a hybrid DE/LB position so it isn't as big of a deal as you might think.
  21. Game 3—Iowa State Cyclones

    You just gave me an idea for Kent week...thanks!
  22. Nicknames and Mascots

    Yeah, the zipper was invented in Akron. So it's definitely an old-school nickname. But I like it, it's unique & reflects the community. Zippy the kangaroo came about via a student mascot contest, what, 50-some years ago? I don't have time to google it this a.m. Zippy won sort of as a joke - ala Yale's fight song "Boola Boola." He's a funny mascot who is wimpy, utterly non-threatening & usually runs away from the other teams' mascots. He's a comical mascot, not to be taken seriously. Again, love it. Though Zippy has a pouch, Zippy was always considered a male until recently, when someone pointed out only female kangaroos have pouches. Lol. Now sometimes Zippy's called a "she." Whatever. But it kinda spoils the non-threatening wimpy-ness of Zippy if he's morphed into a female. It throws a politically incorrect curveball at his harmless, wimpy schtick. Another mascot shouldn't want to beat up on a girl. Lol. It ruins the inside joke.
  23. 2017 Camp Thread

    Concerning the D... We look to be stacked like pancakes at DB and DE. But I'm pretty concerned that it looks like we've only got 4 viable DT's: Brock Boxen 6-3, 290 Ibrahima Camara 6-3, 285 Darius Copeland 6-1 275 (though he got pushed around a lot last year) Brennan Williams 6-1 285 (& he hasn't played much thus far in his career) DeAndre Brimage will likely be redshirted. We can't afford an injury at DT. It could derail the season. (Is it strange that we have 18 OL but only 4 DT's?) At LB, we moved two of our best looking prospects to DE: Jamal Davis ii 6-4, 235 Josh Ward 6-2, 240 Though we've got the MAC preseason DPOY in UGIII, this leaves us awfully inexperienced at LB.
  24. I've heard the you are named the Zips because of a zipper on a rubber boot. Is that true? How did that happen? It seems a bit unfortunate. Is it a nickname that you have grown to be fond of? And what are some of the best jokes you have heard about it? And where does the kangaroo fit in? Inquiring minds want to know.
  25. Game 3—Iowa State Cyclones

    Just added an avatar. This is "Cy" and it is a cardinal-colored cyclone! Or as we sometimes, say, "bird in a blender." About 100 years ago, we played Northwestern and a reporter said we came into Evanston like a cyclone . . . and it stuck. I personally prefer something that is more clearly cyclone-related, but kids love our Cy mascot who is about 7-feet tall and cute (the original Cy was taller and angry-looking). Tons of fans have vanity plates like JOE4CY. One of my personal favorites is CYNTIST. Oh, those wacky faculty! Maybe someday our engineering school will come up with a remote control cyclone-looking drone that they can maneuver around the stadium on game-day!
  26. 2017 Camp Thread

    Good to read. Somebody should bump those 2017 QB threads
  27. Loyola

    Perhaps no confidence in themselves (the players that were forward) and lack of speed for the support to move up quickly. The match was frustrating..."stinker" as Jared called it.
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