‘What we’re really about’: How Zaire Franklin turned ‘Z60’ into a fan favorite

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Notre Dame graduate transfer defensive back Devin M. Butler told Franklin he is driven by his older brother, who is now in a wheelchair because he got shot in 2008.“But he’s smiling every day,” Butler said. “He out here making music, living life, so I can’t complain about a damn thing.”“We take a lot of pride in being featured on that,” Butler said later. “Being a transfer coming in, that was special to me. That meant a lot. It was a real welcoming, one of those initiation kind of things.”In 2016, his lone season at SU, Etta-Tawo became the program’s first All-American since 2001. He thought back to his brother, who had heart condition end his career. When Etta-Tawo was in seventh grade, his brother told him, “You’re the next one. It’s on you.”“I’m getting kind of emotional,” Etta-Tawo told Franklin on air. “He’s like a father to me. Just do it for him.”Growing up in Detroit, Bennett said he learned to stay away from peer pressure. Bennett thanked his stepfather, who entered his life at age 7 and introduced Parris to football. He led SU with 110 tackles last year and remains on pace to surpass that total this season.“Hopefully we get a chance to let people outside of the program know what we’re really about,” Franklin said, “and what’s really important to us.” Comments Most of the time, Franklin walks up to a teammate before or after practice and asks if he wants to be on the show that day. He does not tell them the questions ahead of time, nor does he say what makes a quality answer.On Sept. 27, senior offensive lineman Jamar McGloster discussed how he got to SU, growing up with a father who worked as a police officer in Newark, New Jersey. In the Sept. 6 edition, Franklin asked junior wide receiver Jamal Custis what inspires him. Custis looked back to his childhood, when he grew up with his single mother. His father died when he was 4.“She did everything to get me to where I’m at,” Custis told Franklin. “I feel like I have to repay her.”Last month, sophomore running back Moe Neal mentioned how his father’s mistakes drove him. Moe Neal Sr., his father, had a penchant for late nights and drugs. When Little Moe was born, his father was in prison. Published on October 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 The selection process is rigid: Be a regular starter or contributor. Have a personality. Don’t be monotone. Appear camera-friendly.If a player makes the cut, Zaire Franklin approaches him in the locker room and asks if he wants to join him for a Q&A session on Cuse TV. It’s part of Franklin’s weekly YouTube video called “Z60,” which derives from ESPN’s award-winning show “E60.” Franklin’s episodes, which last about four or five minutes each, are designed to give Syracuse fans a clearer picture of what players are like without a helmet and pads on.In the past season and a half, Franklin, a senior linebacker for Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast), has interviewed 18 teammates, including junior quarterback Eric Dungey, fellow senior linebacker Parris Bennett and former All-American wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. Before a rapid-fire, 60-second section during which he asks players about their favorite movies, cartoons and hobbies, Franklin asks: “What drives you to be great in life?”“That’s a question you have to ask yourself even when things are getting hard,” said Franklin, the second three-time captain in the history of the program. “What’s making you do this? What’s making you wake up at 7 a.m. to go watch extra film? What’s making me do something after practice? What’s really driving me? The fact that it gives them the opportunity to put that out loud on camera to me, teammates and other people, it makes it that much more powerful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the rapid-fire segment of “Z60” is lighthearted — backup quarterback Zack Mahoney joked about a time he broke three fingers in elementary school gym class — a significant chunk of the show is serious. Franklin asks about players’ backgrounds, motivators and role models. When he asks teammates about what drives them, many pause to think about it, before looking back to family or early life experiences.The show is a continuation of “Cam’s Cam,” a weekly segment by former Syracuse linebacker and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cameron Lynch. Franklin’s show has since taken off. His average viewership is nearly 1,000 hits on YouTube. The inaugural edition, with Dungey last fall, has nearly 2,000 hits.Franklin has yet to have a teammate turn down an interview request and players said many of their families are regular viewers. Franklin, a senior finance major, said he’s given an “abnormal” number of presentations, including in high school, church and for classes at SU. That prepared him to appear calm and smooth on camera while chatting with teammates. While he asks similar questions every time, each conversation goes in a different direction.“We have such a diversified locker room,” said junior linebacker Kielan Whitner, one of Franklin’s former guests. “Everybody brings a little something different.”last_img read more

Lake Arrowhead evacuated, San Bernardino Mountains smoulder

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re in the midst of a real dogfight to save as many structures as we can,” Steve Seltzner, U.S. Forest Service battalion chief, said around 12:30 p.m. in Running Springs. “We’re losing structures even as we speak.” Some hardy souls stayed behind, though. Kishore Ramlagan, owner of the 5 Point General Store in Twin Peaks, has kept the store open for emergency service workers and remaining residents. He has a Subway sandwich shop in the store and let emergency workers come in and make sandwiches as well as drink coffee, all for free. “It’s not the money, it’s more of a community service,” Ramlagan said. Emergency responders evacuated patients from Mountains Community Hospital, which is located off Highway 173 on the northeast side of Lake Arrowhead. Heavy smoke from the Grass Valley Fire enveloped the hospital as the evacuation began, but the emergency room stayed open. “The sheriff says it’s time to go,” said Ed Pallette, the hospital’s chief of staff. “We’ve been watching this for quite some time.” Pallette said he was waiting for ambulances to take four acutely ill patients to Loma Linda University Medical Center. About a dozen more patients were going to be transported to a skilled nursing facility in Redlands. SOME SUCCESS With a mobile phone pressed firmly to his ear, Steve Hauer stood on a wooden deck as the Slide Fire burned all around his family’s beloved mountain cabin. Once more, firefighters struggled to hold back the relentless blaze that threatened the 5,200-square-foot home built on eight acres of steep terrain. “They’re saving it again!” Hauer, a retired law-enforcement officer who lives in Highland, shouted into the phone around 2:45 p.m. “I don’t believe it.” It was a rare moment of good news for the homes in Running Springs, where firefighters lost battle after battle to the blaze. “It just keeps eating up the structures,” said David Johnson, who was with a fire crew from Oak Glen in the Fredalba neighborhood. “We’re trying to corral it to save as many as we can.” Officials feared the erratic wind could propel the Slide Fire down the mountain and into the East Highlands Ranch. Residents east of Highway 330, north of Highland Avenue and west of Weaver Street were told to make preparations in case the roaring Santa Ana winds changed direction and flames rushed down the mountain toward their homes. “We’re going to watch what the winds do,” said Mary Stock, battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Highland station. “If the winds don’t pick up and we get the marine layer coming in, that will change things so we don’t need to have mandatory evacuations,” Stock said. “As long as the winds aren’t pushing from Running Springs into Highland, we’re feeling pretty good.” Homeowners received calls Tuesday from an emergency message system advising them to prepare to leave the area. One woman arrived at the fire station and asked what she should do. “As soon as it comes over that ridge, it will probably become a mandatory evacuation,” a firefighter said, pointing to a smoke-choked hill in the distance. “Now’s the time to get your stuff together and get ready.” Homeowners experienced a similar concern four years ago when the Old Fire came close to East Highlands Ranch, a master-planned community of two-story homes selling for $500,000 and up. “We went through this in the Old Fire,” said Valerie Parmenter, a 56-year-old Evans Lane resident who lived in another part of the community four years ago. “We were evacuated. It was an emotional trauma and it was nerve-racking. We stood there and waited to see if our house was going to survive.” PAINFUL REMINDER It was memories of another arson fire that made it hard on some members of the U.S. Forest Service. The one-year anniversary of the deadly Esperanza Fire is Friday, and it haunted firefighters as they struggled to control an unpredictable blaze. “There’s a certain personal aspect of it while we are out here fighting a fire, but we muscle up and do what needs to be done,” said Seltzner, the Forest Service battalion chief, as he fought back tears. The Esperanza Fire ignited on Oct. 26, 2006, near Cabazon. It killed five firefighters who were overwhelmed by flames as they tried to defend a rural home. It burned more than 40,000 acres and destroyed 34 homes. As darkness arrived, the winds were calm on Fairway Drive near Twin Peaks where a nine-man hand crew of firefighters battled hot spots on the eastern edge of the Grass Valley Fire in a canyon about 200 yards below. Eric Petterson, division supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, stood behind a white house stained pink with fire retardant that was spared the flames. Patches of scorched vegetation, however, were visible at the rear of the home. “The winds have held off so the (fire) behavior is significantly moderated today,” Petterson said. “We’re still short on resources so it still has a lot of open line and it still has a lot of potential.” Petterson also said the firefighters still need more bulldozers or hand crews to cut line. However, he was confident in the line between the fire and Grass Valley and Lake Arrowhead areas but if the wind picks up the fire could blow downwind, which was at the time blowing lightly toward the Crestline area. Staff writers Matt Wrye, Jason Pesick, Stephen Wall, Robert Rogers and Selicia Kennedy-Ross, contributed to this report. RUNNING SPRINGS – Firefighters struggled Wednesday to stop twin blazes that have turned the San Bernardino Mountains into a chaotic, smoldering mess of fire, smoke and ash. Residents have fled their homes, schools have closed, a mountain hospital was evacuated and the air quality has become dangerous from the dry, acrid smoke. Together, the Slide Fire and the Grass Valley Fire have destroyed at least 300 homes in the San Bernardino Mountains and left fire officials concerned of a repeat performance of the Old Fire of 2003 that burned down the hillside into the city of San Bernardino. This time, the concern is for Highland, where voluntary evacuations were called early Tuesday afternoon. EVACUATIONS GROW Locally, mandatory evacuations were called from Crestline to Snow Valley – a 19-mile stretch of two-lane road that runs along the rim of the San Bernardinos. The reason was simple. The fires just ran through communities like Running Springs.last_img read more

Softball Caps 2-0 Day with 3-1 Win Over No. 12 Arkansas

first_imgIn the win over Arkansas, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) dominated in the circle to improve to 4-2. Newman pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts for her fifth 10+ strikeout performance this season. She allowed one run on three hits with two walks. Live Stats Arkansas PDF Box Score Drake closes its time in Arkansas Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. game against SIUE. Print Friendly Version Preview Drake (9-4), which started Saturday with a comeback over SEMO in an immediate rematch from Friday, earned its third win in the past four matchups with Razorbacks, all in Fayetteville. Drake pulled within 5-4 in the third inning after Ryan’s RBI single. The Bulldogs then went in front for good with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, each run coming from bases loaded walks, by Newman and Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.). Roemmich tacked on one insurance run in the fifth inning with an RBI single. She led Drake’s offense with three hits.   At the plate, Newman helped herself with a two-run double in the first inning that scored Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa). Roemmich and Ryan each hit singles and Ryan moved up into scoring position to second base on the throw in on her base hit. vs. SIUE 2/24/2019 – 10 a.m.center_img Next Game: SEMO PDF Box Score In the second-consecutive victory over SEMO, Drake erased a 5-3 deficit. The Bulldogs scored three first-inning runs, but the Redhawks scored all five of their runs in the second inning. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) allowed all five runs on five hits in the top of the second inning. Two of those runs came on solo home runs. She settled down and allowed just two more hits before Newman came on in relief with one out in the sixth. Newman finished the game for her second save. Timmons improved to 5-2 on the year. Story Links Full Schedule Roster FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Drake University softball team defeated SEMO, 7-5, and No. 12 Arkansas, 3-1, Saturday, Feb. 23 on the second day of the Razorback Invitational.last_img read more