Private equity firm North Castle Partners invests in Ibex Outdoor Clothing

first_imgPrivate equity firm North Castle Partners in partnership with CMS Companies announced today that they have invested in Ibex Outdoor Clothing Holdings, Inc, a designer, marketer, manufacturer and distributor of a diverse range of premium branded wool and wool-based technical apparel and accessories. Ibex just announced it was opening its first retail store in Boston.  North Castle is a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in consumer-driven product and service businesses that benefit from “Healthy Living and Aging” trends. The terms of the investment were not disclosed.Founded in 1997 and headquartered in White River Junction, VT, Ibex is a designer, marketer, manufacturer and distributor of branded merino wool technical apparel and accessories. The company’s products are inspired by outdoor enthusiasts and cater to a wide range of outdoor pursuits and active lifestyles. Ibex was founded on the strong belief that wool is superior to synthetic materials traditionally used in performance clothing. Wool is a versatile fiber which offers significant performance benefits to the end consumer. Ibex merino wool is sustainably sourced from sheep ‘ a natural, environmentally friendly and renewable resource ‘ in New Zealand and is Zque certified. Products range from ultra-soft baselayer items made of 17.5 micron merino wool to thicker, more insulating outerwear, composed of 24.5 micron merino wool. Ibex offers men’s and women’s active outdoor clothing for all-season activities and sports.”We are proud to partner with the management of this iconic brand and help them more widely distribute their high quality, high performance merino wool products,” said Chip Baird, North Castle’s Managing Partner.”Based on the growing consumer preference toward natural and sustainable fibers, we expect Ibex to grow into a leading technical apparel brand in the outdoor softgoods market driven by the authenticity of its brand and the quality of its products,” added DJ Jenson, North Castle Operating Advisor.”When we went on a search for capital to help us grow the business, we put the people before the cash,” explained John Fernsell, Founder and CEO of Ibex. “We made it very clear to our investment banker that the actual money was third on the list after compatibility and experience. We are happy to partner with North Castle Partners because of their understanding of our industry, the belief in our products and their commitment to values which will allow us to grow the Ibex business without compromise. As we mapped out our mutual growth plan for Ibex, I realized how much the company will benefit from the North Castle network, and I look forward to bringing that depth of experience into our management team.”In 2007, North Castle made its first investment in the outdoor recreation industry when it acquired a controlling interest in Performance, Inc., the largest independent bicycle dealer and direct marketer of bicycles and cycling accessories in the United States. North Castle, a private equity firm focused on consumer businesses that promote health and wellness, is well known in the fitness and recreation and related industries. In addition to the Ibex and Performance Bicycle investments, North Castle has controlling interests in Octane Fitness, Cascade Helmets and World Health, and has realized successful investments in Equinox Fitness and EAS.BellMark Partners advised Ibex on the transaction. Morrison Cohen provided legal counsel to North Castle.About North Castle PartnersNorth Castle Partners is a leading private equity firm focused on investments in consumer-driven product and service businesses that benefit from “Healthy Living and Aging” trends. North Castle is a hands-on, value-added investor in high-growth, middle market companies in the (i) aesthetics & personal care, (ii) consumer health, (iii) fitness & recreation, (iv) home & leisure and (v) nutrition industries. North Castle’s current portfolio includes such well-known brands as Atkins, Bora Bora, glominerals, Mineral Fusion, Red Door Spas, Performance Bicycle, Cascade Helmets, World Health and Octane Fitness. Prior portfolio company holdings include Equinox Fitness, EAS, Enzymatic Therapy, CRC Health Group, Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula, Naked Juice Company and Avalon Natural Products. North Castle and its operating advisors partner with management to bring a wide range of strategic and operational capabilities, as well as an extensive knowledge base and network to build world-class companies. North Castle is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. For more information, visit www.northcastlepartners.com(link is external).About CMS CompaniesCMS Companies is a Philadelphia-based private financial services boutique. The firm invests in proprietary private equity and real estate transactions and has a sophisticated insurance practice. Since 1969, CMS Companies has invested more than $3.5 billion in private equity and real estate on behalf of its principals and clients. The firm has partnered with North Castle in several of its portfolio brands including Atkins, Performance Bicycle and Cascade Helmets. Over its 40 year history, CMS Companies has been recognized and received numerous awards for its philanthropic and community endeavors. For more information, visit www.cmsco.com(link is external).About IbexIbex is a designer of year-round merino wool and organic cotton outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance and properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for a diverse range of outdoor and active pursuits and passions. Men’s and Women’s items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. For more information, visit www.ibexwear.com(link is external).  Source: GREENWICH, Conn., WYNNEWOOD, Pa. and WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt., Sept. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ –last_img read more

Four names sent up for Supreme Court opening

first_img December 1, 2002 Regular News Four names sent up for Supreme Court opening Four names sent up for Supreme Court openingcenter_img The Florida Supreme Court will be getting a justice with experience presiding at trials.The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission on November 14 forwarded the names of two First District Court of Appeal judges — both former circuit judges — along with a First Circuit and Fourth Circuit judge as finalists to replace retiring Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr.The commission interviewed 14 applicants in Tallahassee on November 13 and 14 and then forwarded the four names to Gov. Jeb Bush, who has 60 days to select the next justice. Under the constitution, Shaw’s replacement must come from the geographic boundaries of the First DCA.The finalists are First Circuit Judge Kenneth B. Bell of Pensacola, First DCA Judge Philip J. Padovano of Tallahassee, Fourth Circuit Judge Waddell A. Wallace III of Jacksonville, and First DCA Judge Peter D. Webster of Tallahassee.Bell, Padovano, and Webster were also finalists earlier this year when Bush appointed Justice Raoul Cantero to replace retired Justice Major B. Harding. This is Wallace’s first time applying for the Supreme Court.Some observers had noted with Harding’s retirement, the court had no members with experience as judges in trial courts.last_img read more

Amazon Great Indian Festival ‘Finale Days’ Sale: Top Deals and Offers This Week

first_imgBuy now for: Rs. 22,499 (MRP Rs. 28,999)OnePlus 8 (Rs. 39,999)OnePlus 8 (6GB, 128GB) is still selling at Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999) on Amazon during the Great Indian Festival 2020 sale this week. State Bank of India credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth 10 percent. Amazon is also bundling its exchange offer that can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 16,400.Buy now for: Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999)- Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Redmi Note 9 Pro, the affordable Xiaomi phone, is down to Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. You can exchange an old mobile phone and receive another additional discount of up to Rs. 11,950. Redmi 9 Pro comes with a large 6.67-inch full-HD+ display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Oppo A52 (Rs. 15,990)Oppo A52 is still down to Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 20,990) on Amazon during the final phase of the Great Indian Festival sale. The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 11,950. The phone features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with a hole-punch display design. The camera setup includes a 12-megapixel quad rear camera along with a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Oppo A52 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 SoC, supported by 8GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 20,990)Amazon Great Indian Festival sale – Best deals on Amazon devicesFire TV Stick models (Rs. 2,099 onwards)Fire TV Stick Lite is down to Rs. 2,099 (MRP Rs. 3,999) while the all-new Fire TV Stick model is selling at Rs. 2,499 (MRP Rs. 4,999). If you’ve got a 4K TV, grab the Fire TV Stick 4K instead at a discounted price of Rs. 3,599 (MRP Rs. 5,999). Fire TV Sticks are a great way to convert your dumb TV into a smart one. You can install and run just about any major online streaming app on the platform, as well as games and other apps too.Buy now for: Starts at Rs. 2,099Echo smart speakers (Rs. 2,249 onwards)Amazon’s Echo lineup of smart speakers is also available with attractive discounts during the Great Indian Festival sale right now. The third-generation Echo Dot is down to Rs. 2,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499). The all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation) is down to Rs. 3,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499) on Amazon right now. Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are powered by the company’s Alexa virtual assistant.Buy now: Starts at Rs. 2,249Kindle e-readers (Rs. 6,499 onwards)Amazon is also offering discounts on its Kindle e-readers during the Great Indian Festival sale this week. Kindle Paperwhite is available for Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999). This variant comes with a built-in light and it’s waterproof. The 10th generation Kindle with built-in light is also down to Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 7,999). Kindle e-readers are perfect if you love to read, especially when you’re on the move. They’re also perfect for gifting purposes, with Diwali around the corner.Buy now: Starting at Rs. 6,499Amazon Great Indian Festival – Best offers on electronicsJabra Elite 65t TWS earphones (Rs. 3,999)Jabra’s Elite 65t TWS earphones are still available at their lowest price this year, at Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499). These true wireless earbuds come with a charging case, and a promised total battery life of up to 15 hours.Buy now for: Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499)Apple Watch Series 3 42mm (Rs. 18,900)Apple Watch Series 3 is still available at a discounted price of Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900) during the last phase of the Great Indian Festival sale this week. You can avail additional discounts with bank offers, along with no-cost EMI options available with major payment methods. In case you’re unwilling to spend nearly double the amount on the new Apple Watch SE, the Series 3 model is still a pretty decent option at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900)Sony DSC-RX100M3 Cybershot (Rs. 38,990)The Sony DSC-RX100M33 Cybershot point-and-shoot camera is down to Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 53,890) in a Lightning Deal on Amazon right now. The camera features a 20.1-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, and is powered by the Bionz X chipset. It also comes with an LCD display that can be rotated by up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies.Buy now for: Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 53,890)LG 43-inch 4K smart TV (Rs. 34,990)LG’s 43-inch 4K smart LED TV is selling at Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990) on Amazon this week. The bundled exchange offer comes with another instant discount worth up to Rs. 11,000. The TV includes three HDMI ports and two USB ports.Buy now for: Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale has now entered its final week. The festive season sale kicked off last month with hundreds of deals and offers on a large selection of mobile phones, laptops, TVs, Amazon devices, and other electronics. In case you missed the initial few phases of the sale, you still have time to pick up something for yourself or gifts for your loved ones until November 13. Amazon is calling this edition of the Great Indian Festival sale ‘Finale Days’.In its final week, Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale will offer 10 percent instant discount to SBI credit card holders (capped at Rs. 1,500 per card). We’ve handpicked the best deals and bundled offers that are available in the last phase of Amazon’s Diwali 2020 special sale.Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale – Best mobile phone offers on the last day- Advertisement – iPhone 11 (Rs. 50,999)Apple’s iPhone 11 is now selling at Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900) during the Great Indian Festival sale’s ‘Finale Days’ phase on Amazon. The listing assures EarPods and wall charger in the box. In case you missed the deal earlier, you have another chance to grab the iPhone 11 at a discounted price.Buy now for: Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900)Samsung Galaxy M51 (Rs. 22,499)Samsung’s Galaxy M51 is down to its lowest price ever on Amazon right now. The phone is listed at Rs. 22,499 and SBI credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth Rs. 3,000, bringing the overall effective price below Rs. 20,000. You can also swap an old mobile phone and receive another discount worth up to Rs. 16,400.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

TikTok faces US national security review

first_img“We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda — our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy,” Mayer said.”TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy.”Mayer said TikTok has established a policy on transparency and added that it would go further than others by disclosing more about its internal algorithms.”We believe all companies should disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators,” he said. The news comes amid increasing concerns voiced by US officials and lawmakers about TikTok’s links to China and its potential use for espionage — an allegation consistently dismissed by the company.TikTok earlier Wednesday pushed back at what it called  “maligning attacks” by Facebook and others that call attention to the video app’s Chinese connections.TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said the attacks were “disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the US.”TikTok, which has grown its user base to an estimated one billion, has consistently denied any links to the Chinese government, as critics warn of potential security risks because of its Chinese-based parent firm ByteDance. Topics : A US government national security review of the social media app TikTok is nearly complete and will deliver a recommendation to the White House this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.Mnuchin told reporters the review is being conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which deals with companies and acquisitions affecting national security.”TikTok is under CFIUS review and we’ll be making a recommendation to the president on it this week,” Mnuchin said. “We have lots of alternatives.” Competition concerns TikTok also suggested its presence helps competition in the US market — in comments hours ahead of a hotly anticipated antitrust hearing with the top executives of Facebook and three other Big Tech firms.TikTok welcomes “fair competition,” Mayer said, while adding that “without TikTok, American advertisers would again be left with few choices.”Several US lawmakers have called for bans on TikTok and one pending bill would make it illegal for federal employees to use the app on government-issued devices.Mayer said TikTok welcomes scrutiny but would respect US laws.”The entire industry has received scrutiny, and rightly so,” he said.”Yet, we have received even more scrutiny due to the company’s Chinese origins. We accept this and embrace the challenge of giving peace of mind through greater transparency and accountability.”He said the company wants to demonstrate that “we are responsible and committed members of the American community that follows US laws.”last_img read more

Janiuay laborer ‘shoots’ neighbor

first_imgOfficers of the Janiauy police station conducted a manhunt operation against the suspect, who fled after the incident. They have yet to establish the motive as well./PN Renato Huervas was recuperating at the Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Janiuay. He sustained gunshot wounds on the chest and right arm, a police report showed. Tagged suspect was Brayan Cino, the report added.  Police investigation revealed Huervas was preparing dinner at his house when he was attacked by Cino around 7 p.m. on June 3. ILOILO City – A neighborhood shooting in Barangay Canauillian, Janiuay, Iloilo left a 33-year-old man wounded.last_img

Dana Ray Chatham

first_imgDana Ray Chatham, 69 of Milan, passed away Wednesday August 2, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dana was born Monday August 18, 1947 in Aurora, IN, the son of Dana H. and Reva (Martin) Chatham. He married Loretta Sue (Fields) Chatham February 5, 1973 and she preceded him in death October 23, 2013.He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Navy. He was a member of Milan First Baptist Church and Milan American Legion Post #235. Dana worked at Sun Chemical in Cincinnati. He enjoyed gardening, going to auctions, hunting, fishing, loved his dogs, and spoiling the grandchildren.Dana is survived by son: D. Wade (Melissa) Chatham of Milan; daughters: Marla Blum of Milan; Vanessa (Fred) Poore of Milan.  Step-father: Kenneth Bear of Lawton, OK; brothers: Dennis of CA; Lloyd and Charles both of Texas. sisters: Marie of CA; Selina of TX; Susan of Milan; Mary Ann of  Texas; Margaret of Sunman; Pat of Texas.  3 Grandchildren: Corwin Blum of Montana, Carly Blum of Michigan and Delanie Weber. Sisters-in law: Frieda Knight and Audrey Fields.  Many nieces and nephews.  Special niece: Angela (Steve) Doll.  Preceded in death was his parents, wife, step-mother: Dorothy Chatham, one brother: Elvin, sisters: Jean, Dorothy, Helen.Funeral services will be at 4PM on Saturday August 5, 2017 at Milan First Baptist Church with Pastor Harris Long officiating.  Burial with military rites will follow in German Lutheran Cemetery north of Milan. Visitation will be Saturday 2-4PM also at the church. Memorials may be made to the family to be donated to the Vietnam Veterans. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements. (812) 654- 2141. Box 243 Milan, In 47031.last_img read more

EPL: Sheffield United stun Chelsea

first_imgDavid McGoldrick struck twice as Sheffield United secured their most impressive win of the season with a fully-deserved 3-0 defeat of Chelsea.McGoldrick scored his first Premier League goal and pounced again to seal a stunning victory in the second period after Oli McBurnie’s fine header had given the Blades a 2-0 half-time lead. This season keeps getting better for Chris Wilder’s side, who climbed up to sixth place, four points behind Manchester United, to give their Europa League hopes another big boost.The manner of the Blades’ victory was even more impressive considering Chelsea had recently moved up to third spot in pursuit of a Champions League berth after winning five of their previous six league matches.The Blues, roundly beaten in their first match at Bramall Lane in nearly 14 years, could slip out of the top four on Monday if both Leicester and Manchester United win their game in hand.Chelsea began well.Christian Pulisic just failed to keep his header on target from Reece James’ excellent cross and the visitors looked menacing going forward. But the Londoners have not been as impressive when defending in recent weeks and the Blades exposed that soft underbelly when taking the lead in the 18th minute.McBurnie was picked out at the back post by George Baldock’s cross and, although the striker’s deflected shot was blocked by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, McGoldrick turned home the rebound for his first league goal in over a year.Chelsea’s slick passing in the final third was often easy on the eye, but it met with stonewall resistance before the Blades doubled their lead with a superb goal in the 33rd minute.Enda Stevens was sent clear down the left after playing a one-two with Ben Osborn and the wing-back’s pin-point cross was headed home by McBurnie into the top corner.Chelsea responded through James’ thumping shot from outside the area, but home goalkeeper Dean Henderson was equal to it and the Blades held firm until half-time. Lampard replaced Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen with Marcos Alonso and Toni Rudiger during the interval.Chelsea continued to probe, but there was no way through and, after more good work from McGoldrick and McBurnie, Chris Basham’s curling cross from the right almost found Osborn.Chelsea mounted some concerted pressure, but found every avenue on the edge of the Blades’ area blocked.Olivier Giroud was sent on for Pulisic in the 65th minute and within moments volleyed just wide following a long ball over the top.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Cesar Azpilicueta’s vicious drive was deflected wide and Tammy Abraham fired off target from the resulting corner.But the Blades cut loose again in the 76th minute. McGoldrick burst forward and sent substitute Lys Mousset down the right and, when Rudiger made a hash of his attempted clearance, McGoldrick pounced to kill the game off.The Blades could have had another in the closing stages, but Stevens blazed over the bar following more slick build-up from the South Yorkshire side.—Tags: David McGoldrickOli McBurniePremier LeagueSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Ireland and Scotland to try again

first_img The second match between the teams was abandoned without a ball bowled due to persistent rain on Friday. However, a statement on www.cricketireland.ie confirmed the two teams would try again. It read: “Following the abandonment of Ireland’s T20 International at Bready due to persistent rain, an extra fixture will be added to the current series – the two sides will now meet tomorrow, Saturday June 20th, at 3.30pm at the same venue.” Scotland lead the series 1-0 going into Sunday’s final match, having won Thursday’s first game by six wickets on the back of Matthew Cross’ brilliant innings of 60. Ireland and Scotland will meet on Saturday in a hastily rearranged T20 international.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jos Buttler shines in Royals’ 4-wicket win over Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai: Rajasthan Royals finally managed to script their second victory of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) as Jos Buttler clattered 89 off 43 balls before Shreyas Gopal (13 off 7) rescued his side with the bat to beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets in yet another edge-of-the-seat contest at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Saturday. Chasing a competitive 188 for victory, the visitors were comfortably placed at 147/1 in 13.1 overs. However, Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah rocked the Rajasthan middle-order as they tumbled to 174/6 in the 19th over before Gopal came to their rescue.Rajasthan openers Ajinkya Rahane and Buttler were off to a watchful start and maintained a decent run-rate as the scorecard read 28/0 after three overs. The duo added another 31 runs in the next three overs before Krunal struck to send back skipper Rahane for 37 (21 balls, 4×6, 6×1).New batsman Sanju Samson, along with Buttler, kept the scoreboard ticking as they took Rajasthan past the 100-run mark in the 10th over. Buttler slowly shifted gears as he smashed medium pacer Alzarri Joseph for 28 runs in the 13th over with Rajasthan placed at 146/1. Rahul Chahar then gave Mumbai the much-needed breakthrough, as he got rid off the dangerous Buttler in the 14th over. While trying to clear the fence, Buttler (89; 43 balls, 4×8, 6×7) holed out to Suryakumar Yadav at the long-off fence. Samason kept the runs flowing before Bumrah packed him back in the 17th over with Rajasthan needing 18 off the last three overs.Things turned ugly for the visitors as Krunal struck twice in the 18th over, accounting for Rahul Tripathi (1) and Liam Livingstone (1), before Bumrah made the situation worse for Rajasthan by dismissing Steve Smith (12) in the next over. With six needed off the final over, Shreyas Gopal held his nerve to pick a couple of runs in the first ball before smashing Hardik Pandya for a boundary in the third delivery to help Rajasthan clinch a thriller.For Mumbai, Krunal (3/34) and Bumrah (2/23) were the pick of the bowlers. Earlier, put into bat, Mumbai piled up 187/5 in their 20 overs. Quinton de Kock stole the show with the bat as he hit a 52-ball 81 (4×6, 6×4) to set the tone for the home team. While de Kock was dismissed in the 19th over, Hardik Pandya carried forward the onslaught to finish with an unbeaten 28 off just 11 balls (4×1, 6×3). The common adage goes that morning shows the day, and the MI innings was a perfect testimony to that. With regular skipper Rohit Sharma back in the XI, he opened the batting with de Kock and the two took the Royals bowling to the cleaners right from the word go.Such was their domination that MI raced to 57 without losing a wicket in just six overs. They played smart cricket and latched onto the bad balls to ensure that the RR bowlers paid the price when they erred in length. The two were in such good form that even the otherwise economical Jofra Archer went for 12 off his first over of the game.Losing wickets at regular intervals as they tried to finish with a flourish, MI managed to score 61 runs in the last five overs for the loss of three wickets.Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 188/6 in 19.3 overs (Jos Buttler 89, Ajinkya Rahane 37; Krunal Pandya 3/34) beat Mumbai Indians 187/5 (Quinton de Kock 81, Rohit Sharma 47; Jofra Archer 3/39) by 4 wickets. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Untimely mistakes, missed opportunities hold Syracuse back in hunt for bowl bid

first_img Published on November 6, 2012 at 2:23 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Syracuse’s frustration has returned. After two straight wins, the Orange fell to Cincinnati in a game where it made ample mistakes and failed to take advantage of critical opportunities.It’s become a recurring theme in a season in which Syracuse is on the verge of missing a bowl game for the second straight season.“I think at the end of the day what’s frustrating is the mistakes that we make, which really puts us in a tough position to win a football game and it’s happened through the course of the season,” head coach Doug Marrone said on the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “We’re a team; it’s become very tough for us to overcome those mistakes.”The Orange began its game in Cincinnati poorly on Saturday after Jeremiah Kobena dropped the opening kickoff, and it never got much better for Syracuse in its 35-24 loss to the Bearcats. There were plenty of dropped passes, interceptions and two missed field goals.Mistakes have cost the Orange games all season. Now Syracuse has to win two of its final three games of the season to become bowl eligible. That’s no easy task considering the Orange is playing No. 9 Louisville followed by Missouri and Temple on the road.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrone said Monday that Louisville will be the best team SU has played so far this season.“Even with the tough out-of-conference schedule, I would say the quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is the best quarterback we’ll face so far this season,” Marrone said. “We’re going to have to play a near-perfect game for us to even have an opportunity to beat them.”So far, Syracuse has shown an inability to play a near-perfect game.Cornerback Brandon Reddish dropped what almost certainly would’ve been a pick six against the Bearcats, and Ri’Shard Anderson did the same earlier in the game. Those drops combined with wide receiver Jarrod West failing to secure a near-perfect pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib in the end zone left SU to wonder, once again, what could’ve been had the team taken advantage of those chances.The Syracuse head coach acknowledged why the Orange finds itself in need of two wins in its final three games.“I’ve never really looked at it from the overall picture because you can’t. I think it distracts you from the task at hand,” Marrone said. “For me, to this point when I say frustration, I’m talking about coaches and players. We’re frustrated with the mistakes that we make.”Now, the Orange is preparing to face the conference’s top team this weekend. The Cardinals have the second-best scoring offense in the Big East with 34 points per game. Bridgewater is first in the conference in passing efficiency at 170 and second to Nassib in yards per game with 270.4.Any mistakes will surely hurt Syracuse’s chances against the Cardinals, especially against a quarterback in Bridgewater who doesn’t leave much room for error.“I just think he’s really gotten a lot better. He can extend plays and still keep his eyes down the field. He can move around the pocket and still make all the throws,” Marrone said. “I think he has a very, very good control and grasp of what’s going on.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more