The dignitaries who've rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange include politicians, actors and athletes.
Shoot, even Hugh Hefner, the Aflac duck and Spongebob Squarepants have been honored to open trading at 11 Wall Street in Manhattan.
This sportswriter watched Thursday morning on CNBC as West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith joined that esteemed list. He was surrounded by teammate Stedman Bailey, Coach Dana Holgorsen and players and officials from WVU and Syracuse, the schools competing in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Maybe, just maybe, Smith picked up a tip or two on how to improve his stock heading into his final collegiate game.
Not that the record-setting signal caller is in bad shape. Scouts, Inc., still has him listed as the No. 23 prospect for April's NFL Draft. Mel Kiper considers him the second-best quarterback available, behind Southern Cal's Matt Barkley, who is missing his team's bowl game because of an injury.
Smith is healthy and should be plenty hungry after closing the regular season with wins in two of his team's final seven games.
Smith had a 25-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio through the first six games of the season before throwing all six of his picks in the second half of the schedule.
He had 15 touchdowns in that stretch, tumbling from Heisman Trophy frontrunner and No. 1 pick status to a fringe first-rounder who didn't even place in the top 10 in the Heisman voting.
He has a stranglehold on every major WVU passing record and could finish in the top 20 all-time for FBS passing yards.
Other than New Year's Day, which has six scheduled bowl games, this Saturday boasts the heaviest slate of college football bowl games. The Pinstripe Bowl is smack dab in the middle of the action: the third of five games that day.
It's a primo opportunity to put on a performance in front of an ESPN audience. It's the weekend between Christmas and New Year's and inclement weather is forcing many to seek refuge indoors.
Three miles from Broadway, Smith will get one more chance to perform before the curtains close on his stellar career.
Stock up or stock down? We shall see.
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A QUICK GLANCE at total defense statistics reveals a large disparity between Syracuse, ranked No. 50, and West Virginia, ranked No. 107.
But the Orange (7-5) hasn't faced a top 25 offense this season (WVU is eighth), and only saw three top 50 offenses in 11 games against FBS competition. Six of those 11 offenses ranked No. 92 or worse.
WVU's much-maligned defense, however, faced five top 25 offenses - and all actually finished in the top 12 in total offense. That'll certainly skew defensive numbers.
It's not all good news, though.
Syracuse is ranked No. 21 in total offense, so the rival Orange will be the sixth WVU opponent with a top 25 offense.
The five previous dalliances with top 25 offenses have not gone well. In those five games - against Marshall, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma - the Mountaineers' defense allowed 3,127 yards on 426 plays.
That's an average of 7.34 yards per play.