Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to The Stars and Stripes Forever Day!
It's "Stars and Stripes Forever" Day! Celebrate Some Sousa!
“The Stars and Stripes Forever” was first performed at Willow Grove Park in southeastern Pennsylvania on May 14, 1897. It’s interesting how some things are borne of the most unlikely combinations of circumstances. John Philip Sousa–in his autobiography, Marching Along–recounts the tale of how “The Stars and Stripes Forever” came to be. It seems that it was Christmas Day when he and his wife were on an ocean liner returning home from a vacation in Europe. He had just learned that the manager of his band, David Blakely had passed away.
A Most Curious Conception
Obviously not much taken in with any notion of making the Yuletide gay, Sousa began to think. As most great composers’ thoughts often do, his turned to a march–a new march that kept playing in his head until arriving back in the United States. Upon arriving home, he committed what was in his head to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.
Blythewood forward commits to ACC powerhouse (thestate,com; Bezjiak)
Robert Braswell capped off his big weekend by making his college choice.
The Blythewood High senior announced Sunday he has committed to play basketball at Syracuse. Braswell also considered Oklahoma State and Massachusetts.
Braswell took an official visit to Syracuse on May 8. The announcement comes two days after Braswell won his second straight state championship in the high jump.
Braswell was an all-state selection this year and averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. He also was selected to play in Carolinas Classic All-Star game.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Syracuse Lands Forward Robert Braswell – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Aki)
After a tumultuous recruiting season, Syracuse Class of 2018 target Robert Braswell has committed to the Orange.
Braswell is a 6-foot-9 South Carolina product who was also considering Oklahoma State and UMass. 247Sports ranks him as a three star recruit and the 170th overall prospect in the class.
With Braswell a part of the picture, he is the third member in the class alongside guards Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim. He is the lone frontcourt player in this cycle after Darius Bazley decommitted in late March.
Braswell is an intriguing prospect for this Orange team. Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters reported that Braswell comes from a military family and lived overseas in Germany for a while. Because of that, he has an international style of play. Along with not receiving looks because of location, he also sprouted nearly half a foot to his current 6-foot-9 frame during his time in high school. He also did not play in major AAU tournaments and battled an injury before one.
Think Oshae Brissett or Marek Dolezaj when you think of Braswell. A guy who wasn’t on a lot of American radars and was underranked as a product of not being in the AAU spotlight. Now, he joins those two forwards along with Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe as the only members in the frontcourt after Matthew Moyer transferred to Vanderbilt.
Get familiar with these three. (accbasketballreport.com; Hunter)
Today I want to take a quick look at three guys who are the deepest of sleepers in the ACC for this fall, but could help shape the conference standings in 2018-19.
- Clyde Trapp (Clemson): No program in the league has as many roster questions as Clemson right now. The potential losses of Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell on top of the graduation of Gabe Devoe could create a vacuum in the Tigers back court. The only players currently on roster in that back court are Anthony Oliver, true freshman John Newman III and Trapp. The two holdovers combined for 93 points last season. Trapp, a 6-4 off guard out of Columbia, is a player who had his moments last season while being relegated to basically the fifth guard spot on the roster. While never having a singular breakout game during his freshman campaign, he did have a penchant for hitting big shots and momentum shifting shots. Consistency is the key here. Trapp’s 39% field goal percentage needs to come up and he also totaled more fouls + turnovers (40), than rebounds + assists + steals (38). If both Mitchell and Reed actually leave, Trapp is going to be the man in this back court.
- Raiquan Gray (FSU): This is my favorite kid of the three. He ended up redshirting last year on a team that wasn’t overly talented but incredibly deep. Mfiondu Kabengele ended up beating him out for the bench depth spot so Gray took the redshirt to both slim down and I would assume break up a five man class a little bit (Kabengele was also a RS Frosh)
NYS Fair's new $200 lifetime passes sold out in minutes (PS; Herbert)
Lifetime passes to the Great New York State Fair went on sale Monday morning, and they're already sold out.
The NYS Fair sold all 200 lifetime admission passes within minutes after becoming available online at 6 a.m. The limited number of lifetime passes cost $200 and are good for admission to the fair every day for the rest of the owner's life.
The passes were sold at etix.com, and quickly showed users an error message saying no more passes were available.
Fair officials have not said if more lifetime passes would be available in the future.
The Lifetime Passes are metal, coin-shaped medallions good for admission for the pass owner on any day of the fair. The owner's name will be engraved on the pass, so only the owner can use it; valid photo ID will also be required at the gate to enter the fair.