Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Hugging is a simple way to express many different types of affection, from friendly, to intimate, to familial. It’s an action largely limited to primates — while we can find instances of other animals in positions that resemble hugging, there aren’t any other species that do it so frequently, and for so many reasons — and so, in many ways, hugging sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s not just a differentiator, though: studies show that hugging releases oxytocin, known as the “cuddle hormone,” which can help to strengthen social bonds. So, on Jun. 29, we celebrate Hug Holiday. Get your hug on today!
Girard III headed to Syracuse for his first official visit (poststar.com; Williams)
Twelve days after announcing his “top six” schools via Twitter, Glens Falls junior Joseph Girard III announced his first official visit.
Girard visited with Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University Thursday night.
Girard has narrowed his 25 NCAA Division I scholarship offers to six with Duke, Michigan, Boston College, Notre Dame, Penn State and Syracuse making the cut.
Prior to his Thursday visit, Girard said he was unsure if he would have time to make any official visits due to his busy summer basketball schedule and his plans to play football with the Indians in August.
Per NCAA rules, Girard is allowed five official visits, meaning the four-star prospect could visit four more schools prior to committing.
Girard’s father, Joe Girard Jr., told The Post-Star that as of Thursday there are no additional official visits planned.
Syracuse Basketball prominently featured in columnist’s ACC predictions (itlh.com; Adler)
The off-season is a time for us to provide our prognostications. Jon Rothstein has done so, with Syracuse basketball receiving some recognition.
Following the annual NBA Draft, the summer turns a bit slow as it pertains to collegiate hoops.
Sure, there’s occasional recruiting news, and the unveiling of teams’ schedules, primarily on the non-conference side.
But we also get to read a lot of speculative chatter from all the industry pundits about which programs they fancy before the upcoming stanza commences.
One of the best in the business, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and the FanRag Sports Network, earlier this week published his “ACC Offseason Notebook.” It’s an informative piece, and one that includes numerous mentions of Syracuse.
Naturally, we’d like to share the SU tidbits here.
Rothstein wonders how many Atlantic Coast Conference members will make the Big Dance. He notes that nine ACC units have competed in March Madness for each of the past two years – and that is again a reasonable goal for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Writes Rothstein, “The ACC currently has seven teams — Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, Syracuse, and Clemson — in the FRS Preseason Top 25 and four in the Top 10.”
He adds that the league’s depth “is still vastly underrated. Why? Last season, Florida State finished 9-9 in conference play and reached the Elite Eight while Syracuse finished 8-10 in ACC play and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16.”
Former Syracuse basketball standout Tyler Ennis released by Los Angeles Lakers (PS; Carlson)
Former Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, the team announced on its website.
Ennis' contract with the Lakers for 2018-19 was not guaranteed, according to the contract website SpoTrac. It would have become guaranteed if he was on the roster on July 5.
Ennis made $1.5 million this year and was slated to make $1.7 million next year. Instead, he will look for an opportunity as a free agent.
As a fifth-year player next year, Ennis would command a minimum salary of $1.7 million. Ennis was picked No. 18 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and has already played for Phoenix, Milwaukee and Houston.
The backup point guard played in a career-high 54 games with the Lakers this season averaging 12.6 minutes, 4.1 points and 1.9 assists. He received many of his minutes when rookie point guard Lonzo Ball was unavailable. The Lakers also used 20-year-old Brandon Ingram some at point guard.
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College sports betting: What will it look like? Can Syracuse cash in? (PS; Mink)
Imagine a sports betting utopia where you could be sitting in the Carrier Dome for a Clemson-Syracuse football game placing bets on your phone on whether Dino Babers calls a run or a pass or quarterback Tommy DeVito finishes a quarter with 100 passing yards.
Rapid, in-play bets would flash on a video board in the stadium, giving fans a new way to watch their favorite teams.
"That is," said Neale Deeley, who has more than a decade of experience in the gaming industry, "a very common way of gambling these days."
In the month since the Supreme Court legalized sports betting, state politicians are working to pass regulatory legislation to tax an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year. New York, home of Syracuse University, likely won't get another crack at passing comprehensive legislation until 2019.
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