Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Lammas (the Gule of August)!
Lammas, which takes its name from "loaf-mass," is the first harvest festival of the year, and celebrates the first wheat harvest. Other grains are also harvested around the time of Lammas, such as oats, rye, and barley, as are plants such as mint, meadowsweet, sunflower, and Calendula. Lammas is celebrated in some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, such as Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.
On the day, Lammas bread has traditionally been made from the new wheat crop, often being baked into shapes such as wheat, owls, or other figures. It was customary to bring a loaf to church where it would be blessed. In Anglo-Saxon England, it was then sometimes broken into four pieces and put at the four corners of barns, to protect the recently harvested grain inside. The day has also traditionally been marked by making corn dollies, and Lammas charms such as sprigs of mint, green Lammas ribbons, and twigs that are bundled together, called besom. Feasts have also been common on the day.
Former Syracuse basketball player James Southerland signs with pro team in Japan (Ps; Waters)
James Southerland, the former Syracuse University basketball player, has signed with a pro team in Japan.
Southerland confirmed via text message that he will play for the Aisin Seahorses of the Japan Professional Basketball League this season. Aisin, which is the team's sponsor, is located in Kariya. The city is in central Japan between Tokyo and Osaka near the Pacific Ocean.
Southerland, a 6-foot-8 forward, played at Syracuse from 2009 to 2013. He recently was a member of Boeheim's Army, a team of SU alumni that competed in The Basketball Tournament. Boeheim's Army lost to the Golden Eagles, a group of former Marquette players, in the TBT's quarterfinals last Sunday.
As a senior, Southerland helped Syracuse to the 2013 NCAA Final Four. He averaged 13.3 points per game that season.
Since his SU career ended, Southerland has played for several professional teams both in the United States and abroad. He has had brief stints in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats and the New Orleans Pelicans.
He has played in the NBA's D-League and overseas in France, Germany and Italy.
Past, present, future Syracuse basketball players play in King of Kings (photos) (PS; Nett)
While many Syracuse basketball fans minds were on the hopes of Boeheim's Army in The Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn and Atlanta, there is a summer league being played in Utica N.Y.
The league called King of Kings is played at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica and has eight men's teams and six women's teams. Players range from high school players transitioning to college, college players and players who just want to keep in shape and play good ball.
The crowd is sparse, but the gym is loud with music played by DJ Chemical Gain during the entire game.
Brandon Long, host and director of the King of Kings, does a fun play-by-play on the sidelines and sometimes on the court itself as the game goes on. He pokes fun at players that may make a turnover or miss a dunk. Long is also quick to point out a great play as well.
Many of the names are familiar like Jimmy Boeheim of Cornell and Buddy Boeheim, an incoming freshman at Syracuse. Former SU player DaJuan Coleman, SU football transfer Tristan Jackson and ex-Binghamton University player and Syracuse recruit Tiki Mayben also played in the league.
Virginia Basketball: 5 reasons why the Cavaliers can win the ACC in 2018-19 (bustingbrackets.com; Harkins)
Virginia basketball returns a ton of talent after winning the ACC regular-season title last season. Can they repeat in the nation’s toughest conference?
There are very few programs as consistent as Virginia basketball. Under the guidance of head coach Tony Bennett, the Cavaliers have clearly emerged as one of the best programs in the nation. UVA is an elite defensive team year in and year out and that often puts them near the top of the ACC standings. Considering how deep and competitive the ACC is every season, this consistency is not something that anyone should simply gloss over.
Virginia has won at least 11 (out of 18) conference games in each of the past six seasons and has won 16 or more of those contests in two campaigns as well. While many other teams (*cough* Duke and North Carolina *cough*) seemingly consistently receive more national praise and attention, the Cavaliers have been arguably the best regular-season ACC team over the past several years. Of course, the struggles in the NCAA Tournament certainly do not help matters but that does not tell the whole tale of a team’s season.
In fact, as great as the Big Dance is for spectators, it is still a single-elimination event that can result in top teams going down early. To the dismay of Virginia fans everywhere, it just so happens that they have been that top team going down early more often than not. In the last five years, the Cavaliers have bowed out of the NCAA Tournament on the opening weekend on three different occasions, including the disastrous 16-over-1 upset this past season.
Future Strength Performance : Jordan Stanley - Preparing Boston College for the ACC Basketball Season (futurestrengthperformance.libsyn.com; podcast; Stanley)
In this episode, Vince and Jarrod talk to Jordan Stanley who is the head strength and conditioning coach of the Men's Basketball team at Boston College. Jordan is a great young strength coach who is climbing the collegiate strength and conditioning ladder. We talk about how he literally started from the bottom and how he's preparing his guys this summer and fall to get Boston College ready for this upcoming season. Don't forget to rate and review! Thanks for listening!
Syracuse Basketball: Boeheim’s Army did Syracuse proud in TBT (itlh.com;l Adler)
The fabulous run by Boeheim’s Army in The Basketball Tournament unfortunately came to a close, but our beloved boys in Orange should hold their heads high.
The hefty sum of cash is going to another squad, but Boeheim’s Army left everything on the court in the $2 million, winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament (“TBT”).
Buoyed by a barrage of 3-pointers, the No. 3 seed Golden Eagles did just enough to secure a 90-86 victory versus the No. 1 seed Boeheim’s Army in the title match-up of the Northeast Region, which took place this past weekend in Atlanta.
The Golden Eagles, a group of former Marquette dudes, advanced to the Final Four in Baltimore later this week. Meanwhile, Boeheim’s Army, a collection of former Syracuse hoops studs, sadly fell short of its goal of capturing the TBT crown.
This really stings, because I had a feeling that Boeheim’s Army would make an even deeper journey in 2018 than it did a year ago, when our guys reached the Final Four.
ACC NBA Draft: Could the ACC have 4 of the top 5 picks in the 2019 Draft? - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)
Back in June, six ACC players went in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, including lottery picks Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter and Jerome Robinson. Sacramento’s selection of Bagley with the No. 2 pick gave the Duke Blue Devils a top-3 pick in five straight drafts.
This came a year after a record 10 ACC players went in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft — led by Celtics wunderkind Jayson Tatum.
It’s 11 months into the future, but looking ahead: the ACC could be in line to do something special in 2019, too. The first four picks in the 2019 draft — or perhaps four of the first five picks — could absolutely hail from the league.
At the top of the list
The top two players in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports, and the top two wings are both Durham denizens — for the next nine months, at least: RJ Barrett and Cameron Reddish.
Last month, I went into detail on why Barrett projects as an incredibly productive offensive and transition player. Barrett will want to flash the ability to be a primary ball handler, which could be tricky next to Reddish and Tre Jones, the No. 1 point guard in the 2018 class.
In his brief stint with the Canadian national team this summer, Barrett struggled shooting from distance, which will be another point of emphasis. If Barrett projects into a high-usage pick-and-roll machine in the NBA, a jumper and handles will be critical.
Brew at the Zoo, Slayer: 12 things to do in CNY this weekend *(PS; Pucci)
The calendar has turned to August. The New York State Fair is approaching, which means the end of summer is on the horizon. But until then, let's enjoy the warm temperatures and if the forecasts are correct, a sunny, rain-free start to the month.
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will be in Syracuse this weekend--the four-time Grammy Award winner's second Central New York this year, having performed alongside folk musician Shawn Colvin at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
When: Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Oncenter Crouse-Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse.
How much: Tickets start at $47.50
Brew at the Zoo
Sample beers, wines and ciders at more than 40 stations around the fair, as well as food from 10 stations, at the annual Brew at the Zoo. The only thing bigger than the food and beverage selection will be the animatronic dinosaurs at the zoo as part of the summer-long Dinosaur Invasion! exhibit.
Live music and silent auctions round out the festivities.
Where: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse.
When: Friday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. VIP entry begins at 4 p.m.
How much: Regular tickets are $65, VIP tickets are $95. Tickets are available at rosamondgiffordzoo.org.
Syracuse Shakespeare In The Park: Merry Wives of Windsor
Syracuse Shakespeare In The Park returns with "The Merry Wives of Windsor" for a two-weekend stay in Thornden Park. The show is pay-what-you-will and there will be a kids area for those ages 10 and under. There will be food for sale and Gannon's will be on hand selling ice cream.
The show will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons until Aug. 12.
Where: Thornden Park Amphitheater, Syracuse.
When: Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m.
How much: Pay-what-you will admission. Parking is free. Premium tickets are $20 and are available online via Ticketleap.