Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Blame It on the Large Hadron Collider Day!
Blame It on the Large Hadron Collider Day was created in 2008 to shift blame for losing things from the people who actually lost them, to the Large Hadron Collider. "The Large Hadron Collider probably has your car keys, your missing socks, and your rent money, perhaps sucked into a black hole," one source notes. The day takes place on the anniversary of the date that the Large Hadron Collider was first fired up in 2008.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator. Located just outside of Geneva, Switzerland, on the border with France, it was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The idea for it was conceived in 1984, and the final go-ahead for its construction was given a decade later; it took $5 billion just to get it up and running. It operates as such: protons come from a tank of helium gas and are accelerated almost to the speed of light while being directed in two beams down a circular track. The track is nearly 18 miles long and is between 165 to 575 feet below ground. A great amount of energy is released when the protons collide together. One of the goals of the LHC was to test the Big Bang Theory, by creating the conditions of the beginning of the universe according to the theory. In 2012, the LHC was used to find the Higgs boson particle.
Can Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim really employ a nine-man rotation? - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
Yesterday, I wrote about Jim Boeheim’s interview with Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota, where he spoke about his son, Buddy Boeheim, not redshirting, and what his role will be on this year’s team.
Another interesting nugget that came out of that interview was Syracuse’s depth this season, and that Boeheim is thinking of employ up to a ten-man rotation.
“You’re going to play seven or eight, but the ninth guy can get in there and play a little bit,” Boeheim says to Ditota. “The 10th could in some situations play, too.”
What does it mean to be a rotation player? I’d define that as playing at least 10 minutes per contest and appearing in more than 90 percent of games.
With that criteria in mind, it’s been seven seasons since Boeheim has employed that deep of a rotation. That was the 2011-12 season, when Boeheim’s team had Final Four aspirations, and fell just short in the Elite 8.
That rotation was Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Kris Joseph, Rakeem Christmas, Fab Melo, CJ Fair, Dion Waiters, James Southerland and Baye Keita.
Michael Carter-Williams appeared in 26 games of 37 games that season, or a little over 70 percent of the games, so he missed the cutoff for the rotation, though in those games, he did play 10.3 minutes per game. That seems to be what Boeheim has in mind when he says “the 10th could in some situations play, too.”
Here’s a chart of Syracuse’s rotations since that period of time:
ACC Preview #2 - NC State (dukebasketballreport.com; King)
It’s been a long time since State made a genuinely good hire in basketball. Let’s run it back a few decades:
- Mark Gottfried
- Sidney Lowe
- Herb Sendek
- Les Robinson
- Jim Valvano
- Norm Sloan
- Press Maravich
- Everett Case
After Valvano, the program took a massive hit. Robinson was more or less the cleanup guy and never had a chance to really compete on even terms and it was never clear that he was up to it anyway. Sendek was reasonably successful but drove the fan base insane with his boring offense and his pathetic scheduling before he finally fled to Arizona State, where he was hailed as a conquering hero before being driven away after fans tired of...his boring offense and pathetic scheduling (and diminishing success).
Sidney Lowe was beloved but failed and was let go. Mark Gottfried had some success, and recruited well, but his team fell apart in his final two seasons and now we know that there are serious questions about Dennis Smith’s recruitment and the FBI is sniffing around.
So did they finally get it right with Kevin Keatts?
College basketball records we might see broken this season (ncaa.com; Wittry)
Last season former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young became the first player to lead the country in points and assists per game, showing there are still records than can be broken despite 80 years of history in the sport.
Here are Division I men's college basketball records that could potentially be broken this season.
Consecutive games scoring in double figures
Record holder: Lionel Simmons, La Salle – 115 games
Record-breaking candidate: Chris Clemons, Campbell
You may not have heard of Clemons or seen him play but the 5-9 dynamo for Campbell was fourth nationally in scoring last season at 24.9 points per game and among active players, he's one of the most accomplished career scorers.
Clemons has scored in double figures in 82 consecutive games, dating back to January 9, 2016. The guard has scored in double figures in 96 of his 97 career games with the only blemish coming against Gardner-Webb on January 6, 2016, when he scored nine points.
In order to break Lionel Simmons' 28-year-old record, Clemons will have to score in double figures in Campbell's first 34 games. The biggest issue for Clemons' pursuit of the record books might be the number of games his team plays this season rather than his ability to crack the 10-point mark game after game. He's done the latter for the entirety of the last two seasons but Campbell has played at least 34 games just twice in program history.
Love stories, comedy and werewolves highlight Syracuse Cinephile's 2018 fall season (PS' Orlando)
The legendary stars of Hollywood live on when the Syracuse Cinephile Society begins its 52nd consecutive year of film screenings with a 13-week fall season of classic movies beginning on Sept. 17, all digitally preserved by their studios and presented in excellent quality.
This season the organization continues to offer exciting studio restorations, beginning with the 1945 MGM comedy, "Without Love" starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and featuring Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn. This seldom-shown Tracy-Hepburn film has not had the recent exposure of their other pairings, but it's just as well done, with excellent writing and acting.
This season continues the Cinephiles' popular practice of presenting occasional double features. Since each film included in these double features is a 60-75 minute "programmer," the Double Feature evenings don't run much longer than a typical "single feature" show, and the Double Feature shows conclude by 10 p.m.
The movie classics are screened on Monday evenings at the Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 North Clinton St., Syracuse, and are open to the public. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is available before the screening, beginning at 5:30 p.m (Arrival by 6:15 p.m. for dinner is suggested). Admission to the films is $3 for members and $3.50 for non-members. An annual membership is $5.
The season schedule is provided here, along with original theatrical trailers for many of the scheduled films. Please keep in mind that many of these trailers have not been restored, and their quality does not reflect the excellent quality and condition of the actual film transfers that will be presented at the Monday screenings. For details, visit syracusecinephile.com.