Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
National Metric Day is October 10. Why? Because it’s 10/10 and the number 10 is pivotal to the metric system of course. National Metric Day is part of National Metric Week which runs October 10-14 this year (always the week that contains 10/10).
The metric system has its roots as far back as 1586 when Flemish mathematician Simon Stevin published a small pamphlet called De Thiende (“the tenth”). Stevin declared that using decimals was so important that it was only a matter of time before the world would standardize using decimals. But the metric system would have to wait until 1799 when it was first introduced by the French and it wasn’t sanctioned for use in the US until 1866. Still, it wasn’t popular until 1988 when US Congress passed the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act designating the metric system as the preferred system of weights and measures.
A new book on Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball comes out Nov. 6 - The Juice Online (the juice; podcast; Cheng)
Donald Staffo, author of Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Basketball: In the Zone calls in to talk about his book with host Wes Cheng. The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman then calls in to talk about Syracuse football’s disappointing loss to Pitt.
Here are the highlights from the show:
Wesley Cheng: Take me through the process of how you put this book together.
Donald Staffo: I started writing this book in 2010. I was thinking at that time that Boeheim would be retiring in 2-3 years and I would have a manuscript ready to go when he retired. But of course, you know, he still hasn’t retired. He turns around and says he’s going to coach his son Buddy, so I wasn’t going to wait another 4-5 years. I’ve been writing the book off and on for eight years or so. Over that period of time, I’ve probably talked to 150 or more people. The bulk of the book is based on interviews with people that know Jim Boeheim the best. People from his hometown in Lyons. His former SU teammates. Others in the SU basketball family.
1. Donald Staffo, author of Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Basketball: In the Zone calls in
2. Process behind writing the book
3. Favorite part of the book
4. Forward written by Dave Bing
5. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
6. Close loss at Pitt
7. What is the outlook for this team?
8. Closing thoughts and wrap up
blacksheep Ben is trying out for the SU men's basketball team...
Most Notable ACC Departures: The ACC stars you won’t be seeing in 2019 (streakingthelawn.com; Caron)
The start of the Virginia Basketball season is right around the corner, and we are counting down the days until the Hoos welcome Towson to John Paul Jones Arena on November 6. The season starts in 28 days, and today we’re looking at some notable names you will NOT be seeing this year in the ACC.
Ah, the one-and-done disease: a classic sickness that plagues all elite basketball conferences, including the ACC. While the ACC as a whole doesn’t suffer too terribly, a few of our conference foes in particular were hit pretty hard this year (cough, Duke, cough). Outside of the one-and-done stars, there are several other notable ACC names that you won’t be hearing about on the college basketball scene anymore.
While schools like Syracuse were lucky enough to get sophomore guard Tyus Battle back after he withdrew from the 2018 NBA Draft to return to the Orange for his junior year, other schools were not so lucky. (To be honest, I wouldn’t have been sad if Battle had gone to the League. He bothers the pack line a little too much for my liking.) But even with Battle back, the ACC will still look a little different this season.
We took a look at a few key losses in the conference, and here are our most notable departures:
MARVIN BAGLEY III (Duke)
Duke’s 6’11, 234 pound starting power forward was an absolute monster and a menace for Virginia to deal with. Not that the Hoos couldn’t handle him (yes, I am aware that we beat Duke at Cameron Indoor), but Bagley’s presence was a perpetual problem for any team he faced. He led the conference in scoring, rebounding, and shooting percentage in his freshman—and only—season. After just one year, Bagley went as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft to the Sacramento Kings.
WENDELL CARTER JR. (Duke)
Another Blue Devil big man who we’re not too sad to see go. The 6’10 center with a 7’4 wingspan was a problem on the perimeter and in the paint for opposing teams. Carter Jr. finished his freshman season with 335 rebounds, 76 blocked shots, and 16 double-doubles—second all-time among Duke freshman in all three categories. Carter Jr. went as the seventh overall pick in the draft and is now a rookie for the rebuilding Chicago Bulls.
JEROME ROBINSON (Boston College)
Robinson singlehandedly almost delayed Tony Bennett’s 200th win when Boston College visited Virginia last December. The Cavaliers came out on top by just one point, but it was a “tale of two Jeromes,” per our very own Caroline Darney, as Virginia’s Ty Jerome scored a career-high 31 points and the Eagles’ Jerome Robinson finished with 29. Robinson averaged 17.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in ACC action, numbers that were enough to earn him an All-ACC honorable mention selection. He went 13th overall to the Los Angeles Clippers.
ACC Preview #8 - Miami (dukebasketballreport.com; King)
Since Jim Larranaga moved down to South Florida, Miami basketball has been reliably tough.
His Final Four run at George Mason was legendary but that team was built differently than his Miami teams.
At Mason, Larranaga built successfully around guys who were a bit short or a bit...off. Something about them put them in the recruiting discount bin but Larranaga was sharp enough to find a lot of promising guys who could compete at a high level despite being a bit short or a bit slow or what have you.
It was the sum of the parts.
At Miami it’s been different and Larranaga, a former Terry Holland assistant at Virginia, has recruited at a high level.
High enough to recruit players who leave early for the NBA.
Last season Miami had Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker, a sophomore and freshman respectively, taken in last year’s draft.
Unfortunately they were both guards and along with the departure of senior Ja’Quan Newton that means Miami has to start over again in the backcourt.
UNC Basketball: 2018-19 season preview for the Tar Heels (bustingbrackets.com; Rauf)
UNC basketball returns eight of their top ten scorers and welcomes in their best recruiting class in years. Can the Heels compete for the national title in 2018-19?
North Carolina enters the new college basketball season in a position they aren’t used to being in. Yes, they’ll have another experienced roster, but this Tar Heels team is going to look a little different.
For starters, UNC has blue-chip freshmen. Like actual five-star, probable one-and-done freshmen, headlined by the nation’s No. 3 overall recruit in Nassir Little. Potential NCAA sanctions stemming from the school’s academic scandal largely kept top recruits from considering the Heels, but head coach Roy Williams is capitalizing now following the resolution to that problem (or non-problem, according to the NCAA).
Carolina has been wildly successful with just really good college talent – what will they look like with some top-rated NBA talent in the mix?
Furthermore, UNC is expected to (mostly) scrap Williams’ traditional two-big lineups in favor of smaller, faster, more versatile, and better shooting lineups. Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye figure to start in the frontcourt, both of whom are more comfortable on the perimeter than with their back to the basket.
Finally, they’re also being a bit overlooked in preseason polls. Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky have stolen almost all of the preseason publicity with mid-major darlings Gonzaga and Nevada getting the rest along with reigning co-SEC champs Auburn and Tennessee. North Carolina isn’t a program that is used to being outside the realm of preseason favorites – especially when they have this much talent.
Will the Tar Heels be able to exceed those expectations? Could they return to the national title game for the third time in four years?
Does UNC’s Roy Williams think he has been ‘shielded’ from recruiting practices in FBI investigation of college basketball? (heraldonline.com; video; UNC Athletics)
UNC basketball coach Roy Williams is asked if he feels that coaching at "blue blood schools" like Kansas and North Carolina has shielded him from potentially illegal recruiting practices outlined in the FBI investigation of college sports.
Security glass company gets tax break to expand in Syracuse (PS; Moriarty)
A maker of security glass for schools will receive $660,216 in tax exemptions for a $5.4 million renovation of its production facility on Midler Avenue.
The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve the exemptions for Armoured One LLC. They consist of $428,400 in sales taxes on construction materials, $205,566 in property taxes over 10 years and $26,250 in state mortgage recording tax.
Armoured One employs 27 people and says it expects to hire 70 more over the next five years.
Renovations at its production facility at 382-386 N. Midler Ave. will allow it to expand its production of security glass -- a combination of safety glass and film designed to slow individuals trying to shoot their way into schools.