Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Carl Sagan Day!
Carl Sagan Day celebrates the life, teachings, and legacy of Carl Sagan, who was born on this day in 1934, and who is known for his many contributions to science. The day was created in 2009 by the Center For Inquiry in Fort Lauderdale, as well Florida Atheists and Secular Humanists (FLASH), and other groups. Events have been held in Florida, but also have spread around the world. Some examples of events that have taken place are star parties—where people come together and view the sky, astronomy lectures, science fairs, and workshops.
Film review: Syracuse uses the full-court press to get easy baskets (DO; Heyen)
Syracuse rarely could press last year when its rotation was only five or six players deep, both Howard Washington and Buddy Boeheim said. But through two exhibitions, and the Orange’s regular season opener against Eastern Washington, SU has frequently press after made baskets or dead balls.
On Tuesday night against the Eagles, the Orange scored 33 points off turnovers, many coming via the press, including a few very direct finishes off press steals.
Here’s a look at two of those baskets that came off press-induced turnovers (all screenshots via ESPN).
Buddy Boeheim’s first Syracuse basket – 17:43 left in second half
Coming out of an Eastern Washington timeout, the Eagles have an inbound pass along the baseline. As he did much of the night, Oshae Brissett sets up to guard the ball. Buddy and Elijah Hughes (red oval) line up with their backs to the inbounder, ready to take one player each, depending on where EWU sends cutters.
NOV. 8 COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Warm reception for author, book - Sports - Times Telegram - Herkimer, NY (timestelegraph.com; Rathbun)
The hometown reception has been positive for author Don Staffo.
In town this week to promote his new book about Syracuse University basketball and its coach, the retired educator made a day of it where he grew up and finished high school in 1964. The Little Falls native’s Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Basketball: In the Zone hits the shelves next week and it has drawn praise already from those who have a chance to read it.
“The gratification comes from the inside crowd, the people who know (Boeheim) best, saying they accept the book,” Staffo said Wednesday afternoon. “Dave Bing, Dick Vitale, his Syracuse teammates, lifelong friends, the Syracuse family, they’ve all said such nice things.”
Bing, a college teammate of Boeheim, wrote the book’s forward. Fellow hall of famer Vitale’s quote – “A must read for Syracuse basketball fans. Thumbs up,” in all caps – runs atop the book’s jacket.
Staffo started the pass through Central New York with appearances and book signings in and around Utica, getting together for coffee with schoolmates Dave Pasquale, Tony Paparella, Rich Barone and Ron Diodati at New Hartford’s Café Florentine. He said he spent 40 minutes shaking hands, chatting and selling and signing advance copies of the book before he was able to sit down with his friends and his wife, Marilyn.
Wednesday’s stops included one at the Little Falls Public Library and two at Stewart’s on Ann Street before an evening gathering at the Little Falls Historical Society. He was greeted by some familiar faces, including his high school prom date, and eager readers each time.
Syracuse Basketball: Jim Boeheim has a major first world problem (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
The Syracuse basketball team is dealing with a huge first world problem. Will head coach Jim Boeheim be able to manage this big issue this season?
For the first time in a long time the Syracuse basketball team and head coach Jim Boeheim have a major first world problem. The Orange have eight or nine legitimate players at their disposal, but can only use five at any one time on the basketball court.
I’m sure Boeheim would much rather have this problem, then the one he had last season when the team was struggling to find five players to be on the court.
Following Syracuse’s season opening win vs the Eastern Washington Eagles, I spoke with several players after the game to discuss this first world issue.
https://nypost.com/2018/11/08/dont-wait-for-the-market-to-catch-up-to-dominant-acc-basketball/ (nypost.com; Fogle)
Earlier this season, we showed you reality had an SEC bias in college football. That’s still true with Alabama well clear of the field in respected power ratings, and three teams in the top seven of the current playoff rankings. In college basketball, early returns are suggesting reality has an ACC bias.
So far, these are biases bettors could exploit.
In college football, SEC teams are 26-16-1 against the point spread thus far when playing opponents from other conferences. That’s a 62 percent cover rate, with a few more rivalry games and all of the bowl slate still ahead.
In college basketball, the ACC opened with a stunning 8-1 record against the spread this past Tuesday. Stunning because the quality of ACC basketball is no secret. With several hyped teams and six squads in the preseason AP Top 25, the league obliterated high expectations.
Because you’ll be betting a high-volume hoop schedule that resumes Friday and Saturday, let’s quickly recap how ranked ACC teams opened:
Team Line Opponent Result
No. 4 Duke 2¹/₂ No. 2 Kentucky W, 118-84
No. 5 Virginia -26 Towson W, 73-42
No. 8 North Carolina -10¹/₂ at Wofford W, 78-67
No. 16 Syracuse -18 Eastern Washington W, 66-34
No. 17 Fla. St. -4 Florida W, 81-60
No. 22 Clemson -28 Citadel W, 100-80 (loss)
Is Kenny Williams another playmaking piece for UNC Basketball? - ACCSports.com (accsports.com;Geisinger)
UNC Basketball coach Roy Williams has the good fortune of leading a roster that has plenty of experience. The Tar Heels hit the ground running this season with a nice mix returning scoring, three-point shooting and defense.
However, there’s some newness here, too; this isn’t exactly the same cast of characters. Joel Berry and Theo Pinson are gone, and North Carolina must adjust. For the past two seasons, those two guys have been the engine room of North Carolina’s half-court offense — creating shots for themselves and others.
A big portion of last season’s top-10 offense was Pinson’s ability to facilitate and ignite offense from the elbow. It was a simple process: give Theo the ball, run cutters and shooters off him, let him survey the defense and make the right read. When UNC went small — and Pinson was surrounded with four really good spot-up shooters — this was a serious challenge to defend.
Coby White has worlds of potential, and he’s been given the keys to the offense. It’s his show to run. Next to White, though, a new player emerged as a playmaker in the season-opener against Wofford: Kenny Williams.
Over the course of the past three seasons, Williams has grown into one of the best catch-and-shoot floor spacers in the ACC. In the 2017-18 season, Williams splashed 72 three-pointers (40.2 3P%) and scored 1.15 points per spot-up possession (58.2 eFG%), according to Synergy Sports.
That was the main task for Williams: space the floor and move the ball. As a sophomore and junior, Williams played in 63 gamesand posted a low usage rate of 14.9 percent (57.3 eFG%). It’s early, and the sample couldn’t be smaller, but there appears to have been an adjustment in this regard.
Central New York golfer Suzy Whaley set to make history at PGA of America (PS; AP)
Two moments of discrimination took place 1,000 miles and worlds apart, neither pointing to Suzy Whaley making history this week at the PGA of America.
Whaley was just getting hooked on golf in Syracuse, New York, and she was good enough to compete in tournaments when her name was scratched off the entry list of a junior tournament for boys because she was a girl.
"And now I've played in a PGA Tour event," said Whaley, who at the 2003 Greater Hartford Open became the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a PGA Tour event. "Look how far we've gone. It's not where we need to be, but we're making progress. And that makes me smile."
Around the time Whaley had her first whiff of discrimination as a young girl, Barrie Naismith Jeffcoat was working at a golf club in Atlanta as a 29-year-old woman who was giving lessons and going nowhere.