Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
National Pig Day honors the domesticated pig. According to Mary Lynne Rave, who started National Pig Day with her sister Ellen Stanley in 1972, the purpose of the day is "to accord to the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals." Events where pigs are the focus are held at zoos, schools, farms, sporting events, and nursing homes across the United States, particularly in the Midwest. Some activities include having pig-themed parties where pink colored punch and pork are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees. Pig-themed parades also are common. Some have interpreted the day as being a time to give pigs a break by not eating pork products, but others say it is the perfect day for eating bacon, ham, or pork chops.
Charity Stripe Chaos: How Syracuse’s Free Throw Shooting Isn’t All That Free – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Raucci)
The free throw line. The charity stripe. The bonus. Freebies.
Simply from names associated with the shot, it’s pretty easy to tell that the entire point of a free throw is to give a team that is wronged in one way or another an opportunity to pick up free and easy points on what many consider to be the easiest shot in the game of basketball. Apparently, Syracuse didn’t get the memo.
The Orange struggled mightily from the line in Tuesday’s loss to No. 5 North Carolina. SU shot just 13-23 from the charity stripe against the Tar Heels and that includes an impressive night from Tyus Battle that saw him knock down 11 of his 14 (78%) free throws. In the second half alone, which is where SU fell apart, the Orange went just 11-18 from the line and all 11 of those makes came off the fingertips of Battle.
But this wasn’t just a one time, “Oh, we had a bad night at the line,” occurrence. This kind of abysmal free-throw shooting has become far too commonplace for Syracuse. SU ranks 267th out of 351 Division I teams in free throw percentage at an average of 68%. Over their last four games alone (losses to NC State, Duke and UNC and the win over Louisville), the Orange are even worse than that, shooting a combined 50-80 which comes out to just about 62%.
Streaky shooting, limited repertoire have defined Elijah Hughes’ ‘great season’ (DO; DiSturco; Gutierrez)
If there were a science to Elijah Hughes’ shot, he doesn’t regard it.
Sharpshooter Buddy Boeheim sometimes alters his rise or release when his shots aren’t going, and he may aim for the front of the rim if he’s missing too strong. Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett tweaked his jumper based on instruction from coaches. In his downtime, senior point guard Frank Howard studies his moves on film. He once noticed something in his shot that he didn’t like, so he changed his form.
But Hughes doesn’t give much thought to his quick and high release, even in shooting slumps. The newest addition to Syracuse (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) is the team’s best 3-point shooter, and his ability to stretch the floor is key for Syracuse. He’d rather not consider that.
He just wants to shoot.
“I don’t try to think when I’m out there playing,” Hughes said. “If I’m open, shoot the ball. That’s it.”
In his first season at Syracuse, Hughes has progressed slower than head coach Jim Boeheim had anticipated. He’s developed a reputation as a fairly reliable scorer with hot and cold spells from deep.
https://nypost.com/2019/02/28/boeheims-quick-return-after-tragedy-bad-optics-bad-choice/ (nypost.com; Mushnick)
Saturday, Jim Boeheim showed up on national TV to coach a Syracuse basketball game, 2½ days after accidentally killing a man. Bad optics. His ostensible bosses at the university apparently approved.
It was widely reported that Boeheim, before Saturday’s game, was devastated. I have no doubt that he was and may always be. How could he not?
It also was widely reasoned that Boeheim, on Saturday, was faced with “a tough call.”
How so? On Saturday morning it was reported Boeheim would coach that day, thus the decision was made within two days of the fatality. Too soon, fellas.
By coaching — by not missing even one game after an imponderable tragedy — Boeheim and Syracuse made a bad choice. He should’ve sat this one out, thus no one could fault him and all would understand and admire him rather than risk debate.
Optically, he appeared to have chosen less than the most decent thing he could do.
Funeral held for man accidentally hit by Syracuse coach (fltimes.com; AP)
A New Yorker who was fatally struck by a vehicle driven by Syracuse University's basketball coach was remembered as family man who loved life.
The funeral for 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez was held in Syracuse Thursday evening. Area businesses donated the funeral costs.
Brownlow: Buzz Williams might be the frontrunner for ACC COY :: WRALSportsFan.com (wralsportsfan.com; video; Brownlow)
WRALsportsfan.com's Lauren Brownlow joins Adam and Joe to discuss all things ACC and Triangle hoops including Louisville's drop off, ACC coach of the year, Joey Baker losing the redshirt, UNC coming into their own and if N.C. State can get to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Duke Basketball: ACC regular season title out of reach for Blue Devils balldurham.com; Connelly)
The Duke Basketball team suffered a set back in more ways than one with the loss to Virginia Tech on Tuesday night, surrendering first place in the ACC.
While in the minds of many, three of the losses the Duke Blue Devils have suffered this season have an asterisk next to it, but no asterisk goes in the standings and the Blue Devils are no longer in first place in the ACC.
By dropping Tuesday’s game to Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils fell to No. 3 in the ACC, behind Virginia and North Carolina.
Last Night in ACC Hoops: Diakite blocks it all out, Inside The Playbook with UVA and Ky Bowman nearly gets his triple-double - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)
Busy night in the ACC as another weekend of hoops rapidly approaches. With the league’s tournament right around the corner in Charlotte, let’s check in on the defense of Mamadi Diakite, Virginia’s do-it-all offense, Ky Bowman goes box score bonanza and Elijah Thomas remains Clemson’s rock.
Fresh as a daisy: Mamadi Diakite
If you’re a Virginia fan, the 81-51 beatdown over Georgia Tech checked a lot of boxes. The Big 3 did it’s thing with De’Andre Hunter (29 percent usage rate), Ty Jerome (35 percent usage rate) and Kyle Guy (20.5 percent usage rate) combining for an efficient 48 points on 32 field goal attempts. While blazing on offense (1.36 points per possession, 64 eFG%), UVA held Tech to just 0.85 points per possession (42 eFG%). Virginia also assisted on 57 percent of its field goals, and was able to close the game out with some minutes for the deep bench. Check, check, check.
Expanded Onondaga Lake Trail - Google My Maps
$11M Onondaga Lake trail extension includes 1,000-foot bridge over tracks (PS; Coin)
The latest extension of the trail around Onondaga Lake will be about 2 miles long and include a 1,000-foot long bridge over the CSX railroad tracks at the southern end the lake.
The addition will connect the current trail terminus, at the state fair Orange lot, to Hiawatha Boulevard. Onondaga County will build about half of that, at a cost nearly $11 million. Honeywell will build the other half as part of its cleanup of the lake.
Most of the county project, $8.8 million, will be spent on the half-mile stretch from just west of Harbor Brook to Hiawatha Boulevard that includes the bridge.
“The bridge is the lion’s share of the $8.8 million,” said Travis Glazier, the county’s environment director. The money will come from a federal grant, he said.
The trail will run along the west and south shore until the tracks, when it will take a sharp dog-leg to the southeast and go over the tracks. Glazier said the bridge must be 23 feet high to accommodate double-decker train cars. The 1,000-foot stretch will be a gradual rise that will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Glazier said.