Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to American Redneck Day!
Rednecks and redneck culture are celebrated today. "Redneck" is a somewhat complicated term that means different things to different people, and its meaning has continued to shift over time. The word as applied to Americans dates to the late nineteenth century, when it referred to farmers with sunburned necks. Shortly thereafter, some southern Democratic populists wore red neckties or kerchiefs as a symbol of pride and embraced the name. Similarly, in the early twentieth century, coal miners who belonged to unions were also associated with the term and embraced it as well. However, the term has also often since been used as a slur or pejorative.
As the twentieth century progressed, the term became associated with poor, Southern whites, particularly men, who usually lived in rural areas. They were seen as being unsophisticated and uneducated. Another similar term often used to describe them was "hillbilly."
https://insidetheloudhouse.com/2019/07/02/syracuse-basketball-jesse-edwards-pivotal-piece-2019-20/ (itlh; Adler)
The Syracuse basketball squad welcomes five new recruits to town this fall, and center Jesse Edwards may prove a critical offensive threat.
It’s a tired tale that some Syracuse basketball fanatics, myself not included, often will complain that the ‘Cuse doesn’t fare well on the recruiting trail, and these folks will cite what they perceive as a lack of blue-chip prospects perennially on the SU roster.
While everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, I’m of the adage that the Orange actually recruits at a strong level.
Sure, Syracuse doesn’t snare top-25 talents like Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and a handful of other powerhouse programs, but the ‘Cuse does pull in its share of top-100 guys.
Furthermore, I believe that head coach Jim Boeheim and his assistants do an excellent job of securing the services of prospects who tend to fly under the radar but fit the SU system perfectly.
Case in point is the Orange’s intriguing five-member 2019 recruiting class.
Syracuse isn’t getting a ton of acclaim nationally as it pertains to this particular class, and that’s fine. I like it when our beloved boys have tempered expectations. However, I believe the potential is there for these five incoming freshmen to perform admirably, whether during the 2019-20 term or in stanzas following that.
To that end, Tristan Freeman, a co-expert of the Busting Brackets Web site, recently published a fantastic story that examines 10 three-star recruits from the 2019 class whom he believes will excel in the near future.
In full disclosure here, while I cover the ‘Cuse for Inside The Loud House, I also write about other collegiate-hoops units across the country for Busting Brackets. Freeman, a really good dude, has tremendous insights into college basketball, and I’m pleased to share that he included SU center Jesse Edwards in his article.
https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2019/07/duke-mbb-is-1-on-social-media-by-huge.html (RX; HM)
Syracuse football instagram followers: 41.7K
Syracuse basketball instagram followers: 87.3K
Duke MBB is #1 on Social Media - by a HUGE margin!
Wondering if ACC football is going to have enough pull to sell the ACC Network? Don't discount the pull of ACC men's basketball! I didn't realize it, but Duke basketball has more fans on social media than Alabama football - as this excerpt from a Forbes article brings out...
According to Forbes, Duke's social media following exploded with Zion Williamson on the team. Consider some of these numbers from David Bradley, Duke men's basketball creative director:
...**@DukeMBB leads all college athletics programs with a combined 4 million followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
**Duke basketball is the most followed college account on Instagram with 1 million followers. They are followed by Alabama football with 761,000, Ohio State football with 619,000 and Georgia football with 543,000.
**This season @DukeMBB followers added (358,000) on Instagram exceeds the total all-time following of all other college basketball accounts.
**On Instagram, Duke has more followers than any other college hoops team, and over three times as many followers as the second-most (Kentucky).
**Duke has more Instagram followers than the next four college hoops teams (Kentucky, UNC, UCLA, Kansas) combined.
**Duke has more followers than every conference’s schools combined in college hoops (including the ACC without Duke).
https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2019/07/mbb-2019-preseason-top-25s.html (RX; HM)
MBB: 2019 Preseason Top 25s
Here's a comparison of 3 major preseason MBB Top 25 lists:
|1||Mich St||Mich St||Mich St|
|11||Gonzaga||Seton Hall||Ohio St|
|13||UNC||Texas Tech||Seton Hall|
|16||St Mary's||Iowa||Utah St|
https://accsports.com/category/acc-analytics/ (accsports.com; Geisinger)
With the NBA Draft done and over, and rosters now mostly set for the 2019-20 season, let’s bring back the the ACC Basketball power rankings — offseason edition. Football may be right around the corner, but basketball season isn’t too far off, either. It will likely be difficult for the league to replicate the success of last season — Zion-mania, Virginia winning the national title, 10 first round picks; however, the ACC is still loaded for a strong year of hoops.
After starting off with the bottom five teams (15-11), we’ve moved to the middle-third of the league — where the teams with serious NCAA Tournament aspirations start to appear.
10. Georgia Tech
It’s rarely been aesthetically pleasing basketball under Josh Pastner at Georgia Tech. In his three seasons with the program, Tech has yet to rank inside the top 175 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency. The 2018-19 squad posted an effective shooting mark of 49.2 percent, which is the high-water mark of Pastner’s tenure there; however, it also ranked 242nd in the country, according to KenPom.
All of that said, the defensive side of the floor has mostly been a position of strength. In each season under Pastner, the Yellow Jackets have held opponents to sub-50 eFG%; on two occasions, Tech has ranked inside the top 50 nationally in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency.
Once again, that must be the case for Georgia Tech, which likes to mix up its coverages — flipping from (predominant) zone looks to a man-to-man approach.
After briefly entering his name into the 2019 NBA Draft, center James Banks decided to return for the 2019-20 season. Much like his predecessor Ben Lammers, Banks will once again lead Tech’s defense from the back line.
Newsmaker: ‘That doesn’t happen to that many people’: Jayson Stark’s remarkable baseball writing career will soon land him in Cooperstown (DO; Crane)
Sitting in a Pennsylvania Starbucks on a spring day in 2017, the baseball writer Jayson Stark found himself not there to get a cup of coffee, but to sign a stack of Topps Allen and Ginter baseball cards with his face on them.
Stark’s picture — clad in a white shirt, gold tie and suit jacket — always shocked him. The baseball card company had written to Stark that it wanted him on a card, but it felt weird, he said. After all, Stark was the writer, not the player.
“I’m still hitless, I’m still several thousand hits behind Ichiro, and I always will be,” Stark joked in recalling the experience, referring to the legendary, recently retired outfielder.
But through his work from press boxes across the country for the past 46 years, Stark has stood out. After being honored with his own baseball card, Stark last December was named the recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” He’ll be presented with the award during the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction weekend from July 19-22 in Cooperstown, New York. Stark, a 1973 SU graduate, said he’ll be the first Newhouse graduate to receive the honor.
Stark’s path to Cooperstown wasn’t immediately clear. He is a former news editor at The Daily Orange who covered some sports in college and spent a year writing suburban news at the Providence Journal the year following graduation.
But Stark knew that his dream job was as a baseball journalist, and he quickly transitioned back to sports. His time at the Journal led to The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 21 years as the Phillies beat writer and national baseball columnist. Over 17 subsequent years, he became a regular presence at ESPN, where he was a senior baseball writer. Now, he’s a senior writer at The Athletic, the upstart sports website, and appears regularly on MLB Network.
“The idea that you can actually dream of doing stuff at 10 years old and then it happens, and then you end up in Cooperstown, New York, winning an award that the greatest sports writers who ever lived have won, that doesn’t happen to that many people,” Stark said.
The day after he moved into SU, Stark walked into The Daily Orange’s office. Starting with his first D.O. story on the history of SU football, Stark said, he built up the “internal toughness” necessary for a professional beat. He learned that players won’t talk some days and the ability to type sentences that haven’t been written before, which he had to do in 1980: “The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series.”
It’s final: Onondaga County approves Mets lease, $25M stadium facelift (PS; Knauss)
Onondaga County lawmakers today approved the $25 million renovation of NBT Bank Stadium and a 25-year lease with the Mets, settling the future of Triple-A baseball in Syracuse for years to come.
The county Legislature approved the long-term lease, the expenditure of $16.1 million on renovations, and a bond issuance of $8.5 million to cover the rest of the $25 million project. Half of the total cost will be paid by New York state, and at least $3.6 million is expected to be recovered from a sale of naming rights in 2026.
The legislature’s approval was not a surprise. The formal vote on each measure was 16-1, with only Legislator Tom Buckel, D-Syracuse, opposing the measures. Buckel has consistently criticized the stadium renovation plan on the grounds that the 1993 decision to build a stadium on the North Side, rather than downtown, was a mistake than can’t be rectified. Other legislators lauded the Mets deal, saying it will ensure the long-term viability of baseball in Syracuse.
The North Side location of the stadium “may not have been the best location, but it’s the location we’re going to live with,’’ said Legislator Chris Ryan, D-Geddes. “The Mets have been nothing but a great partner, and I look forward to continuing that.’’