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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to I Love Reeses's Day!
Today we celebrate the candy that brings chocolate and peanut butter together, the Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup, as well as the man who created it, Harry Burnett Reese. In 2010, Hershey sponsored an online petition to declare May 18 as I Love Reese's® Day, and it was signed by 40,000 fans. May was chosen as the time because the holiday would then be sandwiched between National Peanut Butter Lover's Day in March, and Chocolate Day in July. As part of the first celebration, Reese's gave away 10,000 Reese's® Peanut Butter Cups.
In 1917, H.B. Reese began working on a Hershey dairy farm, and in the early 1920s, he started working at a Hershey candy factory. At that time he began making candy in his basement, in part because he was well on his way to having sixteen children and needed to make some extra income to support them. He used various fresh ingredients and coated them in Hershey's chocolate.
Syracuse basketball recruit Alan Griffin is highly rated in transfer rankings (itlh; Adler)
As Syracuse basketball commit Alan Griffin awaits word on the NCAA’s transfer-waiver rules, the skilled wing is receiving much praise from pundits.
The NCAA’s Division I Council could – I repeat, could – vote at its scheduled May 20 meeting on proposed transfer-guideline changes, which Syracuse basketball commit Alan Griffin and other traditional transfers will certainly follow with a ton of interest.
Then again, some signs have pointed lately to the council possibly tabling this debate for now, as it relates to a vote on giving student-athletes in all sports a blanket one-time transfer exception with immediate eligibility. Even if these rules aren’t modified in the near term, Griffin could request a waiver from the NCAA to begin officially playing this fall.
While we keep a keen eye on what transpires with the council later this week, the 6-foot-5 Griffin, a promising wing from Ossining, N.Y., has arrived near the top of the national ratings for “sit-out” transfers currently eligible to suit up in the 2021-22 season.
A few days ago, 247Sports published its latest rankings, and Griffin checks in at No. 4 overall. By the way, former Orange guard Brycen Goodine, who has moved on to Big East Conference member Providence, is No. 30 on this list.
ESPN list hoses Syracuse basketball legend Carmelo Anthony (itlh; Adler)
ESPN recently unveiled its top-74 NBA players of all-time, and to not include former Syracuse basketball star Carmelo Anthony is ridiculous.
Over the past week or so, ESPN has published on its Web site a ranking of the best 74 guys in NBA history, to coincide with the league’s length of existence, but Syracuse basketball icon Carmelo Anthony unfortunately didn’t make the cut.
Sure, I’ll profess to having some Orange bias, since SU is my alma mater, and I adore the ‘Cuse hoops program. But in putting that to the side for a second, it’s utter non-sense that Anthony, a future pro Hall of Famer, isn’t among the premier 74 NBA players.
These sorts of exercises are always subjective, and the debates that stem from them are tons of fun. In case you’re wondering, the top 10 on ESPN’s list is, in order, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
Hard to adamantly argue against anyone in that top 10, although I’d probably move Bryant up a little bit. As it pertains to Anthony, well, I imagine that he got left off for a couple of reasons, one of which is that he’s never captured a NBA championship, and by extension his bigger-picture success in the playoffs is miniscule.
Top 5 Syracuse Players in NBA History – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Klein)
With Elijah Hughes climbing up the mock draft boards, he is set to become the 54th player to come through Syracuse before playing in the NBA. In this piece, we rank the top five former Syracuse players in NBA history.
5. SHERMAN DOUGLAS
Douglas is indisputably the best point guard SU has ever had. He ranks 6th in school history with 2,060 career points (14.9 points per game), and holds the top spot on the assists list with 960. Douglas dished 251 more assists than Jason Hart, who is second on the list. But it wasn’t just sustained excellence for The General. He shined in the big moments, tying an NCAA record with 22 assists against Providence in 1989, and facilitating the Orangemen to the NCAA Championship game in 1987.
At just 6’0” and 180 lbs, Douglas fell to the first pick of the second round in the 1989 NBA Draft where the Miami Heat took him. The General made all-rookie honors, kicking off an 11-year career where he averaged 11 points and 5.9 assists per game. He showed flashes of excellence, but seemed to peak early. In his second season, Douglas averaged a career high in points (18.5) and had his second best passing season (8.5 assists). He was traded from Boston to Milwaukee in 1995, but never lived up to the Bucks’ expectations. The General played a few more injury-riddled seasons for the Clippers and Nets from there.
4. RONY SEIKALY
It’s fitting that Douglas and Seikaly are back-to-back on this list because they tag-teamed on the Hill and in the pros with the Heat and the Nets. In college, Seikaly was a dominant interior force. He snagged 319 rebounds for the Orangemen, tied for fourth most in school history. The Lebanon native replaced senior Andre Hawkins in the starting lineup in his freshman year and never looked back. Seikaly made Big East All-Freshman honors, and All-Big East in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Seikaly led the Orangemen in scoring his senior year, rounding out his mid-range game.
The Heat drafted him 9th overall in the 1988 draft. Seikaly hit the ground running in the NBA. He scored nearly 11 points and snagged 7 rebounds per game in his rookie year, and won Most Improved Player after his second season when he jumped up to 16.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. It only took Seikaly six seasons to score the sixth most points (6,742) and pull down the third most rebounds in franchise history (4,544). He went on to play for the Magic, Warriors and Nets. Seikaly’s 10 year career ended with career averages of 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
3. DERRICK COLEMAN
This is the last of the mid-80s big-three. No matter how good Douglas or Seiklay were, everybody knew that Derrick Coleman stood alone. Coleman averaged 15 points and 10.7 rebounds per game for the Orangemen. His 2,143 career points ranks second in program history.
It didn’t take long for NBA scouts to notice, and the Nets pounced on him with the top-pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. Coleman began his 15 year career by winning rookie of the year in 1991. He played five seasons for the Nets. Had New Jersey been able to hold on to him longer, he likely would have ended up on the Nets’ Mt. Rushmore. Coleman averaged 20 points and 10.6 rebounds. He represented the Nets in the 1993-1994 All-Star game. Injuries plagued his next five seasons, playing only 220 games in that stretch. Coleman bounced around with the 76ers, Hornets and Pistons until his mid-30s. He retired with a career average of 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Consequences of NCAA transfer change: 'I don't want to be the JV program for the Power 5' (PS; Ditota)
It was expected to pass.
The NCAA Division I Transfer Waiver Working Group recommended last winter that one-time transfers in five sports — men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s ice hockey and baseball — be allowed without requiring those athletes to sit out a season.
But then, last month, that directive took a decided turn when the Division I Board of Directors and Presidential Forum recommended against the proposal. Uncertainty during these Covid-19 times likely prompted the pause, but so did concerns that keep surfacing about what allowing those one-time transfers might mean in those sports. The NCAA Division I council is expected to discuss the measure on Wednesday.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford suggested last week a pause in implementing a new transfer rule was the right way to go. Swofford suggested more needs to be explored about opening up the one-time transfer exception and specifically mentioned the impact it could have on academics.
“It’s more now of getting into the particulars and into the weeds so to speak of the implications of it,” Swofford said.
That will come as welcome news to local Division I college basketball coaches, most of whom support the fundamental premise of allowing college basketball players the same freedoms as other college students and most college athletes.
They know athletes make mistakes when choosing colleges. It seems fair to allow players the chance to switch schools without paying the price of a one-season basketball purgatory.
“In theory, players transferring right away is a good thing,” Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim said.
1951 Syracuse Cross Country National Championship Team
Ranking the all-time top 25 Syracuse sports seasons (21-25) - The Juice Online (the juice; McGlynn)
With college sports at a complete halt, this felt like a really good time to dive into the archives of Syracuse sports. While mostly thought of for men’s basketball, there have been some great seasons put together during the school’s history.
Here are my top 25 Syracuse sports seasons of all time, starting with the 25th through 21st best seasons. Check back in on Wednesday when we release 16 through 20!
25. 2016 men’s basketball
Are there better Syracuse men’s basketball teams out there to pick from? Absolutely. Was there ever one who managed to shock us all like this? I really don’t think so. Cardiac ‘Cuse wasn’t supposed to make the tournament that year, much less the Final Four. After losing five of its final games, nobody saw this coming from the Orange. It came to a very abrupt end against North Carolina, but it was still about as exciting and unexpected a tournament run as I can possibly think of in program history.
24. 1951 men’s cross country
Let’s go into the vault for this one. Probably one of the least known national championships in Syracuse history is the 1951 men’s cross country title. I admittedly only found it while researching for this list. ‘Cuse crushed the competition, winning by a 38-point margin over second-placed Kansas. For a frame of reference, Penn State had won the year before by only a two-point margin.
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23. 2015 men’s soccer
What a run this turned out to be. After a strong 2014 season, Syracuse men’s soccer took the next step and reached the program’s only Final Four. This was an exciting team loaded with talent. Julien Buescher went 10th overall in the ensuing MLS Super Draft. Miles Robinson and Kamal Miller were both freshmen on this team, but both are now starting in MLS and have been capped for the United States and Canada respectively. Along the way, ‘Cuse reached the ACC tournament final, but ultimately lost on penalties to Clemson. It was a huge moment for the team that had been building to this point for several years.
22. 2015 women’s lacrosse
You are going to see a lot of lacrosse on this list. Far from as dominant as we have come to expect for this program, ‘Cuse struggled a bit in the regular season, finishing with a losing record in the ACC. While they were always highly ranked, it seemed like there was a gap between them and the top teams in the sport. Instead, the Orange ran the table and won the ACC tournament followed by a run to the NCAA semifinals. The season ended with a narrow loss to Maryland, but that late-season spark made it a fun team to follow.
One of a Kind: Bobby Cremins (ramblinwreck.com; Jacobs)
Bobby Cremins is one of a kind, as a coach and a person. And because of who he is, as much as what he did, Georgia Tech commands a prominent place in college basketball.
“We rely so much in recruiting on the tradition, on the success he’s had in the past,” says Paul Hewitt, his successor as coach of the Yellow Jackets. “He built the Georgia Tech tradition.”
Cremins inherited a program that, while estimable under coach John “Whack” Hyder, made a single NCAA appearance prior to the young coach’s arrival for the 1981-82 season. Cremins came to a school that, in its first two years of competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1980 and 1981, notched a cumulative 12-41 record, 1-29 in league competition. Some Tech fans attended games wearing paper bags over their heads. A section of 2,000 seats at Alexander Memorial Coliseum often sat empty, purchased by fans at other schools so they could qualify for ACC Tournament tickets.
By the time Cremins stepped aside following the 2000 season, Tech had made 10 NCAA appearances, including nine straight from 1985 through 1993, and enjoyed a fearsome homecourt advantage at the Thrillerdome. The 1990 squad reached the Final Four for the first and only time in school history. The Jackets tied for first place in the ACC in ’85 and finished alone atop the standings in 1996. They won a trio of ACC titles — in 1985, 1990 and 1993 — and posted 13 consecutive winning seasons and 15 in Cremins’ 19 years on the job.
The program produced the ACC player of the year in ’90 in Dennis Scott, eight rookies of the year in the 14 seasons from 1983 through 1996, 13 first team All-ACC selections, and a dozen first-round NBA draft choices.
'Rival’ State Fair food drive-thru draws crowds to Syracuse Inner Harbor (PS; Cazentre)
It seems Central New Yorkers really can’t get enough New York State Fair-style food.
Cars began lining up before the official 1 p.m. Friday start of Carnival Eats Syracuse, the second local pop-up drive-thru fair food event to debut in Central New York in the past few weeks. This event runs until 7 p.m. today and 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in a vacant lot near the corner of North Geddes and Spencer streets. in the Inner Harbor area.
“It’s a way to ease the frustration of this pandemic,” said Christoper Linney, of Syracuse, who was among the first in line with Tanika McCrary and his son, Isaac. “A little fried dough, some lemonade, a cheese stick and some cotton candy.
“Things are just better with cotton candy,” he added, turning to his son. ”Right Isaac?"
Isaac Linney, age 3, was delighted with his cotton candy.
The local State Fair food phenomenon started four weekends ago, when the fair’s iconic Villa Pizze Fritte food stand launched a drive-thru event at Erie Boulevard East and Bridge streets in DeWitt. Fried dough fans waited for hours in long lines that tied up traffic.
The Pizze Fritte event has since moved to the Orange parking lot near the State Fairgrounds, and has added vendors selling sausage sandwiches, wine slushies, deep-fried Oreos and more. That event continues until 8 p.m. today and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.