Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Cookie Exchange Day!
With Christmas three days away, most of us probably have already baked our Christmas cookies—maybe even having done so on Bake Cookies Day. But what good are cookies if we don't get the chance to share them and their recipes? National Cookie Exchange Day was created so that cookies and recipes could be shared and swapped at home and office parties. The day was created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, "the Queen of Holidays."
Christmas cookies date back to Europe in the Middle Ages, when biscuits with ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and dried fruit were made. By the seventeenth century, different types of Christmas biscuits were popular in different European countries. The Dutch brought Christmas cookies to the United States in the seventeenth century. Many cookie cutters were being imported from Germany by the end of the nineteenth century, which led to the proliferation of cookie recipes in cookbooks. Christmas cookies made with cookie cutters often depict candy canes, angels, stars, Santa, and Christmas trees.
Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Mock 2022 Class 1.0 (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse basketball currently has one player signed in the 2021 recruiting class (Benny Williams) and none in the 2022 cycle. They are involved with several elite prospects in that class, so which are most likely to pick Syracuse? Here is our mock class for the 2022 recruiting cycle.
PG: Quadir Copeland
Height/Weight: 6-6, 175 lbs
School: Life Center Academy (NJ)
Other Notable Offers: Maryland, Miami, Oregon, Penn State
Commentary: Copeland is the perfect type of point guard for Syracuse's zone. He is extremely long, quicker than you'd expect and has natural defensive instincts. Offensively, he is great off the dribble, adept at finding teammates for open looks and fantastic in transition. Maryland seems to be Syracuse's biggest competition right now, but keep an eye on Penn State. They could prove to be a factor as well. Still, Copeland seems to be excited about Syracuse's pursuit and thinks highly of assistant Gerry McNamara.
SF: Ty Rodgers
Height/Weight: 6-6, 180 lbs
School: Grand Blanc Community (MI)
Other Notable Offers: Florida State, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State
Commentary: Michigan and Missouri seem to be Syracuse's biggest competition here. Syracuse has recruited Rodgers hard for a long time with Associate Head Coach Adrian Autry leading the way. Ultimately, the long standing relationship combined with Rodgers having the perfect skill set for Syracuse on both ends, will win out.
PF: Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Height/Weight: 6-9, 220 lbs
School: Scotland Campus (PA)
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Kansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Commentary: Huntley-Hatfield is a consensus top 10 player in the 2022 class. The other notable offers listed are included in his top six, along with Syracuse. He has several others including Baylor, Florida, Kentucky and more. Prior to Syracuse offering, Huntley-Hatfield had a top five. When Syracuse offered, he expanded it to a top six and the Orange have had some buzz here ever since. Expect Syracuse to continue to recruit him hard with both head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Gerry McNamara heavily involved.
C: Riley Mulvey
Height/Weight: 6-11, 230 lbs
School: St. Thomas More (CT)
Other Notable Offers: Iowa, Penn State, Virginia Tech
Commentary: Mulvey is originally from the Albany area. Syracuse needs a center, and Donovan Clingan will be very difficult to get. Iowa has done good work establishing an early relationship with Mulvey, but Syracuse's offer is a game changer. If the Orange make a big push, they are a strong candidate to land the talented big.
Syracuse Basketball: Regardless of who starts, 3-guard rotation works well (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim squashes talk about benching Joe Girard III.
Without question, combo guard Kadary Richmond has put forth a special freshman campaign to date, although Syracuse basketball is only seven games into its planned 27-contest regular stanza in 2020-21.
Richmond played a ton of minutes late in the second half and in overtime against Buffalo, as the ‘Cuse gutted out a 107-96 victory over the Bulls.
Richmond, a top-100 prospect coming out of high school, had a tremendous outing, Orange head coach Jim Boeheim said in a Zoom call with media members.
Per ESPN statistics, Richmond logged 32 minutes, scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists, had one steal, blocked three shots and committed only two turnovers. A strong performance.
Junior shooting guard Buddy Boeheim, who struggled earlier in the week versus Northeastern, got his mid-range game going against Buffalo, finishing with 22 points. And sophomore point guard Joe Girard III didn’t fare so well, collecting two points in 16 minutes.
So Jim Boeheim went with his son, Buddy, and Richmond down the stretch, and that was the right call on the head coach’s part. “Joe was not there tonight,” Jim Boeheim said of Girard, but he will get back on track, the head coach added.
Syracuse basketball needs to continue with a three-guard line-up.
Naturally, some members of the media and ‘Cuse fans are bringing up the topic of inserting Richmond into the starting rotation over Girard. Boeheim isn’t having that kind of talk, and I totally agree with him.
Ultimately, I could care less whether Girard, Buddy Boeheim or Richmond gets the starting nod, and who comes off the bench. Jim Boeheim will play the two guys who give his team the best chance to win, and that was his son and Richmond versus Buffalo.
However, last Wednesday afternoon in another tight conquest, this time against Northeastern, Girard registered 21 points and was one of two key players who saved the day for the Orange.
UB men's basketball to pause activities due to positive Covid-19 test (buffalonews.com; Lenzi)
The University at Buffalo men's basketball team will pause activities following a positive Covid-19 test.
The UB athletic department announced the pause Monday morning, a pause that will be no less than 14 days. UB said in a statement that it was notified of the positive test result Sunday, through regular surveillance testing, and that the positive test is within the program's Tier 1 personnel, which includes coaches, athletes and medical support staff.
UB did not identify the individual who tested positive, and a UB athletic spokesperson could not comment if it was one positive tests or multiple tests in the program. Tier 1 personnel are tested for Covid-19 three times per week.
UB men's basketball coach Jim Whitesell has been self-quarantining recently and was not with the team Saturday at Syracuse, but a source told the News that UB's positive test is not related to Whitesell. UB announced Dec. 10 that Whitesell became aware of the possibility of contact with the Covid-19 virus from a person who was not associated with the men's basketball program or with the UB community.
UB's positive test and subsequent pause is already having a domino effect. Syracuse, which defeated UB 107-96 in overtime on Saturday at the Carrier Dome, announced Monday that it is pausing its men's basketball activities. The Syracuse Post-Standard/Syracuse.com reported Monday that the Orange has not had a positive test since the game was played.
Syracuse said in a statement that its Atlantic Coast Conference game Tuesday against Notre Dame has been postponed, "after members of the Buffalo men's basketball team, Syracuse's most recent opponent, tested positive for Covd-19. Additionally, at this time, all basketball-related activities are paused and contact tracing is underway."
"We are using an abundance of caution in this situation, as we have throughout the pandemic," Syracuse director of athletics John Wildhack said Monday in a statement. "The health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff associated with the men's basketball program is of the utmost importance to us."
UB's game against St. Bonaventure, which was scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Reilly Center in Allegany, has been canceled. UB's game scheduled for Dec. 29 at No. 7 West Virginia has also been canceled.
Former Syracuse University basketball star creates GoFundMe for small businesses (localsyr.com)
Small businesses have been slammed during this pandemic — at times blocked from doing business. A former Syracuse Orange basketball player is now looking for the public’s help to keep these businesses in the game.
This isn’t the first time Eric Devendorf has stepped up for the city he loves.50k is the new goal! Cuse has come together and really showed up! Almost at 28k in less than 4 days! We have some exciting news later on as well I will share! Please keep sharing this link! Your help goes a long way! @BarstoolCuse @BrandonSteiner The 50k small business giveback!, organized by Eric Devendorf https://t.co/QQWXMr1sTu
— Eric Devendorf (@ED23HOOPS) December 21, 2020
“With the situation going on, it’s hard for everybody, and it’s especially hard for small businesses, closing, opening up, closing… and you never really know what’s going to happen,” said Devendorf.
It was only three days ago when Devendorf decided to set up a GoFundMe to support struggling small businesses. He wanted to raise $25,000 for five small businesses. But, with donations piling it, that goal was shattered in only two days!
When asked what this says about the Syracuse community, Devendorf responded:We reached it pretty quickly… I mean, I don’t want to say I’m surprised, but I didn’t think it would be that fast, the 25,000… So, since we got there so fast, we want to try to keep it going and raise as much money as we can.
“It just goes to show what type of community Syracuse is. We support one another. We support small businesses and when somebody is hurting, we’re all hurting.”
With the GoFundMe being shared across the country, and some help from other Orange alumnus, donations continue to pile in. Now, the new goal is $50,000.
“This community is so supportive because we love each other and love our neighbors,” said Gerry McNamara.
...@Coach_McNamara says we are going to hit our goal of 25K but let’s keep it rolling and raise even more money for our small businesses! My brother is on board and we are ready to keep this thing going to help out our community! @Cuse_MBB #sharethelink The 50k small business giveback!, organized by Eric Devendorf pic.twitter.com/L6i07D1Evj
— Eric Devendorf (@ED23HOOPS) December 21, 2020
Syracuse mayor says Buttigieg gets how I-81 project could right past wrongs (PS; $; Weaver)
Pete Buttigieg sent out a tweet Sunday that caught Mayor Ben Walsh’s attention.
“Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources,” wrote Buttigieg, who is President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the federal Department of Transportation.
“In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative,” the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor wrote.
To Walsh, that message sums up the opportunities for healing and growing in the proposed $2 billion Interstate 81 project in Syracuse.
“That, to me, was validation that he gets it,” said Walsh, who is not enrolled in any political party and voted for Biden.
Like in many cities in the middle of the 20th century, the construction of I-81 in Syracuse razed parts of a Black business district, took over city homes and created a hulking barrier between neighborhoods.
Now, state officials have proposed to tear down that aging, elevated highway and reroute high-speed traffic around the city. The plan would rework parts of three area highways, improving safety standards and changing some traffic patterns for generations.
Walsh supports the tear-down plan, which the state’s Department of Transportation calls the “community grid.”
He said he thinks Buttigieg would also understand how a multi-billion-dollar project in a mid-sized city like Syracuse would do more than build new roads and sidewalks. The mayor said he thinks a transportation secretary like Buttigieg would see that infrastructure projects can also rebuild businesses, housing and community.