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- Aug 15, 2011
According to Sesame Street's calendar, January 13 marks the birthday of Rubber Duckie, the bathtub toy of Ernie. The day has since become celebrated as Rubber Ducky Day. Rubber Duckie first appeared on Sesame Street Episode 0078, on February 25, 1970; Ernie was in a bathtub in a room that resembled his living room, and sang the song, "Rubber Duckie." The most popular version of the song was sung by Ernie in Episode 0136, on November 16, 1970. This time he was in a bathroom with a plain blue background. Jim Henson was the real voice behind the song, and it went to #16 on the Billboard "Hot 100 Singles" chart in 1970 as well. Ernie, either by himself or with other characters, has sung other songs about his rubber duckie such as "Put Down the Duckie," "D-U-C-K-I-E," and "Do De Rubber Duck."
Rubber toys first appeared in the late 1800s, as the rubber industry began to grow. The first rubber ducks were not intended to float, but were instead made to be chew toys. A patent for a "Hollow rubber toy" was filed in 1925 and granted in 1928; it included a picture of a floating duck. Peter Ganine made a sculpture of a duck and then patented it. He filed for his patent in 1947 and received it two years later. Over 50 million of the ducks were sold. By the late 1940s rubber duckies were popular, but Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" song increased their popularity even more a few decades later.
Quincy Guerrier came up big against the bigs in SU loss to North Carolina (PS; $; Waters)
Standing 6-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing in at 220 pounds, Quincy Guerrier is Adonis with a French accent.
Or, more simply put, the Syracuse sophomore from Quebec cuts an imposing figure on the basketball court.
But on Tuesday, Guerrier looked more like David going up against North Carolina’s frontline of Goliaths. And David nearly won again.
In an 81-75 loss to North Carolina, Guerrier stood out despite giving up inches and pounds to a bevy of Tar Heel defenders.
North Carolina started a pair of 6-foot-10, 240-pound frontcourt pillars in Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot. In reserve, North Carolina coach Roy Williams could call upon the 6-11, 265-pound Day’Ron Sharpe and the 7-foot Walker Kessler.
Syracuse drops back-and-forth battle at North Carolina - Pickin' Splinters (pickinsplinters.com; Cifonelli)
In a game where it seemed neither team could get into a sustainable rhythm, North Carolina flexed its muscle en route to an 81-75 home win over Syracuse. The Tar Heels outrebounded the Orange 48-31, which allowed them to win despite shooting just 39.7 percent (29-for-73) from the field.
North Carolina grabbed 24 offensive and 24 defensive boards in the game. Armando Bacot led the way with 12 and Garrison Brooks had 10. Seven of Bacot’s rebounds were on the offensive side, while Brooks had eight on the defensive glass.
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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim also believed that rebounding ended up deciding the game.
“We forced them into shots but then they got the ball back,” Boeheim said. “It was offensive rebounding and points inside. They’re a big team. They’re difficult for us and we have to play almost perfect. We played well on offense but we have to almost play a perfect game on offense.”
The Tar Heels had possession from the 16:34 mark of the second half to the 15:21 mark. There were six shots and five offensive rebounds in that time, which also included a TV timeout. Despite having the ball for that long, no points were scored.
Lucas: Syracuse Rapid Reactions - University of North Carolina Athletics (goheels.com; Lucas)
Is every game going to be like this? It looks like maybe it is. As long as Carolina is winning, though--as they did on Tuesday night with an 81-75 win over Syracuse--Tar Heel fans will take it. All five ACC games have been decided by six points or fewer, and the Heels are now 3-2 and have won three in a row.
2. Carolina won that game the way they often do against Syracuse: by pounding the ball inside and recovering missed shots. The Tar Heels didn't shoot the ball well from the three-point line, but were beastly on the backboards, where they had a 48-31 margin. They also did it at the very end, as Armando Bacot's recovery of a missed RJ Davis shot provided some breathing room and a five-point lead with under a minute to go.
3. Leaky Black's defense has been occasionally terrific but not consistent this season. He was very important in the second half against Syracuse's Buddy Boeheim, who had scored 18 first half points and provided a running commentary throughout most of his points in the first period. But Black swatted Boeheim's first jumper of the second half and never relented. At halftime it looked like Boeheim was on the way to a big-time scoring performance, but he finished with that same eighteen. Black also had one of the key assists of the game--he had a game-high seven--when he found Armando Bacot with 1:22 remaining for a basket in a one-point game. He essentially finished off the game by ripping the ball away from Boeheim with under a minute left. Black might have had the best 1-for-7 game in the Roy Williams era.
Tar Heels Learning to Finish (247sports.com; Barnes)
With 2020 in the rearview mirror, North Carolina has rediscovered its winning ways. For the third time in as many games this month, the Tar Heels overcame a deficit in the final minutes by making more plays than its opponent on Tuesday, this time in handing Syracuse an 81-75 defeat.
“We’ve talked all season about finishing games with our brain and our heart both and I think we did that,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters following the victory, UNC’s 10th in 11 games against Jimmy Boeheim’s Orange.
After Kerwin Walton’s 3-pointer gave UNC a 67-60 lead with 6:32 to play, it seemed as though UNC may be able to avoid yet another finish destined to induce heart palpitations throughout the Tar Heel faithful. Syracuse eliminated its deficit in a methodical three-minute response to take a 68-67 lead with 3:21 remaining.
It was then that the Tar Heels got back to doing what it had done so well in certain stretches throughout the night – raising the question of why they ever got away from it to begin with – which was to pound the ball down the low. Day’Ron Sharpe, Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot accounted for their team’s next eight points as the Tar Heels took command with a 10-2 run.
Lucas: The Leaky Effect - University of North Carolina Athletics (goheels.com; Lucas)
Let's be honest: Buddy Boeheim had earned the right to chirp.
The Syracuse sharpshooter made seven of his 12 shots in the first half, scoring 18 points and causing every Carolina fan to roll their eyes and text their game watching buddies, "Boeheim is about to get 40."
The Hall of Fame head coach's son was especially pleased with a couple of his final three-point shots, including one over Andrew Platek after which he provided some colorful commentary to the Tar Heels on the court and on the bench. He looked very much like someone on his way to becoming the latest opponent to set a career high against Carolina, and he was making all of them—open shots, guarded shots, fallaway shots…all of the shots.
Syracuse made 16 field goals in the first half; Boeheim either scored or assisted on nine of them. The Orange offense was running directly through him.
So Leaky Black made a cagey veteran adjustment for the second half. "I didn't want to let him get the ball," Black said. "He's a lot easier to guard like that."
Video: Roy Williams Post-Syracuse Press Conference (tarheeltimes.com; video)
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 81-75 ACC victory over the Syracuse Orange on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill.
2nd-half surge sees Tar Heels past Syracuse ford 3rd win in a row (wavy.com)
UNC used a 13-0 run in the second half on its way to an 81-75 win over Syracuse on Tuesday.
Joseph Girard III hit a 3-pointer to put the visiting Orange ahead, 56-51, with 11L17 left to play. The Tar Heels answered quickly when Garrison Brooks found R.J. Davis for a triple of his own. That kickstarted the run that put UNC in control.
Davis, after sinking a pair of free throws, made a layup that resulted in a 60-56 lead and Syracuse calling timeout around the midway point of the second half. The bleeding didn’t stop, though, as a pair of Day’Ron Sharpe buckets and an Armando Bacot jumper led to a 64-56 advantage with 8:17 to play.
With less than four minutes to go, Clemson briefly took the lead only for the Heels to reclaim it at the free-throw line. Bacot made two baskets down the stretch and assisted on another to seal the win.
Syracuse’s Quincy Guerrier led all scorers with 23 points. Buddy Boeheim and Alan Griffin finished in double figures, too.
Fizz Report Card: North Carolina Outlasts Syracuse – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Bonaparte)
Syracuse couldn’t catch North Carolina late, the Orange dropped their third game of the season 81-75. SU quite obviously missed Bourama Sidibe tonight, rebounds have proven a hot topic after tonight’s 48-31 margin. With that said here’s SU’s report card:
Buddy Boeheim: B-
The coach’s son was the heart of the offense tonight…at least in the first half. He caught the hot hand in the first but failed to score in the second. Despite his first-half offensive contribution, his absence on the boards brings his grade down. As a forward on this team, he’s one of the bigger guys on the floor, meaning he’s got to be one of the guys aggressive on the boards. He wasn’t tonight, just 2 rebounds weren’t enough to make a difference.
Quincy Guerrier: B+
Quincy did it all tonight. The Candyman was effective on both sides of the floor. 23 points and 11 rebounds made up his double-double, too bad it wasn’t enough for an SU win. Guerrier was strong on defense too, 5 blocks and a steal fueled the 2-3 zone against the Tar Heels. The sophomore forward is undersized compared to a lot of ACC bigs, so of course, he going to struggle at times. Tonight he held his own against Roy Williams’ squad until he fouled out and SU crumbled in the final minutes.
Packer And Durham: Hour 3: Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse Guard on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; TV, Packer and Durham)
Syracuse Junior Guard Buddy Boeheim stops by the show to talk about playing for his legendary father, and what it was like growing up in the Boeheim house. ACCN Basketball Analyst Kelly Gramlich helps us breakdown the action in ACC women's hoops including what's wrong with Virginia Tech and how good is Louisville. And with the pandemic forcing schools to postpone games we find out that's not always bad.
Ten thoughts on Syracuse through 10 games (theathletic.com; Gutierrez)
Ten thoughts, for Syracuse’s first 10 games, following its 81-75 loss at North Carolina on Tuesday night.
1. Syracuse (7-3, 1-2 ACC) lost this game on the glass in much the same way it has lost 10 of its previous 11 matchups against Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. A bad matchup is a bad matchup. But noticeably absent from the offense was senior forward Marek Dolezaj, who attempted only three shots from the field for six points. He chipped in a rebound and two assists in 34 minutes. After the game, coach Jim Boeheim told Dolezaj in the locker room that he needs to be more aggressive offensively. He’s a senior, a skilled four, and there’s no reason the versatile floor-spacer should go quiet for long stretches. The play most representative of this theme came late at UNC, with SU up one, when Dolezaj caught a pass at the block. Rather than shoot a high-percentage shot, he kicked to the weakside corner for what resulted in a missed 3.
OT: UConn's New Digs (RX; HM)
OT: UConn's New Digs
Last year UConn pulled out of the American Athletic Conference in order to join the Big East. The reason: to reemphasize basketball. How's that working out for the Huskies so far? Not too bad, actually...
The University of Connecticutt sits in third place in the Big East with a conference record of 4-1 (7-1 overall). Saturday they defeated Butler, then followed that with a win over DePaul on Monday. Next up for the Huskies: a Big East showdown with #3 Villanova on Friday. More so than football (which the school chose to not even play during the pandemic), these basketball games are sporting events their fans care about.
All things considered, it looks like UConn made the right call. Are there other FBS schools who might be better off focusing on basketball instead of football? Maybe, but they need to come to that realization on their own. The Huskies did, and they don't seem to be looking back..
Covid-19 cooking: We tried to make Funk ‘N Waffles at home (video) (PS; video; Tulloch)
Covid-19 cooking: We tried to make Funk ‘N Waffles at home (video) - syracuse.com
During the Covid-19 shutdown, we’ve been recreating our favorite Syracuse restaurant dishes at home, from Alto Cinco’s burritos to Dinosaur-inspired smoked ribs.
This month, we tackled two waffles from Syracuse’s beloved waffle joint, Funk ‘n Waffles. Our favorite items on their menu are the Chicken & Waffles plate and the famous Jive Turkey.
Funk’s Chicken & Waffles features the restaurant’s signature buttermilk-battered chicken tenders. They’re outrageously good but we had no idea how to replicate them.
Our grand experiment started by soaking boneless chicken thighs in buttermilk for four hours. We breaded them in a mixture of flour, salt, pepper, chili powder, cayenne pepper and thyme. Then we pan-fried the tenders in hot oil until brown, and set them aside to cool.
We used a buttermilk waffle mix from Auburn’s New Hope Mills (buy local!) and topped it with the fried chicken and a generous drizzle of Vermont maple syrup.