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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Rubber Ducky Day!

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.

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Has Syracuse ever had team without future NBA player on roster in Jim Boeheim’s tenure? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

We’re going to shift the focus of this week’s Mike’s Mailbox from the current Syracuse basketball team to the NBA, the Olympics, a historical look at some opponents and horse.

Make that Horse, as in the shooting game that penalizes players for missing a shot that their opponent had made.

So how does the game of Horse make it into Mike’s Mailbox? You’ll have to read on in order to find out.

Q: Has Syracuse ever fielded a roster without a future NBA player since Jim Boeheim has been the head coach?

Eric O.

The answer is no ― with an asterisk.

Beginning with Jim Boeheim’s first year as head coach, Syracuse had a future NBA player on its roster every year from 1976 to last season.

There were a couple of thin years. The 2000-01 team had just one player who earned time in the NBA. That was Damone Brown, who appeared in 39 NBA games over four seasons.

Marty Byrnes and Jimmy Williams

In 1976-77, Jim Boeheim's first team as Syracuse's head coach featured future NBA player Marty Byrnes (left) and guard Jimmy Williams. Boeheim has had at least one future NBA player on every team since then.Post-Standard archives

The 2005-06 team put Demetris Nichols, Darryl Watkins, Arinze Onuaku and Andy Rautins in the NBA, but for just brief stints each.

The 2016-17 team had Tyler Lydon (26 games) and Andrew White (15 games) make the NBA for short periods of time.

And the asterisk? We are still waiting to see if any member of last year’s team winds up playing in the NBA. Buddy Boeheim, Quincy Guerrier, Jesse Edwards, and Kadary Richmond are all possibilities, but none would be considered a sure thing at this point.

Syracuse Basketball: Analyzing encouraging signs in key triumph over Pitt (itlh; Adler)

It was only one game, and one win, but to me, it was an important one, as Syracuse basketball played beautifully on defense in the second half to defeat long-time rival Pittsburgh, 77-61, on Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome.

Yes, the Panthers (6-10, 1-4) don’t have a good record to date in the 2021-22 campaign. But as we detailed the other day, Pitt has played a bunch of quality foes really close, and the Panthers swept the Orange a stanza ago.

Tuesday evening’s Atlantic Coast Conference clash on the Hill was the first of three home duels in a row for the ‘Cuse (8-8, 2-3), and an opportunity for Syracuse basketball to grab some conquests and build some momentum after having dropped three heart-breakers in a row, including two on the road.

In no way, shape or form am I saying here that the Orange is now in the Big Dance conversation. What I’m focused on in this piece is dissecting the positive takeaways from the team’s 16-point victory against Pittsburgh.

After a sub-par first 20 minutes, Syracuse basketball was stellar in the second half.

While it’s true that the ‘Cuse managed to own a 35-34 edge over the Panthers at halftime, the Syracuse basketball defense wasn’t great in the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, though, the Orange zone was active and covered Pitt shooters well. The Panthers aren’t a great shooting team, I get that, but regardless, Syracuse basketball held Pittsburgh to 27 points in the second half.

Five Takeaways: Pitt’s Offensive Struggles Led to Lazy Defense in Blowout Loss to Syracuse (; Michalowski)

In Tuesday night’s loss to Syracuse, Pitt came out of the gates pretty strong for a group of players that had never faced the Syracuse 2-3 zone.

In the majority of the first half, the Panthers were looking to crack this famous Boeheim zone, and behind Mo Gueye and Pitt’s guards, they did just that.

Gueye cleaned up the boards for second-chance points, nailed a three, and distributed the ball to the open guards when the defense would crash down on him.

Femi Odukale confidently hit two three-pointers while also moving the ball around the outside well. So did Jamarius Burton. So even though John Hugley was struggling to get going inside, the Panthers led by as much as eight in the first frame.

Got hot from deep
Panthers with threes in the first half. #H2P | #ZooEra | – @ESPNU
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_MBB) January 12, 2022

Then, it all came crashing down. Very hard.

Three takeaways from Syracuses 77-61 win against Pittsburgh (

After Pittsburgh beat the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team during the two times they faced off last season, Syracuse finally got a W back in the all-time series win column while also snapping their three-game losing streak, beating the Panthers 77-61 in the Carrier Dome.

The first half of the contest was competitive all the way through the buzzer but the Orange ran away with the game in the second half outscoring the Panthers 42-27 on 12-22 shooting as a team. While Syracuse won the game in a decisive fashion, there are still some points to be made about Orange’s performance.

Here are our three takeaways from Syracuse’s 77-61 win:

Jesse Edwards Showed He Can Play Disciplined Defense...Kind Of

Prior to tonight's game, Jesse Edwards had fouled out of the past four consecutive matchups before the final buzzer sounded. The Netherlands native is in the midst of a breakout season averaging 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, a steal, and 2.9 blocks in 27.7 minutes over 15 games while shooting 70% from the field.

While it's great to see the big man produce offensively at an efficient rate, coming into tonight's game, Edwards had to prove he can be efficient on the defensive side of the ball without fouling out. The first half of tonight's game provided a promising start. Edwards played 13 minutes while collecting 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block without committing a foul for the entire half. Edward's volume and efficiency were lower than usual tonight in the first, but that was expected while facing off against a much bigger and physical frontcourt in John Hugely and Mouhamadou Gueye.

In the first seven minutes of the second half, Edwards was all over the place making a positive impact on both ends of the floor. He played composed and disciplined defense, while making a few contested shots around the rim, converting on an and-one attempt, while also throwing down a nasty put-back dunk, off of a Buddy Boeheim missed shot attempt. However, when the Panthers began to push the pace and play more physically towards the end of the game, Edward's defensive discipline slipped away as he collected five fouls in the second half alone, fouling out of his fifth consecutive game with less than 90 seconds left in the contest. Besides that he played a strong overall game, finishing the night with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, and a steal.

The main takeaway from Edwards's performance tonight was that he can play a more composed style of defense while still creating a positive overall effect for his team. The big question heading into the future is if Edwards can continue to play composed defense consistently and not let the intensity of the game takeover his composure. The answer to this question, good or bad, will present itself in the coming games.


Evaluating Syracuse basketball's offseason transfers - The Juice Online (the juice; McGlynn)

It was a busy offseason in Central New York. Four players left via transfer in addition to Marek Dolezaj, who was out of eligibility, and Alan Griffin, who declared for the NBA Draft. Meanwhile, three transfers came in along with a highly-touted recruit.

So far, Syracuse has had a tough season, struggling to get stops with the once-vaunted 2-3 zone. Given so much turnover, it is fair to wonder if Jim Boeheim wouldn’t have been better off trying to recruit his own players to stay another season.

Would it have made a difference? Here’s a look at the four players who transferred from Syracuse.

Kadary Richmond

I was skeptical of Richmond leaving Syracuse initially. I was more frustrated that he was leaving than anything else. Through his first few games at Seton Hall, it seemed like he had made a mistake. He fouled out of the season-opener against Fairleigh Dickinson. He was only playing about 15-20 minutes per game, which was exactly what he had at SU, and he was still coming off the bench.

In his first four games, he managed just 19 total points. Since then, he has started to settle in. He hasn’t played fewer than 20 minutes since November 22 and has started to find his shot.

On Saturday, Richmond led Seton Hall to a win over UConn with 27 points in 27 minutes and three steals. But that was only two games after he struggled through a 1-for-9 outing in a loss against Villanova. His 3-point percentage is actually down from last year at 31.6 percent.

The Verdict: The Orange are struggling defensively this season, and he would be a significant improvement (but then again, who wouldn’t at this point?) at the top of the zone. Undoubtedly, Syracuse would be better with him. But, let’s not state his absence as offensively, he’s both shown his upside and struggles with the Pirates this year, and is only playing two more minutes a game on average.

Syracuse basketball 4-star commit, 5-star targets headline loaded event (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball 2022 commit Chris Bunch, a four-star wing, and multiple Orange recruiting targets in the 2023 and 2024 cycles will suit up at the prestigious 2022 Spalding Hoophall Classic this coming weekend.

I’ve read comments from analysts that suggest the Spalding Hoophall Classic has perhaps the most loaded field of any showcase that will occur throughout the 2021-22 campaign.

From January 13 to January 17, some of the best teams and high-school prospects, including several who hold ‘Cuse scholarship offers, from around the country will do battle at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.

For Orange fans, the teams to monitor at this event are the Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., Camden High School in Camden, N.J., the Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, and St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.

Let’s break down Syracuse basketball targets at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.

Bunch, a top-60 prospect according to 247Sports who picked the ‘Cuse over Rutgers and Mike Hopkins-led Washington, is a senior at the Wasatch Academy.

According to a schedule provided on the event’s Web site, the Wasatch Academy will play on Saturday, Jan. 15, beginning at 12 pm versus The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J.

A day later, at 5 pm, the Wasatch Academy will compete against arguably the No. 1 independent prep-school squad nationally at this juncture in 2021-22, the Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan.

For Syracuse basketball, 4-star commit could be ‘immediate impact player’ (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball 2022 commit Chris Bunch, a four-star wing, caught the attention of some national recruiting analysts and scouts for his recent play, although his prep-school team didn’t fare so hot against elite competition.

The 6-foot-7 Bunch, a top-60 prospect and a top-20 small forward in his class according to 247Sports, is a senior at the Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. He chose the ‘Cuse over Rutgers and Mike Hopkins-led Washington.

The Wasatch Academy is a member of the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”), an eight-member super league of independent prep squads and basketball academies.

Not too long ago, the Wasatch Academy suited up versus a trio of top-10 opponents during NIBC play at the La Porte Civic Auditorium in La Porte, Ind.

Let’s see how Syracuse basketball commit Chris Bunch performed.

Unfortunately, the Wasatch Academy lost all three of its contests. According to box scores and statistics provided by both Legit Sport Stats and The HS Circuit, Bunch averaged 11 points over these three affairs.

The Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., defeated the Wasatch Academy in a blow-out, 91-49. Bunch had 13 points, two rebounds and three blocks in this encounter.

Syracuse commit Chris Bunch (@_chrisbunch) getting it done on both ends for Wasatch Academy @WATigersBB l @NIBCOfficial l @PaulBiancardi

(DBR; King)

In Tuesday’s ACC Action, Syracuse thumped Pitt 77-61 and Florida State nipped Miami, 65-64.

One striking difference between Miami and Florida State was minutes played: all of Miami’s starters played at least 34 minutes. Only one Seminole played more than 30.

Charlie Moore, who gave Duke fits Saturday, followed that with an 8-12 performance. Isaiah Wong was just 4-12 though and Kameron McGusty just 6-14.

Despite all of that, Miami was right there at the end. Moore hit a three to give the ‘Canes the lead with :07 left but then he fouled RayQuan Evans as time expired and Evans hit his free throws to seal the win.

It was Florida State’s eighth straight win over the Hurricanes and also snaps a nine-game winning streak.

Syracuse got back to .500 with the win over Pitt. For anyone who remembers the glory days for Jim Boeheim’s program, that’s such a bizarre thing to say.




The opening minutes at Meier's Creek at the Inner Harbor. The doors opened at 4 p.m. Thursday. An hour later, 43 customers roamed the bar. (Charlie Miller |

First Look: Grab a locally brewed beer to go with your artisan pizza at this new Inner Harbor taproom (PS; $; Miller)

The silent opening for the Meier’s Creek Brewing Co. taproom in the city’s Inner Harbor was supposed to begin at 4 p.m. last Wednesday. The bartenders finally could describe the 16 beers they’d be pouring from the taps. The pots and pans had just arrived in the kitchen, and they still had their UPC codes stuck to the bottom.

The only problem was Jordan Pollock, the director of brewing operations and sales for the Cazenovia-based brewery, still hadn’t received the bar’s liquor license. The company submitted the application to New York State on Sept. 13.

“Good thing we didn’t promote it. We’re just going to open the doors without telling anyone about it. If people show up, great,” he said last week as the door remained locked. “We’re so ready for this.”

Just about 24 hours later, the state’s green light finally turned on, and Kyle Schirtz, the restaurant’s general manager, opened the door. Within an hour, 48 customers sat at the bar that stretches 100 linear feet. The inside capacity is 95. All the while, Kyle and his staff were unloading bottles of wine and liquor that had just arrived.

“People probably say opening in January is a bad idea, but we’re working the kinks out,” Kyle said. “That’s what this first week is. We’re learning. We’re teaching.”

Servers asked patrons the types of beer they normally drink so they could offer an informed recommendation. This tasting room offers beers made 22 miles away at the Meier’s Creek brewhouse on Route 13 in Cazenovia, along with an abbreviated version of its food menu. The new locations occupies 4,000 square feet on Van Rensselaer Street in the retail section of Iron Pier Apartments.

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