Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Army Day honors those in the United States Army. It was created as a nationwide observance to draw attention to national defense, to acquaint the public with the Army's activities, and to highlight the need for military preparedness. Defense Test Day was held in 1924 and 1925. Congress did away with it and the Military Order of the World War under the direction of Colonel Thatcher Luquer established Army Day, which was first held on May 1, 1928. That date was chosen to try to overshadow the celebration of International Workers' Day by Communists. But, the following year it began being celebrated on April 6, on the anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I. On April 4, 1936, Franklin Roosevelt issued a proclamation for the day saying it should be acknowledged by Congress and be observed nationwide on April 6. Accordingly, Congress passed Resolution 5-75 on March 1, 1937, officially establishing Army Day. The day was last observed nationally on April 6, 1949. It was then replaced by Armed Forces Day. That new holiday did away with officially celebrating days dedicated to the Army, Navy, and Air Force, although Army Day continued to be observed unofficially.
Syracuse Basketball's Roster Construction & Available Scholarships (SI; McAllister)
Two significant decisions were made recently that impact Syracuse basketball's roster for the 2022-23 season. Class of 2022 combo guard Judah Mintz committed to the Orange and Cole Swider announced he is turning pro. With that, Syracuse's roster is currently at 12 scholarships for next season. The NCAA limit is 13. Here is a look at how it is currently constructed.
Guards: Quadir Copeland, Joe Girard, Judah Mintz, Justin Taylor, Symir Torrence
Forwards: John Bol Ajak, Maliq Brown, Chris Bunch, Chaz Owens, Benny Williams
Centers: Peter Carey, Jesse Edwards
Note: Players above listed in alphabetical order.
With one current scholarship available, the question is, how will Syracuse fill it? A backup center for next season appears to be the biggest need. A player such as Quincy Ballard, who Syracuse targeted in high school and is a local, makes a lot of sense. He has a huge frame, can learn behind Edwards for a year, and then has the opportunity to compete for the starting job.
It would also be understandable if Syracuse looked at a veteran forward to replace Swider. However, the Orange operated throughout the 2022 recruiting cycle as if neither Swider nor Jimmy Boeheim would be back. That would suggest comfort in rolling next season with the forwards currently in place. Of course another entry into the portal could change that.
The roster also, as constructed, provides a lot of versatility. Girard can play the one or the two. Mintz can as well. Torrence can play the one with any of Girard, Mintz or Taylor as the two. Taylor can play some small forward. Bunch and Williams can play either forward spot. It provides a lot of options for the starting lineup, depending on how players develop this offseason and into training camp, as well as for the rotation.
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Syracuse Basketball picked up a huge commitment from Top 50 guard Judah Mintz recently. Today on the pod, we do an extensive deep-dive on his game. A full breakdown of what Judah Mintz brings to the Syracuse Orange next year, including his strengths, weaknesses, role, fit with Joe Girard and much more. Furthermore, how will Judah Mintz look in the 2-3 zone? Does he have the skillset to excel at the top and get Syracuse Basketball back to better defense at the top of the zone? Also, Syracuse Basketball is in the field of the 2023 Maui Invitational Tournament. Who else is in the field with Syracuse and what are potential ticket options?
Syracuse Basketball: Despite big de-commits & misses, 2022 class superb (itlh; Adler)
Even after Syracuse basketball picked up a commitment from a four-star guard who is a top-35 player in the 2022 class a few days ago, I still saw some of my fellow Orange fans chime in on social media that the ‘Cuse isn’t all that good at recruiting.
That the 2022 cycle for the Orange is an exception, not the norm. That until head coach Jim Boeheim hangs up his whistle, Syracuse basketball will not get back to where it was once – a recruiting power, a team annually ranked in the major top-25 polls, and a squad that, season after season, competes for conference championships and contends for extended Big Dance runs.
Boeheim knows when he will retire, and I imagine it will be in the next two to three years, at the most. But until that time, can’t we all just enjoy what Syracuse basketball coaches have done with their 2022 class?
I get that the 2021-22 campaign was a huge disappointment, as the Orange succumbed to its first losing campaign in Boeheim’s 46 years leading the ‘Cuse. From my perspective, though, the near-term future looks extremely bright.
Syracuse basketball topped off a terrific 2022 cycle by adding four-star Judah Mintz.Many Orange fans, myself included, had high hopes for the team’s 2022 class dating back more than two years, when five-star point guard Dior Johnson gave a verbal commitment to the ‘Cuse.
But then Johnson reneged, ultimately pledging to Oregon. Syracuse basketball also had a verbal commitment from four-star wing Kamari Lands at one point, but he also backed out, then committed to Louisville.
Syracuse Basketball: Cole Swider, others leaving means big shooting void (itlh; Adler)
We’re all hoping that the Syracuse basketball defense is much improved in 2022-23, and there have been whispers here and there that head coach Jim Boeheim may utilize some man-to-man defense along with his usual zone schemes.
The Orange’s defense was woeful in the recently concluded stanza, and the zone’s woes played a major role in the ‘Cuse enduring its first losing season in Boeheim’s 46 years as the squad’s head coach.
A lot of Syracuse basketball fans have a lot of opinions – some positive, some negative – about senior shooting guard Buddy Boeheim and graduate student forward Jimmy Boeheim moving on. Graduate student center Bourama Sidibe is done on the Hill, and sophomore center Frank Anselem is headed to the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Additionally, senior forward Cole Swider, a transfer from Villanova who had a nice 2021-22 campaign, recently said on social media that he was forgoing his final term of eligibility, will hire an agent and will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft.
So the Boeheim brothers are gone. So is Swider. We recently detailed how junior point guard Joe Girard III, junior guard Symir Torrence, freshman forward Benny Williams and junior center Jesse Edwards are all returning, which is great.
Syracuse men's basketball to play in 2023 Maui Invitational as part of loaded field (247sports.com; Bailey)
Syracuse men's basketball will be part of a loaded field at the 2023 Maui Invitational planned for Nov. 20-22, the school announced on Tuesday morning. The Orange will compete among a group of teams including current national champion Kansas as well as Gonzaga, UCLA, Purdue, Marquette, Tennessee and Chaminade.
SU has never lost in the Maui Invitational, running the table in all three of its appearances -- most recently as part of a 25-0 start in the 2013-14 season. Syracuse also took down the early season even in 1990 and 1998.
It's unclear, of course, what the Orange's program will look like in two years. Head coach Jim Boeheim has said repeatedly that he'll be back for a 47th season at the helm of the program next winter, adding at the end of the team's 15-16 campaign this year that there's an 'iron-clad plan' in place for his succession. Boeheim declined to outline the timeframe for his departure.
Players who have eligibility remaining to play two more seasons for Syracuse include Jesse Edwards, Joseph Girard, Symir Torrence and John Bol Ajak -- all of whom would be coming back for a fifth year -- as well as Benny Williams. SU has six prospects committed to its Class of 2022 who would also be projected in that group including guards Judah Mintz, Quadir Copeland and Justin Taylor, forwards Maliq Brown and Chris Bunch, as well as big man Peter Carey.
Former Syracuse Chiefs came together for an Old-Timers Day at MacArthur Stadium in 1963. Six-foot, nine-inch pitcher Johnny Gee, who pitched for the club from 1937 to 1939, towers over the rest. Other players include: left, back row, Frankie Drews, Dutch Dotterer Jr., Tommy Henrich, Johnny Gee, Hal Erickson, Al Wakeman and Frank Carswell, present pilot of Syracuse club. Inset: Benny Borgmann. Front row: Bill Sinton, Dutch Dotterer St., Preston Gomez, Bob Shawkey and Hal Schumacher.
‘Gee Whiz’: Before Randy Johnson, pro baseball’s tallest player hailed from Syracuse (PS; $; Croyle)
Ask any baseball fan who the tallest player in Major League history was and most will probably know the answer.
Standing six-foot, ten inches tall, Randy Johnson, known as the “Big Unit,” terrorized batters during his 22-year Hall of Fame career. He ranks second all-time with 4,875 strikeouts.
Less well-known is the man Johnson overtook as baseball’s tallest ever player.
One inch shorter than Johnson, at six-foot-nine, John Gee of Syracuse pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants after getting his start with his hometown team, the Chiefs, in 1937.
Like the “Big Unit,” Gee was a left-handed pitcher whose size earned him a descriptive nickname -- actually a lot of them. He was called “Gee Whiz,” “The Human Beanpole,” “The Tall Man with the Short Name,” and “The Skyscraper Southpaw.”
Lazy sportswriters used terms like “tall,” “lanky,” “gigantic,” “towering,” “long,” and “altitudinous,” in reports after each game he pitched.
Though Gee did not have the historic career that Johnson did, he had a very interesting life.