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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Limerick Day!

Limerick Day celebrates both the limerick poem and the birth of Edward Lear, who popularized the poems and was born on this date in 1812. It has been celebrated since at least 1987 and is marked by the reading and writing of limericks. Limericks are short, often humorous or ribald poems. They consist of five lines: the first two lines rhyme with the last line, and the middle two lines rhyme with each other. This is an example of an AABBA rhyme scheme. They are named after Limerick, Ireland; more specifically, the name comes from the chorus of the eighteenth-century Irish soldiers' song "Will You Come Up to Limerick?"

The first limericks were written around 1820, and popularized by Edward Lear, starting with the release of his Book of Nonsense in 1846. He said he got the idea for the book from a nursery rhyme that began with "There was an old man of Tobago." Limericks gained in popularity at the beginning of the twentieth century, and limerick contests were created by organizations such as magazines at that time.

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown) AP

With Mark Emmert stepping down, could NCAA give Jim Boeheim his wins back? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

The Mailbox is full once again.

We’ve got questions about Jim Boeheim’s vacated wins, the Orange’s lack of depth last season, Syracuse transfers and, since it feels like summer, bar-b-que!

If you have any questions relative to Syracuse, the ACC or college basketball in general, please email them to

Q: With the news that Mark Emmert is stepping down as the NCAA’s president, do you believe that there would be any chance that the new boss should or would consider reinstating Jim Boeheim’s vacated wins?

Mike B.

While Mark Emmert will soon no longer lead the NCAA, it’s unlikely that Jim Boeheim will get back the 101 wins that the NCAA vacated in its 2015 decision to penalize Syracuse for various rules violations.

The possibility of absolving a school, coach or player of past penalties came up just last year when the NCAA introduced new NIL legislation.

Under the NCAA’s new rules, former USC running back Reggie Bush would not have committed any violations.


What Syracuse is Getting in Mounir Hima (SI; McAllister)

One day after his official concluded, 6-11 Duquesne transfer center Mounir Hima committed to Syracuse. The Orange was in need of a backup center to starter Jesse Edwards. Hima's high school coach, Mark Taylor of St. Benedict's, says the message from Syracuse was an honest one.

"I talked to Gerry (McNamara) probably three, four, five days in a row about everything," Taylor said. "So we were working very closely together. They were very straightforward about the role that Mounir would play. Pretty clear with Mounir about it and Mounir is confident in ability. He was like, 'yeah coach, I can definitely earn time and get more and more time.' Very confident in the style of play and him fitting into what Syracuse needed and what he does. It just made a lot of sense for everybody."

Hima is not the first St. Benedict's player that coach Taylor has sent to Syracuse. Tyler Ennis and Bourama Sidibe are two past examples. Taylor says Hima and Bourama Sidibe are not the same type of player.

"Different players," Taylor said. "Mounir is more of a five and bigger, longer and thicker than Bourama. I think he's a little bit different. I think Bourama was a little bit better offensively when he showed up than Mounir. I think Mounir might have more potential based on his length. He's got like a 7-8 wingspan. In the middle of the zone, that's going to help a lot."

Taylor believes Hima has a tremendously high ceiling and Syracuse is the perfect spot to develop.



Former Duquesne C Mounir Hima Transfers to Syracuse (; Michalowski)

On Wednesday, former Duquesne big Mounir Hima transferred to Syracuse after one season with the Dukes.

After a great visit and great
conversations with Coach Boeheim, Coach G-Max, Coach
Reid and the rest of staff. I am
excited to announce that I
will be committing to Syracuse
University. Thank you to my
family, coaches, friends and
everyone that has been helping in
any way.
— mounir hima (@HimaMounir) May 11, 2022

Hima started five games for Duquesne last year, averaging 1.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-11 big man posted a season-high 9 points in his best game of the year against conference foe St. Bonaventure. In that game, he hit all three of his field-goal attempts and three of his four free-throw tries to finish with nine.

Hima started the Dukes’ last game of the year in the A10 tournament in Washington D.C. and got off to a hot start, hitting each of his first two field-goal attempts. However, he quickly got into foul trouble and had to spend most of the game on the bench as the Dukes fell to Rhode Island, ending their season.

He now joins a Syracuse squad that finished 16-17 overall last season, as well as 9-11 in ACC play.

For all of your transfer portal recruiting news, check out The Portal Report, the Now Network’s site focused on the transfer portal.

Syracuse Adds Much-Needed Depth at the Center Position – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Ezeir)

One day after finishing his official visit to the Salt City, Duquesne transfer Mounir Hima has chosen Syracuse over 15+ other prospective schools. Hima averaged two points and three rebounds on 43% from the field in a reserved center role with the Dukes. The 6’11, native of Niger, played 21 games, and although his minutes were sparse to open up the season, Hima tallied 20 minutes per contest in the final six regular season games of the year.

Duquesne transfer Mounir Hima has committed to Syracuse, he told @On3sports.

6-foot-11, 240 pound center.

Story: Syracuse lands commitment from transfer big man Mounir Hima
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) May 11, 2022

For many Orange fans, this is a sigh of relief following the inability to land class of 2022 recruits at the center position such as Donovan Clingan and Kyle Filipowski. Plus, Syracuse’s failed attempt to bring Florida State transfer Quincy Ballard back home and keep backup center Frank Anselem (who left for Georgia) on their roster.

It is important to note that Hima enters the 315 with three years of eligibility after most likely accepting a role behind future senior Jesse Edwards. Also, the former Duquesne Duke has to dual with three-star commit Peter Carey for backup minutes at the center position, even though the Niger native weighs a hefty 240 pounds, which is 50 pounds heavier than the incoming freshman.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Basketball Might Land Transfer Center Mounir Hima and the ACC Schedule is Looking Easy on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse basketball might have a chance at a new man in the middle of the Zone. Brad Klein explains the details behind Mounir Hima's recruitment. Plus, Jim Boeheim's squad is getting a better idea of how the ACC slate will look for 2022-2023. Finally, Brad caps off the show with another Class of 2022 superlative. Which incoming freshman is most likely to end up in the Jim Boeheim dog house?

Syracuse basketball priority big eyes visits; Duke offer would be worrisome (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball 2023 priority target Joseph Estrella is a scorching-hot prospect on a national scale these days, with big-time offers and interest arriving all the time for the 6-foot-11 power forward/center.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Orange will land an official visit from Estrella, who was offered by the ‘Cuse last August at the team’s annual Elite Camp and absolutely crushed things last month during the NCAA live periods on the grassroots basketball circuit.

According to his bio on the 247Sports Web site, next month Estrella is planning to take official visits to Big East Conference squad Marquette and then Tennessee out of the Southeastern Conference.

We’ll obviously continue to monitor what other trips Estrella ends up making, including of course if one of them is to the Hill.

Based on what I’ve read about him in recent weeks, amid the live periods where a variety of college coaches watched Estrella play, it seems that multiple blue-blood programs are showing serious interest in this talented 2023 big man who will enter the national rankings soon.

Syracuse basketball got involved with Joseph Estrella early on in his recruitment.

A recent 247Sports article had a headline that read, “Duke picking things up with 2023 big man JP Estrella.” It’s a subscriber-exclusive piece, so I’m not going to share any other details.

But from that story, and others I’ve come across, as well as discussions about Estrella on social media and in chat rooms, I do get the sense that collegiate heavyweights like Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova are vying for him.

In fact, multiple media reports said that those four schools, the ‘Cuse and other teams were in attendance last month when Estrella and his AAU teammates with the New England-based Middlesex Magic won the 17 & under spring title in the Under Armour Association league during the live periods.

It remains to be seen if the Blue Devils, the Jayhawks, the Tar Heels and the Wildcats will offer Estrella, but those suitors concern me, as far as the Orange’s chances to prevail in his recruitment.

ACC coaches ponder repair of basketball credibility (; Sugiura)

Before they could entertain the pressing matters that are poised to shake up college athletics – namely, the transfer portal and name, image and likeness – the ACC men’s basketball coaches had a higher priority upon gathering at this week’s conference spring meetings.
“It was, how did we only get five teams in (the NCAA Tournament), and why were we so disrespected as a league?” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said Tuesday.

To his point, the five teams selected to the field of 68 – Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Brey’s Fighting Irish – made a compelling case that the ACC was far better than perceived by the tournament selection committee. The five teams had a combined 14-5 record in the tournament, the best mark of any conference. Three teams made the regional finals, including Miami as a No. 10 seed, Duke reached the Final Four and UNC played in the championship game as a No. 8 seed.

The five teams in were the fewest for the ACC since 2013, when four teams made the field, although the ACC was a mere 12 teams at the time. Further, since the NCAA began seeding teams in the 1979 tournament, it was the first time that the conference didn’t have at least two teams among the top 16 seeds. Duke had a No. 2 seed, but next was UNC with a No. 8.
Since the league expanded to 15 teams in the 2013-14 season, the ACC had averaged 7.3 teams in the seven tournaments before this season, including an average of 7.8 between 2016 and 2021. It was a stinging rebuke for the conference that prides itself on its basketball excellence.



These chicken wings from the Limp Lizard are among those being served at this year's Battle of the Wings in the city's Inner Harbor. (Charlie Miller |

‘Massive’ chicken wing battle returning to Syracuse’s Inner Harbor (PS; Miller)

A festival celebrating the almighty chicken wing will return to the city’s Inner Harbor for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eleven restaurants and bars will compete in the “Battle of the Wings” on May 20 and 21. The two-day festival will also feature 11 bands on two different stages, and a dozen food trucks will line the grounds and sell their food.

The festival, sponsored by Empower Federal Credit Union, is behind the Aloft Hotel at the corner of West Kirkpatrick and Solar streets. It will run from 4 to 11 p.m. next Friday and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. A panel of 10 judges will sample each wing and crown the favorite at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Advance tickets are $5, available until May 18 at the three Limp Lizard restaurants (4628 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse; 201 1st St., Liverpool; 224 N Main St., North Syracuse). Admission at the gate is $10.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Clear Path for Veterans, an all-inclusive community-based resource center that connects service members and their families to the resources they need.

This is the first festival in the Inner Harbor since the 2019 Wing Fest.


Aug 26, 2011
A Syracuse limerick (a true story):

There once was a mascot named Otto.

Spreading good cheer was her motto.

One day she vanished.

But she was not banished.

She was punched by DeShaun who was blotto.
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Give it all to me fool!
Aug 26, 2011
A Syracuse limerick (a true story):

There once was a mascot named Otto.

Cheerful good fun was her motto.

One day she vanished.

But she was not banished.

She was struck by a guy who was blotto.

Unsurprisingly, that event didnt find its way to the "Otto's Origins" film.
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Give it all to me fool!
Aug 26, 2011
We used to sign five star players.

It silenced the whiny naysayers.

In came Coleman, and Billy, and Melo.

All unlike this Duquesne fellow.

Perhaps we need bags from our payers?

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