Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to World Turtle Day!
Created and sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue, an organization that works to protect turtles and tortoises, World Turtle Day brings attention to turtles and tortoises so that both knowledge of and respect for them may be increased. The day aims to encourage humans to take action to help turtles and tortoises survive by protecting their habitats and stopping their illegal trade and sale. Turtles and tortoises face threats on many fronts: smuggling, cruel pet trade, the exotic food industry, destruction of their habitats, water contamination, and global warming.
There are approximately 330 species of turtles and tortoises. Turtles are aquatic or semi-aquatic, while tortoises live on land. Both turtles and tortoises live long lives, although tortoises can live much longer, reaching up to 200 years. Turtles and tortoises have shells that are covered by scutes, which are hard scales. Turtles shed their scutes, but tortoises do not. Both turtles and tortoises brumate in the fall or winter, which is similar to hibernation. They become slow, they cool down, and they stop eating, in an effort to protect themselves from cold weather.
Former SU center Otis Hill on 1996 Final Four, working with violent youths, more (podcast) (PS; $; Waters; podcast)
Otis Hill is one of the most underrated players in Syracuse basketball history.
In his career from 1993 to 1997, Hill started more than 100 games, scored more than 1,400 points and played on three NCAA tournament teams, including the 1996 squad that advanced to the NCAA championship game.
In an appearance on the Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast, Hill talked about his career. How he didn’t like splitting time with fellow center J.B. Reafsnyder until he realized that both he and the team benefitted.
Hill also discussed what he’s been doing since his basketball career ended. He has worked with troubled youths at a detention facility. He recently got married and moved to Kentucky where he and his wife share their love of horses.
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Matthew Mayer would make Syracuse men’s basketball a dangerous team next year (TNIAAM; Wall)
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has one open scholarship and a lack of experienced forwards. On Saturday an immediate impact player became available when Baylor Bears power forward Matthew Mayer withdrew from the NBA Draft.
The 6’9 forward averaged 9.8 points and 5 rebounds a game for Baylor last year. He started all 33 games for the Bears and advanced metrics rated him the best defender in the Big 12. Mayer has one year of eligibility and while his 3-pt shooting isn’t great, he’s a career 34.5% from beyond the arc.Baylor’s Matthew Mayer to withdraw from NBA Draft, will transfer. Baylor's Matthew Mayer to withdraw from NBA Draft, will transfer | Zagsblog
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Texas Tech, North Carolina, USC, Memphis, Alabama, Arkansas and Illinois have reportedly already reached out to Mayer and Syracuse should follow suit. Players can’t take any visits until after Memorial Day so competition for Mayer will be fierce as he’s one of the best available players in the portal.
Syracuse Basketball: Orange should pursue 4-star wing headed to Oak Hill (itlh; Adler)
In recent recruiting cycles, Syracuse basketball coaches have done an excellent job of picking up talented players who had ties to the fertile Washington, D.C., market through either their high-school or AAU teams.
Just in the past two recruiting classes, for example, the Orange’s D.C. connections have included current freshman forward Benny Williams along with 2022 signees Judah Mintz, a four-star combo guard, Justin Taylor, a four-star shooting guard/small forward, and Maliq Brown, a three-star power forward.
A four-star, top-60 prospect in the 2024 cycle whom I’d love to see the ‘Cuse coaching staff pursue, if it hasn’t already begun to do so, is 6-foot-6 small forward AJ Swinton.
Swinton put up some nice statistics in his sophomore season for the powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., and he recently said on Twitter that he is transferring to another powerhouse group, the Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.
The Oak Hill Academy, by the way, is where Mintz shined as a senior during the recent 2021-22 stanza. This juggernaut squad is a member of the premier league across high-school hoops, the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference.
Four-star wing AJ Swinton is a prospect to watch in 2024 for Syracuse basketball.
According to the MaxPreps Web site, as a sophomore for DeMatha Catholic, Swinton averaged 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per contest for a team that went 21-7 overall.
It seems that, on the grassroots basketball circuit, Swinton suits up for the Washington-based Team Takeover in Nike’s EYBL league. This AAU program’s alumni base, we should note, includes Williams and Taylor, among others.
Syracuse basketball, in final 2022 team ratings, spans the top 10 to top 25 (itlh; Adler)
In recent weeks, all of the primary recruiting services that I rely on for these sorts of articles have published their final national rankings for the 2022 class, and we’ve detailed from time to time where the six commits for Syracuse basketball have resided in such ratings.
With these 2022 player rankings unveiled by recruiting services such as 247Sports, On3, ESPN and , that in turn has also fueled the team ratings for this cycle.
I’m not able to access 2022 team rankings from ESPN, because they’re subscriber-exclusive, so for the purposes of this column, I’m taking a look at the Orange’s 2022 team ratings from the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, the industry-generated On3 Consensus, and .
What we’ll see here is that the ‘Cuse six-member 2022 class ranges from within the top-10 nationally to just barely inside the top-25 overall.
By the way, the Orange’s half-dozen 2022 signees are four-star combo guard Judah Mintz with the Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., four-star shooting guard/small forward Justin Taylor with the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., four-star small forward Chris Bunch out of the Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, four-star point guard Quadir Copeland, also of the IMG Academy, three-star power forward Maliq Brown from the Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va., and three-star power forward/center Peter Carey, who most recently competed for the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass.
Mike Myers wears a Buffalo Sabres shirt on "The Late Show Starring Stephen Colbert" Thursday, May 19, 2022. (CBS video still)
Mike Myers sends love to Buffalo, shares funny story about buying beer (PS; Herbert)
Former “Saturday Night Live” star Mike Myers is sending love to Western New York after the city of Buffalo was devastated by a deadly shooting on Saturday.
The Canadian actor appeared on “The Late Show” Thursday night wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey, and host Stephen Colbert complimented him on the “hockey shirt.”
“Just wanted to send some love to the people of Buffalo,” Myers said. “They’re our neighbor to the south — I’m from Toronto, Canada... I was just thinking how much we love Buffalo and wanted to send our love to you. That’s all.”
Colbert asked Myers what he would go to Buffalo for while growing up in Toronto.
“Buy beer,” Myers admitted. “It was easier to get (in Buffalo). In Canada, we had this thing called the LCBO, or the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and you literally had to fill out a form (to buy alcohol).”
Myers, 58, described a Fort Knox-like process of paperwork and approval for a “requisition chit” that sounded much more complicated than in most bars and pubs in the U.S.
“In Buffalo, it would be just ‘Give me some beer,’” Colbert joked.
Myers then impersonated a bartender pretending not to look at a fake ID while handing over drinks to an underage patron. “They’d be like, ‘Oh, here you go,”' he said with a smile.
The creator and star of "The Pentaverate," Mike Myers, kicks off his two-part interview with Stephen Colbert with a chat about their shared love of The Beatl...