Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to World Sea Turtle Day!
World Sea Turtle Day honors and highlights the importance of sea turtles and recognizes sea turtle conservation and protection efforts around the world. It is held on the birthdate of noted sea turtle biologist Archie Carr, who founded the Sea Turtle Conservancy and helped create the community that works to protect sea turtles today.
Only a fraction of the sea turtles that once populated the Earth remain on it today. Sea turtles have been killed for their meat, eggs, skin, and shells. Their feeding and nesting habitats face destruction, and they are under threat from pollution. In particular, they are threatened by plastic dumped into the oceans.
There are seven species of sea turtles, which are also known as marine turtles. The smallest is Kemp's ridley. It can grow to about two feet in length and to a weight of close to 90 pounds. The largest is the leatherback. It can reach a length of close to six feet and usually weighs between 650 and 1,300 pounds. The other species are the green, hawksbill, olive ridley, loggerhead, and flatback.
Overview from the USS Midway in the game between Syracuse and San Diego State in first half action in the Battle on the Midway. Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard
Remembering when Syracuse played on aircraft carrier nearly 10 years ago (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; Waters)
Lawrence Moten used to always say, “Things happen for a reason.’'
That certainly seems to be the case in this week’s Mailbox. I had been holding onto a question about Syracuse’s game against San Diego State on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, waiting for the right opportunity to answer the question.
Well, that opportunity came along this week thanks to Michigan State and Gonzaga.
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Q: This fall will be 10 years since Syracuse and San Diego State played a basketball game on the flight deck of the USS Midway. What do you remember most about that game and the format? I don’t recall another game after that being played outside on a ship.
Mike: This is the perfect week to answer Josh’s question because just this week reports came out that Gonzaga and Michigan State are having serious discussions about playing in San Diego on a ship.
It’s been 10 years since college teams played on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. And I’m surprised Gonzaga and Michigan State officials are considering the possibility because there were a slew of problems surrounding the games back in 2012.
Syracuse played San Diego State on the USS Midway in the 2012-13 season opener, but the game was delayed for two days because of a forecast that called for rain.
What I remember most about that game are the weather conditions. There was a light breeze, but on the flight deck, the wind became a problem. The wind gusts prevented players from making any shot outside of 15 feet.
Syracuse packed in its 2-3 zone defense and forced San Diego State into 1-for-18 shooting from 3-point range. Syracuse took only four 3-point shots and made one. In addition to the wind, the sun was reflecting off the ship’s tower.
That was the last of the aircraft carrier games. Also that same year, games on different ships were canceled -- one halfway through the game -- because condensation dampened the court and made it dangerous for the players.
The Syracuse-San Diego State game created some dramatic backdrops and is still a game I’ll never forget, but I would think player safety would be put at a higher premium. If Gonzaga and Michigan State do wind up playing on an aircraft carrier this November, I’ll definitely watch, but I’ll have my fingers crossed the whole time.
Eric Devendorf (44) celebrates a Boeheim's Army championship in The Basketball Tournament standing between Adam Weitsman and Kevin Belbey in Dayton, Ohio. August 3, 2021 (Donna Ditota photo)
Splashy Syracuse names, fan favorites are on roster of defending TBT champ Boeheim's Army (PS; $; Ditota)
Boeheim’s Army revealed its 2022 summer roster Wednesday in its quest to repeat as $1 million The Basketball Tournament champions.
The roster offers a splashy mix of former Syracuse University favorites and a few potential ringers to help seal the TBT deal.
Tyler Ennis and Rakeem Christmas, two former SU players long-coveted by general manager Kevin Belbey, are on the roster. So is recent SU graduate Marek Dolezaj, a fan favorite whose drawn charge against Duke big man Zion Williamson remains an iconic Orange moment.
Andrew White and CJ Fair, both of whom helped Boeheim’s Army win in 2021, will return to the roster.
D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane, two of the winningest players in TBT history, will play again this season for Boeheim’s Army after waving their TBT magic over the Syracuse-based team last year. The pair had previous success as members of multiple-championship Overseas Elite teams.
Boeheim’s Army, too, has added Dee Bost, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Mississippi State and Kyle Wiltjer, the 6-foot-10 Canadian big man who played at Kentucky and Gonzaga before embarking on a pro career that started in the NBA and most recently landed in Spain’s high-level pro league.
Bost, a prodigious scorer and All-SEC performer for the Bulldogs, has mostly played abroad since his graduation from Mississippi State in 2013. He spent the 2022 season playing for Galatasaray Nef in the Turkish Pro League. Wiltjer played at Tenerife this season.
“We look at those guys and we joke they’re like grad transfers,” Kevin Belbey said of the non-Syracuse Boeheim’s Army contingent. “They’re guys that didn’t go to Syracuse but we feel fit the DNA and guys that we feel will get along with our Syracuse guys chemistry-wise on and off the court. They’re all like complementary pieces. Adam and I really wanted it to be like a puzzle -- pieces that fit together.”
Instant Juice: Syracuse alumni team Boeheim's Army announces 2022 roster - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
A quick take on Boeheim’s Army announcing its 2022 TBT roster:
WHAT HAPPENED: Boeheim’s Army, a group of largely former Syracuse Orange basketball players, announced its 2022 lineup via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin as it seeks to defend its TBT Championship. The roster consists of returning players Andrew White III, CJ Fair, DJ Kennedy and DeAndre Kane. Newcomers include Rakeem Christmas, Tyler Ennis, Marek Dolezaj, Kyle Wiltjer and Dee Bost.
ANALYSIS: General manager Kevin Belbey has once again put together a competitive roster of players. He’s added Syracuse NBA talents Ennis, the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and Christmas, the 36th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Wiltjer, who played at Kentucky and Gonzaga, also had a brief stint with the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Those three players bump up the overall total of Boeheim’s Army players to have had NBA service to five people (joining White and Kennedy).
HERO: Two other intriguing additions are glue guy Marek Dolezaj, a 2021 SU graduate who spent the past season with the Greek team Gymnastikos Syllogos Iraklis, and Dee Bost, who is playing in the TBT for the third time, having also played with Team Challenge ALS (2019) and Playing for Jimmy V (2021).
ZERO: The two most notable absences from this year’s team are Eric Devendorf and Keifer Sykes. Devendorf had played every game for Boeheim’s Army since it started competing in the TBT and had stated the 2021 tournament would be his last one. And Sykes will be forever etched in Syracuse lore (despite having never attended) for hitting the championship-winning shot in 2021. He earned a spot with the Indiana Pacers this past season and will use the summer to try to find a way back to the NBA. Certainly, both players will be missed.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Orange will play in the Syracuse Regional from July 22-25 at SRC Arena.
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Matt Bonaparte and Brad Klein react to the newly un-veiled Boeheim's Army roster. The guys tell you what they like and don't like about the Syracuse-rooted TBT squad.
NBA Mock Draft - 2022 June 16th (RX; HM)
NBA Mock Draft - 2022 June 16thThe 2022 NBA draft, the 76th edition of the National Basketball Association's annual draft, is scheduled to be held on June 23, 2022 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Here is the tl;dnr version of the latest mock draft from Bleacher Report, with ACC players in bold:
1. Orlando Magic: Jabari Smith (Auburn, PF, Freshman)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga, PF/C, Freshman)
3. Houston Rockets: Paolo Banchero (Duke, PF, Freshman)
4. Sacramento Kings: Jaden Ivey (Purdue, G, Sophomore)
5. Detroit Pistons: Keegan Murray (Iowa, F, Sophomore)
6. Indiana Pacers: Benedict Mathurin (Arizona, SG/SF, Sophomore)
7. Portland Trail Blazers: Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite, PG/SG, 2003)
8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Lakers): Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)
9. San Antonio Spurs: Jalen Duren (Memphis, C, Freshman)
10. Washington Wizards: Johnny Davis (Wisconsin, SG, Sophomore)
11. New York Knicks: Malaki Branham (Ohio State, SG, Freshman)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Clippers): AJ Griffin (Duke, SF, Freshman)
13. Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams (Duke, C, Sophomore)
14. Cleveland Cavaliers: Ochai Agbaji (Kansas, SG/SF, Senior)
15. Charlotte Hornets (via Pelicans): Jeremy Sochan (Baylor, PF, Freshman)
Juneteenth, The Doobie Brothers, Polish Festival: 12 things to do in CNY this weekend (PS; Struck)
This weekend is absolutely packed with festivities, music and theater. First off, Syracuse’s Juneteenth Festival will get started on Friday on East Washington Street, with Polish Festival next door on Clinton Square. There’s the NYS Blues Festival at the fairgrounds and Reggae Fest in Ithaca, plus “Festapaloozathon” with Milky Chance at Paper Mill Island. The Doobie Brothers will finally make it to Syracuse for their 50th Anniversary Tour after two years of postponements (So, 52nd, really). The “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” in Ithaca will serve up the drama alongside “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Redhouse Theatre and “The Most Beautiful Home... Maybe” at Syracuse Stage. If none of that tickles your fancy, now’s a good time to tour the region’s gorgeous waterfalls.
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An African drumming and dance group from Southwest Community Center make their way down South Salina Street during the Syracuse Juneteenth parade on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Kate Collins | email@example.com
Syracuse will finally see its 32nd Juneteenth Festival after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The two-day festival will kick off on Friday, June 17, with a noon flag raising ceremony and continue into Saturday with a parade. The festival will take over the 200 block of East Washington Street in front of City Hall with performers, games for children and families, pageants and memorial events. Food vendors including Who Want Smoke BBQ, Henry’s Hen House, Pascarella’s Catering & Bakery and Jonny B’s BBQ will join other vendors. For more information about the day, go to syracusejuneteenth.org.
Where: 200 block of E. Washington St., Syracuse
When: Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
How much: Free
Polish FestivalPolish Festival is also this weekend, from Friday to Sunday on Clinton Square. There will lots of Polish food, beer, music, arts and crafts, and dance, plus the popular annual pierogi eating contest on Sunday at 2 p.m., for which contestants have three minutes to eat as many pierogi as they can. A dance group from Canada will perform alongside regional acts like The John Stevens Polka Band, Salt City Brass Band, Simone Band and more. Go to polishscholarship.org for the full line-up of events.
Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse
When: Friday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
How much: Free
FestapaloozathonGerman rock band Milky Chance will headline “Festapaloozathon” at Paper Mill Island Amphitheater in Baldwinsville on Friday. The band’s first single, “Stolen Dance,” hit the charts in 2013, and the band has since toured all over Europe and the U.S. from House of Blues to Coachella. Milky Chance will be joined by Boston-based funk band Ripe, psychadelic hip-hop artist The Kaleidoscope Kid, and The Voice star and Syracuse-based singer Gary Carpentier. General admission tickets are $47 after fees and can be purchased through creativeconcerts.com.
Where: 136 Spensieri Ave., Baldwinsville
When: Friday at 6 p.m.
How much: $47