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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Chauvin Day!

Chauvin Day honors Nicolas Chauvin, a French soldier who idolized Napoleon, who may or may not have existed—he likely is fictionalized, as there is no historical record of him. (Perhaps this is why there isn't consensus about the spelling of his name either—Nicolaus or Nicholas are also used for it.) According to legend, Chauvin was born in Rochefort, in Southwestern France, around 1780. Some accounts say he was born on July 4, 1776, on American Independence Day.

At age 18, during the French Republic, he enlisted as a soldier of the First Army. Then, during the First Empire, he joined Napoleon's La Grande Armée and fought in the Napoleonic Wars. It is said that he was wounded 17 times and experienced maiming and disfigurement and that because of his military contributions Napoleon presented him with the Sabre of Honor and a pension of 200 francs.

Chauvin refused to acknowledge Napoleon's defeat after the Battle of Waterloo, and kept his devotion to Napoleon despite the loss of favor the leader experienced during Restoration France. Because of his blind loyalty to Napoleon, and to anything French, he was ridiculed, first by some of his fellow soldiers, and then by the French public. He became a symbol of other ridiculed veterans of the Napoleonic Wars who stayed loyal to the fallen leader.

The legacy of Nicolas Chauvin continued. In 1831, a French play created by the Cogniard brothers, La Cocarde Tricolore, was modeled after Chauvin's career and shown in Paris. Although a different story about a different character, it presented a protagonist who started out being overly patriotic and eventually became an unrelenting supporter of any cause. More notably, the word "chauvinism" is derived from Chauvin. At first, it was a word ascribed to those who displayed extreme nationalism and national pride. In around 1870 it entered the English lexicon, and its definition shifted to mean "blind or absurdly intense attachment to any cause"—a type of bigotry or bias. Since around the 1970s, the main cause this has become attached to is that of male superiority, and the word is commonly preceded with "male."

But chauvinism is not what Chauvin Day is about. It is about honoring a French soldier who may or may not have existed. Since Chauvin's birthdate is unknown—if he even had one—the holiday is marked on the birthdate of Napoleon. It is unknown how the holiday got its start or who started it, but there are records of it dating back at least to 1978.

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Syracuse center Jesse Edwards (14) dunks as forward Jimmy Boeheim (0) and Duke forward Paolo Banchero (5) watch during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP

Syracuse basketball’s Jesse Edwards to play for Netherlands in both World Cup qualifier and Eurobasket (PS; Waters)

Syracuse senior Jesse Edwards, a native of the Netherlands, will play for the Dutch National Team in the upcoming World Cup European qualifiers tournament and the FIBA Eurobasket tournament.

Edwards, a 6-foot-11 center, will join his country’s national team in the World Cup European qualifying tournament for two games later this month.

European teams are looking to qualify for the FIBA World Cup 2023 with six tournament windows over the span of 15 months. By the last of these qualifiers in February of 2023, 12 European countries will have qualified to compete in the 2023 World Cup.

Netherlands enters the next qualifying window with an 0-4 record in Group L, which also includes Italy, Iceland, Spain, Georgia and Ukraine. Netherlands’ first game in this window will be against Georgia on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Netherlands will host Spain in Alemere on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Edwards and his Dutch teammates will then participate in Eurobasket, beginning with a game against Serbia in Prague on Friday, Sept. 2. The Dutch are in a group which includes Serbia, Israel, Czech Republic, Poland and Finland.

Edwards has trained with the Netherlands National Team in each of the last two summers.



The Syracuse Crystal (Basket)Ball: Symir Torrence – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Ezeir)

Although this series had taken a brief hiatus following the possible fortunes of Joe Girard and Jesse Edwards, it’s back to highlight the pieces who will either bring Syracuse back to its glory days or prove that the regular season continues to be a stalling period for SU.

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Let’s start with a player who might have the biggest question mark next to his name, mainly because his role as a starter or bench piece is still up in the air. Symir Torrence entered this ‘Cuse program last year as a role presence. But with the last buzzer sounding disappointment on Syracuse’s 2021-2022 season, it also provided clarity on the potency of Torrence in the starting lineup. He and Girard started the final game of last season as backcourt mates and it worked for a majority of SU’s close loss to Duke. Torrence dished out a season-high 11 assists and tacked on seven points to butter up his statline.

That game is worth noting because of the lack of lineup shifting Jim Boeheim elects to take part in, which could mean that Torrence’s start last season is a one time instance, and the hope revolves around him carrying those numbers into a more limited role. But it could also spell the reason that the Marquette transfer starts the season at point guard and Girard can finally play in his natural shooting guard position (which proved to be the case a lot last year). This is all to say that Torrence’s success either enhances or diminishes based off a decision that will be made closer to the start of the season (yeah, I know that doesn’t help much).


With Judah Mintz’s commitment, it is hard to believe that Boeheim would start a loosely proven senior over the possible future of this team, but there are many decisions one wouldn’t put past the 47-year head coach. That is why Torrence starting at the beginning of the year isn’t as outlandish as many might think. Ultimately, the non-conference schedule will determine that sentiment come ACC play.

As of now, the expectation is the Syracuse native will headline SU’s bench unit, which allows Torrence to control the ball, pace and team with his leadership qualities. This is a spot tailor-made for a player like Torrence. His skills are unmatched, however, his role is very distinct, so if Boeheim plays him in that aforementioned spot, that’s where SU’s backup point guard has the best chance at success.

Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: Nyair Graham, Tre McLeod, JP Estrella - The Juice Online (the juice; Auger)

When the curtain goes up on Syracuse’s 2022 campaign at home against Louisville on September 3, all eyes will be on the Orange’s aerial attack. Robert Anae takes over as offensive coordinator while Jason Beck is the new quarterbacks coach. There will also be plenty of other eyes on, and at, that game too.

The Syracuse coaching staff continues to send out invitations to the game to prospective recruits.

Marcus Reed

Reed is a Class of 2025 kid from Cicero-North Syracuse. His HUDFL profile lists him as a QB/OLB. He stands 6-foot-2 and is 170 pounds. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has Reed in their database.

DaMien Littleton, Jr

Originally from Buffalo, Littleton recently announced he is reclassifying to the Class of 2023 and enrolling at Palmetto Prep Academy in South Carolina. Littleton lists himself as a 6-foot-1, 220-pound RB on his Twitter profile. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has him in their database.

Darien Williams

Williams is local product who plays at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. A Class of 2025 recruit, Williams is a 5-foot-11, 150-pound wide receiver.

Jordan Rae

The Class of 2023 recruit is a teammate of Williams at CBA-Syracuse. The quarterback prospect is 6-feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has him in their database.

Daniel Adefolarin

Adefolarin is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end out of Neumann Goretti in Philadelphia. He is listed but unranked by both 247Sports and Rivals. Temple has offered the Class of 2025 recruit according to 247Sports.

Tre Mcleod

A member of the Class of 2024, McLeod is ranked a 4-star running recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals. Out of Wyncote, PA, he has offers from Syracuse, Boston College, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, and West Virginia.

Ibrahim Barry

Mentioned in last week’s Round Up, Barry recently announced he will commit in October, though he says his recruitment is still open. He previously listed a Top 8 that included the Orange.

Matthias Lighten

Lighten is a wide receiver/corner back in the Class of 2024 from New Jersey. He attends Moore Catholic High School on Staten Island. While he is invited to attend on September 3, his tweet appears to indicate he has a game that night and will not be attending.

Mohamed Gueye

Gueye is another Jersey kid in the Class of 2024. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has him in their database. He lists himself as a 6-foot free safety/defensive back/wide receiver on his Twitter profile.

Jahyden Clark

Clark is a Class of 2025 recruit from Canisius High School. He is a 6-foot, 165-pound wide receiver. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has him in their database.

Jaylin Johnson

From Dunnellon, FL, the Class of 2023 prospect plays left tackle and defensive end. Johnson is 6-foot-4 and weighs 265 pounds according to his 247Sports profile. He is currently unranked. Rivals has yet to list him. Syracuse is Johnson’s lone offer according to 247Sports.

» Related: ESPN national writer puts Orange in the postseason in 2022

Nyair Graham

If this name sounds familiar, it should. Graham is a linebacker who played high school football in Camden. So yes, that makes him a FODC – Friend of Duce Chestnut.

Syracuse recruited the Class of 2022 prospect hard initially. But Graham committed to Maryland in December 2020 before decommitting from the Terps at the end of August 2021.

Graham recently tweeted that he is reclassifying to the Class of 2023 and will be attending St Thomas More in Connecticut. He also tweeted that he’s been invited to Syracuse’s opener against Louisville. Interestingly enough, he put “Camden back to Cuse?” in that tweet.

Moving to the hardwood, JP Estrella set a commitment date of September 2. The 4-star center took an official visit to Syracuse two weeks ago. Along with He is set to choose between Syracuse, Iowa, and Tennessee.

Lastly, former Orange defensive back Trill Williams suffered a season-ending ACL tear over the weekend in Miami’s preseason game against Tampa Bay. Williams was entering his second NFL season after making the Dolphins last year as an undrafted free agent.

Williams was reportedly having a strong camp and looking to be in line for a regular role with Miami’s secondary. Here’s hoping Trill makes a speedy recovery.

Will Boeheim get his wins back? What the head of SU's NCAA case said about that (PS; $; Axe)

”Give Jim Boeheim his wins back!”

It’s a cry heard often from Syracuse University men’s basketball fans.

The 2015 NCAA case against Syracuse resulted in a nine-game suspension for Boeheim, the reduction of 12 scholarships over four years, a financial penalty and the vacation of 101 of Boeheim’s wins.

The NCAA cited lack of institutional control, academic fraud, extra benefits and failing to follow its drug-testing policy in handing out the sanctions to Syracuse in 2015.

The removal of Boeheim’s wins from the record has widely been viewed as an overly harsh and unnecessary punishment.

So can he get them back?

I asked SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey about that as part of a wide-ranging Q&A last week (look for that Tuesday on

Sankey was among the group of administrators that handed down the sanctions during Syracuse’s NCAA case.

An Auburn native who graduated from Syracuse University and has deep ties to Central New York, Sankey said he disclosed his geographic connection and SU degree to those involved with the case.

Everyone waived the conflict of interest clause, Sankey said.

“Those are the moments when you have hard decisions to make,” Sankey said of determining SU’s penalties.

“The policies of the NCAA, not individual decision-making, dictate when vacation of records happens. I have coaches in my league that have faced that and nobody is particularly happy about it.

Syracuse Basketball: 2022-23 key storylines to watch for the Orange (; Nutting)

With the 2022-23 college basketball season coming upon us, many questions linger when it comes to the Syracuse basketball team.

With the 2022-23 college basketball season upon the horizon, many teams are under the radar with a lot of questions to be answered. One of those teams happens to be from the ACC, the Syracuse Orange. With Jim Boeheim entering his 47th season as coach of the Orange, many are wondering what will the oldest head coach in college basketball today has left in his playbook.

Two Boeheim’s Out, New Stars Coming In

Following the departure of Jimmy and Buddy Boeheim from the Orange, many new players are coming into Syracuse this season with some hopes of helping the Orange reach the top of the ACC and making a run for the national championship in March.

Many new names, like Justin Taylor, Peter Carsey, Judah Mintz, and Chris Bunch coming into the program this upcoming season, many are looking to these players to provide an impact and fill in the shoes that were left behind by many players that left the program last season.

With the combination of these young players coming in and returning stars, like Joe Girard lll, Jesse Edwards, and Symir Torrence, Syracuse would have a roster that has the potential to make a run for an ACC title this upcoming season.

Jesse Edwards Revenge Season

As he was starting to catch fire towards the end of the 2021-22 college basketball season, Jesse Edward’s season came to an end after he fractured his left wrist in a win against Boston College. Edwards, who averaged 12 points per game and six rebounds per game, is looking to make up for the time he missed on the court as he will look to bring the energy back to the big man position that Syracuse needs in big game situations.

He has the ability to box out and attack the glass, attack the basketball on the offensive end, and make big plays in tough situations. Don’t be surprised if we see Edwards step up as a leader this upcoming season and make his presence felt on the court.

(; podcast; M&L Tonight)

Thanks so much Mike for coming on, had a blast exchanging knowledge about Syracuse basketball, and look to create much more content in the future! Chapters are down below!



Equitable is cutting its office space in half at its namesake Equitable Towers in downtown Syracuse. (Rick Moriarty |

Major employer cutting office space in half at Syracuse’s iconic downtown towers (PS; $; Moriarty)

One of downtown Syracuse’s largest employers is planning to cut its office space in half at the twin towers that bear its name.

Equitable, which has had a major presence downtown since 1967, told city officials earlier this summer it plans to consolidate its offices in the twin towers named after the life insurance company onto two floors and return space it formerly occupied on six other floors to the building’s landlord. It plans to keep its 740 workers, the company says.

The company’s move at Equitable Towers is the latest side effect of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on where people spend their working hours.

Before the pandemic, most employees at companies like Equitable came to the office five days a week. But over the past two years, many who can have worked from home.

As the pandemic eases, companies are starting to bring their workers back to the office. However, many say they have found that their employees like the flexibility of working from home at least part of the week. In some cases, this is reducing the need that companies once had for office space.

Equitable said it will renovate the entire third and fourth floors to support a new work plan in which employees come to the office some days while continuing to work from home the other days.


Bored Historian
Aug 26, 2011
Re Boeheim getting his wins back:

Sankey: “While I don’t have a position on a change, I have advocated for deeper consideration of why we have that type of policy, what is means to have the policy and what it would mean if we don’t have that policy.”



Bored Historian
Aug 26, 2011

I once read that Chavin, (who it turns out may never have existed), was one of many French Soldiers left behind when Napoleon blew up a bridge so that the Russians couldn't follow him on his retreat from Russian. It left me wondering if he was still a Chauvinist after that.

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