Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Kraken Day!
Kraken Day, also known as Myths and Legends Day, is part of International Cephalopod Awareness Days, or Cephalopod Awareness Week, which takes place from October 8-12 each year. Since octopuses have eight arms and squid have eight arms and two tentacles, the holiday week begins on the eighth day of the tenth month. Cephalopods are a class of marine invertebrates. Related to snails and clams, they have arms and tentacles, three hearts, large brains, and blue blood. Today we celebrate cephalopods of myth and legend, especially krakens.
Syracuse Basketball: Could Jim Boeheim successor be outside SU family? (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball boss Jim Boeheim, in just a few short weeks, will roam the sidelines as the Orange’s head coach for his 47th year at the helm in Central New York.
Boeheim, whose first losing season ever as the team’s head coach came during the 2021-22 campaign when the ‘Cuse went 16-17, has a current roster that features a blend of several veterans and a whole lot of underclassmen, including a six-member 2022 recruiting class.
Boeheim has said that he knows when he will retire, and that a succession plan to replace him as Syracuse basketball head coach is in place. Of course, none of that is getting shared with the public, at least for now anyway.
Boeheim has also said that he thinks the best approach is for the Orange’s next head coach to be someone who already is part of the Syracuse basketball family, rather than an outsider.
I agree with Jim Boeheim here, although some of my fellow ‘Cuse fans would like the program to start fresh, so to speak, after Boeheim calls it quits.
Things will be quite different when Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim hangs up his whistle.
The debate over when Boeheim will retire, and who will replace him, is a hot-button topic and has been going on for years. I feel like the discussion has become more heightened lately, given the Orange’s losing campaign in 2021-22.
What’s more, since the ‘Cuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East Conference in 2013-14, the team has slogged through numerous sub-par regular seasons and recruiting has taken a dip, even as Syracuse basketball made a few deep runs in March Madness.
Syracuse Orange men’s basketball player profiles: Chris Bunch (TNIAAM; Szuba)
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season draws near with the team’s first exhibition game just over two weeks away. As such, we continue along with our player profiles, this time with freshman forward Chris Bunch.
Bunch played three seasons of high school basketball at De La Salle in Concord, California. He finished high school basketball at Wasatch Academy in Utah last season. As a freshman, Bunch figures to earn playing time from the forward position and he’ll compete for a starting role.
Bunch fits the mold of a long, rangy forward that Syracuse fans are assuredly familiar with. He can shoot it at a high level and his athleticism is most apparent near the rim in a way that reminds of James Southerland.
Vitals: 6-foot-7, 180 lbs
Statistics (2021-2022): 12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg at Wasatch Academy
Strengths/Weaknesses: Bunch’s best attribute is his shooting ability, a skillset that would seem to complement Benny Williams on the opposite wing. He should help space the floor for guys like Williams, Symir Torrence and Judah Mintz. It’s too soon to tell how well Bunch plays off the dribble in his first season or how well he defends, but he can shoot it at a high level from both the three and mid-range.
Ceiling: Bunch solidifies himself as a starter and knocks down shots to make him a respectable deep threat. He’s able to knock down shots from mid-range and run the floor for transition dunks. Defensively, Bunch proves himself as a quick study within the zone and rebounds it well.
Floor: Bunch provides little else beside his shooting but still proves valuable enough to earn playing time off the bench.
Syracuse Finds An NIL Sugar Daddy (DBR; King)
Once NIL became a reality, there wasn’t much question that eventually an arms race would begin. We saw it to an extent when Kansas State transfer Nijel Pack committed to Miami and got a two-year, $800,000 deal from a Miami booster and a brief but entertaining circus ensued which saw Isaiah Wong’s agent demand an equivalent deal. It’s even funnier when you know that the same agent represents Pack.
Well now Syracuse is getting into the high-end act as booster Adam Weitsman, who is in various upstate New York businesses, is prepared to offer $ 1 million to lure one 5-star football player and one 5-star basketball player to play for the Orange.
To be accurate, he isn’t allowed to induce players to commit to Syracuse. He says they can do whatever they want after they sign, but they’ll need to spend time in New York to fulfill their obligations so signing with Syracuse would be optimal.
This won’t have much of an impact on football because one guy can’t have as big of an impact there.
One guy can change a program.
As this sort of arrangement continues to evolve and the stakes grow higher, eventually we will see schools with prominent billionaire boosters getting involved. Think Phil Knight for Oregon, Mark Cuban for Indiana, possibly Michael Jordan for UNC. Think Tim Cook and Eddie Cue of Apple, both Fuqua grads, for Duke.
Things are still unfolding and bidding wars seem inevitable.
MBB: Most Underrated 2022 Teams (RX; HM)
MBB: Most Underrated 2022 Teams
The 2022-23 NCAA Division I men's college basketball season will begin on Monday, Nov. 7 and conclude on Monday, April 3 with the National Championship at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
That's just four weeks from today!
So, in recognition of the nearness of basketball season, here's the NCAA.com's list of...
TOP 11 MOST UNDERRATED TEAMS IN MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
4. Saint Louis
5. Notre Dame: The Irish have reloaded after last season’s NCAA tournament run led by potential one-and-done JJ Starling.
6. Seton Hall
9. Penn State
10. Virginia Tech: The ACC tournament win wasn’t a fluke. Mike Young will coach this squad up and be in the NCAA tournament bid mix.
As usual, I've only shown the ACC-related comments; click the link above to read the rest!
55th Annual Great Syracuse Oktoberfest, Sat. Aug. 15, 2015 at Longbranch Park. The Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dance group from Utica perform traditional dances. In center Nicholas Koenig (age 5) waits for his partner to come around the circle. David Lassmanemail@example.com
Oktoberfest, SG Lewis, Fall Folk Art Show: 13 things to do in CNY this week (PS; Struck)
It’s getting chilly, which means theater season is back. Also, Oktoberfest! This weekend is the annual Great NYS Marathon Weekend and Syracuse Bavarian Oktoberfest, which means you can marathon two days of German beer drinking or, you know, running. There are a couple of concerts this week, starting with SG Lewis on Tuesday. There’s an indie-pop concert at the 442 Social Club the next day, and Slaughter over the weekend. “Angels In America” will open this weekend at the Redhouse, and there’s a play reading group at Wunderbar. Plus, curling lessons for the winter-lovers.
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Electronic music producer and singer SG Lewis will perform at the Westcott Theater on Tuesday. The UK-native has collaborated with musicians from across the board, like JP Cooper, Raye, Bruno Major, Gallant and Clairo. He’s known for songs like “Something About Your Love,” “Throwaway (with Clairo)” and “Vibe Like This (feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Lucky Daye).” Tickets for the show are $35 after fees and can be purchased through thewestcotttheater.com.
Where: 524 Westcott St., Syracuse
When: Tuesday at 8 p.m.
How much: $35
Marielle KraftIndie-pop singer-songwriter Marielle Kraft will perform at 443 Social Club on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Nashville-based musician released her debut single “How Far You Feel” in 2017, and her EP “The Deep End,” in 2019. She won grand champion of the Mid-Atlantic Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2018, delivered a Tedx Talk on songwriting the same year, and is preparing to release her second EP this fall. Tickets for the show are $18 after fees. Go to 443socialclub.com for more information.
Where: 443 Burnet Ave., Syracuse
When: Wednesday at 7 p.m.
How much: $18