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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Slinky Day!
One of the most recognizable toys for decades, the Slinky, walks its way down stairs with a little extra swagger today, because it's Slinky Day! In 1943, Richard James, a naval engineer, was in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard working on a project that used springs to hold items up on moving ships, when he accidentally knocked down a spring and watched it "walk" and then coil itself up neatly on the floor. It was an idea-inspiring moment, and along with his wife, Betty, a plan was hatched to create a new toy. Betty combed through a dictionary and came up with the name "Slinky," and in 1945, with a 500 dollar loan, the couple created James Industries. At first, the Slinkys weren't selling, but when a demonstration table was set up in Philadelphia's Gimbels Department Store during the 1945 holiday shopping season, the James's sold 400 of them for a dollar each in 90 minutes—and people wanted more.
ESPN broadcaster Sean McDonough joins Mike to describe last week’s surprise roast for Jim Boeheim at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. McDonough played a r...
Roasting Boeheim: 500 friends surprised coach in Rochester. His ‘eyes filled with tears’ (PS; Waters)
Anyone who has ever tried to pull off a surprise party knows how hard it can be to keep the secret under wraps.
Imagine the challenge facing friends of Jim Boeheim when they tried to hold a tribute dinner for the former Syracuse University basketball coach with 500 people in attendance.
Bob Sansone, a long-time friend of Boeheim’s and the golf chair at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, wanted to surprise Boeheim, who retired in March after 47 years as Syracuse’s coach, with a dinner that was part tribute and part roast. To do it, he enlisted the help of Sean McDonough, the ESPN broadcaster and Syracuse alum.
“It had been several months now and there hadn’t really been anything of this sort,’' McDonough said. “(Sansone) had the idea to put together a surprise roast with about 500 people in attendnace.
“I thought it was going to be very hard to pull that off.’'
They did pull it off, though, staging the event on Monday, Aug. 22, at Oak Hill in Rochester.
McDonough described the surprise, how it came about and how the group pulled it off during his appearance on the Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast.
The ruse involved telling Boeheim that he was going to Rochester to meet with some potential donors. That was plausible as one of Boeheim’s responsibilities in his post-coaching role at Syracuse is to help with the athletic department’s fund-raising efforts.
Syracuse basketball ventures into 2027 class with offer to D.C. point guard (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball coaches have made what I believe is their first scholarship offer to a prospect in the 2027 recruiting cycle.
Recently, on his X page, Eric Turner of Washington, D.C., said that he picked up an offer from the Orange, with his post specifically mentioning Syracuse basketball head coach Adrian Autry and assistant coach Brenden Straughn, both of whom have deep recruiting ties to the talent-rich D.C. market.
According to posts on X, Turner is a 6-foot-3 point guard in the 2027 class. He goes to Calvin Coolidge High School in D.C.
Social media posts also suggest that Turner, on the AAU circuit, is a member of the D.C.-based Washington Warriors in the Adidas 3SSB league. Per its X page, the Washington Warriors won the 3SSB 16U championship earlier this summer.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/bleav-in-syracuse-episode-74 (SI; podcast; The Bleav)
Bleav in Syracuse podcast episode 74, presented by Bet Online and Hofmann Sausage Company, is out! Host Mike McAllister previews the upcoming Syracuse football season, interviews Orange basketball commit Donnie Freeman about a variety of topics including his transfer to IMG Academy, discusses the latest in Jalil Bethea's recruitment and outlines offers from Syracuse basketball elite camp. You can subscribe and listen on your favorite podcasting platforms as linked below.
New Syracuse basketball recruit, Albany native, is ‘ultra-quick lead guard’ (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball coaches held their annual Elite Camp this past Saturday, and they doled out several scholarship offers around the time of the camp.
One of those offers went to 2025 three-star point guard Keyshuan Tillery, he disclosed on X. The 6-foot-1 Tillery, who hails from Albany, N.Y., is a standout at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H.
On the AAU circuit, he competes for the Albany City Rocks in Nike’s EYBL league, a program that over the years has sent numerous of its alumni to the ‘Cuse. This spring and summer, Tillery earned high praise from national analysts and scouts for his play in grassroots basketball for the City Rocks.
According to the New Hampton School, as a sophomore during the 2022-23 season, Tillery was named by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council as an All-NEPSAC player, as he averaged an impressive 17.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse...ful-and-excited-for-syracuse-basketball-offer (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse basketball hosted its annual elite camp on Saturday, and has extended several offers since based on players' performances. One of those offers went down this week to class of 2026 point guard Neiko Mundey. Mundey played his freshman season at Our Lady of Good Counsel High in Maryland, but is transferring to Shabach Christian Academy for his sophomore campaign.
"I first went to the camp to showcase my talent," Mundey said. "They watched some of my games before then so they were really excited to see me compete at the camp. I did really good and got the call the next day."
That call came from one of Syracuse's assistant coaches.
"Coach Brendan Straughn called and he said that him and coach Autry liked what they saw over the summer and at the Syracuse camp," Mundey said. "I was grateful and excited."
The relationship between Mundey and Syracuse has begun and he is looking forward to continuing to develop that. The 6-3 point guard already holds the Orange program in high regards.
How much will JMA Wireless Dome capacity drop with new seating? (PS; Leiker)
Syracuse University Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala said Tuesday that capacity inside the JMA Wireless Dome will drop to between 42,000 and 43,000 with the new seating that comes under the Dome renovation project.
The venue currently seats 49,207.
Installation of the seats themselves has not yet begun, but preparation for that step, such as new fencing being put around the lower bowl, has occurred.
Sala said SU expects seat installation to begin in April and be ready for the 2024 football season.
Keeping Up With The 315 8-29-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Brian Higgins opens the show reacting to the latest news that the capacity is shrinking in the Dome for football. Then, he gives his latest thoughts on what the right move is for the ACC in regards to adding schools or not. Finally, Brian goes over how former Syracuse football players fared on NFL cut day.
SUNY Geneseo recently ranked as the top school in Washington Monthly's annual ranking of best schools in the country. Keith Walters | @kwphot0 on Instagram
Upstate NY college does the most good for America, named top college in annual ranking (PS; Hernandez)
“Ask not what your school can do for you, but what you can do for your country” might be the motto of one Upstate New York college which was recently honored for doing the most good for America in an annual ranking.
Washington Monthly recently released their 2023 College Guide and Rankings which ranks four-year schools (national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities) in three categories: social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service.
For a school to climb the rankings, they must do well in each category and not just one.
SUNY Geneseo, located in the Finger Lakes, earned the top spot on the overall list out of 604 master’s universities. The college placed #1 in service, #2 in research, and #69 in social mobility.
According to the school, they have been in the top five of Washington Monthly’s list for 11 consecutive years. Other Upstate NY colleges to make the list include Cornell, Buffalo State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Cortland and SUNY Potsdam.
Not only does SUNY Geneseo rank in the top of the nation for their contributions to the public good, the school also hits the high notes in other categories. In recent years they have made the list for best meal plans and one of the 50 most beautiful college campuses in America.
SUNY Geneseo also came in at #62 for Washington Monthly’s ranking of best bang for your buck colleges, but was beat out by other Upstate New York schools like Cornell, Buffalo State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SUNY New Paltz and more.