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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
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.

SU News (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2026 wing Imahri Wooten is rated a four star prospect and ranked as a top 40 player. He is currently at Compass Prep in Arizona after previously playing for Redemption Christian in Troy (NY). Over the weekend, Wooten was on the Syracuse campus for an unofficial visit and picked up an offer on the trip.

"I wasn't surprised," Wooten said. "He (Adrian Autry) had already seen me in the summer. I think he just forgot to offer me because I didn't go to elite camp."

Overall, Wooten enjoyed his time on campus.

"It was really good, I liked it a lot," Wooten said. "Because I'm a sophomore, it was just an unofficial visit so it was only one day. What I liked best was probably when the head coach (Adrian Autry) showed me around and when we were talking. I also liked taking the pictures after practice."

Coach Autry is very familiar with Wooten and family. Wooten's mom and aunt both played basketball at Syracuse at the same time as coach Autry. Wooten's mom has kept in touch with coach Autry over the years as well. According to Wooten's aunt, the offer was a full circle moment for the family. Coach Autry spent a lot of time with Wooten during the visit.

Syracuse Basketball: New York loaded in 2024, 4-star Elijah Moore high up (itlh; Adler)

Within the 2024 recruiting class, there are a lot of talented, highly rated prospects in New York City and throughout the Empire State, and Syracuse basketball commit Elijah Moore is up there with the best of them.

The 6-foot-4 Moore, a four-star shooting guard and a top-60 national prospect in the senior cycle, verbally pledged to the Orange in late January over other finalists Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State.

After earning various honors as a junior at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., Elijah Moore has transferred for his senior year in the upcoming 2023-24 campaign to the Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx, N.Y., which is part of the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite.

Moore, a standout this spring and summer on the AAU circuit competing for the Bronx-based Wiz Kids in the Adidas 3SSB league, is deemed by the vast majority of recruiting services to be a top-four prospect in New York state within the 2024 class, and that’s saying a lot, given the depth coming out of NY in this cycle.

Syracuse basketball pledge Elijah Moore, a four-star shooting guard, is an elite long-range threat.

A few days ago, on the network published its preseason list of the 10 best 2024 players who are suiting up in their respective senior years for squads in the Empire State. In these rankings, Moore came in at No. 4 overall.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Nigel James, priority recruit, vastly underrated (itlh; Adler)

Nigel James from New York state is a fast-rising 2025 prospect who took an official visit to Syracuse basketball in mid-September, and I believe this talented young man has plenty of room to continue moving up the national rankings in this class.

The 6-foot James is a four-star point guard in the junior cycle who entered the top 100 overall when 247Sports updated its 2025 national rankings not too long ago, which I noted in a separate article on James.

More recently, another excellent recruiting service, On3, refreshed its top 150 for the 2025 class, and James arrived at No. 142 nationwide, No. 20 at point guard and No. 4 in New York.

While I like seeing that James is in the top 100 to the top 150 nationally, per various recruiting Web sites, I adamantly contend he will push for the top 50 overall when all is said and done.

Basketball Returns to the JMA Wireless Dome Friday for Orange Tip-Off - Syracuse University Athletics (

Basketball season is here and Orange fans will have the opportunity to have a first look at the Syracuse University men's and women's basketball teams for Orange Tip-Off, a free fan event on Friday, Oct. 13. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m.

The event will feature a night of basketball-themed events including scrimmages for both teams, shooting competitions and a chance to meet this year's men's and women's teams.

Orange Tip-Off is a family-friendly fan event with the Syracuse band and spirit squads helping to create a game-like atmosphere. One lucky student will have the chance to win a brand-new TV and there will be a pair of Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football tickets given away for the game at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 11.

Fans must claim their free tickets in advance by visiting General admission tickets are available, and students can claim their free tickets here.

Former Syracuse standout Adrian Autry '94 is in his first season as head coach at his alma mater. Autry's first edition includes returning starters Judah Mintz (16.3 ppg.), a 2022-23 All-ACC Rookie Team pick at guard, and forwards Chris Bell and Benny Williams.
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Syracuse women's coach Felisha Legette-Jack '89 guided the 2022-23 Orange to a 20-13 overall record and a berth in the postseason WNIT. WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and First team All-ACC performer Dyaisha Fair (19.9 ppg.) and fellow guard Georgia Woolley (12.9 ppg.), headline the list of returning players.

The men's basketball team hosts Daemen and the College of St. Rose for exhibition games on Oct. 27 and Nov. 1, respectively. The first official game of Adrian Autry's tenure as head coach is set for Monday, Nov. 6 against New Hampshire.

Legette-Jack's squad will host St. Rose for an exhibition game on Halloween (Oct. 31, 5 p.m.) and will open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. against Lafayette.

Fizz Five 10/10: SU Football is Falling, Preseason Basketball Time, and a Men's Soccer Check-Up (; pocast; Frank)

Fizz Five 10/10: SU Football is Falling, Preseason Basketball Time, and a Men’s Soccer Check-Up

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Orange United, SU's Newest Collective, Says Its Primary Goal Right Now Is Retaining Current Athletes on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Orange United, SU's Newest Collective, Says Its Primary Goal Right Now Is Retaining Current Athletes


Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schroder (71) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AP

When the Celtics called, Brissett couldn’t say no: ‘I knew where I wanted to go’ (PS; $; Feliciano)

Four years after leaving Syracuse University for the NBA, Oshae Brissett finds himself in a new situation with a championship contender.

The former Syracuse forward signed a two-year contract to join the Boston Celtics this offseason, citing the franchise’s championship aspirations and history.

But the Celtics weren’t done. They exchanged key pieces like Marcus Smart and Robert Williams and brought in All-Stars Kristaps Porziņgis and Jrue Holiday.

Brissett, a priority free agent addition, suddenly finds himself in a rotation with a potentially bigger role as one of the first men off the bench for one of the favorites to reach the NBA Finals.

“The vibe around Boston is different,” Brissett said in an interview over Zoom in early August. “The banners are everywhere. There’s posters. There’s statues. I just hope that I’m able to get there and help win a chip, add another banner for the team. That’s all I want to do. That’s the only thing that’s been on my mind since I signed that contract.”

Brissett said the decision to join Boston was an easy one.

He said there was not a big pitch from the Celtics; a phone call from president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and head coach Joe Mazzulla was enough to know he could contribute to the team’s goals.

“They called me on the first day of free agency and showed their interest,” Brissett said. “That’s amazing to feel, wanting from any organization, especially them. So, I didn’t really hesitate from that call. I knew where I wanted to go.”

Brissett said the Celtics would also give him a chance to contribute to playoff basketball, which he has not achieved yet in the NBA. With those expectations, however, comes talent and competition for minutes as the team prepares for the season.

The Celtics began training camp last week. Brissett started Monday’s preseason game against the New York Knicks, scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in 23 minutes. The Celtics open the season Oct. 25 against the Knicks.


Syracuse basketball assistant coaches (left to right) Rick Callahan, Brendan Malone, Bernie Fine, and head coach Jim Boeheim, early 1980s. Photo credit: The Post-Standard

Former Syracuse basketball assistant coach Brendan Malone dies at age 81 (PS; $; Waters)

Brendan Malone, the former Syracuse basketball assistant coach who went on to a long career in the NBA, died on Tuesday. He was 81 years old.

The Denver Nuggets announced Malone’s death. Malone’s son, Michael, is Denver’s coach and led the Nuggets to the franchise’s NBA championship this past June.

Brendan Malone was a native of Queens, New York. He attended Rice High School and then went on to Iona College. After graduation, Malone got into coaching as the junior varsity coach at Power Memorial. He then became the school’s head coach. Among his players at Power was a point guard who starred at Syracuse, the late Eddie Moss.

Malone broke into the college ranks as an assistant at Fordham. He moved to Yale before joining Jim Boeheim’s staff at Syracuse in 1978.

Malone would spend six years at Syracuse. He recruited the likes of Wendell Alexis, Gene Waldron, Rafael Addison and Andre Hawkins. After the 1983-84 season, Malone left Syracuse to take his first college head coaching job at the University of Rhode Island.

From that point on, though, Malone’s career would be in the NBA. He worked as an assistant with the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic and three stints as an assistant with the New York Knicks. He was part of two NBA championship teams in Detroit.

He was a head coach for both the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.



Bret Michaels packs Chevy Court at the NYS Fair

Shows coming to CNY: Bret Michaels, ‘Golden Girls,’ Almost Queen and more (PS; Herbert)

Four more concerts have been added to the Central New York concert calendar, joining recent announcements for Scotty McCreery at the Landmark Theatre and Jordan Davis at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview.

Bret Michaels will return to Central New York for a Friday, Dec. 15, performance at del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, N.Y. The Poison frontman will take the Vine Showroom stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Michaels will go on sale Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. through the del Lago Resort & Casino box office at 315-946-1695 or online at

Michaels most recently performed a “Parti-Gras” concert at the 2023 New York State Fair, putting a feel-good Mardi Gras twist on his typical rock show. The former “Rock of Love” star told the Chevy Court crowd that his upcoming del Lago concert would be a “Holiday Parti-Gras.”

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“Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue” will bring its 2024 tour to the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. The live stage show pays tribute to the classic sitcom with a cast that includes Ryan Bernier as Dorothy, Vince Kelley as Blanche, Adam Graber as Rose, Christopher Kamm as Sophia, and Jason Bowen as Stanley/Burt.

Tickets for “Golden Girls” go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the Landmark box office. Prices start at $35; VIP experiences including photos with the cast on the “Golden Girls” set are also available.

“The Laughs Continue,” written by Robert Leleux, will put a modern twist on the sassy seniors originally played by Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.

“We find Sophia out on bail after being busted by the DEA for running a drug ring for retirees. Blanche and Rose have founded CreakN, a thriving sex app for seniors. And Dorothy is trying to hold it all together with help from a new (much) younger sex-crazed lover,” the synopsis says.

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Almost Queen: A Tribute to Queen will perform at the Landmark Theatre on Dec. 15. The four-piece band celebrates the music of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” rock band live with genuine costumes; local classic rock band Hard Promises will open the show at 6 p.m.

Tickets for Almost Queen go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Tickemaster.
FWIW, 50 yrs ago I was one of the first to report the presence of a Humboldt Squid in the N Pacific. Taking a break from commercial fishing I was in a lagoon along the outer coast of SE AK. It was a place of refuge for sea creatures. A fresh Humboldt, still red, was on the beach and I had a camera.

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