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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Mulligan Day!

Mulligan Day is a day when people redo something that didn't turn out the first time. It is a day when people give themselves or others a second chance. Mulligan is a term used in golf when someone who shoots a bad shot is given a do-over. It is only used in informal games, and usually only one extra shot is given per 18 holes, although sometimes a mulligan is given every 9 holes. The term can be applied to other games such as darts as well. The word likely came from David Mulligan, a Canadian golfer prominent in the 1920's, who either hit a poor tee shot, was jumpy and shaky after a shot, or overslept and was late for a shot. Another theory is that John A. "Buddy" Mulligan, a locker room attendant from New Jersey, played golf with a sports writer who started using the term after Mulligan needed a redo after his first shot. The writer, Des Sullivan, used the term in his golf articles for the Newark Evening News. Regardless of which of these stories is true, the term has stuck, and this day is dedicated to it.

SU News


Naheem McLeod, Syracuse's 7-foot-4 center, talks with Mike Waters,'s 5-foot-11 reporter, about what it's like being so tall. Scott Schild |

McLeod is 7-foot, 4-inches tall, and still growing (video) (PS; podcast; $; Waters)

Naheem McLeod is the tallest player in Syracuse basketball history.

McLeod, a transfer from Florida State, stands 7-feet, 4-inches tall. And he may not be done growing.

That’s what McLeod revealed during a video interview during Syracuse’s media day last Friday. McLeod said doctors have told him he could grow another 3 inches.

“I actually have three more inches to grow,’' McLeod said. “I’m supposed to be 7-7 when it’s all said and done.’'

Earlier this summer, McLeod met the previous tallest player in SU history when the members of Boeheim’s Army scrimmaged against the current Orange players prior to The Basketball Tournament. In those scrimmages, McLeod went up against the 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu.

McLeod gets his height from his father, Yamma, who is 7-foot-5. McLeod also has a twin sister who is 6-foot-3.

Now a 23-year-old junior, McLeod remembered hitting a major growth spurt when he was 14 years old. That year he sprouted from 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-11.

McLeod said he gets asked about his height a lot, but he understands people’s fascination.

In the interview, he talked about getting into cars, flying on airplanes and fitting into desks during classes. He also might have stumbled upon a potential NIL opportunity as he revealed where he gets his clothes.

For the full interview with’s 5-foot-11 sportswriter Mike Waters, click on the video link below.

(PS; podcast; Axe)

Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Adrian Autry certainly held court a lot quieter than his Hall of Fame predecessor at SU’s recent basketball media day.

There were no proclamations of how much the Big Ten sucked in the NCAA Tournament or any off-topic rants on the news of the day.

There were mentions of man-to-man defense and going deeper on the bench.

Even Autry admitted it was all a little weird.

On Episode 24 of Syracuse Sports, we bring you the best of what we overheard at media day including:

  • Why did returning star Judah Mintz decide to come back to Syracuse?
  • Why did transfer guard J.J. Starling decide to come back home?
  • What does transfer center Naheem McLeod think of Syracuse so far?
  • Which player did a collective of Orange teammates believe is the most improved?
Also on this episode, Brent challenges Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers to return to his roots and take more chances in his offensive play-calling and reacts to listener voicemails on Orange football.

Newhouse after Noon 10-16-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Newhouse was live today from the ESPN studio! Jacob Charnow & Shane Holcombe started things off discussing this past weekend’s NFL games. In the second segment Jacob Kaye & Michael Ostrowski ended things with an interview with’s Mike Waters.

Preseason AP men’s basketball poll has dropped; see my ballot, too (PS; $; Ditota)

The preseason AP men’s basketball poll is upon us.

The first real games of 2023-24 won’t begin until November 6. But that doesn’t stop all of us AP voters from predicting which teams will be the best in the nation this year.

Kansas was anointed No. 1 by a relatively hefty margin, but five teams got at least one first-place vote.

The ACC was represented by Duke (No. 2), Miami (No. 13) and North Carolina (No. 19). And before you ask, Syracuse did not appear on anyone’s ballot.

Here’s the first poll of the year, followed by the ballot I turned in. (Number of total points, first-place votes in parentheses.)

1) Kansas 1548 (46)
2) Duke 1466 (11)
3) Purdue 1436 (3)
4) Michigan State 1346 (1)
5) Marquette 1283 (0)
6) UConn 1243 (2)
7) Houston 1117 (0)
8) Creighton 1099 (0)
9) Tennessee 1032 (0)
10) Florida Atlantic 1011 (0)
11) Gonzaga 830 (0)
12 Arizona 776 (0)
13) Miami (FL) 750 (0)
14) Arkansas 685 (0)
15) Texas A&M 597 (0)
16) Kentucky 530 (0)
17) San Diego State 529 (0)
18) Texas 493 (0)
19) North Carolina 474 (0)
20) Baylor 431 (0)
21) USC 427 (0)
22) Villanova 395 (0)
23) Saint Mary’s 335 (0)
24) Alabama 163 (0)
25) Illinois 104 (0)


Wisconsin 53, Colorado 49, UCLA 47, St. John’s 47, Maryland 34, Virginia 27, Auburn 27, TCU 24, Mississippi St. 20, Kansas St 13, Xavier 8, Memphis 7, Missouri 6, Boise St. 4, Indiana 3, Florida 2, Coll of Charleston 2, New Mexico 1, Drake 1.Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first place votes.



A flight of beers from McGraw Box Brewing, which opened last year in McGraw, Cortland County. The brewery is opening a taproom in North Syracuse later this year.

North Syracuse is losing a brewery but gaining a brewery taproom (PS; Cazentre)

A few years ago, North Syracuse boasted two craft breweries. By next month, both those breweries will be closed but the area will be welcoming a new craft brewery taproom.

Cortland County’s McGraw Box Brewing is preparing to take over the space that was once occupied by the IBU Brewery at 3703 Brewerton Road (behind the Mr. Tire store). IBU Brewery opened in 2016 but closed in 2020.

McGraw Box opened its brewery / taproom just off Interstate 81 in the Cortland County village of McGraw in 2022. It will use the North Syracuse location as a satellite taproom, but will not make beer there, said McGraw Box owner Chris Ousby. He hopes to be open in North Syracuse in a few weeks.

“It will give us another outlet for our beers,” Ousby said. “It should bring us a lot more exposure.”

News that McGraw Box will open a North Syracuse location comes just a week after the other craft brewer in the area, Full Boar Brewing, announced its plans to close. Full Boar, which also opened in 2016, will serve its last beers on Nov. 22. After IBU closed, Full Boar had been using that space for excess storage.

The new tasting room for McGraw Box will serve its full range of beers. Light lagers are popular at the moment, but Ousby and head brewer Mike Petrivelli also make IPAs, English and American ales, sours and specialties like a Peanut Butter Porter and the seasonal Pumpkin Pine brown ale. Petrivelli is a veteran of several Central New York breweries, including IBU.

The new taproom will likely also carry New York hard ciders and perhaps other guest beers.

Lily King

The Friends of the Central Library will host author Lily King, author of "Euphoria."

‘Dirty Dancing in Concert,’ walk the ‘Abolition Road,’ Jeff Dunham: 20 things to do this week in Central NY (PS; Croyle)

Since its completion in 1928, Syracuse’s Landmark Theatre has hosted entertaining events which have brought thousands to downtown. This week, might be one of the grand, old theater’s busiest weeks. Fans of film and music will get a chance to sing-along with the songs from “Dirty Dancing” and the Disney favorite “Encanto.” The movies will be shown on the big screen while musicians play the songs live. The historic theatre also hosts the annual “Sock Out Cancer” fundraiser featuring former members of the bands Kansas and Boston and a visit from kids’ favorite “Blippi.” Away from the Landmark, Syracuse Stage has a new production revolving around Billie Holiday and the CNY Playhouse debuts a new murder mystery production which was the theatrical predecessor to TV’s “Columbo.” The comedy of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, classical music, history programs, food, and more round out another busy autumn week in Central New York.

Know of an event you would like to see on this list? Email us at least two weeks in advance at


Justice and Jazz

Visit the Plymouth Congregational Church on Monday for their monthly “Jazz and Justice” service which combines food, music, and conversation. This month’s topic is “The Gospel According to I-81.” Featuring guest speakers, the evening focuses on the “challenges and opportunities” around I-81 and its removal. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Scheduled speakers are Deka Dancil, Rev. Dr. Ashanti H. Dickerson, and Victoria Coit from the Urban Jobs Task Force, Kingdom Christian Cultural Center, and NYCLU, respectively.

Where: 232 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse

When: Monday at 5:30 p.m.

How much: Free


Lily King

The Friends of the Central Library present novelist and writer Lily King on Tuesday at the Civic Center’s Crouse Hinds Theatre. King’s fourth novel, “Euphoria,” was named one of 2014′s best books by the New York Times. She received her M.A. at Syracuse University. Her talk starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

Where: 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

When: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

How much: Tickets start at $44.35, plus fees.

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