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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!

There are over 900,000 law enforcement officers in the United States, and they are honored on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.), being shown that the community recognizes the difficulty of their job and supports them as they provide a public service. The day is dedicated to all members of law enforcement, but the focus is on police and similar state and local agencies. It was started by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), which partners with organizations across the country to make the day happen.

First observed in 2015, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day came about in the wake of the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown, at a time when there was much scrutinization of police officers and concerns about police brutality. Observants of the day spend it thanking police officers, wearing blue, and turning on blue lights at their homes.

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Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast: Breaking down the Orange in the New Year (PS; podcast; Waters & Ditota)

A week between games for the Syracuse men’s basketball team provided a good opportunity for beat writers Mike Waters and Donna Ditota to discuss the state of the Orange.

Syracuse sports a 10-4 overall record and a 1-2 mark in the ACC, but the Orange is coming off an 86-66 loss at Duke last Tuesday. Syracuse’s next game is against Boston College at home on Wednesday.

Ditota and Waters noted that Syracuse needs to address a couple of critical areas that hurt the Orange in the loss to Duke.

“They can’t turn it over,’' Ditota said. “Turnovers killed them in the second half of that Duke game.’'

Syracuse committed 17 turnovers, which the Blue Devils turned into 26 points.

Ditota also pointed to Syracuse’s erratic 3-point shooting. The Orange went 4-for-16 from beyond the arc at Duke.

Waters noted that Chris Bell and Justin Taylor; the two players who were expected to be SU’s top 3-point shooters, have both been struggling lately. Bell and Taylor combined for three points at Duke. They were both 0-1 from 3-point range.

“They’ve both been struggling lately,’' Waters said. “If you can get those guys going, you solve a big problem here.’'

Autry on how SU can start making 3s: ‘Getting better shots is taking better shots’ (PS; Waters)

In the first half of Syracuse’s game at Duke last Tuesday, the Blue Devils had missed all nine of their 3-point attempts.

But Duke, as a whole, shoots the ball well. The Blue Devils rank fifth in the ACC in 3-point percentage. And Duke has several individual players who are excellent 3-point shooters, including Jared McCain, Tyrese Proctor and Jeremy Roach.

In the second half, Duke kept shooting the ball from beyond the 3-point line and made all eight of its attempts.

In contrast, Syracuse went 2-for-8 from the 3-point line in the first half against Duke. The Orange, statistically speaking, is not a good shooting team, ranking 12th in 3-point percentage and 13th in made 3s per game.

In the second half, Syracuse’s shooting woes continued. The Orange again went 2-for-8 from the arc.

The 4-for-16 performance from 3-point range was one of many factors in Syracuse’s 86-66 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The 3-point shooting continued a well-defined trend.

In its four losses, Syracuse has made 22.5% of its 3-point shots, while in its 10 victories the Orange has connected on 35.9% from long range.

On Monday, Syracuse coach Adrian Autry was asked about the Orange’s struggles with shooting the ball during his appearance on the ACC’s weekly coaches’ conference call.

At first, he downplayed the team’s shooting, noting that the Orange’s defense has been lacking in ACC losses to Duke and Virginia.

But, as he continued, he acknowledged that the 3-point shooting has been an issue as well.

“In our three conference games, we haven’t really done anything well right now,’’ Autry said. “We haven’t played well. We’ve had two games on the road and one game at home. I think we have to do a better job of spacing and passing the basketball. I think that’ll help our shots.’’

Syracuse’s four losses have come against the four best teams on its schedule, according to the NCAA’s NET ratings – Duke, Virginia, Tennessee and Gonzaga.

Syracuse went 6-for-20 from 3-point range against Tennessee, 3-for-24 against Gonzaga, 5-for-20 at Virginia and then last week’s 4-for-16 showing at Duke.

Those teams afforded Syracuse very few good looks at the basket, forcing the Orange into taking difficult shots.

Those four teams also did a great job of shutting down Chris Bell and Justin Taylor, the two players who, based on their freshman year statistics, were expected to be SU’s top 3-point shooters this season.

The Next Day: Should Adrian Autry make changes to the starting 5? (DO; Bambini)

It didn’t take too long for head coach Adrian Autry to make a substitution Tuesday versus Duke.

Chris Bell picked up a blocking foul just 15 seconds into the game. Two minutes later, he picked up his second and Autry brought in Quadir Copeland. Thirty-five seconds later, Maliq Brown checked into the game for Naheem McLeod, who the Blue Devils poked the ball loose from throughout the game.

Through the Orange’s first 14 games, Autry has utilized the starting lineup of Judah Mintz, J.J. Starling, Justin Taylor, Bell and McLeod. And against Duke, the latter three struggled. Brown entered for McLeod and put up a career-high 26 points and added seven rebounds, proving himself as a more reliable option in the frontcourt.

“He’s kind of just starting to understand how good he can be,” Autry said of Brown Tuesday. “I think our team is starting to understand how we can use him. He can do a lot of things for us, we’ve just got to surround him and help him.”

In its 86-66 win over Syracuse (10-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), No. 14 Duke (10-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) limited the production of Taylor, McLeod and Bell, as they combined for just three points and were nonfactors. In their previous game versus Pittsburgh, they only combined for eight. Duke’s Mark Mitchell matched up well down low with McLeod, and forced Autry to bring in Brown, who found his way inside with easy dunks and layups, securing his fourth straight game scoring double figures off the bench.

The recent performances by Brown, and some of the starters, brings up the thought of potentially changing one or two players to the starting five — or at least changing it conducive to Syracuse’s opponents.

Boston College visits Syracuse following McGlockton's 30-point showing (

Boston College Eagles (10-4, 1-2 ACC) at Syracuse Orange (10-4, 1-2 ACC)

Syracuse, New York; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Boston College visits the Syracuse Orange after Devin scored 30 points in Boston College’s 95-87 win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Orange are 7-0 on their home court. Syracuse is the top team in the ACC averaging 39.1 points in the paint. Maliq Brown leads the Orange with 8.0.

The Eagles have gone 1-2 against ACC opponents. Boston College ranks ninth in the ACC with 8.5 offensive rebounds per game led by Quinten Post averaging 2.4.

Syracuse is shooting 45.5% from the field this season, 1.6 percentage points higher than the 43.9% Boston College allows to opponents. Boston College averages 8.9 more points per game (80.4) than Syracuse gives up to opponents (71.5).

The Orange and Eagles meet Wednesday for the first time in conference play this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Chris Bunch is shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Orange, while averaging 10.3 points. Judah Mintz is shooting 47.1% and averaging 18.3 points over the last 10 games for Syracuse.

Claudell Harris Jr. is shooting 45.3% from beyond the arc with 2.6 made 3-pointers per game for the Eagles, while averaging 15.5 points. Post is averaging 17.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 blocks over the past 10 games for Boston College.

LAST 10 GAMES: Orange: 7-3, averaging 77.8 points, 37.6 rebounds, 14.6 assists, 9.2 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 70.4 points per game.

Eagles: 6-4, averaging 82.1 points, 33.7 rebounds, 15.6 assists, 6.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 75.5 points.

Keeping Up With The 315 1-8-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian begins the show reacting to another big commitment for Fran Brown and discussing reports of another potential DB recruit. Then, a couple callers chime in with some thoughts on the NFL and College Football championship game tonight. Lastly, Brian reacts to some interesting comments from Gerry McNamara about the starting lineup on Orange Nation from earlier today.

ACC men’s basketball power rankings: North Carolina takes the top spot (TNIAAM; Wall)

We’re getting back into the normal swing of things Syracuse Orange fans. Let’s get right to this week’s ACC MBB Power Rankings as we had an interesting week on the court:

1. North Carolina Tar Heels (11-3, 3-0)

A big road win at Clemson for Hubert Davis’ squad. Not sure how they held the Tigers to 1-18 from 3, but it might be wise for the Orange to not settle for jumpers next weekend.

2. Duke Blue Devils (11-3, 2-1)

Mark Mitchell had himself a week with 44 points and 20 rebounds in the two wins. Maybe more parents should call out their kids on social media.

3. NC State Wolfpack (11-3, 3-0)

An 8-0 home record is one way to help get you into the NCAA discussion. Can they win enough on the road to get there?

4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-3, 3-0)

The BC-Wake road trip in a few weeks looms a lot larger for Syracuse than many might have thought.

5. Miami Hurricanes (11-3, 2-1)

Miami dropped 60 in the second half on Clemson but couldn’t survive OT at Wake. Both games were without Wooga Poplar so we can’t penalize the Canes too much.

6. Clemson Tigers (11-3, 1-2)

This is the first adversity faced by the Tigers this season. Will be interesting to see how they bounce back at Virginia Tech this week.

7. Syracuse Orange (10-4, 1-2)

Big week for the Orange coming up as they need some wins to keep pace with the teams projected to be around them.

Syracuse Basketball: A Look at the All-Time Greats (

The Syracuse Orange, iconic in college hoops, boasts a rich history of formidable victories, legendary coaches, and extraordinary athletes.

Under the stalwart leadership of Coach Jim Boeheim, the Orange made it to the NCAA national title game three times, achieved numerous appearances in the Final Four, and clinched an acclaimed NCAA championship in 2003. The legacy, however, is not solely built on team achievements. The players, their on-court finesse, and their devotion to the game have etched their names in Syracuse lore.

In this piece, we honor these athletes, detailing the careers of six of the most outstanding Syracuse Basketball players, chronologically listed from past to present.


Hanson, a forward who played from 1925-27, is undoubtedly one of the most versatile athletes in the history of college sports. Known for his agile footwork and impeccable shooting skills, Hanson left an indelible mark on the Syracuse program. His prowess saw him average approximately 14 points each game during his three seasons, a feat that significantly contributed to the team’s success.

Hanson’s crowning achievement came in 1926 when he was pivotal in leading the Orange to their national title, as recognized by the Helms Athletic Foundation. His extraordinary talent and dedication to the game earned him the unique distinction of being the only athlete inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, cementing his status as a true Syracuse legend.


“Pearl” Washington, who played as a guard from 1984-86, holds a revered spot in team history. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Washington was one of the most sought-after recruits ever in Syracuse. His exceptional skill set, which included a remarkable shooting accuracy of 52.6 percent, helped him maintain an average of 15.7 points per game throughout his three seasons with the Orange.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: Cole Swider #21 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 25, 2023 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets defeated the Heat 112-97.Getty Images

Former Syracuse forward Cole Swider goes for 37 points, 12 rebounds in Sioux Falls win (PS; Ditota)

Former Syracuse forward Cole Swider scored 37 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in Sioux Falls’ 138-130 win over the Salt Lake City Stars Sunday in South Dakota.

The interesting thing about Swider’s night was that his teammate, former Wake Forest wing Alondes Williams, scored a franchise-high 55 points in that same game.

Swider, a 6-foot-9 forward, is on a two-way contract with the Miami Heat. Swider’s 37 was a career-tying single-game record. He shot 7-of-11 from the 3-point line; this was his first double-double with the team. The Force is 4-0 when he scores at least 30 points.

Swider has played in seven games with the Heat, the most recent on Jan. 5, when he played two minutes against Phoenix. He is averaging 25.2 points per game in 36.4 minutes per game of G League action. He’s played in 10 games (showcase and regular season) for Sioux Falls. He’s shooting 47.7% from the 3-point line.

Swider played one season for the Orange after transferring from Villanova. He averaged nearly 14 points per game and shot 41% from the 3-point line that season. He also contributed nearly seven rebounds per game.

New AP men’s basketball Top 25 poll. Syracuse gets one of those teams this week (PS; Ditota)

An improved Boston College visits Syracuse’s men’s basketball team this week. Then, the Orange goes on the road again to play a top 10 team.

The new men’s basketball Top 25 debuted today. The ACC has three teams in the Top 25, led by those old standbys North Carolina and Duke.

Here’s the latest poll, followed by the ballot I turned in last night.

(order, team, record, points, first place votes in parentheses)

1. Purdue (14-1) 1566 (54)
2. Houston (14-0) 1486 (7)
3. Kansas (13-1) 1481 (2)
4. UConn (13-2) 1335 (0)
5. Tennessee (11-3) 1291 (0)
6. Kentucky (11-2 1253 (0)
7. North Carolina (11-3) 1213 (0)
8. Arizona (12-3) 1107 (0)
9. Oklahoma (13-1) 1023 (0)
10. Illinois (11-3) 924 (0)
11. Marquette (11-4) 869 (0)
11. Duke (11-3) 869 (0)
13. Memphis (13-2) 843 (0)
14. Baylor (12-2) 787 (0)
15. Wisconsin (11-3) 663 (0)
16. Auburn (12-2) 559 (0)
17. Colorado State (13-2) 436 (0)
18. BYU (12-2) 426 (0)
19. San Diego State (13-2) 386 (0)
20. Utah State (14-1) 241 (0)
21. Clemson (11-3) 219 (0)
22. Creighton (11-4 187 (0)
23. Gonzaga (11-4) 185 (0)
24. Florida Atlantic (11-4) 165 (0)
25. Texas (11-3) 148 (0)

Also receiving votes: Dayton 126, Mississippi 125, James Madison 98, Cincinnati 79, Nevada 77, Texas Tech 62, Wake Forest 38, Grand Canyon 35, Seton Hall 34, South Carolina 29, Miami 27, St. John’s 18, Iowa St. 16, Colorado 8, NC State 7, Michigan St. 7, Alabama 7, Providence 6, Oregon 4, TCU 3, Northwestern 3, Princeton 2, Utah 2.



Learn about the snow leopards during a gourmet dinner at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on Friday.Katrina Tulloch | ktulloch@syrac

Rick Springfield and Richard Marx, CNY Folksmarch, Symphoria: 13 things to do this week in Central NY (PS; Croyle)

The second week of 2024 is ahead of us and it offers a variety of things to do around Central New York.

Music fans can check out concerts by ‘80s hit-makers Rick Springfield and Richard Marx at The Vine at del Lago Resort and Casino and Middle Ages Beer Hall has a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Seven Wonders. Symphoria has a downtown Syracuse concert on Sunday.

You can also get out and exercise.. The CNY Folksmarch has indoor and outdoor walks planned at Destiny and the Onondaga Creekwalk this weekend. Cazenovia’s Meier’s Creek Brewing Company has a free “Snowshoe Sunday” and Syracuse’s Board and Bar Charcuterie has free dance lessons each Tuesday evening this month.

And if you have not made it to Lights on the Lake yet, this final week has reduced prices which support local charities.

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


Lights on the Lake Final Week Giveback Charity Nights

If you have not been to the Lights on the Lake yet, or if you want to go one last time, this week gives you chance to go for a reduced cost while helping local charities. From Monday through Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m., tickets are just $5 per carload with proceeds going to organizations like the St. Patrick Hunger Project, Bailey’s Boutique, Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter, and more. Click here for the charity schedule and to buy tickets.

Where: 6751 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool
When: Everyday through Jan. 12, from 5 to 10 p.m.
How much: $5 per carload Monday through Friday. See the website for how to purchase tickets and for reduced minibus and motorcoach prices.


Salt City Lindy Hop Tuesday Dance

Get your dancing feet to Board and Bar Charcuterie on West Water Street each Tuesday in January for a free dance lesson and social dance. Learn the “Salt City” Lindy Hop starting at 6 p.m. and then dance with D.J. provided music from 7-9. Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat afterwards. No experience or partner needed, and all ages are welcome.
Where: 208 West Water Street, Syracuse
When: Each Tuesday in January from 6-9 p.m.
How much: Free


Seven Wonders

Middle Ages Beer Hall in Syracuse presents Seven Wonders on Thursday at 8 p.m. The band features seven world-class musicians who pay homage to Fleetwood Mac, playing “powerful renditions” of the band’s timeless music. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here.

Where: 120 Wilkinson Street, Syracuse
When: Thursday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.

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