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

Welcome to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day!

Did you make New Year's resolutions this year? We are almost two weeks into the new year, and people are starting to break the goals they made. At this point in the year about a third of people have already broken their resolutions, and it will only go downhill from here. Today is dedicated to making sure you stick to your resolutions!

How to Observe Stick To Your New Year's Resolution Day

By the end of the year, about 9% of people feel they have been successful in sticking to their New Year's resolutions. Will you be part of this small group? Go back and read over the list of goals you made. Have you been sticking to them so far? Being that we are almost a few weeks into the year, we are at the point where people stop sticking to their commitments. Don't be one of them! If you are having difficulty achieving your goals, reach out to someone for support. If you have set new exercise goals, find someone else who exercises too and you will have a better chance at success. If you stumble, pick yourself up and keep going. Don't worry if you aren't perfect all the time. Just make sure you keep moving forward!

SU News

Should Syracuse basketball’s Chance Westry redshirt? Is he eligible for one? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; Waters)

This week’s Mailbox got pushed back a day because of the Syracuse basketball team’s game against Boston College on Wednesday.

I wanted to see if any questions came in after the game and I did get several. One really intriguing one will have to wait because it involves quite a bit of research.

But we’re going to lead off this week with a question sparked by a question in last week’s Mailbox about Syracuse guard Chance Westry.

(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to

Q: Should Chance Westry sit out the rest of the season to preserve a year of eligibility? Can he redshirt this year after not playing the whole season at Auburn last year?

Ray H.

In addition to asking the Syracuse coaches about the possibility of Chance Westry returning from his knee injury this season, I’ve also inquired about the idea of him sitting out the year and taking a redshirt.

In answer to a question in last week’s Mailbox, the coaches and Westry continue to say that they think he could be cleared to resume basketball activities soon; possibly this month.

But the fact remains that the season is at its midway point and Westry has played or practiced since injuring his knee in October.

There is a question as to whether Westry, a 6-foot-6 guard, could seek a redshirt for this season.

He played in 11 games at Auburn last season. The NCAA’s cutoff for the number of games a player can participate in and still receive a medical redshirt is 30% of a team’s schedule. Auburn played 34 games last year. That puts Westry at 32%.

However, he could file an appeal based on the fact that his last three game appearances for Auburn were just one minute each. Had he played in 10 games he would be at 29%.

So, on the one hand, Westry might want to think about redshirting this season since he’s going to be docked for last year.

On the other hand, if he thinks he could successfully appeal and get a waiver for the 2022-23 season, he might try to play this season.

Q: I’d be willing to bet that Maliq Brown is at the top of the list in Power 5 conferences in assist-turnover ratio and turnovers per minute for guys playing the five (center position).

Syracuse Basketball: ‘Cuse getting a little Big Dance love in bracketology projection (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball still has a lot of work to do to feel good about potentially hearing its name called on Selection Sunday, but at least one bracketologist is projecting the Orange for the field of 68.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, in his recent bracketology for the 2024 NCAA Tournament, included the ‘Cuse as one of his last teams in.

The Orange is forecast as a No. 12 seed, playing fellow No. 12 seed Colorado out of the Pac-12 Conference in the West Region as part of the Big Dance’s First Four.

At this juncture in the 2023-24 season, Syracuse basketball (11-4, 2-2 in the ACC) doesn’t have any bad losses on its resume. The Orange has fallen on the road to Duke and Virginia, along with neutral-site setbacks to Gonzaga and Tennessee last November in Hawaii.

What the ‘Cuse must do to feel confident about earning a berth to this spring’s NCAA Tournament is pick up numerous quadrant-one victories, and the team will have another chance to do so when it travels to No. 7 North Carolina this Saturday afternoon.

When I wrote this column, the Orange’s NCAA NET ranking checked in at No. 73, which isn’t great, but the ‘Cuse can continue to move up. Syracuse basketball, at present, has one quadrant-one success, as Oregon was No. 47 in the NET, and the ‘Cuse beat the Ducks on a neutral floor back in mid-December.

Syracuse basketball finds itself in a bracketology projection.

Palm, in his bracketology update on January 5, included six Atlantic Coast Conference squads. Besides the Orange, Clemson is a No. 3 seed, Duke and North Carolina are both No. 4 seeds, Miami is a No. 5 seed, and Virginia is a No. 8 seed.


Syracuse forward Chris Bell lines up a 3-point attempt in the Orange's game against the Boston College Eagles on Wednesday at the JMA Wireless Dome. Bell finished with a team-high 20 points. (N. Scott Trimble | Scott Trimble | (PS; Waters)

The Syracuse basketball team had just fallen behind for the first time in the game.

Boston College’s Prince Aligbe’s bucket with 7:26 remaining had erased the last of what had once been Syracuse’s 19-point lead. The wheels were coming off the Orange’s cart at a frightening pace with the Eagles scoring nine straight points for a 50-49 lead.

Then Chris Bell, who had been mired in a five-game slump coming into Wednesday night’s contest at the JMA Wireless Dome, drained a 3-point shot from the left wing. The triple boosted a sagging Syracuse team back into the lead; a lead the Orange would not relinquish again as it pulled away for a 69-59 victory over the Eagles.

“I was really happy to see Chris Bell get some shots going down,’’ SU coach Adrian Autry said. “He had a big one when he got back in the game late. Big 3-pointer that we needed.’’

Syracuse desperately needed Bell’s 3-pointer, which came with 6:34 left in the game. But the 3-pointer that Bell needed came in the game’s opening minute.

The 6-foot-7 sophomore’s recent slump stretched back a month to Syracuse’s game against Georgetown on Dec. 9. Beginning with that game, Bell had struggled with his shot. He was shooting 29% from the field. He had made just two of his 12 3-point attempts in that span.

But Bell opened Wednesday night’s game against Boston College with a 3-point shot that splashed through the hoop. Bell had missed his last seven 3-point attempts, but this shot was taken with the confidence of a player who hadn’t missed in days.

“It’s always good hitting the first three,’’ Bell said. “Just for me seeing to see one go in is probably bad for the other team.’’

Overheard in SU locker room after win vs. Boston College: ‘He’s a cheat code’ (PS; $; podcast; Axe)

Judah Mintz needs to be a leader at all times, Chris Bell’s bad news for Boston College, who the team’s “cheat code is” and how Justin Taylor plans to get out of a shooting slump.

Those were just a few things I overheard in the locker room following Syracuse basketball’s 69-59 win over Boston College on Wednesday night.

Adrian Autry

On losing a 19-point lead to the Eagles.

“You never take winning for granted. We had a big lead, but that’s the game. That happens. We have to do a better job of that.”

On Justin Taylor working through a shooting slump and subbing in for Benny Williams down the stretch.

“You have to shoot your way out of it. The only way to get out of, a slump or whatever it is, is to shoot.

“You go with who you think will help at that time. I thought with Justin, I though it could be a foul-shooting game at the end. He’s a good passer. I wanted to get him back in. I’m always trying to keep our guys fresh as possible.”

Judah Mintz

On moving forward from his ‘ light violation of team rules’

“I’ve got to be the leader. I was here last year, we got a lot of new faces. I have to stay consistent, no matter what is happening to me personally. I’m the same person I was earlier today. I’ll be ready to start the game at North Carolina, hopefully, obviously. But I’m the same person.”

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star London Jemison into top 100, high on 'Cuse after visit (itlh; Adler)

London Jemison, a four-star small forward from Connecticut, took an official visit to Syracuse basketball at the end of December, and he said in a recent interview that his trip to the Hill went well.

The 6-foot-8 Jemison is a fast-rising prospect in the 2025 class who picked up a scholarship offer from the Orange in late September and continues to see his offer sheet grow.

Recruiting service On3 recently updated its top 150 for this cycle, and Jemison went from unranked and vaulted into the top 100 nationwide.

Jemison, who is from Bloomfield, Conn., is a standout at the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., an excellent program that is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (“NEPSAC”).

Four-star small forward London Jemison has a high interest in Syracuse basketball.

On3, in its 2025 national rankings refresh, placed Jemison at No. 93 overall, No. 19 at power forward and No. 2 in Connecticut.

ESPN and both rate him as four stars. ESPN puts Jemison as the No. 17 power forward, while ranks him at No. 102 nationwide.

At the time of this writing, the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking had Jemison at No. 93 overall, No. 18 at power forward and No. 3 in Connecticut.

Jemison announced in early May that he would reclassify from the 2024 cycle to the 2025 class. Besides the ‘Cuse, his offer list includes schools such as Notre Dame, Villanova, Xavier, Providence, Virginia, Temple, George Mason, Boston University, Rice, Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island, Yale, Fairfield, UMass and Brown.

Quadir Copeland of Syracuse Basketball w/ DT after win over BC (youtube; video; DT)

“Peeling Back the Orange” - DT w/ Syracuse Orange guard Quadir Copeland on his play against BC at home, getting to play the 1 (PG), relationship w/ Maliq Brown, & More

Maliq Brown of Syracuse Basketball w/ DT after win over BC (youtube; video; DT)

“Peeling Back the Orange” - DT w/ Syracuse Orange forward Maliq Brown on his play against BC at home, his relationship w/ Quadir Copeland, being a utility belt, & his exclamation point steal & jam to end the game…

Chris Bell of Syracuse Basketball w/ DT after win over BC (youtube; video; DT)

“Peeling Back the Orange” - DT w/ Syracuse Orange forward Chris Bell on his play against BC at home, what’s his done to turn bad energy into good energy, & More…

Keeping Up With The 315 1-11-24 (ESPN; radiop; the 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show recapping and trying to make sense of Syracuse men’s basketball’s bizarre win over Boston College last night. Then, a longtime caller shares his thoughts on the Orange’s performance last night and what it means to him. Later, Jordan uses some comments from the SU locker room last night to disguise a shameless plug for some social media content.


Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

A Syracuse basketball podcast: Orange-Eagle Trophy retained (TNIAAM; podcast; Disloyal Idiots)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team defended home court against the Boston College Eagles by winning 69-59.

It was a late tip on Wednesday and it wasn’t a night without surprises, both for Syracuse and the sport of college basketball more broadly. The Orange had a couple of changes to the starting lineup, but maybe not the way Syracuse fans had thought. Plus, the Orange surrendered its 19-point lead, only to take the lead back and hold off Boston College for the win. Syracuse is 8-0 at home on the season and will now hit the road for two crucial road games.

We brought on Dom to talk about it.

How JMA and Syracuse University solved the dome’s frustrating cellphone problem (PS; $; Newcomb)

JMA Wireless and Syracuse University officials say that by this fall all visitors to the campus’ dome arena will have a digital experience that is unmatched at any other college stadium.

They say that the dome’s new internet connection is so strong that 45,000 people could use their phones at the same time for texts, calls, web surfing, sending photos, and streaming and sending videos. Visitors will be able to do all of that at a fast and consistent speed.

The new system is replacing a network that for years has irritated fans who could not share their experience with friends while watching live events at the dome. It is a year behind schedule.

JMA and university officials recently explained to how they accomplished the upgrade by using equipment locally made by a Syracuse company whose name sits atop the dome.

But it likely won’t be until the fall that their claims can be put to the test. The 5G cell phone service is only available to Verizon customers right now. AT&T is expected to join by the end of this basketball season and T-Mobile by the start of the football season, according to university officials.

The dome was previously served by a 4G phone network installed 11 years ago. It was primarily intended for sports and not concerts and other events hosted in the dome. Visitors on the floor sometimes could not get any service, said Jeff Rubin, special adviser to Chancellor Kent Syverud on esports and digital transformation.

“If you have ever been to a big event in the dome, you’ve experienced that and it’s so frustrating,” said Rubin, the founder and CEO of Syracuse tech company Sidearm Sports. “It’s frustrating for fans who want to live in the moment, who want to post to socials, who want to call their friends, FaceTime, Zoom, whatever they want to do.”

For visitors who could get service, their connection would slow down as more people took their seats at the dome.

“It was inadequate, as it is at most stadiums,’’ Rubin said. “What most fans would experience with typical cell service is that the more fans that arrive, your service was degraded, at times useless, and not available in all areas of the dome.”

The university installed a Wi-Fi Internet network in the dome to help but ran into the same issue — the more people, the worse the connection became.

Syracuse University finishes fall season 11th nationally in all-around sports competition (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse University finished the fall sports season 11th in the country in the Learfield Director’s Cup standings, an award that aims to recognize the best all-around athletics programs in the country.

Points are awarded to schools based for teams that advance to NCAA championship competition and how far those teams advance. Syracuse had four teams compete in the postseason this fall with its men’s cross-country and field hockey teams leading the way.

The SU field hockey team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, while the men’s cross-country team finished ninth at the NCAA championships.

Syracuse’s women’s cross-country team and its football team also competed in the postseason and earned points.

Most of the programs that finished ahead of Syracuse are considered among the country’s premier athletic brands. North Carolina leads the field after the fall with 382.5 points, followed by Stanford, Texas, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

Syracuse finished with 256 points. Teams that win a national title are awarded 100.

Stanford won the competition last year and is a regular winner, thanks to the vast number of sports it offers and thrives in.

The Orange ranked fourth among the 15 ACC schools, falling behind only North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia.

While most fans judge the success of their school’s athletic department by the success of their most popular programs (usually football and men’s basketball), the Learfield Director’s Cup was invented as a way to incorporate success in other sports.

Carolina Insider: NC State Recap, Syracuse Preview, Steep Canyon Rangers - University of North Carolina Athletics (; podcast; Carolina Insider)

Carolina Insider: NC State Recap, Syracuse Preview, Steep Canyon Rangers

January 12, 2024 | Men's Basketball
Recap the big men's basketball win at NC State, preview this weekend's action and more on Friday's Carolina Insider podcast with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas.

Show highlights:
• Carolina completed its three game ACC road trip with another win by topping NC State in Raleigh (9:07) and now head home to face Syracuse (21:11)
• Graham Sharp and Barrett Smith from Steep Canyon Rangers join to talk a life in music and their Tar Heel fandom (39:39)
Plus: Scooby shines for Big Guy/Tiny Dog (29:49), #5SecondChallenge (1:21:36), Julius Peppers update (1:39:25) and 10 o'clock/2 o'clock is no longer the recommended driving hand position (1:46:30)

North Carolina Back on Top of ACC; Dan Lanning Says No to Alabama, But No Word From Dabo Swinney (youtube; podcast; Locked on the ACC)

North Carolina beat NC State to take the lead of the ACC Rankings, remaining undefeated in conference play. Dan Lanning will remain in Oregon but no word from Dabo Swinney on if he'll stay at Clemson.


The 25 hottest concerts coming to Upstate NY in 2024 (tickets, more info) (PS; Herbert)

Some big names are coming to Upstate New York this year.

2024 concerts in Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and everything in between include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers like Bruce Springsteen and Sammy Hagar, Top 40 hitmakers like Pink and Drake, newer stars like Hozier and Laufey, and ‘90s/2000s rock nostalgia from Creed, Limp Bizkit and Hootie & The Blowfish. Some shows are already sold out or near-sellouts, so check VividSeats, StubHub, TicketNetwork or SeatGeek for tickets.

Keep your calendar open, too, for events like the New York State Fair — plus more bookings expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are the 25 biggest shows coming to Upstate New York in 2024 (so far):

Journey with Toto

Feb. 22 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester (Ticketmaster, StubHub, VividSeats)

Journey, which features Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Jason Derlatka, Deen Castronovo and Todd Jensen, recently celebrated 50 years of music including “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” “Faithfully” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Toto, which is nearing its own 50th anniversary, has released 14 albums with hits like “Africa,” “Hold the Line” and “Rosanna.”

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Drake with J. Cole

Feb. 27 at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (Ticketmaster, StubHub, VividSeats)
Feb. 28 at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (Ticketmaster, StubHub, VividSeats)

Drake is a Grammy-winning rapper behind hits like “God’s Plan,” “Hotline Bling,” “Started From the Bottom,” “Hold On We’re Going Home,” “In My Feelings,” “One Dance,” “Find Your Love,” and “Nice for What.” J. Cole is a fellow hip-hop star known for songs like “Work Out,” “Wet Dreamz,” “No Role Modelz,” “ATM,” “Middle Child” and collaborations with Lil Durk (“All My Life”), 21 Savage (“A Lot”), and Drake (“First Person Shooter”).

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Feb. 27 at Kodak Center, Rochester (Tixr, StubHub, VividSeats)

June 29 at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette (Tixr, StubHub, VividSeats)

Isbell is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter known for his work with The Drive-By Truckers and as a solo artist, most recently releasing the album “Weathervanes” in June. His songs include “Cover Me Up,” “If We Were Vampires,” “Alabama Pines,” “If It Takes a Lifetime” and “Traveling Alone.”

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Zach Bryan

March 10 at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (Ticketmaster, StubHub, VividSeats)

Bryan is a country singer-songwriter and a U.S. Navy veteran from Oklahoma. He recently released his fourth album and has scored hits with songs like “Heading South” and the Grammy-nominated “Something in the Orange.” The show is sold out, except for Official Platinum Tickets (which start at $573).


Where’s The Beef? Remembering Greenway’s Grand Barbecue of 1870 (PS; Searing)

“Charity in Syracuse-The Hearts of the Poor Made Glad.”

Thus, read the headline on the front page of the “New York Times” on January 2, 1870.

Amidst a severe post-Civil War economic depression, John Greenway, president of J & G Greenway & Company hosted a free barbeque for the benefit of the 43,000 residents of the city of Syracuse that was held in Clinton Square on New Year’s Day 1870.

According to press accounts, people came from as far away as Albany and Rochester to attend the massive fete.

The north bank of the Erie Canal, just two blocks from Greenway’s massive brewery and malthouse, was the site where two immense ovens – each nine feet high - were constructed out of sheet metal.

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