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

Welcome to World Understanding and Peace Day!

On February 23, 1905, Chicago attorney Paul Harris gathered together a few others—Gustave Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele—in Loehr's office, in room 711 of Chicago's Unity Building, and formed the first Rotary Club. The name "Rotary" was decided upon because the members planned to gather at a different office or home for each meeting. Women were not permitted at the time and were not allowed as members until 1989.

The Rotary Club soon went global. After sixteen years of existence, there were clubs on six continents. Today, there are more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. To reflect the organization's growing reach, its name was first changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and then to Rotary International in 1922. With its spread around the globe came shifting goals, from being a local service organization to being an international service and humanitarian organization that promotes goodwill, peace, and understanding.

Members, who are called Rotarians, focus on projects in their own communities and around the world. Some areas of focus include education and literacy; peace; diseases and health; hunger; the environment; clean water, sanitation and hygiene; local economy promotion; and protection of mothers and children. Money for projects is raised through The Rotary Foundation. Club members usually gather each week for a meal. This not only is a social affair but provides a time for members to plan service work.

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Jim Boeheim, a Lyons Central basketball star over 60 years ago, shoots during the 1962 Section V Class AA championship game against East Rochester. ER's Bombers won a 59-58 double overtime thriller in front of 11,000 at the War Memorial on Saturday, March 24, 1962.

Jim Boeheim shooting, 1962 Section V Class AA chamionshhip final against East Rochester. Saturday, March 24, 1962. Submitted by John Burns Baynes

Jim Boeheim's Section V finals loss still 'heartbreaking' 62 years later (D&C; Slaughter)

With Jim Boeheim Day approaching Saturday at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, the former Orange bench boss of 47 years fondly looked back on his high school years at Lyons Central.

Nearly 62 years removed from his final varsity game, Boeheim's memory of losing the 1962 Section V Class AA championship game was still vivid Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, where he traveled to call the Clemson vs. Georgia Tech men's basketball game for the ACC Network.

Boeheim's buzzer-beater that extended the game is one of many moments the Lyons native remembered the famous War Memorial game like it happened yesterday, as the Class AA final became an instant classic.

It took double overtime, but East Rochester coach Johnny Baynes' Bombers shockingly defeated Lyons coach Dick Blackwell's heavily-favored Lions 58-57 on Saturday, March 24, 1962, in Rochester. About 1,200 of the 11,000 spectators arrived after the arena's doors were kicked down once the crowd reached capacity.

"Heartbreaking game," Boeheim said Wednesday afternoon. "Both really good teams. It was a great game and crushing defeat. All these years later it still hangs in the ranks as one of those great high school basketball games in that area."

1962 Section V Class AA final was 'disappointing to lose'

Boeheim's buzzer beater that extended the game into double overtime might have been the most memorable play, even in a losing effort.

Lyons led most of the game but trailed East Rochester 51-49 late in the first overtime. Boeheim missed a game-tying shot with 22 seconds left. Lyons won an ensuing jump ball, but a scramble for the ball occurred as they missed a flurry of shots. A teammate tipped the ball toward Boeheim, who grabbed it with two seconds left and made the layup as the buzzer sounded.

Syracuse men’s basketball: recounting Jim Boeheim’s most memorable moments against Notre Dame Tomaiuolo)

This Saturday, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program will celebrate “Jim Boeheim Day,” honoring its longtime head coach in his first year of retirement. While the current players gear up for this weekend’s matchup against Notre Dame, it’s only fitting that we recount some of Boeheim’s greatest moments against the Irish throughout his 47-year tenure.

SU’s former head coach dominated ND across five decades, finishing 31-15 all-time versus the rival program. Here are his five most memorable wins:

February 9, 1985: Syracuse 65, Notre Dame 62

The first matchup between the two schools since the 1941-42 season was also Boeheim’s opening act against the Fighting Irish. Down five at halftime, the Orange rallied behind guard Dwayne Washington’s 20 points to steal a three-point win. Big men Rafael Addison and Rony Seikaly combined for 27 more points, improving the Orange to 16-4 on the year and, most importantly, starting off Boeheim’s career versus ND with a win.

February 15, 2003: #17 Syracuse 82, #10 Notre Dame 80

Trailing by twelve points in the second half, Boeheim repeatedly called Carmelo Anthony’s number in the post as the freshman tallied 18 of his 26 points in the second half. The Orange still trailed with under 30 seconds to play when Notre Dame left Gerry McNamara alone and he hit the game-winning shot.

March 4, 2003: #12 Syracuse 92, #16 Notre Dame 88

Before Boeheim and the Orange ran the table in the NCAA Tournament, they faced one final regular-season road test in South Bend. Gerry McNamara and Billy Edelin got SU out to an early 22-point advantage and future NBA product Matt Carroll fired back with a game-high 28 points to tie the score at 86 with two minutes left. But freshman phenom Carmelo Anthony converted a layup to put Syracuse back in front, and clutch free throws by Kueth Duany sealed the deal on the road.

February 3, 2014: #1 Syracuse 61, Notre Dame 55

The best start to a season in Syracuse history only got better on this Monday night at the Carrier Dome under Boeheim’s watch. Some call it the Trevor Cooney game, and rightfully so. SU’s sophomore sharpshooter tied a program-high nine three-pointers en route to a career-high 33 points. Future NBA journeyman Pat Connaughton got Notre Dame within three with 44 seconds remaining, but free throws from Cooney and Jerami Grant iced the contest. The Orange won their 22nd straight game and remained undefeated until mid-February.

February 20, 2021: Syracuse 75, Notre Dame 67

One of Boeheim’s greatest comebacks came just a few years ago. Trailing by 20 early in the second half, Buddy Boeheim erupted with 20 second-half points to get the Orange back in the game. The forward finished with an at-the-time career-high 29 points, knocking down a dagger three to put SU up by eight with two minutes remaining. His father celebrated the win with a fist pump at the buzzer, and the fans in the Dome would’ve, too, if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Syracuse forward Chris Bell made eight 3-pointers on 10 attempts in the Orange's 87-83 win over North Carolina State Wolfpack on Tuesday at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Bell’s amazing 3-point shooting puts him among SU basketball greats (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)
The Syracuse Orange has been playing some wild games and putting up some crazy numbers lately.

From the disappointing loss to Georgia Tech last Saturday to Tuesday’s thrilling win at North Carolina State, those games and numbers have resulted in a bunch of questions flying into Mike’s Mailbox.

Let’s get right to them!

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

Q: Can you update Chris Bell’s 3-point percentage and where it stands compared to Syracuse’s best 3-point shooters?

Jim C.

Chris Bell’s 8-for-10 performance from 3-point range in Syracuse’s 87-83 win over N.C. State on Tuesday night raised his 3-point shooting numbers up two full percentage points. He entered the game at 39.3% for the year and came out of it at 41.6%.

That’s an incredible jump 27 games into the season.

Bell has made 72 out of 173 attempts from the 3-point line this year. That puts him among some elite company when it comes to Syracuse’s 3-point history.

NBA star weighs in on SU basketball; assistant coach responds (PS; $; Carlson)
The Syracuse men’s basketball team had a famous observer of its game against North Carolina State on Tuesday night.

NBA star Draymond Green was watching the game and chimed in on Chris Bell’s hot start on social media, taking issue with the inability of the Orange to get him involved in the offense in the second half.

Green offered his thoughts on X (previously Twitter), opining that Syracuse should have been more creative in finding shots for Bell in the second half against the Wolfpack.

The guard made eight 3-pointers during the first half and missed just one shot, pouring in 26 points. In the second half, he attempted two shots and did not score.

Syracuse went from a 15-point halftime lead to holding on by just four points in a dramatic finish.

And put the defender in a Single side tag position, and he got one shot in the 2nd half. Watching college BBall baffles me. His coach didn’t know how to use him to get other guys shots. Let alone get him another shot… HOWEVER… Boy got a ratchet!
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 21, 2024

Griffin was asked about the comments on “The 315 with Brian Higgins” radio show on ESPN Radio Syracuse on Wednesday.

Griffin was respectful of the credentials of the four-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA champion but suggested that Syracuse coaches have a better sense of what each player’s strength is.

Syracuse men's basketball asst. coach Allen Griffin (@coach_griffin1) joined @BrianHigginsSU LIVE in #The315 today... And if you didn't think Draymond Green was going to come up, you must not have been on social media last night.

Allen Griffin "The 315" 2-21-24
— Cuse Sports Talk (@CuseSportsTalk_) February 21, 2024

He said that Bell’s shooting percentages over the past two years are much higher when he operates as a spot-up shooter receiving passes from teammates than it is when he is trying to get shots off while running around screens.

“We took what the defense gave us,” Griffin said. “We had a gameplan going in. N.C. State kept putting two guys in the ball, we kept hitting the slip guy and we played out of that action. He was the recipient of understanding the game plan and executing it. That’s the way Chris makes his shots. If you look at his percentages off screens vs. when he’s spotting up and we’re finding him, it’s not even close. It’s not close. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but the percentages are better that way.”

SU swipe artists: 3 players rank in Top 10 in steals (ACC basketball stats through Feb. 21) (PS; $; Mink)
Say this about the remaining players suiting up for the Syracuse men’s basketball team.

They’ve got a sniper and a few swipers.

Chris Bell’s hot shooting has catapulted him into the Top 5 of the ACC in 3-point shooting.

Bell is fifth in the conference in 3-point percentage (41.6%) and made 3s per game (2.7). He’s coming off a torrid game in which he hit eight-straight 3s in the first half of Wednesday night’s win at North Carolina State.

And, Syracuse is the only school with three players in the Top 10 in steals.

Scroll through the charts below to see where Syracuse players rank in the ACC.

Coach Autry deserve a... grade for this season of Syracuse Basketball (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

On today's episode of Locked On Syracuse, Jackson Holzer gives his thoughts on how Coach Autry has done for Syracuse basketball so far. Plus, he discusses the expectations of the Syracuse women's basketball team and men's lacrosse team going forward.
Syracuse Basketball: ACC is not getting enough respect nationally, John Wildhack says (itlh; Adler)
SU athletics director John Wildhack says that Syracuse basketball and its Atlantic Coast Conference peers, in his opinion, aren’t getting enough respect on a national basis.

Speaking this week with Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia on their ESPN Radio Syracuse program “Orange Nation,” Wildhack discussed the ACC amid the entire collegiate hoops landscape during the 2023-24 campaign.

The regular season is winding down, and then the ACC Tournament will commence next month in Washington, D.C., before the Big Dance arrives.

"It's frustrating... This conference is really, really good. It's really deep."

Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack (@WildhackJ) on the national perception of ACC men's basketball.

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— Cuse Sports Talk (@CuseSportsTalk_) February 21, 2024

Wildhack says it’s “frustrating” for the ACC and its athletic directors. “This conference is really, really good. It’s really deep,” he says.

The ‘Cuse athletics director adds that there aren’t easy wins to come by in the ACC, particularly when playing on the road. The middle of the league’s standings is a bit log-jammed, meaning that conference squads are beating up on one another, which affects teams’ NCAA NET rankings.

John Wildhack says the ACC, where Syracuse basketball is a member, should get more national attention.

Wildhack says that the ACC, as a whole, has put forth a strong non-conference record. In looking at various data points and metrics, he says, “right now the ACC is vastly underrated. … I don’t think we’re getting the respect nationally that we deserve.”

Syracuse vs. NC State Full Game Replay | 2023-24 ACC Men's Basketball (youtube; video; ACC DN)

In an action-packed thriller, the Syracuse Orange outlasted the NC State Wolfpack, 87-83 in Raleigh. Chris Bell got things started for the Orange, knocking down his first eight 3-point attempts on his way to 26 first half points. The Wolfpack adjusted and shut Bell down in the 2nd half, rallying from a 15-point deficit to take the lead in the final minutes. DJ Horne was spectacular, scoring a game-high 32 points on 11-20 shooting from the floor, including 6-8 from three-point range. Syracuse's Quadir Copeland scored a career-high 25 points while making some spectacular plays and Judah Mintz scored all 13 of his points after the break to help the Orange to the win.

The View from the Corner Office - College of Law (

The College of Law has produced extraordinary leaders throughout our history. Today, our alumni include the President of the United States, elected and appointed officials at all levels of government, judges, public servants, C-Suite business executives (including Joanna Geraghty G’ 97, L’97, the CEO of JetBlue, who was profiled in the 2020 Stories Book) and nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, writers, managing partners of global law firms, and so many others in positions of influence.

In past Stories Books, we have examined how College of Law alumni have navigated their way to the C-Suite and other positions of leadership and explored the impact of their law degrees on their careers.

This year, our fifth such feature, we are looking at leaders in the field of entertainment and sports law. This field, which is growing in popularity among current students, ranges from representing individual entities such as sports teams and entertainment venues to securing broadcast rights and programming, and beyond. We spoke with five Law alumni spread across different aspects of sports and entertainment law to hear about their unique careers and how their law degrees set them up for success in an ever-changing industry.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we speak with a 2023 graduate who has a Fellowship with the Toronto Raptors and a Lawyer in Love alum who also is a leader in sports and entertainment law.

Shawna Benfield L’09Link

Legal Acumen that Empowers Creative Minds

Shawna Benfield L’09 was drawn to the entertainment industry early on—but always worked behind the scenes. “I was way too shy and utterly lacking in talent,” she laughs, “But I loved seeing how things were created.” She was the first non-musical theater major to take a course in the history of musical theatre at the University of Miami, where she majored in sports administration. So it was probably inevitable that she would end up in entertainment law, but it was not a straight career path out of law school.

As a first-generation college student, a law degree represented stability and respect. “I fell into the same mold as many law school students,” she says, studying for a career in litigation or corporate law, soaking up essential skills and being inspired by certain professors. She wasn’t drawn to tax law, for example, but loved classes taught by Professors Robert Nassau and Gregory Germain, who became trusted mentors.

Following graduation, Benfield clerked for federal judges and worked in a big law firm doing commercial and securities litigation, but she never lost her passion for the entertainment business. Her husband Andrew K. Benfield L’09, a tax attorney, encouraged her to career course-correct. She reached out to a network of colleagues and alumni. “I did the awkward thing, talked to strangers, and asked for help,” says Benfield. She demonstrated that her skills were transferrable to an industry that is essentially “a mishmash of potential legal issues.”

Winning the ACC Regular Season Important for Hubert Davis, UNC (; video; CBS Sports)
Evan Rogers and Adam Smith discuss North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis's comments on the importance of winning the ACC Regular Season championship.
Friedlander: Ranking the ACC’s top 5 football/basketball coaching duos (saturdaydownsouth.comi; Friedlander)
The debate over the ACC’s best football coach is a spirited one that boils down to whether you prefer Dabo Swinney and his impressive career resume at Clemson or the immediacy of the past 2 seasons put together by Florida State’s Mike Norvell.

Basketball offers a much easier call.

With the recent retirements of Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, with his .732 winning percentage and the national championship he won in 2019, is now the undisputed king.

But what happens when you combine the 2 sports?

Bennett gets dropped from consideration because of a football coach, Tony Elliott, who has won only 3 games in each of his first 2 seasons. And while Swinney and Norvell are the cream of the crop in the ACC, the basketball programs at their schools haven’t been nearly as successful.

Who has the league’s best football/basketball coaching combinations?

Let’s check out the top 5.

5. Dave Doeren/Kevin Keatts, NC State

Neither coach has brought home an ACC championship, which continues to be a source of frustration to the Wolfpack’s passionate, long-suffering fan base.

But Doeren has been the model of consistency, leading State to 8 or more wins in each of the past 4 seasons – the first time in school history that’s been done. A respected developer of talent who has sent numerous players to the NFL, he became the school’s all-time winningest coach by beating Miami for his 78th victory last November. Doeren’s no-nonsense personality and blue collar coaching philosophy have also been a good fit for a program that loves to play the part of the underdog.

Wolfpack Nation hasn’t been nearly as patient with Keatts and for good reason. Although he’s won nearly 60% of his games during his tenure (129-88), he’s only managed to get his team into the NCAA Tournament twice in 6 seasons. But there have been extenuating circumstances, including the cloud of a lengthy NCAA investigation not of his doing and the COVID pandemic that canceled a tournament the Wolfpack likely would have been in.

4. Dave Clawson/Steve Forbes, Wake Forest

Peahead Walker and Jim Grobe each have 14 more career wins — at least for now — but a legitimate argument can be made that Clawson is the best football coach in school history. He presided over the program’s most successful 7-year stretch, winning an ACC Atlantic Division title in 2021 and earning bowl eligibility every season from 2016-2022 before having the streak snapped last season. Beyond the numbers, an accurate indicator of Clawson’s coaching ability is that his name is among the 1st mentioned for virtually every Power 5 job that comes open.
Forbes has only been at Wake for 4 seasons. But the job he has done in resurrecting a dormant basketball program has been nothing short of remarkable. The Deacons posted only 2 winning records in 11 seasons under Jeff Bzdelik and Danny Manning prior to his arrival. This season will be their 3rd in a row.

Nicknamed “The Portal Whisperer” because of his ability to spot transfer talent, he has used the portal to land the likes of 2022 ACC Player of the Year Alondes Williams, league-leading scorer Tyree Appleby and this year’s sensation Hunter Sallis. While he has yet to get to the NCAA Tournament, his 2021-22 team won 25 games, the 3rd-most in school history.

3. Mack Brown/Hubert Davis, North Carolina

The Tar Heels would easily have been No. 1 on this list before Roy Williams retired. It isn’t often that a school has Hall of Famers leading their teams in the 2 highest-profile sports. But even with 1st-time head coach Davis taking over the basketball program, UNC’s combo still ranks high compared to others in the conference.

MBB: Links, News and Rumors 2024 Feb 20 (RX; HM)

MBB: Links, News and Rumors 2024 Feb 20
First, some scores...

ACC Scores for Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Syracuse 87
NC State 83

Both teams really needed this game, but the Orange went into Raleigh and took it.

Boston College 76
Florida State 84

The Eagles needed a win to keep their slim tournament hopes alive.

Pittsburgh 58
Wake Forest 91

The Deacs are back in the win column, trying to punch their ticket to the Big Dance. Pitt still has a shot as well.

Ranked Losers

#1 UConn lost by 19 at #15 Creighton, 66-85
(I guess we praised them too soon? see below...)
#11 Baylor lost by 7 at #25 BYU, 71-78
#19 San Diego St lost by 8 at Utah State, 60-68



Pernod, fennel and garlic steamed mussels with a slice of grilled bread at Moro's Table, Auburn, N.Y. (Jared Paventi | Paventi |

Mussels, desserts star at Moro’s Table in Auburn (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

If I were to ever open my own restaurant, it would be a Belgian-style mussels and fries place, and my first hires would be whoever is in charge of this part of the menu at Moro’s Table in Auburn.

Moro’s Table — not to be confused with sister restaurant Moro’s Kitchen in Skaneateles — has offered steamed bivalves ($14) with a rotation of sauces since opening in 2010, though the Pernod, fennel and garlic is almost always a featured preparation. Our order included a mound of smallish mussels with meat much sweeter than the larger variety we pick up at the supermarket. They were steamed in a combination of garlic and fennel sauteed in French anise-flavored liqueur. With the alcohol cooked away, the anise flavor was pronounced but not so much that it drowned out the mussels. Garlic provided an earthy backbone, as did the right amounts of salt and herbs.

Three of us shared the mussels and an order of Belgian-style frites as a starter ($6 as an addition to the mussels, $8 as a standalone starter). Long and almost perfectly square, these thicker-cut potatoes may have been twice-fried to deliver a soft pillowy center and crunchy exterior. A spicy aioli was an adept pairing for what was the best order of fries I’ve had in a while.

Consistency has long been the calling card of Moro’s Table. Chef-owner Ed Moro and co-owner/GM Beth Moro opened the bistro-style restaurant with an emphasis on shareable French- and Asian-inspired small plates. Every entree has a small and large plate option. Beyond the short list of starters and mussels are a handful of sushi rolls. The restaurant boasts a solid wine list of New York and domestic selections, as well as a seasonal cocktail menu.

Potstickers ($9) were packed with pork and aromatics before being steamed and pan-fried. We noted hints of garlic, ginger and lemongrass in the filling, which burst from the dumpling when split with a fork. A sweet and salty soy glaze finished the dish and added some depth.

How firefighters kept a fire at the top of Syracuse’s 20-story hotel from getting out of control (PS; $; Moss & Alba)
District Fire Chief Sara Errington didn’t think much at first of a smoke alarm call to the 279-room Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Syracuse on Wednesday night.

The Syracuse Fire Department sends a truck and an engine company initially on such calls. They usually turn out to be false alarms or nothing serious.

The firefighters arrived around 9 p.m. in the lobby of the hotel on East Genesee Street and saw water dripping through the crack where a set of elevator doors met.

They all suddenly knew this wasn’t a false alarm — a fire had triggered sprinklers high up in the building.

“That means you’ve got a lot of water flowing on the 20th floor that’s made its way all the way down,” said Errington, 54, who has two decades of experience with the department. “I knew something was going on.”

They had a fire at the top of Syracuse’s 20-story round hotel — a landmark in the city’s skyline since 1969. It is the city’s largest hotel.

Errington soon broadcast a “Signal 99,” indicating firefighters faced an active structure fire, immediately sending reinforcements. Errington, who is based at Fire Station 9 off Teall Avenue, was the first district chief on the scene and served as the initial incident commander.

But before an initial crew of five firefighters could battle the fire, they had to get to it.

Using the department’s longest ladder truck wasn’t an option: It only reaches eight stories high. In a high-rise building, Errington said, firefighters will typically take over an elevator and ride up to two floors below the fire.

But a lead firefighter wasn’t able to get control of the elevator: It was out of service. The firefighters would have to walk up 20 flights of stairs to get to the fire.

“We all looked at each other like, ‘Oh no, this suddenly got more complicated,’ ” she told Thursday.

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