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

Welcome to John Parker Day!

John Parker, born on July 13, 1729, was a farmer, mechanic, and had fought in the French and Indian War. He was selected as the militia captain in his hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts, and it was on one fateful morning in April 1775, when events transpired that set a group of colonists on an inexorable path towards freedom or defeat, and gave Captain John Parker a spot in the history books, and his own day.

In the Spring of 1775, British General Thomas Gage had orders to seize the stores of weapons that were accessible to colonists. On April 18, he directed the weapons in Concord, Massachusetts, to be taken, and for Samuel Adams and John Hancock—who were thought to be in Lexington—to be captured. John Parker received warning of the British approach, after Paul Revere and William Dawes had stopped in Lexington during their midnight ride.

Early on the morning of April 19, Parker brought together about 70 volunteer militiamen on the Lexington Green. He told his men to let the British pass, and not to fire on them unless they themselves were fired upon. He reportedly said, "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."

SU News

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Mike Waters gets to know the newest member of the Orange Jyare Davis.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Kiyan Anthony has 'very promising game,' top expert says (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball 2025 priority recruit Kiyan Anthony, the four-star shooting guard from New York City, was a key reserve as a junior in the recently completed 2023-24 season for a top-five national team, and he's off to a fast start in the early part of the AAU circuit over the spring and summer months.

The 6-foot-5 Anthony, the son of Orange legend and long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony, received a scholarship offer from the 'Cuse coaching staff in November of 2022. In late October of last year, he took an official visit to the Hill, and the Orange is currently in the lead for Kiyan Anthony, according to On3's recruiting prediction machine.

Although he holds numerous other high-major offers and has taken an official visit to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference squad Florida State as well, the sentiment among 'Cuse fans is that Syracuse basketball has an excellent shot at landing Anthony, although national analyst Rob Cassidy said this past January that Anthony ultimately committing to SU is far from a sure thing.

I'll be curious to see what new offers Anthony may pick up in the future, and what other college squads he visits moving forward.

Top experts say that Syracuse basketball four-star target Kiyan Anthony continues to improve.

In 2023-24, Anthony was a solid contributor off the bench for Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., which finished in the top five around the country, according to media outlets such as MaxPreps and ESPN.

Syracuse basketball potential landing spot for Duke 4-star PG transfer Jeremy Roach (itlh; Adler)
ESPN says that Syracuse basketball is a potential destination for Duke senior point guard Jeremy Roach, who this week entered the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility and entering the transfer portal as well.

I noted in a column on Wednesday night that the Orange coaching staff has recruiting ties to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Roach through his former high school and AAU programs in the Washington, D.C., area.

In a piece by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, he writes that there are numerous schools linked as potential landing spots for Roach, such as Syracuse basketball, Villanova, Georgetown, Arkansas, Baylor and Ole Miss, among others.

College basketball insider Adam Zagoria said in a recent piece that possible leaders for Roach might include St. John’s, Kentucky and Arkansas. I’ve also read multiple reports regarding Villanova potentially making a serious run at Roach, who if he doesn’t stay in the 2024 NBA Draft would have one term of collegiate eligibility left.

Syracuse basketball is viewed as a possible landing spot for Duke’s Jeremy Roach.

In the 2023-24 season as a senior for the Blue Devils, Roach was named to the All-ACC third team. He helped lead Duke to a 27-9 overall record and a No. 9 final national ranking as the Blue Devils reached the Elite Eight of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

As a senior, Roach averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, while connecting on 46.8 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from 3-point land and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line, per ESPN data.

Syracuse men’s basketball: Orange unnamed in first bracketology projection for 2024-25 season (TNIAAM; Chiappone)
Regardless of how the rest of this offseason concludes, all signs are pointing to an uphill climb for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team if it wants to snap a three-year NCAA Tournament drought.

In ESPN’s first bracketology update since the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, seven ACC teams are projected to make the 2025 NCAA Tournament... and none of those include the Orange. It means that for the second-straight year under head coach Adrian Autry, Syracuse will certainly need to play its way into the bracketology conversation over the course of next season.

The seven ACC teams mentioned include Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest, NC State, Pittsburgh and Clemson. The ACC is projected to have the fourth-most teams in next year’s NCAA Tournament, according to the bracketology update which was released on Monday. Both the SEC and Big Ten lead the way with nine teams, followed by the Big 12 with eight.

Similar to when we broke down some of the “way-too-early top-25” lists out there, it’s generally important to take projections like these with multiple grains of salt.

At the same time, this can provide some insight both with describing the road Syracuse faces ahead in the ACC as well as quantify what the program needs to do in order to return to the NCAA Tournament.

For example, Syracuse is scheduled to play those seven ACC teams projected to make the 2025 NCAA Tournament a combined eight times next season. Five of those games will be in the JMA Wireless Dome and include a mix of projected top-two seeds like Duke and UNC to more of the bubble programs like NC State, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.

The Juice Online - Rapid Reaction: Dan Engelstad hiring a big win for Syracuse (; Bierman)
Adrian Autry has now filled the vacancy on his coaching staff since the departure of Gerry McNamara to Siena on March 29.

SU athletics Thursday officially announced the hiring of former Mt. Saint Mary's coach Dan Engelstad as an assistant coach, after serving six years at the school.


The luring of Engelstad away from his head coaching position at Mount St. Mary's, clearly signifies the direction that Autry wanted to go with his second coaching hire out of the program in as many seasons.
Bring aboard an established head coach (11 seasons combined at Southern Vermont/MSM) who has handled all the various nuances of running an organization administratively, sports a solid record of player development and a couple of quick season turnarounds, and will stimulate Autry's thinking as the staff evolves and establishes new offensive and defensive strategies into the program.

The latter trait is important in the new world order of so many players transferring after one season (along with traditional scholastic recruiting). Their goal is to fit into a winning program that not only satisfies NIL opportunities, but features a playing style that best suits (and showcases) their individual game.

Oh, and Engelstad's hiring also may come with the added benefit of a talent infusion to the depleted Orange roster. All-MAAC first team selection Dakota Leffew is in the portal after four seasons at 'The Mount', and has listed SU among his final six schools on social media this month. Leffew could potentially step right into the SU backcourt to become a dangerous 3-point threat (37% / 18ppg last season).

How Syracuse Basketball Pivots if Dakota Leffew Goes Elsewhere - Portal? JJ Starling? Chance Westry? (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Syracuse Basketball still awaits the decision of Mount St. Mary's Combo Guard Dakota Leffew. But, if the Orange don't land Leffew, where do they turn? Could Adrian Autry target Jeremy Roach, Boopie Miller, or perhaps wait? What about JJ Starling or Chance Westry as the starting point guard?
Could Chance Westry Be the Starting Point Guard Next Season? (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Syracuse Basketball still awaits the decision of Mount St. Mary's Combo Guard Dakota Leffew. But, if the Orange don't land Leffew, where do they turn? Could Adrian Autry target Jeremy Roach, Boopie Miller, or perhaps wait? What about JJ Starling or Chance Westry as the starting point guard?

Could Jaquan Carlos Still be an Option for Syracuse Basketball? (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball has been in contact with a number of players in the transfer portal. Adrian Autry has already landed Eddie Lampkin and Jyare. Davis. Dakota Leffew has also visited the Orange. Where does the Cuse stand with players like BJ Freeman, Roddy Gayle, and Jaquan Carlos?

Keeping Up With The 315 4-18-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian starts #The315 out with Portal Watch Day: 32 where he talks about the official announcement of ‘Cuse men’s hoops newest assistant Dan Englestad, news on Dakota Leffew, and more. Next, Brian went over LAX’s newest retired jersey and talks about other men’s LAX greats from Syracuse. Afterwards, Brian brings in more portal news. Finally, Brian wrapped up the show with a call from a listener asking the specifics of the spring game, and more!
Syracuse Orange produces some of the most professional NBA players, according to study (; Hatch)
A new study has revealed that the Syracuse Orange produces some of the most professional National Basketball Association (NBA) players.

The study by Flashpicks found that Syracuse University ranks 6th for producing some of the most professional NBA players, with alumni who collectively received the lowest number of fines, ejections and suspensions over the past 10 years in the NBA.

Dyaisha Fair picked 16th overall by the Las Vegas Aces
“With discipline a hot topic in the NBA currently, we wanted to look closer at where the best-behaved players attended college,” stated the head of operations at FlashPicks, Callum Broxton.

SU has 17 active players in the NBA since 2014. Out of all players, only three have had fines, five have had ejections and no one has missed a game because of a suspension.

RankCollegeActive players since 2014Number of finesGames missed through suspensionsNumber of ejections
1Houston Cougars11000
2Virginia Cavaliers17100
3Iowa State Cyclones14010
4Gonzaga Bulldogs22035
5Texas A&M Aggies10006
6Syracuse Orange17305
7Michigan Wolverines260185
8Villanova Wildcats180113
9Alabama Crimson Tide14142
10LSU Tigers23515

Those players include Jerami Grant and Michael Carter-Williams with the three fines between the two of them, totaling $45,000. Carmelo Anthony is responsible for three of the ejections and Dion Waiters and Carter-Williams are responsible for one each.


Jim and Juli Boeheim answer questions from the media. After a two year pause a return for the Jim and Juli Foundation BASKET BALL at the Turning Stone Resorts Casino April 30, 2022. Dennis Nett |
The Boeheims’ Basket Ball later this month turns 25. It might be their last (PS; $; Ditota)
When Jim and Juli Boeheim gather at the Turning Stone Resort Casino for their annual Basket Ball on April 27, the date will be significant.

It will be their 25th year holding the gala.

It might also be their last.

The Boeheims said the annual affair that’s raised millions of dollars for local charities might have reached its end date.

“Pretty much. We feel like 25 incredible years is a lot to get,” Juli Boeheim said by phone. “But it’s so hard for me to verbally say it matter-of-factly and walk away from a half-a-million dollars net. We walk away from this and we have to cut back on our giving.

“We give probably $750,000 out a year. And then some more, if it’s an emergency for someone. So that would be affected completely. So that is something to think about.”

This year, Mike Tirico will emcee the event and former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will join Jim Boeheim on stage for part of it.

Proceeds from the gala funnel into the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, which has been particularly interested in funding cancer research and children’s causes, but which also donates to various non-profit organizations in our community.

The Boeheims, Juli said, are “trying to reinvent” other avenues of revenue. They are tagging on a poker tournament the night before the gala at Turning Stone. They hope to grow their annual golf tournament.

But nothing, Juli said, will come close to drawing the dollars the gala brings each spring.

“And this year we’re thinking we can hit the million-dollar mark with a paddle raise,” she said. “We’re already soliciting people to give to that in a high number.”

A “paddle raise,” for the uninitiated, happens at the end of an auction, when patrons raise paddles in silent assent to various dollar figures.

The Basket Ball paddle raise will start at $100,000 and descend to maybe $1,000 as the night wears on.

“Jim is working on the back end to get people to give $100,000 and we’ve had a few yesses,” Juli said. “This gala could be 2-for-1. The goal has always been to raise a million and I’m very hopeful that we just might do it.”



A look inside the layers of roast pork, ham and salami inside the Tampa-style Cubano from Mamacitas Puerto Rican Kitchen in North Syracuse.

This little spot brings big Puerto Rican flavor to North Syracuse (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Pucci)

Olive Garden may have the trademark on the “When you’re here, you’re family” slogan, but truthfully, it would be better suited for Mamacitas Puerto Rican Kitchen.

The restaurant’s origin story starts with family. Owner Sara Rius learned how to cook Puerto Rican cuisine from her mother-in-law. Those lessons led to Rius setting up a booth at local farmers markets, opening a small food truck, then a larger food truck and then, in September 2022, a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Though diminutive in size, the bright red building and large blue sign along busy East Taft Road make this spot hard to miss.

Rius’ sister is a full-time nurse, but she was helping out behind the counter on our recent weekend trip to Mamacitas. You’d never know she was a part-timer, judging by her knowledge of the menu and her confident suggestions on what we, as first-timers, should order.

The recommendation to try the Tampa-style Cubano ($12) was like preaching to the choir. Unlike Cuban sandwiches one might find around Miami, which contains only roast pork and sliced ham, the Tampa version includes sliced salami. It’s both a history lesson into the influence of the Cuban, Spanish and Italian immigrants in Tampa who came together in a beautiful moment of pork-fueled harmony, but also proof that a sandwich with two types of pork in it will likely be improved by adding a third.

Consistent with the recipe designated as the city of Tampa’s official sandwich, Mamacitas’ version features layers of slow-roasted pork, salami, ham, swiss cheese, pickles and yellow mustard, all pressed together in a delectably toasty roll. While the official version is served on Cuban bread, “the loaf scored on top by palmetto palm fronds and stored in a paper bag,” the local DiLauro’s roll Mamacitas uses won’t have you missing the hint of palmetto palm.

Just as how the crust is the most important part of a pizza, a good sandwich starts with good bread and in the case of a Cuban sandwich, that means a properly pressed roll with an evenly crisped exterior that gives way to a soft interior, a golden ratio of bread to porky filling. At Mamacitas, the bread was uniformly blistered from the heat of the press and every bite was as good as the one before.

While the ham and salami were predictably good, it was the generous slices of fall-apart tender roast pork that stole the show. Garlicky and intensely flavorful, the richness of the pork paired wonderfully with the vinegary zip of the pickles and bright yellow mustard. Add in a few slices of melted Swiss cheese and it’s just about perfect.

Jakub Thompson, 14, a member of the Mohawk Nation wolf clan, recently caught and released this 46-pound muskie on the St. Lawrence river while walleye fishing with his dad, Jon Thompson.Jon Thompson

Father and son team up to land monster St. Lawrence River muskie (PS; Featherstone)
Jon Thompson and his 14-year-old son, Jakub, got more than they bargained for when they went walleye fishing on the St. Lawrence River in early April.

It was a clear, calm evening when the pair motored into 28 feet of water between Cornwall Island and Akwesasne territory, where they live as members of the Mohawk Nation wolf clan. They jigged for walleye for two hours, catching around twenty of them.

“Around seven o’clock, right when the sun went down, the water was like glass,” Thompson said. That’s when Jakub noticed two blips on the fishfinder about 60 feet away. So he cast his gold SteelShad blade bait in that direction and jigged it up and down on the retrieve.

The first cast came up empty. The second cast snagged on something.

“Then that pole just started screaming, man,” said Thompson, “running out the string and everything.”

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