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

Welcome to D Day!

Beginning in the spring of 1940, in the midst of World War II, Nazi Germany started occupying the northern part of France. They gained complete control of the area in May, when the British evacuated Dunkirk, a coastal city, during the Battle of France. But the Allies always hoped to return. In 1942, the United States and Britain began thinking about an invasion across the English Channel. Hitler, anticipating an invasion somewhere—although he did not know exactly where—put Erwin Rommel in charge of defense of a large swath of coastal areas and in charge of the creation of an Atlantic Wall, which consisted of fortifications of bunkers, landmines, and other beach and water obstacles.

The Allies codenamed their amphibious invasion of Normandy "Operation Overlord," and placed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in charge of it in January 1944. The invasion became known as D-Day, and its implementation would prove to be the start of the end of the war. The more obvious choice for the invasion was Pas de Calais, the spot with the shortest distance between Britain and Continental Europe. In fact, a deception campaign prior to D-Day made the Germans think that Pas de Calais—as well as Norway and some other locations—would be areas of invasion. Deception tactics included the use of fake equipment, George S. Patton's phantom army—which was supposedly stationed across from Pas de Calais, fraudulent radio transmissions, and double agents. The beaches of Normandy were chosen instead because they were less heavily defended than Pas de Calais, but were still within air cover.

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Eddie Lampkin Jr. (44) transferred to Syracuse after spending the 2023-24 season with Colorado. Lampkin will be a fifth-year senior with the Orange. (AP Photo/John Locher)AP

After Syracuse got its 4th transfer portal commitment in Lucas Taylor, what else does the Orange need? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

A week ago, Mike’s Mailbox had to adjust as Syracuse received a commitment from Top 30 high school recruit Sadiq White.

This week, the Mailbox had an influx of questions following Georgia State guard Lucas Taylor’s decision to commit to the Orange.

But timeliness is a good thing, right? So before more news breaks, let’s get to those questions. (If you have a question for the Mailbox, email it to

Q: Do you think Syracuse still needs a center? I know we have Eddie Lampkin and Naheem McLeod, but do you think we are deep enough at center?

Patrick D.

I received this question after Syracuse received a commitment from Georgia State transfer Lucas Taylor.

Taylor, a 6-foot-5 guard, is the fourth player that Syracuse has added to its roster through the transfer portal since the end of the 2023-24 season.

One of the other transfer additions is Eddie Lampkin, a 6-foot-10, 265-pound center from Colorado. Lampkin joins the 7-foot-4 Naheem McLeod at the center position for the Orange. McLeod is coming off a foot injury, which is worrisome for a player of his size.

I could see the Syracuse coaches looking to add another center, but probably one with more than two years of eligibility remaining because Lampkin and McLeod will both be fifth-year seniors in 2024-25.

Another option, though, would be to find a player who could alternate between both power forward and center. I know a lot of you are saying that Syracuse had that guy and his name was Maliq Brown, who transferred to Duke.

But I’ve been told that Brown didn’t really want to play center as he did last year when McLeod missed the last 18 games with a foot injury. There is also the rumor that Brown received a promise of a lot of NIL money from Duke.

Axe Brent Anything! Listeners ask about SU football, favorite Orange athletes and CNY's best pizza (youtube; podcast; Axe)

Syracuse Sports Insiders had questions about SU football road trips, favorite SU athletes ever, ACC realignment, CNY's best pizza and wings, what the ACC would do to replace Clemson and FSU, how Brent transitioned out of radio and more!

30 Minutes in Orange Nation 6-5-24 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve and Paulie discuss the addition of Lucas Taylor to the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team, played an Orange basketball edition of the match game, and create the perfect Syracuse football player using only $2 sample of Orange Legends.

What's Syracuse Basketball Getting from its LATEST Transfer Portal Addition Lucas Taylor? (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball secured its fourth transfer this offseason - Georgia State Shooting Guard Lucas Taylor. Adrian Autry's other three transfers are Eddie Lampkin, Jyare Davis, and Jaquan Carlos. Taylor figures to be the backup behind JJ Starling and provides insurance to Freshman Elijah Moore.Jackson Holzer tells you what Lucas Taylor brings to the Cuse on this edition of the Locked On Syracuse Podcast.

How Lucas Taylor Impacts Elijah Moore's Minutes for Syracuse Basketball (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

How Lucas Taylor Impacts Elijah Moore's Minutes for Syracuse Basketball

Syracuse Basketball: 'Cuse offers 5-star big Chris Cenac Jr., nation's No. 6 prospect (itlh; Adler)
Chris Cenac Jr., a 2025 five-star power forward rated as high as No. 6 nationally in his class, has landed a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball.

The elite 6-foot-10 big man disclosed his offer from the Orange via his X page on Wednesday. Cenac is one of at least six 2025 prospects who have received a scholarship offer from the 'Cuse staff since mid-April.

Cenac is a consensus top-50 overall player in his cycle. That being said, when recruiting service and media outlet On3 updated its 2025 rankings a few days ago, Cenac arrived as five stars, No. 6 nationwide, No. 3 at power forward and No. 1 in Louisiana.

Cenac attends the Isidore Newman School, a prep school located in New Orleans. You can view some of his high school statistics on the MaxPreps Web site. In the current AAU season, he is suiting up for the Dallas-based YoungGameChangers in the PUMA-sponsored PRO16/NXT league.


How Will Sadiq White Fit On Adrian Autry’s Team? (; Papillo)

For the first time in the Adrian Autry era, Syracuse basketball has landed a five-star recruit. Sadiq White, a highly touted power forward in the class of 2025, committed to the Orange last week with plenty of buzz surrounding the decision. We won’t get to see White lace up his sneakers for over a year, but how is a player like White going to look in an Adrian Autry system?

Well for starters, we need to analyze what kind of player White is. White measures in at 6-foot-8 and 180 pounds, which is relatively light for a frontcourt player. Despite his size, the North Carolina native has

“White is one of the most explosive athletes in the national class,” said Adam Finkelstein, director of scouting for 247 Sports. “He is not yet a consistent shooting threat from the perimeter and can get inefficient when trying to prove otherwise or settling for low percentage face-up shots. What the lefty does have is an advanced right hand, an expanding ability to get downhill, and play through contact. There are even some occasional signs of a passing instinct.”

So essentially, White classifies as an explosive forward with a strong ability to get to the basket. Where does that fit in the current makeup of the Orange? There’ll be a lot of roster turnover from then to now, especially with the arrivals of 2024 top prospects Donnie Freeman and Elijah Moore. As it currently stands, a strong pairing would be White and Chris Bell in the frontcourt.



Keanu Reeves of Dogstar performs in concert during Primavera Sound Festival on May 31, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/Redferns via Getty Images)Redferns

Keanu Reeves' rock band Dogstar to play Central NY concert (PS; Herbert)
One of the Wyld Stallyns is coming to Central New York for a rock concert.

Keanu Reeves and his alt-rock band Dogstar will perform at the del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 18. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Vine Showroom.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. through the del Lago Resort & Casino box office at 315-946-1695 or online at A VIP soundcheck experience is also available that includes a group photo with Dogstar.

Dogstar, which originally formed in the ‘90s, features Reeves on bass, Robert Mailhouse on drums, and Bret Domrose on guitar and vocals. The group released its third album, “Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees,” in 2023 after being mostly dormant for two decades as Reeves’ acting career took off.

NYS Fair adds funk legends to 2024’s free concert lineup (PS; $; Herbert)
The New York State Fair is ready to get funky.

The JAMS Funk Fest 2024 lineup will feature TMF, Raydio and comedy performer C.P. Lacey on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Chevy Court. Performances will begin at 12 p.m. and go all day, highlighted by Raydio at 6:30 p.m., TMF from 8-10 p.m. and Lacey performing between each act starting at 4:30 p.m.

All of the JAMS Funk Fest performers are free to watch with admission to the NYS Fair. JAMS, which stands for Joined Artists, Musicians and Singers, puts on all-day funk festival every year at the Fair.

TMF, which stands for The Music Forever, previously performed with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (of “Before I Let Go” fame). The group, which received the 2023 Joseph R. Biden Presidential Lifetime Achievement and Volunteer Service Awards, features seven veteran performers known for songs like “Let Me Love You,” “Making Love to the Music,” “I’ll Never Let Go” and “So Deep in Love,” plus collaborations with artists like Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, George Benson, and Alanis Morrisette.

Raydio, created by Ray Parker Jr. with vocalists Arnell Carmichael and Jerry Knight, is best known for the 1978 top 10 hit “Jack and Jill,” plus R&B/funk songs like “Is This a Love Thing,” “You Can’t Change That” and “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do).”

Lacey is described as a performer who can sing, do comedy, dance, act and flawlessly impersonate celebrities like Kanye West, Eddie Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and James Brown. He’s appeared on “Comic View” and “The Chappelle Show,” plus created his own characters like “Grandma Yea,” “Shark Bait,” and “Lil L.”

More than 25 concerts have been announced so far for the NYS Fair’s 2024 lineup, which will feature 39 total acts.


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