NFL anthem stance is unAmerican

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Congratulations to the NFL. They have decreed that a piece of cloth (i.e., flag) which represents an image of America is more basic than the ideals (i.e., freedom of speech and expression) which are the essence of what it means to be an American.  If they claim that they took this action to protect the NFL’s appearance as patriotic, I suggest they reconsider.Forced patriotic expression is perfidious — and fundamentally unAmerican. Denis BrennanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Syracuse beats Boston College, 20-17, in Scott Shafer’s last game as head coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Scott Shafer stood on the sideline as his team rushed onto the field. Syracuse’s players mobbed kicker Cole Murphy, whose 35-yard, game-winning kick ended his head coach’s SU career with the win that had escaped him the last two months.As the celebration unfolded, senior Rob Trudo was the first player to hug Shafer and, along with Nick Robinson, lifted Shafer on their shoulders as his eyes teared up.Five days ago, Shafer was fired as their head coach. But for one last time, he could celebrate. He had 14 wins in his head coaching career. The last, too late to save his job.“I wish it was celebrating eight or nine wins and going to a bowl game and all those types of things,” Shafer said, “but it’s four wins and it’s better than three.”In a game that had no postseason implications, SU carried extra motivation. Director of Athletics Mark Coyle fired Shafer on Monday, but allowed Saturday to be his inevitable last hurrah. Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) beat Boston College (3-9, 0-8), 20-17, on Saturday and ended SU’s longest losing streak since 2005 at eight games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer coached 17 losses in the last two seasons. His moment, his last moment, was too late to make up for it all.“It feels good to be on the other side of those types of games,” sophomore captain Zaire Franklin said. “With everything that went on this week with Coach, we felt it was important.”SU practiced harder this week because players wanted to send Shafer out with a win, wide receiver, Steve Ishmael said. When Shafer addressed the team on Friday night, the head coach cried.As Shafer’s final game entered the last eight and a half minutes with BC in possession, it resembled others that Syracuse blew this season. Virginia used the final 6:52 to force overtime with a field goal on Oct. 17. A week later, Pittsburgh whittled the last 9:20 to win the game, 23-20.But Syracuse’s defense made a third-down stop with more than two and a half minutes left. BC kicked a field goal to tie it, leaving enough time for the Orange to answer.After losing twice on the final play of the game while postseason hopes were still in tact — and possibly Shafer’s job, too — SU had a chance to finally pull out a fourth-quarter win.A 9-yard pass to Ervin Philips, a 10-yard pass to Alvin Cornelius and back-to-back runs by Jordan Fredericks moved Syracuse downfield. Each play built more momentum than the last and put Murphy in position to kick the game-winner.“I didn’t want to be the special teams coordinator for a second,” special teams coordinator Tim Daoust said.Shafer’s been criticized for poor time management over the past several months but went out with a fourth-quarter drive that gave SU its fourth win of the year.And the celebration that ensued wasn’t about winning an otherwise seemingly irrelevant game. It wasn’t about the difference between three wins and four. But it did acknowledge a coach that never got to see the talent he brought in fully develop.“It’s tough, but I’m happy for Scott, happy for the kids,” Daoust said. “It’s about the kids so I’m happy that they went out the right way because it’s tough circumstances.”As Shafer was carried off the field, fans chanted “Thank you Shafer!” Players hugged and then swayed to SU’s alma mater for the final time in 2015. Ishmael said it felt like a movie.After the game, Shafer walked out to the podium for the final time. His one-minute, 40-second press conference was filled with sniffles, thanks, and a 12-second pause to gather himself. He thanked his assistant coaches and the community for the past seven years he spent at SU. He said “Go Orange,” as he turned to leave.On the day before training camp, Shafer said he’d spoken with Coyle. The AD told him that it would be a marathon, not a sprint. Shafer’s marathon ended just 11 games later, and the 12th proved to be his victory lap.The next time SU takes the field, there will be a new coach and possibly a whole new staff. The future is filled with many unknowns. Saturday commemorated the present.A new marathon for Syracuse is just beginning, but for Shafer, it’s over. Commentslast_img read more

Boeheim: ‘I don’t think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than’ Boston College

first_imgWhen Boston College arrives in the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, it will visit Syracuse without being a conference bottom dweller for the first time in a while. BC has upset top-ranked Duke at home and narrowly edged Wake Forest and Florida State, two teams Syracuse failed to close out late in games earlier this season.There’s one aspect of the Eagles (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) game Syracuse (13-6, 2-4) needs to give extra attention to, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on Monday’s ACC teleconference.“I don’t think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than this team,” he said. “They’re extremely good from the 3-point line.”BC ranks tied for eighth in the ACC with a 36.4 percent mark from 3-point land. That weaponizing from beyond the arc, Boeheim said, can mainly be attributed to the development of young players who struggled through tough seasons before. He specifically cited the Eagles’ three players in the backcourt — sophomore Ky Bowman and juniors Jerome Robinson and Jordan Chatman — for their increased production and diversity in skillsets. Each can make plays by putting the ball on the floor or shooting, he said.“They have as good of three offensive players in the backcourt of any team in the league,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also praised the team’s “really solid” defense. Under head coach Jim Christian, the Eagles have managed a remarkable turnaround. Last season, BC finished 2-16 in conference play. The season before, 0-18. One player’s best memory of playing on the team was “going out to eat.” Since, Christian has piloted the program upward by taking lightly recruited players — including Bowman, who had a scholarship from Alabama in football — and developing them.In a way, Syracuse’s head coach has handled a level of youth similar to those past BC teams on his own squad this season. The Orange has focused more on parts of the game that veterans would usually already know, Boeheim said, like positioning or the finer points in the team’s offensive and defensive schemes.“This team needs more basic, fundamental teachings of what we’re trying to do,” he said. “That’s to be expected. …. This team is probably the youngest team we’ve ever had. We’re constantly trying to reinforce the fundamental things we need to do to win.”Other notes from Boeheim’s teleconference:Boeheim’s salary could force SU to pay thousands of dollars in additional taxes every year as part of the Republican Party’s tax overhaul plan. Asked for his thoughts on lawmakers’ decision to target college coaches to make up for the plan’s cuts, Boeheim said, “I don’t have much of a feeling on that. I don’t understand exactly what this is all about, really. It’s beyond me.” Read the full story about the tax plan’s implications on SU here.Boeheim was asked about Howard Garfinkel, the high school basketball scout who ran the popular Five-Star Basketball Camp. Garfinkel died on May 7, 2016, and on Saturday, Feb. 3, Madison Square Garden will host the inaugural “The Garf” event in his honor, when St. John’s plays Duke. Here’s what he said about Garfinkel: “(Garfinkel) once called us at the end of recruiting and he said, ‘I’ve got a kid for you down here, nobody’s recruiting him and you should.’ I said, ‘Come on,’ but long story short, we recruited him, kid named Greg Kohls. In his senior year, he averaged 24 points per game for us. One of the best long-range shooters I’ve ever seen. And that was without the 3-point line. You never knew when Howard would call, it would be something or somebody. That was the best call I got from Howard.” Comments Published on January 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more