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Timeline of Taco Time’s evolution

first_imgTaco Time in the Carrier Dome began in 1995 and this season marks the 20th anniversary of the promotion that’s become a tradition. Check out this timeline of Taco Time’s evolution:1980s — Syracuse legends Sherman Douglas and Derrick Coleman play three seasons as teammates from 1986-89. Burger King had a promotion in the 80s that fans could redeem for free french fries when SU scored over 100 points at home, which occurred 12 times in that span.1995-96 — Before Michael Veley’s first season as marketing director for SU Athletics, he creates a promotion with Taco Bell that when Syracuse scores more than 75 points, fans can redeem a free taco at participating restaurants.2004 — Taco Time is added at women’s basketball games but the benchmark to redeem free tacos is 65 points compared to 75 for men’s. It’s designed to be attainable to drive more fans to Taco Bell.2008 — An online survey asks SU students to rate their favorite promotion at men’s basketball games. Taco Time received more than double the number of votes as any other choice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAug. 2012 — The Taco Bell in Kimmel Food Court is closed and replaced with Queso’s. Taco Bell no longer has a restaurant on campus but the nearest one to the Carrier Dome is just 5 miles away.Feb. and March 2013 — Nike creates T-shirts that say “We want tacos.” They are discontinued after just two seasons despite successful sales at the SU Bookstore.Nov. 2015 — Number of points in order to reach Taco Time is bumped from 75 to 70 at men’s games. Despite a prior miscommunication by SU Athletics, it remains 65 for women’s games.Nov. 17, 2015 — Men’s basketball team scores over 70 points to reach Taco Time in a win over St. Bonaventure. This is the 320th Taco Time. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 20 Wisconsin goes cold late, falls to No. 11 Michigan State 67–59 at the Kohl Center

first_imgIn what was a close fought battle most of the way, the No. 20 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (17-8, 9-5 Big Ten) fell to the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (20-5, 11-3) at the Kohl Center Tuesday night by a score of 67–59.The Badgers let the game slip away in the final minutes with poor shooting and defense, giving Michigan State a surplus of opportunities to seal the game.The game was still within Wisconsin’s reach with under a minute to go, but after a failed defensive assignment allowed Michigan State’s Kenny Goins to sink a wide open three to give the Spartans a 62–56 lead with 32 seconds to go, the Badgers had foiled their chances of winning.The Badgers couldn’t seem to get anything to go their way early on, shooting just 8-for-22 from the field and 2-for-7 from three to go with four turnovers in the game’s first 12 minutes. Wisconsin followed up the cold spell with a 14–4 run that featured seven points from Brevin Pritzl, five of which came in a single possession after a flagrant foul was called on Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid. Pritzl made two free throws and then nailed a three-pointer to give the Kohl Center a burst of energy.A look at the camaraderie, culture surrounding Wisconsin men’s basketball programFrom 1999-2017, the Wisconsin men’s basketball program had reached the NCAA tournament in 19 consecutive seasons, a streak that was Read…But Michigan State quickly responded, going on an 11-2 run of their own to take back the lead. Wisconsin led 38–37 heading into the break in what ended up being a high-scoring half.In the second half, the Badgers struggled to establish an offensive rhythm and would not take back the lead after the 17-minute mark in the second half.The Spartans were able to neutralize the Wisconsin backcourt in the second half, preventing Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice from getting open looks on the perimeter. Nate Reuvers netted three 3-pointers, but was unable to find a rhythm late.As has been the case many times in the past, the Badgers were forced to lean on Happ late Tuesday.But in front a “sea of red” crowd at the Kohl Center, Happ’s free-throw shooting woes continued. He went 0-for-6 from the stripe and committed five turnovers in the second half to give the Spartans momentum down the stretch. Wisconsin shot 1 of 8 from the free-throw line in the second half, a deciding factor in the loss.“We have to be more complete when we get to the free throw line, get the ball to a high percentage area and be able to complete that. We weren’t able to do that,” Head Coach Greg Gard said.Happ notched another double-double, finishing with 20 points to go with 12 rebounds. Reuvers had 11 points, while Davison scored nine points on just 3 of 12 shooting (2-for-8 from 3).Happ’s 20 points put him at 2,000 for his career as he became the fourth player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career. Happ is the first conference player to accomplish that in more than 35 years.Assessing Ethan Happ’s draft stock as his UW career nears its endThere’s a saying that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. A prime example of this in action Read…Michigan State star Cassius Winston led all scorers with 23 points to go with six rebounds and six assists for the Spartans, out-dueling Happ in a showdown between two of the Big Ten’s premier players. Goins and forward Nick Ward each added 12 points.In addition to the stout defensive showing, Michigan State out-rebounded Wisconsin 40-28.“I think our defense, holding them to 21 points in the second half, rebounds, getting back to the things that have won us games, I think was critical,” Spartan Head Coach Tom Izzo said.The Badgers have now lost two in a row after a six-game win streak. Wisconsin closes their regular season with six Big Ten games, four of which will come against teams with losing records in conference play.Next, Wisconsin will take on Illinois Feb. 18 at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin beat Illinois in Champaign earlier this season, 72–60, behind a career night from Reuvers.last_img read more

Whicker: To find the party at Dodger Stadium, just follow Red Sox manager Alex Cora

Mitch Poole owns pieces of thoroughbreds, has an all-world bobblehead collection, and runs a visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium that, twice in the past 361 days, has become its own pool.The Houston Astros made it rain champagne after they won the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles, and the Boston Red Sox followed it up this year. Maybe Poole should get the Dodgers to install a Sub Air system, like Augusta National has, to suck down the moisture.The only other person who shared both floods was, in retrospect, the subject of last winter’s best transaction.Alex Cora was Houston’s bench coach then and he is Boston’s manager now. He also grew up, professionally, in the Dodgers organization, as a smooth-handed shortstop with an occasionally mischievous bat and a mind that is never in power-saving mode. The world gasped when the Red Sox fired John Farrell last fall after they won 93 games and the American League East. A lot went into that, but the opportunity to hire Cora would have been enough. Boston won 108 games, then went 11-3 in the playoffs, and thus won its fourth World Series in the past 15 years.Boston also signed J.D. Martinez, at Cora’s urging, and Martinez gave the Sox the power they lacked.Money? Yes, the Red Sox spent a lot, $234 million in fact, way past the luxury tax limit. You can do that when you’ve turned Fenway Park into a gold mine, and you work in a market where championship parades are part of the exercise routine.The Red Sox paid David Price $30 million this year, so they let him pitch seven innings in Game 5. They have an offensive nucleus and they turn it loose, unworried about driving up pitch counts. They also believe in action and not just the Three True Outcomes (home run, walk, strikeout).“We live in an era when hitting .210 with 30 home runs and 70 RBIs is acceptable, and we don’t believe that,” Cora said. “There are certain situations where a strikeout is not just an out. We put the ball in play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Red Sox struck out only 28 times in 185 postseason at-bats with two outs. The Dodgers fanned 64 times in 175 at-bats.The Red Sox also hit a ludicrous .364 with men in scoring position in playoff games. The Dodgers hit .192 and struck out 44 times.This isn’t genius, it’s common sense. Cora knows the perils of trying to outsmart himself. Before the Series, it was assumed Mookie Betts would move to second, his minor league position, to allow the outfielders to play together in Dodger Stadium.Cora considered it but went with Brock Holt, a high-voltage second baseman who got his chance when Dustin Pedroia was hurt and jacked up his OPS from .548 to .774. Holt was all over the place in the World Series.Scott Boras, Cora’s agent, calls this the art of “Coralytics,” or dovetailing the endless numbers and tendencies with Cora’s natural feel for players as people.“I remember when he was 12 or 13 and he was wandering around the park in Puerto Rico, couldn’t sit still,” Boras said. “He never could get enough of the game.”Turtle Thomas was the recruiter at the University of Miami who signed Cora and watched him play himself into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.“Two things about him,” Thomas said. “He absolutely ran the show on the field and did it from Day 1, and his infield practice was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters. And he was also the best clutch hitter I ever saw on the college level.”All you hear is how grueling the season is, although they’re playing the same 162 games that Cal Ripken did. The Red Sox didn’t buy it. They never lost four consecutive games and, until September, were at least seven games over .500 in every month. It’s hard to argue that they’re not the best team since at least the 1998 Yankees.But when Cora was asked about Boston’s celebration, his mind went south toward home.“I’m thinking about what they’re doing in Puerto Rico,” he said. He recalled the boxing nights, when Felix Trinidad or Miguel Cotto would step into the ring, and his hometown of Caguas would shut down to watch.“They’re telling me that’s what’s happening on the nights we’re playing in the postseason,” Cora said. “And that’s just unbelievable.”The Red Sox, and their chances of doing it again, are very believable. Ask Mitch Poole and his carpet cleaner. read more

March Madness 2019: Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu says she intentionally missed last shot to secure triple-double

first_img“I knew exactly where it (the ball) was going to go, so I was like, ‘Let me just kind of add a little more rotation on this shot so I can get it back,” Ionescu said after the game.Ionescu finished with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the 91-68 win. She joined Stanford’s Nicole Powell as the only players in Division I history with multiple triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament. Related News Sabrina Ionescu wanted to make sure she finished Oregon’s second-round win with a triple-double.The No. 2 Ducks had a comfortable lead over the No. 10 Hoosiers so when Ionescu attempted her last shot, she purposefully missed in order to get the rebound. It was that board that gave Ionescu her 18th career triple-double — the most career triple-doubles of any woman or man in the NCAA.  March Madness 2019: Volunteers suffer rare sour ending in women’s tournament March Madness 2019: Louisville women’s coach watches win from nearby barcenter_img It was her eighth of the season.Sabrina Ionescu said she missed the last shot so she could get the triple double 😂 pic.twitter.com/JTreByLB2o— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 25, 2019The Ducks will now prepare for a Sweet 16 matchup at the Moda Center, home of NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.  The game against Indiana very well could be Ionescu’s last in front of a home crowd as many believe she will turn pro after her junior season. She is currently projected to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft.Oregon will face the winner of South Dakota State and Syracuse next weekend.last_img read more