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Happy birthday, Jim Boeheim: Ranking the 10 best November 17 happenings ever

James Arthur Boeheim is 72 years young today.

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Today, November 17, is a historic day. It’s the day of James Arthur Boeheim’s birth -- the 72nd consecutive year in which we sing apology carols, provide each other gift-wrapped backhanded compliments, and reminisce about Jim Boeheim birthdays’ past.

Given the nature of this special day, a lot of things have happened on November 17 over the years. Let’s try to rank them...

1. The birth of James Arthur Boeheim

James Arthur “Jim” Boeheim was born in Lyons, N.Y. to Janet and Jim Boeheim Sr. Within days, he was moving blocks into a 2-3 zone and scowling at neighbors that wanted to tickle him.

2. Star Wars Holiday Special

The Star Wars Holiday Special airs in 1978 and everyone, including Jim Boeheim, expresses outrage over the concept. While he never bothered with the movies, he provides a scathing critique that George Lucas later cites in his own misgivings on the special.

3. William of Orange admitted to Council of State

Setting the stage for Boeheim’s birth centuries later, William III is admitted to the Netherlands’ Council of State, which coincidentally is headed by an ancestor of John Swofford. William proposes the eradicate Denny’s from the Netherlands and refuses to eat the local food.

4. Dulles Airport dedication

President John F. Kennedy dedicates Washington Dulles International Airport in 1962. A young Jim Boeheim attends as a staunch supporter of rival regional airports and vows to never allow D.C.’s college basketball team know joy.

5. First session of Congress

The first session of the United States Congress meets in Washington D.C. in 1800. As a representative from New York, Jim Boeheim’s great-great-great-great grandfather proposes that orange replace red on the U.S. flag. That motion is denied, though his proposal to remove gray from all U.S. branding opportunities passes unanimously.

6. “I am not a crook”

President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press editors in Orlando, Fla. that he is “not a crook” following revelations about the Watergate scandal in 1973. Jim Boeheim responds “that’s the most bullshit thing I’ve ever heard” to no one in particular.

7. The “Heidi Game”

In 1968, Jim Boeheim is watching the Jets-Raiders game when NBC cuts to a showing of the movie “Heidi.” Jim’s fine with it since he enjoys the film, and would have preferred watching the Giants anyway.

8. Suez Canal opens

Egypt links the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea in 1869, forever changing the region. An ancestor of Jim’s attends the ceremony opening the canal and makes note that he preferred the old, single-sea arrangement.

9. Syracuse 79, St. Bonaventure 66

In the second game of the 2015-16 basketball season, Boeheim’s Orange run through one-time rival St. Bonaventure. Michael Gbinije scores 23 points. Tyler Roberson pulls down 12 boards. No one is hit in the nether regions.

10. Syracuse 93, Colgate 40

Jason Hart scores 19 points and Syracuse beats the hell out of hoodoo to start the 1998-99 campaign. SU’s rank at the time, 22, is half of 44 and that’s still less than the 53-point margin of this game.


What are your favorite Jim Boeheim’s birthday moments over the years?