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Former Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis busy with making a comeback, fatherhood

Tyler Ennis named his daughter Tyler, so take that, George Foreman!

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Tyler Ennis might forever be best known for his game-winning, buzzer-beating shot at Pittsburgh a few years back. It was a shot that... ah, hell, just watch the tape!

Damn, that’s still breathtaking.

But Ennis, now 24-years old (which is hard to comprehend given that I feel like he left Syracuse a lifetime ago but also because I can’t believe he’s 24), is currently rehabbing in his native Canada following a gruesome leg injury that happened while playing overseas. The one-time NBA player got his leg caught up with a player while driving to the rim for his EuroLeague team, Fenerbahce.

There’s video of that injury, if you’re so inclined, but with me running the Links today? Ain’t nobody got time for that horror-film stuff.

Anyway, Ennis is some two months removed from the incident and told Yahoo! Sports that he is working hard to get back into basketball again in the near future.

Tyler Ennis becomes a father (Instagram)

Per Ennis’ Insta account, Tyler Alaia Ennis was born on Monday, January 7. Ennis captioned the photo of the newborn with “Daddy loves you baby girl.”

Congrats, Tyler, and remember, Coach Q has things rolling with the women’s team at Syracuse!

Speaking of recruiting...

Decision is coming soon for top 10 prospect Isaiah Stewart (247 Sports)

The five-star center is reportedly closing in on picking one of his final four schools. The six-foot-nine Stewart, according to 247 Sports, is likely debating between Michigan State and Duke, but Washington (Hello, Coach Hop!) and Syracuse are also in the running. Stewart recently told Rivals that he “pretty much” knows where he’ll end up, and that he just needs to set up an announcement date.

Bracketology Seed List for Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 (bloggingthebracket)

Syracuse is contractually obligated to be on the bubble, a potential First Four selection and a potential 11 or 12 seed every single year. And in the latest bracketology from Chris Dobbertean, all of the bubbly boxes are checked off for the Orange!

Also, prepare thyself, a weak bubble is coming and it is going to suffocate us all!

Syracuse basketball betting line: Orange opens as small favorite over Clemson (

Fresh off a win at Notre Dame, the Syracuse Orange takes on Clemson at the Carrier Dome tomorrow night. According to Vegas Insider, Syracuse is a slight four-point favorite over the Tigers, who were soundly beaten at Duke over the weekend.

Joe Girard III Named New York State Player of the Year for Third Time (Twitter)

The Syracuse hoops commit took to Twitter to write:

Yet another football-related honor for the future DI basketballer. Girard actually shared the Class B Player of the Year award with Batavia’s Ray Leach. Girard’s Glen Falls team defeated Leach and Batavia for the ‘B’ state championship, 55-32, back in November.

For the season, Girard passed for 3,000-plus yards and 36 TDs and he is already New York’s all-time leading scorer in boys basketball. So yeah, he’s prettay, prettay good.

Behind the Ballot: The most interesting AP Top 25 facts and stats (The Athletic)

Be honest: do you typically even glance at Top-25 articles and posts in January? Well, with Syracuse finishing No. 15 and already appearing in way-too-early top-25s for next season, times they have a changed.

Could Syracuse salt return as a cooking staple? (

What, you thought we were just a “sports” website? That we aren’t cultured or refined enough to dabble in a cooking segment or two?

Syracuse is known as the “Salt City,” and Syracuse Salt Co., according to, is helping push the locally harvested sodium chloride by selling its variations “at nearly 30 retail spots throughout Central New York.” The company reportedly uses area ingredients (like lavender, hops, etc.) to help flavor different styles of salt which can go into other products.

(And just as an FYI, Syracuse is known as the “Salt City” because of its salt springs, which at one time catered to a booming salt industry. So there ya go.)