The NAPA Syracuse Legends Show with Mike Bristol is a largely interview-based sports talk radio show. Each week, Mike talks to the biggest stars and legends both past and present in Syracuse University athletics history. Tune in to ESPN Radio 97.7/100.1 FM as Mike and friends broadcast out of the Syracuse Legends Studios.
Best of the Week
Congratulations are in order for two members of SU’s rowing team. Senior Emmie Frederico helped lead Australia to the gold medal in the fours at the Under-23 World Championships held late last month, while junior Kamile Kraliakaite helped the Lithuania pairs team earn a silver medal with Martyana Kazlauskaite, trailing only Canada.
SOS Rewind and Archive
The opening of SU football camp this week marks Dino Babers’ seventh season with the Orange, and perhaps most important. His first season in 2016 was a tough one, but it began with an impressive debut on the night of September 2, when SU, debuting a new high-octane style of play, put together a 33-6 victory over the Colgate Raiders at the Dome.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit
Adding to all of the preseason accolades accorded to SU linebacker Mikel Jones, he is on the pre-season watch list for the Bednarik Award. Each year, the Bednarik Award goes to the nation’s top defensive player, and Jones, a first-team All-ACC selection the last couple of years, is also on the Butkus and Lombardi Award watch lists, too.
Atlas Fence Community Corner
Apparently it’s not enough for Garrett Shrader to take over as SU football’s starting quarterback. He is also a rather accomplished pilot, having fallen in love with flying as a boy who tagged along on flights with his grandfather. Shrader started going to flight school in 2020 and now has logged plenty of hours in the air, currently flying a Piper Aztec.
Empower/Mooney Marketing Group Money Performer
It will be hard to avoid Sean Tucker as the key to SU football’s success this fall. The senior running back has a Heisman campaign built up around him and has landed on the watch list for three different post-season honors, ranging from the Maxwell Award to the Walter Camp Award (both for top player in the country) and the Doak Walker Award for top running back.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap
As it turned out, the run of Boeheim’s Army in The Basketball Tournament lasted just two games, with a second-round elimination at the hands of the Nerd Team, but the team that won the Syracuse regional at SRC Arena, Blue Collar U with players from the University at Buffalo, went on to Dayton, Ohio and roared to the championship, succeeding Boeheim’s Army and earning the $1 million top prize.