Tuesday, August 31, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday. Above, some high school photos of Aaron Osgood. Now a senior, Osgood reportedly resurfaced on campus weighing in at a solid 235 pounds after a productive summer of hitting the weight room.

Above, Cornell's alumni currently playing professional basketball around the globe. They include (top row left to right, Jon Jaques '10, Louis Dale '10, Cody Toppert '05, Jeff Aubry '99, bottom row left to right, Ryan Wittman '10, Jef Foote '10, John McCord '97, Jason Hartford '08).

Above, Jeff Aubry ('99) plays professionally year round with both the Arecibo Capitanes of the Puerto Rico Basketball League and with the Halcones Rojos of Mexico's premier league, the LNBP. Below, Aubry in training with Halcones.

SIG Strasbourg of France's premier league announced the official signing of John McCord (Cornell '97) (above). After playing several seasons in France's Pro B with Limoges and Antibes, McCord returns to the premier league with Strasbourg, for who he played with between 2005 and 2008.
  • In previewing the Atlantic 10 for this season, the Dagger blog of YahooSports writes, "If every Atlantic 10 team besides Xavier is starved for NCAA tournament success, then Temple is the ideal symbol of that. Coach Fran Dunphy is 0-3 in first-round games with the Owls, a statistic made more painful by last season's one-sided opening round flameout against Cornell."
  • In analyzing Northwestern's chances for making its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, Rivals College Basketball notes that Cornell was fourth in the nation in three-pointers made per game last season with 9.6. The Big Red also led the nation in three-point shooting percentage.
  • Brian Delaney of the Ithaca Journal reports on the passing on one of Cornell's biggest Big Red Fans.
Sterling "Mac" MacAdam, center, greets then Cornell men's basketball coach Steve Donahue, left, as Fred Schweizer watches during halftime of Cornell's game against Ursinus in January of 2009 at Newman Arena. MacAdam died on Aug. 25 at the age of 101.

Cornell bids farewell to a steadfast fan
'Mac' MacAdam was Big Red to the core, even at 101

A service celebrating the life of 101-year old Sterling Tuckerman "Mac" MacAdam, a passionate fan and crisp critic of Cornell sports teams, was held Monday in Ithaca.

MacAdam, who died on Aug. 25, golfed until the age of 93 and sat courtside regularly for basketball games at Newman Arena, and diamond-side for Cornell softball games, as late as last season. Only weeks ago, former Cornell men's basketball coach Steve Donahue said, MacAdam was busy with one of his favorite hobbies -- trading stocks and bonds.

Donahue chuckled at MacAdam offering him investment advice at the time.

"The thing I loved about Mac, and that I love about a lot of people in Ithaca, is when I first got there he hitched himself right on to our wagon and was with us through all those lean years," Donahue said. "He was a really, really good guy to be around."

At MacAdam's 100th birthday party, he showed Donahue his bedroom, which was decorated wall-to-wall with Cornell memorabilia collected over the years.

"The whole thing was Cornell," Donahue said. "Everything on the wall; the blanket on his bed, his pillow, clothes. He would never wear it; he would just dress up his room. He was so darn proud of Cornell and our athletic teams. It wasn't just basketball."

MacAdam was born in 1908 in Haddonfield, N.J., and was employed by N.J. Bell Telephone Co. for 45 years. He retired in 1972, and moved to Ithaca. He and his late wife, Gladys Lewis, married in 1936 and had two daughters.

Cornell women's lacrosse coach Jenni Graap remembered MacAdam in a posting on his obituary on this newspaper's website.

"The Cornell women's lacrosse team was blessed to have Mac as a fan for so many years. We will miss having Mac at our games and tailgates. He was such a kind and wonderful soul, and we loved him dearly. The antique lacrosse sticks Mac gave me years ago still hang proudly in my office and will serve as the fondest of memories of such a generous man."

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