Monday, May 23, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

A date that will long live among the most glorious moments in Cornell's basketball history, December 28, 1966, the Cornell Big Red marched into Lexington, Kentucky and crushed Adolph Rupp, All-American Pat Riley and the U.K. Wildcats 92-77. Above, an original ticket stub, game program and recaps from the AP and UPI the following day. Below, some news and notes...
  • Below, an early glimpse of Cornell's 2011-2012 roster by class year:
F Anthony Gatlin 6'8" 5thSr
G Max Groebe 6'4" 5thSr
G Chris Wroblewski 6'1" Sr
G Andrew Ferry 6'1" Sr

G Miles Asafo Adjei 6'3" Jr
F Josh Figini 6'9" Jr
F Eitan Chemerinski 6'8" Jr
F Peter McMillan 6'7" Jr
F Errick Peck 6'6" Jr
G Jon Gray 6'3" Jr

F Manny Sahota 6'6" So
G Jamal Cherry 6'4" So
G Jake Matthews 6'2" So

F Dwight Tarwater 6'6" So (eligible 5th year)
G Dom Scelfo 6'2" So (eligible 5th year)

G Devin Cherry 6'3" Fr
F Ned Tomic 6'7" Fr
F Shonn Miller 6'6" Fr
G Galal Cancer 6'2" Fr
C Dave LaMore 6'10" Fr
C Deion Giddens 6'9" Fr
  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's overseas alumni playing professionally. Most of Cornell's pro alums, however, are presently in offseason breaks as the European leagues have concluded their regular seasons. Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico / Arecibo Capitanes, Balancesto Superior National Puerto Rico), however, is still playing in season as Puerto Rico's BSN (the Puerto Rico league) remains in schedule. Through May 23, the 6'11" Aubry is averaging 5.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Arecibo (10-9, 6th place out of 10 teams). Last season, he was a 1st Team All League selection and Defensive Player of the Year in the PBN as selected by Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. He played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame. During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry has also played professionally in the ABA and abroad in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.


Anonymous said...

I saw the new Cornell lax jerseys this weekend and thought they were a regression of the old one. The old one, while not a great design, at least had tradition going for it. The new one looked like something thrown together in 15 minutes.

What bothers me about Cornell uni's is that there is no brand unity. It seems like every single team has a different 'C' font and a different looking 'Cornell.' Elite programs like USC, Oregon, and Florida don't have that problem. I know we aren't close to being elite, but it's fair to say we are the best Ivy league program and our brand should reflect our success.

I hope the basketball team puts our something we can all be proud of.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I disagree with one of your points. A lot of major programs stray far away from their brand.

For example, Duke basketball uses black jerseys when none of the other Duke teams use black (nor is it a school color).

Oregon teams go nuts with their uniforms and constantly change their looks.

Harvard basketball uses predominantly black (and comically minimize the school color, Crimson).

Penn changes its shade of red every day.

These are just a few examples of schools which veer far off the path of branding.

Princeton football is the only PU sport which uses the design they have on their helmet.

Cornell is not alone with branding issues.

Anonymous said...

we need an alternate jersey, preferably in black & red, in addition to our normal home/away ones. Black jerseys look good, period. Too bad we are too cheap to get them.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

None of the Ivies have a 3rd jersey.

Anonymous said...

Oregon changes the look of their uniforms but the brand/fonts stay the same. Oregon is consistent in the fact that they are constantly changing. Nothing wrong with that.

And just because Harvard and Penn brand themselves poorly, it doesn't mean Cornell should accept those standards.

A brand is something that is very controllable. It just requires thoughtfulness and commitment from the athletic department.

After seeing the lax jerseys, I'm actually very concerned about what the bball team is going to reveal.

Anonymous said...

Black jerseys are overdone. I definitely do not want to see the "Big Red" in them; Harvard looks silly in black.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

We stand correct, Harvard has three different jerseys, the black road jersey, the home white jersey and a crimson colored jersey (which they rarely wear).

Cornell had predominantly black warms ups during the early part of the Donahue era, but never went with black jerseys.

Anonymous said...

Crimson might be the name but you do realize black is a Harvard school color, right?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

On May 6, 1875, Harvard University officially adopted the color Crimson as both the school color and the name of the athletic teams. Harvard was also considering as the school color, Magenta.

Today, Harvard's basketball program has emphasized the color black over the color Crimson.

To each his own, but the team is straying away from its school color and from the Harvard brand.

Cornell has gone with black warm-ups in the past, but not the jersey.

Anonymous said...

Count me among those who think the black road jerseys at Duke and Harvard are terrific. Black is simply a sharp color.

No man looks better than when he is wearing a tuxedo. Black is the new, well, black.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Count the Cornell Basketball Blog among those that think it is plain stupid to have your team named after a color, say... the Harvard Crimson, but then to abandon that very color in the uniform.

It is plain disrespectful of the school's tradition and history.

Dartmouth, Harvard and Cornell are named after colors. They should stick to their respective colors.

Nothing wrong with accenting your uniforms with black, but to make the entire jersey just black and white is just dumb.

For same reason, the Duke BLUE Devils look ridiculous in BLACK uniforms, as would the Syracuse ORANGE.

Anonymous said...

Black uniform highlighted with orange might look pretty sick.

Also, can't really criticize the "crimson", our school color isn't strictly "red".

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell's school colors are officially Carnellian Red (spelling is accurate, and also referred to as Cornell Red) and White.

Cornell's basketball uniforms have incorporated black and silver in the past, but these are not school colors.

Anonymous said...

I can think of several teams which wear black uniforms for big games or special "black-out" events, for example, Duke lacrosse, Johns Hopkins lacrosse, Florida State football, Arizona State football, Stanford football, UNLV football. None of these schools has black included in their official colors.

I agree with CBB with it seems illogical when a team whose mascot *IS* a color doesn't use that color on its uniform. But there's no denying that, from a pure aesthetic standpoint, a lot of people like black -- and a lot of teams want to wear black.

Anonymous said...

If you do a google search on uniform colors, you can find two very interesting observations.

First, a small number of researchers have analyzed win-loss records across a variety of sports based purely upon uniform colors. There is only one color which has a statistically significant impact on W-L records: Black wins above a .500 rate with enough consistency to be judged an independent variable on team success.

Second, and even more interesting in the context of the conclusion above, teams wearing black are *penalized* at rates deemed statistically meaningful more frequently than teams wearing other colors.

The paradoxical impact of black uniforms seems to be that athletes wearing black are subconsciously more aggressive, ergo they get penalized more often, but the incremental aggression they exhibit is valuable enough that they *still* win more often.

Final conclusion: wear black.