17 Sep

Cato, Shuler extend childhood friendship at Marshall

first_img Published on October 4, 2013 at 2:43 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Rakeem Cato didn’t have a full family growing up. With a father who was in jail and a mother who died when he was only 12 years old, Cato never got the experience of being in a traditional family.But his best friend Tommy Shuler made up for the fact that he lacked a father and mother.“Tommy has always been there for me,” Cato said. “Through the good times and the bad times throughout my life. His parents, his grandma, his dad, and his step-dad, his whole family, they’ve just been there. They took me in as their own child.”Best friends since the age of 5, Shuler and Cato rarely went a day without seeing each other. Now juniors at Marshall, they still take the field together, wearing the same uniform every Saturday.Cato is the quarterback, and Shuler is his primary target. Cato has been the starter since the first snap of his freshman season. Shuler didn’t play much as a freshman, but has become one of the most prolific receivers in the nation in 2013.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe chemistry that they have has been a catalyst for a Thundering Herd offense that is averaging more than 40 points per game.“When things aren’t going right, we’re going to call something to at least make Tommy the primary guy,” Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg said. “I am going to put (Shuler) in a situation where he’s the first look because I know how strong their chemistry is not just off the field, but on the field.”Cato first met Shuler at summer camp. The two went to elementary school together, where Cato became close with Shuler’s mother, who worked at the school.They would go home after school and throw rocks in Shuler’s backyard to practice their throwing motion.“He used to come to my house, we used to go to his house,” Shuler said. “Basically we just became best friends, and came up together.”After Cato lost his mother to pneumonia, he would often spend months at a time living with the Shuler family during the summer. They would work out during the day and refine their football skills.They both went to Miami Springs High School and then transferred together to Miami Central in their senior season.Even though the two were only at Miami Central for a short time, they catapulted the team to a 14-1 record. The head coach at the time, Telly Lockette, accepted a position as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida in March.Lockette said that even in a high-pressure environment, Cato and Shuler still liked to have a good time.“They wanted to be basketball players,” Lockette joked. “They thought they were point guards. They were pretty good, but I told them that playing football would take them farther than basketball would.”It was at Miami Central that Cato committed to Florida International, and Shuler to Marshall. But once Cato got a better understanding of the up-tempo Marshall offense, it was too hard to pass up four more years with Shuler. He eventually decommitted from FIU.“I just told him, ‘Come on up to Marshall, get out of Miami,’” Shuler said. “You know, get to see what’s around him. So he came up here.”At Marshall, the two lived together as freshmen and remained inseparable off the field. Legg said that even though they are as close as two friends can be, they don’t have any problem getting on each other’s case.“If one of them thinks the other didn’t see the same thing that he was seeing, then they’re not afraid to get after each other,” Legg said. “At the same time, it’s a brother-to-brother-type thing.”Through all of the fights and the ups and downs Cato and Shuler have gone through, they both remain the constant in each other’s lives.“There were a lot of great moments, on the field, and off the field,” Cato said. “We did everything together. Any moment that we were with each other it was a great moment. Every time we’re together, we always have fun.” Commentslast_img read more

16 Sep

Beat writers predict Syracuse to take down former Big East rival Georgetown

first_imgNo. 14 Syracuse (6-1) faces former Big East rival Georgetown (3-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Orange is coming off a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday night, its first of the season. Mike Hopkins will coach his first game as SU’s head coach following the NCAA’s ruling on Jim Boeheim’s appeal of a nine-conference-game suspension.Here’s how our beat writers predict the rekindled rivalry will unfold:Sam Blum (5-2)Syracuse 65, Georgetown 58Hop scotchTwo major storylines will converge at the Verizon Center on Saturday in one of the biggest nonconference games in Syracuse history. And Hopkins will help the Orange skip its way to a big win. SU proved it can compete even when it’s at its worse like it was on Wednesday, but expect the Orange to get up for its old Big East rival.Sam Maller | Staff Photographer AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (5-2)Syracuse 74, Georgetown 69Start of something newIn the first game of Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension, and the first of Hopkins’ head coaching career, Syracuse rallies to beat its old Big East rivals. Hopkins, known as a relentless motivator, has the players ready to compete in a game that is decided in the closing minutes. As Georgetown clamps down on Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson steps up on the biggest stage of his young career and ultimately steals the show.Matt Schneidman (5-2)Syracuse 67, Georgetown 62Hey, old friendThe Orange knows what a dominant frontcourt looks like after getting bullied by Wisconsin on the glass. Georgetown has another, but big-man specialist Hopkins won’t let SU get dominated as it did against the Badgers. Dajuan Coleman rebounds from a no-point, five-minute performance and is the X-factor against the Hoyas. Comments Published on December 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm Related Stories Mike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinJim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this caseSyracuse basketball primer: What to know about Wisconsin and GeorgetownGallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

29 Aug

Ready, Steady, Cook – The International 7 tipster series – Day One match betting

first_imgPoints Balance: 54 points Liquid vs EGLiquid33.5Bet365/Betway Newbee vs C9Draw32.1Bet365 Fnatic vs TNCFnatic win45Bet365 iG.V vs LiquidiG.V +0.522.11Pinnacle Secret vs EmpireSecret -0.542.19Pinnacle DC vs VPDC +0.532.2Bet365 iG vs NewbeeiG win24.33Bet365 MatchSelectionStake (pts)OddsBookmaker Liquid vs FnaticDraw42.5Bet365 LGD vs EmpireLGD -0.552.06Pinnacle Fnatic vs TNCFnatic +0.561.53Bet365 Total Staked: 47 points LGD vs FnaticDraw22.2Bet365/Betway Total Returns:TBC EG vs iG.VEG -0.531.86Pinnacle OG vs C9OG win32.5Betway We’re back with the second in the “Ready, Steady, Cook series” where imperious Dota 2 analyst Allen Cook provides his tips and picks for The International 7. We’re just days away from competition getting underway and with a four day round robin group stage, we have very little idea who’s hot and who’s not. Without further ado – we’ll leave the talking to Allen as he breaks down his selections for the first day of competition. You can read his initial picks and explanation of scoring system in the initial, outright picks here.You can follow the man, the myth, the legend on Twitter here.Disclaimer: Follow Allen’s tips at your peril.And they’re off!Credit: Allen Cook/mousesportsNobody really knows the full strengths of the teams competing, and day 1 will be extremely interesting and a good indication of who’s put in the time required to go deep in the competition.I won’t really be going into much depth on my reasoning for each selection, a general rule of thumb is that I think “X” team selected is better than their price suggests for this outcome, nothing more, nothing less.Just a couple of betting points — some bookmakers offer outright betting on matches. So, you get Win/Draw/Lose. Other bookmakers offer handicaps — so if a team receives +0.5 maps that means you win the bet if they win or draw the game, likewise if they are -0.5 they need to win the game outright to win the bet.So, my selections for day 1 are as follows: EG vs TNCEG win32.25Betwaylast_img read more