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Powered by Skittles, Red Hawks taste the Queens Borough Championship


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

At the end of the first half of the PSAL Queens Borough basketball tournament finals on Sunday, the Benjamin Cardozo boys basketball team was firmly leading High School for Construction, 36-26.

It was time for Construction’s first-year head coach, Cory Semper, to unleash his team’s secret weapon: a giant bag of Skittles.

Popularized by the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch as “power pellets,” the bite-size, multi-color candy is slowly becoming known as a way to recharge athletes.

“The Seattle Seahawks did it, so I said ‘you know what it might work’,” Semper said.

And the Skittles did not fail. The power of the rainbow gave Construction Red Hawks the strength they needed to play more aggressively, and outscore their conference rivals Cardozo in the second half, on route to a 65-62 win.

Red Hawks (14-2, 3-0 playoffs) senior guard Marlon Alcindor led the way with 25 points, including 10 of 13 from the free throw line. The Skittles were especially kind to junior Justin Wright-Foreman, who scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter alone.

So who knew Skittles could be such a powerful weapon? Other than Lynch’s mother, who originally started feeding him “power pellets,” apparently it was Semper’s older brother’s suggestion.

Semper refused to try the Skittles for a long time, but finally gave in during the first playoff game of the Queens Borough tournament against Francis Lewis to fix the team’s weak third quarter problem.

The second seeded Red Hawks were highly favored to win that game, so the Skittles would have been hard to test. But having dropped two games already against the Judges (16-0, 2-1 playoffs) in the regular season, it was a perfect experiment in the finals.

After the  Skittles boost, Construction outscored Cardozo 39-26 in the second half. The Red Hawks controlled the flow of the game by taking less outside shots and charging to the basket to score in the paint and get to the free throw line. They quickly jumped to a 19-9 run to start the third quarter and tie the game, 45-45, and battled from there for the win.

“We just had the strategy of coming in and playing hard,” Wright-Foreman said. “When we were down 10 in the third quarter it was 0-0 to us.”

The win marks Semper’s second Queens Borough title in as many years, with two different schools. Now the Red Hawks are setting their sights on the city title, and Semper said they are bringing a bag of skittles with them.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Periods of snow. Snow will be heavy at times especially this morning. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches. Monday night: Scattered snow flurries and snow showers possible this evening. Becoming mostly clear later. Low 24. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing. Submit an event of your own

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Fox 5 sports anchor talks to The Courier about Super Bowl XLVIII


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Photo courtesy Fox

Super Bowl fever is in the air.

Bars, restaurants and hotels around Queens have their deals and specials set for the big game, and there have been special events in the city and the borough featuring football players.

“You can feel it,” said Fox 5 sports anchor Duke Castiglione, the host of “Sports Extra,” who talked to The Courier about the game. “As the week goes on, the excitement is building.”

Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first time the New York-New Jersey area hosts the big game. It is also the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl. But despite the weather, which has been frigid at best lately, fans are just excited for the biggest event in football.

“There are events everywhere. That what makes this unique,” Castiglione said. “Everyone can share in this experience. The Super Bowl is just so much more than just a game.”

Castiglione didn’t say who he thought would win the game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, but he believes that the teams will have a good match.

“I think these two teams are evenly matched,” Castiglione said. “We’ve been blessed the last 10 to 15 years with great Super Bowls and I think we will get another one this week.”

Castiglione also said that he thinks the success of this Super Bowl will be historic, opening the door for other cold-weather cities to host the game.

Super Bowl XLVIII will air on Fox on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Donate blood and get free tickets to the game


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Sports fans and good Samaritans can help save lives and earn free game tickets at the same time by donating at local blood drives.

Give blood and enter for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets

The Warren Ackermann Memorial Blood Drive will take place at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard on Saturday, July 27.

To schedule an appointment, please call Dolores Rosato (718) 847-1694 or Eric Ackermann (718) 441-5727. Walk-ins are welcome. No Social Security number, photo or signature ID required.

All donors to the New York Blood Center between now and January 17th, 2014 will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII (valued at $2,500).

Donate blood and receive Mets tickets

Assemblymember Ed Braunstein and the New York Blood Center will host a blood drive on August 15 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace shopping center.

“Every donation helps to save up to three lives,” Braunstein said. “Our hospitals are in need of your help, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Donors ages 16 to 75 need to have photo identification and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Each will be mailed a pair of tickets to a Mets game this year, courtesy of the New York Blood Center.

The shopping center can be found at 212th Street and 26th Avenue. To schedule an appointment, call 718-357-3588.

 

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Rumored NHL outdoor games snub Citi Field


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It looks like Citi Field has been “shut out” from an outdoor NHL game next season.

The Sports Network (TSN) reported the league plans five outdoor games on top of the traditional Bridgestone Winter Classic – slated between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day, 2014.

NHL officials first have to ink a deal with the teams before anything is made official.

Yankee Stadium will host two games in New York, TSN reported, with the Rangers facing off against the New Jersey Devils on January 26, and Rangers vs. Islanders on January 29, nearly coinciding with Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played just across the Hudson on February 2.

The Blueshirts played in the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.

Citi Field is slightly smaller than Yankee Stadium, with the latter able to hold nearly 9,000 more spectators. The home of the Amazin’s can hold 41,800; the Bronx Bombers’ stadium can fit 50,287.

But some Queens officials are already calling the NHL off-sides if Citi Field, which opened the same year as the new Yankee Stadium, is iced out of the plan.

Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism at the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), said he was disappointed the league shot for the Bronx, but is still leaving an open net for a future outdoor game.

“So as the biggest Queens fan on this planet,” he said, “I am a bit disappointed that the NHL chose a different, more remote borough for these games, but I still welcome them. Hopefully we’ll see them in Queens soon, as it would be good for the NHL executives, the players, the fans and of course our hospitality sector.”

Queens hotels will already be stacked because of overflow from the Super Bowl, MacKay said, although the game is at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. QEDC is still looking forward to the revenue these additional games could bring to the borough.

There was talk roughly five years ago of the Islanders coming to Willets Point before the team eventually settled on the already-built Barclays Center last year.

Fan group and clothes manufacturer We Bleed Blue – specializing in Rangers gear – is excited just to have outdoor hockey in New York. Founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo, while cheering for the same hockey team, vary in their baseball loyalties. Gebert is a Met fan; Rizzo is a Yankee fan.

Regardless, the duo told The Courier any sort of outdoor game within the city will drive more people to hockey and allow for more games of the sort in the area.

“Getting mad at the location would be like getting mad at Jay-Z for having a concert at Yankee Stadium,” Rizzo said.

“Plus we’re willing to bet that if this goes as planned, this won’t be the last time we see something like this in the area. Guess you gotta just ‘save something for tomorrow,’ and the next go around, I’d like to think Citi would get the next one.”

 

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Plans for first Northeast Super Bowl announced


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Photo by Spencer T. Tucker

Frigid temperatures and an on-going bus strike can’t stop Super Bowl fever.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday plans for Super Bowl XLVIII — slated for February 2, 2014 — including a slew of festivities in the week leading up to the big game.

Despite hosting the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the city is expected to see a boost in tourism from the thousands of fans and media that come for the football championship.

Broadway will be renamed “Super Bowl Boulevard” for the festivities, as many of the week-long celebrations will be hosted in Manhattan. The epicenter with the celebrations will include nightly concerts, the Vince Lombardi Trophy display and, among other things, past and present football greats.

“New York City is already the nation’s Super Bowl champion of tourism destination and next year around this time hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and around the globe will converge on our region to see the NFL’s best,” said Bloomberg at a press conference — flanked by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “All these activities are going to show our city’s best face to people from around the world and will make being in New York for the Super Bowl truly memorable,” he continued.

“For the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, we’ve embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City and the surrounding region itself. While we can only fit 80,000 fans into MetLife Stadium for the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of people at different attractions and events during Super Bowl Week, throughout all parts of the area,” said Goodell.

Bloomberg has promised next year’s match up will be a hometown rivalry between the stadium’s two tenants: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Both teams, however, failed to make the playoffs this season.

But that potential is alongside several firsts for the championship:

“Super Bowl Boulevard and the events of Super Bowl Week will complement our growing legacy,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Which includes being the first game hosted by two NFL franchises and by two states, the first in the Northeast, and the first in an open-air venue in a cold-weather city.”

 

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