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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Graham Cracker Day!
National Graham Cracker Day is observed annually on July 5th. The graham cracker was originally invented as a “health food” as part of the “Graham Diet”. Developed by Presbyterian minister, Sylvester Graham in the early 1800s, graham crackers were originally made from whole-wheat graham flour with added bran and wheat germs. The minister believed this snack would curb a variety of sinful cravings.
Modern graham crackers are made with bleached white flour and come in a variety of flavors including honey, cinnamon and chocolate. While a delicious snack on their own, they are also terrific ingredients for desserts. Crushed graham crackers blended with butter and pressed into pie tins or springform pans make excellent crusts when lightly toasted. One of the most popular treats made with graham crackers is the S’more.
An Independence Day Look at Independent Syracuse Basketball – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Edelstein)
Syracuse basketball is full of its tournament runs and rivalries, big wins and tough losses, conference matches and non-conference visits.
But before the ACC, and even before the Big East, SU basketball was Independent.
So on this Independence Day, let’s take a look back at how the Orange performed during their independence.
- Syracuse went undefeated in its first year with a basketball team (1898-1899). SU went 1-0… but still.
- SU basketball was Independent from 1898 to 1979 before joining the Big East for the 1979-1980 season. Syracuse did not play in the 1899-1900 nor 1943-1944 seasons.
- As an Independent team, Syracuse accumulated over 1,000 wins.
- Both WWI and WWII took place during Syracuse basketball’s Independent years.
- SU only had 16 seasons with a record under 0.500.
- Syracuse never had more than three consecutive under-0.500 seasons.
Former Syracuse basketball player Andy Rautins signs with new team in Turkey (PS; Waters)
Andy Rautins, the former Syracuse University basketball player who has spent the last six years playing overseas, will return to Turkey for a third straight year next season. However, Rautins will be joining a new team.
Rautins, who was with Gaziantep two years ago and Banvit last season, has signed a contract with Bahcesehir, a pro team in Instabul.
Rautins' signing was reported by several news outlets in Europe and confirmed to Syracuse.com by his father, Leo. It was also announced on Bahcesehir's Twitter page.
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ACC Basketball: Breaking down each program’s 2018 recruiting class (bustingbrackets.com; Freeman)
Class rankings: 7th in the ACC, 41st nationally
Commitments: Jalen Carey (59), Robert Braswell (148) and Buddy Boeheim (344)
This is an incredibly unique situation for Syracuse and these recruits because although everyone returns from last season’s team, there are ample opportunities for these players to play immediately. The Orange played either six or seven guys each game all season, with the majority of the offense coming from three different guys.
Carey will easily get 20+ minutes off the bench for the team next year. The 6’3 combo guard can both handle the ball at the point position but also play off the ball and shoot it. As good of players as Tyus Battle and Frank Howard were on the perimeter, they were also very inefficient at times as well. Carey will give them a needed break without the production dipping.
The same thing can be said for Braswell in the frontcourt. The 6’9 forward is a physical defender and rebounder that can sub in for Paschal Chukwu and Oshae Brissett without the 2-3 zone suffering.
Then of course is the same of Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim, Buddy Boeheim. Even though he’s ranked in the 300s, I can see where he gets some spot minutes in the rotation, regardless whether he’s the son or not. Syracuse was ranked 328th out of 351 teams in three-point shooting, so the younger Boeheim can be an asset in that department. The Orange will finally have some depth on the roster next season.
Syracuse Orange: Happy 4th of July, What to be thankful for (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
Syracuse Orange fans have a lot to be thankful for on this July 4th, 2018. Here’s some reasons for the hoops and football squad, plus what this really means.
Let me first start this off with a Happy 4th of July Syracuse Orange fans! I hope you’re enjoying some Inside the Loud House, fun with friends and family, and of course the fireworks later tonight.
Sometimes the importance of holidays can get lost in the shuffle, so let’s just make sure that everyone is aware what this holiday means. This isn’t just a random Wednesday off from work, this is a special occasion to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Without them, we wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate our freedom any day, let alone on the 4th of July. Which is why we should try and celebrate our Armed Forces EVERYDAY not just on a commemorative holiday every year. So remember that as you bite into those juicy bratwursts and burgers, but also this is a day to really think about what you should be thankful for.
Since this is a site that covers all things Syracuse, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to list a quick few bullet points for the basketball and football teams on what they should be thankful for.
ACC Basketball: Updated preseason rankings for 2018-19 (bustingbrackets.com; Rauf)
ACC basketball was the best in the country last year and 2018-19 promises be another strong season thanks to the overall strength in the conference.
6 SYRACUSE ORANGE
Syracuse was largely disappointing this past season but surprisingly found themselves on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble (again) and rode their stingy defense all the way to the Sweet 16.
The Orange return every major contributor from that team led by Tyus Battle (who tested draft waters), Frank Howard, and Oshae Brissett, all of whom averaged at least 14.4 points per game. However, the problem for Syracuse was the contributions they got from everyone else – which was virtually nothing.
Every other returning player averaged fewer than six points per game and head coach Jim Boeheim’s squad had major problems because of it, ranking just 135th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (third-worst in the conference).
Syracuse may get some help in that regard in top-60 recruit Jalen Cary and some needed shooting from Buddy Boeheim, Jim’s son, but those are the only real additions they made.
This group will be better offensively than last year, yet it will still be a problem for them. Their defense will be more than good enough to keep them well off the bubble this season but they won’t be among the elite teams unless they prove they can score consistently.
Michael Carter-Williams has chance to bring title back to Syracuse (itlh./com; Esden Jr)
Former Syracuse basketball star Michael Carter-Williams has a real opportunity to bring a championship back to the salt city next season.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Michael Carter-Williams don that beautiful Syracuse basketball orange. But he could soon be bringing back a championship to the salt city. Let us explain.
To move forward, we must look at the past to see how we got here. MCW spent two years on the hill at Syracuse. He was rarely used as a freshman, only contributing spot duty (10 minutes a game).
Instead of a sophomore slump, we saw an evolution. The lanky Carter-Williams out of Hamilton, Massachusetts went from two points per game to 12. But that wasn’t the only part of his game that developed, his huge frame resulted in him getting nearly three steals a game as the center piece of the 2-3 zone at the top.
That all resulted in MCW being a top-11 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft (a key cog in that historic NBA Draft streak).
UNC Basketball: Don’t underestimate UNC’s returning talent (tarheelblog.com; Lawrence)
A lot of space has been given to UNC’s incoming recruits. Nassir Little, Coby White, and Recheon Black have created a pre-season buzz that has been missing from the Tar Heel fanbase for the past few seasons. The NCAA cloud has lifted, back to back Final Fours still provide fresh memories, and there’s hope that “elite” talent will begin flowing back to Chapel Hill.
Great. Good. Got it. That’s out of the way.
Now, let’s shift focus to the returning scholarship players. There are 10 of them, including Shea Rush.
Sliding under the radar this summer? North Carolina’s cupboard wasn’t laid bare with the departure of Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II. Not even close. Next season’s Heels might have more returning talent and experience than 2016-2017 champions who lost Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James to graduation. The rest of the ACC should pay attention.
Last season the Heels earned a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, reached the ACC Tournament championship, and tied for 3rd in the ACC. Sure, on an average night they could lose to Wofford at home. Yet, on their best night they could beat anybody, as evidenced by having the most “Quadrant 1” wins in the nation.
Burgers of Madison County at Point Place Casino: A fresh dining choice (Dining Out Review) (PS; Woodman)
The area's newest casino, Point Place, asserts that the burgers it offers are "the best you'll ever eat." We set out to test that claim on a recent rainy Wednesday.
Burgers of Madison County is one of only two places at the casino for dining, the other being a pizza place. One orders at a counter, but food is brought out by runners. The general atmosphere balances food court with casual family restaurant. It's clean and well lighted though not too bright, not overly noisy from nearby casino play, and entirely free of smoke.
Perhaps because of the few spots to eat here, the menu includes soups and salads ($4-10), sandwiches like BLTs and chicken clubs ($3.75-10), and consistent daily specials that include diner style dishes like meat loaf and roasted turkey. The Wednesday special is goulash ($9).
With three people ahead of us in line, we waited 10 minutes to order and spent another 10 placing our order. Between that stretch of time and the 20-minute wait for our food, we couldn't see how the place could serve very well as a quick stop from the neighboring community for lunch, whether eat-in or carry-out, for which they are well equipped with bags, cartons and disposable utensils.
Once we received our order, however, we found it was as good as food served in most casual family restaurants.
Our burger ($10.75), perhaps not the best we'll ever eat, was still quite good: Very juicy and with a rich beef flavor enhanced by a nice char from the grill, it was served in a white-bread and sesame bun with generous tomato, lettuce and red onion toppings. We had been asked whether we wanted it pink when we ordered--the only choices were "pink or not-pink"--and we had asked for pink. It was not, but it was also not cooked to dryness.
The bacon on top was crispy and thick, and we had asked for and been given white cheddar rather than the regular American cheese. The result was a very good burger that, with the hot, crispy fries that came with it, would serve two people with small-to-moderate appetites.
We had also ordered a Philly cheesesteak sandwich ($9), substituting sweet potato waffle fries for regular fries for a $1 charge. Here, a sharp contrast in ingredients surprised us. Cheese sauce obviously from a can and an unremarkable soft white sub roll undermined what could have been a terrific sandwich.
The shaved steak was plentiful and very flavorful without being over salted. The charred sweet peppers were delicious, and the onions were caramelized. We ate around the bread and cheese sauce, wishing that respect for the excellence of most of the ingredients had led to better choices for the lesser parts.