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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Day of Service and Remembrance!
National Day of Service and Remembrance is the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States, when 30 million Americans participate. It was founded by the nonprofit MyGoodDeed in 2002, and its mission "is to transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy and service as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military." The day was formally recognized by federal law by the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which passed in 2009. Beginning in 2009, President Obama's proclamation for Patriot Day also included a proclamation for National Day of Service and Remembrance Day.
National Day of Service and Remembrance, also known as 9/11 Day, is being observed today! It has been observed annually on September 11th since 2002.
Goodman's preseason Top 25 (msn.com; video; Goodman)
Jeff Goodman breaks down his preseason Top 25 in college basketball. Where will Duke and its talented freshman class fall on the list?
Barry On The 2018-19 ACC Basketball Coaches (dukebasketballreport.com; King)
The ACC has a new pair of head coaches this season, Jeff Capel at Pitt and Louisville’s Chris Mack. Unlike last year, when there were also two newcomers, both Mack and Capel are upgrades from their predecessors -- great gets in their 40s with ACC assistant’s experience and nine prosperous years each running their own show in a high-powered conference.
Capel previously was a head coach at VCU and Oklahoma, posting a .596 winning percentage (162-110) from 2003 through 2011. He had another 13 victories vacated at OU as part of an NCAA punishment. Add the negated Ws and his career winning mark is .614.
Three of Capel’s squads made the NCAAs. The 2009 Sooners, led by Blake Griffin, that year’s AP player of the year, advanced to the Elite 8, losing to eventual champ North Carolina.
His new school incidentally also made the ’09 regional finals under Jamie Dixon, matching the ’74 squad for the program’s deepest NCAA penetration.
Capel of course played at Duke from 1994-97 and assisted Mike Krzyzewski from 2012-18. During his stint as an assistant Capel spearheaded recruiting that landed the Blue Devils several No. 1 classes and a 2015 national title.
Mack played between 1989 and 1993 at Evansville and Xavier under Jim Crews (like Coach K an Indiana guy) and Thad Matta, respectively. He is the fourth ACC head coach to come from Xavier -- after Bob Staak and Skip Prosser at Wake and Pete Gillen of Virginia. Only Prosser, for whom Mack worked as an assistant at Winston-Salem from 2002 through 2004, was a success in the league.
Tech Hoops and Arkansas to Meet (ramblinwreck.com)
Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team and Arkansas have agreed to play a two-game, home-and-away series beginning with the Yellow Jackets traveling to Fayetteville this season.
The Razorbacks, who finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference last season with a 10-8 record, earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and went 23-12 overall last season, will host the Jackets on Dec. 19. The teams will meet again at McCamish Pavilion on Nov. 19, 2019. Arkansas becomes the third Southeastern Conference opponent on the Yellow Jackets’ pre-conference schedule this season, joining Tennessee and Georgia.
Tech has won four of five meetings in the series with Arkansas, including a 73-63 victory in the most recent encounter, which took place Nov. 26, 2015 in the opening round of the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to that, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Razorbacks, 72-52, in the 1984 Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and also scored homecourt wins over Arkansas in 1965 and 1966. The Razorbacks captured a 72-42 win in the teams’ first meeting in the 1961 Poinsettia Tournament in Greenville, S.C.
“We’re excited about playing this series,” said head coach Josh Pastner. “Mike Anderson has built a consistently high-level program at Arkansas over a number of years and will be a tough opponent for us. As we continue to build our program, we want to strengthen our non-conference schedule along with that to give us a better chance to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament from a strength of schedule standpoint, and bring high-level teams to play in McCamish Pavilion for our fans.”
Storming Crab: Seafood boils are sold by the bucket at new Syracuse restaurant (PS; Weaver)
At Storming Crab, a restaurant now open Erie Boulevard East, most of the meals are sold by the bucket.
The restaurant specializes in seafood boils - crab legs, shrimp, crawfish, lobster, mussels and other seafood boiled with sausage, corn and potatoes.
The orders come in buckets, usually with no plates. Instead, diners are encouraged to eat straight off the butcher paper on the table, shucking and picking out the meat and tossing the shells into bins. To prepare, each customer gets a bib and gloves.
"It will get messy," said Jay Weng, a member of the family that owns the small chain of seafood restaurants. "It's dig-in-and-eat-with-your-hands food."
The restaurant at 2841 Erie Blvd. E. opened Aug. 30. It's the Weng family's fourth restaurant; two others are in Tennessee and one is in Indiana.
The restaurants open where the Wengs have family, Jay Weng said. They want to keep the business as family-run corporation, even as they continue to grow. The first Storming Crab opened in Tennessee about a year ago. Syracuse is the fourth restaurant, and five more are in the works, he said.
Part of what makes that growth possible is the straightforward menu. The focus is seafood - there are no burgers, pizzas or sandwiches. The chicken tenders, one of the few things not of the sea, are fried in the same oil as the seafood, Weng said.