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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Apple Pie Day!

Apple pie is seen as being very American. Just how American? Well, there is not one but two National Apple Pie Days in a year. And it's almost a certainty you've heard the phrase "as American as apple pie." How ironic it is, then, that apple pies didn't even originate in the United States, nor did apples!

Apples came from Asia, and their seeds and cuttings were brought to the Americas by Europeans during colonial times. Prior to this, only crab apples were grown in the Americas. The first apples brought to the Western Hemisphere were tart and were used for making cider. It wasn't until around 1800 when apples better suited for pies—with a higher acidity and crispness—began being grown in the United States. It was also around this time that Johnny Appleseed began traveling the country and helping solidify the association of the apple with America.

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ACC Basketball power rankings: Where is Syracuse after first big win? (PS; Carlson)

6. Syracuse
Record: 5-2 (0-0)
Last week's ranking: 6
Last week's results: Win 72-62 at Ohio State; Win 63-55 vs. Cornell
This week's games: Tuesday vs. Northeastern; Saturday vs. Georgetown
What's not to like: With just three players averaging double-figures, Syracuse's offense isn't much more balanced than last year yet. Among players who try at least one 3-pointer per game, Tyus Battle is the only one shooting better than 33.3 percent, so the shooting hasn't improved much either.
What's to like: Since the return of Frank Howard and his shift back to his natural shooting guard spot, Tyus Battle is averaging 23.3 points per game. He's made 8 of 11 3-point shots and is shooting 64.9 percent (24-for-37) from the field since Howard's return. Even though Howard hasn't his his stride since returning to the lineup from an ankle injury, the Orange has won all three games.

5. Virginia Tech
Record: 6-1 (0-0)
Last week's ranking: 4
Last week's results: Loss 63-62 at Penn State; Win 94-40 vs. Central Connecticut State University
This week's games: Wednesday vs. Virginia Military Academy; Sunday vs. South Carolina State
What's not to like: Ahmed Hill went scoreless in the loss to Penn State, while point guard Justin Robinson had six turnovers, launched a season-high 12 shots and said he played selfishly.
What's to like: The response to Penn State. Robinson was forced to come off the bench to send a lesson and had a season-high 13 assists. Hill scored a season-high 24 points. Now Robinson leads the ACC in assists (7.4) and Hill is the league's top 3-point shooter (55 percent).


Through 7 games, Syracuse senior center Paschal Chukwu stuck in neutral (DO; Gutierrez)

Jim Boeheim’s first move Saturday night mirrored his first motion Wednesday at No. 16 Ohio State. To start both games, he jolted off his seat after SU’s first time on defense. Both times, it was because Paschal Chukwu hadn’t slide correctly at the bottom of the 2-3 zone. Both times, it was because Chukwu wasn’t where he needed to be.

The tallest player in Syracuse basketball history has struggled over his last five games, not playing more than 20 minutes in any game. He’s attempted a grand total of five shots, scored nine points and grabbed fewer than seven boards in all but one game over that span. That won’t cut it, Boeheim has said, because he needs to be at minimum the player he was last season, when he averaged 5.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and averaged three shot attempts per game.

“He got some rebounds, he made a big block, but he’s not a factor at really either end of the court right now,” Boeheim said Saturday after Syracuse’s 63-55 win over Cornell. “I don’t think either one of our centers is. They have to get better for us to be effective. Right now they’re not very effective.”

The other center is sophomore Bourama Sidibe, who said before the first game of the season that he felt much better from last year, when he was dealing with tendinitis. He had surgery over the offseason and wanted to break out early, start his sophomore campaign well. He thought about his explosion last January at Pittsburgh, when he erupted for 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Yet his production has also slid, putting the Orange in an interior predicament. There’s time for correction — the Orange are projected to handily win each of their remaining six nonconference games — but their performance, both individually and collectively, raises questions about how they’ll play when matched up against big bodies in the ACC. The clock is ticking with one month until conference play begins.


Episode 102- Syracuse Basketball, Cornell Postgame/Northeastern Preview! - Armchair All-Americans (armchairallamericans/.com; Cuse Militia)

Episode 102- Syracuse Basketball, Cornell Postgame/Northeastern Preview!

Boston College Basketball Has A 'Different Swagger' | 2018 ACC Operation Basketball - College Sports USA (; video)

Boston College is coming off its first postseason berth since 2011. Eagles head coach Jim Christian told the ACC Digital Network why he feels like his team has a “different swagger” about them headed into 2018-19.

FSU Basketball: Analyzing Noles through first seven games (; Hunt)

FSU basketball has looked good during the early part of its non-conference schedule. We take a look at the first seven games.

No. 15 FSU basketball (6-1) has cruised through the early part of its schedule with just one blemish coming against the defending champion Villanova Wildcats in a tightly contested game last week.

The Noles have wins over two top 20 ranked teams in LSU and Purdue, all the while missing starter Phil Cofer who lead the team in scoring last season.

It has been a team that’s carried over the defensive momentum they captured to make an Elite 8 run in last season’s NCAA Tournament.

Leonard Hamilton is still working on solidifying his rotation, but FSU consistently plays nine to 10 players each game which wears most teams down.

Stats wise, one of the biggest improvements thus far has been success at the charity stripe. It’s a small sample size, but FSU basketball is making 77 percent of their free throws compared just 69 percent last season.

Terrance Mann has picked up his game tremendously thus far, improving at the free throw line +19 percent) and three-point shooting (+31 percent) through seven games.


Only two teams finished above Miami in last year’s ACC regular season standings: top eight national seeds Virginia and Duke.

But on Saturday night, Yale (3–2, 0–0 Ivy) defeated the Hurricanes (5–3, 0–0 ACC) 77–73 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, riding an 18–5 run to overcome a deficit that grew as large as 15 in the second half. Guard Miye Oni ’20, named the game’s most valuable player, scored a career-high 29 points and added six rebounds, while West Palm Beach native and forward Paul Atkinson ’21 netted 17. Entering the weekend, KenPom rankings listed Miami as the nation’s 29th best team.

“It was a great team effort,” Oni said. “We all banded together and dug in deep to get the win. Honestly, it was just my teammates trusting me and me trusting them to all make plays down the stretch and get the job done.”

ACC Roundup - A Quiet Monday (; King)

Three ACC games on tap Monday as Morgan State visits Virginia, Niagara tests Pitt and Troy ventures east to take on Florida State.

Morgan State is mostly likely going to get traumatized. The Bears are 2-4 with wins against Navy and Mount St. Mary’s and losses to Villanova, St. Francis Pa, DePaul and Villanova.

Not promising.

We’ve never been sold on Todd Bozeman either.

He got Cal in huge trouble after he was hired to replace Lou Campanelli, his old boss, and was lucky to get a new job. He’s been at Morgan State for 13 years now and he’s 54.

He’s been a mediocre coach but clearly he loves the game and seems happy where he is so good for him.

He’s still likely to be miserable Monday night.

We could imagine FSU letting up against Troy but would be surprised if it happened. The Seminoles should run them out of the building.


Well at least Niagara is a basketball school and we have the continuing theme of Pitt’s hot start under new coach Jeff Capel.

Dajuan Coleman, Syracuse Stallions hope to draw crowds in busy entertainment market (DO; Charlie DiSturco, Matthew Gutierrez)

When Evan Dourdas heard his dad was assembling a semi-pro team, he knew whom to ask: one of his closest friends, former Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman. The big man hadn’t played competitive basketball at full health in three years, and his once-promising Syracuse career ended prematurely due to knee surgeries to repair a torn meniscus and cartilage damage.

Coleman wasn’t sure if he’d be healthy enough to return to basketball this year. But a quality summer playing in Utica injected confidence in him to get back on the court. He couldn’t resist.

“I’m ready to get back to myself and grow,” Coleman said, who wants to create a new highlight tape for prospective pro teams overseas.

Evan’s father, Peter, is confident that Coleman helps the Syracuse Stallions, a semi-professional basketball team, grow, too. Dourdas is the head coach of the new basketball team in the city, currently in its first season. They’re hoping to draw a large number of fans to their games at Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt. They’re also betting that the Stallions will be sustainable long term.




CoreLife Eatery opens new DeWitt location after national expansion (DO; Robertson)

CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant chain, opened its first location in Syracuse three years ago. Now, the homegrown company has nearly 50 locations in 11 states.

CoreLife celebrated the public grand opening of its DeWitt location on Dec. 1 at Widewaters Parkway. The restaurant is known for its fresh bowls, salads, noodles and “power plates.”

“It was like a homecoming,” said Meggan Camp, the community engagement director at CoreLife. “The last couple of days it felt like almost a celebration, if you will, in our community that this brand and concept that was started here has come back around.”

Before doors opened at 11 a.m., Co-founder John Caveny helped more than 15 employees with final preparations. For most employees, this was their first day with the company — the job posting on its website reads, “No experience preferred.”

For Caveny, cultivating a staff that’s kind and energetic was more important than hiring employees with extensive food experience. He said CoreLife prefers to have people with minimal experience in the restaurant industry because the industry has created many “bad habits.”

“We really want to hire for attitude, not aptitude,” Caveny said. “We’re trying to be more proactive with how we train people and that they’re smiling, that they’re engaged, that they’re authentic.”


23. Syracuse (NR): The Orange jump back into the top 25 of the Power 36 with a road win at Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. That’s the Syracuse that everyone predicted in the preseason.

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