No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
One of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches, it is often made with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it, all served up on a hamburger bun or roll.
There are different claims to the origin of the sloppy joe. In Havana, Cuba in the 1930s there was a genuine bartender who gained popularity with vacationers who went by the name of Sloppy Joe. He earned his name for his less than enthusiastic way of cleaning the bar. He was, however, an attentive bartender, and the bar was a hot spot for the jet set.
However, no mention is found in papers from the era of a hot sandwich on the menu matching the description of a Sloppy Joe, and the man of the same name retired to Spain in 1933.
Reader Steven Hirsch wrote to National Day Calendar and informed us that Town Hall Deli in Maplewood, NJ has a direct connection to Sloppy Joe of Havana fame. It opened in 1927 and during the 1930s, Maplewood’s Mayor Sweeney traveled to Havana where he met the bartender named Sloppy Joe and was served a delicious sandwich. He came back to New Jersey and with a well-developed taste for Joe’s sandwich. The mayor enjoyed it so much in fact he asked one of Town Hall Deli’s proprietors, Fred Heinz, to replicate it. According to the website “It was made with coleslaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing and was served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!”
Syracuse Picks Up an Eight Seed, Draws Baylor in the West Region – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Aki)
The bracket is set and the Orange is headed out west to Salt Lake City for their opening round matchup against Baylor. As an 8 seed, it’s their highest entrance into the tournament since it was a three seed back in 2014.
This is the second ever time the Orange has landed as an 8 seed. The only other instance was in 1999 when SU lost to Oklahoma State in the first round of the tournament.
Baylor is the nine seed out of the Big 12 and is making its first tournament appearance since 2017. They finished a surprising fourth in the conference after being projected to finished second to last. The Bears went 19-13, but ended the season on a four game losing streak, albeit against relatively opponents. They lost to the Big 12 regular season champ Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Big 12 tournament champion Iowa State. The Bears lost their leading scorer Tristan Clark back in January, but powered back with a strong showing in conference. Baylor is now led by Yale transfer Makai Mason, who does have tournament experience with his former team. Ironically, Mason used a 31 point performance to take down none other than Baylor before losing to Duke in the second round.
Baylor and Syracuse have one common opponent this season: PAC-12 champion Oregon. But there is a major difference in their results. SU lost to a Ducks team that featured one of the top players in the country in Bol Bol. Baylor was lucky enough to beat a Bol-less Oregon team after he went down with a season-ending injury.
The Bears’ best wins this season came against against Iowa State twice and Texas Tech, while their worst losses came all at home against Texas Southern, Stephen F. Austin and Oklahoma State.
Baylor-Syracuse: Early Statistical Look and Thoughts (ourdailybears.com; Kaut)
Baylor takes on Syracuse at approximately 8:50 on Thursday (the game is 30 minutes after the 6:20 tip of Gonzaga’s game).
Syracuse finished 20-13 and 10-8 in the ACC. They have a win at Duke, a 20 point victory over Louisville and a 10 point win at Ohio State.
The Orange have some issues on their resume. They lost to Old Dominion and Georgia Tech at home. They fell to Connecticut on a neutral court.
Baylor opens as a 1.5 point underdog. KenPom gives Baylor a 48% chance to win.
Here are a few big statistical focuses:
1) Offensive rebounding:
Syracuse is 335th in defensive rebounding. Baylor is No. 2 in offensive rebounding and very good against bad defensive rebounding teams:
Baylor will have to crash the glass in this one. The Bears grabbed 50% of their misses against Syracuse in the 2013 Maui final. Run that part of the game back.
2) Limiting dribble penetration:
Syracuse sets up their offense with their guards winning off the dribble, which isn’t that unique, but the Orange have some big guards. They rank first in average height on KenPom.
Tyus Battle, Syracuse’s best player, missed the ACC Tournament with a back injury. He averaged 17 points this season. Jim Boeheim says that Battle should return for this game, and he was expected to practice today.
The Orange like to use dribble penetration to set up threes:
3) Stay zone:
Syracuse is 236th in effective field goal percentage and 244th in 3-point shooting. They like to fire triples—ranking 74th in percentage of shots from deep.
With Syracuse’s struggles hitting threes, and their strength driving, Baylor needs to stay zone. King McClure, Makai Mason and Jared Butler are all still getting back from various injuries. While the degree of some of those problems varies, Baylor’s struggled limiting quick guards. The zone helps Baylor stay closer against drives. It will give up threes, but if Syracuse makes those shots, congratulate them on another run.
4) Baylor’s turnovers:
As good as Baylor feels on the offensive glass, Syracuse feels great about turning Baylor over. The Orange are 10th in defensive turnovers forced, and Baylor is 264th in offensive turnover percentage.
Baylor-Syracuse: Kendall’s Early Video/Facebook Live Breakdown (ourdailybears.com; video; Kaut)
I offered some thoughts on Baylor-Syracuse, the bracket and America (not really—but a great moment for our country with Texas and TCU missing the field):
2019 NCAA Tournament: 5 things to know about Syracuse Orange, Baylor's opponent (D&C; Johnson & Miller)
Despite a shaky start to the season, the Syracuse Orange didn't have to sweat out Selection Sunday.
The Orange overcame early season losses to Connecticut, Old Dominion and Buffalo by knocking off Duke, Louisville and Patriot League tournament winner Colgate.
Syracuse landed as the No. 8 seed in the West region and will face No. 9 Baylor at 9:57 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will be televised on truTV.
The Syracuse Orange résumé
Record: 20-13 (10-8 ACC)
National ranking: Unranked in AP and Coaches Poll
Bracketology: Strength of schedule 8; RPI 38
Best win: Defeated Duke 95-91 on the road
Worst loss: Lost to Georgia Tech 73-59 at home
How they got in tournament: At-large bid. Lost 84-72 to Duke in ACC Tournament quarterfinal. Won five ACC games during a six-game span in January and February.
Key stats: Rank No. 235 in points per game (69.7), No. 267 in assists per game (12.0). Syracuse is one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the country (68.1 percent). Rank No. 16 in blocks per game (4.8) and No. 15 in steals per game (8.3).
Here are five things to know about Syracuse's tournament run:
Return of Tyus?
The Latest: Best bet: Duke is favored to win NCAA Tournament :: WRALSportsFan.com (wralsportsfan.com; AP)
Betting on March Madness is starting with many gamblers throwing their weight behind Duke and freshman phenom Zion Williamson.
William Hill US says nearly 20 percent of the money bet on the NCAA Tournament winner over the past year has backed the Blue Devils, who were listed as a 2-1 favorite in odds adjusted following the release of the bracket.
The operator says 9 percent of the actual wagers have come in on Gonzaga or Duke, meaning the Bulldogs are popular but gamblers placing more expensive bets are backing the Blue Devils, top seed in the East.
Virginia and Gonzaga are each listed at 6-1 odds to win the title, while North Carolina is 8-1.
Betting on March Madness is shifting this year with the expansion of legalized sports gambling beyond Nevada. New Jersey, Rhode Island and several other states have legalized sports betting since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year
It turns out the Southern Conference nearly got its first at-large bid to the tournament.
UNC Greensboro was the first team listed of the first four that missed the field on the CBS selection show. And David Worlock, the NCAA director media coordination and statistics, tweeted Sunday evening that the Spartans were "in the field until late last night."
So what happened? Worlock tweeted that Oregon's win against Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game ultimately knocked the Spartans out of the field.
UNC Greensboro (28-6) reached the Southern Conference Tournament title game before falling to Wofford, which ended up as a 7-seed. The Spartans, coached by former UNC player Wes Miller, had reached the NCAA Tournament last season.
Alabama, TCU and Indiana were the next teams that missed the cut.
The best days of the NCAA Tournament for most fans are the first two. With 16 games on each day, it's wall-to-wall ball.
Thursday tips off in Des Moines, Iowa, at 12:15 p.m. with an East Region game between No. 7 seed Louisville and No. 10 Minnesota. That's coach Rick Pitino's former Cardinals against a Golden Gophers team coached by his son, Richard Pitino.
The early session ends with one of the best individual players in the tournament. Ja Morant of Murray State faces fifth-seeded Marquette and Big East player of the Markus Howard in West Region game played in Hartford, Connecticut.
The defending national champion Villanova, a sixth-seed in the South, highlights the Thursday night games. The Wildcats tip at 7:20 p.m. against 11th-seeded St. Mary's.
They might as well rename it the ACC Tournament - The Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com; Sullivan)
The NCAA Tournament might as well be called the ACC Tournament. There’s not much difference. The best basketball conference in the country was given three of the four No. 1 seeds when the bracket was revealed Sunday night.
The Big 10 has more teams in the field with eight while the ACC, Big 12 and the SEC had seven each but it’s just the second time in history for a conference to have three No. 1 seeds (UConn, Pitt, Louisville in 2009). Gonzaga was the fourth team to get a No. 1 seed, joining the ACC’s Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Zion Williamson’s ACC tournament performance will be remembered forever (sbnation.com; Rutherford)
Romanticized talk about a string of individual performances in March is typically reserved for the NCAA tournament. There are exceptions though.
In 1995, the ACC gave us the Randolph Childress tournament.
The 2006 Big East tournament will forever be remembered as the Gerry McNamara tournament.
The entirety of March, 2011 is defined by Kemba Walker. That journey began, of course, with a vicious step-back game-winner, and ultimately a five wins in five days run to the Big East tournament championship.
Now, 2019 has blessed us with “The Zion Tournament.”
Some will argue that Friday night’s epic semifinal between Duke and North Carolina will be remembered with every bit as much reverence as Zion Williamson’s individual effort over the last three days. Others will say that whatever Williamson does in the NCAA tournament, good or bad, will largely wipe away the memory of his performance in Charlotte. Perhaps, but my belief is that if we revisit this debate five years from now, history won’t be on the side of the detractors.
Before this week, no freshman in the history of the ACC had ever won the league’s Player of the Year award and its tournament Most Outstanding Player honor in the same season. That Williamson was able to accomplish the latter feat after having sat out the past 22 days with the most notorious knee injury of 2019 is the most remarkable anecdote in the latest chapter of his bourgeoning college legacy.
That chapter began Thursday.
Thursday — ACC Tournament Quarterfinals: Duke vs. Syracuse
After three weeks of countless speculation, a lengthy national debate, and zero seconds of playing time logged by the most talked about college basketball player in recent memory, Williamson returned to the court for third-seeded Duke’s quarterfinal matchup with sixth-seeded Syracuse. All the freshman sensation did in his return was give arguably the greatest individual performance in the history of the ACC tournament.
NY Public Library opens archive dedicated to SU alum Lou Reed (PS; AP)
The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed.
The library acquired the archive after performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed, decided to share it with an institution that could preserve and showcase the archive. The New York Times reports the archive includes a large collection of personal notes, photographs and more than 600 hours of recordings.
Anderson says Reed never discussed what to do with his belongings before his death in 2013. She says she thought the archive should be accessible to young musicians and anyone interested in his life.
Reed was the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for The Velvet Underground, and had a solo career that spanned decades after leaving the band.
Reed graduated from Syracuse University in 1964; while a student, he wrote songs and also hosted his own late-night radio show on WAER called “Excursions on a Wobbly Rail.” He maintained his connections to SU years later, founding the Lou Reed/Delmore Schwartz scholarship for creative writing students in 2007 and sharing the VU song “Head Held High” in a a video ad for the university highlighting prominent alumni.
Reed’s time at Syracuse led to the Velvet Underground, which formed in the ’60s with multi-instrumentalist Sterling Morrison. Members included guitarist Sterling Morrison, a classmate at SU, and drummer Maureen “Moe” Tucker, the younger sister of Morrison’s friend from Syracuse.