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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day, also known as National Donut Day, is an annual event that was started by the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army, first being held in 1938. It was created to honor the "Lassies," "Doughnut Girls," or "Doughnut Dollies" who had served doughnuts to servicemen in Europe during World War I. The aim of the day was also to be a fundraiser for Chicago's Salvation Army, in order to help the many people who were suffering on account of the Great Depression.

During World War I, the Salvation Army sent about 250 women volunteers who became known as "Doughnut Dollies" to France. They worked in "huts" near the front lines, where baked goods, supplies, and stamps were available, as were services for mending clothes. As it was hard to get most fresh baked goods this close to the front lines, doughnuts were chosen. At times they were even fried in helmets! The Salvation Army reintroduced the giving out of doughnuts during World War II, and members of the Red Cross gave them out as well. Today, the day is still a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in many places, and the organization teams up with various doughnut shops on the day. Some places also give out free doughnuts today.

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Kyle Filipowski

Syracuse Basketball Recruiting Weekend Preview (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse basketball is hosting the first of several elite prospects expected to take official visits this month. Class of 2022 forward Kyle Filipowski will visit the Orange and get a closer look at the program this weekend. Here's a look at Filipowski as a prospect, a look at when Syracuse got involved and where things stand going into the visit.

Player: Kyle Filipowski
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-11, 235 lbs.
School: Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA)
Visit Schedule: June 5-6: Official visit to Syracuse.

June 12-13: Official visit to Ohio State.
June 15-16: Official visit to Indiana.
June 17-18: Official visit to Iowa.
June 19: Unofficial visit to Northwestern.
June 24: Unofficial visit to Connecticut.
June 28-29: Official visit to Duke.

When Syracuse Got Involved: Syracuse offered Filipowski on April 21st. He became an instant priority at that point.

Where Syracuse Ranks in the ACC in NCAA Tournament Success Since 2016 (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse fans have debated about the state of the basketball program over the last several years. Specifically the mounting regular season losses and seeming annual position on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Despite that, the Orange has made some postseason runs.

So where exactly does Syracuse rank since 2016 in NCAA Tournament success compared to the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference? We looked it up to find out.

Note: These statistics include the 2016 NCAA Tournament through the 2021 tournament. There were five total tournaments during that span, as it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

CategorySyracuse Rank vs ACC
AppearancesTied 3rd
WinsTied 3rd
Winning %Tied 3rd
Sweet-16sTied 1st
Final FoursTied 2nd
TitlesTied 3rd
To be fair, ranking third in titles is misleading. Only two ACC teams have won titles in that span, so Syracuse is tied with 12 other teams for third with zero championships. Otherwise, every other category is straight forward.

Here is the raw data of ACC teams' NCAA Tournament success from 2016 to 2021.


Starling’s rise from Baldwinsville to precipice of 5-star status: ‘He just absolutely exploded’ (PS; $; Ditota)

Last summer, when Jim Hart talked about the cancellation of the EYBL season, the Albany City Rocks coach mused about what a summer without grassroots basketball might mean for someone like J.J. Starling.

Starling, the point guard from Baldwinsville, would have seen his basketball stock skyrocket with the signature 17U City Rocks team, Hart predicted. With the eyes of the college basketball world upon him during live recruiting periods, he would have risen to a new level of high school basketball stardom.

What those missed summer sessions did, it appears, is merely delay the inevitable.

Starling would soon transfer from Baldwinsville to national power La Lumiere for his junior season. He would appear on Top 100 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2022 and would accumulate more than 20 Division I college basketball offers.

But last weekend in Albany, Starling boosted himself onto a path that ends with five-star status.

For four games at the Gym Rat Challenge at the Albany Capital Center, the 6-foot-4 guard was a dominant, dazzling force. Twice, he scored 30 points. He sank shots off the dribble, he finished at the rim, he converted in the mid-range. His performances came in a gym full of observers and media; college coaches watched via live stream to honor NCAA recruiting restrictions.

Will SU go after more players in the NCAA transfer portal? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

The NCAA’s transfer portal has been the biggest story in college basketball’s off-season. So it’s not surprising that I’ve received more questions related to the portal than any other subject over the past couple of months.

Syracuse lost four players to the portal – Quincy Guerrier (Oregon), Kadary Richmond (Seton Hall), Woody Newton (Oklahoma State) and Robert Braswell (Charlotte). John Bol Ajak was in the portal, but recently decided to return to Syracuse.

On the flip side, Syracuse brought in three transfers: Cole Swider from Villanova, Symir Torrence from Marquette and Jimmy Boeheim from Cornell.

Even though the portal is starting to quiet down, we’ve got more transfer questions in this week’s Mailbox.

Q: Do you think Syracuse will try to find another able player so we will have four forwards? Do you know if they tried to reach out to Tre Mitchell or Jordan Brown? Only issue I see with getting another forward is we may push away a recruit for 2022. Any thoughts on this subject?

William W.

At this point, I don’t see Syracuse reaching out to any more players in the transfer portal.


Syracuse basketball 2023 target Gavin Griffiths won’t be unranked for long (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball has offered scholarships to a half-dozen prospects in the 2023 class, and one of those high-school players who has flown a bit under the radar to date is talented wing Gavin Griffiths.

Multiple 2023 targets for the Orange are ranked in the top-50 nationally, whereas the 6-foot-7 Griffiths is not. That is going to change in the near future, however.

For one, Griffiths recently caught the eye of a national recruiting analyst when the 2023 prospect performed well at the Hoop Group’s Southern Jam Fest in Hampton, Va.

Griffiths, a sophomore who attends the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn., suited up at this recent AAU event in Virginia for the Boston-based Expressions Elite Basketball.

national analyst Jamie Shaw wrote an article about some of his stand-outs at the Southern Jam Fest, and Griffiths represented one of them.

Shaw said, in part, about the Orange target, “Some people just know how to play basketball, and Griffiths falls into this category. Whether it be how he drifts into his passers eyesight with perfect balance or how he whips passes around to open players, or cutters on his team, Griffiths goes about his business, making high level plays all over the floor.”



Chicken Oscar was beautifully prepared at Jake Hafner's.Jane Marmaduke Woodman

Jake Hafner’s Tavern: where have WE been? (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Marmaduke Woodman)

Perhaps you think only of gardening when you hear “Hafner’s.” So did we, at least until our recent Thursday evening visit to Jake Hafner’s Restaurant and Tavern (open since 1970–where have we been?), where we discovered a pleasant space at the other end of the food chain: well thought-out plates of standard American cuisine.

You won’t find much that’s exotic at Jake Hafner’s, but you will have lots of choices from a multi-section menu of American classics. Starters and soups range from $3.99 to $12.99, with several varieties of wings from $7.99 for six to $89.99 for a pack of one hundred.

Lunch options include sandwiches, burgers, and main-dish salads from $9.49 to $13.99. Dinner mains (with a small salad and a choice of starches or fresh vegetables) were our focus on this visit, ranging from a $14.99 plate of chicken and biscuits to a $37.99 surf and turf with two lobster tails.

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