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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Christmas Card Day!

Christmas cards, and the man who is credited with coming up with the concept for a commercial Christmas card, Sir Henry Cole, are celebrated today. Because he didn't have time to write all his family and friends at Christmas time, Cole, a worker at the Public Records Office in London, commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley to design a card for him, which Horsley did while living at Orestone Manor, near Torquay, in the United Kingdom. This first card, created in 1843, had a picture of a family celebrating Christmas together while drinking, flanked by images of people giving food and clothing to the needy. Below, the phrase "A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU" was inscribed. As the cards worked well for Cole, he had a thousand of them printed, which were sold for a shilling each, making them the first mass produced Christmas cards. In 2001, one of the original cards, which was signed by Cole himself, fetched over $30,000 at auction. It is believed that about a dozen of the original cards survive today. One of them can be viewed at the National Art Library inside of the Victoria and Albert Museum, a museum where Henry Cole was the first director.

Louis Prang, who was a print shop owner near Boston, is known as the father of the American Christmas card. His original card, created in 1875, was much more simplistic than Cole's; it consisted of a flower and the words "Merry Christmas." Many of the first generation American Christmas cards consisted of pictures of animals, nature, and scenes from the winter months, and by the 1880s Christmas cards were an important part of the holiday season. This was spurred by advances in technology and the mail service, industrialization and a move away from family farms, and a desire to keep in touch with family members across the country.

SU News

Boeheim on the 5-4 start: ‘We’re not there, but we’re getting better’ (PS; $; Waters)

The Syracuse Orange basketball team has played nine games thus far in the 2021-22 season.

On Tuesday night, Syracuse suffered its fourth loss of the season, a 67-53 loss to Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The four non-conference losses are just one shy of the most in Jim Boeheim’s 46-year coaching tenure.

But in the aftermath of the loss to Villanova, right about the time the clock struck midnight, Boeheim saw more glass slipper in the Orange and less pumpkin carriage.

Instead of time running out, the stroke of midnight offered hope for the future, much like the dropping of the crystal ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

“I think we’re improving,” Boeheim said. “I think we’ve been in a position where we’ve learned a lot and I think we’re getting better. I think we will get better.”

Syracuse (5-4, 1-0 ACC) has endured one of the more difficult early season schedules in the program’s history. The Orange went to the Battle 4 Atlantis and went 1-2, including losses to a defensively ferocious Virginia Commonwealth outift and an athletically superior Auburn squad.

Beat writers agree on a Syracuse bounce-back win against Georgetown (DO; Staff)

For the second consecutive game, Syracuse faces a former Big East rival and will travel to Georgetown on Saturday. The Orange most recently lost to No. 6 Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, allowing 27 offensive rebounds as the Wildcats rebounded from 24.3% shooting in the first frame to convert at a 40% clip in the second half.

The Hoyas enter off a 100-71 victory against UMBC, but they haven’t defeated a team inside KenPom’s top 200 this season — with earlier wins against American, Siena and Longwood. A top-75 3-point shooting team, Georgetown returns just 13 points from the 69 it scored in last year’s loss to Syracuse, losing its top four scorers from that team: Jahvon Blair, Qudus Wahab, Jamorko Pickett and Chudier Bile. Four of Georgetown’s current starters still average double-digit points, though.

Here’s what our beat writers think will happen when Syracuse faces the Hoyas.

Andrew Crane (4-5)
Stopping the 3-fallin’
Syracuse 72, Georgetown 66

You would think if Syracuse held No. 6 Villanova to 67 points — its fewest in a game this season — it’d leave Madison Square Garden with a win, right? The fact that it didn’t show how far the Orange still need to go with their offensive balance, even when their defense, which has been a season-long problem, manages to build them a slight lead. If Buddy Boeheim only averages six points per game the rest of the season, SU won’t win many games, but Georgetown, and the two nonconference games after that against Lehigh and Cornell, could present the opportunity Buddy needs to string shots together and find his stroke. Look for Buddy, Cole Swider and Joe Girard III to carry the scoring load and provide relief from the reliance on Jimmy Boeheim and Jesse Edwards inside the arc.

This is the Syracuse basketball edition of college football’s rivalry week, and the Orange will find a way to make sure they leave with a split of the games.


Eric Devendorf (44) celebrates a Boeheim's Army championship in The Basketball Tournament standing between Adam Weitsman and Kevin Belbey in Dayton, Ohio. August 3, 2021 (Donna Ditota photo)

Syracuse awarded a TBT regional site this summer; defending champion Boeheim’s Army to host (PS; Ditota)

Boeheim’s Army will play at least one home game next summer.

The Basketball Tournament announced today the eight regional sites for its 2022 single-elimination, winner-take-all event. Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena will host one of those regionals, from July 22-25. Boeheim’s Army, which won the 2021 tournament on a dramatic 3-point shot by Keifer Sykes, is the defending champion.

“Myself and the rest of Boeheim’s Army are extremely excited to be returning to Syracuse this summer,” Boeheim’s Army general manager Kevin Belbey said in a statement. “Syracuse fans have followed us no matter where we played, but to be able to play back at home and do it as the defending champions will make this summer all the more special. We’re excited for Cuse nation to see what we have in store for 2022.”


Manny Breland, former Syracuse University point guard, holding a picture of himself during his playing days. Photographed July 28, 1991. Dennis Nett|

Funeral set for Manny Breland, Syracuse basketball pioneer and longtime local educator (PS; McClendon)

The funeral for Manny Breland, the first Black man to be offered a scholarship to play basketball at Syracuse University, will be Saturday in Syracuse, according to his obituary.

Breland died early Saturday morning at the age of 87, according to his son, Gary. He had been battling pancreatic cancer. He was 87.

The services will be held by the New Life Temple of Praise Church at Bethany Baptist Church, 149 Beattie St., with Bishop Ronald B. Dewberry presiding.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with the funeral following at noon, according to the obituary.

The 6-foot-4 guard grew up in Syracuse’s 15th Ward and attended Syracuse’s Central Tech High School.

Syracuse Basketball: Is Jesse Edwards the next big key to success? (itlh; Fiello)

This is not an attempt to diminish the impact of other players on this Syracuse basketball team. This is not an attempt to label him the next “insert name here” legendary big man. This is simply discussing the impact junior center Jesse Edwards could have in helping the Orange to post-season success and how a successful big man has helped in the past.

In 2010, the Syracuse Orange basketball team was looking impressive and led by senior big man Arinze Onuaku. I truly believed this was the year Syracuse would win their second national championship. However, AO suffered a season-ending quad injury against Georgetown in the Big East Tournament and unfortunately, those dreams were diminished.

In 2012, the late Fab Melo was a key part of the team’s success that season. Again this team showed it had championship potential only to fall short. Syracuse ended up losing to Ohio State in the tournament’s Elite Eight and it’s my belief that if Fab Melo had been eligible to play, the Orange could have had an answer for Jared Sullinger and won the whole thing.

In 2015, Syracuse had senior Rakeem Christmas and unfortunately, due to self-imposed sanctions, they did not participate in post-season tournaments despite Rak winning many post-season accolades. The big man improved so much that he won the ACC’s most-improved honor, and I believe could have led the team to some success if given the chance.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Basketball Not Physical Enough Vs. VIllanova, Grading Buddy Boeheim, Jesse Edwards, Cole Swider & More Takeaways on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Villanova pulled away late to beat Syracuse 67-53 at MSG on Tuesday night. Was this a positive or negative performance for Syracuse? Can the Orange fix their rebounding issues? How worried should fans be about Buddy Boeheim and Cole Swider's offense? We break down the biggest takeaways from the loss, grade each starter's performance and much more.

Tim Leonard discusses it all and more on the Wednesday edition of the Locked on Syracuse Podcast.

ML Sports Platter:’s Mike Curtis/ESPN’s Doug Sherman. (; podcast; ML)

Orange sports reporter Mike Curtis recaps Villanova-Syracuse, chats best and worst of SU hoops right now, Buddy's recent struggles and NBA potential and more, plus the future of Syracuse football.26:00-37:00:ESPN's Doug Sherman recaps his game at the Carrier Dome between Indiana and Syracuse, breaks down the Orange's loss at MSG to Villanova, if SU is a tournament team, being proud of his local/Syracuse University roots when coming back and more!

Double Down 12-8 (ESPN; radio; Tommy & Michael)

Tommy and Michael recap SU’s loss to Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic and discuss Tommy’s big J experiences at the Garden with Christian De Guzman from Nunes Magician. Later, they are joined by Josh for the six pack.

On The Block On Demand 12-8 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent recaps Syracuse’s 67-53 loss against Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic and takes away a few positives from the performance.

The Syracuse Men's Basketball team has been "unpredictable" (; Singh)


Unpredictable – A fair word to describe the infancy of 2021-22 Syracuse University Men’s Basketball season. As expected, the Orange won its first two games after beating Lafayette and Drexel. The big blow came when SU lost to Colgate, as they wrapped up their season-opening homestand. The loss to Colgate was surprising to many Central New Yorkers who watched the Raiders drop 100 points in the Dome. Colgate shot almost 42% from three-point range (that’s really good) as 54 of their 100 points came from behind the arch.


Four days later, the Orange jumped on an airplane, flew down to the Bahamas and played three games in three days in the Battle 4 Atlantis, a tournament that featured some skilled teams including, No. 22 UConn, No. 19 Auburn, No. 6 Baylor, and Michigan State to name a few. SU’s opening round game on Paradise Island was a matchup against VCU, a game SU was favored to win – but ended up losing 67-55 after VCU decided to shoot almost 39% (7-18) from three-point range. That’s an impressive number for a team that was missing multiple starters due to injuries. The loss to VCU didn’t marinate long as SU bounced back the next day with a 92-84 “W’ against Arizona State. Buddy Boeheim had a game-high 23 points against the Sun Devils. On the final day of the tournament the Orange played No. 19 Auburn. It was SU’s third game in three days, a scenario NBA teams don’t even find themselves in. This is when fatigue kicked in – SU was slow and sluggish in its 89-68 loss to Auburn. The good news was the Orange had three players in double-digits as Buddy Boeheim, Cole Swider and Jesse Edwards all scored 17 points.




A selection at Big MaMa's Cheesecakes at 6598 Thompson Road near Carrier Circle -- before a storm blew the roof off.

Big MaMa’s Cheesecakes was once a local sensation. When it came back, the roof blew off (PS; $; Cazentre)

There have been lots of ups and downs in the history of Big MaMa’s Cheesecakes.

It began in 2007 as a wholesaler to restaurants, then opened a small retail storefront location in Mattydale. That proved so popular that owner Carrie Fanizzi had to move to bigger quarters at Northern Lights Mall in 2010.

Two years later, due to a variety of economic and personal issues, Fanizzi closed the shop. Big MaMa’s briefly had a retail outlet at Niko’s Restaurant in downtown’s Hanover Square, and then settled in for a long run exclusively selling cakes wholesale to restaurants.

Two weeks ago, Fanizzi finally got back into the retail business. Big MaMa’s opened its own shop for the first time in almost a decade at 6598 Thompson Road near Carrier Circle in DeWitt. That’s the former Pronto Joey’s building near Joey’s Restaurant.

Business was good. Then the roof blew off.


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