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National Beer Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the date that beer once again began being served, in 1933, after over thirteen years of Prohibition. Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933, which said that beer with up to 3.2% alcohol content by weight could again be sold, as long as states passed their own laws allowing the selling of beer. After signing the law Roosevelt said, "I think this would be a good time for a beer," and the new law went into effect on April 7. People gathered outside of breweries and taverns the night before beer became legal, waiting for their opening at midnight. On the first National Beer Day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. Prohibition was not fully repealed until December, when the Eighteenth Amendment was done away with, and the Twenty-first Amendment went into effect. The modern-day celebration of National Beer Day started in 2009, after Justin Smith started a Facebook page for it. The day has since been recognized by elected officials.

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19 Year Anniversary: Syracuse Basketball's National Championship (SI; McAllister)

19 Year Anniversary: Syracuse Basketball's National Championship

Looking back at the Orange's title game victory over Kansas.

Nineteen years have passed since Syracuse sat on top of the college basketball world as the 2003 National Champions. The Orange topped Kansas 81-78 in New Orleans for the program's first NCAA Tournament Title.

Nineteen years later to the day. Nineteen years since Carmelo's memorable performance, McNamara's barrage of threes, Duany's dancing, Pace's runners and Warrick's block. Since Jim Boeheim finally got his much deserved title after two previous close calls.


Carmelo Anthony has told the story numerous times. He could not sleep the night before the game. He was too eager to deliver Boeheim and the city of Syracuse their first title. What both had craved for so long. Fellow freshman sensation Gerry McNamara said the team did not speak specifically about delivering the first title to their coach, but it was something everyone understood.

"I think it was an unspoken understanding," McNamara said in an interview conducted in 2018. "I think everybody kind of understood that we hadn't gotten the big one. We knew that coach had some heartbreak. Certainly '87. I was familiar, more so, with '96 because that was my time growing up and watching college basketball. We knew they were close with some really good teams.

"They just didn't quite get over the hump in the championship game. We knew that if we were be the team to do it, we would be the ones that make our mark and make history."

The team that stood in the way of that history was Kansas. Kansas was seeking the first title for its head coach (Roy Williams) as well, led by seniors Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich. While Syracuse was led by young stars, Kansas had the experience advantaged. It was because of that Kansas entered the game as five and a half point favorites.

Syracuse basketball not a finalist for 5-star Baltimore forward, No. 2 junior (itlh; Adler)

Based on a variety of recent media reports, I didn’t get the sense that Syracuse basketball was in the running for 2023 five-star forward Kwame Evans Jr. from Baltimore, who is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the junior cycle, according to numerous recruiting services.

Well, now it’s official. The 6-foot-9 Evans, who is listed as either a small forward or a power forward depending on the recruiting Web site, has revealed his list of five finalists.

They are Oregon, Indiana, Auburn, Kentucky and UCLA, according to reports, including one from On3 national analyst Joe Tipton. I had hoped that the Orange would emerge as a significant contender for Evans, but I’m not surprised that his top five doesn’t include the ‘Cuse.

Back in early January of this year, Evans did note in an interview that Syracuse basketball was among the college squads heavily involved in his recruitment. More recently, though, when I would read articles about Evans from recruiting analysts, the Orange wasn’t mentioned really at all.

Syracuse basketball offered five-star Kwame Evans Jr. last fall.

Evans just wrapped up his junior stanza at the powerhouse Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. Just a couple of days ago, the Montverde Academy captured the 2022 GEICO Nationals in Ft. Myers, Fla., to claim a high-school national title for the 2021-22 campaign.

During this year’s GEICO Nationals, Evans averaged eight points and six rebounds as the Eagles went 3-0, according to an article from MaxPreps national basketball editor Jordan Divens.

Former Syracuse basketball 4-star big-man recruit to transfer from Oregon (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball recently lost sophomore center Frank Anselem to the transfer portal, leaving the Orange with one scholarship available and two centers on the roster in junior Jesse Edwards and 2022 three-star commit Peter Carey.

It would seem reasonable to me that the ‘Cuse is looking for another center to back up Edwards, who is coming off an injury this past February, and supplement Carey, who most recently played for the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass.

The Orange is reportedly showing interest in 7-foot center Quincy Ballard, a sophomore at fellow Atlantic Coast Conference squad Florida State who has entered the transfer portal.

Per Mike Waters of, Ballard is planning on making a visit to the ‘Cuse in the near future. Ballard, a three-star prospect in the 2020 class and a Syracuse-area native, was recruited by the Orange out of high school.

But there might be another option for Syracuse basketball at center.

Franck Kepnang, a sophomore center at Pac-12 Conference member Oregon, recently said on Twitter that he, too, was entering into the NCAA’s transfer portal.

— Franck Kepnang (@franckkepnang) April 5, 2022

The 6-foot-11 Kepnang appeared in 35 games for the Ducks during the 2021-22 campaign, averaging 14.5 minutes, 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest while connecting on 57.5 percent from the field, according to ESPN.

Kepnang was a stand-out for the Westtown School in West Chester, Pa. He was a four-star, top-50 player in the 2020 cycle who landed a scholarship offer from the ‘Cuse in September of 2018.

Syracuse basketball coaches appear focused on landing a back-up center (itlh; Adler)

With sophomore center Frank Anselem electing to enter his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, and junior starting center Jesse Edwards coming off an injury this past February, it seems that Syracuse basketball coaches may be trying to pick up an additional center ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Given the recent decision by senior forward Cole Swider to end his career on the Hill, along with other prior departures and the addition of four-star guard Judah Mintz to the Orange’s 2022 recruiting class, by my count, the ‘Cuse presently has 12 players on scholarship for 2022-23, which means the squad has one scholarship available, unless there are further changes to the present roster.

Besides Edwards, who will be a senior, Syracuse basketball has one other center within the 2022-23 line-up in Orange 2022 three-star commit Peter Carey, who most recently suited up for the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass.

Carey, in my humble opinion, is a vastly underrated big man in the 2022 cycle who can play either power forward or center. However, he is an incoming freshman, and it does concern me a little bit if he would end up being the only back-up to Edwards in 2022-23.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Syracuse basketball brought another center on board.

As we noted not too long ago, the Orange coaching staff reportedly may have some interest in Quincy Ballard, a 7-foot sophomore center who has competed for Florida State over the past two stanzas but recently entered into the transfer portal.



South Presbyterian Church, on the corner of South Salina and West Colvin streets in Syracuse, closed in 2006. Most of the stained glass and other artifacts were removed by collectors. (Ellen M. Blalock |

Couple’s plan to turn castle-like Syracuse church into event venue gets $1.2M state grant (PS; $; Moriarty)

A couple’s plans to turn a vacant South Side church that resembles a castle into an event venue is getting a boost with a $1.2 million state grant.

Empire State Development, the state’s economic development arm, is providing the money to Simply Ingram LLC through the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The money will be put toward an $8 million transformation of the former South Presbyterian Church, renamed The Castle, into a multi-use venue consisting of what developers Chino and Evelyn Ingram describe as elegant event space, an upscale lounge and a training center.

Once operational, the 30,000-square-foot facility at the northwest corner of South Salina and West Colvin streets will employ 13 full-time and 29 part-time workers, according to the Ingrams.

Built in 1905, the church served for many years as a sanctuary for Blacks escaping segregation in the South and became known for its interracial advocacy and interdenominational alliances. The church closed in the early 2000s following years of declining membership. Many of its stained glass and other artifacts were later removed by collectors.

The Greater Syracuse Land Bank acquired the church in 2015, got it placed on the National Register of Historic Places and put it up for sale for $25,000. The Ingrams have an agreement to buy the building from the land bank once they have completed their financing.

Despite the state grant, a $1.3 million gap remains in the project’s $8 million budget. The Ingrams have launched a capital campaign to close the gap.

Evelyn, who is director of community engagement for Wegmans Food Markets, said the couple hopes to begin renovations later this year and open the facility in 2023.

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