Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!
A simple combination of bread, cheese, and a little butter has become one of the greatest comfort foods ever created: the grilled cheese sandwich! Cheese and bread have been being combined since the ancient Romans, but it wasn't until the twentieth century that the grilled cheese sandwich began to take shape.
Two factors set the stage for the rise of grilled cheese: inexpensive processed cheese and sliced bread. James L. Kraft opened his first cheese plant in 1914 in Illinois. The following year he invented pasteurized cheese—cheap processed cheese that wouldn't spoil when it was being transported long distances. Shortly thereafter, in the late 1920s, sliced bread came on the market. The sandwiches made at this time often had names like "toasted cheese" and "melted cheese." Recipes had grated cheese with a binder such as salad dressing, white sauce, or mustard.
Damarius Owens Shocked by Syracuse Basketball Offer (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse basketball extended a new scholarship offer on Sunday to 2024 forward Damarius Owens. The 6-7 wing was playing for City Rocks at the EYBL in Orlando and plays high school ball for Western Reserve Academy in Ohio (the same school as Trey Autry, Adrian's son). Owens is originally from Rochester (NY), playing for Aquinas prior to transferring to WRA.
"It was wild," Owens said. "Coach Autry offered right after the game. I was in shock."
Owens grew up a Syracuse fan being right down the thruway from campus. He also attended the Syracuse Basketball Elite Camp last summer. Now he holds an offer from the Orange.
"My family and I have been watching and supporting Cuse since I was a kid," Owens said. "It means everything to me. It's really a blessing and it's motivation to keep getting better everyday. Hearing the joy that came from my parents was the best part."
An Early Look At SU’s Class of 2023 Center Targets – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Bainbridge)
With Syracuse men’s hoops’ Class of 2022 recruiting class all but set in stone, we’ve already begun to think about what SU’s starting five will look like as next season gets under way. With several players in the mix for a limited number of positions – such as sophomore Benny Williams and two freshmen vying for a pair of vacated spots at forward – it’s anyone’s guess as to how Jim Boeheim will structure his roster. There’s only so many roles on the team already occupied, but the one ‘Cuse fans might feel the best about is at center, where senior Jesse Edwards will start from day one.
Edwards’ leap from wobbly freshman benchwarmer to bonafide junior-year talent was certainly impressive last year. Edwards averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 total boards, and nearly three blocks per game before an injury cost him the final nine games of the year. His skill and improvement last season finally brings comfort to a position that has fallen on hard times since Rakeem Christmas departed following the 2014-15 season. Since then, SU has recruited just one 4-star center (Taurean Thompson in the Class of ‘16), and several other recruits haven’t panned out. Frank Anselem’s recent transfer has only further thinned a pivotal position in SU’s 2-3 zone.
With those struggles in mind, it’s important that SU begins looking hard for more talented depth at the position. Peter Carey in the Class of ‘22 is a good start, but Syracuse is already paying attention to and offered a couple big men in the Class of ‘23.
ISAIAH MIRANDA (4-STAR, COMMONWEALTH ACADEMY)
Isaiah Miranda is SU’s highest-rated center offer to date in the Class of ‘23. Unfortunately, he may also be the most unrealistic prize for Jim Boeheim and company. The seven-footer from Pawtucket, Rhode Island has a slew of other offers from schools that include Kentucky, USC, Providence, and UCLA. Back on March 31st, 247Sports recruiting analyst Brandon Jenkins noted that Syracuse has, at least so far, not been a serious player for Miranda as of late.
...“Regarding his recruitment Miranda says Connecticut, Georgetown, Kentucky, and USC are the four schools showing him the most love. He has only taken one official visit to USC and an unofficial to Kentucky but plans on visiting the other schools in the near future.” (247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins, 3/31/22)
Syracuse Basketball: Stock soars for big-man recruit as new offers pile up (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball 2023 recruiting target Joseph Estrella had some kind of weekend as college coaches were able to watch high-school prospects in person during various AAU events at an NCAA live period.
The 6-foot-10 power forward/center, whose recruitment is blowing up on a national scale, performed at a high level as his AAU squad, the New England-based Middlesex Magic, went 4-0 in an Under Armour Association (“UAA”) session this past weekend.
Magic 17u was 4-0 in Indianapolis at UAA session 1! College coaches packed the baselines for each game and the team showed remarkable skill, talent, toughness, unselfishness and depth! Excited to keep working in prep for session 2 in Kansas City! #MagicFamily #UAA pic.twitter.com/fS84LRvFGx
— Middlesex Magic (@MiddlesexMagic) April 11, 2022
I came across several articles from national recruiting analysts that spoke to Estrella playing quite well in front of various college coaches. His stock in the junior class is clearly on the rise, and I would expect Estrella to enter the 2023 national ratings at some point sooner rather than later.
By the way, Estrella and his Middlesex Magic teammates are expected to next suit up at another UAA session slated for April 22-24 from the Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
Syracuse basketball big-man target Joseph Estrella is rising fast in the junior cycle.
Just in the past few days, Estrella has notched new scholarship offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, according to his Twitter page and recruiting Web sites. In fact, he’s probably picked up another offer or two as I’m typing out this column.
Brandon Jenkins, a national analyst with 247Sports, wrote in an article that other college squads showing interest in Estrella include California, Maryland and Oklahoma. His bio on says that Villanova, a participant in the 2022 Final Four, is also displaying interest in Estrella.
Other offers had previously arrived for him from Xavier, Boston College, Iowa, Providence, Tennessee, Harvard, Maine, Penn State and Marquette, according to media reports and recruiting services.
Estrella, who received a Syracuse basketball scholarship offer last August during the Orange’s annual Elite Camp, was an absolute star during his junior term for South Portland High School in South Portland, Maine.
Jim Boeheim's 9 best teams at Syracuse, ranked (ncaa.com; Wittry)
Jim Boeheim has spent 46 seasons as the head coach at Syracuse, spanning all or part of six different decades, and we ranked every single one of the teams he has coached.
To try to make the rankings as objective as possible and to avoid biases of recency or the eventual NBA careers of Syracuse basketball alums, I created a point system to evaluate teams across the six decades of Boeheim's head coaching tenure.
The maximum number of points was 475 — 100 points for non-conference play, 100 points for the conference regular season, 100 points for a team's Simple Rating System (SRS) rating that takes into account point differential and strength of schedule, 25 points for a team's conference tournament finish, 50 points for a team's NCAA tournament seed, and 100 points for a team's NCAA tournament finish. Each Syracuse team's non-conference and conference schedule were evaluated based on winning percentage in order to adjust for the different number of games played in different seasons.
First, a couple of notes:
- Syracuse was an independent program during Boeheim's first three seasons — although it did play in an end-of-season tournament prior to the NCAA tournament — so those teams were not able to earn as many points as the other 43 teams.
- The 1979 NCAA tournament marked the first time that every team in the field was seeded, so Boeheim's first two Syracuse teams missed out on potential seeding points.
- Five Syracuse teams later had wins vacated — the 2005 through 2007 Orange teams, plus the 2011 and 2012 teams — and these teams were not included in this analysis. If the wins were included, only the 2011-12 team would've cracked the top nine in our rankings, at No. 2.
- Syracuse's 2020 team, which had an 18-14 record (10-10 ACC) when the season was canceled, was not included in a consensus bracket compiled by Bracket Matrix, which compiles dozens of leading bracketologists' projections. The Orange's final game of the season was a second-round win in the ACC tournament over North Carolina.
Here are Jim Boeheim's nine best teams at Syracuse, ranked.
1. 2002-03Record: 30-5
Big East tournament finish: Lost in the semifinals
NCAA tournament seed: No. 3 seed
NCAA tournament finish: Won the NCAA tournament
It should be no surprise that Syracuse's first and only national championship team in men's basketball ranks as Boeheim's best squad in our rankings. While the Carmelo Anthony-led Orange only received a No. 3 seed — eight of Boeheim's teams have earned a No. 1 or No. 2 seed — this group was able to get over the hurdle after Syracuse lost in the national title game in 1987 and 1996.
That's largely because of Anthony, pictured above, who as a freshman was named a consensus second-team All-American after he averaged a double-double with 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, both of which led the team. Given the transcendent talent of Anthony alone, a 6-8 forward who shot nearly 50 percent inside the arc while averaging 2.2 assists and 1.6 3-pointers per game, this Syracuse team had a high ceiling, given how one player can dominate a game, but it wasn't overwhelmingly talented, as Anthony was one of just two future NBA players on the Orange's roster, along with the team's second-leading scorer, Hakim Warrick (14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game).
In fact, Syracuse wasn't ranked in the AP poll until Jan. 13, 2003, when it reached No. 25, as it spent the first nine weeks of the season unranked. The Orange never cracked the top 10. After a season-opening loss to Memphis, Syracuse rattled off 11 wins in a row, capped off with a victory over No. 11 Missouri. From February on, this team was almost unbeatable, going 10-1 in its final 11 regular-season games, including wins over No. 2 Pittsburgh and Notre Dame — ranked No. 10 and No. 16 at the time in a pair of Syracuse victories. After bowing out of the Big East tournament semifinals against UConn, Syracuse arrived on Selection Sunday with a 24-5 record, good enough for a No. 3 seed.
The business, which started in Aviv’s SU dorm room, has grown from a two-person effort to a company with around 30-40 employees located across the U.S.
The world’s 1st ultrafast EV charging network started in an SU dorm room (DO; Thomas)
After Josh Aviv brainstormed his idea for an electric car charging service with his now-wife during their winter break in 2013, he started SparkCharge in a space that many students would find intimidating to create a business — his dorm room.
“I look back on it and I’m like, ‘That was definitely a wild crazy idea,’ but I’m super grateful for the opportunity to be able to jump into something that I’m passionate about,” Josh said. “Something that I love.”
Since that moment, Josh has transformed SparkCharge, the world’s first ultrafast mobile electric vehicle charging network, from a two-person effort to an award winning company headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, with employees across the U.S.
The Syracuse University alumnus knew he wanted to get into entrepreneurship after he took a class called environmental economics. The class — which is taught by Peter Wilcoxen, a professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs — inspired the SparkCharge founder to think about the change he could be making for the earth.
“I remember him saying, ‘If you want to change the world, solve the problem of infrastructure for electric vehicles,’” Josh said. “I met with him after class and really started learning about this problem … and came up with the idea for SparkCharge.”
During the early stages of the startup, Samadhi Aviv, Josh’s wife, would make SparkCharge T-shirts with Josh to prepare for events where they would talk about the company. Samadhi recalled being very involved during this time, as she had to help with marketing, accounting and hiring interns.
“There’s (now) almost like 30, 40 employees in different states,” Samadhi said. “So I’ve been able to see us grow from making T-shirts at 2 a.m. until now.”
The pair knew each other through a group of friends but didn’t start interacting until they were sophomores at SU. Samadhi said she appreciates that even though running a company like SparkCharge consumes a lot of time, Josh still takes time for his loved ones and young entrepreneurs.
One of Josh’s No. 1 mentors is Linda Dickerson Hartsock, the executive director of Blackstone LaunchPad. The two first met in 2016 when Blackstone LaunchPad opened during Josh’s first year of graduate school and still keep in contact to talk about his business.
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A photo posted by sparkcharge.io
Whether it’s occasionally speaking to her entrepreneurship class or mentoring student entrepreneurs as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Blackstone LaunchPad, Hartsock said Josh is still very connected to her and his alma mater.
“He’s a frequent speaker, frequently guest judging business plan competitions,” Hartsock said. “It’s a very long and deep personal relationship and valued friendship.”
Along with his connection to the university, Hartsock said Josh also mentors young Black founders, as he understands the challenges of being a Black entrepreneur and speaks about these issues on a national level.