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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Graham Cracker Day!

Whether being used to make s'mores or pie, eaten in breakfast cereal or in the shape of teddy bears, or enjoyed right out of the box, Graham crackers are a ubiquitous snack food that you likely remember eating since you were a child. While the cookie-like food is usually enjoyed as a snack, this wasn't always the case.

Reverend Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister from Bound Brook, New Jersey, developed the graham cracker in the 1820s. He designed it to be a health food that was part of his "Graham Diet"—a diet he believed would eliminate lust and suppress all carnal urges, which he thought led to various maladies like insanity, epilepsy, spinal disease, and tuberculosis, and to everyday ailments like headaches and indigestion. His diet was vegetarian and also required abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and refined white flour. His graham crackers were made with graham flour, a coarsely ground and unsifted whole-wheat flour. The flour is brown and slightly nutty and sweet, and Graham used it to make graham bread and graham crackers. The crackers were biscuit-like and somewhat bland, as they didn't include any spices or sugar.

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Jesse Edwards Has Another Solid Outing For The Netherlands at FIBA World Cup Qualifiers (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse basketball starting center Jesse Edwards had another solid outing for the Netherlands at the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers on Monday. Edwards played 11 minutes, scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked three shots in a 92-81 loss to Italy. He did commit three fouls, however. This follows a six point, seven rebounds, two block performance in a loss to Iceland.

Edwards is coming back from an injury that shortened his 2021-22 season. These outings against international competition are encouraging signs regarding his recovery. This follows a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that Edwards had been cleared for all basketball activities.

Edwards shot 69.5% last season, good for 12th best in the nation. He was among the most improved players in the country before a wrist injury at Boston College prematurely ended his stellar campaign. Edwards averaged 12.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 24 games prior to the injury. He was second in the ACC in blocks per game.

The 6-11, 230 pounder from the Netherlands will be expected to be a key cog in a retooled Orange squad next season. Another offseason of development and Edwards has the potential to be one of the most offensively gifted centers in the country.


Can Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim Stick Around in the NBA? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Unsworth)

It just makes sense that Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim reunited in the NBA. After finishing first and second on Syracuse in scoring in 2021-22, the brothers both felt it was time to move on. Buddy put the nation on notice during the 2021 NCAA Tournament, then won the ACC scoring title. Jimmy applied for an extra year of eligibility, and was denied. Both entered the NBA draft… and neither were drafted.

However, the brothers had still proved enough through their college seasons to get a shot at the next level. Buddy signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons, meaning he’ll bounce back and forth between the NBA and G-League.

Beyond thankful for this amazing opportunity ahead. Let’s get to work!! Go Pistons
— Buddy Boeheim (@Buddy_Boeheim35) July 2, 2022

Jimmy signed a summer league contract. In order to make the NBA, he’ll have to ball out in the Las Vegas summer showcase. It might be tough…

The wolfpack heading to Vegas next week @NBASummerLeague | #Pistons
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) June 30, 2022

This Pistons summer league roster is loaded. Detroit has last year’s number one overall pick Cade Cunningham, along with 3-and-D star Saddiq Bey and two year vets Killian Hayes and Braxton Key on the roster. Jaden Ivey, the number five overall pick of 2022, is going to get a ton of run, along with Isaiah Livers, who barely played because of injury. However, there are still a few intangibles which could keep the Boeheims around for the 2022-23 season.

(; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse basketball has three players involved in the NBA Summer League this year. Cole Swider is already turning some heads on a two-way deal for the Lakers. Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim will lace up for the Pistons. Brad Klein and Matt Bonaparte determine the paths for each SU hoops alum to stick in the league.

Syracuse Orange: Big Ten, SEC to outmuscle the ACC, others into oblivion (itlh; Adler)

The Syracuse Orange and the rest of its Atlantic Coast Conference peers had better buckle up, because it may prove a bumpy ride as the next round of conference realignment inevitably takes shape.

Last week, the collegiate athletics landscape got rocked by the news that Southern California and UCLA, the two biggest brands in the Pac-12 Conference, would be moving to the Big Ten Conference.

The Trojans and the Bruins heading to the Big Ten makes no sense, geographically speaking, but then again, neither does having Maryland or Rutgers in that particular league.

Adding USC and UCLA will propel the Big Ten to 16 teams, matching the 16 squads that will make up the equally powerful Southeastern Conference once Oklahoma and Texas bolt the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.

As we all know, conference realignment is dictated by football and TV contracts. The Big Ten and the SEC are poised to dominate both of those departments moving forward, unless the ACC and other leagues do something big.

The Syracuse Orange and its fellow ACC members could be in a precarious position.

So what will occur next? I have no idea whatsoever. It will be interesting to see what happens with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish is an ACC member for most sports, but of course not in football, where Notre Dame is an independent and has its own TV contract with NBC.

I’ve come across numerous articles in recent days speculating that the Fighting Irish may consider jumping to a new league for all of its sports, including football.

If Notre Dame was to, say, go to the Big Ten, I assume that’s a disaster situation for the ACC. The Fighting Irish is a huge brand for the ACC in sports beyond football, such as men’s and women’s basketball.

Axe: Where Syracuse, ACC stands after UCLA, USC jump to Big Ten (PS; Axe)

Who’s ready for a hot realignment summer?

The jolting announcement last week that USC and UCLA will join the Big Ten in 2024 likely elicited a heavy sigh from your average Syracuse University sports fan.

Oh man. Not this sh** again.

We went through it in the early 2000s when Syracuse was set to join Boston College and Miami in the ACC before that plan blew up.

We went through it again in 2011 when Syracuse and Pittsburgh actually jumped from the Big East to the ACC.

The college sports world seems ready for another earthquake with USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 behind.

Syracuse fans are left to wonder, again, where its beloved Orange programs will land when the dust settles.

The good news is the ACC’s grant of rights deal locks in conference members until 2036. If the SEC were to try to poach, say, Clemson and North Carolina, it would be a long and expensive legal fight that would balloon into an eight-figure exit fee.

MBB rivals which are NOT CFB rivals going forward (RX; HM)

ACC football recently announced a new scheduling model based on 3 annual opponents for each team, then rotation through the rest. The thing is, basketball has had something like that for years; two annual opponents, plus rotation. So, with only a one-opponent difference, you might expect basketball and football to be very similar - but are they?
Boston College: Syracuse, ND
Clemson: Florida State, Georgia Tech
Duke: North Carolina, Wake Forest
Florida State: Clemson, Miami
Georgia Tech: Clemson, ND
Louisville: Pitt, Virginia
Miami: Florida State, VT
North Carolina: Duke, NC State
NC State: Duke, Wake
Pitt: Syracuse, Louisville
Syracuse: Boston College, Pitt
Virginia: Louisville, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech: Virginia, Miami
Wake Forest: Duke, NCSU

Syracuse Basketball: ‘Cuse offers fast-rising combo guard from City Rocks (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball has extended a scholarship offer to 2023 three-star combo guard Elijah Gertrude, who suits up for the Albany City Rocks and a New Jersey prep team.

The City Rocks, in a tweet, disclosed the Orange’s offer to the 6-foot-3 Gertrude, who is a rising senior at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City, N.J.

We’ve noted in numerous columns of late that the ‘Cuse is targeting two other 2023 guards, four-star Reid Ducharme of the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., and four-star Elmarko Jackson from the South Kent School in South Kent, Conn.

Congrats to ⁦@elijah_gertrude⁩ on picking up an offer from ⁦@Cuse_MBB⁩ !!!
— CityRocksBasketball (@TheCityRocks) July 2, 2022

That being said, now the Orange coaching staff is apparently in pursuit of Gertrude, who appears to potentially be more of a late bloomer in the 2023 cycle, as far as his recruiting process is concerned.

Syracuse basketball has entered the fray for three-star guard Elijah Gertrude.

According to various media reports, Gertrude has proven a stand-out for the City Rocks in Nike’s EYBL league during AAU competitions this spring and early summer, as well as other events, such as the recently held Philly Live showcase in Philadelphia amid an NCAA live period.

Syracuse Basketball: Priority center vaults to 5 stars, has Kentucky interest (itlh; Adler)

The stock of Syracuse basketball 2024 recruiting target Yves Missi continues to skyrocket.

The 6-foot-11 center, who has performed at an ultra-high level this spring and early summer in grassroots basketball, recently attained five-star status, according to one of the primary recruiting services.

, not too long ago, updated its national rankings for the 2024 cycle. The recruiting Web site now has Missi as five stars and No. 12 across the country in his class.

Previously, Missi checked in at No. 39 via , so he jumped up 27 spots in the latest 2024 ratings refresh.

For some context, several other recruiting services place Missi at around No. 30 overall in this cycle, including the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

Syracuse Basketball: Priority 4-star PG explodes from unranked into top 25 (itlh; Adler)

I’ve prognosticated for a while now that Syracuse basketball 2024 priority target Robert Wright III would soon enter the national rankings for his class in a big-time way, and for once, I was right.

When recently updated and expanded its 2024 national ratings of the top-125 prospects in the rising-junior class, the 6-foot-1 point guard from Philadelphia proved one of the largest movers around the country.

The four-star Wright made his debut at No. 25 nationally, according to . His leap from unranked to that new spot not only leaves him within range of attaining five-star status down the line, but Wright also represented the second-highest newcomer nationwide in the refresh.

That’s pretty darn special, if you ask me. Of course, as Wright’s national rankings soar and he shines in grassroots basketball this summer, his offer sheet is going to continue growing. Which means heightened competition for the Orange coaching staff in trying to prevail here.

Syracuse basketball offered four-star point guard Robert Wright III in March.

On June 15, college coaches could begin making direct contact with high-school prospects in the 2024 class. In a recent piece, I discussed various 2024 players, such as Wright, for whom I felt the ‘Cuse would ramp up its recruitment once that contact period opened up.

In a new piece from basketball recruiting director Rob Cassidy, Wright noted that Syracuse basketball was among those schools that contacted him in mid-June, which is certainly encouraging.

Syracuse Basketball: Duke lands predictions for 4-star priority Brewster big (itlh; Adler)

Duke is getting some buzz for Syracuse basketball 2023 priority recruit Joseph Estrella on the 247Sports Web site.

In recent days, at least two predictions have gotten logged in the Blue Devils’ direction for the fast-rising four-star big man on the 247Sports Web site, and one of those projections has a high confidence level.

We know how these sorts of predictions can ebb and flow in a high-school player’s recruiting process, so take the Duke buzz for the 6-foot-11 Estrella at least somewhat with a proverbial grain of salt.

That being said, when the elite power forward/center picked up scholarship offers from blue-blood programs Duke and Kansas not too long ago, my own personal sense is that the Orange’s chances to prevail for Estrella had likely moved to a huge long shot.

Syracuse Basketball: Competition for 4-star priority PG growing immensely (itlh; Adler)

As far as I can tell, Syracuse basketball coaches are prioritizing four-star guard Elmarko Jackson in the 2023 cycle, having offered him a scholarship this past April.

The 6-foot-4 Jackson, rated in the top-100 overall in his class by numerous recruiting services, has spoken highly of the Orange program, and he’s noted in several interviews that he may take an official visit to the Hill.

However, Jackson’s offer sheet is blowing up, and rather quickly, I might add. This doesn’t mean the ‘Cuse isn’t in the running for him, but the competition continues to intensify.

I’d feel a whole lot better about the Orange’s chances should Jackson elect to travel to the ‘Cuse campus for an official visit. Especially as he eyes trimming his list of contenders by summer’s end, with a possible commitment announcement coming in the late fall, Jackson has said in recent interviews.

Cole Swider Shooting Lights Out For Lakers in NBA Summer League (SI; McAllister)

Cole Swider shot lights out from the outside for the second straight NBA Summer League game for the Los Angeles Lakers in Sunday's 100-77 win over the Golden State Warriors. Swider was 5-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 16 points, three rebounds and a block in over 19 minutes of action. This after scoring 13 points on 5-7 shooting including 3-5 from beyond the arc to go along with six rebounds a block in a win over Miami.

Through two Summer League games, Swider is shooting 61.5% from three point range while averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Swider was signed to a two-way contract by the Lakers after not being selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Swider came to Syracuse last offseason as a transfer from Villanova. He was not playing a consistently large role with the Wildcats and elected to look elsewhere for that opportunity. With the departures of Alan Griffin and Quincy Guerrier, Syracuse had the roster space and role available. With Swider's relationships with the coaching staff, it was a slam dunk for both sides.

Still, it took Swider a bit to get comfortable. He started the year 3-22 from beyond the arc but really turned it on over the last half of the season. In the final 13 games, Swider shot 40-77 (52%) from three point range and had several games where he took over offensively. He even seemed to get more comfortable on the defensive end as well and rebounded at a high level all season.



It’s official: No Gianelli / Dinosaur stand at the 2022 NY State Fair (PS; Cazentre)

The iconic duo of Gianelli Sausage and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will skip the 2022 New York State Fair, marking the second straight year their joint stand will be missing from the fairgrounds.

But Gianelli will supply other vendors who may want to sell its Italian sausage, said Stephen Davis, president of the company, officially called G&L Davis Meat Co.

“Right now our efforts must remain intensely focused on our core business operations and servicing customers,” Davis said in an email to “While that does not include having a physical presence at the Fair we will look to help supply our vendor customers there to the best of our ability.”

Fair officials are still finalizing vendor contracts, and so still do not have a full list of who’s in and who’s out for 2022. The fair had nearly 600 food, merchandise and other vendors in the years before the Covid pandemic.

But the 2020 fair was cancelled, and many vendors skipped the 2021 edition.

At this time last year, a large number of regular fair vendors began announcing they would not participate in the 2021 fair, most citing either difficulties hiring staff, lingering Covid concerns or both. Some also pointed to last year’s experiment that increased the fair’s run from 13 to 18 days.

The 2022 fair returns to 13 days, running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

In the end, at least 65 regular food or merchandise vendors opted out of last year’s fair.

Sean Hennessey, the fair’s newly appointed interim director, is hopeful this year’s roster of vendors will be a return to the pre-pandemic years.

“Of course there’s always going to be changes each year,” Hennessey said. “Some come and some go. But I believe we will see a rebound for this year.”

There’s already evidence of that churn in fair vendors.

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